Courtesy GDOT

Downtown commuters will be searching for a new route as the Courtland Street bridge is closed for replacement through October. The Georgia Department of Transportation is replacing the 110-year-old bridge located between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Gilmer Street near Georgia State University and the Georgia Capitol at a cost of $25 million. For more information and detours, visit this link.

As investigation continues into the $800,000 in bonuses handed out by former mayor Kasim Reed before he left office, the Atlanta City Council issued a statement about bonuses awarded to council aides. The statement reads: “The issue related to bonuses given to selected high-ranking administration employees by former Mayor Kasim Reed in the amount of $811,000 is separate and apart from those given by some city council members to their aides. Bonuses given by council members to council aides are not prohibited in the city code, as long as the funding is in the council member’s budget.  Council aides do not accrue sick time, vacation time, citywide bonuses or pay increases, unless given to them by their council member.”

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed Oulèye N. Warnock as Senior Human Trafficking Fellow of the City of Atlanta. In this role, Warnock will lead the transformation and acceleration of how the city approaches the prevention of human trafficking and the extension of support to trafficking survivors. Warnock is specifically tasked with developing and implementing a citywide policy blueprint on current anti-trafficking programs, critical gaps, and recommended new or strengthened policies and practices to be rolled out across all City departments.

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.