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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.

Spelman senior wins memorial scholarship

Spelman senior wins memorial scholarship

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Tiana Welch is this year's recipient of the Cherokee County School Nutrition Association's Judy Johnson Memorial Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship, which is awarded annually to a relative of a Cherokee County school food services employee, was created to honor a much-loved member of the CCSNA family.

Welch is the granddaughter of Indian Knoll Elementary assistant cafeteria manager Phyllis Hunter. She graduated from Woodstock High School and is now a rising senior at Spelman College in Atlanta, where she is majoring in chemistry.

As a cancer survivor, Welch has made it her goal to attend medical school and become an anesthesiologist with the hope of someday helping others as her doctors helped her.

Relationship Expert, Radio Show Host and Bestselling Author Kenny Pugh Featured at Central Library

Relationship Expert, Radio Show Host and Bestselling Author Kenny Pugh Featured at Central Library

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System invites you to the featured booksigning of Bestselling Author, Relationship Expert and Radio Show Host, Kenny Pugh on Saturday, June 16th from 2pm - 5pm at The Central Library at One Margaret Mitchell Square in Atlanta. 

Kenny Pugh is the Founder of Kenny Pugh, L.L.C., the platform on which Kenny exercises a versatile professional life as a speaker, an author, and a coach. Kenny Pugh, L.L.C. is the sponsoring company for Chat Kafe, where Kenny offers relationship advice, writes inspirational blogs, and hosts his weekly radio program, The Chat Kafe Show with Kenny Pugh.

Regents approve raises for college presidents

Regents approve raises for college presidents

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has approved raises for a handful of college presidents across the state.

The board Wednesday signed off on a $25,000 raise for the presidents at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Atlanta Metropolitan College. David Bridges and Gary McGaha will now make $198,000 per year.

Jim Sanders, director of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanograhpy, received the same raise and will now make $198,000. The board also approved $600,000 in deferred compensation for University of Georgia President Michael Adams and another $2 million over five years once he retires next year.

Other institution presidents received salary increases but they were funded by private foundations. The largest was Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson who will receive a $166,666 bump to more than $756,000.

 

135th Agency calls into Riot Radio to discuss recent projects & reveals new roster of A-list clients

135th Agency calls into Riot Radio to discuss recent projects & reveals new roster of A-list clients

From the elite Atlanta Think Like A Man red carpet premiere to WE TV's most popular shows, 135th Agency is tackling it all. Spelman graduate and managing partner Saptosa Foster called into Riot Radio to announce their recent advancements. With the recent success of Think Like A Man, 135th Agency is now the exclusive public relations firm to major shows such as Mary Mary, Kendra On Top, The Braxton Family Values and film releases The Avengers and Sparkle. Covering events from LA, ATL, NY and Miami, Saptosa spoke about her drive which began in Atlanta at as a writer in the marketing department at Bad Boy Records.  Saptosa went on to graduate Cum Laude from Spelman in 1998 and from there began her career in the entertainment industry. Check out the full interview on Riot Radio

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Duffle Bagz Ent Dolla Boy talks about newest project on Riot Radio

Duffle Bagz Ent Dolla Boy talks about newest project on Riot Radio

This week while on the set at 2Chainz video shoot, Atlanta's Dolla Boy (Duffle Bagz Ent and 1/2 of the group Playa Circle) called into Riot Radio to discuss his recent project, 2K Hustla and debut his single "Ball". Recently his schedule has been packed with listening sessions, video shoots and shows across the United States as he prepares for his newest release. Dolla Boy, internationally known for the single "Duffle Bag Boys" featuring Lil Wayne and band member 2Chainz says his fellow Atliens such as Goodie Mob and Outkast paved the way for artists such as himself. He spoke about certain higlights in his career including performing the first time at the BET Awards to stages collapsing while on tour. With recognizing that the music industry has changed, he says the climate for independent artists to take off is likely. 

APD appoints LGBT liaison

APD appoints LGBT liaison

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer to serve the department.

Officer Kristin Knight was appointed to her position last week by Chief George Turner.

"I'm looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department," Knight said after she was appointed. "As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding."

Knight joined APD in 2005, working as a patrol officer downtown and in Midtown. Last year, the Connecticut native joined the Community Liaison Unit. She originally moved south to attend Clark Atlanta University and is now completing her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.