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Rob Hunter Out As Watershed Commissioner

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Watershed Management Commissioner Rob Hunter, the source of many angry e-mails to 11Alive News, will be leaving that position by the end of the week.

Hunter announced his resignation on Tuesday, but he will remain as a technical advisor on various issues, including a court-ordered overhaul of the city's water and sewer systems.

"I came to the city ... to implement the federally mandated consent decrees, manage the $4 billion capital program and organize the Department of Watershed Management," Hunter said in a prepared statement. "By the end of the year, I will have substantially accomplished those goals."

Hunter's time as commissioner has been marked by increasing anger on the part of many local residents, who have said that Hunter and the Department of Watershed Management have ignored significant billing problems and claims of overcharging on water bills.

Geeks and Jocks Getting Along? Must Be Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- In high school, science-fiction and fantasy fans rarely rubbed elbows with jocks and football fans, but the two groups shared close quarters and comradery Labor Day weekend as Downtown Atlanta hosted Dragon*Con and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game simultaneously for the third year in a row.

"It's kind of like the ultimate pop culture weekend," said Katie Wall, a digital marketing consultant and University of North Carolina fan. Her Tar Heels lost 30-24 to Louisiana State University in Saturday's Kickoff Game. "Where else can you find a place full of sci-fi and fantasy fans next to beer-guzzling football fans, all decked out in their school colors? It's like everyone's in costume for the weekend."

Atlanta Braces for Big Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA -- A weekend off is about to go on the books in big numbers. Labor Day Weekend has become one of Atlanta's busiest holidays. Several big events will bring in thousands of visitors and more than $60 million. Here's a rundown of this weekend's biggest events:

DragonCon events run Friday through Monday, including a parade down Peachtree on Saturday at 10 a.m. A Georgia State University study showed the event brought in $25 million in 2008. About 30,000 people are expected to attend this year.

Georgia State Coach Ready For Week One

ATLANTA (AP) - Bill Curry hasn't been on the sideline for a college game since 1996, so excuse the ol' coach if it takes him a few plays - maybe even a few games - to get up to speed.

"I'm trying to remember everything I can,'' the 67-year-old Curry said. "I hope it's enough to knock the rust off so I don't do too many embarrassing things.''

He's still got a few tricks up his sleeve, though.

With a sly grin, he won't reveal the starting quarterback for his new team at Georgia State until the offense runs on the field for the first time. And he's brought in some big names to chat up his players, such as former teammate and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis, who stopped by a few days ago to give the Panthers a pep talk.

Now, it's time to see if all that chicanery and inspiration will pay off. On Thursday night, Curry leads the Panthers onto the field for their inaugural game against Shorter.

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ATLANTA -- Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!

Clark Atlanta University Names Thomas Y. Trawick Jr. New Chief of Police

ATLANTA (SEPTEMBER 3)—Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Carlton E. Brown today announced the appointment of Thomas Y. Trawick Jr., a decorated law enforcement and retired non-commissioned military officer, as the University’s new chief of police and director of emergency management, effective October 1, 2010. 

 

                        Trawick was selected from a field of 25 applicants in a national search, resulting in a pool of five candidates who were interviewed by members of the University’s Public Safety Department, faculty, staff and students.  As one of two finalists in the process, Trawick was again introduced in an August 20 open forum where he was questioned by University faculty, staff and students.  

 

Top-25 foes LSU and UNC clash in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - An intriguing 2010 season-opener takes place in Atlanta this weekend, as 21st-ranked LSU takes on 18th-ranked North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Les Miles may be on the hot seat in Death Valley this year, despite posting a rather productive 51-15 mark in his five previous seasons at the helm. The team finished last year with nine victories, but narrow losses to the likes of Florida and national champion Alabama during the regular season and a heart- breaking 19-17 setback to Penn State in the Capital One Bowl, stung and left the team feeling like it had not accomplished much by LSU standards.