Merri Sherman is executive director of the Columbus Sports Council. She talks about the council's impact on the city, the events and people the council brings here, and the city's heritage from hosting the 1996 Summer Olympics softball competition, with Team USA taking the gold medal at Historic Golden Park, defeating China 3-1 in the championship game. (Video by Tony Adams)
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson spoke on the Thursday afternoon about the racial diversity in Columbus, Ga., and the role history plays in moving forward as a nation. She also shared her feelings about the marches and riots in Charlottesville, Va., and how to help those who identify as white supremacists.
Columbus is home to a small handful of Confederate memorial and markers, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson explained Thursday afternoon. She has done research over the past few months into what the markers stand for and their role in history. Two markers, one involving a battle and the other memorializing Confederate dead, serve as a reminder of our nation's past and can help people remember darker times, Tomlinson said.
A Confederate flag that normally flies in Linwood Cemetery was taken down sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said she did not ask for the flag to be taken down or removed as that area of the cemetery is private plots run by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Tollie Strode, chairman of the Muscogee County School Board's Alternative Education Community Advisory Committee, reports on its progress after its final meeting, Aug. 16, 2017, in the Columbus Public Library.