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Q&A: Fox News' Bret Baier chronicles his son's struggles with heart disease

The face of top-rated Special Report and Dunwoody native discusses the genesis of his first book and being pseudo Southern.

Forget reporting trips to Afghanistan or tête-à-têtes with presidents; Bret Baier’s toughest challenge involved the flawed ticker of his six-year-old son, Paul. When Paul was diagnosed with five congenital heart defects at birth, subsequent surgeries and hospital stays put the newsman’s career on hold. Baier chronicles the family’s sojourn into the world of pediatric heart disease in his first book, *Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage, and Love*. (All author proceeds go to pediatric heart research.) Read more...

AJ Ghent Band introduces sacred steel guitar to the masses

As openers for Zac Brown Band, the group showed off the African American gospel style pioneered by Ghent's family

When the bearded white dude introduced himself, AJ Ghent was nonplussed. “I didn’t have a clue who Zac Brown was,” recalls Ghent, whose band was rolling into a midnight set when Grammy winner Brown entered the almost empty Dixie Tavern one evening last summer. Read more...

3 local albums you should listen to this summer

These Atlanta artists will complete your playlist

Pool music. Midnight music. Road trip music. Summer’s sultry activities need a soundtrack, and these Atlanta acts are ready for courting. Read more...

Social Circle solar farm harvests clean energy

A music executive repurposes his grandfather's 250-acre plot of land to build one of the country's largest solar farms

Agriculture still drives much of Georgia’s economy, but workers on one of the state’s newest farms harvest energy, not peaches or peanuts. A former cotton farm in Social Circle, about forty-five miles east of Atlanta, has been converted to Simon Solar, one of the largest solar farms in the United States. Steve Ivey, whose family has owned the land since the 1930s, has covered 150 of its 250 acres with panels that can produce approximately thirty megawatts of energy—or enough to power 4,130 homes for a month. Georgia Power is buying the electricity generated from the farm under a twenty-year power purchase agreement. Read more...

5 places to catch films under the stars

Outdoor movies beat Netflix binges any day

Revisit cinematic classics and enjoy family favorites with these summer films. It’s not quite the same as going to a drive-in, but it beats sitting on the couch, glued to Netflix. Read more...