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Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

Six Flags has huge economic impact on Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia's two Six Flags theme parks had a combined economic impact of $194 million during their 2014 season, Cobb Tourism & Travel announced Tuesday.

Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell and Six Flags White Water in Marietta directly benefited Cobb County in several ways; park visitors spent their money on local hotels, transportation, entertainment, food and more.

"Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water are powerful economic drivers and contribute significantly to tourism's overall impact in our county," Cobb Tourism & Travel CEO Holly Bass said in a release.

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Race this weekend: Run for the Son

Race this weekend: Run for the Son

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in Cobb County will hold a 5K and 10K fundraiser this weekend.

Run for the Son will be Saturday, Feb. 7. A 1-mile fun run is scheduled to start at 7:45 a.m., while the other two races will be off and running at 8 a.m.

All runners will receive colorful long-sleeve T-shirts. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers, male and female masters finishers, top three male and female finishers in each age group, and the top three runners in the Clydesdale division, for men who weigh more than 200 pounds.

Registration is $27 for each race. Children ages 10 and under can run for $15. Proceeds will benefit the church's Student Summer Mission Program and Eric Petty Memorial Graduation Scholarship Fund.

Visit bhradiate.com for more information about Run for the Son.

Six Flags to hold job fair for 2015 season

Six Flags to hold job fair for 2015 season

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia is looking to hire 3,000 employees for its 2015 season.

The Cobb County theme park has positions available in several areas, including food service, park services, guest relations, admissions, retail, ride operations, games, security, cash control and marketing research.

The park will hold a job fair on Saturday, Jan. 24. Those who are interested must apply online at sixflagsjobs.com no later than Friday, Jan. 16, before they can attend the fair. Applicants must be at least 15 years old. Those who are qualified will be called for off-site interviews.

Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

Six Flags, White Water to debut new rides in 2015

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water will open three new attractions in 2015.

The Cobb County theme parks announced Thursday that Six Flags Over Georgia will add two rides to its Gotham City section.

One ride -- THE JOKER Chaos Coaster -- includes a seven-story ascent into a series of loops. Riders travel forward and backward through the loops and experience a suspended upside-down roll 72 feet in the air.

Gotham City will also add Harley Quinn Spinsanity, a classic spin ride with a Batman-inspired twist. Both attractions will debut in late spring.

Six Flags White Water will soon begin construction on its tallest-ever water slide. Dive Bomber will be 10 stories tall, standing more than 100 feet above the park's tree line.

Dive Bomber features a 90-degree drop, with riders plunging through a trap door and traveling down at speeds of more than 40 miles per hour.

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

Race this Weekend: Celebrate Freedom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Celebrate Freedom Festival will kick off this year's event with a 5K and 10K race in Marietta.

Both events will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 at Jim R. Miller Park. Registration opens at 6 a.m., with the 10K scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will be off and running at 7:40 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first finishers overall, the first masters finishers and the top runners in each age group. All participants will receive T-shirts, goodie bags and two tickets to Celebrate Freedom, a free Christian music festival featuring such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Montell Jordan and Tenth Avenue North.

The 5K costs $30 in advance, while the 10K is $35. The prices go up to $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K on race morning.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Race this weekend: Trinity Chapel Academy 5K

Race this weekend: Trinity Chapel Academy 5K

DALLAS, Ga. -- Trinity Chapel Academy will hold a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

The race will be Saturday, May 17 at 8 a.m. Runners will begin the race at the Tara Drummond Trailhead of the Silver Comet Trail.

Packets must be retrieved at the school, which is located at 4665 Macland Road in Powder Springs, the day before the race. Pick-up will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Advance registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt and sponsor goody bag.

Visit active.com for more information and to sign up.

The Tara Drummond Trailhead is located at the intersection of Seaboard Drive and Highway 278 in Dallas.

Race this weekend: Run for the Ages

Race this weekend: Run for the Ages

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Powder Springs Women's Club will host a 5K fundraiser this weekend.

Run for the Ages will be held Saturday, Apr. 26 at the Powder Springs Library. A 1-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

All runners will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the oldest participant, the youngest participant, the overall winner and the top masters finisher.

Registration is $10 for elementary school-age children and $25 for everyone else. Proceeds will benefit the Powder Springs Senior Center and a scholarship sponsored by the women's club.

Visit pswc.net for more information and to sign up for the race.

The Powder Springs Library is located at 4181 Atlanta Street.