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Martinez assists hyperlocal reporters and AJC newsroom with optimization and SEO guidance. Born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., Martinez graduated from Belmont University with a B.A. in Mass Communication in 2015. She joined the AJC in 2016 and previously worked for NCAA Digital, a division of Turner Sports.

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Bishop Eddie Long died one year ago
 Monday marks one year since New Birth Missionary Baptist Church senior pastor Eddie L. Long died after battling an aggressive form of cancer. He died at the age of 63.  Long became the Lithonia megachurch’s senior pastor in 1987, when the congregation had only 300 members. The church had grown to more than 25,000 members...

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Monday marks one year since New Birth Missionary Baptist Church senior pastor Eddie L. Long died after battling an aggressive form of cancer. He died at the age of 63.  Long became the Lithonia megachurch’s senior pastor in 1987, when the congregation had only 300 members. The church had grown to more than 25,000 members...
Holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday at metro Atlanta malls
 Much like last year’s trend, some stores have decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day 2017. But, for those in the metro Atlanta area, don't worry about whether you'll be able to purchase holiday gifts on Thursday and on Black Friday, too. Several malls will be open to get some shopping done once all the turkey, beans, greens, potatoes...

8:45 PM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Much like last year’s trend, some stores have decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day 2017. But, for those in the metro Atlanta area, don't worry about whether you'll be able to purchase holiday gifts on Thursday and on Black Friday, too. Several malls will be open to get some shopping done once all the turkey, beans, greens, potatoes...
What are Perimeter Mall’s holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday?
 Those in DeKalb County and the Dunwoody area who want to shop and walk off that Thanksgiving feast are in luck. The Perimeter Mall is open on Thanksgiving Day.  Perimeter Mall, located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, opens its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. and closes at midnight. The mall reopens on Black Friday at 6 a.m. A...

10:05 PM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Those in DeKalb County and the Dunwoody area who want to shop and walk off that Thanksgiving feast are in luck. The Perimeter Mall is open on Thanksgiving Day.  Perimeter Mall, located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, opens its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. and closes at midnight. The mall reopens on Black Friday at 6 a.m. A...
Read Tom Price’s resignation letter to President Donald Trump
 Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday afternoon after serving eight months in the Trump administration. Price’s resignation comes after  reports that he had taken taxpayer-funded trips using private and military jets.  Here is the resignation letter Price submitted to the office of President Donald...

9:58 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday afternoon after serving eight months in the Trump administration. Price’s resignation comes after reports that he had taken taxpayer-funded trips using private and military jets.  Here is the resignation letter Price submitted to the office of President Donald...
Nation united in awe
 At first Monday started off hot and cloudless, with the sky an uncut blue. Then clouds rolled over the sun at 2 p.m. at Ramah Darom, a Jewish summer camp facility deep in the Rabun County mountains. The sun continued to peek in and out of the clouds for the next few minutes, as the moon crept across its face. Several hundred eclipse watchers...

12:23 AM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

At first Monday started off hot and cloudless, with the sky an uncut blue. Then clouds rolled over the sun at 2 p.m. at Ramah Darom, a Jewish summer camp facility deep in the Rabun County mountains. The sun continued to peek in and out of the clouds for the next few minutes, as the moon crept across its face. Several hundred eclipse watchers...
Nashville sees a total solar eclipse, goes dark for two minutes
 Eight-year-old Max Choset wasn’t scared of the total eclipse he experienced in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday.  “I was scared that I was going to go blind, but I didn’t go blind, yet,” Choset said. “But I wasn’t scared of it.” Choset and his family from Pittsburgh, Pa. were like many others in town ...

10:01 PM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Eight-year-old Max Choset wasn’t scared of the total eclipse he experienced in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday.  “I was scared that I was going to go blind, but I didn’t go blind, yet,” Choset said. “But I wasn’t scared of it.” Choset and his family from Pittsburgh, Pa. were like many others in town ...
Infographic: Mercedes-Benz Stadium v. Georgia Dome, by the numbers
 Twenty-five years after the doors to the Georgia Dome first opened, the city of Atlanta made way for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017. Like the Georgia Dome, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host many events throughout the year, including the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 8, 2018. But how...

4:20 PM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Twenty-five years after the doors to the Georgia Dome first opened, the city of Atlanta made way for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017. Like the Georgia Dome, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host many events throughout the year, including the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 8, 2018. But how...
Cherokee County Schools: Back-to-school guide for 2017-18
 As students and teachers prepare for the upcoming year, Cherokee County Schools will be hosting open houses and walk-throughs July 25-31 to give parents the chance to learn more about their children’s schools.  With that in mind, here is a complete guide for families to the Cherokee County School District for the 2017-18 school...

10:53 PM Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017

As students and teachers prepare for the upcoming year, Cherokee County Schools will be hosting open houses and walk-throughs July 25-31 to give parents the chance to learn more about their children’s schools.  With that in mind, here is a complete guide for families to the Cherokee County School District for the 2017-18 school...
Forsyth County Schools: Back-to-school guide for 2017-18 academic year
 As of May 2017, the Forsyth County school district had more than 46,555 students and 5,072 staff members in 37 schools and one center, making it the seventh-largest in Georgia.  With school set to return Aug. 3, students and parents can find below a complete guide  to the Forsyth County system.   First day of school: Thursday...

6:52 PM Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

As of May 2017, the Forsyth County school district had more than 46,555 students and 5,072 staff members in 37 schools and one center, making it the seventh-largest in Georgia.  With school set to return Aug. 3, students and parents can find below a complete guide to the Forsyth County system.   First day of school: Thursday...
Quiz: Can you spell like a Scripps National Spelling Bee champion?
 The English language is strikingly complicated, ask any non-native speaker. Its spelling conventions can be especially dizzying with its silent p’s, i before e’s except after c’s and the fact that the word ‘misspell’ itself is so darn easy to mispell misspell.  The 90th Scripps National Spelling...

2:03 PM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

The English language is strikingly complicated, ask any non-native speaker. Its spelling conventions can be especially dizzying with its silent p’s, i before e’s except after c’s and the fact that the word ‘misspell’ itself is so darn easy to mispell misspell.  The 90th Scripps National Spelling...