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

Atlanta students will gain broad access to library system this fall
 Starting this fall, all Atlanta Public Schools students will have access to the Fulton County Public Library system — whether or not they have a library card. Library officials are changing the rules in the hopes of removing any barriers that prevent students from using Fulton’s facilities. The move echoes efforts in Gwinnett...

Posted: a day ago

Starting this fall, all Atlanta Public Schools students will have access to the Fulton County Public Library system — whether or not they have a library card. Library officials are changing the rules in the hopes of removing any barriers that prevent students from using Fulton’s facilities. The move echoes efforts in Gwinnett...
With library closed for renovations, Atlanta history will go online
 When she wants to visit old Atlanta, Rebecca Burns turns to the collection of city directories at the Atlanta Central Library. Flipping through their pages, she has figured out who rebuilt after the great fire of 1917, learned who lived close to a man killed in the 1906 Atlanta race riot, and perused old advertisements, like one for a KKK...

Posted: 2 days ago

When she wants to visit old Atlanta, Rebecca Burns turns to the collection of city directories at the Atlanta Central Library. Flipping through their pages, she has figured out who rebuilt after the great fire of 1917, learned who lived close to a man killed in the 1906 Atlanta race riot, and perused old advertisements, like one for a KKK...
Fulton County hires former chief justice for property assessment defense
 Fulton officials have hired a former Georgia Supreme Court chief justice to defend the county against accusations that it valued property inconsistently, sometimes resulting in neighbors paying vastly different property taxes. Leah Ward Sears, the former chief justice, was put on retainer in June, after two groups of residents &mdash...

Posted: 3 days ago

Fulton officials have hired a former Georgia Supreme Court chief justice to defend the county against accusations that it valued property inconsistently, sometimes resulting in neighbors paying vastly different property taxes. Leah Ward Sears, the former chief justice, was put on retainer in June, after two groups of residents &mdash...
Restaurants sign on to Fulton County anti-sex trafficking push
 At the urging of Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts, the Georgia Restaurant Association is asking its members to voluntarily post signs in their businesses that tell victims of human trafficking where to go for help. Already, the signs are required to be posted in bars, hotels, bus stations, truck stops and other locations...

Posted: 6 days ago

At the urging of Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts, the Georgia Restaurant Association is asking its members to voluntarily post signs in their businesses that tell victims of human trafficking where to go for help. Already, the signs are required to be posted in bars, hotels, bus stations, truck stops and other locations...
Some Fulton public defenders given 1,000 cases a year, group complains
 Fulton County’s public defender’s office is “stretched so thin” that many poor defendants end up convicted of crimes, or spending time in jail, because they don’t have adequate representation, according to a letter from the Southern Center for Human Rights. The letter, sent to county commissioners last week,...

Posted: 8 days ago

Fulton County’s public defender’s office is “stretched so thin” that many poor defendants end up convicted of crimes, or spending time in jail, because they don’t have adequate representation, according to a letter from the Southern Center for Human Rights. The letter, sent to county commissioners last week,...
Fulton County leaders urge action against elections official
 Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday urged the elections director to take action against a senior employee accused of a potential conflict of interest. Ralph Jones Sr., the director of the registration division, was listed as the registered agent for the company RJ Mays Consulting, which did more than $3,600 worth of business for...

Posted: 10 days ago

Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday urged the elections director to take action against a senior employee accused of a potential conflict of interest. Ralph Jones Sr., the director of the registration division, was listed as the registered agent for the company RJ Mays Consulting, which did more than $3,600 worth of business for...
Fulton County commissioners are frustrated with election connection
 Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday expressed frustration that a senior elections official had been the registered agent for a consulting firm that did business for an Atlanta mayoral candidate. “It’s not enough to avoid an actual impropriety,” Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington said. “You need to avoid...

Posted: 11 days ago

Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday expressed frustration that a senior elections official had been the registered agent for a consulting firm that did business for an Atlanta mayoral candidate. “It’s not enough to avoid an actual impropriety,” Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington said. “You need to avoid...
Property taxes expected to rise in Fulton County and cities
 With higher Fulton County property values, it’s likely residents will see higher bills this fall. Last year, property values increased an average of 13 percent in the county, before commissioners voted to freeze them at 2016 levels. This year, residential values are up even higher than 2017 levels: on average, an additional...

Posted: 11 days ago

With higher Fulton County property values, it’s likely residents will see higher bills this fall. Last year, property values increased an average of 13 percent in the county, before commissioners voted to freeze them at 2016 levels. This year, residential values are up even higher than 2017 levels: on average, an additional...
Free laptop access to help with Atlanta library closure starts Monday
 A week after Fulton County’s Central Library in Atlanta closed for up to two years for renovations, the library system will start a free three-day-a-week laptop program so people in the area can still have access to technology. The Library on the Lawn, at Woodruff Park, will give users access to computers Mondays, Tuesdays...

Posted: 16 days ago

A week after Fulton County’s Central Library in Atlanta closed for up to two years for renovations, the library system will start a free three-day-a-week laptop program so people in the area can still have access to technology. The Library on the Lawn, at Woodruff Park, will give users access to computers Mondays, Tuesdays...
Fulton County rolls out 911 texting option in five cities
 If you have an emergency in Fulton County, there are now more areas where you can text 911 to get help. Earlier this week, the county launched a text-based 911 service for getting help in Union City, Fairburn, Palmetto, Chattahoochee Hills, the city of South Fulton and the unincorporated part of Fulton County, along Fulton Industrial Boulevard...

Posted: 17 days ago

If you have an emergency in Fulton County, there are now more areas where you can text 911 to get help. Earlier this week, the county launched a text-based 911 service for getting help in Union City, Fairburn, Palmetto, Chattahoochee Hills, the city of South Fulton and the unincorporated part of Fulton County, along Fulton Industrial Boulevard...
Months after tornado, south Fulton residents are still displaced
 Tracey Stalling thought she’d be home by now. In March, a tornado ripped through her South Fulton neighborhood, separating the stairs from the wall of her home, knocking out windows and sending torrents of rain gushing through light fixtures and vents. For 17 minutes, a terrified Stalling and her two daughters hid in a closet under...

Posted: 17 days ago

Tracey Stalling thought she’d be home by now. In March, a tornado ripped through her South Fulton neighborhood, separating the stairs from the wall of her home, knocking out windows and sending torrents of rain gushing through light fixtures and vents. For 17 minutes, a terrified Stalling and her two daughters hid in a closet under...