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Lil Nas X Now Has His Own Damn Day in Atlanta, So What Could Possibly Be Next?

In what was just another day in the life, Lil Nas X was awarded with, well, his very own day. A little over a month after the release of the rap superstar's well-received debut album, Montero, the Atlanta City Council deemed Oct. 20 Lil Nas X Day in the city, which is close to the Lithia Springs, GA, community where he grew up. "His artistic influence and transformative music continue to shape Atlanta and the world," the proclamation read.
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Georgia hospital completes ED expansion, starts building $400M patient tower

Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Northside Hospital Gwinnett opened its expanded emergency department Oct. 18 and recently received approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health for a new 10-story tower. The 407,000-square-foot tower will have 162 inpatient beds and will cost $400 million, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Oct. 21. The plans for...

Gainesville mayoral race: housing affordability

The mayoral race in the City of Gainesville is contested between two candidates as part of the 2021 municipal election cycle, so AccessWDUN asked the two candidates to give their thoughts on four topics, the first of which being housing in the city. Current Gainesville City Council member Sam Couvillon,...
Forsyth County News

Forsyth County Schools earn highest graduation rates among metro-Atlanta counties, Georgia large districts

Forsyth County Schools students once again earned the highest graduation rates among metro-Atlanta counties and large school districts in Georgia in 2021 despite educational challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an announcement from the school system on Thursday, Oct. 21 this past school year’s graduation rate is 96.4%, the...

700 Homes Added to a Quickly Growing Corner of the Atlanta Metro Area

The city of Chamblee, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta located in DeKalb County, has approved zoning changes for the development of 62 parcels, yielding 700 homes and 20,000 square feet of retail uses. Zachary Hansen reports on developer Thrive Residential's (a subsidiary of Toll Brothers Inc.) plan to build the...

Owens says Cobb detainees the first to receive 24-hour mental health service

MARIETTA, GA — Under the leadership of Sheriff Craig Owens, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office will become the first sheriff’s office in the state to provide its detainees around-the-clock access to behavioral and mental health services. Beginning Nov. 15, the Adult Detention Center will have a full-time psychiatrist on staff...

Lil Nas X Receives His Own Official Day In Atlanta

October 20 in Atlanta is now officially “Lil Nas X Day.”. The Atlanta City Council teamed up with Mayoral candidate Antonio Brown who presented the rising star with a plaque celebrating both his contributions to music and the LGBTQ+ community. “He has made a considerable impact on the LGBTQ community...

Community invited to Bruce Street School engagement sessions

AMHAA officials posted a presentation that includes ideas for the renovation. The ideas might not be used after the community engagement sessions are complete, but AMHAA Director of Interpretation Sarah Lisle said they are looking at “how to stabilize what we have and how to make it safe [and] accessible for the public to interact with it.”

Milton City Council levels restrictions on future alcohol-related businesses

MILTON, Ga. — The Milton City Council labored for seven hours Oct. 18 to strike a balance over amendments to the city’s alcohol beverage licensing ordinance. The action drew a packed house at City Hall, and many spoke against changes that would impact existing businesses, like Painted Horse Winery and Vineyards and Billy Allen’s, a piano bar and restaurant set to open soon in downtown Crabapple.

Warnock raises $9M as cash flows in 2022 Georgia Senate race

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock raised more than $9 million from July through September, outstripping Republican rivals for the 2022 senatorial election in Georgia. Warnock's campaign now has $17.2 million on hand ahead of what could be another bruising and expensive election. Football great Herschel Walker raised...

Fort Mac board approves T.D. Jakes’ initial plans – not yet publicly released – to redevelop 95 acres

John Hope Bryant has a virtual conversation with Bishop T.D. Jakes at 2021 HOPE Global Summit (Photo by Maria Saporta) The Fort Mac redevelopment authority spent more than two hours in executive session before spending five minutes in public session to pass a unanimous resolution approving the preliminary master plan proposed by T.D. Jakes’ and his real estate company.
Marietta Daily Journal

Decatur hosts focused conversations about missing middle housing policy

The city of Decatur is hosting focused conversations to gather input from residents on recommended missing middle housing policy and to inform final policy recommendations. The sessions are scheduled to take place virtually using Zoom. Each session will have a short panel discussion, before entering participant breakout rooms for further conversations, then concluding with a Q&A.