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Milton and McEachern top the new Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA -- There is a change at the top of the USA Today-HighSchoolSports.net Super 25 polls for Metro Atlanta this week.

The Milton replaces Columbia at the top of the Boys poll. McEachern remains at the top of the Girls Poll.

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Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.

She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.

At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.

Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.

Thick fog blankets much of state Monday morning

Thick fog blankets much of state Monday morning

ATLANTA -- Thick fog reduced visibility across central and north Georgia, leading to a dense fog advisory for much of the state.

The National Weather Service said the dense fog advisory was in effect through 10 a.m. Monday.

The advisory covered most of the state, including all of metro Atlanta.

Cities included in the advisory included Rome, Dalton, Dahlonega and Blairsville in the northern part of the state. Officials said the advisory also covered Americus, Athens, Columbus, Dublin, LaGrange, Macon and Vidalia.

The weather service said visibility would be reduced to less than a quarter-mile, and rapid drops in visibility would make travel treacherous on roads.

Save your Christmas tree for the Chipper

Save your Christmas tree for the Chipper

ATLANTA -- Now that Christmas is over, it's time to think of ditching your tree.  Georgia's tree recycling program is hoping you'll keep them in mind this weekend.

Bring One for the Chipper has recycled millions of trees over the past two decades.  

Mulch from the trees has been used on playgrounds, beautification projects and private lawns across the state.

For details on where to donate your tree or get free mulch after Christmas, check Keep Georgia Beautiful's website.

Key component of Georgia's immigration law takes effect

ATLANTA -- Just more than seven months after Governor Nathan Deal signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act into law, one of its more contested components is taking effect.

Effective Sunday, Georgia businesses with 500 employees or more are required to check their employees using an online system called E-Verify. Workers must be U.S. citizens or otherwise authorized to work in the country in order to be hired.

The requirement takes place in phases. Starting July 1, businesses of 100 or more must use E-Verify. By January 2013, all businesses with more than 10 employees will be required to use the system. Those with 10 or fewer employees are exempt.

Freezing temperatures, high winds to blow into Ga.

Freezing temperatures, high winds to blow into Ga.

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Forecasters say temperatures will plummet to the teens and 20s across north Georgia Monday night as extremely cold air pushes into the state.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has also issued a wind advisory through 7 p.m. Monday. Winds from 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph are expected in central and north Georgia.

WEATHER BLOG | Time running out to prepare for hard freeze

Authorities say the low temperature could fall to around 16 degrees in Blairsville and other communities in the north Georgia mountains.

The weather service says temperatures in Atlanta could dip to around 22 degrees Monday night and 20 degrees Tuesday night before warmer weather begins to raise temperatures around mid-week.

New Year's food: Your year is what you eat

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Across the nation, as people prepare to celebrate the new year, for some, special meals are being prepared. What you eat on New Year's Day is supposed to signify "good things" to come over the course of the year.

Lentils and black-eyed peas are supposed to signify coins and, more particularly, money and wealth. Hoppin' John is a prepared dish of black-eyed peas and rice very common across the South that is a regular staple of New Year's dinner tables. Other dishes prepped with black-eyed peas include Texas Caviar, which is usually prepared with corn and bell peppers, though some recipes go as far as to include black beans and celery.

It's no surprise that leafy green vegetables signify money. In the South, greens -- collards or mustards & turnips, take your pick -- are usually the vegetable of choice, though in other parts of the nation, cabbage or sauerkraut tend to be more common.