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Celebrating community through art
Clarkston Clarkston businesses and
agencies. For example,

unites for the sustainability tree is
sponsored by Habitat for

church mural Humanity, local chiropractor
business Injury to Wellness
sponsored the wellness tree
and Clarkston Development
by R. Scott Belzer Foundation sponsored the early learning and diversity

ore than 100 The spirituality tree
people came represents the wall on which
together in the mural is painted: Christ
Clarkston on Community AME Church.
May 20 to celebrate art, Willow said she hopes
community and bring life people understand the art is
to a blank space with there to celebrate and uplift
their individual artistic the community.
contributions. “We’ll have this for many,
As part of local artist many years where people
Shannon Willow’s patented can come out and say, ‘Hey, “The city of Clarkston partnered with local artist Shannon Willow to complete a community-
“team building experience,” this is me, I did that!’ and painted mural at Christ Community AME Church. Photo by R. Scott Belzer”
participants joined her and take ownership,” Willow said.
Clarkston city officials at “That’s what public art is
Christ Community AME all about—being a catalyst
Church—located at 4154 E. for change. Art has a way
Ponce de Leon Ave.—for four of uplifting areas that need
hours to complete a Human developing. It’s at the table to
Family Forest mural. make those changes happen.
“I’ve had this vision I hope people understand the
for a few years and value of art and the change it
have spent the last year can bring to communities.”
partnering with various Clarkston city
organizations—including councilwoman Beverly
the city of Clarkston—to Burks said it’s important to
get the funding to bring this bring the community together
vision to the people,” Willow through an inclusive project.
said. “The idea is to bring “This is [the public’s]
people together, collaborate, mural,” Burks said. “It
foster fun and friendship embodies who we are, it
and make people aware has the words of who we
of the environment and are as the city of Clarkston.
putting Mother Nature in the ‘Engaging,’ ‘relationships,’
foreground.” ‘collaboration,’—all those
According to Willow, things are very important. We
the mural—made up of five are able to put who we are in
trees—depicts five healthy words and we have a few that
pillars of a community. These are from other countries.”
include spirituality, wellness, Willow said she hopes
sustainability, early learning residents feel a connection
and diversity. Each tree is with each other and nature
decorated with corresponding every time they pass the
terminology. completed mural.
Willow, who has “You are the water, you
completed five other are the air,” Willow said.
murals in Clarkston, “We are all connected. That
said the trees were oneness, that togetherness is
sponsored by appropriate what this mural is all about.”

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Tucker mayor speaks on strong community
that the city has the fastest and recreation in locations that are
by Carla Parker most reliable internet service convenient and safe. anywhere so that we can attract “If we can do those things
high-tech businesses, healthcare we’ll have a great park system,”
businesses and other modern he said.
The past year for Tucker has businesses of the future.” Auman said the city also
been one of fundamentals and Auman said having great values, appreciates and nurtures
foundation-building, according internet service in the city the contributions of all the
to Mayor Frank Auman. could also attract those who communities of faith in Tucker.
Auman gave the first state- work from home. It also attracts “As long as you’re preaching
of-the-city address for Tucker the large and growing group and teaching to love your
May 12 at the new city hall who telecommute. neighbor, care for the least
annex. Auman mentioned “When they can [work among us and you want to
accomplishments during the from home] they can eat lunch contribute to the success of
year, including moving into the locally, they can get to their society in which you live
city hall on Adrian Street and kid’s ballgame or swim meet, you are welcomed, you are
the city hall annex on 1st street. join the PTA or other hundreds respected and you’re held in
The city also established a bank of volunteer opportunities high regard here,” he said.
account, formed committees Tucker Mayor Frank Auman talks about the state of the city and the city’s plan around town and they still get “As we go forward, we
and boards and more. going forward.
to connect with their neighbors certainly argue over zoning,
Auman said he, along with instead of sitting in traffic,” he we’re going to argue over where
the city council and staff, are a two-bedroom bungalow or the community and city officials said. “That’s where we’re going sidewalks should go, we’re
now looking toward the future a six-bedroom estate with its remind them of that every day. to go when we talk about work going to argue over which parks
and want to create a city where own swimming pool or tennis “When their employees in Tucker and why that’s so project should go ahead of the
people can live, work, play and court—whatever it is. I want want to live in the communities important.” others, but if we focus on these
pray. them to be able to stay in where they work, [the The city is also in the ideals and pillars of a strong
“I want anyone who is Tucker as their needs change— businesses] give them the process of taking over community—working together
attracted to the lifestyle, the whether it’s a growing family or ability to do that,” he said. management of parks and to build, nourish and sustain
sense of community that we they’re downsizing to an empty “We can make sure that their recreation centers in the city them—we’ll have a city where
have here [to] be able to find nest.” expansions go smoothly, that from DeKalb County. Auman our citizens can live their whole
a place where they can make Auman said the city loves the permitting is reasonable said city officials want to offer life,” Auman said.
home,” he said. “Whether and appreciates the role that and that their taxes are fair a park system that includes
that’s in an apartment, a small and big businesses play in and simple. We can ensure a variety of opportunities for
townhome or condominium,
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 3

AROUNDDEKALB through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Orquesta Sinfónica de Bogotá.

on Sundays. Tickets are available at www. First Baptist Church of Decatur is located at 308 Clairemont Ave. in Decatur. For
additional information, contact the DSO at
(678) 891-3565 or visit www.dekalbsymphony.
City to host blood drive org.
Brookhaven, along with the American Red
Cross, will host a blood drive May 26 from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at city hall. To schedule
an appointment to donate blood, visit Summer food service available and enter the sponsor throughout DeKalb
code: brookhaven; or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. City to host fitness day
City Hall is located at 4362 Peachtree Road. Multiple locations in DeKalb Coutny will
host Georgia Nutritional Services’ Summer
Food Service Programs in partnership with the Dunwoody will host a Family Fitness Day on
Police to conduct self-defense class June 10 from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
for women United States Department of Agriculture.
The food service program seeks to ensure Located at the Park at Pernoshal Court,
that no child in Georgia goes hungry by 4575 North Shallowford Road, the event will
The Brookhaven Police Department feature a 1k fun run, a 5k race, workout classes
will host a women’s self-defense class May hosting free breakfasts and lunches.
Participating DeKalb locations include 21st and clinics, kids’ section, nature hike, bocce
25, 8 a.m. to noon at its headquarters. The ball tournament, giveaways and more.
police department is located at 2665 Buford Century STEM (1807 Memorial Drive, June 5 -
30), Camp of Champions (3261 Panola Road, The event will also feature vendors such
Highway. For more information, visit www. as Ultimate Fighter Championship Gym June 1 - July 28), DeKalb Junior Deputy (3716
Durham Park Road, June 12 - 23) and Positive Perimeter, CycleBar Dunwoody, Emory, the
Growth Education Center (945 N. Indian Dunwoody Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Creek Drive, June 1 through July 28). Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta,
King of Pops, Happy Belly and Nectar.
Breakfast at each location begins around
8 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m. Lunch for each While the event will begin at Park at
location begins at approximately 11:30 a.m. Pernoshal Court, the bocce ball tournament
and lasts until 1:30 p.m. will take place at Georgetown Park—4400
Dunwoody Park—as well as the Dunwoody
Nature Center, located at 5343 Roberts Drive.
Attendance is free.

Onion Man Productions to host
DeKalb Symphony Orchestra
presents free concert STONE
Summer Harvest 2017
Onion Man Productions, a nonprofit theater
The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will
present its annual free community concert at
located at 5522 New Peachtree Road, will 8 p.m. on June 20 at First Baptist Church of City to host music event
host a collection of short plays poking fun at Decatur.
corporate America June 8 through June 25. The concert will feature soprano Maria Beverly “Guitar” Watkins will perform
Known as Summer Harvest 2017- Clark performing soprano arias from operas June 2 at Stone Mountain’s Tunes By The
The Corporate Collection, participating by Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Puccini’s Tracks event in the Municipal Parking Lot, next
productions include A Firing Affair by David Tosca, and Verdi’s Aida. The program will also to the gazebo. Attendees may bring lawn
Allan Dodson, Life’s a B*tch by Michael include orchestral operatic favorites. chairs. The two-hour concert begins at 7 p.m.
Diprima, Slick Puppies by Corey-Jan Clark has performed with opera companies Tunes By The Tracks will be held every Friday
Albert, One Last Try by Gregory Fitzgerald, such as Atlanta Opera, North Carolina Opera, until June 30. For more information, visit www.
Retirement Party by Ron Frankel, The Boss is Knoxville Opera, and L’Opera Comique
Out by Judd Silverman, Beautiful Balloons by and has performed symphonic works with
Bruce Shearer, and Europa by James Beck. DeKalb Symphony, Ludwig Symphony,
Plays at Onion Man are Thursdays Georgia Philharmonic, and Fosbo - Fundación
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 4

DeKalb County School District is considering a policy allowing fundraising for all schools and departments. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Unlimited schoolhouse fundraisers on deck in DeKalb?
School board considers new policy, regulations
by R. Scott Belzer tobacco sales, dances during of audits and compliance instructional time and door-to- director Joel Thibodeaux,
door sales. the policy is being revised to
Another new aspect of the provide regulation and assure
DeKalb County School
policy is to allow fundraising consistency and uniformity
District (DCSD) schools may
via crowdfunding websites such throughout the district.
have new opportunities for
as GoFundMe, DonorsChoose Board member Marshall
funds next year, as the DeKalb
and more. Crowdfunding Orson said the district is
County board of education is
would only be requested by “far behind” other districts
considering a new policy on
principals, assistant principals, on crowdfunding and he
teachers, coaches or division appreciates its inclusion in
The new policy—in progress
heads. Students would be the policy. He said he will
until the board’s July meeting—
DeKalb County board of education members Stan Jester and Marshall Orson required to use one district staff be engaging with support
would allow all DCSD
requested the policy be reviewed and delayed for 60 days to ensure it is all- members as a proxy. organizations to ensure
departments, schools, parent- encompassing. Photo by R. Scott Belzer Separate sections of the the approved policy is all-
teacher organizations (PTOs),
proposed policy also regulate encompassing.
booster clubs and support
department and district “We have to be very clear
groups to host fundraisers as other support groups are also Prohibited elementary,
fundraisers, PTO and support with what we’re trying to
long as they are approved by allowed. middle and high school
groups, vendor agreements and achieve and be comfortable
regional superintendents, do Under the proposed activities include casino
fundraisers with third parties. with doing so,” Orson said.
not interfere with classroom policy, all schools (including nights, bingo, lotteries,
According to DCSD office
instruction and remain elementary), teachers, staff, beauty pageants, alcohol or
voluntary. administrative bodies and
“The board of education departments would be allowed
seeks to provide the best to host fundraisers.
educational opportunities The proposed policy states
possible for students,” the elementary schools must host DeKalb County Continuum of Care for Homeless Programs
proposed policy states. school-based fundraisers on FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition
“Experiences contributing school property. These include
to the achievement of this fairs, carnivals, field/spirit days,
DeKalb Local Application Process is Now Open
objective are regarded favorably music showcases, school plays,
as a part of a total education arts and crafts sales, cake walks, On Friday, June 2, 2017 the DeKalb County Continuum of Care (CoC) will
program. The [board] food fundraisers, raffles, and begin distributing the local application guidelines and pre-applications for new
recognizes that tax funds alone community partnerships with and renewal funding to agencies and other entities interested in applying for
are not likely to cover the entire local businesses. the 2017 HUD Homeless Assistance Grant. Applications will be posted on the
cost of co-curricular and extra- School principals and DeKalb County website at
curricular activities and other bookkeepers would be trained development/community-development
enrichments that enhance on fundraising regulations.
and round out the prescribed They also would be required While the 2017 CoC NOFA has not yet been released by HUD, agencies and
educational program. to submit a fundraising plan interested entities are encouraged to read the information and CoC resources
Fundraising activities often and report results to regional found on the HUD Exchange at
help cover these additional superintendents, according to and attend the Application Information Meeting. Hard copies of the
costs.” the policy. Pre-Application Guidelines and Applications for new and renewal funding will
Should the board approve Middle and high school be available.
such a policy, it would be a fundraisers may be run by General requests for information may be made to
departure from the district’s students but would require (404) 371-2637 or by email
current policy, which rules a faculty member sponsor.
that DCSD schools and centers Fundraisers can include **** APPLICATION INFORMATION MEETING ****
cannot sponsor fundraising charging admission to a Friday, June 2, 2017
activities. school event, selling school 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.
Currently, middle and high publications, collecting Maloof Auditorium
school student organizations— organization dues, selling 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
such as an independently concessions or recycled
funded band, team or club—are materials, and conducting off- REGISTER TO ATTEND AT
allowed to host fundraisers. premises events such as car
PTOs, booster clubs and washes.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 5

Kierra Brookins, a vet tech at Village Vets, fell in
love with a kitten she was caring for in the office and
adopted it.

Will Draper and his wife Francoise Tyler run three veterinary offices in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.
Dr. Stacy Stacy exams and dog’s ear and extracts a bug.

Animal care and family life focus of
by Gale Horton Gay
Love and Vets
woven into the show—the terrier in and veterinarian Stacy are waiting to hear if the show
morning routine of getting three Stacy removes pieces of a bug will be picked up for the next
Will Draper and Franҫoise teens out the door with bag from the dog’s ear. season.
Tyler are not your typical lunches made by mom even Tyler said she wasn’t keen The two met while studying at
veterinarians. They care for a made the cut. on the idea of participating in Tuskegee University and initially
changing mix of four-legged In one episode, Dr. Fran a reality show but changed her were just friends but in time that
and two-legged creatures at walks away from the camera mind after coaxing from her turned to romance.
three locations in metro Atlanta, visibly upset after telling a military husband. She said growing up This wasn’t the first time the
but they’re also a married veteran that his dog may have her parents were strict, and couple was approached about
couple, parents to four children, cancer. On another visit, she chores and homework were being part of a reality show. A
caretakers of four dogs and two beams giving him the news that a priority one. year ago a British film company
cats and owners of a sports bar lump that was removed from his “I am really not a big TV made inquiries about featuring
and barbecue eatery. And their dog is non-cancerous. In another person,” she said. them in a reality program as well,
busy professional and personal episode, Dr. Will removers a baby “I figured it would be good however, nothing came of it.
lives are also on view for millions pacifier from a dog’s stomach and for the practice, good for our Both said they seek to show
to see in the reality television the two assist a rescue group in family and great for the country,” in realistic fashion how animals
show Love and Vets on the Nat capturing stray cats so they can said Draper. “We are pretty are examined and treated and
Geo Wild channel. be spayed and neutered. awesome.” aren’t interested in hyping or
The program began airing The program also shows Tyler describes herself as misrepresenting veterinary care.
earlier this spring and has added how some of The Village Vets preferring to be behind the “I don’t want it to be
to the busyness of their lives as staff perform procedures in the scenes and her husband as malarkey,” said Draper about his
well as increased visibility of their three offices. In one show, a vet having a “very large personality.” desire for authenticity. “What you
Village Vets offices in Decatur, tech Kierra Brookins decides For Love and Vets, a film see, and what we are proud of,
Stone Mountain and Buckhead. to adopt a stray kitten that was crew documented the family’s is what you get.”
Dr. Will and Dr. Fran, as nursed back to health after it life from August to September Asked what they hope the
they’re known to their clients was severely injured. Sometimes 2016 and five episodes were show will convey, Tyler said
and viewers, examine and treat parts of episodes are particularly produced. Their children (ages educating the public about the
animals including dogs, cats, graphic, often bloody, such as 19, 17, 15 and 13) were not importance of properly caring for
horses, iguanas and even a pot- when surgery was performed thrilled about the show initially animals and “demonstrate good
bellied pig. The show highlights on a cat’s paw or a protrusion but since its airing and getting family life.” She said she hopes
the couple consulting as was removed from a dog’s rear. feedback from friends and on to inspire women to reach for
colleagues but also interacting In one show, Kim Perdue, social media, they’ve warmed to their goals. “You can work and
playfully as husband and wife. office manager of Village Vets in being a part of it, according to have a good family and raise
Work life and home life are Decatur, brings her Jack Russell their parents. Draper and Tyler kids.”
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 6

Letter to the Editor
Celebrating Mental Health Month
Risky Business theme highlights importance to raise awareness about mental health prevention and early identification, we can
of knowing when behaviors and habits can conditions and the importance of good help reduce the burden of mental illness
be unhealthy mental health for everyone. Last year, by identifying symptoms and warning signs
Mental Health Month materials were seen early–and provide effective treatment early
When you or someone you love is and used by 22.3 million people. on.”
dealing with a mental health concern, This May is Mental Health Month, Founded in 1994, DeKalb CSB is a
sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important we are encouraging people to educate public, nonprofit organization that provides
to remember that mental health is essential themselves about behaviors and activities a wide range of evidence-based behavioral
to everyone’s overall health and well-being, that could be harmful to recovery – and to health, substance abuse and developmental
and mental illnesses are common and speak up without shame using the hashtag disability services. Through more than 20
treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms #riskybusiness – so that others can learn if locations across DeKalb County, DeKalb
of mental illnesses differently—and some their behaviors are something to examine. CSB serves more than 10,000 children,
engage in potentially dangerous or risky Posting with our hashtag is a way to speak adolescents and adults annually to help
behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of up, to educate without judgment, and to them recover and resume productive lives.
a potential mental health problem. share your point of view or story with people DeKalb CSB employs nearly 500 staff,
That is why this year’s theme for May is who may be suffering—and help others and is accredited by the Commission on
Mental Health Month—Risky Business—is a figure out if they too are showing signs of a Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
call to educate ourselves and others about mental illness. (CARF). Learn more about DeKalb
habits and behaviors that increase the risk of “It is important to understand early Community Service Board at www.dekcsb.
developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, symptoms of mental illness and know when org.
or could be signs of mental health problems certain behaviors are potentially signs of
themselves. Activities like compulsive sex, something more,” said Renee Dryfoos, For more information on May is Mental
recreational drug use, obsessive internet DeKalb Community Service Board Chief Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s
use, excessive spending or disordered Clinical Officer.  “We need to speak up early website at
exercise patterns can all be behaviors that and educate people about risky behavior may.
can disrupt someone’s mental health and and its connection to mental illness–and do
potentially lead them down a path toward so in a compassionate, judgement-free way.” Jennifer Highsmith Payton
crisis. “Prevention, early identification and Community Relations Manager
May as Mental Health Month was started intervention, and integrated services work,” DeKalb Community Service Board
68 years ago by Mental Health America, concluded Dryfoos.  “When we engage in

Positives outweigh the negatives here in DeKalb
Those of us tasked with writing social media, TV and radio— beaming with pride as they
editorial and opinion pieces people are living in peace and gather for celebratory dinners at
certainly have no shortage of harmony. Communities are local restaurants. Neighborhoods
topics from which to choose. In focusing on improving their roll out their banners to
DeKalb County, we barely can appearances and the safety and proclaiming their delight in
get over one scandal before Gale Horton Gay welfare of their residents. the accomplishments of their
we find ourselves faced with Personally, I think the month of graduates as well. These young
yet another negative situation. May showcases some of our best people are the next generation
Sometimes even those of us positives as this is when students who will bring new ideas, new
trained and experienced in inspirational things are taking are recognized for their year (and leadership, new ways to live in
expressing our views find it place. Individuals are choosing years) of hard work with special harmony and decency to our
difficult to provide insight or a to do the right thing. They are awards as well as diplomas and communities.
point of view that hasn’t already operating in selfless ways. degrees as they graduate from While there’s no stopping
been expressed about these Honesty is paramount. Our high school and college. They negative occurrences from
tumultuous affairs. neighbors are reaching and are bursting with hope, promise happening or the media reporting
I won’t even try to give voice to exceeding goals they have set and sky’s-the-limit visions of the on it (as we should), let’s not
the obvious most recent negative for themselves. Kindnesses are future. They are moving on to lose sight of reality—that positive
news. being extended in more ways jobs, enlistment in the military things are happening around us
Instead I am purposely than many of can imagine. and higher education. all the time in both big and small
choosing to focus on the positive. Right here in DeKalb County— We see these young ways.
Every day in our despite what we so often read, graduates, their parents and
neighborhoods, positive and see and hear in the newspaper, relatives as well as friends

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Whining is very unbecoming
“No politician in history, and are so fond of; your own worst be bad days, mistakes and
I say this with great surety, has ‘One Man’s enemy is you. even the occasional scandal
been treated worse or more
unfairly,” President Donald J. Opinion’ We know that you understand
and appreciate branding. And
overblown by our Fourth and
Fifth estates (that is part of their
Trump, assessing his treatment that message consistency job by the way). But we really
by the current media landscape, Bill Crane and aesthetics have been appreciate leaders who can own
during his graduation address to very much a part of your prior their failings, apologize when
the Coast Guard Academy. successes. That is part of what necessary, and then move on. 
astounds those of us watching Unlike your recent whining,
C’mon Mr. President... really? have ,spent nearing two years your almost daily clusters which is really unbecoming,
Does the name Abraham talking about putting America unfold of late. Where is the America deserves your best.
Lincoln ring a bell? Lincoln was first and making America great message discipline? Where is You already promised to deliver
regularly grotesquely caricatured again—how about a little bit the consistency? Who is driving that. Now, please, let’s get to it.
and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln of introspection, starting with the bus? If this is all you, then
routinely mocked for her height, your own behavior, your own perhaps another driver safety
weight and lack of fashion communications habits and your course is in order—and soon. Bill Crane also serves as a
sense. Southern newspapers, own self-absorption. We hope that your Middle political analyst and commentator
in particular, fanned the flames Your own presidential Eastern trip is successful. That for Channel 2’s Action News,
of hatred of Lincoln up to and hero, Andrew Jackson, took region of the globe remains a WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and
following his assassination. Or three runs at the White House powder keg, while there appear now 95.5 FM, as well as a
more recently, George W. Bush before being successful. The to be new hopes for co-existence columnist for The Champion,
was almost constantly portrayed Washington press of that day between Israel and some of our DeKalb Free Press and Georgia
as an affable buffoon, despite welcomed him as a barbarian Arab state allies in the offing— Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native
an undergraduate degree from hick from Tennessee, ready to but cementing that into reality and business owner, living in
Yale and a Harvard M.B.A.. open the White House to the will require a steady hand, Scottdale. You can reach him
Comedian Will Ferrell’s portrayal White trash of Appalachia. Later, reassurance of prior alliances or comment on a column at bill.
of Bush is more indelibly inked he was savaged for the massive and treaties, and a more than
in the memories of millions of relocation, slaughter and loss of healthy dose of listening and
Americans than the real McCoy.  thousands of Native American common sense.
And though you are a lives, which resulted from one of We do not expect perfection
successful businessman, his major accomplishments, the in our presidents. Americans
billionaire and celebrity, you Indian Removal Act of 1830.  understand that there will
have now really entered the big  Press coverage of your
leagues. You are the president of early presidential campaign
the United States of America. The was nothing short of wall-to-
job is challenging, the scrutiny is wall Trump. Live coverage of
never ending, and the push-back nearly every rally and speech
from a divided Washington is made your already strong name
going to be relentless. We know identification an almost universal
that you are just more than 120 household word in a matter of
days into this gig, but we would months. But just as the American
suggest getting used to this, or sit media can build up an image or
back and get ready for a long and a hero–much faster and easier
painful four-year slog. say than someone can construct
Your Twitter accounts’ “reach a 30-50 foot wall–those same
around” and direct connect with outlets can begin the work to tear
roughly 40 million Americans that image down.
is impressive. That said, you  But your worst enemy is
are not just the president of not former FBI Director James
your followers on Twitter. You Comey nor The Washington
are not just the president of the Post, New York Times, CNN or
more than 60 million Americans even Nancy Pelosi. You have
who voted for you. You are the demonstrated, more than once,
president and elected/selected an ability to dispatch each of
leader for more than 330 these entities, often on their own
million Americans. And as you home turf. No, take a look in that
mirror we understand that you

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Portable classrooms at
Dunwoody schools have
raised debate over the
temporary buildings’
legality with city officials
and county government.
Photo submitted.

Unpermitted portables debated in Dunwoody
when we set our legislative would establish a standard since 2009.”
Agreement on permits and occupancy agenda for the next session,” operating procedure but Robert Miller asked
Nall said. remain unenforceable. whether DCSD is exempt from
certificates between DeKalb County School Councilwoman Lynn According to resident and Dunwoody’s city code. He also
District and Dunwoody debated, approved Deutsch suggested DCSD is local blogger Bob Lundsten, asked why the school district is
being unacceptably negligent in since 2009, Dunwoody has being treated differently than
not obtaining COs. not issued one certificate any other business or land
“I think there was an of occupancy to DeKalb owner when considering the
code on unwanted portable
by R. Scott Belzer classrooms at Dunwoody High
intention on behalf of [DCSD] County School District regularity with which other to avoid doing what they were buildings, whether permanent buildings are inspected and
School, members of the public
supposed to do,” Deutsch said. or temporary. He said that issued certificates of occupancy.
began questioning Dunwoody
“The argument has gotten responsibility, as well as “These seem to be the core
Dunwoody officials City Council’s backbone when
framed in such a way that the maintaining standards, falls on responsibilities of the city,”
approved a memorandum dealing with the county school
point has been lost.” city officials in Georgia and no Miller said. “What is the risk
of understanding (MOU) district.
Dunwoody Mayor Denis one else. the city has in requesting
with DeKalb County School Jester concluded the school
Shortal pointed out that DCSD “It’s our city; we should compliance with the city code?
District (DCSD) on May district is not obtaining COs,
has its own fire marshal and be inspecting, we should be This MOU is a win-lose deal.”
8 in response to concerns violating both state law and
said the situation was akin issuing permits and COs, not The MOU passed 5-2 with
involving uncertified portable city ordinances. Who is able
to “letting a fox into the hen anyone else,” Lundsten said. councilmen John Heneghan
classrooms. to enforce such a violation,
house.” Shortal said the MOU “You’ve abdicated that [duty] and Jim Riticher opposing.
The MOU outlines which remains up for debate.
governing body is responsible Jester suggested the city
for such duties as site plan has a “don’t ask, don’t tell”
reviews, land disturbance policy when enforcing code on NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE 2017-2018 PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE
permits, construction certain entities. She referenced CITY OF DECATUR, GEORGIA
inspections, safety inspections, a Facebook conversation with
erosion control inspections Dunwoody councilman Terry There will be public hearings on the proposed 2017-2018 budget for the City of Decatur at 7:30 p.m. on
and certificates of occupancy Nall, who said DCSD is exempt June 5, 2017 and, at 7:30 p.m. on June 19, 2017 in the City Commission Meeting Room at City Hall, 509
N. McDonough Street, Decatur. The proposed budget is summarized below and is available in its entirety
(COs). from “city-specific rules.” for public inspection at Decatur City Hall and at the Decatur Library on Sycamore Street. After May 17th,
According to the MOU, The week of May 1, the budget will be available on the City’s website at All citizens are invited to
the city will require a DeKalb Dunwoody city officials began attend the public hearings, to provide written and oral comments, and ask questions concerning the entire
County Fire Department fire 18 inspections at the request of budget.
DCSD. FY 2017-2018
code permit as well as a city-
issued land disturbance permit On May 8, Nall said the PROPOSED GENERAL FUND REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES
before issuing COs to DCSD MOU highlights gaps that exist Taxes 20,079,310
buildings, including portable in governing systems involving Licenses, Permits & Inspections 1,035,400
classrooms. enforcement power. He also Penalties, Fines & Forfeitures 1,020,000
DCSD will retain autonomy confirmed with Riley that the Charges for Current Services 1,856,660
on engineering, construction MOU does not create any new Intergovernmental Revenues 428,800
Miscellaneous Revenue 107,500
and maintenance. The district obligations to either Dunwoody Sale of Fixed Assets 10,000
is currently required to obtain or DCSD. Operating Transfers (521,110)
state certification when Nall also confirmed that Appropriation From (To) Fund Balance 1,180,030
completing capital projects, any suggestion Dunwoody TOTAL REVENUES $25,196,590
according to acting city city officials have shirked EXPENDITURES
Governmental Control Department 187,350
attorney Bill Riley, but under responsibilities with regards to General Government Department 1,931,690
the MOU, Dunwoody will have the school district is false. He Community & Economic Development Department 2,275,640
the final say in CO issuance. said the public should request Administrative Services Department 4,107,210
Following written and a statute granting powers Police Department 5,801,080
vocal concern from DeKalb to municipalities from state Fire & Rescue Department 3,538,840
Public Works Department 3,304,470
County commissioner Nancy government should they want Design, Environment & Construction Division 1,815,790
Jester, who on April 12 wrote the city to enforce code on Active Living Division 2,234,520
the city has ultimate authority another governing body. TOTAL EXPENDITURES $25,196,590
in issuing COs and enforcing “We should revisit this
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 9

County superintendent warns
against 13 Reasons Why
by R. Scott Belzer

In addition to television
critics worldwide, the hit Netflix
series 13 Reasons Why has
caught the attention of national
and international media outlets
since its debut on March 31.
As of early May, it has also DeKalb County School District has advised parents against the hit Netflix televi-
caught the attention of DeKalb sion series 13 Reasons Why. Photos submitted.
County School District (DCSD)
Superintendent Stephen Green. of warning to DCSD parents issue and to provide the
Based on a 2007 young adult regarding 13 Reasons Why and support for any child that is
novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons its contents. facing this challenge.”
Why follows Clay, a teenager at “We are writing out of DCSD recommends, much
a typical American high school, concern after learning that like some national media and
as he unravels 13 specific teens and pre-teens both here health professionals worldwide,
reasons as to why his crush, and across the nation have been to have frequent conversations
Anna, has committed suicide. watching a Netflix television with students to provide
Each tape Anna made names series, 13 Reasons Why, that “opportunities for dialogue.”
a different person responsible, portrays a young woman who is “We also suggest that
including Clay. experiencing turmoil and who parents and caregivers monitor
Since its release, 13 Reasons dies by suicide at the end of the television programming of
Why has received positive series,” the letter states. “The students,” the letter states.
reviews from critics but series is not appropriate viewing “Our school counselors, school
chastising responses from for school-age children, and psychologists, school social
school districts and health many students are watching it workers and other school
professionals. While critics have without adult supervision.” staff stand ready to assist with
praised the show’s portrayal of a The letter states that connections to professionals
modern high school student— suicide is an important topic who may help.”
complete with ups, downs, and a problem that requires The letter concludes with
tragedies and victories—some everyone’s attention. numbers for the Georgia
school districts and health “The district believes Crisis & Access Line (1-800-
professionals claim the show’s times like these are teachable 715-4225), National Suicide
realism glamorizes suicide, has
the potential to recall trauma
in viewers and runs the risk of
moments,” the letter states. “As
educators, both at school and
in the home, now is the time to
Prevention Lifeline (1-800-
273-8255) and the DeKalb
Community Service Board

creating a suicide contagion.
On May 5, Green sent letters
speak to our young men and
women about this important
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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 10

Laborers demand fair treatment in DeKalb schools
Claim 3 percent raises over 11-year period not enough
by R. Scott Belzer

According to DeKalb
County School District (DCSD)
employees Robert Hampton
and Michael Burdette,
it’s time for the district to
acknowledge the sacrifices
made by maintenance staff,
kitchen personnel, school
resource officers, bus drivers
and mechanics with fair
On May 15, Hampton and
Burdette joined a dozen other
employees in addressing the
DCSD board of education,
claiming they haven’t received
more than 3 percent in total
raises in 11 years.
“Every position has a certain
amount of steps assigned to it as
a minimum pay raise,” Burdette
said. “Three percent in 11 years
is totally unfair. We’ve been
here four months in a row—
the only thing we’ve received
is a response [Superintendent
Stephen Green] gave to the
news about getting back with us
at the end of the quarter during
the new budget cycle. We want
to see some results now.” DeKalb County School District maintenance, kitchen, mechanical and janitorial staff spoke again at the district’s May 15 meeting, requesting fair wages and
treatment from the administration. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
Hampton, Burdette and
others also addressed the the idea of step raises will be after reclassification, layoffs and brothers. We are passionate coworkers will continue to fight
board on March 20, claiming considered by district officials in pay freezes. about what we do and we hold for pay until they receive equal
the district’s $8.8 million in the near future. “It’s who we are,” Harrison each other to a higher standard.”
outsourced maintenance to “The district asserts a budget said. “[My coworkers] are my Hampton said he and his See Laborers on Page 12A
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financial crisis in 2008 and Hampton said DCSD has
its effect on organizations “dropped the ball” on adequate
throughout the country, but said salaries for employees other
he expected things to return to than teachers. He said the
normal. district’s choice to freeze the
“We sacrificed for that, but salaries of employees classified
what about our compensation as Tech 1, Tech 2 and Tech 3 is
for that sacrifice?” Burdette unfair and unjust.
asked. “We want an “I don’t care if you’re Dr.
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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 11


The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) opened a fully
renovated office at the Five Points Station on May 17. Photo submitted.

A woman protesting at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur holds a sign saying “bring birth back.” Photo by Horace Hol-
The Clarkston Community Center welcomed deputy director general Yan
Hong and chief of public service Wang Huan, both of the migrant and popu-
lation department of National Health and Family Planning Commission in
China on May 18. Photo submitted.

Global Growers Network celebrated its annual Toast to the Culture in Agri-
Dunwoody was the site of Tap Into Georgia beer festival on May 20, offering more than 100 beers, ciders, mead and culture event at its Stone Mountain-based Bamboo Creek Farm on May 21,
wine in addition to live music, food and fun for the entire family. Photo submitted. offering spring flavors, craft beer, kombucha, live music, farm tours and other
activities. Photo submitted.

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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 12

Jamie Harrison said DeKalb County
school laborers hold each other to
the highest standard and demand
the same standard from DCSD
administrators. Photo by R. Scott

Continued From Page 10A

treatment. In the interim, DCSD
officials stated they would
Atlanta Sports City announced its official sports medicine partner as Emory Healthcare and its official retail partner as Urban Retail. Photo by Carla Parker consider suggestions from any
worker in developing a budget
and that a strong fund balance

Atlanta Sports South partners with Emory trend would ensure additional
“DCSD appreciates the
contributions of its auxiliary
by Carla Parker provide diagnostic equipment, toward building the premier resources and opportunities for
workers in support of student including MRI scans. sports and entertainment the youth in the region to have
destination in the United a top-notch experience at what achievement and we want
The sports medicine to ensure they are treated
Emory Healthcare is coming pavilion also will feature a States,” Irons said. will be the region’s number
James Tsismanakis, one multi-use sports tourism equally,” officials said. “We
to Stonecrest. medical office health park are currently developing our
Atlanta Sports City anchored by Emory Healthcare. executive director of destination,” Tsismanakis said.
Discover DeKalb Convention “The opportunity to house budget for the 2017-2018
representatives announced May This will be the second multi- school year, and anticipate
17 that Emory Healthcare and specialty Emory Clinic facility and Visitors Bureau, the sports medicine services, a
convergence of Emory unique retail experience and continuing our trend of a strong
the Emory Sports Medicine and will serve as an east metro fund balance. If that financial
Center have partnered with regional office. Healthcare, Urban Retailers the ultimate reason to visit
and the Atlanta Sports City Atlanta Sports City, sports, all outlook continues, we will seek
the multi-million-dollar sports Atlanta Sports City to apply some surplus funds to
facility. also selected Urban Retail, team is impressive. in one place is monumental
“This partnership has to DeKalb County, the state of additional compensation for
In February, Discover a national leader in retail those workers—whatever we
DeKalb Convention and property management and continued to bring together the Georgia and the region.”
best of the best in partners, said do will be done to ensure fiscal
Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Sports Leasing, to be its retail responsibility and stability.”
Connection and Atlanta partner. Craig Delasin, CEO
Partners for Development Urban Retail Properties, said
announced the collaborative Atlanta Sports City will create
partnership to build Atlanta more foot traffic for the Mall
Sports City at Stonecrest— a at Stonecrest and surrounding
$200 million sports facility. retail stores.
The facility will be a 190-acre “Having a generator that can
entertainment and recreational create this type of foot traffic
sports facility with the ability for the mall is a game-changer,”
to host corporate activities and Delasin said. “We wanted to get
services. on board with that.”
Emory will anchor the Other developments
facility’s sports medicine negotiated as a part of Atlanta
programs and will provide Sports City’s partnership with
medical services for athletes. the Mall at Stonecrest will
Dr. Scott Boden, director of include the construction of a
the Emory Orthopaedics & new entrance to the mall and a
Spine Center, said the goal is sports-themed pedestrian path
to develop a partnership that linking the mall with the sports
could serve all athletes in the complex. The new entrance
area and their families that visit will add an additional 250,000
the sports facility. square feet of restaurants,
“This partnership will attractions, retail and green
establish an unmatched level space as an open-air feature to
of onsite integration of multi- the mall.
sport athletic competition and SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017
Project developer Vaughn 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
training with sports medicine Irons said the development Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College
and sports rehabilitation,” team is pleased to add Emory 495 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston, GA 30021
Boden said. Healthcare, Activities include:
The Emory Sports Emory Sports Medicine and Kidz Zone | Fitness and Cooking Demos | Health Screenings | Seminars on Fatherhood,
Chronic Disease Management, and Mental Wellness
Medicine Center will anchor Urban Retail as partners.
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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 13

County opens more early voting locations
by R. Scott Belzer DeKalb County state
representative Scott Holcomb emailed DeKalb County voting
office director Maxine Daniels
DeKalb County will following a lengthy commute
offer three more early to cast an early vote in the
voting locations for the 6th special election on April 18.
Congressional District runoff “I am making this request
on June 20 following a DeKalb based on my own experience
County Board of Registration and after hearing from
& Elections meeting on May constituents and leaders in the
11. community,” Holcomb states
The board voted 5-0 in in his letter. “For those who
favor of opening additional live in the State House District
early voting locations in that I represent, neither the
Chamblee, Tucker and Dunwoody nor the Memorial
Brookhaven, bringing the total Drive locations is convenient.
to five. And with the heightened traffic
Residents of the 6th challenges that metro-Atlanta
Congressional District— is facing, the drive is even
composed of parts of worse.”
Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton At the time, Holcomb
counties—will be able to vote requested one extra early
at the Briarwood Recreation voting location.
Center (2235 Briarwood “I would urge the opening
Way NE, Brookhaven), the of an additional early voting
DeKalb Elections Office (4380 location within the 6th
Memorial Drive, Decatur), Congressional District on the
Dunwoody Library (5339 eastern side of the district
Chamblee Dunwoody Road, (since Dunwoody covers the
Dunwoody), North DeKalb western side of the district),”
Senior Center (5238 Peachtree Holcomb’s letter concludes. “I
Road, Chamblee) and Tucker believe this is a common-sense
Recreation Center (4898 request that will make it easier
LaVista Road, Tucker) as early for DeKalb’s citizens to vote.” DeKalb County’s Board of Registration & Elections added three additional early voting locations—Briarwood Recreation
as May 30. Center, North DeKalb Senior Center and Tucker Recreation Center—following requests from residents and public officials.
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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 14

Deja vu for DeKalb
Medical protesters
“DeKalb Medical’s obstetrical
by Horace Holloman service is a progressive, high- quality, family-centered
program that strives to provide
A group gathered outside great birth experiences. We
of DeKalb Medical Center embrace the use of midwives,
(DMC) in Decatur to protest doulas, water immersion for
policy changes, which seemed labor and water births for low-
eerily familiar to some of the risk pregnancies and will soon
demonstrators. be among the first hospitals
Last August, mothers in Atlanta to offer nitrous
voiced their concerns after oxide as an option for pain
DMC temporarily suspended management. Patient safety is
water birthing. This year, a top priority, so we routinely
protesters find themselves in a review our policies around
similar fight after the privileges birth options and our policies
of Brad Bootstaylor, a delivery are aligned with the accepted
doctor who many patients standards of care.”  
believed respected patient Some mothers said they had
autonomy, were suspended. enjoyable delivery experiences Dozens of women gathered in front of DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur to protest “policy changes” by the hospital.
Bootstaylor announced via at DeKalb Medical and hope
Facebook that he would be the hospital will continue to
leaving the hospital effective give women medical options.
June 1. Kari Culverson, a DeKalb
Zawn Villines, one of the County resident who delivered
organizers of the event, said her daughter Orly at DMC,
the protest was about more said her experience with the
than Bootstaylor’s suspended hospital was great. Culverson
privileges. said the hospital set up a pool
“We’re here protesting both so she could attempt water
policy and practice changes birth.
at DeKalb Medical Center,” Although the water
Villines said. “We’ve heard birth wasn’t successful for
stories that are very troubling. Culverson, she said she hopes
We’ve heard about a lot of mothers will still have the
coercion of women; we’ve option in the future.
heard that women were denied “Everything was fine and
epidurals as punishment for the nurses were great, and then
noncompliance, we’ve heard two weeks after [Orly] was
about women being pressured born we heard DMC might
into C-sections...We feel like ban water births,” Culverson
Protesters at DeKalb Medical said the hospital is treating women unfairly.
the hospital has completely said. “After having such an
ignored us and they won’t amazing experience of being
answer our questions.” allowed to birth as we please, Notice of Public Hearing
The protest, which took I felt like this is something we
place on May 19, included wanted to fight for.” The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public
more than 30 women, men In a Facebook post, a hearing on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street,
and children. Villines said the message from Bootstaylor said Chamblee, GA 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the following
suspension of Bootstaylor has DeKalb Medical has made it matters:
•PZ-2017-099: Applicant: John Boggs, Jr.; Owner: C and J Trust. The applicant
left many women planning to difficult for women to exercise requests approval of a variance from the City of Chamblee Code of Ordinances,
give birth at DeKalb Medical birth choices. Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance, Sec. 240-13(a)(10)(b) to reduce the
with unanswered questions. “Despite great progress outdoor play area required per child; Sec. 240-13(a)(10)(d) to allow a non-circular
“[DeKalb Medical Center] in developing a service drive; Sec. 230-5 to allow a ramp to encroach the 15’ front yard setback; and Sec.
portrays us to the media as a there, we remain steadfast in 250-22 to allow a dumpster to encroach the 5’ setback. The property is located at 3467
Pierce Drive (Tax Parcel 18-299-11-009).
bunch of crazy women, but supporting mothers’ choices
they won’t talk to us. They and DeKalb Medical has made •PZ-2017-101: Applicant: Josh Haywood; Owner: Maltese Family Holdings, LLC.
have told us nothing about the it challenging for us to do this,” The applicant requests approval of a Major Modification to a previously approved
suspension of [Bootstaylor] Bootstaylor wrote. Development of Community Impact. In addition, variances are requested from the City
and his suspension has left a lot Brittany Knapik, who of Chamblee Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance, Sec.
230-2 (a) to allow encroachment of balconies into the required yard setbacks; Sec.
of women’s births in question,” had both her sons at DMC, 250-2 to reduce the minimum parking requirement; Sec. 240-13 (a)(5)(a) to reduce
Villines said. “This provider said the support staff at the the size requirement for storage units; and Sec. 240-13 (a)(5)(e) to reduce the size of
backs up women who have hospital is great, but hopes the balconies on multifamily residential units. The property is located at 5251 Peachtree
home births, which I realize administrators at DMC hear Boulevard (Tax Parcel 18-299-14-005).
is controversial, but when you and understand the protesters’ •PZ-2017-082: Applicant: Jim Warren; Owner: 1961 Fifth Street, LLC. The
don’t have a provider to back concerns. applicant requests approval of an amendment to a previously approved Planned Unit
up home births then what “They don’t have any Development. This amendment includes a Preliminary Plat, Master Signage Plan, and
happens is women don’t go business telling us what to do revised building elevations. The property is located at 4041 and 4047 Clairmont Road,
to the hospital and they get with our bodies,” Knapik said. 1961 Fifth Street, 1938 and 1962 Sixth Street (Tax Parcels 18-279-05-001, 002, 003,
into trouble and women and 010, 011).
“We’re being told what to do by
children can die.” administrators. A lawyer or an •2017TA-003: The City of Chamblee, Georgia proposes to amend the Official City
DMC released a statement administrator has no business Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance, Title 2, “Land Use
to The Champion regarding its in telling me what’s happening and Zoning”, Chapters 210 to 240.
policy and the protest saying, to me.”
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 15

Zack Phillips

Terry Segovis
News of DeKalb County School District terminating and demoting nine elementary school principals resulted in public outcry on May 15.

Public rallies after DeKalb principals fired
Stakeholders claim unfair, data-driven treatment
by R. Scott Belzer On May 15, members of the to reach grade level norms, community, school leadership according to one parent. Sylvia Reddick
and PTA voiced their concern “I call into question the
about the matter to the board of use of CCRPI scores as a
Nine DeKalb County School
education. determinate for this decision
District (DCSD) elementary
DeKalb residents discussed at a school as unique as ISC,”
school principals were
how each principal—Terry Howell said. “The ISC exists
terminated this month, leaving
Segovis (ISC), Ethan Suber to meet the unique social and
stakeholders, students and staff
(Panola Way), Ledra Jemison emotional needs of its diverse
uncertain about the district’s
(Stoneview), Zack Phillips body of refugee students. This
approach to measuring success
(Flat Rock), Karen Williams is a program seen only in about
and failure.
(Shadow Rock), Sylvia a dozen places throughout the Dominique Terrell
Parents from Dresden,
Reddick Pilson (Snapfinger), country… How do standardized
Rock Chapel, Panola Way, Oak
Rodney Mallory (Oak View) tests measure performance
View, the International Student
Dominique Terrell (Dresden) and achievement in non- Rodney Mallory
Center (ISC), Stoneview,
and Michael Williamson (Rock standardized populations?”
Flat Rock, Shadow Rock and
Chapel)—brought more to their Howell challenged DCSD to
Snapfinger elementary schools
respective schools than data produce peer-reviewed research
received a letter from DCSD
points and statistics. stating CCRPI scores are a valid
Superintendent Stephen Green
Some of the most vocal measure of success for ISC’s
the week of May 8 detailing
stakeholders argued on student body.
how each school will replace its
behalf of ISC principal Segovis was named principal
respective principal.
Segovis. Former employee of the year in 2013 and the
“In an effort to raise student
Justin Howell, who currently International Student Center
achievement, DCSD has begun
serves as deputy director received a five-star school
the process of identifying
for the International Rescue climate rating from the Georgia
and hiring a new principal
Committee Atlanta, explained Department of Education. Ledra Jemison Michael Williamson
for [School’s name] for the
how ISC should be held to a Others opted to share
upcoming 2017-2018 school
different standard, as its overall positive aspects they have
year,” the letter states. “The
purpose is integration. observed at their respective
change in leadership follows a
ISC’s student body is 100 schools.
thorough review of the school
percent refugee, immigrants First-year Flat Rock percent of my students met
academic performance over
and English language learners. kindergarten teacher standards on MAP testing.”
the last three school years. The
Students are often 13 to 20 years Temperance Neal credited Similar stories came
district strongly believes in
of age with less than six years of Phillips in offering weekend from parents, teachers and
the abilities of its students and
education and are automatically training and academic coaching community members of Panola
employees, and that a fresh
placed in the seventh or eighth to make sure students make it Way as well as Stoneview.
approach will support the
grade. ISC students typically to the next level. Stakeholders claimed the
college and career readiness of
receive less than two years to “As a first-year teacher in a principals were in touch with
[School’s name] students.”
be ready for the eighth grade new school system, you never the community, engage with
The letter concludes with
Milestones test, while research know what to expect,” Neal said. it on a regular basis and know
the promise that DCSD officials
has proven it typically takes “I’m happy to say my school the challenges of low-income Ethan Suber
will “engage the community,
a second-language English has held us to the highest level transience.
leadership staff and PTA officers
student seven to 10 years of achievement. Around 88
in this very important process.”
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Printer says business built on faith, hard work
by Kathy Mitchell hours and going to college in
the evenings. It was getting to
Rick Sauers’ Stone be too much for me. I went
Mountain office at The Sauers to him and explained that I
Group Inc., where he is needed help.” The grocery
president and CEO, was once executive wasn’t sympathetic.
filled with prestigious awards He berated Sauers for “wasting
and other honors from his his time” in college, saying that
career in the printing business. he had become successful with
Many honor his service to only a sixth-grade education.
local, regional and national Soon after, Sauers launched
professional organizations. his career in the printing
One day he decided to remove industry, a career that in April
most of them and display reached the 50-year mark.
“what I want to look at every His brother-in-law asked
day and what I want visitors to him to join a family business,
see when they come here.” Decatur News Publishing
There are still business Co., a publisher of metro
recognitions such as the weekly newspapers. He was
Benjamin Franklin (Benny) made head of the division
Awards, which he describes that printed non-newspaper
as “the Oscars of the printing material. Sauers took what he
business.” The Sauers Group described as the “stepchild”
Inc., is the only company in division, working as a “one-
the southeast to have won man show” doing everything
back-to-back Bennys. from typesetting to sales, and
Still, most of Sauers’ office made it into a highly profitable
décor reflects what he calls entity.
his “spiritual awakening.” One When the owners decided
piece of artwork, for example, to sell the business in 1992,
depicts Jesus washing the feet Sauers bought his division,
of a man in business attire. which he had grown to a
There are also Bibles, a set of major player in the southeast
Last Supper figurines, framed printing industry with more
spiritual quotations and than $18 million in sales.
books—lots of books. Among Sauers said his true
them is the book Sauers said business success has not
helped to launch his spiritual “I can’t separate my business life, my personal life and my spiritual life,” says Rick Sauers as he reflects on 50 years in been in terms of dollars or
the printing business.
path, Intercepted by Christ by prestige. “What matters are the
Dan Dehaan, which details lives that have been touched
preachers and missionaries. will never discriminate against “I decided I was on my
the spiritual journey of Falcons through this business, the
“I was astonished. I wish I anyone for any reason.” way to becoming president
player Steve Bartkowski. people who have learned a
had had a chance to discuss He discovered his talent of the company,” he recalled,
“I can’t separate my better way to interact with
this with my mother, but she for business at an early age. noting that the office of the
business life, my personal other people by seeing the way
passed away before I found out As a high school student, he current president of the
life and my spiritual life,” we treat clients and each other.
who her people were.” took a job in a Decatur grocery regional grocery chain was in
Sauers said. “They all blend It’s as old and simple as the
Among the traits Sauers store and was made assistant the store he managed. “He saw
and overlap. I try to treat Golden Rule—you just treat
said he gained from his manager when he was still a me every day and really liked
everyone—employees, clients, other people the way you want
mother’s example is a strong teenager. After graduation, he the way I was running the
family, friends, visitors—in to be treated.”
work ethic. “Even though she was promoted to manager. store, but I was working long
a way that reflects Christ.
did not receive the title or
I know that I didn’t build
pay she deserved because she
this company—it was Jesus
was a woman, many people
working through me.
“Even when I’ve had to
recognized what a great asset CITY OF DORAVILLE
dismiss employees—including
she was to the company,” he PUBLIC NOTICE
said, noting that the national Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
those I had to dismiss for
retailer his mother worked
cause—I always did it in a Notice is hereby given that the proposed budget for the City of Doraville shall be
for gave her the title assistant
way that did not demean or available for public inspection beginning Friday, June 2, 2017, in the City Clerk’s
regional human resources
humiliate the person. When office from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue,
manager—even though
I laid people off during a Doraville, GA.
there was no regional human
downsizing, I always gave
resources manager—to avoid A Public Hearing shall be held on the 12th day of June at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 3725
them a generous severance
giving her a manager’s salary. Park Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville at
package even though I wasn’t
“As companies often did which time public comment pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through
required to give them a nickel.”
back then, they got rid of June 30, 2018) budget shall be sounded. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend.
Sauers said he did not
her when she reached her
attend church regularly when A Public Hearing shall be held on the 19th day of June at 6:00 p.m. at Doraville Civic
50s. After years of excellent
he was growing up. “My Center, 3770 Central Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the City
performance ratings, they
mother was a perfect example of Doraville at which time public comment pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1,
suddenly gave her a poor
of kindness and respect for 2017 through June 30, 2018) budget shall be sounded. All citizens of Doraville are
rating. It was blatant age
other people, but she rarely invited to attend.
discrimination. She was
took us to church and never
devastated.” Even though she
talked about spiritual matters.” A Regular Meeting shall be held on the 19th day of June at 6:30 p.m. at Doraville
was soon offered a much better Civic Center, 3770 Central Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the
He said he was surprised
job than the one she lost, City of Doraville at which time the Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30,
to learn through his older
Sauers having witnessed his 2018) budget shall be approved and the budget ordinance adopted in accordance with
sister that his grandparents
mother’s pain vowed, “I will O.C.G.A. 36-81-5. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend.
and great-grandparents were
never treat anyone unfairly; I
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Nine DeKalb athletes selected to
All-Metro Track and Field team Marcelus Boykin, Devin Brewington, Terry the public to decide which of these students will be
by Carla Parker
Conwell, Terryon Conwell, Justin Tomlin and given top honors and win a special scholarship.” Hasim Smith. The All-Metro athletes were selected based on
Nine DeKalb County track and field athletes are One of the athletes will be voted Most Outstanding criteria including performance at the state meet,
among 49 runners, jumpers and throwers selected Track Athlete. Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s season bests and head-to-head competition.
by the Atlanta Track Club to receive All-Metro High executive director, said the athletes are the future of The 2017 All-Metro High School Track and Field
School Track and Field Team honors. the organization and the future of track and field in Team will be honored at a banquet at The Stave Room
The Atlanta Track Club announced the honorees the United States. in Midtown Atlanta on June 7. The student athletes
on May 16. The nine students are Miller Grove “We look forward to celebrating their who have been named Most Outstanding Track
sophomore Emoni Coleman (800-meter run), accomplishments next month and following their Athlete and Most Outstanding Field Athlete will be
Lakeside sophomore Brian Herron (400-meter performances in the sport as they continue their high announced at the banquet as well as the recipients of
dash), Decatur senior Sam Ellis (800-meter run) school career or go on to college athletics,” Kenah the Coach’s Dedication Awards.
and Southwest DeKalb’s 4x100-meter relay team— said. “With so much talent, it will be for coaches and

Marist to play for baseball state title
by Carla Parker
The Marist War Eagles baseball
team is back in the running for a state
Marist advanced to the Class AAAA
title game after sweeping LaGrange 2-0 at
LaGrange High School in the semifinals
May 17. The War Eagles won the first
game of the best-of-three series 5-0, and
completed the double-header sweep with a
9-0 victory.
Marist (24-16) will host region
7-AAAA rival Blessed Trinity (35-4) in the
championship series with a double-header
on May 25 and Game 3 on May 26, if
necessary. Blessed Trinity won the region
with an undefeated record of
12-0, while Marist finished second with a
9-3 region record.
Marist was 0-3 against Blessed Trinity
in the regular season and hopes to get
its first win against the rival team in the
championship series.
The War Eagles will try to win its 13th
state title in program history and its first
since 2011. Marist lost to Redan in 2013—
its last championship series appearance—
Marist will host Blessed Trinity in the Class AAAA baseball championship series. Photo by Travis Hudgons in the Class AAAA title game.
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 19

TRACK & FIELD Emory sends nine
to NCAA Division III
Nine members of the Emory University
Track and Field teams have been selected
to compete in the NCAA Division III
Outdoor Track & Field Championships
May 25–27 at the SPIRE Institute in
Geneva, Ohio.
Senior Mia Eisenhandler, junior
Gabrielle Stravach and sophomores Dani
Bland and Ariana Newhouse will compete
in individual events for the women with
both the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.
The 4x100-meter relay team consists of
Bland, Newhouse, junior Julia Leventhal
and sophomore Dilys Osei and the 4x400-
meter relay features Osei, Newhouse,
junior Erica Goldman and freshman
Kaitlyn Leonard.
Bland enters with top-five seed times
in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes,
owning the second fastest seed time in the
100 (11.70) and is fifth in the 200 (24.26).
She placed second in both events at the
University Athletic Association (UAA)
championships in April.
Stravach adds a top-five seed time
for the Eagles as she is positioned fifth
with a time of 4:30.65 in the 1500-meter
run. Stravach earned All-UAA honors in
the event, finishing second at the UAA
Eisenhandler, a third-place finisher in
the 3000-meter steeplechase at the UAA
championships, owns the 19th-best seed
time in the event out of 22 participants,
coming in at 10:54.07. Newhouse will
Junior Shane Sullivan is the lone representative for the Emory men’s team, competing in the 5000-meter run. compete in the 400-meter dash at the
NCAA championships for the second
straight season, earning the final qualifying
spot with a time of 56.63. She placed 21st
overall at the 2016 NCAA championships.
Osei, Newhouse and Goldman return
to the NCAA championships as part of
the 4x400-meter relay after finishing
fourth overall at last year’s outdoor
championships. This season, the trio along
with Leonard enter with the seventh-
fastest seed time out of 16 teams with a
mark of 3:49.27. The group earned All-
UAA recognition with a second-place
Osei, Newhouse, Bland and Leventhal
are set to compete in the 4x100m
relay for the first time at the Outdoor
Championships as the group posted a
season-best time of 47.14, the ninth fastest
seed time of 16 qualifying relay teams. The
group added a UAA title with a time of
47.27 last month.
Junior Shane Sullivan is the lone
representative for the men’s team,
competing in the 5000-meter run for the
Eagles. Sullivan ranks as the 14th fastest
out of the field of 20 runners with his
seed time of 14:24.23. He finished second
overall at the UAA championships.
Action in Geneva, Ohio begins May 25
with the prelims of the 200-meter dash,
1500-meter run, 3000-meter steeplechase,
the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-
Emory junior Gabrielle Stravach will compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. meter relay.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, May 26, 2017 • Page 20

Thurmond: SPLOST would be ‘game-changer’ for DeKalb
be reduced by 10 percent.
by Horace Holloman Last year before a SPLOST option was put on a November referendum,
DeKalb officials noticed the word
Months after one word derailed “tolled” in the language of House Bill
an opportunity for DeKalb County 596. If the bill had been approved, a tax
to benefit from a $550 million break for DeKalb homeowners “shall
special purpose local option sales tax be tolled” or otherwise would lose their
(SPLOST), DeKalb County officials will tax break.
try again. DeKalb County Commissioner
Gov. Nathan Deal signed two Kathie Gannon said last year was a
pieces of legislation pertaining to learning experience.
DeKalb County’s SPLOST. Senate Bill “We’re ready to go. Last year was a
143 amends the “tolled” language that good practice for us to get started and I
sidetracked a SPLOST referendum in think it helped us clarify our priorities,”
DeKalb County last year while Senate Gannon said. “We clearly need to get
Bill 156 makes certain provisions on the roads fixed. It’s the roads. We see
what the one-cent sales tax money can that and we live that every day.”
be used for. Commissioners and the CEO’s office
In a press conference with media will create a project list in the upcoming
May 17 at the Maloof Building, DeKalb months. Gannon said it’s important
County CEO Michael Thurmond said moving forward to educate the public
a SPLOST for the county could be a DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond joins Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as he signs legislation to on what they will be voting for.
approve a one-penny sales tax for DeKalb County.  
game-changer. Thurmond said roughly “It’s important that we’re all on the
85 percent of the proceeds from Thurmond said he is pleased with same page because my hope is this will
outlay projects, with the requirement
SPLOST would be used on repaving how DeKalb legislators came together be our first time with SPLOST and
that the repair of capital outlay project
and repairing DeKalb County roads. to get SB 156 passed. everyone sees the benefits,” Gannon
expenditures not exceed 15 percent
“We are focused and we’re working According to the provisions of the said. “The other counties have been
of the total SPLOST proceeds. The
in a very positive direction to improve legislation, SPLOST money must be doing SPLOST for 15-plus years and
county’s budget office estimates
the quality of life for DeKalb citizens,” spent on transportation-related projects you see the progress that they’ve made,
SPLOST could bring in an estimated
Thurmond said. “This [SPLOST] can such as roads, bridges public transit, not just in roads but various other
$382 million for unincorporated
be used to repave our roads and streets airports, buses and seaports. facilities and that’s a huge deficit in
DeKalb, but because of a tax exemption
which are in serious need of repair.” Money can be used on capital DeKalb County.”
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