Atlanta software company opens Cleveland office

Top of Mind Networks, a Vinings, Ga., software firm serving the mortgage lending and real estate industries, announced Tuesday, May 21, that it has opened a software hub in downtown Cleveland’s Warehouse District.

Top of Mind said it added the physical technology office in Cleveland to complement its remote software development teams. The company said it has added six jobs in the last six months and plans to add another six to nine positions within the next six months.

Erik Enright, Top of Mind’s chief technology officer, said the new office provides the "best of both worlds" because it allows its staffers to work together in person and continue to access top-drawer talent on a global basis.

"We are excited to be part of the downtown Cleveland vibe and culture," Enright said in the news release. "Top of Mind Networks believes in the software industry in Northeast Ohio, as well as the strength of the Cleveland market. We plan to continue to grow our products and services and remain the industry’s (customer relationship marketing) leader."

Opening a physical office also allows the company to offer internships and it said it has an initial group of interns starting this month, although it did not say how many.

Top of Mind provides CRM services under the "Surefire" name that allows mortgage brokers and bankers to automatically keep in touch with past customers as well as provide online links with real estate agents for referrals.

Top of Mind did not identify the street address of its Cleveland office. The Atlanta-area company was launched in 2003.

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One Of Nation’s Toughest Abortion Bills Signed Into Law In GA

ATLANTA — Fulfilling a campaign commitment, Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws in the nation into law Tuesday morning. Kemp signed the so-called Heartbeat Bill, which outlaws most abortions after about six weeks, which is when a fetal heartbeat is usually first detected.

The bill, which was sponsored by state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), would allow abortions in cases where the mother’s life or health is in danger, or in cases of medical emergency. The bill also says that even an unborn child at any stage of development in the womb would be included in state population-based counts.


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MONDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Temps headed to the 80s under a sunny sky

For those wishing for a repeat of the fantastic weather from Easter Sunday, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said you’re in luck.

“I’ll give you Easter Sunday and then a few degrees warmer, and just about as sunny as it was yesterday,” he said. “ After some of the cool weather, the showery weather back on Saturday, (Sunday was) a nice bounce back, and it’s going to be a nice day today.”

With no major weather systems on the horizon, metro Atlanta should reach a projected high of 80 degrees Monday under a sunny sky, according to Channel 2.

“Again it’s going to feel more like a May afternoon than an April afternoon,” Monahan said. “80 degrees (is) the typical high for about the 10th day of May. We should be in the low 70s.”

Through the end of the month and into the start of May, he said temperatures look to be above average.

Monday is starting out cool with temperatures in the 50s in Atlanta and the 40s for most other spots in North Georgia. Monahan said you will want to grab a coat to begin the day.

“You won’t need it though, after long,” he said. “Once the sun is up, we’ll warm things up quickly.”

Temps are expected to reach the low 70s by noon, according to Channel 2. While there will be bright sunshine Monday, Monahan said he expects a few more clouds around than on Sunday.

North Georgia is in for a stretch of warm, dry weather. By Wednesday, highs are forecast in the mid-80s.

“Through Wednesday, we’re going to be dry,” Monahan said. “Most of Thursday is going to be dry, may see some showers slip in late. Friday morning, we’ll have some showers coming across North Georgia.”

He said he does not expect any severe weather associated with the system, but a few rumbles of thunder are possible. There is a 60 percent chance of rain Friday, according to Channel 2.

Saturday should be another dry day before isolated showers return for Sunday, Monahan said.

Volume is building to start the Monday morning drive, but metro Atlanta interstates are still moving fine, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

“Really not a bad start to the rush hour at all,” traffic reporter Mark Arum said.

Drivers are still contending with the effects of heavy rain from last week, however. In Midtown, expect some delays on West Peachtree Street at 3rd Street while crews work to repair a sinkhole, the Traffic Center reported.

Sinkhole repairs continue in Rockdale County, too. Rowland Road between Rockdale County High School, C.J. Hicks Elementary and Rockdale Magnet School remains closed, according to authorities. Pine Log Road and Eastview Road are possible alternates, the Traffic Center reported.

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.

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American Deli, Koffee King, Pho Dai Nam | GA Restaurants Cited

Here are some recent health inspection reports. (Shutterstock)

ATLANTA, GA — There are signs of a bad restaurant that are pretty obvious: Nasty smells, grimy tables or unkempt employees are all red flags for a dining spot you want to avoid. But sometimes the problem is harder to spot, such as food stored at improper temperatures or unclean kitchen equipment.

And some commercial kitchens are spotless, with every safety rule followed, and customers well-cared for.

Do you know how clean your local coffee shop, restaurant or school kitchen is? Look through these recent food safety inspections from around the Atlanta area courtesy of Patch. Click on the links below to see details from recent inspection reports for area restaurants.

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Tony Davis Invited to Join Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust

ALPHARETTA, Ga., March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Tony Davis, Founding Partner of Atlantic Home Mortgage, has been invited to join Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in the Atlanta area.

Tony was chosen for membership by the Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust Selection Committee due to his experience, leadership and influence in the local business landscape and beyond. Tony is one of the highest producing mortgage brokers in the state of Georgia.

"Atlanta’s thriving business community is powered by leaders like Tony," said David Rubinger, president and publisher of Atlanta Business Chronicle. "We’re honored to be creating a space where the region’s business influencers come together to increase their impact on the community, build their businesses and connect with and strengthen one another."

As an invited member, Tony will contribute articles to the Atlanta Business Chronicle website and participate alongside fellow members in Expert Panels. He will connect and collaborate with a vetted network of local leaders in a members-only directory and a private forum on the group’s mobile app. Tony will also benefit from leadership and business coaching, an Executive Profile on the Atlanta Business Chronicle website, select partner discounts and services and ongoing support from the community’s concierge team.

"I could not be more excited to join some of Atlanta’s top business leaders on the Leadership Trust," said Tony Davis. "Our goal at Atlantic Home Mortgage is to be the best mortgage broker in Atlanta and help our community thrive."

The Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust team is honored to welcome Tony to the community and looks forward to helping him elevate his personal brand, strengthen his circle of trusted advisors and position him to further impact the Atlanta business community and beyond.

About Business Journals Leadership Trust

Atlanta Business Chronicle Leadership Trust is a part of Business Journals Leadership Trust — a collective of invitation-only networks of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in your community. Membership is based on an application and selection committee review. Benefits include private online forums, the ability to publish insights on, business and executive coaching and a dedicated concierge team. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit

About Atlantic Home Mortgage

Atlantic Home Mortgage (AHM) is a purchase-centric mortgage broker located in Alpharetta, GA. Their focus is on combining cutting-edge technology with experienced professionals to create a simple, transparent mortgage process. Founder, Tony Davis (NMLS# 430849) was the #1 producing loan officer in Georgia at Movement Mortgage. Mortgage Executive Magazine named him as one of the "Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in America." For over a decade, Tony has served the Atlanta community as a trusted financial adviser. He has assisted his clients in a variety of different roles ranging from banking and small business lending to mortgage lending.

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BREAKING: Crash takes out power poles, traffic lights in Atlanta

A crash Friday morning took out two power poles and traffic lights, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue.

Investigators are working the scene at the intersection of Northside Drive and Whitehall Street.

Whitehall Street is blocked, fire officials said just before 10:30 a.m.

According to witnesses, a speeding car barreled into a power pole at the intersection before the driver got out and ran.

Officials have not released details about the crash.

We’re working to learn more.

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Looking into El Chapo’s metro Atlanta reach


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ATLANTA, GA (CBS46) With the conviction of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, CBS46 is learning more about the influence his cartel has on metro Atlanta.

“This is a huge victory,” said Robert Murphy, the special agent in charge of the DEA’s Atlanta office. “It’s a symbol that we need to show in this country that it may take 20 years but we’re going to get you.”

Murphy said El Chapo’s powerful Sinaloa cartel is one of two cartels that bring most of the drugs into our region from Mexico.

“Controlled everything in the Atlanta market, they controlled everything from drugs crossing into the United States, the distribution, the manufacturing and quite frankly this is where fentanyl being mixed with heroin started, this was Chapo Guzman’s idea.”

Murphy said cartels bring in the cocaine, meth, heroin and a large amount of marijuana that is found in metro Atlanta. The drugs are shipped into this area on trucks using our highways system, often hidden among legitimate deliveries.

Methamphetamine continues to be the drug seen the most by law enforcement in metro Atlanta. It’s cheap and addictive. Cartels bring in into the U.S. in liquid form and convert it in meth labs here.

“We can’t have this, we’re having too many people die and dropping dead, our kids, our children, our future, it’s a risk to our national security,” said Murphy.

While Guzman’s conviction won’t stop drug trafficking, Murphy said it has caused disruption among cartels and he’s confident it sends a message.

He said, “Who wants to raise their hand and be the next one because we keep chopping them off.”

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Winter Storm Watch Issued For Metro Atlanta Ahead Of Super Bowl

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — As tens of thousands of people converge on Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for north Georgia, including all of metro Atlanta, from late Monday night through Tuesday evening. Forecasters are calling for total snow accumulations of up to 2 inches, with higher amounts possible in the north Georgia mountains. A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

According to latest forecast, rain is predicted on Tuesday before 4 pm, then an increasing chance of rain and snow with a high near 43. On Tuesday night, temperatures are expected to plummet to the low 20s, accompanied by a 30 percent chance of snow before 7 pm.

Sunny conditions are forecast for Wednesday, with a high near 43. On Super Bowl Sunday, forecasters are predicting a 30 percent chance of rain, with a high near 57.

Delta Air Lines has issued weather waivers for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 28 northeast airports, including New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports, ahead of projected winter weather on Tuesday and Wednesday. The waiver will allow customers traveling to, from or through any of the outlined cities on these days to make a one-time change to their travel plans without incurring a fee.

The largest potential for impact will be in Atlanta, where Delta’s meteorologists are forecasting a potential for up to half of an inch of snowfall on Tuesday.

The last time Atlanta hosted a Super Bowl was in 2000, for Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome between the then-St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. Two ice storms enveloped the city, clogging traffic and causing major service disruptions that lasted through game day. The Rams won the NFL championship in thrilling fashion, but the lasting memories of the game surrounded the weather and the arrest of NFL superstar linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens on murder charges. Those charges were dropped in favor of an out-of-court settlement.

On Friday, President Donald Trump and Congress agreed to a temporary end of the recent, record-setting partial government shutdown, as air traffic increases into metro Atlanta ahead of Super Bowl Sunday. The agreement came as delays were reported on Fridayat some of the busiest’s airports in the United States, including at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration briefly halted flights into New York City’s LaGuardia Airport Friday, which affected air travel across the country.

Delta and Southwest Airlines have already added additional flights into and out of Atlanta in advance of the game, as well as the day after the game, now being called "Mass Exodus Monday.

Here is the National Weather Service forecast for the rest of the week:

Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Light south wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Monday Night
A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind around 5 mph.

Rain and snow before 1pm, then a chance of snow between 1pm and 4pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow after 4pm. High near 44. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night
Clear, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunny, with a high near 40.

Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

Sunny, with a high near 42.

Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

A 20 percent chance of rain before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Sunny, with a high near 56.

Saturday Night
A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.

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GA lawmakers prep for new session- voting machines, medical marijuana laws, and more to be reviewed

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Georgia lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Jan. 14 for the 2019 legislative session. Here is a look at some of the issues and trends to watch for:

On the same day that lawmakers are sworn in at the Capitol, Kemp will be sworn in as Georgia’s 83rd governor. Kemp has yet to reveal exactly what legislation he will pursue in his first year in office.

During the primary, Kemp supported right legislation such as more gun rights and stricter abortion laws. But recently, Kemp has sounded more moderate, pledging to work across the aisle to increase teacher pay and expand access to health care.

Georgia’s electronic touchscreen voting machines, in use since 2002, have garnered widespread criticism due to the machines lack of accountability and security.

While almost everyone acknowledges the need for a replacement, debate is taking place over exactly what the new system should be.

Democrats have vowed to continue pushing for hand-marked paper ballots tabulated by an optical scanner, citing that they are the most secure, cheapest, and allow voters to verify their choices before casting a ballot.

In December, a Georgia Senate committee recommended that state lawmakers consider creating an authority to oversee Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

They say the current management structure, with power consolidated with the City of Atlanta, isn’t working. They pointed to past corruption and scandals as proof.

However, others in the Capitol may be more reluctant to mess with the success the airport has seen- becoming one of the world’s busiest under the city’s management.

The Georgia legislature also appears ready to consider bills allowing for the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana. Currently. Georgia has some of the toughest marijuana laws in the country.

Current state laws allows individuals with 16 specific conditions to possess low potency marijuana oil. However, marijuana remains illegal to grow, process, buy, sell and transport.

This has created an odd legal loophole where about 6,000 Georgia patients are registered to legally possess the drug but can’t legally obtain it. Many want this loophole fixed.

According to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures, women will hold 72 of 236 seats in the Georgia General Assembly. That equates to just over 30 percent of the legislature.

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Super Bowl security plans top-secret, but Atlanta is ready, city says


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It will create an epic traffic jam, even for Atlanta. An estimated 1 million visitors are expected to hit town for the Super Bowl, the biggest game in sports.

And though they won’t all have tickets to the game on Feb. 3, fans will be lured to 10 days of concerts and other events around the city.

Without divulging the extent of security measures in place, and without talking publicly about the disasters they have prepared to face, the Atlanta Police Department and numerous other law agencies say they are ready to keep all of those people safe.

Atlanta leaders have visited the two most recent Super Bowl host cities for guidance, held countless planning meetings, and are ready for anything, according to the law enforcement agencies and the NFL. Planning began for Super Bowl LIII even before NFL owners voted in May 2016 to bring the big game to Atlanta for a third time.

Within weeks of her promotion to top cop for the Atlanta Police Department — and with two years before the city’s Super Bowl — Chief Erika Shields learned the city was already running behind on security planning for the game. Now, with just weeks to go until kickoff, a security plan is in place that includes local, state and federal law enforcement.

“Oh, we’re more than ready,” Shields said at a recent planning event. “We’ve been preparing for two years, and at this point we’re ready to just execute on our game plan.”

Learning from Minneapolis, Houston

After 10 days of Super Bowl frenzy wrapped up in February, the face of Minneapolis police returned home at 4 a.m. after the big game.

“My wife looked at me and said, ‘You can breathe,’” John Elder told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“No, not until we get these people out of this town,” Elder replied.

Elder, a licensed officer in Minnesota, serves as the director of public affairs for Minneapolis police and was part of countless meetings leading up to the 2018 game. According to the FBI, security efforts at the 2018 Super Bowl included the largest number of federal officers in the game’s 52-year history. No major security incidents were reported, according to Elder.

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“We did not have any of those ‘Oh drat!’ moments because we were willing to learn and really listen to other people to find out what works and what doesn’t work,” Elder said.

Besides visiting Minneapolis, Atlanta officers also visited 2017 Super Bowl host Houston, within weeks of Shields becoming chief.

“Our team came back from Houston and said, ‘We’re behind.’” Shields recalled. “I was about two months as a police chief, and I thought how can I be behind already and the Super Bowl is two years off?” Shields said.

It was time to kick planning into high gear, and APD joined various other law enforcement agencies — including the GBI, FBI, Homeland Security and World Congress Center police — to get going. Atlanta had previously hosted the Super Bowl in 1994 and 2000. But the 2019 game would literally be a whole new ballgame.

At an early December meeting hosted by the NFL, Atlanta’s Assistant Police Chief Rodney Bryant said it’s hard to compare current security challenges to those from nearly two decades ago.

“Reason being the world has changed,” Bryant said. “We see different threat levels. Our technology has changed, and so we’re here to see how well we are prepared to address today’s event.”

NFL pleased with preparations

In October, the team tasked with keeping Super Bowl crowds safe submitted its plan to the NFL. The collaboration between various agencies has been key, according to Amy Patterson, operations and logistics vice president for the Super Bowl Host Committee. Plus, Atlanta has hosted various other big events, including the recent SEC championship college football game. The first week of December, the NFL returned to town for a workshop to discuss a variety of “what if” scenarios. The event was closed to the public and the media.

“Suspicious packages, protests, it runs the gamut from the simple scenarios up to what happens if we have a mass casualty in the stadium,” Patterson said. “What’s exciting today is to see all the different agencies around the table together in the same room talking about how they partner and how they get through these issues and scenarios together as one team, not as individual agencies.”

So what about when it’s time for the real thing? Much of the security will be behind the scenes, according to law enforcement leaders. There will be one “ground zero” command center, along with 13 incident command centers around the city, meaning constant communication will be key.

The Atlanta police department already has several security measures in place that can be utilized, including 200 cameras around the city and 100 “ShotSpotter” devices, which detect gunfire.

Also, a new cellphone app called “See Something, Send Something” allows users to instantly upload pictures or text anything suspicious to police. The app was implemented by the Georgia Department of Public Safety, along with the GBI and GEMA.

Law enforcement officers will be ready, Hacker said. But keeping the city and visitors safe will take more than just those in uniform.

“The eyes and ears of the public are so important… We really depend on the businesses. We depend on the private citizens. We depend on people seeing things on social media,” Hacker said. “We depend on anybody that sees anything that just doesn’t seem right. We depend on them to let us know.”

The time spent planning will pay off, Elder said. His advice to his Atlanta law enforcement counterparts is simple: “Have fun and enjoy it.”

“I know they’ll be on their toes,” Elder said. “It will be great.” ___

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