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50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

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More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

Radio broadcaster to speak during Sack Lunch series

Radio broadcaster to speak during Sack Lunch series

NEWNAN, Ga. -- A radio broadcasting pioneer will share his story in Newnan this week.

Don Whitehead will speak at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Carnegie Library. His appearance is part of the city's Sack Lunch series; attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the library as they listen to the talk.

Whitehead, 72, grew up in Indiana and attended Tennessee State University at the height of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. While studying for his master's degree, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and Whitehead put his hopes of having a theater career on hold to get involved in radio.

During his career, Whitehead got the chance to interview a number of notable figures, including Henry Kissinger, Louis Armstrong, Jackie Robinson, former Alabama governor George Wallace and several key figures in the Civil Rights movement -- Jesse Jackson, Ralph David Abernathy, Andrew Young, Hosea Williams and John Lewis.

Newnan resident enjoys 11Alive internship

Newnan resident enjoys 11Alive internship

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Newnan resident Copeland Tucker spent his summer working as an intern here at 11Alive.

Tucker, who will graduate from the University of Georgia this December, told his story to Rebecca Leftwich of the Newnan Times-Herald. An article about his 11Alive adventure was published Sunday.

During his internship, Tucker helped cover several big stories and events, including the AJC Peachtree Road Race and the TSPLOST vote.

Read the Times-Herald story.

Deal appoints state Sen. Hamrick to judgeship

Deal appoints state Sen. Hamrick to judgeship

ATLANTA -- Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed state Sen. William Hamrick to a judgeship on the Cowetta Superior Court effective Sept. 10.

Hamrick will fill a vacancy created by the May 1 resignation of Judge William F. Lee Jr.

The Republican lawmaker represents Carrollton in west Georgia and chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Judicial Appropriations Subcommittee. He works as general counsel for Ra-Lin and Associates Inc.

Hamrick faced no opposition in the July 31 primary election. No Democratic candidates had qualified to run against him in the upcoming general election. Since Hamrick is stepping down, a new primary in his district will be held during the statewide election on Nov. 6. The timing of the final election will depend on whether a primary runoff is necessary.

NY Times Best Selling Author, Emily Giffin!

Atlanta resident and New York Times Best selling author, Emily Giffin stopped by our Get Connected Studios to talk about her new book, "Where We Belong", how and why she writes and more! Find out what she hates!  Meet Emily at her book signing in Buckhead July 27th. Get details at www.emilygiffin.com/calendar.php

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

Serenbe Hosts the 3rd Annual Chefs Potluck Benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia

Serenbe Hosts the 3rd Annual Chefs Potluck Benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia

ATLANTA (June 13, 2012) – Some of the South’s favorite chefs are getting out of the kitchen and into the country for the 3rd Annual Southern Chefs Potluck at Serenbe, a casual Sunday supper benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia on Sunday, August 5 at 3 p.m. Guests will dine family style with the chefs and their families on the pastoral grounds of the Inn at Serenbe. In addition to food and fellowship, the event will feature local beer, wine and cocktails created by renowned mixologists and served by members of the Atlanta chapter of the United States Bartender's Guild, and a live auction for one-of-a-kind chef experiences with guest auctioneer, Will Harris.

Each chef will contribute a side dish along with homemade pickles, relishes and desserts to be shared. The chefs’ creations will complement the main dishes: White Oaks Pastures meats from Jim N' Nicks Bar-B-Q and fried chicken legs from The Farmhouse at Serenbe. Participating chefs include: