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Joe Gransden to perform at Centennial HS

Joe Gransden to perform at Centennial HS

ROSWELL, Ga. -- One of today's hottest names in jazz will give a concert at Centennial High School next month.

Joe Gransden and his 16-piece band will swing into Roswell at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 20.

"Joe's big band has quickly become one of the busiest groups on the jazz scene," Rob Sayer, owner of The Music Class child movement and music center, said in a statement. "The ensemble includes some of the finest jazz musicians in the country, and it really swings."

The Music Class is sponsoring Gransden's visit.

Before the Mar. 20 concert, Gransden will hold a private jazz workshop for Centennial High band students, as well as members of the jazz bands at Haynes Bridge Middle and Holcomb Bridge Middle.

Learn more about Gransden at joegransden.com.

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Republican Party nominated former Atlanta mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council member Mary Norwood to the Fulton County Elections Board.

She would replace William F. Riley, who resigned.

"With the resignation of our County Party stalwart and former judge, William Riley, from the Board of Elections and the ongoing investigation by the Secretary of State's office, we had to act quickly to find someone with the high caliber of intellect and ability to effect change," Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds said in a statement.

"Mary Norwood is just that kind of person," Bonds added. "Her background as a small business owner, community activist and former elected official gives her the political savvy and professionalism that makes her the ideal person to continue the clean-up work Riley started."

The vote on Norwood's nomination is Jan. 23.

Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders attend Roswell City Classic

Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders attend Roswell City Classic

ROSWELL, Ga. -- More than 350 gymnasts and some very special guests attended this year's Roswell City Classic at Roswell Gymnastics on Jan. 12.

The event is the largest men's gymnastics meet in the Southeast.

"Each year, the Roswell City Classic increases in the number of teams and gymnasts, providing the most challenging meet early in the season," Roswell Men's Gymnastics Team director Ben Wood said in a statement.

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The Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders visited this year's classic, entertaining the crowd and passing out Hawks paraphernalia. They also handed out awards to the winning gymnasts.

Rep. Tom Price to address North Fulton Chamber

Rep. Tom Price to address North Fulton Chamber

ROSWELL, Ga. -- U.S. Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) will be the keynote speaker at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's January Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast.

Price began his Washington career in 2004 as the representative of Georgia's 6th district, which includes eastern Cobb, northern Fulton and northern DeKalb counties.

He also served four terms with the Georgia State Senate, including two as Minority Whip.

Price is known throughout Congress for being the go-to Republican on health care policy, according to North Fulton Chamber president Brandon Beach. He is also a fierce opponent of government waste and always pushes for limited government and lower spending.

Before beginning his political career, Price worked as an orthopedic surgeon. He served as an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University and is the former medical director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

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Paralympian visits Sweet Apple ES

Paralympian visits Sweet Apple ES

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A four-time Paralympian recently visited Sweet Apple Elementary School in Roswell.

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Jessica Galli stopped by the school to show off the bronze medal she won in the women's 800m at the 2012 London Games and to share her stories about the Paralympics.

The track star, who recently celebrated her 29th birthday, has made it to every Paralympics since the 2000 Sydney Games. She has won a career total of seven Paralympic medals, including gold in the women's 400m at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Galli became a paraplegic after a car accident when she was only 7 years old. She was named the U.S. Olympic Committee's 2007 Paralympian of the Year.

Transportation director named Public Works Leadership Fellow

Transportation director named Public Works Leadership Fellow

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell transportation director Steven Acenbrak has been named a Public Works Leadership Fellow by the American Public Works Association.

A fellowship gives leaders the opportunity to mentor up-and-coming public works professionals. About 200 people across the U.S. are chosen for the program every year.

"The APWA PWLFs have pledged to assist those who aspire to become public works directors, executives, managers and supervisors through a focused mentoring program," APWA executive director Peter B. King said in a statement.

Acenbrak began his career in 1980 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; he retired as chief of staff in 2000. Since leaving the Corps, he has worn several hats in Georgia local governments.

"With over 32 years of public works experience, I want to give back to the profession that has been so good to me," Acenbrak said on becoming a fellow.