Nedra Rhone

Nedra Rhone, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, has been a features writer for the AJC since 2006 covering people, places, pop culture and news, in and beyond metro Atlanta. She writes and manages the Talk of the Town blog.

Latest from Nedra Rhone

91-year-old Savannah playwright steers her Johnny Mercer production to Broadway 
 When Miriam Center turned 50 , it marked the end of an era. Not only did the divorced mother of three leave Savannah, the city where she was born, she also left behind the one-dimensional labels that had defined her for most of her life -- wife, mother, homemaker, etc.  Center instead focused only on becoming the woman she wanted to...

Posted: a day ago

When Miriam Center turned 50 , it marked the end of an era. Not only did the divorced mother of three leave Savannah, the city where she was born, she also left behind the one-dimensional labels that had defined her for most of her life -- wife, mother, homemaker, etc.  Center instead focused only on becoming the woman she wanted to...
Chick-fil-A fans react to New Yorker story calling restaurant a ‘creepy’ enterprise
 In October 2015 when Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A opened its first free-standing restaurant in New York City, thousands flocked to the Garment District for the event.  Since then, the chain has added three more restaurants in New York, the fourth of which opened last month on Fulton Street. By most accounts, New York has fully embraced...

Posted: 3 days ago

In October 2015 when Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A opened its first free-standing restaurant in New York City, thousands flocked to the Garment District for the event.  Since then, the chain has added three more restaurants in New York, the fourth of which opened last month on Fulton Street. By most accounts, New York has fully embraced...
Atlanta native, author Tayari Jones joins faculty of Emory University
 Atlanta native and best-selling author Tayari Jones joins the creative writing program at Emory University this fall as a member of the English faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Jones is the author of four novels, including the recently published “An American Marriage,” an Oprah Book Club Selection....

Posted: 5 days ago

Atlanta native and best-selling author Tayari Jones joins the creative writing program at Emory University this fall as a member of the English faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Jones is the author of four novels, including the recently published “An American Marriage,” an Oprah Book Club Selection....
Eyecatchers
 LUGGAGE WITH LATITUDE Tumi has launched a new, premium hard-shell luggage collection. Latitude is the lightest Tumi travel collection yet that does not compromise durability. “With Latitude, we wanted to create a collection that offers the best of the best in terms of innovation and aesthetic, which pushed us to improve weight, function...

Posted: 6 days ago

LUGGAGE WITH LATITUDE Tumi has launched a new, premium hard-shell luggage collection. Latitude is the lightest Tumi travel collection yet that does not compromise durability. “With Latitude, we wanted to create a collection that offers the best of the best in terms of innovation and aesthetic, which pushed us to improve weight, function...
Former mayoral candidate pushes for light rail on the Atlanta Beltline
 Cathy Woolard spent a lot of time talking about transportation when she was campaigning for mayor.  Now she hopes to keep the conversation going by inspiring a grassroots effort focused on light rail transit around the Atlanta Beltline.  Recently on his personal blog, Ryan Gravel, the visionary of the Atlanta Beltline, aired his...

Posted: 6 days ago

Cathy Woolard spent a lot of time talking about transportation when she was campaigning for mayor.  Now she hopes to keep the conversation going by inspiring a grassroots effort focused on light rail transit around the Atlanta Beltline.  Recently on his personal blog, Ryan Gravel, the visionary of the Atlanta Beltline, aired his...
Georgia goat forced to ingest whiskey, cocaine begins new life as therapy animal
 Kyla Jones has seen a lot of abused animals during her years in pet rescue. Animals that have been starved or physically and sexually abused by humans have crossed her path. She thought she had seen it all. Then came Whiskey.  The goat of unknown age or origin made news headlines when Sergio Palomares-Guzman, 28, a horse trainer...

Posted: 9 days ago

Kyla Jones has seen a lot of abused animals during her years in pet rescue. Animals that have been starved or physically and sexually abused by humans have crossed her path. She thought she had seen it all. Then came Whiskey.  The goat of unknown age or origin made news headlines when Sergio Palomares-Guzman, 28, a horse trainer...
Gwinnett goat forced to ingest whiskey, cocaine begins new life as therapy animal
 Kyla Jones has seen a lot of abused animals during her  years in pet rescue. Animals that have been starved or physically and sexually abused by humans have all crossed her path. She thought she had seen it all. Then came Whiskey.  The goat of unknown age or origin made news headlines when Sergio Palomares-Guzman, 28, a horse trainer...

Posted: 9 days ago

Kyla Jones has seen a lot of abused animals during her years in pet rescue. Animals that have been starved or physically and sexually abused by humans have all crossed her path. She thought she had seen it all. Then came Whiskey.  The goat of unknown age or origin made news headlines when Sergio Palomares-Guzman, 28, a horse trainer...
Tour highlights micro homes in Intown neighborhoods
 There’s no shortage of home tours in metro Atlanta. More than a dozen neighborhoods, both ITP and OTP, host annual home tours that offer an intimate look at how your neighbors live. There are also a number of specialized home tours in Atlanta such as one designed just for kitchens, another that shows off remodeling projects and one...

Posted: 20 days ago

There’s no shortage of home tours in metro Atlanta. More than a dozen neighborhoods, both ITP and OTP, host annual home tours that offer an intimate look at how your neighbors live. There are also a number of specialized home tours in Atlanta such as one designed just for kitchens, another that shows off remodeling projects and one...
Labrador Retriever still the most popular dog breed in Atlanta
 Atlantans still love their Labrador Retrievers. The even-tempered dogs known for being gentle and intelligent have remained the most popular breed in the nation for the 27th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 2017 rankings of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S. Labs have been on top since...

Posted: 21 days ago

Atlantans still love their Labrador Retrievers. The even-tempered dogs known for being gentle and intelligent have remained the most popular breed in the nation for the 27th year in a row, according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 2017 rankings of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S. Labs have been on top since...
Bill Clinton returns to Atlanta in June to promote his new novel
 Bill Clinton is headed back to Atlanta.  The former president was just in town yesterday to attend the funeral of Zell Miller.  But this summer, he will be on a book tour to promote his new novel. Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson have promised “The President is Missing,” (Little, Brown/Knopf, on sale...

Posted: 22 days ago

Bill Clinton is headed back to Atlanta.  The former president was just in town yesterday to attend the funeral of Zell Miller.  But this summer, he will be on a book tour to promote his new novel. Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson have promised “The President is Missing,” (Little, Brown/Knopf, on sale...
More babies named after heroes of Greek and Roman mythology
 What’s in a name? Plenty of pop culture and mythology, particularly when it’s a boy. In 2016, there were 2,108 babies with the name Maximus. Compare that to just 11 boys with the name in 1999, a year before Russell Crowe hit the screen as the character in the movie “Gladiator.” Related: Georgia’s most popular...

Posted: 22 days ago

What’s in a name? Plenty of pop culture and mythology, particularly when it’s a boy. In 2016, there were 2,108 babies with the name Maximus. Compare that to just 11 boys with the name in 1999, a year before Russell Crowe hit the screen as the character in the movie “Gladiator.” Related: Georgia’s most popular...