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The Georgia Peace Officer Standards
and Training Council voted to revoke
the certification of DeKalb County
Sheriff Jeff Mann Sept. 27

Decatur resident Beate Sass created the I am Decatur
photo project to celebrate the city’s diversity. Future

BEHIND THE LENS uncertain for
DeKalb sheriff
by Horace Holloman
Creator of Decatur photo project discusses diversity horace@dekalbchamp.com

It’s unclear what the next step
by Horace Holloman That’s how the photo wanted to create a photo essays will be for DeKalb County Sheriff
horace@dekalbchamp.com essay project “I am Decatur” because we do have diversity Jeff Mann. The Georgia Peace
got started. The project was in the city and we thrive on Officer Standards and Training
Beate Sass, who moved from displayed at events throughout diversity. I was hoping if other Council voted to revoke his
Tallahassee to DeKalb County the city in hopes of bringing the people could get to know their certification on Sept. 27.
in 2011, said Decatur is the first discussion of diversity to the neighbors and know that they Mann, who was arrested May
place she’s lived that feels like forefront. come from various places in 5 after he exposed himself to an
home. “Last year during the the world and have different Atlanta police officer in Piedmont
Sass said she wanted to do presidential campaign, I was gender identities that would Park, will have time to appeal the
something that truly depicted the disturbed by the level of inspire them to have meaningful decision. According to officials
essence of her “home”—lively, intolerance and I really wanted conversations.” in the DeKalb County Sheriff’s
diverse and full of stories to tell. to do something,” Sass said. “I Office, they have heard no recent
See Lens on page 5
updates from Mann.
According to state law, Mann

Happy Feet
cannot serve as sheriff without a
law enforcement license.
Mann accepted a plea deal
and pleaded guilty to obstruction
and prohibited conduct on July
27.
DeKalb officials, professionals According to the incident
report, Mann was seen by an
prepare for dance competition officer rubbing his penis under
his pants. Mann then approached
the officer and completely
exposed himself. Once the officer
by Horace Holloman identified himself, Mann fled on
horace@dekalbchamp.com foot before surrendering.
Mann faced several
Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan claims he has disciplinary actions because of
“two left feet,” although it’s hard to tell the way Grogan the incident, including a self-
seems to move around with ease as he prepares for his imposed one-week suspension.
jazzy dance routine. Mann wrote in a memo to his
Grogan, his dance partner Bridget Roosa and nine employees, “I am disciplining
other teams are preparing for the first DeKalb County myself for ‘conduct unbecoming,’
Dancing with the Stars event, hosted by the solicitor- Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan and his partner Bridget
Roosa practice their dance routine at the Agnes Scott
See Dance on page 5 College Dance Center. See Mann on page 5

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TUCKER

‘DEAFYING’ THE ODDS
DeKalb resident holds USA
deaflympics record
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN again.”
After graduating college,
horace@dekalbchamp.com Barbiers thought that perhaps
being a police officer would
Tucker resident Beth be another option to serve
Barbiers is a detailed, plan- her country. When Barbiers
oriented person. At an early moved to DeKalb County
age, she knew she wanted in 2002, she applied for a
to serve her country in the position in the DeKalb County
Marine Corps. Police Department, but again
Barbiers, who went to failed the hearing test.
Tucker resident Beth Barbiers recently competed at the Deaflympics where she finished sixth and
college on a soccer, track Barbiers said she was set an all-time US record for the marathon.
and field, and cross-country compelled to see an
scholarship, said she scored audiologist and it was
then that she found out ear structures, according to Nonetheless, Barbiers had she began training.
a 98 on the Marine Corps the California Ear Institute. another goal—competing in “I just thought I was
ASVAB test. But something definitively that she suffered
from significant hearing loss. “I had sudden adult the Olympics. going through the motions
unexpected would derail her hearing loss and I lost about On a whim, Barbiers said, anyway and I just wanted to
plans. Barbiers suffers from a rare
disease called semi-circular 40 decibels in a month,” she researched the qualifying do something, so I started
“I failed the hearing test,” Barbiers said. “I just thought, times for the Deaflympics training. I thought it was a
Barbiers said. “They thought it canal dehiscence, which
affects the bone of the skull ‘Oh man, all my plans are marathon. In October of 2016,
was a mistake, so I went back falling through.’”
to take the test and I failed it base and the enclosed inner SEE ODDS ON PAGE 4A
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 3

AROUNDDEKALB
BROOKHAVEN “This is a significant event in the city
of Chamblee. It showcases our diversity
and brings our cultures together,” said city
of having one of the busiest airports, a
growing entertainment industry and being a
convention city,” according to a release about
Parent’s Night Out scheduled manager Jon Walker. the event.
Admission to the event is free and tickets
Brookhaven will host Parent’s Night Out for tastings will be sold for $1 each. Restaurant

LITHONIA
on Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Lynwood booths will offer tastings that range from one
Community Center. The event allows parents to to five tickets.
drop off their children on a Friday and have time For more information, visit www.
to themselves. The event will include dinner, tasteofchamblee.com or www.facebook.com/
games, activities and options to keep children tasteofchamblee.
entertained. Pre-registration is required by the
Marbut Traditional Theme School to host
Fall Carnival
COUNTYWIDE
preceding Wednesday and pickup is promptly
at 9 p.m. Cost is $15 per child; ages: 5-12. The
community center is located at 3360 Osborne Marbut Traditional Theme School—located
Road. at 5776 Marbut Road—will host its annual Fall
County to host annual Fire Safety Festival Carnival event on Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. until 5
p.m.
Chili cook off coming to park DeKalb County’s Fire Rescue Department Hosted once a year by the Marbut
will host its 15th annual Fire Safety Festival at
The Atlanta Chili Cook Off will be held Oct. Traditional Theme School’s Parent Teacher
Northlake Mall—4800 Briarcliff Road N.E.—on
7 at Brookhaven Park, 2660 Osborne Road, Association, the festival will include a bounce
Oct. 7 at 4 p.m.
from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature 75- house, dunk tank, rock climbing wall, train
The Fire Safety Festival will include hands-
plus restaurant and amateur teams from the ride, food trucks, face painting, refreshments
on activities, rides, a driving obstacle course,
metro Atlanta area all competing for plaques, and live music.
CPR training, fire truck tours, instruction on
medals and cash prizes totaling more than Tickets cost $20 each or two for $35,
fire safety for pets, face painting, portrait
$2,500. Six celebrity judges will determine according to event organizers. Vendors
drawing, refreshments and a live DJ.
the winners. For more information, visit www. interested in attending the event should
Past events have included a rock climbing
AtlantaChiliCookOff.com contact carnival@ptaofmarbut.org.
wall, bounce houses, train rides and more.
The event is free and open to the

CHAMBLEE public. For more information, visit www.
dekalbcountyga.gov/event/15th-annual-fire- TUCKER
safety-festival.
Tasty tour details announced Taste of Tucker announced
The city of Chamblee will hosts the 10th DECATUR The eighth annual Taste of Tucker will be held
annual “Taste of Chamblee” event on Oct. 7 Oct. 7, from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tucker’s Main Street.
from 4 to 8 p.m. at the corner of Peachtree Sex trafficking seminar announced The festival will feature samples from more
Road and Broad Street. than 20 area restaurants, plus live music from
Taste of Chamblee—a free event Towers Action Groups will host a Safety local bands. Among the special attractions are a
showcasing local cuisine from some of the and Human Sex Trafficking forum at Bethune children’s play area coordinated by Tucker First
city’s best restaurants. According to event Middle School 5200 Covington Hwy. in United Methodist Church, a space for the sale of
officials, attendees can expect food ranging Decatur on Oct. 19 from 5:30pm- 8 pm. local produce organized by the Tucker Farmers
from Mexican to Italian to Middle Eastern to Speakers will include: Homeland Security Market and drink venues coordinated by Keller
Korean. agents as well as representatives from DeKalb Williams Realty Atlanta Partners. Primo Grills
In addition, attendants will have an option County Police Department and the Dekalb will raffle off an $1,800 ceramic outdoor cooker.
to watch college football games on a big County District Attorney’s office. Admission is free but attendees can purchase
screen. There will also be representatives from The event will share information on the $1 tickets to exchange for food samples, with
local nonprofits, organizations and sports fast growing criminal activity in the United “tastes” costing between one and four tickets.
teams be in attendance to promote their States. “Atlanta is a prime location for what For more information, visit www.tasteoftucker.
services. is now called “modern slavery” because com or www.facebook.com/tasteoftucker.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 4

DUNWOODY

Dunwoody development
proposes greater heights
CITY COUNCIL HOLDS FIRST READ ON LAND USE
ALLOWING OFFICE SPACE, POTENTIAL BUSINESS HQ

BY R. SCOTT BELZER located at 1131 Hammond Perimeter Mall.
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com Road and 4400 Ashford- Houston said he is in
Dunwoody Drive. That beginning talks with an
Dunwoody City Council proposal—known as Nexus out-of-Atlanta company Dunwoody City Council held a first read on a land use permit allowing for a
held a first read on a special at Perimeter—called for a as a prospective tenant for 16-story office building and 10-story hotel at Perimeter Mall. Photos submitted.
land use permit (SLUP) 20-story, 450,000 square 60 percent of the building.
on Sept. 25 allowing for a feet office building and was He said the company is
16-story office building and approved in October for 16 considering Dunwoody as a According to Olson, guests a significant improvement
10-story hotel at Perimeter stories and 350,000 square headquarters location. and workers who ride MARTA to the area by removing
Mall. feet. “They’ve been looking at will not have to venture excessive surface parking not
If approved, the city “The proposal is pretty sites like this all around the outside as they move from being utilized within the city.”
will allow property owner much the same as what was metro Atlanta area,” Houston one facility to the next. Dunwoody resident
Trammell Crow Company presented [last year], but with said. “We’re trying to finalize a “As a mixed use Robert Wolford spoke in
to replace a surface parking the addition of the hotel,” Hill lease by the end of the year.” development immediately favor of the SLUP, stating
lot, add approximately 60 said. “We have provided tree The current proposal adjacent and physically it adheres to the city’s
trees, add a pocket park, use plans, tree replacement plans eliminates the name Nexus at connected to the Dunwoody comprehensive plan to
an adjacent MARTA station and a traffic study.” Perimeter and adds a hotel, MARTA rail station, the project reduce vehicle traffic and take
and provide ground floor Brandon Houston of according to Dunwoody will be consistent with the advantage of the city’s MARTA
restaurant space, according to Trammell Crow Company planning manager John vision of the Dunwoody station.
site plans. said the company is attracted Olson. Comprehensive Plan to Dunwoody City Council
Attorney Jessica Hill to Dunwoody based on its The plan also showcases a increase connectivity and is expected to hold a second
spoke with Dunwoody City proximity to MARTA and pedestrian bridge linking the enhance transportation read and vote on the SLUP on
Council in 2016 regarding a access to amenities along hotel and office space to the options,” Olson said. “The Oct. 9.
SLUP at the same property, Hammond Drive such as Dunwoody MARTA station. new development will be

ODDS Brookhaven names
Continued From Page 2A new finance director
Brookhaven
good goal to see if I could qualify,”
has named
Barbiers said.
Linda Nabers
Not only did Barbiers qualify,
as the city’s
she placed sixth in the women’s
new finance
marathon at the Deaflympics in
director, city
Samsun, Turkey this summer.
officials an-
Barbiers also set an all-time USA
nounced Sept.
Deaflympic record by running a
26.
3:35:06. She said she couldn’t have
Nabers has
accomplished such a feat without the
been the trea-
support of her coworkers at Star Asia
surer of Stock- Nabers
International in Decatur.
bridge since
During her lunch break at Star
2014. Prior to that, she spent 10 years
Asia, Barbiers said she would train for
Rockdale County’s finance department,
her marathon.
including five years as Rockdale’s depu-
“I got here at the tail end of her
ty finance director.
training and I would see her run in
“Linda Nabers brings extensive
the morning, run at lunch, eat tuna.
knowledge and experience of govern-
She was focused and dedicated
mental accounting and reporting re-
beyond anything I’ve ever seen,”
quirements to the City of Brookhaven,”
said Star Asia International Human
City Manager Christian Sigman said.
Resources Director Jo Holman. “We member of the US Deaf Women’s
“This company’s culture is very “Brookhaven is already known for ex-
were so proud of her and we were so National Soccer Team and plans to
much like a family. Everyone was so cellence in financial reporting. I am
excited for her while she was there. compete in the World Cup.
invested in Beth and what she was confident that Nabers will make us
We tried to catch every moment and “You know, I always thought I
able to accomplish. It was like we stronger and better in this critical gov-
watch her compete on YouTube.” would serve my country as a Marine,
won too,” Holman said. “It’s incredible ernment operation.”
Holman said the company threw but if you think about it I’m still
to see an athlete this close that works
Barbiers a surprise “welcome back” serving my country. Just in a different
that hard. She’s got amazing drive.”
celebration and placed a banner way. That’s kind of cool,” Barbiers said.
Barbiers' drive doesn’t stop at
congratulating her above the office
marathon running. She is also a
building.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 5

LENS Continued From Page 1 MANN Continued From Page 1
The photo essay made its debut at the specifically the provision defined as
Welcome Week Decatur reception Sept. 15. ‘engaging in conduct on or off duty
During the event, immigrants shared stories which has a tendency to destroy
of what they think it means to be a Decatur public respect for the employee and/
resident. or the DKSO.’”
On Sept. 24 at the Beacon Municipal Mann also said he donated the
Center’s Ebster Gym, the photo project was one-week’s pay to charity.
displayed again for the We Are Decatur event. Gov. Nathan Deal suspended
The event was created to bring people of Mann for 40 days following an
diverse backgrounds together, according to city investigation from Attorney General
officials. Chris Carr, Newton County Sheriff
“At first I thought, ‘We’re still really Ezell Brown and Peach County
segregated,’ but we tend to gravitate to people Sheriff Terry Deese.
Beate Sass, center kneeling, is pictured with some of the
who are like us,” Sass said. “The trouble subjects who participated in her Decatur photo project to Captain Ruth Stringer could serve
with this is I think a lot of times this level of celebrate diversity. as interim sheriff if Mann does not
intolerance comes about because people are appeal It’s unclear what the next step
fearful of the neighbor down the street who iamdecatur.com. will be for DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff
they’ve never talked to.” Some of the people spotlighted in Sass’ Mann. The Georgia Peace Officer
Sass said prior to starting the project, her photo project include, City Schools of Decatur Standards and Training Council voted
circle of friends was not very diverse. Most School Resource Officer Matthew Damico, to revoke his certification on Sept. 27.
of her associates were White and middle- Decatur Fire Department Support Service Mann, who was arrested May 5
aged. She said one of the most rewarding Captain Ninetta Violante and former NFL after he exposed himself to an Atlanta
experiences of the I am Decatur photo project player and Decatur resident Clarence Scott. police officer in Piedmont Park, will
was talking to a diverse group of people daily. “This is such a wonderful experience,” have time to appeal the decision.
Currently, Sass has completed 26 stories Sass said. “This project is a celebration of our According to officials in the DeKalb
and plans to do several more. She said she differences and shared humanity. We are more County Sheriff’s Office, they have
will post the stories periodically to the website, alike than we are different.” heard no recent updates from Mann.
According to state law, Mann
cannot serve as sheriff without a law
DANCE Continued From Page 1 enforcement license.
Mann accepted a plea deal and
general’s office. and we don’t anticipate it being empty,” Jackson pleaded guilty to obstruction and
Dancing with the DeKalb Stars will take place said, laughing. “We’re going to do what it takes to prohibited conduct on July 27.
Oct. 14 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts bring it home.” According to the incident report,
and Community Center. Proceeds from the event Leslie Davis, who said she’s been dancing Mann was seen by an officer rubbing
will go to the Women’s Resource Center to End since the age of 5, will perform a hip-hop inspired his penis under his pants. Mann
Domestic Violence and the International Women’s routine with her partner Jackson. then approached the officer and
House. Both are DeKalb County-based domestic Davis said she felt compelled to offer her completely exposed himself. Once
violence nonprofits. time to the event because one of her friends was the officer identified himself, Mann
Despite a busy schedule and lack of dancing involved in a domestic violence situation. fled on foot before surrendering.
prowess, Grogan said he’s dancing in the “It means a lot because I’m definitely willing to Mann faced several disciplinary
competition to make a difference. give my time and give to the cause,” Davis said. actions because of the incident,
“I would have never thought in the beginning “Domestic violence is something serious...I have including a self-imposed one-week
that I could come out and do a routine like this. I had friends involved in domestic violence so I suspension.
feel pretty good that I won’t fall on my face during know how it can affect the children and everyone Mann wrote in a memo to his
my routine,” Grogan said, laughing. “Being in law around.” employees, “I am disciplining myself
enforcement, I’ve seen what domestic violence Some of the other performers include former for ‘conduct unbecoming,’ specifically
does to individuals and families. If I can do a small DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown, DeKalb the provision defined as ‘engaging
part to raise awareness for domestic violence, then County Commissioner Kathie Gannon and in conduct on or off duty which has a
that’s what I’ll do.” DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Asha tendency to destroy public respect for
Roosa, associate professor of dance at Agnes Jackson the employee and/or the DKSO.’”
Scott College, said she volunteered her time Hosts for the competition are Monica and Mann also said he donated the
because giving back to this cause was a “no- Veronica Maldonando, a mother-daughter one-week’s pay to charity.
brainer.” pair who operate DeKalb County’s Interprint Gov. Nathan Deal suspended
“Raising awareness for domestic violence Communications. Judges for the competition Mann for 40 days following an
is a very important cause,” said Roosa who has will be choreographer Stepp Stewart, Self-Care investigation from Attorney General
taught at Agnes Scott for 16 years. “It was a simple Agency founder Anana Harris-Parris and DeKalb Chris Carr, Newton County Sheriff
answer to say yes to this.” County Chamber of Commerce CEO Katerina Ezell Brown and Peach County
The event is based on the television show Taylor. Sheriff Terry Deese.
“Dancing with the Stars” and each team will Mable’s Barbeque will provide light Captain Ruth Stringer could serve
consist of a dance professional partnered with a refreshments for the event. Debra Rolle of as interim sheriff if Mann does not
member of DeKalb County’s legal, public safety, Mable’s Barbeque said she was thrilled to offer her appeal the ruling. Stringer served as
business or civic community. time, and food, for the event. Mable’s will celebrate interim sheriff in June during Mann’s
Although DeKalb County CEO Michael its 11-year anniversary the day of the event. suspension. Stringer has been with
Thurmond will not compete in the competition, he “My mom and dad raised us so that we would the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office
will have a “special number” prepared. always share. We had seven kids along with my since 1990 and in 2009 she received
The “stars” will compete for two titles—judges mom and dad so we were taught to share what the DeKalb Sheriff’s Medal of Valor
favorite and audience favorite. you had,” Rolle said. “You hear about [domestic and was named Officer of the Year
DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Capt. Eric violence] all the time. You know it’s there and you by the DeKalb Bar Association for her
Jackson said he feels confident his team can take know it’s happening. We thought this is something actions while off-duty that resulted
home a title. we can participate in to bring awareness to the in saving a young girl from being
“We’re going to have this nice little trophy case issue.” assaulted in Stone Mountain Park.  
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 6

Teens’ habits changing but they still need us
Every generation has a only 63 percent had. During generations, they are obsessed
difficult time understanding the the same period, those who with safety, focused on
younger generations. earned money from working tolerance, and have no patience
How they behave, what they plunged from 76 percent to for inequality. iGen is also
embrace, their political views 55 percent. And those who growing up more slowly than
and stances on social issues Gale Horton Gay had tried alcohol dropped from previous generations: eighteen-
as well as what they wear gale@dekalbchamp.com 93 percent between 1976 and year-olds look and act like
and the music they listen to 1979 to 67 percent between fifteen-year-olds used to.”
are scrutinized and criticized 2010 and 2016. Statistics Regardless of the reasons
by elders. Comparisons are means a lessening of putting from the Centers for Disease for these cultural shifts, older
inevitable and the phrase themselves in harm’s way Control and Prevention indicate generations have sage advice
“back in my day” gets uttered (accidents, addiction, disease a decrease in the number of about relationships, work,
frequently. and pregnancy). However, teens engaging in sex. community involvement, hard
A new study of adolescents the author of the study Twenge has penned a book times, loss and disappointment,
will likely lead to more head Jean Twenge contends this whose title aptly sums up her sacrifice, saving and spending
scratching, conversation and generation may be less ready perspective, iGen: Why Today’s and more. We have the ability
confusion over the generation for the responsibilities of Super-Connected Kids are (and dare I say obligation) to
referred to as iGen, those born adulthood and more prone to Growing Up Less Rebellious, continue to influence, guide,
after 1995. mental health issues such as More Tolerant, Less Happy and share and show compassion
According to a study anxiety. Completely Unprepared for for these youngster—whether
published in the journal Child Twenge’s work involved Adulthood. they’re Generation X,
Development Sept. 19, teens studying 8 million 13- to “They socialize in completely Millennials or iGeners.
are growing up more slowly— 19-year-olds from 1976 to 2016. new ways, reject once sacred While they make not always
delaying activities such as Among the study’s findings: social taboos, and want want to hear what their elders
dating, drinking, driving and Between 1976 and 1979, different things from their have to say, the younger
working. 86 percent of high school lives and careers,” states a generations still can learn a few
That may sound like a seniors had gone on a date; description from the book’s things from the experiences of
positive since that likely between 2010 and 2015, publisher. “More than previous their elders.

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More important than party
“As an American, as a the district.  in action and she knows well
Georgian and an Athenian, ‘One Man’s  For this act of bi-partisan the fine measure of this young
I want the best candidate,”
Athens-Clarke County Mayor,
Opinion’ outreach, the Athens/Clarke
County Democratic Party has
man. She has said nothing
publicly in opposition of the other
Nancy Denson, a lifelong chosen to excommunicate its candidates, nor raised a stink or
Democrat.
Bill Crane mayor, and the titular head of the fought back against the small-
bill.csicrane@gmail.com
local party, via her position as minded members of the local
Having spent a few decades the highest elected local official.  Democratic Party which she
in and out of the political One choice, one supported and helped lead for
campaign trenches, as a judicial branch created an special election, and party decades.
campaign staffer, adviser and opening and special election activists and loyalists are Tomorrow the sun will rise
volunteer, as well as senior ahead for her House seat. All calling Denson a traitor—a and again set, and some will
staff member with stints in candidates for the office will run Benedict Arnold. Ironically, view each day through rose
Washington, D.C., and under simultaneously—the top two or hypocritically, depending or blue-colored glasses; but if
Georgia’s Gold Dome, I’ve finishers, barring any candidate on your point of view, these the world is truly a rainbow, as
encountered many people receiving 50 percent, plus one same party leaders within days many Democratic activists would
whose world view is almost vote—will likely vie for the office of denouncing their mayor, espouse, you are really blocking
always skewed through the in a special election runoff. pronounced U.S. Senator John and missing out on some of the
prism of partisanship.  At the age of 19, Houston McCain, a maverick Republican best hues.
We are all Americans with Gaines, a UGA freshman, from Arizona as a “patriot, hero
so much in common, and became campaign manager for and true leader” for breaking with Bill Crane also serves
yet our political activists and Denson’s reelection campaign his party, president and majority as a political analyst and
leadership seemingly seek, and for mayor in 2014. Though his leader to vote in opposition to commentator for Channel 2’s
so often prefer to divide us. I’ve beard might have caused you the Graham/Cassidy Bill. The bill Action News, WSB-AM News/
learned that fine people and to consider young Gaines a few was the Senate GOP health care Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM,
leaders come from both major years older, it was his sharp plan to repeal and replace the as well as a columnist for The
political parties. The best also mind, tactical thinking and Affordable Care Act.  Champion, DeKalb Free Press
understand that their party has ability to build and form a strong McCain breaks with his party and Georgia Trend. Crane is
no monopoly on solutions or no ground organization for the and Athens Democrats lionize a DeKalb native and business
singular purity as it relates to a mayoral campaign that would him. Denson breaks with her owner, living in Scottdale. You
path to achieving them.  have caused you to believe he party, and she gets fed to the can reach him or comment on a
Clarke County, home to was a decade older. After that lions. Double-standard much??? column at bill.csicrane@gmail.
the University of Georgia, is near landslide win, and while Denson has seen Gaines com.
the smallest county by land maintaining his studies at the
mass in our great state. Athens University of Georgia, Gaines
Mayor Nancy Denson, nearing began building coalitions there
the completion of her second too, first elected and serving
term, previously served Clarke as vice-president, and later
County well for decades as tax president of UGA’s Student
commissioner, prior to winning Government Association.
the office of mayor.  Denson surveyed the
Athens/Clarke has a potential candidate field, and
consolidated government, assessed, as she nears the
where Denson has been a fiscal end of her final term, which
conservative as long as she candidate would be best for
has been a lifelong Democrat. A her beloved Athens, Clarke
member of Clarke’s legislative County, and the University
delegation in the General of Georgia. Denson chose to
Assembly, Representative back Gaines, who is running
Regina Quick (District 117) was as a Republican. Denson
Republican. A strong legislator, I hosted a fundraiser in her home
expect Quick will fast establish a and donated to the Gaines’
strong record as a jurist following campaign. Gaines has raised
her recent appointment to the an incredible $66,000 for the
bench.  special election, and his support
Quick’s move to the is deep, bi-partisan and across

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COUNTYWIDE

DeKalb schools tout improved
test scores, graduation rates
BY R. SCOTT BELZER we’ve made to encourage
good attendance, study habits
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com and instruction,” said DCSD
superintendent R. Stephen
Officials at DeKalb County Green.
School District (DCSD) are The district highlighted
celebrating a continued rise increases for Black students
in graduation rates and SAT DeKalb County School District touted its recent improvements in graduation rates and SAT test scores. Photos courtesy of
overall (70 to 73 percent), Wikimedia Commons
scores, according to recent Black females (77 percent to
releases. 82 percent), English learners
According to a release (67 to 70 percent), special Arabia Mountain, DeKalb performance with their peers. Five DCSD high schools—
from the district on Sept. 28, education students (41 to 47 Early College Academy and Every step counts and we are Chamblee Charter, DeKalb
DCSD graduation rates have percent) and economically DeKalb School of the Arts moving forward and upward.” Early College Academy,
increased from 70 percent in disadvantaged students (67 to maintained graduation rates DCSD officials state Black DeKalb School of the Arts,
2016 to 74 percent in 2017. 70 percent). of 99, 100 and 99 percent, student performance in Dunwoody and Lakeside—all
The rate was announced by DCSD officials highlighted respectively. DeKalb outscored the national scored higher than both the
the Georgia Department of double digit increases at The graduation rates average by 12 points and national and state average.
Education during the same Cedar Grove High School announcement arrived two Hispanic student performance For Green, the
week. (72 to 83 percent) as well as days after a Sept. 26 release beat the national average by improvements are part of
Data from the state Clarkston High School (59 to stating DCSD students have 8 points. DCSD fulfilling its mission
indicates a steady 72 percent) between 2016 improved and outperformed According to district for students, parents and
improvement for DCSD high and 2017. minority students throughout officials, DCSD has improved stakeholders.
schools. Between 2013 and Cedar Grove joined the United States on the SAT. its SAT performance by 47 “Combined with the
2017, the graduation rate Chamblee Charter, “We are not where we points, coming within 60 positive SAT and ACT results
at DeKalb County schools Dunwoody, Lakeside, Redan, expect to be just yet but we points of the Georgia average in recent weeks, this shows
has increased a total of 14 Stephenson, Arabia Mountain, are very proud of the progress for public schools. This was DCSD is not only graduating
percent. DeKalb School of the Arts and our students are making,” also an improvement of 68 more students, but that
“We are pleased to see DeKalb Early College Academy Green said. “More than before, points with regards to the we’re also preparing them for
the growth in our graduation as a school with a graduation we are clearly seeing how our national average, where DCSD college, a career and beyond,”
rate, as it reflects the efforts percentage of 80 or more. students are closing gaps in comes within 64 points. he said.

COUNTYWIDE

DeKalb County approves Emory annexation a public meeting to discuss
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN future transit plans for the
horace@dekalbchamp.com annexed area and Atlanta will
take ownership of all roads,
bridges and 10 traffic signals
It appears Emory in the area.
University and other “We have engaged in
institutions looking to annex robust, fair and transparent
into Atlanta cleared one of its negotiations that will
toughest hurdles. ultimately protect and
DeKalb County enhance the quality of life
commissioners on Sept. 26 for the citizens of Atlanta
approved an agreement with and DeKalb,” said DeKalb
Atlanta to annex 744 acres County Commissioner Kathie
that include Emory University, Gannon. “This is an important
Children’s Healthcare of step in the development of
Atlanta, Georgia Power, Villa a comprehensive regional
International, Synod of South transportation system for
Atlantic and Presbyterian metro Atlanta.”
Church and the Centers for According to the
Disease Control. agreement, the county will
DeKalb County officials continue to provide fire
said the agreement will be services in exchange for a
mutually beneficial to Atlanta $1 million annual payment.
and DeKalb County residents. Atlanta will agree to pay
“We have a historic that Atlanta and DeKalb the county for any changes. as part of Atlanta’s Druid Hills for at least two years with a
agreement that protects the leaders have developed a Also, four members of the Historic District. maximum of 10 years. The
interest of all residents in model for future regional county commission, including During the annexation county could potentially
DeKalb County and the city cooperation.” one of the two commissioners process, some DeKalb County receive more than $10 million
of Atlanta,” DeKalb County Per the agreement, Atlanta representing the annexed officials expressed concern for providing the annexed
CEO Michael Thurmond will adopt DeKalb County’s area, must agree with any over potential increased area with fire services.
said. “This lays a foundation zoning classifications and changes in the zoning traffic in the area. According The county will have the
for the enhancement of requirements for the annexed ordinance. The Druid Hills to the agreement, the county option to terminate the fire
transportation options for area and will be required to Historic District within the and city leadership will service agreement after two
both jurisdictions. I believe receive written approval from annexed area will continue request that MARTA conduct years.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 9

COUNTYWIDE BROOKHAVEN

DeKalb schools adjust Upgrades coming to Murphey Candler Park field
makeup schedule BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com
Jones said. “This community
is so united in their desire to
of the result of that. This is the
groundbreaking of the next
have community activities big project and we’re going to
BY R. SCOTT BELZER that it’s going to be a great have more to come after this.
Murphey Candler Park is opportunity to have an “Without the citizen input,
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com the fourth Brookhaven park additional space for those this wouldn’t be happening
to receive upgrades under the purposes.” and the citizen input has been
city’s “Year of Progress” park Jones said this project so creative and so specific that
DeKalb County School Green’s final decision will
improvement plan. would not have happened we’re really able to meet what
District (DCSD) adjusted its be announced Oct. 16.
City officials broke ground without the involvement from the community wants,” Jones
plans to makeup time lost to DCSD policy allows Green
Sept. 28 on the new open residents. added. “This is your grassroots
Hurricane Irma on Sept. 27. to unilaterally schedule days
space field at Murphey “We have all spent so government at work—putting
DCSD revised the original lost to inclement weather or
Candler Park. In July, the much time as a community in grass and putting in roots.”
plan to extend the school other emergency situations.
Brookhaven City Council giving input and gathering The total cost of Murphey
day by 20 minutes until Georgia law and waivers allow
approved the 1.9-acre open the input of residents to see Candler Park improvements is
winter break in December. school districts to miss days
space that features a walking exactly what it is the people $591,203 and is expected to
The extension will now last should they choose to do so.
trail which will run along the want here at Murphey Candler be completed in early 2018.
from Oct. 2 until Oct. 31. The DCSD board member Stan
perimeter of the park and and at all our parks,” she said.
district kept its plans to hold Jester said he was “not a
additional seating. “This is the groundbreaking
school on Election Day, Nov. fan” of the plan, advising the
“Today is the latest chapter
7. district “let the other two days
of the “Year of Progress” of our
The revised plan still leaves go.”
parks,” Mayor John Ernst said.
two days to make up, as DCSD “I’m not a fan of the
Chess
“The work has not ended this
missed four days because of extended day idea. I have
year and will continue all the
inclement weather. District three kids in three schools.
officials state they will take We have been tweaking our
way throughout. This project
is a result of hundreds of
improves
input from principals, parent
groups and stakeholders on
schedule for the last two
months and this extension
hours of community input.” learning,
thinking, &
The field, which is located
Oct. 13 on how to proceed. blows that up,” Jester said.
at the corner of West Nancy
“Throughout this process, “I provided my thoughts to
I have been continually the superintendent in an
Creek Drive and Candler
Lake East, is currently an old
decision-
working with our board to
distill our various options
unsolicited email to him over
the weekend recommending
baseball field. Councilwoman making
skills in
Linley Jones said the space
into the best solution for our to reclaim the Nov. 7 Election
will be renovated, including
students and families. The Day / Teacher Work Day
identification of two make- and the February inclement
sodding the entire field with
an irrigation system to grow
children.
up opportunities thus far is weather day.”
new grass.
a good starting point,” said
DCSD superintendent R.
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STONE MOUNTAIN

BULLY ME? NO WAY!
Miracle baby passes along anti-bullying
message to Freedom Middle School at 13
to students they are perfect
BY R. SCOTT BELZER just the way they are, no
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com matter their skin tone, quality
of attire, shape, size, height
When pregnant 18 year- or mental temperament. It
old Georgia Perimeter College also encourages students
freshman Tara Hawkins- to tell someone if they see
Bottoms fell into a four- bullying anywhere—not just
month coma after being on campus.
attacked in November 2003, The event included
doctors had little hope for the Hawkins’ story, his appearance
baby she carried. as the comic’s main character,
Now, 14 years later, Super Love Boy, as well
Emmanuel Hawkins—a baby The comic book, Bully Me? as giveaways to students.
delivered 11 weeks early while No Way!, details Emmanuel
Hawkins’ mother’s tragic story Students in the audience
Hawkins-Bottoms was in a and encourages students to received such gifts as
coma—uses adversity and his love themselves and spread it 10-speed bicycles, computer
mother’s story as a vehicle for to others.
tablets, headphones, school
change. supplies and more supplied
Hawkins, with stopped by Freedom Middle by local businesses.
grandmother Nonnie School on Sept. 28 as part of “I was sad to hear about
Hawkins, is the author of Bully a 21-school tour encouraging what happened to my mom,” Emmanuel Hawkins, a miracle baby born in November 2004, and
Me? No Way!, a comic book students to take a stand grandmother Nonnie Hawkins, are the authors of comic book Bully
focused on his mother as Me? No Way! Photo by R. Scott Belzer
against bullying.
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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 11

WEEKinPICTURES

Members of Chamblee’s Police Academy
pose with Chamblee Police Officer Beth
Frye to say ‘thank you’ for rescuing an
abondoned baby last month. Photo
courtesy of Chamblee Police Department.

Members of Dunwoody High School’s Game On! Capital Campaign broke ground on
new bleachers, track, fencing and other improvements Sept. 26. Photo courtesy of
Dunwoody High School

Students from Henderson Middle School join others from Bethune Middle and Peachtree Middle schools in a conversation with Atlanta Falcons player Grady Jarrett on Sept. 26. Photo
courtesy of DeKalb County School District.

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Submit your show to DeKalb County’s Public Access channel, DeKalb 25.
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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 12

BROOKHAVEN

LAKESIDE HIGH
COMPLETES
BLEACHERS PROJECT
$320,000 in seating improvements
arrive for 2017-2018 school year

BY R. SCOTT BELZER prep work began in June and
bleacher components arrived
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com on site in July.
By the first day of the
Approximately four Lakeside High School students, staff and parents currently enjoy 800 new seats at the school’s athletic field courtesy of
2017-2018 school year, final the Lakeside High School Foundation and DeKalb County. Photo submitted.
months after breaking
touches were being added to
ground on a $320,000
the project. By late September, was able to raise $160,000
bleachers improvement
the project was being and obtain matching funds
project, Lakeside High School
regularly used by the Lakeside from DeKalb County for the
students, staff and parents
community. bleachers project.
welcomed the arrival of 800
“The Lakeside community Cora said the foundation
new seats at the school’s
has been incredibly patient raised $50,000 in a 50-day
athletic field.
and supportive of the period in 2015 and often
“We are excited to
bleachers program,” Cora said raises more than $10,000 per
complete the bleacher project
in May. “The success of this is 5k event in sponsorships and
after several years of work.
the result of the hard work of entry fees.
Thanks as well to our partners
parents, students, school staff According to its website,
with DeKalb County and the
and so many of our neighbors.” principal sponsors to Lakeside
DeKalb County School Board
According to Lakeside High include Gwinnett Chrysler
who have worked so hard to
School Foundation members, Dodge Jeep Ram, Five Star
make this project a reality,”
the bleachers will add Ford Stone Mountain and the
said Lakeside High School
viewership to such activities Rhame Family Foundation.
Foundation president Lori
as soccer games, lacrosse Other donors include The
Cora.
games, track and field meets, Cochran Firm Atlanta,
The Lakeside High
homecoming, marching band Resurgens Bank and Oak
School Foundation—which
and community gatherings. Grove Market.
works to provide the school
The foundation has The Lakeside High School
with grants, scholarships,
been raising funds for years Foundation is currently in the
educational enhancements
via online donations, the process of establishing an
and capital improvements—
Lakeside High School 5k race endowment to fund projects
originally broke ground on
events, school carnivals, a “far into the future,” according
the project in May 2017. Final
Band-A-Palooza Party and a to member Mitch Leff.
drawings for the project were
syndicated video. The Lakeside For more information, visit
completed in March 2017. Site
High School Foundation www.lakesidefoundation.org.

AVONDALE ESTATES

Residents approach Avondale Estates about annexation
BY CARLA PARKER we’ve been giving them information “The board will have to have a
about how the annexation process majority vote to vote them in,” Brown
carla@dekalbchamp.com works.” said.
Some residents just outside the Elmore said the next step is for the Berkeley Village wasn’t included
Avondale Estates city limits have interested Berkeley Village residents to in the city’s annexation proposal
inquired about annexing into the city. put together an annexation petition presented last year. When the city had
Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan for residents to sign. a feasibility study on its annexation
Elmore said during the Sept. 27 “We do have one or two questions map. In January, the University of
Board of Mayor and Commissioners that we want to answer formally and Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of
work session that a few residents send that back to them, but after that Government deemed the annexation
of Berkeley Village off Highway 278 it’s up to Berkeley Village to put that feasible.
Residents from Berkeley Village approached together for themselves and submit The city’s annexation map included
approached the board about annexing Avondale Estates about annexation.
the townhome subdivision into the that petition,” he said. the Forest Hills and Decatur Terrace
city. Elmore and Commissioner Adela City Manager Clai Brown said once neighborhoods, commercial property
“As I’ve said before, Berkeley Village city officials receive the petition, they along E. Ponce de Leon Ave. and Rio
Yelton met with those residents in
approached us and said, ‘We’re have a year to verify if the petition Circle, property along Rockbridge
early September to answer questions.
interested in annexation. What does is accurate and then go through the Road and the American Legion, which
“We tried to answer as many
that look like? How do we do that?’ So, process of voting. is 0.3 miles from Berkeley Village.
questions as we could,” Elmore said.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 13

DORAVILLE

Tapestry Public Charter School principal Barbara Boone. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
Tapestry Public Charter School held a ribbon cutting event Sept. 27 to celebrate the school’s expansion. Photo by R. Scott
Belzer

MARKING A
NEW BEGINNING
Tapestry Public Charter
School celebrates expansion
BY R. SCOTT BELZER guitar club, refreshments,
introduction of the first
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com
student government body
Students, staff and and remarks from the school’s
community supporters of two founders, Tonna Harris-
Tapestry Public Charter Bosselmann and Devon
School—located at 3130 Christopher. The event was
Raymond Drive in Doraville— also attended by Doraville
came together Sept. 27 to Mayor Donna Pittman, Students, staff and community officials from Tapestry Public Charter School in Doraville came together Sept. 27 to
members of Doraville City celebrate the school’s successes. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
celebrate a few milestones in
the school’s history. Council and members of
“Six and a half years the Georgia Charter School
ago, two very committed, Association.
passionate women decided Since its founding in
that it just might be 2014, Tapestry has gone
valuable to create a school from 90 sixth-, seventh- and
in which everyone valued eighth-grade students to
neurodiversity, inclusion and approximately 207 middle
the innate talents of every and high school students.
child,” said Tapestry principal According to Boone, the
Barbara Boone. “They felt so school plans to expand
strongly about this that they further by including a
gathered a group of their graduating high school class
friends and said, ‘Let’s start a during the 2018-2019 school
school.’ We were located in a year.
basement of a church.” “It’s a wonder that a group
On Sept. 27, Tapestry of like-minded people can Tapestry Public Charter School’s band
Public Charter School— create a school from the and guitar club performed to celebrate Tapestry Public Charter School’s newly elected class president Kelyn Smith.
Photo by R. Scott Belzer
which offers an inclusive ground up,” Boone said. “We’re the ribbon-cutting. Photo by R. Scott
using this event as an excuse Belzer
and individualized learning
environment to neurotypical to mark our new beginning.
and autistic students— This is a new beginning for
Tapestry. We will grow and know what to expect of the brought us all here today than any other students,
celebrated its expansion into school,” Smith said. “Within is one out of many events will leave this school being
the entire building it occupies grow and grow.”
Kelyn Smith, class the first week, I realized that will take place at this able to honor and accept
along Raymond Drive. Until how unique Tapestry was. wonderful school.” neurodiversity like no one else
the 2017-2018 school year, president at Tapestry, said his
brief time at the school has Tapestry is a community filled Boone said Tapestry knows how to do,” she said.
Tapestry shared the school with diversity. Within a few students are offered a broader “They will be able to navigate
with another private school. been a privilege and he is
honored to represent such a years, the school has grown perspective because of the the world of neurodiversity
School officials marked the in diversity and population. school’s unique curriculum. and support each other.”
occasion with performances diverse community.
“As a new student, I didn’t The ribbon cutting that has “Tapestry students, more
from the school’s band and
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 14

GRITS WITH GRANDS
Marbut Elementary Traditional
Theme School hosts annual
event honoring grandparents

BY R. SCOTT BELZER event last year and this year
and were pleased for the
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com opportunity to spend time
together again.
Before the sun rose “It’s something to do—it’s
Marian Willingham and granddaughter Caiden Bradford attended Grits With Grands two years in a row. Photos by R. Scott on Sept. 26, hundreds of a part of the school and a
Belzer grandparents at Marbut great activity,” Roland said.
Elementary Traditional Theme Marian Willingham
School broke bread with their and granddaughter Caiden
sons, daughters, grandsons Bradford said they love
and granddaughters as part the chance to eat breakfast
of the school’s annual Grits together. Willingham said
With Grands event. she remembers the previous
“We are celebrating our year’s event when Marbut
grandparents,” said PTA served shrimp and grits.
member TaNikka Bradley. She said she enjoys any
“It’s an opportunity for opportunity to show her
kids to sit down with their support.
grandparents. Kids see their “I believe in supporting
parents a lot throughout the my kids and my grandkids,”
day, but they don’t get to Willingham said. “It’s a good
see grandma and grandpa at thing for parents to see what’s
school. This is the opportunity going on with their kids and
for kids to celebrate their have them show-off their
grandparents and gives the grandparents.”
grandparents time to spend Bradley said the 2016
with their grandkids.” event was so successful that
Grandparents and they immediately planned a
grandchildren arrived as follow-up. She said feedback
early as 7 a.m. to claim seats has been nothing but
in Marbut’s cafeteria. As part positive.
of the program—now in its Bradley counts her own
Eugene Roland and granddaughters Journee and Jewell Mack enjoyed the opportunity to eat breakfast together. second year—grandparents grandmother as one of her
not only ate with their best friends and said she
grandchildren, but answered hopes the event fosters
questions about their lives similar relationships.
in a segment Bradley calls “They provide insight
“Grandparent Hot Seat.” into a time and different
“It gives kids a chance to outlook,” Bradley said. “You
ask questions they maybe see how your parents are, but
haven’t ever thought to ask you don’t realize that your
before,” Bradley said. “At grandparents raised them
the same time, it gives the in a different environment.
grandparents opportunities That relationship allows
to tell kids things they don’t you to have the friendship
know. Anything that you’ve as well as the authority and
ever wanted to ask your respect—it’s a different type
grandma but were too afraid of relationship than one with
to ask.” your parents and a different
Whether it was a nana, type of love. The bond is so
meemaw, mimi, paw, granny, strong.”
grandma or grandpa, For more information
grandparents dined and on Marbut Elementary
answered a wide range of Traditional Theme School,
questions with enthusiasm. visit www.marbutes.
Eugene Roland and dekalb.k12.ga.us or www.
granddaughters Jewell and ptaofmarbut.org.
Journee Mack attended the

Marbut Elementary Traditional Theme School hosted its second annual Grits With Grands event on Sept. 26, which allows
time for grandparents to bond with grandchildren.
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 15

DeKalb County School District debuted a quarterly magazine in summer 2017 to share more in depth stories. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

TELLING ITS OWN STORY
DeKalb County School District debuts quarterly magazine
BY R. SCOTT BELZER communication with district number of pages based on those ad Are DCSD from EF Pages to increase
stakeholders and tell in-depth stories sales. The company issues a similar distribution, engagement and
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com about the district. magazine at Cobb County School readership.
During summer 2017, DeKalb “This magazine allows us to share District. DCSD also publishes a twice
County School District (DCSD) feature stories that don’t necessarily “Our agreement with EF Pages monthly newsletter—TrustED News—
released a quarterly product fit into our hard news-based mediums does not require any financial to focus on the moment-to-moment
described as “neither a newsletter or that do not garner the interest of commitment by DCSD,” Riley said. happenings of the district. Riley said a
or news publication,” but rather a medium like We Are DCSD allows the
“feature-based magazine with a district to share more captivating and
specific tone, scope and purpose.”
Titled We Are DCSD, the magazine
'This magazine allows us to positive stories.
“For comparison sake, it’s the
showcases achievements and difference between Time magazine
successes throughout the district’s
137 schools. According to DCSD
share feature stories that don’t and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
for timeliness,” Riley said.
The public is welcome to submit
communications specialist and We Are
DCSD’s editor-in-chief Ramona Mills, necessarily fit into our hard content ideas to We Are DCSD by
completing a form online. The form
the stories are designed to “encourage
and inspire [the reader] as they do us.”
“This inaugural edition of We Are news-based mediums or that do includes instructions on tone, scope
and purpose by stating, “Through
inspiring articles highlighting
DCSD magazine showcases a small
sampling of the abundant stories of
achievement and triumph that take
not garner the interest of third achievement and triumph, We Are
DCSD communicates to all that we
place daily in our district,” Mills states are a strong, united, passionate and
in her first letter from the editor. “Each parties.' steadfastly committed to our mission
and purpose.”
quarter, we will share new smiles, new Andre Riley Each submission must answer
faces and new successes with you.”
The first issue features four stories what the main idea and theme is; how
on Warren Technical School graduate the story reflects DCSD’s mission and
Charles Taylor, the International purpose, specific initiatives, services,
Student Center’s “DISCBOTS” robotics third parties,” Riley said. “We want “The communications division uses programs or resources provided by
team, Henderson Mill Elementary’s to tell our own story in an in-depth our existing staff, agreements and the district; schools referenced in the
science, technology, engineering, manner and this magazine gives us a resources to produce the content. story; and three contacts involved
arts and mathematics (STEAM) vehicle to do so.” EF Pages is the publisher of the with the story, including students,
certification, and DCSD parent Riley said We Are DCSD is published magazine. They can provide editorial teachers, staff or community partners.
Elizabeth Aleman. by EF Pages—a company based in support, but DCSD opts to use its in- For more information about We Are
According to DCSD spokesman Texas—free of charge as a public house staff to enhance the outcome.” DCSD, visit www.dekalbschoolsga.org/
Andre Riley, the purpose of the service. Riley said the company sells Riley said DCSD may opt to magazine.
magazine is to bridge and improve advertisements and publishes a purchase additional issues of We
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 16

COUNTYWIDE
Attorney general cites human exploitation, drug abuse and economic development as top issues
legally prescribed to Georgia response and save lives,” he
BY KATHY MITCHELL patients surpassed 541 stated in the announcement.
FREELANCE REPORTER million. That is roughly 54 Carr said he has a
legal doses for every man, special interest in economic
“Most people are aware woman and child in Georgia. development and job
that Georgia has an attorney There is no reason the creation, a carryover from
general’s office, but a lot number should be that high; his three-year tenure as
of them aren’t sure what doctors are overprescribing. commissioner of the Georgia
we do,” said state Attorney Last year, 982 people in the Department of Economic
General Chris Carr, the state of Georgia died from an Development. During the
keynote speaker at the opioid-related drug overdose,” time he held the position—
Sept. 28 DeKalb Chamber he said. between 2013 and 2016—
of Commerce general Following his appearance Georgia each year was
membership meeting. at the DeKalb Chamber recognized by Site Selection
“The state attorney meeting, Carr announced and Area Development as
general’s office act as lawyers the creation of a statewide the top state in the nation in
for the executive branch, but Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr outlined his priorities, including increasing Opioid Task Force, providing which to do business.
control of prescription opioids, at the Sept. 28 DeKalb Chamber of Commerce an infrastructure of “Here in Georgia we recognize
we also work closely with the general membership meeting. Photo provided
legislative branch. There also communication between that the public sector and
is a lot of law enforcement, organizations in the public, the private sector are not
public relations and project now getting involved in so problem here in Georgia. So private and nonprofit sectors enemies. We must work
management in what we do,” many federal issues—why so is abuse and neglect of older that are combating and are together for the good of the
he said. many things that actually are people—physical abuse impacted by this issue. “We state. That’s not true in every
Carr was appointed the responsibility of Congress and financial exploitation, must fight back harder, and state,” he said.
by Gov. Nathan Deal in are being explored by state 90 percent of which is we believe this platform will
November 2016 to fill the legislatures. It’s because perpetrated by family help us strengthen our state’s
vacancy when then Attorney Congress isn’t doing anything members,” Carr reported.
General Sam Olens resigned and nature abhors a vacuum,” “I think we can all agree
he said. that we need clean air
to accept the presidency of CITY OF BROOKHAVEN FY 2018 BUDGET
Kennesaw State university.  “There is no more solemn and water. Ensuring this is
responsibility than to protect properly the role of Congress, REVIEW, PUBLIC HEARINGS,
He said his office has AND ADOPTION
approximately 600 lawyers–a and defend the Constitution but if the federal government
of the United States, the doesn’t act, the states have The proposed FY 2018 City of Brookhaven
small number compared Budget will be presented to Mayor and Council
to other states. “On any Constitution and laws of the to,” he said.
state of Georgia and interests Carr cited as an additional by the City Manager on October 10, 2017 at the
given day, we are dealing regularly scheduled Council Meeting beginning at
with approximately 21,000 of the people of the state of example of an issue too
Georgia. We can’t allow the important to be ignore 7:00p.m.
different issues,” Carr said. The City of Brookhaven will hold a public hearing
“Georgia is the eighth largest interests of the people of our the use of opioids—drugs,
state to be ignored because primarily used as pain on the proposed FY 2018 Budget at the regularly
state. By contrast, Texas has scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, October
about 3,000 lawyers in its the federal government won’t relievers, that produce
address them,” he said. morphine-like effects. “I 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Another public hearing will be
attorney general’s office. So held during the City Council meeting on Tuesday,
I would say that pound-for- “We have to look out realize there are situations
for those who can’t look in which opioids are November, 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Following the
pound we have one of the public hearing on November 14, 2017, the City
best attorney general offices out for themselves. Human appropriately prescribed,
trafficking, particularly that but from June of 2016 Council will vote to adopt the FY 2018 Budget.
in the country. The FY 2018 Budget will be available for public
“Some people may be involving the use of minors to May of 2017, the total
in sex trafficking, is a big number of opioid doses inspection at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road, and
wondering why the states are on the website www.brookhavenga.gov October 10,
2017.

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See Guilty on Page 24A
DUNWOODY

Freedom Middle School hosted a Bully Me? No Way! event on Sept. 28 to
campaign against violence. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

BULLY Continued From Page 10A
Emmanuel told students. “I want to You may not like the way another
educate kids so they have the power person looks or what they wear,
to take a stand against bullying. I but because you have love, you
don’t want anyone else to die.” can respect that person. The more
Emmanuel said he’s excited kindness, respect and forgiveness
a comic book he made can help you give, the more you receive.”
students. Last year, Freedom Middle
“When the bully hurt took part in a similar anti-bullying
[Emmanuel’s] mom, it hurt him, too,” campaign called No Place for Hate,
said Nonnie Hawkins. “He was born school officials said.
very, very early so he’s still practicing “It is imperative that we at
speech and making his voice heard.” Freedom Middle School have a
Nonnie said she hopes the safe school so that students have
presentation inspired students to a better opportunity for success,”
love. said Freedom principal Marchell
MARTA and State Farm Insurance held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 28 to “You have to start with self love, Boston. “Today, we are kicking off
celebrate the opening of the State Farm Park Center Bridge at the Dunwoody MARTA
station. Photos by Carla Parker you have to love yourself before one of many anti-bullying events.”
you can love anyone else,” she said. For more information, visit www.
“Tell yourself that you love yourself bullymenoway.com.

MARTA, State Farm
every day—that’s where it starts.

celebrate new bridge BROOKHAVEN

BY CARLA PARKER
to redefine the ridership experience
by directly connecting businesses and
Brookhaven expands its paving program
carla@dekalbchamp.com residents to our stations, which is a
win-win for all.” Brookhaven city officials said strategic paving schedule that
State Farm employees in Dunwoody In a statement, MARTA General good contract management has included many road projects
now have more convenient access to Manager and CEO Keith Parker said led the city to expand its paving simultaneously,” Public Works
the Dunwoody MARTA Station. the partnership between MARTA season. Director Hari Karikaran said.
MARTA and State Farm Insurance and State Farm is reflective of transit- Last April, the Brookhaven City “Close monitoring of the schedule
held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. oriented development (TOD) that Council approved a $4.72 million and the work product, coupled
28 to celebrate the opening of the increases connectivity and enhances contract for paving 58 streets for a with great performance from C. W.
State Farm Park Center Bridge at the accessibility for Dunwoody Station total of 10.7 lane-miles of asphalt. Matthews, helped keep costs low.”
Dunwoody MARTA station. The bridge patrons. Due to a cost savings of $1 million, “This is what Brookhaven is all
allows State Farm employees and “This ceremony marks a win-win 1.5 lane-miles of roads covering about,” Mayor John Ernst said.
others a direct connection between for both State Farm’s employees as eight streets are being expedited “Maximizing resources to get
the MARTA rail line and the new park well as MARTA riders,” Parker said. “We from the 2018 paving schedule. the biggest bang for the buck
center building on the corner of hope that this successful partnership “This allows us to address more and reinvesting the savings back
Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center continues to spur future TODs around of the roads in the greatest need into our community to improve
Parkway. the region.” sooner, which in turn gives us some everyone’s quality of life. We
A new connector was built to the State Farm Operations Vice greater flexibility to identify and couldn’t make this progress without
existing platform at the Dunwoody President Michael Holmes said address paving issues in 2018,” City the commitment from the City
Station to connect the State Farm Park State Farm choses locations, types of Manager Christian Sigman said. Council to make Brookhaven’s roads
Center to the MARTA station. MARTA developments and the buildings the Eight streets will be paved the best they can be.”
Chief of Staff Rukiya Thomas said the company occupy to attract top talent between Oct. 9-31, including From 2013-2016, 18.8 percent
ribbon cutting ceremony also focused to serve customers. Ashton Trace from Mitchell Cove of the city’s 120 miles had been
on the partnership between MARTA “Park Center is transit oriented, to Osborne Road, Duke Road from repaved, according to the city. With
and State Farm. providing connectivity to a number Skyland Drive to Georgian Drive, an additional 12.2 miles of road
“MARTA has [a] reinvigorated of options, including public and Peachtree View from Apple resurfacing or reconstruction this
push towards all the stations where transportation, to help facilitate and Valley Road to Fernwood Circle. year, 29 percent of the city’s roads
we can create transit development ease movement around the area,” he “We were able to realize will be less than 4 years old.
possibilities, such as this one,” she said. said. “The opening of the Dunwoody significant savings by working Weather permitting, paving
“From our King Memorial Station to our MARTA-Park Center Bridge is an closely with the winning contractor, on all 66 streets is expected to be
Avondale Station, MARTA has worked exciting part of our progress.” C. W. Matthews, to implement a completed by November.
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017 • Page 19

FOOTBALL

Marist remains undefeated
BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com

The Marist War Eagles moved to 6-0 after defeating
the Gainesville Elephants 39-14 at home on Sept. 29.
The War Eagles accumulated 341 yards of total
offense, led by quarterback Chase Abshier. Abshier
completed 10 of 17 attempted passes for 130 yards
and threw two touchdowns. He also rushed for 61
yards on eight attempts and had one touchdown.
Abshier’s rushing touchdown was Marist’s first score
of the game. He scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper
to give Marist a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Kicker
Timmy Bleekrode extended Marist’s lead to 10-0 after
a 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Midway through the quarter, Abshier connected
with Charlie Addicks on a 42-yard touchdown pass.
Abshier would hit John Fitzpatrick on the 2-point
conversion to give the War Eagles an 18-0 lead. Marist
scored before halftime on a 12-yard pass from Abshier
to Dean Johnson, extending the lead to 25-0.
Gainesville got a little momentum in the third
quarter when they went on a nine-play, 92-yard drive
that ended in a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback
Tre Luttrell, cutting the deficit to 25-7.
However, Marist would respond later in the quarter
on a 27-yard touchdown run, extending the lead to 32-
7. Marist got a touchdown from its special teams unit
late in the third quarter. Gainesville was attempting to
punt when the punter fumbled the snap and defensive
tackle Adam Pozzobon recovered the ball in the end
zone, giving Marist a 39-7 lead.
Gainesville scored again with two minutes left
in the game on a 34-yard pass from Luttrell to Trey
Blackwell to bring the final score to 39-14.
Marist will try to improve to 7-0 when they face
White County on Oct. 13. John Fitzpatrick catches a pass near the sideline.

OTHER SCORES
Stephenson (4-2) 27, Jonesboro (2-4) 0
Tucker (5-1) 54, Mundy’s Mill (0-6) 12
Central Gwinnett (4-2) 38, Lakeside (1-5) 36
Charles Drew (2-4) 19, M.L. King (2-4) 12
Eastside (5-1) 56, Druid Hills (1-5) 14
Northview (1-4) 35, Dunwoody (2-3) 13
Patuala Charter (1-4) 28, Cross Keys (0-2) 0
Thomson (4-0) 69, Clarkston (0-7) 0

Open: Arabia Mountain (3-2), Cedar Grove
(5-0), Chamblee (1-4), Columbia (3-2),
Decatur (2-3), Lithonia (1-4), McNair (3-2),
Miller Grove (3-2), Redan (1-4), Southwest
DeKalb (3-2), St. Pius X (0-5), Stone
Mountain (1-4), Towers (2-3)

John Fitzpatrick gets set to rush the quarterback on defense.
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