ATLANTA — Julian Bond’s life seemed to trace the arc of the civil rights movement, from his efforts as a militant young man to start a student protest group, through a long career in politics and his leadership of the NAACP almost four decades later.
Year after year, the cool, telegenic Bond was one of the nation’s most poetic voices for equality, inspiring fellow activists with his words in 1960s and carrying the movement’s vision to succeeding generations as a speaker and academic. He died Saturday at 75.
ATLANTA — A grand jury has accused a supervisor at the Georgia Department of Transportation of accepting bribes so others could improperly dump dirt on state properties.
George Bell was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of conspiracy and accepting bribes. He was arraigned Friday in Atlanta.
Investigators said Bell accepted bribes of $600 and $1,100 during May 2014 to permit the dumping. Federal officials allege in court filings that Bell obtained roughly $15,000 as a result of the scheme.
ATLANTA — Granville Automatic, a band with roots in Atlanta, is releasing its collection of songs inspired by Civil War battles, part of a related project to film videos of the songs on battlefields across the nation.
The album released this weekend, An Army Without Music, includes songs about soldiers, horses and ghosts in several southern states.
The band has filmed videos of the songs in the places that inspired them, and has plans to shoot more videos in Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.
Aiken Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco returned to work Friday after serving a three-day suspension, according to media reports.
The suspension stemmed from the mishandling of a missing persons case in which family members filed a missing persons report for someone who actually was in jail at the time. Allegedly, the department failed to recognize that the person was in custody when the family contacted it to file the report since records were missing.