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Rep. Mike Glanton to speak at Everest College graduation

Rep. Mike Glanton to speak at Everest College graduation

ATLANTA -- Georgia Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) will be the speaker at this weekend's Everest College graduation ceremony.

About 500 students from Everest's four Atlanta-area campuses will graduate Saturday at the Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta.

"I am honored to be asked to speak to these soon-to-be graduates," Glanton said in a statement. "This is a monumental event in each of their lives, and I am humbled to be a part of that."

Everest College offers degrees in such fields as health care, pharmacy, massage and criminal justice.

Norcross mayor loses ARC board seat

Norcross mayor loses ARC board seat

NORCROSS, Ga. -- In early December, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson was just one vote shy of being elected chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Just 15 days later, his fellow mayors in Gwinnett County ousted him as their representative on the ARC board in what SaportaReport.com says was "one of the most abrupt whiplashes of regional power in recent Atlanta history."

What makes the move all the more symbolic, Maria Saporta writes, is that Johnson led the metro area to its greatest moment of regional cooperation in October 2011 when he chaired the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable -- 21 elected leaders from across the region who unanimously voted on a $6.2 billion list of transportation projects to present to voters on July 31, 2012.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include:

Gwinnett Police name new animal welfare manager

Gwinnett Police name new animal welfare manager

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Charles "Chip" Moore has been appointed manager of Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Police Chief Charles Walters chose Moore for the job after conducting two nationwide searches. Moore's first day in his new role was Mar. 30.

The job won't be too difficult for Moore to fill -- prior to his appointment, he was serving as interim manager.

"Over the last 13 months, Chip has exhibited the highest quality leadership and concern for the needs of Gwinnett County citizens and employees of the shelter," Walters said in a statement. "His appointment is a key factor in the continual improvement of the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section."

Under Moore's temporary leadership, the county's animal volunteer program grew, and Gwinnett saw an increase in adoption rates and decrease in euthanasia rates.

4 signed to Silverbacks

4 signed to Silverbacks

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks signed four new players last week, just in time for the upcoming season.

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Forward Ruben Luna, defender Bobby Reiss, and midfielders Brandon Manzonelli and Mark Withers have all joined Atlanta's professional soccer club.

Luna, who was born in Mexico and grew up in the U.S., comes to the Silverbacks from FC Dallas. He made 30 appearances and racked up four goals during his three years with his former club.

Reiss joins his former youth soccer teammate Richie Menjivar, who already plays for the Silverbacks, on this season's roster. The former Cal State Fullerton player and team captain will wear #4 in Atlanta.

School district names new COO

School district names new COO

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Daniel Jardine has been named the Gwinnett County School District's new Chief Operations Officer.

Jardine's appointment was announced at the Gwinnett County Board of Education's February meeting.

In his new position, he will oversee construction, building maintenance, risk management and transportation, among other divisions in the district.

Jardine's experience includes facility planning and service work in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of Carter and Associates, a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta.

Jardine earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.

He replaces longtime Gwinnett County School District COO Jim Steele, who retired in November.