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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 

'Chicago Fire' star surprises Clayton County firefighters

'Chicago Fire' star surprises Clayton County firefighters

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The NBC prime time show "Chicago Fire" captures the essence of life as a firefighter.

That's according to the experts -- real Clayton County firefighters.

"The language, camaraderie, even the things on call -- it's like, are they actors or real life firemen?" firefighter Antonio Merkersen said.

But more than being in love with the show, Clayton County's firefighters are in love with the profession.

"The brotherhood, camaraderie is a neat thing, and you get to chase fire and help people," Jeff Maday said.

Maday is a couple months shy of his one-year anniversary with the department, but claims he's not like the rookie on "Chicago Fire."

"I think I'm a lot better than Peter is!" he joked.

Little did Maday know that he was about to meet the actor who plays rookie Peter. Charlie Barnett had just arrived at the firehouse during a special preview of the latest "Chicago Fire" episode.

Shirley Franklin to speak at Clayton State

Shirley Franklin to speak at Clayton State

MORROW, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will speak at Clayton State University later this month.

Franklin will give her presentation, "Lessons in Leadership: The Power of One," at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, and at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. Both talks will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center on campus.

Franklin's talks at Clayton State are free and open to the public. Visit claytonstate.com to learn more and reserve a seat.

A former Spelman College faculty member, Franklin served as Atlanta's mayor from 2002 to 2009. She recently accepted a visiting faculty position at the University of Texas.

Lillian Lewis to be laid to rest Monday

Lillian Lewis to be laid to rest Monday

ATLANTA -- Dignitaries, friends and family are joining Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in saying a final farewell to his late wife.

Lillian Lewis died last Monday at age 73.

Her funeral is being held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the couple married 44 years ago.

President Obama called Rep. Lewis to offer his condolences.

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On Sunday, members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority remembered Lillian Lewis with a private ceremony.

Hampton ES teacher honored by Falcons

Hampton ES teacher honored by Falcons

HAMPTON, Ga. -- A dedicated physical education teacher from Henry County has been recognized by the Atlanta Falcons for her hard work promoting a healthy lifestyle to her students.

Merry Watkins is the Falcons' 2011-12 First Down for Fitness Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Hampton Elementary School.

"Merry genuinely cares for her students, and it shows every day," Hampton Elementary principal Dr. Debra Collins said in a statement. "She is truly a one-of-a-kind educator with a heart for children and a passion for their well-being."

Watkins emphasizes physical fitness in her classes, but she also focuses on cooperation and community, fostering positive relationships among her students.

'Riverdance' star to give concert at Spivey Hall

'Riverdance' star to give concert at Spivey Hall

MORROW, Ga. -- Michael Londra will give a Celtic Yuletide concert in Clayton County next month.

Londra is the lead singer of Riverdance on Broadway and the star of the PBS special "Beyond Celtic." He will bring an Irish holiday spirit to Georgia with his show of stories, songs and Celtic folklore.

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A Celtic Yuletide with Michael Londra will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Spivey Hall. Tickets are $40 and are available at spiveyhall.org.

Spivey Hall is located on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow.

Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

MORROW, Ga. -- The basketball court at Clayton State University has been renamed Mason Barfield Court in honor of the school's former athletic director.

The name will officially take effect at the start of the 2012-13 basketball season, which begins Nov. 13. Mason Barfield founded Clayton State's basketball program 23 years ago. He retired as athletic director last fall.

"Mason took a vision and turned it into a reality. Very few people get the opportunity to embark on taking a program from its inception and bringing it to the level Mason has. It is truly a remarkable accomplishment," Clayton State athletic director Carl McAloose said in a statement.

An official naming ceremony for the gym will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 between the women's and men's games.