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Posted: 4:12 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Water system completes $90 million upgrade

The Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority has finished a $90 million upgrade at the Hugh A. Wyckoff Water Treatment Plant on Mars Hill Road Acworth. The authority added a new treatment process at the plant to meet federal environmental regulations and to provide a future water supply. The last major improvement project at the 50-year-old facility was in 1987. The plant, covering metro counties and cities, processes water from Lake Allatoona.

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Child, 2, pulled from bottom of pool

A 2-year-old child was in critical condition this afternoon after being pulled from the bottom of an apartment complex swimming pool.

The child, whose name and gender were not released, was pulled out of the water at the Lakeside at Town Center pool and transported by ambulance to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, according to Officer David Baldwin with Marietta police. From that hospital, the toddler was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, he said.

The circumstances surrounding how the child ended up in the pool were being investigated, Baldwin said. Alexis Stevens

Silver Comet Trail closed for resurfacing

Silver Comet Trail resurfacing will last from Monday through Aug. 29 - except weekends.

Resurfacing and shoulder repairs will be completed in sections of 2 to 5 miles before moving to another section for the nearly 13 miles in Cobb County.

The first section will be from the Mavell Road Trail head at Mile Post 0 to about the Floyd Road Trail head.

Information: cobbdot.org; Cobb DOT Project Manager James Hudgins, 770-420-6658.

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Marietta police offer place to drop off meds

The Marietta Police Department, 240 Lemon St., has started a permanent place to drop off unused prescription medications at a secured box that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the station. Information: Sgt. Rick Redd at 770-794-5306.

Tucker McQueen for the AJC

Breen chosen ‘Citizen of Year’

The South Cobb Citizen of the Year is Kathy Breen, receiving her award this month at the annual luncheon sponsored by the South Cobb Rotary Club and the South Cobb Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

Breen has been an active member of the Cobb Community Collaborative service as Mental Health Advocate, who also works with the CCC’s Policy Council on Homelessness.

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Eason named teacher of the year

Marietta City Schools named Katy Eason teacher of the year at the system’s annual teacher and employee awards ceremony this week. Eason, 26, has worked at Sawyer Road Elementary School for four years, three as a fifth-grade teacher. The University of West Georgia graduate won the district’s Rose Wing Teacher of Promise award in 2013. That award honors young teachers with two to five years experience.

Tucker McQueen for the AJC


Reward offered after dog shot in Lawrenceville

Organizers of the Society of Humane Friends of Lawrenceville and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s jail dog program are offering a reward to find out who shot a pit bull, named Angel, in the neck.

The dogwas found in Lawrenceville suffering from a gunshot wound.

The reward money is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for wounding the dog, Keller said today in an email.

Anyone with information should call Gwinnett Animal Control at 770-339-3200. Michelle E. Shaw

Woodall to report on Washington

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber will host Congressman Rob Woodall for an update on what is going on in Washington at the Chamber’s First Friday Breakfast 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, June 6 at Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Peachtree Corners. Woodall sits on three influential committees: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House Committee on Rules and House Budget Committee. Information: 770-239-7442 or www.southwestgwinnettchamber.com.

Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Sugar Hill is getting dramatic

Sugar Hill has its first community theater group, The Players Guild @ Sugar Hill. Auditions for its first production, And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 4, in The Community Center @ Sugar Hill, 1166 Church St. Information: 770-713-7295. Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Peachtree Corners to publish e-newsletter

Peachtree Corners will soon publish the inaugural issue of the city’s official e-newsletter. To sign up: www.peachtreecornersga.gov; click on ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ button on the right side of the homepage.

Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Golf tournament to benefit vets’ memorial

Wild Wing Café will host a golf tournament to benefit Snellville’s new Veterans’ Memorial at 10 a.m. Monday, June 2 at the Summit Chase County Club, 3197 Classic Drive in Snellville. Event to include prizes, giveaways and beer. Currently, the restaurant, located in the Shoppes at Webb Gin, is offering $3 shots with all proceeds benefitting the memorial.

Information: Jeremy Peterson at jpeterson@wildwingcafe.com or 678-822-9464.

Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Soccer fields coming to Rock Springs Park

Gwinnett has approved three new, lighted soccer fields and a building for concessions and restrooms for Rock Springs Park at the intersection of Old Peachtree Road and Rock Springs Road between Suwanee and Lawrenceville.

The 113-acre park currently has a football field with a lighted walking track and six lighted tennis courts plus a playground, pavilion, and a two-mile paved multi-purpose trail. The $242,000 development will be paid for as part of the 2009 SPLOST program. Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Drug suspect who floated from police now in jail

The Cherokee County drug suspect who alluded police earlier this month by floating away from the cops has been arrested. Terry Raymond Spriggs, 42, of Canton, was tracked to a Woodstock residence Wednesday night. Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad members and sheriff’s deputies evacuated the residents, entered, and found Spriggs hiding under a blanket in a clothes closet. Spriggs was wanted on cocaine and methamphetamine warrants, and for a probation violation. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

State awards grant for Ga. 400 work

A busy North Fulton County interchange will get an upgrade. Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a series of grants and loans through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, including an approximately $2.8 million grant to the North Fulton Community Improvement District for improvements at Ga. 400 and Windward Parkway.

Among the upgrades: adding a 500-foot exit lane from Ga. 400 to Windward and the conversion of the existing northbound exit ramp from one to two lanes. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Johns Creek to get street help

The State Road and Tollway Authority has made a $4 million infrastructure loan to the city of Johns Creek for repaving subdivision streets. Mayor Mike Bodker says it’s a small step toward fixing up a street system that was said to be far below standard when the city inherited it upon its 2006 incorporation.

Bodker says the city will talk about the loan at its June 2 work session, and will talk about a multi-year plan to improve neighborhood streets later this summer. A city-hired consultant estimated in 2012 that it would take $30 million to bring all of its streets up to snuff. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Roswell looks to transform alleys

The city of Roswell is seeking to transform the city’s East and West Alleys behind the busy downtown Canton Street corridor into walking, shopping and dining destinations.

Two public planning sessions on the East-West Alley Master Plan are set for 8:30 a.m.(downtown business owners and stakeholders) and 2 p.m. (general public) June 17 at 972 Alpharetta St. The session will be a collaborative one, and will be followed by the city’s selection of a contractor to develop a master plan for the area.

Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Bulky trash collection for Milton residents

Milton residents can bring bulky trash items at 8 a.m. June 7 to the Roswell Public Works Division, 1810 Hembree Road.

The Milton Public Works Department and Milton Grows Green is sponsoring the bulky trash amnesty day. Items that will be accepted include tires, furniture, home appliances, deactivated cell phones, computer equipment and home electronics. Hazardous waste items will not be accepted.

Reusable items will be donated to the Atlanta Furniture Bank.

Information: cindy.eade@cityofmiltonga.us or 678-242-2509. Kent A. Miles for the AJC


Charity event to benefit firefighters’ families

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is hosting a fund-raising event for the families of recently deceased firefighters at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Masquerade, 695 North Ave. NE.

Proceeds from the Cornhole for a Cause charity event will go to the families of fire Capt. Cynthia Wright, Sgt. Frank Guinn and Firefighter Jermaine Hall. The entry fee for participants is $80 per team, $25 per person for family and friends.

Information: cornholeforacause @yahoo.com or 678-554-9229 Kent A. Miles for the AJC

Rally to celebrate fatherhood

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. will hold its fourth “Proud Fathers Rally and Stance Against Domestic Violence” at 11 a.m. June 14 at the Mall West End, 850 Oak St. SW, Atlanta.

The event will feature fatherhood advocacy organizations, legal assistance, heath screening, DNA testing, job recruiting and financial literacy sessions, all geared towards challenging men to become stewards in their households, as well as leaders in their respective community.

Information: www.opp-ga.org or 404-446-7753.

Kent A. Miles for the AJC

Architectural Digest editor to speak at SCAD

Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural Digest, will deliver the keynote address during the Savannah College of Art and Design commencement ceremonies on May 31 in Atlanta and Savannah.

Russell, who has led the publication since August 2010, will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

The Savannah ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. The Atlanta ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. N.W.

Both ceremonies will be streamed live online at www.scad.edu/life/commencement Janel Davis


City receives grant for intersection project

Dunwoody has been awarded a $784,000 grant for intersection work at Tilly Mill Road at North Peachtree Road to relieve traffic congestion, enhance safety and improve pedestrian and bicycle access.

The project improvements will include new turn lanes, sidewalks and bike lanes and a new traffic signal at Peeler Road. Kent A. Miles for the AJC

Reform group plans first meeting

A group of DeKalb County leaders will meet 6 - 8 p.m. June 5 at Maloof Audiorium to study the impact of creating new cities, the county’s governance structure, equitable distribution of tax proceeds and ethics.

DeKalb County CEO Lee May said he hopes the Task Force on DeKalb County Operations can agree on how to “fix DeKalb in one fell swoop.”

The group includes county commissioners, a university professor and community development experts. Mark Niesse

Ribbon cutting today for brewery

Partners Nick Purdy and Eric Johnson are holding a ribbon-cutting for their Wild Heaven Craft Beers 11 a.m. today at 135B Maple Street in Avondale Estates. Wild Heaven has an 8,000 square-foot facility with a 30-barrell brewing system. The city, of late, has become a beer mecca, with the Board of Mayor and Commissioners approving home-brewing competitions last March before hosting the “Peach State Brew Off” on March 29.

Bill Banks for the AJC

Police arrest 86-year-old in bike incident

Earlier this month Decatur police arrested 86-year-old Edward Tamas in the incident involving 26-year-old bicyclist Laura Quade. Tamas was cited for “following too close” in his car. Police said he “was fully cooperative and stayed on scene.”

On May 8 Tamas hit Quade from behind on West Ponce de Leon Avenue, just west of downtown, as she attempted a left turn onto Waters Street. Quade, who was wearing a helmet, is facing a long recovery from multiple fractures but will suffer no permanent brain damage. Bill Banks for the AJC

Clean-up collects trash, saves money

Volunteers spruced up DeKalb County over the last few weeks by recycling electronics, shredding paper and cleaning streets and nature preserves.

County CEO Lee May said the events, which included Earth Day and the Great American Clean Up, mobilized 1,522 volunteers who collected 22,435 bags of litter.

A cost-benefit analysis by the county indicated the clean-up efforts from March 15 to May 3 saved more than $100,000.

Mark Niesse

Stone Mountain library to sell used books

The Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library is holding a used book sale at 10 a.m. June 13 and 14 at 952 Leon St., Stone Mountain.

Proceeds from the book sale will pay for library activities and supplies and fund a scholarship for an advanced degree in library science.

Information: www.dekalblibrary.org/branches/stone-mountain.html

Kent A. Miles for the AJC


College Park man found guilty of murder

John Blackmon, 26, was found guilty Tuesday of felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and weapons offenses in the death of 19-year-old Timothy Blalock and the wounding of 24-year-old Timothy Ghilden. He was sentenced to life plus 60 years. On Aug. 25, police were called to the parking lot of a College Park tattoo parlor. Blalock’s body was found, with multiple gunshot wounds, in a Chevy Impala. Ghilden had been shot in the arm and hand, but made it to the business for help. Witnesses ID’s Blackmon, aka “Hot Boy” as the culprit. Michelle E. Shaw

Fayette seeks school bus drivers

The Fayette County Public School System wants to expand its pool of bus drivers. No previous experience is required, and training will be provided in July. All new drivers start as substitutes, and must have clean driving and criminal background records. Information: www.fcboe.org, 770-460-3535, ext. 166. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

Peachtree City Library begins summer hours

The Peachtree City Library has begun summer hours and new programs. It is now open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Programs such as Movie Mondays, Story & Craft Wednesdays and other activities are listed at www.peachtree-city.org/library. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

Fulton marshals offer teen program

The Fulton County Marshal’s Department is taking applications for its junior deputy program this summer.

The program is open to teens 12 to 16 who are Fulton County residents, attend school in the county or has a family member who is a county employee. During the two-week session, to be held July 7 - 18, participants will learn about careers in law enforcement and criminal justice as well as life skills.

The application deadline is June 6.

Information: fcmd.juniordeputy@fultoncountyga.gov or 404-612-3972.

Kent A. Miles for the AJC

Three positions open on hospital board

The Fayette County Hospital Authority has three openings for volunteer members. Individuals on the five-person board serve four-year terms and facilitate funding for hospital projects. Prior experience in healthcare or business is preferred. Applicants must file by June 6;

contact Floyd Jones at 770-305-5102 or fjones@fayettecountyga.gov. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

Motorcycle ride to benefit HCPD

The Henry County Police Department will host a motorcycle benefit ride called Wings for Warriors Saturday at the HCPD headquarters, 108 S. Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough. Proceeds go toward the Henry County Police Benevolence Fund to assist police officers in need.

Registration: 8:30 a.m. with kickstands up at 10:45 a.m. The ride will end at O.B’s BBQ, 725 Industrial Blvd., McDonough. Registration: $25 for rider and passenger.

Information: 770-990-5656 or at rpatten@co.henry.ga.us.

Monroe Roark for the AJC

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