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DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond

DeKalb CEO Pushes To Repave Roads With Possible New Tax

May 17, 2017
Alison Guillory / WABE

DeKalb County's CEO is looking to drum up support for a new sales tax.

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If voters approve a one-penny sales tax referendum, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said it could generate almost half a billion dollars in the next five years. He wants to use a lot of that money to improve roads.

Susan Walsh / Associated Press file

Even in a world that is now accustomed to big surprises, it was a dizzying week in politics.

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President Donald Trump, who had just visited the Atlanta area to support Karen Handel's 6th Congressional District campaign, abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey. 

That event, in turn, could affect the close battle for the seat left vacant by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price -- at least according to political strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson.

Atlanta Department of Corrections / Via AP

DeKalb County leaders are reacting cautiously to the weekend arrest of the county's sheriff on public indecency charges. Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was arrested by Atlanta police, who charge he exposed himself to an officer in Piedmont Park Saturday night, then led the officer on a foot chase that lasted a quarter mile.

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