Macon&Eggs: Gordon's First African American Mayor Fights To Stay On The Job

Jun 23, 2016

It's a hot summer so far and I'm not just talking about the weather. In Middle Georgia there are two dramas that are heating up. Each week journalists Charles Richardson, editorial page editor for The Telegraph and GPB Macon's Leah Fleming talk about the topics on the minds of Middle Georgians. 

HOT TOPIC #1:

The embattled mayor of Gordon Mary Ann Whipple-Lue has been fighting for her political life. For the past two years, since she’s taken the job of mayor, two city councilmen and members of a a group calling themselves the Concerned Citizens of Gordon have been seeking her ouster, saying she overstepped her authority and violated the city charter and state sunshine laws. Whipple-Lue is Gordon’s first African American mayor, and she says the accusations are race related.

She’s been in court this week.

HOT TOPIC #2:

This week the troubled Macon Charter Academy was in bankruptcy court regarding their chapter 11 reorganization. On Wednesday the judge ruled that the state Education Department can  move ahead with plans to terminate the school. The Education Department wants to close the academy citing little progress on a number of education and management problems. The school has vowed to stay open.

HOT TOPIC #3

Historic Macon has unveiled the Design Wine and Dine house in Macon’s historic Beall’s Hill neighborhood. Mercer president Bill Underwood says this is more than just about a house. 

It’s about improving blight.