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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

Deal honors Georgia's fallen service members

Deal honors Georgia's fallen service members

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal has honored Georgia's members of the armed forces who gave their lives in service to the United States.

Last week, he paid special tribute to 22 service members who lost their lives fighting for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

All members were killed in action since last year's ceremony.

"Today, we commemorate these fallen heroes for their courage and sense of honor, for their service and for their love of this nation and our most cherished principles," Deal said. "They have given their lives in defense of freedom, and we owe them our deepest respect and gratitude. But even more, we owe them our allegiance to the principles that they gave so much for -- freedom, justice and equality. This ceremony is a time to recommit ourselves to those high ideals."

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An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

Mexican Music composer Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández is an icon in the classical music and especially in Atlanta where he is a  violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, founder of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. and the Buckhead Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, began his study of music in Mexico. At age 14, he began studying with Henryk Szeryng, and continued as Szeryng became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.

Jesse Walton, Jr., CFP®, Honored as New Member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta

Jesse Walton, Jr., CFP®, Honored as New Member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta

ATLANTA (May 12, 2011) Jesse Walton, Jr., was inducted as a new member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc. (100) organization on May 10, 2011at an evening pinning ceremony. The elegant event was held at Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s headquarters. 100 is a coalition of some of Atlanta’s most influential men organized to empower Atlanta’s challenged communities. Together they channel educational and economic resources toward these communities’ students and future leaders.

Walton, a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Alpharetta, is an active community volunteer.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

New principals named to four North Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County School System has announced that new principals have been selected for four schools.

The appointments were approved at the Friday, Apr. 22 school board meeting.

"I am pleased to see three of our outstanding assistant principals rise to the rank of principal.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Earth Day and Easter Eggs

WEEKEND EVENTS: Earth Day and Easter Eggs

SOUTH METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Riverdale Town Centre from 5:00 to 9:00p p.m. on Friday, April 22. The event will showcase different local vendors and actives that will enhance the environment.

Join the Peactreee City Community for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be held on Saturday, April 23 at Shakerag Knoll on McIntosh Trail. Everyone will be admitted for free, to this event. Fire trucks will be on display and children will be able to partake in games, face painting and jumping in the moonwalk. Festivities began at 9:00 a.m.

The Main Street Academy in College Park will host their Spring Festival on Saturday, also. This outdoor festival includes karaoke, moonwalks, carnival games, food, a silent auction and prizes. Tickets to this event costs $10 and every ticket includes unlimited play.