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Reed to ATL homeowners: Don't sell cheap to 'predatory purchasers'

Reed to ATL homeowners: Don't sell cheap to 'predatory purchasers'

Mayor Kasim Reed is considering broadening a program he launched earlier this year that uses private donations to help low-income Atlanta homeowners pay skyrocketing property taxes due to gentrification, especially near the Beltline.  Reed said he may expand the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund, which raises financial support for Vine City and English Avenue homeowners from corporate and philanthropic...
The Atlanta Beltline may be a success, but it comes with a dark side for many

The Atlanta Beltline may be a success, but it comes with a dark side for many

This fall, the Atlanta Beltline will cut the ribbon on its westside trail, the latest stretch of greenspace and walking paths designed to connect 45 intown Atlanta neighborhoods. But nearby resident Marie Owens couldn’t tell you much about it. Owens, who moved to Sylvan Hills five years ago to take care of her elderly mother, said she’s never received a flier, email or phone call about...
How the Atlanta Beltline broke its promise on affordable housing

How the Atlanta Beltline broke its promise on affordable housing

Five years ago, the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing were intended to be a bulwark against the rising housing costs that were threatening to turn the Atlanta Beltline into a boardwalk for the rich. Developers spent $5.1 million to transform the aging warehouse in a historically black neighborhood into condos, and Atlanta Beltline Inc., the agency in charge, offered down payment assistance to middle...
Who won $3.8M jackpot in Georgia Lottery?

Who won $3.8M jackpot in Georgia Lottery?

Someone is $3.8 million richer for buying the winning ticket in a Georgia Lottery game, officials said Friday. But the new millionaire has not come forward. A convenience store in Macon, ABC Food Mart, sold the winning ticket in Thursday’s Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing, according to lottery officials. The winning numbers were 8, 12, 23, 24, 30 and 31. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to...
Sunday Conversation with Timothy Riesz

Sunday Conversation with Timothy Riesz

An avid cyclist, Timothy Riesz doesn’t need a reason to hit the road. But riding to help others does make his treks all the more meaningful. In 2015, Riesz, a tax manager from Atlanta, cycled across the country and raised money for pancreatic cancer research. And this past June, he spent six days biking the Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina to help fund Parkinson’s...
Community Voices: Atlanta Bar in 25th year of summer intern program

Community Voices: Atlanta Bar in 25th year of summer intern program

Every summer, young Atlantans head off for internships in their fields of study. But one program in particular emphasized a self-discipline and personal strength that helped Christina Williams persevere in the face of trial. The day before the first orientation of the summer 2017 Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Intern Program, Williams lost a beloved uncle. She was there at Emory University Hospital...
Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Matthew Kaminski has been the organist for the Atlanta Braves since 2009. He’s played his tunes plenty of times at Turner Field, but when the Braves packed up and moved to Cobb County for SunTrust Park, so did he. His popularity has grown for playing distracting and funny songs as the opposing batters approach the plate, like theme songs from “The Office” or “Veggie Tales...
Georgia Grown celebrates partnership with Subway restaurants

Georgia Grown celebrates partnership with Subway restaurants

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black and Subway’s Joe Hart are celebrating the second year of their partnership to promote Georgia Grown produce in Subway restaurants in Atlanta and Northeast Georgia. “We are very excited to once again have this opportunity to partner with Georgia’s largest restaurant chain,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. &ldquo...
First Wendy’s U.S. Smart Building opens in Morrow

First Wendy’s U.S. Smart Building opens in Morrow

One of the nation’s largest Wendy’s franchisees, Meritage Hospitality Group, announces the grand opening of the company’s first U.S. Smart Building Image Activation restaurant at 6241 Jonesboro Rd. in Morrow opening to the public on July 24. The restaurant is an all-new remodel, designed with a smaller footprint than a traditional Wendy’s restaurant. The total square footage...
Ex-DeKalb teacher claims he lost job for reporting wrongdoing

Ex-DeKalb teacher claims he lost job for reporting wrongdoing

A former DeKalb County teacher has filed a lawsuit against the district claiming he was dismissed from his teaching job after reporting misconduct at his school. The civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of Christopher Jones, 48, a first-year teacher for the district, in DeKalb Superior Court against the DeKalb County School District. It seeks his reinstatement as a teacher with full benefits, any missed...
Chamblee welcomes new air shuttle service

Chamblee welcomes new air shuttle service

The city of Chamblee recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of Ultimate Air Shuttle, a public charter flight service. That company operates on a published schedule and seats are sold to the general public according to regulations issued by the Department of Transportation. Charter flights are performed by Ultimate JetCharters LLC., an air carrier that is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration...
With everyone else, father of baby killed in hot car seeks answers

With everyone else, father of baby killed in hot car seeks answers

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. – On Thursday afternoon, Louis Williams II, a 26-year-old Air Force reservist, had to pick up his 1-year-old niece. It had been barely a month since he returned to this small town outside of Charleston from deployment following the death of his own baby daughter and just three days after his ex-girlfriend was booked on a charge of second-degree murder in Georgia, accused of...
Invest Atlanta backs city’s construction boom with tax breaks

Invest Atlanta backs city’s construction boom with tax breaks

Atlanta’s construction boon is a getting a boost from a slew of development projects that recently received tax breaks from the city’s economic development arm. Invest Atlanta on Thursday approved millions in lease purchase bonds and grants to back more than a dozen projects through its Eastside Tax Allocation District (TAD). They include the multi-million dollar remake of Colony Square...
South Fulton Mayor Edwards upset over Fulton’s denial of tax agreement

South Fulton Mayor Edwards upset over Fulton’s denial of tax agreement

Bill Edwards, mayor of the new city of South Fulton, just wants to give Arthur Ferdinand some of his city’s money. Ferdinand, the Fulton County tax commissioner, is willing to take it. Fulton County commissioners are standing in the way. “I’m so mad, I don’t know what to do,” Edwards said, hours after commissioners voted Wednesday not to allow a contract between...
More I-285/Ga. 400 lane closures in Perimeter area

More I-285/Ga. 400 lane closures in Perimeter area

More overnight lane closures have been announced for the Perimeter area of North Fulton and DeKalb counties to prepare for the reconstruction of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. The Georgia Department of Transportation says that weather permitting, the closures will go from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following days: July 23 to July 26: One right lane and shoulder will close on I-285 eastbound from Riverside...
Water main work will slow traffic in Peachtree Corners

Water main work will slow traffic in Peachtree Corners

Construction crews will be working between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. July 25 and 26 on Peachtree Corners Circle between Forest Hills Way and Peachtree Forest near Lifetime Fitness Center. One lane will be closed for crews to work on a water main located in the center of the road. Crews will direct traffic around the construction into the turn lane. The driveway to Lifetime Fitness will be accessible at...
Jason Bateman Netflix series filmed in Gwinnett premieres online

Jason Bateman Netflix series filmed in Gwinnett premieres online

Jason Bateman’s new Netflix series “Ozark” premiered Friday morning, and the whole series is available to stream. While watching, you may recognize some spots in Gwinnett County and other parts of Georgia, where the show filmed early this year and in 2016. The show, which focuses on Bateman’s money laundering character forced to relocate his family from Chicago to...
N. Fulton man tells cops he drove 112 mph ‘for Snapchat’

N. Fulton man tells cops he drove 112 mph ‘for Snapchat’

An Alpharetta man was arrested Tuesday night after he was driving 112 mph. He also told police he was driving that fast while using Snapchat. Malon B. Neal, 24, was charged with reckless driving, speeding and using wireless communications while driving. Neal’s car was towed and he was taken to the North Fulton Detention Center. He has since been released. According to a police report, an officer...
Father of baby killed in hot car wants forgiveness for the mother

Father of baby killed in hot car wants forgiveness for the mother

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. — Louis Williams II was deployed in the Middle East when word came his 1-year-old daughter was gone. The 26-year-old Air Force reservist could hardly see through his grief as he packed a bag to fly home to this small town outside of Charleston.  Police say the child’s mother, Williams’ ex, Dijanelle Fowler, 25, left her in a sweltering car for some...
Man dies after being pulled from Atlanta park pool

Man dies after being pulled from Atlanta park pool

A 19-year-old man who was found responsive in the Anderson Park pool after regular swimming hours Thursday night has died, according to Channel 2 Action News. The victim was identified as Daquavious Middlebrooks, the television station reported. It's not clear how Middlebrooks got into pool after it closed. According to the city website, the pool is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Atlanta police officers...
Nuestra Comunidad: Food banks seeks to serve more Latinos

Nuestra Comunidad: Food banks seeks to serve more Latinos

Upon entering Sweetwater Mission, you will find a person handing out food samples to visitors. Families can be seen filling their shopping carts with fruits, vegetables and meats. It might look like a normal grocery store or market, but this place represents so much more. Veronica Molina’s first visit some seven years ago to the Austell organization was a life saver in a time of financial crisis...
Fairburn council to decide on utility trucks, lease agreement

Fairburn council to decide on utility trucks, lease agreement

The Fairburn city council’s regular meeting, at 7 p.m. July 24 at City Hall, 56 Malone St., includes an item to approve a lease agreement with Georgia Military College. The city’s other agenda items to be decided on include: a contract with a consulting firm, Carvir Group, to launch an executive search for a city administrator proposed voting precincts ...
Smyrna establishes ‘no parking’ standards

Smyrna establishes ‘no parking’ standards

The Smyrna City Council voted recently to establish rules for a no parking zone. Any Smyrna resident requesting a no parking zone must submit a written petition to the city engineer, containing signatures of at least 70 percent of the owners of property next to the street for which the no parking zone is requested. All of the adjacent property owners should be contacted and given the opportunity to...
Forsyth County picks finalist for county manager position

Forsyth County picks finalist for county manager position

Forsyth County government is closer to having new top leadership. The Board of Commissioners recently picked Eric Johnson as the sole finalist for the county manager’s job. He’s currently the assistant county administrator for Hillsborough County, Florida and has been in that role since 2015. He’s also held several other jobs for that county including director of strategic planning...
Smyrna adds 59 detached townhomes to Belmont

Smyrna adds 59 detached townhomes to Belmont

The Smyrna City Council voted recently to add 59 single-family detached townhomes to the Belmont Redevelopment Project. That decision led to the elimination of a four-story mixed-use building with 164 units of independent senior housing and 5,000 square feet of commercial/retail space wrapped around a parking garage. Opposed were Councilwomen Andrea Blustein and Susan Wilkinson with Councilman Charles...
Smyrna approves 18 new houses in 3 locations

Smyrna approves 18 new houses in 3 locations

The Smyrna City Council approved rezonings July 17 for 18 new houses in three areas of the city:13 single-family detached houses on 7 acres at 3360 and 3380 Pinetree Drive by Paramount Realty Group. A new road is proposed with houses on either side that end at a cul-de-sac. 3 single-family houses on almost .7 acre at 4149 N. Cooper Lake Road by Craftmark Development, proposing to include them as Phase...
Cops: Gwinnett woman attacked family with Colt 45 bottle, Raid can

Cops: Gwinnett woman attacked family with Colt 45 bottle, Raid can

A Gwinnett County woman is in jail after police say she sneaked a man into her bedroom and attacked her family members with a 40-ounce bottle of Colt 45 and a can of Raid when they told her the man needed to go. Jasmine Cheryl Byrd, 21, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of battery after the alleged altercation shortly after midnight Thursday.  After Byrd sneaked...
Woodstock signs off on official toll lane use

Woodstock signs off on official toll lane use

The Woodstock City Council has approved an agreement with the State Road and Tollway Authority to let city police and fire personnel use the toll lanes of the authority at no charge when acting in their official capacity. Under the memorandum of understanding, Woodstock will open an “emergency non-revenue account” with the toll authority and will be issued electronic Peach Passes to be...
Alpharetta OKs downtown parking deck

Alpharetta OKs downtown parking deck

The Alpharetta City Council has approved plans for a downtown parking deck for Milton Avenue west of Roswell Street in the downtown area. After discussion about the growing demand for parking downtown, council members Monday approved a contract with the Christman Co. to build a deck with three levels and about 190 spaces, for $5.9 million; and a fourth level with 73 spaces for an additional $983,000...
Roswell opens Aquatics Center to younger adults

Roswell opens Aquatics Center to younger adults

The Roswell Adult Aquatic Center, previously reserved for participants 50 years old and older, will be opened to adults age 25 and up starting Aug. 1, the city’s Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department announced. Also, hours will be extended to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and to 6 p.m. Saturdays (for lap swim only). Officials said the facility hadn’t been heavily...
Brookhaven demos old vital records building for new park

Brookhaven demos old vital records building for new park

The city of Brookhaven will demolish the former home of the Georgia Department of Public Health Vital Records Office on July 24 to make way for a new, state-of-the-art public park. This is the result of an agreement in 2016 with the DeKalb County Board of Education to exchange property for a new park to be called Skyland Park. The DeKalb Board of Education last year purchased the old park from Brookhaven...
Historic black church, displaced by Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has new home

Historic black church, displaced by Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has new home

An Atlanta congregation displaced by the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open its new church next weekend. Friendship Baptist Church, a black church that dates back to 1862, held its last service at its home between Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Mitchell Street in May 2014. The church was demolished that July. The church’s new home is at 80 Walnut...
Donated back packs bring hope to kids in need

Donated back packs bring hope to kids in need

When Angel Washington tied her laces and headed out the door on a recent Saturday morning, she had no idea the menial tasks of packing book bags would have such a lasting impact on Sheena Davenport, a 32-year-old single mother. Washington spent hours stuffing crayons, index cards and pencils into kids’ backpacks when she volunteered at Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation at Caswyk Trail in...
City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo

City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo

Designed to complement the recently implemented city of Covington logo, the city’s utility department has begun utilizing its own insignia. The move to add a logo and feature the water, natural gas and electric departments is intended to aid in securing the utility service contracts of companies considering Covington as a location for their business. Before approving the implementation of the...
Friends of Susan Hope continue to give back after her death

Friends of Susan Hope continue to give back after her death

First came a $250 gift certificate from the president of a grocery store chain. Then bags full of food began appearing on the doorstep. Soon Bob Hope, co-founder and president of Hope-Beckham, an Atlanta-based public relations firm, could nearly fill a room with groceries. He counted more than 100 bags—and they were still coming. “I would have breakfast with friends. Afterwards, they&rsquo...
Five Rockdale County schools named National Beta Schools of Merit

Five Rockdale County schools named National Beta Schools of Merit

Five schools in Rockdale County Public Schools were named National Beta Schools of Merit for 2017. This honor is awarded by the National Beta Club program, which celebrates and develops academic achievement, leadership, character and service among elementary, middle and high school students: Barksdale Elementary School Flat Shoals Elementary School Shoal Creek Elementary...
Cops: Mom out ‘clubbing’ left daughter, 11, to ask neighbors for food  

Cops: Mom out ‘clubbing’ left daughter, 11, to ask neighbors for food  

Meara Fisher didn’t want to call the cops at first when the 11-year-old daughter of her neighbor came to her Marietta apartment and asked for food. She didn’t want to make a bad situation worse. So Fisher made the girl all she had: toast and noodles. The girl said her mother, Deborah Ann Oats, was out clubbing but would be back in 15 minutes. Seven hours later, Fisher called the non-emergency...
Get your free eclipse glasses at these metro Atlanta libraries in time for August’s rare total solar eclipse

Get your free eclipse glasses at these metro Atlanta libraries in time for August’s rare total solar eclipse

It’s the final countdown: We are officially one month away from the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. Next month, more than 2 million pairs of eclipse glasses at nearly 5,000 libraries all over the nation will be given away to ensure viewers enjoy the much-anticipated total solar eclipse safely. » RELATED: 7 things to know about...
At Issue: Is closing Peachtree-Pine shelter solution for homelessness?

At Issue: Is closing Peachtree-Pine shelter solution for homelessness?

The Atlanta City Council approved funding for a plan to curb homelessness in the inner city. A $26 million bond for housing, shelter space and other resources to help the homeless population will be added to $25 million already promised by the United Way. About $7.6 million in funding from the Homeless Oppportunity bond will be used for the acquisition and rennovation of shelters over the next three...
'Armed, dangerous’ shooting suspect ID’d; bloody note left near scene

'Armed, dangerous’ shooting suspect ID’d; bloody note left near scene

A 30-year-old man was shot in the face and a 14-year-old boy was shot in the back just outside Snellville city limits Thursday morning, Gwinnett County police said. The 30-year-old victim, Andre Devost, was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital after he and the 14-year-old were driven to Eastside Medical Center in a private vehicle. Both are expected to survive, said Cpl. Michele Pihera, a Gwinnett County...
Invest Atlanta to ethics board: we earned “free” Mercedes-Benz tickets

Invest Atlanta to ethics board: we earned “free” Mercedes-Benz tickets

Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic arm, will have to wait to know if it can get its hands on “free” tickets it says the city already paid $220 million for at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The city’s ethics board on Thursday delayed a decision on Invest Atlanta’s request to overturn a 2013 rule that prohibits city employees from receiving free passes. Invest Atlanta...
New Fulton property assessments go out Aug. 4, digest up from 2016

New Fulton property assessments go out Aug. 4, digest up from 2016

Fulton County property owners will see new assessment notices in early August. The county’s Board of Assessors approved the new values Thursday, clearing the way for assessment notices to be sent. County commissioners last month decided to keep residential assessments at 2016 values after an outcry from residents who saw their property values increase much more than they expected. Additionally...
After signing NBA contract, N. Fulton native buys mom a Range Rover

After signing NBA contract, N. Fulton native buys mom a Range Rover

No NBA team spent a draft pick on Alpharetta native Kobi Simmons in the 2017 draft, but the Memphis Grizzlies signed the 6-foot-5 guard as a free agent shortly after. A month after signing his rookie contract and playing in the NBA’s summer league in Las Vegas, Simmons decided it was time to pay back one of the loves of his life, his mother. Simmons bought his mom a Range Rover and surprised...
Cobb cops say man, armed woman robbed motel

Cobb cops say man, armed woman robbed motel

Police are looking for two people they say robbed a Kennesaw motel at gunpoint Wednesday. A woman and a man walked into the Days Inn at 760 Cobb Place Blvd., near the Costco at Ernest Barrett Parkway and Interstate 75, about 4:10 p.m. The man asked an employee about room rates before the the woman — armed with a revolver — demanded money from the worker, according to a Cobb County...
N. Fulton city wants to add youth soccer program

N. Fulton city wants to add youth soccer program

Don’t be alarmed if you see a kid from Milton do a cartwheel – like Robbie Keane – after scoring a goal. The folks in this city in north Fulton County are catching soccer fever. Milton is looking to add a youth soccer program to its parks and recreation offerings in 2018. To get kids out on to the pitch, the city is now accepting proposals from vendors to handle the programming...
DeKalb tries again to pass sales tax for road repairs

DeKalb tries again to pass sales tax for road repairs

This time around, DeKalb County commissioners say they’ll avoid the problems that doomed last year’s effort to raise sales taxes to repair crumbling roads. The DeKalb Commission on Thursday moved closer to putting the issue on November’s ballot as they began to coalesce around a list of transportation, public safety and infrastructure projects that would be funded by a sales tax...
New Atlanta, Fulton program aims to divert homeless people from jail

New Atlanta, Fulton program aims to divert homeless people from jail

Moki Macias is acutely aware of the Atlanta jail. She can see it from the window of her new office. Her goal is to keep people out of it. Macias is the leader of a two-year pilot program that seeks to offer alternatives for people who are arrested again and again and again for crimes of poverty, or those that stem from addiction or mental health issues. The Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion...
The 8 highest-paying tech jobs in Atlanta, according to LinkedIn

The 8 highest-paying tech jobs in Atlanta, according to LinkedIn

Landing a job in tech could get you some massive paychecks, but just how much do the top tech positions pay? Analysts at LinkedIn, collected LinkedIn data publicly available to members to determine the top-paying tech jobs in America and their benchmark salaries. Using the LinkedIn Salary Tool, we cracked down the salaries of those top-ranked positions in metro Atlanta. Median...
New playground to be built in College Park

New playground to be built in College Park

College Park welcomes its third playground in conjunction with KaBoom! on Sept. 8 at 2900 Camp Creek Parkway. A planning meeting was held recently at the Residences of Central Park Apartments, where children and their parents collaborated to scope designs and amenities under consideration for the build. Previous playground builds have taken place at the Bill Badgett Stadium complex, as well as the...
Downtown “eyesore” Medical Arts Building moving closer to renovation

Downtown “eyesore” Medical Arts Building moving closer to renovation

After sitting empty for decades and making Central Atlanta Progress’s “10 Downtown Eyesores” list twice, the forlorn Medical Arts Building in downtown Atlanta is finally on the cusp of getting some love. Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, approved on Thursday $3 million in tax credits from the Eastside Tax Allocation District fund for renovation of the circa-1920s...
Peachtree Corners seeks input on trails study

Peachtree Corners seeks input on trails study

Peachtree Corners will host a drop-in open house to discuss the Innovation District Trails Study 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 in City Hall’s Council Chambers, 147 Technology Parkway. The study is intended to produce the design for, and identify the specific placement of, a multi-use trail that links existing residential areas to job centers within the Central Business District as identified by Peachtree...
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