35 years of MARTA History

Interim county CEO continues indefinitely


Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May held a press conference on Oct. 21, following the mistrial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. “I’m here just to make the public aware that we are operating the day-to-day services of our government,” said May, who has served as the interim CEO for 14 months. May said the […]

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Judge to Ellis jury: ‘Try to arrive at a verdict’

A grand jury handed down a 15-count indictment against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis June 18.

The jury in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis can’t agree. That’s what the jury has told the judge on three different occasions during the trial which has lasted six weeks so far. However, Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson is not letting jurors off easily. Each time they have said they […]

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Decatur Commission supports DDA plan to purchase Historic Scottish Rite property

The Decatur City Commission adopted a resolution outlining its full support for the purchase of the Historic Scottish Rite Hospital property in Oakhurst by the Decatur Downtown Development Authority.

Decatur City Commission voted Oct. 6 to support Decatur Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in its purchase of the Historic Scottish Rite Hospital property in Oakhurst. The commission adopted a resolution Oct. 6 that outlines its full support of the DDA’s plans to purchase the property, which includes five buildings on 4.8-acres. The complex, which was […]

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‘Big Read’ focuses on Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Charles Swint, Theresa Davis and Heidi S. Howard of 7 Stages theater introduce events to be presented in the area during the next five months as part of a Big Read.

If readers throughout the area appear to be engrossed in the same 74-year-old novel, it’s no coincidence. The Big Read is now under way in metro Atlanta. A study conducted by National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) resulted in the 2004 report Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America. The report indicated […]

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DeKalb Police testing body cameras

DeKalb County Police Officer Michael Freeman displays two of the body cameras the department is testing. Photo illustration by Andrew Cauthen

DeKalb County police officers may soon have extra eyes watching when they go out on calls. The department is in the process of testing a few types of body cameras. The wearable video cameras will “basically show that officers are open to the public,” said Officer Michael Freeman, who is leading the testing phase for […]

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EDITORIAL: Body cameras only one piece of the puzzle


  At a time when police departments nationwide are under fire for showing little regard for the public they serve, DeKalb police have taken a proactive step that may lead to greater transparency. DeKalb police are testing body camera systems that could be part of every police officer’s gear in the future. We applaud DeKalb’s […]

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OPINION: The absurdity of a variable speed limit for I-285

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With much publicity the new 65 mph speed limit signs went live on the north end perimeter in DeKalb County. The public relations folks at Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) seem to think these new electronic, adjustable speed limit signs will have a calming effect on traffic, that they will somehow ease congestion and reduce […]

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Wealth evangelist pleads guilty to fraud charges

Ephren Taylor

A man accused of scamming New Birth Missionary Baptist Church members out of nearly $1 million pleaded guilty to fraud charges. Ephren Taylor II, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud by defrauding hundreds of victims of their retirement savings, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Oct. 8. Taylor was arrested June 17 […]

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