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Prescription drug take-back day is Apr. 30

Prescription drug take-back day is Apr. 30

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The Acworth Police Department is once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide initiative to prevent increased prescription pill abuse and theft.

The police and the DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, Apr. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Acworth Police Department (440 Acworth Industrial Drive, 30101).

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue.

Community Hospice opens Marietta office

Community Hospice opens Marietta office

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Community Hospice, a division of Community Home Care and Hospice, has opened a new office in Marietta.

The office will serve patients across Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette and Gwinnett Counties.

Community Hospice of Marietta's mission is to provide the best possible care to patients facing life-threatening illnesses. Care will be delivered by a qualified team of doctors, professional nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

"We are excited about expanding our service area to include the state of Georgia," said Sandy Roberson, president and CEO of Community Home Care and Hospice.

Transplant recipients celebrate gift of life

Transplant recipients celebrate gift of life

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Pamela Locke and John Bafford are grateful for every day.

They both received lifesaving transplants, and now they are throwing a "birthday" party to celebrate their new lives and raise money for their ongoing medical expenses.

The second annual Party for a Cause will be held on Thursday, Apr. 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Founders Hall (1076 Canton Street, Roswell, 30075).

Locke, 47, of Marietta was diagnosed with renal failure in 2003 and began dialysis treatments three days a week. She waited 19 months before receiving a transplant in 2006.

Unfortunately, Locke's health battles returned in 2009, when doctors told her that she needed a second transplant. Thus began her quest to find a living kidney donor.

Cindy Comstock, Locke's childhood friend, heard about her search and mentioned it to another friend, Laurie Collins.

Atlanta Bojangles' raise over $20,000 for MDA

Atlanta Bojangles' raise over $20,000 for MDA

HIRAM, Ga. -- Bojangles' recently announced that it raised a record-breaking amount of money during its 10th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser.

The restaurant chain received over $300,000 from customers, which will send 375 children to MDA Summer Camp this year.

"[Muscular Dystrophy Association] is very proud to have Bojangles' as a valued partner," said Theresa Miller, MDA regional coordinator.

Cobb named fifth healthiest county in Georgia

Cobb named fifth healthiest county in Georgia

COBB COUNTY, Ga.

Georgia farmers recognized for feeding local students

Georgia farmers recognized for feeding local students

ATLANTA -- According to some studies, one in three Georgia children are obese.

Now, local farmers have teamed up with a number of school districts to help fight this battle and encourage healthy eating among the next generation.

On Wednesday, Mar. 30, members of Georgia's Farm to School program will be recognized at the Capitol for this special partnership that benefits so many people.

The national Farm to School program connects schools with local farms in order to ensure that healthy meals are served in school cafeterias and farms receive the support they need and deserve.

Currently, there are 360 Georgia schools and six full systems integrating farm to school programs.

Students and farmers alike will be at the Capitol on Mar. 30 from 12 noon until 1 p.m.

Want to Be Atlanta's Biggest Loser?

Want to Be Atlanta's Biggest Loser?

ATLANTA -- "Atlanta's Biggest Loser" is now accepting entries for contestants for the show's fifth edition.

Like its national cousin, this season of "Atlanta's Biggest Loser" is a couples' edition. Any kind of couple can apply -- siblings, parent/child, co-workers, friends and every pairing in between.

The deadline to apply is noon on Friday, Feb. 18 at www.atlbiggestloser.com.

"Atlanta's Biggest Loser" will officially begin on Monday, Mar. 7. Six teams of two will work with one of 11Alive's two fitness partners, D.R.E.A.M.