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

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, July 11
 For a mid-week lift, skip dinner at home for a food truck night, attend a laugh fest in the park or take in a performance from one of the most well-known names in classical music.  FOOD TRUCKS IN BLACKBURN PARK This popular Wednesday night event returns to Blackburn park with eight to 10 dining trucks, a beer and wine tent, live entertainment...

Posted: 4 days ago

For a mid-week lift, skip dinner at home for a food truck night, attend a laugh fest in the park or take in a performance from one of the most well-known names in classical music.  FOOD TRUCKS IN BLACKBURN PARK This popular Wednesday night event returns to Blackburn park with eight to 10 dining trucks, a beer and wine tent, live entertainment...
Study: Minority of SNAP recipients spend benefits early in the month
 A well-known aspect of the monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments is some recipients may spend most of their benefits early in the month, possibly resulting in trouble obtaining food later. “Most SNAP recipients get by with a combination of their own resources and SNAP,” said Jeffrey Dorfman, professor...

Posted: 5 days ago

A well-known aspect of the monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments is some recipients may spend most of their benefits early in the month, possibly resulting in trouble obtaining food later. “Most SNAP recipients get by with a combination of their own resources and SNAP,” said Jeffrey Dorfman, professor...
Angelica Hale uses her voice as advocate for sepsis awareness
 Fans of “America’s Got Talent” may remember Angelica Hale for her big, expressive singing voice. But when Hale, 10, of Johns Creek, is not singing, she is using her voice to raise awareness for causes close to her heart. Most recently, that includes a new campaign for the Sepsis Alliance, the largest sepsis advocacy...

Posted: 9 days ago

Fans of “America’s Got Talent” may remember Angelica Hale for her big, expressive singing voice. But when Hale, 10, of Johns Creek, is not singing, she is using her voice to raise awareness for causes close to her heart. Most recently, that includes a new campaign for the Sepsis Alliance, the largest sepsis advocacy...
New documentary reveals details of Mary Astor’s Hollywood scandal
 Many movie lovers know actress Mary Astor for her role in the 1941 Warner Bros. film, “The Maltese Falcon,” but even those who have followed her work may not know the details of the scandal that threatened to end her career just five years earlier. In a new documentary, Atlanta-native Alexa Foreman highlights those details and...

Posted: 10 days ago

Many movie lovers know actress Mary Astor for her role in the 1941 Warner Bros. film, “The Maltese Falcon,” but even those who have followed her work may not know the details of the scandal that threatened to end her career just five years earlier. In a new documentary, Atlanta-native Alexa Foreman highlights those details and...
Fayetteville woman earns nursing degree 20 years after start
 Sharese Windley first began her path to becoming a nurse in 1998. The former nurse’s aide was 22 and a mother of two, working and attending school part-time. She had no idea it would take 20 years to fulfill her dream.  In April, Windley, 42 of Fayetteville, graduated from Herzing University with a Bachelor of Science degree in...

Posted: 12 days ago

Sharese Windley first began her path to becoming a nurse in 1998. The former nurse’s aide was 22 and a mother of two, working and attending school part-time. She had no idea it would take 20 years to fulfill her dream.  In April, Windley, 42 of Fayetteville, graduated from Herzing University with a Bachelor of Science degree in...
Free courthouse weddings in Atlanta to celebrate season 7 of ‘Married at First Sight’
 To celebrate the seventh season of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight, the network is paying for courthouse weddings of 70 couples in seven cities across the country.  In Atlanta, the first 70 people who arrive at Fulton County Probate Court on July 10 between 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., will have the cost of a marriage license...

Posted: 13 days ago

To celebrate the seventh season of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight, the network is paying for courthouse weddings of 70 couples in seven cities across the country.  In Atlanta, the first 70 people who arrive at Fulton County Probate Court on July 10 between 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., will have the cost of a marriage license...
Georgia drivers prepare for hands-free cellphone law
 On Sunday, Georgia motorists will enter a new era of driving in which touching their mobile phones with any part of their bodies while in the driver’s seat is considered illegal. The Hands-Free Georgia Act officially goes into effect on July 1, banning cellphone users from holding or touching their phones to talk, text, watch movies...

Posted: 16 days ago

On Sunday, Georgia motorists will enter a new era of driving in which touching their mobile phones with any part of their bodies while in the driver’s seat is considered illegal. The Hands-Free Georgia Act officially goes into effect on July 1, banning cellphone users from holding or touching their phones to talk, text, watch movies...
How Georgia drivers are preparing for the new hands-free cellphone law
 On Sunday, Georgia motorists will enter a new era of driving in which touching their mobile phones with any part of their bodies while in the driver’s seat is considered illegal. The Hands-Free Georgia Act officially goes into effect on July 1, banning cellphone users from holding or touching their phones to talk, text, watch movies...

Posted: 16 days ago

On Sunday, Georgia motorists will enter a new era of driving in which touching their mobile phones with any part of their bodies while in the driver’s seat is considered illegal. The Hands-Free Georgia Act officially goes into effect on July 1, banning cellphone users from holding or touching their phones to talk, text, watch movies...
2018 county-by-county guide to fireworks in metro Atlanta on July 4th
 Looking for a place to catch fireworks on July 4th in the metro area?  The following events offer a range of fireworks, music, food and family-friendly fun in Atlanta and surrounding counties. Events are subject to change so check-in before you go. 4th of July Celebration at Georgia World Congress Center: Construction at Centennial Olympic...

Posted: 18 days ago

Looking for a place to catch fireworks on July 4th in the metro area?  The following events offer a range of fireworks, music, food and family-friendly fun in Atlanta and surrounding counties. Events are subject to change so check-in before you go. 4th of July Celebration at Georgia World Congress Center: Construction at Centennial Olympic...
Candle making, a grand opening and sound immersion
 Shake up your week, rain or shine, with events ranging from the grand opening of West Elm in Buckhead to a sound immersion experience in Old Fourth Ward. Learn to hand-pour your own candle and blend fragrances during Lumary’s Custom Candle Workshop at Citizen Supply. In this guided workshop, attendees prepare the container, paint the...

Posted: 18 days ago

Shake up your week, rain or shine, with events ranging from the grand opening of West Elm in Buckhead to a sound immersion experience in Old Fourth Ward. Learn to hand-pour your own candle and blend fragrances during Lumary’s Custom Candle Workshop at Citizen Supply. In this guided workshop, attendees prepare the container, paint the...