Larry Johnson pushing for new city

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District 3 DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, whose district covers the southwest region of the county, hopes his new proposed city will help the residents in the area. In a regular board of commissioners meeting, Johnson unveiled his idea for the new proposed city—to be named Prosperity. The region would cover roughly 150,000 residents and […]

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County officials, residents ready for ‘new day in DeKalb’

New names are pictured on the DeKalb County Government building in downtown Decatur. Among the new names are CEO Michael Thurmond, Commissioner Gregory Adams and Commissioner Steve Bradshaw. Photo by Travis Hudgons

  When his schedule allows, newly elected DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, representing District 4, heads to the gym promptly at 5 a.m. four times a week. However, his gym schedule has been a little sporadic lately. Bradshaw, who defeated former DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, said he’s still getting adjusted to taking office. […]

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CEO releases proposed budget

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond released a proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget will address funding for police and fire.

  DeKalb County residents and county officials got a first look at how DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond wants the county to move forward. Recently the newly sworn-in CEO released a proposed $1.3 billion operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year. “This budget provides a framework for strengthening the government’s fiscal condition, improving public safety, annualizing […]

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DeKalb Officials: Lessons learned after metro-Atlanta ‘snowpocalypse’

County officials held a winter weather press conference Jan. 5 to inform residents that a plan was in place in case of an emergency situation. Storm forecasts predicted some parts of DeKalb County could get up to four inches of snow.

Just two years ago, metro-Atlanta was hit with icy conditions and two inches of snow. The combination was enough to gridlock major interstates and secondary roads for hours and in some cases days. However, DeKalb County officials said the county learned a lesson from the snowy debacle in January of 2014. Ahead of the predicted […]

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Thurmond prepares for CEO transition

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CEO-elect Michael Thurmond is preparing to take over the county’s highest elected office and he said having CEO Burrell Ellis back in office will be a big help in the transition process.  Ellis, who returned to office Dec. 14 after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court, said he would help in the […]

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Burrell Ellis returns to office—briefly

Burrell Ellis returned to work Dec. 14 after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court. Ellis held a brief press conference to thank supporters. Photo by Horace Holloman

Surrounded by friends, family, media and county officials, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis returned to office Dec. 14. During a press conference outside of the Maloof Building in downtown Decatur, Ellis thanked supporters after his conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court.  Commissioners Jeff Rader, Mereda Davis Johnson and newly-elected Commissioner Gregory Adams were […]

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Mixed reactions to Burrell Ellis decision

Burrell Ellis recently had his conviction overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court.

For some DeKalb County residents, former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’ conviction being overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court was another blow to government accountability, while others believed it was a step in the right direction to justice for Ellis and his family. The Georgia Supreme Court announced its decision Nov. 30 and reversed a previous […]

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DeKalb residents still frustrated over water bills

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County seeking resolutions Jennifer Tate, a Brookhaven resident who said she’s still dealing with high water bills from the county, said she has little faith in the county to resolve her issues. Some DeKalb residents seemed to share Tate’s sentiment at a town hall meeting Nov. 10 to discuss high water bills. The meeting, held […]

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