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Smyrna girl heading to national spelling bee

Smyrna girl heading to national spelling bee

SMYRNA, Ga. -- An 11-year-old Cobb County girl will represent Georgia in the 2011 Macy's Spelling Bee in September.

Sreya Atmuri correctly spelled "fabricate" after 16 rounds of competition to win the regional bee at Macy's of Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw on Saturday. She will now go on to the national bee at Macy's Herald Square in New York City on Sept. 24.

Sreya attends Teasley Elementary School in Smyrna. She beat 50 of her peers, ages eight to 11, for her chance to attend the national bee.

As a regional winner, Sreya will receive a year of online learning from Kaplan Tutoring and a $150 online gift card from Scholastic.

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

Subway celebrates 500th Metro Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- With the arrival of several new stores this month, Subway celebrates the opening of more than 500 stores in Metro Atlanta since its first location in 1977.

This milestone is a testament to the Subway brand and the franchisees who have made it so successful in the Atlanta area -- not to mention the world, as Subway is the planet's largest restaurant chain with over 34,000 locations.

"We continue to offer a dining experience that meets the changing tastes and needs of our loyal patrons, so it is no surprise to see this important achievement," said Christi Estis, director of operations for Subway Development of Atlanta. "We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our model franchisees and employees.

KSU student dies after eating in dining hall

KSU student dies after eating in dining hall

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the recent death of a 20-year-old Kennesaw State University student.

Tyler Cody Davis died Aug. 18. KSU officials said he ate at The Commons, the school's lone dining hall, and returned there seeking emergency help shortly before 5 p.m.

Davis was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the agency conducted an autopsy last Friday, but the results have not yet been released.

Student performance on ACT plateaus

Student performance on ACT plateaus

ATLANTA -- Georgia's performance on the ACT college entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.

Data released Wednesday shows that 21 percent of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25 percent.

About 43,000 students, or nearly half of seniors, took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.

Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.

Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36, compared to the national score of 21.

Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

MARIETTA, Ga. -- If Cobb County's new Superintendent Michael Hinojosa wondered how school staffers might receive him, he got proof right away.

Students from  Harrison High School produced a welcoming video that involved a couple hundred staff members from all levels of the Cobb County School District.

The video also served as a way to introduce Dr. Michael Hinojosa to many Cobb residents.

Regents approve KSU Athletic Association

Regents approve KSU Athletic Association

KENNESAW, Ga.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.