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Qualifying Begins This Week for South Fulton Special Election
Elections, Politics

Qualifying Begins This Week for South Fulton Special Election

Qualifying for South Fulton's Municipal Special Election for District 7 begins Wednesday, Aug. 17. The election is being held to fill the unexpired term of former Councilmember Mark Baker who resigned to run for U.S. Congress. Qualifying runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 19. Potential candidates should contact the City Clerk for qualification materials via phone, email or by visiting City Hall, 5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd.The qualifying fee is $830.28. Acceptable forms of payment are certified check, money order or credit card. Under Georgia law, a candidate may file a pauper's affidavit in lieu of paying the required fee. A qualifying petition and pauper's affidavit are required. Additional information is available on the city's website. Have news to share wit...
Public Notice: School Board to Meet Aug. 11 at North Learning Center
Public Notice, Schools

Public Notice: School Board to Meet Aug. 11 at North Learning Center

The Fulton County Board of Education will meet Thursday, Aug. 11 at Fulton County Schools' North Learning Center, at 450 Northridge Parkway in Sandy Springs. The School Board will first meet for the second millage hearing at 11 a.m. immediately followed by executive session at approximately 11:30 a.m. Pre-work session will begin at approximately 1 p.m. with work session presentations immediately following at approximately 2:30 p.m. Should the work sessions conclude early, the board may move immediately to begin discussion of the topics slated for the Thursday, August 18 board agenda. The third millage hearing will begin at 6 p.m., and will be followed by the monthly recognition of outstanding student and staff accomplishments and public comment session. The School Board is expected to ...
Police Department to Activate School Zone Cameras Aug. 8
Public Safety

Police Department to Activate School Zone Cameras Aug. 8

Ahead of the reactivation of South Fulton's school zone cameras on Aug. 8, motorists in the area are being encouraged to slow down. South Fulton first launched the Ren’gia Majors School Zone Safety Program in 2019. Majors, an 11-year-old Sandtown Middle School student, was killed in 2018 in a traffic accident in front of the school. Cameras now monitor speeds in 14 school zones throughout the city. City officials partner with Blue Line Solutions to manage the program. The number of cars traveling through South Fulton school zones has been reduced by approximately 25,000 annually, and the number of tickets issued has also substantially decreased. Following Georgia law, the school zone cameras monitor speeds and issue citations during the regular school day on weekdays. For an ...
PruittHealth in South Fulton Earns National Quality Award
Business, Health

PruittHealth in South Fulton Earns National Quality Award

PruittHealth in South Fulton has been recognized as a 2022 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is presented to facilities that demonstrate their commitment to improving the lives of patients and residents through quality care. Created in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is a three-level process that is reviewed and judged by trained experts against a set of nationally recognized standards for organizational excellence. The standards of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program help organizations achieve superior performance to improve quality of life and care of long-term care patients and staff.  PruittHealth is a fam...
Atlanta Community Food Bank Announces New Executive Team Members
Business

Atlanta Community Food Bank Announces New Executive Team Members

The Atlanta Community Food Bank recently announced two new leaders to their Executive Leadership Team. The nonprofit that works to end hunger in 29 metro Atlanta and North Georgia counties named Sharay Erskine as Chief Information Officer and Kenneth Hill as Chief Supply Chain Officer. Their appointments are part of the Food Bank's new strategic plan that focuses on bringing the organization past the impacts of the global pandemic. Erskine and Hill will report directly to President and CEO Kyle Waide. "As we look to the future of the organization, particularly post-pandemic, we determined that two areas of expertise were immediately critical to resourcing our mission, supply chain operations and information technology, " said Waide. "We are pleased to announce that we have complete...
Firefighters Recognized for Performance during Quarterly Awards Ceremony
Public Safety

Firefighters Recognized for Performance during Quarterly Awards Ceremony

Earlier this month, the City of South Fulton Fire Rescue Department held its Quarterly Awards and Promotional Ceremony at the Georgia Army National Guard – Atlanta Readiness Center. Fire personnel were recognized for promotions and also for demonstrating exceptional performance to "earn their shields." The department is supported by 10 Fire Stations, 162 sworn personnel and 11 civilian support staff. The “Earn Your Shield” program was created by Fire Chief Chad Jones to recognize fire personnel who perform tasks out of the norm or display acts of bravery, kindness or generosity. “We are acknowledging our brave members who have worked hard to advance their careers within the department and to honor those who give tirelessly to the South Fulton community," Jones said. ...
South Fulton Police Department Reports Decrease in Violent Crime
Public Safety

South Fulton Police Department Reports Decrease in Violent Crime

According to a press release from the City of South Fulton, the rate of violent crime in the area is decreasing. Police say that an increased focus on the core issues at the center of violent crime has led to a decrease in the murder rate by nearly half. From January through June 2021, the city investigated 11 homicides. In the same timeframe this year, six murders have been reported – a decline of 45 percent. Detectives have made arrests in five of those cases. “Most violent crime stems from gang and drug activity,” said Police Chief Keith Meadows. “By focusing on these areas, we have been able to drive down violent crime by double digits in the previous three years.” From 2019 through 2021, South Fulton’s violent crimes – murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary, theft, auto th...
Skyhawks Host 70 Youth for Basketball Clinic at Welcome All Park
Business, Sports

Skyhawks Host 70 Youth for Basketball Clinic at Welcome All Park

The College Park Skyhawks, the NBA G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, in partnership with Kenneth S. Nugent, Attorneys at Law, hosted a basketball clinic earlier this month for 70 youth at Welcome All Park in South Fulton. The clinic was conducted by the coaching staff of the Skyhawks, including Head Coach Steve Gansey. Assistant coaches Ronnie Burrell and Da’Sean Butler joined Gansey to teach kids fundamentals of the game and fine-tune their skills. “Getting out in the community to engage with kids and teach them the game we all love is one of the best parts of the job,” said Gansey. “It was great to get outside and spend the day with the kids, and with the help of Ken Nugent and his team it was an amazing event.”  The clinic helped strengthen basketball...
Coca-Cola UNITED President and CEO John H. Sherman Retires
Business

Coca-Cola UNITED President and CEO John H. Sherman Retires

John Sherman, president and CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. (UNITED) since 2016, retired today after more than 32 years with the Birmingham-based bottler and more than four decades with the Coca-Cola System.  He will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors as Vice Chairman.  Mike Suco, who was previously announced as Sherman’s successor, will become president and CEO on August 1. Sherman began his career with Coca-Cola in 1979, while still enrolled at Georgia Tech, as a part-time clerk in the accounting department of Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, which was then a part of Coca‑Cola Enterprises (CCE), Inc.   In 1990, Sherman joined Coca-Cola UNITED as director of marketing for the East Region, based in Augusta, Georgia, and assumed several leadership po...
Back-to-School Events Offer Free Backpacks, Haircuts and More
Community, Events, Schools

Back-to-School Events Offer Free Backpacks, Haircuts and More

Looking for free backpacks, haircuts and more to get ready for the upcoming school year? There are a number of back-to-school events planned to help parents and students prepare to head back to the classroom, and celebrate the end of the summer with a little bit of fun. Backpacks Galore and Other Giveaways Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington will host his 8th Annual It Takes a Village Back-to-School Giveaway July 29 at Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, from 5-6 p.m. Register via Eventbrite. The 3rd Annual Healthy Family Fun and Sports Day returns to Sandtown Park, 5320 Campbellton Rd. on July 30 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event, in partnership with Councilmembers Catherine Foster Rowell and Carmalitha Gumbs, features food, entertainment and vendors offering a vari...

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