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Elimination of DeKalb CEO role, other changes considered
Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May created a Charter Review Commission to consider overhauling county government, including the possibility of eliminating its controversial CEO position. May is pictured here as he delivers his State of the County speech at Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center on March 10. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 1:24 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Democracy in DeKalb County works a bit different from the rest of Georgia, with a powerful CEO position in charge of the government, leading to nearly 40 years of debate.The argument over who should run DeKalb is being revived again, as a group of residents considers whether to move away ...
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump look to ground game to win Georgia

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Adrienne White stood in the middle of the downstairs bar of a trendy Westside bakery and told the 100 women around her to take out their phones and prepare to receive a script and a list of phone numbers to call. White, who is leading Hillary Clinton’s efforts to mobilize ...
Should DeKalb eliminate its CEO job?
Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May created a Charter Review Commission to consider overhauling county government, including the possibility of eliminating its controversial CEO position. Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May isn’t running for the CEO position in the November election. KENT D. JOHNSON/ kdjohnson@ajc.com

3:27 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

For the first time in decades, DeKalb County is going through a comprehensive review of its CEO-led government structure.A group of residents began considering last week whether to keep or abandon the CEO position, which is unique in Georgia. DeKalb is the only county in the state with a CEO ...
Sinkhole sinks Atlanta Streetcar service for second day
The Streetcar makes its way up Edgewood Ave in April. The service remained shutdown Friday as work continued on a sinkhole in the eastbound lane of Edgewood between Jesse Hill Drive and Bell Street.

2:25 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Atlanta Streetcar service was suspended for a second day on Friday as crews continued work to repair a sinkhole on Edgewood Avenue.City officials announced Thursday that they were shutting down the Streetcar because of the sinkhole, which is in the eastbound lane of Edgewood between Jesse Hill Drive and Bell ...
Help! Top 10 downtown Atlanta eyesore buildings, sites
Medical Arts Building on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

12:09 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

The Medical Arts Building on Peachtree Street near Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard once again leads a Top 10 list of downtown Atlanta buildings in need of some TLC.Downtown business development group Central Atlanta Progress on Friday released a flyer spotlighting 10 buildings and sites in the city’s core in need ...
Georgia craft brewers to seek changes as wholesalers ponder options
Tour staff employee Sara Fleetwood (left) serves samples and prepares a sample pack of four 32 ounce growlers at the Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Credit: Curtis Compton

12:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Georgia’s beer wholesalers say they are likely to propose new changes to the state’s laws governing the sale of alcohol, but the growing craft brewery industry isn’t exactly holding its breath. Martin Smith, a spokesman and lobbyist for the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association, told a legislative panel Thursday that his ...
Atlanta names new housing authority director
Catherine Buell was named president and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority on Thursday.

5:26 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Catherine Buell was named president and CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority on Thursday, succeeding longtime leader Joy Fitzgerald, who is retiring. “I am proud of what we have accomplished as a team,” Fitzgerald said in a release, “and I will miss collaborating with AHA’s excellent staff on the important ...
Sinkhole sinks Atlanta Streetcar service for second day
Atlanta - The streetcar makes it’s way up Edgewood Ave in April. Officials said Thursday they were temporarily shutting down the service because of a sinkhole in the eastbound lane of Edgewood between Jesse Hill Drive and Bell Street. Service is expected to resume Friday.

4:53 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Atlanta Streetcar service was suspended for a second day on Friday as crews continued work to repair a sinkhole on Edgewood Avenue.City officials announced Thursday that they were shutting down the Streetcar because of the sinkhole, which is in the eastbound lane of Edgewood between Jesse Hill Drive and Bell ...
Calhoun case: Should a poor person who can’t make bail be held in jail?
The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear arguments on this question:  Is it unconstitutional for people who can afford to post bail to leave jail while people who can't afford bail must stay locked up?

Updated: 6:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

A 54-year-old man staggered down a rural road in Gordon County a year ago and fell into a hot debate in the criminal justice system: should people with money be able to bail themselves out of jail when people without money must wait behind bars? And now 19 local, state ...
Barksdale touts progress, but Senate campaign faces uphill climb
Democratic U.S Senate candidate Jim Barksdale was little-known in Georgia when he began seriously considering a run in February, and that contributed to a slow start to his campaign. “But,” the candidate says, “we’ve made considerable progress, and there’s still time to do it.” BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Look at the headlines over the past week and it would seem that Democrat Jim Barksdale’s U.S. Senate campaign is spinning out of control. Barksdale’s campaign manager and two other top staffers have departed. He’s been dissed by yet another Democratic elder in the state as others in the party ...
Reed, Atlanta businesses jumpstart fundraising for city aid group
A worker carries a tray of chicken in City of Refuge’s 10-week 180° Culinary Arts Training program. Students who complete the program receive a Certificate of Apprentice as well as ServSafe Certification.

5:12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

An Atlanta organization that helps people who have fallen through the cracks find jobs and provides employment training got a big financial boost Wednesday.The city of Atlanta, Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola announced a $7.5 million donation to City of Refuge, a westside organization working in some of the city’s most poverty-stricken ...
Lawsuit says Gwinnett retaliated against firefighters
Sixteen off-duty firefighters attended a July 2014 Gwinnett County Commission meeting in uniform. Two of them have filed a federal lawsuit that says the county illegally retaliated against them for wearing the uniforms.

3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

A federal court may decide whether Gwinnett County can discipline firefighters for wearing their uniforms to public meetings. The county prohibits employees from wearing their uniforms when not on duty, but 16 firefighters wore their work attire to a County Commission meeting where they believed the fire department budget would ...
Consequences of delayed sewer upgrades felt across DeKalb
The Snapfinger Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, in operation since 1978, is being expanded. The construction is the largest part $1.35 billion in water and sewer upgrades that are years behind schedule. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

2:36 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Water bills in DeKalb have crept up 59 percent since 2011, but the county has yet to deliver on much-needed improvements to the sewer system. DeKalb County is far behind on $1.35 billion in sewer and water upgrades — the largest public works project in the county’s history. Many were ...
Gwinnett County approves big development near Mall of Georgia
The developer’s attorney said it would be “a new center of gravity for the Mall of Georgia area and the I-85 corridor.”

12:58 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Gwinnett County commissioners have approved plans to locate a densely packed mix of shops, offices and apartments near the Mall of Georgia.The development on Woodward Crossing Boulevard would feature 162,000 square feet of retail space, including a grocery store and a family entertainment center. It also would feature 76,000 square ...
Kasim Reed, Chick-fil-A, Coke join forces to help aid group
A worker carries a tray of chicken in City of Refuge’s 10-week 180° Culinary Arts Training program. Students who complete the program receive a Certificate of Apprentice as well as ServSafe Certification.

10:51 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

An Atlanta organization dedicated to helping people who have fallen through the cracks get jobs and training for employment is getting a big financial boost today. The city of Atlanta, Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola announced early Wednesday it will donate $7.5 million to City of Refuge, the westside organization’s biggest donation ...
Convicted DeKalb County CEO connected to guilty executive
A jury found DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis guilty July 1, 2015, of perjury and attempted extortion. KENT JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Updated: 9:05 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Long before a jury found an executive guilty last week in a DeKalb County bribery scheme, his name came up during the trial of DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis. Prosecutors alleged that Ellis tried to give favorable treatment to Brian Domalik, a former manager at a janitorial services company who knew ...
Get hired on the spot at Saturday’s job fair in Clayton
Job fair

8:44 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Looking to get hired on the spot? The Direct H.I.R.E Project will be held at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the South Clayton Recreation Center, 1837 McDonough Rd. in Hampton. The job fair is a partnership between Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner and BB&T; Bank. The ...
Gwinnett County rejects plans for 300 apartments near Lawrenceville
The developer wanted to build 300 apartments, 72 single-family homes and 27 town homes on Webb Gin House Road.

6:43 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

The Gwinnett County Commission Tuesday rejected a plan to build 300 apartments on Webb Gin House Road near Lawrenceville. The proposed development near the intersection of Webb Gin House and Scenic Highway also included 72 single-family homes and 27 town homes on 56 acres. The property is adjacent to commercial ...
Gwinnett County approves big development near Mall of Georgia
The developer’s attorney said it would be “a new center of gravity for the Mall of Georgia area and the I-85 corridor.”

9:27 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Gwinnett County commissioners Tuesday approved a densely packed mix of shops, offices and apartments near the Mall of Georgia. The development on Woodward Crossing Boulevard would feature 162,000 square feet of retail space, including a grocery store and a family entertainment center. It also would feature 76,000 square feet of ...
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