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Shoney's offering free strawberry pie on Mother's Day

Shoney's offering free strawberry pie on Mother's Day

(WXIA) -- Shoney's is honoring local mothers by offering a free slice of strawberry pie to all moms who eat at the chain's Mother's Day buffet.

Shoney's will host the buffet on Sunday, May 11, with offerings like turkey and dressing, smokehouse ham, fried chicken, herb-roasted salmon and garlic shrimp. Buffet prices start at $11.99.

Visit shoneys.com to find your nearest Shoney's.

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Celebrate National Fossil Day at Tellus

Celebrate National Fossil Day at Tellus

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tellus Science Museum will hold a dinosaur-themed celebration for National Fossil Day.

The fun will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Attendees can speak with a dinosaur and fossil expert, see a wide variety of fossils and even dig for their own ancient treasures.

Wednesday is also discount day at the Cartersville museum. Children enter for free with the purchase of an adult ticket from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more at tellusmuseum.org.

Tellus is located at 100 Tellus Drive.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! at The Strand in Marietta, FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

The Berenstain Bears LIVE!  at The Strand in Marietta, FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) proudly presents the Berenstain Bears in Family Matters the Musical!

This show is in town for one day only -- Saturday, Oct. 5. There will be three performances: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theater on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit CCYA.

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this special family-friendly exclusive show event brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in an exciting theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right.

Cartersville programs, leagues hold parent orientation

Cartersville programs, leagues hold parent orientation

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- All parents in Cartersville must attend an orientation if they are planning to sign their child up for competitive programs and leagues through various Cartersville organizations.

The next orientation is set for Tuesday, April 9, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Cartersville Civic Center on Main Street. 

The organizations requiring completion of the orientation are the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department, Cartersville/Bartow Youth Soccer Association, Cartersville Little League, Cartersville Cobias Swim Team, Cartersville Tennis Association and Cartersville Twister Gymnastics.

For more information, call (770) 607-6172.

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."

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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.'