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MAY 31 — JUNE 13, 2013 • VOL. 7 — NO. 11

Tough enough

Make your own success, says company president COMMENTARY 8

Perimeter Business

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Roswell Road getting better, officials say BY DAN WHISENHUNT

Danwhisenhunt@reporternewspapers.net

One of Atlanta’s most notorious north-to-south corridors gets a bad rap, traffic officials say. The people who drive the road every day see it a little differently. Turning left onto Roswell Road requires patience. Sidewalks fade in and out of view. Finding a driveway into a business can be tricky. Pedestrians often cross the road wherever they please. When school buses drop students off at apartments along Roswell, the road becomes a parking lot. Traffic officials with the city of Sandy Springs and the Georgia Department of Transportation say traffic flow along Roswell Road in Fulton County has improved in the last few years. State Route 9, as the road is known to state offiicials, begins in Midtown and ends in Dahlonega. The Georgia Department of Transportation has spent $191 million over the last 10 years making im-

Transportation issues still a hot topic PAGES 9-15

Wow factor Modern home designs on tour OUT & ABOUT 19

SEE ROSWELL, PAGE 4

Selfless act Volunteers prepare dead for Jewish burial

Judge considers Heard Cemetery arguments

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BY DAN WHISENHUNT

danwhisenhunt@reporternewspapers.net

PHIL MOSIER

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Back to front, Samara Harber, 7, Eileen MacDonnell, 6, and Ava Kreiss, 7, give it their all throughout a tug of war contest during “National Kids to Parks Day” at Hammond Park in Sandy Springs on May 18. The event encouraged families to engage in healthy, outdoor activities. More photos on page 30.

After a two-hour hearing May 29 about the use of a family cemetery in Sandy Springs, a Fulton County judge is deciding whether a lawsuit over who owns the land should go to trial. Fulton County Superior Judge Kimberly Adams heard arguments from lawyers for property owner Christopher Mills and descendents of Judge John Heard, the Confederate veteran buried at the cemetery. Many of the descendants attended the hearing. Mills and his attorney, Christopher Porterfield, asked the judge to rule against a summary judgment request, and to allow the case to proceed to trial or to rule that part of the property can be used for a cemetery and part can be used for private property. They also argued that part of the land would still be subject to taxation because portions of it aren’t being used as a cemetery. SEE JUDGE, PAGE 29

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