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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's fire chief is suspended without pay after publishing a book calling homosexuality "unclean", "a sexual perversion", "vulgar", and "inappropriate".

The book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? is on sale at Amazon.com. It was authored by Atlanta's Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran. The summary of the book refers to God's words to Adam in the Bible:

From God's perspective nakedness meant so much more. It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind. Though He reconciled Adam's condition by clothing him in coats of lambs' skin, Adam never got over what he had done. Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ! Redeemed men who carry the curse of condemnation and deprivation cannot fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and business leaders-world changers!

MODA Floors & Interiors partners with Agape

MODA Floors & Interiors partners with Agape

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- For the fourth consecutive year, MODA Floors & Interiors and Agape Youth and Family Center, a non-profit organization, continued their "Extreme Bedroom Makeover" partnership. During the one-day event, MODA team members remodeled two bedrooms for three boys in the Bolton Road community in northwest Atlanta.

Rooms To Go provided new beds for the project, and Rosing Paint Center donated paint and supplies. MODA team members accessorized the rooms with window coverings, comforters, pillows and wall decals that reflected the children's interests.

Restaurant brokers to speak in Atlanta

Restaurant brokers to speak in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Two restaurant industry experts are scheduled to speak at two Atlanta coffee shops this month.

Eric and Robin Gagnon are the authors of Appetite for Acquisition, a guide to buying existing restaurants.

According to the Gagnons' publisher, Tate Publishing, six out of every 10 startup restaurants fail. Appetite for Acquisition claims to provide wannabe restaurateurs with the tools that lead to more profit and a better return on investment.

The Gagnons will be at Inman Perk on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., and at Octane Coffee's west Midtown location on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1  p.m. to 3 p.m.

Inman Perk is located at 240 North Highland Avenue, while Octane's address is 1009 Marietta Street NW.

Wolf Creek Amphitheater presents an evening of reggae and R&B fusion

Wolf Creek Amphitheater presents an evening of reggae and R&B fusion

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Spend your Sunday evening enjoying an evening of reggae and R&B fusion on Sunday, August 3 at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater.

The evening features reggae star Beres Hammond, The Manhattans, featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett, and the reggae duo Chaka Demus & Pliers. The concert begins at 5 p.m., with concert gates opening at 3 p.m.

Wolf Creek is located at 3025 Merk Road SW in Atlanta.

Tickets for the concert are available through Ticket Alternative and costs are as follows:

• VIP Table seats are $90.00 in advance, $95 on the day of the show. 
• Reserved Rows A o F are $65 in advance, $70 dollars the day of the show
• Reserved Rows G to L are $55 in advance, $60 the day of the show
• General Admission lawn seats are $35 in advance, $40 dollars the day of the show

Online and phone ticket sales close at 3:00 p.m. the day of the show. Concert attendees must be 18 years or older.

Concert series continues at Wolf Creek Amphitheater

Concert series continues at Wolf Creek Amphitheater

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Wolf Creek Amphitheater continues the popular Affordable Old School Concert Series on Saturday, August 2 with Tank, Ginuwine, Chubb Rock, RL of Next and Case. The concert host will be comedian Ronnie Jordan.

The All White Party begins at 7 p.m., with concert gates opening at 5 p.m. Wolf Creek is located at 3025 Merk Road, SW in Atlanta.

Tickets for the concert are available through Ticket Alternative, and costs are as follows:

• VIP Table seats are $85.00 in advance, $90 on the day of the show. 
• Reserved Seats are $47, $52 on the day of the show
• General Admission lawn seats are $25 in advance, $30 dollars the day of the show

Wolf Creek Amphitheater introduces Wolf Creek Jazz Series

Wolf Creek Amphitheater introduces Wolf Creek Jazz Series

ATLANTA -- The 2014 Wolf Creek Jazz Series kicks off on August 23 with Ruben Studdard, Mike Phillips, Ken Ford and Noel Gourdin. The concert series continues to bring some of the hottest acts to the Wolf Creek Amphitheater and this summer, the three-show series is guaranteed to keep guests entertained and moving to the smooth sounds of jazz.

The first 1,000 people to buy the 3-show series ticket can get all three shows for the amazing price of $60. Tickets can be purchased at ticketalternative.com or call Ticket Alternative at 877-725-8849. The run down for the Jazz Series is listed below.

• August 23, 2014 – Wolf Creek presents: Ruben Studdard, Mike Phillips, Ken Ford and Noel Gourdin

• September 20, 2014 – Wolf Creek presents: Chante Moore, Phil Perry, Joey Sommerville and Algebra

• October 4, 2014 – Wolf Creek presents: Maysa Leak, Jeff Lorber, Avery Sunshine and Milkshake