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Ex-city official gets 27 months in Atlanta bribery probe
 Adam Smith, the city of Atlanta’s former top purchasing officer, knew federal authorities were closing in, but he was not yet cooperating with the government, when he started secretly recording conversations, U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak said Tuesday. Recordings Smith made — both before and after he started working...

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Adam Smith, the city of Atlanta’s former top purchasing officer, knew federal authorities were closing in, but he was not yet cooperating with the government, when he started secretly recording conversations, U.S. Attorney Byung “BJay” Pak said Tuesday. Recordings Smith made — both before and after he started working...
NCR opens first of two towers at Midtown Atlanta HQ
 Financial technology giant NCR opened the first of two towers in its new headquarters campus in Midtown Atlanta on Monday. NCR’s move from Duluth to Atlanta has been among the more high-profile corporate relocations within the region, as the company spurned the suburbs to locate near transit and Georgia Tech, in the heart of Midtown&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Financial technology giant NCR opened the first of two towers in its new headquarters campus in Midtown Atlanta on Monday. NCR’s move from Duluth to Atlanta has been among the more high-profile corporate relocations within the region, as the company spurned the suburbs to locate near transit and Georgia Tech, in the heart of Midtown&rsquo...
Atlanta architect John Portman remembered for imprint on world
 Family and friends of famed Atlanta architect and developer John C. Portman Jr. on Friday remembered him for his determination and vision, which changed not only the face of his beloved hometown but skylines across the globe. At a memorial in downtown Atlanta, loved ones remembered Portman rising from a childhood of poverty to become...

Posted: 11 days ago

Family and friends of famed Atlanta architect and developer John C. Portman Jr. on Friday remembered him for his determination and vision, which changed not only the face of his beloved hometown but skylines across the globe. At a memorial in downtown Atlanta, loved ones remembered Portman rising from a childhood of poverty to become...
Will new tax credits, Hollywood changes boost Georgia film spending?
 Georgia’s lucrative and controversial tax incentives for television and movies helped make the state a star among Hollywood producers. Now industry watchers say they hope an expansion of the state’s tax credits and the hunger by consumers for more original programming will stimulate further growth. Total film and television spending...

Posted: 12 days ago

Georgia’s lucrative and controversial tax incentives for television and movies helped make the state a star among Hollywood producers. Now industry watchers say they hope an expansion of the state’s tax credits and the hunger by consumers for more original programming will stimulate further growth. Total film and television spending...
John Portman, noted architect and developer, dies at 93
 John Portman, the architect and developer whose post-modernist, and sometimes controversial, style won him acclaim while altering the skylines of Atlanta and cities around the world died Friday. He was 93. No single architect shaped Atlanta’s skyline like Portman, who gave the city the Hyatt Regency, Peachtree Center, AmericasMart and...

Posted: 17 days ago

John Portman, the architect and developer whose post-modernist, and sometimes controversial, style won him acclaim while altering the skylines of Atlanta and cities around the world died Friday. He was 93. No single architect shaped Atlanta’s skyline like Portman, who gave the city the Hyatt Regency, Peachtree Center, AmericasMart and...
Georgia businesses hail tax bill, but whether growth comes isn’t clear
 Georgia’s corporate interests and conservative lawmakers hailed this week’s passage of the Republican rewrite of the nation’s tax code. But whether the divisive bill will be the jobs and investment bonanza that its backers say it will be must be taken with a grain of salt, some experts say. Within hours of Congress...

Posted: 26 days ago

Georgia’s corporate interests and conservative lawmakers hailed this week’s passage of the Republican rewrite of the nation’s tax code. But whether the divisive bill will be the jobs and investment bonanza that its backers say it will be must be taken with a grain of salt, some experts say. Within hours of Congress...
Atlanta airport blackout cost could soar to tens of millions or more
 The 11-hour blackout at the world’s busiest airport is likely to cost tens of millions of dollars or more to airlines, stranded travelers and others, but the final tab isn’t likely to be known for months to come, aviation expert say. That price tag is likely to grow as officials assess the cause of the fire that cut...

Posted: 28 days ago

The 11-hour blackout at the world’s busiest airport is likely to cost tens of millions of dollars or more to airlines, stranded travelers and others, but the final tab isn’t likely to be known for months to come, aviation expert say. That price tag is likely to grow as officials assess the cause of the fire that cut...
Hartsfield-Jackson airport outage reminder of past transportation woes
 It’s becoming all too familiar: some vital piece of Atlanta infrastructure comes apart like the Falcons in last season’s Super Bowl. Two-and-a-half inches of winter’s fury left the region snowbound in 2014. Last March, burning spools of cable brought down a section of I-85. Now an electrical fire at Hartsfield-Jackson...

Posted: 28 days ago

It’s becoming all too familiar: some vital piece of Atlanta infrastructure comes apart like the Falcons in last season’s Super Bowl. Two-and-a-half inches of winter’s fury left the region snowbound in 2014. Last March, burning spools of cable brought down a section of I-85. Now an electrical fire at Hartsfield-Jackson...
Atlanta power outage a ‘wake-up call’ for nation’s airports
 The fire that shut down power at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was a wake-up call for airports across the country, experts say. Though the airport and Georgia Power are still investigating the cause, aviation experts questioned why the parts of the backup electrical system serving the airport were located so close to the main...

Posted: 29 days ago

The fire that shut down power at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was a wake-up call for airports across the country, experts say. Though the airport and Georgia Power are still investigating the cause, aviation experts questioned why the parts of the backup electrical system serving the airport were located so close to the main...
Aftermath of Atlanta airport outage could take days to unravel
 Hartsfield-Jackson security line wait times | Check your flight status into and out of Atlanta | Atlanta power outage FAQs Power has been restored at the world’s busiest airport after a massive outage Sunday afternoon left planes and passengers stranded for hours, forced airlines to cancel more than 1,400 flights...

Posted: 29 days ago

Hartsfield-Jackson security line wait times | Check your flight status into and out of Atlanta | Atlanta power outage FAQs Power has been restored at the world’s busiest airport after a massive outage Sunday afternoon left planes and passengers stranded for hours, forced airlines to cancel more than 1,400 flights...
Assurant to open tech center in Duluth, create 335 jobs
 Insurance provider Assurant said Wednesday it plans to expand its customer service division in in Gwinnett County where it will create 335 new jobs. The New York-based company said it will open a new “technical support center” in Duluth. A news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office did not disclose when the center will...

4:43 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Insurance provider Assurant said Wednesday it plans to expand its customer service division in in Gwinnett County where it will create 335 new jobs. The New York-based company said it will open a new “technical support center” in Duluth. A news release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office did not disclose when the center will...
Atlanta Gulch project could include nine high-rises, new streets
 A Los Angeles developer wants to fill 27 acres of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch with new streets and high-rises that would fundamentally alter the landscape of the city’s core. CIM Group filed documents this month with regional planners detailing what would be the largest single development downtown since Portman’s Peachtree...

8:12 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

A Los Angeles developer wants to fill 27 acres of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch with new streets and high-rises that would fundamentally alter the landscape of the city’s core. CIM Group filed documents this month with regional planners detailing what would be the largest single development downtown since Portman’s Peachtree...
East Atlanta precincts swung mayoral race for Bottoms
 A little west of the Beltline, a concrete truck blocked Sampson Street as workers poured the foundation for yet another new home. Nearby, 3,000-plus square-foot, tri-level residences tower over 1930s bungalows with clapboard siding. The changing landscape of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward and demographic data tell an undeniable story: Over...

7:36 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

A little west of the Beltline, a concrete truck blocked Sampson Street as workers poured the foundation for yet another new home. Nearby, 3,000-plus square-foot, tri-level residences tower over 1930s bungalows with clapboard siding. The changing landscape of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward and demographic data tell an undeniable story: Over...
Recount unlikely to favor Norwood in Atlanta mayor’s race
 Despite calls for a recount and a small number of ballots yet to be counted, numbers released Wednesday by election authorities in Fulton and DeKalb counties indicate that the Atlanta mayoral race is over. Early Wednesday morning, the unofficial result showed Keisha Lance Bottoms had a 759-vote lead over fellow City Councilwoman Mary Norwood...

8:20 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Despite calls for a recount and a small number of ballots yet to be counted, numbers released Wednesday by election authorities in Fulton and DeKalb counties indicate that the Atlanta mayoral race is over. Early Wednesday morning, the unofficial result showed Keisha Lance Bottoms had a 759-vote lead over fellow City Councilwoman Mary Norwood...
Bottoms declares victory in Atlanta mayoral race; Norwood seeks recount
 With all precincts reporting, Keisha Lance Bottoms appeared to have won the Atlanta mayor’s race, beating Mary Norwood. Unofficial returns showed that Bottoms garnered 759 more votes than Norwood in the runoff election on Tuesday – a virtual repeat of the 2009 race when Mayor Kasim Reed defeated Norwood by 714 votes. Norwood was...

3:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

With all precincts reporting, Keisha Lance Bottoms appeared to have won the Atlanta mayor’s race, beating Mary Norwood. Unofficial returns showed that Bottoms garnered 759 more votes than Norwood in the runoff election on Tuesday – a virtual repeat of the 2009 race when Mayor Kasim Reed defeated Norwood by 714 votes. Norwood was...
Mayor Kasim Reed denies plan to oust Atlanta recreation authority head
 The two-paragraph letter from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was buried deep in the City Council’s Monday agenda. It asked for the council to approve his appointment of a new executive director for the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. But Reed doesn’t seem to have the authority to make the appointment. And his request...

12:42 AM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

The two-paragraph letter from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was buried deep in the City Council’s Monday agenda. It asked for the council to approve his appointment of a new executive director for the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. But Reed doesn’t seem to have the authority to make the appointment. And his request...
Voters head to the polls Tuesday; all eyes on Atlanta mayor’s race
 Voters will go to the polls beginning Tuesday morning to decide political contests throughout metro Atlanta. Races include several Georgia legislative seats, positions on local school boards, mayoral slots, and county commission and city council offices. However, all eyes are going to be focused on Atlanta as voters will determine the next...

9:20 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Voters will go to the polls beginning Tuesday morning to decide political contests throughout metro Atlanta. Races include several Georgia legislative seats, positions on local school boards, mayoral slots, and county commission and city council offices. However, all eyes are going to be focused on Atlanta as voters will determine the next...
Next phase starts in Savannah River deepening
 Crews have started a new phase in the deepening of the Savannah River, the nearly $1 billion project to allow bigger ships to pass with fewer restrictions to the state’s bustling main port. The Army Corps of Engineers said work started last week on the final segment of dredging in the river’s outer channel. The corps Monday news...

5:00 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Crews have started a new phase in the deepening of the Savannah River, the nearly $1 billion project to allow bigger ships to pass with fewer restrictions to the state’s bustling main port. The Army Corps of Engineers said work started last week on the final segment of dredging in the river’s outer channel. The corps Monday news...
Bottoms, Norwood spar in televised debate in Atlanta mayor’s race
 The themes were familiar — personal finances, City Hall corruption, party affiliations and the influence of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. But in the Atlanta’s mayoral candidates’ final appearance in front of a mass television audience before Tuesday’s runoff, the issue of race sparked some of the sharpest exchanges...

1:07 AM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

The themes were familiar — personal finances, City Hall corruption, party affiliations and the influence of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. But in the Atlanta’s mayoral candidates’ final appearance in front of a mass television audience before Tuesday’s runoff, the issue of race sparked some of the sharpest exchanges...
Atlanta mayoral race takes vitriolic turn as Dec. 5 runoff approaches
 Last minute accusations. Incendiary ads. Threats of legal action. The mayoral campaigns of city council members Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood took a vitriolic turn as they entered their final weekend before Tuesday’s runoff election. A new poll released late Friday seems to indicate that Norwood had successfully leveraged...

11:01 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

Last minute accusations. Incendiary ads. Threats of legal action. The mayoral campaigns of city council members Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood took a vitriolic turn as they entered their final weekend before Tuesday’s runoff election. A new poll released late Friday seems to indicate that Norwood had successfully leveraged...
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