First-term state Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, has introduced a pre-filed bill that would let educators in local public school systems teach different holiday traditions to students. The lawmaker, rather than ban religious-themed practices, basically wants to keep 'em all in the classroom.
The measure would also allow for schools to display "scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations." School administrators would be required to display symbols from multiple religions - or showcase both a religious and secular item - if they choose to offer some holiday-related lessons.
"A display relating to a traditional winter celebration shall not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief," the bill reads.
No word yet on whether the legislation would include Festivus poles.
In an effort toward transparency, Cobb Chairman Tim Lee says a communication plan will soon be released with details on the county's future plans to help build the Atlanta Braves' $672 million stadium - a deal that was approved last month. "Now that it's happened, it's appropriate to keep as much information as possible on our progress and our status available to the folks that are involved," Lee told the Marietta Daily Journal.
MARTA won't operate the Atlanta Streetcar once it's fully operational, a city official says.
Some Georgia inmates who were previously sentenced to life in prison may receive new jail terms due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The Weather Channel is threatening to leave metro Atlanta if they don't receive tax breaks to help with a planned expansion. "But given our future growth, to stay in our current location requires significant levels of investment," Executive Vice President Shirley Powell told the Associated Press.
State Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, takes a look back at his one-time meeting with former South African president and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela. Yes, he spoke Zulu back in the day. (though he's rusty now!).
The weather has been pretty miserable lately, but we nonetheless had some fun outdoors when we happened upon the Zachary Coffin piece Rockspinner, a public artwork that was recently installed at the corner of 10th and Peachtree. The Midtown Alliance has leased the work, consisting of a ten ton granite boulder from the Nevada mountains attached to a spinning base, from the Atlanta-based artist for three years.
It's not difficult to turn, but it does take a good push to get it going - you definitely get a sense of the huge mass of the thing - but once it's moving, it's surprisingly easy to keep it revolving. It will even stay turning for a while after you've left, as it does in the video above. Next time you're up that way, do give it a whirl.
1. Simon Joyner Living Room Show in Avondale Estates
2. A Christmas Carol continues at the Alliance Theatre
3. Liquor Store, GG King, and more at the Earl
4. Food Truck Wednesdays at Underground Atlanta
5. Duck Dynasty Party at Smoke Ring
Ted Turner, who somehow just found out that Turner Field will be razed, shares a few ideas for what should replace the ballpark once the Atlanta Braves depart for Cobb County in 2017. (via the Associated Press)
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Winslow - who was recently re-elected to represent parts of Castleberry Hill, Mechanicsville, and West End - is scheduled to appear before Fulton County State Court Judge Susan Edlein tomorrow morning. She has previously pled not guilty to charges stemming from her DUI arrest last May.
State Court of Fulton County records show that the veteran councilwoman faces five misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure to obey stop sign, failure to obey signs or control devices, and driving on the wrong side of road. CL reached out today to both the councilwoman and her DUI lawyer Antavius Weems for comment, but neither returned our calls.
Atlanta Police last May stopped Winslow's gray Honda Accord a couple blocks away from her West End home. The APD officer who pulled her over said the councilwoman had broke several traffic laws, admitted to imbibing "two dirty martinis" at Elliott Street Pub, appeared intoxicated, and refused a sobriety test. She was arrested and released the following morning on a $3,355 bond.
"She admitted that she was drinking and driving," attorney Jackie Patterson told reporters following her arrest. "That is not against the law in Georgia. It is only against the law if you're an impaired driver. We're asserting she's not an impaired driver."
Winslow has run into a series of troubles at City Hall in 2013. Atlanta's ethics board last month found the councilwoman in violation of the city's ethics code after she spent public funds to shuttle senior citizens to a campaign event. She was smacked with a $2,000 fine for her second election-related ethics violation in four years.
In addition, Winslow caught flak from District 4 challenger Torry Lewis for allegedly making inappropriate reimbursements, which she deemed a campaign attack. She also improperly voted to appoint Weems to a city-appointed position, but acknowledged her wrongdoing at a public meeting where she explained how she had missed the item on Council's consent agenda.
Winslow's jury trial is scheduled to start around 9:00 a.m at the Justice Center Tower.
UPDATE, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.: Judge Edlein said today in court that Winslow's trial will be reset after her attorney filed an emergency leave of absence. It'll appear on the court's January docket.
The career aviation professional yesterday told Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport staffers that he was retiring. His last day is Jan. 3.
"I couldn't have asked for a better place than Hartsfield-Jackson to end my career," Miller said in a statement. "After 37 years in the aviation industry, it's been a pleasure to serve at the world's busiest airport and to prepare Hartsfield-Jackson for a prosperous future."
Miller, who was selected by Mayor Kasim Reed for the job in 2010, succeeded Ben DeCosta, who oversaw the airport for more than a decade. He previously managed the international airports in Tampa and Salt Lake City.
The relatively low-key airport executive, who from what we gather had a sound relationship with the Atlanta City Council, took over just in time to oversee several major projects, including the contentious and controversial bidding for the hub's lucrative restaurant and retail spots and the final work on the new Maynard Jackson International Terminal. Along the way Miller's boosted cargo operations, improved the airport's bond rating, OK'ed the display of a distasteful photograph called "New Mexico," and built a big parking lot where people could hang out and wait for arriving passengers. (It's actually quite helpful!)
Reed praised Miller's efforts and wished him well.
Miguel Southwell, the airport's deputy general manager, will serve as interim until a replacement is selected. Southwell returned to Atlanta after 12 years managing Miami International Airport. He'd worked in a variety of positions at Hartsfield-Jackson before that job.
Atlanta Public Schools has launched an investigation into Grady High School's football recruiting practices. Nearly 20 players allegedly gave the school fake home addresses so they could play on the team.
The Georgia National Guard will soon begin processing same-sex marriage benefits. "We are abiding by the constitutional mandate from the state perspective," Gov. Nathan Deal told the AJC. "We have strictly advised our National Guard to honor and abide by the constitutional provision and they are doing so."
Former DeKalb County Schools COO Pat Reid and architect Tony Pope, her ex-husband, received stiff jail sentences for manipulating contracts. Pope improperly received $1.4 million for work he didn't perform.
About 30 mentally ill inmates currently held at Supermax - a maximum security prison in Florence, Colo., known as the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" - are being transferred to an Atlanta facility to help correct institutional problems pointed out in a recent lawsuit.
Former Braves manager Bobby Cox yesterday was inducted to the MLB Hall of Fame. "I'm excited to be in Cooperstown in July and get inducted," he said. "It's the greatest honor you can have in baseball."
ICYMI: State Rep. Greg Morris, R-Vidalia, wants to replace the controversial Thomas Watson statue with a monument that includes a Ten Commandments inscription.
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