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The 55th Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on July 4 will feature a showdown between two of the world's t...
07/02/2024

The 55th Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race on July 4 will feature a showdown between two of the world's top road racers. Kenyan Sabastian Sawe, ranked #1 globally in road racing from 10K to half marathon, will make his Peachtree debut. The 29-year-old World Half Marathon Champion has a 26:49 personal best in the 10K. Sawe will face countryman Daniel Ebenyo, 28....

Join the excitement of the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. Watch as Kenya's top road racers, Sabastian Sawe and Daniel Ebenyo, go head-to-head in a thrilling rematch.

U.S. Supreme Court immunity ruling likely further delays Fulton racketeering case
07/02/2024

U.S. Supreme Court immunity ruling likely further delays Fulton racketeering case

A U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday establishing a legal standard for presidential immunity could further slow down Georgia’s 2020 presidential election interference case, several legal experts predict. The nation’s highest court ruling Monday shields U.S. presidents from criminal prosecution....

Atlanta City Councilmember Byron Amos introduced legislation at Monday's meeting to create a new "blight tax" to crack d...
07/02/2024

Atlanta City Councilmember Byron Amos introduced legislation at Monday's meeting to create a new "blight tax" to crack down on neglected properties that contribute to blighted conditions and disinvestment in neighborhoods. The ordinance would allow the city to utilize a program approved by Georgia voters in recent years to push property owners to remediate or redevelop blighted properties. If approved, the legislation would empower the municipal court to impose a “blight tax” on neglected properties....

Atlanta City Councilmember Byron Amos introduced legislation at Monday’s meeting to create a new “blight tax” to crack down on neglected properties that contribute to blighted conditions and disinvestment in neighborhoods. The ordinance would allow the city to utilize a program approved by Geo...

Zesto owners Jimbo and Leigh Ann Livaditis. (Photo by Annie Kinnett Nichols) Zesto – the Atlanta institution known for i...
07/02/2024

Zesto owners Jimbo and Leigh Ann Livaditis. (Photo by Annie Kinnett Nichols) Zesto – the Atlanta institution known for its "Chubby Decker" burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, and dipped cones – will celebrate its 75th anniversary during July. In 1949, Big John Livaditis opened the first Zesto franchise in Atlanta on Peachtree Road across from the Brookwood train station and it was instantly popular....

Zesto – the Atlanta institution known for its “Chubby Decker” burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, and dipped cones – will celebrate its 75th anniversary during July. In 1949, Big John Livaditis opened the first Zesto franchise in Atlanta on Peachtree Road across from the Brookwood train station a...

A past meal option for Delta One customers flying internationally included beef short rib from Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. (Provi...
07/02/2024

A past meal option for Delta One customers flying internationally included beef short rib from Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. (Provided by Delta Air Lines) The act of flying to another country is almost as exciting as being there. For Atlantans preparing for an overseas flight, you arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport extra early. It’s the world’s busiest airport and getting through security can take time, especially on peak travel days....

Discover the exciting world of international flights and the culinary delights that accompany them. Learn about the people behind the scenes.

Photo by rovenimages.com on Pexels.com  If you're looking for fun, food, and fireworks, then metro Atlanta is the place ...
07/02/2024

Photo by rovenimages.com on Pexels.com If you're looking for fun, food, and fireworks, then metro Atlanta is the place to be this 4th of July. We've rounded up some can't-miss events. Tucker Celebration of IndependenceThe City of Tucker is getting an early jump on the festivities with its July 3 event on Main Street, featuring live music, food trucks, a kids zone, and big fireworks display....

https://roughdraftatlanta.com/2024/07/02/fun-food-and-fireworks-happening-across-metro-atlanta-for-4th-of-july/

If you're looking for fun, food, and fireworks, then metro Atlanta is the place to be this 4th of July. We have a roundup of events.

"She's Clean" is a short film written by, directed by, and starring Jenn Harris (photo courtesy Shark Party Media). Movi...
07/02/2024

"She's Clean" is a short film written by, directed by, and starring Jenn Harris (photo courtesy Shark Party Media). Movie goers might know Jenn Harris from her recent appearance in Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction,” or for her web series “New York is Dead,” or from a number of other television appearances over the years. But the actress, writer and director has a new project that brings her thoughts on intimacy and dating out to the forefront....

Rough Draft Atlanta recently spoke with Jenn Harris about her new short film "She's Clean," which explores intimacy and dating.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper staff collect water samples from the Chattahoochee River in 2023. (Chattahoochee Riverkeeper/F...
07/02/2024

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper staff collect water samples from the Chattahoochee River in 2023. (Chattahoochee Riverkeeper/Facebook) Nonprofit environmental organization Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has threatened to file a lawsuit against the City of Atlanta over sewage discharge into the river. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, told the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management that it would have 60 days to stop discharging illegal levels of pollution from the R.M....

Nonprofit environmental organization Chattahoochee Riverkeeper has threatened to file a lawsuit against the City of Atlanta over sewage discharge into the river. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, told the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management...

Photo by Paul Ward Rough Draft has partnered with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association to present the 2024 4th of July Pa...
07/02/2024

Photo by Paul Ward Rough Draft has partnered with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association to present the 2024 4th of July Parade. The parade, which has the theme "Red, White & YOU," is the largest in the state. PARADE SCHEDULE & VIEWING Parade RouteThe parade route is approximately 2.7 miles and steps off from the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road at 9 a.m., proceeds west on Mt....

Rough Draft has partnered with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association to present the 2024 4th of July Parade. The parade, which has the theme “Red, White & YOU,” is the largest in the state. PARADE SCHEDULE & VIEWING Parade RouteThe parade route is approximately 2.7 miles and steps off from the int...

This year’s Dunwoody 4th of July Parade will see the return of two popular entries – the Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team...
07/02/2024

This year’s Dunwoody 4th of July Parade will see the return of two popular entries – the Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team and the Twilight Twirlers. Patrick Fitzgerald, a Dunwoody North resident and founder of the Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team, said the brigade, which is making its fourth parade appearance, will “razzle dazzle” the crowd with its distinctive chants and choreographed routines....

This year’s Dunwoody 4th of July Parade will see the return of two popular entries – the Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team and the Twilight Twirlers. Patrick Fitzgerald, a Dunwoody North resident and founder of the Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team, said the brigade, which is making its fourth parad...

07/02/2024

The Annual Druid Hills 4th of July Parade, (started in 1976) will once again kick off at 11am on July 4th at the corner of Oakdale and The Byway. March along with a local Fire Truck, our local Boy Scout Troop, police es**rt, and our neighborhood marching band.

Come early at 10:15 am to the children’s bike, wagon and stroller decorating event with July 4th supplies provided by local organizations and the Druid Hills Civic Association.
Water, lemonade and sweet treats will be provided. https://mailchi.mp/druidhills/july4paradedetails

07/02/2024

The 4th of July is almost here! Do you know the schedule of events for downtown on Thursday?

🚲🚗: Pied Piper Parade: 6 p.m., starts at First Baptist Church Decatur

🎶🎆: Concert and Fireworks: Concert on the square, 7 p.m.
Fireworks, at dark (approximately 9 p.m.)

View the map for the full parade route and firework viewing spots. See everyone there!

Tuesday drive July 2 — AAA reports that 2.3 million Georgians are hitting the road this week for the extended 4th of Jul...
07/02/2024

Tuesday drive July 2 — AAA reports that 2.3 million Georgians are hitting the road this week for the extended 4th of July weekend. At Hartsfield-Jackson, four million passengers are expected to travel through the airport. 🌞 Sunny and 91° today. 🎗️ Five members of an Alpharetta family died in a plane crash in upstate New York on Sunday while returning from a baseball tournament....

Over 2.3 million Georgians are expected to travel this 4th of July weekend. Hartsfield-Jackson airport anticipates four million passengers.

Decatur FC has arrived. In the final game of its inaugural season — one that has been spectacularly successful by most m...
07/02/2024

Decatur FC has arrived. In the final game of its inaugural season — one that has been spectacularly successful by most metrics — Decatur FC proved it has the talent to be the team to beat in the WPSL’s Southeast Conference as the Black and Gold defeated UFA Gunners 1-0 at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven. The Gunners were the 10th-ranked team in the entire WPSL heading into the game and were first in the conference....

In Decatur FC's final game of its inaugural season, the team defeated the top-ranked UFA Gunners 1-0 to finish second in the conference.

Our father, my sisters, and I spent the better part of three years with our mother during that slow, halting walk into h...
07/02/2024

Our father, my sisters, and I spent the better part of three years with our mother during that slow, halting walk into her sunset. There were of course moments of joy and memory, good days and bad...it was hard with almost each visit, finding a bit less of our Shirl was still there. Almost every American family has experienced this type of loss. ...

Bill Crane explores the debate surrounding the aging and declining capacity in our political leaders.

Takorea's last day in business was June 30. (Photo by Cathy Cobbs). In Dunwoody, tacos come and tacos go. One restaurant...
07/01/2024

Takorea's last day in business was June 30. (Photo by Cathy Cobbs). In Dunwoody, tacos come and tacos go. One restaurant, Takorea, located in the Georgetown Shopping Center, closed permanently on Monday as another – Velvet Taco in the High Street complex – officially opened its doors. The owners of Takorea announced the closure on its page on July 1....

In Dunwoody, tacos come and tacos go. One restaurant, Takorea, located in the Georgetown Shopping Center, closed permanently on Monday as another – Velvet Taco in the High Street complex – officially opened its doors. The owners of Takorea announced the closure on its page on July 1.  ...

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation at Monday's meeting to donate $2 million to the city's eviction diversion ...
07/01/2024

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation at Monday's meeting to donate $2 million to the city's eviction diversion program. Councilmember Andrea L. Boone sponsored the legislation from Mayor Andre Dickens' office. The $2 million donation will go to the nonprofit Star C Corporation to continue assisting low-income families at risk of losing their apartments or homes. “Atlanta families are feeling the burden of rising housing costs, especially those in low-income and underserved communities....

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation at Monday’s meeting to donate $2 million to the city’s eviction diversion program. Councilmember Andrea L. Boone sponsored the legislation from Mayor Andre Dickens’ office. The $2 million donation will go to the nonprofit Star C Corporation to cont...

The Dumpling Factory's new location at Westside Paper (Photo via Instagram). Dumpling Factory, the new restaurant from N...
07/01/2024

The Dumpling Factory's new location at Westside Paper (Photo via Instagram). Dumpling Factory, the new restaurant from Northern China Eatery owner Fan Zhang, is opening at Westside Paper on July 5. The restaurant is taking over the former space for Boxcar Betty, which closed in March after less than a year at the complex. The eatery is expected to feature several of Northern China Eatery's menu items, such as handmade dumplings and buns....

Dumpling Factory, the new restaurant from Northern China Eatery owner Fan Zhang, is opening at Westside Paper on July 5.

AID Atlanta will be receiving $2.5 million dollars through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant...
07/01/2024

AID Atlanta will be receiving $2.5 million dollars through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant program. The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be used to fund housing assistance and supportive services. “HUD is addressing homelessness and housing instability for the populations most impacted by the HIV epidemic,” said HUD Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman....

AID Atlanta will be receiving $2.5 million dollars through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant program. The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be used to fund housing assistance and supportive services. “HUD is addressing homelessne...

It’s summertime! Playing and being outside is just as much fun for your dog as it is for you. Here are a few tips to kee...
07/01/2024

It’s summertime! Playing and being outside is just as much fun for your dog as it is for you. Here are a few tips to keep our furry family members happy – and safe – during Atlanta’s hot summer days. ➡ Discover the Scenthound difference at our Buckhead, Dunwoody, and Tucker locations. Water, water, water Dogs can’t regulate their body temperature through perspiration as we do....

Keep your dog safe and cool this summer: learn how to provide them with water, frozen treats, and a fun kiddie pool to beat the heat.

Sandy Springs had its architect design Fire Station 5 to resemble homes in the neighborhoods along Mt. Vernon Road and S...
07/01/2024

Sandy Springs had its architect design Fire Station 5 to resemble homes in the neighborhoods along Mt. Vernon Road and Spalding Drive. (Bob Pepalis) The neighborhood turned out to see the opening of Sandy Springs Fire Station 5 on July 1, a building designed to resemble a house rather than a government building. City officials held a “hose uncoupling” ceremony to signify its opening at 7800 Mt....

The neighborhood turned out to see the opening of Sandy Springs Fire Station 5 on July 1, a building designed to resemble a house.

A century-old water pipe had to be replaced in Midtown after a massive water main break on May 31, 2024 dried up most of...
07/01/2024

A century-old water pipe had to be replaced in Midtown after a massive water main break on May 31, 2024 dried up most of central Atlanta's taps. (Courtesy Atlanta Watershed) When Shirley Franklin became mayor of Atlanta in 2002, she inherited a massive infrastructure crisis: an aging, dysfunctional sewer system in chronic violation of clean water laws. Federal consent decrees, signed in the late 1990s, mandated that the city stop polluting the Chattahoochee River by specific deadlines....

Above the Waterline columnist Sally Bethea looks back at Atlanta's aging water system infrastructure and the need for repairs.

New month Monday July 1 — Atlanta United fans are still celebrating striker Jamal Thiaré's tricky steal from the Toronto...
07/01/2024

New month Monday July 1 — Atlanta United fans are still celebrating striker Jamal Thiaré's tricky steal from the Toronto FC goalie in stoppage time to win Saturday's match 2-1. There is less joy around the news that Caleb Wiley and Thiago Almada may be leaving. 🌞 Mostly sunny and 94° today. The rest of the week looks the same. …...

Atlanta United celebrates Jamal Thiaré's win, while Caleb Wiley and Thiago Almada may leave. New laws aim to address affordable housing.

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association has partnered with YOM Ice Cream for a new push pop flavor (Photo by Marta Branco ...
07/01/2024

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association has partnered with YOM Ice Cream for a new push pop flavor (Photo by Marta Branco on Pexels.com). The Georgia Pecan Growers Association has partnered with YOM Ice Cream for a brand new push pop flavor. The new flavor is Georgia Butterscotch Pecan, a creamy, rich flavor that should taste delicious in the summer heat....

https://roughdraftatlanta.com/2024/07/01/georgia-pecan-growers-partners-to-make-pecan-push-pops/

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association has partnered with YOM Ice Cream for a brand new butterscotch pecan push pop flavor.

The web-based Sandy Springs Works platform replaces an app that had been available on the App Store and Google Play. (Pr...
07/01/2024

The web-based Sandy Springs Works platform replaces an app that had been available on the App Store and Google Play. (Provided by Sandy Springs) Sandy Springs has replaced its mobile app for residents to submit non-emergency requests with a new web-based mobile platform for Sandy Springs Works. The web-based platform is more user-friendly and offers a more streamlined and efficient way for residents to connect with the city, according to a press release....

Sandy Springs has replaced its mobile app for residents to submit non-emergency requests with a new web-based mobile platform.

Barry C. McCarthy, President and CEO of Deluxe (NYSE: DLX), will be inducted into the Georgia Fintech Hall of Fame, the ...
07/01/2024

Barry C. McCarthy, President and CEO of Deluxe (NYSE: DLX), will be inducted into the Georgia Fintech Hall of Fame, the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced today. Barry C. McCarthy McCarthy will receive the honor at Fintech South, a two-day event scheduled for Aug. 27-28 at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. The ceremony will include a presentation on the Main Stage of Atlanta Symphony Hall....

Barry C. McCarthy, President and CEO of Deluxe, to be inducted into Georgia Fintech Hall of Fame at Fintech South.

The restaurant scene is integral to Atlanta culture. But as important as it is today, it was just as critical in the 196...
06/30/2024

The restaurant scene is integral to Atlanta culture. But as important as it is today, it was just as critical in the 1960s. The passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 forbade discrimination in public places, including restaurants and hotels. Some of these restaurants opened their doors to both white and black patrons – quite the spectacle at the time – and others served as a refuge and meeting place for Civil Rights leaders....

Waffle House, Busy Bee Cafe, and Paschal's were pivotal allies and meeting places in Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement.

Congrats Atlanta Roller Derby!
06/30/2024

Congrats Atlanta Roller Derby!

WE’RE GOING TO CHAMPS BABY 🏆 🏆 🏆 In a nail biter of a game, Dirty South Derby took the win against Texas Rollergirls, 138-105. THIS IS WHAT WINNERS LOOK LIKE 🤩❤️🔥 We couldn’t be more proud 😍 WHO ARE WE? ARD! WHO ARE WE?? ARD!! WHO! ARE! WE?!! A-R-D!!! 🏆

📸 Thank you John M. Blood for catching our moment!!! ❤️

Elise Organic Ice Cream founder Simone Elise Gordon, left. (Courtesy Elise Organic Ice Cream) Farmer's markets in Atlant...
06/30/2024

Elise Organic Ice Cream founder Simone Elise Gordon, left. (Courtesy Elise Organic Ice Cream) Farmer's markets in Atlanta are creating community and recognition for the bakers, recipe makers, and foodies of Atlanta. Elise Organic Ice Cream, a Black-owned small business creating homemade sweet treats, is one of them. Metro Atlanta has at least 42 farmers markets in rotation throughout the year, giving farmers and entrepreneurs plenty of opportunities to find communities and fans....

Elise Organic Ice Cream, a Black-owned small business creating homemade sweet treats, has found community at Morningside Farmer's Market.

File When Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial school voucher bill into law earlier this year, it left some educators ...
06/30/2024

File When Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial school voucher bill into law earlier this year, it left some educators feeling apprehensive. In the wake of the bill, local residents are also feeling mixed on how to handle education options for their children. Homeschooling is now the fastest-growing form of education, particularly among families of color post-pandemic. A recent…...

Metro Atlanta residents have mixed feelings on how to handle education options for their children following school voucher approval.

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