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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014 • VOL. 16, NO. 41 • FREE
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Year in Review
THEFTS AFFECT CLARKSTON YOUTH
Volunteers representing DeKalbbased Unconditional Love for Children Inc. worked with staff, students and parents of Chatsworth Primary School in Maroon Town, Jamaica. Photos by Chris Glenn and John Hewitt
From left, front row: Delphyne Lomax, Blanche Nichols, Phyliss Cook, Carolyn Glenn, Jean Edwards, Barbara Boyd, Anna Ogletree, Catherine Turk, Betty Palmer, Mary Ann Thompson and Morris Hester. From left, back row: John Hewitt, Geraldine Sherard, William Cook, Patricia Walker, Burrell Ellis, Boykin Edwards, Don Roman, Barry Gray, Philippa Ellis, Earl Glenn and Marian Johnson. Photo by Christopher Brown.
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Locals pay it forward in Jamaica
ca, as part of an annual mission trip coordinated by DeKalb-based nonprofit Unconditional Love for Children (ULC). The fourth annual event was spearheaded by Champion Newspaper publisher Carolyn Glenn and Dr. Earl Glenn. ULC’s mission is to provide opportunities for disadvantaged children through educational enrichment programs, life skills training, athletics and health services.
A group of DeKalb residents recently returned from a four-day excursion to Montego Bay, Jamai-
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Ellis: ‘There’s a dark cloud that remains over DeKalb County’
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is looking forward to “full vindication.” I want to finish the job…that God called me to and that the people entrusted in me,” Ellis said during an interview with former CEO Vernon Jones Dec. 20 on radio station WAOK. Jones was a guest host for what he called a “historic” meeting of “one CEO to the other.” “I look forward to the day of returning to the office that they elected me to serve,” said Ellis, who was suspended from office in June 2013 by Gov. Nathan Deal after being indicted on corruption charges. “But there’s a dark cloud that remains over DeKalb County until that day when I return to office,” Ellis said during the live radio show. “We need to go ahead and remove
Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones interviewed suspended county CEO Burrell Ellis during a recent radio show on WAOK. File Photo
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Bruce Covey, owner of Coconut Poetry, and poet Gina Myers discuss and read their work at a recent presentation at the Grady High School writing center. Photos by Daniel Beauregard
Local author promotes poetry, female authors
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org As curator of the Emory University reading series “What’s New in Poetry?” founder and editor of Coconut Poetry and Emory Bookstore and Campus Life Director Bruce Covey stays busy. Born in Waterbury, Conn., Covey was educated at Yale University, where he later taught. For decades, through his work with Emory’s reading series and his publishing company he has promoted poetry and connected poets but he said it started out as a simple idea. Covey started one of the first online magazines in 2003 that was specifically dedicated to publishing poetry. Coconut Magazine publishes up-and-coming, and most influential and experimental poets. However, back in 2002, many such as Gina Myers saw the magazine as a jumping off point into a new, mostly unexplored area of publishing. To start Coconut Magazine, Covey taught himself how to write HTML code and solicited most of the work for the first issue. “I started the magazine first and at the time, there were very few web-based journals and it seemed to me that the way that the future was moving was that consumers of poetry are poor and there’s no reason to go through the exercise of printing for a journal,” Covey said. “At the time not only were there very few web-based magazines, there were very few magazines and they weren’t really capturing the heart of poetry.” Myers, who now works as an editor for Coconut Magazine, has had two collections published by the company. However, she said when she began submitting her poetry to various publications back in 2003, Coconut was one of the premier online poetry publications. “It was one that I regularly looked forward to reading when new issues came out,” Myers said. “I have been published in the magazine a couple of times, all before I ever had a book manuscript ready.” In 2005, Covey started Coconut Books, again teaching himself how to use computer programs Pagemaker and InDesign to design the layout of the books he wanted to publish. Covey said after running the magazine for several years, he realized that there was a large group of writers having difficulty publishing books. Myers completed her first book manuscript, and showed it to Covey for advice; she was surprised when he asked to publish it. “At the time, another press had requested to see a manuscript of mine. I didn’t have one together, but I knew I had enough individual poems to put together, so I quickly got something together and sent it off. The first press passed on it, and I didn’t really know what to do with it. I wasn’t sure if what I had put together was really a book or not, so I shared it with Bruce to ask his advice. He surprised
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After footage is shot, Keysha Lee and her students edit Lessons With Despite limited resources, Lee helps students get Camera operation is one of many skills Lee teaches. Mrs. Lee on a computer. television experience as they work on the program.
Student-driven show becoming a cable hit
by Kathy Mitchell email@example.com Keysha Lee said her current job combines her two passions, television broadcasts and helping young people realize their dreams. In addition to teaching at DeKalb Alternative High School, Lee produces and hosts Lessons With Mrs. Lee, a program aired on the DeKalb County education television station. The show format is interviews with exceptional people who share the lessons they have learned throughout their lives. “It’s the students’ show and I’m impressed with how they take ownership of it,” said Lee, who holds a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and has worked at television stations in Alabama and Georgia. “They do everything from booking and pre-interviewing guests to operating the cameras to editing. I hope one day one of them will take over as on-air host and I can just stay behind the camera.” The show has included such notable guests as Dr. Abdalla Rashad Tau, author of Delinquent to Doctor, and artist/musician Eshe. Judge Glenda Hatchett of the Emmy-nominated show Judge Hatchett and IronE Singleton from the Walking Dead also have been guests on Lessons With Mrs. Lee. “The students are sometimes blown away by the impressive guests we have, but they remain focused and professional. They stay on task. They always make me proud. We’ve had guests say, ‘These are high school students? I can’t believe how professional they are.’ That’s our reputation, so we tell any new students who join us that they’re expected to live up to that reputation.” Lee said she solicits guests though former classmates and others she knows in the broadcast industry. She said she works for a combination of people the students know about and want to meet and people she thinks they should know. “There are people here in Atlanta who have done important things, but they were things that happened before the students’ time, so they may never have heard the name, but I want to teach a little history along with journalism.” People approached to be guests almost always are excited about it, Lee said. “No one turns us down.” The students—called interns in the program— come from all over the DeKalb County School District and some are even from Atlanta schools outside the county. “Some teachers in Fulton County have seen the program and said they don’t have anything like it. They asked if their students could work with us,” Lee explained. Lee said she started her DeKalb County work with student broadcasting in Dunwoody, where she worked with school volunteer Connie Seacrest. “She’s been involved with Dunwoody High School since her son Ryan Seacrest was a student there. Because he’s been a big success in the broadcast world she likes helping students who are interested in television and radio.” Ryan Seacrest is the host of television’s American Idol and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve as well as morning radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. She also worked at Chamblee High School and said that both Dunwoody and Chamblee have many more resources than she has at DeKalb Alternative School. “There’s no studio here and that presented a challenge, but it’s an exciting challenge. It gave us an opportunity to get creative. We got an opportunity to take the show out of a studio and into the community,” Lee said. One advantage, she added, is that each show looks different. Another is the “real world” experience students get since they sometimes work outside the normal school schedule. At first Lessons With Mrs. Lee, now in its third season, could only be viewed at the schools, then Lee approached the DeKalb County education network about airing the show publicly. “Their usual programming is school board meetings— that sort of thing—it can be pretty dry. They loved what we’re doing. They’d like us to produce a show every week, but the students’ schedules don’t allow that,” she said. Lee said she’s pleased with how popular the show has become. “I even hear from people in Fulton County, so they must air it there sometimes too,” she said, adding the some episodes are shown on YouTube as well.
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ONE MAN’S OPINIoN
Save our counties
on troubled times. But surely if Newark, N. J., and Detroit, Mich., are worth fighting for, so are our struggling Georgia counties. Not all new municipalities will follow the “city light” model of Sandy Springs. A new police department, planning and zoning department or municipal court system requires real estate as well as manpower, and later employee health care and pension benefits. Many northeastern states are swimming in municipal and state pension debt in part because of their respective municipal government models. New York state has 62 counties, and 62 cities, but those are further divided into 932 townships, 10 Indian reservations, and along with several hundred villages and school districts, New York has a total of 4,200 local governments. In nearby New Jersey, a township is one of five types of local government, operating under 11 different forms of municipal government and providing a broad cross-section of services ranging from water/sewer, roads and garbage collection, to operating the school system. Back in New York, whether a municipality is defined as a city, town or village is not dependent on population or land area, but instead by local referendum, and then approved by the state legislature. Each jurisdictional level is then granted varying degrees of home rule power and authority as provided by the New York state Constitution. Another model worthy of additional implementation here is the Community Improvement District (CID). These self-taxing districts impose additional mills of property tax on commercial property owners to fund a wide variety of improvements ranging from major roadways to parts of the new Braves stadium complex in Cobb to reducing vagrancy, graffiti and street crime. CID success stories, at a much reduced cost compared to creating new cities, are in play every day in Buckhead, Cumberland, Gwinnett Village, Perimeter Center, Stone Mountain and elsewhere. Though not a panacea, the CID allows a region’s business and community leadership to identify problems and potential solutions, move quickly, fund the programming and change a community for the better. That may be the plan for further carving up counties, but it is increasingly far from always being the outcome. As the Georgia General Assembly is asked to consider dueling reports and projections of financial viability for a string of future cities in the cue, try and remember that “communities of interest,” or our cities and counties of generations past, were far more than assembling a large real estate deal to “make the numbers work.” And while old county boundaries might appear arbitrary, you will often find a river, major property holder or roadway drawing those old lines of division. So before creating a new city in your home county, try first focusing on the area’s many commonalities— and not simply those growing lines of demographic, economic and class division. Save our counties! 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@ earthlink.net.
DeKalb County currently has 11 cities, the newest being Brookhaven, with another four being proposed for voter referendums authorized by the General Assembly during 2014. Georgia currently has 159 counties, 187 public school districts and 536 cities (and counting). In adjacent Fulton County, as of this writing, there remain only 80,000 Fulton residents not also served by a municipal government. Since voters approved the creation of Sandy Springs in north Fulton County in 2005, a near flood of new cities has been created in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. Sandy Springs was fleeing attempted annexation by the city of Atlanta, as well as trying to better control its own destiny, rein in “urban sprawl” and better brand its community. Arguably, running a lean business model, light on fulltime employees and large scale empire building, under the leadership of retiring Mayor Eva Galambos, Sandy Springs cut a template that others are attempting to follow, with varying degrees of success. Meanwhile, taxpayers in the remaining unincorporated areas of these same counties, formerly a near majority, witness an erosion of their tax base, a debatable decline in services and the stark realization that the next target may well be the further subdivision of county school systems. And major countywide or regional services, such as indigent care funding for Grady Hospital, may also suffer significantly as a result. And yet, while we have to reach no further than your closest phone directory to locate efforts to Save the Whales, Save the “Hooch,” preserve historic buildings or virtually any nature preserve you might mention—where is the call to Save Our Counties? DeKalb, once a model of efficiency in areas too numerous to mention, with a school system the envy of the state, has clearly fallen
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This low-carb diet is good for you and the planet
Can you resolve to reduce your fossilfuel consumption by eating fewer animal products?
by Jill Richardson 2014. A new year. The time to make resolutions. It’s when we all join gyms, sign up for dating sites, and start new diets — only to quit them a few weeks later. If you’re into resolutions, I’ve got one for you to consider: In 2014, try a low-carb diet. Not a low–carb(ohydrate) diet, but a lowcarbon one. As in carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing the climate crisis. If you think it sounds a bit strange, hear me out. Humans produce greenhouse gases several ways. The most obvious one is burning fossil fuels. Heat, air conditioning, transportation and electricity all fall into this category. And I’ll be honest. I’d love to reduce the amount of fossil fuels I use. But I have very little ability to make my city improve its public transportation, walkability and bike paths. Some people can afford major investments like solar panels or even better insulation for their homes, but I can’t. And neither can many other Americans. But an awful lot of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. Including the impacts of deforestation due to agriculture, getting our food from farm to table accounts for more than 27 percent of global emissions. The good news: Changing your diet is affordable — even delicious. We all eat three times a day, after all. And a low-carbon diet is actually healthier and often cheaper than what most Americans eat already. How do you do it? The short answer is “eat less meat.” But please keep reading before you dismiss this as a vegetarian rant. It takes 40 calories of energy to produce just one calorie of beef, with a similarly lousy ratio for eggs, and an even worse one for lamb. It takes 14 calories to produce one calorie of either milk or pork, and four calories to produce one calorie of chicken. That’s because we grow enough grain to feed 800 million people, and we feed it all to livestock. Those animals do produce meat, milk and eggs, but they also burn a lot those calories off as they grow. The number of calories fed to livestock is far greater than the calories humans obtain from their meat, milk and eggs. It’s far more efficient for humans to eat plant foods ourselves. There are also other paths to a lower carbon diet. Choosing locally grown foods, buying organic, gardening and avoiding processed foods all help. But the simplest, most reliable, and most impactful way to shrink your footprint is by eating lower on the food chain. This isn’t news. Scientific American published information about it in 2011, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture reported on it in 2006. Anna Lappe published a book on climate and diet called Diet for a Hot Planet in 2010. If you aren’t ready to go veg, don’t worry. Baby steps are better than nothing. That’s the idea behind the Meatless Monday campaign. Just avoid meat one day a week. Eat some vegetarian chili or lasagna. Dip veggies in hummus for a snack. Have a bean burrito or munch on fresh fruit. Personally, I think reducing your animal product intake is easiest if you crowd out meat, milk, and eggs with plant-based food that you enjoy. If you’re busy stuffing your face with crisp apples or roasted butternut squash, you’ll be too full to feel deprived. Best of all, you’ll help your health as well as the planet. As it turns out, vegetarians and near-vegetarians are 24 percent less likely to die of heart disease than meat eaters. That means a resolution to reduce your meat consumption will help ensure that you’ll be around to enjoy many more New Years to come. OtherWords columnist Jill Richardson is the author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It. OtherWords.org
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Tucker holiday decorating contest winners announced The Tucker Business Association, Main Street Tucker Alliance and the Tucker Historical Society announced on Dec. 24 the winners of the Downtown Tucker holiday decorating contest. Tucker Flower Shop on Idlewood Road was awarded first prize in the retail category, while Friends & Co. placed first in office/service and Los Hermanos won in restaurants. This was the second year for the contest, which was expanded this year to include three categories for entrants. Businesses within the downtown area, as defined by Brockett Road, LaVista Road, Lawrenceville Highway and Tucker Industrial Road, were encouraged to celebrate the holidays with festive and imaginative decorations for their windows and buildings. A panel of judges with representatives from the three sponsoring organizations viewed the area businesses on Dec. 20 to choose the winning displays. Top prize winners in each of the three categories were awarded $200, while second place winners were each awarded $125. Second prize winners were Matthews Cafeteria (restaurants); The Custom Frame Shop (retail); and Tucker Main Street Barber Shop (office/services). Honorable mentions were Sweet Dee’s (restaurants); The Garden Enthu-
siast (retail); and Main Street Cleaners (office/ services). DeKalb Chamber of Commerce elects new board members The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has elected six business leaders to join its board of directors for a three-year term effective Jan. 1. The incoming directors will fill slots vacated by board members whose terms expired in 2013 and represent a cross-section of industries and companies. “The DeKalb Chamber board has always consisted of men and women who are highly distinguished in their respective fields,” said DeKalb Chamber President Leonardo McClarty. “The individuals selected this year continue in that tradition as they represent local small businesses along with major corporations.” The incoming board members include Ted Cummings, president of Onyx Media Group; Angela Graham, president of Graham and Associates; Michael Reeves, vice president of Reeves and Associates Consulting Inc.; Brenda Reid, a director of Publix; Kelsi Robinson, CEO of EGM Services; and JaKathryn Ross, a director at Georgia Pacific/YEG. The chamber will formally introduce its new board members and recognize its outgoing members during its annual meeting and lunch on Thursday, Feb. 6.
Champion of the Week
For Stephanie Lee, seeing a man advocating against domestic violence was an unusual sight. “Most of the time you see women fighting for that cause,” said the 28-year-old. “But to see a man stepping up to the plate and holding other men accountable was very inspirational to me and something that I really wanted to be a part of.” Six months ago, when Lee saw the work of Roderick Cunningham and the Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program, she began volunteering with the DeKalb-based nonprofit program, named in honor of Roderick Cunningham’s mother, Beverly, the program provides individual and group counseling, advocacy and rehabilitation services to survivors of domestic violence. Although Lee has never been in a domestic violence situation, she has seen people verbally and physically abused, which has had some effect on her. “[Domestic violence] is something that needs to be spoken out against,” she said. “Domestic violence is harming our society and there are a lot of domestic violence situations that are not being addressed.” Lee, who is an East Point resident, said she helps the nonprofit develop outreach programs to help bring in more partners. Lee also volunteers
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me when he responded that he wanted to publish it,” Myers said. Poet Serena Chopra was introduced to Covey in a similar way when he asked her to read for the “What’s New In Poetry?” series several years ago. She had never met him but said she enjoyed reading the magazine and books Coconut published. “I had never submitted work to Coconut before; Bruce had read my chapbook (a small book of poems) from Flying Guillotine and liked my reading at Emory so he asked if he could have a manuscript to publish. Of course I was flattered and said yes. The manuscript I was currently working on was too short for a full-length book, and I had just started writing This Human, so I sort of completed it for Bruce/Coconut,” Chopra said. To date, Coconut has published more than 20 books, most of them by female authors, and released several small books of poetry. The magazine has also published 16 issues. Myers said there are a lot of presses but she thinks Coconut stands out for its diversity and its goal to
publish as much by female authors as possible. “I know that was a big goal when Bruce started out–trying to do his part to bridge the gender gap,” Myers said. “It’s no secret in the literary world that there is a gender gap in what gets published, what gets reviewed and, in who does the publishing and the reviewing.” Chopra said that the emphasis Coconut places on female authors is “extremely important.” She also said her work, and the work of some of her peers might have had trouble finding a home if it weren’t for Coconut. “My work and the work of other Coconut authors such as Amber Nelson, Hanna Andrews, and Christie Ann Reynolds, embodies a variety of hyperfeminine expressions that many other presses might find excessive or too-vulnerable. I appreciate Bruce’s desire to publish these works; to allow them the vulnerable space they wish to inhabit,” Chopra said. Covey said he enjoys publishing works that are extreme and daring—books that “like to take risks.” “I think that’s what all the books [Coconut has published] have in common.
I think all of them are very risky books but to me that’s exciting. I think poetry is at its most exciting when it’s taking risks,” Covey said. Several years ago, Covey said a study by VIDA, an organization aimed at exploring critical and cultural perception of writing by women, showed “just how skewed the publishing world actually is.” “When the numbers ended up 75-80 percent men being published in magazines, there were a number of presses that quietly proclaimed, ‘We need to do this on an individual level,’” Covey said. Covey said that it is a “quiet statement” he has made in publishing work mainly by female authors. “I haven’t talked about this that much publicly because I don’t want it to take anything away or influence people when they read the books,” Covey said. Covey is the author of several books of poetry including Glass Is Really a Liquid (2010), Elapsing Speedway Organism (2006), Reveal: All Shapes and Sizes (2012) and Change Machine, forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2014.
with other organizations including the Hank Stewart Foundation. “I’ve gone with [the Hank Stewart Foundation] to Towers High School to participate in career day and various other community service activities in DeKalb County,” Lee said. In the six months that she has worked with the Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program, Lee has worked to educate everyone on how to deal with a domestic violence situation, even if someone is not experiencing the issue. “There is a one degree separation in dealing with domestic violence,” she said. “I think that it’s important to educate ourselves as in how to address it, how to help those people and how to advise them to get out of that situation,” she said. “To have someone in a harmful situation for a long period of time is something I would never want to see someone in.”
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participants. The entrance to the parking lot where the The Run With The Dogs 5K is an annual recycling center is located is between 184 and fundraiser for athletic programs at Decatur 206 South Candler Street. City to hold tree recycle program High School and Renfroe Middle School. BeFor more information call (404) 377-5571. cause no school district money can be used Avondale Estates residents can recycle to purchase uniforms and equipment or to Christmas trees by placing them on the curb purchase recognition awards, the Decatur through Jan. 4 as part of the Avondale Estates Bulldog Boosters raise money annually to Chipper Program. After Jan. 4, trees should meet these needs for their student athletes. be brought to the old compost area near Wilt- These funds are used to support the 25 teams shire Drive and Berkeley Road between 9 representing 14 sports at Decatur High and a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be signs posted at Renfroe Middle Schools. the lake drop-off location. For more informaThe Run With The Dogs 5K will be the tion, contact city hall at (404) 294-5400. first run/walk event of the City of Decatur’s 2014 Grand Slam Fitness Challenge. This challenge, built around five local 5K run/walk events, encourages area residents to be physically active year round. Awards for the 2013 City launches new website Grand Slam Fitness Challenge winners will be presented by the city at the end of this event. Brookhaven launched a website Dec. 20. For more information, call Michael HarAccording to city officials, the new site is easy Young Africans to perform at local church bin at (404) 405-3618 or email Michael at to navigate with an “I want to” menu that email@example.com. lows visitors to quickly find information to The Young Africans, a group of singers, do tasks such as file a police report, reserve a musicians and dancers who were all once a Library to hold children’s events park facility, or get a building permit. part of the world-renowned African ChilThe site also includes detailed informadren’s Choir, will be at Grace Presbyterian Preschool children can participate in nurs- Church Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. tion on the mayor, city council and each city ery rhymes, songs, short books and finger department, as well as information on hotels Concerts are free and open to all. A freeplays that target their developmental needs and tourism for visitors. will offering is taken at the performance to at the Decatur Library Jan. 7. The session for support programs such as education, care and babies up to 1 year is 10-10:30 a.m.; the sesrelief and development programs in the persion for children 3 to 5 years old is 11-11:30. formers’ communities in Africa. Siblings are welcome to come along. Music for Life, the parent organization for The Book Buddies Club for children 7 and the African Children’s Choir, works in seven City updates sign ordinance, seeks input 8 years old will meet 4-5 p.m. Parents can African countries–Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, pick up a copy of this month’s book for sesSudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. The city of Clarkston Dec. 17 announced sions that will include discussion, activities Music for Life (MFL) has educated more its plans to update its sign ordinance, part of and a snack. than 52,000 children and impacted the lives which includes a stakeholder committee that Parents may register their children for of more than 100,000 people through its relief City Manager Keith Barker said will play a these events at the Children’s Department and development programs during its history. significant role in the process. Desk. The Decatur Library is located at 215 Barker introduced the plan at a recent city Sycamore Street, Decatur. For more informa- MFL’s purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on council work session. It includes a seven-step tion, call (404) 370-3070. education. process designed to ensure all stakeholders Although the concert is free, tickets are rehave input. Arts and crafts events announced quired due to space limitations. To get a free The process consists of establishing of ticket, go to www.grace-pca.org. a project management team; assessing and The Covington Library will host two arts Grace Presbyterian Church is located at reviewing best practices; establishing a stake- and crafts sessions on Saturday, Jan. 11. Cre650 Rowland Road, Stone Mountain. For holder committee; soliciting public input; ative Expressions Crocheting Group will meet more information, call Deanna at (404) 510public meetings; development of a draft or10 a.m.-1 p.m. This group is for anyone age dinance; and adoption of the ordinance after 18 or older who has an interest in crocheting. 4634. two public hearings. All experience levels are welcome. ParticiFor more information contact Planning pants must bring their own supplies. and Development Manager Jason Gaines at Making Decorative Flowers is the topic of firstname.lastname@example.org. a presentation from Charleisa Jackson, who Memorial reception held at library will demonstrate ways to create carnation and executive’s namesake branch other floral arrangements for parties, weddings and baby showers. The session will be A reception honoring the life of former 2-3 p.m. and is limited to the first 20 people executive director of the DeKalb County LiDog run to support school athletic to register. brary System Barbara Loar was held Dec. programs Covington Library is located at 3500 Cov- 30 at the Northlake-Barbara Loar Library ington Highway, Decatur. To register or for in Tucker. Loar died Dec. 22 in her Embry The Decatur Bulldog Boosters are holding more information, call (404) 508-7180. Hills home at age 87. Former library trustee their ninth annual Run With The Dogs 5K on Thurbert Baker said, “Barbara Loar was the Jan. 11, at 9 a.m. in front of the Decatur High Christmas tree recycling dean of public libraries in Georgia. Through gym. Participants are invited to bring their her vision, access to books and education was canine companions along for a trek through Agnes Scott College will host a tree never a barrier, but an opportunity to learn the streets of Decatur. T-shirts, awards and recycling center in its parking lot through Jan. and grow as a human being.” snacks will be available to event participants, 5 for residents to recycle their old Christmas including a “sporty race-kerchief ” for canine tree.
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Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill 2930 Stonecrest Circle Current Score/Grade 90/A Inspection Date: 12/19/2013
Observations and Corrective Actions: Upon inspector arrival, a chemical in a spray bottle was stored on the shelf with foods. Corrected to relocate the chemical. Make sure chemicals are stored properly so that they cannot contaminate foods or equipment. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. The cook was wearing unapproved jewelry while preparing foods. Corrected to remove jewelry. No watches, bracelets, rubber bands, or rings with stones are allowed. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. The sanitizer concentration level was too low inside the wiping cloth bucket. Corrected to re-setup the bucket to 200-400ppm Quat. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. The exterior surfaces of the can opener and the warmer cabinet doors were not clean to sight or touch. Corrected to clean the surfaces. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. The faucet at the mop sink has a major leak. Repair the leak. New Violation.
Restaurant Health Inspections
Observations and Corrective Actions: Refrigerated, ready-toeat, potentially hazardous food prepared and held in the establishment for more than 24 hours not clearly marked to indicate the date by which the food must be consumed, sold, or discarded. More than 10 containers of food are not date marked and were in cooler for longer than 24 hrs. COS- food was discarded. Corrected On-Site. Repeat Violation. Observed a cart of chemicals and spray chemical bottles stored in kitchen beside the cleaned and sanitized cooking equipment. Advised PIC to relocate chemcials. Observed two chemical spray bottles stored with single service items and soda underneath the counter in the front. Advised PIC to relocate chemcials and place in a designated area away from cleaned utensils/equipment/ single service items. COS-chemcials were relocated. Corrected OnSite. New Violation. Correct By: 12/29/2013 Bulk containers of salt, sugar, flour were not marked or labeled with the name of the food. Advised PIC to label. COS- containers were labeled. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring while preparing food. Observed male employee wearing a watch on the writst. Advised PIC to remove watch. COSemployee removed the watch. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Wet cloths in water at 0 ppm when tested with chlorine test strip. Advised PIC to place sanitizer in the water. COS- sanitizer was placed in water at 100 ppm chlorine. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Food service permit was posted inside the facility in public view. Advised PIC to contact Health Authority get a new food service permit mailed to facility. Repeat Violation. Signs notifying staff to wash hands not provided in a visible location at all handwashing sinks used by employees. PIC was given a handwashing sign during the last inspection to post in the restroom. COS- PIC posted handwashing sign and placed in restroom. Corrected On-Site. Repeat Violation. Inspection report posted on door and score was covered with door lettering. Advised PIC to relocate so inspection report and score can be visibly seen. New Violation. Outside of ovens and stove are not kept clean of grease and food debris. Advised PIC to clean outside and inside of ovens. Repeat Violation. No cold water available at faucet #2 at the 4 compartment sink. No hot water available at the meat sink. Advised PIC hot/cold water must be present inside of the facility. Advised PIC to repair water lines. Repeat Violation. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair (plumbing leaks). Leaks observed at the pipes of the meat sink. Meat sink has a major leak underneath. Advised PIC to have leaks repaired. Repeat Violation. Floors are not cleaned underneath the equipment observed throughout the kitchen and a flour debris on floor. Advised PIC to clean floors. New Violation. Lights not shielded or shatterproof in areas where there is exposed food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, or unwrapped single-service articles. Advised PIC to have regular light bulbs shielded to prevent physical contamination to food. New Violation.
A lawyer for Pink Pony said he will appeal a judge’s decision that dismissed the company lawsuit against Brookhaven. File photo
Judge dismisses Pink Pony lawsuit
by Carla Parker email@example.com A DeKalb County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by an adult entertainment club against Brookhaven. Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson issued an order Dec. 23 granting Brookhaven’s motion to dismiss the suit, ruling it has no legal merit. The Pink Pony adult entertainment club off Buford Highway filed a lawsuit in May after the city adopted an ordinance that would prohibit nudity and force stricter alcohol pouring and sales times for liquor license holders in the city. According to the 33page order, Johnson granted Brookhaven’s motion because all of Pink Pony’s claims “turn upon the application of legal principles and are properly resolved as a matter of law for [Brookhaven].” “The city is very pleased that the DeKalb County Superior Court upheld Brookhaven’s sexually oriented business regulations and resolved the numerous legal issues Pink Pony asserted in this lawsuit,” Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said. “This confirms that the city’s regulations satisfy constitutional standards.” Attorney Aubrey Villines, who represents the Pink Pony, said he plans to appeal the judge’s ruling. “We disagree with the granting of dismissal and that’s why we will file an appeal,” he said. “We strongly disagree with it and we think we still have a very good legal position.” In June, Brookhaven temporarily halted enforcing the ordinance against Pink Pony until a ruling was made in the lawsuit. The city’s ordinances mirror those in DeKalb County, Fulton County, Doraville, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and other nearby jurisdictions.
Cici’s Pizza 3912 North Druid Hills Road Current Score/Grade: 84/B Inspection Date: 12/19/2013
Observations and Corrective Actions: Failure to post food safety certification in public view. PIC advised that CFSM certificate must be posted in public view. COS- Certificate posted. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Mechanical dish machine final rinse at 0ppm. PIC noted that the well water in the dish machine is tested every morning. PIC advised that the chemical concentration on the dish should be tested. Dish machine should not be used until final sanitizing concentration reads between 50-100ppm, Chlorine. COS- Dish machine should be repaired immediately; wash, rinse, and sanitize dishes in three compartment sink. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Observed employee preparing food with loose ponytails longer than 1/2 inch. PIC advised that employee(s) must wear hair restraints that restrain loose hair (i.e. cap, hair net or other hair restraints approved by the Health Authority). New Violation. Observed employee washing hands in vegetable sink. PIC advised that vegetable sink is ONLY used for washing fruits and vegetables. COSVegetable sign given. Corrected On-Site. New Violation. Food service permit not posted. PIC advised to post permit at all times. New Violation. Observed employee wiping gloves with wet wiping cloth. PIC advised to have employees discard wet wiping cloths once soiled or torn. New Violation. Observed exterior plates (on drink machine) that sit over nozzle of drink machine with black mold like substance and sticky syrup. PIC advised to clean exterior of drink machine daily. New Violation. Observed facet leak at front hand sink. PIC advised to repair. New Violation.
Liz Roti House 3901 Covington Highway, Suite B Current Score/Grade: 71/C Inspection Date: 12/19/2013
Year in Review
Many news-making events from the suspension of the county CEO and members the school board to a shooting at an elementary school filled The Champion’s pages during 2013. Here is a summary of some of the most memorable news stories of 2013.
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Atkinson out, Thurmond in
After less than two years on the job, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson left the DeKalb County School District. In a statement, a DeKalb schools spokeswoman said Atkinson and the school board mutually agreed to end their relationship. The move came two months after the school district was placed on accreditation probation and was warned it was in danger of losing its accreditation. The DeKalb County school board held a meeting Feb. 8 and approved a separation agreement with Atkinson and appointed former Georgia Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond as interim superintendent. Thurmond was later hired as the permanent superintendent.
Andrea Sneiderman sentenced to five years in prison
A Dunwoody widow was sentenced Aug. 21 to five years in prison after being convicted of lying under oath in the trial of her husband’s killer. Andrea Sneiderman was accused of conspiring with her boss, Hemy Neuman, to murder her husband, Rusty Sneiderman. Neuman confessed to killing Rusty, who was shot multiple times outside of a Dunwoody day care center in November 2010. Neuman later pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Andrea Sneiderman was indicted in August 2012 on charges of malice murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, insurance fraud, two counts of making a false statement and two counts of perjury and racketeering. Several days before Sneiderman’s trial began, DeKalb County prosecutors dropped the most serious charges of murder and aggravated assault. During her trial, prosecutors alleged that Sneiderman and Neuman were having an affair at the time her husband was shot. Sneiderman denied that such a relationship existed.
Brookhaven establishes municipal government, names top officials
Brookhaven became a city near the end of 2012, and elected a major and city council. During 2013 city officials put in place other officials and institutions Brookhaven would need to operate as a municipality. As the city’s first city clerk, Brookhaven mayor J. Max Davis appointed Susan D. Hiott, who has 10 years experience in a similar position in Cobb County. In February Marie Lewis Garrett was hired as Brookhaven’s first city manager and in March Bonnie Kline, a CPA with more than 20 years of experience in government, was hired as Brookhaven’s new finance director. The Brookhaven mayor and city council voted unanimously in March to adopt a $16.465 million budget for Fiscal Year 2013 and in July it adopted a 2.85 millage rate for fiscal year 2013. The city charter authorizes a property tax rate up to 3.35 mills. Gary Yandura took office April 1 as the city’s first police chief and began building Brookhaven’s new police department. By early July the city had hired 54 law enforcement officers. This includes 39 patrol officers and investigators, nine sergeants, three lieutenants and a deputy chief. The new department launched July 31. The Brookhaven City Council in May passed an ordinance allowing the city to take responsibility for monitoring, inspecting and maintaining its stormwater drainage system, and in September the city took over operation of its parks.
Champion takes top press association award for fifth consecutive year
For the fifth consecutive year The Champion in its division won first place in General Excellence, the highest award in Georgia Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The Champion also garnered eight first-place awards in this year’s press association competition. They are: News Editor Andrew Cauthen for Hard News Writing and for Serious Column, Chief Operating Officer John Hewitt for Feature Writing, Sports Editor Carla Parker for Sports Writing, Graphic Designer Travis Hudgons for Best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Website and Photo Essay and Managing Editor Kathy Mitchell for Business Coverage. The Champion also won first place for Lifestyle Coverage; Gale Horton Gay is the lifestyle editor. Second Place in Sports Writing went to former News Editor Robert Naddra, who died a few days after last year’s convention. The presenter paused at the announcement of his award to pay tribute to Naddra’s career as a journalist. Other awards won by The Champion include seven other second-place awards and seven third-place awards at the 2013 Georgia Press Association convention, held June 6-8 at the Jekyll Island Club.
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County makes changes in public safety personnel
DeKalb County on Feb. 20 announced the appointment of Cedric Alexander as its new chief of police. Formerly the federal security director for the Transportation Security Administration branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Alexander succeeded William O’Brien, who retired in November 2012. Lisa A. Gassner, assistant chief of the support services division of the police department, acted as interim police chief before Alexander’s appointment. In December, Alexander was appointed deputy chief operating officer for public safety. Deputy chief James Conroy, who has been in DeKalb County for more than 20 years, was named the acting police chief. A nationwide search at the end of the year was still under way to replace Fire Chief Edward O’Brien, William O’Brien’s brother, who retired in June.
DeKalb sheriff announces plan to run for Congress
DeKalb Sheriff Thomas Brown announced on Oct. 22 that he will run for the Georgia 4th District seat in Congress. Brown is running against fellow Democrat four-term Congressman Hank Johnson, a member of the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. “There are a number of things that I think I can do,” Brown said during a July news conference called to announce Brown was considering putting his hat in the ring. “I believe I can bring dynamic leadership and a strong voice in the 4th District, something that I don’t believe we have had to the level we have had before.” Brown, who has been DeKalb’s sheriff since 2000, said he has been receiving “calls and encouragement, quite frankly, for years to consider this possibility.” “We have been tied down in partisan politics,” he said. “There is a clear line between the Democratic position and the Republican position and I think nobody is reaching across that line to try to come to some type of common ground.”
Clarkston gets a new mayor
Ted Terry, a nonprofit organization development director and two-year resident of Clarkston, in November municipal elections defeated Emanuel Ransom, who has served as Clarkston’s mayor since 2007. “A lot of the ideas that I spoke about during the campaign came directly from the people themselves,” Terry said. “To me this truly was a grassroots campaign and my goal all along was to represent and be the voice of the people of Clarkston. “I knocked on over a thousand doors and what people told me, I took notes on and I’m going to be asking for all of us to work together now to implement a lot of those ideas and move Clarkston forward,” he said. “A lot of residents about a year ago encouraged me to run,” Terry said. “They weren’t happy with the way things were going. Now we have an opportunity for a fresh restart. “Like a lot of Clarkstonians, I was not born here, but I chose to live in Clarkston because I believe this community represents the best of [what] America has to offer,” he said.
Charter cluster fails, autistic charter school passes
The Druid Hills Charter Cluster (DHCC), the first one of its type proposed in Georgia, was rejected Nov. 11 by the DeKalb County Board of Education. The DHCC would have included the 5,000 students and 400 faculty members of Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge and McLendon elementary schools as well as Druid Hills Middle and Druid Hills High schools. DHCC supporters are still working to get the cluster approved. Two months before the DHCC vote, the school board gave unanimous approval for Tapestry Public Charter School, which would cater to the needs of autistic students.
Cityhood movement spreads throughout county
Following the creation of Brookhaven in 2012, the cityhood movement spread throughout the county in 2013. DeKalb County legislators filed placeholder bills to enable several areas throughout the county to explore cityhood. While residents are considering incorporation in Briarcliff, Lakeside, Stonecrest, Tucker and south DeKalb, the DeKalb County government is considering asking the county legislative delegation for a moratorium on new cities.
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Five DeKalb basketball teams hoisted championship trophies
DeKalb County came out on top in high school basketball as five teams from the county claimed state titles. Columbia girls, Greenforest boys, Miller Grove boys, Southwest DeKalb girls and St. Pius X girls won state titles in their respective classes on March 7-9. The Columbia Lady Eagles, who won the Class AAA title in 2010 and 2012, won the game on a last second layup by senior power forward Shaundrika Mann. The Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers claimed their fourth state title in school history on March 8 after defeating region rival Miller Grove Lady Wolverines 56-52 in the Class AAAAA girls’ high school basketball state championship. The Miller Grove Wolverines made history on March 8 when they became the first team in state history to win five consecutive basketball state titles. The Greenforest Christian Academy Eagles in the Class A boys private school state championship game won the first state title in the school’s history. The Columbia Eagles head win gave coach David Jones his fifth state championship. He became the second coach in state history to win state championships at three different schools. St. Pius X Lady Golden Lions won their fourth state title in school history after defeating Dawson County.
DeKalb CEO suspended
A special grand jury on June 18 handed down a 15-count indictment, including 14 felonies, against DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis. The charges came six months after Ellis’ home and office were searched by investigators from the DA’s Office as part of a special grand jury investigation into possible corruption at the county’s watershed department. According to the indictment, Ellis is accused of attempting to “unlawfully obtain U. S. currency in the form of a campaign contribution” from CIBER Inc. “by threatening to prevent CIBER Inc. from receiving business” from the county. The indictment makes a similar allegation involving another company, Power and Energy Services Inc. Ellis was suspended after a panel named by Gov. Nathan Deal recommended he be replaced because the indictment against him would negatively affect the day-today operations of the county. Deal appointed District 5 Commissioner Lee May to serve as interim CEO. Ellis’ trial had been scheduled to begin Aug. 19; however, a DeKalb County Superior Court judge granted a motion delaying the start of the trial to allow Ellis and his attorneys more time to prepare. The new date has not been announced. Ellis contends that he is innocent of the charges.
Lifeline awarded animal services contract
For years, county residents and animal lovers complained about the DeKalb County animal shelter. For months, advocates lobbied the county to replace the building, reduce or stop euthanizations and improve conditions for the animals. The county responded by outsourcing the operations of the shelter to the Lifeline Animal Project Inc. of Avondale Estates, the only bidder for the five-year, $12 million contract. Lifeline, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter, also was selected to run Fulton County’s animal services facility.
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Former school board member Donna Edler dies of cancer
Donna Edler, who represented District 7 on the DeKalb County Board of Education from January 2011 through August 2013, lost a battle with breast cancer on Oct. 29. Edler, who had a background in accounting and described herself as a homemaker, community organizer and activist, took office in January 2011 after defeating Zepora Roberts in a runoff election. A Stone Mountain resident, Edler spent more than 15 years volunteering and holding board positions with DeKalb County civic associations. She was one of six school board members who were suspended in 2013 by Gov. Nathan Deal and later replaced after the DeKalb school district was placed on accreditation probation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the agency that accredits the school district through its parent company, AdvancED. Following her death, the school board issued a statement that said in part, “In her short term of service on the board, she never wavered in her commitment to improving education for DeKalb’s students, or in her support of the DeKalb County School District. As a tireless champion for all children, her legacy of great care and concern will live on in her many accomplishments in education.”
DeKalb Police officer dies responding to call
DeKalb County Police officer Ivorie Gerhard Klusmann died Aug. 10 in a single-car accident while responding to a call. According to police, Klusmann pulled over Gregory Lee Harvey for a routine traffic stop near Snapfinger Woods Drive. Before Klusmann completed the citation, Harvey fled the scene. Another officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle and Klusmann was responded to the call. His vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Klusmann was pronounced dead at the scene. Harvey was later arrested and charged with felony murder, reckless driving and theft by receiving a stolen vehicle. DeKalb County officers and law enforcement officials from around the state gathered at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia a few days later for the funeral service for the 31-year-old officer who had been employed by the DeKalb County Police Department since October 2012, and was assigned to the uniform division at the department’s east precinct.
Former schools construction chief, husband imprisoned
A jury convicted former school construction chief Pat Reid and her ex-husband Tony Pope on Nov. 20 of racketeering in the DeKalb County School District corruption trial. Pope was also found guilty of one theft charge. Three weeks later a judge rejected a plea agreement for former Superintendent Crawford Lewis, originally indicted on racketeering charges, sentencing him to 12 months in prison. Several days before the trial, Lewis accepted a plea agreement in return for his testimony. Reid was sentenced to 15 years in prison and $2,500 in restitution. Pope was sentenced to eight years in prison. Reid was in charge of the school district’s construction projects and was accused of funneling approximately $1.4 million in construction contracts to then husband Pope, an architect.
In a news conference Feb. 25, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he had accepted the unanimous recommendation of the Georgia Board of Education (GBOE) to remove six members of the DeKalb school board. The DeKalb County Board of Education came under fire after the school district was placed on accreditation probation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the agency that accredits the school district through its parent company, AdvancED. GBOE voted, after a 14-hour hearing on Feb. 21, to recommend to Deal to suspend DeKalb school board members Sarah Copelin-Wood, Jesse “Jay” Cunningham, Donna Elder, Nancy Jester, Pamela A. Speaks and Eugene P. Walker. Only the recently elected board members, chairman Melvin Johnson, vice chairman Jim McMahan and Marshall D. Orson, kept their jobs. A nominating committee formed by Deal recommended replacement board members. On March 13, the six new board members were announced: John Coleman, District 1; Michael Erwin, District 3; David Campbell, District 5; Joyce Morley, District 7; Karen Carter, District 8; and Thaddeus Mayfield, District 9. The suspended school board members—minus Jester, who resigned—filed a lawsuit in February challenging a 2011 state law that gives the governor the authority to remove school board members when their school district faces a loss of accreditation. In March the replacement school board voted unanimously to terminate the school district’s status as a plaintiff in the lawsuit. In December, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the board members’ removal when it ruled that the law is constitutional.
Governor removes, replaces school board members
Lithonia biomass plant approved
Residents vowed to continue their threeyear fight to stop a planned biomass plant from being constructed in the Lithonia area. Residents and community activists have opposed a plan by the Green Energy Resource Center to operate a biomass fuel generating facility. Green Energy was granted an air quality permit April 26 to operate the facility on 21 acres at 1770 Rogers Lake Road. According to developers, Green Energy would generate electricity by processing approximately 165,000 tons per year of wood biomass—clean, untreated wood and yard waste. Company leaders say 650 jobs will be created during construction and there will 25 permanent jobs. Opponents, saying the potential jobs are not worth the potential health risks, vowed to continue to fight and await the outcome of litigation against the facility.
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Obama unveils pre-K plan in Decatur
After a brief visit to College Heights Early Learning Center, President Barack Obama spoke to Decatur residents about his plans to implement a universal pre-K program nationwide. During his Feb. 12 State of the Union address, Obama said fewer than three in 10 4-year-olds have access to a high-quality preschool program. “For the poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives,” Obama said. Obama told residents that education needs to start at the earliest possible age and City Schools of Decatur had done just that. “The kids that I saw today, they’re some of the lucky ones,” Obama said. “If you’re looking for a good bang for your educational buck this is it, right here.” College Heights, which serves pupils ages 6 weeks to 4 years old, places a strong emphasis on early learning. During his brief visit, Obama said he learned about the curriculum, which consist of learning numbers, being taught how to ask and answer critical questions and how to work well with others. Obama said College Heights is unique because each class combines children from different socioeconomic backgrounds and children with disabilities.
School shooter indicted for incident at McNair
A DeKalb County school made national news in August after an intruder armed with an assault rifle entered the building and fired shots. No children or staff were harmed. Police said 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill slipped into McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur with an AK-47 and more than 500 rounds of ammo. Hill was arrested and charged in the incident after a shootout with DeKalb County Police, who said Hill barricaded himself inside the school’s front office and held several employees hostage before being taken into custody. One of the hostages, school employee Antoinette Tuff, was commended by school and county officials and even received a telephone call from President Barack Obama for successfully talking Hill into putting down his weapon and surrendering to police. Hill was indicted Nov. 14 and faces 13 charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is also charged with stealing the firearm used during the incident.
Suburban Plaza Walmart gets judge’s nod
A developer’s plan to revitalize the 60-year-old Suburban Plaza with a 150,000-square-foot Walmart store got the green light in November from a judge. The Walmart will be part of an improved shopping center, which will increase by 30,000 square feet, will add 600-800 jobs to the community and spur redevelopment in the corridor, according to representatives of builder Selig Enterprises Inc. In March 2013, Good Growth DeKalb, a group of residents concerned about sustainable growth in the area, filed suit about the way the group’s appeal of the county zoning board’s approval was handled. A spokeswoman for Good Growth DeKalb said the group is consulting with its attorney about future steps.
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Councilwoman’s embezzlement affects local youth
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org Former Clarkston City Councilwoman Joan Swaney pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to stealing thousands from the city’s community center, a crime which community center director McKenzie Wren said has taken its toll. Swaney, 67, who worked for the center as its office manager for six years, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $60,000 from the Clarkston Community Center. According to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, Swaney’s personal motto was in sharp contrast to her actions while employed at the center. “Swaney’s personal motto was ‘Live with purpose, act with integrity,’” Yates said. “She failed to live up to those ideals when she stole tens of thousands of dollars.” Wren said she knew Swaney was guilty the moment they discovered the money was missing after an internal audit. “I knew she was guilty; we’d uncovered it—we didn’t make it up,” Wren said. The community center, Wren said, serves children Prosecutors also stated that Swaney varied the check amounts and made fictitious entries in the memo lines of the checks to avoid detection. She was also accused of using the community center’s debit card to withdraw cash, on several occasions withdrawing up to $600 at a time. Clarkston Mayor Emmanuel Ransom said the city will not press charges against Swaney and would let the case against her play out in federal court. Ransom said he is keeping Swaney and her family in his prayers. “Not speaking as the mayor but as a friend, I’m not going to desert my friends when they’re in a time of turmoil and trouble like this,” Ransom said. According to federal prosecutors, the charges against Swaney carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Swaney reportedly accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors, although the details of that agreement have not been made public. Swaney’s sentencing is scheduled for March 6 at 10 a.m.
A former Clarkston councilwoman was recently found guilty of embezzling thousands from a local community center. Photo by Travis Hudgons
through education, a food security initiative, recreation and cultural events. She said the center operates on a shoestring budget. “My roof is still leaking, programs have not grown and thrived in the way that they need to and basically our services have been compromised as a result of this kind of theft,” Wren said. Swaney resigned from
the Clarkston City Council in October after she was indicted by a federal grand jury. According to the indictment, Swaney was office manager of the community center from November 2003 to December 2012. In 2012, Swaney reportedly began writing checks payable to herself and forged Wren’s signature.
Prosecutors said Swaney used the money to pay credit card bills, fund family vacations, cover medical expenses and car repairs, and charter a boat. The indictment states that in June 2010, Swaney used $1,424 to pay for a family vacation; $3,000 for vehicle repairs in September 2010; and $1,590 to charter a boat in June 2011.
Residents turned on their holiday lights Dec. 15 for the annual Decorate Decatur competition. David Dasilva, who resides at 122 Woodlawn Avenue, was awarded the Commissioners’ Cup for the decorations in front of his home. The award was present by Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett. Additionally, the Winona Park area was awarded the Neighborhood Spirit Award for its luminaries and the intersection of Kings Highway and West Davis received an honorable mention. Other residences that were named as winners include 608 Avery Street, 308 Kings Highway, 901 Third Avenue, 335 Leyden Street, 139 Vidal Boulevard, 219 Harold Byrd Drive, 211 Second Ave., and the Little Shop of Stories on the Decatur Square. Photos provided
122 Woodlawn Avenue
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Volunteers representing DeKalb-based Unconditional Love for Children Inc. worked with staff, students and parents of Chatsworth Primary School in Maroon Town, Jamaica. Photos by Christopher Brown and John Hewitt
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In addition to the Glenns, other DeKalb residents and ULC board members participating included Patricia Walker, Mary Ann Thompson, Anna Ogletree, Delphyne Lomax, Dr. Betty Palmer, Dr. Catherine Turk, Jean and Boykin Edwards, Barbara and Bennie Boyd, Burrell and Philippa Ellis, Chris Brown, Don Roman, Phyliss and William Cook, Barry Gray, Blanche Nichols, John Hewitt and Morris Hester. Participating from other areas were Marian Johnson and Geraldine Sherard. Each year volunteers begin working months in advance collecting new and gently used clothing and toiletries to be sent to the island nation. Sorting and packing the donated items for shipment took dozens of volunteers an estimated nine hours to complete. This year more than 1,900 pounds were collected and shipped in 15, 100-gallon barrels. The 2013 efforts focused on the community around Chatsworth Primary School in Maroon Town, St. James, Jamaica. It is located some 16 miles from the center of the bustling port town of Montego Bay, but is almost as if it is a different nation. The area was originally settled in the 1600s by slaves who had rebelled against Spanish plantation owners and fled to the mountainous regions following the rebellions. Many of the residents of the area are direct descendants of former slaves. Traveling to Maroon Town is difficult at best. The steep, narrow two-lane road eventually becomes a single-lane dirt road traversing hairpin curves that border steep cliffs with no guardrails. Due to difficulty in accessing the community, many residents are not gainfully employed and their children often are not exposed to life outside of their community. Residential dwellings are typically shanties constructed of salvaged building materials; walkways are dusty dirt pathways; some homes have electricity and some do not. Access to clean drinking water is limited and for some, a long trek along the trails to a freshwater spring is required to gather jugs of water. Day-to-day existence can be difficult. However, some 22 volunteers made a huge difference in this community during the first week of December by giving their time, knowledge, support, resources and love. As they entered the somewhat primitive but functional school building, there were smiling students dressed in neatly laundered and pressed yellow and black uniforms. Students had assembled along opposing walls of the long open space. Old fashioned wooden school desks and folding chairs served as seating for students, staff and volunteers. A full day of workshops and classroom instruction was scheduled for students, faculty and parents of the community that emphasized self-esteem, as well as math, reading and computer skills. Additionally, a mock flea market was held that allowed parents to select clothing for themselves and other family members. Following the workshops and flea market, each student was presented with a gift bag of clothing, toys and school supplies. As the students’ names were called, they came up to receive their gift bags. Most had huge smiles—much like the smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning. In previous years ULC has worked with SOS Children’s Village and Mt. Zion Primary School, both located in the general vicinity of Montego Bay. Paying it forward during this special time of year has become an annual tradition for many of those who participate, donate and volunteer. For additional information on the efforts of Unconditional Love for Children Inc. or to donate, visit www.ecglennfoundation.org.
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that cloud and I’m looking forward to that.” Ellis said holding public office is a trust with constituents. “I would never violate their trust,” he said. “It’s a sacred trust. It’s something I was taught by my parents. It’s something that my wife and I believe in and are passing on to our children. “People who know me know that I would never do anything wrong,” Ellis said. “And I haven’t done anything wrong in this instance.” In addition to about Ellis’ legal woes, Jones and Ellis discussed various county issues, including cityhood and the proposal to change the county’s form of government. Ellis said he is not opposes to the creation of new cities but is “against what amounts to a resegregation and a separation of a community that was known for its diversity.” “We’re not against people having an extra layer of government if they want to have a layer of government and services brought closer to them,” Ellis said. “But this is about the syphoning of resources away from county government. “Why is that important?” he asked. “Because county government still has to run the court system. County government still has to run the libraries. County government still has to run the elections and make sure that those are fair. County government still has to [monitor] public health and the public hospitals and to run the sheriff ’s office and deliver community services and, quite frankly, deliver the bulk of the infrastructure—sidewalks, and our water and sewer systems—that we depend on. Jones said the cityhood movement is becoming divisive. “There are good people in this county who are being separated by those who are playing in their fears and they are dividing us,” Jones said. “[With] the creation of these new cities, you’re literally seeing government being bleached. They’re literally creating White cities, putting White communities against south DeKalb. “They’re syphoning off resources,” he said. “It’s now gotten to the point where you want to do independent school systems for each of these cities. It’s like it’s resegregation all over again.” Ellis said he is concerned about some of the talk about changing the form of government. “My vision for DeKalb County was that the people’s priority would be the priority of their local government,” he said. “The people’s priority is not to change the government. “DeKalb County has separation of powers,” Ellis said. “One should ask him or herself if separation of powers and checks and balances are good enough for our federal government, the greatest democracy known to humankind, if it’s good enough for our state government, if it’s good enough for cities all across America and one out of four–most metropolitan counties—in the United States of America, why would separation of powers not be good for DeKalb County? “Where would be checks and balances be if we got rid of the executive branch of government?” he asked.
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Salsiccia is a sandwich made with Italian sausage, onion, red pepper pesto and served with a tomato-basil dipping sauce.
Pan seared whitefish is accompanied by scampialla romana.
Owners describe the inside décor as “country Italian shabby chic.” Photos by Kathy Mitchell
Rustic Italian cuisine in Toco Hills
by Kathy Mitchell email@example.com A new casual neighborhood eatery has joined the dining options in west DeKalb County’s Toco Hills Shopping Center. “We recognize that diners have a lot of choices in Toco Hills, but we believe we have crafted a unique experience that will weave us into the fabric of the neighborhood,” commented Chris Hadermann, one of the owners. The best way to explain what kind of restaurant Osteria Cibo Rustico is, the owners said, is to translate the name. In Italy, an “osteria” (ohster-ee-ah) is a casual, neighborhood eatery and “cibo rustico” (chee-bow rù-sti-co) is Italian for rustic food. Co-owners Hadermann and John Piemonte, who own other restaurants together, collaborated with proprietor Quincy Evans to create what they describe as “a comfortable gathering place where friends and family can enjoy innovative cuisine and a thoughtful wine list.” The menu, Piemonte said, “is as straightforward as its name, yet still has a gourmet Italian flair.” The atmosphere, he said, is “country Italian shabby chic.” Piemonte, who was born in Long Island New York and moved to Florida when he was 5, said both of his parents are of “full Italian descent.” He said the food at Osteria Cibo Rustico is greatly influenced by the cuisine of Southern Italy—where his mother was born—but with a healthy approach. He worked closely with Chef Stefano Franciosi to create the “full-flavored dishes with a healthy approach.” Piemonte characterized the food as “like the home style food my Nonna cooked for us growing up, but with just a touch of panache added. The dishes are truly a representation of how I’ve been cooking for family and friends throughout my adult life.” Hadermann was operating an employee benefits consulting firm when he was inspired to try the restaurant business. He said when he went out in Atlanta to eat with friends he was “discouraged by the city’s nightlife options” and “wanted to open a place that was upscale but unpretentious, comfortable and simple.” That led to his first restaurant in Atlanta. “I eventually realized I was more passionate about creating fun concepts centered on food, wine and conversations than the bar and nightclub industry,” Hadermann recalled. “We’re excited to join the North Druid Hills community and bring a different dining experience to the area,” he added, explaining that he and his partner chose the area because they saw an opportunity to fill a void in the Toco Hills area “by providing a casual yet upscale Italian experience. With a focus on authenticity, artisan ingredients and a chef ’s touch we hope to win people over
Chef Stefano Franciosi shows fusilli, made with fenel sausage, mushrooms, toasted garlic, onions and pisachios, one of more than eight pasta dishes available at Osteria Cibo Rustico.
Osteria Cibo Rustico joins numerous dining options in the Toco Hills area.
with our delicious yet healthy approach to Italian cuisine.” Hadermann said the biggest challenge in creating Osteria Cibo Rustico, which opened in early November, was converting from one concept to another in a very short timeframe. He acknowledged that “it has taken a few weeks for us to work out some of the typical kinks of a restaurant startup.” “We completely converted in 16 days. In hindsight it would have been preferable to have had more time to perfect each dish, which ended up taking a bit longer than we had hoped. Without the use of a fully stocked test kitchen, we couldn’t even begin to fully test dishes within days after we began the conversion,” he continued. Hadermann said that so far most our customers have been very receptive and “business has been really great and each week is getting better and better.”
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“These added capabilities combined with memory allocation and data job flexibility make this a dramatic improvement over our current facilities,” said Tom Quinn, Emory University School of Medicine’s division director of information technology and project director. Common applications for high performance computing include: structural biology, brain imaging and other types of magnetic resonance imaging, neural systems modeling, and genomics. CDC donates lab equipment to Georgia Piedmont Technical College Georgia Piedmont Technical College has received state-of-theart laboratory equipment, valued at $250,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “This donation of equipment will enable Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) to further develop, expand and enrich its coursework in the Natural Sciences Department and enhance its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs,” according to a news release from the college.
Open enrollment for DeKalb schools begins Jan. 8 Open enrollment for the 201415 academic year for the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is scheduled for Jan. 8-28. Parents of students in the school district have the opportunity to make choices regarding their children’s public school education. The DeKalb County School District offers school choice programs that are designed to address interests such as math, science, technology, performing arts, environmental studies, engineering, career explorations, world languages and advanced studies. Because the number of student placements is limited per program and grade level, not all eligible students applying are guaranteed enrollment. Students are selected to enroll in the programs using an automated random student selection process. Magnet programs provide satellite transportation services as approved each school year. Students enrolled in all other school choice programs who reside outside of the program’s home attendance zones do not receive transportation services. For more information, contact the school district’s Magnet and Theme Schools Office at (678) 6760035. Emory, Georgia Tech team up for new high performance computing cluster Emory University, together with the Partnership for an Advanced Computing Environment (PACE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is launching a new high performance computing cluster for use by Emory researchers. With more memory and flexibility and full back up, the computer cluster is designed to meet Emory researchers’ demands while consuming less power. The new cluster, named TARDIS, will replace the Ellipse cluster built in 2007. Ellipse will be phased out by May 2014 as work gradually moves to TARDIS. “Emory and Georgia Tech are leveraging each other’s strengths in a collaborative partnership to offer a valuable community resource,” said Marc Overcash, Emory’s assistant dean for information technology and deputy chief information officer. “By actively seeking partnerships such as this one, the college is demonstrating to our students, funding agencies and the communities in which we serve that we are committed to providing highly skilled employees for the STEM-related industries,” stated GPTC President Jabari Simama. “The hands-on experience our students will receive using this research-grade laboratory equipment will make them more marketable as they graduate from GPTC and enter into STEM careers.” The equipment, which includes incubators, a subzero freezer, a centrifuge and a high-performance liquid chromatography machine, will be used by students and faculty for laboratory experiments in biology, chemistry and physics. The CDC donation will help accelerate the college’s plans to offer microbiology classes, according to the news release. “We are grateful that a program like this exists,” stated Dr. Aisha Cobbs, a biology instructor at GPTC. “The training we will provide through the use of this equipment will be on par with many of the top research institutions such as Georgia Tech and MIT.”
Dunwoody Elementary holds monthly STEM Day
Dunwoody Elementary School’s monthly STEM Day for December was for the birds. Students in Karly Drennan’s kindergarten class designed, redesigned and tested bird feeders as part of the day during which science, technology, engineering and math are promoted. During STEM days, students are given hands-on activities that encourage students to solve problems. Many parent volunteers also participate on STEM Days, assisting with activities or sharing their careers. The STEM days are part of Dunwoody Elementary’s plan to achieve STEM certification from the Georgia Department of Education, which “recognizes and supports the critical contributions made by our [STEM] programs and schools throughout the state,” according to the STEM Georgia website. The state gives the recognition “to bestow recognition upon those exemplary schools and programs.”
U.S. soldiers thank students for care packages
“Just a bag of candy from home can have a tremendous impact on their morale.” That’s what Lt. Nathan Shaffner wrote to students of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) who recently sent care packages to U. S. soldiers. Several times each year, the students send care packages to U. S. military personnel. The packages include handwritten notes, lip balm, crackers, candy and other assorted items. In return, the students recently received “thank you” notes and pictures of soldiers. “The students had no idea [the care packages] would mean so much to the soldiers who serve and protect our country,” states a news release from the school. “Even more amazing was that one of the packages actually found an IHM graduate.” Shaffner, a 2002 IHM graduate, said, “I wanted to thank you for sending packages to me and my soldiers while we were deployed overseas. Many of my guys rarely receive packages, and small snacks from home were even rarer for some. “I can’t describe how much the little things mean to them,” Shaffner said. “Y’all made a huge impact on us and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Another soldier, Keaundra Jackson, thanked the students for their prayers and support. “This job wouldn’t get done if it wasn’t for the numerous amounts of blessings we get from you all,” Jackson said. “I enjoyed all the goodies too, especially the popcorn.”
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Emory guard Khadijah Sayyid had three steals in the 66-42 win over Randolph College.
Emory women’s basketball remains undefeated after win in St. Petersburg Classic
The No. 10-ranked Emory women’s basketball team remained perfect on the season after defeating Randolph College 66-42 Dec. 21 in the St. Petersburg Classic. Emory senior Hannah Lilly scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a 9-0 record. Lilly was 6-of-11 from the field, including five of her eight attempts from three-point range. It was Lilly’s eighth game in double figures. Senior Selena Castillo rounded out the team’s double-figure scorers with 11 points while leading the Eagles in rebounds with a career-high tying nine rebounds. Senior Savannah Morgan aided in the win by totaling seven rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Emory’s defense held Randolph to just 27.6 percent (16-of-58) from the field, an opponent low this year, while forcing 33 turnovers that led to 27 points for Emory. Castillo, along with sophomores Ilene Tsao and Khadijah Sayyid, all recorded three steals as Emory totaled 12 steals. With both teams struggling to score during the opening 20 minutes, freshman Shellie Kaniut scored all nine of her points, helping Emory to a 29-19 advantage at halftime. After trading baskets within the opening 30 seconds of the second half, Lilly hit back-toback three-pointers over a 27-second span, fueling a 12-0 run that saw Emory hold Randolph scoreless for nearly seven minutes as Emory extended the score to 43-21. Emory led by 25 points, 62-37, with 2:52 remaining following a 7-2 run that was started by Lilly’s final three-pointer of the game and capped by a bucket by Castillo. Emory’s 9-0 start is the second time in school history that an Emory team has won its opening nine games, joining the 1994-95 team to achieve that distinction. The win over Randolph also allowed the Eagles to tie the program’s second-longest winning streak.
The Lithonia High School wrestling team is having one of its best seasons with a 21-8 record and hopes its early success can lead to an area and state title.
Lithonia wrestling: working hard to get better
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org every day and to work hard every day.” According to the county stats, The Lithonia Bulldogs wresLithonia has wrestlers leading tling team is off to its best start in 10 weight divisions. Senior under head coach Patrick Ryan in Chris Nelson, who wrestles in his four-year tenure. the 160-pound division, is leadLast season, the Bulldogs fining Lithonia and the county with ished fourth in the DeKalb County a 28-0 record. Ryan said Nelson’s wrestling meet, but they currently success this season is due to the sit at the top of the county with extra work he puts in practice to a 21-8 record, according to the get better. DeKalb County wrestling stats. “He wants it,” Ryan said. “He Ryan said the team’s motto this works his butt off. He’s doing what season is “Every day, we work it takes to get to the next level.” harder and we get better.” He said Ryan credits the preseason the team has been following that conditioning with the Bulldog’s motto all season long. success this season. Lithonia did “I’m really pleased with this not have preseason last year and team because they are buying into Ryan said the wrestlers began liftwhat I’m preaching and we just ing weights and doing cardio conkeep getting better every day,” he ditioning three days a week from said. “That’s the goal, to get better Sept. 2 to the first day they began practicing on the wrestling mat. “When we first got on the mat we were in tip top shape,” he said. “We’ve been putting in a lot of work in the weight room conditioning and getting in shape.” The second half of Lithonia’s season begins Jan. 4 with the Team Dual Area Championship at Marist. Marist has one of the top wrestling programs in the state and is currently ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA. Ryan said this is the time to start peaking and it is important for them to win the big tournaments, including the tournament at Marist. “In order for us to do that the guys need to stay committed, come to practice, work hard and stick to what we have been doing to get better every day,” Ryan said.
M.L. King, Browns Mill to host youth baseball clinic for youth
The Martin Luther King, Jr. High School baseball program and Browns Mill Civic and Athletic Association have teamed up to sponsor “Quick Hitter” clinics and baseball awareness sessions at Stonecrest Mall Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The purpose of the clinic is to increase African-American youth interest and involvement in baseball. Players from ages 3 to 14 can register for the camp and the upcoming baseball season. Melvin Walton, president of Browns Mill Civic and Athletic Association, said it is important to keep baseball alive in the south DeKalb area. “We have developed a great program and we need to keep our youth interested in the game of baseball,” Walton said. M. L. King baseball coach Richard Gaines said it made sense for his program to partner with Browns Mill Park. “They are one of the feeder systems to our program,” Gaines said. “We need to make sure the players learn the fundamentals of the game and have fun.”
The M. L. King baseball program will partner with Browns Mill Civic and Athletic Association for two baseball clinics to increase Black youth interest in baseball.
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Browns Mill Civic and Athletic Association will hold registration for its upcoming season at the Browns Mill Recreation Center, located at 5101 Browns Mill Road in Lithonia. The baseball season begins in February. M. L. King will host its Base-
ball Spring First Pitch Camp Feb. 9 from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the high school, located at 3991 Snapfinger Road in Lithonia. Athletes will receive a discount on their registration package if they register at the Quick Hitter clinic.
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Basketball scores from Chick-fil-a Classic
Dec. 26 Sandy Creek 61, Southwest DeKalb 58 in OT M. L. King 65, Stone Mountain 57 Butler 67, Mays 63 Jenkins 70, Cedar Grove 59 Meridian, Miss. 53, Crisp County 37 Columbia 65, Brainerd, Tenn. 45 Greenforest 50, Glenn Hills 39 Dec. 27 Losers’ Bracket Brainerd, Tenn. 63, Southwest DeKalb 60 Gainesville, FL 66, Stone Mountain 49 Glenn Hills 72, Crisp County 56 Mays 55, Cedar Grove 39 Winner’s Bracket Columbia 62, Sandy Creek 47 Jenkins 69, Butler 50 Tucker 67, M. L. King 63 Meridian 68, Greenforest 62 Dec. 28 Losers’ Bracket Mays 71, Gainesville, Fla. 69 in double OT Glenn Hills 65, Brainerd, Tenn. 57 Greenforest 68, Sandy Creek 43 M. L. King 76, Butler 57 Winners’ Bracket Semifinals Columbia 57, Meridian 55 in OT Tucker 66, Jenkins 63
M. L. King’s Paul Jackson tries to score over Tucker defenders.
Tucker guard Shembari Phillips goes up for a layup. Photos by Travis Hudgons
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