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Freedom Rider to speak at UWG

Freedom Rider to speak at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A participant in the Freedom Rides of the 1960s will speak at the University of West Georgia next week.

Joan Browning will host her lecture, "Oh, Freedom," at the university's Ingram Library at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. It is free and open to the public.

Browning was born in south Georgia and graduated from Lumber City High School in 1959. She was kicked out of Georgia State College for Women in 1961 after administrators found out she worshiped at a black church.

After leaving college, Browning moved to Atlanta and became heavily involved in the civil rights movement, traveling from Atlanta to Albany in a segregated railroad car with seven of her fellow Freedom Riders in 1961. The Freedom Riders were arrested and jailed when they reached Albany.

Browning worked in human relations and anti-poverty programs through the '60s. At age 52, she finally earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia State College.

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

50 Ga. teens named to Student Advisory Council

ATLANTA -- Fifty high school students from across Georgia have been selected to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the members of his council Friday.

"The Student Advisory Council allows me to hear directly from students in our schools and discuss major initiatives with them," Barge said in a statement. "The council also gives students the opportunity to share with me their ideas and concerns, which we can use to shape future state policies."

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More than 750 students from 121 Georgia school districts applied to serve on this year's council.

UWG president announces retirement

UWG president announces retirement

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- University of West Georgia president Beheruz N. Sethna will retire at the end of this school year, the university announced Wednesday.

Sethna, who has been at UWG for 19 years, oversaw a number of big changes, including the school's transition from a small liberal arts college to a full university.

He is currently the longest-serving university president in the state, and is believed to be the first person of Indian heritage to head a U.S. university and the first ethnic minority to do so in Georgia.

"It has been my honor to lead UWG through this stage of its life, but I believe it is time to pass the torch of leadership," Sethna, 64, said in a statement.

NY Times Best Selling Author, Emily Giffin!

Atlanta resident and New York Times Best selling author, Emily Giffin stopped by our Get Connected Studios to talk about her new book, "Where We Belong", how and why she writes and more! Find out what she hates!  Meet Emily at her book signing in Buckhead July 27th. Get details at www.emilygiffin.com/calendar.php

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.