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The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

Author & Early Childhood Education Expert Launches 2nd Edition of National Preschool Curriculum

Author & Early Childhood Education Expert Launches 2nd Edition of National Preschool Curriculum

In July 2008, Author & Early Learning Expert, Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, known as Dr. Bisa, made good on her declaration to produce an affordable preschool curriculum that meets national standards. In January 2011, WINGS: The Ideal Curriculum for Children in Preschool, 2nd edition, will be available, along with five  sets of supporting materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers/pre-k, family/group child care, and after-school programs. The updated WINGS Curriculum Parent Handbook includes new information on play and learning, along with more resources and forms to support home-learning.

New Programs at The Newnan Carnegie Library

New Programs at The Newnan Carnegie Library

Please join us on Wednesday, January 12th at 10 a.m. for the very popular History with Elizabeth series.  This month’s topic is R.D. Cole Replica Street Lights Donor Program Downtown Newnan Streetscapes.

A fourth generation Coweta Countian, Elizabeth is a descendant of early settlers.  Proud of her heritage and always imbued with a strong sense of history, Ms. Beers has been actively involved in various professional, civic, community, church, and historical organizations.

BJ's Wholesale Club Closing 3 Metro Atlanta Stores

BJ's Wholesale Club Closing 3 Metro Atlanta Stores

ATLANTA -- BJ's Wholesale Club plans to close five underperforming stores, including three in Atlanta, by the end of the month in a move meant to cut costs and enhance shareholder value, the company said Wednesday.

Set to close in metro Atlanta are stores in Norcross, Powder Springs and McDonough. Staying open are stores in Woodstock, Newnan, Conyers, East Point and Cumming.

Natick, Mass.-based BJ's Wholesale Club, which reportedly is being eyed for a hostile takeover bid, also announced plans to restructure its home office and make several management changes.

About 380 people will lose their jobs at the closed BJ's stores.

In addition to the three Atlanta stores, BJ's is closing stores in Sunrise, Fla. and in Charlotte, N.C.

Piedmont Newnan receives $5.1 million

Piedmont Newnan receives $5.1 million

NEWNAN, GA -- (The Times-Herald) The Piedmont Newnan Hospital replacement facility on Poplar Road will offer enhanced services in the areas of interventional radiology, surgery, emergency care and women’s and neonatal services thanks to a major boost from Newnan Hospital Inc.

Newnan Hospital Inc. made a historic gift valued at more than $5.1 million to Piedmont Newnan Hospital, the largest, private, one-time gift in Piedmont Healthcare’s 105-year history.    

Newnan Hospital Inc. is the legal entity that was the previous owner of Piedmont Newnan Hospital and continues today with a mission to support healthcare-related needs and initiatives to improve the healthcare of the local community.

“We are building a new hospital today because of the vision and perseverance of the Newnan Hospital Inc. Board of Directors,” said Michael Bass, president and CEO of Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Fire Victims Get a New Home for the Holiday

NEWNAN, GA -- A Newnan family lost everything they owned the week before Christmas. But, their neighbors, and a generous benefactor, are making sure Christmas happens anyway.

At 88, Rosa Ransby is single-handedly raising and supporting seven great grand children.

Charred remains are all that is left of their home in Newnan's Arnco neighborhood. A fire on Tuesday night destroyed everything except Rosa Ransby's spirit.

"When you meet her, when you see her, she just has a look of a little old grandma that you know all she wants to do is take care of others and something just touched my heart and the other firefighters' hearts, and we just felt like we were going to do everything we could to give back to Ms. Ransby," said Deputy Chief Todd Moore with the Coweta County Fire Department.

'Bad in Plaid' Named Crummiest Christmas Photo

ATLANTA -- A photo tagged "Bad in Plaid" has been named Metro Atlanta area's crummiest Christmas Photo by voters on the social networking site, Atlanta.MomsLikeMe.com.

The weeklong vote ended Sunday at midnight and took place after dozens of submissions in the site's Crummy Christmas Photo 2010 Contest