Metro news for Saturday

The Jim Cox Jr. Foundation has established the Betty Gage Holland Chair in Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Holland, who died in 2004, was married for 15 years to James M. Cox Jr., who presided over Cox Enterprises until his death in 1974.

The Jim Cox Jr. Foundation has given $100,000 a year to neuroscience research at Emory since 1990.The foundation also committed $2 million in 2007 to establish a chair in Roman history, also in memory of Holland, an avid traveler and art lover.

Holland was married to William Jackson Holland from 1979 until his death in 2001. He was a patient of Dr. Allan Levey, who directs Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and chairs the Department of Neurology. He will be the inaugural holder of the chair.

STEVE VISSER

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Smartphone owners have downloaded the new "Drive Sober GA" application nearly 1,000 times since it debuted on the Android market this week to help drunken motorists find a sober ride, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced Friday.

GOHS compiled a list of free sober-ride programs statewide to be active by New Year's Eve. The new version should fix compatibility issues with older Android models and the iPhone market also offers it. GOHS also recommends the application as a safety tool for party hosts and bartenders.

Information: www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

STEVE VISSER

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Residents in a 20-county metro Atlanta statistical area paid 37.1 percent more for natural gas than the national average in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, local prices for electricity and gasoline were 11.7 percent and 4 percent lower than the nation, respectively, Consumer Price Index measurements show.

On average, Atlanta-area customers paid nearly 60 cents more per gallon for gasoline than they did in November 2010, the bureau reported. They also paid about 9 cents more per natural gas therm and a penny more per kilowatt hour of electricity than a year ago.

JOHNNY EDWARDS

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