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State reps help teens
find employment at
back-to-school event
by Carla Parker “They’re getting ready
carla@dekalbchamp.com to go back to school and

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everybody is doing school
obs for teenagers supplies, but who is helping
were the focus of a them get employment?”
back-to-school event Carter said. “That was really
hosted by local state the motivation to do what
representatives. we’re doing today. We’re State Rep. Doreen Carter interviews one of the vendors about culinary jobs for teens.
State representatives going to do some more Photos by Carla Parker
Karen Bennett (D-Stone things in the community
Mountain), Doreen Carter to help our young folk find
(D-Lithonia) and Dar’shun sustainable and even part-
Kendrick (D-Lithonia) held a time employment.”
“Back to School Zone” event Carter, who serves on the
July 29 at Redan Recreation education and small business
Center in Lithonia. The committees through the
event featured a job fair for House of Repreasentatives,
teenagers, National Football said one of her goals is to
League Foundation helmet find employees that will hire
safety clinic, free sports teenagers.
physicals and other activities. “We have some employers
Kendrick said it was that hire as young as 14, such
important to have an event as Chick-fil-a, and we have
such as this to make sure some that hire only 16- and
students in their districts have 17-year-olds,” Carter said.
what they need for school. “We also look for employers
“I know [school starts] that have benefits [for teens].
really soon and we want to A couple of employers [at
make sure we take care of the event] help with tuition
our community before they assistance, pensions, and Representatives from Peach State Health Plan talk to a parent about their health plans.
go back to school,” Kendrick we have employers that
said. understand that even though
“We thought, what better they are young they still need
way to do something for a decent wage. I think we
back-to-school than doing kind of hit all of it.”
something very nontraditional Kendrick said her goals is
by offering sports physicals to improve S.T.E.M—science,
and a job fair?” Carter said. technology, engineering and
Companies such as math—resources for all grade
Bojangles, Kroger and Stone levels to prepare them for
Mountain Park—which S.T.E.M-related careers.
employ teenagers—were on “Once they graduate from
hand to discuss employment [high school] there should be
opportunities during the no reason why they can’t go
school year. Carter said into a career that routes to
she wanted this back-to- STEM,” Kendrick said. “I’ll be
school event to focus on jobs working with other technology
because she has heard from people to develop that
constituents about the lack of agenda.” A representative from Stone Mountain Park tells a parent about job opportunities for
jobs for teens. teens.

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Putting a checkmate on violence
Stone Mountain mentor relates life lessons
through chess, free events
mentorship organization because two kings wanted
BY R. SCOTT BELZER geared toward at-risk youth to kill each other for land.
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com in metro Atlanta. Through Wise men came up with the
free engagement events idea for the game so no one
several times each year, would be killed.”
For former state trooper
Hudson relates the values The overall goal,
and Navy veteran Orrin
of thinking before acting, according to Hudson, who
Hudson, each day is an
maintaining a clear head, goes by the nickname,
opportunity to reach his
service to the community “Checkmate,” is to deter
ultimate goal of positively
and gaining intellectual young minds away from
influencing one million
independence. such impulses as greed and
people.
Hudson said he is able violence.
“My dream is to help
to relate such concepts to Hudson said his
one million—I’m at 50,000,”
school-age children through experience as a gang
Hudson said. “I get such a
the game of chess. member in Birmingham,
kick out of helping people—
“Chess makes you Ala., also helps him relate
everyone you meet is
committed to keeping your to at-risk youth.
important, every day is
head in the game, how to “I came from a family
an assignment. People
solve problems in real time, of 14 children,” Hudson
remember when you help
how to look for solutions said. “A guy came into my
them for a lifetime. Even if
and make sure every action house one day with some
it’s something small.”
counts because every move honeybuns and other
Hudson is the head of Be
matters,” Hudson said. snacks and said, ‘To have
Someone, a DeKalb County
“The game was invented all this, you have to hang

See Chess on Page 10A
Photo submitted.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • Page 3

AROUNDDEKALB
CHAMBLEE
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday,
Aug. 8, at Piccadilly Restaurant, Galleria at
Johnson will present an official proclamation
naming Aug. 5, 2017 as Southwest DeKalb Day
South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road in in DeKalb County.
Decatur, beginning at 1: p.m. The proclamation presentation will take
Plaza Fiesta hosts back-to-school All active and retired federal employees, place from 5:30 until 6 p.m.
spouses, and surviving spouses who are not
celebration currently a member of NARFE are welcome to
attend this free meeting to learn more about
Plaza Fiesta shopping center—located at the benefits of NARFE.  For more info, visit Church announces details of annual
4166 Buford Highway—will host a back-to-
school celebration on Aug. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.
www.ganarfe.org, or contact Chapter President yard sale
Calvin Stevens at (404)-288-3604.         
The event will welcome families from
throughout metro Atlanta and offer attendees Ousley United Methodist Church has
free backpacks and other services. The Fall festival announced announced that its annual fall yard sale will be
resources come courtesy of presenting held Saturday, Sep. 9, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. In the
sponsors BillMo, Guerrero, Sprint, Wells Fargo Lilly Hill Baptist Church will hold its fall event of rain, the event will be held on Sept. 30.
and Telemundo Atlanta. festival on Sat. Aug. 5 from 8: a.m. until 1: p.m. Vendor booths are available at a cost of $25
For more information, visit the event’s page at 344 Robin St. in Decatur. for members and $35 for non-members. The
on Facebook by searching “Back to school at There will be free hotdogs for children under sale will be held at Ousley United Methodist
Plaza Fiesta.” 10 years of age. A free jumper and game bus Church, 3261 Panola Road in Lithonia. For
will also be on site. additional information call (770) 981-0180.
Vendors such as Aflac, New York Life, Mary

STONE
Kay, Avon, Interim Health Care, Essential Oil,

COUNTYWIDE Decatur Police & Fire Departments will also
participate.

Commissioner elected to Large Urban
Tables may be purchased for $25. For
additional information contact Michelle
Williams at (404)-849-5647 or Carolyn
MOUNTAIN
County Caucus Trammell at (404)-288-4072.
City to host yoga in the park event

ELLENWOOD
DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Stone Mountain will host Yoga in the Park
Johnson was recently elected chairman of at Randolph Medlock Park on Aug. 12 from 9
the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) to 10 a.m. The family-friendly event will occur
Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) during monthly on the second Saturday until Sept. 9.
the organization’s 82nd annual conference in For more information, contact Sara Abrams at
Franklin, Ohio. Cedar Grove Elementary makes (704) 965-1800.
“The Large Urban County Caucus is the
premier forum for urban county leaders and is
health a priority
the voice for America’s metropolitan counties Park clean up announced
Cedar Grove Elementary—located at 2330
before Congress and the administration,” states River Road in DeKalb County—will host a free
a release. Stone Mountain will host a Medlock Park
health fair on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Community clean up Aug. 12, 9-11 a.m. For
“America’s urban counties play a prominent The event will offer participants free health
role in 150 million residents’ lives every day, more information, contact Andrea Redmond
screenings, backpacks, school supplies and angrearedmondstonemountain@gmail.com.
fostering conditions for economic strength, other financial health information. Radio
building and maintaining transportation systems personalities from throughout metro Atlanta will
and critical infrastructure, promoting community also be in attendance.

TUCKER
health and well-being, championing justice The health fair is presented by Alpha Kappa
and public safety and implementing a broad Alpha’s Lambda Epsilon Omega chapter.
portfolio of federal, state and local programs, The event is free and open to all metro
according to the release. Atlanta residents. For more education, visit
“This position will allow DeKalb to leverage
www.lambdaepsilonomega.com. Book discussion at Tucker library
existing and new opportunities to attract
resources to our county,” said Johnson, Circling the Sun by Paula McClain will be
who also has served on the NACo Board of discussed Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. at
Directors.
LITHONIA Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library. Copies of the
discussion title will be available at the front

DECATUR
desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The
library is located at 5234 LaVista Road. For
Salem Park to host Southwest more information, call (770) 270-8234.
DeKalb alumni cookout
NARFE monthly meeting announced
Southwest DeKalb alumni will gather in
The National Association of Active and Salem Park—located at 5280 Salem Road—for
Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), DeKalb a cookout on Aug. 5.
Chapter 380, holds its monthly meeting on the The cookout will feature barbecue, games
second Tuesday of every month (except July and other activities for the entire family. In
and December).  addition, DeKalb County commissioner Larry
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • Page 4

DeKalb County teacher’s
Twitter hacked
Hacked tweets disparage Arabs, family
BY R. SCOTT BELZER
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com

A DeKalb County School District (DCSD)
technology teacher’s Twitter account boasted a
dislike for Arabs for approximately 10 minutes on
July 20.
District officials and Terri Webb, a computer
teacher at Fairington Elementary with an active
social media presence, state the account—@ Residents in Clarkston are contesting proposed high-density zoning of an unincorporated DeKalb County property. Photo
iteachtechga–was hacked and erroneously posted by R. Scott Belzer

Annexation contested
the message, “Hey I hate arabs, but thanks for the
follow!”
A similar Tweet
on July 18 states,

by Clarkston residents
“Hey I hate my
‘My apologies son, but thanks for
the follow!”
Approximately
Twitter family, 10 minutes later,
Webb deleted

my account
both tweets and
posted that her
account was
Undeveloped property questioned by city council
hacked. She—
was hacked along with DeKalb
County director
BY R. SCOTT BELZER Clarkston Planning & Zoning board
meeting. At the meeting, members Felicia
of strategic sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com Weinert, Birendra Dhakal and Chuck
earlier. Thanks communications
Andre Riley—said A plot of undeveloped land in
McFarland voted 3-0 in favor of annexation
as well as applying a high-density zoning
she was unaware unincorporated DeKalb County is being classification.
for notifying of the tweets until
she was alerted by
considered for annexation by city officials in
Clarkston.
Clarkston city attorney Stephen Quinn
said the city is unaware of any construction
colleagues. According to comments expressed plans for the property, making it difficult to
me!”’ “My apologies
Twitter family,”
at the city’s July 6 city council meeting,
residents and city officials support
apply a proper zoning.
“This is a new situation for us in terms
Webb posted. annexation but not its potential high-density of annexation,” said city manager Keith
“My account was zoning classification. Barker. “If you make the decision to annex,
hacked earlier. Thanks for notifying me!” Ben Hendricks, who lives along Poplar then the assignment and recommendation
Riley said it is unfortunate this happened to Drive in Clarkston near the property, said from planning and zoning and staff is that it
Webb, as her social media presence is considered a high-density development near his be assigned [low-density residential].”
a valuable resource for DCSD. home does not meet the character of the Barker said the city is dealing with
“She was hacked,” Riley said. “And it couldn’t neighborhood. property owners attempting to market
have happened to a better person—this is someone “We have really enjoyed the walkability the property for development. He said
who genuinely cares about DeKalb County schools of that area and being close to the park,” the owners perhaps are being advised to
and students.” Hendricks said. “There’s concern about zone the property a certain way to obtain
Riley said DCSD has guidelines on district-run added traffic.” a higher resale value. He also speculated
social media but cannot safeguard employees’ David Paul, another Poplar Drive owners may want to deal with Clarkston
private accounts. resident, shared Hendricks concern. rather than DeKalb County.
Webb’s account boasts more than 550 followers “I’m all for progress in Clarkston,” Paul Barker said it would be a “riskier
and regularly reposts things from DCSD, including said. “I’m concerned about high-density in approach” to acquire the property and
event pictures, accomplishments and education that neighborhood. It will certainly impact rezone for a higher density for developers.
news. Webb is followed by education officials in and residents in a negative way.” The opposition expressed and
beyond Georgia. Kevin Kipfer, who lives on Carroll Park favor for low-density resulted in the
The account often thanks others for following Drive, expressed how he loves walking in owners withdrawing their application
through an auto-tweet service by Commun.it. the area and said such activities are at risk for annexation. Clarkston city council
According to the website, the service—available to in welcoming high-density development. unanimously voted to deny the application
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest—offers Resident Laura Hopkins said she would for annexation.
free analytics, focus, management, scheduled posts look for a new place to live if high-density “This does not end [the owners’] zoning
and content direction. made its way to that area of Clarkston. battle,” said Councilman Dean Moore.
The website states Commun.it is “trusted by Resident Teresa Best shared similar “They may go to DeKalb County to get
over 1 million users in more than 175 countries concern. higher density zoning, just to let people
for smarter social media management,” including The plot—located at 3827, 3835 and know.”
such brands as Sony, Nike, Microsoft, TED, Cisco, 3861 East Avenue—is near the center of “I advise people, including the council, to
McDonald’s, Associated Press, Coca-Cola, MTV three low-density neighborhoods and close reach out to DeKalb County commissioners
and more. to Forty Oaks Nature Preserve as well as and let them know your concerns,” said
Milam Park. Councilman Awet Eyasu.
The land was recommended to be The county commissioners representing
annexed and classified at a June 18 Clarkston are Steve Bradshaw and Kathie
Gannon.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • PAGE 5

Islamic Speakers’ Bureau seeks to
build community understanding
by Kathy Mitchell of Muslim women. “People
tend to look at this through the
Soumaya Khalifa had American cultural lens. They see
talked for years about forming a woman with most of her body
a speakers’ bureau to promote covered and think she is being
greater understanding of her forced to do that. They ask, ‘How
Muslim faith in the larger Atlanta could a woman in her right mind
community. “Finally, my husband allow this to be done to her?’
urged me to stop talking about it “Many of our speakers are
and do it. So I started recruiting women and they explain that
volunteers and getting their help Muslim women have a good deal
in designing the organization,” more freedom than many outside
Khalifa recalled. the faith imagine. They decide
That was in August 2001. whom they will marry, often own
Three weeks later, the world property and have advanced
was focused on the Islamic education and high levels of
community after the World professional responsibility,” said
Trade Center’s twin towers were Egyptian-born Khalifa, whose
destroyed by people claiming parents were both doctors and
their actions were prompted by who holds advanced degrees
their Islamic faith. and worked many years as
“We never imagined anything a corporate executive. She
like that would happen. We currently heads a consulting firm.
had to come up to speed very Audiences also are interested
fast. At first we thought this in conflicts between Sunni and
isn’t the time to start an Islamic Shia Muslims, Khalifa said. The
speakers’ bureau. Maybe we division in the Islamic religion
should put this on hold, but we came about over a difference
already had a website up and in opinion as to who would
running. Besides, in the wake of head the faith after the death of
everything people were hearing the Prophet Mohammad, she
on the news, many wanted to Flanked by the Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of explained. “Until recent years,
Atlanta, left, and the Rev. Kenneth Swanson, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Roswell,
know what people of our faith Islamic Speakers’ Bureau founder Soumaya Khalifa promotes understanding of her there were no serious conflicts
really believe,” Khalifa said. faith in the Atlanta community, including among other faith leaders. between the two groups,”
The Islamic Speakers’ Khalifa said. “They lived side
Bureau today has approximately by side and often intermarried.
50 volunteer speakers with a invited, which includes schools, human from the time of Adam. Unfortunately, human nature can
wide variety of backgrounds. community organizations, book That’s how seriously we take it. sometimes cause people in a
“We have students, doctors, clubs—even Christian churches Terrorism is definitely not in line struggle for power to demonize
business owners, housewives, and Jewish synagogues. We with our beliefs. one another.”
retirees—just about any have a close relationship with “We feel that there is a She compared the conflicts
background you can imagine the DeKalb County Library double standard with regard to to those between Catholics
over a wide range of ages,” she system, where we frequently how those who commit horrible and Protestants in the Christian
said. present special programs, acts are treated. If the person religion. “We were in Belfast
Khalifa said the bureau tries especially around holidays.” professes to be a Muslim, the [Ireland] last year and saw sharp
to match speakers to groups In addition to traditional news media call it terrorism. If divisions between two groups—
they fit well with. “People are speaking engagements the the person is from some other even among people who weren’t
often surprised by the diversity Islamic Speakers’ Bureau is faith tradition or no faith tradition, practicing Christians. It was sad,”
with the Muslim community. often a training resource for they say the person acted on his Khalifa recalled.
There are people from the educators, law enforcement own beliefs that have nothing to “Our goal is to build a
Middle East, from Europe, officials, medical professionals do with his faith or the person is community in which people of
Africa and Asia as well as many and others who interact with the mentally ill,” Khalifa said. varying backgrounds and faith
African Americans in our faith general public and want to learn “When horrific events such traditions respect and trust
community. In fact, a recent what they must do to interact as 9/11 occur, people don’t one another,” she said. “Most
Gallup poll indicated that we’re respectfully and effectively with look at the whole picture. They people aren’t mean-spirited. A
the most ethnically diverse those who practice the Muslim look at the faith tradition of the few people are, but most want
religious group in the United faith. perpetrators, but they don’t note to respect and get along with
States.” She said terrorism is among that many of the first responders, those around them. For many,
Members are trained the topics bureau speakers law enforcement officers and it’s just a matter of gaining
to “teach, but not preach” are most frequently asked medical personnel are Muslims. understanding. When people get
wherever they go, according about. “We tell people that our Worldwide, 95 percent of the to know others from another faith
to Khalifa. “We give more than faith teaches that human life victims of terrorism are Muslims,” tradition, they can set aside what
150 presentations throughout is sacred. We teach that to she continued. they’ve heard about the other
the metro Atlanta area each take one innocent human life Another topic the bureau group and live as neighbors.”
year. We only go where we’re is the same as killing every often addresses is the treatment
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • PAGE 6

Consider parole beyond O.J. Simpson
Parole hearings happen their case to the board. ex-offender’s driver’s license
all the time, but on July In Georgia, 45 percent of should or should not be
20 one hearing received paroled inmates complete the suspended.
unprecedented national terms of their parole without Former inmates face an
attention including being aired being recalled for any violation uphill climb in finding places
live on television. Gale Horton Gay of the terms of their parole, to live and work as well as
O.J. Simpson has served gale@dekalbchamp.com according to the parole board’s acceptance by neighbors, co-
nearly nine years of a 33-year website. workers and new people they
sentence in a Nevada prison Simpson’s case—although meet.
for armed robbery and assault was found not guilty of the 1994 outside the norm of parole Re-entry to the free world
with a weapon in 2008 after he killing of his ex-wife Nicole situations—should shed light post-incarceration is a struggle
and associates showed up at Brown Simpson and her friend on the thousands of inmates in a multitude of ways. While
two memorabilia dealers’ hotel Ronald Goldman. who have paid their debt to recidivism (tendency of ex-
room to “retrieve” collectibles While this case has society, have exhibited model offenders to re-offend) rates
that he considered his. A jury extraordinary circumstances, or acceptable behavior and are remain high (one study found
considered it robbery. thousands of other inmates getting a new chance of re- that 76 percent of released
Jeers and cheers were face the same type of review entry into society. persons were re-arrested within
expressed passionately when by parole boards across the In 2014 Georgia leaders saw five years), there are individuals
the three-member parole panel country with hardly anyone fit to reform the state’s criminal who are determined to never re-
announced Simpson would be paying attention. justice law with a prisoner offend and return behind bars.
paroled beginning in October. The Georgia State Board re-entry reform bill that Gov. Our support, lack of
Simpson, a sports legend of Pardons and Parole reviews Nathan Deal signed into law. condemnation and rejection
who was once a highly sought- 15,000 cases annually, deciding Its provisions were designed to may make the difference for the
after TV pitchman, was at the who will get a chance to re-start help ex-offenders in obtaining parolees and the community.
center of what some consider their lives and who will wait for employment and giving judges It’s certainly something for
the trial of the century when he another opportunity to make more leeway in deciding if an all of us to think about.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • PAGE 7

Staying on the right side of the rolling tide of history
“They call me the wanderer, example of the wrong side is might that have had anything
yeah the wanderer.  I roam
around, around, around..,” song
‘One Man’s the removal of four monuments
to Confederate war heroes and
to do with the island’s earlier
resort history of segregation and
lyrics from “The Wanderer,” Opinion’ the Confederacy in New Orleans confining guests of color to what
by Dion DiMucci (February earlier this summer, without any later became the 4-H Camp
1962). Bill Crane public vote or comment. That dorms on the island’s south end.  
  bill.csicrane@gmail.com decision was made unilaterally I’m glad we now have
We started rolling across by the New Orleans mayor responsible stewards of history
the causeway and onto magical along with a slim majority vote in charge here, such as the
Jekyll Island in the early 1960s, a monument to those enslaved by its city council. JIA and Georgia Department
conveyed by a Clark Griswold Africans who arrived on the As the JIA is now considering of Natural Resources. So
vacation-looking Ford family Wanderer. Many of the slaves an additional interpretive hopefully, while your children or
truckster stationwagon. The on board the schooner died historic marker at the landing mine roam and wander around
Crane family later purchased enroute, while 409 survived the site of the Wanderer, they are our beautiful Jekyll Island, they
rental properties on the journey.  smartly consulting the public, can also learn a few things in
Beachview Road side of Jekyll, Hoping to evade arrest, as well as the families and the process.
specifically on Nelson, Dexter as the U.S. outlawed slave living descendants of Wanderer  
and Tyler lanes. importation in 1808, the ship’s passengers, now living in  
Our little cottages were captain and owner were alleged Geechee comunities in Glynn Bill Crane also serves
great for family vacations, as to conspire with Jekyll Island’s County and elsewhere along the as a political analyst and
well as learning the legend and then owner Henry DuBignon Georgia coast. This dialogue, commentator for Channel 2’s
lore of Jekyll Island. I know that Jr. to move the slaves to and the language or storytelling Action News, WSB-AM News/
much of my love of history was markets still operating in that may result are not attempts Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM,
in part spurred by touring the Augusta and Savannah, as well to dilute, ameliorate or ignore as well as a columnist for The
historic 19th century Millionaire’s as Florida and South Carolina. darker passages in our history, Champion, DeKalb Free Press
Village, as well as the DuBignon The arrival of the Wanderer, but instead to better illuminate and Georgia Trend. Crane is
tabby ruins and other points of and dispersment of its human minds encountering those hard a DeKalb native and business
interest dotting the seven-mile cargo caused the administration facts today. owner, living in Scottdale. You
barrier island. of then-President James My own childhood is not can reach him or comment on a
As we drove past and Buchanan to beef up efforts by changed by any of this, but column at bill.csicrane@gmail.
sometimes stayed at the the U.S. Navy and government I’m inclined to wonder why a com.
longtime Wanderer Hotel (now to end slave ship landings in hotel would be named for such
Jekyll’s beautiful and completely America. Nearing the end of an infamous ship? And if that
renovated Holiday Inn), I his administration in 1860,
assumed that the hoteliers had Buchanan proclaimed, “Since
named the hotel for that famous the date of my inaugural
song by Dion, which seemed to message, not a single slave has
have such an appropriate lilt and been imported into the United
light spirit for a beach property. States in violation of the laws
It wasn’t until nearly 30 years prohibiting the African slave
later that I came to realize that trade.”
I had the wrong Wanderer. The Though slavery was far
hotel was instead strangely from over at this point, and
named for the last documented slaves were still traded and
ship to bring an illegal cargo of sold domestically, as well as
slaves from Africa to the United children of slaves becoming
States. That Wanderer landed the automatic property of slave
on Jekyll on Nov. 28, 1858. It owners, Buchanan was among
was later used as a Union war the first U.S. presidents to take
ship during the Civil War, then such a strong public stance. 
decomissioned and lost off the The establishment of the
coast of Cuba in 1871. Wanderer Memorial on Jekyll’s
In November of 2008 (150 southern tip in St. Andrews Park
years later) the state of Georgia, is a solid example on staying
Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) and on the right side of observing
Jekyll Island Museum dedicated the flowing tide of history. An

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A $65,000 thank you
Chamblee business donates to metro first responders

BY R. SCOTT BELZER between 10 police and fire Automotive Group president
departments. Jimmy Ellis. “While our
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com
The check was local governments do a
presented at a lunch for great job in providing for the
Chamblee police at Jim needs of their departments,
A Chamblee business Ellis Automotive’s corporate we realize that there are
donated a $6,500 check headquarters in Chamblee. sometimes needs that DeKalb County launched its glass recycling program July 13.
to Chamblee Police Chamblee police chief require additional funding

DeKalb launches
Department in late June as Donny Williams and and we wanted to do our
part of a $65,000 “thank assistant chief Mike Beller part to help support those
you” to metro Atlanta accepted the check on needs. The Chamblee
emergency personnel.

glass recycling
behalf of the department. Police do so much for our
Jim Ellis Automotive Chamblee Police community and we wanted
Group—a group of auto- Department will be free to do something above
sales centers based in to use the $6,500 as it and beyond to show our
Chamblee—embarked on

program
pleases, according to a appreciation for them.”
a charitable campaign on release about the event. According to Jim Ellis
behalf of first responders Chamblee police have an Automotive Group, a similar
in May 2017. As part of the approximate $10.4 million event took place in Marietta
campaign, a portion of each budget. in June. Others are planned
vehicle sale went into a “I am so thankful for in Kennesaw on Sept. 14 all recycling collected at
fund intended for firefighters the clients that help our and Buford on Oct. 19. BY HORACE HOLLOMAN the drop-off locations will
and police departments business be successful to In addition, Jim Ellis horace@dekalbchamp.com be used for manufacturing
throughout Atlanta. where we support such Automotive Group will offer new glass containers and
By the end of May, worthy organizations as a $500 discount to first DeKalb County officials, fiberglass.
approximately $65,000 the Chamblee Police responder customers. along with the DeKalb “We’re investing in these
was raised and split evenly Department,” said Jim Ellis County Sanitation Division, resources and we found
are urging residents to use residents are serious about
drop off locations for glass protecting the environment
recycling. and this is a way to do this.
We have several locations

Ethics board getting back to
As of July 17, DeKalb
residents can no longer throughout the county
place glass in curbside, and locations in all of the

work, future uncertain
single-stream recycling, districts,” Andrea said.  
according to the county. Before dropping off glass
Pauline Andrea, containers, residents should
spokeswoman for DeKalb remove all food and liquids.
County Sanitation Division, Only food and beverage
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN accountable government “If DeKalb Citizens want glass containers that are
said the program will help
entity that would provide to keep their functional blue, green, clear or brown
horace@dekalbchamp.com the county become more
final approval to those Board of Ethics, then they glass will be accepted,
environmentally conscious.
seated to serve on the need to speak out and according to county officials.
DeKalb County’s Ethics “About a year ago
board,” Jackson wrote in participate. A battle is being Prior to the county’s
Board, which had an we started looking into a
the order. waged in your name and newly implemented glass
overhaul in 2015, met for county-wide glass recycling
Currently, Jackson’s most of you do not even recycling program, most
the first time in months after program,” Andrea said.
ruling is being appealed know it is being fought. of the glass would end up
a judge ruled the board was “There’s been a nationwide
to the Georgia Supreme Call your legislators and at a landfill causing cross
unconstitutional. trend to send glass to
Court. DeKalb Ethics demand that the Board contamination, Andrea said.
Members of the ethics landfills. Based on the
Officer Stacey Kalberman of Ethics be allowed to “When it was transferred,
board met Aug. 1 in a feedback we received after
said the board can resume continue to clean house,” they were separating
special called meeting. we promoted the program,
meetings because “all Bonder wrote in his the glass and the glass
During the meeting, we think residents are
parties are placed in status resignation letter. would break and cause
members went into excited about this.”
quo or supersedeas” while In November of 2015, contamination...and it’s not
executive session to Andrea said a complete
the case is being reviewed. DeKalb voters approved as valuable,” Andrea said.
discuss litigation matters. list of locations will
Kalberman said she revisions to the ethics “We’re trying to reverse this
Former DeKalb County be listed on DeKalb’s
was not surprised by board. The revisions [with the new program]. If
Commissioner Sharon sanitation website at www.
Sutton’s lawsuit stating, allowed for the DeKalb you want your glass to be
Barnes-Sutton sued the dekalbsanitation.com.
“she sued the board almost Chamber of Commerce, the recycled, you must use the
board alleging the way the Residents who don’t want
immediately.” DeKalb Bar Association, drop off locations.”
board appoints its members to sort their glass and
Sutton is facing ethic Leadership DeKalb and Glass recycling
is unconstitutional. drop it off at a recycling
board complaints related to local universities to select containers will be placed in
On April 28 in a written center should throw it away
her spending while she was ethics board members parks, recreation centers,
order, DeKalb County with the rest of their non-
a DeKalb commissioner. instead of the county CEO fire stations, libraries and
Superior Court Judge Asha recyclable trash, she said.
Longtime DeKalb County and commissioners. Target store parking lots.
Jackson ruled that the Andrea said the county
resident and former DeKalb “It’s very important to “This is a good thing
board should be appointed has an estimated 170,000
Board of Ethics member have independent ethics for DeKalb. Environmental
by government entities and customers who use trash
Scott Bonder resigned in board members and that stability is a big deal and
not private organizations. removal services, and of
March. He said he needed they are chosen by a this recycling program is a
“To pass constitutional that number, approximately
to resign to notify residents non-political board. That’s major part of that,” Andrea
muster, it would seem 80,000 are recycling.
that DeKalb’s ethics board what Sutton is fighting,” said.
that there should be an According to the county,
is in danger. Kalberman said.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • Page 9

Preaching to the
‘non existent’ choir
Battle over the pulpit at Flat Rock
ducks in our own house. In
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN the church, we have bylaws
horace@dekalbchamp.com and procedures. That’s not
how you handle that.”
Anderson said church
Church members at one members decided to rekey Flat Rock Community Church in Lithonia is on record as one of the oldest Black churches in DeKalb County.
of the oldest Black churches the locks at the building
in DeKalb County said they in an attempt to reclaim
are fed up with the actions their building. According
of the church’s former to county documents the
pastor and will seek legal church belongs to Flat Rock
action. Community, Inc, which is
Members of the Flat governed by the board.
Rock Community Church Johnny Waits, who
in Lithonia said the former works security for Flat Rock,
pastor Benita Miles did not put up a barricade blocking
follow the proper protocols access from the entrance
before allowing another points.
pastor to take her place. On July 21, Miles sent
Church members said an email to board members
Miles, who is retiring, threatening to have them
announced her replacement arrested for trespassing on
would be Pastor Michael church property. A reporter
Johnson without first from The Champion
getting the approval of the witnessed an unidentified
church’s board of trustees. man attempting to break
Tammy Anderson, the chain barricade with a
a chairperson for the sledgehammer. Members of the Flat Rock Community Church in Lithonia said the former pastor of the church, Benita Miles, did not follow
proper protocol before allowing another pastor to take her place.
Flatrock Leadership Board, The man, who claimed
said the board met with he was sent by the deed
Johnson May 24 and spoke holder, said reporters The deed still belongs to the two feuding sides can down calmly. At the end of
briefly about him joining covering the story should the community and it’s act “more like Christians” the day, it’s a difference of
the church. On June 22, “get a life.” signed by Pastor Miles. and move forward communication and I wish
Anderson said Miles made Waits said it’s time for They have a difference of respectfully. we could all come together
the announcement to the Miles and Johnson to leave understanding.” “It’s as simple as that. and talk it out,” Johnson
board that Johnson would the church alone. Johnson said he hopes I wish everyone would sit said.
be taking over as lead “All of the lies that
pastor. have been told and all
“We were just confused. of the mistrust...it’s just
It totally took us back. She unbelievable. To think that
pretty much told us any someone would want to
further questions should rip away a 156-year-old
be directed to [Michael] ministries, it’s unbelievable,”
Johnson,” Anderson said. Waits said. “We’re tired of it.
“Our question to our pastor We want Benita Miles and
was, ‘why did she do this?’ Michael Johnson to leave
We didn’t have a church us alone.”
meeting, we didn’t vote. Johnson, who is also the
None of that. From that pastor of House of Victory
day till now we’ve had a Church, said he hopes the
problem.” dispute over the church
According to Anderson, can be solved in a peaceful
Johnson had his first manner.
service at Flatrock July 2 In a phone interview with
and was approached about The Champion, Johnson
signing a rental agreement. said the entire situation is a
Anderson said he would not misunderstanding.
sign it and that’s when the “As much as I appreciate
trouble started. the free advertisement
“We didn’t agree for him and as much as they like
to be the pastor and we throwing me out there,
were trying to figure out as it has more to do with
a church what we needed to [Benita Miles]” Johnson
do going forward. We were said. “Miles is a wonderful
just lost and we told him we person and I’ve been
didn’t think this is the right somewhat dismayed
way to go,” Anderson said. on how the members of
“We’re feeling like sitting this church are acting.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • Page 10

ifeline Animal Project Spokesperson Karen Hirsch interacts with a dog at the new shelter in Chamblee.

A ‘DOGGONE’ GOOD SOLUTION
DeKalb animal shelter opens in Chamblee
Stone Mountain resident Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson has committed himself
to helping one million people through chess as a way of giving back to the
community. Photos submitted.

BY HORACE HOLLOMAN to euthanize animals to state of the art and really
CHESS Continued From Page 2A
maintain a good shelter sets DeKalb County apart
horace@dekalbchamp.com environment. They can be from other counties in terms with us.’ The next thing I developed a free program
rehomed and be transferred of animal shelters.” know he’s telling me ‘You focused on knowledge,
During the grand over to our 100 rescue In 2014, members have to do this, you have to attitude, skills and habits, or
opening ceremony of partners. But they no longer of the DeKalb County do that.’ I was told what to KASH.
Lifeline Animal Project’s have to go to the shelter to Animal Services Advisory do, but I came home with According to Hudson,
newest animal shelter in die,” Guinn said. Committee, urged a lot of food. When you there’s nothing else he
Chamblee, DeKalb CEO Lifeline Animal Project commissioners to support have that many people in would rather be doing. He
Michael Thurmond joked achieved the status of a an effort to create a new the house, you do what you said the program is his way
that he had “very little” to do “no-kill shelter” or saving 90 animal shelter. have to do.” of carrying Edge’s message
with the project coming to out of every 100 animals it DeKalb County One of Hudson’s and paying it forward.
fruition. intakes. Guinn said the new Commissioner Kathie teachers, James Edge, “I’m living my dream,”
In fact, plans to build facility will help the non- Gannon thanked the saw what was becoming of Hudson said. “Someone
a new facility and replace profit organization continue advisory committee for its Hudson and offered help. helped me so I decided
DeKalb’s animal shelter to save animals at a high persistence. In addition to conversation to pay it forward. I’m sick
located in Decatur were rate. “After all these many and advice, help came by and tired of seeing crime in
more than a decade in The new shelter years, what a wonderful learning the game of chess. the news, and evil prevails
the making, said Lifeline occupies 5.3 acres in thing to celebrate. I’ve “I soon realized I was when people do nothing. I’m
officials. Chamblee and can been on the board maybe following another follower,” taking action.”
On July 26, DeKalb accommodate more too long to count, but Hudson said. “It was the Be Someone’s next
County Commissioners, than 400 animals. The working on an animal blind leading the blind. event will take place on
Lifeline Animal Project facility also features a shelter has been one of To be a true champion, Aug. 5 at the Lithonia
officials and animal 1,300-square-foot clinic my goals,’ Gannon said. you have to make correct Fairfield Inn & Suites,
enthusiasts were at the that includes a surgery “This has been going back decisions. You have to located at 7850 Stonecrest
grand opening of the prep and surgery room, for maybe three different be a product of your own Square, from 1-4 p.m.
33,440-square-foot facility in lab area, secure pharmacy administrations and it conclusions. You have to Hudson hopes others will
Chamblee. storage and holding areas took awhile because of make your own path. The join him in his mission and
The new shelter is a for animals scheduled bureaucracy and funding. gang members had made help to leave the world a
dream come true, said for surgery. The clinic will The advisory board started me a follower of another better place.
Lifeline Animal Project CEO provide spay-and-neuter to push us in the right follower.” “I’m teaching children
Rebecca Guinn. services for animals direction. They really held Hudson said one wrong as though my life depends
The first year Lifeline adopted from the shelter. our feet to the fire.” move in life, such as pulling on it because it does,”
Animal Project took over Currently, dogs at the The shelter in Decatur a gun, drinking and driving Hudson said. “We’re all
the services of DeKalb animal shelter are housed will be open until Aug. 15. A or doing drugs, can end interconnected, we are
County’s animal shelters in in separate kennels, which lifeline spokesperson said a life. In chess, according all one. If we don’t do
2013, Guinn said roughly 85 means they are allowed the Decatur location adopts to Hudson, a single wrong everything in our power to
percent of the animals taken access to toys—something roughly 15 animals per day move can give an opponent help children win, we all
in were euthanized. Animals that was not possible at the and receives 20 animals an edge and derail the lose. If they win, we all win.
brought into DeKalb Decatur location. per day. Any animal at the course of the game. Children are 24 percent
County shelters were given “They all just seem Decatur location after Aug. Hudson founded Be of the population but 100
approximately a five-day happier,” said Karen 15 will be transferred to the Someone after seeing a percent the future. I’d even
grace period. If they could Hirsch, spokesperson for new location.   report in May 2000 involving correct that and say our
not be adopted within that Lifeline Animal Shelter. The new facility includes an armed robbery that children are now, so we
timeframe, they were killed, “This is beyond my wildest 12 adoption rooms and resulted in seven people must do it now.”
Guinn said. dreams. This shelter is multiple play areas for being shot. For the past For more information,
“We no longer have absolutely gorgeous. It’s potential adopters. 17 years, he said he has visit www.besomeone.org.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • Page 11

WEEKinPICTURES

Agnes Scott College received a check in excess of $100,000 on July
26 from Georgia Power for participating in energy efficiency efforts.
The check is considered a rebate for upgrading lighting and replac-
ing chillers, resulting in an annual 2,000 megawatt energy reduction.
Photo submitted

The city of Dunwoody partnered with Chiefs Futbol Club on July 28 to celebrate National Soccer
Day at Pernoshal Park. Photo submitted.

DeKalb County School District chief technologist and information
officer Gary Brantley addresses educators at the district’s Summer
Leadership Conference July 24-25. Photo submitted.

Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur was temporarily transformed into Three Roads Brewery on July 31 as DeKalb County celebrated the grand opening of a new animal shel-
filming of an upcoming television series took place. ter in Chamblee July 26.

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 DeKalb25@outlook.com DeKalb25.com
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • Page 12

Photo submitted
Janet Pickney

Janet Pickney died July 25 after a hit and run accident involving a DeKalb County police officer. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Community raising funds for family of Janet Pickney
medical bills and memorial
BY CARLA PARKER services Janet’s family will
carla@dekalbchamp.com have, the thought is that a
fund created in her memory
should help greatly. We are
Tucker residents are
all heartbroken over this
rallying behind the family
loss. Ed, her husband, and
of Janet Pickney, who
the rest of her loved ones
was killed in a hit and run
are in our thoughts and
accident involving a DeKalb
prayers.”
County police officer.
More than 30 people
Residents created
have donated money to
a page on YouCaring.
the page, including Tucker
com to raise funds for
City Councilwoman Anne
Pickney’s family with a
Lerner. Lerner wrote that
goal of $15,000. More than
she did not know Pickney,
$1,600 has been raised
but learned a lot about her
since the page was created
from fellow runners.
July 26. Pickney, a retired
“I’ve learned that she
teacher, was jogging near
was a wonderful person
the intersection of Brown
who helped many,” Lerner
and Chamblee Tucker
said. “Thank you for
roads when she was hit by
organizing this fundraiser,
a DeKalb County police
so we have a way of paying
officer who was swerving to
tribute to Janet.”
avoid a car that was turning
A memorial service
in front of him, according to
but did not receive a The creators of the children and loved running for Pickney will be held
reports.
response. YouCaring.com page said in her spare time,” the page Aug. 12, at 2 p.m., at the
The Champion made
Pickney, 66, was taken Pickney was an outstanding reads. “Many members Unitarian Universalist
several requests to obtain
to Grady Memorial Hospital, part of the community. of the Tucker community Church of Atlanta, located
the police report of the
where she died from her “She spent her time have asked what they can at 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE.
incident from the DeKalb
County Police Department, injuries. volunteering, fostering do to help. Considering the
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • Page 13

Clarkston kicks off charter review
Outlines goals, intentions during first meeting
people up here do feel it
BY R. SCOTT BELZER is equitable. We’re going
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com to diligently work to make
sure it’s right. It’s not about
How does Clarkston’s conflict. This is coming
city charter define the role together as a group to make
of the mayor? How about this a better document.”
city council? How do these Terry has contested
governing bodies relate to via an online petition
the city manager? How is that, “there [have] been
that city manager chosen? concerted efforts to relegate
What does the city charter the only majority elected
say about the city as a position in the city of
whole? Clarkston, the mayor, to a
These are just a few ceremonial head.”
questions being asked by The petition—published
Clarkston’s newly formed in April—calls for six
charter review committee, changes to Clarkston’s city
which held its first meeting charter: require the mayor
July 24. to appoint the city manager
According to Clarkston Clarkston’s newly formed charter review committee held its first meeting July 24, outlining its goals and intent through and conduct an evaluation
October and November. Photo by R. Scott Belzer process on an annual
city councilmen Dean
Moore and Mario Williams, basis; require the annual
the meeting was the first of budget to be reviewed and
of the city and acts as meeting on the issue in Those issues have to do submitted by the mayor;
many examining, discussing chief advisor to both the January, Terry requested with appointment power,
and recommending require a supermajority
mayor and council. This the formation a charter the ability to call special- of five votes to override a
changes to Clarkston’s city is considered a weak- review committee. In call sessions, appointing
charter. Williams said he veto; require the agenda
mayor form of government, July, the committee was judges, solicitors, public of city council meetings to
expects to hold at least two with the mayor—despite officially formed with defenders, the city manager
committee meetings per be set and approved by the
being a majority-elected Moore, Williams as well as and [placing items on] the mayor; require the mayor to
month. official—acting as a fellow former councilman Warren agenda.”
A city charter acts as a appoint committee chairs;
council member rather Hadlock, former mayor Williams said the goal is and require the mayor to
municipality’s constitution than a separate governing Emanuel Ransom and to recommend changes to
and defines its form of appoint city officers such as
entity. residents Brian Medford the charter as they relate to the city clerk, court clerk,
government as well as the In late 2016, Clarkston and Susan Hood as such issues by October and
role of the mayor, his or her city attorney, judge and
City Council voted to members. An additional November. Further issues solicitor.
relationship to city council, amend the city charter and member is expected to join will be analyzed over the
the city manager’s role, as “In each of these
eliminate Mayor Ted Terry’s the committee in August. course of another six to changes, the city council
well as how these officials unilateral ability to present “This is not just a charter seven months.
participate in governing. would be required to give
and amend a budget, call a review, we’ll be reviewing “We’re trying to find final approval of every
Clarkston, for example, special-call meeting without the relationship between common ground and what
is a council-manager decision,” the petition
support of two council the council, mayor and city finds a balance of power,” concludes. “This provides
government. Under this members and add items to manager,” Williams said. Williams said. “Mayor Terry
form of government, city a check and balance within
an agenda. “This is a very important feels the current charter the city of Clarkston’s
manager Keith Barker runs Following a three-hour relationship to review. is not equitable and some
the day-to-day business charter.”

Brookhaven improves public safety with gate-access transponders Lithonia homeowner shoots, kills wig-wearing intruder

Brookhaven has revised development has a different public safety access to Police say a Lithonia around 2:30 a.m. when
an existing ordinance to protocol for access, and developments, even if homeowner who killed he heard glass shattering.
require radio frequency unmanned entrances entry gates are unmanned. an intruder won’t face When he got up to check
access for all new gated become a real hindrance City officials said the city charges. on the noise, he saw
developments as well as for immediate response. will bear the expense of DeKalb County police a man wearing a wig
requiring retrofits to existing In a real emergency, a few retrofitting the existing gated Lt. Lonzy Robertson climbing through a broken
gated communities. extra minutes can be the developments. All new gated told news outlets the window.
The city will spend difference between life and developments constructed homeowner was within The homeowner told
approximately $41,000 on death.” after the effective date of the his legal right to shoot the the man he had a gun and
the gate access program. The change in the ordinance will be required to intruder when he entered to stop, but when the man
“In an emergency, ordinance updates the bear the cost of installation the home on the morning continued walking toward
first responders lose definitions and requirements as a condition of their of July 24. him, the homeowner fired
precious time entering related to the installation of building permit. Robertson said a shot. The homeowner’s
gated communities,” radio frequency identification There are currently 59 the homeowner was wife called police.
Brookhaven Police Chief and siren operating existing gated developments sleeping on a couch in The intruder died at the
Gary Yandura said. “Each sensor systems to allow located in Brookhaven. the basement of his home scene.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017 • Page 14

DeKalb County approved $70,000 for the solicitor general’s office to hire additional staff to handle blight prosecution.

County focused on eliminating blight
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN violations go to court. “The passage of the mid-
horace@dekalbchamp.com “We were getting more year budget marks the
cases so it is my goal to first time in DeKalb that
Ask and you shall make sure we had the county funds will be used to
receive. appropriate resources to demolish houses.”
Donna Coleman- address these issues. We Stribling said she’s
Stribling, a DeKalb County knew we needed more excited for what the future
native and the DeKalb resources to address them holds in addressing blight
County solicitor general, and this is going to be a in DeKalb County.  Stribling
said she asked CEO huge help,” Stribling said. said it’s important to
Michael Thurmond to “This will help us make educate the community
provide additional resources better, quality cases and and work with local law
to the solicitor general’s explain why people need to enforcement officers to
office to help prosecute be held accountable.” remedy blight in DeKalb.
code violations. Thurmond said “I’m seven months in [as
Stribling was granted addressing blight is one of solicitor general]. In seven
her request in the form of the main priorities of the months, I’ve seen all the
one additional attorney, a together.” currently has one full-time county. In the mid-year efforts and I’m excited about
part-time legal assistant and On July 11, DeKalb attorney to address blight budget, commissioners working with them and
approximately $28,000 for County Board of and code enforcement approved  $300,000 to what DeKalb County will
training. Commissioners approved violations. In one month board and abate vacant look like,” she said. “This
Stribbling said the Thurmond’s midyear the office receives as many buildings and  $160,000 to will improve all our efforts
additional help is a step in budget, which included $1.2 as 3,000 code violation demolish 10 to 12 blighted of making DeKalb a safer
the right direction. million to reduce blight in complaints, she said. houses. place. It’s not just about the
“I grew up here in DeKalb. The additional resources “We redirected existing money, it’s about making
DeKalb County and I want The funds also included and attorney will help make funds to fight blight,” said sure people are safe.”
to see it get back to what it $70,000 for the solicitor stronger cases when code Thurmond in a statement.
used to be,” Stribling said. general’s office to hire
“When the CEO walked in additional staff to handle
and said ‘blight [is] an issue’ blight prosecution and for
I think everyone recognized
it and now we’re starting
training on enforcement
efforts.
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to channel our resources Stribling said her office

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CITY OF DORAVILLLE, GEORGIA

Notice of Intent to Take Action to Increase
the Compensation of the Mayor and Council
members of the City of Doraville, Georgia.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Mayor and Council,
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Commissioner advocates for In need of a car?
Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Jaguar
Call Vincent:
Little Creek Farm improvements 678-665-4168
Special Financing Available
DeKalb County
Commissioner Steve 420-401488 8/3,8/10,8/17,8/24,8/31jb
NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER
Bradshaw will propose GEORGIA, DEKALB COUNTY
the allocation of $215,000 THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION
for improvements to Little OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Under and by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in a Security Deed
Creek Horse Farm. given by Edith B. White to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.
Bradshaw, who visited as nominee for Banc of California, National Association dba Banc Home
the farm earlier this year, Loans, its successors and assigns, dated February 13, 2015, recorded in
Deed Book 24793, Page 505, DeKalb County, Georgia Records, as last
will propose the allocation transferred to Banc of California, National Association by assignment to be
of the District 4 parks bond recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court of DeKalb County,
funding during the July 27 Georgia Records, conveying the after-described property to secure a Note
in the original principal amount of ONE HUNDRED NINETY THOUSAND
Board of Commissioners’ EIGHT HUNDRED SEVENTY-FOUR AND 0/100 DOLLARS
meeting. ($190,874.00), with interest thereon as set forth therein, there will be sold
Little Creek Horse at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash before the courthouse door
Farm, a 40-acre park of DeKalb County, Georgia, or at such place as may be lawfully
designated as an alternative, within the legal hours of sale on the first
located in Decatur that Tuesday in September, 2017, the following described property:
was refurbished in 2010 SEE EXHIBIT “A” ATTACHED HERETO AND MADE A PART HEREOF
with park bond funds, has The debt secured by said Security Deed has been and is hereby declared
due because of, among other possible events of default, failure to pay the
a 46-stall barn with an indebtedness as and when due and in the manner provided in the Note
indoor arena, wash stalls and Security Deed. The debt remaining in default, this sale will be made
and lounge. Experienced for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of this sale, as
provided in Security Deed and by law, including attorney's fees (notice of
trainers provide riding intent to collect attorney's fees having been given).
lessons at the farm to Said property will be sold subject to any outstanding ad valorem taxes
children and adults of all (including taxes which are a lien, but not yet due and payable), any
matters which might be disclosed by an accurate survey and inspection of
riding abilities. the property, any assessments, liens, encumbrances, zoning ordinances,
“Little Creek Horse Farm restrictions, covenants, and matters of record superior to the Security
is one of DeKalb County’s Deed first set out above.
Banc of California, National Association is the holder of the Security Deed
many jewels and has to the property in accordance with OCGA § 44-14-162.2.
the potential to become The entity that has full authority to negotiate, amend, and modify all terms
a premier international of the mortgage with the debtor is: Dovenmuehle Mortgage, Inc., 1
Corporate Drive, Suite 360, Lake Zurich, IL 60047 8006694268.
attraction,” Bradshaw To the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the party in
said. “It only makes sense possession of the property is Edith B. White or a tenant or tenants and
to provide the funds for Photo by Travis Hudgons said property is more commonly known as 4192 Pelham Circle, Lithonia,
improvements, that will Georgia 30038.
Additionally, a donor and community groups The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not
draw many more visitors. prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation
This allocation of resources will build a pavilion that such as the local Friends and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the security deed.
to Little Creek Horse Farm will greatly improve the of Park group to ensure Banc of California, National Association
will take care of much- viewing section for visitors, efficient and cost effective as Attorney in Fact for
Edith B. White
needed improvements Bradshaw said. management of these McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC
including parking accessible “In its role as steward of projects to benefit the 1544 Old Alabama Road
to persons with disabilities, the park, the Little Creek park and the community,” Roswell, Georgia 30076
www.foreclosurehotline.net
gutter and roof repairs as Farm Conservancy will Jane Donofrio, president EXHIBIT “A”
well as pasture and manure be working with the parks of Little Creek Farm ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND LYING AND BEING IN LAND
management.” department, volunteers Conservancy, said. LOT 79 OF THE 16TH DISTRICT, OF DEKLAB COUNTY, GEORGIA
AND BEING LOT 18, OF SOUTHCREST SUBDIVISION, AS PER PLAT
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 176, PAGE 20, DEKALB COUNTY,
GEORGIA RECORDS, WHICH PLAT IS INCORPORATED HEREIN
AND MADE A PART HEREOF BY THIS REFERENCE.
MR/sju 9/5/17
Our file no. ++5205417 - FT8 WHITE++

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Executive says integrity and service are good for business
BY KATHY MITCHELL “That company’s
culture is a great fit
FREELANCE REPORTER with who I am,” noted
Hurtsellers, the mother of
Happy employees, a five children who said she
thriving community and has a personal passion for
a healthy, sustainable issues concerning children
enterprise are all benefits in global poverty. She
of operating a company serves on the Southeast
that has passion for treating Board for UNICEF, the
people well, according to Carter Center’s Board of
Christine Hurtsellers, Counselors and for many
a top executive at Voya years been involved with
Investment Management. the Covenant House, a
Voya Investment facility that serves homeless
Management was named and at-risk youth.
among the 2017 World’s “I am proud that
Most Ethical Companies while running the firm’s
by the Ethisphere Institute, investment management
marking the fourth platform, I also can
consecutive year the lead my team to build a
company has received that stronger level of service
recognition. According to its in the Atlanta community,”
website, Ethisphere Institute Hurtsellers said. During
has “deep expertise in the Atlanta office’s annual
measuring and defining National Day of Service in
core ethics standards using May more than 400 local
data-driven insights that employees volunteered at
help companies enhance 18 locations around the city.  
corporate character and “At Voya service isn’t just
believe integrity and a once-a-year effort,” she
transparency impact the added. “Every employee
public trust and the bottom gets 40 hours of volunteer
line of any organization.” time each year to devote
Arizona-based to the service projects
Ethisphere’s World’s and charities of his or her
Most Ethical designation choice. Voya also has an
recognizes organizations ongoing relationship with
that “have had a material Girls Inc., mentoring young
impact on the way business women and training them
is conducted by fostering in financial literacy and
a culture of ethics and portfolio management, and
transparency at every with Christo Rey, a faith-
level of the company,” the based private high school
institute states. Voya was for underserved youth.
one of 124 companies Voya employs Christo Rey
worldwide to receive the students who are mentored
distinction this year. by Yoya staff. She added that a giving companies outperform don’t have to face those
“Doing the right thing “Our employees love culture is also a win-win for others in the long run. issues. That’s a wonderful
with regard to clients, this. They take real joy in the bottom line. “Companies “When a major ethics benefit, but we really do it
employees and the working alongside their that treat employees well slip becomes public at a because we are part of the
community is not just a colleagues to make a real in an atmosphere of trust company, customers and community. We care about
policy, it’s a passion,” difference in the community. and integrity retain quality employees lose faith in the doing the right thing; we
Hurtsellers said. “It’s not The generation currently in employees who are inclined company and that can hurt care about the community
just another box to check the workforce cares about to work hard and make the its profits in a major way. and we want to see it
off; it’s deeply rooted in our more than making a living business more profitable. Companies that do the right thrive,” Hurtsellers said.
culture.” Hurtsellers is CEO and building a career; they Statistics show that ethical thing every day, every time
of investment management care about serving their
at the New York-based community. Having a culture
company’s Atlanta branch, of service is very attractive
Voya’s second largest for potential and current Coming to Decatur and
office. With more than 600 employees. People want Stone Mountian
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She said service is offer comments. We read Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
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starting with chairman and that occurs over and over Osteoporosis risk assessment
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advocate of business that cares about people,” Aug. 21 Stone Mountain: Smokerise Baptist Church
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Dunwoody Principal Tom McFerrin with Dunwoody grad Ryan Seacrest. Photo submitted.

DUNWOODY PRINCIPAL ON HIS WAY OUT
Accepts move to coordinator position following 22 years in Dunwoody cluster
BY R. SCOTT BELZER website, CTAE coordinators able to impact not only McFerrin’s stint brought
plan and organize the the continued success more than 100 students
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com of the Dunwoody cluster to Dunwoody High School
district’s CTAE program
through technology, of schools, but all of the from private schools in the
Dunwoody principal professional development, schools in [the district].” area.
Tom McFerrin announced end of education McFerrin will report McFerrin states he will
July 27 he will soon move assessments and CTAE to CTAE director Delmas remain in his capacity as
to DeKalb County School certification for middle and Watkins at DCSD’s principal until a replacement
District’s (DCSD) central high school students. administrative offices, is named by DCSD. He said
office, bringing an end to his The district states who reports to Student parents of Dunwoody High
three years of leadership at the CTAE department Advancement Executive students will be able to have
the school. “integrates core academic Director Manomay input on his replacement
“My journey as a knowledge with technical Malathip, who reports to through an upcoming online
Dunwoody High School and occupational skills to deputy superintendent survey.
Wildcat began as a student, prepare students for post- Vasanne Tinsley. “I will forever cherish
then a teacher, a coach, an secondary education and According to board of the relationships I have
assistant principal, and now the workforce.” education member Stan built with the students, staff
as your principal,” McFerrin Dunwoody Principal Tom McFerrin has “With my teaching Jester, who represents and community over the
said in a letter to community accepted a position at DeKalb County experience and expertise Region 1 where Dunwoody years and I will continue
members. “Therefore, after School District’s central office. Photo High is located, McFerrin’s to be involved on some
submitted. in career education, this
working in the Dunwoody new role is an exceptional three-year span as principal level because ‘Once a
cluster for twenty-two years, opportunity that will broaden brought the school’s Wildcat, Always a Wildcat,’”
it is with a heavy heart that I my leadership experience College and Career McFerrin’s letter concludes.
inform my Dunwoody family he has accepted the role
in the district,” McFerrin’s Readiness Performance “Thank you for the support
about my departure as of career technical and
letter states. “I am excited Index (CCRPI) score up you have given me. I’ll be
principal of Dunwoody High agricultural education
about this new position, from 73 to 93. around, so stay in touch! Go
School.” (CTAE) coordinator.
and I am pleased to be Jester also said that Wildcats!”
McFerrin announced According to DCSD’s
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017• Page 19

Thompson leaves
Greenforest for Wheeler
BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com
After leading the
Greenforest boys’
basketball team to two
consecutive state title wins,
Coach Larry Thompson
has left the program to be
the new coach at Cobb
County’s Wheeler High
School.
Wheeler Principal
Peter Giles announced
via Twitter that the school
hired Thompson to be
the new coach of the
boys’ basketball program.
Thompson is replacing
legendary Wheeler coach
Doug Lipscomb, who Trinity Zackary won the 400-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle at the Georgia Age Group State Championships.
announced in June that

Youth swim team finishes
he was stepping from
basketball for “a little while.”
Thompson said his

fourth at summer league meet
decision to take the
Wheeler job was mostly
based on the pay raise that
comes with it. Coach Larry Thompson has left
“In all honesty, the Greenforest for Wheeler High School.
financial growth for my State Championships. to increase opportunities
Photo by Ty Freeman BY CARLA PARKER Trinity Zackary, 10, won for youth to be physically
family was the deciding
factor,” he said. carla@dekalbchamp.com the 400-meter freestyle active in an effort to prevent
tournaments across the and 100-meter freestyle. childhood obesity. Located
Thompson spent country. The Healthy Lifestyles
three seasons with the Zackary also placed third in south DeKalb County,
Thompson said he will Healthy Kids (HLHK) swim in the 200-meter Individual HLHK provides instructional
Greenforest Eagles miss the people and staff program is continuing to
program. He was an medley and 50-meter and competitive swimming,
the most at Greenforest. make a name for itself. backstroke. soccer and basketball
assistant coach when the “Being a really small The HLHK Sharks— the
Eagles lost in the Class Jayla Thompson placed experiences year-round for
school, the relationship I organization’s summer second in the 100-meter youth ages 4-18.
A-Private title game in built with everyone was league swim team—finished
2015. He was named butterfly and 200-meter The program also
genuine,” he said. “I got fourth in the Atlanta Swim butterfly, and finished third teaches children and
the head coach after that to know them and even Association (ASA) Summer
season, and the Eagles in the 50-meter freestyle parents to eat healthfully.
some of their families–; League finals July 1 at and 50-meter butterfly. King said he tries to reach
won two consecutive state definitely going to miss that. Georgia Tech’s McAuley
championships under his Other SEALs swimmers the children and get them
My time at Greenforest Aquatic Center. The team who qualified for the state active at an early age.
leadership. was like a story book. earned 940.5 points during
Greenforest defeated championships were The swim team is led by
Perfect situation for a new the meet, which was fourth 11-year-olds Kala Berry coaches Jabari King—
Southwest Atlanta Christian head coach. Great school, best out of 108 teams.
in the Class A-Private title and Zahir Harrison, founder and executive
administration, staff and Shortly after the 10-year-olds Spectacular director—and Brandon
game in March. The Eagles kids. Perfect place to start ASA Championships,
also gained further national King and Nasir Harrison Little, both of whom
my coaching career. I was the HLHK SEALs won and 8-year-old Pilar King. are former competitive
attention under Thompson; truly lucky and blessed to several medals at the
participating in basketball HLHK, is a nonprofit swimmers.
work at that place.” 2017 Georgia Age Group organization that works

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Brookhaven demolished Skyland building for future park
BY CARLA PARKER courts—the first sand
carla@dekalbchamp.com volleyball courts located in
a Brookhaven park—two
A new park is coming to picnic shelters, two dog
Brookhaven. parks, a new restroom
The city, led by Mayor facility and a large open
John Ernst, began the space field.
demolition process of the Two shade structures
Skyland Center on Skyland device made of material that
Drive July 24 to make way will incorporate solar panels
for Skyland Park. will allow park visitors to
Ernst, controlling an charge electronic devices.
excavator, was the first to There also will be
take part in ripping down the designated parking spaces
Skyland Center, a former for electric cars with an
school and former location electric charging station—
of the Georgia Vital Records another first for a park in
Office. the city. There will be a
Demolition of the building playground area located
comes one year after underneath a canopy of
Brookhaven and the DeKalb trees that will be preserved
County School District during construction.
reached an agreement in The first phase of
which the district would demolition begins with
purchase the existing Photo by Carla Parker
the removal of asbestos
Skyland Park, located next materials from the property,
to the Skyland Center, for purchased the building from a win-win for everyone gets the land right next to which will take up to two
the purpose of building the state and transferred the involved,” Ernst said. the school for a brand-new weeks to complete before
a new school to relieve property to Brookhaven to “DeKalb Schools gets the park.” the rest of the building can
overcrowding. build a new Skyland Park. park land for the new John The four-acre park, a be demolished.
As part of the “After extensive Lewis Elementary School, $3,057,740 project, will
agreement, the district negotiation, we reached and the city of Brookhaven feature two sand volleyball

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