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DeKalb County, GA Newspaper Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
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JAN. 4
, 2013 • VOL. 15, NO. 41 FREE
The fulldome/immersive projection system throws extraordinarily bright light onto a spherical mirror the exact shape of the Fernbank planetarium dome. Photo providedFernbank Science Center Director Douglas Hrabe, left, and astronomer April Whitt both say
they are excited about the planetarium’s new possibilities. Photo by Kathy Mitchell
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By Kathy MitchellKathy@dekalbchamp.com“Now we’re in the digitalage,” That’s how Fernbank Sci-ence Center Director 
summed up the recentchanges at the center’s JimCherry Memorial Planetarium.Already the biggest plan-etarium in Georgia and one of the largest in the United States,Fernbank’s planetarium near the end of 2012 underwent amajor technological upgradethat was introduced with spe-cial free showings on Dec. 21.Planetarium visitors that eve-ning saw programs on a newfulldome /immersive projectionsystem.“This totally changes the planetarium experience,” said
Ed Albin
, a Fernbank astrono-mer, in a statement released by the science center. “For the video portions of our pro-gramming, we’ve been usingstandard projectors, which putan image on only a small seg-ment of the dome. The digitalimmersive projection systemthrows extraordinarily brightlight onto a spherical mirror tuned to the exact shape of our dome. So now the video andother images cover the entiredome.”
April Whitt
, also a Fern- bank astronomer, explained:“Before we could project imag-es, but it was rather like a slideshow. With the new system,animated images move acrossthe entire surface. It’s whatchildren today expect to see.”The fulldome system, made by e-Planetarium of Houston, isnot replacing the planetarium’siconic Zeiss star projector, butwill be used to complement it.“Nothing gives you the feel of 
Fernbank planetarium reaches new heights
The Champion Free Press, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 Page 2A
Local News
Agnes Scott boasts interactivearboretum centered on liberal arts
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comTo Agnes Scott College classics professor 
a tree is much more than meets the eye—it’s ametaphor, an organizational tool, a symbol of life—hesaid the very idea of a tree is basic to the way humansthink.“The crown shape of a tree is consistent fromspecies to species and humans have been using the treestructure for hundreds of years as tools,” Abbot said.There are approximately 2,000 trees on AgnesScott’s 100-acre campus, which consist of nearly 50families of both native and nonnative trees, Abbot said.Recently Abbot, director of sustainability
and several students rejuvenated the campus’arboretum.“We tried to go with something that you don’t seeevery day,” Abbot said.A typical arboretum, such as the one Agnes Scott
used to have, contains trees identied by species
accompanied by a database with descriptions of thetrees. Abbot said they wanted to develop somethingappropriate for a small, interdisciplinary liberal artsschool.Rather than focus primarily on the trees, Abbot andthe others came up with broad topics to center the treetour around, such as trees in the arts, sacred trees and
the psychological benets of trees.
“Those kinds of topics then allowed us to bring in alittle biology, a little English literature and so forth, andcombine all that into the information we’re trying to getacross to people,” Abbot said.Additionally, Abbot said there is a focus put on theindividual trees and the college at each one of the 17stops on the arboretum tour.“Because we’re using electronic means we havethe option of continually updating for content but also
adding in things like audio les,” Abbot said.
Kimberly Reeves
, a former Agnes Scott studentnow getting her master’s deserves at the University of Georgia, helped come up with the idea to display a QR code at each stop on the tour. The QR code, which can be scanned by a smartphone, then directs the visitor tothe tour’s interactive website.Reeves, who studied anthropology andenvironmental studies at Agnes Scott, said she wasasked to sit in on the preliminary meetings when Abbotand others were designing the new arboretum tour.“I was asking my dad and my brother what theythought about it and they were saying that QR codeswould be a really good idea for keeping everything upto date,” Reeves said.Reeves confessed that she didn’t know much abouttrees until she met Abbot, who helped her learn a lot of the species.“I hope that people can learn about the trees and it’snot just a background for them anymore,” Reeves said.“UGA actually has an arboretum, it’s a little outdated,
 but it would denitely be really cool to get something
like that out there.”One stop on the arboretum tour is in front of a bronze statue of poet
Robert Frost
, which depictshim sitting on a bench under a tree and writing in anotebook.“He would come on residence to work for a fewweeks basically—he would do a public lecture and areading and teach a class or two,” Abbot said.Abbot said at Frost’s stop on the tour, visitors willhear information on how trees are connected with thearts. Additionally, there is a link on the website to an
audio le of Frost’s poem “After Apple-Picking.”
Anges Scott College classics professor Jim Abbot recently revived the campuses arboretum tour with thehelp of Kimberly Reeves. Reeves, who is now getting her masters at the University of Georgia, came upwith the idea to include QR codes at each stop on the tour. Photos by Daniel Beauregard
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
Jobs bus attracts 2,000 people since launching
 by Carla Parker 
carla@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb County’s MobileCareer Center, also knownas the “jobs bus,” has been a big hit in the community, ac-cording to the DeKalb CountyWorkforce Development.The mobile center, whichlaunched in February, is de-
signed to help residents nd
employment by providing jobsearch assistance, adult work-shops and training, resumewriting and interviewing tips.The bus has 13 computer stations, a meeting space, asmart board, and is compliantwith the Americans with Dis-abilities Act.Director of DeKalbCounty Workforce Develop-ment
Sheryl Chapman
saidthe mobile center has a lot of the amenities that are on siteat the DeKalb County Work-
force Development ofce.
“We do job leads, we helpwith resume writing, we havevarious software,” Chapman
said. “People can come in and
do a job search. They haveaccess to the internet; andthey can print, fax, copy–theycan do all those things rightthere on that mobile unit.”The jobs bus also has twostaff members who help peo- ple with their resumes.“Someone is always thereto help you,” she said. “We’vegotten feedback just to say itis a needed resource.”Businesses are also ableto use the mobile unit for recruiting, pre-employmentscreenings, interviewing andtraining.“We partner with vari-ous employers but we havea business relations unit andits primary focus is to work directly with employers to
match them with qualied ap
- plicants,” Chapman said.Since launching, the jobs bus has attracted an estimated2,000 people and been to ap- proximately 200 locationsin DeKalb County. DeKalbCounty’s unemployment in-surance initial claims havedropped from 3,557 in Octo- ber 2011 to 3,330 in October 2012. Chapman said theyhave been receiving good re-views about the bus.
“People couldn’t get to
[the DeKalb County Work-force Development] all thetime and we put the bus out inthe community wherever it’sneeded,” she said. “So, we’vehad people to say that it’s agreat resource because theycan come and use the internet,they can do the job search and practice interviewing.”Chapman added that themobile center helped theDeKalb County WorkforceDevelopment exceed the staterequirements for performancefor the ninth consecutive year.“That is putting people back to work, helping peopleretain their jobs, as well astheir average wages have metthose thresholds,” she said.“We feel like we have reallyexceeded the bench mark thathas been put out for us and
the jobs bus denitely helps
us do that.”For more informationabout the Mobile Career Cen-ter, visit www.dekalbwork-force.org.
DeKalb County’s Mobile Career Center, also known as the “jobs bus,” has attracted an estimated 2,000 people at approximately 200 locations since launching in February. The
mobile center is designed to help residents nd employment by providing job search assistance, adult workshops and training, resume writing and interviewing tips. The bus
has 13 computer stations, a meeting space, a smart board and is compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act. Photos by Carla Parker 
Bank robbery suspectfatally shot by deputy
A man who allegedly attempted torob a Memorial Drive bank was fatallyshot by a DeKalbCounty sheriff’s in-vestigator Dec. 28.According to amedia release, theattempted robberyoccurred at theCapital City Bank and Trust, 5674Memorial Drive,Stone Mountain, at10:35 a.m.The robbery washalted when the plain clothes investi-gator, who was in the bank conducting
 personal business, identied himself 
as a deputy and ordered the suspect todrop his gun. When the suspect, identi-
ed as 30-year-old
Eric D. Roberts
,refused to comply with the investiga-
tor’s demands, the investigator red,
according to the media release.
Roberts attempted to ee by break 
-ing and jumping through a bank win-dow, according to the release. He madeit to the outside drive-thru bankingarea where he collapsed. Roberts wastreated at the scene and transported toa local hospital where he later died.According to the media release,Roberts had been in the DeKalbCounty Jail charged with obstructionon Dec. 11. He was released the sameday.Roberts was also arrested inDeKalb County in October 2012 for a failure to appear charge and in May2012 on a loitering charge.The sheriff’s investigator, whosename is not being released, will be placed on a routine paid leave for eval-uations, according to the release.
Memorial growing forfamily killed in NJ crash
(AP) A memorial is growing out
-side a Lithonia restaurant owned by acouple who died in a car accident onthe New Jersey Turnpike.WSB-TV reports well-wishers have been visiting a Caribbean restaurantowned by 51-year-old
and his 49-year-old wife,
. The couple’s 12-year-old son,
, was also killed in the accidentand their 18-year-old daughter,
,survived with minor injuries. Authori-ties say the family’s dog also died inthe crash.Ainsworth Mallett operated theGolden Krust Caribbean Bakery &Grill, 7245 Rockbridge Road, Litho-nia.Officials say the family was travel-ing to visit a relative in Connecticutand were rear ended by a tractor trailer Dec. 27 near Mount Laurel, N.J.
Police say the crash is under inves
-tigation.A public viewing will be held Jan. 4from 1-8 p.m. at the Gregory B. Levettand Sons Funeral Home on 4347 Flat
Shoals Parkway in Decatur. A wake
service will be held from 7-8 p.m.Funeral services will be held Jan. 5 at11 a.m. at the Tabernacle Assembly of God at 1580 Agape Way in Decatur.

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