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Mark Niesse

Local government reporter

Mark Niesse covers DeKalb government. He previously covered Atlanta schools and worked for The Associated Press and The Daily Report.

Latest from Mark Niesse

Tax breaks awarded for hotel near Tucker
 A four-story hotel will be built outside Tucker with the help of $417,000 in property tax breaks. The $6.9 million Tru by Hilton hotel, located off the Northlake Parkway exit of I-285, will be the first hotel built in the area in 20 years, said Anand Patel, principal for ARG Hospitality. "The Northlake area is primed for new hotel...

Posted: a day ago

A four-story hotel will be built outside Tucker with the help of $417,000 in property tax breaks. The $6.9 million Tru by Hilton hotel, located off the Northlake Parkway exit of I-285, will be the first hotel built in the area in 20 years, said Anand Patel, principal for ARG Hospitality. "The Northlake area is primed for new hotel...
High pay of tax collectors in DeKalb and Fulton questioned
 When Irvin Johnson took over as tax collector in DeKalb County last year, he became Georgia’s second-highest-paid elected official. His compensation of $285,781, inflated by fees charged to 10 cities for preparing their residents’ property tax bills, is more than that received by state Supreme Court justices ($171,404), Gov. Nathan...

Posted: a day ago

When Irvin Johnson took over as tax collector in DeKalb County last year, he became Georgia’s second-highest-paid elected official. His compensation of $285,781, inflated by fees charged to 10 cities for preparing their residents’ property tax bills, is more than that received by state Supreme Court justices ($171,404), Gov. Nathan...
Water meters in DeKalb to be replaced amid billing problems
 DeKalb County’s government plans to begin replacing 102,000 water meters this year that are at risk of failure and may contribute to inaccurate bills. DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond said in a statement Thursday these meters are either potentially defective or outside their 15-year life span. Thousands of residents have complained...

Posted: 2 days ago

DeKalb County’s government plans to begin replacing 102,000 water meters this year that are at risk of failure and may contribute to inaccurate bills. DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond said in a statement Thursday these meters are either potentially defective or outside their 15-year life span. Thousands of residents have complained...
DeKalb sheriff suspends himself after allegedly exposing himself
 Even while fighting charges that he exposed himself in Piedmont Park and ran from police, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann suspended himself for one week. Mann wrote in a memo to sheriff’s office employees Tuesday that his self-imposed suspension isn’t an admission of guilt. Instead, he said, it’s a penalty for his conduct...

Posted: 3 days ago

Even while fighting charges that he exposed himself in Piedmont Park and ran from police, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann suspended himself for one week. Mann wrote in a memo to sheriff’s office employees Tuesday that his self-imposed suspension isn’t an admission of guilt. Instead, he said, it’s a penalty for his conduct...
DeKalb sheriff suspends himself after indecency arrest
 DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann, who was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in Piedmont Park, is suspending himself for one week. “I cannot ask my employees to abide by a code of conduct unless I am willing to subject myself to it as well,” Mann wrote in a Tuesday email to DeKalb Sheriff’s Office employees...

Posted: 3 days ago

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann, who was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in Piedmont Park, is suspending himself for one week. “I cannot ask my employees to abide by a code of conduct unless I am willing to subject myself to it as well,” Mann wrote in a Tuesday email to DeKalb Sheriff’s Office employees...
Film and entertainment industry may grow in DeKalb
 Coming soon to a theater near you: More movies made in DeKalb County. That’s the hope for the newly created DeKalb County Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Commission, which will seek to expand the local entertainment industry. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted 7-0 on Tuesday to spend $205,000 this year for the film commission...

Posted: 3 days ago

Coming soon to a theater near you: More movies made in DeKalb County. That’s the hope for the newly created DeKalb County Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Commission, which will seek to expand the local entertainment industry. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted 7-0 on Tuesday to spend $205,000 this year for the film commission...
Extreme DeKalb water bills caused by math error
 The most outrageous water bills in DeKalb County — those that overcharge residents by thousands of dollars — are caused by programming errors that sometimes mistakenly multiply consumption by 100, DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond told residents Tuesday in an update on the ongoing issue. The error, which turns a $100 bill into a $10...

Posted: 4 days ago

The most outrageous water bills in DeKalb County — those that overcharge residents by thousands of dollars — are caused by programming errors that sometimes mistakenly multiply consumption by 100, DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond told residents Tuesday in an update on the ongoing issue. The error, which turns a $100 bill into a $10...
6th District runoff: Early voting site changed in Dunwoody
 Election officials are moving the Dunwoody’s early voting site for the 6th Congressional District runoff to a location that will be open for three weeks instead of just one. Voters will be able to cast ballots in advance at the Dunwoody Methodist Church on weekdays from May 30 to June 16, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early voting is also...

Posted: 5 days ago

Election officials are moving the Dunwoody’s early voting site for the 6th Congressional District runoff to a location that will be open for three weeks instead of just one. Voters will be able to cast ballots in advance at the Dunwoody Methodist Church on weekdays from May 30 to June 16, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early voting is also...
Serta Simmons recruited to build HQ at old GM site
 Developers and government officials are preparing to welcome the nation’s largest mattress company, Serta Simmons Bedding, to move its headquarters to the site of a torn-down General Motors plant in Doraville. Serta Simmons would bring 500 jobs, a four-story office building, a parking deck and a research facility to the site, now...

Posted: 8 days ago

Developers and government officials are preparing to welcome the nation’s largest mattress company, Serta Simmons Bedding, to move its headquarters to the site of a torn-down General Motors plant in Doraville. Serta Simmons would bring 500 jobs, a four-story office building, a parking deck and a research facility to the site, now...
Serta Simmons HQ boosts rebuild of General Motors Doraville site
 The headquarters of the nation’s largest mattress company, Serta Simmons Bedding, is planned for construction atop the rubble of the old General Motors factory in Doraville, bringing 500 jobs and a long-sought corporate tenant to the mostly vacant site. City leaders hope Serta Simmons’ office building and research facility...

Posted: 8 days ago

The headquarters of the nation’s largest mattress company, Serta Simmons Bedding, is planned for construction atop the rubble of the old General Motors factory in Doraville, bringing 500 jobs and a long-sought corporate tenant to the mostly vacant site. City leaders hope Serta Simmons’ office building and research facility...
Emory and retailers sign on to Atlanta Sports City complex
 A new entrance to Stonecrest Mall, Emory Healthcare facilities and retail stores will be built as part of the Atlanta Sports City complex in the city of Stonecrest. Business leaders said Wednesday that Atlanta Sports City could become a centerpiece of southeast DeKalb County and rejuvenate the mall. Atlanta Sports City, which will...

Posted: 9 days ago

A new entrance to Stonecrest Mall, Emory Healthcare facilities and retail stores will be built as part of the Atlanta Sports City complex in the city of Stonecrest. Business leaders said Wednesday that Atlanta Sports City could become a centerpiece of southeast DeKalb County and rejuvenate the mall. Atlanta Sports City, which will...