35 years of MARTA History

Blue Grassroots features vendors from across the nation


For the past five years, Joe Lentini and his wife, Colleen, have traveled across the country attending arts festival to sell her handcrafted jewelry. The two retired federal officers from Sparta, Tenn., got into the arts and crafts business after Colleen began making necklaces. The couple has traveled as far north as the Great Lakes […]

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Avondale MARTA station to be epicenter of new development

Over the next several years, a parking lot adjacent to the Avondale Estates MARTA station will be redeveloped into a transit-oriented, mixed-use space with apartments, local businesses and more. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

An area just south of the Avondale MARTA Station, located off East Ponce De Leon Avenue in Decatur, will be redeveloped within the next two years into a mixed-use development consisting of residential and retail spaces. Recently, MARTA’s board of directors voted to begin negotiating the details of the new development with the Decatur Development […]

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Catering business is a family affair

Roshonda and Tony Smith, owners of Family First Catering, say they both have enjoyed cooking for others for as long as they can remember. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

Neither Roshonda Smith nor her husband Tony can remember when they didn’t enjoy preparing food for others. “I got in trouble as a boy when I decided once to make sandwiches for the whole neighborhood,” Tony recalled. “After that, my mom was careful to protect her groceries.” Although for years Roshonda earned her living as […]

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Dunwoody officers receive special award after ‘diaper duty’

When Dunwoody Police officers Anthony Stallings and Mark Stevens rolled out on a call March 24 they found two children desperate for a diaper change. The officers, both fathers, said their paternal instincts kicked in. Both officers received Dunwoody diaper bags equipped with everything they need in case of another diaper emergency. Photo by Marta Garcia

The Dunwoody city council honored two police officers who recently gained national attention for coming to the “diaper rescue” of two infants. Officer Anthony Stallings and officer Mark Stevens were responding to a shoplifting call at the Walmart on Ashford Dunwoody Road in February when they were met with more than shady suspects. The suspects […]

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Police searching for suspect in deadly hit-and-run

hit and run car

DeKalb County police are searching for a suspect that was involved in a hit-and-run that killed a toddler. The incident occurred April 5 at approximately 5 p.m. Caleb Lindsay, 2, and his 4-year-old sister, Meyaria, were standing at the entrance to the Walmart shopping center, located at 3201 Tucker Norcross Road, along with their mother […]

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Spring cleaning for a great cause

Second Life owners Tanya Mahrous and Toby Tobias say the store combines their passion for helping homeless animals with their love of finding bargains into a retail concept.
Running out of space, the couple opened a second store in November 2013 for furniture and décor. Photos by Marta Garcia

It seems that spring is finally here. The cold days are over, the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. This is the perfect time to open the windows, let some fresh air in and make our homes clean, happy and efficient spaces. This also could be the perfect opportunity to donate unwanted clothes […]

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‘Seeing is Believing’ tour takes business leaders to several county schools

Towers High School Principal Ralph Simpson speaks to business and community leaders visiting his school as part of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s “Seeing is Believing” school tour March 26. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

They rode school buses, sat in classrooms, mingled with students and teachers, and ate food prepared by culinary students. Approximately 50 business, civic, community, political and higher education leaders participated in the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce’s “Seeing is Believing” tour of six schools in the DeKalb County School District. The goals of the program […]

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Dunwoody city manager accepts position in Johns Creek


Dunwoody City Manager Warren Hutmacher submitted his resignation at the end of the Dunwoody City Council meeting held on March 24. After serving more than five years as the first city manager for Dunwoody–he has been the only person to hold the job–Hutmacher moves on to become the new city manager in Johns Creek; his […]

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