Category: Buckhead Reporter

Dunwoody man’s news photos captured Sandy Springs blast, other moments in Olympic bomber’s terror campaign

Around these parts, Alan Mothner is best known as the longtime executive director of the Dunwoody Nature Center, which programs a beloved local park. But in the 1990s, he had a very different career as a news photographer on the story of a terrorist’s bombings of the Olympics and other metro Atlanta sites. In 1997, he was within 30 feet of a bomb when it exploded outside a Sandy Springs abortion clinic, and took dramatic photos that were published around the nation. “It was one of those fight-or-flight moments… I decided to do what a good journalist does, which...

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Buckhead Heritage Society to hold holiday gala Dec. 12

The Buckhead Heritage Society will celebrate the holidays with a gala on Dec. 12. The local historical and cultural society’s event, which starts at 7 p.m., will be held at one of the earliest homes built on Peachtree Battle Avenue. It will feature a cocktail buffet and music. Tickets are $125 for members, $150 for nonmembers. For more information, see buckheadheritage.com. Correction: A previous version of this story gave an incorrect ticket price for Buckhead Heritage Society...

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Buckhead executive named new U.S. senator for Georgia, replacing Isakson

Buckhead business executive Kelly Loeffler will be the new U.S. senator for Georgia, replacing incumbent Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down mid-term at year’s end for health reasons. Loeffler, a Republican, was appointed to the Senate seat Dec. 4 by Gov. Brian Kemp. If she seeks to stay in the seat beyond the vacancy appointment, she will have to defend it in a 2020 special election. The seat will be on the ballot yet again in 2022, when Isakson’s original term expires. In a social media post, Kemp praised Loeffler as political conservative: “Kelly is a patriot who believes...

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Memories of a terrorist’s bombing spree at Olympics and Sandy Springs

The 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing is back in the news, as a new book and an upcoming Clint Eastwood movie give their takes on the story of Richard Jewell, a heroic security guard who saved people from the bomb only to become falsely suspected as the criminal who planted it. The real perpetrator was right-wing terrorist Eric Rudolph. After the Olympics, Rudolph went on to bomb an LGBTQ nightclub in Atlanta and two medical clinics that performed abortions, one in Alabama and one in Sandy Springs. The Sandy Springs bombing on Jan. 16, 1997, at an office building at...

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Buckhead’s NPU-A united against Tuxedo Park subdivision proposal

A proposed subdivision of an estate in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Park drew a crowd of opponents to the Neighborhood Planning Unit A meeting Dec. 3. An attorney and an architect hired by residents of the historic neighborhood said the plan to split the lot at 3460 Tuxedo Road violates the zoning code and could mean a new house built out of character with the community. “It’s very, very clear,” said the architect, Bill Harrison of Harrison Design. “There’s no ambiguity here… This is a gross violation of creating a lot.” Representatives for the applicant, who is listed in city records...

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Buckhead CID tax audit finds $120K shortfall

An audit of the Buckhead Community Improvement District’s tax collections found that they are largely on target, but that 25 properties that should be paying are not, to the tune of around $120,000 a year. “Not a huge number, but it it’s still a number,” BCID staff member Tony Peters told board members at a Nov. 27 meeting, adding, “Two of you [property owners] are in this room, so we’ll talk later.” The BICD is a self-taxing group of commercial properties. The BCID spends the money on improvements related to transportation, public safety and beautification in the neighborhood’s central...

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Around Town: An activist and grandmother writes her memoir

Sherry Frank wears a small gold necklace. The unobtrusive chain displays a single word: bubbe. It means grandmother, or, more specifically, a Jewish grandmother. “I wear it every day,” Frank said, smiling when the word draws notice. “Bubbe fits me.” Others may see the 77-year-old Sandy Springs grandmother as an energetic activist who has lived a very public life. But her jewelry proudly proclaims she’s also the kind of woman who likes to bake cookies for her grandkids. Still, she’s no homebody. She served 26 years as executive director of the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee. She...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Dec. 8

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. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Dec. 5, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Dec. 3-7, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. I-285 lane closures Dec. 3, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound between Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road, two right lanes. Other traffic changes On Dec....

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Historic American Legion building is renovated to serve generations of vets

The historic Waldo M. Slaton American Legion Post 140 building in Buckhead’s Chastain Park is freshly renovated and will serve more generations of veterans after the post set aside a controversial plan to demolish it and build a larger version. “This renovation should ensure the viability of the building for another 50 years,” said post Commander Ken DeSimone, who also serves as the Sandy Springs police chief, about the roughly 80-year-old, rustic structure at 3905 Powers Ferry Road. The post held an open house on Veterans Day to show off the $100,000 renovation, which repair rotting flooring, outdated wiring...

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‘A Tuna Christmas’ marks the holidays, and a theater partnership

The Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of “A Tuna Christmas” this month is a way to celebrate the holiday season – and a successful new partnership with Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center. “A Tuna Christmas” is the second production GET, the resident professional company at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, has brought to Oglethorpe under a “binding partnership” forged in 2018. The first, in June, was a remount of GET’s 2018-2019 season hit “Driving Miss Daisy.” Connections between the theater company and the university, however, were already ongoing. GET produced “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Conant in 2017. A...

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Buckhead’s Lovett School seeks to raise enrollment cap after forgetting it

The Lovett School says it has exceeded a nearly two-decade-old student enrollment cap agreement for years after previous administrators forgot about it. Now the Buckhead school wants to boost the cap by 100 students – from 1,560 to 1,660 – to legalize its current enrollment and have flexibility. “The school is not seeking campus expansion and will remain within its existing footprint,” said Courtney Fowler, a spokesperson for the private K-12 school at 4075 Paces Ferry Road. The enrollment at the beginning of the current school year was 1,614, she said. The discovery came as a direct result of...

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Robin’s Nest: The thrill of the last-minute Christmas tree

If it’s Thanksgiving weekend and you’re reading this by the glow of your Christmas tree lights, then you won’t understand. My family is not one to eat the turkey and trim the tree in the same weekend. We like to push the envelope around here. We have our own tradition, which is that is that we wait until the Christmas aisles in the drugstore are packed up to make way for boxes of Valentine’s candy before we finally pick out the tree. The thing is, we’ve always chosen it together. We’d drive home with the tree strapped to the...

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