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DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced Wednesday that her office is voluntarily recusing itself from re...
01/26/2023
DeKalb DA asks for independent prosecutor in GBI probe of fatal 'Cop City' shooting - Rough Draft Atlanta

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced Wednesday that her office is voluntarily recusing itself from reviewing the investigation of an officer who shot and killed an activist near the site where Atlanta plans to build a controversial public safety training center.

DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announced Wednesday that her office is voluntarily recusing itself from reviewing the investigation of an officer who shot and killed an activist near the site where Atlanta plans to build a controversial public safety training center. The fatal shooting...

See which Atlanta chefs and restaurants made the James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist list.
01/25/2023
Atlanta chefs and restaurants named 2023 James Beard Award finalists - Rough Draft Atlanta

See which Atlanta chefs and restaurants made the James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist list.

The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of the 2023 semifinalists for best restaurant and chef, including quite a few familiar names from metro Atlanta. Finalists will be announced on March 29 and winners during the annual award ceremony on June 5 in Chicago. Best Chef – Southeast Outsta...

The Atlanta BeltLine Development Review Committee pushed back against the Atlanta Botanical Garden's plan to rebuild a P...
01/25/2023
BeltLine board critical of Atlanta Botanical Garden's plans for self-storage building - Rough Draft Atlanta

The Atlanta BeltLine Development Review Committee pushed back against the Atlanta Botanical Garden's plan to rebuild a Public Storage facility along the Eastside Trail as part of a land swap.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s plans to build a self-storage public building along the Atlanta BeltLine in Virginia-Highland as part of a land swap for its expansion drew harsh criticism from a review committee. Members of the Atlanta BeltLine Design Review Committee (DRC) at their Jan. 18 meeting...

MMMbop! Hanson will be one of the acts playing at this year's Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. See the full lineup in...
01/25/2023
Band of Horses, Hanson to headline Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival - Rough Draft Atlanta

MMMbop! Hanson will be one of the acts playing at this year's Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. See the full lineup in the link below!

Band of Horses and Hanson are headlining the 2023 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, a two-day event being held in Blackburn Park on March 25-26. It’s one of the largest festivals in the state of Georgia. The annual festival will feature more than 100 local and regional artists, a kids area, a pe...

BREAKING: Atlanta Fire Rescue Department investigators are looking for two persons of interest in the arson cases at two...
01/24/2023
Investigators seeking persons of interest in Walmart and Target arson cases - Rough Draft Atlanta

BREAKING: Atlanta Fire Rescue Department investigators are looking for two persons of interest in the arson cases at two Walmarts in December and a Target store last night.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department investigators are looking for two persons of interest in the arson cases at two Walmarts in December and a Target store on Jan. 23. AFRD released surveillance images of two men possibly connected to all three cases. Investigators believe the fires were set to cause a d...

UPDATE: The 26-year-old activist shot to death by law enforcement in Atlanta last week legally purchased the gun he used...
01/24/2023
GBI: Activist fatally shot after wounding state trooper bought gun legally - Rough Draft Atlanta

UPDATE: The 26-year-old activist shot to death by law enforcement in Atlanta last week legally purchased the gun he used to shoot a state trooper, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (via Capitol Beat)

The 26-year-old activist shot to death by law enforcement in Atlanta last week legally purchased the gun he used to shoot a state trooper, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported Monday. Manuel Esteban Paez Teran was shot last Wednesday at the site of the future Atlanta Public Safety Training C...

Krispy Kreme will return to Ponce this summer with a brand new store.
01/24/2023
Krispy Kreme releases rendering of new Ponce store - Rough Draft Atlanta

Krispy Kreme will return to Ponce this summer with a brand new store.

Work to rebuild the Krispy Kreme at 295 Pone de Leon Ave. is well underway and now the company has released renderings of the new builing. The original building, a landmark for more than 50 years in Midtown, was heavily damaged by arson in early 2021. A few months later, another fire broke out insid...

JUST IN: Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Waites continues her push for a youth curfew after another teen was gunned do...
01/24/2023
'The house is on fire': Atlanta City Councilmember continues push for youth curfew - Rough Draft Atlanta

JUST IN: Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Waites continues her push for a youth curfew after another teen was gunned down over the weekend.

Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Waites is still fighting for a citywide curfew after another teenager was shot and killed in southwest Atlanta over the weekend. “We are experiencing a wave of violence. Given the shortage of law enforcement officers, given the economic challenges, all we’re say...

JUST IN: Some late-breaking news about the future of two Walmart stores in Atlanta.
01/24/2023
Walmart to reopen Vine City store, permanently close Howell Mill Road location - Rough Draft Atlanta

JUST IN: Some late-breaking news about the future of two Walmart stores in Atlanta.

The Walmart in Vine City will reopen as a Walmart Neighborhood Market focusing on groceries, but the Howell Mill Road location will never reopen, according to city officials. Both stores sustained fire and water damage after suspected arson in December – Vine City before Christmas and Howell Mill ...

UPDATE: The 13-year-old shot to death outside a southwest Atlanta skating rink on Saturday has been identified.
01/23/2023
UPDATE: 13-year-old shot and killed outside SW Atlanta skating rink - Rough Draft Atlanta

UPDATE: The 13-year-old shot to death outside a southwest Atlanta skating rink on Saturday has been identified.

Atlanta Police are investigating the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy outside a Southwest Atlanta skating rink on Saturday night. According to the preliminary report, officers responded to the Cascade Skating rink at 3351 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr SW just before 11:30 p.m. in reference to a perso...

Atlanta Police are investigating the Sunday night shooting of a man outside Bulldogs nightclub on Peachtree Street in Mi...
01/23/2023
Man shot in Midtown after car break-in - Rough Draft Atlanta

Atlanta Police are investigating the Sunday night shooting of a man outside Bulldogs nightclub on Peachtree Street in Midtown.

Atlanta Police are investigating the Sunday night shooting of a man outside Bulldogs nightclub on Peachtree Street in Midtown. According to the report, at around 11:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a person shot call at 893 Peachtree St NE. Upon arrival, officers located a male with a gunshot wo...

Atlanta Police are investigating the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy outside a Southwest Atlanta skating rink on Sat...
01/23/2023
13-year-old shot and killed outside SW Atlanta skating rink - Rough Draft Atlanta

Atlanta Police are investigating the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy outside a Southwest Atlanta skating rink on Saturday night.

Atlanta Police are investigating the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy outside a Southwest Atlanta skating rink on Saturday night. According to the preliminary report, officers responded to the Cascade Skating rink at 3351 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr SW just before 11:30 p.m. in reference to a perso...

UPDATE: Atlanta Police have released the photos and names of the six people arrested and charged last night after the "C...
01/22/2023

UPDATE: Atlanta Police have released the photos and names of the six people arrested and charged last night after the "Cop City" protest turned violent. Read the story here: https://bit.ly/3D8R0BY

With the closing of the downtown Decatur "Baby Kroger," a new shuttle service is ferrying shoppers to a nearby Publix.
01/22/2023
After Kroger closing, shuttle is now taking Decatur shoppers to Publix - Rough Draft Atlanta

With the closing of the downtown Decatur "Baby Kroger," a new shuttle service is ferrying shoppers to a nearby Publix.

Electric carts are zipping around Decatur Square, thanks to a new transportation effort from the city and its partners. The new shuttle is running from downtown Decatur to the Publix at Sam’s Crossing Village, with several stops in between. Residents of Decatur Square were upset when “Baby Kroge...

JUST IN: A demonstration over the "Cop City" training facility and the shooting of a protester last week turned violent ...
01/22/2023
'Cop City' protests turn violent in Downtown Atlanta - Rough Draft Atlanta

JUST IN: A demonstration over the "Cop City" training facility and the shooting of a protester last week turned violent in Downtown this evening.

A demonstration over the shooting of a protester last week at the site of a public safety training facility turned violent this evening in Downtown Atlanta. A police car was burned outside the Hard Rock Cafe and windows were broken along Peachtree Street, according to reports from the scene. The Atl...

Protesters across the United States are gathering in support of an Atlanta activist who was shot and killed on Jan. 19 a...
01/20/2023
'Cop City' protests go nationwide after shooting in Atlanta - Rough Draft Atlanta

Protesters across the United States are gathering in support of an Atlanta activist who was shot and killed on Jan. 19 at an 85-acre stretch of land in South DeKalb County that has been slotted for a police training facility.

Protesters across the United States are gathering in support of an Atlanta activist who was shot and killed on Jan. 19 at an 85-acre stretch of land in South Dekalb County that has been slotted for a police training facility. “While we understand this is a local issue … we also know this is a [....

UPDATE: A 26-year-old protester camped out in a forest where Atlanta plans to build a public safety training center was ...
01/20/2023
Protester killed near 'Cop City' site identified, seven others charged with domestic terrorism - Rough Draft Atlanta

UPDATE: A 26-year-old protester camped out in a forest where Atlanta plans to build a public safety training center was killed by police this week after allegedly shooting and wounding a state trooper, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A 26-year-old protester camped out in a forest where Atlanta plans to build a public safety training center was killed by police this week after allegedly shooting and wounding a state trooper, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The Jan. 18 fatal shooting happened near Intrenchment Cr...

Scenthound has great ideas on how to enrich your pup’s life in the new year. *Sponsored Content
01/20/2023
Make resolutions that enrich your pup’s life and yours - Rough Draft Atlanta

Scenthound has great ideas on how to enrich your pup’s life in the new year.

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Key Takeaways: - When creating New Year’s resolutions, make some that include your pup - Making resolutions for you and your pup can help strengthen your bond - Act on resolutions to keep your dog healthy and happy in 2023 While you’re thinking about New Year’s resolutions for yourself, how ab...

What began in 1988 as a pilot of the Black Women’s Health Imperative to empower women in public housing has grown into a...
01/19/2023
Center for Black Women’s Wellness serves physical, mental, and financial needs - Rough Draft Atlanta

What began in 1988 as a pilot of the Black Women’s Health Imperative to empower women in public housing has grown into an independent direct-service nonprofit that today serves 4,000 families annually.

The Center for Black Women’s Wellness rang in the new year as a Culture Catalyst on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Their segment spotlighted how the nonprofit addresses persistent inequities in health outcomes among underserved Atlanta Black women and their families ...

A man was killed Jan. 18 near the site of Atlanta’s planned public safety training center after he allegedly shot and wo...
01/19/2023
Man killed, state trooper shot near planned Atlanta training center site - Rough Draft Atlanta

A man was killed Jan. 18 near the site of Atlanta’s planned public safety training center after he allegedly shot and wounded a state trooper, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A man was killed Wednesday near the site of Atlanta’s planned public safety training center after he allegedly shot and wounded a state trooper, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The fatal shooting happened near Constitution Road in South DeKalb County while the GBI and other law e...

The Atlanta City Council has approved $4.7 million to add six vehicles to the city’s Fire Rescue Department.
01/18/2023
City Council approves $4.7M to add to Atlanta Fire Rescue fleet - Rough Draft Atlanta

The Atlanta City Council has approved $4.7 million to add six vehicles to the city’s Fire Rescue Department.

The Atlanta City Council has approved $4.7 million to add six vehicles to the city’s Fire Rescue Department. The $4.7 million approved at the council’s Jan. 17 meeting will be used to acquire three fire engine trucks and three ladder trucks. AFRD now has 31 fire engines and 14 ladder trucks. The...

Atlanta City Councilmember Byron Amos said Walmart’s corporate office has not made a decision to permanently close its V...
01/17/2023
Atlanta Councilmember says Vine City Walmart closure 'only rumors' - Rough Draft Atlanta

Atlanta City Councilmember Byron Amos said Walmart’s corporate office has not made a decision to permanently close its Vine City store after an alleged fire forced it to close last month.

Atlanta City Councilmember Byron Amos said Walmart’s corporate office has not made a decision to permanently close its Vine City store after an alleged fire forced it to close last month. The Vine City Walmart on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive announced it was temporarily closing on Dec. 24. Days la...

BREAKING: Atlanta Police have issued a critical missing child alert for 10-year-old Mario Boyd. He is 10 years old and w...
01/17/2023

BREAKING: Atlanta Police have issued a critical missing child alert for 10-year-old Mario Boyd.

He is 10 years old and was last seen wearing a Black T-shirt (with a photo of Mario's father on the front), with white writing, “My Dad’s Angel” on the back, blue jeans, and no shoes.

The last address he was seen was: 35 Jesse Hill Jr. The child is believed to be suffering a crisis at this time.

President Joe Biden talked about MLK’s legacy and its place in redeeming the soul of America during this morning's visit...
01/15/2023
Biden visit underscores MLK's legacy and Atlanta's prominence on the global stage - Rough Draft Atlanta

President Joe Biden talked about MLK’s legacy and its place in redeeming the soul of America during this morning's visit to Ebenezer Baptist Church. (via GPB News)

Blue skies and sunshine greeted Air Force One at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport this morning while a cloud of classified documents dominated discussions on the Sunday TV talk shows. After President Joe Biden’s motorcade made its way to the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Atlanta pulp...

The Guardian takes a closer look at the Fulton County special grand jury which was discharged last week after submitting...
01/15/2023
Trump’s political fate may have been decided – by a Georgia grand jury

The Guardian takes a closer look at the Fulton County special grand jury which was discharged last week after submitting its findings into former President Donald Trump's alleged meddling in Georgia's election.

Panel that considered whether ex-president committed crimes in trying to overturn 2020 election defeat could recommend prosecution

Our critic Manning Harris says Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre's production of rock musical "Rent' is a joyful evening of theatre...
01/13/2023
Theatre Review: Pinch 'n' Ouch production of 'Rent' rocks 7 Stages - Rough Draft Atlanta

Our critic Manning Harris says Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre's production of rock musical "Rent' is a joyful evening of theatre. Read his full review.

Since its Broadway opening in April 1996, the rock musical “Rent” has occupied a special place in the hearts of both theatre lovers and rock music fans. You may know that the Off-Broadway opening earlier that same year was especially inauspicious and laden with much emotion because the show’s ...

Newport RE continues to grow its vision to revitalize roughly 10 blocks of Atlanta’s historic South Downtown with the re...
01/13/2023
Newport now owns 53 Downtown Atlanta buildings for neighborhood revitalization project - Rough Draft Atlanta

Newport RE continues to grow its vision to revitalize roughly 10 blocks of Atlanta’s historic South Downtown with the recent purchase of four historic buildings and a parking lot along Broad and Mitchell streets.

Newport RE continues to grow its vision to revitalize roughly 10 blocks of Atlanta’s historic South Downtown with the recent purchase of four historic buildings and a parking lot along Broad and Mitchell streets. The new purchases puts Newport in control of 53 buildings and six acres of parking lo...

WEATHER UPDATE: A tornado warning was briefly issued for central Fulton County and southern DeKalb just before 4 p.m. th...
01/12/2023
Strong storms move through metro Atlanta - Rough Draft Atlanta

WEATHER UPDATE: A tornado warning was briefly issued for central Fulton County and southern DeKalb just before 4 p.m. this afternoon as strong storms move through the metro.

A tornado warning was briefly issued for central Fulton County and southern DeKalb just before 4 p.m. this afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, radar indicated a tornado on the ground near East Point and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where all flights were being....

State employees – including law enforcement and school teachers – will get raises if the General Assembly approves his b...
01/12/2023
Kemp outlines pay raises, income tax refund for Georgians during inaugural address - Rough Draft Atlanta

State employees – including law enforcement and school teachers – will get raises if the General Assembly approves his budget request, Gov. Brian Kemp said during his second inaugural address Thursday morning.

State employees will get a $2,000 pay raise if Gov. Brian Kemp can get the General Assembly to approve his budget request. Law enforcement officers, school employees, and other state workers all need the raise, Kemp said during an inaugural address Thursday that marked the start of his second term a...

Fulton County Schools has also canceled after-school activities due to the weather.
01/12/2023

Fulton County Schools has also canceled after-school activities due to the weather.

We are closely monitoring the potential for severe weather conditions that may impact school today. Such weather could affect dismissal times and cause delays in getting students home safely. If conditions warrant a change in dismissal time, we will update you as soon as possible. Currently, all after-school care will continue. All other after-school extra-curricular activities, including athletics, are canceled.

At this time, students are in their classes as usual. We will continue to monitor the weather and take appropriate action as needed.

Please continue to watch for messages from your school and the district’s website, social media, and other communication channels for updates. Stay safe!

JUST IN: Atlanta Public Schools has canceled all after-school activities today due to predicted severe weather.
01/12/2023

JUST IN: Atlanta Public Schools has canceled all after-school activities today due to predicted severe weather.

Good afternoon, parents and caregivers. Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling ALL afterschool activities today, due to the inclement weather that has been forecasted for metro Atlanta this afternoon. The safety and well-being of our students and employees will always be a top priority for Atlanta Public Schools. Thank you for your time, consideration, and support of Atlanta Public Schools.

10th Street Ventures' mixed-use proposal along West Peachtree at 19th streets has been revamped after it raised the hack...
01/12/2023
Developer presents new plan for mixed-use building surrounding historic Midtown apartments - Rough Draft Atlanta

10th Street Ventures' mixed-use proposal along West Peachtree at 19th streets has been revamped after it raised the hackles of local preservationists due to its proximity to a historic apartment building.

The Midtown Development Review Committee met for the first time in 2023 on Jan. 10. On the agenda was the return of the 10th Street Ventures mixed-use proposal along West Peachtree at 19th streets that raised the hackles of local preservationists due to its proximity to a historic apartment building...

It’s going to cost a little more to fill up at the pump starting today as Georgia begins levying its gasoline and diesel...
01/11/2023
State gasoline tax collection resumes after 10-month hiatus - Rough Draft Atlanta

It’s going to cost a little more to fill up at the pump starting today as Georgia begins levying its gasoline and diesel tax after a 10-month hiatus.

It’s going to cost a little more to fill up at the pump starting today as Georgia begins levying it gasoline and diesel tax after a 10-month hiatus. The state will resume collecting 29.1 cents per gallon of gas and 32.6 cents per gallon of diesel from wholesalers, which will cause retailers to inc...

Observances of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be taking place around metro Atlanta starting this weekend before the act...
01/11/2023
Martin Luther King Jr. Day events set to begin this weekend - Rough Draft Atlanta

Observances of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be taking place around metro Atlanta starting this weekend before the actual holiday on Jan. 16, including a visit by President Joe Biden.

Observances of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be taking place around metro Atlanta starting this weekend before the actual holiday on Jan. 16, including a visit by President Joe Biden. Atlanta The King Center will host the annual Beloved Community Awards on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hy...

Atlanta Mayor Dickens and his administration plan to keep pushing hard against Buckhead cityhood efforts at the Georgia ...
01/11/2023
Atlanta's top priority for Georgia legislature: stop Buckhead City - Rough Draft Atlanta

Atlanta Mayor Dickens and his administration plan to keep pushing hard against Buckhead cityhood efforts at the Georgia Capitol, putting the issue at the top of its 2023 legislative agenda.

Atlanta Mayor Dickens and his administration plan to keep pushing hard against Buckhead cityhood efforts at the Georgia Capitol, putting the issue at the top of its 2023 legislative agenda. The City Council adopted the mayor’s 2023 legislative package last week that outlines an agenda of prioritie...

Australian interior designer Tara Dennis has opened a second outpost of Archie Bolden with an eye for sleek, contemporar...
01/10/2023
Archie Bolden co-founder Tara Dennis looks to make a mark in Atlanta design - Rough Draft Atlanta

Australian interior designer Tara Dennis has opened a second outpost of Archie Bolden with an eye for sleek, contemporary design.

Tara Dennis, co-founder and director of design firm Archie Bolden, has been on a quest to discover the artist of the Outkast-inspired mural located in the basement of a building on historic Hotel Row in Downtown Atlanta. The search has been unsuccessful but the mural on the brick wall at 219 Mitchel...

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U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and the Republican frontrunner challenging the incumbent Democrat were among the first candidates Monday to qualify officially for this year’s elections, as the weeklong qualifying period began.
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