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Pot Brownies Sickens Two Atlanta Students, Employee

ATLANTA, GA — Two students and a school employee were taken to a local hospital Friday after apparently consuming brownies that had been laced with marijuana. The incident happened at South Atlanta High School, where school officials are now investigating claims that another employee brought the pot-laced brownies to school and handed them out to students.

According to an Atlanta school system spokesperson, "The school employee who is believed to be responsible has been removed from the school and faces disciplinary action pending the outcome of the investigation."

The employee, according to Channel 2, is a veteran special education teacher at South Atlanta High School. All three people who were sickened by the brownies were treated and released.

Police responded to the school Friday afternoon after learning the three people who had consumed the brownies had fallen ill.

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Property Details for 861 Kings Ct NE

861 Kings Ct Ne, Atlanta, GA 30306
861 Kings Ct Ne, Atlanta, GA 30306
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Beds Total: 2
Main Full Baths: 1
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861 Kings Ct Ne, Atlanta, GA 30306
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Bedrooms: 2
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Woman’s Body Found Hanging In Tree Near Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA — A woman’s body was found hanging from a tree near a Walmart in south Fulton County early Monday morning.

There was a heavy police presence around Old National Highway and Flat Shoals Road in the early-morning hours, WSB-TV reported. Around 6 a.m., a Fulton County Police spokesperson confirmed to the station that a woman’s body had been found hanging in the tree.

Police were not confirming that the incident was a suicide. But the spokesperson said foul play is not suspected. The woman had not been publicly identified Monday morning.

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InterCapital Group Snags Suburban Atlanta Asset

Villas at West Ridge in Lithia Springs, Ga.

InterCapital Group has acquired the 230-unit Villas at West Ridge near Atlanta. The seller, Adams LaSalle Realty, landed $27.3 million for the asset, according to Douglas County records. InterCapital funded the acquisition with a 10-year, $22.9 million Fannie Mae loan originated by Greystone. Adams LaSalle had picked up the asset in 2013 for $17.6 million from GFI Capital Resources Group, according to Yardi Matrix. Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller.

Located at 7850 Lee Road in Lithia Springs, Ga., the nine-building community is situated on 36.3 acres just south of the Tom Murphy Freeway, enabling direct access to downtown Atlanta. The 2,500-acre Sweetwater Creek State Park is located across from the property on Lee Road, and a Publix-anchored community retail center is also nearby.

Coveted amenities

Built in 2002, the community’s one-, two- and three-bedroom units were 97.8 percent leased, according to Yardi Matrix data from March 2018. Apartments range in size from 880 to 1,479 square feet. Residents have access to 510 parking spaces and can rent garages for an additional monthly fee. On-site amenities include:

outdoor swimming pool laundry facilities fitness center business center clubhouse playground

“Atlanta’s west side, particularly the western suburbs, are attracting both residents and investors,” said Cushman & Wakefield Senior Director Nathan Swenson, who represented the seller in the transaction, in a prepared statement. “Residents are drawn to quality of life, easier commutes and expanding employment centers all along Atlanta’s western flank, and investors are looking to capitalize on these demand factors, reinforced by limited new supply of multifamily coupled with a near inability to build new multifamily.”

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Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Announces Sudden Passing of Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, John A. Williams – Atlanta Business Chronicle

ATLANTA, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: APTS) ("PAC" or the "Company") is profoundly saddened to announce that the Company’s Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John A. Williams unexpectedly passed away earlier today. The Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Vice-Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Daniel M. DuPree to succeed Mr. Williams as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Leonard A. Silverstein, a co-founder of the Company along with Mr. Williams, has been appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board and will continue as President and Chief Operating Officer.

The Board and the Company are indebted to Mr. Williams for his strong leadership, real estate vision, outgoing personality and boundless energy. The Board’s thoughts are with John’s family at this very difficult time. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife Nancy; three children, Jay, Sarah Brook and Parker, and two grandchildren, Jack and Harrison.

Messrs. Silverstein and DuPree stated, "John was a dear friend, partner, mentor and influence in our lives and careers. He was a visionary and understood the importance of creating a company that is built on culture, associates, reputation and brand. We are committed to continuing John’s vision to create the preeminent real estate investment trust in the United States."

About John A. Williams

Over the course of his career, Mr. Williams directed and coordinated the development, construction, and management of more than $15 billion in real estate developments. Approximately $5.5 billion of this activity has focused on multifamily housing, with the balance in other property types including hotels, condominiums and offices. Mr. Williams founded Post Properties, Inc. ("Post Properties") in 1970. He took Post Properties public as a REIT in 1993. When he resigned as Chairman of Post Properties in 2003, the company had approximately 30,000 apartment units and had averaged funds from operations growth of 7% per year commencing with the Post Properties initial public offering.

Mr. Williams was listed on National Real Estate Investor’s list of "The 20th Century’s Most Influential Developers," along with Atlanta Business Chronicle’s award for "Atlanta Residential Developer of The Decade," for the 1990’s; followed by, Harvard Business School extending its "Community Leadership Award" to Mr. Williams in 2000. He has received numerous honors and awards from Cobb County, Georgia including, "The Mack Henderson Public Service Award," in 2005. Mr. Williams was recently inducted into the Multi-Housing News Hall of Fame: First Class in 2004, and given, The Four Pillar Award in 2007 by The Council for Quality Growth. John A. Williams is and has always been very active in varied philanthropic activities, outreaches, and organizations in Georgia and around the World. In the spring of 2008, Mr. Williams was inducted into the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business Hall of Fame as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Management Hall of Fame. He is widely credited with coining the phrases "Smart Growth" and "Live, Work, Play."

Mr. Williams served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Falcons of which he is also a minority owner. He has previously served on the boards of Riverside Bancshares, Inc., where he was the largest stockholder, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Post Secondary/Vocational Education, the Executive Committee of the National Apartment Association. Mr. Williams has also served on the Board of Directors of NationsBank and Barnett Banks, Inc., Crawford & Company, Post Properties, Inc. and Rentech, Inc. He is the Founder and past Chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District. He served as president of the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Metro Business Forum, Chairman of the Regional Business Coalition, Chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, and Chairman of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, serving two terms. While serving as the initial Chairman of the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, Mr. Williams was responsible for leading the effort to build the $200,000,000 Exhibition Meeting Venue and Ballroom complex. The large ballroom, one of the largest in the south, was named "The John A. Williams Ballroom." These facilities were completed in 1995. He also led the effort to build the state-of-the-art Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre which cost $150,000,000. The 2800 seat main theatre is named "The John A. Williams Theatre."

About Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. is a Maryland corporation formed primarily to acquire and operate multifamily properties in select targeted markets throughout the United States. As part of our business strategy, we may enter into forward purchase contracts or purchase options for to-be-built multifamily communities and we may make real estate related loans, provide deposit arrangements, or provide performance assurances, as may be necessary or appropriate, in connection with the development of multifamily communities and other properties. As a secondary strategy, we may acquire or originate senior mortgage loans, subordinate loans or real estate loans secured by interests in multifamily properties, membership or partnership interests in multifamily properties and other multifamily related assets and invest a lesser portion of our assets in other real estate related investments, including other income-producing property types, senior mortgage loans, subordinate loans or real estate loans secured by interests in other income-producing property types, membership or partnership interests in other income-producing property types as determined by our manager as appropriate for us. At December 31, 2017, the Company was the approximate 97.8% owner of Preferred Apartment Communities Operating Partnership, L.P., the Company’s operating partnership. Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, commencing with its tax year ended December 31, 2011. Learn more at www.pacapts.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "trend", "will", "expects", "plans", "estimates", "anticipates", "projects", "intends", "believes", "goals", "objectives", "outlook" and similar expressions. Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from the expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans or predictions of the future expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, those disclosed in PAC’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PAC undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

Additional Information

The SEC has declared effective the registration statement (including prospectus) filed by the Company for each of the offerings to which this communication may relate. Before you invest, you should read the final prospectus, and any prospectus supplements, forming a part of the registration statement and other documents the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and the offering to which this communication may relate. In particular, you should carefully read the risk factors described in the final prospectus and in any related prospectus supplement and in the documents incorporated by reference in the final prospectus and any related prospectus supplement to which this communication may relate. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the Company or its dealer manager, Preferred Capital Securities, LLC, with respect to PAC’s mShares Redeemable Preferred Stock Offering and Series A Redeemable Preferred Stock and Warrant Unit Offering, and JonesTrading Institutional Services LLC, with respect to PAC’s ATM Common Stock Offering, will arrange to send you a prospectus if you request it by calling Leonard A. Silverstein at (770) 818-4100, 3284 Northside Parkway NW, Suite 150, Atlanta, Georgia 30327.

The ATM Common Stock Offering prospectus, dated July 18, 2016, including a base prospectus, dated May 17, 2016, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183216000152/atmprospectus.htm

The mShares Redeemable Preferred Stock Offering prospectus, dated January 19, 2017, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183217000008/a424prospectus-mshares1.htm

The Series A Redeemable Preferred Stock and Warrant Unit Offering prospectus, dated March 16, 2017, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183217000061/a424prospectus-15bseriesar.htm

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Top North Atlanta Real Estate Agent Opens Merge Real Estate Solutions

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Alpharetta, GA — (SBWIRE) — 04/02/2018 — Lorieal Green, a real estate industry veteran, has opened a new real estate brokerage based in North Fulton. Not many brokers can boast being a second-generation Realtor and probably fewer can say they’ve earned an MBA with honors. Those distinctions have worked in Lorieal’s favor, helping her build a successful reputation and a robust list of satisfied clients. Her career honors include being chosen by REALTOR Magazine as a "Top 30 Realtor Under 30" nationwide as well as earning a spot in the prestigious Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle.

Merge Real Estate Solutions –Alpharetta Real Estate Brokerage is an innovative real estate firm focused on providing an exceptional client experience while educating the consumer on the entire real estate process. "My firm will host webinars, workshops and various community events focused on legacy building through real estate. I am passionate about helping others create a pathway to their real estate goals. That’s really how the name of the company came about. It is our job to "merge" the desires of our clients into a distinct set of specifications that allow us to actually locate the property, or properties, that suit their needs." States Green.

Lorieal’s emphasis on customer service has been the key to her success throughout her 15 year career. As a seasoned millennial and tech-savvy, forward-thinking visionary, Lorieal is able to stay steps ahead of industry trends. Her mastery of the market, financial prowess and positive impact on clients’ wealth-building dreams, garnered national attention when Lorieal was featured as the Black Enterprise Magazine cover story for their annual financial edition in April 2011. Sharing her financial success secrets with millions of readers was one of Lorieal’s proudest moments.

Lorieal Green, has filled numerous leadership roles in the local real estate community as a Director of the Atlanta Realtors Association, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Education with the Cobb Association of Realtors and Communications and Public Relations Chair with the Georgia Association of Realtors. Nationally, Mrs. Green has served as Outreach Chair of the National Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network and currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee.

For more information on Lorieal Green, visit www.wemergeatl.com or Follow her @ThePropertyQueen on Twitter and Instagram. On Facebook she can be found @ThePropertyQueenATL.

Note to the Media: Lorieal Green is available for interviews, speaking engagements and byline articles

on local, state and national real estate trends. Her perspective has been featured in Black Enterprise,

REALTOR magazine, Marietta Daily Journal and Georgia REALTOR. She has also presented at Inman CONNECT- one of the real estate industry’s most respected conferences.

Contact Information:
Merge Real Estate Solutions
Lorieal Green
11175 Cicero Drive #100, Alpharetta, Georgia 30022
404-939-3847
Email: lgreen@wemergeatl.com
www.wemergeatl.com

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South Carolina Stingrays outlast Atlanta in shootout

DULUTH, Ga. — Steven Whitney did it all for the South Carolina Stingrays in a 3-2 shootout win over the Atlanta Gladiators on Monday night, scoring a goal, assist and the game-winner in the skill session at the Infinite Energy Center.

Parker Milner made 24 saves to earn his 22nd victory of the season for the Stingrays, while Joey Leach scored the game-tying goal in the third period and Jake Kamrass earned his first professional point with an assist in the first frame.

Whitney put the Stingrays (40-15-6-1) in front 1-0 with the only goal of the opening frame at 16:22, his 18th of the season. Kamrass found the Reading, Mass., native wide open in front of the Gladiators’ net, and Whitney waited out goaltender Dan Vladar before wristing the puck to the upper part of the net for the strike.

Kamrass recorded his first pro point in just his second game with the Rays.

Atlanta (29-32-2-3) scored twice in the second period to take a 2-1 advantage. But the Stingrays evened the game when Whitney hit Leach with a pass on a rush into the Atlanta zone, and the defender beat Vladar with a wrister to the bottom right side of the net at 9:39 of the third. Joe Devin, who started the rush by blocking a shot in his own end, was credited for the second assist.

After the first five shooters were held without a goal in the shootout, Whitney beat Vladar by moving in slowly and putting the puck up high over the netminder’s glove to secure a win for the Stingrays.

Vladar made 33 saves in a losing effort for the Gladiators, while Atlanta got the better of the special teams battle at 1-for-4 on the power play while SC went 0-for-4 on the man-advantage.

The Stingrays continue their four-game road swing by traveling to Orlando for three straight games against the Solar Bears beginning Wednesday night at 7 p.m. South Carolina returns home to host the Kalamazoo Wings in the teams’ only matchup of the season on Mar. 27 at 7:05 p.m.

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Bill To Create BeltLine Tax District Loses Mention Of Affordable Housing

The BeltLine organization said affordable housing remains a top priority for its current CEO Brian McGowan.

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Commercial property owners around the Atlanta BeltLine may soon be able to tax themselves to speed up construction of the 22-mile trail.

The Georgia House passed a bill last week that would allow the new tax as part of a special improvement district.

But some are disappointed by what that legislation left out.

The latest bill stripped a section from the previous version permitting the revenue to also fund “supplemental services” for the BeltLine, including affordable housing.

This comes after a year of scrutiny of the BeltLine’s efforts to maintain affordability around the trail, which culminated in the resignation of the organization’s former CEO, Paul Morris.

Georgia Tech planning professor Michael Dobbins said passing up an opportunity to support more low-income housing around the trail is a mistake.

“It runs counter to what Atlanta’s greatest need is, which is to provide housing that people can afford in places where they can get access to their job,” he said.

The BeltLine organization said affordable housing remains a top priority for its current CEO Brian McGowan.

The change in the legislation, however, was necessary to reach a consensus with property owners. Ultimately, they will be the ones voting to levy the tax on their real estate if the bill makes it out of the state legislature.

The organization added that the current bill removes not only the affordable housing component, but also language allocating funding for trail maintenance and security.

According to Tim Schrager of Perennial Properties, who represented apartment owners in the process, all of those things didn’t show up in the legislation until later.

When the BeltLine Partnership originally approached property owners about the special improvement district, he said, the proposal was focused on completing the trail.

“This idea that we’re creating this tax district was never meant to be an all-encompassing vehicle by which taxes would be increased and all these problems would be solved,” Schrager said.

The tax on commercial real estate could bring in around $100 million for the BeltLine’s construction over thirty years. The legislation is currently in the Georgia Senate.

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An Atlanta developer wants to build dozens of homes here, near Old Town Bluffton

An Atlanta, Ga., based developer has plans to build dozens of homes off one of Bluffton’s most curiously named roads.

PulteGroup, Inc., has requested approval of a preliminary development plan for 51 homes on 20 acres northwest of the intersection of Burnt Church Road and Stroup Lane, according to a Town of Bluffton Development Review Committee agenda.

The homes would be single-family lots, according to the agenda.

Pulte spokesperson Macey Kessler said Monday the company could not comment at this time about the community’s name, home prices and other details since plans for the development are still preliminary.

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The committee will discuss the proposal 1 p.m. Tuesday at a meeting at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park, according to the agenda. Pulte is making the request on behalf of Burnt Church Development Company, LLC.

Pulte has other developments nearby, and elsewhere in the Lowcountry and Savannah, according to its website.

The Landings at New Riverside — which will include seven home styles ranging from roughly 1,600 to more than 2,500 square feet — are “coming soon,” according to Pulte. The units, located in Bluffton’s New Riverside community near the traffic circle connecting May River Road and S.C. Highway 46, are not yet priced.

Turner’s Pointe is planned for the Savannah area, off U.S. 80 between the city and Tybee Island. Five home styles — different from and generally larger than those planned for The Landings — will be available in that development, according to Pulte.

And the developer has nearly a dozen communities, either planned or established, in the Charleston area. Homes in some of those communities start at roughly $200,000 but start at closer to $400,000 in others.

Pulte has developments in more than 50 markets across the country, according to its website.

Wade Livingston: 843-706-8153, @WadeGLivingston

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WOW House: Lake, Guest House, Koi Ponds In Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA — You aren’t going to see a lot of properties like this week’s "WOW!" House for Atlanta. Sitting on more than eight acres near Buckhead, it’s got a little something for everyone.

Start with the stocked lake, waterfalls and koi pond. If that’s not enough while you’re outside, there’s also a putting green and tennis and basketball courts. Throw in the guest cottage on the lake and you’re looking at quite the estate.

Inside, there are six bedrooms and eight full and three half-baths. The whole house is outfitted with smart-home technology and the mast wing has its own patio, as well as his-and-hers bathrooms.

Throw in a gym, spa, billiards room, wine cellar and media room — as well a a guest apartment — and there’s plenty here to say "Wow!" about. Built in 1997, the home is on the market now for $8.5 million.

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Price: $8,500,000 Square Feet: Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 8 Full and 3 Half Baths Built: 1997 Features: Perhaps one of the rarest estates on over 8.2 professionally landscaped acres is now available in Atlanta, near Buckhead. Located at the end of a gated street and surrounded by protected state land, this spectacular property has had a complete overhaul and utilizes smart home Control4 Technology. Stocked lake w waterfalls. Koi ponds, putting green, tennis & basketball. The master wing has patio, his/her bath. Gym, spa, billiards, wine & media. Guest apartment. Guest cottage on the lake. New caretakers residence, generator and multiple wells on the property.

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