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Possible Icy Conditions North of Atlanta Thursday Morning

ATLANTA -- Hazardous driving conditions due to areas of thin ice are possible early Thursday across portions of North Georgia.

Patchy light rain is expected to move into Northwest Georgia early Thursday morning, then move across most of North Georgia during the day on Thursday. Surface temperatures are expected to fall near the freezing mark Wednesday night before the clouds and rain arrive early Thursday morning. The light rain could freeze on impact in portions of North Georgia where the temperatures will hover near freezing between 2 am and 10 am Thursday.

The main threat area is generally along and north of a line from Cedartown through Canton to Cleveland. Due to the limited moisture and very light rain, little to no significant ice accumulations are expected. However, if freezing rain does develop, there will be numerous slick spots due to thin ice on roads, bridges and overpasses, making the Thursday morning commute very hazardous.

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy began recovering in 2010 from the deepest recession since the 1930s, but that recovery seemed to go in fits and spurts with no clear trajectory.

As for 2011, expect more growth, but with a continued pattern of uncertainty, said Bill Schaniel, an economist with the University of West Georgia.

"This year will be a year that will be remembered as being both not as good as some hoped -- there was no significant reduction in the unemployment rate -- but not as bad as many feared, as there was no double dip in the recession," said Schaniel. "This year did see the technical end of the recession, but for most people, the recession will end when there is significant job growth."

In 2010, the economy grew at a steady rate in the January-March quarter.

Berry College Earns B+ in Sustainability

Berry College Earns B+ in Sustainability

ROME, GA -- Berry College's 26,000 acre campus is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the nation, and its 2011 College Sustainability Report Card proves that its "green" is not only skin deep.

According to the report, Berry received a grade of B+. Since joining the report card in 2008, the college's grade has steadily increased.

The Report Card provides in-depth sustainability profiles for more than 300 colleges in the U.S. and Canada. Schools are assessed in areas of administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green buildings, student involvement, transportation, endowment transparency, investment priorities and shareholder engagement.

Berry received high praise for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5% since 2008 and reducing annual water consumption by approximately 11 million gallons since 2005.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued North of Atlanta

Winter Weather Advisory Issued North of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 1 a.m. Saturday through 1 a.m. Sunday for parts of North Georgia north of a Cedartown-Canton-Gainesville line.

This includes Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Madison and Polk counties in Georgia. The advisory includes the cities of Calhoun, Dahlonega, Cleveland, Rome, Cartersville and Gainesville. This does not include Fulton County or the city of Atlanta.

NAIA Brings $1.5 Million to Local Economy

NAIA Brings $1.5 Million to Local Economy

ROME, GA -- On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) announced that the Russell Athletic / NAIA Football National Championship created over $1.5 million in the local economy.

GRCVB officials estimate that over 2,700 out-of-town visitors were in Rome throughout the weekend to see Carroll College trump the University of Sioux Falls 10-7.

"It was almost a sell-out this year -- the stands were packed," said Rachel Rogers, NAIA Championship Week coordinator and director of athletic development at Shorter University. "It was great to have the local support join in this effort."

The game and related events filled approximately 2,800 hotel room nights in Rome from Wednesday, Dec. 15 to Saturday, Dec. 18.

Teams were housed in the Holiday Inn Express and the Country Inn and Suites.

Georgia Football State Championship Recaps

ATLANTA -- The dust has settled on Georgia high school football season and only five teams claimed a state championship.

Class AAAAA: Brookwood 52, Colquitt County 38

Jamaal Cole ran for three touchdowns, Andre Sims had an 87-yard kickoff return for a score and Brookwood defeated Colquitt County 52-38 to win the Class AAAAA state championship Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

Nick Tompkins had 144 yards rushing and scored twice for the Broncos (14-1). The teams combined for 993 yards from scrimmage, with Colquitt County (9-6) amassing 609 yards and 38 first downs.

It was just the second AAAAA title not won by a team from south Georgia since 2003 and gave Brookwood its second state championship. The Gwinnett County school also won a state title in 1996.

Registration Open for Berry Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K

Registration Open for Berry Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K

ROME, GA -- Registration is underway for the annual Berry College Half-Marathon and will continue through the winter months.

Last March, more than 1,500 competitors flocked to the world's largest college campus for the event, and organizers expect an even greater turnout for the race on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011.

Participants have a choice of three different races: the signature half-marathon, the Viking Classic 10K and a 5K. There will also be a one-mile fun run.

All races feature electronic timing on courses that are certified by USA Track & Field. Both the 10K and the half-marathon are official qualifiers for Atlanta's Peachtree Road Race.