Metro news for Wednesday

Morehouse College Provost Weldon Jackson has resigned and will step down Dec. 31, according to a note President Robert Franklin sent Monday.

Jackson will continue as "special assistant to the president" and assist with programs in Atlanta and southern California, Franklin wrote in the letter obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jackson returned to Morehouse in 2010, having worked there from 1985 to 1996.

Willis Sheftall, who previously served as senior vice president for academic affairs, becomes the interim provost on Jan. 1. A search committee will be formed for a new provost.

Laura Diamond


State School Superintendent John Barge and staff at the Georgia Department of Education discuss plans to expand the career pathway options for high school students today at the Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive in Conyers. The General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year aimed at improving college and career readiness through career clusters and pathway initiatives. The public is invited, and the discussion runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Nancy Badertscher


John Souders of Marietta successfully completed 100 skydives in a single day on the Friday after Thanksgiving, to honor the 10th anniversary of the first U.S. casualty in Afghanistan. Souders, 41, made his jumps at the Skydive Alabama facility in Cullman, Ala. That location is near the Winfield, Ala., hometown of Mike Spann, a CIA paramilitary officer who was killed Nov. 25, 2001, during a prisoner uprising in northern Afghanistan. Spann's father, Johnny Spann, watched Souders' first 100 jumps, then decided to join him for the 101st. "It was like looking at Google Earth," said the elder Spann. For more information,

Bo Emerson


Living Room, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides housing services for people with HIV/AIDS, has expanded to Rome and Dalton.

Services include emergency financial and long-term rental assistance. It will operate out of the Living Bridge Center in Dalton.

Gilsia Hernandez will serve as the case manager for the region's Special Needs Housing Assistance Program.

The programs will be provided through a grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.

Shelia M. Poole


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