The Atlanta City Council voted yesterday on legislation that will lead to the creation of a Little Five Points Community Improvement District (CID). The CID would allow business owners in the neighborhood to tax themselves to help fund everything from sidewalk improvements and street lights to bicycle and parking facilities. There would also be money set aside for management of parks, recreational and cultural facilities.

Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta), State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) and Atlanta City Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd and Felicia Moore held a press conference at the State Capitol today to educate Georgians on updated regulations of the state’s scrap tire law. The new law requires carriers of scrap tires to be issued a permit (or decal) and submit a Scrap Tire Carrier Permit Application to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. “The legislation was needed because an estimated 10 million vehicle tires are discarded in Georgia every year,” said  Sheperd. “My colleagues and I are confronted with illegal dump sites weekly. Literally thousands of tires are collected in the city along in vacant lots, abandoned subdivisions and along our rivers and streams. It’s not just a problem impacting Atlanta. It’s a pervasive problem across our state. I commend our state house and senate representatives for providing us with what can be an effective statewide tool to regulate the transport and storage of scrap tires, in hopes of further cracking down on illegal tire dumpers.”

Atlanta Police are warning Midtown motorists to be wary of a man who disables cars then offers to fix them for quick cash, according to a report from WSB. More troubling is in the latest incident, the suspect threatened the car owner with a gun.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.