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Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

Mellow Mushroom hosting Sports Authority shopping spree contest

(WXIA) -- In honor of its role as sponsor of the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Mellow Mushroom is hosting a contest for the runners, athletes and weekend warriors in metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta-based pizza chain has debuted its Mellow Sports Sweep contest. Based on the old game show "Supermarket Sweep," the contest will give two lucky winners the opportunity to go on a 90-second shopping spree at Sports Authority.

To enter, create a 15-second Instagram video using #MellowSportsSweep explaining why you should win the contest.

The grand prize includes two race entries into the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, one night at the W Atlanta - Buckhead, dinner for two at Mellow Mushroom and, of course, the Sports Authority sweep.

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Tellus to host lecture on new refrigeration techniques

Tellus to host lecture on new refrigeration techniques

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A University of Georgia professor and a group of engineering students are working to solve a pressing problem -- keeping life-sustaining foods like milk chilled in developing countries.

Dr. William Kisaalita will lecture on his refrigeration work in Uganda this week at Tellus Science Museum. He will be joined by student Ryan Brush, who is helping him with his research and experiments.

Their talk will be Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. It is free for Tellus members and included in admission price for non-members.

Attendees will learn how Kisaalita, Brush and others spent three weeks in Kampala, Uganda, working on a prototype cooler that does not need electricity to function. The cooler will give Ugandans access to milk, which will limit disease and make for a healthier population.

Tellus Science Museum is located at 100 Tellus Driver just off Interstate 75 in Cartersville.

Driver arrested for killing pedestrian in Athens

Driver arrested for killing pedestrian in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged in a pedestrian's death in Athens Sunday night.

The accident happened shortly before 10 p.m. on the Athens Perimeter Highway near Oconee Street.

Police said the pedestrian, later identified as 55-year-old Kathy Maxey, stepped into the road and was struck by an Infiniti G35 driven by Edwin Gaona.

Maxey was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old passenger in Gaona's car was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Gaona was arrested and charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.

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Canton teen wins 2014 Oak Leaf Church Scholarship

Canton teen wins 2014 Oak Leaf Church Scholarship

CANTON, Ga. -- Claire Jordan is the recipient of this year's Oak Leaf Church Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is given annually to a Cherokee High School senior who is plugged in to his or her community. It is co-presented by Oak Leaf Church and the Cherokee County School Board.

Claire has been a member of the Alphas, a service club, for all four years of her high school career; she is also a member of Leadership 56 and the National Honor Society. She has taken a mission trip to El Salvador, volunteered at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and lead a girls' Bible study. Claire will begin her freshman year at the University of Georgia in the fall.

She received her scholarship May 1 during a Cherokee County School Board meeting.

Opening statements begin in trial of former UGA coach


ATHENS, Ga. -- Opening statements began in the trial of former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan on Tuesday.

Donnan is accused of bilking investors out of millions of dollars in what federal prosecutors call a Ponzi scheme.

Prosecutors said Donnan took advantage of wealthy friends, football players and coaches he'd connected with during his career as a college coach and sports commentator. Donnan was UGA's head coach from 1996 to 2000.

In just three years, prosecutors say Donnan's scheme took in $81 million in investments. Donnan is accused of using a small salvage business in West Virginia as front, promising returns from 50 to 200 percent and keeping millions for himself.

Trial begins for ex-UGA coach indicted in Ponzi scheme


MACON, Ga. -- Trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday for former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan, who is accused of bilking investors out of millions of dollars in what federal prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

The Securities and Exchange Commission in 2012 charged Donnan with running with an Ohio man an $80 million Ponzi scheme that included other college coaches and former players among its victims.

Donnan was UGA's head football coach from 1996 to 2000. He's accused of using his influence and connections to convince big names to invest, promising them returns of anywhere from 50 to 200 percent.

Valerie Fennell says she and her late husband were not famous, but they were victims, investing some $450,000.