Dozier P. Smith

Former Atlanta City Councilmember Dozier P. Smith, Sr. died on Aug. 12 at age 92. The Hogansville was a Navy veteran and a 1950 graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He ran for public office and served as an Atlanta City Councilman in District 12 from 1978 until 1994. “He was a bulwark for his community and visionary,” said Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond.  “He had been a mentor to me and other council members who served with him. He will be sorely missed. He left an indelible mark on southeast Atlanta. One of his proudest accomplishments was the development of what is now the Rosel Fann Recreation Center.”

A rendering of the renovated Central Library with added windows.

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted Aug. 15 to approve a $44.2 million contract for renovations to the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System’s Central Library in Downtown Atlanta. The approved design/build contract was awarded to Winter Johnson Group for the renovations of the iconic brutalist-style library designed by architect Marcel Breuer.


Woodruff Park will host Doggy Con, a morning of dog-friendly fun, featuring a pet parade, costume contest, doggy-centric vendors, prizes, and more, on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. until noon. Entrants must register to participate in the costume contest. Register for $10 by Aug. 16 at, or register onsite at the event for $15. All funds raised from the event go directly back to supporting Woodruff Park.

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.