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Beyoncé coming to Gwinnett Center

Beyoncé coming to Gwinnett Center

DULUTH, Ga. -- Fresh off her explosive performance at Super Bowl XLVII, Beyoncé is about to embark on a world tour with a stop in metro Atlanta.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour will come to the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday, July 12.

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Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour begins Apr. 15 in Belgrade, Serbi and will travel throughout Europe before coming back to the U.S. with a show in Los Angeles on June 28.

Learn more and buy tickets for Beyoncé's concert at ticketmaster.com.

Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

Gwinnett Sheriff's captain passes away

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Laura Lynne Hicks, a 25-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, passed away Tuesday.

Hicks had been battling cancer, the sheriff's office said. She was 48.

"Captain Laura Hicks was a true professional law enforcement officer who made a difference to her department, community and friends. If nothing else, the overwhelming number of people who volunteered to help Laura or called to express their concerns during her illness says volumes about the positive influence Laura had on people," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Walker said in a statement.

Hicks was hired as a deputy sheriff in May 1987 and served in virtually every division of the department as she climbed the ranks. She also graduated first in her class from the Northeast Georgia Regional Police Academy. Sheriff Conway made Hicks a captain in 2005.

Eric Clapton tickets go on sale Nov. 30

Eric Clapton tickets go on sale Nov. 30

DULUTH, Ga. -- Legendary musician Eric Clapton will perform at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in 2013, the venue announced Tuesday.

Clapton and special guest The Wallflowers will stop at the Duluth arena on Wednesday, Mar. 27. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. They can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

A native of Surrey, U.K., Clapton is the only musician to be inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- once as a solo artist and once each as a member of Cream and The Yardbirds. His biggest hits include "Wonderful Tonight," "Tears in Heaven," "Cocaine" and a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff."

JapanFest announces headliner! This weekend: September 15-16

JapanFest announces headliner! This weekend: September 15-16

DULUTH, Ga. -- JapanFest Weekend will be held on September 15-16, 2012, from 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) and 10am to 5pm (Sunday) at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center (located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097). They have introduced their headlining act, Yoshi Amao from New York City who will be performing authentic Japanese Samurai sword fighting. He will be performing on Saturday at 12:30 and 4:00 and on Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30 (Click here for a complete event schedule).

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

Gwinnett commissioner pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA -- Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter has pleaded guilty in federal court in Atlanta to a charge of accepting bribes in exchange for her support of a proposed real estate development in her district.

Lasseter, her son John Fanning and Carl "Skip" Cain all pleaded guilty Thursday in the bribery scheme. Fanning and Cain also pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Lasseter and Cain accepted thousands of dollars in cash last year from an undercover FBI agent posing as a businessman. Fanning was promised a 50 percent stake in a pawn shop that was to be part of the project.

The agent told the three he was involved in drug trafficking, and Fanning and Cain made it clear to him that they would like to get involved with that.

Peachtree Corners hires first city manager

Peachtree Corners hires first city manager

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Julian L. Jackson has been named the first-ever city manager of the new city of Peachtree Corners.

Jackson's new position will take effect on Oct. 1. He joins Peachtree Corners from Monroe, Ga., where he has served as city administrator since 2000.

"It is truly an honor to be selected as the first city manager of Peachtree Corners," Jackson said in a statement. "I am very excited about this unique opportunity."

In addition to his experience with the city of Monroe, Jackson has worked for Roswell and in several small communities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He is president of the Georgia City/County Management Association and serves on the board of directors of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia.

Jackson has a doctorate and master's in public administration from Valdosta State University, and a bachelor's in accounting from the University of West Florida. He and wife Stacey have two sons.

Advancements in Joint Replacement: Why the Latest Innovations May Be For You

Advancements in Joint Replacement: Why the Latest Innovations May Be For You

DULUTH, Ga. -- Please join Gwinnett Medical Center for a FREE healthcare breakfast event, Advancements in Joint Replacement: Why the Latest Innovations May Be For You. This program will take place Friday, September 21, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Gwinnett Chamber’s 1818 Club (6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097). Attendees will learn about the latest advancements in joint replacement from two physicians who are experts in their field, as well as have the opportunity to win great door prizes!

The two innovations being discussed will be:

  • Anterior Total Hip Replacement procedure, presented by Mary Jo Albert, MD
  • iTotal Knee Replacement implant, presented by Gary Levengood, MD

Both doctors will be available for a Q&A session following their presentations.