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NY Times Best Selling Author, Emily Giffin!

Atlanta resident and New York Times Best selling author, Emily Giffin stopped by our Get Connected Studios to talk about her new book, "Where We Belong", how and why she writes and more! Find out what she hates!  Meet Emily at her book signing in Buckhead July 27th. Get details at www.emilygiffin.com/calendar.php

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.

Georgia Watermelon Queen to Visit Fulton County’s Riverside Farmer’s Market in Roswell

Georgia Watermelon Queen to Visit Fulton County’s Riverside Farmer’s Market in Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Georgia Watermelon Queen will visit the Riverside Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 21 from 8:00am – 12:00pm.  Her visit is part of her official duties to welcome summer and to educate the community about the nutritional and economical value of watermelons.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension operates the Riverside Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning in the parking lot of Roswell City Hall located at 38 Hill Street in Roswell, Georgia. 

Laurel Higginbotham, the 2012 Watermelon Queen, will lead a fun-filled day for the entire family.  She will be handing out coloring books, promotional watermelon items as well as officiate watermelon eating and seed spitting contests.  A children’s tent, delicious made-to-order crepes, live music and a radon information table staffed by Fulton County Cooperative Extension Agents will add to the festivities.

17 North Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

17 North Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A grand total of 17 more recent graduates from six Fulton County high schools have been named National Merit Scholars.

The students were selected from among the best and brightest young people in the country. In addition to the distinction, they will receive sizable scholarships from participating colleges.

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Fulton County's newest National Merit Scholarship winners include:

Alpharetta High School
Andrew J. Mathes
Kunal D. Naik
Alexander E. Young

Johns Creek High School
Kevin H. Sun

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.

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."

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Janine Maxwell brings hope to people.  That is what she has been doing for the past six years, and the objective of her nonprofit aid organization, Heart for Africa –to deliver hope to the poor and vulnerable.

But the marketing exec turned humanitarian, professes that she struggled with living in Alpharetta—the affluent and picturesque community, she, husband Ian and two children (daughter Chloe –now 16, son Spencer –now 18) relocated to from Canada, in order to raise awareness and support for the organization.    

 “Beautiful but very different,” she best summarizes it, Maxwell felt uprooted trading the securities of her CEO-standard, Canadian lifestyle –and free healthcare, for the South; however it was a move that was both necessary and favorable.