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Ebola preparedness in Georgia -- Governor taps top team

Governor's Office press release

   Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will sign an executive order to create an Ebola response team, which will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia.

    “Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state’s response to this disease and will further our efforts to ensure the safety and quality of life for our citizens. By combining the expertise of the health and research communities with our state agencies, Georgia will be uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise. Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields – specifically Emory University Hospital, which has remained at the forefront of our nation’s response to this infectious disease. We are taking every necessary precaution to alleviate fear within our communities and make certain Georgia stands prepared.”

Powerball jackpot reaches $100M for Saturday’s drawing

 

 

ATLANTA – The Powerball jackpot has reached an estimated $100 million to a single annuity winner for Saturday’s drawing.

 

The Powerball jackpot has grown since Sept. 27 and has rolled six times.

 

Powerball offers two payment options: the $100 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $62 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 

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

 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.7 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.

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $100 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $62 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Sept. 27, 2014
Number of Rolls: 6
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Sept. 24, 2014 – $229 million jackpot (California winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

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

www.galottery.comwww.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.powerball.com

54 percent of dogs, cats overweight, obese

Fat-Pug

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.