News Briefs: SCAD teacher assault; demolition of historic building opposed; Westside lead testing

Atlanta Police are investigating an incident at the Midtown campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) after a student assaulted a teacher then jumped from a window Tuesday afternoon. According to the AJC, the student was seriously injured, and the teacher suffered minor injuries, according to Officer Anthony Grant. No details on the incident have been released by police.

UPDATE: A Fulton County judge issued a stop work order on Aug. 8 to prevent further demolition of a historic building at 152 Nassau Street in Downtown The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday expressing opposition to the demolition of the building, which is associated with early country, blues, jazz and gospel artists. However, according to an eyewitness accounts, demolition at the site across from the Tabernacle and SkyView ferris wheel has already begun to make way for a 21-story Margaritaville-branded hotel.  The building is home to where musician Fiddlin’ John Carson once recorded what’s widely considered to be the first country music hit in 1923. The site is also closely associated with the work of record producer Ralph S. Peer, African American artists such as Lucille Bogan and Fannie Goosby, and the Morehouse College Quartet. A petition to save the building has nearly 10,000 signatures.

Atlanta City Councilmember Antonio Brown introduced a resolution at Monday’s council meeting requesting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) test for the presence of lead in City Council Districts 3, 9 and 10. The request includes residential and commercial properties in zip codes 30311, 30313, 30314 and 30318. The resolution was immediately adopted by the council.  The EPA is currently investigating possible lead soil contamination in some of Brown’s Westside neighborhoods after an Emory University doctoral student discovered elevated levels in the area. Brown wants to expand the study to include residents who live in the districts represented by Council members Dustin Hillis and Andrea Boone. The soil testing, which is being provided to residents and property owners at no cost, includes 360 properties between Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, Chestnut Street, Cameron Alexander Boulevard and the old CSX rail line. Brown is also asking the EPA to test water sources on the Westside for possible lead contamination.

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