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Second Americus officer dies after gunfire, manhunt

Late Thursday morning, the man suspected of shooting two police officers Wednesday in southwest Georgia fatally shot himself. Officer Jody Smith succumbed to his injuries Thursday afternoon. Officer Nick Smarr died at the initial scene.
Cobb police voice confidence over Braves traffic plan

Cobb police voice confidence over Braves traffic plan

The county is still developing a traffic management plan, but officials are hopeful, Cobb Public Safety Director Sam Heaton and Sgt. J.D. Lorens said Thursday at a luncheon organized by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. The Braves “Most people come to the stadium about one hour before game time,” Lorens said. “From that 6:30 to 7:30 hour, according to the model, we can...
New front in Georgia’s water war opens up on Capitol Hill

New front in Georgia’s water war opens up on Capitol Hill

The latest battle in Georgia’s long-running water war with its Alabama and Florida neighbors spilled into public view this week on Capitol Hill. The in-the-weeds legislative sniping threatened the fate of legislation reauthorizing the nation’s water infrastructure programs, which congressional leaders are hoping to send to the president’s desk by the end of the week. Alabama and...
‘Plan B’ in works after defeat of school takeover plan in Georgia

‘Plan B’ in works after defeat of school takeover plan in Georgia

After Gov. Nathan Deal’s top education initiative was trounced at the polls, some Republicans are quietly building consensus behind a new measure that would give the state more leeway to let students transfer from struggling schools. The measure, floated this week by House leaders at a training conference in Athens for the upcoming legislative session, would not empower the governor&rsquo...
Georgia State agrees to hire Shawn Elliott as football coach

Georgia State agrees to hire Shawn Elliott as football coach

Georgia State has agreed to hire Shawn Elliott as its next football coach. A news conference is set for 11 a.m. Friday. Elliott worked with Panthers athletic director Charlie Cobb when both were at Appalachian State. Elliott has been a position coach or coordinator at South Carolina since 2010. Elliott will replace Trent Miles, who was fired with two games remaining in the season with a record of...
Photos: Braves' Matt Kemp selling his $11.5 million California mansion 

Photos: Braves' Matt Kemp selling his $11.5 million California mansion 

Atlanta Braves slugger Matt Kemp, acquired in a midseason trade last season, is making a permanent move to the East Coast.
Personal Journeys: Life-altering accident doesn't derail dream

Personal Journeys: Life-altering accident doesn't derail dream

Aspiring pilot Ignacio Montoya was to have been assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. But after a motorcycle crash, he woke up at Shepherd Center in Atlanta instead.
Sweetgum tree is valuable for wildlife

Sweetgum tree is valuable for wildlife

The American sweetgum is one of Georgia’s most common trees, occurring in forests, yards, parks and neighborhoods across the state. Its distinctive round, spiked, dark-brown seedheads, commonly known as “sweetgum balls,” also make it one of Georgia’s most recognizable trees — and perhaps one of its most maligned. The golf ball-size sweetgum balls are the tree’s...
1 critical after shooting at Clayton County McDonald’s

1 critical after shooting at Clayton County McDonald’s

Someone was shot at a McDonald’s in Clayton County about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. The incident happened at the intersection of Mount Zion Road and Highway 19/41. Police said one person was shot inside the restaurant and was transported a nearby hospital. At last check, that person was listed in critical condition. Officers said it is unclear at this point if the victim was an employee...
Scott scores 13 points in D-League assignment game

Scott scores 13 points in D-League assignment game

Hawks reserve forward Mike Scott scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Delaware 87ers in an NBA Development League assignment game Thursday. The Delaware 87ers, the affiliate of the 76ers, defeated the Westchester Knicks 106-105 at the Westchester County Center. Scott also had three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 26 minutes off the bench. He was 5 of 12 from the field,...
Boy hit by car while waiting for DeKalb County school bus

Boy hit by car while waiting for DeKalb County school bus

A woman and a fourth-grade boy were hit by a car Thursday morning while waiting for a DeKalb County school bus. The collision happened on North Decatur Road, near North Indian Creek, according to Channel 2 Action News. Queens Powell told Channel 2 she heard screams after the driver of a car swerved out of control, before striking two people and a pole. “It was just so fast,” Powell said...
Wide receiver Christian Philpott becomes fourth Jacket to transfer

Wide receiver Christian Philpott becomes fourth Jacket to transfer

Georgia Tech wide receiver Christian Philpott became the fourth team member to announce his transfer plans since the end of the regular season, making his intentions known Thursday in a message from his Philpott, a redshirt freshman, has struggled with injuries and did not see much playing time this season. Philpott, from Tallahassee, Fla., appeared in three games and had one catch. “I have...
Jackson, Watson among winners at College Football Awards show

Jackson, Watson among winners at College Football Awards show

The four head coaches in the College Football Playoff were together Thursday evening, gathered around the national championship trophy for an Atlanta news conference. “I’m the rookie up here,” Washington coach Chris Petersen immediately observed. “So I’m just kind of eyes wide open, echoing what they say, what they do.” Indeed, the other three coaches who were on...
Braves trade Jenkins, Feigl to Rangers for reliever Jackson

Braves trade Jenkins, Feigl to Rangers for reliever Jackson

Only a few hours after Braves officials left what had been a trade-less Winter Meetings for them, they finalized a trade that sent Braves pitching prospects Tyrell Jenkins and lefty reliever Brady Feigl to the Rangers for hard-throwing right-handed reliever Luke Jackson. Jackson, a former first-round draft pick, routinely throws 95-98 mph fastballs and can reach triple digits, but the former starter...
Whatever happened to … Michael Turner

Whatever happened to … Michael Turner

Not many felt Michael Turner would make it in college football, much less the NFL. He had one major college offer and was a fifth-round draft choice on a team that already had perhaps the best running back in football. But the running back nicknamed “The Burner” proved them all wrong. Turner finished with 7,338 yards in his nine-year career, most of them with the Falcons, and he averaged...
Homicide charges filed after Cobb County Transit crash

Homicide charges filed after Cobb County Transit crash

A Marietta man is wanted on homicide charges in connection with a fatal accident involving a Cobb County Transit bus, police said. Hugo Ramos, 47, was processed through the Cobb County jail after a fatal accident last month, but charges weren’t filed until Monday, according to an incident report. He was driving a Chevrolet S-10 truck with his aunt, Josefina Ramos, at his side about 9 a.m. Nov...
Dolly Parton telethon adds Amy Grant, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young to lineup

Dolly Parton telethon adds Amy Grant, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young to lineup

Dolly Parton, who performed in Gwinnett earlier this year, is holding a star-studded telethon for wildfire victims.
Northwest express lanes provide bulk of weekend traffic

Northwest express lanes provide bulk of weekend traffic

Traffic delays are expected in Cobb County. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM Expect to sit in traffic awhile this weekend.
Murder suspect from Illinois arrested in Gwinnett home

Murder suspect from Illinois arrested in Gwinnett home

A 20-year-old man who was wanted for murder in Lockport, Illinois, was captured at a home in Norcross, according to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. Tariq Pinnick had been on the run since January after he allegedly shot and killed Dylann Somma, 22, in his front yard, according to a release from the Will County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois. Lockport is roughly 30 miles south of Chicago...
Target employees call cops after being asked on social media to commit fraud

Target employees call cops after being asked on social media to commit fraud

Target cashiers in Atlanta reported being asked on social media to commit fraud, police said. Suspects contacted employees online and asked if they would help activate and pretend to ring up gift cards, police spokesman Officer Lukasz Sajdak said. The police Major Fraud Unit working with Target Asset Protection investigators set up a sting Thursday at the store on Sidney Marcus Boulevard. “Once...
Fulton’s County Attorney proposes restrictions to Georgia records law

Fulton’s County Attorney proposes restrictions to Georgia records law

A proposed change to the state’s open records law would label some requests “frivolous and abusive,” limiting the number of The proposal, pushed by Fulton County attorney Patrise Perkins-Hooker, would limit requests to the same agency from people who are not members of the media to 15 a year. People would not be able to make more than two Currently, there are no limits to how many...
Dream comes true for Tech’s Jacksonville crew

Dream comes true for Tech’s Jacksonville crew

To Georgia Tech cornerback Lamont Simmons, EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., is hallowed turf. Simmons grew up in Jacksonville and pretty much all of his family lives there. For the Yellow Jackets, the trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl is a reward for an eight-win season and an opportunity to defeat a third SEC opponent. For Simmons and other Tech players from Jacksonville, it’s those things and...
Atlanta-based Yik Yak lays off more than half of staff

Atlanta-based Yik Yak lays off more than half of staff

Yik Yak laid off about 60 percent of its staff Thursday. The social-networking app, headquartered in Buckhead, was valued at $400 million in 2015. About 20 out of 50 employees remain, said Hilary McQuaide, spokesperson for the company. There are still  In a prepared statement, CEO Tyler Droll said, "We recently made some strategic changes at Yik Yak in line with our key...
Pizza Hut employees robbed in Cobb County

Pizza Hut employees robbed in Cobb County

For the second time in a month, pizza workers were targeted by criminals. Two employees of the Pizza Hut on Austell Road in Cobb County were robbed Wednesday, Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release. A “skinny build” man about 6 feet tall walked into the restaurant with a handgun and demanded cash from the workers shortly after 9 p.m. After receiving an undisclosed...
If Jones and Sanu out, Falcons’ depth will be tested

If Jones and Sanu out, Falcons’ depth will be tested

Julio Jones is an All-Pro player but also one the Falcons possibly can make do without, at least in the short term. It sounds paradoxical but wide receiver is a position where the Falcons have proven depth. And it’s not just about the wide receivers—the tight ends and running backs have been a big part of the passing game at times this season, too. But that wide receiver depth will be...
Tech commit Demetris Harris withdraws commitment from Tech

Tech commit Demetris Harris withdraws commitment from Tech

Offensive guard Demetris Harris has decommitted from Georgia Tech in a statement released on Twitter on Thursday. In his Harris is the second 2017 recruit within a week to withdraw his verbal commitment from Tech after cornerback The 6-foot-3, 283 pound offensive guard has 21 total offers including Appalachian State, Charoltte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Mercer, Southern University...
19-year-old allegedly killed ex-lover

19-year-old allegedly killed ex-lover

A 19-year-old man remains in jail after authorities say he killed a former lover. Elijah William Ramoutar was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday in connection with the death of Alyssa Ann Wright, according to Newton County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jeff Alexander. Wright, 19, was found dead in a home on White Birch Drive in Covington after sheriff’s deputies were called there...
Four-star safety Myles Sims receives offer from Tech

Four-star safety Myles Sims receives offer from Tech

Westlake High School safety Myles Sims received a 2018 offer from Georgia Tech on Thursday. Sims The 4-star recruit from Atlanta, Ga. is ranked No. 17 on 247 Sports’ list of top safeties in the signing class of 2018 and has offers from 22 total schools including Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, NC State, Notre Dame and Penn State. Sims, a 6-foot-4, 180...

Exit interview: Atlanta’s Aaron Gibson grateful for ‘Voice’ experience

This is posted Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Here's what millennials in Georgia need to do to retire with $1 million

Here's what millennials in Georgia need to do to retire with $1 million

Millennials may be sweating about finding their first job after college or how to pay off their student loans, but are these young adults giving retirement a great deal of thought yet? According to a  In fact, while it requires commitment, accumulating $1 million is a reasonable goal for many millennials, according to  She offered the following tips for millennials who want to retire with...
4 Georgia businesses where you'll be excited to work

4 Georgia businesses where you'll be excited to work

Why dread slogging along at a boring job every day when you could join a company whose employees actually get excited about going to work? Thanks to  Known for its funny duck mascot, Yodle specializes in creating marketing and advertising solutions for large and small businesses. Known for valuing its company culture above all, Yodle strives to focus on individual growth as well as making the...
Suspected child molester believed to be with 15-year-old

Suspected child molester believed to be with 15-year-old

Authorities are searching for a man wanted on child molestation charges who is believed to be with a teenager, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Arlis Johnson, 37, is also wanted on related charges, authorities said. He was last seen in a tan 1998 Ford Crown Victoria with a South Carolina license tag. He is believed to be with a 15-year-old female runaway, according to...
Officer shot in Americus dies day after his best friend, who tried to save him

Officer shot in Americus dies day after his best friend, who tried to save him

Already struck by gunshots, Americus police Officer Nicholas Smarr died Wednesday while performing CPR on his wounded friend, Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jody Smith, according to Smarr’s uncle. Just over 24 hours later, Smith died at a Macon hospital, officials said. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...
Kennesaw State unveils 2017 schedule

Kennesaw State unveils 2017 schedule

Khadrice Rollins krollins@ajc.com The Kennesaw State Owls released their schedule for the 2017 season Thursday. This will be the team’s third season and it will feature a game in Montana against Montana State, which will be the longest road trip in program history. Last season the Owls went 8-3 and had a 4-1 record in road games. KSU will once again host six contest in Fifth Third Bank Stadium...
Doctor: Falcons have tough decision on Jones’ turf toe

Doctor: Falcons have tough decision on Jones’ turf toe

The Falcons have a tough decision this week regarding All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones and his turf toe injury. He didn’t practice again on Thursday and while the team remains optimistic that he’ll play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Turf toe is a painful injury and depending on the severity it could be career-threatening. Ken Jung, a foot and ankle surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic...
Brewster Academy point guard Michael Okauru to visit Tech

Brewster Academy point guard Michael Okauru to visit Tech

Senior point guard Michael Okauru will officially visit Georgia Tech the weekend of Dec. 16, according to a Okauru, a 3-star senior from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH, received a 2017 Okauru is one of two Brewster Academy seniors coach Josh Pastner has targeted for 2017. Teammate and 6-foot-4 shooting guard Curtis Haywood II received an offer from Tech and a home visit from Pastner in November...
Sex offender found in woods during manhunt, charged with rape

Sex offender found in woods during manhunt, charged with rape

A rape reported in Gordon County led to a manhunt and the arrest of a convicted sex offender, authorities said. Charles Edward Nobles, 55, is accused of raping someone at a private residence on Gillespie Road near Fairmount, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Deputies responding to the residence early Monday morning received a detailed description of the assailant and immediately launched...
What Georgia retirees should know about choosing health insurance

What Georgia retirees should know about choosing health insurance

Retirees who are looking for health insurance this enrollment season have several options, which largely depend on their age, income and circumstances. The following is what you need to know about the choices that may be available to you: Retirees who are 65 or older can qualify for Medicare. With Medicare, the key is to look at covered expenses, according to  If you need help understanding...
How Tech stacks up in assistant coach salary pool

How Tech stacks up in assistant coach salary pool

Georgia Tech quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook. (GT Athletics/Danny Karnik) On two separate occasions this season, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson made public his frustration with his team’s standing in the ACC in regards to resources.
Zoo Atlanta’s twin panda cubs to be given names Monday

Zoo Atlanta’s twin panda cubs to be given names Monday

The giant panda twins at Zoo Atlanta will stop being  On that date, they will be 100 days old, which, in Chinese tradition, is the time to give pandas actual names A naming ceremony on Monday will include a performance by the Wesley International School Choir, speakers from the U.S. and from China and a celebratory lion dance from the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu. Panda lovers worldwide have...
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’ given back his law license

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’ given back his law license

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously reinstated DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis’ law license Thursday after  Ellis, a 59-year-old real estate attorney, had voluntarily  If the  Ellis Incoming DeKalb District Attorney  Voters elected 
Second Americus officer dies after gunfire, manhunt

Second Americus officer dies after gunfire, manhunt

As police from 20 agencies drew closer, Minguell Kennedy Lembrick did what so many other suspected killers before him had done. He took a final life — his own. Late Thursday morning, the man suspected of killing two police officers fatally shot himself. His suicide ended an intense manhunt that began after police say he shot Nicholas Smarr, an officer with the Americus Police Department...
The holidays are a great time to preserve family recipes

The holidays are a great time to preserve family recipes

Six easy steps to preserve family recipes Of all the food stories I have written, the one most meaningful to me is titled “From Poland, With Love.” My dad’s Polish mother passed away long before I was conceived, so when I embarked on the project, she wasn’t available for kitchen consultation. Nor had her recipe been written down. But my dad and my aunt, as well as some Polish...
MARTA fires worker who threatened Trump

MARTA fires worker who threatened Trump

MARTA has fired a worker accused of tweeting a threat against President-elect Donald Trump. Last month an unidentified woman with the Twitter handle @Yellabud The Twitter account has since been deleted. Following the news reports, MARTA suspended the part-time employee. MARTA spokeswoman Alisa Jackson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the employee was terminated Wednesday “based on a violation...
Is there no end to Army’s misery vs. Navy?

Is there no end to Army’s misery vs. Navy?

Joe Walker, Army’s senior running back by way of Fayetteville, is not tired of answering the 500-pound question that arises every December about this time: Is this the year you break that oppressive streak and finally beat Navy? No, not tired. “Extremely tired,” Walker said this week. “You hate to hear it: ‘Is this going to be it? Is this the year?’ I’d rather...
What Alec Ogletree had to say about Falcons vs. Rams

What Alec Ogletree had to say about Falcons vs. Rams

St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree, who played at Georgia and is from Newnan, spoke to the Atlanta media on Wednesday. Ogletree is in his first season at middle linebacker for the Rams and he has 80 tackles and one interception. Here’s what Ogletree had to say: “We just have a lot of guys that like to fly around and hit. We want to make it tough on offenses to do things...
What Jeff Fisher had to say about Falcons vs. Rams

What Jeff Fisher had to say about Falcons vs. Rams

Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke to the Atlanta media on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say about the Falcons and the Rams: “You know, I’m just really impressed (with Mack). We’re early in the preparation week, but just really impressed with his quickness, his strength, his leverage, the ability to get down to the second level, his ability to help the guards. It&rsquo...
Loganville, Ga. running back Darryl Giles Jr. visits Tech

Loganville, Ga. running back Darryl Giles Jr. visits Tech

Loganville High School running back Darryl Giles Jr. visited Georgia Tech on Wednesday, according to a According to a Giles, a 5-foot-8, 188 pound senior from Loganville, Ga., is currently unranked and received offers from
Freddie Burden makes coaches All-ACC team

Freddie Burden makes coaches All-ACC team

Georgia Tech center Freddie Burden made his third All-ACC team in a week and a half, as he was named to the third team of the coaches All-ACC team Thursday. Burden also has been named to the media All-ACC team (third team) and the ESPN.com All-ACC team (first team). Burden was the linchpin of the Tech offensive line that helped the Yellow Jackets average 6.6 yards per play, 20th in FBS and produce...
Sales tax proposed for roads and MARTA in DeKalb

Sales tax proposed for roads and MARTA in DeKalb

Georgia lawmakers will consider raising DeKalb County sales taxes next year to repair  State legislators from DeKalb told business leaders Thursday that a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) will be one of their key local issues when the Georgia General Assembly returns to the Capitol in January. The sales tax increase — from 7 percent currently to 8 percent — would raise...

Dan Quinn on Ryan vs. Goff, Alford’s new deal

Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Former UGA employee facing 56 theft counts

Former UGA employee facing 56 theft counts

A former University of Georgia employee is facing 56 felony counts of theft by taking after she allegedly mishandled funds for a statewide professional group, authorities said. Melody Salome Kesler, 45, was informed of the charges Friday, according to a UGA police report. Police said they began an investigation in November. They were notified by the executive board of the Georgia Association of Collegiate...
Should you give a pet as a Christmas gift?

Should you give a pet as a Christmas gift?

December is the busiest month for staffers at PAWS Atlanta, an animal welfare nonprofit and no-kill shelter in Decatur. Parents think it’s a great idea to give a  Perhaps not. “We don’t think giving a pet as a gift is a good idea, but it’s just so prevalent during the gift-giving season,” said  Is it a surprise Advocates want to find loving, forever homes for...
Can Cuba boost Georgia’s economy?

Can Cuba boost Georgia’s economy?

HAVANA, Cuba — This is alluring, unexplored territory for many travelers — and for Georgia businesses that have been eyeing potential opportunities in the nation of 11 million people. They range from Coca-Cola and UPS to credit card processors and chicken farmers. The recent start of scheduled U.S.-Cuba airline flights will make it easier for such companies to scout out prospects and take...
Perez released, but Braves mostly quiet at these Winter Meetings

Perez released, but Braves mostly quiet at these Winter Meetings

OXON HILL, Md. – At a Winter Meetings that saw the Braves turn away trade proposals that included many of their top prospects, the only pitcher to exit the organization did so at the team’s insistence. Williams Perez was released on the final day of the Winter Meetings, a move made Thursday morning in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft. The Braves used the...
Injury report: Jones, Matthews and Sanu held out of practice

Injury report: Jones, Matthews and Sanu held out of practice

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s battling a turf toe injury, will not practice today, according to coach Dan Quinn. Also, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (groin), left tackle Jake Matthews (sprained knee) and defensive end Adrian Clayborn (knee) will not practice. Clayborn is recovering from knee surgery and was not expected to practice. Matthews and Jones took part in the team&rsquo...
“Jumanji” with Kevin Hart, Jack Black and The Rock wraps in Atlanta

“Jumanji” with Kevin Hart, Jack Black and The Rock wraps in Atlanta

Take note: Milton's burn ban has been lifted

Take note: Milton's burn ban has been lifted

Milton's fire marshal has rescinded the burn ban that was  Citizens who live in agriculturally-zoned areas are allowed to burn small piles of yard debris as long as they abide by fire regulations and the Georgia Forestry Commission hasn't declared it a high fire danger day,  In November, Milton Fire-Rescue said it had seen 
What defensive coordinator Richard Smith said about the Rams

What defensive coordinator Richard Smith said about the Rams

When Hawks move ball, Howard and Millsap control inside

When Hawks move ball, Howard and Millsap control inside

One statistic stood out. The Hawks had 58 points in the paint in a much-needed win over the Heat on Wednesday. The victory ended a seven-game losing streak and was just the second in the past 12 games for the struggling Hawks. How badly did the Hawks need that win? “As bad as we need air,” Paul Millsap said. Dwight Howard had 23 points and Millsap had 21 points in the win. While it would...
Fulton County elementary schools decline on state’s report card

Fulton County elementary schools decline on state’s report card

Fulton County’s elementary schools saw declines on the state’s report card for progress, according to state data released this morning. The district’s average scores on the CCRPI — a 110-point school report card that grades schools on several factors, including student performance on standardized state tests — mostly outpaced the state. The district scored 74.7 overall...
Georgia’s elementary school scores decline on state report card

Georgia’s elementary school scores decline on state report card

Georgia’s elementary school performance declined in 2016 while the The results of the 2016 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) released Thursday show elementary schools on average scoring 71.7 points on the 0 to 110 point scale. It’s a decline of 4.3 points from 2015, when the state’s elementary schools scored an average of 76 points. On the scale established by the...
Most Gwinnett schools improve CCRPI test scores — state report card

Most Gwinnett schools improve CCRPI test scores — state report card

Gwinnett County elementary and middle schools showed gains in 2016 CCRPI scores — the state report card — but its high schools dropped slightly. The results of the 2016 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) released Thursday show high schools on average scored 81.5 compared to 81.7 in 2015. Middle schools scored 82.1, an improvement from 78.7 in 2015. Elementary school average...

Emerson Lake & Palmer co-founder Greg Lake dies at 69

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80 DeKalb County schools see declines on state’s report card

80 DeKalb County schools see declines on state’s report card

Many DeKalb County Schools saw sharp declines on the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index in 2016, information released by the Georgia Department of Education this morning. The district’s average scores on the CCRPI — a 110-point school report card that grades schools on several factors, including student performance on standardized state tests — were 63.1 for...
Cobb schools drop in CCRPI score - state report card

Cobb schools drop in CCRPI score - state report card

Cobb County Schools’ performance on the state report card dropped from 2015. The results of the 2016 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) released Thursday show high schools on average scored 72.8 compared to 77.3 in 2015. Middle schools scored 72.1, a decrease from 79 in 2015. Elementary school average scores were 72.8, a drop from 77.3 in 2015. The 2016 state average was 72.8...
Falcons sign Alford to $38 million, four-year contract extension

Falcons sign Alford to $38 million, four-year contract extension

Falcons cornerback Robert Alford signed a $38-million four-year contract extension with the team on Thursday. Alford has battled getting penalties throughout his career, but plays fast and covers well. The contact has $21 million in guaranteed money. Alford has played in 53 games with 41 starts for the Falcons. His deal averages $9.5 million, which would make him the 12th highest paid cornerback in...
Second officer in Americus shooting has died

Second officer in Americus shooting has died

UPDATE [5:41 p.m.]: 1:51 p.m.:  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The president of the local NAACP Chapter was at the news conference and says police acted properly and believes justice will be done. <a href="https://t.co/Dz6ZiDPPTM">pic.twitter.com/Dz6ZiDPPTM</a></p>...
AJC Classic Cars: Cartersville man’s ‘65 Mustang filled with memories

AJC Classic Cars: Cartersville man’s ‘65 Mustang filled with memories

Gregg Cofield’s 1965 Ford Mustang convertible is more than just a car. For the Cartersville man, the completely restored beauty is a nod to his childhood. “This car has been in my family for a long time,” he said. “The kids would drive it when we turned 15 and you couldn’t wait to get your turn. I’m so glad I was able to buy it from my parents and to have restored...
Braves take big-strikeout reliever from Triple-A Cubs in Rule 5 draft

Braves take big-strikeout reliever from Triple-A Cubs in Rule 5 draft

OXON HILL, Md. — The Braves acquired a relief pitcher with a huge strikeout rate in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft, and it sounds like the Cuban right-hander, Armando Rivero, has a pretty good chance of making their opening-day bullpen. Rivero, 28, had 2.13 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 35 walks in 67 2/3 innings in 43 appearances for the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa affiliate in 2016, which works...
Delta to offer new snacks on board: Yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts

Delta to offer new snacks on board: Yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts

Delta Air Lines is upgrading its free snacks on flights and switching to yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts and brand-name pretzels.
Customer misbehavior caused MARTA delays, official says

Customer misbehavior caused MARTA delays, official says

Customers on MARTA’s north-south line experienced delays early Thursday after customers pulled the emergency cords on the trains, the spokeswoman for the transit agency said. In  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Due to police activity NB at Wst End, delays continuing on the N/S line.</p>...
2 critically injured after fall from Midtown balcony

2 critically injured after fall from Midtown balcony

Two men were critically injured Wednesday night after falling from the second floor of a Midtown commercial building with shops, restaurants and bars, police said. The incident happened in the 1100 block of Howell Mill Road, Atlanta police spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy said early Thursday. “The victims were leaning on the metal railing when the entire section of that railing broke free, causing...
Championship game previews

Championship game previews

I-285 reopens in south Fulton after crash

I-285 reopens in south Fulton after crash

All northbound lanes of I-285 at Cascade Road in south Fulton County reopened after a crash led to a shutdown and “massive delays” early Thursday, according to the  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">After an hour &amp; 40 minutes, all lanes are finally open on I-285/nb at Cascade...
Leadoff: Can Braves get out of their TV deal?

Leadoff: Can Braves get out of their TV deal?

At an investment conference in New York this week “No triggers to exit, per se,” Liberty Media Chief Financial Officer Mark Carleton replied. He said the Braves have “some accelerators and a couple of contractual provisions a few years out” that affect about 50 games. But “in general we have a contract until 2027” with Fox Sports, he said. “We believe there&rsquo...
Falcons’ war room helped Atlanta United prepare for draft

Falcons’ war room helped Atlanta United prepare for draft

To prepare for Tuesday’s MLS expansion draft, Atlanta United President Darren Eales spent time in the Falcons’ draft-day war room the past two years. While common in U.S. sports, Eales grew up in England and wasn’t exposed to the selection process that can be used to build a team. Throughout most of the world, it’s see a player, compete to sign a player in soccer. He found...
Millions in tax dollars wasted on risky reservoirs

Millions in tax dollars wasted on risky reservoirs

If you like horror stories, I recommend you cozy up with a forensic audit The document, prepared by an independent auditor, found the county “recklessly wasted” more than $25 million in taxpayer money on the failed Bear Creek Reservoir project. The auditor laid the blame for the debacle mostly at the feet of Tommy Craig, the county’s longtime attorney who advised county...
Legislature’s agenda for 2017 thrown for a loop by election results

Legislature’s agenda for 2017 thrown for a loop by election results

Corey Heyward nails shot from beyond half court

Corey Heyward nails shot from beyond half court

November 14, 2016, Atlanta: Georgia Tech guard Corey Heyward steals against the Southern Jaguars in an NCAA college basketball game at McCamish Pavilion on Monday, Nov.
Gracie: Civil rights attorney providing clean water, life to Haiti

Gracie: Civil rights attorney providing clean water, life to Haiti

Long before the earthquake of 2010, before Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti’s southern peninsula, clean water was hard to find. Ed Buckley knew that because he’d seen it with his own eyes.
Josh Pastner explains Tech’s ‘huge, huge win’ over VCU

Josh Pastner explains Tech’s ‘huge, huge win’ over VCU

The seeds for a most unlikely victory were planted not long after Georgia Tech was thrashed by Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. Coach Josh Pastner gave guard Tadric Jackson a simple message after Jackson had given the Yellow Jackets 10 uninspiring minutes in their 81-58 loss to the Volunteers. “I won’t play you anymore if you won’t play hard,” Pastner said he told Jackson...
How the Hawks were finally able to get a victory

How the Hawks were finally able to get a victory

Five observations from the Hawks’ 103-95 victory over the Heat Wednesday. The Hawks won for just the second time in the past 12 games. It’s a start for a team that dipped two games below .500 after a 9-2 start. “He’s right,” Dwight Howard said. “That’s all we’ve been thinking about since the last game, how we could come in and get this...
Inside the box score: Hawks 103, Heat 95

Inside the box score: Hawks 103, Heat 95

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 103-95 victory over the Heat Wednesday: * Dwight Howard had his 15th double-double with 23 points and 17 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. * Paul Millsap had 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks. * Tyler Johnson helped keep the Heat in the game with a career-high 27 points off the depleted bench...
‘Hairspray Live!’ – 5 things we learned from the musical

‘Hairspray Live!’ – 5 things we learned from the musical

The beat thundered, the ocean motioned and “Hairspray Live!” exploded in a Technicolor whirl.
Hawks snap seven-game losing streak with win over Heat

Hawks snap seven-game losing streak with win over Heat

Deep breath. The losing streak is over. The Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak at the expense of the injury-ravaged Heat, winning 103-95 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. The win was only the second in the past 12 games for the Hawks. No matter the circumstances, the Hawks will take it. It’s been a long time. The last win came Nov. 23, 14 days ago. The Hawks (11-12) were led by duo of...
Georgia Tech pulls off overtime defeat of VCU

Georgia Tech pulls off overtime defeat of VCU

Georgia Tech pulled off the biggest win of coach Josh Pastner’s eight-game tenure as Yellow Jackets coach, defeating VCU 76-73 in overtime Wednesday night in Richmond, Va. Four days after an embarrassing 23-point defeat to Tennessee, and with final exams about to start, Tech led most of the way and answered every challenge. Guard Tadric Jackson was a compelling force, scoring a career-high 24...

Copy of Months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Six months after her brother and his longtime partner were killed in Orlando's gay nightclub massacre, Jessica Silva is re-opening the couple's beauty salon. Half a dozen black salon chairs are in place. One of them faces a large photo of the brother Juan Rivera Velazquez and his partner Luis Daniel Conde, who died June 12 in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It's...
Stolen necklace containing daughter’s ashes returned to Va. couple

Stolen necklace containing daughter’s ashes returned to Va. couple

The truck of Robert and Yvonne Avila
Alabama executes man for 1994 murder of store clerk

Alabama executes man for 1994 murder of store clerk

Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was put to death by lethal injection,

Religion that stops at words is useless, ineffective and hypocritical

I read a story during my morning devotional this week that brought conviction to my heart. The anecdote touched me even more because it spoke of a subject that I had just been tested on the day before: steadfast kindness. It’s the story of an old man who always carried a small can of oil wherever he went. If he came across a door that squeaked, he would squirt a little oil on the...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

12/ 18 Family Sunday Make family-day dining a tasty experience with 12/ 19 Kids Monday Tell the kids that Microwave 4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas for 10 seconds on high until warm. Spoon some of the hot filling onto each tortilla; top each one with 1/4 cup shredded 50 percent light cheddar cheese, and fold over. Serve with 12/ 20 Budget Tuesday It’s easy, low-cost and...
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