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A weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
A weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.

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 FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014 VOL. 17, NO. 20 •
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See GED on page 13ASee May on page 13A
Dr. W. B. Mitchell Sr. Education Project marketing director Torrey Cloud speaks to a student in the computer lab. Photo by Carla Parker
Self sufficiency program excels
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.comEducation was always an impor-tant element to the late Dr.
W. B. Mitchell
When he died in 2009, his daughter,
Sandra Cloud
, knew the best way to honor his life was to create a program in his name that provides educational resources to at-risk students. The Dr. W. B. Mitchell Sr. Education Project was created in 2010 to assist in the transition of at-risk individuals from negative dependency to independence and self-sufficiency through educational training and efficacy. Cloud said her father, who had nine children, made sure that get-ting an education was his children’s number one priority.“He went to business school, he was also a barber at one time but he retired as a truck driver,” Cloud said. “He drove for many years when he raised his kids. He encouraged all of his children to go to school and pretty much each child made their way into the community to get good  jobs.Mitchell, who pastored Greater Christ Temple Holiness Church in Atlanta for 45 years, also stressed education in his church.“When his parishioners got ready to go off to college or start a busi-ness, he encouraged them to do so
Lee May:
‘Hang in there’
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comTwo hours. That’s how long interim DeKalb County CEO
Lee May 
 had to prepare when he took over his current position in June 2013.“Most people when they enter into an executive role or any elected office have a transition period of two to five months before they ac-tually take office,” said May, who was appointed to the interim posi-tion after county CEO
Burrell El-lis
 was suspended by the governor after being indicted on multiple felony charges, including extortion.“I received the call at 4 p.m. from the governor’s office,” May said. “I was told the announcement would be made at 5 p.m. and I was sworn in at 6 p.m. I had a two-hour transition.“That was an interesting mo-ment, not just for me, but for the county as a whole because we were in a position that, as a county, we’d never been in before—the uncer-tainty, the anxiety about the future of the leadership of DeKalb,” said May, recounting when he got the call from Gov.
 to step into the interim county CEO posi-tion.On July 30, May reviewed his first year in office and his outlook for 2014 during a lunch sponsored by the DeKalb Chamber of Com-merce. “I knew what it was like being a commissioner—one of seven,” May said. But it was different “operating a government with 700,000 resi-dents, approximately 6,500 people that work for the county [and] a billion-dollar budget.”When asked about the effect of the suspended CEO’s corruption trial and various ethics complaints filed against May and county com-missioners, May said his goal is to restore trust in the government.“We’ve had to take some tangible steps to move us in the right direc-
Jovita Moore of WSB-TV questions interim DeKalb County CEO Lee
May about his rst year in ofce.
May describes the ethics and corruption allegations facing county leaders as “a rough patch in our marriage.”The interim CEO greets constituents before his candid discussion. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
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Teacher’s mystery pain pointed to lung cancer
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comIt was a little pain in her side in 2012 that first sent
Shermaine Lee
 to her doctor. She would later discover she had Stage IV lung cancer.“I was going along with my life. I was a doc-toral student. I was taking care of my family, working, doing everything that every woman does—the career woman,” said Lee, a member of the organizing committee for the Fifth Annual Atlanta Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk on Aug. 16. he organization has a goal to raise funds to support the mission of working to double lung cancer survival by 2022. Lee is an 18-year veteran educator who is a lead teacher in special education for the DeKalb County School District, working at four charter schools: Leadership Prep, DeKalb Prep, he Mu-seum School and DeKalb PAH Academy.When the pain first came, she “didn’t think anything of it,” said Lee, a resident of Ellenwood who has been married for 15 years to husband
. he couple has two sons,
 Larico Jr.
, 13, and
, 6.“I went anyway after so long and the doc-tor and I [determined] that it might be a little stress—I had a lot going on,” said Lee, who was prescribed pain medication. he pain would “go and come, go and come.”After about four or five months, I decided that I probably needed to do something else,” Lee said. She went back to the doctor for more testing “just to make sure everything was OK.”“Still, everything was just fine,” she was told. wo months later Lee was rear-ended in a car accident. She took that opportunity to get checked again.“It was fine. I still didn’t think anything was wrong,” Lee said.Another month passed and the pain reap-peared, Lee said.“It appeared as it had never appeared before,” Lee said. “It was very, very sharp, and I really thought that I was not going to make it,” she said. After another round of testing, she was diagnosed with lung cancer on Dec. 14, 2012. “I was very, very, very surprised,” said Lee, who has never smoked. She was 37 at the time.During the 2012 Christmas season, “my family and I were sitting on pins and needles wondering what was going on with my body.”In January 2013, Lee received the final diagno-sis that she had Stage IV lung cancer.“I had gone through so many tests that I had begun to become a little numb to the word ‘can-cer,’” Lee said. At first, she “really couldn’t focus on anything else,” Lee said. “And I said, ‘OK.’ I felt like I could move forward. I was very, very shocked, but I felt like I could do something.” Lee and her doctors are “baffled” about how she got lung cancer.“hat’s why we at Free to Breathe are working hard trying to do research to get the answers that we need to double the survival rate by 2022,” Lee said. “We want to make sure that research is be-ing conducted so that we will know the different causes.”After her diagnosis, Lee said she “took an interest in lung cancer and research and surviv-ing and things that I could do to be a part of the community. I decided to walk and after walking with them and seeing what a great establishment it was, I decided to…work with them this year.”Lee is helping to raise money for Free to Breathe with her 10-person team, She’s In His Hand. he team has a goal of raising $500 for the fight against lung cancer, which more than 2,000 people are diagnosed with each year.Lee said she wants to “be an example of a survivor.” And she has a message for others with lung cancer: “No one deserves to have lung can-cer. “Be strong because we are all working togeth-er,” Lee said. “We’re going to do this. his number [of victims] will be decreased by 2022.Lee has undergone three rounds of chemo-therapy and is currently on medication. She has tumors in the brain, lung, lymph node and liver and may have to undergo more chemotherapy.“I’m working hard to get free from that,” Lee said. For more information about the Atlanta Free to Breathe walk, go to www.freetobreathe.org.
Lung cancer victim Shermaine Lee, center, poses atop Stone Mountain with sons Larico Lee II, left, and Corbin, right. Photos providedShermaine Lee, right, with her husband, Larico.
Ebola patients treated at Emory
by Kathy MitchellA driver hurrying through morning or afternoon traffic dashes right past a school bus loading or unloading children even though the bus has its safety arm ex-tended and its lights flashing. If no police officer is around, the driver has gotten away with a violation of state and local law—or has he?If that driver passed a City Schools of Decatur school bus, the violation may have been caught on camera and the driver may be made to pay a fine. When school opened in Decatur Aug. 4, buses for the first time were equipped with CrossingGuard®, a completely automated system that records on video cars moving past the bus after it stops. City Schools of Decatur this month became the 12th school district in Geor-gia to use the technology, which was au-thorized in 2011 by the Georgia General Assembly. he system is also in use in 10 Georgia county systems and the city of Marietta. hrough a partnership with Arizona-based American raffic Solu-tions (AS), providers of the camera system, the districts use technology to help address what Decatur officials call “the growing problem of illegal passing of school buses that are stopped and board-ing or disembarking children.”In 2011, Georgia led the nation in fa-talities resulting from school bus safety arm violations, according to the city of Decatur.AS Senior Vice President of Com-munications, Marketing and Public Af-fairs
Charles Territo
 said the system is highly effective, noting that nationwide more than 99 percent of the drivers who have been charged with a school bus stop arm violation based on use of a Crossing-Guard® camera, have not been guilty of a second violation.Small external high-resolution cam-eras automatically capture an image of a vehicle’s license plate and a brief video clip of the possible violation. In addition to capturing video, the system embeds a data bar that includes GPS coordinates, date and time and other relevant violation information, creating what AS officials call “a comprehensive evidence package.” Police review the videotape to determine whether a violation has occurred.errito said the relatively new tech-nology has been in use in Georgia since 2012 and has captured more than 20,000 school bus stop arm running events in the state. “Videotaping from a vehicle is not new technology,” he added, “What’s new is that it’s all completely automated. he bus driver does not get involved. He or she is free to focus on what’s most im-portant—taking care of the children.”In a video explaining the new system, City Schools of Decatur Superintendent
 said, “We want to be sure everyone understands that this is about safety first. Our priority is keeping students as safe as possible going to and from school.” his is the first year City Schools of Decatur has operated its own fleet of bus-es. “his is very exciting for us,” Edwards said. “We want to be sure children are safe and comfortable as they are trans-ported to and from school.”“We transport more than 1,000 chil-dren on 19 buses each day,” City Schools of Decatur ransportation Director
Sim-one Elder
 said in the public service video. “Even one driver illegally passing a school bus is a problem. A child could be hurt; a child could be killed. In Georgia, stop-arm violations are civil, not criminal, infractions and are not reported to insurance companies and do not result in points on drivers’ licenses. he penalty for such a violation is a $300 fine for the first violation, $750 for the second, and a third violation in a five-year period will result in a $1,000 fine. Decatur Police Chief
Mike Booker
 said in an announcement of the program he hopes it will foster greater awareness in the community about safe and legal driving practices “to better protect our most valued treasure, Decatur’s children.” 
New technology to catch school bus traffic violations
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comwo American Ebola vic-tims have been transported from Africa for treatment at DeKalb County’s Emory Uni- versity Hospital.he patients were taken by ambulance from Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta to a special isolation facility at the hospital. Dr.
Kent Brantly 
 arrived at Emory University Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 2, at approxi-mately 12:30 p.m.“Our family is rejoicing over Kent’s safe arrival, and we are confident that he is receiv-ing the very best care,” his wife
 said Aug. 3 in a state-ment. “We are very grateful to the staff at Emory University Hospital, who have been so nice and welcoming to us. I was able to see Kent today. He is in good spirits.
Nancy Writebol
, a mis-sionary with the SIM Chris-tian mission organization, arrived uesday, Aug. 5.“We are so grateful and en-couraged to hear that Nancy’s condition remains stable and that she will be with us soon,said
Bruce Johnson
, president of SIM USA, in a statement Aug. 4. “Her husband,
, told me Sunday her appetite has improved and she request-ed one of her favorite dishes –Liberian potato soup–and coffee.”he two Americans were infected during an outbreak of the virus, which is “trans-mitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily flu-ids of an infected person or through exposure to objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated with in-fected fluids,” according to a statement by Emory Univer-sity Hospital.According to the Cen-ters for Disease Control and
See Ebola on Page 20ABrantlyWritebol

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