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DeKalb County: More mosquitoes found carrying West Nile virus
 The number of mosquitoes found in DeKalb County that tested positive for West Nile Virus is up to 11. The mosquitoes were obtained from nine different locations in north and central DeKalb,  the county’s Board of Health said. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent
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The number of mosquitoes found in DeKalb County that tested positive for West Nile Virus is up to 11. The mosquitoes were obtained from nine different locations in north and central DeKalb,  the county’s Board of Health said. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent Disney World doesn’t...
Chamblee names interim police chief
 While the city of Chamblee conducts a search for its next police chief, Assistant Chief Mike Beller will serve as the interim leader. Beller has been employed with the Chamblee Police Department since 1997 and is a U.S. Army veteran. The city has hired The Mercer Group to conduct a 90-day search for a new police chief. A new leader is expected...

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While the city of Chamblee conducts a search for its next police chief, Assistant Chief Mike Beller will serve as the interim leader. Beller has been employed with the Chamblee Police Department since 1997 and is a U.S. Army veteran. The city has hired The Mercer Group to conduct a 90-day search for a new police chief. A new leader is expected...
Former DeKalb watershed director files whistleblower lawsuit
 DeKalb County’s former Watershed Management director has filed a whistleblower lawsuit that accuses top county leaders of mismanagement and corruption. Scott Towler said problems began soon after then-CEO Lee May hired him in late 2015 and continued through his resignation on March 7. He charges in the lawsuit that multi-million dollar...

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DeKalb County’s former Watershed Management director has filed a whistleblower lawsuit that accuses top county leaders of mismanagement and corruption. Scott Towler said problems began soon after then-CEO Lee May hired him in late 2015 and continued through his resignation on March 7. He charges in the lawsuit that multi-million dollar...
First signs of West Nile virus logged in DeKalb County
 The DeKalb County health department says mosquitoes found in traps in Tucker tested positive for West Nile virus. These are the first known cases of the virus in DeKalb this year, according to a Board of Health press release. No human cases have been reported. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent
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The DeKalb County health department says mosquitoes found in traps in Tucker tested positive for West Nile virus. These are the first known cases of the virus in DeKalb this year, according to a Board of Health press release. No human cases have been reported. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent Disney...
DeKalb health officials find first 2018 case of West Nile virus
 The DeKalb County Board of Health announced Friday that workers trapped a mosquito in Tucker that tested positive for West Nile virus. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent
Disney World doesn’t have mosquitoes. And here’s the reason
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The DeKalb County Board of Health announced Friday that workers trapped a mosquito in Tucker that tested positive for West Nile virus. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent Disney World doesn’t have mosquitoes. And here’s the reason What you need to know about West Nile virus It was the first...
Brookhaven may hold referendum on more money for parks 
 If the Brookhaven City Council signs off, local voters will see a questions on the November ballot asking for permission to use property tax dollars to improve the city’s park system. Taxes would not increase under the proposal, the city said, because an expiring county parks bond and savings under EHOST will offset the new parks...

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If the Brookhaven City Council signs off, local voters will see a questions on the November ballot asking for permission to use property tax dollars to improve the city’s park system. Taxes would not increase under the proposal, the city said, because an expiring county parks bond and savings under EHOST will offset the new parks...
DeKalb commissioners approve payout after police shooting, jail death
 The families of two men whose deaths were blamed in part on shortcomings with DeKalb County law enforcement will receive six-figure settlements to end years of litigation, according to court documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners agreed to pay $475,000 to the wife and children of Dirk Smith...

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The families of two men whose deaths were blamed in part on shortcomings with DeKalb County law enforcement will receive six-figure settlements to end years of litigation, according to court documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners agreed to pay $475,000 to the wife and children of Dirk Smith...
New vision, but still no takers for Confederate monument in Decatur
 The Rev. George Tatro had a vision: What if the Confederate monument that now stands in downtown Decatur, stirring up so much consternation, could be moved to the grounds of a church. What if it were one component in a permanent installation meant to facilitate conversations on social justice, to remind Americans of where we’ve been...

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The Rev. George Tatro had a vision: What if the Confederate monument that now stands in downtown Decatur, stirring up so much consternation, could be moved to the grounds of a church. What if it were one component in a permanent installation meant to facilitate conversations on social justice, to remind Americans of where we’ve been...
DeKalb commissioners approve 2018 millage, increase for most cities
 Right before the DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved millage rates on Tuesday, member Kathie Gannon asked for one last assurance that no one’s tax rate would go up this year. Presiding officer Jeff Rader chose his words carefully. “The net impact is that the millage rate for unincorporated DeKalb will remain at the same level...

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Right before the DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved millage rates on Tuesday, member Kathie Gannon asked for one last assurance that no one’s tax rate would go up this year. Presiding officer Jeff Rader chose his words carefully. “The net impact is that the millage rate for unincorporated DeKalb will remain at the same level...
DeKalb County budget director takes job with Atlanta Public Schools
 Jay Vinicki recently resigned as budget director for DeKalb County to take a similar job with Atlanta Public Schools. Vinicki joined APS in late May, and his title is executive director of budget services. He worked as  director of DeKalb’s Office of Management and Budget for nearly 11 years. Before that, he was operating budget...

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Jay Vinicki recently resigned as budget director for DeKalb County to take a similar job with Atlanta Public Schools. Vinicki joined APS in late May, and his title is executive director of budget services. He worked as director of DeKalb’s Office of Management and Budget for nearly 11 years. Before that, he was operating budget...
DeKalb County: Vote on millage, midyear budget scheduled for Tuesday
 The DeKalb Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote Tuesday on new millage rates  that could increase what property owners in most municipalities pay. CEO Michael Thurmond has proposed raising the general fund millage, although the total millage that homeowners in unincorporated DeKalb, Stonecrest and Tucker would pay would remain...

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The DeKalb Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote Tuesday on new millage rates that could increase what property owners in most municipalities pay. CEO Michael Thurmond has proposed raising the general fund millage, although the total millage that homeowners in unincorporated DeKalb, Stonecrest and Tucker would pay would remain...
DeKalb County: Many property owners could see millage increase
 DeKalb County is charging property owners more for basic government services, contributing to increased millage rates in many cities that may lead homeowners to pay more in property taxes. These higher county millage rates aren’t the only things affecting tax bills this year. Some DeKalb cities like Clarkston and Doraville are also...

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DeKalb County is charging property owners more for basic government services, contributing to increased millage rates in many cities that may lead homeowners to pay more in property taxes. These higher county millage rates aren’t the only things affecting tax bills this year. Some DeKalb cities like Clarkston and Doraville are also...
Doraville asks judge to dismiss lawsuit alleging illegal fines, fees
 The city of Doraville has asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit accusing the DeKalb municipality of balancing its budget by relying too heavily on code enforcement citations and other fines. In its response to the lawsuit filed in federal court, Doraville said the four plaintiffs were all guilty of the infractions they were cited or ticketed...

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The city of Doraville has asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit accusing the DeKalb municipality of balancing its budget by relying too heavily on code enforcement citations and other fines. In its response to the lawsuit filed in federal court, Doraville said the four plaintiffs were all guilty of the infractions they were cited or ticketed...
Where to vote early in DeKalb County ahead of July 24 runoff
 Two DeKalb County races will be settled after July 24 runoff election. Democratic voters will decide whether the District 7 county commission seat will continue to be held by incumbent Gregory Adams or if challenger Lorraine Cochran-Johnson will get the job. And there is a countywide election to chose between Tunde Akinyele and Latisha Dear-Jackson...

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Two DeKalb County races will be settled after July 24 runoff election. Democratic voters will decide whether the District 7 county commission seat will continue to be held by incumbent Gregory Adams or if challenger Lorraine Cochran-Johnson will get the job. And there is a countywide election to chose between Tunde Akinyele and Latisha Dear-Jackson...
ARC funds $31 million in DeKalb projects
 Three road projects and a park in DeKalb County received approval from the Atlanta Regional Commission Board on Wednesday. The projects, collectively worth $31.29 million, are part of a longer list of 100 initiatives that receiving funding through 2023. The four in DeKalb are: Extending the Peachtree Creek Greenway linear park...

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Three road projects and a park in DeKalb County received approval from the Atlanta Regional Commission Board on Wednesday. The projects, collectively worth $31.29 million, are part of a longer list of 100 initiatives that receiving funding through 2023. The four in DeKalb are: Extending the Peachtree Creek Greenway linear park...
DeKalb solicitor-general undecided about charging commissioners for violating open meeting law
 DeKalb Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling said she has not yet decided whether to bring charges against Board of Commissioners members for violating the open meeting law. Attorney General Christopher Carr wrote a letter to the county last week outlining why he believes commissioners’ February vote to raise their base pay...

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DeKalb Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling said she has not yet decided whether to bring charges against Board of Commissioners members for violating the open meeting law. Attorney General Christopher Carr wrote a letter to the county last week outlining why he believes commissioners’ February vote to raise their base pay...
DeKalb commissioner Adams’ assault denial fuels defamation lawsuit
 DeKalb Commissioner Gregory Adams says he never sexually assaulted anyone. But his most recent denial could be providing new ammunition for defamation lawsuits Adams’ accuser filed months ago. Those suits were based largely on statements Adams and his wife, Jacqueline, made to the media in August shortly after Ashlee Wright&rsquo...

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DeKalb Commissioner Gregory Adams says he never sexually assaulted anyone. But his most recent denial could be providing new ammunition for defamation lawsuits Adams’ accuser filed months ago. Those suits were based largely on statements Adams and his wife, Jacqueline, made to the media in August shortly after Ashlee Wright&rsquo...
 DeKalb chooses firm for SPLOST program management
 UPDATE: The program management contract with Moreland Altobelli Associates was approved on June 26. The company expected to be hired to manage SPLOST projects in DeKalb County has done similar work in Gwinnett, Cobb and Douglas counties.  Moreland Altobelli Associates, LLC scored the highest number of points during the evaluation...

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UPDATE: The program management contract with Moreland Altobelli Associates was approved on June 26. The company expected to be hired to manage SPLOST projects in DeKalb County has done similar work in Gwinnett, Cobb and Douglas counties.  Moreland Altobelli Associates, LLC scored the highest number of points during the evaluation...
Thurmond mid-year budget celebrates increased revenue, property tax cuts in DeKalb
 Rising property values caused DeKalb County tax revenue to increase beyond initial projection, and CEO Mike Thurmond wants to put the extra money toward reserves. The county’s rainy day fund would increase $14 million to $89 million, according to the mid-year budget that CEO Mike Thurmond presented on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners...

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Rising property values caused DeKalb County tax revenue to increase beyond initial projection, and CEO Mike Thurmond wants to put the extra money toward reserves. The county’s rainy day fund would increase $14 million to $89 million, according to the mid-year budget that CEO Mike Thurmond presented on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners...
Attorney general says DeKalb pay raise vote was illegal
 Georgia’s attorney general said the DeKalb Board of Commissioners’ vote to give themselves 60-percent raises violated the state’s open meeting law, but it’s too late to undo it. Because the 90-day window to contest the vote itself has passed, the pay raises cannot be reversed by the courts, Attorney General Christopher...

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Georgia’s attorney general said the DeKalb Board of Commissioners’ vote to give themselves 60-percent raises violated the state’s open meeting law, but it’s too late to undo it. Because the 90-day window to contest the vote itself has passed, the pay raises cannot be reversed by the courts, Attorney General Christopher...
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