Atlanta Business Chronicle

By Maria Saporta

Atlanta business, political and civic leaders gathered under the sweltering hot sun on Tuesday morning to thank Ted Turner for helping put the city on the map.

Hundreds of people came — many sitting in the shade of a huge tent provided by the city on the parking lot across from the center of “Turner-verse” — to witness the official ceremony to name part of Spring Street Ted Turner Drive.

“We should pause and say thank you to a great man,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, adding the world knows Atlanta partly because of Turner and CNN, the 24-hour cable news network he created. “He changed newsgathering forever. That’s why I’m excited today. I wish I could do so much more than just rename a street, but that’s all I can do.”

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