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Leon Stafford

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Local government reporter Leon Stafford, a Tennessee grad, has been at the AJC since 1997. He covers Atlanta city government.

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South metro Atlanta leaders see mixed success in economic outlook
 If south metro Atlanta wants to grow, it will need a more skilled workforce and its leaders must establish better connections with real estate brokers who influence where companies locate, the area’s government and business leaders said Thursday. South metro, home to Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County and Porsche’s North...

Posted: 16 hours ago

If south metro Atlanta wants to grow, it will need a more skilled workforce and its leaders must establish better connections with real estate brokers who influence where companies locate, the area’s government and business leaders said Thursday. South metro, home to Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County and Porsche’s North...
Bathtub manufacturer opening McDonough plant, adding 60 jobs
 A family-owned California maker of bathroom appliances is opening its first Georgia facility in Henry County and bringing with it 60 jobs. Hydro Systems, which makes bathtubs, shower pans, and sinks, plans to open an east coast manufacturing plant in McDonough sometime in the middle of this year. The facility will initially employ 60...

Posted: a day ago

A family-owned California maker of bathroom appliances is opening its first Georgia facility in Henry County and bringing with it 60 jobs. Hydro Systems, which makes bathtubs, shower pans, and sinks, plans to open an east coast manufacturing plant in McDonough sometime in the middle of this year. The facility will initially employ 60...
As Eagle’s Landing cityhood chances grow, Stockbridge leaders pray

Posted: 2 days ago

The state Senate on Tuesday stood by its support of a proposal to create a city of Eagle’s Landing by de-annexing a portion of Stockbridge. Senate leaders had been asked by Sen. Emanuel Jones, a Democrat who represents Stockbridge, to reconsider their support for two bills — one to create a charter for Eagle’s Landing and...
Stockbridge leaders seeking help from higher power in Eagle’s Landing fight
 Stockbridge leaders, fearing the effort to carve a city of Eagle’s Landing from parts of Stockbridge is gaining momentum, held a candlelight prayer vigil Monday seeking help from a higher power to nix the move and asked residents to sign a petition against separating the community from the city.   “We continue to...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stockbridge leaders, fearing the effort to carve a city of Eagle’s Landing from parts of Stockbridge is gaining momentum, held a candlelight prayer vigil Monday seeking help from a higher power to nix the move and asked residents to sign a petition against separating the community from the city.   “We continue to...
Stockbridge holds candlelight vigil
About 100 people turned out Monday for a city of Stockbridge candlelight prayer vigil. The Henry County city is locked in a battle with the well-heeled Eagle's Landing community, which wants to break away and create their own city.

Posted: 2 days ago

About 100 people turned out Monday for a city of Stockbridge candlelight prayer vigil. The Henry County city is locked in a battle with the well-heeled Eagle's Landing community, which wants to break away and create their own city.
Made in Atlanta: “Black Panther” stuns with $235 million four-day take 
 “Black Panther,” which was filmed mostly in metro Atlanta, continues its record-breaking debut with a stunning overall four-day Presidents Day weekend haul of $235 million, according to reports. The Marvel Universe blockbuster, which used a Vulcan Materials Company quarry in Stockbridge for a scene in the fictional African...

Posted: 2 days ago

“Black Panther,” which was filmed mostly in metro Atlanta, continues its record-breaking debut with a stunning overall four-day Presidents Day weekend haul of $235 million, according to reports. The Marvel Universe blockbuster, which used a Vulcan Materials Company quarry in Stockbridge for a scene in the fictional African...
Eagle’s Landing friction: 5 things to know about new proposed Henry County city
 Leaders of the city of Stockbridge are in a battle with some of their constituents over an effort to form a separate town by breaking away from a portion of the Henry County community. Residents of Eagle’s Landing, comprising a number of largely wealthy neighborhoods in southern Stockbridge, are trying to break away and form a separate...

Posted: 4 days ago

Leaders of the city of Stockbridge are in a battle with some of their constituents over an effort to form a separate town by breaking away from a portion of the Henry County community. Residents of Eagle’s Landing, comprising a number of largely wealthy neighborhoods in southern Stockbridge, are trying to break away and form a separate...
‘Black Panther’: Five things to know about the movie’s ties to metro Atlanta
 The preliminary numbers are in and “Black Panther” — much of which was filmed in metro Atlanta — is the blockbuster everyone expected it to be and more: it brought in $192 million at the box office. Its ties to the area are a big deal. Every blockbuster filmed here puts to work thousands of actors, carpenters...

Posted: 4 days ago

The preliminary numbers are in and “Black Panther” — much of which was filmed in metro Atlanta — is the blockbuster everyone expected it to be and more: it brought in $192 million at the box office. Its ties to the area are a big deal. Every blockbuster filmed here puts to work thousands of actors, carpenters...
‘Black Panther’ an $84 million economic impact blockbuster for Georgia
 After months of critical accolades, headlines over record-setting early ticket sales, and talk that this is the Marvel movie to beat, the world is waiting to see just how much cash “Black Panther” will pull in this weekend when it hits movie screens. But for the Atlanta and Georgia businesses that took part in the production...

Posted: 8 days ago

After months of critical accolades, headlines over record-setting early ticket sales, and talk that this is the Marvel movie to beat, the world is waiting to see just how much cash “Black Panther” will pull in this weekend when it hits movie screens. But for the Atlanta and Georgia businesses that took part in the production...
Former Clayton chaplain in battle with “evil man” Sheriff Victor Hill
 Rodney Williams began the month of February working as a chaplain for Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.  But now he’s defending himself against the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office after spending a night in jail last week.  The issue: he called Hill an “evil man” in an email.  More details on this...

Posted: 9 days ago

Rodney Williams began the month of February working as a chaplain for Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.  But now he’s defending himself against the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office after spending a night in jail last week.  The issue: he called Hill an “evil man” in an email.  More details on this...
After deadly Henry County police shootout, five boys left fatherless
 One was a dedicated young police officer whose wife was set to give birth to their second son any day. The other was an ex Marine — a father of three boys himself — who was out of work and deeply embittered about the government. Late Friday morning, their paths would intersect in a violent confrontation that left both men...

Posted: 12 days ago

One was a dedicated young police officer whose wife was set to give birth to their second son any day. The other was an ex Marine — a father of three boys himself — who was out of work and deeply embittered about the government. Late Friday morning, their paths would intersect in a violent confrontation that left both men...