Texas Attorney General Seeks To Update Child Support System

The Texas Attorney General’s office launched a $202 million project to upgrade the system, including a $70 million contract with Accenture to design, develop and implement the project. Child support is a shared responsibility of states and the federal government, so the federal government agreed to pay two-thirds of the project’s costs. Since the beginning of the project, there have been several unforeseen issues with deadlines and the state underestimated the cost to house the servers for the new program. Ken Paxton, Texas’ new AG hopes to complete and implement the new child support system which was started by his predecessor Greg Abbott.

Kodak Shifts From Film To Landlord

The company is now emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has begun to lease parts of its campus. 58 companies have now moved into property currently owned by the film company. Kodak had initially considered selling the property but has since decided to lease most of the available space to smaller start-up companies. Of the 6,000 employees currently at the campus, only 1,600 are employed by the company.

Children Taken Into Police Custody Following Neighborhood Altercation

Police say that at least a dozen children were removed from two homes following a shooting in northwest Atlanta. According to police and neighbors, a fight broke out during a children’s football game and it quickly escalated into gunfire. 4 people were transported to area hospitals and Atlanta police are deciding whether the children will return to their homes or be placed in the custody of the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS).

Peachtree Street Building to Become Tech Hub

Carter, an Atlanta real estate company, plans to remake Midtown’s former J.C. Penney Co. regional headquarters building into a hub for fledgling technology companies that want to be close to Tech Square. In a joint venture with private equity firm Pacific Coast Capital Partners, Carter closed on the 10-story building just north of the Fox Theatre.

Braves Partner With Live Nation for SunTrust Park Addition

The Atlanta will partner with Live Nation to develop and run a 53,000-square-foot entertainment venue in the mixed-use community adjacent to SunTrust Park. The venue will have a standing room only capacity of 4,000 and will feature 40 music or comedy shows a year, mostly on non-game days. The space will also be used for private and special events throughout the year. Live Nation will operate and book the venue and oversee ticketing and promotion for the concerts and special events. Braves owner Liberty Media holds a minority interest in Live Nation.

Woman Who Was Denied Same-Sex Divorce Refiles Case

A woman who was denied a divorce has refiled her case in Athens County Common Pleas Court. The filing comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that same-sex marriage is legal in all states. Brenda Mohney had filed for divorce last year, according to court papers, she was married in California in 2008  to her partner.An Athens County magistrate recommended last year that the divorce be granted, and Judge George McCarthy granted the divorce without realizing it was a same-sex couple. Upon discovering it was a same-sex couple, McCarthy reconsidered the matter and ultimately vacated the divorce. At the time, McCarthy said he had no choice because Ohio statutory law and the Ohio constitution did not recognize the same-sex marriage, therefore a divorce could not be granted.

Parkway Properties to buy Two Buckhead Plaza

Parkway has an agreement to buy Two Buckhead Plaza, a seven-story office building that was part of the first mixed-use project in the Village. Last year, it bought One Buckhead Plaza, at the intersection of Peachtree and West Paces Ferry roads, for $157 million, the deal is expected to close as early as the end of this summer. Buying the adjacent Two Buckhead Plaza would give Parkway more leverage to keep pushing office rents in the Village.

Underground Atlanta Restaurant to Close After 20 Years

The Johnny Rockets restaurant at Underground Atlanta is saying goodbye. Steve and Scott Snyder, who operate the restaurant, decided to close the restaurant once the lease lease and franchise agreement end. WRS Inc., a real estate company based in Mount Pleasant, S.C., now has Underground under contract and planning a multi-million dollar development at the current site. Plans include adding a grocery store, other shops and residential housing.