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Community Service Award winner dies

Community Service Award winner dies

ATLANTA -- One of the 2013 winners of 11Alive's Community Service Awards has passed away.

Brian Lucas died Aug. 20. The Decatur resident and former U.S. Navy Blue Angel was 45.

VIDEO | Meet Brian Lucas

Lucas received the award for his work with the Shepherd Center, Atlanta's famed spinal cord and traumatic brain injury clinic. He volunteered at the hospital, welcoming new patients and their families. Lucas began his journey with the Shepherd Center as a two-time patient -- he received a brain injury in an attack and a spinal cord injury in a low-speed car accident.

His family asks that anyone who would like to honor Brian's memory make a donation in his name to the Shepherd Center.

All About Developmental Disabilities taps Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt as new Justice Trainers

All About Developmental Disabilities taps Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt as new Justice Trainers

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD), a nonprofit providing support services across Georgia for families living with developmental disabilities, has hired Cathy Burks and Leigh Honeycutt to serve the South Georgia area as Justice Trainers and Transition Support Advocates.

In their new role, they will work with those transitioning out of RoseHaven into community based living residences and they will educate law enforcement officials on how best to deal with individuals with developmental disabilities when they encounter them on emergency or law enforcement calls.

Cathy Burks is an AADD Partners in Policymaking graduate, where she received training on how to be an advocate for her son, who has a developmental disability, and others like him. She has also served with the Governor's Council on Disabilities on the Children’s Freedom Initiative in Washington, D.C.

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including:

2013 Suzi Awards nominees revealed

2013 Suzi Awards nominees revealed

ATLANTA -- The nominees for the 2012-13 Suzi Bass Awards were announced Monday.

This year's Suzi Nomination Party was held at 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points and was hosted by past Suzi winners Ingrid Cole and Glenn Rainey.

RELATED | See last year's Suzi nominees
RELATED | See last year's Suzi winners

The Suzi Awards are named for Suzi Bass, a well-loved Atlanta actress who died of cancer in 2002. Every year, they honor some of the best theater productions in metro Atlanta.

Interim CEO addresses county employees

Interim CEO addresses county employees

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May held his first employee meeting Tuesday.

RELATED | DeKalb interim CEO begins his tenure

May addressed about 400 people, sharing his vision for DeKalb's future and his plans for the 2014 budget. He also took questions from the audience.

Those who want to watch the meeting can tune in to DCTV Channel 23 on Wednesday at noon and 5:30 p.m., Friday at noon and 5:30 p.m., Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Cardlytics, the leader in Card-Linked Marketing, today announced a key addition to the leadership of the company. The company named Jim Morgan as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Morgan will lead the finance and accounting teams at Cardlytics, and will be based in Atlanta.

“Jim comes at a pivotal point for Cardlytics,” said Scott Grimes, CEO of Cardlytics “His global financial management expertise - and depth of experience in navigating significant growth - is exactly what we need to take the company to the next level.”

Lee May begins first week as DeKalb interim CEO

Lee May begins first week as DeKalb interim CEO

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- On Monday, Lee May kicks off his first full week as interim CEO of DeKalb County.

May was sworn in last Tuesday after Gov. Nathan Deal followed a panel's recommendation to suspend Burrell Ellis from office. Ellis faces extortion charges after being accused of using his position to force county vendors to contribute to his reelection campaign.

May will hold the position through Ellis' term, which runs through 2016, unless Ellis is acquitted.

May told 11Alive News that he plans to begin winning back DeKalb residents' trust by performing "the basic things that people pay their taxes for," such as filling potholes, picking up trash and making sure police respond when they are called.