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Officials incensed over recycling plant planned for residential area in DeKalb
 Several state and local elected officials said they are frustrated with how Georgia and the city of Stonecrest OKed a new recycling plant in a largely residential area. The furor surrounds a new Metro Green facility in the northeast corner of Stonecrest, where the company would process concrete and other debris from construction or demolition...

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Several state and local elected officials said they are frustrated with how Georgia and the city of Stonecrest OKed a new recycling plant in a largely residential area. The furor surrounds a new Metro Green facility in the northeast corner of Stonecrest, where the company would process concrete and other debris from construction or demolition...
Lawmakers to hold town hall on proposed new recycling plant in Stonecrest
 Two state lawmakers from DeKalb County are hosting a virtual town hall Thursday about a proposed recycling plant near a residential neighborhood in Stonecrest. Rep. Doreen Carter and Sen. Emanuel Jones will meet over Zoom at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss the proposed construction of the Metro Green recycling plant. Residents can register...

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Two state lawmakers from DeKalb County are hosting a virtual town hall Thursday about a proposed recycling plant near a residential neighborhood in Stonecrest. Rep. Doreen Carter and Sen. Emanuel Jones will meet over Zoom at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss the proposed construction of the Metro Green recycling plant. Residents can register...
DeKalb History Center reopening next week by appointment only
 The DeKalb History Center plans to reopen next Monday, July 6, requiring appointments for those who want to visit. Anyone who wants to research historical archives or see the museum exhibits should contact staff to make an appointment. Next Monday will be the first time the history center opens since closing in March due to the coronavirus...

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The DeKalb History Center plans to reopen next Monday, July 6, requiring appointments for those who want to visit. Anyone who wants to research historical archives or see the museum exhibits should contact staff to make an appointment. Next Monday will be the first time the history center opens since closing in March due to the coronavirus...
Vegan bakery Cinnaholic opening new location in Dunwoody
 Cinnaholic is bringing its acclaimed cinnamon rolls to Dunwoody. The vegan bakery chain, which first gained national attention on the TV show “Shark Tank,” plans to open a location on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in July, according to a statement from the company. It will be the second Cinnaholic in Georgia, following...

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Cinnaholic is bringing its acclaimed cinnamon rolls to Dunwoody. The vegan bakery chain, which first gained national attention on the TV show “Shark Tank,” plans to open a location on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in July, according to a statement from the company. It will be the second Cinnaholic in Georgia, following...
New Lidl grocery store opening in DeKalb County next week
 A new Lidl grocery store is opening in DeKalb County next week. The German supermarket chain will hold a ribbon-cutting at its new North Druid Hills location on Wednesday, July 8, officials announced. Lidl is known for offering a wide range of discounted groceries and produce. “We are very excited to have this new grocery store to serve...

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A new Lidl grocery store is opening in DeKalb County next week. The German supermarket chain will hold a ribbon-cutting at its new North Druid Hills location on Wednesday, July 8, officials announced. Lidl is known for offering a wide range of discounted groceries and produce. “We are very excited to have this new grocery store to serve...
Former DeKalb sheriff will oversee Stone Mountain’s small police department
 DeKalb County’s longtime former sheriff is temporarily managing public safety operations in the small city of Stone Mountain. Thomas Brown, who led the county sheriff’s office from 2001 to 2014, will oversee the day-to-day police operations for the next six months and make recommendations about what the city can change, according...

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DeKalb County’s longtime former sheriff is temporarily managing public safety operations in the small city of Stone Mountain. Thomas Brown, who led the county sheriff’s office from 2001 to 2014, will oversee the day-to-day police operations for the next six months and make recommendations about what the city can change, according...
Lawmakers pass new DeKalb ethics board legislation
 Legislation that could revive the DeKalb County Board of Ethics achieved final passage in the Georgia Legislature on Friday, clearing the way for a second ethics-related ballot referendum in as many years. The new bill, crafted by state Rep. Viola Davis and members of DeKalb’s House delegation, would fix the appointment process for...

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Legislation that could revive the DeKalb County Board of Ethics achieved final passage in the Georgia Legislature on Friday, clearing the way for a second ethics-related ballot referendum in as many years. The new bill, crafted by state Rep. Viola Davis and members of DeKalb’s House delegation, would fix the appointment process for...
Hidden History: Decatur students shed light on 1960 MLK arrest, release
 Today, a busy intersection in downtown Decatur is home to a bustling Chick-fil-A and a future mixed-use development project. But 60 years ago, just steps from where a Confederate monument stood in Decatur Square, court proceedings that happened there involving Martin Luther King Jr. may have altered the course of the civil rights...

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Today, a busy intersection in downtown Decatur is home to a bustling Chick-fil-A and a future mixed-use development project. But 60 years ago, just steps from where a Confederate monument stood in Decatur Square, court proceedings that happened there involving Martin Luther King Jr. may have altered the course of the civil rights...
Fourth of July fireworks around metro Atlanta changed, canceled for 2020 
 Metro Atlanta’s usual July Fourth celebrations will be dampened this year by the fear of coronavirus, which has led numerous cities and counties to cancel their plans.  Fireworks and parades, typically as much a part of the summer holiday as flags and pool parties, have been canceled around the four-county metro area. Two of the...

Posted: 8 days ago

Metro Atlanta’s usual July Fourth celebrations will be dampened this year by the fear of coronavirus, which has led numerous cities and counties to cancel their plans.  Fireworks and parades, typically as much a part of the summer holiday as flags and pool parties, have been canceled around the four-county metro area. Two of the...
Dunwoody officials contact tracing after employee tests positive for virus
 The city of Dunwoody is working to track down people who came into contact with a City Hall employee who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Dunwoody recently reopened parts of City Hall to the public and resumed hearings in its Municipal Court. City officials were notified Tuesday night that the employee tested positive, and City...

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The city of Dunwoody is working to track down people who came into contact with a City Hall employee who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Dunwoody recently reopened parts of City Hall to the public and resumed hearings in its Municipal Court. City officials were notified Tuesday night that the employee tested positive, and City...
Stone Mountain cancels popular Fourth of July fireworks shows
 Stone Mountain Park has canceled its popular fireworks shows that celebrate the Fourth of July because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made “due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the desire to maintain social distancing for the health and well-being of our employees and guests,” park spokeswoman Angela Walton told...

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Stone Mountain Park has canceled its popular fireworks shows that celebrate the Fourth of July because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made “due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the desire to maintain social distancing for the health and well-being of our employees and guests,” park spokeswoman Angela Walton told...
Partnership to create jobs, 500K meals for struggling families
 Across metro Atlanta, large commercial kitchens shuttered by the coronavirus have fired back up to feed thousands of families and provide employment for workers who were out of a job. With the school year over, families with children at home for the summer are at a greater risk for food insecurity and hunger. And while metro Atlanta school...

Posted: 8 days ago

Across metro Atlanta, large commercial kitchens shuttered by the coronavirus have fired back up to feed thousands of families and provide employment for workers who were out of a job. With the school year over, families with children at home for the summer are at a greater risk for food insecurity and hunger. And while metro Atlanta school...
Police: Man stole 30 sunglasses from Dunwoody store, threatened employees
 Dunwoody police are looking for a man they say stole about 30 pairs of sunglasses from a Sunglass Hut and threatened to stab the store’s workers. Investigators said the man entered the store at Perimeter Mall at about 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, according to a Dunwoody police Facebook post. He took the sunglasses and &ldquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Dunwoody police are looking for a man they say stole about 30 pairs of sunglasses from a Sunglass Hut and threatened to stab the store’s workers. Investigators said the man entered the store at Perimeter Mall at about 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, according to a Dunwoody police Facebook post. He took the sunglasses and &ldquo...
Where to watch July Fourth fireworks in DeKalb County this year
 The Fourth of July, like so many 2020 celebrations, will be different in the age of COVID-19. Many traditional Independence Day events and fireworks shows are canceled or postponed this year, including in Decatur, Dunwoody, Avondale Estates and Chamblee. However, there are still places to go if you are itching to get out and see a fireworks...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Fourth of July, like so many 2020 celebrations, will be different in the age of COVID-19. Many traditional Independence Day events and fireworks shows are canceled or postponed this year, including in Decatur, Dunwoody, Avondale Estates and Chamblee. However, there are still places to go if you are itching to get out and see a fireworks...
DeKalb to consider making Juneteenth a paid county holiday
 DeKalb County officials will consider making Juneteenth a paid, annual holiday for county employees. Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson announced the proposal during a Tuesday morning meeting. It will be considered by a county committee before the full commission votes on it during a future meeting. Juneteenth, celebrated every June 19, commemorates...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb County officials will consider making Juneteenth a paid, annual holiday for county employees. Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson announced the proposal during a Tuesday morning meeting. It will be considered by a county committee before the full commission votes on it during a future meeting. Juneteenth, celebrated every June 19, commemorates...
Brookhaven opening public pools this weekend; appointments not required
 Public pools in the city of Brookhaven will open this weekend. Starting Saturday, June 27, residents can visit the pools at Murphey Candler Park and Lynwood Park. Poolgoers will only be able to visit in designated time blocks that last for about two to three hours. Appointments are not required; rather, it will be a first-come,...

Posted: 10 days ago

Public pools in the city of Brookhaven will open this weekend. Starting Saturday, June 27, residents can visit the pools at Murphey Candler Park and Lynwood Park. Poolgoers will only be able to visit in designated time blocks that last for about two to three hours. Appointments are not required; rather, it will be a first-come,...
Defunding the police ‘not an option,’ DeKalb public safety head says
 Speakers at a panel discussion in DeKalb County on Monday night agreed that police systems around the country need to change. But two of DeKalb’s top public safety officials said defunding the police is not the answer. Public Safety Director Jack Lumpkin, however, said he was in support of “reimagining” the way police...

Posted: 10 days ago

Speakers at a panel discussion in DeKalb County on Monday night agreed that police systems around the country need to change. But two of DeKalb’s top public safety officials said defunding the police is not the answer. Public Safety Director Jack Lumpkin, however, said he was in support of “reimagining” the way police...
Statue of Thomas Jefferson in downtown Decatur removed
 The city of Decatur removed a statue of Thomas Jefferson from Decatur Square almost immediately after county crews took down an obelisk memorializing the Confederacy less than 500 feet away. The bronze Jefferson sculpture, depicting the third president working on the Declaration of Independence, was originally given to the city by a private...

Posted: 11 days ago

The city of Decatur removed a statue of Thomas Jefferson from Decatur Square almost immediately after county crews took down an obelisk memorializing the Confederacy less than 500 feet away. The bronze Jefferson sculpture, depicting the third president working on the Declaration of Independence, was originally given to the city by a private...
At pro-police rally, Rep. Collins renews call for DA Howard to step aside
 Speaking to more than 100 police officers Saturday morning, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins renewed his call for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard to step aside during the investigation into the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. Collins, who is also running for U.S. Senate, said Howard’s charging of the two officers...

Posted: 12 days ago

Speaking to more than 100 police officers Saturday morning, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins renewed his call for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard to step aside during the investigation into the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. Collins, who is also running for U.S. Senate, said Howard’s charging of the two officers...
Many fear looming housing, homelessness ‘crisis’ amid hold on evictions
 Michelle Camper was already fighting to stay afloat before the coronavirus pandemic began, as she searched for permanent housing while living in an extended stay motel. When temp agency jobs dried up in March, she lost her income. “Me and my daughter could have been outdoors,” said Camper, 34, who lives in Gwinnett County. She...

Posted: 14 days ago

Michelle Camper was already fighting to stay afloat before the coronavirus pandemic began, as she searched for permanent housing while living in an extended stay motel. When temp agency jobs dried up in March, she lost her income. “Me and my daughter could have been outdoors,” said Camper, 34, who lives in Gwinnett County. She...
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