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Audition for Cobb County's MLK Celebration

Audition for Cobb County's MLK Celebration

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Performers seeking to be part of the entertainment at Cobb County's 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration still have two opportunities to audition.

Auditions will be held in the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in the Cobb Civic Center (548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060) on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 8 at 10:00 a.m. Slots are limited, and interested performers are encouraged to RSVP at 770-528-8490 as soon as possible.

Those who are selected will participate in the Monday, Jan. 17 ceremony sponsored by the Cobb County NAACP and Cobb County Government.

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

It's hard to believe that Where U Live is less than six months old. We've come so far in such a short amount of time.

And the sites are only going to get bigger and better in 2011.

I'd like to take the opportunity to give a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has helped us build Where U Live. We are overwhelmed and extremely grateful at the positive and enthusiastic response we've received so far. Keep the story ideas, community events and "good news" coming!

Have a safe, happy and healthy new year. See you in 2011Alive!

Beth
esawicki@wxia.gannett.com

Woodstock Police Arrest Man for Stalking

Woodstock Police Arrest Man for Stalking

WOODSTOCK, GA -- On Friday, Dec. 17, Woodstock Police detectives arrested Quintin Crowe, 38, of Acworth after warrants were issued for his arrest due to violating a temporary protective order (TPO).

Officers responded to the victim's home on Sunday, Dec. 5, where she reported that she had a TPO against Quintin Crowe, who had sent her numerous text messages that day.

The TPO was extended for an additional 12 months on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The order states that neither party is to have contact, direct or indirect, with one another.

On that same day, Crowe sent the victim a text message. He then showed up at a gym she frequented. Crowe sent a text message to a friend of the victim while all three of them were at the gym. He also sent emails and letters to the victim's employer and friends.

Crowe was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking. He was transported to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

Local Pool Legend Dies in Car Crash

ACWORTH, GA -- "He was a phenomenal pool player. He played far beyond everyone else," said Jack Lindsay, as he spoke of his friend for over 40 years.

Known as the man who got the perfect score, a local pool champion was killed in a car crash on Sunday.

Police say 66 year old Wade "Boom-Boom" Crane died after his vehicle hit a wall while he was driving in Tennessee.

Crane leaves behind a great legacy and international following for his success in pool.

"All the pool players in Georgia know who Wade Crane is. He was a very popular fellow," said long-time friend Jerry Forysth.

He was given the name "Boom-Boom" for the cannonball sound heard from his legendary 9-ball break, a nine ball break that led him to be voted the best in history.

Crane earned most of his recognition after winning a tournament without ever missing a ball, giving him the perfect score in pool.

Former Braves Manager Bobby Cox Backing Sports Complex

EMERSON, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox and new manager Fredi Gonzalez are among a group of investors backing a proposed $1 billion sports and tourism complex in Bartow County.

The massive 1,400-acre campus would take shape on the shores of Lake Allatoona in rural Emerson, Ga., at Interstate 75 and Joe Frank Harris Parkway, not far from Cox's farm in Adairsville. Former Braves coach and current Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is also an investor.

Local Billiard Champion Killed in Tennessee Wreck

KNOXVILLE, TN -- An accomplished national pool player and champion from Metro Atlanta was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 in Knoxville Sunday.

Wade Crane, 66, of Acworth, owner of Crane's Billiard Academy, was killed when his 2000 Volkswagen struck two retaining walls in I-40 near the West Hills Mall exit Sunday morning. Police said he was taken to the University of Tennessee Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Knoxville police investigators said they believe Crane suffered from a medical condition which may have caused the crash.  Their investigation is continuing.

Christmas Trees Help Fish in Allatoona Lake

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Christmas Trees now sitting in north Georgia living rooms could soon be headed head for the bottom of Allatoona Lake in an effort to build fish habitat.

News reports say that Keep Bartow Beautiful is urging residents to bring their old Christmas trees to collection centers.

Those trees are eventually secured to concrete molds on the lakebed that give fish a place to breed and protection from predators. As an added benefit, the trees help draw fish to favorite angling spots.

Keep Bartow Beautiful director Sheri Henshaw said state rules forbid tossing Christmas trees into landfills, which helps promote the recycling program.