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Gabby Douglas to visit Atlanta Gymnastics Center

Gabby Douglas to visit Atlanta Gymnastics Center

DECATUR, Ga. -- Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will visit Atlanta Gymnastics Center later this month.

Douglas, who placed first in the all-around and was also part of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2012 London Games, will be at the DeKalb County gym Thursday, Mar. 21 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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During her visit, Douglas will speak to the more than 1,000 boys and girls who attend the gym and its centers.

Atlanta Gymnastics Center is located at 2617-B Talley Street in Decatur.

For more information, visit atlantagymnasticscenter.com.

Gov. Deal fires back at civil rights leaders over DeKalb School Board

Gov. Deal fires back at civil rights leaders over DeKalb School Board

ATLANTA --  Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia) announced Tuesday that he will name replacements Wednesday morning for 6 DeKalb County School Board members he suspended on February 25th.

His office also released a list of 60 possible candidates out of 403 that were interviewed by a special nomination panel since last Friday.

Deal acted under a 2011 law to remove the school board members after the DeKalb's accreditation was put on probation due to a "dysfunctional" board.

On Tuesday he also fired back at some civil rights leaders who've accused him of acting as a dictator with questionable racial intentions.

They met with him Monday to criticize his action as an unconstitutional disenfranchisement of DeKalb County voters.

DeKalb County School Board elects new leader

DeKalb County School Board elects new leader

DECATUR, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School Board elected Dr. Melvin Johnson as chairperson of the embattled school board on Wednesday afternoon during an executive session. 

Before being named chairman, Johnson, a retired DeKalb County Deputy Superintendent, represented District 6 which includes feeder schools to both Stone Mountain and Stephenson high schools. 

Early Wednesday, DeKalb County's controversial school board members, faced with the possibility that Gov. Nathan Deal may remove them from office, have suddenly decided to fight him.

The board members have been taking steps to sue Gov. Deal to try to stop the process that could lead to their removal.

Their lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Fulton Superior Court, just a block from the Georgia State Capitol, claims that the state law empowering the governor in certain circumstances to replace elected school board members violates the state constitution.

Meet the directors of '5 Reasons a Man Won't Marry You'

Meet the directors of '5 Reasons a Man Won't Marry You'
ATLANTA -- 5 Reasons A Man Won't Marry You, the stage play written and directed by the self proclaimed "Leading Couple in Urban Theatre" Willie & Tawanda Jones, opened on Valentine's night with a wonderful performance by the cast on hand. The leading cast members Dave Tolliver as "Dewitt"( R&B Artist from Music Group Men at Large), Tawanda Jones as "Jackie J" Talk Show Host, Briquelle Grant as "Stephanie" ( Popular Host and Actress) and Sheneka Adams as "Ebony"(Urban Model, Popular Host and Actress) Jonna Johnson as "Erica"(NFL Wifey, Professional Actress) and Mike Bend Live (Professional Actor and Comedian) aka Sam took stage and shined along with the rest of the cast. There was sadness, laughter and moments that you could identify with in your own personal life. Those are the things that really bring home a stage play or movie for me.

Seamus Heaney to read at Emory

Seamus Heaney to read at Emory

ATLANTA -- Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney will give a free reading at Emory University next month.

Heaney will read on Saturday, Mar. 2 at 2 p.m. in the school's Glenn Auditorium.

Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday and can be picked up at a number of locations, including Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts box office, A Cappella Books in Inman Park, Charis Books and More in Little Five Points, and two Decatur bookstores -- Eagle Eye Bookshop and Little Shop of Stories.

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FAMU hires anti-hazing administrator

FAMU hires anti-hazing administrator

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M University has hired Bryan F. Smith as its first assistant to the president for anti-hazing.

Smith, a FAMU alumnus, is a certified mediator for the state of Georgia. Most recently, he served as executive director and co-founder of Destined for Success Educational Services, Inc., in Decatur.

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"We welcome Mr. Smith back to FAMU," Larry Robinson, the university's interim president, said in a statement. "We are confident that with his expertise, he will ensure that all of the initiatives that have been put in place will be implemented."

Smith will begin his new position on Feb. 1.