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Feds Give Atlanta $47 Million For Peachtree Streetcar

Oct 15, 2010

About five months ago, Atlanta lost its federal funding bid to run streetcars through the central parts of the city. It was seen as a major blow to a big city tourism and transportation initiative.

Since then, Mayor Reed says he has consistently pushed for funding. He also says Atlanta focused solely on the Streetcar request and got away from selling federal officials on several city transportation projects.

Atlanta, GA – A new study shows that despite a tough economic climate, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport has seen a jump in revenue. Airport officials announced the details of the study Tuesday. WABE's Martha Dalton reports.

Airport Interim General Manager Robert Kennedy says in 2009, Hartsfield-Jackson generated 32.6 billion dollars in revenue for the metro area - up 40 percent from 2005:

The term “Giwayen Mata” comes from the Hausa ethnic group of Nigeria and West Africa. It means “Elephant Women” and often refers to the leaders of women’s organizations. For a group of dancers and drummers who came together in Atlanta in 1993, it was the perfect term for their trailblazing performance style.

The Great Speckled Bird was a weekly counterculture Atlanta newspaper that was published from 1968 to 1976. It was also briefly revived in the mid 80’s for less than a year.

The life of the Bird was tied to the hippy movement, especially around “the Strip”, an area from 10th to 14th street along Peachtree road where the hippy scene was strongest. Most of the papers were sold by hippies on the street.

The main focus of the paper was opposition to the Vietnam War, but they also spent a lot of time attacking politicians, slumlords and big business.

In 1938 Mary Kate Carroll and Gladys Donaldson formed the Cotton States Cat Club with 12 cat lovers and held their first show at the Atlantan Hotel. This year (2008) the Club had its 70th consecutive annual Cat Show at the Gwinnett Center with approximately 350 cats in various competitions including best of breed, feline agility and a fancy dress competition!

Connie Wardlaw, the Club’s Secretary explains the appeal of cats this way. “I like cats because they are independent. They do their own thing. You can train them to do certain things but they are their own person.”



Jim Stacy has been a clown, a sideshow performer, a touring musician, a tattoo artist, a honky-tonk owner, and the manager of a drive-in theatre. To him, packing a second-hand popcorn wagon full of delicious gourmet carnival food and sharing it with festival-goers around Atlanta just seemed like the next logical step in a life lived by the “carny ethic.”

One of the strangest stories we came across was about St. EOM of Pasaquan. Eddie Owens Martin was an artist and soothsayer who began painting after he had a series of visions in 1935. He moved back to Buena Vista, Georgia, started calling himself St. EOM, and created Pasaquan using the old family house.

After Eddie’s death 20 years ago, the house and the grounds were left to decay. However, in the last decade there’s been a renewed interest in folk art, and the Pasaquan Preservation Society was created to protect Eddie’s unique vision.

When we think of raising animals for food, we think of farms in the country, but some of this might be happening in your neighbor’s back yard! On This is Atlanta, we talked to some urbanites who raise goats for milk and chickens for eggs and meat right here in the city.

Meet three beekeepers; Curtis Gentry, an educator and a long time bee lover, who switched from engineering to entomology (the study of insects) in college; Cindy Bee, who comes from a long line of beekeepers (hence the last name) and who “rescues” bees from inside the walls of buildings and relocates them to a safe hive; and finally George Andl, a relative newcomer who learned from Curtis and is now in his 3rd year as an amateur beekeeper.

The Georgia Magic Club is a local “ring” of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the world’s largest magic organization. The members gather each month to try out new tricks and to learn from each other; not only magic techniques, but also show-craft and business tips. The Georgia Magic Club has a large number of members who, like club president Debbie Leifer, are professional magicians, but there are also semi-professionals and enthusiastic amateurs as well.

It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the country. It’s called pickleball, and in Cherokee county it has taken off. Tom and Ann Earley discovered the game on a trip to Arizona and fell in love immediately. When they returned home, they decided to start the North Georgia Pickleball Club. The club has since exploded in popularity. Now players from around the area travel to the Earley’s backyard tennis courts four times a week to play pickleball.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Spruill Art Gallery in Dunwoody featured a series of art created by Atlanta artist Elyse Defoor titled “X.U.ME.”

Defoor has spent her life in Atlanta and considers it her home, but has always had a soft spot for New Orleans. In 2003, she married her husband in a private ceremony in the Crescent City. Just two years later, she watched with dread as the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

There are plenty of veterinarians in Atlanta where you can take your dog or cat. What if you have a less traditional pet like a rabbit, bird, or snake? For Pet’s Sake in Decatur is an exotic animal hospital that specializes in those non-traditional animals. Most of their appointments are birds and rabbits, but they also see everything from snakes to turtles to ferrets and much more.

The first recorded jousting tournament was held in France in 1066. Almost 950 years later, people can still relive those days of yore. Located inside Discover Mills in Lawrenceville, Medieval Times is an 11th century dinner theater. Patrons are served a meal by “serfs” and “wenches.” There are no utensils here; everyone eats with their bare hands. The entertainment is an authentic medieval tournament, featuring horse dressage, a variety of skill games, and a jousting tournament.

Wet Plate Collodion is an early photographic process invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1850 and used widely until the end of the century. It produced a sharp image that could be used to make an unlimited number of prints. However it has one major disadvantage. The entire process has to be completed before the plate is dry. So the plate must be prepared, exposed in the camera and processed in about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the temperature and the weather. This means that a darkroom must be carried along during a photographic trip. In 1800’s that would have been a horse drawn wagon.

Most dogs love to fetch, jump and swim. That explains the popularity of dock jumping. Promoted in 2000 as a “filler” event at the ESPN games, it has grown rapidly into a nationwide phenomenon.



When the Comer siblings opened up the pub that would eventually become The Marlay House, they hoped to recreate a bit of their native Ireland in Decatur. The missing piece came in the form of several local musicians who quickly became a fixture.

Dr. Edwin Gerson likes antiques. He has an impressive collection of vintage telephones, but he really wanted to find some artifacts from his medical specialty, radiology. That proved to be impractical, however. Early x-ray equipment was enormous, and very little survived intact.

Perhaps you’ve been to the Center for Puppetry Arts and enjoyed a show, but have you ever thought about the amount of work required to put that show together? We went backstage to visit the folks in the puppet shop as well as the puppeteers to see what’s involved.

As a DJ at WRAS, the Georgia State radio station, Lance Ledbetter was unable to find early gospel recordings on CD or LP. In 1999, he began to seek out collectors of old 78 RPM records, listening to hours upon hours of tape, amazed at the wealth of sounds virtually unheard by modern listeners. A project took shape as Lance made plans to share this music with others.

The American Association of adapted SPORTS Program

Jun 20, 2010

The American Association of adaptedSPORTST Programs began in the 1980s as an after-school program for students with physical disabilities in Dekalb County. It has since become a model for adapted sports throughout the country.

The Greater Atlanta Racing Pigeon Club

Jun 20, 2010

You may think you have a tendency to get homesick, but you can’t begin to compare with the homing pigeon. When taken away from their lofts, homing pigeons will, when released, race back to their homes at nearly 60 mph. And forget about moving to a new town. Pigeons will attempt to return to their original homes, despite the time and the miles in between.

C-TRAN Advocates Get Boost From Rev. Jackson

Apr 12, 2010

Jackson met with state lawmakers to lobby for a comprehensive transportation overhaul, as well as immediate help for former riders of C-TRAN, Clayton's bus service. Jackson urged them to pass a bill that would allow Clayton to raise its sales tax to fund transit. He also singled out the four Clayton commissioners who voted in October to shut down C-TRAN due to funding issues.

About 8,500 riders used C-TRAN on a daily basis before it closed down last week due to budget issues. More than half of those riders used it to get to work. It's why the state public service commission has granted emergency authority to a van company so it can provide some relief.

GRTA's bid to expand bus service in Clayton failed to gain federal approval because it lacked a long-term funding source.

MARTA: All C-TRAN Workers Will Be Laid Off

Feb 24, 2010

The news is grim. All 70 C-TRAN jobs are being terminated. This doesn't include the 17 employees that were already transferred to MARTA. The 70 include managers, bus drivers, mechanics, and office staff.

Gary Frank drives the 503 line and received his pink slip today.

Clayton commissioners have voted to turn over most of the county's C-Tran buses to GRTA, another regional bus service. In return, GRTA will add three new Clayton routes to its existing schedule. Commissioner Wole Ralph says the new routes will serve 50-60 percent of C-TRAN riders for a fraction of the cost.

Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway says the program will save millions, cut the crime rate, and discourage illegal immigrants from moving to the area.

Questions Raised in Dekalb Bullying Probe

Jul 28, 2009

Sue Heslup is a long-time resident of DeKalb and the mother of two former students.

"There was a lot of information that was never shared, a lot of information withheld, a lot of parents in the dark...That's what I think people are upset about."

She says her main issue is that the county has yet to produce a written report on the suicide of 11-year-old, Jaheem Herrera.

Commemorating Memorial Day at the State Capitol

May 22, 2009

Thursday, Georgia's fallen soldiers from years past and of recent memory were honored inside the State Capitol for the Memorial Day weekend.

Chaplain Blair Davis read names of service members killed last year in combat.

DAVIS: "Corporal Johnathan Ayers. Snellville, Georgia.

Last July, Corporal Ayers, a machine gun expert, manned an outpost in Afghanistan when he was killed by insurgents. It still pains Johnathan's father, Bill Ayers.