Buckhead representatives Howard Shook and J.P. Matzigkeit introduced a resolution supporting the installation of cameras in Fulton County courtrooms at Monday’s meeting of the Atlanta City Council. The resolution states that cameras in Magistrate and Superior Court would allow for the “live-streaming of select court proceedings for the benefit of the public.” The legislation was prompted by a surge in crime that in turn has raised questions and concerns about the judicial process, including a murder committed after a controversial early-release, and the release on a signature bond of an individual charged with 17 counts, including felonies with a handgun. “We need a better understanding of our judicial system,” said Council member Shook. “The public should be able to see and hear what goes on in our courtrooms, just as it can now observe live or recorded Council activities.”
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed Gary Brantley as Chief Information Officer for the City of Atlanta. Brantley is currently the Chief Information Officer for DeKalb County Schools, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to his position in DeKalb, Brantley was Vice President of Information Technology for the Ohio Department of Aging. Brantley’s appointment is effective Oct. 8.
Peach Bowl, Inc. and Mercedes-Benz Stadium have signed a new eight-year contract ensuring all Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games will be played in the facility through 2025. The length of the agreement will include eight Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls and at least 10 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games. Since its opening in August 2017, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has already hosted three sold out Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games and one sold out Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl totaling 292,649 fans.