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FreePress 3-14-14

FreePress 3-14-14

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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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 
Business ........................18AClassified .......................21AEducation .....................19ASports ......................11-16A
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We’re Social 
 FRIDAY, MARCH 14
, 2014 VOL. 16, NO. 51 •
FREE
• A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS • 
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
RE
RESS 
See Election on page 17A
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
E
lection qualiying ended March 7 with more than 40 people entering 13 county races.wenty-two people are compet-ing or the DeKalb County Board o Education’s seven seats. Tat’s a decrease by two seats, afer the Georgia General Assembly voted to eliminate the super districts seats.Eight people have entered the sheriff’s race and voters will elect three county commissioners, two state court judges and a soil and wa-ter commissioner.Te District 1 seat is the only uncontested school board race, with
Stan Jester
 being the only candidate. Jester, an education blogger and in-ormation technology proessional, is running or the seat ormerly held by his wie,
Nancy Jester
, who is running or state school superinten-dent. Currently, the District 1 seat is held by
John Coleman.
In the District 2 race, ormer school board
Don McChesney 
 will try to regain the seat rom school board member
Marshall Orson.
McChesney, a
 
retired educator, lost to Orson,
 
coounder and partner in the consulting firm Melbourne Partners, in 2012 afer serving our
Forty-one candidates qualify for 13 county races
DeKalb Dominates
The streak continues for DeKalb County basketball as four teams‒Miller Grove boys, Tucker girls, St. Pius girls and Redan girls‒were crowned state basketball champions. Miller Grove made state history with its sixth consecutive state title, Tucker won its first title, St. Pius won its second consecutive title and Redan won its second title in program history. Photos by Travis Hudgons. See special coverage on pages 11-16.
 
THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014 PAGE 2A
LOCAL NEWS
Dunwoody is five and growing 
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Summer 2014
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April 7, 2014
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STATE-OF-THE-COLLEGE  ADDRESS
&
HONORS CONVOCATION
 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Reception FollowingR.S.V.P. | 404-297-9522 ext. 1165 | andersce@gptc.edu 
Conference Center, DeKalb Campus | 495 North Indian Creek Drive Clarkston, Georgia 30021
 www.gptc.edu
by Marta Garcia marta@dekalbchamp.comTe city o Dunwoody celebrated its fifh birthday with the annual State o the City address on March 6, at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, located off Ashord Dun-woody Road.Mayor
Michael Davis
 ocused on goals and op-portunities or 2014, smart growth, fiscal responsibility, education, economic devel-opment and the key mile-stones and projects expected to take shape in the coming year.“We started in 2008 with a lot o hard work and dedi-cated citizens. We created this city and the effort was to keep our taxes low. Te businesses we have in Dun-woody and the businesses we attracted are what keep our taxes lower and keep the services high,” Davis said.At the ceremony, State Farm’s Insurance Co. op-erations vice president
Julie Bolton
 talked about the na-tional operations center the company is building in Dun-woody, on a nearly 4-acre site at Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway, across rom the Dunwoody MARA station.“Why Dunwoody? Be-cause this city offers many amenities and people want to live here and work here. Tat means we can hire the right p eople and we are talking about hiring 2,600 people over the next several years,” Bolton said.Davis said o Dunwoody “it’s a place to be” and that’s why it’s attracting some big companies like Krystal, the ast-ood company that had moved its headquar-ters rom Chattanooga, and Computer Generated Solu-tions, among others. About inrastructure, Da- vis said the city will repave the sidewalks and he will work on fixing the traffi c is-sues the area has. “raffi c is bad. Te gov-ernor is working pretty hard with us to recreate the junc-tion I- 285 and Georgia 400. We are working on making a better commute or people but the reality is that what used to be a hal hour com-mute is now an hour and a hal or a lot o people,” Da- vis said.Te mayor o Dunwoody talked about education and said that the system in Geor-gia is very “county centric.” According to Davis in a lot o ways “cities are second class citizens to the county” and that’s why he asked state representative
Tom Taylor
 to get Dunwoody its own school system. “Tis is going to be a hard task to get through but we will try every year. We know we deserve better and we can do better. Te graduation rate or DeKalb county schools is 58 percent and, in any scale, that’s ail-ure. We want to be better than has been given to us by the county school system. I say to my citizens that at least the Dunwoody schools bring DeKalb schools up to mediocre.” Davis said that he will support and work with the nonprofit organizations in the city to help them reach their goals and congratu-lated Dunwoody police or their work keeping the city sae.“Tis Dunwoody that we have been dreaming about and talking about or so long is becoming real beore our eyes. Tis is happening. And we’re doing all o this. Just think about what we have accomplished together. Tink o what we might do next,” concluded the mayor.
Dunwoody Mayor Michael Davis speaks during the fth annual State of the City celebrated on March 6 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, located off Ashford Dunwoody Road. Photo by Marta Garcia
 
THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014 PAGE 3A
Congressman Johnson seeks re-election
Flanked by his wie
 Mereda Davis Johnson
 and mother
Christine Callier
 at the Georgia State Capitol, Congressman
Hank John-son
 ormally iled to run or re-election March 3. “I am conident that when the voters look at my record as a strong and e-ective voice or the Fourth District–ighting or small businesses, consumers and middle-class and working people–they will know that they can count on me to work or them, not big cor-porations or lobbyists and Washington power brokers who would like to call the shots in Congress,” Johnson said. “hey will realize that I am the person who can keep bringing the type o improvement to the district that results in good paying  jobs and a better quality o lie or all our citizens,” he said.Johnson, who is seeking his ith term, is a member o the House judiciary and armed services committees and is the ranking member on the House judiciary sub-committee on regulatory reorm, commercial and antitrust.“Since 2007, Rep. John-son has helped bring more than $250 million to the district or schools, roads and police,” according to a news release rom his o-ice. “From his main district oice in Lithonia, he has worked to help secure more than $32 million or con-stituents seeking help with speciic ederal agencies.“I am proud o my strong record in Congress and look orward to meeting new  voters and constituents and continuing to work or the people o Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District,” Johnson said.Georgia’s Fourth Con-gressional District includes portions o DeKalb, Gwin-nett and Newton counties and all o Rockdale County.Johnson, who has repre-sented the Fourth District since 2007, is ocusing his campaign on the economic issues acing amilies o the Fourth District.When Johnson opened his Lithonia campaign oice Feb. 22, hundreds o sup-porters, including his chil-dren, union representatives, community leaders and Congressman
John Lewis,
  joined him.“We need someone who will vote or the people,” Lewis said. “He’s the only one who I can count on to  vote with me on just about every issue. his young man believes in saving and pro-tecting our environment–that we have a right to know what is in our ood, what is in the water we drink and the air we breathe. “Don’t be ooled–go out and tell everyone–we need to support Hank Johnson,” Lewis said.Johnson is acing or-mer DeKalb County Sheri
Thomas
 
Brown
.
Congressman Hank Johnson is joined by Congressman John Lewis in Lithonia Feb. 22 as Johnson announces his re-election bid. Photos provided

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