News Briefs: Legionnaires’ closes Sheraton; city grant management; Taste of Atlanta tickets on sale

Sheraton Atlanta announced Friday the hotel on Courtland Street in Downtown will remain closed until at least Aug. 11 after several guests were sickened this week with Legionnaires’ disease. The AJC reports that testing to determine the source of the outbreak continues.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced plans for the City’s management of federal grants to be centralized under one office, reporting to the City’s Chief Operating Officer. As part of the restructuring, the City has requested that the administration of Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds be aligned under the Atlanta Continuum of Care, managed by Partners for HOME (PfH). After months of planning, the restructuring is now contingent upon approval from HUD, Atlanta City Council and the PfH Board.

Tickets for Taste of Atlanta, which is set for Oct. 18-20 at Historic Fourth Ward Park, are now on sale. The 18th annual festival will feature more than 100 restaurants as well as on-stage cooking demos, cooking classes and new this year, Food Districts, a more expansive VIP Experience and a Saturday night concert. Buy tickets at this link.

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