Leon Stafford

Local government reporter

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

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Henry County may rethink firing of fire chief after public outcry

Posted: a day ago

Some Henry County commissioners want more information about the dismissal of Fire Department Chief Brenda “Nish” Willis and are considering launching their own investigation into the matter. At a meeting on Tuesday, county commissioners Dee Clemmons and Bruce Holmes voiced frustration that they did not have more of a say in the...
Eagle’s Landing fight: Stockbridge map shows who can vote on cityhood
 Stockbridge officials encouraged residents Monday to visit the city’s website to determine if they live in the portion of the Henry County town that can vote on Eagle’s Landing cityhood. The leaders, who have been in a pitched battle for months over the possibility of creating the county’s fifth city, held an informational...

Posted: 2 days ago

Stockbridge officials encouraged residents Monday to visit the city’s website to determine if they live in the portion of the Henry County town that can vote on Eagle’s Landing cityhood. The leaders, who have been in a pitched battle for months over the possibility of creating the county’s fifth city, held an informational...
Peachtree City shuts down plan letting government choose house colors
 Peachtree City won’t have a say in what colors residents paint their houses — for now. Officials on Thursday unanimously rejected an ordinance that would have restricted paint choices for homes in the Fayette County city. The proposed law would have restricted color choices to earth tones or low reflecting paints opposed...

Posted: 13 days ago

Peachtree City won’t have a say in what colors residents paint their houses — for now. Officials on Thursday unanimously rejected an ordinance that would have restricted paint choices for homes in the Fayette County city. The proposed law would have restricted color choices to earth tones or low reflecting paints opposed...
Kayak giant KL Outdoors bringing more than 100 jobs to Stockbridge 
 More than 100 jobs are coming to Stockbridge with the expansion of KL Outdoor, a Michigan-based maker of canoes and other outdoor equipment. The Georgia Department of Economic Development said the company is investing $8.3 million in a facility in Stockbridge  and jobs will include manufacturing and distribution.  “We are very...

Posted: 14 days ago

More than 100 jobs are coming to Stockbridge with the expansion of KL Outdoor, a Michigan-based maker of canoes and other outdoor equipment. The Georgia Department of Economic Development said the company is investing $8.3 million in a facility in Stockbridge and jobs will include manufacturing and distribution.  “We are very...
Stockbridge celebrates Martin Luther King Sr. as world mourns his son
 As the nation mourns civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his slaying, Stockbridge officials have installed a small memorial to his father. Photos and replicas of glasses and writings of Stockbridge native Martin Luther King Sr. have been put on display at the Henry County town’s City Hall. Daddy King...

Posted: 15 days ago

As the nation mourns civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his slaying, Stockbridge officials have installed a small memorial to his father. Photos and replicas of glasses and writings of Stockbridge native Martin Luther King Sr. have been put on display at the Henry County town’s City Hall. Daddy King...
Henry County wants to add film industry, data centers to portfolio
 For more than a decade, Henry County has served as one of metro Atlanta’s distribution and manufacturing hubs. Now, it’s ready to branch out to attract a wider variety of businesses to the south metro community. In his economic development update to Henry County Commissioners on Tuesday, Leonard Sledge said he wants to go...

Posted: 16 days ago

For more than a decade, Henry County has served as one of metro Atlanta’s distribution and manufacturing hubs. Now, it’s ready to branch out to attract a wider variety of businesses to the south metro community. In his economic development update to Henry County Commissioners on Tuesday, Leonard Sledge said he wants to go...
Stockbridge leaders considering filing lawsuit in Eagle’s Landing fight
 Stockbridge leaders say they are considering filing a lawsuit to stop a vote to create the city of Eagle’s Landing if the legislation gets Gov. Nathan Deal’s blessing. The state Senate last week passed a bill incorporating a city of Eagle’s Landing, despite opposition from Stockbridge leaders who decry that the new...

Posted: 17 days ago

Stockbridge leaders say they are considering filing a lawsuit to stop a vote to create the city of Eagle’s Landing if the legislation gets Gov. Nathan Deal’s blessing. The state Senate last week passed a bill incorporating a city of Eagle’s Landing, despite opposition from Stockbridge leaders who decry that the new...
“Treehouses” coming to Fayetteville Pinewood Forest development 
 Living in the trees could be a reality for Fayetteville residents in the future.  The south metro community has given developers of Pinewood Forest, a more than 200-acre mixed-used project of homes, retail and hotels under construction in the city, special permission to build “treehouses” for residential use in its next development...

Posted: 20 days ago

Living in the trees could be a reality for Fayetteville residents in the future.  The south metro community has given developers of Pinewood Forest, a more than 200-acre mixed-used project of homes, retail and hotels under construction in the city, special permission to build “treehouses” for residential use in its next development...
MARTA considers Clayton County’s Tara Boulevard area for commuter rail
 MARTA may be targeting the Tara Boulevard area of Clayton County for commuter rail service in one of its first expansions outside the city of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties. While such an expansion is still several years down the road, MARTA told Clayton officials and residents at a recent celebration of MARTA’s third anniversary...

Posted: 22 days ago

MARTA may be targeting the Tara Boulevard area of Clayton County for commuter rail service in one of its first expansions outside the city of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties. While such an expansion is still several years down the road, MARTA told Clayton officials and residents at a recent celebration of MARTA’s third anniversary...
Henry County: Stockbridge residents lend voice in protest of Eagle’s Landing cityhood 
 Hoping to present a united front in their opposition to Eagle’s Landing cityhood, Stockbridge officials and residents took buses Tuesday to the state Capitol ahead of a crucial vote on the matter. The state House is expected to begin debate early Tuesday on an incorporation bill to create the city of Eagle’s Landing...

Posted: 23 days ago

Hoping to present a united front in their opposition to Eagle’s Landing cityhood, Stockbridge officials and residents took buses Tuesday to the state Capitol ahead of a crucial vote on the matter. The state House is expected to begin debate early Tuesday on an incorporation bill to create the city of Eagle’s Landing...