0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how the Department of Watershed Management has issued a boil water advisory for all City of Atlanta businesses and residents. In a statement released this morning, city officials said that the problems are due to a control issue at the Hemphill Pump Station. The advisory comes from “an abundance of caution” and says that all residents and property owners that have experienced water outages or low water pressures are advised to boil all water prior to use. Water should be boiled for one minute past a rolling boil, or use bottled water, for drinking, cooking, preparing baby food or brushing teeth. And, of course, don’t drink out of public water fountains in the area. While the advisory is in place for the City of Atlanta, officials say that if you experience a loss of water — even if you don’t live in the area — they recommend you follow these same precautions. Officials say residents should continue to follow these guidelines until the boil water advisory is lifted.
Former President George H. W. Bush died on Friday at the age of 94. We speak with Dr. Louis Sullivan, who served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during President Bush’s administration and was Founding Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine.
16:15: At the beginning of this year, the City of Atlanta released its annual “Point in Time Count,” which showed the city’s homeless population was at just over 3,000 people. Now, as temperatures start to drop, many of those 3,000 will begin seeking shelter from the cold. One group that’s committed to ensuring that they have a place to go is HomeAid Atlanta. They serve as a “bridge” between Atlanta builders and organizations that serve the homeless. Joining us in studio to explain the group’s mission is Amanda Crater, executive director of HomeAid Atlanta, and Vincent Longo, a HomeAid Atlanta volunteer and owner of Vincent Longo Custom Builders.
35:08: The People’s Law School is a new free school, created by DeKalb Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl A. Anderson. The four-week course took place this fall, with instruction on civil, criminal, ordinance and mental health court matters. The aim is to provide adults with a general overview of the court system in Georgia, with a special emphasis on the Magistrate Court. We hear more from Chief Judge Anderson and Quinn Newton, an Atlanta local who attended the recent courses.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.