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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


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


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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I like Mike

Mike Thurmond is surrounded by supporters as he celebrates a victory in downtown Decatur at the Courtyard Marriott on Clairemont Avenue.

“I like Mike.” A catchy slogan that eventually turned into campaign signs for former DeKalb County Schools superintendent Michael Thurmond. The “I like Mike” campaign flyers were scattered across DeKalb County on Election Day and apparently DeKalb County residents like Mike, too. At press time, Thurmond was leading Republican candidate Jack Lovelace with 74 percent […]

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Mann stays sheriff

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann

District attorney, solicitor general, Superior Court clerk, tax commissioner run unopposed Nov. 8 proved to be a time for celebration for Democrats in DeKalb County as the left wing retained the office of sheriff while running unopposed in races for district attorney, Clerk of Superior Court and tax commissioner. DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann retained […]

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State senate district 43, state rep. district 91


  Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones will be the Democratic nominee for the State House District 91 seat. Jones defeated consultant Rhonda Taylor with 54 percent of votes in the July 26 run-off election. Taylor received 46 percent. Jones will take on Republican nominee Carl Anuszczyk, CEO of Jackpot Software Inc., in the November […]

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