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History of Royal Weddings

History of Royal Weddings

As Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for their wedding, Emory history professor Patrick Allitt analyzes the history of England’s royal weddings and how they’ve changed. Until recently, royal marriages were almost always based on the foreign policy of the English monarchy. Allitt says kings spent a lot of time negotiating marriages to suitable European princesses. Just as important was finding a wife who would provide the king a son. “The kings were very afraid that if they died with no children or only daughters, it would plunge the kingdom into civil war,” Allitt explains. 

British monarchs started having more choice in their partners around the 1950s and 60s. Queen Elizabeth had a very traditional marriage to Prince Philip in 1947, a member of the exiled Greek royal family. Her sister, Princess Margaret, though, married a commoner, Antony Armstrong-Jones. “It was the very first wedding to be televised,” says Allitt.

City of Atlanta unsure of next step in case of Sunday sales

City of Atlanta unsure of next step in case of Sunday sales

ATLANTA -- With the Sunday alcohol sales, dubbed "Sunday sales", legislation on its way to the Governor's desk, local leaders have begun to discuss whether they will allow residents to purchase alcohol on Sundays within their cities.

According to the City of Atlanta Deputy Director of Communications, Reese McCranie, “It’s too early to know right now.  The City Council is on recess this week.  We’ll have a better idea of our path forward next week when they are in session.”

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DeKalb County celebrates National County Government Month during April

DECATUR, Ga. – (submitted by DeKalb County Government) DeKalb County will join counties across the nation in celebrating National County Government Month this April.

Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties across the country to promote actively county government programs and services.

CEO Tells Feds Proposed Budget Cuts Could Hurt DeKalb County

EMORY – (submitted by DeKalb County Government) CEO Burrell Ellis joined fellow county chief executives in Washington this weekend to oppose $60 billion in proposed budget cuts scheduled for a vote by the U. S. House this week. If implemented, these cuts would cost the county more than $10 million this year.

“Congress is considering $60 billion in cuts, which could mean an additional 700,000 jobs lost,” said CEO Ellis. “DeKalb County stands to lose $9.9 million in 2011, alone.”

Of the $60 billion in proposed cuts, a 25% reduction in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that is being proposed would reduce the fund by over a billion dollars.

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Would you like to see more retail districts, parks or pedestrian-friendly options in your community?  Would you like to give your input on how much industrial land is set aside where you live or work?  The City of Atlanta is inviting non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses to attend the March 2011 community meetings for the City of Atlanta Community Development Plan (CDP) that begins March 1. 

Nearly 200 attendees participated in the first round of 2011 CDP community meetings and had an opportunity to give input on the future plans for their Atlanta neighborhoods.  The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Office of Planning has announced it is hosting the second round of CDP community meetings. All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., with the exception of the March 10th meeting, which is from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Commissioner Stan Watson to Address Issues Impacting Black DeKalb

DECATUR – In recognition of Black History Month, DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson is pleased to present to the citizens of DeKalb County the “State of Black DeKalb” - How Far Have We Come?  The event will feature a series of panel guests in a discussion to share insight on issues that impact critical quality of life issues.

Topics covered in the “State of Black DeKalb” include:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Partnerships and Resources
  • Political Aspects
  • Faith-Based Community
  • Future of DeKalb

The event will be held at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the main theatre.

Share Your Vision for the City of Atlanta with City Planners - Attend a Community Meeting

Share Your Vision for the City of Atlanta with City Planners - Attend a Community Meeting


The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is working with all citizens, businesses and community groups in the development of the 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).  You're invited to attend any of the first round of meetings of the 2011 CDP to share your vision for Atlanta and to discuss issues and opportunities, as we work to develop a blueprint for city growth and development. Community meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. and meeting dates are as follows:

  • Feb. 3, 2011 - Adamsville Recreation Center, 365 Cleveland Ave., SE
  • Feb. 7, 2011 - Hillside Facility, 1301 Monroe Drive, NE
  • Feb. 10, 2011 - Martha Brown UMC, 468 Moreland Ave.
  • Feb. 15, 2011 - Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Room B-110
  • Feb. 17, 2011 - Mt.