New MARTA chief excited by challenges


  MARTA’s new general manager and chief executive officer loves a challenge. “If we can be successful here, we’ll be the model for the country,” said Keith Parker, who replaced Dr. Beverly A. Scott, who ran MARTA for five years. “That gets me excited—just knowing that there’s so many people out there that say there’s […]

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County leaders unite for ceremony

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County unity was the theme Jan. 3 as commissioners, judges, school board members and the solicitor general joined DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis for the county’s second Unity Inauguration. The elected officials gathered at Saint Phillip A. M. E. Church on Candler Road during a ceremony to take their oaths of office. They were sworn […]

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Brookhaven’s first mayor: ‘We’re building something from scratch’


The first meeting of Brookhaven’s elected officials lasted approximately six hours. “So we’ve got a lot to do,” said J. Max Davis, who was elected to be the first mayor of the city that officially was created Dec. 17. “I’m humbled by the results of the election,” Davis said. “I didn’t expect that big of […]

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Investigators search CEO’s home, office


Just two work days after being sworn in to his second term in office, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis’ home and office was searched by investigators from the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. After more than two hours in Ellis’ home Jan. 7, investigators walked out with a desktop computer and several boxes. The search […]

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Brookhaven approves municipal services


The City of Brookhaven city council has awarded contracts and initial task orders for six of the seven municipal government services work packages. The Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven issued requests for proposals for municipal government services on Oct. 12 for government services, including communications and community engagement, community development, financial and administrative services, information technologies […]

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Let’s Move: Commissioner, county awarded for exercise drive

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DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson has been recognized by the National League of Cities for his efforts to get DeKalb residents moving. Johnson was recognized for the recent completion of key health and wellness goals in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), a major component of first lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive initiative dedicated […]

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Firefighter turned sheriff starts fourth term


When Thomas Brown first became DeKalb County’s sheriff in 2000, the position had a tarnished reputation. A sheriff in the 1970s “stayed into a lot of stuff,” Brown said. “[He] had some argument with some kid in his neighborhood and ended up shooting the kid. But he was acquitted, as I understand it. I don’t […]

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City of Lithonia has new top cop

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A former DeKalb County Police chief has left retirement to head the Lithonia Police Department. The Lithonia City Council has selected Eddie J. Moody as its new police chief. Moody, 58, was the DeKalb County Police chief from 2001-04. Moody brings 30 years of law enforcement experience to the city, working his way up from […]

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