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Perdue to address Coles College of Business

Perdue to address Coles College of Business

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will address alumni, faculty, staff, students and business partners of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

Perdue's talk, entitled "From Chopsticks to Wood Pellets: Made in Georgia Goes Global," marks the 20th annual Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series for the business college.

The lecture will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta).

MARIETTA: Teachers question raises for Cobb Superintendent's staff

MARIETTA: Teachers question raises for Cobb Superintendent's staff

MARIETTA, Ga. -- It may end up saving money, but some still question the principle of the move.

That's the bottom line to some teacher complaints about pay raises for some Cobb County school administrators while teachers face even more furloughs.

Only two months into the job, new Cobb County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa has won approval to raise the salaries of five members of his executive cabinet, some by as much as $19,000.

He justified the raises because those administrators will now have to perform more duties since he reduced the size of his cabinet from eight down to six.

"These individuals are taking on additional responsibilities and we've also reduced the overall cost in compensation by $80,000," school system spokesman Jay Dillon told 11Alive News on Thursday.

Cobb County teachers haven't had a raise since their pay was cut 2 percent in 2009.

PROFILE: Local foodie, Bren Herrera, talks up Atlanta on Gilt City and receives national attention

PROFILE:  Local foodie, Bren Herrera, talks up Atlanta on Gilt City and receives national attention

Atlanta --  Bren Herrera, a local foodista that lives here in Atlanta most recently has been featured on the Gilt City "Cityunlisted" page for her continued role as a leader in the food blogging world.  Her site FlanboyantEats.com takes readers on a world journey amongst different flavors and unique latin dishes.  She has been featured in a variety of national outlets including NY Times and Dean & Deluca, and Bren will even be LIVE in STUDIO at CNN Espanol on Friday (10/7) morning cooking up another one of her latin creations. 

Bren wrote us a letter last week telling us more about herself and I wanted to share it with everyone:

Flourish Luncheon to honor local arts leaders

Flourish Luncheon to honor local arts leaders

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University will hold its 4th annual Flourish Luncheon this week to honor and recognize arts leaders in the community.

During the luncheon, the university's College of the Arts will present this year's Flourish Awards. Launched in 2005, the awards are presented in four categories.

The 2011 winners include:

* Arts Leader
Robert J.

Cobb announces school Employees of the Year

Cobb announces school Employees of the Year

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District and the Cobb Schools Foundation have selected their 2011 Classified Employees of the Year.

The award honors three school professionals at each academic level and one support professional from an operational division who have made significant contributions to their respective schools.

The 2011 Professionals of the Year are:

* Natalie Feller
Clerk -- Hillgrove High School, Powder Springs

* Vernon Ivory
Special education paraprofessional -- Campbell Middle School, Smyrna

* Hazel Perez
Clerk -- Shallowford Falls Elementary School, Marietta

The Support Professional of the Year is Darcy Snelling, the executive secretary to three area assistant superintendents.

All four professionals were honored Aug.

Smyrna honors local heroes on eve of 9/11

Smyrna honors local heroes on eve of 9/11

SMYRNA, Ga. -- The eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is a fitting time for Americans to come together to honor, remember and celebrate the men and women who protect their communities every day.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, the city of Smyrna will hold its second annual Auction for Heroes Gala to bolster aid for local uniformed officers and public safety personnel.

The gala is a fun-filled evening of entertainment, dining and dance, sponsored by grateful local businesses and officials. This year's event includes performances by Kingsized and Wesley Cook, a finalist in Rolling Stone's Street to Stage competition.

Other notable attendees include Smyrna Chief of Police Stan Cook, Smyrna Fire Chief Jason Lanyon and Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon.

The gala will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.