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Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Atlanta's own Electric Violinist Ken Ford performed live on Saturday, December 10th in front of millions for the 77th annual Heisman Trophy Presentation Presented by on ESPN. A first in the network's history to have a live music performance take place during the Heisman presentation. 

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Clayton County Honors 107 Year Old Resident

Clayton County Honors 107 Year Old Resident

Commissioner Gail B. Hambrick, District 2, was recently invited to the 107th birthday of Clayton County resident, Mrs. Maggie Brown Kidd.  Mrs. Kidd was born in Stephens, Georgia, on December 7, 1904.  Believed to be the county’s oldest living resident, Mrs. Kidd resides in Riverdale, GA with her daughter and son-in-law in.

"It is an amazing honor for me to serve as Mrs. Maggie Brown Kidd's County Commissioner.  The Board of Commissioners value their senior residents and the vital role that they play in both enriching our communities and our lives”, stated Hambrick. “Our seniors serve as an important reminder of our history and as an empowering link to our future.  In as much as it is a blessing for Mrs. Kidd to celebrate her 107th birthday among family and friends, it is even a greater blessing for us, the residents of Clayton County, to have this beautiful jewel in our county."

Atlanta Wedding Expert Hosts Evening of Bridal Beauty for Brides-to-Be

Atlanta Wedding Expert Hosts Evening of Bridal Beauty for Brides-to-Be

Wedding Expert, Tia R. Ervin is coming to the rescue for all brides preparing for upcoming nuptials in her signature "WEDucation" event, Beauty & The Bride, hosted at Polished Beauty Lounge in quaint Vinings on Wednesday, December 7th.

Clayton State professor to perform at WordFeast

Clayton State professor to perform at WordFeast

ATLANTA -- One of Clayton State University's most notable professors will use his gift of words to enhance WordFeast, a production benefiting Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Phillip DePoy, a Decatur-based novelist and playwright, as well as director of Clayton State Theatre, will perform at WordFeast at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at Fabrefaction Theatre Company.

MORE: DePoy to hold book signing at Peachtree City Library on Dec. 4

Hosted by Rob Cleveland, WordFeast will include works and performances by a variety of talented local writers. Admission is $15 or 15 cans of food for the shelves of Atlanta Community Food Bank.

"This is a worthwhile event that benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank at Christmas, and I'm very glad to be donating my time to the cause," DePoy said.

Franklin to speak at Clayton State graduation

Franklin to speak at Clayton State graduation

MORROW, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will speak at Clayton State University's graduation ceremony next month.

Franklin is scheduled to speak at noon Dec. 10 at the Clayton State Athletics & Fitness Center.

Franklin was the first black woman elected mayor of a major Southern city. She served from 2002 to 2009.

She is currently chairwoman and CEO of the Purpose Built Communities nonprofit and president of Clarke-Franklin and Associates consulting firm.

Franklin will be joined by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham, who will speak at a 9 a.m. commencement ceremony for the university.

(Associated Press)

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.