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    ATLANTA (AP) - Hungry visitors in Georgia can now find a list of 100 restaurant specialties recommended by the state's tourism agency. The Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development has just published its fifth edition of the Explore Georgia Official State Culinary Guide. It includes a list of 'Georgia's 100 Plates' - top dishes from restaurants across the state nominated by local residents. The list includes sweet tea fried chicken at the Mystic Grill in Covington, pimento cheese wontons at Sweet Auburn Barbecue in Atlanta, and fish tacos with chorizo sauce and pear puree at the Tybee Island Social Club on the coast. Copies of the culinary guide can be picked up for free at 11 visitor center across Georgia. It's also available online.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power intends to rely more on solar power than in past years to deliver energy to homes and businesses. It will also close a coal-fired power plant in northwest Georgia. It's part of the company's long-range energy plan, which was approved recently by the Georgia Public Service Commission, WABE-FM reported . Under the plan, Georgia Power will close its coal-fired power plant near Rome, Georgia. Also part of the plan: the company says it will add more wood burning to its energy mix. Biomass had not been something that Georgia Power initially proposed, but the Georgia Forestry Commission encouraged regulators to consider it in an earlier hearing on the company's long-range plan Georgia Power will issue a request for proposals for a new 50 megawatt biomass facility in Georgia. Environmental groups say biomass is not good for climate change, but supporters say its use will provide a boost to south Georgia's economy and the timber industry. 'It will allow the industry to continue to grow and expand, and I do see that adding resilience to rural communities,' Public Service Commissioner Jason Shaw said. Most of the renewable energy in the long-range plan would come from large solar farms, though some of it could be from rooftop solar panels, the radio station reported. It's an increase from what the company had initially proposed, from 1,000 megawatts, to 2,210 megawatts. That's enough power to serve more than 225,000 homes, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center. Georgia Power has proposed an increase in rates by about 7 percent. Hearings on that matter are scheduled to begin later this year. ___ Information from: WABE-FM, http://www.wabe.org/
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Morning' game were: 02-03-05-07-08-10-12-13-17-18-20-24 (two, three, five, seven, eight, ten, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-four)
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Saturday: 02-03-05-07-08-10-12-13-17-18-20-24 (two, three, five, seven, eight, ten, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-four) Estimated jackpot: $168 million Estimated jackpot: $53 million Mega Millions Powerball
  • NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee State University is opening a hub for computer programing and app development that will serve historically black colleges and universities across the country. To kick off the effort, leaders from 14 schools met at TSU's new National Center for Smart Technology Innovations in Nashville this week for to develop apps that solve real-life challenges. 'Mind-blowing,' was how Morehouse College's Monique Earl-Lewis described the experience. The professor of Africana studies said she was doubtful going in that she would be able to learn coding. But on Friday, she found herself presenting an app for Nashville's Fisk University designed to get students to respond to important emails. Earl-Lewis said she plans to work on a version of the app for Morehouse to present at a faculty and staff retreat. Apple is supporting TSU with equipment, scholarships and professional development to help the university launch its HBCU C2 initiative. The C2 stands for coding and creativity. The project is part of Apple's Community Education Initiative, which seeks to expand coding and workforce development opportunities to underrepresented communities. The company has other projects in Austin, Texas; Houston; and Boise, Idaho. Each one looks a little different, depending on the needs and desires of the specific community, said Lisa Jackson is Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. Jackson said the company's Swift programming language is designed to be intuitive and provide an easy entry into the world of coding. That was the experience for Earl-Lewis, who said, 'The most significant personal experience for me is knowing that with just this iPad, I'm an app developer.' She is excited to share her experience with students and other faculty members. Morehouse will develop a plan for how it can best utilize the resources of TSU and Apple, Earl-Lewis said. That will include sharing knowledge with other Atlanta-area HBCUs. TSU President Glenda Glover said in a news release that TSU is proud to host the initiative. 'Coding and app development are a growing part of the global workforce, and we want to help make sure people of color, especially our students, are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be competitive, and successful,' she said.
  • Washington Nationals (51-45, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (59-40, first in the NL East) Atlanta; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71 ERA) Braves: Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24 ERA) LINE: Braves favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Braves are 23-15 against the rest of their division. Atlanta ranks eighth in the majors in hitting with a .262 batting average, Freddie Freeman leads the team with an average of .296. The Nationals are 28-19 against division opponents. Washington has a collective on-base percentage of .326, good for fourth in the National League. Juan Soto leads the team with a mark of .399. The Braves won the last meeting 4-3. Luke Jackson notched his fifth victory and Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Atlanta. Fernando Rodney took his third loss for Washington. TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 25 home runs and is slugging .566. Ozzie Albies is 13-for-41 with five doubles, a triple and two RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 20 home runs and has 66 RBIs. Victor Robles is 13-for-37 with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington. LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .250 batting average, 5.16 ERA, outscored by 12 runs Nationals: 6-4, .280 batting average, 3.02 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: 10-day IL (elbow), Darren O'Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Kevin Gausman: 10-day IL (foot), Max Fried: 10-day IL (blister), Grant Dayton: 10-day IL (toe). Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jonny Venters: 10-day IL (shoulder), Max Scherzer: 10-day IL (back), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 60-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • DC United (9-5-8, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta United FC (10-8-3, third in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Sunday, 4 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Josef Martinez leads Atlanta United FC into a matchup with DC United after a two-goal showing against Houston. Atlanta United FC is 5-5-3 in Eastern Conference games. Franco Escobar ranks second in MLS play with eight cards, all of them yellow. Atlanta United FC has 31 cards with one red card. DC United is 6-1-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. Wayne Rooney ranks fourth in league play with 11 goals. DC United has 31 goals. The teams meet Sunday for the second time this season. DC United won the last meeting 2-0. TOP PERFORMERS: Martinez leads Atlanta United FC with 15 goals. Justin Meram has three goals over the past 10 games for Atlanta United FC. Rooney has 11 goals and six assists for DC United. Lucas Rodriguez has two goals and one assist over the last 10 games for DC United. LAST 10 GAMES: Atlanta United FC: 4-5-1, averaging two goals, 1.2 assists, 4.4 shots on goal and 4.5 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.7 goals per game. DC United: 2-2-6, averaging 1.4 goals, one assist, 3.6 shots on goal and 4.2 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.3 goals per game. NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Atlanta United FC: Franco Escobar, Florentin Pogba (injured), Ezequiel Barco (injured), Hector Villalba (injured), Brek Shea (injured), George Bello (injured), Mikey Ambrose (injured), Kevin Kratz (injured). DC United: Chris Odoi-Atsem (injured), Luciano Acosta, Oniel Fisher (injured). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Marilyn Jones has a problem with the city of Augusta that is literally hanging over her head. 'You see that limb?' she said in her backyard on Murphy Street while pointing to a giant branch overhead from a massive oak tree on the city right of way on Bransford Avenue. 'It is going right over my house.' A big limb from the tree fell recently and punched a hole through the siding on her home, and Jones fears the big branches over her roof will do worse. 'I hate to get it cut down, but I've got to,' she said. Her plea to the city for help has gotten the attention of some Augusta Commission members who want the city to get serious about removing hazardous trees and recognize the need to fund it. Commissioner Mary Davis said the 2014 ice storm, which felled many large branches and trees and damaged properties across the city, showed her that many large trees are problems waiting to happen. 'A lot of the large oaks have outlasted their time throughout Augusta,' she said. That point came home a few weeks ago when part of a large tree on Walton Way fell on a driver near Monte Sano Avenue. 'It's just a miracle that individual survived,' she said, noting that Savannah, Ga., was sued after a similar incident killed someone. Augusta Engineering Director Hameed Malik said the city has 84 trees identified as hazardous. When a complaint comes in or a city worker notices a potential problem, the department's tree operation manager, who is a certified arborist, goes out and makes an assessment, he said. If it needs to be removed, the city first tries to do it in-house, but resources are very limited, Malik said. 'We have one three-man crew to cover the entire county,' he said. The city also has two contractors and tries to get trees removed going through that process, which can take at least 30 days and up to 60 at times, Malik said. The tree on Walton Way had already been marked for removal, and the city was in the process of getting a contractor to start working the area, which is now underway, he said. The city only has about $35,000 annually from stormwater funds dedicated to tree work and could use more, Malik said. The city got $1 million from special purpose local option sales tax 6 but spent that in one year, he said. At other times, the city can try to incorporate tree work as part of a larger road project, such as those funded through the Transportation Investment Act, Malik said. Davis said she would like to see a quicker process, and she and others plan to make it a priority as the city begins its budgeting process for next year. 'The fact is, Engineering doesn't have adequate funds to quickly take down trees that have been deemed hazardous, and we need to address that issue,' she said. Fortunately, 'there seems to be a consensus to consider finding the funds necessary to make this happen.' With an average of $2,500 a tree - although some run as much as $6,000 - it would take about $300,000 to clear all of the identified hazardous trees, Malik said. The city as well as the Georgia Department of Transportation have been pruning and cutting limbs along major roads to eliminate overhanging branches that could fall, he said. 'It looks a lot better aesthetically, and hopefully if something fell it wouldn't reach' the road, Malik said. Commissioner Marion Williams said the city should get more serious about removing trees despite the objections of some. 'The tree huggers don't want you to cut it down,' he said. 'You have to find another tree to hug.' Commissioner Brandon Garrett, who said he has had 'quite a few incidents' with hazardous trees in his District 8, said the city should look at setting up a separate line item in the budget for funding to address the issue. 'If we can take the preventive measures to take care of that, we definitely need to be proactive,' he said. Standing in her backyard, Jones watched as a crew with a dump truck and bucket lift parked across the street, then got to work on a big tree nearby. She looked up again at the giant oak, probably as old as her 102-year-old house, and at the limbs hanging over her. 'It's not much,' she said, looking at the house dwarfed underneath, 'but it's mine.' ___ Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 3 Night' game were: 4-1-4 (four, one, four)
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Night' game were: 9-2-6-2 (nine, two, six, two)