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

Former Atlanta fire chief claims discrimination in civil rights suit
 A federal judge on Friday had questions about why Mayor Kasim Reed dismissed Atlanta’s fire chief in 2015, asking attorneys representing the city if the decision was based primarily on the contents of the chief’s controversial book or his insubordination. Fire chief Kelvin Cochran was terminated after he wrote and distributed...

Posted: 3 days ago

A federal judge on Friday had questions about why Mayor Kasim Reed dismissed Atlanta’s fire chief in 2015, asking attorneys representing the city if the decision was based primarily on the contents of the chief’s controversial book or his insubordination. Fire chief Kelvin Cochran was terminated after he wrote and distributed...
Runoff, recount or winner? Atlanta city council race not settled
 At first, the Atlanta City Council race between Courtney English and incumbent Michael Julian Bond was headed to a recount. But late Thursday, the outcome was still unclear: Bond claimed victory while English dropped his recount request and contended instead that a runoff election is required. An incredibly close race is to blame for the...

Posted: 4 days ago

At first, the Atlanta City Council race between Courtney English and incumbent Michael Julian Bond was headed to a recount. But late Thursday, the outcome was still unclear: Bond claimed victory while English dropped his recount request and contended instead that a runoff election is required. An incredibly close race is to blame for the...
Tight Atlanta city council race could lead to do-over election
 The outcome of  an Atlanta City Council race is unclear after a candidate withdrew his request for a recount and now contends the close vote requires a runoff election. On Thursday, Courtney English withdrew his request for a recount in the race for the post 1 at-large seat. His attorney told elections officials that certified vote tallies...

Posted: 4 days ago

The outcome of an Atlanta City Council race is unclear after a candidate withdrew his request for a recount and now contends the close vote requires a runoff election. On Thursday, Courtney English withdrew his request for a recount in the race for the post 1 at-large seat. His attorney told elections officials that certified vote tallies...
First head-to-head Atlanta mayoral runoff debate is light on policy
 The first head-to-head debate on Thursday between the two women who topped a crowded field of candidates to make the runoff to be the next mayor of Atlanta was short on policy and long on accusations. Mary Norwood even implored her opponent, Keisha Lance Bottoms, to take the high road for the remainder of the runoff, after the latter...

Posted: 4 days ago

The first head-to-head debate on Thursday between the two women who topped a crowded field of candidates to make the runoff to be the next mayor of Atlanta was short on policy and long on accusations. Mary Norwood even implored her opponent, Keisha Lance Bottoms, to take the high road for the remainder of the runoff, after the latter...
After 5 inmates die, Fulton County dumps jail health care provider
 Fueled by complaints of inadequate care and the death of five inmates at the Fulton County jail, county commissioners on Wednesday moved to oust the facility’s health care providers. Commissioners voted to replace Tennessee-based Correct Care Solutions and the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta, with Alabama-based...

Posted: 5 days ago

Fueled by complaints of inadequate care and the death of five inmates at the Fulton County jail, county commissioners on Wednesday moved to oust the facility’s health care providers. Commissioners voted to replace Tennessee-based Correct Care Solutions and the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta, with Alabama-based...
Fulton County approves new contract for jail health care after 5 die
 Fulton County commissioners agreed Wednesday to a new contract to provide health care at the Fulton County jail, after five inmates died there in 75 days. The new, $20.7 million contract with Alabama-based NaphCare will go into effect Jan. 1. It replaces a contract with Tennessee-based Correct Care Solutions, in conjunction with...

Posted: 5 days ago

Fulton County commissioners agreed Wednesday to a new contract to provide health care at the Fulton County jail, after five inmates died there in 75 days. The new, $20.7 million contract with Alabama-based NaphCare will go into effect Jan. 1. It replaces a contract with Tennessee-based Correct Care Solutions, in conjunction with...
Fulton County to end Morehouse contract for inmate care after 5 die
 One inmate committed suicide in August. Two more followed on a single day in September. All three were believed to be in withdrawal from opioid addiction. In October, two inmates died within eight days of each other. One was a diabetic man whose glucose levels were spiking. The other was a woman who complained of trouble breathing and died...

Posted: 6 days ago

One inmate committed suicide in August. Two more followed on a single day in September. All three were believed to be in withdrawal from opioid addiction. In October, two inmates died within eight days of each other. One was a diabetic man whose glucose levels were spiking. The other was a woman who complained of trouble breathing and died...
City of South Fulton changes its name to Renaissance, Ga.
 There’s a renewal happening in South Fulton. Seeking a rebirth, residents in its newest city decided Monday to make their planned revival part of their nomenclature. The city will henceforth be known as Renaissance — and not after the nearby festival. “It’s a name we can make something of,” said Sam Bowen...

Posted: 6 days ago

There’s a renewal happening in South Fulton. Seeking a rebirth, residents in its newest city decided Monday to make their planned revival part of their nomenclature. The city will henceforth be known as Renaissance — and not after the nearby festival. “It’s a name we can make something of,” said Sam Bowen...
Judicial employees sue Fulton County for back pay
 Fulton County government is facing another lawsuit related to how much it pays employees, two years after officials agreed to pay more than $20 million to workers who were shortchanged on their paychecks. In the latest suit, employees of five Fulton County courts claim that they were unfairly kept out of the county’s new pay and classification...

Posted: 7 days ago

Fulton County government is facing another lawsuit related to how much it pays employees, two years after officials agreed to pay more than $20 million to workers who were shortchanged on their paychecks. In the latest suit, employees of five Fulton County courts claim that they were unfairly kept out of the county’s new pay and classification...
Fired Fulton Finance Director Patrick O’Connor hired in College Park
 Patrick O’Connor, the Fulton County finance director who was fired after recordings surfaced of him disparaging county leaders, was hired by the city of College Park. When O’Connor was fired in 2015, he had been the finance director for nearly two decades, but had been asked to serve as an interim county manager. He was fourth...

Posted: 10 days ago

Patrick O’Connor, the Fulton County finance director who was fired after recordings surfaced of him disparaging county leaders, was hired by the city of College Park. When O’Connor was fired in 2015, he had been the finance director for nearly two decades, but had been asked to serve as an interim county manager. He was fourth...
The role of Fulton County chair changes as cities take on more
 When Robb Pitts or Keisha Waites is sworn in as the next Fulton County commission chair in December, he or she will hold a different job from the one John Eaves filled for the past decade. It will be different, too, than the leader of any other county government in the state. Over the next year, as the new city of South Fulton takes...

Posted: 10 days ago

When Robb Pitts or Keisha Waites is sworn in as the next Fulton County commission chair in December, he or she will hold a different job from the one John Eaves filled for the past decade. It will be different, too, than the leader of any other county government in the state. Over the next year, as the new city of South Fulton takes...