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Government watchdog group seeks transparency on Braves stadium move

1/3/2014, 9:36 a.m.
The Atlanta Braves announced last year that the club plans to move from Turner Field to Cobb County. The proposed $672 million project is pictured above.

Common Cause Georgia, government watchdog group, is pushing for more transparency from Cobb County leaders on the Braves stadium project, per a CBS Atlanta report.

William Perry, the organization’s executive director states the economic impact study that was commissioned prior to the vote by county commissioners last month does not solidify anything as of yet.

Common Cause Georgia published a blog Monday morning, Dec.30, attacking the lack of transparency during the negotiations. The negotiation process was secret until Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee announced the deal with the Braves in early November.

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Vernon Jones

Vernon Jones intends to run for DeKalb County sheriff

Former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones (2001-09) confirmed last week that he will campaign to replace current DeKalb Sheriff Thomas Brown, who plans to step down from office.

Sheriff Brown is aiming to run against U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson for Georgia’s fourth Congressional district. Jones is expected to make a formal announcement next month, per Creative Loafing. Jones would become the sixth candidate for sheriff.

MARTA Job Fair for Full-Time Bus Operators

MARTA will host a job fair, to hire professional, customer-focused employees to come aboard as full-time bus operators, to be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at its headquarters at 2424 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324.

MARTA will offer on-site interviews for open positions at the event. Applicants who want to become part of the MARTA team must dress in professional/business attire. Job-seekers should also bring the following items for an opportunity to be interviewed on-site:

Valid Georgia Class “B” CDL driver’s license or CDL permit with Passenger Endorsement

An original 5-to-7 year Motor Vehicle Report

High School Diploma or Equivalent (i.e. GED)

Documents verifying your eligibility to work in the U.S. (such as a birth certificate, Social Security card or passport)

A resume with a valid telephone number and email address

Applicants must be at least 21 and are required to pass all pre-employment screenings related to the position, including customer service tests, and a physical exam that includes a drug and alcohol screening.

The on-site interview process for those who meet the requirements may take up to four hours. Job fair attendees will have the opportunity to speak with MARTA Human Resources personnel about the position and the benefits package available to full-time bus operators.

Pay starts at $13.68 an hour with a top rate of $19.54 an hour. For more information about the position and to create your employment application profile in advance of the job fair, please visit www.itsmarta.com/careers.aspx.

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Polaris, the landmark blue dome that once dominated Atlanta’s skyline stands at right, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. Photo by David Goldman/AP.

The iconic Polaris lounge to rejoin Atlanta’s skyline

Polaris, which debuted in 1967, will open again. The Polaris has been vacant since 2004. The refurbished hotel is adding a renovated kitchen, as well as a bar that rotates for a panoramic view. Polaris’ GM Peter McMahon says the hotel should be reopened in March.

5K run/walk on will benefit nonprofit preschool

MARIETTA, Ga. - The 9th annual Wonderful Days of Winter 5K and 1 mile run is begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 4 at St. James’ Episcopal Church (at the corner of Polk Street). The race benefits Wonderful Days Preschool, the church’s community outreach program.