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Cain ends campaign after Dunwoody woman alleges affair
by Andrew Cauthen A Dunwoody woman is claiming that she had a 13-year extramarital affair with Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain that ended just before the former businessman announced his candidacy for the White House several months ago. And that claim—along with sexual harassment allegations from other women— has caused Cain to end his presidential campaign. In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, Ginger White, said that over the years, Cain bought her airplane tickets so she could join him in such cities as Palm Springs, Calif., and Atlanta. “It was fun,” the 46-yearold White said. “It was something that took me away from my sort of humdrum life at the time. And it was exciting.” Flatly denying the affair, Cain said White was a friend that he was trying to help financially. Cain’s lawyer issued a public statement that included no such denial and suggested that the media–and the public–had no business snooping into the details of consensual conduct between adults. Cain’s candidacy was soaring in the polls until he was hit a month ago with accusations that he sexually harassed several women and groped one while he was a

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Herman Cain bows out of the race to be the country’s next president after allegations of sexual harassment and a 13-year affair derails the Republican’s campaign. Cain’s wife (below) is on hand for the announcement in front of supporters expecting to mark the grand opening of Cain’s Georgia campaign headquarters in DeKalb. Photos by Andrew Cauthen



County Line/Ellenwood community feels forgotten by DeKalb
by Andrew Cauthen Located in the southern part of DeKalb County, along the DeKalbHenry county line, is a community of residents who feel they are the forgotten ones. It’s the community that has to put up with the smells of the Seminole Landfill, where the county dumps its trash. “We don’t get the help we’re supposed to get around here,” said 85-yearold Dora Mae Johnson, who has lived in the County Line/Ellenwood community her entire life. a comprehensive recreational park since “We need something like what other Johnson said she wants the county the 1990s. parts of the county have,” Johnson-Sinkto help her community hook up to the The only community park in the area field said. “There’s a great need for that county’s water and sewer system. Curis the 8-acre County Line Park located at in this community. We need something rently, the residents use septic tanks. 4059 Old River Road in Ellenwood with bigger and better.” “It seems like every year I have trou- limited parking. Listed on the county’s Residents in the community said ble with that septic tank,” said Johnson, website as a neighborhood park, the they were promised that a second road adding that residents have signed several park has a multi-use field, basketball would be built coming out of the park to petitions about the septic tanks. court, tennis courts, multi-use courts, relieve congestion. The road is supposed “We need to get off them,” said Edplayground, picnic area and trails. Because she gets her newsacross online from the The Champion. to be built updates 15 acres and would Because another lifelong resident of die White, she gets her news updates online from the neighborhood park,” “It’s a little The Champion. leave the park in front of the landfill, Because she gets her community. online from the The Champion. the County Line/Ellenwood news updatessaid resident Annie Johnson-Sinkfield said Ronald Johnson, president of the Septic tanks are just one of the issues about the park where the annual comCounty Line/Ellenwood Coumunity residents in the area want the county to munity day attracts 2,000-3,000 people group. 15A address. Residents have been asking for is held. “It’s too small.” See Ellenwoond on Page

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Bill could aid school board’s downsizing
by Daniel Beauregard A bill designed to help the DeKalb County School Board transition from nine to seven members recently was introduced in the Georgia Legislature. The new bill, HB 671, was pre-filed by Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) and piggybacks legislation introduced earlier this year. Under SB 79, any new school board must have no more than seven members and any existing school board must be reduced to seven members by 2013. HB 671, Oliver said, would give local delegations and stakeholders a chance to discuss the best way to make the transition. “HB 671 is for the purpose of local legislation to implement SB 79. For instance, it says which districts will be elected in 2012 and which will be newly elected because we did not want to terminate anybody’s term who was elected for four years,” Oliver said. DeKalb County is divided into seven single-member school board districts and two at-large districts. Thus, each resident is represented by two board members, a local district member and an at-large member. If passed by the General Assembly, HB 671 would eliminate DeKalb County’s two at-large districts and establish a system for electing school board members from seven redrawn single member districts. “Reducing the size of the DeKalb School Board from nine to seven members, along with our obligation to draw new School Board district lines, requires thought and input from voters and school supporters,” Oliver said. According to the bill, local districts one, three, five and seven, as well as at-large district nine, would represent the new singlemember districts in which the board members live. Then, in 2012, the board members representing local districts two, four and six, as well as at-large district eight, will run for election in the remaining two new districts, resulting in a sevenmember board by January 2013. “I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it and I thought this would be a good way to get people thinking which seats we’ll be drawing for 2012 and which will come up for election in 2014,” Oliver said.

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the Good Neighbor Next Door program, is making foreclosed homes in quality neighborhoods available to teachers and first responders who can then apply for a 50 percent discount on the purchase price of those homes,” Ellis said of ONE DeKalb Lives. He said the initiative is the result of a partnership between the Citizens’ Trust Bank, the Federal Housing and Urban Development Department, ADP Solutions and DeKalb County. Ellis also touched on the creation of ONE DeKalb Works, which is projected to utilize approximately $1.4 million for water and sewer infrastructure improvements to create jobs for local contractors. “In total, we’ll create over 4,000 new jobs

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CEO Ellis says only though partnership can county grow
by Daniel Beauregard DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis told attendees at a recent luncheon that only through public and private partnerships will the county overcome the challenges it faces in the upcoming year. Ellis spoke at the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s First Monday Lunch Speaker Series on Dec. 5. With real estate values in metro Atlanta continuing to decline “and far too many Americans still without work,” he said the county still had much work to do. “As important and essential as government is, it cannot and should not be expected to carry its load alone. This is reflected in partnerships with the public and private sector,” Ellis said. Also present were between now and 2015 and that’s a lot of jobs. Through ONE DeKalb Works we’re creating jobs and building hope,” Ellis said. Additionally, the CEO pointed out recent efforts to improve the streetscapes of Memorial Drive, Candler Road and Buford Highway. Ellis also praised the development of a new plant which converts landfill gas into fuel for vehicles. “This is clean, green, safe technology that will save costs, generate revenue and enhance our quality of life for decades in DeKalb County,” Ellis said. Ellis warned officials and leaders in the community not be sidetracked by polarizing issues but to continue working toward success. “Do not be fooled by schemes of divisiveness and polarization, so that we might survive and thrive together, to be that great DeKalb County that we inherited and pass on to our children,” Ellis said. Chamber President Leonardo McClarty agreed with Ellis. “We all must pull together as one and not let various efforts divide all of our collective efforts as we seek to move the county forward,” he said.

DeKalb County Commissioners Lee May, Larry Johnson, Kathy Gannon and Jeff Rader. Ellis touched on several county initiatives such as ONE DeKalb Lives and ONE DeKalb Works, each time highlighting the importance of working with both the public and private sector to bring the plans to fruition. “Our latest program,

DeKalb BOE amends Atkinson’s contract; system maintains accreditation
by Daniel Beauregard The DeKalb County Board of Education unanimously approved the first amendment to Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson’s employment contract at a special called meeting on Nov. 30. Atkinson requested the board amend her contract so she would stop receiving her $750-a-month car allowance, according to school spokesman Walter Woods, “There are district fleet vehicles here, so if she uses her personal vehicle and those vehicles she’s not going to need a car allowance,” Woods said. “It’s going to save the district in the long run–$750 a month for the next three years.” Additionally, the board approved the hiring of search firm Ray and Associates, which the system previously used in its superintendent search, to find a new chief operating officer (COO) to replace Barbara Colman, who recently retired. Woods said Carlton Parker is the interim COO until the system is able to hire a permanent one. He said the approved contract will allow the board to pay up to $20,000 to Ray and Associates for the national search. During the meeting, the board also voted to continue providing legal defense for seven former board of education members and one current member, Sarah Copelin-Wood, named in the lawsuit against construction firm Heery/Mitchell. The system also recently announced it has maintained its accreditation status with AdvancED, the system’s accrediting agency, as it prepares for the five-year renewal of its accreditation in March. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a division of AdvancED, recommended the system remain at the status of “accredited on advisement” as it completes two of eight actions recommended by AdvancED in January. The system must address completing its strategic plan and establishing a clear line of authority for its internal auditor before the accrediting agency’s next visit. “The strategic plan, which is ongoing, will be finished early next year… We have an auditor who was hired last year and what we’re trying to determine is the best practices of who he reports to. He needs a clear line of reporting so there are checks and balances and he’s independent and objective,” Woods said. According to a press release, AdvancED praised the system for completing six of the eight actions this year, including hiring a permanent superintendent, approving a redistricting and consolidation plan, updating operational policies and improving communications. The system plans to submit a report to AdvancED by Feb. 15, documenting the steps it has taken to address the remaining actions. AdvancED will assess those steps during an on-site review of the school system’s five-year accreditation status, scheduled to take place in March. Woods said the timetable for completing the

420-306218 12/8,12/15,12/22,12/26 NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER Georgia, DeKalb County By virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Security Deed from Celestine Gregory, Bruce Gregory to Bank of America, N. A., dated March 18, 2004, recorded March 26, 2004, in Deed Book 15948, Page 84, DeKalb County, Georgia Records, said Security Deed having been given to secure a Note of even date in the original principal amount of Two Hundred Six Thousand Five Hundred Twenty and 00/100 dollars ($206,520.00), with interest thereon as provided for therein, said Security Deed having been last sold, assigned and transferred to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., As Trustee For The Certificateholders Of Banc Of America Alternative Loan Trust 2004-5, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2004-5, there will be sold at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash before the courthouse door of DeKalb County, Georgia, within the legal hours of sale on the first Tuesday in January, 2012, all property described in said Security Deed including but not limited to the following described property: All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lots 21 & 44 of the 15th District, DeKalb county, Georgia, being more particularly described as follows: To find the true point of beginning, begin at the intersection of land lots 44, 43, 21 and 22; running thence south 01 degrees 26 minutes 00 seconds east a distance of 103.20 feet to an iron pin placed and the true point of beginning; thence south 88 degrees 51 minutes 44 seconds west a distance of 55.00 feet to an iron pin; thence south 89 degrees 29 minutes 56 seconds west a distance of 292.36 feet to an iron pin; thence north 12 degrees 50 minutes 44 seconds east a distance of 106.68 feet to an iron pin; thence north 9 degrees 26 minutes 21 seconds west a distance of 303.99 feet to an iron pin; thence north 12 degrees 12 minutes 56 seconds west a distance of 40.0 feet; thence south 89 degrees 22 minutes 45 seconds west a distance of 369.94 feet to an iron pin; thence south 01 degrees 26 minutes 00 seconds east a distance of 340.48 feet to an iron pin and the true point of beginning. the property herein descried composed of 3.503 acres being designated as Tract 3 as shown on a plat of survey made by HRT Environmental, dated November 24, 1997 for Jacqueline W. Turk; and being improved property known as 3921 Martin Drive, Ellenwood, Georgia 30294, according to the most recent system of numbering houses in DeKalb County, Georgia. Said legal description being controlling, however the property is more commonly known as 3921 Martin Dr, Ellenwood, Ga 30294. The indebtedness secured by said Security Deed has been and is hereby declared due because of default under the terms of said Security Deed and Note, including but not limited to the nonpayment of the indebtedness as and when due. The indebtedness remaining in default, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same, all expenses of the sale, including attorneys` fees (notice to collect same having been given) and all other payments provided for under the terms of the Security Deed and Note. Said property will be sold on an "as-is" basis without any representation, warranty or recourse against the above-named creditor or the undersigned. The sale will also be subject to the following items which may affect the title: any outstanding ad valorem taxes (including taxes which are a lien, whether or not now due and payable); the right of redemption of any taxing authority; matters which would be disclosed by an accurate survey or by an inspection of the property; all zoning ordinances; assessments; liens; encumbrances; restrictions; covenants, and any other matters of record superior to said Security Deed. The entity having full authority to negotiate, amend or modify all terms of the loan (although not required by law to do so) is: Lender Contact: BAC, Loss Mitigation Dept., P.O. Box 940070, Simi Valley, CA 930940070 Telephone Number: 800-720-3758 To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the owner and party in possession of the property is Celestine Gregory, Bruce Gregory, Bruce Gregory, Celestine Gregory, or tenants(s). The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the Security Deed. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., As Trustee For The Certificateholders Of Banc Of America Alternative Loan Trust 2004-5, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2004-5 As Attorney In Fact For Celestine Gregory, Bruce Gregory THE BELOW LAW FIRM MAY BE HELD TO BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR, UNDER FEDERAL LAW. IF SO, ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Attorney Contact: Rubin Lublin Suarez Serrano, LLC, 3740 Davinci Court, Suite 400, Norcross, GA 30092 Telephone Number: (877) 813-0992 Case No. BAC-11-12572-1 Ad Run Dates 12/08/2011, 12/15/2011, 12/22/2011, 12/29/2011

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Open letter to Mrs. Cain
and business acumen Cain has demonstrated in his life heretofore have seemingly vanished into thin air. Mrs. Cain, I can imagine your hurt and humiliation and that of your family. But this too shall pass and in time you will heal. In the meantime, encourage your husband to do you, the family and his supporters a favor and get out of the race, the sooner the better. Leaving him is not the answer. This is a prime example of that “for better or worse” clause in our vows. It doesn’t get much worse than having your husband’s peccadilloes aired in such a public way – on all the networks and in every major newspaper. You have nothing to be ashamed of but Cain certainly does if Ginger White’s assertions are true about their long-standing tryst. He expects our reasoning powers to match his? That we would actually believe that for more than a decade he merely tried to help this female friend financially? Oy vey! Speaking of Miss White, here are my candid thoughts about her, which can be summed up in one word if her story is true, pity. It is pathetic that an obviously intelligent, attractive woman would play second fiddle to a man’s wife for 13 years and still end up so broke she can’t afford to pay her rent. Where is the self esteem? Time and time again misguided mistresses who have no man of their own are paraded in front of the television cameras and made out to be victims of lecherous old men. If there are victims here they are Mrs. Cain and her children. Ginger White gets her 15 minutes of fame for an alleged 13-year affair. There are those who question whether White is telling the truth. Cain’s defenders want to know where the receipts are for the reported trips and lavish gifts. They want to know why White is just now coming forward and whether someone is paying her. She denies anyone has paid her or a family member for her story. Understand that dirty tricks are as much a part of politics as the vote. Desperate candidates have been known to lie on their opponents and find ways to harass them and their families. It happens and it happens with alarming frequency. It’s called a smear campaign. But something tells me these latest revelations are not White lies, but the sad truth. Mind you she has admittedly told some whoppers in the past, apparently against her former business partner, all of which is in litigation. If she is lying she deserves an Oscar for her performance. Herman Cain deserves to watch from the sidelines as the GOP chooses who it will field to challenge President Obama. By the time you read this, perhaps Herman is history. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Milies at

Dear Mrs. Cain: Stand by your husband in the face of these latest allegations but insist he get out of the race for president of these United States of America. None of us are perfect and most have said or done something they’re not proud of. But intelligence and reasoning powers are requirements for the highest office in the land. Ol’ Herman has not demonstrated much intelligence in the handling of these allegations against him. He had to know that when one runs for office, particularly president, the scrutiny is intense. The intellect

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Giving Santa a hand this holiday season
sprint of this holiday season, I wanted to highlight for your consideration some national, regional and local organizations worthy of your support, as well as allowing you to not only have “been good this year” but perhaps more importantly to have done good this year. The Salvation Army - Known worldwide for being well-organized, welltrained and “Doing the Most Good” in a wide array of social services and disaster recovery, the Metro Atlanta Salvation Army can use your help manning kettles during the Kettle Drive, volunteering in Family Thrift Stores or simply giving online via their Virtual Red Kettle at https:// aspx?pid=207#location Empty Stocking Fund - Santa Claus is able to find the homes of more than 50,000 underprivileged children across metro Atlanta each year with nearly $2 million worth of gifts and toys, as well as a warm pair of socks. The ESF raises most of its cash between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Thanks to long and steady relationships with toy manufacturers, liquidators and discounters, the ESF stretches every donor dollar roughly four for one in purchasing toys. Contact the organization at http://www. Hosea Feed the Hungry - Elisabeth and Ofemo Omilami (daughter and son-in-law of civil rights activist Hosea Williams) continue their legacy of giving and feeding thousands of the hungry and homeless at multiple holiday feasts each year. These events recently moved to the Georgia World Congress Center, thanks in part to a large contribution from Arthur Blank Jr. and the Atlanta Falcons. If you want a different type of Christmas or Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday supper, consider taking your family and serving at one of the many feasts, or, make a contribution large or small at http://www.hoseafeedthehungry. com/donations.aspx Toys for Tots - Our U.S. Marine Corps also never forgets the tiny and most challenged among us. Traveling to children’s hospitals and our nation’s more economically challenged communities, the Marines hand deliver their Toys for Tots to thousands of sick, indigent or injured children. There are multiple Toys for Tots collection points across metro Atlanta. My company, CSI Crane, is a Toys for Tots event co-sponsor and our collection point is the 57th Fighter Squadron Restaurant and Canteen on Clairmont Road, adjacent to DeKalb Peachtree Airport you can also drop off an unwrapped toy or two at http://www. FODAC - Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, FODAC, provides mobility and transportation support and services to hundreds of developmentally challenged and disabled adults and children’s each year. The nonprofit is primarily funded by a huge thrift store and a variety of grants, but also relies heavily on a handful of events, including its Breakfast with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Stone Mountain Park. FODAC was founded by former Marine (are you noticing a pattern here) Ed Butchart, who also today bears an amazing resemblance to Santa Claus. The Santa Breakfast is $30 for adults, $20 for children and children under 5 are admitted free. Attendees get a free allattractions day pass to Stone Mountain Park, a delicious breakfast and a visit with Santa Claus - http://www.fodac. org/. And if none of these worthy groups suits your taste or charity fancy, the U.S. Better Business Bureau now operates a Wise Giving Alliance with accredited and approved national charities evaluated annually on their governance, finances, fundraising and donor privacy at As we celebrate this season of family, warmth and giving, let’s try to give pause and help God bless everyone, and give what you can, remembering of course that charity begins at home. Happy holidays and merry Christmas! 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

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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” Aesop (c. 620564 B.C.), Greek philosopher and author of Aesop’s Fables. Just as Black Friday officially kicks off the retail orgy that is the holiday season, an increasing number of local and national charities often receive the bulk of their donations during the holiday season due to a combination of year-end tax planning, holiday excess guilt and fortunately a great deal of genuine caring, giving and philanthropy. We Americans collectively are a generous bunch, according to data compiled by the Giving USA Foundation and Volunteering for America by the Corporation for National & Community Service, we collectively donated $290.8 billion to charitable, religious and non-profit organizations during 2010. And 62.8 million Americans volunteered (with documentation) contributing billions more in man hours and savings to these same organizations. So, as you wrap, sort packages and divide up your calendar during the

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In any case, being good at pasta is better than being good at war.
jokes.) But that’s why ethnic jokes are funny, at least to the less sensitive. They allow one to feel superior to other people without having to actually do anything that’s superior. If you make a joke about French cowardice, it makes you look brave. –– Are the Germans warlike? Sure, to peaceful people like us. All nonsense, of course. The following comments are pulled straight from our website and are not The French are no more cowardly edited for content or grammar. (or brave) than anyone else. Their quick surrender to the Germans in 1940 can be attributed to the fact that only 25 years before they’d fed an entire generation of their young men into German machine guns and cannons. They weren’t cowardly, they Burrell an Johnson are spinning the rating increase. It was were exhausted. (And their reluctance only the water and sewer. bond rating that were increased a to take part in our invasion of Iraq notch. These have a dedicated revenue stream, water and can be written off to good judgment, rather than lack of courage.) sewer bills, that ar o autopilot to increase by 11% yearly. It Germans, on the other hand, while has nothing to do with the general obligation bonds paid for they earned their reputation as belby property taxes. County finances are still a disaster even licose bullies, have pretty much outwith the recent 4.5 mil tax increase. Burrell’s statement that grown it. They are now one of the the rating increase was due to cuts and reorganization is most peaceful nations in Europe and sheer nonsense. Either Burrell and Johnson do not know the one of the more cautious about signdifference between the types of bonds or they have a problem ing up for a fight. with truth telling. The Italian reputation as ineffective warriors has a basis in fact also, -- Dundevil posted this on 12/3/11 at 11:01 a.m. I suppose, but their real problem is that they are terrible at picking allies. Do you really want to get enthusiastic about a war when Hitler is the guy running the show? Italians are wonderful people — warm, welcoming and possessing of a great ability to enjoy life. If that makes them indifferent soldiers, I say more power to them. There are a lot of people in the It seems like this is a common situation in politics that is world who are good at war. Being taking place not only here but also around the country. good at pasta is better. Thanks for the post. I once made up White-AngloSaxon-Protestant jokes as a counterattack against Polish jokes. (I am -- John Evan Miller posted this on 12/2/11 at 1 p.m. Polish, kind of.) I’ve forgotten all of them except one: “At a White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant’s funeral, how do you accommodate all the friends who want to be pallbearers? “You take two handles off the casket.” If there’s anyone I’ve failed to insult, I apologize. That 999 Pizza is worth about $1.95 now, with the price OtherWords columnist Donald dropping faster than toasters at WalMart ! Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. -- The SnoopyDog posted this on 11/30/11 at 2:21 p.m.

If patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels (and it is), then telling other people’s jokes is the last refuge of columnists (who are often mistaken for scoundrels, for some reason). Let me tell you a joke. It’s a terrorist joke that belongs to John Cleese, the British actor and Monty Python comic genius. It’s called “Alerts to Threats in 2011 Europe”: “The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from ‘miffed’ to ‘peeved.’ Soon though, security levels may be raised yet again to ‘irritated’ or even ‘a bit cross.’ (The English have not been ‘A Bit Cross’ since the blitz in 1940, when tea supplies nearly ran out.) “Terrorists have been re-categorized from ‘tiresome’ to ‘a bloody nuisance.’ (The last time the British issued a ‘bloody nuisance’ warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.) “The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from ‘run’ to ‘hide.’ The only two higher levels in France are ‘collaborate’ and ‘surrender.’ (The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.) “Italy has increased the alert level from ‘shout loudly and excitedly’ to ‘elaborate military posturing.’ Two more levels remain: ‘ineffective combat operations’ and ‘change sides.’ “The Germans have increased their alert state from ‘disdainful arrogance’ to ‘dress in uniform and sing marching songs.’ They also have two higher levels: ‘invade a neighbor’ and ‘lose.’ “The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.” I know, I know. It’s humor that relies on national stereotyping and you shouldn’t do it. It’s like Polish jokes. (Poles, by the way, tell Bulgarian

County’s bond ratings restored for ‘healthy’ operation

Doraville forced to schedule special election to fill vacant council seat

Dunwoody woman claims long-term affair with Herman Cain

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Charlotte Combre
community.” In the past, Combre has volunteered with the American Cancer Society to put together its annual October walk Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Atlanta. She also volunteers with United Way by serving on its Woman’s Leadership Council. Combre chaired Leadership DeKalb’s 25th Anniversary Reunion held Dec. 1. “It required meeting together with the staff and pulling together the other volunteers… It’s not the first event I’ve had to organize, and when you’ve organized that kind of event you kind of know the things to work for. When you’ve got a good group of volunteers and staff it all comes together,” Combre said. Although Combre said the 25th anniversary event was great, she still stressed the importance of Leadership DeKalb’s Health and Quality of Life Day. “I’m a health care attorney and have been doing health care work for the past 14 years. It gives me an opportunity to combine what I do for a living and what I do on the side in volunteering,” Combre said. Combre said often times, people don’t think enough about the importance of health or how it affects their daily lives. This idea is at the forefront of the day at Leadership DeKalb. Throughout the day the class visits Grady Hospital and DeKalb Medical Center. “But a lot of it is just bringing people together and giving them a forum and educating them about what opportunities there are in the community and what the healthcare providers are doing,” Combre said. Combre said she hoped to continue working with Leadership DeKalb and other organizations to volunteer her time where help was needed. “If you’re doing something that you think benefits the community, no amount of time is too much,” Combre said.

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Doraville and Dunwoody voters elect new mayor, city council members
by Daniel Beauregard Voters in Doraville and Dunwoody returned to the polls on Dec. 6 and elected new mayors and several city council members in a run-off election from November. In Doraville, voters elected to keep incumbent Mayor Donna Pittman in the seat she won during a special election in July when she was chosen to fill the remaining term of mayor Ray Jenkins, who died in office. Pittman garnered 61.19 percent of the vote, while her opponent Tom “I’m very excited and grateful to the voters, without them none of this would be possible, and I’m looking forward to the next four years. It’s time to start moving the city of Doraville forward,” Pittman said. Pittman, who has a background in business, education and law -Donna Pittman enforcement, said previously that the most Hart, a retired chemist, important issues facing received 38.81 percent. the city are “city finances, A total of 572 votes were maintaining our property cast in the race. values, redevelopment,
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‘I’m very excited and grateful to the voters, without them none of this would be possible...’

Charlotte Combre said if you believe in the organizations you volunteer for, then every single hour of volunteering, no matter how many, is worth it. Combre, 45, said her zeal for volunteering stems from her upbringing. She remembered when she was younger and visited her local newspaper with her school. One of the reporters there said to her, “I’ve got a whole file here on your mother.” Combre said the folder contained pictures and articles about her mother’s community involvement, such as volunteering for the March of Dimes drive. “I’ve been volunteering since I was a little kid. It was a big focus of my parents growing up. They were both business owners but very active in the community as well,” Combre said. Combre, an attorney for McKenna Long and Aldridge, has been on Leadership DeKalb’s Board of Directors since 2004. For the past five years, Combre has also facilitated Leadership DeKalb’s Health and Quality of Life Day in May. Leadership DeKalb is an organization focused on bringing together diverse leaders to help move DeKalb County forward. “At my previous law firm I went to Leadership DeKalb and I thought it was a great organization,” Combre said. “I was impressed at how they brought together leaders in the

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Officials and experts urge residents to coexist with urban coyotes
by Daniel Beauregard Some residents in DeKalb County have fallen prey to unwanted visitors who show up early in the morning and keep residents awake with their boisterous chatter. These bad-mannered visitors usually come out when there are few people around and, like it or not, some experts like Linda Potter say urban coyotes are here to stay. Potter, who works for AWARE (Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort), a nonprofit organization based in DeKalb County, said that in many cases coyotes are just as afraid of humans as humans are of them. “There are small things that we can do to make it less attractive for them to be in our yards,” Potter said. “We tell [residents] to leave their pets inside or walk them with a leash,” Potter said. “The other thing is you don’t want to attract them by leaving out any food. It’s better if you can feed your pets inside and not leave your garbage outside.” Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said residents need to learn to live with the animals and take precautions to keep themselves and their pets safe. “Our position is they’re part of the natural habitat and basically the best thing to do is coexist with them,” Merriss said. Merriss said the city has been dealing with coyotes for years and that the city does not support a trapping or extermination program. She said she doubted it would in the future. This has some residents such as Christy Bosarge concerned that the city is not doing enough to deal with the problem. Bosarge’s cat Zaya recently was killed by a coyote and said she has spoken with other residents who have had similar things happen to their small pets. “I think the city has been pretty passive [by] accepting the coexistence stance…they’re not educating us nor do I believe they have any data to make a realistic decision,” Bosarge said. Bosarge, who lives off East Parkwood Road, said she was trying to rally residents to let city officials know action needed to be taken. She said one thing the city needs is a database to monitor coyote sightings and attacks. Bosarge also said she wasn’t opposed to trapping the animals, if that would solve the problem. “If that’s a feasible solution to minimizing their impact, then yes,” Bosarge said “These coyotes are evolving and becoming more comfortable in our habitat.” Potter, like the city of Decatur, said her organization promotes peaceful coexistence rather than trapping coyotes to control their population in urban areas. In fact, she said trapping a coyote has the opposite effect. “Some people say trap STATE OF GEORGIA  COUNTY OF DEKALB  CITY OF DORAVILLE  them and get them out of here. But, if you trap a coyote or any mammal it sends a message that they need to breed and the female actually goes into heat and breeds,” Potter said. “Also, once the coyote is trapped it has to be killed.” Additionally, Potter said recent sightings have made residents concerned that the coyotes might carry rabies. However, according to a 2010 report on rabies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of 375 reported cases last year, only one involved a coyote. Potter said residents were more likely to catch the disease from a pet cat (21 cases in 2010) than from a coyote. Potter said if residents do encounter a coyote, they should “stomp your feet, wave your hands, bang on something, just basically let them know they’re not welcome.” In most cases, Potter said even eradicating a coyote den would only be a temporary solution because another group of animals would move right in. “One thing that some folks have found is that if you remove the coyotes you’ll have an increase in rats and mice. All the animals are in balance and if you get rid of one you’ll have some unintended consequences,” Potter said.

  QUALIFYING FEE NOTICE  Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §21‐2‐131 (a)(1)(A), the following qualifying fees were set by  the  Doraville Mayor and Council  in the regularly scheduled Council Meeting held on  November 21, 2011:                                       Council Seat District 1                                                         $252.00              Qualifying for the offices listed above will begin at 8:30 a.m. on January 23, 2012 and  will end at 4:30 on January 25, 2012.  The Special Election will be held on March 6,  2012.                                                                           Melissa McCain, City Clerk                                                                          City of Doraville   

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Former Superior Court clerk receives $75,000 settlement
by Andrew Cauthen The case over who legitimately holds the position of the county’s clerk of Superior Court was settled quietly in October at a cost of $75,000 plus $10,000 in attorney fees. DeKalb County reached a settlement with former Superior Court Clerk Linda Carter, who sued the county and current clerk Debra DeBerry to get her Carter job back. Carter, who is being treated for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, claimed that she was tricked into resigning during a period of dementia. “I am glad that it’s all over,” DeBerry said. “It’s totally a sad situation.” DeBerry, who said she still considers Carter to be a friend, said she has no hard Berry’s lawyers argued that feelings toward the former Carter should not be reinstatclerk. ed because her “dementia and “My hope is that she will her inability to understand the get the necessary care that consequences of her actions she is entitled to,” DeBerry would subject her to removal said. “I still have a big deal from office of concern and because of her love for her.” mental incapacIn March, ity.” Gov. Nathan The settleDeal’s office ment came received a after a motion letter of resto dismiss the ignation that case by DeKalb purported to be County failed from Carter. to get the sup“Effective port of the at five o’clock judge in the p.m. on March DeBerry case and a trial 24, 2011, I redate had been sign the Office of Clerk set. of Superior Court of DeKalb “The decision you always County,” the five-sentence have to make is ‘Is it better letter stated. “It has been a great privilege to serve in this for the client to settle the case and get on with their lives?’” capacity for over ten years.” The letter named DeBerry, said James Radford, an atwho was Carter’s chief depu- torney for Carter. The Carters decided that it ty clerk, to fill the remainder was “preferable than going to of the position’s term. trial,” Radford said. In court documents, DeAccording to the settlement agreement, “DeBerry has denied, continues to deny, and will deny Carter’s allegations as contained in the lawsuit.” In cases where settlements are reached, “the dispute over who was right or wrong is never settled,” Radford said. Radford said the Carter family is focusing its attention on treatment for Linda Carter. “Luckily, she has not lost any of her personality,” Radford said. “She has lost a lot of her memory.” Carter, a former criminal law clerk in Harris County, Texas, moved to DeKalb County in 1988. In 2000, Carter was first elected to the Superior Court clerk position and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. Carter would have been up for re-election in 2012. DeBerry said she also plans to run for the clerk’s office in 2012. “That was not originally or always my plan to do but I’ve worked very hard and for many years along with many good employees in the clerk’s office to make substantial and significant changes and improvements,” DeBerry said. “I’d like to see that continue.”

County locks in interest rate for $381 million water-sewer bond
by Andrew Cauthen Two weeks after a positive grade from a bond rating agency, DeKalb County has locked in an interest rate for bonds for its upcoming water and sewer improvement projects. The Board of Commissioners approved the $381 million water and sewer bond with an interest rate of 4.46 percent. The funds will finance the acquisition, construction and equipping of various improvements to the water-sewer system for the next year. Bond counsel and underwriters for the county worked around-the–clock on Dec. 5 to secure the interest rate, which was a “favorable outcome,” said Joel Gottlieb, the county’s finance director “The ultimate goal in the work they were doing was to get us the cheapest interest rate possible,” said Commissioner Lee May. Last year, the Board of Commissioners approved $1.345 billion in improvements to DeKalb’s water and sewer system. According to county officials, approximately $20$30 million will be allocated to addressing requirements of a proposed consent decree in which decree in which DeKalb County agreed to pay a $453,000 penalty from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for excessive sewage spills. The county also agreed to implement a $600,000 stream cleanup project, focusing on debris removal from parts of the South River, South Fork Peachtree Creek and Snapfinger Creek. “We don’t just have a billion dollars sitting in our coffers,” May said. “We don’t have a billion dollars that we can put down to deal with these projects. We had to issue bonds. We had to get a loan for our projects up front.” The loans will cost taxpayers $766 million over the 30 year loan period. Water and sewer rates will increase by 11-percent each year for three years beginning in 2012. The bond issuance is “just the first step in a whole bunch of steps that we have to look at in making sure that we do quality project,” said Commissioner Larry Johnson said. “This has not been easy.” County officials expect to close on the bonds in the next 30-45 days with construction contracts being awarded early in 2012. “We have an aging watersewer system—one that is well over 50 years old and is in need of upgrade and repair and renovation,” May said. In reviewing its watershed system, the county identified approximately $2 billion in needed repairs. “We had to address the real issues,” May said. “These are basic quality of life issues that many of you don’t think about until there’s a real problem like a sewer spill.” The county plans to go back to market late next year to secure a $390 million bond. There will be several bonds issued during the watershed improvement process.
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Proposed Walmart needs county parking variance
by Andrew Cauthen dents prefer for Suburban Plaza, Rader said. Some residents want something that has been described Current plans for a revitalized as “Decatur-funky.” Suburban Plaza, with Walmart as “Under different market conits anchor store, are dependent on ditions, we might see a different approval from DeKalb County proposal there,” Rader said. The have fewer parking spaces than reproposal is a “reflection of the conquired. dition and times that we see today.” The 290,000-square-foot SuburIn addition to concerns about ban Plaza, located at the junction of parking, opponents of the proposed North Decatur Road, Church Street Walmart are concerned about posand Scott Boulevard, was develsible increased traffic in the area. oped in 1959 and currently has “The primary reason people are 1,130 parking spaces. According to upset about the Walmart is the trafdevelopment plans, the shopping fic,” said resident Ann Mauney. center would increase to 324,614 “This is the most critical issue. It square feet. must be addressed and the [DeKalb While county regulations reCounty] government must take the quire 5.5 spaces per 1,000 square responsibility to address [it].” feet of floor space, the developer, Despite a favorable traffic study Selig Enterprises, is asking for a by Selig, some residents believe variance to allow only 3.91 spaces the proposed Walmart will worsen per 1,000 square feet. Currently, the traffic in the area where MedThe developer of Suburban Plaza in unincorporated Decatur is seeking to county the shopping center has 3.8 spaces lock Road, Church Street and Scott spaces than required for a redeveloped per 1,000 square feet of floor space. permission to construct fewer parkingproposed Walmart. Photo by Andrew Cauthen Boulevard intersect. shopping center that would include a If granted, the variance would Mauney and others say Selig’s reduce the parking requirement for traffic study is flawed in that it stated that it is also committed to including Belk’s, Lerner’s, SS the property from 1,786 spaces to compared the traffic at a full Subparticipating in the Decatur and Krege and Winn Dixie, according 1,269 spaces, a reduction of 517 urban Plaza and a Suburban Plaza Emory shuttle systems. to Selig’s public hearing request on with a Walmart. Instead, the study spaces. The spaces required by county the matter. To receive the variance, the deshould compare current traffic at rules are “not necessary because The parking variance considervelopers “will have to show how a partially empty Suburban Plaza ation “isn’t really a ‘do you like it?’ with the proposed shopping center, their project will adapt and change the actual demand for parking will be much less than the number of case for the Zoning Board of Appeople’s travel behaviors,” said Mauney said. peals (ZBA),” Rader said. In addiDeKalb County Commissioner Jeff spaces required by the ordinance,” No one from Selig Enterprises according to the Selig request. tion to getting input from residents could be reached for this story. Rader. Suburban Plaza’s current parkduring a public hearing, the ZBA The developers also believe The public hearing before the ing ratio “has been found to be will receive recommendations from county’s Zoning Board of Appeals the spaces are not needed because very adequate …even when the the county’s planning and transpor- is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. the area is served by MARTA and center was enormously successful tation staffs. other Selig shopping centers are 14, at 1 p.m. at the Maloof AuditoThe proposed Walmart is not the rium, at 1300 Commerce Drive in functioning adequately with similar and well-trafficked” with customers shopping at previous stores, development that many area resiparking ratios. Selig Enterprises Decatur.

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Roche said. Dunwoody voters elected businessman Mike Davis as the city’s second mayor, replacing Ken Wright, who did not run for a second term. Davis, who received 67.47 percent, defeated attorney Bob Dallas, who received 32.53 percent. A total of 1,079 votes were reported in the election for the new mayor. Davis, who is president of My Georgia Doctor Inc., has never

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making sure we continue being a safe city and education.” Additionally, Doraville voters chose incumbent council member Maria Alexander over Sharon Spangler to run District 3. Alexander received 54.88 percent of the vote and Spangler received 45.12 percent. Voters also elected Trudy Jones Dean to fill the City Council District 2 position. Dean garnered 77.32 percent to defeat former councilman Bob Roche, who garnered 22.68 percent of the vote. Voters cast a total of 543 ballots for the District 3 and 529 for the District 2. Recently, Roche resigned from his council seat with only a few weeks left in his term, forcing the city to hold a special election in March to fill two vacant council seats, one left open by Pittman. “The whole point was to get a full council instead of having two more years with just five people,” held an elected office before. Calling this election “pivotal” for Dunwoody, he said that controlling taxes is the most important issue facing the city. “A recession is no time to raise taxes,” he said. Dunwoody voters also elected Terry Nall to fill City Council Post 5. Nall beat incumbent Robert Wittenstein, 73.43 percent to 26.57 percent, with a total number of 1,080 votes cast for the post.

Lithonia’s recent election clears Justice Department
by Andrew Cauthen Cheers and hallelujahs were raised in Lithonia on Dec. 5 during the final city council meeting of the year. Residents were thrilled to receive word that Lithonia will not have to redo its recent special election. “The Justice Department has precleared the election,” said Winston Denmark, Lithonia’s city attorney. “The letter came today.” Lithonia held a special election on Nov. 8 to fill two vacant city council seats: one vacated by Deborah Jackson, who won the mayoral position; and Al Franklin, who fought unsuccessfully to keep his seat. A requirement of the federal Voting Rights Act, elections in Georgia must be precleared by the federal Justice Department. As part of that preclearance, local governments must provide proof that the governing body officially voted to hold the election. Since the Lithonia City Council did not adopt a resolution supporting the election, the Justice Department asked for proof of a vote or consensus. Jackson said the city sent the Justice Department a copy of a newspaper advertisement for the election in The Champion and an affidavit from the newspaper as proof of the city’s intent to hold the election. “That chapter is now closed,” Denmark said.

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Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 53 Low: 37

Dec. 8, 2011
Today's Regional Map Weather History
Dec. 8, 1988 - Santa Ana winds buffeted Southern California, with gusts to 92 mph reported at Laguna Peak. The high winds unroofed buildings and downed trees and power lines, igniting five major fires and numerous smaller ones. Dec. 9, 1987 - The fifth storm in nine days kept the northwestern United States wet and windy. Winds along the coast of Washington gusted to 75 mph at Oceans Shores and the northern and central coastal mountains of Oregon were drenched with three inches of rain in 10 hours. Dunwoody 51/36 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 52/37 52/37 52/37 Snellville Decatur 53/37 Atlanta 53/37 53/37 Lithonia College Park 54/37 54/37 Morrow 54/37 Union City 54/37 Hampton 55/38

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 53º, humidity of 71%. The record high temperature for today is 76º set in 1978. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low of 37º. The record low for tonight is 20º set in 1965.

Mostly Sunny High: 55 Low: 34

*Last Week’s Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Monday 63 40 59/40 0.72" Tuesday 40 37 59/40 0.04" Wednesday 46 33 59/40 0.00" Thursday 59 26 58/39 0.00" Friday 63 28 58/39 0.00" Saturday 62 32 58/39 0.00" Sunday 58 44 57/39 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.76" Average temp . .45.1 Normal rainfall . .0.92" Average normal 48.9 Departure . . . . .-0.16" Departure . . . . .-3.8
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Mostly Sunny High: 52 Low: 30

Sunny High: 55 Low: 36

Sunny High: 56 Low: 39

Sunny High: 58 Low: 39 Full 12/10

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:29 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 7:31 a.m. 7:31 a.m. 7:32 a.m. 7:33 a.m. 7:33 a.m. Sunset 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Moonrise 4:06 p.m. 4:52 p.m. 5:43 p.m. 6:38 p.m. 7:37 p.m. 8:38 p.m. 9:40 p.m. Moonset 5:42 a.m. 6:37 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:20 a.m. 9:06 a.m. 9:48 a.m. 10:26 a.m. New 12/24

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 6:41 a.m. 4:57 p.m. 9:42 a.m. 7:29 p.m. 12:00 a.m.12:55 p.m. 2:54 p.m. 3:58 a.m. 3:30 a.m. 2:51 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 1:36 a.m.

Mostly Sunny High: 57 Low: 35 Last 12/17

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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 52º in Stockton, Md. The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 82º in Hollywood, Fla. The Northwest will see isolated snow today, mostly clear skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 62º in Colville, Wash. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 68º in Chino, Calif.

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Where does the most hail fall in one year?
Answer: Keriche, Kenya.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Dark Days of Winter
Let me get this off my chest. I HATE WINTER! It’s not so much the wind and the cold or the fact that I keep my study cooler to save a little on energy. It’s all of that darkness, the long winter nights that drive me bonkers. As a positivist who tries to view the glass half full, there is a faint glimmer of hope in the air. The earliest sunset will be occurring this week is on the 8th to be precise. For my earthly location, sundown will be happening at 4:34 p.m. After that date, the sun goes down later, not much later at first, but then picking up speed so that by mid-January people start noticing the effect. This does not mean that December 8 is the shortest day of the year. That happens two weeks later on the 22nd when the time between sunrise and sunset is at its shortest. This is known as the winter solstice. The latest sunrise happens on January 5 when coincidentally the Earth is closest to the sun. The reason why earliest sunsets and latest sunrises do not take place on the shortest day of the year is because timekeepers follow the motion of a fictitious or mean sun which moves uniformly over Earth’s equator. The eastward motion of the real or apparent sun varies from day to day because Earth revolves in an oval shaped orbit. This makes the sun change its position fastest in the winter and slowest during the summertime. In addition, the Earth’s axial tilt causes the sun to move northward after the winter solstice and southward beyond the summer solstice. This slows the eastward motion of the sun against the stars which is created by the orbiting Earth. The result is that the real sun gets ahead of or behind the mean sun which is the time kept by the government and our house clocks. Currently, the real sun reaches noontime seven minutes ahead of the mean sun, causing sunsets to occur earlier than expected, with the earliest sunset occurring on Thursday.

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CDC launches new testing, treatment and education programs in fight against AIDS
Slightly more than a fourth of people now living with the virus that causes AIDS are receiving regular and appropriate medical treatment to keep the virus under control, according to information released at a Nov. 27 telebriefing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in anticipation World AIDS Day held on Dec. 1. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said, “The bottom line here is that we have the tools to stop HIV from spreading in an individual patient and we have the tools to greatly reduce its spread in communities….We know from our own CDC data released this year that new infections in the U.S. are stable overall. And this was borne out globally with infections showing a plateau across the world. Perhaps the most encouraging new finding is the recent study showing that when people start HIV treatment early, when their immune systems are still relatively strong, they are 96 percent less likely to infect their partners. This is a very important finding because it shows that treatment for HIV can prevent the spread of HIV to others.” Frieden said that for many taking medicine regularly “the level of HIV is low enough for them to stay healthy and for them to drastically reduce the risk that they will spread HIV to others,” adding that unfortunately about 850,000 Americans with HIV do not have the virus controlled. He said that it is crucial that people know their status and to make sure that people with HIV have every opportunity to remain in ongoing care after they’re diagnosed. “Health care professionals can offer HIV tests as a regular part of medical care, provide treatment, provide prevention counseling for those with HIV and work to keep people in HIV care and to ensure that their viral load is suppressed,” Frieden said. “Health departments can fund programs and activities that support testing and linkage to care, educate people about the benefits of testing and regular care and treatment, and systemically track viral load in communities so that we can help work with communities to reduce the risk not only for people in the health care systems, but even for people who are not well engaged in care.” Dr. Jonathan Mermin of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Prevention said, “Despite the very important progress we’ve made in the 30-year fight against AIDS, the HIV crisis in America is far from over. Every year in the U.S., approximately 50,000 people become infected with HIV and more than 16,000 people with AIDS die.” Mermin said that in a new round of funding the CDC will soon be providing to state and local health departments, the agency will be requiring for the first time that health departments have in place a comprehensive prevention with positives program, including activities that link and retain HIV positive people in care, support the use of and adherence to antiretroviral therapy and provide risk reduction counseling. CDC also is expanding programs that help HIV positive individuals consistently take their medication as prescribed. During the telebriefing, the CDC announced the launch of a new campaign called Testing Makes us Stronger. This campaign is designed to increase HIV testing among Black gay and bisexual men, one of the populations hardest hit by HIV in the United States. “The need for this new campaign could not be clearer,” said Dr. Kenneth Fenton, also with Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Prevention. “Black men who have sex with men account for nearly a quarter, or 22 percent, of all new HIV infections in the United States. And young Black men who have sex with men are the only group in the United States who are currently experiencing an increase in new HIV infections. In addition, a recent 21-city study of gay and bisexual men in the United States found that nearly two–thirds of Black men who have sex with men who have HIV did not know they were infected.”


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high-ranking official at the National Restaurant Association. But on Dec. 3, the so-called “Cain Train” came to a halt at a pre-planned event in DeKalb County where Cain was supposed to open his Georgia campaign headquarters. “As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul-searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Cain told the crowd. “I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions, the continued hurt caused on me and my family–not because we are not fighters,[and] not because I am not a fighter. “When I went through this reassessment of the impact on my family first, the impact on you my supporters….as well as the impact on the ability to raise the necessary funds to be competitive, we had to come to this conclusion,” Cain said. Speaking to a crowd of hundreds of supporters, Cain said the allegations “sidetracked and distracted” his campaign. “Because of these false and unproved accusations, it had a tremendous painful price on my family,” Cain said. “It hurts my wife. It hurts my family. It hurts me and it hurts the American people because you are being denied solutions to our problems.” In her interview, White said she decided to come forward after seeing Cain attack his other accusers in an appearance on television. “It bothered me that they were being demonized, sort of, and being treated as if they were

“We had to come to this conclusion,” said former presidential candidate Herman Cain about ending his campaign after enduring a week of questions about an alleged 13-year affair with a Dunwoody woman. Cain called the allegations “false and unproved.”

automatically lying, and the burden of proof was on them,” she said. “I felt bad for them.” White told the Atlanta TV station she expects to be scrutinized by Cain and the media. DeKalb County court records show a series of judgments against White for not paying rent in Atlanta area apartments, including North Hill Apartments in Chamblee in 1998, Windsor At Asbury Square Apartments in Dunwoody in 2006 and 2007, and at Ashford Park Apartments (formerly Windsor At Asbury Square Apartments) in April and

November of this year. A background check revealed that White has lived in 23 locations in Georgia and Kentucky. White first met Cain in the late 1990s in Louisville, Ky., where she was living at the time. They had drinks and Cain, who was president of the National Restaurant Association, invited her to his hotel room, she recalled. She quoted Cain as telling her, “You’re beautiful to me and I would love for us to continue this friendship,” then produced his personal calendar and invited her to meet him in Palm Springs. In this case, unlike the

others, Cain took the unorthodox step of issuing a denial in advance. “I did not have an affair, and until I see and hear exactly what’s going to be, what accusations are going to be made, let’s move on,” he said. Asked if he suspected his accuser had e-mails, letters, gifts or other possible evidence of an affair, he replied, “No.” White has been accused of lying before. A former business partner, Kimberly Vay, filed a libel suit as part of a larger business dispute with White. White’s attorney, Edward Buckley,

acknowledged the libel suit, which Vay said she won. Buckley said that White thought the libel claim had been settled as part of a larger settlement. Cain, promising not to be silenced by “pundits [who] would like for me to shut up, drop out and go away,” said that he would officially endorse another presidential candidate and would support “the biggest change and transfer of power out Washington, D.C., back to the people since this nation began.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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In 2007, the County Line United Methodist Church, one of the oldest in the community, sold the county 15 aces on Clevemont Road across from the landfill for use as a borrow source to cover trash in the landfill. When the Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of the land approximately four years ago for $300,000, “the stipulations in the purchase did not include the property to be used as a park,” said Burke Brennan, chief communications officer in DeKalb. When the BOC approved the purchase it was indicated the property would only be used for soil and a landfill entrance buffer. The sanitation department has developed a permanent maintenance pond, fenced off the property for security and has removed all the soil material, Brennan said. Tree seedlings were planted at the entrance of the property. The department applied for a notice of termination (NOT) to the state mining permit. Once the state approves the NOT, the property will be allowed to reforest to create a permanent buffer to the landfill entrance, Brennan said. Another area where residents tried to get a park is at the corner of River and Linecrest roads. “Back in the 1990s they [county officials] asked us to find property to build a comprehensive park, and that was the area that we found,” Ronald Johnson said. “What they told us when we brought that property to the county is that it was too high. They didn’t want to spend that kind of money.” Now the county is in the process of constructing a 12,000-square-foot library on the same land that the community wanted to use for a park. Commissioners in the purchase of approximately 46 acres for a park in 2003 at cost of $790,500. The property was purchased for a future park and to protect part of the South River. “But nothing’s been done,” Ronald Johnson said. In addition to the septic tanks and parks, the residents have concerns about potholes, sidewalks and MARTA routes. “We’ve been complaining for years,” Ronald Johnson said. County Line/Ellenwood residents hope they will get some answers on Dec. 10 during their annual town hall meeting to which county leaders are invited. “We’re just not getting our fair share of the money that the [county] has,” said Jennette Boyd Moore, 76, a third-generation DeKalb resident.

Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012. “We didn’t ask them to build a library,” Ronald Johnson said. “We’ve been ask-

Ronald Johnson, president of the County Line/Ellenwood Coumunity group, points to 15 acres bought by DeKalb County across from Seminole Landfill. The county has a state permit to take dirt from the land to use in the landfill. Johnson and other residents want the county to use the land to expand a small, adjoining neighborhood park. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

ing for a park since the early 1990s.” Nearly a mile from that area, late county commissioner Lou Walker led the Board of

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On Dec. 2, a group of girls from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in DeKalb helped residents decorate for the holidays at Briarcliff Oaks, a senior living community. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

Schools gear up for holidays with service to needy
Graciaa said. “As an educator, my primary responsibility is to educate the children in what they should be doing not only in their classrooms but their lives,” Graciaa said. IMH is located off Briarcliff Road and on Dec. 2, the students walked a few hundred feet to visit some neighbors whom Graciaa said were in just as much need of their service as anybody else. After school the students visited Briarcliff Oaks, a senior living community, to help put up holiday decorations and spend time with residents. “I think it’s extremely important for both the adults and the children,” Laura Jones, assistant administrator of Briarcliff Oaks, said of the children’s visit. “Far too often our children don’t see the elderly. So, this is very important and the children from this school are just tremendous when they come down here.” The students will return to Briarcliff Oaks on Dec.14, to visit and play bingo with residents. “We’re really trying to develop an ongoing relationship with them,” Graciaa said. “We focus on the facts that we have been blessed in so many ways and it’s our responsibility to reach out to others and make life the best for every one.” At Kingsley Charter Elementary School in Dunwoody, kindergarten

by Daniel Beauregard As the holiday season approaches, schools throughout DeKalb County are getting into the spirit by giving what they can to help the less fortunate, whether it be gathering items for care packages or decorating retirement homes. Carmen Graciaa, director of faith at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (IMH), said this holiday season the school has a variety of current service projects. “Right now we have a toy drive and it’s for Catholic Charities Atlanta and our goal is to collect 500 toys that will be distributed,”

students in LaShawn Jenkins’ class have been collecting storage bags filled with toiletry items, and scarves, blankets and water. Jenkins has been doing this with her classes for the past three years but said, for her, the service doesn’t just stop after all of the items are collected. Every Christmas, she and her family hand deliver the bags to those in need. “I started doing it when the economy was getting really bad and I found out that some of the kids in my classroom were homeless,” Jenkins said. “The first year I collected 15 bags and my family started doing 25 bags each year.” Each Christmas before her
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family opens presents, Jenkins, her husband and her 8-year-old daughter, get in the car and drive down Peachtree Industrial Boulevard from Suwanee to the Atlanta Civic Center. “We just stop and give them to those who look like they’re in need along the way,” Jenkins said. “If we could do it every weekend we would, just to hear their stories and talk to them.” In the City Schools of Decatur system, Renfroe Middle School is doing a service project with and sending personalized care packages to soldiers. Haqiqa Bolling has been a counselor at Renfroe for 18 years and organized the project along with Robyn Tibbetts, City Schools of Decatur’s 2011 teacher of the year. Bolling said each homeroom picked a soldier from the website who requested items for his or her unit. She said some students raised money by selling lemonade, having bake sales and setting up a donations tent at a local chili cook off. When all of the items are collected, the care package will be sent to the soldier, who will then distribute them throughout their unit. “It doesn’t matter what you believe in terms of the war itself…You think they have everything that they need over there, but they don’t. I think it’s about compassion and making a difference.”

Two students from Immacualte Heart of Mary Catholic School get ready to wrap a Christmas tree with gold fabric at the Briarcliff Oaks senior living community. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

Emory Law launches juris master’s degree
Emory University School of Law will launch a new juris master degree program for professionals, graduate students and select undergraduates to aid their understanding of how law intersects with various disciplines. The new master’s degree is also designed for undergraduates who wish to supplement their studies in related fields or explore the study of law, as well as master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral students whose primary degrees would be enhanced by an integrated study of law. The 24-credit-hour program may be completed on a full-time basis in one year or part-time basis over no more than four years. Applications for the program will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of April 15 for a fall semester start and Oct. 15 for a spring semester start. Classes are anticipated to begin in fall 2012 or spring 2013. research in the humanities. The three-year grant will support faculty and curricular development with the goal of integrating undergraduate research across the curriculum. It will be used to develop new courses, add undergraduate research to existing programs, mentor students conducting research during the summer and use new technologies to aid students with research.

Agnes Scott receives grant for humanities research
Recently, Agnes Scott College received a $200,000 grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for undergraduate

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Steelmart announces move to DeKalb County
Steelmart, a full-service steel center, recently announced the opening of a 60,000-square-foot facility in DeKalb County. The new location, a foreclosed on property on Lawrenceville Highway, will more than quadruple the company’s current space and bring jobs and growth to DeKalb County, according to Steelmart’s owner partners. Owners say they will spend the next five months renovating the property. “You won’t recognize it when we’re through,” co-owner Brian Satisky said. Founded in 1993, Steelmart produces steel products for the building industry. In a market that has been hurt by the recession, Steelmart is on track to have its most profitable year yet, the partners say. Satisky said the market for steel has remained stable in recent years. “The pie hasn’t gotten any bigger, but we’re getting a bigger piece of the pie,” he said. “Our formula is simple— do what you say you are going to do; take care of the customers, vendors and the employees and always remain humble,” Satisky said. “If a customer needs a piece of steel on Saturday we’ll run it out to them. Customers know they can rely on us.” “When we got started Brian and I would invest 90 cents out of every dollar we made back into the company. Our take home would be literally five cents on the dollar. But we believed in what we were doing and thankfully it has paid off,” said co-owner Paul Carling. Carling grew up in DeKalb County, where he attended Lakeside High School. He and Satisky met as fraternity brothers at the University of Georgia. Carling was majoring in marketing, Satisky in pre-law. “I thought I wanted to be a lawyer,” Satisky recalled. “I took a job with a law firm and hated it. Paul invited me to join him in the steel business. I did and I’ve never regretted it.” They began working together at Steelmart in 1996 with nothing more than a truckload of rusty steel, a forklift and a torch. In 1997 they hired their first employee. The company has been profitable every year since 1997. It has been named to INC Magazine’s Fastest Growing list three times in the past five years and owners say they are on pace to have their best year to date. Steelmart warehouses and sell angles, channels, tubes, pipes, plates, sheets, flats, ex-

Brian Satisky, left, and partner Paul Carling say they will spend the next five months renovating the Lawrenceville Highway property in anticipation of a spring 2012 opening. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

panded metals, beams, ornamental iron, decking and other products. The company’s services include shearing, forming, saw cutting, punching, drilling, plate burning and decking. Currently Steelmart operates out of four locations. The new facility will combine three locations allowing the company to bring the op-

erations into one spot. The Gainesville location will remain a full service facility. Owners say combining the three locations better uses resources, as well as expands operations. They add the move will bring 50 jobs to DeKalb with new hires planned for the immediate future. “Moving to DeKalb will

change our company for the better. We are so grateful for this exciting opportunity; we want to pass on our good fortune to our new neighborhood. We look forward to being good corporate citizens and to give back in many ways, starting with bringing much needed jobs to the area.” Satisky said.

Bank opens in Dunwoody
The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce helped welcome Community and Southern Bank to Dunwoody on Nov. 18 as bank officials opened their first branch in Dunwoody and said they look forward to growing their network, providing services and being a strong community partner. C&S Bank on Ashford Dunwoody Road is a member of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce.

DBA announces early membership renewal cutoff
The Decatur Business Association has announced an early cut-off date for membership renewals. The date for 2012 is Jan. 15. The organization states that more than 98 percent of its members renewed online in 2011 so the DBA is officially going “green” for 2012 by encouraging their membership to renew online at “One of the most attractive benefits of DBA membership is your inclusion in the DBA Directory,” states the announcement from DBA. “One of the most frequently heard comments about our organization are words of praise for the high quality of our membership directory.” Monthly membership meetings are usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month except for November and December, which is held on the first Tuesday of December.

Champion Newspaper publisher Carolyn Glenn, left, accepts from Linda Torrence the Georgia Women’s Institute’s Linda Torrence Award for Leadership in the Arts and Communications. The award was presented at the Institute’s annual Founders Awards Luncheon on Nov. 19. Others receiving awards were Lisa Williams, founder of Living Water for Girls, who received the Nellie Dunaway Duke Award for Leadership and Public Service; Beverly Thomas, vice president of community and public affairs for Kaiser Permanente, who received the Dr. Mary Lou Frank Award for Health and Education; and Ann Stallard, CEO of Graphics Communications, who received the Linda T. Muir Award for Business and Law.

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Caribbean holiday evening announced
The Guyanaese Association of Georgia has announced that it is sponsoring A PARANG Affair to kick off the holiday season Caribbean style. The event will be Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. at the Karibbean Konnection Cultural Center, 2620 Park Central Boulevard, Decatur. There will be music by DJ Silky Smooth and other guest DJs and a special performance by Los Islanderos. A $10 donation is requested. Food and drinks will be available for sale. For more information, call Marva Jacobs at (404) 578-0962 or Dr. Kelly Thomas at (770) 715-6237.

A Night in Bethlehem returns Pub Fiction event announced to EHUMC
Area readers are invited to bring A Night in Bethlehem will once again their favorite holiday short story or be held at Embry Hills United Methodist novel and share with the group durChurch. The town and its craftspeople ing Pub Fiction at the Decatur Mellow will be resurrected Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 Mushroom on Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 - 8 - 8 p.m. This special family event is free p.m. Pub Fiction is an opportunity to and open to the community. “Come to socialize with other like-minded folk. the village of Bethlehem and experience the sights, smells, sounds and activities Mellow Mushroom is located at 265 Ponce de Leon Place, Decatur. For of what it may have been like 2000 years ago—when a baby was born,” the more information, call (404) 370-8450, announcement states. Embry Hills UMC ext 2257.
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be getting a makeover, thanks in part to a $100,000 community development block grant earmarked by the DeKalb County Department of Community Development. The grant will be matched by bond money from Pine Lake. According to the city’s website, there should be enough money to renovate the beach house, expand the porch and add a deck, which will be the first phase of the project. Preliminary drawings were available at a city council work session on Nov. 29, and a public meeting was held at the Beach House on Dec. 5.

Holiday gala to support youth
The Young Men’s Leadership Academy (YMLA) has announced that its annual Holiday Casino Gala will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. at Southland Golf and Country Club, 5726 Southland Drive, Stone Mountain. The evening will include Vegas-style casino tables and games, live music and a D.J., beverages and hors d’oeuvres and prizes throughout the evening. Advance tickets are $20, and tickets the day of the event are $25. All proceeds will benefit YMLA and Diamonds and Pearls, which focuses on conflict resolution, leadership skills and mentoring children into productive future leaders. YMLA and Diamond and Pearls provide both male and female students with a structured environment to develop into productive members of the community. For more information, contact Derrick Hill (host) at (678) 463-1497 or or Chantrice rogers (event coordinator) at (678) 596-1224 or affairdesigners@hotmail. com.

Library to host bestselling author
The Dunwoody Library is hosting Carmen Deedy, whom library officials call “one of our favorite authors,” on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Deedy is the bestselling author of The Library Dragon, 14 Cows for America and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach. During her upcoming library visit she will talk about her new book, The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. Deedy, who is on the Georgia Center for the Book’s debut “25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read” list, will be available at the event to autograph copies of the book. Her new book is co-authored with randall Wright and features drawings by the internationally acclaimed illustrator Barry Moser. Library officials advise arriving early for this program—“We just might run out of space,” the announcement states. The Dunwoody Library is located at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. For more information, call (770) 512-4640.

Pink Palooza to raise funds for breast cancer charity

Team Decatur Jazzercise will host a Pink Palooza Holiday Bazaar on Friday, Dec. 9, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at East Decatur Station, 114 New St. Local vendors will be there to sell their products as visitors stop by for wine, Tour of Homes in 19th hors d’oeuvres and local shopping season for holiday gifts. A percentage of the sales proceeds will benefit the Atlanta The 19th annual Avondale Esaffiliate of Komen for the Cure Jazzertates Tour of Homes will be Dec. 11, thon. This annual event, which brings 3-8 p.m. The featured homes are at 6 in Jazzercise teams from all over the Coventry Close, 10 Covington Road, Southeast, has raised almost $1.7 mil71 Dartmouth Ave., 80 Dartmouth Ave., lion over the past 10 years to support 898 Stratford Road and 32 Wiltshire Komen Atlanta’s mission to enable Drive. Daylight and candlelight tours women to detect and survive breast are available. cancer. Tickets are available at Avondale Last year the Team Decatur JazzerEstates City Hall, Finders Keepers cise raised $10,000 and hopes to Furniture, REAL Salon and Seventeen double that this year. Approximately 20 Steps. Tickets can be picked up or local vendors, including Jazzercise Depurchased at the Avondale Community catur, Better Dress Vintage, Debbie’s Club on the day of the tour. For more Bead Designs, Junebug Children’s information, contact Margaret LunClothes, Little Bird Blue Designer sford at (404) 388-9137 or visit www. Jeans Consignment, Mary Kay metics, Oak Tree Salon, Organogold The annual Holiday Market also Organic Coffee, Plan to Plate, Pilly will be held in conjunction with the tour. Pops and Hankdawanks, Phineas and The market will be open from noon to 6 Stout Curious Remedies, Posh Spa p.m. at the community club. Avondale Boutique, Scentsy Wickless, SL Hayes


Grant to be used to renovate Beach House
The Beach House in Pine Lake will

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Each week The Champion spotlights former high school players from the county who are succeeding in athletics on the college level. Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (football): The offensive guard from Chamblee was selected to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team. The 6-foot3, 300-pound junior helped the Yellow Jackets lead the ACC in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense.
Tucker quarterback Juwaan Williams fires a pass during Tucker's 17-16 win over Northside Warner Robins in the Class AAAA semifinals. Photo by Mark Brock

Team of opportunity
Tucker one win away from second state football championship

Aneesah Daniels, Alabama (basketball): The forward from Redan was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. Daniels had a career-high 13 points in the Tide’s 6256 overtime win against Seton Hall on Nov. 25. Jihad Ali, Georgia State (basketball): The senior from M.L. King scored 17 points in a 66-34 win over William & Mary in the Panthers’ Colonial Athletic Association opener on Dec. 3. He also had 11 points in a 73-47 win over Florida International on Dec. 1.

by Robert Naddra

they scored. … We were fortunate that the good Lord had the ball bounce for Tucker this time.” The Tigers’ path to the state championship game Tucker football coach Franklin Stephens appre- has been dramatic over the past two weeks. Before ciates the irony. the Tigers’ beat Northside, they had to rally from A fumble last season in the final minutes of a a 14-0 deficit to beat Flowery Branch 42-34 in the Class AAAA semifinal kept Tucker out of the cham- third round. pionship game. This year the ball bounced Tucker’s After the first two games of the season—an 18-7 way and a fumble by Northside Warner Robins in the win over Southwest DeKalb and a 15-11 victory state semifinals Dec. 2 helped propel the Tigers into over Marist—the Tigers cruised their final eight regthe AAAA championship. ular season games, outscoring the opposition 348-81. Tucker (14-0) will try for its second state title Only two teams in that span managed to score more when it faces Lovejoy (14-0) for the Class AAAA than a touchdown. championship Dec. 9, 8 p.m., at the Georgia Dome. Tucker enters the game with one of the best runThe Tigers won a state championship in 2008 and ning attacks in the state. The Tigers have amassed 63 were runners-up in 2007. rushing touchdowns and averaging 300 yards rushThis is Tucker’s first state championship berth ing per game. Dallas Rivers leads the team with 17 since winning the title in 2008. Lovejoy, however, is rushing touchdowns while Rivers, Yusuf Minor and in the midst of its best season in school history and is Jordan Landry each have rushed for more than 750 playing in its first title game. yards this season. In 2010, Tucker held a 19-14 lead over Starr’s Lovejoy also has been dominant this season. The Mill with less than three minutes remaining in the Wildcats, from Clayton County, have allowed more game and was trying to run out the clock when a Ti- than six points in a game only twice and have eight gers’ running back fumbled. A few plays later Starr’s shutouts this season. Mill scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass and won But the easy road down the stretch hasn’t taken 20-19. the edge off for the Tigers, Stephens said. On Dec. 2 Tucker appeared to be facing the same “The kids understand what we’re trying to get fate as Starr’s Mill from the year before. The Tigers done in practice,” Stephens said. “We play at a high trailed 16-10 and Northside Warner Robins had tempo in practice so that when the playoffs come driven to the Tucker 2-yard-line with less than five around we’ll be ready. It takes a great amount of minutes to play. effort and sometimes you have to have some luck. However, on the next play Northside’s Marte Now the kids understand how to prepare for the Polk fumbled after being hit by a Tucker defender. playoffs.” The ball was knocked into the end zone, where Preparation is something that Tucker has done Tucker linebacker Justin Rivers scooped it up and well since Stephens took over in 2007. Tucker had ran 100 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave established a tradition of reaching the playoffs in the Tucker a 17-16 lead that it kept by virtue of two demid-1990s, but Stephens has taken the success to a fensive stands in the final minutes. new level with the team’s first state football title. The “We’ve been on the other side a few times,” Ste- coach is 63-6 in five seasons at the school. phens said. “The Lord decided to smile on us Friday “I feel good about [winning another champinight. Last year against Starr’s Mill, we were the onship] but anything can happen,” Stephens said. team that could have put the game away. However “You’ve got to be blessed, like we were Friday we fumbled with less than two minutes to play and night.”

The Champion chooses a male and female high school Athlete of the Week each week throughout the school year. The choices are based on performance and nominations by coaches. Please e-mail nominations to by Monday at noon. MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Justin Rivers, Tucker (football): The senior linebacker scooped up a fumble in his own end zone and ran 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the Tigers’ 17-16 win over Northside Warner Robins in the Class AAAA semifinals. FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Bre McDonald, Chamblee (basketball): The 6-foot senior forward scored 19 points in a 63-31 win over Lakeside on Nov. 29, then scored her 1,000th career point in a 55-33 win over Marist on Dec. 2.

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DeKalb High School Sports Highlights
Dunwoody: The Wildcats are off to a 3-0 start after wins over Marist and Carver Atlanta. Paris Ballinger scored 15 points, while DeChard Hamilton and Richard Carrington each had 11 in a 47-45 win over Marist on Nov. 29. Carrington scored 20 points and Harry Andros added 10 in a 61-54 win over Carver on Dec. 2. This is the best start for the Wildcats since the 2006-07 team began the season 8-0 and advanced to the state Class AAA quarterfinals. Chamblee: Isaiah Mason made a free throw with four seconds remaining for the winning score in a 58-57 win over Marist in overtime on Dec. 2. Jockuel Jones scored 18 points, Mason had 15, and Devin Bell had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Mason led with 15 points and Tim Favors added 13 in a 62-22 win over Lakeside on Nov. 29. Decatur: The Bulldogs fell to 3-2 after losses to Grady (62-53 in overtime) and Blessed Trinity (44-33). Desmond Tuft scored 15 points, Murad Dillard added 11 and Davante Meadows had 10 in the loss to Grady. Brett Riley was the only player in double figures with 10 points against Blessed Trinity. Arabia Mountain: Bakari Copeland scored 17 points and Alex Avina added 10 in a 55-52 loss to Lovett on Nov. 29. The Rams missed 18 free throws in the game. The Rams also lost 76-41 to Columbia on Dec. 2. Decatur: Queen Alford had 30 points and 13 steals, and Jordan Dillard added 24 points in a 76-37 win over Blessed Trinity on Dec. 2 for the Bulldogs (5-0). Dillard scored 29 points as the Bulldogs beat Grady 67-32 on Nov. 29. Alford added 24 points in that game.

Miller Grove's Tony Parker (32) lofts a shot over Redan's Michael Coleman (42) in the Wolverines' 86-51 win. Photo by Mark Brock

Miller Grove: The three-time defending Class AAAA state champions opened the season with an 86-51 win over Redan on Nov. 29. Tony Parker led the Wolverines with 26 points and 14 rebounds; Brandon Morris had 13 points and eight rebounds; and Justin Colvin scored 11 points. Morris had 18 points and 13 rebounds in an 81-44 win over Mays on Dec. 2. Also, Parker had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Christian Houston added 13 and Colvin scored 11. Houston and Colvin each made three 3-pointers. Southwest DeKalb: The Panthers had a threegame winning streak snapped with a 65-62 loss to Wheeler on Dec. 3. Jordan Price scored 26 points and William Goodwin added 19. The Panthers beat Douglass 79-42 on Nov. 29 and beat Lithonia 65-56 on Dec. 2. Against Douglass, Price had 26 points, Goodwin had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and Emanuel Walker also had 11. Goodwin had 24 points and 16 rebounds, Price added 22 and Kaderius Turner 10 in the win over Lithonia.

Chamblee: The Bulldogs remained undefeated at 5-0 with wins over Lakeside (63-31) and Marist (55-33). Bre McDonald, who had 19 points and eight rebounds in the win over Lakeside, scored the 1,000th point in her career against Marist. Against Lakeside, Lucy Mason had 19 points and nine assists; Chelsea Adams had 10 points and 11 rebounds; and Paden Smith added 11 points. St. Pius: Freshman Asia Durr scored 38 points in two games as the Golden Lions beat Westminster 63-17 and Class AAAAA power North Gwinnett 48-46. Against Westminster, Durr scored 18 and Sydni Payne added 13. The Golden Lions outscored North 15-2 over the final 9:30 until allowing a 3-pointer at the buzzer. St. Pius held North to 29 percent shooting from the field. Durr had 20 points and Elizabeth Elliott had 10 rebounds against North.

Miller Grove’s Tashi Thompson, who scored 18 points, goes up for a shot against Redan’s Jamesha Abney (00). Photo by Mark Brock

Miller Grove: Tashi Thompson scored 18 points as the Wolverines held off a rally to beat Redan 47-41 in the season opener on Nov. 29. Redan: After opening with a 47-41 loss to Miller Grove, the Raiders beat Douglass 63-30 on Dec. 2. Jamese Abney scored a career-high 27 points and made seven 3-pointers. She also had seven steals. Also, Destini McClary added 12 points and Brea Elmore had 10 points, four steals and six assists. Against Miller Grove, Elmore led with 12 points and Jada Byrd had 17 rebounds.

Stephenson, M.L. King players named to all-region team
M.L. King and Stephenson dominated top player honors on the All-Region 2-AAAAA football team, selected by the region’s coaches. Jonquel Dawson of M.L. King is Player of the Year and Lions’ Mike Carson is Coach of the Year. Co-Offensive Players of the Year are Blake Tibbs of M.L. King and Mike Davis of Stephenson; and Co-Defensive Players of the Year are Kenderius Whitehead of M.L. King and Raphael Kirby of Stephenson. Here are first-team selections from M.L. King and Stephenson. Offense: M.L. King—QB Dawson, WR Joshua Stanford, WR Tibbs, OL Joshua Outlaw; Stephenson—RB Davis; TE Josh Parrish, OL Nygee Daniels, OL Steve McKenzie. Defense: M.L. King—DL Justin Peterson; DE Jacarthy Mack, DE Whitehead, LB Toronto Thomas, LB Carlos Garrett, CB Alan Carson; Stephenson—DT Jafar Mann, DE Jarontay Jones, LB Kirby, LB Darreon Herring, CB Shawn Blaylock, S Kyle Fleetwood.

The Champion Free Press, Friday December 2, 2011

More than basketball
Southwest’s Goodwin held as example to younger students
by Robert Naddra Southwest DeKalb basketball coach Dwayne McKinney made sure some of his freshmen players were in attendance. What they, their teammates and friends of William Goodwin saw recently was no ordinary scholarship signing. Goodwin, the No. 1-ranked high school basketball player in the state by, was being celebrated for signing a scholarship with Memphis University. Nearly 100 Southwest students, faculty and staff were on hand, along with family members, and current and former coaches. Goodwin’s mother, Persephone, had adorned some of the tables with blue and white tablecloths. There was plenty of food, including a huge sheet cake with the Memphis Tigers basketball logo in the center. AAU, middle school and high school coaches took turns speaking about Goodwin. Then relatives, including cousins, a sister and grandmother took turns wishing Goodwin well in his next endeavor. But this was about more than a basketball scholarship. This was an example of what happens when humility,


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superior athletic talent and community support all come together. And McKinney, as well as other administrators and coaches in attendance, made certain that Goodwin’s example was recognized by everyone there. “It’s huge for kids to see this,” McKinney said. “I wanted our group of ninth graders to see how he carries himself. I wanted them to see

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Southwest DeKalb's William Goodwin acknowledges someone in the crowd during his scholarship signing party. Goodwin signed a basketball scholarship with Memphis. Photo by Robert Naddra

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Southwest’s Davis named Region 6-AAAA defensive MVP
Linebacker Toran Davis of Southwest DeKalb was named the Defensive Player of the Year in Region 6-AAAA. Several DeKalb players were chosen for the all-region first team, which was selected by the region’s coaches. Here are the first-team selections from schools in DeKalb County. Offense: OT Joe Harris, Lithonia; OT Nick Brigham, Marist, OG Kenneth Crenshaw, Tucker; OG Jordan Barrs, Marist; C Michael Young, Tucker; TE Greg Taboada, Marist; QB Myles Willis, Marist; RB Denzel Veale, Lithonia; All-purpose: Justin King, Dunwoody; P Austin Hardin, Marist; SN Trea Lewis, Marist. Defense: DL Josh Dawson, Tucker; DL Davie Bellamy, Chamblee; DL Joe Rush, Tucker; DL DeAndre Harrison, Miller Grove; LB Jacob Sealand, Tucker; LB Dustin Ingram, Miller Grove; DB Jordan Landry, Tucker, DB William Curran, Marist.

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Two Dunwoody players commit to scholarships
Dunwoody senior Chris Hale (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) has committed to an athletic scholarship to Florida International University in Miami. Hale, who missed the entire 2001 football season with a foot injury, will play football and baseball at FIU, according to Dunwoody football coach Jim Showfety. Hale plays defensive end and tight end in football and hit four home runs as a junior on the baseball team this past spring. Also, running back/linebacker TeMyrick Mosley has committed to The Citadel. Mosley ran for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, he led the team with four interceptions and four caused fumbles.

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Another DeKalb player added to All-American Bowl
Running back Mike Davis of Stephenson has been added to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster. Davis was one of the top running backs in the state this season with 1,928 yards and 21 touchdowns. Davis’ rushing total is seventh all-time in the county for a single season. With the addition of Davis, there are four players from schools in DeKalb County on the Army roster. Markuss Eligwe, a linebacker from Stone Mountain; Raphael Kirby, a linebacker from Stephenson; and Geno Smith, a defensive back from St. Pius, join Davis on the East squad. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game will be televised live at noon on NBC.

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how humble the guy was.” Goodwin, whose nickname is “Shaq,” chose Memphis over Georgia and UCLA. He also had numerous other offers. He averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game last season, and led the county with 71 percent field goal shooting. He opened this season with 35 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Rockdale County. In addition to his athletic ability—he also is a standout at tight end on the football team—Goodwin is known for a relaxed demeanor and for the perpetual smile on his face. “When you first meet him you don’t think he’s serious about anything,” Southwest football coach Buck Godfrey said. “But he’s got a balance in life that few people ever reach. His character comes from his mother and I’m happy for both of them. It’s important to understand what

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he means to this school.” Like others who spoke about Goodwin, Godfrey talked about the peaks and valleys that lie ahead for the senior “Just remember, the same people who brought you here will lift you up,” Godfrey said. Said Southwest principal Angela Bethea, “We ask for you to give back so they can see the greatness we have produced.” Through the entire hour-long ceremony, Good-

win smiled and took in every word. “It was cool, man, I don’t really feel pressure [going to college],” Goodwin said at the end of the event. “I was afraid I was going to get emotional when my best friend was up there, but I tried not to.” As for why he chose Memphis, Goodwin offered a fitting reason. “Anywhere I go I want to have fun,” Goodwin said.
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