Inside Time to run Two council seats up for election community 2
Putting around Councilman pitches golf cart community community 3
Aug. 9 — Aug. 22, 2013 • vol. 5 — NO. 16
‘We’re running strong’
Police Lt. Brandon Gurley checks a driver’s license during the city’s first day of patrolling the streets with their own force. Gurley responded to a domestic dispute on Buford Highway, and handled a red-light runner during his first day as a Brookhaven law enforcement officer on July 31. Read the cover story, and see more photos on pages 19-21.
Ease kids, yourself back into school routine commentary 6
Bridge mix Classic card game still draws fans around town 7
Paddle pusher ‘Surf’s up’ on the Chattahoochee River out & about 10-11
City’s police out in force on first day
Century Center has long been a prized property
By Melissa Weinman
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By Melissa Weinman
As Brookhaven Police Lt. Brandon Gurley came to a stop at a red light on Peachtree Road, the driver of an SUV pulled up next to him, honked the horn, and enthusiastically gave him two thumbs up. Gurley smiled. He’d been getting similar responses all day. “They’re happy to see us and we’re definitely glad to be here,” Gurley said. On July 31, Brookhaven officially launched its police department. And it was easy for the public to see – the muscular Ford interceptors with Brookhaven’s logo were all over the main roads within the city’s 12 square miles.
The Century Center office complex is caught in a familiar tug of war between two nearby cities. The owners of the complex applied in late June to be annexed into the city of Brookhaven. But the property is also part of a Chamblee annexation referendum scheduled to be on the ballot this November. Relations between the leaders of the two cities are strained. Both claim the right to annex the commercial property, which would provide an infusion of tax revenue to either city. Brookhaven of-
see brookhaven, page 19
see tug of war, page 4
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