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County Jobs for Fulton Residents

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the county’s first Job Source Policy, at its September 15 meeting.  By enacting this policy, the county will create a pool of employable Fulton county residents who would be eligible to fill jobs created by certain projects funded by the County.

“The Board of Commissioner feels that it is our responsibility to try and help the citizens of Fulton County as much as we can during these hard economic times. This policy will help to provide stable economic opportunities for families throughout the County” stated Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves.

This policy will apply to all contracts procured through the Department of Purchasing & Contract Compliance valued in excess of $200,000.

Fulton County Schools and Local City Governments Improve Walking and Bike Routes for Students

Atlanta, GA-- Walking and bicycling will be safer for countless students in Fulton County this school year thanks to the Georgia Department of Transportation. GDOT has selected a number of schools to receive $1.5 million in federal grant money as part of Georgia’s Safe Route to School program. 

Crabapple Crossing Elementary School, Love T. Nolan Elementary School, Northwestern Middle School, Palmetto Elementary School, Sandtown Middle School, Seaborn Lee Elementary School and Summit Hill Elementary School were chosen to participate.

Partnering with Fulton County Government, the City of Milton and the City of Palmetto, students will benefit from infrastructure improvements such as the interconnection of sidewalks, crosswalk striping, improved lighting, traffic control devices, and ADA ramps.

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, mobile, digital and promotion agency, this week launched an innovative Social Media Brand Ambassador practice designed to allow brands to actively engage customers, promote their products, and respond quickly to inquiries and complaints.  The agency will recruit ambassadors nationwide and engage them on behalf of clients to promote discussion and raise the level of social media conversation for specific brands.

Potential ambassadors will be chosen from a range of demographic groups, interest areas, and geographic regions.  Those interested in applying should go to www.mastermindmarketing.com.

Fulton County Dominates SAT with Six Schools in Top 25

ATLANTA -- Fulton County's statewide dominance of the SAT continues this year, with more than a third of its high schools scoring within the top 25 in the state.

In addition, reports from the College Board show that Northview High School has the highest SAT score in Georgia among schools with large numbers of test-takers.

* Northview High School, Duluth -- 1728 (no. 3)
* Alpharetta High School -- 1719 (no. 5)
* Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta -- 1687 (no. 9)
* Milton High School -- 1650 (no. 17)
* Riverwood International Charter School, Sandy Springs -- 1640 (no. 18)
* Roswell High School -- 1627 (no. 21)

While Northview technically ranks third in the state, the two higher-scoring schools had only seven and 20 students, respectively, taking the test.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field
position.

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

Connect with the City of Milton

MILTON, GA -- Did you know that the City of Milton's new website contains more than just loads of information on every aspect of the government?

Now, residents can connect to their city and each other through Facebook, follow news on Twitter, view tons of photos from city events through Flickr and stay current with the City of Milton RSS feed.

All of these options are available on the city website, www.cityofmiltonga.us, through icons located in the upper left hand corner of every page. Look for "Connect to Milton" to choose a favorite social media option.

Each of these options is updated almost daily with fresh content, according to Jason Wright, Milton's communications manager.

"Social media is not only fun, new and exciting, it is vital to keeping Milton's busy population informed about what is going on at City Hall -- all at no cost," said Wright. "It is a great thing for governments.