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‘It’s like
a family’
Southwest DeKalb
by R. Scott Belzer Johnson. Johnson said

Southwest DeKalb
ore than 1,500 earned the distinction
alumni from because of its student
Southwest retention in the
DeKalb High community, appearances
School came together in movies and television
Aug. 5 to celebrate the as well as its sense of
school’s history, shared fellowship.
history and community Davison said the
as part of the seventh alumni cookout began
annual Southwest in 2010 and has grown
DeKalb Alumni Cookout. each year for the past
“It’s just family,” seven years. He said the
said Danny Davison, alumni association’s ties
Southwest DeKalb to local businesses and
High School Alumni other governing bodies
Association president allow the operation to run
and member of the smoothly.
As part of the Southwest DeKalb Alumni Association’s seventh annual alumni cookout, DeKalb
class of ’91. “When I “We average County commissioner Larry Johnson officially designated Aug. 5, 2017 as Southwest DeKalb Day in
was in high school there about 1,200 to 1,500 DeKalb County. Pictured: Johnson, Southwest DeKalb Alumni Association president Danny Davison
and Southwest DeKalb principal Thomas Glanton. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
was five years of high alumni,” Davison said.
school—we didn’t have “Preparation alone
middle school. When you begins in March. We
spend five years with work with DeKalb County
someone, regardless of Parks & Recreation and
age, you get a kinship [rental companies] and
with them. As the years everybody works with
get along, you need a us.”
reason to stick together.” Davison said the main
For many Southwest comment he receives as
DeKalb High School feedback is, “We can’t
alumni, one reason for wait for next year.”
staying in touch is the “We’ve actually
annual cookout. outgrown Salem
The 2017 cookout Park,” Davison said.
took place at Salem Park “We’re looking to move
and was also celebrated somewhere a bit bigger.”
as Southwest DeKalb Davison said the
Day in DeKalb County difference between
by Commissioner Larry Southwest DeKalb High

See SWD on page 5

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Suber took on a new role as a assistant principal Aug. 7. Spears is one of nine new assistant principal
submitted. Stephenson Middle assistant principal hires for the 2017-2018 school year. Photo submitted.
on Aug. 7, following reassignment for
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Former Shadow Rock come from the metropolitan
Elementary principal Atlanta area.
Karen Williams will be “Eleven of the newly
an assistant principal at hired principals were
Dunwoody High. Ledra promoted from within
Jemison, former principal DCSD,” Patrick said.
at Stoneview Elementary, “Seven of the newly hired
will be Stone Mountain principals were promoted
Middle’s new assistant from outside of DCSD,
principal. Former Panola but two of the seven were
Way principal Ethan Suber former DCSD employees
will be at Stephenson before leaving for another
Middle as assistant principal district. Twenty-one of
while Rodney Mallory the newly hired assistant
will remain at DeKalb principals were promoted
Alternative School as an from within DCSD.”
assistant principal. Patrick said no new hires
In total, DCSD welcomed come from out of state. He
nine outside hires and also said the district did not
21 current employees to use signing bonuses during
assistant principal positions this recruitment season.
throughout DeKalb County. According to Jester,
The announcement came of the nine principals
approximately one week reassigned in May, two—
after the announcement of Terry Segovis and Syliva
17 new district principals. Pilson—have retired.
Outside hires are now Dominique Drew-Terrell
located at Chamblee remains at DCSD under
High, Lakeside High, a teacher’s contract while
DeKalb Alternative, Chapel Michael Williamson now
Hill Middle, Woodridge works as an instructional
Elementary, Towers High, technology manager and
Redan Elementary, Narvie Zack Phillips works as an
Harris Elementary and early childhood coordinator.

program, Welcome Wednesdays, on Aug. 16,
Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.
Women’s prayer brunch announced
The events—emphasizing play and learning
through the arts, sciences and literature,
Volunteer Day at Murphy Candler according to History Center officials—will cover Ousley United Methodist Church has
different subject areas for toddlers ages 2 to 5. announced that its annual fall yard sale will be
Park In all of the programs, children will listen to a held Saturday, Sept. 9, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. In the
story and work on an art project based on the event of rain, the event will be held on Sept. 30.
The Murphy Candler Park Conservancy theme of the program. Vendor booths are available at a cost of $25
will host a volunteer day Aug. 13 from 1 to 4 The theme for the month of August is for members and $35 for non-members. The
p.m. Projects will include removing invasive Shapes! sale will be held at Ousley United Methodist
ivy/privet, planting native trees and flowers, Big shapes, little shapes, round shapes, Church, 3261 Panola Road in Lithonia. For
trash and limb clean-up, boat crews collecting pointy shapes, how many shapes will we additional information call (770) 981-0180.
floating debris, sports leagues clearing parking discover?” reads an event description.
lots and fields and other projects. Volunteers
can sign-in at the caretakers garage—1531
Welcome Wednesdays are scheduled for
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $3 for members
Book sale announced
West Nancy Creek Drive or the playground and $6 for non-members.
parking lot—4035 Candler Lake East. For more Registration is encouraged. For more What is referred to as a “Super Book
information, email Steve Peters at stevebp@ information, contact Marissa Howard at Sale” will be held, Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 or call (404) 373- a.m. until 4 p.m. at Stonecrest Library, 3123

1088. Klondike Road.
Book genres and items to be sold include
fiction, non-fiction, crafts, text books, romance,

Onion Man to host end-of-summer DUNWOODY magazines, encyclopedias and books on tape/
CD, DVDs and VHS.
For additional information call (404) 482-
series 3828.
Onion Man Productions—a nonprofit theater
Lace up for Lekotek Run 4Kids

company located at 5522 New Peachtree
Road—is scheduled to host “The Summer of Lekotek—a local nonprofit with the mission
Our Discontent” series Aug. 17 through Aug. of helping children succeed and learn through

23. play—will host The Lekotek Run 4Kids on Aug.
The series is described by event officials 12 beginning at 8 a.m.
as “an eclectic mix of short plays by local The event will feature a four-mile race at
playwrights that help celebrate the last days 8 a.m. and a one-mile fun run at 9 a.m. Both
of summer,” Local playwrights include Nick events will begin at 2101 Womack Road, the Historical Society to host BBQ
Boretz, Shemetra Carter-Fair, David Allan site of Georgia State University’s Dunwoody
Dodson, David Fisher, Kate Guyton, Daphne campus. The Stone Mountain Historical Society will
Mintz and Marki Shalloe. Event officials state funds raised through host a barbecue fundraiser Aug. 19 from 6 to 9
Directors include Boretz, Dodson, Guyton, registration will be used so “additional children p.m. at the Wells Brown House. The fundraiser
Scott King, James Beck, Linda Place, Scott can benefit from their play library and other will benefit the historical society. The Wells
Russeau and Starshine Stansfield. resources.” Brown House is located at 1036 Ridge Ave.
“At the end of a long hot summer during “This family-friendly race is well organized, For more information, contact Pat Boudreau at
a very contentious time, there is a lot of runner-friendly, with refreshments and family
discontent in every political and social camp, activities following the run,” officials state. “You
“The Summer of Our Discontent” seemed like don’t have to be an athlete to participate, just
someone who wants to make a difference!”

a nice name for this varied collection of short
plays,” said Fisher. “Our hope is always to To register, visit or call (404)
entertain our audience and to walk away from 633-3430. Registration prices vary by age.
the experience knowing it was time well spent.
Do I hope these plays will change someone’s
life? Heaven forbid.”
Plays will be presented Thursday, Friday
LITHONIA Library, police to launch program
The DeKalb County Police Department
and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as well as 3 p.m. on and DeKalb County Public Library will launch
Sundays. Ticket prices range from $12 to $17. Community Appreciation Day coming “Safety with a Cop” Aug. 12 at Tucker-Reid
For more information, visit www. H. Cofer Library. The one-hour event, which DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra begins at 2 p.m., allows residents to meet with
DeBerry will host the fifth annual Community police officers in an informal, neutral space to
Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 12, 5-9 discuss safety concerns and to build a stronger
p.m. at Browns Mill Aquatic Facility, 4929 relationship with police in the community.

DECATUR Browns Mill Road in Lithonia.
The family-oriented event will include
complimentary entry into the facility, a
Residents can also learn how to better protect
themselves, their homes and families. The
library is located at 5234 LaVista Road. For
History center continues Welcome complimentary food ticket and music. The
event is designed to thank citizens for their
more information, call (770) 270-8234.

Wednesdays ongoing support.
For more information on Community
The DeKalb History Center—located at Appreciation Day at Browns Mill Aquatic
101 E. Court Square—will continue its toddler Facility, call (404)-371-2251.


Gabrielle Balkan and Sol Linero’s 50 Cities of the U.S.A. offers a glimpse into Atlanta and DeKalb County. Gabrielle Balkan

Children’s book highlights DeKalb, Atlanta
BY R. SCOTT BELZER illustrated map, famous past and in 1940, not to be opened until Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthplace. present residents, key facts, as well 8113!” reads the description about Atlanta’s own Deborah Wiles,
as landmarks. Each profile also Oglethorpe. “It contains a pocket Spike Lee, Julia Roberts, Carrie
includes “A day in..” section that watch, aluminum foil, mannequins, Steel Logan, Andre Lauren
Students near and far will have guides readers through an ideal day books, newsreels and more.” Benjamin a.k.a. Andre 3,000 and
the opportunity to learn about in each city. “This is the site of the very first Maynard Jackson are featured
Atlanta and DeKalb County, as The book is considered a Waffle House, which opened in on the book’s pages dedicated to
they are featured in Gabrielle companion to Balkan and Linero’s 1955,” reads the description about Atlanta, also referred to as “The Big
Balkan and Sol Linero’s 50 Cities The 50 States, which applies a Avondale Estate’s Waffle House Peach.”
of the U.S.A., a children’s book similar concept to states. Museum. “Devour a stack of waffles According to Quarto, who helps
highlighting cities throughout the Included in the spread are from the southern institution that is fund more than 30 publishers, the
country. DeKalb County’s The Little Shop Waffle House—there are some 132 book boasts more than 2,000 total
Over the course of 112 pages, of Stories (133 E. Court Square, restaurants in Atlanta alone!” facts.
readers are given an all-access Decatur), The Waffle House Balkan includes such locations “Explore skyscraper streets,
pass to famous and lesser-known Museum (2719 E. College Ave, alongside such Atlanta landmarks museum miles, local food trucks
amenities in such cities as New Avondale Estates), the Cator as The Varsity, CNN studios, Krog and city parks of the United States
York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Woolford Estate (1815 S. Ponce Street Tunnel, the Atlanta Botanical of America and discover more that
Vegas, Miami, Honolulu and de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta) and Gardens, the High Museum of celebrate the people, culture and
Charleston. Oglethorpe University (4484 Art, the Center for Puppetry Arts diversity that have helped make
Each city is featured in a two- Peachtree Road, NE, Brookhaven). Museum, The Dogwood Festival, America what it is today,” reads a
page profile that includes an “A time capsule was buried here Centennial Olympic Park and description from the publisher.

For the past seven years, Southwest DeKalb High School has celebrated its character, community and fellowship with an annual cookout event. This year’s event—much
like a giant tailgate at Salem Park— attracted more than 1,500 Southwest DeKalb alumni dating back to 1982. Photo by R. Scott Belzer!

Commissioner Larry Johnson said Southwest DeKalb’s student retention
within the county, appearances in movies and television as well as its sense of
connectedness makes Southwest DeKalb High School a treasure to the metro
Atlanta region. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

SWD Continued From Page 1
and other metro Atlanta high schools cannot be described,
only felt. He said he regularly keeps in contact with four to
five classmates, but thinks about, talks to and sends well-
wishes to more than 30.
“That goes for every class here. It’s hard to dictate and
tell people exactly what it is,” Davison said. “You have to be
a part of it and know exactly what it is. It’s like a family—
we’re all cousins. We enjoy getting together and spending
time together, even if it’s for five hours on one day. We treat
it like it’s a week.”

County school’s $100,000 day not a wise choice
On Aug. 4, DeKalb County teachers spend their own of enthusiasm at the beginning
School District (DCSD) spent an money to purchase needed of the school year.
estimated $100,000 on what is supplies for their classrooms and Or, if the $100,000 were
referred to as a day of fellowship when numerous organizations divided equally among the
and celebration by district conduct back-to-school supplies district’s 137 schools and
officials. Attendance of the event John Hewitt collections to help the less centers, it would represent $730
is mandatory by all DCSD staff fortunate students be prepared per school. It’s safe to assume
who had reported to work as of and equipped for the new school that most principals could do
Aug. 4 year, it would certainly seem quite a bit of encouragement
Much of that money will be air conditioning for their day of that there are more effective of staff and students with $730
spent outside of Dekalb County festivities described in an email ways to spend $100,000. spent locally—in their own
to rent the Infinite Energy Arena received by The Champion According to DCSD’s website, school.
in Gwinnett County. A district as having the purpose of “to the district serves nearly 102,000 We often hear the importance
spokesperson said there is no celebrate, educate, motivate and students, 137 schools and of supporting our local
facility in DeKalb County that dedicate (staff and employees) centers, and 15,500 employees, communities, schools and
can hold the estimated crowd of to a new school year.” including 6,600 teachers. economy and most would agree
13,000 district employees and I also understand the If that $100,000 were that this important. It seems that
staff. However, the James R. importance of motivating allocated to the 6,600 teachers, spending $100,000 locally would
Hallford Stadium in Clarkston employees in hopes of beginning it would mean approximately $15 have far more positive impact
can accommodate up to 15,000 a new school year with per teacher that would not have than spending it on a mandatory
people. excitement and encouragement. to come out of their personal event outside the county, that in
I understand that DCSD However, in a time when budget—not a lot of money but all likelihood many would prefer
officials want the comfort of it is widely known that many certainly enough to provide a bit to not attend.

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the Catholic Church and other insurance plan, purchased via else’s money is paying our bills,
French institutions of his day. the Health Care Marketplace are Americans willing to spend
from a major insurer, all but billions of dollars having no idea
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returns to Capitol Hill in early largely on opposition to the pharmaceutical provider. My provided. 
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can agree. those with preexisting medical
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U.S. House majority, the ACA insurance, competition and
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with a one vote majority, and dentistry, weight loss and gym
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DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 8th annual Community Day With Law DeKalb Officers gave away school supplies to students in attendance.
Enforcement event at Stars and Strikes Bowling Center in Stone Mountain.

Sheriff’s office hosts community day
Department, DeKalb County School District
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN Office of Public Safety, DeKalb County Marshal’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Juvenile
Captain R. Akies, who spent his most recent “This gives us an opportunity to show kids
23 years with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, how law enforcement can be in their lives and
admitted his bowling game isn’t very strong. how we can have a positive connection and
Nonetheless, Akies said it’s important for the partnership,” said DeKalb County Solicitor-
sheriff’s office to interact with local teens before General Donna Coleman-Stribling. “The only
the start of the school year. way to communicate and build a better DeKalb
As part of the eighth annual Community Day is to contact the kids that grow up here.”
with Law Enforcement, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Stribling, raised in DeKalb County and a
Office held its back-to-school event at Stars and graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School, said
Strikes Bowling Center in Stone Mountain Aug 2.  she remembers her parents taking her to similar
“The purpose of this event is to gather youth events growing up.
in the community prior to them going back to “If you want to change something, you start
school and share a day of fun and having the with children. There’s a number of offices that
kids seeing positive role models,” Akies said. are involved and we’re always going to be here
“It’s just an opportunity for us to engage with to help the kids in the community,” Stribling said.
individuals in the community.” According to a spokesperson from the
The event started in 1999 as a project of the sheriff’s office, the Community Day With Law
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Enforcement event brings together more than
Captain R. Akies speaks to local youth during the 8th annual
bowling alley owner Tom Walker Sr. Akies Community Day With Law Enforcement event. 100 DeKalb County youth from community
said it’s important for the sheriff’s office to lead service agencies and faith-based groups to meet
the way in being a positive influence on the law enforcement representatives.
participants for more than an hour, then
community they serve. Law officials also distributed backpacks and
distributed pizza and drinks.
“This lets the youth and community know that school supplies to students.
According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s
we are here for them. We are willing and we “The best way to make money and to do all
Office, Sheriff Jeffrey Mann expanded the
are expecting to interact with the people we are the things you want to do is with your education
program to include agencies such as DeKalb
called upon to protect and serve,” Akies said. and that starts right now,” said DeKalb District
County Solicitor-General, DeKalb County
DeKalb County law officials bowled with Attorney Sherry Boston.
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Clarkston Community Center was visited by Joyce Licorish of Russel
Entertainment USA-UK as part of its summer mentoring program.
Photo submitted.

(Above and below) A tree dedication ceremony was recently held at Tucker High School for former foot-
ball player Solomon Rashad Jackson. Head football coach Bryan Lamar along with Jackson’s parents and
former and current Tucker football players were in attendance to honor Jackson who died last year. Photos
by Cindy Brewer

Doraville participated in National Night Out on Aug. 1, bringing
residents together with first responders countywide for a night of
fellowship, community and awareness. Photo submitted.

Dunwoody Police Department joined agencies throughout the United States in National Night Out, which brings first responders face to face with the communities they serve. Photos

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COUNTYWIDE Thousands of DeKalb County
students headed back to class on
Aug. 7 to begin the 2017-2018
school year. Photo submitted.

Narvie J. Harris Elementary School Student Jasmine Wadley is DeKalb County School District Superintendent R. Stephen Green rode the bus with students the morning of Aug. 7 as part of the
all smiles while posing Aug. 7 with her “Jasmine is a first grader” first day of school. Photo submitted.
flyer. Photo by Kemesha Wadley

The weekend of Aug. 5 featured more than
100 back-to-school registration and events
throughout DeKalb County. Certain events
Third grader Xavier Powell is ready for his featured supply giveaways while others
first day of school at Marbut Elementary included tours and registration. Photo by R.
Dunwoody High School joined high schools throughout DeKalb County School District Aug. 3 in School. Photo by Shaunda Powell Scott Belzer
hosting its open house event for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Photos submitted.

Chamblee Police Department held a Back-to-School event on Aug. 5 at Dresden Park, which included Lakeside High School hosted a ‘Viking Visit Day’ on Aug. 2 to educate incoming students and
the department giving away more than 100 backpacks filled with school supplies. Photo submitted. parents about the clubs and opportunities available to Vikings. Photos submitted.

DeKalb County School District held a convocation ceremony at the Infinite Energy Arena in Gwinnett County on Aug. 4 to celebrate the new school year. Photos submitted.


coming together
Clarkston, county celebrate
National Night Out
Tucker taekwondo performed demonstrations at Clarkston’s National Night Out on Aug. 1, which celebrates local services
and first responders. Photo by Travis Hudgons

Clarkston joined Tahoe Shopping Center
communities throughout located at 4660 E. Ponce
DeKalb County and de Leon Ave. While a
the rest of the country taekwondo demonstration
Aug. 1 to celebrate took place on stage,
community partnerships, children drove a cart
first responders and other through an obstacle
emergency personnel at course wearing goggles
the 2017 National Night that simulate intoxication
Out. or explored the inner
“This is where workings of a police siren.
the community and “This is to help make
department come together sure people know the
to try to bridge the gaps police are friends to the
and come together,” said community and that the
Clarkston Police Chief community can go to Clarkston joined cities throughout the country in hosting National Night Out, which unites city services and first
Christine Hudson. “We police for support and to responders with the rest of the community.
have a huge refugee help remind the police they
population and we really can go to the community
want people to realize for support,” said Georgia
we are their friends and State Senator Steve
we’re here to help. It’s Henson. “It’s a good
important, because if there bonding experience and
are any issues, people good opportunity to meet
need to know we can work neighbors. The biggest
together to solve problems thing, anywhere, is building
and issues at hand.” a sense of community and
Local nonprofits joined coming together. Clarkston
members of the Clarkston is a great community and
Police Department, DeKalb located in the best section
County Fire Rescue, of metro Atlanta.”
city officials and local DeKalb County District
representatives to show Attorney Sherry Boston
the community the benefits said, “National Night
of city and county services. Out is one of my favorite
“All across the country, nights of the year—people
DeKalb District Attorney Sherry Boston and State Senator Steve Henson called National Night Out their favorite community
this is an opportunity for of the community come event of the year.
law enforcement to engage out, interact with law
with the community,” enforcement, and together,
said Clarkston City take a stand to say ‘We
Manager Keith Barker. want safe streets. We want
“Clarkston has such a fun.’ They’re telling the
diverse community. We criminal element, ‘These
have people here from are not your streets.’
other countries who are “This gives people the
somewhat intimidated by opportunity to interact with
law enforcement and we law enforcement [in ways]
want to make sure those they may not consider
folks, and folks born here, possible—eating hot dogs,
understand there’s nothing playing with sirens and
to be afraid of. Call on us everything else. DeKalb
and we’ll come and help.” County is here for you. By
The event, which coming out to events like
featured, games, this, people feel that, see
equipment demonstrations, that, and celebrate that,”
music, hamburgers and Boston said.
hot dogs took place at
Clarkston City Manager Keith Barker said National Night Out brings together residents and those who serve them.


St. Timothy School
adds grade levels
recently announced the
BY R. SCOTT BELZER addition of sixth and seventh grade classes
following demand from the
According to Lora community. According to the
Ingram, director of St. announcement, St. Timothy
Timothy School in Stone School also plans to add
Mountain, each child should an eighth grade at the
have the opportunity to beginning of the 2018-2019
develop intellectually, school year.
physically, emotionally and Ingram had a one-word
socially. answer when asked what
At St. Timothy, however, led to the decision.
students also have the “Interest.”
opportunity to develop Ingram said prospective
spiritually, a factor that has DeKalb County parents
led to growth at the school. looking for a viable
St. Timothy School, education option often tell St. Timothy School—located at 5365 Memorial Drive—will offer its educational services to middle
which operates out of St. her they desire smaller school students beginning this year. The school held an open house event Aug. 5. Photos by R. Scott
Timothy United Methodist class sizes, a nurturing
Church at 5365 Memorial environment, a place that
Drive, offers students meets their students’ needs
an accredited education and a strong academic help, we address that, too.” and at that point, Ingram are approaching their 30th
involving language arts, foundation. St. Timothy School, said she realized how much work anniversary at the
reading, math, science, St. Timothy School, according to Ingram, has of a resource the school school. She said younger
social studies, handwriting, according to Ingram, can needed to expand for the is to the DeKalb County or newer teachers often
Spanish, physical offer all of the above. past few years. She said community. remark during their first
education, computer, art “That comes with a its environment is ideal for “Our staff is so talented weeks of work how special
and music as well as Bible higher staff-to-student students and parents who and they bring all of their the school is.
and chapel. ratio,” Ingram said. “Our seek focus and support. gifts to students every day,” “We have a lot of
According to Ingram, the largest classes might be “We’ve even had parents Ingram. “I realized how longevity here,” Ingram
school—founded in 1972— 15 students. When class ask, ’Can you build an many smart people we have said. “It’s heartwarming. It’s
has increased its enrollment sizes get to be above 15, addition to the back and here and how many people a Christian environment.
from 60 students in pre- we usually just split the add a high school?’” Ingram have master’s degrees It’s a school where it’s quite
Kindergarten through grade class or add a teaching said. here, which is unusual in a obvious that teachers care
five in 2015 to 120 currently. assistant. We shoot for the The School went through small Christian school.” about students and their
Ingram said there’s also a basics; to the students who its formal Association Ingram also credited families.”
waiting list. are excelling, we encourage of Christian Schools the school’s low turnover, For more information,
St. Timothy School them to excel, and those International accreditation boasting that some St. visit www.sttimothyschool.
who need more time and process a few years ago, Timothy School teachers com.

Brookhaven street paving
A Municipal General Election for the City of Atlanta will be held on November 7, 2017 to fill the offices of
Mayor, City Council President, City Council Members and Board of Education Members.

program 90 percent complete Candidates shall qualify to fill the aforementioned offices at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, Second
Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303; between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on:
•Tuesday August 22, 2017
•Wednesday August 23, 2017
July ended with and understanding as we •Thursday August 24, 2017, or
Brookhaven completing progress to the finish line.” •Friday August 25 2017
90 percent of its 2017 All major paving work Candidates may qualify by either of the following methods:
paving schedule, the city is expected to be complete
announced Aug. 1. by the end of August with a.) Filing a Notice of Candidacy and paying a set qualifying fee to the Municipal Clerk/Election
City officials said 51 finishing work remaining, Superintendent or designated agent for the desired office as follows:
roads—9.24 miles—of the according to the city. Mayor $5529.00
city’s roads have been Finishing work includes City Council President $1860.00
repaved so far. utility adjustments, roadway City Council Member $1809.00
Board of Education Member $ 444.00
“Infrastructure and striping, shoulder grading,
maintenance are important manhole adjustments and b.) Filing a Notice of Candidacy, a Qualifying Petition and a Pauper’s Affidavit affirming under
components of the city’s material testing. oath the candidate’s povertyor inability to pay the qualifying fee as required by O.C.G.A. Sections
21-2-132(g) and 21-2-132(h) with the Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent or designated
strategy for 2017 and I am On April 11, the mayor agent.
glad to say that the city’s and city council approved
most ambitious paving a $4.72 million paving Rhonda Dauphin Johnson
Municipal Clerk/Election Superintendent
project has advanced contract with CW Mathews City of Atlanta
steadily and punctually to repave 58 city streets.
throughout the course At the end of the season,
of this past summer,” 10.7 miles of Brookhaven
Mayor John Ernst said. roadway is expected to be Subscribe to The Champion Newspaper. TODAY!
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 DeKalb County Police Department Detective J.K. Walker talks to a group of participants during an active shooter workshop at First Christian Church of Atlanta.

The DeKalb Police Department hosted an active shooter workshop at First Christian Church of Atlanta in Tucker Aug. 2.

Better safe than sorry Local church prepares for active
shooter, other scenarios
prepared, the DeKalb Police connect with a lot of people areas around the church. may happen,” Edmondson
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN Department hosted an and connect with people Officials with the DeKalb said. “I’ve learned in my active shooter workshop to spread our message County Fire Department own personal experience
at First Christian Church of in dealing with active and Citizens Emergency the value of neighborhood
Atlanta in Tucker Aug. 2. shooters,” Walker said. Response Team also spoke watch. We’re vigilant and
Dylann Roof, who shot
“These workshops are During the event, Walker at the workshop. concerned about our
and killed nine people in
in such great demand that emphasized the importance Tom Edmondson, community.”
a historically Black church
we make sure to tell people of being alert, not only with senior pastor at First Approximately 100
in Charleston, S.C., may
whenever we do [an active active shooters, but with Christian Church of Atlanta, individuals came to the
have been the catalyst for
shooter workshop] to tell other situations as well. said he wants to establish church to participate in the
other churches to be more
everyone in the community,” Walker said arson is also regulations for safety at workshop. Edmondson said
prepared in the event of an
Walker said. “This allows a serious issue in DeKalb the church. Edmondson he wants to establish the
active shooter, said DeKalb
that business or place County. said a week prior to the church as a community-first
County Police Department
of worship to develop a In February of this year, event there was a shooting church.
Detective J.K. Walker.
great relationship with our an arsonist attempted at a Target store near the “This is what it’s all
Months after Roof’s
department.” to set several fires at church. about. This is what we need
shooting in June 2015,
Walker, who is also part Restoration Ministries “We need it. We need to to be doing. My goal is to be
Walker said churches in the
of a homeland security unit, in Decatur. Community be prepared. The shooting here for the community and
area began contacting the
has hosted active shooter members contacted the fire happened just a quarter to be an asset to the police
department to ask about
events for roughly five department and were able mile from [the church]. We and an asset to the fire
active shooter workshops.
years.   to prevent the fires from just want to be prepared department,” Edmondson
As part of the effort
“In one day we can spreading in four separate just in case something said.
to keep communities

DeKalb officials oppose STONE MOUNTAIN

Emory annexation
County and city of Atlanta
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN residents so that there are no gaps in serving citizens of
both jurisdictions.”
According to the county’s
The process of Emory resolution, more intense land
University annexing into the use, as allowed by Atlanta,
city of Atlanta just got a bit will negatively impact the
more complicated as DeKalb county’s stormwater utility
County commissioners and traffic. Currently, the
approved a resolution to county collects $131,000
oppose the move. annually from the owners of
On Aug. 1, DeKalb the Emory parcels in storm
County commissioners water fees. If that area were
held a special meeting and to be annexed into Atlanta,
voted to officially object to county officials said they Stone Mountain residents and visitors had an opportunity to view the proposed renovation plans for the Stone Mountain
Emory’s request to annex are unsure whether the fee Train Depot. Photos by Carla Parker
into Atlanta, citing traffic will continue to be collected
concerns, burden on existing and the county may still be
infrastructure and land required to provide storm
development regulations. water service to the area.
Emory, located in Officials also cite traffic
unincorporated DeKalb concerns. The resolution
County, filed a petition states “[the] annexation
along with U.S. Centers creates a disproportionate
for Disease Control and impact on traffic and roads in
Prevention (CDC) and the adjoining unincorporated
Children’s Healthcare of area of the county….when
Atlanta (CHOA) June 27. more intense development
Emory released a occurs in this annexed
statement saying the move area, the bulk of the traffic

Train depot renovations
to Atlanta is “the most viable, and road impact falls on
long-term option.” According unincorporated DeKalb’s
to Emory President Claire roads and residents, rather
E. Sterk, annexation into

continue in Stone Mountain
than on the city’s roads and
Atlanta will help the DeKalb city residents.”
and Atlanta area. Some have speculated
“We are enriched by that Emory’s possible move
our relationships with the into Atlanta is meant to
county and the city as jumpstart the Clifton Road BY CARLA PARKER renovating the 1914 City of Chamblee
well as the larger region light rail system in the Clifton women’s restroom into an DeKalb County, GA
and the state and look accessible restroom that will
Corridor area. The City of Chamblee
forward to building upon our Thurmond said the rail The Stone Mountain meet requirements of the Council will have a
commitment to community system could benefit DeKalb Visitor’s Center is expected Americans with Disabilities Called Meeting/Workshop
involvement, academic and Fulton counties if done to move to the Train Depot Act (ADA); and constructing on Saturday, August 12,
excellence, innovation and properly. next year. a raised timber railroad 2017 to discuss a variety
entrepreneurship,” Sterk platform along two sides of of topics.
“Mass transit is a way The city will soon begin The agenda is posted
said in a statement. to enhance the quality Phase II of the Train Depot the southern section that
However, county officials will expand the use of the on the city website,
of life for all citizens of renovation project, which,
stated that Emory’s move DeKalb. We believe that would allow the center building and that will allow
could negatively impact the ADA access to this portion and at City Hall.
the construction of both to move into the depot The meeting will be
county if certain issues are the Clifton Corridor and on Main Street. The city of the depot. held in the conference
not addressed. the I-20 rail extension are received $149,000 from Once the renovations room at City Hall, 5468
“Our objections are essential to promoting the the 2016 DeKalb County are complete, the visitor’s Peachtree Road,
designed to ensure that all continued economic growth Community Development Chamblee, GA 30341.
the issues associated with and prosperity of DeKalb Block Grant (CDBG) to See Train on Page 16A The meeting will begin
the proposed annexation County,” Thurmond said. complete specific projects in at 8:30 am.
are thoroughly vetted “The objections submitted the depot.
and that citizens have PUBLIC NOTICE
by the county should not be The city plans to
the ability to be informed seen as opposition to the transform the train depot CITY OF DORAVILLLE, GEORGIA
regarding potential impact proposed Emory annexation. for community use as a
on their neighborhoods, We believe the annexation welcome center, senior Notice of Intent to Take Action to Increase
communities, and the will be a positive step if the activity center, event venue the Compensation of the Mayor and Council
county as a whole,” process includes open, and museum featuring local members of the City of Doraville, Georgia.
DeKalb County CEO transparent negotiations with exhibits. Mary Beth Reed PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Mayor and Council,
Michael Thurmond said all parties involved including of the Stone Mountain at their August 21, 2017 Council Meeting, intend
in a statement. “It is also DeKalb County government, Historical Society said the to consider and to vote upon an ordinance that will
imperative the appropriate city of Atlanta, Emory organization has three provide for an increase in compensation for the
intergovernmental University, MARTA, DeKalb projects it would like to Mayor and members of the City Council, and if so
agreements are entered County School District and complete with the funds. approved, will become effective January 1, 2018.
into with the city prior to the Atlanta Public Schools.” “We want to finish the Copies of the proposed ordinance are available for
annexation that ensures the The Atlanta City Council gutters and downspouts examination and inspection with the Doraville City
appropriate service delivery plans to vote on the from the first phase, which Clerk. All concerned citizens are invited to the public
of police, fire, 911 and water annexation this fall. we could afford,” Reed said. hearing, which will be located at Doraville City Hall,
and sewer to both DeKalb Other projects include 3627 Park Ave. Doraville, Georgia at 6:30 p.m.

TRAIN Continued From Page 15A
center will be moved to the safely, happily and just be
depot. on Main Street. I think that
“We’re really excited will be pretty cool.”
about it,” Reed said. Exterior renovations on
“Having this kind of facility the depot were completed
will allow us to open up and in 2015. The city received
get this thing moving and a $352,150 Transportation
hopefully energize people Enhancement Grant from
about the depot and its the Georgia Department
history. It has an incredible of Transportation to fix the
history.” exterior of the old police
The city allowed station section of the train
residents and visitors into depot and the drainage
the depot Aug. 1 to see the issues.
plans for the depot. The south side of the
“The idea is to get the train depot was built in 1857
message out that we’re after the Georgia Railroad
A DeKalb County Police officer chats with young Tucker residents. Photos by Carla Parker starting,” Reed said. “We’re Company completed
going to have to do it in the line from Madison to

Tucker hosts first
phases. There’s no big Atlanta. The north side was
foundation behind us at this built in 1914 as a passenger
point in the game but we office and waiting room. In
will be looking for further the early 1960s, the train
funding to get the other depot served as the city

National Night Out
phases done. But the first hall and city jail. It remained
big threshold is getting the in use until 2012 when the
visitor’s center over here new Municipal Building was
and making appropriate completed.
space so people can work
have an association or an excellent since Tucker
BY CARLA PARKER organization to put one incorporated and the city is OBITUARY on,” Mayor Frank Auman committed to staying under Johnny William Levengood
said. “So, we’re kind of the DeKalb police’s watch.
Hot dogs and umbrella for the whole city “We just began the Johnny William Levengood of Tucker, GA,
conversations between if anybody wants to come process of negotiating born January 17, 1932, died on July 26, 2017.
Tucker residents and the out.” our [intergovernmental Johnny is survived by his wife of almost 65 years,
DeKalb County Police When Tucker was in the agreements] with them and Janet Keep Levengood, his sister, Sue Parker, of
Department were plentiful initial stages of cityhood what it will look like going Leesburg, FL, four children, J. Michael Levengood,
at Tucker’s first citywide discussions, planners forward,” Auman said. “We Esq., Gary A. Levengood, M.D., the Rev. Patti
National Night Out Aug. 1. decided not to form a city have some really innovated Axel, M.Div., and Shari Freyermuth, Ph.D., two
Residents got to know police department because ideas and creative ways to daughters in law, Peggy Levengood and Lisa
a few of the police officers they were satisfied with the continue to work with them, Levengood, two sons in law, Jeff Axel and Wilson
from the Tucker Precinct services they were receiving but emphases Tucker’s Freyermuth, eleven grandchildren, Tommy,
while eating on hot dogs from the DeKalb Police own specific needs. We’re Michael, Timothy, John, Eric, Mark, Bryn, Lauren,
served from the Palookaville Department. Auman said excited about it.” Ryan, Jacob and Sarah, five great grandchildren,
food truck during the event the policing has remained Audrey, Parker, Rex, Eli and Jackson, and six
at Idlewood Elementary nephews and nieces, Virginia Miller, Cheryl Neff,
School. The event also
Gaile Cassiani, Frank Coleman, Rikki Coleman
and Vikki Coleman. Johnny was preceded in death
included face painting for
by his sister, Stella Coleman and his nephew John
children and lawn games. Parker. Johnny and Janet were charter members of
National Night Out, Destruction of Special Education Records Living Grace Lutheran Church in Tucker, GA, where
created in 1984, is an the celebration of Johnny’s life will be held at 2:30
annual community- The DeKalb County School District, in accordance with federal and p.m. on August 27, 2017, the Rev. Dr. David Hardy,
building campaign that state law, announces its intention to destroy, on or about January officiating.
promotes police-community 31, 2018, education records collected, maintained, and used in the
partnerships and provision of a free and appropriate public education for students with
disabilities. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Johnny graduated
neighborhood camaraderie. from Miami High School and served in the United
According to the National Special education records maintained by the District for students born States Army during the Korean Conflict. After
Association Town Watch, between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 1993 are no longer completing his military service, he attended the
more than 38 million people needed by the District for educational purposes. However, these University of Florida and State University of
in an estimated 20,000 records may be needed by the student and/or parent or guardian for New York where he graduated with bachelor’s
communities nationwide Social Security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, or and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.
held celebrations in 2016. other purposes. Johnny joined Bell Laboratories as an electrical
Some homeowners’ engineer in 1960 where he worked on the Telstar
If you, as a former special education student or parent/guardian of
associations in Tucker a special education student, wish to obtain these records prior to satellite project in Whippany, NJ. After a two year
held individual National destruction, please contact the Special Education Records Office at assignment working on the Sprint ABM project at
Night Out events for their 678-676-1802 or in writing at: White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, NM,
subdivisions, but Tucker Johnny moved his family to Tucker in 1970 joining
officials wanted to have one •5867 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Western Electric Company when it opened its cable
for the entire city. •Or via email @ manufacturing plant in Gwinnett County, where he
“We have a lot of •Or via fax @ 678-676-2027 was a senior electrical engineer until he retired.
neighborhoods with The request window opens October 15, 2017 and closes January
homeowners’ associations 31, 2018. The request for records (scheduled for destruction) form is In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
that are doing their own available on the DeKalb County School District website on the Special made to the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation or
[National Night Out events] Education page. Records will be made available within 30 days of the Living Grace Lutheran Church. On-line condolences
tonight, but there are some written request; if you plan to pick up the records in person, please can be made at
[neighborhoods] that don’t notify us at least 5 days in advance. Proof of identity is required.

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Local partners start coffee company
End and Decatur—he said, just distributing our coffee
BY KATHY MITCHELL also honor Atlanta and products, but providing
FREELANCE REPORTER the founders. “I grew up in a service to the global
Decatur, Rick grew up in community of farmers,
At his government job, West End and Deron grew suppliers, retailers, roasters
Ricardo Richardson was up in the Fourth Ward. We and ultimately the end
chatting with a coworker from decided those would be our consumers.” 
Senegal, West Africa, when initial offerings. We plan to Brown added, “We also
the topic turned to something create blends to honor other continually look for ways
Richardson is passionate Atlanta area neighborhoods to work with nonprofit
about—coffee. such as Buckhead. organizations—give back
“I had been thinking for “We took our time building to the community here in
a long time about doing a business infrastructure. Atlanta. We’ve all been richly
something for myself— We wanted everything in blessed and we want our
starting my own company,” place—financing, licensing, company to be a blessing to
recalled Richardson, who insurance. We wanted a Dun others.”
is now CEO and president and Bradstreet number so The partners say they
of Historic Noir Coffee that any potential partners are proud to have started
Group. “My friend was could easily learn whatever a business that is unusual
talking about Senegal as they needed to know about Quality control Vice President Chris Brown, left, and CEO and President Ricardo in African-American
a coffee-exporting country us. We wanted anyone who Richardson show Historic Noir Coffee Group’s current offerings, which honor communities, but add they
and it just clicked with me. I does business with us to Atlanta residential areas. don’t want that to be the
liked the idea of going into a know we’re a solid company; extent of their legacy. “We
business where there wasn’t we’re not some fly-by-night don’t want people to buy
operation,” Brown said. South America. “In the future, Historic Noir Coffee’s our coffee because we’re
already a lot of minority we may use coffee from Haiti
All the pieces started to website notes that its an African-American owned
participation.” Richardson and African countries. It’s
come together at a trade partners are “fair trade” company; we want people
said he realized he could great when we can establish
show at which the partners coffee importers “that to buy it because it’s an
bring a special product to a business that helps uplift
met the Seattle-based respect humanity and the excellent product,” Brown
market while helping growers others financially.”
company that would become environment….We are not said.
in developing countries. “A
business should always be their importer, roaster and
about more than making packaging company. “We 2017 Notice of General Election and Qualifying Information
money,” he said. “We want stood out at the trade show—
to help provide opportunities African American guys in Notice is hereby given that the City of Doraville, Georgia shall hold Nonpartisan
for people across the country the coffee business. The Municipal General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00am-7:00pm.
and around the world.” Seattle company approached A municipality shall fix and publish a qualifying fee for each office to be filled in
Richardson invited us. Once they checked us upcoming election. Such fee shall be (3) three percent of the total gross salary of the
longtime friends Christopher out and found out we had office paid in the preceding calendar year including all supplements.
Brown and Daron Moreman a sound operation, they
to join him in the new wanted to do business with OFFICE SALARY QUALIFYING FEE
enterprise. “Each partner us,” Brown recalled. “They Council Member, District 1 $8,400.00 (3%) $252.00
even got involved in package (Incumbent) Robert Patrick
brought unique expertise
to the business,” he said. design, helping us create
Council Member, District 2 $8,400.00 (3%) $252.00
“My background is in project an eye-catching black and (Incumbent) Dawn O’Connor
management; Chris is a orange package that stands
details man—his specialty is out on the shelves.” Council Member, District 3 $8,400.00 (3%) $252.00
quality control—and Daron In a process called (Incumbent) Sharon Spangler
knows sales and operations. “cupping,” Brown and
“We work really well his partners sampled Qualifying for the election shall be held at City Hall, 3725 Park
together. If two of us combinations of beans Avenue, Doraville, Georgia 30340 beginning on Wednesday, August
passionately agree on and flavorings at various 23, 2017 through Friday, August 25, 2017 from 8:30am - 4:30pm.
strengths and temperatures O.C.G.A. 21-2-132(c)(3) & SB199
something, the other one will
go along. We have a strong until they hit upon blends
Qualifications to Hold Public Office In the City of Doraville
bond of trust and confidence they wanted to call their
in one another,” Richardson own. Historic Noir Coffee Pursuant to the Doraville City Charter, the Qualifications of Mayor and
continued. Group was established in Council Members shall be as follows:
Among the details the 2009; in 2014, the company
partners agreed on was a was ready to place its No person shall be eligible for the office of Mayor or Council of Doraville
name for the new enterprise. product in retail stores and unless he/she have been a resident of Doraville for a period of one (1) year
“Historically, Atlanta has coffeehouses as well as immediately preceding the date of the election, and a resident of Georgia for
been the birthplace of many making it available online. at least two years; and
Black-owned businesses,” “The roasting company
had already taken care of Shall have attained or passed his/her twenty-first birthday (21); and
Brown explained. “That’s
why as African-American NAFTA (North American No person’s name shall be placed on the ballot as a candidate for Mayor or
men starting a business Free Trade Agreement) Council member unless such person shall have filed a Notice of Candidacy
we incorporated the words compliance. That made with the Office of the City Clerk.
‘historic’ and ‘noir’—the importing from anywhere in
French word for black—into the world easier,” Brown said, Sherry D. Henderson, City Clerk
our name.” The current adding that current blends Election Superintendent
blends—Fourth Ward, West use beans from Central and


Brookhaven Bucks’ season comes to an end by Jay Kapp
Brookhaven Bucks

The Brookhaven Bucks (16-13) season came
to an end July 29 with a 12-5 loss to the Atlanta
Crackers in game 3 of the best-of-three Sunbelt
Baseball League East Division championship
The Bucks finished second in the Sunbelt
League East Division and advanced to the division
championship series—the first time since 2014—by
beating the Gwinnett Tides July 25 in a wild card
playoff game.
The Bucks offense was led by Lithonia native
Daino Deas, who hit .333 for the season with four
doubles and 12 runs scored, and Connor Stutts,
who hit .328 and led the team in both slugging
percentage (.500) and on-base percentage (.463).
Zavier Lushington tied the Bucks’ single season
record with three triples.
The Bucks’ pitching staff was one of the best in
the Sunbelt League. Tyler Elwer was 2-1 with a
1.22 ERA in 22 innings, Jake Brace was 3-3 with
1.70 ERA in 42.1 innings, Dylan Biumi had a 1.76
ERA in 15.1 innings, Tanner Thomson had a 2.66
ERA and struck out 37 batters in 27.0 innings and
Bryan White was 2-1 with a 2.80 ERA and struck
out 36 batters in 25.2 innings.
Austin Weiermiller set the Bucks single-season
The Brookhaven Bucks offense was led by Lithonia native Daino Deas, who hit .333 for the season with four doubles and 12 runs record for saves (four) this year.
scored. Photo by Jay Kapp


Youth tennis team second in USTA Atlanta City Championship
The Dottie Bridges 14u Tennis
Team finished the United States Tennis
Association Atlanta City Championship July
15 as runners up.
The south DeKalb County tennis team
fell to John’s Creek WAF Rec tennis team in
the14U Intermediate Championship match
at Harrison Tennis Center in Marietta. Dottie
Bridges lost the championship 4-1, with its
one win in the boys’ singles match.
The Dottie Bridges 14U team, which is
comprised of 11-, 12-, 13- and 14-year-olds,
qualified for the Atlanta City playoffs as the
top-seeded team from USTA Intermediate
Division 2, which also includes Druid Hills
Country Club. Dottie Bridges completed the
regular season with a 5-1 record.
Dottie Bridges advanced to the semi-final
round of the playoffs against the Harrison
Tennis Center team of Marietta. They won
the boys’ singles, girls’ singles and mixed
doubles lines, all in straight sets to advance
to the championship.
The 2017 USTA Atlanta City
Championship is the fourth United States
Tennis Association final that Dottie Bridges
Tennis Center has appeared in, in the
last five seasons. The program is now
3 -1 in those competitions. In 2013, the
8u team won the USTA Georgia State
Championship, the 10u Team won the
USTA Atlanta City Championship in 2014
and the 12U Team won the Atlanta City
Championship in 2015. The Dottie Bridges 14u Tennis Team finished second at the United States Tennis Association Atlanta City Championship. Photo submitted


THOUSANDS OF WATER BILLS MAILED penalties. Extended payment options
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN will only be available for residents
with held bills. Any account balance
that was due prior to September
2016 will still be due and will carry
According to DeKalb County, forward on the current bill.
roughly 5,000 residents should County officials said residents
receive previously held water and who need an extension to pay their
sewer bills by Aug. 14. bills can contact the Utility customer
The newly released bills, which Operations Center in Decatur or call
will be July and August 2017 monthly (404)-378-4475.
or bi-monthly billing statements, are Star McKenzie said since
based on actual meter readings, she created the Facebook group
according to DeKalb officials. “Unbelivable DeKalb Water
“We are making significant Bills,” residents are frustrated
progress as we continue to work and concerned with the lack of
to restore trust and integrity to the communication between water
water billing system by reducing the DeKalb County plans to release 5,000 previously held water and sewer bills on Aug. bill and sewer customers and the
number of held bills,” said DeKalb county.
County CEO Michael Thurmond. eventually be fixed. not enough. “Since the Facebook group
In September 2016, DeKalb “There is no overnight solution, DeKalb County resident Lisa began, I have been blown away by
County held an estimated 37,000 but at the end of the day we want to Rushton said some residents, such how many strategic ideas residents
of the county’s 194,000 water and develop a high-quality system that as elderly and non-English speaking have chimed in with in regard to
sewer accounts because their we can all be proud of,” Thurmond residents, are vulnerable when it fixing the billing crisis,” McKenzie
accuracy could not be independently said at a May water billing meeting. comes to customer service. said. “Myself and other members
verified. As of Aug. 1, nearly 13,000 Thurmond said the watershed “I’m still pushing for a solution for have shared some of these ideas
residents received held bills. department is taking steps to correct elderly and vulnerable citizens. The with DeKalb and watershed leaders,
Since taking office, Thurmond has issues by hiring 12 additional Hispanic language barrier will be but it felt as if we were throwing [the
hosted multiple meetings regarding customer service reps and 12 tough to crack,” Rushton said. ideas] into a black hole with no way
water billing and sewer issues and additional field service technicians. According to county officials, held of holding them accountable for
assured residents the issues would However, some residents say it’s bills will not include late fees or other implementing them.”



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