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Hundreds of Residents Attend Vice Chair’s Annual Budget Update

Hundreds of Residents Attend Vice Chair’s Annual Budget Update

More than 300 Fulton County residents gathered at the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility on Tuesday, September 13 to hear from Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Emma I. Darnell and to receive updates regarding Fulton County’s budget outlook.

Vice Chair Darnell’s Annual Update meeting focused on, “Who Pays, Who Benefits?” and focused on County services and the budget. County Manager Zachary L. Williams provided the residents an update about the County’s financial outlook and service updates.  Residents had the opportunity to participate in an exercise that stated their own budget priorities. They also asked questions and made comments.

Residents touched on a wide range of topics including Grady, youth programs, transportation, environmental programs, and much more.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Resolution to Support E-SPLOST for Fulton and Atlanta

(Atlanta) Through a resolution authored by Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and Commissioner Liz Hausmann, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted today in their recess meeting to support the E-SPLOST referendum for Fulton and Atlanta Public Schools.

The School systems have called for a referendum for citizens to consider the continuation of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST IV). SPLOST has funded capital needs in the Fulton County School System since 1997. Previous SPLOST programs have funded 37 new schools, 28 school additions and multiple projects such as roof replacement, HVAC renovations, floor covering replacements, surveillance camera installations and playfield enhancements.

Weekend Countdown! Several big events headed to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- We're still a few days away from the weekend, but with several major events descending upon the city, you may need a head start to get in on the fun.

On Saturday, Music Midtown will return after a six-year hiatus. The event will be scaled down from years past, but is still packed with ten artists on two stages, headlines by Coldplay and The Black Keys.

General admission tickets are $55 and can be purchased at the gate or online.

PHOTOS: Music Midtown Bands

'Atlanta Art Lives Here' campaign to give face to local arts

'Atlanta Art Lives Here' campaign to give face to local arts

ATLANTA -- More than 20 Metro Atlanta arts organizations have launched a unique collaboration to increase interest in the area's robust arts and culture offerings.

Dubbed "Atlanta Art Lives Here," the campaign uses local arts trivia and branding images to educate North Georgians about their many opportunities to enjoy the arts. It is funded competely by the participating organizations and spearheaded by Atlanta PlanIt, a service of Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

"Arts organizations are experiencing new and unique funding challenges," Nicole Jones, editor of Atlanta PlanIt, said in a statement.

Fulton unemployment exceeds metro rate in August

Fulton unemployment exceeds metro rate in August

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate increased to 10.4 percent in August, State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday.

The unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in July. Butler said it increased because there were more layoffs in construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services.

The lowest area rates, at 7.8 percent unemployment, were recorded in Athens and Warner Robins, while the highest, at 12.7 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region near Dublin.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 11 percent in August.

Statewide, the unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, up from 10.1 percent in July.

The 2011 Atlanta Food Rave, this Friday, to raise money for Atlanta Community Food Bank

The 2011 Atlanta Food Rave, this Friday, to raise  money for Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta - The Atlanta Food Rave, winner of the Best Social Event at the 2011 ALLIE Awards, returns Friday, September 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. at East Andrews Entertainment Complex.

The Atlanta Food Rave will donate a percent of the proceeds to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. A limited number of tickets are available nowfor ages 21 and up.

Natl. Black Arts Fest and Brazilian Consulate to hold Brazil Fest in Atlanta

Natl. Black Arts Fest and Brazilian Consulate to hold Brazil Fest in Atlanta

Atlanta --  Brazil Fest will be in Atlanta from September 20-24.  The annual event celebrates Brazilian culture through "thought-provoking conversations, entertaining cultural events and programs." 

NBAF will present a provocative Round Table DiscussionArt and Culture as a Catalyst for Social Change on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, at the Carter Presidential Center. This event is FREE and open to the public, but preregistration is required, call 404-224-3464 to register.  

“NBAF is proud to support and be an active partner in Brazil Fest,” says CEO and President of NBAF, Neil Barclay. “We are extremely excited about Brazil Fest and the full range of events and programs.”  Visit www.nbaf.org

Participants in the Round Table include:

ModeratorJames Early, Director of Cultural Heritage Policy, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution


  • Shelia Walker, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist, Professor and Expert on Diversity and Social-Cultural Development
  • Minister Luiza Bairros, Minister of State
  • Esther Sanchez, Council of Brazilians Abroad
  • Silvana Magda, Brazilian Artist and Arts Administrator


NBAF and the Brazilian Consulate will also host special screenings of two provocative films that chronicle and celebrate the life, struggles and culture of Brazil. Screenings will be held on September 21st, 6:30 pm – 9 pm, at the Southwest Arts Center on 915 New Hope Rd., SW, in Atlanta. Advance tickets are available for the screenings at NBAF.org; $8 in advance, $10 at the door.