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ATLANTA–Metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies are increasing their presence this weekend following a brief protest by about 50 people in downtown Atlanta on Friday night in the wake of the Memphis, Tennessee police-involved death of Tyre Nichols, 29. Law enforcement agencies were already on high alert after last weekend’s protest over the fatal shooting of Estean Paez Teran, an environmental activist who the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said shot and wounded a state trooper at the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center known as what critics are calling “Cop City.” Law enforcement agencies were working to clear the site of protestors…

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ATLANTA – The Atlanta Public Schools(APS) Office of Human Resources will be hosting a series of job fairs over the next few months, with the next job fair taking place this Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Benjamin E. Mays High School. APS is seeking to fill key roles within our Operations Division including bus drivers, nutrition workers, custodians, HVAC technicians, and more. If you’re looking for a job opportunity with an employer that values its employees and offers competitive pay, we invite you to register now for this weekend’s job fair. To learn more about career opportunities throughout the district, visit www.apscareers.org.…

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STONECREST, GA – The City of Stonecrest issued a statement this evening (Jan. 27) that it “has become aware of certain staff communications that may give the inaccurate impression that the recently proposed amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance (TMOD2022-012) was offered to circumvent the city’s normal rules or to improperly benefit a single entity, in this case SeaQuest.” The SeaQuest petting zoo has come under fire by People for the Equitable Treatment of Animals (PETA). The organization has stated that SeaQuest has been operating illegally every since it opened inside the Mall at Stonecrest in Nov. 2021. The organization stated…

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DECATUR, GA—Family and friends of John H. Evans request your presence at his 90th birthday celebration, which will be held on Jan. 28, 6 p.m., at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. Mr. Evans is founder/CEO of Operation Lead, a former president of the NAACP DeKalb County Branch, member of the MARTA Board of Directors and a member of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, Mr. Evans also is a former player in the Negro Baseball League. Despite a decrease in mobility in his golden years, he has remained a tireless community activist who…

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ATLANTA – State Rep. Doreen Carter (D-Lithonia) will host a series of events to celebrate the 8th Annual “Go Red for Women” during the first week of February. The event schedule is as follows: Annual Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 3, 12 noon – 2 p.m. at J.P. Carr Center in Conyers; DeKalb Community Cabinet Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 – 11 a.m., at Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur; Worship Service on Sunday, Febr. 5, 11 a.m., at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Covington., During the event at the State Capitol, the American Heart Association will coordinate heart screenings and blood…

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DECATUR, GA—DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced today that her office is voluntarily recusing itself from the officer-involved shooting case that occurred on Jan. 18 at the future site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center in unincorporated DeKalb County.  During the course of an operation to clear trespassers on the property located near 1327 Key Road, a shooting occurred involving suspect Manuel Teran and a Georgia State Patrol Trooper. Teran was pronounced deceased at the scene after succumbing to injuries sustainedin a shootout with police  The trooper was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  The DeKalb County District Attorney’s…

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STONECREST, GA – The Stonecrest City Council unanimously approved the allocation of $374,211 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for lighting improvements at the Southeast Athletic Complex and awarded a contract to install LED field lights at the facility during its Jan. 23 meeting.  The City’s investment will increase visibility, enhance safety, and extend outdoor youth program hours in the park. Stonecrest’s improvement plan includes adding new lights to the soccer fields and maintenance area at the complex. “We are committed to bringing more amenities and a brighter future to our parks and recreational facility,” said Mayor Jazzmin Cobble. “Parks…

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ATLANTA – State Representative Karen Lupton (D-Chamblee) was sworn into office as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives on Jan. 9, marking her first day of the 2023-2024 legislative term. Monday was the first day of the first term of the 157th Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly. Lupton represents District 83, which includes portions of DeKalb County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2022 and currently serves on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Human Relations & Aging and Special Rules committees. “I am so pleased to be able to serve my constituents,” said Rep. Lupton.  “I…

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ATLANTA – State Rep. Doreen Carter (D-Lithonia) was sworn in for her fifth term in the Georgia House of Representatives on Monday, Jan. 9, which was the first day of the 2023-2024 legislative term. Additionally, the Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments recently named Carter to the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Code Revision, Education, Industry and Labor, Small Business Development and Special Rules committees.   “As I begin my fifth term as a state legislator, I am still humbled and grateful to work on behalf of my district in the hallowed halls of the state Capitol,” said Carter. “I am…

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ATLANTA – Members of the DeKalb County House Legislative Delegation have elected the delegation’s officers for the 2023-2024 legislative term. The delegation’s leadership team is as follows: State Representatives Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), chair; Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain), vice chair; Long Tran (D-Dunwoody), secretary; and Becky Evans (D-Atlanta), treasurer. “I am honored to serve as the chair of this dynamic legislative delegation for another two years,” said Rep. Drenner. “I look forward to working with all of the members to serve the citizens of DeKalb County.” “To move from treasurer to vice chair of this delegation is a blessing,” said Rep.…

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