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BOC Vice Chair Wole Ralph Attends White House Briefing and Reception

BOC Vice Chair Wole Ralph Attends White House Briefing and Reception

Clayton County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair, Wole Ralph recently attended a White House policy briefing at the request of the President of the United States, Barack Obama. Ralph was among a select group of the Young Elected Officials (YEO) who were invited to a briefing given by Senior White House officials.  The briefing covered a variety of topics; including housing, immigration reform, innovation, energy, job creation and the economy.  Ralph advocated to deepen the Savannah harbor thereby increasing cargo and creating jobs in Clayton County and Savannah.  He also advocated saving the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from severe cuts expected in the next Federal Budget.

Immediately following the briefing, Ralph attended a reception honoring the Young Elected Officials at the White House.  The YEO is a national organization comprised of elected officials that are 35 years of age or younger.

Clayton County schools announce four Georgia Master Teachers

Clayton County schools announce four Georgia Master Teachers

JONESBORO – Four Clayton County public school teachers have earned the 2011 Georgia Master Teachers certification, a state-issued document that officially recognizes them as being among the state’s leading educators. Gov. Nathan Deal made the announcement.

They are Neva Seldon, an augmented Early Intervention Program (EIP) teacher; and Ave-Maria Tatum, a former district teacher of the year and an EIP Teacher, both of Mt.

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.

Businessman Cain enters 2012 GOP presidential race

Businessman Cain enters 2012 GOP presidential race

ATLANTA —  Herman Cain from Georgia officially enters the 2012 Presedential race.

Herman Cain has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care. He's never held elected office.

Now the tea party favorite wants to be president.

"In case you accidentally listen to a skeptic or doubting Thomas out there, just to be clear ... I'm running for president of the United States,

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal has announced the names of 86 Georgia teachers who have earned "Master Teacher" certification.

This distinction is based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth for 2011.

"I am proud of Georgia's Master Teachers for their tireless efforts to enrich the minds and lives of our students and for their ongoing work toward reaching our state's goal of providing a high-quality teacher in every classroom," said Gov. Deal.

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.

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.