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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

Fulton Schools names new principals, district employees

Fulton Schools names new principals, district employees

FULTON CO., Ga. -- New leaders have been named for two Fulton County schools.

In addition, the school board approved a new instructional area superintendent and executive director of communications.

Zina Rhodes
Bethune Elementary School, College Park

Rhodes will take the helm at Bethune Elementary this summer, replacing retiring principal Gwendolyn Miller.

The new leader has served as assistant principal of Liberty Point Elementary in Union City since 2002.

Georgia Southern cheerleaders named All Americans

Georgia Southern cheerleaders named All Americans

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Two Georgia Southern University cheerleaders have been named All Americans by the College STUNT Association (CSA).

Under the leadership of USA Cheer, the CSA recently completed its inaugural STUNT season. The Georgia Southern cheerleaders are two of only 20 in the country to be recognized as All Americans.

"Nationally, cheerleading is shredding traditional stereotypes and is being replaced by serious athletes who are demonstrating complex and demanding skills that rival competitive gymnastics," said Dr. Barry Munkasy, head coach for the Georgia Southern cheer team. "This is the first year that the College STUNT Association has recognized All American competitors for STUNT.

Grandmother of 16 wins $411K in lottery

Grandmother of 16 wins $411K in lottery

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A Carrollton grandmother thought she was dreaming when her husband told her she'd won a Fantasy 5 jackpot prize.

"Somebody pinch me," said Charlotte Rivas, grandmother of 16.

Rivas matched all five winning numbers in the May 19 Georgia Lottery Fantasy 5 drawing, winning a whopping $411,711 prize.

Winning numbers from the drawing were 14-18-28-31-39. Coleman's Grocery on Highway 92 in Fayetteville sold the lucky ticket.

Rivas, 61, said the win came at a wonderful time. She and husband Vince celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary May 2, and the mother of seven's birthday was May 29.

"This was to my surprise," Rivas said.

The couple recently began building their dream house and will use their winnings to complete it.

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

Mexican Music composer Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández is an icon in the classical music and especially in Atlanta where he is a  violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, founder of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. and the Buckhead Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, began his study of music in Mexico. At age 14, he began studying with Henryk Szeryng, and continued as Szeryng became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

MABLETON, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Visit O’neal Plaza On May 7 for “Spring Concerts on the Plaza” which is being presented by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County. The concert will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. O’Neal Plaza is located at O’Neal Plaza and Church Street.

Neighbors can buy plants grown by master gardeners and receive growing advice at the Master Gardner Plant Sale in Carrollton. This event is one of the biggest events for the CCMGA and proceeds fund all of the diverse programs run by the association throughout the year. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Hank Huckaby named chancellor-designate for University System

Hank Huckaby named chancellor-designate for University System

ATLANTA -- The Board of Regents has named Henry "Hank" M. Huckaby as the new chancellor-designate of the University System of Georgia (USG).

The regents made their decision in a special called meeting today.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Board named Huckaby, 69, as the lone finalist for the job.

"As has been noted in numerous articles and editorials in the press statewide, clearly Hank Huckaby is seen as the person the System needs at this important time," said Board chair Willis Potts. "We feel he will serve the University System, the Board of Regents and the state well as we address the many and significant challenges of the present and prepare for the future."

Huckaby will take up his duties as the System's 12th chancellor on July 1, following the June 30 retirement of current chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.