Maria’s Metro

Fort McPherson – secret treasure can spark rebirth of Atlanta’s southside

The second in a two-part series about the economic opportunity on metro Atlanta’s southside. Last week: significance of Clayton’s vote on Nov. 4 to join MARTA.

Behind the walls surrounding Fort McPherson, a secret Atlanta treasure remains hidden from public view.

The 488-acre property – larger than three Atlantic Stations – currently includes an historic row of officers’ housing, a golf course, beautiful historic buildings, a parade ground, lakes and numerous amenities that helped Fort McPherson become its own self-contained community.
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Guest Columns

DeKalb’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ – Robert James versus Burrell Ellis – must end

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By Guest Columnist ALLEN MOYE, a lifelong resident of DeKalb County who recently retired as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Fulton County District Attorney’s office

District Attorney Robert James has to make a difficult decision about what to do with a case that seemed so promising during the investigation, but, in court, against talented opposition, did not live up to the promise.
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Jamil’s Georgia


The view from Brasstown Bald

Eleven of Georgia’s 159 counties are tucked in the northeast corner of the state, where the history and culture of the land is inseparable from the mountains. There, the Appalachian mountain chain and the trail by the same name begin their long journey northward to Maine.

From atop Georgia’s highest point, Brasstown Bald, the eye looks out on the intersection of four states, with their tree-covered cliffs, knobs, creeks, and rivers, as well as the ever-present vultures tracing lazy circles in the sky.
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Saba Long

Mudslinging clouds the issues during campaigns for governor, U.S. Senate

During a recent campaign stop in Dahlonega, Gov. Nathan Deal opined, “If you see somebody turning purple, there’s something wrong with them. They are being starved from the truth.”

From the barrage of negative TV ads alone, Georgia voters should look like their diet consists solely of beets.
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Disturbing story sparked minister Fred Northup’s Moment to start group promoting sportsmanship

By Chris Schroder

After serving 25 years as a minister in the Episcopal Church, Fred Northup opened up his newspaper’s sports section to find something more troubling than usual in December 1997.

As he read a story on NBA basketball player Latrell Sprewell angrily walking up to his Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo and choking him during a practice, he sensed the future of sports was in deep trouble. He wondered if he could help.
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