Arielle Kass

Reporter

Emory grad Arielle Kass covers Fulton County. She previously covered Gwinnett County, housing, money and retail business at the AJC. 

Latest from Arielle Kass

Some Atlanta libraries find ‘lease’ is more in meeting demand for books
 When Fire and Fury hit the shelves, nearly 200 people turned to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system to get their hands on the gossipy look inside the Trump White House. Despite the clear demand, the library system didn’t want to buy dozens of copies of the book, which would sit on its shelves long after the public&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

When Fire and Fury hit the shelves, nearly 200 people turned to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system to get their hands on the gossipy look inside the Trump White House. Despite the clear demand, the library system didn’t want to buy dozens of copies of the book, which would sit on its shelves long after the public&rsquo...
Fulton County could expand transit under proposed legislation
 Fulton County could raise more money to expand MARTA under proposed legislation that would pave the way for more transit in the metro area in the coming years. The proposal would let Fulton County increase sales taxes that go to MARTA by up to a quarter of a penny per dollar spent, if voters approved the plan.  For more than a year,...

Posted: 4 days ago

Fulton County could raise more money to expand MARTA under proposed legislation that would pave the way for more transit in the metro area in the coming years. The proposal would let Fulton County increase sales taxes that go to MARTA by up to a quarter of a penny per dollar spent, if voters approved the plan.  For more than a year,...
Construction starts on College Park arena for Hawks development team
 The new arena in College Park, which will host the Atlanta Hawks development team, will bring a “whole new tone” to metro Atlanta cities south of I-20, mayor Jack Longino said at a Monday groundbreaking. The facility will be known as the Gateway Center at College Park, and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The 5,000-seat...

Posted: 5 days ago

The new arena in College Park, which will host the Atlanta Hawks development team, will bring a “whole new tone” to metro Atlanta cities south of I-20, mayor Jack Longino said at a Monday groundbreaking. The facility will be known as the Gateway Center at College Park, and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The 5,000-seat...
Fulton County inmate threatens jail employee in coded letter
 When a letter was found in an inmate’s cell at the Fulton County jail, there was no indication that there was anything out of the ordinary about it. But on a hunch, the chief jailer sent it to a cryptographer who found a death threat that was hidden in plain sight. The letter, found in the jail cell of Janorris Spears, wasn&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

When a letter was found in an inmate’s cell at the Fulton County jail, there was no indication that there was anything out of the ordinary about it. But on a hunch, the chief jailer sent it to a cryptographer who found a death threat that was hidden in plain sight. The letter, found in the jail cell of Janorris Spears, wasn&rsquo...
Fulton County fixing elevators, leaky atrium, after years of problems
 On rainy days, like Wednesday, trash cans and rain barrels are dragged to strategic locations in the lobby of the Fulton County Government Center. Industrial fans are positioned around the area, caution signs are carefully placed and whole areas of the floor are covered with bright yellow absorbent pads — or diapers, as they&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

On rainy days, like Wednesday, trash cans and rain barrels are dragged to strategic locations in the lobby of the Fulton County Government Center. Industrial fans are positioned around the area, caution signs are carefully placed and whole areas of the floor are covered with bright yellow absorbent pads — or diapers, as they&rsquo...
North Fulton mayors question county transit expansion plan
 After months of study and dozens of public meetings, a plan to expand transit in Fulton County looked last week like it had won the support of a diverse group of mayors and county leaders. But at least two north Fulton mayors broke ranks, saying in separate letters that they didn’t think enough work had been done to prove...

Posted: 12 days ago

After months of study and dozens of public meetings, a plan to expand transit in Fulton County looked last week like it had won the support of a diverse group of mayors and county leaders. But at least two north Fulton mayors broke ranks, saying in separate letters that they didn’t think enough work had been done to prove...
Second lawsuit filed against Fulton County animal control in mauling
 The parents of a then-5-year-old girl who was mauled by a dog last year have sued Fulton County’s animal control provider. This is the second lawsuit against LifeLine Animal Project related to the attack, which injured Syrai Sanders and killed 6-year-old Logan Braatz as they were walking to the bus stop Jan. 17, 2017...

Posted: 15 days ago

The parents of a then-5-year-old girl who was mauled by a dog last year have sued Fulton County’s animal control provider. This is the second lawsuit against LifeLine Animal Project related to the attack, which injured Syrai Sanders and killed 6-year-old Logan Braatz as they were walking to the bus stop Jan. 17, 2017...
Milton to serve drinks at first State of the City address
 Raise a glass to Milton! There’s a lot to celebrate. In fact, the city will provide the drinks to toast with. (It’s the Chamber of Commerce that’s paying for them, though.) After more than a decade in existence, Milton will hold its first State of the City address at its new city hall. These affairs usually come with tall...

Posted: 15 days ago

Raise a glass to Milton! There’s a lot to celebrate. In fact, the city will provide the drinks to toast with. (It’s the Chamber of Commerce that’s paying for them, though.) After more than a decade in existence, Milton will hold its first State of the City address at its new city hall. These affairs usually come with tall...
Fulton County files petition to get tax digest approved in court
 Fulton County has filed a petition requesting a judge approve its $61.3 billion tax digest after the state Department of Revenue refused to. In the filing, made Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court, Fulton County attorney Patrise Perkins-Hooker said Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley breached her duties in refusing to approve the...

Posted: 16 days ago

Fulton County has filed a petition requesting a judge approve its $61.3 billion tax digest after the state Department of Revenue refused to. In the filing, made Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court, Fulton County attorney Patrise Perkins-Hooker said Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley breached her duties in refusing to approve the...
South Fulton offers job to first police chief, then rescinds it
 The new city of South Fulton nearly had its first police chief this week — briefly. The mayor offered him a job, saying he was the best person to lead the new police department. But the offer came after members of council specifically asked the mayor not to hire anyone, one councilwoman said. Wednesday, council members met...

Posted: 17 days ago

The new city of South Fulton nearly had its first police chief this week — briefly. The mayor offered him a job, saying he was the best person to lead the new police department. But the offer came after members of council specifically asked the mayor not to hire anyone, one councilwoman said. Wednesday, council members met...
Effectiveness of jail time for parents questioned in South Fulton
 Brandon Mann’s mother was strict, he said, but as a teenager, he didn’t always listen to her. Mann committed crimes: he entered automobiles and burglarized homes. When he was 18, he was convicted of armed robbery, a felony. He was sentenced to five years in prison. “She did the best she could,” he said. “It&rsquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Brandon Mann’s mother was strict, he said, but as a teenager, he didn’t always listen to her. Mann committed crimes: he entered automobiles and burglarized homes. When he was 18, he was convicted of armed robbery, a felony. He was sentenced to five years in prison. “She did the best she could,” he said. “It&rsquo...