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DeKalb CEO takes to the skies

Well, In true do-it-differently-Vernon-Jones fashion, the CEO is taking is senate campaign to new heights– literally. He has political banners flying over our heads. The latest sighting was over Georgia Dome on Monday before the Falcons Games.

It’ll be interesting to see where else the sky banners pop up. Keep your eyes to the skies. Let me know if you spot one and where. By the way, do you think he has a chance of winning?

Juanita Bynum plans spiritual spa

And have you heard the latest about Juanita Bynum? She paid the $32,000 tax lien on her $4.2 million property. She plans to open Mt. Olive Country Spa on the property and offer pampering, prayer, and spiritual guidance. For a fee. What do you think about that?


More on the liquor debate

DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones thinks he has a compromise to Commissioner Jeff Rader’s proposal to shut down the county’s bars at 2 a.m. He wants to leave the hours just the way they are! He doesn’t think that is the real issue. The real issue is a public safety one. He’s drafting legislation that would have new businesses coming into DeKalb County pay a higher business fee. That money would be used to hire more code enforcement officers and police officers to tackle the problem.

“Reducing the hours is not going to address any of theses issues. Let’s just give more tools and resources where they are needed,” said Jones.

Jones said there was a shooting recently at Club Opera in Atlanta. Obviously, that has nothing to do with the time people stop pouring liquor, he said.

What do you think about his proposal?

Get in the game

Orrin Hudson just stopped by on deadline. He heads Do Something. It’s a non-profit organization that teaches kids life lessons through chess. He calls himself the black Donald Trump (and he has pictures of himself with Trump to prove it)

Now although he knows things get really crazy around here on deadline, he always brings some kind of gift – drinks, a book, an autographed picture – so he can slip in and slip out without getting hurt.

Uh Oh, Valerie just kicked him out. She said she can’t think about anything but deadline right now.

Okay, gotta go. I’ve been working on this one story ALL DAY and I’m almost finished.

The OCG Newsroom

What goes on in our world

Here we are busy at work. Throughout the day, tons of people walk through the doors pitching stories, buying ads, and asking for papers and pictures. Since our office sits in the ever bustling Stonecrest Mall area, news is always happening. The police bike patrol had two young people on the ground right outside our office doors. A few days ago, Ann Nesby stopped by Sounds-N-Da-Hood next door as music artists usually do. And then there are customers like Marion Summers of the Marion Summers Salon in Stonecrest Mall, who stopped by to give us the latest update in the hair fashion industry.
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OCG Glossary

Here are a few phrases that are common around the office

“Thank ya’ll for giving us a try” –  I won’t be back tomorrow

“Stay in your lane” – get out of my business

“I’m going to stay in my lane” – I’m getting out of your business

“I’m on deadline” – I’m busy, busy, busy

“Nobody told you to charge my credit card” – This is unexpected (in a bad way)

“Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go” – HURRY UP!

“And your point is” – (self explanatory)

“The best day of my life” – I’m blessed

“Ridicious” – Makes no sense

“Rat Na” – Right now

“There in lines the problem” = That’s why it is the way it is

“2 Checker Burgers with Cheese” =  Doing the same thing over and over again

It’s a hard time on deadline

Just got off the phone with a candidate for office. All of the candidates that I’ve interviewed were no problem. I asked my questions, the answered, the end. Then when I finally get in contact with one lady (who I’ve been calling all day), she wants special treatment. She’ll only answer my questions IF I email them to her.

Let me just say this, Don’t run for office if you don’t want the press calling you. It’s my job to call and get the story. That’s what we do here.

Don’t call or drop by on deadline

Okay people. The absolute WORST time to call or just “drop by” the office is on deadline. Unless you want to be cussed out, I suggest you stay put, hold your questions, keep your emails under wraps and just generally stay away.

It’s hilarious to see people that just don’t understand that deadline is not a happy time for us. When you have the office phone, the email, the cell phone and people coming in out, it’s hard to keep it calm and light. We try, I promise.  But sometimes the tension gets the best of all of us.  And we try not to take it personally when we are on the receiving end of The deadline syndrome. We’re just like family.