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Hundreds to graduate from Chattahoochee Tech

Hundreds to graduate from Chattahoochee Tech

MARIETTA, Ga. -- More than 1,100 students have applied to graduate from Chattahoochee Technical College this month.

The Marietta-based school's commencement ceremony will be held Dec. 17 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

One remarkable soon-to-be-graduate is George House of Canton. House is a former combat medic who entered Chattahoochee Tech with hopes of becoming a nurse. However, he soon discovered that he had a knack for working with electronics.

"I learned about the classes in biomedical and realized it would be a good fit," said House, who is receiving an associate of science in electrical and computer engineering technology with a specialization in biomedical instrumentation technology. "It is an area with great potential for growth and careers."

"I'm looking to secure a position with a company where I can continue to grow and learn," House added.

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two Cobb County educators were honored during a recent awards ceremony for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Deborah Poss and Michelle Mikes were recognized by the council on Oct. 18.

Poss teaches at Lassiter High School in Marietta. She won the council's highest honor, the Gladys M. Thompson Distinguished Service Award. This lifetime achievement award is given annually to someone who has spent an entire teaching career going above and beyond the call of duty every day.

Michelle Mikes won the John Neff Award for excellence as Cobb County's district supervisor for math in grades 6-12. Mikes was honored for inspiring and mentoring teachers and serving as an advocate for math education.

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Paul Ryan to attend GOP fundraiser in Cobb

Paul Ryan to attend GOP fundraiser in Cobb

ATLANTA -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will travel to Atlanta to raise money for Mitt Romney's campaign.

Ryan is scheduled to appear at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 24.

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Attending won't be cheap. Republican supporters will have to pay $500 per person to attend a general reception. People who donate or raise $10,000 for the Romney campaign get access to a photo session. Getting into a round table discussion requires a $25,000 donation per couple.

Ryan does not have any other public appearances scheduled during the trip to Atlanta.

Terri Lyne Carrington to host master class at Pebblebrook HS

Terri Lyne Carrington to host master class at Pebblebrook HS

MABLETON, Ga. -- Grammy-winning jazz performer Terri Lyne Carrington will host a music master class for students at Pebblebrook High School this week.

The jazz class will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. It is part of the Jazz in the Classroom program, which is sponsored by the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre's ArtsBridge program and Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Jazz in the Classroom's goal is to provide young people with an opportunity to learn about music and the way it ties into their everyday lives and possible future careers. Earlier this year, the program sent Al Jarreau to Mays High School in southwest Atlanta.

55 Cobb students among National Merit semifinalists

55 Cobb students among National Merit semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- About 16,000 American high school students have been named semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 55 kids from Cobb County are among them.

These talented high school seniors will now compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, which will be offered next spring.

To become a semifinalist, a student must earn good grades and a high score on the PSAT. Finalists are named by submitting detailed scholarship applications to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Cobb's semifinalists include:

Campbell HS
Sarah Grisham
Joshua Morton
Rachel Tamas

Harrison HS
Jordan Bell
Jackson Hopper
Cullen Mowery

Hillgrove HS
Luke Maurer

Kennesaw Mountain HS
Anna Hankal
Audrey Milam

Lassiter HS
Brian Cohn
Anna Gwaltney
Bailey Johnson
James Rowe
Ryan Smith

Ice Cube talks Atlanta-based show

We caught up with Gangsta Rapper turned Actor/Producer and talked new music and sitcom filmed right here in Atlanta! Don't miss the inspiring advice he gives for you!

Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

Marietta Daily Journal publisher Otis Brumby dies

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Otis A. Brumby Jr., who served for 45 years as publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal, has died at age 72.

The newspaper that Brumby led since 1967 reports the longtime publisher died Saturday at his Cobb County home after battling prostate cancer for nearly two years.

Over the decades Brumby became one of Cobb County's most prominent business leaders as he expanded his publishing operation to include 27 free weekly papers throughout the Atlanta suburbs. Though Marietta Daily Journal maintained a local focus, Brumby was known as a champion of government transparency in Georgia.

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a longtime friend of Brumby, says "a giant oak has fallen that will be very difficult to replace."