Ken Watts

Ken Watts is a staff writer with CrossRoadsNews covering a wide range of stories.
Before joining CRN, Ken was a veteran of 40 years in broadcast journalism including nearly 25 on the air in Atlanta as reporter and news anchor at Fox 5 and 11Alive-TV. Ken also served as a reporter-anchor at several other stations across the country and as a television and radio correspondent at ABC News.
Ken has received many awards including several Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow award and honors from the Associated Press, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), United Press International, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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State agents shut down Cake Cafe for $76,000 in unpaid taxes

Customers arriving to pick up their orders on April 15 at the popular Cake Cafe bake shop in Decatur found the store shuttered by the Georgia Department of Revenue.

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School recycling to save thousands of dollars

Thousands of children from 50 DeKalb schools are now recycling tons of paper, plastics and other material that would have gone to the county landfill.

120 applicants want to be DeKalb’s next superintendent

One hundred twenty applicants from across the country want to be the DeKalb County School District’s next superintendent.

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No referendum this year on new cities in South DeKalb

Residents of South DeKalb won’t get to decide if they want a city of Stonecrest or Greenhaven this year because the bills that would have authorized referendums in November for them to vote yes or no were tabled before the session ended on April 2.

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May floats straw poll idea to fill Commission District 5 seat

DeKalb’s Interim CEO Lee May would like to see a straw poll to pick an interim commissioner for District 5, and some commissioner said they would like to hear more about the idea.

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DeKalb Career Center to close permanently

The DeKalb Career Center that has been on Covington Highway in Decatur for more than 20 years is being closed permanently by the Georgia Department of Labor.

$20 million in pay hikes proposed for teachers, employees

DeKalb School District teachers and other employees who have not had a raise in seven years could soon get one.

Forum tackles bias in housing

South DeKalb and other communities of color are hot zones for discrimination in home appraisals, mortgage lending and rentals, presenters told about 50 residents at A HUD Fair Housing seminar at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Decatur on March 28.

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Buck Godfrey’s name to grace Panthersville Stadium

The DeKalb School System’s 8,500-seat Panthersville Stadium will soon bear the name of William “Buck” Godfrey, the county’s “winningest coach.”

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Orson facing questions about annexation emails

DeKalb School Board District 2 member Marshall Orson is facing reprimands or public censure from fellow board members for possible violation of board policy after allegedly encouraging the annexation of the Druid Hills neighborhood into the city of Atlanta, which would hurt the School District.

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