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Georgia elections director Linda Ford resigns

Georgia elections director Linda Ford resigns

ATLANTA -- Georgia elections director Linda Ford has resigned at the request of Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Kemp said Friday that the resignation was due to 7,690 voters being moved from inactive to cancelled status within 90 days of an election. The change, which occurred in February 2014 under Ford's supervision, happened six days after more than 312,000 Georgia voters were changed from inactive to cancelled during a standard update process required by law.

"All of the voter records moved from inactive to cancelled status met the requirements for having their status changed. These changes simply took place after the federal deadline," Kemp said in a statement. "This situation may seem like a minor issue to some, but to me, it is very serious."

Spelman College names new president

Spelman College names new president

ATLANTA -- Spelman College will have a new president this summer.

The Board of Trustees announced Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell will take over the reins as the college's 10th's president on August 1.

Campbell has served as dean emerita of Tisch School of the Arts and university professor at New York University.

Current Spelman President Dr. Beverly Tatum will step down at the end of this school year.

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts conversation with Heidelberg Project creator

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts conversation with Heidelberg Project creator

ATLANTA -- Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will host Connecting the Dots: The Heidelberg Project and the Power of Art, a special conversation with Aku Kadogo, international theater director, choreographer, educator, creative producer of cultural arts projects and Spelman Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Arts, and Tyree Guyton, creator of the renowned Heidelberg Project of Detroit, Thursday, Mar. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Acting on his vision many years ago, Guyton set out to respond to a city that was in a state of disrepair and despondency.  Now in its 30th year, The Heidelberg Project is a thriving arts organization that aims to inspire and enrich all those who experience it.

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner Appointed to Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors

On February 4, 2015, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners appointed Commissioner Joan P. Garner, District 4, to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

 

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine,” stated Commissioner Joan P. Garner. “This is an exciting time to be part of an endeavor that will enhance and connect the communities located along the BeltLine in District 4.” 

Members of the Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors shall initially serve staggered terms of two (2) years and after the initial terms have expired, serve for a term of four (4) years (subject to the concurrent service requirements set forth herein).

 

Former Coca-Cola president Don Keough dies

Former Coca-Cola president Don Keough dies

ATLANTA -- Don Keough, Coca-Cola's former president, COO and director, died Tuesday. He was 88.

A Coca-Cola spokesperson confirmed Keough's death, saying he was surrounded by family members when he passed away.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Keough family that loved Don so much. We share their loss, and we share their pride in the legacy of one of the truly great leaders in the history of business," Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement. "The world has lost a giant of a man in Don Keough, and we at Coca-Cola have lost an extraordinary leader, mentor and friend."

Former Atlanta fire chief filed federal lawsuit

Former Atlanta fire chief filed federal lawsuit

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed after he was fired "because of his Christian faith and beliefs." Attorneys for The Alliance Defending Freedom made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Last month, an administrative complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit and the complaint contend Cochran was fired because of his religious beliefs.

"Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of being fired because of their beliefs and thoughts," ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman said. "The city of Atlanta is not above the Constitution and federal law. In America, a religious or ideological test cannot be used to fire a public servant."

Meet the Atlantan on We tv's new 'Bachelor'-like reality show

Meet the Atlantan on We tv's new 'Bachelor'-like reality show

ATLANTA -- Ladies, would you go on national tv to find love if you knew finding love came with being scrutinized by his mother and his pastor?

Eh, I don't know, but that's what 29-year-old Brandy Commodore from Atlanta did when she decided to be one of 24 women who would vie for the attention of We tv's first African-American bachelor in their new reality television series "Match Made in Heaven."

Tastemaker Magazine caught up with Brandy to find out what we should expect from the premiere and why she decided to try to find love on national television. Check out the full interview here.