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ACVB extends CEO's contract

ACVB extends CEO's contract

ATLANTA -- William Pate will remain at the helm of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau for at least a few more years.

The ACVB executive board voted Wednesday to extend Pate's contract until Dec. 31, 2015.

The new contract includes an increase in salary from $316,000 to $395,000 and a one-time bonus of $85,000 "for exceeding expectations," according to ACVB chairman Ben Shanley.

Other changes to the contract include a reinstatement of annual payments to the supplemental retirement plan and the removal of a $200,000 additional incentive.

"I am enjoying the industry and the people," said Pate, who became president and CEO in 2009. "More importantly, we're making an impact."

Before joining the ACVB, Pate was the chief marketing officer for BellSouth Corp.

Farris elected new SCLC president

Farris elected new SCLC president

Isaac Newton Farris Jr., the 48-year-old nephew of SCLC founder Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was appointed as the new SCLC president during the SCLC national convention Monday at the Atlanta-Airport Crown Plaza.

Succeeding former President Dr. Howard W. Creecy, who died unexpectedly from head trauma eight months into office, Farris will now lead the civil rights organization originally founded in 1957.

SCLC communication director Maynard Eaton described Farris’s election as a “natural selection,” noting Creecy’s affirmant confidence in his leadership.

“When Howard selected Isaac as a vice-president, he said that he was the smartest King other than Martin Luther King.  Isaac has the skills, passion, and family tradition -and now he has the position.

Interested in writing a children's book? Learn from acclaimed author Evelyn Coleman

Interested in writing a children's book? Learn from acclaimed author Evelyn Coleman

To Be a Drum: Writing Socially Conscious Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Evelyn Coleman Writing Workshop for Adults

Sunday, July 31. 3:00 p.m. 

Presented in collaboration with the National Black Arts Festival, this workshop, facilitated by renowned author Evelyn Coleman, will explore the craft of creating children’s and young adult literature with memorable characters and settings, strong plots and effective use of language. The workshop will also focus on developing children’s and young adult literature that integrates cultural awareness and social justice.

Auburn Avenue Research Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta 30303

For information call 404.730.4001

Hot 107.9 Ms. Juicy host Back-to-School Bash "Shorty's Run the Runway" July 30

Hot 107.9 Ms. Juicy host Back-to-School Bash "Shorty's Run the Runway" July 30
What do you get when you put 100 plus children on the runway, with some of the South's hottest young entertainers, special guest celebrity kids and top designers? ...No, not quite chaos, but a first year presentation of "Shorty's Run the Runway." Atlanta's leading Hip-Hop station Hot 107.9 and Ms. Juicy of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show will host the summers largest back-to-school bash "Shorty's Run the Runway" Sat.

Grammy Award winning R&B artist, Estelle, talks 1 on 1 with 11Alive

Grammy Award winning R&B artist, Estelle, talks 1 on 1 with 11Alive

Atlanta --  Music audiences are in store for a great end of the summer album from Estelle.  Titled, All of Me, she is back to giving her audience truthful heart felt songs about experiences she personally experienced with one of her favorite subjects, "boys." 

The first single from the new album, Break My Heart, features Rick Ross and has been in heavy rotation on US radio charts all summer long. 

As she explained in her unique British accent at a private listening party at Reign Nightclub in Midtown Atlanta, "I love boys, and love talking about boys."

So I went ahead and invited Estelle to stop by our 11Alive studio to talk to Nina Brown to discuss her music, her past, her future, and of course boys. 

College Park City Manager to leave position July 20th

College Park City Manager to leave position July 20th

College Park, GA -- 

William E. Johnson, III has accepted the City Manager position for Petersburg, Virginia and expects to begin work there on July 25.  Johnson has served as College Park’s City Manager since July 2009.

“We hate to see William leave College Park, but I wish him great success in his future endeavors,” said College Park Mayor Jack P.