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Invited to ‘Flourish & Thrive’
Atlanta band The Threadbare Skivvies releases first album at Avondale Towne Cinema
by R. Scott Belzer communicate through impressive three-part harmonies
led by Wright’s soulful, wide-

hat does it mean to ranging vocals that border on
flourish and thrive? harmonic bellows. Along with
For some, it’s the appearances from mandolin
act of reaching personal goals. player George Norman and
For others, it’s prospering in an trumpet player Jonathan
environment filled with friends, Etheridge, Wright and
family and a constant source of Mastrogiacomo’s combined
inspiration. musical chemistry combines for
For local musicians Chris a satisfying, triumphant frolic on
Adams, Kate Wright and Ian the senses.
Mastrogiacomo—also known “Every person brings
as The Threadbare Skivvies— something new, a life to the
it’s all of the above. band,” Wright said. “It’s so much
Following five years of fun. It adds something for us
touring Georgia and other states and reinvigorates everything.
in the southeast, the Threadbare We play whatever is authentic to
Skivvies released their first what’s going on to us.”
studio album, Flourish & Thrive, Wright said her vocal style
on July 14 with a celebratory and songwriting are inspired by
concert at Avondale Towne Tina Turner, James Taylor and
Cinema. Ani DiFranco.
The event captured Adams said the band hasn’t
the Skivvie’s raw sense of recorded until now because the
celebration and triumph that musical blend wasn’t quite right.
fans have come to know and Adding Mastrogiocomo in 2014
love since 2012. Whether it and incorporating instruments
was inviting friends to play on such as mandolin and trumpet,
original folk songs or well-known have allowed the band to be
hits such as James Brown’s more cohesive, orchestral and
“I Feel Good,” or “Hang on complete, he said.
Sloopy,” attendees learned that Atlanta band The Threadbare Skivvies released their first album, Flourish & Thrive “Throughout our travels,
to capture the Skivvies’ sense of on July 14 at Avondale Towne Cinema. Photos by R. Scott Belzer we’ve met such good, nice
nature-inspired jubilation, all it people that just want to play with
takes is a lively tune. enthusiasts—already know. and “Bones,” provide raw, us and have given us a good
“It doesn’t matter where Over the course of Flourish personal glimpses that have loving feeling and community,”
we play—we want to get that & Thrive’s 10 harmony-filled, made American folk music a Adams said. “Everyone makes it
vibe,” Mastrogiacomo said. “It’s celebratory-campfire anthems, permanent fixture for many. bigger and better.”
something to lose track of time drummer Adams, lead vocalist Throughout all 10 tracks, Due to their emotional
with. Something, if you listen to and guitarist Wright and bassist the Threadbare Skivvies remind relatability, country-made
it outside, you look up and it’s Mastrogiacomo capture the self- listeners that, above all else, familiarity and impeccable
been four hours.” appointed descriptor “vagabond music is self-expression. The execution, the songs would
“It’s a yearning for something nature folk.” Atlanta-based trio excels in not be out of place in front of
better,” Adams said. “It’s people The melodies of “Littlefoot” expressing joy in friendships, an old cabin, a clearing along
looking to be happier and getting or “Mountain Friends,” may everyday moments, leaves of a mountain trail or a sold out
happier.” transport listeners to a campfire trees and the roar of a campfire. music venue.
“We’re hanging on by the in the woods or hike up to the “It’s the story of a The Threadbare Skivvies
seat of our pants and making a nearest peak. Through “Midnight relationship, almost,” Wright said they plan to tour as much
lot of noise with a little amount of Scavenger,” “Croon,” or “Cricket said. “You’ve got this nice as possible following Flourish &
people,” Wright said. Orchestra,” listeners may be and comfortable beginning, a Thrive’s release.
Those familiar with the reminded of free spirited and crazy part in the middle and For more information on The
band’s debut album—an gypsy-like individuals who may this hopeful ending filled with Threadbare Skivvies, visit www.
eclectic blend of family, farmer’s inhabit such environments. determination.”
market regulars and folk music “Yahoo,” “Jack and Jill,” The Threadbare Skivvies

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Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. The event
is a chance for public safety agencies to
signs to the city,” she said.

promote safer communities and strengthen
relationships. The event includes vendors,
Youth leadership conference offered a cook-out and demonstrations. The mall is
located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road in
DeKalb and metro Atlanta youth ages Dunwoody. Library to host free citizenship clinic
14-18 are invited to participate in South
DeKalb Police Precinct’s 16th annual The Clarkston Library—located at 951
NOBLE (National Organization of Black
Law Enforcement Executives) Youth CHAMBLEE N. Indian Creek Drive—will host a series of
citizenship clinics beginning July 28.
Leadership Conference From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., permanent
Participants will be instructed on how residents have the opportunity to become
to process decisions more effectively, Onion Man to host comedy show citizens and exercise all rights promised by
new technology and its safe utilization. the United States Constitution.
Workshops will include topics such as Onion Man Productions—a nonprofit The clinic will show participants how
“The importance of financial responsibility”, theater located at 5522 New Peachtree to complete a N-400 form with supporting
“The law and your community”, “Strategic Road—will host a three-day run of The documents, go through a background
planning for youth”, “Community Service: Onion Heads, a comedy and improvisation check, complete an interview, take a basic
How to serve better”, “What kind of show, from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5. civics test and complete an English test.
leader do you want to be?”, “Strategies to Described as a “mixed-bag” of Those qualified must be 18 years old;
scholarships”, and “Understanding your improvisation and sketch comedy, have no criminal record; be able to read,
political landscape”. The Onion Heads have performed two speak and write basic English; possess
The conference will be held July 31-Aug. 10-minute plays at past events. Improv a green card for five years or be a U.S.
2, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Saint Philip AME sessions typically involve engaging with the citizen spouse and a green card of three
Church, 240 Candler Road., SE, Atlanta. audience for ideas and direction. years.
Registration includes a custom The Onion Heads will perform beginning Interested participants should bring a
messenger bag, two meals per day and a Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. until Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. permanent resident card; driver’s license;
t-shirt for each day. Tickets are $10. Social Security card; color passport
To register and request a permission For more information, visit www. photos; passports; most recent tax
slip, email with or www. return; addresses for the past five years;
“Registration” in the subject line. employer names and addresses for the
past five years; proof of public benefits (if
Employees’ efforts honored applicable); dates of visitation outside the
U.S. since becoming a permanent resident

AVONDALE Chamblee Parks and Recreation and the countries visited; if married to a
employees Benigno “Benny” Requena U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident,
and Eric Stephens were awarded 2017 bring the spouse, U.S. passport, marriage

ESTATES Keep Chamblee Beautiful Gold Star
Awards for their efforts to keep Chamblee
certificate or divorce decrees; children’s
green cards, complete names, dates of
birth; and certified final court deposition for
Men’s club to hold meeting The employees’ efforts were highlighted any traffic citations.
in the city’s Keep Chamblee Beautiful Future clinics will also take place Aug.
The Avondale Estates Men’s Club will campaign, which sought to beautify 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.
hold its monthly meeting July 26 at noon. Chamblee parks and public spaces. For more information, visit clarkstonga.
The meeting will be held at American Requena has worked as a park gov/community-news/free-citizenship-
Legion Post 66, located at 30 Covington employee in Chamblee for almost two clinic-clarkston-library.html or contact Asian
Highway. DeKalb Fire and Rescue will years. In 2017, he volunteered at every Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta.
bring a truck to perform a demonstration. clean-up day the city hosted, which
They will also talk about the equipment
used in emergency situations. For more
included supplying tools, water and labor in
pulling weeds, planting flowers and more. STONE
information, visit Stephens, a 20-year Chamblee
employee and current parks supervisor,
facilitated the donation of pine straw for
each of the city’s cleanup days. Stephens
BROOKHAVEN is the owner and operator of Alexus Lawns,
which donated the straw.
City to host back-to-school event
Stone Mountain will host its annual Back
Parks and Recreation Director Jodie
to School Bash event July 22 from 10 a.m.
Police to host National Night Out Gilfillan said the awards were a show of
to 2 p.m. The event will feature free school
appreciation to the employees.
“Eric and Benny have gone above supplies for children. For more information,
The Brookhaven Police Department,
and beyond this year to make sure Keep contact City Councilman Richard Mailman
along with Sandy Springs, Johns Creek
Chamblee Beautiful has everything they at (770) 318-2556.
and Dunwoody officers will host National
Night Out for the community Aug. 1 at need to beautify our parks and entrance

DeKalb County police officers in attendance at a July 11 commission meeting. DeKalb County commissioners passed a budget that would address an increase in pay for public safety officials.

DeKalb commissioners pass budget
Includes raises for public safety personnel
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN while discussing his budget Roughly $1.6 million will be are set to be demolished in some felt the budget does
with commissioners. dedicated to the first phase July and local funds will be not fully address some of The budget is set to of addressing public safety used to do so. the county’s key issues.
address some of the employee compensation. “This is going to be a DeKalb County resident
According to DeKalb county’s issues such as “The first step will collaborative effort,” said Joe Arrington said he
County CEO Michael blight and an increase improve the salaries of DeKalb County Director wants commissioners to
Thurmond, it doesn’t in public safety salary, nearly 1,000 front-line of Beautification Marcus vote in the best interests of
matter what you say is your Thurmond said public safety employees. Kellum. “It’s very difficult residents.
priority, where your money The county plans to Public safety is paramount to understand the impact “I’ve been coming to
is going reveals the “real” address public safety and the CEO recognizes of [this property’s] debris, these meetings a long, long
priority. increases with a three- every employee is important trash, illegal dumping time. Longer than you’ve
Thurmond, who had year strategy for pay and we want to continue and the fleas. It’s a little been on the commission.
his proposed mid-year scale, salary compression, to develop compensation overwhelming, but with the You’re not going to make
budget passed by the recruitment and retention. packages,” Thurmond said. support of commissioners any changes [to the budget]
DeKalb County Board of More than $7.2 million of The budget also funds we can begin to tell the and we know it. It’s a
Commissioners July 11, existing funding will be “operation clean sweep” story that we’re working process and we know it,”
said the budget puts its redirected to operational and addresses blighted on remediating these Arrington said. “Just like
money where its mouth is. needs and to fund public properties in DeKalb conditions.” the CEO said, the numbers
“The proof is in the safety pay packages, County. Buildings at Though many spoke in in your budget reflect your
pudding,” said Thurmond, county officials said. Brannon Hill condominiums favor of the CEO’s budget, priorities.”

Tucker resident works to save forest near Sears property
Hagan said behind the Sears
BY CARLA PARKER buildings are pine trees that have become invasive and grew into the
While a developer is working “If you wipe out [the forest] you’ll
to have a mixed-use development create a bigger mess down the
proposal approved, a Tucker road,” he said.
resident is trying save 44 acres of In January, the city council voted
forest near the property at Mountain to accept Macauley’s withdrawal
Industrial Boulevard and Hugh request of three application
Howell Road. items needed to construct the
Green park advocate Steve development. Macauley’s decision
Hagen, who has lived in Tucker to withdraw came after city
since 2012, wants the city to deny council members made motions
developer Stephen Macauley’s to either defer their vote or deny
plans to build single family the applications due to several
homes north of the vacant Sears concerns. One of those concerns
Distribution Center property to save was the city not having a downtown
the forest on that land. Macauley development authority in place yet
has presented several proposals to evaluate the project.
to the Tucker City Council to Macauley also requested the
construct a $300 million mixed-use city’s comprehensive plan be
development project on 88 acres. A Tucker resident is trying save 44 acres of forest near the vacant Sears Distribution Center property, amended. The city is currently using
which is in a proposal for a mixed-use development. DeKalb County’s comprehensive
“The developer’s proposal
leaves the minimum amount plan while in the process of
[of forest/greenspace] that he’s developing its own plan.
out half of what this good forest is. then different trees will grow and
required to leave—20 percent,” Since withdrawing his request,
When you wipe out half of it then it’s very evident that’s happened
Hagan said. “But he’s going to wipe you’ve changed the edge of it and already.”
See Sears on Page 12A
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 21, 2017 • Page 5

Diving into history and mystery
Lithonia man takes
students underwater
to document artifacts
by Gale Horton Gay

Chris Searles has had a
A young woman records data underwater.
lifelong love affair with the sea and
underwater environments.
The Lithonia retiree now
shares his passion with the next
generation whom he hopes will
embrace it as much as he has.
Searles said it was a
combination of annual trips to
Panama City Beach led by his
father and watching a show called
Sea Hunt on TV as a child that
gave him an appreciation for Chris Searles A Youth Diving With a Purpose diver uses
the salt life. Certified as a scuba a metal detector searching for shipwreck
driver when he was in his 20s, artifacts.
Searles has dived in waters around
Bermuda, Trinidad, Tobago,
the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico,
Barbados and other locales.
He’s also explored underwater
in Indonesia, Fiji, the Galapagos
Islands and the Seychelles
“It’s serenity. It’s a feeling
of freedom. It’s just beautiful
underwater with the fish and the
coral,” said Searles. “You are
completely weightless. It’s almost
like flying.”
Searles and a group of 20
young divers and chaperones are
spending 10 days at south Florida’s
Biscayne National Park, the largest
marine park in the national park
system, as part of Diving With a
Purpose’s spinoff program Youth
Diving with a Purpose.
The young divers—ages 16-
23—will be trained to search and
identify artifacts of the suspected
slave ship Guerrero, which
wrecked in the Key Largo area
of Florida’s reefs in 1827 with
561 Africans on board. There are
more than 100 wrecks in Biscayne
National Park, some dating to the Young divers preparing to dive at Biscayne National Park. Photos courtesy of Chris Searles
1700s, according to Searles.
“This is a suspect slave ship Through July 26, the group “We want them to be certified He pointed out that three of last
wreck, connecting itself not only will spend part of the time doing to be instructors when they leave summer’s young divers were hired
to the divers’ sense of history, but archaeology work and being the program,” he said. as paid interns with the National
to their sensibilities as human involved in coral restoration. He Searles said through the Parks Service this summer.
beings,” states a press release said he watches them “grasp the program young divers are taught He sees the young divers
about the program. “…the mere procedures and execute the tasks skills including leadership in an as the future of underwater
experience of the search will with growing enthusiasm every important area and are exposed archaeology.
thrust these young people into a day.” to career opportunities. He talked “It’s important because it’s our
historic continuum of a trade of Searles, 63, a Diving With a about a young female diver who history,” he said
human beings that funded the Purpose instructor and member was planning to be an engineer but This is the fifth Youth Diving
world’s economy for centuries with of Atlanta Underwater Explorers, after participating in Youth Diving With a Purpose program and so
implications that are still being said the young people are asked to With a Purpose, set her sights far 42 young people have been
considered today.” make a three-year commitment to on becoming an environmental trained in maritime archaeology.
the program. engineer.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 21, 2017 • Page 6

No time to drop our guard
We’re about a third of the to teens have shot themselves environment for young people
way through the summer and or others within seconds of who live in or visit their homes.
for schoolchildren summer fun handling a loaded gun. It’s also a good idea to
is just about halfway done. The It is the responsibility of reiterate what children should or
first day of school in DeKalb gun owners to make sure should not do to stay safe when
County is Aug. 7. Gale Horton Gay their weapons are kept out of they are home or hanging out
That’s still a way off and the hands of children whose at someone else’s home and
young people have many more curiosity to touch what they’ve any situation arises that could
carefree days ahead of them. seen is particularly strong. And be perceived as potentially
Swimming, riding bikes and Exactly what happened it is the responsibility of parents dangerous. Discuss what to
skateboards, playing in the in the apartment where to talk to young people about do if they encounter weapons,
woods, spending time at friends’/ several children but no adults what they should do if a gun is drugs, alcohol or people who
neighbors’/relatives’ homes were present at the time of present when they are around. make them feel uncomfortable.
are how many children will be the shooting is still under While shootings involving Talk about safety issues around
spending their time. investigation, according to children lead the headlines, it is swimming pools and lakes as
When school was about police. The older boy, who but one of many dangers they well as when riding bikes or
to let out for the summer, the was shot in the stomach and face during the lazy, hazy days riding in cars.
Champion Newspaper implored hospitalized, was apparently of summer. Injuries and fatalities The first day of school will be
readers to make child safety a accidentally shot by a family from an array of indoor and here before we know it. We want
priority. friend. outdoor activities persist. all children in DeKalb County
Recently in Atlanta, two WSB-TV reported in For parents, July is a good to be present for the first day of
children—a 10-year-old and a February that Georgia is among time to re-evaluate how well their roll call with nothing more than
12-year-old—were shot within the top states for accidental child children are being supervised pleasant memories of a fun and
days of each other. The 10-year- shootings. Too often children and make sure they are doing safe summer.
old honor student was killed. ranging in age from toddlers all they can to ensure a safe
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 21, 2017 • Page 7

MARTA now much “smarta”
“We don’t celebrate by with Centennial Olympic Park— ridership, as well as the sales
any means when one part tourism ground zero of our tax revenues—which both fund
of our network gets knocked ‘One Man’s capital city—and handed the MARTA operations—are making
down,” said MARTA General Opinion’ reigns over to MARTA. many of these enhancements
Manager Keith Parker “But Meanwhile several more possible. And a few long-term
what we do is increase our Bill Crane famous and much larger mass MARTA doubters are now
level of responsibility when that transit systems nationwide are assisting the funding of the
happens. A piece has taken a struggling. New York’s subways system’s first major heavy rail
hit, so we need to step up.” are slogging along with over- system expansion in decades,
The bridge collapse and crowded trains, frequent system as well as opening the door
In the after math of a bridge related transportation crisis power and A/C outages, as well for consideration of light rail or
collapse in the middle of might make some of these as rapidly aging and worn out development of additional street
Atlanta’s downtown connector, ridership changes permanent, rolling stock. D.C.’s Metro is car capacity. 
all the state and metro area’s but thankfully the MARTA system struggling with delays in on-time So, Mr. Parker and company,
other transportation and transit had already been on a multi- performance as well frequently thanks for finally giving our
entities were simultaneously on year upward trajectory under overcrowded trains.The Chicago capital region the kind of transit
notice to step up, step in and the proven leadership of Parker, L-Train and MTA are in the system we deserve. Keep your
take on a greater share of the who similarly turned around and midst of a massive equipment good work rising and trending
load.  stabilized systems and transit upgrade and system overhaul even better.
Georgia’s Department of operations in San Antonio, projected to take 20 years to  
Transportation helmed the Charlotte and elsewhere. complete, and costing billions  
near-miraculous and record- MARTA’s cash flow, in revenue not yet captured nor Bill Crane also serves as a
setting, safe reconstruction reserves, operating revenues, identified in a state on the verge political analyst and commentator
of the north- and southbound ridership, system maintenance, of insolvency. for Channel 2’s Action News,
fallen bridge spans. But a on-time performance and Some out of town visitors WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and
wealth of other entities and fleet appearance are all on may already be familiar with now 95.5 FM, as well as a
partners were also onboard the upswing or have already MARTA’s rapid and regular rail columnist for The Champion,
lending a helping hand—ranging markedly improved.  service from Hartsfield Jackson DeKalb Free Press and Georgia
from the Metro Atlanta Transit Some of Parker’s earliest International Airport to the heart Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native
Authority (MARTA) to the choices were smart, but also of downtown, trendy Midtown, and business owner, living in
Georgia Regional Transportation perhaps obvious lower hanging and the entertainment and retail Scottdale. You can reach him
Authority (GRTA), Cobb County fruit.  hot spots of Buckhead.  or comment on a column at bill.
Transit (CCT), Gwinnett County Parker is replacing aging, System-wide increases in
Transit and others. high-energy consumption
Among the standouts during incandescent bulbs with lower
the bridge outage was metro energy smart lights that can
Atlanta’s long-maligned MARTA turn themselves off. Rail system
passenger rail and bus service, signage, on and off the trains,
which experienced ridership is being modernized and
spikes exceeding 25 percent upgraded. Repeat knucklehead
for the full six weeks that the behavior earns problem riders
bridges were out. MARTA is temporary—or in some cases
the eighth largest mass transit permanent—ban from the
system in the U.S. Some system. Cleaner and newer
stations in metro Atlanta’s buses, paired with a crackdown
northern suburbs saw ridership on employee absenteeism
increases of more than 50 and ‘sick ins’ have allowed
percent, as longtime single- adding bus line capacity and
occupancy vehicle drivers vastly improving on-time route
became “choice riders”. This performance.
is no small feat given that solo The city of Atlanta recently
drivers make up 70-80 percent acknowledged its ongoing
of commuters in the region, challenges operating the Atlanta
according to 2015 data compiled Streetcar, a 2.7 mile, tourism
by the Atlanta Journal and focused loop connecting the
Constitution. King Center Historic District

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Local NAACP president ‘troubled’
by DeKalb police officer video
In the video, Larscheid
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN can be heard saying, “Let go or I’m going to shoot you.”
According to a statement

DeKalb man remembers dog
A video showing a from the DeKalb County
DeKalb County Police Police Department,
officer beating a woman has an investigation into
made national headlines
and the president of the
DeKalb County chapter of
Larscheid’s actions will be
reopened. The department
said the video is “new
he found buried alive
the National Association for evidence” in the case.
the Advancement of Colored “The investigation will Hosts fundraiser to support shelter
People said the incident is cover all aspects of the use
“troubling.” of force incident as well as
Video surfaced of DeKalb the original investigation BY HORACE HOLLOMAN so often and we take [these
County Police Officer P.J. Katie McCary was involved in a use of conducted by the officer’s cases] very seriously.”
force incident with a DeKalb County The dog Purdue found,
Larscheid striking a woman Police officer. immediate supervisors,”
several times with his baton DeKalb County Police later named Lulu, was
Department said in a A DeKalb County man buried up to her head in dirt.
in a convenience store while
“The female continued to released statement. who gave a helping hand In a video of the incident,
telling her to “stop resisting
grab my vest with her hands Larscheid has been to a dog in need plans to Purdue can be heard saying
and I then deployed my ASP placed on restricted help local dogs in similar “It’s OK, baby. We’re going
Teresa Hardy, president
baton and instructed her to administrative duty situations in a different way. to get you out. We’ll get you
of the DeKalb County
lay down on the ground,” pending the outcome of the Eric Purdue, a DeKalb out baby.”
Branch of NAACP, said she
Larscheid wrote in his investigation. County resident who found Though Purdue and
was troubled by what she
incident report. “The suspect Hardy said the NAACP a dog buried alive on a his family were able to
saw on the video.
refused my commands and is “intently awaiting” walking trail near Rock remove the buried dog,
The incident occurred
I then delivered an unknown the outcome of the Mountain Boulevard and she eventually died of her
on June 4 at a gas station
amount of baton strikes to investigation. Lewis Road in Tucker, injuries after being brought
on Glenwood Road.
her left leg.” “The video really startled hosted a benefit July 8 at to a local animal hospital.
According to the incident
A portion of the incident me. After reviewing the Star Community Bar in Little Hirsch said she was
report, Larscheid said
was caught on camera video several times, it Five Points. there when Lulu arrived
he was called to the gas
and posted on various bothers me that this officer All proceeds from the and witnessed her last
station because of a woman
social media platforms and continues to beat this benefit were donated to moments. According to
soliciting customers for
broadcast on national news woman with a baton. As a Lifeline Animal Project, an Hirsch, Lulu was in “bad
money inside the store.
outlets. woman, I didn’t take it lightly organization that operates shape” and had ant bites
When Larscheid arrived, the
In an interview with The and I want to be included in animal shelters in DeKalb over her body along with
woman, 38-year-old Katie
Champion, Hardy said the this process,” Hardy said. and Fulton counties. contusions on the top of her
McCrary, attempted to walk
NAACP plans to remain McCary was transported Karen Hirsch, head.
past Larscheid stating, “the
in contact with the DeKalb to Grady Memorial Hospital spokeswoman for Lifeline Hirsch said once Lulu
girl you looking for is over
County District Attorney’s where she was evaluated Animal Project, said she was pronounced dead,
Office and the DeKalb and released. Larscheid hopes Purdue’s kindness she and a group of people
Larscheid said McCrary,
County Police Department. said he noticed a laceration will shed light on animal began crying.
who is listed as homeless,
“The NAACP was totally on McCary’s left shin and a abuse. “It was really disturbing
told him that she was a
troubled when we saw this welt on her left forearm. “He’s a wonderful because of the level of
federal agent and gave
video,” said Hardy, who said McCary was also given a person,” Hirsch said. “He thought that went into it.
him a random badge
the organization received criminal trespassing warning wanted to be the one to Someone had gone to some
number. When Larscheid
the video July 10. “Our view at the request of the store help the dog and show the trouble of trying to bury the
told McCrary she could be
is that all citizens should owner. dog love, but he couldn’t. dog and pack the dirt in...
arrested for impersonating
be treated fairly...that’s our See related story on I think it makes people a it was disturbing,” Hirsch
an officer, McCrary began
mission. Our focus is to page 1A little bit more aware. We are said. “We see all kinds of
to grab for his badge,
make sure the female is seeing these type of dogs terrible abuse. We see dogs
according to the police
report. represented fairly.” See Dog on Page 12A

Decatur father indicted in bathtub drowning of son
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN murder, felony murder, first at and threatening the complained about the water
degree cruelty to children child while dragging him temperature, according (three counts), aggravated by his neck into their Glen to the investigation. After
assault-family violence and Hollow Drive apartment Kentae lost consciousness,
A DeKalb County Grand aggravated battery-family unit. The child was then emergency crews were
Jury has indicted a Decatur violence for the death allegedly beaten with a called and the child was
man in connection with of 10-year-old Kentae belt and forced into the rushed to the hospital
the drowning death of his Williams. bathtub where hot water where he later died.
adopted son. Kentae died April 28 was poured over his feet, Williams was arrested the
Jurors returned a following a series of alleged causing second degree following day and remains
seven-count indictment incidents involving the burns. in DeKalb County Jail
July 11 against 43-year-old Williams. According to The child’s head without bond.
Leon Harvey Williams Williams investigation, neighbors was submerged under
on charges of malice witnessed Williams yelling water twice after he

Developer says ‘It’s going to be OK’
arbor tree scape. The plan is Ashkouti said. “We’re trying

In response to include it as a communal
The developers also
hard to get the community to
see our vision and buy into
the product. It’s going to be
to petition said the petition is incorrect
in stating the property is
developed no matter what.
Once people figure out they
under MR1 zoning. Patton cannot stop development,
said the property has been I think that’s when people
BY R. SCOTT BELZER applied for under planned stop and say, ‘Hey, let’s
development housing work with them.’” (PDH), which calls for a set Under Save Ormewood
housing plan. Forest’s petition, the
The contracted If the zoning is accepted, property would be fenced
owners and developers Joseph Ashkouti, Brandon Barlow and David Patton say they are proud of their there will be no townhomes, and remain half-developed.
plans to develop an unused portion of the city of Atlanta. Photo by R. Scott
of an unused east Atlanta Belzer retail or other high-density At meetings, Patton
property—located at 770 buildings. said those who support the
Shadowridge Drive—have property is developed. feet to take care of. They’re “[The community] is development often face
responded to a recent Under Heritage Capitol small, 1,300 to 1,900 square guaranteed to get not only a backlash from 12 to 15
petition insisting the space Partners’ housing plan, feet spaces that are well- single-home development, residents in opposition. He
remain undeveloped the property will feature designed and flow nicely. but a development that is said they likely represent
forestry. 20 detached cottage-style A lot of people want to laid out exactly the way we Save Ormewood Forest.
Save Ormewood Forest, homes and a freestanding downsize.” have it laid out,” Patton said. Patton said cities need
a group hoping to preserve single-family home. In Patton said the portion “When people talk about this development to attract
six acres of greenspace addition, 2.4 of the six of the site dedicated to property at meetings, they “human capital” and
near Ormewood Avenue, acres will be dedicated to housing—an old church have yet to come inside and leverage for better public
Shadowridge Drive and greenspace. site with a parking lot— really see what’s going on.” infrastructure, schools and
Flat Shoals Avenue, started Ashkouti said he plans to will not interfere with the Ashkouti said he has improvements that have
a petition in take down nine small trees existing stream or mature met with future neighbors in long been sought in various
mid-June calling for the and plant 53 new trees. greenspace. The property their homes at their kitchen corners of Atlanta.
preservation of the property. The target demographic will also feature a dedicated tables to discuss the site “You can’t do that with
The petition states the for the development— garden area. plan. He said letters have the status quo,” Patton
property is better suited just under contract for seven “[The housing] is really been sent to more than 40 said. “Atlanta has a lot
as it is to maintain the city’s months and expected cut off from the rest of neighbors detailing the site of [undeveloped space]
tree canopy and conserve a to close by the end of what’s going on in terms plan. all around. It’s unusual
“significant” wildlife habitat. July—is millennials, new of the vegetation,” Patton “We’ve left our personal to have this in the city,
Manager Joseph couples and empty-nesters said. “The beauty of the site cell phone numbers and close to downtown. [The
Ashkouti, real estate looking for a new sense of is there is a lot of terrain email addresses for any development] is going to be
development analyst community, according to to it. It’s ripe for the kind of feedback, questions or extraordinary.”
Brandon Barlow and developers. folks who want to be intown requests for a meeting,”
attorney David Patton— “People want a and want an intentional,
representatives of Heritage maintenance-free lifestyle,” communal style of living.
Capitol Partners—insisted Ashkouti said. “We’re not Not only is it going to be
on July 13 that “it’s going to building five-bedroom okay, it’s going to do a HUD.GOV
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DeKalb artist helps
non-profit organizations
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN and support and he created a piece called the ‘Puzzling
Pointy People’ and it really
brings together the purpose
Dekalb resident Kyle of this project. It’s different
Brooks said he loves people from all walks of life
creating art that makes coming together,” Elkins
people smile and recently said.
his contributions helped Initially, the goal was
put a smile on the faces to raise $5,000 for the
of volunteers at metro nonprofits. As of July
nonprofit organizations. 13, 130 people raised
Brooks, also known as $7,450 in one month. The
Black Cat Tips, painted a organization’s fundraising
“Puzzling Pointy People” page was shared nearly 150
puzzle for a project with times on Facebook. The “Puzzling Pointy People” created by DeKalb County artist Kyle Brooks, helped raise more than $7,000 for local
25th Century Games—a nonprofit organizations.
publishing studio in Atlanta.
The project, named
the Atlanta Community
Piece Project, featured the
artwork of Brooks as part
of a fundraising campaign.
Some of the pieces included
a 1000-piece puzzle, giclee
paper print and a giclee
canvas print.
Net proceeds from the
campaign will go to four
nonprofit organizations in
the metro area, including
Lifeline Animal Project
which operates animal
shelters in DeKalb and DeKalb resident Kyle Brooks created new artwork for a community project that will help four metro-Atlanta non-profit organizations.
Fulton counties.
“You can’t ask for more
than that,” Brooks said. “The puzzle was very
“It’s nice to be accepted unique. I’ve never done
and it’s nice for people to something like that before.
appreciate the stuff you At first I was a little worried
make. It’s crazy to think we wouldn’t make the goal,
[of] all these people getting then I found out they went
hands on something you way over. That’s exciting,”
made. It’s an interesting role said Brooks. “I’m happy and
in life I found myself in.” this makes people happy.”
Chad Elkins, organizer Other organizations
of the project, said he receiving donations from
wanted to partner with the project are Atlanta
Brooks because his artwork Community Food Bank,
is “fun and vibrant.” 48in48 and the Historic
In a video posted Oakland Foundation.
online, Elkins said Brooks Lifeline Animal Project is
was the perfect person to in the process of relocating
create a new piece for the its DeKalb animal shelter
community project. and the organization is
“In his own way, he talks offering free adoptions at all
about love, togetherness locations until July 31.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 21, 2017 • Page 11A


The DeKalb County Police Department was awarded the gold standard from the CALEA at a July 11 Board of Commissioners meeting. Photo provided.

In June, the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain inducted its
2017 - 2018 president and board of directors.

Cheddar, along with owner and DeKalb County Fire Rescue Public Education Specialist Patricia Cagle, teach kids the
importance of fire, pedestrian and bike safety.

Singer and songwriter Wesley Cook was the last perform-
er to play Dunwoody Nature Center’s Concern in the Park Oglethorpe University hosted a session of Camp Flix—a The Olmsted Chamblee, an apartment complex located at
series on July 15. The series featured local talent playing filmmaking summer camp July 10 to July 14. A second 5193 Peachtree Blvd, recently erected a sign celebrating
in the center’s serene setting. Photo submitted. session took place at Emory University July 17 to July 21. the city in which it resides. Photo submitted.
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SEARS Continued From Page 4A DOG
Macauley has submitted approve a special land use Continued From Page 8A
a revised proposal for the permit for a personal care coming in with their ears
development, which is home. cut off with scissors or other
tentatively named “The The first read for the plan issues. It’s really upsetting
Rise.” The proposal features is now scheduled to go on for all of us.”
192,000 square feet of retail the agenda for the Aug. 14 People for the Ethical
space, 88,000 square feet city council meeting. Treatment of Animals
of office space, 705 housing Hagan said a change of (PETA) is offering a $10,000
units, as well as a daycare land use would violate the reward for information
and an elementary school. city’s comprehensive plan, leading to the arrest and
The city was scheduled multiple sections of the conviction on cruelty
to have a public hearing zoning ordinance and cause charges of the person
and first read on Macauley’s about 34 acres of forest to responsible for Lulu’s death.
new application during the be destroyed. The Champion
July 10 city council meeting, “Tucker residents, attempted to contact Purdue
but Macauley requested including students and city via cell phone, but he was
to have the public hearing leaders, have repeatedly unavailable for comment by
and read deferred because expressed needs for various press time.
he recently “enlisted the public spaces and natural Hirsch said Lifeline
services of Atlanta attorney areas,” Hagan said. “About Animal Project thanks the
Doug Dillard, who asked 55 acres of the total 88 in Purdue family for their
the city council for more question are forest. Only donation.
time to get up to speed on about 33 acres are currently “He said he wanted to
the project,” according to developed with parking and make something good come
city staff. buildings. of this horrible situation and
Macauley is seeking “There are lots of other he wanted to raise money
to have an ordinance things he can do with this for other animals that are
approved to amend the parcel without chewing up suffering..I think he felt
comprehensive plan for the so much of it for residential he could make sense of it
property from light industrial and that’s what he is doing and make something good
to neighborhood center, in this forest,” Hagan come out of it,” Hirsch said.
to rezone the property for added. “Half of the forest
a master planned mixed- will be chewed up for senior
use development and to housing and townhomes.”
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 21, 2017 • Page 13A

West Nile virus back in Brookhaven
BY CARLA PARKER for people older than 50 outdoors when weather years old, although people permits. They should wear
of all ages can become ill. repellent and protective
For the second year “While the potential for clothing from dusk to
in a row, the West Nile West Nile virus transmission dawn or consider avoiding
virus has found its way to exists throughout the outdoor activities during
Brookhaven. metro area, a positive these times.
City officials announced West Nile virus case Residents should
July 12 that the DeKalb indicates a higher risk in also get rid of standing
County Board of Health the Brookhaven area at this water in gutters and items
notified the city that a The DeKalb County Board of Health notified Brookhaven officials that a human time,” city officials said. such as planters, toys,
human case of the virus case of West Nile virus was found in the city in a 72-year-old male, who is According to the Centers wheelbarrows and old
currently hospitalized. for Disease Control and tires. Trim tall grass, weeds
was found in the city in a
72-year-old man, who is Prevention (CDC), the and vines to discourage
currently hospitalized. Last easiest way to avoid West mosquitoes and ensure
treating storm drains along humans, but interrupts the Nile virus is to prevent window and door screens fit
year, a mosquito collection roads, according to the city. life cycle of mosquitoes,”
from a board of health mosquito bites by using tightly to keep mosquitoes
No West Nile-positive Sigman said. “This includes insect repellent. out of the home, according
sampling station in the mosquitoes have been all of our parks and ponds
Ashford Park area of the Repellents containing to the CDC.
captured in Brookhaven. in the city.” DEET, picaridin, IR3535, The city said DeKalb
city tested positive for West City Manager Christian The board of health said
Nile virus. and oil of lemon eucalyptus County Board of Health
Sigman said the city is that most people infected and para-menthane-diol program technicians will be
City officials said the working with the board of with West Nile virus have
board of health and the products provide longer- in Brookhaven providing
health and redoubling the no symptoms or experience lasting protection, according additional mosquito control
city have been monitoring efforts to minimize exposure mild flu-like symptoms, the
and treating for the to the CDC. To improve services, including applying
to the West Nile virus in virus potentially can cause safety and effectiveness, larvicide and investigating
prevention of the mosquito Brookhaven. serious and sometimes fatal
population within the city repellents should be for mosquito breeding sites.
“We are comparing our illness. The chance of a used according to label The larvicide product Altosid
for months. The board stormwater drainage maps person becoming ill from a
of health has also been instructions. will keep mosquito larvae
with the board of health single mosquito bite is low, Residents should also from developing into flying
monitoring mosquito activity maps, to ensure every according to the board of
at Blackburn and Murphey wear long sleeves, long biting insects.
storm drain is treated with health. The risk of severe pants and socks when
Candler parks, as well as a larvicide which is safe for illness and death is highest

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Brookhaven alerts Medusa
of alcohol license revocation
Brookhaven gave notice July 11 to Medusa Restaurant
& Lounge on Buford Highway that the business’s alcohol
sales license will be revoked in 15 days.
According to the city, the restaurant has been cited for
several violations of the city code and state and federal
law, including employing unlicensed individuals to provide
security services, allowing unlicensed personnel to carry
firearms, possessing modified firearms and failure to report
criminal activity at the business location.
“It is in the interest of the public’s safety and well-being
that Medusa’s alcohol license is revoked,” Brookhaven
DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs officials, along with DeKalb County and Tucker elected City Manager Christian Sigman said. “Clear violations
officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new tennis courts at Henderson Park. Photos by Carla Parker of city and state law that pose a danger to the residents
and businesses of Brookhaven have occurred at this
DeKalb, Tucker celebrate renovated tennis courts City officials said Medusa’s owner has the right to
appeal the revocation to the city’s alcohol board. That
BY CARLA PARKER renovations at Henderson as the other facilities that appeal must be exercised within 15 days of the notice to
Park, as well as other are in the park.” avoid closing the business, and the appeal hearing must projects at parks across the Commissioner Nancy happen within 30 days of the appeal.
Tennis players, young county. The previous tennis Jester, who is no stranger
and old, got some serves courts were demolished to the park, said the
and swings in on the and four new courts were Friends of Henderson DID YOU KNOW…
newly renovated courts at placed. Park contacted her when
Henderson Park. Marvin Billups Jr., she became a county Parents & grandparents
DeKalb County interim director of the commissioner to discuss are often the first to
Department of Recreation, improvements they wanted notice a child has
Department of Recreation,
Parks and Cultural Affairs Parks and Cultural Affairs, to see in the park, which PROJECT CHILD FIND difficulties with learning
said it’s fitting that the included the tennis courts. and developing like other
officials, along with DeKalb Project Child Find is part of the DeKalb children?
County and Tucker elected courts reopened during “This [park] became very County School District’s ongoing efforts
officials held a ribbon- Parks and Recreation near and dear to my heart,” to locate and identify children and youth Children with learning
cutting ceremony July 12 Month. Jester said. “This park will ages 3 through 21 with disabilities who difficulties benefit most
to celebrate the new tennis “Our theme this year continue to develop. The need special education and related from early detection of
is, ‘Get Your Play On,’ and tennis courts look fantastic.” services. problems?
courts at the Tucker park.
The renovation project what better place to have Tucker Mayor Frank
a ribbon-cutting than on Auman said the city is just Do you know a child who resides in More boys than girls are
was funded by the 2006 or attends a private school located
a tennis court,” Billups as excited as the county to diagnosed with learning
park bond funds. The in DeKalb County who may have a disabilities?
county allocated $155,800 said. “We hope that the see the new courts. developmental delay or other disabilities
to the park bond to community will have a great “These [courts] are such as problems with learning,
time getting their ‘play on,’ beautiful,” Auman said. Many people who have
complete tennis court communication, vision, hearing, or other learning disabilities go
on the tennis courts, as well physical or health impairments? Do you on to become extremely
suspect this child may need special successful, and in some
education services? cases, famous?
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Voting will take place at the Clarkston First Baptist Church, 3895 Church
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Clarkston and who is registered at least thirty (30) days prior to this election with
the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections as an elector within
the City of Clarkston shall be eligible to vote in this election. Deadline for voter
registration is October 10, 2017.
Persons wishing to qualify for this election may file a Notice of Candidacy
with the Municipal Election Superintendent at Clarkston City Hall Annex, 1055
Rowland Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, August 21,
2017 to Friday, August 25, 2017. The Qualifying fee for Mayor is $195 and
council is $105.
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DeKalb County School District launched the first portion of a three-phase marketing campaign on July 10 to better the perceptions of the public, costing DeKalb County taxpayers $85,710. Photos courtesy of
DeKalb County School District.

DeKalb schools launch $85,000 media campaign
Dedicates funds to ‘I Love DeKalb Schools’ campaign
BY R. SCOTT BELZER Inspire. Achieve. Excel.” commercials will cost is to “counter mainstream district news magazine, a
The billboards will cost approximately $35,710, perceptions and attitudes flyer management system, approximately $50,000, officials state, bringing that don’t accurately reflect co-branding efforts and
DeKalb County School according to district officials. the total to $85,710. The the work of students and social media pushes.
District (DCSD) announced In addition to billboards, funds will be used from staff.” DCSD board of
the launch of a three-phase the campaign will include communications budgets DCSD Superintendent education member Stan
marketing campaign titled print ads, television from fiscal years 2017 and R. Stephen Green said, Jester does not agree with
“I Love DeKalb Schools” commercials, a jingle 2018. “Now is the time for us the marketing effort. On his
on July 10, costing DeKalb performed by DCSD According to the to make it crystal clear blog, he said the billboards
County taxpayers $85,710. students, an increase in release, the marketing what we’re about—a should feature the district
As part of phase one, social media presence and effort is the product of community that values logo in addition to “Most
DCSD purchased seven other promotional materials. DCSD’s communications education, its schools and failing schools in Georgia.
billboards at “strategic “Through media and community relations its stakeholders. This new Worst paid teachers. Deficit
locations” throughout impressions, social department, headed marketing program allows spending. Second Highest
the county. The district engagement and by chief officer Eileen us to better control our Millage Rate in Georgia.”
also launched a new increased website traffic, Houston-Stewart and narrative and tell our own “Instead of actually
page on its website the campaign will create director of strategic story.” improving academic
featuring “I<3DeKalb a strong presence in marketing Andre Riley. The The first phase of the achievement, DeKalb
Schools” merchandise, the metro Atlanta K-12 pair head a team of seven campaign is designed to Schools is starting a
advertisements featuring landscape and will be used other individuals including “reestablish the district’s marketing campaign to
many racial demographics, as a promotional tool to communications specialists, links with its community,” ‘counter mainstream
and a portal to share recruit new students and online content coordinators district spokesmen state. perceptions’ of the problems
positive stories about families to DCSD,” states a and graphic designers. Other efforts will include with the school district,”
DCSD. DCSD release. The release also states an external newsletter, a Jester said.
The billboards— The print ads and the goal of the campaign
located along I-285,
The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia
well as Buford Highway will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the
and Clairmont Road—will Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA
The date of Municipal Election for the office of
feature “I<3DeKalb Schools. 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the
Mayor and seats of Councilmember District 1(one)
following matters: and Councilmember At-Large is Tuesday, November
•PZ2017-137: Applicant: Steve Henry; Owner: DeKalb 7, 2017. The qualifying fee for office of Mayor -
County and Stein Investment Co., LLC requests approval $540.00; for offices of Councilmember District 1
of an amendment to a previously approved Development (one) and Councilmember At-Large - $360.00, which
of Community Impact in accordance with City of Chamblee is 3% of the total gross salary of the preceding year
Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance, (O.C.G.A. 21-1-131 (a)(1)(A)). Each candidate shall
Section 280-6 for the purpose of constructing a climate- file a notice of candidacy in the office of the City
controlled self-storage facility with commercial office space at Clerk of Chamblee, 5468 Peachtree Road, Georgia
3693 Clairmont Rd., 1959, and 1965 Bragg St., being DeKalb between Tuesday, August 22, 2017 and Thursday,
County Tax Parcels #18-244-04-004, 18-244-04-005, and 18- August 24, 2017, between the hours of 8:30 am
244-04-006 zoned Corridor Commercial and 1971 Bragg Street and 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm (O.C.G.A.
being DeKalb County Tax Parcel #18-244-04-003 and zoned 21-2-132 (d)(3)). Each candidate must meet the
Airport. qualifications of the Charter and Code of the City of
•2017TA-004: The City of Chamblee, Georgia proposes Chamblee, as well as applicable State laws.
to amend the Official City Code of Ordinances, Appendix
A, Unified Development Ordinance, Title 2, “Land Use and Emmie Niethammer
Zoning”, Chapters 270 and 280. City Clerk
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BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 21, 2017 • Page 18A

Flying toward the future Airport official explains how Hartsfield-Jackson
is tied to the area’s economy

The future of
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
International Airport was
the focus of the DeKalb
Chamber of Commerce’s
general membership
meeting July 13 at the
Atlanta Marriott Century
Why does an airport
outside DeKalb County
make a difference to
businesses in DeKalb?
Ray Gilley, president of
development authority
Decide DeKalb—presenting
sponsor of the event—
explained, “We would have
a tough time convincing
businesses that DeKalb
County is the right place
for them if we didn’t
have as a major selling
point easy access to
Roosevelt Council, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, tells those attending the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta general membership meeting on July 13 that the world’s busiest airport is to get bigger and busier during the next 20 years as ATLNext
International Airport.” unfolds. Photo provided
DeKalb Chamber
President and CEO
ATLNext will involve new selecting retail businesses. seven in the area tied to the will supply the opportunity.
Katerina Taylor echoed
runways and upgrades We want to create an airport. ATLNext, he said, “We have a great
the observation. “Hartsfield-
throughout the facility as Atlanta culture at the airport, will create many more jobs. opportunity to create jobs
Jackson plays a major
well as construction of a offering visitors a sampling Council said the plan and growth, especially on
role in bringing economic
440-room, four-star onsite of the best the city has to includes a goal of involving the south side of the city,
development to the state
hotel. offer,” Council said. 37 percent minority- and where we hope to see a
of Georgia and has a
There are to be two ATLNext also includes female-owned businesses. growth explosion similar to
significant impact on
canopies the length of three expansion of the airport’s “This is part of the legacy of the one that has taken place
business for all of us,” she
football fields and the width cargo area even though Mayor Maynard Jackson, on the north side. We don’t
of half a football field “to cargo is not major revenue one of the people for whom want to just create jobs; we
To underscore the
protect visitors from the source for the airport, said the airport is named. He want to create jobs that can
magnitude of Hartsfield-
elements; we have a lot of Council, who added, “But was the father of inclusion elevate a person into the
Jackson, keynote speaker
foot traffic. It will take more it creates jobs and that’s and diversity at the airport middle class. We want to
Roosevelt Council,
than 3,500 tons of steel to important to us, too.” and throughout the city,” create prosperity,” Council
the airport’s general
erect these; that’s enough He noted that Hartsfield- said Council, who cautioned continued.
manager, listed facts and
to build nine full-size Jackson is metro Atlanta’s that the diversity goals do “As we grow, you will
figures on the facility. The
airplanes,” he said. strongest economic not mean a lowering of have the opportunity to
world’s busiest airport,
Council said upgrading engine with more than quality standards. “We don’t grow with us,” he told the
Hartsfield-Jackson, he
and expanding the airport’s 65,000 people working at compromise quality, but if gathering of chamber
noted, offers nonstop
30-year-old north and south the airport and one job in you can bring the talent, we members.
service to more than 150
parking decks is part of the
domestic and nearly 70
plan. “And we’ll be doing
international destinations,
this without closing down
including commercial
centers in Europe, Asia,
parking at the airport,” PUBLIC NOTICE
the Caribbean, Africa, and
which he said is a major The City of Brookhaven, GA has submitted an application for an acquisition
South and Central America.
source of revenue, bringing and demolition project funded by FEMA under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Pro-
“Approximately 80
in $140 million a year. gram. The project will affect historic and non-historic properties that are located
percent of the United
The atrium where visitors in the floodplain. The project will be in the following neighborhoods:
States is within two hours of
wait and have access to South Bamby Lane and Dresden Drive NE.
food, drinks and retail
Hartsfield-Jackson,” Council
services is being upgraded Presidential Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 and the National Historic
as well. The area is being Preservation Act required that all federal actions in or affecting the floodplain
He added that the airport
redesigned with forest-like or wetlands and historic properties be reviewed for opportunities to relocate,
in 2015 became the first in
atmosphere and will offer a and evaluated for social, economic, historical, environmental, legal and safety
history to serve more than
larger array of retail options considerations. The public is invited to participate in the process of identifying
100 million passengers in
as well as a variety of alternatives and analyzing their impacts. Any adverse effects to historic proper-
a single year. “We’re very
entertainment. ties as a result of this undertaking will be mitigated.
proud of that,” Council said.
Retail shops in the
Bigger things are ahead, Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or a specific
atrium and throughout the
according to Council, who project by contacting Public Works Director, Hari Karikarin by email at Hazard-
airport provide opportunities
outlined a $6 billion capital Mitigation@BrookhavenGa.Gov or by calling 404-637-0500. Comments should
for businesses throughout
improvement program— be received within 30 days of the date of this notice, July 20, 2017.
the metropolitan area.
ATLNext—that will unfold
“We’re particular about
over the next 20 years.
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, July 21, 2017• Page 19A

Photos by Travis Hudgons

DeKalb players featured in 247
Sports top 100 state ranking
BY CARLA PARKER Carolina, Auburn, Fresno State, The four-star recruit is undecided to He committed Georgia and Georgia State. as well and has offers from 20 to Georgia July 13 after receiving
Tucker wide receiver Josh Vann schools, including Auburn, Georgia, 48 offers, including offers from
Eight DeKalb County senior is the next DeKalb player on the top Ohio State, Alabama and Colorado Ivy League schools and military
football players have made their 100 state list at 21. Vann, another State. schools.
way to 247 Sports’ 2018 Top 100 four-star recruit, is ranked 188th in Miller Grove defensive end Stephenson cornerback
Georgia Football Recruits list. the nation and 40th on the receivers Caleb Tannor is the 34th best Justin Birdsong is 84th on the
Tucker leads the way with three list. player in the state, according list. Birdsong finished fifth overall
players in the top 100, including Vann, who is also undecided, to Tannor led on the Jaguars defense with 80
offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum, led the county in receiving yards the Wolverines’ defense with 54 total tackles and had seven pass
who has the highest ranking of the (1,286) and touchdowns (13) tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and breakups in the 2016 season. The
DeKalb players at 11th. The four- through 15 games. He has offers four sacks. The four-star recruit three-star recruit committed to
star recruit is the 81st overall player from 14 schools, including South has received 26 offers and is Appalachian State.
in the nation on, Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, undecided. He has offers from Cedar Grove’s Israel Spivey
and ninth overall among offensive Auburn and Kansas State. Georgia, Auburn, Florida, LSU and rounds out the top 100 at 100. The
tackles. Linebacker Michael Harris, who Tennessee. three-star athlete had 221 total
Wonnum, who has not transferred to Tucker from Lovejoy Stephenson offensive guard Jalil yards of offensive last season for
committed to a college yet, was part High School in Clayton County, is Irvin is ranked 45th on 247sports. the Saints. He also had nine tackles
of the offensive line that helped the ranked 27th in the state, according com’s Georgia list. The three-star on defense as a defensive back. He
Tucker Tigers running backs rush to recruit has committed to Auburn. has received six offers—Georgia
for 242 yards per game last season, said Harris “has Marist tight end John State, Michigan, Middle Tennessee
which was best in the county. really impressive football speed and Fitzpatrick is 75th on the list. State, Ohio, South Florida and
Wonnum has received offers is a quick accelerator, which makes The three-star recruit is the 34th Virginia Tech.
from 17 schools, including South him terrible hard to block.” tight end in the nation, according

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