35 years of MARTA History

Public safety chief reflects on challenging year

DeKalb Deputy Chief Operating Officer Dr. Cedric Alexander talks about the highs and lows of his first year with DeKalb County.

The first full year of Dr. Cedric Alexander, deputy chief operating officer of public safety, is one he will never forget. Alexander has faced cleaning up a department that was dealing with corruption and low morale, as well as experienced the first school shooting of his career at McNair Discovery Learning Academy. He got a […]

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Historic Tobie Grant church up for sale

The 75-year-old Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Scottdale is up for sale. Pastor Barrett Johnson said the church will not be able to survive the demolition of the Tobie Grant public housing complex that surrounds the church. The complex will be replaced with new senior and single family apartments and townhomes. Photos by Andrew Cauthen.

Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Scottdale will soon be in the middle of a construction zone. The church is located on the only privately-owned land in the 55-acre Tobie Grant Manor public housing complex which is slated for demolition. The complex will be replaced with $34 million in new construction, including 452 housing units, 180 […]

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Commissioners consider changes to county-issued credit card policy

DeKalb County purchasing card administrator Travis Cherry discusses the proper use of the county-issued credit card with commissioners. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Several county commissioners met April 8 to review and discuss changes to the policies relating to county-issued purchasing cards (P-Card) after a recent ethics complaint alleged improper use by some commissioners and staff. Commissioner Elaine Boyer and her chief of staff Bob Lundsten were named in an ethics complaint for using the cards for personal […]

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Local restaurants feast on Easter Sunday patronage


Easter, on the Christian calendar, is called a moveable feast because it occurs on different calendar days from year to year. Many families take the feast suggestion literally and celebrate the holiday with a big meal, often brunch. Restaurants across the country report a hefty increase in business as diners pursue special menus and lavish […]

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Man found burned to death in Clayton County


A man reported missing to Brookhaven police was found burned to death April 12 in Clayton County. Major Joseph Woodall of the Clayton County police said the body of 24-year-old Andre Tripps was found by Clayton County fire fighters who were responding to a brush fire near Walden Ladings Apartments in Jonesboro. “The fire department […]

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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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