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Where to find cheap gas in metro Atlanta

So you made it to work on a quarter tank of gas?

You probably shouldn’t risk it on the drive home.

After gas shortages following an Alabama pipeline leak, you’re sure to pass gas stations in metro Atlanta with plastic bags over pumps or higher than normal prices.

Even with Gov. Nathan Deal’s executive order preventing stations from price gouging, the mere cost of doing business has pushed average Georgia gas prices up more than 26 cents from where they were a week ago, according to AAA.

Wondering where on Earth to get that liquid gold without breaking the bank?

Before panic sets in, breathe. You still have some cheap options, and pipeline repairs are moving along.

WHERE TO TOP OFF

Your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club are often where gas prices will be cheapest.

In northwest Atlanta, regular gas at Costco was $1.99 at 2900 Cumberland Mall.

In College Park, gas was $2.26 at the BP at 5097 West Fayetteville Road.

In Midtown, many gas stations offered the same $2.69 regular gas price. This includes the Shell at 1184 Spring St.

In East Point, gas was $2.19 at BJ’s at 3585 North Commerce Drive and $2.39 at Exxon at 3241 Camp Creek Parkway.

In Alpharetta, gas was $2.39 at the RaceTrac at 1545 Mansell Road and the Kroger at 12460 Crabapple Road. RaceTrac offers a list of Georgia gas stations with fuel.

In Roswell, gas was $2.39 at the RaceTrac at 420 East Crossville Road, the QuikTrip at 20 East Crossville Road and the Chevron at 11000 Crabapple Road.

In Marietta, gas was $1.99 at the Sam’s Club at 150 South Cobb Parkway.

In Lawrenceville, gas was $2.39 at the Kroger at 950 Herrington Road and $2.25 at the QuickTrip at 3747 Lawrenceville Highway.

In Duluth, gas was $2.29 at the Costco at 3980 Venture Drive and $2.35 (cash only) at the Valero at 1932 Pleasant Hill Road.

(The list of GasBuddy gas prices includes only stations where reports were made in the last hour as of 1 p.m. Prices are unofficial.)

HOW PIPELINE REPAIRS ARE COMING

Colonial Pipeline, the company working to repair the leak, said Tuesday it has completed construction of a bypass to the leak in Line 1 and is testing the new segment. If testing is successful, that could lead to the restart of the line by Wednesday.

“When Line 1 restarts, it will take several days for the fuel delivery supply chain to return to normal,” the company said in a statement. “As such, some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions. Colonial continues to move as much gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal.”

HOW TO FIND GAS WITHOUT DRIVING AROUND

GasBuddy tracks information such as gas prices. Google and MapQuest offer similar services.

All three apps are available for download in the Apple app store and on Google Play.

If those don’t work, try the old fashioned way: calling nearby gas stations directly.

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— Staff writer J. Scott Trubey contributed to this report.

Georgia gas shortage: Where can you fill up in metro Atlanta?

If battling traffic was not enough of a headache, drivers across metro Atlanta began the work week Monday with a new problem: gas shortages following an Alabama pipeline leak.

From a Smyrna QuikTrip to a Hiawassee Ingles Gas Express, people found blank gas price signs and plastic bags around pumps.

How can I find gas in metro Atlanta without driving from station to station?

GasBuddy tracks information such as gas prices. Google and MapQuest offer similar services.

All three apps are available for download in the Apple app store and on Google Play.

If those don’t work, try the old fashioned way: calling nearby gas stations directly.

Have gas prices been affected?

Yes, the average price per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline in Georgia is $2.32, up from about $2.26 Sunday, according to AAA.

The average price in Georgia was about $2.10 about a week ago, AAA said.

Gas prices could continue to jump.

Should I be concerned?

No need to panic, an expert told Channel 2 Action News.

“The analysts that we’ve spoken to really say there’s enough gas supply available,” AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend said. “However, it’s tightened up a little bit, so it’s gonna take a little longer for those trucks getting to the stations, filling back up and that gasoline being available for motorists.

“This is really what we hope is just a blip in a radar and those prices will continue to retreat through the fall, which is normally what they do.”

Is there anywhere I can still find cheap gas?

Your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club are often where gas prices will be cheapest.

Other options for regular unleaded gas:

In southwest Atlanta, gas was $2.24 at the Citgo at 655 Cleveland Ave.

In northeast Atlanta, gas was $2.39 at the QuickTrip at 2375 North Druid Hills Road.

In College Park, the cash-only price of regular gas was $2.19 a gallon at the Valero at 3293 Main St.

In Alpharetta, gas was $2.39 a gallon at the Kroger gas station at 12460 Crapapple Road.

In East Point, gas was $2.29 at the Shell at 890 Cleveland Ave.

In Duluth, the cash-only gas price was $2.36 at Murphy USA at 2625 Pleasant Hill Road.

(Prices as of 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to GasBuddy.)

RELATED:

Georgia gas company works on ruptured pipeline

Map: Colonial Pipeline network through metro Atlanta

Nathan Deal signs order freezing gas prices after pipeline spill

Economics professor blasts anti price-gouging laws

Gas crisis slows service vehicles, but not much

Where to get gas in Cobb County

Where to get gas in DeKalb County

Where to find gas in Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County government, schools have 11 days of fuel on hand

Food delivery in greater Atlanta unaffected by gas shortage

Atlanta motorists’ photos show impact of gas shortage

This Atlanta company will deliver gas to your car

Pilot killed in Georgia plane crash

The pilot of a crop duster was killed Friday when the plane crashed in a south Georgia field, according to media reports.

Jason Watson, 31, of Nashville, Ga., was the victim, Berrien County Sheriff Ray Paulk told the Valdosta Daily Times.

James Davis of Alapaha, Ga., was working nearby about 9:15 a.m. when he heard the plane’s engine quit.

“I felt a ‘thump’ and heard the crash,” he told the paper.

People quickly headed to help the pilot just after the crash, according to walb.com.

“I got there and I was expecting to see somebody standing outside the plane watching the plane burn, but it wasn’t like that when I crossed the fence,” Davis said.

The sheriff’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. Berrien County is about 205 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Read more of the story here.

Truck driver in critical condition after tire explodes in his face

A tractor-trailer driver is in critical condition after a tire exploded in his face when his truck caught fire, DeKalb fire officials said.

Fire officials got a call just before 9 p.m. about a tractor-trailer caught fire along I-285 near Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, DeKalb fire spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson told Channel 2 Action News. The truck was carrying oxygen tanks.

“The driver got out to check on the brake and when he did, the tire on the truck exploded in his face due to the fire and heat caused by the brake fire,” he said.

Neighbors told Channel 2 Action News they heard several explosions before the fire occurred.

“I saw the smoke, It was just..you could see it,” Neighbor Alex Perry told the news station. “You could feel it…The whole thing was on fire. The whole thing. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, Jackson said.

Earlier, the fire closed east and westbound lanes along I-285.

Photo: Jimmy Carter's 2016 Town Hall at Emory

Posh 21-story complex being built near Buckhead Atlanta development

Buckhead is getting another mixed-use apartment behemoth, this one complete with a rooftop dog park, terrace pools that "align with the rising and setting of the sun" and "garden rooms intended to provide fresh herbs for use in artisanal rooftop cocktails."

Modera by Mill Creek – Buckhead, which will be located directly beside The Shops Buckhead Atlanta at 3005 Peachtree Road NE, is a 21-story, mixed-use retail and residential community that will include "400 luxury apartment homes and more than 21,000 square feet of high-end retail space," according to a news release. 

Ground has broken at the one-acre lot at the corner of Peachtree and Pharr roads, and pre-leasing and initial move-ins are slated for summer 2018.

Residents will have access to amenities including: local art installations, a yoga studio, a juice bar and fitness center, a "destination sky bar, a large demo kitchen capable of hosting regular mixology and cooking classes, and an interactive, open-air social lounge," the release said. 

The aforementioned terrace pools will be surrounded by items such as chaise lounge pods, an indoor spa, a full bar, a video projection wall and a "lawn panel for outdoor games." 

The project is the result of a joint venture between multifamily investor Mill Creek Residential and real estate investment platform Elite International Investment Fund. 

“Modera Buckhead will allow us to cultivate and grow alongside the Buckhead community as we deliver residents and visitors an innovative retail and residential space in an already evergreen Atlanta district,” Harvey Wadsworth, vice president of development at Mill Creek, said in the release. 

>>MORE:  Midtown tower 1 of 4 mixed-use concepts on the way from one company  Mixed-use apartments to go up near Silver Comet Trail, SunTrust Park    Mixed-use apartment building to go up near Sandy Springs city center 

 

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Protesters take opposing sides on proposed Newton mosque

About a dozen protesters, several of them armed, gathered in front of the historic Newton County courthouse Tuesday to protest the presence of Muslims in America generally and a proposed local Muslim burial ground and mosque, specifically.

 

“Who are we to say it’s not going to be a refugee compound?” said Phillip Morris, a Walton County resident who turned out against the mosque.

 

Nearby, a sign read “Unite against Islam, stop the Islamic immigration refugee invasion now!”

 

A young teenage boy waving an American flag wore a shirt that read “God hates Islam.”

 

As the protest got underway, James Stachowiak, of Evans, Georgia, wielding a semiautomatic rifle, railed against Islam and Muslims through a megaphone.

 

“Islam is not here to assimilate,” he said. “Mohammad preached the establishment of a global caliphate.”

 

The anti-Islam protesters were met with a slightly smaller group of counter protesters who said they were there to support religious freedom.

 

“I am personally Christian and we believe defending other people’s right to worship will keep our right to worship safe as well,” said Newton County resident Kendra Millerd.

 

Georgia Security Force III%, a local militia, called for the rally after posting a video that caused the county to cancel a meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday. At that meeting, commissioners were expected to lift a temporary moratorium on new places of worship, clearing the way for the cemetery and mosque, which the militia opposes.

 

The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the armed protest by what the organization called “anti-Muslim extremists.”

 

“These armed bigots do not represent the people of Newton County, who are as warm and welcoming as other Georgians,” CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell.

 

As of Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Newton County had not invited the agency to get involved. A spokesperson for the local Sheriff’s Office confirmed the group was still under investigation.

 

The militia’s video, which was posted online over the weekend but has since been taken down, shows several members of the militia decrying Islam and allegedly trespassing on the Muslim congregation’s property to hang an American flag. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into the group.

 

“ …. A self-made video circulated on social media of a militia group from a neighboring county, [which] may have been trespassing on private property, and exhibiting harassing or violent behavior,” County Manager Lloyd Kerr wrote in a statement Tuesday. “Unfortunately in today’s society, uncivil threats or intentions must be taken seriously.”

 

He added that the temporary moratorium on new places of worship will expire on September 21 if the commission takes no action.

 

“The Board of Commissioners intends to honor the expiration date and has no plans to extend the moratorium,” Kerr wrote.

 

For more on this story visit myajc.com

Emory, UGA, Ga. Tech, Mercer among nation’s best universities

U.S. News and World Report ranks four Georgia colleges among the nation’s best on an annual list released today.

Emory University, Georgia Tech, Mercer University and the University of Georgia made the list of best national universities for 2017.

Schools are ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality including graduation and retention rates, expert opinions, faculty and financial resources.

Mercer was new to the list after being reclassified in a 2015 update as a national university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The other three Georgia schools outperformed their previous rankings.

See the full story here.

Directions to 97.1 The River

97.1 The River is housed in a constantly evolving, state-of-the art facility in midtown Atlanta that opened in 1999.

Our address is: 1601 W. Peachtree St., N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30309. 

Hours of operation for the phone line is 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests can contact security officers at the station's gate during non-business hours via a telecom placed at the gate.

The building is accessible from the major interstates that run through the metro area.

To get to the building:

From the Northeast(I-85): Take I-85 south to the 10th/14th/17th Street exit. Then follow the signs onto the 17th Street exit. At the traffic light, turn Left on the 17th Street bridge. Go to the second traffic light and turn left on West Peachtree Street. Move to the right lane of West Peachtree, which dead ends at a traffic light before crossing Peachtree Street. Turn left on Peachtree Street and move to the far right lane. As you drive past a gas station, make a slight right and drive through the intersection. You will see the silver and blue WSB Radio and Television sign, which is at the corner of West Peachtree and Beverly streets. The visitor parking lot entrance is the first gate on the left side of the building.

From the Northwest(I-75): Take I-75 south to the 10th/14th/16th Street exit. Then follow the signs to 14th Street exit. Turn left and go through one traffic light(Spring St) before turning left again on West Peachtree Street. Move to the right lane of West Peachtree, which dead ends at a traffic light before merging onto Peachtree Street. Merge on Peachtree Street and move to the far right lane. As you drive past a gas station, make a slight right and drive through the intersection. You will see the silver and blue WSB Radio and Television sign, which is at the corner of West Peachtree and Beverly streets. The visitor parking lot entrance is the first gate on the left side of the building.

From the South: Take I-75 or I-85 north to the 17th Street exit and turn right on 17th Street. Go through one traffic light(Spring St.) before turning left on West Peachtree Street. Move to the right lane of West Peachtree, which dead ends at a traffic light before merging onto Peachtree Street. Merge on Peachtree Street and move to the far right lane. As you drive past a gas station, make a slight right and drive through the intersection. You will see the silver and blue WSB Radio and Television sign, which is at the corner of West Peachtree and Beverly streets. The visitor parking lot entrance is the first gate on the left side of the building.

From the East: Take I-20 west to the I-75/I-85 north exit. Proceed north on I-75/I-85 to the 17th Street exit and turn right on 17th Street. Go through one traffic light(Spring St) before turning left on West Peachtree Street. Move to the right lane of West Peachtree, which dead ends at a traffic light before merging onto Peachtree Street. Merge on Peachtree Street and move to the far right lane. As you drive past a gas station, make a slight right and drive through the intersection. You will see the silver and blue WSB Radio and Television sign, which is at the corner of West Peachtree and Beverly streets. The visitor parking lot entrance is the first gate on the left side of the building.

From the West: Take I-20 east to I-75/I-85 north exit. Proceed north on I-75/I-85 to the 17th Street exit and turn right on 17th Street. Go through one traffic light(Spring St) before turning left on West Peachtree Street. Move to the right lane of West Peachtree, which dead ends at a traffic light before merging onto Peachtree Street. Merge on Peachtree Street and move to the far right lane. As you drive past a gas station, make a slight right and drive through the intersection. You will see the silver and blue WSB Radio and Television sign, which is at the corner of West Peachtree and Beverly streets. The visitor parking lot entrance is the first gate on the left side of the building.

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