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APD appoints LGBT liaison

APD appoints LGBT liaison

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer to serve the department.

Officer Kristin Knight was appointed to her position last week by Chief George Turner.

"I'm looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department," Knight said after she was appointed. "As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding."

Knight joined APD in 2005, working as a patrol officer downtown and in Midtown. Last year, the Connecticut native joined the Community Liaison Unit. She originally moved south to attend Clark Atlanta University and is now completing her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.

22 APS students win Gates Millennium Scholarship

22 APS students win Gates Millennium Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools can now boast the third-highest number of 2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners in the United States.

The prestigious scholarship covers tuition, room and board for any major at any university. Only 1,000 students in the country receive the honor every year.

This year's recipients from APS include:

Carver Early College High School
Makeeva Walker

Carver School of the Arts
Ashley Thomas

Carver School of Health Sciences & Research
Cesar Chavez

Frederick Douglass High School
Kaitlin Camp
Jasmine Davis
Rifat Mursalin

Henry W. Grady High School
Abena Amoakuh
Chantil Coleman
Raveen Ford
Shafiq Gyagenda

Maynard H. Jackson High School
Alexander Greene

Benjamin E. Mays High School
Douglas Ruffin

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

ATLANTA -- The 39th annual Chairman's Gala for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, Apr. 28 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a presentation from key Chamber speakers at 7:30 p.m.

"We are pleased to have such a distinguished list of guests for this year's Chairman's Gala," Chamber president and CEO Brandon Beach said in a statement. "Among those who will be joining us are U.S. Congressman Tom Price, Georgia State Senator John Albers, Georgia State Representative Lynne Riley and Fulton County Commissioners Rob Pitts and Liz Hausmann."

Tickets for the event are $175 each; it costs $1,750 to buy a table.

For more information, visit www.gnfccgala.com.

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

ATLANTA -- In a meeting that lasted more than 12 hours and had more than 500 attendees, some chanting and carrying signs, the Atlanta school board approved a controversial redistricting plan late Tuesday night.

The board unanimously approved the plan advanced by Superintendent Erroll Davis with three amendments: to keep Towns, D.H. Stanton and F.L. Stanton elementary schools open.

Outbursts from the audience stopped the meeting twice. At one point, while the superintendent was absent, someone from the crowd yelled that Davis needed to return before they continued. The crowd began chanting "We want Davis." In a separate incident, a man who reportedly caused a commotion was escorted out by Atlanta police officers.

Casting Call | Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

Casting Call | Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

(Submitted by ReneeDavis.com) I just received a casting notice for The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5 through Actors Access.

They are looking for "GLAMOROUS AFFLUENT SOCIALITES IN ATLANTA

- Do you socialize with everyone in Atlanta?
- Do you live in an amazing home and have only the best of the best?

BRAVO is currently casting GLAMOROUS AFFLUENT SOCIALITES & their families in Atlanta.

Casting Director: Desiree Mandelbaum.

If possible please submit actors online demo clips along with each actor submission (to submit you must be a member...free membership at ActorsAccess.com).
Please submit the following: Name phone number, short bio telling us about you, your family, your friends and your fabulous life."

SO...are YOU the next Real Housewife of Atlanta or know someone who fits the bill?

APS board votes to replace Muhammad

APS board votes to replace Muhammad

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Schools board has voted 5-4 to elect Reuben McDaniel as its new chairman.

McDaniel will replace Brenda Muhammad, who was elected in June 2011 to take the place of Khaatim Sherrer El.

The board also voted 5-4 Monday to make Byron Amos its vice chairman.

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.