The AJC reports that a public “listening session” on the renaming of Confederate Avenue and East Confederate Avenue in Grant Park brought both support and derision from about 30 people in attendance. The name change is part of an effort to remove symbols of the Confederacy, seen by many as holdovers of white supremacy and the Jim Crow era. The general consensus by residents is to change the name of the streets to “United,” but some current and former residents said the move was tantamount to erasing history.the The City Utilities Committee will hold a public hearing on the matter at Atlanta City Hall on Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room #1. The name changes are expected to go before the City Council in October.

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.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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