County by county news for Tuesday


Free gun training class Friday for teachers

Another free firearms training class for teachers and school administrators will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Governors Gun Club, 5740 C.H. James Parkway, Powder Springs.

Students will be required to have a handgun, 25 rounds of ammunition, hearing and eye protection and one target - all available for rent or purchase at the club.

Also needed will be a notepad and pen for a written test at the end of the class.

Information: or 678-384-0005. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Audio-visual bids needed by Sept. 12

Powder Springs is seeking licensed contractors to install audio, visual and lighting equipment for the Council Chamber AVL Project.

A pre-proposal meeting will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Council Chamber, Community Development building, 4488 Pineview Drive.

Proposals must be submitted before 10 a.m. Sept. 12 to City Hall, 4484 Marietta St.

Information: Tracy Sirmans, Croy Engineering LLC, the program manager, at 770-971-5407 or Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Opinions sought on Kennesaw growth

Kennesaw and the Town Center Area Community Improvement District are looking for public opinion on future growth including a plan to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

A community workshop about a Livable Centers Initiative study will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday at O’Charley’s Restaurant, 705 Townpark Lane, Kennesaw.

The Atlanta Regional Commission program awards grants to local governments and non-profits for improving community centers. Tucker McQueen for the AJC

Cell phone tower comments accepted

Cellco Partnership and Verizon Wireless are proposing to build a 180-foot monopole telecommunications tower at 4980 Brownsville Road, Powder Springs.

Comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties must be submitted by Sept. 19 to H. Lim, Terracon, 2855 Premiere Parkway, Suite C, Duluth, GA 30097.

Information: 770-623-0755 or

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Powder Springs relaxes subdivision rule

The Powder Springs City Council rescinded its rule requiring undeveloped subdivision lots to be transferred to the ownership of its homeowners’ association. The intention was for conveyance of two lots in Warren Creek subdivision when the owners weren’t found and the lots were overgrown.

With this change, 100 of the 150 lots in the Cameron Springs subdivision will not have to be turned over to the HOA.

Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC

Powder Springs yields $204K savings

Powder Springs City Council recently approved refinancing of 2006 redevelopment bonds at 2.4 percent instead of 4.6 percent interest that will yield $204,000 in savings until 2026.

The $3,355,000 will be refinanced for the Downtown Development Authority by Raymond James and Associates. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


Lane closures continue this week on I-85

As construction continues on the Jimmy Carter Diverging Diamond Interchange, the following lane closures will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. today and Wednesday: I-85 southbound, two right lanes between Exit 101, Indian-Trail/Lilburn Road and Exit 96, Pleasantdale Road. On Thursday and Friday expect lane closures I-85 northbound, two right lanes between Exit 96, Pleasantdale Road and Exit 101, Indian-Trail/Lilburn Road. All lane closures are dependent on weather conditions and subject to change. Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Networking, vintage cars and food

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber and Norcross Business Association is set for a Business After Hours 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at MTG , 3036 Northeast Parkway, Suite 104 in Peachtree Corners.

Hosted by MTG with beer by Peachtree Growler, the theme is ‘Fast and Furious 8’ featuring vintage and muscle cars, food, cold drinks, music and the ‘Fast and Furious’ movie series playing on the big screen.

Information: Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Citizens’ academy taking applications

The Gwinnett County Police Department is accepting applications for the next 9-week session of the Citizens Police Academy beginning Sept. 16 at the Gwinnett Police Training Center, 429 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.

Classes will meet twice a week 6 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday.

Information: or Corporal Jason Ayers at or 678-226-7758.

Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Environmental Center hosting night hikes

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center resumes its Night Treks: Forest in the Fall 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.

Explore the colorful evening trails and discover how plants and animals in the GEHC forest are adapting to prepare for the upcoming seasonal changes.


Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Healthcare marketplace explained

Certified healthcare marketplace navigator Lauren Callahan from Mental Health America of Georgia will answers questions about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare choices 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Hamilton Mill library branch, 3690 Braselton Highway in Dacula.


Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Adults can join a lawn game league in Duluth

Duluth Parks and Recreation will offer a Lawn Games League (Cornhole & Ladderball) program for adults on Thursday evenings at Duluth Town Green starting Sept. 4.

Ages 21 and up.

Register by mail or drop off registration: Bunten Road Park, 3180 Bunten Road, Duluth, GA 30096 or through

Karen Huppertz for the AJC


Alpharetta warning of road closures

Alpharetta city officials say that two events-the weekly Food Truck Alley and the 18th annual Mayor’s Corporate 5K challenge-will combine to force numerous road closures downtown Thursday night. Among them: from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Ga.9, one southbound lane will be closed between Mayfield Road and Old Milton Parkway. Portions of Canton Street, Roswell Street and Mayfield Road will also close during the same hours. Milton Road will be closed 4 p.m.-midnight from Ga. 9 to Canton/Roswell streets. For a complete list: Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Canton approves FY 2015 budget

The Canton City Council has given final approval to the city’s fiscal 2015 budget, starting Oct. 1. The general fund jumped to $12. 7 million for 2015, up from 2014’s $11.4 million. Several factors account for the increase, including a new take-home vehicle policy for Canton police officers necessitating the purchase of several new vehicles. In addition, the city is hiring 9 new firefighters to staff a north Canton fire station, and saw a 10 percent increase in health insurance premiums. The total city budget rose to $37. 8 million, up $1.8 million from 2014.

Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Cherokee shelter updates numbers

Officials with the Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton now say 228 dogs were adopted on Saturday in what it billed as a Happily-Ever-After Celebration. The mass adoption followed the shelter’s taking in more than 350 dogs seized from a east Cherokee kennel last month and said to have been housed in filthy conditions. The kennel’s owners have been charged with animal cruelty. Shelter officials say about 20 adoptable dogs remain. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

United Way hosts volunteer event

The United Way of Forsyth County Day of Caring is Sept. 5, which will also mark the kickoff for its 2015 campaign. A record-breaking 650 volunteers from businesses, schools, civic groups and churches will do various projects at county nonprofit organizations and schools that day, including packaging 60,000 dried, nonperishable meals for distribution to local food pantries. Information:

Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Alpharetta offers new business info tool

The Alpharetta Technology Commission has launched a new website as it tries to lure new business. is loaded with information on the city’s business climate, workforce, infrastructure and quality of life, and is designed for location specialists and others seeking greener pastures. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Sandy Springs seeks retail input with survey

The city of Sandy Springs has opened a web survey seeking resident input on the mix of retail as part of the City Center project.

The overall project seeks to transform the Roswell Road corridor with walkable streets, retail and dining, green space and a civic facility. You can take the survey at Mark Woolsey for the AJC


Store clerk found dead identified

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the convenience store clerk found shot to death overnight as Ajit Dwivedy.

Channel 2 Action News reported that the owner of the Big Brother 2 Food Mart on Norwood Road in southeast Atlanta found the clerk dead in the front doorway when he went to the store to close up just before midnight Sunday.

The shooting apparently happened during a robbery, according to police.

Dwivedy’s age was not immediately available, but the Medical Examiner’s office said he lived in Atlanta. Mike Morris

Some Fulton career centers remain open

Comprehensive Workforce Services for dislocated adults and youth will be offered at only three Fulton County career centers as of Wednesday.

Those centers are South Fulton Career Center, 5710 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park; Adamsville Regional Health Center, 3700 Martin Luther King Jr., Drive SW; and North Fulton Career Center in Sandy Springs.

Fulton County will close Oakhill Child, Adolescent and Family Services; Neighborhood Union Workforce Center, and Central Resource Center on Tuesday. Adrianne Murchison for the AJC

Gathering for sex trafficking captives

The next monthly candlelight prayer gathering for sex trafficking captives has participants walking at 7 p.m. Friday from the Atlanta Dream Center, 652 Angier Ave. NE to the Historic Fourth Ward Park near the waterfalls, 680 Dallas St. for the “Be the Light” prayer gathering.

The event is sponsored by nonprofit Out of Darkness. It is encouraging other groups to hold their own candlelight prayer gatherings on the last Fridays and send their photos to

Information:,,, 404-817-3502 or 24/7 rescue hotline at 404-941-6024. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


New online school information system

Students and parents in DeKalb County now have access to an online information system that contains attendance, grades and scheduling information.

The district has adopted Infinite Campus, which offers a web portal with “real-time access” to student information.

Log in with the user ID and password from the old eSIS Parent Assistant website. The district has published a web page with explanatory videos. For help, call 678-676-1131 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.

Ty Tagami

House purchase to expand Woodlands

Through an intergovernmental agreement Decatur’s Development Authority will purchase the old Merritt property at 915 Clairemont Avenue for $690,000. A memorandum of understanding stipulates the next door Woodlands garden and forest preserve make only the monthly interest payments prior to purchasing the property after 18 months. The Merritt tract will add another acre to the Woodlands current 7.1 acres which has over 30 species of trees, including poplars and oaks over 100 years old.

Bill Banks for the AJC

Cummunity meeting on park programs

A DeKalb community meeting on park programs, partnerships, safety and clean-up events will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 9 at Wade Walker Park Family YMCA, 5605 Rockbridge Road SW, in Stone Mountain.

The ”Friends of the Park” meeting is presented by DeKalb County Parks and Cultural Affairs, and Park Pride, a non-profit that works with local communities to improve local parks.

Information: 404-371-2540.

Adrianne Murchison for the AJC

Registration open for golf classic.

The 10th annual DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15, at the Druid Hills Golf Club, 740 Clifton Road.

The tournament has a 10 a.m. start time. Women Executive Leaders of DeKalb will hold a women’s golf clinic in the afternoon.

An awards ceremony and reception will be held after the tournament.

Tickets are $300 for individual players; $1,000 foursome.


Adrianne Murchison for the AJC

Safety check changes toy drop-off location

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation staff have started inspecting toys donated to local parks, said city spokesman Michael Lee.

Parents have regularly dropped-off toys at Ashford Park playground for community use at that location, but officials now prefer citizens bring them to the Lynnwood Recreation Center at 3360 Osborne Road, for a safety check.

Accepted toys will be placed in city parks. Toys deemed unsafe or broken will not be distributed.


Adrianne Murchison for the AJC


Filming closes some Peachtree City roads

Filming of “The Walking Dead” television show will close portions of several Peachtree City roads and cart paths through tomorrow. The affected area is along Redwine Road and Robinson Road, at the Foreston Place subdivision near the Starr’s Mill school complex. Morning and afternoon school traffic will not be affected, but detours will be set up at other times. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

East Point apartment catches fire

A fire at Colony at Camp Creek apartments in East Point displaced 19 residents Sunday night. The fire damaged nearly half of an apartment building causing a partial collapse. Residents were already evacuated when fire trucks arrived about 7:45 p.m.

A Rural Metro Ambulance crew treated four firefighters for dehydration, and an asthmatic civilian.

Twenty-seven fire fighters from East Point, College Park and Atlanta were on the scene.

Adrianne Murchison for the AJC

Coalition would address development

A meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at 140 Stonewall Ave. West, Fayetteville of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will include consideration of an intergovernmental agreement to form the 74 Gateway Coalition, to “develop and support initiatives of common interest” among the municipalities along Ga. Hwy. 74 between Fulton and Fayette counties. The coalition, which would also include Peachtree City, Tyrone and Fairburn, would address traffic flow, economic development and property values. Jill Howard Church for the AJC

Special called meeting in College Park

The College Park Business and Industrial Development Authority will hold a special called meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia International Convention Center 2000 Convention Center.

Real estate, personnel matters and litigation are on the agenda. Adrianne Murchison

Career and resource expo hiring

The Georgia Department of Labor and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless will co-sponsor a career and resource expo 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6, at the Georgia International Convention Center. Organizations will provide job-readiness workshops .

HFTH will provide groceries and back-to- school items for needy attendees. Information:, or 404-679-5200.Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Peachtree City issues crosswalk reminder

Peachtree City is reminding residents about its right-of-way rules. Pedestrians always have the right of way in crosswalks, and motorists must stop for them. However, golf carts do not have right of way, and drivers must watch for and yield to automobile traffic. Golf carts may not use highway crosswalks or sidewalks adjacent to highways, and should use tunnels and bridges instead.

Jill Howard Church for the AJC