The Transportation Security Administration has praised Atlanta's public transit system for achieving the agency's highest security level. MARTA was one of 16 agencies in the country to be recognized for achieving the TSA gold standard.
Despite the rain, volunteers with the Atlanta Track Club have been working around the clock to prepare for 44th running of the Peachtree Road Race. Organizers have added extra security to the event in the wake of April's Boston Marathon bombings.
Police say nearly every section of the Peachtree Road Race will be under the watch of surveillance cameras and officers from multiple agencies in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said Thursday that law enforcement and race organizers consulted with Boston Marathon officials and organizers of a Colorado race to incorporate their security suggestions into planning for the 10K on July 4.
Authorities say bags, backpacks and purses will be searched near the finish line of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Workers will be at the entry points to the start at Lenox Square and at the finish line in midtown Atlanta. They will be searching bags and backpacks before people can get inside a fence that will be set up around the Meadow at Piedmont Park.
Four former GOP defense secretaries painted a pessimistic view of global security threats Tuesday. Speaking at Georgia Tech at a forum hosted by the Southern Center for International Studies, they said nuclear proliferation and cyber security are undermining American’s safety.
Valdosta State University is installing cameras in residence hall elevators, including the dormitory where a 17-year-old freshman was found dead in a study lounge. A school spokeswoman said the project began before Jasmine Benjamin's body was found, and wiring for the cameras was installed several weeks ago.
In the decade since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government has spent nearly a half billion dollars to upgrade the state’s protection. That money has been spent on everything from X-ray and radiation detection machines to new search-and-rescue teams.