Michael Render, aka "Killer Mike," was honored Monday by the Atlanta City Council. LEON STAFFORD/AJC

“Killer Mike” day proclaimed in Atlanta 

It’s “Killer Mike” Render day in the city of Atlanta.

The Atlanta rapper, whose name partly adorns an $11.6 million tunnel-boring machine being used to create a reservoir for Atlanta, received a proclamation Monday from the Atlanta City Council, which named the day in his honor. 

Render was honored for his music, his entrepreneurship as owner of his burgeoning barber chain dubbed Swag Shop and for informally being an ambassador for Atlanta from TV appearances, including CNN and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“I respect you in so many ways,” said City Councilman Andre Dickens, who called Render honest, articulate and authentic. “You represent the ATL well.”

Render’s stage name was used for “Driller Mike,” the tunnel-boring machine drilling at the former Bellwood Quarry off Lois Road in northwest Atlanta. The drill is being used to help create a reservoir that can hold about 2.4 billion gallons of drinking water for Atlanta.

“I appreciate this brother because he inspires so many people,” said state Sen. Vincent Fort.
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