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A DeKalb County commissioner has kicked off the new year by proposing another new city.

The city of Prosperity would include Panthersville, Ellenwood, Glenwood and more neighborhoods within DeKalb's 3rd District, in the southern part of the county. Commissioner Larry Johnson represents the area and announced the proposed city at a public meeting Tuesday.

"If people keep taking all of our valuable pieces of land – the cities – they'll be nothing left for us to make sure that we have and then our taxes will go up with nothing to protect us," Johnson said.

The Budgetel Inn on Fulton Industrial Blvd. in Southwest Atlanta is home to many who are one step away from living on the streets. Georgia's new $5 a night hotel tax has an exemption for stays longer than 30 days, but both hotel operators and guests remai
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One DeKalb county commissioner wants to regulate how extended stay hotels and motels operate.

Commissioner Nancy Jester is proposing an ordinance requiring extended stays to beef up their security and limit how long guests can stay. However, she says nothing is set in stone as she is still working on the details. 

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DeKalb County officials say the owners of the Presidential Hotel, the 15-story building at Spaghetti Junction, have violated a consent order.

Marcus Kellum, DeKalb's beautification director, says the county code enforcement staff had been working with Habib Osta and Vincent Lu, the property's owners, "trying to bring them into compliance with the codes and standards that require the property to be safe, secure and sanitary."

Embattled DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is led out of the courtroom after he was sentenced to 5 years to serve 18 months in prison Wednesday July 8, 2015.
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There was no sign of newly reinstated DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis Tuesday at the last county commission meeting of the year.

Ellis has less than three weeks remaining before the county transitions to a new CEO. Some commissioners remain unclear about what Ellis can accomplish in that time.

"I don't frankly know at all what he'll do, because he's autonomous in that regard," said Commissioner Jeff Rader outside the meeting.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon said she's not expecting Ellis' return to disrupt the board's work.

DeKalb County Reinstates Burrell Ellis As CEO

Dec 12, 2016
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, with his wife Philippa, and defense attorney Craig Gillen, speaks during a press conference Thursday for the first time since he was convicted a year and a half ago following a second trial in DeKalb County.
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Formerly suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has been returned to his position. 

Ellis, whose attempted extortion and perjury convictions were overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court in November, was reinstated immediately following the county receiving the necessary paperwork from the high court.

According to a legal opinion released Friday by DeKalb County Attorney O.V. Brantley, the overturning of his conviction required the county to reinstate Ellis. 

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