Former GM plant an ‘Opportunity Zone’

GM plant

  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs recently announced that the vacant Doraville General Motors property and an adjacent Seaboard Oil facility have been approved for the state’s Opportunity Zone designation. The 165-acre GM Assembly Plant was closed by the company in 2008 as a cost-cutting measure and has remained vacant. After closing, several to […]

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New vehicle tax begins March 1


Attention car owners: A new Georgia vehicle tax starts March 1. Called the Title Ad Valorum Tax (TAVT), it replaces the sales and annual ad valorem tax, nicknamed the “birthday tax,” on newly purchased vehicles. “It’s for all vehicles that are titled,” said Brent Bennett, director of the motor vehicle division for the DeKalb County […]

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Ellis retains attorney after home, office searched


After his home and county offices were searched by investigators from the county District Attorney’s office, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has retained a defense team. Ellis will be represented by former DeKalb District Attorney J. Tom Morgan and Craig Gillen, a defense attorney who specializes in trials involving racketeering and financial crimes. Gillen’s partner, Anthony […]

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State gives DeKalb school board 30 days to improve

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The DeKalb County school board has 30 days to make significant improvement on the district’s issues or face suspension by Gov. Nathan Deal. Board members attended a Jan. 14 hearing in front of the state Board of Education (BOE) to explain why the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) was placed on accreditation probation Dec. 17, […]

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Unique Dunwoody theater reaches a milestone

Opening Princess

At a time when theater companies come and go, Jerry’s Habima Theatre in Dunwoody is celebrating a milestone. The theater kicks off its 20th season this year. What makes this theater group unique is not only its longevity. It is the only metro area theater that prominently features actors with developmental disabilities. Habima has received […]

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First lady Deal announces program for expecting parents

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  Georgia’s first lady, Sandra Deal, announced the launch of Great Start Georgia Jan. 7, a program developed to help meet the needs of expectant parents and those with young children. “We want every mother to find out how to help her child grow up and develop properly. We want them to notice the milestones […]

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County should be more proactive to attracting quality businesses

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Commissioner Lee May said the key to DeKalb County’s economic future is to stop waiting for opportunities to come to the county and go actively in search of opportunities. That was his message to the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce at its Jan. 16 luncheon meeting. May, who represents the recently reconfigured 5th district and […]

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Community helps man cope with paralysis after accident


  Twenty-year-old Stone Mountain resident Eli Tabb doesn’t remember much about being hit by a car while attempting to cross Lawrenceville Highway in October 2012. The incident left him paralyzed from the waist down. “There’s not much I can tell you myself because I was in a coma after it happened,” Tabb said. The Mississippi […]

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