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3 vying for Rome schools superintendent post

3 vying for Rome schools superintendent post

ROME, Ga. -- Three finalists for Rome City Schools superintendent have been named as the district looks to replace outgoing superintendent Gayland Cooper, who is set to retire next month.

The finalists are James Arnold, superintendent of Pelham City Schools; Jeff Bearden, superintendent of Fayette County Schools; and Bill McCown, superintendent of Gordon County Schools.

School board officials have two weeks to deliberate and come to a decision. The new superintendent must be named by Nov. 30.

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

PHOTOS | Dr. Barge visits Woodstock schools

More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

ATLANTA -- The nominees for this year's Suzi Bass Awards were announced Monday.

The Suzi Awards are among the top honors for Atlanta theater productions. This year's Suzi Nomination Party was held at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, which scored 18 nominations.

Aurora's world premiere production of Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale had 15 nominations -- the most of any play or musical. Second place went to Spring Awakening at Actor's Express with 10 nominations, while two shows tied for a third-place seven nominations -- Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Gypsy and Theatrical Outfit's Red.

7 Fayette students named to Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony

7 Fayette students named to Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Seven talented young musicians from three Fayette County high schools have been named to the 2012-13 Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.

The students were among 85 selected from more than 300 applicants. The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony has given metro Atlanta's brightest talents an opportunity to shine since 1988.

Fayette County's symphony members are:

Fayette County HS
* Brian LaBrec, bass clarinet
* Kayla Poor, horn

McIntosh HS
* Luke Anders, trombone
* Colin Benton, tuba
* Jesse Hu, clarinet

Starr's Mill HS
* Addison Mason, alto saxophone
* Haley Strauss, bassoon

Piedmont Fayette Hospital announces new Executive Director of Community and Public Relations

Piedmont Fayette Hospital announces new Executive Director of Community and Public Relations

Fayetteville, Ga. (August 9, 2012) – Piedmont Fayette Hospital announces Debbie Britt as the new executive director of community and public relations. Britt, who will assume her new role in mid-September, will serve as the community relations liaison between the hospital, the physician network and the community.

With primary responsibility for public relations, communications and community outreach, Britt also will oversee the hospital’s auxiliary volunteer program as well as Piedmont Fayette’s Sixty Plus Older Adult Services. She brings more than 30 years of professional experience in corporate communications, public and community relations, and non-profit management to her new role at Piedmont Fayette.

Young judoko sets his sights on Rio Olympics

Young judoko sets his sights on Rio Olympics

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Although the 2012 Olympics are over, the spirit of the Games still burns bright for a young judo star from Peachtree City.

Joshua Briggs hopes to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics -- and if this past July is any indication, he is well on his way to doing just that.

PHOTOS | Georgians on the Olympic podium

Briggs, 14, placed first in the 2012 Junior Olympic International Judo Competition on July 22 in Dallas, Texas. A week later, he won the top prize in the juvenile 48 kg division at the Junior U.S. Open Judo Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Briggs is ranked No. 1 in the country in his weight division. At the Junior U.S. Open, he beat his opponent in less than 25 seconds; the other judoko was ranked No. 1 in Europe while living in his native Ukraine.