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Airport employee named Georgia's Engineer of the Year in Government

Airport employee named Georgia's Engineer of the Year in Government

ATLANTA -- The assistant general manager for planning and development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been named the 2012 Engineer of the Year in Government by the Georgia Engineering Alliance.

Jim Drinkard received his award at the 2012 Georgia Engineers Week Awards Gala on February 25.

"Jim is an invaluable asset to the airport," Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller said in a statement. "I'm proud to have him on my team and very pleased that he is receiving the professional recognition he deserves."

Drinkard has a long history with Hartsfield-Jackson. In 1977, at the beginning of his career, he was a design engineer working with HNTB Corporation on the original midfield design for the airport.

Fulton County Schools names new police chief

Fulton County Schools names new police chief

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Felipe Usury has been named the new Chief of Police for the Fulton County School System.

Usury, who brings 21 years of experience to the new position, will lead a department of more than 60 certified police officers and support staff. He was an officer with the Cobb County Police Department for eight years and also served as a Marine Corps reservist.

"Chief Usury has kept our students and schools safe for more than a decade," said Superintendent Robert Avossa, noting the new chief's 13 years with Fulton County Schools. "I'm pleased to offer him the position as our chief of police. As a veteran of our police force and a proven leader, he has earned the respect of his fellow officers and our school leaders."

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.

Ted Turner Talks Captain Planet Foundation

Watch as we head to the Captain Planet Foundation's annual fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium. Why is Ted Turner so passionate about this foundation? Watch and find out!

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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.

Fulton guest principals to share their experiences

Fulton guest principals to share their experiences

ATLANTA -- What's it like to be a principal in Fulton County?

More than 60 residents got the opportunity to learn the answer to this question when they were selected to be "Principal for a Day" at schools throughout the district. They will reflect upon their experiences during a recap session at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at the school system's Administrative Center near East Point.

Now in its fourth year, the Principal for a Day program allows local business leaders to step into the role of school administrator and discover the challenges and rewards such a job presents. A list of participants can be found on the Fulton schools website.

Kim Kardashian's now in Atlanta Filming

Kim Kardashian's now in Atlanta Filming

We've been reading reports all week about how Kim Kardashian is working with Tyler Perry on his new movie entitled, "The Marriage Counselor"--yes, we know its ironic after about 80 days of marriage that has now been filed in divorce. The film is about a relationship expert named Judith who cheats on her husband. Kardashian plays Ava, a co-worker who gives Judith a makeover and helps her gain confidence.