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Veteran's Story: Never stop searching

Veteran's Story: Never stop searching

November 28, 1972 - Udorn AFB, Thailand: The F-4 Phantom jet lifts off with Captain Jack Harvey at the controls. Flight surgeon Major Bobby Jones rides in the backseat. Major Jones is on the non-combat ‘hop’ to Da Nang, Vietnam, for one reason, to log the needed hours to maintain his flight surgeon status. The flight is uneventful until about 18 miles out from Da Nang. Something has gone horribly wrong in the vicinity of cloud-covered Bach Ma Mountain.

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Updated: apr. 27, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Woman charged with hanging puppy, charge withdrawn from husband

After a Conyers woman claimed her husband killed her puppy, Conyers Police now believe that the woman is the one who took the animal's life.

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Posted: apr. 27, 2015 4:07 p.m.
Veteran's Story: Never stop searching

Veteran's Story: Never stop searching

November 28, 1972 - Udorn AFB, Thailand: The F-4 Phantom jet lifts off with Captain Jack Harvey at the controls. Flight surgeon Major Bobby Jones rides in the backseat. Major Jones is on the non-combat ‘hop’ to Da Nang, Vietnam, for one reason, to log the needed hours to maintain his flight surgeon status. The flight is uneventful until about 18 miles out from Da Nang. Something has gone horribly wrong in the vicinity of cloud-covered Bach Ma Mountain.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Updated: apr. 27, 2015 8:00 a.m.
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UPDATE: Grey-haired robber arrested, wanted for robberies of Rockdale, Newton, DeKalb drugstores

UPDATE: Grey-haired robber arrested, wanted for robberies of Rockdale, Newton, DeKalb drugstores

A Decatur man was arrested for the armed robbery of the CVS in Conyers and at least three other drugstores.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 11:12 a.m. | Updated: apr. 25, 2015 7:06 p.m.
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Man arrested for drug store robberies

Man arrested for drug store robberies

Christopher Westmoreland was arrested in connection with several robberies in Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 6:57 p.m.
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Review: NDP’s Sugar Bean Sisters a sweet time

Review: NDP’s Sugar Bean Sisters a sweet time

Wacky and weird, “The Sugar Bean Sisters,” The New Depot Players’ latest production opens this week at the Paula Vaughn Black Box Theater on Center Street in Conyers.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 12:22 p.m. | Updated: apr. 24, 2015 11:30 p.m.
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Husband, wife look at bid for Probate Judge, Clerk of Courts

Husband, wife look at bid for Probate Judge, Clerk of Courts

Janice and Tolbert Morris have been serving the community in some capacity since they came to Rockdale County 15 years ago, whether it’s starting a free health clinic or serving in law enforcement. Now, they’re looking at serving in a new way. The husband and wife team announced they are forming exploratory committees for two 2016 elected positions – Probate Judge for Tolbert and Clerk of State and Superior Courts for Janice. 

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 12:41 p.m. | Updated: apr. 24, 2015 11:30 p.m.
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Sosby running for school board

Sosby running for school board

Rockdale County resident Ben Sosby is fixated on the money. 

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 12:44 p.m. | Updated: apr. 24, 2015 11:30 p.m.
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Heritage mourns freshman actor's sudden passing

Heritage mourns freshman actor's sudden passing

The Heritage High School performing arts community is reeling from the sudden loss of a freshman in the Academy for Performing and Visual Arts, Michael Jared Rollins-Jones, who had sickle cell anemia and passed away Monday evening. He was 14.

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 5:55 p.m.
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Wednesday Digital Edition: April 22, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: April 22, 2015

Rockdale polls - Get a temperature read on hot button issues with these survey results

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Posted: apr. 24, 2015 5:56 p.m.
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New principals of Memorial Middle, Hightower Trail Elementary named

IN BRIEF: Two new principals were approved by the Rockdale County school board Thursday night as the long-time heads of Memorial Middle and Hightower Trail Elementary transition to central office positions next school year.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 9:01 p.m.
Peachtree Academy to host Open House at Conyers and Covington campuses

Peachtree Academy to host Open House at Conyers and Covington campuses

Peachtree Academy Early Childhood Education Center and Private Schools invite prospective students and parents to an Open House to be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the main Conyers campus, 1801 Ellington Rd., Conyers, and the Covington campus 14101 Hwy 278, Covington.  

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 6:14 p.m.
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Rockdale's unemployement rate drops again

The unemployment rate in Rockdale County fell under 7 percent for the month of March.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2015 11:53 a.m.

RCSO car chase of stolen vehicle leads to car crash

After a car chase that led to a two-car collision, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) deputies arrested three suspects, who allegedly stole one of the invovled vehicles, Wednesday afternoon.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 6:41 p.m.

Taste of Conyers coming back to Olde Town

The Conyers Main Street Program is inviting everyone with an appetite to Olde Town Conyers for the annual Taste of Conyers and Conyers Car Show on Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 5:31 p.m.
Conyers to bring Haler as new tourism director

Conyers to bring Haler as new tourism director

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 1:22 p.m. | Updated: apr. 22, 2015 2:48 p.m.
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New nursing home, 100 jobs opening in Covington

A $22 million nursing home facility and more than 100 jobs could be headed toward Covington as the city council approved to rezone an area on Dearing Street.

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Posted: apr. 22, 2015 2:36 a.m.

Buying a New Home?

Buying a home: where to start? 

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 11:31 p.m.
Prescription medicine safe disposal box set up at Conyers Police

Prescription medicine safe disposal box set up at Conyers Police

In order to give a place for residents to safely dispose of prescription medicines and keep them from being abused, Conyers Police Department has installed a Drug Collection Unit in the front lobby though CVS Pharmacy's Safer Communities grant program.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2015 5:26 p.m.
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Row, row, row your boat

Row, row, row your boat

The recent rains may have kept kayaks and canoes off the river, but thanks to the Yellow River Water Trail, Georgians will be able to enjoy the watershed for years to come.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 11:26 p.m. | Updated: apr. 20, 2015 4:04 p.m.
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Tornado watch issued until 8 p.m.

Tornado watch issued until 8 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for Rockdale, Newton and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 2:07 p.m.
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Free rib giveaway

Free rib giveaway

Shane’s Rib Shack in Covington is holding their annual Rib Giveaway on May 16. The first 100 guests at Shane’s Rib Shack on that day will receive a free half rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, a 20-ounce beverage and special edition Rib Giveaway T-shirt in honor of the official month of BBQ.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 10:28 a.m.
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Hazardous weather outlook remains in effect

The tornado watch for Rockdale, Newton and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton

Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton

UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.

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Posted: apr. 19, 2015 10:05 a.m.
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Heart of a Champion: Michael Mills achieves wheelchair SUV pull for world record

Heart of a Champion: Michael Mills achieves wheelchair SUV pull for world record

A full throated roar of victory and more than a few tears erupted as adaptive athlete Michael Mills successfully pulled a 4,000 pound Honda Pilot SUV across more than 330 feet in a wheelchair for a Guinness world record attempt on Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Bert's Big Adventure charity for children with terminal illnesses, was held at the Etowah Crossfit's Festivus Games in Woodstock, Ga. Mills team of family, friends, fellow adaptive athletes and supporters, identified as Team "Dirtbags," also carried the flag for non-profits such as More Heart than Scars, for adaptive athletes ...

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Posted: apr. 18, 2015 4:02 p.m.
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Business incubator Olde Town plan on hold

Business incubator Olde Town plan on hold

Plans for a business incubator in Olde Town are in doubt due to a competing tenant. It’s the latest challenge to local government’s efforts to attract startup companies, a push that has had its own problems starting up.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 11:16 p.m.
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Heritage Laws of Life winners honored

Heritage Laws of Life winners honored

The Conyers Rotary Club honored local high school participants of the Laws of Life contest and celebrated Heritage High freshman Jamie Gray, who placed third in the statewide Laws of Life Essay Contest. (To read Gray's moving essay, see below or click on PDF of winning essays attached to article.)

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 11:03 p.m.
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Operation Prom: Bringing a night of magic

Operation Prom: Bringing a night of magic

Dozens of local girls will have the chance to feel like Cinderella for prom thanks to the donations and efforts of a local nonprofit, stylists and donors. The Nonprofit Consortium, started by community organizer Cheryl Board, is connecting Rockdale, Newton, and DeKalb students who otherwise couldn't afford to go to prom with beautiful, fitted dresses and head-to-toe services.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 9:53 p.m.
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Rain no problem for Rockdale Relay for Life

Rain no problem for Rockdale Relay for Life

A little downpour was no problem for Rockdale Relay for Life this year. More than 100 people gathered into 1400 Parker  Road, the former Maxwell building, to celebrate the 22nd Annual Relay for Life of Rockdale County Friday evening. Cancer survivors began the event with a ceremonious walk around the track, which was outlined with luminaries. More than $63,000 was raised prior to the Relay.  Here are a few scenes. For more photos, click here or go to http://covnews.mycapture.com/mycapture/category.asp?CategoryID=56714

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 9:34 p.m.
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RCSO to host an open house

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office is set to host an open house on April 25. The open house is designed for citizens and visitors to have an opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of the sheriff’s office and jail facility.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 1:04 p.m.
Local LDS church chooses new bishop

Local LDS church chooses new bishop

Frank Nolden was sustained by the membership of the Conyers Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as their new bishop on Sunday. He replaces Phillip N. Kimble whose counselors over the past five years have included Chris Zawadski, Lloyd Rasmussen, and previously David Shipp.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 12:00 p.m.
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Merchant speaks on filming challenges

The controversy over the filmmaking boom's impact on Olde Town businesses flared anew at the April 15 Conyers City Council meeting.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 12:04 a.m.

Man assaults wife, kills puppy after laptop destroyed over Facebook

A Conyers man was arrested last week after he allegedly attacked his wife and then hung her puppy off the balcony by its leash.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 6:23 p.m.
KCRB receives national and state awards

KCRB receives national and state awards

Rockdale County announced that Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful (KCRB) is the recipient of two national and state awards for its unwavering efforts in making the community cleaner, greener and more thriving. 

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 3:19 p.m.
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Warrant hearing for Mays deferred with conflict of interest questions

IN BRIEF: The warrant hearing for counts against Rockdale County Probate Judge Charles Mays brought by former Probate Court worker Freya Pearson was deferred after Mays' defense attorney Gary Washington brought up questions of conflict of interest for Pearson's attorney Mike Waldrop, who also serves as the solicitor in the city of Conyers Municipal Court. Pearson reportedly had a traffic ticket from February 2015.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 11:35 a.m.
Wednesday Digital Edition: April 15, 2015

Wednesday Digital Edition: April 15, 2015

A way out of the darkness - Professionals share the latest research on suicide and suicide prevention

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 12:21 a.m. | Updated: apr. 15, 2015 7:20 a.m.
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Commissioners hold off on citation writing expansion

Rockdale County department directors will have to wait before their subordinates will be allowed to write citations for ordinance violations.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2015 6:03 p.m.

GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2015 5:37 p.m.
Clerk of Courts Real Estate team achieve top certification

Clerk of Courts Real Estate team achieve top certification

(Conyers, GA) The Real Estate Indexing Team at Rockdale County Clerk of Courts Ruth A. Wilson's office recently achieved 100 percent certification by the State of Georgia as experts in real estate indexing standards.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2015 5:27 p.m.
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Peachtree Academy shows off new labs

Peachtree Academy shows off new labs

Peachtree Academy showed off its newest addition Tuesday, conducting a tour and ribbon cutting of its new science labs at the Covington campus, located at 14101 Hwy. 278.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2015 3:24 p.m.
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Heritage's Laws of Life contest winners celebrated April 16

The Rotary Club of Conyers will host its Annual Laws of Life Essay Contest winners from Heritage High School on Thursday, April 16.

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 8:24 p.m.
Man found after manhunt called off in south Rockdale

Man found after manhunt called off in south Rockdale

UPDATE: The search for a 32-year-old white male who was described by his family as possibly threatening suicide was called off Friday evening and he was found shortly after at a local bar.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 8:18 p.m. | Updated: apr. 13, 2015 5:47 p.m.
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Five Governor's Honors finalists from RCPS named

Five Rockdale County students were named as finalists for the Governor's Honors program, a prestigious residential summer program for gifted and talented high school seniors in Georgia.

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Posted: apr. 12, 2015 8:38 p.m. | Updated: apr. 13, 2015 6:37 a.m.
Superhuman: Wheelchair athlete attempts world record truck pull for charity

Superhuman: Wheelchair athlete attempts world record truck pull for charity

Covington athlete Michael Mills loves challenges that some may think impossible for a man who is paralyzed below the waist. He's already known locally for competing in extreme obstacle-course races. Now he wants to set a new Guinness World Record by pulling a 5,000-pound SUV the distance of a football field-while in his wheelchair.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 7:51 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 12:28 a.m.
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Chamber celebrates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day with luncheon May 15

The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is showing their appreciation for the men and women who work to keep the community safe during National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, May 11-15, with a free Law Enforcement Appreciation luncheon on May 15.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 9:02 p.m.

More county departments able to issue citations

The Rockdale Board of Commissioner (BOC) heard an ordinance change that will update the county's record books with the current structure of its departments.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 10:48 a.m.
Green Dot card phishing scam targets county employees

Green Dot card phishing scam targets county employees

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) has received a number of reports of an identity theft scam by sending people Green Dot reloadable prepaid debit cards in the mail. The incidents reported have shown these cards have been created using a person's personal information, not through a company promotion. These cards also are being applied for/received during this tax season and could be connected to a large tax fraud where personal information is used to fraudulently file federal and state taxes and have the tax return directly deposited into the Green Dot card account. The money is ...

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 9:12 a.m.
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Volunteers needed for Water Planning District advisory council

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) is seeking interested individuals from Rockdale County to serve on the Ocmulgee Basin Advisory Council, one of six councils in the 15-county region that help develop and implement water resources plans for the region. The councils provide valuable input to the Metro Water District's planning process and related implementation activities by representing the wide variety of stakeholders that rely on the region's water resources.

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Posted: apr. 09, 2015 4:50 p.m.
UPDATED: New details emerge in fatal home invasion shooting

UPDATED: New details emerge in fatal home invasion shooting

UPDATE: More details have emerged in the fatal April 3 home invasion shooting at the Salem Terrace apartments.

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Posted: apr. 03, 2015 8:35 a.m. | Updated: apr. 09, 2015 11:22 a.m.
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Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

Shark Tank TV show casting call April 13 in Decatur

You can apply to pitch your company for ABC's hit reality TV show "Shark Tank" at a casting call breakfast Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA. Companies will be chosen to pitch to casting director Scott Salyers. Apply at http://valuespartnerships.com/ATLSharkTankBreakfast/

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Posted: apr. 08, 2015 7:51 p.m.
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