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LOCAL PROFILE: A Charitable Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- This week, the Where U Live team spoke with representatives from the Salvation Army and Hands On Atlanta about ways Atlantans can be charitable, this holiday, if they want to dedicate their holiday to others in need.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Luthersville man facing federal fraud charges

Luthersville man facing federal fraud charges

LUTHERSVILLE, Ga. -- A 62-year-old Luthersville man has been indicted on fraud charges involving federal contracts reserved for service-disabled veterans.

Arthur Wayne Singleton was arraigned in federal court on Wednesday. Prosecutors said he obtained the contracts under false pretenses.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Singleton approached a bedridden Vietnam War veteran and proposed a joint venture that would use the veteran's status as disabled to obtain federal contracts set aside for companies with majority ownership by disabled veterans.

The indictment said Singleton obtained $2.85 million worth of contracts using the veteran's status, although the veteran performed no work and did not have ownership stake in Singleton's companies.

Singleton has been charged with 14 counts of wire fraud and one count of major fraud against the United States.

NEWNAN: Distribution center to create 100+ jobs

NEWNAN: Distribution center to create 100+ jobs

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that a North Carolina-based food service company will open a distribution center southwest of Atlanta, creating 108 jobs.

Deal said in a statement that MBM Foodservice is expected to invest $12.6 million in the new facility in Newnan. He said it will
complement another MBM distribution center in LaGrange.

The governor's office said the Rocky Mount-based company is one of the nation's largest customized food-service distributors for national and regional restaurant chains. The Newnan facility will serve as one of MBM's main food distribution centers for its customers in the Southeast.

MBM plans to lease a building in the Coweta Industrial Park in Newnan.

The company expects to begin hiring for the newly created positions during the first quarter of 2012.

Honor Bus Tour to celebrate local veterans

Honor Bus Tour to celebrate local veterans

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Ga. is considered one of the country's greatest tributes to those who served.

Now, veterans living in Atlanta's southern suburbs have an opportunity to visit this moving testament to the proud servicemen and women who work to keep the country safe.

On Friday, Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day -- the Honor Bus Tour will roll into Coweta County to pick up local veterans and drive them to Columbus to see the museum. This free ride for Newnan and Peachtree City residents includes lunch and a tour.

The Honor Bus will leave from SonRise Baptist Church at 8 a.m. Friday and will return at around 5 p.m.

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

SENOIA: Voters say 'yes' to Sunday sales

SENOIA, Ga. -- Voters in Senoia have approved Sunday alcohol sales.

About 68 percent of the voters who visited the polls Tuesday said "yes" to the opportunity to purchase alcohol on Sundays.

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