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Norcross Students Honored as Basketball Player of the Year by ESPN

Norcross, GA--  Diamond DeShields of Norcross High School has just been given the huge honor of being the 2010-11 Gatorade GA Girls Basketball Player of the Year.  This is the first time a player from Norcross High has won this distinction.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard and forward has led the Blue Devils to a 26-3 record and a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals against Campbell High, scheduled for March 10. The returning ESPN RISE National Freshman of the Year, DeShields has averaged 20.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.0 assists per game. Also the returning Class AAAAA Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Sports Writers Association, she produced 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.1 assists per contest, leading Norcross to the 2010 Class AAAAA state championship as a freshman.

Gwinnett Residents To Meet and Question the Commission Chairman Candidates Tonight

Gwinnett Residents To Meet and Question the Commission Chairman Candidates Tonight

Gwinnett County, GA--  Residents of Gwinnett have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the Gwinnett Commission Chairman candidates this evening.  The Council for Quality Growth and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum from 4-5:30pm today at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

The forum will include the 4 current candidates, Will Costa, Larry Gause, Duane Kissel, and Charlotte Nash. 

“Tonight’s Candidate Forum will offer the citizens of Gwinnett an opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves in an impartial setting on issues affecting the success of our county,” said Michael Paris, president & CEO, Council for Quality Growth.

Bags by Chilli (of TLC) Trunk Show in Lilburn,Ga

Bags by Chilli (of TLC) Trunk Show in Lilburn,Ga

Over the weekend I was invited out to a trunk show given by singer turned reality star, Chilli. Chilli launched her purse line Bags by Chilli a few years ago and I was there. A few years later, she has created new designs and more fun accessories!

The event was held at the newly opened Bellissima Studio in Lilburn,Ga. It’s a fitness studio for women of all ages. Owner Sharon Gray (who’s a certified Zumba instructor) was the host for the evening. At her studio she offers yoga,zumba,pole fitness and stiletto boot camp.

SEE ALL THE PICS AND THE BAGS AT WWW.TALKINGWITHTAMI.COM

Mableton Lifestyle and Fitness Blogger Gives the "Skinny on Applebee's Under 550 Caloric menu"

Mableton Lifestyle and Fitness Blogger Gives the "Skinny on Applebee's Under 550 Caloric menu"

Tuesday I was invited to a special tasting of Applebee’s Under 550 Calories menu. Making smart food choices is a priority to me right now as I’m training for my 4th half marathon and I’ve taken on a pretty lofty birthday goal. I recently shared my Restaurant Rules for eating out as there often aren’t many healthy, low calorie options; so when I got the invite I was curious to see how Applebee’s entrees measured up.

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Register for Women Owned Businesses-SBA Workshop on January 13th

Register for Women Owned Businesses-SBA Workshop on January 13th

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by James Hightower)

--Workshops will show how to Self Certify as a WOSB-- 

A SBA workshop will be held on Jan. 13, 2011 to give an overview of the agency’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program and how a company can self-certify as a WOSB.  The workshop is being held at the agency’s state office in the downtown Peachtree Center office complex, adjacent to the MARTA Peachtree Center station.  

The free workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Lilburn Schools Join The Clean Air Campaign to Fight Air Pollution

Lilburn Schools Join The Clean Air Campaign to Fight Air Pollution

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by the Clean Air Campaign)  

As air pollution continues to be a problem in Georgia, Gwinnett students are getting involved in the fight for better air quality.  Nearly 60 schools in Gwinnett County call themselves Clean Air Schools and work with Georgia nonprofit The Clean Air Campaign to educate students, parents and faculty about ways they can improve the air.

Two Lilburn schools are being recognized by The Clean Air Campaign as school champions for their recent efforts.

Arcado Elementary School’s Environmental Club is taking on The Clean Air Campaign’s No-Idling Program for the fourth year in a row.

Kaylin Reque of Suwanee Wins Miss Georgia USA , Kristen Robinson of Stone Mountain Wins Miss GA Teen

Atlanta, GA--  Kaylin Reque, 22, of Suwanee, won Miss Georgia USA this past weekend at the Woodland Performing Arts Center in Cartersville.  Kaylin, a graduate of North Gwinnett High School  proudly represented her home town in the pageant as Miss Suwanee, USA.

The other notable winner was Miss Teen Georgia, which went to the Stone Mountain resident Kristen Robinson.  11Alive News' own, Paul Ossmann was the MC of the large event and was delighted that Ms. Reque won. 

I forward to seeing you represent Georgia at Donald Trump's Miss USA!!!