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GDOT needs to adjust its holiday schedule


Holiday weekend travel is bad enough with volume alone, not to mention any wrecks, big events, or bad weather. The Georgia Department of Transportation took this into consideration years ago and began suspending scheduled lane closures during these saturated travel times. GDOT has rightfully limited work blockages for the days surrounding the Christmas and winter holidays, Spring Break, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Memorial Day.

GDOT’s parameters for the Memorial Day weekend have been between noon Friday and 5 a.m. Tuesday. That has traditionally given the waves of vehicles at least more room to breathe as they traverse the biggest Georgia roads. But data shows this window is too small. INRIX and AAA analysis reveals that the busiest travel window for Memorial Day travel in recent years has started on Thursday. The numbers unsurprisingly projected the most people to be on the roads during the late afternoon on both Thursday and Friday. From my view in the WSB Skycopter and the WSB Traffic Team’s observations in our 24-Hour Traffic Center, that prediction seemed spot on again this year.

But with that study in mind, GDOT needs to adjust its lane-closing schedule. More people are traveling, the economy is better, and Atlanta’s population is growing, so routine traffic patterns are becoming nontraditional. And, again, the data proves all of this.

Construction on Thursday afternoon was in full effect on I-285/northbound at Atlanta Road in Cobb County and I-20/westbound near Highway 27 in Carroll County; the delays were quite stout with both. Then around 2 p.m., with traffic rising to a boil on I-285 in Sandy Springs, all lanes shut down. Crews essentially paced traffic both ways on both I-285 and GA-400 near their interchange for several minutes to do blasting work. This is part of the long term Transform I-285/GA-400 project. But the timing was poor, at best. It could have waited.

That pacing added about 20 minutes of delays on I-285 in both directions, and GA-400 saw its backups, too. The delays from the I-285/northbound at Atlanta Road daily closure helped cause at least a wreck or two. And the I-20/westbound delays in Bremen were even worse, because only one lane of the interstate was open. The Alabama-bound crowd had to wait extra long to cross the threshold of their Sweet Home.

Holiday travel rush hours are not just the daily commute on steroids. Many Georgians hit the roads in an estuary of license plates from literally all over the country. This means sharing the road with people less familiar with where they are going and with little idea of unexpected road changes and closures. Lack of familiarity is a pillar in the causes of wrecks, some of which we saw from Thursday and Friday were quite terrible and spectacular.

So, if traffic delays are proliferating and high travel days are morphing, GDOT needs to change the standards for holiday travel closures. If those closures cause more delays and delays cause wrecks, this becomes a matter of both safety and convenience. And if holiday travel brings in a more crash- prone group of drivers, then all of this makes even more sense.

GDOT has done a great job in adapting to the changing ebbs and flows of Atlanta traffic. Their I-85 bridge rebuild is the crown jewel of that notion. And their increasing sensitivity to traffic patterns in general has been commendable. But now, with more traffic and more traffic stats than ever, GDOT needs to explore when they both deploy and pull up lane closures. The window for suspending them on holidays needs to grow, and while we’re at it, the cones need to come up earlier for daily PM rush hours, too.

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Oldest person in U.S. dies; Pennsylvania woman was 114

HUNTINGDON, Pa. — A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home.

The Robert D. Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday.

Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now believed to be the oldest American, according to the Gerontology Research Group in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Gibson, who had been living at a Huntingdon nursing home since 2004, when she was 100, attributed her long life to good food, her faith in God and her church.

"Frances and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Delphine Gibson, America’s oldest citizen," said Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. "She was an incredible Pennsylvanian and she will be missed."

Although she was blind and deaf near the end of her life, she still enjoyed singing and humming songs like "Amazing Grace," nursing home unit manager Miranda Glover told WJAC-TV in February 2017.

She took no medication except for a single vitamin a day, Glover said.

"She has an amazing spirit," Glover said. "She always singing to us or sharing the gospel. She is a treasure to the nation."

On her 112th birthday in 2016, Huntingdon Mayor Dee Dee Brown declared it "Delphine Gibson Week" in the borough.

Kammi Plummer, admissions director at AristaCare at Huntingdon Park, where Gibson lived most recently, told the Altoona Mirror she informed Gibson when she became the oldest living American.


"She just kind of acted surprised and said, ‘You don’t say?’ " Plummer said. "We also told her she was she prettiest. She just said, ‘I know that.’ "

Born Delphine Tucker on Aug. 17, 1903, in Ridgeway, S.C., she helped on her family’s farm until she married Taylor Gibson in 1928.

The couple lived for a time in North Carolina then moved to Mount Union to join a growing community of African-Americans who came up from the South to work in the area’s now-historic brickyards. The couple had three children.

Her husband worked at Harbison Walker Refractories for 20 years before retiring in 1962, according to his obituary. He died in 1980.

She became the country’s oldest person following the February 2017 death of 114-year-old Adele Dunlap, of Flemington, N.J.

Gibson’s funeral will be Saturday at Mount Hope Baptist Church in Mount Union.

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Property History for 255 Woodchase Close NE

255 Woodchase Close Ne, Sandy Springs, GA 30319
255 Woodchase Close Ne, Sandy Springs, GA 30319
Bedroom Desc: Mstr On Main
Baths Full: 5
Baths Half: 1 Lower Full Baths: 1 Main Full Baths: 1 Main Half Baths: 1 Upper Full Baths: 3
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Date Event Price Price/Sq Ft Source 05/09/2018 Listed $799,000 $183 AtlantaN 10/18/2017 Price Changed $789,000 $181 AtlantaN 09/27/2017 Price Changed $824,900 $189 AtlantaN 08/23/2017 Listed $789,000 $181 Atlanta 08/23/2017 Listed $850,000 $195 AtlantaN
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Year Taxes Land Additions Total Assessment 2017 Price Not Available $58,360 + $145,600 = $203,960 2016 $6,496 Price Not Available + N/A = Price Not Available 2014 $5,673 $58,360 + $145,600 = $203,960

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Close to Home for April 21-22

With warmer weather, it’s time to begin partaking of Georgia-grown products at many dozens of stops along Trails 37, 41-341 and 1. Albert Wildes owns this blueberry farm in Alma; while his wife Ann Wildes operates The Blueberry Barn on U.S. 1 in Alma, the Blueberry Capital of Georgia.,, Contributed

You’ve got a few hours over the weekend and are looking for a nearby diversion – something that doesn’t require reservations or a tank of gas. Welcome to Close to Home! Each week we’ll highlight the quick, quaint and quirky events in your neighborhood. Email submissions to

Bobby Tillman Race in Douglasville

The Bobby Tillman Walk/Run of Love Race. 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday. $25/ages 18 and older, $20/ages 17 and younger. Chapel Hill High School, 4899 Chapel Hill Road, Douglasville. Presented by BFAM, Inc. and the Douglas County Law Enforcement Teams, the race honors the memory of Tillman.

Veterans Walk, 5K in Douglasville

The American Legion Post 145 Veterans Walk and 5K Race. 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. run/walk Saturday. $25. Boundary Waters Park, 5000 Highway 92, North/166 East, Douglasville. Proceeds will benefit the National Emergency Fund, created in response to Hurricane Hugo in 1989, that has provided more than $8 million in direct financial assistance to American Legion family members and posts.

Color Run fundraiser in Lilburn

Color Run by St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School Crusaders. 8 a.m. registration, 9-11 a.m. Saturday. $25 to $35. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn on the track in front of the bandstand. Funds raised will benefit the school’s playground. 404-219-5694,

Georgia Grown Trails

Georgia Grown Trails. Beginning this spring, explore Georgia-grown products at dozens of stops along Trails 37, 41-341, 1 and 280 throughout the state. Options include U-pick farms, dairies, vineyards, wineries, farm tours, B&Bs, restaurants using local and regional products and specialty food stores.

Prostate Symposium in Atlanta

Health & Wellness Event: Prostate Symposium. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free screenings. Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta. 404-344-0618,

Woodstock Greenstock Day

Woodstock Greenstock Day. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Woodstock Elementary School, 230 Rope Mill Road, Woodstock. The city of Woodstock, Waste Management, Secure Recycling, USAgain and Georgia Document Destruction bring you a day of recycling. Drive through and they will unload for you. 770-592-6000 ext. 1952. Guidelines:

Recycling Drive-thru in Douglasville

Electronics and Scrap Metal Drive-thru Recycling Event. Saturday. Free except $5/TV or monitor. Keep Douglasville Beautiful will accept anything that plugs in, uses batteries, has metal content, eyeglasses, hearing aids, gently worn shoes, clothing and household items. 678-449-3138,

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, overflow parking lot, 9190 Campbellton St., Douglasville. Noon-2 p.m. Tributary Village Activity Center, 3240 Bakewell St., Douglasville.

Park Pride in Stone Mountain

Earth Day volunteer project by Park Pride. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Hairston Park, 889 S. Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, DeKalb County. Park Pride, an Atlanta nonprofit, and the Friends of Hairston Park are hosting this family-friendly volunteer opportunity. Hairston Park has a new playground, fitness trail, two lakes and a trail system around the lakes and through the forest. Volunteer efforts will focus on helping to open and clear overgrown trails, making a forested area next to the playground a safer space where children can play and picking up litter in the park. Volunteer Manager John Ahern at Register:

Dunwoody Earth Day Celebrations

Stream Clean-Up. 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Pernoshal Park, 4575 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody. Clean-up will be along a portion of the Nancy Creek tributary. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet (such as long pants, boots and hat). Bug spray and sunblock are recommended. Cody Dallas at Check the “Upcoming Events” page on the city of Dunwoody website for updates and inclement weather cancellations. Paint Recycling Event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $1/gallon. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Dunwoody Nature Center at 770-394-3322.

Cobb recycling in Marietta

Keep Cobb Beautiful Community Recycling event. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $10/each CRT TV and CRT monitor (cash only). Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. Recycle electronics, polystyrene and household textiles. Also, have your paper shredded. 770-528-1135. Restrictions:

Big Shanty Festival in Kennesaw

Big Shanty Festival. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Depot Park, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. A parade kicks off all of the festivities at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Money Smart Week in Fayetteville

Money Smart Week. Saturday to April 28. Free. Fayette County Public Library, 1821 Heritage Park Way, Fayetteville. Recommended for youths ages 10 and above, this national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) provides financial literacy programming to help people better manage their personal finances. Topics will include basic saving, budgeting, investment and stocks. Presentations will be provided by Cynthia McCrary and Howard Johnson of Better Investing – Georgia Chapter. Public Services Librarian Gina Martin at 770-461-8841 or

10 a.m. Saturday. “Clip2Save” Extreme Coupon Workshop. 6:30 p.m. April 23. “Dollars and Sense” Real to Film Talkback. 4 p.m. April 24. “Be Stock Smart” – play the stock market game. 2 p.m. April 25. Investment Portfolio Review. 6:30 p.m. April 26. Investment Club Meetup.

Lemonade Days in Dunwoody

Lemonade Days. Through Sunday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Wristbands for unlimited rides: $25/through Sunday. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1998 tornado that destroyed entire Dunwoody neighborhoods and led to the first Lemonade Days as a relief effort for affected families. Hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT), more than 30 full-scale carnival rides, greater than 20 food and beverage vendors, a 5K Run, center-stage performances and the Dunwoody Idol contest will be highlights of DPT’s major fundraiser. Profits will go to the rehabilitation and maintenance of the 1870 Donaldson-Bannister House and Gardens that will open this year as a public special-event and educational facility. No pets allowed.,

Legacy Theatre auditions in Tyrone

Auditions: Legacy Theatre’s new Conservatory Program. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free for ages 5 to 18. 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Auditioners will be taught a simple dance combination, song and improv games. If accepted, monthly fees will be charged. Those in the conservatory will be eligible to perform in Legacy’s professional summer musical production “Hairspray.” Audition reservations: 404-895-1473,

Spring Saturdays at The Rock

Spring Saturdays. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and April 28. $13 and tax/ages 3 and older. The Rock Ranch, 5020 Highway 36/Barnesville Highway, The Rock off I-75 South, Exit 201. Gemstone mining, zip line, carousel and the rock climbing wall are an extra cost.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE, Sandy Springs. Presented by The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and organized by artists for artists, the festival will include local musicians, interactive art stations, up to 150 arts and crafts participants in several disciplines and a play area.

Georgia Aquarium program in Lawrenceville

“An Ocean of Discovery” by the Georgia Aquarium. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $7. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222,

Garden Fair, Plant Sale in Marietta

Garden Fair and Plant Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday (rain or shine). East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta. Choose from a large selection of plants, tools and decorative items for your garden or favorite gardener. Helpful, knowledgeable vendors and Master Gardeners will be available to offer tips and advice. Proceeds will benefit the programs and projects of the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County. 770-528-4070,

Druid Hills Tour in Atlanta

50th anniversary: Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine). $30 event days. Tour tickets will be valid all weekend. No photography, smoking, food, beverages, backpacks, strollers or high heels allowed inside homes.

Milton Earth Day Celebration

Milton Earth Day Celebration. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Milton City Hall Plaza, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton. Highlights include live music by Gray Matter Acoustics, zoologist Jim Nark with his variety of animals, children’s activities, North Fulton Master Gardeners answering questions and the Milton Disability Awareness Committee demonstrating accessible gardening with raised planters. Register for the Rain Barrel Workshop (open only to Milton residents) at Register for Composting Basics Workshop at 678-242-2500,

Gwinnett Family Fest in Duluth

Gwinnett Family Fest by the Gwinnett Chamber. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Gwinnett Chamber parking lot next to Infinite Energy Center, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. More than 125 merchandise, craft and local business vendors, children’s rides, a celebrity dunk tank, creative activities and a wide array of food and beverage options.

‘The Jungle Book’ in Roswell

“The Jungle Book”: FamilyStage Series. 11 a.m. Saturday and April 28. $10. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. All ages are welcome but best for elementary ages. All patrons need a ticket. Written by Greg Banks, this new adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic is directed by Laurel Crowe.

Johns Creek International Festival

Johns Creek International Festival. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Free with free parking. Heisman Field (across from the Atlanta Athletic Club), 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek. Among the attractions will be food trucks, live music, dance performances and children’s activities. Proceeds will benefit Leadership Johns Creek.

‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ at Serenbe

“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” by Serenbe Playhouse. Through Sunday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $35 to $60. The Grange Lake, Serenbe, 10496 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. Rated G as family friendly for all ages. 770-463-1110,

Disaster Relief Concert in Decatur

Disaster Relief Concert for the American Red Cross. 3 p.m. Saturday. Free but donations welcome. Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church, 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur. The Decatur Civic Chorus and other local choral groups will sponsor this concert, including The Bubba Rays, Festibal Singers of Atlanta, Church of Epiphany Choir and the Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church Choir.

Cars & ‘Q for the Cause in Atlanta

Cars & ‘Q for the Cause by Choate Construction. 4-7 p.m. Saturday (rain date: April 28). $20 and $40 until April 12, $30 and $50 April 13-21, free for children under 8. Choate Construction Company, 8200 Roberts Drive, Atlanta. See more than 120 stellar cars and taste BBQ from Jim ‘N Nicks. Also participate in a silent auction and enjoy live music – all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.,

Dancing Stars of Atlanta fundraiser in Cobb

Dancing Stars of Atlanta: Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter fundraiser. 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. Mirroring the TV show, this event pairs local Atlanta residents with professional dancers to raise money by gaining votes in a one-night dance competition. Fans can vote online for $1 before the event. 800-272-3900, Tickets: or Larrica Hubbard at

500 Songs for Kids in Atlanta

500 Songs for Kids XII. 7 p.m. Saturday and May 18-19, June 15-16, July 13-14. Pay what you want. All ages welcome. All but one concert is at Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta – a standing room venue – except May 18-19 at the EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta. Based in Atlanta, the 501(c)3 nonprofit Songs for Kids Foundation gives children, battling serious illness, the opportunity to express themselves through music with musicians both in and out of children’s hospitals through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances, music mentorship and songwriting and recording programs. 404-541-9231,,

Divas With a Cause in Marietta

Divas With a Cause Benefit Concert: Jukebox Mix. 8 p.m. Saturday. $25/balcony, $50/general admission, $75/VIP. The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theater, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. Funds raised will benefit 180 Your Grief Inc., Hope Worldwide Atlanta, LifeLink of Georgia, National Kidney Foundation, Second Helpings, Strive Michael Inc. and, to help those still recovering in Puerto Rico, United Methodist Committee for Relief. Smyrna Councilwoman and former Miss Alaska Maryline Blackburn is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Divas With a Cause. Tickets:

‘America, Volume 4’ in Marietta

“America, Volume 4” Concert by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and regional African-American organizations. 8 p.m. Saturday. $20 to $30/adult, $10/student. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Open to all ages, the concert will include the Morehouse Glee Club, Spelman Glee Club, Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers and Georgia Spiritual Ensemble. Featuring the music of African-American composers, this concert will be the fourth installment in a multi-year, multi-ensemble series dedicated to American music. Tickets: 770-429-2390 or

‘Godspell’ musical in Tyrone

“Godspell.” Through May 13. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $15 to $40. The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Tickets: 404-895-1473,

‘Leaving Iowa’ comedy in Stone Mountain

“Leaving Iowa: A Comedy about Family Vacations.” Through May 6. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. May 3. $16 to $23. OnStage Atlanta Theatre Company at Art Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Historic Stone Mountain Village. This family-friendly comedy is about the “Greatest Generation” and their dedication to the family road trip. Tickets: 404-897-1802,

Taste & Sound of Woodstock

Taste & Sound of Woodstock. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 50 cents/ticket, $5/package. Tastes equal one to eight tickets. Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Hosted by Main Street Woodstock, this event will feature dozens of Woodstock area restaurants, serving tastes of their best dishes and competing in a variety of categories. The event will benefit the Woodstock High School Band Program. There will be live music and children’s activities. This event kicks off Woodstock Restaurant Week.

Big Chicken Chorus in Marietta

Big Chicken Chorus: “Happy Trails” with guests Rooftop Records. 3 p.m. Sunday. $8 to $25, free for children under age 6. Marietta Performing Arts Center, Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. Tickets: 470-349-0550,

Georgia Festival Chorus in Kennesaw

The Georgia Festival Chorus: “Legacy of Music” spring concert. 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Kennesaw United Methodist Church, 1801 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. Under the direction of Frank Boggs. 404-234-3581,,

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society names Man & Woman of Year hopefuls

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia chapter’s 2018 candidates for Man & Woman of the Year, standing with the Boy & Girl of the Year Miles Glee and Peyton Greene (front), are announced at a kickoff event at the Buckhead Theatre.

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Each year, in communities across the country, dynamic and passionate candidates engage in a spirited fundraising competition to raise critical funds for blood cancer research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Man & Woman of the Year campaign. At a kickoff event March 30 at the Buckhead Theatre, the society’s Georgia chapter celebrated these individuals who will compete to earn the titles of Man and Woman of the Year.

The candidates are community and business leaders who are philanthropic, ambitious, socially active, resourceful and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people suffering from blood cancers. Their relentless ambition drives them to fundraise with remarkable results. This year’s candidate class includes 22 community leaders and one All-Star candidate who as a team, aim to raise over $1.5 million in 10 weeks to fight blood cancer. The All-Star candidate will compete at a national level against other All Stars from across the nation.

“The Man & Women of the Year campaign is a great way for candidates to network with other influential people in their communities while also providing assistance and hope to thousands of blood cancer patients,” Piper Medcalf, the chapter’s executive director, said in a news release. “Candidates showcase their fundraising and community outreach skills as well as their commitment to the cause.”

The Man & Woman of the Year campaign will culminate at the Grand Finale Gala June 9 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead. The candidates who raise the most funds will be awarded the Man & Woman of the Year titles, respectively.

The candidates are: Heath Ponder, Allergan, 2018 All-Star; Brandon Abernathy, Spartech LLC; Meghan Ammon, KPMG LLP; Judy Bau, Home Depot; Asa Candler VII, Equity Resource Partners; Karen Cole, Georgia-Pacific; Amy Fingerhut, CBRE Inc.; Jacob Gluck, Goza Tequila; Gina Gondron, Frazier & Deeter; Cale Hall, Creative Approach; Missy Koefod, 18.21 Bitters; Katie Logan, Piedmont Healthcare; Marshall Magaro, Ansley Atlanta Real Estate; Kerri Mixon, Bako Diagnostics & Cutis Diagnostics; Zohaib Rahim, Cox Automotive Inc.; Pankaj Ramani, Arbor Pharmaceuticals; Nikki Roberts, Morgan Stanley; Cameron Shaw, Hoopla Solutions Inc.; Alvonice Spencer, Pursuant Health; Trevor Strauss, Jackson Healthcare; Scott Struletz, Delta Air Lines; Jordan Tattersall, Buckhead Club and Patrick West, CNN Newsource.

To learn more about the Man & Woman of the Year, visit

Heroes, Saints & Legends gala to honor Atlanta leaders
Cars & ’Q for the Cause to help cure cystic fibrosis

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Mary Jacqueline Campbell MERRITT

Mary Jacqueline Campbell MERRITT Obituary

MERRITT, Mary Jacqueline Campbell Passed away peacefully Sunday, February 1, 2015, due to natural causes. Mary was born April 8, 1922 in Summerville, GA. She moved to Atlanta with her family when she was a baby. She graduated from Girls High School in 1940. In 1941, she married Berry Frank Merritt (Frank). They were married 68 years until Frank passed away in 2010. Prior to WWII and during the war, Mary worked for Westinghouse, which Frank had also worked for until he enlisted. After having 3 children, Mary started selling Real Estate in Atlanta in the late 60’s for Spartlin, before joining Northside Reality. After 25 years in Real Estate, Mary retired. During her career, she received several awards including the Phoenix Award, and had been recognized as one of the top agents for many years. Mary and Frank were members of 1st Baptist Church of Alpharetta. Mary is survived by 3 children: Nancy Gammage, wife of Charles (Doc) Gammage, Tommy Merritt, husband of Frankie Merritt, and Don Merritt, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. We will truly miss our wonderful mother. The funeral service is Friday, February 6, 2015, at 12:00 at Sandy Springs Chapel Funeral Home, which is located at 136 Mt. Vernon Hwy. Visitation is from 11:00 to 12:00 Friday.

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Hunt Mortgage Group Facilitates the Acquisition of a Multifamily Property Located in Sandy Springs, Georgia

NEW YORK, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hunt Mortgage Group, a leader in financing commercial real estate throughout the United States, announced today it provided a first mortgage bridge loan in the amount of $10.5 million to finance the acquisition and renovation of a multifamily property located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, which is approximately 13.9 miles north of the Atlanta central business district.

This garden‐style multifamily complex has a total of 102‐units. The loan is structured as a 36‐month floating rate loan with two options to extend the loan term for a period of 12 months each. The financing was arranged by Majority Capital Advisors Inc., a New York City based advisory firm.

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Sandy Springs lantern parade returns at earlier date

Participants walk with their lanterns during the 2017 parade.

This spring, Sandy Springs will light up the night (and river) once again at its third annual Take it to the River Lantern Parade. The parade, previously held in June, has moved to a new date: April 21.

Visitors and residents alike will participate in the illumination of Morgan Falls Overlook Park and the Chattahoochee River as the area transforms into a wondrous sight featuring whimsical, beautifully lit lanterns.

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Live Music Calendar – Feb. 28-March 7

ACOUSTIC GOSPEL JAM — Brainerd United Methodist Church, McFerrin Chapel, 4315 Brainerd Road. No jam session Sunday, March 4; resumes March 11. Free. 423-698-5928.

BAKEWELL OPRY — Bakewell Community Center, 114 McCallie Ferry Road. Live music, first and third Fridays, 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Concession sales start at 6 p.m. 423-332-3829.

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Sandy Springs Cracks Down On “Stick-Built” Apartments

SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The Sandy Springs City Council recently moved forward with changes to its building code that would, according to city staff, make apartment living much safer for residents.

The city’s changes would require any new building over three stories and exceeding 100,000 square feet be constructed with so-called “noncombustible materials” such as steel or concrete.

One small caveat: the city’s change has to be approved by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Once that change is enacted, the city can begin “final implementation,” Mayor Rusty Paul said on his Facebook page.

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