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Clarkston mayor sparked improvements in short time
by Robert Naddra Robert@dekalbchamp.com Howard Tygrett’s contributions as mayor of Clarkston may have a permanent place in the city. Tygrett, 40, died on Christmas day while visiting his parents in Texas. He won a runoff in December 2009 to become mayor. “I lost someone who, in the short time I’ve known him, was a real good friend,” said vice mayor Emanuel Ransom. “He’s going to be missed.” Ransom pointed out three projects that have revitalized the city under Tygrett’s direction. A new



Dollar General store has come to the city, and Milam Park pool and Twin Lakes are undergoing major renovations. Twin Lakes, on the outskirts of Milam Park, is being dredged and will be stocked with fish. A fishing dock also will be added to the lake. “It has about 14 feet of silt in it now,” Ransom said. “It’s going to be

Howard Tygrett with his wife Amy and two children.

New stores should jumpstart North DeKalb Mall

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With Marshalls arrival in October, North DeKalb Mall owners are looking for revival of the mall. A new restaurant has signed a lease and negotiations are under way to bring in several more stores, including two anchors. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Food courts at malls are usually terminals of activity as customers grab a bite to eat, meet up with each other, or take a break from their shopping. During lunch a few days before Christmas, the food court at North DeKalb Mall was nearly empty and hungry shoppers only had three fast food choices: American Deli, Mr. Wok and Wendy’s.

Mall officials are trying to attract stores and service businesses in an attempt to reinvent itself into a discount-oriented center. Eventually North DeKalb Mall would be like an intown Discover Mills, said Scott Tierman, a leasing agent with O’Leary Partners.

sity and Emory Hospital; and surrounded by a high number of upperincome professionals and young t has 45,500 square feet of families. The average household empty space and its food court income in the area is about $80,000 is practically non-existent, but and 63 percent of the residents in the North DeKalb Mall is looking market area are college-educated, to stimulate its own economy. according to the mall’s Web site. Scott Tierman, an agent with Tierman said mall officials are leasing agent O’Leary Partners, said negotiating with a few tenants for officials are attempting to develop the food court. And a new, sit-down North DeKalb Mall into a discount- buffet restaurant, Home Style Kitchoriented center. “It would be like an en, has signed a lease in the mall. in-town Discover Mills,” Tierman “As we increase the traffic, we said. Mall owners are also seeking have a pretty favorable outlook,” to bring in two new anchor stores. Tierman said. In fact, in April 2011, a new anchor In addition, North DeKalb Mall store is expected to open. Tierman owners are negotiating with several could not release the name of the national retail tenants, some service store because the lease had not yet uses such as a dentist, and they are been signed. looking to rent some spaces as ofIn October, Marshalls opened in fices. the mall. “That really jumpstarted “They would benefit from the everything,” Tierman said. Current- exposure,” Tierman said. ly, 93 percent of the 650,000-squareThat positive prognosis for the foot mall is occupied. mall comes too late for some store North DeKalb Mall is posiowners such as Reginald Walker, tioned in or near North Druid Hills, who recently closed the doors of his Decatur, Avondale Estates and business in the mall. When Walker Buckhead; close to Emory Univerfirst took his Athlete’s Foot fran-

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com


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Dunwoody Police uses social media to fight crime
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com This month when a vehicle crash blocked traffic on I-285 at AshfordDunwoody Road, a tweet went out. When a new officer was sworn in during a Dunwoody City Council meeting, a tweet went out. And when Dunwoody police obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect who allegedly forged a drug prescription for oxycodone, another tweet went out. When the 20-month-old Dunwoody Police Department began, most of the officers were not from the Atlanta area. “Being a brand-new police department, we didn’t know the community,” said police chief Billy Grogan. “We wanted a way to reach out and communicate with the community.” That’s why the idea to use social media was born. The Dunwoody Police Department is currently being featured on the Web site of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for its use of social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. Earlier this year, Grogan was part of a focus group in Chicago charged with developing ideas for IACP’s Web page on social media. Grogan, who himself does all the tweeting and posting to Facebook and Youtube, said he tries to give the public various kinds of information through the media, including traffic

updates, events sponsored by the department, personnel changes and, of course, information about suspects sought by the police department. For example, a recent

post on Twitter announced that the police department has an outstanding warrant on Levi Stigall for forging a prescription and includes a link to a wanted poster with a mug shot of the suspect.

A video upload to Youtube shows the theft of two cell phones from the display case of the Apple Store in Perimeter Mall. The store security video camera captured the unidentified
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House delegation leader plans public hearing as lawmakers begin to stake out their positions for upcoming session
nine. Oliver said the purpose of her bill is to create a more With the 2011 legislaeffective school board that tive session just weeks could maintain the school away, Rep. system’s acHoward creditation. Mosby (D Before – Atlanta), the bill apwho heads pears as a the DeKalb ballot meaHouse delsure in the egation, said November legislative 2011 genDeal Mosby discussions eral election, about a prothe General posed referendum that could Assembly must pass the reduce the county’s school proposed legislation, and board size is one of the del- the governor must sign it. If egation’s top agenda items. voters decide to change to a “We plan five- or sevto hold puben-member lic hearings school board, by mid-Janlawmakers uary to get would reinput from draw school DeKalb residistrict lines dents on this in time for and other the Novemissues,” he ber 2012 Mayo Oliver said. election. Rep. Mary Margaret Mosby also expects to Oliver (D – Decatur) preengage in serious debates filed a bill (HB 22) on Nov. during the session over 15 that asks DeKalb voters reapportionment of legislawhether they want to reduce tive districts and finding the number of school board solutions to the metro area’s members to five or seven, or transportation challenges. remain at its current size of He also expects an ideologiby Nigel Roberts cal struggle over the state’s budget. With unemployment high and state revenue income low, the battle lines are already being drawn over budget cuts. Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has announced plans to shrink the state’s government by further laying-off and furloughing public employees. Tax revenue shortfalls make it impossible to pay their salaries, he said. In a sign of how this debate will unfold in the weeks to come, Mosby said, “We should not try to fix the economy by putting people out of work.” Rather than contributing to the economy, this group of newly unemployed workers will have to depend on public services, he added. “Instead, we need to look at finding other revenue sources.” Deal’s legislative agenda also includes additional cuts to public education—the largest piece of the budgetary pie. The incoming governor said education cuts are one of the tough choices that cannot be avoided. Rep. Rahn Mayo (D – Decatur), a member of the House Education Committee, said Deal’s plan is “misguided.” He stated: “For the past several years, public schools have been the punching bag for state Republicans who have supported severe cuts and underfunding of education.” He calls on lawmakers to invest in education rather than “doling out corporate tax breaks.” The governorelect should not promote tax breaks to big business when educators are being furloughed and families with college students are financially overburdened, Mayo said.

County could stash cash from trash gas
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com tor for DeKalb’s sanitation department. “And if we had another spike, it wouldn’t Back in April, DeKalb affect us.” County accepted a $7.83 Compressed natural gas million award from the U.S. (CNG), a type of renewable Department of Energy to put natural gas used in engines, toward the conversion of is 10 times quieter and its raw landfill gas to renewable emissions are 90 percent natural gas. better, Malone said. Use of Once completed, this the fuel also decreases the project could save the dependence on foreign oil county millions in fuel costs and places it on a product for its fleet. In 2008, when made in DeKalb County. there was a spike in fuel The project could also costs nationwide, the counbring in $1.8 million annuty’s sanitation department ally through the sale of surspent $4.5 million to fuel its plus gas, using current fuel fleet. rates. “We hope to cut that in Now eight months afhalf in time,” said Billy ter receiving the award, Malone, the assistant direc- the county has not spent a penny on the project, and it is running out of time to get the stimulus money. County officials want the project to be ready to go by Dec. 31, 2011, but bidders on the contract say it will take about 12-13 months to make that happen. About $4.1 million in of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act stimulus award will be added to $6.6 million in matching county funds for the project. But there’s a catch: the county has to fund the $10.7 million project on its own and get the $4.1 million federal money as a reimbursement. The deadline to turn in the paperwork to get the reimSee Landfill on Page 13A

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In Arizona, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee, you may once again carry a loaded pistol into a bar, just like in the frontier days
No doubt you’ll be startled to hear that the manufacturers and marketers of such firearms agree with the judges, as do plenty of lawmakers whose campaigns are nurtured by contributions from the gun lobby. Sen. John McCain (RAZ) is their point man in Congress, but there are plenty more. However, dissident voices have emerged from our nation’s mayors. They’re the ones who have to deal with gang wars and raise taxes to pay for increased law enforcement. Governors are often stuck, too. They have to impose taxes to run the prisons. In Mexico, drug thugs shoot everyone with American weapons. The cartels smuggle down products obtained from our gun shows and from our shady dealers. Meanwhile, the Mexican police and army get their arms directly from our government. Up here, gun lovers are getting more brazen all the time. You can now pack heat aboard Amtrak trains. And in Arizona, Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee, you may once again carry a loaded pistol into a bar, just like in the frontier days. Now that’s a piece of progressive social policy. You just never know when some drunk is going to insult you, and he or she may be armed. One can’t be too prepared. Gun policy is one of the greatest causes of tension at normally placid National Governors Association meetings. Surprise, surprise, the Violence Policy Center found that states with low gun ownership rates also have lower rates of gun deaths. Who would have guessed? Perhaps they should tell the Supreme Court. There’s obviously no point telling the gun lobby. They don’t care. They are fueled by greed on the one hand and machismo on the other. There would be no gun violence if everyone simply handled their weapon responsibly, they say. Well, let them start teaching gun safety in Louisiana. In the Bayou state, 45 percent of households own weapons, and folks get killed by them at the rate of 20 per 100,000 each year. The national average is 10 per 100,000. Here in my dear wimpy Connecticut, only four in 100,000 die every year from gun violence. Is there a lesson here? You betcha. But our trigger-happy nation and its highest court haven’t figured it out yet. OtherWords columnist William A. Collins is a former state representative and a former mayor of Norwalk, Conn.

Guns are a guy’s best friend

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Many fantasies plague the five-member majority of our outof-control Supreme Court. One is that law enforcement in most of the United States has pretty well collapsed. Such a nightmare plainly calls for armed citizens to be unleashed to defend themselves and the republic. And that idea requires, in turn, the virtually unlimited ownership of and right to carry personal firearms. Federal, state and local laws to the contrary have now been ruled unconstitutional.

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William C. Crane, 1974-1992

Is MARTA still smarta?
maintain and clean, but they are a necessity when you have crowds of people. The MARTA Police? I almost never see security on MARTA trains or buses, but I often see more MARTA Police cars driving up and down DeKalb Avenue and Piedmont Road than I do DeKalb Police or APD. If the purpose of MARTA Police is to provide security on trains, buses and along the system, why are most of their force in squad cars and not on the system? If these officers are not able to enforce local ordinances, why are they usually in a squad fleet at all? The “Breeze” cards are not a breeze The Breeze fare system is at best confusing, and at worst a rip-off. Cash is no longer accepted, and you must pay a premium to purchase these cards. Signage in the stations explaining the system is non-existent. “Occasional” suburban riders find themselves lost in long lines, and can spend 30 minutes, simply figuring out how to buy a fare. If you’re still carrying around old MARTA tokens, you are—out of luck. When in D.C., I live traveling the Metro, whenever I fly in or out of Chicago, I’m a regular on the “L.” Portland’s light rail and downtown rail loop is a marvel to be seen. In San Diego, Cal Train and Amtrak tie in seamlessly, between major cities and on south to Tijuana. If you ever have 33 hours to kill, I strongly recommend the Pacific Coast Starlight from Oakland to Seattle—all along the Pacific coastline. Other cities get this right. So why does our mass transit system make so very little common sense? Even Newark, N.J., has an airport SkyTrain and train system tying in to New Jersey PATH Trains, New York’s subway, Amtrak and the MetroRail. Instead, in Atlanta we open up a bizarre trolley line, running east/west from the King Center to Centennial Olympic Park, paralleling the existing MARTA east/ west rail line between stations with flat ridership. Why isn’t MARTA telling and selling the story of the Beltline? Why isn’’t MARTA re-visiting its labor contracts, or reducing its administrative overhead, instead of slashing bus service, and stripping weekend train schedules down to bare bones? Why isn’t MARTA maximizing revenue from in-station vendors, or allowing the development of small restaurants, and fee-paid but clean public restrooms? Why isn’t MARTA better negotiating for any stream of revenue from the passengers it absorbs from express bus lines out of Cobb, Gwinnett and other counties? I rode MARTA’s East/West line from the Decatur station on the first week that it opened. It’s been a long time (around the Centennial Olympic Games), since our trains looked or smelled that clean. MARTA’s finances are in a downward spiral, increasing fares, decreasing ridership. Decreased

One Man’s Opinion C. William “Bill” Crane, 2009 - ?
maintenance expense, and deteriorating stations and rail stock scare off passengers. The New York Subway and Chicago’s CTA have been there too—graffiti covered trains, and crime infested stations, and worse. But they fought back; they broke out the bleach, and blasted away the graffiti. They were not ready to accept mediocrity and urine stench as the “smell of success.” And riders followed these turnarounds. I spent five years working for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and regularly plugging MARTA’s convenience and virtues, particularly riding from baggage claim at Hartsfield to downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. I’d like to dust off those bragging points and start riding more frequently again. However with a 3-year-old, often a stroller, and a baby still in need of an occasional “changing room,” I find MARTA is now an impractical, often unclean choice and in some respects feels unsafe. Ridership will continue to decline until operational basics have been restored. MARTA needs to use some common sense, and break out some Pine Sol—or else continue circling the drain. Bill Crane is a DeKalb County native and business owner, living in Scottdale, Georgia. He also serves as chief political analyst and commentator for 11Alive News and WSB Radio, News/Talk 750. Contact Bill Crane at Bill@dekalbchamp.com.

“Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing,” Ralph Waldo Emerson – Essays: First Series, 1841 I am a long time supporter of mass transit. We regularly take MARTA to the airport, the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena. When I have the time, I try to plan leisure travel involving passenger rail on Amtrak. Rail travel, light, heavy, as well as cross country, is smart, enjoyable and better for our environment. So why does so much about MARTA no longer seem smarta? The escalators? When they are running they often appear rickety and well overdue for maintenance. The few elevators are filthy, and often reek of urine. The bathrooms? Bathrooms are now officially “closed” at most stations due to budget cuts, including those where waits for a train outside of rush hour can extend to more than 30 minutes. Yes, bathrooms require labor to

Hunger increases in America
by Judge Greg Mathis Reports that corporations that received federal bailout dollars are doing better, even making a profit, gives many economists a reason to smile. Unfortunately, that corporate cheer isn’t trickling down to the average American, many of whom still struggle to make ends meet. This isn’t about paying bills. Rather, many AmeriMathis cans aren’t getting their most basic need met: the need for food. Data released by The U.S. Conference of Mayors shows that the nation’s food banks saw a 24 percent increase in visits. And nearly 43 million Americans – a record – were using food stamps this past fall. The reality of our economy – and the effect it has had our citizens – is sobering. Fifty six percent of those seeking help getting food were families, while 19 percent were seniors. Before you think that only the poorest of the poor are struggling with hunger, consider this: 30 percent of those in need of help are employed. We hear elected officials talk more and more about reducing our nation’s debt. Unfortunately, many want to reduce it by hurting the poor. They believe that cutting aid to heavily funded government programs – Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, three programs that support the poor, among them – is the only way to bring down the nation’s debt. While this approach may seem logical, it’s not the correct one. And the news from the Conference of Mayors confirms that.

With unemployment holding at nearly 10 percent, more Americans are slipping into poverty. Now, more than ever, the poor need the government to support, not reduce, the services available. The safety net that is supposed to cradle the needy during difficult times must not only be preserved, it must be extended. As we enter a new year, it’s time that America gets its priorities in check. Of course, we must continue to strengthen those industries that drive our economy. But, more importantly, we must also hold up those individuals and families that make up the fabric of our nation. Judge Greg Mathis currently provides legal advice to over 3 million listeners on the Steve Harvey Morning Show and also on his website, www.askjudgemathis.com.

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Why can't our politicians get into the holiday spirit?
Surely life's unfairness doesn't have to be rubbed in kids' faces at Christmas
I was born on Christmas Day as an only child, and destined to remain one. My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, having no other outlet, inundated me with presents every Christmas–toy cars to ride in, red wagons, pearl-handled cap pistols, games that used batteries–an embarrassment of riches. We lived in a workingclass neighborhood, one in which recently departed husbands and fathers were routinely eulogized with the phrase: "He was always a good provider." Other kids, my friends, would get two or three presents for Christmas (one of which would be a flannel shirt or something), some would get none, and I'd get this toy store. Even as a child, that struck me as unfair. Yes, I know, life is unfair. But that doesn't make it right. And surely this unfairness does not have to be rubbed in the faces of kids at Christmas. But it is. The Republicans spent most of the holiday season holding up an extension of unemployment benefits to desperate families in order to spare the well-to-do a modest tax increase. Bizarrely, nearly half of the American people sided with Republicans on the issue. I must admit that even in a year of disappointing political surprises that one was a shocker. It reminded me of Davy. He was a patient–inmate, if you will–at a children's psychiatric hospital I worked at while in
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college. Far from being a snake pit, it was a fairly cheerful place, filled with boisterous, rowdy kids who, despite their various problems, did not seem to differ markedly from normal children. Most of them were entirely likeable–some adorable–but Davy was at the other end of the spectrum. He was convinced nobody loved him and, as it happened, he was right. There was nothing in particular to dislike about him; it was just that there was nothing to like, either. I said the hospital was a cheerful place. Most of the time it was. Then there was Christmas. The children were sent home for the holidays, all except those whose parents wouldn't have them or couldn't be trusted with even brief custody. The hospital staff would spend Christmas Eve trying to lend false cheer to a joyless occasion for the few children left behind. It wasn't a shift one volunteered for. Davy's parents, as I remember, had beaten him like a gong from the time he was an infant and didn't want him home for the holidays anyway, so he was one of the three or four kids there to greet me as I walked into the locked ward on Christmas Eve. He seemed happy enough. He entered into the games and songs of the evening with great enthusiasm. At bedtime,

I was assigned the task of reading him his bedtime story. Let me digress. This was an excellent, wellfunded hospital, but somehow it never got around to providing proper stockings for the kids. The standard-issue socks were huge, long things with "Property of University Hospitals" stenciled on the side. When I walked into Davy's room he was crouched in a corner working on something. As I moved closer I could see it was a cardboard box, painted red with black lines drawn crudely across it. A fireplace. Davy had been fastening one of the long, white hospital stockings on it as I came in. "I made it myself," he said brightly. Then he jumped into bed and waited for his story, confident Santa would slide down that cardboard chimney and fill his stocking with toys and candy. And, miraculously, Santa did. I don't know exactly why that story occurs to me now, but I suppose it has something to do with the fact it can be seen as a metaphor of the times. The lucky few celebrate their gift-laden Christmases in the cocoon of their families, while others have to rely on the warmth afforded by a cardboard fireplace to get through the day. It's not fair. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. www. otherwords.org

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Family marks 10-year anniversary of Derwin Brown’s death Derwin was my commander in the DeKalb Police Narcotics Unit. His innovative thinking and his openness to “thinking outside the box” helped bring the Unit to the highest level of efficiency and productivity. DeKalb County lost a fantastic leader and he is greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend. – David F. Blake posted this on 12/27/10 at 10:21 a.m. I have been forever touched by the tradegy befalling the Brown Family. It is my deepest desire to support the Brown’s by donating my talents in providing inspirational entertainment for the upcoming Derwin Brown day. Please contact me through my website so we may discuss further details of the event. – Anna Sullivant posted this on 12/27/10 at 9 p.m. DeKalb County commission seat a step up for former state legislator Well, here we go again--another incoming freshman commissioner who says he’s out to help DeKalb citizens. Watson made such a foolhardy statement by saying “anytime you tax people like we did with the water rates...it is a stimulus package...” Taxing citizens to death is never a solution to any economic problem. It only provides a larger pool of financial resources for city leaders to misuse, abuse and overspend on frivolous and unnecessary expenditures. A true leader would seek ways to trim and eliminate budget waste, freeze and reduce employee wages, raises and benefits and reduce citizen taxes because so many are struggling and barely making ends meet in these difficult economic times. When an additional tax burden is added to the shoulders of citizens already at survival’s end, it causes some of them to have to go without food, medicine or healthcare and some even end up homeless. JW posted this on 12/24/10 at 4:06 a.m.

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White male dismantling the security device and pocketing the phones before he left the store. On Facebook, the department has links to various press releases, including a few about the November murder of Russell Sneiderman outside of Dunwoody Prep. In addition to using wellknown social media, Dunwoody Police Department was the first department in the country to begin using Interactive Defense, a proprietary, social medium that links the police department with neighborhoods to allow direct communication via the Internet. Grogan said one of the features of the system is to allow residents to notify the police department when they are out of town. Police can then check on the resident’s home and send out a text when the home has been checked. Although they can be an effective way of communicating quickly and directly with the public, the use of social media by police departments is not yet widespread. “A lot of police departments are a little apprehensive about using it,” Grogan said.

Rashan Ali – Champion of the Week
in Atlanta to provide young minority girls the opportunity to participate in nontraditional sports. Sporty Girls’ goal is to expose young women to sports such as golf, soccer, swimming and tennis while building good character as well as lifestyle skills. A life-long competitive swimmer and recipient of a four-year swimming scholarship at Florida A&M University, Ali knew that one day she would want to provide the same opportunity to girls like her. Since 2007, Sporty Girls Inc. has served more than 65 girls from the metro area and continues to grow. Sporty Girls hopes to encourage minority girls ages 8 - 18 to participate and achieve success in non-traditional sports. “Our goal is to develop young female athletes into collegiate superstars who will earn athletic and/ or academic scholarships,” Ali said. The benefits of participating in Sporty Girls’ program are numerous. The program will expose the girls to sports not traditionally offered in the public school system. According to the Sporty Girls Web site, at the very least, participants in the program’s Camp Elite will benefit physically during the camps by being active. Since each girl will also be eligible for a year-long scholarship, the likelihood for continued physical activity for each girl throughout the year is increased. Jen Price, Executive director of SGI stated, “It is our hope to decrease obesity among young girls and increase their knowledge in making healthier lifestyle decisions.”

DeKalb County’s Rashan Ali, a radio personality at Atlanta’s V-103 radio station, actively and successfully combines working, parenting and volunteering on a daily basis. In 2006, Ali founded Sporty Girls Inc.

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered as a future Champion of the Week, please contact Kathy Mitchell at kathy@DeKalbchamp.com or at 404-3737779, ext. 104.
DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Notice of Approved Local Option Sales Tax Projects

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 48-8-122 and the Transparency in Government Act, the DeKalb County Board of Education is publishing its approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax schedule.

PROJECT Property acquisition, construction and equipping a minimum of eight (8) new schools and two (2) new centers; renovations, modifications, additions and equipment for existing schools; acquisition and installation of information systems hardware and infrastructure at all schools and selected other facilities; purchase of both new school buses and school buses currently under lease. Property acquisition, renovations and expansion, construction and equipping, roofing, site improvements of new and existing schools; acquisition of buses, technology -media center upgrades, HVAC systems, roofing, school improvement projects throughout the district, technology additions, renovations and upgrades, transportation improvements and site acquisitions; paying capitalized interest on General Obligation Bonds. $















609,460,500.00 1,133,864,830.00

578,073,741.51 1,101,577,520.65

137,633,780.61 145,931,265.20

127,335,503.72 623,404,170.04


(1) The School District's original cost estimate as specified in the resolution calling for the imposition of the Local Option Sales Tax. (2) The School District's current estimate of total cost for the project. Includes all cost from project inception to completion. (3) The voters of Dekalb County approved the imposition of a 1% sales tax to fund the above projects and retire associated debt. Amounts expended for these projects may include sales tax proceeds, state, local property taxes and/or other funds over the life of the projects.

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New Birth pastor faces sexual coercion allegations

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Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia in early November denied allegations that he coerced former members of the church into sexual relationships. Anthony Flagg, Jamal Parris, Maurice Robinson and Spencer LeGrande each filed separate lawsuits in September claiming that Long lured them into sexual relationships with money, employment, gifts and lavish trips to New York, Las Vegas and Africa, among others places. The church admitted that Long took the young men on trips but could not “confirm or deny” that Long had intimate relationships with his accusers, according to reports. Long admitted providing “opportunities for travel, education and personal growth” to many members of the New Birth congregation. However, he denied having sexual relationship with any of the four men. (1)

Bartlett. Five units were sent to the 1600 block of Houghton Court but could not find a burning house. No firefighters left the truck to search for the address and all five units left the scene minutes after they arrived. Five hours later several calls reporting a fire were received by 911 and when units responded the home was engulfed in flames. The 74-year-old woman was found dead in the garage. Two of the firefighters were reinstated by an independent hearing officer; the other terminated firefighters did not have the option of appeal.

County approves water rate hike, agrees to pay $453,000 penalty
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners in December approved $1.345 billion in improvements to DeKalb’s water and sewer system. The improvements will be financed by a 11 percent rate hike each year for three years beginning in 2012. A customer with county water and sewer services currently using 6,000 gallons per month would see his or her rates increase from $59.52 in 2010 to $94.41 in 2014. The day before the rate hike vote, the county agreed to pay a $453,000 penalty from the federal Environmental Protection Agency for excessive sewage spills. The proposed consent agreement between the county and the EPA is a resolution of a joint federal and state complaint filed against the county for violations of the Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act. (3)


School superintendent fired and others face criminal charges
DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis was terminated by the school board in April after prosecutors charged that he along with school system Chief Operating Officer Pat Reid, Reid’s secretary, Cointa Moody, and Reid’s ex-husband Tony Pope profited off school construction contracts. Lewis, who had been with the school district 33 years, faces several charges: four racketeering counts, theft by a government employee and bribery. Reid faces seven charges: four racketeering counts, theft by a government employee, bribery and falsifying public documents. (2)


Yancey found guilty in double slaying
Former DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy Derrick Yancey received two consecutive life sentences Nov. 19 in DeKalb County Superior Court after being convicted of murdering his wife Linda Yancey and day laborer Marcial Cax-Puluc. The killings occurred in June 2008. In April 2009 Yancey cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and escaped house arrest. He was captured in Belize
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the following September and returned to DeKalb County to stand trial. Yancey had initially claimed that Cax-Puluc had killed his wife while trying to rob her and that he killed Cax-Puluc in self defense. (4)

Interim school superintendent gets $76,000 raise
The DeKalb School Board voted in December to give interim school superintendent Ramona Tyson a $76,000 raise, pending another vote in January. The increase would bring Tyson’s salary to $240,000 annually. The raise would be part of an 18-month contract under which Tyson would continue to serve on an interim basis until a permanent superintendent is in place by July 1, 2011. After that, Tyson would assist in the transition of the new hire until June 30, 2012. She would then return to her former position as senior deputy superintendent with her previous salary. (5)


Two county school board incumbents lose
After two terms as District 7 representative on the DeKalb County School Board, Zepora Roberts lost her seat to challenger Donna Edler, who took 72.36 percent of the vote in a Nov. 30 runoff election. Roberts is one of two DeKalb County Board of Education incumbents whose bid for re-election was thrown into a runoff. The other defeated incumbent, District 1’s Jim Redovian, lost to Nancy Jester, who said that her victory indicates that voters recognized that “we’ve got to change the trajectory of the DeKalb County Schools.” Incumbents Eugene Walker, Jay Cunningham and Sarah Copelin-Wood retained their seats, winning a majority of the votes in the Nov. 2 general election.


Three local Democratic congressmen retain seats
In an election that resulted in a number of Democrats being unseated by Republican challengers, three Democratic congressmen who represent parts of DeKalb County retained their seats. Two-term Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson was re-elected to a third term serving Georgia’s 4th Congressional District. He defeated political newcomer Lisbeth “Liz” Carter. Carter, who received 27 percent of the vote, launched the strongest Republican challenge for the seat in recent history. Civil rights pioneer John Lewis, who has served in Congress since 1986, retained his position as 5th Congressional District representative after defeating Republican candidate Fenn Little, a constitutional and civil rights attorney. The 13th Congressional race ended with incumbent Democrat David Scott retaining his seat after winning approximately 66 percent of the vote over Republican Mike Crane, a construction company owner.

O’Brien named police chief
After holding the position of interim chief for nearly 20 months, William D. O’Brien was named DeKalb County police chief in October. He had been named interim chief soon after the dismissal of former Police Chief Terrell Bolton. O’Brien said that among his top priorities would be “creating a great working environment for the men and women in the department.” Morale was among the issues cited in the departure of Bolton, who was fired by DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis in February 2009. A report submitted by Ellis’ transition team when he took office in January 2009 expressed concerns about morale in the police department. Bolton had been appointed by former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones. (6) 6
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Year in Review
DA Keys Fleming takes EPA job; James elected new DA
DeKalb County District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming was selected by President Barack Obama in September as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Southeast regional administrator. Keyes Fleming, who was elected DeKalb County district attorney in 2004 and again in 2008, served as solicitorgeneral for the county prior to taking office as district attorney. She was both the first woman and the first African American to serve as DeKalb County district attorney. Solicitor general Robert James, a 38-year-old native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was elected to succeed Keyes Fleming as DeKalb’s district attorney. (7) sworn officers in DeKalb, including the municipal police departments, marshals and sheriff’s department. In partnership with Darryl Ford, Stone Mountain Chrysler Jeep Ford, the alliance donated six 42-inch flat-screen TVs for training. Recipients were chosen in a drawing from among the departments who attended the event. The 2010 DeKalb Public Safety Champion Awards, in collaboration with The Champion Newspaper, raised awareness about public safety and law enforcement in DeKalb.

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MARTA eliminates DeKalb bus routes
Eight MARTA bus routes in DeKalb County were among 40 routes cut in 2010 as part of the transit system’s effort to plug a $69 million deficit. MARTA’s $710 million budget for fiscal year 2011 represents a 10 percent reduction in bus service systemwide, a 14 percent reduction in rail service and hikes in weekly, monthly and Mobility passes, MARTA officials said. “We are extremely disappointed to make these cuts at a time when affordable and environmentally responsible transportation options are needed more than ever,” MARTA CEO Beverly Scott said. (9)

Champion recognized for excellence by peers
The caliber of work of The Champion Newspaper was honored in June at the Georgia Press Association’s annual banquet in Jekyll Island. The Champion took home 22 awards (15 first place honors)—including the coveted General Excellence Award for overall excellence. This is the third time in the past four years that the newspaper has received this distinction. (8)

DeKalb Police Alliance purchases insurance polices
The DeKalb Police Alliance raised $80,000 at the annual Police Officer’s Ball in November and purchased $100,000 life insurance policies for the more than 1,500 full-time

Holocaust Memorial dedicated
Abe Besser, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor, and his wife Marlene Gelernter Besser, were sponsors of the Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden at the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody, which was dedicated April 25. “I do not want the Holocaust to
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be forgotten,” Besser said. The memorial garden features nine sculptures by sculptor Dee Clements, and an eternal flame. The sculptures depict different aspects of Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust. The memorial garden will be used as a teaching tool, according to Marcus Jewish Community Center CEO Michael Wise.

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In the weeks following the earthquake, CDC deployed teams of workers to conduct public health assessments and address issues such as food and potable water and environmental health, set up and conduct disease surveillance, assess and develop plans to prevent injuries associated with clean up.

CDC worker killed in Haiti earthquake; teams sent to assist with public health
A 31-year-old Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worker was among those killed in the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 11. The body of Diane Caves, a CDC program analyst based at the agency’s Atlanta headquarters, was identified Feb. 8 after it was found in the rubble of the Port-auPrince hotel where she had been staying during a three-week assignment. She was completing a CDC plan for HIVAIDS relief work in the impoverished Caribbean country.

Child killed by celebratory gunfire sparks campaign
Marquel Peters was sitting in church next to his mother at a New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service when he was struck in the head by a stray bullet. He died at the hospital later that morning. William Miller, DeKalb’s director of public safety, said the bullet, which pierced the roof of the church, was likely the result of someone firing a gun to celebrate the new year. The incident sparked a campaign to educate the public on the dangers of celebratory gunfire and discourage business owners from selling ammunition in the days leading up to the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. (11)
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Southwest DeKalb student dies following car crash
Southwest DeKalb High School student Carmon McBride was killed when the car she was riding in crashed into another car and flipped on Kelly Chapel Road near the high school. Carmon’s brother, 17-year-old Myles McBride, was driving his Mazda Protégé and swerved to avoid a dog, according to DeKalb County Police spokesman Jason Gagnon. Carmon was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston where she was pronounced dead, Gagnon said. Myles McBride and two other passengers in the car suffered serious injuries but survived. All four were members of the school’s marching band and on their way home from practice when the accident happened. President Barack Obama chose him as ambassador to Singapore. Adelman was sworn in March 28 at the old DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur and left for Singapore in April. Adelman said he will “serve at the pleasure of the president, but the typical tour of duty is three to four years.” effort was split, with the city and the Dunwoody CVB each paying $50,000 and the chamber chipping in $5,000, Damann said.

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Station and DeKalb County. The new streetscape project and the arts incubator program are part of an effort to revitalized downtown Stone Mountain and make use of some of its previously Former police chief dies empty retail stores. At the heart of the project is a sculpture, “Granite after extended illness Workers,” by John Thigpen, a Former Police Chief Louis Gra- piece that celebrates the men who ham died Nov. 15 following an ex- once worked the area’s granite tended illness. Graham was named quarries. Dunwoody’s identity chief of the DeKalb County Police gets branded Department in 2004, a position he resigned two years later amid con- New foreclosure The city of Dunwoody took an- troversy stirred by a secret profanity- ordinance takes effect other step toward creating its own laced tape recording of Graham and identity with the slogan “Smart his assistant that included racially The county’s new foreclosure people. Smart city.” Dunwoody inflammatory language. registry went into effect in Octobecame incorporated as a city on ber. The new ordinance requires all Dec. 1, 2008. Dunwoody began its creditors who foreclose on a proprebranding process in September Stone Mountain Arts erty to register the property with of 2009, said Edie Damann, mar- Incubator opens DeKalb County and pay a fee of keting and public relations director $175, or face fines in the amount of for the city. A marketing firm was $1,000 per day. The ordinance reThe Stone Mountain Arts hired, community input was requires that creditors or mortgagees Incubator and Microenterprise ceived and focus groups were used Program, a project to beautify the who are located outside DeKalb to help ensure the right tag line was downtown Stone Mountain area must designate a local property chosen. The brand is used by the and provide space for selected art- agent within DeKalb’s geographicity as well as Dunwoody’s cham- ists opened Oct. 8. The artists have cal boundaries to ensure security ber of commerce, the convention and maintenance of the property in set up shop in Main Street spaces and visitor’s bureau and the comcompliance with county code. subsidized for a time by a grant to munity impact districts, Damann the city of Stone Mountain, ART said. The cost of the rebranding

Adelman named ambassador to Singapore
State Senator David Adelman, who represented part of DeKalb County, resigned his seat after

Decatur man charged for altercation at Colorado ski resort
by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com A 41-year-old Decatur man on vacation in Colorado faces misdemeanor child abuse charges after allegedly punching a 14-year-old girl in the face on Dec. 17. Scott Filler, who is a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta according to reports, could face up to two years in county jail, said district attorney Mark Hulbert. According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, a 14-year old girl from Mexico was skiing with a ski school class on a beginner slope at the Beaver Creek Ski Resort. The girl swerved to avoid a fallen skier and bumped into Filler’s 4-year-old son and both fell to the ground. Filler thought the girl was skiing recklessly, according to police, and jumped on top of the 14-year-old and punched her in the face with his fist. The ski instructor told Filler he was punching a girl and got him to stop, said Lt. Mike McWilliam of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. The father then realized that his son was not injured and apologized for his inappropriate behavior, police said. The girl was taken to a nearby medical clinic and was treated for minor injuries and released. The girl’s father decided to press charges. “It does happen, but it’s very, very rare,” Hulbert said of altercations on the ski slopes. “There is no mandatory jail time. It all really depends on each case and the injuries sustained.” No court date has been set, Hulbert said, but typically a case is heard 30 to 60 days after the incident. A plea bargain also is a possibility, Hulbert said.

Firefighters honored for rescuing dogs
DeKalb County Fire Rescue recently received an award from the Atlanta Humane Society for rescuing two dogs in an apartment fire. Capt. Chris Holder, fire apparatus operators Clint Martin and Robert Milton, and seasoned firefighter Scott Baker were honored for rescuing the dogs during a fire Nov. 15 at the Austin Oaks apartments on Glenwood Road in Atlanta. The firefighters were joined by a representative of the Atlanta Humane Society for the presentation of the awards. Photo provided



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bursement is March 2012. The rest of the $3.8 million in stimulus funds would be used to convert 40 sanitation department vehicles to compressed natural gas, retrofit the county’s fleet management division’s repair shops for maintenance of CNG vehicles, and construct public CNG fueling stations at the county’s Seminole Road landfill in Ellenwood and at the corner of Kensington and Memorial Drive. Currently, there is only one public CNG station in the state–Whitehall Street in Atlanta. The county is considering a plan to build its own system to convert the landfill gas to renewable natural gas with the ability to pipe much of the gas into the natural gas pipeline maintained by Atlanta Gas Light. This pipeline supplies natural gas to two million customers in Georgia. The top bid for the construction is from Energy Systems Group, of Atlanta. “When this was presented to us, this was presented as a great accomplishment,” said commissioner Jeff Rader. “We were able to partner with the federal government to develop this infrastructure on DeKalb County land at a facility that would be generating the feed stock for this process for up to 100 years.” Muddying the waters is a last-minute bid from Jacoby Energy Development, of Atlanta, which wants to construct a 5-mile pipeline from Seminole landfill to the Live Oak landfill, located in Conley. Jacoby’s proposal is to process the landfill gas in a facility the company pays for. Jacoby would then pump gas to Live Oak where it would be converted to RNG. Jacoby would pay the county the current New York Mercantile Exchange prices for natural gas after deducting operation and maintenance costs and amortization of the capital costs. The Jacoby contract would only be for 20 years. If the county uses this plan it would lose the federal stimulus money because it would be a major deviation from the agreement for the money’s use, Malone said. There were

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110 applications for the stimulus funds, but only 24 municipalities received the funding. Rader said there may be a way for the county to build its processing facility and still allow Jacoby to pump gas to the Live Oak landfill. “There’s plenty of gas to go around,” said Rader.

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Court’s rejection of health care reform law not legally grounded says Emory law professor
by Nigel Roberts Emory’s constitutional law expert Robert Schapiro criticized the opinion of a federal judge who declared the new federal health care reform law unconstitutional. According to Schapiro, the legal analysis is not well grounded in existing law and may not stand review by the federal appellate court. On Dec. 13, Federal District Judge Henry Hudson concluded that the law’s requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance exceeds the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. However, Hudson denied a request to suspend enactment of the law because he anticipated an appeal. The Commerce Clause gives Congress the authority to regulate trade with foreign countries and American Indian nations. It also grants the legislative body the power to regulate trade among the states. At issue is whether the clause allows Congress to require individuals to purchase policies under its authority to regulate the interstate health care insurance industry. Under health care reform, the government could fine those who fail to obtain coverage through an income tax penalty. Consequently, supporters of the law argue that if the Commerce Clause does not give Congress that authority, the federal government could still use its taxation powers to compel the uninsured to purchase a health care policy. But Hudson rejected both arguments. He wrote: “At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance –or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage–it’s about an individual’s right to choose to participate.” Schapiro said Hudson got it wrong. “The issue is whether the overall scheme is necessary to the regulation of commerce,” he countered. In his analysis, Hudson overemphasized the distinction between activity and inactivity, Schapiro pointed out. “That simply is not a distinction that finds support in Commerce Clause precedent,” he stated. Schapiro offered the example of the federal government’s use of the Commerce Clause to criminalize the willful failure to pay (inactivity) child support under the federal Child Support Recovery Act. He said the courts have consistently upheld that law under the Commerce Clause. “The opinion is similarly unprecedented in rejecting the theory that the mandate comes within Congress’ taxing power,” said Schapiro. “The health care bill does not actually require anyone to purchase health insurance. The bill imposes a tax on people who fail to purchase health insurance, unless they fall within certain exceptions.” Georgia is one of several states that oppose health care reform legislation. Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed a special attorney general to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health care act. During the 2010 legislative session, the General Assembly passed a bill (SB 411), which Perdue signed into law, that seeks to exclude Georgia residents from provisions mandating the purchase of health care insurance.

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The Champion Weather
Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Isolated Rain High: 53 Low: 40

Dec. 30, 2010
Today's Regional Map Weather History
Dec. 30, 1988 - Unseasonably cold weather prevailed in the southwestern United States. A week of subfreezing temperatures in Southern California claimed the lives of five people. Redding, Calif. was blanketed with four inches of snow. Dec. 31, 1962 - Perhaps the worst blizzard in the history of Maine finally came to an end. The storm produced 40 inches of snow in 24 hours at Orono and a total of 46 inches at Ripogenus Dam. Gale force winds produced snow drifts 20 feet high around Bangor. Dunwoody 51/39 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 52/40 52/40 52/40 Snellville Decatur 53/40 Atlanta 53/40 53/40 Lithonia College Park 54/40 54/40 Morrow 54/40 Union City 54/40 Hampton 55/41

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see mostly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of rain, high temperature of 53º, humidity of 71%. East wind 5 to 10 mph. The record high temperature for today is 73º set in 1984. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance of rain, overnight low of 40º.

Mostly Cloudy High: 60 Low: 48

*Last Week’s Almanac
Hi Lo Normals Precip Date Tuesday 50 35 53/35 0.04" Wednesday 60 34 53/35 0.00" Thursday 44 28 53/35 0.00" Friday 49 26 53/35 0.00" Saturday 40 30 53/35 0.26" Sunday 30 25 53/34 0.00" Monday 37 25 52/34 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.30" Average temp . .36.6 Normal rainfall . .0.86" Average normal 43.8 Departure . . . . .-0.56" Departure . . . . .-7.2
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Few Showers High: 63 Low: 48

Partly Cloudy High: 54 Low: 37

Sunny High: 54 Low: 35

Sunny High: 55 Low: 38 New 1/4

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:41 a.m. 7:41 a.m. 7:42 a.m. 7:42 a.m. 7:42 a.m. 7:42 a.m. 7:42 a.m. Sunset 5:38 p.m. 5:39 p.m. 5:40 p.m. 5:41 p.m. 5:41 p.m. 5:42 p.m. 5:43 p.m. Moonrise 3:03 a.m. 4:09 a.m. 5:13 a.m. 6:12 a.m. 7:04 a.m. 7:50 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Moonset 1:41 p.m. 2:27 p.m. 3:18 p.m. 4:14 p.m. 5:13 p.m. 6:14 p.m. 7:14 p.m. Full 1/19

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 6:11 a.m. 4:23 p.m. 4:03 a.m. 2:46 p.m. 8:21 a.m. 6:13 p.m. 11:54 a.m.11:44 p.m. 1:16 a.m. 12:57 p.m. 11:53 a.m.11:47 p.m.

Mostly Sunny High: 58 Low: 39 First 1/12

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National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with scattered rain and snow today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 56º in East St. Louis, Ill. The Southeast will see isolated showers today, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies Friday, isolated showers Saturday, with the highest temperature of 77º in Marathon Key, Fla. The Northwest will see scattered snow today, mostly clear skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 47º in Coos Bay, Ore. The Southwest will see isolated showers today, mostly clear skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 67º in Carlsbad, N.M.

Weather Trivia
Why does salt help keep snow from turning to ice?

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UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High 11+: Extreme Exposure

Answer: Salt water needs to be much colder to freeze.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Cold, Cold Quadrantids
In the Mid-Atlantic States we missed the Geminid Meteor Shower on the morning of December 14, but some managed to see the last total lunar eclipse until 2014. If I had to pick one over the other, I think the weather cooperated wisely. It was, however, unseasonably cold for both observations. Now that the excitement of these two events has passed, including the Holidays, we can brace ourselves for three more months of cold, blustery observing conditions, in my mind, the most difficult time of the year to view the heavens. The first cold event of the year is the Quadrantid Meteor Shower which culminates during the evening and morning of January 3-4. I wouldn’t even mention it if the moon were not incredibly cooperative. It is new on the 4th at 4:04 a.m. If four was a lucky number, I’d say that we would be in for quite a treat. Unfortunately, the Quadrantids are a little fickle, with maximum numbers occurring over a rather narrow time frame of several hours and predicted for the East Coast in 2011 to happen between 4 p.m. on January 3 through 1 a.m. on January 4. The later the better for us, because the radiant, the area in the sky from which these meteors diverge, gets higher in the sky throughout the night. If maximum occurs just a few hours later, observers along the East Coast could witness as many one to two meteors for every two minutes that pass. These rates could persist for several hours. Otherwise rates of 10 or so meteors each hour is the norm for a maximum night. During the early evening, Quadrantid meteors will seem to diverge from low in the NE. By dawn the radiant will be higher in the NE, below the handle of the Big Dipper. Most Quadrantids are faint, so a darker, rural site will be helpful for success. An online map showing the radiant is posted at www.astronomy.org below the StarWatch article for this date.



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a family lake where people can go to fish or take a canoe out. People will be able to enjoy it like it was when I first came to Clarkston.” Ransom said it is likely that one of those three projects will be dedicated in his honor. “We have to keep moving on the vision that he and the council had for the city,” Ransom said. “And it will be an honor to get it done.” “The biggest thing was that he balanced the budget,” Ransom said.“We’re going into the new year with a balanced budget, finally.” In addition to serving as mayor, Tygrett was assistant manager of the REI store in Gwinnett County. Under the city’s bylaws, Ransom will serve out Tygrett’s term as mayor, which ends in 2013. The city will hold a special called meeting to appoint an additional council member and a vice mayor, Ransom said. Tygrett is survived by his wife Amy and two children. The family will spread his cremated ashes on the beaches of South Padre Island in Texas, and Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Brownsville, Texas, is handling the arrangements, according to the obituary.

North DeKalb’s prospects for a brighter future are too late for Reginald Walker, owner of Kicks USA. The failing econony, languishing mall foot traffic and medical bills combined to make it difficult to pay his store bills. Walker, who has been in the mall since 1998, was forced to close his doors after getting $31,000 behind on his lease and having some of his inventory seized to pay back taxes. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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chise to North DeKalb Mall, the store’s space was not completely constructed. It had never been occupied. There was not even a floor in the unit. “There was nothing but dirt everywhere,” Walker said. That was in 1998. So Walker spent $271,000 in plumbing, electrical and construction work to get his unit ready for business. Then in 2008 the mother of Walker’s son was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Walker has put out more than $40,000 over the past two years for her medical bills. The medical payments combined with the poor economy to hurt Walker’s finances. Beginning in January 2009, Walker worked out an adjusted rental agreement with the mall owners. Instead of paying, $4,500 per month, Walker was to pay $500 per week plus utilities. “I felt it was not advantageous to pay the full rent because the foot traffic was not there,” Walker said. Now Walker is approximately $31,000 behind in his rent for his store and owes $2,300 back taxes. And the mall owners have evicted him for nonpayment. “I understand it’s about economics,” said Walker, who has more than $40,000 worth of inventory at wholesale, and is currently looking for a new location and trying to raise some capital to reopen. “I understand it’s about money, but you can’t underestimate the will of a person given a second chance.” North DeKalb Mall has a 45year history of changing stores and reinventing itself. When the mall first opened in 1965, it was called North DeKalb Center and had 54 stores, including Rich’s and Woolworth. Later, the name was changed to North DeKalb Mall. In 1986, the mall’s name was changed to Market Square at North

DeKalb after a renovation and some new anchor stores were added: Mervyns, Uptons, and Lechmere. In 2000 the name was changed back to North DeKalb Mall. Since then, several stores have come and gone including Phar-Mor, Upton’s, Old Navy, and Rhodes Furniture. Hendon Properties, which bought the mall for $25 million in 2003, intended to bring a Costco to the mall. The plans were finally scrapped after intense opposition from local residents who objected to a proposal to build a parking deck over the flood plain at the rear of the mall. Mary Joyce Burge, North DeKalb Mall’s marketing manager, said she is pleased with the number of shoppers going to the mall currently. “We’ve had good traffic during the holiday season,” Burge said. She acknowledged that the mall concept has been hurt in recent years by the increase in online shopping. “It’s the wave of the future,” Burge said, adding that there still are many people like her who want to touch and see the products before they purchase them. Burge said North DeKalb Mall does not attempt to compete against the nearby Northlake, Lenox or

Phipps Plaza malls, but focuses on being a shopping destination for customers within a five-mile radius. “We don’t claim to be a regional mall,” Burge said. “We consider ourselves to be a neighborhood mall.”

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Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - S T D - DESIGNATED SERVICES FUND SPECIAL TAX DISTRICT - DESIGNATED SERVICES PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Police Public Works - Transportation Public Works - Roads & Drainage Parks & Recreation Non - Departmental TOTAL - S T D - DESIGNATED SERVICES FUND SPECIAL TAX DISTRICT - UNINCORPORATED ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Excise Taxes Other Taxes Licenses & Permits Use of Money & Property Fines & Forfeitures Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenue Interfunds Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - S T D - UNINCORPORATED FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: C E O Office - Cable TV Support Finance - Business License Recorder’s Court Planning & Development- Zoning Analysis Police - Code Enforcement Non - Departmental TOTAL - S T D - UNINCORPORATED FUND HOSPITAL FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Property Taxes Excise Taxes Other Taxes Use of Money & Property Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - HOSPITAL FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: RENTAL MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAX FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Excise Taxes Use of Money & Property Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - RENTAL MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAX FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: DEBT SERVICE FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Property Taxes Other Taxes Use of Money & Property Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - DEBT SERVICE FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: SPECIAL TAX DISTRICT - DEBT SERVICE FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Property Taxes Other Taxes Use of Money & Property Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - STD - DEBT SERVICE FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: TOTAL RECOMMENDED 2011 TAX FUNDS BUDGET SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS DEVELOPMENT FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Licenses & Permits Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - DEVELOPMENT FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Planning & Development TOTAL - DEVELOPMENT FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION & GOVERNMENT ACCESS FUND $33,773,393 14,767,500 5,336,785 (60,674) 15,000 1,866,309 $55,698,313 $53,151,929 2,546,384 $55,698,313 ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Miscellaneous Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - P E G FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: COUNTY JAIL FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Intergovernmental Revenue Fines & Forfeitures TOTAL - COUNTY JAIL FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: HOTEL / MOTEL TAX FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Excise Taxes Other Taxes Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - HOTEL / MOTEL TAX FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: $10,000 145,000 1,312,684 $1,467,684 $1,467,684 $31,194,693 450,000 22,615,000 11,862 16,000,000 83,000 1,500 (61,363,537) 15,463,782 $8,088,446 $379,672 652,326 4,021,316 920,918 1,903,188 211,026 $8,088,446 (21,819,830) $142,595,663

The DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer and Board of Commissioners will hold Public Hearings on the 2011 Proposed Budget at the times and places listed below: Tuesday Decatur Tuesday Decatur January 25, 2011 10:00AM January 11, 2011 10:00AM Maloof Center Auditorium 1300 Commerce Drive, Maloof Center Auditorium 1300 Commerce Drive,

$107,004,011 3,190,610 12,982,302 13,907,610 5,511,130 $142,595,663

All interested citizens are invited to attend these hearings and have the right to present comments pertaining to the proposed budget. The recommended budget is available for public inspection in the office of the Director of Finance, 6th Floor, Maloof Center, and at all DeKalb County Libraries during normal business hours.

BUDGET RESOLUTION TAX FUNDS GENERAL FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Property Taxes Excise Taxes Other Taxes Use of Money & Property Intergovernmental Revenue Fines & Forfeitures Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenue Interfunds Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - GENERAL FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Chief Executive Officer Board of Commissioners Ethics Board Law Department Geographic Info Systems Facilities Management Purchasing Human Resources & Merit System Information Systems Finance Property Appraisal Tax Commissioner Registrar Sheriff Juvenile Court Superior Court Clerk of Superior Court State Court Solicitor - General District Attorney Child Advocate’s Office Probate Court Medical Examiner Public Defender Police Magistrate Court Fire & Rescue Services Planning & Development Public Works - Director Economic Development Library Cooperative Extension Public Health Community Service Board DFACS Human Services Contributions to Capital Projects Non - Departmental TOTAL - GENERAL FUND FIRE FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Property Taxes Excise Taxes Other Taxes Use of Money & Property Miscellaneous Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - FIRE FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Fire & Rescue Services Non - Departmental TOTAL - FIRE FUND SPECIAL TAX DISTRICT - DESIGNATED SERVICES ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Property Taxes Excise Taxes Other Taxes Licenses & Permits Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenue Interfunds


$167,907,699 57,864,000 34,314,815 395,087 4,458,591 10,387,500 6,075,800 6,220,397 16,630,854 (7,537,113) $296,717,630 $1,748,171 3,183,223 9,020 3,609,093 2,041,807 15,347,874 3,118,658 3,597,081 18,998,595 6,053,354 4,180,985 6,518,846 1,640,674 78,023,624 9,602,771 7,663,789 5,591,523 1 2,653,079 5,656,383 12,787,181 1,805,695 1,614,140 2,154,038 7,183,517 4,670,035 2,574,803 16,027,377 1,262,317 311,800 708,354 13,674,420 $231,805 4,864,926 1,960,223 1,561,000 4,171,662 3,230,625 26,685,162 $296,717,630

$15,500,168 5,786,400 2,249,548 (41,770) (1,441,856) $22,052,490 $22,052,490

$496,501 3,151 391,922 $891,574 $891,574

$7,943,811 1,432,108 (58,273) 278,683 $9,596,329 $9,596,329

$14,653,695 2,920,338 89,942 10,019,384 $27,683,359 $27,683,359 $563,323,804

$3,982,458 (4,000) 20,000 (951,129) $3,047,329 $3,047,329 $3,047,329

$180,000 1,585,500 $1,765,500 $1,765,500

$74,433,023 1,928,800 6,587,323 1,014,800 (944) 2,594,300 126,800 77,731,391

$1,200,000 $0 194,254 $1,394,254 $1,394,254

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VICTIM ASSISTANCE FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Intergovernmental Revenue Fines & Forfeitures Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - VICTIM ASSISTANCE FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: RECREATION FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - RECREATION FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: LAW ENFORCEMENT CONFISCATED MONIES FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - L.E.C.M. FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Sheriff District Attorney State Court Marshal Public Safety - Police TOTAL - L.E.C.M. FUND JUVENILE SERVICES FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - JUVENILE SERVICES FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT & EDUCATION FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Fines & Forfeitures Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - D.A.T.E. FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: STREET LIGHT FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - STREET LIGHT FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Miscellaneous Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: SPEED HUMPS MAINTENANCE FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - SPEED HUMPS MAINTENANCE FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: GRANT - IN - AID FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Federal Government State Sources Contributions Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - GRANT - IN - AID FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Community Development Workforce Development Sheriff Juvenile Court Superior Court State Court Solicitor-State Court District Attorney Police Fire Family & Children Services Human Services Water & Sewer Justice Assistance Grants TOTAL - GRANT - IN - AID FUND ENTERPRISE FUNDS WATER & SEWERAGE OPERATING FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - WATER & SEWERAGE OPERATING FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Public Works - Water & Sewer Finance - Revenue Collections TOTAL - WATER & SEWERAGE OPERATING FUND

$300,000 950,000 143,265 $1,393,265 $1,393,265

WATER & SEWERAGE SINKING FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Interfunds Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - WATER & SEWERAGE SINKING FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: SANITATION FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenue Interfunds Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - SANITATION FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Public Works - Sanitation Finance - Revenue Collections TOTAL - SANITATION FUND DEKALB - PEACHTREE AIRPORT ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Miscellaneous Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - DEKALB - PEACHTREE AIRPORT PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Airport Operations Transfer to Capital Projects TOTAL - DEKALB - PEACHTREE AIRPORT STORMWATER UTILITY OPERATING FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - STORMWATER UTILITY FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Stormwater Operations Reserve for Appropriations TOTAL - STORMWATER UTILITY FUND INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS FLEET MAINTENANCE ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Intergovernmental Revenue Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - FLEET MAINTENANCE PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Public Works - Fleet Maintenance TOTAL - FLEET MAINTENANCE VEHICLE FUND ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenue Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - VEHICLE FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Vehicle Acquisitions Interdepartmental Services Reserves and Other Miscellaneous TOTAL - VEHICLE FUND RISK MANAGEMENT ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenue Payroll Deductions Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - RISK MANAGEMENT PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: Unemployment Compensation Group Health & Life TOTAL - RISK MANAGEMENT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Charges for Services Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FUND PROPOSED EXPENDITURES: REVENUE BONDS LEASE PAYMENT FUNDS BUILDING AUTHORITY LEASE PAYMENTS ANTICIPATED REVENUES: Use of Money & Property Fund Balance Carried Forward TOTAL - BUILDING AUTHORITY PROPOSED EXPENDITURES:

$38,863,634 0 $38,863,634 $38,863,634

($226) 980,000 (139,919) $839,855 $839,855

$42,000 65,725,000 155,000 147,143 9,074,932 $75,144,075 $74,897,995 246,080 $75,144,075

$6,560,468 $6,560,468 $1,369,762 24,700 28,815 5,137,191 $6,560,468

$25,000 4,594,000 6,800,165 $11,419,165 $8,919,165 2,500,000 $11,419,165

$500 40,000 303,223 $343,723 $343,723

($130,000) 17,500,000 3,732,876 $21,102,876 $19,397,409 1,705,467 $21,102,876

$1,500 18,000 54,715 $74,215 $74,215

($500) 4,533,264 285,508 $4,818,272 $4,818,272

$160,000 29,500,000 100,000 0 $29,760,000 $29,760,000 $29,760,000

$10,000 12,080,000 7,918,285 $20,008,285 $20,008,285

$30,000 14,179,328 300,000 11,514,446 $26,023,774 $18,016,800 791,943 7,215,031 $26,023,774

$3,000 250,397 1,487,620 $1,741,017 $1,741,017

$87,084,296 8,041,127 55,864 0 $95,181,287 $17,489,314 4,106,588 320,233 169,388 38,480 873 14,984 163,698 4,701,936 3,650,964 1,213,910 2,815,354 247,938 59,929,209 $95,181,287

$250,125 76,200,395 399,812 34,148,162 $110,998,494 $303,384 110,695,110 $110,998,494

$6,784,936 6,608,064 $13,393,000 $13,393,000

$9,160 197,916,100 20,000 5,555,951 $203,501,211 $196,529,018 6,972,193 $203,501,211

$3,731,846 0 $3,731,846 $3,731,846




Study in asthma patients shows H1N1 vaccine safe, effective
A study of the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in adolescents and adults with asthma showed that a single dose of the vaccine was safe and induced a strong immune response. Individuals older than age 60 with severe asthma may require a larger vaccine dose, however. The study appears online in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at www.jacionline.org/article/ S0091-6749(10)01764-1/ abstract. The Emory Children’s Center, jointly operated by Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, was one of seven participating sites in the study. “In partnership with Emory, Children’s recently designated immunology and vaccines as one of eight priority research focus areas for the pediatric healthcare system.” The study of 390 people ages 12 to 79 was conducted at Severe Asthma Research Program sites sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It was co-sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the NIH. “It was very important that we find the optimal dose of H1N1 flu vaccine that could be given safely to our asthma patients,” said Anne Fitzpatrick, principal investigator of the Emory trial. Fitzpatrick leads the SARP program at the Emory-Children’s Center. People with severe asthma are at greater risk for complications following flu infection. They also often take high doses of medications that can suppress their immune systems, putting them at even greater risk for infection and serious disease. The H1N1 vaccine is one component of the seasonal influenza vaccine currently being distributed for the 2010-2011 influenza season. The vaccine study divided participants into two groups: those with mild or moderate asthma and those with severe asthma. Half of the participants in each group received a 15-microgram dose of injected vaccine, and the other half received a 30-microgram dose. Three weeks later, each participant received a second dose of the same amount. The vaccine, manufactured by Novartis, contained inactivated 2009 H1N1 influenza virus and therefore could not cause influenza infection. Three weeks after each injection, investigators measured blood antibody levels of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus to assess the immune response. In patients with mild to moderate asthma, and in most patients with severe asthma, a single 15-microgram dose induced an adequate immune response to be protective. Participants older than 60 with severe asthma had a diminished immune response to the 15-microgram dose, but adequate responses with the 30-microgram dose. Participants were monitored for any side effects or for asthma attacks. The vaccine was well tolerated and did not worsen asthma in participants.

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Two A.J. Wright stores on Memorial Drive to close early next year
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com The day after DeKalb County government and community leaders began forming a Memorial Drive revitalization task force, it was announced that two A.J. Wright stores on the road will be closing early next year. TJX Companies, the parent company for A.J. Wright, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores, announced that it will eliminate its A.J. Wright division which has 162 stores around the country. Of those stores, 91 A.J. Wright stores will be reopened as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores. The remaining 71 stores, A.J. Wright’s two distribution centers and its home office will be closed permanently. That includes stores in the Belvedere Plaza Shopping Center at 3435 Memorial Drive in Decatur, and in the Hairston Village Shopping Center at 971 North Hairston Road in Stone Mountain. The stores are set to be closed between late January and the middle of February 2011. Company officials said that it would attempt to place employees in nearby T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores, however approximately 4,400 positions will be eliminated as a result of this action, almost half of which are part-time positions. “Any business decision that involves the elimination of jobs, even if right for the company as a whole, is extremely difficult,” said Carol Meyrowitz, president and chief executive officer of the TJX Companies, Inc. “This decision, which was reached after a great deal of careful thought and consideration, was no exception.” There are three other A.J. Wright stores in DeKalb County in Tucker, Doraville and Lithonia. Company officials did not say specifically what stores these three A.J. Wrights would be converted into. “For those customers in markets where A.J. Wright locations are closing, we generally have T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores in nearby areas,” Meyrowitz said. “We are committed to continuing to serve all of our customers with the fashion, quality, brands and great values for which they have come to know us.”

Celebrating more than 70 Years of Service

December 31st – New Year’s Holiday The DeKalb Chamber office will be closed for the holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, January 3rd. January 6th – CEO State of the County Address to the Business Community – CEO Burrell Ellis looks back at the County's 2010 accomplishments and lays out his vision for DeKalb in 2011. Hosted by: Council for Quality Growth & The DeKalb Chamber. Location: The Thalia N. Carlos Community Ctr., 2500 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. Registration & Networking - 7:30 AM Breakfast Meeting - 8:00 AM. Cost to attend: $25.00 / Registration Mandatory. January 11th – New Members Lunch Reception – Sponsored by Georgia State University / Brookhaven Center – Event open to new and existing Chamber members only. Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. RSVP required. For information, visit the Chamber’s website or call 404378-8000 (www.dekalbchamber.org.)

Tamara Markham named VP of operations by Hotel Equities
DeKalb-based Hotel Equities (HE) recently promoted Tamara Markham to vice president. Markham’s responsibilities at the hotel development and management company include creating and administrating models for operational excellence. She develops the criteria and guidelines for the company’s hiring practices for all associates and oversees the selection, training and mentoring of managers. Markham also oversees the company’s operational assessment and PULSE programs. “Tamara is a proven leader who acts as a sparkplug for promoting company expansion, financial success and the satisfaction of both guests and associates,” said HE President and CEO Fred Cerrone. “She serves as a key member of Hotel Equities’ strategic alignment leadership team responsible for casting the company vision and orchestrating its growth. She continues to be an outstanding as-

set to our organization.” Markham joined Hotel Equities in 1998 in hotel operations before assuming broader responsibilities. Previously employed by Marriott International for seven years, she brought a background in operations, training, and HR-related capacities to the company. Markham holds a B.S. degree in hotel and restaurant management from Kansas State University.

For more information on DeKalb Chamber related events or to receive email updates, call 404-3788000 or visit www.dekalbchamber.org



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Organ recital announced An Emory Organ Alumni Recital, part of the Emory University Organist Recital Series, will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. The event is free and open to the public. Emory graduate organ alumni will help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the university’s Emory Master of Music/ Master of Sacred Music organ degrees, joining the current graduate organ studio in a recital featuring what the university says will be “one thrilling toccata after another.” For more information, call (404) 727-5050, e-mail boxoffice@emory.edu, or visit www.arts.emory.edu. Storytellers to give concert The Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) presents “Olde Christmas Storytelling Deja-Vu,” a concert of the Best SOS Regional Tellers Sunday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. The concert presents tellers chosen from dozens of SOS members who audition annually for this highest SOS honor. Jan Cribbs, Ron Kemp and Barry Stewart Mann are this year’s honorees. SOS began at Callanwolde in 1983, which is why this concert is marked “deja-vu.” There will be a reception following the concert. Tickets are $15. For information, group rates and tickets call (404) 636-4090, or visit www. SouthernOrderOfStorytellers. org. Community ‘shred-fest’ announced A free community “shredfest,” sponsored by Joan Kaplan of Drake Realty will

ance business are corrupt and dedicated to denying benefits to consumers while spending billions on lobbying to protect their interests. Now Potter, a former executive with CIGNA, has written a book about his experience, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said Potter’s book and the story of his conversion from a health care executive to outspoken advocate of reform “is essential reading for anyone trying to understand how the system really works.” The event is at 7:15 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. Monthly conservation meeting scheduled The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District monthly meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Clark Harrison Building, 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur. For additional information, call (770) 761-3020. and what supplements are best for them. Seating is limited. Call or visit the branch to register. The sessions will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Doraville Library, 3748 Central Ave., Doraville. For more information, call (770) 9363852.


be held Saturday, Jan. 22, 9 a.m. to noon at the office of Drake Realty in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2899A North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta. Community members are invited to gather up old documents and files to be shredded and destroyed on-site by Eco Shredding. Real estate agent Kaplan teamed up with professional organizer Michelle Cooper in celebration of National Get Organized Month to host this event. For more information contact Kaplan at Drake Realty at (404) 281-4106 or joan@joankaplan.com.


ART Station announce lunchtime series Bill Oberst Jr. will appear on the ART Station stage as Lewis Grizzard in Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words Monday, Jan. 10. He will offer a sampling and tribute of the humor of the late columnist followed by a question and answer session with the actor. The event is the first lunchtime series ART Station presentation for 2011. The series, held noon – 1 p.m., strives to create a fresh and stimulating monthly lunchtime option with performances, lectures or art experiences and offers a boxed lunch for a ticket price of $10, according to ART Station officials. ART Station is located at 5384 Manor Drive in historic Stone Mountain Village. Reservations for 10 or more are required two days in advance. For additional information, call (770) 4691105 or visit www.artstation. org.

DSO to hold children’s concert The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Children’s Concert on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium of Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston campus. The orchestra will perform Peter and the Wolf with WSB TV’s Jovita Moore narrating. The program also will include dancers from the Decatur School of Ballet and former Ringling Brothers clown Rob Hadaway. All tickets are $5 general admission. For more information, call (678) 8913565

Library offers classes on brain health The Doraville Library will present a series of classes, Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives, on Wednesdays, Jan. 12, 19 and 26. In these classes, Norma Miller, M.Ed., and Connie Keck, Ph.D., instructors at the Author to speak on Life Enrichment Center in insurance companies Decatur, will teach about brain Author Wendell Potter will chemistry, assess participants’ give a presentation at the De- brain chemistry and make catur Library on Tuesday, Jan. suggestions for improving 4. In 2009, Potter made head- brain health through nutrition lines all over the country when and supplements. Participants can find out what foods can he testified before Congress increase their brain strength that many in the health insur-






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by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com

2010 sports year in review
among the top eight in the eight individual races. The only individual champion from a school in DeKalb County was Haley Durmer of St. Pius. Durmer won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.66.

Several state track champions crowned

DeKalb County has a reputation for excellence in athletics and 2010 provided its share of state championships and other achievements. Here is a look at some of the top sports stories of the year in the county.

Agnes Scott lacrosse team makes history

A record-setting 133 players in DeKalb County (including players from Decatur, St. Pius and Marist), signed scholarships. Stephenson raised the bar with 29 players signing scholarships, the most ever by any school in DeKalb County. Among the notable players who signed football scholarships were Michael Thornton, Stephenson (Georgia); Mack Brown, M.L. King (Florida); Alan Stripling, Southwest DeKalb (Georgia); Jonathan Mincy, Southwest DeKalb (Auburn), Miles Gooch, Towers (Virginia); , Raymond Sanders, Stephenson (Kentucky); Art Norman, Chamblee (North Carolina State); and Tank Sessions, Columbia (Florida State).

Record-setting day for football signees

Agnes Scott, the first college in Georgia to field an NCAA lacrosse team, won the first college game between two Georgia teams. The Scotties defeated LaGrange College 14-1 on March 4 in Decatur. LaGrange took a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game, but the Scotties responded with nine goals in the first half. Alicia Logan scored five goals in the half, including the Scotties’ first goal. Rebecca Rowe added five goals and three assists for the Scotties, and goaltender Mia Jacintho made five saves to earn the win. The Scotties are coached by Nicolle Williams.

DeKalb County netted one team championship and several individual titles at the state high school track and field championships in May. The Tucker girls won the Class AAAA title for their first track championship. Tamera Harris won the 300 meter hurdles and was a member of both the 400 and 1600 relays teams that won state titles. Southwest DeKalb’s Morgan Snow won the 100 hurdles. Also in AAAA, Lakeside sophomore Meghan Wetterhall won her second consecutive 1600 state title. St. Pius had two individual champions on its way to a second-place team finish in the AAA meet. Danielle Penk won the pole vault and Shelby Ashe won the shot put. In the boys AAA state meet, James Hughley of Cedar Grove won the gold medal in the 400 meter dash and Kendrick Parker of Druid Hills won the triple jump.

Thornton showing off his signing day choice.

Two Tucker wrestlers earn state titles

Tucker’s Kyle Stroud and Carey Cloud each won individual titles in the Class AAAA traditional state wrestling championships. Stroud, a senior who finished with a 30-8 record, beat Tracy Jewett of Hardaway 2-1 in the championship match to win the 215-pound class. Stroud won each of his last three matches in the tournament by a single point. Stroud beat Bobby Liggins, who he lost to by major decision early in the season, of Hephzibah 3-2 in the semifinal. Cloud also had a close call in his championship match. The Tigers’ junior beat Joshua Lewis of Northwest Whitfield 5-4 in the 152-pound final to finish the season with a 46-2 record.

Four teams win basketball state championships
A record four county teams claimed state high school basketball championships in March. The Southwest DeKalb girls won the AAAA title for their third straight championship, the Columbia boys and girls teams won AAA titles and Miller Grove won the boys Class AAAA championship for the second straight season. Southwest DeKalb beat Northwest Whitfield 65-45, Columbia girls beat Carver Atlanta 40-36, Columbia boys beat LaGrange 54-46 and Miller Grove beat Mays 64-35. The Redan girls had their 58-game winning streak snapped in the Class AAAAA championship game in a 76-63 loss to Norcross.

Marist girls win fourth straight swim title
Marist won its fourth straight girls Class AAAAA swimming championship without having a single individual champion. Elizabeth Pitts, Katherine Daniels, Meredith Nakano and Elise Breaux teamed up to win the 200 medley relay for Marist. The War Eagles placed 12 swimmers



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2010 sports year in review
Marist wins state baseball championship
Marist defeated Lakeside Evans 2-0 in a best-of-three series to win the Class AAAA state title. Marist won 5-0 and 11-7 to claim their first state baseball championship since 2003. It was Marist’s 11th state baseball championship, more than any other high school in Georgia.

Athletic scholarships top $10.5 million

Athletic scholarship offers continue to rise for DeKalb County Schools athletes as 220 seniors in the 2010 class received either full or partial scholarships to aid them in continuing their academic and athletic careers. The scholarships totaled more than $10.5 million, up nearly $1 million from the $9.6 million total in 2009. Football accounted for the biggest part of the total as a record 133 athletes ended up signing scholarships by the end of the spring semester for a total of $6,821,485 or 64.7 percent of the scholarships.

Nine new football coaches take reins

The 2010 football season began with nine new head coaches in place in the county. Mike Carson went from Avondale to M.L. King, and former Chamblee coach Jim Showfety left Northview to take the job at Dunwoody. The other seven, all of whom are head coaches in the county for the first time, are Byron McCall, Avondale; James Soza, Chamblee; Marcus Jelks, Lithonia; Tywanios Lockett, McNair; Clinton Lawrence, Redan; Marvin Jones, Towers; and Damien Wimes, Miller Grove.

Southwest DeKalb High School Football coach Buck Godfrey was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on June 10.

SWD’s Godfrey inducted into Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame

Southwest DeKalb High School football coach William “Buck” Godfrey was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on June 10. Godfrey, the coach at Southwest DeKalb for 28 seasons, won the 1995 Class AAAA state championship, 13 region titles, and has posted a 258-82-1 record. Off the field, he has helped more than 270 former players get college scholarships—193 of those are college graduates.

Ayala repeats as AA state cross country champ

Football county and state records fall

M.L.King senior wide receiver Demarco Robinson set a DeKalb County and state record for receiving yards in a season with 1,654. His 27 touchdown catches were a county single-season record. M.L. King junior quarterback Jonquel Dawson also set single-season county records with 3,611 passing yards and 41 touchdown passes.

Cross Keys senior Leonel Ayala became the seventh DeKalb County Schools boys’ runner to win back-to-back cross country individual state championships with a victory in the Class AA state cross country meet Nov. 6. Ayala was the first DeKalb County runner to repeat since Lakeside’s Joe Thorne in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The only other Cross Keys’ runner to win a cross country state title was Bobby McLeer in 1967.

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