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Harvest hits the road
through Fresh on Dek
by Kathy Mitchell food restaurants for their before we got here.”

meals. Shoppers at the library
ome DeKalb Another government stop, the second stop of
County residents organization, the Centers the day, included some
are now shopping for Disease Control and who had arrived on an
at community Prevention (CDC), notes East Lake YMCA mini-
centers, county offices, that dependence on highly bus.
libraries, churches and processed calorie-dense The mobile market
other unlikely places food such as that usually stops at three locations Joelette Bembry of the DeKalb Extension Service shows fresh
through Fresh on Dek, the available at food outlets for two hours each on peppers that were for sale when the Mobile Farmers Market
stopped June 8 at the Scott Candler library branch. Photos by
DeKalb Mobile Farmers that are not tradition Tuesdays, Wednesdays Kathy Mitchell
Market that visits sites grocery stores can lead to and Thursdays and one
around the county to make obesity and other health location on Fridays.
fresh produce available problems. Among the locations are:
to residents who might CDC provides funding Clifton Springs Health
otherwise have difficulty for Fresh on DeK, which Center in Decatur, Lou
accessing it. operates as a partnership Walker Senior Center in
“Sites apply to have us of DeKalb County, the Lithonia and Redan High
stop once or on a regular DeKalb County office the School in Stone Mountain.
schedule,” explained UGA Extension Service, Bembry explained that
Extension Service Live Healthy DeKalb, the mobile market buys
employee Joelette and the DeKalb County produce in bulk from Your
Bembry at the mobile Board of Health. Research DeKalb Farmers Market
market’s June 8 stop at supports the correlation and prices it to match an
the Scott Candler Library between poor health average of area grocery
on Candler Road, where and food insecurity, the stores. “It’s good to make
it stops on alternate disproportionate effect this a profit, but it’s OK if we
Thursdays. “Our goal is relationship has on low- don’t,” she said. “We’re
to reach places where income communities and not trying to compete with
residents aren’t close to the need to address the other food sellers; we
stores that sell fresh fruits issue of locations lacking just want to make high-
and vegetables,” she said. access, according to quality produce available.
A cooking demonstration featured a dish made with ground turkey
The term for such material published by the We’re here to serve the and the vegetable of the day—yellow squash.
areas is “food desert,” program, which started in community.”
which the U. S. July 2015. After the vehicle
Department of Agriculture Fresh on Dek has arrives at its site, bins are lower than at local grocery ground turkey. Recipes
defines as “parts of the been popular, according attached to its side and stores. and nutritional information
country vapid of fresh to Bembry, who noted filled with various types of More than a fresh were available. “We
fruit, vegetables, and that before coming to the produce. The selection is produce market, want to show people that
other healthful whole library at noon the mobile a combination of what’s the Mobile Farmers healthy eating can also be
foods, usually found in market had sold out of available, what customers Market features food economical,” said Cain,
impoverished areas. some items at an earlier ask for and what sells demonstrations with adding that the Extension
This is largely due to a stop. “It looks like we’re well, according to Bembry. samples and recipes. Service offers a series
lack of grocery stores, going to run out again,” “We can’t sell everything. At the library parking of classes for people on
farmers’ markets, and she said, eyeing the line We get a lot of requests lot, Extension Service the federal Supplemental
healthy food providers.” of shoppers filling their for watermelon, for employee Phyllis Cain Nutrition Assistance
The federal agency notes baskets with tomatoes, example, but it’s too bulky prepared a skillet dish Program.
that residents in such onions, snap beans, for us to carry on a regular featuring the vegetable The mobile market
area often do not have collards, kale, eggplant, basis. We only feature of the day—squash. “You accepts EBT, credit cards,
transportation or walkable oranges, apples, pears, it once in a while,” she can serve this over any checks and cash. For a
roads and depend on grapes and other produce. said. The mobile farmers kind of grain—pasta, full schedule of stops, visit
convenience stores, “We had cabbage this market website says the rice, quinoa,” she said www.dekalbmobilemarket.
small box stores and fast morning, but it was gone mark-up on produce is of the dish that includes com.

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Criteria for submitted proposals include
details and background for each gate, a
visual mock-up, written description, and a
presentation at an introductory meeting on
Touch a Truck event Decatur looking for artists July 12. Installation is expected to begin in
August with completion in October.
Police and fire departments will be on The Decatur Arts Alliance seeks sculptures The deadline for all proposals is June 30.
hand to provide a day of fun and learning at to be placed in five locations within walking For more information, contact Marian Liou
Brookhaven’s Touch a Truck event on June distance of downtown Decatur as part of at or (404) 547-1349.
24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Blackburn Park. the ongoing Decatur Artway celebration of
The event is free. The park is located at 3493 public art.  They are seeking artists for their
Ashford Dunwoody Road. third phase of sculptures to be featured in the DeKalb pastors create faith-based
downtown area. energy initiative
Contact the Decatur Arts Alliance at (404)-
371-9583 or, The DeKalb Pastors Alliance in partnership
CHAMBLEE with any additional questions. with Partners In Energy, which includes
National Sustainable Energy Group, Air
Conditioning Experts, Atlanta Gas Light,
Onion Man offers Christmas in July Georgia Power, Genesis Credit, Goodman
Onion Man Productions—located at 5522
New Peachtree Road—is offering a two-session
STONE Manufacturing, UtiliPro and Wells Fargo have
teamed up to create a faith-based initiative
known as “Smart Home Energy” with the
workshop on writing for the stage on July 16
and 23.
Led by Atlanta-area playwright Daphne
MOUNTAIN residents of DeKalb County.
The “kick-off” event will be held on June
22, at 9 a.m. at the Clarkston First Baptist
Mintz, the goal of the workshop—titled June music events announced Church, 3999 Church Street, Clarkston. The
Christmas in July—is to develop a 10-to event is free and open to the public.
25-minute one-act, holiday-themed play. Gareth Asher and Nicki Thrailkill will This initiative is designed to promote
Attendees will be instructed on how to create perform June 23 at Stone Mountain’s Tunes By sustainable energy efficiency and safe
palatable storylines and develop interesting The Tracks event in the municipal parking lot, environmental friendly transfer from
characters, according to event officials. next to the Gazebo. Attendees can bring lawn the refrigerant Freon to puron. The EPA
“The workshop will include exercises to get chairs. The two-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. mandatory phase-out of the R-22 refrigerant,
synapses firing, writing time to get the words Tunes By The Tracks will be held every Friday commonly known as Freon, will affect roughly
on paper, and the do’s and don’ts for holiday until June 30. For more information, visit www. 70 percent of the homeowners in DeKalb
audiences,” an event description states. County.
“Together, we will kill your darlings, steal your Free information workshops will be
ideas, practice being naughty and nice, and conducted at area churches to help educate

help everyone develop fresh works for the the community.
best Christmas ever!” To learn more about the DeKalb Pastors
The cost is $75 and limited to a class size of Alliance and get more information on this
seven. For more information and to register, City to host Father’s Day flag initiative please email dekalbpastorsalliance@
visit football or contact Steven N. Dial,
executive director at (404) 288-1910.
Tucker will host a Father’s Day flag football

CLARKSTON event June 17 at 2 p.m. at Henderson Park.
The friendly game of football will be played
by fathers. Moms and children are welcome to
Park partially closed for repairs

World Refugee Day to be celebrated cheer on the dads. The park is located at 2723 A section of Deepdene Park will be closed
Henderson Road. For more information, email to repair the rock waterfall from June 19 to
The city of Clarkston, in partnership with Charla at 30. Additional repairs will also take place
the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies, will including rebuilding the trail, removing shrubs
celebrate World Refugee Day on June 17 from and creating a drainage basin.
10 a.m. until noon at Refuge Coffee, located at
4170 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. NE.
“Enjoy delicious coffee and family-friendly
COUNTYWIDE The park will remain open during repairs
and visitors are encouraged to use caution
and follow safety signs marking off the repair
activities as you meet your neighbors, hear Nonprofit seeks artists for Buford area.
thoughts, stories and experiences from Highway project For more information, please contact
special guest speakers and take part in a huge Revonda Cosby project manager at the
group photo to show just how much Georgia We Love BuHi is seeking 10 artists with DeKalb County Department of Recreation,
loves refugees!” reads an event description. Buford Highway roots to participate in the Parks and Cultural Affairs at (404) 371-2540.
World Refugee Day is recognized every Great Gates of Buford Highway project.
year internationally on June 20. According to event officials, beginning
For more information, contact Stephanie in fall 2017, We Love BuHi will install “Great
Jackson Ali at s.ali@newamericanpathways. Gates” at different businesses along Buford
org. Highway. The gates are intended to celebrate
the diversity of Buford Highway through
public art, promote local artists, support local
businesses and encourage pedestrian activity.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 4

Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure founder Carolyn Watson Lithonia-based HOME recently received a donation from former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick as part of Kaepernick’s $1 million
said the $25,000 donation from former NFL quarterback Colin pledge to charities across the United States.
Kaepernick came as a surprise.

Colin Kaepernick donation a big hit
by Horace Holloman meeting family needs by announced that he would into the controversy, but you
herself with little support.   donate $1 million to charities have to stand for something or HOME is the only plus all the proceeds of his else you’ll fall for anything.”  
organization Georgia, so far, jersey sales from the 2016  Watson said she hopes
Initially, DeKalb County to receive a donation from NFL season to organizations to acquire a warehouse soon
resident Carolyn Watson had Kaepernick. Last year the working in oppressed so HOME can have space
no idea who NFL quarterback former San Francisco 49ers’ communities. The pledge to accept more donations.
Colin Kaepernick is—or how quarterback made national includes donating $100,000 a Watson said she also wants
to pronounce his last name. headlines by kneeling during month for 10 months.  to develop programs to help
However, after Kaepernick the playing of the national “The fact that [Kaepernick] single mothers with daycare
donated $25,000 to her anthem before every game to would take his tangible for children or clothes for
Lithonia-based charity Helping protest police brutality and resources and make change in potential job interviews.
Oppressed Mothers Endure social injustice. the world speaks a lot about his  
(HOME), she knows.    Last year Kaepernick heart,” Watson said. “I’m not
As a part of Kaepernick’s Kaepernick
$1 million pledge to donate
to organizations that fight friend Carolyn Tolbert and
oppression through education
and social activism, the Colin The $25,000 donation will Notice of Property
help provide additional beds
Kaepernick Foundation
chose HOME as one of 24 and items for single mothers in Tax Increase
organizations across the United need in the metro area.
 HOME serves on average
States to donate money to.  
10 families each month in
The City of Stone Mountain has tentatively adopted a
So far, the former starting millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes
NFL quarterback has donated nine metro-Atlanta counties,
$700,000 toward his $1 million according to Tolbert, HOME’s by 6.86 percent. All concerned citizens are invited to public
director of development.  
 As of June 7, 545 moms hearings on this tax increase to be held at City Hall, 875
Watson said the donation
took her by surprise. and children collectively Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 on Monday, June
 “Somehow Colin received sofas, dinette sets, 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Kaepernick found out about beds, computer desks, TVs,
us...this [donation came lamps, small appliances, dishes,
through] no efforts of our linen and bedding through the Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax
own,” Watson said. “This is organization.  Also more than
5,600 pieces of gently used
increase are at City Hall, 875 Main Street, Stone Mountain,
something that I truly consider
a miracle and the reason why is home furnishings have been GA 30083 on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
because this just came to us.” distributed in less than 3 years.    
 Watson created the idea
 HOME, a nonprofit
of HOME based on her life
The tentative increase will result in a millage rate of
organization that provides
single mothers with furniture experiences. When she was 22.270 mils, an increase of 1.429 mils. Without this
and other household items, 9 years old, Watson said she tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than
watched her mother escape
was the brainchild of Watson.
an abusive relationship. 20.841 mils. The proposed tax increase for a home with a
Watson is the founder and
executive director of HOME When Watson became a first- fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $57.16 and
and says she couldn’t do it time mom, she also endured
personal struggles and found
the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with
without the support of her
herself juggling bills and a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $71.45.
husband, Leotis Watson, good
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 5

Children at Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Decatur have an close encounter with a Clairmont Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor Kimmy Briggs, left, and Anne
baby goat. Kilpatrick agreed that goats are a lifeline for families in La Gonave, Haiti.

Goat project supported by local church women
by Gale Horton Gay Gonave.
“CPC has been involved with
For the women of Clairmont the La Gonave Project since
Presbyterian Church in Decatur, its inception 16 years ago,”
funding the purchase of goats explained Edna Jennings,
to people living on an island a member of Clairmont
hundreds of miles away is an Presbyterian.  “Other churches
act of Christian love. in the area donate as well,
This year, for the 10th but I think we’re the only ones
year, the women’s ministry who have actual live goats in
donated $7,000, which will fund attendance.”
the purchase of 35 goats for “I feel so privileged to have
families living on La Gonave, a tiny part in this ministry that
Haiti. I have added a bequest in my
Kimmy Briggs, associate will to the Haitian Partnership,”
pastor of the church, said the added church member Anne
church’s women’s group works Kilpatrick.  “I know exactly how
through the larger Presbyterian the money is spent and the
body in Atlanta and has difference one goat can make
steadily increased its financial in a family’s life.  Having a goat
commitment to the project over can make the difference in a
the years. family’s ability to send a child to
On Oct. 4, 2016, Hurricane and a family’s goat population
Briggs said the need school or buy medicine.”
Matthew hit La Gonave, increases, some are sold for
for goats on the island is Kilpatrick described two
destroying homes, washing income.
particularly heightened this brothers on the island whose
away newly planted crops and Anne Kilpatrick, a member
year due to Hurricane Matthew, goat herd had increased to
killing more than 200 goats. The of the church and the women’s
which caused destruction and about 12, which enabled them
goat farmers lost their livelihood group, said the fundraising
devastation on La Gonave last to pay for expensive medicine,
and the ability to put meat involving talking to children in
fall. and a woman who donated one
on the family’s table, pay for Sunday School classes about
The island, which is of her baby goats to a neighbor.
their children’s education, and the lives of the islanders,
described as being only “It’s not a complicated
purchase medicine.” bringing two baby goats to the
accessible by boat, is quite theological thing,” she said.
“It wiped out their goat church’s campus to interact
poor, according to church Because of the church’s
population,” said Briggs, adding with families and holding a Goat
leaders. “There are few roads commitment to this project,
that rebuilding the herd is vital Sunday during which a speaker
and most residents travel by Clairmont has been given the
to the islanders self-sufficiency from the project addressed the
motorcycle, by donkey, or by honor to name one of the bucks
and livelihood. congregation about the need
foot,” states a church press (male goat). The church will
The goats are used for milk, and presented slides showing
release. “The average family hold a congregation-wide vote
meat and after being breed the people and goats of La
income is $1.40 per day. to determine the buck’s name.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 6

Proud to be a ‘Champion’
On June 2, The Champion publisher Carolyn Glenn, and Kathy Mitchell, Gale Horton-
was recognized as a first- Chief Financial Officer Dr. Earl Gay, Scott Belzer, Chris Glenn,
place winner in the category Glenn, our staff is challenged Jackie Bryant, Kemesha
of General Excellence at the with recording the events and Wadley, Travis Hudgons,
2017 Georgia Press Association John Hewitt people that define DeKalb JoAnn Bowden, Donna Seay,
Annual Convention held in Jekyll
County. As the official legal Bill Crane, Fitzroy James,
Island. organ of DeKalb County, we are Vance Harper and Alvin
The 2017 recognition marks also challenged with publishing Brown, we would not be able to
the ninth consecutive year, legal notices that serve as a maintain the level of excellence
and 10th total time that The first minority-owned newspaper permanent record of our county’s that our readers and peers
Champion has been awarded member of the statewide judicial processes. have come to expect from The
the prestigious first-place honor. association. Since then, the Our relatively small staff each Champion.
Each year newspapers are newspaper has been recognized day does our best to bring the I am proud to be a part of
judged by peers from other state numerous times for our editorial news and legal notices to the this team and look forward
press associations; points are and advertising content. public in a timely and accurate to continuing the tradition of
accumulated for advertising It takes a dedicated team manner. Each member of our excellence that our readers,
design and editorial categories of professionals to produce an staff, including our part-time advertisers and community
and tallied to determine the entirely new product each week employees, plays a pivotal role deserve and expect.
newspapers that are recognized and to consistently produce a that has multiple responsibilities.
as General Excellence winners. product that is recognized by Without the efforts of
The Champion became peers as being one of the best in MaryAnn Thompson, Jenese
a member of Georgia Press our state. Turner, Dexter Redding, Carla
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Community newspapers: A vital cog in democracy
Buried somewhere doing their jobs, and thinking local economic development an opportunity to inform
in my parents’ house in to myself, perhaps out loud, story or a development in the themselves about the events
Watkinsville is a stack of “That’s the best job in the public schools, the newspaper of the day in a way that brings
aged newspapers–copies of world…” provides coverage people them meaning.
the Athens Banner-Herald, It still is a great job, an need. The glare of the national
The Oconee Enterprise and important job, a job worth It’s quite fashionable these news media sometimes
the dearly departed Athens doing well. We’ve all followed days to be dismissive of the obscures the fine work done
Observer. You see, in my the news about the news future of the press. Its many by so many community
family, community newspapers business, watching the critics seem all too eager to journalists daily, soldiering on
have always been the drumbeat of layoffs at media write it off as some outdated in these trying times, bringing
chroniclers of family lore, of companies large and small anachronism of an earlier age. us the news we need to raise
scholastic achievements, of the as the digital era ushers in a I find that attitude troubling, our children, strengthen our
fleeting fame of youth. wrenching transition. Media and more than a little puzzling, communities and share our
In the bottom of that pile, managers are being asked to perhaps because I know that triumphs and our losses.
I know, are some of my most do more with less than ever every day, in communities So let me take a moment to
prized possessions: stories I before, with predictable results. across the state of Georgia and thank the countless journalists
wrote as a budding journalist. The somewhat myopic across the nation, reporters, out there who aren’t splashed
The first-ever clip, written in focus on all things digital belies editors, photographers and across the cable TV gabfests
the heat of a June night by a the fact that in communities all designers toil thanklessly to spewing opinion 24/7, but who
novice intern, told the gripping over the country, community keep us informed. Reporters instead tell the true stories of
tale of an error-plagued Little newspapers are thriving. The sit through interminable public America—even if it is a humble
League tilt between Athens reason is simple and timeless: meetings, keeping a watchful Little League game on a warm
Federal and Arby’s…or was it in so many communities the eye on school boards and southern night. Community
Arby’s and Burger King? I can’t local newspaper remains a city councils, water districts newspapers remain a rich part
recall, but I know that from the viable advertising vehicle and and non-profits. They ask of the media diet, and for that,
moment the Banner-Herald is the only source of verified, difficult questions of people I am thankful.
hired me on, life has never professionally presented news less than thrilled to answer
been the same. and information. Municipal them, challenge assumptions,
I spent a couple of governance, justice and all scrutinize assertions and shine Charles Davis
summers covering organized of the other news that binds bright light into dark corners of Dean, Grady College of
baseball in the Athens area a community together still society. Journalism and Mass
25 years ago, and recall forms the basic covenant In so doing, they provide an Communication
vividly sitting in the newsroom, between a town and its indispensable service to the University of Georgia
watching the real journalists newspaper, and whether it’s a democracy, offering its citizens

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Lithonia orders school owners to remove items from old city hall
Several city officials have said [doesn’t] have any business working with the city,” Green
the Lithonia Housing Authority trying to lease it,” Reynolds said. said.
owns the building. Reynolds The council members and Once school officials
said members of the housing Green agreed to work together remove the school’s items
authority told her that they on how the building could be from the building, keys to the
want the city council to use the used by business owners and building will be given to council
building. residents. members.
“They feel like [the school] “I’m more than open to

Lithonia officials gave notice to the co-founders of The Harriet Tubman School NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
for Leadership and Enterprise to remove items from the old city hall building.
Photo by Carla Parker
The City of Doraville has tentatively adopted a millage rate of
by Carla Parker Four city council members 8.951 which will require an increase in property taxes by 16.23
voted at a special call meeting percent. The proposed millage rate is .58 mills more than the prior
May 24 to have access to the year millage rate of 8.371 mills.
The founders of The building, and to clean the inside
Harriet Tubman School for of the building so it could be
Leadership and Enterprise used for office space for council All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax
have been ordered by Lithonia members and as a meeting increase to be held at the Doraville City Hall located at 3725 Park
City Council to remove their place for business owners and Avenue, Doraville, GA 30340 on June 12, 2017 at 6:00pm.
belongings from the old city hall residents.
building on Main Street. Mayor Pro Tem Tracy-Ann
The council voted during its Williams and Mayor Deborah Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase
June 5 regular meeting to give Jackson were not at the meeting. are at the Doraville City Hall on June 12, 2017 at 11:30am and at the
the school founders Jhavaun During that meeting, Green Doraville Civic Center located at 3770 Central Avenue, Doraville GA
Green and Muhammed brought up the issue of who 30340 on June 19, 2017 at 6:00pm.
Cannon a 30-day notice to owns the title of the old city
remove items left in the building hall building. A search for the
from their operation. The school lease was authorized by the city This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 8.951 mills,
hosted programs in the building council in September 2016; an increase of 16.23 percent over the rollback rate. Without this
for 11 months beginning in however, the city attorney was tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 7.701
November 2015, but were told to unable to find the title to see mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market
cease using the building by the who owns the building.
council in August 2016 when “They can’t find anything value of $150,000 is approximately $43.75 and the tax increase for
council members discovered and now we’re back to where we a non-homestead property with a fair market value of $675,000 is
they were using the facility were,” Councilwoman Shameka approximately $337.50.
without a lease agreement. Reynolds said.

Pursuant to the requirements
to the requirements of O.C.G.A.
of O.C.G.A. Sectiondoes
Section 48-5-32 48-5-32
herebydoes hereby
publish publish the
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the current
the current year’s year’s taxand
tax digest digest
levy,and levy,
along along
with with the
the history history
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tax digest taxlevy
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the past five years.
All citizens
All citizens of Doraville
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2012 2012 2013 2013 2014 20142015 20152016 2017
Real & Personal
Real & Personal 361,679,814 395,990,311
361,679,814 416,515,498
395,990,311 582,014,025 582,014,025
416,515,498 586,820,583 586,820,583
669,265,983 669
Motor Vehicle 15,848,630 15,906,220 14,025,040 9,332,050 7,001,920 6,360,280
Motor Vehicle 15,848,630 15,906,220 14,025,040 9,332,050 7,001,920 6
Mobile Homes 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mobile Homes 0 0 0 0 0
Timber 100% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Timber 100% 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Duty Equipment 4,530 4,530 0 0 2,222 2,222
Heavy Duty Equipment 4,530 4,530 0 0 2,222
Gross Tax Digest 377,532,974 411,901,061 430,540,538 591,346,075 593,824,725 675,628,485
Gross Tax Digest
Exemptions 377,532,974
35,478,708 411,901,061
35,478,708 430,540,538
37,551,588 64,281,530 591,346,075
62,253,978 593,824,725
78,870,899 675
Net Tax Digest 35,478,708
342,054,266 35,478,708
376,422,353 392,988,95037,551,588
527,064,545 64,281,530
531,570,747 62,253,978
596,757,586 78
Net Tax Digest
Net Millage 342,054,266 9.00
9.00 376,422,353 8.75392,988,9508.50 527,064,545
8.371 531,570,747
8.951 596
Net Tax Millage
100% 3,078,488 9.00
3,387,801 9.00
3,438,653 8.75
4,480,049 8.50
4,449,779 8.371
Net Increase/(Decrease)
Net Tax Levy 100% 144,285 309,3133,387,801
3,078,488 50,852 3,438,653
1,041,395 30,270
4,480,049 891,798
4,449,779 5
Net Levy %
Net Increase/(Decrease) 4.92% 144,28510.05% 309,313
Increase/(Decrease) 1.50% 50,852
30.28% 1,041,395
0.68% 30,270
Net Levy %
Increase/(Decrease) 4.92% 10.05% 1.50% 30.28% 0.68%
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Outdoor and sidewalk cafes are now an option for restaurant owners in Clarkston. Photo by R. Scott Belzer A business owner publicly thanked Clarkston city council for passing an amended
ordinance allowing outdoor and sidewalk seating at local restaurants. Photo by R.

The complete dining experience
Scott Belzer

Sidewalk and outdoor seating en route to Clarkston restaurants
the option of offering seating, regulating music in the newly
by R. Scott Belzer tables and umbrellas on city
sidewalks pending an annual
allowed seating areas. On June
6, Carroll said restaurants will
“Thank you all for
addressing this matter. I’ve
$100 permit.
According to councilman
Jamie Carroll, council passed
be regulated under the city’s
noise ordinance.
According to the amended
been in business for 10 years the ordinance as a way to ordinance, restaurants will be The DeKalb County Governing Authority
in Clarkston. I’ve seen a lot [of
ordinances] working against
showcase the city’s cuisine and
attract visitors.
required to allow two feet of
sidewalk space and five feet
has tentatively adopted a millage rate
businesses. In the last two
years, I’ve seen a lot of changes
“We want to encourage of space from a fire hydrant which will require an increase in property
more pedestrians, more or pedestrian crosswalk. They
in the city helping business outdoor dining and draw will be allowed to operate their taxes by 10.76% percent.
owners. Thank you all.”
These are words from a
more people to Clarkston,”
Carroll said. “Hopefully our
outdoor space until 2:55 a.m.
on Saturdays and Sundays and
All concerned citizens are invited to the
Clarkston restaurant owner
regarding an amended
restaurants will profit from all 2 a.m. on weeknights. public hearing on this tax increase to be
of this. We hope this will bring “It’s a little hot right now,
ordinance that will allow more business and have more but this will be really nice this held at the Manual J. Maloof Auditorium,
outdoor seating at city
restaurants on May 30. The
people eating in Clarkston.
Maybe this will encourage
fall,” said Mayor Ted Terry.
“You can have a coffee or a
1300 Commerce Dr, Decatur GA 30030 on
amended ordinance was passed
by city council one week later
more people to walk around beer outside. We’re trying to be Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 10 a.m.
and visit our town center.” trendy like other big-boy and
on June 6. On May 30, council big-girl cities.” Times and places of additional public
Following its approval,
Clarkston restaurants now have
members were divided on
hearings on this tax increase are to be
held at the Manual J. Maloof Auditorium,
PUBLIC NOTICE 1300 Commerce Dr, Decatur GA 30030
Fiscal Year 2018 Budget on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 6 p.m. and
Notice is hereby given that the proposed budget for the City of Doraville shall be the Manual J. Maloof Auditorium, 1300
available for public inspection beginning Friday, June 2, 2017, in the City Clerk’s Commerce Dr, Decatur GA 30030 on
office from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue,
Doraville, GA. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 10 a.m.
This tentative increase will result in a
A Public Hearing shall be held on the 12th day of June at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 3725
Park Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville at millage rate of 9.983 mills, an increase
which time public comment pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through of 0.970 mills. Without this tentative
June 30, 2018) budget shall be sounded. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend.
tax increase, the millage rate will be no
A Public Hearing shall be held on the 19th day of June at 6:00 p.m. at Doraville Civic more than 9.013 mills. The proposed tax
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, increase for a home with a fair market
2017 through June 30, 2018) budget shall be sounded. All citizens of Doraville are value of $250,000 is approximately
invited to attend.
$64.96 and the proposed tax increase
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 for nonhomestead property with a
City of Doraville at which time the Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, fair market value of $1,200,000 is
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. approximately $231.84
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 10

The hand, the head and the heart
Georgia Piedmont Technical College president delivers commencement speech
dangerous society would be if you do. Real education is about
by R. Scott Belzer police officers didn’t use their freeing the mind.” heads more often than their Simama advised students
guns?” Simama asked. “How to find purpose in their career
According to Georgia many firefighters would lose choice to be fulfilled, complete
Piedmont Technical College their lives if they ran into a global citizens.
(GPTC) President Jabari blazing fire without thinking “If we have not mentioned
Simama, finding successes in first? Can you really become the heart, we have done you a
life involve proper use of the a great film director without disservice,” Simama said. “The
hand, the head and the heart. knowledge? An optician or an heart is what being work ready
“When I was in the third emergency medical medic? Let really means. What being a fully
grade, I learned to do something your minds rule your heads, and
that helped create a paradigm you will be much better at what
of success that affected my
See GPTC on Page 14A
future successes—I learned
how to play the drums—read
notes and all. It gave me great
pride in learning a skill, that at NOTICE
the time, I thought was of the Public Hearing for Millage Rate
hand,” Simama said. “At first I The Mayor and City Council will hold a Public
thought it was about how loud Hearing on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the
I could play my snare drum Georgia Piedmont Technical College celebrated its 2017 Commencement at Courthouse/Council Chambers, 459 Pine Drive,
or how well I could execute a the Georgia World Congress Center on May 20 with president Jabari Simama
drum roll. Then, when I began delivering the farewell address. Photos submitted. Pine Lake, GA 30072 beginning at 6:00 PM. The
to read sheet music, I discovered purpose of this meeting is to hold a public hearing to
I had to pay attention to accent solicit public input for the setting of the 2017 millage
marks, crescendos, time, and suggesting a job cannot be critically.
completed without thinking “Can you imagine how
the difference between quarter The public is invited to attend and be heard.
and 16th notes. I was beginning
to learn that to become a great NOTICE
drummer, I had to use more NOTICE
than my hands. I had to use my Public Hearing for Millage Rate Public Hearing for Millage Rate
head. I had to think about what The Mayor and City Council will hold a Public The Mayor and City Council will hold a Public
I was doing. I learned that great Hearing on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Hearing on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the
drumming was about more than Courthouse/Council Chambers, 459 Pine Drive, Courthouse/Council Chambers, 459 Pine Drive,
the hands and the mind—it, too, Pine Lake, GA 30072 beginning at 7:00 PM. The
Pine Lake, GA 30072 beginning at 9:00 AM. The purpose of this meeting is to hold a public hearing
was about the heart. I learned
to feel the music, to play with purpose of this meeting is to hold a public hearing to to solicit input for the setting of the millage rate.
sticks in my hands, but with my solicit public input for the setting of the millage rate The millage rate will be adopted at the June 27th
whole body. In order to perform at June 27, 2017 meeting at 6:00 PM. meeting.
great music, it had to come from The public is invited to attend and be heard. The public is invited to attend and be heard.
inside out. It had to come from
the heart.”
Simama delivered GPTC’s NOTICE
2017 commencement address The Mayor and Council of the City of Pine NOTICE Lake does hereby announce that the millage rate will
on May 20 at the Georgia World be
Theset at aand
Mayor meeting
Council oftothe
held in the
of Pine LakeCourtroom/Council Chambers,
does herby announce that the millage 459 Pine
rate will be Drive,
set at a Pine Lake,
meeting to be GA
Congress Center, advising 30072 on June 27, 2017
in the Courtroom/Council at 6:00459
Chambers, PM and
Pine pursuant
Drive, to GA
Pine Lake, O.C.G.A. Section
30072 on June 27, 48-5-32 does
2017 at 6:00 PMhereby publish
and pursuant to
students to be artists or artisans O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and
levy along
with following
the history ofpresentation of levy
the tax digest and the for
the pastyear’s tax digest and levy along with the history of the
five years.
in all they do, be committed to
a larger purpose and make good tax digest and levy for the past five years.
A public hearing will be held June 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM and on June 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the above location. The public is
use of their education. A public
invited hearing
to attend and bewill be held June 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM and on June 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the
Simama went down the line above location. The public is invited to attend and be heard.
of careers that GPTC graduates
can expect to embark on, CURRENT 2017 TAX DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY
applying the drumming story to INCORPORATED 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
“We have no doubt that you Real & Personal 15,898,584 12,792,852 14,339,521 20,069,921 21,363,181 22,335,135
are skilled of the hand,” Simama Motor Vehicles 1,141,400 1,177,580 977,730 699,770 533,790 457,630
told students. “So, when you Mobile Homes
accept a job as a certified nurse Timber - 100%
assistant, for example, I know Heavy Duty Equipment

your hands will be healing Gross Digest 17,039,994 13,970,412 15,317,251 20,769,691 21,896,971 22,792,765

hands. In this regard, your Less M& O Exemptions 1,103,602 968,437 927,770 952,730 980,240 1,005,946
Net M & O Digest $16,036,392 $13,001,975 $14,389,481 $19,816,961 20,916,731 21,786,819
hands may take you even farther
than your feet. In the classroom, State Forest Land Assistance Grant Value 0
as an early childhood teacher, Adjusted Net M&O Digest 16,036,392 13,001,975 14,389,481 19,816,961 20,916,731 21,786,819
handle students in a manner
that instills in them a lifelong Gross M&O Millage 24.190 29.824 28.110 21.402 20.381 22.200

thirst for learning. Awaken Less Rollbacks
Net M&O Millage 24.190 29.824 28.110 21.402 20.381 22.200
the knowledge within them
and learn from their purity of Net Taxes Levied $387,210 $387,771 $404,488 $424,122 $426,303 $483,667
hearts.” Net Taxes $ Increase/Decrease $3,489 $1,014 $16,717 $19,634 $2,181 $57,364
Simama stressed the Net Taxes % Increase/Decrease 0.79% 0.02% 4.14% 4.65% 0% 14.51%
importance of job knowledge,
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 11

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 16, 2017 • Page 12

‘Boarding houses’ discussed in Doraville
by R. Scott Belzer
Illegal housing has come under the microscope in
Doraville following a violent incident on Mother’s Day
weekend, resulting in the consideration of an updated
city code.
On May 15, members of the public and Doraville
Police Chief John King recalled an incident in which
three individuals were involved in a stabbing at a
residence on Raymond Drive.
According to King, an investigation allowed city Code violations such as enclosed car ports and trash on the curb have led to a larger discussion involving boarding houses and illegal
code enforcement officials to inspect the property renters in Doraville following a stabbing incident. Photos by R. Scott Belzer
and evict its current tenants for what King called
“deplorable” conditions from “slum lords.” the “overwhelming number of multi-tenant rental solution
The housing conversation continued at Doraville’s homes or boarding homes that reside in [Doraville] “It’s a difficult thing to enforce and even find out if
June 5 city council meeting following more complaints neighborhoods.” it’s going on,” Pittman said. “You have to be family, but
from residents. The meeting’s sole agenda item, “These homes have very large driveways, lots of legally, how do you prove people aren’t family? It’s an
“Community Concerns,” involved a public discussion trash, many cars, some parked in the streets— blocking age-old problem.”
following comments from the public. the street for other drivers and pedestrians—and Pittman said Doraville’s legal team suggested
“I’m concerned about houses being rented out and unkempt lawns,” Pannier said June 7. “This week giving priority to housing cases in court, increasing
turned into holding areas for large groups of people our city council was asked to review and adjust a code compliance efforts and limiting the widening of
that are being used at massage parlors and the sex trade few codes to help us clean up our city and make our driveways. She suggested drafting official ordinances.
in Doraville,” said resident Tom Hart. “I’m concerned neighborhoods safer for us [as well as] our children.” Councilman Robert Patrick suggested installing
about workers being rounded up and being used in Pannier suggested Doraville City Council consider high-powered cameras at busy intersections and
labor camps in neighborhoods. I’m concerned about such options as reducing driveway width, cap the preventing “gateway activity” such as parking on lawns.
people turning carports into extra rooms and into number of cars per driveway, allow parking on only He, too, suggested Doraville develop a rental property
boarding houses. The list could go on and on.” one side of the street and create a registry for rental registry.
Resident Bernadette Pannier said the discussion properties. Similarly, Councilwoman Pam Fleming supported
was designed to ask for help from council in addressing Mayor Donna Pittman said the housing issue has limiting driveway width.
been discussed many times and there is no simple Councilmen M.D. Naser and Shannon Hillard,
See Housing on Page 14A

2017 Mobile Market Stops
June - September

Cash, Credit, SNAP/EBT Cards Accepted

Tuesday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Clifton Springs Health Center, 3110 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Rd., Lithonia
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tadda’s Fitness Center, 2615 Park Central Blvd., Decatur

Wednesday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Watershed Management, 1580 Roadhaven Dr., Stone Mountain
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Austin Drive Community at Bethesda Cathedral, 1989 Austin Dr., Decatur
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Mainstreet Community Association, 5001 Mainstreet Park Dr., Stone Mountain

Thursday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. DeKalb County Division of Family and Children Services, 178 Sams St., Decatur
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Scott Candler Library, 1917 Candler Rd., Decatur (Alternating Thursdays starting June 8, 2017)
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Redan-Trotti Library, 1569 Wellborn Rd., Lithonia (Alternating Thursdays starting June 15, 2017)
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Redan High School, 5247 Redan Rd., Stone Mountain

Friday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. DeKalb County Extension, 4380 Memorial Dr., Ste. 200, Decatur

For more info, call (404) 298-4080 or go to

DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 13

Dunwoody Police assisted in a service call involving a downed tree along Winters Chapel Road, resulting in
about three hours of labor before the street was reopened. Photo submitted.

The DeKalb County Board of Health and Extension Office kicked off its annual
mobile farmer’s market program at various locations throughout DeKalb County
the week of June 5. Photo submitted.

Thomas Jeffery, of Decatur, assigned to the supply department of the amphibi-
City officials in Dunwoody took a tour of the Winters Chapel Road corridor with city officials from Peachtree ous dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), practices flight signals on the
Corners to discuss how to better the area. Photo submitted. ship’s flight deck.

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.

(404) 371-2325
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 14

A valiant effort
Clarkston High School soccer team honored
the community,” Goodman
by R. Scott Belzer said. “There was very little separating us from a team who
won five state championships
Clarkston High School’s in the last seven years.
varsity soccer team was McIntosh was the only team
honored by city officials June 6 that beat us this year.”
following a season that ended Principal Michelle Jones
just short of a state title. said Clarkston’s soccer team
For the 2016-2017 school gave the entire community a
year, Clarkston—also known reason to cheer.
as the Angoras—had an “We are very proud of
overall record of 19-1-2 and a the work they have been
7-0 regional record, earning doing,” Jones said. “They’ve
a top 40 national ranking been region champs and
and top 15 state ranking, region runner-ups. This year,
according to we’re proud to be region
The Angoras placed second champs and state runner-ups.
in the GHSA Class 5A Boys What we hope is that we’re
State Soccer Tournament moving to bring home the
following a 2-1 loss to state championship trophy
McIntosh High School, a next year. We see that in our
Peachtree City school that is future.”
currently ranked fourth in the Jones credited the players’
nation and second in the state. passion and the coaching
The game ended in the second staff ’s dedication for such a
period of overtime. successful season.
Though the Angoras did “These children play soccer
not bring home a trophy, The Clarkston High School boys soccer team was honored by city officials on June 6. Photo by Travis Hudgons. every single day,” Jones said.
Mayor Ted Terry—who “They do not stop playing. The
attended the Angoras final “There were lots of to be [a resident of] Clarkston. High for 18 years, said the only thing that keeps them
game in Macon—called amazing games played,” We’re proud of all the hard energy at school was amazing from playing is lightning, not
Clarkston’s performance, Terry said. “There was some work they have done.” throughout the season. thunder, but lightning.”
run and ultimate result amazing dedication. All Coach Andrew Goodman, “We were really grateful
extraordinary. around, it was really exciting who’s been at Clarkston and touched to be so feted by

HOUSING Continued From Page 12A
who both said they live close to of one boarding house by
“boarding houses,” suggested interacting with a neighbor, who
residents continue to report freely admitted she was renting
issues to each other and city via Craigslist.
officials until council can arrive “Sometimes it’s as simple
at an all-encompassing solution. as talking to your neighbor
“I feel for [residents],” and reporting them to code
Naser said. “I’ve seen it. I have enforcement or your district
[a boarding house] very close representative,” Hillard said.
to my house… If we look at Council voted 5-0 in favor of
[potential] solutions, it’s very moving forward with a written
hard to enforce.” policy, with councilwoman
Hillard said she learned Sharon Spangler absent.

GPTC Continued From Page 10A
developed human being—ready to his musicians that every
for life, is really all about. The instrument is a drum,” Simama
first mechanic I took my car to said. “Be every instrument.
was the one who loved the cars Be a beautiful drum, beating
he worked on. The instructors out the rhythms of your life.
who work on motorcycles Integrate the hands with the
at Georgia Piedmont love head and the heart. Being of the
the machines. The drafters heart, moreover, involves being
at our college love what they committed to something larger
do. But the lines on paper are than yourselves. It means letting
meaningless without the shapes all you have learned make you a
and forms created from the force for good in your families,
heart.” communities, and in society.
Simama concluded by You are not an educated human
recommending compassion and being unless you are a good
empathy over individuality. human being.”
“James Brown once said
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 15
The Decatur Police Department drugs. He allegedly threatened to shoot hours later.

Decatur arrested a man who allegedly attempted to
rob a CVS Pharmacy in Decatur on West
workers and held an unknown item under
his clothes as though he were holding a
The officer recognized the man as
Knowles and detained him.

Police nab
Ponce de Leon Avenue. weapon. Knowles, from Conyers, had an active
The man has been identified as Knowles allegedly fled the CVS but was arrest warrant for aggravated stalking and
54-year-old Leigh Knowles. later tracked down by a Decatur police criminal trespassing in Coweta County.

CVS robber According to Decatur Police, Knowles
came into the store around 2:55 p.m.
on June 6 and demanded prescription
officer when the department received
a report of a man refusing to leave a
business on Sycamore Street roughly two
According to Decatur Police, warrants
are pending on Knowles’ attempted
robbery at the CVS.


The Governing Authority of the City of Avondale Estates has
tentatively adopted a 2017 millage rate which will require an
increase in property taxes by 4.84 percent. All concerned
citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax
increase to be held at City Hall, 21 North Avondale
Plaza, Avondale Estates, Ga. 30002 on the following

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.,
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., and
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 9.957 mills
(which is the current millage rate), an increase of .46 mills. Without
this tentative tax increase, the mill rate will be no more than 9.497
mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value
of $305,056 is approximately $56. The proposed tax increase on
non-homestead property with a fair market value of $244,929 is
approximately $45.

The Governing Authority of the City of Avondale Estates has tentatively adopted a 2017 millage rate which will require an
increase in property taxes by 4.84 percent. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to
be held at City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, Ga. 30002 on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.,
Monday, June 26, 2017, at 10 a.m. and Monday, June 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. This tentative increase will result in a millage
rate of 9.957 mills (which is the current millage rate), an increase of .46 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the mill
rate will be no more than 9.497 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $305,056 is
approximately $56. The proposed tax increase on non-homestead property with a fair market value of $244,929 is
approximately $45.
CITY 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Real & Personal 133,021,745 141,146,248 148,072,403 178,050,508 191,456,685 203,036,721
Motor Vehicles 8,014,980 8,451,460 7,456,190 5,564,760 4,306,900 3,998,710
Mobile Homes
Timber - 100%
Heavy Duty Equipment
Gross Digest 141,036,725 149,597,708 155,528,593 183,615,268 195,763,585 207,035,431
Less M& O Exemptions 231,089 138,061 268,311 371,490 466,802 512,749
Net M & O Digest 140,805,636 149,459,647 155,260,282 183,243,778 195,296,783 206,522,682
State Forest Land Assistance Grant
Value 0
Adjusted Net M&O Digest 140,805,636 149,459,647 155,260,282 183,243,778 195,296,783 206,522,682
Gross M&O Millage 10.957 10.957 10.957 9.957 9.957 9.957
Less Rollback (LOST)
Net M&O Millage 10.957 10.957 10.957 9.957 9.957 9.957
Total City Taxes Levied $1,542,807 $1,637,629 $1,701,187 $1,824,558 $1,944,570 $2,056,346
Net Taxes $ Increase $94,822 $63,558 $123,371 $120,012 $111,776
Net Taxes % Increase 6.15% 3.88% 7.25% 6.58% 5.75%
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 16

Hoping for $460,000
in 60 days
Clarkston coffee shop challenges
supporters for funds to buy space
in Clarkston for the past two years—
by R. Scott Belzer launched the crowdfund campaign on June 1 with hopes to raise the funds
within 60 days. The amount will be used
“Every mission has a place. Ours to purchase the garage it operates from
is here in Clarkston, Georgia. We own Iberia bank, which currently owns the
our mission—will you help us own our property.
place?” If the nonprofit—which offers
This is the introduction of a video employment and job training for
outlining Refuge Coffee Company’s latest immigrants and refugees through a coffee
fundraiser for $460,000—the amount house, catering services and coffee-
needed to purchase property at 4170 E. focused food truck—cannot raise the
Ponce de Leon Ave. NE in downtown funds, spokesmen state Refuge may have
Clarkston where its current offices are to relocate.
located. “If we don’t pay, we don’t get to stay,” a
Refuge—a 501(c)3 nonprofit operating description of the fundraiser reads.
Refuge Coffee Company set a goal of raising $460,000 in 60 days to purchase the property
See Coffee on Page 17A it operates on, located at at 4170 E. Ponce de Leon Ave NE in downtown Clarkston. Photo
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 17

COFFEE Continued From Page 16A
Staying, in Refuge Coffee Co.’s case, “We felt that it was time to take
means continuing its mission to provide ownership of the property,” Murray said
a safe place for Clarkston’s refugee June 6. “The city’s streetscape project is
community, which includes an estimated coming up in the fall and they’ve already
2,500 individuals from more than 145 bought the right of way. The perceived
countries. The nonprofit offers incoming value of the property is about to go up.”
residents employment, job-training and Murray said Refuge Coffee Co. has
event space. become Clarkston’s de facto town center
Refuge helps new American residents because of its proximity to Clarkston City
focus on a job schedule, meeting members Hall, Thriftown, international markets,
of the community and earning their first shops and restaurants. While location may
American dollar. be key, she said financial challenges still
“We believe in the power of welcome,” arise because Refuge is still considered a
reads Refuge’s mission page. “We dream young non profit.
of a vibrant, resettled refuge community Murray said she hopes the Clarkston
in Clarkston where our new neighbors community will support Refuge’s
are embraced and given opportunities to fundraising efforts and that the nonprofit
thrive through the business of hospitality. is able make an offer on the property
We will not only train resettled refugees within 60 days.
here; we’ll create a place for these unique “This really is a hopeful thing,” Murray
cultures to tell their stories and share their said. “We’ve seen that this community has
lives.” a vast, rich array of gifts and generosity.
According to founder Kitti Murray, We just need a little bit extra of that
Refuge used similar fundraising in generosity to make this happen.”
November and December 2016 to raise To donate to Refuge Coffee Co.’s
$100,000, enough to maintain financial $460,000 fundraising campaign, visit
stability while waiting for the right time to
make an offer on the property. refuge or For
The fundraising efforts came after more information, contact Murray at
Refuge learned that Iberia may be
considering other offers on the property.
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 18

Coming back in style New SunTrust branch offers
new design, new features
by Kathy Mitchell change the conversation about
Young entrepreneur opens salon in her The recently opened Decatur
money. Over a year ago, we
launched the onUp movement,
Crossing branch of SunTrust which provides inspiration,
old neighborhood Banks Inc. is the first that
incorporates the institution’s
education and other resources to
encourage Americans to take a
new design, according to branch step onward and upward toward
manager Roberta Mapp, who financial confidence,” Mapp
by Kathy Mitchell commented, “We are very said.
excited about this space and “That means we take a
Shenquita Baker said she what it offers our clients.  From client-centric approach to
was about 10 years old when the layout to digital elements meeting financial needs,”
she realized that she loves and cutting-edge technology, Mapp continued. “We keep
styling hair. By the time she this branch is all about helping our clients at the center of
was 16 she had decided that she our clients and making banking everything we do and spend
wanted to own a hair salon. In more convenient than ever.” time understanding what they
mid-May that dream came true Mapp said SunTrust, which value and need in order to
when she opened Kiss & Co. on has more than 1,300 full- help them achieve financial
Columbia Woods Drive. service branch locations in the confidence, whatever that means
“I would have opened southeastern and mid-Atlantic to them. We offer a full suite of
sooner if I had known more United States, chose Decatur products and services designed
about meeting state and county Crossing as its newest location to meet the needs of our
requirements. That was the after deciding it would be consumer, business, corporate
toughest part about opening convenient for clients. and institutional clients.”
the salon. I’m young and I “When choosing a branch Among the features at the
didn’t have anyone to tell available, she immediately will make my customers feel location, we look at our client Decatur Crossing branch is a
me what I needed to do to took steps to rent it. “It’s a good, too,” she commented. preferences to learn where, Teller Connect ATM allowing
meet legal requirements so I good spot. There’s a lot of Baker said making when and how they like to clients to interact with a live
learned through a trial-and- traffic on Columbia and there customers feel good is what bank,” said Mapp, who lives teller via video during and
error process. I had completed are residential and business she likes best about operating a in Decatur and has been with outside the normal branch
cosmetology school and areas close by. I know the area beauty salon. “I want everyone SunTrust 14 years.  hours. The service, which Mapp
gotten my personal license, because I grew up here; I went who comes in here—even if The branch has seven said is exclusive to SunTrust, is
but licensing the business was to school here. This is my old she’s been having a bad day—to full-time employees and a in addition to traditional ATM
another matter,” she recalled. neighborhood,” she said. leave with a smile on her face. conference room for ongoing capabilities.
Baker said she would The easy part, she said, was When you look good, you can’t financial education workshops “We want clients to feel
advise anyone planning to start preparing the physical space. help feeling better.” and community meetings. comfortable and confident while
a business to do the research “This suite had been a hair Kiss & Co. has two other “Five years ago, SunTrust they are in our branches, and we
upfront. “There’s more to it than salon previously, so it was a hair stylists and a make-up started the journey to become have put a lot of thought into
most people imagine.” matter of decorating and putting artist. The range of hair services a purpose-driven company,” ensuring the Decatur Crossing
Once all the paperwork was in the fixtures I wanted. I hired includes relaxers, natural hair Mapp said, explaining that location does just that,” she
in place, the more enjoyable someone to do that and he did a care and weave. Baker, 25, said the bank calls this purpose said. “We also have an area to
part of being an entrepreneur great job,” she said. her ambition is to own three Lighting the Way to Financial introduce clients to our digital
could start, Baker said. The dominate color in salons by the time she’s 30. “I Well-Being. “We decided channels, such as online and
When she learned the the salon’s décor is Baker’s struggled a lot growing up and it was our job as a bank to mobile banking, so we can be
facility on Columbia Woods favorite—pink. “I love pink. It I want to make things easier for help relieve financial stress, available to help them even
Drive at Columbia Drive was makes me feel good. I think it my kids,” she said. which is why we set out to when the branch is closed.”

DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Notice of Public Hearing for Clarkston Millage Rate
2nd and 3rd PUBLIC Notice is hereby given that the Governing Authority of the City of
MILLAGE RATE HEARINGS Clarkston has tentatively adopted a 2017 millage rate which will
require an increase in the property taxes of 14.95 percent.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 All concerned citizens are invited to the Public Hearings on this tax
TIME LOCATION increase to be held Tuesday, June 29, 2017 at 10:00am, City Hall
11:30 a.m. J. David Williamson Board Room Council Rm, 3921 Church Street, Clarkston, GA 30021.
Robert R. Freeman Administrative Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
A second Public Hearing will be held on June 29 at 6:00pm at the
City Hall Council Rm, 3921 Church Street, Clarkston, GA 30021.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 A final Public Hearing will be held on July 6 at 7:30PM at the City
Hall Council Rm, 3921 Church Street, Clarkston, GA 30021. The
6:15 p.m.
J. David Williamson Board Room
City Council will adopt the 2017 Millage rate at the July 6, 2017
Robert R. Freeman Administrative Complex meeting following the conclusion of the Public Hearing.
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083 This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 15.89 mils,
an increase of 2.066 mills. Without this tentative tax increase,
Citizens interested in reviewing a detailed copy of the program the millage rate will be no more than 13.824. The proposed
based budget may do so by visiting the DeKalb County School tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $ 100,000 is
District website at approximately $ 82.64. The proposed increase on non-homestead
FOR INFORMATION, CALL THE OFFICE OF THE property with a fair market value of $ 475,000 is approximately
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Bennie Foster Jr., Rashida Davis, Des Potier, Hal Wilkerson and Lakeside guidance counselor Adrian Israel hosted Summer Transition Centers at Lakeside High June 6, 13 and 20. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

DeKalb high schools offer transitional training throughout June
by R. Scott Belzer successful in that option they choose, whether it’s Army, Navy,
Air Force, Marines, local college
Each year, some high school or out of state. We want them to
students have unanswered be successful.”
questions about continuing According to Foster,
their education or starting a DCSD is combating what
career after graduation. many education professionals
How can I pay for college? refer to as “summer melt,”
Where can I learn a trade? Are in which 10 to 40 percent of
my grades good enough? What college-intending students—
are my options?—these are particularly from low-income
just some of the questions that backgrounds—fail to enroll in
recent high school graduates college within six months after
may have. graduation.
Beginning June 6, Factors such as financial aid,
professionals at 19 DeKalb being a first-generation college
County School District (DCSD) student, missed deadlines and
high schools will address such language barriers often affect
questions at Summer Transition students’ ability to make a
Centers. The centers specialize smooth transition into the next
in helping students who want phase of their lives—even when
to take the next step into they have every intention of
the armed forces, college or making a transition, Foster said.
entrepreneurship. “It’s usually for small
“Necessity is the mother of reasons,” said Foster.
invention,” said Bennie Foster “Sometimes it’s students
Jr., a postsecondary transition who feel like they missed
specialist for DCSD in Region out. We have tried to cover
2. “We have a need and this is everything: placement tests,
[the county’s] pilot program. It’s financial aid, documented and
not just about getting students undocumented students—we
into a postsecondary situation, have people on hand to answer
it’s about making sure they are any question. With the criteria
that we’re putting out, hopefully
Bennie Foster Jr., a postsecondary transition specialist for DCSD in Region 2 said students need help and guidance to
See Diploma on Page 21A successfully transition from high school to the world at large. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 21

DIPLOMA Continued From Page 20A opportunities.
“A lot of students like to
Thursday, June 15: Cross
Keys (Noon to 4 p.m.), Druid
Hills (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Stone
travel, get out of the area and Keys (noon to 4 p.m.), Tucker Mountain (1 to 5 p.m.), Martin
students will come here Wilkerson said his main make a way for themselves,” (noon to 4 p.m.), Stephenson (8 Luther King Jr. (8:30 a.m. to
knowing we have a solution and goal at the Summer Transition Davis said. “We offer stability, a.m. to noon), Arabia Mountain 12:30 p.m.), Southwest DeKalb
that we can provide a solution Center is to educate students 30-days paid vacation, full (2 to 6 p.m.), Southwest DeKalb (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Redan (11
to them.” and families about opportunities medical, dental and pay tuition (1 to 5 p.m.), Towers (8 a.m. to a.m. to 3 p.m.), Columbia (8
Des Potier, director of after high school, as well as assistance. We teach trade noon), Columbia (1 to 5 p.m.) a.m. to noon).
Georgia State University’s how to plan, apply and pay for skills. We have over 150 career Tuesday, June 20: Cross Keys Thursday, June 22: Cross
Learning, Income, Family education opportunities. opportunities in the Army and (8 a.m. to Noon), Lakeside (8 Keys (noon to 4 p.m.), Tucker
Transformation (LIFT) “Hopefully, by the time we’re investing in them upfront.” a.m. to noon), Stone Mountain (noon to 4 p.m.), Stone
program, as well as Hal students are done interacting Davis recommends students (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Martin Mountain (8 a.m. to noon),
Wilkerson of the Georgia with me, they have more consider the armed forces a first Luther King Jr. (8:30 a.m. to Martin Luther King Jr. (2 to
Student Finance Commission knowledge on how to pay for option rather than a last. 12:30 p.m.), Miller Grove (9 6 p.m.), Miller Grove (1 to 5
are available at Lakeside High their education,” Wilkerson Upcoming Summer a.m. to 1 p.m.), Redan (1 to 5 p.m.), Redan (8 a.m. to noon),
School throughout the month said. “We can teach you how to Transition Centers will be p.m.), Cedar Grove (8 a.m. to Cedar Grove (1. to 4 p.m.).
of June. apply for HOPE, how to fill out available at the following noon).
Potier is on site to educate a FAFSA—we want to remove schools during the following Wednesday, June 21: Cross
parents and students about those barriers.”
Georgia State’s Decatur campus, Potier said a challenge
which offers two-year programs that many students face deals CURRENT PROPOSED 2017 TAX DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY
to students and up to 60 college with momentum. Students are AND NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE
credit hours. He said Georgia often burnt out or so glad to be
Notice is hereby given that the Governing Authority of the City of Clarkston has tentatively adopted a 2017 millage rate 
State can offer such incentives as finished with high school that which will require an increase in the property taxes of 14.95 percent. 
its Perimeter Academy program, options after high school are
All concerned citizens are invited to the Public Hearings on this tax increase to be held June 29 at 10:00am, City Hall 
which supports and monitors rarely considered.
Council Rm, 3921 Church Street, Clarkston, GA 30021.  A second Public Hearing will be held on June 29 at 6:00pm at the 
student progress for a full year. Army Staff Sgt. Rashida City Hall Council Rm, 3921 Church Street, Clarkston, GA 30021.
“My goal is to let students Davis also will be at Lakeside
know Georgia State’s perimeter throughout June to tell students A final Public Hearing will be held on July 6 at 7:30PM at the City Hall Council Rm, 3921 Church Street, Clarkston, GA 
30021. The City Council will adopt the 2017 Millage rate at the July 6, 2017 meeting following the conclusion of the Public 
campuses are a good option,” about options available in
Potier said. “You can start out by the Army. She said students
getting your associate’s and go are often curious about This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 15.89 mils, an increase of 2.066 mills.  Without this tentative tax 
increase, the millage rate will be no more than 13.824.  The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of 
all the way to obtaining a Ph.D. completing a tour in the Army
$ 100,000 is approximately $ 82.64.  The proposed increase on non‐homestead property with a fair market value of $ 
We’re cost effective. This is a for free college tuition, but 475,000 is approximately $392.54.  
great gateway.” that the Army also offers other
City Tax 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Real & Personal 64,816,123 58,592,799 64,881,851 107,610,419 146,214,537 $163,338,661.00
Motor Vehicles 5,462,080 6,244,650 5,266,300 3,300,880 2,257,250 1,939,920.00

Mobile Homes 0 0 0 0 0 0
Timber - 100% 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Duty Equipment 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gross Digest 70,278,203 64,837,449 70,148,151 110,911,299 148,471,787 $165,278,581.00
The City of Brookhaven has Less M & O Exemptions 1,618,667 1,683,228 1,798,483 1,945,711 1,991,501 2,067,595.00

tentatively adopted a millage rate for Net M & O Digest 68,659,536 63,154,221 68,349,668 108,965,588 146,480,286 $163,210,986.00

the General Fund which will require Gross M & O Millage 14.000 17.950 17.950 17.110 15.890 15.89

an increase in property taxes by 5.63
Less Rollbacks 3.950 0.000 3.200 0.000 0.000 0
Net M & O Millage 17.950 17.950 21.150 17.110 15.890 15.89

percent over the Rollback Millage Total County Taxes Levied $1,232,439 $1,133,618 $1,445,595 $1,864,401 $2,327,572 $2,593,423
rate. This increase is due solely to
the revaluation of real property tax Net Taxes $ Increase
Net Taxes % Increase

All concerned citizens are invited
to the public hearings on this tax NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
increase to be held at Brookhaven
City Hall at 4362 Peachtree Road,
Brookhaven, GA 30319. The first The City of Pine Lake Mayor and City Council have tentatively
public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property
on June 15, 2017. taxes by 14.51 percent. All concerned citizens are invited to the
The second public and third public public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the Courthouse/
hearings will be held June 29, 2017 at Council Chambers, 459 Pine Drive, Pine Lake, GA on June 22,
10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. After the final 2017 at 7:00pm.
public hearing, the millage rate will be
formally adopted at the June 29, 2017
meeting at 7:00 p.m. Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase
The tentative increase will result in are at the same location on June 24, 2017 at 9:00am and June
a millage rate of 2.74 mills, a millage 27, 2017 at 6:00pm.
rate equivalent increase of 0.146 mills.
Without this tentative tax increase, This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 22.200 Mills,
the millage rate will be no more than an increase of 2.813 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the
2.594 mills. The proposed tax increase
for a home with a fair market value of millage rate will be no more than 19.387 mills.
$426,054 is approximately $20.51 and The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of
the proposed tax increase for non- $125,000 is approximately $129.40 and the proposed tax increase
homestead property with a fair market for nonhomestead property with a fair market value of $200,000 is
value of $1,003,694 is approximately approximately $225.04.
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 22

Brian Herron named most outstanding athlete
by Carla Parker Metro team for his performance
in the 400-meter dash and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. He
currently holds the state’s fastest
Lakeside High School rising time in the 400 with a time of
junior Brian Herron has been 46.15, which he ran in the Class
named the Most Outstanding AAAAAAA sectionals meet on
Male Track Athlete in metro April 29.
Atlanta. The other eight students
Herron received the honor named to the All-Metro team are
June 7 at Atlanta Track Club’s Miller Grove’s Emoni Coleman
All-Metro High School Track and (800-meter run), Decatur’s
Field Awards Banquet. Herron Sam Ellis (800-meter run) and
was among nine athletes from Southwest DeKalb’s 4x100-meter
DeKalb County selected by the relay team—Marcelus Boykin,
Atlanta Track Club to receive Devin Brewington, Terry
All-Metro High School Track and Conwell, Terryon Conwell,
Field Team honors. Justin Tomlin and Hasim Smith.
Herron was named to the All-

Lakeside’s Brian Herron, center, was named the Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete at
Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro High School Track and Field Awards Banquet. Photo by
Travis Hudgons

DeKalb County Fastpitch Club
all-county teams announced
First Team
Lashayna Lee 12th Miller Grove Catcher (Player of the Year)
Walker Wicklund 10th Dunwoody Catcher
Deyounce Anderson 11th Miller Grove Pitcher
Jordyn Powell 12th Stephenson Pitcher
Kayla Phillips 12th Arabia Mountain Pitcher (Pitcher of the Year)
Carlin Waddell 11th Chamblee Pitcher
Katie Cassidy 11th Decatur Pitcher
Brierra Warren 9th Stephenson Infield
Tajah Clark 11th Arabia Mountain Infield
Alexandra Towner 12th Chamblee Infield
Rachel Lovejoy 10th Chamblee Infield
Janiah Canty 11th Miller Grove Infield
Shai-Anne Stoudemire 11th Stephenson Outfield
Denaudia Smartt 10th Stephenson Outfield
Dyamond Brown 11th Arabia Mountain Outfield
Taylor Pierce 10th Dunwoody Outfield
Amber Austin 9th Druid Hills Outfield
Lauren Smith 10th Decatur Utility
Jalyn Barker 10th Arabia Mountain Utility

Second Team
Marcella Ferguson 12th Arabia Mountain Catcher
Audrey Wheeler 11th Decatur Catcher
Samantha Moss 10th Dunwoody Pitcher
Angel Heard 12th Cedar Grove Pitcher
Alyssa Leveritte 11th Tucker Pitcher
Mary Axelson 9th Chamblee Pitcher
Madison Kesel 12th Lakeside Infield
Dylan Andrews 10th Decatur Infield
Sydney Pettus 10th Decatur Infield
Lindsey Puckett 11th Dunwoody Infield
Dasha King 11th Lithonia Infield
Kaylen Ponder 10th Cedar Grove Infield
Cyerra Burdette-Long 11th Decatur Outfield
Ariana Carter 12th Tucker Outfield
Traci Brown 11th Towers Outfield
Jada Ramey 11th McNair Utility
Niyah McRae 12th Cedar Grove Utility
Latiya Lee 9th Miller Grove Utility Arabia Mountain pitcher Kayla Phillips was named Pitcher of the Year by the
DeKalb County Fastpitch Club. Photo by Carla Parker
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 23

Chapel Hill wins third
all-sports award
by Carla Parker to the semifinals of the county tournament and the girls’
basketball team finished 16-1
overall and third in the county
With a one-point margin,
championship. Chapel Hill
the Chapel Hill Middle School
finished fourth in the boys’
athletics program claimed the
basketball county tournament
2017 DeKalb County School
at 13-4 overall.
District Middle School All-
Chamblee was within
Sports Award.
one point of Chapel Hill in
The award is the third for
the awards standings after
the Chapel Hill Panthers,
trailing by five points following
which became the first school
basketball season. The boys’
to win the award three times
basketball team won the
since it was first given 10 years
county championship and the
ago. Chapel Hill outscored
girls finished fourth.
Chamblee 92-91-in the award
Chamblee girls won the
county track and field title and
Chapel Hill won the boys’
the boys’ track team finished
county track championship. Chapel Hill boys’ track and field team won the county championship. Photo by Mark Brock
The football team, girls’
Champion Theme Middle
basketball and boys’ basketball runner-up Stephenson finished with 71 points. won again in 2014. Chamblee
School, the 2016 All-Sports
teams also won county region fourth with 75 points. Miller Chapel Hill won the finished second for the third
Award winner, finished third
titles. Grove rounded out the Top 5 inaugural award in 2008 and time.
with 79 points, while 2016
The football team advanced

Chamblee athletics wins first
county All-Sports award Arabian
Mountain places second
undefeated with a 25-0 record.
by Carla Parker It was the county’s first girls’ tennis title since 1984. The
boy’s tennis team finished as
It was a year of firsts for Region 5-AAAAA champions
Chamblee High School’s and advanced to the Sweet 16
athletics program. of the state playoffs.
The girls’ tennis team won
its first state title, the baseball The Chamblee girls’ swim
team won 22 games for the team finished second in the
first time in program history. Class A-AAAAA state meet
The overall athletic program and the boy’s team finished
won its first DeKalb County third for the third consecutive
School District All-Sports year. The volleyball team
award with 310 points, out- won its area title, advanced
scoring runner up Arabia to the Elite Eight of the Class
Mountain (304.5) by 5.5 AAAAA state playoffs and Chamblee girls’ tennis team won its first state title. Photo by Carla Parker
points. finished with a 37-9 record.
Lakeside finished third Chamblee girls’ basketball
with 292 points. and golf teams also made state
Since the 1981-82 athletic playoff appearances, and the
season, the school district has fastpitch softball team finished Chamblee’s baseball team 477.0 points. and winning its first playoff
recognized as the best overall third in the region and made won a school record of 22 Arabia Mountain’s game.
athletic program in the county the state playoffs. games, finished second in the second-place finish is the The fastpitch softball team
with the All-Sports Award. Chamblee girls’ soccer region standings and advanced highest for Arabia Mountain (21-9) and the baseball team
Chamblee, which finished team won the region title and to the state playoffs. in the school’s eighth year of (22-11) also had first playoff
second the inaugural year, advanced to the Sweet 16 of Chamblee’s athletic athletics. series victories. It was the first
was led by the girls’ athletic the state tournament and program finished 11th in the The football team had softball first-round win for
programs this school year. finished the season with a 13- Georgia Athletic Director’s its best season in program DeKalb since 2009 and first
The girl’s tennis team won 4-1 record. The girls’ track and Cup with a combined 707.0 history—winning its baseball region title for Arabia
the program’s first state tennis field team finished third in the points in girls’ and boys’ first region title (region Mountain. The boys’ track
title by defeating Starr’s Mill county meet and the region athletics. The girls finished 5-AAAAA), clinching a No. 1 team won its first region title.
3-2, and finished the season meet. seventh in state standings with seed and its first playoff berth,

LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 16, 2017 • Page 24

Avondale grad hopes to become first Black female governor
by Horace Holloman she became the first woman of Democrat Jon Ossoff, to lead either party in the who’s running in Georgia’s
Georgia General Assembly 6th Congressional District,
and the first Black to lead in after he entered a runoff with
Former DeKalb County the House of Representatives.  Republican Karen Handel,
resident and Avondale Estates Abrams said she’s tried to Abrams said. 
High School graduate Stacey make strides in the state for With the changing
Abrams said the time has “forgotten” voters and people demographics in Georgia,
come to change the political of color. She created the some predict the Peach State
landscape in Georgia.   New Georgia Project, which will eventually turn blue,
Abrams, who graduated as registered more than 200,000 Abrams said. 
valedictorian from Avondale voters between 2014 and 2016. “If you look at the last
Estates High School in 1991,  “I’m running because four midterm election
formally announced she I believe that Georgia has cycles...we were able to cut
would run for the open seat in a pathway to freedom and the [Republicans’] margin
the state’s highest office.  opportunity, but so many have of victory in half. That
If successful, Abrams been left behind,” Abrams change has been driven by
would become the first Black said. “For too long our demography. We have to go to
female governor in the United political leadership in Atlanta forgotten voters and give them
States.    and the governor’s mansion a reason to engage,” she said.  
“[A win] would have moved things forward Abrams said the time she
demonstrate that difference but haven’t reached everyone. spent in DeKalb County’s
is not a barrier. Identity has I want to include everyone.” school system has helped
become a curse sometimes,  Gov. Nathan Deal’s seat prepare her for the upcoming
but I celebrate it as an African- will be open in 2018. As of challenge. She hopes she can
American woman,” Abrams June 9, three Republicans make a difference.
said. “It’s emboldened me to announced they would run for  “I am running for
try in places I’m not expected governor.   governor of Georgia because
to be. If I’m successful, I can Abrams said the political we must build a future for
uplift families in Georgia.”  landscape in Georgia has our state where people can
Abrams has become shifted in recent years. Some succeed — not just survive,”
accustomed to making were surprised by the success she said. Avondale Estates graduate Stacey Abrams announced she would run for
history in Georgia. In 2010, governor of Georgia. If successful, she would become the first Black female
governor. Photos provided.

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