Closer Look: Safety and Security During the Holiday Season; Atlanta’s Boil Water Advisory; Choosing a Christmas Tree

Sergeant John Chafee from the Atlanta Police Department shares tips on how to stay safe during the holiday season.
Sergeant John Chafee from the Atlanta Police Department shares tips on how to stay safe during the holiday season.
Credit Emilia Brock / WABE

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about the boil water advisory that’s been lifted, which was in effect for much of the metro Atlanta area.
  • In other news, today marks the run-off election for two Georgia races: Secretary of State, and a seat on the Public Service Commission. According to the Secretary of State’s office, 402,042 Georgians took advantage of early voting last week, both via mail and in-person. But that’s still fewer than the general election, which had 482,425 voters cast their ballots in just the first week of early voting. Now, voter turnout during a runoff is typically lower, but WABE still received reports of issues. Nick Arapoglou was in line a little after 7 a.m. at Life Centers Ministries in the Sandy Springs area and, due to issues with the electronic voting cards and not enough provisional ballots, he had to wait nearly 2.5 hours to vote. A spokesperson with Fulton County told WABE that the issues at the Sandy Springs location have been corrected.
  • 4:34: The holiday season is upon us. That means lots of people are out and about — shopping, traveling, heading to holiday parties. One thing that may not be on their minds: safety and security. Sergeant John Chafee from the Atlanta Police Department joins us to offer tips on staying safe, and to tell us how APD prepares for the holiday season.
  • 23:36: Since 1949, Big John’s Christmas Trees, located on Piedmont Road, has served the Atlanta community during the holidays. Each year, they sell trees, wreaths, garlands, and lights. Closer Look paid a visit to Big John’s to get tips on finding the perfect Christmas tree. We hear more about the story of Big John’s from John Livaditis, who continues to work at the family business his grandfather started.
  • 40:30: It’s that time of year where folks are pulling out last year’s Christmas decorations and that includes Ole St. Nick. But just where did the story of Santa Claus come from? It turns out there’s a man who has studied this — some would call him a “santa expert” — and his name is Dr. Adam C. English. He’s the Chair of the Department of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Theology and Philosophy at Campbell University. He’s also the author of several books about Christmas including “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus”. Closer Look senior producer Candace Wheeler speaks to Dr. English about the origins of Santa Claus.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.