Marietta, GA Government

Trans pioneer, politician Michelle Bruce found dead at home

Former Riverdale City Councilperson Michelle Bruce, Georgia’s first openly transgender elected official who lost reelection in 2003 after an opponent filed suit claiming she was “fraudulently” running for reelection as a woman, was found dead in her home on Roy Huie Road September 27. Although an official cause of death was not yet available as of press time, a member of the Clayton County Medical Examiner’s office on scene said Bruce appeared to have died of natural causes.
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Herschel Walker campaigns in Canton

CANTON — Herschel Walker brought his Senate campaign to Canton Tuesday, making a bus stop at The Mill on Etowah. About 200 people welcomed Walker at the event, according to a representative of his campaign. Walker, a Republican who is running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, first acknowledged his friends, family, voters and his team. ...

Atlanta Motor Speedway opens campgrounds to those fleeing Hurricane Ian

HAMPTON, Ga. - Atlanta Motor Speedway is opening its camping facility to those fleeing the path of Hurricane Ian. The Henry County venue has once again opened its campsites, allowing refugees to pop up a tent, RV, or camper. The facility can handle thousands of campers with hot showers and...

People fleeing Hurricane Ian fly into Atlanta as Tampa airport closes

ATLANTA — The last flights into Atlanta from Tampa landed Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Ian. Tampa International Airport was slated to close at 5 p.m. as Florida's coast braced for the storm's impact. Nearly 500 miles away, Atlanta has been welcoming people at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as they try to remove themselves from the storm's path.

Woodstock council OKs variance for City Barbecue

A national barbecue chain is closer to building a location in Woodstock, after an application for a restaurant on Highway 92 received approval from city officials. Council member Colin Ake was absent. In a 5-0 vote Monday, the Woodstock City Council approved a variance request by Jeffery Lonchor of CESO, Inc., to construct a new City Barbecue restaurant. ...

A Message From the Mayor

Cherokee County is one of four counties, out of 159 in Georgia, with a 6% sales tax. Every other county has a higher tax rate. But, where do those six pennies go? Four go directly to Georgia’s general fund and are implemented automatically under state law. Two were put in place by Cherokee County voters, and must be renewed on a regular basis. One goes to the education special-purpose local-option sales tax (E-SPLOST), which raises funds for capital investment in the Cherokee County School District to build schools, buy buses and keep the district’s infrastructure up to speed with our rapidly growing county. (For more information, flip to page 58.)

Marietta cuts ribbon on new and improved Mill Street Plaza

MARIETTA — City officials on Tuesday showed off the newly renovated Mill Street Plaza, a small strip of park land which abuts the train tracks downtown, just east of the Mill Street public parking lot. The project, funded by $180,000 from the 2016 1% sales tax referendum, adds a new roof over a historic Glover Machine Works train engine, the plaza’s main attraction. The city also upgraded drainage infrastructure to address flooding issues, added new brick pavers and new landscaping. New interpretive panels will educate...

Improvements coming for East Roswell Park

ROSWELL, Ga. — East Roswell Park is due for a series of improvements after the Roswell City Council approved a five-year park master plan Sept. 26. The master plan, one of the items in Mayor Kurt Wilson’s 100-day plan, is intended to provide a comprehensive review of the city’s parks, goals and recommendations for implementation over the next five years. It also includes a review of long-term strategies that extend beyond that period, such as land acquisition recommendations to support the continued growth of the community.

Church’s historic status is another wrinkle in Star Bar redevelopment

With outrage still boiling over the Star Community Bar’s possible demolition, a little-discussed wrinkle is the historic status of a former church that is part of the larger plan. Dating to at least 1951, according to DeKalb County property records, the church at 1240 Euclid Ave. is listed as...

Holly Springs City Council extends timeline for Town Center project

It will be at least another nine months before site work at Holly Springs' Town Center project is completed, according to the city. The Holly Springs City Council unanimously voted Monday to extend the completion timeline of the site work on the city's Town Center from October to July. The contract with Vertical Earth was approved in 2021, and includes sanitary sewer, grading and site walls, storm and water system, paving, and signage. When the site work is complete, construction can start on the buildings. ...

Ribbon Cutting: Twofold Marketing

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting for Twofold Marketing. Twofold Marketing is located at 110 West Montgomery Street in Villa Rica. For more information, please call (678) 741-5340. For more information on the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, please visit their website at

Gov. Brian Kemp, Virginia governor host get-out-the-vote rally

ATLANTA (WSAV) — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin joined Gov. Brian Kemp and his family for a get-out-the-vote rally in downtown Alpharetta Tuesday. Kemp highlighted accomplishments during the pandemic like the state gas tax exemption, keeping businesses open and allowing kids back to classrooms. “We are going to do a one-time property tax relief that will […]

5 of the best things you can do in Atlanta this weekend

Here are five of the best things to do in Atlanta this weekend, rain or shine. The annual Gather ‘round festival is back this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited!. From tastings and seminars to dinners and parties, the four-day event is jam-packed with intimate and collaborative events combining food and drink with music and art. The festival will be held on Atlanta’s west side, at venues including Westside Motor Lounge, Guardian Works, and Guardian Studios.

Atlanta Technical hosts mayor, Acuity Brands to introduce pilot program, $1.8 million donation

City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens joined Atlanta Technical College leadership and local elected officials on Tuesday to announce donations amounting to over $1.8 million and a partnership between the college and Acuity Brands, an international lighting and building management company headquartered in Atlanta. Using funding from the City of Atlanta, Acuity Brands will create […] The post Atlanta Technical hosts mayor, Acuity Brands to introduce pilot program, $1.8 million donation appeared first on The Atlanta Voice.