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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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JUST IN: 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. The diesel-powered trains could...

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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. The diesel-powered trains could...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
Voting groups put laser focus on registering metro Atlanta minorities
 On a recent Saturday, Junior Jackson went door to door in search of an elusive target: Minority residents who’d been purged from Georgia’s voting rolls. Armed with the names of dozens of potential voters put together by the Clayton County’s NAACP outreach program, “Operation Reclaiming My Vote,” he was part...

Posted: 7 days ago

On a recent Saturday, Junior Jackson went door to door in search of an elusive target: Minority residents who’d been purged from Georgia’s voting rolls. Armed with the names of dozens of potential voters put together by the Clayton County’s NAACP outreach program, “Operation Reclaiming My Vote,” he was part...
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...

Posted: 9 days ago

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...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

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&rsquo...
Race rears its head as Eagle’s Landing cityhood vote nears
 In a month, Stockbridge residents will vote on whether or not to separate into two cities — one centered around a gated golf community and the other encompassing the less-affluent town center. At the heart of the fractious contest is a question that has roiled the Henry County town: Is the secession movement to create a city of Eagle&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

In a month, Stockbridge residents will vote on whether or not to separate into two cities — one centered around a gated golf community and the other encompassing the less-affluent town center. At the heart of the fractious contest is a question that has roiled the Henry County town: Is the secession movement to create a city of Eagle&rsquo...
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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...
Henry Superior Judge Arch McGarity to retire as court’s chief
 Henry Superior Court Judge Arch McGarity will retire as chief after 23 years on the bench at the end of the month. McGarity, who also served two terms as administrative judge for the Sixth Judicial District between July 2010 and July 2014, has been judge for the Henry County Flint Judicial Circuit since he was appointed to the post in 1995...

Posted: 23 days ago

Henry Superior Court Judge Arch McGarity will retire as chief after 23 years on the bench at the end of the month. McGarity, who also served two terms as administrative judge for the Sixth Judicial District between July 2010 and July 2014, has been judge for the Henry County Flint Judicial Circuit since he was appointed to the post in 1995...