🌱 COVID Shutters Eateries, CNN, Hoops + Isakson Dies + Top Books – BoilingNews

Rise and shine, Atlanta! Let’s update you all to start this day well informed. Here’s everything worth knowing in the city today.

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Here are the top 5 stories in Atlanta today:

  1. Due to a spate of COVID-19 cases, a number of restaurants are closed this weekend and CNN’s offices are closed “to all employees who do not have to be in the office to do their work”, and Sunday night’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers was postponed. Closed restaurants included Ticonderoga Club, Juniper Cafe, 8Arm, Supremo, Lucian Books & Wine, Field Day, A Mano, and Bread & Butterfly. According to the latest figures released Friday by the Georgia Department of Public Health, cases of COVID-19 have increased by 60 percent in the past 14 days. The state reported 2,334 new cases, the highest number since early October. (Reporter Newspapers)
  2. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who became one of the state’s most popular politicians, has died in his sleep before sunrise Sunday at his home in Atlanta. Isakson, 76, rose from the ranks of the state legislature to become a U.S. Senator with a simple motto: “There are two kinds of people in this world: friends and friends-to-be.” Isakson, who battled Parkinson’s disease for the better part of a decade, spent more than four decades in Georgia political life before resigning in late 2019 due to declining health. (Associated Press)
  3. police said: a rideshare driver was gunned down by his passenger Friday night during a robbery in northwest Atlanta. At about 9:40 p.m., upon arriving at the passenger’s destination, a restaurant on the 1100 block of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, police said the passenger pulled out a gun and demanded the driver’s money and jewelry. The two began to struggle and the driver was shot, authorities said, before the gunman exited the vehicle and fled on foot as the victim drove to a Walmart past Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where he met the police. He was stable when he was taken to hospital. (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  4. Seven years ago, Heaven Hightower, then 9, told her mother, Tonika, that she wanted to help others less fortunate. The mother-daughter duo soon founded ‘Heaven Help One Help All’ and have since helped more than 500 families in need, and not just during the holidays. “I’m very proud,” Tonika Hightower said of Heaven, now 16. “She’s very independent. She loves helping out in her town and her school. She helps in all kinds of ways.” As for heaven, she is happy to help all year round. “It feels really, really good because every time I see them smile, every time I see them give off that energy, I just have to smile and know I’ve done my job,” she said on Saturday, before handing it over. . gifts to 10 families with a total of 40 children. (CBS46 News Atlanta)
  5. The Fulton County Library System has released lists of the: Most checked out books of 2021, divided into two main categories: audiobook and print. The most checked out adult print book was Kristin Hannah’s “The Four Winds.” “The Four Winds” also came in first for Fulton County’s most-checked-out eBook of the year. As for the most requested audiobook, the top spot is from Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents,” a pick of Oprah’s Book Club. (11Alive.com WXIA)

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  • 🎶 On Christmas Day, APD sent me… 🎶 a reminder that to reduce vehicle theft, keep your packages and gifts in the trunk of your car when parked in public places and keep all valuables out of sight. We also recommend that you avoid the temptation by always locking doors, removing your keys and closing windows when your vehicle is unattended. (Facebook)
  • Job Announcement Reposted by Atlanta’s Historic West End: #ATL311 is hiring customer service reps! The application is now available, so apply today. (Facebook)
  • Does anyone in Lakeside Preserve have magazines you could donate? We’re having a 2022 Vision Board party and we’re light on magazines. (Neighbourhood)
  • Two adorable puppies were left in a crate on the side of the road in Vinings in the rain, and they need a home immediately. Rescues cannot take them unless they are turned over to animal control. About 4 or 5 months old. Super sweet puppies. (Neighbourhood)
  • A foggy morning at the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences captured by a volunteer. The interior lights are also lit ✨ (Facebook)

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