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Spelman College gears up for annual 5K run/walk

Spelman College gears up for annual 5K run/walk

ATLANTA -- As part of Spelman College’s 2015 Founders Day activities, the community is invited to get moving and exercise at its third annual Wellness Revolution 5K Run/Walk. The 3.1 mile run/walk will take place Saturday, April 11, and will kick-off with check-in/ registration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Held to promote personal health and fitness, the event will feature a surprise guest to kick off the run/walk, coordinated warm-up and cool-down activities and health and wellness information and tips.  Warm-up activities will start at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk, which includes a course through the West End community, will begin at 9 a.m.

South Fulton offers community garden beds

South Fulton offers community garden beds

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the South Fulton Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, is looking for participants to occupy plots at the South Fulton Community Garden.

This year marks the 4th season for the garden, which has 33 beds available for residents of the district to occupy and help maintain.

The garden is located at 5645 Mason Road, College Park, behind the South Fulton Tennis Center.

A $35 non-refundable fee per year is required to occupy a plot for the entire growing season. Only money orders or cashier checks made payable to Fulton County Government will be accepted as payment. The deadline to register for a plot is Wednesday, Apr. 15.

Interested parties may sign up two ways:

Spelman College names new president

Spelman College names new president

ATLANTA -- Spelman College will have a new president this summer.

The Board of Trustees announced Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell will take over the reins as the college's 10th's president on August 1.

Campbell has served as dean emerita of Tisch School of the Arts and university professor at New York University.

Current Spelman President Dr. Beverly Tatum will step down at the end of this school year.

Mt. Vernon Baptist church begins new chapter

Mt. Vernon Baptist church begins new chapter

ATLANTA -- Palm Sunday marked a new beginning for a historic Atlanta church.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was one of two churches purchased by the city and then demolished to make way for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

The old church stood at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Northside Drives for more than 50 years before being sold for $14 million.

Since moving, they had been in a temporary site on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. On Sunday, they held their final service there. Afterwards, the congregation went in a caravan for the ribbon-cutting at the new church home in the Vine City community.

The new church was in an existing church building, but it has completely been renovated inside.

Sunday's event attracted parishioners from other churches who wanted to come out and help celebrate the congregations new home.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts conversation with Heidelberg Project creator

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts conversation with Heidelberg Project creator

ATLANTA -- Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will host Connecting the Dots: The Heidelberg Project and the Power of Art, a special conversation with Aku Kadogo, international theater director, choreographer, educator, creative producer of cultural arts projects and Spelman Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Arts, and Tyree Guyton, creator of the renowned Heidelberg Project of Detroit, Thursday, Mar. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Acting on his vision many years ago, Guyton set out to respond to a city that was in a state of disrepair and despondency.  Now in its 30th year, The Heidelberg Project is a thriving arts organization that aims to inspire and enrich all those who experience it.