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Author T.C. Boyle to read at Decatur Library

Author T.C. Boyle to read at Decatur Library

DECATUR, Ga. -- Acclaimed novelist T.C. Boyle will read from his latest book this month at the Decatur Library.

Boyle has penned 24 novels and won several prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and France's Prix Médicis Étranger. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Boyle's latest novel, The Harder They Come, is inspired by true events and explores the violence within a family.

He will visit the Decatur Library on Tuesday, Apr. 21 at 7:15 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public, and will also feature a book signing.

A Cappella Books will provide copies of The Harder They Come for purchase. The Inman Park bookstore, which will sponsor Boyle's visit, provided this synopsis of the novel:

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

(WXIA) -- More than 1,400 UPS drivers worldwide were recently inducted into the Circle of Honor, an organization for employees who have achieved at least 25 years of accident-free driving.

Seventy-one of the inductees live in Georgia.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," Dwayne Meeks, president of UPS South Atlantic District, said in a statement.

Georgia's senior safe driver is Guy Haynes of Tifton, who can boast 43 accident-free years. The most seasoned Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., who has been driving for UPS for 52 years without an accident.

The latest Circle of Honor members from Georgia, by UPS work location, include:

Acworth (Center)
Robert Crumbley, Marietta

Albany (Center)
Tyrone Campbell, Albany
Robert Hammond Jr., Leesburg

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Former Decatur mayor shares tips on building community in Sandy Springs

Former Decatur mayor shares tips on building community in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Leadership Sandy Springs (LSS) presented their twice annual Breakfast Buzz event November 5 at Morgan Falls Café featuring keynote speaker former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd.

Attended by local community leaders and LSS alumni and guests, Floyd spoke from his long-term experience on economic development and how it can be used as an effective tool for building small businesses, great restaurants and desirable residential properties. In line with LSS’ theme of Building Community, Floyd shared his experiences in fostering collaboration between the rich Decatur culture of businesses, volunteers, and the arts community. 

Gospel star J Moss performs during V103's For Sisters Only

Gospel star J Moss performs during V103's For Sisters Only

ATLANTA -- V-103/WAOK hosted their 23rd annual For Sisters Only event at the Georgia World Congress Center. FSO is an indoor festival featuring celebrities, products, health, beauty, workshops and more. The event allows Atlanta to get up-close and personal with it's favorite radio stations and personalities. Attendees enjoyed the 411 Recharge Zone, Wellness Pavilion, V103 Kids Zone and Autograph Zone. This year the Seminar Stage featured Keisha Knight Pulliam, a Powerade Women and Wellness Panel, the Battle of the Sexes hosted by Michael Baisden, Chef G. Garvin interactive cooking show and Michael Baisden's play Men Cry in The Dark.

The Music Stage was rocking with performances from Isaac Carree, Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, Pastor Troy, Raheem The Dream, J Moss, Tasha Page-Lockhart and surprise performances from host LL Cool J, Keyshia Cole and Tamar Braxton.

All About Developmental Disabilities board adds Dr. Bernadette C. Marson

All About Developmental Disabilities board adds Dr. Bernadette C. Marson

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), Georgia’s preeminent provider of support services for families living with developmental disabilities, has added Dr. Bernadette C. Marson to its Board of Directors.

“We’re excited about the skills Dr. Marson bring to the table for AADD,” said All About Developmental Disabilities Board President Judith Stanley. “She brings experience, passion and the national perspective we need to support Georgians with developmental disabilities.”

AADD names Melissa Perlman as social worker

AADD names Melissa Perlman as social worker

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) announced Melissa Perlman has been named as Social Worker for the nonprofit agency’s Family Support Center (FSC). She will be responsible for the organization’s consultation and resource services, including linking families with the appropriate benefits, services, and funding sources.

Every year, AADD (www.aadd.org) provides support services, advocacy and training to more than 2,000 individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

The FSC is designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. The Center is initially funded to serve more than 1000 people annually, but the non-profit organization plans to expand its services as funding allows.