Despite SCOTUS Ruling Clerk Refuses to Issue Marriage License

A county clerk in Kentucky has refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples based on her religious beliefs. Attorneys for clerk Kim Davis filed a request for injunction to the United States Supreme Court but the court ruled against Davis. She is being asked by a federal court to prove why she is should not be held in contempt of court.

Source: ABA Journal

The Top 10 Divorce Clichés

Author and ABA (American Bar Association) Family Law Section Chair, Randall Kessler, shares his insights on what he believes at the top clichés during divorce proceedings.

Here is Kessler’s “Top Ten” at a glance:

10.It’s not about the money.

9. Just wait until the Judge hears what he/she said.

8. I can’t believe they are going to bring that up.

7. I want him/her to go to jail for perjury.

6. I’d rather pay my lawyer than my spouse anything.

5. I don’t care how long it takes.

4. Can you tell the judge what a jerk he/she is.

3.  I want a “shark” for a lawyer.

2. He is a narcissist.

1. It’s just tuff.

Source: Huffington Post

Home2 Suites Hotel Under Contract

Apple Hospitality plans to acquire the 128 room hotel in downtown Atlanta which is currently under construction. The company will purchase the property for $177 million, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This would be the first Apple owned hotel in Atlanta. A statement from Apple Hospitality said that the hotel is expected to open within the coming months at which time a closing on the deal is expected.

DeKalb County Approves MLS Training Facility

County commissioners approved the new $30 million training facility that will be located along Memorial Drive near Interstate 285. The development will serve as the soccer club’s headquarters and will, according to preliminary renderings, include 3 practice fields. The land will be leased through Decide DeKalb, which will be responsible for demolition of the buildings which currently sit on Kensington Road and Memorial Drive.

Mixed-Use Project Gets Approval

Officials voted to rezone 781 Spring St. and a portion of 879 Rose Park from a historic commercial district to a planned development extraordinary district. A planned five-story development, includes retail space, offices, a fitness center, a 102-space parking lot, and 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments. It would be located in downtown Macon.

Airport Hotel Could Begin Construction in 2016

City officials want to break ground early next year on a new mixed-use project that would include a four-star hotel at Hartfield-Jackson Airport. The development — that would include an up to 300-room hotel, travel plaza and 30,000 square feet of class-A office space — would boost an effort to spur more commercial real estate development around the more than 4,700-acre Hartsfield-Jackson campus. The project would be developed on 26.5 acres on three parcels around the airport’s main domestic terminal and MARTA station.

Atlanta Soccer Team Nears Deal For Training Site

Atlanta United wants to identify a site somewhere in metro Atlanta by late 2015. Officials hope the training facility would be easily accessible to the new $1.5 billion Atlanta Falcons stadium downtown. Ideally, it would also be along a MARTA line. The team wants to begin construction in time to finish the project by late 2016. Its first season in Atlanta starts in March 2017. The team views the soccer training facility as a amenity to encourage top soccer players to play for the team, to develop future players and as an amenity for the community. Atlanta United launched its search for a training facility in March. The site could range from a minimum of 15 acres with four fields to as many as 40 acres with more than a dozen fields.

FCC Approves AT&T’s Acquisition of DirecTV

As part of the agreement, the combined company will have to expand its deployment of high-speed fiber optic broadband Internet access to 12.5 million customer locations and E-rate eligible schools and libraries, which are urban or poverty-level entities that have been approved by the commission for discounts. The deal dates back to May when it was initially proposed. It already received approval from the Department of Justice.

Creating A Business Continuity Plan

Business owners tend to focus on the here and now, and they don’t spend much time thinking about or planning for things that might happen. As a consequence, they often don’t plan for disruptive events, whether those include death, divorce, departures of partners or key employees, massive financial downturns, or natural disasters. However, business continuity and exit strategies aren’t “nice-to-have” tools — they are absolutely essential for a business owner. More on Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Atlantic Station Chosen As Site For Geodigital’s American Headquarters

Canadian data analytics software firm GeoDigital International has picked Atlanta for its North American headquarters. Ontario, Canada-based GeoDigital will bring 50 high tech jobs to Atlanta as part of the relocation to Midtown’s Atlantic Station. GeoDigital’s technology is used by autonomous, or self-driving, vehicle industry. Using precision technology called LiDAR, a kind of ‘laser range finder, combined with high-definition imagery, GeoDigital creates detailed 3D maps of the entire North American highway system.