County by county news for Saturday


Man exposes self because 'it's hot'

Marvin Dwayne Bolick, 51, was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in public because it was too hot, according to his arrest warrant. The Cobb County man was spotted with his pants pulled down Sunday afternoon at the McDonald's restaurant and bus stop at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Bells Ferry Road near Marietta, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the AJC. Bolick was charged with public indeceny, a misdemeanor, and booked into the Cobb County jail shortly before 4 p.m.Sunday, jail records show. Thursday night, Bolick remained jailed on $1,000 bond. Alexis Stevens

2 teachers receive space academy scholarships

Sharon Golden of Garrison Mill Elementary School in Marietta joined teachers from around the world on a learning adventure in June for the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program. Honeywell awarded 185 scholarships to teachers from 19 countries and 37 states to attend its simulated astronaut training and professional development program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Nancy Badertscher

Food trucks coming to Smyrna

The city of Smyrna will offer a new place to grab a bite to eat starting 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Smyrna's Taylor-Brawner Park, 3180 Atlanta Road. Nine food trucks have signed up this week July 10 including Happy Belly, Ibiza Bites, Buen Provecho and Pressed for Time Paninis The trucks will be in the lower parking lot next to the playground. Tucker McQueen for the AJC

Musikgarten conducts music workshops

Musikgarten, a leader in early childhood music and movement education and group piano instruction will offer teacher training workshops in Atlanta, featuring Family Music for Babies and Toddlers, Cycle of Seasons, and Music Makers Home and Around the World. Workshops are scheduled for the week of July 8th at First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

For more information or to register, call 800-216-6864 or visit

Kenneth Musisi

Smyrna seeks new school name

A special Cobb County schools committee will meet at 6 p.m. July 17 at Brown Elementary School, 3265 Brown Rd. in Smyrnato hear naming proposals for the new Smyrna elementary school. Community members will be given three to five minutes to present to the committee a name for the school currently under construction. The committee will propose three of the suggested names by Sept. 28 to the superintendent who will make a final proposal to the board of education. Daarel Burnette II

Austell employee honored for 10 years

Austell employee Antonio Ferguson was honored Monday by Mayor Joe Jerkins and the City Council for his 10 years of service. A reception was held in his honor. Then he was awarded a plaque by Jerkins and a pin by Councilwoman Suzanne Thomason. Ferguson works at the city's Threadmill Complex in housekeeping and grounds maintenance, said Randy Bowens, director of the city's Public Works Department. CAROLYN CUNNINGHAM FOR THE AJC


Gwinnett Tech launches technology program

Gwinnett Tech is partnering with Atlanta-based Women in Technology to launch Women in Technology on Campus. The goal of the WiT on Campus program is to help young women better understand the opportunities open to them in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The program will also be piloted at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University and Spelman College. Students can sign-up at

Kenneth Musisi

Police investigate deadly hotel shooting

A Duluth woman was killed Thursday night in a double shooting at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, 2350 Stephens Center Dr. Police arrested James Clay, 24, of Duluth, charging him with murder, aggravated assault, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Rashanda Patterson, 36, died at the scene from a gunshot wound to her head, and 36-year-old Joseph Emener, also of Duluth, was taken to a nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, police said. Officers arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. to find Patterson and Emener, each with single gunshot wounds.Police said they later found Clay, 24, nearby and arrested him.Investigators are seeking a motive. Clay remains in the Gwinnett County jail without bond. Marcus K. Garner

HIV awareness walk set for July 14

The "Smile for New Life" event, a HIV awareness day, is set for 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 14 at Smiley's Hair Salon, Suite B, 5514 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. The event will include free healthcare screenings, rapid HIV testing, gifts, entertainment, counselors and food. The walk will start at 8:30 a.m. at City Park, Lilburn.

Information: or 770-292-8348. Kenneth Musisi

Humane Society to hold wine tasting

The Gwinnett Humane Society will hold its third annual Surf & Tails Wine Tasting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 19 at Purple Rain Restaurant, 3550 Mall Blvd. N.W., Duluth. The event, hosted by Sweetwater Package Store, will feature a variety of wine, appetizers, door prizes, silent auction and a book signing by Julie Chapman, author of "Titan's Tales." Admission is $20 with a reservation and $25 at the door. Registration: Information: 770-798-7711, ext. 7. Mea Watkins

Deal names Berry new commissioner

Frank W. Berry III, has been named Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities by Gov. Nathan Deal. Berry's tenure will begin Aug. 11. Since 2009, Berry has served as CEO of View Point Health in Lawrenceville (formerly the Gwinnett Rockdale Newton Community Service Board). DBHDD is the state agency responsible for programs and policies for people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. Information:

Kenneth Musisi


Canton unveils downtown green space plan

Plans for additional green space in downtown Canton are moving ahead.

City officials want to lease a vacant lot at the corner of Main and Church and turn it into a small park with an amphitheater. Ginger Garrard of Main Street Canton says it could help host downtown festivals or movie nights.

A lease agreement with the parcel's owners will be worked up and brought back to the Canton City Council. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Hospitality bike ride planned for Sunday

The Georgia 400 Hospitality Highway Bike Ride will take place Sunday beginning at the Holcomb Bridge Road-Ga. 400 interchange. Registration is at 5:15 a.m. Routes of 9, 23, 60 and 100 miles will run mostly on surface streets through Sandy Springs, Milton, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta and other scenic areas of North Fulton County.

The ride raises money for Junior Flyers Cycling and Bike Roswell.


Patrick Fox

Marietta Campmeeting celebrates 175th anniversary

The 175th anniversary of the Marietta Campmeeting, a celebration worshipping God, is set for July 13-22 at 2301 Roswell Rd, Marietta. Daily service times are 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. A free special anniversary celebration event will be 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 14. The celebration will have music, barbecue, hotdogs, games, moonwalks, sno-cones and much more.

For other events: visit

Kenneth Musisi

More events booked at Wolf Creek

Tickets are on sale for two more events at south Fulton County's Wolf Creek Amphitheater. The concerts will be the second and third this year at the $6.1 million facility off Merk Road.

The lineup for the Summer Nights Jazz Festival, on Aug. 4, has South African guitarist Jonathan Butler, Michael Franks, Rachelle Ferrell, Warren Hill, Maysa Leak and Jimmy B featuring Andre Grant. Tickets range from $40 to $65.

The Labor Day Music Festival, an R&B show on Sept. 1, has "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino, Joe, Tony Terry and Dru Hill. Prices range from $45 to $75. Tickets: or 1-800-745-3000.

Johnny Edwards

Volunteers sought for wildlife certification

Milton residents interested in having their city named a "Community Wildlife Habitat" by the National Wildlife Federation can attend a volunteer meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the executive conference room at City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107 G.

The certification would make Milton the third city in Georgia and 61st in the nation to receive the designation, said William Check, who is organizing the initial meeting. He said volunteers are needed to carry out the certification project with city staffers.

Information: or 678-242-2500. Patrick Fox


Police chase snarls morning traffic

A police chase on eastbound I-20 during the Friday morning rush hour ended back on the west side of town, police report. About a dozen police vehicles surrounded the suspect car near the I-20 westbound exit to Hamilton E. Holmes Drive in southwest Atlanta. The pursuit began in Douglas County and came into Atlanta, before the driver exited the interstate at Spring Street, then returned to the westbound interstate.

Marcus K. Garner

Buckhead business group to meet

The Buckhead Business Association will hold its weekly breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the City Club of Buckhead. Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, will speak. Tickets are $10 for BBA members and $20 for visitors and guests.

Information: Kenneth Musisi

Carley to preside over arguments final time

George Carley will preside over oral arguments at the Georgia Supreme Court next week for his last time as chief justice.

The six other justices on the court voted last year to allow Carley to serve briefly as chief this year before he retires on July 17. On Monday and Tuesday, the court hears arguments on a number of cases. Carley, who has served on the court since 1993, will be succeeded by Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell. Bill Rankin

Imagine Atlanta to host screening

Zipcar Atlanta and Imagine Atlanta are hosting a free screening of Switch at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Midtown Art Cinema. A panel discussion and Q&A with local energy experts follows. Switch, a 98-minute documentary, shows the realities of energy, investigates the challenge of transitioning to alternatives and international experts address the future of energy. Reserve tickets in advance at

Information: and

Kenneth Musisi


New Life career expo set for Thursday

The Georgia Department of Labor's DeKalb Career Center and the New Life Community Center will co-sponsor a career expo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at 3692 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur.

Workshops on dressing for success, mock job interviews, and resume writing will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Information: Tamika Conde at 404-298-3970 or e-mail Kenneth Musisi

Revitalization planned for LWC building

Atlanta design and construction (D+C) industry professionals will present their vision to revitalize the City of Lithonia's Woman's Club at 10 a.m. July 14 at 2560 Wiggins St., Lithonia.

The vision calls for re-establishing the now vacant facility to its former role as a valued community resource in Lithonia. Originally constructed in 1928, the LWC building served as the first public library in DeKalb County.

The project is supported by proceeds from the industry's annual Red and Green Scene event and volunteered professional services from several organizations. Kenneth Musisi

Decatur appoints Steele as prosecuting attorney

Decatur appointed Larry J. Steele as the city's prosecuting attorney, as requested by Senate Bill 352, passed by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2012 legislative session. The post of prosecuting attorney is appointed annually at the first meeting of every year.

The appointment formalizes a position that previously didn't exist. Steele has been the city solicitor for many years, but Bill 352 brings municipal prosecutors into the Code of Georgia for the first time in state history.

The new law standardizes the role of prosecuting attorneys in over 500 Georgia cities. Bill Banks for the AJC

Marriott offers golf program for military

Marriott Golf, a golf operation and management organization of Marriott International, Inc. recently introduced "Fairways-Fore-FREEdom," a new military program designed to support the men and women dedicated to protecting America's freedom.

"Fairways-Fore-FREEdom" provides active, reserve and retired military personnel with both free and discount golf at Marriott Golf Courses throughout the country, including Stone Mountain Golf Club.

The program started on Memorial Day weekend and ends Veteran's Day. Information:

Kenneth Musisi

Decatur to get two craft breweries

The Decatur commission approved

Alcoholic Beverage Licenses for two craft breweries, the first in city history.

Both the Blue Tarp brewery, hoping to begin production in September or October, and the Three Tavern, which should begin late in the year, will be located in East Decatur Station. Assistant city manager Lyn Menne said that, while both will offer samplings and tours, neither will sell its beer on site.

By definition a craft brewery has a production limit of 100,000 barrels annually, and both beers will be distributed to various local and regional retail outlets. Bill Banks for the AJC


Traffic stop leads to arrest, deportation

A Mexican citizen wanted for murder has been deported after Fayette County police caught him driving without a license. Federal officials said Friday that Alfredo Montalvo-Coreno, 32, was arrested in January. A fingerprint check revealed he was the subject of an Interpol warrant for a homicide committed in the Mexican State of Guanajuato in 2002. He was turned over to Mexican law enforcement officers Thursday following his removal from the United States by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Staff reports

Fayette Chamber hosts 'Rally at the Alley'

Young professionals in Fayette County will Rally at the Alley during the Chamber of Commerce's annual bowling party on July 10. The event goes from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Bowling Center. Business teams may register for $100 and individuals can sign up for $25. Recognition will be given to Best Team Score, Worst Team Score, Most Strikes, Best Team Name and more. Participants are asked to bring canned goods for the Promise Place shelter. For information and registration, visit

Jill Howard Church for the AJC

Groundbreaking for Hampton High July 9

Henry County Board of Education hosts a groundbreaking ceremony for Hampton High School at 1 p.m. on July 9. The school will be located adjacent to Hampton Middle School, 799 Hampton-Locust Grove Road. Nancy Badertscher

Dragon Boat Race registration begins

The Peachtree City Rotary Club has begun registration for its annual Dragon Boat Race on Sept. 22. The fifth annual international festival will take place on Lake Peachtree, with food, art and other activities at Drake Field. Team registration is $600 for 10 rowers and one drummer. Artisans, performers and craft vendors can also apply to participate. See for information. Jill Howard Church

Exchange students need host families

World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for high school students from abroad. Families can host a student for a semester or school year.

Students are fully insured, have their own spending money and expect to do chores and participate in family activities. Details: World Heritage local reps Bob and Marcie Comeau, 120 Hickory Dr., Peachtree City, 978-204-3953 or 1-800-888-9040 or log on to or Tammy Joyner

Early voting in Henry begins July 9

Early voting in Henry County begins Monday and will continue through July 27 at the Henry County Elections and Registration Building in McDonough. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through July 20, and citizens may also vote 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 23 - 27 in McDonough and at the Ted Strickland Community Center in Stockbridge.

Information: Monroe Roark for the AJC