Creative Loafing reports that the Clermont Lounge will be closed for two months starting in June while renovation work begins to renovate the Clermont Hotel above. One of the DJ’s said he is concerned how the employees – including iconic beer-can crushing stripper Blondie – will make ends meet while the famed dive bar and strip joint is closed.

Georgia Commute Options, a Georgia DOT program designed to encourage alternatives to driving to work alone, is planning a week’s worth of activities – April 13-17 –  to celebrate the launch of its new Be the Solution initiative. The week will highlight train and bus transit, bus and vanpool, teleworking and carpooling/walking/biking.  For more information, visit

While the battle goes on in Washington to raise the minimum wage, Walmart has stepped up and given pay raises to its 23,275 employees in Georgia. Employees will earn at least $1.75 an hour above the federal minimum wage and $3.85 above the Georgia minimum wage, according to a media release. The new full-time average hourly wage in Georgia is now $13.17 for Walmart workers.

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.