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Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Company’s commitment to green construction
practices starts with their own offices

Turner Construction Atlanta, a leader in environmentally friendly building practices, recently received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council for renovation of their own Atlanta offices. Turner is Atlanta’s largest LEED builder and incorporates sustainable elements into every project.

For Winston Williams, the company’s Green Champion, the space is a demonstration of Turner’s real commitment to sustainability. “Green building practices are an important movement in construction today,” he says. “We embrace those values not only for our clients, but for ourselves as well.”

Green features of the space include:

Lauren Giddings' boyfriend describes last email before her murder

Lauren Giddings' boyfriend describes last email before her murder

MACON, Ga. -- The boyfriend of a Mercer University law student who was brutally killed says that his girlfriend wrote in an email that a friend was asking uncomfortable questions about their relationship before she died.

Lauren Giddings' torso was found June 30 in a trash cart outside her Macon apartment. No additional remains have been discovered. The 27-year-old graduated from Agnes Scott.

One her classmates and neighbors, 26-year-old Lilburn native Stephen McDaniel, has been charged with her murder.

TOYS 4 TOTS CHRISTMAS BASH - Win 2 FREE tickets today!

TOYS 4 TOTS CHRISTMAS BASH - Win 2 FREE tickets today!

Win Two Free Tickets by Clicking Here and commenting what you love most about Open Mics or what is your favorite gendre of music.

I happen to love all kinds and I think the raw talent you see in open mics is where the true talent lives. Now you get to have your ear drums entertained and your heart filled because you gave back to a child in need of a great gift this Christmas. Come down December 23rd at Apache Cafe (64 3rd St, Atlanta, GA) Admission is $5 before 10pm with a toy.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

VIDEO: Black Friday brawl at Ellijay Walmart

The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Santa Claus, Cavalia Odysseo and Larry Munson

WEEKEND EVENTS: Santa Claus, Cavalia Odysseo and Larry Munson

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Gwinnett Braves will be hosting a Marines Toys for Tots Drive on Friday and Saturday at Coolray Field. The Braves want to make sure “as many children as possible” have a Merry Christmas. People can take their donations between noon and 3:00 p.m. and meet with former Braves pitchers Phil Niekro and Zane Smith and former Falcons defensive back Scott Case. For each new unwrapped toy you bring, the Braves will give you a ticket to exchange for an autograph. The Toy Drive will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

HOLIDAY BONFIRE & MARSHMALLOW ROAST

HOLIDAY BONFIRE & MARSHMALLOW ROAST

 

Enjoy Bonfires, enjoy marshmallow roasts, well here is your chance to enjoy both. Join the community and roast marshmallows around the popular 10' x 10' bonfire on the square. Enjoy special music and visit Santa in the Community Bandstand. Free.

DECATUR | Walmart proposed for Suburban Plaza

DECATUR, Ga. -- First built 60 years ago, DeKalb County's Suburban Plaza Shopping Center has seen tougher times the past few years.

Now, the family that first developed and still owns it has the chance for a major facelift.

Selig Enterprises wants to put in a Walmart as a major anchor store.

It would mean a huge renovation and, to some who live in the area, a major pain.

They fear it will hurt smaller area businesses and swamp already crowded nearby roads.

"We can barely get out of this island; it has to be Church Street or Scott Boulevard, for most of us anyway," said neighbor Doris Williams.

It's an even bigger concern for neighbor Nikki Veysoglu, whose daughter has to make frequent trips to nearby hospitals, often in an ambulance.

"Just a couple weeks ago, trying to get her to the hospital took us 7.5 minutes to make a left turn on North Decatur Road to go to Emory."