(Atlanta, GA) – Three former presidents are set to attend today’s funeral services for former Georgia Governor Zell Miller. Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are all expected to speak. Miller died on Friday at the age of 86 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He will lie in state in the rotunda at the Georgia Capitol following the funeral services.
His funeral procession made its way through Atlanta this morning on the way to the Governor’s mansion.
(Atlanta, GA) – Officials in Atlanta say the city’s computer systems are under a cyber attack where a ransom is being demanded for access to files. The attack is reportedly holding up internal systems using ransomware and has caused outages on several computer systems. Thursday, a ransom note was discovered demanding payment in the cryptocurrency bitcoin.
The letter details that all files have been encrypted and require a key to regain access. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and Cisco Security are working to resolve the matter. It’s still unclear if any personal information has been compromised as part of the attack.
(Riverdale, GA) – A family is grieving the loss of their child, who was killed in a Payless Shoe Store in suburban Atlanta. Family members say their two-year-old daughter was killed Friday night when a large mirror fell on top of her at the store.
The girl was taken to a hospital in Riverdale, where she later died. Police say while their investigation is continuing, the death is accidental. The family believes the mirror wasn’t secured when it fell.
In a statement issued last night, Payless said, “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family during this time of incredible loss. We are devastated by this tragic event and are cooperating with authorities.
(Atlanta, GA) –Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson is laid to rest after a funeral yesterday in Atlanta where family, friends and members of the Colts association said their farewells.
A friend of the Jackson family described Edwin as person with an infectious personality who brimmed with optimism. Jackson was killed on February 4th when an accused drunk driver hit him and his Uber driver.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 04: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) walks to the field before the Indianapolis Colts training camp on August 4, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Former Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Jackson embodied talent, drive, and passion for the game. General Manager Chris Ballard said he was devastated by Jackson’s death and the compassion and he learned a valuable life lesson from the strength and compassion of Jackson’s family.
(SL) – If you missed our @bouncetv #TrumpetAwards Red Carpet Special tonight, watch it here! The evening’s festivities were hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica Ash as celebrities, notable and esteemed guests from far and wide gathered to honor the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others!
Make sure you tune in to Season 3 of Sytonnia LIVE TUESDAY nights @ MIDNIGHT on the TST Network on Comcast/Xfinity CH 29 in Atlanta!
(Clayton County, GA) – Authorities are still looking for a third suspect involved in a car theft that took place at a gas station in Clayton County. Authorities say, a woman left her car running while she went into a Quick Trip to pay for her gas.
With freezing temperatures and icy conditions, she didn’t want to take her 4-year old (Arya) and 1-month old (Ava) daughters inside. When she came out, her car and her children were gone.According to reports, while inside, a silver Honda full of people pulled up. Someone jumped out, got inside her car and took off. The suspect shockingly put the children out on the street in the cold. It was 22-degrees that day.
Georgia State Police Chief Joe Spillane found the 4-year-old girl walking down the shoulder of the roadway near I-285 and Riverdale Road. The 1-month-old was later found in her car seat along South Fulton Parkway.
Policed arrested 17-year old Khyree Swift and an unidentified 16-year old after the victims sister used the ‘Find my iPhone’ app to track down an iPad stolen with the vehicle. The stolen iPad was pinged to the home address of Swift on Pegg Road. Police also said they traced a phone call made from a stolen iPhone to that same address on Pegg Road.
The stolen SUV was ditched about 2 miles away from Swift’s house. The 16-year old claims that he along with Swift and another man were planning to steal the car, but Major Craig Hammer says neither one is admitting to being in the stolen vehicle. Furthermore swift says he was just trying to buy the electronics from the 16-year old.
They are charged with by theft by taking motor vehicle, kidnapping, cruelty to children, and theft by receiving stolen property. Swift made his first appearance Friday. He was denied bond. It is unclear if the juvenile appeared in court.
(SL) – The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Larenz Tate, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award-winner and Power series star and Erica Ash, who appears on Survivor’s Remorse and stars in the upcoming BET legal drama series In Contempt, will serve as this year’s hosts. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018.
2018 Honorees announced today: Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown.
Performers at the event will include: Doug E. Fresh, Keke Wyatt, Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Sir the Baptist, Arrested Development, Estelle, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane,V. Bozeman, Donald Lawrence, Major, We’ McDonald, Mr. TalkBox, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, Rhyon Brown, Michel’le, Stokley Williams and Carl Thomas.
Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell will be among the presenters.
About this year’s honorees and awards:
· GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer, songwriter, hip-hop artist, Jermaine Dupri will receive The Music Innovation Award. Dupri has worked with Mariah Carey, Usher, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Anthony Hamilton and Alicia Keys. He founded So So Def Recordings in 1993 which launched the careers of Bow Wow, Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge and many others.
· Founder of Sundial Brands and Essence Ventures Richelieu Dennis will be recognized with The Entrepreneur Award. Drivenby his passion for entrepreneurship and sustained by a vision to fill unmet consumer needs, Dennis founded SheaMoisture in 1991 which has grown into one of the world’s most recognized beauty brands. Just this month, it was announced that Dennis’s Essence Ventures, LLC will acquire Essence Communications, Inc. which includes Essence Magazine.
· Activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory, will receive The Impact Award. In 2009, Mallory became the youngest Executive Director of the National Action Network (NAN). She gained recognition as one of four co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, which saw participation from five million people worldwide. Her role in the March landed her on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers List and Fortune’s 2017 List of the World’s Greatest Leaders.
(Decatur, Ga) – Incredible video shows the dramatic rescue of a family caught in a blaze at Avondale Forest Apartments in Decatur Georgia.
The fire happened on January 3rd. The clip shows a few people trapped on the third floor as the fire raged below. As an unidentified person attempts to make her way down a ladder with a 5-year old child in tow, the fire can be seen burning wildly around them.
A woman is heard in the background screaming “Catch my baby!” At that moment, Firefighter Captain Scott Stroup ran over, positioned himself with his arms open and waited for the kid to be dropped.Stroup raced to safety once he caught the child.
Fellow firefighter Jackie Peckrul was positioned at the bottom of the ladder next to Stroup. She also made a harrowing catch. The mother of triplets says she was getting on the ladder to help some people come down but by the time she got up there, the plan had changed. A blue blanket was tossed down to her (while she’s on the ladder) and to her surprise…it had a baby in it. After rescuing the infant, she headed back up the ladder and grabbed another woman and a child. At that time, she saw Captain Stroup positioned for his dramatic rescue.
The department says several lifesaving grabs were made that night. Authorities believe the fire started on a back patio. About 50 people have been left displaced after the massive fire. The family is reportedly doing okay.
(Atlanta, GA) – To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench to spark a comeback and threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith that gave No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia on Monday night for the College Football Playoff national championship.
Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.”He just stepped in and did his thing,” Hurts said. ”He’s built for stuff like this. I’m so happy for him.”
The Tide might have a quarterback controversy ahead, but first Alabama will celebrate another title.For the third straight season, Alabama played a classic CFP final.The Tide split two with Clemson, losing last season on a touchdown with a second left.What was Saban thinking as the winning pass soared this time?
”I could not believe it,” he said. ”There’s lots of highs and lows. Last year we lost on the last play of the game and this year we won on the last play of the game. These kids really responded the right way. We said last year, `Don’t waste the feeling.’ They sure didn’t, the way they played tonight.”
Smith streaked into the end zone and moments later confetti rained and even Saban seemed almost giddy after watching maybe the most improbable victory of his unmatched career.
(Atlanta, GA) – When President Donald Trump swoops into Atlanta for a VIP seat at college football’s biggest game, he’ll enjoy the Southern hospitality of a city he disparaged a year ago as ”falling apart” and ”crime infested.”
The insults tweeted by Trump a week before his inauguration may seem like ancient history to most Americans who follow the president’s voluminous stream of online invective. But Atlanta hasn’t forgotten. ”It was very personal because we live here and we love it,” said Stephanie Langer, a 40-year-old East Atlanta resident whose anger
over the president’s put-downs was rekindled by news of his pending visit.
”I guess it’s just ironic that he’s coming here,” she said. ”I guess things must have improved.” Trump plans to be among 72,000 attending the College Football Playoff Championship game Monday evening between Georgia and Alabama. The game is being held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new $1.5 billion home field of the Atlanta Falcons.