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01 July 2015

Leading Camera Provider to Film & TV Productions Opening 8,200 Square-Foot Facility in Atlanta

Keslow Camera, a leading camera equipment provider whose credits include films such as Pompeii and Snitch, is opening up new offices in Atlanta to keep up with the city's growing number of productions.

To provide more opportunities for those doing production, Keslow Camera recognized the need to support existing and future clients with a full-service facility offering cutting edge resources and unparalleled customer service.

“Keslow Camera was, from the start, built to make our customers’ needs our number one priority,” said Company Founder and CEO Robert Keslow. “With this expansion to Atlanta, we’re bringing the same high level service our clients have grown accustomed to.”

Located in Midtown, Keslow Camera’s Atlanta workplace has been designed together with architects from Abramson Teiger Architects, the same creative team that planned the company’s innovative Los Angeles headquarters. The 8,200 square-foot facility, housing skilled technicians from Atlanta’s strong talent pool, will provide various prep bays including a private test room, and a fully equipped service department.

Upon careful selection, the Midtown area location was largely chosen for its many amenities and a convenient twenty-minute proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Keslow Camera also operates from offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New Mexico, Miami and New Orleans.

Fulton County Parks & Recreation Director Comes Out Against Atlanta Annexation Efforts

(Fulton County Parks & Recreation Director Tony Phillips recent statements against citizens' efforts to annex into Atlanta raises new questions about the political activities of county employees.)
Meet Tony Phillips (pictured right).

For fifteen years, Fulton County employed Tony Phillips in several different capacities. Phillips once worked in the county's code enforcement department. Then he became Deputy Director of Planning & Community Services, before being tapped as Director of Parks & Recreation by new county manager Dick Anderson.

There can be little doubt Tony Phillips' performance in the workplace enabled his rise through the ranks of Fulton County employees. Recent statements made by Mr. Phillips concerning a citizen-led effort to annex into the City of Atlanta, however, are raising new questions about whether he is engaging in political activities while on the job.

On a day when several unincorporated south Fulton County residents spoke before the Atlanta City Council opposing a petition to annex approximately 1,094.30 acres into Georgia's capital city, Tony Phillips spoke with WSB-TV reporter Dave Huddleston on the issue.


"Experienced educators will tell you what happens to overcrowded schools," Phillips said. "Academic results plummet. School performance goes down. There are trailers. Teacher to student ratios balloon. And as a father I find that unacceptable."

Phillips was addressing a claim often repeated by annexation opponents that if Atlanta honors the citizens' request to bring over 1,000 acres into the city, which includes Randolph Elementary and Sandtown Middle schools, students would be displaced, schools would close, and local parks would be shut down.

Fulton County Parks & Rec Director Tony Phillips also spoke before the Atlanta City Council, telling local leaders, "The bottom line is these annexation petitions fail to meet the requirements of the law and as such, are not legal."

Georgia Unfiltered reached out to Director Phillips, County Manager Dick Anderson, and Fulton County Commissioners.

We wanted to know if Mr. Phillips' public statements represented an official policy position of Fulton County Government. We also wanted to know if any county or state laws were broken due to Mr. Phillips' political activism apparently taking place during regular business hours.

We received no comment from anyone affiliated with Fulton County.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

30 June 2015

Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival Shifts to Smaller Venue in Carrollton

24 days now separate us from the start of the first-ever Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival.

Event organizers initially said over 120,000 people would flock to the Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club in Douglas County, 24 - 26 July 2015. The reality, though, is that festival promoters will fall far short of their lofty attendance prediction.

After Foxhall withdrew from its hosting duties, the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival was forced to find a new venue. They've found one -- much smaller and fifteen miles down the road.

Festival organizers announced the VFW Complex in Carrollton, Georgia will be the new location of the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival. The complex features an amphitheatre that seats more than 9,000 people.

Tickets to the event, which once ranged in price from $69 to $1,099, are now free.

26 June 2015

Turkish Airlines to Launch Non-Stop Service from Atlanta to Istanbul

Turkish Airlines announced today the launch of service between Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The nonstop route from Atlanta will be the carrier’s second gateway in the Southeastern United States, following its nonstop service that is set to launch in late October from Miami International Airport.

(Turkish Airlines is scheduled to start nonstop flights from Atlanta to Istanbul in 2016. Image courtesy Turkish Airlines.)
Momentum in the U.S. continues for the airline as Atlanta will become Turkish Airlines 9th U.S. gateway providing one-stop connections to over 270 destinations worldwide in 110 countries through its Istanbul hub.

The city of Atlanta will also become the 13th destination in Americas for Turkish Airlines, the first airline in the world for number of countries and international destinations reached.

“The opening of our Atlanta gateway means that we will now be connecting the World’s Busiest Airport to the World with only one connection,” said Ahmet Olmustur, CMO of Turkish Airlines.

“We believe that the level of award-winning service and amenities we provide will continue to add a significant value to the defining of the passenger experience and what travelers have come to expect from long-haul international flights,” he added.

The new daily nonstop service between Atlanta and Istanbul will launch on 16 May 2016 and be operated using the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

25 June 2015

Georgia DFACS Looking for Families to Adopt 200 Kids Needing Loving Homes

In 1984, the adoption of a 6-month-old baby boy was finalized by a single female in Fulton County.

I frequently tell people I am eternally grateful that my mom chose to be a single parent when she adopted me. I was her choice in 1984, and it was an extremely solid one (of course, I am clearly biased).

More people should adopt. Single men, single women, married couples with established families, or couples looking to start a family for the first time should all consider the possibility of giving a child a home.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is looking for adoptive families for approximately 200 children in its care. There is a particular need for “forever families” for sibling groups and teenagers.

"We have so many deserving children that can spend years waiting for a family," DFACS Director Bobby Cagle says. "We hope that by building awareness of the need for permanent families that Georgians will open their hearts and homes to these children.”

( Katy, Kansas and Karina are looking for an adoptive family. They are currently in DFCS care.)
Take these three girls (pictured right), for example.

Karina, Katelyn (Katy) and Kansas are sisters who enjoy spending time with each other and look forward to becoming part of a permanent family soon.

Sixteen-year-old Karina is an expressive, outgoing, silly, respectful and funny teen who enjoys shopping, playing tennis, socializing and trying new things. Katy is a smart, outgoing, silly, caring, well-behaved, funny, upbeat, responsible and mature, but sometimes goofy, 10-year-old. Four-year-old Kansas is a happy, perky, goofy, caring, well-behaved and lovable little girl who interacts well with her peers and is a pleasure to be around.

Karina, Katy and Kansas need a loving adoptive family who will provide them with the attention, support and nurturing environment they need to continue to thrive and reach their goals.

Whether you adopt Karina, Katy, and Kansas or one of the 200 other children in DFACS care, you'll be giving them a family and a safe home to call their own.

The adoption process may be long and arduous, but it's rewarding in the end.

For more information, call (877) 210-KIDS or visit itsmyturnnow.dhs.ga.gov.

24 June 2015

Music Festival Could Bring Scores of Angry People to Douglas County, Holding Worthless Tickets

Three months ago, headlines in the Douglas Neighbor newspaper boasted of a three-day music festival headed to Douglas County this July.

(Organizers of the inaugural Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival are scrambling to find a venue for their event, with less than 30 days before the show starts. Image courtesy Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival.)
"The lineup of acts and dates for ticket sales will be announced soon for the inaugural Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival in July in south Douglas County," the article read. "Festival organizers predict more than 120,000 will attend the concert over three days, July 24 to 26, at Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club in the county’s south end." [Spigolon, Tom (18 March 2015). Country music festival could bring 120 000 to Douglas County. Douglas Neighbor. Retrieved on 24 June 2015.]

Now, with just thirty days left until the scheduled start of the Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival, the event looks less likely to happen; leaving open the possibility of disappointed and angry music fans, holding worthless tickets.

The Douglas County Sentinel reports festival organizers no longer have a venue to host their festivities.

The Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club will no longer be the venue for the three-day Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival set for next month. And while tickets are still being sold, a spokesperson for the company promoting the event would not disclose where the concert will take place — if it takes place at all.

Tickets for the festival range from $69 to $1,099 and are still being sold on the festival’s website though the location of the concert is unknown. No notice of a change in venue or cancellation has been announced on social media or mentioned to those purchasing tickets.

Corley, Laura (20 June 2015). Foxhall, country music festival part ways; fate of concert uncertain. Douglas County Sentinel. Retrieved on 24 June 2015.

Festival organizers say the three-day event will go on as scheduled.

"We have a new venue that we are excited about," concert promoter Andy Turner said. "An announcement will come this week."