35 years of MARTA History

Interim CEO addresses communication concerns at Chamblee Chamber meeting

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May addresses a group of business leaders at the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce’s first breakfast meeting. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

At the inaugural breakfast business meeting of the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May reflected on his now one-year term of office. “We are really trying to restore the partnership between DeKalb County and our municipalities,” May said in his opening remarks. “We are family, and we have to act like […]

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May: P-card controversy ‘symbolic’ of county’s oversight


Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May said the county’s purchasing card (P-card) usage controversy is representative of a previous lack of accountability in some areas of the government. “The P-card conversation as a whole…is symbolic of a lot of areas in the county in terms of how we [are] managing the day-to-day operations and who […]

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OPINION: An ethical dilemma


For the first time in the history of DeKalb County, all sitting county commissioners, as well as the county’s interim chief executive officer, have ethics complaints filed against them. Granted, anyone can file an ethics complaint. And, there does not have to be any validity for a complaint to be filed. But for unknown reasons, […]

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OPINION: Are you ready for the challenge?


The NAACP believes that the Tea Party is racist; the Tea Party believes that the NAACP is racist. The fact of the matter is that race has been and continues to be—since the birth of the nation—a constant issue. No one can deny that racial tensions run high in America. Currently, individuals vent feelings of […]

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Decatur Ghost Tour brings history … alive?

Boo Newell, a professional psychic medium, conducts the Decatur ghost tour most weekends. Photos by Lauren Ramsdell

Decatur’s history stretches back well past its 1822 founding date. From the earliest Native Americans to the first European settlers to the Civil War, if an event happened in United States history, it was felt in the county seat. With at least four centuries of human activity here, it stands there would be at least […]

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SAM Shortline rumbles through Georgia’s byways

Travelers rediscover Georgia’s small towns and cities on the Sam Shortline.

For a leisurely way to spend the day, hop aboard the SAM Shortline and watch rural Georgia roll by. Offering day trips, the SAM Shortline train takes passengers to Americus, Plains, Leslie and occasionally Savannah. The distance from the starting point, Cordele, to the trains’ farthest destination, Archery, is 52 miles. The train isn’t in […]

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Mann it is!


Jeff Mann will remain as DeKalb County sheriff. Mann defeated former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones with 74.35 percent to 25.65 percent of votes, at press time. Approximately 21,000 voters participated in the runoff. Mann was appointed to the position by former sheriff Thomas Brown, who resigned in February to run for the Fourth Congressional […]

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Businesswoman finds success in the sewer

Sequoia at computer

Sequoia Bell has a degree in psychology. She’s worked in restaurants, sold real estate and processed mortgages. Now, at age 28, she’s found what she really likes doing—cleaning sewers. The president and CEO of Bell Innovative Technologies, Bell said she enjoys running a company that does work women rarely get into. “I was doing well […]

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