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Suspended CEO seeks ‘full vindication’

Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, right, consults with his attorney and wife before jury selection for his trial began Sept. 8. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

“I have done nothing wrong.” Throughout his legal ordeal, suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis has repeated that statement.And that’s the message Ellis and his legal team will have for jurors during his corruption trial which began Sept. 8 in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson. From the beginning of his legal […]

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Ex-commissioner faces prison time


Former DeKalb County commissioner Elaine Boyer pleaded guilty Sept. 3 and struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors. In the plea deal, Boyer faces a maximum prison term of 40 years, but prosecutors agreed to “recommend that [Boyer] be sentenced at the low end of the adjusted guideline range”—18-24 months. Boyer’s charges of mail and […]

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Dunwoody officials ‘thrilled’ with new water pump stations

Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May (center) is flanked by Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis and DeKalb Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton as a group of county and Dunwoody officials participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a booster pump station. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County and Dunwoody officials gathered Sept. 4 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for two booster pump stations recently completed in the county’s $1.35 billion watershed capital improvement project (CIP). “Today is a good day here in DeKalb County because we are acknowledging some good work that is going on,” said interim DeKalb County CEO Lee […]

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OPINION: Facts are powerful tools


It is easy to make assumptions about people, places and events, but more often than not our assumptions are not based on fact. Our assumptions become a hindrance to our ability to seek or see the truth in many situations; assumptions can cause us to make unreasonable assessments and to react in inappropriate ways. We’re […]

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Lithonia Amphitheater may get new owner


Nearly every weekend concertgoers can check out performances and events at one of the many popular amphitheaters in metro Atlanta. However, none of those popular amphitheaters are in downtown Lithonia. Kings of Leon fans will have to travel to Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in south Atlanta to see them. Lyfe Jennings and Carl Thomas fans […]

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Arabia Mountain: A county treasure

Reaching the top of Arabia Mountain is a half-mile hike with a more than 900-foot elevation change. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

Arabia Mountain National Heritage area is a little smaller and weirder than its bigger, more famous cousin, Stone Mountain. It offers no Instagram-worthy view of downtown Atlanta’s skyline from the top. But it’s every bit as fun. The hike to the top starts at a little parking lot near AWARE Wildlife Center. That’s the Atlanta […]

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Setting the standard for rustic elegance


There are but a few wow moments in life that create memories that last a lifetime. I recently experienced a few wow hours of rustic indulgence and was frankly blown away with the charm, comfort and hospitality of Lake Rabun Hotel. Located in Lakemont, Ga., on beautiful Lake Rabun, the hotel and restaurant are sure […]

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Soul Food Café features family recipes

City of Stone Mountain officials look on as restaurant owner Tammy McRae prepares to cut the ribbon, symbolically opening her café. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

Among Tammy McRae’s favorite childhood memories is the family’s traditional first Monday in August gatherings at her grandmother’s south Georgia home. Seeing all the relatives was great, she recalled, and the food “was amazing.” McRae, who recently opened a restaurant in Stone Mountain Village with her sister Keyshaun, said that during many years in the […]

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