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Jim Chapman Communities Begins Pre-Sales at Two New Communities

McEver Mill Under Development

Vinings-based Jim Chapman Communities, metro Atlanta’s premier 55+ homebuilder, is completing development two new active adult communities and beginning pre-sales onsite. The first is McEver Mill in Hall County, just a mile from Lake Lanier. The community includes 105 ranch villas attractively priced from the low $200s. Perimeter landscaping and fencing are currently being installed and a temporary sales office will open on site by early February for pre-sales. The models will start construction along with multiple inventory units in February. www.JimChapmanCommunities.com/community/mcever-mill

"The first wave of retired or semi-retired Baby Boomers is fueling a huge demand for affordable, low-maintenance, single-level homes," said Jim Chapman, CEO of Jim Chapman Communities. "McEver Mill’s location close to Lake Lanier and Gainesville means residents can enjoy both affordability as well as recreation, shopping, dining and more. Plus the homes will feature some of the best elevations I have ever offered. They are just really cute looking!"

Each 1,400-square-foot, 1.5 story attached ranch villa includes a spacious, open floor plan with master on main, master bathroom, a single-car garage, two additional bedrooms with two baths, covered front and back porches and individual driveways. The homes are designed for aging in place with wider doorways, ample maneuvering space in showers and zero-step entries from the garages into the homes. Homes are traditionally styled with shake, board and batten, stone and brick facades. Inside, homeowners can choose from a number of special features to truly make the home their own.

"McEver Mill has what many active adult buyers want: an attractively-priced, age-restricted community in a great location, featuring thoughtful design and easy access to numerous local amenities," said Chapman. "I want to invite people to visit our website and sign up on our VIP list to receive updated information. Also, please come take a look at what we’re offering at this beautiful new development!"

Jim Chapman Communities is also completing development of Dawson Ridge, an age-restricted, 193-home active adult community in north Georgia near Dawsonville. The new community is located on Lumpkin Campground Road just north of Georgia 400 and Highway 53, with easy access to the North Georgia Premium Outlets and Lake Lanier. Pre-selling has begun at the temporary sales office on site, and construction of the model homes will start in early February 2019. www.jimchapmancommunities.com/community/dawson-ridge/

"There is a huge demand for active adult communities that offer quality home construction at an attractive price," said Chapman. "Dawson Ridge features one and a half story ranch villas with one-car attached garages. The three bedroom, three bath homes are priced in the low to mid $200s, but still have that upscale feeling with master on the main, covered front and back porches and rich stone and brick exteriors. And, of course, buyers can choose designer upgrades for flooring, cabinets, countertops and more."

The homes are designed for aging in place with wider doorways, ample maneuvering space in showers and zero-step entries from the garages into the homes. Dawson Ridge residents will enjoy onsite amenities including a clubhouse with a covered outdoor area with fireplace.

"I invite anyone who is interested to visit our website and sign up on the VIP list to receive updated information," said Chapman. "Also, now is the perfect time to meet with our agents in the onsite sales trailer at Dawson Ridge. Come see why we’re so excited about this beautiful new active adult community!"

For more information, visit www.JimChapmanCommunities.com or call 770-209-2187.

About Jim Chapman Communities

Jim Chapman Communities is metro Atlanta’s premier 55+ homebuilder, with a number of active adult communities under development throughout the Atlanta area, including Buckhead, Vinings, Cobb County, Dawson County, Hall County, Forsyth County, North Fulton and Cherokee Counties. The firm was founded by Atlanta native Jim Chapman specifically to serve the active 55+ market. A Certified Professional Home Builder, Chapman is deeply committed to the success of the U.S. home building industry and devotes his time to local, regional and national industry organizations. He served as the Chairman of NAHB’s 55+ Housing Industry Council in 2016 and is currently serving as the Chairman of the NAHB’s Land Development Committee for 2019. Chapman is the Founding Chairman of the ALL Home Program, a voluntary statewide certification created by the Home Builders Association of Georgia to promote accessibility and universal design. He recently served as the 2018 President of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and was named 2018 "55+ Builder of the Year" by the NAHB.

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Tesla Model 3 ‘Brings the Most Joy’ to Its Owners

Consumer Reports released their consumer satisfaction survey this week, which highlighted surveyed research focused on “how happy car buyers are with the car they own.”

The data was collected on more than half a million vehicles through its subscribers. Consumer Reports asked a series of questions, including if owners would buy or lease the same model. Owners were also asked to rate their cars in “six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems.”

Consumer Reports then listed the 10 top vehicles in a list that appeared to “bring their owners the most joy” (an ode to Marie Kondo) with the Tesla Model 3 coming in first place. The all-electric vehicle beats the Porsche 911, which Electrek reports has been repeatedly the most-loved car by its owners. Tesla’s Model S also came in fifth place. The Chevy Bolt EV made the cut as the third all-electric car, taking eighth place.

Here’s the full list compiled by Consumer Reports:

Tesla Model 3 Porsche 911 Genesis G90 Chevrolet Corvette Tesla Model S Toyota Avalon Kia Stinger Chevrolet Bolt Toyota Prius Dodge Challenger

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Roger Stone Says He Would Consider Cooperating With Mueller

Mr. Stone was asked by ABC News whether there was any chance he would cooperate at Mr. Mueller’s request. The special counsel is looking into whether Trump campaign officials aided Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, which Mr. Trump and Moscow have denied.

“You know, that’s a question I would have to—I would have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion,” Mr. Stone said Sunday. “If there’s wrongdoing by other people in the campaign that I know about, which I know of none, but if there is, I would certainly testify honestly.”

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Mr. Stone appeared combative toward federal prosecutors through most of the interview, calling the indictment against him last week “thin as piss on a rock” and accusing authorities of using “Gestapo tactics” in his arrest early Friday with what he said was a 29-member SWAT team that arrived at his Florida house in 17 vehicles.

“I will plead not guilty to these charges,” he said. “I will defeat them in court.”

A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment Sunday.

A federal grand jury accused Mr. Stone of lying to Congress to cover up his efforts to obtain and share with Trump campaign officials plans by the website WikiLeaks to publish emails that were damaging to Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s 2016 Democratic opponent. U.S. officials have said those emails were hacked by Russian intelligence officers.

In the seven-count indictment, Mr. Stone also was charged with obstructing the congressional inquiry and trying to persuade a witness to lie to a House committee.

Mr. Stone becomes the latest person to be ensnared in Mr. Mueller’s nearly two-year-old probe that is also looking into whether the president has obstructed justice. He was released on a $250,000 bond.

In the Sunday interview, Mr. Stone said the information about WikiLeaks that he purveyed to the Trump campaign was well-known to the public at the time. He denied lying to Congress, saying he had forgotten about some emails and text messages that he had sent.

“I am human and I did make some errors,” he said. “But they are errors that would be inconsequential in the scope of this investigation.”

In Thursday’s indictment, Mr. Mueller accused Mr. Stone of withholding information that was material to the House panel’s Russia investigation, including communications Mr. Stone had with conservative activist Jerome Corsi about WikiLeaks’ plans to release emails.

Mr. Corsi told The Wall Street Journal in November he had informed Mr. Stone that WikiLeaks had Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails in the summer of 2016. He also said he told the grand jury that he helped Mr. Stone create a “cover story” for a tweet in which Mr. Stone said it would soon be “Podesta’s time in the barrel.” Mr. Stone has denied the claim and has accused Mr. Corsi of lying.

In a Sunday interview with CNN, Mr. Corsi said he would be “happy to testify” about his communication with Mr. Stone. He also told the Journal Friday that everything in the indictment regarding himself—referred to as “Person 1” in the document—is accurate.

Another Stone associate mentioned in the indictment, New York radio personality Randy Credico, has also told the Journal he is willing to discuss his communication with Mr. Stone. Mr. Stone was accused of witness tampering in the indictment in part because of his correspondence with Mr. Credico.

In October 2017, Mr. Stone told House investigators that Mr. Credico was his intermediary to WikiLeaks. Then, when Mr. Credico was subpoenaed by panel, Mr. Stone urged Mr. Credico to “stonewall” the probe, according to messages listed in the indictment. “Plead the fifth. Anything to save the plan,” Mr. Stone texted his former friend.

Last year, when things grew tense between the two men, Mr. Stone used Mr. Credico’s decision to rely on the Fifth Amendment, which protects citizens against self-incrimination, against him.

When asked by the Journal if he had proof that Mr. Credico was his so-called backchannel to WikiLeaks in the summer of 2016, as Mr. Stone alleged, Mr. Stone responded in a text message: “I addressed these questions under oath before the house intelligence committee. Mr. credico asserted his fifth amendment rights and refused to be questioned. Who’s lying? Be certain to note that in your story.”

In his television interview Sunday, Mr. Stone said he was only joking when he encouraged Mr. Credico to plead the Fifth and that prosecutors had misrepresented what he called a “humorous exchange.”

Mr. Credico, indicating a change of heart last week, told the Journal he would be willing to appear before both House and Senate committees if he is subpoenaed again.

— Sarah Chaney contributed to this article.

Write to Shelby Holliday at shelby.holliday@dowjones.com and Alan Cullison at alan.cullison@wsj.com

Appeared in the January 28, 2019, print edition as ‘Stone Willing to Help Mueller if He Is Asked.’

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Tens of Thousands Protest Venezuelan President Maduro

Protests in Caracas, Maracaibo, Barquisimeto and other cities on Wednesday sparked a violent response, with police dispersing crowds with tear gas in the El Paraiso district of this capital.

The 2017 crackdown left more than 135 people dead. The government also consolidated itself by usurping power from the nation’s only independent entity, the National Assembly.

“I’m marching for my future,” said Estephany Zorrilla, an 18-year old student. “Even though we’re going to go through hell, the government has to fall. We’ll have to make a lot of sacrifices, but we have to open the way forward.”

Juan Guaidó, president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, attends a session in Caracas on Jan. 22. Photo: stringer/Reuters

The demonstrations come as the new leader of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, has won international support and a strong domestic following by declaring he would be willing to become head of a transitional government.

With spontaneous protests simmering across Caracas this week, Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday declared in a video in which he mixed English with Spanish that the U.S. would support the 35-year-old parliamentarian.

“We stand with you, and we will stay with you until democracy is restored,” Mr. Pence said.

Mr. Guaidó has had to walk a careful line in speaking forcefully to Venezuelans tired of a government whose policies have fueled hunger and want while trying to maintain his freedom. Some of Venezuela’s top opposition leaders have been jailed, forced into exile or barred from participating in politics.

Mr. Guaidó has sought to unite an opposition long held back by its own internal divisions, spark sustained street protests and urge Mr. Maduro’s security services to act against a government he says has violated the constitution. He promised members of the military amnesty if they support a transitional government and assist in the restoration of Venezuela’s constitutional order.

The National Assembly also approved a resolution last week that called on foreign governments to freeze bank accounts and assets that are currently controlled by the Maduro administration, which is dependent on revenue from oil exports.

President Maduro gestures during the arrival for a special session of the National Constituent Assembly to present his annual state of the nation in Caracas on Jan. 14. Photo: stringer/Reuters

Venezuelans and many foreign governments, including the U.S., have been closely watching how the military would respond to renewed protests.

One active military officer said soldiers are suffering through the same scarcities as ordinary Venezuelans. The country has the world’s highest inflation, crime is rampant and academic surveys show many Venezuelans are unable to get enough to eat.

“A general earns $49 a month, a colonel $35, a captain $30, a lieutenant $25, a soldier, $8,” the officer said. “How can you maintain your family? They are part of a population that is hungry and also lacks medicines.”

Another former high-ranking officer who was once close to Mr. Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, said any moves by the military would depend on how big a show of force the people would display.

“There’s less control of the military than in the past,” said the officer, Cliver Alcala, who had been a general. “It’s a complex day for our companions in the armed forces.”

But one of Venezuela’s top experts on the military, Rocio San Miguel, said there were no signs that the military was going to rise up. She said a mutiny by a few National Guard soldiers on Monday didn’t have much impact.

“The armed forces are not showing that they will abandon Maduro,” she said.

Protesters, draped in the Venezuelan flag, were undaunted. In Caracas, they took to the streets, complaining about everything from the government’s repression to hyperinflation to the lack of phone, water or power, realities in a country where public services have nearly collapsed.

“We have to take the streets because we don’t want them to plant fear in us,” said 39-year-old Cilia Cortillo, adding that she was protesting for a better future for her 8-year-old daughter.

‘Walking Backwards’: One Woman’s Journey in Venezuela
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Maria Planchart once lived comfortably in Caracas and had aspirations of being a lawyer. In this WSJ Films documentary, we follow her struggle to feed her family. (Originally published may 17, 2018)

“I have to fight for her, for the future of this country,” she said as National Guard troops stood behind a row of shields and fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators. “Look, they’re preparing their weapons because they don’t want any kind of rally.”

Retired social-security worker Yvette Diaz said she was protesting against food and medicine shortages that force her to scramble around on an arthritic knee to find the products she needs. “I feel really bad because I’m going through hunger, just like these soldiers.”

It remained unclear on Wednesday what other steps the U.S. would take. But Trump administration officials have said they were willing to help a transitional government access Venezuelan government funds that are frozen in foreign countries.

This month, a senior Trump administration official said the U.S. is evaluating whether to impose tougher sanctions against Venezuela’s military and vital oil industry.

“Venezuela doesn’t need the financial backing of anyone; they have the wealth, the cash flow,” the senior U.S. official said. “The problem is that the current government has been handing that out to their cronies. That’s going to come to an end. The question is who is the legitimate authority in Venezuela today and who is the legitimate administrator of those assets and billions of dollars.”

Despite years of rocky relations between Caracas and Washington, the U.S. remains the South American nation’s top source of hard currency, receiving nearly half of Venezuela’s crude, which, according to OPEC, has seen production fall by half over five years to 1.2 million barrels a day. “That’s where the leverage from us comes in,” the senior U.S. official said.

—Juan Forero in Bogotá, Colombia, and Ryan Dube in Lima, Peru,
contributed to this article.

Write to Kejal Vyas at kejal.vyas@wsj.com

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Find the Best Real Estate Agents in Marietta, GA

In Marietta, no matter what real estate needs you have, you’ll need one of the best real estate agents to get you the price you want. There are a total of 5,026 real estate agents active in Marietta, but the top real estate agents in the area are proven to get better outcomes for their clients.

According to real estate transaction data analysis, the top 5% of seller’s agents in Marietta, on average, sell homes for $1,953 more money than the average Marietta real estate agent.

U.S. News has partnered with HomeLight to use actual real estate sales data to compare the performance of real estate agents and Realtors® across the United States. For Marietta, we analyzed real estate data including, but not limited to: how many properties the real estate agents have worked with, how quickly they’ve sold or bought properties for their clients and how much money they’ve earned or saved their clients.

U.S. News’ Find an Agent tool identifies your individual needs, maps your needs to an advanced real estate database, and then connects you with the most qualified real estate agents for you in Marietta. Your top real estate agent and RealtorⓇ recommendations are unbiased: Agents can’t pay for placement and your matches are based solely on how the agents handled properties like yours in the past. Agents are compared to all other agents in the area on key performance indicators like transaction volume, listings, days on market, sale price to list price ratio, property type expertise, and other relevant data points in their transaction histories. To learn more about HomeLight’s real estate database and algorithm visit How We Identify Top Real Estate Agents.

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In the past 12 months, the price of homes sold in Marietta ranged between $56,400 and $700,000. Last year, 1,780 homes were sold while median home prices increased by 4.65%. Marietta properties typically sell for 94.25% of the list price. The average Marietta house stays on the market for 84 days.

Marietta has a population of 59,277 people in 23.38 square miles. There are 23,631 households in the city, 58% of which are families. If you move to Marietta, you can generally expect to commute to work between 30 to 34 minutes.

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Cincinnati native JJ Wolf wins Columbus Challenger tennis tournament

Photo by: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Jeffrey John Wolf of The United States plays a backhand during the Boy’s Singles first round match against Ryan James Storrie ofGreat Britain on Middle Sunday of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cincinnati native JJ Wolf took the men’s singles champion title at an international tennis tournament in Columbus Sunday.

Wolf, 20, beat Mikael Torpegaard of Denmark in the final of the Columbus Challenger tournament, which is held at Ohio State University.

The Cincinnati Country Day grad is currently a junior at OSU. He was named to the All-Big Ten first team in 2017 and 2018, was Big Ten freshman of the year in 2017, ITA Midwest region rookie of the year in 2017, ITA scholar-athlete in 2017 and 2018, Academic All-Big Ten in 2018 and OSU scholar-athlete in 2017 and 2018.

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