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Free Press TM FREE Friday, March 16, 2007 Vol. 9, No. 50 A tearful Cheveckio
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Friday, March 16, 2007

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A tearful Cheveckio Wilson embraces teammate Jeremy Simmons after winning their first basketball state championship.
A tearful Cheveckio Wilson embraces
teammate Jeremy Simmons after
winning their first basketball state
championship. Photos by Raymond

It’s finally

Tucker’s turn

Photos by Raymond Hagans. It’s finally Tucker’s turn by Matt Amato It was a beautiful Kodak
Photos by Raymond Hagans. It’s finally Tucker’s turn by Matt Amato It was a beautiful Kodak
Photos by Raymond Hagans. It’s finally Tucker’s turn by Matt Amato It was a beautiful Kodak

by Matt Amato

It was a beautiful Kodak moment Friday night at the Gwinnett Center:

Tucker coach James Hartry, weep- ing onto the shoulder of a surprised but obliging player. His hand still

clamped the white towel that mopped an increasingly agitated brow during

the nervy moments of the Tigers’ first basketball state championship since


All around, the courtside delirium seemed oddly contrasting; Hartry

wasn’t quite ready for the maddened commotion, of which he was entitled to. Instead, the tears flowed like wine would for such an occasion. Last year’s Class AAAA champion,

See Tucker on Page 4A

Pine Lake plans ‘new town’

See Tucker on Page 4A Pine Lake plans ‘new town’ Mike Tarnower, in charge of Pine

Mike Tarnower, in charge of Pine Lake’s downtown development, looks down Rockbridge Road to survey Pine Lake Development. The city is planning major developments for its future. Photo by Brian Egeston.

by Brian Egeston

When DeKalb citizens think of Pine Lake,

a few thoughts come to mind. For some,

the city is a small strip on Rockbridge Road where it’s prudent to stay under the speed limit. For others, Pine Lake conjures up im- ages of how small towns used to be. In an ef-

fort to reach a happy medium of small town charm and metro area progression, Pine Lake residents are looking to create a new town. A tour of the residential Pine Lake is a journey through, what some call, a hidden

gem. Built in 197, the town features crafts- man and vernacular cottages surrounding a 12-acre lake filled with bass. Residents also enjoy swimming on a small beach on the lake along with other social events. The city of about 1,000 residents plans to develop a new civic and mixed-used activity center. Plans are also being made to develop an area that would be viable for high-density lofts and mixed-use spaces. The ambitious project is an attempt to lay a foundation for

a new downtown Pine Lake district. The

downtown area encompasses much of the Rockbridge area long regarded among driv- ers as a speed trap.

See Pine Lake on Page 4A

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Morehouse residents featured in CNN Grady’s Anatomy Ready for stardom are (standing from left) Luis M.

Ready for stardom are (standing from left) Luis M. Tumialán, Emory/ Grady neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta and Robin Lowman; and (seated from left) Nii-Daako Darko and Andrea Meinerz.

Residents from Emory University School of Medi- cine and Morehouse School of Medicine will be featured in an upcoming documentary that gives viewers a behind- the-scenes look at the lives of residents at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, both on and off duty. CNN: Special Investiga- tions Unit—Grady’s Anatomy, a documentary that follows the lives of three Emory resi- dents Robin Lowman, M.D., Andrea Meinerz, M.D., and Lou Tumialan, M.D., and Morehouse resident Nii-Daako Darko, M.D., will air on March 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., EDT. The television drama, Grey’s Anatomy, has raised awareness of residency train- ing and the dedication the

young doctors have to their patients. If viewers have been wondering, “do residents really do that?” their questions may be answered. This real-life depiction shows the residents in an inner-city hospital, taking care of patients with various degrees of serious illness and trauma while keeping it all together as they are faced with various degrees of sleep depri- vation. More than 900 residents from Emory and Morehouse rotate through Grady Memo- rial Hospital each year. The two schools assist the Fulton- DeKalb Hospital Authority and the Grady Health System in providing health care to resi- dents from Fulton and DeKalb counties in metro Atlanta and, increasingly, throughout Geor- gia. For the medical schools,

Grady also serves as a resource for training the next generation of physicians and improving the health of all Georgians. One of every four physicians in Georgia has received all or some of his or her training at Grady. “Viewers of this ‘real vs. reel’ program will have a first hand look at how excellent doctors are made,” said Thom- as J. Lawley, M.D., dean of Emory University School of Medicine. CNN videographers and producers spent three weeks following the residents, day and night, on and off duty. They were filmed doing sur- geries, consulting with their attending physicians, caring for patients and dealing with emergencies. Their personal lives are also exposed, show- ing what they do with what little time they have left for themselves. Each resident will be featured in cinema verité style. Meinerz, a first-year neu- rology resident, is spending the year on an internal medicine rotation. She is an outspoken mid-westerner with a dry sense of humor. Meinerz and her husband enjoy bird watching and hiking, and she is as com- fortable playing poker as she is singing opera. Her outgoing personality and bedside man- ner belie her youth. Darko is a first-year gen- eral surgery resident whose parents are immigrants from Ghana, but he was born in New York City and lived there until he was 10. His family later moved to Irvington, N.J., where they still reside. A first- year general surgery resident, Darko is followed during his 30-hour shift when he is rounding and assisting critical patients in the ER trauma unit. He is a dedicated surgeon, who works hard while on duty, and enjoys his time off relaxing at monthly dinners and evenings out with his fellow residents. Lowman is a self-pro- claimed ‘daddy’s girl’ from South Carolina. She grew up shadowing her father while

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Letter to the Editor

Dear DeKalb Citizens,

DeKalb jail. That is the simple math. Schools are a bargain. But it is not just about money. Schools are bridges to a good and productive life. Jails are too often a one-way road to tragedy. Voting YES on the one-cent sales tax for educa- tion will help with construction of new schools; with expan- sions, such as new classrooms, in other schools; and will make way for much needed repairs, reno- vations and improved tech- nology throughout DeKalb County. Existing schools, facilities and centers will be improved, and all of our children will benefit. On March 20, do what’s right for the school children of DeKalb. The children will thank you, and DeKalb will be a bet- ter and a safer place to live.

and DeKalb will be a bet- ter and a safer place to live. Sincerely, Thomas E.
and DeKalb will be a bet- ter and a safer place to live. Sincerely, Thomas E.

Sincerely, Thomas E. Brown Sheriff

For more information on the 1¢ Special Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST), visit

As a law enforcement of-

ficer in DeKalb County, I urge you to stand by our children on March 20 and vote YES to con- tinue the one-cent sales tax for our public schools. I strongly support continu- ation of the sales tax referendum because a YES vote on March 20 will be good for

education and also

good for public safety. As your sheriff, I agree that good schools are key to crime prevention and reduction. I see proof of that every sin- gle day in our streets, in our courts and in our jails. A child in school is a child who is not on the street or, worse, in jail. Education helps our chil- dren to stay out of trouble and become good citizens. Edu- cation prevents and reduces crime; and, yes, education saves money for the taxpay- ers. A 2005 Columbia Univer- sity study found that increas- ing the national high school completion rate for males by just one percent would save up to $1.4 billion per year in the cost of crime.It costs about $10,000 per year to keep one child in school.And it costs more than $19,710 per year to keep one inmate in the

costs more than $19,710 per year to keep one inmate in the Brown GET YOUR NEWS


the Brown GET YOUR NEWS ONLINE: Tucker Continued From Page 1 Columbia, undefeated by


Continued From Page 1

Columbia, undefeated by Georgian competition and an ardent battler to the very end, had finally succumbed, 56-51. “This is my third time here,” boomed the coach, addressing reporters through yet more tears. “We weren’t supposed to be here. But we were prepared.” The rankings redress the geographical aspect of Hartry’s comment (at No.2, Tucker meant the Gwinnett Center was an expected postseason venue), but he was certainly right on the other count. Columbia, ruthless in recent weeks, was widely tipped for a repeat. But Tucker smarted from three Eagles defeats this season. Columbia’s normal style – come out quick, build up an unassailable lead, then finish close it out – had instead been adapted by its rival. Manny Atkins (18 points) and Jeremy Sim-

mons (1 points) key, offensively, as Tucker raced into a 56-51 halftime lead. And the same

held true for most of the third. But, as expected, Columbia wouldn’t go down that easy. A 9-2 run cut Tucker’s lead to 52-51 with less than 20 seconds left. But a missed free throw failed to tie it up and Tucker raced down the court for a valuable layup. Columbia, still bullish, then came within inches of sending

it in overtime when a -point attempt cruelly

bounced out of the rim and into the safety of Ti- gers possession. Lance Storrs then sealed it with

a pair of foul shots from the ensuing foul. By then, the celebrations had started to erupt. After failing in the semifinals last year, a time it had been rated to take it all, critics’ words were now mute. Tucker, now in the position of under- dog, had finally delivered Hartry’s dream.

Pine Lake

Continued From Page 1

Mike Tarnower, executive director of Pine Lake’s Downtown Development Au- thority knows the challenges associated with the plans. “The area along Rockbridge road has been an eyesore and a problem dis- trict on a number of levels for a long time,” said Tarnower. “The city administration de- termined a while back that it was up to [resi- dents] to try and make some good happen because a lot of it’s raw land.” Several businesses have attempted to lay anchor in the highly visible portion of Pine Lake, which runs along Rockbridge Road. Most notable is perhaps the Pine Lake Vil- lage center, where a few businesses have had the shelf life of yogurt. The Kingfisher Café is currently serving a tour of duty at the an- chor spot. Tarnower said the town wants to have a

comprehensive storm water and green de- velopment program. The first high-density mixed-used development has been approved and is expected to encompass a 60-residen- tial unit and approximately 12 commercial units. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2007, according to Tarnower. Tarnower said the city has annexed 25 acres of raw land within the last year and hopes to add another 15 acres. “Everybody [in Pine Lake] is gonna have the opportunity to take advantage of what we hope is raising real estate value,” Tarnower noted. “Our goal is to make this an arts and entertainment dis- trict. [Ideally] we would be bigger than Vir- ginia Highlands and smaller than Decatur.” For more information, visit


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Guest Editorials


Dunwoody move ‘overzealous,’ will cause tax hike

by Vernon Jones CEO Dekalb County

The effort by Sen. Dan Weber to

create the city of Dunwoody is certainly not in the best interest of the citizens and taxpayers of DeKalb County. For some reason, the senator has become overzealous in his quest to raise taxes and add more layers of government. The costs of operating a City of Dunwoody will surely cause a tax increase for all citizens. As a Repub- lican senator, Weber makes actions that fly in face of true conservatism. The fact that the senator has chosen to secede from the county

is part of an unholy alli-

ance that will sacrifice the great County of DeKalb that allows him and others to build a wall separating our community. Studies by both the University of Georgia’s Carl Vincent Institute and the Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy indicate there are no economic or service delivery rea- sons to create a City of Dunwoody. Sen. Weber’s legislative efforts to create the city of Dunwoody have stumbled from his original intent to control the school system (wrong) to a laundry list of exemptions that will put a tremendous burden on the business community to fund his instant city. Let’s look at some facts. The cre- ation of a new City of Dunwoody would not provide control over the school sys- tem. The county is spending tens of mil- lions of taxpayer’s dollars to fund parks, sidewalks, road improvement, police and fire and rescue, libraries and other efforts to improve the quality of life for the citizens in Dunwoody. For example, DeKalb County pur- chased from the state of Georgia the Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run for $5 million. Since then, the county has invested more than $2 million into the Children’s Adventure Playground and Skate Park. In 2005, the citizens of DeKalb approved a bond referendum that appropriated an additional $11 mil- lion for development and improvements of this park. What’s insulting to the taxpayers of DeKalb is that Sen.Weber wants to mandate that DeKalb County sell to Dunwoody this $18 million investment for $5,000 dollars. Sen. Weber uses the rallying cry of diversion that there is no local control by the citizens of Dunwoody. That is emphatically untrue. Unlike Fulton, in DeKalb County, only the elected com- missioner that represents Dunwoody would be able to move on zoning and land use issues affecting that area. This is the reason that Ashford-Dunwoody Road looks unique to Roswell Road. The people of Dunwoody are also being misled about how zoning will work under the new proposed city. The current status of zoning under DeKalb

will be grandfathered in under the new city of Dunwoody. Therefore, those who are supporting the new cityhood based on zoning reasons will be disappointed because nothing will change. The idea that incorporating the city of Dunwoody would cut cost for DeKalb County is misleading. DeKalb County would be required by law to still provide services from the courts, public health, solicitor, district attorney, sher- iff and jail. The City of Dun- woody would be contracting with the county for services it currently provides such as wa- tershed management and sani- tation. However Dunwoody residents would receive a cut in services i.e. trash pick-up would go from twice a week to once a week. Not to men- tion, Dunwoody residents having to deal with another layer of government. The business community is strongly opposed to creating a City of Dun- woody. The Perimeter CID is pros- perous due to an infusion of dollars invested by the county. According to the Georgia State study, only 20 percent of the retail market from the CID is made up of Dunwoody citizens and 80 percent of the retail market comes from outside the Perimeter Area. Thus, Stone Mountain, Lithonia, Decatur, Chamblee, Doraville and south DeKalb are subsi- dizing Dunwoody. This cityhood effort intends to un- fairly shift the cost of government to the business community. They intend to do this while keeping HOST at a maximum. This shift will cause not only higher taxes but also higher prices as the business community passes its increased cost to consumers. Lastly, there is an issue of fairness. The Dunwoody cityhood effort is cherry picking what some consider the best parts of DeKalb County. Under Sen. Weber’s bill 6 percent of the population is taking 14 percent of the tax digest. This is morally wrong and ethically questionable. The county’s dual AAA bond credit rating is a true testimony to the fiscal ef- ficiency of DeKalb’s government. There is no way that the City of Dunwoody will come close to achieving this high rating. The county’s credit rating will be jeopardized by the creation of a city of Dunwoody because it would call for tax increase both in unincorporated DeKalb as well as within the City of Dunwoody. The effort to create a City of Dun- woody is not in the best interest of the citizens of DeKalb, Dunwoody nor the state of Georgia. It sends the wrong mes- sage, to the wrong people, at the wrong time. We should move to continue to make DeKalb County the wonderful place that it is without the intervention of political elitists and those who would destroy DeKalb for their own purpose. A word of advice: Ask your neigh- bors in Sandy Springs what they think about their new tax bill and zoning issues.

what they think about their new tax bill and zoning issues. Jones Stop using scare tactics;


Stop using scare tactics; give us the fact

by Mike Jacobs Georgia Representative Dist. 80

It’s a shame that some of our elected officials use scare tactics in an

effort to win us over to their position. Such is the case with the recent declaration by DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones and his administration regarding the impact a new City of Dunwoody would have on the rest of unincorporated DeKalb County. They claim DeKalb County will lose $15 million in tax revenue if Dunwoody becomes a city. They also claim the loss of tax revenue will force the county to raise the

millage rate by approxi-

mately one mill, thus raising property taxes, on residents of unincorporated DeKalb. Color me skeptical. The more likely scenario is that the specter of a property tax increase is being used to scare residents of unincor- porated DeKalb into opposing the incorporation of Dunwoody. It’s also probable that the CEO wants to use Dunwoody’s cityhood as an excuse to raise your property taxes, even if such an increase is unnecessary. When it comes to Dunwoody’s push for cityhood, I don’t have a dog in the fight. However, as a mat- ter of principle, I support the right of local residents to choose the local government that best suits them. My legislative district includes North Brookhaven, Brookhaven and Toco Hills, all of which, at least for the time being, is unincorporated. Thus, any scare tactics directed at residents of unincorporated DeKalb greatly concern my constituents and me. I invite the CEO and his admin- istration to prove their claim. Tell us specifically what revenues will be lost and who would have paid these revenues.

But that information doesn’t give us the whole story. You can’t know the net amount of any loss without knowing how much money will be saved and what other sources of rev- enue will be generated. Thus, it’s im- portant to know how much DeKalb County will save when it no longer has to provide services such as law enforcement, roads and drainage in Dunwoody, and it’s important to know what amounts DeKalb plans to charge when it provides services such as fire and 911 in the City of Dun- woody. Give us the whole story, including line-by- line estimates of the spe- cific losses DeKalb County would incur and gains DeKalb would receive if Dunwoody incorporates. The City of Dunwoody is not a new issue. It has been on the table for more than a year, which means the CEO has had more than a year to gather this information. Without full information, we can only assume that Dunwoody will be used as another excuse to raise the tax burden to finance DeKalb’s insa- tiable appetite for new spending. The DeKalb County budget has grown from $96 million in 2000 to a pro- posed $625 million in 2007, which far outpaces the rate of DeKalb’s population growth during that same period. In fact, this week the CEO announced that he is increasing the amount of spending in his 2007 proposed budget by (surprise!) $15 million. Keep in mind that even if Dun- woody becomes a city, the HOST sales tax collected in Dunwoody will continue to be used to reduce proper- ty taxes countywide. It appears there is no need for a tax increase, whether or not Dunwoody incorporates. Stop with the scare tactics. Give us the facts.

no need for a tax increase, whether or not Dunwoody incorporates. Stop with the scare tactics.


no need for a tax increase, whether or not Dunwoody incorporates. Stop with the scare tactics.

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e 6 A THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007 James Hartry – Champion of

James Hartry Champion of the Week

The tears on Tucker coach James Hartry’s face said it all. The Tigers, despite not being given a prayer at the start of the year, were Class AAAA state champions. All season long Hartry’s players relied on his optimism, support and love. At no time was the coach’s faith tested more than in last year’s semi-

final loss in the same competition. Some media criticized the basketball program for not living up to its po- tential – charges which upset many within the Tucker community. But this year, the doubters were proved wrong. Tucker graduated four starters from last year among eight seniors, seemingly reducing the likeli-

hood of a first state championship in 11 years. Anyone watching Tucker during the playoffs, however, would agree that the Tigers showed incred- ible spirit. And what better way to win it all than against rival Columbia, considered one of the nation’s top high school teams.

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Gore’s Oscar win: springboard to White House?

by Donald Kaul

This late-breaking news just in: It seems that Al Gore did not–I repeat NOT–win an Oscar for his global-warming film, An Inconvenient Truth. Supreme Court Justice An- tonin Scalia, who ruled that the vote from Pasadena had not been properly counted, overturned the decision of the Motion Picture Academy on ap- peal. Scalia instead awarded the prize for best documentary to

agent, he or she would be shot on the spot. This would make for a

lot shorter, more entertaining show.

I guess the other thing

wrong with the Oscars is that movies aren’t as good as they used to be. The Oscar- nominated films this year

were all pretty good, but not

a patch on the movies of my

youth–Birth of a Nation, for example. One need look no further that the accep- tance speech of one of the winners, Michael Arndt the screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine, to see what the problem is. He said:

“When I was a kid my family drove 500 miles in a van with a broken clutch. It ended up being one of the fun- nest things we did together.” Funnest? Movies today

are not only being written for 12-year-olds, but by them.

are not only being written for 12-year-olds, but by them. Vice President Dick Cheney for his

Vice President Dick Cheney for his autobiographical video, Is Peace Necessary? Mr. Cheney accepted his Oscar at an undisclosed under- ground location, where he held up the statue and said: “I’d like to hit Nancy Pelosi over the head with this.” Other than that, the Oscars went pretty much according to plan, with few surprises. Ellen DeGeneres was a winning host and she tried her best to keep things moving but expecting the Oscars to run on time is like hoping an elephant will win the Kentucky Derby. It’s just not built for speed. I have an idea to shorten it by an hour or two, however. I would have the host issue a dis- claimer at the top of the show saying that it is understood that all winners thank their co-work- ers, the people who hired them and all the people who voted for them. It is further understood that they are grateful to wives, husbands, companions and chil- dren for believing in them when no one else did. They would be allowed to thank teachers and parents for helping them along the way but not anyone who got paid for his or her help. And if a winner thanked an


was just kidding, by the

way, about Gore and Scalia and Cheney. Gore’s film did actually win the Oscar. There was some specula- tion that he might use the occasion–and his newfound Hollywood-style celebrity–to announce that he’s running for president. You know, of the United States. But he didn’t. He made some jokes about the idea, but in the end, he denied he had any interest in the job. Of course he doesn’t. Like all defeated candidates for the presidency, he just walked away from it all with a shrug and a wave. Doesn’t ever want to do it again. Ha! Nev- er happens. One of the most persistence viruses known to man or woman is the presi- dential virus. It may not be fatal, but it’s terminal. Walter Mondale, about

a year after having been beaten by Ronald Reagan in the 1984 election, asked his friend George McGovern,

who had suffered a similar fate at the hands of Richard Nixon in 1972, how long be-

fore the defeat stops hurting. “I’ll let you know when it happens,” McGovern an- swered. Imagine then how it must

gnaw on Gore, who lost the 2000 election despite the fact he got more votes than George


Bush, an idiot. So there he stands, an

Academy Award in one hand, the other ready to accept a Nobel Peace Prize, while the Democratic candidates are fighting like kindergarten kids over who said what to whom. And you’re telling me he’s not thinking about running for

president? I’m not saying it’s a sure

thing, mind you, but it’s look- ing better every day.

Don Kaul is a two-time Pu- litzer Prize-losing Washington correspondent who, by his own account, is right more than he’s wrong. Email: dkaul1@ Distributed by

Don’t hang your hat on regulations anymore

Oh, swell. Now George


commissar to every agency in the federal government. In a new directive, Czar Bush says that each agency must henceforth create a

ered various agencies to protect us from drug companies, chemi- cal explosions, polluters and other corporate abusers. But now, by executive fiat, Bush & Company have installed politi- cal overseers to protect these corporations from having to comply with our protections. Last fall, millions of Americans–a majority of us–voted to reinstate the rule of law, to rein in a runaway, autocratic ex- ecutive. But, like some tinhorn potentate who simply rewrites rules to suit his own needs, Bush not only thinks he’s above the law–he thinks he is the law.

Of course, his corporate backers are thrilled. As one said, “Because of the executive order, regulations will be less onerous and more reasonable.” Hey, “more reasonable” for whom? Besides, Bonzo, regula- tions are supposed to be oner- ous! If they’re meek, the corpo- rate giants will just ignore them –and, of course, that’s exactly what the president has in mind.

Jim Hightower is the best- selling author of Thieves In High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country And It’s Time To Take It Back, on sale now from Viking Press. www.jimhight- Distributed by min-

is assigning a political

by min- is assigning a political regulatory policy office to be headed by a political

regulatory policy office to be headed by a political appoin-

tee chosen by

him. This

nanny is to make sure that agency scientists and regula- tors comply with Mr. Bush’s “priorities.” Of course, his preferred regulatory priority is not to have any regulations at all–-at least none that his corporate cronies find in any way objectionable. Could it be that this is just a reconstructed spoils system to deliver regulatory favors to Mr. Bush’s cor- porate backers? Oh, no, no, says the Bushite in charge of the new nanny brigade:

“This is a classic good-gov- ernment measure.” I spewed my drink right out of my

nose when I heard that one! These guys are to “good

government” what a coyote

is to good sheep manage- ment. We’re talking about our health, safety, clean air and other essentials. Over the years, Congress has empow-

ment. We’re talking about our health, safety, clean air and other essentials. Over the years, Congress


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THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007 Page 7A Hispanic group, Oglethorpe settle English-only lawsuit

Hispanic group, Oglethorpe settle English-only lawsuit

by Greg Bluestein

ATLANTA (AP) Oglethorpe University has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a Hispanic advocacy group that claimed the school discriminated against Latino workers by requiring its employees speak only English to supervisors and colleagues. The private university has agreed to pay more than $50,000 to settle claims filed by three Latino housekeepers in 2003 who claimed they were discriminated against because they couldn’t speak English. In the settlement, the university also agreed to “affirm” its nondiscrimination policy, and the government found that the school had no language preference. “The university firmly believes in maintaining a diverse campus and has never had a policy of mandatory English- language only,” said school spokeswoman Kelly Robinson. “Oglethorpe is pleased to agree to continue this policy and has added proactive policies to ensure that all members of its community continue to value this mission.” The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund applauded the school’s “commitment to a workplace that is free from discrimination” and warned that it is on the lookout for similar cases. “Employers should be aware that MALDEF will be vigilant in challenging any English-only policy” that could harm the Latino community, said Isaiah Delemar, an attorney for the group. School president Larry Schall, who was appointed head of the 1,000 student university after the lawsuit was filed, said former administrators had encouraged staffers to be able to speak English but that the school never had an official English-only requirement. “I’m a firm believer in civil rights of employees and the values of having employees of a diverse background,” Schall said in an interview last year. The lawsuit accused the school of requiring the housekeepers to learn English in 60 days or risk termination and to speak and understand some English to keep their positions.

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Lithonia resident receives Ovation Award from Wayne State University

When Wayne State Uni-

tus at Georgia State University where he served as director of the School of Art from 1983 to 1994. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Huntsville Mu- seum of Art in Ala- bama, Morehouse and Spelman Col- leges in Atlanta, the Studio Muse- um in Harlem, the LewAllen Contem- porary Gallery in Santa Fe, and the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, among many others. His art works are a part of several important collections across the country, including the African American Museum

versity’s College of Fine, Per- forming and Communication Arts in Detroit cel- ebrated its 30th an- nual Ovation Awards March 7, artist and Lithonia resident Larry Walker was among the recipi- ents. Outstanding alumni and long- time friends of Wayne State Univer- sity were recognized for their dedication

to the arts and com- munication, for achievements in their respective fields of endeavor or for service to the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. Walker is professor emeri-

and Communication Arts. Walker is professor emeri- Walker in Dallas, the Philadelphia Mu- seum of Art,


in Dallas, the Philadelphia Mu-

seum of Art, the Oakland Mu- seum of California, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and uni-

versity collections at Clark At- lanta University, Florida A &

M University, Lander College

and the University of the Pa- cific. Professor Walker earned his bachelor of science in art education at Wayne State Uni-

versity in 1958 and taught for a number of years in the Detroit public schools. He returned to Wayne to earn the master of art degree in drawing and paint- ing, graduating in 1963. In announcing the awards, Wayne State issued this state- ment: “In all aspects of his career, Larry Walker has gen- erosity and vision in support


the people who create it.”

and service to visual art and

MARTA Breeze Cards free before May 1

to visual art and MARTA Breeze Cards free before May 1 MARTA is in the fi

MARTA is in the fi- nal stage of converting to its new smart-card fare collection system (Breeze), and custom- ers are encouraged to get a free Breeze card now. MARTA will soon replace all tokens and TransCards with “smart cards,” making Breeze the only way to

pay. MARTA’s fares are not changing; however, beginning May 1, a $.50 cent charge will be added to the purchase of a Breeze ticket to cover the cost of the ticket. The ticket can be reused and reloaded for up to 90 days. Free Breeze cards will continue to be available until this summer when a one-time $5 charge per card will be added to the cards, which can be used for up to four years. The Breeze card is the best option for all customers, and MARTA is offering a number of ways to get one for free before the fee is added. Cards can be ordered online at www.breezecard. com or by picking up a form from an in-sta-

tion customer service representative or at any

MARTA RideStore. In addition, MARTA’s Breeze Bus is visiting various rail stations to distribute cards and pro- vide information on how to use all its convenient features. The card can be loaded with up to $100 in stored value, multiple trips or monthly, weekly and weekend passes. Customers can also reg- ister the card for balance protection so that the value on the card can be recovered if it is ever lost or stolen. MARTA will phase out the sale of tokens and TransCards in RideStores over the next few months. Tokens will continue to be accepted at rail station vending machines and bus fare boxes for a limited time. Customers can also exchange tokens at MARTA RideStores for the equivalent number of trips on a Breeze Card. For more information on the Breeze program, visit or call 404-848-


of trips on a Breeze Card. For more information on the Breeze program, visit or

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Military Briefs

Chief boosts anti-gang unit, warns parents ‘we need your help’

Chief boosts anti-gang unit, warns parents ‘we need your help’

Ericka D. Gayle has been promoted in the U.S. Air Force under the Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) program to the rank of technical sergeant. The STEP program allows Air Force commanders and senior officers to promote a limited number of enlisted airmen ahead of their peers to the ranks of staff through master sergeants. Promoted individuals must have performed outstandingly under unique conditions or be recognized for exceptional services rendered in specific situations. Each promotion is warranted by clearly exceptional circumstances, considering the airman’s potential to perform and qualify him/her for service in the higher

grade. Gayle is a publishing manager supervisor assigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Cocoa Beach, Fla. She is the daughter of Eddie W. Franklin II of Holly Hall St., Houston, Texas, and Cynthia Perkins of McHale St., Beau- mont, Texas. Her husband, Orville, is the son of Ewart H. and Olive E. Gayle of Walnut Trace, Lithonia. In 1999, she graduated from Central Senior High School, Beaumont, Texas.

Army Capt. Brian M. Ducote has deployed to the Iraqi theater of operations to support the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The soldier is a member of the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, the “Black Lions”, 4th Infantry Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Divi- sion based at Fort Riley, Junction City, Kan. Ducote is a company commander with more than seven years of military service. The Black Lions, activated in 2006, are one of the Army’s newest modular infantry brigade combat teams. In preparation toward the Black Lions’ deployment to a combat environment, the battalion soldiers completed a demanding four-week collec- tive training density at Fort Irwin, Calif. He is the son of Richard J. and Terri M. Ducote of Woodrill Way, Atlanta. His wife, Gina, is the daughter of Wesley Y. and Karen T. Curlee of Bridlewood Place, Concord, N.C. The captain graduated in 1995 from the Marist School, At- lanta, and in 1999 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

Bolton. “The public has spo-

out at malls “have to change.” The 10 officers, who are being drawn from throughout the department, might be the beginning of an expanded ef- fort. CEO Vernon Jones rec- ommended in his 2007 budget to add six more officers to fight gangs. They would come from a pool of more than 50 new officers the CEO sought but the majority of the Board of Commissioners blocked with amendments. It’s all part of a $30 million impasse between Jones and some commissioners that will be negotiated in the coming weeks and months. “This is long term,” said Bolton on fighting gang activ- ity. “I would have liked to have had more officers from the bud- get, but we have no choice but to move now.” The chief acknowledged the shooter arrested in the earlier gang-related violence is His- panic, and that the department “really needs more Spanish- speaking, bilingual officers.”

by Andy Phelan

DeKalb Police Chief Ter- rell Bolton announced March

7, that he has his sights set on delinquent children and youth violence and reassigned 10 officers to beef up his department’s anti-gang unit. Framed around the arrest of two minors who were suspects in a gang- related shooting just two days ear- lier, Bolton said the

ken.” “Parents stay tuned,” he said. “If you have them out too

late, we’re going to put tickets in your pockets.” Children under 17 have a midnight curfew in Georgia. It’s all a part of Bolton’s “Operation Connect,” an effort to increase police presence at malls and in the community. After a recent shoot- ing in a Gallery at South DeKalb Mall parking lot, the chief

presence at malls and in the community. After a recent shoot- ing in a Gallery at

Air Force Airman Ashley D. Passmore has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical train- ing, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations. She is the daughter of Edward and Torrie Passmore of Wyn- brooke Parkway, Stone Mountain. Passmore is a 2005 graduate of Stephenson High School, Stone Mountain.

move would triple

the size of the task- force to 15 officers. Bolton, who was hired as chief in the waning days of 2006, was surprised at how few officers fight gang activity. He also made clear he would no longer tolerate wayward youths running amok through the county’s shopping malls. It’s one of the biggest prob- lems in the community, said


moved his mobile command unit in to set up shop there. “We are not going to have this here,” said Bolton. “Par- ents, know where your kids are at midnight and on the week- ends. If they’re acting out of order and creating problems for others, we’re going to have to help you raise them.” Bolton said parents who just drop off their children to hang

Air Force Airman 1st Class Ciara L. Wymbs has arrived for duty at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, N.C. Wymbs, a photographer helper, is assigned to the 4th Com- munication squadron. She is the daughter of Ernest C. Barnes of Brightstar Road, Douglasville, and LaVerne E. Wymbs of Wesley Club Drive, Decatur. The airman is a 2006 graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School, Decatur.

is a 2006 graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School, Decatur. Jeremy G. Coates has been commissioned

Jeremy G. Coates has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University, La. The new officer will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve. The lieutenant also will attend the officer basic course relating to his or her particular military occupational

specialty/job. The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help them succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators, who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing en- vironments. As trained problem-solvers, key influencers and planners, they are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission. Coates is the son of Marcus Pope of Mount Vista Road, Stone Mountain, and Martha Coates of Lithonia. In 1999, the lieutenant graduated from Stone Mountain High School.


As part of the revitalization of the Candler Road / Glenwood Road area, DeKalb County intends to exchange County owned property located at 1816 Candler Road, tax parcel identification number 15-170-13-030 (less and except certain property of approximately 2,178 square feet and an accompanying permanent ingress and egress easement), for property located at 2842 H.F. Shepherd Drive, tax parcel identification number 15-120-06-008. The 2842 H.F. Shepherd Drive property is of equal or greater value than the 1816 Candler Road property owned by DeKalb County.

After the exchange DeKalb County intends to use the 2842 H.F. Shepherd Drive property in its governmental functions. This exchange of property is intended to be a catalyst for private sector redevelopment in the Candler Road / Glenwood Road area.

If there are comments or questions, please submit them in writing to the following:

DeKalb County Community Development Department Attention: Allen Mitchell, Assistant Director 1807 Candler Road Decatur, GA 30032




Around Ellenwood Congressman David Scott announces Town Hall Meeting in Ellenwood DEKALB Congressman David Scott
Congressman David Scott announces
Town Hall Meeting in Ellenwood
Congressman David Scott (D-GA) will
host a Town Hall Meeting in Ellenwood on
Saturday, March 31, to hear directly from
constituents of Georgia’s 13th Congressional
District. Residents from throughout the district
are invited to attend the meeting at Cedar
Grove High School.
Stone Mountain
Scott said that during the Town Hall Meet-
ing, he looks forward to listening to concerns
on national issues such as the economy, healthcare, education,
national security and the war in Iraq. Congressman Scott will also
share how he has been working in Congress to make progress on
these and other important issues.
Stone Mountain Church to present Lenten drama
Corpus Christi Catholic Church recently announced that the commu-
nity is invited to its fifth annual Lenten play, Embrace the Cross, written
by Georgia resident and playwright Dr. James N. Golden. Embrace
den. Embrace
takes the audience to the cross of Cavalry through mu-
sic and personal stories of people whose lives were
changed on the first Good Friday. Embrace the Cross
will be performed Friday, March 30, at 7:45 p.m. in the
sanctuary of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 600 Moun-
tain View Drive, Stone Mountain. Admission is free and
everyone is welcome. For more information, visit www.
TCA sponsors community meeting on public safety issues
TCA sponsors com
The Tucker Civic Association (TCA), in cooperation with DeKalb County
The Tucker Civi
State Court Judge
State Court Judge Johnny Panos, is sponsoring a community meeting on
public safety issue
public safety issues on Thursday, April 19, 7-9 p.m., at Rehoboth Baptist
Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker.
Church, 2997 Lawr
DeKalb County Chief of Police Terrell Bolton is scheduled to be one of
DeKalb Count
the featured speakers. Police department representatives will report on
the featured sp
crime statistics for the area, gang-related activity and code enforce-
crime statistic
ment issues. This meeting follows up on a community forum held Jan.
ment issues
9, which drew an audience of about 400 Tucker residents. For
9, whic
more information, visit the Tucker Civic Association Web site
at, or leave a message on the TCA
Message Line at 770-270-1620.
AJC Decatur Book Festival receives James Patterson
PageTurner Award
Realtors to hold annual fish fry
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) has
been honored with a 2006 Patterson PageTurner Award. DBF is one of
only two book festivals recognized in this year’s awards, created by best-
selling thriller and mystery writer James Patterson. The award includes
$5,000 to support the festival.
The annual Patterson PageTurner Awards give $500,000 to individuals
and organizations that find original and effective ways to “spread the ex-
citement of books and reading.” The legendary Tennessee Williams/New
Orleans Literary Festival was the only other book festival to win an award
this year.
“We’re honored to be one of only two book festivals recognized,” says
Daren Wang, executive director of DBF. “It’s a real thrill to share that honor
with the Tennessee Williams festival–which will hold its 21 st festival this
year–while we’re only in our second year.”
The inaugural festival, held over Labor Day weekend in 2006, drew more
than 50,000 people over three days. The second annual AJC Decatur Book
Festival will take place over Labor Day weekend of 2007, Aug. 31-Sept.
2, downtown Decatur.
For more information about the AJC Decatur Book Festival, visit www.
The DeKalb Association of REALTORS® (DAR) promises food,
fun and music at its 2007 Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, March 31,
fun and
from 3-6 p.m. at 1414 Montreal Road in Tucker. Cost of tickets
from 3-6
is $20 per person; small children are free.
is $20 per
The event is open to the public and will feature live music from
The even
Chicago Joe Jones and his Blues Band, winner of the 2006 Atlanta Blues
Challenge. The menu, served buffet style, includes fried fish, coleslaw, salad,
and a low country boil with shrimp, potatoes, veggies and sausage.
All proceeds benefit the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC),
which is committed to supporting candidates and issues that directly affect
private property rights and the real estate industry. For more information,
call Jenna C. Graber at (770) 493-6100.
Citizen Police Academy launched in Doraville
Women’s conference to be held at Salvation Army Temple
How To Be a Sister Keeper/“Strength for the Struggling,” a conference
designed for women in ministry and needing to be strengthened or encour-
aged will be held at the Salvation Army Temple, 2090 North Druid Hills,
Atlanta, on Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
All women are invited to attend. The conference is free, however, tickets
are needed for admission. Tickets are available at the following bookstores:
ABC Christian in Decatur, Berean’s Christian, Called to Conquer at Stonecrest
Mall, Family Christian in Duluth and Austelle, Life Way in Alpharetta, Jabez
Christian in East Point, Sweet Spirit both locations in Marietta.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 404-289-9165
or 404-775-1156.
In an effort to educate citizens on the day-to-day functions of the police
department, increase two-way communication and create an environment
of mutual trust and respect between the police department and community,
Doraville Police Chief John King has announced the formation of the Citizen
Police Academy.
The 10-week course is open to anyone 18 or older who is in a good
standing in the community and either resides or works in the city of Doraville.
Topics covered in the course include accident and criminal investigation, crime
prevention, crisis negotiation, emergency response, firearms, K-9 units, 911
communications, street gangs, certification, enforcement as well as Special
Weapons And Tactics (SWAT). Members of the Doraville Police special op-
erations training group, Capt. Jamey Brown, Lt. Mark Hambrick and Sgt.
Brandi Rogers will conduct the classes.
For additional information, contact Doraville Police Department training
division at 770-455-1000.
Visit us online.

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Local travel agent launches career as space tourism ambassador

by Andy Phelan

Hurling into space at four times the speed of sound, 75 miles above the earth seems a

bit far-fetched unless you catch a ride with NASA astronauts leaving their pad from Cape Canaveral. Now thanks to the intrepid entrepreneur Richard Bran- son and his spin-off company

Virgin Galactic, space travel

for the masses might arrive

sooner than most could have

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Jennifer Campbell, one of only 45 accredited space travel agents on the planet, is selling vacations that are, well, out of this world.

which will allow tourists to experience the serene floating feeling of weightlessness. “It’s so exciting,” said Campbell, who hopes to catch a ride to space one day. “It’s just an honor to be a part of this pioneering experience.” While Virgin is drastically cutting the expense – the last civilian flight into space cost $20 million – tickets for the

tourists will

degree views

and be able to see 1,000 miles in every direction. Once in space, the engines will be turned off al- lowing tourists to experience the infinite silence. Oh, and there’s that thing called gravity that will disap- pear for just a few minutes,

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40, who lives in the Lake Claire district in DeKalb, is one of only 45

accredited “space

agents” on the planet. It’s a

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happen. Campbell,

“You take off like a

plane,” said Campbell. “The

spaceship is attached to the

mother ship that flies to 50,000

feet. Then, the spaceship is

released and a hybrid rocket

takes over, shooting you into space.” While the total flight time would be relatively brief, the whole adventure is a three-day experience. Flights will take off and land at a spaceport in California’s Mohave Desert.

Later, the company plans to open a permanent commer- cial site in New Mexico called “Spaceport America,” accord- ing to Galactic’s Web site. Campbell said up to six people would be able to ride at one time. Once you reach your destination in sub orbit,

dream trip start at $200,000. To date, about 500 people have traveled into space in the last 50 years, but Virgin expects to do that in less than three. Campbell said she hasn’t sold any trips yet, “but I’ve received a couple of nibbles.” Test flights begin later this year with the first trips ex- pected in late 2008. More than 200 people have already pur- chased their first-class space slots. Galactic will use the ground-breaking technology and engineering know-how of Burt Rutan, who created SpaceShipOne, the first pri- vately funded craft to reach space. In 2004, Rutan won the coveted Ansari X Prize by fly- ing SpaceShipOne into space twice within a two-week span. The vehicle tourists will ride into space on will be called SpaceShipTwo. Travel changed Campbell’s life, she said, helping her understand the world better. As trips into space become more routine and thousands see the planet for the first time from space, Campbell said she hopes people will begin to see how delicate life is on Earth and take better care of the planet. “As Mark Twain said, ‘travel is fatal to bigotry, nar- row mindedness and igno- rance.’” For more information, log onto Virgin Galactic’s Web site at www.virgingalactic. com or Virtuoso Travel at

DeKalb County youth celebrate life and legacy of Herman J. Russell

For the past 50 years, entrepreneur and civic leader Herman J. Russell, founder and chairman of

H.J. Russell and Company, has epitomized the mean- ing of entrepreneurship and success. From Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Interna- tional Airport to Centennial Olympic Park/Turner Field, City Hall, the Georgia Dome and the Georgia-Pa- cific headquarters, the work of Russell’s construction and real estate development company can be seen all

across the city of Atlanta and beyond. He has not only made an impact on the skyline of Atlanta, but also on the hearts and lives of many who call Atlanta their

home. On Thursday, March 15, a group of 30 young students in the

IMAGE (I Must Achieve the Goal to Excel) Pro- grams Inc., a non-profit after-school program, will host a play to celebrate Russell’s life. The play, Honoring the Life and Legacy of HJ Russell, will take place at Sammye E. Coan Middle School start- ing at 6:30 p.m. The production con- sists of four scenes that chronicle Russell’s life from childhood to present day. Scene one focuses on Russell’s early life, including the purchase of his first parcel of land at age 16 on

the purchase of his first parcel of land at age 16 on Russell which he built


which he built a duplex. Scene two covers the 1950s and 1960s, includ- ing his graduation from Tuskegee University and his marriage to Otelia Hackney. The third scene looks at his life during the 1970s and what was going on in the world during that time. The final scene focuses on his three children and the continuation of his legacy. “My father and our entire family are honored that the staff, students and volunteers at IMAGE Programs Inc. have dedicated their annual play to the life and legacy of my father,” said Donata Russell Major, vice chair of Concessions International, LLC (a company owned by Herman Russell) and board member of IMAGE. “So often we wait until our legends and loved ones are gone to let them how

much they mean to us. This tribute is a great way to say thank you and have an opportunity for my father to say you’re welcome in return.” IMAGE Programs Inc. is a non- profit organization that focuses on community building, education and social development for members of the Edgewood Court Community. It is a multifaceted, structured, out-of- school-time program, that provides opportunities for children ages 6-12 to improve their academic outcomes, engage in cultural, recreational and youth leadership development activi- ties that increase their life outcomes. The play is free and open to the pub- lic. For more information about IM- AGE, contact Maurice Shaffer at or visit online at


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THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007 Page 11A Almost 3.4 million boxes of Girl

Almost 3.4 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies arrived recently to the area.

Volunteers unload trucks filled with Girl Scout Cookies

Those who have been eagerly awaiting Girl Scout Cookies should be delighted to learn that close to 3.4 million boxes of them have arrived in the metro Atlanta and north Georgia areas. Cookies are on their way to customers who put in orders during the past few weeks. Those who did not pre-order cookies from a Girl Scout can get them through booth sales, which are now under way. Prospective buyers can look for Girl Scout Cookie booth sales outside of local busi- nesses, places of worship: in malls and near res- taurants. See the Girl Scouts’ Web site and search the brand new booth sale locator for a listing of booth sales. Troops from the Girl Scout Council of North- west Georgia’s 20-county service area, which in- cludes DeKalb County, will continue selling Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-si-Dos, Tagalongs,

Café Cookies, All Abouts and the new sugar-free Little Brownies. Each cookie variety sells for $3.50 per box. The Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is the pre- mier financial literacy program for girls and young women in the U.S. Selling Girl Scout Cookies helps girls gain real-life skills such as money management, decision-making and goal setting. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie sale program will fund troop projects, educational trips, the creation and implementation of girl programs, the purchase of equipment and the development and maintenance of the council’s five camps. The Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia Inc., is the sixth largest of more than 300 Girl Scout councils in the United States. For more information, call (404) 527-7500 or visit www.

Civil War to civil rights, South works to honor past with names

by Giovanna Dell’Orto

ATLANTA (AP) Crisscrossing suburban Atlanta’s Clayton Coun- ty, the self-proclaimed home of Gone with the Wind, is a thorough- fare named Tara Boulevard, after the imaginary plantation home of the Civil War novel’s heroine. It’s an image that plays well with the genteel evocation of “old Southern charm” that marks the area’s tourism ef- forts, but it doesn’t sit well with many residents as the county’s population shift- ed from mostly White to predominantly Black over the past couple decades. Since the death of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks in 2005, some have pushed the county to change Tara Boulevard’s name to pay homage to Parks. A compro- mise is in the works–state Rep. Darryl Jordan, who represents part of Clayton County, is proposing naming a nearby highway after Parks instead.

“What better way to honor someone than to give them a name?” said Robert Hartley, a local businessman who’s led the effort. Both the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement are an


the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement are an Parks See Tara Blvd. on

See Tara Blvd. on Page 14A

Congressman Johnson urges end to war in Uganda

Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) recently co-authored and introduced H.Con.

Res 80, a resolution urging warring parties in northern Uganda to commit to a political resolution of the brutal conflict. This action was in re- sponse to warnings that both the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and Ugandan military forces have begun prepara- tions for a return to full combat after the ceasefire expired on Feb. 28. Last year, the historic peace talks launched in Juba, Southern Sudan, produced a “Ces- sation of Hostilities” signed by both


most significant sign of progress. In two decades of violence between the criminal LRA and the government of Uganda, hundreds of thousands of

innocent civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of children have been abducted, forced into combat and subjected to torture and sex- ual violence. Former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland has called the crisis in northern Uganda “the biggest forgotten, neglected humanitar- ian emergency in the world today.”

See Johnson on Page 14A

ian emergency in the world today.” See Johnson on Page 14A Johnson At the time, it


At the time, it was hailed as the

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The City of Chamblee will hold Public Hearings at the Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street for the following:

Planned Unit Development – Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.: 3519 and 3525 Broad Street, 5520 Peachtree Road and 2161 Irvindale (4.79 acres, tax parcels 18-309-11-070, 18-309-11-071, 18-309-11-005, 18-309-11-75, 18-309-11-77 and 18-309-11-78) – Chuck Schmandt is requesting approval for a Planned Unit Development. Zoning Map Amendment – Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.:

The Mayor and City Council have initiated an amendment to the City Zoning Map to change the zoning classification from Neighborhood Residential (NR-1) to Neighborhood Residential (NR-2) for all properties within the W.W. Mendenhall Subdivision, platted 1930, fronting on Harts Mill Road, Spring Street, Mendenhall Street and School Street. Called Meeting – Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.:

The City Council will hold a called meeting on the application to re-zone property at 5070 and 5126 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. (currently Great Gatsby and Besser Company) for a Planned Unit Development. Action on this item was tabled for 30 days at the February Council Meeting

Detailed information is on file at City Hall, 5468 Peachtree Road or call 770-986-5013. For updates, check the City website


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Expert: Even ‘social drinkers’ need to exercise caution

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a behavioral health expert is warning that binge drinkers aren’t the only ones who risk

warning that binge drinkers aren’t the only ones who risk their health and safety during an

their health and safety during an evening at the bar; so-called “social drinkers” may also face peril. DeKalb Medical Cen- ter Director of Behavioral Health Services Paul Olan- der said people who perceive themselves as merely social drinkers may seriously under- estimate their potential impair- ment and may have greater physiological adjustments to alcohol consumption. “I don’t advocate complete abstinence, and I don’t believe drinking alcohol is inher- ently bad, however I do realize people who perceive them- selves as social drinkers still face impairment and may do something they would not or- dinarily do because of lowered inhibitions. The social drinkers still have to live with the con- sequences,” said Olander. Olander noted that just a few drinks can lead to seri- ous impairment of a person’s motor skills. For example, an adult male weighing 180 pounds would have a blood alcohol content of .02 percent after consuming a 12-ounce beer, and would have a BAC of .06 percent after consuming four beers. An adult female weighing 100 pounds would have a blood alcohol content of .04 percent after consuming

a 12-ounce beer, and would have a BAC of .11 percent after consuming four beers. In the United States, a person is considered legally impaired

when he or she reaches a BAC of .08. Olander noted that people who consume only “one or two drinks” may seriously under-

estimate their impairment, and may falsely assume their motor skills are still intact. “Just a few drinks could impact your ability to operate

a motor vehicle. In fact, you may be lulled into a false sense of security because you’ve ‘only’ consumed a few beers,” said Olander.

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The Champion Weather
March 15, 2007
Seven Day Forecast
In-Depth Local Forecast
Today's Regional Map
Weather History
T-storms Likely
High: 70 Low: 56
Today we will see mostly cloudy skies with a
60% chance of showers and thunderstorms,
high temperature of 70º, humidity of 56%
and an overnight low of 56º. The record high
temperature for today is 81º set in 1946. The
record low is 20º set in 1993.
Scat'd T-storms
High: 65 Low: 47
*Last Week’s Almanac
March 15, 1988 - More than one
hundred hours of continuous snow
finally came to an end at
Marquette, Mich., during which
time the city was buried under 43
inches of snow. Unseasonably cold
weather prevailed in the southeast-
ern U.S., with forty-one cities
reporting record lows for the date.
Partly Cloudy
High: 64 Low: 40
College Park
Union City
Mostly Sunny
High: 61 Low: 43
Average temp
Normal rainfall
.1.26" Average normal 52.6
March 16, 1989 - A winter
storm brought heavy snow and
high winds to the southwestern
United States. Winds gusted to
60 mph at Lovelock, Nev., Salt
Lake City and Fort Carson,
Colo. Snow fell at a rate of
three inches per hour in the
Lake Tahoe area of Nevada.
Partly Cloudy
High: 67 Low: 45
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport
Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Tonight's Planets
Partly Cloudy
High: 68 Low: 44
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Mostly Sunny
High: 65 Low: 42
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Local UV Index
National Weather Summary This Week
Weather Trivia
The Northeast will see scattered rain and snow today, partly cloudy to cloudy skies
with isolated rain Friday and Saturday, with the area’s highest temperature of 73º in
0 - 2
UV Index
0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate,
6-7: High, 8-10: Very High
11+: Extreme Exposure
Cahokia, Ill. The Southeast will see scattered showers and thunderstorms today and
Friday, partly cloudy skies with a few showers Saturday, with the area’s highest temperature of 84º
in Miami, Fla. The Northwest will see partly cloudy skies today through Saturday, with the area’s
highest temperature of 75º in Boise, Idaho. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through
Saturday, with the area’s highest temperature of 92º in Blythe, Calif.
What is the highest wind
speed ever recorded on the
surface of the Earth?
Washington, N.H., a gust of 231
mph was measured.
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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Young Moons
In 1999 I had the rare opportunity of viewing a nearly total sunrise solar eclipse from coastal Maine. I was scheduled to lead a group of observers to the Black
Sea to see this same event as a total eclipse, but the ongoing Balkans War caused most of my participants to bail. I really couldn’t blame them. There were defi-
nite security issues. I then hooked up with friends, Ben Walter and Sonja Sundaram, owners of Oceanside Meadows Inn on Maine’s Schoodic Peninsula and gave
a historical program on solar eclipses visible from Schoodic, as well as tips for safely viewing the upcoming August 11 event. In exchange, my wife and I received
several wonderful nights of lodging in their magnificent, oceanfront B&B. In determining the best site for local residents to view the August 11 eclipse, I chose Blueberry Hill
in Acadia National Park, and went out at dawn on the day before the event to verify that the site was a good one. On Blueberry Hill about 5 a.m., I saw the thinnest crescent
moon of my life, only 26 hours before its new phase. By no means an astronomical record, I was still ecstatic. More recently on February 18, I photographed the moon 30 hours
after its new phase. Now on Monday, March 19, we have the chance to see and photograph a moon with an even thinner crescent, only 21 hours after its new phase. The astro-
nomical conditions will be nearly perfect, and March often has exceptionally clear days. When the sun sets on March 19, the moon will be 11.3 degrees from the sun and 9.3
degrees above the western horizon. The Earth’s rotation will carry the moon towards its setting position 63 minutes after sundown, allowing the sky to become sufficiently dark
to see the thin crescent. Just make sure your western horizon is as perfect as it can be. Also, bring along your binoculars. Clear skies!
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Special Events

March 16-17. The Yvonne Johns Kidney Foundation, dedicated to eliminating suffering and death from kidney cancer through research, education and early detection for minorities, focusing on African Americans presents its first annual “Wings of Courage Weekend” events in Atlanta. This includes an educational symposium on kidney cancer at the Downtown Marriott Renais- sance Hotel on Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday there will be a 5k Walk/Run at Centen- nial Olympic Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a “Wings of Courage” Black Tie Dinner Dance at 7 p.m. For more information, call 404- 964-4719, ; 248-355-0829 or e-mail inquires may be sent to

March 20. Public Hearing - Zoning Map Amendment- at Chamblee Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. at 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee. The mayor and City Council have initiated an amendment to the city zoning map to change the zoning classification from Neighborhood Residential (NR- 1) to Neighborhood Residential (NR-2) for all properties within the W.W. Mendenhall Subdivision at , platted 1930, fronting on Harts Mill Road, Spring Street, Mendenhall Street and School Street. For more information, contact Becky Craven, CMC, City Clerk at (770) 986-5013, or

March 31. Easter Egg Hunt:

Chamblee Community Building at 3496 Keswick Park starting at 10 a.m. A free event for children ages 10 & younger. Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for candy and toy-filled eggs, have a great time. Find the prize egg for a special present to take home. Enjoy arts and crafts projects too. For more information, contact Jennifer Rackley, CPSI, CYSA, Recreation Coordinator at (770) 986-

Regular Meetings

Educating and Empowering through the Art of Floral De- sign. Toni McDaniel, owner of Floral Couture Inc., created the floral-art education program to educate the African-American community on the art of floral


March 15 – 22 Stone Mountain Park Lasershow Spectacular– Come relax on the lawn as
March 15 – 22
Stone Mountain Park
Lasershow Spectacular– Come relax on
the lawn as it’s transformed into a natural
amphitheater for the world’s largest laser-
show. The show includes a dazzling display
of neon laser lights, characters, stories,
graphics and fireworks – all choreographed
to music favorites.
DeKalb History Center
Anne Frank in the World: 1929 - 1945
Exhibit – The largest of its kind in the
world, this exhibit is a presentation of
over 600 photographs and 8,000 words
reminding visitors about the Holocaust
through Anne Frank’s story. The exhibit
chronicles the life of Anne Frank as told
through her famous diary as the Nazis
rise to power was unfolding around her.
Combating bigotry, prejudice and hatred in
today’s society are just some of the goals
of this truly unique and moving exhibition. It is housed in the
DeKalb History Center in the Old Courthouse on the Square
in downtown Decatur.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
IMAX® films – ongoing, check website or call for film
schedules and time.
Lizards & Snakes: Alive! – At
Fernbank Museum of Natural
History’s new exhibit you can
come face to face with more than
60 live specimens showcased
in re-created habitats, complete
with ponds, tree limbs, rock
ledges and live plants. Featured
animals include everything from
a four-inch tropical girdled lizard to a fifteen-foot Burmese
python, and represent 27 species from around the world.
Interactive stations allow visitors to get a first-hand look at
some of these animals with activities, interesting facts and
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Ancient Egyptian Art (Tuesday – Sunday)–This permanent
collection of Ancient Egyptian antiquities covers the full spec-
trum of Egyptian civilization, from the earliest Predynastic times
to the period of Roman domination. At the core of the collection
are the artifacts acquired by Emory professor William Shelton,
who traveled to Egypt in 1920. The Niagara collection consists
primarily of funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca.1070-
946 BC) to the Roman Period (ca. 31 BC-395 AD), a time of
great achievement in the funerary arts.

design through awareness of the possibilities the industry offers for both adults and children. The program has developed

a series of classes designed to capture creativity and inspire individuals to create innovative floral designs, while exploring modern styles of design. Classes are scheduled twice

a month beginning April 7 from

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. To register, call (404) 294-3665 or visit www.

DCVB Offers Free Customer Service Training. DeKalb Con- vention & Visitors Bureau offers free monthly training on how to increase business by providing superior customer service. The “Keep Them Coming Back” seminar is led by Bob Beeland, a veteran business and service

consultant. The next class will be held on April 4. All classes are held at DCVB, 1957 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 510, Tucker. Registration is required. To enroll, please call (770) 492-

5020 or visit

Free Motivational Workshop at DCVB. Attendees of this workshop will be taught to seek the straightest path to the most positive attitude from upper management to front office personnel. Taught by Renny Roker, this class will have as its core focus to maximize the potential of each individual to enhance productivity and positive bottom line. The next workshop will be held on April 18. All workshops are held at DCVB, 1957 Lakeside Parkway,

Suite 510, Tucker. Registration n


required. To enroll, please e

Office of Community Rela- tions. For more information about the mental health, developmental disabilities or

addictive diseases services offered through the DeKalb CSB, contact the Office of Community Relations at (404)


Decatur Communicators Toastmasters meeting. Do you want to improve your public speaking skills, or leadership abilities? Decatur Communicators Toastmasters meets every first, third and fifth Saturday 10 – 11 a.m. at Avondale Pattillo UMC at 3260 Covington Hwy, Decatur. For more informa- tion, contact Richard Nagode at 404-294-8082 or by e- mail

Sunday Lunch. Eat Out to Help Out is a pilot program that will take place from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Corner Pub, 627 East College Ave., Decatur, the first Sunday of each month, March through July. The program benefits Decatur Cooperative Min- istry (DCM), an organiza- tion founded in 1969 that provides emergency shelter, housing, and financial assis- tance to families in Decatur. DCM supporters can pick up participation cards at the DCM offices at 115 Church Street, Decatur, or they can be picked up from The Corner Pub. Present your card when you pay your bill.

Volunteers Needed

LifeLink volunteers needed. LifeLink of Georgia is seek- ing volunteers to assist with educational programs per- taining to organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Georgia. Volunteer activi- ties include public speaking, staffing information tables at driver’s license offices and health fairs, presentations to nursing and medical staff and more. All volunteers are

formally trained by LifeLink staff. To learn more, contact public relations at (800) 544- 6667 or visit the Web site at

544- 6667 or visit the Web site at call (770) 492-5020 or visit it

call (770) 492-5020 or visit it

DeKalb Community Service e Board meetings. The DeKalb Community Service Board, a public, nonprofit, behavioral

health-care agency, will conduct its monthly meetings in the Bo- han Auditorium of the Richard- son Health Center, 445 Winn Way in Decatur. The meeting schedule for the remainder of

2007 is: March 20, April 17,

May 15, June 19, July 17, Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20. The next Executive Com- mittee meeting is March 13, 4

- 6:30 p.m. at the Richardson

Health Center, Room 481. The public is invited to attend these open meetings. The board meets the third Tuesday of each month. There are no meetings in August or December. Those with disabilities in need of assistance or accom- modations to participate in the meeting should notify the

Items for the calendar may be e-mailed to or faxed to (404) 370-3903. Include a contact name and phone number. Note that items in this free listing should concern community and nonprofit events. They are placed on a space-available basis and priority is given to DeKalb County events. Items for the community calendar should reach The Champion no later than one week before the date they are to be published.

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Local soldiers honored in song

(Above right) Juanita Williams, an alto in Christ the Lord Church of Atlanta choir, sings
(Above right) Juanita Williams, an alto in
Christ the Lord Church of Atlanta choir,
sings at a ceremony March 10 honoring
Army soldiers based in Decatur. Photos by
Andy Phelan.
(Above left) Tony Ross, minister of music for
Christ the Lord Church of Atlanta, leads the
choir during an inspirational song honoring
Decatur soldiers.
(Right) CEO Vernon Jones greets Sgt. 1st
Class Doug Williams at a March 10 ceremony
honoring U.S. soldiers at Christ the Lord
Church of Atlanta off Glenwood Road. The
community honored members of the Army’s
108th Unit 4th Brigade.
honored members of the Army’s 108th Unit 4th Brigade. John J. Lee of the Korea-Southeast U.S.

John J. Lee of the Korea-Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce, jokes with U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson at the congressman’s open house March 10. Johnson hosted a meet and greet at his new southside office at 5700 Hillandale Road. Johnson and his staff also have a 4th District office in Tucker.


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Johnson cautioned members that if imme- diate action is not taken by the U.S. and the international community, the northern Ugandan peace talks and broader political reforms face imminent collapse, sparking a return to armed conflict that would devastate an already war- beaten population. The U.S. House had taken no action in recent years to address the sistua- tion until Johnson introduced the resolution. “Recent years have seen an American for- eign policy that is divisive and destructive. It’s time for the United States to return to its role as

a peacemaker and an advocate for human free- dom,” Johnson, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, explained.

Rep. Johnson, Sen. Feingold, and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduced the resolution, along with Senators Brownback (R-KS), Kerry (D-MA), Coleman (R-MN), Boxer (D-CA), Martinez (R-FL), Mikulski (D-MD), Collins (R-ME), Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Reps. Payne (D-NJ), Fortenberry (R-NE), Jackson-Lee (D- TX) and Shuler (D-NC).

CEO Vernon Jones helps clean up streets in Americus, Ga., last week after a tornado

CEO Vernon Jones helps clean up streets in Americus, Ga., last week after a tornado swept through the area causing widespread destruction. Photo courtesy of Kristie Swink.

Tara Blvd.

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integral part of Southern history, but which memory is more visible continues to spur debate in a region that loves to name its roads, highways, intersections, even bridges after individuals. “People are in a rivalry about whose ideas about the past ulti-

mately get inscribed, literally, into places,” said Derek Alderman, a cultural geographer at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. “The South was largely reserved for remembering Civil War- centered notions of the past, but that’s changing as African Ameri- cans are making claims on the region.” Georgia named its first road after an individual in 1935 in Ma- con, honoring heavyweight fighter W.L. (Young) Stribling, who had died four years before. He was a favorite of rural Georgians but, like many boxers at his time, made fewer friends in the Black community because he refused to fight Black opponents. Today, the state of Georgia has named 574 roadways and 286 bridges after individuals, in- cluding four named after Con-

federacy President Jefferson Davis in the 1960s and eight honoring Atlanta native Martin Luther King Jr. named since the 1990s. Atlanta radio hosts tease traffic reporters about their inability to give updates without citing a roadway named after a politician. The flurry of requests for name changes got so bad that in 2003 a Georgia legislative committee ruled that only people of national or regional recognition and who have been out of office for two years or are deceased can be honored in such a way. Naming a street after

someone alive can be risky. In December, a Georgia state representative proposed yank- ing ousted U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s name from a major thoroughfare in DeKalb County, which runs through the heart of the district of the former congressswoman who notoriosuly struck a Capitol police officer last year. The Georgia Senate is also considering a plan that would pre- vent any buildings, roads or bridges from being named after the chamber’s Democratic leader, Sen. Robert Brown–a plan spon- sored by Brown himself, who said he’s not interested in such an honor. Racial tension often underscores the changes. Take the fight over the name of Atlanta’s airport, which until 2003 honored Wil- liam Hartsfield, the former mayor who first directed the building of the airport in the 1920s. Many Blacks pushed to rename it after the city’s first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, but Hartsfield’s descendants and others complained. The end result? Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. As for Tara Boulevard’s future, former Clayton County resident Harvey Jackson wrote an op-ed piece for the Anniston (Ala.) Star:

“Wouldn’t it be nice if (reporters) wandered the streets of Jonesboro or Atlanta or anywhere around there, and when they asked citizens what they thought of renaming Tara Boulevard citizens responded, ‘Frankly my dear, I dont give a damn.’?”

Naming a street after someone alive can be risky. In December, a Georgia state represen- tative proposed yanking ousted U.S. Rep. Cyn- thia McKinney’s name from a major thorough- fare in DeKalb County, which runs through the heart of the district of the former congresss- woman who notoriosuly struck a Capitol police officer last year.

State and National News


Interest tepid in Georgia land conservation loans

by Shannon McCaffrey

ATLANTA (AP) Nearly two years after Gov. Sonny Perdue created a state pro- gram to fund land conserva- tion in Georgia, there’s been

little interest in the $55 mil- lion in loan money available to help local governments preserve green space. Less than $1 million in loans have been awarded and for just two projects, accord- ing to state data obtained by The Associated Press. No loan applications are pending. Instead, officials are trying to convince cities and coun- ties that applied for money from

a far smaller pool

program’s aim but said many local governments don’t know the money is there. “There needs to be a full court press and so far we haven’t seen that,” Ross King, deputy director of the Association County Commis- sioners of Georgia. Environmentalists say more conservation funding is particularly critical now because changes in the timber industry are set to put vast tracts of land on the market in Georgia. Without money to work with, the timber land could suffer the same fate as the

spending. Between 1999 and 2004, Georgia ranked fifth

out of six Southeastern states, according to a study by the Trust for Public Land. Geor- gia spent $1.81 per person on land conservation during that period, compared to $24.10

a head spent by Florida, the

region’s leader. The only Southeastern state trailing Georgia is South Carolina, which spent 48 cents per person, the study found. Besides the grant and loan money for local green space projects, the Perdue admin- istration has spent $39 mil-

Perdue Georgia has lagged behind most Southern states when it comes to land conserva- tion
Georgia has lagged behind
most Southern states when
it comes to land conserva-
tion spending. Between 1999
and 2004, Georgia ranked
fifth out of six Southeastern

Oaky Woods Wildlife Man- agement Area in middle Georgia. When timber giant Weyerhaeuser put the 20,000- acre property up for sale in 2004 the state took a pass saying they lacked the funds. It was sold instead to devel- opers who now plan to build up to 35,000 homes on the bear habitat. Curt Soper, director of the Georgia Land Conserva- tion Program, said he ex- pected thousands of acres of timberland in the state to be put up for sale this year from companies like Temple Inland which recently said it would sell off 1.8 million acres in states including Georgia. “The state of Georgia can either be on the sidelines or they can be a player,” Soper said. The timber industry has been selling off land while under pressure from Wall Street to boost its bottom line. Timber companies own some of the Georgia’s last large pieces of undeveloped land, making them particularly valuable to conservationists. “The boat has not sailed completely. The state will still have a lot of opportunities out there,” said Bob Izlar, direc- tor of the Center for Forestry

Business at the University of Georgia. Georgia has lagged behind most Southern states when it comes to land conservation

lion on state land purchases through the Georgia Land Conservation Program. Of the $45 million available for those purchases, $20 million came from an anonymous pri- vate donor and the other $20 million reprogrammed state bond funds. Perdue also signed into

law last April that allows pri- vate landowners and corpora- tions to get income tax credits for preserving undeveloped property. Just six applicants have applied for the credits so far, although rules governing the program were just final- ized in December so officials expect more to apply. The largest single pot of money is the $55 million in loans, which are federal dol- lars. One of the two loan recip- ients is the City of Statham, about 55 miles northeast of Atlanta, which received $424,000 in loan and grant money to protect 21 acres surrounding a spring that’s been providing water to the area for decades. Mayor Robert Bridges said he initially applied for only a grant but was persuad- ed to take some of the money as a loan. “If we hadn’t been able to get the money they’d prob- ably be turning that land into

a subdivision with all the

development going on around here,” he said.

of grant funds to accept loans instead. The state has applications worth $15.5 mil- lion pending for just $5 million in grants. Unlike loans, grants do not have to be repaid. The Georgia

Land Conserva- tion Program is the centerpiece of Perdue’s environmental agenda and he has proposed adding another $50 million in sought-after grant funds for the coming fiscal year. But budget writers in the state House of Representa- tives have slashed that in half to $25 million under pressure to set aside money for the state’s short-funded PeachCare health insurance for children. The money still could be restored as the bud- get moves through the state Senate. Some members of the Georgia Land Conservation Council created to adminis- ter the funds, say they need more grant money to work

with in order to have a greater impact. The state also needs to do more and spend more to spread the word about the program, they said. “It really is frustrating,” Dr. John Bembry, a vet- erinarian from Hawkinsville who sits on the council. “The needs are there.” Council member Chuck Leavell, a former keyboardist for The Rolling Stones who owns a hunting plantation in middle Georgia, said the program needs more time to make a difference. “We’re beginning to have an impact,” Leavell said. “Is

it enough money? No. Is it

enough money to have the impact we want to have? No.” Local officials praise the

Similar wrecks reported at site of fatal bus crash

by Daniel Yee

ATLANTA (AP) Catherine Hartman is familiar with the concrete

barrier where a bus carrying a baseball team March 2. Five years ago she and her husband were in an accident at the same spot after she mistook an exit ramp for a commuter lane. Today, with her left knee still not healed from the 2002 accident, she says she feels upset and sick that more hasn’t been done to prevent ac- cidents there. “It really bothered both of us,” she said concerning

the Bluffton University ac-

cident that killed seven. “In retrospect, we probably should have done more as far as in- sisting they do something to correct the situation.” Investigators said in the Bluffton University accident, the driver of the motor coach carrying the team also appar- ently mistook the high-oc- cupancy vehicle exit ramp for

a highway lane and overshot

a stop sign at the top of the

ramp. The bus slammed into the concrete barrier before flip- ping and falling 30 feet onto a highway below. Six people were killed and 28 people were hospitalized. One of the injured died on March 9, bringing the death toll to seven. “It’s very, very similar,” Hartman said, describing her accident and the one involving the Bluffton University bus. On March 9, Atlanta police released to The Associated Press through

the state Open Records Act three reports on accidents at Interstate 75 and Northside Drive between 2002 and 2003, all involving drivers who didn’t even know they left the I-75 HOV lane before they crashed. The reports included:

–Jan. 15, 2003: Warren Morgan, then 65, of Port Clinton, Ohio, said he was forced into the HOV lane ramp and “got confused,” not realizing

a stop sign was at the top of the ramp. His car struck another car driving

along Northside Drive. His wife, Thecla, broke three vertebrae in the crash. –Aug. 11, 2002: Cynthia Lunsford, then 51, of Ringgold, Ga., was driving along I-75 when she got on the HOV lane exit ramp “without intending to do so.” Her vehicle crossed over Northside Drive and struck the concrete barrier. Lunsford suffered serious head injuries and part of her left arm was amputated. –Jan. 20, 2002: Catherine Hartman, then 70, of Carmel, Ind., ac- cidentally traveled up the HOV lane ramp, “thinking she was still on the highway.” Her car struck the south side of the bridge. She suffered neck, back and knee injuries and her husband suffered a compound fracture on his left hand. Warren Morgan’s son, Jeff, said it was strange that his parents were

injured in an accident at the same place as the Bluffton team. Port Clinton

is about 65 miles northeast of Bluffton, Ohio. “At first, it seemed ironic and then I hear there have been so many

accidents at that intersection that it appears that if you’re not from town, you don’t know what’s going on,” Jeff Morgan said. “It obviously should be studied to come up with better markings or maybe change the inter- section altogether.” Not including the March 2 Bluffton University bus accident, the Geor- gia Department of Transportation said there have been two deaths from seven accidents involving the HOV exit ramp in the last nine years. “It’s horrible to categorize fatalities but two fatality accidents, all involving motorists who ran stop signs, is not an inordinate number over

a 9-year period,” said spokesman David Spear. “I don’t think it speaks

said spokesman David Spear . “I don’t think it speaks to the design of the ramp

to the design of the ramp or signalization of the ramp.” As a result, the Georgia transportation department still has no plans to close the ramp. But Spear said the agency is trying to “come up with potential additions” to alert drivers, including additional signs or traffic control devices. Catherine Hartman said she and her husband, Robert, departed for their winter retreat in Fort Myers, Fla. at 5 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2002, after stopping by their granddaughter’s home in the Atlanta area. They, like the Bluffton University bus, were traveling up the Northside Drive exit ramp at “highway speeds.” “I was driving and my husband thought we were going into the HOV lane and indeed it was an exit. It just was not marked well and not lit

well,” she said. “I saw the wall and the stop sign just about the same time as my husband did. He yelled at me, ‘Turn!’ I turned the steering wheel just as we hit the wall.” Hartman said the ramp needs better signs, including flashing lights, and maybe even “rumble strips,” or grooves in the pavement that alert drivers to slow down.

“We just felt so badly that there were people that lost their lives in this (Bluffton) accident,” she said. “I think you have to have some sort of flashing lights ahead of time to warn drivers.”



Superintendents urge voters to consider SPLOST III

by Andy Phelan

Calling the aging infra- structure of DeKalb schools “a looming financial crisis” and the school system at a “crossroads,” Superintendent Crawford Lewis shared his concerns with some of the county’s most prominent lead- ers at the Marriott Century Center Hotel on March 6. With a referendum set for March 20 to renew the 1-cent sales tax for schools, Lewis urged people to go out and

vote. While he can’t tell people how to vote, he said he did want them to know a few facts before they cast a ballot. “Our school system, which

is the 28th largest in the na-

tion, has $2 billion in needs,” he said. “Some of our schools are 50, 60 and 70 years old. If SPLOST III [Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax] pass- es, we’ll get about $466 mil- lion or only a quarter of what we need.” The plan, if it passes, is to spend millions upgrading and building high schools under

its capital improvement plan. Nearly three-quarters of the $466 million the system ex- pects to collect would go to high schools. Lewis said SPLOST I and

II have collected about $1

billion. While he admitted, “We’ve got some work to do” and errors were made with SPLOST II, “if we get this vote, we will not make the same mistakes.” Change orders and cost overruns plagued the system

under SPLOST II, especially

at Southwest DeKalb High

School where renovation took more than four years. He pointed to the hiring of Patri- cia Pope, his chief operations officer and former construc- tion guru, as a reason to be confident. “Ms. Pope has put this school system back on a sound footing,” he said. “She’s an industry insider who brings accountability to the process. Speaking about the pos- sible impact, Lewis told the crowd “this SPLOST has more to do with the county’s future than the first two.” “If the school system isn’t prospering, business will leave,” he said. “We’ve got to have this vote to move

DeKalb into the 21st century.” City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Ed- wards also spoke to the forum sponsored by ACE III Com- munications and Leadership DeKalb. Decatur, which expects about $15 million if the penny sales tax passes, would put $11 million toward comple- tion of its $28 million master plan, and the rest would be distributed throughout the system. The city schools plan to build gyms, auditoriums and athletic fields for its high

school and middle school. It

will also update science labs if

it gets the penny.

“We don’t have a decent gym for our high school,” Edwards said. “SPLOST is especially important to us because our taxpayers absorb 70 percent of the cost. With

a sales tax, it’s seen as a way

to fund schools but not raise property taxes.”

as a way to fund schools but not raise property taxes.” DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis speaks to the public about the importance of the upcoming SPLOST III vote on March 20.

the importance of the upcoming SPLOST III vote on March 20. City Schools of Decatur Superintendent

City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards details the effect SPLOST III will have in Decatur Schools. Photos by Andy Phelan.

Scholarship applications available The Organization of DeKalb Educators [ODE] announced that the Levi A. Simon
Scholarship applications available
The Organization of DeKalb Educators
[ODE] announced that the Levi A. Simon III
Scholarship applications are now available
from DeKalb County high school counseling
offices, ODE representatives, the ODE office
or electronic request to orgdekalbed@aol.
Applications must be received by March
uates planning to major in education, mass
Communications,law or the arts.
Children of ODE members who are 2007
graduating high school seniors.
A $750, $500 and $250 scholarship will
be awarded in each category. The best appli-
The scholarship is administered by ODE
and the Family Support Center in honor of
slain Redan High School graduate Levi A.
Simon III. The scholarship fund will award
a minimum of 10 scholarships in three differ-
ent categories:
cant will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Last
year ODE awarded 25 scholarships. Schol-
arship recipients and their parents will be
honored at the ODE banquet on May 4, at the
Holiday Inn Select, downtown Decatur.
Citizens, small businesses or corporations
that wish to donate to the scholarship fund
may send a check or money order made pay-
able to:
• 2007 Redan High School graduates plan-
ning to major in education, mass communi-
cations, law or the arts.
Family Support Center-Simon Schol-
arship/ODE, P.O. Box 538, Decatur, GA
• 2007 DeKalb County School System Grad-


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DeKalb schools to earn SACS sign of approval

by Andy Phelan

After interviewing almost 1,000 people and visiting 28 schools, members of the South- ern Association of Colleges and Schools [SACS] gave the DeKalb County School System what they were looking for– a recommendation of systemwide accreditation. “The quality assurance review team recommends, without reser- vation, to the Board of Directors that the DeKalb County School System be awarded district ac- creditation as a quality school system,” Nikki Armato, chair-

woman of the SACS team said. The designation is a coveted status because it shows

the school system is well organized, has strong leader- ship and is mov- ing in the right direction. It is also important for

students trying to get into college and is needed for students who ap- ply for the state’s HOPE Scholarship. “This is a great day for

us,” said Superintendent Crawford Lewis. “This means we’re all on the same page. We want to grow as a

system. Normally schools are re- viewed individ- ually, but Lewis said he wanted the system moving together

‘This is really a historical

e v e n t DeKalb.’

f o r

-Gloria Talley

as one. “This is a journey,” said Armato. “You are moving from a school community to a community

of learners, from pockets of excellence to a system of ex- cellence…and that’s natural.” The school system will keep its accreditation for five years. The SACs board is ex- pected to approve DeKalb in the next two weeks. “This is really a historical event for DeKalb, said Gloria Talley, deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “Anytime you embark upon an inaugural event, it’s a big deal because you are setting a standard. This says to our stakeholders that we are a sys- tem that is willing to take an honest look at ourselves.”

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Columbia High School Health Academy students visit Capitol for CAMA Day

Atlanta — State Representative Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D- Atlanta) hosted Columbia High School Health Academy students during a recent visit to the Capitol. The students came for the Complementary/Alternative Medical Association’s annual CAMA Wellness Day. The purpose of CAMA Wellness Day is to educate the public and legislators about alternative medicine.

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THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007, PAGE 18A Borders bookstores to hold Educator Savings

Borders bookstores to hold Educator Savings Week

Borders, Borders Express, and Waldenbooks stores across the country and right here in DeKalb County will host Edu- cator Savings Week to honor local current and retired educa- tors for their commitment to sharing knowledge and encour- aging lifelong learning, accord- ing to an announcement from Borders-Dunwoody on Ashford- Dunwoody Road. Throughout the six-day event, Thursday, March 22, to Tuesday, March 27, educators will be treated to giveaways, raffles, special events, and they will receive a 25 percent discount on regularly priced books, CDs, DVDs, gifts and stationery and café–for classroom and personal use. According to a national sur- vey on educator buying trends, on average, two thirds of edu- cators teaching kindergarten through 12th grade spend $400 a year of their own money on books, puzzles, and other sup- plies for their classrooms. Bor- ders officials say that the com- pany is seeking to make these purchases more affordable and provide local educators with the opportunity to enjoy special events and savings. This event is open to current and retired PreK-12 teachers, librarians, principals, home schoolers, professors, student teachers, religious educators, school sup- port staff and other educators. Educators should bring a cur- rent Classroom Discount card, school ID or pay stub to be eligible to receive the special discounts. Several metro Atlanta Bor- ders stores are participating, including Borders Dunwoody- 4745 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody and Borders Stonecrest-8000 Mall Parkway, Lithonia.

MARTA introduces North America’s first GlowSkin ‘illuminated’ bus advertisements

first GlowSkin ‘illuminated’ bus advertisements MARTA recently announced that it has joined with Safe Lites,

MARTA recently announced that it has joined with Safe Lites, LLC, CBS Outdoor and RE/MAX of Georgia to introduce the first ever “illuminated” bus advertisements in North America RE/MAX of Georgia’s “illuminated” ad- vertisement campaign is featured on 12

MARTA buses using GlowSkin technol- ogy–an industrial-grade electrolumines- cent (EL) powered lighting system that glows. “MARTA is pleased to partner with Safe Lites, CBS Outdoor and RE/MAX to make our bus system the first in North

America to use GlowSkin technol- ogy for an advertising campaign,” said MARTA General Manager Richard Mc- Crillis. “GlowSkin’s unique attributes will help MARTA to offer even more innovative opportunities to our advertis- ers.”

Georgia’s unemployment rate increases in January

The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent in January–the latest available figures–up three-tenths of 1 percent from 4.4 percent in December. The state’s January rate was three-tenths of 1 percent lower than the U.S. unadjusted rate of 5.0 percent. The state’s jobless rate rose because Georgia added 15,349 people to the unemployment rolls, as an additional 19,158 dropped out of the labor force. Also, from December to January, Georgia lost 63,500 payroll jobs primarily in manufacturing, construction, trade, and services, mostly due to seasonal factors. The 14 metro areas of the state and their job losses include:

• Albany, down 1,100, or 1.7 percent, from 65,400 to 64,300.

• Athens, down 2,000, or 2.4 percent, from 83,100 to 81,100.

• Atlanta, down 38,600, or 1.6 percent, from 2,434,000 to


• Augusta, down 2,200, or 1.0 percent, from 216,000 to


• Brunswick, down 300, or seven-tenths of 1 percent, from 45,800 to 45,500.

• Columbus, down 1,500, or 1.2 percent, from 123,300 to


• Dalton, down 1,600, or 2 percent, from 80,000 to 78,400.

• Gainesville, down 1,700, or 2.3 percent, from 74,900 to


• Hinesville, down 300, or 1.6 percent, from 18,400 to 18,100.

• Macon, down 1,600, or 1.6 percent, from 101,100 to 99,500.

• Rome, down 700, or 1.5 percent, from 45,300 to 44,600.

• Savannah, down 2,900, or 1.8 percent, from 159,400 to


• Valdosta, down 800, or 1.4 percent, from 56,100 to 55,300.

• Warner Robins, down 800, or 1.4 percent, from 57,500 to


Georgia labor market data are not seasonally adjusted and are available at

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DHR invites public comment on Babies Can’t Wait grant application

The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public review period of Babies Can’t Wait (BCW), an early intervention program for at- risk babies. Through the public review period, individuals have an opportunity to provide feedback that will be used to help with the final analysis of the program. The review period is slated to run through

April 28.Written, e-mail, and facsimile comments are now being accepted. All comments must be received by April 9.

The Babies Can’t Wait Program is Georgia’s statewide early intervention system

Those who are interested may review the grant appli- cation online ( or at Babies Can’t Wait offices throughout the state and comment in three ways:

(1) Written comments should be mailed to:Babies Can’t Wait Attn: Stephanie Moss, Part C Coordina- tor2 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 11-206 Atlanta, GA


(2) E-mail comments should be sent to:Stephanie Moss at: skmoss@dhr.state.; (3) Facsimile comments:

State BCW Office Fax:


for infants and toddlers with special needs, ages birth to 3 years, and their families. DHR’s Division of Public Health is the lead agency for administration of the BCW system. DHR has developed a new federal grant application for Babies Can’t Wait that will be effective July 1, upon approval. More information about Georgia’s BCW early intervention program is available at programs/bcw. A list of BCW early intervention programs throughout the state where the grant may be reviewed is available at: csncoordinator.pdf.

Metro-wide Dash for Diabetes to be held this weekend

The Downtown Dash for Diabetes begins in Hurt Park in Atlanta on the morning of Satur- day, March 17. Runners, walkers and potential sponsors from throughout the metro Atlanta region will need to register right away. “This is the 11th year we have held the Downtown Dash for Diabetes, and this may be the best year yet,” said Carol Johnson Davis, executive director of Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA). “We’ll have a lot of fun, yes, but the funds that are raised will help with dia- betes education and prevention throughout the 13-county Atlanta region.” Counties included in the mission of the DAA include Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Cherokee, Clayton, Fay- ette, Henry, Butts, Coweta and Paulding.

Anyone who wants to take part can either sign up to run or walk in 5K event, they can

register to sponsor another runner/walker, join

a team, set up a team, or they can just sign up to make a donation. To register as a runner/walker, supporter or donor, please visit the DAA Web site at www., and click on the peach. The route starts in Hurt Park in Downtown Atlanta, goes by the Georgia State Capitol, through Historic Oakland Cemetery and back

to Hurt Park. Race day registration starts at 7:45 a.m. The 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m. and

a one-mile walk begins at 9:45 a.m. The participant raising the most money will win two roundtrip coach class airfares to any Airtran Airways domestic destination.

Carbon monoxide exposure poses long-term health risks

Many are aware of how deadly acute carbon monoxide poisoning can be. Few people, however, know that new re- search shows that low-level, long-term exposure to carbon monoxide may lead to serious, chronic health problems. Fur- thermore, people who seem- ingly recover from an acute exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning may continue to ex- perience severe health effects, including heart and brain damage; learning and memory impairments; emotional and personality effects; sensory and motor disorders. The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR), Division of Public Health, recently published a new brochure designed to educate the public about these health effects, called Potential Long-

Term Health Effects from Car- bon Monoxide. “DHR hopes that people will read a copy of the free brochure and take the neces- sary precautions to prevent all forms of carbon monoxide exposure. The best protection is to install carbon monoxide alarms on all floors of the home,” said Stuart Brown, M.D. director of the DHR Di- vision of Public Health. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that is impos- sible to see, taste or smell. Because of these properties, CO can kill a person before he or she is aware of being exposed. The most common ways people are exposed to CO occur from improper use or functioning of gas, oil, and coal burning appliances, ve- hicle exhaust and improperly

vented or unvented fireplaces and stoves. In 2005, 64 people in Georgia died from carbon monoxide poisoning. It is widely believed that the health effects of carbon monoxide cease when a person is re- moved from the source of the exposure, moving outdoors for example. However, recent studies indicate that many se- rious and persistent health ef- fects may continue, even after the source is removed. DHR Division of Public Health recommends that those who suspect CO exposure turn off gas appliances, ventilate the area, contact the fire de-

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Emory investigates biomarkers to identify who’s at risk for colorectal cancer Years from now physicians

Emory investigates biomarkers to identify who’s at risk for colorectal cancer

Years from now physicians may be able to determine who is at increased risk for colorectal cancer by drawing blood from the tip of the finger. Emory University researchers are working to identify biomarkers to detect a person’s chances of developing co- lon cancer. Much like blood pressure and cholesterol tests can indicate heart disease risk, researchers here hope that some day the makeup of blood and urine will be able to tell who’s at risk for colorectal cancer, why they may be at risk and what they can do to reduce their risk. For now, the Emory study team is analyzing the rectal tissue samples of people with colon adenomatous polyps, non-cancerous growths considered precursors to colon cancer, and comparing them to rectal tissue samples from people who don’t have polyps. They’re also looking at whether the differences they detect in rectal tissue can also be found in blood or urine. Currently, no accepted tests ex- ist to determine whether someone may be at risk for colon cancer. “Most people would rather provide a blood or urine sample than get a rectal biopsy,” said Roberd M. Bostick, M.D., MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health epidemiology professor and study principal inves- tigator. “In the future, biomarkers may motivate more people to change their diets and other health habits and to get screened for colon cancer.” Though the benefits of early detection in preventing colorectal cancer deaths are well known—a 90 percent or higher cure rate when found early—an estimated 41.8 million Americans aged 50 and older at average risk for colon cancer haven’t been screened, according to national guidelines, a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. Bostick and his team are also part of a 10-year multi-site U.S. study examining whether increased consumption of vitamin D and calcium treats biomarkers of risk for colon cancer and prevents the recurrence of adenomatous polyps. About 30 percent to 40 percent of the adult population will develop these benign tumor growths, which can eventually develop into colon cancer. Removing polyps reduces can- cer risk, but at least half of all people get recurring polyps five years after removal. For more information about the Emory studies, call 404-


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THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007, PAGE 22A St. Pius enters dynasty land by

St. Pius enters dynasty land

by Matt Amato

Mention St. Pius in girls bas- ketball circles, and the name Kel- ley Cain might immediately pop up. The center’s fingerprints were all over the Golden Lions’ third girls AAAA state championship in the last four years, it was a lesser known teammate who clinched the 45-36 win over rival Marist at the Gwinnett Center last Friday night. Taylor Davidson’s three con- secutive 3-pointers at the start of a dominating fourth quarter gave St. Pius a lead it never relinquished. For Marist, clearly having done its homework by using a suffocating zone defense aimed at subduing Cain, it never recovered despite holding a halftime lead. “These girls have all the fight in the world. They believe in themselves and are determined to win. I never worry when the score isn’t going our way,” boomed St. Pius coach Stephanie Dunn. Dunn stepped away from the media entourage encircling Cain as she gleefully cradled the trophy. The hugs, tears and screams–moments like these never grow tiresome for Dunn’s charges. Marist, for its part, is still due congratulations for an engrossing contest. In the end, the War Eagles came desperately close to their first championship. Already losing to St. Pius twice this season, Marist tacticians were adequately acquainted with the hazards of the awesome Cain. The

acquainted with the hazards of the awesome Cain. The (Top) St. Pius’ varsity girls basketball were

(Top) St. Pius’ varsity girls basketball were all smiles after winning their third AAAA state championship. (Bottom) Kelley Cain (52) shows Fraderica Miller (32) that she’s not an easy defender to go around. Photos by Raymond Hagans.

Tennessee-bound starlet’s 6-foot-6 frame has torched courts all season as she’s scored at will. So the game plan was simple: Stop Cain and you stop St. Pius. And so it seemed for much of the game. Cain was crowded out from the basket for most of a low- scoring first half. Nevertheless, Marist coach Kim Hixon, despite holding an 18-15 lead at the break, confessed to taking nothing for granted. But as the game plan con- tinued to favor the War Eagles and test an as of yet untested St. Pius. The mood surrounding the court began to sense an upset. Step in Davidson. After just a few moments, her nine-point to- tal swung the game. With points at a precious premium, Marist found itself playing catch-up for the first time. That’s where Cain’s overlooked defensive contribu- tion proved invaluable. Although she didn’t score the usual gazil- lion points, she made sure the War Eagles didn’t either. With caution now thrown to the wind as the clock wound down, the once disciplined Marist never found a way back in.

With caution now thrown to the wind as the clock wound down, the once disciplined Marist


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Lion-hearted in defeat, M.L. King faces great future

by Matt Amato

Before addressing the important statistical fact that M.L. King lost its semifinal 70-64 to Centennial, the Lions are due a lot of credit. To be at the Gwinnett Center at all was a tre- mendous feat. Consider: To start with, they won their division. Then the regional tour- nament. That was matched by gutsy performances to make the Final Four. And to top it all off, this was M.L.

to make the Final Four. And to top it all off, this was M.L. M.L. King’s

M.L. King’s Demetrius Bates (32) show great concentration as he shoots over two Cenntenial defeners. Photo by Ray- mond Hagans.

King’s first year in Class AAAAA, which means having to play the likes of Stephenson, Redan and Lithonia – all considered top programs. Fittingly, there was something captivating about the way in which they fought favorite Centennial Thursday night. Despite trailing at halftime, the Lions’ resolve, seen through energetic bursts, made the last minutes of this contest an unlike- ly nail-biter. As high as 15 points during the second half, the deficit was cut to four a couple of times, rousing an increasingly captivated audience. At 68-64, with less than two minutes left, it was very much game on. But where Centennial won this game was from the free-throw line. And as M.L. King battled for posses- sion with fouls, the accuracy of its opponent proved lethal in a season itching for more longevity. There is usually little comfort in defeat, and the reaction of players reflected as much in the moments of this topsy-turvy game. M.L. King, though, won several admirers and, more importantly, are on the brink of adding a basketball program to a county with arguably the finest ones in the state.

to a county with arguably the finest ones in the state. Ashlie Billingslea’s face says it

Ashlie Billingslea’s face says it all after her team’s loss to Collins Hill. Photo by Raymond Hagans.

Collins Hill too hard to climb

by Matt Amato

No.1 in the nation. Two-straight state championships. Oh, yeah, and an undefeated season. Collins Hill went into Thursday’s AAAAA semi- final credentials to the hilt and with a fear factor to match. Yet in the wake of a humbling 81- 64 defeat of Stephenson, light Jaguar goading fired up the elite Eagles, who, needed little motivation. Jordan Jones, for example, hav- ing scored 23 of Collins Hill’s points, was not in a conciliatory mood after an emphatic personal and team per- formance. “Why would someone call us out like that?” she asked, respond- ing to a pre-game comment one Ste-

phenson player, albeit in gaming bra- vado, made to a television reporter. Some may, particularly for the purposes of game report leads, have seen the comment as ill timed, but it was probably innocuous. Stephen- son’s smarter than that. The truth is that as the two best teams in the state, the match up seemed inevitable, with the winner practically guaranteed the championship. Even a sign on coach Dennis Watkins’ door –spotted a few weeks ago and cheekily worded “Collins Who” –showed where Jaguars eyes have been cast throughout their sea- son. So the respect was always there. But any sense of vengeful antici- pation, buoyed by Stephenson’s dom-

inant playoff ride, quickly evaporated as Collins Hill put on a trademark show. The hype was real. Great teams need more than one great player. And Maya Moore, Taylor Dalrymple and Jones assume this mantle. When Stephenson made a late rally in the fourth quarter, creat- ing a seven-point deficit with less than four minutes remaining, these characters battled back, reducing the surge to nothing more than an anom- alous blip. Inevitably there was a sense of disappointment for Jaguars fans. All year their players performed with tireless gusto and a sense of invinci- bility. And that spirit never wavered. There’s always next year.

performed with tireless gusto and a sense of invinci- bility. And that spirit never wavered. There’s

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Debutantes and veterans victorious on fight night

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onto her back, sparking a moment of
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by Matt Amato

barrage, what appeared to be a weave slid from Moody’s scalp and

onto her back, sparking a moment of pure comedy.

Four local boxers experienced a spectrum of emo-

“Throw in the weave! Throw in the weave!” was the crowd’s

tions last Saturday. Emotionally, the spectrum of-

fered four local boxers Saturday night at the Song

Martial Arts Center. Straw-weight Terri Moss was

understandably angry with her disqualified op-

command to the obviously perplexed trainer. Though the

tangled mess never made it onto the canvas, its detached

owner never made it out for the third round.

Two fights later, the WBC’s No.3 world ban-

ponent, busted for using ankle weights at the pre-

fight weigh-in, having initially come in several

pounds short the first time around.

Welterweight Fred Tukes seemed pleased fol-

lowing an easy enough first-round TKO. Frustra-

tamweight contender was briefly up. Sadly it

cical. Lacierva’s opponent, like

Moody, prematurely called it

a a night following a flurry of head and body blows. A hand i injury was the given reason. “How’d he hurt his hand if he didn’t hit me?” asked Laci- erva. “He just quit. He just q quit.” There was some good

news though for the Mexican.

He’s in line for an elimination

tion was etched all over bantamweight Jorge Lac-

ierva’s face when Julio Coronell failed to answer

the third-round bell, citing a hand injury. And Jackie

Breitenstein was savoring pure ecstasy after capping

her pro-fight debut with a maiden victory.

“It was amazing having the realization of a dream tak-

ing form in front of my face,” she explained, before recalling

the whole day leading up to facing fellow first-timer Ashley

Moody. “When I woke up I was really nervous. Then Terri

made me make a list of reasons I would win. I made it three


bout next month that should

guarantee a title shot assuming

he wins.

If feigned injuries and un-co-

The “Terri” that Breitenstein’s referring to is, of course,

operative hairpieces gave an unusu-

Moss, whose annoyance at not fighting was tempered by

al tinge to the blood and guts of fight night,

seeing her first amateur-to-pro pupil make an impressive


at least Tukes restored the norm. Rashaun

Bland’s 1-14 record spoke volumes about his abil-

Moss exhibited every bit of the trainer’s ring-

ity, or lack of it. But his brief stint in the ring, lasting

side passion, urging and instructing from the

corner as Breitenstein ended her two rounds with

all of 2:13, offered Tukes the opportunity to throw crowd-

explosive bursts. It proved too much for Moody,

whose surname, if sticking with emotions, was a

misnomer on this night.

Bland’s corner, in the interests of his safety, withdrew the fighter after one

brutal knockdown. “I saw that he threw a jab and was pushing off his back

legs,” Tukes explained of the flurry that bewildered Bland onto the canvas. “I

Indeed, embarrassment would be a better descrip-

slipped to the right and caught him with a left hand.”

tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein

and caught him with a left hand.” tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein
and caught him with a left hand.” tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein

and caught him with a left hand.” tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein

and caught him with a left hand.” tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein






and caught him with a left hand.” tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein

and caught him with a left hand.” tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein
and caught him with a left hand.” tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein
and caught him with a left hand.” tor. And not because she lost. After one Breitenstein

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