“Hopefully, soon.” That’s when Atlanta’s procurement office expects to move forward with proposals from food and beverage operators who want to open shop at Atlanta’s airport. The proposals have been under review since mid March.
This week guest contributor KWESI J. DEGRAFT-HANSON, a landscape architect in Atlanta, unearths the place and the people of the nation’s largest slave auction.
To recoup losses suffered in gambling and stock market speculation, Pierce Mease Butler auctioned off 429 enslaved persons in Savannah on March 2 and 3, 1859. It was the single largest slave auction in recorded U.S. history.
Butler and his brother’s widow, Gabriella Butler, owned a rice plantation on Butler Island, near Darien, and a nearby cotton plantation, which were worked by 919 enslaved persons. In February 1859 he had the 919 enslaved persons appraised; their value — around $500,000.
What do you do when you’re producing a televised debate and you’ve got 17 candidates? Instead of relying on the polls to sort things out, which was a terrible idea, maybe Fox News should have called in some experts who’d know how to pull it off, such as Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak or Tim Gunn.
Gardening during a recent torrential downpour with my very driven father—a 78-year-old golf pro and lay minister— brought back old lessons in resiliency and competition. In families like ours, standing up for your beliefs requires communicating across generations.
Amy Schumer is a Nora Ephron for a New Millennium.
She’s coarser, and she’s also more cutting edge. Granted, she and Ephron had to fight very different battles to validate themselves in a mostly male game But like Ephron, Schumer is one clever dame, with a sweet spot of romanticism right in the middle of her smart-girl snap.
I spent a portion of my weekend at Stone Mountain Park. Yes, I went to see white Southerners rally to legitimize their legacy and the Confederate flag.
Before reaching the rally, I observed dozens of individuals – many of them African-Americans – observing a Saturday morning tradition of convening at the park.
Four family reunions were scheduled that day. Yes, they were all black families. DeKalb County and the area surrounding the park is a mecca for those who benefited the most from the fall of the South. How appropriate.
The DeKalb County Commission will vote Tuesday morning whether to enter into a development partnership with the Atlanta United Football Club soccer franchise. Specifically the vote will be for DeKalb County to enter into a long-term lease with Atlanta United for the development of a $30 million training facility.
As President Obama prepares to unveil Monday strong regulations intended to counter climate change and promote solar power, Georgia’s two senators succeeded in passing through committee a bill authorizing oil drilling off Georgia’s coast and for the state to collect revenues from such oil production.
William "Bill" Taggart, the former president and CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Group, is joining the executive leadership team at Morehouse College. In his new role, Taggart will serve as executive-in-residence and chief operating officer with primary responsibility for the Office of Institutional Advancement.
The High Museum of Art is naming Randall Suffolk, currently director and president of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., as its new director. The announcement came just two days before the departure of Michael E. Shapiro, who has been the Nancy and Holcombe T. Greene Jr. director of the High since March of 2000 after joining the High in 1995. Suffolk will assume his role at the High on Nov. 2.
Original Story on WABE By Maria Saporta Play Audio MARTA buses have been rolling in Clayton County since March, but what the county really wants is commuter rail. The good news is that MARTA is working on it. When Clayton County residents voted last November to join MARTA with a full penny sales tax, their […]
By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 31, 2015
Newell Rubbermaid Inc.’s decision to move its corporate headquarters a quarter mile — from one side of Georgia 400 to the other — is in keeping with the new focus of the company.
“The transformation we are trying to achieve here is to go from a holding company to more of an operating company,” said Michael Polk, who became Newell Rubbermaid’s president and CEO in July 2011 — exactly four years ago. “We’re becoming a brand-centric, innovation-led company.”