State and National News

It will be a rockin’ holiday at the Buckhead Theatre Dec. 21 as some of the best funk musicians in the country converge on the venue for the ATL Collective’s fifth annual Funky Christmas concert.

Local churches are planning for their annual Christmas services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25, respectively, unless otherwise noted. Here’s a rundown of those events, according to each house of worship’s website or office:

MARIETTA — Less than a year after eliminating free night and weekend parking in its two decks, Cobb County next month could turn over operations of the two structures to a third party.

The Cobb Chamber announced Wednesday that Dana Johnson will join its staff as executive vice president of economic development and executive director of Select Cobb, the organization’s economic development strategy.

Railway and transportation giant Norfolk Southern will be building a new campus in midtown Atlanta to house its new headquarters. The new campus is expected to create 850 jobs and is an investment of $575 million. Where will it be located?: Norfolk Southern is purchasing property at 650 West…

WOODSTOCK – Woodstock is moving forward with updates to its development code for the Ridgewalk Parkway corridor after a history of challenges and questions of the area’s current code from developers and council members.

HOLLY SPRINGS — Students in Lisa Lougheed’s fourth-grade gifted class at Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy build rain clouds and waterfalls in Minecraft to create 3-D models of the water cycle. Students work in small groups and talk to other team members to build the project in Mi…

Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant announced his retirement today, effective December 30. Grant has served as Roswell Police Chief since March 2013. Prior to being appointed Roswell’s Police Chief, Grant served as the City’s Deputy Police Chief. Before coming to Roswell, Grant had more than 30…

A Cherokee County grand jury has indicted a 60-year-old Kennesaw man who was jailed in March on child sex-related charges after he was arrested outside a Woodstock roller hockey rink where investigators said he expected to meet a minor.

Incoming elected officials in Smyrna are hosting a roundtable discussion on public education, and they want to hear from you, according to Cobb school board member-elect Jaha Howard.

Workers and their families are spending a larger percentage of income on health care, especially in the South, a report says. Average premium contributions by employees are 7 percent of median income nationally. But Georgia is among 11 states where these contributions for single and family p…

The Jewish National Fund late last month welcomed nearly 400 friends, supporters and donors to Israel and its annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast on Giving Tuesday, the day known the world over to give back online to charitable organizations, at the Westin Perimeter North Hotel in Sandy Springs.

Marietta’s City Council is poised to take a wait-and-see approach to the question of paying legal fees stemming from an ethics complaint against Councilman Reggie Copeland filed by communications director Lindsey Wiles.

Tis the season … to help those less fortunate. Once again, residents can drop off donations for Toys for Tots through Dec. 14 at city of Brookhaven facilities, including City Hall, the Brookhaven Police Department and the Lynwood and Briarwood recreation centers.

Macy’s and the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Georgia chapter are celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Believe campaign, which helps Make-A-Wish Georgia grant wishes to children with critical illnesses.

The Henry County Police Department is asking the public for prayers and donations for a police officer, recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital after a single bullet from his weapon killed a suspect and hit his face Dec. 6.

The Buckhead Republicans will host Loren Spivack, author of “The Cat and Mitt,” a Dr. Seuss parody of the Obama years, and “The Gorax” with Al Gore destroying the country for environmental profits, for its monthly meeting today from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Cross Creek Café in Buckhead.

Lyft, a San Francisco-based ride-sharing business, is celebrating its fourth iteration of the annual Lyftie Awards, a program that recognizes the most popular destinations in cities across the country.

Canton Public Outreach Manager Pat Gold is stepping down from her position, and her last day is Tuesday.“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my two-year tenure working for the city of Canton,” Gold said on Monday. “I have had a wonderful experience working with the very best team I could ever ask for an…