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Tee Off for Hope at East Lake Golf Club

Tee Off for Hope at East Lake Golf Club

ATLANTA -- Tee Off for Hope, the annual charity golf tournament for Atlanta's Society of St. Vincent de Paul, will be held Monday, Apr. 30 at East Lake Golf Club.

Participants in the tournament will become "Members for the Day" of the exclusive club, home to golf legend Bobby Jones. Several notable Atlantans are scheduled to attend and participate, including former UGA football coach Vince Dooley, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and 11Alive's own Fred Kalil.

Money raised by Tee Off for Hope goes to help local families struggling with hunger, poverty and joblessness. The funds support such organizations as St. Vincent de Paul's Family Support Centers and Food Recovery and Distribution Program.

To register for the tournament, visit www.svdpatl.org.

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

ATLANTA -- In a meeting that lasted more than 12 hours and had more than 500 attendees, some chanting and carrying signs, the Atlanta school board approved a controversial redistricting plan late Tuesday night.

The board unanimously approved the plan advanced by Superintendent Erroll Davis with three amendments: to keep Towns, D.H. Stanton and F.L. Stanton elementary schools open.

Outbursts from the audience stopped the meeting twice. At one point, while the superintendent was absent, someone from the crowd yelled that Davis needed to return before they continued. The crowd began chanting "We want Davis." In a separate incident, a man who reportedly caused a commotion was escorted out by Atlanta police officers.

Casting Call | Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

Casting Call | Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

(Submitted by ReneeDavis.com) I just received a casting notice for The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5 through Actors Access.

They are looking for "GLAMOROUS AFFLUENT SOCIALITES IN ATLANTA

- Do you socialize with everyone in Atlanta?
- Do you live in an amazing home and have only the best of the best?

BRAVO is currently casting GLAMOROUS AFFLUENT SOCIALITES & their families in Atlanta.

Casting Director: Desiree Mandelbaum.

If possible please submit actors online demo clips along with each actor submission (to submit you must be a member...free membership at ActorsAccess.com).
Please submit the following: Name phone number, short bio telling us about you, your family, your friends and your fabulous life."

SO...are YOU the next Real Housewife of Atlanta or know someone who fits the bill?

APS board votes to replace Muhammad

APS board votes to replace Muhammad

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Schools board has voted 5-4 to elect Reuben McDaniel as its new chairman.

McDaniel will replace Brenda Muhammad, who was elected in June 2011 to take the place of Khaatim Sherrer El.

The board also voted 5-4 Monday to make Byron Amos its vice chairman.

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Electric Violinist Ken Ford Makes History Performing at the 77th Heisman Trophy Awards on ESPN

Atlanta's own Electric Violinist Ken Ford performed live on Saturday, December 10th in front of millions for the 77th annual Heisman Trophy Presentation Presented by on ESPN. A first in the network's history to have a live music performance take place during the Heisman presentation. 

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.