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Public piano coming to Brookhaven
by Carla Parker

Young pianist Nico Brett
loves playing the piano so much
that he practices almost every
Even while on vacation with
his family, Nico wants to practice
the piano, but he couldn’t
bring one with him. One year,
Nico, now 11 years old, was in
London with his parents—Jason
and Kelly Brett—when they
discovered a way for Nico to
practice the piano.
“We found out about public
piano projects and found a
public piano in London at one of
the big train stations there, and
that’s where he [went] every day
to practice,” Jason Brett said.
“People would gather around,
have conversations and we saw
all these people smiling and
we thought it was fantastic. We
would like to have something like
this in Atlanta.”
When they returned home,
they begin strategizing and
calling people to create an
organization that would refurbish
pianos and place them in public
places for people to use for
free. The Bretts formed the non-
profit Play Me Again Pianos in
February 2016. Aragon will be made available to the public June 4 at Ashford Park
Jason Brett said they took an
old piano they owned, worked
with some people in Sandy The Bretts’ goal is to place 88 need a tuning or minor repairs. chose the artist that they want to
Springs who introduced them to freely accessible public pianos “We have a piano technician paint the piano that’s going to be
the Chastain Park Conservancy, throughout metro Atlanta. The that works with us and we’re located there.”
had an artist paint the piano and piano in Ashford Park will be the always looking for more The pianos also have unique
placed it at Chastain Park. third located in DeKalb County. technicians to work with us as names. Brett said the pianos are
“That was our first one, which There is one at the Chamblee well to keep those pianos tuned,” used every day by pianists and
was placed in March 2016 and Rail Trail and at Dunwoody Brett said. “We have to pay children.
we’ve been building since then,” Nature Center. for a lot of services and we’re “We know of a lot of adults
Brett said. “Street pianos and public always looking for volunteers to and students who do practices
They have placed six pianos inspire people to connect help drive that cost down and and impromptu performances
refurbished pianos in various with each other in ways that donations to help pay for it.” on these pianos,” he said. “It
areas of metro Atlanta and will were once common, but seem Artists also contribute their brings all kinds of accidental
place their seventh piano in increasingly rare,” Jason Brett talents to Play Me Again Pianos encounters with music
Ashford Park in Brookhaven on said. “By adding our pianos to by creating designs for the throughout the community.”
June 4. Brookhaven officials will the landscape throughout the pianos. Brett said they are looking for
hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony city, we hope to nurture that “We reach out to our artists donated space that would allow
to celebrate the new piano, connection into an evolution of and ask them to submit design them to store and paint pianos.
which is named Aragon. The Atlanta’s culture, community and ideas or samples of their work,” “It will reduce the move of the
piano is painted purple with a the arts.” Brett said. “Then we go back piano and reduce our expenses,”
dragon design. The Bretts collect pianos that to the venue and share those he said.
are in good working order but concepts with them and they’ll

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Avondale police notify residents
of summer crime spike
car is not in use—place all absence.
by Carla Parker valuables in the trunk. Thomas said it also important
A rendering of the North Decatur Square project located at Church Street and
North Decatur Road. Development officials said the development could be • Do not leave valuable items— to remember the safety of
complete by the third quarter of next year. mowers, leaf blowers, chain children.
Summer break has begun in saws, ladders—unattended “Front yards will have
DeKalb County, which means in your yard or visible in a children playing in them, and

police departments are preparing carport. the streets will have more
for the annual summer crime • Secure and lock gates, garage bicyclists traveling on them
spike. doors, and storage shed doors going to friends’ houses, the

taking shape after
Avondale Estates Police after each use. pool and just having fun riding
Chief Lynn Thomas released • Remember to close and lock their bikes,” he said. “Motorists
an emailed message to residents doors and windows when you are reminded to observe posted
May 23 to expect an increase are away from your home, speed limits, obey stop and

signing tenants
in crime during the summer regardless how long or short other traffic control signs and
months. the time and if you have an to be highly observant when
“As stated in previous alarm activate it. traveling through residential
summer letters, we must always • Keep bicycle(s) and sports neighborhoods.”
remember that crime does equipment inside a closed The city changed Dartmouth
by Horace Holloman not take a vacation,” Thomas garage or house when not in Avenue in front of Willis Park said. “Traditionally, during the use. If bicycles cannot be stored and the Avondale Swim and
summer months there is a rise inside, consider using a cable Tennis Club will to a one-way
A Decatur-based development is beginning to take shape after in criminal activity, especially or chain to securely lock them. road for the pool season and it
S.J. Collins Enterprises, a commercial real estate development thefts from vehicles, carports, • When on vacation, only carry will remain a one-way road until
firm, signed its first tenants. and of items left unattended in credit and debit cards that you the end of the pool season.
 North Decatur Square, located at Church Street and North the yard.” absolutely need; leave all others “Please obey the traffic flow
Decatur Road, signed some of its first tenants including Avalon Thomas said those crimes are secured at home or in a bank plan and encourage visitors
Nail Spa, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Club Pilates, gusto! Wood Fire called “crimes of opportunity” deposit box. and friends to be alert and
Grill, Hollywood Feed, Regions Bank, Sage Dental and Takorea. and lists measures residents can • Before leaving on vacation, obey parking requirements,”
 Decatur’s newest development plans to be selective with its use to prevent being a victim of complete a security check Thomas said. “It is our desire
tenants, said S.J. Collins Enterprise Partner Jeff Garrison. So far, those crimes: form requesting the Avondale that everyone has a safe and
the process has been overwhelming, he said.   • Lock your vehicle doors when Estates Police Department to enjoyable summer.”
“The interest that we’re getting has been way more than we check your home during your
can handle. We’ve been very happy with the response,” Garrison
said. “With that being said, we’re being very selective. We’re
trying to create the best center. It’s an art, not a science.” 
Garrison said S.J. Collins Enterprises is looking for “unique”
tenants that can also offer healthy, affordable food.  
“We’re not going to do the mahogany-wall steak restaurant.
We want to focus on the daily needs of the community. We’re
looking for fast-casual places,” Garrison said.  
North Decatur Square will feature pedestrian-friendly designs
and walk paths along with multi-use trails. The area will also offer L I T H O NI A
green space. The development is roughly 86,000 square feet and
features a four-story apartment building by Terwilliger Pappas.
The apartment community will house an estimated 450 residents.
Farmers Market

 The development’s anchor tenant will be a 35,000-square-foot LITHONIA CITY HALL
365 by Whole Foods Market grocery store.  
“This is a unique and hip area in Atlanta,” said Justin Latone, EVERY SUNDAY | 12-4 p.m.
director of leasing for the center, in a statement. “With this retail JUNE 4TH THROUGH S EPTEMBER 1 8TH ACC
center, we elected to pursue more local and trendy businesses HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LITH ONIA
in the area like Takorea and gusto!, but we also want to attract 6 920 MAIN ST. LITH ONIA, GA 3 0 058
highly respected businesses like 365 by Whole Foods, which will
be the first in Georgia. We think this retail hub will be a regional
asset for the up-and-coming Decatur market.” 
Construction on the development is scheduled for the fall of
this year and Garrison said it could be complete as early as the
third quarter of 2018.
“Most of what we heard is that [North Decatur Square] can’t CONTACT:FARMERS.MARKET@LITHONIACITY.ORG
come soon enough. That’s why we spent so much time with the
homeowners’ associations and their representatives,” Garrison
said. “We want the atmosphere to be fun, but we want people to
feel comfortable. We want this to be a part of everyday life.”
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 3

According to Dunwoody Police
spokesmen, space is limited and reservations
are encouraged. To RSVP and for more
information, contact Katherine Tate at (678)
City to host dog event 382-6918 or katherine.tate@dunwoodyga.
Nature center to host summer
concerts gov.
Brookhaven’s third annual “Bark in the
Park” will be held June 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at Brookhaven Park. The event will feature Dunwoody Nature Center—located at 5343

music, dog trick demonstrations, pet-related Roberts Drive—will host four concerts as part
vendors and adoptions. All dogs must be on of its 2017 Summer Concert Series.
a leash. Admission is free. The park is located The series features local bands playing

at 4158 Peachtree Road. For information on evening sets.
becoming a vendor, email Philip.mitchell@ On June 3, funk band Dyn-o-mite will take the stage at the Nature Center’s old fireplace.
On June 27, local rock band High Beams will
play. On July 1, bluegrass band Honeywood City to host yoga in the park event
will showcase their talent. To finish off the

DORAVILLE 2017 series, acoustic songwriter Wesley Cook
will play.
Concerts are free to Dunwoody Nature
Stone Mountain will host Yoga in the Park
at Randolph Medlock Park on June 10 from 9
to 10 a.m. The family-friendly event will occur
City to host ‘Movies Under the Stars’ Center members and $5 for adults, $3 for monthly on the second Saturday until Sept. 9.
students and free for children ages 3 and For more information, contact Sara Abrams at
As part of its “Movies Under the Stars” younger. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and (704) 965-1800.
event, the city of Doraville will host film ends tentatively at 9 p.m.

screenings at Honeysuckle Park—located at Residents are encouraged to bring their
3037 Pleasant Valley Drive—on June 9 and own beach chairs, blankets and seating
July 14. arrangements. Food and beverages are
On June 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m., DeKalb available for purchase at each concert but Organization to host car show
County residents can enjoy The Secret Life of attendees may to bring picnic baskets.
Pets free of charge. The film follows a terrier For more information, visit www. Tucker Cruise-In, a non profit, old-
named Max and Duke, a stray who is adopted fashioned town meet and greet car show will
by Max’s owner. be held June 10 on Main Street in Tucker.
On July 14 at 6:30 p.m., attendees can Police department to host free car There will be a variety of cars, ranging from
screen Moana, which follows a Polynesian seat class antiques to street rods and motorcycles
princess as she seeks out a demigod to solve to imports. The Cruise-Ins are held on the
a curse on her island homeland. The public is invited to attend a free second Saturday of every month through
Both events are free. Attendees are car seat class at the Dunwoody Police September. The event begins at 5 p.m. and
encouraged to bring their own chairs or Department—located at 41 Perimeter Center ends with the presentation of awards around
blankets. Food, beverages, children activities East—on June 3 from 9:30 until 11 a.m. 8 p.m. There is a $5 registration fee to enter
and games will also be available. The class is designed for DeKalb County a car into judging. The cut off time to have
For more information, contact Doraville’s residents expecting a child or currently using enter a car into judging is 6:30 p.m. For more
parks and recreation department at (770) 936- a rear-facing car seat. Attendees can expect information, call (770) 527-1521.
3850. to learn car seat law, how to properly install
seats, news on safety recalls and what police
look for when inspecting car seats.



Monday, June 12, 2017

TIME LOCATION Monday, June 12, 2017
5:30 p.m. J. David Williamson Board Room

Robert R. Freeman Administrative Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083 6:15 p.m. J. David Williamson Board Room
Robert R. Freeman Administrative Complex
The DeKalb County Board of Education will hold a public budget 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.
hearing to solicit feedback from the public regarding the 2017- Stone Mountain, GA 30083
2018 school system’s budget. The proposed FY2017–2018 General
Fund Tentative Budget contains full funding for the salary

Citizens interested in reviewing a detailed copy of the program
increases granted by the Board during mid-year FY2017 (1.5% and
based budget may do so by visiting the DeKalb County School
District website at

Brookhaven approves Comfort Women of WWII memorial
beautiful statue will bring much ‘comfort women’ and their
by Carla Parker healing, peace and hope,” Kyu suffering,” Ernst said in a press Kim said in a press released. release. “Brookhaven is now
According to the city, City the first city in the state of
Councilman John Park first Georgia and the deep South to
Brookhaven is continuing
brought the idea of welcoming publicly commit to the ‘comfort
its efforts to bring awareness to
the memorial to the city. women’ memorial, and we
human trafficking.
“The ‘comfort women’ encourage other cities to join us
The Brookhaven City
tragedy is one the largest known in a strong, public stand against
Council May 23 unanimously
cases of human and sexual human trafficking.”
approved bringing a monument,
trafficking in the 20th century,” Brookhaven was the first city
that recognizes the danger and
Park said in a press release. “The to join the “We’re Not Buying It”
injustice of human trafficking
city of Brookhaven is deeply campaign, a national initiative
worldwide, to the city. The
honored to be the home for the to create a forum for all 50
memorial, named Young Girl’s
Young Girl’s Statue for Peace. states to collaborate and develop
Statue for Peace, was donated
As we remember the history strategies to end sex trafficking.
by the Atlanta Comfort Women
of these victims of human In 2014, the city became first
Memorial Task Force in honor
trafficking and enslavement, we city in Georgia to train its top
of the 200,000 “comfort women”
bear witness to their suffering managers and all city employees
of World War II.
so that these atrocities never to recognize signs of child sex
“Comfort women” were
happen again.” trafficking.
women and girls forced into
Brookhaven Mayor John The city said the “comfort
sexual slavery by the Imperial
Ernst said the memorial will women” memorial will be
Japanese Army in occupied
raise awareness of the ongoing placed at an appropriate location
territories before and during
problems of sexual and human for public display within the
World War II.
trafficking taking place in metro next 30 days. The city and
Baik Kyu Kim, chair of the
Atlanta and the world. task force also will organize an
task force, said the organization
“The city of Brookhaven is educational event on the history
is grateful for the courage,
proud to join the growing list of the “comfort women” and the
passion and commitment of
of progressive cities around the connections with other local The Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved to bring a memorial named
Brookhaven city officials. Young Girl’s Statue for Peace to the city in honor of the “comfort women” of
world that have already installed and international cases of sex
“It is our hope that this World War II. Photo from the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force
memorials in recognition of trafficking.

The DeKalb County Board of Education does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the
DeKalb County School District Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, Georgia
on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. 48-5-32, does hereby publish
the following presentation of the current year's tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy
for the past five years.


DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Real & Personal 17,578,034,324 17,512,942,085 18,945,661,424 21,114,929,747 22,708,465,405 24,330,418,024
Motor Vehicles 1,265,293,750 1,359,311,440 1,135,212,830 781,124,040 568,562,240 501,760,240
Mobile Homes 440,056 396,572 355,333 358,733 769,100 1,255,335
Timber - 100% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Duty Equipment 77,829 34,308 57,864 2,208 76,000 157,886
Gross Digest 18,843,845,959 18,872,684,405 20,081,287,451 21,896,414,728 23,277,872,745 24,833,591,485
Less M& O Exemptions 2,847,239,428 2,826,254,552 2,923,178,437 3,144,309,260 3,295,536,890 3,224,983,327
Net M & O Digest 15,996,606,531 16,046,429,853 17,158,109,014 18,752,105,468 19,982,335,855 21,608,608,158
State Forest Land Assistance
Grant Value 0 0 0 0 0 0
Adjusted Net M&O Digest 15,996,606,531 16,046,429,853 17,158,109,014 18,752,105,468 19,982,335,855 21,608,608,158

Gross M&O Millage 23.98 23.98 23.98 23.98 23.73 23.38
Less Rollbacks 0.00 0.00 0.00 -0.25 -0.35 0.00
Net M&O Millage 23.98 23.98 23.98 23.73 23.38 23.38

Total School Taxes Levied $383,598,625 $384,793,388 $411,451,454 $444,987,463 $467,187,012 $505,209,259

Net Taxes $ Increase ($21,384,338) $1,194,763 $26,658,066 $33,536,009 $22,199,550 $38,022,246
Net Taxes % Increase -5.28% 0.31% 6.93% 8.15% 4.99% 8.14%

LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 5

Decatur was Chuck Klosterman’s fifth stop on a nine-city tour promoting his new book, Chuck Klosterman X.

Author expounds on modern American culture
by Kathy Mitchell many of the articles in their original form, “Ohio is unique. They call it a battleground
featuring previously unpublished passages state and it really is. It’s the whole country
New York Times bestselling author and digressions.” condensed into one state. There are true
Chuck Klosterman acknowledged at a An essay he read from describes a court liberals and true conservatives. That’s why
recent appearance at the Decatur Library case involving his favorite soft drink. “It has nobody can predict what direction it will go
that the title of his latest book, Chuck been brought to my attention that Mountain in during a national election.”
Klosterman X, was probably a mistake. Dew can dissolve a mouse,” he read. Icons of the future: What if any aspect
“I am now realizing it was a stupid idea. “This information comes not from some of modern culture—rock ‘n’ roll music,
It’s called Chuck Klosterman X because rival beverage critic, but from PepsiCo for example—in the future is reduced to
it’s my 10th book; but first of all—except at itself: In an attempt to get out of a lawsuit, single figure. Would it be Elvis Presley?
Super Bowl time— Americans aren’t that the manufacturers of Mountain Dew are Would it be Bob Dylan? “We’ve done that
into Roman numerals. They’re more likely to suggesting that—if a mouse were somehow before. Ask anyone to name a composer of
read it as X, not as 10. Besides, other than trapped inside a bottle of Dew—the marching band music. They will either name
the publisher, who keeps up with how many rodent would be turned into a gelatinous, John Philip Sousa or nobody. Who will
previous books an author has? And, I made unrecognizable blob. If true, such evidence emerge as the embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll?
this same mistake before. My fourth book would contradict the accusation of Ronald If we go with Elvis, who didn’t write his own
was called Chuck Klosterman IV. People Ball, a Wisconsin man who claims to have music, the focus is on performance. On the
thought it was about a medical procedure.” purchased a Mountain Dew at a vending other hand, if the focus is authenticity, it’s
With a mixture of such self-deprecating machine and found a dead mouse inside Dylan. I think the answer is Chuck Berry.”
humor and comments on his area of the bottle. Writing: “It’s a compliment to be
expertise—popular American culture— “As someone who’s consumed 16 to compared to other writers you admire, but
Klosterman entertained a packed house 32 ounces of Mountain Dew almost every really, as long as they’re comparing you to
at the library’s auditorium on May 22. He single day for the past 21 years, I found this other people, you’re not there yet.”
announced that he would not spend the time news unnecessarily salacious. Honestly, Soccer (Klosterman once offered the
reading from the book. “With all due respect I’ve experienced no ill effects from my over- opinion that soccer is unlikely to become
to other authors, I think adults don’t really the-top Mountain Dew consumption, except a favorite among American sports fans.):
need someone to read to them. Reading a that I’m kind of fat and pretty crazy and I “That one made me a lot of enemies. There
book for yourself and processing it through can never sleep (even though I’m always are people who hate my books, including
your own brain is the experience. Having tired). I’m sipping one right now…With its ones they never read, because of what I
an author read to you is a little like a waiter advanced mouse-eroding electrolytes, said about soccer. Apparently, soccer fans
bringing you a plate of spaghetti and saying, Mountain Dew can destroy what your body don’t really have a sense of humor—not
‘Wait, let me eat a little of it to show you how cannot. You know what I never get? I never about soccer, anyway.”
it’s done,’” he said. get food poisoning. Ever. I don’t get food The line of readers seeking to have
Klosterman did, however, follow custom poisoning when I eat poison.” Klosterman autograph his new book, which
and read brief excerpts from the new book, Prompted by questions from the stretched past the entrance to the library
which the library describes as a collection audience, Klosterman touched on a number auditorium, seemed to indicate that he still
of “his most intriguing articles, accompanied of other subjects. has plenty of fans.
by fresh introductions and new footnotes… Ohio (where Klosterman once lived):
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 6

Letter to the Editor
Congratulations to Decatur attorney for Georgia Legal Food Frenzy success
To the editor:  Food Bank. A total of 215 legal of 6.34 million pounds of food in six years.
organizations, representing more than Thanks again to each attorney and legal
On behalf of the Young Lawyers Division 14,000 members, participated in this year’s professional who joined us for this important
(YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia, I would Legal Food Frenzy, which took place April cause. We are proud to help lead an effort
like to congratulate Decatur attorney Justin 17-28 and brought in a record-breaking total that has such a significant impact on
Oliverio for his law firm’s outstanding of 1.34 million pounds statewide. communities across Georgia.
success as the winner of the Sole Proprietor Along with Georgia Attorney General
division in the sixth annual Georgia Legal Chris Carr, the Georgia YLD is honored to Sincerely,
Food Frenzy competition. co-sponsor this project to assist the Georgia Jennifer C. Mock
The Oliverio firm collected 12,733 Food Bank Association and the Food Banks President, Young Lawyers Division
pounds of food for the Atlanta Community across the state. We have now raised a total State Bar of Georgia

Stay and see Georgia this summer
With summer quickly tent and RV camping, in addition locations.
approaching, many are planning to yurts and cabins. But the Every part of our state has
vacations with family and friends. beauty of Cloudland Canyon is natural beauty waiting to be
I encourage all to consider hiking down into the canyon to discovered that are within easy
exploring the hundreds of the waterfalls and forests below, driving distance from DeKalb
incredible destinations within our John Hewitt or along the upper rim of the County. If costs are concerns
own state. canyon for a breathtaking look for your summer entertainment
From the mountains of North into the bottom of the canyon plans, stay home and visit a
Georgia with such treasures as carved by millions of years of nearby destination each day.
lakes Rabun, Seed and Burton northwest of DeKalb County is rushing water. You’ll save money and quickly
in the Clayton area to the shores Amicalola Falls State Park and Along the northeast border understand why the previous
of Georgia’s Golden Isles that Lodge, which is home to one of Georgia and South Carolina Georgia tourism slogan of
include St. Simons, Jekyll and of the state’s tallest waterfalls is one of Georgia’s largest “Stay and See Georgia” is still
Sea islands; there are options and is the beginning of the lakes—Lake Hartwell, offering applicable.
that are sure to make everyone Appalachian Trail. The park swimming, camping, boating and For even more travel options
happy. offers camping spaces, cabins unlimited options of fun on the visit
In addition to the lakes and and accommodations in the main water. The site offers an abundance of
seashores, there are countless lodge that offer sweeping views Army Corps of Engineers suggestions on things to do in
rivers, waterfalls, campgrounds, of the surrounding mountains lakes in our state include Lake every region of the state, where
gorges and small towns waiting and valleys of the region. Hartwell, Lake Sydney Lanier to stay, trip suggestions and
to be discovered at costs far less In Northwest Georgia, visitors in the Gainesville area, Lake upcoming events. You can even
than many typical destinations. will find Cloudland Canyon State Allatoona near Cartersville as order a free travel guide to help
Less than two hours Park, which also offers primitive, well as several other spectacular plan your excursions.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 7

Fine examples to follow
“I can tell you, this project while accepting the $10 million home of the Atlanta Braves.
wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t ‘One Man’s check, coincidentally the same Though McMurry was quick to
for you,” Georgia Department of amount of assistance initially share credit for the I-85 bridge re-
Transportation Commissioner Opinion’ offered by President Donald build—including good weather—
Russel McMurry told members Trump and the U.S. DOT in during peak construction periods,
of the Perimeter Community Bill Crane the immediate aftermath of the any strong team requires a solid
Improvement Districts (PCIDs), collapse of the I-85 bridge. coach or captain.  And among
saying their donation was of McMurry had just returned volunteer entities, such as
“national significance” in an from a gathering of his peers Georgia’s CIDs, servant leaders
era of increasing public-private project, and the West End CID across the country, and talk of the and community stakeholders
partnerships on infrastructure recently created in southwest record-breaking reconstruction often put “skin in the game” to
projects. McMurry was accepting Atlanta.  of Atlanta’s downtown connector assure community buy-in as well
a $10 million contribution toward Creating a CID requires an was the buzz of the conference.  as organizational success. 
construction of the 285 at 400 act of local legislation as well McMurry shared that U.S. DOT As both of these situations
interchange project at a May as the support of 66 percent leaders and members of the demonstrate, when you have
26th meeting of the Perimeter of the impacted property Trump administration spoke of servant leaders, and a clear and
Business Alliance. owners. Residential and multi- their coming plans for critical executable plan—as well as the
family developments do not pay infrastructure reinvestment, and will—you can find the way.  Or,
Wait, what? Businesses into CIDs. something that Team Trump is you can go find another Russel
voluntarily donating an additional Perimeter Center, the metro calling “leverage,” which may McMurry or Diane Calloway.
$10 million in property taxes to a region’s Fortune 1000 address well match federal dollars with
government entity? Come again? of choice, has the largest office state, local and private sector
Starting something here sub-market, a leading mall and investments to get more bang Bill Crane also serves as a
in Georgia that is on the rise surrounding super centers as well out of each federal tax buck. This political analyst and commentator
elsewhere, two Perimeter as three MARTA stations. The PCIDs gift fits well into that soon for Channel 2’s Action News,
Community Improvement Districts first of its now two CIDs, Central to be cast mold. WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now
(PCIDs) on the metro northside DeKalb was formed in 1999.  The Cumberland Community 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist
made good on their promise to But as the market grew Improvement District has also for The Champion, DeKalb Free
contribute $10 million toward the including the major employment pledged a significant multi-million Press and Georgia Trend. Crane
hard construction costs of the center of three hospitals atop investment toward GDOT and is a DeKalb native and business
new I-285 at Ga. 400 interchange.  nearby “Pill Hill,” the Fulton Cobb County improvements to owner, living in Scottdale. You
The investment/gift was split County portion of the market area transit, transportation and can reach him or comment on a
and paid 40/60 by the Central was a bit slower to respond. It pedestrian crossing infrastructure column at bill.csicrane@gmail.
DeKalb Perimeter Improvement is most typically larger property around the new SunTrust Park, com.
District and Fulton Perimeter owners and developers who
Improvement District, both of assemble or serve as catalysts
which are located at Perimeter for the formation of a CID, but not
Center.  always. 
The two CIDs comprise Prior to the development of
4.2 square miles of developed the massive Cox Enterprises
commercial property, straddling Corporate campus and other
two counties (DeKalb and newer retail centers along
Fulton) and parts of three cities, Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Brookhaven, Dunwoody and and nearby Hammond Drive,
Sandy Springs. much of the area was home
Like Georgia’s now more to smaller businesses, more
than 20 other CIDs, these are than a few “mom and pops”
self-taxing business districts and some more mature office
where property owners voluntarily developments. Local real estate
contribute one to seven additional and title attorney Diane Calloway
mils in property tax revenues joined the nascent effort, often
each year toward improvements going door to door to explain the
and enhancements for their benefits of a CID in exchange for
respective communities.  that business owners support for
There are three different CIDs a vote to form the CID, as well
in the areas adjacent to Hartsfield as paying higher property taxes. 
Airport and two of the state’s Calloway’s efforts and shoe
newest CIDs are in Doraville leather paid off, and she is now
surrounding its downtown and chair of the Fulton Perimeter CID.
the under-development Assembly GDOT’s McMurry beamed

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Violent incident leads to home
investigation in Doraville
Council questions code enforcement
following two arrests
The arrest of Alfredo Garcia-Guzman and Manuel Mendoza-Garcia sparked
questions from city officials about code enforcement in Doraville. Photos
house. We were able to use people do sneaky stuff. During submitted.
by R. Scott Belzer the week they do nothing
body-worn [cameras] as probable cause to not only because they know we’re active.
investigate the crime, but get Why don’t we decrease hours
A violent incident along into the home legally and get during the week and increase
Raymond Drive in Doraville search warrants.” them on the weekends?”
has led to questions involving King said code enforcement Councilwoman Dawn
code enforcement from city officials from Clark Patterson O’Connor said the safety
officials and concern from Lee met with him on May 15 of residents should be code
residents. to conduct a survey of the enforcement’s top priority.
According to a release property. “We can’t go knock on
from the Doraville Police “It clearly is deplorable,” every single person’s door and
Department, officers King said. “Building officials say, ‘Who lives here?’ but when
responded to a call at a home have posted a placard stating we see people with eight to 10
on Raymond Drive on May 13 those individuals have to cars, running a business out
at 7 p.m. Upon arrival, officers vacate. We got in touch with of their home and walking
encountered a man with the property owner and we’re around in their underwear, it
multiple stab wounds a short in the process of building seems to me that a case can
distance from the house. officials writing citations.” be built,” O’Connor said. “I’m
Two men—Afredo King said “slum lords” anxious to hear what went on
Rich Edinger with Clark Patterson Lee, the code enforcement firm in Doraville,
Garcia-Guzman and Manuel know the rules of code in that house on Raymond— was questioned by Doraville city council, who maintain a violent incident
Mendoza-Garcia—were enforcement well and will did anybody make any reports? could have been avoided if code enforcement was properly conducted. Photo
arrested and charged with Is this the first time anyone submitted.
often bar entry into residences.
assault. He said it often takes a crime got wind of the fact they were
By May 15, at Doraville to gain entry into violating running a boarding house?”
City Council’s bi-weekly reisdences, a process he said Edinger said 13 property
court twice. neighborhood in favor of an
meeting, residents voiced was “frustrating,” especially maintenance cases of code
City manager Shawn officer on the weekend.
enough concern to elicit a when it requires a violent enforcement were made on
Gillen said the stabbing is Garcia-Guzman and
response from city officials incident to occur. the Raymond Drive property.
not a code enforcement issue Mendoza-Garcia both remain
and Doraville’s outsourced “Once we’re investigating a He said it is up to the solicitor
and that council previously lodged in DeKalb County jail.
code enforcement firm, Clark crime, we use all the resources to issue a warrant should a
asked to have officers in every
Patterson Lee. of our city to pile on,” King homeowner fail to appear in
Residents voiced said. “Not only do we want to
suspicion that the house have a successful prosecution
could be occupied with illegal for the person responsible for CITY OF DORAVILLE
immigrants and the site of this, but we are putting the full NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
human trafficking. weight of our city resources—
“We ask that you please code enforcement, building
take into consideration the officials, fire marshals. We’re The City of Doraville has tentatively adopted a millage rate of 8.951 which
safety of our children and the not going to rest until we deal will require an increase in property taxes by 16.23 percent. The proposed
residents in the neighborhood,” with this.” millage rate is .58 mills more than the prior year millage rate of 8.371
one resident said. “Think about King said the incident
whether you would want your mills.
was not a random crime and
family living next to a home that the suspects and victim
that has residents like this— knew each other. He said the All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax
indentured servants, human- violence stemmed from alcohol
trafficked people forced to live increase to be held at the Doraville City Hall located at 3725 Park Avenue,
like this. It is not the place they City council questioned Doraville, GA 30340 on June 12, 2017 at 6:00pm.
need to be.” Rich Edinger, a representative
Residents said it is up to from Clark Patterson Lee, Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at
code enforcement to make sure regarding code enforcement
homes are following rules for practices in Doraville.
the Doraville City Hall on June 12, 2017 at 11:30am and at the Doraville
occupancy. Councilwoman Sharon Civic Center located at 3770 Central Avenue, Doraville GA 30340 on June
Doraville Police Chief John Spangler and M.D. Naser 19, 2017 at 6:00pm.
King spoke about the incident, criticized code enforcement
stating a full investigation of officers working a standard
the house is underway by the work week and only being on This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 8.951 mills, an
police and code enforcement. call on weekends. increase of 16.23 percent over the rollback rate. Without this tentative
“The situation is very “There’s a lot of violations,”
serious,” King said. “Our
tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 7.701 mills. The
Spangler said.
officers responded in less “I’d like to see someone
proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $150,000 is
than five minutes. We made [working] on the weekend,” approximately $43.75 and the tax increase for a non-homestead property
two arrests. The victim and Naser said. “That’s when with a fair market value of $675,000 is approximately $337.50.
the suspects lived in the same


On May 20-21, DeKalb high school students participated in ‘CodeDay’, a 24-hour national ‘code-a-thon.’ The event,
sponsored by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, drew participants from across metro Atlanta area. Students competed to
develop mobile apps, video games or web applications, From left are DeKalb students Elizabeth Oluokun, Rebecca
Oluokun, Monica Garrett (Director of Community Affairs at LexisNexis Risk Solutions),  Patience Oluokon and
Christopher Belenger (CodeDay MVP).

Decatur Active Living hosted its first celebration of National Senior Health and
Fitness Day at the Decatur Recreation Center. Photo provided.

Dunwoody City Council honored the Dunwoody Elementary School Wildcat 5e robotics team during its meeting Chamblee Charter High School’s women golf team prepares for the 5-A State
on May 22. Photo submitted. Tournament on May 22. Photo submitted.

Have you created programming you’d like to air on TV?
Do you have an interest in Public Access TV in DeKalb County?
Submit your show to DeKalb County’s Public Access channel, DeKalb 25.
Drop off DVD or USB copies to the Manuel J. Maloof Center at
1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, or upload your content via the internet.

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Thousands of DeKalb County seniors graduated from high
school the week of May 22, with DeKalb County School District
graduating all but three high schools at the Georgia World
Congress Center. Photo submitted.

2017 Graduates

Redan High School seniors listen to valedictorian Aiyasia Peoples deliver Chamblee Charter High School principal Norman Sauce III poses with the
her commencement speech. Photo by R. Scott Belzer Class of 2017. Photo submitted.

Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence principal Kelvin Griffin delivers his DeKalb County School District provided leather diploma holders
commencement speech. Photo submitted. and individualized programs to each senior. Photo submitted.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 11

Imani Toure of Martin Luther King Jr. High School Chamblee Charter High School seniors await their A Miller Grove High School senior
poses outside the Georgia World Congress Center on diplomas. Photo submitted. celebrates his selection in Georgia State
graduation day. Photo by Kemesha Wadley University’s Talent Search Program
outside the Georgia World Congress
Center. Photo submitted.

Decatur High School’s graduation on May 25 sold out the school’s gymnasium; valedictorian Patricia Jones delivers her commencement speech. Photo by
R. Scott Belzer
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 12

Canby Lane to
receive makeover
School selected for 2017 School
Crashers event

by R. Scott Belzer 1994, according to the school’s
website. Canby Lane was chosen
among 330 nominations
For the second year in a throughout Georgia following
row, a DeKalb County School an essay from assistant
District (DCSD) school will principal Kia Dennis.
be “crashed” by a Georgia Georgia United Credit
business. Canby Lane Elementary in Decatur was selected by Georgia United Credit Union as the winner for the fourth annual School
Union officials state the Crasher’s Program on May 18. The school will receive multiple improvements following its selection. Photo submitted.
Canby Lane Elementary— school needs multiple facility
located at 4150 Green Hawk improvements inside and out.
Trail in Decatur—was named announcement, community in Doraville based on an essay include Eagle Woods Academy
“Canby Lane submitted a
the winner of Georgia United members, educators, parents, from student Chloe Riggins. and Fairington Elementary.
compelling entry with multiple
Credit Union’s 2017 School teachers and students will “The looks, the smiles on Eagle Woods will receive
areas for improvement,” said
Crashers program on May 18. begin organizing volunteers to faces, the tears of parents is all a therapeutic garden and
Shawn Turpin, senior vice
As a winner, Canby assist Georgia United Credit the thanks you’ll ever need to Fairington will receive media
president of sales and service
Lane will receive $75,000 in Union employees for the do something like this,” Turpin center improvements and
for Georgia United Credit
improvements including fresh makeover event on July 21 and said. carpet replacement.
Unon. “With a high homeless
paint, new carpet, remodeled 22, according to Turpin. Other DeKalb County For more information, visit
population attending, our goal
classrooms, new library books, Last year, Turpin and schools expecting to receive
this year will be to improve
new furniture, fresh pine straw, Georgia United Credit Union partial makeovers from
the overall look and feel of
signage, murals and a restriped members crashed DCSD’s Georgia United Credit Union
the school to help improve
parking lot. Oakcliff Elementary School
all students’ educational
Originally built in 1967, experience and distinguish the
Canby Lane Elementary serves learning environment as a safe
740 students and has not and happy place for students.
received building additions Our School Crashers program maria Clark
since 1999 when a physical could make a huge difference
education facility was built. soprano
for students.”
Additions were also made in Following the June 20, 2017, 8 PM
In Residence at
Clarkston Campus
Georgia State University
Perimeter College

Fyodor cherniavsky
Music Director & conductor
Brevin (ID# 35003663)
is a big, goofy guy that would
love to lay frog-dog style in the
middle of your floor, entertain you
with his hilarious play, and make performing arias from
sure you always have a snuggle Mozart: Marriage of Figaro
partner close by. This one-year-old Puccini: Tosca
boy gets along great with other Verdi: Aido
dogs here at the shelter. Meet also on the program
him at LifeLine’s DeKalb Animal
Orchestral operatic favorites by
Berlioz, Tchaikovsky & Verdi
If you would like to expand
your family by 4 furry little feet; First Baptist Church of Decatur
this a successful event and a
come meet this sweetie at the
fabulous shelter opening. If you
308 Clairemont Avenue
DeKalb Animal Shelter and have a Decatur, Georgia 30030
would like more information
loving friend forever. During June
about Brevin please call (404)
in preparation of the opening
294-2165 or email adoption@ Free Admission
of the new DeKalb shelter we
are Celebrating our Clear the
All potential adopters will be For additional information
Shelter event!! Adoptions are please visit us online at
screened to ensure Brevin goes
waived on all dogs over 25
to a good home. Hours: Mon-Fri; or call 678-891-3565
lbs and all cats and includes
11am-7pm / Sat-Sun; 11am-6pm
spay/neuter, vaccinations and
microchip! Please help us make
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 13

Dunwoody police officers’ efforts rewarded
Officers Michael Cheek,
Jason Lewis promoted
and recognized
by R. Scott Belzer city police officers visit local
schools to interact with special- needs children.
“Police officers have no
Two Dunwoody police greater responsibility than
officers have been recognized protecting the most vulnerable
for their efforts in positive people in our communities
policing and auto theft, and building relationships
according to a May 18 release with them,” said Dunwoody Officer Michael Cheek was awarded the Police Policing Award on May 8 for the implementation of the Griffin Project, in
from the Dunwoody Police police chief Billy Grogan. “The which city police officers visit local schools to interact with special-needs children. Photos submitted
Department. Griffin Project does just that.”
Officer Michael Cheek Cheek was officially Dunwoody police officer approximately $313,500. believed to be stealing cars and
was promoted to sergeant promoted to sergeant at Jason Lewis is scheduled As an Award of Merit laundering money.
after earning a Positive Dunwoody City Council’s to receive the 2016-2017 winner, Lewis will be able to “The great work by Officer
Policing Award from ASIS May 11 meeting. According to Award of Merit by the attend the IAATI’s annual Lewis is an example of the
International, an organization police department spokesman International Association training seminar and receive a great work done by our
of Decatur Georgia
of security Ad Valorem
professionals, on TaxStevens,
Mark Digest History
Cheek will be of Auto Theft Investigators’ plaque of honor. officers each and every day
May 8. assigned as a patrol division (IAATI) southeastern chapter According to Stevens, as they serve the citizens of
Cheek is responsible for supervisor upon completion of following his investigation of the investigation led to the Dunwoody,” Chief Grogan
atur -the
Griffin Project, in which a field training program. six stolen vehicles valued at identification of four suspects said.
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 201
City of Decatur Georgia Ad Valorem Tax Digest History
essment Ratio 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50
Decatur - Digest
al Property $ 1,137,427,809
2012 $ 1,168,516,500
2013 $ 1,326,596,200
2014 $ 1,594,612,800
2015 2016$ 1,693,241,200
2017 $ 1,835,2
sonal Property $ 22,174,136 $ 23,211,680 $ 22,248,300 $ 22,322,600 $ 23,627,600 $ 25,4
Assessment Ratio
lic Utilities $ 50%
14,297,200 $ 50%
14,639,953 $ 50%15,152,700 $ 50% 50%
17,209,600 $ 50%
15,658,700 $ 16,5
or VehicleReal Property
$ $49,311,000
$$ 1,168,516,500
52,979,900$ 1,326,596,200
$ 47,331,600 $ 35,521,587 $ 26,623,700 $
$ 1,594,612,800 $ 1,693,241,200 $ 1,835,249,100
Personal Property $ 22,174,136 $ 23,211,680 $ 22,248,300 $ 22,322,600 $ 23,627,600 $ 25,448,800
al Digest
Public Utilities $1,223,210,145
$ 14,297,200 $1,259,348,033
$ 14,639,953 $ $1,411,328,800
15,152,700 $ $1,669,666,587
17,209,600 $ $1,759,151,200
15,658,700 $ 16,521,530$1,900,7
Motor Vehicle $ 49,311,000 $ 52,979,900 $ 47,331,600 $ 35,521,587 $ 26,623,700 $ 23,481,400
Total Digest $1,223,210,145 $1,259,348,033 $1,411,328,800 $1,669,666,587 $1,759,151,200 $1,900,700,830

neral Fund
City Exemptions
Operations $ 126,914,000 $ 126,332,000 $ 125,393,000 $ 130,639,000 $ 128,646,080 $ 169,8

General Fund
City Operations Exemptions
Digest $ 126,914,000 $1,133,016,033
$1,096,296,145 $ 126,332,000 $ $1,285,935,800
125,393,000 $ 130,639,000 $ 128,646,080
$1,539,027,587 $ 169,825,080$1,730,8
Net City Operations Digest $1,096,296,145 $1,133,016,033 $1,285,935,800 $1,539,027,587 $1,630,505,120 $1,730,875,750
Operations Millage 11.680 11.580 11.580 11.080 10.680
City Operations Millage 11.680 11.580 11.580 11.080 10.680 10.880
Operations Levy $12,804,739 $13,120,326 $14,891,137 $17,052,426 $17,413,795 $18,8
City Operations Levy $12,804,739 $13,120,326 $14,891,137 $17,052,426 $17,413,795 $18,831,928
cent Change -0.60 2.46 13.50 14.51 2.12
Percent Change -0.60 2.46 13.50 14.51 2.12 8.14
ar Amount
Amount Change ($76,947)
($76,947) $315,587
$315,587 $1,770,811 $2,161,289
$1,770,811 $2,161,289$361,369 $361,369
$1,418,133 $1,4

The Decatur City Commission
The Decatur announces
City Commission announces that
the 2017 tentative
2017 tentative millage
millage rate rate was adopted
was adopted at theiron
at their meeting meeting
Monday,on Monday, May
15, 2017. Hearings on the budget and millage rate
15, 2017. Hearings on the budget and millage rate will be held on: will be held on:
Monday, Monday,
June 12, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Monday, AJune 19, 2017
separate hearingaton3:30 p.m. and
the budget only 7:30
will bep.m.
held Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
A separate
hearingson willthe budget
be held only will
at Decatur City be
509 Monday,
N. McDonoughJuneStreet,
5, 2017 at 7:30
Decatur, GA. p.m.
Final adoption of the 2017 millage
The hearings willfiscal
rate and be held at Decatur
year 2017-2018 City is
budget Hall, 509 N.forMcDonough
scheduled Street,
consideration at Decatur,
the Decatur GA. Final meeting
City Commission adoption of the 2017 millage
on Monday,
June 19, 2017. The above table is presented pursuant to O.C.G.A. 48-5-32 showing the
rate and fiscal year 2017-2018 budget is scheduled for consideration at the Decatur City Commission meeting estimated current year's digest and
on Monday,
proposed millage rates along with a five-year history of the tax digest and millage rates.
June 19, 2017. The above table is presented pursuant to O.C.G.A. 48-5-32 showing the estimated current year's digest and
proposed millage rates along with a five-year history of the tax digest and millage rates.

Agnes Scott’s president to step down in 2018
Eighth college president to finish following 12-year span
Agnes Scott College extending her second contract Education called SUMMIT— “Agnes Scott College is a
president Elizabeth Kiss will twice and “far exceeding the Agnes Scott’s “reinvented, 20th better place today because of
step down in 2018, according national average of seven years century approach to education” Elizabeth Kiss’ extraordinary
to a May 22 announcement for a college president’s term.” through global education leadership and unwavering
from the private college located Under Kiss’s leadership, and leadership development commitment to our mission of
in Decatur. Agnes Scott enrolled its three courses—the “best-known educating women to be strong
Kiss announced she plans largest classes on record in signature-experience program” leaders in a global society,” said
to step down on June 30, 2018 2010, 2015 and 2016. in the country, Agnes Scott Agnes Scott College’s board of
at the conclusion of her 12th Other accomplishments officials state. trustee’s chairperson Elizabeth
year as the college’s eighth include launching the college’s Kiss’s leadership also has D. Holder. “Elizabeth’s
president, a press release states. SUMMIT program; earning brought Agnes Scott students transformative leadership
“My heart is filled with the “4th Most Innovative more than 30 Fulbright will be felt on this campus for Agnes Scott College president
gratitude as I look back at the School” distinction from scholarships in addition years to come. She will truly be Elizabeth Kiss will step down in 2018
past 11 years,” said Kiss. “I am US News & World Report; to Marshall, Truman and missed.” following 12 years of service as
thankful for my friendships establishing nine new president. Photo submitted.
Goldwater scholarships.
and colleagues, the generosity majors and minors; forging
and dedication the Agnes partnerships with Emory and
Scott family has brought to Georgia Tech; exceeding a CITY OF DORAVILLE
our shared efforts, the amazing $100 million comprehensive PUBLIC NOTICE
vision and energy on this campaign for the college; Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
campus and our collective meeting sustainability goals
commitment to changing lives. on the Agnes Scott campus via Notice is hereby given that the proposed budget for the City of Doraville shall be
available for public inspection beginning Friday, June 2, 2017, in the City Clerk’s
Wherever my own journey geothermal and solar energy office from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue,
leads, I will forever cherish my efforts; and establishing the Doraville, GA.
time at Agnes Scott.” Gay Johnson McDougall
According to a college Center for Global Diversity A Public Hearing shall be held on the 12th day of June at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 3725
spokesman, Kiss made the and Inclusion. Park Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville at
choice to step down after The Chronicle for Higher which time public comment pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through
June 30, 2018) budget shall be sounded. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend.

A Public Hearing shall be held on the 19th day of June at 6:00 p.m. at Doraville Civic
Center, 3770 Central Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the City
of Doraville at which time public comment pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1,
2017 through June 30, 2018) budget shall be sounded. All citizens of Doraville are
invited to attend.

A Regular Meeting shall be held on the 19th day of June at 6:30 p.m. at Doraville
Civic Center, 3770 Central Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the
City of Doraville at which time the Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30,
2018) budget shall be approved and the budget ordinance adopted in accordance with
O.C.G.A. 36-81-5. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend.


The Decatur City Commission has tentatively adopted a combined millage rate
of 10.88 mills for maintenance and operations which will require an increase in
property taxes of 4.06% for fiscal year 2017-2018. This millage rate generates
revenue necessary to fund the City of Decatur’s general operations, downtown
development authority and capital improvements.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase
to be held at the City Commission Meeting Room, Decatur City Hall, 509 N.
McDonough Street, Decatur, on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Times
and place of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at Decatur City
Hall on June 19, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. This tentative increase
will result in a millage rate of 10.88 mills, an increase of 0.424 mills over the
rollback millage rate. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will
be no more than 10.456 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a
fair market value of $425,000 is approximately $37.50 and the proposed tax
increase for a nonhomestead property with a fair market value of $575,000 is
approximately $57.50.

Based on the tax digest that was received from DeKalb County after the
adoption of the tentative millage rate, final adoption of a combined millage
rate of 10.68 mills, which is the same as the current millage rate, will be
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 15

The Lakeside High School Foundation and DeKalb County broke ground on the site for new bleachers on May 18 following years of fundraising. Photo submitted.

Lakeside High breaks ground on new bleachers
$320,000 in seating improvements to be completed before 2017-2018 school year
other community activities.” foundation officials state. school staff and so many of our
by R. Scott Belzer grants, student scholarships,
Final construction drawings “The Lakeside community neighbors. We also must thank physical improvements and
for the project were completed has been incredibly patient our partners with DeKalb
educational enhancements, the
in March 2017. Site prep work and supportive of the bleacher County and on the DeKalb
nonprofit was able to raise the
School district and DeKalb will begin in June, bleacher program,” said Lakeside High County School Board who
funds through donations and
County officials, school components are expected to School Foundation president have worked so hard to make
special events, including 5k
foundation representatives, arrive on site in July and the Lori Cora. “The success of this project a reality.”
races, a school carnival and a
students as well as community bleachers are scheduled to be this is the result of the hard For more information, visit
Band-A-Palooza event.
members at Lakeside High completed by Aug. 1, 2017, work of parents, students,
In 2015, the foundation
School broke ground on a vowed to earn $50k in a 50-
site for new bleachers on May day period through online
18 following several years of donations.
“The Lakeside Foundation
The bleachers—estimated to The DeKalb County School District has tentatively adopted a millage rate
has been working for several
cost approximately $320,000— years to fund and build which will require an increase in property taxes by 5.06 percent.
will be funded by $160,000 bleachers on the school’s main
raised by the Lakeside High athletic field,” reads a statement All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to
School Foundation and from the organization. “The
matching funds from DeKalb be held at 6:15 p.m. June 12, 2017, DeKalb County School District J. David
new bleachers will create Williamson Board Room, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain,
County. The bleachers will seat an opportunity for friends,
around 800 people. families and fans to come and Georgia
According to members watch soccer games, lacrosse
of the Lakeside High School matches, track and field Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at:
Foundation, which works to events, homecoming activities,
provide the school with teacher marching band practices and 11:30 a.m. June 27, 2017, DeKalb County School District J. David
Williamson Board Room, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone
Mountain, Georgia
6:15 p.m. June 27, 2017, DeKalb County School District J. David
Williamson Board Room, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain,
The City of Stone Mountain hereby gives notice that a Public Hearing will be held
to consider Sign Ordinance Variance for 791 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA
30083, and in accordance with Variance regulations as provided for in Appendix A
of the Zoning Ordinance of Stone Mountain. This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 23.38 mills, an increase
of 1.127 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be
The Mayor and City Council will hold a Public Hearing on this matter on Monday,
no more than 22.253 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a
June 19, 2017 at City Hall located at 875 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA at 6:30
fair market value of $225,000 is approximately $87.34 and the proposed tax
P.M. Anyone wishing to attend the public hearing may do so and be heard relative
thereto. increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $325,000 is
approximately $146.51.
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 2, 2017 • Page 16

Massage franchise rubs customers the right way
by Kathy Mitchell “We have both been members of “felt very good about the opportunity, them. In hindsight, I wish we had built
Kasey Kohtala had long Massage Heights Brookhaven for some “Kohtala recalled. “It just so happened more treatment rooms.”
enjoyed going for a relaxing massage; time and as we learned more about that Decatur Crossing was being Kohtala said some clients come
and while she found a salon in the area the corporate office and the structure cleared the same week. Coincidence? I to address specific health needs and
she liked, she didn’t like the prices. “I that they provide to their franchisees, think not! We watched that construction others “just need that relaxing time to
loved getting my massages there, but we knew this was a good fit for us. I every day for almost a year. It was so breathe, reset and revive themselves.
it just was not affordable on a regular love that it is founded and still run by a exciting.” Then we have a lot of members who
basis for me so I went looking for a family,” Kohtala said. The two are now both owner/ are athletes, runners, etc. Those guests
membership-based massage place and “We both come from families where employees at the Decatur location, take advantage of sports massage, deep
found that they just did not have the our fathers were entrepreneurs and we where they employ 16 licensed tissue work, etc. We have been seeing
same spa-like setting that I was used have seen both the sacrifice and reward massage therapists as well as 10 other a lot of veterans as well. One comes to
to,” she recalled. that come from being your own boss,” staff members. mind who was injured while deployed
Then she discovered Kohtala continued. “We want to have a The franchise opened in late April— oversees. She suffers from chronic
Massage Heights, a Texas-based family one day and we wanted to start a shortly before the couple’s one-year back pain and we see her almost
therapeutic services franchise company, business that will allow us the time and anniversary— and Kohtala calls the weekly because she uses massage to
and liked it so much she and her flexibility to do that.” experience so far “amazing.” supplement her physical therapy.”
husband Joonas opened their own The couple, now married a little “We have had an overwhelming Kohtala said while she and her
franchise in Decatur. more than a year, decided on the response from our community and husband enjoy the convenience of
“Massage Heights feels like a spa franchise before they married. “This neighbors and our appointment line owning a business near their home—
with the décor, the upscale linens idea of owning a Massage Heights is always ringing. We have gotten a “the commute on our bikes is nice”—
and product lines that offer a more had been a dream for me,” she said. “I lot of positive feedback and a few they have found other reasons to be
personalized experience than most tossed it around and talked about it but suggestions that we have used to glad they chose the Blackmon Drive
others that offer a similar service,” never really thought I could do it. After our advantage to make some tweaks location. “The other business owners as
Kohtala said, giving as an example I had a particularly rough day at work, and improvements,” she reported. well as the employees of each business
the practice of matching aromatherapy I said [to Joonas], ‘I think we should “Everyone told us that the first 30 days have been so supportive. We’re kind of
to the client’s needs on each visit. do it’ and Joonas agreed to help. So in would be tough, but honestly it has like a little family since our employees
“Sometimes you might need our the middle of planning our wedding, been awesome. It is a lot of hard work, are visiting the others’ restaurants,
Breathe scent, which is great for buying our house in Medlock Park and but we truly enjoy seeing our guests banks, [markets] etc., and they have
opening up those sinuses, but other working our regular full-time jobs, we when they come in for an hour or become friends. It’s nice to see familiar
days you might need something a little decided to start this business.” 90-minute appointment. It’s great to see faces when we are out and about.’
different. After going to San Antonio and people taking care of themselves and
meeting with the founders, the two we are happy to make it affordable to
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Dugout Club names all-county baseball teams
by Carla Parker The DeKalb County Dugout Club the 2017 first and second all-county selected to the team: announced the players selected to baseball team. Below are the players

First Team Second Team
Player Grade School Position Aaron Douglas 11th Arabia Mountain Catcher
Corey King 11th Arabia Mountain Pitcher/Infield Silas Butler 11th Arabia Mountain Outfield
Kameron Marshall 11th Columbia Pitcher Josh Campbell 11th Arabia Mountain Outfield
Elijah Hammonds 11th Columbia Infield Jenard Morris 12th Cedar Grove Infield
Oliver Livingston 11th Decatur Pitcher Van Markiton 12th Chamblee Infield
Jarrett Ford 11th Decatur Infield Adam Dixon 12th Chamblee Outfield
Tim Conway 11th Decatur Infield Tramaine Callaway 11th Columbia Outfield
Joseph Hiley 11th Druid Hills Utility Keenan Howard 11th Decatur Pitcher
Kiernan Acklin 12th Lakeside Outfield Zach Morochnik 12th Dunwoody Pitcher
Daniel Harris 12th Miller Grove Infield Jack Hardin 11th Dunwoody Infield
Orlando Adams 11th Redan Catcher Laquon Bloodsaw 12th Miller Grove Pitcher
Darius Pope 12th Redan Pitcher Trevian Flournoy 11th Miller Grove Outfield
Chayce Bryant 11th Redan Infield Gerald Bess 11th Miller Grove Utility
Taj Bradley 11th Redan Outfield Kelvin Smith 11th Redan Infield
Hunter Todd 11th Redan Utility Channing Walker 12th SWD Pitcher
Javeon Cody 12th Southwest DeKalb Outfield Alex Baldwin 12th Stephenson Catcher
Kennet Sorenson 12th St. Pius X Outfield Kyle Washington 12th Tucker Pitcher
Ga’von Wray 10th Stephenson Pitcher Trevon Flowers 11th Tucker Infield
Anthony Johnson 12th Stephenson Infield Emory Willis 12th
Please publish Tucker
the following for the City of Tucker Utility
on the following publish
Christian Webb 10th Tucker Catcher June 1st
Louis Davenport 12th Tucker Pitcher

The City of Tucker has tentatively adopted a millage rate of "zero" mills in the city. All concerned citizens are invited to
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30084 on June 12, 2017 at 6 pm.

The City of Tucker Mayor & City Council does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held
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City of Tucker 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Real & Personal 1,679,063,795 1,809,804,379
Motor Vehicles 26,631,760
Mobile Homes
Timber - 100%
Heavy Duty Equipment
Gross Digest 1,679,063,795 1,836,436,139
Less M& O Exemptions 61,277,075 670,730,920
Net M & O Digest 1,617,786,720 1,165,705,219
State Forest Land Assistance
Grant Value
Adjusted Net M&O Digest 1,617,786,720 1,165,705,219

Gross M&O Millage 0.000 0.000
Less Rollback (LOST)
Net M&O Millage 0.000 0.000

Total Taxes Levied $0 $0

Net Taxes $ Increase $0 $0
Net Taxes % Increase 0.00% 0.00%  

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Marist players storm the mound after beating Blessed Trinity in Game 3 of the Class AAAA championship series.

Marist wins 13th state baseball title with comeback
championship series went was
by Carla Parker a reflection of their season. “We got punched in the
face a little bit to start [the
Just as in Game 2, the season] off—and that’s been
Marist War Eagles found our character all year—to come
themselves down in Game 3. back late, fight to every last
And just as Game 2 ended with second to win the ball game,”
a comeback win for Marist, so he said. “Thank God it finally
did Game 3. paid off.”
The War Eagles came back Marist started the season
from a 3-0 deficit to defeat 3-8, including six losses in a
region 7-AAAA rival Blessed row. They were 0-3 to Blessed
Trinity 4-3 in the final game Trinity in the regular season.
of the Class AAAA baseball Mannelly said his teammates
championship series on May were also playing for bragging
27 at State Mutual Stadium in rights against a team they
Rome. The state title win was know very well.
the 13th in program history for “[They’re our] region rival,
Marist and first since 2011. we all know these kids, know
Marist coach Mike them so well,” he said. “It’s just
Strickland said it was awesome to be a part of [this
incredible how his team fought rival].”
back to knock out the No. Mannelly and 11 other
1-ranked team. The senior players hold up the championship trophy. Photos by Carla Parker
seniors closed out their high
“I know how good [Blessed school career as champions.
Trinity coach] Andy [Harlin] Abrams put him in scoring Marist its first run scored. lead. Strickland said the senior class
and his team are and how they position for Blessed Trinity’s Marist would tie the game “We had two outs in that has done nothing but lift the
work and how they prepare,” third run of the game. That 3-3 on a 2-run RBI double by inning, one on second [base] program and raised the bar.
Strickland said. “We have so third run came after a ground senior Patrick Duffy. and I was just trying to do my “It’s tough to come into
much respect for them. For out, allowing Abrams to score. In the sixth inning with job to get him in,” he said. a program with a standard
it to come this way is really In the bottom of the two outs on the board, senior In the seventh and final of excellence, but they have
special and our kids—what grit third inning, Marist gained Chris Cathcart got a base hit inning, starting pitcher Seb absolutely toed the line and
and toughness [they showed]. momentum after McNamee, and on the following at-bat Thomas was sent back to the given everything they have to
Getting down by three and just the starting pitcher, gave stole second base, putting him mound to finish the game. it,” Strickland said.
saying, ‘No, I’m not going to let up a leadoff walk to Marist. in scoring position. Senior However, he gave up a leadoff Mannelly on closing out
it go.’” Two batters later, senior Bill Joseph Mannelly sent Cathcart double and junior Patrick his senior year as a champion:
Blessed Trinity took a 2-0 Rubright loaded the bases on a home on a double to right field, Taylor was brought in for the “This is all I ever wanted. This
lead in the top if the second base hit to center field. giving Marist a 4-3 lead. save. Taylor and the Marist is awesome.”
inning after a 2-run RBI On the next at-bat, senior Mannelly said he wanted to defense got the three outs to
double by Cole McNamee. In Jamie Taylor was hit by a pitch do whatever he could during become state champions.
the third inning, a triple by C.J. from McNamee, which gave that at-bat to give his team a Mannelly said the way the

City Schools of Decatur to purchase downtown property
School district to pay $4.4 million to
Decatur Housing Authority
by R. Scott Belzer House apartment properties, disadvantaged students for both owned by DHA. a successful experience in
“We are excited about the kindergarten and beyond,” the
potential that this property release states.
City Schools of Decatur offers to the community,” CSD also plans to work
(CSD) announced its intent to reads a statement outlining with city officials in developing
purchase the property between the purchase. “As student a downtown green space.
Commerce Drive and Electric enrollment continues to grow, “Until the property is
Avenue south of Trinity Place the CSD board of education needed for a building, CSD will
on May 9 at its monthly board and staff continue to seek out work with the city to provide
meeting. land to proactively plan for basic park amenities, such
The property, made up of future buildings and additions as benches, picnic tables and
2.88 acres, will be purchased to existing buildings.” trash cans, so the community
from Decatur Housing According to a press can begin using the space
Authority (DHA) for $4.4 release, the property will be immediately,” states the release.
million pending approval used for an early childhood DHA officials state they
from the United States center if CSD’s College Heights plan to use the proceeds from
Department of Housing and property is needed as an the sale to “invest and support
Urban Development. The additional elementary school. [the organization’s] affordable
purchase is expected to close “This use will assist housing efforts in Decatur,”
in approximately three to six CSD in returning to one of which includes investing in the
months, officials state. the core purposes of our Swanton Heights community.
The property is north early childhood program—
of Allen Wilson and Oliver preparing economically City Schools of Decatur (CSD) announced its intent to purchase the property
between Commerce Drive and Electric Avenue south of Trinity Place on May 9.

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