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Decatur Just Ended Its Mask Mandate

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Maynard Jackson High student to represent Georgia in Miss Teen USA pageant

Face mask store sign
Decatur’s mask mandate is no longer in effect following the City Commission’s vote to allow the ordinance to expire March 2. (Karl Tapales/Getty Images)

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Here is Your AM Rundown with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. Here’s what to know for today:

  • The Decatur City Commission voted unanimously to end its mask mandate after 20 consecutive months. This makes Decatur the last metro Atlanta city to end the mask mandate. Mayor Patti Garrett says that individual business owners can still require masks at their establishments.
  • Metro Atlanta ride-hailing services are demanding raises from Uber and Lyft as gas prices continue to rise. The price of gas in Fulton County is 10 cents above the state average of $3.60 per gallon. 
  • A man accused of shooting a Clayton County police officer turned himself in to custody. Police responded to an armed robbery call on Riverdale Road, where officers say, Arterio Crumbley, 25, shot Officer Ryan Richey and the victim before fleeing. Richey was released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. 
  • Metro Atlanta lost 60,000 affordable housing units from 2014 to 2019, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission. The report also found that the average price of a home in the 11-county metro region increased by $82,000 since 2017.
  • Morris Brown College announced two new partnerships to expand its undergraduate and graduate programs. The school will join forces with Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia to offer Prince Hall Freemasonry and Order of the Eastern Star members a chance to continue their education at low cost. MBC is also partnering with Western Governors University to offer graduates opportunities for pursuing affordable, online graduate programs. 

ICYMI: Congratulations are in order to Maynard Jackson High School student Courtney Smith, who was recently crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA. Smith will represent Georgia in the 2022 National Miss Teen USA pageant. #BlackGirlMagic

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