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SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb County Police Department's Robbery Squad is investigating an attempted bank robbery that occurred at a BB&T Bank (4495 West Village Way, Smyrna, 30080).

According to investigators, on Monday, Oct. 18 at 11:10 a.m., a black male entered the bank and approached a teller station. He presented the teller with a demand note.

After receiving the note, the teller turned away and the suspect left the bank on foot. He was last seen running north, away from the bank.

No loss was reported in this incident.

The suspect is described as a black man between 40 and 50 years of age, 5'6" to 5'8" tall, with a medium to dark complexion and a scruffy beard or goatee. He was last seen wearing a brown sports jacket over a light colored dress shirt, jeans and a painter's cap.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Cobb County authorities at 770-499-3945.

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We Run So That Others May See

SMYRNA, GA -- Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS), a Smryna-based non-profit, is dedicated to assisting persons who are blind or visually impaired so they may function independently in their homes, schools, workplaces, houses of worship and so on.

Charyn Darby, a former VRS board chair, dedicated her life to this mission. After she passed away in 2009, her fellow members decided to honor her legacy by making her the title sponsor of the annual 5K/1K race benefiting the programs created by VRS.

The 2010 Charyn Darby Race to See will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23. It is a certified qualifying run for the Peachtree Road Race and takes participants through downtown Smyrna, beginning and ending near Cobb Park, across from Campbell High School (5265 Ward Street SE, Smyrna, 30080).

"Charyn Darby served as board chair for VRS for seven years and was an active member of the VRS board for more than 20 years," said Joan M.

Atlanta Abilities Expo This Weekend

ATLANTA -- Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center (2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339).

Admission is free, and the show hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

Abilities Expo has put together an impressive line-up of exhibits, celebrities, workshops, political forums and activities to appeal to the full spectrum of people with disabilities, from children to seniors and everyone in between.

Visitors will also get on board the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour and receive six essential health screenings: cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure and more, all for free. Complimentary rental scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours.

Bon Appétit! from The Atlanta Opera

ATLANTA -- Join The Atlanta Opera on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cook's Warehouse (Ansley Mall -- 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, 30324) for Bon Appétit!, a 30-minute operetta based on Julia Child's popular television show.

The audience will be transported to Julia Child's famous 1960s kitchen-studio, where they will watch mezzo-soprano Susan Nicely whip up some giggles and comedic-fromage. Following the performance, guests will sample Julia's treats, and will have the opportunity to shop in the store and sign up for future cooking classes. Attendees will receive a 10% discount on in-store purchases made that evening. There will also be giveaways.

Admission is a $25 tax-deductible donation to The Atlanta Opera.

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Cartoon Network, Boys & Girls Club Join Forces to Stop Bullying

ATLANTA -- Cartoon Network, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., has revealed the full scope of components for its multi-platform Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign, aimed at empowering youth to take action and reduce bullying.

The on-air and online campaign picks up momentum with new partners and additional resources from Time Warner and officially launched on Monday, Oct. 4 in conjunction with the 5th annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Center for Bullying Prevention and leading up to Bullying Prevention Awareness Day, Wednesday, Oct. 20.

With the help of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Stop Bullying campaign hopes to reach the roughly 4.2 million kids served by BGCA through the distribution of bullying prevention kits. More than 4,000 kits will be distributed to BGCA clubs nationwide on Bullying Prevention Awareness Day.

Start! Walking for Better Heart Health

MARIETTA, GA -- Cobb residents will take steps to improve their heart health on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they participate in the American Heart Association's Start! Heart Walk.

The signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association since 1994, the Start! Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. Last year, more than one million walkers raised over $106 million in 425 Start! Heart Walks across the country.

Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers in the country, respectively. Each day, nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease; that's an average of one death every 37 seconds.

A leading risk for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Research has also found that individuals may gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise they do.

Cobb County's Start! Heart Walk will take place at Marietta Square.

Arrest Made in July Hit-and-Run

SMYRNA, GA -- Members of the Smryna Police Department's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P) have identified and charged the driver in the July 17 Cobb Parkway hit-and-run that put a Smyrna teenager in the hospital.

On Oct. 5, after a three month investigation, traffic homicide investigators took charges against Damon Dye, 44, of Marietta for hit and run, serious injury by a vehicle and duty to report an accident. Investigators used cell phone location data to triangulate Dye's movements prior to, at the time of and after the incident. This data placed Dye at the scene of the incident and also showed where Dye disposed of the vehicle in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dye was previously arrested on July 23 for obstruction in connection to the case. He hindered the investigation by lying to investigators and providing multiple false accounts of where his vehicle was located.

The victim in this case sustained a severe head injury and fractured hip.