MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Mother, daughter die in Avondale Estates house fire

The family had just moved into the home about six weeks ago, and were hosting a housewarming party when the fire started.

Tragedy struck when Tami Willadsen, 43, and her 10-year-old daughter Jess were killed April 12 in a house fire on Lakeshore Drive in Avondale Estates. According to DeKalb County Fire Rescue Capt. Eric Jackson, the department received a call about the fire at 70 Lakeshore Drive at approximately 11:08 p.m. that Saturday. Jackson said the […]

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President: Georgia Piedmont keeping its ‘head to the sky’

“The state of our college is good,” said Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama on April 10.

Quoting lyrics from an Earth, Wind and Fire song, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) President Jabari Simama said the college is keeping its “head to the sky.” “Our vision is large and our vision is bold, but our vision is realistic,” Simama said. “We will build our future here at Georgia Piedmont Technical College by […]

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Authors discuss images of East Atlanta, its role in Civil War

Authors discuss images of East Atlanta, its role in Civil War

      In the 1800s, author and East Atlanta resident Henry Bryant said the area he now calls home more resembled the Wild West than the commercial and residential district it is today. Bryant, along with co-author Katina VanCronkhite, recently released Images of America: East Atlanta, part of the Images of America series that […]

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Tucker baseball field renamed after Dorsey Brooks

Former Tucker baseball coach Dorsey Brooks with current baseball coach Vince Byams.

The “Father of Tucker baseball” was honored April 12 when the Tucker High School baseball field was renamed after Dorsey Brooks. Brooks, 99, started the baseball program at Tucker after he was hired in 1947 to develop the athletics program. During his 15-year tenure, Brooks led the Tucker baseball team to 13 consecutive region titles […]

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Miller Grove’s Sharman White named All-USA coach of the year

Miller Grove boys’ basketball coach Sharman White receives the Region 6-AAAAA championship trophy last February. White was named All-USA Boys Basketball Team coach of the year. Photo by Travis Hudgons

After coaching the Miller Grove Wolverines basketball team to its sixth consecutive state championship, Sharman White was named All-USA Boys Basketball Team coach of the year. It was the sixth consecutive state title that led to White receiving the honors, according to “His team rallied after the preseason death of freshman Terrell “Too Tall” […]

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A Wedding Story: Donna Turner & Duntay Seay

Blind Boys of Alabama: Music from the soul to the heart

The Blind Boys of Alabama is a gospel group formed in 1944. Since then, the group’s output has spanned seven decades of tours and appearances, and produced a successful discography. Photo by Erika Goldring

The metro area is home to many award-winning talented people. Ricky McKinnie, a member of the gospel-singing group Blind Boys of Alabama, is one of those talented individuals and he calls Atlanta home. Born and raised in Kirkwood, a historic neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta, the gospel artist joined the band in 1991. […]

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Clarkston plugs public art as part of beautification efforts

Clarkston recently formed a public art committee to have more murals like this one, located on the corner of East Ponce de Leon Avenue and North Indian Creek Drive. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Clarkston city councilwoman Dianne Leonetti said many residents want to see more public art in the city—a little beauty to look at as they go about their day. “It can’t do anything but benefit us,” Leonetti said. “Public art is a great thing and there are so many artists in Clarkston.” Leonetti is a member […]

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