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Fulton County to spend $19 million on courthouse renovation
 Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $19 million to renovate the 105-year-old downtown courthouse. The courthouse is now covered with scaffolding, after ornamental molding made of terracotta detached from the building and fell to the sidewalk below. Other pieces of the building have also fallen off in recent...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $19 million to renovate the 105-year-old downtown courthouse. The courthouse is now covered with scaffolding, after ornamental molding made of terracotta detached from the building and fell to the sidewalk below. Other pieces of the building have also fallen off in recent...
Atlanta city council race to replace Ivory Lee Young, Jr. is unsettled
 An Atlanta city council race that is going to a runoff is too close to know who the final two candidates will be. Former Atlanta school board member Byron Amos is the lead vote-getter after Tuesday’s special election, but businessman Antonio Brown and Greg Clay, founder of the Atlanta Speaks Initiative, are separated by just three...

Posted: a day ago

An Atlanta city council race that is going to a runoff is too close to know who the final two candidates will be. Former Atlanta school board member Byron Amos is the lead vote-getter after Tuesday’s special election, but businessman Antonio Brown and Greg Clay, founder of the Atlanta Speaks Initiative, are separated by just three...
Fulton County spills 40 million gallons of sewage in rivers, creeks
 Since mid-November, heavy rains that overwhelmed Fulton County’s sewage system caused more than 40 million gallons of untreated sewage to spill into waterways from Camp Creek to the Chattahoochee River. There were six separate instances when more than a million gallons were spilled at a time. One 14 million gallon spill into Morning...

Posted: 8 days ago

Since mid-November, heavy rains that overwhelmed Fulton County’s sewage system caused more than 40 million gallons of untreated sewage to spill into waterways from Camp Creek to the Chattahoochee River. There were six separate instances when more than a million gallons were spilled at a time. One 14 million gallon spill into Morning...
South Fulton councilwoman cleared of threatening colleague with Taser
 A South Fulton city councilwoman who was accused of brandishing a Taser at a colleague during a meeting in October will not face criminal charges. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in a Wednesday letter that “there was no criminal conduct” related to the actions of Councilwoman Rosie Jackson. Fellow Councilwoman...

Posted: 13 days ago

A South Fulton city councilwoman who was accused of brandishing a Taser at a colleague during a meeting in October will not face criminal charges. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said in a Wednesday letter that “there was no criminal conduct” related to the actions of Councilwoman Rosie Jackson. Fellow Councilwoman...
As water returns to south Fulton, frustration with response mounts
 Days after a broken water main left more than 100,000 people and two dozen schools with low water pressure or no water for more than 24 hours, southern Fulton County had largely returned to normal. Even as water flowed again Wednesday and a boil water advisory was lifted just after 8 a.m. Thursday, many officials and residents were left with...

Posted: 15 days ago

Days after a broken water main left more than 100,000 people and two dozen schools with low water pressure or no water for more than 24 hours, southern Fulton County had largely returned to normal. Even as water flowed again Wednesday and a boil water advisory was lifted just after 8 a.m. Thursday, many officials and residents were left with...
South Fulton water main break fixed, boil advisory continues Wednesday
 A water main break in south Fulton County that left more than 100,000 people with low water pressure or no water at all for more than a day, including two dozen schools and scores of businesses, finally ended Tuesday afternoon. But a boil advisory was expected to stay in effect until late Wednesday. The episode marks the latest...

Posted: 16 days ago

A water main break in south Fulton County that left more than 100,000 people with low water pressure or no water at all for more than a day, including two dozen schools and scores of businesses, finally ended Tuesday afternoon. But a boil advisory was expected to stay in effect until late Wednesday. The episode marks the latest...
Annexation dispute heats up with financial implications for schools
 Fulton County residents already agreed in November to allow annexations in the Fulton Industrial District, the last unincorporated part of the county and an area that had been off limits to annexation for 40 years. So a unanimous Georgia Supreme Court ruling Monday that affirms Atlanta’s 2017 annexation of a piece of...

Posted: 17 days ago

Fulton County residents already agreed in November to allow annexations in the Fulton Industrial District, the last unincorporated part of the county and an area that had been off limits to annexation for 40 years. So a unanimous Georgia Supreme Court ruling Monday that affirms Atlanta’s 2017 annexation of a piece of...
Despite resident protests, Atlanta won’t let go of Fulton neighborhood
 Leroi Stanley cannot get the city of Atlanta to stop picking up his trash. His home was in Atlanta briefly, before a court decided late last year that the city’s annexation of his south Fulton County neighborhood was illegal. Now, Stanley and his Loch Lomond neighbors find themselves in the city of South Fulton, but Atlanta refuses...

Posted: 20 days ago

Leroi Stanley cannot get the city of Atlanta to stop picking up his trash. His home was in Atlanta briefly, before a court decided late last year that the city’s annexation of his south Fulton County neighborhood was illegal. Now, Stanley and his Loch Lomond neighbors find themselves in the city of South Fulton, but Atlanta refuses...
Fulton County mayors say transit future centers on Gwinnett MARTA vote
 A lot is riding on Gwinnett County’s March 19 vote to allow MARTA to expand into the northern suburbs — even beyond Gwinnett. At a Friday meeting where Fulton County mayors discussed their own plans for transit expansion, the topic quickly turned to what Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann called “the ...

Posted: 27 days ago

A lot is riding on Gwinnett County’s March 19 vote to allow MARTA to expand into the northern suburbs — even beyond Gwinnett. At a Friday meeting where Fulton County mayors discussed their own plans for transit expansion, the topic quickly turned to what Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann called “the ...
North metro Atlanta mayors propose east-west transit plan
 An east-west transit line across the top of metro Atlanta would be financially sound and could happen relatively quickly, a study commissioned by seven metro Atlanta mayors concluded. The project, which could eventually connect Northlake Mall in Tucker to Cumberland Parkway in Smyrna using managed lanes on I-285, is still in its preliminary...

8:02 PM Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

An east-west transit line across the top of metro Atlanta would be financially sound and could happen relatively quickly, a study commissioned by seven metro Atlanta mayors concluded. The project, which could eventually connect Northlake Mall in Tucker to Cumberland Parkway in Smyrna using managed lanes on I-285, is still in its preliminary...
College Park apartment complex shut down for sewage backup problems
 Residents in a College Park apartment complex were given 48 hours to vacate their homes last week, after a city court ordered the owner to close because of sewage backups. It wasn’t clear how many people lived in the complex, though online listings unaffiliated with the owners say there are 92 units. No one at Pacific Holdings...

7:39 PM Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

Residents in a College Park apartment complex were given 48 hours to vacate their homes last week, after a city court ordered the owner to close because of sewage backups. It wasn’t clear how many people lived in the complex, though online listings unaffiliated with the owners say there are 92 units. No one at Pacific Holdings...
Fulton County adds early voting, after saying there would be none
 After initially saying that there would not be early voting available for two special elections in March, Fulton County made an about-face Friday, and announced early voting would be available for three weeks ahead of the elections. The special elections in Atlanta and Hapeville will take place March 19. Tuesday, a county spokesperson...

8:36 PM Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

After initially saying that there would not be early voting available for two special elections in March, Fulton County made an about-face Friday, and announced early voting would be available for three weeks ahead of the elections. The special elections in Atlanta and Hapeville will take place March 19. Tuesday, a county spokesperson...
Itzhak Perlman a hot ticket, but Sandy Springs offers few tickets
 When world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman steps onstage at Sandy Springs’ Byers Theatre Saturday night, it will be a high-water mark in the cultural life of the 14-year-old city. But his booking has also become a flash point for the north Fulton government, which recently thrust itself into the concert-promotion business. The city-owned...

12:00 AM Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

When world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman steps onstage at Sandy Springs’ Byers Theatre Saturday night, it will be a high-water mark in the cultural life of the 14-year-old city. But his booking has also become a flash point for the north Fulton government, which recently thrust itself into the concert-promotion business. The city-owned...
Protesters march at Stone Mountain Village after park is closed 
 All day Saturday, Stone Mountain park police turned visitors away at the gates. Faced with the prospect of white supremacist protesters and antifascist counterprotesters swarming the park on Super Bowl weekend, park officials announced late Friday that they had made the unprecedented decision to simply close. “Today, nobody gets...

1:36 AM Sunday, Feb. 03, 2019

All day Saturday, Stone Mountain park police turned visitors away at the gates. Faced with the prospect of white supremacist protesters and antifascist counterprotesters swarming the park on Super Bowl weekend, park officials announced late Friday that they had made the unprecedented decision to simply close. “Today, nobody gets...
Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Gwinnett 
 The GBI is investigating after Gwinnett County police officers shot and killed a man in Buford on Saturday. Spokesman T.H. Kim said officers responded to a domestic dispute between a man and his wife on Suwanee Mill Drive on Saturday afternoon when they saw a man outside holding a knife. The man went back inside the house and got a handgun...

11:10 PM Saturday, Feb. 02, 2019

The GBI is investigating after Gwinnett County police officers shot and killed a man in Buford on Saturday. Spokesman T.H. Kim said officers responded to a domestic dispute between a man and his wife on Suwanee Mill Drive on Saturday afternoon when they saw a man outside holding a knife. The man went back inside the house and got a handgun...
At Piedmont Park civil rights rally, calls to keep speaking out
 At the end of an NAACP-led rally at Piedmont Park Saturday afternoon, a group called the Resistance Revival Chorus led the dwindling crowd in a rendition of “We Shall Overcome.” The rally of a coalition of civil rights groups was called to bring attention to racial inequality in the state while the nation’s eyes are on Atlanta...

11:00 PM Saturday, Feb. 02, 2019

At the end of an NAACP-led rally at Piedmont Park Saturday afternoon, a group called the Resistance Revival Chorus led the dwindling crowd in a rendition of “We Shall Overcome.” The rally of a coalition of civil rights groups was called to bring attention to racial inequality in the state while the nation’s eyes are on Atlanta...
NEW DETAILS: Protesters march on Stone Mountain Village after park is closed
 All day Saturday, Stone Mountain park police turned visitors away at the gates. Faced with the prospect of white supremacist protesters and anti-fascist counterprotesters swarming the park on Super Bowl weekend, park officials announced late Friday that they had made the unprecedented decision to simply close. “Today, nobody gets...

4:58 PM Saturday, Feb. 02, 2019

All day Saturday, Stone Mountain park police turned visitors away at the gates. Faced with the prospect of white supremacist protesters and anti-fascist counterprotesters swarming the park on Super Bowl weekend, park officials announced late Friday that they had made the unprecedented decision to simply close. “Today, nobody gets...
Group questions Atlanta’s treatment of homeless ahead of Super Bowl
 Atlanta officials are locked in a dispute with one of the South’s leading civil rights groups over whether they are unconstitutionally warehousing homeless residents in the city’s jail to clear streets for the Super Bowl. The Southern Center for Human Rights said there are strong signs that a recent crackdown on encampments and...

10:54 PM Friday, Feb. 01, 2019

Atlanta officials are locked in a dispute with one of the South’s leading civil rights groups over whether they are unconstitutionally warehousing homeless residents in the city’s jail to clear streets for the Super Bowl. The Southern Center for Human Rights said there are strong signs that a recent crackdown on encampments and...
Youth shelter open for homeless through Super Bowl weekend
 Weekend temperatures won’t dip below freezing, but a local homelessness group will open a warming shelter this weekend to keep people off the streets while the Super Bowl is in town. Living Room, which primarily offers emergency housing for those with HIV and AIDS, will open a shelter specifically for 18- to 25-year-olds....

7:26 PM Friday, Feb. 01, 2019

Weekend temperatures won’t dip below freezing, but a local homelessness group will open a warming shelter this weekend to keep people off the streets while the Super Bowl is in town. Living Room, which primarily offers emergency housing for those with HIV and AIDS, will open a shelter specifically for 18- to 25-year-olds....
Jessye Norman: Opera singer earns accolades, shares her talents
 Jessye Norman’s voice soared as much when she was a child as it has in the decades since. The 73-year-old Augusta native sang in church when she was young, and with her mother and grandmother, who both played piano. Since then, the opera singer’s voice has been well-celebrated. She will be honored this month with the Glenn Gould...

5:00 AM Friday, Feb. 01, 2019

Jessye Norman’s voice soared as much when she was a child as it has in the decades since. The 73-year-old Augusta native sang in church when she was young, and with her mother and grandmother, who both played piano. Since then, the opera singer’s voice has been well-celebrated. She will be honored this month with the Glenn Gould...
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