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Decatur man has big dreams for Atlanta BBQ Festival

by Andrew Cauthen hat started out as a fundraiser for a Decatur homeless shelter is now the fourth annual Atlanta BBQ Festival. It began when Anthony Ernst of Stone Mountain held a barbecue cookout to raise money for the Oakhurst Recovery Program, the homeless shelter run by Oakhurst Baptist Church where Ernst and festival organizer Bob Herndon are deacons. After the cookout, Herndon posted a message on the church’s email system saying that he thought Ernst’s barbecue was the best in the world. That message started a flurry of messages on the system usually reserved for church announcements and prayer requests. Church members argued on the system which was the best—barbecue in Goldsboro, N. C., Lexington, N. C., or Texas. “People are really passionate about barbecue,” said Herndon, a Decatur resident. “People are interested in the variety of it and the right texture.” The first Atlanta BBQ Festival was held in 2009 in the parking lot of Turner Field. Organizers were
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Bob Herndon with one of the many barbecue awards.

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Teen takes plea, avoids life in prison for shooting cousin
by Daniel Beauregard Charlie Oliver, 17, accused of killing his 8-yearold cousin, pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter Aug. 28. Oliver agreed to plead guilty and receive a 10-year sentence for fatally shooting Solomon Zellner in the face July 6, 2011; Oliver was 16 at the time. Police said Oliver told them he was in his room playing with a 9mm handgun when Zellner entered. He was trying to put the gun away when his finger caught the trigger and the gun went off, shooting his younger cousin, he said. Originally, Oliver faced life in prison and was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. The murder charge was later reduced to involuntary manslaughter and the aggravated assault charge was dropped. Oliver had reportedly moved in with Zellner’s mother Angela Ramos, who said she thought it would help Oliver curb his misbehavior and delinquency. “I’m only all right with it because I’ve known him since he was a child,” Ramos said of Oliver’s reduced sentence. “I’m still working on forgiving him.” Ruth McMullin, defense attorney for Oliver, described her client’s upbringing as a difficult one. McMullin said prior to his moving in with Ramos, Oliver’s grandmother had been raising him because his mother was unable to take care of him. When Oliver was 10, he watched his father die after collapsing while they were playing basketball, McMullin said. “After that incident was when things with Charlie’s attitude and behavior really started to take a turn for the worse,” McMullin said. Several years later, his grandmother was unable to care for him and he moved in with Ramos. McMullin asked the court to consider leniency and allow Oliver to be tried as a “first offender,” which would allow him to have his record expunged after his release from custody. She said Oliver is working toward his GED and has dreams of becoming a veterinarian upon his release. Assistant District Attorney Darius Pattillo opposed allowing Oliver to be tried as a first offender, stating that Oliver showed “gross recklessness” in pointing the gun, which was fully loaded, at his cousin. “It had at least seven rounds in the magazine at the time,” Pattillo said. “We do believe it was an accidental discharge,” Pattillo said. However, the gross recklessness and the conscious disregard for human life makes the state feel that this is not the type of case that warrants first offender treatment.” DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker agreed with Pattillo. Oliver’s family was present as he accepted the plea deal and both his uncle Michael Ross and sister Clinesha Florence spoke on his behalf. His grandmother Jeann Ross was present as well. Oliver’s uncle said he understood the magnitude of what had happened and knew Oliver understood the impact of his actions. Michael Ross said his nephew can be a productive member of society if given the chance. Florence described Oliver as a “gummy bear” and a “principal’s pet” who just had a hard life and took one too many wrong turns. In tears, she asked for Oliver’s sentence of 10 years to be reduced. “If my brother does 10 years that means he’ll be 27 when he gets out of jail and…if you get out of jail when you’re 27 you can’t do anything with your life, it’s too late,” Florence said. Ramos said it was a struggle to lose her child, especially at the hands of Oliver, but that she wanted him to be productive in prison so he could be successful when he gets out. “The only thing I can recommend for him is to get some counseling or some education so when he gets out he’ll still be able to have a life,” Ramos said.

Charlie Oliver, 17, accused of killing his 8-year-old cousin, has accepted a plea deal. Oliver’s grandmother, uncle and sister were present at as he pleaded guilty. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

I-20 East Transit Initiative Open House
Thank you for your continued interest in  the MARTA I‐20 East Transit Initiative!  With significant stakeholder and public  input, the study has identified a Locally  Preferred Alternative (LPA) for transit  improvements in the I‐20 East Corridor:  an extension of the existing MARTA rail  line from the Indian Creek Station to the  Mall at Stonecrest, and new Bus Rapid  Transit service along I‐20 between  downtown Atlanta and Wesley Chapel  Road.  As the project moves into  environmental studies, the public is  invited to attend one of the upcoming  Public Scoping Meetings to learn about  the LPA, and discuss any environmental  or community concerns in the study  area.      If you are unable to attend any of the  meetings advertised, please provide  your written comments to Janide  Sidifall, Office of Transit Systems  Planning, MARTA, 2424 Piedmont Road,  NE Atlanta, GA 30324‐3330, by October  15, 2012. For more information or to  submit comments online at the project  website, visit:‐east‐ corr.aspx. 
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Hundreds help create new Delano Line Park
by Andrew Cauthen and recreation department, workers in the workforce development program and What used to be a stretch volunteers from the White Oak Hills Neighborhood of land covered with underAssociation, this is now brush, kudzu and litter has DeKalb’s first urban linear been cleared to make way park. for the new Delano Line “Without the hard work Park. and dedication of the White A ribbon-cutting cerOak Hills Neighborhood emony was held Aug. 25 Association, the completion for the 17.69-acre linear of this park would not have park, which has a pavilion, picnic tables, bench swings, taken place as soon as it has,” Johnson said. kiosk, benches, playground The preparation work by area, walking trail and three wooden bridges crossing the volunteers saved the county stream on the site. The park, an estimated $250,000. “The Delano Drive/Line located at Memorial Drive Street park project exempliand Delano Drive, stretches fies what can be achieved from Alston Drive at Dusty when county government Lane to Line Street. and neighborhoods work toThe land was purgether,” Johnson said. “The chased and developed with $908,000 in District 3 parks White Oak Hills Community is to be commended for their bond funds authorized by investment of ‘sweat equity’ DeKalb County Commisin this project.” sioner Larry Johnson. The community also seMore than 740 people, cured a $10,000 grant from including students from the Community Foundation, Avondale High School, which was used to purchase Midway and Peachcrest elementary schools and the park furniture such as bench Museum School of Avondale swings, benches and picnic Estates, participated in voltables. unteer activities, restoration Andy Huff, president projects and environmental of the White Oak Hills education. Volunteers also Neighborhood Association, planted more than 500 trees, acknowledged the efforts of shrubs and other vegetation the community volunteers were planted in the park. and the assistance received Through the combined from Park Pride, Academe efforts of the county’s parks of the Oaks and the county’s parks department. “This is just phase one of the project, and we commit to the county our continued support of the park and ask a commitment from the county to help maintain the park,” Huff said.

Commissioner Larry Johnson holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Delano Line Park on Memorial Drive, created when community volunteers teamed up with DeKalb County workers. The 18-acre park was purchased with $908,000 in park bond funds authorized by Johnson. Photos provided

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Opinion The Newslady

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Weapons of mass destruction: Part II
weapon at eight others before being gunned down by police. Two people killed, nine wounded. The news stations will do the obligatory analyses with experts in psychology, attempting to make sense of it all when these nonsensical acts can neither be predicted nor prevented. We have shootings and bombings in churches and other houses of worship, at funerals, at homes in “safe” neighborhoods, on trains, in schools, at movies, in offices and government buildings, outside daycare centers, at shopping centers in stores, well you get the picture. There were two other high profile tragedies in the news within the last month–the movie theater shooting in Colorado and the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin. We don’t expect these tragedies to occur in places that one might consider a sanctuary from gun violence. The Empire State Building shooting was in an area where the median income is more than $100,000 a year and most of the residents are White. I vividly recall covering stories where witnesses would make the comment, “this is a good neighborhood and you just wouldn’t think this could happen here.” Gun violence, mass shootings, murder and mayhem know no region, color or social standing. It’s tragically laughable for instance that certain communities do not want mass transit thinking it would bring “a certain element” into their communities when they are often living next door to a child molester, mass murderer or other major criminal. In Chicago the night before the Empire State Building shooting, 19 people were killed by gun violence, most of them African Americans and Latinos. Not a bulletin. Not a huge news story. Most of the editors making decisions about coverage are upper-income Whites who do not have a sense of these daily tragedies. It is not the unusual. It is unusual when Whites mow down Whites for no apparent reason. Or is this perceived aberration becoming the norm. Has it always been so? Until this country has real dialogue and heals itself from ignorance, intolerance, greed and race, we will never achieve the true greatness dreamed of by the founding fathers. A white cleric was heard to say that this country held such great promise, but the treatment of native Americans and the enslavement of African people was the beginning of the end of that great promise. What’s that got to do with anything you ask? Everything. The remnants of racial intolerance and feelings of superiority are the underpinnings of every social institution in this country. We have not moved beyond racial stupidity. We’re stuck on it. What happened in New York apparently had nothing to do with race. But racism is violent and violence is deeply embedded in the history and the psyche of America and its people. Almost a decade ago, Bishop Desmond Tutu in his final sermon as a visiting professor at Emory’s Candler School of Theology said that in his advanced age and after all his degrees, his archbishop position in the Anglican Church and the pivotal role he played in the reconciliation of the races in South Africa, he had just come to know what this “thing called life is all about.” He said it’s that four-letter word called L-O-V-E. He wondered out loud what this world would be like if we all practiced it. Love gives one a change of heart. You can be betrayed and not hate. You can have a job taken from you and not be moved to take someone’s life. We can deal with the challenges that come our way on this journey called life. Now it’s foolhardy to think we won’t experience disappointment, fear or even anger. Those are human emotions. What spins us out of control and causes our hurt to hurt others is when we react compulsively and destructively to those disappointments, fears and anger. Worth repeating: Love gives us tolerance, patience and peace. It’s our only defense against those weapons of mass destruction. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Miles at

The shooting at the Empire State Building gives rise to revisiting a thought that occurred and was opined in this space recently. There are weapons of mass destruction in the United States and they are called hatred, racism and ignorance. Let’s not leave out greed. Our only defense is a change of heart, but sadly that is not likely to happen in our lifetimes. Hardly a week or month goes by without a news story of some sick soul going on a shooting rampage mowing down innocent people because they don’t like their religion, their color, their kind, or they were fired. Violent retribution over perceived harms propels these weapons of mass destruction. In this latest tragedy at the Empire State Building, witnesses say it was like 911 all over again with people running for safety dodging a hail of bullets not knowing who was the target or why. I can only image the terror. Published reports indicate the gunman was killed by police. He was reportedly a disgruntled former employee who shot his former boss in the face and then aimed his

Letter to the Editor
Open letter to Republican Missouri Senate Candidate Rep. Todd Akin from Michielle Maggard, counselor, DeKalb Rape Crisis Center: I recently read your abhorrent comments regarding what you termed “legitimate rape.” I know that millions of Americans were as offended and angry as I was after hearing your inaccurate and dangerous words. With all due respect Rep. Akin, you cannot begin to Maggard imagine the damage that your words have done. How many women whose rapes ended in pregnancy have now been re-victimized and marginalized by your words? How many angry persons, like myself, who work in the movement to end sexual violence, have become distracted and outraged by your words? My anger is what has motivated me to write this in response to your illadvised comments. My anger is what inspires me to continue to do the work that I do. In my anger, I want to scream out “RAPE IS RAPE!” I am not alone in my anger, as your words have sparked outrage in many who join me in this movement to end sexual violence, and collectively our voices are shouting “RAPE IS RAPE!” I really hope you can hear it. So, in a way, I would like to thank you, Rep. Akin. Your words have ignited the momentum that we have needed to bring renewed attention and awareness to sexual violence. I encourage others to use this as a catalyst to urge our elected officials to increase funding for the Violence Against Women Act. This is a critical time in our movement and we will capitalize on this momentum to make sure our words, and not yours, Rep. Akin, are the ones that are remembered. DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC) has served as a beacon of hope for survivors of sexual assault since 1989. DRCC’s goal is to bring an end to the violent acts that necessitated the center’s establishment. DRCC envisions a world with no sexual assault, but as long as the need remains, the center will continue to serve the community and help survivors rebuild their lives.

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Under water, and sinking fast
“One great wrong must soon disappear: the right to burden the unborn with state loans.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, poet and philosopher in 1843. While private sector pensions have practically vanished, employee retirement savings have become an essentially private affair, led by IRAs and 401-Ks. Though employers often match contributions, up to a maximum cap, their contributions are both fixed and easily budgeted, not so with the ever-growing debt expansion of public sector pensions, health care and retirement benefits. Where our life expectancy was once until our late 60s, improvements in diet, health care and selfpreservation have pushed that average into the upper 70s, with the 80s almost in reach. And yet, while we have improved and expanded those methods for extending life, we are still honoring decades-old contracts and promises, to workers not yet even hired, to compensate them for decades after their services to the public have long ceased. The unforeseen and seldom discussed looming budget disaster is the mushrooming cost of retirement pension and health care costs for retired state and local government employees. In 2011, the state faced a $1.3 billion lump sum payment to fully fund then existing obligations to its two retirement plans. As of 2009, the Georgia Teacher’s Retirement System and the State Employees’ Retirement System were under-funded by in excess of $10 billion. Georgia’s population growth rate is slowing, as is the growth rate of state government employment, after a nearly two-decade surge that saw state government employment and spending peak above $20 billion during the second term of Gov. Sonny Perdue. During the year 2000, the teacher’s plan had 3.8 active employees paying into the system for every retiree. That number has fallen to 2.9. The state employees’ system has dropped to an even lower 1.8 active workers per retiree. As with the federal math for Social Security and Medicare, those models are not sustainable. Under the existing retirement programs, a state employee or teacher in good standing puts in 2530 years of employment, then retires with approximately 80 percent of his or her salary for the remainder of his or her lives in addition to lifetime healthcare. Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Rochester, hardly bastions of conservative thinking, estimate that local and state governments nationwide, all bound by charter or constitution to balanced budgets, have under-funded pensions totaling $3 trillion. What to do? Change the systems currently in place for all new hires, and modify existing payments in. Move to a defined benefits model. Instead of a percentage of salary, provide a pension based upon years of service–as an example, 10 years of service - $1,000 per month, 20 years of service - $2,000 per month, etc. Set a cap given the flood of six figure salaries increasingly common in government service. Set a maximum pension benefit cap, periodically adjusted for inflation of say, $75,000. This is significantly more than the majority of tax paying Americans paying in to help fund this system actually make per year. Switch to a private annuity or 401-K plan. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindahl is saving his state billions in the coming decades by creating a 401-K style retirement plan for all future state government hires. A defined contribution annuity system, with a defined pay-out is another option. The latter is how the Georgia Lottery funds multi-year prize payouts quite successfully. Raise employee contributions. There is no doubt that our school teachers, police officers and thousands of other local and state government employees remain under-paid, that said, if they stay in the system, their retirement benefits will be among the most generous in the region. To continue to “get more” later, it only makes sense that they pay in more now. This choice could be optional, but if employees do not opt in favor of increasing their premium or contribution payments in, then they should expect a like percentage reduction in future benefits, leading with a carrot, instead of a stick. There are of course two very simple reasons this policy debate seldom if ever occurs. The majority of long-serving elected state and local officials are themselves also beneficiaries of these same retirement programs and perhaps the largest and most active voting block. Particularly in municipal and county government elections, are those same public sector employees, who don’t tend to like anyone touching their golden benefits. Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as

well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at

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Who's really winning the smartphone wars? HunGER We're letting top executives of giant corporations
expropriate public "property" for private gain.
by Sam Pizzigati Columnist

Why do CEOs make so much? Do they just have more smarts than the rest of us? About 43 percent of Americans apparently think so, pollsters at the Pew Research Center recently reported. They rate CEOs and other rich folks as more intelligent than the average person. An even greater share of us, on the other hand, sees avarice as the driving force behind grand personal fortunes. More than half of Americans, 55 percent, consider the rich “more likely” to be greedy than the typical American. But if we really want to understand why so few have so much in the United States today, why the gap between CEO and worker pay has soared tenfold since 1980, speculating about smarts and greed isn’t really going to help us all that much. We need to look instead at our overall political and economic environment, that complex array of laws, regulations, tax rates, and court rulings that determine what the rich can and cannot do — and get away with. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, this environment tended to discourage the concentration of individual and corporate wealth and power. Stiff tax rates on high incomes, for instance, put a damper on executive pay. And judges looked skeptically on CEO claims that they deserved whatever rewards they could grab. In one case decided after the Korean War, a federal appeals court ruled that lavishly paid executives at an Indiana machine tool company could not claim the full amount of their massive paychecks as a legitimate business expense on their corporate tax returns. The execs, the court ruled, owed their fabulous pay to the sudden demand the Korean War had created for industrial retooling, not to any business “sagacity” on the part of the executives. Judges, lawmakers, and government officials today seldom display this level of skepticism toward corporate executives. Our contemporary legal and political environment more

often than not accepts their claims at face value. Take our current patent and copyright system, for instance. We’ve let CEOs and their corporations claim as their private “intellectual property” ideas and ways of doing things that have their roots in our common human heritage. One food company, Smucker’s, has even claimed a patent for a “method of making crustless peanut butter sandwiches.” How much can companies reap playing patent games? More money than you can cram in a vault. In a justdecided Silicon Valley federal district court case, Apple, the world’s most highly valued corporation, has won $1.05 billion in damages from Samsung, its biggest smartphone competitor. Apple executives claimed that Samsung had done Apple “irreparable harm” by copying its patented intellectual property. And what had Apple patented as its intellectual property? Everything Apple executives could think of, even the iPhone’s rectangular shape and rounded edges. Apple has dozens of other “patent infringement” cases pending, and one Seattle design firm creative director told The New York Times recently that the Samsung ruling may have product designers “constantly secondguessing” whether they’re stepping on someone else’s patents. By patenting most everything under the sun, adds Financial Times contributing editor Sebastian Mallaby, tech giants like Apple “prevent rivals from using yesterday’s inventions to create tomorrow’s improved ones.” Samsung is appealing the Apple ruling. If the ruling holds, economist Dean Baker noted with “zero doubt,” Apple will charge consumers more for its products over the next decade than the company otherwise would, hundreds of billions more. Some of those dollars have already begun settling into the pockets of Apple CEO Timothy Cook. He started as the company’s chief exec a year ago with a pay deal that awarded him 1 million shares of its stock. Those shares had a $376 million market value last August. Their current value: over $670 million. OtherWords columnist Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the Institute for Policy Studies weekly newsletter on excess and inequality.

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Champion of the Week

Caroline Moise
programing and activities for the coming months. Moise is an active member of Georgia’s WIN List, a political action committee dedicated to recruiting, training, supporting, and electing Democratic women to serve as advocates for issues important to women and their families. “We also raise money to help elect women to the state Legislature,” Moise said. “I think it’s harder for women to raise money for political campaigning and there could be more opportunities for women to serve as public servants.” Moise, who has four children, said when they were younger she volunteered as the president of their parent and teachers association and has always taught them the importance of giving back. Her work with Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta has also led her to appreciate the work others are doing. “I’ve used it three different times with my mother-in-law and my own mother,” Moise said. “It takes a special kind of person to do that work and I believe that organization is really on the cutting edge with what we need with health care.” One of her proudest accomplishment, Moise said, was when she worked with a group of women at Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a single mother. “To me it’s like a work still in progress because there are continual needs for all of the areas that I’m working in,” Moise said.

Mural dedication set for Stone Mountain Village
The story of the village of Stone Mountain has been told visually through a mural painted by noted folk artist Olivia Thomason. The culmination of an effort completed last year, the mural colorfully displays the different communities that make up the area’s demographics with a concentration on the historic village, all under in the shadow of the giant granite monolith in Stone Mountain Park. “I patterned the mural based on the perspective of the city as it appeared to me from the pavilion wall where the mural is painted,” said Thomason, an awardwinning artist and former owner of Primitive Eye Gallery. “The idea originated with community leaders such as city Councilwoman Susan Coletti and publicspirited businesswoman Pat Sabatelle, and involved the congregations of the First Baptist Church and Stone Mountain United Methodist Church, Thomason said. Local students and members of Thomason’s family also helped with the mural. The mural, located on property owned by the First Baptist Church of Stone Mountain, faces the most popular slope for Stone

A mural by local artist Olivia Thomason depicts the village of Stone Mountain. The mural, which faces Stone Mountain, will be dedicated Sept. 9. Photo provided

Mountain’s climbers and will be illuminated with a spotlight at night, Thomason said. Dan Parker, pastor at the church, described the mural as “wonderful gift by Olivia Thomason, our enormously talented and generous friend. Olivia told me that the painting is her gift to our city.” The mural will be dedicated Sept. 9 at 1:45 p.m. on the lawn by the pavilion facing the mountain. The dedication will follow a traditional “after church service” dinner on the grounds with singing and prayer.

Caroline Moise, 63, said throughout her life volunteering has been something that is “in her gut.” Moise is currently the interim executive director of Leadership DeKalb, a nonprofit organization focused on bringing diverse leaders together to positively impact DeKalb County. Moise also serves on the boards of several different nonprofits, including the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta. “I have to say that my parents weren’t that involved in volunteering, so I don’t know where it comes from,” Moise said. “It’s just something that I feel like I have to do.” Moise, who has been involved with Leadership DeKalb since she graduated from its 2001 class, said her position there is only temporary until the organization finds a new director. Currently, she said the program just finished its opening retreat with 55 new class members and now she’s fundraising for the organization and developing class

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered as a future Champion of the Week, please contact Kathy Mitchell at or at 404-373-7779, ext. 104.

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Technical College in May and had opened a beauty salon in Tucker. The Lithonia community off of Chupp Way, where Rivers was shot, is normally considered a quiet working class neighborhood, residents said. Jonathan Rivers Sr., the victim’s father, said he had no idea that anything like this could happen in his neighborhood. “It [the shooting incident] kind of took me by surprise,” he said, adding that lately he has “started to hear a few shots.” “It’s usually pretty quiet around here, especially at night,” said Tashima Crook, a resident at the apartment complex. “I would have never thought anyone around here would do that to someone.”

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Lithonia man fights for life while shooting case grows cold
by Donnell Suggs What began as a routine return walk from a local store near his father’s home quickly turned into what DeKalb County police are describing as a shooting and apparent robbery. On June 2, Jonathan Rivers was shot four times in his back, arms and head at 5959 Fairington Road, inside of The Hills at Fairington apartments in Lithonia. He was on his way to visit his father. Rivers is currently fighting for his life on a ventilator at Grady Hospital. His family and friends have kept vigil by his bedside since the shooting. His fiancée is due to have another child in October. According to a police report, Rivers was approached by multiple people at approximately 10:54 p.m., shot multiple times and robbed of his backpack, the contents of which have not been released to the public. There have been no arrests in this case. According to DeKalb County police, the apartment complex’s manager, who also lives on the premises, heard four shots but did not see the shooters. Another resident who responded to a police canvass said she saw two males through her apartment window but could not identify the men. No additional witnesses have come forward or been identified. A father of five, the 29-yearold Rivers graduated from Atlanta The elder Rivers said he has tried to follow up on the case, inquiring about his son’s cell phone that was stolen from his backpack. “I have been told that [the DeKalb County Police Department has] been having problems getting the cell phone records,” Rivers said. “I can’t understand why that’s so. Shouldn’t the police be able to get records whenever they want them?” Police are asking that anyone with information about the shooting call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (404) 577-TIPS (8477). Tips can be emailed into the hotline at www. or texted to CRIMES (274637).

Trial for accused copkiller moves forward
by Daniel Beauregard Jury selection began Aug. 29 for the trial of William Woodard, 34, who is accused of killing DeKalb County police officers Eric Barker, 34, and Ricky Bryant Jr., 26, while they were working off-duty security at the Glenwood Gardens Apartments. It has been nearly four-and-a-half years since Barker and Bryant were killed and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Woodard. Erik Burton, a spokesman for the DeKalb DA’s Office, said death penalty cases usually take much longer to prosecute because of the number of motions and appeals. Recently, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Daniel Coursey was appointed to the case after Judge Gail Flake recused herself because of a conflict. Both prosecutors and Woodard’s defense attorneys expect jury selection to take at least several weeks and estimated the trial and sentencing to take at least two months. Coursey asked Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary at a recent hearing why the case had taken so long to go to trial and Geary said it was due primarily to the number of times Woodard has changed lawyers. “We haven’t had defense counsel for Mr. Woodard I think for longer than probably a year-and-a-half at a given time. We have had to start over numerous times,” Geary said. In 2008 officers Barker and Bryant were working security when they approached a vehicle in the apartment parking lot. According to the indictment, Woodard then got out of the car and allegedly began shooting. Police said Woodard shot Barker in the head and Bryant in the torso and drove away. However, a tow truck driver found the men and called authorities. One officer died at the scene and the other in the hospital. Each left behind a wife and four children. Earlier this year during a hearing, defense attorneys argued that Woodard acted in self-defense after he was “snatched” from the car he was in. However, prosecutors said that even if Barker and Bryant were in the wrong when they approached Woodard, it didn’t give him the right to open fire.

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Parvati Shallow offers audition tips to would-be castmembers. Photos by John Hewitt

Reality show casting brings hopefuls to Doraville
by John Hewitt A DeKalb County firefighter, an elementary school assistant principal, an aspiring actor and a full-time Delta Air Lines employee were among hundreds who gathered at the Doraville BrandsMart on Aug. 29 to audition for reality shows The Amazing Race and Survivor. Firefighter Shonda H. Johnson walked along the long line of would-be cast members shouting “Who needs a partner for Amazing Race?” Phyllis King of Tucker motioned Johnson over and in less than a minute the two had decided to audition together as a team on Amazing Race. King, who said she is a true competitor and is able to adapt to any environment and situation, had planned on auditioning for Survivor only, but jumped at the opportunity to audition for both shows when Johnson made the offer. King said she wants adventure and loves being “out there” and meeting lots of new people. Johnson said she came looking for a partner and that she and King matched. Kimberly Bowsher of Atlanta came with posters in hand and a scroll of sorts complete with Survivor logos and adjectives that described her personality and why she would be a great cast member for the next season of Survivor. Bowsher said she has always been a dreamer and that she watches every episode of Survivor and “wants to just jump through the TV and be in the thick of it.” As an assistant principal in an elementary school, she said that between students and parents she “survives every day.” Holding audition number “51” and waiting to audition for The Amazing Race were Daimeial Michel and partner Grinell Reynolds of Atlanta. Michel said, “I’m doing it just for her. I don’t have a clue what I’m getting into.” He then rather quickly changed his mind about why he was standing in a long line on a hot day waiting to audition for a show he has never seen. “First, I’m doing it for the money. Second, I’m doing it for the money. Thirdly…I’m doing it for her.” Other would-be cast members milled around outside of BrandsMart taking advantage of photo opps with former cast members of both shows. Atlanta resident, University of Georgia graduate and Survivor: Micronesia winner Parvati Shallow, along with Alex Boylan, Season 2 winner of The Amazing Race, posed with fans and offered advice on how best to impress the audition screeners. Those chosen to appear on either show will be notified in November or December; filming is expected to begin in early 2013. The event, sponsored by CBS Atlanta and Jim Ellis Chevrolet, was part of a national tour of the CBS Buzz Tour bus.

Shonda Johnson and Phyllis King aspire to be on The Amazing Race.

Kimberly Bowsher showing her scroll of qualities.

Amazing Race hopefuls Mark Lamberts and April Austell.

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Decatur Book Festival
Thousands gathered for the annual Decatur Book Festival, held in downtown Decatur. The festival is one of the largest in the world and featured local authors and merchants as well as popular artists and writers from around the world. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

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She’s also picking up the mechanics of success.
The 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s Project Success Robotics Program introduces middle and high school students to science and technology, using real world examples and hands-on training. In addition to being poised for professional achievement in expanding fields, participants improve their core academics and learn life lessons they will never forget. Georgia Power is proud to support Project Success, and the future contributions of these brilliant minds.


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Volunteers gather for yearly playground build
More than 200 volunteers from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, QuikTrip and DeKalb Academy of Technology and Environment elementary and middle schools, as well as organizers from KaBOOM! gathered Aug. 29 to build a new playground at the schools. The newly designed playground is based on drawings created by children. The project was part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get children and families active nationwide. The group will donate $15 million to KaBOOM! during the next three years to build and fix up 2,000 playgrounds.
Photos by Daniel Beauregard

DeKalb County Wants to Hear From You Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal with Comcast Cable Communications
Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of your community to

The Champion Weather
Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 90 Low: 72

Sept. 6, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
Sept. 6, 1987 - Severe thunderstorms produced more than seven inches of rain in Georgia. Four persons drowned, and two others suffered injury, as three couples attempted to cross Mills Stone Creek at Echols Mill in their automobile. Sept. 7, 1970 - A lightning bolt struck a group of football players at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., killing two people and injuring 22 others. All of the 38 players and four coaches were knocked off their feet. Dunwoody 88/71 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 89/72 89/72 89/72 Snellville Decatur 90/72 Atlanta 90/72 90/72 Lithonia College Park 91/72 91/72 Morrow 91/72 Union City 91/72 Hampton 92/73

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, high of 90º, humidity of 66%. Northwest wind 5 mph. The record high for today is 97º set in 1954. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly Sunny High: 91 Low: 72

*Last Week’s Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 84 73 86/69 0.73" Wednesday 87 73 86/68 0.00" Thursday 81 72 86/68 0.00" Friday 88 73 86/68 0.01" Saturday 91 71 86/68 0.00" Sunday 91 71 86/68 0.09" Monday 86 74 85/68 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.83" Average temp . .79.6 Normal rainfall . .0.88" Average normal 77.0 Departure . . . . .-0.05" Departure . . . . .+2.6
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Scat'd T-storms High: 85 Low: 66

Partly Cloudy High: 81 Low: 61

Partly Cloudy High: 80 Low: 64

Mostly Sunny High: 84 Low: 65 Last 9/8

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:14 a.m. 7:15 a.m. 7:16 a.m. 7:16 a.m. 7:17 a.m. 7:18 a.m. 7:18 a.m. Sunset 7:56 p.m. 7:54 p.m. 7:53 p.m. 7:52 p.m. 7:50 p.m. 7:49 p.m. 7:47 p.m. Moonrise 11:24 p.m. No Rise 12:09 a.m. 12:57 a.m. 1:50 a.m. 2:45 a.m. 3:44 a.m. Moonset 12:54 p.m. 1:47 p.m. 2:37 p.m. 3:24 p.m. 4:08 p.m. 4:49 p.m. 5:28 p.m. First 9/22

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 6:56 a.m. 7:52 p.m. 3:45 a.m. 5:35 p.m. 11:37 a.m.10:19 p.m. 12:25 a.m. 2:33 p.m. 10:35 a.m. 9:54 p.m. 8:51 p.m. 9:10 a.m.

Partly Cloudy High: 88 Low: 69 New 9/15

Full 9/29

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 91º in Baltimore, Md. The Southeast will see scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 97º in Greenville, Miss. The Northwest will see isolated showers today, mostly clear skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 90º in Medford, Ore. The Southwest will see isolated thunderstorms today, mostly clear skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 108º in Bullhead City, Ariz.

Weather Trivia
How high can hailstone accumulation be?

0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+


UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High 11+: Extreme Exposure

Answer: Drifts have reached depths of up to six feet.

StarWatch By Gary Becker - Moon to Occult Ceres
When the Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi discovered Ceres on January 1, 1801, he thought that he had revealed one of the “missing links” of the solar system. Nearly thirty years earlier, two German astronomers, Johann Bode and Johann Titius had independently formulated a numerical progression which explained accurately the distances of the known planets at that time. There was a catch. The Bode-Titius rule put an unknown planet in a position 2.8 times the Earth-sun distance, but that was exactly where Ceres was discovered. Twenty years earlier, William Herschel found Uranus which was also foreseen by the rule. In the end, Neptune deviated from a Bode-Titius prediction, as did Ceres, the first of nearly a million objects discovered to date which are now called asteroids. These findings helped to discredit the Bode-Titius rule among professional astronomers. Texas-sized Ceres has also has been reclassified as a dwarf planet. It does, however, meet three out of the four characteristics for planetary status. It is round, orbits the sun, and is not a satellite of another planet; but unlike the planets, it does not possess enough mass, and therefore, not enough gravity to clear its orbital space. If you want to see a Ceres, set your sights on Sunday morning, September 9, when a thick waning crescent moon occults, or hides, the dwarf planet. A small telescope will be mandatory in order to view the Ceres occultation successfully. On the East Coast the event occurs about 4:20 a.m., but on the West Coast, subtract the three hour time change, and also an additional 30 minutes for the positional difference of the moon. That would make the time when Ceres vanishes behind the moon about 12:50 a.m. It would still be wise to set up about half an hour before the event to monitor the slow, inexorable movement of Luna’s bright limb nearing Ceres. Much success!

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Take steps toward a healthier lifestyle
(Family Features) For many, taking the first step toward healthy living can seem overwhelming. But eating more fruits and vegetables, taking walks, washing your hands, and improving the well-being of your community are all easy ways to become a bit healthier. In fact, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA), nearly one million Americans die each year from diseases that can be prevented by living a healthier lifestyle. Each April, APHA celebrates National Public Health Week (NPHW) to spread the word about good health, encouraging both communities and individuals to take an active approach toward healthier living. This year, APHA invites the public to “Join the Movement” to improve your health and the health of your community, by providing these tips to make simple changes today for a healthier tomorrow. Live active, eat healthy Small swaps–and steps–can lead to big changes: • Check out the MyPlate recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at to help plan your meals with proper proportions. • Look to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables when preparing meals. • Choose more fish and low-fat meat cuts. • Cook food at proper temperatures. • Talk with elected leaders about including sidewalks, bike lanes, and farmers markets in your community. • Get at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate to vigorous exercise each week. • Encourage children to get one hour of active play each day. Prevent tobacco, drug, and alcohol abuse Education goes a long way in preventing substance abuse: • Talk with your employer about implementing a substance management and tobacco-cessation program for employees. • Advocate for smoke-free policies in your community and workplace. • Follow prescription medication instructions thoroughly • Do not use illicit drugs. • Do not drive if you are under the influence. Avoid the spread of communicable disease Communicable diseases can’t be avoided completely, but you can better protect your family: • Wash your hands frequently. • Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. • Immunize your family. • Disinfect surfaces in your home and workspace. • Talk with your employer about providing paid sick days to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. • Support local legislation aimed at lessening the impacts of some of the most serious communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, influenza, and tuberculosis. Support reproductive and sexual health Advocacy and education can help encourage safe sex practices and reproductive health: • Practice safe sex. • Use contraceptives. • Visit your doctor for regular screenings. • Promote access to quality health care to reduce HIV/ AIDS, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted diseases. • Advocate to get comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education in your communities. • Eat healthy, remain active, quit the use of tobacco and alcohol, and visit your doctor regularly, especially when pregnant. Promote mental and emotional well-being It is important to advocate for mental health education in your community: • Advocate for mental health awareness and programs within your community’s schools, businesses, and community centers. • Talk with your employer about providing a comprehensive mental health services program as part of the organization’s healthcare plan. • Learn to recognize the symptoms of mental health issues, such as depression. • Support local nonprofits aimed at educating community members about mental illness. • Seek out treatment for mental health issues. To learn more about NPHW, ways you can join the movement, and to read more healthy living tips from APHA, visit
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In 2011, there were approximately 12,000 participants at the Atlanta BBQ Festival. Photos by Travis Hudgons

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hoping for 2,000 participants; approximately 5,000 people attended. “We ran out of beer. We ran out of barbecue,” Herndon said. “It was a real success.” The next year, organizers planned for 5,000 people and approximately 10,000 showed up. “We ran out of beer. We ran out of barbecue,” he said. In 2011, there were approximately 12,000 participants and organizers did not run out of anything, Herndon said. This year’s festival, which will be held Sept. 14-15 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, will feature 10 of Atlanta’s top barbecue restaurants serving up their specialties, 50 barbecue teams from across the region competing for prizes, live music and entertainment, barbecue cooking demonstrations and the Atlanta BBQ Festival Invitational Car Show. BBQ Pitmasters, a show on The Learning Channel, will be on hand filming this year’s festival. Herndon said that although Georgia does not have its own distinct barbecue flavor, “Georgia is the crossroads of barbecue.” A judge for national and international barbecue events, Herndon said, “I want to make Atlanta the world destination for barbecue. “It will really help our city,” said Herndon, mentioning that Memphis in May, a barbecue festival in Tennessee, adds $13 million to the local economy annually. “It’s the barbecue Mardis Gras.” Herndon said he loves to eat at various barbecue joints around the metro area. “Why spend $5 at a McDonald’s versus $6 or $7 in a barbecue restaurant?” he asked, adding that frequenting barbecue restaurants supports local economies. “People who love barbecue are good folk,” Herndon said. “Nothing against vegetarians. One of my best friends is a vegetarian.” For more information on the Atlanta BBQ Festival, visit to

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Education Immaculate Heart of Mary expands iPad program
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (IHM), located off Briarcliff Road in Atlanta, recently expanded its iPad program to the school’s seventh grade classrooms. Last year, every eighth-grade student at IHM received an iPad courtesy of the Speedwell Foundation, the Shelter Hill Foundation and the Net-Texts Pilot Program. The program was so successful that Assistant Principal Bob Baldonado decided to expand the program. Currently, the iPads have replaced textbooks for eighth-grade students and are supplementing texts for the seventh grade. According to a press release, the program has allowed teachers to combine educational resources on the Internet with more conventional teaching materials thus creating a customized, hands-on curriculum. Baldonado said the teachers are allowed to design their own courses, as long as they cover the required curriculum set forth from the Office of Catholic Schools in the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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Above, Chapel Hill Middle School teachers Tanya Thompson and Jothanye Owens visit the World of Coca-Cola with their daughters for its annual Educator Open House Aug. 25. Below, Henderson Mill Elementary School teachers Jennifer Dunn and Amy Glosson also participate in the event. Photos provided

World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium host educator open house
Teachers from Chapel Hill Middle School and Henderson Mill Elementary School in DeKalb County visited the Educator Open House hosted by the World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium Aug. 25. At the Open House, educators from across Georgia received complimentary admission to learn about the attractions’ educational features and field trip opportunities.

Immaculate Heart of Mary recently expanded a program that offers iPads to all seventh and eighth grade students.

DeKalb County Schools names teacher of year
Salem Middle School teacher Joe Louis Floyd was recently named the 2012 DeKalb County School District teacher of the year. Floyd was named one of four district finalists for the honor and was joined by Elizabeth Jean King of Sagamore Hills Elementary, José Alberto Gregory from DeKalb School of the Arts, and Kerra Taniyika Crowe of the DeKalb Transition/Alternative School. In his application essay, Floyd wrote, “Without effective communication, it is impossible to maximize the education experience of our youth. As a teacher leader within my school, I attack every situation as though the buck starts and ends with me.” Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson presented Floyd with an award at a reception Aug. 21 held at the Thalia Carlos Hellenic Center in Atlanta. Atkinson said the district is “incredibly proud” of Floyd as well as each of the approximately 7,000 teachers in the school district. “It is an honor to be able to come together to celebrate them and their remarkable dedication. As a district, our greatest resource is our people,” Atkinson said. As teacher of the year, Floyd was awarded $1,000 from ING Direct and received a complimentary membership to the Organization of Professional Educators, Georgia Educators Association and National Education Association, courtesy of the Organization of DeKalb Educators. Floyd also received a classroom library makeover and a $100 gift card from the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Each of the four finalists received a Dell Latitude Notebook and printer courtesy of Dell Computers and the three runners-up received $500 each from ING Direct.

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Chamber president weighs in on DeKalb’s job outlook
With the nation having recently celebrated Labor Day 2012 some are cautiously optimistic as America struggles to recover economically. Kathy Mitchell, The Champion’s managing editor, asked Leonardo McClarty, president & CEO of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, for his thoughts on how DeKalb County appears to be faring. Does the job market in DeKalb County appear to be improving? I would say that the market is still rather volatile. There was a decrease in the unemployment rate between March and May but we have seen a slight uptick the last couple of months. Many businesses are still uncertain about the economy with concerns around health care, taxes and the national debt. A presidential election tends to slow things down and some firms wait until after November to reinvest and expand as they want an idea of what the national economic agenda will look like What industries are creating most of the new jobs right now? Allied health organization such as nursing, personal care, home aids. Other growing or at least stable industries are telecommunications, network systems, software and application engineers. Some social and human service related positions are also becoming available. Are most of the new jobs being created in small businesses or larger ones? Most of the new jobs are being created by small businesses. Small firms have always been the life blood of the economy and the same holds true today. What skills are employers looking for right now? Soft skills – the ability to interact with co-workers and the general public, technology savvy, critical thinking, communications, verbal and written. Dependability – employers want people who will show up daily and on time. What resources does DeKalb County have that make it a good place to start a business? DeKalb County and the Atlanta region have a host of resources for small businesses. You have the DeKalb Chamber of Comerce, the Small Business Development Center, the county office of economic development, several microenterprise programs, and the DeKalb Enterprise Business Corporation. Also many churches are encouraging entrepreneurship and are partnering with various business groups. How is DeKalb County positioned in terms of doing business worldwide? DeKalb County is positioned nicely to compete globally and we have a robust workforce, an educated workforce, good infrastructure, access to the ports and an international airport to name a few. What advice would you give to someone looking for work in DeKalb County? • Utilize their network. Word of mouth is key in today’s world of job seeking. • Read. Check local publications to see who is opening and expanding. • Learn how to use social media, especially sites such as Linked-In. • Prepare in advance. Have your resume prepared and ready to send. Utilize professionals to review your cover letters and resumes in advance to ensure that it conveys the message you you want to send. What advice would you give to someone thinking of locating a business in DeKalb County? Utilize the various tools and resources afforded to you such as the chamber and county economic development department.

Massey Watson Bowers & Hembree, LLC
is interviewing Dekalb Local Small Business Enterprises related to Dekalb County RFQ No. 12-700008 (State Legislative Lobbying Services)
For addition information a copy of RFQ can be downloaded at: Interested firms or individuals should submit: 1. Statement of Interest 2. Qualifications 3. Status related to Dekalb Local Small Business Enterprise Ordinance, and 4. Contact Information VIA EMAIL ONLY to

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Experts to teach saving money with coupons two experts will be at the Gresham library Sept. 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m., to give information on how to save money by clipping coupons. Patrons are welcome to bring coupons to exchange. “It is all about fun and saving lots of money on your grocery bill,” notes an announcement from the library. Call or visit the branch to register and be taught the tricks of the trade. the event is open to the first 20 participants. Gresham library is located at 2418 Gresham Road, Atlanta. For more information, call (404) 244-4374. Free workshop offered to adults with sickle cell disease In recognition of national Sickle Cell Awareness Month, a free, oneday workshop is being offered to raise awareness and to educate adults with sickle cell disease residing in Georgia. the “For Adults Only with Sickle Cell Disease Workshop” will be held Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta. the workshop is being sponsored by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Health Policy Center, and SPCC Atlanta AHEC. According to Deb McGhee-McCrary, CEO, Sickle Cell Foundation, “One of the goals of this workshop is to help empower people with sickle cell disease to become advocates for their health, to seek appropriate medical care, and to establish a regular medical home rather than relying on emergency rooms.” Workshop participants will hear from hematology specialists with Emory University’s School of Medicine, sickle cell disease support group leaders and patients living with the disease. the community resources segment will identify services available for uninsured sickle cell patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sickle cell disease affects 90,000-100,000 people in the United States. One of every 500 Blacks is born with the disease, however, it is prevalent among people of Hispanic-American, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian descent, as well. Visit http://sicklecelladultworkshop. to register for the workshop online, or call (404) 815-4996 or (404) 755-1641 for more information. to find out more about sickle cell, sickle cell month, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit

Republican women’s group to meet the north DeKalb Republican Women (nDRW) will meet at the DeKalb Republican Party Headquarters, located 3583-G Chamblee tucker Road (Embry Hills Shopping Village) on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 9:45 a.m. the guest speaker will be DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer who will speak about “What is happening in DeKalb?” the public is invited. the nDRW is not just a political association. It is a nonprofit organization involved in public service working with the USO, Ronald McDonald House, the V.A. Hospital and local schools. Also, please note the nDRW is collecting diapers for the families of American military. those who would like to contribute, should bring the diapers to the DeKalb GOP Headquarters on any meeting date. For more information, please contact Natalie Olmi at (770) 396-4101.

who are obese.” the walk is also focused on violence prevention and has as its special guests Pamela and Robert Champion, whose son died a victim of hazing at his school in Florida. Former cocaine addict to share story of recovery In recognition of national Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the DeKalb Community Service Board is hosting a community event titled Reach for Recovery Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. the featured guest is Willie Harris, an Atlanta-based author and entrepreneur who will share his inspirational story of recovering from a 10-year cocaine addiction. the musical guest is the Brighter tomorrows Choir. the event, which will be held at the Bohan Auditorium of the Richardson Health Center located at 445 Winn Way in Decatur, is free and RSVPs are encouraged at For more information, call (678) 7320559 or visit NAACP to hold Freedom Fund Awards Banquet the nAACP DeKalb County Branch will hold its 56th annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet on Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Decatur. this year’s theme is nAACP: Your Power, Your Decision - Vote. the Freedom Fund Awards Banquet is held each year to acknowledge those in the community who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to public service. this year’s keynote speaker will be former Commissioner of labor Michael Thurmond. He authored Freedom: Georgia’s Antislavery Heritage, 17331865, which was awarded the Georgia Historical Society’s lilla Hawes Award. Master of ceremonies for the event is Eric Phillips, reporter at Channel 2 Action news. tickets are $75 each. For additional information, contact the branch office at (404) 241-8006 or Teresa Hardy at

Come learn about volunteer opportunities for community service and current club programs. Projects include the Side-by-Side Clubhouse Brain Injury Clubhouse, Ronald McDonald charities, Stone Mountain Food Co-op, Safe Kids of DeKalb, Women’s Resource Center for victims of domestic violence, the V.A. hospital and the U.S.O. Membership in both daytime and nighttime meetings will be discussed. Visitors will be able to see the clubhouse and have light refreshments. For more information call Barbara Luton at (770) 491-6711 or email smwcga@ Park Springs to host symposium for seniors, families Park Springs retirement community will host a symposium for area seniors and their families, including lunch and refreshments on Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. local and national experts will speak on healthy aging, brain fitness, finances, retirement housing options, understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and more. the event, Changing the Way We Age & Planning for the Future, is Park Springs’ first symposium for members, potential residents and their adult children, and is slated become an annual event. Laura Keyes, community development manager of the aging services division at the Atlanta Regional Commission, will open the event with her presentation titled “trends in Senior living that Impact Our Families,” addressing topics of population growth and lifestyle trends. there are four hour-long break-out sessions scheduled, including: • 10-11 a.m.: “Insights on Healthy Aging and Brain Fitness,” presented by Lois Ricci, nurse/educator at the Institute of Gerontology at UGA; and “navigating the Road Map for the Future,” by Ken Mitchell, former State Director for AARP of Georgia. • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: “Understanding Memory loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s,” presented by Tom Silveria, Atlanta Alzheimer’s Association; and “As Our Family Ages…What Are Our Options?” by Liz Bush, life Care Services. • A lunch and panel discussion featuring Park Springs members and the presenters will take place 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by a closing presentation about Park Springs. the symposium will be held in the Park Springs Clubhouse Community Room, 500 Springhouse Circle, Stone Mountain. For more information or to RSVP for the symposium, call (678) 684-3483 or visit

“DeKalb Walks…For the Health of It” to be in Exchange Park the “DeKalb Walks…For the Health of It” event will be held Sept. 8 at the Exchange Park Intergenerational Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur. the event is free and open to the public. Cash prizes ranging from $25$250 will be given to groups with the most team members participating and drawings for individual cash prizes will also be held. Registration is 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre-register for the walk, contact the Office of Commissioner Larry Johnson at (404) 371-2425. In 2005, Johnson introduced a proclamation naming walking as the official exercise of DeKalb County. this step launched the DeKalb Walks Initiative. “this is the seventh year of this initiative and we are seeing more and more people making walking a part of their daily routine,” Johnson said. “We are continuing our participation in first lady Michelle Obama’s let’s Move Initiative and, we want to encourage everyone to come out and participate to help raise the awareness of childhood obesity and the long-term effect childhood obesity has on those who are obese and the ancillary effect obesity has on healthcare costs, lost productivity in the workplace and the lessening of the projected life expectancy of people

Stone Mountain Woman’s Club to hold orientation
the Stone Mountain Woman’s Club chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Club will have a “meet and greet” orientation gathering on tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. at 5513 E. Mountain Street, Stone Mountain.

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M.L. King running back Renard Whyte rolls into the end zone in the second quarter to give the Lions its first score of the game against Stockbridge.

M.L. King’s defense dominates in win without head coach


he Martin Luther King Lions are still up to their winning ways despite having their coach of three years suspended. The Lions opened their 2012 season Sept. 1 with a win after shutting out Henry County’s Stockbridge High School 23-0. The win came a week after head coach Michael Carson was suspended after being accused of sexting a parent. Interim coach Rober Freeman said after the game that the drama surrounding the ousted coach did not distract the team. “We’ve got some great guys

on our team,” he said. “They took it and just continue to focus on playing football. We’ve got a season to play and we’re just ready to play.” And ready to play they were. The Lions’ defense sacked Stockbridge’s quarterback Corey Hall 13 times. They swarmed to the ball on every play, not giving the Stockbridge offense a chance to get into the end zone. The defense also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery. The Lions’ offense got off to a slow start. M.L. King quarterback Monquavious Johnson struggled connecting with his receivers throughout the game. He com-

pleted 10 pass on 19 attempts for 123 yards and one interception. However, the Lions rushing attack of Jamel Smith and Reynard Whyte wore down Stockbridge’s defense. Smith rushed for 47 yards on seven carries and scored a touchdown. Whyte had seven carries for 51 yards. Wide receiver Donald Clark also got in on the fun with a rushing touchdown of his own. In all, the Lions only had a total of 210 yards on offense. Freeman blamed the offense’s slow start on first game jitters. “We haven’t played in three weeks. We were finally getting the chance to play against some-

body else,” he said. “We just had to get the kinks out. We’ll get in our groove and everything will pick up.” M.L. King will have to get back in its groove quickly before the team faces the Southwest DeKalb Panthers, who are also coming off a win, on Sept. 8. The two neighborhood and region rivals will meet at Hallford Stadium. Freeman said he will not do anything special to get his team ready for this game. “We’ll just do what we need to do,” he said. “Look at film, practice hard and be ready to play.”

SW DeKalb and M.L. King set for just third meeting in series history
by Mark Brock

The Southwest DeKalb Panthers and Martin Luther King Jr. Lions take the field at Hallford Stadium on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in what will be just the third meeting between the two schools that are separated by just a few miles. The Lions hold a 2-0 advantage in the series having won the only meetings in 2008 and 2009, including a tough 13-9 victory in 2009. Both teams enter the Region 6-AAAAA opener with 1-0 records following season opening road wins. The Lions downed Stockbridge 23-0 in their opener while the Panthers won by an identical 23-0 margin over Pebblebrook. Chamblee and Druid Hills meet for the 17th time Sept. 7 in a game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Adams Stadium. Chamblee leads the series 13-12-1 overall.

The teams last met in 2007 in a game won by Chamblee 53-13. Chamblee is 1-0 on the season following a convincing 38-6 win over Dunwoody last week while Druid Hills is also 1-0 coming off a 33-2 win over Clarkston. The 21st meeting between Dunwoody and Lakeside is being moved from North DeKalb Stadium due to field conditions, but the site, date and time has not been set. Lakeside leads the series 11-8-1 and Dunwoody won the last meeting 42-10. Stephenson, which had its season opener against Pensacola Pine Forest (FL) cancelled due to Hurricane Isaac, will now open its season in a first-ever meeting against the Arabia Mountain Rams (1-0). The Rams are 1-0 to start their fourth season of play following a 40-0 win over Clarkston in their season opener two weeks ago. The pair meets at 8 p.m. on the turf at Hallford Stadium.

Friday, Sept. 7: Strong Rock Christian (1-0) vs. Clarkston (0-2), Hallford, 5:15 p.m. Cedar Grove (0-2) vs. Douglass (0-1), Grady, 5:30 p.m. Dunwoody (0-1) vs. Lakeside (0-1), TBA Chamblee (1-0) vs. Druid Hills, Adams, 7:30 p.m. McNair (1-0) vs. Columbia (1-0), Avondale, 7:30 p.m. Washington (1-0) vs. Lithonia (0-2), Panthersville, 7:30 p.m. Redan (1-0) at Shiloh (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Stephenson (0-0) vs. Arabia Mountain (1-0), Hallford, 8 p.m. Miller Grove (1-0) vs. Mays (0-1), Lakewood, 8 p.m. Tucker (1-0) vs. North Atlanta (0-1), Grady, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8: SW DeKalb (1-0) vs. M.L. King (1-0), Hallford, 7:30 p.m. Towers (0-1) vs. South Atlanta (1-0), Grady, 7 p.m. Bye Week: Cross Keys (0-1), Stone Mountain (1-1)

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Columbia comes back in fourth quarter to defeat Cedar Grove
The Cedar Grove Saints, who entered the 2012 season ranked no. 7 in Class AAA, were stunned Aug. 31 when the Columbia Eagles came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat them 20-15. Columbia (1-0) won its opening game of the season after sophomore running back Antonio Manson bulldozed his way into the end zone with just under two minutes left in the game. Cedar Grove fell to 0-2 on the season. Columbia’s head coach David Edwards said that it felt great to get this win. “I feel better for this team because they mentally didn’t think they could do it,” he said. “And that’s the great thing about it. We came together as a family.” Columbia relied heavily on its running game to keep the Saints offense on the sideline. The Eagles had a total of 39 carries for 220 yards and scored two of its touchdowns on running plays, including the winning touchdown. Manson had 11 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown, junior running back Terrell Badilishamwalimu had 19 carries for 79 yards, and senior running back Montrez Brooks had three carries for 20 yards and a touchdown. Edwards said using their running game was the plan coming into the game. “We needed to keep that ball out of that quarterback’s hand,” he said. “That was the primary purpose. Don’t give them the ball and try to score as many points as we can and run that clock down.” Columbia scored first in the game with a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Courtney Davis to sophomore wide receiver Shadell Bell to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Davis threw for 133 yards in the game with one touchdown and one interception. Cedar Grove followed that with a touchdown run by junior running back Deion Sellers, taking a 7-6 lead. Cedar Grove’s star quarterback Johnathon McCrary got his team in the end zone for a second score with a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jamir Hannah. The Saints were successful on a two-point conversion to lengthen the lead to 15-6. Columbia shortened Cedar Grove’s lead before halftime with a touchdown run by Brooks and 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 15-14. The score stayed that way until Columbia’s comeback in the fourth quarter. McCrary tried to get his team in the end zone again in the final minute of the game but fell short. The Saints will try to get its first win of the season Sept. 7 when they play against Douglas High School at Grady Stadium in Atlanta. The Eagles will face McNair High School at Avondale stadium on Sept. 7.

Columbia wide receiver Shadell Bell goes up to catch a touchdown pass in the first quarter against Cedar Grove defenders.

Cross Keys sweeps 2012 cross country opening meets
by Mark Brock


espite a twoday delay due to weather, the 2012 DeKalb County cross country meet schedule got under way with Cross Keys sweeping the first of two varsity races on Aug. 30 at the Druid Hills Middle School course. The Indians placed five runners in the top 11 finishers, led by Juan Garcia’s second-place finish overall with a time of 18:46.77 in a 35-51 win over second place Clarkston. Arabia Mountain was third with 65 points followed by Martin Luther King Jr. in fourth with 92 and Stephenson fifth with 116. Clarkston’s Hussen Sadik ran a time of 18:29.91 to win the individual honors in the race as teammates Leiso Tumbo (19:40.39) and Muhozi Aimable (19:46.54) finished third and fourth, respectively. Cross Keys got top 10 finishes from Chao Lin (20:03.59) in fifth, Christian Newkirk (20:26.06) in seventh and Pierre

Delisle (21:30.016) in tenth. Arabia Mountain’s third place finish was led by a pair of top-10 finishes from Cornell Maddox (21:14.39) in eighth and Brandon Parris (21:25.38) in ninth. Patricia Alvarez nipped Arabia Mountain’s Matoaka Wilson to capture first in the first girls’ varsity race and lead Cross Keys to a 23-41 win over Arabia Mountain. Cross Keys placed five runners in the top 10, including Mayra Peralt (25:48.45) in third and Yesenia Ramos (28:05.88) in fifth. Miller Grove’s Tomara David (27:51.01) was fourth. Stone Mountain won the second boys’ varsity race with a sweep of the top three individual spots and five of the top10 finishers to get past Southwest DeKalb 23-41. Tucker was third with 62 points while Towers was fourth with 116 to round out the team scoring. Abel Abay ran the fastest time of the day with a clocking of 18:01.53 to lead the Pirates while Abdullahi

Hussen Sadik

Naima Jackson. Photos by Mark Brock

Ahmed was second with 18:29.00 and Nahome Abura third with a time of 18:49.50. Cedric White was seventh with a time of 20:26.72 and Andrew Detherow (21:15.59) was 10th for the Pirates.

Southwest DeKalb took the fourth through sixth slots led by Jacques Williams with a time of 18:55.53 while Brandon Dorsey (19:06.19) was fifth and Chris Morris ran a time of 19:43.92 to take sixth.

The girls’ race did not have any full teams competing but Tucker had a one-two finish as Naima (22:45.83) and Nuba Jackson (22:47.12) took the top two spots.

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Royal Lee celebrates after his 58-yard touchdown run.

Meco Jackson falls a yard short from the end zone but this plays sets up a Royal Lee touchdown.

Miller Grove 27, Lithonia 6

Quinton Turner had three interceptions and Royal Lee rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries to lead the Miller Grove Wolverines to a 27-6 win over Lithonia on Aug. 31 at Hallford. Lee scored on a 58-yard run and from one yard out in the first quarter. He tacked on his third on a two-yard run in the third period to lead the Wolverines (1-0) in the win. Lithonia’s only score came on a three-yard run by Kevin Hudson in the second quarter to cut the lead to 15-6 at the half.

Quinton Turner (12) shows off his third interception of this game.

Photos by Travis Hudgons