Entries by David Pendered

Tributes to John Lewis begin, starting with proposed renaming of part of Freedom Parkway

The first of three planned tributes to civil and human rights leader John Lewis got the green light Tuesday from a committee of the Atlanta City Council. In addition to naming East Freedom Parkway for Lewis, other planned memorials include a display at Atlanta’s airport and some sort of artwork in Freedom Park.

Atlanta’s proposed rate hike for solid waste, recycling rejected by council committee

Atlanta residents won’t see a hike in their solid waste bills for the billing cycle that starts Jan. 1, 2018, following a vote Tuesday by committee of the Atlanta City Council. But a rate hike seems inevitable given the dire financial situation of the city’s trash collection and recycling programs.

Confederate icons to come down in Atlanta, pending support from city council, mayor

In the most personal of moments, Brenda Muhammad on Monday asked her fellow panelists permission to read aloud a motion calling for the removal of the names Confederate Avenue and East Confederate Avenue from the city’s streets. The two Confederate icons are among several that are to come down, according to recommendations that are headed to the Atlanta City Council and Mayor Kasim Reed.

Credit woes face Fulton County, Atlanta schools, after ruling on tax collections

Fulton County and the Atlanta school district face fiscal woes even though a judge has approved a temporary collection of property taxes. Their cost of borrowing could increase now that a bond rating house has cut the credit rating on one county debt and has placed a total of more than $500 million of county and Atlanta school debt under review for a possible credit downgrade in the future.

Savannah dredging kills more fish, turtles than expected, triggering higher limits

The Savannah Harbor deepening project is killing a few more protected fish and turtles than expected. A new federal report says the higher death rates are acceptable, in part because this may mean more of these sea creatures are in the area than were expected.

The number of Atlantic sturgeon and green sea turtles killed, or captured alive, since dredging started in 2015 may appear to be statistically insignificant – numbering the single digits.

Look to South Africa for guidance in reviewing Atlanta’s Confederate icons, panelist suggests

Regina Brewer went large in recommending Atlanta consider the approach South Africa took as it determined the fate of monuments to white minority rule. Brewer said the approach could inform the city’s panel that met the first time Wednesday on its mission to review Confederate icons in the city.