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Tom Crawford, dean of state Capitol journalist, dies at 67

Tom Crawford, the dean of state Capitol journalists who documented Georgia politics over more than three decades, has died. He was 67. Crawford announced in May the end to his journalism career, leading to a steady stream of tributes and visits from politicians, powerbrokers and fellow reporters who bid him farewell. He died of complications from cancer, his family said Wednesday. An endearing...


A pledge to fight poverty riles up the Georgia governor’s race

A pledge to fight poverty riles up the Georgia governor’s race

Is a Republican’s pledge to fight poverty now an inexcusable offense in an ultracompetitive race for the most conservative voters in Georgia? That’s the question both GOP candidates for governor confronted Tuesday after another clip of a secretly recorded conversation was released. Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s allies hope to rile up conservatives with the recording of Lt. Gov...
Gwinnett approves historic transit plan. Now when’s the referendum?

Gwinnett approves historic transit plan. Now when’s the referendum?

Gwinnett took a once unimaginable step Tuesday when its commission voted to formally adopt a new transit development plan, one that opens up the possibility of extending heavy rail several miles into the county. Now officials have to make another potentially momentous decision, and quick: Will they give voters the chance to weigh in on transit expansion this November? Or wait until next...
Should colleges be more open with students about employment odds?

Should colleges be more open with students about employment odds?

Mike Kenig is vice chairman of Atlanta-based Holder Construction. In this guest column, he urges passage of the College Transparency Act, which would provide students and parents with employment and graduation data to better inform their choice of where to go to school and what to study. The bipartisan bill was introduced last year by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass...
Kirby Smart restored UGA to prominence. He’ll keep it there

Kirby Smart restored UGA to prominence. He’ll keep it there

As a team, Georgia won’t be as good this season as it was last. This isn’t to suggest that it can’t accomplish as much as it did last season, maybe even more. Which would mean these Bulldogs would be …  National champs.  This isn’t quite a prediction. It is, however, a reflection of reality. Georgia sits in as sweet a spot as is possible in the high-and-mighty...
Poll of parents: Most don’t want armed teachers

Poll of parents: Most don’t want armed teachers

Most parents don’t want their child’s teacher carrying a gun to school despite a “disturbing” level of concern about safety, says a new education poll. The annual Phi Delta Kappa International poll has been probing American attitudes about schools for half a century, and the newest installment says the current level of worry hasn’t been seen in two decades. One in three...
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art celebrates 25 years

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art celebrates 25 years

Museums abound in Atlanta, but while many are familiar with the High Museum, there are several lesser-known museums with rich offerings, such as the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. The OUMA is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with “OUMA in Retrospect,” an exhibition of 10 percent of its permanent collection, including several works from famous artists such as Henri Matisse and...
This Life with Gracie: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes

This Life with Gracie: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes

The last time George Jones stepped foot into this old Southern bungalow, someone had bought it and transformed it into a real estate office, and before that, it was a school for children. A few days ago, he returned and it was bustling with men and women eating plates of coal-roasted beets, seafood crudo, hand-cut pasta, and wood-fired fish entrees executed by owner and chef Taylor Neary on opening...
Backers of Eagle’s Landing cityhood to be part of defense in lawsuit

Backers of Eagle’s Landing cityhood to be part of defense in lawsuit

A Henry County Superior Court judge on Tuesday granted three residents’ motion to intervene in a lawsuit aimed at stopping a vote on whether Eagle’s Landing becomes a city. Judge Arch McGarity granted the motion that allows Judy Smith, Vikki Consiglio and Kathryn Gilbert to weigh in on litigation brought by the city of Stockbridge to keep cityhood for Eagle’s Landing off the...
5 questions for Georgia Tech at ACC Kickoff

5 questions for Georgia Tech at ACC Kickoff

Georgia Tech’s offseason passes a milestone Wednesday when coach Paul Johnson, quarterback TaQuon Marshall and linebacker Brant Mitchell represent the team at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C. Here are five questions/topics that they will be addressing from assembled media. Kenny Cooper’s spring-practice foot injury left questions at the center position, with reverberations throughout...
Delta targets college students for future pilot hiring

Delta targets college students for future pilot hiring

Delta Air Lines is targeting college students and its own workforce to find future pilots with a new recruitment program. Atlanta-based Delta said it expects to hire more than 8,000 pilots over the next decade, and is launching a pilot career path program to enable that. Delta will interview aviation students at Auburn University, Middle Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State, Embry-Riddle...
Former DeKalb watershed director files whistleblower lawsuit

Former DeKalb watershed director files whistleblower lawsuit

DeKalb County’s former Watershed Management director has filed a whistleblower lawsuit that accuses top county leaders of mismanagement and corruption. Scott Towler said problems began soon after then-CEO Lee May hired him in late 2015 and continued through his resignation on March 7. He charges in the lawsuit that multi-million dollar watershed management contracts were approved without going...
How Emily Bridgers turned CrossFit into a career

How Emily Bridgers turned CrossFit into a career

Upon first glance, Emily Bridgers doesn’t look like a traditional businesswoman. Her work attire usually consists of a messy bun, a tank top and cross-training shoes supplied by Reebok. But don’t let the absence of a blazer fool you. Bridgers, 31, opened CrossFit Terminus in Atlanta at 26 and has watched the gym grow since taking the entrepreneurial leap with her husband, Ben Benson, in...
Changes possible to MLS video review after missed penalty cost Atlanta United

Changes possible to MLS video review after missed penalty cost Atlanta United

You saw it. The Video Assistant Referee did not. A missed call that denied Atlanta United a penalty kick in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium may result in a change in the VAR  booth used in MLS games. The issue for the league in reviewing plays is that the television feed is not consistently monitored. While viewers could see a clear foul, the referee did not....
4 get decades in prison, county bans after violent home invasion

4 get decades in prison, county bans after violent home invasion

Three gun-toting men and their getaway driver will spend decades in prison after they admitted involvement in a violent Walton County home invasion. The last of the four pleaded guilty on Monday. Prosecutors said each of the four admitted guilt on all felony charges, including home invasion, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and weapons charges. All together, Thomas Justin...
A Costco near the Cobb-Cherokee line is opening soon

A Costco near the Cobb-Cherokee line is opening soon

If the idea of getting 48 boxes of Pop Tarts at a time sounds good to you, then you should know something. A Costco is opening soon in Woodstock, just a couple miles from the Cobb-Cherokee county line. The warehouse store will open its doors at 113 Lincoln Street on Aug. 9, according to a company spokeswoman. There will be giveaways for new people signing up, like cash cards of $10 to $20 along with...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s impact on VAR

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s impact on VAR

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares a long conversation with Howard Webb of the Professional Referee Organization and the go-to guy for all questions related to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and replay system being used in MLS. They discuss three important moments during Atlanta United’s 1-1...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Wednesday, July 18

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Wednesday, July 18

Hump Day! Yeah, we know. You’re tired of hearing about it. But not as tired as you are of trying to slog through it with no rewards along the way. That’s why we’re here. Here are a few suggestions for fun and interesting things to do this Hu -- er, this Wednesday.  “VIOLENT FEMMES AND ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN” It’s 1983 all over again! And yes, that’s a...
Holly Springs advances earlier Sunday alcohol

Holly Springs advances earlier Sunday alcohol

Joining other municipalities across metro Atlanta, the Holly Springs City Council has approved an ordinance rolling back to 11 a.m. the hours when restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays, provided voters approve in a Nov. 6 referendum. If residents approve, alcohol for consumption on the premises will be permitted from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday, according to the ordinance. State law previously allowed...
Woodstock to unveil downtown community mural

Woodstock to unveil downtown community mural

After more than a year of research and actual painting, a community mural will formally be unveiled this weekend in downtown Woodstock. The event is to start at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Woodstock Visitors Center, 8588 Main St., where artist Annalysa Kimball has set up a exhibit detailing the progress of the mural. A ribbon cutting follows at 6:30 p.m. at the mural, on the side of the Woodstock...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Champions are made in the offseason 

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Champions are made in the offseason 

In the 65th episode of the Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, offensive lineman Brandon Fusco, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and wide receiver Calvin Ridley stop by to help wrap up the offseason. We asked them about the notion that champions are made in the offseason and how they felt after their first offseason with the Falcons. Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the ...
Georgia teacher sentenced to 2 years in prison for firing gun in classroom

Georgia teacher sentenced to 2 years in prison for firing gun in classroom

Authorities said mental health treatment was an important consideration in plea negotiations with a North Georgia teacher who barricaded himself inside his classroom in February and fired a handgun. Randal Davidson apologized in court Tuesday for his role in creating panic at Dalton High School and pleaded guilty to causing damage to property, carrying a gun on campus and disrupting school operations...
Johns Creek proposes millage rate rollback

Johns Creek proposes millage rate rollback

Johns Creek has announced it will roll back its millage rate for property tax purposes to 3.870 mills for 2018 from 4.360 mills last year, and has scheduled three public hearings to give residents a chance to comment on the proposed rate. Hearings are set for noon and 6 p.m., July 23, and 8 p.m., Aug. 13, at the Municipal Court, 11445 Johns Creek Parkway. The City Council is expected to adopt the...
Suspect in 2010 Forsyth County murder extradited from Mexico

Suspect in 2010 Forsyth County murder extradited from Mexico

Nearly eight years after a woman was sexually assaulted and strangled in her Forsyth County home, authorities have the man they say is responsible for her death. Jorge Montiel on Tuesday was extradited from Mexico to Georgia to stand trial in the death of Maria Hernandez-Reyes, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement. On Oct. 13, 2010, Hernandez-Reyes’ husband found her dead...
Paulding airport says lease still calls for commercialization effort

Paulding airport says lease still calls for commercialization effort

Paulding County’s airport may try again to commercialize and attract airline flights, after its last effort was brought to an end by the Federal Aviation Administration. That’s because a long-term lease with an airport partner could obligate it to do so, according to the Paulding airport director. That company, Silver Comet Terminal Partners, has indicated continued interest in commercializing...
Report: Georgia charter school lobbying group has received millions from wealthy donors

Report: Georgia charter school lobbying group has received millions from wealthy donors

Billionaire philanthropists have pushed to expand charter schools by giving millions of dollars to state-level charter support organizations, including Georgia’s, according to an Associated Press report. Since 2006, the Georgia Charter Schools Association has received $11.8 million from philanthropists and their private foundations and charities, according to the report. That’s far...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers 

Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers 

While four-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones elected to stay away from the Falcons’ offseason program and skip the mandatory minicamp, the Falcons tried their best to remain upbeat. They probably made one of those “Keep Calm: Julio will be back” signs and posted in the locker room and flashed it on the big screen televisions.  “I understand...
MLS Week 21: Ranking the games

MLS Week 21: Ranking the games

Montreal at Portland, 11 p.m. Saturday. This may be the best game this weekend. The Impact, which looked the league’s worst team early in the season, have won five of six and six of eight. The Timbers are unbeaten in 12. Dallas at Houston, 9 p.m. Saturday. The West is becoming very interesting. Dallas can make it less so with a win in this game. It has a three-point lead atop the West...
Josh Hader apologizes for series of uncovered offensive tweets

Josh Hader apologizes for series of uncovered offensive tweets

Brewers reliever Josh Hader apologized for a series of offensive tweets that resurfaced during Tuesday’s All-Star game in Washington. Twitter users discovered several offensive, explicit and demeaning racist and anti-gay tweets sent from Hader’s account in 2011 and 2012. Hader, 24, addressed the issue following the American League’s 8-6 win. “That’s something that happened...
Two Democrats are vying to lead the state’s public schools.

Two Democrats are vying to lead the state’s public schools.

Two Democrats are battling for the party nomination for Georgia schools superintendent, the state’s top K-12 educational post. Sid Chapman, a former teacher, turned state teacher advocate is competing against Otha Thornton, a former national parents’ advocate. The pair emerged from a three-way primary election in May. The winner on July 24 will face incumbent Republican Richard Woods,...
11 students removed from Fulton high school after district enforces policy 

11 students removed from Fulton high school after district enforces policy 

Just weeks before school is scheduled to start, some students are learning they may not attend the school at which some began their high school career.  Fulton County Public Schools notified roughly 14 students at North Springs High School they were no longer allowed to attend the school, enforcing the district’s policy that no longer allows students from out the district to attend the...
2 armed men rob pizza delivery driver, steal driver’s car, police say

2 armed men rob pizza delivery driver, steal driver’s car, police say

Police are searching for two men who allegedly robbed a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint and stole the driver’s belongings and car late Monday night in Cobb County. A little after 11:15 p.m., Acworth police responded to an armed robbery at the Super 8 Motel at in the 4900 block of Cowan Road, the department said in a Facebook post.  The two robbers allegedly forced the delivery driver...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Still muggy, but northern suburbs to stay dry 

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Still muggy, but northern suburbs to stay dry 

Wednesday: High: 91 Wednesday night: Low: 73 Thursday: High: 88 There’s a cold front moving through metro Atlanta Wednesday, and while that means most of the northern suburbs will stay dry, don’t expect to get a break in heat and humidity. The front is not expected to bring dew points down much, and Wednesday will still be a hot one, according to Channel 2 Action News. It...
Mom visiting baby in ICU says she was attacked near hospital 

Mom visiting baby in ICU says she was attacked near hospital 

A woman says she was attacked and robbed near Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where she was visiting her son in the intensive care unit, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Breanna Ross had been visiting her 1-month-old son, who is recovering from pneumonia, when she decided to take a lunch break, she told Channel 2. As she was walking across the street, she said she was...
Man sentenced for pinning U.S. Marshal between 2 cars in Atlanta

Man sentenced for pinning U.S. Marshal between 2 cars in Atlanta

A man from the U.S. Virgin Islands was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years and six months in prison for slamming a car into a U.S. Marshal and pinning the deputy between two cars. Shusta Traverse Gumbs, 40, was convicted of two counts of forcibly assaulting, impeding, opposing, resisting or interfering with four federal officers in December, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in...
WATCH: Black bear steals, snarfs down family’s picnic in Pickens County

WATCH: Black bear steals, snarfs down family’s picnic in Pickens County

A bear made a beeline for a Pickens County picnic table and swiped a family’s lunch, and all of it was caught on camera, Channel 2 Action News reported. The large female black bear can be seen climbing onto the picnic table and grabbing a package of hot dogs buns at the Big Canoe community in Jasper, the video obtained by Channel 2 shows. The family was unable to scare the bear off, Channel...
Ticket packages for Atlanta’s Super Bowl offer luxury — at a price 

Ticket packages for Atlanta’s Super Bowl offer luxury — at a price 

Want to watch the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from a 50-yard-line club seat, attend a three-hour pregame party at the Georgia World Congress Center and stroll onto the field for the winning team’s postgame celebration?  All of that comes with a hefty price: $17,500 per person.  That’s the high end of ticket packages offered by the NFL’s official hospitality partner...
APS ethics commission to investigate complaint against board vice-chair

APS ethics commission to investigate complaint against board vice-chair

The Atlanta school board’s ethics commission will investigate an alleged ethics violation by school board vice-chairwoman Eshé Collins.  The independent panel, which receives and hears complaints about potential violations, met Tuesday to discuss a complaint filed by an Atlanta Public Schools parent against Collins regarding their interactions at two separate meetings. The commission...
Grammy Awards set 2019 date in Los Angeles

Grammy Awards set 2019 date in Los Angeles

The Grammy Awards will head back to their usual home of Los Angeles for the 2019 edition. The 61st annual ceremony will return to the Staples Center on Feb. 10 and air live on CBS at 8 p.m. Last year, the Grammys were held in New York for the first time in 15 years, but were always slated to revert to the West Coast following the 60th anniversary production. Nominations for the 2019 awards will be...
Cops: Man molested 4-year-old for 10 months in Gainesville

Cops: Man molested 4-year-old for 10 months in Gainesville

A Gainesville man remained in jail Tuesday following is arrest amid allegations he repeatedly sexually abused a 4-year-old girl, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said.  Robert Lewis Chandler, 65, faces child molestation and sexual battery charges months after he allegedly molested the child, Hall County sheriff’s spokesman Derreck Booth said.  The alleged abuse dated as far back...
Woman, baby found dead in Cherokee County home

Woman, baby found dead in Cherokee County home

A 31-year-old woman and a baby were found dead in a Cherokee County home, officials said Tuesday.  Authorities were called to the Cedar Mill Crossing residence after a family member said they hadn’t been able to get in contact with the woman, Cherokee County sheriff’s Sgt. Lauren Denson said in a statement. Once inside the Acworth-area home, authorities found the woman, the baby...
Operations resume at Atlanta airport; unattended bag safe

Operations resume at Atlanta airport; unattended bag safe

Operations have resumed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after officials determined an unattended bag was safe. “An unattended bag was cleared ... at 1:22 p.m. today,” the airport said in a tweet. “There was minimal impact to operations.” On Twitter, people said the road leading to the airport was blocked off with police, fire engines and dogs. Another person...
Decatur sets ‘Brunch Bill’ vote to extend Sunday alcohol sales

Decatur sets ‘Brunch Bill’ vote to extend Sunday alcohol sales

Earlier mimosa sales are just a vote away for Decatur brunch goers. Decatur residents have a chance to vote whether local bars and restaurants can start serving alcohol at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays instead of 12:30 p.m. come November. Peggy Merriss, city manager of Decatur, believes the bill will benefit local restaurant owners. “There are a number of restaurants that have a robust Sunday brunch...
$600K meth bust is one Georgia county’s largest, sheriff says

$600K meth bust is one Georgia county’s largest, sheriff says

Union County Sheriff Mack Mason had one message for three people arrested in connection with a $600,000 drug bust: “Do not come to Union County to sell drug.” Janice Ann Hall, 46, of Blairsville, Troy Allen Hall, 43, of Riceville, Tenn., and Melinda Ann Smallen, 54, of Niota, Tenn., remained in jail Tuesday, a week after authorities found six kilos of crystal meth in a Blairsville home...
Ex-APS teacher sues district, alleges principal made sexual comments

Ex-APS teacher sues district, alleges principal made sexual comments

A former Atlanta special education teacher is suing Atlanta Public Schools after she alleged she was forced to resign because of how the district handled complaints that she had been harassed by her boss. Stephanie Fowler, who worked for APS from 2011 until January, is suing the school district in federal court following incidents at Kimberly Elementary School, where she began working in 2016...
An endorsement highlights slight GOP shift on medical marijuana

An endorsement highlights slight GOP shift on medical marijuana

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are both open to researching new ways to expand access to medical marijuana if elected governor, though neither Republican candidate has explicitly endorsed legalizing the in-state cultivation of the drug. That’s a shift that state Rep. Allen Peake, who wrote the state’s medical cannabis law, has long sought as essential for Georgian...
UGA donors give $242M, breaking record for fifth consecutive year

UGA donors give $242M, breaking record for fifth consecutive year

University of Georgia donors contributed $242 million last year toward the school’s Commit to Georgia Campaign, the second year that gifts and new pledges surpassed $200 million and the fifth year donations have increased. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.2 billion for scholarships, learning and research. More than $1 billion has been raised, through more than 140,000 donors, in the...
UPDATE: Missing teen linked to site of Rainbow Family gathering found in S.C.

UPDATE: Missing teen linked to site of Rainbow Family gathering found in S.C.

A missing teen whose cellphone was found at the site of the Rainbow Family counterculture gathering is safe, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. Williams Johnson, 18, was found in Ridgeville, S.C., alive and well, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday in a Facebook post. Johnson was the second missing person case connected to the recent Rainbow Family gathering at the Chattahoochee...
UPS tests smart devices to enter New York City apartment buildings for deliveries

UPS tests smart devices to enter New York City apartment buildings for deliveries

Sandy Springs-based UPS says it has launched a pilot program using Latch smart access devices for its drivers to enter apartment buildings in New York City to make deliveries. UPS said the devices make it more convenient for residents who aren’t at home to get deliveries, while it allows the company to complete more deliveries on a first attempt to cut costs. The shipping giant said...
Analysis: Braves should make a move, but shouldn’t be criticized if minimal

Analysis: Braves should make a move, but shouldn’t be criticized if minimal

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said he owes it to everyone to make the Braves better. But that shouldn’t disrupt a long-term commitment. Even with the Braves losing eight of their past 11, they’re a half-game within the National League East’s first place. It’s a virtual tie with the Phillies who, like the Braves, are prone to highs and lows with a young team ahead...
Long strange trip: Deadheads to meet-up in Atlanta movie theaters

Long strange trip: Deadheads to meet-up in Atlanta movie theaters

Grateful Dead fans are renowned for their loyalty and longevity. (And for making tie-dye T-shirts seem cool, so, thanks for Casual Fridays at work, guys!) But, will Deadheads, who followed the band from Whisky a Go Go and Psychedelic Supermarket to the muddy fields at Woodstock be able to handle this? A movie theater meet-up. On August 1, the Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies will be truckin&rsquo...
Walt Disney World serves up giant 2 foot hot dog on National Hot Dog Day at Casey’s Corner

Walt Disney World serves up giant 2 foot hot dog on National Hot Dog Day at Casey’s Corner

Hot Dog! Casey’s Corner in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is serving up a big way to celebrate National Hot Dog Day Wednesday.  For one day only, the restaurant is offering 2-foot-long hot dogs, with a choice of mac and cheese, chili cheese or Casey’s Classic, according Disney Parks Blog.  >> Read more trending news  Casey’s has always offered foot-long...
Georgia Tech depth chart released

Georgia Tech depth chart released

Georgia Tech revealed its two-deep depth chart going into the preseason in its media guide with no great surprises. A few observations: 1. Nathan Cottrell evidently made enough strides in the spring to earn a co-starting spot with Qua Searcy at one of the A-back spots alongside Clinton Lynch. Searcy has started 17 games in his three seasons at Tech, including all 11 games last season. 2. Jahaziel...
‘No talk about expansion,’ College Football Playoff exec says

‘No talk about expansion,’ College Football Playoff exec says

College Football Playoff officials continue to have no inclination to expand the event beyond four teams, the CFP’s executive director said Wednesday at SEC Media Days.  “There is no talk about expansion among the university presidents and the conference commissioners who sit on our boards,” Bill Hancock said at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. “The CFP works...
Absinthe arrives in Atlanta

Absinthe arrives in Atlanta

If you were to believe the stories, absinthe is a wild drink, an alcoholic spirit from the heart of Europe that conjures hallucinations, inspires poets and ignites madness. Those are great stories, but they’re far from the truth. And, with the introduction of Jetty, the first absinthe distilled and bottled in Georgia, area drinkers can experience the storied spirit on a local level. Hope Springs...
Smithfield recalls over 24,000 lbs. of pepperoni cheese calzones due to plastic contamination

Smithfield recalls over 24,000 lbs. of pepperoni cheese calzones due to plastic contamination

Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. has recalled over 24,000 pounds of its pepperoni five cheese calzone, because it might be contaminated with hard, clear plastic. The calzones were sold under the Stefano Foods label -- a business in Charlotte, North Carolina. >> Read more trending news  One person reported to the Stefano Foods in July that they bit into the food and it caused a small cut...
How to know if your child is overweight

How to know if your child is overweight

It's easy to fall in love with your child's chubby cheeks and pudgy legs. But by the age of two, if your toddler is heavier than the other children of the same age, it's possible that he or she may be overweight.  How can you tell the difference between normal baby fat and an actual weight problem? Here's the skinny on excessive weight and obesity in children: According to the Centers for...
Construction begins on new city hall in Johns Creek

Construction begins on new city hall in Johns Creek

Over the next few months, the building at 11360 Lakefield Drive in Johns Creek will host construction workers and trucks, not city council members and meetings. Work has begun on renovating City Hall in Johns Creek. The city posted photos of construction beginning to its Twitter account on July 6. A city spokesman said work is expected to be completed on the new city hall by March 2019. READ | ...
Merry Christmas, Atlanta! Register now to see Santa at Rhodes Hall in December (yes, really)

Merry Christmas, Atlanta! Register now to see Santa at Rhodes Hall in December (yes, really)

You’ve heard of Christmas in July? So has Santa, apparently. The big guy won’t be showing up at historic Rhodes Hall until December this year. But registration is now open for Santa face time at the so-called “Castle on Peachtree.” Yes, right now. As in mid-July, when visions of sweat-soaked pollen, not sugar plums, are dancing in our heads. The Georgia Trust for Historic...
What’s it like driving an ice cream truck in Atlanta?

What’s it like driving an ice cream truck in Atlanta?

You’ve seen these ice cream trucks in Atlanta — old, beat-up vans covered haphazardly in stickers that bear warning signs like “WATCH FOR CHILDREN” and “PURCHASE FROM CURB SIDE ONLY.” They often play the kiddie song “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” It’s a tune that might be associated more closely these days with “Chain Hang Low,” the 2006...
WATCH: Georgia football WR Terry Godwin represents leadership Kirby Smart covets

WATCH: Georgia football WR Terry Godwin represents leadership Kirby Smart covets

ATLANTA — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart knows better than anyone the Bulldogs are in need of new leadership. The Bulldogs third-year head coach also knows what the offense needs from the receiver position to be successful, and those are two reasons why he brought senior Terry Godwin to SEC Media Days. Godwin, with his infectious smile and obvious enthusiasm for his team, served...
Missing bunny returned after Publix employees comb though landfill to find lost stuffed animal

Missing bunny returned after Publix employees comb though landfill to find lost stuffed animal

If you’ve seen “Toy Story 3,” you know what happens to toys at a landfill, but this story has a happy ending thanks to employees at an Alabama Publix.  Madison, 3, forgot her stuffed bunny in a shopping cart last week. Her mom, Jenna Rachal, went back to the store in hopes of finding her daughter’s toy, but it wasn’t turned in, WPMI reported.  She...
Dream’s Angel McCoughtry named 2018 WNBA All-Star 

Dream’s Angel McCoughtry named 2018 WNBA All-Star 

Atlanta Dream guard Angel McCoughtry earned her fifth WNBA All-Star selection Tuesday. After taking the 2017 season off to rest, McCoughtry has averaged 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and 1.4 steals through 22 games in her return to the Dream. McCoughtry will be the sole representative from the Dream on the 2018 all-star roster after three Dream players— former point guard Layshia...
National Hot Dog Day 2018: 7-Eleven, Love's Travel Stops and more offering discounted, free dogs

National Hot Dog Day 2018: 7-Eleven, Love's Travel Stops and more offering discounted, free dogs

National Hot Dog Day is July 18, and multiple restaurants across the country are offering discounted dogs to celebrate.  >> Read more trending news  Here are some of the places with National Hot Dog Day offers: This regional soft pretzel bakery is offering its all beef Dietz & Watson dogs wrapped in American cheese and a Philly Pretzel for $1. The convenience store is offering...
Community Lens for July 19

Community Lens for July 19

Calling amateur photographers! Have you taken a great picture that you’d like to share with the world? One with action, great lighting and/or interesting subjects? E-mail it to communitynews@ajc.com. Please no selfies, for-profit promotional pics, group shots or anything you wouldn’t want your grandma to see.
Former Georgia QB Aaron Murray crushes Jeremy Pruitt: ‘I don’t know if his personality is fit to be a head coach’

Former Georgia QB Aaron Murray crushes Jeremy Pruitt: ‘I don’t know if his personality is fit to be a head coach’

Even with SEC Media Days carrying on Atlanta, former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray created waves of his own Tuesday by coming out strong against Tennessee coach and former Bulldogs assistant Jeremy Pruitt in a radio interview. Murray, now a CBS Sports Network analyst, questioned whether Pruitt’s “personality is fit to be a head coach” when speaking to 102...

Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

Gwinnett County • Don Jose Mexican, 4030 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 95/A • Doshi Shui, 3473 Old Norcross Road, Duluth. 96/A • Havana South Cuban, 4060 Buford Drive, Buford. 85/B • Kim’s Kitchen, 1630 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 96/A • Pho Dai Loi 3, 1500 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 84/B

Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

Fulton County • CRU Food & Wine Bar Avalon, 300 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 92/A • Edgewood Corner Tavern, 464 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 94/A • JCT Kitchen & Bar, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 87/B • Taco Mac, 4305 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 89/B • Thumbs Up Diner, 573 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 91/A

Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

Cobb County • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 3705 Dallas Highway, Marietta. 89/B • IHOP, 2390 Dallas Highway, Marietta. 91/A • Jamaica’s Best Cuisines, 2700 Town Center Drive, Kennesaw. 90/A • La Bamba Mexican, 4100 Jiles Road, Kennesaw. 70/C • Tropical Smoothie Café, 2960 Shallowford Road, Marietta. 95/A

Fayette County restaurant inspection scores

Fayette County • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 100 N. Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City. 92/A • Borgo Italia, 1200 N. Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City. 92/A • El Reposo, 1240 Highway 54, Fayetteville. 75/C • Ichiban Japanese Restaurant, 520 Crosstown Drive, Peachtree City. 91/A • Shane’s Rib Shack, 1261 N. Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City. 91/A
WATCH: Thai soccer team members rescued from cave speak at news conference

WATCH: Thai soccer team members rescued from cave speak at news conference

Thai soccer team members who were rescued from a cave last week have been released from the hospital and spoke at a news conference Wednesday. >> COMPLETE COVERAGE: Photos | All 12 boys, soccer coach rescued from Thai cave | Who are the boys, their coach? | 5 things to know about the Thai cave rescue | More trending news Update 8:29 a.m. EDT July 18: The news conference has ended. Update...
Man steals date's car, uses it to take another girl to drive-in movie, police say

Man steals date's car, uses it to take another girl to drive-in movie, police say

A man was arrested after police said he stole a car from a girl he was taking on a date.  According to the arrest affidavit, Kelton Griffin went over to the victim's house to go on a date. Police said Griffin asked to drive her car because she 'did not know where he wanted to take her.'  She agreed and the two switched seats. The suspect drove to a gas station and asked the woman to go inside...
City helps teen get permit for hot dog stand instead of permanently shutting him down

City helps teen get permit for hot dog stand instead of permanently shutting him down

After someone filed a complaint about a non-permitted hot dog stand in Minneapolis, the city health department took the only step it could: They helped the teen entrepreneur get the legal paperwork he needed instead of forcing him to close up shop. Jaequan Faulkner, 13, has been running Mr. Faulkner’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs, off and on, for a couple of years. It all started back in 2016...
Gwinnett commissioners approve Infinite Energy Center design contract

Gwinnett commissioners approve Infinite Energy Center design contract

Gwinnett Commissioners have approved a $2.59 million contract with the architectural firm of Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc. for the Infinite Energy Center design renovation and expansion plans. The new design will renovate the convention hall, grand ballroom and meeting spaces at the Forum, integrating them with a full-service Marriott hotel. Plans include doubling the size...
Single lane closures begin on I-985 for concrete slab adjustments

Single lane closures begin on I-985 for concrete slab adjustments

The Georgia Department of Transportation has begun single lane closures between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. this week for concrete slab adjustments in the Gainesville area on Interstate 985. Lane closures will occur between State Route 60 and State Route 11/U.S. 129 northbound each night. This work will continue nightly through September. Expect traffic delays due to single lane traffic and plan to use caution...
Duluth selects contractor to replace Festival Center HVAC

Duluth selects contractor to replace Festival Center HVAC

The Duluth City Council voted recently to approve $68,820 for the replacement of 5 HVAC units and controls at the Duluth Festival Center. The city received three bids for the work, with the lowest coming in at $43,820 from Peachtree Construction Inc. Two additional bids were significantly higher at $124,440 from Diversified Construction of GA and $193,500 from Mechanical Services Inc. With the assistance...
Georgia, Cobb to provide motorcycle safety training

Georgia, Cobb to provide motorcycle safety training

Motorcycle safety training will be expanded in Cobb County by the state. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners recently approved a rental agreement between the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and Cobb County to provide a classroom space and a paved lot for motorcycle safety training. With the Georgia DDS conducting a motorcycle safety program throughout the state, there is a need for...
No plans to fix rough Fayette roads

No plans to fix rough Fayette roads

Despite complaints from residents and cyclists about the rough surface of two Fayette County roads, the Board of Commissioners said on July 12 that the county has no plans to resurface them. Steve Hoffman, director of the road department, gave an overview of the “chip seal” surface treatment that was applied to 1.6 miles of Huckaby Road and a half mile of Robinson Road in June. Residents...
Atlanta Passport Agency offers special summer hours

Atlanta Passport Agency offers special summer hours

The Atlanta Passport Agency will offer special summer hours at its downtown location 8 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday with no need to make an appointment, according to a press release. The agency will accept applications for first-time and renewal passports for both children and adults. The Atlanta Passport Agency located at 230 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1000 in Atlanta (above Peachtree Center...
Fayetteville road rezoning decision postponed

Fayetteville road rezoning decision postponed

A decision regarding rezoning 213 acres off Ebenezer Church and Davis Roads in Fayetteville has been postponed until the Aug. 23 meeting of the Fayette Board of Commissioners. The county held a public hearing on July 12, but the applicant withdrew the request because only three commissioners were present. TSTT Investments LLC wants to rezone the tract from agricultural-residential to PUD-PRD and develop...
East Point offers citizen police academy

East Point offers citizen police academy

The Citizen Police Academy, a program designed to acquaint citizens with the organization and interior working of the East Point Police Department, is offering a class Aug. 14 through Oct. 16, according to a press release. The program is designed to foster and enhance police-community relations and to raise community awareness of police operations and training in an effort to promote harmony within...
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