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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

RELATED: Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

National Doughnut Day means FREE DOUGHNUTS

National Doughnut Day means FREE DOUGHNUTS

So today is National Doughnut day so that means free doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme - The one the only the original Krispy Kreme. One free doughnut of selected kinds.

Three Metro Atlanta Walmart stores to be renovated

Three Metro Atlanta Walmart stores to be renovated

ATLANTA -- Three Walmart stores in Metro Atlanta recently began extensive renovations.

The locations will each receive a full remodel from the inside out, representing the latest in Walmart's store design and customer experience.

"We are excited to bring an improved shopping experience to our customers," said Kenny Banks, manager of the Snellville Walmart, one of the three stores slated for remodeling.

Colliers International to host job fair in Cherokee County

Colliers International to host job fair in Cherokee County

HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Colliers International, in conjunction with the city of Holly Springs, will host a job fair on Thursday, May 19.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WOODSTOCK, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Woodstock Market and Show will feature an outdoor market and antique show on Saturday, May 7. The show will include antiques, vintage things, arts and crafts, furniture, produce and vendor items. The show was created to have the feel of an “Old World Outdoor Street Market”. The market is located at 9464 Main Street in Woodstock.

This weekend, North Cobb will present their 2nd Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival. This festival is held by The Rotary Club of North Cobb and the City of Acworth; it’s a non-sanctioned BBQ competition open to anyone who loves to cook. The event will be held on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth. This year, the festival will host free concerts.

BEST SPOTS: Neighborhood Thrift Stores

BEST SPOTS: Neighborhood Thrift Stores

ROME, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of Neighborhood Thrift Stores for you to purchase some eccentric and timeless pieces.

In today’s economy, it’s important for shoppers to get the most bang for their buck and the thrift store is where you can do that. Open your mind fashionistas and fashionmistas, the thrift store isn’t only for those in need.

The old-faithful America’s Thrift is good for those who enjoy bargains and thrifty finds. The store, like most others is color-coded and they offer discounts daily, depending on a daily color coded discount system. Shoppers can receive from 30% to 50% off select purchases. Customers complain that they aren’t able to try on clothes before they buy them, however, the store offers a store credit to all returned clothing.