‘We can’t continue to prosper if DeKalb County doesn’t prosper’

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City of Decatur commissioner Jim Baskett is now the mayor of Decatur. Baskett was elected mayor after former mayor Bill Floyd resigned Jan. 7. Baskett was elected to the Decatur Board of Commission in 1995 and served as mayor pro tem from 2002-2012. Baskett, who praised Floyd for his 13 years of service as mayor, […]

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Ellis retains attorneys after office, home searched

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Ten days after his home and county offices were searched by investigators from the county DA’s office, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has retained a defense team. Ellis will be represented by former DeKalb DA J. Tom Morgan and Craig Gillen, a defense attorney who specializes in trials involving racketeering and financial crimes. Gillen’s partner, Anthony […]

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New MARTA chief excited by challenges

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  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’

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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

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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

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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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