The cityhood movement in DeKalb County – and the annexation efforts of existing cities in response to it – have two themes that keep coming up: securing strong tax bases and providing good schools.
Both issues are creating challenges for the small city of Avondale Estates.
With just 3,000 residents, Avondale Estates has long been a sleepy little enclave in DeKalb County. Now, a potential city is trying to form near its borders, and county seat Decatur is also trying to expand. So Avondale Estates wants to annex some land while there is still land to be had.
The corruption case of suspended DeKalb County CEO ended Tuesday in a mistrial and DeKalb residents have sharply differing reactions.
Many took issue with the jury itself, which after two weeks of deliberation couldn’t agree on any of the 13 felony charges. The judge in the case repeatedly scolded the jury to get past personal issues and at one point told them to act like adults.
Since the Ebola virus began spreading through West Africa, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been one of the agencies on the front lines, fighting the disease.
But as the virus continues to spread, more resources are needed to contain it. As the CDC has done in the past with major disasters like the 2004 Samoan Tsunami and the 2009 earthquake in Haiti, it’s turned to its nonprofit arm, the CDC Foundation, also based here in Atlanta, to help bring in private dollars for relief funding.
State lawmakers and metro Atlanta planners are already preparing for a future with driverless cars. The conversation has recently shifted from “is it possible?” to “how will it all eventually look?”
This week state lawmakers held its second committee meeting on unmanned cars.
“We really are at a position right now where the world is drastically changing and how quickly can planners and local and state government leaders stay up with the technology," said Jane Hayes, the Atlanta Regional Commission's chief transportation planner.
A DeKalb County judge Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case against suspended county CEO Burrell Ellis. Ellis is accused of shaking down county contractors for campaign contributions. He maintained his innocence during the trial and took the stand to defend himself.
The all-female jury deliberated for 11 days, but couldn’t reach verdicts on any of the 13 felony charges against Ellis. DeKalb County judge Courtney Johnson had repeatedly urged the jurors to try harder to come to consensus. Those efforts ultimately failed.
The Homeland Security Department is requiring that anyone coming to the United States from one of three West African countries reporting an Ebola outbreak must enter the country through one of five airports screening passengers for the deadly disease.
Georgia and more than 20 other states are rolling out the Monopoly Millionaires' Club game this week. Georgia Lottery officials estimate the game could mean a total of $10 million for state-funded lottery programs for this fiscal year.
A new lottery game launched this week – the Monopoly Millionaires' Club. The rollout follows a record-breaking quarter for the Georgia Lottery. WABE’s Michelle Wirth reports on what new lottery profits could mean for our state’s students.
Sirkka Hougard has an aviary where she keeps a 'covey' of quail. A covey is a term for a small flock of birds. She feeds the birds each day, and the birds peck at the meal while making small noises. We meet Hougard and her quails in this Atlanta Sound.
The Atlanta VA Medical Center says it plans to expand healthcare services for women at its Fort McPherson Campus. The expansion comes as some female veterans express concerns about the types of services available to women at the Atlanta VA.
On Friday, a crowd gathered to celebrate the expansion of veterans’ services at Fort McPherson. One of the newer services is a center focusing on reproductive care, mental health and other medical services for female veterans.
If a person with Ebola walks into a local hospital, what would be the response?
That’s become one of the most pressing questions facing hospitals across the country now that two Dallas nurses have tested positive for the virus after treating a Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was diagnosed with the disease after arriving in the U.S. and later died.
Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta began preparing months ago for a possible patient when cases in West Africa started to ramp up.
A Fulton County grand jury has indicted Joseph Alan Lewis on eleven counts in the hit-and-run of Atlanta cyclist Greg Germani.
One of the charges against Lewis, criminal attempt to commit murder, is seldom used in Georgia courts. WABE legal analyst Page Pate says prosecutors rarely levy that charge because it is so hard to prove. “You can’t reach inside the defendant’s mind to determine what he was thinking at the time,” says Pate, “so you look to what he did.”
Mold can cause serious health problems. But right now, there are no state laws, or even EPA regulations, to protect residents. Some state senators are looking at whether that should change.
Senators created a study committee to look at mold and mildew related problems after hearing stories like Linda Porter’s. After Porter moved into an apartment in Southwest Atlanta, she discovered a blackish colored mold.
“I began to see mold and mildew from behind the walls, on the corners, and at the top of the ceiling.”
Members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics (shown here) have tabled complaints against former county staffers Kelvin Walton and Nina Hall. Walton resigned and Hall was fired after their testimony in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
The DeKalb County Commission has freed up $90,000 in funding for the county ethics board, which was reconstituted just last year to deal with mounting ethics issues.
DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May very publicly announced in June he was getting his fellow commissioners to allocate money for a Chief Integrity Officer, an investigator and an assistant, three full-time employees to help clean up the county’s ethics problems.