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Bellwood Quarry


Bidding has opened for the design and development of what is slated to be Atlanta's biggest park.

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There's a drill digging a tunnel deep under Atlanta. It cuts through granite six nights a week, all night long, 300 to 400 feet below the ground.

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Eventually, it will connect Bellwood Quarry – recognizable, perhaps, from scenes in the Hunger Games, Walking Dead and Stranger Things – to the Chattahoochee River.

Now, the bottom of the quarry, where the tunnel starts, is a construction site.

Rapper Michael Render, aka 'Killer Mike,' talks to reporters inside Bellwood Quarry where a big drill named in his honor will dig a five-mile tunnel to the Chattahoochee River.
Susanna Capelouto / WABE

The city of Atlanta is honoring rapper Killer Mike by naming a giant piece of machinery after him. A 400-foot, custom-built boring machine that will dig a key piece of Atlanta's water infrastructure will now be known as Driller Mike. The name was unveiled at a ceremony.

Killer Mike’s first reaction when he heard that the machine might be named in his honor, was, he said with a laugh, “Bull****.”

“I thought it was a joke,” he said. “I literally thought it was just a joke I saw on Twitter.”

As the reality dawned on him, he said he was flattered.

Alison Guillory / WABE

The Atlanta Watershed Department has narrowed down the list of possible names for it's 400-foot-long rock-digging machine, and it's come down to a rapper, a tribute to Georgia's most famous crop, and "Gone with the Wind."

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Atlanta is beginning work on what will become a reservoir holding an emergency backup water supply for the city. Right now, it's Bellwood Quarry, a gargantuan hole in the ground west of Midtown, set in what will one day be the city's largest park.