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24 October 2016

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal Acquires Historic Atlanta Franchise for an Undisclosed Amount

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has gone from player to owner with his recent purchase of an iconic franchise in Atlanta.

Krispy Kreme announced Monday that Shaq bought the historic Krispy Kreme shop on Ponce de Leon Avenue, which opened more than 60 years ago. Neither Krispy Kreme nor Shaq disclosed how much was paid for the store.

O’Neal has publicly displayed his affection for the brand – especially Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed doughnut – in media and on social media.

"Krispy Kreme prides itself on spreading joy and supporting local communities, and that’s a cause that I am thrilled to be a part of,” Shaq said. “Our goal is to help people find their happy place, and what better way than with a box of delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts.”

To celebrate O’Neal joining the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts family, the brand today announced a “Shaq-or-Treat” social media promotion for Halloween – one of O’Neal’s favorite days. Krispy Kreme fans who tag their Halloween social media posts with #ShaqOrTreat between 28 October and 31 October will be eligible to win Shaq-autographed prizes or Krispy Kreme surprises.

23 October 2016

Georgia Crosses the Half Million Mark in Absentee and Early Voting Totals

As of 22 October 2016, 573,975 Georgians have either voted at their local elections office or cast ballots by mail.

Below are the totals by congressional district:

Number of
Early/Absentee Votes
Increase from 16 October 2016
1 31,496+28,427
2 39,336+35,234
3 52,314+48,302
4 43,062+39,645
5 46,135+43,232
9 54,818+50,032
10 45,376+40,734
13 41,494+38,715
14 39,092+36,196

For last week's totals, click here.

[SOURCE: Georgia Secretary of State's Office]

22 October 2016

New TV Series Featuring Stars From "Lord of the Rings" and "West Wing" Filming in Union City

Union City, better known as the "Progressive City," is moving fast to cement its status as Georgia's new film and TV production hub.

The south metro municipality recently landed a major television series starring Jimmy Smits of "The West Wing" and Miranda Otto of "Lord of the Rings" fame.

"24: Legacy" continues the real time storytelling of its predecessor, "24," while introducing a new line of fast paced plots and a slate of fresh faces.

(Emmy Award winner Dan Bucatinsky flashes his ID badge as he reports to work at Atlanta Metro Studios in Union City for the new Fox TV series "24: Legacy." Image courtesy Dan Bucatinsky.)
Emmy Award winner Dan Bucatinsky, who had a recurring role on the ABC hit drama series "Scandal," shared a photo (shown right) of himself heading to set at Atlanta Metro Studios in Union City.

Central Casting Georgia is currently recruiting extras and background actors to assist with the production of "24: Legacy."

"24: Legacy" premieres 6 February 2017, following the conclusion of Super Bowl LI on Fox.

19 October 2016

Federal Judge to Hold Emergency Hearing on Halting City of South Fulton Referendum

The vote on creating a new city in unincorporated south Fulton County may be put on hold, if one local resident has his way.

Sandtown resident John Davis filed suit late last week asking the United States District Court to rule the City of South Fulton legislation unconstitutional and stop the 8 November referendum.

The complaint relies on the uncertainty surrounding Atlanta's annexation of several neighborhoods in the Cascade community as the reason why the South Fulton cityhood referendum should be halted.

"Because of an October 3, 2016 Supreme Court of Georgia opinion in one lawsuit, however, and another lawsuit pending before that court that will not be decided before the Referendum, Plaintiff’s and similarly situated unincorporated Fulton County voters’ rights will be diluted and debased if the Referendum takes place next month," the Davis lawsuit reads. "This dilution and debasement arises because House Bill 514 requires Defendants to count the votes of persons who will not and others who may not even reside in the proposed new city."

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Alford Dempsey overturned a series of annexations completed by Georgia's capital city in June, placing homeowners and registered voters who thought they were Atlanta residents back into the proposed city of South Fulton. Dempsey's ruling was appealed by Atlanta to the State Supreme Court, meaning that it's possible that the Atlanta annexations might be reinstated. Until the high court issues a final opinion on the matter, however, those residents in the contested areas will have an opportunity to vote on creating a new city called South Fulton.

U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross will hear the case, set for Thursday, 27 October.

Davis is represented by Robert Highsmith of the law firm Holland and Knight.

Davis v. Cooney et al by Andre Walker on Scribd

Republican Leader of South Fulton Cityhood Campaign Rejected for Top Job in North Miami

Cityhood for unincorporated south Fulton was not the first choice for a top general in the "vote yes" camp.

Camilla Johnson Moore, the self-styled chairman of the people's campaign for South Fulton cityhood, applied to be city manager in North Miami, Florida before having her application shot down by local officials.

North Miami is a city about ten miles north of Miami. The municipality has an estimated population of more than 60,000. The city began a national search for a new city manager after the previous one resigned in September of last year.

Moore was one of 56 people who submitted their names for consideration. Included in her application packet, which was obtained by Georgia Unfiltered using open records requests, were references from top Georgia Republicans like former state GOP chairman Rusty Paul, former Secretary of State Karen Handel and State Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley.

The North Miami City Council opted for another individual, announcing their pick earlier this year, despite the ringing endorsements Moore had from the Georgia GOP.

Moore's job application in Florida is not her first attempt at leading a city.

The South Fulton Republican once applied to be city administrator in the middle Georgia town of Forsyth. Moore was unceremoniously removed from consideration after a background check showed she did not have the doctorate she claimed on her paperwork.

18 October 2016

Slain Cop to be Honored at Post Office Renaming Ceremony in Riverdale This Weekend

A cop killed in the line of duty earlier this year is being honored this weekend at a post office renaming ceremony in Riverdale.

Major Gregory Barney, a 25-year veteran of the Riverdale Police Department, was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect during a drug investigation. Barney was laid to rest in February.

(Major Gregory Barney of the Riverdale Police Department was killed in the line of duty, last February. Congress honored Barney's memory by dedicating the Riverdale Post Office in his name.)
Congressman David Scott (D - Georgia) quickly moved to recognize Major Barney's service with legislation to re-name the Riverdale Post Office in Barney's honor. Scott's district includes the City of Riverdale.

House Resolution 4747, a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6691 Church Street in Riverdale, Georgia, as the "Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building," was introduced by Rep. Scott in March. The measure was co-sponsored by Georgia's entire congressional delegation. H.R. 4747 passed the House and Senate by voice vote and unanimous consent. President Obama signed the bill into law on 29 July 2016.

"I am proud to pay tribute to Major Gregory E. Barney and his legacy with the renaming of the Riverdale Post Office in his honor," Scott said. "Major Gregory Barney was an officer who made the ultimate sacrifice, and his dedication to the Riverdale community makes this post office renaming a worthy salute."

Rep. Scott and members of the Barney family will be on hand for the official Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building designation ceremony, 22 October 2016. The ceremony will take place at 11:00AM at the Riverdale Town Centre, located at 7210 Church Street in Riverdale.