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54 percent of dogs, cats overweight, obese


Wednesday is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are encouraging pet parents to pay attention to the serious problem facing more than half of America’s pets. 

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is a day to raise awareness about the growing pet obesity problem in the U.S. as well as an opportunity to gather more information during the Eighth Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Day survey.

Beware of utility cutoff phone scam

FromCherokee County Sheriff Office


The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to be extremely careful of persons calling their home claiming to be with a utility company and threatening to cut off services if they do not make a payment over the phone.

Recently we have received information from citizens that explain they have received a phone call from a person claiming to be with Georgia Power threatening to cut off power if they don’t make a payment over the phone. This is a scam. Georgia Power does not contact customers by phone and request payment.

If citizens receive a similar call they should not provide the caller with any personal information.


Roadside mowing next week on Hwy. 53

 As part of its integrated roadside vegetation management program, Georgia DOT Maintenance crews begin on Monday their work on trimmingovergrown vegetation along State Route (SR) 53 in Pickens County. Work will proceed daily between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. 

Integrated roadside vegetation management is a method to bring together social and cultural elements, biological concerns, and mechanical treatments to economically manage roadsides for motorist safety, environmental health and visual quality.                       


WHEN:           Monday, October 6 through Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


WHERE:        SR 53 in Pickens County



Ga. Supreme Court upholds ban of alcohol sales at Pink Pony adult club

Murder conviction upheld against father for death of 5-year-old


SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS Published Monday, October 6, 2014

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at .


The City of Brookhaven has won the right to ban adult entertainment businesses that sell alcohol under a ruling today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.

In this high profile case, the high court has unanimously upheld a DeKalb County court’s dismissal of the Pink Pony strip club’s lawsuit against the new city government of Brookhaven. The Atlanta area strip club had challenged as an unconstitutional violation of free speech the City’s new ordinance that bans nude dancing in establishments where alcohol is consumed.

Jackpot hits jaw-dropping $105M for Mega Millions

ATLANTA – Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $105 million to a single annuity winner. As the jackpot continues to roll, excitement across Georgia is growing.


Nine tickets worth $5,000 were sold throughout the state from Friday’s Mega Millions drawing. Those tickets were sold in Trenton, Norcross, Fort Gaines, Buford, Sardis, Dublin, Villa Rica, Marietta and Roswell.


The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Aug. 26 and has rolled 10 times.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $105 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $62 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.




Draw Date: Sept. 30, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $105 million

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

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $62 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: Aug. 26, 2014

Number of Rolls: 10

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 22, 2014 – $180 million (California) 

#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