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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.

Serenbe Hosts the 3rd Annual Chefs Potluck Benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia

Serenbe Hosts the 3rd Annual Chefs Potluck Benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia

ATLANTA (June 13, 2012) – Some of the South’s favorite chefs are getting out of the kitchen and into the country for the 3rd Annual Southern Chefs Potluck at Serenbe, a casual Sunday supper benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia on Sunday, August 5 at 3 p.m. Guests will dine family style with the chefs and their families on the pastoral grounds of the Inn at Serenbe. In addition to food and fellowship, the event will feature local beer, wine and cocktails created by renowned mixologists and served by members of the Atlanta chapter of the United States Bartender's Guild, and a live auction for one-of-a-kind chef experiences with guest auctioneer, Will Harris.

Each chef will contribute a side dish along with homemade pickles, relishes and desserts to be shared. The chefs’ creations will complement the main dishes: White Oaks Pastures meats from Jim N' Nicks Bar-B-Q and fried chicken legs from The Farmhouse at Serenbe. Participating chefs include:

Suwanee teen crowned Miss Georgia

Suwanee teen crowned Miss Georgia

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A 19-year-old Georgia State University student from Suwanee has been crowned Miss Georgia.

Leighton Jordan won the statewide pageant Saturday night in Columbus. She won a $15,000 scholarship and a chance to compete in the Miss America pageant in January.

Jordan beat out 32 other contestants for the crown with a ballet routine. She is studying nursing and wants to become a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner. Jordan was previously crowned Miss Capital City.

She will travel the state over the next year promoting support for special needs children and their siblings.

The first runner-up in the pageant was Miss Georgia Cotton, Carly Mathis, and the second runner-up was Miss Atlanta, Briana Jewett. The third runner-up was Miss Peachtree, Lauren Edmonds, and the fourth runner-up was Miss Gwinnett County, Annie Walker.

Christian City welcome center named for caring couple

Christian City welcome center named for caring couple

UNION CITY, Ga. -- The welcome center at Christian City has been named the Dr. Byron and Rose Marie Harper Welcome Center after a prominent Fayette County couple.

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At a recent dedication ceremony, Christian City staff also unveiled a fountain built in honor of the Harpers, who were instrumental in founding the center for abused and abandoned children.

Dr. Harper passed away several years ago, but his widow Rose Marie was on hand to witness the center's dedication ceremony. Rose Marie Harper is still an active member of Christian City's Board of Trustees.

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.

McIntosh HS students earn National Merit Scholarships

McIntosh HS students earn National Merit Scholarships

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Two graduating seniors at McIntosh High School have earned National Merit Scholarships to attend two of Georgia's top universities.

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Sara Adams will use her prize to major in media at the University of Georgia, while Amy Thornburg will put hers toward a degree in business administration from Georgia Tech.

The college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships provide deserving students an amount between $500 and $2,000 for up to four years of undergraduate study. Roughly 8,300 high school seniors earn the scholarship every year.