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3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

Atlanta
* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

Police Investigating Misused Money at Floyd Co. Schools

Police Investigating Misused Money at Floyd Co. Schools

ROME, GA (WXIA) -- Police are investigating thousands of dollars in misused money discovered by the Floyd County Board of Education.

Spokesman Tim Hensley says employees were performing a review of their purchasing system as they prepared to switch to a new one when they found "questionable purchasing practices."

At that point, Hensley says they contacted the Floyd County Police Department and the District Attorney's Office.

"We just know that it's not a small amount. It's gonna be in the thousands that we're talking about," said Hensley.

Police say computers, electronics, and a mini refrigerator were some of the items purchased with money meant to go toward the education of Floyd County students.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Police investigating Floyd County Schools spending


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – Police have opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Floyd County Board of Education employees made questionable purchases.

According to Major Mark Wallace of the Floyd County Police Department, complaints made by Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaniel and other Board of Education employees led to the investigation.

Wallace said that the investigation is "labor intensive considering the volume of purchase information that has to be examined."

Woman accused of stealing pills from retirement home


FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- A Floyd County woman is charged with stealing pills from a retirement home.

Stacy Leanna Lowery is charged with four counts each of exploitation of the elderly and neglect to disabled persons.

The charges came after medications and pills were discovered missing from the Renaissance Marquis Retirement Village in Rome.

Floyd County Police say the investigation isn't over and more charges are pending.


Woman charged with stealing pills from retirement home

Woman charged with stealing pills from retirement home

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cave Spring woman faces eight felony charges after medications and pills were discovered missing from a retirement community.

Stacy Leanna Lowery, 38, has been charged with four counts each of exploitation of the elderly and neglect to disabled persons.

Floyd County Police opened an investigation after staff members at the Renaissance Marquis Retirement Village in Rome learned that several residents were missing their medications.

Renaissance Marquis helped Floyd County Police in the investigation, which is continuing. More charges are pending.