Atlanta people and places

Why Crystal Gayle is taking Brenda Lee’s place at upcoming concert

4:22 pm Jul. 18, 2017

Brenda Lee had been ready to perform at the upcoming Georgia Mountain Fair, happening July 21-29 in Hiawassee.

But – dang it! – the beloved Country Hall of Famer has been ordered to rest after breaking her foot. So, country music queen Crystal Gayle will delight audiences in her stead.

The performances, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, take place in the music hall on the Georgia Mountain Fairground and

Lawsuit alleges unsafe practices on “Sleepy Hollow” filming site in metro Atlanta

5:22 am Jul. 18, 2017

A lawsuit filed against 20th Century Fox and numerous other parties last week – about two years after a crew member was injured on the metro Atlanta set of the series “Sleepy Hollow”  – accuses the defendants of “failing to exercise ordinary care … to protect the filming cast and crew and failing to take reasonable safety precautions.”

Plaintiff Deborah Cottrill is represented by Harris Lowry Manton LLP, the firm that represented

Where celebs hang out in metro Atlanta

5:54 pm Jul. 17, 2017

Photo credits: Jennifer Brett, Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox, Rodney Ho, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Instagram) courtesy of Buckhead Life Group, Meehan’s Public House and Georgia Aquarium and AJC file photos

Alex Rodriguez spotted in Atlanta

7:26 am Jul. 17, 2017

Alex Rodriguez was spotted in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District the other day, camera crew in tow. It’s unclear what he was filming.

His current ventures include his partnership with TruFusion, a chain of fitness facilities that

Justin Trudeau spoke to Jimmy Carter after health scare

7:02 am Jul. 15, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with former President Jimmy Carter after the 92-year-old international statesman endured a little health scare north of the border.

AJC reporter Jill Vejnoska has been monitoring Carter’s situation, reporting on Friday:

The former president became dehydrated and needed medical attention on-site Thursday morning, which was Day Four of the five-day, 150-home building blitz across Canada. As a precaution, he was transported to St.

Family of “The Walking Dead” stuntman John Bernecker has donated his organs

7:13 pm Jul. 14, 2017

The legacy of John Bernecker, the stuntman who succumbed to injuries suffered on “The Walking Dead” set this week, will live on in precious gifts to others. His family has donated his organs.

The LifeLink Foundation issued this statement from the family:

“The family of John Bernecker is heartbroken to confirm that John has passed away from injuries sustained earlier this week.  Although devastated by their loss, John’s loved ones

“The Walking Dead” stars mourn stuntman John Bernecker

5:13 pm Jul. 14, 2017

Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the villain Negan on “The Walking Dead,” but on Friday he was among the many friends, loved ones and industry leaders posting heartfelt tributes in memory of John Bernecker, a stuntman on the hit AMC series.

“Deep sorrow today, and for every tomorrow,” Morgan posted on his official Twitter account. “Love, respect, and condolences to John’s family, and friends. He will be forever missed.”

UPDATE: John Bernecker’s