Category: Buckhead Reporter

Georgia Power executive to speak at Buckhead Business Association breakfast

Georgia Power Company’s executive in charge of customer service and operations will speak at an Aug. 1 Buckhead Business Association breakfast. Pedro Cherry is an executive vice president at Georgia Power, overseeing customer service, power delivery, pricing and planning, and other activities, according to the BBA. He will speak at the June 6 breakfast, scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Maggiano’s Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Road. Tickets are $25 for non-members and pre-registration is required. For more information, see the BBA website...

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Democrat announces second challenge to Sandy Springs state Rep. Silcox

Shea Roberts, a Democrat, has announced a campaign to again run in state House District 52, currently held by Rep. Deborah Silcox’s (R-Sandy Springs). Roberts’ candidacy could set up a rematch of the 2018 race, when Silcox held onto her seat as many other local Republicans lost to Democratic challengers. Silcox said in an email she plans to run for re-election. “I do plan to run again and am prepared to take on any challenger,” she said. Roberts, a Sandy Springs attorney, said she is running because “our elected officials have failed to represent our interests.” “Last year, I...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through July 29

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road ramp closures July 23-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to Ga. 400 southbound closed. Abernathy Road lane closures July 22-27, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Barfield Road, one right lane. Ga. 400 ramp closures July 19-20, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. July 23-27 (back-up...

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New owner seeks public input on future of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta

The high-end retail, office and housing complex known as The Shops Buckhead Atlanta has yet another new owner – the mastermind of Ponce City Market — who is seeking community input on the property’s future through “town halls” and an online survey. The acquisition by Jamestown, an Atlanta-based real estate firm known as the developer of the Old Fourth Ward’s Ponce City Market, has been in the works for months and officially announced July 18. The first “town hall” will be held July 23 at The Shops, located along Peachtree Road between East Paces Ferry and Pharr roads. To...

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GDOT releases public transit survey

The Georgia Department of Transportation has released a statewide survey to get feedback on transit needs and issues. The survey aims to identify the needs and priorities of public transit users and potential users and the issues and barriers to using public transit, GDOT said in a press release. The survey is open through Aug. 14 and is available at GDOTtransitsurvey.org  in multiple languages. The survey results, along with input from other stakeholder groups, will help shape the GDOT Statewide Transit Plan (SWTRP), GDOT said. GDOT is developing the SWTRP in coordination with local governments, regional commissions, metropolitan planning...

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Police seek driver in Buckhead hit-and-run that injured pedestrian

Police are seeking a driver who allegedly struck and injured a pedestrian on Buckhead’s Peachtree Road July 14, then fled the scene. The incident happened around 2 a.m. on Peachtree at East Shadowlawn Avenue, according to the Atlanta Police Department. The victim, identified as Chelzie Parmer, and two friends were crossing Peachtree in a crosswalk with a walk light illuminated, according to witness statements in a police report. Parmer was still in the crosswalk when the Peachtree light turned green, according to the report, but traffic remained stopped, except for a car that entered the crosswalk and hit her....

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Maxwell and symphony to perform at Buckhead’s Chastain Park

Grammy-winning soul musician Maxwell will perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Buckhead’s Chastain Park in September as part of his first symphonic shows. Dubbed “A Night at the Symphony,” the concert is scheduled for Sept. 27 at the city-owned Cadence Bank Amphitheatre on Stella Drive. The Atlanta concert will follow Maxwell’s three-night residency with the National Symphony Orchestra earlier that month at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The amphitheater has a long slate of other performances this summer and fall, including such stars as Lionel Richie, the Gipsy Kings, the B-52s...

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Residents voice flooding concerns at Watershed Management’s Buckhead meeting

Residents voiced concerns about local flooding at a July 11 open house in Buckhead held by the city’s Department of Watershed Management as it updates a strategic plan. Deborah Walkling was among roughly 70 residents who attended the meeting at the Lovett School, which was focused on stormwater drainage issues in the areas of the Long Island and Nancy creeks in northern Buckhead. She said she was hoping to get some answers on how to better communicate issues with the department. “[That is] exactly what I am getting,” Walking said. “I am learning a little bit about what watershed...

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Fulton County Board of Elections swears in new member

A new member on the Fulton County Board of Elections was sworn in July 11. Dr. Kathleen Ruth replaces attorney David Burge, who served three two-year terms. The oversight panel is made up of two Republicans, two Democrats and an independent chairperson, a press release said. Ruth is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-trained epidemiologist who now works as a health consultant and is a nationally-recognized AIDS/HIV prevention expert, the release said. “We’re very excited to have Dr. Kathleen Ruth representing the GOP on the elections board for the next two years,” Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Trey...

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Buckhead’s Powers Ferry bridge scheduled for August reopening, official says

The long-delayed reopening of the rebuilt Powers Ferry Bridge along Buckhead’s Chastain Park is scheduled for sometime in August, according to District 8 City Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit. The heavily used bridge over Nancy Creek dated to 1948, and replacement work began last fall after a delay in the start time. Then came a delay in the projected finished time of spring 2019. The city previously said that weather and complicated relocations of utility lines were responsible for the delay. The only timeline previously given for completion was “later this summer.” Detours from the bridge closure have made Buckhead’s neighborhood...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through July 22

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closures July 12-15 and 19-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp and road closed at Ga. 400. July 12-15 and 19-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., eastbound and westbound between Barfield Road and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures July 12-13, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. July 15-17 (back-up...

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Man shot to death outside Buckhead event facility

A man was shot to death July 12 during an “altercation” outside a Buckhead event facility, according to the Atlanta Police Department. A similar shooting death happened at the same place, the Level V event facility at 2101 Tula St., in October 2018. A suspect was later arrested on a murder charge. “We will be looking closely at the club’s operations,” said Atlanta Police Officer Jarius Daughtery in a written statement. Yet another shooting death happened in the same area in June. In that incident, a man was killed outside 22 Bennett St., which is next door to the...

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