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State, Fulton give $500K to study potential for Atlanta Grammy museum
 Georgia got out of the business of funding a Macon music museum during the economic downturn. Now, eight years after the museum closed, amid a booming economy, state and Fulton County governments have ponied up $500,000 to see if there’s a market for a new Grammy museum in Atlanta. Details of the new proposal are sparse, but a state...

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Georgia got out of the business of funding a Macon music museum during the economic downturn. Now, eight years after the museum closed, amid a booming economy, state and Fulton County governments have ponied up $500,000 to see if there’s a market for a new Grammy museum in Atlanta. Details of the new proposal are sparse, but a state...
East Point, College Park get federal money to clean contaminated sites
 The cities of East Point and College Park each received federal money Wednesday to help with redevelopment of contaminated areas. The $1.1 million in grants to the two cities will help them assess the level of hazardous substances in the ground, and clean them up. The grants, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are meant to help...

Posted: 11 days ago

The cities of East Point and College Park each received federal money Wednesday to help with redevelopment of contaminated areas. The $1.1 million in grants to the two cities will help them assess the level of hazardous substances in the ground, and clean them up. The grants, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are meant to help...
Commercial properties in Atlanta undervalued for taxes, report says
 If you live in a modest house in the city of Atlanta, chances are Fulton County assessors can peg the value of your home pretty close to what it’s worth. But the more expensive a property is, the more likely it is that the county’s valuations will come up short. A report commissioned by the Atlanta City Council found more expensive...

Posted: 24 days ago

If you live in a modest house in the city of Atlanta, chances are Fulton County assessors can peg the value of your home pretty close to what it’s worth. But the more expensive a property is, the more likely it is that the county’s valuations will come up short. A report commissioned by the Atlanta City Council found more expensive...
Sandy Springs, first in cityhood, changes how it does business
 When voters created the city of Sandy Springs, a cornerstone of their yet-to-be-built city hall was this: We will run this government like a business. For 14 years, leaders preached the power of the private sector, evangelizing the model to a slew of start-up cities. But after years of outsourcing the bulk of its workforce, Sandy Springs...

Posted: 30 days ago

When voters created the city of Sandy Springs, a cornerstone of their yet-to-be-built city hall was this: We will run this government like a business. For 14 years, leaders preached the power of the private sector, evangelizing the model to a slew of start-up cities. But after years of outsourcing the bulk of its workforce, Sandy Springs...
Fulton Commissioner Emma Darnell remembered as champion for people
 Mourners stood and danced in the aisle, one even shaking a tambourine as the choir sang. It may have been a funeral but there was no question this was a celebration honoring the life of Emma Darnell, a Fulton County commissioner who died last week after 27 years in office. In speeches and song, Darnell’s colleagues and friends...

9:32 PM Monday, May. 13, 2019

Mourners stood and danced in the aisle, one even shaking a tambourine as the choir sang. It may have been a funeral but there was no question this was a celebration honoring the life of Emma Darnell, a Fulton County commissioner who died last week after 27 years in office. In speeches and song, Darnell’s colleagues and friends...
September election date to replace Emma Darnell in Fulton likely
 Fulton County’s election board set a tentative September election date to fill the unexpired term of county commission Emma Darnell, who died earlier this week. Darnell, who served on the board since 1992, will be honored at a funeral Monday. On Wednesday, Fulton County commissioners will decide on the suggested Sept. 17 election date...

8:29 PM Friday, May. 10, 2019

Fulton County’s election board set a tentative September election date to fill the unexpired term of county commission Emma Darnell, who died earlier this week. Darnell, who served on the board since 1992, will be honored at a funeral Monday. On Wednesday, Fulton County commissioners will decide on the suggested Sept. 17 election date...
Fairburn library to reopen Thursday
 The Fairburn library, which has been closed for nearly a year, is set to reopen this week. The library will open Thursday at 10 a.m. It has been closed since last June. As part of the opening, there will be tours of the renovated space and light refreshments. The county is in the midst of a project to renovate and modernize its libraries...

8:36 PM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

The Fairburn library, which has been closed for nearly a year, is set to reopen this week. The library will open Thursday at 10 a.m. It has been closed since last June. As part of the opening, there will be tours of the renovated space and light refreshments. The county is in the midst of a project to renovate and modernize its libraries...
Fulton, Atlanta school districts seek say in tax incentive decisions
 Two metro Atlanta school districts, vexed by incentives to developers they say cost them millions of dollars, are urging more scrutiny of those tax decisions. And their voices are starting to be heard. After years without representation, officials from the Fulton and Atlanta school systems are poised to become permanent members of the group...

6:55 PM Wednesday, May. 08, 2019

Two metro Atlanta school districts, vexed by incentives to developers they say cost them millions of dollars, are urging more scrutiny of those tax decisions. And their voices are starting to be heard. After years without representation, officials from the Fulton and Atlanta school systems are poised to become permanent members of the group...
Fulton to expand Charlie Brown airport, Pitts says at annual address
 Fulton County intends to make its airport, Charlie Brown Field, a destination for corporate jets and business growth, Fulton Commission Chairman Robb Pitts said Tuesday in a state of the county address. Pitts announced a series of expansions for the general aviation airport north of I-20 near I-285, including a new administration office,...

9:17 PM Tuesday, May. 07, 2019

Fulton County intends to make its airport, Charlie Brown Field, a destination for corporate jets and business growth, Fulton Commission Chairman Robb Pitts said Tuesday in a state of the county address. Pitts announced a series of expansions for the general aviation airport north of I-20 near I-285, including a new administration office,...
Fulton County leaders intend to build a new $25 million animal shelter
 Eight dogs crowd each kennel in the Fulton County animal shelter, and more are held in cages in the hallway. The shelter wasn’t built for cats at all, so they live stacked in a separate trailer, some without enough space to have any distance between their litter boxes and where they sit. They share the area with the vets, who spay and...

8:58 PM Monday, May. 06, 2019

Eight dogs crowd each kennel in the Fulton County animal shelter, and more are held in cages in the hallway. The shelter wasn’t built for cats at all, so they live stacked in a separate trailer, some without enough space to have any distance between their litter boxes and where they sit. They share the area with the vets, who spay and...
Fulton Commissioner Emma Darnell dies at 84 after decades of service
 Emma Darnell, a Fulton County commissioner known for her advocacy for vulnerable people over decades of public service, died Sunday in Atlanta. She was 84. Darnell joined the County Commission in 1992, but had for years been a champion for minorities, seniors and the poor even before she held elected office. She won her eighth term representing...

2:51 PM Sunday, May. 05, 2019

Emma Darnell, a Fulton County commissioner known for her advocacy for vulnerable people over decades of public service, died Sunday in Atlanta. She was 84. Darnell joined the County Commission in 1992, but had for years been a champion for minorities, seniors and the poor even before she held elected office. She won her eighth term representing...
Fulton adds rapid buses on I-285 to transit plan, vote in 2020 likely
 A proposal to bring bus rapid transit to the top end of I-285 got a vote of confidence from Fulton County leaders Friday as they eye a $1.3 billion referendum next year to expand public transportation across the county. The decision to include the I-285 proposal in a list of Fulton transit initiatives is a major hurdle for the plan,...

9:50 PM Friday, May. 03, 2019

A proposal to bring bus rapid transit to the top end of I-285 got a vote of confidence from Fulton County leaders Friday as they eye a $1.3 billion referendum next year to expand public transportation across the county. The decision to include the I-285 proposal in a list of Fulton transit initiatives is a major hurdle for the plan,...
Temp jobs play bigger role in Atlanta economy than rest of country
 Katie Turner usually feels like part of the team at the big consulting firm where she’s worked more than two years. Until she doesn’t. She goes to the office every day, logging 35 hours a week alongside regular, full-time employees in her division. But her check comes from the staffing agency that placed her in the job. She doesn&rsquo...

9:06 PM Friday, May. 03, 2019

Katie Turner usually feels like part of the team at the big consulting firm where she’s worked more than two years. Until she doesn’t. She goes to the office every day, logging 35 hours a week alongside regular, full-time employees in her division. But her check comes from the staffing agency that placed her in the job. She doesn&rsquo...
Plan to eliminate plastics in Fulton County buildings delayed
 Two weeks after agreeing to eliminate single-use plastics from county buildings, Fulton County commissioners suspended the program, saying they hadn’t given it enough thought. “I’m concerned we acted a little too quickly,” said County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, who had voted in favor of the change. Hausmann said...

7:11 PM Wednesday, May. 01, 2019

Two weeks after agreeing to eliminate single-use plastics from county buildings, Fulton County commissioners suspended the program, saying they hadn’t given it enough thought. “I’m concerned we acted a little too quickly,” said County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, who had voted in favor of the change. Hausmann said...
Atlanta developer sues law firm over ‘provably false’ charges
 A prominent Atlanta developer has filed a lawsuit against a law firm representing the city of Atlanta, claiming attorneys there filed a bogus racketeering lawsuit for the purpose of harming his company. The suit, filed Thursday by Egbert Perry against the Paul Hastings law firm and attorneys William K. Whitner and Eric D. Stolze...

7:41 PM Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019

A prominent Atlanta developer has filed a lawsuit against a law firm representing the city of Atlanta, claiming attorneys there filed a bogus racketeering lawsuit for the purpose of harming his company. The suit, filed Thursday by Egbert Perry against the Paul Hastings law firm and attorneys William K. Whitner and Eric D. Stolze...
Fulton board seeks more diversity from developers getting tax breaks
 Fulton County’s development authority is taking steps to ensure companies that get incentives for their projects partner more frequently with women- and minority-owned businesses. The board unanimously passed a proposal earlier this month that sets recommended participation levels for minority and female contractors. The development...

7:43 PM Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

Fulton County’s development authority is taking steps to ensure companies that get incentives for their projects partner more frequently with women- and minority-owned businesses. The board unanimously passed a proposal earlier this month that sets recommended participation levels for minority and female contractors. The development...
Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Georgia, one concentration in Atlanta
 Georgia is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, the state Department of Public Health said. Since January, 214 cases of hepatitis A have been identified statewide. The uptick started last June, and there have been 281 cases in the state since then. In 2017, only 24 cases were reported; there were 37 in 2016. One of the hot spots...

10:28 PM Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019

Georgia is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, the state Department of Public Health said. Since January, 214 cases of hepatitis A have been identified statewide. The uptick started last June, and there have been 281 cases in the state since then. In 2017, only 24 cases were reported; there were 37 in 2016. One of the hot spots...
Fulton County plans to eliminate single-use plastics
 Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to phase-out single-use plastics like forks and straws in government buildings. The county seeks to completely eliminate such plastic items in its buildings by the end of the year. Its list includes plastic food containers, bags, cups and cutlery. A resolution asks companies that work with the...

10:42 PM Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019

Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to phase-out single-use plastics like forks and straws in government buildings. The county seeks to completely eliminate such plastic items in its buildings by the end of the year. Its list includes plastic food containers, bags, cups and cutlery. A resolution asks companies that work with the...
Concert promoter says fees for Wolf Creek Amphitheater rental too high
 The Wolf Creek Amphitheater in south Fulton County is now available to rent, but at least one local concert promoter said the fees the county will charge are too high. Fulton County commissioners agreed Wednesday to charge a $15,000 flat fee to rent the 5,300-capacity amphitheater, plus a $15 fee per ticket. In the event of a sellout, the...

6:53 PM Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019

The Wolf Creek Amphitheater in south Fulton County is now available to rent, but at least one local concert promoter said the fees the county will charge are too high. Fulton County commissioners agreed Wednesday to charge a $15,000 flat fee to rent the 5,300-capacity amphitheater, plus a $15 fee per ticket. In the event of a sellout, the...
‘I don’t trust you’: Feud among top officials grips Roswell government
 Across metro Atlanta, many cities are run day-to-day by professional administrators who hold perhaps the most perilous job in all of government: They must cater to the whims of part-time elected officials who hold the power to hire and fire them at will. These tenuous relationships make the conflict that has gripped Roswell’s City...

6:39 PM Friday, Apr. 12, 2019

Across metro Atlanta, many cities are run day-to-day by professional administrators who hold perhaps the most perilous job in all of government: They must cater to the whims of part-time elected officials who hold the power to hire and fire them at will. These tenuous relationships make the conflict that has gripped Roswell’s City...
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