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NACA Problems

ATLANTA - Thousands of people waited for hours outside the World Congress Center this past June desperate to save their homes.

It was called the " Save the Dream Tour ", organized by a group called NACA, The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The group works with banks to help homeowners lower their mortgages. However, after the event was over our Center for Investigative Action started hearing complaints from homeowners who didn't get what was promised. 

We stepped in to help a Douglasville woman, Vanessa Gittens, get what was promised. After broadcasting her story many more people came to our studios with the same problem.

"How many went to the Dream Tour?" I asked the group.

Volunteer Financial Planners to Visit Metro Atlanta Schools

WOODSTOCK, GA -- The Financial Planning Association of Georgia is pleased to announce that members will be volunteering in various schools across the region in honor of National Financial Planning Week, which will take place Oct. 4 through Oct.

Free Retirement Seminar

Suwanee-based wealth management firm, The Lloyd Group, Inc. is hosting a timely, free informational workshop for retirees and those approaching retirement at the Bethesda Park Senior Center (225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville).

The topics to be discussed will be: how to convert a retirement from taxable to tax free, an overview of the economic outlook for the remainder of 2010 – and heading into 2011, how to protect their home from the state attaching unnecessary liens to recover nursing home expenses paid by Medicaid, how to receive veteran’s benefits for healthcare expenses, how to protect themselves from future estate taxes

Attendees will receive a free book, Estate Planning Essentials

This workshop will be offered today, Thursday, September 23 at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made toll-free by calling 1-800-450-2737.

Three Local Banks Closed By Federal Regulators

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators have shut down three Georgia banks and one each in New Jersey and Ohio, boosting to 124 the number of U.S. bank failures this year amid the tough economic climate and growing loan defaults.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday took over the Georgia banks: Bank of Ellijay, in Ellijay, with $168.8 million in assets; First Commerce Community Bank of Douglasville, with $248.2 million in assets; and Peoples Bank, based in Winder, with $447.2 million in assets.

The FDIC also seized ISN Bank in Cherry Hill, N.J., with $81.6 million in assets, and Bramble Savings Bank of Milford, Ohio, with assets of $47.5 million.

Grand Opening at Garys Bistro

Well-known Atlanta personal injury attorney, Gary Martin Hayes, has decided to put a hurting… on your stomach. Gary's Bistro opened earlier this month and is located at The Avenue Webb Gin (1250 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville).

Hayes is committed to operating an environmentally friendly Bistro, specializing in fresh and organic ingredients procured from our local farmers' outlets. Guests will also be able to listen to live music several nights a week. The Bistro menu features a variety of beef, lamb and seafood entrées.

Gary's Bistro lends a family-friendly enviroment for the Greater Eastside Community with a trendy and relaxed atmosphere. And for a limited time, on September 16-17, children eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.  

Gary’s will hold its Grand Opening Celebration weekend, this weekend, September 17th and 18th.

Georgia DOT announces I-85 express lane construction information session

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a construction information session on the I-85 Express Lane Project on Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Civic Center. The project to convert 16 miles of HOV lanes to HOT lanes will offer more choices to all motorists, including single occupant vehicles and more reliable trip times in the corridor.

"This is the first project of its kind in Georgia," said DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. "With construction expected to begin in mid-September, it is extremely important that motorists understand how changes along the interstate will impact their commutes."

The Georgia Force Returns, Starting in 2011

DULUTH, GA - The Georgia Force is back among the living, and it's landing in Gwinnett County.

The Arena Football Team folded with the remainder of the indoor football league in 2008, after large debts forced the league to suspend operations. In late 2009, a replacement league formed from the ashes of the old league, and began playing football once again in 2010 - but the 15-team league began without the Force.

After the 2010 season, five more teams, including the Georgia Force, opted for joining the new AFL.

The new Force will play its games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center beginning in 2011. Season tickets are available at the Gwinnett Center box office with prices ranging from $59 to as much as $1,350. Single game tickets are available for as little as $10. For more information and to order tickets, call 770-609-1300.