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More than 10,500 Enrolled at Chattahoochee Tech for Fall

 (Marietta, Ga. – August 18, 2014) More than 10,000 students carrying notebooks, pens, and textbooks arrived on campus at Chattahoochee Technical College Monday for the first day of fall semester. Seven of the college’s eight campuses welcomed back students for a 16-week term that will end in December. Chattahoochee Technical College was recently recognized again as the largest technical college in state in listing by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, which looked at annual enrollment numbers of schools in the Technical College System of Georgia.

Fugitive captured

From Pickens Sheriff Office


Timothy Smith, a fugitive sought for the past two weeks, has been captured in Cherokee County. The Pickens Sheriff's Office would like to thank the many concerned citizens for their assistance, Cherokee Sheriff's Office, Jasper Police Department, 911, State Probation, Georgia State Patrol, US Marshall's and many others. 

         Smith was the subject of a search in southwest Pickens after leading deputies on a wild chase and abandoning a truck in the Salacoa Highlands area on August 4.

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $144M for drawing



ATLANTA – Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $144 million to a single annuity winner.


The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since July 1 and has rolled 13 times.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $144 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $85 million.


It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.


As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Aug. 15, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $144 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $85 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:40

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: July 1, 2014

Number of Rolls: 13

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: June 27, 2014 – $33 million (Texas) 

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million

(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)


For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Mega Millions, please visit: and


Price at the pumps continues to drop


Georgia, August 11- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.35/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g, according to gasoline price website