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Fulton County Cooperative Extension to help residents navigate health insurance options

Fulton County Cooperative Extension to help residents navigate health insurance options

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension will offer Affordable Care Act information sessions to assist residents, small businesses and their employees through the new Healthcare Marketplace.

Interested parties are encouraged to register for a free information session that will be led by a University of Georgia (UGA) health navigator assigned to Fulton County to assist with helping individuals and small businesses complete eligibility and enrollment forms during. Residents should call (404) 332-2400 to register for a session.

Health Navigator, housed under UGA Cooperative Extension, are able to help residents decide on the best health insurance to meet their needs and will help them apply—either electronically or by paper—to establish eligibility, enroll in coverage and potentially qualify for an insurance affordability program.

Expect weekend road delays, especially around I-75 in Marietta

ATLANTA -- In addition to the full closure of the North Marietta Loop exit ramps and bridge at Interstate 75 all weekend, additional construction will lead to backups in a number of areas around Metro Atlanta this weekend.

Follow traffic information on 11Alive's Traffic Page.

Starting Friday night and continuing for the next five weekends, the Georgia Department of Transportation says they will be closing the North Marietta Loop from Cobb Parkway (US 41) to the Gresham Road/Wallace Road intersection to make concrete repairs to the bridge at I-75.

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Beautiful weekend weather means roadwork in Atlanta

Beautiful weekend weather means roadwork in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- This weekend is going to be beautiful, weather-wise, and there will be plenty of activities to enjoy.

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But pretty days (and nights) come with a snag for drivers: weekend roadwork.

A major project begins Friday night in Cobb County. North Marietta Parkway will be closed between Cobb Parkway and Wallace Road for five consecutive weekends.

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The road will be open during the week, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- This year's DeKalb International Food and Music Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at Northlake Mall.

The event, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m., is coordinated by county Commissioner Stan Watson.

"We are excited to bring back the DeKalb International Food and Musical Festival, and I am confident that the festival will unite the dynamic blend of cultures and traditions that continue to exist in our country," Watson said in a statement.

The International Food and Music Festival celebrates DeKalb residents' many cultures, including Asian, African, West Indian and Middle Eastern. Planned festivities include shopping, food sampling and a Children's Village with puppet shows and face painting; admission to the kids' section is $10.

Salmonella outbreak ends CDC furlough

ATLANTA -- It's back to work for some furloughed federal employees today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called some workers in to help deal with a salmonella outbreak linked to chicken.

The CDC said the government shutdown forced it to furlough about two-thirds of its workers. At one point during the week, its unit that tracks foodborne illnesses had its staffing cut to just 15 percent.

Now, with more cases of salmonella popping up in 18 states, those workers are being brought back.

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More than 250 people in California were sickened by the salmonella outbreak, and it took a warning from the Department of Agriculture to sound the alarm.

The outbreak could be considered collateral damage of the government shutdown. It has not reached Georgia.

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

ATLANTA -- Elevate Week, the Office of Cultural Affairs' large scale public art project, will begin Friday, Oct. 18 at locations throughout the city.

Muralists and performance groups will create art with the theme "Transit: Time, People and Places" through Saturday, Oct. 26.

"I am excited by this year's program because it is a testament to the evolving role of public art in the cultural and economic development of Atlanta," Eddie Granderson, public art program manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs, said in a statement. "We are growing Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination through public art."

MARTA has partnered with the program to design a special Elevate bus. Route 49 will drive past much of the Elevate artwork, giving riders the opportunity to see it.

DeKalb looking for neighborhood ambassadors

DeKalb looking for neighborhood ambassadors

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County will begin training its 2013 neighborhood ambassadors this week.

Neighborhood ambassadors are residents who work together to make their communities better places to live. They report certain violations to the county, including illegally parked cars, trash and debris on properties, and lack of landscaping.

Training will be held Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium, which is located at 1300 Commerce Drive.

Learn more about becoming an ambassador.