Author: On Common Ground News

STONECREST, GA—Lecester “Bill” Allen, developer and founder of the New Black Wall Street Market, has passed away. Mr. Allen transitioned on Saturday, June 22, after a long illness, sources close to the family said today(June 24). A phenomenal trailblazer, business educator and philanthropist, Mr. Allen was the city of Stonecrest’s single-largest commercial landowner with 300 acres in the city. Mr. Allen proudly opened the New Black Wall Street Market Market in October 2021, paving the way for many black entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses and services to hundreds of thousands of visitors.   On Common Ground News extend condolences to the family…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA–DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and the Board of Commissioners are partnering with Christal Jordan-Jennings, founder of Enchanted Branding and PR, to celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month by honoring the musical legacy of Thomas Calloway, professionally known as CeeLo. The tribute will take place during the Board of Commissioners Regular Business Meeting on Tuesday, June 25, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. During the meeting, CEO Thurmond will present the entertainer with DeKalb County’s highest civilian award, the W.W. King Bridge Builder Award. Additionally, Commissioner Robert Patrick will present CeeLo…

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ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA—Rockdale Clerk of Courts Janice Morris is inviting the community to the upcoming Law Speaker Series Q&A forum on “Wills and Estate Planning.”  The free forum will be held on Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. until noon, at a new location: Rockdale Auditorium, 903 Main St., Conyers. The guest speaker will be Attorney Tamika Johnson of the T.M. Johnson Law Firm, which specializes in wills and estate planning. Morris said she is offering the series for constituents to get their questions answered about various law topics. “Those who attend are able to get their questions answered on the spot…

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DECATUR, GA— The DeKalb Board of Registration and Elections (BRE) meeting for the purpose of certifying the runoff election results will be held Monday, June 24, 2024, at noon. This meeting will be conducted in person at 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Ga. 30032. Public comments may be made in person or submitted by sending an email of one printed page or less at a minimum font of 12 to electionspubliccmnt@dekalbcountyga.gov which must be received between 35 and five minutes before the scheduled start of the meeting. The body of your email must include your first and last name. BRE meetings are streamed live…

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The conference will feature evening sessions with internationally acclaimed Prophets Brian Carn and Lovy Elias and guest musical artists Melvin Crispell and Will Johnson from June 25-27, 2024 STONECREST, GA – Global prophetic leaders, national recording artists and renowned business leaders will headline the 2024 INNOV8 Conference at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church beginning June 25 through 27. Entry for the multi-day event is free but requires all participants to register for all sessions by visiting www.inov8conference.org. Conference speakers include internationally acclaimed prophets Brian Carn and Lovy Elias and noted musical guests Melvin Crispelland Will Johnson. Global speaker, author and advocate Dr. Cindy Trimm will also lead a transformational session during…

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ATLANTA, GA—DeKalb County CEO-Elect Lorraine Cochran-Johnson still hasn’t slowed down since her historic victory in the June 18 runoff election. On Friday, June 21, she discussed her bid to become the first black woman elected to serve as DeKalb’s CEO and her vision to move the county forward during an interview on Atlanta’s WIGO-1570 AM ’s “Amen Corner,” hosted by Amos King. Cochran-Johnson, who will take the oath of office in January 2025, said she is already working on pursuing economic development projects that had been put on hold including redevelopment of the Gallery at South DeKalb mall.  She also…

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ATLANTA– DeKalb County CEO-Elect Lorraine Cochran-Johnson will be the special guest on “The Amen Corner” this Friday, June 21, on WIGO-1570 AM.  The talk show, hosted by Amos King, starts at 9 a.m. Cochran-Johnson, DeKalb’s former Super District 7 commissioner, was elected in a historic runoff on June 18, becoming DeKalb’s first African-American woman, and the second woman ever in the county’s history to hold the title of DeKalb County  CEO—DeKalb’s top leadership position. Cochran-Johnson, who will be sworn into office in January, says she has received an outpouring of support and well wishes since the victorious runoff election, including a call…

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA—District Attorney Sherry Boston announced a conviction by jury trial in the case against a Stone Mountain man accused of fatally shooting his younger brother during a fight over a fan. A jury found Quentin Hill, 31, guilty on charges of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, stemming from the death of Westley Hill, 28. The jury reached its decision on Friday, June 14. The incident took place on New Year’s eve in 2021. According to the investigation, officers responded to a call of a person shot at…

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