29 August 2014

Tomorrowworld Liquor License Application Doesn't Include Permit to Serve Booze for the Gathering

Friday afternoon, the Fulton County Commission released the agenda for its 3 September meeting.

Included among the business commissioners are expected to discuss next week are a series of permits related to the Tomorrowworld music festival, scheduled for the last weekend in September at the Bouckaert family farms.

F&B Associates, Inc., doing business as Best Beverage Catering, is replacing Levy Restaurants as the food service provider for Tomorrowworld.

It is under the name of Best Beverage Catering that the Tomorrowworld festival applied for its license to sell and serve alcohol at the event.

As was the case in 2013, Tomorrowworld organizers are asking Fulton County Commissioners to extend the alcohol serving hours.

According to the application (pictured below), alcohol will be served between the hours of 12PM to 1AM, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

What's different is Tomorrowworld's liquor license does not include permission to serve alcohol on Thursday, 25 September.

For Tomorrowworld veterans, the Thursday before the festival starts is known as "The Gathering."

Thursday, 25 September is the date when most people who intend to camp at the event arrive, and Tomorrowworld has traditionally thrown a large welcoming party for those ticket holders staying at the onsite campground known as Dreamville.

At a meeting with area residents in June, Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards suggested the Tomorrowworld welcoming party could be cut back.

"We've got to watch Thursday," Edwards told constituents and Tomorrowworld representatives. "The festival said Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We want to entertain people when they come in, but maybe not to the maximum level we have on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

"So we're going to talk about that," Edwards continued.

The Fulton County Commissioner is scheduled to vote on all the Tomorrowworld permits, 3 September.

Two-Day Imagine Music Festival Takes Over Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park This Weekend

In just over 24-hours, music fans will converge upon Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park for the first ever Imagine Music Festival.

Featuring an eclectic mix of over five dozen local, national, and international artists, Imagine has something for everyone.

Three stages will host the music, beginning at 11AM Saturday and Sunday, followed by an after party inside the Masquerade Music Park that lasts until the wee hours or the morning.

Below is the full lineup for the Imagine Music Festival:

Tickets remain available for the event at $89 for a single day pass and $150 for a two day pass.

MARTA is encouraged for people attending Imagine.

The festival is offering free shuttles, starting at 10AM, from the North Avenue station. Shuttles will run until 3:30AM on both Saturday, 30 August and Sunday, 31 August.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents, an award-winning promoter of high energy electronic dance music events in Atlanta for a decade.

28 August 2014

Wal Mart Manager to Community Leaders: Old National Store Hasn't Made a Profit Since It Opened

At a recent meeting with south Fulton community leaders, the store manager for Wal Mart on Old National Highway revealed some disturbing news for area residents.

The Wal Mart, located at 6149 Old National Highway in unincorporated south Fulton County, has not turned a profit since the store opened in 2006.

Saliou Gaye, who became manager of the store in July 2013, provided the information at a 19 August 2014 meeting of the Old National Area Residents United community group.

Gaye also revealed his store has a high employee turnover rate; and is frequented by consumers who often attempt to buy more than they can afford, leading the Wal Mart to set aside several shopping carts full of un-purchased food.

The lack of profitability at the Old National Wal Mart supercenter is sure to raise concerns about how long the business can remain open in a corridor that has seen other merchants close up shop nearly as soon as they opened.

Discount clothing store Ross Dress for Less, which occupied a building near Wal Mart, is no longer open.

Including the former Ross location, there is 41,467 square feet of vacant retail space in the Old National Town Center shopping center, which sits adjacent to the Wal Mart supercenter.

Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards, who represents the area, conceded at a May 2014 community meeting that Ross Dress for Less had closed, but he said it was due to lack of support from the community.

"We can keep a chicken shack, nail shop, and liquor store in business, but we can't keep a Ross," Edwards said. "Ross didn't have the sales to stay open."

The Old National/Flat Shoals corridor features two liquor stores, four chicken restaurants, two nail shops, two beauty supply stores, and a barber shop.

If the report from manager Saliou Gaye is any guide, the chicken shacks and nail shops on Old National may survive while his Wal Mart supercenter perishes.

27 August 2014

Tomorrowworld Camelbak Ban Raises Safety Concerns from Festival-goers About Staying Hydrated [UPDATED]

[UPDATE]: Following a public outcry and petition drive by Tomorrowworld ticket holders, festival organizers reversed their ban on Camelbaks.

The inaugural edition of Tomorrowworld, the world famous electronic dance music festival held in Chattahoochee Hills, had a nearly unblemished safety record in 2013.

Due in large part to organizers' laser-like focus on having as few medical-related incidents as possible, Tomorrowworld received rave reviews from community leaders and government officials pleased that the event was not marred by issues that plagued other EDM-related concerts.

That could change in just a few weeks as a new list of prohibited items, released by organizers, is raising red flags from festival attendees about their safety.

Among the things not allowed in Tomorrowworld are Camelbaks.

(Camelbaks help individuals stay hydrated via a pouch that can be filled with water, and conveniently carried on a person's back. The Tomorrowworld ban on the hydration equipment has some scratching their heads.)
Camelbaks (pictured right) are water back packs. Each Camelbak contains a pouch that can be filled with water, and fits conveniently over the back of the user. Camelbaks are equipped with heavy duty straws so that a person wearing one can stay hydrated while on the move. Camelbaks are extremely popular among runners, cyclists, and people attending music festivals.

Kyle Littleton, who attended Tomorrowworld last year, tells Georgia Unfiltered Camelbaks not only helped him but help others as well.

"I would have been in trouble a few times last year if I didn't have my Camelbak," Littleton said. "I saw people without them that, I think if I had not gone over to them and offered them some water, would have been in serious trouble."

Meghan Gilmartin recently purchased a Camelbak and raised concerns about the Georgia heat and humidity in September.

"Georgia stays fairly hot until late fall," she said. "Knowing how hot and dehydrated I become, I'm a tad baffled at the threat Tomorrowworld believes Camelbaks pose."

25 August 2014

Fulton County Tax Increase Prompts Wexwood Glen Community to Explore Annexation into Atlanta

Georgia Unfiltered has learned that members of the Wexwood Glen community are actively pursuing annexation into the city of Atlanta.

"Because of [Fulton County's] financial and political situation (the approved 17% tax increase, and the push by members of the Georgia General Assembly to limit county services), our two choices are annexation into the city of Atlanta or be included in the new city of South Fulton," a flyer from the the Wexwood Glen homeowners association reads.

"The South Fulton delegation has agreed to re-introduce legislation, on behalf of South Fulton United, to give residents of South Fulton the opportunity to vote again on creating a new city --the City of South Fulton-- during the 2015 General Assembly. If we choose not to annex, we will be included in the boundaries for the city of South Fulton when the bill is reintroduced to the legislature in January, 2015," the flyer continues.

Wexwood Glen becomes the latest unincorporated community in south Fulton County to explore annexation into Atlanta in lieu of joining the proposed city of South Fulton.

The Loch Lomond area submitted their annexation petitions to Atlanta in July.

20 August 2014

Magic Johnson, Robin Roberts to Speak at Annual Nat'l Black MBA Association Conference in ATL

Returning for its fourth time in Atlanta, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) will hold its 36th Annual Conference & Exposition 16 - 20 September at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Highly regarded as one of the nation's largest professional conferences, the annual event matches career seekers with employment opportunities among Fortune 1,000 corporations and the country's leading minds in business. Registration is open to the public.

(Good Morning America Co-Anchor Robin Roberts and Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be among a distinguished group of business leaders speaking at the 36th annual National Black MBA Association Conference in Atlanta)
With the theme "The Art of Leadership: Inspiration. Innovation. Collaboration," this year's conference will offer attendees industry best practices to prepare, distinguish and position themselves for advancement in a global workforce. Participants include the nation's leading minds in Corporate America, business, media, along with the worlds of not-for-profit and academia. Good Morning America Co-Anchor Robin Roberts will deliver the keynote Wednesday, 17 September during the Entrepreneurial and Leadership Institutes. NBA Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Earvin Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, will share the spotlight during the annual Town Hall Luncheon on Thursday, 18 September alongside the Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed for an exclusive 1-on-1 conversation. On Friday, 19 September, Bank of America CEO, Brian Moynihan, will headline the Keynote Luncheon.

Democratic National Committee Sending Washington Lawyer to Georgia for Voter Expansion Efforts

The Democratic National Committee is directing more resources to Georgia in support of Jason Carter's gubernatorial campaign.

That is the latest word from Georgia Democratic Party executive director Rebecca DeHart.

In an email sent to the Party's executive committee, Tuesday night, DeHart wrote, "The DNC has been excited about the DPG and our efforts on the ground. So much so that they are fully funding a new position here at headquarters-- a Director of Voter Expansion.

"On Monday, we will be welcoming Junia Telamour, an attorney out of DC. They will also be sending down technical assistance from the DNC proper to help build out the program. Junia will be working immediately in coordination with the coordinated for the 2014 election and building the foundations needed for the 2016 election as well," the email continues.

The Democratic National Committee is in Georgia this week for its summer meeting. According to Party insiders, DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is scheduled to appear at local Democratic Party events to raise funds for the 2014 general election campaign.