Leon Stafford

Local government reporter

Local government reporter Leon Stafford, a Tennessee grad, has been at the AJC since 1997. He covers Atlanta city government.

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Jonesboro designates its downtown as arts and entertainment district
 Jonesboro is stepping up its economic development efforts by launching its first arts and entertainment district. The Clayton County city of around 4,800 people plans to designate its downtown Main Street community as its  central hub of restaurant and recreation activities as well as the humanities and live shows, said Jonesboro City...

Posted: 2 days ago

Jonesboro is stepping up its economic development efforts by launching its first arts and entertainment district. The Clayton County city of around 4,800 people plans to designate its downtown Main Street community as its  central hub of restaurant and recreation activities as well as the humanities and live shows, said Jonesboro City...
Stockbridge leaders unveil new logo, marketing campaign
 Stockbridge officially unveiled its first-ever branding campaign Monday during a City Hall celebration of speeches, food and socializing. The city’s new tagline -- “Where Community Connects” -- was revealed in a new logo that includes red and gold swooshes under the Henry County town’s name. Stockbridge has spent...

Posted: 5 days ago

Stockbridge officially unveiled its first-ever branding campaign Monday during a City Hall celebration of speeches, food and socializing. The city’s new tagline -- “Where Community Connects” -- was revealed in a new logo that includes red and gold swooshes under the Henry County town’s name. Stockbridge has spent...
Henry gives green light to new fire station in fast-growing part of county
 Henry County will spend $2.7 million on a new fire station in a fast-growing part of the south metro community that has worried about response times to emergencies. J.R. Bowman Construction will build a new Fire Station No. 8 at 975 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge after winning approval recently from the Henry County Commission. The facility...

Posted: 6 days ago

Henry County will spend $2.7 million on a new fire station in a fast-growing part of the south metro community that has worried about response times to emergencies. J.R. Bowman Construction will build a new Fire Station No. 8 at 975 Jodeco Road in Stockbridge after winning approval recently from the Henry County Commission. The facility...
Stockbridge launching branding campaign to sell community, heal wounds
 Three months after defeating the Eagle’s Landing cityhood effort that threatened to tear it apart, Stockbridge is launching a branding campaign it hopes will paint a less combative picture of the community. Stockbridge will unveil a new logo on Monday along with an updated city tagline — “Where Community Connects”...

Posted: 8 days ago

Three months after defeating the Eagle’s Landing cityhood effort that threatened to tear it apart, Stockbridge is launching a branding campaign it hopes will paint a less combative picture of the community. Stockbridge will unveil a new logo on Monday along with an updated city tagline — “Where Community Connects”...
In an effort to keep up, Henry County to rewrite its alcohol laws
 Henry County’s last overhaul of its alcoholic beverage licensing laws occurred in the 1980s, when the south metro community was still mostly rural and brew pubs and distilleries weren’t part of Georgia’s economic landscape. A lot has changed in the intervening decades. Henry is now the second fastest-growing county...

Posted: 11 days ago

Henry County’s last overhaul of its alcoholic beverage licensing laws occurred in the 1980s, when the south metro community was still mostly rural and brew pubs and distilleries weren’t part of Georgia’s economic landscape. A lot has changed in the intervening decades. Henry is now the second fastest-growing county...
New Henry Commissioner Thomas to talk roads, SPLOST in first community meeting
 Newly elected Henry County Commissioner Vivian Thomas plans to host her first community meeting Saturday. Thomas, who represents the 4th District, will meet with constituents at 10 a.m. in the Community Life Center at Grace Baptist Church in Stockbridge. On the agenda: possible future SPLOST projects, District 4 initiatives and...

Posted: 13 days ago

Newly elected Henry County Commissioner Vivian Thomas plans to host her first community meeting Saturday. Thomas, who represents the 4th District, will meet with constituents at 10 a.m. in the Community Life Center at Grace Baptist Church in Stockbridge. On the agenda: possible future SPLOST projects, District 4 initiatives and...
Emory University buys former Peachtree-Pine shelter for $6.2 million
 Emory University has bought Peachtree-Pine, the now shuttered downtown Atlanta shelter that for years pitted homeless advocates against city and business leaders bent on ridding the city’s premiere thoroughfare of blight. Emory bought the 28,500-square-foot facility for $6.2 million from Central Atlanta Progress in a deal...

Posted: 16 days ago

Emory University has bought Peachtree-Pine, the now shuttered downtown Atlanta shelter that for years pitted homeless advocates against city and business leaders bent on ridding the city’s premiere thoroughfare of blight. Emory bought the 28,500-square-foot facility for $6.2 million from Central Atlanta Progress in a deal...
Emory University buys former Peachtree-Pine for $6.2 million
 Emory University has bought the former Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta, 28 months after the group that oversaw the facility’s operations turned over the keys to end years of protracted fights with the city and business leaders.  The university bought the 28,500-square-foot facility, which has sat empty...

Posted: 16 days ago

Emory University has bought the former Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta, 28 months after the group that oversaw the facility’s operations turned over the keys to end years of protracted fights with the city and business leaders.  The university bought the 28,500-square-foot facility, which has sat empty...
A power shift in Clayton County raises residents’ hope for future
 The day Darlene Johnson had been waiting for arrived in Clayton County on Wednesday. A protracted battle between the county commission and a chorus of citizens, many of whom said the body had become unresponsive to the community’s needs, came to an end this week. The new make-up of the Clayton Commission is, at least for now, being...

Posted: 16 days ago

The day Darlene Johnson had been waiting for arrived in Clayton County on Wednesday. A protracted battle between the county commission and a chorus of citizens, many of whom said the body had become unresponsive to the community’s needs, came to an end this week. The new make-up of the Clayton Commission is, at least for now, being...
Clayton County to revisit Mountain View plan after citizens protest
 Clayton residents attending the county commission’s first meeting of the new year next week might feel a bit of deja vu when they see what’s on the agenda. The commission is expected to revisit a controversial land use plan it approved just a few weeks ago that rezoned hundreds of acres that are in the flight path of...

Posted: 24 days ago

Clayton residents attending the county commission’s first meeting of the new year next week might feel a bit of deja vu when they see what’s on the agenda. The commission is expected to revisit a controversial land use plan it approved just a few weeks ago that rezoned hundreds of acres that are in the flight path of...
Henry County veterans taking military museum on the road 
 A Henry County veterans museum is going mobile to visit schools, senior centers, hospices and nursing homes. The Henry County Heritage Park Veterans Museum, which displays memorabilia from every war from World War I to the present, now has a trailer that it can load with artifacts to take the nation’s military heritage...

Posted: 24 days ago

A Henry County veterans museum is going mobile to visit schools, senior centers, hospices and nursing homes. The Henry County Heritage Park Veterans Museum, which displays memorabilia from every war from World War I to the present, now has a trailer that it can load with artifacts to take the nation’s military heritage...