Atlanta news roundup: Shooting, bus hijacking, and Pride festival

Whew, it’s Wednesday 

June 12 —  Well, that was a crazy Tuesday, wasn’t it? Let’s collectively take a deep breath and ease into the back half of the week. 

⛅ Partly cloudy with a high of 89° today ahead of a scorching few days. 

🚨 Four people were wounded, including the suspect, in a shooting at the Peachtree Center food court on Tuesday afternoon. Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said the suspect was a convicted felon who should have never had possession of a gun. 

🚍 Atlanta, DeKalb, and Gwinnett police, as well as the Georgia State Patrol, were involved in a chase that began downtown and continued up I-85 after a Gwinnett County Transit bus was allegedly hijacked Tuesday afternoon. One person was killed, and a suspect has been arrested.

🚇 Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson has joined Mayor Andre Dickens in asking MARTA to pause its renovation of Five Points Station, calling the plan “deeply flawed.”

🏳️‍🌈 The Atlanta Pride Committee has unveiled the 2024 Atlanta Pride Festival logo and theme – “United With Pride” – for the Oct. 12-13 event.

💸 Brookhaven City Council approved the use of Special Project Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funding for updates to Lavista Park and the Peachtree Creek Greenway.

🚗 Tucker City Council approved double drive-thru lanes at a new barbecue restaurant, Jim ‘N Nicks, coming to Briarcliff Road. 

🪦 South-View Cemetery – the final resting place of Congressman John Lewis and baseball great Hank Aaron – has applied for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.


⚖️ A jury found President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, guilty yesterday on three felony gun charges

📉 Paramount Global shares fell 8% after Shari Redstone ended merger talks with Skydance.

🌭 Joey Chestnut said he was “gutted” after being banned from this year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, an event he has won 16 times, due to his sponsorship deal with plant-based Impossible Foods.

PICTURE THIS: Goodwill of North Georgia CEO Keith Parker (left) and Paramount Consulting Group CEO Tharon Johnson brought their sons to the Atlanta Business League CEO Awards Luncheon yesterday. Johnson was named Entrepreneur of the Year, and Parker was honored as the Herman J. Russell CEO of the Year. 

🕖 Here’s what’s in today’s newsletter:

• Dornoch wins Belmont Stakes
• The Freaknik lawyer
• The Move: June dishes to try
• Concert Picks

Here’s to a less eventful day,
Collin & Sammie

🥘 Southern Chefs Potluck is back! Join amazing Chefs Duane Nutter, Anne Quatrano, Rodney Scott, and more as they prepare an epic feast to raise money to make locally grown food affordable for all Georgians — Oct. 6 at Serenbe. Learn more here.


Photo courtesy of Larry Connolly/West Paces Racing

1. Dornoch wins the Belmont Stakes for West Paces Racing

🐎 The local owners of Dornoch saw their racehorse pull off an upset win at the 156th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

Larry Connolly of Buckhead, a founder and one of the owners of West Paces Racing, said horse racing as a sport is fraught with heartbreak, but when it goes right, there are special moments.

In the 10-horse field for the Belmont Stakes, Dornoch was in sixth position at the start, near the middle. Connolly said Dornoch broke cleanly and got near the lead by the first turn, just as planned. After that, Connolly said he knew they had a chance to win.

🏅 More on this story here.

Dutch Art in a Global Age at the High Museum 


🎨 Final Weeks! Step back into time at Dutch Art in a Global Age at the High Museum! Marvel at masterpieces by Dutch artists, including Rembrandt, and explore maps and objects from centuries past.

Don’t miss the chance to see these treasures in person, for just a few more weeks at the High Museum. 

🌷 Learn more here

Photo courtesy of Harold Michael Harvey

2. Harold Michael Harvey remembers representing arrested students during Freaknik

⚖️ In Atlanta, the name Freaknik is associated with heavy traffic, music, and partying in the streets as seen in the recent Hulu documentary.

As the HBCU student event exploded in popularity, around 1993, the city began to tighten its grip on what was allowed, more heavily enforcing traffic and drinking laws than it had in years past. 

In 1994, Mayor Bill Campbell announced that the city would begin to fight back against Freaknik, and that the Black college students who made their way to Atlanta annually would not be as welcome as they were before. But when it came time for Freaknik in 1995, Harold Michael Harvey worried that students wouldn’t heed the city’s warning. 

That year, Harvey would spend his Freaknik weekend helping students who had been arrested.

➡️ Read more about Harvey’s story here.

Photo of Bread & Butterfly by Beth McKibben

3. The Move: Three dishes to seek out in June

🥟 The Move is your monthly guide to the top food finds from Senior Editor Beth McKibben, who oversees restaurant and dining coverage at Rough Draft.

Beth’s picks this week come from Bread & Butterfly, Tacos Al Pastor, and Bōm. Whether you’re looking for seafood, tacos with handmade corn tortillas, or hot pots and dumplings, The Move has you covered.

🌮 Click here to find out what dishes are on Beth’s radar this month!

📍 Discover Norcross’s diverse dining scene at Norcross Talk & Taste, June 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Lillian Webb Park. Experience global flavors and celebrate the cultural diversity of the city. Held in partnership between the newsrooms of Canopy Atlanta and Rough Draft Atlanta. Read about the featured restaurants here.


Photo via Kevin Smith/Rival Entertainment

4. Concert Picks


Wed., June 12 

🌟 Dave Matthews Band @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
🥁 Mario Fogg @ Rialto Center for the Arts
🚀 GSoul @ The Loft 
☄️ Nation of Language @ Terminal West
🎵 The Bryson Tiller Tour @ Coca-Cola Roxy (also Thurs.)

Thurs., June 13
🎟️ Wim Tapley & The Cannons @ The Eastern
📚 Book Club @ The Earl 
🤠 Georgia Country Jam @ Variety Playhouse
😂 Kevin Smith @ Center Stage 
🎶 John Hiatt @ Byers Theatre
🤩 Mdou Moctar @ Terminal West

Fri., June 14
🗣️ RenderHaus @ The Eastern 
⚡ Small @ The Earl 
⭐ Xana @ Vinyl (SOLD OUT) 
🇦🇺 Ocean Alley @ Variety Playhouse 
😎 Tim McGraw @ State Farm Arena
✨ d4vd @ Buckhead Theatre
🎤 Chiquis @ Coca-Cola Roxy

Sat., June 15 
🎧 Summer Melody Music Concert @ Gas South Theater
🇬🇧 21 Savage @ Lakewood Amphitheatre 
👑 King’s X @ Buckhead Theatre 
💃 Grupo Niche @ Atlanta Coliseum
🏄 Messer Chups @ The Earl 
🔊 Kindred the Family Soul @ Center Stage

Sun., June 16 
🐈‍⬛ Fantastic Cat @ Eddie’s Attic
🎼 Anthony Hamilton & Friends @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
🔥 Aventura – Cerrando Ciclos @ State Farm Arena (also Mon.) 
🎯 Mumu Fresh @ Vinyl
🎻 Omari Dillard @ Byers Theater

Mon., June 17 
📷 Camera Obscura @ Variety Playhouse
💡 Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls @ Buckhead Theatre
🔋 Jean Deaux @ Vinyl
🎙️ Medium Build @ Terminal West

Tues., June 18 
🇰🇷 ITZY @ Fox Theatre
⛓️ Ares Kingdom @ The Earl 
🎛️ Santana and Counting Crows @ Gas South Arena 
🎸 Clan of Xymox @ Terminal West

Wed., June 19 
🎹 SOULREBELROCK @ Center Stage
📍 XOMG POP! @ Buckhead Theatre 
💣 Anthony Q @ Vinyl 

🎙️ Don’t miss Sammie with the AJC’s Mike Jordan every Thursday at 9:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. as they preview the top events in town on WABE.

🎧 The segment is also a podcast. Listen to the full conversation by subscribing to the How Do You Atlanta? podcast at or wherever you get your podcasts.

📧 Today’s newsletter was edited by Julie E. Bloemeke.

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