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Acworth Woman Billed $1 Billion for Electricity

ACWORTH, GA -- Almost all of us have been shocked when we open up our bills. Sometimes those electricity bills can get pretty expensive, especially during the summer when our air conditioners are running almost constantly. But an Acworth woman's 10-digit (before the decimal point) power bill might set a record.

When Scarlett Hall sat down to pay her bills, she realized it was probably going to take quite a few Benjamins to pay a $1,016,500,130.09 dollar electricity bill.

Hall lives in an Acworth home with her husband and three children. She's had high power bills before, but nothing like this. "Last month I pawned the title to my car to pay the light bill," she said Tuesday. "Now, I think I might need to start selling organs."

5 Georgia College Students Get Help from White House

ATLANTA -- The White House is giving five students with Georgia ties a leg up in their college careers.

Three will receive scholarships funded by the money President Barack Obama received for the Nobel Peace Prize. Two others have been picked to intern at the White House this fall.

Morehouse College student Howard Campbell and Acworth native and Georgetown University student Rod Solaimani were announced as fall interns on Tuesday. The deadline for the White House Internship Program's Spring 2011 program is Oct. 10.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates: Week 6

KENNESAW, GA -- This week's candidates for the Under Armour Athlete of the Week accounted for over 650 yards of total offense and 13 touchdowns. Which player is most deserving of the award? You decide

North Cobb Christian's Corey Harris helped his team notch its second victory over St. Francis last Friday. Harris rushed for 218 yards, had 76 receiving yards, and accounted for four total touchdowns.

Harris' effort helped North Cobb Christian score 46 points, the most in the school's history.

In 5A, Collins Hill's Taylor Heinicke has had several noteworthy performances this season, but his six-touchdown effort against Duluth may be his best work yet. The Eagle quarterback completed 19 of 24 passes for 318 yards and those six scores.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

'Footloose' Production Casting Extras, Movie Crews Abound

ATLANTA -- Hollywood is continuing its move eastward. As you drive around town, it's not unusual to see movie crews in action. You might have even spotted a movie star or two in your local supermarket. Now there's an opportunity for you to get on the big screen.

The movie industry is becoming big business in Georgia. During the fiscal year of 2010, the industry's impact in Georgia came in at $1.33 billion, the Georgia Department of Economic Development said. Get this, 70 percent of that money gets spent in the immediate area where production is actually happening.

But everyday people are getting in on the "fun" part of movie-making, too. This week, there's an opportunity to do some star-spotting and be an extra in the upcoming re-make of Footloose. The re-make stars Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid.

Cobb Patrol Cars Run On Propane, Save Money

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County has found a way to save money and keep providing the same public safety services. They're using stimulus money to change patrol cars from gas guzzlers to propane guzzlers. County officials say Police and Sheriff patrol cars will be able to travel as much as 300 more miles between fill ups.

For most Cobb County police officers their day starts at the gas pump. But that will change for many of them. They may only have to do it once every few days and they won't have to cut back on mileage or patrols.

Their patrol cars are turning over from gasoline to propane. Using a federal stimulus grant, the county is fitting propane tanks in the trunks of patrol cars. "It will still have a gasoline tank," said Virgil Moon of Cobb County Support Services. "It will run 75 percent of the time on propane and 25 percent on gasoline."