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Fulton County Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards hosts third quarter listening session

Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7, will host his Third Quarter “Community Listening Session” on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to voice their comments about Fulton County services in South Fulton. 

All citizens, including youth, are urged to participate in the session, which will be held in the South Fulton Government Service Center Auditorium, located at 5600 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park, Georgia.

Staff from Fulton County agencies will be on hand to answer questions and follow up on inquiries. 

The final 2012 Listening Session is scheduled to take place November 15, 2012.  

For more information, please contact Commissioner Edwards’ office at 404.612.8230 or 404.612.3079.


School board announces August community meetings

School board announces August community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for August:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Mountain Park ES (11895 Mountain Park Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Hopewell MS (13060 Cogburn Road, Milton)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
No meeting in August

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
No meeting in August

District 5 (Linda McCain)
District 7 (Julia Bernath)
Thursday, Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Johns Creek Environmental Campus (8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

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.

The Obama Effect's Atlanta Premiere

Watch an interview with star Vanessa Bell Calloway as she stopped by the Get Connected studio in Atlanta to discuss her new movie The Obama Effect!

New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine Fulton County schools will have new principals when classes resume in the fall.

The nine appointments were approved during a school board meeting last week.

"I'm pleased to welcome our new principals and know they will be an excellent addition to the Fulton County Schools team," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. "Their leadership has made their current schools stand out, and I'm confident they will do the same in their new positions."

Candlelight vigil to be held for firefighter

Candlelight vigil to be held for firefighter

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The East Point Fire Department will hold a candlelight vigil for firefighter Carl Blake, who was killed Monday in a motorcycle crash.

Blake's colleagues and family members will gather on Jones Road in northwest Atlanta, where the crash happened, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to remember the 15-year veteran of the fire department.

The fallen firefighter's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in College Park. Blake will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery on Cascade Avenue.

Michelle Obama does Letterman's Top 10 list

Michelle Obama does Letterman's Top 10 list

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama took a turn on David Letterman's "Late Show" on Tuesday to give us a few Top 10 "fun facts" about gardening.

A sampling, according to a CBS preview of the program:

"No. 7: In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish," she said, speaking from the White House Map Room.

"No. 6: The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks."

"No. 5: Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on 'tomato' vs. 'tomahto.'"

The network said Mrs. Obama's list was related to her new book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America."

The first lady last appeared on the Letterman show in March. She has been making the rounds of other talk shows in recent weeks to promote her book.

Mrs. Obama's turn in the spotlight comes as President Barack Obama's campaign seeks to use his wife's popularity to help him get re-elected.