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cops

Grand jury to
review all officerinvolved shootings

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local, 9A

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Officer shot by fellow
officer when responding
to wrong house

local, 8A

Faith leaders get taste of cops’ jobs
by Andrew Cauthen
andrew@dekalbchamp.com

D

eKalb County religious
leaders got an inside
look at the county’s
criminal justice system Aug. 26
during the seventh Annual Faith
Leaders Conference hosted by
DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James and Sheriff
Jeff Mann.
Clergy members are “a pipeline to the community,” James
said. “We’re still a nation where
most people either go to houses
of worship or know someone
[who] attends a house of worship.
“People form their perspectives and ideals…oftentimes
based on what they hear in the
pulpit,” James said.
The conference included
discussions on police use of
force and tours of the county’s
Family Protection Center, po-

See Leaders on page 15A

DeKalb County police officers, top, and faith leaders, bottom, participate in scenarios that officers encounter.

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James fires a gun during a simulation used to train police officers. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Oglethorpe University brings
awareness to colored pencil art
by Carla Parker
carla@dekalbchamp.com
For 25 years, the Colored Pencil
Society of America (CPSA) has
worked to raise awareness of the
colored pencil as a fine art medium.
This year, the CPSA brought that
awareness to Atlanta—partnering
with Oglethorpe University
Museum of Art (OUMA) to host
its 23rd annual international
Exhibition. The exhibit, held July
11 through Aug. 23, featured
more than 100 artwork pieces at
Oglethorpe University’s museum.
All of the artwork was created with
colored pencil only.
“Many of the artists in this
show are well-established and
mid-career, but some are emerging

and relatively new to exhibiting,”
museum director Elizabeth
Peterson said. “I love when people
have an immediate connection
to the work on view and may be
inspired in their own creative
process.”
Peterson said the Colored Pencil
Society of America approached
the museum in November 2013
requesting that they host the 2015
exhibition, which takes place during
its annual meeting.
“This is the first time OUMA
has had the pleasure of hosting the
Colored Pencil Society of America,”
Peterson said. “We frequently host
exhibitions with local, regional
or national art societies such as
Georgia Watercolor Society or the
Southeastern Pastel Society.”

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Oglethorpe University Museum of Art hosted Colored Pencil Society of America’s 23rd Annual
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DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon said she will
schedule a community walk at the park.

County officials and community leaders celebrate the completion of an outdoor fitness area at Gresham Park.
Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May said the county is
always excited about public-private partnerships.

County officials celebrate
healthy donation
that we all can be healthy.”
“This is at the gateway to
a beautiful PATH that takes
you on to another park,” said
An $8,000 donation will
Commissioner Kathie Gangive Gresham Park users
non. “So now when you’re
the opportunity to be little
walking in the morning you
healthier.
can have a place to stop, meet
DeKalb County officials
everybody, do a few pushheld a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 27 for the instal- ups…and move on.”
Commissioner Larry
lation of an outdoor fitness
Johnson said, “A lot of folks
station in Gresham Park,
3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta. can’t afford one of those
high-priced memberships,
“I think it’s fantastic,”
but we can walk in our parks
said Thomas Redmond,
for free and enjoy activities,
who lives on Meadowview
exercising, walking, and then
Drive near the park. “I like
it. I walk every morning and go over to our recreation
center and help out with our
when I get back I can exeryoung people.
cise on this after I walk.
“You’ve got everything
“It’s great for the community. It’s well-deserved for here together to make a difference in our community,”
the community,” Redmond
he said. “That’s what I love
said. “They can get out and
about DeKalb County parks.”
mingle and walk the trail
The fitness center was
and come back and talk and
the second collaboration beexercise.”
tween the county and the AtThe equipment, located
lanta Retailers Foundation.
near the park’s multi-purShyna Mistry, a trustee
pose PATH trail, is the result
of the Atlanta Retailers
of a $8,000 donation by the
Atlanta Retailers Foundation.  Foundation, said, “This fitness cluster will remain a
Roy Wilson, director of
symbol for all of us and I
the county’s department of
recreation, parks and cultural hope it benefits each and
affairs, said the fitness station every resident and visitor
because it is meant to bring
“is going to bring families
people together and bring a
together and bring children
out to get them exercising so little sunshine into all of our
by Andrew Cauthen
Andrew@dekalbchamp.com

lives.
“We foresee more and
more opportunities for
partnerships in the coming
months,” she added.
Interim DeKalb County
CEO Lee May called the
partnership with the Atlanta
Retailers Association “critical.”
“We’re always excited to
build relationships outside…
county government,” May
said. “They have put their
money where their mouth
is.”
Two-time Olympic gold
medalist DeeDee Trotter,
who grew up in the neighborhood, was on hand to
give demonstrations on the
workout equipment.
“I grew up right around
the corner from here, so this
is kind of like my backyard,”
Trotter said. “This is a great
way to encourage everyone
in the community to keep
active, to keep going towards
living a healthy lifestyle.
“Childhood obesity is
something that’s been definitely growing, and it’s our
job as parents and a community to do what we can to
make sure we keep [obesity]
going down,” Trotter said.

Olympic gold medalist DeeDee Trotter demonstrates one of the fitness
stations.

Resident Thomas Redmond works out at Gresham Park as Trotter looks
on.

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Labor Day run brings research
funds, remembrance
by Kathy Mitchell
Allen Joyce plans to lace up his running
shoes on Labor Day morning, Sept. 7 this
year, and dash through the street of Avondale Estates as runners have done for the
past 37 years.
“I don’t run every year. It depends on the
shape I’m in,” admitted Joyce, who also runs
some years in the much larger Peachtree
Road Race in downtown Atlanta.
“The race comes right by my house so I
always tell myself that if I feel I can’t finish,
I can always just go home. I’ve never done
that, but I remind myself that that’s an option. Sometimes people in my family get up
and come outside to cheer me on as I run
past,” he said.
The race is a fundraiser for research for
treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,
or ALS, which is defined by the ALS Association—the recipient of funds raised at
the Avondale Estates race—as “a progressive
neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve
cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” There
is no cure for ALS, which is often called Lou
Gehrig’s Disease in recognition of the player
who held the all-time Major League Baseball
record for consecutive games played until he
was stricken with ALS.
The race originally was just a community
event, according to organizers, but after a
prominent Avondale Estates resident died of
ALS the race become a fundraiser.
In what Joyce calls “a horrible coincidence,” a friend of his and one of the Avondale Estates Labor Day race’s most dedicated
runners died of ALS. She was Decatur lawyer Lora Matlaw Murphy.
“She was a very good runner,” Joyce recalled. “Most years she won the women’s
division. She also was an extraordinary person. Even after she was diagnosed with the
terrible disease she kept an uplifting, amazing spirit. She ran in the race right after her
diagnosis—and she beat me.
“When she could no longer run, she kept
coming to the races and encouraging oth-

ers,” he said, adding that in the last year of
her life, Murphy, who died in her early 50s
in 2002, came to the race and spoke to the
crowd using a voice synthesizer because she
was no longer able to speak naturally.
“ALS destroys the body while leaving
the mind intact,” Joyce said. “What an awful irony for a lifelong athlete to become the
prisoner of her own body.”
Currently no treatment reverses or significantly slows the progress of the disease,
but the ALS Association says progress is
being made and funds such as those raised
by the Avondale Estates Labor Day race are
crucial to continuing research.
Participants in the one-mile race—geared
toward children—pay fees of $10 to $12 and
those who run the five-kilometer race pay
$20 to $25, with early registrants paying the
lower fee. In addition to fees, the race has
community sponsors. Approximately 20 local businesses contribute along with local
residents who donate as “friends of the race.”
Last year almost $6,000 was donated to ALS
research as a result of the race. In addition to
those who give money, dozens of volunteers
work at the event and provide other types
of support. First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates each year is not only a financial
sponsor, but also provides volunteers and a
donation of fruit and beverages for the runners.
Both the one-mile and the 5K races start
and end by Willis Park at Dartmouth Avenue and Clarendon Place with the one-mile
race starting at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9
a.m. They are run on city streets with traffic
control provided. Medals will be given to the
top age-group finishers and overall winners
will receive trophies. The event is for racers
of all ages and athletic levels. Between 200
and 300 runners and walkers are expected at
this year’s race.
Joyce, who last year and several other
years won his age category, said he plans
to keep running as long as he’s in shape,
but adds that each year he deeply misses
Murphy. “It’s just not the same without her
smile.”

The Decatur’s Kitchen Garden is located behind the United Methodist
Children’s Home on South Columbia Drive. Thirty families have plots at
the garden. Photo by Carla Parker

Decatur to host
annual dinner party
by Carla Parker
carla@dekalbchamp.com
Fresh produce will be on
the menu this year for the
third annual Decatur’s Dinner Party Sept. 19.
Decatur chefs from Brick
Store Pub, Leon’s, Twain’s
and other restaurants will
collaborate with Decatur’s
organic farmers to cook
meals that will benefit Global
Growers Network and its
Decatur’s Kitchen Garden.
Global Growers is a
nonprofit organization that
creates opportunities in
sustainable agriculture by
growing nourishing food,
training farmers, and providing economic opportunities.
Global Growers operates two
Decatur urban agriculture
projects—Decatur’s Kitchen
Garden and Umurima Wa
Burundi, where local families who came to Georgia as
refugees grow fresh food.
Robin Chanin, executive
director of Global Growers,
said the organization started

as an idea in 2009 and broke
ground on its first project,
Umurima, in 2010. Decatur’s Kitchen Garden, which
is located behind United
Methodist Children’s Home
on South Columbia Drive,
formed after former Decatur
Mayor Bill Floyd decided
that he wanted the city to
have an urban agriculture
project.
“The assistant city manager, at the time, had been
driving past the [Umurima
Wa Burundi Garden],
tracked us down and asked if
we were interested in starting
another project in Decatur,”
Chanin said. “What they realized was that Decatur really
didn’t have the agriculture
expertise to be able to figure
out how to start something
like that. So the city identified this plot of land as a
space they would like to use
and talked with the children’s
home about coming up with
a lease agreement. The city
has an agreement with the
children’s home to use the

See Kitchen on page 10A

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The Champion FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, september 4, 2015Page 4A

Soccer moms at Pokey Park
Bringing a professional soccer facility to DeKalb County
has the potential of being an
economic boon for the county
and particularly for the immediate area surrounding the
complex. On the surface, it
seems like a great idea.
Bringing a professional soccer facility to DeKalb County
with what appears to have been
zero transparency, a burning
desire to lay claim to the victory and not a lot of thought
regarding the location, the
possible economic implications
or voter support doesn’t seem
to be such a great idea.
Surprising the public with
a deal of this magnitude has
not fared well, even though
apologies have been issued.
Interim county CEO Lee May
explained the lack of transparency by saying, “Yes! We put
cash on the table in order to
get a major development for
that area. I don’t run from that,
I don’t shy from that.”
Perhaps those involved in
the decision-making process
may have thought it easier to
ask for forgiveness than ask for
permission (or support). Unfortunately, this was also not
a good move considering the
lack of confidence in DeKalb
County politics as a whole.
But if all goes as planned
we will soon have a new soccer

John Hewitt
johnh@dekalbchamp.com

Chief Operating Officer

complex and new office space
for some employees of DeKalb
Parks, Recreation and Cultural
Affairs.
With this new soccer complex, we will have hopefully
dozens of opportunities each
year to host exhibition games
and tournaments that will
bring thousands of visitors to
DeKalb County. Soccer moms
of the world are likely quivering with anticipation at the
opportunity to have their children play in a new world-class
soccer complex.
The online public dictionary Wikipedia defines a soccer
mom as “a married middleclass woman who lives in the
suburbs and has school age
children. She is also portrayed
as putting the interests of her
family, and most importantly

her children, ahead of her own.
The phrase derives from the
literal, specific description of
a mother who transports and
watches her children play soccer.”
I’m thinking that perhaps,
based on the above definition
and on personal observations
of so-called soccer moms that I
know, these moms won’t be so
happy about sending their precious offspring to practice or
participate in tournaments at
a facility within shouting distance of one of the largest jails
in the southeast.
As the soccer mom driving a minivan of youngsters or
hormone-raging teenagers enters the general vicinity of the
proposed facility, she would
however, have an opportunity
to offer the following warnings
as perhaps a manner of discouraging undesirable behavior of some of her passengers.
“You see that Juvenile Justice Center right there? If you
get in any trouble while you’re
here, that’s where you’ll end
up.”
“If things don’t go so well
at the Juvie Center, you may
end up at the county jail just to
our right. And you know what
happens to bad boys and girls
when they end up in jail, don’t
you?”
Or the sometimes-unappre-

ciated soccer mom could take
an entirely different approach
that also would take advantage
of the facility’s location.
“You kids go on in for your
practice. I need some exercise
I think I’ll take a walk around
the perimeter of the jail and
see if I get any catcalls from the
inmates. I need an ego boost.”
That’s enough about soccer
moms.
One of the several benefits
touted by the county is revenue
generated from naming rights
to the stadium and complex.
The Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) explicitly
states “Supplemental Operator
Payments…will be made to
Decide DeKalb, which shall be
disbursed to the county, in an
amount equal to 15 percent of
the net revenue derived from
any naming rights sold for all
or any portion of the headquarters and soccer complex
or for branded events held at
the headquarters and soccer
complex.”
What if Arthur Blank and
company decide to name the
complex The Home Depot-Arthur Blank Field? As developer,
Blank and company would
have controlling interest and
therefore, unless specifically
addressed, the ability to name
the complex anything they
choose. The Home Depot gets

mentioned in every press release generated and every story
written about every event ever
held at the complex and the
county gets nothing. The MOU
references naming rights sold
but nothing about who has
control of naming rights.
Many sports complexes
are given names that reference
the area they are located in;
so if it’s not named The Home
Depot Field, my votes go for
either Stockade Stadium or
Pokey Park. Both have a rather
catchy sound to them and play
homage to the setting.
Snack shops and restaurants in the complex could
be named Cellblock Six, The
Lockup, The Can, Up The
River, etc., and offer cleverly
named menu item such as Depot dogs, slammer slaw, joint
juice and reformatory ribs.
Servers in these establishments
would obviously need to wear
prison-inspired uniforms such
as black and white striped
jumpsuits or the more modern
solid orange version.
The marketing opportunities are as endless as the complaints about how it all came
to be.

Letters to the editor

Beau Hardeman was Raising minimum wage
an inspiration
Hello Ashley Oglesby,
 
I read your article on
Mr. Beau Hardeman on the
front page of The Champion
Free Press Aug. 27, 2015. The
article was very informative
and many of the things you
mentioned I did not know
about Mr.  Hardeman.
 I worked for Mr.
Hardeman in the Atlanta
University Computer Center
in the 1980s when I was a
sophomore at Morehouse
College. I was a student
lab assistant. He was the
person who gave me my
first computer job and an
opportunity to make some
money. He was a good man
and he took his work very
seriously. I did not keep up

with him, after he left the
AUC center, until now. 
I have since completed
my own education with a
M.S. in computer science
and a doctorate in education.
I am currently teaching and
live in DeKalb. I currently
chair the citizens Against
Cityhood in DeKalb and
Concerned Citizens for
Effective Government 
I wished I had a chance
to reacquaint myself with
Mr. Hardeman. He was an
inspiration and it saddens
me that he is gone. Thank
you for the article.
 
Ed Williams
Chairman, Concerned
Citizens for Effective
Government

would burden businesses

As an active voter who
sides with the Democratic
point of view; it is extremely
disappointing to hear of
their approval for raising
minimum wage to $15 an
hour. 
Considering the law of
demand and the fact that
when the price of labor
increases, demand drops;
this move places a burden
on businesses that would
be forced to expand their
overhead, without necessarily
getting a return. Therefore,
this type of legislation

disguises the fact that many
businesses will not be able to
employ as many families as
they currently do.
This concept is likely to
cause employers to raise their
standards for entry-level
or basic positions, which
replaces the same employees
who fought for this
legislation with more skilled,
educated workers that can
justify $15 an hour. So the
idea that raising minimum
wage enhances the way of life
for our nation’s impoverished
families is simply not true. 

We need to invest in
solutions that raise the
quality of life for all of our
citizens in order to truly
maximize our economic
and social opportunities.
However, simply pandering
to a particular audience and
giving out more money is
not the answer to resolving
unemployment or raising
anyone’s standard of living. 
Jason Corrigan
Decatur

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The Champion FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, september 4, 2015Page 5A

One Man’s Opinion

That’s gonna leave a mark

“Hunker down hairy
dawg, Hunker down for a
fight... When you meet the
Georgia Bulldogs, You gonna
feel the Bulldog bite,” song lyrics by Georgia Bulldogs fan
and ad man extraordinaire,
Clisby Clarke (1942-2014)
in 1980.
Although I’m sure that
Georgia’s former Attorney
General and corruption buster, Mike Bowers, identifies
more with his days at West
Point, he is also a UGA Law
School grad, and few would
probably argue, as crusading
lawyers go, few clamp their
jaw harder when they bite
down into a pile of corruption and malfeasance.
“We have found DeKalb
County government to be
rotten to the core,” said
Bowers in a preliminary investigation update letter to
interim CEO Lee May and
the DeKalb County Commission. 
As a nearly lifelong resident of DeKalb County, and
someone who raised his
family in DeKalb County off
of Allgood Road, I’m sure
that reaching this conclusion pained Bowers. But not
being able to complete the
assigned work of this review
may cause others more pain.
When interim CEO May
asked Bowers and his aggressive lead investigator
Richard Hyde to come do
some looking around within

Bill Crane
bill.csicrane@gmail.com

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DeKalb County government,
I wondered if they might later regret what they asked for.
Remember, it was Bowers and Hyde, after receiving
a whitewashed review of
cheating allegations within
the Atlanta Public Schools
(APS), who quickly determined they were not being
given the facts. 
And it was Bowers and
Hyde who made similar
findings in Dougherty
County Schools in southwest
Georgia. 
And after Hyde became
the lead investigator for the
Judicial Qualifications Commission, nearly 60 judges
have “resigned to pursue
other opportunities.”
I know both men well,
consider them close friends,
and folks, they don’t mess
around.
They found a crippling
combination of early buy-

outs for retiring senior staff
and managers; a culture of
corruption and poor performance of tasks; and a
purchasing procedures and
oversight structure.
The county was likely
leaking at the spend rate of
this entire investigation’s
costs on a weekly or monthly
basis.
And Bowers and his
team’s expertise didn’t come
cheap. Interim CEO May
signed off at the start with
Bowers billing at $400 an
hour and his investigators at
$300. 
Though DeKalb DA Robert James was admittedly
among those not a fan of
the extra-judicial investigation being requested by the
county’s executive branch,
one has to assume if May felt
that the DA’s office was up
to the task, county leaders
would have simply funded
the Public Corruption Unit
which James had long been
requesting.
So now May, and several
other commissioners, are
offended by the tone, harsh
language, lack of details and
inference that all of DeKalb
County government is sinking in a miasma of incompetence, ineptitude and
self-serving greed, but don’t
forget, generally free parking and soon soccer practice
fields which you can’t use.
May, and a majority of

commissioners wanted Bowers and company to wrap
it up quickly and complete
their review/investigation by
the end of August, and more
than loosely inferred that if
Bowers wants to actually get
paid, that review had better
soften in tone. 
Commissioners Gannon,
Jester and Rader, perhaps
not surprisingly, would prefer to see the review completed and let the chips fall
where they may.
I worked for Bowers during his 1997-1998 gubernatorial bid. I thought then, and
I still think now, he would
have made Georgia an excellent governor. He took a
good bit more public shelling then for a different set of
reasons, and in that instance
he also did not run from or
hide from his fault or those
personal shortcomings. 
He bit down, hung in
there and rode an increasing
number of GOP voters’ support to the crest of a runoff
with the eventual losing GOP
nominee, Guy Milner. That
West Point/Bulldog bite
combo knows how to fight.
I’m not sure which ultimately became more important for Bowers and his team:
wrapping things up, listening
to the client and getting paid,
or doing what is right and
best for the people of DeKalb
County. Whatever was uncovered has to be turned

over either to the DeKalb
DA, GBI or the feds for potential prosecution. Unlike
the APS cheating investigation, Bowers and company
were not named special prosecutors, nor given subpoena
power. 
However things end up, I
bet that bite is still going to
leave teeth marks.

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 bill.csicrane@
gmail.com. 

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Chris Chavez
“Wherever your passion, wherever you think you
can add value, with all of the
talents that you have, there’s
plenty out there…to get involved with.
“Find a way to give back.”
Those are some guiding
words of Chris Chavez, president of Leadership DeKalb’s
board of directors.
Chavez, who was in the
Leadership DeKalb class of
2013, is in his second year
on the organization’s board
of directors. Previously, he
served as Leadership DeKalb’s
treasurer.
Leadership DeKalb is a
nonprofit that is “basically a
human capital pipeline for
leaders in DeKalb County,”
said Chavez, who is president
of DeVry University.
“Our goal is to try to at-

tract upcoming leaders and
even seasoned leaders into a
nine-month-long leadership
program,” Chavez said. “We
connect leaders to other leaders. We give these leaders exposure to various parts of the
county,” such as the police and
fire departments, nonprofit
organizations and county gov-

ernment.
Chavez also is on the
board of DeKalb Police Alliance, which raises funds for
life insurance policies for the
families of fallen officers in
DeKalb County.
“If an officer dies in
the line of duty, we have
a $100,000 life insurance
policy” for the family, Chavez
said. “It’s one of those things
[that’s] not the most lovely
thing to think about and talk
about” but the families “are
immensely grateful” to receive
the funds.
Chavez also is a board
member of Technology Association of Georgia Education
Collaborative, a nonprofit
organization that supports
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
education.

“We raise funds to…
help get high school students
placed in internships with
companies,” Chavez said. “It
could be in the information
technology field; it could be
in health and sciences, or it
could be related to STEM.
The organization seeks
to increase STEM awareness
by holding coding contests,
supporting teachers who are
trying to get STEM-certified,
and sponsoring Georgia’s
STEM Day.
Chavez said he volunteers
to help people.
“Any business person, if
you ask them, ‘Why are you
successful, or why is your
company suceessful?’ and [the
answer] always starts with
people,” Chavez said. “I know
it’s a trite saying, but there is a
lot of truth to that.

“When you start talking
about the culture, your purpose or mission—all those
things that are intangible
things—none of that stuff
means anything [without]
people,” said Chavez, who
lives in the Druid Hills area.
His volunteerism with
Leadership DeKalb is “an
opportunity to at least influence leaders and make leaders think about…decisions,”
Chavez said.
“If we’re a leader in whatever part of our community
or our job,…at some point
we made it to a particular
level. We’re successful with
our families. We’re successful
in our jobs,” Chavez said. “I
look at that as an obligation.
Because of that success,…
we have an obligation to give
back.”

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered as a future Champion of the Week, please contact Andrew Cauthen
at andrew@dekalbchamp.com or at (404) 373-7779, ext. 117.

Doraville police
impersonator
sentenced
by Ashley Oglesby
ashley@dekalbchamp.com
Daniel Harbison, a 40-yearold man arrested
on April 3, has
been sentenced
to one year and
nine months in
federal prison for
impersonating an
armed agent after
previously having
been convicted of
Harbison
a felony.
The impersonator was taken into custody after
stopping off-duty Doraville police officer
Edward Lowe.
Harbison wore a T-shirt bearing the
letters DEA, had an identification card that
appeared to be issued by the DEA, and had
a realistic-looking gold and blue badge
embossed with the letters “US.”
Harbison was arraigned on federal
charges of being a felon in possession of a
firearm. Authorities said he had previously
been convicted of a felony and could not
legally possess a gun.
At the end of his prison sentence, Harbison must spend three years on supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney
John Horn.

Snapshot from the DeKalb County Fire
Rescue Department’s live casting of The 10-unit apartment that was destroyed in the blaze.
the fire.

Apartments destroyed by
child playing with matches
by Ashley Oglesby
ashley@dekalbchamp.com
On Aug. 29 DeKalb County
firefighters, and ambulances responded to an apartment fire  at
the Highlands at East Atlanta
apartment complex – located at
2051 Flat Shoals Road near Decatur.
The fire started at approximately 1:40 p.m. Capt. Eric Jackson said when the firefighters arrived, flames were already shoot-

ing through a quarter of the roof
of the single 10-unit building.
The rapidly growing fire
meant the water pressure from one
hydrant wasn’t sufficient, Jackson
said, and crews had to use a second hydrant on the opposite side
of the building.
“The one hydrant we were
pulling off of just wasn’t enough,”
Jackson said. “There wasn’t
enough pressure to satisfy what we
needed to put out all that fire.”
Jackson said it took firefight-

ers about 45 minutes to extinguish
the fire. Eight apartments suffered
“significant” fire damage, while
the remaining two sustained water
damage.
The residents of all 10 units
were displaced. Jackson said the
cause of the fire was accidental but
has been attributed to a child playing with matches.
Two residents were taken to
the hospital to be treated for “minor” smoke inhalation, Jackson
said.

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Avondale Estates
Park improvements moving forward

The Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and
Commissioners voted Aug. 24 to move forward
with renovations. The city said there will be a meeting between city staff and contractors to discuss
scheduling and logistics. The city said construction
should begin in September and last approximately
five months. Efforts will be made to keep The Museum School accessible during renovations for students and their families. For more information, visit
www.avondaleestates.org/willispark.html.

RSVP or make a donation to the not-for-profit shelter visit pawsatlanta.org.

DeKalb County CASA to hold informational
meeting

Chamblee

The public is invited to attend a volunteer information meeting hosted by DeKalb County Court
Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gregory
A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center, 4309 Memorial
Drive, Decatur.
This session will provide an overview of the
program for those interested in becoming CASA
volunteers. The next training class will be held 4 to 7
p.m. on Thursdays from Oct. 1 to Nov. 5.
DeKalb County CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, screens and trains community volunteers who are appointed by a juvenile court judge
to advocate for the best interests of an abused or neglected child placed in foster care. DeKalb County
CASA volunteers work with the DeKalb County
Juvenile Court and Division of Family and Children
Services to ensure that all the necessary information
is collected and presented to the court allowing the
judge to make the best decision possible regarding
placement of the child.
The DeKalb County CASA Program is designed
to give abused and neglected children in foster care
a voice.
For more information regarding this event or to
RSVP, call (404) 378-0038 or email Justine.ferreira@
dekalbcasa.org or dekalbcasa@dekalbcasa.org.

Annual Taste of Chamblee set for Sept. 12

Fraternity to hold Kotton Club fundraiser

The ninth annual Taste of Chamblee returns to
downtown Chamblee on Sept. 12, from 3 to 9 p.m.
This year’s cuisines will range from Italian to Indian and celebrate the diverse restaurant community
in Chamblee. Beginning with an antique car show
at noon, the event will feature food, an art walk, live
music and a family-friendly kid zone.
This year’s Taste of Chamblee is hosted by the
city of Chamblee to benefit one of the city’s largest
local nonprofits, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse.
Admission to the event is free, and tickets for
tastings will be sold for $1. Tickets may be redeemed
at participating restaurant booths for a wide selection of tastings that will range from $1 to $5 per
sample.
The band GLOW will be the headliner for
the evening’s concert and local acts will perform
throughout the day.
For more information, visit www.tasteofchamblee.net.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s Decatur alumni chapter, presents The Kappa Kotton Club on Saturday, Sept. 12. It includes a private VIP reception
with exclusive access from 7 to 8 p.m. and general
admission from 8 p.m. to midnight.
“Come join us as we journey back in time to the
1920s in Harlem, N.Y., the height of the Harlem Renaissance,” states an announcement about the event.
“You will be immersed in the culture that gave birth
to jazz, blues and other genres of music.”
The event will feature a live band, DJ, casino
tables, dancing and more. Roaring 20s attire is encouraged; yet, formal/semiformal attire is requested.
VIP tickets are $75. General admission tickets
are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Tickets can
be purchased through www.eventbrite.com or in
person at 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway, between 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. by Sept. 9.
Partial proceeds will be used for scholarships
and to benefit the Kappa Guide Right young men’s
mentoring program.
For more information, or to become a sponsor for this event please contact Samuel Patterson,
(404) 702-9814.

Brookhaven

City adds money to reserve
Brookhaven will add more than $600,000 to its
reserve following the city council’s approval of its
midyear budget adjustment on Aug. 25. According
to city manager Marie Garrett, a budget adjustment
became necessary when the city council adopted a
lower millage rate earlier this year. The city said it is
receiving higher-than-expected revenues in parts of
the 2015 budget, including the tax digest, and currently has about $4 million in reserve.

Decatur
PAWS Atlanta to host fundraising party
On Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., PAWS Atlanta
will entertain guest with blues and BBQ, a silent
auction, craft beer tastings and a brewery tour at
Red Brick Brewing Company at 2323 Defoor Hills
Road, Atlanta.
Since 1966 PAWS Atlanta has found loving,
permanent homes for more than 45,000 homeless
animals in Metro Atlanta.
Tickets for the event are $85 per person. To

Church breaks ground on new buildings
Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur broke ground Aug. 23 for a new youth and education building.
The building will replace the 1950s youth building, which will be demolished, and will provide an
additional 20,000 square feet of educational space.
The building will connect the church’s main building to the old sanctuary and education building that

stands at the corner of Fair Oaks Road and Oak
Grove Road.
The $10 million price tag for the building program will be paid through contributions.
The new building will meet the needs of the
church’s large youth and children’s ministry as well
as update the existing educational wing, which was
built in 1969.
“This has been a dream of the congregation
since it built the sanctuary in 1969,” said Rev. Glenn
Ethridge, senior pastor. “For some of our long-term
members, they have seen the master plan for over
40 years, and now that dream is coming to fruition.
There is an incredible amount of life and energy
around the building program.”
The church plans to occupy the new ministry
space in the summer of 2016.

Doraville

Food truck rally continues in Doraville
“It’s not a bad idea to spend a summer day enjoying music with family and friends and binging
on food truck treats,” states an announcement an
upcoming food truck event.
On Sept. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m., the city of Doraville
will present its Doraville Food Truck Rally on Park
Avenue.
The event will be held in partnership with the
Atlanta Street Food Coalition and will continue to
be held on the second Wednesday of each month.
The event will give residents the chance to meet
elected officials and enjoy food, fun and fellowship
with friends and neighbors.

Countywide

DeKalb solicits residents to serve on audit
oversight committee
In the interest of fostering accountability at all
levels of the organization, DeKalb County Government is creating an Audit Oversight Committee
(AOC) as authorized by the Georgia General Assembly in House Bill 599 (signed into law May 12). 
This committee will function independently in
conducting performance and finance-related audits
for all departments, offices, agencies, and programs
of the County. The objective is to ensure county
programs are effectively achieving the purpose for
which they were authorized and funded. 
County residents interested in volunteering to
serve on the five-member committee are invited to
submit their resumes to executiverecruiting@dekalbcountyga.gov.
To be eligible for service on the committee, applicants must reside in DeKalb; possess expertise
conducting performance or financial audits; have a
minimum  five years of experience and certification
as one of the following—public accountant,  internal
or performance auditor, or management accountant; or 10 years relevant professional experience.
Committee members will serve a one- or fouryear term.
Résumés will be accepted through Sept. 11.

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County clears way for hotel at Spruill arts center
by Andrew Cauthen
andrew@dekalbchamp.com
A vote by the DeKalb County
Board of Commissioners has cleared
the way for a 128-room hotel on property owned the Spruill Center for the
Arts in Dunwoody.
The commissioners approved a
99-year ground lease agreement between the Spruill Center for the Arts
and Hotel Development Partners to
develop a seven-story Marriott or Hilton hotel on a portion of the Spruill
property, located at 4681 Ashford
Dunwoody Road.
In addition to the hotel, plans call
for a one-story retail/restaurant space
of up to 10,000 square feet, and a onestory retail/restaurant space of up to
6,000 square feet, while maintaining
the location of the Spruill Center for
the Arts.
Although the property is located
in the city limits of Dunwoody, it
wasn’t in 1991 when members of the
Spruill family deeded the property to
the Spruill Arts Center.
The deed stated that “if the Spruill
Arts Center ever ceases to operate or
ceases to provide cultural arts to the
community, then the property would
become the property of DeKalb County to be used as a park or recreational
area,” Viviane Ernstes, a deputy county attorney, told commissioners.
Because the deed gives DeKalb
County a contingent future interest in the property, the parties to the

Kinsey said.
A previous ground lease plan in
2007 was “squashed by the Great Recession just as it was about to start site
work,” Kinsey said.
The presence of the hotel on the
property will increase traffic to the
center, he said.
“The gallery sits by itself on that
big piece of property,” Kinsey said. “I
think some people view it as the house

ground lease were required to obtain
the county’s consent to the long-term
ground lease, Ernstes said.
“They needed our consent to the
ground lease,” Ernstes said. “We don’t
own the property at this point in time.
We may never come into owning the
property, but if we did at some point
come into ownership of the property, we are consenting to the ground
lease.”

‘The rental revenue
unlocks the value of
the gift the Spruills
gave decades ago.’
-Bob Kinsey
Bob Kinsey, CEO of the Spruill
center, said, “This is a very, very important gift of the property—5.25
prime acres on Ashford Dunwoody
Road—that the family deeded to us in
1991.
“Those strings [in the deed] have
made it impossible for us to sell off a
big chunk of the property to then benefit from the selling of the property,”

from the movie Psycho. We have always had a problem with driving traffic to that site.
“By having the hotel there, which
is an extended stay, high-end hotel, as
well as the restaurant, we will have a
great deal of traffic coming to the gallery and the gift shop,” he said. This
“will definitely help us help get our
name out more and more in the com-

Officer shot by fellow officer when
responding to wrong house
by Andrew Cauthen
andrew@dekalbchamp.com
A DeKalb County Police officer
was critically shot by another officer
when they responded to a 911 call at
the wrong house Aug. 31, according
to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The officer, who has not been
identified by the police department,
lost a lot of blood after being shot
in the thigh, according to Cedric
Alexander, the county’s deputy chief
operating officer for public safety.
At approximately 7:35 p.m., three
DeKalb County officers responded
to a suspicious person call at a home
near the intersection of Bouldercrest
Road and Boulderwoods Drive.
The caller, who was on a mobile
phone, did not provide a street address. The home was described as a
gray brick house, Alexander said.
Officers responded to the rear
of the residence and noticed that the
screen door and back door were unlocked, Alexander said.
“That, in and of itself, would
probably suggest to anyone that it

was possible that [there] could be intruders inside, but it turned out not
to be the case,” Alexander said.
“From what we know just very
preliminarily, the officers identified
themselves. Shortly after that, within
a matter of moments, gunfire took
place,” Alexander said.
According to a preliminary investigation by GBI, “Upon entry to
the residence, the officers encountered a dog. Two officers fired their
weapons, striking and killing the animal in the kitchen.”
The homeowner then “exited a
room off the kitchen and was also
shot by the responding officers,” according to GBI spokesman Scott
Dutton.
Both the officer and homeowner
were transported to local hospitals.
The homeowner was treated and
released and the officer underwent
surgery and is in serious but stable
condition, according to the GBI.
“Early investigation indicates
that the injured officer was likely
shot accidentally by one of the other
officers on the scene,” Dutton stated.
“What we also have determined

at this time is that the residence that
these officers responded to is the
wrong residence,” Alexander said.
“This is an ongoing investigation.
A lot [has] yet to be determined here
as to...when shots were fired, how the
officer received injuries, [and] how
the homeowner received injuries,”
he said. “But we did respond to the
wrong residence here tonight and
then these other circumstances unfolded.”
The three officers have been
placed on administrative leave.
Alexander said he turned the
investigation over to the GBI “so that
we can make sure that we remain
very transparent and open during
the course of this investigation.
“Typically, we would [investigate] the shooting ourselves because
it’s not fatal, but we have made the
decision that, because of the circumstances that involved this shooting,
[it] probably would be to the best interest to the community, to ourselves
and everyone here that we have an
outside investigation done so that
there would be no question in regards to what took place,” he said.

munity.”
The proceeds from the 99-year
ground lease will be used to “benefit
the arts in DeKalb County and metro
Atlanta,” Kinsey said.
As a nonprofit arts organization,
“we are always, always squeezing pennies and being creative in how we can
better serve the community,” Kinsey
said.
“The rental revenue unlocks the
value of the gift the Spruills gave decades ago,” he said. “That will allow
us to do many more things, outreach
programs, funding out in the community and extending our arts reach into
the county.”
The county will benefit from the
“wonderful property and hotel/motel
taxes,” Kinsey said. “Currently nothing
is generated by that property.”
Additionally, “you will be associated with doing something wonderful
for the arts,” Kinsey told commissioners. “DeKalb has always been a
wonderful supporter of the arts and of
the Spruill Center for the Arts and we
deeply appreciate that.”
Commissioner Sharon Barnes
Sutton questioned the deal, saying,
“We are giving up…any future possibility of having interest.
“For instance if they cease to…
remain open, then that becomes the
county’s property,” Sutton said. “If we
consent to this lease and they develop
a hotel there, it obviously won’t be a
park any more or recreation center.”

Local student fatally
shot at Savannah
State University
by Carla Parker
carla@dekalbchamp.com
Miller Grove High School alum
and former football player Christopher
Starks was shot and killed on the campus of Savannah State University Aug.
28.
In a statement released by the university, Starks, a junior at the school,
was shot during an altercation at the
university’s student union building.
He was transported to a local hospital
when he later died.
Cheryl D. Dozier, president of
Savannah State University (SSU), expressed her condolences to Starks’ family and said the university will continue
to evaluate safety measures.
“We have heightened security measures on campus at this time, and until
further notice,” Dozier said. “You will
see that there will be public safety officers at each of the gates checking the
IDs of persons as they enter.”
The university announced the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the ongoing investigation with
assistance from the SSU Police Department. So far, no arrests have been
made.

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Grand jury to review all officer-involved shootings
by Andrew Cauthen
andrew@dekalbchamp.com
Nearly six months after
veteran Anthony Hill was fatally shot by a DeKalb County Police officer, a civil grand
jury will review the case.
Twenty-seven-year-old
Hill, an Air Force veteran
from Chamblee, was shot
and killed by DeKalb County
Police Officer Robert Olsen, who responded to a
call about a man acting “deranged,” police said during
a news conference after the
incident.
Hill was naked and unarmed at the time of the
shooting.
A review of officerinvolved shootings by the
grand jury will become standard operating procedure,
DeKalb District Attorney
Robert James told local faith
leaders during a conference
on Aug. 26.
“I decided that instead
of doing a special grand jury,
which is a one-time thing,
to run all of our…officerinvolved shootings through
our grand jury,” James said.
This allows the grand
jury to “give us advice and
their opinion on what they
think we should do,” James
said.
This is important because it includes the public,
he said.
“The biggest problem is
not always that we disagree
about what we should and
should not do [or] that I
make a decision that y’all
disagree with,” James said.
“The biggest problem is that
people don’t feel included in
the decision; they don’t feel
that there is enough transparency.
“They feel that we go off
in a corner and the DA sort
of employs some secret technique and talks to whomever
and comes back and says,
‘This is what I have decided,’”
James said. “Then when you
disagree, there’s all types of
feelings of distrust.
“So we’ve brought the
public in it,” James said. “You

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James explains his new policy
for reviewing officer-involved shootings. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

already know the police is involved—the DeKalb County

police department. The GBI
is involved. The DA’s Office is

involved.”
Investigators for the DA’s
Office go to the scene of
every officer-involved shooting, he said.
“But the public, heretofore, has not been involved,”
James said.
James said the 23 members of the grand jury will
have access to “all of the evidence.”
“We give them everything,” he said. “We don’t
withhold anything. Any
witnesses they want to hear
from, including the police
officer, has an opportunity to
come and talk to the grand
jury. They hear everything.”
James said the grand jury

members are trained on applicable laws and officer useof-force procedures.
The jurors will “get an
opportunity to ask questions and at the end of that
process, they give us their
opinion about what we
should do,” James said. “That
opinion is a public opinion.
It is published in…a presentment.
“We want to include the
public, and we want to be
transparent,” James said. “We
don’t want people to think
that we’re just acting out of
favoritism [or] acting secretly. We’re doing this publicly,
and we’re trying our best to
be objective.”

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Kitchen

Continued From Page 3A

space and they contracted
Global Growers to manage
and operate it.”
The property was a
working farm up until the
1960s that was operated by
the orphanage, where they
were able to grow their own
food to feed the children
and families who were living
here, as well as having a dairy
operation that sold milk to
people in Atlanta, according
to Chanin.
Currently, there are 30
families who have plots at the
Decatur’s Kitchen Garden.
“We work primarily with
international families who
were farmers in their home
countries, so the people here
really know what they’re doing, they know how to grow
food,” Chanin said. “We’re
not really teaching them
how to grow food. The idea
of a small 4 by 8 raised bed
garden that you see at a traditional community garden
is not appropriate for the
families we work with, so
there are much larger plots,
about 600-square-feet each.
They grow a lot of traditional
foods from their home country. There is a ton of food
that is produced here.”
The produce will be
featured in the multi-course
meals at the dinner party,
along with handcrafted cocktails, local beer, and a wine
selection. There will also be a
silent and live auctions.
Chanin said part of
Global Growers goal for the
event is to show people how
delicious freshly harvested
produce is.
“We also want to show
[them] that vegetables were
grown with care and attention by agricultural experts
and not a machine,” she said.
“It’s also an opportunity to
highlight not just the work
that we do but the incredible
support for local foods that
we see here in the city.
“Working with the city
has been a wonderful relationship,” she said. “They are
supportive of what we do,
they come to us with ideas
and support connections so
that we’re able to grow this
project. They’re really setting
us up for success.”
Tickets are $150 each
and are available at www.globalgrowers.org. Table sponsorships are also available for
$1,200, as well as sponsorship opportunities for local
businesses.

David Windecher is a criminal defense attorney admitted to the practice of law in Georgia and Florida and is a member of the American Bar Association.

Ex-con turned lawyer assists in
youth offender’s rehabilitation
by Ashley Oglesby
ashley@dekalbchamp.com
Gangster-turned-criminal defense attorney David
Windecher’s family emigrated from Argentina to the
United States in 1977.
In his recently published
memoir The American
Dream: HisStory in the Making, Windecher shares his
story of having been a poor,
self-described gangster in the
streets of Miami who clawed
his way out of gangs, drugs
and violence to become a
practicing attorney and mentor to underprivileged teens.
Throughout the memoir Windecher writes about
dropping out of school on
his 16th birthday and being
arrested 13 times before the
age of 19.
Windecher details his
first arrest for shoplifting at
age 11, joining a Hispanic
gang, forming his own crime
ring, dealing marijuana,
stealing cars and luring businessmen into robbery traps
with the assistance of an attractive accomplice.
Windecher said he was
arrested and jailed repeatedly
for offenses including grand
theft, battery, assault and
conspiracy.
By his early 20s Windecher left the gang and was
determined to go straight. He
graduated from American
Intercontinental University
with a bachelor of business
administration degree and a
3.97 grade-point average. In
2009 he was accepted to John
Marshall Law School.
Now a licensed attorney
in Florida and Georgia, Win-

decher aims to use his life
experiences to advocate for
impoverished youth.
Earlier this year, Windecher started a nonprofit,
RED Inc. (Rehabilitation
Enables Dreams), using proceeds from his book sales to
fund a GED program in conjunction with the county’s
Gaining Opportunities and
Living Smarter (GOALS)
Program run by the office
of DeKalb County Solicitor
Sherry Boston.
Boston said she met
Windecher shortly after his
book came out. She invited
him to attend a session of
her program, which screens
misdemeanor offenders ages
17-25 and provides help in
obtaining GEDs. Boston
said, “The participants really
connected with him.”
“The guest speaker
turned into a partnership,”
Boston said.
“Immediately we could
see that our participants were
really listening and connected with his story,” she said.
“I think that they can believe
when they hear him talk that
they have the capability to
change their lives around.”
The 12-month program
works with young adults who
have been charged with multiple misdemeanors.
Through the program,
defendants complete life
skills classes, education, job
training and community service and have the opportunity to see their criminal case
dismissed and expunged.
Boston said the goal is to
break the cycle of recidivism
and help individuals complete their education, find

jobs, and become assets to
the community.
She added, “We try to expose the students to a lot of
different things in the hope
that they can find a job, go
back to school, get their GED
and advance themselves
so they don’t end up in the
criminal justice system in a
serious way where they can’t
turn back.”
Windecher maintains his
law practice, but his foundation and book promotion
take up a good deal of his
time—he’s appeared on NPR
programs, he regularly appears on Nancy Grace’s program on HLN as an analyst
and he’s working with Tyler
Perry to produce a film
based on his book. Every
month he mentors children
in the youth intervention
program.
Windecher said he works
with two youngsters one-onone.
Windecher said one of
his participants has 18 siblings and a “difficult household. He’s coming from a
broken home, he’s trying to
find hope and I’m trying to
instill that in him. He’s making process.”
The other program

participant lives in a hotel
with his mother and sister,
“He works to try and stay
afloat and so I’m trying to
encourage him to complete
the GED process so that he
can get a better job and earn
more money,” he said.
“It’s extremely important
for these kids to have a male
mentor,” he said. “The one
thing that I was fortunate to
have growing up was a good
family structure.”
Windecher said his
mother and father made him
a “God-fearing man.”
He added, “I do it because I understand how easy
it is to get caught up in the
system. Thankfully I’m successful, I can talk to them
and say ‘Look I grew up like
you guys. I’ve been shot. I’ve
been stabbed. I’m covered in
tattoos. I’ve been in a gang.
I got arrested 13 times. I’ve
been to prison. I’ve been incarcerated for eight months
and I turned it around because I wanted to. I decided
to do something greater than
my circumstances told me I
was going to be.’”
To learn more about David Windecher visit hisstoryinthemaking.com.

Doraville 2015 LMIG Paving Project 

Sealed Bids for the construction of the City of Doraville’s 2015 
LMIG Paving Project, which generally consists of approximately 
2.05 miles of pavement resurfacing, will be received by the City 
at City Hall (3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, GA 30340) until 2:00 
P.M. local time, September 24, 2015. At that time, the bids will 
be publicly opened and read aloud. For more details, contact 
Sam Serio at (678) 417‐4000 or sserio@keckwood.com or visit 
the City’s website to download the complete announcement at 
http://www.doravillega.us/procurement‐opportunities/.  
 
 

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On Aug. 25 the Atlanta Dream team welcomed DeKalb County students to Philips Arena for a day of fun and
games to promote science, technology, engineering, art and math programs. The collaboration between the
WNBA and DeKalb County School District aims to provide students with innovative programs designed to cultivate interest in and knowledge of S.T.E.A.M. components.

A pastor’s sermon title evokes a recent movie with a similar title. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

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The DeKalb and Fulton counties’ Departments of Family and Children Services hosted the third annual Fatherhood Conference and Resource Fair at New Life Community Center in Decatur. The event included speakers
such as Commissioner Larry Johnson, a panel on fatherhood experts and vendors who provided resources
such as legal, mental health, housing and child support. Photos by Carla Parker

DeKalb DFCS provides resources
for fathers at annual conference
by Carla Parker
carla@dekalbchamp.com
When Juan Walton of Decatur saw a
flyer about a fatherhood conference, he knew
he could not miss it.
“Although my children are pretty much
grown, I have a grandson and I still like to
know about what it takes to motivate not just
my children, but children period because
they’re the future of this world and our nation,” Walton said.
Walton was one of a dozen father who
attended the third annual Fatherhood Conference and Resource Fair on Aug. 27 at New
Life Community Center in Decatur. The
event was hosted by the DeKalb and Fulton
County Departments of Family and Children
Services (DFCS).
The theme of this year’s event was “The
Fatherhood Aneurysm: It’s about life or
death to our families and communities.” The
event included speakers, a panel on fatherhood and vendors who provided resources
in such areas as legal, mental health, housing
and child support.
Walton, who has two children, said
events such as the fatherhood conference
give fathers new ideas and insight of how to

raise children of this generation.
“The generations change, they do things
totally differently than what we did when we
were coming up, such as social media and it
kind of helps me see things from their point
of view and also gives me insight into how
to deal with them, yet and steer them in the
right direction,” Walton said.
DeKalb County Commissioner Larry
Johnson made his third consecutive appearance at the event.
“I’m excited to be a part of this fatherhood movement, to be going out and doing
what we have to do to make a difference,”
Johnson said. “I am proud to be a father. It is
so important as fathers that we continue to
nurture and be a part of their lives.”
Johnson encouraged fathers to not only
be more active in their children’s lives, but to
be active in the community as well.
“It’s time for us to stop being silent,” he
said. “We can’t sit on the sideline anymore
because we have a very important election
coming up. If you look at the political platforms, you don’t see [fathers anywhere] on
the agenda. You can’t assume because it’s not
there that people are not talking about you.
Dads, we have to step up more than ever to
be proactive.”

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DeKalb County elementary school band director Curtis Sanders will take students from the Stephenson cluster to perform at the 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in
Athens.

South DeKalb elementary school
band to perform at GMEA conference
School System just killed the
elementary band programs,
just cut it out. I think people
make a huge mistake by cutting out band.
“Music is very important. You always try to have a
well-rounded child. Children
need English, children need

by Carla Parker
carla@dekalchamp.com
Band director Curtis
Sanders will make history in
January.
Sanders and his elementary school band from the
Stephenson cluster will perform at the 2016 Georgia
Music Educators Association
(GEMA) Conference in Athens Jan. 28-30, 2016. Sanders’
band will be the first predominantly Black elementary
school band from DeKalb
County to perform at the
conference.
“It’s outstanding,” Sanders said. “It’s a rare feat.”
Sanders said in the 70year history of GMEA, his
band is the fifth Black band
to perform there.
“Three of them were
high school bands and one
was an elementary band that
performed 23 years ago,” he
said. “It was an all-honor
band from the Atlanta Public
School System, but my band
is not an honor band. My
bands consists of children I
teach on a daily basis.”
Southwest DeKalb High
School and Stephenson High
School were the only bands
from DeKalb to perform at
the conference in previous
years.
Sanders will take a
100-piece band to the conference, which will consist of
students from Pine Ridge,
Rock Chapel, Shadow Rock
and Wynbrooke elementary
schools. Sanders said his students, who are mostly fifth
graders, work hard to become good musicians.

math, children need science
and children need music.
Music is important to our
culture and our society.”
For more information on
how to donate to the band,
email curtis_sanders@dekalbschoolsga.org

DEKALB COUNTY VOLUNTEER
AUDIT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Sanders will take a 100-piece band to the conference, which will consist
of students from Pine Ridge, Rock Chapel, Shadow Rock and Wynbrooke
elementary schools.

“Practice—we practice
just as much as the high
schools and the middle
schools do, it’s no different,”
he said. “Everything [the
high school band students]
do, we do it, too, except we
don’t march on the field.”
The band is seeking donations for the upcoming
performance as well.
Because of the low economic status of most of his
students, Sanders said, some
of his students play with
“raggedy” instruments.
“We have really poor
instruments and we need
instruments,” he said. “I buy
instruments for some of my
students because their parents can’t afford them.”
Sanders said he has a
$500 budget and needs at
least $20,000 to purchase
new instruments for the
January performance.
Sanders hopes that this
upcoming performance
shows how important music
education is for elementary
students.

“While one county is
killing [its] band programs,
look at how this county’s
band programs are flowering,” he said. “Atlanta Public

DeKalb County Government seeks two County residents to serve as volunteers on the 5-member Audit Oversight Committee as required by House
Bill 599 of the Georgia General Assembly. This committee will function
independently in conducting performance and financial-related audits for
all departments, offices, agencies, and programs of the County.
Interested individuals must meet the following requirements:

•Reside in DeKalb

•Possess expertise conducting performance or financial audits

•Minimum five years experience and certified as one of following -

public accountant, internal or performance auditor, management

accountant; or ten years relevant professional experience

•Serve one- or four-year term
Résumés accepted 8/24 – 9/11/15 at
executiverecruiting@dekalbcountyga.gov

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DeKalb History
Center offers special
school programs
The DeKalb History
Center (DHC), located in
the Historic Courthouse in
downtown Decatur, is offering special school programs
this fall, some of which are
new programs for specific
grade levels.
On Sept. 22 the DHC
will host the Civil War Experience, a special program
developed around fifth- and
eighth-grade curricula. The
highlight of this program is a
play by local playwright and
actor Cathy Kaemmerlen to
teach students about the war
in DeKalb County and the
Atlanta area. In addition to
the one-hour play, students
take a Civil War walking
tour of the downtown Decatur area, interact with an
actor portraying Harriett
Tubman, and hear the Gettysburg Address delivered by
a professional historian portraying Abraham Lincoln.
A new program for second graders will take place
on Oct. 6 at the History Center’s Historic Complex at 720
West Trinity Place in Decatur. Second-Grade History
Day allows students to spend
time with living historians in
period clothing who present
James Oglethorpe, Mary
Musgrove, Chief Tomochichi, and Sequoyah. Students
learn about the early days of
the Georgia colony, how the
native people were affected
by Europeans in their midst,
the friendship between
Oglethorpe and Tomochichi,
and the many accomplishments of Oglethorpe’s Creek
Indian translator Mary Musgrove.
Students will meet
Cherokee Indian Mark Eaton as he portrays Sequoyah;
students recite the Cherokee
alphabet and learn about the
man who singlehandedly
created a written language.
Later that month, Oct.
20-22, students experience
the DHC’s largest school program, the History Adventure.
At this program students
visit eight different living
history stations at the DHC’s
Historic Complex. The program uses the Benjamin
Swanton House, the Mary
Gay House, and two pioneer
log cabins. It focuses on
eighth-grade Georgia history

curriculum on Oct. 20-21
and then switches its focus to
fourth-grade early U.S. history on Oct. 22. The stations
range from Tubman and the
Underground Railroad to
Mary Gay, early Creek Indians, old-timey mountain
music, African storytelling,
Sequoyah, Revolutionary
War, early life in Decatur,
and more.
“The History Adventure is an intense program,”
said Jenny Goldemund,
programs and preservation
coordinator for the DHC,
“but students create powerful
associations with the people
being portrayed, and they
use this knowledge to build a
richer understanding of history and individual lives.”
The last school program
this fall is the Third-Grade
History Day. This is a twopart program with the first
part being held Nov. 4 at the
Historic Courthouse. Third
graders, who will be taught
about the foundations of democracy and freedom as part
of their curriculum, hear
from individuals who made
great sacrifices to further the
cause of democracy and freedom in this country. At the
event, students encounter an
actor playing Paul Revere,
who was known for his midnight ride but who was also a
mastermind of the American
Revolution.
Students will have an
opportunity to talk with an
actor portraying Frederick
Douglass, who engineered
his own escape from slavery
and then wrote and spoke of
the inalienable rights of all
people, regardless of race.
A Susan B. Anthony actor
rallies students to her cause,
women’s suffrage, with a passion that pulls them into the
action of her story. Part 2
of Third-Grade History Day
will be on March 23, 2016.
For more information on
these programs, school tours,
and outreach programs visit
www.dekalbhistory.org, call
(404) 373-1088, extension
20, or email goldemund@
dekalbhistory.org.

 

Children attending History Adventure learn about Native Americans.

James Oglethorpe portrays life in the early Georgia
colony.

 

Harriett Tubman interacts with students at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse.

Cross Keys Cluster Over‐Capacity Public Meeting 

   The DeKalb County School District will be holding two (2) public meetings to discuss the 
district’s plans to address current and future overcrowding of schools in the Cross Keys 
Cluster.  The schools in the Cross Keys Cluster are: Cary Reynolds ES, Cross Keys HS, Dresden ES, 
Montclair ES, Oakcliff Theme, Sequoyah MS, Woodward ES. 
   The meetings will be held on the following dates at the locations and times shown: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 
Cross Keys High School 
1626 N. Druid Hills Road NE 
Atlanta, GA  30319 
 
Thursday, September 17, 2015: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 
Sequoyah Middle School 
3456 Aztec Road 
Doraville, GA  30340 
   Parents and the community are invited to attend. 

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From left, John Richey, a deputy chief investigator, and DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James explain aspects
of the judicial system to faith leaders.

Faith leaders participated in the seventh annual conference hosted by the district attorney and sheriff. Photos by
Andrew Cauthen

Leaders Continued From Page 1A

The 23rd Annual International Exhibition featured more than 100 works of
art. Photos by Carla Parker

Colored Pencil Continued From Page 1A
CPSA was founded in
1990 by artist and author
Vera Curnow. The society is
a nonprofit organization for
artists ages 18 or older, with
the purpose of promoting
the “stature and awareness
of colored pencil as a fine
art medium and to serve as
a forum for the education,
communication, and
recognition of colored pencil
artists,” according to its
website.
The society has 23 district
chapters around the United
States and 1,500 members
nationally and internationally.
Peterson said the society is
necessary.

“There is a longstanding
perception that works on
paper which are created with
sketching techniques are
lesser in value,” she said. “It is
true that over many centuries,
works created in this manner
and with similar media
were typically preparatory
exercises in planning more
finished works. However,
these contemporary works
in colored pencil are
highly finished, beautifully
rendered, and are complete in
themselves.”
Peterson said students
studying art at Oglethorpe
have an opportunity to
work in a variety of media,
including colored pencil.

lice training center and county jail. It also
featured live demonstrations and various
simulator exercises.
James said that when communities riot
or work against law enforcement agencies, clergy members “can stand in the gap
and say, ‘Listen, if someone did something
wrong, we need to seek justice, but at the
same time I’m going to urge some patience
and let’s get all the facts.’”
Marcia Thrasher, a leader of a Christian recovery program at Higher Purpose
Christian Center in Decatur, said, “One
thing that I’ve learned is that things aren’t
always what they appear to be.
“It’s very important that citizens—everybody—get the facts before we start making
judgments,” Thrasher said. “As we’ve been
told today, our officers are trained to protect themselves and to protect citizens, so
obviously they’re out there doing that. And
despite what it may seem like, we have to
trust that.”
Christopher Madden, a minister at
DeKalb United Pentecostal Church, said he
attended the conference because his church
has been vandalized and burglarized a couple of times in the past year.
“We’re thinking in our ministry to get as
many of our ministers armed for security
purposes because of situations that have escalated in our area like burglaries,” Madden
said.
Gladden Courtney Williams, a member
of Christ Church in Forest Park, participated
in a simulation that allows instructors to
create various scenarios to teach officers
how to react during active shooter situations. 
Williams’ scenario involved a child with
a gun. Williams’ reluctance to shoot the
child resulted in an officer’s death during
the simulation.
“I can understand how a child can get
killed and the community is in an uproar.
But...in that scenario, I know I tried to not
shoot her and…we had an officer that was
killed because of that,” Williams said. “I

can understand how cops…have a split second to make a decision.”
James participated in a simulated domestic altercation call during which he shot an
armed person without ordering him to drop
the weapon.
“It was a reflex,” James recounted. “In
my scenario there was an individual that
had left the room that…should not have
been permitted to leave the room. I was
concerned…about the individual that left
the room.
“He came back in the room. I saw an object in his hand, “James said. “I didn’t shoot
immediately, but then he raised that object
and it was clear to me that it was a small
handgun and he pointed it at…the individual that was in the room. At that point it was
a reflex for me.
“Oftentimes these officers are put in that
scenario,” James said. “They don’t think,
‘Should I shoot, should I not shoot?’ They
see a weapon pointed at someone and they
react and they pull their weapon and discharge it and that’s exactly what I did. It
would have been helpful and probably better policy if I had said, ‘Put down the weapon, put down the weapon,’ but at that point
my concern was for the safety of the person
that the weapon was being pointed at. He
had pointed that weapon at that individual,
so I shot him. That’s what an officer has to
deal with.
“Everybody has preconceived notions
about what is justified in terms of officer
conduct,” James said. “We see things on
video in this age of camera phones, and we
make snap judgments, but the reality is that
things aren’t always the way that they appear.
“Before, quite frankly, we make judgments of officers in the community about
whether or not their actions are justified,
we need to first understand what they go
through and the training they receive in
terms of how they should react or how they
should not react,” he said.

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Workforce Development:

Job growth in DeKalb ‘slow and steady’
by Kathy Mitchell
As Labor Day approaches, more jobs are opening up
locally than DeKalb County
has seen for the past six
years. Still, like most of the
country, the area has not
reached full employment.
DeKalb County’s unemployment rate is back to prerecession levels, according to
data from the University of
Georgia. In June 2015—the
latest available figure—the
rate was 6.3 percent, the
same as in June 2008 before
it started to climb sharply. It
reached 10.6 percent in 2009
and 10.8 percent in 2010, before peaking at 11.1 percent
in 2011. In 2012, the unemployment rate dropped to 9.8
percent and was 9 percent
for 2013 and 7.7 percent for
2014.
“The economy is growing
and the job market is slowly
recovering although we’re
not where we want to be,”
said Sheryl Stone, director of
DeKalb County Workforce
Development. “Job growth in
Georgia and especially here
in DeKalb has been slow and
steady, but we’re still not at
a point where everyone who
wants a job can get a job.”
DeKalb Workforce Development, a division of the
DeKalb County government,
provides such career services
as access to computers and
job search related software as
well as education, counseling and financial assistance
for job seekers. Workforce
Development, 100 percent
federally funded under the
Workforce Investment Act,
receives approximately $5.3
million a year to assist unemployed and underemployed
DeKalb County residents
with $1.8 million specifically

dedicated to youth employment.
Even though many more
jobs are available now than
were open in the county five
years ago, not every job seeker is a good fit for the vacant
jobs. “Employers still can afford to be picky. They’re not
going to hire whoever walks
in off the street. They can
afford to look for the person
who will be a perfect match
with the job,” according to
Stone.
She said that matching
applicant skills with avail-

able positions often requires
training. “The county’s
strategic development plan
identified six areas in which
employment is available locally—construction, life
services, tourism and hospitality, advanced manufacturing, logistics [which includes
such services as warehousing
and transportation] and professional business services.
We have leveraged that information and are focused on
helping job seekers get the
skills necessary to fill those
jobs.

“If we discover opportunities emerging in some
other area, it certainly will
get our attention as well,”
Stone said.
Periodically, Workforce
Development sponsors job
summits to spotlight opportunities in a particular
area. In late August, for example, the department held
a construction summit “to
disseminate information to
contractors, job seekers, and
training providers about the
newest trends, outlook, and
high-demand job opportuni-

ties in the construction industry,” according to a county announcement. Earlier in
the year, it held a healthcare
summit.
Workforce Development
also has a variety of special
programs to help employers
and job seekers such as one
in which a portion of the
new employee’s salary is paid
while the employee gains onthe-job experience.
Stone said transportation is a high-demand area
now, noting that MARTA
and other companies need
drivers. Being hired for such
jobs, however, requires a
commercial driver’s license.
“We can help job seekers get
the training and certification
necessary for those positions,” she explained.
Healthcare, she said, is
another area where employment is available to those
who qualify. “When many
people think of jobs in
healthcare they tend to think
of doctors and nurses, but
there is a wide range of jobs,
including technicians, physician’s assistants and more.”
In some instances, a job
seeker may need what are
referred to as “soft skills” in
addition to specific job performance skills—and Workforce Development can help
with those, too. “Employers
want to hire people with a
good work ethic—who come
to work on time, know how
to get along with others and
work as a team,” Stone said.
“A person who worked many
years at one place may need
to learn how to adjust to the
way things are done in a different work place. Employers
are looking for well-rounded
employees who can adapt to
the needs of the work environment.”

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Tucker defeats Godby in Battle of the Borders
by Carla Parker
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T

he Tuckers Tigers rebounded well after a tough loss
to McEachern with a 51-38
win over Tallahassee, Florida’s
Godby High School in the third
annual Battle of the Borders on
Aug. 29 at Hallford Stadium.
Tucker’s win was the only win
for Georgia in the battle of the
neighboring states.
“We always want to represent
[the county] well,” Tucker coach
Bryan Lamar said. “We lost last
year and we wanted to come back
and represent not only DeKalb
County but the state of Georgia
and the guys took care of business.”
The Tigers’ offense got into a
rhythm early in the game with two
first quarter touchdowns by running back Samuel Bryant,

See Tucker on page 20A

The Tucker Tigers’ 51-38 win over Godby gave Georgia its only victory in the third annual Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders Aug. 29 at Hallford
Stadium. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Binjimen Victor (9) delivers a hard stiff-arm to
Marist’s Dean Johnson. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Marist running back Michael Addicks is met with a
host of Coconut Creek tacklers.

Ben Page (63) gets a solo tackle on Coconut Creek’s Destra Benoit.

Coconut Creek gets past Marist
by Carla Parker
carla@dekalbchamp.com
A late fourth quarter routing
led Coconut Creek to a 41-21 win
over Marist in the third annual
Battle of the Borders at Hallford
Stadium Aug. 29.
The Coconut Creek [Fla.]
Cougars displayed speed from
the start of the game with a long
opening drive that ended in a
1-yard touchdown run by running back Malek Young, giving
the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
Marist struggled to hold onto
the ball during the game, having
a total of four turnovers. Marist
junior quarterback Jack Dinges
fumbled on the War Eagles’ opening drive and had another fumble
in the second quarter.
Coconut Creek could have
had a 21-0 lead, but penalties

wiped out two touchdowns for
the Cougars. Coconut Creek had
nine penalties for 74 yards, while
Marist had eight for 65 yards.
Marist got on the scoreboard
late in the second quarter on a
2-yard run by Spencer Taylor to
tie the game at 7. However, the
Cougars responded on a 69-yard
touchdown run by Young on the
first play of the following drive to
take a 14-7 lead.
Marist counterpunched with
a 3-yard touchdown run by Michael Addicks to tie the game at
14 at halftime.
The War Eagles opened the
second half with a nice drive, but
a fumble in the red zone ended
the potential scoring drive. The
turnover resulted in a touchdown
for the Cougars with Young getting his third score of the game
on an 8-yard run. Marist blocked

the extra point, leaving the score
at 20-14.
Coconut Creek extended
the score to 27-14 in the fourth
quarter on a 57-yard touchdown
pass from quarterback Jhakari
Harrison to wide receiver Akai
Rainford.
With less than two minutes
to play, Marist put together a nice
drive that resulted in a 13-yard
touchdown run by Taylor, cutting
the score to 27-21.
However, the Cougars ended
Marist’s momentum on a 50-yard
catch and run by Tayvon Mullen,
extending Coconut Creek’s lead
to 34-21. The Cougars closed out
the game on a pick-6 returned 59
yards by Vinjony Amisal to bring
the final score to 41-21.
Marist (0-1) will try to rebound at Lovett on Sept. 4.

Marist quarterback Jack Dinges (18) puts a move on Vinjony
Amisal to avoid a tackle.

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Stephenson loses to
American Heritage

Cedar Grove’s Jessie Reverio (4) picks up yardage on
this reception. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Cedar Grove running back LaBron Morris rushed for 164
yards and two touchdowns against Hallendale.

American Heritage defense stops the run. Photos by Travis
Hudgons

Cedar Grove falls to Hallendale
by Carla Parker
carla@dekalbchamp.com

I

t was neck-and-neck from start to finish
but the Hallandale Chargers of Hallandale Beach, Fla. pulled away from the Cedar Grove Saints to win game 2 of the third
annual Battle of the Borders with a score of
34-26 at Hallford Stadium Aug. 29.
The Saints started with stout defense and
an interception by Jessie Reverio. The turnover set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Tre
Shaw to give the Saints a 6-0 lead.
Hallandale responded with a 12-yard
touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler
Huntley to wide receiver Joshua Hammond
to tie the score at 6. The quarterbackwide
receiver duo connected again in the second
quarter on a 38-yard touchdown pass and
catch to take a 12-6 lead.
Cedar Grove running back LaBron Morris tied the game on 1-yard touchdown run.
Huntley and Hammond connected again
late in the second quarter for a score on a 31yard touchdown pass to give the Chargers an
18-12 lead at halftime.
Morris got his second touchdown of the
game on a 10-yard run to tie the game at 18,
but Hallandale responded with a 48-yard
touchdown pass from Huntley to running
Zach Moss. Huntley found Samuel Huntley
on the 2-point conversion, giving the Chargers a 26-18 lead.
Moss got his second score of the game on
a 21-yard touchdown run, and Tyler Huntley
connected with Samuel Huntley again on the
2-point conversion to give Hallandale a 3418 lead.
Cedar Grove cut the score to 34-26 on a
4-yard touchdown run by Morris, who also
converted on the 2-point conversion play.
However, Morris was injured (bruised ribs)
after the play and did not return to the game.
With Morris out of the game, the Saints
were unable to get anything going offensively
for a comeback and fell 34-26.
The Saints (1-1) will try to get their second win of the season on Sept. 11 at Hallford
Stadium against Miller Grove (2-0).

Stepheson running back Trestan Kinsler looks for a hole.

by Carla Parker
carla@dekalbchamp.com

Cedar Grove’s Antwuan Jackson (52) and Tre Shaw (1)
apply defense pressure against Hallendale QB Tyler
Huntley.

Demetrius Tharpe is swarmed by Hallendale defenders.

S

tephenson High
School was able to
complete the split in
the third annual Battle of
the Borders after falling to
American Heritage 36-8.
The Stephenson Jaguars defense could not
find an answer for American Heritage’s spread
offense, and the Patriots
marched down the field
on their opening drive,
which ended in a quarterback sneak by Jason
Brown to give American
Heritage a 6-0 lead.
The Patriots defense
gave Stephenson quarterback Xavier Sheppard
fits, continuously dialing
up the pressure, which
eventually led to defensive
back Walter Eugene picking off Sheppard in the
second quarter.
That turnover led to a
19-yard catch and run by
Laress Nelson, extending
the Patriots score to 13-0.
Stephenson got 2 points

on the scoreboard with a
safety after the ball went
over the punter’s head.
Sheppard threw his
second interception on the
game, which was returned
for a touchdown by Tyson
Campbell, giving the Patriots a 19-2 lead.
In the third quarter,
a muffed punt by the Jaguars set up a 2-yard touchdown run by American
Heritage running back
Khalil Herbert and a 34yard field goal extended
the Patriots’ lead to 29-2.
The Jaguars’ offense
scored its first points of
the game in the fourth
quarter on a 45-yard
touchdown run by running back Antonio
Woods, bringing the score
to 29-8.
Herbert got his second
score of the game on a
12-yard run, bringing the
final score to 36-8.
Stephenson (1-1) will
have a week off before it
the team travels to Banneker on Sept. 11.

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Tucker Continued From Page 18A
giving Tucker a 14-6 lead with
6:55 left in the quarter. Kicker
Adam Lippy extended Tucker’s
lead to 17-6 with a 26-yard
field goal.
However, Godby cut the
score to 17-12 late in the quarter on a quarterback keeper
by Darius Bradwell. Godby
took an 18-17 lead early in the
second quarter on a 17-yard
touchdown run by running
back Mike Carrigan, and converted the 2-point play.
Tucker regained the lead
on a 7-yard touchdown run by
running back Chris Broadwater, going into halftime with a
24-18 lead.
Godby tied the game on
a 32-yard touchdown run by
Bradwell, but Tucker regained
the lead (31-24) on a 3-yard
touchdown run by running
back Gerry Vaughn.
Godby took a 32-31 lead
on a 5-yard touchdown run by
Michael Hudson and a pass
from Bradwell to Jerry Ray on
the 2-point conversion.
Tucker responded with
a 56-yard touchdown run by
running back Kymani Campbell, but a bad snap on the extra point attempt kept the score
at 37-32. After Tucker’s defense

Tucker’s Chris Broadwater breaks a few Godby tackles on this 17yard touchdown run. Photos by Travis Hudgons

forced a turnover on down,
Tucker fumbles and set up a
4-yard touchdown by Samondre Johnson to give Godby a
38-37 lead.
A muffed punt in the
fourth quarter by Godby set
up a 17-yard touchdown by
Broadwater, and a 2-yard
touchdown by Broadwater late
in the quarter brought the final
score to 51-38.
This was a must-win game
for the Tigers, who are dealing
with injuries, after the 50-14
blowout loss to McEachern in
the Corky Kell Classic on Aug.
22.
“That’s what it’s about

Demarko Durr speeds past Godby defenders. He had six carries for 109
yards in the game.

right now, trying to win a game
however we can win it,” Lamar
said. “We got a lot of guys out,
we got a lot of guys in there
that don’t have experience
and we’re just trying to find
a way to win. That’s the main
thing—fight, fight, fight, find a
way to win and hopefully we’ll
get healthier as the season goes
along. We knew we had two
tough games to start the season
off with and we got a split so
we got to continue to grow and
get better.”
The Tucker Tigers will try
to go up 2-1 when they take on
Stone Mountain (0-1) Sept. 4 at From left, DeKalb school Superintendent Stephen Green presented Tucker
Hallford Stadium.
head football coach Bryan Lamar with the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders
trophy.