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Expedition Bigfoot explores historic quests for Sasquatch

Cherry Log attraction documents the search for the elusive creature in the ninth and final part of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia Mountains.
Practicing the art of fly fishing

Practicing the art of fly fishing

Twilight is descending on tiny Rock Creek Lake, a pond in the hills above Suches. Pink light hovers in the trees. The crickets trill. Barking frogs send up a serenade that sounds like a smoker’s cough. This mild North Georgia mountain evening should be a perfect night for fly fishing. And we’re in a good place.
Get your brews in Blue Ridge

Get your brews in Blue Ridge

For beer lovers looking for a getaway in the mountains of Georgia, there’s just one place to go: Brew Ridge. More widely known as Blue Ridge — it’s the only town in the North Georgia mountains where you can get locally crafted beer and cider. Blue Ridge is the gateway to the Appalachians for travelers coming up I-75/I-575 from Atlanta and points farther south.
‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

Consider the lowly gourd. A member of the Cucurbits family of flowering vines that includes the cucumber and the pumpkin, the gourd is a curious anomaly in the plant world because it produces a large fruit that is inedible due to its tough rind.
Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused, that means more moola to spend on meals.
11 of the best places for foliage in and around Georgia 

11 of the best places for foliage in and around Georgia 

Every year, Georgia’s leaves turn spectacular shades of yellow, burnt orange, deep magenta, even crimson. It’s getting to be that time of year — even if it feels like a never-ending summer. Typically, Georgia’s mountain parks peak in hues in late October; however, color can be seen as early as September and throughout much of November.
Sanibel Island a nature lover’s paradise

Sanibel Island a nature lover’s paradise

While admiring the reflection of a brilliant sunset on the water, a roseate spoonbill with a glorious fan of pink and crimson plumage swept in from nowhere and scooped up a wiggling flash of silver in its long bill. After gulping the fish down, the long-legged wading bird stood basking in the fading orange-pink glow, watching me watching him.
Unruly passengers could end up footing bill for flight diversions

Unruly passengers could end up footing bill for flight diversions

In November 2016, James August was somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on a Hawaiian Airlines flight to New York, when he lost his temper in an outburst that included yelling at his girlfriend, threatening to cut her throat and striking a flight attendant. His violent behavior was so alarming that the captain diverted the plane back to Honolulu where authorities arrested him.
City of Atlanta, Delta added lease provision to block airport takeover

City of Atlanta, Delta added lease provision to block airport takeover

Atlanta officials say a provision in bond and airline lease documents restricts any change of control of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — and that the city has no plans to relinquish control. A state Senate study committee is examining the idea of creating an authority to take control of Hartsfield-Jackson International.
New York JFK airport exec chosen to head Hartsfield-Jackson

New York JFK airport exec chosen to head Hartsfield-Jackson

An airport executive from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has been named general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced John Selden, deputy general manager at JFK, will take the helm of the world’s busiest airport.
For Better or worse on the Isla del Encanto

For Better or worse on the Isla del Encanto

Joe steered the rental car onto the gravel driveway. The cluster of two-story, concrete buildings looked like a ghost town. Downed palm trees lay on the rooftops. The grounds were littered with clothes, broken bottles and wooden slats from shutters ripped off windows. I stepped over a high-heeled shoe as I walked up the busted stairwell to the reception desk. We were back.
At many airport shops, travel basics sell as luxury retail struggles

At many airport shops, travel basics sell as luxury retail struggles

Earlier this year, travelers looking to while away the time at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could have browsed for designer brands at Clutch, Luxury Boutique or Sunglass Icon at the center of Concourse F. But go back today, and those three stores are no longer there. In their place is a huge Hudson, the ubiquitous convenience store and bookseller found at airports across the nation.
Four Points of the Compass: Travel east for a local Guinness, take a Mr. Rogers tour

Four Points of the Compass: Travel east for a local Guinness, take a Mr. Rogers tour

Travelers looking for new adventures are advised to look east, to both the near and far locations of that compass point. From Atlanta, the Eastern seaboard offers a wealth of attractions at the end of a short flight or a leisurely car drive. Farther afield, countries of the east also offer new reasons to make the long-distance trek.
Four Points of the Compass: Venture north to soak in a beer spa and hike sea cliffs

Four Points of the Compass: Venture north to soak in a beer spa and hike sea cliffs

Now that school is back in session and the promise of cooler temperatures is in the air, snowbirds are planning their annual pilgrimages south. But a balmy climate is not everyone’s idea of paradise. Cold weather fans embrace the chilly weather and set their sights north this time of year. Here are nine locations worthy of breaking out a parka.
Four Points of the Compass: Head south for a star-gazing cruise, lesson in civil rights

Four Points of the Compass: Head south for a star-gazing cruise, lesson in civil rights

Whether traveling in the United States or the tropical climes of the Caribbean and Central America, check out what’s new and noteworthy at points south on the compass, or get a different perspective on familiar destinations. Once called “the Cradle of the Confederacy,” Montgomery has come a long way since Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era.
After security breaches, Atlanta airport installs concertina wire at perimeter

After security breaches, Atlanta airport installs concertina wire at perimeter

In the wake of security breaches, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has begun installing concertina wire on fencing around the perimeter of the airfield. The coiled razor wire is being added on top of the existing three rows of barbed wire on about 20 miles of perimeter security fencing that surrounds the airport.
Tour of Natchez features sites that inspired Greg Iles’ books

Tour of Natchez features sites that inspired Greg Iles’ books

I took one look at Edelweiss, a gingerbread-trimmed German chalet built atop the bluff in downtown Natchez, Miss., in 1883, and a melancholy swept over me like an unexpected draft. The average passerby wouldn’t understand my gloominess.
The Latest: Aretha Franklin covered burial expenses of needy

The Latest: Aretha Franklin covered burial expenses of needy

The Latest on the first day of a public viewing of Aretha Franklin at a storied Detroit museum (all times local): ___ 12:45 p.m. The funeral home providing services for Aretha Franklin says the legendary singer paid the expenses of many families who could not afford to bury their loved ones.
The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

Atlantic City hasn’t had much reason to celebrate in recent years. In 2014, four of the city’s 12 casinos closed. A fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal (owned by President Donald Trump until filing for bankruptcy in 2014) shuttered in 2016.
State explores challenges, benefits of Atlanta airport takeover idea

State explores challenges, benefits of Atlanta airport takeover idea

State senators discussed Wednesday how creating an airport authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could bring a change in management amid a federal investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall — and bring up the possibility of a second airport.
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GEORGIA Blairsville — The Grape Stomp Fest, Sept. 1, features live music, local vendors, food and wine and a Lucille Ball lookalike contest. www.exploregeorgia.org. Douglas — The South Georgia BBQ & Outdoor Festival, Sept. 7-8, has a barbecue competition, car and motorcycle show, aviation display and fly-in and shows. www.cityofdouglas.com.
Gin taster wanted: Company will hire you to travel the world, drink with friends

Gin taster wanted: Company will hire you to travel the world, drink with friends

Do you have a real thirst for adventure, and well, booze? A bar group in London is looking for some parched patrons to travel the world sipping gin to stock a new bar that’s scheduled to open in the fall. The owners of Mr. Fogg’s is looking to stock its new Society of Exploration bar, the Evening Standard reported.
World's most livable cities ranked: Did your hometown make the list? 

World's most livable cities ranked: Did your hometown make the list? 

What’s the most livable city in the United States? The results may surprise you. The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Livability Survey, which ranks 140 cities worldwide on factors like stability, health care, culture, education and infrastructure on a scale of 1-100, was released this week. >> Read more trending news  The top U.S.
The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

Atlantic City hasn’t had much reason to celebrate in recent years. In 2014, four of the city’s 12 casinos closed. A fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal (owned by President Donald Trump until filing for bankruptcy in 2014) shuttered in 2016.
Hartsfield-Jackson shifts plan to add more gates

Hartsfield-Jackson shifts plan to add more gates

The world’s busiest airport is mulling over how it can add more gates and become even busier. But the challenges Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport faces are numerous — finding space to build more gates, predicting airline growth in the years and decades to come, and figuring out how to keep the price tag under control.
Seattle plane theft: How does Atlanta airport handle security risks?

Seattle plane theft: How does Atlanta airport handle security risks?

The Friday night theft of a commercial airliner from a major airport by an airline worker, who then flew the plane around the Seattle area and crashed it into an island, is prompting new scrutiny of aviation security and screenings of workers.
Lawsuits target Delta and vendor for cybersecurity breach

Lawsuits target Delta and vendor for cybersecurity breach

In the wake of a massive data breach involving chat software on Delta Air Lines’ website, potential class-action lawsuits point a finger at the airline for putting its customers’ information at risk. Atlanta-based Delta says it has no liability and the online chat provider, a company called [24]7.ai, is liable for the breach disclosed in April.
Fall festivals celebrate the season with apples, seafood and crafts

Fall festivals celebrate the season with apples, seafood and crafts

Fall is festival season in the South. Nearly every small town and big city hosts a seasonal shindig to get people outside when the leaves are changing and the air’s turning cool. Whether you head to the coast, the mountains or back in the time, there is a festival for you. National Shrimp Festival.
Paulding airport commercialization opponents need not reveal backers

Paulding airport commercialization opponents need not reveal backers

Opponents of the commercialization of Paulding County’s airport do not have to reveal who is financially backing their effort, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled. Some have speculated that  Delta Air Lines is secretly funding the grassroots organization of residents fighting the project.
City Hall troubles could hike cost to attract new airport leader

City Hall troubles could hike cost to attract new airport leader

Federal investigations into matters involving Atlanta City Hall and Hartsfield-Jackson International could make it harder to attract a new manager for the airport, possibly driving up the salary requirements. An investigation into City Hall corruption has been ongoing since 2016 and has included a subpoena for records related to a number of airport contracts.
Performance at airport atrium a love note for reuniting couple

Performance at airport atrium a love note for reuniting couple

A woman who has waited a year for her husband to get a visa to join her in the United States organized a group performance at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to mark their reunion. Jon Eastwood’s homecoming was delayed a day after his flight from New York was canceled amid bad weather.
48 hours in Columbia, S.C.

48 hours in Columbia, S.C.

A fall visit to Columbia, S.C., offers food and football, along with plenty of attractions, events and shopping to fill a weekend road trip with friends or kids. The city, home to the state capital and the University of South Carolina — its largest university — blends Southern charm and history with modern culture.
Paulding airport fate up in the air after runoff election

Paulding airport fate up in the air after runoff election

The fate of Paulding County’s tiny airport could shift, now that residents have voted out several commissioners who were opposed to a plan to add commercial flights. For the residents of the bedroom community west of Atlanta, the recent runoff elections could signal movement in the years-long fight over their local airport and a proposal to pursue commercial flights.
Delta faces pressure from China on labeling of Taiwan on its website

Delta faces pressure from China on labeling of Taiwan on its website

Delta Air Lines is stuck in the middle of a scrap between China and Taiwan, just as the carrier expands in the lucrative region. China has demanded that airlines stop referring to Taiwan as a country on their websites, and pinpointed Atlanta-based Delta as one of four airlines that was “incomplete” in making changes by China’s deadline this week.
Americus a friendly small town that makes you feel at home

Americus a friendly small town that makes you feel at home

The first thing that stands out about Americus is its remoteness. Not remote in terms of hours driven to get there — it’s only a 2.5-hour drive south of Atlanta — but how it stands like an oasis of a city surrounded by so much farmland, rolling plains and pecan groves miles away from any interstate.
Delta relaunches Atlanta-Shanghai route, key link to China

Delta relaunches Atlanta-Shanghai route, key link to China

Delta Air Lines is reconnecting a key link between the Southeast and China with the resumption of flights from Atlanta to Shanghai this week. It’s the culmination of a years-long effort to bring the service back, after years with no nonstop flights between the world’s busiest airport and China.
Bahamas boating tragedy brings vacation safety to the forefront

Bahamas boating tragedy brings vacation safety to the forefront

When Carl Dukes learned that Maleka Jackson had been killed in a freak boating accident in the Bahamas, a shiver ran through his body. Dukes had never met Jackson, although they lived near each other in Woodstock. But what really got him was how and where Jackson died. Jackson and her husband, Tiran, were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary when their tour boat exploded.
Paulding airport says lease still calls for commercialization effort

Paulding airport says lease still calls for commercialization effort

Paulding County’s airport may try again to commercialize and attract airline flights, after its last effort was brought to an end by the Federal Aviation Administration. That’s because a long-term lease with an airport partner could obligate it to do so, according to the Paulding airport director.
Venerable weight loss retreat isn’t just about shedding pounds anymore

Venerable weight loss retreat isn’t just about shedding pounds anymore

For more than two decades, I’d driven by Hilton Head Health on my visits to the South Carolina barrier island and wondered if it was for me. It was once known primarily as an extended-stay weight loss resort, but several friends had told me it had undergone major changes.
Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall

Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall

High fuel costs are translating into higher air fares for Delta Air Lines and other U.S. carriers. Atlanta-based Delta announced Thursday it will trim its flight schedule for this fall as it grapples with the rising price of oil. The airline plans to focus on under-performing routes when making its cuts.
Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia reopens in Milledgeville

Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia reopens in Milledgeville

Andalusia, the Milledgeville farm where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of her fiction, is welcoming visitors once more. Its new owner, Georgia College and State University, has spent much of the past year painting, sealing and repairing the 200-year-old farmhouse and its outbuildings. It reopened to tours June 19, with extended hours.
Hartsfield-Jackson parking squeeze causes travel hassles

Hartsfield-Jackson parking squeeze causes travel hassles

Airport parking is becoming one of the biggest hassles at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with travelers often encountering full decks and lots and even some off-airport lots running out of spaces at times. The parking squeeze is caused by an increase in the volume of travelers flying to and from Atlanta and is being exacerbated by airport construction.
Vibrant neighborhoods beckon visitors to downtown Chattanooga

Vibrant neighborhoods beckon visitors to downtown Chattanooga

Growing up in Alabama, I remember visiting Chattanooga many times on weekend family excursions and Boy Scout outings. We never actually went to Chattanooga proper, but to Lookout Mountain six miles southwest of the city to visit Rock City, see Ruby Falls and ride the Incline Railway. Or we went to the Chickamauga battlefield for camping and history lessons about the Civil War.
FAA brings Paulding airport commercialization to a halt

FAA brings Paulding airport commercialization to a halt

A years-long effort to commercialize a second airport in metro Atlanta came to a halt this week as the Federal Aviation Administration closed its file on the Paulding County airport’s application. The move comes more than four years after Paulding County and its airport authority announced an ambitious plan to attract airline service.
Settlements in air fare collusion suit puts pressure on Delta, United

Settlements in air fare collusion suit puts pressure on Delta, United

Two multi-million dollar settlements paid by American Airlines and Southwest Airlines in an air fare collusion lawsuit leave some questioning what it means for the remaining defendants: United Airlines and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines.
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GEORGIA Young Harris — The first Made in Georgia Festival, through July 1, offers a variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched and inspired by Georgia. www.golakechatuge.com. Valdosta — La Fiesta, July 14-15, is an event featuring authentic food, music and dancing in Wild Adventures amusement park. It celebrates Hispanic and Latin culture. www.wildadventures.com.
Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests

Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests

As travelers flock to northwest Florida beaches this summer, an unwelcome guest may await them. According to the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards Facebook page, purple warning flags indicating dangerous marine life have been flying along the shore this week thanks to an itch-inducing pest commonly called "sea lice.
Five finalists selected in Hartsfield-Jackson general manager search

Five finalists selected in Hartsfield-Jackson general manager search

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is getting closer to naming a permanent general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and said she has five finalists for the job. Bottoms made the comments after remarks at a Rotary Club of Atlanta luncheon on Monday. She said she has not yet interviewed the candidates, and declined to name the finalists.
New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

Just one week after a billboard telling liberals to get out of Texas went viral, a new sign is offering a unifying message. According to KVII, Amarillo resident Roman Leal started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to put up a more welcoming sign after learning of a billboard near Vega that read, "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS.
SunTrust aims to spread name with airport branch, ATMs

SunTrust aims to spread name with airport branch, ATMs

By opening a branch and ATMs at the world’s busiest airport, SunTrust hopes to gain national visibility. The Atlanta-based bank has a new contract to operate a branch and 16 ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson International in the first quarter of 2019, replacing Wells Fargo ATMs.
Delta expands partnership with Roadie for delivery of delayed baggage

Delta expands partnership with Roadie for delivery of delayed baggage

Delta Air Lines has expanded its partnership with Atlanta-based sharing economy delivery service Roadie to get delayed baggage delivered to customers. Atlanta-based Delta has partnered with Roadie since 2015 to deliver delayed bags, and recently expanded its use of Roadie to more than 50 cities, including Atlanta.
State study committee to stir up issue of Hartsfield-Jackson control

State study committee to stir up issue of Hartsfield-Jackson control

A state study committee set to look at the idea of creating an airport authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is raising questions about the best way to operate the world’s busiest airport. The state has raised the possibility of taking over the Atlanta airport periodically over the years. The most recent push came earlier this year when State. Sen.
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GEORGIA Blairsville — The Scottish Festival & Highland Games, through June 10, features games, animals, dancing, demonstrations, music and more. blairsvillescottishfestival.com. Young Harris — The first Made in Georgia Festival, June 30-July 1, offers a variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched and inspired by Georgia. www.golakechatuge.com.
A garden with a message

A garden with a message

When we pulled up, unannounced, in front of the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, the jovial self-taught tree magician and scrap metal sculptor was sitting in his John Deere tractor. The garden around the modest house where he and his wife live — three unfenced acres thick with more than 300 fantastically shaped plants, trees and shrubs — officially closes at 4 p.m.
Atlanta ethics probe: Promotion ‘flabbergasted’ former airport manager

Atlanta ethics probe: Promotion ‘flabbergasted’ former airport manager

It was widely known in the industry that an airport executive’s wife was in the concessions business, yet the official was still promoted to a job overseeing that part of commercial operations, the former manager of the airport told an Atlanta ethics officer who investigated the possible conflict of interest.
Atlanta mayor’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport manager search comes with baggage

Atlanta mayor’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport manager search comes with baggage

As Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms searches for a new manager for Hartsfield-Jackson International, she faces unique challenges in selling the world’s busiest airport as great place to work: an ever-widening bribery scandal at City Hall and a revolving door for airport brass.
5 places to visit for a history lesson in the Caribbean

5 places to visit for a history lesson in the Caribbean

Sure, it’s the glorious seaside that initially attracts travelers to the Caribbean, but myriad historic and cultural attractions shine a light on what life was like centuries ago. Military forts, sugar plantation ruins and other sites are remnants of a time when European powers fought for dominance of resource-rich colonies.
Hartsfield-Jackson bank deal with SunTrust advances

Hartsfield-Jackson bank deal with SunTrust advances

An Atlanta City Council committee voted in favor of a contract for SunTrust Bank to open a branch and ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, replacing Wells Fargo. The council’s transportation committee voted for the deal Wednesday over the objections of the airport’s advertising contractor Clear Channel, which wanted to offer free ATMs subsidized by advertising.
3 places to enjoy a summer vacation in Bahamas

3 places to enjoy a summer vacation in Bahamas

Sun, sand and a clear, inviting sea — that’s what beach lovers dream of in a summer getaway, and if the Bahamas is their destination of choice, a sun-kissed, palm-studded paradise is only a short, two-hour flight away.
Delta No. 2 in category for customer satisfaction in J.D. Power study

Delta No. 2 in category for customer satisfaction in J.D. Power study

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines ranks second in its category on airline customer satisfaction, according to an annual J.D. Power study. Overall, customer satisfaction hit a record high due to newer planes and better satisfaction with fares, booking and overhead storage compartments, according to the study. But passengers are still frustrated with in-flight wi-fi connectivity, the study reported.
Delta rolls out new Zac Posen-designed employee uniforms

Delta rolls out new Zac Posen-designed employee uniforms

Delta Air Lines rolled out the new uniforms that employees will wear on flights and at airports around the world with a Tuesday morning fashion show at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new color is a dark purple shade called “Passport Plum,” a combination of the traditional blue and red of major U.S. carriers.
Delta debuts uniforms in ‘Passport Plum’ with launch Tuesday

Delta debuts uniforms in ‘Passport Plum’ with launch Tuesday

Delta Air Lines is about to debut its new uniforms for flight attendants and other employees with designer Zac Posen. Atlanta-based Delta has been preparing for months for the Tuesday launch of the new uniforms.
Delta warns of flight cancellations due to subtropical storm Alberto

Delta warns of flight cancellations due to subtropical storm Alberto

Delta Air Lines is warning that it expects it will have to cancel flights due to subtropical storm Alberto. The storm is expected to make landfall just west of Panama City on Monday afternoon with heavy rain and strong wind affecting areas in Alberto’s path, according to Delta. Atlanta-based Delta said it expects delays and cancellations as the storm moves through the Gulf Coast this week.
Hartsfield-Jackson moving forward on $130 million emergency generators

Hartsfield-Jackson moving forward on $130 million emergency generators

Hartsfield-Jackson International is moving forward with a $130 million plan for emergency generators to prevent the type of massive power outage that halted operations at the world’s busiest airport one day last December. The airport plans to install 20 to 21 generators to enable it to generate about 60 to 65 megawatts of power for full backup, enough to supply roughly 49,000 homes.
Former airport executive says Reed’s brother involved in key meeting

Former airport executive says Reed’s brother involved in key meeting

A Hartsfield-Jackson International executive fired earlier this year because of his wife’s ties to a concessionaire says that before he was hired he met with former Mayor Kasim Reed’s brother who, along with the airport manager at the time, knew about the potential conflict.
Former Atlanta airport executive says others knew of possible conflict

Former Atlanta airport executive says others knew of possible conflict

A Hartsfield-Jackson International executive fired earlier this year because of his wife’s ties to a concessionaire says that before he was hired he met with former Mayor Kasim Reed’s brother who, along with the airport manager at the time, knew about the potential conflict.
Second airport debate gets spotlight in Paulding commission race

Second airport debate gets spotlight in Paulding commission race

A debate over whether Paulding County should develop metro Atlanta’s second commercial airport is roiling an election for three key county commission seats. If new candidates win seats on the county commission, it has the potential to shift the tide toward commercialization and possibly clear a path toward attracting airline flights.
Hartsfield-Jackson: $130 million generators will provide full backup

Hartsfield-Jackson: $130 million generators will provide full backup

In an effort to avoid a repeat of the massive Atlanta airport power outage that halted travel at the world’s largest airline hub in December, Hartsfield-Jackson International plans to spend $130 million on about 20 generators. The generators will supply enough juice to power the entire airport, according to Hartsfield-Jackson officials.
Festival season is here

Festival season is here

Summer is nearly here and that means festival season is upon us. But we’re not just talking music festivals — there ‘s everything from books, food, beer and family fun to keep you entertained all summer long. Check out these 10 Southeast summer festivals.
Plan for SunTrust to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson under review

Plan for SunTrust to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson under review

A measure that would allow SunTrust to open a bank branch in the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International and put ATMs around the airport is on hold after a city council committee vote. The city council transportation committee questioned whether the airport should be considering a bank branch, or whether ATMs would suffice.
Delta plans more international flights in wake of U.S.-Emirates deal

Delta plans more international flights in wake of U.S.-Emirates deal

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline is planning to launch more international flights after the U.S. and United Arab Emirates reached a deal to resolve a long-standing dispute over airline competition. “We’re going to have the opportunity to, once again, go back into parts of the world that we’ve been run out of,” Bastian said.
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GEORGIA Dahlonega — The Arts & Wine Festival, May 20, features an art raffle, wine garden, live music and more. www.chestateeartists.org/events-and-exhibits.php. Evans — Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que, May 25-26, features Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Infamous Stringdusters and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. banjobque.com.
Hartsfield-Jackson rebids controversial curbside contract

Hartsfield-Jackson rebids controversial curbside contract

Hartsfield-Jackson International is looking for a company to manage shuttle traffic and dispatch taxis at the airport, a contract that has garnered much attention because of the possibilities for a conflict of interest.
Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, contracting for new restaurants and shops has been delayed since last year amid political turmoil at Atlanta City Hall. With contracting in a holding pattern, the future of more than 100 of those businesses at the world’s busiest airport is unclear.
Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Imagine leaving all cares behind and climbing on board a ship for a monthslong world cruise. Viking Cruises is offering a new itinerary that the company calls the “longest-ever continuous world cruise.” Those lucky enough to be able to take the time away from responsibilities and afford the trip, will embark on a 245-day trip from London on Aug. 31, 2019.
The Florida Keys make a comeback

The Florida Keys make a comeback

Even to new visitors, the damage done to the lush vegetation in the Florida Keys from this past fall’s hurricane season is recognizable. The thick, grown-in landscaping that added to the area’s tropical feel is gone — at least for now. What isn’t gone, however, are the glittering aquamarine waters, sunshine and laid-back vibes. On Sept.
Former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine joins Delta’s jet drag charity event

Former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine joins Delta’s jet drag charity event

Teams of Delta Air Lines employees dragged a Boeing 757 for charity during an annual event at the airline’s headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday. About 107 teams of 20 employees each raised funds for the American Cancer Society to compete to see who could pull the 167,000-pound jet 20 feet the fastest.
5 Florida beach destinations to check out this summer

5 Florida beach destinations to check out this summer

If you’re looking for ideas on where to make your summer vacation memories this year, these five Florida beach destinations should fit the bill. Located a 5 1/2-hour drive from Atlanta, the coastal city of St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States.
Customs’ list of prohibited items at Atlanta airport can snag travelers

Customs’ list of prohibited items at Atlanta airport can snag travelers

For international travelers, bringing a prohibited item into the country can be a costly mistake, as one woman learned after being caught with an apple she was given on a Delta Air Lines flight. There are some surprising items on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s list of prohibited and restricted items, ranging from certain types of absinthe to certain medications.
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