Lee Najjar has had his Buckhead home for sale for much of the past four years to no avail. And now he has received a raft of 911 calls complaining of noise from events hosted there, according to a story on Channel 2 Action News.
Najjar was known as "Big Poppa," the man who was dating Kim Zolciak in 2008 when "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" debuted. She has since married Falcon Kroy Biermann and had four children with him. Najjar never appeared on the show.
Strickland received a letter Najjar sent to neighbors of his West Paces Ferry home saying he will stop hosting parties there but will continue to rent it out for films and TV shows. "I have notified the city that this will be the final event, and do apologize for the disturbances that have occurred," he said, referencing a New Year's party.
UPDATE: A neighbor who wished to remain anonymous sent me this note: "I live one block over and have had to deal with noise and traffic issues from the illegal rental parties that take place in his tacky mediterranian nightmare. He ruined all the beautiful trees on the property by installing a marble driveway, so heavy it killed the roots of the trees."
Najjar's lavish 40,000 square-foot home has been seen in movies including "Zombieland" and "The Three Stooges" and featured years ago on MTV's "Cribs." It has nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and 16 fireplaces. Other features: an in-house hair and nail salon, basketball court, two gyms, a recording studio, a cigar room, a wellness center, a plush movie theater and seven kitchens.
I first wrote about the home in 2009 here when Najjar put it on sale for $25 million in the depths of the recession. It was the priciest home for sale at the time in metro Atlanta. Nobody bit.
Obviously, Najjar has trimmed the price 20 percent since then but he has refused to drop it below $19.9 million.
Here's a YouTube video of the mansion:
NeNe Leakes provided more details about her blood clot problem in her lungs that landed her in the hospital last month to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on their talk show. (Read my original report.)
"I got really sick," Leakes explained when asked why she had had to cancel her "Live" appearance in November. "Just one night I started feeling a pain under my breast and in my back, and then it moved to my shoulder. Greg [her husband] kept saying, 'You got gas.' And I was like, 'I do not have gas. Not in my shoulder and under my breast.'
She said this happens because she travels so much. She has since been taking blood thinners.
Kandi Burruss has landed at a two-week stint on an off-Broadway musical "NEWSical The Musical" starting Monday, January 13.
According to a press release, the musical is called a "forever changing, completely un-sanitized musical mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof. From Honey Boo Boo to selfies, Pope Francis to Miley Cyrus, marriage equality to Obamacare, NEWSicalThe Musical sets all of today's biggest pop culture headlines to song. NEWSical The Musical plays daily (except Wednesdays) at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. Kandi Burruss' final performance will be Sunday, January 26th."
Jerry Carnes celebrates his 25th anniversary at 11 Alive this week. He is the current temporary "Commuter Dude" at the station.
He wrote this on his Facebook page:
Today makes 25 years for me at 11Alive. I was a eager naïve 29-year-old when Steve Smith agreed to take a risk and put me in charge of the Athens bureau. A week later, Vince Dooley announced he was retiring as Georgia's head football coach, and I was on my way. I've worked with so many amazing people over the years, got soaked by so many hurricanes, and visited just about every corner of this state. Another 25 years?
He posted this photo when he was a 29 year old at the station and his current shot: