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GSU-Turner Field neighborhoods strike community benefits agreement

GSU-Turner Field neighborhoods strike community benefits agreement

The redevelopment of the Turner Field area will be about more than adding new apartments, opening trendy coffee shops or giving Georgia State University’s football team a permanent place to call home. A deal struck Monday by GSU and Atlanta developer Carter & Associates — who bought the 68-acre site last year for $30 million — will address systemic flooding, provide jobs and education...
Fulton County plans to spend half a billion dollars on water, sewer fixes

Fulton County plans to spend half a billion dollars on water, sewer fixes

Fulton County leaders will decide in June whether to increase water rates 5 percent annually for the next three years to pay for half a billion dollars in upgrades to water lines and sewage treatment plants. County Commissioners will hold the first in a series on public hearings on the rate increase — the first in nearly a decade — Tuesday. Now, Fulton water users pay $8.41 per 1,000 gallons...
Witness to crash that killed 4 teens: ‘There was nothing we could do’

Witness to crash that killed 4 teens: ‘There was nothing we could do’

She wasn’t sure exactly what was in the middle of the road Monday afternoon. Then, Tilafayea Walker realized it was an SUV that had crashed, and she could see someone inside. “Oh my God, there’s someone in the car,” Walker remembers telling her sister, who was driving on Ga. 92 in south Fulton County. Without hesitating, Walker got out of her sister’s car and ran to the...
More early voting sites may be added for Congress runoff

More early voting sites may be added for Congress runoff

Election officials said Monday they’ll probably increase the number of early voting sites in anticipation of the high-profile runoff election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Nearly 30 residents crammed into a meeting of the DeKalb Board of Registration & Elections to express concerns about the number of early voting sites available before last week’s special election, in...
There will be 100 beers and 50 wines at this upcoming Cobb festival

There will be 100 beers and 50 wines at this upcoming Cobb festival

Plan to need a drink on May 6. That’s when the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority is holding its fourth beer and wine festival. Folks can sample more than 100 different beers and 50 wines from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Depot Park. There will also be a selection of ciders there. Only adults 21 and older are allowed in, so no children or pets can come to the rain-or-shine event...
Alpharetta mayor announces candidacy for Georgia Secretary of State

Alpharetta mayor announces candidacy for Georgia Secretary of State

One more person has entered Georgia’s 2018 race for Secretary of State. David Belle Isle, who was elected Mayor of Alpharetta in 2012, has announced that he will run for the office to succeed Brian Kemp, who has said he will run for governor. Belle Isle, a Republican, joins a race that includes two other GOP candidates, two Democrats and several others looking to get in. “I want to...
Fulton County plans to raise water rates to pay for improvements

Fulton County plans to raise water rates to pay for improvements

A plan to upgrade Fulton County water lines and sewage treatment plants will cost more than half a billion dollars, paid for with a water rate increase if county commissioners approve it in June. Tuesday will mark the first of four public hearings where residents can voice their thoughts on plans to increase water rates by 5 percent annually for the next three years. It would be the first rate increase...
Vacuum cleaner used as a weapon in DeKalb road rage, cops say

Vacuum cleaner used as a weapon in DeKalb road rage, cops say

Let’s just skip the puns about Atlanta traffic “sucking” and get to the point before we blow it. Chamblee cops say Kamyrah Parks, 24, of Decatur, used a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner as a weapon during a road rage conflict. After a dispute on Chamblee-Tucker Road last Thursday, the passenger of an SUV approached Parks’ car window and banged on it, police said. The man...
Sunday Atlanta Jazz Festival concert canceled due to headliner illness

Sunday Atlanta Jazz Festival concert canceled due to headliner illness

The Atlanta Jazz Festival’s International Jazz Day concert has been canceled.  The festival announced Monday that the illness of one of the headliners, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela of The Jazz Epistles, led to the cancellation. “We wish Mr. Masekela a speedy recovery and hope The Jazz Epistles will return to Atlanta," said Camille Russell Love...
Traffic alert: Cycling festival forces some N. Fulton roads to close

Traffic alert: Cycling festival forces some N. Fulton roads to close

A few north Fulton County roads will be open to only bicycles Sunday. The Roswell Cycling Festival race course will be closed to vehicular traffic at various times in the day. The course includes portions of Canton, Woodstock, Green and Norcross streets, and a small portion of Ga. 9. Some roads will begin to close as early as 6 a.m., but Roswell says all roads should be open by 10 p.m. Below is a...
Cobb crime roundup: Woman pulls gun on co-worker over parking dispute

Cobb crime roundup: Woman pulls gun on co-worker over parking dispute

Cobb police have issued a warrant for an employee of a Kennesaw office of Alorica, a California-based customer service company, who pointed a gun at a coworker. According to the warrant, the victim told police she and others were trying to leave work to get lunch Wednesday but couldn’t because the suspect was parked in a fire lane. The alleged victim told police that when she asked the coworker...
Milton police mourn death of former K-9 ‘DaSilva’

Milton police mourn death of former K-9 ‘DaSilva’

All dogs go to heaven, right? The Milton Police Department hopes so, and wishes it will have more K-9 officers like DaSilva. DaSilva was a male Belgian Malinois who served the department for five years. On April 21, the department announced the death of DaSilva, who had been retired since 2012. At 13 years old, he died of heart failure. The pup joined the Milton Police Department in November 2007...
DeKalb man accused of high-speed chase with juvenile in car

DeKalb man accused of high-speed chase with juvenile in car

A Lithonia man is facing 23 charges after allegedly leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit with a juvenile in the car, the Newnan-Times Herald reported. Gonkerwon Zoe, 29, was spotted allegedly speeding Saturday around mile marker 38 on I-85 and sped away from the Georgia State Patrol.  Troopers deployed “stop sticks” at the top of an exit ramp, which Zoe then hit, the paper...
New Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A to hold free food campout contest

New Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A to hold free food campout contest

A new Chick-fil-A is set to open on Cascade Road Thursday, and those who live nearby have a chance to win 52 free meals.  To win this “First 100 Campout” contest, locals must arrive at 3725 Cascade Road SW between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. If more than 100 qualified people show up, participants will be selected through a random drawing.  The winners must stay in their...
Get your pets vaccinated, microchipped on the cheap in Gwinnett

Get your pets vaccinated, microchipped on the cheap in Gwinnett

A Gwinnett County animal welfare organization is offering inexpensive vaccinations and microchipping for your dogs and cats on April 30. The Society of Humane Friends of Georgia will be at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with treatments starting at $5.  Strongid, a dewormer for cats and dogs, will be available for $5. Dog vaccines including those for bordatella...
MARTA adds parking spaces to court frustrated commuters

MARTA adds parking spaces to court frustrated commuters

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, MARTA has seen a big boost in passengers since I-85 collapsed in Atlanta March 30. The agency hopes to take advantage of the opportunity, turning frustrated commuters into long-term customers. It’s unclear whether it will succeed, but it won’t be for lack of trying. Among the steps MARTA has taken to entice commuters: It has...
Atlanta to hold public hearing on proposed budget

Atlanta to hold public hearing on proposed budget

Atlanta residents, business leaders and additional stakeholders can ask questions and comment about the city’s proposed budget during a live public hearing and virtual town hall meeting, 6:15 p.m. May 11 in the council chamber at Atlanta City Hall, according to a post on the Atlanta city council’s Facebook page. For fiscal year 2018, the city of Atlanta said it is proposing a $2 billion...
SunTrust Park worker accused of digging through Braves pitcher’s car

SunTrust Park worker accused of digging through Braves pitcher’s car

A SunTrust Park worker is out of jail after allegedly rooting around the vehicle of a Braves pitcher in the players’ parking lot. After being alerted by Braves security staff, Cobb County police arrested Michael Ford during the April 17 game, the Monday after opening weekend.  According to a warrant, Ford stuck his arm inside the Jeep Wrangler of Braves closer Jim Johnson...
Brookhaven offers commuting resources in wake of I-85 collapse

Brookhaven offers commuting resources in wake of I-85 collapse

Following the I-85 bridge collapse in March, the city of Brookhaven reminds commuters to continue to have patience, leave for destinations early, carpool if possible or use MARTA. For information on alternative commute options, MARTA schedules, bridge reconstruction updates and “Don’t Block the Box” traffic enforcement, visit the city of Brookhaven’s official government...
Suwanee announces three open council seats for next election

Suwanee announces three open council seats for next election

Suwanee is scheduled to hold a municipal election in November. Three council posts are up for election which are currently held by the following council members: Post 3 – Linnea Miller, Post 4 – Beth Hilscher, and Post 5 – Dan Foster. Municipal qualifying begins Monday, August 21. The qualifying fee is $270. Voter registration is available at City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue in...
Berkeley Lake mayor recommends mobile alerts instead of sirens

Berkeley Lake mayor recommends mobile alerts instead of sirens

In a recent letter to residents, Berkeley Lake Mayor Lois Salter quoted local emergency management specialists who advise relying on mobile phone alerts, not sirens in the event of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes or flooding. The city is recommending citizens download the free Ready Georgia mobile app because electronic media alerts easily reach more Gwinnett residents than sirens. The Ready Georgia...
Lawrenceville votes to close old Jackson Street

Lawrenceville votes to close old Jackson Street

The Lawrenceville City Council voted recently to close a portion of old Jackson Street as part of the municipal street system. The city has determined that a portion of the former Jackson Street has ceased to be used by the public and serves no substantial public purpose. There is also nothing to be accomplished by leaving the street open to the public as part of the municipal street system. The city...
Former Decatur superintendent removes name from Florida finalists

Former Decatur superintendent removes name from Florida finalists

Former Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards has removed her name from the list of four finalists for the Flagler County (Florida) superintendent position. Edwards, who lives in Palm Coast, located in Flagler, applied for the job March 17, but decided last week not to pursue an interview. “I saw there was a discrepancy with the board,” Edwards told the AJC. “You can never be successful...
CDBG action approved by Henry County board

CDBG action approved by Henry County board

The Henry County Board of Commissioners approved two amendments to the 2016 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant during a public hearing at the April 18 regular meeting. The city of Stockbridge utilized CDBG funds to acquire and install playground equipment in Memorial and Clark parks. The project is partially finished and in order to continue the completion of both parks,...
Food trucks roll into Johns Creek for ‘Wheelin Wednesdays’

Food trucks roll into Johns Creek for ‘Wheelin Wednesdays’

Hump Day for folks in north Fulton County will get a little bit better on May 3. That’s when “Wheelin’ Wednesdays” returns to Johns Creek. The event will have five dates, happening once a month through October. It’s a food truck smorgasbord perfect for the mid-week lunch break. For the May 3 kickoff date, food trucks from The Deep South Biscuit Company, Smokin Mo&rsquo...
Study to look at new judgeship in Henry County

Study to look at new judgeship in Henry County

The Henry County Board of Commissioners has given its support for a judicial needs study regarding the creation of a fourth Superior Court judgeship in the county. The vote came April 18 after a presentation by Chief Judge Arch McGarity on the need for an additional judge. McGarity explained that growth in the county over the years necessitates help in the judiciary branch of government. He stated...
Cobb subdivision on Dallas Highway approved

Cobb subdivision on Dallas Highway approved

A nearly 68-acre subdivision in West Cobb was approved 4-1 recently by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners with Commissioner Bob Ott opposed. Ott said this approval sets “a dangerous precedent” for Open Space Community since “we’re not gaining a whole lot of green space here.” Of the nearly 68 acres, about 27 acres, or 39 percent, will be open space, according to the...
Car crashes through restaurant wall in Gwinnett County

Car crashes through restaurant wall in Gwinnett County

A driver crashed through the wall of a soon-to-open Lawrenceville restaurant, but the eatery is taking it in stride. “The anticipation is REAL, Lawrenceville!” Parkside District wrote in a caption for a photo of the car still wedged through a brick wall. “Our first guest couldn't wait any longer for us to open and created a drive thru.” The driver was trying to make a...
Cherokee seeks $30K for disabled veterans’ sports

Cherokee seeks $30K for disabled veterans’ sports

Cherokee County will seek a $30,000 federal grant to implement an adaptive sports program for disabled veterans. The county Board of Commissioners authorized staff to apply for the grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, after Cherokee Parks and Recreation Agency staff met with the director of the Cherokee Homeless Veterans Program on increasing the therapeutic programs offered by the...
GDOT plans lane closures for Ga. 400/I-285 work

GDOT plans lane closures for Ga. 400/I-285 work

A series of overnight lane and ramp closures in the Sandy Springs-Dunwoody area have been announced as the preliminaries for the reconstruction of the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange kick into high gear. The right shoulder of the Ga. 400 northbound ramp to eastbound I-285 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday for drain cleaning and video inspections, according to the Georgia Department of...
Police: N. Fulton BB&T employee spent $4,700 with customer’s card

Police: N. Fulton BB&T employee spent $4,700 with customer’s card

A couple from Jessup assumed that their BB&T debit card had been destroyed.  The couple requested a new card in January, but it was sent to a BB&T branch in Alpharetta, a little too far of a drive for them to pick it up. The couple asked an employee to destroy the card, but it never went through a shredder. Instead, Alpharetta police say that Shadearra Wallace, a 23-year-old former BB&T employee...
Alpharetta calls meeting on roundabout idea

Alpharetta calls meeting on roundabout idea

Alpharetta wants to have a “community conversation” Thursday evening to let residents comment and ask questions about a possible roundabout on Kimball Bridge Road at Rock Mill Road. The meeting is to start at 6:45 p.m. in the cafeteria of the New Prospect Elementary School, 3055 Kimball Bridge Road. City officials will discuss a modeling of traffic flow on Kimball Bridge and Rock Mill...
College Park approves mural across from Woodward’s Lower School

College Park approves mural across from Woodward’s Lower School

The College Park city council recently approved a request for a mural placement on Woodward Academy’s campus, directly across from the Lower School, 3400 Madison Ave. Homeowners in the area support the mural, according to the council minutes. In late March, Miller Decals LLC submitted an application for mural placement with the city of College Park, indicating the mural’s size, 70 feet...
Did vets die waiting for VA care? Whistleblower says official worried

Did vets die waiting for VA care? Whistleblower says official worried

A VA whistleblower in Atlanta says top leaders in the agency were so concerned about containing a scandal of thousands of veterans who died while waiting to getting enrolled for care that they botched a project to clear up a health care application backlog. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday published a story detailing the failures of the national Health Eligibility Center in DeKalb County...
Atlanta launches online platform for city travel

Atlanta launches online platform for city travel

The city of Atlanta recently launched an online tool to help people plan their travel while the I-85 bridge that collapsed following a fire in early April is being rebuilt. The CommuteATL map incorporates real-time traffic alert information including road closures, accidents, and current travel speeds from the Waze Connected Citizen Program, a free data-sharing partnership in which the city is participating...
MARTA looking to recruit 20 new officers at upcoming info session

MARTA looking to recruit 20 new officers at upcoming info session

 The Georgia Department of Labor  will hold an informational session and recruitment for MARTA to hire 20 police officers. Applicants must be at least 21, and are required to have one or more of the following: at least two years of college two years minimum as a POST certified peace officer, corrections officer or jailer  a completed term of honorable military service a completed...
SunTrust Park seeks to hire 200 parking helpers in job fair this week

SunTrust Park seeks to hire 200 parking helpers in job fair this week

Parking at SunTrust Park has long been a point of contention. But if you’ve been looking for some extra cash, there’s a way to help the cause. Laz Parking, which handles parking for the ballpark, is holding daily job fair events until Thursday to fill more than 200 seasonal, part-time positions. They will “make sure the traffic into and out of the stadium is better...
Day of Action mobilizes volunteers to give back around Atlanta

Day of Action mobilizes volunteers to give back around Atlanta

United Way of Greater Atlanta and Bank of America came together for their big Day of Action, a partnership that dedicated the bank’s employee volunteers to 12 United Way partner agencies at 14 locations across Greater Atlanta to support United Way’s Campaign for Child Well-Being. Research recently shared by United Way of Greater Atlanta and community partners found that nearly 500,000...
Atlanta garden clubs care for, celebrate neighborhood parks

Atlanta garden clubs care for, celebrate neighborhood parks

Atlanta is known for its trees and greenspace, like Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. But can you tell me about some of the neighborhood gardens and parks? Atlanta’s beauty abounds this time of year, especially in pockets of greenspace tucked into historic neighborhoods. Two of those longtime parks and gardens are receiving attention this spring. The Lullwater Conservation Garden...
Thousands of dead fish found in Bartow County pond

Thousands of dead fish found in Bartow County pond

A pond at a popular Bartow County park is now filled with thousands of dead fish, leaving park visitors to wonder what happened. “We've never seen this before,” Dellinger Park visitor Nicole Knott told Channel 2 Action News. “Ever. The whole eight years we've lived here, it's never looked like this.” Greg Anderson, the park's director, told the television station that...
Wildfires rage near Georgia border as Florida issues state of emergency

Wildfires rage near Georgia border as Florida issues state of emergency

A state of emergency is in effect in Florida as wildfires rage across parts of the state and in South Georgia, officials said. More than 100 fires in Florida have charred almost 6,000 acres and forced thousands of people from their homes, Channel 2 Action News reported. In Georgia, the West Mims Fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge covered 28,654 acres and was 4 percent contained on...
Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

• Bandido Wing House, 371 Pat Mell Road, Marietta. 95/A • Burger 21, 1300 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw. 100/A • Cielo Blue Mexican Grill, 1080 Windy Hill Road, Smyrna. 86/B • Los Portales, 4093 Marietta St., Powder Springs. 92/A • RC’s Southern Cooking, 1516 Roswell Road, Marietta. 91/A
DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

• Co’m Vietnamese Grill, 4005 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 80/B • Kitchen Six, 2751 Lavista Road, Decatur. 91/A • M572 Restaurant, 2316 Main St.,Tucker. 90/A • Pita Palace, 1658 Lavista Road, Atlanta. 75/C • Shun Xing Chinese, 4086 Covington Highway, Decatur. 85/B
Lithonia residents upset with level of care at local cemetery

Lithonia residents upset with level of care at local cemetery

Overgrown grass and headstones that have been knocked over are bothering people whose loved ones are buried in a DeKalb County cemetery. Channel 2 Action News reported this week that there have been problems maintaining the Lithonia cemetery for 15 years. “It’s disturbing the dead. It’s disrespectful to the community. It’s disrespectful to the people who are buried out here...
Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

• Kurt’s Bistro, 3305 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 93/A • La Cazuela, 179 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 100/A • Simply Done Donuts, 3550 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth. 97/A • Suki Japanese Restaurant, 150 Highway 78, Loganville. 96/A • Vien Huong, 4771 Britt Road, Norcross. 84/B
Gridlock Guy: Now more than ever you should plan ahead for commute

Gridlock Guy: Now more than ever you should plan ahead for commute

Atlanta has now dealt with three weeks of a missing bridge on I-85 below GA-400 and now a full week of Braves commutes. While a pattern of slow traffic has now developed on the affected roads in these areas, droves of people are altering their commutes and driving at unfamiliar times and through areas about which they know little. And with this traffic shifted around to smaller roads or into the crowded...
BREAKING: Cops ID men found dead in middle of Clayton County street

BREAKING: Cops ID men found dead in middle of Clayton County street

Police in Clayton County are investigating a weekend shooting that left two men dead. They were called to Lundy Lane in Jonesboro, near the intersection of Kendrick Road, just before 10:45 p.m. Saturday after gunfire was reported in the area, police spokeswoman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. When police arrived, they found Ronald Triche III, 22, of Fayetteville, and Nikko Sepulveda, 26, of Jonesboro...
‘My son didn’t deserve this’ says mom of teen killed in shooting

‘My son didn’t deserve this’ says mom of teen killed in shooting

The mother of a teenager says she wants to know why her son was shot to death at an Atlanta gas station on Friday. Daronald Wilkerson, 17, was shot at the Texaco service station at 1974 Sylvan Road SW in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Police now believe the shooter and several other people were in the car with Wilkerson, Channel 2 Action News reported. “These...
Take to task for April 24

Take to task for April 24

Fixed!-Atlanta In early April, we told you about a request from George Tokarczyk to fix a pothole at 3334 Peachtree Rd. NE between the Meridian Buckhead and Buckhead Grand Hotel. Potholes are the biggest complaint we receive, and we’re pleased to report that the problem has now been resolved. City officials said the pothole has been fixed and sent us a picture of the now smooth roadway. Days...
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