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Georgia's Accountability Circus

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The Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) will be paying a visit to DeKalb County (Georgia) Schools to address its ongoing concerns over governance and leadership. The announcement is the culmination of years of mismanagement, waste and whistle-blowing in one of Georgia's most corrupt school systems. Media reports are treating this announcement as some dire revelation that could actually result in consequences. Click HERE to read more from Dale as to why it won't.

*TRUSTDale Tip of the Day:Fall and Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is just around the corner, and it's time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will lower your utility bills and protect your investment.
  1. Divert water. Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation.
  1. Turn off exterior faucets. Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets. If you don't have frost-proof faucets (homes more than ten to 15 years old typically do not), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.
  1. Drain your lawn-irrigation system. But call in a professional to do the job. Your sprinkler service will charge $75 to $150, depending on the size of the system. Draining sprinkler-system pipes, as with spigots, will help avoid freezing and leaks.

*Source: http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/fall-winter-home-maintenance-checklist.html