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Julia Roberts' mom, Betty Lou Motes, passes away

Julia Roberts' mom, Betty Lou Motes, passes away

(WXIA) – Julia Roberts' mom, 80-year-old Betty Lou Motes, died early Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif., People magazine said Thursday afternoon.

Motes, who ran an acting school in Smyrna, had four children – 47-year-old Julia, 58-year-old actor Eric Roberts, Lisa Gillan, 49, and the late Nancy Motes. Nancy committed suicide last February at the age of 37.

Betty had been suffering from lung cancer and was being treated at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica.

In Touch magazine says Betty had been living with Julia and her family in Los Angeles since Nancy's death.

Smyrna deputy police chief passes away

Smyrna deputy police chief passes away

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Smyrna Deputy Police Chief Michael Brown passed away this week.

Brown suffered a heart attack Monday afternoon while eating lunch with members of the command staff. He was later pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Brown began his career with the Smyrna Police Department as a patrol officer in 1976. He quickly worked his way up the ranks, becoming a detective in 1979, a corporal in 1981, a sergeant in 1983, a lieutenant in 1988 and a commander in 1997. He was promoted to deputy chief in 1999.

Before beginning his law enforcement career, Brown served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve. He is survived by his wife Monika.

"Deputy Chief Brown was a decorated, noble law enforcement officer who took pride in his honesty and integrity," Smyrna Police Officer Christopher Graeff said in a release. "Deputy Chief Brown was a mentor to multiple officers with the department and will be deeply missed."

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Cobb Chamber mentoring program accepting applications

Cobb Chamber mentoring program accepting applications

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its Next Generation Mentoring Program.

The program is designed to build relationships between current and future business leaders in the county. Mentors will provide professionals in their 20's and 30's with the skills they need to grow their careers and achieve their business goals.

Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 2.

More information, including an application link and a list of participating mentors, can be found at cobbchamber.org.

Ga. Teacher of the Year to be announced Friday

Ga. Teacher of the Year to be announced Friday

(WXIA) -- The 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday during a special luncheon.

Georgia State Superintendent Dr. John Barge will reveal the winner at around 2:45 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

The 10 finalists include:

Nick C. Crowder
Forsyth County Schools
Teaches engineering education at South Forsyth HS

Rhonda Lokey
Cobb County School District
Teaches 6th grade social studies at Campbell MS

Amanda Miliner
Houston County Schools
Teaches 4th grade at Miller ES

Paul D. Mixon
Heard County School District
Teaches journalism and economics at Heard County HS

Michelle Peace
Early County School District
Teaches Spanish at Early County HS

Attorney Wayne Morrison made President, Cobb County Bar Family Law

Attorney Wayne Morrison made President, Cobb County Bar Family Law

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Wayne A. Morrison, founding partner at Hedgepeth, Heredia, Crumrine & Morrison in Atlanta, has been named President of the Cobb County Bar Association Family Law Section. Organized to promote excellence and professionalism among Family Law practitioners in Cobb County, the section also fosters collegiality between judges and attorneys, which extends to courtrooms and mediation sessions.

Morrison practices in all areas of family law, including divorce and separation, and is an experienced Guardian ad Litem, advising courts on matters concerning the interests of children. His honors, recognitions and community service include:

* President, The Cobb County Bar Association Family Law Section
* Atlanta magazine “Super Lawyer”
* Member, Executive Committee, Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court
* Member, Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Georgia
* Member, The Atlanta Bar
* Member, The Cobb County Bar Association

Jim Hansberger named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Jim Hansberger named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley announced today that Jim Hansberger, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that Jim Hansberger is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”