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Martin Luther King, Jr. High School students practice lacrosse on the school’s field Feb. 8. Photos courtesy DeKalb County School District.

COUNTY LACROSSE
COACHES HOPE TO EXPAND
SPORT TO YOUTH
BY DEREK SMITH
derek@dekalbchamp.com
'We’re looking
W
hile excellence in academics
is the ultimate goal, athletics
can often provide high
school students with much-needed
to develop a full Martin Luther King, Jr. boys lacrosse coach Corey
Carter looks on during a team practice Feb. 8.

program. Right now,
scholarship money to help them
further their education in college.
Because of this, Martin Luther
King, Jr. High School teachers Corey
Carter and Ramon Rivers have set
out to create an Atlanta-area youth
lacrosse league focused on urban
our students don’t
have the opportunity
centers. The intent of the league is
to give students an additional sport
to pursue a scholarship opportunity
and provide other benefits that
can come from participation in
extracurricular activities.
Lacrosse—a sport that combines
to play lacrosse at a
elements of hockey, soccer and
provided tennis—is one of the
country’s fastest-growing sports,
young age.'
according to US Lacrosse—the
sport’s national governing body.
RAMON RIVERS
Martin Luther King, Jr. girls lacrosse coach Ramon
SEE LACROSSE ON PAGE 5 Rivers looks on during a team practice Feb. 8.

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Father charged with Driver fatally shot in front of family
murder of 5-year-old son BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com
according to Shiera
Campbell of the DeKalb
Police Department.
Atlanta.
“We requested assistance
from the Georgia State Patrol
BY CARLA PARKER A 24-year-old man has “One of the bullets struck in conducting a traffic stop
been arrested and charged him in the head and he died on the SUV,” Atlanta police
carla@dekalbchamp.com on scene,” Campbell said. said in a press release. “The
in connection in the fatal
A 25-year-old man is in shooting of a driver who was Mikeal Demond Callaway Georgia State Patrol stopped
the DeKalb County jail and shot in front of his wife and has been arrested and the vehicle on Moreland Ave
charged with murder after children at the entrance of the charged with murder. He was near Custer Ave in southeast
police said he beat his 5-year- Brighton Village subdivision also charged in two other Atlanta and took the driver
old son to death with a shovel on Flat Shoals Road Feb. 22. shootings that occurred in into custody.”
and buried him in the back Nicholas Bankston, 24, Atlanta the same day, as well Atlanta Police
yard. was in his vehicle with his a burglary that occurred Feb. investigators impounded
Montrais Boyd was family as he was returning 20. According to the Atlanta the vehicle and recovered
booked into DeKalb County home, when another vehicle Police Department, officers a handgun from inside. The
Jail Feb. 22. Shiera Campbell pulled alongside him and located the silver SUV—now vehicle was linked to a house
of the DeKalb County Police fired multiple rounds into painted black—that was on Wee Kirk Road in DeKalb.
Department said police the car, striking Bankston, linked to the two shootings in
arrived at the home on Rocky Boyd
Pine Drive in Lithonia around
6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 and saw
the mother of the 5-year-old and grandmother learned
boy, who had the child in the that Boyd had beaten the
back seat of the car. child with a shovel and in
“She was attempting to the process had partially
take the child to the hospital, decapitated the child.
but the child was already “The grandmother
dead,” Campbell said. told the children to run
Before the alleged murder and the children left the
occurred, the mother and the house,” Campbell said. “The
grandmother were running grandmother called 9-1-1. The
errands and left the child mother proceeded to look for
home with Boyd, along with her child and discovered that
three other children who are the child had been buried in
siblings of the suspect. the back yard. She was able
“When the mother and to remove the child from the
grandmother returned to the ground and that’s when she
house they discovered the attempted to take the child to
crime scene,” Campbell said. the hospital.”
“The children that were in the Police do not know why
house said that Montrais had Boyd allegedly beat the child.
killed the 5-year-old.” The other children in the
Campbell said the mother home were not injured.

Chamblee, Georgia
Notice of Called Meeting
The Mayor, Council and Downtown Development Authority of the
City of Chamblee (DDA) will have a joint Called Meeting on Saturday,
March 3, 2018 from 9 am to approximately 3 pm at The Seven Oaks
offices located at 2002 Summit Boulevard, NE, Suite 200, Atlanta,
GA 30319. The agenda is posted online and includes a Town Center
Workshop (joint with DDA), City Financial Discussion and Capital
Projects Discussion.

CITY OF STONE MOUNTAIN
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Stone Mountain hereby gives notice
that a Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, March
20, 2018 at 6:30pm to consider a Variance request
for the property located at 5325 Manor Drive, Stone
Mountain, GA.
Anyone wishing to attend the public hearing may
do so and be heard relative thereto. Please contact
the City of Stone Mountain Administration Office at
770-498-8984 for further information.

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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 3

AROUNDDEKALB
DECATUR Lane closure signs will be in the area
alerting motorists and residents about STONE MOUNTAIN
construction work and traffic restrictions. For
Teen dating violence summit announced more information, visit the DeKalb County Be your own travel guide
Department of Watershed Management
The Partnership Against Domestic (DWM) website at www.dekalbwatershed. On March 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Stone
Violence will present “Driving Dialogue com or call the DWM Project Information Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library staff will
and Action: Teens Against Dating Violence Line at 1-800-986-1108 or email projectinfo@ help vacationers learn the nuts and bolts
Summit” on March 3 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. dekalbcountyga.gov. of traveling before the holiday vacation.
at Decatur High School. The staff will provide useful resources
A release about the ninth annual event and help build an itinerary for planning
states “the Teen Summit offers parents an international or local trip. The library
and teens an improved understanding of Decatur Library presents Revival: Lost is located at 952 Leon Street. For more
the ingredients that make up respectful Southern Voices information, call (770) 413-2020.
relationships, as well as how to recognize
the warning signs and patterns of dating
violence.”
In preparation for Georgia State
University’s 2018 Revival: Lost Southern TUCKER
Admission is free, but space is limited. Voices Literary Festival, March 23-24,
For additional information visit PADV. the Decatur Library will present a trio of
Optimist oratorical contest for students
org; to register for the event visit readings celebrating the works of “lost
2018padvteensummit.eventbrite.com. The Tucker Optimist Club Oratorical
voices.” This project celebrates forgotten
Contest will be held March 10, 9 a.m. to noon,
and under appreciated works and their
at Henderson Middle School. The Optimist
authors. “Lost” is defined as not currently
Oratorical Contest gives students the chance
read, out of print, overlooked due to a more
to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in
popular or awarded work, or a reputation
college scholarships funded by the Optimist
superseding the art.
International Foundations is awarded
annually from this program. Interested
LITHONIA students must submit a speech on the pre-
assigned topic to their local Optimist Club.
Healthy eating workshop Henderson Middle School is located at 2830
Henderson Mill Road in Atlanta. For more
A representative from the Expanded Food information, visit www.tuckeroptimistclub.
and Nutrition Program will be at the Lithonia- org or call (470) 299-4916.
Davidson Library March 10, 1 to 2 p.m., to
discuss ingredients that make a nutritious Embry Hills Library author talk
meal and foods to avoid when planning
North Goddard Road detour begins and preparing healthy meals. The library Embry Hills Library will host an evening
is located at 6821 Church Street. For more with author Taya Baker, who writes under
North Goddard Road, between Rockland information, call (770) 482-3820. the pen name T.R. Baker. She will read
Road and Klondike Road, will be closed from and discuss her novels, Every Time I
intermittently to through-traffic until July 2 to Close my Eyes, Daddy’s Big Girl and Yet to
facilitate the replacement of a sewer main. be Determined. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Embry
Traffic will be detoured onto Klondike and Hills Library, 3733 Chamblee-Tucker Road,
Rockland Roads. Chamblee 30341.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 4

CLARKSTON

County officials blame grease, dirty
diapers for recent sewer spill
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN are caused by fats, oils and
horace@dekalbchamp.com grease (FOG) being poured
down sink drains.
County officials said they
DeKalb County Watershed are working with residents
officials are cleaning up to educate them about the
another sewer spill, this time problems FOG being poured
at a lake on Cleavemark Drive down the sink can create.
in Clarkston. In a Facebook post, DeKalb
According to the county, County Commissioner Nancy
a blockage of grease, Jester criticized the CEO
disposable diapers and wipes position, stating that in year
caused approximately 5,300 six of an eight-year consent
gallons of sewage to overflow decree agreement, DeKalb
from a manhole. has still not gotten a handle
The spill occurred on Feb. on the sewer spill issues.
18 and blocked an eight-inch “In 2018, as of Feb. 15, we
sewer line. have had 32 sewer spills—
Watershed crews pressure eight were defined as major,
washed the sewer line meaning a spill of 10,000 or
to remove the blockage A pump aerates a Clarkston lake to restore oxygen after a sewer spill. more gallons,” Jester said.
and restore flow in the County officials stated
area. County officials said to help prevent FOG related
they notified the Georgia Last year during an update these issues will not happen your insight and your support spills, residents should put
Environmental Protection on the county’s consent under this administration... as we get this effort back on cooled FOG into the trash,
Division and Georgia Wildlife decree, DeKalb County CEO that’s a fact. I can’t recreate track.” scrape food scraps from
Resources Division. Michael Thurmond said the past, but we can change According to county plates and cookware before
A pump was installed to the county is committed to the trajectory of the future. officials, approximately 60 washing and wipe of excess
restore air in the lake and lessening sewer spills stating, A new day has dawned in percent of sanitary sewer grease from all dishes with a
dead fish were removed. “the practices that lead to DeKalb County and we need overflows in DeKalb County paper towel before washing.

BROOKHAVEN

Nurses accused of abuse indicted, one captured
According to a recorded
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN 2015 deposition of the
horace@dekalbchamp.com incident, Dempsey pressed
his call light for assistance at
The DeKalb County 4:35 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014; he
Sheriff’s Office arrested three received assistance at 4:42
nurses indicted on murder a.m.
and neglect charges, Feb 23. During the deposition
Wanda Nuckles, 61, when asked if that was an
turned herself in to DeKalb acceptable time for someone
County authorities one day to answer a call light, Nuckles
after the indictment was responded, “No.”
announced by the DeKalb Nuckles said Dempsey still
District Attorney’s office. appeared to be in distress
Nuckles, along with two while a nurse checked on him.
other nurses who worked The nurse can later be
at the Northeast Atlanta Agyeman Nuckles
seen leaving the room and
Turman
Rehabilitation Center in turning off Dempsey’s call
Brookhaven, were charged On Feb. 23, authorities light. According to Nuckles,
with elder neglect that Feb. 27, 2014. According indictment, Nuckles, the nurse did not give
arrested Agyeman at her to the D.A’s office, James Agyeman and Turman all
resulted in the death of residence on Parkwood Road Dempsey an assessment or
a nursing home resident. Dempsey, 89, a patient played a role in Dempsey’s take his vital signs.
in Snellville. Agyeman, a at the nursing home, was death.
Nuckles is charged with licensed nurse practitioner, When asked how the
depriving an elder person suffering from a respiratory In November of last year, video made her feel, Nuckles,
was released on $10,000 issue and repeatedly called video surveillance showing
of essential services while bond. Turman was also responded, “sick.”   
Loyce Agyeman is charged for help. Soon after he called Dempsey, a WWII veteran,
arrested at her home in for help, Dempsey became holding his chest and
with felony murder. Mable Jonesboro.
Turman was charged with unresponsive. repeatedly screaming “help
The incident occurred According to the me,” was made public.
neglect of an elder person.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 5

LACROSSE Continued From Page 1
Participation in the sport has grown take hold in many surrounding areas, and make it harder to develop support you’re playing against is six, eight, or
by at least 20,000 in each of the last according to Carter. Only six DCSD for the program at the high school 10 years ahead.”
12 years, according to a 2017 report. schools offer the sport, making it level. Carter and Rivers said Urban Carter and Rivers said Urban
According to Carter, it serves as difficult for the teams to schedule Lacrosse Atlanta would change that. Lacrosse Atlanta will coach and
another option for students who don’t games and limiting opportunities for  “We have to grow the sport,” Carter compete with youth as young as
choose to participate in traditionally district students, Carter said. said. “We have to get them at an early 5 or 6 years old. The duo wishes to
popular sports. Carter and Rivers said the issue age. When we first started seven years install skills needed to compete at a
Armed with little more than the is a lack of exposure at an early age. ago, we were already 10 years behind. higher level and potentially provide
book Lacrosse for Dummies, Carter—a To combat this, they’ve worked to We’re always going to be 10 years a pathway to D1 and D2 college
career technical instructor and DeKalb establish Urban Lacrosse Atlanta, a behind. The only way we can grow the scholarships.
County School District educator for nonprofit lacrosse program geared sport is [through] the youth.” “They are giving away so much
25 years—started a lacrosse program toward elementary and middle school “We’re looking to develop a full scholarship money,” Carter said. “Out
at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School aged children. The long-term goal program,” Rivers said. “Right now, our of seven years in existence, 22 of
seven years ago. A year later, he of the organization is to foster skills students don’t have the opportunity our students have received D2 and
loaned the book to Rivers, who agreed at an early age and develop a feeder to play lacrosse at a young age. This D3 scholarships for a sport they just
to coach a girls’ team while Carter program for DeKalb high schools. puts them at a disadvantage when started playing. Think about it—
coached the boys. Many area high schools outside they play in high school, against kids how many could we have gotten if
But while the sport has become DeKalb County have long-established who have 10, sometimes 12 years of they had started when they were in
firmly established at Martin Luther lacrosse programs that put DeKalb experience. Imagine trying to learn kindergarten?”
King, Jr. High School, it’s failed to schools at a competitive disadvantage a sport in four years when someone

Collector turns Black memorabilia into museum
BY KATHY MITCHELL even have room to display all
of them. People keep donating
James Horton said his things that they feel should
mother used to tease him be part of it. The one thing I
about never being able to require is that information be
throw anything out. In his true and verifiable. I research
retirement years, he’s finding what I put on display; I don’t
that the habit of hanging on want to perpetuate false
to things is benefiting him information,” he noted.
and others. From his private One donation Horton
Black historical and cultural is especially proud of is a
collection, Horton created miniature of a section of
Sights and Sounds Black the Edmund Pettus Bridge,
Cultural Museum in North made famous during a 1965
DeKalb Mall. confrontation between voting
“Many years ago my great- rights marchers and local law
great grandmother told me I enforcement during the Selma
had a great story to tell. I said, to Montgomery March. “I was
‘But you told me I shouldn’t there,” Horton explained. “The
tell stories.’ She said, “I meant man who gave me this said
you shouldn’t tell lies; the I could only have it only if I
truth needs to be told,’” Horton told the story.” Horton lived
recalled, noting that in the in Alabama at the time and
area of Black history and James Horton said he is especially proud of his miniature of the type of ship that brought enslaved said he agreed to march after
culture there is a good deal of Africans to America. two young ladies promised
truth that needs to be told or to hold his hand during the
corrected. demonstration. He shows a
Horton said he originally continuously. scar from where he was hit in
contributions in sports, Black said he has been careful to
called his enterprise Sights Sights and Sounds Black the forehead sending blood
images in filmography, use of recognize people who were
and Sounds Black History Cultural Museum also has an streaming into his face. “I’m
Black images on commercial not Black but made significant
Museum. “That turned a exhibit on Black women that still not sure what hit me,” he
products, Black people in the contributions to Black
lot of young people off,” he he continues to invite women said.
old West, the Buffalo Soldiers freedom. “There were White
remembered. “First of all to be part of. “Women don’t Horton doesn’t charge
and the Tuskegee Airmen. people who risked their lives
they thought they already always get the recognition admission to the museum,
There is an exhibit dedicated and—in some instances—
knew about Black history, they’ve earned,” Horton said. but asks visitors to make a
to former President Barack gave their lives to fight against
even though a lot of what There are exhibits with donation. “I would hate for
Obama. “One of my favorites is something they knew was
they thought they knew was religious or political themes, some parents to be in the mall
the exhibit on Black inventors wrong. Many involved in the
negative. I changed it to Sights but Horton said he is not with their children and want
and scientists. It’s an area Underground Railroad, the
and Sounds Black Cultural interested in persuading to bring them in to see the
few people know about and Civil Rights Movement and
Museum and that seems visitors to one point of view or exhibits but stay out because
young people especially need other Black freedom crusades
to have a lot more appeal. another on these subjects. “I they don’t have the price of
to be aware of,” Horton said. weren’t Black but nonetheless
It’s more accurate, too. The just put these things out there; admission,” he said, explaining
The “sounds” part of the emerged as heroes.”
museum isn’t just about what people can make up their own that the museum now has
museum name reflects that Horton said when he first
happened in the past. It’s minds what they believe or nonprofit status so donors can
there are videos that can set up the museum it had
about what’s going on right support,” he said. receive tax deduction credit
be played for visitors and approximately 8,000 pieces,
now as well.” Although the institution is for donations.
recordings such as the voice but it has since grown. “I
There are 31 exhibit areas, called Sights and Sounds Black
of Martin Luther King Jr. would say there are nearly
covering such topics as the Cultural Museum, Horton
delivering a speech run 10,000 pieces here now. I don’t
African slave trade, Black
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 6

Observations from the sick ward
Having spent several days at by some and visual nightmares by profanity featured.
home with a nasty intestinal virus, others. But I’m guessing that there Just as design concepts have
and being confined to specific areas aren’t many who would consider changed drastically over the
of my home to lessen the chance of the country looks popularized in the decades, so has what is considered
contaminating my wife, I watched mid to late ‘80s by lace, hearts and to be socially acceptable behavior.
hours upon hours of television. John Hewitt wildflowers as inspiring. We think little of seeing the
My go-to networks when home johnh@dekalbchamp.com On networks such as TV Land promiscuity and violence that is
and not feeling well are HGTV and where shows popular decades so often featured in more current
TV Land. HGTV is, in most cases, ago air regularly, it is also not programming yet often blame the
non-stop inspiration of what one uncommon to see things that by influences of the media and music
they were thinking when they
could do to make one's home more today’s standards are considered to on some the societal ills that plague
thought those renovations would
functional and appealing. And in be distasteful and, in some cases, our world.
stand the test of time.
many cases, can be a brutal lesson in offensive. There are often arguments for
There are few design ideas and
what not to do to severely date one’s It is not uncommon to see and against gun control that claim
color combinations that haven’t
home. characters smoking cigarettes, culture has contributed to the
been tried at some point and later
Many of the renovations featured drinking large amounts of alcohol, violence of the world, but this is
considered to be horrendously tacky.
on HGTV or similar programming gun fights, stabbings and all sorts difficult to believe when we compare
There are many, myself included,
options are trendy makeovers of other activities that may be our standards of acceptable behavior
who have a fondness for most things
that five years from now will leave objectionable by today’s standards. today with those of times long since
vintage, particularly some of the
homeowner's—or potential home Ironically, in old programs, one passed.
mid-century design components
buyers—shaking their heads and rarely sees couples sleeping in the
that are now considered classics
asking themselves what the heck same bed and never are nudity or
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 7

Protecting our children
I held this column back a week, Consider reinstatement of federal say. They deserve our behavior to
hoping that hot rhetoric on both ‘One Man’s death penalty for those found exemplify being the adults in the
sides might die down, and to
allow parents, family and friends
Opinion’ guilty in mass shootings—I
remain a strong believer in the
room. Cat-calling at our elected
leadership or president is not
time to say goodbye and bury ultimate price being paid for the likely to expedite performance or
their loves ones who, again,
Bill Crane most heinous of crimes. Many results. Sharing concerns and odd
bill.csicrane@gmail.com
tragically and too young were states have eliminated their capital behavior needs to remain focused
lost to a school shooter. I will not punishment statutes. Making on a sense of caution, and not
mention the gunman’s name, nor resistant wooden doors with school shootings a federal crime or intensify alienation or bullying.
add to his infamy. I wish there was reinforced windows and limited adding potential sentencing of the And let’s begin a thoughtful
space here and elsewhere to tell lines of sight into a classroom will death penalty back to state statutes and broader dialogue on many
the unfinished stories of glory of allow each classroom to be might cause future shooters to aspects of our culture, which both
those taken away. automatically locked down and consider the risk they are taking, desensitize our youth and, in some
transformed into a temporary safe versus their path to an insanity ways, amplify and almost glorify
There is and will be considerable space. plea, or losing a shootout with first those who behave badly.
disagreement on the path responders.
forward, but on this I think we all Police and trained security   This problem is not simply about
can agree, we must do something personnel for each And before we spend billions on a high-capacity firearms. Solving it
more to protect our children. So schoolhouse—Beginning with largely symbolic wall, let’s commit will require some disagreement,
far in 2018, there have been five high school campuses, placing a fraction of those dollars to state discomfort, compromise and
school shootings with injuries or a trained professional, with a grants to fortify and improve prioritizing limited resources. But
fatalities across our nation. One firearm and with access to a campus security, first at our nation’s c’mon America; we’ve got this. 
is too many. These violent security system and monitoring high schools, where not all, but
recurring patterns and outcomes cameras at all entrances and the majority, of these attacks Bill Crane also serves as a political
demand thoughtful debate and public spaces, on every high are occurring. Border security is analyst and commentator for Channel
action. Thoughts and prayers are school campus. Larger metro important, but this threat to the 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk
not a waste of time, nor are they systems now often have a safety of our children is eminently 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a
nothing of value, but again, at resource officer in place, but the more pressing.  columnist for The Champion, DeKalb
this point, we are going to require bulk of these attacks are occurring Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane
more. in communities of 50,000 Our children today may be even is a DeKalb native and business owner,
residents or less. more concerned and traumatized, living in Scottdale. You can reach
Since 9/11 and its attempted regardless of what they might him or comment on a column at bill.
shoe-bomber aftermath, air travel Regularly drill students on safety csicrane@gmail.com.
has become at least partially procedures for lockdown and
a fortress. Entry and access to "active shooter" scenarios—
courthouses, state houses and Our youngest, a child with
federal government buildings developmental delays, is aware
has become secure and more of “stranger danger,” as well as
heavily guarded. Congressional the particulars of "stop, drop and
office buildings on Capitol Hill roll." Require monthly lockdown
appear visibly much the same in drills, tied to the receipt of state or
the interior, but take a moment federal grants to improve school
to note the omni-presence of security systems and staffing.
cameras most everywhere, as well
as the speed of the congressional Rebuild and better staff law
post, as all member mail is now enforcement “see something/say
heavily screened.  something” tip lines —Prioritize
and reconstruct the information
Let’s start with some basic, flow supply chain on state and
common sense security federal law enforcement tip
improvements- lines. This was not the first or even
the second "miss."
Fortify and reinforce classroom
doors—Solid steel or bullet

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COUNTYWIDE

Youth-run
nonprofit gets
help from county
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN
horace@dekalbchamp.com
In February, DeKalb County officials sponsored a toilet
paper drive to benefit metro-Atlanta homeless individuals.
The drive, held Feb. 12-23 sponsored by the office of DeKalb
County CEO Michael Thurmond, was in partnership with Love
Rolls Inc. and netted more than 6,500 donated rolls.
Some might say Love Rolls Inc. is a unusual nonprofit,
because it’s run by two sisters—ages 12 and 17.
The organization was started by older sister Kendall
Robinson, who said she got the idea after volunteering at the
Atlanta Community Food Bank. During her time as a volunteer,
she said a man told her he had to ration one roll of toilet paper
for personal use for more than a month.
“I was talking to my mom and I was telling her I couldn’t
believe he didn’t have toilet paper. I wanted to do something. I
wanted to help,” Robinson said.
Inspired by the man’s story, Robinson said she created
Love Rolls Inc. in 2015. To date, the organization has collected
approximately 225,000 rolls of toilet paper and distributed
125,000 rolls to the homeless and to those impacted by natural
disasters.
“This is very humbling,” Robinson said. “It allows me to be
more appreciative and I feel so blessed to be able to make a
difference.”
DeKalb County officials said its goal was to collect 3,000
rolls of toilet paper during the drive.
“When people think about serving the homeless, needy
and those who have gone through a natural disaster, they
immediately think about food and shelter. The reality is toilet
paper is one of our most basic needs,” Thurmond said. “Love
Rolls helps to address this need so that recipients are able to
maintain both health safety and their dignity.”
Robinson is joined by her younger sister, Kaylin, who said
her sister is an inspiration.
“I think she’s doing a great job. I wouldn’t be able to last one
month without toilet paper, so for her to [create Love Rolls,
Inc.], I think she’s done really well,” Kaylin said.
The sisters have big plans for the future. The goal for Love
Rolls Inc. is to distribute one million “love rolls” across the DeKalb County officials partnered with Love Rolls, Inc., created by 17-year-old Kendall Robinson, to help
world. Kaylin said she would like to take the organization to an distribute toilet paper to the homeless.
international level.
“While my sister goes off to college, I’m going to maintain
the business here,” Kaylin said. NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO CHARTER OF THE CITY
The sisters, who attend Greater Atlanta Christian School, OF CHAMBLEE, GEORGIA
both said they enjoy the extra time they are able to spend
together. Their mother, Felicia, said she’s happy her children Notice is hereby given that an Ordinance has been introduced to amend the
are so involved in helping others. Charter of the City of Chamblee, Georgia (Ga. L. 1935 p. 976 et. seq., approved
“It’s tiring, it’s rewarding and just very fulfilling as a mom. March 28, 1935) so as to amend Article 5. Section 1 of the Charter to delete
I have no regrets. When I go to sleep, I know there’s a legacy the requirement in paragraph (c) that the City Manager file a letter with the
being left behind of compassion and caring. Every parent City Clerk designating an employee to perform the duties of the City Manager
wants a smart child, but above all, I just wanted them to be in the City Manager’s absence, to amend Article 5. Section 2 of the Charter
good, caring and kind people,” Felicia said. “We just want to to provide for the offices of deputy city manager, planning and development
thank [DeKalb CEO] Michael Thurmond and LaKeitha Carlos director, community and economic development director, to provide for appeals
for rolling with us.” in the event of removal from these offices, to clarify subjects liable for payment
of street tax as provided in Section 18 of Article 1 of the Charter, to repeal
conflicting portions of the Charter and for all other lawful purpose.
A copy of the proposed Ordinance to amend the Charter is on file in the Office
of the City Clerk of the City of Chamblee, Georgia and the Office of the Clerk of

#ITSINTHECHAMPION
the Superior Court of DeKalb County, Georgia for the purpose of examination
and inspection by the public. This 13th day of February, 2018.
Emmie Niethammer
City Clerk, City of Chamblee, Georgia
THURSDAY, MARCH 1 - 7, 2018 • Page 9

COUNTYWIDE COUNTYWIDE

Bill attempts to eliminate DeKalb public safety
officials discuss crime
DeKalb’s CEO position prevention, school safety
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN
horace@dekalbchamp.com BY HORACE HOLLOMAN
A bill sponsored by house horace@dekalbchamp.com
representatives Meagan
Hanson (R-Brookhaven) and It was a packed auditorium at Bob Mathis
Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) Elementary School in Decatur as residents asked public
seeks to eliminate DeKalb’s safety officials questions during a public safety town
chief executive officer hall hosted by DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson.
position, currently held by The town hall, held Feb. 26, featured representatives
Michael Thurmond.   from county departments such as the Solicitor-
House Bill 961, which General’s office, the District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile
passed the Governmental Court and the county’s new deputy chief operating
Affairs Committee, states, officer for public safety Joseph Lumpkin.
“the chief executive officer/ During a panel discussion, participants asked
county commission form questions about how officials plan on reducing crime
of government shall not in DeKalb.
be authorized for county “We have seen a rise in homicides in DeKalb
governing authorities in this County,” District Attorney Sherry Boston said. “Our
state.” homicide rate has surpassed the city of Atlanta and
According to the bill, the this is an issue that many metro areas are dealing with.
ruling would apply to “an I can tell you we have an initiative about a new unit to
official elected countywide address this very issue. What I want you to know is that
whose powers include we recognize that this is an issue.”
directing the administration Lumpkin, who was the keynote speaker for the
of county affairs and vetoing event and also a panelist, said he’s learning what the
matters voted upon by House Bill 961 will attempt to eliminate the CEO position important issues are in DeKalb County.
the county commission DeKalb County officials announced Lumpkin’s hire
and a county commission in December of 2017. He officially started work Jan. 28.
which enacts ordinances consistent and, generally, delegation.   DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said Lumpkin
and resolutions for the well run because they do not “HB 961 passed committee will be taksed with addressing the county’s officer
governance of the county.” fluctuate every [four] years to eliminate the DeKalb shortage.  
DeKalb County is the with the election of one CEO position without so According to county officials, DeKalb County will
only county in Georgia that person.” much as a notification attempt to hire approximately 248 new police officers
authorizes a CEO to control On Feb. 21, Jester stated to other members of the to address the shortage.
the executive branch of DeKalb has gone 783 days delegation,” said Dar’shun “The goal is to improve police services by recruiting
government. without a permanent director Kendrick (D-Lithonia) on and hiring 248 police officers. We can do that. We can
DeKalb County of finance and also noted Facebook. “Unacceptable do that, not just Jack Lumpkin, but we as a community
Commissioner Nancy Jester sewer spills were higher than and unprofessional. Whether can do that,” said Lumpkin. “We have to make DeKalb
offered her support of the bill ever in 2017. you agree or not, we have a County a great place to work at and we have to be
in a Facebook post, saying “The CEO refuses to process that doesn’t seem competitive with salary and benefits.”
“I support Rep. Hanson’s implement the proposed to be followed if you are of a Johnson said residents who have concerns about
bill for a number of water billing solutions that certain party down here.” public safety in their area, should contact his office at
reasons. DeKalb is uniquely were detailed in the KPMG According to the bill, at the (404)-371-2425.
disadvantaged by the CEO audit of the water billing conclusion of the CEO’s term,
form of government. The department,” Jester said. the position will be abolished,
politicization of basic county The Champion attempted and the responsibilities of
operations has left DeKalb to contact Jester via cell the CEO will be transferred to
plagued with incompetence phone, but did not receive a the chairperson of the county
and fraud,” Jester said. response by press time. commission.
“DeKalb does not have While some applauded
consistent technical talent the bill introduced by Hanson
that remains regardless of
political leadership changes.
and Taylor, others criticized it,
stating there was not enough Coming to Decatur
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DECATUR

‘HE’S DECATUR’S NUMBER ONE FAN’
Community rallies behind ‘hometown hero’
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN “No matter what, he just someone tried to attack me...he
keeps on trucking,” Kortemeier said he would roll out into the
horace@dekalbchamp.com said. street and come help me. And I
One of Dodson’s friends, know that he would,” Ross said.
For almost two decades, Decatur Police Spokesperson Ross and Dodson met
Cheryl Kortemeier and Eli Lt. Jennifer Ross, said he is a through his efforts with the
Dodson have lived next joy to be around. Citizen’s Police Academy. Ross
to each other. Kortemeier “Eli is kindness in an and Dodson also live near one
said when she first moved unkind world. No matter the another.
to Decatur, she remembers challenges he has faced and Ross said the support for
struggling to plant a tree and still faces, he remains one Dodson is encouraging.
Dodson, who’s confined to of the most positive people “It is encouraging and
a wheelchair after a driving I have ever met. I am also a heartwarming to see support
accident, came to lend a very positive person and Eli and kindness at a time in
helping hand. and I have forged a bond over the world where we often
Several community the belief that dwelling in the see hate and negativity. Eli
members are offering to help negative does not do you any loves his neighbors and they
Dodson now that he has good, it does not feel good and love him. Decatur is priceless
become ill; the community it is not how we want to live,” when it comes to community
raised almost $18,000 to pay Ross said. being a true community and
for Dodson’s medical expenses. Ross and Kortemeier supporting each other,” Ross
“He’s Decatur’s number opened a checking account said. “He loves his home, his
one fan,” said Kortemeier, for Dodson and will use neighborhood and his city
who started a Gofundme.com the money raised from the and all of the support and
account on Dodson’s behalf. gofundme.com account to pay donations will allow him to
“So many people care about for his healthcare expenses and relax and recover rather than
him and when it became clear an electric wheelchair. trying to figure out how he
that he needed the surgery, the “When I leave Eli’s house, would ever pay these bills on a
first thing we thought about he insists on ‘rolling me out,’ limited disability income.”
was the cost.” meaning that he comes out on As of Feb. 22, more than
In December of last year, his porch to say goodbye and 270 people have donated to
Dodson was hospitalized with watch me to make sure I safely Dodson’s Gofundme page,
a life-threatening infection. make it to my car. I once asked titled, www.gofundme.com/
Dodson’s medical insurance did him what he was going to do if decatur-hometown-hero- Decatur resident Eli Dodson leads a group of Oakhurst students on a
not fully cover the cost. When needs-support. walk on the downtown square.
Dodson returned from the
hospital, a crowd of supporters
and neighbors were waiting to
greet him. Apply online for your Basic Homestead Exemption @ DeKalbTax.org
“The neighbors welcomed
him with a cheering line
and so when he arrived he ATTENTION DEKALB COUNTY
was shocked,” Kortemeier
said. “Having him home is HOMEOWNERS...
wonderful and we missed him
so much.”
Irvin J. Johnson
HOMESTEAD DEADLINE APPROACHING
Dodson is a recognizable DeKalb County
Tax Commissioner
face in the Decatur community,
Kortemeier said. In 2015, he
was selected as a Decatur Our office is pleased to offer
If you own and reside in your home in
Hometown Hero. He also “An Introduction to Homestead Exemption.”
DeKalb on January 1st, you may apply for a
This is a free presentation that offers an in-depth
serves as a Citizens Assisting Homestead Exemption by April 2nd of this year. look at how homeowners & senior citizens can save
Public Safety volunteer for the The home must be your primary domicile and money on annual property taxes.
Decatur Police Department. 3 Locations: legal residence. Applications received after
Kortemeier said it’s Central Office April 2nd will be processed for 2019. If your Senior Center, HOA or other
important to help neighbors 4380 Memorial Drive
In addition to the basic homestead organization is interested in this free presentation,
Suite #100 please contact the Tax Commissioner’s Office
in need such as Dodson, Decatur, GA 30032 exemption available to all homeowners, there
especially since he asks for so are special exemptions available for residents 62 to schedule with us.
little. North Office and older, disabled veterans or their un-remarried
We also offer on-site exemption
“Every time he comes out 1358 Dresden Drive surviving spouse and other disabled residents.
Eligibility for special exemptions is based upon processing after the presentation. Attendees are
of his house he’s friendly and Atlanta, GA 30319
encouraged to bring their driver’s license and
smiling. He’s always asking how age or disability, total household income, and
must be applied for in person. Bring in your State & Federal income tax forms, Social Security
he can help. It’s never about South Office 1099, and any other forms of income you may
Federal and State Income tax forms by the
him. He’s always worried about 2801 Candler Road
deadline to apply.
receive for qualification requirements.
helping others, but behind Suite #66
Decatur, GA 30034
closed doors he’s had some real
challenges,” Kortemeier said. Remember, the deadline for applying for all
Dodson was once a victim
of mortgage fraud, Kortemeier homesteads is April 2nd! Questions?
Call (404) 298-4000 or
said, and as a result lived in his email us at
home without gas for more EARN IT  KEEP IT  SAVE IT proptax@dekalbcountyga.gov
than 10 years.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 11

WEEK in PICTURES

DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon—front row, second left— is kicking off a month-long food drive to help DeKalb residents in need. She is partnering with District Attorney
Sherry Boston, Solicitor General Donna Coleman-Stribling, Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry, and Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson to promote donations. Photo submitted

From left, Christopher Ballenger, DeKalb Early College Academy; CodeDay Youth
Leader, Alexandra Hamilton, Lithonia High School; Lia Walker, Lithonia High
School and Janhiya Reid, Lithonia High School participated in CodeDay Atlanta,
the 24-hour, all-night code-a-thon at LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ headquarters
in Alpharetta on Feb. 17-18. Alexandra and Lia were part of the team that won
Best in Class, Game for their creation, Gentleman’s Curse.
Students from throughout Metro Atlanta, including DeKalb County, met at LexisNexis Risk Solutions
in Alpharetta for a 24-hour, nonstop code-a-thon competition to create mobile games and apps. The
winners were Best in Class App, Text Spam, Best in Class Game, Gentleman’s Curse, Best in Show
Game, Zombocalypse.  

Have you created programming you’d like to air on TV?
Do you have an interest in Public Access TV in DeKalb County?
Submit your show to DeKalb County’s Public Access channel, DeKalb 25.
Drop off DVD or USB copies to the Manuel J. Maloof Center at
1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, or upload your content via the internet.

(404) 371-2325 DeKalb25@outlook.com DeKalb25.com
This statement is published in accordance with Section 19 (b) of the DeKalb County Organizational Act of 1981, p. 4304.

DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION BY FUND
As of December 31, 2017
(In thousands of dollars / unaudited)

Drug Abuse Law Enforcement
This statement is published in accordance with Section 19 (b) of the DeKalb County Organizational Act of 1981, p. 4304.

DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION BY FUND

Foreclosure Victim As of December 31, 2017
(In thousands of dollars / unaudited) Juvenile Treatment Confiscated Street
unty Jail Registry Assistance Recreation Services & Education Monies Lights
Drug Abuse Law Enforcement Speed Emergency Special Tax Special Tax
PEG Foreclosure Victim Juvenile Treatment Confiscated Street Hump Telephone Grant- Grants Grants Designated District
General Development Support County Jail Registry Assistance Recreation Services & Education Monies Lights Maintenance System In-Aid 2005 JAG #10 2009 ARRA Fire Services Unincorporated

Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund
Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund
100 201 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 215 250 257 260 270 271 272
Assets:
Cash and investments 56,494 10,349 1,433 120 244 18 415 58 147 6,904 1,619 1,308 809 2,138 (26) (1) 3,688 1,213 3,845

204 Receivable
Inventories and prepaid items
Total Assets
205 15,643
3,480
75,617
-
-
10,349
206
-
-
1,433
-
-
120
-
-
244
-
-
18
207 -
415
-
-
58
-
-
147
208 -
-
6,904
372

1,991
17
-
1,325
209 1,263
-
2,072
4,536
-
6,674
153
-
127
210 -
-
(1)
4,440
-
8,128
2,340
-
3,553
211
632
-
4,477

Liabilities:
Accounts payable 6,972 13 259 - (1) - 29 - 4 11 - - 33 283 1 2,119 619 84

120 244 18 415 58 147 6,904 1,6
Deferred revenue 4,619 31 - - - - - - - 115 - - - 1,316 153 - 1,761 893 733
Payroll liabilities - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Advance payments and deposits 236 1,718 - - - - - - - 279 - - - - - - - - 948
Notes payable -

-
Due to others
Other Accrued Liabilities
Total Liabilities
474
-
12,301
- 1,762
-

259
- -

-
- -

(1)
-

-
-

29
-

- 4
- 1,151

1,556
- -

-
-

- 33
-
- -

1,599 154
- -

-
- 3,880
- (324)

1,188
661

2,426
3
-
Fund Balance 63,316
- 8,587 1,174 120
- 245 18 386
- 58 143 5,348
- 1,991 1,325 2,039
- 5,075 (27) (1)
- 4,248 2,365 2,051

Total Liabilities And Fund Balance 75,617 10,349 1,433 120 244 18 415 58 147 6,904 1,991 1,325 2,072 6,674 127 (1) 8,128 3,553 4,477

120 -
244 -
Hotel /
Motel
-
Rental Motor
Vehicle Excise
-
18
1987 G O
-

1998
-

1993
-
415
2001 G O
-

2006 G O
- -

Host Capital
58
Capital
Improvement
-

COPS
-
Public
Safety
-
Building
Authority
147 -
Urban
-

Redevelopement HUD Section
-
6,904
ARRA
Capital
-

Debt
-
GO Bonds
STD
-
1,9
Hospital Police Services Tax Tax Bonds - Parks Bonds - Jail Bonds - Health Bonds - Parks Bonds - P,T,L Projects Projects Projects Judicial Facilities Juvenile Court Agency 108 Loan Projects Service Debt Service
Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund
273 274 275 280 311 312 313 314 315 330 350 351 354 355 356 357 360 410 411
Assets:
Cash and investments (337) 20,942 2,829 562 - - - 13,262 14,489 (864) 50,356 13,605 - - 695 1,379 - 241 719
Receivable 1,145 34,390 487 45 - - - - - - 2,238 - - - - - - 518 318
Inventories and prepaid items - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- (1) - 29 - 4 11
Total Assets 808 55,332 3,316 607 - - - 13,262 14,489 (864) 52,594 13,605 - - 695 1,379 - 759 1,037

Liabilities:

- - - - - - 115
Accounts payable - 123 - - - - - 56 53 6 327 2 - - - - - - -
Deferred revenue 406 30,894 - - - - - - - 2,222 - - - - - - 214 293
Payroll liabilities - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Advance payments and deposits - - - - - - 22 93 - 683 448 - - 74 149 - - -

-
Notes payable
Due to others
Other Accrued Liabilities
- - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - 279
Total Liabilities 406 31,017 - - - - - 78 146 6 3,232 450 - - 74 149 - 214 293

Fund Balance 402 24,315 3,316 607 - - - 13,184 14,343 (870) 49,362 13,155 - - 621 1,230 - 545 744

Total Liabilities And Fund Balance 808 55,332 3,316 607 - - - 13,262 14,489 (864) 52,594 13,605 - - 695 1,379 - 759 1,037
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Building Public Safety Urban Water & Water & Water & Water & Sanitation

- - - - - - 1,151
Authority Bonds Judicial Facilities Redevelopment Sewer Sewer Bonds Sewer Sewer Sanitation Sanitation ARRA Capital Airport Airport Stormwater Stormwater Vehicle Vehicle Risk Workers Total
Debt Service Debt Service Debt Service Operating Construction R&E Sinking Operating Construction Projects Operating Construction Utility Construction Maintenance Replacement Management Compensation All
Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Funds
412 413 414 511 512 513 514 541 542 544 551 552 581 582 611 621 631 632
Assets:
Cash and investments 70 9 86 44,153 274,837 347,567 101,289 10,635 2,259 7,402 4,358 22,292 14,111 6,545 1,466 108,822 27,895 13,896 1,186,639
Receivable - - - 47,711 - - - 5,142 - - 241 - 2,001 543 - - - 115,927

-
Inventories and prepaid items
Non-Current Assets
Total Assets
-

70
(1) -

9
-

86
7,360

99,224
- -

274,837
2,332
1,827
351,726
-

101,289
29 -

15,777 -
-

2,259 -
-

7,402 -
-
-

4,599 -
-

22,292 -
-

16,112 -
-

7,088
4
-
1,159

2,625 -
-
(40,890)
67,932 -
1,556 1,910

29,805 -
-

13,896 -
16,241
(39,063)
1,279,744

Liabilities:
Accounts payable - - - 1,317 47 138 10,295 (226) 79 - 1 71 228 - 772 132 11 6 21,042
Deferred revenue - - - 248 - - - - - - - 298 - - - - 40,302

120
Payroll liabilities
Advance payments and deposits
Notes payable
-
- 245 -
-
-
-
-
533 18 -
1,414
-
11,040
-
-
- 386 -
-
-
102
5,114
-
- 58 -
70
-
195
-
5 143 -
-
-
-
-
- 5,348 -
-
-
-
-
17,061
5,114
1,9
Due to others - - - 6,107 - 523 - - - - - - - - - - - - 8,255
Other Accrued Liabilities 2,525 1,817 102 427 546 14,087 - 13,994 33,498
Total Liabilities - - - 10,730 1,461 11,701 10,295 1,591 5,295 - 173 266 958 - 1,318 14,219 11 14,000 125,272

120Fund Balance

Total Liabilities And Fund Balance
70

70
244 9

9
86

86
88,494

99,224
18 273,376

274,837
340,025

351,726
90,994

101,289
41514,186

15,777
(3,036)

2,259
7,402

7,402
58 4,426

4,599
22,026

22,292
15,154

16,112
147 7,088

7,088
1,307

2,625
53,713

67,932
6,904 29,794

29,805
(104)

13,896
1,154,472

1,279,744
1,9
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

al Motor Capital
General Fund 100 Grant-In-Aid Fund 250 2001 G O Bonds - Parks Fund 314 Urban Redevelopment Agency Bond Debt Service Fund 414
2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017
Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual

cle Excise 1987 G O 1998 1993 2001 G O 2006 G O Host Capital Improvemen
Property Taxes 198,270 192,836 Contributions from private sources 1,850 (45) Investment income 8,655 130 Investment income - -
Sales Taxes 53,223 53,955 Intergovernmental (13,678) 22,386 Intergovernmental (277) - Miscellaneous 662 662
Other Taxes 4,537 4,937 Miscellaneous (4,068) 605 Contributions from private sources (183) - Fund Balance Carried Forward 150 150
Licenses and permits - 6 Transfers From Other Funds (3,294) 3,842 Transfers From Other Funds (34) - Total Revenues 812 812

Tax Intergovernmental
Charges for Services Bonds - Parks 1,221
47,803
799
49,489 Bonds - Jail Fund Balance Carried Forward Bonds - Health
Proceeds of general long-term obligations
4,994
25
4,994 Bonds - Parks Proceeds from sale of bonds
Miscellaneous
(38)
(1,525) Bonds - P,T,L -
- Projects
Expenditures:
Debt Service 727 Projects 726
Fines and Forfeitures 10,780 10,419 Total Revenues (14,196) 31,807 Fund Balance Carried Forward 14,886 14,886 Transfers out - -

Fund Investment income
Miscellaneous Fund 211
4,544
543
6,219 Fund Expenditures:
General Government: Fund Fund Total Revenues
Expenditures:
21,484
Fund 15,016
Fund
Unappropriated
Total Expenditures
85
812 Fund -
726
Transfers From Other Funds 4,183 7,450 Finance - - Capital Projects 41,503 1,832

280 Proceeds of general long-term liabilitie
Fund Balance Carried Forward 311 41,418 41,418 312 Workforce Developmen
Civil and Criminal Court System: 313 367 4,781
314 Fund Expenditures
Unappropriated 315
-
(20,019)
-
330 Water & Sewer Operating Fund 511
2017 350
2017
Total Revenues 366,190 368,071 Sheriff 384 60 Total Expenditures 21,484 1,832 Revenues: Budget Actual
Expenditures: Juvenile Court 3,239 1,391 Investment income - 1,330
General Government: Superior Court 5,159 992 2006 G O Bonds - Parks, Transportation, Libraries Fund 315 Charges for Services 242,555 252,213
Chief Executive Officer 3,889 2,974 State Court 58 98 2017 2017 Fines and Forfeitures -

562
Board of Commissioners
Executive Assistant
3,643
- - 2,944
(28)
Solicitor
District Attorney - 1,426
668
348
1,198 - Revenues:
13,262
Investment income
Budget
(6,909)
Actual
159 14,489 Miscellaneous
Transfers From Other Funds (864) 163
429
439
- 50,3
Budget 1,123 927 Public Defender 2 - Intergovernmental Revenue (65) - Fund Balance Carried Forward 77,569 77,569

45
Internal Audit
Law Department
3,643
4,886 - 2,944
4,053
Magistrate Court
Police Services - 1,759
4,818
334
1,474 - -
Transfers From Other Funds
Contributions from private sources
(3,285)
(4,255)
-
- - Total Revenues
Expenditures: - 320,716 331,551
2,2
Ethics 504 414 Fire & Rescue 676 165 Proceeds from sale of bonds (3,285) - Finance 11,172 8,897

-
Geographic Information
Risk Managemen
2,619
- - 2,219
-
Public Works
-
Community Development
-
8,946
-
9,288 - -
Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
20,064
2,265
20,064
20,223 - Water and Sewer
Fund Expenditures - 145,399
-
114,927
(3)
Facilities Management 15,839 14,384 Parks 2,964 652 Expenditures: Interfund transfers 111,584 119,236

607
Purchasing
Human Resources & Merit System
3,216
3,983 - 2,949
3,606
Extension Service
-
Family & Children Services
-
(101)
-
- - Parks
Library 13,262 24,323
7,041 14,489
2,247
3,066
Unappropriated
Total Expenditures (864) 52,561
320,716 243,057 52,5
Information Systems 23,670 20,617 Sanitation 26 - Transportation (3,481) 567
Finance 6,865 5,960 Economic Development 200 - Fund Expenditures -
Property Appraisa 5,644 4,914 Fleet Maint. - - Unappropriated (25,618) Water & Sewer Bonds Construction Fund 512
Tax Commissioner 8,420 7,579 Animal Control - - 2,265 5,880 2017 2017
Registrar and Elections 2,868 2,195 Bd of Health 2 - Revenues: Budget Actual
Civil and Criminal Court System: Sr Citizen Services 5,432 2,830 Host Capital Projects Fund 330 Investment Income - 1,621
Sheriff 83,445 76,450 Human Services 170 1,342 2017 2017 Proceeds from sale of bonds (17,477) -

-
Juvenile Court
Superior Court
7,304
9,794 - 7,040
9,236 -
Keep Dekalb Beautiful
Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
33
-
-
- - Revenues:
Investment Income 56 Budget
335
Actual
- 53 Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues 6336,806
319,329
336,806
338,427 3
Clerk Superior Court 7,642 7,372 Registrar/Elections - - Intergovernmental (9,793) - Expenditures:
State Court
-
Solicitor State Cour
15,970
7,636
- 15,349
7,312
Water & Sewer
Non-Departmental
- 521
87
(25)
1
- Deferred Revenue
Transfers From Other Funds
-
313
-
-
- Capital Projects
Unappropriated
- 281,966
37,363
65,051
2,2
District Attorney 14,087 14,612 Fund Expenditures (174) Fund Balance Carried Forward (242) (242) 319,329 65,051

-
Child Advocate
Probate Court
2,731
1,953
- 2,557
1,840
Miscellaneous
Unappropriated
- (5)
(51,027)
-
1,977
- Total Revenues
Expenditures:
- (9,387) (242)
- -
Water & Sewer R & E Fund 513

- - - - 22 93 - 6
Medical Examine 2,548 2,326 Total Expenditures (14,196) 26,732 Capital Projects 41,036 628 2017 2017
Public Defender 9,411 9,030 Unappropriated (50,423) Revenues: Budget Actual
Magistrate Court 3,588 3,476 Grants/2005 JAG #10 Fund 257 (9,387) 628 Investment income 15,858 -

-
Public Safety: 2017 2017 Miscellaneous (46) 230
Public Safety Admin & Communications - - Revenues: Budget Actual Transfers From Other Funds (220,855) 48,951
Animal Control 13 22 Investment income 2 - Fund Balance Carried Forward 349,166 349,166

- - - - - - -
Police 8,434 7,333 Intergovernmental Revenu 412 599 Total Revenues 144,123 398,347
Fire & Rescue - (38) Transfers From Other Funds 122 (316) Expenditures:
Planning & Development 1,777 1,608 Deferred Revenue - - Capital Projects 144,410 58,322
Public Works: Fund Balance Carried Forward (6) (6) Unappropriated (287) -
Directors Office 719 586 Total Revenues 530 277 144,123 58,322
Economic Development 45 73 Expenditures:
Public Services - Library Water & Sewer Sinking Fund 514

- - - - 78 146 6 3,2
17,227 16,375 Police 602 304
Health and Human Services: Unappropriated (72) - 2017 2017
Extension Services 905 730 Total Expenditures 530 304 Revenues: Budget Actual
Public Board of Health 4,256 4,256 Investment income - 106
Community Service Board 2,084 2,084 2009 ARRA Stimulus Fund 260 Miscellaneous - -
Family and Children Services 1,278 1,278 2017 2017 Transfers From Other Funds 66,045 65,999

607 - - - 13,184 14,343 (870) 49,3
Human and Community Developmen 3,948 3,653 Revenues: Budget Actual Proceeds from sale of bonds - -
Citizen Help Center 259 175 PropertyTaxes - - Fund Balance Carried Forward 90,909 90,909
Capital Improvement Sales Taxes - - Total Revenues 156,954 157,014
CIP - - Investment income - - Expenditures:
GO Bonds - Parks - - Intergovernmental Revenue (9,938) - Debt Service - -
Non-Departmental 4,461 3,146 Transfer from Other Funds 299 - Fund Expenditures 66,045 66,020

607 - - - 13,262 14,489 (864) 52,5
Debt Service 8,000 8,000 Fund Balance Carried Forward (1) (1) CIP - -
Fund Expenditures - 50 Total Revenues (9,640) (1) Unappropriated 90,909
Unappropriated 36,511 1,984 Expenditures: Total Expenditures 156,954 66,020
Transfers To Other Funds 19,352 18,189 Workforce Development 1,295 -

-
Total Expenditures 366,190
- 304,755 Non-Departmenta
-
Total Expenditures
(10,935)
(9,640)
- -
- - -
ater & Water & Water & Water & Sanitation
Sewer Sewer Bonds Sewer Sewer Sanitation Sanitation ARRA Capital Airport
erating Construction R&E Sinking Operating Construction Projects Operating
Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund
511 512 513 514 541 542 544 551

44,153 274,837 347,567 101,289 10,635 2,259 7,402 4,3
47,711 - - - 5,142 - - 2
7,360 - 2,332 - - - -
1,827
99,224 274,837 351,726 101,289 15,777 - 2,259 - 7,402 - 4,5
This statement is published in accordance with Section 19 (b) of the DeKalb County Organizational Act of 1981, p. 4304.

DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION BY FUND
As of December 31, 2017
(In thousands of dollars / unaudited)

Development Fund 201
2017
Budget
2017
Actual Revenues:
Fire Fund 270
2017
Budget
2017
Actual Revenues:
Drug Abuse
Capital Improvement Project Fund 350
2017
Budget
2017
Actual
Law Enforcement
Revenues:
Sanitation Operating Fund 541
2017
Budget
2017
Actual
Revenues: Property Taxes 54,832 53,971 Intergovernmenta 25,439 8,112 Investment income - -
Licenses and Permits
Investment income
Miscellaneous
Foreclosure 8,153
-
(6)
8,018
-
-
Victim Sales Taxes
Other Taxes
Intergovernmental Revenue
11,730
-
52
13,268
14 Juvenile
Investment Income
Contributions from private sources
Miscellaneous
Treatment 434
(126)
3,555
-
44
-
Confiscated
Charges for Services
Transfers From Other Funds
Miscellaneous
64,902
-
30
Street 67,881
-
87

y Jail Charges for Services
Transfers To Other Funds Registry
Fund Balance Carried Forward
453
-
5,838
Assistance
474
-
5,838
Transfers To Other Funds
Charges for Services
Miscellaneous
Recreation 141
647
3
141
543
8
Services
Charges for Services
Transfers From Other Funds
Fund Balance Carried Forward
& Education
(567)
21,312
36,971
617
24,060
36,971
Monies
Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
4,949
69,881 Lights 4,949
72,917

nd Total Revenues

Expenditures:
Fund 14,438 14,330
Fund Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
Fund 380
67,785
380
68,325 Fund Total Revenues
Expenditures:
Board Commissioners
Fund 87,018

-
69,804

-
Fund
Finance
Sanitation
Interfund Transfers
-
64,915
1,586
Fund -
56,915
1,500

4 Planning & Development

Interfund Transfers
205
Public Works- Director's Office
7,101
-
247
5,480
16
247
206 Public Safety-Police
Public Safety-Fire
Non-Departmenta
207 -
59,901
5,223
-
58,450
5,086
208GIS
Facilities Management
Fleet Maintenance
209 130
15,533
460
-
881
-
210
Fund Expenditures
Unappropriated
Total Expenditures
-
3,380
69,881
211 316
-
58,731
Unappropriated 7,090 - Debt Service 281 281 Information System 6,452 1,252
14,438 5,743 Interfund Transfers 260 260 Finance 606 153 Sanitation Construction Fund 542
Unappropriated 2,120 - Clerk Superior Court 369 560 2017 2017

120
Revenues:
244
PEG Support Fund 203
2017
Budget
2017
Actual
18
Total Expenditures
415
67,785

Special Tax - Designated Services Fund 271
64,077 Sheriff
Police
Library
58 3,138
2,818
5,724
147
200
993
1,186
Revenues:
Intergovernmental 6,904
Contributions from private sources
Budget
615
1,200
Actual
- 1,619
-Investment income
Miscellaneous
Fund Balance Carried Forward
- -
120
1,438
-
516
1,438
-
Revenues:
Property Taxes
2017
Budget
25,224
2017
Actual
24,953
-
Transportation
Property Appraisa
Host Capital Outlay
31,866
506
47,134
-
954
82
7,976
-
Transfers From Other Funds
Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
35,323
(2,664)
34,474
1,500
(2,664)
(1,164)
372
- Total Revenues
Expenditures:
PEG Support
- 1,558

1,357
1,954

853
-
Sales Taxes
Other Taxes
Intergovernmental
6,459
-
25
6,880
8
-
Parks -
Road & Drainage

Planning & Development
34,806
3,679
3,605
-
3,732
637
1,054
Expenditures:
Capital Projects
Interfund Transfers
- 12,811
-
1,872
-

120Unappropriated
244 201
1,558
(73)
780 18
Investment income
Contributions from private sources
Charges for Services
415-
-
711
-
816
58
Community Development
Economic Developmen
Extension Service
200
214
4
147
250
-
-
Unappropriated
6,904
Total Expenditures
21,663
34,474 1,872 1,991
County Jail Fund 204 Miscellaneous 168 177 Non-Departmenta 12,455 319 Sanitation ARRA Capital Projects Fund 544
2017 2017 Transfers From Other Funds 10,947 6,097 Fire 1,456 165 2017 2017
Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 2,443 2,443 DFACS - Revenues: Budget Actual
Total Revenues 45,977 41,374 Fund Expenditures - Intergovernmenta - -
Intergovernmental 118 104 Expenditures: Unappropriated (84,137) 48 Interfund Transfers (12,339) -
Fines and forfeitures 1,152 1,202 Public Safety - Police - - Total Expenditures 87,018 20,442 Fund Balance Carried Forward 7,402 7,402

- (1) - 29 - 4 11 -
Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Public Works - Transportation 3,140 2,122
Total Revenues 1,270 1,306 Public Works - Roads and Drainage 16,594 14,197 COPS Projects Fund 351 Total Revenues (4,937) 7,402
Expenditures: Parks and Recreation 12,227 12,143 2017 2017 Expenditures:

- - - - - - 115 -
Transfers To Other Funds 1,270 1,186 Debt Service 32 32 Revenues: Budget Actual Capital Projects 3,061 -
Unappropriated - - Non-Departmental 4,909 4,675 Investment Income 18,739 26 Unappropriated (7,998) -
1,270 1,186 Transfers to Other Funds 5,840 5,840 Miscellaneous - Total Expenditures (4,937) -

- - - - - - - -
Unappropriated 3,235 Proceeds from sale of bonds (4,830) -
Foreclosure Registry Fund 205 Total Expenditures 45,977 39,009 Fund Balance Carried Forward 18,396 18,396 Airport Operating Fund 551
2017 2017 Total Revenues 32,305 18,422 2017 2017

- - - - - - 279 -
Revenues: Budget Actual Special Tax District - Unincorporated Fund 272 Expenditures: 2,002 Revenues: Budget Actual
Charges for Services 145 98 2017 2017 Capital Projects 9,410 5,513 Investment income - -
Miscellaneous - - Revenues: Budget Actual Unappropriated 22,895 (246) Miscellaneous 4,895 5,599
Fund Balance Carried Forward 163 163 Charges for Services - 32,305 5,267 Interfund Transfers - -
Total Revenues 308 261 Other Taxes 6,589 4,756 Fund Balance Carried Forward 5,345 5,345
Expenditures: Licenses and Permits 18,072 18,739 Public Safety - Judicial Facilities Fund 354 Total Revenues 10,240 10,944

- - - - - - 1,151 -
Interfund Transfers 200 (7) Investment income 2 3 2017 2017 Expenditures:
Unappropriated 108 23 Fines and Forfeitures 8,362 9,244 Revenues: Budget Actual DeKalb-Peachtree Airpor 2,748 2,518
308 16 Miscellaneous (177) (66) Investment Income (1,744) - Interfund Transfers 4,000 4,000
Transfers From Other Funds (14,248) (15,573) Deferred Revenue - - Unappropriated 3,492
Fund Balance Forward 2,014 2,014 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Total Expenditures 10,240 6,518
Victim Assistance Fund 206 Total Revenues 20,614 19,117 Total Revenues (1,744) -

- (1) - 29 - 4 1,556 -
2017 2017 Expenditures: Expenditures: Airport Construction Fund 552
Revenues: Budget Actual General Government Capital projects (368) - 2017 2017
Intergovernmenta 420 416 Economic developmen 1,160 376 Unappropriated (1,376) - Revenues: Budget Actual
Fines and Forfeitures 500 467 Finance - - (1,744) - Investment income - 6
Fund Balance Carried Forward 84 84 State Court 4,489 4,284 Intergovernmental (2,376) 733
Total Revenues 1,004 967 Recorders Court - 9 Building Authority - Juvenile Court Fund 355 Miscellaneous 1,991 5,699

120 245 18 386 58 143 5,348 1,991
Expenditures: Planning & Development 1,762 1,366 2017 2017 Interfund Transfers 663 4,000
Victim Assistance 74 19 Non-Departmenta 1,674 1,657 Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 16,359 16,359
Transfers To Other Funds 930 930 Fund Expenditures 10 Investment income (56) - Total Revenues 16,637 26,797
Unappropriated - - Transfers From Other Funds 370 590 Proceeds of long-term Liabilities 1,261 - Expenditures:
Total Expenditures 1,004 949 Unappropriated 11,159 8,774 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Capital Projects 44,543 4,771
Total Expenditures 20,614 17,066 Total Revenues 1,205 - Unappropriated (27,906)

120 244 18 415 58 147 6,904 1,991
Expenditures: 16,637 4,771
Recreation Fund 207 Hospital Fund 273 Capital projects 789 -
2017 2017 2017 2017 Unappropriated 416 - Stormwater Utility Fund 581
Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual 1,205 - 2017 2017

- Investment income
Charges for Services
- -
879
-
991
-
Property Taxes
Sales Taxes
15,764
-
4,027
14,909
4,203
- - Revenues:
Investment income
- Budget
3
-
Actual
-

Motor Capital
Miscellaneous - 4 Other Taxes 5 Urban Redevelopment Agency Fund 356 Charges for Services 14,550 14,733
Fund Balance Carried Forward 229 229 Intergovernmental 17 - 2017 2017 Miscellaneous - -
Total Revenues 1,108 1,224 Interfunds 2,482 2,553 Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 15,735 15,735

Excise 1987 G O 1998 1993 2001 G O 2006 G O Host Capital Improvement
Expenditures: Proceeds of general long term liabilities - Investment income - 5 Total Revenues 30,288 30,468
Parks and Recreation 1,108 838 Transfers From Other Funds - - Miscellaneous - - Expenditures:
Unappropriated - - Fund Balance Carried Forward (1,083) (1,083) Fund Balance Carried Forward 578 578 Stormwater Utilities 23,511 13,902

x Bonds - Parks Bonds - Jail Bonds - Health Bonds - Parks Bonds - P,T,L Projects Projects
1,108 838 Total Revenues 21,207 20,587 Total Revenues 578 583 Interfund Transfers 2,500 1,412
Expenditures: Expenditures: Unappropriated 4,277
Health and Welfare-Hospita 20,501 20,185 Capital projects 853 (38) Total Expenditures 30,288 15,314

nd Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund
Fund expenditures - Unappropriated (275)
Unappropriated 706 - 578 (38)
21,207 20,185

0 311 Juvenile Services Fund 208 312 313
Police Services Fund 274 314 315
HUD Section 108 Loan Fund 357 330 Stormwater Utility Construction Fund 582 350
2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017 2017
Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual
Property Taxes 53,886 53,333 Intergovernmental (7,817) - Contributions from private sources 187 -
Investment income - - Sales Taxes 16,706 16,510 Investment income - 5 Intergovernmental (134) 1,052

562Charges for Services
Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
-
49
45
94
61
45
106
-
Other Taxes
Licenses and Permits
Charges for Services
27,255
416
476
- 29,184
363
459
13,262
Miscellaneous
Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
9,100
1,686
2,969
14,489 -
1,686
1,691
Charge for Services
Interfund Transfers (864)
Fund Balance Carried Forward
186
200
7,432
-
-
7,432
50,356
45
Expenditures:
Juvenile Court
Interfund Transfers
-
86
8
40
8
-
Miscellaneous
Transfers From Other Funds
Fund Balance Carried Forward
280
10,399
7,044
- 271
13,012
7,044
-
Capital projects
Unappropriated
3,569
(600)
- 461
-
Expenditures:
Capital Projects
- 7,871

17,962
8,484

1,396
2,238
- Unappropriated
--
94 48 -
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
Non-departmental
116,462

9,593
- 120,176

7,105
- 2,969

ARRA Capital Projects Fund 360
- 461 Unappropriated
- (10,091)
7,871 1,396 -
607 Drug Abuse Treatment & Education Fund 209
2017
- 2017
-
Police Services
Debt Service
Interfund Transfers
95,536
475
2,685
- 83,096
475
2,816
13,262
Revenues:
Investment income
2017
Budget
-
14,489
2017
Actual
- Revenues:
(864)
Vehicle Maintenance Fund 611
2017
Budget
2017
Actual
52,594
Revenues: Budget Actual Unappropriated 8,173 2,369 Intergovernmental (315) - Intergovernmental 200 167
Fines and Forfeitures 215 204 116,462 95,861 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Charges for Services 28,997 28,221
Fund Balance Carried Forward 181 181 Total Revenues (315) - Miscellaneous - 1,022
Total Revenues 396 385 Hotel / Motel Tax Fund 275 Expenditures: Fund Balance Carried Forward 1,692 1,692
Expenditures: 2017 2017 Capital projects 34 - Total Revenues 30,889 31,102
Health and Welfare 396 242 Revenues: Budget Actual Unappropriated (349) - Expenditures:

-Unappropriated -
396 - 242 -
Other Taxes
Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
5,400
2,645
8,045
- 4,653
2,645
7,298
56 GO Bonds Debt Service Fund 410
(315) -
53 Fleet Maintenance
Interfund Transfers 6 30,694
195
30,889
29,600
195
29,795
327
-
Revenues:
Law Enforcement Confiscated Monies Fund 210
2017
Budget
- 2017
Actual
-
Expenditures:
Convention Bureau
Transfers To Other Funds
3,375
4,338
- 1,886
2,096
Revenues:
Property Taxes
2017
Budget
10,903
2017
Actual
11,101
- -
Vehicle Replacement Fund 621
2017 2017
2,222
- Investment Income
Intergovernmenta
Miscellaneous
-
5,299
-
- 18
952
(3)
-
Unappropriated 332
8,045 - -
3,982 -
Investment income
Interfund Transfers
Proceeds of general long term liabilities
-
-
-
-
-
-
- Revenues:
Investment income
Charges for Services
- Budget
-
27,435
Actual
-
26,725
-
- Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
6,144
11,443 - 6,144
7,111
Revenues:
- Rental Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Fund 280
2017
Budget
- 2017
Actual
22
Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
1,123
12,026
1,123
12,224 93 Miscellaneous
Interfund Transfers
Fund Balance Carried Forward
- 900
-
37,790
1,370
-
37,790
683
Police
Sheriff
District Attorney
-
-
-
8
-
-
Other Taxes
Investment income
Miscellaneous
551
-
- -
694 Debt Service
-
Fund Expenditures
Unappropriated
11,779
-
247
11,679
-
-
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
Vehicles
66,125

48,685
65,885

12,072

- - - - - - - -
Grants - 1,764 Fund Balance Carried Forward 625 625 12,026 11,679 Interfund transfers 100 100
Fund Expenditures 4,066 2 Total Revenues 1,176 1,319 Unappropriated 17,340
Unappropriated 7,377 (11) Expenditures: GO Bonds STD Debt Service Fund 411 66,125 12,172
Total Expenditures 11,443 1,763 Development Authority 706 712 2017 2017
Unappropriated 470 - Revenues: Budget Actual Risk Management Fund 631
Street Lights Fund 211 1,176 712 Taxes 7,196 7,435 2017 2017

-
Revenues:
Sales Taxes
2017
Budget --
2017
Actual
-
- 1987 G O Bonds - Parks Fund 311
2017
- 2017
78
Investment income
Proceeds of general long term liabilitie
Fund Balance Carried Forward
-
-
(120)
-
-146
(120)
Revenues:
Charges for Services
Miscellaneous
6 Budget
10,080
-
Actual
9,881
219
3,232
Investment income - - Revenues: Budget Actual Total Revenues 7,076 7,315 Interfund Transfers - -
Miscellaneous - Investment income (19) - Expenditures: Payroll deductions and matches 93,000 95,491
Charges for Services 4,615 4,669 Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Debt Service 6,680 6,571 Fund Balance Carried Forward 13,502 13,502

607Fund Balance Carried Forward
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
-
1,977
6,592
1,977
6,646 -
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
Capital Projects
(19)

-
- -

-
13,184
Transfers out
Total Expenditures
396
7,076 14,343 -
6,571
Total Revenues
Expenditures:
Risk Management
(870) 116,582

103,676
119,093

87,633
49,362
Public Works-Transportation 6,139 4,655 Unappropriated (19) - Building Authority Revenue Bonds Debt Service Fund 412 Interfund Transfers - 1,664
Unappropriated 453 - Total Expenditures (19) - 2017 2017 Unappropriated 12,906 2
6,592 4,655 Revenues: Budget Actual Total Expenditures 116,582 89,299

607 Speed Humps Maintenance Fund 212
2017
- 2017
- 1998 G O Bonds - Jail Fund 312
2017
- 2017
13,262
Investment income
Miscellaneous
Interfund Transfers
-
3,729
-
14,489
-
3,729
-
(864) Workers Compensation Fund 632
2017 2017
52,594
- - - - - - - -
Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 54 54 Revenues: Budget Actual
Charges for Services 300 306 Investment income - - Total Revenues 3,783 3,783 Charges for Services 6,000 6,000
Investment income - - Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Expenditures: Miscellaneous - 60

er & Water & Water & Water & Sanitation
Fund Balance Carried Forward 1,127 1,127 Total Revenues - - Debt Service 3,729 3,713 Interfund Transfers 1,664 1,664
Total Revenues 1,427 1,433 Expenditures: Unappropriated 54 - Fund Balance Carried Forward (1,440) (1,440)
Expenditures: Capital Projects - - 3,783 3,713 Total Revenues 6,224 6,284

wer Sewer Bonds Sewer Sewer Sanitation Sanitation ARRA Capital Airport
Public Works-Roads & Drainage 329 108 Interfund transfers - - Expenditures:
Unappropriated 1,098 - Unappropriated - - Public Safety Judicial Facilites Authority Debt Service Fund 413 Non-Departmenta 6,224 6,388
1,427 108 Total Expenditures - - 2017 2017 Unappropriated - -

ating Construction R&E Sinking Operating Construction Projects Operating
Revenues: Budget Actual 6,224 6,388
Emergency Telephone System Fund 215 1993 G O Bonds - Health Fund 313 Investment income - -
2017 2017 2017 2017 Miscellaneous 956 956 ALL TAX FUNDS

nd Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund Fund
Revenues: Budget Actual Revenues: Budget Actual Fund Balance Carried Forward 657 657 2017
Charges for Services - 11 Investment income 3 - Total Revenues 1,613 1,613 Revenues: Budget
Investment income - - Fund Balance Carried Forward - - Expenditures: Taxes, Service Charges, Income & Transfers 604,669

1 512 513 514 541 542 544 551
Miscellaneous 12,000 9,680 Total Revenues 3 - Debt Service 1,613 1,604 Fund Balance Carried Forward -
Fund Balance Carried Forward 5,678 5,678 Expenditures: Transfers out - - Fund Balance Carried Forward (for encumbrances) 53,844
Total Revenues 17,678 15,369 Capital Projects - - Total Expenditures 1,613 1,604 Total Revenues 658,513
Expenditures: Interfund transfers - - Expenditures:
Emergency Telephone System 17,678 13,330 Unappropriated 3 - Approved Budget 604,669
Unappropriated - - Total Expenditures 3 - Encumbrances rolled forward from 2016 53,844

44,153 274,837 347,567 101,289 10,635 2,259 7,402 4,358
Total Expenditures 17,678 13,330 Total Appropriations 658,513

47,711 - - - 5,142 - - 241
7,360 - 2,332 - - - - -
1,827
EDUCATION THURSDAY, MARCH 1 - 7, 2018 • Page 14

COUNTYWIDE

County charter schools win state awards
BY DEREK SMITH School. better than 69 percent of all Georgia
According to the school’s website, schools. The school also consistently
derek@dekalbchamp.com
the Museum School is the product receives “Beating the Odds” distinction
of a grassroots effort on the part for its College and Career Readiness
of dedicated parents to bring an Performance Index scores.
Two DeKalb County School District innovative educational opportunity to “DeKalb PATH Academy was
(DCSD) charter schools have received DeKalb County. selected for this award from a group
statewide recognition for excellence “The museum-school concept of three amazing finalists, each of
and achievement. is a proven model founded on whom is worthy of this title based
DeKalb PATH Academy has been research about how children learn on their merits,” said Tony Roberts,
selected as Georgia Charter Schools best: through personal exploration president and CEO of GCSA. “I’m
Association’s (GCSA) 2018 Charter and hands-on experience fostering delighted with the committee’s final
School of the Year. Also, Principal exploration, discovery and creativity,” selection. This is a well-deserved
Katherine Kelbaugh of the Museum the website reads. honor for one of Georgia’s most
School of Avondale Estates was According to a press release from outstanding schools. DeKalb PATH
selected as the 2018 Georgia Charter DCSD, DeKalb PATH, which stands Academy’s commitment to academic
School Principal of the Year. for perseverance, accomplishment, excellence, its students and the
According to the Museum triumph and honor, is a public charter broader community is well known
School of Avondale Estates website, school sponsored by DCSD. and deserves to be celebrated. The
Kelbaugh began her career teaching DeKalb PATH was established DeKalb County Public Charter School
first grade and kindergarten for four in 2006 and is a 2012-2013 Title teaches students to dream big and
years in Georgia before teaching third I Performance Empowered School gives them the tools they need to
Kelbaugh
grade in Broward County, Fla. There, (formally Title I Distinguished succeed in college and beyond.”
she served as the lead teacher, mentor in education, graduated magna School), according to the school As winners, leaders from DeKalb
teacher and reading specialist for cum laude from Georgia Southern website. As a winner of the 2018 PATH and The Museum School of
two years at Central Charter School University and earned a master of Charter School of the Year Award, Avondale Estates can attend the 2018
in Lauderdale Lakes and served two education in educational psychology the school will receive $50,000 from Georgia Charter Schools Conference
years as assistant principal of that from the University of Georgia. GCSA. The school was selected out of at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly
school. In 2010, she was named the 115 schools throughout the state. Hotel and Convention Center.
She has a bachelor of science founding principal of the Museum According to GCSA, DeKalb PATH
Academy’s overall performance is
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DECATUR

Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy
principal placed on leave pending investigation
BY DEREK SMITH principal of Stephenson High School, Bernetta Jones sent a letter to
derek@dekalbchamp.com then moved to McNair Discovery parents Feb. 9 advising them that
Learning Academy as principal Terese Allen would serve as interim
in 2012. Bolden gained national principal until the matter is resolved.
Dr. Brian Bolden, principal prominence in 2013 in the aftermath “We met with Ms. Allen and
of Ronald E. McNair Discovery of an active shooter incident at the members of the leadership team
Learning Academy was placed on school. on yesterday to prepare for the
administrative leave Feb. 8 pending an According to his profile on transition,” the letter read. “Ms. Allen
investigation. DeKalb County School LinkedIn, Bolden is “a highly sought is a veteran educator with more
District (DCSD) officials declined to after Award-winning educator, than 30 years of experience. She has
disclose details of the investigation, nationally recognized principal, experience across all grade levels and
telling The Champion it’s a personnel author and motivational speaker” and has served in multiple regions within
matter. “a leading national expert in STEM the DeKalb County School District.”
Bolden has worked in the district education.” Allen was formally introduced to
since 2005. In 2009, he became DCSD Region V Superintendent parents at a special meeting Feb. 15.
Bolden

CITY OF STONE MOUNTAIN
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Stone Mountain hereby gives notice that a
Public Hearing will be held to receive public comment on
a Council- initiated Amendment to Appendix A, Zoning
for the regulations regarding Accessory Dwelling Units,

REDUCE Tiny Houses, of the City of Stone Mountain Code of
Ordinances.
The Mayor and City Council will hold a Public Hearing
REUSE on this matter on Monday, March 5, 2018 at City Hall
located at 875 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA at 6:30

RECYCLE P.M. Anyone wishing to attend the public hearing may do
so and be heard relative thereto.

DeKalb County Seeks
Audit Oversight Committee Members
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vacancies on a five-member volunteer Audit Oversight Committee as required by
House Bill 599 of the Georgia General Assembly.

The role of the Audit Oversight Committee is to function independently in conducting
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TUCKER

Helping customers make better energy decisions positions the utility as a trusted information source, according to Apogee CEO Susan Gilbert.

Energy communication company reaches 25-year milestone
by Kathy Mitchell women heading a business this “At the time we started Apogee, “With Envoy the customer sees a
size,” she said technology was moving forward personalized energy bill analysis
Most people don’t understand Gilbert, who was once a rapidly, providing new and exciting video. They watch as someone
their utility bills. From that physics teacher, explained that ways to communicate,” Gilbert talks to them about their energy
observation Susan Gilbert the company name comes from said. “As technological innovations bill. Envoy gives them a chance to
launched a company designed to a scientific word describing the become available, we move make a difference in behavior that
bridge the communication gap outer edge of an orbit. “That’s forward with them.” impacts their bill,” she said, adding
between utility companies and how we see ourselves—as on This year Apogee Interactive that the customer may also receive
their customers. the edge of new technology,” she celebrates its 25th year with mid-cycle and threshold alerts,
Formerly a consultant who said, adding that the company another innovation, which the email messaging and periodic
trained energy auditors to find initials—AI—also suggest artificial company calls Envoy, another energy summary reports. Apogee
ways homes and businesses intelligence, the capability of name inspired by its use in other reports that pilot programs of the
could use energy more efficiently computers to demonstrate contexts. Envoy means messenger, communication platform studied
and economically, Gilbert began intelligent behavior. “This is a Gilbert noted, explaining over the last several years indicate
looking for more efficient ways to significant part of what we do,” she that while information about increased customer satisfaction
disperse energy information. “The said. customer energy use had been and program participation.
job involved a lot of traveling. My According to the Apogee, high available previously, with Envoy According to Apogee, a large
husband and I rarely saw each bills generate more calls to utility the information is more easily investor-owned utility analyzed
other,” she said, explaining that her companies than outages. “People accessible and user friendly. the effectiveness of energy
husband was doing similar work. don’t understand why they got “Customers who go on a utility summary reports with a control
In 1993, she launched Apogee a higher bill one month than the company’s website can find energy group of 40,000 participants
Interactive, headquartered last when they didn’t do anything conservation information, but and saw a 16 percent increase
in Tucker. The company now different. There are many factors, they often have to click through in customer satisfaction with no
describes itself as “the nation’s including weather, that might several layers to find it. Envoy negative impact. Another pilot
leading full-service provider of explain it. It might be something as makes it simple and easy,” she said. program featuring personalized
proactive customer engagement simple as February having 28 days, “Providing utilities with multi- video bill analysis, reported that
software services for utilities” and followed by March, which has 31. channel, consistent, accurate, 98 percent of the video recipients
has hundreds of utility customers We can not only help the customer and relevant energy information wanted to continue receiving the
across North America. understand why his bill is as high ensures customers stay engaged.” videos and 93 percent reported
Although her husband is co- as it is, but also help them find Gilbert said today’s energy they felt this was an effective
founder of Apogee Interactive and ways to bring it down in the future. customers want to engage with way of communicating why the
remains involved in the business, Helping customers make better the companies that provide their utility bill changed from month to
Gilbert is CEO and directs the energy decisions positions the electricity and natural gas, but month.    
company’s day-to-day operations. utility as a trusted information they are less inclined to read
“I’m proud to be one of the few source," Gilbert explained. bill inserts and online articles.
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 18

BASKETBALL

The Cedar Grove Saints played tight defense in the second half, leading them to a win over Dawson County. Photos by Carla Parker

Defense propels Cedar Grove over Dawson County
Eight teams advance to Elite Eight
BY CARLA PARKER Cedar Grove went into Towers lost to Morgan County
halftime with a 35-28 lead. In 64-49. Cedar Grove girls fell to
carla@dekalbchamp.com the third quarter, the Saints Franklin County 53-26.
played better on defense— In Class AAAA, No.
A defensive adjustment
forcing turnovers, which led 7-ranked Marist girls defeated
in the second quarter led the
to easy baskets for them on LaGrange 59-48 in the Sweet
Cedar Grove Saints to a trip
offense. Senior Jamari Dean 16 and hosted Americus-
to the Elite Eight in the Class
led the team with 15 points. Sumter in the Elite Eight.
AAA playoffs.
Senior Keshun Byrd and Score was not available by
The No. 4-ranked Saints
junior Tworn Seals had 10 press time. No. 2-ranked St.
defeated No. 10-ranked
points each. Pius X defeated Troup 66-46
Dawson County 64-52 in their
Cedar Grove hosted and hosted No. 10-ranked
Sweet 16 matchup Feb. 22
Jenkins High School of Carver-Columbus in the Elite
at home. Cedar Grove had
Savannah in the Elite Eight Eight Feb. 28. Score was not
to battle its way back from a
Feb. 28. Score was not available by press time.
four-point deficit (18-14) at
available by press time. The In Class AAAAA, two
the end of the first quarter.
last time the teams saw each DeKalb teams remain in
The Saints allowed Dawson
other in the playoffs was in the playoffs. No. 3-ranked
County to hit open three-
the Final Four in 2016. Jenkins Lithonia defeated Flowery
pointers on the defensive
won that matchup 68-59. Branch 51-38 in overtime,
end, and struggled to make
Patrick said after the win over and hosted No. 2-ranked
uncontested jump shots and
Dawson County that his team Warner Robins in the Elite
layups on the offensive end.
has prepared all season for Eight Feb. 28. Score was not
Coach Miguel Patrick said
matchups such as the one available by press time. No.
they had to switch the game
against Jenkins. 4-ranked Miller Grove took
plan on defense.
“We’re in the Elite Eight; down defending champions
“At first, we were staying
they have to be excited,” he and No. 1-ranked Buford 79-
with our guys [on defense]
said. “If they’re not prepared, 75 at Buford. Miller Grove
but then we started switching
then they probably shouldn’t played at Dutchtown in the
so wouldn’t give them room
be playing basketball for Elite Eight Feb. 28. Score was
[to shoot uncontested shots],
Cedar Grove. I’ve prepared not available by press time.
and that ended up helping
them all year for games like Southwest DeKalb boys
us out a lot in the second
this.” fell to Hiram 42-41 in the
half,” Patrick said. “Instead of Lady Rams lost to Villa Rica Jaguars fell to Coffee 50-55 in
In other Class AAA Sweet Sweet 16 and Southwest
getting wide-open shots, we 67-66. the Sweet 16.
16 matchups, Redan fell DeKalb girls fell to Carrollton
contested everything.” The Stephenson Lady
to Hart County 62-39, and 54-43. The Arabia Mountain
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 19

BASEBALL

Redan baseball
remains
undefeated
BY CARLA PARKER
carla@dekalbchamp.com

The Redan Raiders baseball team improved to
5-0 on the season after wins over Decatur and
Grayson Feb. 24. The Raiders beat Grayson
10-3 and then defeated Decatur 9-1. Photos by Carla Parker
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018 • Page 20

BROOKHAVEN

Brookhaven continues preparation for Cherry Blossom Festival
quartet made up of Sarah and walkers—to come out opportunity gives community to volunteer, go to: http://
BY DEREK SMITH McTaggart, Michael Panek, and enjoy the course that members a chance to go splashfestivals.ivolunteer.
derek@dekalbchamp.com Jonathan Garcia, and Judah runs through our beautiful behind the scenes of the com/brookhaven#2.
McCarthy. The band has park,” Brookhaven District 1 city’s marquee event, and The festival will also
appeared on The Late Late Councilmember Linley Jones since we are offering short premiere a food court sitting
The city of Brookhaven is
Show with James Corden said. shifts, volunteers will also area providing guests with a
continuing to prepare for the
and the Today Show. They Participants can register have plenty of time to enjoy 360-degree view of the music
2018 Cherry Blossom Festival,
have toured nationally with online until March 22 at: everything the Brookhaven stage, a Kidz Zone and dog
to be held March 24 and 25.
Mikky Ekko and LANY, and http://www.itsyourrace.com/ Cherry Blossom Festival has to show area.  The car show will
Brookhaven officials
toured the UK with Twenty event.aspx?id=8563 offer.” be returning on March 24.
had previously announced
One Pilots. They’ve played the Brookhaven officials are Volunteer opportunities The Brookhaven Cherry
country artist Craig
festival circuit including SXSW, also in need of volunteers for include artist setup, Blossom festival is open 10
Morgan as music headliner,
Governor’s Ball, Firefly, Read the festival. breakdown and hospitality a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday,
performing March 24 along
and Leeds, Great Escape and “We couldn’t host this suite and 5K duties. Shifts March 24, and 10 a.m. to 6
with fellow country artist
others. festival without the help of range from two to four hours. p.m. on Sunday, March 25.
Keith Anderson. On Feb. 12,
But music isn’t all the our dedicated volunteers,” Volunteers must be at least
officials announced Hannah
Cherry Blossom Festival will said Mayor John Ernst. “This 14 years of age. To register
Wicklund & The Steppin
have to offer.
Stones will join Morgan and
On Feb. 14, registration
Anderson on March 24, and
opened for the Brookhaven

REDUCE
Transviolet will perform March
Cherry Blossom Festival
25.
5K/1K, taking place March 25
Hannah Wicklund & The
at 7:30 a.m. at Blackburn Park.
Steppin Stones are fronted by
According to officials, the 5K

REUSE
a 20-year-old guitarist, vocalist
is USA Track and Field certified
and songwriter Hannah
as a 2018 Peachtree Road
Wicklund. Wicklund, a South
Race qualifier. It will also serve
Carolina-born and East
as a fundraiser for Children’s
Nashville-based artist, formed

RECYCLE
Healthcare of Atlanta. The
the band as an 8-year-old.
race will take runners through
The band has released three
Blackburn Park.
albums and performed more
“I encourage everyone—
than 2,000 shows.
seasoned runners, beginners
Transviolet is an LA-based