Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker

and Stone Mountain.
Avondale Fire Station, built in 1947, will be replaced by a new station which is expected to constructed next year.




by Carla Parker

New Avondale fireIS SHE station on the way IS SHE SO SO IS SHE
irefighters at the Avondale Fire Station will get a new station soon. Construction for Avondale Fire Station, DeKalb County Station No. 3, is expected to start in 2013. Norman Augustin, the DeKalb County Fire Rescue department deputy chief of operations, said getting the station approved has been a long process. “We’re just waiting on the funding,” he said. “Everything else has been approved and is ready to go.” The project is part of a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block grant. Chris Morris, the county’s director of community development, said the department is working really hard to make sure it begins the process on the $2.6 million project early next year. “We’ve already been able to get the plan, the specifications done, the architectural work and the documents ready to go out for bids on construction,” Morris said. The Brown Design Group was selected as the architect. The new fire station will be built on a vacant lot next to the current station. Morris said

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Staff at DeKalb Medical Hillandale are proud of their new 4,200-square-foot Comprehensive Breast Center which is twice the size of the previous center. A “Facing Your Fears” Halloween carnival is planned for Oct. 28 during which tours of the center will be given. Photos by Alice Murray

DeKalb Medical at Hillandale to open Comprehensive Breast Center
by Alice Murray the new space to visitors. “When cancers are diagDeKalb County residents nosed early, treatment is are seeing pink this October generally more successful,” as local healthcare providers he said. stress the need for screenAll women should talk ing during Breast Cancer to their primary care doctor Awareness Month. about their individual risk At DeKalb Medical’s for the disease and deternew Comprehensive Breast mine a screening schedule Center at Hillandale, more that’s right for them, Harper than 70 women took advan- said. tage of reduced-rate mam“The more risk facmograms Oct. 6 during a tors you have, the more screening event. A grand important it is for you to opening for the facility is be screened at appropriate set for Oct. 28. Billed as a times,” he said. “Facing Your Fears” HalResearch indicates that loween carnival, the Sunday risk factors for breast cancer afternoon event will provide include family history, diet family fun such as play arand lack of exercise. eas and trick-or-treat activiThe American Canties for children, tours of the cer Society recommends new breast center, health maintaining a healthy body and wellness information, weight by eating a welland a chance to meet staff balanced diet that includes members. plenty of fruits, vegetables The 3-6 p.m. carnival and whole grains to stay is free for the public, but well and limit cancer risk. guests must call (404) 501The group also recomWELL to register in admends that individuals limit vance. the amount of red meat they The new breast center at consume, especially high-fat Hillandale was designed to and processed meats, and to meet an increased demand exercise at least 30 minutes from the community. The a day five or more days each center experienced a 20 per- week. cent increase in patient visits While the America over the past three years. Cancer Society guidelines More than twice the call for women to start ansize of the previous center, nual mammograms at the the new facility includes age of 40, some women in 4,170 square feet of waithigh-risk groups may need ing, dressing, and procedure to start screening earlier, rooms convenient to free Harper said. parking and physician ofHe cited research from fices. The original space was the National Cancer Institute 1,600 square feet. showing that White AmeriDr. Kenneth W. Harper, can women have the highchief of staff at DeKalb est incidence rate for breast Medical Hillandale, cited cancer, but Black women the importance of regular are more likely to die from mammograms as he showed the disease.

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Charter schools yes; state control no
bearing gifts. This charter school amendment is one “gift” students, parents and local school systems can very well do without. Do not buy this business that it would improve the system. It would merely clog up the system with more bureaucracy, bungling and political favoritism all while killing control of charter school decisions by local boards. By way of background, the Georgia Charter School Commission was created in 2008 in reaction to local school boards rejecting charter petitions. Last year the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the commission was unconstitutional because it approved and funded charter schools despite objections by local school boards. Now here comes the state legislature passing House Bill 797, which was developed in direct response to the Supreme Court ruling. This measure purports to provide for improving student achievement and parental involvement through establishing more public charter school options. That is Amendment I, which voters are being asked to approve. Vote NO. Proponents of the amendment say giving the state control of charter school decisions would allow for more innovation and accountability while increasing parents’ options for education. Others in favor of the measure say local school boards should not have full say so over public education because the state provides 50 to 80 percent of the school system’s funding. If you buy that logic, then the state ought to get out of MARTA’s business since it provides zero funding to that agency. But let us not digress. One of the best arguments against the proposed amendment comes from Georgia Schools Superintendent John Barge, a Republican who says he cannot support “the creation of a new and costly state bureaucracy that takes away local control of schools and unnecessarily duplicates the good work already being done by local districts, the Georgia Department of Education and the state Board of Education.” Barge goes on to say that the amendment would put taxpayer dollars into the pockets of out-of-state for-profit charter school companies whose schools perform no better than traditional public schools and locally approved charter schools. According to published reports there are 315 charter schools in Georgia compared to just over 500 public schools. Studies show the charter schools do not appreciably perform any better than public schools. These state controlled charter school commissions are part of a decades old national agenda to erode public school education. The issue here is not choice, but trust, power and control. It is OK for parents to have a choice about their children’s education. Charter schools are fine, but they ought to remain under the authority of local school districts and not a handpicked commission of political operatives. Charter schools, yes. State control, No. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Miles at

Opinion The Newslady

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Oct. 19 , 2012

Early voting is under way in Georgia and a constitutional amendment appearing on the ballot is causing as much or more furor than the transportation referendum that was on the ballot in July. Here’s how Amendment I reads: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?” It is strongly suggested that you vote NO. Repeat, vote NO. This amendment would give the state legislature the right to create special schools, trumping local school boards. Not to in any way disparage our Greek friends, but borrowing a page from Greek mythology this issue is a Trojan horse. One should be very wary of Greeks

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Viva La France–so wrong, it’s right
budget includes a tax rate of 75 percent on the personal income of anyone earning more than $1.28 million for two years and a new 45 percent tax rate for incomes in excess of $193,000. Higher business and corporate taxes rates are also being proposed. American upper-middle class–pay heed and take cover. Due in part to the already high costs of doing business in France, the French economy is stagnant and 10.3 percent unemployment remains at a 10-year high. Arnault, considered to be the richest man in France, and fourth wealthiest in the world, has a net worth estimated at $41 billion by Forbes magazine. His fashion and mega-brands empire include Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Dior, Dom Perignon, Moet et Chandon and Hennessy cognac to name just a few. Arnault has made official inquiries to Belgium about changing his nationality and declaring citizenship there. And Arnault is far from alone. Although the government of France currently only reports 7,000 ‘households’ out of 2.5 million French citizens living abroad, a few hundred of that 7,000 represent some of France’s wealthiest citizens. According to the Swiss magazine, Bilan, 44 out of the 300 wealthiest residents of Switzerland are French. Dotting the Swiss Alps and countryside are the tax havens,, of the heirs to the Puegot and Rothschild fortunes, as well as Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, owners of the French fashion house Chanel. Rewarding the productive, or even the idle wealthy, with excessive tax rates only guarantees higher incomes for lawyers, tax advisors, brokers and accountants. Though not all assets are liquid, most can be liquidated. The really rich have options. They can move and their money usually goes with them. Return America to marginal federal income tax rates of more than 50 cents on the dollar and watch the flood of assets off-shore. While higher rates might bankrupt many small businesses, or negate the possibility of transfer of wealth from a first generation to its heirs–the super rich can simply move their money. The capital markets of this world, as well as the safe haven banks of many Caribbean islands are all too welcoming and now only a few web clicks away. According to a 2012 report from the Tax Justice Network an estimated $21 trillion to $32 is currently sheltered in unreported tax havens worldwide. And fortunately, many of the nation’s hosting these banks, as their second largest industry, often just behind tourism, have a very clear understanding of the many benefits of zero income tax rates on their residents and ex-patriate guests. Simplifying and streamlining our U.S. tax code and rates, and removing complicated tax breaks and havens certainly makes better business sense. And perhaps if the world’s consumers start to understand that Chanel, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and other leading “Paris” designer labels are now in effect themselves knock-offs from Switzerland, by way of a Caribbean bank and via sweatshops in China, those prices too may see a bit of deflation. I would certainly welcome pricing on a bottle of Dom a bit closer to a nicer bottle of California bubbly In fact, I’ll drink to that. A toast to cheaper LV knockoffs, and perhaps even the real thing–pass me some of the good stuff, that American champagne. Touche! 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 billcrane@

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“Let them eat cake.” – mis-attributed to Marie Antoinette (17551793), the soon to be beheaded Queen of France and wife of King Louis XVI reportedly uttered in the midst of the throes of the French Revolution. I am no Francophile, in fact with the exceptions of the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and recycling of spent nuclear fuel, I find little to celebrate or pay tribute to from the government of France since their French Revolution. However their most recent elections and replacement of Conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy with Socialist President Francois Hollande, is making a move so wrong that it’s right. French anti pathy towards\ its own wealthy, perhaps dating back to the days of Kings Louis, now has the owner and prodigal son of Louis Vuitton, Bernard Arnault, seriously considering renouncement of his own French citizenship. President Hollande’s 2013

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Letter to the Editor:
Dear Mr. Cauthen: I am shocked by the tone of your article published on October 11, 2012 entitled 2013 county departmental budget requests up $44 million. I am disappointed that neither I, nor any other constitutional officer that I’m aware of, was contacted to provide information for a more accurate and balanced article. The incomplete story misleads the public and does not do my office and its dedicated employees/public servants any justice; therefore I would like to set the record straight. The article reports my budget, Clerk of Superior Court, has increased by 14 percent during the past five years. In those five years, I acquired two additional legislated, mandated responsibilities, which impacted and increased my budget, the Board of Equalization and the foreclosure registry. The Board of Equalization increased my budget nearly $500K annually and the foreclosure registry increased my budget approximately $100K annually. Group insurance went from $453,155 in 2011 to $632,891 in 2012, a total increase of $179,736, easily accounting for my 14 percent budget increase through circumstances beyond my control. I am a demonstrated “true partner” to the county and to the taxpayers. I operate an efficient office. I voluntarily surrender passport fees I collect to the county’s general operating fund. If I were not a “true partner” I would keep these fees in order to make mandated improvements in my office in lieu of working with the county. I came in at 98 percent under budget as requested by the county in 2011 and I defunded two positions to demonstrate being a “true partner.” My office is one of the few revenue generating offices within the county. I saved the county thousands of dollars with my image trade, an imaging process I instituted through sacrifices in other areas of my office. Additionally, when the economy decreases, crime increases along with criminal and domestic filings. I am operating my criminal division with the same amount of staff today as the office was operating five years ago and nearly twice the filings. Yes, after my budget is approved, I am going to spend my budget the way it is needed to deliver mandated services to the citizens of DeKalb County. Several county departments can predict their work load; however, in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court, my work load is unpredictable from one day to the next, much less from year-to-year. I still must work within the allocated budget constraints regardless of the work load and I do. I understand the Finance Department to be “the department responsible for the administration of the fiscal affairs of the county and for administering county controlled funds,” according to the Department of Finance website, yet are they not “…considered experts who can review the service delivery strategies of constitutional officers and make recommendations to the county administration and the board of commissioners on ‘how we can squeeze economies’ from their budgets.” I am curious to know why my office is voluntarily audited up to five times per year by the Finance Department if they are not subject matter experts. I am a vested partner in DeKalb. The successes and failures of DeKalb County affect me and my employees and I know I have demonstrated fiscal responsibility. In the future, I welcome any party to come and discuss with me articles of this nature prior to publication. Respectfully, Debra DeBerry Clerk, Superior Court

Letter to the Editor:
Interesting article in The Champion Free Press on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 concerning the “2013 county departmental budget requests up $44 million.” I just wish Mr. Cauthen [the writer of the article] had at least contacted any of the constitutional officers to check the facts. As for the Sheriff’s Office, I have been nothing but transparent with my budget expenditures every single year that I have been the sheriff. Each year I submit a proposed budget to the chief executive officer for consideration within his overall total county budget. I then, at either the Board of Commissioner’s request or my request, meet to discuss the budgetary needs of my office. At the end of the process, the Board of Commissioners reduces my budget, increases my budget or approves the CEO’s recommendation for my budget. Commissioner [Stan] Watson is correct when he states that the Board of Commissioners passes my budget. “They do what they want to do anyway,” [Watson said.] Well, what will he have me do? By law it is my budget to manage once it is approved by the Board of Commissioners, the same way he manages his approved office budget without interference from the other commissioners or me for that matter. If the commissioner is suggesting that I or any constitutional officer is doing something inappropriate, then an investigation is in order, for which he can ask. I really don’t know what Commissioner [Lee] May means by stating we need to be “true partners” throughout the budget process. He can expand on that later in the budget process if he would like. I am particularly puzzled by Commissioner [Jeff] Radar’s comments, “We’re hard pressed to reduce them beyond what they’re willing to accept,” wanting to “develop a capacity… to expertly review their budget.” “The truth is that they run for election based upon expansion of excellent service delivery.” “We on the other hand have to pay for the services.” I, for one, have never run for election on a platform of expanding services. Each function that my office provides is constitutionally or statutorily mandated. Commissioners, with all due respect, if you would speak to your budget staff, or the county Finance Department staff or just read my press releases once in a while you will see that I have returned approved budget money back to the county for the last FOUR YEARS! In fact, you have defunded seventy five (75) of my positions and didn’t even give me the professional notification that you were doing so. Let me share with the readers the increases or decreases in the Sheriff’s Office budget has had over the past four years. These numbers do not reflect any increases that I have requested. Rather, the slight increases in 2009 and 2011 are due to the County Finance Department’s directive to include increased employee benefits such as health insurance, vehicle maintenance, water, natural gas and electricity costs. 2009 - 2.83% increase 2010 - 0.453% decrease 2011 - 1.939% increase 2012 - 0.161% decrease Interestingly, in the current 2013 budget process, I received an Aug. 10 memorandum from the county Finance Department directing me to include the following increases to my 2013 budget request: Natural Gas and Fuel Oil Electricity Telephone Service Postage Water & Sewer 20% rate increase 10% rate increase 6% rate increase 4% rate increase 11% rate increase

In the area of “boots on the ground,” the following is a breakdown of approved positions over the past four years that the Board of Commissioner DID NOT fund for the operation of the jail even though they have them on the books as approved positions: 2009 – 25 positions at a cost of more than $1.3 million 2010 – 26 positions at a cost of more than $1.3 million 2011 – 30 positions at a cost of more than $1.3 million 2012 – 75 positions at a cost of more than $3.2 million As I am writing this letter the population of the jail is more than 2,900 persons. Each year I overspend my overtime budget by $1.3 million because the Board of Commissioners has never adequately funded my overtime budget. Despite that, and the failure to fund approved positions, I still managed to balance my budget each year. So to be clear, at least my office, my budget cuts have not been voluntary and yet I have been a true partner throughout the years. My office has not come under media scrutiny about how I mange my budget as the Board of Commissioners’ management of their budget has over the past few years. At least with respect to my office, if I was a fact checker, I believe the Oct. 12 article would have to get a “pants on fire.” Thomas Brown, Sheriff

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

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Walmart Neighborhood Market planned for Lithonia
by Andrew Cauthen Plans are under way for a Walmart Neighborhood Market near Lithonia. A Walmart spokesman confirmed Oct. 10 that there are plans to build a 41,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market at 6150 Covington Highway near Lithonia at the site currently occupied by Big Lots, a closeout retail chain. Currently, Big Lots is leasing the site through February 2013, said Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz. “The lease potentially can be extended a little beyond that for their moving plans,” Wertz said. “I don’t know whether that option will be chosen or not. “We can’t really move forward until Big Lots has vacated the premises and then we will build a new store on that site,” Wertz said. Two other Neighborhood Markets are under construction in DeKalb County, in Dunwoody at 5025 Winters Chapel Road and Tucker at 3201 Tucker Norcross Road. The Dunwoody store will be 35,000 square feet, while the Tucker store will be 42,000 square feet. The stores are expected to open by the summer of 2013. Walmart Neighborhood Markets “have a pharmacy and a limited assortment of other merchandise, but primarily they’re about fresh produce, meats, deli items… and other things you’d find in a good grocery store,” Wertz said. To date, in 2012 Walmart has opened Neighborhood Markets in Alpharetta, Snellville and Lawrenceville. Two other markets are under construction in Marietta. First opening in 1998 in Bentonville, Ark., the store’s format is designed to provide convenient shopping for groceries, pharmacy items and general merchandise. Currently, there are approximately 200 Neighborhood Markets throughout the nation. Neighborhood Markets, which average approximately 40,000-square-feet and employ 90 associates, feature a self-serve deli with pre-packaged foods, a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and prepared foods. The stores also carry a full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products and organic items. The markets will offer an expanded selection of general merchandise, including beer and wine, baby items, storage containers, stationery, paper goods, pet products, hardware items, gift wraps and bags, greeting cards and party supplies. The stores, which will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will also have a pharmacy. On Oct. 10, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that it plans to accelerate openings of small stores around the country, particularly its Neighborhood Markets. Walmart plans to open more than 240 Neighborhood Market stores by fiscal year 2013, bringing the total number of Neighborhood Markets to more than 400. More than 500 Neighborhood Markets will be open by fiscal year 2016 generating over $10 billion of sales, Walmart U.S. Chief Executive Bill Simon said at the company’s analyst meeting. In addition to the Neighborhood Markets, construction of a Walmart Supercenter near the corner of South Hairston Road and Memorial Drive is under way.

Champion of the Week

Thomas Smith
he said. “I immediately began working with children and teaching in the children’s outreach program of my local church. During my college years, I would volunteer in after-school programs, tutoring children and teens in reading and working with them on their homework.” Janauvia McCallAnthony, a civics student who nominated Smith as Champion of the Week, called him “one the best teachers that I have been taught by,” adding that he shows personal concern for each student. “I remember having a very difficult time dealing with my mother being in the hospital and he was able to comfort me and talk to me at a time when I needed it the most.” Among the many organizations Smith volunteers with are the USO, where he helps militsry personnel who are departing and returning from the Middle East, and World Relief’s refugee resettlement program in Clarkston, where he teaches ESL. He also teaches ESL and citizenship studies through his church’s community outreach program. Smith received the Atlanta Braves Community Service Award for his dropout prevention work. “Serving others and being active in the community is important for the wellbeing of our society. Each of us has the ability to influence others for the good of our community and society. Having the ability to do so, requires that each of us assume the responsibility to do so,” Smith said.

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Dr. Thomas Smith compiled a collection of quotations, observations and advice that he offers his students at M. L. King High School, Keys to a Successful Year at M. L. King, to help them succeed in school and in life. One of the quotes is, “Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” It is a philosophy dating back to his youth that Smith lives inside and outside classroom as he teaches and coaches at MLK. “In the summer of my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to spend two months in Nicaragua, Central America. Each day, I would volunteer to teach teenagers and children English as a second language (ESL) at the local Christian high school. When the summer was over, I returned to the U.S.A. with the interest and desire to teach and serve others,” Smith recalled. “I saw firsthand how children and teenagers lives could be influenced and changed by a loving and dedicated teacher. From that day forward, my decision was made to become a teacher and serve others in the community,”

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School board waives policy for Lewis’ lawyers
by Daniel Beauregard The DeKalb County school board voted earlier this month to waive a policy setting the indemnity cap for former Superintendent Crawford Lewis’ legal representation at $100,000. In 2010 a grand jury returned an indictment alleging Lewis, former schools construction chief Pat Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope conspired to defraud the school district of approximately $2.4 million through illegal construction contracts. All three are currently awaiting trial. The board’s decision to waive the indemnity cap also relates to a civil case involving construction firm Heery International, which is closely related to the criminal case. Lewis is expected to be one of the main witnesses to testify in the civil trial, on which the DeKalb County School District has already spent nearly $30 million in legal fees to date. Since both of the cases involve issues regarding decisions made when Lewis was superintendent, school spokesman Jeff Dickerson said the district has a legal obligation to pay for Lewis’ representation. “They’re lifting that cap but we don’t know what those fees are going to look like,” Dickerson said. The board also voted that any further costs incurred by Lewis’ legal firm Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsay and Johnson, would come before the board for approval on a monthly basis. Additionally, the board has the right to impose further caps if it deems it necessary. Board chairman Eugene Walker said that raising the cap was in the best interest of the district. “You should also know that we have discussed these cases in executive session— these are not cases that we can discuss in the public— but these are not just rubber stamping and we just want the public to know that,” Walker said. Several months ago, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson told a DeKalb County grand jury that the district would be paying an additional $6 million in unanticipated legal fees. However, Dickerson said that “she was saying essentially that we haven’t been budgeting the legal fees as we should have.” “A lot of that additional anticipated expense is for the upcoming jury trial with Heery International but it has been added as a line item into the budget,” Dickerson said. “She has also closed the gap between line items and actual expenditures.” Both trials are expected to begin late this year or in early 2013.

The Hairston Crossing branch in Stone Mountain is one of the DeKalb County libraries that has had an increase in usage since the branch expanded in 2011. File photo

Library usage increases despite lack of funding
by Carla Parker It appears everybody loves a new thing and that seems to be the case with the DeKalb County Public Library. The DeKalb library branches have seen their facility usage increase in the wake of the remodeling and expansion of old facilities and the construction of new facilities. Seven new library facilities have been constructed since 2009. The new facilities include meeting rooms, designated areas for children and teens, public access computers and self-checkout stations. The 12,000-square-foot Scott Candler Library in Decatur was the latest facility to open Aug. 20. In September 2011, the old Scott Candler facility had a circulation of 2,700 items and 6,780 people coming to the library, according to DeKalb County Library Director Alison Weissinger. Last month, the new facility had 8,187 come to library, a 20-percent increase, and a circulation of 4,798 items, a 27-percent increase. The Hairston Crossing branch in Stone Mountain closed in 2009 for expansion and remodeling. Before it closed; the branch had a circulation of 2,882 items a month and 4,900 people using the facility. When it reopened in 2011, the branch had a circulation of 8,000 items a month, a 200-percent increase, and 12,000 people using the facility, a 140-percent increase. The funding for the library construction comes from a $230 million bond referendum passed by county residents in November 2005. Of that revenue, approximately $54.5 million was allocated for library construction and improvements while the remainder was set aside for transportation improvements and parks and greenspace acquisition. Weissinger said while she is happy that more people are using the facilities, it is providing challenges for the department. “Even as we opened all these facilities our funding has remained flat and in certain cases has decreased,” she said. “So, it makes it harder for us to meet the demands because we are not able to buy as many materials as we need to and keep our doors open as much as we need to.” Last year, budget cuts forced library administrators to trim staff, reduce operating hours, and purchase fewer materials. “We’re under what we refer to as a reduced schedule where we had to close the regional libraries that had Sunday hours,” Weissinger said. “Most of the other branches got cut back one night and the very smallest branches lost their weekend hours so that we can reassign those staff members to work their weekends at larger branches to keep the larger branches with more resources open on weekends.” During the fiscal year 2011, the department requested $15.9 million but received $12.5 million. State funding, which represents a smaller share of funding, has also decreased over the past few years. Even though there are other departments looking for funding, Weissinger said she hopes the county will look at the success of the library and provide additional funding. “We’ve proven over the years that we’re a very keenly operative system and we provide a lot of direct services to residents on a very small amount of money,” she said. “System-wide we only get less than 2 percent of the general money to operate 22 branches and to provide services to anybody that wants to come use them.” The library system has two more projects to complete under the $230 million bond referendum–a new Ellenwood branch and the replacement facility for the Brookhaven branch. “Both of those projects will add to our operating and staffing cost needs, which still haven’t been addressed from our past bond project,” Weissinger said. Weissinger said they are hoping to break ground for the Ellenwood branch and hire an architecture firm for the new Brookhaven facility in early 2013.

Emory apologizes for anti-Semitism
by Kate Brumback ATLANTA (AP) Emory University in Atlanta is apologizing for years of anti-Semitism at its dental school, when dozens of Jewish students were flunked out or forced to repeat courses, leaving many feeling inadequate and ashamed for decades despite successful careers. The school invited many of those former students to meet with President James Wagner on Oct. 10 and then attend a screening of a documentary about the discrimination, which heavily relies on video interviews collected by one of those students, Dr. Perry Brickman. “We knew individually and collectively what the truth was,” Brickman said. “But the truth in a situation like this is never really validated until the perpetrator says sorry.” In one interview, former student Ronald Goldstein recalls the dean asking him, “Why do you Jews want to go into dentistry? You don’t have it in the hands.” Another, George Marholin, recalls a professor coming into a room cursing at him and calling him a “damn Jew.”
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Woman accused of ‘Georgia Powers’ scam found guilty
by Daniel Beauregard A woman accused of scamming more than 50 individuals was found guilty Oct. 5 of targeting seniors and tricking them into giving up their credit card and personal information. A DeKalb County jury found Santee Sherice Roberts, 36, guilty of racketeering, iden- Roberts tity fraud and three counts of elder exploitation for her role in a scam known as the “Georgia Powers” scam. Prosecutors said Roberts, along with co-conspirators Donald Crane and Charlene Merkerson, defrauded at least 86 DeKalb County residents by phoning them and masquerading as officials from Georgia Power. An indictment stated that “a significant number of the victims were over 65-yearsold.” On June 25, 2009, prosecutors said the three obtained a Metro PCS cell phone and registered it under the name of “Georgia Powers.” The majority of calls made were from this cell phone, which appeared on the victims’ caller ID as “Georgia Powers.” Roberts and her co-conspirators called would-be victims claiming they were employees from Georgia Power and told them their electrical service was about to be disconnected due to lack of payment. “They told the victims that they were required to make an immediate payment to ensure the continuation of their electrical service,” prosecutors stated. The victims were then tricked into revealing their credit card information, Social Security numbers and other personal information, which the three used to purchase electronics, gift cards and other goods. In some cases, prosecutors said Roberts or her conspirators told the victims their credit cards had been compromised and advised the victims to put the cards in their mailbox. “The conspirators then drove to the victims’ houses in cars or taxicabs, removed the cards from the victims’ mailboxes and immediately used the cards to make purchases or money orders,” officials said. According to the indictment, all of the victims contacted Georgia Power to inquire about the phone calls they received. Based on the number of complaints, the company opened an investigation. Roberts was reportedly arrested in April 2009 but managed to evade police after faking a medical emergency and escaping from an unsecured room at Grady Memorial Hospital. In August 2009, and Merkerson were arrested while attempting to steal a victim’s credit card out of a mailbox in East Point. Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Jeanne Canavan said when Merkerson was arrested she immediately said the she was ill. “The police transported her to Grady for treatment and she disappeared from the hospital. There is a warrant pending for Merkerson’s arrest,” Canavan said. Crane, whom Canavan said played a lesser role in the conspiracy than Roberts, entered a guilty plea in July 2011, and was sentenced to serve four years in prison and six years on probation. Roberts is expected to be sentenced Oct. 19.

Long-running DeKalb Symphony begins another season
by Daniel Beauregard Since 1964 the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has been performing concerts with both contemporary and symphonic repertoire and the majority of its 85 musicians don’t get paid a dime—they volunteer. “We’re just continuing our wonderful journey of great music with another season,” conductor Fyodor Cherniavsky said. Cherniavsky said he is very proud that the DSO has no debt and has not had to make any cuts to programming this year. Additionally, he said the orchestra has a subscriber renewal rate of more than 95 percent. The orchestra’s next concert is Nov. 13 with violin soloist Danijela Zezlj-Gualdi. Cherniavsky said the concert with ZezljGualdi is of particular significance because she is featured in a scene in the new movie Parental Guidance, where she is playing with the orchestra. The film, which comes out Christmas Day, stars Billy Crystal, Marisa Tomei and Bette Midler. Cherniavsky also makes an appearance playing his normal role—the conductor. “What we’re going to do is pay homage to some film music. We’re going to play some of the music we’re going to play in the film,” Cherniavsky said of the coming concert. Next year, DSO will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and one of the things Cherniavsky said has helped the orchestra flourish has been its partnership with Georgia Perimeter College (GPC). The orchestra rehearses and performs in the college’s Marvin Cole Auditorium in Clarkston. “Together, we’re providing the community with these uplifting performances,” Cherniavsky said. “It can open this door to a lifelong appreciation of classical music and that also connects with the educational mission of the college.” Cherniavsky, who has been conductor and musical director for six years, said that he has seen the orchestra grow during his tenure as he introduced music more technically difficult and obscure. “If you’re an orchestra builder you’re seeking pieces which enable the orchestra to grow both artistically and technically. With a community orchestra it’s a real challenge because it has to be music within their means technically but you also have to think of the audience,” Cherniavsky said. A fan of modern and contemporary music, Cherniavsky said that when creating a program he balances the more cutting edge music with familiar classics. “I have to really think about the audience that is supporting us,” he said. Other highlights of DSO’s upcoming season includes a concert featuring cello soloist Benjamin Karp, an all-orchestral concert featuring music from Czech composer Antonín Dvořák and Russian composer Nikolai RimskyKorsakov. In January, the DSO’s annual children’s concert will be a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which will be narrated by WSB-TV anchorwoman Jovita Moore. For season subscriptions or to reserve individual tickets call the DSO Box Office at (678) 891-3565 or visit

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More than 50 Indian Creek Elementary students and volunteers cleaned out the wooded area behind Clarkston school. Photos by Carla Parker

Students, volunteers clean up trash behind Indian Creek Elementary
by Carla Parker More than 50 Indian Creek Elementary students, college students and volunteers spent their Saturday morning getting down and dirty to clean up trash in the wooded area behind the school. The Oct. 13 event was a part of the effort to clean up the school and surrounding area. Since March, groups of volunteers have cleaned up the campus and the woods, built paths, initiated an on-going litter abatement program and improve various areas of the campus by mulching, removing black mold, washing windows and more. The project was started by Susan Rawlings, a community volunteer, who saw the condition the school was in and wanted to do something about it. “When I came over here originally you wouldn’t believe the garbage that was on the property,” she said. “The woods had been over. grown and there was black mole. I mean it was like nobody was paying attention to the school.” Since the project began, Rawlings said the students have been very involved in cleaning up their school. So far, nearly 540 have put in volunteer hours. At the Oct. 13 cleanup, kids were picking up trash, digging up debris, sawing and cutting over grown tree branches along with volunteers from Emory University and the community. “They always show up and they are taking ownership [of the project],” she said. Rawlings said the project has also become an educational tool for the students. With the help of Keep DeKalb Beautiful, the students have learned about litter through the litter abatement program and how to keep their area clean. “There were no trash cans except for the one on campus and we got 20 trash cans donated to the school,” Rawlings said. “Each homeroom has adopted [the program] and the kids are responsible for the area and emptying the trash cans.” Litter and debris found in the woods included broken glass, bed springs, air mattresses and a broken ceiling fan. Rawlings said that there has been drug activity and prostitution in the woods. When she went to the DeKalb County Police with the information she was told that it is out of the police department’s jurisdiction. “Apparently the school district police department manages all the police activity around the school property,” she said. “And they’ve been totally [nonexistent]. Sometimes they show up, sometimes they don’t. They’re aware of this problem and they’ve been aware of it for many, many years and have done nothing. DeKalb County School District spokesman Jeff Dickerson said the wooded area is own by the school district but security resource officers only patrol areas where children are. “If we’ve got a three-acre campus but own another surrounding two acres, the school resource officers are going to patrol the three-acre campus,” he said. Dickerson said the district has heard complaints of drug activity but said he doesn’t know if there has been an actual case of the illegal activity. “It’s been evidence of it back there and I think that’s what the real concern is,” he said. “But our [security resource officers] are very limited in what they can do and it’s difficult enough for them to police our school grounds much less police the areas around our school grounds that are being used by people other than students.” Dickerson added that he thinks it is encouraging that the community and the school are working together to try to fix the problem. “The school is very engaged making sure that the area is cleaned up and stays clean,” he said. “There are efforts to try to get lights back there to cut down on any illegal activity.” Rawlings said volunteers are in the process of working with Georgia Power to do an estimate of how much it would cost to put security lights in the back of the school. She also said she hopes to have the project completed by next summer. “It’s going to be where we want because we would like to focus on other things like getting benches, plants and the nice things in life,” she said.

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Woodard jury now decides whether to sentence defendant to death
by Daniel Beauregard A jury found William Woodard guilty Oct. 12 of murdering two DeKalb County Police officers in 2008 and must now choose whether to sentence him to death, or life in prison. A separate sentencing phase of the trial began Oct. 15 during which prosecutors and defense attorneys presented witness testimony to jurors. Woodard previously turned down a deal for life in prison without parole. Woodard admitted to shooting the officers but claimed he did it in selfdefense after the officers pulled him from a car and began beating and shooting at him. According to prosecutors, Woodard, 34, shot DeKalb County Police officers Eric Barker, 34, and Ricky Bryant Jr., 26, while they were working off-duty security at Glenwood Gardens Apartments. The officers approached a vehicle in the apartment parking lot and Woodard got out of the car and began shooterating. “Woodard isn’t a victim, like Rodney King or Treyvon Martin, but a murderer.” Defense attorneys argued that Barker and Bryant were “bullies with a badge” and accused both officers of “shaking down” residents and lying about owning a private security company. “The badge does not give you the right to break the law while you’re trying to enforce the law,” Defense attorney Dwight Thomas told jurors. Thomas also accused both officers of soliciting work from the owner of the apartment complex, which is against DeKalb County Police Department policy. Thomas also accused the DeKalb County Police Department of manipulated evidence at the crime scene. “This is a case in which DeKalb County—not some other neutral agency—is investigating and they’re out to protect the reputation of their own,” Thomas said. During the trial, both sides presented evidence, including ballistics experts and eyewitness testimony, as well as 911 recordings made the night of the shooting.

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ing. Police said Woodard shot Barker in the head and Bryant in the torso and drove away. Both Barker and Bryant were married with four children. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James argued that Woodard, a threetime convicted felon, didn’t want to go back to jail. James called the fallen police officers heroes and said the fundamental issue in the case was whether jurors believed the defendant’s claim that he was beaten. “I’m going to ask you to reach a verdict that sends a message,” James told jurors before they began delib-


“I’m sorry. We are sorry,” Wagner said before a ballroom packed with several hundred people. Under dental school dean John Buhler from 1948 to 1961, about 65 percent of Jewish students were flunked out or forced to repeat courses, while the rate of failure or repeats was dramatically lower before that period, according to statistics compiled by thendirector of the Anti-Defamation League, Art Levin. Anti-Semitism at the dental school spread beyond Buhler to other members of the faculty as well, said university vice president Gary Hauk. An admissions quota at the time allowed about four Jewish students a year, so there were likely about 50 Jewish students admitted during Buhler’s tenure, Hauk said. At a private meeting with Wagner on Oct. 10, 31 former students or their families were present. After Wagner’s apology and a screening of the film the evening of Oct. 10, some of the men and their families had tears in their eyes and expressed a feeling of relief and vindication, grateful the apology came while they’re still alive.

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Applications will be accepted through November 2, 2012 .

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DeKalb hosts second International Food and Music Festival
Hundreds of visitors moved about the Northlake Mall parking lot on a crisp Saturday afternoon for the return of the DeKalb International Food and Music Festival Oct. 13. More than 32 countries were represented at the festival, coordinated by Commissioner Stan Watson, which featured multi-cultural cuisine and entertainment from around the world. “We are excited to bring back the DeKalb International Food and Music Festival and I am confident this year’s festival will unite the dynamic blend of cultures and traditions that continue to exist in our county,” Watson said. “As Georgia’s most diverse county, we are proud to embrace DeKalb’s vibrant population, traditions and cultures,” CEO Burrell Ellis said. The festival, the second of its kind hosted by the county, included cultural, educational and entertainment activities for residents of all ages. It included a host of interactive vendor displays, samples of cuisine from around the world, and retail vendors highlighting their country’s markets. In addition, agencies with an objective to serving the international community were present. The festival is also presented by Ellis and former DeKalb CEO and State Senator Liane Levetan, in partnership with the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce; the DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau; and representatives from the Asian, European, West Indian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic and African communities. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis reminds you of the Best Practices for Proper Disposal of

F.O.G. enters plumbing through garbage disposals, sinks and toilets. It coats the inside of plumbing pipes and also empties into DeKalb County’s sewer system. Here are three simple guidelines to help keep F.O.G. out of our pipes and sewers:

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POUR fats, oils or grease into a sealable container, allow it to cool and throw it in the trash. Do not pour down the drain or toilet. SCRAPE plates and cookware before washing. Do not throw scraps of any kind down the drain. Instead, place them in waste containers or garbage bags. WIPE excess grease from all plates, pots, pans, utensils, and surfaces with a paper towel before washing. Throw the greasy paper towel away.

Plumbing and sanitary sewer systems are simply not designed to handle the F.O.G. that accumulates in pipes. When it gets into the pipes and hardens, blockages occur and cause sewage to backup and overflow out of manholes or into homes. This is expensive for you, and for the County. The damages caused by fats, oils and grease in the sewer system are costly to repair. Over time, they increase the costs of our water and sewer services.

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County mulling manufacturers’ energy tax
by Andrew Cauthen As DeKalb County leaders look for new revenue sources during its 2013 budget planning process, they are toying with the idea of an excise tax on energy used in manufacturing. The tax is “an optional local tax designed to replace the local sales tax revenues lost to the new statewide sales tax exemption on energy used in manufacturing beginning Jan. 1, 2013,” according to report by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). “It should not be considered a new tax but a method of replacing local sales tax revenues,” according to the ACCG report. The Georgia General Assembly has exempted manufacturers from most sales taxes on energy to attract more companies and manufacturing jobs to the state. Approved earlier this year, the repeal will be phased in over four years beginning in January. On its website, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, which supported the [sales] tax exemption, states that “eliminating this burdensome tax will help existing manufacturing businesses survive, flourish and compete with other facilities around the nation by reducing the cost of goods manufactured in Georgia.” Legislators gave counties and cities the option of implementing the excise tax which could reduce the sales tax revenue lost to counties and cities. Leonardo McClarty, president of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, said the DeKalb Chamber has not developed an official position on the possible excise tax but many of its member businesses “have an invested interest in the [issue] particularly from an economic standpoint.” The purpose of the state sales tax exemption was to give a break to the manufacturing industry which has been “taking it on the chin,” McClarty said. The tax break would help these businesses to “remain more profitable and competitive,” he said. “While the counties have the option of implementing this tax [excise], not all counties will,” McClarty said. “If DeKalb County imposes the tax while neighboring counties decide against it, manufacturers “would have to determine…if it’s in their best interest to stay where they are, come to DeKalb or go somewhere else,” McClarty said. Joel Gottlieb, the county’s finance director, said there are several dozen manufacturers in DeKalb that would be affected by the tax. But county officials don’t know how much revenue would be raised by the possible excise tax and how much will be lost from the sales tax exemption. “It is important to recognize…that it’s a shot in dark as to how much money this [is],” Commissioner Jeff Rader said at an Oct. 5 Board of Commissioners’ retreat. “We need some sort of a benchmark to know how much that is going to cost us.” Gottlieb said homeowners will eventually shoulder more of a tax burden if the county decides against the excise tax. “If no tax is added, the tax break is going from the homeowners to the manufacturer,” Gottlieb said. DeKalb, and all counties in Georgia, have until the end of 2013 to adopt an ordinance to impose the excise tax. Any city in the county that wants to be included in the tax, must sign an intergovernmental agreement with the county. If a county does not adopt the ordinance by this time, any city in that county can adopt its own ordinance and collect the tax.

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Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 70 Low: 50

Oct. 18, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
Oct. 18, 1910 - Winds as high as 70 mph, caused by a hurricane moving up the Florida peninsula, carried water out of Tampa Bay and the Hillsboro River. The water level dropped to nine feet below average. Forty ships were grounded as a result. Oct. 19, 1844 - The famous “Lower Great Lakes Storm” occurred. Southwesterly winds were at hurricane force for five hours, driving lake waters into downtown Buffalo, N.Y. The storm drowned 200 people. Dunwoody 68/49 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 69/50 69/50 69/50 Snellville Decatur 70/50 Atlanta 70/50 70/50 Lithonia College Park 71/50 71/50 Morrow 71/50 Union City 71/50 Hampton 72/51

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high temperature of 70º, humidity of 52%. Light winds. The record high temperature for today is 86º set in 1984. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly Sunny High: 70 Low: 48

*Last Week’s Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 68 52 75/55 0.00" Wednesday 73 48 75/55 0.00" Thursday 74 46 74/54 0.00" Friday 76 57 74/54 0.00" Saturday 73 59 74/54 0.00" Sunday 76 58 74/53 0.00" Monday 75 55 73/53 0.11" Rainfall . . . . . . . .0.11" Average temp . .63.6 Normal rainfall . .0.66" Average normal 64.1 Departure . . . . .-0.55" Departure . . . . .-0.5
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Sunny High: 71 Low: 48

Sunny High: 71 Low: 50

Sunny High: 74 Low: 51

Mostly Sunny High: 73 Low: 51 First 10/21

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:45 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 7:46 a.m. 7:47 a.m. 7:48 a.m. 7:49 a.m. 7:50 a.m. Sunset 6:59 p.m. 6:58 p.m. 6:57 p.m. 6:56 p.m. 6:55 p.m. 6:54 p.m. 6:53 p.m. Moonrise 11:17 a.m. 12:18 p.m. 1:13 p.m. 2:02 p.m. 2:44 p.m. 3:21 p.m. 3:55 p.m. Moonset 9:44 p.m. 10:46 p.m. 11:50 p.m. Next Day 12:54 a.m. 1:57 a.m. 2:57 a.m. Last 11/6

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 9:39 a.m. 7:56 p.m. 4:46 a.m. 5:23 p.m. 11:14 a.m. 9:10 p.m. 9:40 p.m. 11:52 a.m. 8:12 a.m. 7:22 p.m. 6:01 p.m. 6:17 a.m.

Mostly Sunny High: 70 Low: 45 Full 10/29

New 11/13

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers today, scattered showers Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 82º in Germantown, Md. The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers and thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 90º in Ft. Myerst, Fla. The Northwest will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated showers today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 76º in Medford, Ore. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 99º in Palm Springs, Calif.

Weather Trivia
What is the average diameter of the eye of a hurricane?
Answer: 14 miles.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - It's Showtime for the Orionids
The meteor season has been underway since the Perseids of mid-August. Now it’s time for the big three autumn spectacles to commence, starting first with October’s Orionid Meteor Shower, followed by the Leonids of November, and finally, the biggest shooting star event of the year, the December Geminids. Orionid activity peaks on the morning of Sunday, October 21, with meteors radiating from an area above and to the east (left) of Orion’s super red giant star, Betelgeuse. Even the crescent moon is cooperating by setting around 11 p.m. local time on the 20th. Orionid meteors begin “to fly” in earnest after midnight when the radiant is about 30 degrees above the eastern horizon. As the hours roll by, Orion and the area from which the meteors are diverging, get higher and higher in the sky. By 5 a.m. this point reaches its maximum altitude, about 65 degrees, allowing observers to see shooting stars streaming from above and below the radiant. This is when events max at about 25 meteors per hour from a rural locale. In addition to the Orionids, there are two other minor showers which bear mentioning. They are the Northern and the Southern Taurids with meteors emanating from the constellation of the bull. Even combined, these streams produce little activity, but when a Taurid flares, often it is in the form of a slow moving, long duration fireball which can be really spectacular. In comparison, the normal Orionid meteor is swift and much fainter. Remember that for mid-latitude observers, October nights are not for the fainthearted. When contemplating your apparel and the equipment you should be bringing, think winter. Although the shower might be “rocking and rolling,” you will be lying stationary looking towards the SE. Ground tarps, sleeping bags, headgear, gloves, and thick socks will help keep you comfy so that you can enjoy the show in style.

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New DeKalb County facilities open for vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas
the nation,” said Kevin Greiner, president and CEO of Gas South, which provides fuel at the Buford Motorists driving along Buford Highway station as well as at five Highway are doing a double take other metro Atlanta public CNG as they pass the American Fueling stations, including facilities in AtSystems (AFS) station; some have lanta, Lithonia and Tucker. He said even turned in at what appears to the use of compressed natural gas be a gas station. What is catching for transportation not only saves drivers’ eyes is the $2.34 price. In the user money, but is cleaner for fact, the facility is a gas station of the environment and reduces the sorts except it doesn’t sell gasoline. nation’s dependence of foreign oil. It sells compressed natural gas Compressed natural gas emits 20(CNG), which can be used to fuel 29 percent less CO₂ and 90 percent only cars and trucks equipped for fewer emissions than gasoline or it. diesel, according to Greiner. “One day [before the station was DeKalb Commissioner Kathie open] we had 500 cars come in. Gannon said she has long been Drivers wanted to know if their car known as DeKalb County’s “green would run on this, how they could commissioner.” “They used to say get a car that runs on this—that sort that with a chuckle,” she said, notof thing,” said Rahim Charania, ing that the county has now fully CEO of AFS. Compressed natural embraced sustainability initiatives. gas is sold in units called Gasoline Gannon said she’s proud to see Gallon Equivalents or GGEs. BeDeKalb in the forefront of this iscause each unit is the equivalent of sue. “I hope one day I’ll pull in a gallon of gasoline, price compari- here to fill up my automobile,” she son is easy. said. The AFS station opened for A day earlier, DeKalb opened business Oct. 11; however, most of the nation’s first renewable enits customers right now are trucks ergy facility that converts methand fleet vehicles designed to run ane gas from county garbage into on natural gas. One of its best cuscompressed natural gas that can tomers is DeKalb County, which be pumped into county vehicles. has 40 CNG garbage trucks in its The fuel comes from DeKalb’s fleet. Because of their size and Seminole Road Landfill Renewweight and the stop-and-go nature able Energy Facility in Ellenwood, of their use, garbage trucks normal- which began operations earlier this ly get only two miles to the gallon, year. It, too, will be used to fuel county officials say. county garbage trucks, creating a Some trucks in AT&T and UPS cycle in which sanitation vehicles service fleets as well as airport will be powered by the trash they shuttle vans are equipped to use earlier hauled. The county’s goal compressed natural gas as well. ultimately is to replace or adapt all The facility is the state’s largest 306 of its sanitation vehicles so the public compressed natural gas fuel- entire fleet operates on compressed ing station and one of the first to natural gas. Under current market be built on a major thoroughfare. conditions, DeKalb County is fore“Usually, these are built on an out- casting fuel savings of $3 million of-the-way side street and only over the next eight years. have one or two pumps. More than The back-to-back openings 14,000 automobiles pass the stamean the number of fueling station here on Buford Highway every tions in DeKalb County available day,” Charania said. The station has to owners of compressed natural eight pumps and is open 24 hours gas vehicles doubled in a 24-hour a day. period. “With gasoline prices steadily “We are turning ‘trash to gas’ increasing, it’s great to be offering and ‘gas to cash’, saving $3 million an alternative,” Charania said. He by using it in DeKalb County veadded that the use of compressed hicles,” Ellis said. “We are, in fact, natural gas for transportation also living up to our vision of being the offers opportunities for small busi- greenest urban county in America nesses such as his, not just for maand the place where your future jor corporations. “This is one of the lives.” things that makes America great; Both locations were funded as we’re always looking for a better part of President Barack Obama’s way.” stimulus funds through the U.S. Department of Energy. “The station is great for the county and great for the state and by Kathy Mitchell

Officials from AFS, Gas South, DeKalb County and other interested organizations cut the ribbon on the Buford Highway facility, which has eight compressed natural gas pumps, making it the largest such facility in the state. A number of fleet vehicles, including 40 of DeKalb County’s garbage trucks, can operate on the fuel sold there. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

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Apples and Oranges is a triumph, just don’t look for Miss Daisy in the orchard
by Kathy Mitchell Apples and Oranges, which opened Oct. 10 on the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz stage, is the first of Alfred Uhry’s plays to premiere in Atlanta even though it’s set in New York and Washington—state, not D.C.—not in Georgia. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning play Driving Miss Daisy, Uhry is an Atlanta native who also has won an Oscar and several Tony Awards. Apples and Oranges is based on a true story, but it’s not Uhry’s story. It’s adapted from journalist Marie Brenner’s memoir Apples and Oranges, My Brother and Me, Lost and Found. Marie and Carl have never seen eye-to-eye on anything from politics to what’s appropriate in social interaction. After years of estrangement, the adult sister and brother find themselves communicating again even though they live on opposite sides of the continental United States. Years after their parents’ deaths they start to explore the things that baffle them about one another. Why did he give up a successful law career to raise apples? Why must she be so dramatic? Why does she “waste her writing talent” on what he sees as fluff pieces for women’s magazines? How could he, a Jew, be so fond or the music of Richard Wagner, a 19th century German composer who made no secret of his disdain for Jews? As they talk about their childhood, the brother and sister often have arrestingly different recollections of the same event. Still they rediscover the afthe theme for the same reason. After happening upon a reading of it in New York, she said, “I was in tears. As the little sister of an adored brother from whom I could not be more different, the piece has shaken me to my core.” Those who know Uhry only from Driving Miss Daisy will find Apples and Oranges very different from that more familiar work. The only similarities are the exploration of relationships and that both plays have minimal characters. Driving Miss Daisy as a stage play has only three characters; Apples and Oranges has two. “I’m always interested in writing about people as opposed to events,” Uhry said in the interview. A two-character play is a major challenge, not only for the playwright, but for the actors who are on stage the entire time and—in this case—must carry the action nonstop for an hour and 15 minutes. Patricia Richardson (you may remember her as the wife on the television show Home Improvement) as Marie and veteran stage film and television actor Tony Carlin as Carl carry it beautifully. Apples and Oranges is excellent theater, just don’t come to the theater expecting Driving Miss Daisy. The two plays are—well, apples and oranges. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., through Oct. 28. For ticket information, call (404) 733-5000 or visit The Alliance Theatre is located at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

Patricia Richardson and Tony Carlin in Apples & Oranges. Photo by Greg Mooney

fection they once had for each other. Uhry, in an interview printed in the theater program, said he was drawn to the subject because he “came from the same setup—one brother, one sister.” The dynamic, he said, is unique; it’s not like being an only child or having multiple siblings. Jennings Hertz Artistic Director Susan Booth, who chose the play and arranged for it to premiere in Atlanta, said in her program notes that she relates to

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the county plans to use the current facility as well once the new one is up and running. The 3,120-square foot station, built in 1947, was one of the first stations built in DeKalb County. The station was originally 2,430-square foot, but the fire department later made additions to it, which include a living room, kitchen, a second dorm room and a second bedroom for on-duty personnel. The station can only hold one fire truck and one ambulance. Because the station was built 65 years ago, it is not capable of accommodating modern fire equipment. “Fire trucks are a lot larger now than they were when the fire house was constructed,” said Rodney Reese, project liaison for community development. “[The new fire house] will provide adequate room for the modern fire equipment as well.” Augustin said the station, which currently has five firefighters, is one of the busiest in the county. “The men and women that work there are out running calls a lot,” he said. “So when they come back to the station, it’s good to come back to something nice where they can relax and be comfortable. Because of the age of the station it makes that kind of hard.” The new station will also cater to female firefighters. It will include women’s restrooms and dorm rooms for both males and females. “When the fire station was built the fire-fighters were basically strictly male,” Morris said. “Over the years our firefighters are not just males but males and females. The new station will also maintain the Tudor architecture to be in accordance with the other buildings in Avondale Estates. Austustin said the firefighters, the community and the department are excited about the new station. “It’s good for the county and it’s good for everyone all around,” he said. “We’re spending the tax dollars in the right way.”

The living room and dorm room in the Avondale Fire Station will get a facelift when the new station is built. Photos by Carla Parker

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Oglethorpe University recently hosted a sustainability seminar with nonprofit Heifer International. It was the first time Heifer has held its annual seminar at a university. During the seminar staff and students heard lectures on sustainability from Heifer staff members. Photo by Weatherly Richardson

Oglethorpe hosts first sustainability summit
she blogs about what Heifer International’s mission is in that specific area. A collection of Londergan’s photographs, titled “Unforgettable Faces,” was exhibited in Oglethorpe’s Lowry Hall during the summit and in recognition of National Photography Month and will remain on exhibit through Dec. 9. The photographs will be available for purchase to benefit Heifer International. “She has taken some incredible photographs, including some in the U.S. Appalachian area where poverty and hunger is quite extensive,” said Tamara Nash, executive director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oglethorpe. Nash said the goal of the center is to encourage Oglethorpe students, as part of their education, to become more actively engaged citizens. “Last fall we decided to create an Oglethorpe University Heifer Club on campus,” Nash said. “This is a wonderful example as to how we’re trying to do this.” Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International, discussed during the seminar how scaling up agricultural value chains can help satisfy the increasing demand for food. Additionally, Doug Shipman, president and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, joined Ferrari onstage. “Our students who are actively involved in human rights efforts were thrilled to have an opportunity to meet him the first time. It was wonderful networking as well for all of us,” Nash said. Nash said another highlight was listening to Keo Keang, Heifer International Cambodia Country director. Keang, a former teacher in the post-Khmer Rouge period, has more than 27 years’ experience working to promote and protect the rights of poor and vulnerable populations, including women, children, poor farmers, sex workers, victims of trafficking and persons living with HIV/AIDS. As head of Heifer International’s Cambodia program, Keang works to empower these smallholder farm families to feed themselves, develop their communities, address issues of domestic abuse and provide financial and literacy training. “The work that Heifer does was really brought to life by Keang, who has lived

by Daniel Beauregard Oglethorpe University hosted the Heifer Sustainability Summit Oct. 15. The summit explored issues such as global hunger and poverty and working with smallholder farmers, teaching them agriculture and animal husbandry practices. Heifer International holds the summit each year but this is the first time it has ever been held on a college or university campus. Founded in 1944, Heifer International is currently working in more than 40 countries to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. The nonprofit organization also provides livestock and agricultural training to improve the lives of the less fortunate. Betty Londergan, wife of Oglethorpe’s President Lawrence Schall, currently blogs for Heifer at www. This year, Heifer is sending Londergan to 12 countries in 12 months and she is blogging and photographing her experiences. Since January, she has traveled to Uganda, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, China, Nepal, Cameroon, Romania, Appalachia (USA), Rwanda and Armenia, among others. Each place she visits

through a horrific set of wars,” Nash said. “She survived that and now works closely with Heifer to help revitalize her community.” Jeffrey Scott, a Heifer project manager for the Appalachia region, spoke about his work with extreme poverty and hunger at home in the United States. Nash said Scott made quite an impact. “It’s shocking and appalling to know that we have such poverty here in the U.S.,” Nash said. “But there are very viable, sustainable and impactful things going on.”


   Notice is hereby given that the Mayor and City Council of the City of Lithonia, Georgia will hold a public  hearing for consideration of an amendment to the NS, Neighborhood Shopping District. The amendment  would expand the range of permitted uses found in Sec. 27‐558 of the NS District by adding certain  residential uses established in conjunction with commercial uses permitted in the NS District. The  hearing will be held on the 5th day of November, 2012, at 6:30 PM in the Lithonia City Hall located at  6980 Main Street, Lithonia, Georgia. If adopted, the amendment would affect all properties within the  city limits of Lithonia that are zoned NS.      Written comments concerning the proposed amendment may be filed with the City Clerk prior to the  public hearing or submitted at the hearing. Individuals interested in commenting on the proposed  amendment will be given an opportunity to be heard at the above mentioned time and place. The  proposed amendment, findings and recommendations of the Zoning Administrator and the Official  Zoning Map noting the location of properties zoned NS may be examined at Lithonia City Hall, Lithonia,  Georgia. Further information may be obtained by contacting Ms. Leah Rodriguez, City Clerk, at  770.482.8136.   Deborah Jackson   Mayor, City of Lithonia 

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plications to Congressman Hank Johnson’s office. Students are required to submit the completed application packet, including all test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a headshot. For more information, visit http://hankjohnson.

Atkinson hosts parent roundtable meetings
Throughout the month of October, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson will host a series of roundtable meetings for parents. Attendees can learn more about the status of current issues faced by the district, as well as hear about new initiatives launching in the 2012-13 school year. DCSD families also will have the opportunity to ask questions. Parents will be asked to share their thoughts on topics such as: what causes parents to stay involved in their school? What are essential things to know about the district? How would can those things to be communicated? What frequency would you, as a parent, like to receive those communications? What are some unique initiatives that the district can implement to improve communication with parents? How do you define parental engagement? The meetings will take place 7- 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Redan High School; Oct. 25 at Lithonia High School; and Oct. 29 at Dunwoody Charter High School.

Immaculate Heart of Mary holds open house
Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHM) invites all prospective K-8 students and their parents to attend an open house Dec. 2, from 3-5 p.m. A special presentation at 3:15 p.m. will provide an overview of IHM from both the administrative and student perspective. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet teachers and administrators, tour the campus and learn why IHM is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information, please contact Admissions Director Julie Tooher at (404) 636-4488 or visit our website at www.ihmschool. org.

nature trail, weeded garden areas, assembled shelving, organized items for a few ICS staff members and assisted in classroom activities.

Oglethorpe celebrates first fall festival
Oglethorpe University will host its first fall festival Oct. 19-20. The festival begins Oct. 19 with events for Oglethorpe parents including a chance to sit in on classes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Later in the day, parents are invited to meet Eric Tack, director of the Academic Success Center, and to attend a seminar led by Dr. Jeffrey Collins about Oglethorpe’s study abroad opportunities. The evening of Oct. 19 will include the Night of the Arts event put on by the Tower Literary Magazine staff. The evening will showcase the artistic talents of Oglethorpe’s students, faculty and staff. On Oct. 20, the college will host A Taste of Oglethorpe, which will feature local food vendors and artists from noon-3 p.m. For more information please visit www.oglethorpe. edu.

Author to read and sign at Agnes Scott
Christopher Paolini, auDeKalb teacher receives thor of the Inheritance series Teacher of the Year which began with “Eragon,” award will give a reading Oct. 27 DeKalb PATH Academy teacher Chi Wu received the 2012 “Reach for the Stars” Teacher of the Year Award from Georgia Charter Schools Association. Wu is a fifth grade math teacher at DeKalb PATH, a DeKalb County public charter school. According to a press release, the award recognizes Wu for her “remarkable effectiveness in K-12 education,” as well as the outstanding results Wu’s students received on the CRCT. This past year, 100 percent of Wu’s students passed the CRCT test and 84 percent of them exceeded standards. Drew Charter School teacher Terrilyn Ali, who was last year’s “Reach for the Stars” winner, presented the award to Wu at an Oct. 4 awards luncheon. Ali praised Wu’s ability to teach students of diverse backgrounds and diverse abilities. “Like so many of her students at DeKalb PATH Academy, Mrs. Wu is not a native speaker of English, yet she brilliantly teaches the language of mathematics using singing and dancing about decimals! Mrs. Wu is wellknown for circulating around the classroom to guage who is truly ‘getting’ the lesson. She also uses mnemonics and hands-on exercises to keep her students engaged and ontask,” Ali said.

at 7 p.m. in Agnes Scott College’s Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Paolini will sign books after the event. Paolini was homeschooled by his parents and often wrote short stories and poems, made frequent trips to the library and read widely. He was 15 when he wrote the first draft of Eragon and his family selfpublished the book in 2001. In August 2003, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Eragon; it was an instant success, reaching a worldwide audience. Christopher’s second novel Eldest was published in 2005, followed by Brisingr in 2008. Together, the first three books in the series have sold 25 million copies worldwide.

ICS and Turner hold volunteer day
The International Community School (ICS) hosted the Turner Broadcasting volunteer day Oct. 2 at the school’s new location in Decatur. More than 50 Turner Broadcasting employees volunteered for four hours and helped paint the library, the tutoring room and two murals in the entryway of the building. They also cleared the

Elementary school holds fall festival
The DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts (DESA) will host its annual fall festival on Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at 797 Fayetteville Road in Atlanta. The festival will feature activities and games for the community including an oldfashioned cake walk, threelegged race, face painting, bobbing for apples, a talent showcase, 2-on-2 basketball, moonwalks, egg race and a disc jockey. Additionally, there will be vendors selling items such as food, books, jewelry and perfumes. Profits from the Fall Festival support the DESA program and student achievement. Single event tickets to the festival are $8; three or more tickets are $5 each. The public is invited to attend.

The proposed 2013 fiscal budget will be presented to the City of Stone Mountain governing authority at the City Council Work Session to be held on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. The budget will be available at City Hall for review between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The Public Hearing to discuss and hear public input on the proposed 2013 fiscal budget will be held on Monday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 875 Main Street, Stone Mountain, Georgia.

City of Avondale Estates 2013 Proposed Budget
Notice is hereby given that the Mayor and Board of Commissioners for the City of Avondale Estates will hold a Public Hearing for the 2013 Proposed Budget on November 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Final Adoption of the 2013 budget will occur in conjunction with the Board’s regular monthly meeting on December 17, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza. The proposed 2013 budget is available for public review on the City website and at City Hall during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Deadline approaching for military service academy applications
The deadline for District 4 students applying to a service academy is Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Those interested are encouraged to turn in their ap-

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CDC provides guidance in wake of nationwide meningitis outbreak
In response to a nationwide outbreak of meningitis and stroke associated with a widely distributed medication, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing updated guidance to clinicians and patients about contaminated medication products received from the New England Compounding Center located in Framingham, Mass. Georgia is among the 23 states to which the contaminated product was shipped. Patients have suffered a variety of symptoms, including those associated with a rare form of fungal meningitis (brain infection) and stroke. On Oct. 3, the pharmaceutical compounding center ceased all production and initiated recall of all methylprednisolone acetate (a steroid medication) and other drug products prepared for injections in and around the spinal cord (known as intrathecal administration). In addition, CDC and state health departments have released the names of approximately 75 healthcare facilities in 23 states that have received contaminated product. As of Oct. 5, a total of 47 cases in seven states and five deaths have been identified with a clinical picture consistent with fungal infection: Florida (two cases), Indiana (three cases), Maryland (two cases, including one death), Michigan (four cases), North Carolina (one case), Tennessee (29 cases, including three deaths), and Virginia (six cases, including one death). Fungus has been identified in specimens obtained from nine patients. “All patients who may have received these medications need to be tracked down immediately. Patients can find the names of the clinics that used these medications on the CDC website,” said Benjamin Park, M.D., medical officer, mycotic diseases branch, CDC. “It is possible that if patients with infection are identified soon and put on appropriate antifungal therapy, lives may be saved.” Infected patients have developed a variety of symptoms approximately one to four weeks following their injection, including fever, new or worsening headache, nausea and new neurological deficit (consistent with deep brain stroke). Some of these patients’ symptoms were very mild in nature. Cerebrospinal fluid obtained from these patients has shown findings consistent with meningitis. On Sept. 26, the New England Compounding Center voluntarily recalled the some lots of methylprednisolone acetate (PF). Although all cases detected to date occurred after injections with products from those three lots, out of an abundance of caution, CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend that healthcare professionals cease use of any product produced by the New England Compounding Center until further information is available. Patients who have had an epidural steroid injection since May 21 and are experiencing a worsening headache, fever, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, new weakness or numbness in any part of the body, stiff neck or slurred speech should talk to their doctors as soon as possible. CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center in an effort to maximize its response capabilities and to ensure that CDC recommendations are distributed as broadly as possible.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss recently received the Distinguished Congressional Supporter award from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation advocates. The award recognizes Chambliss’ continued support for children and families impacted by type 1 diabetes. Pictured from left are Phipps Marvil of Tucker, Chambliss, Molly Cann of Atlanta, Gavin Cash of Atlanta and Liam Cash of Atlanta.

Study finds no connection between HPV vaccine and sexual activity among girls
In the first study examining clinical markers of sexual activity after receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil, researchers at Emory University and Kaiser Permanente found no association between the vaccine and an increase in sexual activity among girls. The results were published online Oct. 15 in the journal Pediatrics. The study, an independent research project funded by Kaiser Permanente and Emory University, included 1,398 girls ages 11–12 who were members of the Kaiser Permanente health plan in Georgia in 2006 and 2007, during the first 18 months after the Gardasil vaccine became available. “Our study found a very similar rate of testing, diagnosis and counseling among girls who received the vaccine and girls who did not. We saw no increase in pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or birth control counseling – all of which suggest the HPV vaccine does not have an impact on increased sexual activity,” said lead author Robert Bednarczyk, Ph.D., an epidemiologist in Emory University’s Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health and a clinical investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health ResearchSoutheast. Of the 1,398 girls in the study, 493 of them received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine during the study period. The comparison group included 905 girls who received other recommended vaccines but not the HPV vaccine. Researchers followed both groups of girls for up to three years to assess whether they had been tested for or diagnosed with a STI, had taken a pregnancy test and had been counseled about contraceptives. About 10 percent of the girls in the study, both those who received the vaccine and those who did not, had one or more of these outcomes. The average age of testing, diagnosis or counseling was about 14.5 years old. Only eight girls, or less than 1 percent, were diagnosed with an STI or had a positive pregnancy test. Girls who received the HPV vaccine did not have a statistically higher rate of testing, diagnosis or counseling compared to those who did not receive the vaccine. “This is reassuring news for teenagers, parents and members of the public. Our study adds to growing evidence that the HPV vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent these rare but sometimes deadly cancers,” added Robert Davis, M.D., a co-author and senior investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research–Southeast. Since 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that girls ages 11–12 receive three doses of the vaccine to protect them from HPV, which is transmitted through sexual activity and can cause genital warts and cervical, penile, vaginal and head and neck cancers. The vaccine is also recommended for females ages 13–26 who did not receive the vaccine when they were younger and for males ages 11–21.

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Rushdie to discuss his memoir at Emory event Salman Rushdie, a university distinguished professor at Emory University, will discuss his latest book, Joseph Anton: A Memoir, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Glenn Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are required and are available at A minimum of 500 free tickets is available for Emory faculty, staff and students, limit two per person. A waitlist will be available once the ticket allotment is exhausted. For the public, a limited number of autographed copies of Joseph Anton: A Memoir may be purchased through Emory’s Barnes & Noble bookstore via a special link on the ticket website. These copies include a free ticket to the event. Autographed copies are $30 (list price), and will be available for pickup at the Nov. 4 event. Purchasers will receive a ticket and sales receipt by mail. Both are required to receive an autographed book and for event admission. Members of the public who wish to attend the event but do not wish to purchase an autographed copy of the book can sign up for a waitlist for the remaining free tickets. The author will not be available to sign additional books or items at the event. Charis presents essays on voice Let Me Clear My Throat: An Evening of Sonic Essays by Elena Passarello is a From Margin to Center Literary Event presented by Charis Circle. The presentation of essays on the human voice will be Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 - 9 p.m. “From Farinelli, the 18th century castrato who brought down opera houses with his high C, to the recording of ‘Johnny B. Goode’ affixed to the Voyager spacecraft, Let Me Clear My Throat dissects the whys and hows of popular voices, making them hum with significance and emotion….The voice is thought’s incarnating instrument and Elena Passarello’s essays are a riotous deconstruction of the ways the sounds we make both express and shape who we are-the annotated soundtrack of us giving voice to ourselves,” states the announcement from Charis. Charis Circle and Charis Books & More are located at 1189 Euclid Ave., NE, Atlanta. The suggested donation is $5. For more information, visit city hall in downtown Avondale Estates at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue. and Kensington Road. The festival will have an artists’ market featuring art from all across the southeast. Bands such as Adron, Pink Pompeii, Kodac Harrison, and The Head will provide live music and entertainment. Food and drink vendors will stay open after the artist market closes on Oct. 20 to allow participants to listen to the live music of The Rainmen into the evening. This year’s children’s area includes the return of the Reptile Wagon, a mobile “reptile zoo” displaying everything from cobras to American alligators. The Southeastern Snake Encounter will be featured on the main stage both days. Admission is free. For directions, hours and detailed information on participating artists, vendors and bands, go to rest and recuperation. More than 500 homeless veterans were served at the 2011 Atlanta VA Stand Down event. For more information about Stand Down, call (404) 321-6111, ext 7436. Recreation center to host Breast Cancer Walk/Fall Festival DeKalb County’s inaugural Exchange Community Breast Cancer Walk/Fall Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Exchange Intergenerational Recreation Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur. Registration for the 5K walk will be held 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. The first 50 individuals to sign up will receive a free Tshirt. The walk begins at 9 a.m. and the fall festival will follow, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The cost to participate in the walk is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under, and $50 for teams with at least five members. The fall festival will include free hot dogs for the first 100 children, music, games and a car-and-bike show. For more information, including vendor opportunities, call Nicholas Clark, recreation center director, at (404) 6873430. Walker Park YMCA, Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, Kaiser Permanente, Hampton Inn (Stone Mountain), Kroger, Target, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart and Edible Arrangements. “Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of death among women in the United States,” continued Sutton. “It is vitally important that we unite as a community to educate our citizens about the warning signs so that we can break the silence on ovarian cancer.”

Gas company manager joins H.E.A.T. board The Tucker-based Heating Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T) announced that Michelle Harris-Jackson, manager, retail forecasting and analysis at Georgia Natural Gas, has recently joined the board of directors of H.E.A.T. For nearly 30 years, H.E.A.T. has helped low-income Georgians pay their energy bills. The nation’s first statewide fuel fund, H.E.A.T. provides energy assistance as a joint effort among concerned citizens, businesses and state government. “We look forward to utilizing Michelle’s valuable experience within the energy industry as a member of H.E.A.T.’s board of directors,” said Janet H. Joseph, H.E.A.T.’s executive director. “Specifically, we are fortunate to have someone with Michelle’s technical expertise in forecasting and analysis to help guide H.E.A.T. in the years ahead. We also are privileged to have someone who has distinguished herself over the years as a true community volunteer with both children’s and senior focused organizations.” Harris-Jackson has a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Alabama State University, and an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery. “I’ve been fortunate to help weatherize the homes of seniors and tutor children in at-risk neighborhoods, so I know firsthand how vulnerable these groups are—especially during the cold winter season,” Harris-Jackson said. “I’m looking forward to working with H.E.A.T.’s entire board to help provide energy assistance to our community’s most vulnerable families and individuals.” Established in 1983, H.E.A.T. began as a program of Atlanta Gas Light Company. With the deregulation of Georgia’s natural gas industry, H.E.A.T. became a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in May 2000. For more information about H.E.A.T., or to donate online, go to

Healthy Belvedere to hold movie night The Healthy Belvedere Initiative is holding a Screen on the Green event Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Healthy Belvedere Community Garden located at Peace Lutheran Church. It is a free family-oriented event that offers food and an outdoor viewing of the animated film Monsters, Inc. It is open to all families in the Belvedere Park area. Grilled turkey dogs, grilled corn on the cob, hot apple cider, flavored popcorn and toasted marshmallow s’mores will be provided during the movie. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. It will be shown outdoors so those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs. It will be moved inside the church in the event of rain. Peace Lutheran Church is located at 1679 Columbia Drive, Decatur. For more information, call Celeste at the Healthy Belvedere Initiative office at (678) 9732186. Atlanta VA Medical Center event planned for homeless veterans Atlanta’s homeless veterans will have access to free services and assistance in an all-day, one stop environment at the 2012 Atlanta VA Medical Center Stand Down on Saturday, Oct. 20. Representatives from more than 40 local, state and federal agencies will provide food, clothing, medical evaluations, legal assistance referral, Social Security benefits information, housing and employment assistance, help with driver and vehicle licenses, free haircuts and many other forms of assistance. The event will be held at the Atlanta VA from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. “Stand down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for

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Hundreds participate in third annual ovarian cancer walk Hundreds of DeKalb residents joined Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton for the third annual “Overcome Ovarian Cancer 3K Walk” Oct. 6 at Wade Walker Park in Stone Mountain. Designed to raise awareness for the detection and prevention of ovarian cancer, which claims the lives of more than 15,000 American women each year, the event raised more than $10,000 for the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA). During the event, dozens of teams gathered and stretched before walking the three-kilometer path around and back through Wade Walker Park. “Helping save the lives of women across the country is important work, and I’m so proud to the support of so many members of our community,” said Sutton, who launched the walk in 2009. The event was sponsored by Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Wade

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Stephenson defense shuts down Tucker offense in win
by Carla Parker


he first regular season matchup between the Tucker Tigers and Stephenson Jaguars lived up to its expectations and went down to the wire, but it was the No. 4-ranked Stephenson Jaguars who came out on top with a 13-6 win over the No. 2 Tucker Tigers. With the win, the Jaguars (5-0) sit tied atop the Region 6-AAAAA standings with Martin Luther King Jr. (6-0 overall, 5-0 in region). The loss snaps the Tigers (5-1 overall, 4-1 in region) 20-game winning streak. Stephenson also moved up in the rankings to No. 3. Tucker falls to No. 4. The game got chippy before it started as players from both teams were trash talking to each other during pregame warmups. Some Tucker players could be heard chanting “our county” and one player screamed “who runs this county?” Tucker is the only DeKalb County school that has won a state championship (2008, 2011) since Southwest DeKalb High won in 1995. Tucker had a lot of confidence coming into the game because its offense was averaging 357 yards rushing and 44 points per game. But Stephenson’s defense was only allowing 8.3 points per game. The game started off with two big plays, including a touchdown, called back because of penalties. On Tucker’s first drive, wide receiver Dominick Sanders had a 40-plus yard run that was called back because of a block in the back penalty. Two plays later, the Tigers had to punt the ball to Stephenson. On the next drive, Stephenson running back Brandon Washington had his touchdown run called back because of a false start penalty. Stephenson head coach Ron Gartrell was upset with the call and argued with the officials. After the game Gartrell said the referees did make the right call. “We didn’t line up right and at halftime I told

Dale Warren, left, and Jyrus Mack celebrate with their teammates after their 13-7 victory over Tucker. Photos by Travis Hudgons

the refs that actually they made a good call on that,” he said. The Jaguars got a chance to get that touchdown back in the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run by running back Austin Tevin, going up 7-0 on the Tigers. The Jaguars got on the scoreboard again in the third quarter with a 15yard pass from quarterback Justin Holman to wide receiver Taylor Henry, bringing the score to 13-0. Tucker had a hard time getting a good drive going until the fourth quarter. The Tigers rallied to 13-6 on a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Juwaan Williams to Dallas Rivers. The Tigers were driving again late in the game when Rivers fumbled the ball which was recovered by Stephenson. The Jaguars ran out the clock to seal the win. Gartrell said he is proud of the way his defense performed. “We just take our hats off to our defense,” he
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Stephenson’s Khalil Ladler (9) breaks up a would be touchdown to Dominick Sanders.

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Forsyth error in the fourth to trim the lead to 3-1 as Catriona Geddes scored on a bases loaded walk to Samantha Behrend following the error that loaded the bases. Forsyth added another unearned run in the fifth to make the final of 4-1. Dunwoody finished the season 21-10. Lakeside dropped a pair of Class AAAAA games to Creekview by scores of 8-1 and 4-3 to also finish its season. The Lady Vikings compiled a 19-11 record on the year. Highly ranked Pope (23-5) shut out Arabia Mountain 15-0 and 16-0 to sweep the Class AAAAA

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DeKalb teams knocked out of state softball tournament
by Mark Brock The 2012 DeKalb County softball season came to an end Oct. 11 as all six teams were knocked out of the state playoffs. Dunwoody fell 3-1 and 4-1 to Forsyth Central in its 2-0 best-ofthree Class AAAAA series loss. Forsyth Central got off to a quick start in the top of the first inning of the opening game as Rachel Karlan hit a three-run homer for a 3-0 lead that would hold up in the 3-1 victory. Karlan’s homer would be the difference in the game as both teams had six hits each in the game. Dunwoody cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the first as Stacey Ward had a big two-out hit to score Haley Pierce, who had doubled. Neither team managed another run in the game as both pitchers, Ward of Dunwoody and Caroline Thomas of Forsyth Central, worked out of jams several times to keep the score at 3-1. Forsyth Central took advantage of a pair of Dunwoody errors in the bottom of the third in the second game to score three unearned runs for a 3-0 lead. Dunwoody took advantage of a best-of-three series at Pope. Arabia Mountain concluded its season with a 16-8 record. Miller Grove was swept by Kell at home in its Class AAAAA best-of-three softball series. Miller Grove went home with a 16-8-1 record in the Lady Wolverines’ first state playoff appearance. Class AAAA teams Redan and Chamblee also lost their best-ofthree playoff series two games to none to fall out of the playoffs. Redan (10-9-1) fell 16-0 and 12-0 to Dalton at home while Chamblee lost on the road by scores of 15-0 and 9-1 to Heritage-Catoosa.

Stephenson’s Austin Tevin surges through Tucker defenders to score a touchdown. Ali Groves, right, shows off his interception. Photos by Travis Hudgons

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said. “Except for that one drive we pretty much shut them down.” Tucker head coach Bryan Lamar said his team has to get back to work and move on from this game. “We’re not in panic mode,” he said. “The season is not over; this is not the state championship; this is not the region championship; it’s a football game. You play football games and you win games, you lose games, but you keep fighting.” Tucker will try to get back to winning on Oct. 19 when it faces Southwest DeKalb (4-2) at Hallford Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Stephenson will go for its sixth straight win on Oct. 20 when it faces Miller Grove (5-1) at Panthersville Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Young Tucker fans show their support for their team.

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Stone Mountain win over Redan ends ugly
by Carla Parker The Stone Mountain Pirates’ blowout homecoming win over the Redan Raiders turned ugly in the fourth quarter when the two teams got into a fight on the field. The Pirates (2-4) were up 41-15 in the fourth quarter when the fight broke out near the Stone Mountain team’s bench. The teams got into a shoving match before both benches cleared. Coaches, referees and police officers had to separate the two teams. The referees ended the game with 5:27 left on the clock and made Redan go to its buses. Stone Mountain head coach Dante Ferguson said one of Redan’s player hits Stone Mountain quarterback Cordell Cook after the play was over. “He actually did it right in front of the official and a police officer,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that those types of things happen. The kids get caught up in the moment. When the game is not going in your direction you get frustrated and I understand that, but you’ve got to know how to control your temper because it could cost your team.” Despite how the game ended Ferguson said he was happy that his team got a much needed win. “We’re 1-1 in the region and we still control our own destiny,” he said. “We’ve got a tough game next ered and returned it for a touchdown. Another 2-point conversion pass from Cook to Johnson brought the score to 28-9. The Pirates were up 35-9 when Johnson got his second touchdown reception of the game in the third quarter. However, the Raiders didn’t quit. They responded with a touchdown pass from Thomas to running back Keshawn Sibley, bringing the score to 35-15. But Cook and Johnson connected on another touchdown to widen the lead to 41-15. Johnson finished the game with three touchdowns. This season is the junior wide receiver’s first time playing organized football. Johnson had played basketball before Ferguson convinced him to try out for football. “He’s ridiculous,” Ferguson said. “And he’s still raw. It looks easy for him but he’s still in the process of becoming a great player.” Johnson said when he comes out to play he always make sure he plays with confidence. “I just think anything going in the air is mine,” he said. “That’s all I think about.” Chamblee defensive backs will have their hands full when they face Johnson and the Pirates on Oct. 19 at Adams Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Redan will play Marist on Oct. 19 at Panthersville Stadium at 8 p.m.

Stone Mountain receiver Sammy Johnson displays his leaping abilities on multiple occasions during the game. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Arlonzo Simpson (21) unsuccessfully attempts to stop Redan’s D’ounte Tolen from scoring.

week against Chamblee, so that’s what we’re going to focus on.” The game started off fast when Redan’s defense sacked Cook in the end zone for a safety in the first minute of the game, giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Pirates scored after linebacker Solomon Parker intercepted Redan quarterback Noah Thomas’ pass and returned it for a touchdown, bringing the score to 6-2. On the following kick-off, Redan fumbled and Stone Mountain recovered it at the Raiders’ 1-yard

line. The Pirates lengthened their lead to 14-2 after Cook scored on a quarterback sneak and converted on the 2-point conversion with a pass to wide receiver Sammy Johnson. Redan followed up with a touchdown run by wide receiver D’ounte Tolen, and shortened the Pirates lead to 14-9. Stone Mountain scored just before halftime with a touchdown pass from Cook to Johnson, widening the lead to 20-9. At kickoff at the start of the second half, Redan fumbled the ball again and Stone Mountain running back Terrence McKibben recov-

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Player Spotlight:
by Carla Parker The Tucker football program is known for producing great running backs and this year is no different. The Tigers have five players with more than 150 yards each on the season, including quarterback Jawann Williams. Running backs Dallas Rivers and Yusuf Minor are both averaging more than 100 yards per game. But through five games, Rivers leads all five running backs with 501 yards and nine touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back, who also plays linebacker for the Tigers, has played football since he was 6 years old. He has also played baseball and basketball, but football stuck with him. “I just love the game of football,” he said. “I love the contact, and just getting out there and playing with my teammates.” Although Rivers leads the Tucker running backs in total yards and touchdowns, Minor leads the group in rushing yards attempted average (17.8) and yards per game (118.3). “We both are pretty good players and we just go out there and do our


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Dallas Rivers leads Tucker running backs in total yards and touchdowns

Dallas Rivers (25) takes a hard hit and still scores a touchdown. Photos by Travis Hudgons

jobs,” Rivers said. The junior running back has already received interest letters from some of the top college football programs in the nation, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and others. Rivers said he doesn’t have a dream college that he wants to play for but he would like to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) or the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

“I want to be somewhere close to home,” he said. Rivers said in 10 years he sees himself playing professional football. “But if I’m not in football I hope to fall back [on a career],” he said. “I want to be an architect or an engineer if football doesn’t work out.” Rivers, who currently has a 3.5 GPA, said he likes drawing and math.

“I like dealing with numbers,” he said. Although his team suffered a loss Oct. 12 against Stephenson, Rivers said his team will continue to work hard to have a successful season. “We’ve got to bounce back and keep striving to get better every day and go out and perform well on Friday nights,” he said.