Good week/bad week for June 30

It was a good week for …

Cherokee County. Inalfa Roof Systems, a Dutch company that supplies sunroofs and other roofing to automakers, announced Monday it plans to build a $17.1 million plant in Cherokee that will employ 300 workers. The plant, expected to be open in January, will be built off I-75 at Cherokee 75 Corporate Park.

Atlanta Public Schools. Results of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test released Tuesday showed that students in APS outperformed their predecessors in 23 of the 30 content areas. The district had some of the largest year-to-year gains in metro Atlanta, and those gains were announced as former APS leaders fight criminal charges tied to alleged cheating on the test in the past.

Deaf Georgians. The state must begin providing individuals who are deaf and developmentally disabled equal access to public services, a federal judge has ordered. In a 26-page order, U.S. District Judge Richard Story gave the state five years to fully comply with his directives, which include maintaining an Office of Deaf Services with a full-time director and staffing six regional offices to assist the deaf in locations near their homes.

It was a bad week for …

Paula Deen. Following Food Network’s decision last week not to renew her contract when it expires today as a result of the controversy over her former use of a racial slur, more than half a dozen other companies severed ties or suspended relations with the celebrity chef.

Dorian Moragne and Christopher Caine. The two Atlanta men, who became the first in the state convicted of federal hate crimes against sexual orientation, were sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in prison, to be served at the same time as their state criminal convictions resulting from the same act.

HOT lane drivers. The cost of using the I-85 HOT lane through Gwinnett and DeKalb counties hit $7 during Thursday’s morning commute, tying a record set just a day earlier. The HOT lane toll is set on a sliding scale depending on the level of congestion on I-85 and in the HOT lane.

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