Three people will be sworn in to their first full terms on the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners, although two have been in office for a while.
A group swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday for the trio -- Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, Commissioner Jace Brooks and Commissioner-elect Tommy Hunter.
Nash has been in office for 18 months, since winning a special election in March of 2011 to replace Charles Bannister, who resigned. She didn't have to compete for her first four-year term, after being unopposed in the primary and general elections this year.
Brooks won the four-year term in a primary in July, then was the sole candidate for a special election to fill the seat left behind when Shirley Lasseter resigned, pleading guilty to a bribery charge. He took his first oath of office in September.
The new guy is Tommy Hunter, who won the role after defeating incumbent Mike Beaudreau in an August primary runoff.
The public is invited to the swearing-in, which will be administered by Chief Magistrate Judge George F. Hutchinson III, at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
Johnson praises language in military bill
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson was thankful last week for the approval of some language he offered to a bill to help prevent cases of suicide among members of the military.
The language in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill would allow military commanding officers and mental health professionals to talk to at-risk service members about the firearms they own personally and encourage them to safely store those weapons in a military facility or with the use of a gunlock.
"This is not a panacea that will prevent all suicides in our military," said Johnson, who represents a portion of Gwinnett. "But it is a good place to start as we all come together to address this troubling epidemic. We owe it to our soldiers, their families and their loved ones to do everything we can to help them through difficult times."
The bill now goes to President Obama's desk for his signature.
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