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Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See Grease on Page 13ASee Ingram on Page 13A
Since 2006, there have beenapproximately 1,000 sewer spills in DeKalb County. Sofar this year there have beenmore than 150 spills. For aninteractive map showing thedate, location, cause andamounts of this year’s spills,visit The Champion’s websiteat www.championnewspaper.com. Map by Andrew Cauthen
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
he environmental group moni-toring DeKalb County’s water-shed problems does not believethe county is doing enough toaddress the problem of grease in sewage pipes.“They do a little bit of public out-reach in schools and at community as-sociation meetings when they can getan invitation,” said
Jacqueline Echols
, president of the South River WatershedAlliance (SRWA).In a letter to
Lisa Jackson
, an ad-ministrator with theU.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency, the SRWA statedthat the “language in the consent decreefails to accurately depict the magnitudeof the county’s fats, oils and grease(FOG) problem and that the proposedsolution is inadequate.”“The consent decree is virtuallysilent on when and how FOG will bereduced in DeKalb County,” the letter states.Last year, in a proposed consentdecree with the EPA, the county agreedto pay a $453,000 penalty for excessivesewage spills. Since 2006, there have been approximately 1,000 county sewer spills. So far this year alone, there have been more than 150 spills.In the consent decree, the countyalso agreed to implement a $600,000stream cleanup project, focusing ondebris removal from parts of the SouthRiver, South Fork Peachtree Creek andSnapnger Creek.The proposed consent decree is aresolution of a joint federal and statecomplaint led against the county for violations of the Clean Water Act andthe Georgia Water Quality Control Act.A federal judge has yet to accept theconsent decree.To reduce the FOG problem, theSRWA believes county ofcials shouldidentify the hot spots in the county andlaunch an aggressive outreach efforts inthose areas, Echols said.“You have to do something differ-ent when you see what you’re doingisn’t working,” Echols said. “The solu-tion to FOG is a lot of public education.There is no silver bullet.”The SRWA wants DeKalb Countyto be held accountable in the consentdecree for improving the FOG problem.“The emphasis in the consent de-cree does not come close to narrowing
Environmentalists say county needs to address grease in pipes
Gay DeKalb County veteran speaks about repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’
Danny Ingram was honorably discharged from the Army after admitting he was gay in 1992. Ingram shakes President Obama’shand. Photos provided by Danny Ingram
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com
n 1992, Army Sgt.
answered “Yes” toa letter that would forever change his life, a letter sentto him by his commanding ofcer in response to one he had writtena few days earlier supporting gaymilitary members being allowedto serve openly.Ingram had answered “Yes” tothe question, “Are you gay?” andin a few weeks the military had begun his discharge proceedings. Now, 50-year-old Ingram isthe national president of AmericanVeterans for Equal Rights (AVER),a non-prot association of active,reserve and veteran service mem- bers dedicated to full and equalrights to all present and former service members of the U.S. ArmedForces.“We believe that lifting the banwas just another step in civil rightsin this country,” Ingram said.Ingram, who lives in DeKalbCounty and also works full-time atGeorgia Tech, said the military has
Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday October 7, 2011
Business leaders and DeKalbsuperintendent talk aboutfuture of school system
Bobbie R. Sanford, widow of Porter Sanford III, along with grandson Jason Kennedy Sanford, admiresthe portrait of her husband that was unveiled Sept. 29 at the performing arts and community center that bears his name. Also on hand for the event—which included a reception, a video on Sanford,tributes and performances—were DeKalb County Chief Executive Office Burrell Ellis, County Com-missioner Stan Watson and others. Sanford opened the first minority-owned real estate businessin DeKalb County and was the first African-American presiding officer of the DeKalb County Boardof Commissioners. The center, located on Rainbow Drive in south DeKalb County, opened in 2008.Photo by TooWah Ra’Atum
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com
 New DeKalb CountySchools Superintendent Dr.
Cheryl Atkinson
spoke to business leaders and DeKalbCounty School ofcials onOct. 3 about her vision for the school system and how business leaders could helpher fulll that vision.Atkinson, the featuredspeaker at the DeKalbCounty Chamber of Com-merce’s monthly luncheondescribed what she hoped to be the future of the schoolsystem.“Who of us is going tostep up for DeKalb Countychildren?” Atkinson asked.The superintendent elab-orated on some of the prob-lems she thought schoolswere facing, both county-wide as well as nationally.Atkinson said that studentsin the classroom need moreaccess to technology.“Technological advanceshave made our ability tocommunicate and col-laborate with those aroundthe globe easy. We have to prepare our children for thisglobal, fast-paced, rapidlychanging world,” Atkinsonsaid.She also said it was im- portant to have studentslearning a second languageas early as possible—rather than waiting until they’re inhigh school—so they will beable to compete on a globalscale.President of the DeKalbChamber of Commerce
Leonardo McClarty
saidconnecting the businesscommunity with educatorsis important because thesuccess of the school systemdirectly impacts the work-force.“We need to make surethat our DeKalb-based com- panies have a quality work-force, that people are able tocome in—particularly thosethat might not be going tocollege—and have the basicskills to go to professionalschool or to go to work im-mediately,” McClarty said.McClarty said he and At-kinson had been in severalmeetings throughout the past week and the chamber is continuing its partnershipwith the DeKalb CountySchool System.“One of the things wetalked about is continuingthe things that we started.As an example, last year wehad a principal shadow dayto get business leaders in-volved in the schools them-selves that way they couldactually see what’s goingon,” McClarty said.McClarty said businessleaders spent the shadowday asking questions and es-tablishing new partnershipswith the schools in their community. He also said thechamber will continue tohave forums to allow schoolofcials to share their thoughts or visions with the business community.McClarty said he andAtkinson had also spokenabout the possibility of having a business advisorygroup that meets regularlywith school ofcials.“Naturally, as Dr. Atkin-son gets settled in and getsher feet wet, we’ll come toher with things that we wantto do, but we also expectthat she would come to uswith things as well,” Mc-Clarty said.
Printed on100% post-consumerrecycledpaper
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday October 7, 2011
Marbut Road inLithonia closedon Oct. 8
Marbut Road at theCSX railroad crossing(west of Lithonia IndustrialBoulevard) will be closedto through trafc betweenLithonia IndustrialBoulevard and CharlesGates Drive on Saturday,Oct. 8, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.The closure is required toreplace railroad cross tiesand rails at the crossing.
Alexandersentenced to lifein prison
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge
to life in prisonwithout the possibilityof parole. Alexander, 30,was found guilty of felonymurder, rst degree crueltyto children and aggravated battery in a case involvingthe death of a 2-year-oldgirl.The victim,
, suffered a lethalhead injury while in thecare of Alexander on July15, 2010. The child diedin the hospital three dayslater. A medical examiner determined that she hadalso sustained trauma to her arms, liver and pelvis.
Decatur mansentenced tothree yearsprobation for taxfraud
A Decatur man wassentenced to three years probation for his role in atax fraud scheme.
KeithLamone Richard,
40, pleaded guilty in May, alongwith two other defendants,to the charge of conspiringto defraud the United Statesgovernment by ling falsetax returns, according to theU.S. Attorney’s Ofce.Richard and hisconspirators led 123claims between December 2005 and March 2007 andreceived more than $1.6million in returns, accordingto U.S. Attorney’s Ofcespokesman
Patrick Crosby
LeadershipDeKalbannounces Classof 2012
Leadership DeKalb hasselected 52 members for theClass of 2012 to complete a10-month training program,educating the leadersabout issues facing thecommunity.With representativesfrom business, education,healthcare, social serviceagencies and government,including established andemerging leaders, this classwill join more than 1,000graduates of the programover its 25-year history.“Every year, we striveto unite a diverse group of leaders from different walksof life in DeKalb Countywho exhibit a desire for inuential leadership anddedication for a positivechange in the community,”said
Sara Fountain
,executive director. “Nearlyhalf of the class membersare from governmentalagencies, social serviceentities or educationalorganizations which setthis program apart frommost community leadership programs around theCounty.”During the 10-monthtraining program, the classwill be informed on issuesin the community such ashistory, diversity, justice,government, education,economic development andtransportation, and health.
Parent pullsgun at ArabiaMountain HighSchool
Two parents wereinvolved in an argumentat Arabia Mountain HighSchool on Sept. 27, causingone of the parents to pull outa gun, according to schoolofcials.In a letter sent home to parents, Principal
said that prior to the beginning of school,“one of our parents wasverbally threatened byanother parent in the student parking lot.”“In the midst of theconversation, one of theadults brandished a handgun,” McMillan said.According to DeKalbSchool System spokesman
Walter Woods
, DeKalbCounty Schools Police isinvestigating the incidentand Chief 
Jeanette James
 said the investigation is“ongoing.”
Police search for suspects in three separate shootings
Local News
“NOTICE OF REFERENDUM ELECTION”Notice is hereby given that a Question will be placed on the November 8, 2011 Election ballotfor the City of Doraville, Georgia, pursuant to Title 3, Alcoholic Beverages, Act 48; Senate Bill10 as passed by the 2011 Georgia Legislature, for a Referendum vote of a majority to approvethe following:
( ) YES ( ) NO“Shall the governing authority of the City of Doraville, Georgia, beauthorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine, and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 P.M. and 11:30 P.M.?” 
Any questions may be directed to the Doraville City Clerk, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville,Georgia 30340.”
 by Robert Naddrarobert@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb police are searching for suspects in three separate shootingsthat left one person dead and four others wounded. All three incidentshappened Sept. 26-28.
William Smith
, 51, a truck driver from Indiana, was shotand killed inside his truck at atruck stop at 2605 BouldercrestRoad. Robbery is believed to bethe motive, according to Lt.
, DeKalb County Policespokeswoman. Nothing was stolenfrom Smith’s trailer, she said.Police also are searching for two suspects in connection witha carjacking and shooting at aCitgo gas station at 2630 GreshamRoad. One suspect is described as21-23 years old, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, with dreadlocks. The other is described as 21-23 years old,5-9 and 140 pounds, with a shorthaircut. Both suspects were seenwearing all black clothing duringthe incident, which happened Sept.27 at 1 a.m. The suspects attemptedto take
Anthony Lewis
’ vehicle.Lewis ran away and was shot in the back, according to police reports.He remains hospitalized at AtlantaMedical Center.Three teenagers—a 15 year-oldfemale, 17-year-old female and a17-year-old male—were shot Sept.28, at approximately 10:40 p.m.outside an apartment complex at2000 Farrington Village Drive inLithonia. There was a crowd of  people outside the complex, Kunzsaid, and the shots were red froman unknown person. There was noinitial evidence of an altercation before the gunre, Kunz said.The 15-year-old was treatedand released from an areahospital, and the other two victimswere hospitalized with non-lifethreatening injuries, Kunz said.Investigations are ongoing in allthree incidents, Kunz said.
922 Main St. behind GazeboSaturday, October 158:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.Setup begins 7:30 a.m. onday of sale.For info call City Hall

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