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Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail

Cyclist dodges roofing nails on Silver Comet Trail

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The accident could have been deadly.

Cyclist Michael Held spotted them out of the corner of his eye as he rode by -- a roll of roofing nails covering the Silver Comet Trail in Powder Springs.

"They were set up across the trail, on the right side where most cyclists would be, face up," he said.

Held said his tire missed the nails by just an inch, and hitting them could have been disastrous.

"You hit that at 25 miles per hour and your front tire is going to blow," he said. "You're immediately on the tarmac, and someone could've been seriously injured."

When Held returned to remove the nails, he said it was clear that whoever put them there wanted to hurt somebody.

"It certainly wasn't an accident," he said. "They were placed there for a reason."

Held called 911, but as no one saw anyone laying down the nails, there was not much police could do.

Cobb County public pools to open this month

Cobb County public pools to open this month

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County's two outdoor public pools will open for the season this month.

One of the pools is celebrating a grand reopening. Sewell Pool and Splash Pad in East Cobb will host a community celebration this Friday, May 16. A ribbon cutting will take place at 3:30 p.m., while the pool will officially open at 4 p.m.

Sewell Pool and Splash Pad is located at 2085 Lower Roswell Road.

Cobb County's other outdoor pool, Powder Springs Pool, is located at 3899 Brownsville Road. It will open for the summer on Thursday, May 22. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Learn more about Cobb County's public pools at cobbcountyga.gov.

Sign up for Keep Austell Beautiful Day

Sign up for Keep Austell Beautiful Day

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Austell Public Works will sponsor a citywide cleanup event on Saturday, Apr. 27.

Keep Austell Beautiful Day is part of the Great American Cleanup, which encourages citizens to take care of their communities.

Anyone who is interested in helping out should meet at George E. Beavers Park at 10 a.m. on Apr. 27. Lunch will be provided.

Learn more and sign up for Keep Austell Beautiful Day at austellga.gov.

George E. Beavers Park is located at the corner of Broad Street and Joe Jenkins Boulevard.

City to break ground on community garden

City to break ground on community garden

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The city of Austell is preparing to break ground on its I.T. and Lodemia Terrell Community Garden and Educational Center.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The garden is located at 2736 Windy Lane.

Austell received a $5,000 non-matching grant to create the garden in honor of Irvin Thomas Terrell, a deacon at Tallapoosa Primitive Baptist Church, who passed away in November 2011.

'B at the Movies' this summer

'B at the Movies' this summer

ATLANTA -- Looking for some free family fun this summer?

ALDI and radio station B98.5 will present the "B at the Movies" outdoor movie series at several locations throughout metro Atlanta all summer long.

Everyone is invited to bring their blankets and chairs to the participating parks and watch the family-friendly movies on giant inflatable screens. Movies begin at dusk, but come out early for activities and giveaways.

The 2012 B at the Movies schedule includes:

Saturday, May 12
We Bought a Zoo
Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers

Saturday, May 26
We Bought a Zoo
Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell

Saturday, June 2
Puss in Boots
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

New senior center opens in Austell

New senior center opens in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County officials have cut the ribbon on the new and improved Austell Senior Center.

The original senior center was destroyed during the devastating 2009 floods that swept through west Cobb and other parts of metro Atlanta. Officials decided to move the new center to Clarkdale Park to decrease the risk of it being flooded again.

According to Cobb County Communications:

The new 5,500 square [foot] facility garnered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council due to many energy saving components in the design. Highlights include: a high efficiency HVAC system, high efficiency light fixtures and a 46 percent reduction in electrical costs and 28 percent reduction in water usage to comparable buildings.

'Bring One for the Chipper' after Christmas

'Bring One for the Chipper' after Christmas

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- After taking the lights and ornaments off your Christmas tree, do some good for the environment and recycle it into mulch.

Georgia's Bring One for the Chipper program turns used Christmas trees into useful natural materials. Trees will be accepted at several locations throughout Cobb County from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7.

Locations include:

* Noonday Creek Park, 489 Hawkins Store Road

* Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road
* Harrison Park, 2650 Shallowford Road
* Sewell Park, 2085 Lower Roswell Road

Powder Springs
* Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway

For more information about Christmas tree recycling in Cobb, visit the Keep Cobb Beautiful website at cobbcounty.org/kcb.