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Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s Original, a hair care company with products dedicated to women with curly and afro textured hair, talks about becoming a pioneer and what she’s learned after over a decade in the hair care business.
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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis returned to work Wednesday where he’ll finish out his term until the end of the year.

Ellis had been suspended from office for more than three years after he was indicted on corruption charges. After two trials, he was convicted in July 2015 and spent about eight months in prison. The Georgia Supreme Court last month overturned his conviction.

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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

The popular political gathering place, Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta, is set to reopen on August 6 after months of renovations.
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A popular political gathering place in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood of Atlanta is set to reopen next week after months of renovations.

On Monday morning, Brian Maloof, the owner of Manuel’s Tavern, invited a priest from his family's church to bless the bar as more than 50 employees and customers watched.

Middle Eastern Custom

The Rev. John Azar of St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church chanted in Arabic while Brian Maloof guided him through each room of the tavern.

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Former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond beat out two challengers to win the Democratic primary for county CEO during Tuesday’s primary elections. 

Thurmond defeated former county Commissioner Connie Stokes and business owner Joe Bembry handily, with more than 70 percent of the vote.

Thurmond appeared assured of victory relatively early in the evening, dancing, singing and even cracking some jokes.