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Michael Merlin named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Michael Merlin named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA, GA March 11, 2014– Morgan Stanley announced today that Michael Merlin, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that  Michael Merlin is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Stage combat pro to teach class at Shorter

Stage combat pro to teach class at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- A stage and screen fighting expert will host three master classes at Shorter University this week.

Richard Ryan is the assistant stunt coordinator for "Vikings," a History Channel drama series. He has worked on fight scenes and stunts for a number of major movies, including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Golden Compass and The Dark Knight.

Ryan will offer stage combat classes to Shorter theatre and musical theatre majors on Jan. 17 and 18. Students from high schools in Bartow, Gordon, Murray and Paulding counties will also participate in the classes.

"Mr. Ryan is at the top of his field, and our students will learn much from his experience and his knowledge of film and the stage business," Shorter assistant theatre professor Kevin Anderton said. "It is a unique experience for our students to work with a theatre professional of his caliber."

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

Berry student featured in MTV ad

Berry student featured in MTV ad

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College student is featured in a current PSA about the dangers of texting and driving.

Alex Sorohan teamed up with MTV and the AT&T "It Can Wait" campaign for the promo.

Sorohan, of Rutledge, Ga., talks about her brother Caleb in the commercial. Caleb was killed in a car crash that resulted from his texting while driving.

The Sorohan family was instrumental in creating Caleb's Law, which made texting and driving illegal in Georgia.

WATCH | Alex Sorohan on the 11Alive morning show
THE GREAT HANG UP | Sign the pledge to never text and drive

Since her brother's death, Alex Sorohan has traveled the country, urging young people to stop texting while driving.

Aspiring Paralympian to hold book signing

Aspiring Paralympian to hold book signing

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College student Ryan Boyle will hold a book signing of his memoir, When the Lights Go Out: A Boy Given a Second Chance, at the Rome Barnes & Noble later this month.

The signing will be Friday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.

When Boyle was 9 years old, he was hit by a truck and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The accident put him in a coma for two months.

Now, Boyle hopes to overcome the obstacles in his path by making it all the way to a future Paralympic Games.

PHOTOS | Meet Georgia's 2012 Paralympians

Boyle wrote When the Lights Go Out during his freshman year of high school. It was published in 2012 and has since sold more than 1,000 copies.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include:

Shorter names new CAPP dean

Shorter names new CAPP dean

ROME, Ga. -- Shorter University announced last week that Dr. Amy Austin has been named its new dean of the College of Adult and Professional Programs (CAPP).

Austin has worked in the CAPP since 2009. Prior to her career in higher education, she spent 19 years with several corporations, including Cooper Industries, The Home Depot and The New York Times.

"We are excited that Dr. Austin has accepted the dean's position in our College of Adult and Professional Programs," Shorter executive vice president and provost Dr. Donald Martin said in a statement. "She brings to her new role a wealth of experience from the corporate world, as well as outstanding academic credentials."

Austin's educational background includes a B.S. in finance from Hampton University, a MBA in finance from Philadelphia University, and a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University. She is married with three daughters.