Fran Jeffries

Fran Jeffries is a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Harriet Tubman: Ex-slave was an uncompromising American original
 “She was an original ‘badass.’” That’s how one millennial admirer describes Harriet Tubman, a runaway slave who, after escaping bondage, made it her mission to rescue hundreds of enslaved black people. “She carried a gun and when slaves said they wanted to give up, wanted to go back, she said that wasn&rsquo...

5:00 AM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

“She was an original ‘badass.’” That’s how one millennial admirer describes Harriet Tubman, a runaway slave who, after escaping bondage, made it her mission to rescue hundreds of enslaved black people. “She carried a gun and when slaves said they wanted to give up, wanted to go back, she said that wasn&rsquo...
Clayton County man gets 18 years for string of armed robberies
 In the span of about a month, a 24-year-old Jonesboro man committed a string of armed robberies, hitting six businesses in Clayton and Henry counties, according to authorities. Anthony Paul Smith has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for his short, violent crime spree that started on Dec. 10, 2013 when he entered a Papa John&rsquo...

5:02 PM Thursday, Jan. 07, 2016

In the span of about a month, a 24-year-old Jonesboro man committed a string of armed robberies, hitting six businesses in Clayton and Henry counties, according to authorities. Anthony Paul Smith has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for his short, violent crime spree that started on Dec. 10, 2013 when he entered a Papa John&rsquo...
Brookhaven man arrested on child porn charges
 A 43-year-old Brookhaven man has been arrested on child porn charges. Jason Douglas Kingry faces several charges, including sexual exploitation of children, according to Brookhaven police spokesman Officer Carlos Nino. Kingry was arrested on Oct. 15. The arrest stems from an investigation involving Brookhaven police detectives and GBI agents...

2:57 PM Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

A 43-year-old Brookhaven man has been arrested on child porn charges. Jason Douglas Kingry faces several charges, including sexual exploitation of children, according to Brookhaven police spokesman Officer Carlos Nino. Kingry was arrested on Oct. 15. The arrest stems from an investigation involving Brookhaven police detectives and GBI agents...
Animal cruelty: Dog may have been left in crate in ditch for weeks
 Who would wrap a tiny dog in a blanket, lock him in a crate and leave him in a ditch on the side of the road? On Thursday, an animal control officer found a severely emaciated and dehydrated schnauzer poodle mix at the intersection of Rotondo Way and Rotondo Place in Norcross after receiving a call about the dog from a passerby, according...

9:09 PM Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Who would wrap a tiny dog in a blanket, lock him in a crate and leave him in a ditch on the side of the road? On Thursday, an animal control officer found a severely emaciated and dehydrated schnauzer poodle mix at the intersection of Rotondo Way and Rotondo Place in Norcross after receiving a call about the dog from a passerby, according...
Church members vote to oust Ga. pastor who banned 103-year-old member
 The fight continues between a pastor who recently banned a 103-year-old woman from a church in Elberton and church members who want to oust him. The Rev. Tim Mattox, pastor of Mount Grove Baptist Church, received national attention after he banned Genora H. Biggs, who had attended the church for 92 years. Police were called to the church...

4:34 PM Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015

The fight continues between a pastor who recently banned a 103-year-old woman from a church in Elberton and church members who want to oust him. The Rev. Tim Mattox, pastor of Mount Grove Baptist Church, received national attention after he banned Genora H. Biggs, who had attended the church for 92 years. Police were called to the church...
Comedian Sheryl Underwood apologizes for ‘nappy hair’ comments

8:09 PM Friday, Sep. 18, 2015

Sheryl Underwood recently bared her soul and her natural hair during an apology for disparaging comments she made about nappy hair two years ago. In 2013, the wig-wearing comedian incurred the wrath of natural black hair enthusiasts when she spouted offensive hair comments on CBS’ The Talk. The backlash began immediately after Underwood...
Police: Man tries to abduct 10-month-old girl from car in Norcross
 A visit to McDonald’s turned terrifying for a woman in Norcross when a man allegedly tried to take her 10-month-old daughter from the backseat of her car in the restaurant’s parking lot Wednesday morning. Sterlyn Reynolds, 19, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and cruelty to children and was taken to the Gwinnett County...

5:25 PM Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015

A visit to McDonald’s turned terrifying for a woman in Norcross when a man allegedly tried to take her 10-month-old daughter from the backseat of her car in the restaurant’s parking lot Wednesday morning. Sterlyn Reynolds, 19, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and cruelty to children and was taken to the Gwinnett County...
I-285 plane crash: Statement from St. Pius X High School on former student Jackelyn Kulzer who died in crash
 "It is with deep sadness that we inform you that a St. Pius X Catholic High School graduate Jackelyn(Jackie) Kulzer, (Class of 2006) was one of the victims of today’s plane crash in Atlanta. Jackie is remembered  as a wonderful young lady, a very popular, energetic, out-going individual that was always concerned about others...

4:40 PM Friday, May. 08, 2015

"It is with deep sadness that we inform you that a St. Pius X Catholic High School graduate Jackelyn(Jackie) Kulzer, (Class of 2006) was one of the victims of today’s plane crash in Atlanta. Jackie is remembered  as a wonderful young lady, a very popular, energetic, out-going individual that was always concerned about others...