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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.

Advance voting continues in Cobb

Advance voting continues in Cobb

MARIETTA, Ga. -- There is still time to cast your ballot before the July 31 primary.

Vote in person from now through Friday, July 27 at the Cobb County Elections Office, which is located at 736 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta.

You may vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; the office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

Several satellite voting locations will also open on Monday, July 23 and will be open through Friday, July 27. You may vote at any of them from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; no reason for voting early is required.

Northstar Church
3413 Blue Springs Road NW

South Cobb Community Center
620 Lions Club Drive

East Cobb Government Service Center
4400 Lower Roswell Road

Iris and Roy Johansen coming to Woodstock's FoxTale Book Shoppe

Iris and Roy Johansen coming to Woodstock's FoxTale Book Shoppe

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Ever since FoxTale Book Shoppe opened in Woodstock, customers have been asking for an Iris Johansen book signing event.  Woodstock’s wait is finally over.  New York Times Bestselling authors Iris and Roy Johansen will be coming to FoxTale to celebrate the release of their newest thriller, Close Your Eyes, this Wednesday, July 18th at 6pm.  FoxTale Book Shoppe is known among authors, publishers, and customers for throwing a fun and great event and this one promises to be another terrific event with the signing, Q&A and light refreshments.

Deal appoints Blackwell to Georgia Supreme Court

Deal appoints Blackwell to Georgia Supreme Court

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Judge Keith Blackwell to the Georgia Supreme Court effective July 19.

Blackwell will fill a seat left vacant by the pending departure of Justice George Carley, whose resignation becomes effective July 17.

Deal, a Republican, said the court will benefit from Blackwell's experience on "both side of the bench." Blackwell has worked as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals since former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed him in 2010. He's worked as a lawyer in civil practice and formerly was an assistant district attorney in Cobb County.

His appointment marks Deal's first for the state Supreme Court.

Cobb police headquarters renamed

Cobb police headquarters renamed

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- The police headquarters in Cobb County has officially been renamed in honor of Robert E. Hightower.

Hightower, a retired Cobb Police chief, served the county for 26 years. He was the first-ever Cobb director of public safety and is the founder of the Department of Public Safety Training Academy, which offers initial and advanced training to emergency personnel.

After retiring from Cobb County, Hightower served as director of the Georgia State Patrol and as the state's first director of homeland security. He has also been a captain with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Hightower began his long and illustrious career as a Navy Seal.

Cobb County Police Headquarters is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway.

The Golden Soldiers' Big Day Out

You may have seen on Atlanta & Company, the interview with Lindsey Turner about Golden Soldiers. Join Conn as he goes out to find out more about THE BIG DAY OUT. Ever hear of the golden rule? Check out this clip about a man who turned the golden rule into a way to truly help the community. Watch how much fun it is! The Golden Soldiers non-profit organization honors children and families with special needs. See what Atlanta's own, Lindsey Turner, the founder has created. It certainly will touch your heart.

KSU hosting outdoor concert series

KSU hosting outdoor concert series

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The Starlight Summer Concert Series will return to Kennesaw State University this summer.

A 10-year tradition, the series features performances from popular and up-and-coming musicians from all over the Southeast.

Events in this year's series include:

Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m.
Star Spangled Spectacular featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Free admission

Sunday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
Eric Lindell, a blues musician from Louisiana
Admission: $8

Sunday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
Suzzy Bogguss, a CMA and Grammy-winning artist
Admission: $8

Sunday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.
KSU Faculty Jazz Parliament
Admission: $8