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DECATUR, Ga. -- Wednesday, suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis took the stand in his own defense.

He started his testimony with a brief exchange with his lead attorney, Craig Gillen.

"It's your time now," Gillen said. "Yes, thank you sir," Ellis responded. "Are you ready?" Gillen asked. "I'm ready to go," he responded.

The suspended CEO has waited more than a year for this moment, the opportunity to defend his actions.

6,000 tires found dumped near Yellow River

LITHONIA, GA (WXIA) -- When deer season started in September, a state Department of Natural Resources ranger stopped at a wooded area near the Yellow River in DeKalb County. Instead of deer hunters, he saw thousands of discarded automobile tires.

Cpl. Eric Sanders had visited the same spot just eight months ago, when, he says there were no tires. But now, he says, "I am estimating over 6,000 tires."

State law requires the proper disposal of worn-out tires --giving rise to illegal tire dumps.

"Money is the economic driver for the illegal tire dumping," said Dewey Grantham Jr., regional vice president of Liberty Tire Recycling. Liberty Tire charges $1.25 to recycle a tire.

Tire haulers charge tire dealers to take away their old tires, adding a fee to pay for recycling. But if they dump the tires, they can pocket the fee they would have had to pay the recycler.

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- HoneyBaked Ham will hire 10,000 people for part-time holiday jobs.

The Atlanta-based glazed ham and turkey retailer said that’s a 600-percent total increase in its workforce across 400 stores. The company operates 21 stores in metro Atlanta.

“More than 2.5 million customers invite HoneyBaked to their important holiday gatherings during the holiday season company-wide, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said President and COO Maggie DeCan. “We’re happy to employ 10,000 people during the holidays when many need an extra income. These seasonal employees are instrumental in HoneyBaked’s ability to deliver our great products to our millions of cherished customers during our busiest season.”

Elils Trial: State matching accusations with phone records

DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) -- For the past two weeks we've heard from employees at various companies accusing former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis of harassing them for campaign contributions.


On Monday, the state went through the tedious process of trying to match those accusations with phone records, vendor lists, and statements heard on secret recordings.

FULL COVERAGE | Burrell Ellis trial

Double murder suspect was out on parole for murder

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have arrested one person and are on the search for another in the kidnapping and murder case of a DeKalb County couple.

Atlanta Police spokesperson Kim Jones said Andre Cleveland Gay was arrested early Friday morning. Police say they are searching for his accomplice, Richard Wilson.

Gay is charged with killing Jeronta Brown and his girlfriend, Briana Brooks.

Brown, 24, and Brooks, 21, were kidnapped on August 30 outside Brown's mother's home on Colleen Court in DeKalb County.

Several hours later, a driver found them 17 miles away on Ridge Ave. in Atlanta. Brooks and Brown were on the ground, handcuffed.They had both been shot in the head.

Dekalb County overcharging water customers

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- As many as 1,000 homes in DeKalb County have been overcharged on their water bill.

It's a problem the county describes as "systematic," and believes is happening in various clusters around the county.

Gwyn Gordon's water bill was usually about $70 a month. Then came a $160 bill, so she cut back on her usage. However instead of saving money her next bill was more than $400.

"My bill was $438," she explained.

It left her boiling mad, enough to sound off on a Decatur neighborhood blog.

"My original post was did any one else get a high water bill?" she said.

Gordon discovered she's not alone in her water woes. Ninety-nine others posted they were also overcharged including Sarah Duwell. She received a $700 bill.

"I was astonished. I had no reason why," Duwell said.

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

Brian Frank among 'Best of Best' at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit

ATLANTA -- Brian Frank, Managing Director, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the 10th annual Barron’s Top Financial Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.

The invitation-only conference was held at the Waldorf-Astoria, September 8-10, in Orlando, Fla.

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Participants attended workshops, led by the Top 100 Financial Advisors that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and family relationships to portfolio management and retirement planning.