Jennifer Ffrench-Parker

Publisher / Editor

Jennifer Ffrench-Parker is the editor, publisher and co-founder of CrossRoadsNews. Prior to starting the newspaper in 1995, Jennifer was a reporter and assistant metro editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously, she was a business writer for the Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C., the Times Herald Record in Middletown, N.Y., and the Wall Street Transcript in New York; and general assignment reporter with The Daily Gleaner and Daily News in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the West Indies. She also completed graduate studies in international economics at Oxford University in England.

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Stonecrest to become the state's, region’s soccer mecca

In two years, the city of Stonecrest will be home to two professional soccer teams and it will be hosting regional and national soccer championships bringing thousands of fans to South DeKalb County. First Team, FC soccer club and the Georgia Soccer Association said this week that proposed Atlanta Sports City at Stonecrest that is going up on 200 acres along Mall Parkway between Stonecrest Trace and Evans Mill Road “is a fantastic location” for the fast growing sports.

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Fireworks at first Stonecrest candidate forum

Sparks flew at the first community forum for the 20 candidates seeking offices, and it wasn’t between candidates. Instead, forum host State Rep. Vernon Jones engaged in a spitting match with mayoral candidate Charles Hill, Jr, with whom he has a history dating back to when both competed for the House District 91 House seat last year.

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Maynard, the film, to tell the story of Atlanta's first African-American mayor

The much-anticipated documentary film Maynard about the life and times of Atlanta’s first black African-American Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. should be ready for a screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018. The film will present an intimate portrait of Jackson – the man, the mayor, the game changer, and the politician.

Probate Court Judge Rosh resigns

DeKalb Probate Court Jeryl Rosh, who has been in office since 2003 and part of the court for more than 30 years, is leaving Feb. 28. Rosh, who was re-elected unopposed in November, wrote her resignation letter on Jan. 3 – two days into her new four-year term.

Hector candidacy challenged for Stonecrest council

Board of Elections sets hearing for Feb. 9

Mary-Pat Hector's candidacy for the Stonecrest City Council is being challenged because of her age. Hector is 19 years old. Georgia law requires candidates for elected office to be 21 years old.

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Bishop Long remembered as visionary leader, caring pastor, family man

May, 12, 1953 – Jan. 15, 2017

Friends, family, and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church staff and members remembered Bishop Eddie Lee Long as a man who rose from humble beginnings to global prominence at his Jan. 25 Celebration of Life Service.

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Bishop Eddie Long's homegoing service is Jan. 25

May, 12, 1953 – Jan. 15, 2017

Bishop Eddie Long, who grew New Birth Missionary Baptist Church from a congregation of 300 on Snapfinger Road in Decatur to 25,000 with global reach, will be celebrated at a Jan. 25 home-going service in Lithonia.

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CEO Thurmond plans to unify county to move it ahead

DeKalb’s new CEO Michael Thurmond took the oath of office on Jan. 13 and invoked a new day in the county. “We will not allow the past to define us, or prohibit us,” he told a packed Maloof Auditorium at the honorary swearing-in ceremony of county elected officials. “We will learn from our mistakes but we are not going to dwell on them.”

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DeKalb Democrat Sandra Austin remembered as ultimate party insider

Long-time DeKalb County Democratic Party chairwoman Sandra Austin is being remembered this week as the glue that held the party together over the good times and bad. Austin, 69, a DeKalb Democrat for more than 25 years, died unexpectedly on Jan. 13 at her Decatur home.

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DASH to a healthy you in 2017

High blood pressure, also know as hypertension, is a common and dangerous condition. National data suggest that 31 percent of US adults have hypertension and another 31 percent are pre-hypertension, meaning that without intervention and life style changes, they too will have high blood pressure.

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