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Braves to break ground on new stadium Sept. 16


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Atlanta Braves will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new stadium later this month.

The event will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m., and will usher in the project's construction phase. The new stadium is located at the intersection of Interstates 285 and 75 in Cobb County.

Organizers said the stadium will be built in time for Opening Day in 2017.

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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Ray's on the River celebrates 30 years

Ray's on the River celebrates 30 years

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

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Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Celebrate Freedom Festival will kick off this year's event with a 5K and 10K race in Marietta.

Both events will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at Jim R. Miller Park. Registration opens at 6 a.m., with the 10K scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will be off and running at 7:40 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first finishers overall, the first masters finishers and the top runners in each age group. All participants will receive T-shirts, goodie bags and two tickets to Celebrate Freedom, a free Christian music festival featuring such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Montell Jordan and Tenth Avenue North.

The 5K costs $30 in advance, while the 10K is $35. The prices go up to $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K on race morning.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

Taste of Atlanta announces 2014 restaurant lineup

ATLANTA –- More than 90 of Atlanta’s most notable and on-the-rise restaurants have signed on to participate in this year’s Taste of Atlanta, which will take place October 24-26 in Midtown at Tech Square.

With eateries featured from both inside and outside the Perimeter, festival-goers will be able to savor truly authentic flavors that represent every corner of the city.

New this year, to help attendees pinpoint their local favorites or discover new dining treasures during Taste of Atlanta, the festival will take food lovers on a culinary tour through the city’s many diverse neighborhoods.

Aging Cobb County shopping center to be remade into mixed-use project


SMYRNA, Ga. -- Almost eight years ago, Atlanta developer Halpern Enterprises hoped to remake its aging Belmont Hills Shopping Center in Cobb County.

Plans called for nearly 300 apartments, more than 150 condos, 300-plus townhomes and about 100,000 square feet of office space. One year later the deepest economic recession to hit the United States was underway and plans for the redevelopment were shelved.

Now, in another sign of a rebounding economy, the project is breaking ground Aug. 28 — a 48-acre mix of restaurants, stores, single-family homes and apartments. The site is already home to Smyrna Elementary School, which has more than 900 students and opened last year.

Here is a look back at Belmont Hills over the years and a glimpse of what Halpern Enterprises and other developers will build there today.