Author: Evelyn Andrews

In a change, Sandy Springs sets Independence Day fireworks for July 4

  Sandy Springs will host its annual Independence Day celebration on July 4 this year, a change from previous years when it was held on different days. Also new this year, food trucks will be on site serving food, a press release said. The location will be the same, however. The event will be held on the lawn of the Concourse Corporate Center, home of the King and Queen buildings, located at 5 Concourse Parkway, according to the release. Complimentary parking officially opens at 6:30 p.m. and will be available in Concourse Parking Decks Five and Six. Music from...

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Mayor appoints new Buckhead CID board member

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed the general manager of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta to serve on the board of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. Scott Snipes will replace Tom Boyer, the general manger of the JW Marriott in Buckhead, on the board. Boyer was the mayor’s previous appointee and has been reassigned to an out-of-state hotel. Snipes will join eight other business leaders on the CID board. According to a letter sent from Bottoms to the Buckhead CID and City Council President Felicia Moore, the appointment does not require council approval, but was included on the June 18...

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DeKalb assigns new Peachtree Middle principal

The DeKalb County School District has assigned a new principal to Peachtree Charter Middle School in Dunwoody. Donnie Davis, a former assistant principal at Henderson Middle School in DeKalb County, will serve as the next principal, according to a letter to parents. Davis replaces Scott Hepinstall, who had been the principal since 2009. Hepinstall was reassigned to another position in the school district following criticism over the schools administration’s handling of a widely-reported bullying incident in late 2017. The school foundation plans to host an event to meet Davis on July 11 at the school, 4664 North Peachtree Road,...

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Residents want history highlighted at new PATH400 park

Residents hope to see history highlighted in the development of a new park in North Buckhead. Plans include hiring an archaeologist to determine who and how many people are buried in a historic cemetery on the site that dates to 1852. Officials said they need a study of the cemetery, one of the oldest in the city, to be done before doing more specific planning for the park. Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling said her organization plans to put up some of the estimated $8,000 cost. “That’s going to be really the first step before we know what...

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GDOT rolling out new technology on Brookhaven’s Peachtree Road

The Georgia Department of Transportation is rolling out technology along Peachtree Road through Brookhaven that will broadcast traffic updates to equipped vehicles. GDOT has installed and is testing software that communicates the status of traffic signals to equipped vehicles at 39 intersections on Peachtree Road from Roswell Road to I-285, running through Brookhaven as it goes from Buckhead to Chamblee. The project, called Signal Phase and Timing, or SPaT, uses radios to communicate traffic information to capable cars. It sends the timing of traffic signals to cars, as well as notifications if someone has pressed the pedestrian signal button....

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