Atlanta’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer has been suspended for sending emails that included a racial slur and profanity. Hans Utz sent the emails last month when the Braves made the surprise announcement they are moving to Cobb County. As part of a freedom of information request, the emails were released to the media Thursday. Katie Leslie, city hall reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, says she was tipped off to the exchange, which was among 600 emails. In a phone interview with GPB, Leslie says Utz was composing talking points on how big a blow the Braves move would be to Atlanta.
Cobb County commissioners took a big step toward building a new $672 million stadium for the Atlanta Braves. The commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the entry into a memorandum of understanding with the baseball team at their meeting Tuesday evening. The deal calls for hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to help pay for the stadium and entertainment complex. The 30-year agreement calls for a mix of reallocating existing property tax revenue and implementing new taxes on business and tourism in the area.
People in Cobb County got their chance Monday to weigh in on the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium in their backyards. Meanwhile, watchdogs and taxpayer groups are mobilizing to slow the process of approving public money for the project. Three Cobb County commissioners had separate town halls to gather public input ahead of a vote scheduled Tuesday evening. But one watchdog group is pushing for more: a public referendum.
People in Cobb County will now have their chance to give input on the Atlanta Braves’ new stadium deal. Commissioners have scheduled three town hall meetings for Monday, November 25, specifically for public input on the development. The Commission is set to vote on the issue Tuesday. County officials have been largely criticized for not seeking public input on the project. Before the town halls were scheduled, William Perry of Common Cause Georgia publicly called for Cobb leaders to delay their vote on the project to allow public comments.
When the Braves leave for the suburbs in 2017, the City of Atlanta will lose about $4 million in annual sales tax revenue. That figure comes from an economic impact study by Professor Bruce Seaman of Georgia State University.
It’s the end of August, and that often means one thing: the Atlanta Braves are in playoff contention. That’s the case this year. But team general manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Press Club Wednesday, it’s not always the top team that makes it to the World Series.
Authorities identified a fan who fell more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform at Atlanta's Turner Field as 29-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office early Tuesday released the man's identity and said an autopsy is planned for Tuesday.
The Atlanta Braves are studying the idea of creating a new train to take fans from downtown Atlanta to Turner Field. The team is partnering with Marietta-based American Maglev Technologies. The plan calls for two magnetic levitation automated cars to move fans at speeds of up to 40 mph.
Chipper Jones has retired from the Braves, but he will still be on the field as the team takes on the Philadelphia Phillies in the season-opener in Atlanta. Jones is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for his old team Monday night at Turner Field.