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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.

Stage Play Confronting Issues In The Church; Addiction

Stage Play Confronting Issues In The Church; Addiction

Norcross, GA -- (submitted by Andre Knighton) 

Never has a stage play addressed issues facing church members like ADDICTION: No One Knows but Me.  "I want to bring to the forefront issues that confront church members everyday-issues that nobody wants to talk about but know are there" says Andre Knighton play wright and producer.

Andre believes it is time for the church to take off its mask and do away with being pretentious."We all know the catch phrases, ' I'm blessed and highly favored,' and 'Too blessed to be stressed' but most of that is a facade and the real issues are not being addressed," says Knighton. He believes that having that kind of attitude makes a person feel alone and or isolated as if they are the only person struggling with a particular issue.

"We need to be real and understand that everybody struggles; Knighton passionately expressed. It does not make you any less spiritual. It makes you human.

Hundreds pay tribute to high school principal

Hundreds pay tribute to high school principal

For more than 400 who showed up Tuesday to pay tribute to Meadowcreek High School’s recently deceased principal, it might have felt more like a mid-summer reunion than a scene for mourning.

Read the entire story here.

Gwinnett Braves to host Bobby Cox Day

Gwinnett Braves to host Bobby Cox Day

Suwanee --  (submitted by Gwinnett Braves)  As part of his farewell tour and ongoing relationship as an ambassador for the Atlanta Braves, Bobby Cox will complete his expedition to all of the Braves Minor League ballparks on Monday, July 18th, as he visits Coolray Field when the Gwinnett Braves host Bobby Cox Day.

The 7:05 p.m. affair will feature a Bobby Cox Figurine Giveaway courtesy of Coolray Heating and Cooling to the first 3,000 fans in the ballpark. A lucky few fans will also receive a “golden ticket” along with their figurine as they come through the gates for a chance to participate in a Meet and Greet with the all-time Braves great.

Fans will also get a chance to submit questions to the Gwinnett Braves Facebook page for a special, “Ask Bobby,” segment that will occur at some point in the Monday night game. Several questions will be chosen and asked live to Mr.

Lilburn girl, 8, seizes opportunity to Bless Others

Lilburn girl, 8, seizes opportunity to Bless Others

Lilburn --  When 8-year-old Danielle Metzger learned about the poor families her grandfather helps internationally through the relief and development organization Food For The Poor, she took the cause to heart.

Danielle said, her parents agreed that, “this was an opportunity that God was giving me to help others,” after reading a letter from her grandfather. 

Danielle and her parents, Ryan and Natalie Metzger, recently traveled from Lilburn, Ga., to Coconut Creek, Fla. to deliver a check to the nonprofit.

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.