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Photos: Exotic car show celebrates new racing movie at Sandy Springs theater

A private screening of a new car-race movie at a Sandy Springs theater Nov. 16 also made for public fun as organizers brought along about 100 exotic autos in a parking lot display. Sandy Springs-based High Octane Productions, which stages the “Caffeine and Octane” exotic car shows at Perimeter Mall, and the Driving Club at Road Atlanta rented out two theaters at the Springs Cinema & Taphouse, an independent theater at 5920 Roswell Road. The occasion was the debut of “Ford v Ferrari,” a drama based on the true story of the automakers battling for supremacy at the 1966...

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After plane hits homes, residents and officials debate PDK Airport accident statistics

Following a fatal crash in October where a private plane smashed into DeKalb County townhomes, residents and officials dueled with accident statistics at a Nov. 18 meeting of the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Advisory Board, debating just how safe it is to live near a facility that sees about 150,000 takeoffs and landings a year. The stats on both sides were flawed, limited and open to wide interpretation. The big picture is that the chance of being hit by a plane from PDK is extremely low, but also not zero. And the discussion is just the latest chapter in a decades-long...

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DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s history of crashes

The wreck of a private plane into DeKalb County townhomes in October has brought renewed attention to the possibility of accidents around DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The risks to any one person or property are extremely low, but the list of accidents is long since the airport, located in Chamblee on the Brookhaven border, switched from military to civilian public use in the late 1950s. Today’s tensions between the busy airport and its surrounding neighborhoods began in the 1970s, and involved safety concerns from the start. A 1976 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article said, “When most people think of DeKalb-Peachtree, they probably think...

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Demonstrators in Sandy Springs call for ‘regime change in Iran,’ support massive protests there

Widespread protests in Iran about a gasoline price hike were supported by a Nov. 17 demonstration in Sandy Springs, where about 20 people waved flags and held signs with such slogans as, “Democracy, Freedom, Regime Change in Iran.” Batool Zamani, a Sandy Springs resident who helped lead the demonstration on Roswell Road near Sandy Springs Place, said it was organized by a local chapter of the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC). That organization is affiliated with two other controversial groups whose leaders have sought to overthrow Iran’s government and consider themselves to be a parliament in exile. The...

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High Street set to get $19M tax break for first phase of massive mixed-use project

A $19 million tax break for a portion of the massive High Street mixed-use development in Perimeter Center is being considered by Dunwoody officials as it appears the project may actually soon break ground. The entire $2 billion High Street project that has been stalled for more than a decade would be built on 42 acres of property at the northwest intersection of Perimeter Center Parkway and Hammond Drive, near the Sandy Springs border and the Dunwoody MARTA station. The mini-city would span 10 city blocks and include 8 million square feet of residential, retail, restaurant, hotel and office...

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Panel recalls FBI, AJC roles in case of Richard Jewell, Olympics bombing hero turned suspect

One of the darkest moments in Atlanta’s history, the 1996 Summer Olympics bombing, grew darker still when the FBI and major media wrongly fingered heroic security guard Richard Jewell as the bomber. A Nov. 12 panel discussion at the Atlanta History Center about “The Suspect,” a new book telling Jewell’s story, was a historic moment in itself, gathering significant figures from the case onstage and in the audience. Drawing a crowd of hundreds, the event was partly a preemptive strike on how Atlanta may be portrayed in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming movie about Jewell, partly a lecture on history and...

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Large hotel planned on former Glenridge Hall estate in Sandy Springs

A hotel with a conference center and an outdoor tavern has been proposed for a site in Sandy Springs that was once part of the Glenridge Hall mansion and estate. The 203,000-square-foot lot is located on the northwest corner of Abernathy Road and Glenridge Drive. The hotel is proposed to have over 240 rooms; a conference center; a restaurant; and a rooftop bar and pool, according to site plans. The site plans also include a small, secondary building for an outdoor tavern that the developer is calling a “Biergarten.” The proposal does not specify the planned number of floors,...

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Photos: Sandy Springs holds its 10th annual Veterans Day tribute

The city of Sandy Springs held its 10th annual Veterans Day tribute on Nov. 11 at City Green. Around 300 people attended the ceremony, with U.S. Army veteran and U.S. District Federal Court Judge J.P. Boulee as the keynote speaker. The 116th Army Band Brass Quintet performed. Photos by Hannah Greco. The 116th Army Band Brass Quintet vocal soloist Brittny Kempfer performs “The National Anthem” during the ceremony. (Hannah Greco) Mayor Rusty Paul gives an opening statement and a welcome at the ceremony. (Hannah Greco) The crowd observes a moment of silence during the ceremony. (Hannah Greco) City Councilmember...

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Veterans Day observed with music, ceremony at Buckhead’s Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center observed Veterans Day Nov. 11 with music, ceremony and a high-profile speaker. The keynote address was given by Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, U.S. Navy (Ret.), the first woman Navy aviator to be promoted to flag rank. The 116th Army Band performed. Photos by Ron Sherman for the Atlanta History Center. The audience at the ceremony during an acknowledgment of veterans. (Ron Sherman) Wendi B. Carpenter, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.), gives the keynote address. (Ron Sherman) The 116th Army Band performs. (Ron Sherman) Bagpiper Wayne Coleman performs during the observance. (Ron Sherman) Lt. Col....

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Photos: Dunwoody’s Veterans Day Ceremony pays tribute to military servicemembers

Nancy Huey, wearing a bright red hat covered in buttons including several with American flags, sat on the second row the city of Dunwoody’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony held Nov. 11 at Brook Run Park. “This hat contains American things on it,” she said. “Anything American and especially our military.” Huey, a 50-year Dunwoody resident and member of the Sandy Springs chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was one of dozens of residents and veterans who gathered near the park’s Veteran Memorial to honor all military servicemembers. Special guests included the Dunwoody High School chorus, which sang...

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Photos: Dunwoody’s Apple Cider Days recalls local history

Families, residents and history buffs gathered at the historic Donaldson-Bannister Farm on Nov. 9 to celebrate the annual Apple Cider Days sponsored by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. The event included crafts and games, presentations on frontier life, historic demonstrations and children’s activities. For more information, see dunwoodypreservationtrust.org. Photos by Phil Mosier  Vintage tools and home goods were on display at Apple Cider Days. Wesley Goyarts, 4, and his sister, Adair, 5, had their face painted at Apple Cider Days. Dunwoody High School senior Andrew Hoang, center, learns some corn cob decorating techniques during Apple Cider Days. Attendees of Apple Cider...

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An artists’ haven in Buckhead celebrates 65 years of teaching and sharing art

The aptly named Art McNaughton, president of the Atlanta Artists Center, just got elected to another term as the nonprofit organization celebrates its 65th anniversary. The Reporter paid a visit to him at the AAC’s home at 2979 Grandview Avenue in Buckhead to find out about the nonprofit’s past and future. For more information, see atlantaartistscenter.org. Q. What was the genesis of the Atlanta Artists Center? A. The organization has been around since 1954 and started out as a watercolor group — just a small group of people who were living here in Buckhead trying to find different places...

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