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Young gymnasts qualify for national meet

Young gymnasts qualify for national meet

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Justin Ah Chow, Patrick Kramer and Kofi Reeves-Miller aren't even in their teens yet, but they're already becoming fixtures on the men's gymnastics scene.

The three Roswell boys qualified to compete in the National Future Stars Meet, which will be held in Colorado Springs in November.

They beat out 50 Region 8 gymnasts who competed at the Roswell Recreation & Parks Gymnastics Center earlier this month for a chance to attend the Colorado meet.

"The competition at Region 8 is always challenging, and we are so proud of our 'Future Stars' and their coaches for qualifying for Nationals," Roswell Boys Gymnastics Team director and coach Ben Wood said in a statement. "The dedication and skill of the Roswell Men's Gymnastics Team always shines through in competition. We look forward to their success at Nationals in Colorado Springs."

Roswell hires new deputy police chief

Roswell hires new deputy police chief

ROSWELL, Ga. -- James "Rusty" Grant is Roswell's new deputy police chief.

Grant comes to Roswell from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Regional Drug Office in Canton. He brings more than 30 years of experience in investigating violent crime, property crime, drug enforcement and technology to the position.

"I'm looking forward to working with Rusty. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him. He is a leader in Georgia law enforcement," Roswell Police Chief Dwayne Orrick said in a statement.

Grant holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University and a master's degree in public administration from Columbus State University.

His first day as Roswell's deputy police chief will be Monday, Oct. 1.

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

ATLANTA -- The nominees for this year's Suzi Bass Awards were announced Monday.

The Suzi Awards are among the top honors for Atlanta theater productions. This year's Suzi Nomination Party was held at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, which scored 18 nominations.

Aurora's world premiere production of Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale had 15 nominations -- the most of any play or musical. Second place went to Spring Awakening at Actor's Express with 10 nominations, while two shows tied for a third-place seven nominations -- Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Gypsy and Theatrical Outfit's Red.

Sen. Albers debates welfare act with GSU law students

Sen. Albers debates welfare act with GSU law students

ATLANTA -- Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) recently engaged in a discussion and debate with a Law and Social Welfare class at Georgia State University's College of Law.

The topic: House Bill 861, which requires welfare recipients to undergo a drug test before receiving benefits.

Albers has been a staunch supporter of the bill since the beginning. It was signed into law in April.

"This legislation offers families in need a 'hand-up' rather than a 'hand-out,'" Albers said. "HB 861 will help to break the cycle of poverty and drug abuse, and ensure that government tax dollars are not being used to purchase illegal narcotics."

North Fulton Chamber hosts forum on Connect 400

North Fulton Chamber hosts forum on Connect 400

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast forum last week for regional transportation leaders to discuss MARTA's Connect 400 Transit Initiative.

About 90 people attended the forum. Attendees included business and community leaders in the GA 400 corridor, according to Chamber spokeswoman Debbie Ryals.

Connect 400 is an 18-month study that covers GA 400 from northbound Interstate 285 to McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek.

"This study is a huge step toward advancing exploration of new transportation alternatives in this market," Ann Hanlon, COO of the North Fulton Community Improvement District, said in a statement.

Rylas said Connect 400 will identify the GA 400 corridor's needs and look at alternatives that will allow smoother sailing for all drivers. The Chamber's forum gathered input about the corridor's transportation needs from the local leaders in attendance.

'10 Guys in Pink Ties' raise awareness for breast cancer research

'10 Guys in Pink Ties' raise awareness for breast cancer research

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Members of the Roswell Rotary Club are going pink to support breast cancer awareness.

The "10 Guys in Pink Ties" have already reserved a table at the Power of Pink event, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 21 at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek.

Power of Pink will feature a luncheon, fashion show and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Atlanta chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Individual tickets are $75; tables are also available for $700. Buy tickets here.

Power of Pink is presented by North Fulton Hospital. The 10 Guys in Pink Ties are led by Power of Pink sponsor Steve Stroud of Stroud's Painting and Design.