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Good Morning Gwinnett is a live 4 day a week podcast all about people and places around Gwinnett County Georgia & beyond. The show is hosted by Audrey Bell-Kearney. On the show Audrey talks about news and current events happening around Gwinnett County. Occasionally she will interview movers & shakers as well as community and government leaders from Gwinnett County. She also uses her platform to provide much needed publicity for the small business owner by showing them the power of podcasts.
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www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Leaders of Gwinnett County Public Schools earlier this summer approved more than $50 million in spending, mostly from federal relief funds, to address students’ academic and emotional needs as COVID-19 continues to disrupt education.The school district will nearly double its corps of social workers and hire tutors as well as additional employees to oversee social and emotional learning, said Jeff Mathews, assistant superintendent for leadership development, at a recent school board meeting.SOURCE: www.AJC.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Derrick J. Wilson Is Running For The Insurance And Safety Fire Commissioner ToBring Some Integrity Back to The Office!Suwanee, GA- Derrick J. Wilson, has joined the race for Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.Wilson says, "It is important to bring integrity back to the office." His statement about the office followsthe announcement of the conviction of former Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck two weeks ago.The Insurance Commissioner’s office is a very important office in the state of Georgia. Themission of the Office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner (OCI) is to protect Georgiafamilies by providing access to vital insurance products and safe buildings through fairregulation that creates economic opportunities for all Georgians."Many of our residents think insurance is the only thing this office does, and I plan to changethat by sharing important information about everything the office handles and the resourcesthat are available to all residents of Georgia.", states Wilson.Since running for Gwinnett County District 3 Commissioner in 2020, Derrick has continued tovocalize the need for diversity and proper minority representation within elected officials. “It isimportant to have the right individuals in these elected positions who understand the issues thatGeorgians face daily. They need someone who will adjust and enforce regulations that willimpact the quality of our daily lives.”As with the last election where he was a candidate, Wilson will face competition for others who feel thatthey would be better suited for the job as the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, butWilson said he is ready to for the hard work ahead. He knows that the time has come for newleadership that his honest, hardworking and has the best interest of every Georgia resident. "This willnot be a dictatorship" states Derrick. "I am not only interested in working for the residents of Georgia,but also in working with the residents of Georgia."To learn more about Derrick J. Wilson and to get involved, please visit WorkingWithYouGA.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Calvin Watts is officially coming back to Gwinnett County Public Schools — starting Monday.Watts — who spent more than a decade working in the district as both an assistant principal, principal and central office employee — was unanimously hired by the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Friday afternoon to become the district’s new superintendent. The 52-year-old is also a history-maker for GCPS because he is the first African-American to serve as superintendent of Georgia’s largest school district.Watts left GCPS in 2015 to become the superintendent of the Kent School District in Kent, Wash., and he continued to hold that job until Friday’s vote.“It feels wonderful (to be back in GCPS),” Watts said. “I’ve shared this before that I grew up personally in Washington state, but I grew up professionally when I relocated to the southeast and served 13 of my 29 years in education in Gwinnett County Public Schools.“I could not be more honored, more privileged to begin my tenure effective Aug. 2 as the next superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools.”The school board approved a two-year contract, with a base salary of $380,972, to have Watts serve as the district’s leader, but that figure increases to $413,372 a year once transportation and expense allowances are factored in.“I’m super excited to have Dr. Watts here,” board member Steve Knudsen said. “I think he’s going to do a great job.”Board Chairman Everton Blair Jr. added, “I’m looking forward to the work that we’re able to continue in this school system.SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Carla is an Organic Garden Consultant and Owner of Carla in the Kitchen, which provides in-person and virtual services and resources on organic gardening, cooking nutritious foods, wellness and healthy living.She found a passion for cooking healthy and delicious food at a very young age while spending endless days in the kitchen watching her mother and grandmother bake and prepare meals for the family. Her enthusiasm for gardening and growing her own fruits and vegetables started in 1985. A fellow nurse inspired her to start a garden and taught her how to preserve fruits and vegetables for her family all year round. This early experience with gardening launched Carla’s mission to impact the lives of other nurses and individuals through personalized wellness coaching and personal chef meals.
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Georgia Gwinnett College students are getting a new place to visit when they need some food.The college recently announced the opening of its Care Pantry, which will stock nonperishable food items and dairy products. The pantry is designed to serve GGC students who have a valid GGC Claw Card and offer them access to fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and dairy products.“The Care Pantry allows GGC to step in to assist members of our Grizzly family who are unable to obtain enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle,” said GGC President Jann L. Joseph, who spoke at the pantry’s ribbon cutting on July 22. “The percentage of students who face food insecurity is surprisingly staggering, and we are excited to contribute to the many initiatives around the country designed to alleviate hunger.”The pantry is a partnership between the college and the Lawrenceville Co-Op Food Bank Ministry and they are working with community and campus partners to offer prepackaged food to students. School officials said 81% of GGC students qualify for some type of financial aid and 52% of them qualify for Pell grants.SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com
www.GoodMornigGwinnett.com The city of Grayson filed a lawsuit Friday against the Gwinnett County tax commissioner, escalating a dispute about whether she is required to collect taxes on behalf of cities if they don’t pay her personally to do so.The lawsuit, filed in Gwinnett County Superior Court, seeks to compel Tax Commissioner Tiffany Porter to collect taxes on behalf of the city with a population of about 5,000. The mayor said property taxes make up $505,535 of the city’s proposed $1.583 million budget — a third of the total.SOURCE: www.AJC.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Lisa Anders is the Executive Director of Explore Gwinnett, Gwinnett’s official tourism and film office. Explore Gwinnett’s mission is to draw conventions, meetings, conferences and sports tournaments to Gwinnett’s hotels, Gas South District and other event venues. Explore Gwinnett serves as Gwinnett County’s official destination marketing organization.Lisa is Gwinnett County’s official Camera Ready representative, serving as Gwinnett’s industry liaison for locations, permitting and photography to the booming film and movie industry as well as to the Georgia Film Office. The Gwinnett Film Office serviced over 250 location requests and works with 40+ film/TV productions annually.Lisa serves on the boards of the Aurora Theatre, Southeastern Railway Museum, Destinations International and Partnership Gwinnett PFE. She is a one of Georgia’s only Certified Destination Management Executives, 2018 graduate of Regional Leadership Institute and a 2013 Leadership Gwinnett graduate.
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual special section, the Power 100, naming Atlanta’s 100 most influential people of 2021, as selected by the Chronicle’s editors, included Gwinnett Chamber President & CEO Nick Masino.
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Cops & Kids Hang Out

Cops & Kids Hang Out

2021-07-1946:41

www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com This is the 10th year the Cops and Kids program is helping kids and their parents get a head start on their back-to-school shopping.“This helps kids start off with something nice,” said Mike Jones who was at the event with two young students. “It’s great. They get free book bags and shoes and socks. This is our first time being here and we sure do appreciate it.”His eighth-grader, Jayquan White, looked through the Nikes and Adidas shoes at the store. White said he wanted something stylish. Meanwhile, a rising third-grader, Karissa Smith, reached for a white pair of sneakers as her two older brothers yelled out that they wanted something “trendy.”“My baby,” her dad, Keytta Smith said, “she likes to pick out her own stuff. She’ll pick out something eventually. Events like this come in handy though. We got stuff like paper, notebooks, glue, crayons, markers. It’s all stuff that they need that we won’t need to buy.”The average parents’ spending per student is expected to be as much as $270 this back-to-school season, compared with roughly $250 in 2020, according to a survey conducted by accounting organization KPMG.SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.comLynn helps speakers, experts, consultants, authors, and coaches turn content into revenue. Her “superpower” is building strategies that help experts build not one, but a series of courses that turn their thought leadership into experience-based learning experiences.If you want to elevate how you're known as an expert, Lynn can help you uncover the "secret sauce" that makes you unique. If you are someone whose been looking for a strategy and plan that leaders to building not one, but a series of courses that turn your thought leadership into experience-based learning experiences.She combines more than 20 years of experience in business-to-business sales and marketing in corporate and transformative learning, virtual learning and conferences with her work as a writer and growth strategist.
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Black and Hispanic students made up 64% of Gwinnett County Public Schools last academic year but only 36% of students were identified for gifted instruction, according to a report from Education Resource Strategies, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit contributing to the school district’s equity plan.As part of that plan, Gwinnett is aiming to increase the proportion of Hispanic and Black students placed in gifted programs in the 2021-2022 school year.SOURCE: www.AJC.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com The Gwinnett County Sheriff Office is launching a new, first of its kind effort to help people released from jail and prison get health insurance.The office announced the establishment of the Re-Entry Health Insurance Program on Thursday with the opening of an access kiosk at the Gwinnett County Detention Center. The office said it is the first law enforcement agency in the U.S. to offer the program, which is designed to ensure people released from jail, prison and halfway houses get immediate access to health insurance.“Guiding residents towards medical insurance is another key component to the criminal justice reform. Individuals transitioning out of incarceration often include adults with significant mental health and physical needs that also experience social and economic challenges,” Sheriff Keybo Taylor said.SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.comMy uncle had to have a fistula inserted, so I had to do the Good Morning Gwinnett podcast from the waiting room of the hospital. That what I love about podcasting. I could have easily canceled the show, but I wanted to come on and at least give you the horoscopes and that's all I got a chance to do. Right after I started they brought him to the recovery room, so I had to end the show, but at least I got a chance to talk to you for a short time. As long as you have a way to access the Internet, you can start a podcast even on the fly. If you want to learn how to start your podcast, Podcast University will be starting this Fall. Email me to be added to the waiting list. Audrey@GoodMorningGwinnett.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.comFrom fear focus to faith filled from overweight to fitness model from battered and devalued to purity from corporate to calling to time + location freedom from chaos to calm.I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, brand creator, transformation coach, results generator, videographer, social media + influencer marketing campaign director, and philanthropist.I am also an athlete, speaker, and host. I help simplify transformation to help people create a life and business they love and give back.FROM FEAR FOCUS TO FAITH FILLEDIt is possible, transform your life from the inside out, andcreate a life you love on your path to limitless potential.I knows this firsthand, because I am living it myself stepby step, and watching others create it as well.For years, I struggled with a fear focus in life withhealth, wealth, business and ultimately worthiness andbelieving in and seeing myself as our creator does.Like many of us, I never felt like I or anything I did wasgood enough.In my late teens to early 20's, I struggled with anabusive relationship that literally almost killed me. Ifelt such shame, guilt, and judgment towards myself forso many things I allowed in this relationship that causeddeep pain.
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com School supply donations are needed by July 17. New book bags are needed for all ages, but especially for middle and high school students.Sponsorships are also available for the Book Bag Bash special events by emailing Kim Phillips at kphillips@ngcoop.org.Details, including a list of needed supplies: www.ngcoop.org.SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Adrian Green says “I spent 22 years as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, fire apparatus operator, fire academy instructor, and eventually a Fire Inspector in the Gwinnett’s Fire Marshall’s Office,” Green said. “It gave me a greater sense of community and the people I’ve had the privilege to serve.”He has served his community in an additional way by celebrating the heroism and character of many people. Two groups of individuals stand out in his work: emergency services heroes and what he calls the “heroes to be” — young students in Gwinnett’s schools.Green’s reputation as an artist was known among his fellow firefighters. Before he retired from the DeKalb Fire Service, Chief Darnell Fullum asked him to paint a mural for the lobby of their headquarters.“It started as a joke about how I would just retire and paint pictures ‘til I got old,” Green said. “When Chief Fullum asked me to paint the mural, we laughed it off.”SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Cosmo's Pizza & Social is a pizzeria and sports bar in downtown Lawrenceville. We have been in business for almost 20 years. Social is an expansion to the original Cosmo's and offers a more adult environment with plenty of TVs, events and live entertainment on weekend. Come out and join us and enjoy a our new small plate menu items, outdoor games, giveaways and prizes and live music. For more info, visit www.pizzaoncrogan.com.SOURCE: www.Patch.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com Lawrenceville and Auburn will kick off the local celebrations with events taking place Friday night.FIREWORKS: Your guide to Independence Day celebrations in and around Gwinnett CountyENTERTAINMENTFIREWORKS: Your guide to Independence Day celebrations in and around Gwinnett CountyTodd ClineAuburn’s Independence Day celebration will take place at 5 p.m. at 1369 4th Avenue with “family fun, food, games, live music, activities, kids zone, and fireworks at dark.”Meanwhile, Lawrenceville’s Prelude To the Fourth event will take place at 5 p.m. on the Lawrenceville Lawn with performances by Riley Biederer and Electric Avenue and fireworks beginning at dusk.Residents can bring lawn chairs and blankets, but the city will mandate social distancing. There will also be food vendors located at the Lawrenceville Lawn, Bicentennial Plaza and City Hall.SOURCE: www.GwinnettDailyPost.com
www.GoodMorningGwinnett.com An agreement has been reached to let one of three bail bonding companies, which had sued Sheriff Keybo Taylor over his decision to not renew their certification to issue bail bonds in Gwinnett, resume handling bonds in the county.The agreement means Anytime Bail Bonding of Gwinnett Inc. can resume work they did before Taylor decided to not renew the company’s certificate of authority in January. But there are catches that will be involved.One of those entails the company adopting a new name and another is founder Scott Hall has to part ways with the company.
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