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Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

U-Haul ranks Atlanta No. 26 growth city

U-Haul ranks Atlanta No. 26 growth city

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- U-Haul International, Inc. ranks Atlanta No. 26 on its annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report released Friday that measures the nation's top growth areas for families that moved during the past year. 

Pittsburg takes the top spot with the highest percentage of growth, U-Haul said. 

"The report, reflective of growth patterns in the United States during 2012, was complied based on nationwide trends in cities of all sizes and reflects communities with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area," said John "J.T." Taylor, president, U-Haul International, Inc.

"Growth cities were then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each area," Taylor added.

The U-Haul 2012 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report was compiled from more than 1.6 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions, the company said. 

JC Penney ousts CEO Ron Johnson

JC Penney ousts CEO Ron Johnson

NEW YORK -- J.C. Penney is naming Mike Ullman as its new CEO.

He takes over for Ron Johnson, who is leaving the company.

Ullman was head of the Plano, Texas-based department store chain prior to Johnson's appointment to the top spot in an effort to halt the chain's sliding earnings.

Johnson came under pressure after his turnaround strategy failed to win over shoppers. His drastic changes included slashing the number of sales in favor of everyday low prices, bringing in hipper designer brands such as Betsy Johnson and remaking outdated stores.

J.C. Penney shares dropped 42 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $15.45 in after-hours trading.

Thieves rob homeless children's shelter

TUCKER, Ga. -- YOUNG PEOPLE MATTER is a shelter for homeless youngsters with no place to go, no home and no love. 

However, before they opened the door on their new facility, thieves cleaned the place out taking kitchen appliances, copper wiring and piping.

But that was not all.

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"They broke windows and one of the most unfortunate things that happened was that when they took out the pipes in the bathrooms, it flooded the place," said Simone Joye, Executive Director of Young People Matter.

The vandalism has been a big setback, but the Shelter still plans to open the first week in May. It will house 20 homeless youngsters, each for up to 21 days.

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

Coke partners with Firehouse Subs for national contest

ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola and Firehouse Subs are partnering for a national sweepstakes centered on stock car racing.

Coca-Cola is sponsoring the Coca-Cola Photo Finish sweepstakes at Firehouse Subs locations through Apr. 21.

During the contest, life-size cutouts of participating Coca-Cola Racing Family members will be placed in FIrehouse Subs locations. Firehouse Subs guests can snap a photo with the cutout and submit it to win. Guests can submit photos via text to cocacolaphotofinish.com, or entries can be mailed.

Participating drivers include Joey Logano, representing the Georgia and Gulf region; Greg Biffle, representing the West and Central region; Danica Patrick, representing the Florida region; Denny Hamlin, representing the South region; and Tony Stewart, representing the Mid-Atlantic region.

Tucker business leaders start CID

Tucker business leaders start CID

TUCKER, Ga. -- A group of Tucker residents and business leaders have started a Community Improvement District.

The brand new Tucker CID had its first meeting Wednesday. The group's stated goal is to enhance the city's economic vitality and turn it into an area of opportunity for businesses.

"A CID would give us the funding source needed to change our area into a thriving activity center that provides positive economic development and supports the lifelong community that is Tucker," Honey Van de Kreke, vice president of Elrep Sales, said in a statement. "It costs the taxpayers nothing, and it is the best alternative to forming a city."

Bill Rosenfeld, president of the Tucker Business Association, agrees.

Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

Sam's Club, Business Savings Expo offer savings to Atlanta-area small businesses

ATLANTA -- Many Sam's Club locations near Atlanta are taking part in the Business Savings Expo through Sunday, February 17, where small businesses can get extra savings on items for their companies.

A spokeswoman for the Expo reported that savings can reach $2,500, and apply to 200 items which help business owners save more. The savings are offered at checkout, no coupons or rebates are needed. 

"Sam's Club wants to provide local business owners with the tools and goods they need to lead each day with increased confidence and optimism," Betty Marshall, vice-president for Sam's Club southeast operations said. "Everyday our associates strive to positively impact and serve small business members, who are so important to the fabric and success of our country. We hope by offering savings atop low prices that Sam's Club can contribute to increased small business success in 2013."

The nearby stores offering the savings include: