0:00: Today marks 75 years since D-Day, when Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to move Nazi forces out of France. It’s known as the largest sea-born invasion in history and a pivotal moment in World War II.
Rose gives a news brief on United States Senator Johnny Isakson’s trip to France to commemorate D-Day. Senator Isakson, who also serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, led a bipartisan delegation to an event, hosted by the French government, at the Normandy American Cemetery. President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron were at the ceremony, along with more than 150 veterans, U.S. elected officials, U.S. armed service members and dignitaries.
We also revisit a conversation with Helen Kogel Denton, who was one of the thousands of women who joined the Women’s Army Corps (WACS). Her ultimate mission was to play a key role in the plan for the military invasion that turned the tide of the war in Europe. She spoke to WABE in 2007 and recounted the events that led to her assignment to General Dwight Eisenhower.
11:00: In other news, the National Society of Black Engineers'(NSBE) “2019 National Leadership Conference” is currently underway here in Atlanta. The event, which is taking place at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will bring together over 200 NSBE leaders from around the nation. We learn more from Jocelyn Jackson, NSBE National Chair.
19:55: SunTrust Bank announced yesterday that the company will invest $300 million for the next three years in Atlanta. This money will be used for non-profit organizations and community causes, according to the company. Jenna Kelly, the president of SunTrust’s Georgia Division tells us more about the investment and what’s next for the company following the announcement earlier this year that SunTrust would merge with North Carolina based BB&T.
35:28: We get a sneak preview of Closer Look Producer Grace Walker’s trip the Grindhouse Killer Burgers on Piedmont Road. She spoke to Grindhouse founder Alex Brounstein about how the recent Impossible shortage impacted his business. The full version of this story will air tomorrow.
38:30: For new business owners, the process of obtaining the proper permitting and licensing can be a major obstacle. Entrepreneurs may face high fees long wait times get the proper permitting done from multiple city or county departments. City officials in Clayton County are trying to streamline this process by launching a new ‘concierge service.’ The goal is that by making this process easier more business owners will be encouraged to get their start in Clayton County. Clayton County Chief Operating Officer Detrick Stanford joins us in studio to explain the new program.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.