County salutes its fallen officers

An officer stands in front of the fallen officer memorial outside the old courthouse in Decatur. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Patricia Crumley said she handled the DeKalb Fallen Officer Memorial Service better this year than in the past.Her son DeKalb County Police Officer Jarvis Darren Crumley was killed in the line of duty Dec. 29, 1998. “It used to make me feel real bad, sad, lonely, almost like you did the funeral all over again,” […]

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County employees show hip-hop skills for recycling campaign

Judges, contestants and hosts gather for a group photo following hip-hop auditions for the county recycling campaign. Photos by Ashley Oglesby

With countless commercially successful music compositions, Atlanta has long been called hip-hop’s center of gravity. In an effort to promote recycling and spread the word for the county’s implementation of one-day-a-week collection services of garbage, recycling and yard trimmings, the DeKalb County Sanitation Division hosted an employee hip-hop competition on May 8 in its administration […]

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OPINION: Our complaints help


I hear a lot of complaints about DeKalb County. People complain about potholes and roads that need repaving. They complain about corruption in the government. They say the county needs to do a better job attracting jobs. Others say the police don’t respond to calls in a timely fashion. Some believe the county needs to […]

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Indoor studio allows bike riding without traffic

Instructor Rachael Rinehart, left, prepares to lead a class.

Bright colored LED lights flash with the beat of the music in the dimly lighted room as folks wave their arms and pump their feet. It’s not happy hour at the club; it’s an exercise class, but designers of the Axelrod Indoor Cycling Studio at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) want those […]

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PR pro helps businesses tell their stories

Deanna Cauthen says her background as a storyteller is a major asset in her public relations and marketing business. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Decatur resident Deanna Cauthen, who recently opened the ProWriter’s Studio marketing and public relations agency, said her principal strength as a marketing practitioner is that she’s a storyteller. “Every company, artist, or business entity has a story to tell. What distinguishes them from everyone else in their field is their story. I have been a […]

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Thurmond to stay on until replacement is hired


DeKalb County School District Superintendent Michael Thurmond will remain in the position until his replacement is hired, the school district confirmed. School district spokesman Quinn Hudson said Thurmond talked with his law firm—Butler, Wooten, Cheeley and Peak LLP— and they agreed to let Thurmond stay on as superintendent. Thurmond’s contract ends on June 30. The […]

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Towers Tennis: Confidence and determination help turn program around

Towers boys’ tennis coach Emanuel Lewis led Towers to its first playoff appearance.

Tennis was established at Towers High School in 1995. For 18 seasons, the boys’ tennis program never managed to put together a winning season. That all changed in 2013 when the Titans went 6-3 under then-head coach Kevin Owen-Robinson. The program continued to get better under a new coach, Emanuel Lewis. Lewis took over the […]

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Brookhaven mayor apologizes, cleared of wrongdoing


Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said in a released statement that he apologized to two female employees that accused him of sexual harassment. “I have spoken with both employees present and they have accepted the sincere apology that I offered,” the statement read. “The action was innocent and was not intended to bring discomfort.” Two […]

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