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SPLOST funds help firefighters buy new thermal imaging cameras

SPLOST funds help firefighters buy new thermal imaging cameras

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services recently purchased 60 new thermal imaging cameras. The cameras will replace 42 old ones.

Firefighter Denell Boyd said the cameras help fire crews find victims in smoky structures with little to no visibility. They also allow firefighters to discover hot spots and hidden fires behind walls and ceilings.

The new cameras use advanced technology to produce sharper and brighter images than the old ones, according to Boyd.

The fire department used 2011 SPLOST funds to pay for the cameras.

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

Metro Atlanta's Dreamers include:

Cherokee County to hold teacher recruitment event

Cherokee County to hold teacher recruitment event

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Increased enrollment, teacher retirements and shrinking class sizes all mean one thing -- the Cherokee County School District needs more teachers.

The district will hold a teacher recruitment fair on Saturday, Mar. 7, in advance of the 2015-16 school year.

Candidates who are preparing to complete their educator preparation programs are invited to attend, as are veteran teachers already certified in Georgia and other states.

Anyone who's interested in attending the fair is asked to apply online.

The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodstock High School, which is located at 2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive.

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

ATLANTA -- The new year comes with many resolutions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved from the ground up – in the garden!

To help gardeners of all levels welcome 2015 with more than just a bountiful harvest, Pike Nurseries offers the top three garden resolutions for a healthy, wholesome and nutritious New Year!

1. Improve Health with Houseplants

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Pike Nurseries to host birding sale and class

Pike Nurseries to host birding sale and class

ATLANTA -- With winter temperatures quickly dropping, now is the best time to welcome winged wildlife with food, shelter and water.  Feathered friends will appreciate a safe refuge from the cold, and bird lovers will enjoy a colorful flurry of activity right at their doorstep!

To help customers ready their yards for winter birds, Pike Nurseries is hosting a special birding sale this Saturday, Jan. 17. With 20% off bird houses, bird feeders, bird seed and accessories, avid and first-time enthusiasts alike can stock up on all the essentials to attract a variety of birds straight to their yard.

All Pike Nurseries locations will also host a free birding basics class on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. During the class, guests will learn the essentials needed to attract birds, what type of bird food is best for certain species and how to create an inviting habitat for them during the crucial winter months.

Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.