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Sept. 18 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 159 more diagnoses; 14-day trend declines

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 159 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend declined in both cities, but varied among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 18, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 11,260 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 11,132 on Sept. 15. Sandy Springs had 2,319 diagnoses, up from 2,288. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 42.2% of the...

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Brookhaven man stabbed while defending wife from home invader, police say

A Brookhaven man was stabbed in the face and stomach Sept. 17 while attempting to defend his wife from a home invader who entered the bathroom while she was showering, according to police. A suspect was later arrested after allegedly trying to break into another Brookhaven home. Authorities say the suspect is on parole for a 2015 crime where he also broke into a Brookhaven home and assaulted two women while armed with a knife. The victim received treatment for his injuries and was discharged from the hospital that same night and is expected to recover, according to the...

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Dunwoody Planning Commission recommends approval of housing development on Roberts Drive, with conditions

A proposed housing development across from the new Austin Elementary School now has a recommendation for approval from the Dunwoody Planning Commission, though residents continue to have concerns about its density and location. Developer Peachland Housing Group requested rezoning 3.3 acres on Roberts Drive, which includes the historic Swancy Farmhouse, to allow more houses to accommodate the project. The developer intends it to be an “empty nester” community to help the city have better living options for senior residents, but there are no actual age restrictions for the homeowners and the Planning Commission recommends it should stay that way....

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Papa John’s pizza company to open new metro Atlanta headquarters; site to be determined

The pizza restaurant company Papa John’s International will open a 200-employee global headquarters in metro Atlanta next year at a site to be determined. The deal, announced Sept. 17 by the company and Gov. Brian Kemp, involves “government incentives” that the state would not disclose. The company’s executive headquarters is currently in the metro area of its original hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and it will maintain a headquarters there for certain departments after the metro Atlanta move, according to a spokesperson. Atlanta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are frequently in contention for such headquarters. Papa John’s CEO and President...

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Brookhaven approves funding for Trees Atlanta program to plant more front-yard trees

Brookhaven will participate in the Trees Atlanta “Neighborwoods Program” for the second year in a row, hoping to have more trees planted than last year. During a Sept. 8 meeting, City Council approved a $10,000 contract with Trees Atlanta to support the city’s Front Yard Tree Program, where members of the nonprofit will plant trees in residents’ front yards. Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit that aims to protect Atlanta’s trees and green space, started the Neighborwoods Program in 2001 to plant more trees and educate residents in the metro Atlanta area about the importance of trees. The program operates in...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses surpass 1,300 cases

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have surpassed 1,300 cases, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 1,315 as of the county’s Sept. 13 report, compared to 1,292 as of the last report on Sept. 8. As of Sept. 13, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 542 cases, which is up 11 cases since Sept. 8. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had about 773, which is up 12 cases since Sept. 8. The county does not track...

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Atlanta mayor urges Census completion, discusses police morale and pandemic reopening

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a Sept. 16 press conference urged quick completion of U.S. Census forms, discussed police morale and a possible new police chief, and said special events permits might be allowed in October if COVID-19 cases trend downward. U.S. Census Bottoms encouraged residents to quickly complete the 2020 Census after President Donald Trump ordered early collection of the data – a move that has prompted a lawsuit from cities and civil rights groups. “The Trump administration shaved off an entire month of time,” Bottoms said in the virtual press conference. “The deadline was originally Oct....

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Bond deals create savings, funding for Sandy Springs Public Safety building and fire stations

Sandy Springs plans to use the savings it will gain from refinancing its City Springs bonds and a strong bond rating to raise another $60 million to buy land for its public safety building and fire stations and to renovate or construct those facilities. The City Council and the Sandy Springs Public Facilities Authority (PFA) — which are the same bodies under different legal names – on Sept. 15 approved issuance of the Series 2020 Refunding Revenue Bonds. The original bonds were issued in 2015 in connection with the City Center project. In a competitive bond sale, Wells Fargo...

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Sept. 15 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 186 more diagnoses; 14-day trend varies

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 186 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Sept. 11 and Sept. 15 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend varied, with the rate going slightly down in Atlanta, up in Sandy Springs, and varying among local ZIP codes. As of Sept. 15, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 11,132 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 10,988 on Sept. 11. Sandy Springs had 2,288 diagnoses, up from 2,246. Atlanta remains the number one city in...

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Gov. Kemp extends pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30

Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the state pandemic safety rules through Sept. 30. The order, signed Sept. 15, extends such provisions as requiring social distancing; banning gatherings of more than 50 people unless there is six feet between each person; various specific rules for restaurants, salons and other businesses; mandatory requiring sheltering in place for those in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order continues to allow local governments to mandate mask-wearing when COVID-19 cases are at a threshold of 100 per 100,000 people over a 14-day period. The order also allows some types of visitation to...

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Buckhead traffic stop for street racing leads to arrest of murder suspect, police say

A traffic stop for street racing in Buckhead has led to an arrest in a July 5 shooting on Auburn Avenue that left two people dead, according to the Atlanta Police Department. On Sept. 13 at approximately 10:17 p.m., officers from Buckhead’s Zone 2 precinct observed several reckless drivers in the area of 815 Sidney Marcus Boulevard, according to APD. That’s the Dump furniture store, whose parking lot is popular with street racers. Officers checked the insurance and registration status of several of the vehicles, according to APD, and noticed that one was registered to De’Andre Brown, 26, who...

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Sandy Springs company ordered to pay back wages over coronavirus sick leave

A Sandy Springs company had to pay back wages to an employee who was denied paid sick leave despite receiving a healthcare professional’s instructions to self-quarantine because of COVID-19 concerns. The U.S. Department of Labor said in a press release on Sept. 15 that Risk & Insurance Consultants Inc. of Glenridge Drive paid the employee $1,599 in back wages. The U.S. DOL’s Wage and Hour Division determined the company’s actions violated the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Act. When told of its obligations under the law, Risk & Insurance Consultants paid the back...

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