DeKalb school district purchases $1.2 million insurance policy

The DeKalb County School District board of education approved a $1.2 million insurance contract on Oct. 3 despite receiving only one bid.

Despite vocal opposition from every DeKalb County School District (DCSD) board of education member, an insurance contract totaling $1,251,029 was approved Oct. 3 during a monthly meeting. The contract—made with American Home Assurance—covers DCSD’s estimated $3.3 billion in real estate, vehicles, buildings and contents, as well as its $14 million in fine art from physical […]

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Harriet Tubman School founders hoping to reopen soon


In 2014, Jhavaun Green and Muhammed Cannon spent months engaging with the residents of Lithonia to find out what the community needs to help residents and bring about growth in the city. After receiving feedback, the two put together a plan to develop a school that would benefit all residents, but specifically the youth. Green […]

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Frozen assets—entrepreneur opens ice cream parlor in Avondale Estates


When Tushar Patel opened Avondale Ice Cream, an ice cream parlor in Avondale Estates, he joined a trend as old as the country itself. According to, the first ice cream parlor in the United States opened in 1776, the year the nation declared its independence. The frozen dessert is now America’s second favorite treat—only […]

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Drama, comedy, song and dance are center stage in Decatur

Drama, comedy, song and dance are center stage in Decatur

Lovers of live theater might want to free up some time to attend the 2016 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, taking place at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. The festival showcases various forms of storytelling—stage plays, dance, readings, musical performances, conferences, cocktail receptions, an Apollo-style amateur competition and more. The festival, […]

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More fun than fright in ghost tale Freed Spirits

More fun than fright in ghost tale Freed Spirits

In October, the month when ghost stories abound, theatergoers can see what local phantoms are up to in the play Freed Spirits at the Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points.  Freed Spirits is part of Horizon Theatre’s New South Play Festival. In its 17th year, Horizon is featuring plays from, for and about Atlanta and […]

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Vintage mobile tiny living is big business

Vintage mobile tiny living is big business

They come in all colors, shapes and sizes They are often found in old barns, back yards, junkyards, pastures and often are in dire need of extreme TLC. Some have all the comforts of home and some are a bit less accommodating, with no bathroom, but lots of charm. Almost all feature cooking, dining and […]

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Closer to the issue

Closer to the issue

Brief bout with breast cancer inspires, motivates Atlanta resident In April 2013, Atlanta resident Amena Mitchell went from observing an issue at an arm’s length to full immersion—and gained a sense of purpose in the process. In 2013, Mitchell was attending a vision board party, where people come together and share their goals via visual […]

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DeKalb residents furious over high bills

DeKalb County resident Joe Arrington said his water bills have increased 300 percent in the last 18 months.

With $1,000 to $2,000 and even $5,000 water bills, DeKalb County residents filled the Maloof Auditorium in downtown Decatur to express discontent over “unreasonably” high water bills during a town hall meeting. More than 100 residents packed the auditorium, some carrying signs and a few with high water bills stapled on their shirts. DeKalb’s COO […]

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