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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With five legislative days to go, the House and Senate gavel in at 10 a.m. today.
The House will vote on the Senate version of the St. Patrick’s Day measure to allow Savannah bars to open on Sundays. The Senate will vote on bills addressing the crimes of strangulation and home invasion. The Senate will also unveil a memorial portrait of the late journalist Dick Pettys, which will hang in the Capitol press corps hallway.
The most interesting work will come in committees. The House Insurance Committee will take up the SB 98, which would ban insurance coverage in Georgia for state employees and those who get policies via federal health care exchanges.
Another House committee will take up the SB 383, which clarifies that coroners shouldn’t take the belongings of the deceased.
On the Senate side, Senate Judiciary Non Civil will take up HB 837, the private probation bill. State/Local Governmental Operations Committee will take up HB 704, the South Fulton cityhood bill.