Lawsuit alleges county collected $20M in fines illegally

A class-action lawsuit alleges that DeKalb County collected $20 million as a result of its illegal prosecution of Georgia state traffic laws. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

A class-action lawsuit filed against DeKalb County alleges the county’s Recorder’s Court illegally collected millions of dollars in fines for violations it had no jurisdiction over. According to the lawsuit—filed July 15 against DeKalb County, Judicial Correction Services Inc. and Integrity Supervision Services Inc.—the county has received approximately $20 million “as a direct and proximate […]

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Confederate flag event set at Stone Mountain Park


On Saturday, Aug. 1, Confederate flag enthusiasts will attend what is shaping up to be a large gathering at Stone Mountain park. Through a Facebook page, CSA Flag Rally 2015, and page event, more than 900 people have RSVP’d to attend the flag rally. The organizer of the event stated, “This is to show our support […]

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DeKalb Symphony Orchestra brings music to the community

Libby Whittemore performs live with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra.

by Justin Beaudrot The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra brought pops to music lovers July 17 at the Marvin Cole Auditorium on Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus. This was the orchestra’s 50th annual Pops Concert. Dressed in black bowtie and white coat, Conductor and Artistic Director Fyodor Cherniavsky began the concert with An American in Paris suite […]

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Law enforcement flag football team prepares for benefit game

Law enforcement flag football team prepares for benefit game

Police-duty belts will be replaced with flag belts Aug. 8 for flag football. The event, which will be held at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta, will feature four teams of law enforcement and public safety agencies from Atlanta and DeKalb, Gwinnett and Clayton counties. DeKalb’s team, the Wolf Pack, is a combination of sheriff deputies, police […]

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Water main break affects county for days


When a county mower hit a fire hydrant July 23, thousands of residents and businesses were affected. The accident caused a break in a 48-inch main transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road. The incident eventually led to a boil water advisory after residents complained of dirty water coming through their faucets.  Others experienced […]

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County sanitation division responds to concerns

Director of the Sanitation Division Billy Malone shares details of the Rolling Forward to One plan at the launch event in May.

More than 170,000 households in unincorporated DeKalb and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Lithonia are getting adjusted to once-a-week trash and recycling pickup. Once-a-week collection of garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings for all single-family residential customers within the division’s service area began on July 6. Billy Malone, director of the sanitation division said, […]

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Updated: County cancels contract after near drowning

Brionne was admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—Egleston after nearly drowning at Brown’s Mill Aquatic Center in June.

  The contractor that provided lifeguard services for Browns Mill Aquatic Center, where a teenager nearly drowned in June, has been terminated. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted July 28 to terminate the contract of USA Management LLC after it was discovered that 26 of the 50 lifeguards there were not certified as required […]

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Blended beverage store owner expects smooth sailing

The new shop is near the Decatur square and several schools and offices.

Smoothies, although a popular current food choice, aren’t a fad, according to Deidra Evans, owner of a Smoothie King store that opened recently in downtown Decatur. “Smoothies have been around for more than 40 years,” Evans said, noting that Steve Kuhnau, founder of Smoothie King, opened the first smoothie bar in New Orleans in 1973. […]

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