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DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond proposed a 4% pay raise for public safety officials Thursday. 
If approved by county commissioners, 2,300 employees in the county would be eligible for the raise.

Dee Dee Hibbler-Murray says her current job as entertainment consultant for the DeKalb County government is an "old music lady's dream come true."

Every job she's had — from selling music at Turtles Records and Tape, to managing an upstart band called OutKast, to running T.I.'s K.I.N.G. Foundation — has materialized in part by envisioning what she wants by showing up, making that phone call, sending that follow-up note and taking risks. 

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Language for a lynching memorial to be erected in DeKalb County was approved Tuesday by county commissioners.

In January, commissioners voted to place a marker in front of the county’s courthouse in Decatur.

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DeKalb County officials say two men were killed Wednesday when a plane crashed into a townhome near I-85 & Clairmont Road.

Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with DeKalb County CEO and Georgia historian, Michael Thurmond. In his book Thurmond brings to light lesser known stories of African-American men and women in Athens, GA.

Last year, U.S. retail sales of essential oils topped $133 million. That number doesn’t include sales from multi-level marketers, who sell directly to buyers. While the market booms with promises of improved health and pain relief, there are some safety concerns.

Georgia Health News reporting found essential oils contributed to two calls per day on average to the Georgia Poison Center. Those cases usually involved children who are poisoned.

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A metro Atlanta county will be one of three pilot sites nationwide to run a federal program aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, health officials said Thursday.

In 2017, Georgia had the second highest rate in the nation of new diagnoses of HIV, and more than 58,700 people are currently living with HIV in the state.

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Editor's note: This story was updated on Tuesday, at 10:45 am to include a statement from Decatur City Schools. 

DeKalb County’s legislative delegation wants to meet with Gov. Brian Kemp after his veto of Senate Bill 53.

The bill would’ve protected the county’s school district from losing students as part of the Emory annexation. In his veto statement, the governor said the bill would’ve led to more legislative review and increased lawsuits.

Officials Recognize Controversial History with New Landmark

Jan 24, 2019
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On Tuesday, members of the Dekalb County Commission unanimously passed a measure to build a memorial to recognize victims of lynching and racial terrorism in the county.

In beginning the Remembrance Project, the DeKalb NAACP supported the Equal Justice Initiative and proposed the measure for the marker to be erected.

Restoration Complete For Historic DeKalb Dairy Barn

Dec 31, 2018
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A historic DeKalb County barn is getting a makeover, and the repairs will ensure new generations will learn about the building's history.

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Some cities in DeKalb County met with county officials Thursday to discuss improving their emergency medical services.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond is spearheading a challenging proposal to make Stone Mountain a symbol of diversity and inclusiveness.  Could it be a blueprint for dealing with Confederate memorials around the state?  Also, the latest financial disclosure reports show that Georgia gubernatorial candidates have raked in boatloads of cash, but a couple are far our front in the fundraising sweepstakes.  We’ll look at what the reports tell us about the state of the race.  Plus, in the aftermath of Sinclair Broadcasting’s controversial order demanding a mu


Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced his pick for Deputy Commissioner for Rural Georgia. In January, GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee looked at legislative efforts to improve services like health care and internet access in rural parts of the state. She spoke with Mark Niesse, a reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Sharon Wright Austin, Political Science Professor at the University of Florida.


On this edition of Political Rewind, we come to you from the headquarters of the State Bar of Georgia in downtown Atlanta in front of an audience of journalists, lawyers and judges from across the state.

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Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Jack Lumpkin said Thursday the department is poised to move forward as he leaves for Dekalb County.

He said violent crime rates have gone down during his three-year tenure, and that more citizens are working with police to solve crimes. He also touted the department's increased focus on intelligence-led policing.

Lumpkin's departure comes as the joint police department prepares to split, with separate forces set to serve the city of Savannah and unincorporated Chatham County beginning Feb. 1.

Atlanta Adds Emory, CDC In Largest Expansion Since 1952

Dec 5, 2017
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The city of Atlanta has completed its largest annexation in more than a half-century, absorbing Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta City Council's 13-0 vote Monday adds 744 acres (301 hectares) to the city's eastern edge and represents the most significant annexation since Buckhead's addition in 1952.

ACLU Of Georgia Names Former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis Political Director

Dec 5, 2017
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A former county leader whose convictions on corruption charges were tossed out by the state's highest court has been named political director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

The organization on Monday announced that former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis would fill the newly created position, which is meant to expand the organization's advocacy infrastructure and help push its public policy objectives.

Who Should Be Watching Our Elected Officials?

Jun 7, 2017
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Bad behavior by government officials is investigated by ethics boards. In Georgia the members of such boards are usually chosen by private organizations. But a DeKalb County judge recently ruled against that practice, saying it’s unconstitutional for people who weren’t elected to choose local government watchdogs.

There’s a water crisis going on in DeKalb County. It’s not a problem of what’s in the water, but what it's costing residents.



Citizens of DeKalb County have been dealing with exorbitant and incorrect water bills for years.