Issue 14.67 | Nov. 18, 2014
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DULUTH, Ga., Nov. 18, 2014 --The Primerica Foundation, the charitable arm of the Duluth financial services company Primerica, has granted $50,000 to Gwinnett Technical College to establish two scholarship funds that will provide assistance to 40 low-to-moderate income students for tuition, books and program supplies annually.
Karen Fine Saltiel, president and founding chairman of The Primerica Foundation, recently visited the campus along with Gwinnett Tech President Dr. Glen Cannon to commemorate the establishment of The Primerica Foundation Scholarship and the Barbara T. King Scholarship for Women. Total grant funding from the foundation was $75,000 to establish these scholarships.
She says: "Primerica and Gwinnett Tech have grown up together in the same community - we have a long history of supporting the college. We also have a vested interest in the success of Gwinnett Tech-- because the students of today are the workforce of tomorrow."
Over the last 17 years, Primerica and The Primerica Foundation have provided Gwinnett Tech with funding totaling $260,000. This funding has given hundreds of low-to moderate income students the opportunity for a college education.
Dr. Canon notes: "Gwinnett Tech and our deserving students are grateful beneficiaries of Primerica's support of higher education. Primerica has been an active partner with Gwinnett Tech for many years and the college and the community are enriched not only through their funding, but also through the active participation of their leadership team."
T. King Scholarship for Women honors the late Primerica executive known
for her community leadership. King served on the board for Gwinnett Tech
from 1997-2003 and advocated for the organization, not only at the local
community level, but at the state level as well. The Barbara T. King Scholarship
for Women at Gwinnett Tech honors Barbara's many contributions to the
2014 -- Back in 1937 when Gene Talmadge was finishing his second two-year
term as governor of Georgia, he took a big step. For Miss Mitt (his wife),
he built a new home on U.S. Highway 341, between McRae and Lumber City,
in his home county of Telfair.
world, this residence looks much like a Southern 5-4-and-a-door, with
two-story white columns, red brick, and set about 100 yards back from
the highway in a grove of pine trees. But it wasn't built in today's world,
but constructed 77 years ago when most people in Telfair County probably
didn't have running water in their homes, and many had to bring out the
buckets when it rained because of leaks in the roof.
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Editor, the Forum:
The letter on Dreamland Barbecue had some facts that are not exactly correct. Noble Fin Steak house is to be built on this location. From what I understand, Dreamland did not submit proper building plans. The businesses behind Dreamland also complained about their smoke pit, since parked cars would be covered with an oily residue from the smoke all day.
More concerning smoke, smell at Peachtree Corners location
Editor, the Forum:
Steve Jones raises several interesting points to re-address although they have been covered before. The "smoke and smell" issue is still present, as it comes from J Alexander's restaurant. As for not submitting new building plans, Dreamland wanted to stay and rebuild, the building owner wanted them to stay and wanted to rebuild, however the city imposed new harsh and costly regulations that made it completely impossible to comply and make a profit.
As for the new venture planning on building, time will tell if they too hit the unreasonable regulations barrier.
That, however, doesn't change the fact that we've sat all this time with an empty lot and no tax revenue. I'm not opposed to progress and change to improve, but I still believe Dreamland was forced to look elsewhere because our city leaders felt that business didn't fit the "image" they want for the "upscale" city of Peachtree Corners. And remember, we still have multi-family housing going in across from the Forum.
Enjoyed taking in Churchill paintings at Millennium Gate Museum
Be part of this annual tradition, as the City of Lilburn lights the tree on Main Street on December 6. Lilburn Middle School Chorus will perform at the event. Coloring contest winners will be announced.
The Lilburn Co-op is asking local residents to donate items in its food containers at the Tree Lighting again this year. For a list of items needed, visit http://lilburncoop.org/. The containers will remain at City Hall through the Lilburn Christmas Parade. Bring food donations to either the parade or drop by City Hall during normal business hours throughout the week.
Bring your camera so you can take a picture with Mrs. Claus out by the tree! The 1910 Public House will be serving hot chocolate at the event.
Duluth seeking person to serve on planning commission
The City of Duluth is looking for citizens to serve on the Planning Commission. An alternate position is available, with applications being accepted until November 26.
Commission considers zoning ordinance amendments, speed hump petitions,
zoning changes, land use changes, and special use permits. It may also
be utilized to do research on other issues at the direction of Duluth
City Council. The Planning Commission consists of five appointed members
and an alternate, non-voting member who serves if there is an absence
on the Commission. For more details, contact Rich
Atkinson at 770-497-5305.
Interviews are underway at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) for the new internal medicine residency program. The first class of internal medicine residents will begin training in June 2015. GMC hopes to accept up to five residents during the first year.
Kimberly Bates, MD, GMC's director of the internal medicine residency for the Graduate Medical Education Program, says: "GMC will provide internal medicine residents with a robust experience based on thriving cardiology and stroke programs, and the high-volume emergency department that cares for nearly 140,000 patients yearly. Perspective candidates will also find Gwinnett's cultural diversity attractive as a diverse patient base is requisite when establishing a solid medical foundation among residents."
of the internal medicine program, residents will be guided through the
extensive curriculum of general internal medicine, highlighting the prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases.
GMC's internal medicine residency program is affiliated with the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Georgia Regents University/The University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens.
South Gwinnett JROTC team finishes among top in state
The South Gwinnett High School JROTC Female Raiders is the third place winner in the Georgia State Raider Championship held recently at Spalding High School in Griffin. The Raiders are in the fourth years of the ROTC program at South Gwinnett High. First place went to the team from Adairsville High, with Richmond Hill finishing second.
The Georgia State Raider Championship consists of five athletic and curriculum skilled events. The five events for the State competition are as follows: Raider Fitness Test, One-Rope Bridge, Cross Country Rescue that includes a 15 questions first aid test, 5 km Team Run and a Tire Flip.
First Class (Retired) Christopher Diaz says: "The JROTC program has
only been a part of the school for three years and these ladies have already
proven to be the best in their area by winning their regional championship.
I am so proud of the commitment and dedication they have shown all year
and their effort has paid off in this placement among the top programs
in the state."
A well-loved and critically acclaimed work of cinema verite, the film Sherman's March (1986) weaves together subjects as disparate as the Civil War (1861-65), nuclear holocaust, and southern womanhood to create a subtle and emotionally powerful film.
Originally setting out to retrace Union General William T. Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas, documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee instead crafts an insightful look at life and the search for love in the modern South.
Born in 1947 in Charlotte, N.C., McElwee (right) attended Brown University as an undergraduate before enrolling in a graduate film program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at MIT in the mid-1970s, he studied under prominent documentary filmmakers Richard Leacock and Edward Pincus, from whom he learned the cinema verite techniques that he later used in Sherman's March and other films.
After graduating from MIT, McElwee returned to Charlotte and worked for years as a freelance cameraman at local television stations, filming such various programs as the evening news and "Gospel Hour" shows. He also had the opportunity to work with legendary filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker and served as cameraman on John Marshall's N!ai, The Story of a K!ung Woman (1980). During this time McElwee also made his own documentary films, including Space Coast (1979), Charleen (1980), and Backyard (1984). Sherman's March is McElwee's fourth documentary.
Several factors contribute to the success of Sherman's March. First is the way in which McElwee forces himself into the narrative. While pure cinema verite technique dictates that the filmmaker simply shoot what is happening, McElwee learned from Leacock and Pincus that equally dramatic moments can happen when the filmmaker interacts with the subject, a technique he uses to great effect in Sherman's March. One of the film's most emotional moments occurs near the end when McElwee, whom the viewer to this point has seen only alone in staged shots or in mirrors, reaches out from behind his camera to touch the cheek of a woman distraught over a difficult relationship.
Sherman's March won several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 1987. In 2000 the Library of Congress National Film Registry chose the film for preservation, citing it as a "historically significant American motion picture." McElwee currently teaches film at Harvard University and continues to make highly personal documentary films; in 2003 he released Bright Leaves, a documentary exploring his family history and tobacco farming in North Carolina.
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Men of any age who would enjoy being a part of an "A Capella Experience," set aside Tuesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. to pay a visit to The Stone Mountain Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society at a special guest night program. It will be at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, 4480 Peachtree Corners Circle in Peachtree Corners. For more details, call at 770-978-8053 or visit www.stonemountainchorus.org.
Bestselling author John Connolly will speak on November 22 at 7 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts Center. The event is free. The author will be signing "The Wolf in Winter," the latest in his Charlie Parker thriller series. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Connolly has won the Shamus, the Agatha, the Edgar and Anthony awards for his writings. The event is sponsored by the Gwinnett County Public Library.
Exhibit of eight
artists continues through December 2 at George Pierce Park
Community Center in Suwanee. Eight female artists will showcase their
talents, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media,
collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. For more information, call
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