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Atlanta airport, airlines reach funding agreement

ATLANTA – A number of airlines – including Delta and AirTran – agreed to pay Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport an additional $30 million “supplementary terminal rental payment,” the city announced Tuesday. “Through this partnership with Delta, AirTran and other carriers, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is poised to retain and sustain its dominance as the busiest and most efficient airport in the world,” Robert Kennedy, interim aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson, said in a news release.

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AAA: Labor Day travel expected to increase

ATLANTA – More Georgians are expected to travel this Labor Day than did last year, according to AAA. A total of 921,000 Georgians are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home – a 7.1 percent increase from a year ago. Nationwide, Labor Day travel is expected to increase 10 percent as 34.4 million Americans are expected to travel, AAA estimates. “Labor Day typically marks the end of summer travel and we’re seeing more

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Feds support Atlanta air safety projects

ATLANTA – Federally allocated tax dollars are helping fund a number of safety projects around the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport area, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The more than $9 million in safety upgrades are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Nationally, federal officials have allocated $1.3 billion for various airport improvement and air traffic control projects as part of the ARRA. “Construction workers and engineers are helping to modernize and repair

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The Pace House

The house up the hill from the Chattahoochee River played an important role during the Civil War. It was here in 1864 that Union Gen. William T. Sherman planned the siege of Atlanta. The nearby area called Mt. Wilkinson or Vinings Mountain provided Sherman with his first view of Atlanta. Prior to the war, Hardy Pace, operator of Pace’s Ferry, built his home in what was then called Vining’s Station. Federal troops, pursuing Confederate forces

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Liberia flights could begin this fall

Flights between the United States and Liberia could begin as early as the fall after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) announced “the successful implementation of cooperative efforts to enhance aviation security.” The TSA and the LCAA in 2009 signed a Joint Statement of Intent, agreeing to work together to develop and enhance aviation security programs as well as share best practices. “TSA’s efforts to assist Liberia demonstrate our

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Ohio Village Muffins to host 19th Annual Ohio Cup

Special to The Travel Trolley The Ohio Historical Society’s Ohio Village Muffins will host the 19th Annual Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival, a two-day sporting event featuring the largest gathering of vintage base ball clubs in the nation. The festival will be held over Labor Day weekend, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4  and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the Ohio Historical Center and Ohio Village,

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AAA: Dead batteries expected this Labor Day

SMYRNA, Ga. – To AAA, Labor Day in recent years has been a busy time for service calls – and an especially busy time for dead batteries. “It’s a busy holiday for motorists and extremely hot – the heat alone can drain a battery,” Jay Bolster, senior manager, AAA Battery Service Operations, said in a news release. “Traditionally, car batteries last an average of 37 months in a hot climate but now, the average life

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Château Élan completes spa renovation

Château Élan Winery & Resort last month completed a $1.5 million renovation it its spa as part of a three-year, $11 million resort-wide “makeover.” “This comprehensive resort makeover is an investment in the future and part of our vision to serve as a landmark leisure destination and conference center,” Henk Evers, president and CEO of Château Élan Winery & Resort said, in a news release. “This extensive renovation is part of our mission to serve

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Georgia authorities targeting speeders this Labor Day

SMYRNA, Ga. – Police statewide will be targeting “aggressive and high-speed drivers” this Labor Day. “The message to Georgia’s high-risk drivers is clear, safety belt, DUI, and speed law violations will not be tolerated,” Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Bob Dallas said in a news release. “So once again it’s time to buckle-up, secure the kids in their safety seats, drive sober, and obey the speed limits during the Labor Day holiday driving

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Officials: ‘Drunk driving … still a problem’

SMYRNA, Ga. – Authorities in Georgia and across the country are launching an aggressive crackdown against drunken driving. “Drunk driving is deadly, it’s against the law and unfortunately, it’s still a problem,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release. “With the help of law enforcement around the country, we are going to continue doing all that we can to stop drunk driving and the needless tragedies that result from this reckless behavior.” Data