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School board announces August community meetings

School board announces August community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for August:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Mountain Park ES (11895 Mountain Park Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Hopewell MS (13060 Cogburn Road, Milton)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
No meeting in August

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
No meeting in August

District 5 (Linda McCain)
District 7 (Julia Bernath)
Thursday, Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Johns Creek Environmental Campus (8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)

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.

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New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine Fulton County schools will have new principals when classes resume in the fall.

The nine appointments were approved during a school board meeting last week.

"I'm pleased to welcome our new principals and know they will be an excellent addition to the Fulton County Schools team," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. "Their leadership has made their current schools stand out, and I'm confident they will do the same in their new positions."

U.S. tennis team set for 2012 Olympics

U.S. tennis team set for 2012 Olympics

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - The U.S. Olympic tennis team looks to be strong in doubles play. The roster includes sisters Serena and Venus Williams, who were chosen to extend their unbeaten streak in Olympic doubles when they seek a third gold medal in the event beginning late next month. 

They will also play singles matches as well. The other women's doubles team features the top-ranked team of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

On the men's side of things Andy Roddick and John Isner were selected for doubles, as were brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who won the bronze in 2008.

As expected, the U.S. roster includes first-time Olympians Ryan Harrison, Donald Young, Isner, Christina McHale and Varvara Lepchenko, an Uzbekistan native who became a U.S. citizen in September.

Candlelight vigil to be held for firefighter

Candlelight vigil to be held for firefighter

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The East Point Fire Department will hold a candlelight vigil for firefighter Carl Blake, who was killed Monday in a motorcycle crash.

Blake's colleagues and family members will gather on Jones Road in northwest Atlanta, where the crash happened, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to remember the 15-year veteran of the fire department.

The fallen firefighter's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in College Park. Blake will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery on Cascade Avenue.

Former Delta CEO Garrett dies at 89

Former Delta CEO Garrett dies at 89

ATLANTA -- Former Delta Air Lines CEO David Garrett Jr. died June 2 at age 89 in his Georgia home.

Company officials said they did not know the cause of death.

Garrett became the airline's fourth CEO in 1978. He stepped down as CEO in 1987, but he continued to serve on its board until 1994.

He started his career as a ticket sales agent. Over the next four decades, Garrett helped oversee Delta's growth into the country's fourth-largest airline.

Former Delta CEO Jerry Grinstein called Garrett the "very embodiment of Delta."