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Fulton County Schools names new police chief

Fulton County Schools names new police chief

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Felipe Usury has been named the new Chief of Police for the Fulton County School System.

Usury, who brings 21 years of experience to the new position, will lead a department of more than 60 certified police officers and support staff. He was an officer with the Cobb County Police Department for eight years and also served as a Marine Corps reservist.

"Chief Usury has kept our students and schools safe for more than a decade," said Superintendent Robert Avossa, noting the new chief's 13 years with Fulton County Schools. "I'm pleased to offer him the position as our chief of police. As a veteran of our police force and a proven leader, he has earned the respect of his fellow officers and our school leaders."

North Fulton Chamber names new chairman

North Fulton Chamber names new chairman

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- William "Teddy" Russell Jr. has been named chairman of the board of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the organization announced Thursday.

Russell is CFO of Russell Landscape Group, Inc. He succeeds Andy Macke as chairman.

"I am honored to be selected as the chairman," Russell said of his appointment. "I am excited to work with [GNFCC president and CEO] Brandon Beach, the chamber staff and the board in an effort to continue the many past successes."

A University of Georgia alum, Russell has served on several GNFCC committees. He was named a finalist for the Chamber's Small Business Person of the Year award in 2008.

"Teddy has been a valued and active member of the GNFCC and will be a tremendous asset to the leadership of the Chamber in the North Fulton community," Beach said Thursday. "We are very fortunate to have Teddy as our chairman of the board."

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Meet Izo the Snowman on Founders Day

Meet Izo the Snowman on Founders Day

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Georgia's official holiday campaign will stop by Johns Creek this weekend.

Izo the Snowman, the official mascot of Explore Georgia, will help 11Alive anchor Karyn Greer emcee the Founders Day Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

RELATED: Happy birthday, Johns Creek!

A snowman from up north who is searching for a more temperate climate in Georgia, Izo is traveling throughout the state and taking advantage of all the wonderful holiday festivals, decorations and events. He will be visiting through Sunday, Jan. 8, and you never know where he'll pop up next.

For more information about Izo and tourism in Georgia, visit www.exploregeorgia.org.

Fulton guest principals to share their experiences

Fulton guest principals to share their experiences

ATLANTA -- What's it like to be a principal in Fulton County?

More than 60 residents got the opportunity to learn the answer to this question when they were selected to be "Principal for a Day" at schools throughout the district. They will reflect upon their experiences during a recap session at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at the school system's Administrative Center near East Point.

Now in its fourth year, the Principal for a Day program allows local business leaders to step into the role of school administrator and discover the challenges and rewards such a job presents. A list of participants can be found on the Fulton schools website.

Kemp to speak at November Eggs & Enterprise

Kemp to speak at November Eggs & Enterprise

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be the keynote speaker for the November Eggs & Enterprise breakfast, sponsored by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

Kemp has served as Secretary of State since January 2010. Prior to that, he was a state senator from 2002 to 2006, and has founded and developed many small businesses throughout his career. He is the owner of Kemp Properties, which specializes in real estate investments and property management.

As Secretary of State, Kemp is committed to utilizing fiscally conservative business principles, implementing technology throughout government divisions, and removing regulations that block economic recovery and job growth.

A lifelong Athens resident, Kemp is a graduate of Clarke Central High School and the University of Georgia, where he received a degree in agriculture. He and his wife Marty have three daughters and are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.