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Sept. 23: Mastermind EVP Mike Gelfond Speaks on Social Media ROI at LIFT Summit in Atlanta

Mike Gelfond, EVP of Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, digital and promotion agency, will be part of a panel discussing how businesses can measure social return on investment (SROI).  The panel, “The Roadmap to Measuring Social Return on Investment,” is part of the one-day Lift Summit on Sept.

Georgia's Top One-Win High School Football Teams

 

Not every elite team finishes the season undefeated. The vast majority of teams lose at least one game and with so many teams playing tough non-region games early in the season, many teams take their lumps early.

A perfect example is Camden County's 2009 team. The Wildcats lost to a nationally-ranked Grayson team in Week One, beat a Florida team in Week Two, and lost to perennial powerhouse Hoover (AL) in Week Three. After a 1-2 start, many people wrote off Kingsland team. Three months and twelve consecutive wins later and the Camden County Wildcats were the 5A champs.

Camden County's 2009 path was atypical, but could easily be repeated.

Mayor Reed Names New City Attorney for Atlanta

ATLANTA --  Mayor Kasim Reed named Cathy Hampton as his pick for City Attorney on Friday.

Hampton most recently served as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary at RARE Hospitality International, a restaurant franchisor. Before that, the Spelman and Harvard grad served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Earthlink and Counsel at Turner Entertainment Group and the National Basketball Association. 

"Cathy Hampton brings an impressive breadth and depth of legal experience to the City of Atlanta," Reed said in a statement. "Her knowledge of government compliance issues, corporate law, negotiation and contract administration will be an invaluable asset to the City of Atlanta. She is a seasoned attorney who will make an important difference in the management and leadership of the City's Law Department."

11Alive Help Desk Wipes Out Double Fines for Parking Tickets

ATLANTA -- The 11Alive Help Desk made a unique request to the Atlanta Municipal Court, and it could save you a bundle.

It involves hundreds of people who got Atlanta parking tickets from mid-July to mid-September and now have to pay double the fines.

One of them was Katha Dewees.

She got her parking ticket at Hartsfield-Jackson as she waited at curbside.

She tried to pay the $25 fine but couldn't pay it either online or by phone.

Her fine doubled to $50.

"I called the number that was listed on the ticket. I put the citation number in. It said citation number not found. Then I tried to talk to a person. Every time I would take the option to talk to an operator it would disconnect me," Dewees said.

The Help Desk found that a computer virus had crippled the Atlanta Municipal Court touch tone and online system for much of the summer.

Repairman Shot in Front of School

ATLANTA -- A repairman was shot and sustained minor injuries outside an Atlanta elementary school Thursday.

Police arrived at Boyd Elementary School on Johnson road to reports of a person shot. Police found a 62-year-old white man shot in the leg.

The man told police he was making repairs when two black men asked him for his wallet at gunpoint. Before the man could respond, one of the suspects shot him, according to police.

The men fled the scene on foot. Little information was given on their descriptions except that both were wearing blue, and one had numbers on the back of his shirt.

The repairman's identity has not been released. He was taken to Grady Hospital for treatment. His wounds are not believed to be life threatening.

State May Use Tolls to Finish I-85/400 Interchange

ATLANTA -- The State Road and Tollway Authority will meet next week to consider extending the tolls on Ga. 400 to finance completion of the highway's interchange with Interstate 85 in Buckhead, sources told Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The existing interchange, which opened in the early 1990s, doesn't give southbound motorists heading into Atlanta on either highway a direct connection to the northbound lanes of the other road.

Business leaders in Buckhead have long complained that failing to complete that portion of the interchange hampers access to offices and retail centers in Buckhead.

The tolls that financed the extension of 400 south from I-285 in 1993 are due to expire next year when the bonds mature.

Atlanta Police Chief Recommends Rezoning Precincts

ATLANTA -- The time it takes police to respond to calls for help in Atlanta could be changing.

On Tuesday, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner released his recommendations for redrawing police beat boundaries and zones to improve reaction time and increase police visibility and availability citywide.   

City Councilman Michael Julian Bond requested the Precinct Boundary Redesign study in January.

"Improving response times and police availability were top priorities communicated to me by citizens across the entire city as I was seeking office last year," Bond said, adding his appreciation for the police chief's recommendations.

Currently, Zone 1 covers 19 square miles, Zone 2 covers 40 square miles, Zone 3 covers 24 square miles, Zone 4 covers 32 square miles, Zone 5 covers 8 square miles, and Zone 6 covers 16.6 square miles.