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The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

Get skin cancer screenings for free with Kaiser Permanente

Get skin cancer screenings for free with Kaiser Permanente

ATLANTA -- Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is offering free skin cancer screenings at a couple of locations near Atlanta. 

A spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente said the screenings are here for those spending more time outdoors this spring, and early detection is important to stay protected. All residents are invited.

Further, sun exposure continues to be the leading cause of skin cancer, making the spring and summer months more risky. Kaiser Permanente reminds everyone who plans to be in the sun to always wear sunscreen to protect their skin.

The screenings are being held Wednesday at the Kaiser Permanente Crescent Medical Center in Tucker and at the Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center on Cumberland Parkway. 

Screenings will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

More than 150 absent from Carroll Co. school for illnesses

More than 150 absent from Carroll Co. school for illnesses

CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. -- An unusually high number of students and teachers have been reported absent from one Carroll County school for a second day.

Central Elementary School had more than 151 students and 10 teachers out sick on Tuesday. On Wednesday, 159 students and 5 teachers were absent due to a variety of illnesses.

Kindergarten classes are the hardest hit.

David Gurrero's 1st grader had the flu for a week.

"When he came back, his teacher was sick," said Gurrero. "Other teachers were sick. It concerns me."

A district spokesperson says the students are sick from a variety of illnesses including the flu, strep throat, and stomach ailments.

School system officials said they are cleaning the school building with extra disinfectant.

Vivian Nance works in the school cafeteria.

"We're keeping things sanitized," said Nance. "We're keeping the food checked and doing everything we're supposed to do."

Bremen BRIDGE Festival to benefit Health of West Ga.

Bremen BRIDGE Festival to benefit Health of West Ga.

BREMEN, Ga. – West Georgians are encouraged to make a difference in their community through their voices and feet on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13. The BRIDGE Fest is celebrating its sixth anniversary with “The Sing-off” competition and a 5K Race. Hosted for the second year at Mill Town Music Hall (1031 Alabama Ave.), the series of events will benefit BRIDGE, a local campaign designed to fight drugs in West Georgia.  BRIDGE (Build Recovery in Drug Gripped Environments) provides assistance and education to pre-teens and teens in finding the right path to a drug-free life. In addition, the campaign exposes adults to treatment options and support available to families affected by this epidemic in West Georgia.

This annual family celebration will hold activities throughout the weekend that the whole family can enjoy:

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

MORE | Complete coverage of The Autism Gap

Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

MORE | Join the Cancer prevention Study 3

"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

Aimee Copeland joins UWG DisABILITIES panel

Aimee Copeland joins UWG DisABILITIES panel

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Aimee Copeland is part of a University of West Georgia panel that discussed what it's like to live "differently abled."

The graduate student lost both hands, a leg and a foot to a flesh-eating bacteria in May. She recently teamed up with fellow students and UWG alumni to share insights on congenital and acquired disabilities.

The panel held its discussion on Oct. 22 as part of the university's DisABILITIES Awareness Day, which was organized by student and The Achievers president Hannah Perkins.

A recording of the panel's stories will be broadcast at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. To listen, visit westga.edu/thewolf and click "Listen Live."

Other panelists include Perkins, student Danielle Vincent and alum Justin Wilson. Honors College dean Dr. Michael Hester moderated the discussion.

Some questions answered by the panelists include: