To meet the required cuts, it is with great remorse that I have to announce, effective November 1, 2012, the Georgia State Archives located in Morrow, GA will be closed to the public. The decision to reduce public access to the historical records of this state was not arrived at without great consternation. To my knowledge, Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state. The staff that currently works to catalog, restore, and provide reference to the state of Georgia’s permanent historical records will be reduced. The employees that will be let go through this process are assets to the state of Georgia and will be missed. After November 1st, the public will only be allowed to access the building by appointment; however, the number of appointments could be limited based on the schedule of the remaining employees.
Since FY08, the Office of the Secretary of State has been required to absorb many budget reductions, often above the minimum, while being responsible for more work. I believe that transparency and open access to records are necessary for the public to educate themselves on the issues of our government. I will fight during this legislative session to have this cut restored so the people will have a place to meet, research, and review the historical records of Georgia.
As far as harbingers of the apocalypse go, everyone's been preoccupied with zombies, what with the recent instances of people eating other people when they've not been provoked. All the while, wild dogs have been forming packs, gaining strength in numbers, sharpening their teeth and claws, and preparing to take over Atlanta. Or at least kill some cats.
Residents of a Northwest Atlanta neighborhood told WSB-TV that they're in fear for their lives because a cat-blood-thirsty pack of wild dogs is taking over their streets.
"It's killed four cats and there's a couple cats missing, so we know the number is larger," Kathleen O'Loughlin said.
She's worried about her cat that had a run-in with the dogs a few nights ago.
"They had him cornered and they were attacking him," she said, but she's even more concerned about her kids.
"They have been aggressive toward some people as well. In this neighborhood we have kids and pets, and we're really concerned the pack is growing and the dogs are getting more aggressive," she said.
DOGS MURDERING CATS? I know, I know. What's this world coming to? Neighbors hypothesize that people are bringing dogs to Fulton County Animal Services, but not bothering to bring them inside. Then the dogs form posses and wreak havoc.
Should the dogs run out of cats to kill and move on to people, don't worry. Neighbors are already coming up with creative strategies to fend off the beasts ...
"It's scary. I carry a bottle of wasp spray every time I walk my dog because I know it can shoot at a far range and I can run." Jessica Arnold, another neighbor, said.
Remember when you were around 10 years old and it was summertime? And you were soooooo bored because you'd spent the whole year having so much fun at school learning things and then you were just, like, blaaaaaaah because your mom wouldn't send you to a week-long day camp where you could continue to learn about groovy stuff like fire safety and crime prevention when it was the least she could have done for your little, atrophying brain and body?
No? That's right. All kids want to do during the summer is go swimming and watch "The Price is Right."
But some lucky children of Fulton County employees will be rescued from the monotony of responsibility-free fun to spend 37-and-a-half hours of their summer at Camp 911, a free, week-long day camp sponsored by the Fulton County Police Department, Sheriff's Office, Marshall's Office, and Fire Department ...
Fulton County announces that registration is now open for Camp 911. The week-long camp for children ages 9 to 12 will be held July 23-27, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To be eligible, prospective campers must live in unincorporated Fulton County or be the child of a Fulton County employee.
During Camp 911, campers will learn about topics including fire safety, first aid, and crime prevention through a variety of hands-on activities. Camp sessions will also cover topics such as bullying, self-defense and gang resistance.
The camp will be held at the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center (3025 Merk Road, College Park, GA 30349). Campers are asked to bring their own lunch and snacks. Applications for Camp 911 are available on the Fulton County Police Department website – www.fultonpolice.org. Campers who meet the above requirements will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.
Eh. Pools and the "Price is Right" will be around for the rest of the summer.
On the cover of its most recent issue, The Hollywood Reporter asks, "Whatever happened to Ted Turner?"
The article proceeds to answer that question thusly: "He is busy being a shadow of his former self." He's not depressed, just kind of depressing. Eesh, and he's only worth $2 billion now.
Here are the first several words of some paragraphs in the piece, just so you can get an idea of what a bummer read this is, especially for fans of Turner's bombast and bison burgers ...
It’s a rare burst of energy from this man who once epitomized it. At age 73, there’s almost no trace of the frenetic, hyper-kinetic mogul once known as the “Mouth of the South” and “Captain Outrageous."
Turner goes to bed right after dinner most nights ...
After reading, Turner retires ...
He wakes around 4 a.m. ...
He says all this with little of the flamboyance that was once his mark ...
Turner sees a psychiatrist friend once a month, though he qualifies, "I’m not in therapy; it’s just somebody to talk to."
He may lack the ebullience of his earlier years ...
His energy may be flagging, but ...
He misses intimacy ...
After being left (for Jesus) by Jane Fonda, Turner says he cried for six months. And his daughter, Laura says he's taken to frequently discussing the details of his funeral. He either wants Willie Nelson sing "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," or he wants to be laid out in the wild to allow birds to pick the flesh from his carcass.
That last part's pretty awesome, but still, thanks for nothing, THR, for burning in effigy an Atlanta legend.
If you didn't read yesterday's excellent New York Times piece that says metro Atlanta
is home to the world's hottest royal since Prince Albert trails the rest of the country when it comes to home sale prices, we strongly urge you to do so. And yes, you read that second paragraph right. We're actually faring worse than Phoenix and Miami.
Motoko Rich's piece is filled with delicious, depressing data, but the following lines truly caught my eye (I've been spending the last few weeks researching the topic of growth — or the lack thereof — in Southeastern cities and metro regions):
Atlanta has suffered greatly from a contracting pool of home buyers. The number of people moving from within the United States to [metro] Atlanta peaked at 100,000 in 2006 and plunged to just 17,000 by 2009, the latest census figures available.
“Most of the housing activity that we experienced in the past 10 years was people moving to Atlanta from other markets,” said Domonic Purviance, real estate market analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
“If you lose 80,000 people a year coming to your market,” Mr. Purviance added, “that’s the whole issue.”
And nearly a quarter of job losses between February 2008 and August 2011 were in the construction and real estate sectors. I know it's been said time and time again, but damn, what geniuses decided in the 2000s that growth for growth's sake should be metro Atlanta's main industry?
* Why use "brothel" in the title? Read the NYT story, my friends!
The Poster Hut on Cheshire Bridge Road, purveyor of lots of things that aren't posters (and a "great place to buy underwear" according to the underwear blog "Underwear News Briefs"), is closing its doors tomorrow night after 44 years in the novelty biz.
A few months ago, my manfriend and I, after dinner at that Greek place on Cheshire Bridge, pulled into The Poster Hut's lot to see if it was actually a store that sold only posters. We quickly discovered that it was not. Apparently, they did actually used to specialize posters before they specialized in a little bit of everything. From their Yelp business bio:
We have had the honor of serving the Atlanta community for over 40 years. The Poster Hut started as THE place to get music, movie and art posters. In 1974, the owner sold the company to Gary Goldberg. The Poster Hut then grew to include a renowned card section perfect for any occasion, adult items, music, novelty items, paraphernelia, housewares, jewelry, Bachelor and Bachelorette party items and a clothing department encompassing only the trendiest in underwear, outerwear, leather and fetish wear.
I called The Poster Hut to confirm the news of their closing, and almost did. Asked if they are, in fact, closing tomorrow night, the employee who answered the phone said he "thinks so." Atlanta Intown Paper says a going out of business is in progress, so stock up on discounted gifts for the fetishist on your list.
UPDATE — The AJC is reporting that two knuckleheads with high-powered pellet guns have been arrested for the sniper attacks in Roswell and Alpharetta. 22-year-old Javon Dacosta Toppin and 20-year-old Rashaun Yusef Stevens, both of Roswell, are being charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and criminal damage to property.
Oh, and it looks like there was actually more like EIGHTEEN shooting incidents:
Nine vehicles were struck and damaged in Alpharetta; three shots were fired at glass at the Mexi Cali Grill while it was occupied by patrons, also in Alpharetta; and six shooting incidents were reported in Roswell, police said.
And he's likely not alone in his hopping madness! Roswell and Alpharetta police say there've been NINE instances of people's vehicles and businesses being shot at along the Mansell Road-Highway 9 corridor — since Monday.
Police aren't sure whether the person — or people — are using a real gun or a pellet gun, but another victim says after her window was shot out WHILE SHE WAS DRIVING she discovered four bullet holes in the side of her truck.
Luckily, the shootings are random, so anyone traveling in the area is equally vulnerable (sarcazm). Lisa Holland of the Roswell Police Department said, "It's a very dangerous situation ... the middle of the day, there's a lot of traffic there. There's a lot of restaurants nearby and a lot of bystanders that can be hit by this ... It's all random. I don't think she was targeted in anyway. People need to be aware of their surroundings."
August 21 was a terrible day to be named Teresa.
See, Atlanta police were looking for an aggravated assaulter named Teresa that day, and basically just scooped up the first Teresa they came across, tossed her in jail and kept her there for FIFTY THREE DAYS.
From the AJC:
[Teresa Culpepper's] nightmare began Aug. 21, when she called police to report her truck had been taken from in front of her Hawkins Street home. She ended up being arrested for an aggravated assault allegedly committed by another woman named Teresa.
“Her birth date didn't match. Her address didn't match. Her description didn't match. Other than the name Teresa, nothing matched,” said Culpepper’s attorney, Ashleigh Merchant.
To get her client out of jail, Merchant — a public defender — had to arrange for the victim of the assault to appear in court and physically tell a judge that the Teresa being detained wasn't the Teresa who'd beat her up.
WSBTV tracked down the real Teresa — who just happened to be wearing a really great Ja Rule T-shirt at the time — and she explained she shouldn't be arrested because of "extenuating circumstances." I don't think it works that way, lady (although, clearly, things don't always work the way they should).
The APD is launching an internal investigation to see if any policies or procedures were violated. If there aren't policies against arresting and imprisoning a person just because they have the same first name as a person who committed a crime, THERE SHOULD BE.
Video after the jump ...
As you've probably read (right here on Fresh Loaf!), metro Atlanta is #1 at losing jobs, having kissed goodbye more than 30,000 positions since August 2010. Hooray.
Here's a particularly depressing quote from the AJC about Atlanta being the best at being the worst:
“Out of almost 400 metropolitan areas, we’re dead last and nobody is competing with us for that distinction,” said Chris Cunningham, a BLS statistician in Atlanta. “It’s pretty bad and it has been the same story for the last two, three years.”
But, you know what? EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK. Says who? This little brown owl on one of Hallmark's new condolence cards for the recently unemployed ...
Hallmark's creative director told NPR (via Gawker), "A job, like any loss, is a grieving process. We offer more ['you'll get through this' cards], versus dwelling on the loss of the job itself."
Really, to anyone planning on buying a cute greeting card for a jobless friend, maybe they'd just prefer a sincere, "That blows," and the $3.49 you would've spent.
Yup. Another day, another list. This particular day's list — put together by the website AlterNet.org — says Georgia is among the ten states with the worst economies in America. We came in at number nine (the rest, in ascending order were Mississippi, Nevada, West Virginia, California [maybe surprising?], Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Kentucky).
Here's what AlterNet had to say ...
Georgia's economy would be the world's 28th largest if it were a country. It is headquarters to 1,700 multinationals, including Fortune 500 companies like UPS, Home Depot, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines. It also has lots of poverty, low incomes and a lot of uninsured workers. More than half of Georgia's jobless find themselves among the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
Unemployment rate: 10.1 percent
Share of unemployed out of work for more than 27 weeks: 51.2 percent
Per capita income: $37,366
Median household net worth, as a percentage of national average: 98 percent
Poverty rate (2008): 14.7 percent
Share of the population without health insurance: 19 percent
Foreclosure rate: 3.4 percent
Last week, the site listed ten states with economies that have fared best through the recession. Looks like North Dakota — which took the top slot — knows who to thank.
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