The recent session of the Georgia Legislature protected water and property rights, but didn’t address coal ash waste and other water concerns, according to the wrap-up by the Georgia Water Coalition, which represents more than 230 organizations.
“Get Out” pulls off a pretty impressive balancing act. It is simultaneously funny as all get out and scary as all get out.
The brainchild of Jordan Peele (best known as the shorter half of the Peele and Key comedy duo), “Get Out” has been hanging on in theaters for weeks now. No wonder. It’s an eminently satisfying film, combining sharp social satire with a horror flick’s incremental sense of dread.
This week, TOM JACKSON, Georgia World War I Centennial Commission, and LAURA MCCARTY, of Georgia Humanities, examine the changes World War I brought to Georgia and efforts across the state to commemorate the war.
By Tom Jackson and Laura McCarty
Those of a certain age – early Baby Boomers – grew up through the centennial of the War Between the States and were regaled with stories of Georgia’s role in it. Our parents were of “the Greatest Generation” who fought World War II, so we were well familiar with those stories as well. But when we note that April 6 this year marks the centennial of the United States’ entry into the “Great War,” some actually have to pause to think what war that might be.
Atlanta has closed the deal to sell Underground Atlanta to a developer who plans to construct a mixed-use project. The sale will put the property back on the tax roll, end the city’s annual expense of about $8 million, and may quiet some restless members of the Atlanta City Council.
This week on The Local Take I speak with Maria Saporta founder of Saporta Report, an in depth journalistic news service with a focus on metro-Atlanta. I speak with Maria about several recent reports on the Westside including her conversations with Authur Blank (Owner Atlanta Falcons) and Dan Cathy (Owner Chick-Fil-A). She shares with our listeners her reporting on the Westside redevelopment master plan that was led by Dhiru Thadani and a project involving the Atlanta University Center and the Federal Government to address flooding on the Westside.
As a native of Atlanta, Maria also shares her desires for the Westside including the former Paschal’s Hotel and the Herndon Home. She explains that change is coming and that residents should harness the change to benefit the community as well as the city.
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Kiplyn Primus talks with Maria Saporta on The Local Take on WCLK
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Never have those two words held as much meaning for Atlanta as they do now. The Friday collapse of a section of Interstate 85 – has severed a key transportation artery for the region.
Immediately, and with good reason, there were pleas for us to get serious about regional rail transit – once and for all. A silver lining of this manmade disaster is the probability that transit will gain momentum during this transportation debacle.
By Guest Columnist PAUL MCLENNAN, a retired member of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732, co-host of WRFG’s Labor Forum and human rights activist
With the closing of a major interstate in the heart of the city, Atlanta is facing a major transportation crisis. Traffic came to a standstill. Some parked their cars on side streets and chose to walk miles to get home. Schools have been closed. Workers must spend longer hours in their commute. Businesses and productivity will take a huge hit.
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 24, 2017
David Martin, executive director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education since 1982, will be retire on June 30.
Mike Raymer, the associate director and chief program officer, has been tapped to succeed Martin starting July 1 – running the organization that has helped train tens of thousands of Georgia teachers by strengthening their ability to teach students economics since its founding in 1972.
The Georgia Council helps teachers at both public and independent schools across the state, and Martinhas been coordinating the efforts of 12 college and university-based Centers of Economic Education.
They may look cute and in need of care, but those seemingly orphan young critters should be left alone and certainly shouldn’t be brought into a home, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The bankruptcy papers Westinghouse filed today in regards to Plant Vogtle names the nuclear plant in Georgia as one of two reasons the company faces a dire financial situation. The other reason is a nuclear power plant in South Carolina.
(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with photos by Kelly Jordan.)
The John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice, at Emory University, has been fully funded through $2 million in gifts and pledges. Emory is to conduct a national search for an academician to fill the seat.
By Dave Williams and Maria Saporta As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 24, 2017
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he remains confident Georgia lawmakers will approve his plan for an arts tax in the city, even though time is running out on the 2017 legislative session.
Reed unveiled a proposal in late January asking Atlanta voters for a tenth-of-a-penny increase in the city sales tax to provide a dedicated stream of funding for the arts. But with just three days remaining in the session including March 24, no bill had been introduced and the deadline for doing so had come and gone.