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‘Stinky situation’ after garbage truck catches fire outside DeKalb station
 Residents who attended a demonstration at a DeKalb County fire station Tuesday morning got quite the real-world experience. During the demo at station No. 26, trash in a garbage truck outside happened to catch fire, DeKalb County Fire Rescue said. “It can be a stinky situation when a garbage truck catches fire in front of your station...

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Residents who attended a demonstration at a DeKalb County fire station Tuesday morning got quite the real-world experience. During the demo at station No. 26, trash in a garbage truck outside happened to catch fire, DeKalb County Fire Rescue said. “It can be a stinky situation when a garbage truck catches fire in front of your station...
Local firefighters climb 72 flights of stairs to honor lives lost on 9/11
 A group of DeKalb County firefighters climbed to the top of the tallest hotel in the Southeast on Saturday to honor the lives of first responders who died in the 9/11 attacks. The seven firefighters wore their full gear as they walked the 72 flights of stairs to the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza downtown, which is known for its cylindrical...

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A group of DeKalb County firefighters climbed to the top of the tallest hotel in the Southeast on Saturday to honor the lives of first responders who died in the 9/11 attacks. The seven firefighters wore their full gear as they walked the 72 flights of stairs to the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza downtown, which is known for its cylindrical...
DeKalb votes to extend contract with troubled ambulance provider
 The DeKalb County commission voted Tuesday to extend its contract with an ambulance provider that has faced criticism for years that it responds too slowly to emergency situations. The saga over ambulance response times has been centered in Dunwoody, where some families and City Council members have criticized American Medical Response over...

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The DeKalb County commission voted Tuesday to extend its contract with an ambulance provider that has faced criticism for years that it responds too slowly to emergency situations. The saga over ambulance response times has been centered in Dunwoody, where some families and City Council members have criticized American Medical Response over...
Brookhaven police’s $45K Tesla to hit the track for testing
 Brookhaven has outfitted its new Tesla with all the gear and gadgets it would need to operate as a fully functional police cruiser. Now, it’s time to put it to the test. The previously owned 2015 Tesla Model S, which the police department bought for $45,000, is set to hit the track for the first time Tuesday morning at the...

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Brookhaven has outfitted its new Tesla with all the gear and gadgets it would need to operate as a fully functional police cruiser. Now, it’s time to put it to the test. The previously owned 2015 Tesla Model S, which the police department bought for $45,000, is set to hit the track for the first time Tuesday morning at the...
19-year-old accused of pistol-whipping 2 men during violent crime spree
 A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with two violent armed robberies at a home and restaurant in DeKalb County, officials said. Earnest Sims, a resident of Jenkinsburg in Butts County, is first accused of a home invasion in Ellenwood on May 20, according to a statement from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Sims allegedly...

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A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with two violent armed robberies at a home and restaurant in DeKalb County, officials said. Earnest Sims, a resident of Jenkinsburg in Butts County, is first accused of a home invasion in Ellenwood on May 20, according to a statement from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Sims allegedly...
With help from Usher and his mother, the ‘Uber of catering’ feeds Atlanta
 The “Uber of catering” has arrived in Atlanta, thanks in part to an investment from R&B superstar Usher and his mother. Jonnetta Patton, known for managing her famous son for more than a decade, started a “shared kitchen” in Doraville in 2016, allowing independent chefs to cook, try out recipes and receive business...

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The “Uber of catering” has arrived in Atlanta, thanks in part to an investment from R&B superstar Usher and his mother. Jonnetta Patton, known for managing her famous son for more than a decade, started a “shared kitchen” in Doraville in 2016, allowing independent chefs to cook, try out recipes and receive business...
Happening tonight: Downtown Decatur transforms into beach to celebrate summer
 If you’re not able to make it to the beach for a vacation this summer, worry no longer. On Friday, June 21 from 5-11 p.m., Decatur Square will transform into a beach for the annual “Decatur Beach Party” to celebrate the first day of summer. Admission is free this year. About 80 tons of sand will be dumped on part of...

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If you’re not able to make it to the beach for a vacation this summer, worry no longer. On Friday, June 21 from 5-11 p.m., Decatur Square will transform into a beach for the annual “Decatur Beach Party” to celebrate the first day of summer. Admission is free this year. About 80 tons of sand will be dumped on part of...
DeKalb’s Latino population declines while Asian numbers rise
 Over the past decade in DeKalb County,  the white and black populations grew at about  the same rate — each demographic group saw a 9% increase between 2010 and 2018, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. The same can’t be said for DeKalb’s Asian and Latino populations.  As the county added about 64...

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Over the past decade in DeKalb County,  the white and black populations grew at about the same rate — each demographic group saw a 9% increase between 2010 and 2018, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. The same can’t be said for DeKalb’s Asian and Latino populations.  As the county added about 64...
Health inspector docks DeKalb McDonald’s for ‘pink slime’ on soda machine
 A McDonald’s in DeKalb County failed its health inspection earlier this week, as a report noted there was a slimy substance on the self-serve soda dispenser. The McDonald’s at 2636 Wesley Chapel Road scored a 59 during its Tuesday inspection. Notably, during a follow-up inspection one day later, it easily passed with a 99. &ldquo...

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A McDonald’s in DeKalb County failed its health inspection earlier this week, as a report noted there was a slimy substance on the self-serve soda dispenser. The McDonald’s at 2636 Wesley Chapel Road scored a 59 during its Tuesday inspection. Notably, during a follow-up inspection one day later, it easily passed with a 99. &ldquo...
Treasure trove of vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia is up for sale this weekend
 As Atlantans, we all have a bit of a sweet spot for  vintage Coca-Cola merchandise. Who doesn’t love those classic metal signs, clocks and bottles? Now’s your chance to own some of it, thanks to an estate sale running this weekend in Atlanta. The assortment accrued by Thomas Eskew is considered one of the largest Coca-Cola collections...

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As Atlantans, we all have a bit of a sweet spot for vintage Coca-Cola merchandise. Who doesn’t love those classic metal signs, clocks and bottles? Now’s your chance to own some of it, thanks to an estate sale running this weekend in Atlanta. The assortment accrued by Thomas Eskew is considered one of the largest Coca-Cola collections...
3 masked men burglarize Dunwoody drug store
 Dunwoody police are looking for three men who broke into a drug store in the Dunwoody Village area Thursday. The burglary at Carlton's Concord Pharmacy comes about a week after three men crashed a truck into a CVS across the street and tried to steal an ATM. During the incident Thursday, the three men broke the front door window with...

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Dunwoody police are looking for three men who broke into a drug store in the Dunwoody Village area Thursday. The burglary at Carlton's Concord Pharmacy comes about a week after three men crashed a truck into a CVS across the street and tried to steal an ATM. During the incident Thursday, the three men broke the front door window with...
New amphitheater, walking trails coming to DeKalb next month
 Next month, DeKalb County will have a brand-new amphitheater along with walking trails and gardens. Rainbow Park, located on Rainbow Drive in South DeKalb, can seat up to 1,000 people in the open-air amphitheater, the county said in a statement. The park will also feature open meadows and gardens. The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking...

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Next month, DeKalb County will have a brand-new amphitheater along with walking trails and gardens. Rainbow Park, located on Rainbow Drive in South DeKalb, can seat up to 1,000 people in the open-air amphitheater, the county said in a statement. The park will also feature open meadows and gardens. The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking...
Brookhaven mayor traveling to Hawaii to speak at conference of city leaders
 Brookhaven’s mayor will fly to Honolulu, Hawaii next weekend to appear on two panels at a conference attended by hundreds of other American mayors. At the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor John Ernst will speak about Brookhaven’s environmental sustainability initiatives and local control of...

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Brookhaven’s mayor will fly to Honolulu, Hawaii next weekend to appear on two panels at a conference attended by hundreds of other American mayors. At the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor John Ernst will speak about Brookhaven’s environmental sustainability initiatives and local control of...
Can this major DeKalb County corridor rebound from tough past?
 Armed with a microphone and wearing a hat that said “Stay Woke,” a DeKalb County commissioner spent Wednesday morning traversing a busy corridor noting things that needed fixing. Commissioner Larry Johnson had amassed a long list before lunch. On a two-mile stretch of Glenwood Road, there were unkemptshrubs, homes that looked...

Posted: 5 days ago

Armed with a microphone and wearing a hat that said “Stay Woke,” a DeKalb County commissioner spent Wednesday morning traversing a busy corridor noting things that needed fixing. Commissioner Larry Johnson had amassed a long list before lunch. On a two-mile stretch of Glenwood Road, there were unkemptshrubs, homes that looked...
Hailed as a hero, 10-year-old honored by city for saving drowning sister
 A 10-year-old girl credited with saving her younger sister from drowning was honored by the Chamblee City Council on Wednesday, along with a police sergeant who helped administer CPR to the 3-year-old. Jayla Dallis received a citizen’s lifesaving award, as well as a gift basket, for her heroics on May 15 when her sister Kali began to...

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A 10-year-old girl credited with saving her younger sister from drowning was honored by the Chamblee City Council on Wednesday, along with a police sergeant who helped administer CPR to the 3-year-old. Jayla Dallis received a citizen’s lifesaving award, as well as a gift basket, for her heroics on May 15 when her sister Kali began to...
As questions linger, city postpones vote on PDK airport hangars
 It could take at least another month for DeKalb-Peachtree Airport to get the green light on design plans for eight new corporate hangars, as questions and concerns from nearby residents remain. Several neighbors in Chamblee and Brookhaven have expressed worries that noise and pollution from airplanes will grow as the airport predicts a rise...

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It could take at least another month for DeKalb-Peachtree Airport to get the green light on design plans for eight new corporate hangars, as questions and concerns from nearby residents remain. Several neighbors in Chamblee and Brookhaven have expressed worries that noise and pollution from airplanes will grow as the airport predicts a rise...
WATCH: After crashing into CVS, 3 men try (and fail) to steal ATM
 After crashing through the glass entryway of a Dunwoody CVS, three burglars spent more than five minutes trying to get away with the store’s ATM, police said. Surveillance video shows them fleeing after an unsuccessful burglary attempt at about 2:15 a.m. last Wednesday, leaving behind a disheveled scene at the front of the CVS. The...

Posted: 6 days ago

After crashing through the glass entryway of a Dunwoody CVS, three burglars spent more than five minutes trying to get away with the store’s ATM, police said. Surveillance video shows them fleeing after an unsuccessful burglary attempt at about 2:15 a.m. last Wednesday, leaving behind a disheveled scene at the front of the CVS. The...
Metro Atlanta police department offers active shooter response training
 “What would you do if an active shooter was in your midst?” That’s what the Dunwoody Police Department hopes to teach residents during an active shooter training course next week. The “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” class, scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., outlines how to proactively prepare...

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“What would you do if an active shooter was in your midst?” That’s what the Dunwoody Police Department hopes to teach residents during an active shooter training course next week. The “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” class, scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., outlines how to proactively prepare...
Anyone will be able to walk up and play this piano in Dunwoody
 A new “public piano” installation is coming to Dunwoody later this month. The piano will be stationed at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm by Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit that aims to install 88 public pianos across metro Atlanta, representing the 88 keys on a piano. It will be the 21st piano installed in the Atlanta area...

Posted: 7 days ago

A new “public piano” installation is coming to Dunwoody later this month. The piano will be stationed at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm by Play Me Again Pianos, a nonprofit that aims to install 88 public pianos across metro Atlanta, representing the 88 keys on a piano. It will be the 21st piano installed in the Atlanta area...
Police say man followed woman, sexually harassed her near Decatur Square
 Decatur police are looking for a man they say followed a woman out of a MARTA station, made  explicit comments and sexually harassed her near Decatur Square. The woman told police she was leaving the Decatur MARTA station about 1:20 a.m. Friday and turned left on Church street to head home. She noticed a man walking behind her as she exited...

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Decatur police are looking for a man they say followed a woman out of a MARTA station, made explicit comments and sexually harassed her near Decatur Square. The woman told police she was leaving the Decatur MARTA station about 1:20 a.m. Friday and turned left on Church street to head home. She noticed a man walking behind her as she exited...
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