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kittens. “It is sometimes, but most of the time…we do a lot of preventative medication,” said Dr. Paula Murray, a veterinarian at Snapfinger Creek Animal Hospital on Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur. “There are times when we are dealing with animals that are stressed or hurt or injured. “Sometimes we have to help clients make difficult decisions about their pets,” Murray said. Murray is an adviser who runs an Explorers program for students ages 14-20 who are considering veterinary medicine as a career. “My job is to expose them to all the aspects of veterinary medicine—the nice, the not so nice,” said Murray, a 1984 graduate of Tuskegee University. “That way they can make a true assessment.” Explorers is a Boy Scout program in which participants can follow career-based professions such as engineering or firefighttudents in DeKalb County are learning that veterinary science is not about playing with puppies and

Dr. Paula Murray, a veterinarian at Snapfinger Creek Animal Hospital in Decatur, is the advisor for a Veterinary Explorers program. The program allows students like Shawna Wilson and Micah Seals to get hands-on experience with veterinary science. Photos by Andrew Cauthen



ing to learn more about those occu“Most people just come and ask,” pations. said Murray, who has not actively “I’ve had people in the past say, recruited for the program in DeKalb. ‘I’ve discovered this is not the path I “And I say ‘yes’ because I feel I need want to take,’” Murray said. “That’s to give back. If somebody needs to what the program is for. They disbe mentored, I’m happy to mentor.” cover whether it’s something they In addition to hands-on time, want to do or not.” the participants meet once a month Murray, who started working at to discuss various cases and hear Because she gets her news updates online speakers such as animal the south DeKalb clinic in May 2011, from guestfrom the The Champion. Because she gets her news dermatologists, ophthalmologists, began the Explorers program there updates online from the The Champion. after a client asked if his son could veterinarians of large animals and shadow Murray. representatives from the U.S. Depart-

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ment of Agriculture. “It looks good on your resume, too, when applying to vet school,” Murray said. Shawna Wilson, a 17-year-old Southwest DeKalb High student, has helped deliver a puppy at the animal hospital. “I revived it and made from the was Because she gets her news updates onlinesure itThe Champion. breathing and screaming—healthy,” said you can too! Follow us. participates in AndWilson, whoweek. “At first Ithe program twice a was nervous, but it was exciting.”
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DeKalb men charged in Social Circle killing

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Two DeKalb County men were arrested May 10 for the killing of a man whose body was found in Social Circle. Corey Thomas, 20, of Decatur, and Antonio Jones, 24, of Stone Mountain, were arrested and charged with the murder of Akili Jabari Stewart, whose body was discovered March 29 in a wooded area near I-20 in Social Circle. Stewart’s body was found when firefighters were called to put out a brush fire near the interstate. An autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Stewart, 36, died of gunshot wounds. The crime is being investigated by the Social Circle Police Department, GBI Athens Regional Office and the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

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killed has not been released at this time.

Rob Watts named interim president of GPC
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby on May 9 named Rob Watts as interim president of Georgia Perimeter College. Anthony Tricoli resigned as GPC president earlier that week and was reassigned to the university system central office. Watts previously served

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SWAT standoff ends with two arrests
Two burglary suspects were arrested May 10, after DeKalb County Police Department’s SWAT team was called to a Clarkston apartment complex. DeKalb police officers were following up on case from May 2 in which a Stone Mountain Police officer’s home was burglarized and guns were among the items stolen. Officers were at the complex following up on tips at a unit of the Highland Village Apartments, according to Mekka Parish, police spokeswoman. Police have not released the names of the people arrested. Two of the three people inside the unit came out, Parish said. A third person escaped and was still at large as of early May 11 and police said he is a suspect in the burglary of the Stone Mountain officer’s home. The person is also wanted by Clarkston Police for armed robbery.

until earlier this year, a position he held since 2006. From 2002-05, Watts served as a senior policy adviser to the chancellor and the interim director of the Gwinnett University Center in Lawrenceville, Ga. He first joined GPC (then known as DeKalb College) in 1986, and served for five years as director of institutional research and planning.

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Perimeter community holding traffic simulation
A new type of traffic interchange designed to increase traffic flow is under construction in the Perimeter area. Drivers can learn how to navigate Georgia’s first diverging diamond interchange (DDI) when the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) hosts a test drive Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Perimeter Mall. The demonstration will be in the event lot on the corner of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center West. Golf carts will be used on a simulated track to allow drivers to experience the new DDI interchange that is being created at I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road. A valid driver’s license is required to participate in the test drive. Refreshments will be provided and the first 100 participants who complete the DDI test drive will receive free “Can You DDI?” T-shirts. The PCIDs initiated the Ashford Dunwoody DDI project, which is a partnership project with the Georgia

Doraville home intruders identified
Khaleaf Silvera and Alfred Wilson are facing charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, false imprisonment, kidnapping and felony murder after a Doraville home invasion that left one person dead. In the early-morning hours of May 8, three men broke into a home on the 3900 block of Doral Drive by climbing through a window. They then tied the hands of three of the four residents inside the home. Doraville Police Sgt. Gene Callaway said one of the bound residents was able to grab a gun and shoot one of the intruders. The name of the suspect who was

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Police alarmed by false calls
by Andrew Cauthen DeKalb County leaders hope new fines will reduce the number of false alarms the police department responds to each year. In 2009, 95 percent of the alarms responded to by the police department were false alarms, according to county reports. “Many people in the public…may be upset at first that we would charge a fee for alarms going off,” said Commissioner Lee May. “If you do like I do sometimes, you walk through the door and forget the alarm is on…and the alarm goes off,” May said. “That’s not where you get the fine because each alarm company should call you... so you can squash that call, meaning no officers, no firefighters should come to your residence. “If that call by your alarm company is not responded to [is] when our firefighters and police officers are dispatched,” May said. “If that call is a false alarm [is] when the fine would occur. “This is meant to get people to be more responsible with their alarms,” May said. “If people have to pay money, they’ll be more conscious.” For the first false alarm, the fine is waived. The second time police are dispatched to a residence for a false alarm, the fine is $50 and $100 the third time. “The point of this is to deter people from allowing false alarms,” May said. “Every time a police officer or firefighter is dispatched to a false alarm that means they cannot be dispatched in other areas of the county.” Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton said implementing the fines “is something good for the county and it actually works.” Police Chief William O’Brien said other localities that have implemented false alarm fines have been able to reduce their number of false alarms by 40-50 percent. “If we could reduce them by that number it would be a tremendous workload off the officers,” O’Brien said. The department would “be able to put them back into the field.”

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man accused of killing police officers appears in court
by Daniel Beauregard William Woodard, 34, who is accused of killing DeKalb County police officers Eric Barker, 34, and Ricky Bryant Jr., 26, while they were working as offduty security at the Glenwood Gardens Apartments, recently appeared in court. During a motion to suppress evidence found at the crime scene, defense attorneys argued that Woodard acted in self defense after he was “snatched” from a car. However, prosecutors said that even if Barker and Bryant were in the wrong when they approached Woodard, it still didn’t give him the right to allegedly open fire. “No matter what the officers did, he stood over them and shot at them,” District Attorney Robert James said. According to prosecutors, in 2008 while the officers were working security they approached a vehicle in the apartment parking lot. Woodard then got out of the car and allegedly began shooting. Police Barker said Woodard shot Barker in the head and Bryant in the torso and drove away. However, a tow truck driver found the men and called authorities. One officer died at the scene and the other in the hospital. Both left behind a wife and four children. It has been a little more than four years since Barker it delays the process if you several weeks and Burton and Bryant were killed and seek the death penalty.” said the trial is set to begin prosecutors are seeking the A ruling is expected on in late August. death penalty against Wood- the motion within the next ard. Erik Burton, a spokesman Dr. Melvin Johnson for the DeKalb announces Board of DA’s OfEducation candidacy fice, said Dr. Melvin Johnson, retired DeKalb County death Deputy Superintendent, announces that he is penalty seeking election to the DeKalb County Board of Education, District 6. A regular election is schedcases usuuled for July 31, 2012. Melvin Johnson has more ally take than thirty-seven years of experience in education longer to (positions that include teacher, assistant principrosecute pal, principal, area superintendent, and deputy Bryant superintendent). While serving in system-wide because of leadership positions for eighteen years, he demonstrated excellent leadership the numskills and a clear understanding of school governance. During his tenure at ber of motions and appeals. the district-wide level, DeKalb County School System was recognized as one of the top performing school districts in Georgia. Melvin is an independent “He has changed attorthinker who makes data-driven and logical decisions to address essential isneys multiple times; I know sues and to solve critical problems. there has been some delay Dr. Johnson’s goal is to work collaboratively with the Board members and there,” Burton said of Wood- the Superintendent to: (1) improve student achievement (providing continued support for teacher and administrators), (2) increase scal and operational efard. ciencies, (3) re-establish community trust (by being an e ective listener and “The counsel that he has advocate for all stakeholders–families, students and community members), now is recently appointed and (4) promote a more harmonious, results-driven working relationship counsel so he hasn’t had with the Superintendent. Dr. Edward L. Bouie, an experienced educator in both PreK-12 and higher Dwight Thomas that long…
education, is serving as Chair of Dr. Johnson’s election committee. Dr. Bouie stated, “Dr. Johnson is an outstanding educator who not only supports all children in their educational endeavors, but who also understands the political process that is necessary to develop and implement policies that will help all children rise to their highest levels of achievement.” Since retiring from the DeKalb School District in 2004, Dr. Johnson has served on the Redan Parent Advisory Board, DeKalb Youth Leadership Academy Development Committee and YMCA Academies Board of Directors. Dr. Johnson would like to continue his service to the community in the capacity of district 6 board member. Undergirding his commitment as an aspiring board member is this core value: Restore Excellence to DeKalb Schools: e Time is Now! Dr. Johnson, a native Georgian, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Fort Valley State College, Masters of Education, Educational Specialist, and Educational Doctorate Degrees from Atlanta University. He is married and the father of four children. Two are college graduates. Two are recent graduates from Redan High School and attending Albany State University and Howard University. For additional information visit, email or call (404) 447-5414

Notice is hereby given that the proposed budget for the City of Doraville shall be available for public inspection beginning May 29, 2012, in the City Clerk’s office from 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, GA. A public hearing shall be held on the 4th day of June at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville at which time public comment pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013) budget shall be sounded. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend. A regular meeting shall be held on the 18th day of June at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville, GA before the Mayor and Council of the City of Doraville at which time the Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013) budget shall be approved and the budget ordinance adopted in accordance with O.C.G.A. 36-81-5. All citizens of Doraville are invited to attend.


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In the wake of President Obama’s public support for gay marriage, perhaps a reminder of this famous and profound quote by the late German anti-Nazi theologian Martin Niemoller is relevant: “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.” Who will speak for you? One has to applaud the president for his bold, courageous stand in keeping with the guarantees of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal and endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights... life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

While the shapers and framers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution mostly had White men in mind in that lofty ideal, subsequent amendments have guaranteed those rights to African Americans, women and others regardless of their race, creed, religion or sexual orientation. It is necessary to point out that many of the Founding Fathers were Deists, believers in God, but not necessarily Christian as many would have you believe. This is a country of many religions that speaks to religious freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution that grew out of the basic tenets of Deism. Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, John Adams, James Madison and George Washington believed that God should be honored in a way that the individual believes is best and most appropriate for them and that essentially no human has more worth than another and that each human is equal in terms of the freedoms that they have and in the eyes of the law. Methinks that is where the president is coming from. If one is free to worship as one pleases, shouldn’t it stand to reason that one should be able to enter into a civil relationship with the person of their choice? There was a time in this region of the country in the not too distant past that interracial marriages

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were illegal and the Bible was used as evidence to support that prohibition. That thinking was born out of the same bigotry that would deny gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals the ability to enter into legally recognized civil unions. My personal belief is the divine nature of “marriage” between a man and a woman to procreate – bring forth new life. In the Bible, be fruitful and multiply was the first commandment given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But the scriptures also teach that God gave Adam and Eve something else in the garden – freedom to choose and it’s been so down through the ages. I cannot sit in judgment of another. That is God’s business. Christians believe in the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. But, with the religious freedoms we enjoy in this country, which scriptures or holy writings are we going to employ in resolving questions of morality? One thing I believe for sure. One cannot legislate morality. Another thing I know for sure is that the basic threads that run through all religions are love, peace, tolerance and sharing. The debate over the president’s pronouncement is raging. Some evangelicals and other conservative Christian leaders, including many African-American clergy, are calling on

their followers to withdraw previous support for the president. Comments range from disappointment to blasphemy. Some vow they won’t vote for Mr. Obama or will stay at home and not vote at all. That would be a disaster. It would be foolhardy to allow this one issue to derail the progress the president is making on other critical fronts including the economy, health care, bringing our troops home and making the wealthiest among us pay their fair share in taxes. Barack Obama is the president of the United States. He is not the pastor, pope, rabbi, imam or swami. But he is modeling the kind of personal sacrificial leadership that includes all of the Creator’s children. Just imagine what this country would be like if we all genuinely held to that noble creed of the Founding Fathers that all men are created equal and endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness despite race, creed, color, religious belief or sexual orientation. When they come for you, who will speak for you? Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Milies at

From Manhattan to Monaco, the world’s wealthiest people are disconnecting into a class of stateless transients
by Sam Pizzigati Back in 1863, a short story took the American reading public by storm. Edward Everett Hale’s The Man without a Country told the tale of a poor treasonous soul sentenced to spend the rest of his life endlessly sailing the world in perpetual exile, as a prisoner aboard Navy warships. Today’s awesomely affluent are just as transient — by choice. Take Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. This billionaire renounced his United States citizenship in 2011, a move perfectly timed to potentially save him hundreds of millions in taxes when Facebook goes public. Saverin has plenty of company. The number of Americans who formally renounced their United States citizenship soared to 1,780 last year from 235 in 2008. The spark for this surge? United States tax officials have been clamping down on overseas tax evasion. This bit of unpleasantness has some wealthy Americans, such as the Brazilian-born Saverin, cutting their ties to dear old Uncle Sam. They simply pay a $450 paperwork fee and an “exit tax” on unrealized capital gains, if they hold assets worth more than $2 million or have paid more than $151,000 to the IRS in any recent year. But the affluent who’ve formally renounced their citizenship comprise just a tiny share of what the Financial Times has labeled the “stateless super rich.” These uberwealthy folks shy from the notoriety of citizenship spurned. They just live their lives as if they have no nation to call their own. The most famous member of this stateless-by-choice community may be Nicolas Berggruen, a 52-year-old “homeless billionaire” worth more than $2.3 billion who has spent the last decade hopping the world from one five-star hotel to another. But few of the stateless super rich settle for hotel suites. Most of the vagabonding wealthy own personal residences. Lots of them. Typically, the Financial Times reported last month, a stateless super-rich household will have one or two properties in their “country of principal residence,” another in London, New York, or some other “global city,” a “holiday home” in a warm climate, and maybe another pad somewhere snowy. Among the super rich, this perpetual-motion existence has become almost de rigueur, notes Jeremy Davidson, a London realtor who handles properties that run at least £10 million, the equivalent of more than $16 million. “The more money you have,” explains Davidson, “the more rootless you become because everything is possible.” That rootlessness is keeping the price of luxury real estate soaring. So far this year, in Manhattan alone, four luxury co-op apartments have sold for more than $30 million each, notes Crain’s New York Business. Just how many potential stateless super rich are currently roaming the world? Late last year, the Singapore-based Wealth-X consulting firm put the overall global number of people worth at least $500 million at about 4,650. These super rich together hold an estimated $6.25 trillion in assets. That’s more than enough, note urban planners, to create havoc in the hotspots where the stateless super rich most often gather. Their gentrification on steroids supersizes prices for local products and services — and prices out local residents in the process. The massive mansions and apartments belonging to these homeless billionaires can also exacerbate local housing shortages and constitute an assault on any healthy sense of urban community. The super rich, as they flit about, leave their properties unoccupied most of the year. The resulting emptiness, notes Columbia University sociologist Saskia Sassen, sucks the neighborhood vitality out of great urban centers. The super rich don’t notice. Or care. They have no interest in putting down roots. During their brief seasonal sojourns, they live in isolation from the greater community around them. They venture out into local public life only long enough to corrupt it with trinkets for local pols who promise to keep tax rates toothless. The stateless protagonist in the classic short story Edward Everett Hale penned nearly 150 years ago desperately yearns to rejoin the society he so treasonously spurned. Today’s stateless super rich don’t figure to display any similar yearning. They’re having too grand a time. At our expense. Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the online weekly on excess and inequality published by the Institute for Policy Studies.

No country for rich men

The Champion Free Press, Friday, May 18, 2012

How sweeeeettt it is—Georgia stevia
United States, are in use in 55 other countries to sweeten your coffee or many diet soft drinks of choice. Stevia is a group of herbs and shrubs from within the sunflower family. And stevia sweetener is naturally derived from stevia plants. I grew several of these last year in my backyard organic garden. I first encountered the little green packets of stevia in a vegan-minded diner in Calhoun. I had never heard of the stuff before. Being a regular morning coffee drinker, and a lover of iced tea, I have long been in search of the perfect, low/no calorie, “fake sugar.” Though like many of you, I have also weighed, pun intended, the health benefits and potential side effects of regularly consuming several of these products. For decades most all artificial sweeteners touted their lack of calories, as well as their comparative taste to sugar. Every one of these alternatives is actually “sweeter” than sugar to the palate, and requires less of the sweetener than a like amount of sugar, but each also has its own after-taste issues ranging from being slightly bitter to metallic to licoricelike. I, of course, have my favorites, but today I will just stick to some sweet news for Georgia. The fastest growing sugar alternative in the United States at present is also judged by many to be the most “natural” and perhaps politically correct, as it grabbed the green color for its tiny packets. Stevia has primarily been commercially grown in California and China for conversion into sweetener. However, last month, Sweet Green Fields of Bellingham, Wash., announced a signed contract to commercially grow 100 acres of Stevia in Bacon County, Ga. This bumper crop of sweetness will be converted into Stevia sweetener. In California, stevia farmers are forced to expensively irrigate. However in Georgia, and across much of the Southeast, the region typically receives sufficient rainfall to keep the soil moisture sufficient for the plant’s shallow roots. The stevia plant typically thrives in a growing environment very similar to that of another major but waning Georgia cash crop—tobacco. In addition, the harvesting of stevia plants requires harvesting equipment and labor very similar to that needed for tobacco. Tobacco production in Georgia has been in steady decline. As recently as 2002, 822 Georgia farms cultivated 25,000 acres of tobacco, producing 50 million pounds of tobacco to be cured and sold. Five years later in 2007, the acreage was down by nearly a third, and the pounds of crop had dropped to fewer than 40 million, a decrease of 20 percent. This crop demand decline potentially frees up thousands of acres for the eventual production and

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“Sugar, sugar…Oh, honey, honey...You are my candy girl, and ya got me wantin’ you!”— Opening line of 1970s era song “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies. Sugar, real and fake, or the “sweetener” business is a multi-billion dollar industry. Coca-Cola still hears from many customers requesting the old original, original formula, using real sugar cane as the primary sweetener, instead of high fructose corn syrup. And as this diet nation knows, there are getting to be almost as many color selections in the artificial sweetener category as there are primary colors in the rainbow—or sugar bowl: pink—saacharin –Sweet n’ Low, Tab; blue—aspartame—Nutrasweet, Diet Coke; yellow—sucralose—Splenda, Coke Zero, Pepsi Max, and now, green—stevia. Anyone other than the rats remember cyclamates? Sodium cyclamates, though still banned in the

crop rotation of stevia. Stevia packets are becoming so valued and rare that premium coffee shops are starting to keep stevia behind the counter and separate from other sweeteners, as well as customers attempting to hoard and “stock up” on a free supply. Stevia sales are also beginning to outstrip their peers on grocery shelves, despite being priced at a premium roughly one-third higher than pink, blue and yellow. So Georgia’s other two most famous “sweet crops”—Georgia peaches and sweet Vidalia onions may soon have a run from their money across thousands of farms in south Georgia all seeking the answer to the growing question of just how sweeeeetttt it is? The low-maintenance, hard to freeze and non-irrigated crop, being sold at a premium price, may bring at least two new types of “green” to hundreds of Georgia farmers. Please pass me the “sugar bowl,” Hon’. Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at

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Our ruinous game

Football fans have a high tolerance for pain –in others –and show little sympathy for the plight of the players who now are seeking redress for their injuries.
the problem of concussions seriously. Not so the fans. Football fans, particularly fans of professional football, are a bloodthirsty breed. They take great delight in seeing bone-shattering collisions and hold in high regard players who can best deliver them. They have a high tolerance for pain — in others — and show little sympathy for the plight of the players who now are seeking redress for their injuries. Lem Barney, one of the best players in the 1960s, now says he wished he’d never played football. “Never. Never,” the former defensive back told The Detroit Free Press in March. Nor would he allow his sons to play. “It would be golf or tennis,” he said. The emails that came flooding into the newspaper in response were stunning. They accused Barney of being a wuss, a hypocrite, a lowlife. “He chose to play the game. He knew what the risks were,” seemed to be the general theme. Actually, he didn’t, not really. The risks of football have been masked by a conspiracy of silence involving management, players and fans. Malcolm Gladwell, the author of bestselling books Blink, Outliers, and The Tipping Point, has studied the research for several years. He’s convinced that college football should be banned. Failing that, the players should be paid. “It’s a bit much both to maim and exploit college football players.” “It is the cumulative effect of thousands of little hits that linemen and defensive backs…endure play after play,” he said in a interview with Slate. But die-hard fans will argue that there’s no real proof that Seau’s concussions caused his suicide, or Duerson’s or Easterling’s either. And they rail at the “overreaction” of the NFL commissioner in penalizing the New Orleans Saints for offering “bounties” on opposing players, awarding thousands to the player who could injure a given opponent. “It’s part of the game,” they chant in unison. As indeed it is. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The apparent suicide of Junior Seau, the former NFL superstar linebacker, has again raised the age-old question: “Is playing football dangerous, as in potentially lethal?” Let me think about that. Let’s see, you’ve got a sport where 240-pound people are paid to run into other 240-pound people while 320-pound people try to stop them. Occasionally, as we’ve recently learned, they get paid to knock opposing players from the game by injuring them. Gee, I don’t know. What could be dangerous about that? Come on, let’s get real. Of course football is dangerous, and its cumulative effects are often ruinous. Seau’s death is merely another stone on the growing pile of evidence that football is not only bad for the knees and back; it also destroys the brain. His suicide follows close on the heels of two similar suicides by former pro football players Ray Easterling and Dave Duerson. Both of them, like Seau, had played with abandon, recklessly sacrificing their bodies (and heads) for the glory of victory. And, like Seau, they had suffered multiple concussions during their long careers. Easterling, the oldest of them, had been diagnosed with dementia not long before his death. Amazingly enough, researchers only recently began connecting the mental deterioration of aging former football players to the concussions they suffered while playing the game. This is partly due to the cavalier attitude taken toward concussions by the football culture. Players who were knocked semi-conscious during a game were said to have had “their bell rung” and were sent back into games at the earliest possible moment. That’s no longer the case. A series of lawsuits filed by players seeking damages for the head injuries they suffered in the service of an uncaring management has made the NFL take

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Grand jury urges DA to investigate board of education, again
What the article doesn’t say is the reason Alexander & Associates was selcted despite their price tag of $400,000 than the bid of an experienced education law firm. A BOE member stated to the grand jury they wanted to have a minorityowned firm representing the school and the board because “they understand the culture of the kids”.... – Watching posted this on 5/11/12 at 9:30 a.m.

Plans to move north police precinct may change
I wonder why in the world the County is even considering building a new precinct. If Brookhaven incorporates and Chamblee annexes more land, there will be almost no unincorporated land west of I-85. There will be no need for both a North and Center precinct, as most of North’s territory will be lost to the cities. DeKalb’s Center precinct is already located at police headquarters in the Northlake area, and it is in a good location for a slightly larger coverage area with the addition of the few remaining North beats. For a department that isn’t able to give raises or other perks to many of its officers, spending a bunch of money on a new building seems wasteful. I know local pols love shiny, new things they can slap a plaque on with their names listed, but Ellis & Co. really need a reality check. Also, Mr. Beauregard, have those same nebulous “reports” also stated that voters in Brookhaven should be aware that they will get their own police department if they incorporate? Or are you just following in Richard Elliot’s lead by trying to scare people into voting against cityhood? – Jay posted this on 5/11/12 at 5:30 p.m.

DCSD cuts jobs, eliminates programs due to over staffing
I am a huge fan of the magnets, as well as any school choice option. Remember, that both gifted students and EIP students have their own federal and state money. That money must be spent on the education of those specific kids. DeKalb can’t just spend the money for each gifted child somewhere else. They would risk losing the money altogether. Honestly, if we didn’t school choice, I would probably move. It keeps me in the county paying my property taxes. DeKalb doesn’t spend any more per student from the DeKalb taxes on Kittredge students ( as well as any of the other magnet programs.) The extra funds comes from the state and federal tax dollars that goes to fund gifted programs. Gifted kids can become MAJOR behavior problems if they are bored silly in the classroom in much the same way as a student who struggles in the classroom. – Fan of the Magnets posted this on 5/11/12 at 7:52 p.m

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DuMarkus Davis
The City of Clarkston recently hired Jason Gaines, 33, as its new planning and development manager.

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Clarkston hires new development manager
by Daniel Beauregard Jasone Gaines, 33, the new planning and development manager of Clarkston said his goal is to attract more quality development to the city. Gaines who worked for Cobb County the last seven years, started in its community development agency then transferred to its transportation department. He said working for Clarkston is “light years” different than working for a much larger city. When the Clarkston City Council voted to become a city manager form of government, Gaines said, it made a decision to move the city in a different direction, which is one of the things that attracted him to the position. “The great thing about Clarkston is that this is a clean slate. When City Manager Keith Barker came here he had to put simple things in place such as an employee handbook, policies and procedures for human resources and employment, things like that,” Gaines said. Since Gaines was hired seven weeks ago, he said he’s been busy establishing policies and procedures to help streamline the process of getting things done in the city, whether it’s rezoning property, applying for variances or administering the building permit process. One of Gaines’ first goals as planning and development manager is to rewrite portions of the city’s zoning ordinances to make it easier for city staff, residents and potential business owners to understand. “There are some things in the ordinance, from my perspective that are a bit restrictive, some things particularly in the sign ordinance that could be a big hindrance to businesses in some situations,” Gaines said. “From a general standpoint we want ordinances to err on the side of being less restrictive especially in a time like this when the economy is still trying to rebound. We want to attract business to the city and investment, development and construction.” Gaines said during the next several years, the city’s focus will be improving or removing some of the more blighted properties, both commercial and residential, in the city. He said he also sees a lot of room for growth as new walking and bike trails are built in the city. “We’ve got the PATH foundation trails that come through the city and we’ve already got some great bicycle traffic coming through but with that expanded trail we’ve got some opportunity to establish some features for those who use the facility like a bicycle depot or a bike shop, rental bikes, restaurants, smoothie bars and snack bars...Clarkston could be a perfect pit stop for someone riding on the path,” Gaines said. Although Gaines wouldn’t discuss any specific development projects currently under way, he said Barker had a vision to grow the city, not just in terms of revenue generation or tax base, but in terms of size as well.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE 2012-2013 PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF DECATUR, GEORGIA There will be public hearings on the proposed 2012-2013 budget for the City of Decatur at 7:30 p.m. on June 4, 2012 and on June 18, 2012 in the City Commission Meeting Room at City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street, Decatur. The proposed budget is summarized below and is available in its entirety for public inspection at Decatur City Hall. All citizens are invited to attend the public hearings, to provide written and oral comments, and ask questions concerning the entire budget.

REVENUES Taxes Licenses, Permits & Inspections Penalties, Fines & Forfeitures Interest Charges for Current Services Intergovernmental Revenues Miscellaneous Revenue Sale of Fixed Assets Operating Transfers Appropriation From (To) Fund Balance TOTAL REVENUES EXPENDITURES Governmental Control Department General Government Department Community & Economic Development Department Planning, Zoning & Inspections Division Administrative Services Department Police Department Fire & Rescue Department Public Works-Sanitation & Facilities Maintenance Public Works-Engineering Active Living Division TOTAL EXPENDITURES

14,829,600 771,800 1,575,000 2,000 1,359,900 382,320 189,000 10,000 71,360 886,980 $20,077,960 142,400 1,567,220 1,219,600 917,630 2,828,250 5,064,820 3,378,390 2,746,560 787,010 1,426,080 $20,077,960

DuMarkus Davis, 16, said volunteering is in his blood and those in his immediate family have always been “big givers.” “It wasn’t something I was taught but more something I was born into,” Davis said. Davis volunteers for the DeKalb County Youth Commission and is the chairman of the Teen Unemployment Initiative. Throughout his work for the initiative, Davis said he found that many teens are unable to obtain the jobs they want or need. “Due to the economic downturn a lot of teens are going out to find jobs to help their parents,” Davis said. “We put together the Reality Check program, which helps students figure out what to do after college and helps parents with financial education.” Davis learned of the youth commission from members of his church, where he also volunteers with its youth ministry and is the current leader of its creative team. He said his favorite thing about volunteering with the youth commission is the feeling of camaraderie he gets from working with his peers on different initia-

tives. “It’s a group of students who are all together and everybody is there because they want to be. We have the support of the commissioners and other adults in the county so it makes our job easier and we’re able to get a lot more accomplished,” Davis said. Davis also volunteers for the Magic Wand Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers young people to find happiness, live their dreams and develop a passion for making a positive impact on the world. “I was one of the youngest members of the first graduating class. They teach you entrepreneur skills, giving back to your community and staying true to yourself,” Davis said. Davis, who plays violin, recently started his own program called The Millennium Music Project, where he teaches children at schools throughout metro Atlanta how to play violin. Recently, he has been working with a group of preschoolers in downtown Atlanta. “We’re going to have our first performance next month. Most are between 4 and 6 years old and it’s amazing to see their transition in such a short amount of time,” Davis said. For those interested in volunteering, Davis said “a lot of the time it’s as simple as making a phone call and finding out where the next event is and just showing up ready to work.”

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered as a future Champion of the Week, please contact Kathy Mitchell at or at 404-373-7779, ext. 104.

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County removes ‘pit bull’ reference in ordinance
by Andrew Cauthen A change to DeKalb County’s ordinance could help it better control dangerous animals. The county’s Board of Commissioners voted May 8 to remove the term “pit bull” from the county’s ordinance. No longer will pit bulls be in a list of household pet exclusions in DeKalb. ‘Naturally, “This folks are very amendment in no way affects circumspect [the county’s] ability to about changing enforce the any restrictions animal control ordinance on what can for dangerous animals,” be a dangerous said Marian animal.’ Eisenberg, zoning administrator. “What – Jeff Rader this amendDeKalb County Commissioner ment does is eliminates a reference to a breed from our definition of domestic animals.” “Pit bull” is a term that has been used to describe American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers and mixes that include any of these breeds, according to the website of Shelter Angels Pit Bull Rescue, which has rescued more than 100 pit bulls from the county shelter in the past couple of years. “Naturally, folks are very circumspect about changing any restrictions on what can be a dangerous animal,” Commissioner Jeff Rader said. County officials said the previous ordinance text did not prohibit pit bull ownership; it just stated that pit bulls were not considered a household pet. This created confusion and resulted in the dismissal in court of any citations written by code compliance or animal services under that section of the ordinance. The way the ordinance was written was not “an effective tool for being able to get rid of dangerous animals,” Rader said. According to the county’s dangerous animal ordinance, an animal is deemed dangerous if it “inflicts severe injury on a human being without provocation,” “aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans or any other animal without provocation,” or has been “trained, owned, or harbored” for animal fighting.” “We are better served by relying on the criminal code both at the local and state level to identify, and to remove and punish folks who keep dangerous animals,” Rader said.

DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston said the 16-month sentence of the owner of two pit bulls that attacked a girl in 2010 was “more than fair.” The girl’s father, Tommie Ingram, said he wants the dogs’ owner to serve more than the judge ordered. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Owner of dogs that attacked Lithonia girl wants out of jail early
by Andrew Cauthen A Lithonia woman convicted after her dogs attacked an 8-year-old girl in 2010 wants to get out of jail after four months. An attorney for Twyann Vaughn said her client wants to be released because of “some things that have come up in her life.” Vaughn’s son will be graduating from high school this month “without her there to support him,” said public defender Jamila Montaque, during a hearing in state court May 9. Vaughn is also being sued for $15 million by the victim’s family, Montaque said. “She wouldn’t be able to pay that even if she were working,” Montaque said. “She wants to do the right thing. She understands that she will probably have to pay [the victim] something. She simply can’t do that while in custody.” State Court Judge Dax Lopez is considering the request. Vaughn was sentenced to 16 months in jail, three years of probation, 240 hours of community service and restitution. She has also been ordered to become an advocate for better animal control after release. Vaughn was convicted on two counts each of reckless conduct, violation of the vicious dog act and violation of the rabies ordinance. Witnesses during her trial said that Vaughn’s pit bulls attacked Erin Ingram, a Rock Chapel Elementary School pupil, who was playing in her neighborhood March 2010. The girl lost part of an arm as a result of the attack. According to a police report, several witnesses unsuccessfully tried to pull the dogs away from the girl before a DeKalb County Police officer arrived. The officer shot one of the dogs in the head when it jumped toward the officer. The other dog, which ran away, was later found and euthanized. “This wasn’t done on purpose,” Montaque said. “This was a horrible accident. It was negligent. It wasn’t on purpose.” During the four-day trial, DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston portrayed Vaughn as a negligent dog owner. Vaughn’s neighbors testified that the dogs were allowed to run freely through the neighborhood. Several witnesses testified that they would not go outside without a shovel, hoe, baseball bat or a 9 mm gun. Boston said Vaughn’s sentence was “fair and lenient.” It was “more than fair given the circumstances that [the victim] will have to face for the rest of her life,” Boston said. “After serving four months, she certainly should not be released from jail.” Boston highlighted the fact that Vaughn’s motion was filed less than 30 days into her sentence. “Ms. Vaughn was not feeling remorseful at this point,” Boston said. “She still is concerned about civil liabilities…claiming that she had done nothing wrong.” Boston said Vaughn had “ample opportunity” before the trial to prepare for the pending lawsuit. “To go to jail and then claim after the fact that she needs to get out so she can raise money or have a lawyer to defend the civil claim is preposterous,” Boston said. “I am offended for the Ingram family…because this family has to deal with a great amount of tragedy and Erin Ingram, for the rest of her life, will be disabled,” Boston said. The victim’s father, Tommie Ingram, said Vaughn should serve her full sentence. “She got off real light from the beginning,” Ingram said. “I actually wanted her to have more time than just 16 months, so I want her to serve more than four.”

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Dunwoody interchange will offer challenge to drivers
by Andrew Cauthen It’s a new traffic interchange that comes with its own slogan: “Arrive. Crossover. Drive.” Drivers will be driving on left side of the road on Georgia’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) that is being constructed at I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road. The DDI “will eliminate left-hand turns,” said David Purcell, chief operating officer for the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs). Left turns are “one of the most dangerous traffic operations,” Purcell said. Construction began in January on the project, which was initiated by PCIDs. The project is a partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, DeKalb County and the State Road and Tollway Authority. The interchange is designed to be a low-cost solution to improve traffic flow and safety. When traffic is moving freely on surrounding highways, particularly I-285, the DDI is projected to reduce traffic delays during evening rush hours up to 20 percent. The interchange is expected to save a fraction of a second per car at a bridge that handles more than 53,000 cars a day, Purcell said. However, the interchange is not a “silver bullet,” he said. “If I-285 is not moving, the DDI will not be an improvement.” Purcell said the interchange will also help the environment by reducing greenhouse gases from idling vehicles. Pedestrians will be able to walk across the center of the bridge on a median protected by 3-foot high walls. The interchange is expected to be open for traffic June 4, but it will not be complete. Drivers will have to contend with detour signs and orange road construction barrels until the project is finished later this year. The DDI will be the 12th such interchange in the country. There are five in Missouri, four in Utah and one each in Kentucky and Tennessee. Several others are under construction around the country and still others are being proposed, including some in Gwinnett County. Donna Mahaffey, chief of external affairs for PCIDs, said the interchange is a temporary, decade-long solution. The bridge on Ashford Dunwoody Road needs to be replaced with a wider one. “A new bridge has been on the books for years,” Mahaffey said. The cost to completely tear down the existing bridge and one a new bridge would be approximately $175 million, Mahaffey said. Compare that price tag to the $4.6 million contract awarded to E.R. Snell Contractors Inc. of Snellville, by the Georgia Department of Transportation for the DDI project. “We still do need that complete reconfiguration,” Mahaffey said. As part of the ongoing public education campaign for the interchange, the Perimeter CIDs is holding a simulation of the interchange May 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Perimeter Mall. The demonstration will be in the event lot on the corner of Ashford Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center West. Golf carts will be used on a simulated track to allow drivers to experience the new DDI interchange that is being created at I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road. A valid driver’s license is required to participate in the test drive. “It’s not high-tech, but it will make it more real for people,” Mahaffey said. A simulation of the I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Interchange DDI is available online at

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

An Evening Of Great Music
on Nella Rigell8 Saturday, Nov. !

Proudly presents a Free Community Concert

Under the direction of DeKalb Symphonyus for a stirring DirecJoin Orchestra’s Music tor & Conductor Fyodor Cherniavsky, rendition of Beethoven’s the concert will feature harpist glorious Ninth Symphony performing Laura Zaerr’s Celtic Concert.


6:00 p.m.

J. David Williamson Board Room Administrative & Instructional Complex 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

“Nella Rigell is a brilliant harpist from Atlanta,” Cherniavsky Cocktail hour beginning at 4:30 says. “This evocative concerto written by Laura Zaerr for the Celtic harp suits her well because she performs it with such stirring expression and Gourmet buffet dinner at 6:00 imagination.”

June 19, 8PM FirstEvening includes: Baptist Church of Decatur


6:00 p.m.

J. David Williamson Board Room Administrative & Instructional Complex 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083


Concert starts welcome Everyone is at 7:30 to attend For symphonic call 555-1234. thisreservations, celebration!

The proposed fiscal year 2012-2013 budget includes a reduction in work calendar days to the current teachers’ salary schedule. This will result in a reduction to the local portion of the salary schedule for all teachers. This hearing is being held as required by GA Code 20-2-212 to allow for public input regarding this matter.

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Neighborhood rebuilds vandalized pool
by Daniel Beauregard Vernell Kimbrough, a resident of the Hearthstone neighborhood in Stone Mountain, said he thought his community was never going to be able to use its pool again after teenagers vandalized it and burned down the pool house. Several weeks ago, Kimbrough said more than 20 students “playing hooky” from the DeKalb Alternative School, a high school on Memorial Drive, were seen around the pool area. “I guess they came down here because this is a park area where truants would hang out,” Kimbrough said. “They’ve charged three with vandalism but the arsonists haven’t been found yet.” Kimbrough stood by the pool on a recent sunny morning watching workers squeegee the remaining gunk from the shallow end of the pool. A week earlier, representatives from Tidy Cats cat litter identified the Hearthstone pool to be part of its “PU Patrol” cleanup. “We’re going to seven places in the United States—Atlanta is our fourth—and we’re listening to news coverage and looking around the community for things that ‘stink’ and fixing them,” said Tidy Cats spokeswoman Lindsay Harrington. Harrington said the company hired local contractors to clean everything from the pool and remove all of the debris in the area, including the charred remnants of the pool house. One of the workers standing nearby said it took several dump trucks to remove all of the debris and “they had thrown almost everything in the pool,” including furniture. Residents of Hearthstone aren’t the only ones who use the pool; Kimbrough said since it is one of the only private pools in the area, community members, churches and local Boy Scout troops use it. “Most of the kids who came down here after the vandalism happened were devastated. They were crying—my son was crying, and I was crying. This is where we spend our summers and it gives the kids another option instead of hanging out in the street,” Kimbrough said. In addition to the work Tidy Cats is doing, a new pool house needed to be built and electrical rewiring needed to be done, which Kimbrough said would be paid for by the neighborhood. The community is holding a fundraiser May 19 at Chick-fil-A on Memorial Drive 4-8 p.m. to help raise funds. Ron Vaughn, who lives in the Abingdon neighborhood next to Hearthstone, said the local Boy Scout troop he leads uses the pool every summer, in addition to his family. “We had a pool over in my subdivision but it succumbed to the same fate that this one succumbed to. It was a year or so after I moved in and unfortunately the community wasn’t tight enough to rebound from it,” Vaughn said. He said 14 years ago vandals burned his neighborhood pool house down. Vaughn hopes the repairs being made on the Hearthstone pool will have a positive effect on the community and also influence his neighborhood to revitalize its pool area. Resident Emily Grossman said the pool is important because it is a place where countless children learned to swim, in some cases becoming star athletes who swam in high school. “The creek has also offered the same opportunities—little kids who played in the creek have gone on to get graduate degrees in stream maintenance and biology just because it stirred up a curiosity,” Grossman said. Each year, Kimbrough said, the neighborhood deals with vandalism in the pool area and last year they were forced to repaint it. The pool is surrounded by a barbed wire fence and Kimbrough said the neighborhood can’t pay for any additional security. “I’m not happy because the people who committed the arson haven’t been found yet. I guess the police are doing the best they can on that, I’m not faulting them. The responsibility lies on the parents and the school system,” Kimbrough said.

Recently, the Hearthstone neighborhood pool in Stone Mountain was vandalized and Tidy Cat, a kitty litter company, paid to clean up the pool as part of its PU Patrol program. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

Station put DeKalb on the air
by Andrew Cauthen Before 2003, the schedule of DeKalb County’s cable television station, DCTV, was filled with reader boards— scrolling text about various county events, announcements and services. “It was a visual repository of written material,” said Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer. “It was the lowest form of television.” Then, “the folks in DeKalb County administration started paying attention to DCTV,” Brennan said. “We made it into the award-winning institution that it is today.” Just this year, the station has received two Bronze Telly awards, three Pegasus awards of honor and four Pegasus awards of distinction. DCTV has won more than 60 national awards since 2006, including 31 Pegasus awards, 14 National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors awards, nine National Association of County Information Officers awards, two Atlanta Association of Black Journalists awards and an Emmy award. DCTV is DeKalb County’s government access station, which airs on Comcast Channel 23 and has video on demand at DCTV has produced more than a dozen different county-related programs and features, including Inside DeKalb, Let’s Talk DeKalb, DeKalb Salutes You, Check It Out, Arts, Culture & Entertainment Living and various public service announcements. “It shows that there are activities in DeKalb …that you can come out and enjoy,” said Diamond Miller Lewis, director of the county’s Office of Cable Operations. On JobTV, the station has teamed with the Georgia Department of Labor to inform viewers about more than 150 jobs that are available. The 30-minute program is updated daily and runs several times throughout the day. The twice-a-month meetings of the county’s Board of Commissioners are aired on DCTV to allow residents to see “where the actual business of the county transpires,” Brennan said. The reopening of a rehabilitated fire station, the CEO’s annual state of the county address, DeKalb’s Martin Luther King Day celebration and the opening of the renewable natural gas facility are all examples of special programming on DCTV. “We produce programming with a goal of informing our viewers,” Brennan said. “It is informative programming that is entertaining as well.” The station, which is plan-

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Diamond Miller Lewis, director of the county’s Office of Cable Operations which runs DCTV, coaches Sam Goldman, executive director of Callonwolde Fine Arts Center, during a shooting of a public service announcement. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

ning to add animal services public service announcements and coverage of commissioner’s Committee of Whole meetings to its lineup, is never short of ideas, Brennan said. “The requests far outweigh the resources,” Brennan said. “We hear from all corners— county departments and state departments.” The round-the-clock programming on DCTV is produced by a four-person staff headed by Lewis. “The programming you see is a labor of love,” Lewis said. “That’s what we do each and every day.” Brennan said that it is commonplace for him to receive calls on Saturdays or Sundays from DCTV’s “magnanimous” staff. “When they’re on deadline, they work until the job is done,” Brennan said. To aid its staff, DCTV gets help from other county employees “interested in learning more about being behind the camera and learning about production,” Lewis said. “Because they work and do the day-to-day operations and services in each of DeKalb County’s departments, we’re working with them to help us out in produc-

ing stories that are important to whatever department they work in,” Lewis said. “We are using people who work in DeKalb County to help us tell the stories of DeKalb County,” Lewis said. “That furthers our mission and impact.” Producing quality programming for a 24-hour

station is “a labor intensive endeavor,” Brennan said. “You want to make it easy to understand and visually appealing. We’re talking about television and a lot goes into television.” For example, producing the three- to four-hour Board of Commissioners regular meetings—a live broadcast with no edits—may take 20 man hours, Brennan said. “Very few people really understand what it takes to make television,” Brennan said. “It is a subtlety of this operation that is very hard to educate people on.” DCTV itself has been in the news this year after the Board of Commissioners voted to take $75,000 from

the CEO’s budget to form its own communications office. After overriding Ellis’ veto of the measure, commissioners want to use the money as an incentive to urge Ellis’ administration to discuss giving commissioners more airtime on DCTV. “We have severe fiscal obstacles to overcome and we are going to work with the Board of Commissioners to overcome the obstacles,” Brennan said. “We are optimistic that DCTV will continue its legacy of quality programming that educates, informs and communicates the official business of DeKalb County,” Brennan said.

In compliance with O.C.G.A. §48-5, the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District hereby provides notice that at its meeting on June 1, 2012, beginning at 7:30 AM at Pierre Construction Group, 1677 Lewis Way, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 30083, the Stone Mountain CID Board of Directors will vote upon a proposal to levy an ad valorem taxation rate of 5 mills, and will set its millage rate for the lawful purposes of the District for the current calendar year. Set forth below are the assessed taxable values of the properties subject to taxes for the current year and the immediately preceding calendar year, the total dollar amount of ad valorem taxes proposed to be levied for the current year and levied in the immediately preceding calendar year, as well as the percentage and total dollar increases with respect to the immediately preceding calendar year. All property levied upon is real property. The millage rate for 2011 was 5 mills. Assessed Value Taxes Levied % Increase $ Increase 2011 2012(proposed) $99,233,165.00 $463,693.00 $99,233,165.00 $463,693.00 N/A 0% N/A $0.00

J. David Gussio Georgia Bar No. 332107 Webb, Tanner, Powell, Mertz & Wilson, LLP 10 Lumpkin Street Lawrenceville, GA 30046 (770)236-9433 Attorney for Stone Mountain CID

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Photos By Daniel Beauregard

National Bike to School Day
On May 9, City Schools of Decatur students celebrated national Bike to School Day, an event sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School to promote bicycle awareness and a healthy lifestyle. Bikes lined the entrance to Glennwood Elementary School in downtown Decatur, and city officials, teachers and parent volunteers greeted students as they arrived. It was a cloudy, rainy morning but that didn’t stop one group of students riding from Glennwood Elementary to Renfroe Middle School, as they do every day, in a bike train organized by one of the students.

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A large crowd enjoyed mild temperatures May 12 at the annual Good Neighbor Day open house at DeKalbPeachtree Airport. Some of the nation’s top acrobatic pilots participated in the event. In addition to the air show, visitors got a chance to view a large selection of restored, antique aircraft from World War II. Photos by David DiCristina

Good neighbor Day

DeKalb County Wants to Hear From You Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal with Comcast Cable Communications
Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of your community to

The Champion Weather
Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 84 Low: 61

May 17, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
May 17, 1983 - A golfer, playing the Fox Meadows Course in Memphis, Tenn., was struck by a bolt of lightning that went through his neck and down his spine, came out a pocket containing his key, and went into a nearby tree. Miraculously, he survived to tell the tale. May 18, 1989 - Low pressure anchored over eastern Virginia kept showers and thunderstorms over the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. Flash flooding was reported in Pennsylvania. Up to five inches of rain drenched Franklin County, Penn. in 24 hours. Dunwoody 82/60 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 83/61 83/61 83/61 Snellville Decatur 84/61 Atlanta 84/61 84/61 Lithonia College Park 85/61 85/61 Morrow 85/61 Union City 85/61 Hampton 86/62

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 84º, humidity of 42%. East wind 5 mph. The record high temperature for today is 90º set in 1944. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an overnight low of 61º. The record low for tonight is 46º set in 1956.

Mostly Sunny High: 81 Low: 59

*Last Week’s Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 81 66 78/57 0.13" Wednesday 76 56 78/57 0.11" Thursday 74 49 79/58 0.00" Friday 77 48 79/58 0.00" Saturday 77 63 79/58 0.02" Sunday 72 58 79/59 1.44" Monday 80 64 80/59 0.02" Rainfall . . . . . . .1.72" Average temp . .67.2 Normal rainfall . .0.91" Average normal 68.4 Departure . . . . .+0.81" Departure . . . . .-1.2
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Mostly Sunny High: 81 Low: 58

Mostly Sunny High: 82 Low: 60

Mostly Sunny High: 83 Low: 61

Mostly Sunny High: 86 Low: 62 New 5/20

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:34 a.m. 6:34 a.m. 6:33 a.m. 6:32 a.m. 6:32 a.m. 6:31 a.m. 6:31 a.m. Sunset 8:33 p.m. 8:34 p.m. 8:35 p.m. 8:36 p.m. 8:36 p.m. 8:37 p.m. 8:38 p.m. Moonrise 4:25 a.m. 4:58 a.m. 5:33 a.m. 6:12 a.m. 6:55 a.m. 7:42 a.m. 8:34 a.m. Moonset 5:51 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:40 p.m. 8:33 p.m. 9:25 p.m. 10:14 p.m. 10:59 p.m. Full 6/4

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 6:03 a.m. 7:36 p.m. 8:04 a.m. 10:48 p.m. 2:13 p.m. 3:10 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 8:14 p.m. 5:41 p.m. 5:13 a.m. 4:15 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Partly Cloudy High: 84 Low: 65 First 5/28

Last 6/11

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 83º in Carbondale, Ill. The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 90º in Crestview, Fla. The Northwest will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies today, isolated showers and thunderstorms Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 88º in Wolf Point, Mont. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 107º in Bullhead City, Ariz.

Weather Trivia
What is the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning?

0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+

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

Answer: In a watch, hurricane conditions are possible; in a warning, they are expected.


StarWatch By Gary Becker - Rare Venus Transit, June 5
On Tuesday, June 5, North America is posed for the rarest of astronomical events, a transit of Venus. Transits occur when a much smaller body passes in front of a much larger body. In order for a transit to occur, Venus must be crossing the plane of the Earth’s orbit at the exact time it is between the Earth and the sun. Because Venus makes almost exactly 13 circuits around the sun during the time that Earth makes eight revolutions, transits of Venus occur in pairs separated by eight years. The time interval between two pairs of transits is what makes this such an extraordinary phenomenon. Those intervals are 121.5 years and 105.5 years. The last pair took place in Decembers 1874 and 1882, while the next pair debuts in December 2117 and December 2125. The 243 year interval between 1882 and 2125 also reflect a periodicity relationship between the orbital intervals of the Earth and Venus equal to 243:395. With the proper filtration to dim the sun (See last week’s StarWatch article), Venus will appear as an easily seen black dot slowly moving in front of old Sol. Venus makes first contact with the sun at 6:10 p.m., EDT, June 5. For the next 18 minutes, Venus’ disk moves to a point of inner tangency with the sun (Contact II) at 6:28 p.m. For the next six hours and four minutes, Venus “sails” slowly across the speckled solar disk passing closest to the sun’s center at 9:30 p.m. At 12:32 a.m. June 6, Venus reaches inner tangency for the second time (Contact III) and slides off the solar disk 18 minutes later at 12:50 a.m. (Contact IV). Most of North America, except for the eastern third of the country, sees the transit past the point where it is closest to the sun’s center. Only Alaska and Hawaii view the entire transit from start to finish. Check Fred Espenak’s great website about eclipses and transits at transit/venus0412.html for more material.

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mArS liver support system offers new option for acute liver failure patients
For patients in acute liver failure, time is precious. In many cases, a patient’s only hope is a liver transplant, but the wait for a viable—and matching—organ can be too long. Emory University Healthcare now offers Molecular Adsorbents Recirculating System (MARS), a liver dialysis system approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat select patients with acute liver failure due to drugs or toxins. Acute liver failure often results from drug overdose or idiosyncratic medication reactions. The most common cause of acute liver failure is acetaminophen overdose. “We have long had kidney dialysis to stabilize patients in renal failure, but until now, we have not had a corresponding method of treatment for patients in acute liver failure,” said transplant hepatologist and intensivist Ram Subramanian, M.D., assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine. “MARS is a potential game changer for patients who either don’t qualify for transplant or who don’t have the time that is critical to wait for a transplant.” Patients in acute liver failure are unable to clear certain toxins from their systems, so the MARS system does the work for them by drawing blood from patients and cleansing it with a solution containing albumin. Albumin is produced by healthy livers and binds to certain medications and other bodily substances to transport them throughout the body. It also binds toxins, protecting the body from their toxic effects. The cleansed blood is returned to the patient’s circulatory system to attract more toxins. While MARS currently is FDA approved only for treatment of acute liver failure, MARS has been used successfully in clinical trials to treat forms of chronic liver illness. “Several studies in Europe have demonstrated that MARS is effective in treating chronic liver failure as well,” said Subramanian. “My hope is that it becomes another tool for us in offering hope to patients who are dealing with all kinds of liver failure.”


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emory resident physician gets behind-the-scenes media exposure
When the managing editor of medical coverage for ABC News sent an email asking for medical school residents to serve as volunteers at ABC’s headquarters in New York City, Emory emergency medicine resident Dr. Murtaza Akhter was not shy about coming forward. “When I found out about this opportunity, I thought it would be interesting to see the inner workings of a news organization,” said the Chicago native. Akhter is spending May in New York, researching story ideas and recruiting comments from experts around the country for medical producers and writers at ABC. He will even pitch a few Emory stories, and may get a crack at writing an article or two for ABC He also said he is looking forward to being in contact with medical experts and researchers from all over the country. “Although it would be great to be the person who is well known and respected, I think it is even better to meet a variety of people who are considered to be at the top of their field.” A second-year resident, Akhter studied economics at the University of Chicago and then transitioned into medical school after working at the Law and Economics Consulting Group. He said he enjoys doing research and, when he is not treating patients, spends time in the lab implementing an Emory study that involves a novel treatment for traumatic brain injury. Competition for this assignment with ABC was strong. Hundreds of residents from all over the country applied and many of them are scheduled into 2013—including another Emory Emergency Medicine resident, Amit Pandit.


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Wilson, who wants to be a veterinarian someday, said she has clipped nails and taken blood tests of animals. She also has examined stool samples, checking for tapeworms and hookworms.” “And we get to watch surgeries,” Wilson said. “It’s what I want to do. The program, which costs $10 a year, is very “interactive and hands-on,” said Micah Seals, 15, a student at Southwest DeKalb High School. “We learn a lot,” Seals said. “It’s a new experience every time I come here.” Murray said she enjoys teaching and “being able to make a difference in a young person’s life.” “I like the fact that they get to see firsthand what’s going on,” Murray said. When she was young and considering the veterinarian field, Murray’s mother insisted that she learn more about the occupation. “I grew up in the islands and had no real contact with a vet, but she did find somebody who would let me [follow] around after them,” Murray said. “It was the most enlightening activity I’ve been through. I saw so much that day.”

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“It looks good on your resume, too, when applying to vet school.”
– Dr. Paula Murray
Murray, who has worked as a relief veterinarian for the past decade in Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb counties, currently has 16 registered students in DeKalb and 20 in Gwinnett where she worked previously. “They shadow me,” Murray said. “They come in the [examination] room with just about every patient that we see. I won’t have them come in the room with me if the animal is scared of too many people being around or if the owner requests” a private consultation. The Explorers are not present in consultations for clients who are considering euthanization for their pets. “If there’s a surgery going on, they get to see what it looks like,” Murray said. “They see the good, the bad, the ugly because we have the good, bad and ugly.”

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Decision Time for our Region
For the first time in decades, citizens throughout the Metro region will have an unprecedented opportunity to do something to help fix our transportation challenges. After years of inaction and no political consensus on funding solutions to pay for new transit expansion and road, bike and pedestrian improvements, voters now have an option to make up for lost time--Lost time sitting in traffic congestion, missing important meetings and events and time with family. As we were busy losing valuable time, we were also losing potential business opportunities to other cities across the country. Cities like Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Seattle, Phoenix and Portland that understand the value of transit to economic development and quality of life and found ways to fund it. We have a lot of catching up to do if we want to continue to be the thriving and dynamic “Capitol of the South”. If our traffic congestion reputation doesn’t improve quickly, we will continue to lose those opportunities for corporate headquarters, business expansion and retention and attracting freshly minted college graduates looking for a progressive city offering the best quality of life, to those competitor cities that are serious about moving their citizens around seamlessly. On July 31, Georgia voters will go to the polls to select their choice of candidates in the General Primary. They will also have an extraordinary opportunity to vote on a regional transportation referendum for a one penny sales tax to be dedicated to specific transportation projects and improvements approved last October by elected officials representing 12 regions throughout the State. In the 10-county Metro Atlanta region, the tax would generate $7.22 billion over a ten year period if approved. 85% of the funding, or $6.1 billion, would go toward specific projects on the list with the remaining 15% allocated to local governments for discretionary use on transportation related projects. For DeKalb County, an investment of $800 million from the sales tax would yield a healthy return of $1.3 billion, or a 160% ROI, for transit and infrastructure projects, which would then generate thousands of jobs for our citizens, provide transit alternatives to employment centers and improve economic vitality and quality of life. With state and federal coffers increasingly shrinking, there are no other options that are able to provide the amount of funding needed to invest in these critical transportation projects. If the referendum is approved by voters in July, 200,000 additional jobs would be created from 2013-2040 in the Metro Atlanta region. We would also

see a travel time savings of $9.2 billion by 2040 and personal income would increase by $18 billion from reduced fuel cost and travel time savings by 2040. The choice is up to you when you go to the polls on July 31. YOU decide what is best for DeKalb’s future!

Hank Huckaby to keynote the DeKalb Chamber’s June 4 First Monday Lunch
Just as the summer months are heating up, so is the line-up of speakers set to keynote the DeKalb Chamber First Monday Lunch Speaker Series. In the months ahead, Chamber members and interested parties will receive information from a broad array of topics ranging from statewide legislation to higher education. The Chamber’s June 4th luncheon will feature University System of Georgia Chancellor, Hank Huckaby who will share information on the changes affecting the 35 institutions of higher learning within the state. Huckaby, who assumed the helm of USG in 2011 has proposed significant changes with the most controversial being to consolidate colleges. Chamber members and friends are encouraged to register quickly. For details such as location and cost, please visit

Save these important dates for may and June:
May 21 – APEX Small Business of the Year & Small Business Champion of the Year – Presented by the Atlanta Journal Constitution – Holiday Inn Perimer – 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. May 24 – Business After-Hours May 25 – Capacity Building Series – Branding Your Business in Today’s Market – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm May 28 – Memorial Day Holiday – Office Closed June 1 – Coffee & Conversation – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. June 4 – First Monday Lunch – Hank Huckaby, Chancellor, The University System of Georgia – Presented by DeVry University – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Chris Williams, left, and Madilyn Holmes, visitors to Perimeter Mall, try the Me-Ality system and are pleased with the result.

A shopping guide profile tells the Me-Ality user which stores in the mall have garments that will fit him or her. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

mall debuts ‘fitting room of the future’
by Kathy Mitchell Shoppers who dislike going to several stores at the mall and trying several sizes before finding a good fit may be pleased to know some malls now have a way to make the process easier. Me-Ality™—Measured Reality, a booth in which a 10-second body scan takes a shopper’s exact measurements at 20,000 data points, matches a person’s size with items available in the mall. If, for example, the shopper needs new jeans, the scan will tell the person the type and size that will fit at specific stores. A Me-Ality booth opened at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody on May 10. The biggest challenge initially for this “fitting room of the future” may be convincing people that it really is quick and free. For nearly an hour around lunchtime the day the station opened at Perimeter Mall shoppers shook their heads at invitations to try the scan, the cost of which is born by clothing stores— shoppers aren’t charged. Finally, shoppers Madilyn Holmes and Chris Williams decided to give it a try. They both were that can be used indefinitely as long as the person stays the same size. “I love that I can take this to other malls,” said Holmes, who lives in Stockbridge. “I’m a simple shopper. This makes life easier.” If the system becomes popular, it may also mean stores have fewer fitting room discards to return to the racks and fewer clothes that become wrinkled or stained during the try-on process. “We are so excited to give shoppers the opportunity to preview the fitting room of the future at some of the most innovative shopping malls in Georgia,” stated Tanya Shaw, president and CEO of Me-Ality, in a news release. “Right now we are in the preview phase of our launch, which means we’re able to match people with a range of denim and pants styles. We’ll be expanding to cover all clothing in the very near future.” Me-Ality stations are opening at malls across the country and officials at Unique Solutions Ltd., owners of Me-Ality, say that during the next two years the kiosks will open at more than 300 malls across the United States.

A 10-second body scan inside the booth takes a shopper’s measurements at 20,000 data points.

squealing with delight at the results. “I was surprised; it got my size—exactly,” Holmes said. “I was skeptical at first, but this really works.” Williams added, “I’m impressed; it got it right— and it was fun.” It’s also safe since no radiation is used, explained

Tunisia Serrat who was operating the booth. The scan is done with lowpower radio waves. The shopper doesn’t have to remove anything except a coat or jacket. The process start to finish takes about 10 minutes. Shoppers probably still are likely to want to try on

the garment recommended by the Me-Ality to gauge the look—and, as Serrat noted, some people like a looser fit and some like a snugger fit. Me-Ality, however, eliminates trying clothes that don’t fit at all. Once the shopper has been scanned, he or she is given a personal bar code

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emory grad achieves dreams by doing whatever it takes
by Daniel Beauregard Since Mariangela Jordan, 31, left Romania she has worked as a roofer, a gas station attendant, a janitor and a cross-country truck driver, all to follow her passion and receive the best education possible. Jordan recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Emory University. She was also awarded the 2012 Lucius Lamar McMullan Award, one of Emory’s highest student honors which came with a $20,000 prize. When she graduated high school in Romania the country was reeling from the fall of communism. She said her decision to come to the United States was partly to escape what she saw, in many ways, was a corrupt system going through a difficult transition toward democracy. “The country was under communism for 40 years and in 1989 communism fell,” Jordan said. “When I finished high school and started nursing school I realized I didn’t want to live in that corrupt system. I realized that if I wanted to try and fulfill my true potential that I had to go find my place in a different country.” After leaving Romania, Jordan lived in England for a year then moved to Clemson, S.C., in 2003. She lived in Clemson for three years, going to a community college and working full time. “I was working two jobs, around 80 to 100 hours a week, and taking classes full time. Eventually I realized I needed to concentrate on school but to do that I couldn’t continue working so much, so I gave my jobs notice,” Jordan said. Jordan calculated how much money she needed to go to school full time without working and decided, against advice from friends, to take a job as a semi-truck driver. After getting her rig license, she spent the next year driving across the United States. Jordan said much of her downtime during that year was spent sleeping. “But there were many moments when I drove through the night and the morning would come, the sun would rise and there would be an amazing sight with mountains,” Jordan said. “America is really beautiful and I got a chance to see that.” After a year of truck driving, she finished school in Clemson and transferred to Emory, where she said a few mentors helped her flourish by encouraging her to follow her passions. Through Emory’s Center for Ethics, Jordan did an internship with Burmese refugees in Clarkston and became fascinated with a group of Burmese refugees called the Chin people. This summer Jordan is traveling to Mizoram, India, to further her study and work with Chin refugees who have traveled into the city in northern India to escape Burma. “Indians from Chin are considered illegal immigrants. They kind of had to escape Burma and they’re not really accepted in Mizoram— they have a lot of difficulties with the local people there,” Jordan said. Additionally, Jordan will continue her work with Purple Mind Productions, a company she co-founded with Romanian journalist Liliana Ciobanu, that launched last year. She said the goal of the organization is to provide Romanians with a “truly” independent media, because many media organizations there are run by the government or political organizations. Jordan said she doesn’t have many words of wisdom for someone who wants to follow in her footsteps except “follow you own footsteps.” “Don’t be afraid to dream and try to achieve your dreams. One of the biggest failures in life is not to fail but to not even try. It’s a gamble, I know, and you may not always achieve what you want. I haven’t in many situ-

Mariangela Jordan recently graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Jordan was also awarded the university’s 2012 Lucius Lamar McMullen Award, one of Emory’s highest student honors, which came with a $20,000 prize. Photo provided

ations but you move on and try your best,” Jordan said. In the fall Jordan will be pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology at Cornell University.

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Silent auction to benefit lake house A silent auction is scheduled for May 19, 7 - 9:30 p.m., at the historic Avondale Lake House. Tickets are $20 and appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Some of the items up for auction include the use of vacation homes in Jekyll Island, Lake Oconee, Ellijay and Blue Ridge. Other items include restaurant gift certificates, Atlanta Braves tickets, original art and more. Proceeds will help maintain the lake house and grounds. For more information, call Connie Bryans at (404) 408-9644 or email The free block party will feature live entertainment, prizes, community information and games. The event will be held 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Macy’s stage at the Gallery at South DeKalb, 2840 Candler Road, Decatur. The block party is in support of National Youth Traffic Safety Month. TOADD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a safer mobile environment by addressing issues such as being distracted while driving, sexting and cyberbullying. For more information contact Marie Burrell at (480) 788-6233 or send an email to Decatur implements Smart911 program Decatur has implemented the national safety database Smart911 service to improve 911 services for residents and business owners. Smart911 allows residents to create a safety profile of vital personal and household data, including household members, photos, medications or medical conditions and pets, which will be displayed to 911 call takers immediately when a resident places an emergency call. This safety profile provides more extensive information than is currently available on incoming calls and can contain the specific details that first responders can use to save lives, a press release said. Decatur Fire Chief Toni Dixon said Smart911 enhances communication with residents and assists in locating them. The service is free to all residents and business owners, and is private and secure. Safety profiles can be created at www. For more information about Smart911 email or call (404) 373-5092. Free concert announced Bethesda Cathedral of the Apostolic Faith has announced a PreFounder’s Day Celebration concert, featuring Angetta Christie and Darlene McCoy. The concert honors Dr. Stewart Reese Jr. and Navoria Reese; Sir Charles is the guest master of ceremonies. The event is Sunday, May 27, at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Bethesda Cathedral of the Apostolic Faith is located at 1989 Austin Drive, Decatur. For more information, visit


and remember Scott-Heron and his body of work, 6 - 8 p.m. Stonecrest Library is located at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 482-3828.

Lake open early for swimming After the completion of a dredging project, the lake opened May 1 for swimming. The official opening of the beach, along with the customary cookout, will take place on May 26 during Memorial Day weekend. The Pine Lake Association of Involved Neighbors also will hold an ice cream social on the same day.

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Anne Frank relatives to be at MJCCA Buddy Elias, Anne Frank’s first cousin and closest living relative, and his wife, Gertrude Elias will be at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) on May 21, as part of the Page from the Book Festival. She is a co-author of the book Anne Frank’s Family along with German author Mirjam Pressler. Anne Frank’s Family recounts the letters, drawings, poems, photographs, postcards and other types of correspondence found in a trunk in the attic of Helene Elias—Anne’s aunt and Buddy’s mother—following her death in 2001. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, and is in partnership with the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust’s Anne Frank Exhibit. Tickets are $8 for members and $13 for non-members. For more information, visit, or call (678) 812-4002.

Author to discuss book on architect Author Robert M. Craig will be at the Decatur Library on Wednesday, May 23, to discuss about his new book about one of the premier early 20th century architects of the American South, Francis Palmer Smith. Critics call it “a thoroughly captivating and beautifully illustrated study” of an architect who taught generations of students at Georgia Tech and built hundreds of houses of all styles, churches, cathedrals, schools, Coca-Cola bottling plants and high rises. Smith was an architectural pioneer, and this biography—The Architecture of Francis Palmer Smith, Atlanta’s Scholar Architect (University of Georgia Press)—is considered the definitive account of his life and work. Craig is professor emeritus of architecture at Georgia Tech and the author of several notable books, including Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic, 1929-1959 and John Portman: Art and Architecture. The event, to be held at 7:15 p.m. at the library, is part of its week-long celebration of the Decatur Arts Festival. Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. For information, call (404) 370-8450, ext. 2225 or visit or Block party to promote safety Commissioner Stan Watson and Texting Organization Against Distracted Driving (TOADD) will hold a Safe Block Party on May 19.

Stone Mountain sundown movie series set The lawn of Stone Mountain First Baptist Church will be the site of several sundown movies this year in Stone Mountain. Footloose will be shown at dark on the lawn of the church on Main Street, compliments of the Stone Mountain Street Downtown Development Authority. Refreshments are available for purchase. Future movies planned include Dolphin Tales on June 2, Puss in Boots on June 16, and We Bought a Zoo on June 30. CID gets $20,000 grant The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) recently received a $20,000 grant from the DeKalb Development Authority. The money will help the CID with its goal of creating 2,000 jobs by the end of 2013. The funds will match an $80,000 grant award to the CID by the Atlanta Regional Commission. “Our CID is keenly aware of the need to see at least 2,000 new jobs become available in this part of DeKalb County, and we are working to help meet that need,” Stone Mountain CID president Emory Morsberger said. “This economic development effort is focused on recreating our area as a destination for investment and redevelopment. The more businesses that we have filling our available spaces, the more employment opportunities will open where they are needed most.”

Library to present Gil ScottHeron tribute Gil Scott-Heron often referred to himself as a “bluesologist,” in deference to his roots in the blues and the music of the common people. On Tuesday, May 22, Stonecrest Library will honor Scott-Heron as south DeKalb’s own Langston Hughes Award-winning poet and essayist Gwen Russell Green hosts a special tribute to the master wordsmith, an expert cultural chronicler of the 1970s and beyond. Scott-Heron was a man of vision whose words helped to clear a path still followed by many younger artists, according to library officials. Visitors to the library can learn, share, explore

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was able to begin making out the goal and was able to make baskets without just using the backboard.” Handball, which is played on a basketball court with players throwing the ball at a soccer-like goal, was a bit harder because Hunt had to find the goalie to know where to throw the ball. “I would find the goalie and then throw it as hard as I could toward him,” said Hunt. Miller said most goalies would move because they didn’t want to be hit by one of Hunt’s throws. “I wouldn’t want to play goalie against him,” Miller laughed. It took Hunt some time to learn how to play the games, but he got help from older teammates and Miller. “When I first started I had no sense of teamwork and was lucky I was pretty good at it,” Hunt said. “I was also one of the slowest guys in the wheelchairs and everyone would roll past me so fast.” Hard work paid off for Hunt as he eventually became faster than most in the chairs. He also began to get the hang of teamwork and communicating. He moved up to the varsity Silver Streaks after just two years with the junior varsity and played 10

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Adapted sports star became coach’s eyes on the court
dribble. Little did Miller know his new prodigy was sight impaired and could barely see the basket. Twelve years and many adapted sports football, basketball and handball games later, Dontrey Hunt is graduating from Tucker High School after becoming the leader of his adapted sports teams. “I had no idea Dontrey’s disability was impaired sight,” said Miller. “I was amazed that at his age at the time he could shoot and hit baskets from the free-throw line. It made it more amazing when I realized what it took for him to make the baskets.” Hunt’s sight problem is caused by retinitis pigmentosa, astigmatism and scarring on his eyes from birth. “The doctor said my sight never developed as a kid,” Hunt said. “Playing sports helped me work hard to see and helped my mind work with my eyes to get my sight where it is today. It would never have developed this far without getting involved in adapted sports.” Hunt began by using the backboard in basketball because he could see it better and gradually began to find the goal itself. “I could not see the net at all and using the backboard made it possible to hit shots,” Hunt said. “I years on the varsity club. He also led the teams in scoring as a senior. “I realized after several years how much the older players taught me how to play the games,” Hunt said. “Then I began to notice I was teaching the younger players myself.” Some of Hunt’s fondest memories over the years was getting to play at Gwinnett Arena in the state championship game on more than one occassion. “It was exciting to be in that big building with all the lights and television cameras,” said Hunt. “People saw me on television and would call. I never thought I would get to see myself on television. The only problem was it took me four quarters (games are six quarters) to get over the butterflies in my stomach.” Graduation is nearing at Tucker High School and Hunt, a music lover, has plans to attend the Atlanta Institute of Music. “I love all kinds of music from R and B to rap to rock and roll,” said Hunt. “If I see someone has the music in them I always pull it out. Singing and dancing are some of my favorite things to do.” “Whatever Dontrey decides to do in life I know he will be successful,” said Miller.

Dontrey Hunt

by Mark Brock More than 10 years ago, adapted sports coach Mark Miller noticed a first grader shooting baskets in the gym from a long distance for his age. He asked the boy to try it from a wheelchair and the youngster began to hit baskets sitting down while learning to move in the chair and

Three county players nominated for U.S. Army Bowl
Three DeKalb County football players are among 34 Georgians nominated to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Nominees from the county are Stephenson defensive back Ali Groves, Cedar Grove quarterback Jonathan McCrary and M.L. King offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw. A total of 400 high school players across the county were nominated and later this year 90 will be chosen to play in the bowl game. The U.S. Army All American Bowl will be played Jan. 5 in San Antonio and televised live on NBC.

County team wins youth baseball tournament
wo DeKalb County teams were among 16 that recently participated in the Jackie Robinson Youth Baseball Invitational. The tournament, hosted by the Atlanta Braves and held at the Carver YMCA in Atlanta, was to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first Black player in modern Major League Baseball. The Gresham Park Bulldogs won the 9-10 age division and the Browns Mill Georgia Reds participated in the 11-12 division.


Oglethorpe chooses athletics director
Rebecca “Becky” Hall is the new director of athletics at Oglethorpe University, the school announced recently. Hall is the assistant athletics director and senior woman administrator at Wittenberg University and will become Oglethorpe’s fourth director of athletics since reassigning to NCAA Division III in 1990. She will replace Jay Gardiner who served as director since 2004. Gardiner left Oglethorpe to become the inaugural commissioner of the new Southern Athletic Association. A 1998 graduate of Urbana University where she was a star softball player, Hall was hired by Wittenberg University as an assistant coach and was promoted to head softball coach in 1999. She served as Wittenberg’s director of intramurals and club sports from 2003-07 before being promoted to assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator in July of 2007.

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DeKalb High School Sports Highlights
Marist: The War Eagles are the only team in DeKalb County remaining in the state baseball playoffs. Marist defeated Mundy’s Mill in the second round by winning two straight games after losing the opener in the best-of-three series. Marist was held to two hits in a 7-0 loss in Game 1. The War Eagles responded with six runs in the second inning on their way to a 12-1 win in Game 2. Steven Taylor and Thomas Seitz each had two hits. Sean Guenther was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits with one runner advancing to second base. In the deciding game on May 10, Marist scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on for a 3-1 win. A walk, a hit batsman and a sacrifice bunt left runners at second and third for Marist in the fifth. Griffin Davis then hit a chopper that was misplayed by the Mundy’s Mill third baseman, allowing two runs to score. Marist’s other run came on a squeeze bunt in the fourth inning. Guenther pitched three innings in relief to earn his third win of the tournament. The War Eagles played at Greenbrier in Augusta in the third round which began May 15. nated with a 4-0 loss to McIntosh in the second round of the Class AAAA tournament.

St. Pius: The Golden Lions’ had their 17-game winning streak in the playoffs snapped in a 2-1 loss to Oconee County in the third round of the Class AAA state playoffs May 12. St. Pius had won the past three state championships. Taylor Glenn scored the team’s only goal against Oconee. Glenn scored two goals May 8 to lead the Golden Lions to a 6-0 win over Spalding in the second round of the tournament. Scoring one goal each were Amanda Vocelka, Kaitlyn Orman, Avery McKenna and Grace May. St. Pius ends the season 18-2-1. Marist: The War Eagles faced McIntosh on May 16 in the Class AAAA state semifinals after winning games May 8 and May 11. Stephanie Krouskas scored two goals and Francis Monardo had two assists as the War Eagles defeated Starr’s Mill 2-1 in the second round of the tournament. Marist defeated Greenbrier 7-1 in the third round with three goals from Mary Beth Bleekrode. Monardo scored two goals while Marie Athaide and Krouskas each scored one.
Nyonkouor Karlar of Tucker kicks the ball away from Dutchtown players during the Tigers' 1-0 win in the second round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

St. Pius: Alex Kowalski scored the game’s only goal May 11 to help the Golden Lions defeat Southwest Whitfield 1-0 in the third round of the Class AA state tournament. Drew Morgan and Kowalski each scored three goals as the Golden Lions defeated Drew 11-1 on May 8 in the second round. Edmundo Robinson, JD Manzo, Devin Hurley, Thomas Glenn and David McNabb each added one goal. The Golden Lions (17-2-2) played Gainesville on May 15 in the semifinals. Marist: The War Eagles advanced to the Class AAAA state semifinals by defeating East Paulding 2-1 in the second round and Glynn Academy 3-1 in the quarterfinals. The War Eagles faced Lambert on May 15 in the semifinals. Henry Chancy scored all three goals in the win over Glynn. Tucker: The Tigers’ deepest run into the state playoffs ended May 11 with a 4-0 loss to Greenbrier in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals. On May 8 Tucker won a second-round game for the first time 1-0 over Dutchtown. Solomon Roberts scored with 14:58 to play. Defender Josiah Saydee helped save the shutout minutes earlier when he headed a ball from in front of his own net. Other playoff games: Paideia advanced to the Class A state semifinals after defeating Mount Paran 6-1 on May 8 and Hebron Christian 5-1 on May 11. The Pythons faced Atlanta International on May 15 in the semifinals. Lakeside was elimi-

Girls’ state championship: Sarah Kuranga of Columbia shot an 83 and finished sixth in the Class AAA tournament. She had the best score of any golfer for a county team, regardless of classification. Kuranga, a junior, was 11 strokes better than her 2011 state tournament performance. St. Pius tied for seventh in the team standings and was led by Wallis Fairvalley with an 87. In the Class AAAA tournament, Marist was 13th led by Ashlyn Johns (104) and Lakeside placed 15th led by Susanne Boden (102).

Solomon Roberts scored the only goal of the game.

Kevin Frazier works against a Dutchtown defender. Photos by Travis Hudgons

St. Pius girls: The Golden Lions defeated Allatoona 3-0 to win the Class AAA state championship. Scoring points for St. Pius were singles players Blaine Boaz and Jennifer Leib, and the doubles team of Ansley Jones and Grace Mendzef. Other members of the state championship team are Katie Bachman, Rachel Rieder, Barrett Batson, Hannah Provost, Caroline McMullen, Audrey Mendzef and Sarah Huff Moore. Marist girls: The War Eagles finished second in the Class AAAA state tournament, falling to Johns Creek 3-1 on May 12 in the championship match. Marielle Williams scored the War Eagles’ only point with a win at No. 3 singles. The War Eagles, who ended the season 22-3, defeated Greenbrier 3-0 in the semifinals May 11.

Taylor Glenn, middle, scored the only goal for St. Pius in a 2-1 loss to Oconee County.

Caroline Wootten. Photos by David DiCristina

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Southwest DeKalb track athletes, from left, Gréciana Cooper, Demetria Dickens, Victoria Perez and Charlotte Williams signed track or cross country scholarships recently. Photos provided

Southwest DeKalb athletes sign scholarships
by Robert Naddra Seven Southwest DeKalb athletes signed scholarships May 9 and 10 at ceremonies at the school. Three players signed on May 9 and four track athletes signed on May 10. In the May 9 signing ceremony, Sydnee Walton signed an acrobatics and tumbling scholarship with the University of Oregon, which won the NCATA national championship this year. Walton is a four-year honor roll student and a member of the Beta Club, French Club, National Honors Society and Future Business Leaders of America. She also holds the school record in the pole vault. Basketball players Nekia Sockwell signed with Clark Atlanta University and Jasmine Coleman signed with Wallace State Community College in Alabama. Sockwell, a point guard, led the team in scoring with 10.1 points per game. Coleman, a forward, averaged 7.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She also had a teamhigh 63 blocks on the season. The pair helped the Panthers reach the Class AAAA state championship game. The following day, senior track athletes Greciana Cooper, Demetria Dickens, Charlotte Williams and Victoria Perez also signed scholarships. Cooper, a four-year letter-winner in track and cross country, signed with Kennesaw State and will participate in both sports. She holds the school record in the 5K and 3,200 meters, and has a part of two state track championships. Cooper, who sports a 3.3 grade point average, is a two-time Region 6-AAAA champion in the 800 and won the 1,600 region title once. Dickens, who will graduate with a 3.7 GPA, signed with North Carolina A&T and will compete as a thrower. She won the shot put and discus as a senior this year at the 6-AAAA meet, then placed third in the shot put and fourth in the discus in the AAAA state meet. Dickens also was part of Southwest’s state championship team in 2011. She plans to major in architectural engineering. Perez, who ran track and cross country for three years, signed a cross country scholarship with Point University in West Point, Ga. She finished in the top 20 at the Region 6-AAAA cross country meet over the past three years. She also participated in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 on the track team. Williams ran track for four seasons and cross country for two, and signed a track scholarship with Arkansas State. She was a member of three DeKalb County championship track teams and the 2011 state Class AAAA championship track team. In her junior and senior seasons, Williams was part of the Panthers’ sprint medley relay team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation. She placed sixth in the state meet in the 400 as a junior and was the Region 6-AAAA champion in that event as a senior.

Pace setters: Johnson, relay team make history for Stone mountain
by Robert Naddra By the end of the boys’ high school state track championships on May 11, John Williams felt the same way he did 13 years ago. The Stone Mountain boys track coach had good reason to feel nostalgic. He watched his team finish sixth in the Class AAA meet, paced by first-place finishes in the 200 and 400 meters by senior Tamaric Johnson. The Pirates also broke a 28-year-old state record in the 4x400 meter relay with a winning time of 3:15.28. Johnson’s feat was the first back-to-back sweep in both events by a county athlete since Southwest DeKalb’s Hasan Graham did it in 1989-90. Johnson also was the first county runner to win consecutive state titles in the 200 since Williams did it for the Pirates in 1999-2000. “As a coach, I felt the same way when Tamaric won as I did when I was in high school as a runner,” Williams said. “To see all the hard work materialize is an indescribable feeling. For everything to pan out 100 percent was a very special moment to see him repeat. expected to sign a track scholarship with Mars Hill College, Sibley has signed a football scholarship with Portland State and Scott will attend Johnson C. Smith University on a football scholarship. The win in the 4x400 relay was a statement of sorts for the Pirates. The event is something that Williams has focused on since becoming the Stone Mountain track coach in 2010. He keeps the advice of former Pirates’ coach Jay Rollerson (who is now at Clarkston) in the front of his mind. “The first thing he said was the state meet comes down to the 4x400,” Williams said. “It’s the final race of the meet. If you’re going to be competitive, you’ve got to do well in the 4x400.” The 4x400 is an event runners often shy away from because it is at the end of the meet, but Williams has tried to make it a source of pride for the team. “Usually more kids shy away from it than embrace it,” Williams said. “We’ve tried to embrace the challenge of the 4x400 and make it a cool thing to do. We wanted to create an atmosphere where kids want to run it and now we
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Tamaric Johnson nears the finish line during his victory in the 200 meters at the Class AAA state championship. Photo by Tim McCollough

“Tamaric sets the tone at practice,” Williams continued. “He does everything 100 percent and this was his just reward.” Johnson, who has signed a football scholarship with Jackson State, also ran the anchor leg on the relay team. The other members of the Pirates’ winning relay team are Korey Bryant, Aaron Sibley and Fredarious Scott. Bryant is

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have JV kids asking to be a part of it.” Breaking the state record should only enhance the appeal. The Pirates have done well at county and region meets in the event in the past three years, but this is the first year the Pirates have run in the state finals in the 4x400 under Williams. In 2010, the Pirates did not qualify in the 4x400, then last year the team was disqualified in the preliminaries for a uniform violation. This time the Pirates were among the favorites after winning the Region 5-AAA meet with a time of 3:15.84. “Last year left a sour taste in our mouth and we really turned up the focus after the region meet,” Williams said. “It was really special for the guys to break that record,” Williams continued. “I can’t be more proud of them. They all worked really hard.” Two other athletes won state titles over the weekend. Quincy Tiller of Towers won the Class AAA triple jump with an effort of 46 feet, 3.75 inches. Jordan Moore won his third straight 110 meter hurdles title, the first at M.L. King, with a time of 13.45 seconds. He won the two previous years while attending Union Grove. Several other athletes from schools in the county placed among the top five. Class AA Decatur: Djiby Sy, second, 800; Joey Ronca, second, 1,600. Class AAA St. Pius: Calvin Tirrell, fourth, 1,600; Austin Sprague, third, 3,200; Paul Mitchell, fourth, 3,200. Columbia: Darin Hicks, third, triple jump. Cedar Grove: Kareem Nicholas, fourth, triple jump. Class AAAA Lakeside: Brent Reynolds, third, 800; Jeff Jernigan, fourth, pole vault. Marist: Kenneth Brinson, second, discus; Nathan Daniel, second, pole vault; Michael Thurston, fifth, 1,600. Redan: Donald Daley, third, discus; Troy Howard, fourth, 110 hurdles. Class AAAAA M.L. King: 4x100 relay, fourth. Stephenson: Amos Harper, third, shot put.

Stone Mountain's winning 4x400 relay team, from left, Aaron Sibley, Tamaric Johnson, Korey Bryant and Fredarious Scott. Photos by Tim McCollough

Tamaric Johnson on the victory stand after winning the 200 meters. He also won the 400.

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