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'Country Royalty' coming to Dallas

'Country Royalty' coming to Dallas

DALLAS, Ga. -- A tribute show to two of country music's biggest legends will come to the Dallas Theater Civic Center later this month.

Jason Petty and Carolyn Martin will become Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, respectively, in Country Royalty.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Tickets range in price from $18 to $25 and can be purchased at seatadvisor.com.

Petty has been playing Hank Williams since starring in Hank Williams: Lost Highway at New York's Little Shubert Theater. He won an Obie Award for his portrayal.

Martin, a Nashville-based swing singer, has earned two Grammy nominations for her work with the Time Jumpers. She will perform some of Patsy Cline's biggest hits during the Jan. 19 show.

Super Bowl champ donates to Hiram kids charity

Super Bowl champ donates to Hiram kids charity

HIRAM, Ga. -- Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Eric Matthews has donated toys and clothing to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Cops for Kids program.

Sheriff's officials announced Matthews, founder and CEO of E-Matt Athletics, worked with police in Hiram who helped to coordinate his donation effort with the Paulding County charity program. E-Matt Athletics is a 37,000-square foot indoor sports complex in Hiram.

The sheriff's office began the Cops for Kids program in 1998 to donate goods to 25 needy children. Sheriff's officials say 380 children will be served by the program this year.

Paulding County Sheriff's officials say this year's Cops for Kids event is being hosted at a Walmart in Dallas on Marietta Highway Dec. 22 at 7 a.m.

Rhubarb Jones to speak at 52nd Annual Celebration

Rhubarb Jones to speak at 52nd Annual Celebration

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce will host its 52nd Annual Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17, ringing in what is sure to be another great year for business in Paulding County.

The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Kennesaw State University professor and former radio personality Rhubarb Jones will deliver the keynote address at the event.

Individual tickets for the 52nd Annual Celebration are $125 each. Learn more at pauldingchamber.org.

Hundreds to graduate from Chattahoochee Tech

Hundreds to graduate from Chattahoochee Tech

MARIETTA, Ga. -- More than 1,100 students have applied to graduate from Chattahoochee Technical College this month.

The Marietta-based school's commencement ceremony will be held Dec. 17 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

One remarkable soon-to-be-graduate is George House of Canton. House is a former combat medic who entered Chattahoochee Tech with hopes of becoming a nurse. However, he soon discovered that he had a knack for working with electronics.

"I learned about the classes in biomedical and realized it would be a good fit," said House, who is receiving an associate of science in electrical and computer engineering technology with a specialization in biomedical instrumentation technology. "It is an area with great potential for growth and careers."

"I'm looking to secure a position with a company where I can continue to grow and learn," House added.

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.

Braves stars to host baseball camp

Braves stars to host baseball camp

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Two Atlanta Braves superstars will host an MVP Baseball Camp at South Paulding High School next month.

The one-day camp will be held on Saturday, July 14. The cost is $95, which includes lunch, a scrimmage game and autographs with the two camp heads, Brian Jordan and Otis Nixon.

Only 75 spots are available for the baseball camp. Visit everettsm.com to learn more and sign up.

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.