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Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

ATLANTA -- State officials say they've developed a new smartphone application designed to cut down on drunken driving during upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced that a list of free sober ride programs is available in an app called Drive Sober Georgia.

Georgia Office of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said authorities sought to make it as easy as possible to get a ride, so the application was developed after consulting with its partners who deal with road safety.

Drive Sober Georgia is available for free download on the iPhone and Android markets. The information can be viewed at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

DEALCHICKEN: $30 for $60 at Doctor's Choice Advantage

DEALCHICKEN: $30 for $60 at Doctor's Choice Advantage

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Get a jump start on your New Year's resolution with Tuesday's DealChicken Atlanta deals.

For one day only, DealChicken members can receive two boot camp sessions for the price of one, courtesy of Doctor's Choice Advantage Medical and Weight Management Services. That's $30 for $60 worth of indoor and outdoor cardio-heavy workouts.

If you'd rather relax than work out, this deal is also good for a deep-tissue or Swedish massage from Doctor's Choice Advantage -- pay only $25 for a procedure that normally goes for $65.

This deal expires on June 27, 2012. Doctor's Choice Advantage is located at 960 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love pancakes and maple syrup? Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a big serving of this classic breakfast dish for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay half the usual price for several offerings from Vermont-based Hidden Springs Maple, a premiere maker of syrup.

Choose from:

* A six-pint case of syrup for $36 ($72.80 value)
* A half-gallon jug of syrup for $18 ($36 value)
* Two Vermont Maple Leaf gift sets, which include syrup and maple leaf candy, for $18 ($37 value)
* Two Vermont Pancake gift sets, which include syrup and buttermilk pancake mix, for $18 ($37.90 value)

This deal expires on June 19, 2012. Learn more about Hidden Springs Maple at www.hiddenspringsmaple.com.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale at Pike Nurseries

Fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale at Pike Nurseries

DULUTH, Ga. -- Fresh Christmas trees have arrived at Pike Nurseries, and they're being sold for a great price.

The Duluth-based chain of nurseries is offering seven-foot, hand-cut Christmas trees from North Carolina for only $29.99. The trees were carefully carried, not dragged, out of their forests.

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Pike Nurseries is also offering a special Yuletide package -- a Fraser Fir tree, 24-inch mixed wreath and two poinsettias for $59.99.

Pike Nurseries locations include:

Acworth
* 3602 Cobb Parkway

Alpharetta
* 2955 Holcomb Bridge Road

DEALCHICKEN: $45 for $90 at Pat Alessi Hair Services

DEALCHICKEN: $45 for $90 at Pat Alessi Hair Services

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Spruce yourself up before the holidays with Monday's beautifying DealChicken Atlanta deal.

For one day only, DealChicken members can treat themselves to half-price highlights or lowlights from Pat Alessi Hair Services -- a $90 value for only $45. For a somewhat smoother experience, Pat is also offering a global keratin taming treatment, which leaves hair feeling silky for weeks afterward. This $330 service is a mere $89 for DealChicken subscribers only.

A former fixture of Roswell's Salon 1580, Pat now sees her clients at the new Solera Salon and Spa at 1655 Mansell Road in Alpharetta.

Learn more about Pat and her business at www.patalessihair.com.