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What you need to know about the carcinogen controversy in Smyrna and Covington

In early September, Sterigenics stopped production in its facility near Smyrna after it was accused of emitting ethylene oxide (a carcinogenic chemical compound used during the sterilization process) near residential neighborhoods. Near Covington, a Becton Dickinson facility that uses ethylene oxide, followed suit. Here’s where things stand.
Revel Duluth Gwinnett County opening

Revel, a new mixed-use development coming to Duluth, is like a mashup of the Battery and Avalon

Avalon developer North American Properties announced the first businesses expected at Revel this week, a new mixed-use development going up at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.
Circa: Lockheed bomber plant

Flashback: How World War II helped turn Cobb County into an economic powerhouse

With war on the horizon in the early 1940s, the country needed B-29 Superfortress bombers to fight Nazi Germany, and it needed them fast. A group of boosters from Cobb County pitched the perfect site: a cotton farm and field of trees in Marietta. The investment turned Cobb, until then a sleepy suburb, into an economic powerhouse.
Groundbreakers 2018

IgniteHQ

IgniteHQ, a coworking space just off Marietta Square, not only allows members access to communal areas but also conference rooms, mailing addresses, reserved spaces, and private offices.

The oddest cucumber-slicing device ever is back in Atlanta this week

Hendrick's Gin brings its bizarre cucumber-slicing contraption—which involves a man riding a penny-farthing bike on top of a massive food truck tossing cucumbers into a French horn—back to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Heirlom Market BBQ reopens fire

Heirloom Market BBQ reopens after a fire destroyed its smokehouse

A fire destroyed Heirloom Market BBQ's smokers on Friday the 13th, but that's not stopping the popular barbecue joint from serving a limited menu, which includes their spicy Korean pork and extra orders of their Korean fried chicken.
How to bring Amazon HQ2 to Atlanta

A modest proposal to get Amazon’s HQ2 in Atlanta: Make stuff up

Atlanta really, really, wants to be the site of Amazon’s HQ2, but we've got some problems that could halt that. How do we fix our issues before the Amazon delegation arrives to inspect our city? Like a steel plate over a pothole, let's cover 'em up.
Ikea coming Cobb County Marietta Atlanta

Rejoice, OTP-ers: Marietta is getting an IKEA

It's true—a second metro Atlanta IKEA location is coming to Marietta's Franklin Gateway in Cobb County, the city announced today.
Marietta High School

“They are just shadows.” For undocumented Marietta High students, fear of deportation is always there

Not feeling safe in the immigrant community is less about the fear of a mugging or car theft than the knowledge that a missing tail light may mean the end of life in the land of opportunity.
Betsy Riley

Editor’s Note: Life lessons

Our public high school had students from more than 65 different countries. A decade after graduation, my older son still has friends who are Indian, Brazilian, Korean, and American of all colors. Ramadan became as familiar a part of the academic calendar to him as Thanksgiving and Passover.

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