Thursday, December 18, 2008

Local Author Visits Morrow Club

Author Holly Moulder was the guest speaker at the Morrow Civic Woman's Club in November. Moulder, resident of Sharpsburg, Georgia, has published two books, A Cord of Three Strands and Eyes of the Calusa, which was recently recognized as a finalist for the President's Book Awards by the Florida Publishers Association, Inc. Both books are suitable for elementary and middle school students.

Meticulously researched and creatively written, Eyes of the Calusa provides a fresh perspective into the lives and events of the opening years of the 18th century. The story begins in 1720 on the Golden Coast of Southwest Florida where fierce Calusa Indians ruled their mighty empire. Pirates patrolled the area, looking for Indians to capture and sell in the slave auctions of Charles Town, S.C.

In the novel A Cord of Three Strands, Moulder takes children on exciting adventure during the year 1838 with a runaway slave girl and a Cherokee boy on their way to freedom. During their journey, the children encounter a young Abraham Lincoln.

These innovative works of historical fiction are written for middle grade readers and can be read for individual enjoyment or used for classroom instruction. Moulder has designed a classroom guide for both novels based on the new Georgia Performance Standards to make her novels very teacher friendly.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Commencement and a Commencement at Clayton State

Clayton State University’s annual Fall Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 11 proved to be a commencement in more ways than one. Perhaps Dr. Tom Barnett, faculty marshal, the University’s senior faculty member, and first director of the University’s first graduate program, said it best…

“Today marks the commencement of Clayton State as a full service university.”

Barnett was speaking on several levels. To the 350 or so assembled graduates at the two commencement ceremonies. To Anna Cox, the Jonesboro High School Latin teacher who received Clayton State’s first master’s level degree. To anyone interested in graduate-level education. As Clayton State President Dr. Thomas K. Harden, who presided at the dual ceremonies, noted, “the 21st Century will be the century of graduate and professional education. We must meet the needs of a global-based economy.”

It was indeed, as Harden noted in his remarks to the graduates, a very special day for Clayton State University.

While a total of 600 graduates were recognized in the Commencement program, there was no doubt that Cox, who received the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) in her hooding ceremony at the first session, was first among the graduates in more ways than one. The University’s first master’s graduate, and the first individual to receive a degree on Dec. 11, Cox was assisted in the hooding ceremony by Dr. Gwen Jones-Harold, her thesis director, and Dr. Nasser Momayezi, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. Also looking on were Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Dr. Thomas Eaves, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Sharon Hoffman, current MALS program director Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Clayton State Instructor of Speech Communications Larry Wiley (Cox’s father) and fellow Jonesboro High School teacher Andrew Cox (her husband).

Barnett, the original director of the MALS program, and Hoffman spoke to all the graduates on the significance of both the occasion and graduate-level education. Barnett noted that the University now has more than 70 graduate-level faculty, has received almost 500 applications for its four current graduate programs and has enrolled more than 150 graduate students. With two Masters of Arts in Teaching degrees (Math and English) enrolling students in 2009, a proposal in to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for an M.S. in Dental Hygiene, and masters programs in Psychology and Archival Studies under development, Thursday was clearly just the start of something big at Clayton State. However, as is always the case with a major step for any organization, there has to be someone to take the first step.

“We acknowledge and celebrate her accomplishment,” said Barnett of Cox. “Congratulations, Anna. You are a pioneer. You will blaze the trail for those who will follow.”

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Joe Gransden Big Band Christmas Playing at Spivey Hall, December 13

Here's a recipe for Christmas cheer: Take jazz trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden, add a 16-piece big band, some special guests and timeless tunes, and swing into the holiday spirit at Spivey Hall... Click to read: Joe Gransden Big Band Christmas Playing at Spivey Hall, December 13

Ritmo Blu World Percussion Trio at Spivey Hall December 11

Ritmo Blu, an energetic, fun-filled percussion trio guaranteed to make you laugh and want to bang a drum, will be presenting two Young People’s Concerts at Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m... Click to read: Ritmo Blu World Percussion Trio at Spivey Hall December 11

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Clayton State University’ SNA Receives Several Recognitions at GANS

Several students from the Student Nurses Association (SNA) at Clayton State University recently attended the 56th annual conference of the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS). Clayton State’s SNA received several recognitions and awards.

“We won the website of the year award. It is selected by the state GANS board members and their advisors. It is based on organization, ease of use, accurate information and links, and creativity along with other things,” notes Clayton State SNA President Lauren Hutchison (Stockbridge).

The Clayton State chapter was also recognized with the people’s choice award for their banner titled “Oh the magical things you can do with care.” It is now on display in the Clayton State School of Nursing’s headquarters, the Harry S. Downs Center.

Rashonbah T. Rogers (Decatur) is currently the first vice president of the Clayton State chapter of SNA and was elected West District director for GANS at the recent conference.

“It feels great to be a part of the executive board of GANS. I have been very active here in my local chapter and I am looking forward to doing projects on the state level. I am honored to be part of GANS,” says Rogers.

Angeline Hill (Duluth) was also elected to the executive board as the new secretary.

The conference was not all work. During a GANS Idol performance, Nicole Cicerello of Sharpsburg won best performance singing “Big Deal” by Leanne Rimes, winning $100.

During “penny wars,” a fundraiser at the conference, Clayton State’s SNA chapter earned $609.

“Our school won the fundraiser with the most points at the end. All of the money raised is counted and split in half with GANS and the winning school,” says Hutchinson. “We are so proud of the newly elected officers to the GANS Board and everyone’s dedication to our organization and to nursing as a whole.”

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Clayton State Students to Volunteer for Sixth Annual Festival of Trees and Lights

The Department of Campus Life at Clayton State University is currently looking for student volunteers to participate in the Sixth Annual Festival of Trees and Lights at the Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro.

With beautifully decorated trees, a fun-filled children's area, great shopping, food, entertainment, photos with Santa, and other special events, the Festival, which is sponsored by the Rainbow House, has become a community tradition.

Clayton State’s volunteer night at the Festival of Trees and Lights will be Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Clayton State volunteers will be handling; arts and crafts, gingerbread men, concessions, the gift shop, entertainment, gift wrapping, and the hayride.

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Clayton State Student Organizations Sponsoring Thanksgiving Food Drive

he Clayton State University Teacher Education Club and the Honors Student Association are working together this Thanksgiving season to sponsor a canned food drive through Nov. 18.

Donations may be dropped off in the labeled boxes located in the lobbies of the following Clayton State University campus buildings: Arts & Sciences, Lecture Hall, Student Center, and Technology.

For further information, contact Brent Jackson at mjackson37@student.clayton.edu.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Monday, November 10, 2008

16th Annual Holiday at Home Parade

Plan NOW to join us for the 16th Annual Holiday at Home Parade in Historic Downtown Jonesboro. There were over 2000 participants last year and hundreds more lined the route to enjoy this Annual Holiday Tradition! Always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, this year’s parade date is Saturday, November 22nd.

Arts Clayton is thrilled to announce that our traditional and honored Parade Host Mr. Truett Cathy will again act as the Grand Marshall of the Holiday at Home Parade.

Presented by Arts Clayton, Clayton County, the City of Jonesboro, and thanks to the annual sponsorship of Heritage Bank, the Holiday at Home Parade brings together civic organizations, schools, churches, businesses and local agencies for this community-wide celebration. The parade features floats, high school marching bands, ROTC units, community groups and civic organizations, fire trucks, vintage cars, police safety vehicles, and of course one of the all-time kids’ favorite, Sparkey the Fire Dog. And of course, as a very special treat, Mr. Santa Claus is expected to make his annual appearance at the end of the parade.

This year’s Holiday at Home Parade theme is “There’s No Place Like Home”. The Parade steps off at 4:30pm. Monetary awards will be given for the Best of Parade, Best use of Theme, Most Artistic and Colorful, Best Performance, Greatest Outreach (having greatest community impact), Outstanding Audience Appeal and Best High School Marching Band. Following the parade, and the lighting of the Grand Tree on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse, the day's festivities will conclude as the City of Jonesboro hosts their popular Holiday Street Dance completing the scene.

For community’s added enjoyment, the City of Jonesboro also sponsors a street festival all along Main Street with booths featuring gifts, crafts, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family.

The Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 South Main St., will host the annual Mistletoe Market, offering beautiful and unique gift items of original art at affordable prices for everyone on your list!

The Holiday at Home Parade begins at the intersection of McDonough Street and Stockbridge Road (old 138 Hwy) and proceeds north to the Confederate Cemetery, crosses the railroad tracks and turns south along Main Street to the Clayton County Courthouse. For those wanting to participate, applications are available online at www.artsclayton.org; in person at the Arts Clayton Gallery; by email request to artline@artsclayton.org, or call Arts Clayton at 770-473-5775 to receive information by mail or fax. To participate as a vendor in the Street Festival, contact the City of Jonesboro at 770-478-3800.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Clayton State Open House Draws a Full House

The Clayton State University Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions’ fall Open House Program on Saturday, Nov. 8 already has a full house.

According to Director of Recruitment and Admissions Betty Momayezi, as of the afternoon of Nov. 6, no less than 537 have registered for the Open House... 255 students and 282 guests.

The day-long series of activities begins at 9 a.m. in the University’s new Student Activities Center (SAC) and ends at approximately 3 p.m. at Laker Hall, Clayton State’s new campus residence hall.

For additional information, go to www.clayton.edu and click on Open House.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Morrow Wishes You a “Safe Halloween”

When local families are looking for something that is fun, safe, and family-oriented on Halloween, there are very few options. Why not celebrate Halloween with the City of Morrow? The Morrow Police Department will be hosting the city’s annual “Safe Halloween” event on Friday, October 31, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in Milton Daniel Park, which is next to Morrow City Hall on Morrow Road.

The Morrow Police Department has planned many activities for “Safe Halloween,” including games, inflatables, hayrides, a haunted cemetery, and a Kids’ Costume Contest, which will begin at 7:45 p.m. There may even be some special appearances by “The Presidential Candidates,” “Bigfoot,” and other spooky friends.

And what would Halloween be like without candy? There will be TONS of candy at “Safe Halloween.”

The event is absolutely free and open to the public. The event begins at 6:00 p.m., and vendors should be set-up by 5:00 p.m. Free parking is located across the street at the Morrow Shopping Plaza, which is where Pilgreen’s was once located.

Are you voting early at the Morrow Community Room? It is adjacent to the Milton Daniel Park, bring the kids costumed and let them enjoy the fun while you vote.

The City of Morrow is located 14 miles south of downtown Atlanta. For more information about the City of Morrow, visit http://www.cityofmorrow.com/. For more information about “Safe Halloween,” please call the Morrow Police Department at 770-961-4006.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Clayton State Philosophy Professor Alexander Hall Writes on Thomas Aquinas (and Other Medieval Philosophers)

Medieval philosophy. It’s not a subject that the average scholar might want to ponder, but for Clayton State University Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Alexander Hall, it’s as simple as Ockham’s Razor.

During the course of the past year, Hall has had published a book, two articles/chapters, and a review on various subjects in medieval philosophy and various 13th and 14th Century philosophers. In addition, he has forthcoming two pieces on Thomas Aquinas, the 13th Century Italian Catholic philosopher and theologian. In fact, Hall’s book, Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus: Natural Theology in the High Middle Ages considers how Aquinas and Scotus, two medieval theologians/philosophers, believed we come to learn about God through a study of the world we live in, on the assumption that, since God created the world, the world should offer some information about the creator, almost in the way a painting reveals something of the artist.

Released worldwide on Apr. 5, 2007 by Continuum International Publishing Group, Hall’s book seeks a middle ground between the philosophy of Aquinas and Scotus in relation to what many scholars believe are opposing answers to the question, “What can we know of God?”

Hall’s forthcoming Aquinas pieces include a translation of the great philosopher’s commentary on the 32nd Psalm.

“There is an ongoing project to translate St. Thomas Aquinas’s commentaries on the book of Psalms,” explains Hall of his Translation: Thomas Aquinas. “Super Psalmo 32.” In The Aquinas Translation Project, edited by Stephen Laughlin.

Hall has also contributed the Aquinas entry to the first ever encyclopedia of medieval philosophy, Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy Between 500 and 1500, which has an editorial board composed of leading scholars in the field.

Hall has written an additional work on Scotus, as well as a chapter, John Buridan: Fourteenth-Century Nominalism and Aristotle’s Categories” which appears in Medieval Commentaries on Aristotle’s “Categories,” edited by Lloyd Newton.

“This piece discusses what Scotus believes is the nature of our knowledge of God,” says Hall of his article, “Confused Univocity?” which appears in Proceedings of the Society of Medieval Logic and Metaphysics 7. “I argue Scotus believes our knowledge of God must be somewhat inaccurate owing to the vast gulf between creator and creation. The title ‘confused univocity’ reflects this. Traditionally Scotus is viewed as offering univocal (or completely correct) concepts of God, yet Scotus himself terms these concepts ‘confused’. Playing on this, I argue against the traditional interpretation.”

Finally, Hall has reviewed Demonstration and Scientific Knowledge in William of Ockham: A Translation of Summa Logicae III-II for “Journal of the History of Philosophy.”

“(It’s) a book that translates Ockham’s treatise on logic, which would be better thought of in contemporary terms as a book about the philosophy of science, i.e., a work that discusses how we arrive at certain knowledge or scientific laws,” says Hall. “The translation is accompanied with a lengthy introduction that provides a history of philosophy of science in the middle ages.”

And Ockham’s Razor? It’s simple… the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Clayton State School of Graduate Studies Holding Open House November 11

The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will be holding its next monthly informational Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room 201 of the University’s Harry S. Downs Center.

The Open House will give prospective graduate students a chance to learn more about the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing. The Clayton State School of Graduate Studies regularly holds open houses on the second Tuesday evening of each month.

The University is now accepting applications for all four of its graduate programs. Go to http://graduate.clayton.edu or call the School of Graduate Studies at (678) 466-4113. For directions to campus, go to http://conted.clayton.edu/directions.html.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Clayton State Nursing Students Working With BB&T on Health Fair

Clayton State University senior nursing students are working with a local BB&T bank branch to hold a community health fair on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will take place at the new BB&T bank branch in Morrow, Ga., located at 1860 Mt. Zion Rd.

“Many common health issues are education centered. At the health fair we plan to educate our community on the leading public concern, heart disease,” says nursing student Tracy Towery of Griffin, Ga.

“We will be passing out information that we have obtained from the American Heart Association as well as teaching from a poster that we have created. We will also be doing blood pressure screenings and teaching on how to take your own blood pressure,” says Angel Abdullah, a nursing student from McDonough, Ga.

The nursing students will be teaching the signs and symptoms of hypertension and how to control and prevent this disease.

“We will also discuss diet because this can be a major factor in hypertension. People do not realize how sodium affects the blood and how much sodium is in their daily diet,” says Towery.

The health fair will have several local businesses and health related vendors. BB&T will even be providing financial health check-ups.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The 16th Annual HOLIDAY AT HOME PARADE

“There’s No Place Like Home!”

IF YOU LOVE A PARADE… then plan to join Arts Clayton along with Parade Host and Honorary Grand Marshall Truett Cathy on Saturday, November 22nd, (the Saturday before Thanksgiving!)

Come and enjoy the beautiful Floats, Antique Cars, Clowns, Fire Trucks, Safety Vehicles, Dancers, Marching Bands, Soldiers, Drummers, Musicians, Singers, and of course Big Name Celebrities such as… Santa Claus

Kicking off the Holiday Season, the City of Jonesboro will again host the traditional Day Long Main Street Festival featuring arts, crafts, gifts, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family!

The Holiday at Home Parade, presented by Arts Clayton, and hosted by Chick-fil-A, begins at 4:30 and concludes at dusk with lighting the Great Tree on Jonesboro’s Historic Courthouse Lawn (followed by music and a street dance for everyone to enjoy!)

Always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving,
Make the Parade a part of your annual Holiday Tradition!

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Plan to stop and shop at the Arts Clayton Gallery,
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Discover unique, affordable gifts of original art by local artists for everyone on your holiday list!
Call the Gallery at 770-473-5457 for more information

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To Participate in the Parade, Contact Arts Clayton at 770-473-5775 or visit www.artsclayton.org for an application

Contact the City of Jonesboro at 770-478-3800 for Festival VENDOR information at

Special Thanks to Chick-fil-A as the Official Parade Host

and to Heritage Bank of Jonesboro, a proud sponsor of the Holiday At Home Parade

Arts Clayton is a PROUD Partner at Large in Education with the Clayton County Public School System
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

FDIC and Clayton State University Address How Consumers Can Protect Themselves Financially

The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) and Clayton State University will provide a seminar of how Georgians can protect their savings in today’s tumultuous economic environment through FDIC insurance. The free, two-hour program is sponsored by Heritage Bank and will include a question-and-answer session... Click to read: FDIC and Clayton State University Address How Consumers Can Protect Themselves Financially

Spivey Hall Opens 2008/2009 Jazz Series, October 17

World famous Spivey Hall, on the campus of Clayton State University, is preparing to open its 2008/2009 Jazz Series on Friday, Oct. 17 with an 8:15 p.m. performance by the Kenny Barron Trio.

Lauded as "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" (Los Angeles Times) and "the most lyrical pianist of our time" (Jazz Weekly), Kenny Barron is a master poet of jazz piano with an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences. A major headliner appearing at leading jazz venues and festivals internationally, he has been named "Best Jazz Pianist" by the Jazz Journalists Association four years in a row. His outstanding recordings have been showered with honors, including eight Grammy nominations for his featured recordings on the Verve label.

Tickets to this performance are $40 (Fifty percent off for Clayton State faculty and staff; Clayton State students pay just $10.)

Following Barron, on Saturday, Oct. 18, will be guitarist Robert Belinic making his Spivey Hall debut.

The sole winner of the 2001 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, and the first guitarist ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, Croatian guitarist Belinic is "a genius, a poet, a super-sensitive musician" (SanDiego.com) Belinic has given recitals in New York at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. As concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Phoenix Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York.

His Spivey Hall program will include: J.S. BACH/Belinic Prelude, Fugue & Allegro in E-flat Major, BWV 998; SOR Introduction and Variations on "Marlborough s'en va-t-en guerre"; MANGORÉ Vals No. 3, Opus 8, Julia Florida, Cueca; CAGALJ Four Dances for Guitar; BROUWER Sonata; and LAURO Two Venezuelan Folk Dances.

Tickets to Belinic’s 8:15 p.m. performance are $30. (Fifty percent off for Clayton State faculty and staff; Clayton State students pay just $10.)

For tickets to both performances, and more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200. Full-price tickets only are available online at www.spiveyhall.org (a per-ticket service fee applies).

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Clayton State Student Body Named “Most Diverse” for the Sixth Time

For the sixth time since 2001, the student body at Clayton State University has topped the Racial Diversity rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges edition.

Although Clayton State currently has four active masters programs, the 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges, which is based upon the 200/2008 academic year, ranks the University’s student population as the most racially diverse among baccalaureate colleges in the southern United States.

Clayton State’s 57 percent African-American student body was a significant factor in the U.S. News ranking, but not the only factor. As the magazine notes, “to identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates different from themselves, U.S. News factors in the proportion of minority students – leaving out international students – and the overall mix of groups in each institution’s 2007-2008 student body.”

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding, comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Clayton State Senior Melissa Bolton Selected for Denver Conference by CSCMP Atlanta Roundtable

Clayton State University senior Melissa Bolton (Atlanta), a Management major in the University’s School of Business, has been selected to participate in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) annual conference in Denver.

Bolton, who has a minor in Supply Chain Management, was selected by CSCMP’s Atlanta Roundtable from a pool of students representing Auburn, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Clark Atlanta, Georgia State and University of Georgia to attend the Oct. 4 to Oct. 8 conference.

“Melissa put in an application plus supporting documents like her resume as required to the selection committee of the local Atlanta Roundtable of CSCMP,” explains . John Mascaritolo, Clayton State director of Logistics Practices and assistant professor of Supply Chain Management. “The selection process of the committee was a comparison of GPA, résumé, and the application.”

CSCMP is the preeminent global organization for supply chain professionals. The conference will have about 3,500 attendees and Bolton will be joining other selected students representing 97 roundtables from the United States, as well as from other countries like Japan, China, Abu Dhabi, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Germany, and Spain, to name a few, says Mascaritolo.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

“Today’s Economy and FDIC Insurance” Seminar at Clayton State University

Heritage Bank, in partnership with Clayton State University, will be presenting a seminar with information on today’s economy and protecting your deposits with FDIC Insurance. There is a tremendous amount of news and interest in the state of today’s financial industry. There is concern for the stability of our banks and their customer’s deposits.

Heritage Bank has arranged for Dr. Nikki Finlay and Dr. Reza Kheirandish, professors of Economics from Clayton State, to present their views on the status of today’s economy. Penny King and Thomas Stokes, experts in the Atlanta FDIC office, will present valuable information on the importance of FDIC insurance. Time will be provided to answer questions. The seminar is free of charge and will be conducted in three locations in Clayton, Henry and Fayette Counties. The first scheduled seminar is Monday, Sept. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clayton State University, in the new School of Business, room T152. Parking will be in the gated James M. Baker University Center parking lot. Please RSVP to Barbara Stevens @ Heritage Bank (770) 515-7001.

Heritage Bank is a member of FDIC, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Heritage Bank, a state chartered commercial bank, has been serving metro Atlanta’s Southern Crescent since 1955. The independent community bank has seven full service offices, features a well-rounded offering of commercial and consumer products, and is an active, involved member of the community it serves. The company’s stock is traded on The Nasdaq Small Cap Market under the symbol “CCFH.” For more information, please call (770) 478-8881 or visit the Heritage Bank website at www.heritagebank.com.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

The Augustin Clayton Chapter DAR and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Promotes Constitution Week

The Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution along with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will join together in celebrating U. S. Constitution Week, September 17 – 23, 2008. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

“Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties,” states DAR President General, Linda Gist Calvin. “We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom.”

DAR has served America for 118 years as its foremost cheerleader. In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs visit www.dar.org or call (202) 628-1776.

Clayton County Board of Commissioners presents Augustin Clayton Chapter DAR with Constitution Week Proclamation

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners presented the Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Jonesboro, Ga. with a Proclamation observing Constitution Week - September 17th through 23rd.

Pictured are:

Commissioner Sonna Singleton, Commissioner Role Ralph, Chairman Eldrin Bell, Becky Rostron, Ruth Smith, Commissioner Michael Edmondson, and Commissioner Virginia Gray. The Augustin Clayton Chapter DAR has members from Clayton, Fayette and Henry Counties.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Statement from Superintendent Kathy Cox Regarding Clayton County Schools

"I am very saddened that the Clayton County School District has lost its accreditation. My immediate thoughts are with the students, teachers and parents who are directly affected by this decision. The future of many excellent students, especially those in Clayton County high schools, has been thrust into turmoil by the actions of the very people who were elected to look out for their best interests."

"I fully support Governor Perdue's decision today to follow Judge Malihi’s ruling to remove four of the Clayton County School Board members. There is now a window of opportunity for the new and remaining board members to seek reinstatement of the district's accreditation within a year and I hope they will commit themselves to fully addressing all of the concerns raised by SACS. As new members of the Clayton County School Board are seated, it is my hope they will commit to operating in full compliance with the letter and spirit of all local and state rules, laws and regulations."

"In the meantime, I will work with Governor Perdue, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis and other leaders around the state to help secure the futures of these students and all who attend Clayton County public schools. We will seek any and all flexibility in state policies and rules to make sure thousands of students are not harmed by the actions of the school board."

"It is important for the public to know that today's decision reflects solely on the actions of the Clayton County School Board. It is not reflective of the many excellent educators and students in Clayton County."

"Additionally, I hope today's announcement serves as a reminder to all citizens just how important it is for a district to have a functional, productive and professional school board. As we approach election day, I hope Georgia voters will take the time to get to know their school board candidates and choose those that they believe will best represent the interests of students, teachers and citizens. The power is in your hands."
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Governor Removes Clayton County School Board Members

Governor Sonny Perdue issued an Executive Order today removing four members of the Clayton County School Board - Michelle Strong, Louise Baines-Hunter, Yolonda Everett and Sandra Scott - who were found by State Administrative Hearing Judge Michael Malihi to have violated their duties under state law. The Executive Order also formally removed Rod Johnson and Norreese Haynes who had previously resigned or been removed. The removal means special elections will be held in November to serve the remainder of Sandra Scott’s and Michelle Strong’s terms, which end on December 31, 2010. Regular elections are already being held for the seats occupied by Yolanda Everett and Louise Baines-Hunter, whose terms are up at the end of 2008.

“The fate of the Clayton County School System is now in the hands of the voters,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “Through the elections to replace these four board members, they can send a clear signal that the kind of behavior that has led to this ruling and the system’s loss of accreditation will not be tolerated. We can hope that this marks a new day for Clayton County, a time in which rebuilding can begin.”

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) today revoked accreditation of the Clayton County school system. SACS’s vote was largely based on the actions of the board. After the Governor’s decision to remove these four board members, all nine that were on the board when SACS began its investigation have now either resigned or been removed.

“I can only hope the remaining members of the board, parents and teachers will treat the loss of accreditation as a wake up call to pull together and make substantive changes in the way this system is operated,” Governor Perdue said. “Even the state’s offer of help was met with resistance from the board. We will now turn our focus to helping the system regain accreditation as quickly as possible.”

The remaining three Board members, Michael King, Trinia Garrett, and Alieka Anderson, are empowered to appoint individuals to fill the vacancies left by Johnson, Baines-Hunter and Everett. There will also be a special election for September 16, 2008 to fill a position vacated by board chairman Eddie White in April 2008. The terms of the new members appointed and elected in this fashion will end December 31, 2008. The persons filling those positions beginning January 1, 2009 will be elected in the November general election.

In April, Governor Perdue signed two pieces of legislation to help students who are affected by the Clayton County School District’s potential loss of accreditation: SB 480 and HB 1302. SB 480 allows students from schools that are accredited “currently or within the last two years” to receive the HOPE scholarship. HB 1302 put into place an extensive code of ethics for members of the Clayton County Board of Education and established a local ethics commission to review the actions of the school board and receive ethics complaints against board members.

Also, the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) clarified their policies to reassure Clayton County parents and students that these institutions will continue to accept students from schools in the district, as long as they meet regular admission requirements.

In February, Governor Perdue appointed two Special Liaisons to serve in an advisory role and offer guidance to the Clayton County school board in completing the steps outlined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Committee by September 1, 2008 to avoid a loss of the system’s accreditation. He also took a series of steps to help the system maintain its SACS accreditation by asking for state agency assistance in the three separate audits recommended by SACS. The state auditor’s office reviewed audits of the school system’s finances. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement audited the system’s attendance records. Governor Perdue also requested that Secretary of State Karen Handel, in her capacity as the state’s chief elections official, audit the election of the members of the Clayton County school board to ensure that such elections fully complied with Georgia law.

Governor Perdue even proposed legislation that would have allowed the voters to remove an entire school board of a system that loses accreditation. The bill, Senate Bill 535, failed to pass this legislative session.

Text of the Executive Order:

WHEREAS: On June 23, 2008, and pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 45-10-4, Dyane Simmons, George E. Glaze, George T. Brown, Albert B. Wallace and G. Robert Oliver (collectively “Petitioners”) filed charges with my office against Clayton County Board of Education members Michelle Strong, Lois Baines-Hunter, Sandra Scott, Yolanda Everett, Norreese Haynes, W. Rod Johnson and David Ashe (collectively “Respondents”); and

WHEREAS: The charges alleged that Respondents violated the State Code of Ethics, specifically: (1) the obligation to uphold the laws of the State of Georgia, O.C.G.A. § 45-10-3 (1); and (2) the obligation to “never engage in conduct that is unbecoming to a member or which constitutes a breach of the public trust,” O.C.G.A. § 45-10-3(8); and

WHEREAS: I determined that the charges levied against the Respondents raised sufficient, specific allegations that warranted review pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 45-10-4, and I appointed the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings to serve as my designated agent to “conduct a hearing for the purpose of receiving evidence relative to the merits of [the] charges;” and

WHEREAS: Administrative Law Judge Michael M. Malihi recommended on August 12, 2008 that Respondent W. Rod Johnson be removed based on Mr. Johnson’s “wish to resign rather than participate in the evidentiary hearing;” and

WHEREAS: Judge Malihi recommended on August 13, 2008 that Respondent Norreese Haynes be removed for failing to appear at the hearing; and

WHEREAS: Judge Malihi recognized that David Ashe was “also dismissed as a named Respondent because he had already effectively resigned from the Board at the time the hearing commenced;” and

WHEREAS: Judge Malihi presided over an extensive hearing and concluded that the Respondents Scott, Baines-Hunter, Strong and Everett each committed ethical violations prohibited by O.C.G.A. §§ 45-10-3(1) and 45-10-3(8); and

WHEREAS: I have reviewed Judge Malihi’s orders and determined that the charges are true.

NOW, THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND BY SECTION 45-10-4 OF THE OFFICIAL CODE OF GEORGIA ANNOTATED, IT IS HEREBY

ORDERED: Respondents Michelle Strong, Lois Baines-Hunter, Sandra Scott, Yolanda Everett, Norreese Haynes, and W. Rod Johnson be removed from office, and that the vacancies thereby created be filled as provided by law.

This 28th day of August, 2008.
GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Guests Take a Photographic Journey (Morrow, Georgia)

The Morrow Business & Tourism Association hosted an unveiling of a new art exhibit on Monday, August 18, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. The unveiling took place at the Morrow Business & Tourism Association (MBTA) Executive Suites, 1115 Mt. Zion Road in Morrow, Georgia. The exhibit, which is entitled “Portraits of Morrow: A Photographic Journey,” includes photographs by local photographer Larry McDonald. The photographs are intended to take visitors on a journey around the most notable points of interest in Morrow.

Mike Sakowitz Twomey, President & Executive Director of the Morrow Business & Tourism Association (MBTA), asked Larry McDonald to photograph remarkable and recognizable areas in Morrow. Once McDonald committed, Twomey then said, “Okay, I don’t just want pretty pictures of Morrow, I want them to be edgy, contemporary and artistic...think Andy Warhol.” Twomey and McDonald sat down, and Twomey showed McDonald what he was envisioning. “I think the City of Morrow and its attractions were captured in a way that they have never been or would have been without this project,” says McDonald.

Photography has been a passion of Larry McDonald’s for many years. He didn’t get serious about it until about 1990 when a friend of his loaned him a camera. With a little education on the subject and a lot of film, McDonald got behind the lens at every opportunity! He’s currently striving to develop and refine a style of his own. McDonald notes, “By using various lenses and filters, the subject is my canvas and the camera my paintbrush, black and white as well as color.” McDonald is the owner of Vintage Photography Studio in Jonesboro, Georgia, and he is a board member and staff photographer for the Arts Clayton Gallery. McDonald’s artwork has been seen in numerous publications including arts & expressions magazine and SEASON magazine. McDonald’s artwork has also graced the walls of many local businesses such as Barnes & Noble Booksellers Southlake and Clayton State University.

Other pieces of artwork on display in the MBTA’s exhibit are from Morrow Fire Chief Mark Herendeen, Morrow City Clerk Sylvia Redic, and Mrs. Peggy Millirons, wife of Morrow Mayor Jim Millirons.

The City of Morrow is located 14 miles south of downtown Atlanta. For more information about the City of Morrow, visit http://www.cityofmorrow.com/. For more information on the MBTA, please visit http://www.morrowtourism.com/ or call 770-968-1623.
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