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Waffle House Museum
celebrates 10th anniversary
Avondale High School graduate
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN and one of the first patrons of Waffle House, was the guest of
honor during the event. Anderson
signed autographs, posed for
Some Avondale Estates residents
pictures and told stories about his
say grabbing a bite to eat at Waffle
experiences at the restaurant.
House is part of a regular routine.
The museum looks similar to
During National Waffle Week,
the first restaurant and features
Waffle House Museum celebrated
memorabilia representing the 63-
its 10th anniversary in Avondale
year history of Waffle House.
Estates. The museum is on the site
“I graduated from Avondale
of the first Waffle House restaurant,
High School the same year Waffle
which opened in 1955.
House opened up,” Anderson said.
Pat Warner, spokesperson for
“We figured out that I was probably
Waffle House, said it was a special
the first country music artist to eat
celebration for the museum in its
at a Waffle House and I’ve eaten at a
10th year.
lot more since then.”
“We’ve had a lot of folks come
Anderson has a song dedicated
out, have fun and look at the first
to Waffle House on his latest album
Waffle House restaurant. This gives
Anderson called “Waffle House
people a chance to see what Waffle
Christmas.” He said over the years Waffle House Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary in Avondale Estates on Sept. 8.
House is all about,” Warner said.
Waffle House hasn’t changed—
During the Sept. 8 event, Waffle
House officials gave away T-shirts,
“The prices have changed,”
buttons and Waffle House food
Anderson said, laughing. “But
the people who are running it are
According to Warner, Waffle
carrying the tradition of the guys
House began with two neighbors
who started it in 1955. They laid a
who wanted to open a 24-hour
great foundation for this company.”
restaurant. The owners planned to
Avondale Estates residents
open 10 Waffle House restaurants
Rochelle Yansine and Brandi
and “go fishing.” Since its opening
Limbago said they came to the
in 1955, Waffle House has grown to
event to visit the museum and for
a chain of 1,900 restaurants in 25
free food.
“My kids love [Waffle House]
“I think that’s what endears us
and they want to go all the time,”
to people,” Warner said. “We’re
said Limbago. “I’ve never been
always open. Whether it’s early or
to the museum, so this is my first
late, people know they can count
on us. Our joke is, ‘we have 2,000
Yansine said the Avondale
restaurants and [the owners] never
Waffle House Museum “is really
got to go fishing.’”
cool and a great piece of local
Country music Hall of Fame
inductee Bill Anderson, an

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City police extend

lip sync challenge
department hasn’t been directly was the [school] with the
BY CARLA PARKER challenged to do a video but [students] teaching our officers wanted to do something fun to sign “Shake it Off,”” Cervone
that would involve officers. said.
“There are so many different Hudson said doing activities
The lip sync battles that are
agencies that are doing it and such as the lip sync challenge
sweeping police departments
our officers asked me if we are important because it
in the country have finally hit
could do it and I said, ‘Yeah, of involves the community.
course,’” Hudson said. “So, we “We have such a huge
The Clarkston Police
went to the expertise people refugee population here [and]
Department and city residents The film crew shoots a scene at Refuge Coffee.
with Councilwoman [Andrea] my big thing is trying to break
filmed their version of the
Cervone, then she got the film the walls down and have the
police lip sync battle Sept. 7.
crew for us and here we are.” citizens of Clarkston feel
The lip sync challenge became
Cervone said a film crew comfortable enough so that
the latest internet sensation this
was already in town filming a they can call on us,” Hudson
summer after a deputy from the
documentary on Clarkston. said. “I think by doing this and
Bexar County Sheriff ’s Office
“The film crew graciously inviting the whole community
in Texas wowed the internet
offered to gift us the services of out to participate in this lip sync
with his performance of “Fuiste
filming and editing [the video] will help.”
Mala” by Los Kumbia Kings,
too,” Cervone said. So far, Dunwoody’s police
according to The Huffington
The song Clarkston selected department is the only public
to lip sync to is Taylor Swift’s safety agency in DeKalb
Since then, police
“Shake it Off.” Cervone said County that has done a lip sync
departments, as well as fire
they selected that song because challenge video. Hudson and
departments, have posted lip
the students at Atlanta Area Cervone said Clarkston’s video
sync videos with a variety of
School for the Deaf, which will top Dunwoody’s and the
songs, and challenged other
is located in Clarkston, did a others.
departments to join the
video signing the lyrics “Shake “I challenge every agency in
fun. Clarkston Police Chief
it Off ” a couple of years ago. DeKalb County,” Hudson said. Councilwoman Andrea Cervone, second right, gives suggestions on how to set up a scene
Christine Hudson said their
“Our first [filming] location involving Clarkton Police Chief Christine Hudson, center, and other officers at Refuge Coffee.

DeKalb to MARTA:

Don’t forget about us

BY CARLA PARKER original members with the same
specificity and deference as the proposed contract offers to its
newest prospective member.”
While MARTA is extending DeKalb officials said the
services into other counties, county wants a commitment
DeKalb County elected officials from MARTA to correct “long-
are urging the transit system to standing” deficiencies with
remember the residents who in the current services in the
have paid for services through county, including the quality
taxes for more than 40 years. and reliability of bus service,
A letter, which was dated mobility services and bus stops
Aug. 29, from DeKalb County and shelters.
CEO Michael Thurmond and “For several years now,
all county commissioners, MARTA has made quarterly
was sent to MARTA before presentations to the DeKalb
DeKalb County elected officials want MARTA to improve existing services in the county as the transit system commits to providing
the transit system’s vote on a services to new participating jurisdictions. County Commission
contract between them and alluding to upgraded bus
Gwinnett County Sept. 6. Chairman Robert L. Ashe said “however, we must address the existing MARTA penny, stops, improved amenities
MARTA’s board of directors did in a released statement. “We are important deficiencies in the and conditions necessary for at MARTA rail stations and
approve that day a contract to excited about the opportunity contract and in the level and the success of proposals for an new technologies MARTA
extend bus, rail, and mobility to transform the region and quality of service that MARTA additional levy in the future,” is planning to deploy, but
services into Gwinnett. provide greater connectivity.” has delivered in DeKalb.” the letter stated. “On behalf many of these improvements
“Today’s vote is another In DeKalb’s letter to “Accordingly, we are of the governing authority of have not been accomplished,”
step in fulfilling the dream of a MARTA, elected officials said writing to express DeKalb’s DeKalb County, we believe it The letter stated. “MARTA’s
truly regional transit system,” the county welcomes new expectations for maintenance is as important for MARTA to
MARTA Board of Directors jurisdictions to MARTA, and expansion of service under renew its commitment to its SEE MARTA ON PAGE 8

BROOKHAVEN CHAMBLEE Fresh on Dek season coming
services officials.
For a list of DeKalb County
to an end Fire Rescue stations, visit www.
Brookhaven to host public Chamblee holds multi-modal and
meeting for Zoning Ordinance transportation meeting DeKalb County Cooperative click “Fire Stations and Facilities.”
Rewrite Extension will celebrate the end
Chamblee will hold a kick-off of its successful fourth season of
The Brookhaven Community
Development Department will
host a public meeting for the
meeting on the multi-modal
transportation plan Wednesday,
Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the
Fresh on DeK, DeKalb County’s
Mobile Farmers Market, with
a Fall Harvest Festival on Sept.
Zoning Ordinance Rewrite on North DeKalb Senior Center, 3393 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tucker High band to host
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Malone Drive. the DeKalb County Extension tailgate party
at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. Other topics include the Office at 4380 Memorial Drive in
A draft of the rewrite and more conceptual plans for the Decatur. The Tucker High School band
information can be found at third phase of the Rail Trail According to DeKalb officials, will host a community tailgate and the future autonomous this festival is a way for DeKalb party Sept. 28 from 3:30 to 5
shuttle planned for downtown County Cooperative Extension p.m. in the school’s courtyard.
Chamblee, funded through the to express its gratitude to Individual tailgate meal tickets
DECATUR Smart Communities Challenge.
For more information on the
the community for helping
it relieve food access barriers
for parents and community
members are on sale online at
Passport Day announced city of Chamblee, visit www. and provide fresh produce or call (770)986- paired with nutrition education for $5. Tucker T-shirts will also be
DeKalb County Superior Court 5010. programming. available at the tailgate for $10.
Clerk Debra DeBerry will host For more information, All tailgate meal proceeds benefit
contact the DeKalb County the THS Tigers Band Parent
National Passport Day Sept. 22
from 8 a.m. until noon to provide
passport information to U.S.
COUNTYWIDE Cooperative Extension office at
(404)-298-4080 or visit at www.
Association. The school is located
at 5036 Lavista Road.
citizens and to accept passport Commissioner Johnson, Kaiser
applications. Appointments are
not necessary when applying in
the clerk’s office. DeKalb Clerk
Permanente to host festival

DeKalb County Commissioner

Free leashes to dog owners STONE MOUNTAIN
of Superior Court, along with Larry Johnson and Kaiser DeKalb County Animal City to host music event
hundreds of acceptance facilities Permanente will host the sixth Services and Enforcement is
around the country, are joining annual “The Heart of South offering free dog leashes to pet Trina Meade & Tomi Martin
the Department of State in DeKalb Festival” Sept. 28-29 at owners to reduce the number of will perform Sept. 28 at Stone
hosting National Passport Day. the Porter Sanford III Performing calls it receives about stray and Mountain’s Tunes By The Tracks
The event will be held in the Arts and Community Center. roaming dogs. event in the municipal parking
office of DeKalb County Superior The festival will include food Animal Services has lot, next to the Gazebo. Attendees
Court located in the DeKalb trucks, job and health fairs, car purchased 2,600 leashes and can bring lawn chairs. The two-
County Courthouse, 556 N. showcase, vendors, county has placed 100 leashes in each hour concert begins at 7 p.m.
McDonough St., ground floor, in resources, children activities, of the 26 DeKalb County Fire For more information, visit www.
downtown Decatur. all day entertainment, prizes Rescue stations. The leashes will
For more information on and more. Sponsor and vendor be given on a first-come, first-
National Passport Day at the opportunities are still available, served basis to dog owners.
DeKalb County Clerk of Superior email for Animal Services receives
Court Office and how to apply more information. The center is approximately 1,000 calls for
for a U.S. passport, call Fayron located at 3181 Rainbow Drive in service per month, with 80
Woodley at (404) 687-3873. Decatur. For more information, percent of those calls being
visit www.heartofsouthdekalb. for stray and roaming animals,
com. according to DeKalb animal



What do we do when laws not enforced?

Our leaders break the law and me, I will challenge the authority the system. This is partly why we lack I will not be silent on issues that
ignore us and that is okay, and I when it abuses its power. We must be accountability in our government in matter. I will not overlook issues
get lectured by those who do not able to distinguish between right and the first place. You choose to give the concerning fundamental principles of
want to rock the boat. Your concern wrong. It is that simple. elected leaders a pass for whatever fairness and equal protection of law
should not be whether I hear you, I hear you and see you, but your reason and attack me for wanting to for expediency or  to be popular. 
but it should be whether our elected experience and motivations are have better. I have given the DeKalb I will keep the fight going, history
leaders, the DeKalb BOC hear Us and different from minds in many ways. BOC every opportunity since Feb 27, teaches us and our future demands
follow the law. Because of that, we will not likely 2018 to change their decision.  it. I will not be treated differently
My motivation is rooted in see certain issues the same. “This little I will not be timid, or stand on the because of who I am, or where I come
making sure our leaders follow the candle of minds I am going to let in fence or give one sided perspectives from. I will not be defined or told
same rules and laws that we have shine.”   of what could happen. I am not how I should act, slow down or not to
to. We should all be in favor of doing I do admire your morality in being worried about the outcome or what rock the boat. I ask you to look in the
the right thing in the interest of the honest and forth right and sharing might happen. I am in the game to mirror and tell me what you see. 
people with equal protection under your opinion. Now, I want to have the make a difference and tell the truth to “The arc of the moral universe is
the law. My motivation or security same right and ability to speak and the powerful and to take unpopular long, but it bends towards justice”. 
is not to kiss up to politicians, or be heard. I am tired of being ignored positions when it is necessary.   Theodore Parker.
get a job, or to receive awards, or be and treated like I do not matter. When I am told that this has never
appointed to a position or committee, You should not judge my been done before, I will not shrink Ed Williams. Ed.D. Chair
or to get elected. None of those are actions until you understand all from the opportunity to shine my Concerned Citizens For Effective
my goals. It is about accountability, the facts of the case. You choose to light. My education and knowledge Government
trust, honesty, and integrity. prescribe how I should act without does not make me blind to the truth,
Money and power will not bend challenging the elected officials and or doing the right thing.

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Master of the House?

“When I met Paul Ryan 22 years budget plans which reduced the Pelosi (D-California, 12th District),
ago, he was a student at Miami ‘One Man’s federal budget deficit by more than who last served as speaker a decade
University of Ohio, volunteering on $700 billion while under earlier ago, if they reclaim the House
my campaign,” former U.S. House Opinion’ GOP control and during previous majority. For Trump, Pelosi would
speaker, John Boehner (53rd Speaker sessions of Congress. However, fill the role of daily foil and Disney
and longtime GOP representative of Bill Crane this current Congress is presenting villain from central casting for his
Ohio’s 8th Congressional District). a mini-omnibus budget with an daily Tweeting and offer him a
  expected deficit of nearly $1 trillion better option than often seeming
Many believe the office of 94 percent...49 Republicans are later this fall. So much for fiscal at war with leaders of his own
president of the United States to voluntarily not seeking re-election.  conservatism. party. Trump is most in his element
be among the most difficult in the Chief among that group Absent any real scandal, this when in the midst of battle.
world. That may be, but I would retiring from the House ranks former wunderkind and darling  Though it may now be seen as
say that the most difficult job these is 54th U.S. House Speaker Paul of House conservatives, this Gen rare and counterintuitive to walk
days in Washington, D.C., is speaker Ryan (R-Wisconsin, 1st District) X, sub-boomer speaker is only 48 away from service as master of the
of the House. Presiding over 435 Ryan ascended to the office, which and voluntarily retiring at the peak house, in this social media, hyper
independently elected members, he never actually sought, on Oct. 29, of his power. Ryan indicated in his political age; it may more likely
with terms of only two years, leads 2015, following the early departure retirement announcement that he become the norm for speaker’s yet
to a hierarchy largely based on of former Speaker John Boehner.   plans to spend more quality time to come.
seniority and partisan loyalty. While In addition to an awkward and with his children and young family,
the traditions, rules and structures strained relationship with the White who remain back in Wisconsin, Bill Crane also serves as a political
of the House often seem arcane House, Ryan presides over a House while the rumor mill continues to analyst and commentator for Channel
and archaic to non-members, try GOP Caucus often at war with itself. bubble that Ryan is on the short 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk
herding 435 cats toward any single Here are GOP sub-caucuses within list to lead a lobbying firm or a 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a
objective at any time; and then get the current Congress: D.C.-based think tank such as the columnist for The Champion, DeKalb
back to me.  •H ouse Freedom Caucus American Enterprise Institute. Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane
Prior to the days of hyper (HFC)- Conservative members For Trump, GOP loss of is a DeKalb native and business owner,
partisanship, gotcha politics and affiliated with the Tea Party control of the House may be living in Scottdale. You can reach
multiple divisions within each movement, birthed in the 2010 viewed as a measured win. House him or comment on a column at bill.
major political party; reaching congressional mid-terms Democrats are divided over
consensus within the Democratic •L iberty Caucus (LC) - Libertarian whether to reinstall Rep. Nancy
or Republican Party leadership Republicans
was not always so challenging. As •R epublican Study Committee
recently at 1994, the GOP won the (RSC) - At 154 members, all self-
majority and control of Congress, labeled conservatives, the largest
led by then-grenade-throwing, GOP sub-caucus
outsider and Georgia Congressman •R epublican Main Street
Newt Gingrich, and a member Partnership (MSP) - 70 members,
majority which swept into office of more moderate, “chamber of
on a common campaign platform commerce” Republicans seeking
called the “Contract with America”.  consensus on major challenges
President Donald facing the nation
Trump’s recasting of the modern •T uesday Group (TG) - 50
GOP toward a more populist and members of the shrinking
nationalist agenda has further moderates within the House GOP
complicated the challenges of who meet weekly for lunch
leading members of the House Ryan is a policy wonk who got
Majority toward delivery of the started in politics as a college
president’s legislative agenda. The republican and later campaign
115th Congress will end January volunteer at Miami University in
3, 2019, in just over 90 days, the Oxford, Ohio, for Boehner. Known
GOP holds 241 of 435 seats (a 24- for his attention to detail and
seat majority). Yet, in a body with knowledge of the federal budget,
an incumbent re-election rate of Ryan was the architect of several

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Human Rights group presents

list of demands to school board

Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human

Rights took a stand against what the group
described as disproportionate discipline and
Clarkston approves contract
achievement gaps for African-American
students in City Schools of Decatur Sept.
The group presented a seven-item list of
with Welcoming America
demands related to how Black students are BY CARLA PARKER his hiring practices, which we are
treated in the school district at the board of following all federal and state laws
education meeting. and I don’t really see why somebody
“We came in large numbers to show how Members of the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Clarkston will pursue is going to audit our city manager’s
important it is to have these demands meet,” Rights after the group presented a list of demands to the designation as a certified welcoming duties.”
said Lilly Pettus, parent member of Beacon City Schools of Decatur board of education. From left to city after entering into a contract Cervone said there were some
Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights. right: Mawuli Davis, Dax Pettus, Kenya Oliver and Trajan with Welcoming America. amendments made to the contract
Included in the number of attendees were Axam. (photo provided by Beacon Hill Black Alliance for in regard to staff access.
Human Rights) The city council voted 3-2 in
students Kenya Oliver, a Decatur High favor of approving the contract at its “We changed that language
School senior. Sept. 4 regular meeting. Welcoming from unencumbered access to
“It’s important to know that this regards Addressing race-based disproportionality in America, which is located in staff, to reasonable access to
students in City Schools of Decatur,” Oliver discipline, participation, and achievement is Decatur, provides “the road map relevant staff members,” she said.
said. “So having us there has a greater an urgent issue for our district. My staff and and support [communities] need “We also added a provision in
impact.” I are reviewing the letter from the Beacon to become more inclusive towards terms of recertification stipulating
The list includes: the end of out-of- Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights and immigrants and all residents,” the that we are able to opt out of any
school suspension for kindergarten through discussing the areas of concern, many of organization’s website states. recertification process if we so chose
fifth-grade students effective Oct. 1, an which are already addressed in our Equity According to the contract, without penalty.”
immediate commitment to and engagement Action Plan. We look forward to working Welcoming America will audit Eyasu and Hassan argued that
with the Georgia Department of Education with the group to continue this important Clarkston’s policies to see if they a contract was not necessary, but
and Positive Behavioral Interventions and work.” are geared towards welcoming Cervone said the agreement is
Supports as governed by the GDOE, an According to Davis, the group does not immigrants and all residents. Once contractual in nature because the
immediate release of all discipline and think that the recent equity plan addresses the audit is complete, they will city will receive $12,000 of free work
gifted services data disaggregated by race, core issues quickly enough. provide a policy road map to the from Welcoming America.
the establishment of a clear grievance The district’s equity plan plans to have city council, which they could or “And as part of that work, what
process with procedures for students and its employees trained on cultural humility, could not adopt. Council members they’re going to do is review all of
parents to address teacher and administrator curriculum and instruction and policies and YT Bell, Jamie Carroll and Andrea our policies and provide a policy
discrimination, the development of a procedures by the end of 2024. Cervone voted in favor of the road map,” she said. “If the audit
district-wide equity plan, mandatory implicit According to a report presented at the contract, while council members comes back and shows we have no
bias training for all teachers and staff and meeting by Dude, in the 2015-16 school Awet Eyasu and Ahmed Hassan policies in place and [more] work to
the rating of cultural competence in teacher, year Black students represented 23.2 voted against it. do to become certified, we should
administrator and staff evaluations. percent of the student body but received Eyasu said he had several be able to say we don’t think this is
“We made the demands,” said Mawuli 73.9 percent of rude and disorderly conduct concerns about the contract, feasible and we don’t want to do it.
Davis, Beacon Hill Black Alliance for citations. specifically entering into a contract But, having the policy road map will
Human Rights chair. “We believe that all the In the 2015-16 school year a Black with an organization to say the show us where the gaps are in our
board members acknowledged and reckoned student in CSD was eight times more likely city is welcoming when Eyasu said existing legislature, in our existing
the importance of the demands we were to be cited for rude and disorderly conduct. the city is already welcoming. He policies are and will [show] what we
making. The superintendent did as well. In academic year 2016-17 Black also said he had concerns about need to fix.”
We are scheduled to meet with the school students represented 22.1 percent of student Welcoming America taking up city “The thing is, if they’re going to
district’s equity director [Lillie Huddleston] enrollment but were suspended at three staff time for the audit. work with our city manager time,
in the near future to go over the demands.” times the rate of their White counterparts. “My only concern was we’re that is hours our city manager could
From Sept. 11 the school board has 30 With respect to academic disparities, going into a contract with an entity be spending on other valuable
days to respond to the group’s list. If the between fall 2013 and fall 2017, and across that wants to have reasonable access things that are very important
demands are not met within the 30 days, the all elementary grades, Black students now, but what does reasonable instead of wasting his hours talking
group will take non-violent direct action, performed on average 20 percent points access means? Does it mean they’re to some organization that’s trying
according to Davis. lower than their White peers, according to still going to have some time that to make us more welcoming when
“We wanted it to be clear that we’re not the report. they will take out of our staff? we’re already more welcoming,”
going away,” said Pettus. “I totally expect Between academic year 2015-16 When it says reasonable I still have Eyasu argued.
our school district to work with us on these and 2017-18 fewer than one in 10 Black issues with that,” Eyasu said. “I have Mayor Ted Terry said the
demands.” students were represented in the gifted issues with tying up our city staff contract will acknowledge that the
Pettus has been a member of the human students program, the report states. that’s already well over worked and city will continue to be a welcoming
rights group for two years. She also has two “I have hope,” Dude said. “I have hope give them additional duties by an city and be intentional in that effort.
children, a sophomore and a senior, who because we are now tackling what has external entity that doesn’t respond “We’re going to seek support for
attend school in the CSD school district. long been a taboo subject. We are finally to the city council.” it and then we’re going to measure it
“We thank the community members speaking freely and openly about the issues Eyasu also said he has concerns so that we’ll know that we are being
who attended (the Sept. 11) board meeting that lead to race-based disproportionality in with the words “hiring practices” welcoming,” Terry said. “It’s not just
and appreciate their comments,” said discipline, participation, and achievement. practices in the contract. enough to say we’re welcoming.
David Dude, the City Schools of Decatur We are committed to ensuring that in our “I still believe it’s an intrusion We have to ask the people that we
superintendent. “We share the community’s future, knowing a child’s race will tell you on the duties of the city manager,” represent are we welcoming. We
commitment to ensuring educational equity, nothing about how their behavior will be he said. “I really don’t believe that have to look at actually policies that
and it is through this shared commitment managed, what they will participate in, or some other entity will come and we can measure. So, I think it’s just a
that we will collectively effect change. how they will achieve academically.” look and try to ask our city manager way of holding us accountable.”


Drive-thru flu shots offered

by county health department
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN drive-thru clinic. We’re trying ‘inactivated’ and are therefore
to make it more convenient for not infectious, or with no flu citizens.” vaccine viruses at all.
According to board of The CDC also stated
Those in a hurry may have
health officials, a flu shot is that multiple studies were
taken solace in knowing that
recommended for everyone six conducted in which some
the DeKalb County Board of
months and older, particularly people received inactivated
Health hosted its annual drive-
young children, pregnant flu shots and others received
thru flu vaccination clinic.
women, people with chronic salt-water shots. The study
Participants of the clinic
diseases and people older than found the only differences
received a flu shot without
65 who may be at high risk of in symptoms was increased
leaving their vehicles.
serious complications. soreness in the arm and
The clinic was held Sept. 7
“We want to make this an redness at the injection site
at Northlake Mall near Macy’s.
annual event and let people among people who got the flu
The drive-thru flu shot
know we will be here around shot. There were no differences
vaccination clinic was
the same time every year,” in terms of body aches, fever,
DeKalb Board of Health’s
Brundage said. cough, runny nose or sore
second annual drive-thru
Brundage also said events throat.
clinic, according to Clinical
such as the drive-thru clinic “We want to squash
Operations Manager Don
can help “dispel the myth” that the myth that the flu shot
the flu shot causes the flu or is doesn’t work. What it does
Brundage said the clinic is
ineffective. is strengthen your immune
optimal for patients on the go.
According to Centers system against catching that
“What we’re trying to do
for Disease Control and virus,” Brundage said. “If you
is make the flu shot accessible
Prevention (CDC), flu vaccines do have the virus, it can lessen
to everyone in the county,”
given with a needle either the symptoms.”
Brundage said. “One of the
contain viruses that have been
ways to do that is with the DeKalb County Board of Health held its second annual drive-thru clinic Sept. 7.


Staffing levels increase for DeKalb public safety

BY HORACE HOLLOMAN Lumpkin said he’s trying to address shortages,” Thurmond said. “why” public safety personnel are According to Lumpkin, in the
leaving DeKalb. He said money is past five years DeKalb County Police
For years, DeKalb residents and not the main reason individuals leave Department has been down 20 to
public safety officials have complained DeKalb County. 40 officers per year. DKPD added 25
about high turnover rates within “The number one issue is how their officers this year, Lumpkin said.
various departments. supervisors feel about them and their Additionally, the county’s 911
At the start of 2018, newly hired mental, psychological and physical emergency center will be fully staffed
deputy chief operating officer of public well-being,” Lumpkin said. “We’re in October. The department had been
safety Jack Lumpkin was tasked with working on the whys...we’re going to short 11 personnel positions.
addressing the county’s public safety manage our millennials and others “They are probably the most
attrition issues, strengthening relations and let them know they are the most important because they answer the
with the community and enhancing important asset. We’re competitive and telephones,” Lumpkin said. “We’ll hire
coordination and communications for the raises [DeKalb commissioners] 11 additional [employees] in October
emergency and disaster responses. introduced last year has made us and that will get us to our budgeted
During a county commission DeKalb County officials are working to increase staffing competitive. We’re not at the top...yet.” [126 employee] amount.”
meeting, Lumpkin said public safety levels among public safety personnel in 2018. The fiscal year 2018 budget also In the future, Lumpkin said he
and staffing levels are improving included “more competitive” salary would like to add additional academies
throughout DeKalb. and reducing the attrition rates structure for DeKalb County public for training and increase yearly
With 92 public safety recruits in in our police, 911 and fire rescue safety staff with a 3 percent pay academies from four to six.
attendance, Lumpkin announced departments,” said Lumpkin. increase. “Four academies per year does not
staffing levels have increased for police, According to DeKalb officials, a “DeKalb County’s significant help us close the gaps that we need to
fire and 911 communications. fiscal year 2016 budget included $7.9 investments in recruitment, retention close,” Lumpkin said.
“Under the leadership of CEO million to fund 155 police positions, and compensation have helped the
Michael Thurmond, we are hiring revamp public safety recruitment efforts county to overcome staffing challenges
more character-based individuals and enhance hiring processes. and relieve critical public safety



Hometown hero goes above and beyond

BY HORACE HOLLOMAN South DeKalb County Elementary Legion of Merit, Bronze Star,
School. Meritorious Service Medal, the Dix said he wants to help students Army Commendation Medal, The
Thirty-four-year military veteran through school just as his mentors did NATO Defense Medal, Armed Forces
and Columbia High School graduate when he was growing up. Expeditionary Medal, Global War on
Richard Dix has a knack for helping According to Dix, Lera Buckner, Terror Service/Expeditionary Medal,
others. a former guidance counselor at Afghanistan Campaign Medal, South
Dix grew up in Lynwood Park Columbia High School, stopped Dix West Asia Service Medal, The Kuwait
and Decatur and said the area shaped in the hallway when he was a student Liberation Medal, and the Army
the man he is today. Because of his and inspired him to push himself Achievement Medal.
connection with community members, academically and in his future career Kathy Wells, who said she has
Dix uses his skills to help others, he path. known Dix “all her life,” said he is an
said. “She told me I was playing around inspiration to his community and to
Dix said he often speaks at in school and not meeting my full her.
Columbia High School’s “Destined to potential. She said we needed to talk “He is just one of the warmest,
Soar” program. The program features about my future and I thought ‘I’m nicest people you can meet,” Wells
professionals and Columbia High in the eighth grade, what future?’” said. “He grew up on the northside of
alumni and allows them to interact Dix said. “She had photos on her wall Brookhaven in one of the oldest Black
with students by sharing their success of great people who graduated from communities. He serves the community
Columbia High School graduate Richard Dix. Columbia High School and she said unlike any other young person I know.
“A lot of the things I’ve been doing [my picture] could be on her wall. She His greatest goal now is to give back to
have been centered [on all aspects of schools by helping students strategize knew which button to push to motivate his community. He works with young
being] a student, being an example and what to do when they graduate high me. That’s all it took. It’s like I had a and elderly people by motivating and
telling my story,” Dix said. “I want to school. transformation.” encouraging them to be the best that
relate to the kids who grew up in the “I want them to dream about what Dix said from that point on he they can be.”
same areas I’ve grown up in.” they want to do, who they want to be was hungry to reach his dream of Dix said he “thanks God every day”
After retirement, Dix said he and help them map out how they’re becoming an officer in the Army. Dix for his ability to spread positivity to
couldn’t “sit back” and not help his going to get there from the seventh and graduated high school as an honor students and youth. He has been in
community, which is why he teaches eighth grade,” Dix said. student and attended South Carolina remission from prostate cancer for a
students and adults a five-year plan Dix has used this program to State University on a four-year football year.
program. mentor at Columbia High School, scholarship. After he graduated from “Without [God] none of this would
Dix said the plan was originally Chamblee High School, Wesleyan Army officer basic course in 1987, he be possible,” Dix said.
used to help military personnel, but he School and other schools around the served as a tank platoon leader in the
helped develop a child-friendly version. country. Dix said he also plans to create 24th infantry division.
Dix has been mentoring in various a mentoring and tutoring project with Dix’s military awards include

MARTA Continued From Page 2A

Comprehensive Operations MARTA General Manager/
Analysis has largely been CEO Jeff Parker has also taken
experienced in DeKalb as the a trip to Minneapolis with
consolidation and elimination elected officials in DeKalb
of routes that MARTA deems this week to look at transit
marginal, but new services technologies that could be used
and technologies purported to
replace the obsolete ones have
to further enhance mobility
services in the county.”
been conditioned on additional
funding from DeKalb.”
If Gwinnett County voters
approve a referendum in the September 27
In a statement sent to The
Champion Sept. 14, MARTA
March 2019 special election,
a one-percent sales tax would 7:00 p.m.
officials said the transit system be collected in Gwinnett to
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said. “For example, MARTA proposed a heavy-rail line from
has accelerated bus shelter the Doraville train station to
installations in DeKalb County Gwinnett Place Mall along the
over the last three weeks and I-85 corridor as well as bus
we are exploring ways to make rapid transit and increased local
additional improvements. bus service.




Students from C5 Georgia, a nonprofit organization, volunteered to paint classrooms at Tucker Recreation Center. Photos from Friends of Tucker Rec Center’s Facebook page

Thirty-four-year military veteran and Columbia High School graduate Richard Dix poses with other Columbia High
School graduates at the school’s “Destined to Soar” program.

Students from Hess Academy spend time with Decatur Police Department and Decatur Fire and Rescue. Volunteer Priscilla Rhoades cautions drivers to slow down during her shift on south Candler Street.

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Tinsley, panel discuss poverty’s affect on education


Local leaders in education

gathered at the Georgia Pacific
Center auditorium Aug. 28 to
talk about how poverty affects
public education in the Atlanta
The panel included Vasanne
Tinsley, DeKalb County School
District deputy superintendent;
Jeff Rose, Fulton County
Schools superintendent;
Morcease Beasley, Clayton
County Schools superintendent;
Beverly Ferguson, Georgia
Pacific senior director; Frank
Brown, Communities In
Schools of Atlanta CEO; and
Milton Little, United Way of
Greater Atlanta president.
Ann Cramer moderated the
The panel addressed a
crowd of approximately 75 and
answered moderated questions.
Cramer asked the panel how
Education officials form a panel to speak about how poverty affects public education. Panelist include (from left to right): Morcease Beasley, Jeff Rose, Vasanne Tinsley,
the metro Atlanta educational Beverly Ferguson, Milton Little and Frank Brown.
systems have improved since
the Civil Rights Movement and have no idea what it’s like to be improve students’ transition
the war on poverty. Brown and poor without opportunities.” into adulthood.
Beasley then discussed how After Rose talked about Clayton County Schools has
home ownership across races opportunities, Beasley talked a partnership with the Juvenile
differs since the Civil Rights about diversifying advanced Justice Department and the
Movement and how tax dollars placement classes. youth court system, according
affect public education. “I don’t want to walk into to Beasley.
“If you don’t have an advanced placement class “We have some practices
homeowners, it affects the tax and see all White or Hispanic and strategies to avoid students
fare that provides money to the students,” Beasley said. “In getting caught up in the legal
schools,” said Brown. “Poverty Clayton County I shouldn’t system prematurely,” he said. “I
is at the forefront of what we’re have 20 advanced placement really believe that leadership has
fighting today.” classes in one school and none to develop those partnerships
Brown’s CIS Atlanta in the other.” with legal agencies to ensure
is a drop-out prevention Tinsley then suggested that that we have other routes to
Vasanne Tinsley, DeKalb County School District deputy superintendent, speaks about
organization founded in Atlanta education Aug. 28. Photos by Taylor Robins “wrap-around services” such as help our students navigate the
in 1971. Its mission is to have those provided by CIS Atlanta issues they may deal with.”
every student the organization shouldn’t be provided for Beasley also suggested social
touches graduate high school by to succeed,” Beasley said. isn’t the issue, it’s a barrier to only economically challenged and emotional training for
removing nonacademic barriers Panel members agreed education. People in 2018 don’t students. teachers to learn how to identify
so that students can focus on that policies affecting public have the will to see our children In a conversation about how students’ issues and respond
their studies. education directly and come out of poverty. That is a schools were integrated in the appropriately.
“It’s the policies that impact indirectly need to be looked problem.” civil rights era, Ferguson talked Concerning students’
the outcomes,” Beasley said. at to open opportunities for all Ferguson then discussed about how Black communities relationships with law
“Everyone in America who’s students of every financial level. the Buford City Schools’ were dismantled while enforcement, Tinsley told
honest knows that the reason “While there have been a superintendent who had been integrating. attendees that she recently
White Americans have a high lot of accomplishments. We recorded during a racist rant “We tore apart the mandated that school resource
ownership rate is because there also have some things to pay and asked if people were ready community,” Ferguson said. “It officers and campus supervisors
were policies that supported attention to,” Tinsley said. “We to actually discuss poverty. was a village that made sure the undergo mental health
White Americans owning have to understand the policies In a question of how to children were all right. If we awareness training.
homes. The reason Black but we also have to understand improve performance and don’t get back to community, Ferguson also suggested that
Americans don’t have as high the real impact of all this work decrease performance gaps we’re going to be sitting in the the public get to know chiefs
a home ownership rate is on the students.” in public schools and more same place 10 years later talking of police as a way to familiarize
because those policies were not Ferguson suggested affluent schools, Brown pushed about the same thing.” each to the other.
in support of Black Americans investing in children early by the importance of CIS Atlanta An educator in the crowd As a final thought, Little
owning homes.” challenging the crowd to believe and removing financial barriers. asked panelist about students stressed the importance of
Beasley acknowledged that that all children can learn at a “The issue isn’t a having [criminal] records voting for area and education
progress has been made since high level. performance gap,” Rose said. before graduation, what schools officials.
the Civil Rights Movement but “We have people [who] “The issue is an opportunity systems will do about students The panel discussion
a gap in home ownership still don’t believe that all children gap. Talking about performance who suffer from PTSD due to was hosted by Communities
exists. can learn at a higher level,” creates the wrong narrative. their home life, how to change in Schools of Atlanta and
“We have to look at polices Ferguson said. “They don’t We know what it means to be students’ relationships with WonderRoot and the Atlanta
to give students the opportunity understand that poverty privileged but privileged people law enforcement and how to Super Bowl Host Committee.

Education Briefs
BY TAYLOR ROBINS students. of 30,000-50,000 students and Previously, the college’s largest large classes may not be the best
classes had been 272 first-year fit. Because of perceived costs, James Womack, (A)Deniz and Michael
students in 2015 and 2016. many of those students never even Dunne show some of their shop’s
products at a recent open house.
apply to a small private college like (B) Some CBD products are taken orally;
Registration date for upcoming
Oglethorpe University to match Oglethorpe. We want to change others are rubbed in or taken other
ACT testing
flagship state tuition in all 50 those misconceptions.”
Students wanting to take the Oct.
states for qualified students Minimum qualifications for Paraprofessional fired
Flagship 50 include a cumulative after being accused of
27 ACT test should register by Sept.
Oglethorpe University is GPA of 3.5 and at least a 1250
launching Flagship 50, a merit combined SAT or 26 ACT breaking student’s arm
There will be five other tests
tuition scholarship program open to composite score.
during the 2018-2019 school year, BY TAYLOR ROBINS
students across the country.
according to the ACT Twitter
Beginning fall semester 2019, Dunaire and Sagamore Hills
Oglethorpe will match the in-state teachers named among top 10 in
tuition at the flagship institution metro Atlanta James Womack was
Agnes Scott College welcomes arrested and fired from DeKalb
of each U.S. state for qualified
large freshman class County School District Sept. 11
incoming freshmen. Dunaire Elementary music after video caught him allegedly
“Many students and their teacher Chelsea Cook and breaking a middle school
Agnes Scott College welcomed student’s arm.
families believe they must attend a Sagamore Hills Elementary
the largest class in its history Aug. The former Tucker Middle
large state school because they can’t science, technology, engineering School paraprofessional
23 with 325 first-year students.
afford a private college education,” and mathematics (STEM) teacher allegedly used excessive force
The first-year students represent
said Oglethorpe University Stephanie Spencer were recently on a student with autism Aug
28 states and 11 countries, including 20.
President Larry Schall. “For many honored by The Atlanta-Journal
China, Brazil, Canada, India, Womack, who worked
of the most talented students, Constitution as part of the 2018 AJC with students with disabilities
Jamaica, Nepal, Nigeria, Somalia,
their state’s flagship university is Celebrating Teachers Awards. at Tucker Middle School, was
South Sudan, the United Kingdom
the most desirable of their public seen on surveillance video
and Vietnam. Five percent of first- yanking and pulling at the
options, even though a campus
year students are international seventh-grade student until the
student’s arm broke, according
to DeKalb County School
The following day, he was

This could The Mayor and City Council of the City of

Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing on
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Chamblee Civic
removed from the classroom
and placed on administrative
leave pending an investigation

be your ad! Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 at

6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the
following matters:
from the Office of Legal Affairs,
according to the school district.
He returned to work Sept.
•PZ2018-333: Applicant: Anthony DelGuidice, 11, where he was arrested by
Call SLX Grande Atlanta, LLC; Owner: Downtown
Development Authority of Chamblee requests
DeKalb County School District
and fired.
approval of a variance from the City of Chamblee “The health and safety of
404.373.77779 Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified
Development Ordinance, Sec. 260-10(e)(2) to
our students is, and always
will be, the number one
increase the square footage of temporary signage priority at DeKalb County
TODAY! allowed on a construction fence. The property School District,” DCSD
superintendent R. Stephen

is located at 5211 Peachtree Blvd, being DeKalb
County tax parcel 18 299 13 005, and zoned Green said. “For this reason,
Transit Oriented Development. the district has responded
swiftly to the incident at Tucker
Middle School by immediately
ending James Womack’s
EMINENT DOMAIN employment and removing
ATTENTION: Amitava Sen, Owner him from the school. The
ATTENTION: Suzanne Sen, Owner behavior demonstrated by Mr.
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Womack in no way represents

RECYCLE Avondale Estates, Georgia, will consider exercising its power of eminent domain to
condemn a portion of the real property known as 3200 Kensington Road (DeKalb
County tax parcel no. 15-250-03-014) at its meeting to be held October 8, 2018 at
the high standards that our
15,500-member workforce
upholds on a daily basis.”
6:01p.m. at City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, Georgia 30032. Womack is facing charges of
If approved, the Resolution to Authorize Exercise of Eminent Domain would direct aggravated battery child cruelty
the City Attorney to initiate legal action to condemn an easement upon 874 square feet in the first degree. Womack
(0.02 acres) of the subject property for the public purpose of installing a stormwater appeared in court Sept. 12.
conveyance underground.
All interested parties are invited to attend the meeting.

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Specialty store offers variety of cannabis oil products

The specialty store features an
BY KATHY MITCHELL array of CBD-based products—
Freelance Reporter some to be swallowed and others
to be rubbed on—that include a
Although Michael Dunne is line of skincare lotions, ointments
an entrepreneur who has owned and serums and its signature line
and worked with a variety of of patent-pending water-soluble
businesses during his career, his oils and tinctures.
latest enterprise, he said, is more The store also offers CBD-
than another financial venture. based products for pets. “The
“I first learned about CBD products are excellent for anxiety
after I had surgery. I was in relief for cats and dogs during
a lot of pain and was having thunderstorms, when fireworks
trouble making a full recovery. are being set off or for pets
I remember getting off an that have separation anxiety
airplane and being unable to problems,” Dunne said.
leave the concourse. I sat in a The products are made from
chair for more than an hour cannabidiol, a type of cannabis
before I could go on. My wife oil known as CBD. “Of course,
started researching pain relief when people hear cannabis they
possibilities and that’s when we immediately think marijuana.
discovered CBD,” said Dunne, While it originates from the same
adding that he and his wife and plant, it’s sold in a form that’s
business partner Deniz Dunne both legal and non-intoxicating,” Deniz and Michael Dunne show some of their shop’s products at a recent open house.
“are committed to helping the Dunne explained. “CBD oil
community and believe in the is legal to sell in Georgia. It
beneficial properties of CBD, has less than .3 percent of the
which has long been used as a hallucinogenic THC, and thus
natural remedy.” does not create a ‘high’ or any
After looking into the form of intoxication for users.
companies offering CBD, Dunne CBD-based products are not
said he was most impressed regulated by the FDA and fall into
with CBD American Shaman, the ‘supplement’ category.”
headquartered in Kansas City, While the products sold by
Mo. After trying the company’s CBD American Shaman are legal
pain relief products, Dunne in all 50 states, growing cannabis
was so impressed he bought a is not legal in Georgia nor in
franchise. In August, he opened most other states. The company’s
the first CBD American Shaman products, according to its website,
store in Georgia on North Druid originate with plants grown
Hills Road in Decatur. legally in Norway. “The import
“In the three and half weeks process is complex,” the website
we’ve been open we’ve had people states. “We must provide samples
come in and tell us they’ve gotten to the FDA, DEA and Homeland
relief from neuropathic pain, Security for testing. The industrial
arthritis pain, anxiety, sleep hemp paste is held in quarantine
disorders and depression,” Dunne until all government agencies sign
said, adding that some users off that the THC levels are within Some CBD products are taken orally; others are rubbed in or taken other ways.
report higher levels of energy and the legal limits—essentially
greater ability to focus. nonexistent.”
“There is serious concern in As a non-FDA-regulated
this country about overuse of product, cannabis oil available
opioids. Some say it’s at crisis on the market can vary widely in
levels. It’s great to know there are quality and effectiveness, Dunne
products that provides natural said. He said he visited the CBD
relief from a wide variety of American Shaman headquarters
complaints.” Dunne said while and discussed the manufacture
some pain relievers simply make process with the company
symptoms go away, “CBD can founder. “He confidently and
actually help heal the body’s thoroughly answered all my
receptors. CBD is created questions. I’m convinced this is
naturally in our bodies; we just the most effective and highest
don’t produce it in large enough quality CBD oil on the market
quantities.” today.”
Dunne said neither he nor Dunne said Decatur was
his wife are medical doctors and an ideal place to open his first
they encourage people to work store. “Decatur is a very health-
with their health care providers conscience community. It also is
on all health-related matters. a community with many animal
“Many doctors today take a lovers,” he said, adding that he has
holistic approach to healing and plans to open an additional five
sometimes recommend CBD- stores in Georgia.
based products as alternatives to
pharmaceuticals,” he noted. CBD oil products are legal in Georgia as long as they contain less than .3 percent THC.


Cedar Grove is 2-0 against the Lovett Lions in coach Jermaine Smith’s tenure. Photo by Travis Hudgons/iShootAtlanta Photography

The Champion's game of the week:

BY CARLA PARKER 349 yards on 38 carries (9.2 yards/carry) and four Sept. 21 touchdowns this season. Dubinion, a freshman, Forsyth Central (3-1) vs. Clarkston (0-5), 5:15 p.m. at
has 27 carries for 204 yards (7.6/carry) and two Adams Stadium
touchdowns in four games. Hapeville Charter (3-0) vs. McNair (2-2), 5:15 p.m. at
Throughout the rest of the regular season, The So far, the quarterback rotation of senior Kendal Avondale Stadium
Champion will select a “game of the week” before Boney and sophomore Austin Smith has worked out Westminster (2-2) vs. Towers (0-4), 5:15 p.m. at
Friday night’s slate of games and write a preview for well for Cedar Grove. Boney has been a bonus to the Hallford Stadium
the selected game. Saints’ rushing attack, scoring three touchdowns on Bremen (3-0) vs. Cross Keys (0-5), 5:15 p.m. at
For the week of Sept. 21, the game of the week the season. Smith has gotten the ball in the end zone North DeKalb Stadium
is Cedar Grove vs. Lovett. The game will be held at through the air, throwing for four touchdowns on the Decatur (1-2) at Grady (1-3), 5:30 p.m.
Godfrey Stadium with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m. season (30-of-43 passes for 297 yards). Chamblee (0-4) at Coffee Co. (5-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Class AAA No. 2-ranked Cedar Grove Saints, The Saints’ secondary could have a big impact in Marist (3-1) at White County (1-3) 7:30 p.m.
who had a bye week last week, suffered their first loss this game. Lovett’s quarterback Blaine McAllister Redan (0-4) at Pace Academy (2-2), 7:30 p.m.
against Class AAAAAAA No. 9-ranked McEachern has thrown five interceptions this season. Lovett also St. Pius (4-1) at Loganville (2-3), 7:30 p.m.
on the road. has struggled to run the ball this season, averaging Tucker (2-2) vs. Drew (1-3), 7:30 p.m., Southern
The Saints (3-1) are looking to get back in the just 78.3 rushing yards per game. With a defense led Crescent Stadium (Clayton County)
win column and should do so against Lovett (1- by linebacker Isaiah Ratcliff and defensive lineman Meadowcreek (4-0) vs. Lakeside (1-3), 8 p.m. at
3). Cedar Grove is 2-0 against the Lovett Lions in Rashad Chaney, the Saints should have no problems Adams Stadium
coach Jermaine Smith’s tenure. With an offense that stopping the run. Shiloh (1-3) vs. Lithonia (3-1), 8 p.m. at Avondale
features the No. 1-ranked wide receiver in the nation Stadium
Jadon Haselwood, and running backs Robert Jones Other weekend matchups Stockbridge (4-0) vs. Columbia (1-3), 8 p.m. at
III and Rashad Dubinion, the Saints should have no Sept. 20 Hallford Stadium
problems scoring points on a Lovett defense that has M.L. King (1-2) at Mundy’s Mill (3-2), 7 p.m. at Alpharetta (2-1) vs. Dunwoody (1-3), 8 p.m. at
allowed 40 points or more in two games this season. Twelve Oaks Stadium (Clayton County) North DeKalb Stadium
The Saints’ running game could play a big role
in this matchup. Jones leads all team rushers with


Decatur to play first

home game Oct. 5
the field up, put wrinkles in
BY CARLA PARKER the field, shifted a lot of the gravel and pretty much ruined
the field. So, the field is not
Decatur High School will playable.”
host its first football game of A source told The
the season in week eight. Champion Sept. 6 that the new
The Bulldogs have not had field turf was being installed
a home game this season due that day, which was later than New turf for Decatur High School’s football field is being installed. Decatur is expected to play its first home game Oct. 5. Photo
to damage to the football field expected. Decatur had hoped by Carla Parker
after a series of thunderstorms to have its first home game
Sept. 7 against St. Pius X, but road games before closing out

in June. Decatur Athletic
Director Rodney Thomas the game was moved to St. the regular season at home
told The Champion in August Pius. against Carver-Atlanta Nov. 2,
that the entire field had to be Decatur had an open week leaving the Bulldogs with three
Sept. 14 and its next two total home games this season.

“A lot of that storm water games were scheduled road Thomas could not disclose
runs through [the school],” games—at Grady Sept. 21 and the total cost to replace the
Thomas said. “So, [water] ran at Riverwood Sept. 28. The field but said getting new turf
under ground in our parking Bulldogs will have their first could cost from $400,000 up
lot, blew off some manhole home game Oct. 5 against to $700,000. The football team
covers and in turn bloated North Springs, followed by was practicing on a field at the Each week The Champion spotlights former
their homecoming matchup United Methodist Children’s
the field. All of that water got
against Banneker Oct. 12. Home while the field was being high school players from the county who are
beneath the field and it lifted
Decatur will play two more replaced. succeeding in athletics on the college level.

Isaiah Zuber, Kansas

State (football): The
junior wide receiver
from Stephenson had
seven receptions for 144
yards and scored two
touchdowns in the 41-17
win over UTSA Sept. 15.

Ravarius Rivers, Valdosta

State (football): The
junior cornerback from
M.L. King had eight total
tackles (seven solo), an
interception returned for
66 yards and two pass
breakups in the 58-24
win over West Alabama
Lithonia fell to Pebblebrook 49-7. Photo by Travis Hudgons/iShootAtlanta Photography
Sept. 15.

Sept. 13 Heritage (2-2) 28, Arabia Mountain (2-3) 21
Stephenson (3-1) 34, Morrow (1-4) 8 Johnson-Gainesville (4-1) 58, Cross Keys (0-5) 0
KIPP Academy (2-3) 39, McNair (2-2) 28 Luella (2-2) 25, Druid Hills (2-2) 3
Northview (3-1) 35, Dunwoody (1-3) 7 Jaya Martin, Hiram
Sept. 15 Pebblebrook (2-2) 49, Lithonia (3-1) 7 College (volleyball): The
M.L. King Jr. (1-2) 28, Mt. Zion (0-4) 21 Pickens Co. (4-0) 49, Chamblee (0-4) 6 sophomore outside hitter
Southwest DeKalb (5-0) 26, Lovejoy (2-2) 16 from Arabia Mountain
St. Pius X (4-1) 17, Marist (3-1) 0 Open: Cedar Grove (3-1), Columbia (1-3), had four kills and 14 total
Tucker (2-2) 36, Mundy’s Mill (3-2) 35 OT Decatur (1-2), Redan (0-4), attacks in the 3-2 win
Berkmar (2-2) 17, Clarkston (0-5) 0 Stone Mountain (0-4), Towers (0-4) over Albion Sept. 15.
Coffee County (5-0) 35, Miller Grove (1-3) 7
Forsyth Central (3-1) 47, Lakeside (1-3) 0


Future uncertain for Sugar Creek Golf and Tennis Center

BY HORACE HOLLOMAN “For the first time, I think we’ve in reopening the facility if funding is taken a true look at the five-year cost of approved. Officials would first open
operation. It’s been talked about quite tennis courts for public use, select a
At one point, Sugar Creek Golf a bit,” said DeKalb County COO Zach contractor to operate tennis programs,
Course was a top-rated golfing Williams. “As a result, I think we have hire a facility supervisor to coordinate,
experience, according to some DeKalb a plan that places future investments manage and promote Sugar Creek
County residents. In recent years, for golf and tennis in appropriate programs, open the club house and
however, Sugar Creek Golf and Tennis context. We have put together a realistic driving range for public use, hire a golf
Center has been in a state of disrepair. investment plan.” course general manager and a course
County officials have not decided From 2012 to 2017 Cornerstone maintenance company, repair and
what to do with Sugar Creek Golf Golf managed, maintained and renovate Sugar Creek’s golf course and
and Tennis Center, but a report from operated Sugar Creek Golf and Tennis open it to the public.
National Golf Foundation projected the Center. According to county officials, “We wanted to put together an
cost of maintenance and revenue from Cornerstone Golf terminated its action plan with objectives and we put
2019 to 2023. According to the report, agreement with DeKalb County in these together in order as we saw them
if Sugar Creek’s golf course were to October 2017. happening,” Ellis said. “The action plan
open to the public in 2019, it would lose DeKalb County Recreation, Parks was probably the most difficult thing
and Cultural Affairs Director Chuck we’ve been tasked with.” A recent report from National Golf Foundation stated
approximately $2.8 million over the next Sugar Creek Golf Course could lose approximately
five years, including a negative operating Ellis said the initial cost for capital Ellis also suggested county officials $2.8 million in its first five years if reopened.
income of $692,000 in the first year. improvements and future investments is consider opening the 310-acre facility as
Currently, the facility’s tennis courts approximately $1.7 million. According a park. at that. We have to decide where a
are open to the public, but amenities to Ellis, $1 million in funds is available “We are golf professionals, so if you half million would go in the budget
such as the golf course, driving range through the county’s Special Purpose asked us if we wanted to open the golf otherwise. We did not review fees in
and club house are closed. Local Option Sales Tax and an course we would probably be the first the revenue section, so that’s something
The report projected the golf course additional $600,000 through hotel and ones to be your cheerleaders,” Ellis said. still to come,” said DeKalb County
would earn approximately $370,000 motel taxes. “We also have a mindset that there is a Commissioner Kathie Gannon.
in revenue its first year, adjusting for One of the biggest costs for capital cost to this.” “Obviously, I’ve been through this
driving range fees, food and beverage improvements is upgrading the According to the report, opening rodeo before; 2012 was just the recent
sales, golf merchandise sales and golfing facility’s lighting system ($419,000) Sugar Creek as a park only would cost change in how we’ve managed this
fees. NGF projects the course would and renovating the grass ($254,000), DeKalb approximately $2.1 million in its property. There were at least a couple of
gain approximately $706,000 in total according to the NGF report. first five years of operation. models before that, and none of them
revenue by 2023. Ellis said an “action plan” has been “The financial implications are were terribly successful,” Gannon added.  
created to take a step-by-step approach large, and we have to take a look


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