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FRIDAY, October 28, 2016 • VOL. 19, NO. 29 • FREE

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Avondale Estates celebrates
grand opening of The ArtLot
by Carla Parker
What was once a depleted vacant lot on North Avondale Road
is now an arts showcase.
Local artists and Avondale
Estates residents celebrated
the grand opening of The ArtLot
on Oct. 22. The event included
live jazz music from the Mike Z


Jazz Trio, food and drinks. Local artists Daniel Flores, Larry
Holland of Fishbone Art, Nick
Madden and Krista Jones of
Alchemy Ink and Design, which
provides graphic design and art
services, were onsite creating art
work throughout the night.
The ArtLot was an idea
formed by the Avondale Arts Alliance, residents and businesses

See Artlot on Page 5A

Local artists and Avondale Estates residents celebrated the grand opening of The ArtLot on Oct. 22. The ArtLot was an idea formed by the Avondale Arts Alliance, residents
and businesses to create a temporary city park in the vacant lot on North Avondale Road. Photos by Carla Parker






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WorkSource DeKalb mobile unit receiving upgrades
by Horace Holloman
The WorkSource DeKalb
mobile unit is set to receive
a new look and additional
technology upgrades after
serving DeKalb County area
residents for five years.
In October, the mobile
career center vehicle will be
rewrapped and get a muchneeded upgrade in internet
speed, security and connection.
DeKalb County’s information technology department plans on making the
changes to the internet in
the near future.
“You’ll continue to see
the DMCC on and off the
road as it gets ready to
provide DeKalb businesses
and residents great service
in 2017 and beyond,” said
DeKalb Interim CEO Lee
May in a statement.
The mobile unit travels
to various locations across
DeKalb County and unincorporated DeKalb. Mobile unit
operator Brandon Carter
said the increase in internet speed will make his job
easier and help residents fill
out applications faster.
Currently the unit is
operating on a system that
switches from 3G to 4G service with Verizon.
“It can be better. It’s just
time for an upgrade,” said

Carter while working at a
job fair Oct. 20 on the mobile unit. “We’ve had it for
a while. They are going to
update us with a Verizon kit
and switch out all our routers
and boards so everything will
be moving in 4G full-time.”
Carter said, at times,
the system may slow down
when processing applications.
“We can service people
quicker and we won’t have
as many outages as far as
download times. A lot of what
we do is we help people apply and you have to upload
a resume,” Carter said.
“Anytime you’re uploading
or downloading, the quicker
you can do it, the better.”
So far, the mobile unit
has served 5,300 DeKalb
County residents in the job
search process. The unit
helps serve out-of-school
teens and adults between
the ages of 16 and 24.
Carter said the unit provides job search assistance,
workshops, training, resume
writing and interviewing tips.
However, the unit’s current
design doesn’t make it clear
to potential residents what
services they provide, he
“On the side [of the
mobile unit] it has people in
different work uniforms…but
we want the words. We want
people to know specifically

The WorkSource DeKalb Moblie unit at a job fair Oct. 20. In late October, the WorkSource DeKalb
mobile unit will be redesigned.

what we do so we can cut
out the guess work,” Carter
said. “Sometimes we see
people in the parking lot and
they’ll wonder what we’re
here for. We want it to say
on the side ‘jobs’ or ‘interview [preparation].’ If people
know exactly what they’re
going to get, then maybe we
can help bring more people
On Oct. 27 the mobile
unit will be in Fort McPherson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
then on Oct. 31 the unit
will be at the Scott Candler
Library in Decatur from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Community center to host chili cook off
The Clarkston Community Center will host a HOT Chili Cook Off on
Nov. 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will include a chili tasting, a judge’s
choice competition, a people’s choice competition, drinks, prizes and
The event will conclude with a dance performance from Zumba
Foirever and music from the Georgia State University Jazz Band.
Members of the Atlanta Silverbacks professional soccer team will
also be in attendance for autograph signings and free soccer advice. A
raffle for a baseball signed by Atlanta Braves player AJ Pierzinski also
will take place.
Admission until Nov. 10 for adults is $10. After, admission will be
$20. Ages 12 to 18 admission is $10 and children ages 12 and younger
get in free.
Chili Cook Off entry for individuals is $50, which includes a table,
tasting cups and spoons. Cook Off entry for a business is $100, which
includes a table, cutlery and publicity through social media.
For more information, contact Cindy Bowden at director@


Tour of Buford Highway celebrates culture
A free walking tour of Buford Highway will take place on Oct. 29
from 2 to 5 p.m. courtesy of Banchan Urbanism. The walking tour
will begin at the Chamblee Farmers Market, located at 5000 Buford
Sally Flocks, Darin Givens and Candler Vinson will host the tour,
which will feature discussions on pedestrian safety, walkability, transitoriented design, affordable housing, redevelopment and other topics.
“’Banchan’ is Korean for side dishes, the small plates that
traditionally accompany meals,” according to the event’s description.
“We can’t decide which is the main attraction and which is the side
dish—good food or good urbanism.”
For more information, visit

Halloween Spooktacular coming
Chamblee is set to host its Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday,
Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m at Keswick Park, located at 3496
Keswick Dr.
According to event officials, there will be an all-ages costume
contest, a haunted house, hay rides, games, a cupcake walk and
additional activities.
“Put on your best costume and see if you’re brave enough to make
it through this year’s haunted house!” reads the event’s description.
For more information, contact Chris Madden at cmadden@


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City to host trunk or treat event
Lithonia, Boy Scout Troop 1856 and the Lithonia Police Department
will host the annual Trunk-or-Treat event Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
at city hall. The free event is open to children of all ages. For more
information, call Captain L.E. Owens at (770) 482-8947 ext. 126.

stone mountain
City to host music event

Pretend Sweethearts will perform Oct. 28 at Stone Mountain’s
Tunes By The Tracks event in the Municipal Parking Lot, next to the
gazebo. Attendees can bring lawn chairs. The two-hour concert begins
at 7 p.m. For more information, visit


Civic association to host job fair
The Tucker Civic Association and the DeKalb Association of
Realtors will host a job fair for veterans on Nov. 3 at Rehoboth Baptist
Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers from a variety of industries
will be on hand to speak with and interview job seekers. The fair also
will feature information on veterans’ services, as well as complimentary
resume critiques and on-site printing for resumes. Attendees should
bring, if available, their resume and professional licenses, certificates
or college transcripts, DD-214, and VA Service Connected Disability
Award Letter. For more information, contact Dee Sims at (770) 4936100 or email


Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 in Chamblee hosted the final 2016
presidential debate on Oct. 19, joining hundreds of other Regal
cinemas throughout the United States.

Theater hosts
screening of
presidential debate
by R. Scott Belzer
Dozens made their way to Regal Hollywood Stadium
24 in Chamblee on Oct. 19.
Some were there to see the family-friendly Miss
Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Others arrived at
the theater to see Kevin Hart’s new comedy What Now?
or Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.
But some went to the Chamblee cinema for another
reason entirely—to view the final round of verbal jousting
between presidential candidates Donald Trump and
Hillary Clinton.
Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 on Northeast Expressway
joined more than 200 other Regal Entertainment Group
cinemas throughout the United States in airing the final
round of 2016 presidential debates.
The free event, offering a free small beverage with
the purchase of popcorn, gave the dozens who attended
the chance to watch the Clinton vs. Trump event with
comfortable seating, surround-sound and a 50-foot screen.
“Regal Cinemas [was] excited to offer voters, debate
teams, political science classes or regular Joes the chance
to watch Clinton vs. Trump in the third and final presidential
debate on the big screen at [many] locations,” states Regal
Entertainment Group.
Regal also showed the second round of debates on
Oct. 9. The Wall Street Journal reported more than 80
million people tuned in to each debate, with the first being
aired on Sept. 26.
“While our auditoriums feature the likes of Batman v.
Superman or Alien vs. Predator, we are excited to offer
voters a chance to watch Clinton vs. Trump as they go
head to head on the big screen,” said Steve Bunnell, chief
content and programming officer at Regal Entertainment
Group. “As we continue to look at ways to bring alternative
content to our screens, we invited the public to come cheer
and jeer the candidates at Regal.”
Other Regal theaters in Georgia that aired the debate
include cinemas in Alpharetta, Augusta, Sandy Springs,
Newnan, Gainesville, McDonough and Savannah.

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DeKalb Police department
awarded grant funds for 2017
by Horace Holloman


he DeKalb County Police
Department (DKPD) recently
received funds to combat
crashes, injuries and fatalities
caused by impaired driving or speeding.
The DKPD received more than
$69,000 from the Governor’s Office of
Highway Safety. The money is for the
2017 grant season and comes from the
Highway Enforcement of Aggressive
Traffic (H.E.A.T.) grant.
DeKalb police officials said the
money can be used to increase officer
visibility and deter drivers from driving
Lt. Gregory T. Vanderpool, a
three-year veteran in the commander
special operations section in DeKalb
County, said the money can help the
“DeKalb County has a partnership
with the Governor’s Office. The goal
[of the H.E.A.T. program] is to reduce
crash injuries and fatalities as it relates
to speeding and further educate the
public and make people more aware,”
Vanderpool said. “As an awardee of the
H.E.A.T. grant we look at the statistics
where fatalities and crashes are
occurring and we decide to do some
type of public awareness.”
The DKPD H.E.A.T Unit will use
the grant to develop and implement
strategies to reduce local traffic crashes
due to aggressive and dangerous

driving behaviors, said the department
in a release.
Vanderpool said police visibility is
imperative to deterring potential drunk
drivers in DeKalb County. Vanderpool,
who has worked as an officer for more
than two decades, said police visibility
is effective for traffic safety.
“I seriously believe high visibility is
a deterrent. Just like in any civil society,
we have rules and laws. The best
deterrent is law enforcement presence
and public education. If we can reach
out to a small minority, then they can
pass the word to the big majority,”
Vanderpool said.
DKPD partners in safety programs
such as Operation Zero Tolerance DUI
and Click it or Ticket. With the grant,
Vanderpool said the department plans
to continue to talk at high schools
during prom season.
The department also will coordinate
with the governor’s office’s year-round
for road checks, sobriety checkpoints
and high-visibility patrols.
Vanderpool said the department
plans to bring “beer goggles,” goggles
designed to simulate the visual effects
of being drunk, to high schools around
DeKalb County.
“If we can reach out to one youth
during the prom season and [he or she]
sees one of [his or her] peers about
to drive impaired, we hope [the youth
will] say ‘hey don’t do this,’” Vanderpool

Notice of availability of Proposed 2017 Budget, Budget Public
Hearing and 2017 Budget Adoption
Clarkston City Council
The City of Clarkston Proposed 2017 Budget will be available to view on the
Clarkston City Website ( and copies to view will be
available at the Clarkston City Hall Annex (1055 Rowland St) and the Clarkston
Public Library on November 7, 2016. The Clarkston Council will hold a Public
Hearing on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, starting at 7:30pm, Clarkston City
Hall, 3921 Church Street for the purpose of taking public comment on the 2017
Proposed City of Clarkston Budget. The Council will vote to adopt the Clarkston
2017 Budget at their regular Council Meeting on December 6, 2016 at 7:30pm.
The public is invited to attend.

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ARTLOT Continued From Page 1
to create a temporary city park. The concept
of The ArtLot is to take unused land and turn
it into a pop-up art park, according to the
The vision is to create a temporary public space where residents and visitors can
explore a “creative experience” that would
include sculptures and visual art installations, green walls and a performance space.
It also could be used for other activities.
Jen Singh, president of the Avondale Arts
Alliance and project manager for the ArtLot
project, said The Art Lot is 99 percent completed.
“There are little bits and pieces we’re still
working on but for the most part it’s all complete,” Singh said.
Avondale Arts Alliance member Skye
Westphal and her partner Corey Bardin
built the structure for The ArtLot. Bardin said
an art lot has been done in other areas before, but it’s not common.

“It’s been done out west a couple of times
and it’s been done in New York. We studied
those and the idea was to take a dilapidated
lot and put up temporary structures and you
turn it into an art community,” Bardin said. “If
the lot is sold, then everything can be raised
up and moved to a new location.
“It was mainly Skye and myself that built
all the structures, but people from the art alliance, friends and family were the ones that
painted everything,” Bardin said. “They’d
come out and gave us a hand sweeping up.
It was really a team effort.”
“Singh said the plan for The ArtLot is to
host events and exhibitions and “any kind of
sculpture installations on this property for a
“I think we’re going to stay here for now
and see how this project unfolds, but certainly if we find it to be a success and it’s kind
of running on its own then we’ll probably
identify some other locations to do another

project,” Singh said.
Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan Elmore said he is excited to see The ArtLot up
and functioning.
“We’ve been working on it for a few
months now, had some really big work parties the last couple of weekends, and we’re
just looking forward to the next year of just
having different kinds of events here,” Elmore said. “It’s just a fun space. We would
like people to stop by.”
Elmore said The ArtLot shows that the
city is trying to be more of a proactive city.
“We have an arts crowd here and we’re
trying to build up the arts community,” he
said. “I think if the community is projecting
arts events it may attract businesses. I think
once we start pulling people in, then the
business will follow. I just want our community to be seen as a fun place to come to.”

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Letter to the Editor
Vote No on Amendment 1: Defending Local Control Is Not Defending the Status Quo
In a last ditch effort to
mislead voters further, proponents of the so-called
“Opportunity School District”
have put out an audacious
ad that claims the plan “will
actually enhance local control.”
This is a blatant lie.
By design, OSD requires
an amendment to the Georgia constitution, which circumvents the authority of local, elected Georgia school
boards and hands control
to a political appointee. This
education czar will answer
only to the governor and will
have absolute power. If the
education czar decides to
fire teachers without cause
or to close a school entirely,
parents and teachers will
have no recourse.
As Ambassador [Andrew] Young stated in a
recent press conference,
“Family values and the traditions that have made us
great as nation have very
seldom come from the state
down; they have come from

Reverend Timothy McDonald, III

people up. And public education controlled by communities is the basis of a
continued, growing, creative
The enabling legislation
pays only lip service to our
desire, as concerned parents, teachers and community leaders, to play an active role in our children’s education. It promises opportunity for community input,
but not accountability, while
our schools are steamrolled
by the state. But mere com-

munity input is meaningless
without accountability, and
accountability is what is at
So let us put to rest the
argument that opponents
to Amendment 1 are defenders of the status quo.
As protesters chanted at a
recent Georgia PTA press
conference: “Keep in mind—
you ought to know, parents
aren’t the status quo!”
We who oppose Amendment 1 DO seek change,
and we seek progress.
The schools that the state
has labeled “failing” are in
fact located in communities where the state has
failed the schools, and
that is a wrong that must
be righted. Georgia parents have watched as their
public school children’s art
and music programs have
been decimated. Teachers
have to dig into their own
pockets to buy basic school
supplies, and in 2016 20
percent of Georgia school
districts were still furlough-

ing teachers. Teachers in
these districts can’t even
dream about raises—they’re
still living with pay cuts.
Yet, despite the odds,
we are making progress.
In Georgia, we’re consistently seeing minority
students advance at faster
rates than White students,
despite what pro-takeover
advocates tell us. In 2014
the AJC reported that the
persistent achievement gap
between White students and
other key groups is significantly narrowing.
The key to our success
is community involvement
and accountability, and
that is assuredly tied to local control. The members
of a local school board are
our neighbors, and they
understand the challenges
that are unique to our local schools. Our kids play
sports together, our families
worship together, and we
see one another on the
street. When we have a
problem, question or con-

cern, we talk to them. And
if members of the school
board go astray or are
derelict in their duties, we
can lean on the democratic
process and appeal their
decisions or vote them out
of office.
If given the proper resources, our communities
can continue to make great
strides in raising our children out of poverty. But if
Amendment 1 passes, it will
deplete our power. OSD will
trap families under the rule
of an education czar with no
connection or accountability to our communities. As
Hank Aaron so powerfully
pleaded at a press conference this week (on Oct. 18,
2016), “We have to defeat
this. We have to vote ‘no’ on
Amendment 1.”
Reverend Timothy McDonald, III, Senior Pastor
of the First Iconium Baptist
Church in Atlanta, Georgia

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Presidential election overtime

“I will keep you in suspense.”
GOP Presidential nominee
Donald Trump, in response to
the second question by Chris
Wallace, Fox News moderator
of the third and final presidential
debate on whether Trump would
accept the will of the voters and
outcome of the election.
The closest presidential
election in U.S. history was the
2000 contest between VicePresident Al Gore and then
Texas Governor George W.
Bush. As you may recall, the
tight contest hung by the 29
electoral votes of Florida, after
a strong ground-game by the
GOP had moved Ohio and
Virginia back into the Bush win
column. Winning Florida would
give Bush 271 electoral votes,
with 270 required for victory in
the Electoral College.
Without expending the entire
column recounting those days
and weeks, the U.S. Supreme
Court interceded, and finally
ended recounts underway in
several counties, as directed by
the Florida Supreme Court. The
final tally gave Bush a statewide
margin of only 537 votes among
six-million cast in the state, and
he was later awarded Florida’s
29 electoral votes. The Electoral
College selected Bush as victor
by a margin of one vote.
Election laws in most states
have mechanisms in place for

some reason, Donald Trump. 
Georgia alone, there
‘One Man’s areInmore
than 3,000 voting
spread across 159
counties. Each precinct has
dozens of individual voting
Bill Crane
machines and chip-enabled
voting cards. Results from these
machines are tabulated at the
close contests. Most allow for a
precinct level, relayed to the
recount, at the cost of the state
county, tallied and then relayed
or local jurisdiction, if the margin to the state. The state systems
is less than a single percentage
are 50 closed loops. There is
point. It is not unusual for there
no central cloud, mainframe or
to be close contests, particularly national computer tabulating the
in local elections, but it is rare
results waiting to be hacked.
that recounts actually change
Voters in each state select a
the outcome or result.
slate of electors, as there is
In covering and analyzing
actually no direct popular vote
every subsequent election cycle, for president. These electors
presidential and otherwise, I
are awarded, and sometimes
have never seen a candidate
directed, by varying state laws,
for local, state or federal office,
with the bulk giving winner-takepre-suppose, in advance of
all to that state’s popular vote
the election and outcome, that
winner by plurality. 
the system is rigged or that
But even losing by only one
massive voter fraud is already
electoral vote, in a state where
underway to steal the outcome
the president-elect’s own brother
of the election. Our system
was governor; Vice-President
of governance, as well as the
Gore did not allege a conspiracy
elections run state by state
nor suggest that his supporters
and county by county, are the
might take to the streets in
envy of most of the free world
protest of the result. In fact,
in large measure due to our
during the most heated moments
ongoing peaceful transition of
of the recount, Gore and Bush
power. Regardless of outcome,
each urged their respective
the will of the voters reigns
followers to remain calm and let
supreme, and offices as powerful the system play itself out, while
as president of the United States sending a flood of lawyers and
yield to that will. But not, for
election experts on each side to

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Tallahassee, Florida. 
As of this writing, with early
voting underway in more than 20
states, and that number rising
above 30 with early absentee
voting, the contest polling is not
close. Of the 100 national polls
since the two national political
conventions, Hillary Clinton has
led in 86. Of the 14 where Trump
has led, that lead has most often
been within the margin of error. 
And I suspect in each of those
states the down ballot winners
and losers will each accept
the will of the voters, await
recounts as they are entitled in
contests separated by less than
a percentage point, and then
either move in or move on from
the office they held. That is the
way we do things in the world’s
most established and respected
The republic survives and the
will of the people is followed. Are
you listening Mr. Trump?
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New Lithonia city administrator focused
on communication, citizen involvement

by Carla Parker
Before Cheryl Foster
was hired to be Lithonia’s
new city administrator, she
knew that although the city
was small, city leaders are
good at using the resources
available to them.
“I know they utilize a lot
of programing,” Foster said.
“We’re short staffed—we
don’t have a whole lot of
people, but we utilize our resources. For a small city we
have done so much.”
Now that Foster is city
administrator, she is focused
on spreading the word about
the resources and programs
as well as bringing in more
resources and improving
citizen involvement and the
organizational structure of
the city’s government.
Foster, a DeKalb County
native and Towers High
School graduate, was introduced last month as the
city’s new administrator. She
has worked for several municipalities in legal departments and city government.
Foster said one of the reasons she applied for the city
administrator position was to
get into management.
“I’ve been in government for a good amount of
time, so one of the things I
wanted to do was actually

Lithonia City Administrator
Cheryl Foster is focused
on improving the city’s
organizational structure, budget
and citizen involvement.

be more integrated in how
government functions,” she
said. “Being a city administrator allows you to do more
of those things—the day-today operations and be more
involved with the citizens
and really being able to give
them what they want, as
well as allowing government
to run more efficiently. I decided that this would be a
good move for me, to really
grow and develop and also
give back to the community I
grew up in.”
Foster has spoken with
many residents about their
concerns and thoughts on
the city, and the main question Foster has heard from
residents is how they can
become more involved.
“[We have to be] more
transparent as far as what

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Mayor
and Commissioners for the City of Avondale Estates
will hold a Public Hearing for the 2017 Proposed
Budget on November 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at City
Hall. Any person wishing to be heard on the budget
may appear.
Final Adoption of the 2017 budget will occur in
conjunction with the Board’s regular monthly
meeting on December 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at City
Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza.
The proposed 2017 budget is available for public
review on the City website and at City Hall during
normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

programs can we offer for
them to get involved in, putting out more information,”
she said. “What we really
want to implement is getting
the community to merge
with government to make
things happen. So citizen
involvement is the biggest
When Foster began
making her own analysis of
the city, the aspect that she
addressed right away was
the organizational structure
of the city.
“I think that was one of
the other reasons why I was
brought in, was to streamline processes to make
sure that we are more selfsufficient and very transparent,” she said. “We want to
update the website, but we
also want to make it so that
[the citizens] know what
we’re doing—that it’s out
there. Regardless of who’s
in office, who is in place,
it can always self-sustain
The handling of city

business and contracts
has come under scrutiny
recently and led to Mayor
Deborah Jackson being
censured by the city council after the majority of the
council disapproved of how
she handled a contract situation surrounding the public
works building renovations.
Foster said situations such
as that could be avoided
with better communication.
“A lot of things may look
or appear to not be [legitimate] but may actually be
[legitimate],” Foster said.
“It’s just that [it wasn’t] communicated the best way or
[it wasn’t] handled how [one]
could have better handled
Foster said she will work
on updating the council on
the day-to-day functions of
the city and bring in more
policies and procedures.
“One of the things I will
try to implement, even with
the council, is to let them
know what’s going on the
day-to-day side because

they’re not here every single
day,” Foster added. “[They]
just get the end product
when everything is negotiated. But there are nuances
in government that go on a
daily basis and the council
doesn’t always see that.
Even the mayor might not
see it all of the time.
“I’m looking forward to
really utilizing the resources
that we have in Lithonia,
as far as really being in the
community, showing my
face and saying I am here—
let me be the bridge for you
and the council, whatever
anyone needs,” she said.
“But also, let’s focus on
moving forward. Let’s focus
on business improvement,
the small business association. We love the businesses
in the area. We’re going to
be starting programs, so I
hope citizens stay active on
our website, look at stuff and
really get involved because
we’re nothing without our

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is considering the issuance
of an NPDES permit for the following applicant, subject to specific pollutant limitations
and special conditions:
Dekalb County Department of Watershed Management, 1580 Roadhaven Drive,
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083, NPDES Permit No. GA0026816, for the Polebridge
Creek Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility located at 4664 Flat Bridge Road,
Lithonia, GA 30038. Up to 20 MGD of treated wastewater is being discharged to the
South River in the Ocmulgee River Basin.
Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed determinations
are invited to submit same in writing to the EPD address below, or via e-mail at, no later than thirty (30) days after this notification. If
you choose to e-mail your comments, please be sure to include the words “NPDES
permit issuance- Polebridge Creek WWTF (GA0026816) (Dekalb County)” in the
subject line to ensure that your comments will be forwarded to the correct staff. All
comments received prior to or on that date will be considered in the formulation of final
determinations for these permits. A public hearing may be held where the EPD Director
finds a significant degree of public interest in a proposed permit or group of permits.
Additional information regarding public hearing procedures is available by writing the
Environmental Protection Division.
A fact sheet or copy of the draft permit is available by writing the Environmental
Protection Division. The permit application, draft permit, and other information are
available for review at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 1152 East, Atlanta, Georgia,
30334 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For
additional information contact: Gigi Steele, Wastewater Regulatory Program at (404)
Please bring this to the attention of persons who you know will be interested in
this matter.


DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 9A

Stephenson senior honored by Boys & Girls Club
by R. Scott Belzer


tephenson High School
senior Brenda Rolle-Davis
will be honored on Nov. 3
with 19 other young adults
from the metro-Atlanta region.
Rolle-Davis was chosen by the
East DeKalb Boys & Girls Club as
its 2016 Youth of the Year for her
exemplary behavior and leadership
at the club, her community and
Stephenson High School.
“I’ve always been a positive
person,” Rolle-Davis said. “My
mom, my friends, my teachers—
everything in life keeps me
motivated. I’m never a negative
person. There’s enough negative
stuff out there right now, so I want
to be a light to the world.”
Being chosen means RollesDavis will go to the annual Youth
of the Year dinner and award
ceremony at the Intercontinental
Buckhead Atlanta Hotel on Nov.
3. Rolles-Davis will then compete
with 19 other young adults to earn
the Metro Atlanta Youth of the Year
“We’re thrilled to celebrate these
teens and their accomplishments,”
said Missy Dugan, president of
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.
“Each day in our clubs, we work
to show kids the power of positive
choices and the impact of giving

back. This year’s nominees are
not only driving change among
their peers and at their clubs, they
are making real change in their
Rolle-Davis earned the honor
by touring local companies
such as Coca-Cola, answering
questions about her character
and showcasing her academic
success, her commitment to a
healthy lifestyle and her vision for
America’s youth, she said. RollesDavis expressed her views in essay
to qualify for the contest.
In addition to being an honorroll student at Stephenson High,
Rolles-Davis is president of East
DeKalb Boys & Girls Club’s college
readiness program, College Bound.
Rolles-Davis said her
experience as a premature baby
has led to her advocacy for healthy Brenda Rolles-Davis, East DeKalb Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year nominee,
recently toured Georgia Senator Janice Van Ness around the Lithonia facility with
lifestyles in young people.
director Brandon Riley. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
“I was born one pound, four
ounces,” Rolles-Davis said. “I feel
that everyone should take care of
can always come to me and look
“We write three essays about
their body.”
up to teenagers and other people
those topics and send letters,”
Rolles-Davis said America’s
that are at the Boys & Girls Club
Rolle-Davis said. “It’s to let
youth needs leaders inside friend
every day—parents, grandparents,
everyone know what Boys & Girls
groups as well as mentors outside
uncles, anybody.”
Club is all about, what we think
such friend groups. She said she
Last year, Rolles-Davis played
about our youth, what we want our
has acted as such in her community a role in food drives, fundraisers for youth to know—anything to get
and made a difference in the lives
animal shelters and Hosea Helps
them involved.”
of her peers.
to aid people and pets in need. She
According to Rolle-Davis, Boys
“Everyone needs a leader and
said her involvement has helped
a lot of kids out there don’t have
both her and the club she happily
See Stephenson on Page 10A
one,” Rolles-Davis said. “People

Tucker announces inaugural zoning board of appeals
by Carla Parker
Tucker continues to
steadily build its own
government with the
creation of community
committees and boards.
The city announced
Oct. 19 that five residents
have been selected
to serve on the city’s
inaugural zoning board of
appeals. The five members
appointed were Charles
Abbott, Keith Easterling,
Chris Hartley, Pat Soltys
and Neal Stubblefield.
The board will consider
requests for alterations
from the zoning ordinance
and hear appeals regarding
analysis made by the
community development
“We are thankful
these residents are willing
to share their wealth of
knowledge and experience
with the city of Tucker,”
Mayor Frank Auman said
in a released statement.
“They make an outstanding

team and will serve us
Abbott is a civil
engineer and the owner of
Tucker-based engineering
firm, Abbott Concepts and
Design, Inc. A graduate of
Southern Polytechnic State
University, he has 18 years
of experience in civil site
design in metro Atlanta.
Easterling, a senior
lecturer at Emory
University, has worked in
community organizations
as president of an Atlanta
neighborhood association
and as a member of
an Atlanta task force
designed to revitalize
Cheshire Bridge Road
through zoning changes.
He also has served on
Emory’s Clifton Corridor
Transportation Advisory
Board and its committee on
the environment.
Hartley has a bachelor
degree in communication
arts from Georgia Southern
University and works as
a project manager for
a custom home builder,

which projects are primarily
located in Decatur.
Soltys is the lead listing
agent for the Smoke Rise
Agents Team of Realty
Associates of Atlanta, LLC.
She also has worked as a
real estate consultant.
Stubblefield has been
a consultant for more than
37 years in public water
infrastructure. He currently
works at Barge, Waggoner,

Sumner & Cannon and
was previously the vice
president at Jordan, Jones
& Goulding and national
practice leader for Jacobs
Engineering. He has
worked for municipal clients
throughout the southeast
including Atlanta, DeKalb,
Fulton and Gwinnett
counties. He has served
as past board chair at
Georgia AGAPE, present

advisor to Tucker-based
EIRO, and is an active
member of the Council for
Quality Growth.
Tucker is moving into
its comprehensive plan
development with a zoning
board of appeals in place
and a planning commission
currently hearing requests.
The board will hold its first
meet Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at
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DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 10A

Rebate program helping
water conservation
efforts in DeKalb County
by Horace Holloman
Fifty-three counties,
including DeKalb County,
are experiencing level 1
drought conditions. Due
to the drought, a rebate
program offered by the
county could help with
conservation efforts if
homeowners buy in.
The Toilet Retrofit
Rebate program, offered
by the DeKalb County
Department of Watershed
Management, gives DeKalb
County homeowners a
one-time rebate check by
switching to a low-flow
Homeowners with
individually metered homes
built prior to 1993 are
eligible for a rebate after
replacing old toilets with
high-efficiency toilets.
“Older toilets can use
anywhere between 3.5 to 7
gallons each time you pull
the handle,” said watershed
management director Scott
Towler in a statement. “By
using low-flow toilets, you
can cut your consumption
dramatically as soon as it’s
installed, and that will save
money on the water and
sewer bills every time. Plus,
we’ll rebate some of the
cost to do it.”
Toilets that have a
flush capacity of up to
1.28 gallons are eligible
for a rebate of up to $100.
Toilets with a flush capacity
of 1.6 gallons are eligible

for a rebate of up to $50,
according to department
officials. The offer is
limited to three toilets per
“The entire [MetroAtlanta] area is a growing
area, and we have limited
resources. [DeKalb
County] draws from the
Chattahoochee River and
the strain on it is well known
and has been going on
for years,” said watershed
spokesperson Burke
Brennan. “We all have a
responsibility to use what
we need and leave for
In September of this
year, DeKalb Watershed
issued $138,000 in rebates,
according to Towler.
“The fact that it
represents more than 1,400
conservation-friendly toilets
is even better,” said Towler.
Brennan said the
program has had a “great
deal of success” since it
was initiated in 2008. The
county has also worked on
education campaigns to
make residents aware of
potential savings, he said.
“As the world becomes
more populous, we become
more aware,” Brennan said.
“Frankly, the drought is the
perfect time to talk about
water conservation. [This
program] helps us conserve
valuable resources. ”
Since the program was
initiated, more than 29,000
toilets in DeKalb County
have been upgraded.

On Nov. 3, Brenda Rolles-Davis will compete with 19 other young adults from the metro Atlanta area
as part of the organization’s 2016 Youth of the Year celebration. Rolles-Davis will represent East
DeKalb County. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

stephenson Continued From Page 9A
& Girls Club plays a vital and positive role
in shaping future adults.
“People think it’s like a little daycare,”
Rolle-Davis said. “It’s anything but a
daycare. We have plenty to offer; children
are going to be at their best here.”
East DeKalb Boys & Girls Club
director Brandon Riley said Rolle-Davis’s
speech will set her apart from November’s
competition and embody the club’s spirit.
“I believe in Brenda 100 percent,” Riley
said. “She’s loyal—she’s been with the club
through the ups and the downs. She’s seen
the club mature and transition from where
we started to where we are now. At the end
of the day, she’s always been there.”
Riley called Rolles-Davis a leader within

the club as well a leader of her community.
“She’s a great overall person,” Riley
said. “Our motto is ‘East DeKalb tough.’
When she is out at different places and
clubs, she sets the tone to know that it’s
not about what you have, it’s about getting
through a situation with more knowledge.
That’s what she’s all about.”
Rolles-Davis said she plans on
attending Fort Valley State University and
majoring in communications and media.
She said she would like to pursue a career
in journalism, media, sports marketing or
For more information on the East
DeKalb Boys & Girls Club, visit www.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is considering the issuance
of an NPDES permit for the following applicant, subject to specific pollutant limitations
and special conditions:
Dekalb County Department of Watershed Management, 1580 Roadhaven Drive,
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083, NPDES Permit No. GA0024147, for the Snapfinger
Creek Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility located at 4124 Flakes Mill Road,
Decatur, GA 30034. Up to 44 MGD oftreated wastewater is being discharged to the
South River in the Ocmulgee River Basin.
Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed determinations
are invited to submit same in writing to the EPD address below, or via e-mail at, no later than thirty (30) days after this notification. If
you choose to e-mail your comments, please be sure to include the words “NPDES
permit issuance -Snapfinger Creek WWTF (GA0024147) (Dekalb County)” in the
subject line to ensure that your comments will be forwarded to the correct staff. All
comments received prior to or on that date will be considered in the formulation of final
determinations for these permits. A public hearing may be held where the EPD Director
finds a significant degree of public interest in a proposed permit or group of permits.
Additional information regarding public hearing procedures is available by writing the
Environmental Protection Division.
A fact sheet or copy of the draft permit is available by writing the Environmental
Protection Division. The permit application, draft permit, and other information are
available for review at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 1152 East, Atlanta, Georgia,
30334 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For
additional information contact: Gigi Steele, Wastewater Regulatory Program at (404)
Please bring this to the attention of persons who you know will be interested in
this matter.


DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 11A

DeKalb holds cancer
awareness run
by Horace Holloman
“Cancer sucks.”
Wanda Fields, 46, wasn’t shy about
expressing her disdain for cancer during
the first Uniting DeKalb for a Cure
event—a 5K walk/run that coincided
with national Breast Cancer Awareness
month—Oct. 22.
Fields, who has been cancer-free for
24 years, said she came out to support
those who are still fighting the disease.
“I have friends that are fighting cancer
right now and one in the hospital. This is
very dear to me,” Fields said. “This is so
uplifting. The fact that I can come out here
knowing that people are suffering behind
it, I get emotional. This is an emotional
walk for me.”
Nearly 300 people registered for the
event, hosted by interim CEO Lee May.
The 5K walk/run began at Northlake Mall
in Tucker.
The event featured a health fair with
healthy cooking demonstrations and
free health screenings. Fields said early
detection is important when fighting
cancer. Fields first developed cancer at
22 years old.
“I have a social club of about nine
women and we support breast cancer
[awareness] all year round,” Fields said.
“I was 22 when the [doctors] initially told
me and I think that’s why a lot of women
are out here today because their mom,
or someone they love, had to go through

this. But I’m out here for me and my
friends that are going through the same
Radio personality Darlene McCoy of
Praise 102.5 served as an event partner.
Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders were also
on hand for the 5K run.
As of Oct. 22, the 2016 Breast Cancer
Awareness 5K Run/Walk had raised
$4,572. All proceeds from the 5K run/walk
go to benefit Oakhurst Medical Center.
Personal trainer Eric Nicoleau helped
participants get ready for the 5K run/walk
by going through stretching and rhythmic
May said he’s hopeful that a cure for
cancer is on the horizon.
“This is something we really wanted
to bring awareness to and we just wanted
to do our part in DeKalb County,” May
said.  “You can’t resolve or fix a situation
unless you’re fully aware of a situation.
I truly believe that we will find a cure for
breast cancer, or cancer as a whole, in
our generation. We’re just doing a small
part of the solution.”
Annette Brown, who came with her
church group, said her husband passed
away of cancer and participating in the
Uniting DeKalb for a Cure event was one
way to honor his memory.
“It feels great to support this
community,” said Brown. “It’s important to
get checked early. This is great exercise
and you get to meet people and talk with
people and listen to their stories.”


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DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 12A

Doraville’s 20-year plan approved
City approves comprehensive
plan outlining growth,
annexation and development

by R. Scott Belzer


n Oct. 17,
City Council
approved a 20year comprehensive plan
attempting to facilitate
growth and build a distinct
Since December 2015,
Doraville city staff has
hosted public meetings,
conducted interviews and
taken notes on how to bring
the community’s vision for
the future to life.
In 2005, the Georgia
Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) adopted an
ordinance requiring cities
to plan for their futures.
The plan—consisting of
a “vision,” policies, and
implementation route—
guides the growth and
development of a city over
a 20-year period.
According to the DCA,
required subjects include
community goals, needs
and opportunities, projects,
proposed ordinances,
land use, transportation,
housing and natural
resources. Optional
subjects include economic
development, design,
historic resources and
community facilities.
After 15 stakeholder
interviews, five meetings of
a citizens advisory panel,
three public workshops,
three group input sessions,
one open house, four
public hearings and a
community survey of 425
residents, a draft of the
comprehensive plan was
presented to city council on
Aug. 15.
“This has been worked
on a very long time,” said
Mayor Donna Pittman.
“It’s very impressive—I love
this. [Staff] has done an
outstanding job.”
Enrique Bascunana,
Doraville’s director of
community development
and planning, said
Doraville’s previous plan

was adopted in 2006
and outlined 10 years of
“Because of the
expansion of the city with
annexation and some new
developments, we decided
it was time to update
our policies and goals,”
Bascunana said. “This
really has been a collective
According to the plan’s
vision statement, “Doraville
will stand out as a vibrant,
diverse and open-minded
community that offers
unique opportunities to live,
work, shop and enjoy the
best of what the Atlanta
region has to offer—a
balanced mix of uses,
strong neighborhoods,
good schools, family
friendliness, a diverse
employment sector and a
multi-modal transportation
Doraville’s plan—known
as Design Doraville—
outlines annexation of
unincorporated areas within
its borders, the creation of
a four distinct business and
preservation districts, the
development of a Buford
Highway cultural corridor
and the establishment of
an official town center until
The goals were decided
on after meetings with the
public. According to the
plan, suggestions from
the meetings included
improved schools within
the community, embracing
change while keeping
the cultural diversity of
Buford Highway intact,
and creating an area for
community events.
At the meeting Aug. 15,
consultant Amanda Hatton
said the Buford Highway
corridor transition from
commercial use to mixeduse.
“We’re talking about a
change of vision,” Hatton
said. “We are talking
about the importance of
preserving the diversity
of the community but also
making it a walkable,

A central piece of Doraville’s comprehensive plan is The Assembly, a mixed-use district offering
housing, office and retail space at the former General Motors Plant site.

A central focus of Doraville’s 20-year comprehensive plan is the development of a distinct
downtown corridor.

vibrant district. We want to
make it a vibrant center of
the city.”
Hatton said the public
response was a focus on
“new opportunities.” Hatton
said the comprehensive
plan will work hand-in-hand
with Doraville’s Buford
Highway Livable Centers
Initiative study that began
in July.
“During the public
comment section we
discovered we need to be
focused on providing new
housing opportunities and
bringing in new housing
products that help bring us
into the next phase of our
vision,” Hatton said.
According to Marian

Liou, founder and director
of WeLoveBuHi, an
advocacy group for the
Buford Highway corridor,
the road that spans
Chamblee and Doraville is
a paradox.
“The challenge
on Buford Highway is
harmonizing the dreams
of the people who [have]
given Buford Highway
its identity and vitality
with an ugly, unsafe,
underutilized corridor
designed to move cars
and trucks,” Liou wrote
in an op-ed published in
June. “The paradox is that
these very unpromising
conditions have enabled

continuous waves of our
most recently arrived
immigrants to find housing,
jobs, and resources among
people of similar economic
and ethnic backgrounds –
in other words, to thrive.”
On Aug. 15, resident
Tom Hart said Doraville’s
comprehensive plan held
no other interest than to
satisfy the Atlanta Regional
Commission’s vision
of building “workforce
On Oct. 17,
Doraville City Council
unanimously approved the
comprehensive plan, set to
be in effect 2017 through


DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 13A


More than 700 pets received free vet services at LifeLine Animal Project’s “Healthy Pets Atlanta.”
Photos provided

A bald man decided to turn his head into a canvas during the Uniting
DeKalb for a Cure event Oct. 22 to support breast cancer awareness.
Photos Horace Holloman

Members of Cedar Grove’s band performed at the first Uniting
DeKalb for a Cure event Oct. 22.

Decatur Christian Tower residents recently collected and
donated shoes for homeless men and women. Shoes for
the Homeless was sponsored by Barbara Johnson of
Open Door Community. Photo provided

Volunteers from Hands on Atlanta
worked at Wylde Center’s Community
Garden & Greenspace on Oct. 18.
Bamboo gathered on Oct. 18 will
be used for future trellises. Photo

Kindergartners from Austin Elementary visited Dunwoody Nature
Center on Oct. 18 as part of the school’s creative writing program.
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DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 14A

By the numbers: A look at early voting in DeKalb County

by Horace Holloman
In the first few days of early
voting in DeKalb County, voter
registration officials have seen a big
turnout so far.
In DeKalb County, more than
50,000 residents have cast an early
vote as of Oct. 24, including 7,483
mailed-in ballots.
On the first day of early voting
Oct. 17, approximately 7,636
residents cast their votes. The
number of early voters decreased by

14 percent the following day and 22
percent on Oct. 19.
However, Oct. 24 early voting
across the county picked up once
again with 7,666 residents casting a
vote across the three polling sites.
The main voting office on
Memorial Drive is one of the busiest
polling stations. Through the first five
days of early voting in the county,
16,544 residents voted in the main
office. At the DeKalb Mall, 8,716
votes were cast and at the Tucker
polling station, 8,313 individuals

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Avondale Estates to request GDOT to consider modified road diet model

by Carla Parker
Before spending more money
to update its road diet model for
U.S. 278, Avondale Estates officials
will ask Georgia Department of
Transportation officials to consider
taking a second look at a revised
Avondale Estates Mayor
Jonathan Elmore told city
commissioners at the Nov. 19 work
session that he, City Manager
Clai Brown and City Planner and
Community Development Officer
Keri Stevens are trying to arrange
a meeting with GDOT officials to ask
them to look at the city’s road diet
model again.
“We want to consider making
changes to the road diet model,
so we would like for them to take a
second look at that after we have
modified it and tweaked it, which we
just didn’t do the first time,” Elmore
said. “We’re not asking them to
look at the same thing again. We
want them to consider a modified
modeling of the road diet.”
A road diet involves converting
an undivided four-lane roadway
into three lanes—two through

lanes and a center two-way left
turn lane. Elmore said they want
to get advice on the model before
spending money to have the model
revised, which could cost $45,000 to
In January 2014, the Atlanta
Regional Commission announced
it would award the city a $50,000

Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant
to conduct a feasibility study to
determine the best design for U.S.
278, including the intersection at
U.S. 278 and Clarendon Avenue.
The city received three
proposals from firms to complete
the study and selected Nelson\
Nygaard. In December 2014, the

city conducted a road diet and
roundabout demonstration, which
is proposed in the city’s downtown
master plan update.
The consultant team and city
staff presented the concept plan
and associated research at a public
meeting in March 2015. Since then,
there have been no public meetings
about the project.
Elmore said at the work session
that the ARC is taking applications
for supplemental grants, which could
cover the cost for revising the model.
“There is a possibility that there
is some grant money out there
to help us with that $45,000 to
$65,000,” he said.
The commissioners agreed that
the city should seek guidance from
GDOT first.
“I think it’s a move in the right
direction,” Commissioner Adela
Yelton said. “It probably feels
like we’re taking a step or two
backwards, but I think in the long run
it’ll be in the right direction.”
“I think it’s definitely a step in the
right direction—to get some type
of deal before we put more money
into something that may or may not
get passed,” Mayor Pro Tem Terry
Giager said.


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DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 16A

Clarkston’s public safety committee hosted a public discussion regarding the Clarkston Clean Indoor Air Act roughly two month after it passed in August.

Clean Indoor Air Act reexamined in Clarkston
Public safety committee discusses ordinance with business owners

by R. Scott Belzer
Following opposition at meetings
held Sept. 6 and Oct. 4, Clarkston’s
public safety committee hosted a
public discussion regarding the
city’s Clean Indoor Air Act on Oct.
Patricia Bernard, an Atlanta
attorney representing Sunrise
Café and Kabu Lounge, may have
convinced city officials to amend
certain parts of the ordinance
following an hour-long discussion.
The citywide ordinance bans
smoking inside any Clarkston
business and mandates smoking
occur no closer than 30 feet from a
business’s entrance. This includes
the use of electronic cigarettes
as well as flavored pipe tobacco,
commonly referred to as hookah.
Despite protests from a
statewide vaping community,
Clarkston’s only adult entertainment
establishment as well as business
owners offering indoor use of
hookah, Clarkston approved the
ordinance in August.
In September and early
October, Bernard spoke on
behalf of Sunrise Café and Kabu
Lounge—two Clarkston businesses
offering hookah indoors. According
to Bernard, the ordinance has been
responsible for a loss of income at
both locations.
“The quality control people
came around Monday [Sept.
26] and by Tuesday [Sept. 27],
everyone’s business died,” Bernard
said Oct. 4. “Since Tuesday, no
restaurant that sells hookah has
been making money. Friday night
was dead, Saturday night was
dead, every day has been dead.
You’ve taken away a cultural
Bernard also brought up
the grandfather clause of the
ordinance, which allows existing
adult entertainment establishments
two years to comply with its bylaws.
This will allow adult entertainment
businesses to allow indoor smoking
until December 2018.

Councilman Mario Williams, head of Clarkston’s public
safety committee, hosted a public discussion regarding the
Clarkston Clean Indoor Air Act roughly two month after it
passed in August.

She said businesses offering
hookah also should be included,
even if its primary source of income
is not tobacco, which is a stipulation
required by the ordinance. Another
stipulation is that the businesses
only allow patrons who are 21 and
On Oct. 20, Bernard said the
businesses—which once made
approximately $6,800 per month—
are now making as little as $300
per month.
Bernard spoke again with
Clarkston councilmen Mario
Williams, Awet Eyasu and Ahmed
Hassan on Oct. 20 seeking a
resolution to the issue.
“There are two key provisions
in dealing with this issue,” Williams
said. “We have a grandfather
clause for the adult entertainment
business and for all people whose
primary sales are tobacco. It’s
come to our attention that other
business owners are affected by
this ordinance and the grandfather
clause… that it does not include
them. “
Williams, an attorney
specializing in matters of
discrimination, said the ordinance’s
current wording is neutral
and lawful. He did, however,

Attorney Patricia Bernard, representing Sunrise Café and
Kabu Lounge, has criticized the Clarkston Clean Indoor Air

acknowledge certain businesses
are driven by tobacco sales
and that the ordinance does not
currently account for them.
“Unfortunately, this was not
brought to our attention prior to
passing the ordinance,” Williams
said. “I do believe the ordinance,
as written, is lawful. However, in
the spirit of good will we’re here to
discuss a special circumstance.”
Bernard requested the city
council consider expanding the
grandfather clause to businesses
driven by tobacco sales.
“This will give them a chance to
adjust and figure out what they’re
going to do,” Bernard said.
All three councilmen requested
the businesses strictly enforce a
21-and-older policy.
“Adult entertainment has 21
and older,” Williams said. “If no
one under 21 comes into your
establishment... that may be
something we can work with.”
“I’m adamant about the 21 and
up,” Hassan said. “But we have to
make sure that is being enforced.”
Bernard said Clarkston should
examine its policies concerning
different ethnicities when passing
ordinances in the future.
“These are some of the

challenges a unique city like this
faces,” Bernard said. “When you
have so many cultures, so many
languages, this situation serves as
a learning tool for all sides. It makes
people get involved and challenges
the city of Clarkston.”
Councilman Eyasu said that no
matter what Clarkston City Council
decides to do, city officials will
continue to restrict smoking within
city limits to the best of their ability.
“I hope we don’t have to come
back and do this again,” Eyasu
said. “This is just the beginning.
I can assure you there will be no
indoor smoking in Clarkston past
December 2018, whether its adult
entertainment or not.”
Williams said that health
issues have “taken a backseat to
economic issues” in Clarkston.
“Smoking is occurring in
Clarkston until 2018 in certain
establishments,” Williams said.
“I don’t want to downplay the
health aspects of this ordinance.
The tobacco smoke issue is very
serious. The secondhand smoke
issue is very serious. Economics
and business played a factor in this
Clarkston’s next scheduled city
council meeting is Nov. 1.


DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 17A

Restaurant for Repairs, local organization continue to give back
by Horace Holloman
Since 2003, one of
Decatur’s volunteer groups,
the Martin Luther King
(MLK) Jr. Service Project,
has helped low-income
residents in need of home
Recently, the group
held one of its biggest
fundraisers of the year—
Restaurant for Repairs.
The Restaurant for
Repairs fundraiser uses
the help of DeKalbbased restaurants with a
percentage of the proceeds
going toward the service
project’s annual repair
Each year in January,
MLK Jr. Service Project
volunteers help with
maintenance and
repair of Decatur senior
homeowners’ houses.
Paul Mitchell, MLK Jr.
Service Project chairman,
said he’s impressed with
how the Restaurant for
Repairs fundraiser has
grown over the years.
“This year we had 16
restaurants [participate].
When we first did it, we had
eight,” Mitchell said.  
“It’s pretty great, it’s
one of our big fundraisers
and the restaurants really
appreciate it and the
customers like knowing

they’re helping someone in
On Oct. 18, various
Decatur-based restaurants
participated in the event.
The Square Pub in
Decatur donated 20 percent
of its proceeds on Oct. 18.
Pub owner Bob Rhein said
he was glad his pub was a
part of the Restaurant for
Repairs fundraiser.
“Decatur has always
had a very communitydriven mentality. We love
the people and the people
that we deal with on a
daily basis,” Rhein said.
“Whether it’s a festival or an
event that the city puts on,
we all seem to support each
Rhein said on a typical
Tuesday night, the pub will
get 80 to 100 customers,
but during the Restaurant
for Repairs event the
number doubles.
The service project
provided participating
restaurants with a “captain”
from the organization to
explain to customers where
the proceeds would go.
According to the MLK
Jr. Service Project, the
100-percent volunteer
organization had
approximately 1,300
volunteers who contributed
more than 10,000
hours helping 41 senior
households during the

three-day weekend project
last year.
“We appreciate all of the
support from the restaurants
and other members of the
community who thought
this was a great opportunity
to go out to dinner on a
Tuesday,” said Lee Ann
Harvey with the city of
Harvey said funding from
Restaurants for Repairs
allows the group to do a few
“large-scale” projects.
Mitchell said the

volunteer group plans to
visit and repair 35 homes
from Jan. 14-16, 2017.
Despite the community
support from the area,
Mitchell said the MLK
Service Project is still in
need of volunteers, among
other things.
Throughout the weekend,
Mitchell said MLK Service
Project will provide more
than 1,200 tools.
“We basically need
skilled people that are good
with carpentry or home

repairs skills,” Mitchell said.
“We also need a materials
coordinator and someone
to write our content on the
In 2003, the MLK Service
Project worked on five
homes in half a day’s work,
now Mitchell said he’s proud
of how much its grown over
the years.
“We just want to thank
all the restaurants for
their support and the
community,” Mitchell said.

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 8th day of November 2016, an election will be held in all of the precincts of the City
of Atlanta (the “City’’). At the election there will be submitted to the qualified voters of the City for their determination the question
of whether an additional 0.4 percent sales tax shall be collected in the City of Atlanta for 5 years for the purpose of transportation
improvements and congestion reduction.
Voters desiring to vote for the imposition of such sales and use tax shall do so by voting “YES” and voters desiring to vote against the
imposition of such sales and use tax shall do so by voting “NO,” as to the question propounded, to wit:
“Shall an additional 0.4 percent sales tax be collected in the City of Atlanta for 5 years for the purpose of transportation improvements
and congestion reduction?”
The several places for holding the election shall be in the regular and established precincts of the City, and the polls will be open from
7:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. on the date fixed for the election. Those qualified to vote at the election shall be determined in all respects in
accordance and in conformity with the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and of the State of Georgia.
This notice is given pursuant to joint action of the City Council of the City of Atlanta and the Municipal Election Superintendent of the
City, subject to action taken by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 48-8-269.995(b)(1).
City of Atlanta
Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent
Rhonda Dauphin Johnson


YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED on the 8th day of November 2016, an election will be held in all of the precincts
of the City of Atlanta (the “City’’). At the election there will be submitted to the qualified voters of the City for their
determination the question of whether an additional sales tax shall be collected in the City of Atlanta for the purpose of
expanding and enhancing MARTA transit service in Atlanta.
Voters desiring to vote for the imposition of such sales and use tax shall do so by voting “YES” and voters desiring to
vote against the imposition of such sales and use tax shall do so by voting “NO,” as to the question propounded, to wit:
“Shall an additional sales tax of one-half percent be collected in the City of Atlanta for the purpose of significantly
expanding and enhancing MARTA transit service in Atlanta?”
The several places for holding the election shall be in the regular and established precincts of the City, and the polls
will be open from 7:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. on the date fixed for the election. Those qualified to vote at the election shall
be determined in all respects in accordance and in conformity with the Constitution and the laws of the United States of
America and of the State of Georgia.
This notice is given pursuant to joint action of the City Council of the City of Atlanta and the Municipal Election
Superintendent of the City.
City of Atlanta
Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent
Rhonda Dauphin Johnson


DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 18A

An Oct. 17 special called public meeting at Dunwoody City Hall attracted hundreds over concerns about the rebuilding of Austin Elementary and two baseball fields. Photos

First public meeting on Austin ES rebuild draws criticism
by R. Scott Belzer
More than 100 people attended
the first of four public meetings
regarding a real estate deal
between Dunwoody and DeKalb
County School District (DCSD).
On Oct. 5, the two governing
bodies announced a $3.6 million
deal placing approximately 10.8
acres in Dunwoody under the
ownership of DCSD. The exchange
also places 9.8 acres at the current
Austin Elementary School and
8.2 acres near Peachtree Middle
School under the ownership of
The announcement also
included notice of four public
meetings, the first of which took
place Oct. 17 at Dunwoody City
Hall. The meeting showcased
renderings, provided conversations
with officials and offered
opportunities for residents to voice
their concerns.
Dunwoody and DCSD have
received criticism from residents
about rebuilding Austin Elementary
where two baseball fields currently
are and relocating the fields to
Peachtree Middle School. The
fields—originally built in 1974
and included in the $3.6 million
deal—currently offer the Dunwoody
community club-level baseball via
Dunwoody Senior Baseball.
The agreement stipulates
Dunwoody residents have access
to the two new fields. Peachtree
Middle students will have a
mandated five-hour window to
use the fields at times yet to be
According to Dan Drake,
director of planning at DCSD, the
district approached city officials in
Dunwoody more than a year ago
about rebuilding Austin Elementary.
“We had the need to tear down
and rebuild Austin Elementary into
a 900-seat school,” Drake said.
“What this partnership allows is to
build the school, with a commitment
to our community on or near
Roberts Drive. Instead of looking
for swing space, which would

Fields at Dunwoody Park are set to be relocated to Peachtree Middle School following a signed intergovernmental agreement
between DeKalb County School District and Dunwoody.

have required them to go far away,
or have to invest dollars to build
something temporarily, we are now
able to use these dollars and the
city can build new parks and move
Drake said the school will
mirror Peachcrest Elementary and
Fernbank Elementary in layout. He
called the school’s schematics a
“prototype school,” when explaining
blueprints to gathered stakeholders.
Drake said if Dunwoody City
Council approves the agreement
in writing, the real estate deal will
officially close in January 2017. He
said the future Austin Elementary is
strategically located at Dunwoody
Park to take advantage of its
“We’re excited about the future
collaboration with the Dunwoody
Nature Center,” Drake said. “This is
a win-win for both parties.”
In return, the Dunwoody Nature
Center—a city park—will receive a
paved drop-off and pickup loop as
part of Austin Elementary’s rebuild.
In addition, Dunwoody Finance
Director Chris Pike said the two

baseball fields at Dunwoody Park
will not go out of service until two
new baseball fields are established
near Peachtree Middle School.
For more than two hours,
attendees at the meeting
questioned Pike and Drake about
adding to Austin Elementary,
rebuilding the school where it
stands and traffic. Some opposed
the idea of having limited time on
the planned fields after Peachtree
Middle students while others
opposed the closure of the current
fields altogether.
Drake said the structure of
the building cannot accommodate
extra floors and the school cannot
be rebuilt at its current location
because it “would not be the best
use of money.” He said a traffic
study of Roberts Drive is likely to
take place in January.
“We’re not willing to go ahead
with a traffic study until the deal has
been signed,” Drake said. “The key
of this is getting the addition of the
school built. After we get it built, we
can come back and look at how to
improve the space.”

Dunwoody Senior Baseball
president Jerry Weiner voiced
concern about damaging “one of
the largest middle school programs
in the United States.” Weiner
suggested moving the parks or
renegotiating the deal to move the
fields to Brook Run Park.
“We have serious concerns over
traffic and parking,” Weiner said.
“We can have 350 people show up
at games. We’re concerned what
Peachtree Middle School will get
out of two baseball fields in the
middle of the day. Having those
kids trample those fields during the
day is a concern. We spend about
$30,000 to keep fields maintained
and it is a legitimate concern. It’s
a logistical nightmare and would
cause us to curtail our program.”
Weiner’s commentary was met
with applause.
Pike said Weiner’s suggestion
is being considered.
The final public meeting will
take place Nov. 14 at Dunwoody
City Hall. All meetings will begin at
6 p.m.


DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 19A

The power of grace

Rowland Elementary celebrates, honors custodian’s 80th birthday
by R. Scott Belzer


ccording to Rowland
Elementary employee
Cory James, there is no
secret to long life, healthy
relationships and an exemplary
work ethic.
It is only by the grace of God
that these things are possible,
James said.
“The first thing that comes to
mind is grace,” James said. “It’s not
me; it’s nothing that I do. I do what I
can do to help, but God does some
things that only he can do. That’s
my answer. When I think about my
age, my marriage—I can’t take any
credit for it.”
James—who will celebrate
his 80th birthday on Nov. 10—has
worked as a kitchen employee and
custodian at Rowland Elementary
for 20 years.
He said he hopes to be doing
the exact same thing 20 years from
Originally from a farm in
Shellman, Ga., James moved to
Savannah when he was 13 years
old. He married in 1959 and moved
to Atlanta in 1965 for work. He
began working for Kraft Foods
approximately three years later and
retired in 1993.
Because of powers he
considers beyond his control, he
has remained working and is still
“I retired from Kraft Foods in
1993,” James said. “After I retired, I
sat around for three or four weeks,
got bored and starting cutting grass
in the neighborhood. I did that for
about a year before hearing about a
job here.”
Some may call James a natural.
He worked in Rowland’s cafeteria
for 20 years in addition to custodial
work. The work also mirrored work
James has done in his local church
for 30 years.
While he still maintains a
presence in the cafeteria to mentor,
advise and interact with students,
much of James’ time is spent
cleaning rather than producing. He
said the interactions with kids and
work relationships with colleagues
keep him coming back year after
“It’s one of the best things
that could have happened to
me,” James said. “A lot of people

Rowland Elementary custodian Cory James—who celebrates his 80th birthday on Nov. 10— is DeKalb County School District’s
oldest employee.

have asked me when I plan on
retiring and how long I plan on
working. I tell them, ‘As long as I
can.’ It’s like therapy for me— I’m
doing something I like doing, I’m
interacting with people I like to be
around. It helps me physically and
James said his wife, daughter,
three grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren are encouraging
about his work. They, as does
James, see the benefits and
purpose of what he does each day
at school.
“I like what I do and I’ve been
around long enough to realize that
if you like what you do, there’s
not as much stress,” James said.
“Anything you can tell kids in this
generation that will help them
get on or stay on the straight and
narrow path is a plus. When I was
hired, I was told they needed a man
in this school—that encouraged me,
too. After being here a while, [I] can
see the need. It encourages me to
know I have that purpose and am
making a difference.”
While custodian remains his
formal work title, Rowland Principal
Vanessa Jones said James—
along with his three custodian co-

workers—is also a mentor, educator
and ideal representation of the
school’s community.
“The kids love them,” Jones
said. “The students stay in the
cafeteria, talk to them, [they] mentor
the boys. The boys don’t really
seem to have many father figures,
so our custodians take them under
their wings, just like our male
Jones said James and other
custodial staff take part in looking
at progress reports, grades and
behavior of students. School
leaders have deemed them
Eagle Buddies after Rowland
Elementary’s mascot.
According to her, James’ age
hasn’t slowed him down at all.
“He doesn’t differentiate from
other custodians,” Jones said. “You
would think, being ready to turn 80,
that he wouldn’t be doing as much
physical stuff. But he does it right
along with the rest of them. To us,
it’s normal. He pulls his weight—he
shows up, he cleans, he mentors
the kids.”
Jones said she found James’
work ethic, energy and positivity is
“I probably won’t be working

when I’m 80,” Jones said. “To be
80 years old, to come in, faithfully,
every day with a smile on your face
and say ‘Good morning,’ to kids.. I
don’t know of any 80 year olds that
are doing that.”
Jones discovered there aren’t
any employees in the school district
as old as James. With help from
the DeKalb County School District
(DCSD) home office, she confirmed
James is the oldest employee in the
Jones said Rowland Elementary
offers a unique work environment
without much turnover. The
constant greetings from staff and
teachers give the school a unique,
small-town feel. She began her
teaching career at Rowland 28
years ago.
“Working with children is
different,” Jones said. “Your job,
your number one priority is children,
and it keeps you young. The
students help keep him young, I
think. He’s here on time every day
and very rarely is he ever late—at
80. The kids love him.”
James said he views his time at
Rowland as a higher calling.
““For me, this is more than just
a job—it’s a purpose,” he said.


DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 20A

Upscale restaurant a hit on Tucker’s Main Street

by Kathy Mitchell


fter operating a
successful restaurant
on Tucker’s Main
Street for four years
James Haggard and his
partner Jason Hylton decided
to open a second restaurant
just a few feet away. A year
later, they concluded the
decision was a good one.
The original restaurant,
Local No. 7, has a pub
atmosphere. The owners
decided that an upscale
dining concept would appeal
to local diners as well.
“We use the term ‘upscale’
in describing m572,” Haggard
said of the restaurant
now celebrating its first
anniversary, “but that doesn’t
mean it’s expensive or that
we expect diners to come in a
suit and tie. The atmosphere
and the menu are more suited
to adult tastes. It’s more a
date night destination than a
place to go with the family or
where buddies watch a ball
game together.”
As he and his partner
had hoped, Haggard said,
both restaurants are thriving.
“We have made a few
adjustments during the first
year,” he noted. “We tried
being open for lunch, but we
decided lunchtime diners are
more interested in having
a meal quickly and getting
back to work or whatever
they’re doing. M572 is more
for leisurely dining—taking
time to enjoy the food and
the people you’re with. Now
we’re open just for dinner and
brunch on the weekends.”
Both restaurants are
named for local features.
Local No. 7, near Tucker’s
old railroad track, derives its
name from the number that
appears to recur in Tucker’s
history. “Tucker is seven miles
from Atlanta, Stone Mountain,
Decatur, Chamblee, Doraville
and Lilburn; at one time had
seven churches; seven high
schools within seven miles of
Tucker, and Tucker was laid
out in 1907,” states the Local
No. 7 website. Similarly, m572
takes its name from the early
1800s Militia District 572,
which included the area that is
now Tucker.
Haggard, whose first
restaurant, Matador Cantina,
continues to operate in
Oakhurst, said his recipe for
a successful eatery is hiring
good people, training them
well and bringing them along
in the business.

He and his partner
decided that finding the right
chef would be the key to
the success of m572. “We
searched for a year before
we settled on Jon Allen, who
is perfect for what we had in
mind,” he said. “We wanted
someone who would help us
create a restaurant that fits
the culture of the community it
Allen, who said he grew
up about three miles from
the heart of Tucker and lives
about that distance from the
city now, declared himself
“about as local as you can
The Cordon Bleu trained
chef said the menu is inspired
by the Southern foods he
grew up with but given a more
sophisticated twist. Among
the big sellers is slow-roasted
Angus beef cooked in beer
with mushrooms and mashed
potatoes, called 572 pot roast.
“The shrimp and grits is one
of our most popular menu
items along with the fried
green tomatoes,” he said,
adding that the porchetta is
so popular he is thinking of
removing it from the regular
menu and making it an
occasional special because
he is unable to get enough of
the pork cut used in the dish
to meet demand.
The restaurant uses
fresh, locally grown produce
to build a menu that changes
seasonally, he said.
With the decorating
scheme, according to
materials provided by the
restaurant, designers sought
to bring “the nostalgia of
Tucker’s past into an upscale
dining restaurant of Tucker’s
future.” The interior features
an open kitchen design that
allows diners to see food
being prepared, farmhouse
tables and linear wall décor
that “provides a Southern
twist on urban style.” The first
to secure an alcohol license
on Tucker’s Main Street, the
owners installed a full-service
bar that runs nearly the
length of the south wall and
serves such specialties as
an old fashioned made with
brown sugar and the house
signature martini.
Haggard said he and his
partner are finding the newly
incorporated city of Tucker
to be a good location for
business. “We have been
impressed with Tucker. It has
the neighborly feel of a small
town and the energy of a
larger city.”

James Haggard and Jason Hylton’s second Tucker restaurant is a few feet from the original on
Main Street.

James Haggard says m572 is for diners who want to take time to enjoy good food and the company of those they are with.

Cordon Bleu trained chef Jon Allen says his menu is inspired by the Southern food he grew up


DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 • Page 21A


News and events of the
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DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Focus on Education


ducation is a fundamental piece
to strengthen and grow our
community. The DeKalb Chamber
of Commerce has been working with the
DeKalb County School District to bridge a
strong relationship between the business
community and the school district.
From our meetings with Superintendent
Dr. R. Stephen Green, we used our
resources and our membership to support
parents trying to reenter the workforce. We
partnered with the school district and the
DeKalb Workforce Development and hosted
our first Parents Pounding the Pavement
Workshop and Job Fair in the spring.
Parents attending the workshop
received resume critics and work readiness
information. The job fair offered an
opportunity for more than 200 parents to
meet DeKalb Chamber members and local
businesses ready to fill local positions.
On November 1, DeKalb Chamber of
Commerce will partner with the DeKalb
County School District to host a Seeing is
Believing Tour. During this tour, more than

DeKalb Chamber and
Business Community to
Serve Senior Citizens
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
and the DeKalb business community
will give back to the senior citizens. On
Friday, November 4, 25 DeKalb Chamber
board of directors and members will
volunteer their time to help prepare and
deliver meals to senior citizens.
The Day of Service will consist of
two shifts. The first shift will begin at
9:00 a.m., where volunteers will work
in kitchen production on a variety of
tasks including plating food for Meals on
Wheels program, bagging bread, making
and packing boxes and assisting with
food preparation. The second shift will
begin at 10 a.m., where volunteers will
deliver meals.
Space is limited. For more information
or to register to volunteer, please visit bit.
ly/servedekalb or call Rachea Brooks at

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs
to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
50 DeKalb business, civic and community
leaders, as well as realtors will meet at the
DeKalb County Schools Administrative and
Industrial Complex and board a bus to tour
the schools. They will hear from regional
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Marist advances, Arabia Mountain falls in softball stat playoffs
by Carla Parker
The Marist Lady War Eagles are
on to the quarterfinals of the Class
AAAA state fast pitch softball playoffs
after a two-game sweep over
Columbus Oct. 19 at home.
Marist won the first game in the
best-of-three series 3-0, and ran
away with the second with a score of
11-1. In game 1, pitcher Kylie Burke
pitched her third consecutive playoff
shutout. She gave up one hit in the
first inning, struck out nine batters
and allowed no walks.
Gabby Teran’s solo homerun
gave Marist a 1-0 lead in the bottom
of the fourth inning. An RBI single
by Peyton Probst in the fifth inning
brought the final score to 3-0.
It took only five innings for the
Lady War Eagles to put Columbus
away 11-1. Columbus’ only run
came in the first inning on a leadoff
homerun off of Burke, but she
and the Marist defense shut down
Columbus’ offense the rest of the

Marist defeated Columbus in the second round of the Class AAAA
state fast pitch softball playoffs. Photo from

game. Burke pitched a complete
game with nine strikeouts and no
Marist would tie the game at
the bottom of the inning and then
in the second inning, the Lady War
Eagles scored seven runs on six
consecutive hits. Teran led the team
with three hits and three runs.

Arabia Mountain’s Myia Lewis waits for the ball at third

Marist will face Ridgeland in the
Class AAAA quarterfinals Oct. 27 in
The Arabia Mountain Lady Rams
lost to Starr’s Mill at home in the Class
AAAAA playoffs on Oct. 19. Arabia
Mountain lost the first game 11-7 and
fell in the second game 10-7.
In game 1, the Lady Rams

jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first
inning, but Starr’s Mill would tie the
game in the second inning and took
a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning.
Arabia Mountain went up 6-5
in the fifth inning, but Starr’s Mill
regained the lead, outscoring Arabia
Mountain 6-1 the rest of the game.

Stephenson gets important region win on homecoming
by Carla Parker
The Stephenson Jaguars bettered their
chances of a playoff berth after a 29-0 win over
region opponent Mt. Zion-Jonesboro on Oct.
21, homecoming night, at Hallford Stadium.
Stephenson, which has a 5-3 overall record
and a 4-1 region record, is in third place in
region 4-AAAAAA with two more region games
to play. The Jaguars will face M.L. King (2-6,
05) on Oct. 28, and will take on region leader
Tucker (7-1, 5-0) on Nov. 4.
The Jaguars were able to take down
Mt. Zion (1-7, 1-4) with good defense and a
dominate run game led by running back Jaylen
Marson-Knight, who rushed for 226 yards on
19 carries and scored two touchdowns.
On the Jaguars’s opening drive, a 23-yard
run by Hassaan Littles and a 43-yard run by
Marson-Knight set up a 8-yard touchdown run
by Marquise Whitmire, giving Stephenson a
7-0 lead.
Marson-Knight got his biggest run of the
night in the second quarter. With time running
out before halftime, Marson-Knight was able to
avoid tackles at the line of scrimmage and ran
93 yards down the sideline, behind blockers, for
a touchdown, giving the Jaguars a 14-0 lead.
The third quarter turned into a defensive
battle for both teams. Stephenson’s defense
kept Mt. Zion’s offense out of the end zone and
held them to 222 yards of offense.
Stephenson scored again early in the fourth
quarter on a 17-yard touchdown pass from
D’Vonn Gibbons to Littles, extending their lead
to 21-0.
Later in the quarter, Marson-Knight got his
second touchdown of the game on a 24-yard
run and dive at the pylon. Gibbons threw a
short pass to Izaiah Salaam for the 2-point
conversion, bringing the score to a final of 29-0.

Stephenson’s Jaylen Marson-Knight, rushed for 226 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns. Photo by
Travis Hudgons

Week 10 football scores
Oct. 20

Lovejoy (5-4) 20, M.L. King (2-6) 6

Oct. 21

Stephenson (5-3) 29, Mt. Zion-Jonesboro (3-5) 0
Glascock Co. (2-6) 48, Cross Keys (1-4) 20
Tucker (7-1) 41, Drew 7 (2-6)
Arabia Mountain (7-1) 47, Chamblee (1-7) 8
Towers (4-4) 18, Redan (2-6) 14
Pace Academy (5-3) 45, McNair (3-5) 7

Druid Hills (3-5) 36, Henry Co. (0-8) 35
Miller Grove (3-5) 30, Columbia (2-6) 14
Blessed Trinity (7-2) 28, Marist (4-3) 26
Lithia Springs (1-7) 14, Decatur (1-7) 7
Jefferson (7-1) 24, St. Pius X (0-8) 0

Oct. 22

Cedar Grove (6-2) 55, Stone Mountain (1-6) 0
Centennial (3-5) 63, Dunwoody (2-6) 28
SW DeKalb (5-3) 21, Lithonia (3-5) 10
Open: Clarkston (1-7), Lakeside (4-4)


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Trail to the Title
playoff scores
Oct. 22
Chapel Hill (6-1) 16,
Henderson (3-4) 2
Tucker (7-0) 33, Bethune
(5-2) 0
Cedar Grove (5-2) 20,
Freedom (5-2) 12
Stephenson (7-0) 34,
Champion (3-4) 0

Semifinals schedule

Oct. 29

Godfrey Stadium
Tucker (7-0) vs. Cedar
Grove (5-2), 10:30 a.m.
Stephenson (7-0) vs.
Chapel Hill (6-1), 12 p.m.

Photos by Travis Hudgons

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