Young people in Atlanta, like those across the country, face countless challenges on their journey into adulthood. One of the big challenges for inner city children is often a lack of adequate outdoor green spaces and parks. Most certainly do not have ready access to forests or wilderness areas.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell called it “a growing disconnect between young people and the great outdoors.”
But that’s about to change under a new federal program.
It just got a lot easier to get around parts of Cobb County by bus.
The Cobb County Department of Transportation rolled out a new “Flex bus service” this week that allows residents to travel almost anywhere they choose in the metro area. Riders can use the new, on-demand service to call and make a reservation for home pick-up or catch the busses at any Flex bus stop within three county zones.
In this Feb. 6, 2006 file photo, the children of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, left to right, Dexter Scott King, Rev. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III and Yolanda King participate in a musical tribute to their mother at the new Ebenezer Baptist Church.
A judge is giving the children of Martin Luther King Jr. more time to try to resolve a dispute over their father's traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel medal without a trial.
King's estate, controlled by his sons, last year asked a judge to order their sister to surrender the items. In an estate board of directors meeting, the brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, had voted against their sister, Bernice King, to sell the items.
Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms visited "A Closer Look" studios to talk about her proposal for an Economic Development Task Force for Southwest Atlanta. The area, which stretches from Greenbriar Mall to the gated communities of Cascade, has experienced multiple periods of boom and bust, so she began the conversation by explaining what her proposal offers that's different from the past.
The 2015 Atlanta BaconFest will offer up a sizzling menu of bacon, beer and bands at Masquerade Music Park on Saturday. The annual outdoor festival is a fundraiser for Dad’s Garage, a local nonprofit theater company.
Organizers described the festival as an “unbridled bash,” which will include more than 2,250 pounds of cooked bacon, literally a ton of pork.
“Basically at BaconFest, there’s bacon every couple of steps and a bunch of different people doing different things with it,” said Mike LaSage of Bone Lick BBQ on WABE’s “A Closer Look” on Wednesday.
In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Georgia wildlife officials say they're stocking the state's waterways with fish before the opening of trout fishing season.
Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says officials are stocking Georgia waters with more than 80,000 trout this week before trout fishing season opens Saturday. Cummings says the state plans to stock waterways with more than 1 million trout by the end of the year.
“Dilapidated housing, a lack of affordable housing, you know, access to home ownership can be an issue,” Kim Skobba, an assistant professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at UGA, says.
Dan Leger, who works under the name Savannah Dan, stands in Reynolds Square, in Savannah, Ga. Leger and three others are suing the city of Savannah in federal court over a local ordinance that requires tour guides to take a 100-question multiple choice history and architecture exam.
The onset of spring means an abundance of outdoor activities and the desire to get away to enjoy them.
As Kevin Benefield, the editor of Atlanta Magazine’s Southbound travel guide, explained recently on “City Lights,” Jekyll Island is an ideal place for all that. From the luxurious Jekyll Island Club Hotel to new hotels and resorts, outdoor recreation and beachcombing, Jekyll Island features a wide variety of getaway attractions.
Dan Leger, shown on March 20, and three others are suing the city of Savannah, Georgia, in federal court over a local ordinance that requires tour guides to obtain a license after passing a test on history and architecture.
Tour guides who say a licensing requirement imposed by the city of Savannah violates their free speech rights are pressing ahead with a lawsuit in federal court.
Attorneys on both sides of the case filed a status report March 12 in U.S. District Court saying it's unlikely they will reach a settlement. Since 1978, a Savannah ordinance has required tour guides to obtain a license. First they have to pass a 100-question test on history and architecture.
Georgia farmers are getting ready for the early spring harvest in April. They’ll soon begin shipping fresh fruits and vegetables, from beets and blueberries to asparagus and arugula, to markets and grocery stores across the state and the country.
One of the most popular of the state’s early springtime harvests is its famous Vidalia onion crop, but shoppers may not see the sweet onion in stores until after April 27.
Documents reveal that one of Georgia's largest chicken processors has for years exceeded pollution standards for stormwater runoff into Lake Lanier ─ one of metro Atlanta's major sources of drinking water.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the violations have resulted in few consequences from state regulators. It said in a report Sunday that stormwater runoff can contain bacteria found in chicken feces, and that Georgia's methods of regulating the industry raise serious health and safety questions.
Jurors will resume their deliberations in the trial of a dozen former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests.
On Thursday, the jurors meeting in Atlanta heard an explanation of the law and began deciding the outcome of the case shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday. They are scheduled to resume their deliberations on Monday morning.
A grand jury indicted 35 educators in March 2013. Many reached plea agreements with prosecutors.
The average price for a gallon in metro Atlanta is $2.25, according to AAA. That’s down about four cents from last week and five cents from last month. It’s also well over a $1 less compared to this time last year.
On Tuesday, Atlanta voters said yes to a $250 million infrastructure bond package that will begin to address the city’s backlog of infrastructure projects. This means drivers will eventually see re-paved roads, and pedestrians will have fixed sidewalks — but what about the city’s cyclists?
Rebecca Serna is executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the non-profit group that conducted the feasibility study for the city's upcoming bicycle share program. She joined the "A Closer Look" studio to talk about the state of bicycling in the city.
A powerful tornado slammed into the city of Atlanta in 2008, leaving one person dead and injuring several dozen more. The twister shocked and frightened residents of a big city who were not prepared for a storm of that magnitude.
People in large cities like Atlanta may not expect to see a twister barreling through city streets, shredding trees in Centennial Olympic Park or shaking large buildings like the CNN Center or the Georgia Dome, but that’s exactly what happened on the evening of March 14, 2008, just after 9:30.
Thousands of people converge on Atlanta for the city’s AJC Peachtree Road Race every year. When the 10k race starts on the Fourth of July, 60,000 runners will sprint from Buckhead for the finish line in Piedmont Park.
The window to register for the public lottery for a chance to be one of the 60,000 runners is quickly closing. Midnight Sunday on March 22 is the deadline to enter.
The event, now in its 46th year, is the largest 10k in the world, according to the Atlanta Track Club. The club randomly selects the lottery winners and notifies them by email within a week.
Fulton County prosecutors say a former Georgia Aquarium employee has been sentenced to 20 years in an embezzlement scheme with four to serve in prison.
District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones said Thursday that 24-year-old Marina Davis pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and 11 counts of theft. Prosecutors say Davis stole roughly $225,000 from the aquarium during an 11-month timespan between 2012 and 2013.
Georgia wildlife officials are offering online tips to help anglers enjoy Georgia reservoirs and rivers.
The website of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division now features updated fishing prospects. The guides are meant to provide in-depth information on 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers for anglers of all skill levels.