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Red Hot Housing Market Brings Supply Crunch

Jul 19, 2017
For Sale Sign in front of a Marietta home
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If you are looking to buy a house, it’s tough for many metro Atlanta home buyers right now.

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Realtors say a six-month inventory of homes for sale is about average. That's industry talk for how long the current number of existing houses for sale would last if no new houses were built.

In Atlanta right now, there's a three-month inventory, said Atlanta Realtors Association President Bill Rawlings. He said the market has just gotten weird.

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Six Flags Over Georgia will permanently shutter its iconic wooden roller coaster, the Georgia Cyclone, this month.

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News outlets report park spokesman Gene Petriello says the attraction is closing July 30 to make way for a new one. 

He said the amusement park adds a new ride to the park each year, but declined to reveal what would replace the Georgia Cyclone.

The Georgia Cyclone opened in 1990, and was modeled after New York's Coney Island Cyclone.

Courtesy of the Department of Justice

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta said Tuesday that they are issuing a public warning about counterfeit oxycodone pills, much like they did last month when fake Percocet pills caused overdoses in the Macon area and were linked to five deaths.

Prosecutors have charged a woman from Roswell who they say was selling the pills, which were laced with fentanyl and synthetic opioids that carry a higher risk of overdose.

A sworn statement from a Drug Enforcement Administration agent says 38-year-old Cathine Sellers was selling counterfeit pills out of her Roswell home.

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Police near Atlanta say a notorious jewel thief with an illicit career spanning six decades has been caught stealing again, but she wasn't after sparkly gems this time.

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Doris Payne, 86, was arrested at a Walmart store around 5 p.m. Monday and charged with shoplifting $86.22 worth of merchandise, according to a report from Chamblee police. The charge is a misdemeanor.