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Cobb announces school Employees of the Year

Cobb announces school Employees of the Year

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District and the Cobb Schools Foundation have selected their 2011 Classified Employees of the Year.

The award honors three school professionals at each academic level and one support professional from an operational division who have made significant contributions to their respective schools.

The 2011 Professionals of the Year are:

* Natalie Feller
Clerk -- Hillgrove High School, Powder Springs

* Vernon Ivory
Special education paraprofessional -- Campbell Middle School, Smyrna

* Hazel Perez
Clerk -- Shallowford Falls Elementary School, Marietta

The Support Professional of the Year is Darcy Snelling, the executive secretary to three area assistant superintendents.

All four professionals were honored Aug.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

CTC president to lead new tech college initiative

CTC president to lead new tech college initiative

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dr. Sanford Chandler, president of Chattahoochee Technical College, has been chosen to lead the Technical College System of Georgia's (TCSG) new International Center for Technical Education, the TCSG announced Thursday.

The center's goal is to build greater worldwide recognition of the TCSG education programs while also working to expand new and existing international student and faculty exchange at the 25 TCSG schools.

"I'm looking forward to this new challenge and continuing to make a difference in the lives of students here and abroad," Chandler said. "It's my hope that this international initiative will ultimately help to improve the economic and workforce development of our state."

International enrollment at Chattahoochee Tech grew under Chandler's leadership.

Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

Cobb superintendent plans Wednesday school visits

MARIETTA, Ga. -- If Cobb County's new Superintendent Michael Hinojosa wondered how school staffers might receive him, he got proof right away.

Students from  Harrison High School produced a welcoming video that involved a couple hundred staff members from all levels of the Cobb County School District.

The video also served as a way to introduce Dr. Michael Hinojosa to many Cobb residents.

Lithia Springs priest named Bishop of Savannah

Lithia Springs priest named Bishop of Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Pope Benedict XVI has chosen a Lithia Springs priest to be the new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, which governs parishes in 90 south Georgia counties.

The diocese announced Tuesday that the Rev. Gregory John Hartmayer will succeed Bishop J. Kevin Boland, who is retiring after 52 years in the priesthood.

Hartmayer is pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Lithia Springs. The 59-year-old priest is a native of Buffalo, N.Y.

Hartmayer's ordination as bishop is scheduled for Oct.

POWDER SPRINGS: World Cup star now runs horse farm

POWDER SPRINGS: World Cup star now runs horse farm

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Michelle Akers doesn't think much about soccer anymore... except when the World Cup is on.

"The Brazil game, oh my gosh," she said. "I barely could keep myself from swearing ... They were falling down and rolling around, and I was like, 'I'll give you something to cry about.'"

Akers is widely regarded as one of the greatest women's soccer players of all-time. In fact, in an article in Sports Illustrated last month, her former coach Tony DiCicco called Akers "the best player who ever played."

As this World Cup takes shape, Akers is still into it. But after every game, she is right back on the job.

The job, in this case, is running a horse farm in Powder Springs. Akers spends her time rescuing and nursing horses as well as tending to goats, chickens, and her three dogs.

Jennifer Hudson visits Six Flags

Jennifer Hudson visits Six Flags

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson is the latest notable "Dare Devil" to tackle the new roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia.

The former "American Idol" contestant took on Dare Devil Dive, which sends riders over a 10-story, beyond vertical first drop.

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Hudson also enjoyed such rides as Goliath, Superman: Ultimate Flight and Acrophobia.

Her visit came shortly after Six Flags celebrated Dare Devil Dive's 100,000th rider -- 11-year-old Chase from Lakeland, Fla.