35 years of MARTA History

Police prepared for Ferguson grand jury decision

DeKalb County hosted a public safety briefing, facilitated by Cedric Alexander, DeKalb’s deputy chief operating officer for public safety, to discuss how the region is prepared for the reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. Photos by Carla Parker

A Missouri grand jury has decided not to charge a police officer for gunning down an unarmed Black teenager, and local law enforcement agencies said they are prepared for any public reaction. DeKalb County hosted a public safety briefing Nov. 20, facilitated by Cedric Alexander, DeKalb’s deputy chief operating officer for public safety, to discuss […]

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Director Mary Root to continue DeKalb Choral Guild’s storied journey

Mary with notebook

William Baker was 19 years old when he founded the DeKalb Choral Guild in 1978, but as director he was able to attract talented and dedicated performers, who over the years have participated in many community festivals and events. The guild, which rehearses at First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates, has performed at the DeKalb […]

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Near-perfect family destination just three hours away

One of many indoor entertainment options

It’s probably as close to perfection for a family-friendly destination as is possible—Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tenn., truly does have something for everyone. On the drive up, I intentionally did not discuss with my 7-year-old godson all the options available at Wilderness just to make the drive a bit quieter. I knew he […]

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OPINION: Perhaps a slice of humble pie?

Opinion crane

“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.”–Lao Tzu, 6th century B.C., Chinese philosopher and poet. As a political columnist and analyst, I am most often asked, typically well in advance of an election, who is going to win. Within literally hours of the completion of the 2014 General Election unofficial […]

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South DeKalb residents celebrate traffic light

County officials and community leaders gathered Nov. 13 to unveil a new traffic signal on Flat Shoals Parkway. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 13 in south DeKalb, but not for a building. It was for a traffic light. Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said the ceremony was “a day of celebration for the small things we do as county government and state government working together.” The traffic light is at an […]

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Lithonia motel gets a facelift

Owner Kamini Patel says she seeks to keep her Red Roof Inn a place where families, vacationers and business travelers feel safe and comfortable.

  Hotel owner Kamini Patel invited the Lithonia community to help celebrate Nov. 12 with music, giveaways and food of the type served in her native India, as she hosted an open house at the newly renovated Red Roof Inn Lithonia. When Patel was growing up in India, her father was a business owner. Then […]

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Downside leads to upside of Prius V


Sluggish sounds like a rather insulting way to start a car review. But it’s true. The 2014 Toyota Prius V is a bit sluggish but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing all the time. In most of my daily around-town driving, I didn’t mind that the Prius was a bit hesitant on takeoff and slow […]

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OPINION: Stone Mountain resident: ‘I’m a citizen of DeKalb’


With all the talk of municipal segregation, otherwise known as the cityhood movement or annexation, it was reassuring recently to hear a DeKalb resident ask his audience not to divide themselves into these various proposed cities. Currently there are annexation talks or proceedings under way for Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia and Stone […]

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