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‘Lord don’t let this thing


DeKalb resident recalls
I-85 bridge collapse
by Horace Holloman minute I got past the bridge I was thinking it could

collapse. Three minutes
ecatur resident after I posted the photos to
Christopher Instagram, my niece told
Brown, 47, said me [the bridge] collapsed.”
he’s thanking Governor Nathan
his lucky stars after driving Deal declared a state of
through Interstate 85 in emergency for Atlanta
Atlanta while it was on fire. and Fulton County. The
Brown, leaving a photo Georgia Department of
shoot, said he arrived just Transportation closed
as the fire began on March several ramps on I-85
30. According to reports, south indefinitely including
the bridge caught fire Chamblee Tucker Road,
around 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. Shallowford Road, A bridge on Interstate 85 in Atlanta collapsed March 30 after catching fire. Decatur resident
the bridge collapsed. Clairmont Road and North Christopher Brown rolled down his window and took photos of the bridge as it was on fire
“In the midst of getting Druid Hills Road. March 30. Photo provided by Christopher Brown.
by the traffic I could see Police have arrested
the fire very closely. I just and charged Basil Eleby
remember thinking ‘Lord, with arson and damage to
don’t let this thing explode,’” property.
Brown said. “I felt my ear Chamblee High School
get really my blood graduate Doug Cain said
was boiling. That’s the most he and his wife were stuck
intense heat I’ve ever felt in in traffic for more than
my life. It was crazy.” three hours. Cain said he
Brown said he noticed considers the time spent
that traffic was backed in traffic “impressive”
up on Interstate 75 and considering the situation.
decided to take I-85 north. “We had to turn around
Going through the curve on I-85 north going
where I-75 and I-85 merge southbound on the wrong
around the Monroe and side of the highway,” Cain
Piedmont exit, Brown said said in an email exchange
he rolled down his window with The Champion.
to take a few photos and Brown said he’s thankful
document the event. no one was injured in the
“It’s funny because incident.
of the age we live in. In “I just want to thank
that situation, you’re in a anyone that was involved
position where you should in the emergency
be worried about your management situation. A
safety,” Brown said. “I lot of times we take that for
didn’t even think about my granted,” Brown said.
windows being down. The

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AVONDALE ESTATES available through Chamblee Chamber of Commerce
and can be purchased at
Students must register and commit to attending
classes for the entire 12 weeks. Registration for the
Registration is encouraged as space is limited. new session will be held Monday, April 10.  Classes
Visit for more information. will be held at IRC office as well as Memorial Drive
Easter egg hunt and dog parade Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain.
Those interested can contact Lauren Mertens
Avondale Estates will host its annual Easter egg at (678) -636-8964 or come to the IRC’s office at
hunt and dog parade on April 15 at 10 a.m. at Willis
Park. Children up to 10 years old are welcome to DECATUR 230 Parklake Dr., Suite 100, in Atlanta for more
participate egg hunt. The hunt is divided into four
sections based on age: 2 and younger, 3-4 years, 5-7
years, and 8-10 years. Eggs are filled with toys and Arabia Mountain exhibit featured at history
candy and three eggs in each age category denote
winners who will receive special prizes. The Easter
Bunny will also make an appearance. DeKalb History Center’s newest photography
The Annual Dog Parade will take place after the exhibit by Virginie Drujon-Kippelen, Reclaimed
Easter Egg Hunt. This event is free and costumes by Nature: the Historic Davidson Quarries of Arabia Miller Grove to host Family Empowerment Day
are not required to participate. Awards categories Mountain, features historic and contemporary
include best behaved, best costume, best owner/ photos of a former granite quarry at what is now the DeKalb County School District is scheduled to
dog duo, and most spirited/enthusiastic. Check Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. These host a Family Empowerment Day at Miller Grove
in/register onsite 9:30-10:15 a.m. The first 50 quarries were an important part of DeKalb County’s High School on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
registered participants to check in will receive a free economy. Lithonia granite was used in paving and According to officials, the event will bring
bag of goodies. For more information, visit www. construction projects, including the Historic DeKalb together community agencies in Region IV, which Courthouse. In the 1970s the Davidson family covers the Lithonia, MLK, Miller Grove and
donated more than 500 acres of land to DeKalb Southwest DeKalb high school clusters.
City to host antique car parade County for conservation and preservation. Since Agencies have a goal of connecting families with
this land is no longer quarried, it is slowly being educational opportunities, job placement, legal
The annual Avondale Estates Antique Car Parade reclaimed by nature, although traces of its industrial guidance and other community resources that assist
will be held April 16. Line-up begins at 1:30 p.m. at past remain. with student success. More than 500 families are
the Twin Oaks Shopping Plaza, 2853 East College DeKalb History Center is located in the Historic expected to participate.
Avenue. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. on South DeKalb Courthouse in downtown Decatur. For “We expect individuals from every facet of the
Avondale Road and ends at Willis Park where the additional information visit www.DeKalbHistory. community and others seeking to gain knowledge
cars stop for a temporary display and refreshments org. of the services offered here in DeKalb County and
are served. Those who would like to enter an surrounding areas,” officials said.
automobile in the parade, should contact Lamar For more information, contact Tamesha Favors
Hart at (770) 496-9928 or at (404) 668-2087.
BROOKHAVEN Flowers Park to get tropical Senior Expo announced
Flowers Park in Doraville is scheduled to host
Food truck roundup returns Wade Walker Park Family YMCA located at
Jimmy Buffett tribute band A1A on April 28 at
5605 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain will host
7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the State of the City
Brookhaven Food Truck Roundup returns April 12 a senior expo April 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for those
address at 6:30 p.m.
to Blackburn Park, located at 3493 Ashford Dun- ages 50 and above. The event is free and open to
According to city officials, A1A is a seven-piece
woody Road in Brookhaven. Foodies can expect the community. There will be food tastings, classes,
band specializing in classic reggae and Buffett
eight to 10 food truck options, a beer and wine tent, demonstrations, health screenings, resource tables
favorites that guarantee an energetic and family-
live entertainment, and activities for children from and vendors.
friendly concert. The band has repeatedly headlined
6-9 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the program. Donations will be accepted for Helping
the annual Parrot Head Convention, which brings
For more information, visit www.brookhavenga. Oppressed Mothers Endure, Inc. to assist in
together Buffett fans from around the world.
com. collecting good, usuable condition furniture, home
The event will begin Doraville’s first ever
décor, bedding and pillows.
“Concert in Flowers” music series and celebrate the
re-opening of a completely renovated Flowers Park,
located at 3740 Park Avenue.
CHAMBLEE For more information, visit
Musician to perform at library
State of the City breakfast announced
COUNTYWIDE Jess Goggans will perform April 15, 5-8 p.m. for
The city of Chamblee announced it will hold teenagers at Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library. Goggans’
its annual State of the City event on April 20 at the English literacy and civics program offered music defies genre, with influences of funk, rock and
Atlanta Marriott Century Center, located at 2000 blues. Jason Beyer, the teen/adult services librarian,
Century Boulevard NE, from 8 to 10 a.m. The International Rescue Committee’s English will perform as well. Parents/adults also welcome.
According to event officials, Mayor Eric Literacy and Civics program will have a new session The library is located at 5234 LaVista Road. For
Clarkson will “reflect of the city’s diversity and beginning on April 10. more information, call (770) 270-8234.
Chamblee’s continuing commitment to be the center The free 12-week program is designed to help
of the universe.” English language learners improve English skills
Sponsorship and marketing opportunities are and learn about American history and government.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 7 2017 • Page 4

MARTA plans to debut an electric bus in
April on DeKalb County bus routes. The
electric bus should cut down on air and
noise pollution, MARTA officials said.
Photo provided.

Public transportation going electric in DeKalb
our most recent Catalyst electric bus, without compromising size. These environment by reducing emissions.
by Horace Holloman we are always looking for ways to buses are also lightweight, which is Hennessy said the Catalyst can also diversify our fleet. With more MARTA ideal for roads whose conditions may reduce noise pollution because the bus
initiatives paving the way for potential not handle heavier vehicles,” Parker does not have a combustion engine.
Some companies are making a expansion projects, we want to ensure said. “As we look to secure MARTA “Our buses produce zero
more concentrated effort to protect the that the footprint our buses leave as an innovative leader within the tailpipe emissions and eliminate the
environment and MARTA has recently behind supports healthy, sustainable transit industry, the progression dependency on fossil fuels. Per bus,
stepped up its efforts as well. communities,” Parker said. to electric, and even autonomous emissions are reduced by an astounding
MARTA plans to “go green” with The Catalyst can fully recharge in buses, is important in shifting the 146,400 pounds of C02 annually,”
a pilot program debuting Proterra’s less than 10 minutes, holds up to 40 perception of public transportation Hennessy said. “Each time a dirty diesel
Catalyst electric bus. The bus was passengers and can travel more than as an environmentally beneficial vehicle is replaced by a zero-emission
a loan to MARTA until mid-April three hours on a single charge. MARTA infrastructure within our society.” EV bus, it has a positive effect on urban
and will be used to explore cleaner also plans to have test routes with Currently, MARTA’s bus fleet air quality. We’re pleased to work with
transportation options, according to charging stations. includes diesel, hybrid and compressed MARTA on this demonstration project
MARTA officials. Parker said the electric buses are natural gas vehicles, according to and look forward to continue helping
MARTA General Manager/CEO scheduled to debut in DeKalb and MARTA officials. the Atlanta community transition to
Keith Parker said it’s important for Fulton counties in April. Proterra’s Regional Director of next-generation vehicles that move
the company to diversify its fleet of “The Catalyst electric bus is battery Sales Mike Hennessy said he is happy people quietly and cleanly while
vehicles. charged, and so the absence of an to partner with MARTA and said the helping meet the community’s climate
“From the double-decker bus to engine provides more space for riders bus can have a big impact on the local goals.”
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 7, 2017 • Page 5

Internment camp survivor and former rocket scientist Sam Mihara spoke at Georgia State University’s Dunwoody campus about his experiences in WWII-era America.
Photos by R. Scott Belzer

‘A great nation does not hide its history’
by R. Scott Belzer portraying an Asian man with to holding camps that were outside of the camps for a smoking gun and a blood- actually horse stalls before regulated amounts of time,
dripping knife in his mouth permanent camps, Heart they were often greeted with
“I really hated the people standing over a slain White Mountain being one. Headlines signs that said “No Japs.”
of Wyoming for what they did woman published in 1899, in the nearby towns of After three years, the
to us. For a long time, I was titled “The Yellow Terror”. Cody and Powell, Wyoming surviving Miharas were
very upset. I stayed away from He also referenced a post- announced the arrival of the released following a court
Wyoming—I just hated the Pearl Harbor political cartoon 10,000 Japanese citizens as a decision involving Matsuye
place because of the people. portraying Asians lining warning to residents, claiming Endo, which ruled it was
But it dawned on me: What up in Oregon, Washington “10,000 of Japs to be interred unconstitutional to hold people
good does it do to be locked and California to receive here” and “10,000 is a lot of against their will without
up in anger? It doesn’t do explosives. The cartoon, drawn Japanese,” respectively. evidence of wrongdoing.
any good at all. What’s more by Dr. Seuss, mirrored the Though the government Their bank accounts were
important and more satisfying prejudices of many Americans attempted to make living opened and life went on as
is to do is what I’m doing right following the Japanese attack. quarters hospitable and usual, with the caveat that
now—talking to you.” “One block from my house tolerable for those interned, most places did not want
When Sam Mihara was 9 was a billboard that said ‘Bye Japanese citizens were Japanese residents.
years old, he left his home in bye Japs!” Mihara said. “That’s denied school facilities, proper “We were out of work,
San Francisco with his family. the kind of hatred that existed medical care and adequate we had lost our homes; our
Little did he know he would not at the time.” food supplies and had little stored goods were stolen after
be allowed to come back for Ultimately, Mihara and his warmth, other than what they the facility was broken into,”
more than three years. family were forced to register could provide on their own. Mihara said.
Mihara is one of hundreds their names and their bank Daily duties were often left Sam Mihara said he
of thousands sent to Japanese accounts were frozen. They to interned Japanese able- immediately began studying
internment camps during World were required to live under bodied men. If anyone at the and returned to a normal
War II following the attack curfew within a regulated camp spoke out or attempted life—an effort that eventually
on Pearl Harbor. Like many neighborhood and with ID tags. to flee, he or she was warned allowed him to attend The
others, Mihara was forced to Eventually, they were asked to and threatened with being shot University of California,
leave his home and live in move. or beaten. Berkeley. Even after
a makeshift camp at Heart “My parents couldn’t explain “That’s the definition of succeeding in college and
Mountain—a public park in anything to me because they imprisonment,” Mihara said. receiving a $20,000 reparation
rural Wyoming between the didn’t know,” Mihara said. The conditions eventually check, he still had a hard time
towns of Cody and Powell. “They had no explanation other claimed the sight of Mihara’s coming to terms with what
On March 30, he shared than to tell us to cooperate and father and the life of his happened.
his experiences with more be obedient.” grandfather. Mihara’s father Instead of holding onto
than 100 attendees at Georgia Each regulation and suffered from glaucoma and no anger, Mihara said he devotes
State University’s Dunwoody restriction was based on doctor knew how to treat him. his time to spreading the
campus. executive order 9066, which His grandfather contracted message and not allowing
According to Mihara, allowed military leaders in bowel cancer and died from American citizens to forget
internment of the Japanese zones throughout the United being treated with laxatives. what happened. He quotes
began long before the attacks States to inter Japanese, “I saw him suffer,” Mihara former president George W.
on Pearl Harbor and before Italian and German citizens to said. “He passed away in a Bush during his talks.
his family arrived in America. quell espionage and sabotage. very short time. He lasted “A great nation does not
Mihara referenced a now- The Miharas and other about three months.” hide its history,” Mihara said.
famous political cartoon families were transferred When families were allowed
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 7, 2017 • Page 6

Letter to the Editor
To the editor: where political prisoners are and died. I must admit I found is FREEDOM.
  tortured for expressing opinions it odd that you endorsed  Mr. Hewitt, you are an
I read with interest your opposed to the current regime. socialized medicine when it has American citizen, and thus have
column of March 23, 2017  The Castro regime is become such a nightmare in our the FREEDOM to CHOOSE, a
entitled “Cuba excursion still engaged in systematic own country.  freedom few living Cubans have
changes perspective.”  human rights abuses, including You paint a fairly rosy picture ever experienced. Next time you
Having traveled the world, I arbitrary imprisonment and of happy life in Cuba today, yet decide to glorify a brutal, harsh
know how an in-person visit can unfair trials.  Raúl Castro has kept Cuba’s and totalitarian dictatorship to
change one’s perspective, and Cuban law still limits repressive machinery firmly in the detriment of our “too many”
I am glad you have discovered freedom of expression, place since being handed power choices under free enterprise,
the same phenomenon. association, assembly, by his brother Fidel Castro.   please think again.
 However, I am concerned movement, religion, and the You forgot to mention the  
that your “state-escorted” visit press. Yet you skipped merrily one thing the Cuban people
may have neglected to take you over all these freedoms for can never have under their John Adams Jr.
to the existing Cuban prisons, which Americans have fought totalitarian dictatorship, and that Decatur

Bomb threats won’t weaken our community
DeKalb County’s diversity U.S. cities in 2016, according to and performance spaces that
is one of the good things our data collected by researchers at welcome the entire community to
county has going for it. California State University, San events that focus on the culture
Residents who are native Bernardino. In an article on Voice or experiences of specific groups
Georgians, others who’ve moved of America’s website on March of people.
here from other states and plenty Gale Horton Gay 9, it was noted that in Seattle, Laughing together, shedding
of people who’ve come here Wash.; Columbus, Ohio and New a tear together and sharing other
as immigrants and refugees York City hate crime occurrences emotional touchpoints is how we
represent a broad cross-section are in the double digits. learn and empathize with one
of our population. The languages harmoniously as best we can. While the bomb threats at another.
spoken here, the religions However recently there MJCCA have not been officially “We wake up each day
practiced here, the cultures have been incidents locally classified as hate crimes, these committed to ensuring that
represented here span the globe. and nationwide of intolerance situations locally and nationally everyone, of every background
Our county’s residents and attempts to cause fear and are disturbing. We cannot allow has access to the programs and
are diverse in their sexual disharmony. any groups or individuals to services that we offer,” said one
orientation, political views, The Marcus Jewish threaten, scare and divide our MJCCA official recently.
income and education levels Community Center Atlanta in community regardless of their We applaud MJCCA officials
and the social causes they care Dunwoody has received two reasoning or motives. for standing firm and proclaiming
about. Their influences can be bomb threats in three months— MJCCA has long had an they will not be deterred from
noticed in any number of ways the latest on March 14. No open-door policy, inviting all their mission of being open and
and places throughout the county explosives were found onsite members of the community inclusive. Let’s stand with them
and metro Atlanta. either time. to come to their facility for in solidarity and against anything
For the most part, our Hate crimes, including theatrical productions, musical and anyone trying to disrupt the
community has been welcoming attacks against American Jews events, art shows and more. The lives of anyone who calls DeKalb
and we’ve been living and Muslims, spiked in several same is true of other centers County home.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 7, 2017 • Page 7

Water, water everywhere...yet not a drop to drink
“Greed, self-interest, narrow- large county would not be in homes with no indoor plumbing
minded political gamesmanship,
us versus them, me versus you,
‘One Man’s considered acceptable during his
until he was the age of 16. 
 Thurmond is not going to
has brought us to this disturbing Opinion’  Thurmond also made clear let our DeKalb County continue
place where the integrity that he will set tone, direction back-sliding, and he is clearly
of our water billing system Bill Crane and layout a vision, but that the willing to do the heavy lifting
has been damaged and the job of turning around “Battleship and hard work to get things
capacity of our sewer system DeKalb” is much bigger than moving, and quickly, in the right
to support future business is in any one person. If we want our direction.
question,” DeKalb County CEO our DeKalb County School county to return to its halcyon God speed to you Mr. CEO.
Michael Thurmond, addressing District while serving as days of being held up as an Keep letting those of us who call
a large crowd during the superintendent: Thurmond example for the nation; we will DeKalb home know how we can
annual State of DeKalb County made humorous reference to all need to join this effort.  help—starting with your summer
address. his comparatively brief stint in DeKalb Watershed Authority jobs program for our youth in
  public education, after decades could held by starting with water just a few more weeks, and
In 1945, DeKalb’s sole in public service in the Georgia meters that give an honest which you have already raised
commissioner, “Mr. DeKalb,” Scott State House of Representatives, measurement, sending corrected the necessary dollars to fund.
Candler, Jr., revolutionized life Georgia Department of Family bills and ultimately spending
in DeKalb County, a then rural and Children Services (DFACS) funds already banked to add
community east of Atlanta, by and Georgia Department of to the sewer capacity to avoid Bill Crane also serves
extending water/sewer lines Labor. With each step and placing every developer in the as a political analyst and
across the county, starting with stop, Thurmond has made a odd predicament of having commentator for Channel 2’s
the Doraville plant site then being difference, always leaving an to construct massive septic Action News, WSB-AM News/
considered by General Motors. At agency, job or organization in systems which will be no longer Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM,
the time, running water and indoor better stead and position than he needed when DeKalb returns its as well as a columnist for The
plumbing, were largely unique to found it.  A rare skillset among sewer system to a level over- Champion, Champion Free
the cities of Decatur and Stone public servants today.  supplying existing demand. Press and Georgia Trend. Crane
Mountain in then agrarian DeKalb.  Thurmond has voter wind  Moving human waste by the is a DeKalb native and business
Candler revolutionized and and public confidence at his ton is not sexy, cheap nor easily owner, living in Scottdale. You
unified our county in many ways, back, and he will need it. DeKalb done—and as Mr. Thurmond can reach him or comment on a
creating the Water & Sewer is in many ways a once state-of- reminded his audience, as a column at bill.csicrane@gmail.
Department (later the DeKalb the-art battleship, showing the share-cropper’s son born and com.
Watershed Authority), county- dings, damage and corrosion raised in south Georgia—he lived
wide police and fire services, of many years of battle and
and along with education decline—particularly in public
leaders, a unified school district perception and trust. But as
that would soon become one Thurmond wisely pointed out,
of the state’s largest. Candler almost as soon as he arrived, he
was viewed by many as a certainly inventoried the county’s
benevolent dictator, but there is liabilities, while at the same time
no questioning the long list of compiling a list of assets, nearly
his accomplishments, the largest twice as long.    
of those being the creation of a Thurmond has a new
county-wide water and sewer attitude, as well as a new
system.  team of county commissioners
To note the largest difference to work with, and he has
between a Third Worldand First intentionally made clear that
World country, one should first collaboration and cooperation
consider the infrastructure, then are his leadership style, not
roads and bridges to facilitate confrontation, credit grabbing
transportation and access, and and exasperation. More than
then water and sewer systems.   a few times, Thurmond made
 Thurmond, freshly elected clear that the divisive, north/
DeKalb CEO, is in his first 90- south, race-based arguments
days in this job, after taking and frequent pot-shots
point on the turn-around of made from each end of this

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Carnegie Hall trip demands practice… and funds
by R. Scott Belzer

How do you get to Carnegie
Hall? Practice—and a hefty sum
of money for travel expenses,
a DeKalb County high school
music program has learned.
The 54-member Miller
Grove High School Wind
Symphony Orchestra has been
invited to perform at the world-
renowned Carnegie Hall in
New York City on April 10.
However, the band, headed
by director Jared Brown, is
struggling to make sure all Miller Grove High School’s Wind Symphony Orchestra was invited to play at Carnegie Hall following a performance last year and hopes to raise funds to make the
expenses are taken care of April 7 trip memorable. Photo submitted.
before departure.
According to booster club in New York on April 10,” said made to celebrities, fraternities, the kids have a memorable We’ll all be raising money until
members, the band was invited Merilyn Davis, a booster club sororities, business owners, experience. This is the first time the day of the trip.”
to play at Carnegie Hall based volunteer. “How do these young corporations, churches, many of them have been out of Gordon praised Miller
on its 2016 performance in an people get to Carnegie Hall? business owners, politicians, the state.” Grove High School’s music
annual festival. Practice, practice, practice; a entrepreneurs, networking Gordon said the band, program for producing well-
Band members, band lot of money, and the village groups and musicians for help. parents and booster club rounded adults.
parents and volunteers joined [rising] up! We are that village.” According to booster club volunteers have sold water, held “The majority of these
the band’s booster club in The band’s booster club president Kadija Gordon, an fish fries, battled other bands children are honor roll students
working to raise the estimated has asked for support from invitation to Carnegie Hall is and done more than their fair and involved with a lot of
$60,000 needed for the trip. the community in an effort hard to come by and the trip share of fundraising to make things at school,” she said. “It’s
Costs associated with the trip to make sure each member of will be happening whether sure the trip occurs. She said more than just a band—it’s a
include instrument repair, Miller Grove’s Wind Symphony funds are raised or not. She said the band will practice through lifestyle. They learn discipline
transportation, tuxedo and Orchestra has the chance to the funds will help students spring break April 3-7 to make and responsibility through
gown mending, meals, hotel take part in this once-in-a- enjoy the trip without stressful the performance as perfect as practice and performing.”
accommodations and sheet lifetime trip. financial constraints and ensure possible. To contribute to the Miller
music packaging. The costs Davis said each donation is a stop in Washington D.C. is “Kids are doing jobs for Grove High School Wind
average $1,600 per student. precious, but a $60,000 check memorable. everyone, including teachers Symphony Orchestra, email
“We need our youth to would expedite the process “We’re a Title I school and and neighbors,” Gordon said. mghsbandboosters2015@gmail.
know that the village rose up overall. According to Davis, the $1,600 is a lot to come by for “They want to make sure they com, or contact Kadija Gordon
to secure passage for their band has raised approximately a lot of our children,” Gordon are doing their part and we’ve at (860) 869-0448.
performance at Carnegie Hall $30,000. Requests have been said. “We want to make sure kept it within the community.

News Briefs
DeKalb commissioner pledges
funds for Brookhaven greenspace
DeKalb County District 1 “This parks grant from Commissioner
Commissioner Nancy Jester has pledged Jester will allow Brookhaven to quell
to support the purchase of 1.7 acres of any lingering concerns about any
greenspace near Murphey Candler Park development on that property, as well as
using funds from the DeKalb County 2001 remove the vacant structures that could
Parks Bond Fund. be a magnet for blight,” Brookhaven City
“Preserving natural greenspace is a Councilmember Linley Jones said.
tall order in District 1, as land values are “Any time the city can expand its

Tucker city council wrap-up high due to the demand for development,”
Jester said. “This purchase is an effective
use of park bond funds as it helps preserve
greenspace holdings we should, in keeping
with the vision of the comprehensive
plan,” Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst
Tucker’s City Council wrapped amendments, which will clarify nature near Murphey Candler Park, said. “It’s even better when we can do
its business for March with a certain zoning standards in the city. one of the greatest recreational areas in it in a partnership, which mitigates the
brief meeting March 27 at Tucker The city council also held a first DeKalb. I am excited for this project and budgetary impact to the city.”
Recreation Center. read on an annexation petition plan to put it before the DeKalb Board of Brookhaven will consider a resolution
There was one action item by the owners of the Masters Inn, Commissioners for approval at the next to maintain the property as greenspace
on the agenda, as the council located at 1435 Montreal Road opportunity.” without facilities or public amenities at its
held a public hearing and vote E. The hotel, which has been The property is located at the end of next meeting on March 28 at 7 p.m. The
on proposed amendments to the completely renovated, will be up for a cul-de-sac on Remington Road, near resolution specifies that the property will
city’s zoning ordinance. After a final vote at the council meeting Murphey Candler Park and an existing be returned to its natural condition with
discussion, the council voted 7-0 on April 10. 5.4-acre wooded parcel owned by the the structure, pool and driveway removed,
to adopt a modified version of the Ashford Glen Homeowners Association. and curbing will be installed where the
The sale price matches the appraised value driveway would meet the street to prohibit
of $353,400. vehicular access.
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MARTA to criminals:

by Carla Parker country, a position held for eight years. The decrease in crime is attributed to the safety
initiatives MARTA has added to address crime,
A person would have to be stupid to commit officials said. Those initiatives includes adding
a crime on MARTA with all of its new security more than 10,000 cameras on its buses, trains and
measures, according to MARTA officials. mobility buses, body cameras for officers, bus MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham talks about the decrease crime
The MARTA Police Department hosted a public marshals and more. rate on MARTA properties.
safety briefing March 29 to share information “Our goal at MARTA is to make MARTA
about safety measures the department has taken to property and MARTA facilities the stupidest place
address crime. According to MARTA Police Chief in metro Atlanta to commit a crime because the
Wanda Dunham, crime has gone down in the past one guaranteed thing is we’re going to get you on
five years and includes a 27-percent decrease in camera and we’re going to get you punished for it,”
what the agency considers “part one” crimes. MARTA Board of Directors Chair Robert Ashe
“We are really working hard to keep crime said.
low because we want to keep our customers safe,” In 2013, MARTA launched the ‘Ride With
Dunham said. Respect’ program to address “knucklehead”
Dunham said MARTA had an unusually high behavior. Through this program, MARTA has
number of homicides, but the department has suspended 10,049 riders for bad behavior and 747
addressed and solved each of them. Other crimes of those suspended were repeat offenders.
decreased on MARTA properties. “When we launched this program, it was not to
MARTA saw a 50-percent decrease in rapes, see how many people we could suspend, it was not
37-percent decrease in robberies, 28-percent to see how many people we could arrest, it was to
decrease in aggravated assaults, 30-percent decrease change behavior,” Dunham said. “And that’s what
in larceny and a 17-percent decrease in motor we’ve done.”
vehicle thefts. MARTA General Manager and CEO Keith
Dunham said MARTA is the second safest Parker said the program has been successful
system compared to other transit agencies in the to the point that MARTA gets calls from other
MARTA has added several safety measures to address crime, including
body cameras for officers.
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Georgia 6th Congressional District candidate Jon Ossoff held an early voting rally on March 28 at the DeKalb County voting office along Memorial Drive in Decatur. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

Ossoff: ‘We have to stay true to our core values’ rallies spanning the 6th Congressional Ossoff told supporters all elections, According to Ossoff, such “core
by R. Scott Belzer District to promote early voting for but especially special elections, rely on values” include standing up for clean air a special-called election on April 18. voter turnout. and affordable healthcare choices.
The election will decide who takes the “This is the moment; the election Ossoff has been criticized by
Georgia 6th Congressional District congressional seat vacated by Tom is upon us,” Ossoff said. “We are first Republican political action committees
candidate Jon Ossoff held a rally near Price, who was appointed as United ‘up to bat’ in the country. The eyes of for being too young and immature as
the DeKalb County voting office— States secretary of health and human the nation are on us because this is the well as being supported by Al-Jazeera,
located at 4380 Memorial Drive in services. first chance to make a statement about which has been called a “propaganda
Decatur—on March 28, addressing a Similar rallies took place in Roswell what we stand for. We know America outlet” for terrorist organizations by
crowd of approximately three dozen (Fulton County) as well as Marietta can only become more prosperous and the National Republican Congressional
supporters. (Cobb County) on March 27 and more secure and stronger if we stay true Committee.
The rally was the second of three March 29, respectively to our core values.”
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 7, 2017 • Page 11


Schools across the state have the opportunity to apply for a school makeover through Georgia United Credit Union’s Director and assistant director of the Training Academy of Georgia are visiting po-
annual School Crashers program, which was awarded to Oakcliff Elementary School in Doraville in 2016. Photo by R. lice departments around the state to study how officers are recruited. They visited
Scott Belzer. Dunwoody Poliec Department on March 30. Photo submitted.

DeKalb County School District superintendent Stephen Green congratulates Hender-
son Mill Elementary School principal Mitch Green for winning the Atlanta Families’ Dunwoody High School employees began chopping down trees in anticipation for modular classrooms (trailers)
Awards Excellence in Education award. Photo submitted. during the 2017-2018 school year. Photo submitted.

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Schools across the state have the opportunity to apply for a school makeover through Georgia United Credit Union’s annual
School Crashers program, which was awarded to Oakcliff Elementary School in Doraville in 2016. Photo by R. Scott Belzer.

Georgia United Credit Union taking
applications for makeover
over the course of a week.
by R. Scott Belzer Last year, GUCU selected DeKalb County School District’s Oakcliff Elementary School
in Doraville for new paint, carpet, classroom
Does your child’s classroom need new renovations and new library books. Oakcliff
chalkboards? Better bathrooms? Clean also received pine straw, mulch, signage and
hallways? Fresh paint? front entrance mural.
Georgia United Credit Union (GUCU) is According to GUCU senior vice president
accepting applications for its fourth annual Shawn Turpin, third-grader-now-fourth-
School Crashers program. Each year, GUCU grader Chloe Riggins wrote a 250-word essay
selects one school to receive a complete about Oakcliff that earned the DeKalb school
makeover and five schools to receive mini- a makeover. Riggins’ essay set the school
makeovers. apart from hundreds across the state, DCSD
According to GUCU officials, nominations officials state.
and applications are being accepted until April “The looks, the smiles on faces, the tears of
15. Applicants are encouraged to provide parents is all the thanks you’ll ever need to do
a compelling story as to why each school something like this,” Turpin said.
deserves a makeover as well as online photos “This is all for the kids,” said Stephen
that demonstrates the need for improvement. Green, superintendent of DCSD, who
After GUCU announces its selection participated in the event in July 2016. “We’ll
in May, community members, educators, know how well we did when we see their
parents, teachers and students will have smiling faces on the first day of school.”
opportunities to join volunteers from around For more information, visit GUCU’s
the state at a School Crashers event in July, event page at
when $75,000 in improvements take place development/school-crashers.
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College council scammed
Emory’s Student Programming Council
victim of fraud for thousands
were,” the letter states. “We are Talent Agency] we discovered
by R. Scott Belzer as frustrated as you to give you that the organization was a this news as you are to hear it.” fraud,” said Onorato
Neither SPC president Onorato said the university
An Emory University Ria Sabnis nor Assistant Vice is in the process of pursuing
student group found out the President for Community legal action and retaining
hard way that a little research Suzanne Onorato could another performer for the
can go a long way when seeking provide the exact dollar event.
and retaining talent for events. amount that was lost, but Students and other
According to a letter assured the funds would members of the Emory
released by the college’s Student return to students if recovered, community remain upset in the
Programming Council (SPC) according to a report from The interim.
executive board on March 29, Emory Wheel. According to The Chicago
SPC was found to be the victim Sabnis said SPC members Tribune, Global Talent Agency The hip-hop group Migos was fraudulently booked at Emory University April
of fraud involving thousands Vernon Smith, David also defrauded Ball State 7-8 through Atlanta’s Global Talent Agency, which also scammed Ball State
in student funds by a company Lawson and Robbie Jacobs University in Indiana of more University in December 2016. Photo submitted.
identifying itself as Global directly communicated with than $10,000. Tribune reports
Talent Agency. the fraudulent company via the university retained the
Emory’s SPC is a student- email and phone to negotiate services of Chance the Rapper
run organization whose Migos’s appearance, despite then had to refund more than
mission is to “enrich the Emory the company not appearing on 300 ticketbuyers.
community by providing a Emory’s preapproved vendors According to its website,
variety of quality entertainment list., the
for the entire university, By March 21, after Emory organization is a “licensed
making the Emory experience already paid a retainer fee and bonded booking agency
as enjoyable as possible.” through electronic transfer, currently in the State of
The letter—addressed to the members of SPC discovered Georgia and has been a
entire Emory community— Migos was double-booked for cornerstone in the booking
states the council has been in an appearance in Biloxi, Miss., entertainment industry since
contact with the company since on April 8, the same day the 2008,” although no business
January to retain the talents of contact required the group to license is listed on the secretary
appear at Emory. of state’s website under GTA Global Talent Agency is not a licensed business in the state of Georgia despite
Migos, a three-piece hip-hop advertising as such on its website, Photo submitted.
group, to perform April 7 or When university Bookings LLC or Global Talent
8 during the school’s Dooley’s representatives attempted to Agency.
Week, an annual celebration contact Global Talent Agency, In addition to Migos, for
JadaKiss as well as the full casts lists its address as 500 Bishop
that typically attracts top-level it was too late whom the agency charges
of Love & Hip Hop, Empire and Street, Building C in Atlanta
performers. “When we started to do $65,000, acts listed on the
Bad Girls Club ATL. Prices are near Atlantic Station—did not
“It sucks. We’re more in-depth research to website include R. Kelly,
up to $250,000. return phone calls or emails to
disappointed. We are students figure out why we weren’t Lauren Hill, 2Chainz, Gucci
The company—which The Champion as of press time.
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Decatur High School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” in March earned the school one nomination and five honorable mentions for the Georgia High School Music Awards. Photo

Lakeside High School’s production of “Hairspray” earned two honorable mentions in the Georgia High School Dunwoody High School’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County
Music Awards. Photo submitted. Spelling Bee” earned the school a nomination for best sound in the Shul-
ers, or Georgia High School Music Awards. Photo submitted.

by R. Scott Belzer musical by William Finn. honorable mention for his role as The Beast.
Decatur High School student Anderson Chamblee’s Adam Leyburn received a supporting McKiernan has been nominated for a Best actor honorable mention for his role as Hines in “The
Supporting Actor Shuler Award for his performance Pajama Game.”
Chamblee, Dunwoody, Decatur and Lakeside high as Gaston in the school’s production of “Beauty Similar to the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy or Tony
schools have a lot to be proud of in the realm of music and the Beast,” a French fairytale-turned-Disney- awards, the students will be honored at the Georgia
and theater following a March 29 announcement from sensation-turned-musical by Alan Menken, Howard High School Music Award ceremony—also known
Cobb County’s ArtsBridge Foundation. Ashman, Tim Rice and Linda Woolverton. as the Shuler Hensley Awards—on April 20. The
Four DeKalb County high school students have In addition to nominations, DeKalb County is award ceremony will be broadcasted live from 7 to 9
been nominated for Georgia High School Music represented well in the honorable mentions category. p.m. on nine statewide television networks from the
Awards, which honors high school music and theater Lakeside High School’s Daniel MacNamara Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, according to
performances across the state of Georgia. received an orchestra honorable mention for his work program officials.
Chamblee Charter High School student Catherine in “Hairspray,” while Kate Berg received a supporting Eleven DeKalb County students—Adrian Waller,
Willingham has been nominated for a Shuler actress honorable mention for her role as Penny. Baily Fisher, Chloe Constant, Jonathan Pennie,
Orchestra award for her performance in the school’s Decatur High School had five honorable mentions Katie Fowler, Leah Thomas, Nina Stecker, Paris
production of “The Pajama Game,” a musical by in addition to its single nomination for “Beauty and Ruiz, Joi’Anna Partee, Natalie Carson and Charles
George Abbott and Richard Bissell. the Beast.” Elise Eskew Sparks received a music Cardot will attend the event to perform in the award
Dunwoody High School’s David Gay and Ben director and orchestra honorable mention; Amy ensemble and provide production assistance.
Spells have been nominated for Shuler Sound awards Rawlins received a choreography nomination; Chris For more information, visit
for their work on the school’s production of “The Davis received an honorable mention for scenic programs/shuler-awards.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a one-act design; and Scott Johnson received a leading actor
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 7, 2017 • Page 15

DeKalb County School District unveiled its new district-developed curriculum on March 20 following seven months of work from 228 teachers, administrators, coordinators and
consultants. Photo submitted.

Focus on individualized learning
DeKalb County School District unveils new curriculum plan
by R. Scott Belzer curriculum will include activities, designed to foster
explicit pacing rather than personal insights rather than suggested pacing for students; recited facts, and develop
priority standards and a purpose for learning and
DeKalb County School guiding practices in addition doing.
District (DCSD) expects to to Georgia Performance The majority of the new
commit to a teacher-developed Standards; engaging curriculum focuses on
curriculum focusing on performance scenarios; weekly “increasing rigor” in students
rigor and individual learning lesson planners; pre and post and making sure each lesson
following several months of assessments; intervention for includes four main tasks,
“intense” collaboration. special education and English Martin said. Students will be
According to DCSD learners; and extensions of walked through recognizing,
superintendent Stephen learning for gifted students. listing or describing (1);
Green, whose team unveiled Pacing monitors how interpreting, summarizing
the curriculum on March 20, students are performing or comparing (2); applying,
the curriculum has been vetted in accordance with state modeling or analyzing (3);
by teachers, administrators standards. DCSD’s new and evaluating, justifying or
as well as textbook provider DeKalb County School District Chief Academic Officer Lisa Martin
explained the new curriculum to the DeKalb County board of education. curriculum plans to explicitly creating (4).
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Photo submitted. state what is expected in Martin said the next phase
“This is an intense but student performance rather of the curriculum plan is to
exciting process,” Green said. than use state standards as a develop guides for students.
have been working on 564 headed the teams, said the
“This is for us, by us; for our suggestion. DCSD officials will host several
curricular units. AdvancED, curriculum focuses on being
teachers, for our students, for Green and Martin said community meetings outlining
which awards accreditation a detailed road map and high
everyone in the district. It’s students will benefit from the new curriculum as the
to school systems throughout quality delivery system for all
created by our own colleagues the new curriculum’s focus process continues.
the country, approved and district students. Martin said
and educators in the district.” on scenarios and activities Another update will be
commended the efforts in early training for DCSD’s more than
Since September 2016, that replace the traditional provided to the public as
March. 6,000 teachers will begin as
88 teams composed of 228 lectures of a classroom. In the well as the DCSD board of
DCSD Chief Academic early as May 2017.
teachers, academic coaches, future, DCSD students will be education on April 17.
Officer Lisa Martin, who Changes to DCSD’s existing
coordinators and consultants provided a blend of learning
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 7, 2017 • Page 16

Citing competition and
changing needs, Junior
League to close thrift store
by Kathy Mitchell

For almost seven decades, The Junior League of Atlanta Inc. (JLA) has
operated a thrift shop as one of its most reliable fundraisers. Citing multiple
factors, including “increased competition, an ongoing decrease in revenue
and the need to meet the evolving needs of our volunteers,” JLA announced
it will close the Nearly New Shop, its longest-running fundraiser, on April
First opened in 1949, Nearly New has been at several locations, the last
of which is Toco Hills Shopping Center on North Druid Hills Road.
“It was a dependable money maker for us for a lot of years, but a number
of things have changed in recent years, making it no longer a sustainable
business model,” said JLA president Deanna Anderson.
“Until the 1980s most of our members did not work outside the home,”
Anderson explained. “We had lots of volunteers who were available during A brick-and-mortar thrift shop is no longer a sustainable business model as a Junior League of Atlanta
the day. At that time, we ran Nearly New as an all-volunteer operation. (JLA) fundraiser, according to JLA President Deanna Anderson.
We now have four full-time and two part-time employees on our sales
floor, which, of course, increases the cost of doing business. We still have
volunteers involved, particularly in marketing and other off-site aspects
of the operation, but running a bricks-and-mortar store is still expensive.
Revenues were going down as the cost of operating the store went up.
Closing the shop just makes sense.”
For decades, a large portion of JLA funds was generated by selling gently
used merchandise, including clothing, accessories, furniture and other
household items. Anderson said that over the years, Nearly New has raised
millions of dollars that supported JLA’s charitable programs and activities in
She said growing competition in the consignment shop industry—
including many online options—meant maintaining a retail storefront
is no longer an effective avenue for fundraising. There are a good many
second-hand stores, both commercial and nonprofit, in the Atlanta area,
particularly in DeKalb County, but Anderson said the situation isn’t just a
local one.
“We’re not alone in reevaluating our fundraising,” said the league
president, who explained that Junior League chapters across the country
are moving away from such labor-intensive initiatives as thrift shops and
rummage sales to refocus on such core competencies as leadership training
and community outreach.
“Frankly, for most of us, operating a retail store is not a strong part of Anderson said merchandise that remains after the store closes April 30 will be donated to other
our skill set. We feel our efforts are better focused on fundraising programs
members can become personally involved in without taking large amounts
of time from their careers and home life.” She offered as an example the
Little Black Dress Initiative, which last year raised more than $79,600.
“It was started by the Junior League of London to raise awareness of the
impact of generational poverty,” Anderson explained. Participants wear the
same black dress (or outfit) for five consecutive days along with a pin that
reads “Ask Me About My Dress,” generating conversation among colleagues,
friends and strangers.
“By focusing our fundraising efforts on impactful programs and
leadership initiatives, we can serve our community better,” she said.
Calling the closing of Nearly New a bittersweet event, Anderson said
JLA is celebrating the impact the store has had on the organization and
the community. “Shoppers from all over the metro Atlanta area knew us as
a place to find clean, quality gently used items. We not only raised funds
for our programs but we provided people a place to acquire goods while
staying within their budgets. Anyone who shopped, or donated goods and
volunteer hours has helped to make the store a success,” she commented,
adding “the closing of Nearly New opens a new chapter of fundraising
opportunities for us and our vibrant, creative group of volunteers.” The Toco Hills Shopping Center is the last of several locations for the Newly New Shop.
On April 8, JLA will celebrate the store’s legacy with a farewell sendoff
and reception for customers. Noon through 3 p.m. the store will offer
patrons food, drinks, a photo booth and drawings for gift cards and other
prizes. After the closing, Anderson said, remaining merchandise will be
offered to partner organizations and other nonprofits.
The Junior League is a women’s volunteer organization founded 1901.
The organization’s programs address an array of issues “for the purpose
of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our civil society,”
according to the organization’s website, which states that Junior League has
built programs leading to “free school lunches, literacy programs, children’s
theaters and museums, clean water, children’s nutrition, and greater
awareness about the vices of modern society, such as domestic violence and
alcohol abuse.” The Atlanta chapter is ending its centennial year.
The shop will host a farewell reception to thank supporters on April 8.
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Miller Grove won its second county title in program history. Photos by Mark Brock Lakeside won its second consecutive county track-and-field title March 27.

Lakeside boys, Miller Grove girls top high
school track-and-field competition
by Carla Parker discus throw (139-03) and shot put (48- a time of 41.92 and the 4x400 team Seymour added three silver medals
03.05). Junior Myles Boyd won silver finished third with a time of 3:23.16. to Miller Grove’s medal count. She in the 800-meter run (1:59.50) and Junior Berry Williams won bronze in finished second in both the 100-meter
1600-meter run (4:39.49). the 110-meter hurdles with a time of hurdles (15.06) and the 300-meter
The Lakeside boys’ track-and-field Senior Zyon Robinson claimed the 15.80. hurdles 46.70-meter hurdles, and in the
team keeps its ‘best in DeKalb County’ silver medal in the triple jump with a Other gold medalists in the triple jump (37-00.50).
crown for another year, while the Miller 43-00.25 jump and senior Mike Haug boys’ competition were Decatur’s Arabia Mountain’s only gold medal
Grove girls’ team reclaimed its crown. finished second in the pole vault (10- Sam Ellis (1600-meter run), Druid came in the high jump when freshman
Lakeside won its second consecutive 06.00). Hills’ Ermias Tewolde (3200-meter Patra Williams posted the highest
county track-and-field title March 27 Herron said winning the county title run), Stephenson’s Justin Birdsong jump of 5-05.00. The Lady Rams’ relay
at Godfrey Stadium. Lakeside claimed is a confidence booster for Lakeside on (110-meter hurdles), Miller Grove’s teams finished second behind Miller
the title after scoring 92 points. Arabia the path to the state meet. Fereday Chipere (300-meter hurdles), Grove in both the 4x100-meter (47.40)
Mountain finished second with 80 “One main mistake we made last Southwest DeKalb’s 4x400-meter relay, and 4x400-meter (3:54.53).
points, followed by Cedar Grove with year was that we were overconfident M.L. King’s Coleman White (high Senior Mikayla Jordan won silver
62 points. and a little cocky,” he said. “A few of us jump), Chamblee’s Will West (pole in the 200-meter dash (24.66) and
The Lakeside Vikings were led by thought we could cut practice and we’d vault) and Decatur’s Robert Edge (shot senior Joie Royer won bronze in the
sophomore Brian Herron, who won be ready for state, but we just have to put). 400-meter dash (58.39). Senior Cicely
the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Herron keep working hard and stay focused on The Miller Grove Lady Wolverines Kendrick won bronze in the triple
set a school record in the 200-meter the goal.” won their second county title in jump (35-03.50) and senior Jasmine
with a time of 21.20, which is now best The Arabia Mountain Rams took program history. The team claimed its Blackwell won bronze in the discus
in the state. He won the 400-meter with home five gold medals. Senior Priest first title in 2014. throw (95-08).
a time of 47.80. Foust is the fastest male sprinter in the Miller Grove outscored Arabia Cedar Grove was led by sophomore
Herron said he was surprised to county after winning the 100-meter Mountain 92-80 to win the title. Cedar Mynaisha Mitchell, who finished
hear that his team had won the meet. dash with a time of 10.70. He also Grove came in third with 62 points. third in the high jump with a jump of
“At the beginning of the season, I finished third in the 200-meter dash The Lady Wolverines were led by 5-02.00.
[had] my doubts [that] we wouldn’t be (21.69). sophomore Emoni Coleman, who won Other gold medalists in the girls’
as good as we were last year because Foust and teammates Jordan gold in the 800-meter run (2:14.98) and competition were Tucker’s Kaylah
we lost our best distance runners and Barrow, Berhane Johnson and Tyler the 1600-meter run (5:12.98). Lumsden (100-meter dash, 200-meter
two of our best sprinters,” Herron said. Jones won the 4x100-meter relay with Junior Zariah Kitchens took home dash), Chamblee’s Beining Xiao
“After the first day of [the meet] when a time of 41.32. Jones also won gold in the gold in the 400-meter dash with (11:19.90), Tucker’s Antonia Frazier
we were in second [place] to Arabia the long jump (22-04.25) and the triple a time of 56.01. Kitchens, along with (100-meter hurdles, long jump), M.L.
Mountain by one point, I was just jump (47-00.00). Chance Barns, Tacari Demery and King’s Tahleebah Martin (300-meter
shocked at the fact we could actually Senior Michael Willingham won Jakeeyah Seymour, won the 4x100- hurdles), Dunwoody’s Rachel Sinclair
win county this year.” gold in the discus throw (172-06) and meter relay with a time of 47.29, and (pole vault), Chamblee’s Rachel
The Vikings collected a total of six bronze in the shot put (48-02.50). the 4x400-meter relay team of Destinee Edler (triple jump), Chamblee’s Oni
silver medals, which added to their Cedar Grove got to its third-place Rocker, Samaria Allen, Queen Dais Tunson (discus throw) and Columbia’s
total score. Senior Gordon Lewis finish through its relay teams. The and Destiny Walker also won gold— Courtney Edgeworth (shot put).
brought home two silver medals— 4x100-meter team finished second with winning the race with a time of 3:53.63.
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Dunwoody golf teams continue to dominate
by Carla Parker by senior Davis Brainard, who Dunwoody was led by senior
finished second place with 74. Lauren Callahan, who finished Sophomore Jackson Perry finished second in the individual standings
third with 75 points. with an 84 score. Senior Olivia
Dunwoody’s golf program Junior Nick Trembath tied for Vergara finished seventh overall
cannot be stopped. fifth place with Arabia Mountain’s with a score of 102.
For the ninth year in a row, Nylan Washington as both finished Cedar Grove’s Mariah Kuranga,
Dunwoody boys’ golf team with 81. Junior Ben Warren sister of Noah Kuranga, won the
holds the title of DeKalb County finished eighth (83), junior Patrick girls’ individual title with a score
champions and the girls’ team Caiaccio finished ninth (84) and of 81.
holds that honor for the fourth sophomore Jack Kerdasha rounded Lakeside was led by sophomores Cedar Grove’s Mariah
consecutive year. Kuranga won the girls’
out the top 10 with an 86 score. Kaylee Cornelius and Jayla individual title with a Dunwoody girls won their fourth
Dunwoody golf teams were Cedar Grove senior Noah Cornelius. Kaylee finished third score of 81. consecutive title.
crowned champions once again Kuranga finished at the top of the with an 88 score and Jayla tied
after winning the county golf leader board with a score of 73. for sixth with Arabia Mountain
championships March 28 at Sugar Other top 10 finishers included freshman Miracle Goolsby with an
Creek Golf and Tennis Club. Lakeside senior Zach Garlow, who 101 score.
Dunwoody boys finished with finished fourth with a score of 80, Chamblee was led by
a team score of 313, beating out and Lakeside senior Harris Dasher sophomore Tiffany Li, who
Lakeside which finished second for and Arabia Mountain sophomore finished fifth with a 98 score.
the ninth consecutive season with a Torrance Allen tied for sixth, Sophomore Kristen Nwadike
344 score. Chamblee finished third scoring 82. finished eighth with a 104 and
with a 383. The Dunwoody girls’ team freshman Maxine Martin finished
All six members of the pulled out a close 186-189 win over ninth with a 108. Dunwoody boys won their ninth
Dunwoody team finished in the consecutive county title.
Lakeside in the girls’ championship. Druid Hills freshman Hailey Cedar Grove senior
top 10 of individual standings, led Chamblee finished third with 202. Crosby was fourth with a 96. Noah Kuranga won the
boys individual title.

Arabia Mountain senior Mesha Brown won the Lakeside won its fifth county gymnastics championship in the past six seasons and 20th overall. Photos by Lakeside Sophomore Amelia Stockwell won the
inaugural Shirley McDaniel Senior Award. Mark Brock all-around title with a total of 34.100 points.

Lakeside repeats as county gymnastics champions
by Mark Brock Senior Paige Munro finished fourth Arabia Mountain finished third with around with a 33.600 total, just .500
in the all-around with a 33.400 score, a team total of 91.650 led by sophomore behind Stockwell. Redan finished fourth
Placing three gymnasts in the Top 5 collecting a silver in the vault (8.600) Noelle Senior. with an 84.850 team score.
of the all-around competition propelled and balance beam (8.600) and a bronze Senior, last year’s all-around Stephenson’s Isha’e Harris picked
the Lakeside Lady Vikings to their on the parallel uneven bars (8.100). She champion, finished third this season up a pair of fourth place ties to aid
second consecutive DeKalb County also finished tied for fourth on the floor with a total of 33.500. Senior picked up Stephenson’s fifth place finish with a
School District Gymnastics title March exercise (8.100). silver medals on the uneven bars (8.500) team score of 81.100.
30 at Dunwoody High School. Sophomore Maja Jovanovic and the floor exercise (8.300). Arabia Mountain senior Mesha
Lakeside outscored Dunwoody collected a total score of 33.000 to finish Junior Mya Hemmingway played Brown won the inaugural Shirley
100.500-92.550 to win the crown. fifth overall in the all-around. Jovanovic a big part in Redan’s 2015 title run and McDaniel Senior Award for her
Sophomore Amelia Stockwell picked up a bronze in the floor exercise tried to pull the Raiders into the top leadership, sportsmanship and being an
won the all-around title with a total of (8.200) and tied for the bronze in the spot this year with a pair of gold medal excellent teammate.
34.100 points to lead Lakeside to its fifth balance beam (8.500). winning performances in the vault and The Award was named for longtime
championship in the past six seasons Dunwoody finished second for the floor exercise. Lakeside gymnastics coach Shirley
and 20th overall in the 52-year history fifth time in six years with its total of Hemmingway wowed the crowd on McDaniel, who won four state
of the event. 92.550 behind a sixth-place finish by the vault with a double somersault off championships and seven DeKalb
Stockwell also collected a gold medal junior Anna Boss in the all-around the table for the highest score of the County titles from 1972 to 1986.
in the parallel uneven bars with a score (32.00). meet at 9.500 to claim the gold medal. McDaniel being in attendance as one of
of 8.800 and the balance beam with a Boss’ best performance on the night She would go to win the floor exercise the event judges presented the award to
score of 8.700. She tied for fourth in was a tie for the bronze medal on the with a score of 8.500. Brown.
both the vault (8.500) and floor exercise balance beam (8.50). The performance by Hemmingway
(8.100). put her in second place in the all-
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worst places in this entire region in which to
commit a crime,” Parker said. “We want people
to know that through the enormous amount
of law enforcement we have out there, through
our ‘see something, say something’ efforts and A Celebration of Life will be held
through the technology that we have out there Saturday, April 8, 1 p.m. at
including the camera system on all of the buses, Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur.
in the stations and in our railcars, that if you Visitors are welcome to pay respects from
commit a crime on MARTA you’re going to be 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at
caught and we’re going to come after you and Gregory B. Levett and Sons’ South DeKalb Chapel.
work with the DA’s office and everybody else to
hold people as fully accountable as they possibly Journalist, politician, minister, and author, Steen was born in South Bend, Indiana to Rev. Austin Andrew
can be.” Davis and Rose Wheeler Davis on August 20, 1946. She was the eldest of nine children. She went to her
In November, voters approved a referendum eternal rest on March 29th, 2017.
that would increase the sales tax to fund While both parents went to their heavenly homes at early ages, 47 and 51 respectively, they taught Steen
expansion projects for MARTA. Dunham said early lessons of faith, family and community values that played pivotal roles throughout her life. Steen
MARTA has discussed how expansion projects accepted Christ as her personal savior at the age of seven when her father preached his first sermon. She
could affect the agency. accepted her own call to the ministry in 1995 and was licensed in December 2002 under the late Rev. Dr.
“We know a little bit of how it will affect George O. McCalep, then pastor of Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur. Steen was an active
us, but we have a commitment from the board member of Greenforest for more than 25 years.
and general manager that as we expand more One brother, Austin Andrew Davis, Jr. and one sister Dr. Mary Katherine (Lee) Sanders, preceded her
MARTA projects then we’ll have to look at our in death. She leaves to cherish her memory her two adoring daughters, Kellie “Elderjoy” (Michael) Walker
resources and maybe our deployment so we’re and Heather “Babyjoy” (Lee) Bailey. Four grandchildren, William Lee Middleton, Kellea JoSteen Lovejoy,
not just saying we’re going to hire all of these Langston Alexander Bailey and Lauren Avri-Marie Bailey. Other loving, surviving siblings are Richard
new officers,” Dunham said. “It’s difficult to hire Davis, Mae Hamilton, Bruford Louis (Rae-Sharon) Davis, Philip Davis, Darlies Jeron (Anita) Davis and
officers in the Atlanta area, but I think, right Bradford Anthony (Rena) Davis, the mothers of her nieces and nephews, Sharon Walker, Clara Davis,
now, we can manage what we have.” Claudia Davis, Kim Davis, Sandra Wiley Davis and Kenya Martin, along with a host of nieces, nephews,
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