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DeKalb voters overwhelmingly approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in November that will inject hundreds of millions of dollars into government coffers over the next six years. In May, the proceeds started rolling in. But four months later, some of the 13 jurisdictions benefiting from the sales tax have more to show for the influx of cash than others.
MARTA’s priorities may be changing as it finalizes its $2.5 billion plans to expand transit in Atlanta, and the Atlanta Beltline may be a beneficiary, a document obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows.
Another Gwinnett County park is getting a synthetic turf athletic field, a conversion that officials say reduces maintenance needs and improves durability. The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners approved this week the $2.17 million contract to convert the 85,000-square-foot multi-purpose field at Lawrenceville’s Rhodes Jordan Park.
Forced to cut hours and facing the possibility of competition, the owners of Pink Pony strip club filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. Chapter 11 is known as “reorganization” bankruptcy, allowing a business to restructure its debts while remaining in operation. Pink Pony’s filing is listed under parent company Trop Inc.
Some transit advocates say a top MARTA official should recuse himself from deciding how the agency spends $2.5 billion for an Atlanta transit expansion, citing what they claim is a potential conflict of interest.
When routine debate became contentious at Monday night’s Stonecrest City Council meeting, Mayor Jason Lary said he was compelled to walk away. Saying he had grown weary and was stressed by council members bickering over how to manage SPLOST-funded projects, Lary stepped to the podium and made the surprise announcement that he would be taking medical leave.
The Federal Transit Administration is investigating whether MARTA has violated rules designed to ensure that businesses owned by minorities and women get a share of government contracts. The investigation stems from a complaint that MARTA allowed the company that operates its paratransit service for elderly and disabled people to wiggle out of a subcontract with a minority-owned business.
Gwinnett County has granted “Project Rocket” permission for takeoff. But plenty of questions — and a potential complication in neighboring DeKalb — remain. The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners gave final approval Tuesday afternoon for the permits necessary for a massive, 2.
The DeKalb County health department announced Tuesday that a mosquito tested positive for the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Humans rarely become infected and cases are uncommon in Georgia, said Ryan Cira, the environmental health director for the DeKalb Board of Health.
Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said he is stepping away from the job for a couple of months to focus on receiving treatment for cancer. He made the announcement during a City Council meeting on Monday night. It came after a tense exchange with council members over how the SPLOST program will be managed. The council delayed a vote on three items over Lary’s objections.
After 13 years, multiple lawsuits and a slew of court filings, there’s no more nude dancing in Sandy Springs. The city’s three strip clubs closed earlier this month, having exhausted their appeals in a 12-year legal battle with the city.
Three years after DeKalb County announced a plan to give residents unprecedented access to how their tax dollars are spent, county officials have not made good on that promise. The transparency initiative fell through the cracks as leadership changed and county officials’ focus shifted to other priorities like the water and sewer system improvements and implementing a SPLOST tax.
The city of Buford is in the process of purchasing land that officials said is being targeted for the future site of a new high school football stadium. Earlier this month, the city commission provided initial approval to purchase of about 16 wooded acres at Robert Bell Parkway and Buford Highway, directly across the highway from the new Buford High School that’s still under construction.
Georgia’s top political leaders Friday appointed representatives to a new regional board that will have a big say in metro Atlanta’s transit plans in coming years. Gov. Nathan Deal named Georgia Power executive Charlie Sutlive to chair the board, which will oversee transit funding and construction in the 13-county region.
MINNEAPOLIS – Some DeKalb County residents have waited for decades for MARTA rail to arrive in their communities, all the while paying the penny sales tax that has helped the system expand into other parts of metro Atlanta.
Advocates of an ambitious plan to develop a network of linear parks and trails along a vast stretch of the Chattahoochee River say it holds the promise to transform the metro region in the way the Beltline changed Atlanta.
When Greta Bell decided to start looking for a new home, she hoped to stay in Newnan, where she rents an apartment with her son. But every house she saw in that area was out of her price range. Her real estate agent sent her to south Fulton County, instead. Home prices have risen over the past several years as metro Atlanta has worked its way out of the Great Recession.
Update: Because the repairs were completed so quickly, Austin Elementary students are now returning to the campus. Original post: Students attending Austin Elementary School in Dunwoody evacuated to a nearby campus on Thursday after a water main broke nearby. Repairs are now complete on a damaged six-inch pipe that was discovered on Holly Bank Circle.
The state criminal investigation into open records practices at Atlanta City Hall has moved into its next stage. The GBI on Monday turned over its case file to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr’s office, which will decide whether the evidence supports criminal charges against members of former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration.
On Tuesday, Ed Williams and a group of activists returned to the scene of what they claim is a crime that violated more than 700,000 DeKalb County residents. It is Williams’ latest attempt to seek justice after county commissioners quietly approved a $24,000 pay raise for themselves last February.
Gwinnett Commissioner Tommy Hunter has filed another appeal in his lawsuit against the county ethics board that recommended his reprimand last year. Unlike the first, this appeal is likely to actually send the case to Georgia’s Supreme Court — where a recent ruling in a similar matter adds an interesting wrinkle to the already lengthy saga.
Gwinnettians won’t go to the polls to vote on joining the MARTA system until next year — but one local city is getting a new transit service next week. “Microtransit,” to be precise. Gwinnett County announced this week that it selected a portion of the city of Snellville for a six-month pilot of a new on-demand, door-to-door bus service.
The Atlanta Braves will pay Cobb County more than a million dollars to cover water and sewer at the team’s new, publicly-financed stadium, according to a settlement approved by commissioners Tuesday. Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce hailed the agreement as a win for the county, although the amount Cobb will collect is less than the $1.5 million it originally claimed the Braves owed.
Georgia may not be Hurricane Florence’s main target, but as the monster storm nears the Atlantic coast the Peach State is preparing itself. According to Channel 2, Florence could reach the Southeast coast by Friday morning. On Monday, the National Hurricane Center classified the storm as a Category 4 hurricane with 130-mph winds.
Cobb County Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on a settlement with the Atlanta Braves over millions in disputed stadium costs. The Braves have agreed to pay $1.5 million for water and sewer infrastructure, as well as $380,000 for signage, according to a statement from the county. Cobb in turn will refund the Braves a “negotiated amount in project management costs.
For much of Monday morning’s rush hour, southbound traffic on I-75 in Cobb County was stop-and-go madness as motorists approached the Perimeter. But not for drivers in the new Northwest Corridor Express Lanes. Peach Pass holders were granted access to miles of open road, allowing them to pass cars in the regular lanes like they were standing still – which, at times, they were.
A group of Atlantans was among those who gathered around the world Saturday to rally for measures to combat climate change. Nearly 100 people came together at Cleopas R. Johnson Park, located on Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard, not far from the Atlanta University Center, for the city’s version of the international “Rise for Climate” protests.
On Thursday, MARTA’s Board of Directors approved a historic contract that would allow it to take over and expand transit services — including building a new heavy rail line — in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett’s county commission has approved the contract, too.
More than 80 new jobs are coming to Henry County with the expansion of a maker of made-from-scratch breakfast products. De Wafelbakkers, an Alabama-based producer of frozen pancakes, is investing $15 million to expand its Henry production facility, the Henry County Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced Friday.
The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes in Cobb and Cherokee counties will open to traffic mid-morning Saturday. Here’s what you need to know. The lanes: The Northwest Corridor consists of 30 miles of toll lanes on I-75 and I-575. The lanes are separated from regular traffic. They stretch from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road on I-75 and from I-75 to Sixes Road on I-575.
Even though its chances of luring Amazon to Clayton County were about slim to none, the chairman of the county commission says they’re definitely out of the running for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters after an official allegedly failed to follow the rules.
Georgia’s State Properties Commission announced on Friday the signing of a new, 50-year lease agreement with CSX for the company’s continued use of the state-owned Western and Atlantic railroad. The contract preserves CSX’s exclusive control over freight access but also reserves Georgia’s right to install passenger rail at a future date.
Next to the South Fulton funeral home owned by Monique Murray’s family, there’s already a McDonald’s and a Starbucks. She worried when developers wanted to add a Burger King to the mix. Traffic is bad enough, Murray said. So she was pleased when the South Fulton City Council denied a zoning request to change a mixed-use area to a commercial one so the restaurant could be built.
Cobb County and the Atlanta Braves are in a legal dispute over millions of dollars in costs associated with SunTrust Park. Taxpayers’ obligation on the publicly-subsidized ballpark already tops $400 million. But now the Braves are seeking more than $4.6 million they say the county owes them. The issue began back in May when the county approached the team about paying $1.
The MARTA Board of Directors on Thursday got an earful from metro Atlanta residents unhappy about its still-evolving expansion plans. Residents from DeKalb County and Atlanta complained about the agency’s expansion priorities – most notably the Clifton Corridor light rail line. Some also accused the agency of favoring projects that benefit white residents over black riders.
Gwinnett County has now cleared two big hurdles on its once-unthinkable trek toward joining MARTA. It’s got one more to go. A contract to take over and greatly expand transit services in Gwinnett, Georgia’s second largest county, was approved Thursday by MARTA’s Board of Directors.
A new organization is hoping to development a workforce for the state’s growing entertainment industry, starting with a training program in Clayton County.
MARTA’s Board of Directors unanimously approved Thursday an historic contract to take over and greatly expand transit service — including the likely introduction of heavy rail — in Gwinnett County. The next hurdle will be a public referendum on the matter.
Just minutes after his case was dismissed Tuesday in Clayton County Superior Court, Rodney Williams sat in his car with both a sense of relief and regret. The former Clayton Sheriff’s Office chaplain was happy the court determined there was no merit to a computer trespassing charge by his former boss, Sheriff Victor Hill.
Ahead of today’s scheduled vote by the MARTA board on a contract with Gwinnett County, DeKalb County officials are raising concerns. CEO Michael Thurmond and Commissioner Jeff Rader, the presiding officer, said they want assurances that MARTA will not ignore DeKalb needs as Gwinnett joins the fold.
The Brookhaven Planning Commission recommended that the mayor and City Council deny a plan to annex land into the city to allow a controversial development. Wednesday night’s vote came after roughly 10 residents from nearby neighborhoods spoke out against the project planned for the northwest corner of Briarcliff and Clairmont roads.
Blame it on his confidence. >> Read more trending news An Indiana man was arrested for battery and criminal recklessness after a dispute over a Bruno Mars song, WXIN reported. Roger Washburn, 71, is charged with hitting a friend in the face with a pistol, the television station reported. The gun discharged during the argument but no one was hurt, police said.
A Florida sheriff’s deputy fatally shot his wife Monday morning before shooting himself in an apparent murder-suicide, the Tampa Bay Times reported. >> Read more trending news Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said four children were in the home at time of the shooting.
The Harrisburg Fire Department in North Carolina surprised a 3-year-old with a birthday party after several of his classmates canceled Sunday. Melissa Reid said she received several text messages the morning of her son's birthday party from parents, letting her know her son's classmates couldn't make it.
Tiger Woods ended a five-year victory drought when he won the Tour Championship on Sunday. >> Read more trending news By finishing two shots ahead of Billy Horschel with a 1-over-par 71 and an 11-under-par 269 for the tournament, Woods earned his 80th career win on the PGA Tour, second only behind Sam Snead’s 82.
A Tennessee man was arrested Thursday and charged with setting fire to his daughter’s wheelchair while she was in it, WCYB reported. >> Read more trending news Timothy Shane Medley, 41, was indicted by a Giles County grand jury for aggravated assault, abuse of an adult, felony reckless endangerment, reckless aggravated assault and burning personal property.
In the aftermath of Florence, crews in North Carolina are now facing a unique cleanup challenge after the storm: Dead fish on a highway. >> Read more trending news Since flooding overwhelmed many roads, including I-40, many fish were left stranded on the asphalt as waters receded, according to the Penderlea Fire Department in North Carolina.
An industrial worker in Florida died Saturday after falling into an asphalt machine, the Miami Herald reported. >> Read more trending news Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel responded to a call about “an extreme fall” at the scene at 10:46 a.m., fire rescue spokeswoman Lt. Kirsten Miller told the newspaper.
A Florida man convicted of stealing $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store was sentenced to 20 years in state prison, the Pensacola News Journal reported. >> Read more trending news Robert Spellman, 48, was convicted in August of burglary and grand theft for the Dec. 28 incident, the newspaper reported.
An Indiana bus driver was arrested Friday, accused of allowing three teenagers to drive her bus, the Chicago Tribune reported. >> Read more trending news Joandrea McAtee, 27, was arrested by the Porter County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony neglect of a dependent after she allegedly let three students, ages 11, 13 and 17, drive her vehicle, the newspaper reported.
A North Carolina woman was arrested Friday after authorities said she ran an illegal operation while sheltering animals during Florence, the News-Argus of Goldsboro reported.
A photo showing an Idaho schoolboy lying on the ground to ensure that no part of an American flag touched the ground has gained international attention.
An Alaska man escaped jail time Wednesday after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman who said he sexually assaulted and strangled her until she lost consciousness, KTVA reported. >> Read more trending news Justin Schneider, 34, of Anchorage, was convicted on four felony charges -- including kidnapping and assault -- and a misdemeanor charge for the August 2017 incident.
Update 10:44 a.m. EDT Sept. 23: Cody Wilson, the creator of the 3D-printed gun, was booked into a Texas jail Sunday morning after returning to the United States, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news Wilson was arrested at a Taiwan hotel Friday after being accused of sexual assault in Texas.
A state herpetologist released new details about a two-headed baby Eastern copperhead snake found outside a home in Woodbridge, Virginia, WTVR reported. The snake was examined at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. >> Read more trending news The center received the snake on Sept. 20, according to the center’s website.
The University of Mississippi is considering changing the name of its School of Journalism after receiving major backlash stemming from a controversial post made on Facebook by the school’s namesake. >> Read more trending news Ed Meek is a well-known and respected alumnus of Ole Miss, as well as a significant booster for the journalism program, WHBQ reported.
A Northern California barbershop owner apologized Friday and said he has received death threats after a photograph of a hanging doll in his shop portraying former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was posted on social media, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday.
A woman, her husband and her mother were arrested on child abuse charges Thursday after a 13-year-old boy was found naked and chained in a central Alabama home, AL.com reported.
Pallets of bananas that went unclaimed at port near Houston yielded a bunch of cocaine worth nearly $18 million, KHOU reported. >> Read more trending news A business in Freeport, Texas, offered two pallets of the fruit to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because they had not been claimed at the Ports of America, the television station reported.
An Indiana woman with Down syndrome was not accepted to any sororities at George Mason University because of her disability, her sister claimed.
A Colorado man accused of walking too close to the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park last week faces more charges after he led police on a chase in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Billings Gazette reported.
The man accused of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver during a crash in February was sentenced to 16 years in prison, WXIN reported.
Planning for a permanent memorial and museum honoring the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub attack has been in the works for more than a year. >> Read more trending news WFTV obtained renderings Friday of what the memorial could look like and learned that it could span three city blocks.
After advising the public to avoid the nasal-spray version of the flu vaccine for the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now giving it the green light. A favorite of the needle-averse, the spray did not appear to work as well against H1N1, a strain of the flu, in the past few seasons, the CDC said.
Cancers linked to the human papillomavirus have increased significantly over the last 15 years in the United States, with throat cancer now the most common HPV-related malignancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 43,000 people developed HPV-associated cancer in 2015, compared with about 30,000 in 1999, the CDC said.
Research on alcohol consumption is in a pickle. There’s no question that pounding one drink after another is bad for your health. Things get murkier when it comes to “moderate” drinking.
ST. LOUIS — Using an easy eye exam, researchers at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis were able to detect evidence of Alzheimer’s disease in patients before they had symptoms of the disease. The findings, involving 30 patients, were published today in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.
Google’s trying to get you off the couch by simplifying the look of its Fit app to measure just two things: how much you move and how good that is for your heart. The company redesigned the app in partnership with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization to reflect both the amount that people move every day and the intensity of that movement.
Everyone knows that walking is one of the best exercises for health, which is why physicians regularly recommend 150 minutes a week. But that’s a measure of volume. What about walking speed? Does that make a difference? A recent paper indicates the answer may be yes. Previous research had focused only on total amounts of exercise in minutes, or steps.
Five people, including three infants between the ages of 3 days and 1 month, were in critical condition Friday after they were stabbed at an unlicensed daycare center in New York City, according to police and reports. >> Read more trending news Authorities said a 52-year-old woman, later identified as Yu Fen Wang, was found at the scene with a self-inflicted slash to her wrist.
Authorities in Harford County were still trying to piece together the circumstances that allegedly led Snochia Moseley to open fire Thursday at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. >> Read more trending news Four people died, including Moseley, according to Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. Authorities have not identified the victims.
A New York woman was arrested in Fairfax, Virginia, after allegedly hitting a security guard in the head with her fanny pack, which contained a pigeon, WUSA reported. >> Read more trending news Laurie Weave, 56, also threatened the guard with a knife in the Tuesday morning incident, police said.
An Amber Alert was issued in West Virginia after a 6-year-old boy was taken from his father’s home, officials said. >> Read more trending news Akexton Steele was taken from the home in Ohio County about 9 p.m. after family members of his father’s estranged ex-wife used an ax to break in, officials said.
Update 7:47 a.m. EDT Sept 22: Divers rescued a man Saturday who fell from an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, Reuters reported. State broadcaster TBC said the death toll had reached 183, according to Reuters.
A New York man accused for his part in a heroin and fentanyl distribution ring commuted from the Bronx to Staten Island to sell the illicit drugs -- and took his children on a drug buy, police said. >> Read more trending news Steven Ildefonso was one of six suspects arrested and indicted Thursday, the New York Daily News reported.
A Tennessee man was arrested for whipping his 6-year-old child to death with an extension cord, police said. >> Read more trending news Memphis police said Donald Rich, the child’s stepfather, called 911 after the child “began to throw up and became unresponsive.” The incident happened Wednesday.
Police in Washington, D.C., arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him in the fatal stabbing of a woman jogging through the city, the Washington Post reported. >> Read more trending news Anthony Marquell Crawford was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Wendy Martinez, 35, who was attacked shortly before 8 p.m.
A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur in India was forced to turn back Thursday when 30 passengers complained of nose and ear bleeds because of low pressure in the cabin, CNN reported Thursday. >> Read more trending news "The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai," Jet Airways said in a statement.
Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett was killed in a crash Thursday night during an event at BAPS Motorspeedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania, the World of Outlaws said in a news release. He was 49.
Two men from Missouri were arrested on federal drug charges Thursday after authorities caught them with two kilograms of fentanyl, enough for 1.5 million doses of the painkiller, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. >> Read more trending news Two men, Ruben Lopez, 27, and Jonathen Andrew Aguilar, 31, both of St.
A 75-year-old Wisconsin man is giving new meaning to catnaps. >> Read more trending news Terry Lauerman, of De Pere, has been volunteering at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay for the last six months, and photographs of him fast asleep while several of the shelter’s cats snuggle up to him on couches have gone viral, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported.
A 94-year-old Iowa native has been sweet to residents in his small town for more than 15 years. Bob Williams is known as the “Candy Bar Man” in Long Grove, and his kindness has been a sweet story to many residents.
Kohl’s is hiring for the holidays. >> Read more trending news The department store chain announced Thursday that it plans to hire 90,000 seasonal employees nationally for more than 1,100 stores, nine distribution centers, and five-commerce fulfillment centers and credit centers, WTKR reported.
The first full-service cannabis kitchen will open in Arizona on Oct. 5, KSAZ reported. >> Read more trending news The Mint Dispensary is launching the kitchen in Tempe, and Arizona residents with a medicinal marijuana card will be able to buy a meal customized with a dose of cannabis, KNXV reported.
Members of an Indiana family said they are unable to grieve properly because their relative has not been buried nearly two weeks after his funeral, WXIN reported. >> Read more trending news Louis Meador, 62, died Sept. 1 and his funeral was six days later, the television station reported.
A Texas woman’s dream honeymoon in Hawaii earlier this month turned nightmarish when she was paralyzed in a freak boogie boarding accident, KXAS reported. >> Read more trending news Nikki Lewis and Will Lewis were married Sept. 8 in a destination wedding on Maui. Days later, the couple and some friends were at the beach.
Venisha Brown, one of the daughters of the late Godfather of Soul James Brown and the late Yvonne Fair, formerly of the Chantels, died Wednesday. She was 53. >> Read more trending news Venisha Brown died at Augusta University Health Medical Center in Augusta due to complications from pneumonia, according to a release from the James Brown Family Foundation.
A 24-year-old Texas man is in critical condition Thursday after he was stabbed by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, who was hiding in a closet at her apartment, WOAI reported. >> Read more trending news Anthony Escobedo, 24, was taken to a San Antonio hospital with a collapsed lung, the television station reported. The incident occurred in San Antonio just after 2 a.m.
A video showing an alleged shootout between two central Florida high school students was released, WFTV reported. Both teens and a third juvenile were arrested. >> Read more trending news Police obtained video they said shows a shootout between two Apopka High School students.
Firefighters in British Columbia, Canada, rodeoed with a weather anomaly Aug. 18, 2018. The crew was battling a wildfire when the flames swirled into a “firenado.” Firefighter Mary Schidlowsky captured the moment as the vortex reportedly rose more than 100 feet in the air. The crew put up a good fight, but Schidlowsky said the firenado ultimately won out and melted their hose.
Two people who fought one of life’s hardest battles together are now celebrating one of life’s most wonderful gifts: love. Joel Alsup and Lindsey Wilkerson Alsup met 25 years ago at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. At the time, 7-year-old Joel was fighting osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that caused a tumor in his right arm.
Charges were dismissed Wednesday against a Michigan woman who took away her 15-year-old daughter’s cellphone as punishment, WOOD reported. >> Read more trending news Jodie May of Grandville said she “was just being a mom” when she took her daughter’s iPhone 6 away in April after the girl got in trouble at school, the television station reported.
A woman who poured iced coffee over a counter at a New York convenience store -- next to a “Make them smile” sign -- has local authorities grimacing as they try to find her, WNBC reported. >> Read more trending news The Aug.