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Medal of Freedom Octogenarian

artistic career

Photos by John Hewitt

Congressman John Lewis received the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest

civilian honor, from President Barack Obama at a ceremony at The White House
on Feb. 15. Lewis was among the 15 2010 recipients of the Medal of Freedom.
He was cited for his work during the Civil Rights Movement. Among those in at-
tendance were Atlanta Mayor Kaseem Reid, radio personality Frank Ski, former
first lady Barbara Bush, United States Attorney General Eric Holder and Atlanta
Falcons owner Arthur Blank. Photo courtesy of the White House.

With no budget shortfall, Walker

eager to tackle school budget
by Robert Naddra due to good financial decisions
robertnaddra@aol.com made at an earlier time. We
want to clearly minimize a hit
As newly appointed chair- on personnel and programs.”
man of the DeKalb County Interim school superin-
School Board’s budget com- tendent Ramona Tyson told by Gale Horton Gay when she started working as
mittee, Dr. Eugene Walker a gathering last week at the an artist, she replies, “Since I
has some extra motivation to Tyson state of the system address Creating art is second na- can remember.”
begin his new duty. that there will be no shortfall ture to Corrine Workmaster. Workmaster is now 84
Walker and the other bud- “I feel good about it and in the 2011-12 budget and Growing up with parents years old and following a ca-
get committee members will look forward to it,” Walker no millage increase. The who were teachers, she recalls reer as an artist and a 10-year
be dealing with a budget that said. “This is the first year in a system entered this school that the family’s dining room hiatus, she’s at it again—creat-
is not expected to have a while we’re not talking about a year with an $85 million table was always covered with ing and exhibiting. Her work
shortfall. deficit on the front end. That’s shortfall, but trimmed $104 crayons and paper. Asked is on display at The Seen Gal-
See Budget on Page 15A See Art on Page 15A

Former sheriff’s employee cleared of charges

by Andrew Cauthen tions, to fraudulently obtain obtain the funds before the obtain funds due to other $412,000 in restitution.
andrew@dekalbchamp.com funds that should have been money is turned over to the people, Melvin said. DeKalb Sheriff Thomas
returned to people who had state. During the trial Jerni- Brown, who testified in the
A former DeKalb Sher- posted cash bonds. Assistant District At- gan’s attorney, Keith Ad- trial, said he does not regret
iff’s Office manager ams, portrayed firing Jernigan because she
was found not guilty last Jernigan as a victim violated policies regarding
week of two counts of of the fraud of Jones the use of his signature on
racketeering charges, and Barnes. checks. Jernigan was not al-
while her co-defendant Adams said there lowed to use Brown’s signa-
was convicted of the
Dorcas Jernigan, a
There is ‘not one is no evidence that
Jernigan “knew that
they were creating
ture stamp on refund checks
of $5,000 or more.
“My standard operating
former manager in the
civil process unit of the
sheriff’s office, had been
shred of evidence that forged documents,
that she assisted
them in creating
procedure was quite clear,”
Brown said.
Brown, who originally
indicted for 81 alleged
acts of theft, forgery, she was involved in forged documents,
that she told them
hired Jernigan to work in
the jail division, later pro-
bribery and false swear-
ing from November 2007
through July 2008. A jury
their fraud at all.’ to come and present
these documents,
[or] that she told
moted her to manage the
civil process unit, which
holds cash bonds until the
cleared her of the charges anyone to turn a associated court case has
on Feb. 17. – Keith Adams blind eye.” been disposed of.
Nathan Hoyte Jones There is “not one In court on Feb. 15,
was convicted on all shred of evidence Brown told the jury that
charges and will be sen- that she was in- Jernigan was promoted to
tenced by Superior Court volved in their fraud the position because he
Judge Daniel Coursey on When a person uses cash torney John Melvin said at all,” Adams said. needed a quick learner to fill
Feb. 25. for bond, the money is held Refund Solutions had a Barnes pled guilty in the position.
Jones and another indict- by the sheriff’s office until “pattern of racketeering.” 2010 for his role and was “I put her over there spe-
ee Shandarrick Barnes, the case is completed. The The company would present sentenced to 10 years in cifically to watch my back,
were accused of using their person putting up the bond forged documents to Jerni- prison, 20 years probation Brown said. “She violated
company, Refund Solu- money then has five years to gan’s unit to fraudulently and was ordered to pay my trust.”



Decatur court clerk arrested DeKalb County Community Development Department

by Andrew Cauthen from the Department 2010 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
andrew@dekalbchamp.com of Driver Services that
his license would be The DeKalb County Community Development Department is preparing to submit its Consolidated
A court clerk with the suspended for nonpayment
Decatur Municipal Court of a traffic fine. The Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to the United States Department of Housing
has been charged with individual was able to and Urban Development (HUD). The report covers the status of activities and programs carried
felony theft after attentive produce a receipt from out through the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment
coworkers became James showing that he had Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds during the most
suspicious about missing paid in cash. recently completed program year that ended December 31, 2010.
funds. James was suspended
On Friday, Feb. 18, without pay on Feb. 14
Sonequa L. James, who when the investigation The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report is available for citizens’ review
has worked for the court began. She was arrested and comments from February 24, 2011 through March 10, 2011 at the following address:
since 2006, was arrested on Feb. 18 and her
by the Decatur Police termination process has DeKalb County Community Development Department
Department for the alleged been initiated, Arnold 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330
crime that occurred within said.
her capacity as court clerk. “The city will not Decatur, GA 30030
Andrea Arnold, tolerate behavior that Telephone: 404-286-3308 Hearing Impaired (TDD) (404) 286-3336
Decatur’s assistant city undermines the public’s The office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
manager for administrative trust in our government,”
services, said James’ Arnold said in a press The document may also be reviewed at the libraries listed below.
coworkers became release. “We intend to Please contact the libraries for hours of operation.
suspicious when they prosecute Ms. James to
discovered paperwork the fullest extent possible Chamblee Branch Decatur Branch
for two deposits but no under the law.” 4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur
funds associated with the Additional charges (770-936-1380) (404-370-3070)
paperwork. may come from an
Arnold said a person ongoing investigation Redan-Trotti Branch Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Branch
told the court that he had by the Decatur Police 1569 Wellborn Road, Redan 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur
received a notification Department. (770-482-3821) (404-286-6980)
(Written comments should be submitted to the 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue address.)
All locations are accessible to persons with disabilities.
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Four firefighters demoted

for drinking incident
by Robert Naddra report. “I am ashamed and
robert@dekalbchamp.com embarrassed by my ac-
tions of that night. I was
Four DeKalb County way out of line and way
Fire Rescue employees out of control.”
were demoted last week Reed, Corbett, Craw-
after a month-long investi- ford and Anthony Smith
gation concerning alleged all had their blood-alcohol
drinking on duty during level tested the follow-
the January snowstorm. ing morning because they
Assistant Chief Joseph were on duty then.
Tinsley was demoted to The initial test showed
captain; Capt. Marcus
Reed was demoted two
that Reed had a blood-
alcohol level of .054 and
2011 sewer spills nearing 400,000 gallons
ranks to firefighter level 2; Corbett registered .02. by Andrew Cauthen “There’s no way it was spill entered Burnt Creek.
and fire apparatus opera- DeKalb County Public andrew@dekalbchamp.com 18,000 gallons,” Clemmons Other recent spills
tor William Corbett and Safety has a “No Toler- said of the spill. include 2,880 gallons at
firefighter Joshua Craw- ance” policy for any test With seven sewer spills A 7,800-gallon spill at 2877 Brandywine Road in
ford also were demoted, result at .02 and higher. since Feb. 7, DeKalb the Hidden Hills Golf and Atlanta and a 1,980-gallon
according to Fire Chief Because of the initial test County workers have had Country Club at 5001 Biffle spill on Panola Industrial
Eddie O’Brien. results, both Corbett and to deal with approximated Road in Stone Mountain Boulevard in Lithonia.
The incident happened Reed were placed on ad- 395,000 gallons of raw was caused by grease. Grease was the cause
on Jan. 11. Several fire- ministrative leave without sewage spills so far this County workers used rods of both incidents. A
fighters met at Savage pay pending the comple- year. to unstop the blockage. 1,575-gallon spill on Feb.
Pizza in Avondale Estates tion of the investigation. That makes 38 reported Sewage from this spill 17 on Cottonwood Drive
for dinner and consumed It was later determined spills for the first seven entered Snapfinger Creek, in Decatur was caused by
alcohol, then most of them that Corbett was not un- weeks of 2011. The latest according to county reports. broken infrastructure.
went to Twain’s Billiards fit for duty, but he and spills include a major one Grease and rags in a In December, DeKalb
& Tap in Decatur where Crawford were found that occurred on Valentine’s pipe were the cause of a County agreed to pay a
more food and alcohol guilty of having beer at Day in the Aviara Oaks 5,660-gallon spill on Feb. $453,000 penalty from the
were consumed, according the firehouse. On the way Apartments complex, 7 at 5349 New Peachtree EPA for excessive sewage
to the report. back from Twain’s to the located at 3200 Oakwood Road in Chamblee. County spills. Since 2006, there
Reed was found guilty firehouse, Corbett bought Village Lane in Chamblee. reports state that the sewage have more than 840 county
of conduct unbecoming a 12-pack of beer and County workers estimated from this spill never reached sewer spills.
and possession of alcohol brought it into the fire- that nearly 18,000 gallons of a creek or storm drain. The After a vote last month
at a place of work; Corbett house. sewage spilled. property owners had to call by the county’s Board of
and Crawford also were Both Corbett and Rob Clemmons, who a plumber to the fix the Commissioners, water and
found guilty of possessing Crawford were found works for complex and who problem. sewer rates will increase
alcohol at a place of work. drinking in the fire sta- reported the spill, said a Two days later, debris in by 11-percent each year
Tinsley was exoner- tion. They went into the manhole was overflowing a pipe caused 5,270 gallons for three years beginning
ated of the charge of con- captain’s office, opened and took less than an hour of sewage to spill near in 2012. This increase will
duct unbecoming and a a window and poured to fix the clog which was on the Northlake Office Park fund a $1.345 billion project
charge of neglect of duty out the beers, but kept the private property of the located at 3330 Northlake to fix the county’s aging
was deemed unfounded, the bottles because they apartment complex. Parkway. Sewage from this water and sewer system.
according to the report. didn’t want the bottles to
Tinsley admitted to hav- be found in the trash cans,
ing one beer at Twain’s
and was not intoxicated,
which is not a violation of
according to the report.
Smith was exonerated
of misconduct after he
A Past to Cherish...A Future to Fulfill
company policy, accord- admitted to having beer  More than 35 undergraduate and
ing to the report. On the but tests revealed he was 15 graduate degree programs
neglect of duty charge, it never intoxicated, which  New Program:
was determined that he is not a policy violation,
 Master of Social Work (MSW)
immediately notified a according to the report.
supervisor of his involve- A total of 10 firefight-  Online degree programs
ment in the incident. ers were investigated for  Bachelor of Science in Business
The investigation the incident. Capt. Allen Information Systems
showed that Corbett and Garcia and Capt. Stevy  Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Crawford drank alcohol Duke, who were not de-  Master of Science Nursing RN-to-MSN
at their fire station and moted, both were found Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
were seen there with open guilty of misconduct.
bottles of beer. Reed ad- They “did not notify their  Achieved reaffirmation by the Southern
mitted to having too much chain-of-command and Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
to drink at Savage Pizza act in a prompt manner to through 2018
and Twain’s. The bill at remedy the policy viola-  Record enrollment since Fall 2008
Savage Pizza was $102.81 tions that occurred” in Dr. Joseph Winthrop Holley
 New State of the Art Residence Halls
and the bill at Twain’s was their presence. 1903-1943
and Student Center Opening Fall 2011
$12.99, according to the Deputy Chief William
report. Smith, who has since 504 College Drive  Albany, GA 31705
“Due to the amount of resigned from the depart-
Recruitment and Admissions (229) 430-4646
alcohol I had consumed ment, was exonerated on
while at Savage Pizza and one charge while three Graduate School (229) 430-4862
at Twain’s, I don’t remem- others were deemed un- www.asurams.edu
ber much after leaving founded in the investiga- 1-866-579-3498
Twain’s,” Reed said in the tion.

The Newslady
DeKalb firsts–Gwen Keyes Fleming
cases a year and 165 employees. the Domestic Violence Unit and programs or shelter facilities.
As EPA administrator for the increased use of the office’s Elder Keyes Fleming received a
Southeast Region, Keyes Fleming Abuse and Consumer Fraud Units bachelor of science degree in
is responsible for eight states, by obtaining numerous federal finance from Douglass College,
including Georgia, and six tribal awards and grants. the all women’s college affiliated
nations. In 1999, Keyes Fleming with Rutgers University.
Keyes Fleming is a woman coordinated a pilot project with Later, she attended the Emory
of stellar achievements modeled the DeKalb County School University School of Law and
from a rich family history. Her Board called “DUI: Truth and graduated in 1993. The Georgia
late father was one of the famed Consequences.” A judge held Association of Women Lawyers
When she took the oath of Tuskegee Airmen, which was court in a local high school and presented Keyes Fleming with its
office in January 1999, Gwen a source of great pride. Keyes introduced students to the legal Outstanding Law Student Award
Keyes Fleming made DeKalb Fleming takes great pride in her consequences of risky driving for high academic achievement,
County history as the first African community involvement. There behavior. A pilot video that dignity, integrity and commitment
American, the first female and the is not room here to list all of her grew out of that project received to the law. Keyes Fleming is
youngest solicitor general. Later awards and recognitions. There international acclaim and is still married to Randall Fleming and
in 2005, the New Jersey native are some programs and projects used today. they have two young sons. Keyes
would become the first African she initiated that became a Also in 1999, Gwen initiated Fleming has her place in DeKalb
American and first female district passion. a faith-based coalition to end County history. It’s fair to predict
attorney of DeKalb County. During her first term as domestic violence in DeKalb that there is some national “first”
She was re-elected district attorney she created a pre- County. The project was designed in her future.
to the post in 2008. Last trial diversion program, expanded to not only educate members of
September, President Obama’s services for victims and created the faith community about the
administration tapped Keyes a unit focusing on crimes against dynamics of domestic violence Steen Miles, The Newslady,
Fleming to head up the women that was a continuation and the counseling resources is a retired journalist and former
Environmental Protection of her commitment as solicitor available, but also provide Georgia state senator. Contact
Agency’s Southeast Region. As general to fight domestic training and assistance to Steen Milies at Steen@dekalb-
district attorney, Gwen managed violence. While solicitor, Keyes religious leaders who wished to champ.com.
an $11 million budget, 13,000 Fleming increased resources in establish their own counseling

Improve infrastructure, create jobs

by Judge Greg Mathis

You have no doubt heard a lot about

since there will be fewer cars on the road.
Lastly, the new jobs this investment will
help create will bring the unemployment
President Obama’s proposed federal rate down from its record high levels. Let Us Know What You Think!
budget in the news lately. With an eye Of course, the proposal has its critics. THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS encourages opinions
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plus-dollar deficit, the president suggests can pay for it. The president thought of views. Letters should be brief, typewritten and contain
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William C. Crane, 1974-1992 One Man’s Opinion C. William “Bill” Crane, 2009 - ?
Raise my taxes, please!
crease. It should also be noted, that the property taxes paid to the DeKalb choose a path of decline, deteriora-
by a margin of one vote, the DeKalb County tax commissioner and sepa- tion and fiscal irresponsibility, we
County School Board also held the rate millage rates set by the DeKalb need to look to our leadership, and
line in 2010. School Board. the DeKalb County Commission to
The federal stimulus funds are DeKalb Sheriff Tom Brown (a make the tough choices as we move
gone, or soon will be spent. Georgia longtime fiscal conservative who ahead together. Better economic
is facing its tightest state budget in typically returns unspent funds to times are ahead. This millage rate
decades. Many counties across the the commission each year), and increase may be rolled back in a year
country, now paying the price of bad DeKalb’s new district attorney, Rob- or three, but to hold our ground and
management in good times—or the ert James, are joining the CEO in maintain our community this year we
“The only things certain in life costs of promises they can’t keep advocating for this slight millage all need to dig a little bit deeper.
are death and taxes.” (such as sky-rocketing employee increase to avoid drastic cuts in the Clearly, there is fat still to be
–Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to health care and pension funds)—are courts and public safety budgets. trimmed in some areas, particularly
Jean-Baptiste Leroy (Nov. 13, 1789) now leading many local govern- It should be noted, without blam- among executive salaries, and hid-
ments to the brink of bankruptcy. ing the DeKalb Police Department den benefits or golden parachutes
No one, including me, likes to A stark reality of politics, de- or Sheriff’s Office that murders in upon their departure. Review of
pay taxes. On the other hand, we all spite Mr. Franklin’s wise words of DeKalb County in 2010 rose by an those concerns does not end with this
want safe streets and neighborhoods, more than two centuries ago, is that alarming 41 percent. Solving and budget. But the law requires a new
quality schools and working infra- tax increases are never popular and prosecuting those cases will also re- and approved budget within a mat-
structure. Those things all cost lots many an incumbent has been ousted quire a strong police department and ter of days. And when we leave our
of money. The question of course for supporting same. That brings judiciary. The trial load in county houses next Monday, we expect our
remains how much is too much, and us to the brink of a vote on DeKalb courts during 2010 increased 22 per- schools to be open, and our streets to
when do “good government pro- County’s 2011-12 budget as cur- cent, and is expected to rise another be safe. When we turn on the water,
grams and initiatives” grow into the rently presented by DeKalb CEO 12 percent during 2011. Delayed we expect it to flow. Keeping those
unsustainable monstrosities, which Ellis, and awaiting changes and a criminal trials could likely expose expectations turning into daily reality
many have become? I won’t have final approval by the DeKalb County the county to additional litigation will require a bit more self-sacrifice
that answer for you today. Commission. costs brought on by the lack of ac- for the next few years, so Mr. CEO
DeKalb County, despite its more The budget offered by the CEO cess to a speedy trial. and commissions, raise our millage
than occasional flaws, operates a requires a millage rate increase of County voters are unlikely to rate ever so slightly, if you please.
leaner-than-many county govern- 2.32 mills. Balancing the budget support another Special Purpose
ment. Our public services are not without that increase will require an Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Bill Crane is a DeKalb County
perfect, but having lived in many additional $28 million in budget cuts. in the near term, and record foreclo- native and business owner, living in
other municipalities and counties, The majority of those dollars would sures and bankruptcies unfortunately Scottdale, Georgia. He also serves
ours are more reliable and responsive come out of DeKalb’s public safety will place the burden of paying these as chief political analyst and com-
than most. DeKalb CEO Burrell budgets. The water department is bills on a decreasing number of mentator for 11Alive News and WSB
Ellis, as well as commissioners, ad- funded directly by its customers DeKalb taxpayers and households. Radio, News/Talk 750. Contact Bill
mirably cobbled together a budget and related bond issuances, and the That is clearly unfortunate too, but Crane at Bill@dekalbchamp.com.
last year that did not require a tax in- school system’s funding comes from life is simply not fair. Unless we

My favorite Republican
Eisenhower's farewell address sounds like a
speech not merely from another era but from
another planet.
There’s been a good His warning against
deal happening lately the military-industrial
needing immediate at- by Donald Kaul complex took only a
tention, but it’s not too Columnist moment of the speech,
late to recognize the 50th but carried the testi-
anniversary of one of our mony of a man whose
great presidential speech- probity (yes, Virginia, life had been devoted
es–Dwight D. Eisenhow- there was such a thing to military service:
er’s farewell address. back then) and something “We have been com- The following comments are pulled straight from our website and
The only part of it of a national father figure. pelled to create a perma- are not edited for content or grammar.
much remembered is his As a five-star general and nent armaments industry
admonition to avoid “un- the commander of Allied of vast proportions…In
warranted influence” by the councils of govern- Avondale Publix development on hold
Forces in Europe, he led
the “military-industrial” us to victory in World ment, we must guard
complex. There’d been War II. As president, he against the acquisition of
a military-industrial brought an end to the un- unwarranted influence, IDevelopments are BUST from Downtown At-
complex operating since popular armed conflict in whether sought or un- lanta to Buckhead to Brookhaven but the DeKalb
World War I, but Ike was Korea. sought by the military-in- CEO Burrell Ellis is in Washington DC on my dime
the first to name it. He had perhaps the dustrial complex. The po- wasting my money trying once again to revive the
What’s striking about best campaign slogan of tential for the disastrous Doraville GM Property Bad Deal !
the speech today is its any American politician: rise of misplaced power Have you ever been in that area during Morning
tone of balance and mod- exists and will persist.”
eration. It sounds like a
“I Like Ike.” And we did.
The speech is a virtual and Evening Traffic ? If the existing roads could
Even liberals liked him not handle the GM Employees with extra traffic
speech not merely from personally, if not politi- critique of the present. Al-
another era but from an- most everything he feared how can the area handle the traffic from any grand
cally. plan from CEO “Little Lord Faunteroy” ?
other planet. His farewell had a kind would happen, happened.
Near the top the presi- of Polonius lilt (“Neither I wasn’t a fan of Eisen-
dent said: a borrower nor a lender hower as president. He – Iva Ben Hadd posted this on 2/16/11 at 5:48 p.m.
“Like every other be”), embodying time- was too conservative for
citizen, I wish the new honored conservative me, too ineloquent. I cast
President [John F. Ken- principles–idealism, cau- my first vote against him. Old school becomes new movie set
nedy, a Democrat] and tion and moderation. I can’t imagine what
all who will labor with “Throughout Amer- I was thinking. For all
him Godspeed. I pray that ica’s adventure in free his faults, Ike was a fine Great question cynic, perhaps it will be used to
the coming years will be president. If one were to
blessed with peace and
government,” he said,
seek to name his lasting pay the new public relations person. Since I’m sure
[our] “basic purposes his salary is twice that of the former person Dale
prosperity for all. have been to keep the accomplishments, one
“Our people expect needs look no further than Davis. Or maybe DCSS won’t have to cut more
peace; to foster progress jobs from the bottom to pay Tyson’s salary? Or
their president and the in human achievement the Interstate highway
Congress to find essential and to enhance lib- system, the largest public maybe they will use the money to pay for the redis-
agreement on questions erty, dignity and integrity works program in our his- tricting scam and the superintendent scam search
of great moment, the wise among peoples and na- tory. since Tyson is the boards Girl! More of the same
resolution of which will tions.” Yet far more than that, Black on Black crime. Stay tuned DeKalb!
better shape the future of Then he warned he was the last American
the nation.” against overreaching: president able to look the – Loreen Booker Brown posted this on 2/16/11 at
Can you imagine a “There is a recurring military-industrial com- 6:56 p.m.
Republican leader saying temptation to feel that plex in the eye and make
something like that now? it blink. For that, if for
Not if the leader is Mitch
some spectacular and
nothing else, we should It would have been nice to include in this story
costly action could be- how much DCSS is being paid for the use of this
McConnell, John Boeh- come the miraculous solu- honor him and remember
ner, Sarah Palin, Jon his words. school, and where those $ are going.
tion to all current difficul-
Kyl or Eric Cantor. Had ties…But each proposal A perfect president?
Ike been that kind of Re- must be weighed in light Hardly. But a damn good – cynic posted this on 2/13/11 at 9:52 a.m.
publican he’d have said: of a broader consider- one.
“I want our new president ation; the need to main-
to be a one-term president tain balance in and among OtherWords columnist Proposed county budget cuts five recreation
and I expect our party in national programs…. Donald Kaul lives in Ann centers
Congress to work to make Good judgment seeks bal- Arbor, Michigan. www.
him so.” ance and progress; lack of otherwords.org
Eisenhower was the it eventually finds imbal- As for the recreation centers - good riddance. I
very model of Republican ance and frustration.” have spent 50 years in DeKalb and never used
them once. They are largely irrelevant.

Printed on 100% post- –The Evangelist posted this on 2/18/11 at 7:30


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Michael and Eunice Shinn

Champion of the Week

Gail Smith feels that said. “Now days the

the work her pastor and demand has become
his wife, Michael and greater and of course
Chamblee mayor Eric Clarkson speaks to the Chamblee Business Association about the positive Eunice Shinn, do in the middle class and
changes that have happened in the city since annexation. Photo by Andrew Cauthen the community goes so poor always get hit the
far beyond what would hardest.”
Chamblee’s annexation brings changes normally be expected of
people in their position
Among the projects
that keep the Shinns
that they deserve spe- busy are ones that
by Andrew Cauthen 50 percent larger. Before officers. cial recognition. provide food baskets,
andrew@dekalbchamp.com the annexation, the city was The city’s 2011 budget “I know people would clothing and health
approximately 3.5 square is $13 million and Cham- say that these are information in the com-
A year ago during his miles with about 12,000 blee is expected to bring things a church is sup- munity. They host Fri-
state of the city address, residents. in $13.7 million, Clarkson pose to do, and they’re day night family movie
Chamblee Mayor Eric “There were some folks said. With the $700,000 right, but their efforts nights and give away
Clarkson told the city that that were not in favor of it in unbudgeted funds, the make it possible for us back-to-school items in
there might be a referendum [the annexation] and put city will be able have ap- to do so much more. the fall and toys during
on annexation on the ballots out a fairly large campaign proximately $2.4 million in We have no money; the Christmas season.
in November 2010. to try to stop it,” Clarkson reserves. what we have is Pas- They are especially
The vote came and 58 said. “We’re still below where tor Shinn and his wife,” interested in the well
percent of the residents in Clarkson, who has been the city would like to be,” Smith said. She added being of children in lo-
the Huntley Hills area voted Chamblee’s part-time Clarkson said. that because of the cal shelters, schools,
to be annexed into the city. mayor since 2005, said he Clarkson said he hopes time and effort they hospitals and the Stone
In this year’s address be- has received several e-mails Chamblee officials will be put in New World Har- Mountain community.
fore the Chamblee Business from new residents who say able to lower the 7.95-mill- vest Church in Stone They seek “to provide
Association, Clarkson said they are pleased with their age rate later this year. Mountain, which has love, acceptance, guid-
the recently annexed area new municipal residency. “It’s just a shame that been around for a little ance and encourage-
now has a “government Because of the an- we’ve had to balance our more than 10 years, is ment to those who
that’s much closer to the nexation, Chamblee had to budget on the backs of our even able to help other may have felt abused,
people.” hire additional employees property owners,” Clarkson churches. abandoned, overlooked
After adding 6,000 resi- bringing its workforce to said. “For just way too long “We could never or misunderstood,”
dents and 1.5 square miles 104. Among the additional now the millage has gone forget where God according to Michael
to the city, Chamblee starts workers, the city hired 12 up. I think that it is time for brought us from and Shinn.
the year off approximately police officers and four 911 it to come back down.” the many days our They also help the
parents struggled to youth build their self-es-
make ends meet for our teem by teaching them
family. During those how to improve their
days families along with problem-solving abili-
churches would come ties, how to interact with
together to assist others others socially, and be
less fortunate than our prepared for the work
family,” Michael Shinn force, the couple said.

If you would like to nominate someone to

be considered as a future Champion of the
Week, please contact Kathy Mitchell at
kathy@DeKalbchamp.com or at
404-373-7779, ext. 104.

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James handles one of the 200 confiscated weapons set to be destroyed by James’ office. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

District attorney destroys 200 weapons

by Andrew Cauthen “We have entirely too The weapons were held for a few years until said. “We’re lessening the
andrew@dekalbchamp.com many weapons on the used in various felonies in the appellate process has opportunity for bad people
streets,” said District Attor- DeKalb County and confis- ended. Some of the weap- to do bad things with these
Three years ago, Tajuan ney Robert James during cated by the investigating ons destroyed were from weapons.”
Gurvin, 22 of Decatur, went a press conference Feb. 17. jurisdiction, James said. 10-year-old cases. James said that although
to an apartment complex in “When you have weap- the weapons were just a
Clarkston, and fired an AR- ons on the streets, bad fraction of those available
15 assault rifle in the air. He people gain access to on the streets, each one
then entered an apartment those weapons and they
‘By taking these off
confiscated makes DeKalb
and held five people captive do bad things.” safer.
while threatening to shoot The weapons will be “By taking these off the
them. Gurvin assaulted one
of the victims with the butt
of the weapon before fleeing
shredded at Newell Re-
cycling in Doraville.
“We basically recycle
the streets, I believe streets, I believe DeKalb is
a safer place,” James said.
“We’re safer 200 times.”
the scene.
Gurvin was later ap-
prehended, convicted and
them as scrap metal,”
James said. “They’re
gone and you’ll never
DeKalb is a safer James said that many of
the weapons were obtained

illegally by repeat offenders.
sentenced to 10 years for see these weapons again “These aren’t Boy Scouts
aggravated assault, false on the streets after we’re committing these offenses,”
imprisonment, burglary and done. James said. “These are peo-
criminal damage to property. “Every time we take a – Robert James ple who have been in prison
The weapon he used in gun off the street…that’s before. They’re not getting
the crime was one of 200 one less gun that can be these weapons at Walmart.
revolvers, rifles and semi- used against a young They’re not getting these
automatic confiscated guns mother or a police officer After the district attorneys’ “We are ecstatic about weapons at a reputable pawn
set to be destroyed by the or someone caught in the office gets a conviction in … taking these weapons shop. They’re buying these
DeKalb County district at- crossfire when they’re going cases involving weapons, off the streets [and] getting weapons off the street.”
torney’s office. to church,” James said. the weapons are usually them destroyed,” James
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Outsourcing provides best health care for inmates

by Nigel Roberts general population have is often
controversial. Nevertheless, the
The United States Supreme Court courts have been largely steadfast
declared more than three decades in protecting prisoners’ health care
ago that prisoners have a constitu- rights. The constitutional underpin-
tional right to quality health care. At ning of the Supreme Court’s 1976
a time when budgets are tight and decision in Estelle v. Gamble is that
health care costs are skyrocketing, an inmate’s untreated illness could
county officials seek the best way to result in pain and suffering—a vio-
comply with the law while spending lation of the Eighth Amendment
tax dollars wisely. prohibition of cruel and unusual
Outsourcing inmate health care, punishment.
said DeKalb County Sheriff Thom- As Cummiskey explained, “Na-
as Brown, is the most cost effective tionally, incarcerated populations
use of public funds. In January, the tend to be very litigious.” Lawsuits
department contracted with Correct and complaints from inmates and
Care Solutions, a Nashville Tenn.- inmate advocacy organizations have
based company, to provided health led courts throughout the nation to
care to county jail inmates. intervene on the behalf of prisoners.
CCS’ services, which include In some instances, the courts have
medical, dental and mental health, ordered jails and prisons to increase
cost the county about $13 million a staffing or to enlarge its range of
year. “It’s expensive,” said Brown, health care services.
“but the law requires that we pro- Brown said he had concerns
vide quality health care to our pris- about the quality of care the previ-
oners.” ous health care vendor provided.
Brown said he could not recall vendor, the department signed a have not traditionally taken good “Our previous medical provider
a time during his long career when five-year contract with CCS—the care of themselves,” said Cummis- failed to meet our standards of per-
health care was handled in-house. third-largest correctional health care key. “This is often driven by mental formance measures,” he said, “and
But he estimated that in-house provider in the country. illness, challenges with addiction or that didn’t serve the taxpayers.”
health care would cost perhaps On a typical day, CCS health simply limited access to health care So far, the sheriff is pleased with
a little less than the amount the care providers have more than services.” the quality of care CCS provides
county pays CCS. “However, sev- 3,000 patient contacts, said Patrick He added that inmates typically to county inmates. He highlighted
eral factors, including recruitment Cummiskey, a CCS executive vice come from a segment of the general that the company is a leader in the
and purchasing liability insurance, president in charge of client de- population that is “noncompliant electronic medical records industry
would drive up our in-house costs,” velopment. These patient contacts on their treatments” or newly di- and has made significant progress
he explained. By outsourcing, the include screening new inmates, sick agnosed. Consequently, DeKalb’s toward transforming the jail’s old
medical vendor assumes the re- call service, daily medication ad- inmates, as well as other prison pop- paper files. The sheriff said the com-
sponsibility for medical malpractice ministration, chronic care manage- ulations, tend to have a higher than pany also impressed him when it
suits. “This protects the Sheriff’s ment, medical records management, average rate of chronic illness, HIV/ “proactively” placed its staff in ho-
Department and the taxpayers,” chronic care management and other AIDS and communicable diseases, tels near the jail so that they could
Brown continued. services. Cummiskey explained. report to work during January’s in-
After declining to renew its con- “This patient population is often Providing a higher level of health clement weather.
tract with a different health care skewed toward individuals who care to inmates than many in the


School Decommissioning
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 6:30 P.M. Public Hearings Thursday, March 3, 2011 6:30 P.M.
Administrative and Instructional Complex Board Room Administrative and Instructional Complex Board Room
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Stone Mountain, GA 30083
DeKalb County School System proposes to decommission six education facilities: (1) Atherton ES, (2) Glen Haven ES, (3) Gresham Park ES, (4) Peachcrest ES,
(5) Medlock ES, and (6) Sky Haven ES and to place two schools in inactive status: (1) Avondale MS and (2) Avondale HS. Students from these schools will be
relocated to other existing nearby schools, as listed in Table 1 and Table 2, and this will take place by August 2011 for the 2011-2012 school year. The
proposed use for each affected building is listed below in Table 1.

All existing school sizes and grade configurations will remain the same and no new facilities or expansion of existing facilities are proposed as part of these
relocations and closures. Attendance lines will be redrawn for some of the receiving schools and their adjacent schools in order to accommodate the relocated
students within each existing school’s capacity limits.
g p y
Table 1. Decommissioned Schools Table 2. Receiving Schools, Size and Configuration
2010-11 Resident Students 2010-11 Enrollment
Receiving Configurati
School Building Address Transferred and Where Proposed Use of Building Funding/Source Address After School
Schools on
1674 Atherton Drive Canby Lane ES (76), Rowland ES (143),
1. Atherton ES Decommission Facility $0 Avondale ES 10 Lakeshore Dr Avondale Estates, GA 30002 593 PK-5
Decatur, GA 30035 and Snapfinger ES (81)
Bethune MS 5200 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30035 1,002 6-8
1402 Austin Drive Midway ES (320), Rowland ES (80), and
2. Glen Haven ES Decommission Facility $0 Canby Lanes ES 4150 Green Hawk Trail, Decatur, GA 30035 650 PK-5
Decatur, GA 30032 Snapfinger ES (15)
Clarkston HS 618 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 1,399 9-12
Clifton ES (27), Flat Shoals ES (49), Clifton ES 3132 Clifton Church Rd. S.E. Atlanta, GA 30316 466 PK-5
1848 Vicki Ln, SE
3. Gresham Park ES McNair DLA ES (21), and Decommission Facility $0 Druid Hills HS 1798 Haygood Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30317 1,334 9-12
Atlanta, GA 30316
Meadowview ES (88)
Flat Shoals ES 3226 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur, GA 30034 533 PK-5
1530 Joy Lane Freedom MS 505 South Hairston Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30088 1,119 6-8
4. Peachcrest ES Midway ES (85) and Knollwood ES (127) Decommission Facility $0
Decatur, GA 30032 Laurel Ridge ES 1215 Balsam Drive, Decatur, GA 30033 342 PK-5
2418 Wood Trail Lane Avondale ES (71), Laurel Ridge ES (60), McLendon ES 3169 Hollywood Drive, Decatur, GA 30033 512 PK-5
5. Medlock ES Decommission Facility $0
Decatur, GA 30033 and McLendon ES (104) McNair DLA ES 2162 Second Avenue, Decatur, GA 30032 984 PK-5
1372 Sky Haven Rd, SE McNair DLA ES (159) and Meadowview ES 1879 Wee Kirk Road, Atlanta, GA 30316 404 PK-5
6. Sky Haven ES Decommission Facility $0 Midway ES 3318 Midway Rd, Decatur, GA 30032 734 PK-5
Atlanta, GA 30316 Meadowview ES (51)
3131 Old Rockbridge Rd Bethune MS (293), Freedom MS (8), Rowland ES 1317 S. Indian Creek Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 479 PK-5
7. Avondale MS Put in inactive status $0 Druid Hills MS 3100 Mount Olive Drive, Decatur, GA 30033 1,082 6-8
Avondale Estates, 30002 Shamrock MS (184)
Snapfinger ES 1365 Snapfinger Road, Decatur, GA 30032 926 PK-5
1192 Clarendon Road Clarkston HS (4), Druid Hills HS (174),
8. Avondale HS Put in inactive status $0 Towers HS 3919 Brookcrest Circle, Decatur, GA 30032 1,109 9-12
Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Towers HS (374)

Leaders discuss state of Black DeKalb

by Andrew Cauthen a solid community. During the panel dis- funding. churches in addressing the
andrew@dekalbchamp.com “Go to the PTA meeting cussion on community, “You don’t have to have problems of the Black com-
whether you have a child in John Evans, president of a whole lot of money to do munity, he added.
Many of the ills of the that school or not,” Peagler DeKalb’s NAACP, said that that,” Evans said. “Grandma However, Andre Grier,
Black community have oc- said. “Go to your homeown- many problems in the county used to sweep the dirt in the pastor of Union Mission-
curred because of the negli- front yard just to keep it ary Baptist Church, said the
gence of Blacks, according clean.” church is not the answer to
to one community leader. James Murphy, of every problem in the com-
“We as a people have al-
lowed a whole lot of things
to take place in our commu-
‘We’ve got everything the Churchill Downs
Civic Association, said
one problem in the com-
“You want us to solve the
crime problem. You want
nity,” said Gil Turman, pres-
ident of the South DeKalb we need to begin to munity is that parents
and leaders need to have
us to solve the domestic
violence problem. You want
Neighborhood Coalition.
Community leaders have
allowed drug businesses
solve our problems in more of an interest in the
lives of young people.
“We have to teach
us to have all the answers
to political and social and
economic needs,” Grier said.
to thrive and have turned a
blind eye to people casing
the church, but we’re our young people core
values, and we have to
“But we need help. We are
not the end all, be all for ev-
their neighborhoods, prepar-
ing to rob homes, he said. underutilized.’ bring them to a place
where they understand
ery ill in our society.”
Grier said that he hopes
These comments came what integrity is,” Mur- and prays that the Black
Feb. 21 during one of seven – Timothy McDonald phy said. church is still a viable part of
panel discussions on “The Commenting during the community.
State of Black DeKalb: How the religion panel discus- “If it is not, I think that all
Far Have We Come?” The ers association and voice would improve if the county sion, Timothy McDonald, of us are in trouble,” Grier
event, sponsored by DeKalb your opinion. Participate in were cleaner, aestetically. pastor of First Iconium Bap- said.
County Commissioner Stan your government. Voting is “Our communities are not tist Church, said the Black In a summary comment
Watson in recognition one of those things that make clean,” Evans said. “If you church is still the hope of the during his panel, Peagler said
of Black History Month, your neighborhoods strong.” don’t have a clean commu- community. DeKalb County is one of the
brought together an estimat- Community is foremost nity, nobody wants to come “We’ve got everything we greatest counties in the na-
ed 200 Black government, a mindset, said John Leak, into your community. If it’s need to begin to solve our tion.
school, business and commu- of the Columbia Valley com- not clean it says…“don’t problems in the church, but “I’m not going anywhere
nity leaders. munity. come in here.” we’re underutilized,” Mc- until I retire and can’t pay
There were panel discus- “When you ask White Evans said that cleanli- Donald said. Teachers and these high millage rates,”
sions on education, econom- people where they live, they ness does not require much business leaders need to join Peagler said.
ic development, community, say ‘I live in Druid Hills,’”
religion, health care, politics Leak said. “You ask Black
and the future of DeKalb. people, they say ‘Well, I stay
Charles Peagler, presi- over by South DeKalb Mall.’
dent of the Kings Ridge Ho- There’s a difference in liv-
meowners Association, said ing and staying. And for our
concerned DeKalb residents communities to improve, we
must participate in all levels have to live in our commu-
of schools, churches and nities. Live, work, play and
government to make DeKalb shop.”

Traffic accident victim

ran red light, police say
by Robert Naddra

The woman whose car struck a DeKalb County Police

cruiser last weekend ran a red light, according to the police
department’s initial investigation, spokeswoman Mekka
Parish said.
The driver of the car, Cheryl Blount, 51, and 56-year-
old Shelley Amos were killed after the vehicle T-boned the
patrol car of officer Kristina Hambie.
Hambie was driving westbound on Covington Highway
just outside Avondale Estates when her cruiser was struck
by a 2001 Nissan Altima driven by Blount, according to
police. Amos was pronounced dead at the scene and Blount
died after being taken to an area hospital.
Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the accident, ac-
cording to Parish. It is not known how fast Blount was trav-
eling when her car struck Hambie’s vehicle, she said.
Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, right, and a few Trees Atlanta volunteers kick-off tree planting festivi-
Hambie was taken to an area hospital for injuries, but is ties at Decatur Cemetery on Feb. 18, Georgia’s Arbor Day.
recovering at home. She is on leave while recovering, Par-
ish said. The nature of Hambie’s injuries is not known, Par-
ish said.
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Wesley Ruland found an old-fashioned phone among the pile of items in a storage unit he and business partner Doug Jordan won recently at the monthly auction at Storage
World in Decatur. Photos by Robert Naddra

TV show causes spike in storage unit auctions

by Robert Naddra work for you,” Ruland said. the auctions. Now we get hidden treasure. men live in McDonough and
robert@dekalbchamp.com “If we can get these chairs around 50,” Dozier said. Before the auction be- take anything of value they
cleaned up and if the mat- If no payment has been gins, interested buyers are find at auctions to a large
At first glance, Wesley tresses are in good shape, it made on a unit after 60 allowed to walk past the flea market in McDonough
Ruland thought he had just might be worth something.” days, the lien process be- open door of a unit, but are to sell.
bid $75 for a heap of trash. Ruland won one of four gins, Dozier said. They can not allowed to go in a unit. Ruland, who is in the real
The 10-feet by 20-feet auctions held recently at sell the contents of a unit if “We average about estate business, has been
storage unit was piled with Storage World on Panthers- no payment has been made 10 units up for auction bidding on storage units for
rolls of carpet backing, a ville Road in Decatur. The after 90 days. each month, “Dozier said. about a year since leaving
washer and dryer in ap- business holds monthly auc- For the most recent auc- “We’ve had as many as 15 the Army.

So many reasons to join!

parently poor condition, tions on units that have been tion, the business’s parking units up for auction and the “I was inspired by the
electronics with the cords defaulted on by renters. lot was full with trucks and bids can get into the thou- TV show,” he said. “You’d
cut and garbage bags full of Ruland’s unit was the trailers nearly 30 minutes sands for a 5 by 10 unit.” be surprised at what people
miscellaneous junk.
“Looks like I’ll be doing recent auction, but it drew
DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
largest up for bid at the most before the auction began.
Vehicles also were lined up
After a few minutes of will buy. We had one unit
investigating their unit, Ru- that had 30 or 40 bags full
good to get the $75 back,” the lowest100
bid.Crescent CenteronPkwy.,
Three other Suite 680.
the shoulder Tucker, GA
of Panthers- 30084
land (404) were
and Jordan 378-8000
of clothes, and people were
Ruland said before entering 10-by-10 units were won for ville Road as more than 60 at the prospect of doubling buying entire bags.”

Looking for new customers? We can help!

the unit. $300, $135 and $220. people came to try to find their $75 investment. Both
But after rummaging Since the debut of the
through the unit with busi- popular A&E television
ness partner Doug Jordan,
the Redan High School DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
show Storage Wars, interest
in the auctions has doubled, PUBLIC NOTICE
100 Crescent Center Pkwy.,
graduate was more hopeful. said Storage World manager Suite 680. Tucker, GA 30084 (404) 378-8000 www.DeKalbChamber.org
There were mattresses that Latasha Dozier. The proposed Capital Improvement budgets for the City of Pine Lake will be available
may be able to be salvaged, The auctions are a neces- for public review at the Pine Lake City Hall, 462 Clubhouse Drive, Pine Lake, Georgia
two pieces of furniture that sary part of the business, but
The Voice of Business in DeKalb County
during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, beginning the week of February
may be sellable after a good it is not something Dozier
cleaning and some interest- and her employees take joy 28, 2011.
ing smaller items, includ-
ing an old-fashioned rotary DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
in. The down economy has
increased the number of de-
The City Council for the City of Pine Lake will conduct a Public Hearing to solicit citizen
input on the proposed budgets during the regular City Council meeting scheduled for
100 Crescent Center Pkwy., Suite 680. Tucker, GA 30084
phone and an artificial ficus faulted units. March 14,www.DeKalbChamber.org
2011, beginning at 7:30 PM. The Public Hearing will be held in the
tree. “We’ve404-378-8000
been here since
“This is a classic exam- 2004 and we used to get Courtroom/Council Chambers located at 459 Pine Drive, Pine Lake, GA 30072.
ple of getting your money to about 25 to 30 people at All interested citizens are invited to attend and be heard.

Your competitor is likely a member!

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
100 Crescent Center Pkwy., Suite 680. Tucker, GA 30084 (404) 378-8000 www.DeKalbChamber.org

Setback does not stop

Dunwoody’s music hall efforts
by Andrew Cauthen million. economy of the two-year-old
andrew@dekalbchamp.com Ross said the city’s five city.
hotels supported the tax “That would bring
Despite getting a setback because of the tourists the $550,000 in taxes to the
from the Dunwoody City Music Hall of Fame would city,” Ross said. “It would
Council, it’s still full steam bring to the city. increase our tax income
ahead for a bid to bring the “It gives them a venue without increasing the prop-
Georgia Music Hall of Fame they can promote,” Ross erty tax rate.”
to the city. said. The governing board of
Dunwoody’s city council Ross said he believes the the hall is expected to choose
on Feb. 15 voted down a hall in Dunwoody would a new city for the attraction
plan to raise its hotel excise attract 250,000 visitors and by April 15.
tax by 1 percent. Under the add about $50 million to the Photo by Travis Hudgons
proposal, revenue from the
tax would have collected
$1.2 million over three
years. That money would
have been used to help fi- Congratulations to an
nance the Georgia Music
Hall of Fame. American Hero.
But members of the Dun-
woody Music Conservancy,
organized to try to bring the
hall to Dunwoody, are not
giving up the fight.
“We’re still moving
ahead as forcefully as we
started,” said Danny Ross,
chairman of the conservancy
and a Dunwoody city coun-
cilman. Ross did not vote
on the hotel tax increase
because of his role with the
“This is the right thing for
our community and we need
to make this happen,” Ross
Currently, the hall of
fame, which opened in 1996,
is located in Macon, the
birthplace of Little Richard,
Otis Redding and Southern
rock. The hall of fame at-
tracts approximately 20,000
visitors annually and is de-
pendent on state funding.
Because of the state’s fi-
nancial troubles, lawmakers
are planning to stop subsi-
dizing the hall. In addition to
Dunwoody, representatives
from Athens, Woodstock and
Macon are bidding to get the
The Dunwoody Music
Conservancy wanted the tax
increase to show that it had
money in hand and support
from the city government.
“All of the other bidders
had money in hand,” Ross
said. “Our proposal was al-
ways to fund it through pri- To be granted the highest civilian honor, is not only a testament to his work, but proof that his struggles were
vate sources. I’m very confi-
dent we can raise funds.” not in vain. Georgia Power is proud to congratulate Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Civil Rights
Ross said he and other
members of the conservancy leader and Congressman, Representative John Lewis.
have extensive experience
raising large amounts of
money. One member, Wil-
liam McCahan, served as GEORGIAPOWER.COM
chief marketing officer for
the 1996 Olympics in At-
lanta, raising more than $900
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County commissioners reject tax increase

by Andrew Cauthen DeKalb and partially funds In DeKalb County, During an impromptu local government in the
andrew@dekalbchamp. the tax commissioner’s because of cross-training, press conference before Atlanta metro region.”
com satellite offices—all of paramedics are firefighters the board’s vote, Ellis But a tax increase is
which were threatened by who provide emergency said the “draconian cuts… still needed, Ellis said.
There will not be a the county administration’s medical services, so will have the impact of “There’ll be no way
tax increase in DeKalb proposed budget. a cut in paramedics shutting down the people’s that we can continue to
County—at least not now. A resolution associated is essentially a cut in government.” deliver those services
DeKalb County’s Board with the commission’s firemen, O’Brien said. “We’ve cut our at the same level as we
of Commissioners voted budget also calls for The budget passed by spending more than $109 have in the past without
5-2 to reject the proposed the privatization of the the board is $33.64 million million since I’ve become some adjustment in our
$563 million budget of the county’s emergency less than the one proposed CEO,” Ellis said. “I think millage,” Ellis said.
county’s chief executive medical services. by CEO Burrell Ellis. we’ve done more than any
officer, which called for
a property tax increase of
2.32 mills, or 12 percent.
Instead, the board DeKalb County Wants to Hear From You
substituted its own zero- Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal
increase budget while
stating that it will continue with Comcast Cable Communications
to review the budget and Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under
amend it if necessary the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of
before it is implemented in your community to cable@co.dekalb.ga.us.
two months.
County officials said
the board’s vote will force
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eliminate 80 police and THURSDAY slight chance of showers, high temperature of New Hampshire received
fire recruits, and 800 Mostly Cloudy 65º, humidity of 68%. South wind 5 to 10 mph. brown snow due to dust from
positions throughout the Dunwoody
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department, said that the *Last Week’s Almanac Decatur
High: 68 Low: 42 65/54
budget would force the Atlanta 65/54
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip
cutting of at least 125 65/54
SATURDAY Tuesday 63 34 57/36 0.00" Lithonia Feb. 25, 1989 - Thirteen cities
positions. Mostly Sunny Wednesday 65 42 57/37 0.00" College Park 66/54 in Florida reported record low
“Our whole service High: 66 Low: 48 Thursday 71 42 57/37 0.00" 66/54 Morrow temperatures for the date,
model will have to Friday 68 48 58/37 0.00" 66/54 including Jacksonville with a
change,” O’Brien said. SUNDAY Saturday 75 47 58/37 0.00" Union City
reading of 24 degrees. Severe
The budget cuts the Few Showers Sunday 63 46 58/38 0.00" 66/54
cold in Florida claimed three
position of director of High: 69 Low: 52 Monday 72 45 58/38 0.00"
Hampton lives and resulted in 250 to 300
public safety held by Rainfall . . . . . . .0.00" Average temp . .55.8
67/55 million dollars crop damage.
William Miller, who MONDAY Normal rainfall . .1.19" Average normal 47.4
said all public safety Few Showers Departure . . . . .-1.19" Departure . . . . .+8.4
departments will suffer High: 69 Low: 51 *Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport
without his position. Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week Tonight's Planets
“I can truthfully say TUESDAY Day Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset
Rise Set
that DeKalb County public Few Showers Last Thursday 7:12 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 12:58 a.m. 11:12 a.m. First
Mercury 7:19 a.m. 6:24 p.m.
safety officers respond in a High: 64 Low: 48 2/24 Friday 7:10 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 2:00 a.m. 12:04 p.m. 3/12
Venus 4:55 a.m. 3:08 p.m.
more coordinated fashion Saturday 7:09 a.m. 6:31 p.m. 2:56 a.m. 1:01 p.m.
Mars 7:05 a.m. 6:05 p.m.
and a more efficient WEDNESDAY Sunday 7:08 a.m. 6:32 p.m. 3:45 a.m. 1:59 p.m.
Jupiter 8:40 a.m. 8:53 p.m.
fashion since I’ve been Partly Cloudy New Monday 7:07 a.m. 6:33 p.m. 4:28 a.m. 2:58 p.m. Full Saturn 9:31 p.m. 9:18 a.m.
here,” Miller said. High: 64 Low: 42 3/4 Tuesday 7:06 a.m. 6:34 p.m. 5:06 a.m. 3:56 p.m. 3/19 Uranus 8:19 a.m. 8:17 p.m.
Commissioners Kathie Wednesday 7:04 a.m. 6:35 p.m. 5:39 a.m. 4:53 p.m.
Gannon and Jeff Rader
voted against the budget. Local UV Index National Weather Summary This Week Weather Trivia
Commissioner Lee May
The Northeast will see isolated rain and snow today, widespread rain and snow Friday, What was the biggest
said the administration partly cloudy to cloudy skies Saturday, with the highest temperature of 61º in recorded tornado out-
still needs to look at ways 0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+ Carbondale, Ill. The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy today, isolated break?
to provide services more UV Index
thunderstorms Friday, mostly clear skies Saturday, with the highest temperature of 81º in Ft. Myers, Fla. Answer: On April 3rd and 4th of
efficiently. 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, The Northwest will see widespread snow today and Friday, isolated snow Saturday, with the highest 1974, 148 tornadoes traveled across
“I don’t think you want 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High temperature of 44º in Brookings, Ore. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today, scattered rain 13 states.
us to put more money into 11+: Extreme Exposure Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 77º in Carlsbad, N.M. www.WhatsOurWeather.com
a bag with holes in it,” StarWatch By Gary Becker - Vega and the Prince
May said.
When I was a volunteer astronomer at Chaco Culture near Nageezi, NM, I worked with a former Exxon executive named Johnny Prince. Prince headed Exxon’s initiative
In addition to to clean up the Alaskan coastline after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in March of 1989. Johnny could be quite a fistful, and on those rare occasions when his demeanor seemed
eliminating the proposed more like a boardroom CEO, our little cadre would gently remind him that he had been responsible for releasing two friendly seals that Exxon had spent hundred of thou-
tax increase, the sands of dollars rehabilitating. It was a huge media event which deflated immediately when one of the mammals was eaten by a killer whale. In all fairness, Johnny Prince
commission’s budget was really a decent guy, and I enjoyed his camaraderie, especially when we were observing or photographing the night sky. On one such occasion, Johnny was having trouble with his com-
continues to fund the five puterized drive. He had a beautiful refractor, but the drive which allowed the scope to follow the stars was a handful. After tinkering with it for hours he realized that he had forgotten a
recreation centers, the book containing star positions and couldn’t initialize the mount without it. So he yelled matter-of-factly to me, inquiring whether I knew the precise coordinates of Vega, the bright star that
University of Georgia’s was nearly over our heads. I smiled because I knew the precise coordinates of only one star in the entire sky and that was Vega, the star from which “the message” was transmitted back
extension program for to Earth in the movie, Contact. I closed my eyes and watched Jodie Foster’s surprised look as she realized the radio telescopes were picking up ET. Her lithe body jumped into the driver’s
seat of her convertible. Reaching for her walky-talky, she (I) screamed, “Right ascension 18 hr., 36 min., 56.2 sec.; declination +36 deg., 46 min. 56.2 sec. Confirm!” Okay, Jodie was off
just a little, but Johnny Prince never asked me for another stellar coordinate again. www.astronomy.org

Members of the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter, gathered from across the state to raise awareness among state
legislators of the life-threatening disease. Georgia lawmakers who came to the lectern tin support of the Lupus Foundation in-
clude, at right from top, Sen. Jason Carter, Sen. Gloria Butler, Rep. Michele Henson, Rep. Elena Parent and Sen. Steve Henson.
Photos by Kathy Mitchell

State legislators step forward

to raise lupus awareness
by Kathy Mitchell lies and support systems at home. Sen. Gloria Butler said that she
kathy@dekalbchamp.com It’s an honor to work with those was glad to see that the group repre-
devoted to fighting the disease and senting the foundation was getting
It’s been more than 50 years I hope researchers will continue to “larger and louder.” She promised
since a new drug to treat the disease make advancements in treatment to roll lupus awareness into this
lupus has come on the market. Rep- and eventually cure lupus,” Carter year’s rendition of an annual park
resentative of the Lupus Foundation said. “Even though I’m 35 years event that she sponsors.
of America, Georgia Chapter, were old, I have known a number of peo- Lupus is a chronic autoimmune
joined at the state Capitol Feb. 16 ple affected by lupus.” disease that attacks the body’s cells
by a number of state lawmakers, Former Sen. David Adelman, and tissues resulting in inflamma-
including several from DeKalb, to now U.S. ambassador to Singapore, tion, pain and tissue damage to
underscore that fact. hosted the previous Lupus Aware- virtually any organ in the body, es-
More than 100 lupus patients and ness Days. Carter holds the senate pecially the skin, joints, blood and
their family members came from seat formerly occupied by Adelman. kidneys. The word lupus, which
across the state as part of the fourth “We need to do everything we means “wolf,” refers to the bright
annual Lupus Awareness Day in the can to make people aware of this red rash resembling a wolf bite that
Georgia Capitol Rotunda. The event life-threatening disease,” said Par- often comes with the disease.
was hosted by two of the newest ent, who added that several mem- The disease affects primarily
members of Georgia Legislature, bers of her family have had the dis- young women in their childbearing
Sen. Jason Carter and Rep. Elena ease, including one who died from years, but is also can affect men,
Parent, both of whom represent its complications. “It can strike at children and women of all ages. To
parts of DeKalb County. any level from slightly debilitating make the point that not all lupus
“Lupus is one the most misun- to deadly.” suffers are young women, Rep.
derstood diseases. We must take Rep. Michele Henson said that Calvin Hill came to lectern to an-
advantage of every opportunity to she, too, has had a number of peo- nounce that he has a form of the
shed light on this disease and edu- ple close to her with lupus. “Your disease.
cate the public about this serious coming here will help legislators Lupus affects more than 55,000
threat to Americans’ safety,” Carter understand the issues and keep them Georgians and 1.5 million Ameri-
said. on the forefront of their agendas,” cans.
“The effects of lupus reach be- she told the Lupus Foundation
yond the patient and into their fami- members.
www.championnewspaper.com THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 A Section • Page 15A

Ellis discusses GM plant with Washington leaders

by Gale Horton Gay of sustainability, it is imperative we “I wanted Congressman Mica to the significance and impact of re-
gale@dekalbchamp.com speak with one voice,” said Ellis. hear firsthand what our transporta- developing the site and emphasized
He added it is vital to show a tion needs are in DeKalb County, that all the congressional leaders
A three-day trip to Washington united front when seeking federal so he will be knowledgeable when representing parts of DeKalb know
to focus on economic growth and grants. appropriations are recommended what’s going on with it and “move
development for DeKalb County “We weren’t there asking for in his committee,” said Ellis in a together” on it.
has been termed a success by any specific pot of money,” said statement. “We learned there may be an
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis. Ellis. However he noted that during In addition, the CEO met with opportunity for funding to help to
Ellis traveled to the nation’s his first year in office in 2009, he Congressman Hank Johnson on facilitate the redevelop [the GM
capital last week as part of a traveled to Washington nine times, strategies to bring unspent stimulus site]” said Ellis. “We told them we
six-member delegation from the which resulted in securing $174 funds to DeKalb County, and John expect this to be a public/private
Atlanta Regional Commission million in stimulus funding. Fernandez, assistant secretary over partnership. Everybody realizes
(ARC). Ellis, who serves on the “DeKalb County is well known the Economic Development Admin- this is a tremendous economic de-
ARC board, traveled with ARC on Capitol Hill,” he said. istration in the U.S. Department of velopment opportunity. The pub-
Chairman Tad Leithead, ARC ex- Ellis met with Congressman Commerce, as well as other senior lic sector really has to drive this
ecutive director Charles Kraulter, John Mica, chairman of the House advisors regarding the funding for thing.”
Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, Transportation Committee and the redevelopment of the General The CEO’s trip was not without
who’s also head of ARC’s Trans- Derek Douglas, special assistant Motors site in Doraville. He also a chance to socialize. On Feb. 15
portation Roundtable, and two to President Barack Obama on met with representatives of the De- he was a guest of Vice President
ARC staff members. the White House Domestic Policy partment of Transportation as well Joe Biden and his wife at their
Ellis said one of the purposes Council (DPC) on urban and met- as the Office of Management and home for a celebration of Black
of the trip was to convey to Wash- ropolitan policy issues. Accord- Budget. Ellis said they were “very History Month. He also attended
ington officials that leaders in ing to a press release, Ellis con- well received.” a reception for Congressman John
DeKalb County and metro Atlanta veyed his willingness to partner Of his meeting with Congress- Lewis, who was awarded the Presi-
are working collaboratively in find- with the Obama administration to man Tom Price on potential rede- dential Medal of Freedom during a
ing solutions to some of the area’s promote livability and long-term velopment of the General Motors White House ceremony.
most pressing issues. “In regional sustainability of the Atlanta metro- site in Doraville, Ellis said Price “This was a very successful
issues, such as the common agenda politan region. reassured him that he understood trip,” said Ellis.

Budget Continued From Page 1A

million in expenses, she said a number of key administrative posi-

“We’ve been very conservative tions,” Walker continued. “The lady
with our spending and we have an in- has quietly and efficiently made sig-
crease in our reserves so that regard- nificant changes that have had a posi-
less of the decrease of the property tive financial impact on the system.”
tax digest we will not need a millage Part of savings have come from
rate increase,” Tyson said. the Tyson’s redistricting and consoli-
The cuts that eliminated the dation proposal, where eight schools
shortfall were across the board, said are slated to be closed instead of 14
school spokesman Walter Woods, schools in the original plan. The con-
but included trimming down the num- solidation plan will save the county
ber of employees in the central office. an estimated $12 million annually.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in to The lack of a shortfall in the com-
people the number of major cuts ing budget also means that furloughs
Art Continued From Page 1A we’ve made at the central office,”
Walker said. “We eliminated a num-
will be eliminated, Tyson said.
Ten- and 11-month employees
lery, 415 Church St., Decatur. it’s a challenge every time.” ber of administrative positions. Our will get all their furlough days back
Workmaster describes her layered During her prime, Workmaster administration now is lean. and 12-month employees will get 11
paper works as “dimensional draw- traveled the country exhibiting at “[Tyson] has reorganized and cut of 15 furlough days back, Tyson said.
ings.” They are her artistic interpreta- shows and winning awards as well as
tions of Victorian houses, buildings, completing numerous commissioned
gardens, windows, etc. pieces for clients such as Disney World
She’s a self taught artist and said and Dayton Kettering Hospital.
she fought with art officials not to have Although she struggled at first, in
her work categorized as a craft. She time, she said she was able to support
views it as fine art. herself and her family, which included
And while her work may ap- six children.
pear complex, the tools that she uses One complaint she received from
aren’t—a dental lab knife, Elmer’s one of her children was about why
glue and the paper. There’s even a they couldn’t have a dining room table
story in that paper. like other families with an arrangement
After trying different papers, of flowers and candles on top.
Workmaster fell in love with a 100 Bill Bibb, co-owner of The Seen
percent rag paper from the Beckett Gallery, said that he and his partner
paper company. When the company agreed to represent Workmaster and
decided to discontinue that particular display her work.
card stock, they contacted her and had “We were struck immediately how
stacks and stacks of the surplus paper exquisite the work was,” said Bibb,
delivered to her Ohio home. She still noting Workmaster’s composition and
has two boxes of the paper that she presentation.
says “cuts like butter.” The five Workmaster pieces at the
In describing the process she uses, gallery are available for sale, ranging
Workmaster said, “I feel like I am from $100 to $350. He said feedback
drawing with my knife when I am on her work from patrons has been
building these things. I love it because “marvelous.”

News and events of the

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Message from the President

Achieving Goals Thru to partner enables us to grow In the days ahead, we will I would argue one cannot afford
in size, expertise, stature and partner with the Small Business to not partner. To share the
Partnerships and capabilities. Finance Institute (March 16) for spoils is better than no spoils at
Collaborations The DeKalb Chamber could a half day business finance and all.
not do what it does without funding seminar and Franchise
Business has always been partnerships. In many respects Mart of Atlanta, DeKalb
about relationships–cultivating our partners are typical– Economic Development, and
existing ones, establishing business, local government, Commissioners Watson and
new ones, and re-establishing non-profits, and other business May for a seminar (March
old ones. The ability to groups. Just this year alone, 24) on starting and funding a
partner has never been more the DeKalb Chamber has franchise.
paramount for businesses and partnered with the DeKalb Simply stated, the ability
organizations as it is today. Our CEO’s Office and Council for to partner creates leverage.
economic climate continues Quality for Growth on the State Sometimes small businesses Leonardo McClarty
to make us do more with less. of the County address and the are leary to partner and joint President, DeKalb Chamber
Fewer resources and fewer DeKalb County School System venture with other firms for lack 404-378-8000 ext 222
people can lead to minimized and Public Schools Foundation of trust and fear of minimized lmcclarty@dekalbchamber.org
opportunities. Yet, the ability on the State of the System. profits. In today’s environment,

Chamber Breakfast - March 10

DeKalb Chamber Launches Executive Speaker Series
Each year, the DeKalb The first program of the and revitalize the state rev-
Chamber looks to refine its 2011 calendar year will feature enue structure so as to create
programs with the goal of Atlanta Gas Light’s Suzanne an equitable and flexible tax
providing more value and rele- Sitherwood who will speak system which properly balanc-
vancy for its membership. This on tax reform in Georgia es the taxes based on fixed
year, the DeKalb will launch which comes on the heels of wealth, current expenditures,
its Executive Speaker Series the recommendation of the and current flow of income.
program which is a quarterly Tax Reform Commission to The group met until January
breakfast program geared the General Assembly. De- 15 after which its recommen-
towards business owners rived from 2010 HR 1737, the dations were disseminated
and senior level executives. Commission’s sole purpose to the General Assembly for
Attendees will hear from At- was to make recommenda- review, modification, and pos-
lanta’s top business leaders tions and design a balanced sible passage.
on key issues facing business tax system. Sitherwood was The March 10 breakfast
today. Speakers will address one of the 17 commission will take place at the Holiday
topics related to public policy members who on December Inn Select – Decatur/Confer-
and tax reform, healthcare, 15, 2010 began a comprehen- ence Center located at 130 Suzanne Sitherwood
improving productivity, strate- sive and exhaustive study of Clairemont Avenue, Decatur,
gic planning, and maintaining the tax laws and tax policy of GA 30030. The cost is $25.00 interested parties should visit
market share just to name a this state. The group’s goal for members and $35.00 gen- http://dcocexecspeaker.event-
few. and objective was modernize eral admission. To register, brite.com/.

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March 4 – Page Awards – Recognition of STAR March 15 – Principal Shadow Day Luncheon
Students March 16 – Stepping Up To Business
March 8 – New Members Lunch Reception March 16 – Network DeKalb Leads Group
Sponsored by the AJC March 24 – FranchiseMart – Own Your Own
March 10 – Executive Speaker Series – Suzanne Business
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Top teachers help Southwest DeKalb

earn top AP scores, principal says
by Daniel Beauregard “I will say that Georgia is doing
much, much better than almost ev-
Southwest DeKalb High School ery other state in the nation in help-
was recently recognized by the Col- ing a greater percentage of African-
lege Board as one of 14 top schools Americans students,” Packer said.
in the nation with the most African- According to a College Board
American students scoring a three report of AP test results for DeKalb
or higher in Advanced Placement County, there has been a significant
tests in 2010. rise in the number of students tak-
International Community School wins national According to the College ing AP tests, an increase of approxi-
Board’s seventh annual AP Report mately 3,000 students since 2005.
theater award to the Nation released on Feb. 9, “Although there has been an in-
Southwest DeKalb was recognized crease in African-Americans taking
DeKalb’s International Community School won national recognition at for having exemplary AP scores AP courses and scoring three or bet-
the 2011 Junior Theater Festival held in Atlanta last month. A cast from the in both Macroeconomics and U.S. ter on AP exams, they still remain
school won the Freddie G. Broadway Junior Spirit Award for performing History. significantly under represented de-
selections of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Also, ICS student Gezai “Southwest DeKalb is an ex- spite the progress that has occurred
Eta won both the Outstanding Individual Male Performance Award and ample of a school that’s doing the over the past decade,” Packer said.
the Junior Slam Award. As a result, an ICS teacher will attend the Freddie sort of work [needed], to reach out He explained that this under rep-
G. Theatre Experience in New York this summer, which includes theater to African-American students and resentation is the most significant
workshops and performances. ICS consists of 400 students in grades prepare them in earlier grade levels equity gap in advanced academics
kindergarten through sixth grade. so that they’re ready for AP once in U.S. high schools.
they get to be a junior or senior and “In the nation, 14.6 percent of
then helping them succeed once students in the high school class of
Tyson makes influential list they’re in AP,” said Trevor Packer, 2010 are African-American but for
vice president of the Advanced every 100 test takers that score a
DeKalb County School System Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson Placement Program for the College three or better, only 3.9 of them are
has been named to the Atlanta Business League’s “100 Top Black Women Board. African-American students,” Packer
of Influence.” Principal Angela Bethea said said. “Now in Georgia, for every
The honorees are women in the community who have influenced large one of the reasons why the school 100 students that score a three or
public bodies politically and in government, or are leading entrepreneurs has been recognized this year, as better on an AP exam, 11.6 are Af-
in their industry. The Atlanta Business League also recognizes women well as in previous years, is due in rican Americans, and Georgia ranks
who have demonstrated commitment to the residents of metro Atlanta by large part to the teaching success of third in nation behind Maryland and
maintaining significant involvement and participation in community and a core group of AP teachers. Delaware for having the greatest in-
civic activities. Tyson was among those recognized Feb. 22 at the 16th “Our numbers have grown be- crease in African-American student
annual Women of Vision breakfast. cause the teachers are helping us get success on the AP exam.”
Tyson also was chosen by the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce great results, so parents of course Since 2005, Southwest DeKalb
to receive the Sirius Star Award, which recognizes her dedication and want their children to be a part of High School has also been recog-
commitment to public service. Tyson took over as interim superintendent in that,” Bethea said. “We have a pool nized as an exemplary school in
February 2010 and is contracted to continue serving in that capacity until of advanced placement teachers each of the College Board’s Annual
June 2012. here who are veterans at this point, AP Report’s to the Nation, except in
and we do push our [students] to 2008 when the data only highlight-
take more rigorous courses so we ed state achievements rather than
can fill up these classes.” those of specific schools.
Bethea also mentioned that the
school has seen a rise in the number
of students enrolled in AP classes at National recognition
the school.
“We’re increasing the number of Southwest DeKalb has been rec-
[AP] classes we offer; this year we ognized by the College Board for
offer 15 courses but in the summer being one of the top schools in
we’re training additional teachers in the nation for having Black stu-
order to offer 18 courses next year,” dents score three or higher on AP
she said. “We also reach out to the exams in the following subjects:
parents and ask them to place their
students into more rigorous courses U.S. History: 2005-07; 2009-10
so we can get our numbers up.” Calculus: 2007
Dunwoody baseball team helps refugee group Georgia was also recognized as English langauge and
one of the top 10 states that had the composition: 2007
Members of the Dunwoody High School baseball team assisted the City greatest five-year increase in seniors Macroeconomics: 2010
of Refuge Outreach program last month by cleaning and organizing the scoring three or higher on AP tests
agency’s warehouse, and loading boxes of food for families in need. The during high school, an increase of (data doesn’t exist for exemplary
Atlanta-based agency offers both life-saving resources and life-building 4.7 percent. school breakdown in 2008)
tools for Atlanta families in need.

Printed on 100% post-

Wynnbrooke Elementary class wins Jeopardy
classroom contest

consumer recycled paper

Cynammon Walden-Smalls’ fifth grade class at Wynnbrooke
Elementary Theme School in Stone Mountain recently won the
WXIA/11Alive Jeopardy Classroom Contest. The class received the
classroom edition of Jeopardy! The students posted a song on YouTube that
they wrote and performed, explaining why they should win the contest and
how they would use the game if they won.

cially and ethnically diverse groups age from 2 to 16 through its Spring
who are interested in law careers. Into Reading initiative. Highlights

The event will feature panel of the 2011 program include adult-
Wind ensemble concert to be
discussions on topics ranging from child reading sessions, a writers’
held at Emory
“The Importance of Undergradu- corner for the children to create
Black history expo to feature
ate Performance” to a “Law School their own stories, an author’s
Emory Wind Ensemble will give arts, food and more
Admissions Panel.” Students also pavilion, an arts and crafts corner,
a free concert Saturday, Feb. 26, at
will participate in a mock class led and free distribution of books, along The AID Africa Black History
8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for
by an Emory Law professor. Alumni with other motivational activities. Expo will be held Saturday Feb.
Performing Arts, Emerson Concert
and current law students will be on The Gallery at South DeKalb 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Redan High
Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Road, At-
hand to discuss their experiences in is located at 2801 Candler Road, School. The event will include
lanta. The Emory Wind Ensemble is
law school and in the legal profes- Decatur. The Spring Into Reading such performing arts as drumming,
a select ensemble dedicated to the
sion. program will be hosted in the mall singing, dancing and poetry.
study and performance of literature
Admission is free, but registra- corridor near the Macy’s entrance. Health information, food, children’s
for wind bands. It sponsors an ac-
tion is required. Registration is For more information, visit www. activities, a marketplace and more
tive commissioning program, hosts
available at http://www.law.emory. dstdac.org or call (678) 895-9360. will be available. Redan High
guest artists and tours nationally
edu/discoverlaw. School is located at 5247 Redan
or internationally. For more infor-
Road, Stone Mountain. Tickets are
mation, call (404) 727-5050, arts-
Beekeeping presentation $3. For more information, call (678)
marketing@emory.edu, www.arts.
emory.edu. DECATUR announced 357-2549.

Registration for spring classes

Veterans’ seminar announced As part of its Enhancing Life
Through Gardening workshop TUCKER
The Regency House retirement series, the DeKalb County Community health seminar
at Callanwolde opening soon
community is hosting a free veter- Cooperative Extension is announced
ans’ benefits seminar on March 2 at presenting Beekeeping - How to
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
6:30 p.m. Start Your Own Bee Hive, taught A free health seminar that’s
announces that registration opens
The seminar, led by Ron Baker by Phillip J. Quinn Thursday, open to the public will be held on
soon for day, evening and week-
of the American Association of March 3, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Quinn Saturday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. – 3
end classes and workshops for
Wartime Veterans, will shed light is a certified master beekeeper p.m., at the Northlake Library in
adults and children of all ages.
on a little-known VA program that who “knows everything there is Tucker. With the theme “Good
Classes and workshops will be
provides eligible veterans and sur- to know about bees,” according Health Comes With A Price,”
offered in visual arts, pottery, mu-
viving spouses up to $1,949 per to the announcement from the the event is sponsored by the
sic, dance, yoga, jewelry making,
month, tax-free. The VA estimates Cooperative Extension. He will American Red Cross Metro Atlanta
writing, photography, Kindermusik
that 100,000 people are eligible. discuss the importance of bees, the Chapter. Health related topics
and more. The spring quarter runs
But many, especially widows of vet- basics of beekeeping, where to find will be discussed throughout
March through May. Registra-
erans, are unaware these benefits materials and when and how to get the day. A special presentation
tion begins March 7 and is accept-
exist. started. The workshop will be held on the contributions of those in
ed up to the first day of each class
The public is invited to attend at the DeKalb County Cooperative the health, wellness and other
if space is available. Callanwolde
this seminar and refreshments will Extension Training Facility at 4380 sectors of society will be made in
Fine Arts Center is located at 980
be provided. The Regency House is Memorial Drive in Decatur. recognition of Black History Month.
Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. For
more information, call (404) 872- located at 341 Winn Way, Decatur. A discussion on financial health will
5338 or visit www.callanwolde.org. To RSVP, or to learn more, call The
Regency House at (404) 296-1152. LITHONIA be incorporated during the session
to emphasize the importance of
financial literacy. Free literature
Baby Boomer seminar and resource information will be
Event offers help for
Sorority to host reading program announced provided along with refreshments
underrepresented students
and door prizes. The Northlake-
A free Baby Boomer Seminar
Georgia’s five law schools will The Decatur Alumnae Chapter Barbara Loar Library is located at
will be held at Redan-Trotti Library
present “Law School 101: A How-To of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 3772 Lavista Road, Tucker.
on Saturday, Feb. 26, 10:15 a.m.
Guide for Underrepresented Stu- Inc. will host its sixth annual – noon. Under the theme “Keep
dents on Applying and Getting into Spring Into Reading program on Living—Takin’ Care of Business— Scouts to hold blood drive
Law School,” 6 - 9 p.m. Wednes- Saturday, March 5, at The Gallery Your Life,” the event will feature
day, March 2, at Emory University at South DeKalb, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. health and help resources and Boy Scout Troop 129 is hosting
School of Law, 1501 Clifton Road, The program focuses on literacy a free blood pressure screening a community blood drive Saturday,
Atlanta. and increasing children’s interest 10:15 -11 a.m. The Redan- Feb. 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., on the
Law School 101 is presented in in reading. To date, more than Trotti Library is located at 1569 Bloodmobile, 4217 N. Park Drive,
cooperation with the Law School 350 children have participated in Wellborn Road, Lithonia. For more near Cofer Park, Tucker. Donors
Admission Council’s DiscoverLaw. reading sessions and received a information, call (770) 879-9954. should bring a photo ID, and eat
org months. From Jan. 15 to March free book. More than 700 people iron-rich foods and drink plenty
15, events are held at law schools have attended these events. of non-caffeinated beverages
across the country aimed at high This year, the chapter hopes to prior to donating blood. For more
school and undergraduate college continue in this legacy by serving information, contact Jim Towhey at
students from underrepresented ra- more than 300 children ranging in jimbo2e@yahoo.com.

Cooper Piano President Blake Cooper shows a handmade 100-year-old

European grand piano, one of the most expensive items in the store.
Dozens of other pianos, including a bright red one, top left, customized
for University of Georgia fans, are displayed in the showroom. The
poster at bottom right is one of many in the store that tell the history
of the 105-year-old business. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

After 105 years, Cooper Piano still striking the right notes
by Kathy Mitchell turn years later and not only Cooper estimates that among the largest in the sic retailers in the United
kathy@dekalbchamp.com find the company there, but his company has sold more country since his competi- States to earn the Number
very likely the same em- than 20,000 pianos since it tors face the same challeng- One Performance Award
In the early days of the ployees. first opened. Although the es he faces. from the Keyboard Insights
20th century, many men The company relocated demand for pianos is down, He said the company Group, a national music re-
in western Pennsylvania to Atlanta in 1976, and is the business continues to has put greater emphasis on search organization.
earned their living in coal now one of the biggest such stay afloat. Approximately the service end of the busi- In addition to grand
mines, where back-breaking companies in the Southeast. 350,000 pianos were pur- ness—renting and tuning pianos and uprights, Coo-
labor and coal dust inhaled “It was the right move at the chased worldwide in 1924; pianos. Outstanding service per Piano also sells digital
with every breath shortened right time,” Cooper said. last year fewer than 30,000 and community involvement pianos and organs. “At first
their lives and made them “The economy in western were bought. While many have helped the company I poo-pooed the idea of digi-
old men before their time. Pennsylvania, which de- families 85 years ago de- maintain an excellent repu- tal pianos, but they became
Jonathan Cooper’s wife pended heavily on the coal pended on the piano in the tation, according to Cooper. so popular that I decided
insisted that he find another and steel industries, was in parlor for entertainment, lots “When the recession hit I couldn’t lick them so I’d
way to earn a living. Draw- decline while the Atlanta of other options are avail- about three years ago, I had better join them,” Cooper
ing on his Welsh roots, he area was starting a growth able today. Besides, Cooper some choices to make. I de- said. Besides, he reasoned,
turned to the only other spurt.” pointed out, “Pianos last a cided not to lay people off. if a customer becomes inter-
thing he knew–music. From Cooper Piano’s long time. Once a family If we’re going to continue ested in playing through an
Today, 105-year-old unassuming exterior on buys one, they may not buy giving the level of service inexpensive digital piano,
Cooper Piano is still in the the southbound I-85 access another for generations.” that makes us one of the he might upgrade to regular
family, run by Blake Coo- road between North Druid He added that the down- best in the country, we have piano as he becomes more
per, Jonathan’s great-great- Hills and Clairmont roads, turn in the economy was to have good employees,” serious about it.
grandson. “We’re one of the visitors might not guess especially hard on his busi- Cooper said. Cooper said that quality
few family-owned business- that its retail space is more ness. “Pianos are a luxury According to the New pianos are available from
es in America that are more than 10,000 square feet with item,” he said. “They don’t York City-based U.S. Com- many sources, but relation-
than 100 years old. I believe rooms devoted to various sell well in hard times.” merce Association, Cooper ships make the difference.
we’re one of about three in types of pianos as well as to He said his company had Piano is one of the best in “We treat our customers and
this industry,” he said. teaching and tryout space. approximately 90,000 in- business. For the third con- our employees the way we
That’s one reason cus- There’s even a small recital struments in stock in 2007; secutive year, the organiza- would want to be treated,”
tomers may choose Cooper hall, Liberty Theatre, where in 2010 that was down to tion chose Cooper Piano as he said.
Piano over its competitors, widely known and commu- 28,000. Cooper said it’s Atlanta’s best piano store.
Cooper said. They can re- nity artists give concerts. likely his company still is It’s also one of eight mu-
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Redan girls ready for another shot at championship

16 teams
in county
for state
by Robert Naddra

here is no 58-game
winning streak to
cloud the vision and
weigh on the minds
of the Redan girls basketball
team this time.
There is only clarity.
Redan was the Class
AAAAA runner-up last sea-
son after falling in the state
title game to Norcross and
watching its winning streak
come to an end. This year,
however, coach Jerry Jack-
son has watched his team
evolve and grow closer after
winning the final two games
of the Region 6-AAAA tour-
nament in the final seconds.
“This year it has been
easier to focus,” Jackson
said. “Last year there was Redan’s Aneesah Daniels looks to pass in front of Miller Brittany Hawkins of Redan (11) puts up a shot over Miller Grove's
so much pressure to keep Grove’s Katie Hunt. Tabitha Fudge in the Region 6-AAAA championship game, won by
Redan 40-37 in overtime. Photos by Travis Hudgons
the winning streak going. I
think the region tournament
brought them closer together
as a team. If you’re in a bat-
tle like we were, you’ve got
to trust each other.”
That bond helped the
Raiders win the region title
and become one of 16 teams
in the county to qualify for
the state basketball tourna-
ment, which begins Feb. 25.
At least one team has made
the field in each of the five
In addition to the Redan
girls, St. Pius and Stephen-
son also won girls region
titles, and Southwest DeKalb
and Columbia won boys re-
gion titles.
The Redan girls are
making their 12th straight
appearance in the state
tournament, but two teams
expected to challenge for the
girls AAAA state title were
eliminated in the region
tournament. No. 1 and previ-
ously unbeaten Chamblee
lost to Miller Grove and
three-time defending AAAA
champion Southwest

See Playoffs on Page 22A Aniefiok Udofia of Miller Grove drives to the basket past Redan’s Jamesa Abney.
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12 DeKalb players chosen for state all-star games

by Robert Naddra Miller Grove; Keenan Palmore, North roster, while Breanna Mc- rebounds per game. Brooks has
robert@dekalbchamp.com Paideia; Jordan Price, Southwest Donald of Chamblee and Zuri Frost earned the Wolverine Academic
DeKalb; and William Goodwin, of Columbia were selected to the Award for having the team’s high-
DeKalb County will be well Southwest DeKalb. Also, Chamblee junior North roster. Columbia head est grade point average at 4.0.
represented in the upcoming Geor- head coach Caesar Burgess will be coach Chantay Frost was named an Daniels is among the county
gia Athletic Coaches Association the team’s head coach, and assis- assistant coach for the game. leaders in scoring, rebounding and
All-Star Basketball Showcase on tants will be Lakeside head coach Several of the players are field goal percentage. She leads the
March 26. Larry Pierce and Chamblee assis- among the county’s statistical lead- county shooting 59 percent (98 of
The event features a junior tant Roosevelt Weatherly. ers this season. Price is second in 165) from the field, and averages
game and a senior game for both Algie Key of Columbia and the county in scoring at 19.7 points 14.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per
boys and girls at Armstrong Atlan- Henry Brooks of Miller Grove per game. Goodwin is fourth in game. Camp, who has signed a
tic State University in Savannah. were selected to the senior boys scoring at 19.2 points per game and scholarship with Stanford, is shoot-
Twelve players and five coaches North roster. Miller Grove head leads the county shooting 72 per- ing 42 percent (10 of 24) from
from public and private schools in coach Sharman White will be an cent from the field. Parker is the top 3-point range and 70 percent (38 of
the county have been selected to assistant coach. rebounder in DeKalb with 15 per 54) from the free throw line.
participate. On the girls side, Jasmine game. Frost is one of the top junior
Five area players are on the ju- Camp of Chamblee, Destinee Palmore, rated the No. 1 junior point guards in the state and av-
nior boys North roster: Tony Park- Smith of Columbia and Aneesah point guard in Georgia by ESPN, erages 3.5 assists and steals per
er, Miller Grove; Brandon Morris, Daniels of Redan made the senior is averaging 20 points and 12.2 game.

Playoffs Continued From Page 21A

DeKalb was eliminated by ond round since 1998.

Carver Atlanta. First-year Panthers coach
Miller Grove, which lost Dwayne McKinney can see a
to Redan in the 6-AAAA fi- change in his team since they
nals, is making its second trip lost to Miller Grove by 32
to state in the seven-year his- points in December. The loss
tory of the school. came four games after scoring
Stone Mountain, which 100 points in each of their first
finished third in Region two games of the season. Ear-
5-AAA, is making its first lier this month the Panthers
appearance in the girls tourna- lost again to the Wolverines,
ment since 2007. St. Pius won but this time by only three
5-AAA for its first region title points.
since 2007 and first state ap- “I was a little lax with them
pearance since 2008. and gave them too much rope
For Redan, more depth earlier,” McKinney said. “I
this season also has Jack- think they’re mentally tougher
son optimistic. In addition now. We had some tough
to seniors Kierra Paige and games over Christmas break
Aneesah Daniels, Jackson and I think we saw where we
has four freshmen that he uses could be during that time.”
regularly. One, Brea Elmore, Southwest DeKalb and
made game-winning baskets Columbia have benefitted
in the final seconds against from underclassmen step-
both Miller Grove and Mays ping up in the postseason. At
in the region tournament. Southwest, juniors Jordan
“We couldn’t really go to Price and William Good-
the bench last year,” Jackson win have dominated, while
said. “But now we have these sophomore point guard Tahj
freshmen who can play late Shamsid-Deen performed
in the game and produce. Our well for the Eagles in the re-
level of play doesn’t change gion tournament.
when we go to the bench.” “We’re approaching state
On the boys side, South- one game at a time and focus-
west DeKalb heads into the ing on the first round right
AAAA state tournament as now,” said Columbia coach
the No. 1 seed from 6-AAAA Phil McCrary, who has led
after upsetting No. 1 Miller the Eagles to two straight state
Grove in the region final. titles. “Our depth is always
The Panthers are in state for strong and we always try to
the first time since 2006 and get great support from our
haven’t made it past the sec- bench.”

Teams advancing to state tournament

Region 2-AAAAA: Boys—Stephenson; Girls—Stephenson.
Region 6-AAAA: Boys—Southwest DeKalb, Miller Grove,
Tucker, Chamblee; Girls—Redan, Miller Grove.
Region 5-AAA: Boys—Columbia; Girls—St. Pius, Columbia,
Stone Mountain.
Southwest DeKalb's Tony Parker powers to the basket over Chamblee defenders Charles Savoy
(4) and Sedarius Boyd (21) in the semifinals of the Region 6-AAAA basketball tournament. South- Region 6-AA: Boys—Decatur; Girls—Decatur
west DeKalb won the game and went on to win the region title. Photo by Travis Hudgons Region 7-A: Boys—Paideia; Girls—Paideia
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DeKalb High School Sports Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL GIRLS BASKETBALL gion championship since remaining to tie the game win over North Springs in
2007 with a 43-40 win over 40-40, but St. Pius won it the first round. Clark had 21
defending state champion on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. and Reeves added 18 in a
Region 2-AAAAA Region 2-AAAAA Columbia in the region Columbia beat Riverwood 58-46 win over North Atlan-
Stephenson: The Jaguars Stephenson: Kaliyah finals. The Golden Lions 69-21 in the quarterfinals, ta in the second round, then
qualified for the state tour- Mitchell scored 15 points, beat Woodward Academy and forced 34 turnovers. Clark led with 15 in a loss
nament with a second-place Kayla Kudratt and Dani- 43-34 in the first round and Victoria Gonzales had 14 to Columbia in the semi-
finish in the region tourna- elle Jackson each added 12 Washington 29-28 in the points and Zuri Frost added finals. The Pirates (18-10)
ment. Derek Harper scored and Tyhela Whittington semifinals. 10. beat Washington 57-44 for
25 points and Jonathan had 10 as the Jaguars won third place as Reeves scored
Tinch added 18 in a 60-50 the region title 70-57 over Columbia: The Eagles lost Stone Mountain: The Pi- 25 points and Clark had 16.
win over M.L. King in the Westlake. The Jaguars de- to St. Pius in the region rates advance to the state
first round. Harper had 20 feated Langston Hughes in finals after leading 12-1 in tournament for the first time WRESTLING
points and Tyler Burch the first round and beat Lu- the first quarter. The Eagles in five years after finishing
scored 14 in a 47-46 win ella 58-34 in the semifinals. were outscored 21-6 after third in the region tourna- Gabriel Miller of Tucker
over Langston Hughes in that and trailed 22-18 at ment. Charra Reeves won the Class AAAA state
the semifinals, then the Jag- Region 6-AAAA halftime. Miah Spencer hit scored 19 points and Dani- championship at 130 pounds
uars lost to Newton 64-50 in Redan: Brea Elmore a basket with 21 seconds elle Clark 13 in a 56-41 and was among 15 wres
the championship game. scored the go-ahead basket
with 2.8 seconds remaining See Highlights on Page 24A
Region 6-AAAA to help the Raiders defeat
Southwest DeKalb: Jordan Miller Grove 50-47 in over-
Price scored 67 points in time in the championship
three games, including 24 game. Jada Byrd led the
in the Panthers 61-56 win Raiders with 14 points and
over Miller Grove in the Aneesah Daniels added
region championship game. 13. In a 58-56 win over
Kaderius Turner added 19 Mays in the semifinals,
points and William Good- Elmore scored all seven
win had eight points and 10 of her points in the final
rebounds in the final. Price 42 seconds, including the
scored 21 points and Chaz game-winning basket with 8
Bullock added 10 in a 47-29 seconds to go. Kierra Paige
first-round win over Marist. led with 22 and Daniels
Also, Price had 22 points scored 15. Daniels had 14
and 11 rebounds, and Turner in a 51-42 win over Tucker
scored 12 in a 70-56 win in the semifinals, and Byrd
over Tucker in the semifi- added 13.
Miller Grove: Sophomore
Miller Grove: Tony Parker Klarissa Weaver made two
scored 28 points in a 61-56 free throws with 7.5 sec-
loss to Southwest DeKalb in onds remaining to give the
the tournament finals. Park- Wolverines a 43-41 upset of
er had 15 points and 21 re- No. 1 Chamblee in the first
bounds in a 55-36 win over round of the tournament.
Chamblee in the semifinals. The loss kept Chamblee
from advancing to the state
Region 5-AAA tournament. The Wolverines
Columbia: The Eagles finished second in the region
won their third straight re- after defeating Carver At-
gion title with a 64-48 win lanta 47-37 in the semifinals
over Woodward Academy. and losing to Redan 40-37
Jhaustin Thomas had 15 in overtime in the champi-
points and 14 rebounds, onship game.
Tahj Shamsid-Deen had 14
points and nine assists, and Southwest DeKalb: The
Jarmal Reid had 12 points Panthers, who have won
and eight rebounds for the three straight Class AAAA
Eagles in the final. In a win state titles, will miss the
over North Atlanta in the tournament this season af-
first round, Algie Key had ter being eliminated in the
13 points, seven assists and quarterfinals of the region
seven rebounds, and Reid tournament. Olivia Gibbs
had 11 points and seven had 19 points and Shayla
rebounds. Shamsid-Deen Rivers scored 10 in a 56-46
had 22 points and 10 assists, loss to Carver Atlanta.
and Nate Mason added 13
points in a win over Grady Region 5-AAA
in the semifinals. The Eagles St. Pius: Anne Lloyd Bean
averaged margin of victory hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer
in the tournament was 21 to give the Golden Lions
points. (23-5) their first girls re-
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The Champion chooses a male and female high school

Athlete of the Week each week throughout the school
year. The choices are based on performance and
nominations by coaches. Please e-mail nominations to
robert@dekalbchamp.com by Monday at noon.

Each week The Champion spotlights former high school MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
players from the county who are succeeding in athletics on Jordan Price, Southwest DeKalb (basketball): The junior scored 67 points in three games to
the college level. help the Panthers win the Region 6-AAAA tournament. Price had 24 points in the 61-56 win
over Miller Grove in the championship game. He also scored 21 points in a 47-29 win over
Marist, and had 22 points and 11 rebounds in a 70-56 win over Tucker.
Marshon Brooks, Providence
(basketball): The senior from Tucker scored FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
80 points in three games last week. He had Brea Elmore, Redan (basketball): The freshman scored the winning points in each of the
27 in a 93-81 overtime loss to Cincinnati, 28 final two games of the Region 6-AAAA tournament. She scored the go-ahead basket with 2.8
in a 79-76 loss to DePaul and 25 points in a seconds remaining in overtime in the Raiders’ 50-47 win over Miller Grove in the title game.
75-57 loss to Connecticut. Elmore also scored seven points in the final 42 seconds, including a basket with 8 seconds to
go, in a 58-56 win over Mays in the semifinals.
Gabrielle Lahowitch, Guilford College
(swimming): The freshman from Decatur
recorded her fastest time in the 200-yard Highlights Continued From Page 23A
freestyle (3:11.51) recently at the Old
Dominion Athletic Conference/Atlantic States tlers who placed among the top six in their third; Hunter Bailey, Marist, fourth
Championship. She also recorded career weight classes. Miller, who ended his senior 145: Carey Cloud, Tucker, second
bests in the 50 freestyle (33.64) and 100 season with a 52-0 record, defeated Ryan 171: James Philpot, Redan, fifth
freestyle (1:16.23) in a tri-meet on Jan. 29. Cecil of Woodland-Cartersville 3-2 in the 215: Ernest Moore, Redan, fourth
championship match. 285: Gabriel Echols, Southwest DeKalb,
Jeremy Price, Georgia (basketball): The second
senior from Columbia had 20 points on
Here are the other top finishers from
Feb. 19 in a 69-63 win over Tennessee on
schools in DeKalb County. Class AAA
the road. He is averaging 9.2 points per Class AAAAA 103: Alema Favors, Arabia Mountain, third
game and is second on the team making 160: Darian Perry, Stephenson, fourth 125: Robbie Martin, St. Pius, fourth
49.4 percent of his field goal attempts. 215: Jonathan Abrams, Stephenson, fifth 130: Gaslaw Belete, Druid Hills, sixth
189: Joseph Ray, Druid Hills, third
Class AAAA
125: Connor Carrier, Marist, fifth Class AA
140: Charlton Benjamin, Miller Grove, 189: Eric Palmore, Clarkston, fourth