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Delving into DeKalb County's Superintendent Choice

Delving into DeKalb County's Superintendent Choice

ATLANTA--- A team of three journalists at 11Alive News spent Wednesday checking into the background and work history of Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, the finalist for superintendent of DeKalb County Schools.

Duffie Dixon, Donna Lowry and Ross McLaughlin were prompted by emails and calls from teachers, parents and homeowners who question whether Atkinson is up to the task of leading DeKalb's system.

Lowry  found is that Dr. Cheryl Atkinson current district in Lorain, Ohio ranks second to the lowest designation in performance, but Atkinson has said that test scores and overall performance have gone up.

According to the Ohio State Board of Education actual figures to substantiate that don't come out until August 24.

Mayor-elect to be sworn in tonight

Mayor-elect to be sworn in tonight

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Donna Pittman, the first female mayor of Doraville, will be sworn in Monday night.

The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall (3725 Park Avenue).

MORE: Doraville elects first female mayor

Doraville elects first female mayor

Doraville elects first female mayor

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Donna Pittman, a former councilwoman and interim mayor, has officially been named mayor of Doraville.

Pittman received 52.8 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff election, defeating businesswoman Carol Gilman.

"I am both humbled and honored that my friends and neighbors in Doraville gave me their vote of confidence. I look forward to serving as your mayor," Pittman said.

A native of DeKalb County, Pittman has lived in Doraville for 30 years. She was a community relations police officer before being elected to city council in 2005. Last February, she rose to mayor pro tem after the death of longtime mayor Ray Jenkins.

Pittman and her husband, a former Marine, have four children.

"I promised I would run a positive campaign for mayor based on what you have told me you want," she said after her win.

Reminder: Runoff election tomorrow

Reminder: Runoff election tomorrow

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The runoff election for the new mayor of Doraville is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19.

Local businesswoman Carol Gilman will go head to head with interim mayor Donna Pitman to complete the term left vacant by longtime mayor Ray Jenkins, who died of complications from pneumonia in February.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall (3725 Park Avenue).

MORE: Reminders for Doraville Election Day

For more information, visit the City of Doraville website.

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Derived from popular genres of music like jazz, blues and gospel, rhythm and blues was born. Rhythm and Blues music, which is widely referred to as R&B, is unique in that it has the ability to take on many musical identities, at once. Some say the genre was first identified in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance, which is known as one of the most prominent cultural movements for African Americans during the 1930’s. However, others think the genre originated in the 1940’s when African Americans began moving to northern cities, creating cultural fusion.  

The music evolved from “race music”, which was an offensive term that referred to the music of African Americans, into jump blues which was known for having a swing boogie, big band sound.

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

ATLANTA – It’s the summer time, ‘tis the season for chic fits, light fabrics, mandals, murses and clean faces and we know you want to let it all hang out. However it’s more important for today’s modern fashionmister to have clean and healthy skin. From cleansers to exfoliants, shavers to straight ravors, shaving creams to soaps, moisturizers and sunscreen men have a wide range of product selections to maintain their signature smirk.

Of course, every guy has their own routine; some skip a day to stay smooth others use a hot towel and facial scrub, either way; they all work to achieve the same goal which is smooth skin.