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Commissioner Stan Watson to Address Issues Impacting Black DeKalb

DECATUR – In recognition of Black History Month, DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson is pleased to present to the citizens of DeKalb County the “State of Black DeKalb” - How Far Have We Come?  The event will feature a series of panel guests in a discussion to share insight on issues that impact critical quality of life issues.

Topics covered in the “State of Black DeKalb” include:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Partnerships and Resources
  • Political Aspects
  • Faith-Based Community
  • Future of DeKalb

The event will be held at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the main theatre.

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

Interim Superintendant to hold DeKalb County's State of the System

DECATUR – (DeKalb County School System) DeKalb County School System’s Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson will present the annual DeKalb Schools’ State of the System Address on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Holiday Inn – Atlanta Perimeter, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Mrs. Tyson will be discussing the state of DeKalb County School System as well as future plans for the School District.

Refreshments will be available at 7:30 a.m. The annual program and Mrs. Tyson’s address will begin at 8:00 a.m. The event is free but registration and an RSVP is mandatory. For more information and to register please visit: http://dekalbsos.eventbrite.com/.

For more information and updates about the DeKalb County School System, please visit www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Doraville Recognizes Maya Angelou, Celebrates Black History Month

Doraville Recognizes Maya Angelou, Celebrates Black History Month

DORAVILLE, GA -- February is Black History Month, and the City of Doraville is celebrating by paying tribute to notable African-Americans every day and weekend in February.

On Monday, Feb. 14, Doraville is honoring Maya Angelou.

Born Marguerite Ann Johnson on Apr. 4, 1928, Angelou has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical novels that focus on her childhood and young adult years.

Angelou's first and most highly acclaimed volume, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her international recognition and was nominated for the National Book Award.

DeKalb County Appoints new Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director

DeKalb County Appoints new Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director

DECATUR – DeKalb County has named appointments to fill vacancies in two county departments. Joel Gottlieb was named Chief Financial Officer and Benita Ransom was named Director of Human Resources.

Gottlieb has extensive experience in the finance field as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Queens College, a master’s in Public Administration from Ohio State University and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Ohio State University. He has also served as Assistant Director of Finance for DeKalb County since 1996 and most recently as Interim Chief Financial Officer for the county.

Ransom has extensive experience in the human resources field as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Fisk University and a master’s in Business Administration (Management) from Boston University.

Help 11Alive Support Curing Kids Cancer

Help 11Alive Support Curing Kids Cancer

ATLANTA -- Every day, thousands of kids fight a brave battle against childhood cancer.

Many doctors and researchers devote their lives and careers to treating and finding a cure for these devastating diseases.

Want to help? Join 11Alive's mission to raise money for Curing Kids Cancer.

On Friday, Jan. 7, we will be hosting an all-day telethon for this excellent cause. Tune in to 11Alive from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to find out how to donate.

Curing Kids Cancer is a local group started by parents who lost their son to childhood leukemia.

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

It's hard to believe that Where U Live is less than six months old. We've come so far in such a short amount of time.

And the sites are only going to get bigger and better in 2011.

I'd like to take the opportunity to give a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has helped us build Where U Live. We are overwhelmed and extremely grateful at the positive and enthusiastic response we've received so far. Keep the story ideas, community events and "good news" coming!

Have a safe, happy and healthy new year. See you in 2011Alive!

Beth
esawicki@wxia.gannett.com

Verizon Wireless Donates Funds to Georgia Domestic Violence Shelters

Verizon Wireless Donates Funds to Georgia Domestic Violence Shelters

DORAVILLE, GA -- Verizon Wireless, a corporate leader in domestic violence awareness, announced they donated both monetary grants and 600 prepaid phone cards to domestic violence shelters across Georgia.

Six women's shelters each received $1,000 grants and 100 phone cards from Verizon Wireless with 60 minutes of talk time on each card:

* Alliance for Battered Women (Columbus)
* Caminar Latino (Doraville)
* Liberty House (Albany)
* Macon Rescue Mission (Macon)
* Project Safe (Athens)
* Safe Shelter (Savan