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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New McDonald's on Wesley Chapel Road failed health inspection

The new McDonald’s restaurant at 2739 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur, which opened just three months ago, failed a routine health code inspection on June 21 with a score of 67 U or "unsatisfactory."

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Barnes Sutton, Bradshaw finally square off in District 4 debate

With early voting beginning on July 5 for the July 26 primary runoffs, incumbent District 4 Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton finally stood at the same podium with her challenger Stephen Bradshaw to take questions from voters.

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Site cleared for new Citgo store and restaurant on Candler Road

Work crews on June 10 demolished the old Citgo convenience store at Candler Road and Kelly Lake Road to make way for a new 3,300 square foot Citgo gas station, convenience store and takeout restaurant.

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New sculptor to create King statue for Georgia Capitol

Atlanta artist Martin Dawes has been chosen by Gov. Nathan Deal to create a life size statue of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. that will be placed in a prominent spot outside the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta.

May's proposed midyear budget calls for worker pay raise

A $1.34 billion proposed midyear operating budget submitted by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May to the Board of Commissioners on June 21 allocates $6.5 million dollars for county government employee pay raises.

Serial Killer pleads guilty to pair of DeKalb murders

Accused serial killer Aeman Lovel Presley was sentenced in DeKalb Superior Court on June 13 to two life sentences without the possibility for parole for killing a Cobb hairdresser and a homeless DeKalb man.

There will be no property tax hike, says School Board chairman

Residents nervous about the prospect of a property tax increase for the DeKalb School District were told on June 6 that there will be no hike.

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Former officer pleads ‘not guilty’ in fatal shooting of naked vet

Robert Olsen, the former DeKalb Police officer, who shot and killed naked Air Force veteran Anthony Hill in March 2015, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on June 6.

New South Security checkpoint opens at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

The South Security checkpoint is open again at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just in time for the busy summer travel season.

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Primary election day off to a busy start in South DeKalb

Voting in the May 24 primary and special election got off to a brisk start with poll workers at South DeKalb precincts reporting voter turnout so far appears better than it's been in recent elections.

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