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Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

Clayton State basketball court named for former athletic director

MORROW, Ga. -- The basketball court at Clayton State University has been renamed Mason Barfield Court in honor of the school's former athletic director.

The name will officially take effect at the start of the 2012-13 basketball season, which begins Nov. 13. Mason Barfield founded Clayton State's basketball program 23 years ago. He retired as athletic director last fall.

"Mason took a vision and turned it into a reality. Very few people get the opportunity to embark on taking a program from its inception and bringing it to the level Mason has. It is truly a remarkable accomplishment," Clayton State athletic director Carl McAloose said in a statement.

An official naming ceremony for the gym will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 between the women's and men's games.

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."

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

Hampton MS teacher named Hero in the Classroom

Hampton MS teacher named Hero in the Classroom

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Fred Braswell, a teacher and football coach at Hampton Middle School, has been named to Symetra Financial's list of Heroes in the Classroom.

The Heroes in the Classroom program, which is co-sponsored by SunTrust and the Atlanta Falcons, recognizes Atlanta-area teachers who always go the extra mile to make sure every student's needs are met, build trust among parents and community members, and invest in children's long-term success.

"Mr. Braswell is a model teacher," Hampton Middle School principal Dr. Carolyn Flemister-Bell said in a statement. "He cares about his students."

Braswell learned of the honor last week during a surprise assembly at school. Flanked by Freddie Falcon and the Falcons cheerleaders, he received $1,000 in supplies for the school, a jersey autographed by Matt Ryan, and VIP tickets to the Falcons' Monday Night Football home opener against the Denver Broncos.

Metro Atlanta Christian Singles founder to keynote popular Christian singles conference

Metro Atlanta Christian Singles founder to keynote popular Christian singles conference

ATLANTA -- Christian singles or singles in the city looking for a conference that is real, raw and to the core to help you delve into issues preventing you from your desired relationship shouldn't miss "Rated R" event taking place at Global Impact Christian Ministries on Saturday, September 8, 2012 kicking off at 9 a.m. 

Radio personality, bestselling author and founder of Metro Atlanta Christian Singles Ministries (M.A.C.S) Kenny Pugh, known for his "Celibacy is Sexy" message, is set to deliver the "Sex in the City" topic with other sessions topics to include, "Think Like a Man", "Despicable Me", "Yours, Mine and Ours", all taken from popular love and romance movie themes.

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.

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.