Juvenile justice board taps leader
ATLANTA — Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice board members have unanimously elected an interim commissioner.
The department has announced Thursday that Avery Niles was named as the interim. Niles will resign from the state’s juvenile justice board, effective Oct. 31.
Niles’ appointment comes a day after L. Gale Buckner announced her retirement, which will take effect Nov. 1. Buckner will serve as chief magistrate judge in Murray County.
The Governor’s office advised the board by teleconference of Gov. Nathan Deal’s support for Niles as the interim commissioner.
Krystal corporate office to relocate
ATLANTA — Burger chain Krystal will relocate its headquarters to Atlanta from Chattanooga, Tenn.
The company announced Wednesday that its corporate office, called Restaurant Support Center will move to North Atlanta in early 2013.
Krystal’s headquarters employs about 60 workers. The majority of the employees have the option to apply for new positions in the Atlanta office.
USC receives grant for research center
COLUMBIA — The University of South Carolina is getting a $28 million grant to establish a center to coordinate research on birth defects and disabilities.
University spokesman Steven Powell says Suzanne McDermott, a professor in the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine, is leading the work on the five-year grant.
The center will coordinate research and fellowships for a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Potential areas of research include the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities, blood disorders such as hemophilia and sickle cell disease.