DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, one of metro Atlanta’s most powerful leaders, finally told jurors and the public his side of the story Wednesday, testifying in his corruption trial that he never retaliated against county contractors who refused to give campaign contributions.
It happened in 2012. Georgia won the SEC East and played Alabama for the conference title. Georgia Tech tied Miami and North Carolina for first in the ACC Coastal but, since the Tar Heels were ineligible and the Hurricanes chose in late November to remove themselves from postseason play, the Yellow Jackets advanced to meet Florida State in the league championship game.
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Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, a Missouri doctor Thursday morning boarded a plane at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in full protection gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lawmakers appear to be ready to squeeze in the 21st day of the 40-day session in this morning.
Both the House and Senate convene at 10 a.m. Among the items on the House calendar: H.B. 773 by Rep. Robert Dickey, R-Musella, which would make it illegal to fire a weapon with 50 feet of a public highway.
The Senate calendar is light.
The House Appropriations this morning voted out H.B. 697 by Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Atlanta, which fully funds HOPE grants. That Evans, a Democrat, is being allowed to maintain lead sponsorship on the bill is significant. Also on its agenda is the 2015 budget.
A joint meeting of House and Senate ethics committees will be at 4 p.m., weather permitting, in Room 450 of the state Capitol, as a forum to ask questions about ethics laws that passed last year.
Also sometime today, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston will confer to determine if the General Assembly will convene on Wednesday – or will bow to the weather.
In the Senate on Monday, some senators questioned the constitutionality allowing the lieutenant governor and the speaker this kind of flexibility. “Isn’t it true,” Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Marietta, rebutted during a debate of the matter, “that the chamber has done stranger things?”