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Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

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Recording Star to Fund UWG Scholarship

CARROLLTON, GA -- Country music star Luke Bryan has announced that a portion of the proceeds from his concert on Thursday, Sept. 30 in Carrollton will fund an annual scholarship for a University of West Georgia student who comes from a farming family in Georgia.

Bryan is on a Farm Tour of concerts in his home state of Georgia that aims to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and uplifting the American farmer. Thursday's tour stop will be at VFW Post 7404 (1625 Bankhead Highway, Carrollton, 30116) at 7:30 p.m.

"I come from an area just like those we have chosen to perform in," said Bryan, a Capitol Records Nashville artist. "I grew up working on my father's peanut farm and know how hard these farmers work.

Bestselling Author to Speak at University of West Georgia

CARROLLTON, GA -- Dr. Mark Mathabane, a New York Times bestselling author and South African native, will discuss his life story at the University of West Georgia's Campus Center Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Mathabane, who grew up in South Africa during apartheid, has written several books, including his autobiography, Kaffir Boy, which ranked number three on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also made appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Larry King Live" and many other television programs.

Mathabane's story of triumph against all odds has inspired and touched the hearts of people worldwide. His novels have been translated into several languages.

UWG to Host Atlanta Asian Film Festival

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia is hosting the 6th annual Atlanta Asian Film Festival on Oct. 12 and 19.

The AAFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating various communities about the rich diversity of Asian Pacific culture through films and movies. This is UWG's first time sponsoring the festival, joining other universities in the region to host the AAFF.

The two films that have been selected to screen at UWG are Artemisia from China and Cow from Taiwan. Artemisia is the story of a Chinese mother who struggles to deal with her children's contemporary problems and the pressures from her traditionally conservative and judgmental relatives. Cow, set during World War II, follows the story of a peasant who is charged with the task of looking after a special cow, even at the risk of his own life.

Artemisia will be shown on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

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University of West Georgia NSCS Chapter Receives Gold Award

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars has achieved the gold award.

The UWG chapter was awarded gold STAR status at the NSCS Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

The National Society of College Scholars is an honors organization for high-achieving freshmen and sophomores, with more than 270 student-run chapters at universities across the country. UWG's chapter was founded in 2002.

For Sherice Evans, the NSCS national staff representative who works with UWG's chapter officers, the award comes as no surprise.

"The members of University of West Georgia's chapter are amazing," she said. "They have gone above and beyond by creating innovate programs and expanding and improving existing programs and have provided an exceptional experience for their members.

Do You Have the Cutest Dog in Atlanta?

Submit a photo of your adorable dog to Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest.

Submissions are being accepted until Sept. 26. From there, Metromix will select four groups of 25 dogs to compete for a spot in the finals.

The finalists will each win fabulous prizes, including gift baskets from Glamour Paws and gift certificates from Pets and the Sity, and the grand prize promises to be amazing!

Visit Metromix Atlanta for more information and the official contest rules.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day with a local collection site at the University of West Georgia, on University Drive in front of Row Hall on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"The DEA sent out an email to all law enforcement in Georgia asking for collection points," said UWG police chief Tom Mackel. "We volunteered as a means of helping not only the university, but all of Carroll County."

The DEA's campaign to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction is the first of its kind. The campaign is free and anonymous, and anyone can attend to dispose medications.

"All that is necessary is for the individuals to come by the drop-off point and place the prescriptions in marked boxes," said Mackel. "The medications will then be given to the DEA to dispose of.