Atlanta people and places

Cobb author plans Truman Capote reading to benefit Gatlinburg fire victims: Hear a preview clip here

10:54 am Dec. 16, 2016

Bestselling author Lauretta Hannon will give a reading of Truman Capote’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Memory,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Marietta Museum of History. Admission is a monetary donation of any amount (if you’d like to write a check, make it out to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee) and proceeds benefit those devastated by the recent Gatlinburg, Tenn. wildfires. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the event will

Are you in this picture? The Kennesaw cops want to thank you!

9:26 am Dec. 10, 2016

The Kennesaw Police Department want to thank whoever is in this photo.

A group of officers went to dinner Friday night and their sergeant planned to pick up the tab. When he went to pay, though, a server let them know someone else already had. The officers posed for a photo with their benefactors but didn’t think to get their names.

If you’re in the photo, know that the Kennesaw Police Department

Evander Holyfield brings holiday cheer to an Atlanta family in need

1:07 pm Dec. 6, 2016

Boxing champ Evander Holyfield celebrated Christmas early this year, surprising a local woman and her two daughters with a bounty of toys. Single mom Staci and her girls Makayla, 8, and Jaiden, 4, were nominated as part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 12 Days of Giving effort and got to meet Holyfield Sunday afternoon at the Salvation Army Fuqua Boys & Girls Club in downtown Atlanta.

“This is amazing,”

Elton John to play at Donald Trump’s inauguration?

9:02 am Nov. 23, 2016

A member of president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team says Elton John will play at the inauguration.

“Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the Mall for the inauguration,” Anthony Scaramucci tells the BBC.


That time Elton John delivered meals for charity in Atlanta

Elton John was spotted at this Buckhead restaurant

One problem: Scaramucci apparently didn’t clear that with the Rocket Man.

“Elton will not be performing at Trump’s

SNL opens with “Hillary Clinton” singing, no Donald Trump character

9:01 am Nov. 13, 2016

The opening of the first “Saturday Night Live” since last week’s election felt like more of a requiem than a comic bit. Hillary Clinton, played by Kate McKinnon, sang “Hallelujah” by the late Leonard Cohen.

The Donald Trump character, played in recent weeks by Alec Baldwin, didn’t appear.

“I’m not giving up, and neither should you,” McKinnon said after her performance.

MORE: Dave Chappelle’s “Walking Dead” skit

In the show immediately preceding the election,

Cobb County dog abandoned for being fat has a new home

7:19 pm Oct. 24, 2016

A 12-year-old dog named Leila, who someone left at the Cobb County animal shelter after her weight made her “inconvenient,” has found a new home.

At 61 pounds, it’s been hard for Leila to get up and down steps, so her past owners gave her up.  Cobb County animal shelter volunteers posted a message about Leila’s heartbreaking plight the other day.

“Leila’s previous ‘family’ left her at Cobb County Animal Control on Oct. 20 because

Atlanta motorists’ photos show impact of gas shortage

1:39 pm Sep. 19, 2016

Atlanta motorists are sharing photos of long lines, empty gas stations and some triumphs amid temporary gas shortages affecting our region.

MORE: Econ prof blasts anti price gouging laws like the one Gov. Nathan deal just signed.

Amy Voss filled her tank and shared her victory:

Darnell Foster filled up, too. It wasn’t cheap:

Tammy Garnes on the other hand was looking for other options:

Commentator Neal Boortz weighed in on Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision