0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how the Atlanta Board of Education is making clear its position on the use of funds collected through tax revenues. Today, by a vote of 7 to 2, the board approved a resolution that, among a number of actions, would basically restrict the use of education taxes for redevelopment purposes within the city. The two board members who opposed the resolution cited concerns about fracturing what may already be a contentious relationship with the city. And a note of disclosure, WABE’s broadcast license is held by the Atlanta Board of Education.
In other news, a Henry County police officer remains in critical condition today after suffering a gunshot wound to the face. Officer Michael Smith was reportedly shot while responding to a man causing a quote “disturbance” inside a Henry County dentist’s office. That’s according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. At some point, during a struggle, one shot was fired — striking Officer Smith and Dimaggio McNelly. McNelly was declared dead at the scene. The GBI reports it will conduct an independent investigation.
Also, Atlanta-based producer and director Tyler Perry had a surprise for some lucky customers when he paid off all the items on layaway at two Atlanta-area Walmart locations. “Closer Look confirmed with a Walmart spokesperson that Perry paid off about $434,000 worth of items on layaway.”
4:06: After nearly 11 years from start to completion, Emory University’s Proton Therapy Center officially opened its doors yesterday. After touring the facility earlier this month, “Closer Look” returned for the ribbon-cutting by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Emory University President Claire Sterk, and more Atlanta and Emory representatives. The team also caught back up with radiation oncologist Dr. Mark McDonald, who reported that the Center’s first patient was treated on Tuesday.
9:29: 2018 saw a number of major album releases, from leading artists like Mariah Carey, Gorillaz, Janelle Monáe, Kylie Minogue, Elvis Costello, Robyn, Mitski, and many more. We talk about the year in music with local music historian and journalist Quentin Harrison. Check out Harrison’s Top 10 Albums of 2018 here.
35:48: Tomorrow will be the final game of the 2018 Major League Soccer season, pitting Atlanta United against the Portland Timbers. One team will claim the MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, crowning this year’s champion. We bring in two round tables of die-hard Atlanta United fans to talk about the game. We’re joined by Doug Shipman, Mary Louise Thelwell, Jordan Manley, Angel Whitworth, Tonika Huff, Chris Swan, Lesly Thomas, and Sheena John.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.