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Ga. native Alan Jackson to perform at Chastain

Ga. native Alan Jackson to perform at Chastain

ATLANTA -- Coweta County's favorite son will return to his home state for a concert later this month.

Country music superstar Alan Jackson will perform at Chastain Park Amphitheater on Friday, Apr. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and recorded 35 #1 singles, including "Chattahoochee," the 1993 ode to metro Atlanta's most famous river.

Tickets to the Apr. 26 show range in price from $35.50 to $75. Visit livenation.com for more information and to reserve your seat.

Chastain Park Amphitheater is located at 4469 Stella Drive NW.

UWG gala to honor notable alumni

UWG gala to honor notable alumni

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will hold its 2013 Alumni Association Awards Gala on Saturday, Apr. 20.

The gala, "An Evening with the Stars," will be at the school's Townsend Center for Performing Arts. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 7 p.m. ceremony.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at westga.edu.

This year's honorees include Dr. Laurie N. Barron ('99), principal of Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan; UWG Director of the Center for Public History Dr. Keith Hébert ('98); GlendonTodd Capital investor and operating partner John Harris ('71, '73); and former NASA mathematician Jimmy Akin ('64).

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

UWG names new president

UWG names new president

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Dr. Kyle Marrero has been named the seventh president of the University of West Georgia.

Marrero is currently vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. He will replace Dr. Beheruz Sethna, who announced his retirement in August.

"I am delighted that Dr. Kyle Marrero will be taking over leadership at the University of West Georgia," Georgia Board of Regents chair William "Dink" NeSmith said in a statement. "Dr. Marrero brings a set of unique talents, skills and experience that should build upon the foundation constructed by Dr. Sethna. We look forward to his leadership as he works with the university, the community and the Board of Regents to move West Georgia to a new level of academic excellence."

Rep. Westmoreland visits dialysis center

Rep. Westmoreland visits dialysis center

NEWNAN, Ga. -- U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland recently showed his support of kidney health awareness by visiting DaVita Dialysis Center in Coweta County.

Westmoreland met with patients and caregivers, and learned all about dialysis during his visit.

"I would like to thank the DaVita Dialysis Center in Newnan for inviting me to visit their facilities," Westmoreland, who lives in Coweta County, said in a statement. "Kidney disease is a very serious problem affecting people all over Georgia, and organizations like the DaVita Dialysis Center are helping these people not only survive their kidney disease, but are making it so they are able to live longer, happier lives."

According to the dialysis center, more than 20 million Americans over the age of 20 suffer from some type of kidney disease. High risk groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and people over age 60.

UWG professor earns national award

UWG professor earns national award

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An adjunct assistant professor at the University of West Georgia has won the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Dr. Robert Heaberlin is only the second educator from Georgia to earn the honor.

He received his award during the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Portland, Ore., in November.

"Receiving this award in front of more than 2,000 convention attendees was a great thrill for me," Heaberlin said in a statement.

Heaberlin graduated from UWG in 1990. In addition to his position with the Carrollton-based university, he serves as principal of Lee Middle School in Sharpsburg.

Heaberlin was named the 2012 National Association of Elementary School Principals' National Distinguished Middle School Principal of the Year, and has received Georgia's Dr. John Lounsbury Award for excellence as a middle school educator.

'Secret Life of Bees' celebrated at The Centre

'Secret Life of Bees' celebrated at The Centre

NEWNAN, Ga. -- A much-beloved novel will come to life at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in January.

The New York-based American Place Theatre's Literature to Life program has adapted Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, a story about a 14-year-old girl whose life is changed by a trio of beekeeping sisters during the civil rights movement.

Actress Denise Wilbanks will perform The Secret Life of Bees at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 770-254-2787.

Bees author Kidd will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tickets for her talk are also $10.

Coweta County's Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. Learn more at thecentreonline.net.