The Quinn House in Lawrenceville has a senior food box program that distributes groceries, toiletries and household items to about 125 local senior citizens every month. Pictured from left are volunteers Alex Lopez, Keith Mays, Norbert Goodrum and Scott Alexander. The Quinn House says some of its shelves are almost empty.
The shelves are nearly empty at many major Gwinnett County food pantries.
During the summer, with kids out of school, there's greater demand and use of food banks.
"A number of our major food banks are running low or have bare shelves," said Suzy Bus with the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services. "The Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry in Snellville, the North Gwinnett Cooperative in Buford and many others don't have enough food to be able to serve the families that come to them."
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, right, speaks next to Judy Forte, Superintendent of the MLK National Historic Site, during a news conference after Confederate flags were found on the premises of Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning.
Federal authorities and police are investigating after four Confederate battle flags were found on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta.
Atlanta Police Officer Gary Wade says a maintenance worker discovered the flags at 6 a.m. Thursday and notified the National Park Service, which operates the nearby King Center. Wade says no one saw who placed the flags, which weren't stuck in the ground but instead set neatly on top of it.
Marietta City Councilman Johnny Walker said a new state law that legalizes fireworks should be rewritten. The call comes after residents complained. The issue was discussed Wednesday night during a Marietta City Council committee meeting.
Walker said since the new state law went into effect July 1, many residents aren't happy about fireworks going off late at night.
“Small children don’t like it; people that have to work, the fire department really doesn’t like it; the police department doesn’t like it. People just don’t want to hear sounds constantly,” Walker said.
A southwest Florida family has been reunited with their dog after she turned up several weeks later in Atlanta, more than 500 miles away.
Michael Epstein told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that his family's 3-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, Abby, was lost on July 3. She ran away from the family's yard when fireworks frightened her.
Family members spent the next three weeks putting up signs around Sarasota and even created a website, findabby.com.
City of Atlanta officials Wednesday broke ground on the first of hundreds of planned projects tied to millions in bond money for infrastructure repairs.
Near the intersection of Cascade Road and Lynhurst Drive on the city’s southwest side, Mayor Kasim Reed and a handful of city officials helped kicked off construction for road repaving, sidewalks repairs and new street lights.
“We’re going to be improving this city in a way that hasn’t been done in 40 or 50 years above ground,” Reed said.
Atlanta's police chief has been named the new president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
An association news release says Chief George Turner assumed the role of 2015/2016 president on Tuesday. The association represents more than 500 chiefs of police and other heads of law enforcement agencies across the state.
Part of Turner's new duties include chairing the association's executive board and appointing committee chairs.
Bulldog Nation will boost its staff, and officials say this will result in a better overall experience for students. The University of Georgia plans to hire 56 new faculty members by 2016. This will increase the school's faculty size by nearly 3 percent. And having more staff will trim the student-to-teacher ratio in many classes to below 20. “I think overall it will help students have more success at UGA, beyond UGA and just leave UGA having a better experience,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president of instruction at UGA. These faculty additions will cost the school nearly $4.5 million.
A former Habersham County deputy sheriff has pleaded not guilty to providing false information to get a warrant that led to a botched raid that left a toddler critically injured.
Attorney Jeff Brickman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday that Nikki Autry never intentionally misled the judge who signed a no-knock warrant that led to a member of a task force throwing a flash grenade into a home.
Authorities have said 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh was critically injured when the device landed in his playpen.
Georgia retail officials say an upcoming sales tax holiday is meant to offer shoppers back-to-school savings.
Georgia Retail Association spokesman James Miller said in a statement that sales taxes are being dropped from back-to-school goods including clothes and shoes worth less than $100, computers, school supplies and more. Georgia's sales tax holiday runs Friday and Saturday.
It's a big day for the third-largest university in Georgia.
On Wednesday afternoon, Kennesaw State University will celebrate its 100,000th graduate.
"The growth that we've experienced thus far has been tremendous, but I really think the best is yet to come. I think we are poised to become one of the most outstanding universities in the nation over this decade, and I look forward to being a part of that," said Michael Sanseviro, the associate vice president and dean of students at the school.
The theme for this year’s festival, which take place Sept. 4-6 in downtown Decatur, is “Read Different,” urging book lovers to “read beyond what you normally do,” especially as it relates to race, gender, form and genre.
DeKalb County lifted a boil water advisory Monday night that had been in place since Saturday afternoon. In a news release, the county said, “DeKalb residents countywide can resume normal use of water.”
The release said DeKalb County, working with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, tested more than 100 water samples collected Friday through Sunday and found no water quality issues.
Singer Whitney Houston, right, sings with her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown during a performance for “Good Morning America” in Central Park on Sept. 1, 2009, in New York. Brown died Sunday at 22 years old.
R&B singer Bobby Brown says the loss of daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown at age 22 is "unimaginable."
"Krissy was and is an angel," he said in a statement Monday. "I am completely numb at this time."
Bobbi Kristina Brown died Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, about six months after she was found, face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome on Jan. 31.
A police report earlier this year described the incident as a drowning.
Emory University’s law school has received an anonymous $1 million gift to train law students in religious freedom. The donation comes as state lawmakers wrestle with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and religious freedom legislation.
The project is supposed to give students hands-on experience and provide non-partisan information on religious freedom.
Leaders of Atlanta's public transit authority say they're launching a partnership with Uber and offering free Wi-Fi to improve service.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority announced recently that the agency is launching wireless Internet on 50 buses on several routes, and the agency is partnering with Uber to offer passengers opportunities to transfer to private vehicles in areas without train or bus service.
Residents of a metro Atlanta county are being told to boil their water as crews try to repair a broken water main.
DeKalb County officials said in a statement Saturday that crews are trying to repair the 48-inch water line and water pressure has been reduced three times within 36 hours — which could lead to water quality issues throughout the county.
The average price for a gallon of gas here is $2.64, according to AAA. That's down about 5 cents from last week and 15 cents from last month.
"Motorists are finally getting some consistent relief at the pump thanks to declining oil prices. By this fall, prices could creep closer to levels seen at the beginning of this year, possibly even below $2 a gallon in some markets, as long as oil remains low," AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said.
The statewide average is $2.55, about 16 cents below the national average.
Atlanta Public Schools is planning to mount cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass while the buses are stopped.
Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions is planning to mount cameras on the side of APS buses, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The cameras will automatically detect drivers who pass the stop arm when it is deployed and will capture video and still images.
ATS has also mounted cameras to buses in Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton county school buses, and buses in Marietta and Decatur as well.
Authorities say an autopsy will be needed to evaluate what led to the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of singer Whitney Houston.
In a statement Monday morning, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office says the time that elapsed from when she was found unresponsive until her death Sunday will "complicate" its effort to reconstruct what happened.
Bobbi Kristina died Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, about six months after she was found Jan. 31, face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. She was 22.