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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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Reverse 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. 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.
Cops & Kids Hang Out

Cops & Kids Hang Out

2021-07-1946:41 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.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. 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: 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:
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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. 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, including a list of needed supplies: 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: 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 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: 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. District Attorney Patsy Austin-Gatson as signed an agreement to support R.E.D. which stands for Rehabilitation Enables Dreams. RED creates a classroom atmosphere inside the courtroom and treats program participants as students rather than criminals. RED’s curriculum is structured to develop a student’s social, civic and financial literacy through task-oriented learning, engaging workshops, and interactive educational modules. Students are paired with appropriate mentors based on our individual-needs intake assessment. Mentors support students in their personal development and guide them in the completion of program requirements. Upon graduation, student’s records are expunged and they are referred to higher education institutions and/or employment opportunities. A summary of our curriculum can be found below.D.A. Gatson and her team along with other law enforcement divisons and judges are dedicated to turning courtrooms into classrooms. Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies handle arrest warrants and help catch bad guys in the county, but the Sheriff's Office is looking to tackle another issue facing the Gwinnett County community: mental health.On Tuesday, Sheriff Keybo Taylor announced the creation of a new Mental Health Task Force. The task force is meant to serve as an intermediary force, helping people experiencing mental health issues get assistance rather than simply locking them up in the county jail."The MHTF Deputies will undergo extensive training in areas such as crisis intervention/de-escalation skills, recognition of mental illnesses, personality disorders, psychopathy, and other pertinent subjects," the Sheriff's Office said in an announcement. "The team will respond to mentally ill individuals in the community who are presenting in an acute crisis symptomatic of severe mental illness rather than overt criminality. The MHTF team will provide essential support to fellow metropolitan law enforcement agencies, and our Gwinnett County judicial system as well as mental health treatment organizations that serve our community."SOURCE: A national grocery chain plans to hire 100 workers for a new store location in Gwinnett County.Sprouts Farmers Market, marketed as a natural and organic grocer, will open August 4 at The Exchange at Gwinnett mixed-use development in Buford. The store is hiring for both full- and part-time positions, including cashiers and clerks.SOURCE: After nearly three years of talking about opening a homeless shelter, Homefirst Gwinnett is just about to cross the finish line.Officials with the group, which was established in summer 2018 and is part of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Gwinnett County wing, said they anticipate opening their shelter in Norcross sometime this summer. It will be the only homeless shelter in Gwinnett County once its doors open.“It feels tremendous,” HomeFirst Gwinnett Director Matt Elder said. “This has been a long time coming. We were ready to get everything going last March or April and then COVID hit and changed everything so dramatically.“With the way our shelter is set up to have the three bedrooms and common areas, COVID made it far too difficult to try and make that work.”An exact opening date for the shelter — whose location is not being publicized by HomeFirst Gwinnett in order to protect the privacy of the people it will help — has not been set yet. Once it does open, however, it will be able to help up to 20 residents at a time.That includes both mothers with their children as well as single women.“They can stay up to 90 total days,” Elder said. “They’ll have full wrap-around case management services like mental health and substance abuse. We have a clinic run by Good Samaritan Health Clinic (so) they’ll have access to affordable healthcare and then we’ll bring in other partners for support services in addition to that.”SOURCE: Randall Toussaint is the Director of Economic Development at Partnership Gwinnett. Randall oversees the organization’s project management team and cultivates project wins for Gwinnett County in five target industries: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Technology, Life Science, and Corporate Headquarters.Randall previously served as the Director of Corporate Solutions & Cybersecurity at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and as the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation’s Business Development officer for the technology sector in Fort Meade, Maryland.Randall also led urban planning and economic development programs in College Park, Maryland and served as the Vice President of Economic Development in Forsyth County, Georgia. Randall’s career in Georgia also includes tenure as the Assistant Director of the Clayton County Office of Economic Development in Jonesboro, Georgia, and a Program Manager at the Savannah Development & Renewal Authority. Randall has over a decade of experience in the fields of urban planning and economic development. He is a former Fellow with the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and a former legislative liaison with the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Savannah State University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Morehouse College.Randall lives in Gainesville, Georgia with his wife and two children. GWINNETT COUNTY, GA — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the owner of a major shopping center near Mall of Georgia into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to court filings.Washington Prime Group — which operates Mall of Georgia Crossing in Buford as well as 101 other shopping centers nationwide — made its filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, according to USA Today and other news outlets. The company itself is based in Columbus, Ohio.Mall of Georgia Crossing is home to 25 tenants including Target, Hobby Lobby, Staples and Best Buy. Chapter 11 bankruptcy would allow the mall to stay open and Washington Prime to remain in business while it restructures its debt.SOURCE:
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