Category Archives: Fulton County

Cityhood Bills “Cross Over” for Tucker, LaVista Hills, South Fulton

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(APN) ATLANTA — Three proposed cityhood referenda bills–Tucker, La Vista Hills, and South Fulton–are zooming through the General Assembly.  All three bills have passed the Georgia House in advance of last Friday’s Crossover Day, which was March 13, 2015, and are up for consideration by the Georgia Senate.   The cityhood bills were introduced on Monday, March 02, 2015; passed […]

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Ringling Brothers Announces Plan to End Use of Elephants in Circuses (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 05, 2015, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, through Feld Entertainment, Inc., its parent company, announced they would end the practice of using Asian elephants in their traveling circus performances by 2018 a victory for animal rights advocates everywhere.   The move comes after years of criticism from animal rights activists of the circus’ […]

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City of Atlanta Proposing Major Southwest Expansion to Legislature

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta’s lobbyists at the Georgia Legislature last week circulated a map proposing a major expansion of the southwest quadrant of the city further to the west, through the annexation of a significant portion of unincorporated south Fulton County.   While the City had been previously exploring annexation of the Sandtown and Loch Lomond communities, […]

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Annexations Whittling Away at Unincorporated south Fulton

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With additional reporting by Barbara Payne.  Map courtesy of Andre Walker.   (APN) ATLANTA — The remaining unincorporated areas of Fulton County, all located in south Fulton, are slowly being gobbled up by mostly under-the-radar annexations.   The City of Union City annexed 8.2 acres and an additional one acre last year.  Now, Union City is looking to annex more, […]

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Georgia Removes Criminal History Question from State Job Applications

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(APN) ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday, February 23, 2015 signed the fair hiring policy, also known as “Ban the Box,” which postpones questions on a job application about a person’s criminal history until it is shown that the person is qualified for the job.   This prohibits an automatic disqualification for potential state employees.  It allows qualified applicants […]

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FEATURE: The Many Eric Garners of Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — The police murders of Mike Brown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner of New York may be dominating national headlines–having inspired a diverse national movement against police brutality–but here in Georgia, there has been a long history of the same that has been equally as deserving of concern.   A TIMELINE OF POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDERS   […]

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City of South Fulton Bill Reintroduced in Legislature

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(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) has pre-filed legislation, HB 27, to provide for a charter for a City of South Fulton. Last year, the incorporation of South Fulton county into cityhood ran out of time for a vote, as the legislation got held up in the State Senate. The final name of the city may change if […]

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Opacity, Public Exclusion Seen in Mayor’s Statements on Turner Field Redevelopment

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale (APN) ATLANTA — The pending sale of the land underlying Atlanta’s Turner Field, just south of Downtown Atlanta, has been a point of contention for most of the year. Mayor Kasim Reed made controversial statements to WSBTV Channel 2 on or around November 11, 2014, that Turner Field could be sold “very soon,” […]

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Felicia Moore v. C.T. Martin Possible 2017 Match-up for Council President in Atlanta

(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9) and Councilman C.T. Martin (District 10) are laying the groundwork to possibly run for Council President of the City Council of Atlanta, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Felicia Moore tells APN that she is strongly considering running for Council President, but that she has not yet made a decision.  She […]

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Atlanta Council Considers Affordable Housing Ordinance Drafted by APN Editor

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, November 24, 2014 Meeting of the Community Development/Human Resources Committee of the City Council of Atlanta, a new proposed ordinance for Affordable Housing Impact Statements received a first reading. APN’s News Editor–the present writer–drafted the ordinance, in consultation with Chairman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large), as part of a law school paper, through Gonzaga University […]

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How the Clayton County MARTA Vote Was Won (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — Over thirty organizations came together to make sure Clayton County residents did not miss a historic opportunity for mass transit that would allow workers there the mobility necessary to get jobs, and would bring economic development to Clayton County. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Clayton County has been without transit since 2010, when the C-TRAN […]

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Atlantans Protest Ferguson Grand Jury; 26 Arrested

(APN) ATLANTA — Last week, some twenty-six Metro Atlantans, including two journalists, were arrested, during Atlanta protests in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. The decision was announced late Monday, November 24, 2014.  On Tuesday, November 25, thousands […]

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APN Celebrates Nine Years of Publication; Website Update

(APN) ATLANTA — Dear APN Readers, We made it!  Another year of bringing Metro Atlanta a progressive, independent alternative to the corporate news media. I want to start out by thanking you, our readers!  We exist to serve and empower you to make a meaningful difference in the democratic process.  The primary purpose of Atlanta Progressive News has always been […]

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Education Advocate Criticizes APS Charter System Decision

(APN) ATLANTA — At the Monday, November 03, 2014 meeting of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education, the Board voted nearly unanimously to recommend to the State of Georgia that the Atlanta Independent School System become a charter system. As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, becoming a charter system does not mean all APS schools would become charter […]

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Some Citizens Say Cityhood, Annexation Efforts Mislead on Full Options

With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor (APN) DEKALB COUNTY — Some pro-annexation and pro-cityhood advocates in south Fulton County are misleading citizens, who currently live in unincorporated areas, about their full range of options–saying that staying unincorporated is not an option–one south Fulton resident has told Atlanta Progressive News. A similar theme emerged at a recent pro-City […]

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