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Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

'Footloose' Production Casting Extras, Movie Crews Abound

ATLANTA -- Hollywood is continuing its move eastward. As you drive around town, it's not unusual to see movie crews in action. You might have even spotted a movie star or two in your local supermarket. Now there's an opportunity for you to get on the big screen.

The movie industry is becoming big business in Georgia. During the fiscal year of 2010, the industry's impact in Georgia came in at $1.33 billion, the Georgia Department of Economic Development said. Get this, 70 percent of that money gets spent in the immediate area where production is actually happening.

But everyday people are getting in on the "fun" part of movie-making, too. This week, there's an opportunity to do some star-spotting and be an extra in the upcoming re-make of Footloose. The re-make stars Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid.

Comedies Return Tonight on 11Alive

Will Pam and Jim be happy with Michael's latest hire?  The team at Dunder Mifflin gets back to work tonight at 9 pm on "The Office" on 11Alive.  Steve Carell confirmed this seventh season will be his last, so get your fix starting tonight.

Georgia's Top One-Win High School Football Teams

 

Not every elite team finishes the season undefeated. The vast majority of teams lose at least one game and with so many teams playing tough non-region games early in the season, many teams take their lumps early.

A perfect example is Camden County's 2009 team. The Wildcats lost to a nationally-ranked Grayson team in Week One, beat a Florida team in Week Two, and lost to perennial powerhouse Hoover (AL) in Week Three. After a 1-2 start, many people wrote off Kingsland team. Three months and twelve consecutive wins later and the Camden County Wildcats were the 5A champs.

Camden County's 2009 path was atypical, but could easily be repeated.

UWG-Newnan Receives $2 Million Grant from Newnan Hospital

CARROLLTON, GA -- Newnan Hospital, Inc. announced today that it has donated $2 million, the largest one-time gift in University of West Georgia history, to benefit the School of Nursing at UWG-Newnan.

"This gift is cause for great celebration," said Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. "It supports academics, our top priority, and recognizes the great achievements of our School of Nursing. It addresses a statewide and national need to increase the number of qualified nurses."

"The university already offers a full nursing program here, and we hope that this donation will inspire the future development of the program here at home in Coweta County," said Tom Moat, president of the board of directors of Newnan Hospital.

A Look Back at Week 3's Prep Football Predictions

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA -- Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week was predicted to be a close one by Massey Matchups. Flowery Branch was supposed to get a 25-23 win over Apalachee.

Massey Matchups correctly predicted a Falcon win, but underestimated how many points would be scored in the game. The Flowery Branch-Apalachee game was an offensive battle that far exceeded the 48 predicted points of total offense. The final score for the Region 8-4A match-up was Flowery Branch 52, Apalachee 35.

Flowery Branch also won by a bigger margin than expected. Massey Matchups gave the Falcons a two-point edge. Flowery Branch actually won by 17.

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: