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WWW.CHAMPIONNEWSPAPER.COM • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011 • VOL. 14, NO. 32 FREE
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Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
See Election on Page 15ASee Spills on Page 15A
Low turnout projected in Nov. 8 election
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
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low turnout is expected on Nov. 8as voters decide on school taxes,Sunday alcohol sales and four mayoral races.
Maxine Daniels
, elections board director in DeKalb County, said turnout is expectedto be “very light” with less than 10 percent of voters participating in unincorporated areas.As of Oct. 28, only 242 early ballots had beencast and 551 ballots mailed out.“That is typical for special elections,”Daniels said.Turnout in cities could be higher be-cause “you actually have people campaign-ing,” Daniels said.Voters in all the cities in the county willdecide whether to allow the Sunday sale of alcohol and in Avondale Estates, Doraville,Dunwoody and Lithonia, voters will selecttheir next mayor. In Decatur, Mayor 
BillFloyd
is running unopposed for his citycommission seat. The Decatur mayor is se-lected by the city commission.In addition to selecting a mayor,
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m.
Cancer Walk
3-Day for the Cure
Hundreds of area residents participated in the 3-Dayfor the Cure walk through metro Atlanta to raiseawareness and support for breast cancer researchand to honor those affected by the disease. The60-mile walk began Oct. 21 at Stone Mountain Parkand the route took walkers through Decatur andAvondale Estates. Supporters along the way, manydressed in outlandish costumes, cheered on the par-ticipants along the route. Walkers stopped for lunch just outside Avondale Estates on Oct. 21 beforeheading into Decatur. Photos by Robert Naddra
County’s sewer spills already highest since 2007
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comSewer spills in DeKalb Countyfor 2011 are already the highestsince 2007, with two months left inthe year.As of Oct. 20 there have been166 sewer spills reported in thecounty, six more than reported in2007. The spills total 1.6 milliongallons, and of those spills, about70 percent were caused by fats, oils,and grease (FOG) in pipes.“FOG is everywhere,” said
JoeBasista
, the county’s director of thewatershed management department.“It’s everybody preparing their meats every day.”The main concentration of FOG-related sewer spills is “imme-diately downstream of multifamilycomplexes,” Basista said.To reduce these sewer spills Ba-sista said the county is consideringways to encourage or require multi-family complexes to do somethingabout their FOG problems. Possibleways to address the issue at the com- plexes include increase education,starting a grease collection serviceand installing a grease interceptor.Basista said his departmentwould not seek a mandatory, blanketgrease requirement and would notnecessarily seek legislation.Because most multifamily com- plexes have private sewer systemson their properties, it is to their ad-vantage that they keep grease out of their pipes, Basista said.Since 2007, the county has hada FOG ordinance that requires allfood service establishments to main-tain grease interceptors to preventfats from entering the sewer system.The grease traps are routinelyinspected by county FOG compli-ance inspectors who also check therestaurants’ permits and records for the grease interceptors to ensureregular maintenance and disposal.The FOG ordinance has “ef-fectively reduced spills,” Basistasaid. DeKalb had 256 sewer spills in2006, the year before the ordinancewas passed,Basista said the county hasreceived two unsolicited proposalsfrom companies seeking to makemoney by helping the county keepFOG out of its pipes.“FOG can be readily convertedinto biodiesel fuel,” Basista said. “Itnow has commodity value, [but] it’shard to determine the market.”One local company that is try-ing to reduce the FOG problem andmake some cash is Curbside Recy-cling.“We have a solution to the prob-lem,” said Curbside Recycling co-owner 
Todd Williams
.Curbside Recycling, which has been in business since March 2010,is concentrating on rolling out itsGRO Well (Grease RemediationOil Well) program to small cities.GRO Well is a free residential FOGcollection program performed on amunicipal level. The company holdsa registration event during whichit distributes a collection container for the monthly used, cooking oil pickup.Curbside rolled out the programin Clarkston in August. The city of Lithonia joined in September andStone Mountain implemented it onOct. 22.“The city supports any effortthat will redirect this troublesomeFOG and keep it out of our sewersand landlls,” said Clarkston Mayor 
Emanuel Ransom
in a statement.To draw potential registrants,Curbside Recycling pays cash on thespot for metal-based recyclables.“The trash-to-cash is a featureevent of a free oil [collection] reg-istration,” Curbside Recycling co-owner 
Richard Younge
said. “That brings the people out.”Younge said the county’s FOG program may keep some grease outof pipes, but it does not address thefull environmental impact of FOGs.“What the county is telling peo- ple is put grease into a container andthrow it in the trash,” Younge said.But those containers are dumpedinto garbage trucks where the greasecontainers are compacted andsqueezed on the streets.Curbside Recycling’s goal is tocreate a market for biodiesel use inschool buses and fleets.
 
Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday November 4, 2011
DeKalb solicitor-general kicks off new pre-trial diversion program
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com Nearly 150 offenderscrowded into a room atthe DeKalb County Mag-istrate Court on Oct. 21 to participate in the rst-ever  pre-trial diversion programchampioned by Solicitor General
Sherry Boston
.First-time defendantscharged with shoplifting,disorderly conduct, affray[ghting in public] or other minor offenses are eligiblefor the program. Some of-fenses, such as driving un-der the inuence, vehicular homicide and family vio-lence battery are excludedfrom the program.“I am grateful to theBoard of Commissionersfor approving this new pro-gram because it will offer an efcient, centralizedmethod of resolving misde-meanor charges committed by low-level offenders,”Boston said.Earlier in the year theDeKalb County Board of Commissioners appropriat-ed $103,064 to the solicitor general’s ofce to fund thenew program, which alsocreated four new positionswithin the ofce—two at-torneys and two administra-tive assistants.“Establishing a much-needed diversion programlike this was one of mygoals for the ofce. I be-lieve smart prosecutionleads to a better quality of life and this program is partof that approach because itmakes DeKalb safer whileincreasing offender ac-countability,” Boston said.In addition to increasingquality of life in the county,Boston said the programwould also save taxpay-ers money by reducing thenumber of days low-leveloffenders spend in jail.To participate, offenderswill be charged $300.
Kei-sha Storey
, deputy chief of the program, said themoney will be depositeddirectly into the DeKalbCounty general fund.“The defendants that areaccepted in the programmust complete activities personalized for that of-fender. If they were arrestedfor shoplifting, they’ll un-dergo counseling to addressthat… If they were arrestedfor obstruction, they’ll berequired to attend anger management classes,” Sto-
Sure a state-o-the-art acility close to home would be appreciated. But what was equally important was building a placethat would remind patients o the care that had disappeared rom healthcare. So beyond simply launching the rst all-digital master planned hospital in Georgia, we set out to give patients everything rom access to a talented pool o doctorsand dedicated support staf, who would engage them in their treatment, to ree parking and amazing ood. See, beoreDeKalb Medical at Hillandale was even established, we asked ourselves, “What can we do diferently? What can we dobetter than them?” And we still ask ourselves those two questions every day. Because as ar as we’re concerned, good couldnever be good enough.
 The last thing the community needed was “just another hospital.
 To learn more, visit www.dekalbmedicalhillandale.org
rey said.Those who complete the program successfully willreceive a dismissal of anymisdemeanor charges fromthe solicitor general’s of-ce and their case may beeligible for expungement.As a result, the offender canavoid developing a criminalrecord.“We are projecting thatall of our future calendarswill average about 150 people each month,” Storeysaid.This is the second inno-vation Boston implementedsince taking ofce. Earlier this year, she created theofce’s rst special victimsunit, which handles pendinghigh-risk domestic violence,stalking, sex offense, child-victim, elder and disabledabuse, vehicular homicideand animal cruelty cases.
Nearly 150 people crowded into a DeKalb courtroom earlier in themonth to take part in Solicitor General Sherry Boston's new pre-trial diversion program. Photo by by Daniel Beauregard
 
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday November 4, 2011
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