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Published on July 21st, 2015 |

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Spring Street section renamed to honor Ted Turner’s world impact

Ted Turner, affectionately known as “the mouth of the South” and a creative business leader who helped bring worldwide fame to Atlanta long before the Olympics, was honored Tuesday by business, political and civic leaders as a section of Spring Street was renamed Ted Turner Drive.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed honors Ted Turn er Tuesday at the street renaming ceremony as Turner's daughter Laua Turner Seydel looks on, at right.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed honors Ted Turn er Tuesday at the street renaming ceremony as Turner’s daughter Laura Turner Seydel looks on, at right.

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.

“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 news gathering forever,” Reed added. “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.”

But CNN is not the only way Turner brought world recognition to Atlanta. Following a boycott of the official Olympics in the 1980s, Turner funded the start-up of the Goodwill Games, another competition among the world’s countries that bridged the gap caused by the Olympics boycott.

Turner, along with his daughter and Buckhead resident Laura Turner Seydel, has also been a strong supporter—with programs and millions of dollars—of worldwide environmental issues.

Turner, who was surrounded by family, associates and friends, seemed touched by the ceremony and renaming of the street. “I can’t thank you enough,” Turner said. “This has been my hometown since I was a little boy.”

He said he couldn’t think of anywhere else where he would have rather have based his business ventures than in Atlanta. “God bless you all,” said Turner, who has become a man of few words in recent years, before he left the stage.

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