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NEW DETAILS: MARTA plans commuter rail line for Clayton County

NEW DETAILS: MARTA plans commuter rail line for Clayton County

MARTA is close to approving a passenger rail line through Clayton County that supporters hope will transform commuting and economic development south of Atlanta. The 22-mile line would connect MARTA’s East Point station to Jonesboro and Lovejoy along the existing Norfolk Southern railroad right of way.
Momentum builds for local control in South Cobb

Momentum builds for local control in South Cobb

More than two dozen residents stopped by the new Mableton Square one recent sunny afternoon to chart a future for the small park they hope will become the seed for a revitalized city center in the South Cobb community.
Executive’s lifestyle under scrutiny as duped investors wait for money

Executive’s lifestyle under scrutiny as duped investors wait for money

Christopher and Connie Brogdon’s asset list suggests the pinnacle of Atlanta prosperity. The couple’s $5 million residence near the top of the St. Regis offers stunning views from one of Buckhead’s most elite addresses. They can pick from a Lexus SUV, a BMW coupe and a Porsche Panamera to navigate the city’s traffic.
Atlanta paid Reed’s former law firm millions for vague flat-fee bills

Atlanta paid Reed’s former law firm millions for vague flat-fee bills

During former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s last four years in office, the city paid $2.2 million to a global law firm where Reed once worked for services only vaguely described on invoices as “litigation consultation” and “legal research.
AJC, Channel 2 donate $80,000 to support government transparency

AJC, Channel 2 donate $80,000 to support government transparency

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News on Wednesday night donated $80,000 to the Georgia First Amendment Foundation to promote citizen access to public records and institutions in the state. The donation resulted from the AJC and Channel 2’s recently concluded efforts to bring the city of Atlanta into compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act.
Long waits for ambulances erode public confidence in DeKalb

Long waits for ambulances erode public confidence in DeKalb

The child in the grips of a severe seizure had to get to a trauma center right away. But as the minutes ticked by, a transport was nowhere in sight. With every passing moment, Shanna and Terry Tolbert watched as their 2-year-old turned a deeper shade of blue. The child wasn’t getting enough oxygen, and the seconds seemed like hours for the young Dunwoody couple.
Gwinnett one step closer to owning site once pitched as movie campus

Gwinnett one step closer to owning site once pitched as movie campus

Gwinnett County is one step closer to owning the Norcross-area property once pitched as the possible site of a sprawling movie production campus. Gwinnett’s county commissioners voted Tuesday to authorize up to $36.5 million in bonds for the purchase of 100-plus acres at the OFS Brightwave Solutions site, just off I-85 near Jimmy Carter Boulevard.
Viral video of pre-teen rapper apprehended by Cobb cop draws outrage

Viral video of pre-teen rapper apprehended by Cobb cop draws outrage

A viral video showing a Cobb County police officer arresting a young black boy at the Cumberland Mall has drawn outrage online from some who say it’s merely the latest example of white officers being too aggressive with children of color. Cobb Police Chief Mike Register said the department has launched an internal investigation into the incident, which occurred Oct.
Georgia Supreme Court declines to halt Eagle’s Landing cityhood vote

Georgia Supreme Court declines to halt Eagle’s Landing cityhood vote

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the city of Stockbridge’s request to halt the November referendum that will allow voters to decide whether to make Eagle’s Landing a city. In a 7-2 ruling, the state’s highest court denied the motion to “expedite appeal, or, in the alternative, to stay referendum election.
Three Fulton County house races could be competitive

Three Fulton County house races could be competitive

Three Fulton County state House seats that have been held by Republicans appear to be competitive in the next month’s election. But two Republican incumbents say their moderate voting records should lead to their re-elections. The candidates running for a third, vacated seat both say they would take the opportunity of an opening to move in a new direction. At stake on Nov.
Georgia Supreme Court denies Stockbridge request to stop Eagle’s Landing cityhood vote

Georgia Supreme Court denies Stockbridge request to stop Eagle’s Landing cityhood vote

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the city of Stockbridge’s request to halt the November referendum allowing voters to decide whether to make Eagle’s Landing a city. In a 7-2 ruling, the state’s highest court denied the motion to “expedite appeal, or, in the alternative, to stay referendum election.
Pride parades through Atlanta with a dose of politics

Pride parades through Atlanta with a dose of politics

To Legrand Maness Jr., the Atlanta Pride Festival is much more than a celebration. It’s a call to action. As he waited for the parade to begin on Sunday, Maness posted a video to Facebook showing the crowd along the route. He told his followers that the energy around the festival should motivate them to vote in November.
Hurricane Michael: Power will be restored across Georgia next week

Hurricane Michael: Power will be restored across Georgia next week

Nearly 250,000 Georgians were still without power Friday morning, and many should expect power outages to persist through next week. But Georgia Power representatives estimated the company would be able to restore power in some areas earlier than originally anticipated. In Savannah and on the coast, power was expected to be back by on Friday.
Henry making smooth transition to majority-minority county status

Henry making smooth transition to majority-minority county status

As a fight rages in Stockbridge over an Eagle’s Landing secession movement tinged with racial tension, Henry County is set to cross a significant political milestone next month that has barely registered a peep with voters in the fast-changing county. The county commission in metro Atlanta’s eighth largest county will become majority-minority after voters go to the polls Nov. 6.
‘Catastrophic damage’ to power grid in Georgia after Hurricane Michael

‘Catastrophic damage’ to power grid in Georgia after Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael has caused “catastrophic damage” to electric infrastructure in the state, according to Georgia EMCs, and it will likely be several days before power is fully restored. “We know it’s going to be a while,” said Terri Statham, a spokesperson for the EMCs. “A couple of EMCs have lost their entire distribution network.
Voters to say if Fulton’s last unincorporated area can join a city

Voters to say if Fulton’s last unincorporated area can join a city

Fulton County voters will go to the polls Nov. 6 to decide whether to undo a state constitutional amendment that kept the Fulton Industrial area from being annexed into a city. But if they choose to lift it, it will accelerate the fight over who gets the last unincorporated part of the county.
Battery Atlanta apartments sell for $156 million

Battery Atlanta apartments sell for $156 million

The Atlanta Braves’ development arm has sold three apartment buildings in The Battery Atlanta to Cortland, an Atlanta-based multifamily real estate firm. The Battery is the mixed-use development of apartments, retail and restaurants anchored by SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.
DeKalb News: Savannah assistant chief tapped for Chamblee job

DeKalb News: Savannah assistant chief tapped for Chamblee job

Kerry Thomas, one of two assistant chiefs at the Savannah Police Department, has been recommended for the top law enforcement job in Chamblee. Chamblee city manager Jon Walker announced Wednesday that he recommended Thomas for the police chief role. The mayor and city council must approve.
Stockbridge has day in Ga. Supreme Court to stop Eagle’s Landing cityhood

Stockbridge has day in Ga. Supreme Court to stop Eagle’s Landing cityhood

With less than a month before voters go to the polls, attorneys for Stockbridge on Tuesday asked the Georgia Supreme Court to stop the upcoming referendum that threatens to tear the city in half to create a new city of Eagle’s Landing.  Their contention: That the ballot question violates the state Constitution by asking voters to approve two ballot questions simultaneously.
Cobb expands plans for first equestrian park

Cobb expands plans for first equestrian park

Cobb took a big step Tuesday toward turning Violet F. Stout Park into the county’s first public equestrian facility with the purchase of an additional 87 acres of greenspace.  The $2.6 million acquisition significantly expands the park, which is located near Powder Springs in southwest Cobb, to 304 acres.
‘The Gwinnett standard’ vs. upstart Democrat in Commission District 2

‘The Gwinnett standard’ vs. upstart Democrat in Commission District 2

The race to represent the most diverse swath of Gwinnett County pits a two-term Republican incumbent against a newcomer trying to make history. Republican Lynette Howard, a chemist by trade, is seeking her third term representing Gwinnett Commission District 2, which covers the Lilburn, Norcross and Peachtree Corners areas.
Fayette 911 director resigns amid new allegations of workplace abuse

Fayette 911 director resigns amid new allegations of workplace abuse

Fayette’s controversial 911 center director resigned Monday amid new accusations of abusive behavior, eight months after employees complained about a toxic work environment in a series of county commission meetings. County Administrator Steve Rapson said he accepted Bernard “Buster” Brown’s resignation, waiving Brown’s offer to work out a two-week notice.
DeKalb schools celebrate ‘Walk to School Day’ Oct. 10

DeKalb schools celebrate ‘Walk to School Day’ Oct. 10

Forty-nine schools in DeKalb County have registered as official participants of Walk to School Day on Oct. 10. The initiative, sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, is focused on making walking to local schools safer for students and therefore a more viable option for parents.
New I-85 lanes open in northern Gwinnett

New I-85 lanes open in northern Gwinnett

Drivers in northern Gwinnett just got a gift: a third lane has opened in each direction on an oft-congested stretch of I-85.  And they’re not even the ones you have to pay to drive in. The Georgia Department of Transportation opened over the weekend the new “general purpose” lanes on I-85 between the I-985 split and Hamilton Mill Road.
Criminal charges still possible for Atlanta public records violations

Criminal charges still possible for Atlanta public records violations

Although the city of Atlanta has agreed to reform how it handles public records requests, current and past employees could still face criminal charges for violations of Georgia’s Open Records Act, according to a Friday letter from state Attorney General Chris Carr.
Transit, finances among issues in Gwinnett Commission District 4 race

Transit, finances among issues in Gwinnett Commission District 4 race

He touts his role in guiding Gwinnett County through the aftermath of both a recession and a corruption scandal. She pitches her fresh perspective and ability to relate to everyday people. He’s a Republican vying for his third term on the County Commission.
Detainees wait in jail as Fulton solicitor steps away from cases

Detainees wait in jail as Fulton solicitor steps away from cases

As her fiance languished in the Fulton County Jail on misdemeanor charges for 15 days, Dorothy Freeman’s life came apart. She fell behind on her car payment, lost the boarding house room she shared with her 4-year-old son and bounced from family to friends’ homes in search of stability.
Cobb weighs foray into affordable housing program

Cobb weighs foray into affordable housing program

Cobb is considering its first affordable housing incentive amid concerns about a dearth of homes within reach of low and middle income workers. The proposal is being hailed as an important first step by affordable housing advocates who say they would like to see the county do more.
Floor & Decor to relocate headquarters to Cobb

Floor & Decor to relocate headquarters to Cobb

Flooring retailer Floor & Decor is relocating from Atlanta to Cobb County and could bring as many as 500 new jobs over the coming years, according to an announcement from Governor Nathan Deal’s office Thursday.  The jobs include administrative and customer service positions, according to the announcement.
Georgia’s system for choosing ambulance service under fire

Georgia’s system for choosing ambulance service under fire

Incident after incident has piled up, to the alarm of city officials: After being struck by a car, a pedestrian waited almost an hour for a medical transport. An ambulance never showed, so a peace officer had to transport a mentally ill patient to the hospital in his patrol car. An EMT was arrested after accusations she had assaulted a handcuffed 17-year-old patient in the ambulance.
Stockbridge names James Touchton economic development director

Stockbridge names James Touchton economic development director

James Touchton, the former director of policy and government affairs for the Council for Quality Growth, has been named economic development director for the city of Stockbridge.  Touchton, who worked with the Council for six years prior to coming to Stockbridge, also was a senior policy analyst and advisor for the Georgia Senate Research Office for five years.
ARC selects ‘genius grant’ firm to design Chattahoochee greenway

ARC selects ‘genius grant’ firm to design Chattahoochee greenway

The Atlanta Regional Commission announced Thursday that it had selected a firm to carry out a $1.5 million study aimed at creating a 100-mile greenway along the Chattahoochee River. SCAPE Landscape Architecture is a prominent New York-based company founded by Kate Orff, the first landscape architect to be awarded the MacArthur “genius” grant.
City of Atlanta agrees to settle records case with AJC and Channel 2

City of Atlanta agrees to settle records case with AJC and Channel 2

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have agreed to drop their claims against the city of Atlanta for what the media organizations described as “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act, according to an agreement reached this week.
Atlanta mayor signs bill changing Confederate street names

Atlanta mayor signs bill changing Confederate street names

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed a bill Wednesday officially renaming three city streets with Confederate in their names. Confederate Avenue and East Confederate Avenue will be renamed United Avenue and United Avenue S.E., respectively, and a third street, Confederate Court, will be renamed Trestletree Court, after apartment buildings that are on the street.
House District 105 among the many tight contests in shifting Gwinnett

House District 105 among the many tight contests in shifting Gwinnett

District 105 isn’t the only Gwinnett County seat in the General Assembly that observers believe has the potential to flip from red to blue in this fall’s elections. But it may be the most intriguing race among them. Republican state Rep.
City of Atlanta settles abuse of open records claims with AJC, WSB-TV

City of Atlanta settles abuse of open records claims with AJC, WSB-TV

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have agreed to drop their claims against the city of Atlanta for what the media organizations described as “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act, according to an agreement reached this week.
Judge asked to invalidate past DeKalb Board of Ethics actions

Judge asked to invalidate past DeKalb Board of Ethics actions

Now that the Georgia Supreme Court has upheld a ruling against the DeKalb County Board of Ethics, the original judge has more decisions to make. Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson is being asked to strike down the entire law that created the board, which would also eliminate the county’s ethics officer position and Code of Ethics.
Mayor Bottoms announces big pay hike for Atlanta police officers

Mayor Bottoms announces big pay hike for Atlanta police officers

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that the city will increase police pay by 30 percent over the next three years. “This is an unprecedented step to improving public safety in our city,” Bottoms said. Starting in January, the city will add $10 million toward paying officers’ salaries.
MARTA’s expansion plan for Atlanta faces hurdles

MARTA’s expansion plan for Atlanta faces hurdles

One day, an Atlantan might be able to catch a train from Greenbriar Mall in the southwest part of the city to a job at Emory University. Young professionals bound for Midtown might catch a rapid bus, avoiding the traffic hassles. Families living along the Atlanta Beltline might be able to take trains to parks and restaurants.
Fulton County will use officers to escort voting cards for tallying

Fulton County will use officers to escort voting cards for tallying

To ensure the security of votes on election night, Fulton County will use police escorts to bring completed electronic voting cards to a central warehouse to compute the results, the county’s elections director said Thursday. Richard Barron said he was making the change at the request of state officials.
Stonecrest mayor wants time off from some, not all, duties

Stonecrest mayor wants time off from some, not all, duties

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary leaned on a podium as he told a shocked audience he has cancer and needed some time away. He said the stress of the job — increased by bickering with City Council members that again left Lary on the losing end of a 4-2 vote just a few minutes before — was becoming more than he should handle.
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