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North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

ATLANTA -- The 39th annual Chairman's Gala for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, Apr. 28 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a presentation from key Chamber speakers at 7:30 p.m.

"We are pleased to have such a distinguished list of guests for this year's Chairman's Gala," Chamber president and CEO Brandon Beach said in a statement. "Among those who will be joining us are U.S. Congressman Tom Price, Georgia State Senator John Albers, Georgia State Representative Lynne Riley and Fulton County Commissioners Rob Pitts and Liz Hausmann."

Tickets for the event are $175 each; it costs $1,750 to buy a table.

For more information, visit www.gnfccgala.com.

Greg Charleston of Conway MacKenzie Named Chief Restructuring Officer for Dippin’ Dots

Greg Charleston of Conway MacKenzie Named Chief Restructuring Officer for Dippin’ Dots

ATLANTA -- Greg Charleston, senior managing director and leader of the Atlanta office of Conway MacKenzie Inc., has been designated as the chief restructuring officer (CRO) for Dippin’ Dots. As a certified turnaround professional with more than 20 years of experience in turnaround consulting, financial crisis management, mergers and acquisitions, and business valuation, Charleston will manage the Kentucky-based novelty ice cream maker until the business is sold through a bankruptcy auction.

Dippin’ Dots is one of the most recognized brands in the ice cream industry and on November 3, 2011, it filed for Chapter 11. The company is seeking to sell the business for the purpose of generating proceeds to pay creditors.

Alpharetta ES teacher named Fulton Teacher of the Year

Alpharetta ES teacher named Fulton Teacher of the Year

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta Elementary School fifth grade teacher Pamela Haight is the Fulton County School System Teacher of the Year for 2012-13, the district announced Tuesday.

Haight, who was first named the system's Elementary School Teacher of the Year, beat two other finalists for the honor -- Middle School Teacher of the Year Barbara Bell (Ridgeview Charter School) and High School Teacher of the Year Kimberly Cooney (Chattahoochee High School).

"I am so proud of Ms. Haight. She is truly a master teacher," Alpharetta Elementary principal Adam Maroney said in a statement. "While academics are Ms. Haight's focus, she recognizes the importance of teaching the whole child and creates ways to connect with and reach each and every student she teaches. She is an asset to Alpharetta Elementary, the community and Fulton County Schools."

Haight will be recognized at a gala with her fellow Employees and Teachers of the Year next fall.

Fulton County Schools names new police chief

Fulton County Schools names new police chief

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Felipe Usury has been named the new Chief of Police for the Fulton County School System.

Usury, who brings 21 years of experience to the new position, will lead a department of more than 60 certified police officers and support staff. He was an officer with the Cobb County Police Department for eight years and also served as a Marine Corps reservist.

"Chief Usury has kept our students and schools safe for more than a decade," said Superintendent Robert Avossa, noting the new chief's 13 years with Fulton County Schools. "I'm pleased to offer him the position as our chief of police. As a veteran of our police force and a proven leader, he has earned the respect of his fellow officers and our school leaders."

Casting Call | Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

Casting Call | Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

(Submitted by ReneeDavis.com) I just received a casting notice for The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5 through Actors Access.

They are looking for "GLAMOROUS AFFLUENT SOCIALITES IN ATLANTA

- Do you socialize with everyone in Atlanta?
- Do you live in an amazing home and have only the best of the best?

BRAVO is currently casting GLAMOROUS AFFLUENT SOCIALITES & their families in Atlanta.

Casting Director: Desiree Mandelbaum.

If possible please submit actors online demo clips along with each actor submission (to submit you must be a member...free membership at ActorsAccess.com).
Please submit the following: Name phone number, short bio telling us about you, your family, your friends and your fabulous life."

SO...are YOU the next Real Housewife of Atlanta or know someone who fits the bill?

North Fulton Chamber names new chairman

North Fulton Chamber names new chairman

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- William "Teddy" Russell Jr. has been named chairman of the board of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the organization announced Thursday.

Russell is CFO of Russell Landscape Group, Inc. He succeeds Andy Macke as chairman.

"I am honored to be selected as the chairman," Russell said of his appointment. "I am excited to work with [GNFCC president and CEO] Brandon Beach, the chamber staff and the board in an effort to continue the many past successes."

A University of Georgia alum, Russell has served on several GNFCC committees. He was named a finalist for the Chamber's Small Business Person of the Year award in 2008.

"Teddy has been a valued and active member of the GNFCC and will be a tremendous asset to the leadership of the Chamber in the North Fulton community," Beach said Thursday. "We are very fortunate to have Teddy as our chairman of the board."

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.