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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.

The Obama Effect's Atlanta Premiere

Watch an interview with star Vanessa Bell Calloway as she stopped by the Get Connected studio in Atlanta to discuss her new movie The Obama Effect!

Candlelight vigil to be held for firefighter

Candlelight vigil to be held for firefighter

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The East Point Fire Department will hold a candlelight vigil for firefighter Carl Blake, who was killed Monday in a motorcycle crash.

Blake's colleagues and family members will gather on Jones Road in northwest Atlanta, where the crash happened, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to remember the 15-year veteran of the fire department.

The fallen firefighter's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in College Park. Blake will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery on Cascade Avenue.

MODA Floors & Interiors Participates in Bedroom Makeover

MODA Floors & Interiors Participates in Bedroom Makeover

MODA Floors & Interiors served as a sponsor for the annual Agape Bedroom Makeover project. The Agape Community Center, a non-profit organization, provides a variety of programs and services for residents of all ages in the Bolton Road community in Northwest Atlanta.

The MODA Floors & Interiors team patched and painted the walls, replaced the carpet and purchased furniture and bedding for the four children. MODA interior designer Theresa Minkoff decorated the room based on what the kids described as their "dream bedroom."

In addition to MODA staff, painters and carpenters supplied by Sawhorse Remodeling participated in the bedroom makeover project.

"You've given these children an incredible gift," said Jared Sulc, Agape's development assistant. "You're helping Agape to empower and support economically disadvantaged families within the community to embrace their full potential."

Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute to give concert

Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute to give concert

ATLANTA -- The 11 talented local students who participated in this year's Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute will give a special concert next month.

The institute, which is one of only a few programs of its kind in the U.S., puts high school students through a rigorous audition process and offers eight months of workshops, vocal coaching and other courses for young people who are interested in pursuing music careers.

In the three years the Atlanta Opera has offered the program, 11 of its graduates have gone on to study music at universities and conservatories across the country.