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UWG-Newnan Receives $2 Million Grant from Newnan Hospital

CARROLLTON, GA -- Newnan Hospital, Inc. announced today that it has donated $2 million, the largest one-time gift in University of West Georgia history, to benefit the School of Nursing at UWG-Newnan.

"This gift is cause for great celebration," said Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. "It supports academics, our top priority, and recognizes the great achievements of our School of Nursing. It addresses a statewide and national need to increase the number of qualified nurses."

"The university already offers a full nursing program here, and we hope that this donation will inspire the future development of the program here at home in Coweta County," said Tom Moat, president of the board of directors of Newnan Hospital.

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Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Award-Winning Author to Speak at West Georgia

CARROLLTON, GA -- Julia Alvarez, prize-winning poet, essayist and novelist, will give a public reading at the University of West Georgia's Coliseum on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Alvarez's multi-award-winning 1994 novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, has been chosen as a National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" selection of the year. The novel is designed to inspire and to celebrate the human spirit as its characters struggle, sometimes fatally, with oppression and malevolence. It was also made into a movie starring Salma Hayek, Marc Anthony and Edward James Olmos.

The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the reading, Alvarez will be present at other open events throughout the day, including a continental breakfast from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, and a discussion from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kathy Cashen Hall followed by a second discussion from 2:30 p.m.

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

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1 Killed, 1 Injured in Small Plane Crash

MCRAE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating what caused a single engine plane crash that killed one and left another injured in McRae Wednesday.

Authorities identified the victim as pilot 60-year-old Daniel Joseph Marnell, of Douglasville. A passenger, 63-year-old Joseph Thomas Vance, of Carrolton, was airlifted to a Macon hospital with unspecified injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration authorities say the crash happened around 9:30 a.m. as the plane prepared to approach the Telfair-Wheeler Airport. The plane was flying from West Georgia Regional Airport, in Carollton, to the Telfair location.

An FAA spokeswoman says the crash involved a single engine
Cessna 182.

CEO of BB&T to Open UWG Lecture Series

CARROLLTON, GA -- John Allison, CEO of BB&T Corp., will be the inaugural guest speaker at the BB&T Lectures in Free Enterprise Series, a program established by the bank and the University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business.

Allison's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in the UWG Coliseum on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. There will be an invitation-only reception at 5:30 p.m. that is open to the media and at which Allison will be available for interviews.

A donation by BB&T, the largest in the history of the Richards College, helped create the lecture series and the Center for Ethics and Free Enterprise, which fosters a comprehensive and ongoing discussion of the foundations of capitalism and free enterprise.

"BB&T has been and continues to be a wonderful benefactor and friend to the university," said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG.

West Georgia RISEs to the Occasion

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia, along with the Carroll County Economic Development Foundation and the UWG Small Business Development Center, is creating the Resource for Innovation, Small business and Entrepreneurship (RISE) program.

The RISE program will create an online "incubator village" to assist entrepreneurs in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Polk Counties. The goal of the program is to offer counseling, resource information exchange, distance learning opportunities and other information for local business owners on the program's website.

RISE will host three small business forums throughout the year, as well as provide online training. An estimated 2,500 small businesses in the West Georgia region will benefit from the RISE program's virtual village.

A celebration of the official announcement of the RISE program will take place at an Entrepreneur Excellence Banquet on Sept. 13 at 6:00 p.m.