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.
As we embark on a new year, we asked some residents what improvements they would you like to see in DeKalb County in 2017? Their hopes centered on increasing economic development, creating more local jobs and finding ways to keep a lid on crime so law abiding residents feel safer on the streets and in their homes.
DeKalb is the first county in Georgia to reduce the number of homeless veterans living on its streets to “functional zero.” The county achieved the status because any veteran who is homeless and desires to have permanent housing can find it in DeKalb through the county’s network of resources and partnerships.
Jyquez Evans, a 13-year-old dirt bike rider, died on Dec. 28 from injuries suffered in a crash with a Freightliner truck at Moreland Avenue and Henrico Road in Atlanta.
Children’s laughter has a way of softening up everyone – even sheriff deputies in uniform at the county jail. On Dec. 20, the beaming faces of children filled the staff dining room of the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office as employees brought cheer to kids whose parents are incarcerated.
Residents of the newly formed city of Stonecrest will hold choose their first mayor and five city council members on March 21. The DeKalb Board of Registration and Elections voted unanimously on Dec. 12 on the date of the city’s first elections.
Burrell Ellis, who had been on suspension for three-and-a-half years, returned to work on Dec. 14 to serve the final 18 days of his four-year term as DeKalb CEO.
Residents interested in running for office in the new city of Stonecrest will find out next week when qualifying for mayor and city council will begin.
Five South DeKalb residents who worked for the passage of the referendum establishing the City of Stonecrest have been nominated by state legislators to serve on a commission that will shape the formation of the new city. The nominees are Joel Thibodeaux, Vaughn Irons, Shawn Jones, Al Frankin and Robert Burroughs.
Family Dollar is continuing its march across South DeKalb with a new store under construction on Rainbow Drive in Decatur.
The Wendy’s restaurant on Candler Road is expected to reopen Dec. 12 after a $500,000 makeover. The renovation, which has been underway since Nov. 5, is updating the look of the restaurant with its urban design that includes a red silo marquee.