MARTA bus drivers appear to have mostly ended a “sick out” in protest of a new labor agreement. According to the AJC, scores of bus drivers called in sick Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday causing disruption to the transit service. MARTA filed a court injunction to end the work slowdown, which is expected to be heard today, Jan. 31. The tentative agreement, if ratified, would give MARTA’s union employees an across the board pay raise of 3 percent per year for three years.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed Peter Kadushin as Director of Communications for the City of Atlanta. Kadushin most recently served as Senior Communications Advisor, and previously Director of Communications, for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, where he managed the communications office and led social media, local and national media strategies. Prior to his service to Detroit, Kadushin served as Deputy Director of Communications for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The restored “Battle of Atlanta” painting moved from Grant Park to the new Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead is set to debut on Feb. 22. The massive 1886 painting depicting the Civil War battle stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field, weighs 10,000 pounds, and is only one of two cycloramas in the United States. Visit for tickets and details.

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.