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Georgia Film, TV Productions Generate $3.1 Billion

In other area headlines, more DeKalb County communities are considering incorporation, and a man allegedly stole a "buggy full" from Walmart.

Georgia Film, TV Productions Generate $3.1 Billion

The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced Monday that TV and film productions had an economic impact of $3.1 billion in the state during the 2012 fiscal year, a 29 percent increase from the previous year.

“The 2012 fiscal year saw record investment in the state by the entertainment industry, with more than $879.8 million in direct spending,” Economic Development Commissioner Chris Cummiskey said in a statement. “The film industry’s impact will have a lasting effect on Georgia’s economy for years to come.” Read more...

More DeKalb Communities Considering Cityhood

Residents in the Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff communities outside of Decatur are exploring cityhood as new DeKalb County municipalities place more fianancial pressure on unincorporated residents, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.

The communities have been inspired by the recent vote to incorporate Brookhaven's residents. Read more...

Arrested Falcon Reportedly Argumentative, Intoxicated

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham was argumentative and “obviously intoxicated” in the Monday night Atlantic Station incident that resulted in misdemeanor obstruction charges, according to the police report.

The report indicates that repeated requests by police and Atlantic Station security for Abraham to leave a crime scene outside the Twelve Hotel where he lives were ignored. Read more...

Police: Man Steals 'Buggy Full' from Walmart

Bartow County authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man accused of shoplifting from Walmart on Friday.

Investigators say the man, captured in a surveillance photo, walked out of the Cartersville store's garden center "with a buggy full of stolen merchandise" about 12:10 p.m. He allegedly loaded the goods in a gold Honda Accord and left the parking lot. See the suspect...

Fund Aims To Help Abused Teen, Sisters

Those who wish to help a Dallas teen found last week in Los Angeles after years of alleged abuse from his parents now have a way to do so.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office announced on its Facebook page Saturday that a fund had been set up at Westside Bank, which operates an office in Hiram, to help 18-year-old Mitch Comer and his two sisters, Catrina and Lya. Read more...

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