🌱 MBZ Stadium Mega-Test Site + Double Shooting Reward

Hey, Atlanta! We’re catching up with you all to start this Friday, January 14 on an enlightened note. These are the most important things happening in Atlanta today.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Quite sunny. High: 55 Low: 36.

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Here are the top 5 stories in Atlanta today:

  1. A COVID-19 mega-testing site with a daily capacity of 2,000 opens today at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. According to a joint statement, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Fulton County Board of Health and the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency are teaming up to open the driving site at The Home Depot Backyard, 1 Backyard Way, at Mercedes – Benz Stadium. The site will be open every day except Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until further notice. These PCR tests are free for all Georgians, but insurance will be charged if available. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made online at https://viralsolutionsga.com/register. (Free: 11Alive.com WXIA; Subscription: The Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  2. The reward has doubled for a man accused of shooting two Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputies earlier this week. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Tyler Keith Henderson shot the two deputies around midnight Tuesday in Ochlocknee, Georgia. The US Marshals Service originally offered a $5,000 reward for any tip leading to Henderson’s arrest, an amount that now stands at $10,000. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Henderson, call 911 or the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office at 229-225-4151. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at this link, or by downloading the “See Something, Send Something” mobile app. (Atlanta crest)
  3. Dunwoody has become the latest city to make it illegal to rent a house with the explicit intention of having loud, inconsequential parties. These wild house parties, which have become a problem in nearby cities during the pandemic, have already been banned in Atlanta and Sandy Springs. On Monday, Dunwoody City Council voted to allow police fine offenders up to $1,000 or throw them in jail for up to six months. City policy, which reflects restrictions imposed by Atlanta and Sandy Springs, defines a party house as a dwelling house which is available for rent, usually through a service like Airbnb, specifically for large commercial type gatherings. The council also said it could change policy on the road to punish the owners and not just the party hosts. (Free: ReporterNewspapers.net; Subscription: The Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  4. At the Atlanta Hawks’ annual MLK Day Game presented by Chase on Monday at 6 p.m., the club will unveil the new “MLK Wall.” Offering an educational experience about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the MLK Wall is located near Atlanta Social on the terrace level of State Farm Arena. The MLK Wall is a special tribute to the team’s hard work last season through a partnership between the King Estate, NBA, NBPA and Nike. For tickets to the match, visit Hawks.com/Tickets. (CBS46 Atlanta News)
  5. The Atlanta Debutante Club 2021 introduced its 31 new members. Discover the group of young women selected this year by the Atlanta Debutante Club, founded in 1911. (MDJOnline.com)

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Today in Atlanta:

  • skate station at the Atlantic Station skating rink (4:00 p.m.)
  • VSouples Yoga at alt kula, Atlantic Station (6:00 p.m.)
  • To free Final rest/Funeral/Cremation Webinar (6:00 p.m.)
  • Wanted to (Tribute to Bon Jovi) with Special Guest Radiostar at 37 Main Buford (8:00 p.m.)
  • Hot and rhetorical licks (Steely Dan Tribute Show) at 37 core areas of Avondale (9:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • The Atlanta Police Department is pleased to recognize the work of the Area 2 Bike Patrol Unit. These individuals, in partnership with the MARTA PD Bike Unit, are making a noticeable difference in the Atlanta-Lingbergh-Morosgo neighborhood and can be credited with a 32% reduction in crime in Part 1 in their first 6 months of deployment (since summer 2021) .
  • Since 2019, the Atlanta Humane Society has partnered with Meals on Wheels Atlanta to provide pet food to seniors with pets. This month we are running out of small bags of cat food. 3-4 pound bags of dry cat food are the most needed! Help seniors and their pets by shopping for food from our Amazon Wish List! https://a.co/aKfizln(Facebook)
  • Incredible progress is being made along Atlanta’s belt line Westside BeltLine Connector and Westside Trail. (📸: @beltlinejohn) (Facebook)
  • Products grown in the edible garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden that is not used in on-site classes or at the Longleaf Restaurant is donated to organizations like concrete jungle , Free99Fridge, International Rescue Committee, and the Captain Planet Foundation. (Facebook)
  • Remember when people thought a Civil War era locomotive had been discovered in pristine condition at the site of the old Cyclorama building, and it has been shared over 39,000 times on social media? Thank you India today to formally demystify the myth. All aboard for an official history lesson on how Texas’ locomotive made it to the Atlanta History Center! (Facebook)

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Thanks for following and staying informed! See you tomorrow for your next update.

Kathy Cioffi

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