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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.

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.

Deal to speak at drug court graduation

Deal to speak at drug court graduation

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A graduation ceremony for the Gwinnett County Drug Court is set to have some notable speakers.

Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice George Carley and Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash are set to speak at the graduation Friday.

The ceremony will be held in the courtroom of the state supreme court in Atlanta.

Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge William M. Ray II will hand out diplomas. He has presided over the drug court since its founding seven years ago.

Six people are set to graduate.

435 Gwinnett educators retire

435 Gwinnett educators retire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Now that the school year has ended, Gwinnett County Public Schools officials are prepared to honor the 435 district employees who will retire this year.

The retirees dedicated a collective 11,233 years of their lives to teaching. They served in several capacities -- in the classroom, on the bus, behind the counter in school shops, and so on.

"I would like to personally thank each of our retiring employees for their service to Gwinnett County Public Schools, to our community, and most importantly to our students," GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said in a statement. "Each and every one of these individuals made a difference through their contributions. While they are closing a chapter in their lives, their legacy will continue as our school system builds on all that they have accomplished to serve students next year and in the years to come."

11 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

11 Gwinnett students named Gates Millennium Scholars

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Eleven graduating seniors in Gwinnett County public schools have been named 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars.

The prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pays full college tuition, room and board for some of the country's most promising young people. Only 1,000 students earn the scholarship every school year.

This year's Gates Millennium Scholars from Gwinnett County include:

Collins Hill High School
Vivek Kamlesh Patel
Will attend the University of Georgia
Major: Pre-medicine

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Arsalan Akkas Sufi
Will attend Yale University
Major: Undecided

Meadowcreek High School
Alex Shaun Steele
Will attend the University of Georgia
Major: Computer engineering