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Zoo Atlanta hires new marketing VP

Zoo Atlanta hires new marketing VP

ATLANTA -- Tracy Lott has been named vice president of marketing and membership at Zoo Atlanta.

Lott began working for the zoo at the end of April. She most recently served as director of marketing and communications for the Atlanta Track Club, and has also held senior marketing positions at Wendy's, Kodak and Pizza Hut.

"We're thrilled to bring such a wonderful addition to our leadership team," Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Raymond B. King said in a release. "We're delighted to welcome Tracy to the Zoo Atlanta family and are proud to continue to attract leaders who exemplify the innovation, creativity and talent needed to help the zoo thrive in a business environment that is constantly changing."

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Stress management and mental health discussions are planned during the first week in June at two Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities.

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host a mental health workshop sponsored by the Renaissance on Peachtree on Thursday, June 5. The discussion will be facilitated by Leslie Sessley, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with the Link Counseling Center. The two-hour presentation begins at 10 a.m.  The Benson Multipurpose Complex is located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs.  For more information about this event, citizens should contact Lila Womack, Life Enrichment Coordinator at 404-613-4900.

APS associate superintendent Steve Smith resigns

APS associate superintendent Steve Smith resigns

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools associate superintendent Steve Smith has resigned, effective June 30.

Smith is leaving the school system to return to the private sector, according to a release from Atlanta Public Schools. He has served in his position since 2011, when Erroll Davis was appointed interim superintendent.

"As my right hand, Steve has helped to shepherd Atlanta Public Schools through a difficult transition," Davis said in a statement. "As he returns to the private sector, I am confident that he will continue to be an asset to APS and a champion for education."

During his time with APS, Smith managed the district's recent redistricting, created an innovation office that led to the school board's approval of three new charter schools, and provided executive oversight of daily operations. Before joining the school system, he served as vice president of corporate responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System.

Art Gone Wild to raise money for Zoo Atlanta

Art Gone Wild to raise money for Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta has teamed up with Cartersville's Booth Western Art Museum for a fundraising event.

Art Gone Wild, an art show and silent auction, will be held at the zoo on Saturday, June 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Attendees will bid on zoo-inspired artwork and mingle with the artists themselves during the event. All Art Gone Wild artists have agreed to donate 50 percent of their proceed from the auction to the zoo.

The event will also promote Art and the Animal, the current exhibition at Booth.

Art Gone Wild tickets are $35 for Zoo Atlanta members and $40 for non-members, and include zoo admission, entertainment during the event, and food and drinks.

Visit zooatlanta.org for more information.

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

I-20 construction resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- The three Interstate 20 construction projects that have plagued drivers for several weekends will continue.

As long as the weather cooperates, crews will work on the following stretches of I-20 this weekend:

Atlanta
Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Windsor Street and Boulevard from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 am. Sunday.

Douglas County
Two lanes in both directions will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Newton County
Two eastbound left lanes will be closed between Almon and Alcovy roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has smaller projects scheduled in Cobb County:

I-285
Two northbound lanes will be intermittently closed at South Cobb Drive for overhead sign work; two lanes will always remain open.

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.