Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rees Named Georgia SAR Teacher of the Year

The Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution has selected a Fayette County middle school teacher as their Georgia Teacher of the Year for the second consecutive time.

Salli Rees, an eighth grade Georgia history teacher at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City, has been selected from a pool of exemplary middle and high school history teachers throughout the state, both public and private, as an example of whose instruction on the Revolutionary War demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current and accepted curriculum requirements. She will receive her award at a special program on February 5.

As the state winner, Rees will represent Georgia at the national competition for the Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award. The national winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to one of four seminars. Each seminar provides a professional education opportunity to an educator who will bring back to the classroom a heightened level of creativity and enthusiasm about the American Revolutionary era.

Last year the Georgia Veterans of Foreign Wars named Rees the Georgia Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for middle schools.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Radio Disney AM 590 Atlanta and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Announce Winners of the 'Get Active Get Fit!' School Challenge

/PRNewswire/ -- Radio Disney AM 590 Atlanta, part of the number one radio network for kids, tweens and families, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) announce the winners of the "Get Active Get Fit!" School Challenge. The 20 Georgia schools with the highest percentage of participation in the program have won a special dance party hosted by Radio Disney AM 590. In addition, five schools were awarded new gym equipment valued at $500 for being the first to sign up and complete the program.

The "Get Active Get Fit!" School Challenge was designed to motivate kids and families to achieve fitness together by engaging in fun activities. The program has been implemented in more than 150 elementary schools in 127 districts throughout the Fall 2010, furthering a commitment to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle among 61,000 of Georgia's school-age children.

The winning schools with the highest percentage of participation are:


  • Adrian School of Performing Arts
Emanuel County
  • Bacon County Elementary
Bacon County
  • Brookview Elementary
Fulton County
  • Burnette Elementary
Gwinnett County
  • Cusseta Road Elementary
Muscogee County
  • Edgewood Elementary
Muscogee County
  • Glen Haven Elementary
Dekalb County
  • Hannah Academy
Muscogee County
  • Hubbard Elementary
Monroe County
  • Lake Oconee Academy
Greene County
  • Lamar County Primary School
Lamar County
  • Marlow Elementary
Effingham County
  • Social Circle Elementary
Social Circle City
  • Social Circle Primary
Social Circle City
  • South Dodge Elementary
Dodge County
  • Stonewall Tell Elementary
Fulton County
  • Tolbert Elementary
Gordon County
  • Venetian Hills Elementary
Atl Public Schools
  • Whitesburg Elementary
Carroll County
  • Whitlow Elementary
Forsyth County

The schools awarded new gym equipment are:

  • Lamar County Primary School
Lamar County
  • Social Circle Primary
Social Circle City
  • South Dodge Elementary
Dodge County
  • Stonewall Tell Elementary
Fulton County
  • Venetian Hills Elementary
Atl Public Schools

"It is truly amazing to see how many schools participated in this challenge," said Morgan Kendrick, President, BCBSGa. "They are all winners and we couldn't be more thrilled with the incredible success that Radio Disney's 'Get Active Get Fit!' program has experienced in engaging Georgia's children in healthy fitness activities."

Nearly 500,000 students nationwide signed up to participate in the "Get Active Get Fit!" School Challenge in states including California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Upstate New York, Virginia, and Wisconsin. For Radio Disney, the network's involvement in the program demonstrates its commitment to inspiring healthier lifestyles for kids and families supporting Disney's Magic of Healthy Living effort.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Top 20 Most Frugal Cities of 2010 Revealed

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attention, shoppers: Atlanta residents are saving more money than you are. When it comes to whittling down that grocery bill and tackling rising food prices, Atlantans are doing it best by using coupons.

“Especially in the South and Midwest, shoppers know how to keep their pennies in their pockets, racking up substantial savings throughout the year.”

For the second year in a row, Atlanta takes the top spot on the ‘Most Frugal U.S. Cities’ list, according to the 2010 Savings Index1 released today by Coupons.com, the premiere Web destination for coupons and savings. On average, regular users of Coupons.com in Atlanta printed more than $1000.00 dollars in coupon savings from the site in 2010. That is almost twice as much as during 2009, when they printed $531 in savings.

Tampa cashed in with coupons and maintained its position as the city with the second most savings. On average, regular users of Coupons.com in Tampa printed $863.00 in savings. Following on the savings heels of Atlanta and Tampa are, in order, Cincinnati, Saint Louis and Minneapolis, according to the Index.

“Across the country Americans are incorporating couponing into their shopping routine to alleviate rising food costs and keep their grocery bill in check,” said Jeanette Pavini, Coupons.com household savings expert. “Especially in the South and Midwest, shoppers know how to keep their pennies in their pockets, racking up substantial savings throughout the year.”

The South is a mega-saver: more than one-third of the top 20 frugal cities are in the Southern region of the United States. In addition to Atlanta and Tampa, other Southland cities on the list include Charlotte (#6), Nashville (#7), Raleigh (#10), Oklahoma City (#13), Miami (#13) and Dallas (#14).

Once again, Ohio is the country’s most frugal state. The Buckeye state is represented three times on the ‘Most Frugal U.S. Cities’ list – Cincinnati (#3), Cleveland (#8) and Columbus (#19).

North Carolina is Ohio’s biggest challenger, climbing the penny-pinching ladder with two cities in the top 10: Charlotte and Raleigh.

For the first time it was raining green in the Pacific Northwest as Seattle (#18) joined the list. Seattle is the only city on the West Coast that made the cut.

In 2010, regular users of Coupons.com hailing from the top 20 most frugal cities printed or added more than $1023.00 in savings to their store loyalty cards, which is almost twice the amount from 2009 of $535.00. Nationwide, more than $1.2 billion in savings was printed or saved to loyalty cards from Coupons.com and the Coupons.com network during 2009.

The Top 20 couponing cities are below.

2010 Rank     Change Since 2009     City     State     Savings Index
1         Atlanta     GA     997
2         Tampa     FL     569
3         Cincinnati     OH     497
4         Saint Louis     MO     420
5         Minneapolis    
MN
    329
6     ↑ 1     Charlotte     NC     303
7     ↓ 1     Nashville     TN     291
8         Cleveland     OH     289
9         Pittsburgh     PA     250
10     ↑ 1     Raleigh     NC     235
11     ↓ 1     Kansas City     MO     233
12     ↑ 3     Washington     DC     207
13     ↓ 1     Miami     FL     202
14     ↑ 4     Dallas     TX     198
15     ↓ 2     Oklahoma City     OK     198
16     ↓ 4     Boston     MA     192
17         Denver     CO     170
18     ↑ 5     Seattle     WA     153
19     ↑ 1     Columbus     OH     147
20     ↓ 1     Wichita     KS     146
Table 1: Top 20 Frugal U.S. Cities

Most On-the-Go Frugal U.S. Cities

Super-savers are tapping into savings via mobile apps for their cell phones, including Coupons.com’s Grocery iQ and the Coupons.com mobile apps.

When it comes to saving on-the-go, the citizens of Atlanta have the most frugal fingertips, based on use of the Coupons.com apps according to the Index2, which is reflected in the city’s top position on the Most On-the-Go Frugal Cities list in Table 2. The rest of the South is also smart when it comes to cellular savings. In fact, the South is home to 10 cities represented on the top 20 cities using mobile apps to access, browse, print and save coupons.

“More and more, people are taking advantage of coupons using mobile devices,” comments Pavini. “People are not just clicking for coupons from their computer, they are accessing them on-the-go and even at the supermarket.”

Some cities have a higher propensity to access coupons via mobile phones. For instance, savers in Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Philadelphia are quick to look to their mobile device to maximize savings and advance on the On-the-Go list relative to their position on the ‘Most Frugal U.S. Cities’ list.

While they’re on the couponing wagon, Minneapolis, Cleveland and Seattle missed the mobile train: these cities ranked high on ‘Most Frugal U.S. Cities’ list, but each moved down several pegs on the On-the-Go list.

Top 20 Most On-the-Go Frugal Coupon Cities are below.

2010 Rank     City     State     Savings Index
1     Atlanta     GA     906
2     Tampa     FL     531
3     Saint Louis     MO     490
4     Cincinnati     OH     374
5     Oklahoma City     OK     363
6     Dallas     TX     282
7     Charlotte     NC     280
8     Pittsburgh     PA     246
9     Tulsa     OK     241
10     Miami     FL     238
11     Minneapolis     MN     235
12     Washington     DC     232
13     Nashville     TN     226
14     Raleigh     NC     222
15     Wichita     KS     219
16     Kansas City     MO     214
17     New Orleans     LA     198
18     Cleveland     OH     196
19     Denver     CO     177
20     Memphis     TN     165
Table 2: Top Frugal U.S. Cities - Mobile

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GeoVax Labs CSO Dr. Harriet L. Robinson to be Honored at 2011 Georgia Bio (GaBio) Community Awards Ceremony

/PRNewswire/ -- Harriet L. Robinson, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at GeoVax Labs, Inc. (OTCQB/OTC Bulletin Board: GOVX), a biotechnology company that creates, develops and tests innovative HIV/AIDS vaccines, is one of three recipients of the 2011 Georgia Bio (GaBio) Community Awards. Dr. Robinson will be honored at the GaBio Annual Awards Dinner to be held Thursday, January 20 at Atlanta's Fox Theater.

Dr. Robinson is the developer of GeoVax's HIV-1 AIDS vaccine technology. One of the world's leaders in AIDS vaccine research, she was Chief of the Division of Microbiology and Immunology at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Emory University before joining GeoVax, of which she is a co-founder.

Dr. Robinson's early work with HIV vaccines demonstrated that DNA alone would likely not be sufficient to raise protective immunity for HIV. She combined DNA with protein boosters or live viral-vectored boosters to show that effective control might be achieved through a combination of DNA prime and viral-vectored boosters. It is these vaccines that GeoVax licensed for commercial development and now has in Phase 2 clinical trials. Dr. Robinson received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her PhD in Microbiology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Commenting on the award, Robert T. McNally, Ph.D., President and CEO of GeoVax, said, "We are delighted that Georgia Bio has seen fit to honor Harriet this year. We at GeoVax have long been aware of her extraordinary talents, and we are lucky to have her on staff as we continue to pursue the development of our preventative and therapeutic HIV vaccines."

Each year, Georgia Bio recognizes individuals, companies or institutions for significant contributions to Georgia's life sciences industry with its GaBio Community Awards. Georgia Bio (www.gabio.org) is a private, non-profit association representing nearly 300 pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, medical centers, universities, research institutes, medical centers, government groups and other business organizations involved in the development of products that improve health and well-being of people animals and the environment.

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