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DeKalb CEO Wants You to Join Him For State of the County Address

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Atlanta ranks in top 10 nationally for most popular locations for relocating renters.

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond, seen in 2014 while serving as the county's school superintendent, is hosting his annual State of the County address on April 27. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

Top of the morning and happy Friday, y’all! 

Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. 

Here’s what to know for today: 

  • DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond is inviting residents to join him for the annual State of the County address. The event on Wednesday, April 27, will be held at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Hangar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets start at $75, and a free livestream will be available at noon on the day of the event.
  •  Big change is coming to two of the state’s biggest highways. In the latest edition of “they’re always doing construction on 285,” the Georgia Department of Transportation has selected a contractor to rebuild the Interstate 285 interchange at Interstate 20 east of Downtown. The $685.6 million contract with East Interchange Builders LLC will cover building new interchange ramps, adding lanes on both highways, and replacing bridges to decrease traffic.
  • The renters are coming! According to new data, Atlanta is the seventh-most popular location for renters on the move. Marietta, Decatur, and Smyrna have the largest population of renters in metro Atlanta.
  • Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center South in East Point is closing its emergency room in May. Capital B ATL’s health reporter, Kenya Hunter, spoke with Black residents in the tri-cities southwest of Atlanta who said they are concerned that they will have a hard time accessing adequate health care.

ICYMI: The deadline to register to vote in the May 24 primary is Monday, April 25! Check out our explainer that tells you everything you need to know about voter registration. Registration can be completed online.

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