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Top of I-285 to get variable speed limit signs

The top end of I-285, between I-20, will get variable speed limit signs and the top speed will increase to 65 miles per hour, with system tests starting in August. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

The maximum speed limit on I-285 north of I-20 will increase to 65 beginning Sept. 1, according to a memo from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Sixty-five is only the maximum, though. The memo states GDOT will be implementing variable speed limit (VSL) signs along the “top end” of I-285. This is in an […]

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Atlanta Dream coach encourages hearing-impaired basketball campers

Atlanta Dream coach and former NBA player Michael Cooper address the campers at the Mike Glenn’s All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. File photo

Former NBA star and current Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper talked about the importance of living productive lives outside of basketball to campers June 17 at the Mike Glenn’s All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The 50 campers, which included members of the Southwest DeKalb girls’ basketball team, sat intently as […]

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Gannon: Commissioners ‘should know right from wrong’


Editor’s note: The Champion will look at the purchasing card use of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and those of other select P-card holders.   DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon said the controversy surrounding commissioners’ use of county purchasing cards (P-cards) is “really hurting the county.” “To have this kind of thing hit the […]

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DeKalb CEO creates ‘ethics watchdog’


Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May signed an executive order June 25 creating the position of chief integrity officer to be the county’s “fulltime ethics watchdog.” “I’m beyond tired of reading about employees of DeKalb County doing things that the public would find…[a] major issue with,” May said during an afternoon news conference. The chief […]

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Sanitation workers complain they’re understaffed, underpaid


DeKalb County sanitation workers told commissioners June 24 that they are understaffed, underpaid and overworked. Tracy Brown, a sanitation worker and member of a newly formed union for DeKalb County sanitation workers, said he and his colleagues are “severely” understaffed. “We just don’t understand where the money is going,” Brown said. Additionally, sanitation employees said […]

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Brookhaven police searching for car used in drive-by shooting

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The Brookhaven Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a car used in a drive-by shooting that occurred June 23. The shooting happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Green Meadows Lane when shots were fired at a home by a passenger in a vehicle, according to Brookhaven spokesman Maj. Brandon Gurley. “Investigators […]

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OPINION: Back on the right PATH


“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use,” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), the creator of Peanuts. During the 90’s my family spent many a Thanksgiving enjoying the warm hospitality of sister Tanya, and her family, then living in a Tampa suburb, Ozona. A highlight of those holiday weeks […]

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New Hyatt hotel flows seamlessly into Villa Christina

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis and other officials cut the ribbon to officially open the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina.

Villa Christina is a powerful social brand that will expand into the adjacent Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, according to Vincent Bucci, the hotel’s general manager. The Hyatt, which greeted dozens of public officials, business executives and other guests at its grand opening June 12, flows seamlessly from the hotel lobby into the extisting, […]

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