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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Two lawsuits challenge Georgia’s voter rules

U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey in Atlanta has ordered Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to turn over by Oct. 7 any voter registration records related to Kemp’s decision to reject, cancel or otherwise fail to add names to the state’s voter rolls.

Deal proposes pay hike for state police, training overhaul for all officers

More than 3,300 State of Georgia law enforcement officers would get a 20 percent pay raise and all officers in the state will get additional training.

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Hiring, production in full swing at Home Chef ’s Lithonia plant

A month after it began operations, Home Chef’s new Lithonia plant already has 107 workers and is shipping 10,000 meals per week.

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Green orders testing of water for lead at DeKalb schools

Crews will begin testing the water at 150 DeKalb County public schools, centers and facilities on Sept. 20 because of concern about high lead levels found in schools across the country.

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MLK band raising funds to participate in 2017 Rose Bowl Parade

Martin Luther King, Jr. High School “Kings of Halftime” Marching Band will be performing in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasedena, Calif. on the Jan. 2, 2017.

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First Afrikan Church joins fight against hunger with new pantry

Despite a recovering economy, First Afrikan Presbyterian and other South DeKalb churches are scrambling to fill a persistent need for food assistance.

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Emory University wants Atlanta to annex it

Says it’s already closely aligned with the city

Emory University, one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, wants to join the city of Atlanta. It said on Aug. 19 that it is petitioning Atlanta to annex all of its 630 acres in the Clifton Road Corridor.

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Castlin, teammates sweep Olympic 100m hurdles

Kristi Castlin, a champion sprinter from Douglasville who inspired DeKalb children to reject violence, made history on Aug. 17 in the Women’s 100 meter hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Family sues police in Taser death

The family of Troy Robinson, who died a year ago after DeKalb Police tased him, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police officers and the police department on Aug. 8.

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Denny's, Barnacles opening restaurants in South DeKalb

Two new sit-down restaurants will open soon in South DeKalb. A Denny’s is near completion at 2657 Panola Road in Lithonia, and Barnacles Bar and Grill is planned for the old Dugan’s space on Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur.

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