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    Hungry visitors in Georgia can now find a list of 100 restaurant specialties recommended by the state's tourism agency. The Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development has just published its fifth edition of the Explore Georgia Official State Culinary Guide. It includes a list of 'Georgia's 100 Plates' — top dishes from restaurants across the state nominated by local residents. The list includes sweet tea fried chicken at the Mystic Grill in Covington, pimento cheese wontons at Sweet Auburn Barbecue in Atlanta, and fish tacos with chorizo sauce and pear puree at the Tybee Island Social Club on the coast. Copies of the culinary guide can be picked up for free at 11 visitor center across Georgia. It's also available online.
  • Georgia Power intends to rely more on solar power than in past years to deliver energy to homes and businesses. It will also close a coal-fired power plant in northwest Georgia. It's part of the company's long-range energy plan, which was approved recently by the Georgia Public Service Commission, WABE-FM reported . Under the plan, Georgia Power will close its coal-fired power plant near Rome, Georgia. Also part of the plan: the company says it will add more wood burning to its energy mix. Biomass had not been something that Georgia Power initially proposed, but the Georgia Forestry Commission encouraged regulators to consider it in an earlier hearing on the company's long-range plan Georgia Power will issue a request for proposals for a new 50 megawatt biomass facility in Georgia. Environmental groups say biomass is not good for climate change, but supporters say its use will provide a boost to south Georgia's economy and the timber industry. 'It will allow the industry to continue to grow and expand, and I do see that adding resilience to rural communities,' Public Service Commissioner Jason Shaw said. Most of the renewable energy in the long-range plan would come from large solar farms, though some of it could be from rooftop solar panels, the radio station reported. It's an increase from what the company had initially proposed, from 1,000 megawatts, to 2,210 megawatts. That's enough power to serve more than 225,000 homes, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center. Georgia Power has proposed an increase in rates by about 7 percent. Hearings on that matter are scheduled to begin later this year. ___ Information from: WABE-FM, http://www.wabe.org/
  • These Georgia lotteries were drawn Friday: 02-03-04-05-08-09-11-12-14-15-16-18 (two, three, four, five, eight, nine, eleven, twelve, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, eighteen) 01-02-03-06-07-12-13-14-15-18-19-23 (one, two, three, six, seven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-three) 01-03-06-07-12-15-16-18-19-20-23-24 (one, three, six, seven, twelve, fifteen, sixteen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-three, twenty-four) 02-05-08-09-10-11-12-14-17-21-22-23 (two, five, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, fourteen, seventeen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three) 0-4-0 (zero, four, zero) 7-8-8 (seven, eight, eight) 4-1-4 (four, one, four) 5-1-3-6 (five, one, three, six) 6-1-3-1 (six, one, three, one) 9-2-6-2 (nine, two, six, two) 11-22-34-51-59, Cash Ball: 4 (eleven, twenty-two, thirty-four, fifty-one, fifty-nine; Cash Ball: four) 14-20-28-31-32 (fourteen, twenty, twenty-eight, thirty-one, thirty-two) Estimated jackpot: $618,000 3-8-1-9-4 (three, eight, one, nine, four) 9-2-5-3-4 (nine, two, five, three, four) 16-18-28-33-67, Mega Ball: 14, Megaplier: 3 (sixteen, eighteen, twenty-eight, thirty-three, sixty-seven; Mega Ball: fourteen; Megaplier: three) Estimated jackpot: $154 million Estimated jackpot: $53 million
  • The winning numbers in Saturday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Morning' game were: 02-03-05-07-08-10-12-13-17-18-20-24 (two, three, five, seven, eight, ten, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-four)
  • Tennessee State University is opening a hub for computer programing and app development that will serve historically black colleges and universities across the country. To kick off the effort, leaders from 14 schools met at TSU's new National Center for Smart Technology Innovations in Nashville this week for to develop apps that solve real-life challenges. 'Mind-blowing,' was how Morehouse College's Monique Earl-Lewis described the experience. The professor of Africana studies said she was doubtful going in that she would be able to learn coding. But on Friday, she found herself presenting an app for Nashville's Fisk University designed to get students to respond to important emails. Earl-Lewis said she plans to work on a version of the app for Morehouse to present at a faculty and staff retreat. Apple is supporting TSU with equipment, scholarships and professional development to help the university launch its HBCU C2 initiative. The C2 stands for coding and creativity. The project is part of Apple's Community Education Initiative, which seeks to expand coding and workforce development opportunities to underrepresented communities. The company has other projects in Austin, Texas; Houston; and Boise, Idaho. Each one looks a little different, depending on the needs and desires of the specific community, said Lisa Jackson is Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. Jackson said the company's Swift programming language is designed to be intuitive and provide an easy entry into the world of coding. That was the experience for Earl-Lewis, who said, 'The most significant personal experience for me is knowing that with just this iPad, I'm an app developer.' She is excited to share her experience with students and other faculty members. Morehouse will develop a plan for how it can best utilize the resources of TSU and Apple, Earl-Lewis said. That will include sharing knowledge with other Atlanta-area HBCUs. TSU President Glenda Glover said in a news release that TSU is proud to host the initiative. 'Coding and app development are a growing part of the global workforce, and we want to help make sure people of color, especially our students, are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be competitive, and successful,' she said.
  • Billy Baker has served the people of Troup County for 35 years as a firefighter, police officer and most recently a deputy. That community is now coming to his aid. Last month, he was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, and the news only got worse. The 57-year-old’s most recent prognosis was that he had three months to live. “Hopefully I can beat the odds,” Baker told AJC.com. “If not, I have to accept what that means, but if they can study what’s going on with me and help someone else, that’s cool. I plan to fight as hard as I can.” He said he has many inspirations to draw from to give him strength to fight, such as his career in law enforcement and his local community.  However, his biggest source of encouragement is his wife, who has been there before. Delaying the honeymoon On their wedding day in May 2016, Baker’s wife did not feel well. It wasn’t nerves. “We didn’t have a honeymoon because she was sick the day we got married,” he said. “We just didn’t know what it was.” Two weeks later, the newlyweds discovered what was making Misty Baker ill: a 17-pound malignant tumor in her ovaries. She was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. Baker said he used up most of his paid time off work to take care of his wife, and the support eventually paid off.  After chemotherapy and a double mastectomy due to a heightened risk of breast cancer, Misty Baker was declared cancer free. Now, she’s approaching the two-year anniversary of her remission. The couple enjoyed a reprieve by finally taking that vacation they never got around to after their marriage.  Baker said he and his wife took a camper to the beach. He still wishes to take her on “her dream honeymoon” someday. The beach trip was in May. The reprieve would only last about one month. One in 600 In June, Baker began to feel sick after conducting a traffic stop. He’s had plenty of experience on the traffic beat, patrolling I-85 and I-185 as part of the sheriff’s narcotics division. It was hot outside, as Georgia in June often is, but the sickness lingered the next day, he said. By the time he went to the emergency room, his upper chest was hurting severely. What doctors discovered in the X-ray brought him back to when he was newly married. Two cancerous masses were found, leading to the stage 4 esophageal cancer diagnosis. “The majority of our marriage has been one of us dealing with cancer,” Baker said. “It’s an emotional beatdown.” His surgeon told him there’s about 600 cases of esophageal cancer each year in Georgia. Given how developed the cancer is, his medical team has prepared an aggressive treatment plan that will possibly combine chemotherapy and targeted radiation. Whether he’s in the hospital or in the couple’s Heard County home, Baker said his wife has been at his side every step of the way. “For her to have been through everything she’s been through ... she’s been a trooper,” he said. “And that support is priceless.” Baker has faith he’ll pull through the rigorous and demanding treatment, which includes chemotherapy every two weeks and radiation five days a week. His sheriff does as well. “We feel convinced that a miracle will happen, and God will intervene,” Sheriff James Woodruff, who hired Baker about four years ago, said. “He also understands that if it doesn’t, that he will meet it head-on.” ‘A service to others’ Baker hasn’t been able to recoup his paid time off work since using the majority of it to be with his wife, and it has come back to haunt him. His last paycheck came in this week, and he’s had to rely on his savings to help cover the cost of his mounting medical bills. It will be five months before Baker can start drawing Social Security benefits because of how much money his wife makes working with UPS.  “I don’t think that’s right. It shouldn’t be that way,” he said. “I was given three months to live, so you want to approve it two months after I’m dead? It’s a worry you shouldn’t have to deal with when you’re battling a life-threatening disease.' The sheriff’s office, the Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and Jackson Services in LaGrange have partnered to host a fundraiser for the Bakers on Aug. 10. It will feature a live auction, barbecue and a riding event with motorcycles, jeeps and hot rods at the Elks Lodge off South Davis Road. Within a three-day period, nearly 500 tickets were sold, Woodruff said. The sheriff’s office also posted a request on Facebook for donated items to fill up the live action. “His whole life has been a service to others ... it’s a testament to what a public servant he is,” Woodruff said. “The people of this community recognize that, which is why I think there was such a response to our request for help.” Baker said he’s been blown away by the rush of support, adding that law enforcement officers from across the Southeast have been calling and asking to assist.  He also said he couldn’t have asked for a better profession to prepare him for life-or-death scenarios. “(Being a deputy) made it easier for me to swallow this pill,” Baker said. “My job helped prepare me to have to fight this. I’m grateful for that.” In lieu of a GoFundMe page, the sheriff’s office has set up a bank account for people to make donations to the “Billy Baker Fund,” which amassed about $500 in its first day. Anyone interested should call the sheriff’s office at 706-883-1616 or email Lt. Nathan Taylor at ntaylor@troupco.org. “He is part of our family, and we are going to walk this journey with him,” Woodruff said.
  • Make sure you grab an umbrella before you head out this morning. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Eboni Deon is tracking showers that are already firing up across western parts of metro Atlanta.  Deon says today won't be a total washout, but there will be areas of heavy downpours and gusty winds throughout the day. LIVE ON CHANNEL 2 AT NOON: We're using Georgia's most powerful radar to track and time the showers moving through your neighborhood. [DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's Weather App for alerts on storms] 3 hour rainfall estimates nearly 1-2' already in Bartow, Polk and Paulding counties. pic.twitter.com/3qH2JJYEHP — Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) July 20, 2019 Off to a wet start with some areas of rain in Paulding, Bartow, Gordon & Polk counties. I'm tracking it now plus I'll show you when more rain will move in. pic.twitter.com/5qmFnhGsD0 — Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) July 20, 2019 Counties west and northwest of downtown Atlanta are most likely to see showers. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Walker and Dade counties until 4:45 p.m. Flash Flood Warning for Western Walker and Dade counties until 4:45 PM. pic.twitter.com/ugc1pgaa1a — Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) July 20, 2019 Storms moved across metro Atlanta Friday afternoon with Channel 2 Action News viewers sending in reports of flooding and downed trees. Metro Atlanta has been dealing with several days of summer afternoon thunderstorms. Storms brought a huge tree down on a family's home in DeKalb County on Thursday. Low clouds and fog hanging over Midtown Atlanta this morning. pic.twitter.com/J42dZWlkYG — Eboni Deon, WSB (@EboniDeonWSB) July 20, 2019
  • Washington Nationals (51-45, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (59-40, first in the NL East) Atlanta; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71 ERA) Braves: Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24 ERA) LINE: Braves favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Braves are 23-15 against the rest of their division. Atlanta ranks eighth in the majors in hitting with a .262 batting average, Freddie Freeman leads the team with an average of .296. The Nationals are 28-19 against division opponents. Washington has a collective on-base percentage of .326, good for fourth in the National League. Juan Soto leads the team with a mark of .399. The Braves won the last meeting 4-3. Luke Jackson notched his fifth victory and Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Atlanta. Fernando Rodney took his third loss for Washington. TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 25 home runs and is slugging .566. Ozzie Albies is 13-for-41 with five doubles, a triple and two RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 20 home runs and has 66 RBIs. Victor Robles is 13-for-37 with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington. LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .250 batting average, 5.16 ERA, outscored by 12 runs Nationals: 6-4, .280 batting average, 3.02 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: 10-day IL (elbow), Darren O'Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Kevin Gausman: 10-day IL (foot), Max Fried: 10-day IL (blister), Grant Dayton: 10-day IL (toe). Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jonny Venters: 10-day IL (shoulder), Max Scherzer: 10-day IL (back), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 60-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • DC United (9-5-8, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta United FC (10-8-3, third in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Sunday, 4 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Josef Martinez leads Atlanta United FC into a matchup with DC United after a two-goal showing against Houston. Atlanta United FC is 5-5-3 in Eastern Conference games. Franco Escobar ranks second in MLS play with eight cards, all of them yellow. Atlanta United FC has 31 cards with one red card. DC United is 6-1-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. Wayne Rooney ranks fourth in league play with 11 goals. DC United has 31 goals. The teams meet Sunday for the second time this season. DC United won the last meeting 2-0. TOP PERFORMERS: Martinez leads Atlanta United FC with 15 goals. Justin Meram has three goals over the past 10 games for Atlanta United FC. Rooney has 11 goals and six assists for DC United. Lucas Rodriguez has two goals and one assist over the last 10 games for DC United. LAST 10 GAMES: Atlanta United FC: 4-5-1, averaging two goals, 1.2 assists, 4.4 shots on goal and 4.5 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.7 goals per game. DC United: 2-2-6, averaging 1.4 goals, one assist, 3.6 shots on goal and 4.2 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.3 goals per game. NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: Atlanta United FC: Franco Escobar, Florentin Pogba (injured), Ezequiel Barco (injured), Hector Villalba (injured), Brek Shea (injured), George Bello (injured), Mikey Ambrose (injured), Kevin Kratz (injured). DC United: Chris Odoi-Atsem (injured), Luciano Acosta, Oniel Fisher (injured). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.