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Leader of post-Katrina efforts to speak about preparedness

Leader of post-Katrina efforts to speak about preparedness

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is scheduled to speak about leadership and preparedness at the University of West Georgia.

Honoré retired in 2008 after 37 years in the U.S. Army. His book, Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save America and You from Disasters, was released in 2009.

Before Katrina, Honoré had extensive experience preparing for disasters, having supported the Department of Defense in planning and responding for several hurricanes, including Floyd in 1999, Lilli and Isidore in 2002, Isabel in 2003, and Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004.

Honoré earned a bachelor's degree from Southern University and a master's degree from Troy University. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Stillman College and his alma mater, Southern.

The address will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at UWG's Coliseum.

UWG receives $101,000 gift for 2 programs

UWG receives $101,000 gift for 2 programs

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia's School of Nursing and Pre-K program have received a donation totaling $101,000 from the executive director of the UWG Foundation.

Jim Naughton gave $80,000 to the School of Nursing, citing "the outstanding education that students receive when they go through the program." He designated $50,000 of the funds for student scholarships to provide assistance to those who are struggling with recent tuition and fee increases, with the remainder going to the school's fund for program support.

"This gift provides an opportunity for financially struggling students who would otherwise have to drop out," said Dr.

Author Tim O'Brien to visit UWG

Author Tim O'Brien to visit UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Award-winning author Tim O'Brien will visit the University of West Georgia later this month.

O'Brien's work includes The Things They Carried, a series of stories about the Vietnam War. His writing is considered among the best about war from a soldier's perspective and about combat in Vietnam in particular.

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, O'Brien will be at UWG's Coliseum, where he will read from The Things They Carried and sign copies of his books.

He will also discuss his work in Kathy Cashen Hall in UWG's Humanities Building from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. Space is limited, so anyone who plans to attend is encouraged to arrive early.

Both events are free and open to the public.

O'Brien has published eight books of stories, fiction and nonfiction.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

Temple Middle begins Rachel's Challenge

Temple Middle begins Rachel's Challenge

TEMPLE, Ga. -- The students of Temple Middle School have accepted Rachel Joy Scott's challenge to improve their school and community through acts of kindness and compassion.

It is just the latest of many Georgia schools to join Rachel's Challenge, a nationwide movement named for the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre.

Temple Middle's theme is "Let's Start a Chain Reaction," according to principal Gail Parmer.

"We would like for this theme to transition into our community through demonstrating a caring and nurturing spirit," she said.

Rachel Scott was only 17 years old when she was shot to death on Apr. 20, 1999.

Temple Middle begins Rachel's Challenge

Temple Middle begins Rachel's Challenge

TEMPLE, Ga. -- The students of Temple Middle School have accepted Rachel Joy Scott's challenge to improve their school and community through acts of kindness and compassion.

It is just the latest of many Georgia schools to join Rachel's Challenge, a nationwide movement named for the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre.

Temple Middle's theme is "Let's Start a Chain Reaction," according to principal Gail Parmer.

"We would like for this theme to transition into our community through demonstrating a caring and nurturing spirit," she said.

Rachel Scott was only 17 years old when she was shot to death on Apr. 20, 1999.

Ga. senators to hold town hall meeting at UWG

Ga. senators to hold town hall meeting at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Georgia's U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, will hold a town hall meeting with constituents at the University of West Georgia next week.

Chambliss, an attorney from Moultrie, won election to the Senate as a Republican in 2002. Before that, he had served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995.

Marietta businessman Isakson began serving in the Senate in 2004. Prior to that, he served 17 years in Georgia legislature and three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29 at UWG's Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. It is free and open to the public.