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Together empowering all
2017 TEA
Walk unites
community
by R. Scott Belzer Elyse Bynum Defoor, owner of
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com EBD4

F Gallery owner
or more than four
hours on Oct. 14,
individuals from
more than 20 eth-
nicities united to share
their stories and march
has experiential
along Buford Highway.
Known as the Together artistic visions
Empowering All (TEA)
Walk, Doraville-based
nonprofit Center for Pan
for Chamblee
Asian Community Servic- More than 3,000 people walked at the 13th annual TEA Walk hosted by the Center for Pan Asian
es (CPACS) hosts an an- Community Services. Photos by R. Scott Belzer by John Hewitt
nual two-mile march and
free community gathering ble beginnings and I stand EBD4 in Chamblee is
uniting the community. before you a Georgia an ever-evolving work of
Members of the Cham- state lawman,” Park said. art. It serves as a working
blee and Doraville police “I have lived the ‘Ameri- studio, gallery space and
departments blocked one can dream’ and am proof event venue for owner
lane along southeast- the dream lives on. This and artist Elyse Bynum
bound Buford Highway is a story that many of us Defoor. Defoor wants it to
to assure a safe space to share here today. We’re be an epicenter for arts in
walk. Beginning at 9 a.m., descendants of those who
officers provided volun- sacrificed everything to the community.
teers a flashing-light es- come to this great nation As one enters the
cort as they placed cones and have a chance for a nondescript strip center
and blocked off the busy better life.” gallery space, impactful
street. Park called on those in photography of Defoor’s
“We are Georgia! Hear attendance to secure simi- work with wedding gowns
our stories!” marchers lar opportunities for future draws guests into a larger
shouted while walking generations. He said core space centered around
along Buford Highway. United States values are a incomplete sculpture
“T.E.A! Together empow- being challenged by tur- comprised of black
ering all!” moil, fear and uncertainty. The TEA Walk—which stands for Together Empowering All— leather belts that have
In addition to the Park said the current so- hopes to empower members of the Buford Highway community.
been collected during the
empowerment walk, the cial climate is one filled
event featured keynote with hate and discrimina- previous 20 years. The
speaker State Rep. Sam tion. many cultures, colors and president of social ser- sculpture is one of many
Park—the only Asian- Park challenged atten- creeds united by Ameri- vices and advocacy at that may cause guests to
American serving in the dants to register to vote, can principles and values CPACS. “We are Georgia linger for closer inspection
Georgia House of Rep- stand up for the voiceless like liberty and justice and we definitely stepped as it may evoke memories
resentatives—as well as and enact the change for all. That is what truly up, spoke up and rocked of eras past and present.
dancing, a stage show they wish to see in Geor- makes this nation great.” the south this weekend.” A resident of the
and refreshments. gia and the country. The escort continued According to CPACS Chamblee area since
Park shared his fam- “The American dream as walkers went against and event officials, the 2001, Defoor majored
ily’s story of coming to is at risk of becoming traffic to spread their mes- purpose of the event is in art at the University
America and fostering a nothing more than a wish. sage and be seen by the to showcase Atlanta’s of Georgia and worked
better life for him and his Your stories and mine are metro Atlanta community. diverse communities
“This is what 3,000- and have them walk in as a graphic designer
family. quintessentially Ameri-
“As a grandson of can,” Park said. “America plus people looks like on solidarity as “one family, after graduation. She
refugees and son of immi- is a nation of immigrants. Buford Highway,” said one community and one later attended the Atlanta
grants, I come from hum- We’re a diverse nation of Victoria Huynh, vice America.” See Gallery on page 5

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CHAMBLEE

The composition and colors of Dianna Settles' mural resembles a Far Eastern mosaic. Photos A mural by Michelle Angela Ortiz along Buford Highway depicts a mother imagining a world without
courtesy of We Love BuHi fear.

PICTURES FOR
UNTOLD STORIES
Buford Highway murals tell
tales of the voiceless
BY R. SCOTT BELZER government, proper resources
for her children and constant
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com threat of displacement and
deportation.
Spanning the cities
Other murals, such as one
of Atlanta, Brookhaven,
painted by Jess Stone, offer
Chamblee and Doraville, Some new murals along Buford Highway offer poem-like meditations to observers.
poem-like meditations.
Buford Highway is known as a
“We were raised by
metro destination for culture
mothers who carried us and Philadelphia. include Yoyo Ferro, Tatyana Sanithna Phansavanh,
and cuisine.
across the Pacific to get here,” Other artists featured Fazlalizadeh, Roberto Jetsonorama, Zoo and
Organizers of a recently
reads Stone’s artwork, which at the completed murals Hernandez, Dianna Settles, Yehimi Cambron.
completed grassroots
features canoes, motor-
effort hope to make
powered fishing boats and
Buford Highway known
a portrait of a mother and
for something more visual:
child among an Asian market.
public art reflecting Buford
“From ash, we reincarnate a
Highway’s cultural diversity.
home.”
Titled The BuHi Walk,
“No importa que tan
buildings along the Buford
difícil sea tu camino. Aqui
Highway corridor now
está mi mano y saldremos
brandish murals focused
juntos. Solo entiende algo
on immigration, diversity
muy importante, no estas
and the native lands of area
‘solo,’” reads another. “En esto
inhabitants.
caminos juntos.”
The murals are as
The BuHi Walk is a
diverse as Buford Highway’s
collaborative effort between
population. While one
advocacy group We Love
building, painted by Michelle
BuHi and Living Walls,
Angela Ortiz, features a
a nonprofit that creates
woman basking in the sun
thought-provoking public art
among various shades of
in Atlanta.
orange, red and yellow—
The two organizations,
possibly eliciting a feeling of
combined with an advisory
a South or Central American
committee made up of
homeland—another, painted
officials from Chamblee,
by Dianna Settles, features
Doraville, Brookhaven,
mosaic-like primary colors,
MARTA, the Atlanta Regional
illustrating an attention to
Commission, the Latin
detail common in most far
American Association,
eastern countries.
the Center for Pan Asian
According to Ortiz, her
Community Services and
painting depicts Isaura, a
the Latino Community Fund,
mother striving to imagine
commissioned 10 artists of
a life without fear despite a
color from Atlanta, New York
lack of representation in local
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 3

AROUNDDEKALB
AVONDALE host a celebration of refugee voices in metro
Atlanta on Oct. 21 from 3 until 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.
briarlakepta.org.

ESTATES Hosted by the Clarkston Community Center
at 3701 College Ave., the event will feature

DORAVILLE
performances, music, food and artwork from
Men’s club monthly meeting announced local artists and restaurants as well as a panel
of speakers.
The panel will consist of DeKalb County
Avondale Estates City Manager Clai Brown
Chamber of Commerce president Katerina
City to host annual charity softball game
will share the status of current and future plans
for Avondale Estates at the Men’s Club monthly Taylor, cardiologist Heval Kelli, 11Alive City employees from Doraville and
meeting Oct. 25 at noon. The meeting will be journalist Neima Abdulahi, and Oak Dunwoody will square off on Oct. 20 at 1
held at American Legion Post 66, located at 30 Grove Methodist Church refugee program p.m. for the second annual Employee Softball
Covington Road. Following the speaker, lunch coordinator Hank Woolard. Charity Game.
will be provided for $12. For more information, Tickets to the event are $15 in advance or The 2017 event will take place at
contact Bob Boyd at (404) 501-9118 or email $20 at the door. Children 10 and younger are Honeysuckle Park located at 3037 Pleasant
at rmboyd@bellsouth.net.  not charged admission. Valley Drive.
For more information, visit www.sagalradio. “The deep seeded friendly rivalry between
org.
BROOKHAVEN Doraville and Dunwoody employees will again
be played out,” reads an event announcement.
Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or
Arts festival coming soon five for $20. All proceeds will directly benefit
the local breast cancer organization I Will
Brookhaven will host an arts festival Oct. Survive. Last year, the event raised more than
21-22 behind the Brookhaven MARTA station. $3,000 for the charity. Each ticket also will
On Oct. 21, the festival will begin at 10 a.m. and offer attendees a chance to win a Big Green
end at 6 p.m., and from noon-5 p.m. on Oct. 22. Egg grill among other prizes.
More than 140 participating artists will feature Attending the event is free and open to the
works of fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, public.
painting, photography, sculpture and more. The For more information, visit the Doraville
MARTA station is located at 4047 Peachtree Facebook page at www.facebook.com/
Road. For more information, visit www. CityofDoraville or raffles.ticketprinting.
brookhavenartsfestival.com. com/?r=6304.

Fall festival at Lynwood Park DECATUR LITHONIA
Brookhaven will host a fall festival Oct. 21
from noon to 5 p.m. at Lynwood Park. The All welcome to Briarlake Fall Festival
festival will have food, a bounce house and Men’s Day services announced
other activities. The park is located at 3360 Briarlake Elementary School—located at
Osborn Road. For more information, visit www. 3590 Lavista Road—will host its 22nd annual Ousley United Methodist Church Men’s Day
brookhavenga.gov. Fall Festival and Craft Fair on Oct. 21 from 11 will be held Sunday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m.
a.m. until 4 p.m. Preacher, missionary, author, philanthropist,
Organized by the Briarlake Elementary PTA, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Rev.
Romal Tune will be the guest speaker.
CLARKSTON
the event will feature food and craft vendors,
face painting, dancing, games, a haunted Tune has received a NAACP Image Award
house, inflatable bounce houses, STEM nomination for his book God’s Graffiti: Inspiring
booths, a dunk tank and a cake walk. Stories for Teens.                  
Radio station celebrates refugee voices According to event organizers, last year’s The Ousley Male Choir will sing
event drew 800 attendees and participants. contemporary and traditional gospel songs.
Sagal Radio Services—a radio station based The church is located at 3261 Panola Road
at 3700 Market St. offering services in Somali, The event is free to attend. Activities are
paid for using tickets, which begin at 22 for in Lithonia. For more information visit www.
Afaan Oromo, Bhutanese and Arabic—will ousleyumc.org
$10, 33 for $15 or 44 for $20.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 4

DECATUR

Briarlake Elementary PTA’s push for STEM programs such as the school’s recently formed Coding Club have earned the association an
award for Outstanding Focus on Academics & Enrichment from PTO Today. Photos provided

Briarlake PTA earns national recognition
BY R. SCOTT BELZER school, best parent group at a private school, best to the school,” the organization states. “They
family event, best major project or program and researched how it was being implemented at other
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com best fundraising program. schools, attended district meetings, and forged
Which school has the best cadre of parents, According to a Briarlake PTA spokesman, the partnerships with local museums and parks.”
teachers and community stakeholders? school competed with 150 elementary and middle According to principal Jamela Lewis, parent
Which group works the most efficiently when schools throughout the country. involvement is essential to student success at
communicating with school leadership and According to PTO Today’s website, Briarlake Briarlake Elementary.
implementing new programs? PTA’s efforts in obtaining science, technology, “Engaging [with the] PTA is essential to our work
According to national nonprofit PTO Today, engineering and math-based (STEM) programs for at Briarlake,” Lewis said. “We have a fantastic team of
DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) Briarlake the school set the organization apart from others. parents whose sole mission is to make Briarlake the
Elementary’s parent-teacher association (PTA) is Such efforts involved implementing STEM best elementary school in the nation. As principal,
among the best. activities into field day and school assemblies; [I consider] it critical to leverage parent expertise,
Briarlake Elementary PTA was recently organizing a family STEM night; developing skill sets, time and energy to propel our students’
recognized in PTO Today’s Parent Group of the academic challenges to be completed over the academic career and experiences at Briarlake.
Year Awards in the category Outstanding Focus on course of the year; creating a coding club and more. We make decisions together, work together and
Academics & Enrichment. All efforts, according to PTO Today, involved succeed together. Our motto is ‘One school. One
The school joins 14 other schools from as far parents’ financial, physical and mental commitment. community. One success!’”
away as Kaneohe, Hawaii in such categories as “In addition to helping pay for teachers to Calls to Briarlake Elementary PTA co-chairs Emily
National Parent Group of the year—the overall take STEM courses, parents attended professional Gridwell and Jennifer Petrich were not returned.
winner—as well as best parent group at a small development sessions themselves so they could For more information, visit www.briarlakepta.
learn about a STEM curriculum and report back org.

BROOKHAVEN

BROOKHAVEN OFFICIALS DISCUSS PROPOSED 2018 BUDGET
BY CARLA PARKER right at $40.7 million. For “The general fund does • The 2018 paving program from 5 percent to 8 percent,”
carla@dekalbchamp.com a city our size, that is $777 not reflect any tax or fee is funded $2.5 million Sigman said.
per capita. For $777 per increases,” Sigman said. “There consistent with the 2018- Sigman said the proposed
“It is balanced across all capita, you get a full-service are no additional FTEs [full- 2022 paving plan. budget supports the city’s
funds,” said Brookhaven City police department; you time equivalent] proposed • Parks Master Plan existing planning documents,
Manager Christian Sigman get 14 parks, three pools for 2018 and this budget implementation funding is created with public input
of the proposed 2018 budget. and two recreation centers maintains the board’s policy proposed at $1.2 million. and is reflective of prudent
Sigman presented the with improvements; you of a 25 percent fund balance • The establishment of financial and operational
2018 fiscal year proposed get paving, sidewalk and in the general fund.” the Brookhaven Tourism management. 
budget to the mayor and stormwater improvements Department. “These recommendations
city council during the Oct. and all the other types of Other features on the • Funding for the construction advance the progress of our
10 regular meeting. Sigman things you see go on in city proposed budget include: of Phase I of the Peachtree master plans and does so
said across all 12 of the city’s government. I think that’s a   Creek Greenway set to begin without an increase in the
funds, the proposed budget great value at $777 per year.” • Maintaining the same at 2.74 in the second quarter 2018. property tax rate,” Sigman
totals $49,979,045. The general fund budget, millage, which is still one of said.
“Of that, $9.2 million is which funds the day-to-day the lowest in DeKalb County. “Major changes in the “We strive to maintain an
inter-fund transfers, which operations of the city, totals • The 2018 year-end general budget as proposed include efficient government and
means it’s going to one $26 million, a 2.8 percent fund reserve is projected a $1 million increase in hotel/ provide the greatest value for
fund from another,” he said. increase from the 2017 to remain at 25percent of motel fund, which is a direct the taxes and fees collected,”
“So direct expenditures are revised budget. expenditures. result of the rate increase he added.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 5

One of several open spaces of EBD4

GALLERY Continued From Page 1
College of Art; she said her experiences experiences unprecedented growth
there propelled her back into art as a full- and rebrands itself as thriving urban
time focus. community. EBD4 can be a catalyst to the
Defoor, whose work has been featured arts scene in Chamblee by offering public
throughout the Southeast and the subject art exhibits, poetry readings and dance
of a PBS documentary, draws her performances in the space, she added
inspiration from what she describes as the Defoor mused about the possibility of
energy found within each of us. Personal a regularly scheduled art walk event that
metaphors have become inspirations would include stops throughout the city
which allow her to express internalized as outlined in a development plan and
emotions, she said. referred to as Chamblee’s Art Block.
As a longtime resident and new Defoor’s ultimate wish is for a
business owner in Chamblee, Defoor large-scale art structure in downtown
wants to see a vibrant arts scene Chamblee that would welcome the
develop in the booming city. She said entire community. She has already
with the number of new, upscale housing developed a concept of an open space
developments in the city, an interactive built of iron that would replicate the shell
gallery space nearby could become akin and structure of a cathedral and allow
to a community center that could bring for display of various forms of art. She
non-residents to the area who previously prefers outdoor installations that are
may not have had a reason to venture out experiential rather than flat. “I can do it,
in Chamblee and help to create a sense of I can plan it, I can make it happen”, she
community for new residents. said.
Defoor describes her new space as Defoor said she also has the ability
multifunctional and adaptable, explaining to envision how a space can be changed
that it allows for display of her large-scale through art and has always created
works and offers space for the display installations that evoke feelings as
of others’ works. She will present an viewers see and experience the space.
invitational exhibit called “40 Over 40” She wants to make a connection with
Nov. 11 through Dec.15 to show “that the public and help dispel the image of
fresh ideas and talent comes from people a gallery being a space where nobody
of all ages, and that artists with decades talks. “I look at art as a heart connection
of life experience have even more to more so than a cerebral impression. I
offer,” according to Defoor. want art to speak to me and make my
The artist and business owner said heart sing. I also want to give others the
she would like to be a pioneer in the opportunity to have a more personal
Chamblee arts community as the city connection with art.”
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 6

Zoning arguments, gentrification and diversity
Many who oppose another As this occurred, home values should be done with his or her
property owner’s plans for decreased and a second set of property. Each has the right to
development will quickly throw owners and tenants who took voice opinions but that should be
out the term “gentrification,” advantage of the opportunities as far as it goes.
which is defined by Merriam moved into the communities. Luckily, more than 20 years
Webster as “the process John Hewitt It is a fair assumption that ago, my wife and I decided that
of renewal and rebuilding johnh@dekalbchamp.com most of those who today oppose we had had enough of being told
accompanying the influx of rezoning are likely third- or by others how our lawn should
middle-class or affluent people fourth-generation inhabitants of appear, what color options we
into deteriorating areas that often to suggest that they believe their homes and the communities had to paint our home and that
displaces poorer residents.” not all can earn an income that they seek to control. They likely we could only have two vehicles
Just as often, those who would allow them to purchase or replaced previous tenants in our driveway.
attempt to influence what rent these spaces. This mindset or property owners who, for We moved to a rural area
another does with their property is insulting to its core. whatever reasons, chose to and built our home on a single-
will at some point in their Granted, some property relocate. lane dirt road. We are in what
arguments include the term owners in areas targeted for Diversity is an all- many would consider to be a
“diversity” and insinuate that redevelopment may see an encompassing term that should “food desert,” we don’t have
newer, more-costly homes, increase in their taxes due to include socio-economic and public utilities such as sewer and
condominiums or apartments will increasing values of surrounding educational differences in water, and I am forced to travel
negatively impact the diversity of newer properties; but they also addition to age, racial and ethnic long distances to find desirable
the community. will see a marked increase in differences. It should not be work. We have age, educational,
When these arguments are the value of their homes and used to insinuate that not all are socio-economic and ethnic
made, there is also an argument property should they decide to capable of, or want to, improve diversity in our neighborhood.
that those making those sell or rent. their living conditions. We have single-wide mobile
statements perhaps believe that Neighborhoods have Aside from the social homes, hunting shacks, cabins
not all segments of society are changed numerous times consciousness issues often and million-dollar homes next to
able to afford the newer housing throughout the history of our city voiced in opposition to each other and nobody tries to
options. Is there an inherent and region. Many homes were redevelopment and their inherent tell anyone else what they can or
prejudice built into these beliefs originally built and owned by biases, there is the issue of should do with their property.
that only White people can afford factory workers. When factories property owners’ rights. Unless It baffles me that some feel
nicer housing? closed, original homeowners a community is protected by they have the right to tell others
When those in opposition or tenants had to choose to covenants, one property owner what they think should be done
to redevelopment argue that move from the community or has no right to suggest to with property they have no
diversity will decrease, it seems find other employment nearby. another property owner what ownership of.
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 7

Smack back that big hack attack
“No single company or Herjavc, from ABC’s Shark the organizers of the conference.
industry can stop or be held ‘One Man’s Tank, and CEO of the Herjavec I’m not someone who puts
responsible for protecting the
security and vulnerabilities of the
Opinion’ Group will lead another session. 
“Unfortunately, roughly 40
much stock in the effectiveness
of the Russian government
Internet,” former Equifax CEO percent of all threats come from attempting to hack and influence
Rick Smith from his prepared
Bill Crane the inside of a company. You’ve U.S. elections. Though there
bill.csicrane@gmail.com
statement and testimony before got to have some way to monitor is a clear and mounting pile
Congress on Oct. 3. your own employees. Does of evidence that they certainly
  everybody need to have access tried. I do expect that they will be
It is no longer a matter of by January 2018. to the payroll server?” Herjavec back. Forewarned is forearmed.
if, more a matter of when, your A freeze is not always warns. There is no one else
personal identity, finances or practical though, as you buy The conference is aimed at responsible for protecting your
credit history is likely to be a new home or make other C-suite executives in information identity other than you, so
compromised. major purchase, need loans to technology as well as small- get out there and take smart
A sad fact of the recent finance a child’s education, etc. to medium-size business measures to smack back that
breach of the credit files of more Fortunately, credit can be frozen owners. The recent rash of next hack attack.
than 143 million Americans is and unfrozen, and only by the big-league hacks may ratchet  
that the better job you have done individual—though it is again up one’s need to repair, update
building and protecting a solid not as easy as flipping a switch. and prevent security breaches Bill Crane also serves
credit history, the more likely you Think more of the time it takes of finances as well as those of as a political analyst and
become an attractive target for applying for a new credit card a business. More information commentator for Channel 2’s
identity theft. in terms of ease of use. If one on the summit, and registration Action News, WSB-AM News/
The Equifax and Yahoo chooses to freeze, one will need details is available at www. Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM,
data breaches, and numerous to do this with all three major cyberhubsummit.com as well as a columnist for The
previous ones of banks, retailers U.S. credit bureaus. “Go to your state’s Champion, DeKalb Free Press
and others, prove that no one is Stick with paper driver’s license bureau, and and Georgia Trend. Crane is
invulnerable and no system is statements - Banks, brokers request a new driver’s license a DeKalb native and business
fail-safe. The belated apologies and most credit card issuers and number. This is a key piece owner, living in Scottdale. You
by Equifax’s former CEO merchants want consumers to of identification, and anyone can reach him or comment on a
focused partly on the limits of accept the ease and low-cost working from the Equifax hacked column at bill.csicrane@gmail.
the company’s abilities to secure option of online statements and data is going to be using your com.
their data from the most effective banking. These may seem like old number,” said James Azar,
hackers and data phishing. a time-saver at first, but if/when co-founder of CyberHub USA,
So if a 115-year-old, Fortune a hack occurs, try presenting
1000, multi-billion-dollar documentation on accounts that
company’s financial and data can no longer be accessed, or
center can be hacked, how can questioning fraudulent charges
others protect their business and which can’t be backed up with
families? paper statements. Trust me on
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theft  protection and coverage The state of Georgia has just
for most or all legal and related invested $50 million in funding
credit restoration expenses for a Georgia Cyber Innovation
reasonably low premium add- and Training Center in Augusta,
ons to homeowner’s or renter’s where cyber-security will be
insurance policies. a key focus. The conference
Freeze your credit - Part of will include internet and data
the Equifax apology package, security experts from across the
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make available to all consumers keynote speaker. Robert

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NORTH DEKALB

A $130 MILLION DISCOUNT?
Possible tax-abated
development welcomed
by Dunwoody City Council
tree additions, a pocket
BY R. SCOTT BELZER park, ground floor retail and
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com restaurant space as well as a
pedestrian bridge.
Dunwoody City Council On Oct. 9, Trammel Crow
approved a special land attorney Jessica Hill provided
use permit (SLUP) on Oct. Dunwoody City Council with
9 allowing a 16-story office answers to questions asked
building and 10-story hotel at on Sept. 25. Concerns during
Perimeter Mall. the SLUP’s first read primarily
According to a tax dealt with landscaping, tree
inducement resolution care and hotel amenities.
approved by the Dunwoody Hill said Trammel Crow
Development Authority on will add more than 80 trees
Sept. 14, approval could also on a property that will be
mean forgoing $130 million 25 percent open landscape.
in tax revenue for the next 10 According to Dunwoody
years. planning manager John
The resolution—which Olson, Trammel Crow
applies only to the office designers have since also
building portion of the added a rooftop deck, rooftop
project—grants developers bar, benches and more “open Dunwoody City Council approved a special land use permit allowing for a 16-story office building and 10-story hotel on
Trammel Crow up to space” to its original site plan. Oct 9. The project is expected to receive $130 million in tax revenue abatement. Photos courtesy
$130 million in revenue No member of the public
bonds. As such, Dunwoody spoke in favor or opposition support or opposition either. Dunwoody City Council completed within the next
Development Authority will to the project during the It’s in an area of very minimal approved the SLUP 5-2. four years or the agreement
own the property and lease it public hearing on Oct. 9. impact for Dunwoody The SLUP agreement will be deemed null and void.
to Delaware-based Trammel Council did not ask the residents.” states the building will be
Crow at a discounted tax rate. developers or Starling about
The tax inducement states the possible abatements.
the 345,000-square-foot Council member Terry
development will bring 2,500 Nall asked Trammel Crow
jobs with an average salary of representatives why they
$66,000 to Dunwoody. wished to keep the hotel
“The [Development portion of the project. He
Authority] finds that the cited a 7 percent increase
economic benefits that will in traffic as projected by a
inure to the city and the Trammel Crow-funded traffic
state from the project and study.
the operation thereof and “What is the compelling
the payments to be made by reason for [the city] to
[Trammel Crow] will be equal squeeze in this second
to or greater than the benefits building and its density in this
to be derived by [Trammel very tight space?” Nall asked.
Crow],” the resolution states. “Why should we intentionally
Specific tax incentives will add 7 percent more daily
be negotiated when Trammel traffic after previously
Crow closes on the property. reducing the density of the
According to Dunwoody site? What is our community
Economic Developer Michael receiving in return for this
Starling, Trammel Crow is special request?”
expected to close on the Hill said the hotel will
property—located at 1131 facilitate a “higher caliber of
Hammond Drive and 4400 office tenant” and provide a
Ashford-Dunwoody Drive better overall development.
near Perimeter Mall—in 2018. “In this location, next
Trammel Crow expects to MARTA, it is the logical
to develop an office location for a dense
building and hotel on a development,” Hill said.
surface parking lot near the “From a practical perspective,
Dunwoody MARTA station it becomes a better
at Perimeter Mall. The development with a hotel
development will include component. No one is here in
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COUNTYWIDE

EVERY STEP COUNTS
DeKalb County School District briefs Chamber on state of the district
BY R. SCOTT BELZER Agriculture Education (CTAE)
program. He mentioned
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com
several career training courses
According to DeKalb available at DCSD, ranging
County School District (DCSD) from nutritional services
superintendent R. Stephen to government and public
Green, district students, administration.
teachers and staff are “We have 3,800 or more
improving on an annual basis students per year that come
by taking baby steps toward through our CTAE pipeline,
long term goals. ready to work,” Green said.
“Every step matters,” Green “They come through several
said. “Sometimes it’s baby industries and 17 career
steps. Sometimes it’s strides. clusters. They’re coming out
Sometimes it’s giant leaps. ready to take any test and
In some cases we’ve made ready to be hired. I have a
incremental gains. In some question—are you ready to
cases we’ve made big steps. hire them?”
In other cases we’ve made Green said he hopes
giant leaps.” to strengthen bonds with
Green and other DCSD local business leaders
officials shared their successes by implementing such a
with the DeKalb Chamber of program.
Commerce on Oct. 12 during Katerina Taylor, president
an annual luncheon event of the DeKalb County
at Stone Ridge Event Center, Chamber, said she is proud
located at 1750 Stone Ridge to call DCSD a partner in the
Drive in Stone Mountain. community. Taylor said she
According to Green, all hoped those in attendance
improvements should be The focus of the 2017 State of the District address was a focus on steps toward improvement. Photo by R. Scott Belzer left the event informed and
acknowledged, encouraged aware of local success.
and celebrated. “We understand that
eyes. of equity, we’re devoting human capital resources to
A big step for DCSD is its an educated workforce is a
Green said DCSD’s resources to support help our schools with the
reaccreditation until 2022, key in job growth, business
rate of growth in student students, staff and their most challenges.”
which was certified earlier in attraction and retention, and
proficiency—gauged by families,” Green said. “It’s very A major step for Green
2017. Green said the district a prosperous community,”
college and career readiness strategic and intentional— includes the expansion of
worked collectively to achieve Taylor said.
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TUCKER

An abandoned building often referred to as the “cinder block inn,” located next to a Holiday
Inn Express on Stonecrest Square, was demolished on Oct. 11.

A DECADE IN
THE MAKING
Longtime eyesore to be replaced
“Part of creating your own city
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN was being able to take control of
horace@dekalbchamp.com your planning and zoning and
Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary takes a ‘ceremonial” swing during demolition of the property on Oct. 11. everything else that goes with it.
Photos provided. This is an eyesore. This wouldn’t
The “cinder block inn,” a
stand in Buckhead or Brookhaven
dilapidated abandoned property
and it’s not going to stand in
in Stonecrest, became a running
Stonecrest.”
joke for hotel management at
Lary said ownership of the
the Holiday Inn Express located
property changed several times
adjacent to the property.
throughout the years. According
Aneisia Teele, director of
to city officials, owners of the
sales at the Holiday Inn, said she
property will build a hotel. The
would often make jokes about the
franchise of the hotel has yet
property stating it was like having
to be determined but “they are
their own “castle.”
entertaining several offers,” Lary
“We just tried to turn a bad
said.
situation into a good one. We
Plez Joyner, Stonecrest
would tell our guests ‘do you want
assistant city manager, said the
the castle view or the hotel view?’”
property will hold either one or
Teele said.
two hotels.
On Oct. 11, Stonecrest officials
Joyner said creating the
took the first steps in demolishing
city of Stonecrest has allowed
the property nearly 10 years
residents more control over their
after it was built. Crews began to
environment.
dismantle the building with mayor
“This is awesome. This is why
of Stonecrest taking a “ceremonial”
we had a new city, to do stuff like
swing with a sledgehammer.
this. For 10 years, people have
Teele said she was surprised
been going to the county asking
and excited to hear the building
them to get this torn down and
would finally be coming down.
couldn’t get it done,” Joyner said.
“I’m excited. With this area
“As soon as we get the new city,
increasing and the sports venue
a few months later it’s coming
that’s coming in, this is going to be
down.”
an exciting time for this area,” Teele
Holiday Inn General Manager
said.
Shobha Dahya said the property
The building, located on
became a safety concern with
Stonecrest Square, has been an
homeless people sleeping in the
eyesore for years, according to
abandoned building. The area was
officials.
also filled with empty beer bottles
“This building has been
and broken glass.
standing here vacant since 2008.
“It’s not a good sight. It’s not
One of the first promises we made
a good sight for us or our guests.
to our citizens is that we would
We’re excited it’s coming down,”
take this building down this year,”
Dahya said.
Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 11

WEEKinPICTURES

Dunwoody High School held its annual homecoming parade on Oct. 12. Photos submitted

Henderson Mill Elementary’s chorus sang outside a local business on Oct.
12. Photo submitted.

Motorcycle rider Diane Bauman enjoys a snack during the Susan G. Komen three-day walk. Photo by Horace Holloman

Brookhaven joined the Welcoming America Network, a nonprofit and nonpartisan national organization that connects
nonprofits and local governments to help them build plans and policies that encourages newcomers and long-time residents DeKalb Medical at Hillandale staff collected money and more than 500
to participate in social, civic and economic endeavors while highlighting the importance of being an inclusive city. Photo cases of water for hurricane relief efforts.
submitted

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STONECREST

Stonecrest Mayor: ‘we’ve got a good chance at Amazon’
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN HQ2 is expected to create tens of can draw Amazon here, and I think
horace@dekalbchamp.com thousands of additional jobs and we have a reasonable shot to make it
tens of billions of dollars in additional happen.”
investment in the surrounding Amazon, with its headquarters
Amazon, which plans to open community,” the company said in a in Seattle, said it estimates its
a second headquarters in North release.   investments in Seattle from 2010
America, said it wants proposals that Amazon said it will look for cities when the company first arrived
“think outside the box.” Stonecrest’s that can offer incentive programs through 2016 resulted in an
bid to change a portion of the city’s such as tax credits. additional $38 billion to the city’s
name to Amazon does just that, “Since we’re competing against economy. Amazon also reports that in
according to Stonecrest officials. cities like Chicago, New York, Los 2010, Seattle had seven Fortune 500
In early October, the Stonecrest Angeles and even parts of Atlanta, companies compared to 31 in 2017.
City Council voted to annex more we had to do something that was In February, Stonecrest officials
than 300 acres of land and rename it different,” Lary said.  “How different is announced the development of a
Amazon if the company decides to Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said Stonecrest has it to have Amazon be able to create sports complex called Atlanta Sports
move its second headquarters to the a good chance at being chosen by Amazon for its their own city—Amazon, Georgia. City. The project is expected to bring
area. new headquarters. Photo by Travis Hudgons Nobody can do that but us.” 1,937 jobs to the area along with 300
The decision garnered national Lary said the city plans to offer new construction jobs.
media attention, something everything they need.” Amazon three times the amount of “This is what I had in mind all
Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said he’s According to Amazon, the land requested so the company could along. Everyone has a talent and
proud of. company will invest approximately create its own city center, townhomes, vision is mine. I know where we’re
“That’s how you draw a multi- $5 billion into the city it chooses to executive homes, post office and zip going to go 10 years from now and I
billion dollar company to your host its second headquarters, creating code. saw this coming in progression,” Lary
area,” Lary said. “As you can see, we roughly 50,000 jobs. The name of the “I was on Fox business network said. “We’re trying to support the
have transportation, we meet their headquarters will be called Amazon and they gave us an opportunity to vision and make this place a better
requirements in regards to interstate H2Q. talk about the economic multiplier place to live.”
and they want [technology talent] “In addition to Amazon’s direct if Amazon chooses to come [to
with the universities of Emory and hiring and investment, construction Stonecrest],” Lary said. “We would be
Georgia State close by. We have and ongoing operation of Amazon the new city mecca of the world if we

DECATUR

Human rights advocacy group applauds Decatur police
our practice.”
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN Merriss said the “codifying”
horace@dekalbchamp.com delay of the policy was due
to a busy summer for Decatur
Several local human officials.
rights activists say they’re in The city of Clarkston
support of Decatur’s police and the DeKalb County
department policy outlining Sheriff’s Office also have
its treatment of immigrant policies regarding immigrant
detainees. detainees. According to non-
On Sept. 29 the Decatur profit group Project South,
commission issued an Clarkston adopted its policy
amendment to the Decatur this year in May while the
Police Department General Sheriff’s Office adopted its
Order Manual, adding Section policy Dec. 4, 2014.
03-d “Immigration Status.” The sheriff’s office released
The section, titled “Force, The Decatur City Commission issued an amendment to the Decatur Police Department General Order Manual stating it will
a statement regarding its
Detention and Arrest,” not hold or extend the detention of any person at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stance stating, “to the extent
outlines the guidelines for that this agency can, we
immigrants in police custody will continue to employ our
in Decatur. limited, taxpayer-supported
the policy is a step in the right of, transfer custody of, or weight behind those words resources to assist ICE with its
According to the
direction for Decatur. transport anyone solely on and making a commitment efforts to secure and detain
amendment, “the Decatur
“We are very excited the basis of an immigration to tell people that they are ‘alien’ criminal suspects in
Police Department shall not
that the city has put into detainer or an administrative safe and that the police are our community by providing
hold or extend the detention
the official code that they immigration warrant, here to protect their rights,” advance inmate release
of any person at the request
won’t make ICE’s job any including an administrative Patenaude said. notification. However, federal
of U.S. Immigration and
easier. We think that’s a very immigration warrant in the Despite the addition to the case law has determined that
Customs Enforcement (ICE)
important step,” Patenaude National Crime Information policy on Sept. 29, Decatur detaining inmates beyond
unless the agency first
said. “Everyone should have Center (NCIC) database. City Manager Peggy Merriss lawful release without
presents the Decatur Police
their constitutional rights Any officer that violates the said the amendment has sufficient probable cause or
Department with a judicially
protected under the law and general order will be subject been a long-standing practice a judicial warrant from ICE is
issued warrant authorizing
the city supports them.” to disciplinary action.” by the Decatur Police.   a violation of constitutional
such detention.”
According to the “Decatur prides itself on “We were already doing law.”
Sarah Patenaude, co-
policy, “the Decatur Police being welcoming, but it can what the policy says, we just
founder of the human rights
Department shall not arrest, be easy to let those just be put it into official language,”
group Hate Free Decatur, said
hold, extend the detention words. This is a step to put Merriss said. “That was already
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 13

DORAVILLE

Different journeys,
same destination
Faiths join for prayer in Clarkston

BY R. SCOTT BELZER journalists in Baghdad.
Leila Kabanda, originally
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com from Rwanda, shared her
story of staying in a Kenyan
Leaders of five faiths in refugee camp for nearly two
the metro Atlanta area came years as an alternative to
together at the Clarkston facing genocide. She said she
Community Center on Oct. 11 witnessed her family being
to call attention to the plights killed and fled the country
of immigrant and refugee with her sisters.
communities. Nasri Yonis, originally
“We have asked ourselves from Somalia, said she waited
as individuals, communities two years to resettle in
and countries, in this time Atlanta. She said she and her
of mass movement and family traveled to Kenya with Clarkston Community Center hosted a joint prayer session on Oct. 11 as part of the Share the Journey Campaign, which
global doubt, do I allow fear hopes of contacting family strives to bring attention to the plight of refugees. Photos by R. Scott Belzer
to prevail in my heart or in the United States before
do I allow hope to reign?” immigrating.
asked Kat Doyle, director of Pasaputi Regmi of Bhutan
Justice and Peace Ministries, said he, along with one-sixth
a subsection of the Roman of his country’s population,
Catholic Archdiocese of faced ethnic cleansing under
Atlanta. “I choose hope.” the leadership of King Jigme
Doyle was joined by six Singye Wangchuk in the
refugees and representatives 1990s. He said he lived in a
from the Catholic, Islamic, series of refugee camps for
Jewish, Methodist and 17 years before coming to
Episcopal faiths in a lantern America. He is now a citizen.
lighting ceremony as part Ti Hniang shared her story
of a new Share the Journey of migrating from Burma to
campaign. The ceremony the United States after staying
consisted of six stories and in a refugee camp for two
six group prayers calling for years. The Mesfin family, originally from Eritrea,
the betterment of the United The Mesfin family, traveled for two years fleeing political
States and its people—both originally from Eritrea, told persecution before receiving refuge in
America. According to organizers, the purpose of the prayer session was to unite
foreign-born and native. their story of being forced to communities and encourage empathy.
According to Doyle, on join a political party or face
Sept. 27, Pope Francis called political persecution. They
upon people of the Catholic traveled for two years before
faith to share the journey receiving refuge in the United where they are safe, can raise disagreed with after the our borders in important
“with all neighbors, not only States. their families in peace, a place tragedy in Charlottesville, ways and not deny people a
those who live near us, who Archbishop Wilton where they are known and Va. “We are upset at the sanctuary or dignity,” Wright
look like us, speak like us or Gregory, Imam Osman loved, a place where their gifts continued denigration of said. “We can care for the
pray like us.” She said empathy Nur, Bishop Sue Haupert- can be used to their fullest, members of our human injured and sick in our midst
should hold sway over all Johnson, Rabbi Scott a place where they can build family, those who need to and continue to offer hope for
other priorities, “no matter Colbert, Bishop Robert generation upon generation, come to our country for people who want to come to
one’s position on migration Wright and Bishop Victor a place they can call their refuge. If we truly believe in this place and make a positive
policy.” Atta-Baffoe prayed with the own, a place they can mold as a God that created humanity, contribution.”
One way to encourage individuals before lighting a place that’s honorable.” are we not all brothers and According to Doyle, the
empathy and incite a human lanterns as a symbol of “There may be times when sisters? Is there not much prayer program succeeded in
connection, Doyle said, is to support and unity. we are powerless to prevent more that unites us than shedding light on people who
hear refugees’ stories. “The scriptures tell us that injustice, but there must never divides us?” need to feel welcome and safe
Saif Al Majidi, originally every human being is entitled be a time when we fail to Wright said President in the United States.
from Iraq, shared his story to a place and a name,” said protest,” Colbert said, quoting Donald Trump is making “Migration is a very old
of leaving his native country Haupert Johnson. “God calls Elie Wiesel, before sharing American “great again” by story,” Doyle said. “This
after being threatened all of God’s people to make a story about marching in garnering a reaction from campaign is designed to help
by insurgency groups for sure that every person has a Washington, D.C. with faith empathetic communities. communities see it with new
working with American place and a name—a place leaders he had previously “I believe we can secure eyes and an open heart.”

WE ARE SOCIAL DEKALBCHAMPNEWS
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 14

DECATUR

The City Schools of Decatur board of education held a meeting discussing transgender students on Oct. 10, attracting a record crowd. Photos by R. Scott Belzer

Transgender
conversations begin
at Decatur schools
City Schools of Decatur hosts first
discussion on equal education policy

BY R. SCOTT BELZER assigned at birth—is to be
treated the same as any other
sbelzer@dekalbchamp.com female student. This includes
female pronouns, restrooms,
More than 40 parents, locker rooms, sports and field
teachers, students and trip lodgings.
community stakeholders “The leadership shown by
spoke for more than four [this policy] gives faith and
hours at an Oct. 10 City courage to the children who
Schools of Decatur (CSD) fear—we need to continue
board of education meeting that,” said resident Robert
regarding transgender City Schools of Decatur board of education chair Annie Caiola said the board will discuss transgender issues in several
Stubbs. “In history, we meetings to make sure each student feels safe, supported and valued.
students. know the oppression of any
Under its current equal group leads to longstanding
education policy—also side. Please stay there.” does not consider all parents an informational work session
problems. This policy is on
known as Policy JAA—CSD On Sept. 14, during the and students. Less than and more than two hours of
the side of love and support
instructs teachers to not public comment portion of one week later, the board public comment.
for children at the most
discriminate based on gender CSD’s board of education announced it would discuss During the work session,
tumultuous time in their
identity. For example, a meeting, three speakers the issue at its October Presbyterian minister Erin
years. It’s on the side of
student who identifies as denounced the district’s equal meeting. Swenson and Georgia State
history, the side of facts—it’s
female—regardless of the sex education policy, stating it The meeting consisted of University sociology and
on the right
SEE TRANSGENDER ON PAGE 15A
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 15

Many parents voiced support for City Schools of Decatur’s policy on transgender students, stating it City Schools of Decatur’s board of education said it intends to hold several meetings to perfect its
reflects the area’s tolerance and welcoming nature. Photos by R. Scott Belzer equal education policy.

TRANSGENDER Continued From Page 14A
public health professor Eric community,” she said.
Wright discussed what it Gena Major, who spoke
means to be transgender as on Sept. 14, said she created
well as the challenges they a petition requesting the
face. board be transparent and
According to Wright, considerate of protecting the
transgendered individuals privacy of all students and
face high risk of alcohol review its policy, as many
abuse, tobacco use, bullying, parents weren’t aware of the
depression and high suicide current policy.
rates typically caused by Both sides agreed they
social stigmas. He said an wished to facilitate for the
official written policy has safety, support and education
proved to help individuals of all district students.
curb such trials. The board announced
During the public its intent to review CSD’s
comment portion, the current discrimination policy
majority of speakers spoke at approximately 10:30 p.m.
in favor of CSD’s current after public input.
policy. They shared stories The policy mirrors a federal
of students’ personal strife mandate that was recently
and challenges, as well as the rescinded by the Department
support they receive from the of Justice. Via his blog, CSD
district and community. A group of parents and some out-of-county attorneys have attended the past two City Schools of Decatur board of superintendent David Dude
One transgender student, education meetings, voicing opposition to the district policy as it relates to transgender students. wrote in February 2017 that
who credited her mental he wished to create local
stability to CSD’s support, said But no matter how scared preposterous. He said the of us want the boys in the policy in the wake of the
it is not unusual for critics of you are, how much you don’t district’s views are in the girls’ locker room.” election of Donald Trump
the district policy to desire know this uncertain territory, interest of the minority rather Tony Miles said he does as president. In the post, said
change in something they do it’s not OK to deprive students than the majority of parents. not agree with the current nothing had changed and
not understand. of their rights just for that “The propensities of a policy as it relates to privacy that CSD will continue to not
“Despite what some reason.” very few should not affect, for his children and parental discriminate based on gender
people may say, I am a real Parents of transgender influence or confuse the rights. Miles said he would identity.
girl,” she said. “If there’s one and cisgender students alike general student population of appreciate parents having a “We support the
thing I’ve learned at City shared stories of triumph innocent minors attempting say in any policy as it relates superintendent’s instructions
Schools of Decatur, it’s that and success, much credited to receive a public education,” to students and that parent to staff regarding transgender
people should be proud of to the Decatur community’s Hunt said. “They should not have the right to teach their students,” reads an official
who they are. Well, I’m proud support—CSD included. be forced to be exposed to children about sensitive statement issued after the
of who I am. The [proposal They credited the district [those experiencing] sexual issues. meeting. “We also recognize
to change CSD’s policy] is policy—which has been in confusion about their gender.” “This should not be there are members of our
threatening the rights of place for more than a decade Similar comments came decreed or issued through a community with questions
transgender students and and never been an issue—as from Dave Baker, executive memo, but should be vetted and privacy concerns that
telling them they’re not one that epitomizes the city’s director of Faith & Freedom through the school board need to be addressed. Over
allowed to be who they are. ethos. Coalition of Georgia. with due notice and input the next several months,
People may want to change A small group of people— “Every fall, we have the from the community,” Miles we will be participating in
the system because people some of whom are not powder puff football game, said. community events offering
don’t understand me and residents of Decatur or where cheerleaders go out Others felt the policy learning opportunities in this
people like me. People DeKalb County—urged the and play touch football and had too much gray area to area. We will be gathering
are normally afraid when board to consider drafting a the boys football team comes enforce. One speaker said input from the community
they see something they more encompassing policy to the sidelines, shakes the male students in female on our policy; and we will
don’t understand. It’s OK to and not forget other pressing pom-poms and everyone has locker rooms and vice versa be reviewing our current
be afraid; that’s a human issues. a great time,” Baker said. “But conflicts with existing sexual policy to consider potential
reaction. I’m standing up Norcross resident that’s the only time that any harassment laws. changes to further our goal of
here in front of a room full of Garland Hunt called the of us—parents, boys, girls— “It’s about protecting the ensuring that all students feel
people and I am quaking in notion of gender identity want the boys on the girls’ rights of all students, not safe, supported and valued.”
my white Converse [sneakers]. and pandering to its notions cheerleading team and none just protecting the LGBTQ
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 16

DECATUR

Ray Gilley, president of Decide
DeKalb, top left, expresses
his excitement at possibilities
that come through the new
commission.

Frank Ski introduces speakers DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurman, fourth from left, is flanked by other key A poster displayed at the launch shows an ad that will
at the DeKalb Entertainment figures in the initiative to attract the entertainment industry to the county. soon run in periodicals. Photos by Kathy Mitchell
Commission launch event.

Commission created to stimulate DeKalb entertainment industry
for DeKalb County as the generated directly by the companies that make Adams, Mereda Johnson
BY KATHY MITCHELL entertainment industry entertainment industry, television shows, music, and Jeff Raider, who first
FREELANCE REPORTER continues to grow across projects will bring an digital entertainment and proposed the commission.
Georgia. It has already had increase in business to hotels, games, according to material The commission on
Hundreds of people in an enormous economic restaurants and many other released by the commission. Saturday, Oct. 21, will
the Georgia entertainment impact statewide, with $9.5 businesses already in DeKalb,” Special tax credits are host what it calls its inaugural
industry gathered at the billion in film and television, said Greenberg, who added available to movie, television entertainment expo, which
DeKalb Medical Center $3.7 billion in music and that the commission will have and music companies doing will include panel discussions
Oct. 11 to network and almost $2 billion in digital resources and information business in Georgia. among industry professionals
celebrate the launch of entertainment. Nobody for DeKalb companies and Thurman noted that such and well as vendor
the DeKalb Entertainment would have expected this 10 professionals seeking to companies will have the booths and networking
Commission, a division of years ago.” build their presence in the cooperation of police and fire opportunities. The event
Decide DeKalb created to He added, “The new entertainment industry. departments as well as other will be at Georgia Piedmont
stimulate economic growth DeKalb Entertainment According to Shelbia government sectors. Technical College Conference
within the county in film, Commission will be about Jackson, entertainment Among the other elected Center, 495 N. Indian Creek
television, music and digital making connections, liaison for the DeKalb officials at the launch were Road, Clarkston, 9 a.m.- 2:30
entertainment. building collaboration and Entertainment Commission, Lithonia Mayor Deborah p.m. For more information,
The commission was creating amazing content. It DeKalb-based companies Jackson, state Rep. Mabel visit DeKalbEntertainExpo.
authorized by the county in will encourage companies have been contracted to Thomas, DeKalb County eventbrite.com. 
2016 and in 2017, created a to locate here while design its logo, build its commissioners Gregory
five-year strategic plan (2017 creating jobs and spurring website, plan the launch and
– 2022) to guide the county’s construction, development expo events, create signage,
efforts to attract and support and overall industry growth.” and provide marketing and CITY OF BROOKHAVEN FY 2018 BUDGET
the entertainment industry. The commission will public relations services.
conduct an ongoing DeKalb County CEO REVIEW, PUBLIC HEARINGS,
“This is long overdue,” said
radio personality Frank Ski, marketing effort to showcase Michael Thurman said, AND ADOPTION
who hosted the Oct. 11 event. DeKalb to statewide, regional “We’re out to become the The proposed FY 2018 City of Brookhaven
“The entertainment industry and national audiences, Hollywood of the South. We Budget will be presented to Mayor and Council
is already bringing billions Greenberg continued, don’t just want DeKalb to be by the City Manager on October 10, 2017 at the
of dollars to Georgia. What’s noting that a new app and a top location for companies regularly scheduled Council Meeting beginning at
being introduced tonight will website also are part of the to come to make movies; we 7:00p.m.
put DeKalb at the top of it all.” marketing plan. An online want movies to originate here The City of Brookhaven will hold a public hearing
Calling DeKalb portal, accessible through with producers, directors, on the proposed FY 2018 Budget at the regularly
"Georgia’s untapped, the website, will allow writers and crews members scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, October
invisible entertainment productions to identify, who live and work right here.” 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Another public hearing will be
gem, "Commission Chair see and select locations, He pointed out that three held during the City Council meeting on Tuesday,
Andrew Greenberg said streamline permitting and movie studios—Blackhall, November, 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Following the
the commission will be approvals, and see county Third Rail and Eagle Rock— public hearing on November 14, 2017, the City
“the economic engine that maps, he said, adding that already are established in the Council will vote to adopt the FY 2018 Budget.
drives growth for our county the county will offer a regular area. The FY 2018 Budget will be available for public
across the entertainment series of events to educate In addition to film inspection at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road, and
industry. The commission and support local business. professionals, the county on the website www.brookhavenga.gov October 10,
will be an important resource “In addition to revenue will be seeking to attract 2017.
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VOLLEYBALL

Four teams advance in
volleyball state playoffs
In Class AAAA, No. 2-
BY CARLA PARKER ranked Marist defeated
carla@dekalbchamp.com LaGrange 3-0 Oct. 12. Marist
(36-3) faced No. 5-ranked
North Oconee Oct. 17 in the
Chamblee, Decatur,
second round. Score was not
Marist and St. Pius X were all
available by press time.
victorious in the first round of
No. 3-ranked St. Pius
the volleyball state playoffs.
X took down Southwest
In Class AAAAA, No.
Whitfield 3-0 Oct. 12. The
10-ranked Chamblee won its
Lady Golden Lions (30-11)
first-round match 3-0 against
faced Chapel Hill Oct. 17 in
Rome on Oct. 11. The Lady
the second round. Score was
Bulldogs improved to 27-11
not available by press time. Decatur beat Flowery Branch in the first round of the playoffs and faced Chamblee in the second round. Photo
on the season. Chamblee by Travis Hudgons
faced No. 7-ranked Decatur
(34-10) in the second round
Oct. 17. Score was not
available by press time.
Decatur advanced to the
second round after beating
Flowery Branch 3-0 Oct. 11.

SOFTBALL

Six to play
in softball
Sweet 16
BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com
Six softball teams from
DeKalb County will play in the
Sweet 16 of the state playoffs.
Four teams—Arabia
Mountain, Chamblee, Decatur
and Miller Grove—advanced
to the Class AAAAA Sweet
16, Marist advanced in Class
AAAA and Dunwoody in Class
AAAAAA.
The Arabia Mountain Lady
Rams (23-4) swept Riverwood
in two games in the best-
of-three series Oct. 11. They
won the first game 13-1 and
completed the sweep with
a 13-0 in the second game.
Arabia Mountain will host
Loganville Oct. 18, and Oct.
19 if a game 3 is necessary.
The Chamblee Lady
Bulldogs ended a 0-16 playoff
streak with a two-game
sweep against Lithia Springs
Oct. 11. Chamblee (22-5-1)
won the first game 4-1 and
the second game 12-7. The
Lady Bulldogs will play at
Carrollton Oct. 18, and Oct. 19
if a game 3 is necessary.
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017 • Page 19

FOOTBALL

Touchdown run by Southwest DeKalb quarterback Justin Tomlin. Photos by Travis Hudgons

SWD GETS CRUCIAL REGION WIN
BY CARLA PARKER
attempts. He was the recipient of one of
Tomlin’s touchdown passes on a 15-yard
carla@dekalbchamp.com reception, his only catch in the game. Jamel
Starks had three catches for 56 and one
The battle for first place in Region 5-AAAAA touchdown.
became a two-team race after Southwest Receivers Aquil Muhammad and Miles
DeKalb shut out region rival Miller Grove 21-0 Litt also had three receptions each for 52 and
on Oct. 13 at Godfrey Stadium. 48 yards, respectively.
The Southwest DeKalb Panthers (5-2, 2-0) Josh Tate led the Panthers’ defense with
are tied with region defending champions nine total tackle, including one tackle for a
Arabia Mountain (5-2, 2-0) for first place in the loss. Eris Walker had seven tackles, including
region with three weeks left in the season. two tackles for a loss and Jervon Mannery
Arabia Mountain defeated Columbia 24-14. and Caleb Outlaw each had a sack.
Southwest DeKalb offense accumulated The win was the first for coach Damien
534 yards against the Wolverine defense. Wimes over his former program. He was the
Quarterback Justin Tomlin led the Panthers’ head coach at Miller Grove for six seasons
offense with 248 yards in the air on 13 of 21 before he was let go after the end of the 2015
completions and two touchdowns. He also season.
had seven rushing attempts for 90 yards and Southwest DeKalb will try to stay at the top
one touchdown. of the region when the team faces Lithonia
Running back Franciso Hunter led Oct. 20 at Godfrey Stadium.
the team in rushing yards with 176 on 19

OTHER SCORES
Oct. 13 Lovett (4-3) 44, Redan (2-5) 13
Arabia Mountain (5-2) 24, Columbia (4-3) 14 Norcross (3-4) 38, Lakeside (1-6) 0
Cedar Grove (7-0) 28, Pace Academy (2-4) 7 Pope (3-4) 35, Dunwoody (2-5) 34
Clarkston (1-7) 47, Cross Keys (0-4) 2 Westminster (3-4) 33, McNair (2-5) 0
Marist (7-0) 41, West Hall (5-3) 6
St. Pius X (2-5) 41, Oconee County (5-3) 13 Oct. 14
Stephenson (5-2) 21, Charles Drew (2-5) 17 Lithonia (2-5) 51, Chamblee (1-6) 0
Towers (3-4) 51, Stone Mountain (1-6) 7 M.L. King (3-4) 27, Jonesboro (2-5) 17
Tucker (6-1) 36, Lovejoy (4-4) 7
Banneker (6-1) 43, Decatur (3-4) Open: Druid Hills (1-6) Miller Grove wide receiver Shawn Collins is tackled by a host of Southwest
DeKalb defenders.
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SOFTBALL Continued From Page 18A
The Decatur Lady Bulldogs (21-
8) swept Southwest DeKalb in two
games to advance to the Sweet
16. Decatur won the first game
6-4 and won a close 6-5 game 2 to
complete the sweep. Decatur will
host Walnut Grove Oct. 18, and Oct.
19 if a game 3 is necessary.
The Miller Grove Lady
Wolverines (16-6) took down North
Springs in two games to advance
to the Sweet 16. They won the
first game 7-6 and shut out North
Springs in the second games 6-0.
Miller Grove will play at Buford
Oct. 18, and Oct. 19 if a game 3 is
necessary.
It took Marist (16-11) three
games to take down Oconee
County and advance to the Class
AAAA Sweet 16. Marist lost the first
game 8-6, but came back to win
the second game 5-4 and the final
game 6-3. Marist will host Central
Carrollton Oct. 18, and Oct. 19 if a
game 3 is necessary.
Dunwoody (22-5) advanced
to the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16
with a two-game sweep over
Apalachee. The Lady Wildcats won
the first game 7-2 and the second
game 6-1. Dunwoody will play at
Allatoona Oct. 18, and Oct. 19 if a
game 3 is necessary. Carlin Weddell and the Chamblee Lady Bulldogs advanced to the Class AAAAA Sweet 16.

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