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More than 40 artists participated

in the May 5 event. Photos by
Carla Parker

ARTucker celebrates local artists

Tucker resident Patty Young
in 2015 when she realized there wasn’t an artist-run
event in the city.
More than 40 local “I wanted to do [an art
artists gathered in Tucker showcase], so I decided to
for the bi-annual ARTucker do it,” Young said.
showcase May 5 at Tucker There are two shows
Recreation Center. each year, one in May and
The event brought in November. Young, who is
potters, photographers, a painter, used Facebook to
jewelers, painters and other recruit artists to participate
artists to the rec center to in the event. She said many
showcase their works to artists responded to her on
residents and art lovers. Facebook.
The event also included “I was surprised,” she
face painting for children. said. “We had a great array
ARTucker was started by


Nicole Bernath, right, shows some of her work to a customer.

ARTucker started in 2015 and has two events each year. ARTucker organizer Patty Young has some of her paintings on display at the art showcase.

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LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Page 2

Should Georgia
ban bump stocks?
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN common-sense gun reform and “Our generation failed in responding to an overwhelming that regard,” said Gannon. “We
number of constituents who don’t want to take guns away
want gun reform.” from people, but why would
One question that Georgia Gannon introduced a you need [an assault rifle] to
voters will have to answer resolution at a DeKalb County defend your house? This gun
this year is whether the sale craziness came while we
of bump stocks should be were maturing, and we Democratic Georgia voters will vote on whether or not to ban bump stocks in this

'It’s not the gun,

prohibited. did nothing about it... year’s primary election.
A bump stock is a rifle we allowed lobbyists and
attachment molded to the special interest groups to “The ATF is so busy doing has a clean record with the
lower end of a rifle to help

it’s the mentally

convince people that you other stuff and are understaffed National Instant Criminal
with recoil, which allows the need guns.” and overworked that it takes Background Check system then
shooter to fire at a faster rate. Ronald Moon, owner a month or two to catch that I sell them the gun,” Moon said.
The use of bump stocks of CJI guns in Tucker, stuff. If [the potential buyer]

ill people.'
made national headlines said banning bump stocks
after Las Vegas shooter is “overreacting.”
Stephen Paddock used the “I’ve never sold one,”
rifle attachment when he Board Chairman Milton Jones, Jr. &
- Ronald Moon said Moon of bump President & CEO Leona Barr-Davenport
opened fire at an outdoor stocks. “It’s not the gun,
concert, killing 58 people. Luncheon Co-chair Luncheon Co-chair
it’s the mentally ill people. Bentina Chisolm Terry Curley Dossman, Jr.
The question will appear I’m a firm believer in the

on the Democratic party ballot board of commissioners Second Amendment. I took
in this year’s Primary Election meeting May 8 to formally an oath to defend and protect
May 22 stating, “Should the sale
Cordially Invite You to the
express condolences to the the Constitution. If they would
and distribution of bump stocks victims and families of the enforce the gun laws already on
be prohibited in the state of Parkland, Fla. shooting and to the books you wouldn’t see this Annual CEO
Georgia?” endorse “common-sense” gun stuff happening.” Appreciation Luncheon
DeKalb County safety legislation at the federal Moon said more measures
Commissioner Kathie Gannon and state level. should be taken to ensure
said banning bump stocks and The resolution also calls mentally ill individuals do Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 11:30 AM
other “common-sense” gun for prohibiting guns sales to not have an opportunity to Networking Begins at 11:00 AM | Luncheon Begins at 11:30 AM
laws need to be implemented in individuals younger than 21 buy guns. Moon said he once Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Georgia. and encourages retailers in unknowingly sold a gun to a
“You don’t need to sell DeKalb County and Georgia convicted felon was notified 40th Annual CEO Awards Luncheon Honorees
bump stocks or [have] an to limit or prohibit the sale of about it days later by the Herman J. Russell Entrepreneur of Distinguished Service
assault rifle to defend yourself,” bump stocks and high-capacity Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and CEO of the Year Award the Year Award Award
Gannon said. “It’s all about magazines. Firearms (ATF).


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ATLANTA TUCKER For more information about Fresh
on DeK or to learn more about other
programs and services contact the
Choral Guild to hold concert Garden tour DeKalb County Cooperative Extension
office at (404) 298-4080 or visit www.
The DeKalb Choral Guild will hold The Tucker Historical Society will hold
the final concert of its 40th season its annual garden tour May 19 from dekalb.html.
Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour will feature
St. Bartholomew’s Church at 1790 some of Tucker’s most beautiful places. DeKalb offers residents free
LaVista Road, Atlanta. The DeKalb Tourists will also have opportunities disposal at landfill
Choral Guild will present “The choral to meet the gardeners. Tickets are
calamities of P.D.Q. Bach.” According to available at Tucker Flower Shop, The The DeKalb County Sanitation
the guild, “The songs are spoofs of the Custom Frame Shop, and The Garden Division will host the second “Landfill
traditional musical genres of madrigal, Enthusiast. Tickets are $15 in advance; Amnesty Day” event on May 19 from
commemorating ode, and oratorio. The $20 on the day of the tour. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the county-owned
song titles will clue you into the tongue- Seminole Road Landfill at 4203
in-cheekiness of the concert: The Club to host BBQ Clevemont Road in Ellenwood.
Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give, My Residents will have an opportunity
Bonnie Lass She Smelleth, Birthday Ode The Tucker Optimist Club will host to dispose of bagged garbage, yard
to ‘Big Daddy’ Bach, and the oratorio a spring BBQ May 19 from 11 a.m. to trimmings, tree parts, bulky items
Oedipus Tex. Oedipus Tex a dramatic 3 p.m. Chicken or pork plates can be such as furniture and small and large
telling of the tragic story of the little- purchased for $10, also and whole appliances, and special collection items
known brother of Oedipus Rex.” chickens and pork butts will be for such as tires and construction and
The concert will be followed by a sale. The event will be held at Tucker demolition materials. No hazardous
catered reception in the church parish Christian Church, located at 4291 materials will be accepted. The event is
hall. The ticket price, which includes Lynburn Drive. For more information, free and open only to DeKalb County
the concert and reception, is $5. visit residents. Proof of residency will be
Tickets are available online at www. requested. or at the door on
concert night. The guild recommends COUNTY WIDE Amnesty Day is part of the “Operation
Spring Clean Sweep 2018” campaign,
bringing a sweater “as St. Bart’s has a an initiative focused on litter removal;
tendency to be on the chilly side.” Mobile fresh market set to begin illegal dumping; and removing
debris, trash and grass from streets,
University of Georgia’s Cooperative neighborhoods, sidewalks, roadway
Extension will launch the fourth season
STONE MOUNTAIN of Fresh on DeK, DeKalb County’s
drains and county rights of way.
For more information, contact
Mobile Farmers Market, May 19 from Pauline A. Andrea, DeKalb County
Color Vibe run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DeKalb County Sanitation Division public relations
Extension Office, located at 4380 manager, at (404)-971-2892 or
Stone Mountain will host the Memorial Drive in Decatur.
annual Color Vibe 5K May 19 from Event attendees will be able to
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are available purchase fresh produce at a reduced
at For more cost and participate in educational
information, call Kim Cumbie at (770) demonstrations from the extension.
630-1727. There also will be interactive games for
children, food and prizes.

LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Page 4

Trial set for officer who shot, killed Anthony Hill


Pre-trail proceedings for

former DeKalb County Police
officer Robert Olsen are set to
begin On May 21.
Olsen, who was indicted
by a grand jury in 2016, shot
and killed unarmed 27-year-
old Black veteran Anthony
Hill in March of 2015. Olsen
is charged with two counts
of felony murder, aggravated
assault, two counts of violation Protesters are planning to “fill the courthouse” during the trial of Robert Olsen, the officer who is charged with killing an unarmed disabled Black man.
of oath by public officer and
making a false statement in
connection with the shooting M E T R O P O L I TA N AT L A N TA R A P I D T R A N S I T A U T H O R I T Y
death. shootings, especially in
Judge J.P. Boulee will Georgia,” said Griggs. “There’s Notice of Public Hearings
only been one conviction and
preside over the case.
Hill served in Afghanistan that was the Gregory Towns May 14, 15 & 16, 2018
and was discharged when he case.” Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid
was diagnosed with bipolar In 2016, Marcus Eberhart, Transit Authority will hold public hearings for the purpose of considering the
disorder. a former Georgia police
In 2015, Olsen responded officer, was sentenced to life in Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets
to a call of a naked man acting prison after being convicted and
erratic outside of the complex. of murder in the death of
Hill, who was unarmed, was Towns, a 24-year-old unarmed Proposed Bus Service Modifications for August 18, 2018
shot by Olsen. Hill’s family said Black man who died after for the following bus routes:
he suffered from mental health being shocked more than a
issues. dozen times with a Taser while Route 6: Clifton Road / Emory; Route 9: East Atlanta / Tilson Road / Candler Road Route
The incident sparked both handcuffed. 15: Candler Road / South DeKalb; Route 16: North Highland Avenue Route 21:
national and local protests. “In the Towns case we Memorial Drive; Route 25: Peachtree Industrial Boulevard / Johnson Ferry Road; Route
On April 21, more than packed the courthouse and
we want to do the same in 27: Cheshire Bridge Road; Route 30: LaVista Road; Route 32: Bouldercrest; Route 36:
100 protesters gathered for
DeKalb County and show North Decatur Road / Virginia Highland; Route 49: McDonough Boulevard; Route 74:
a rally requesting justice for
the family and the jury that Flat Shoals; Route 107: Glenwood;Route 110: Peachtree Road/Buckhead; Route 133
Black people killed during
encounters with the police in the community is involved (formerly Route 33): Shallowford Road; Route 195: Forest Parkway; Route 809:
downtown Decatur. and want to see officers held (formerly Route 109) Monroe Drive / Boulevard; New Route 825: Johnson Ferry Road;
Decatur attorney Gerald accountable,” Griggs said. New Route 832: Grant Park; Route 899 (formerly Route 99): Old Fourth Ward
Griggs, a co-founder of the The rally is being organized
Georgia Alliance for Social by Rally for Black Lives and
Alliance for Black Lives.
All route information and comment forms are available at
Justice, said protesters are
planning a “pack out for “A lot of issues, including
mental health, intersect in this Mon., May 14, 2018 Tues., May 15, 2018 Wed., May 16, 2018
justice” rally the day of the Fulton County Government
trail. case,” Griggs said. “We just Clayton County DeKalb Maloof
want officers held accountable Center - Assembly Hall Auditorium
“This is important because Board Room
the nature of police-involved for the death of anyone who is 141 Pryor Street 1300 Commerce Drive
not causing harm.” 112 Smith Street Atlanta, GA 30303 Decatur, GA 30030
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Community Exchange: Community Exchange:
Community Exchange: 6-7 P.M.
6-7 P.M. 6-7 P.M.
Riding MARTA:

Riding MARTA: Route 193 Riding MARTA: Walk one block
Bus Routes 32, 42 and 55 west of Decatur Rail Station

Copies of the proposed Bus Service Modifications and Fiscal Year 2019 Operating and Capital Budget will also
be available for public viewing at MARTA’s Headquarters Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road,
N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30324 during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm.
For formats (FREE of charge) in accordance with the ADA and Limited English Proficiency regulations
contact, (404) 848-4037. For those patrons requiring further accommodations, information can be
obtained by calling the Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 404 848-5665.
In addition, a sign language interpreter will be available at all hearings. If you cannot attend the hearings
and want to provide comments you may: (1) leave a message at (404) 848-5299; (2) write to MARTA’s Office
of External Affairs,2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30324-3330; (3) complete an online Comment
Card at; (4) or fax your comments no later than May 25, 2018 to (404) 848-4179.

@DEKALBCHAMPNEWS All citizens of the City of Atlanta and the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett whose interests
are affected by the subjects to be considered at these hearings are hereby notified and invited to appear
at said times and places and present such evidence, comment or objection as their interests require.

Jeffrey Parker, General Manager/CEO


“The silly season is upon us.”

There are currently nine candi- organization called Hope for Georgia up and that where one comes from
dates who have qualified to seek “was formed …to aid the Stacey Ev- should not determine where one
the highest office in our state—the ans Campaign with secret, unlimited goes in life.
office of governor—and 30 percent contributions, and is coordinated by Cagle said he will lead on jobs
of them have already had eth- campaign staff members.” and has stated in a commercial
ics complaints filed against them. John Hewitt With ethics complaints against that he will commit to 500,000 new
And, it isn’t much of a stretch of the three of the nine gubernatorial can- jobs in the first four years of his
imagination to assume that more didates prior to the General Election, administration. This claim is indeed
complaints will be filed against other what should the electorate expect if impressive, but one must question
candidates in an effort to level the any of these three candidates were how he will accomplish that and if
election cycle when in November he
playing field. That seems to be the to be elected to the highest office in he will be held accountable for his
accused the city of Decatur of being
nature of the ugly beast that we col- our state? campaign promises if elected.
a sanctuary city because of the city’s
lectively call politics. I agree that the silly season is in- Every political season seems to
position on not detaining immi-
Republican Casey Cagle was ac- deed upon us and am willing to bet be a season of silliness and each
grants without a warrant from Immi-
cused by the Georgia Ethics Watch- that the mudslinging and accusa- season I gullibly think that perhaps
grations and Customs Enforcement.
dogs organization of using a state- tions have just begun. the next election cycle will bring
A complaint against Avondale
owned aircraft to travel to Savannah So far, based on frequently aired out candidates who clearly identify
High School graduate Stacey
last November to attend a fundraiser commercials on behalf of the Evans their contributors and backers, who
Abrams was also filed by Georgia
for political action committee Geor- campaign, we know that her mother don’t make unreasonable promises,
Ethics Watchdogs questioning more
gia Conservative Fund which, ac- worked in a truck stop, that she lived don’t trash their opponents and
than $80,000 in reimbursements
cording to the complaint, supports in mobile homes from which the can communicate in more than
to Abrams from her campaign. The
Cagle’s campaign with advertising family was often evicted, that she soundbites and clichés.
Abrams campaign promises trans-
and marketing efforts. Cagle’s cam- went to college and supports the Yep, I know. It’s silly of me to
paign manager Scott Binkley re- HOPE scholarship program. believe this will ever happen in my
Abrams has filed an ethics com-
sponded to the allegation by saying Abrams’ commercials tout that lifetime, but one can hope, right?
plaint against opponent Stacey Ev-
“The silly season is upon us.” each Saturday was a service day for
ans claiming a newly formed 501(c)4
Cagle stirred the pot early in the her family while she was growing

Your primary responsibility

"Elections belong to the people. But as I time and again hear his unpopularity is also legion—or
It's their decision. If they decide ‘One Man’s complaints about the broken process, perhaps closer to Legionnaire’s
to turn their back on the fire and Opinion’ or futile calls for 'term limits,' I Disease for some GOP candidates.
burn their behinds, then they will remind my readers and frequently House Speaker Paul Ryan chose not
just have to sit on their blisters," Bill Crane non-voting friends and family that to campaign with his party nominee,
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), you have the power of term limits Donald Trump during 2016, and he
successful with his second run for right now in your two little hands. is now choosing not to run at all—
the Illinois State House, followed by Please use it. Advance voting is now voluntarily and without scandal or
as well as the non-partisan races
long service in the U.S. Congress, an underway. challenge vacating the third-highest
for judicial posts, school boards
unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Granted, a new and earlier office in the land while still a young
and virtually all municipal office
Senate, and the GOP's first nominee, primary date, leading into the man.
elections in Georgia.
elected President in 1860, re-elected Memorial Day holiday weekend, This election year show will be
Unfortunately, though the
in 1864. required in part by the U.S. Justice a good one. Too bad most folks are
primaries are open, and the only
forbidden voting choice is crossing Department directing Georgia to more likely to be binge watching
Most every election year, even hold earlier Primary and runoff something on Netflix or Amazon
over during the other party's
during mid-term and occasionally elections to allow sufficient time Prime. We get what we don’t bother
run-off, after voting in a different
the odd-year municipal elections, I for balloting by overseas military to show up and vote for.
primary election first.
start hearing an echoing complaint personnel, makes low turnout even
Though voter registration now
after Labor Day about our looming more likely. Bill Crane also serves as a political
occurs automatically with receipt of
November elections. How do we So now we will complete the analyst and commentator for Channel
a Georgia driver's license, the vast
always end up with such lousy party nominating process with a July 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk
majority of Georgia's more than 4
choices? primary runoff, and the winnowed 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a
million registered voters will again
Well, with no intent to offend, field will head into the fall and columnist for The Champion, DeKalb
sit out the May 22 general primary
chances are more than pretty good November general election. As this is Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane
that you, dear reader, are part of the not a presidential election year, some is a DeKalb native and business
Election years vary, and during
problem. You don't generally vote view the stakes as not being as high. owner, living in Scottdale. You can
this cycle we are selecting a new
in the Georgia general primary and And while President Trump reach him or comment on a column at
governor, the bulk of all statewide
frequent Primary run-off elections. draws crowds, media coverage
constitutional officers (Public
And though the process for and attention wherever he goes;
Service Commissioners serve
party nomination and ballot
staggered six-year terms), the entire
selection does vary by state, the vast
General Assembly, Georgia U.S.
majority of states hold statewide
House delegation, and hundreds
general primary elections, among
of local sheriffs, school board
the announced and legally qualified
members and judges/magistrate
candidates within that party, and if
offices across the Peach state.
the primary election winner does
And despite the fact that it is
not receive 50 percent, plus one
often state and local government
vote (a simple majority), the bulk
decisions that most directly impact
of states then hold primary run-off
voters and their day-to-day lives,
elections. California and Louisiana
turnout among registered voters
are significant standouts, as both
will most likely hit between 25-
now hold a large open primary,
33 percent. Roughly 80 percent
where all candidates from all
of the eligible voting population
parties run at the same time, and
is registered, meaning 20 percent
then the general election is held
essentially choose not to participate
later between the top two finishers.
at all. Incumbents in our Georgia
In Georgia, we do not have, nor
General Assembly, as well as other
require, political party declaration
elected officials, do not tend to
or registration. We are an open
really mind low turn-out elections,
primary state, meaning that any
as they greatly favor incumbent
duly-registered voter may select a
ballot and vote in either primary,

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Columbia Elementary students participate in Every Kid Healthy Week

In celebration of Every Kid

Healthy Week, Columbia Elementary
School held a schoolwide event
dubbed “Get Up and Move and Taste
Test” May 1.
Students from each class were
brought to the gym where they took
turns participating in exercises such
as hula hoop, relay races, musical
chairs and jump rope. They also tasted
healthy foods such as a yogurt parfait
with berries and coconut water.
Students were enthusiastic about
activities and taste tests, school
officials said. For the taste tests,
students were encouraged to place
a sticker on a chart for each item to
indicate whether they “liked,” “loved”
or “tried” each item. According to the
charts, most students liked or loved
the yogurt parfait with berries, but
most stickers on the coconut water
chart were placed under “tried.”
Every Kid Healthy Week is the
last week in April, but because of
testing, the event at Columbia was
pushed back to May 1. The event is
coordinated by Action For Healthy
Kids (AFHK), and according to
Georgia State Coordinator Grace
Perry, more than 60 schools in
Georgia as well as others across the
country participate.
Launched by AFHK in 2013,
Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual
observance held the last week of April
that shines a spotlight on the efforts
of schools to improve the health and
wellness of their students.
In addition to the activities in
the gym, Columbia students were
encouraged to take five-minute “brain
breaks” throughout the day where
they got up and moved to stimulate
their bodies and minds, school
officials said.
According to Perry, Columbia
Elementary is one of more than 600
schools nationwide, and one of only
three in Georgia, to receive $1,000
grants from Action for Healthy Kids
for the 2017-2018 school year. Perry
nominated Columbia Elementary for
the extra $1,000 grant so that it could
host a “deluxe” Every Kid Healthy
Week event.
Only five to 10 schools nationwide
received the extra funding, Perry said.
In Georgia, Columbia Elementary was
the only recipient.
“Columbia Elementary had their
program planned out already and the
extra money meant they could make
it even better for the children,” Perry
said. Columbia Elementary students take part in a variety of exercises and taste tests during a “Get Up and Move and Taste Test” event at the school May 1. Photos by
Derek Smith.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Page 8

Buford Highway group

launches project to
collect resident stories
BY DEREK SMITH them questions and I felt like
it was so important that these stories and an understanding
of people’s experiences be
When Marian Liou moved shared.”
to Buford Highway, she said The project’s mission
she knew it was a special place. statement is to collect the
In 2015, she started stories of “immigrants and
an Instagram account refugees and their descendants
documenting photos and who arrived in or were raised A sign at the intersection of Buford Highway and Park Avenue. Photo by Derek Smith.
stories along the corridor. in and around the Buford
That account blossomed into Highway corridor from the
an organization, We Love mid-20th century through the Volunteers who collect According to Liou, the public through the library’s
BuHi, that—according to its present,” Liou said. stories will be trained to desired product of the project website.
website— “strengthens the Stories will be collected collect participants stories is a collection of 125 to 150 For the project to be
unique multicultural fabric by a team of volunteers. by Willoughby Mariano, an oral history interviews, that successful, it must rely heavily
of Atlanta’s famed Buford According to Liou, the investigative reporter with the may include audio recordings, on volunteers such as story
Highway Corridor.” volunteers will record stories Atlanta Journal-Constitution text transcriptions, and related collectors and coordinators
Now, the organization and try to keep them directed and the president of Atlanta’s photos and documents. With such as Park, Fisher and
is taking its mission a step around Buford Highway, but Asian American Journalists the help of Katherine Fisher, Mariano, Liou said.
further by collecting an keep the narrative as free- Association. Digital Preservation and Social “No one person can capture
academic archive of the stories flowing as possible, letting the The project is already Change Collection Archivist or tell the story of a place like
of people who live and work in storytellers—referred to by underway and is intended to at Georgia State University Buford Highway,” she said. “I
the corridor. project organizers as “heroes last several years. We Love (GSU), the collection will be think it’s important not just for
“When I moved to Buford of Buford Highway”—tell BuHi is still seeking volunteers, permanently kept in GSU’s academia, but for all of Atlanta
Highway, I just felt like it’s whatever story they want. and Liou said the ideal story library archives. to have a better understanding
an amazing community in “The intent is to hear from a collector will have strong “I think having an amazing of Buford Highway and the
Atlanta that kind of has narrow lot of different perspectives and reading and writing skills and partner like Georgia State is stories that aren’t always front
focuses, where people interact gain an appreciation for how a fluency in a language other really crucial to this,” Liou said. and center.”
with Buford Highway in really the corridor connects them,” than English. Story collectors Fisher told The Champion For more information on
different ways,” Liou said. “I Seam Park, a member of We must be able to make at least a that while details are yet to be the project, or to volunteer as
started just talking to people Love BuHi’s board of directors year-long commitment to the finalized, GSU intends for the a storyteller or collector, visit
along the corridor and asking said. project. project to be available to the

Brookhaven cuts ribbon on Georgian Hills Park improvements

BY DEREK SMITH including soon-to-be
completed projects at Murphy Candler Park and Skyland
Park that are all part of the
Brookhaven Mayor John city’s comprehensive parks and
Ernst cut the ribbon May 3 to recreation master plan.
signify the completion of Phase The city has engaged in
I improvements to Georgian many park improvement
Hills Park. projects since its incorporation
Aside from his professional in 2012, according to
pride as the city’s mayor, Ernst city officials. Brookhaven
said he took personal pride in established its Parks and
cutting the ribbon on the park’s Recreation Coalition to
new improvements. coordinate between its many
“I lived around here for Friends of Park groups
six years,” Ernst told The and on April 24, the city
Champion. “My kids’ first park approved an ordinance to
was this park and it was a dusty purchase the services of
old field.” Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst (center) cuts the ribbon on Phase I of the Georgian Hills Park improvements May 3, surrounded by Park Pride Inc., a non-profit
city officials and residents. organization founded in 1989
Ernst said the park was
previously dirt with a baseball to engage communities in
backstop, and now it’s green their neighborhood parks.
with new turf and a new Construction for the 3.6- picnic shelter and an outdoor that runs along Clairmont Though Park Pride didn’t play
playing mound. acre park began in September. basketball half-court have also Road. A stone staircase at the a role in the Georgian Hills
“The kids can rock climb, It now includes an open of been completed. end of the turf field leads to improvements, city officials
they can slide down an Bermuda turf that Ernst said According to Brookhaven the Clairmont Road sidewalk. said they hope the tools and
artificial turf [slide] that has can be used for sports and City Communications Director The total cost of these fiscal services Park Pride
been extremely popular,” Ernst other activities, an irrigation Burke Brennan, infrastructure improvements is $1.2 million, provides will help with funding
said. “Everyone’s been talking system and a walking trail enhancements also include according to Brennan. and facilitation of future
about that on Facebook and that extends around the open a redesigned parking lot and Ernst said the project is projects.
Nextdoor.” space field. A playground, improvements to the sidewalk part of park improvements
DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Page 9


DeKalb County residents celebrate the annual senior Olympics opening ceremony. Photo by DeKalb County.

Wind Down Wednesday kicked off at the Lithonia Amphitheater in Lithonia. Photo by Mayor Deborah

The DeKalb County Solicitor General’s office collected toiletry items for local non-profit CHRIS 180.

Patrons gather at the opening weekend of the Dunwoody Farmer’s Market in Brook Run Park May 5.
Photo courtesy the city of Dunwoody.

Decatur police officers take a photo with film star Mark Wahlberg on the set of a movie in Decatur. Photo by Brookhaven residents march in a parade to celebrate Lynwood Park Community Day May 5. Photo
Decatur Police. courtesy the city of Brookhaven.

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The $6.5 million streetscape project is expected to be completed in 18 months. Photos by Carla Parker Clarkston elected officials, both past and present, held a groundbreaking at Milam Park for the city’s
streetscape project

Clarkston breaks ground on streetscape project

outs, street arbors and other amenities really important.”
BY CARLA PARKER that are expected to transform many of Terry said he wants residents to the city’s thoroughfares. feel safe when walking or biking and
Barker said the project scope will mentioned recent pedestrian fatalities
Twelve years after receiving federal include East Ponce de Leon from the that happened just outside the city
funding for a streetscape project, I-285 interchange down to Market limits. In a February incident, eight-
Clarkston broke ground for the project. Street, Market Street from North Indian year-old Tluang Tha Men was killed
Clarkston elected officials, both past Creek to Rowland Street, Rowland when a vehicle hit her and her mother
and present, held a groundbreaking Street to Norman Road and Norman while attempting to cross the street
ceremony May 4 at Milam Park Road to the city limits (Milam Park). at the intersection of Rays Road and
to officially start its $6.5 million Mayor Ted Terry said with the Central Drive, which is a mile from
streetscape project. In 2006, Clarkston streetscape project and the special- Milam Park.
became eligible to receive up to $4 purpose local-option sales tax “It’s hard to hear [about pedestrian
million in federal funds, administered (SPLOST) project, Clarkston is deaths] on the news, and you hear from
through the Atlanta Regional taking on a 20- or 30-year backlog in concerned citizens about what are we
Commission (ARC). City Manager infrastructure improvements. doing to make sure that our children
Keith Barker said Clarkston City “People want to walk and bike. and our families are safe when they’re
Council authorized city staff to begin They want to be safe from their house out walking or bicycling,” Terry said. “I
the process to acquire the matching Mayor Ted Terry to school [or] to work, to the grocery think what we can say here today with
funds for the project in 2011. store, to the post office, to downtown, this groundbreaking is that as the next
“This has been a long process and completed, the city will have wider to the coffee shop and to Milam Park,” two years of pavement and sidewalks
a long time coming,” Barker said. “We sidewalks, newly paved streets, he said. “And what we’re seeing. The gets ripped up and new infrastructure
are beginning the project now, which landscaping, street lighting, gateway streetscape project with the SPLOST is laid, that we’ll be looking at the safest
will have a tremendous and dramatic amenities, a pedestrian bridge, project are literally connecting one that Clarkston, I think, has ever been
impact on the city of Clarkston.” underground utilities along Market part of Clarkston [Milam Park] to for our residents and visitors to walk
The project is expected to be Street, new storm water infrastructure, downtown, to the interstate, to the post and bike and to feel safe in their own
completed in 18 months. Once new MARTA bus shelters and bus pull office and to every single corner. That’s community.”

A clean energy future planned for Clarkston

BY CARLA PARKER said Georgia Power has made progress she said. “One of the benefits, as well, Atlanta’s 2035 target will give Clarkston
in bringing solar and wind resources of having a pretty progressive council time to adopt Atlanta’s best practices into the electric generation mix since is that we have an eye on what our and make improvements.
Clarkston hopes to be fully powered 2010, but the overall portion of these city is going to look like decades from “We can take steps along the way
by clean energy by 2050. resources in the mix remains less than now. Not just a year from now, not two to make it easier for the job for future
The city council approved a 2 percent. years from now, but decades from now. councils to reach this target,” he said.
resolution May 1 to adopt a vision of According to the resolution, the And clean energy is a vital part pf that According to the resolution, the
100 percent clean energy powering the transition to clean energy will create future.” city manager and planning department
city’s needs by 2050. The resolution also jobs, reduce air pollution and public Clarkston joins 65 other cities across will partner with the environment and
states that the city’s fleet vehicles will be health risks, reduce the strain on water the U.S. committed to 100 percent clean transportation committee to develop
zero-emission by 2035. resources and save consumers money. energy, according to The Sierra Club, a a plan by March, 2019 for the city
According to the resolution, the city Councilwoman Andrea Cervone said grassroots environmental organization. operations to meet its clean energy
is under a franchise agreement with clean energy is the future. Atlanta committed to achieving 100 goals.
Georgia Power until 2064. City officials “This resolution is a way for the percent renewable electricity by 2035.
city of Clarkston to acknowledge that,” Councilman Jamie Carroll said

Watershed official:
Water replacement
program stalled


n May 2017, DeKalb County CEO
Michael Thurmond informed
an audience at Rehoboth Baptist
Church in Tucker that the county had
approximately 102,000 water meters at
risk of failure.
The potentially defective meters may
have contributed to inaccurate water
bills over the years, Thurmond said.
At the time, DeKalb County officials
said the meter replacement program
would begin at the end of 2017.
Through an open records request,
The Champion asked to obtain
documents regarding the water fixing water billing and water meter defaults. was installed 15 years ago. At the time,
replacement program and its progress. issues that have plagued the county.   For years, DeKalb County it was one of the leading products,
Two weeks after the request, county “I would just like to ask if our residents have voiced concerns over but technology has a certain life
officials confirmed that there were “no customer base would give us a fair “outrageously” high water bills. span,” Wells said. “We’ve outgrown
responsive documents” related to the opportunity to show them we can In a water billing update in 2017, our system and we need to get a new
program—because the program had not correct these issues,” Wells said. Thurmond said some of the causes system.”
started. “We’re not saying trust us now. Just for high water bills were meters not The county’s current system
Almost a year after Thurmond’s let us earn their confidence and trust being properly installed, defective cannot alert workers if a meter is close
meeting at Rehoboth Church the “large over time.” Iperl meters and understaffed meter to the end of its life cycle, which could
scale” replacement program was still not The meter replacement program readers. allow workers to preemptively replace
underway. will replace approximately 55 percent County officials said they are potentially defective meters.
Reggie Wells, DeKalb County of the county’s 184,000 residential currently in the process of updating “There’s no system trigger. You
Watershed Management interim water meters. the county’s water meter and billing would just have to do what we
director, said county workers replace According to the county, system. currently do which is pay attention to
defective meters on a day-to-day basis as approximately 62,000 meters are Wells said the current system is install dates,” Wells said.
customers call in with issues. outside of their life span and 40,000 outdated. County officials said a new system
Wells said the county is dedicated to more have potential manufacturer “We’re using a billing system that should go live in March of 2019.

ARTIST Continued From Page 1

of art. We had glass blowers, we had people in the area,” Bernath said. “I “It’s kind of a quiet and cozy art,” she said. “So, [this is] giving
potters, we had all different types of grew up coming to the Tucker Rec little show with cool vendors, the public an opportunity to meet
artists. I’ve never had a hard time Center, so I’m excited to be back.” which I like,” she said. “It’s a relaxed artists and see what they do and
filling our auditorium. It’s been Bernath has been making shopping environment with lots of talk to them about what they do. It’s
great.” children’s accessories for eight years. different artists. I’m looking forward really important.
Nicole Bernath, who makes “I started it as a fundraiser for to the fall and the holiday time.” “I also think it’s important for
children’s accessories, participated Type 1 diabetes research and a Young said it is important that them to know that artists live in
in her first ARTucker event May 5. summer camp for kids with diabetes the community get exposed to their neighborhoods, that they
She moved to Tucker a few years ago and it grew into this little business,” locally produced art. are part of the community here
and recently discovered the event. she said. “A lot of times people see in Tucker,” Young added. “They
“I wanted to get involved in the Bernath said she enjoyed the manufactured pieces, but they don’t should know and support their local
local community and meet more atmosphere of the showcase. understand what it takes to produce artists.”

#ItsInTheChampion •
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Page 12

New STEM school puts

modern twist on one-
room schoolhouse
the automation, the possibility
BY DEREK SMITH of artificial intelligence eating a number of jobs, we wanted to
offer this as an approach,” Delk
A 21st century spin on said.
the one-room schoolhouse 21C occupies a former
has made its way to DeKalb office building at 1549
County. The 21st Century Clairmont Road in Decatur
STEM Academy (21C) opened across from Emory University.
its doors in August for the It has an open floor plan
2017 -2018 school year. with little to no separation Students discuss a problem during a class at 21st Century STEM Academy in Decatur. Photo by Derek Smith.
Built on the concept of between class areas. Students
“micro-schools,” the school sit at tables when working
is designed to provide a collaboratively, or couches and with hopes that it will expand Rosenstock—along with 40 measure of success, Delk said
more personalized learning chairs in a lounge area when to between 150-200 students in members of San Diego’s civic Rosenstock bases his success
experience, according to its they want or need to work the coming years. and high-tech industries— on college graduation rates of
co-founder, Glenn Delk. independently. “We set this up intentionally began development on a his students, which as of 2015
Delk founded 21C along with The school is equipped as a private micro-school STEM-focused charter school was about 88 percent according
Gareth Genner when the with a fully-functional flight because we’re trying to prove that opened in 2000 as High to the Education Writer’s
two decided that children in simulator and two 3-D that it’s sustainable on 150-200 Tech High (HTH). The school Association.
traditional school settings printers, allowing students students without accepting has served about 200 students “When Atlanta is
aren’t given all the tools they to do a variety of high level, philanthropic money,” Delk in 9th and 10th grades. Since competing to bring in major
need to explore the science, STEM-focused projects, school said. then, HTH has developed into technology companies like
technology, engineering and officials said. Delk said he and Genner a network of 13 charter schools Amazon, the inadequacies in
math (STEM) subjects, Delk According to Delk, 21C developed the academy serving 5,300 students. the education system is one of
said. serves around 45 students with the help of ideas from Rather than using the major drawbacks,” Delk
“Given all the technology, grades K-10 for its first year, Larry Rosenstock. In 1996, standardized testing as a said.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Page 13


Consultant to business owners:

BY KATHY MITCHELL sources, but they are all part off with fewer customers, but
FREELANCE REPORTER of the whole and if any one with customers who respect
of these is not what it should the relationship,” Hughes said.
be, it gives a less favorable “If you go into a luxury
What is a brand? It’s not impression of the house—it automobile dealership and
a name, logo, symbol or damages the brand. The the salesman shows you
jingle—though all of these same is true with a company; a beautiful car with fine
can affect and promote a one negative element can accessories and invites you to
brand, according to Seven damage the entire brand.” sit behind the wheel and feel
Hughes, president of 7th He said business owners how comfortable it is, you will
Wonder, who during a May 1 can damage their brand by have expectations about the
presentation at the Covington undervaluing it. “This is hard price. If he says, ‘We’re asking
Library offered tips for for people who are new to $13,500 for this automobile,’
establishing and maintaining business. Often, they don’t you’d probably walk out.
a business brand. feel comfortable charging Your first thought would be
“Just as national and what their services are worth. ‘what’s wrong with it?’ You
regional companies have Don’t let people talk you came there prepared to pay a
brands, the smallest down from your legitimate premium price for a premium
companies should have price. If you don’t realize the automobile; an absurdly low
a brand as well. A brand value you bring to the table price makes you wonder what
is how you authenticate and price your products or you’re getting,” Hughes said.
Seven Hughes, president of 7th Wonder, says a brands elevates a product to more
quality. A brand establishes than the sum of its parts. services accordingly, people Branding, he added, is
a significant and differential will take advantage of you as important for nonprofit
presence in the marketplace same products at about the the company to fulfill the and they won’t respect you. organizations as it is for
that attracts and retains loyal same prices, but some people consumer’s expectations. “You don’t want to do businesses. “In a sense, there’s
customers,” Hughes said in his will be loyal to one because Several elements come business with people who no such thing as a nonprofit.
presentation Learn How to they feel it offers them a more together to create the don’t respect you. If you have An organization may exist to
Work Your Brand.  positive experience,” Hughes impression that becomes a a customer who calls you at do good in the community,
“A brand creates said. “Perhaps the question company’s brand, according 10 o’clock at night and wants but it can’t do good unless
expectations,” he said. “When is not ‘what is a brand?’ but to Hughes. “When you look at you to do something in the it makes money—unless it
you walk into a fast food ‘who is a brand?’ A brand has a house, you see the design, next two hours and promises makes a profit. What people
restaurant that’s part of a a personality. Your potential the building materials, the to throw $100 your way, think of your nonprofit is
national chain, you pretty customers are actually landscaping, the location, all you may think you need the going to influence their
much know what’s on the deciding who they want to of which may influence your money, but you really don’t decision to volunteer for you
menu, what it will cost and spend time with. impression of the house. They need the money that badly. or donate to you.”
how it will taste, because you “A brand elevates your may have come from different In the long run, you’re better
know the brand.” product to more than just the
Although a company can sum of its parts. It’s more than
work to establish its brand, a purchase, it’s an experience.
the brand exists only in the A brand is a promise; at
minds of consumers, Hughes its core it’s a promise to
said. “It is the sum total of the consumers as to what they
impressions a customer has will get when they purchase
based on every interaction a product or service under
with that company. Two your brand umbrella,” Hughes
stores can offer roughly the said, adding that it’s up to
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SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Page 15

Decatur defeated Whitewater 2-0 in the Elite Eight.

Five soccer teams

advance to Final Four
BY CARLA PARKER Eight. Decatur hosted McIntosh in
the Final Four. In Class AAAA, a 9-0 victory
over Richmond Academy sent the
Five soccer teams from DeKalb
Marist War Eagles to the boys Final
County are a step closer to a state
Four to take on Northwest Whitfield.
Marist girls advanced to the Final
Decatur boys, Marist boys and
Four after a 3-0 win over Northside-
girls, Paideia boys and St. Pius
Columbus, and they faced Spalding
X girls soccer teams advanced
in the Final Four.
to the Final Four of the soccer
After a 6-0 win over Woodward
state playoffs in their respective
Academy, St. Pius faced Blessed
classifications. All teams played their
Trinity in the Final Four.
Final Four matchup May 8, and
Paideia advanced to the Class
scores were not available by press
A Final Four after a 3-1 win over
St. Anne-Pacelli. Paideia took on
The Decatur Bulldogs advanced
Whitefield Academy in the Final
to the Class AAAAA Final Four after Decatur boys soccer team celebrates with fans after advancing
beating Whitewater 2-0 in the Elite

Dunwoody, Lakeside win county golf titles

BY MARK BROCK put together a team total of 327 the Top 10 with a quartet of Druid Hills had its highest Lithonia junior Kayla
to outdistance Chamblee (363) players led by senior Jimmy finish of the tournament by Humes finished fifth with a 108
Dunwoody extended its win and Lakeside (432) in team McClendon (89), followed taking third with a 247 total. and Arabia Mountain’s Miracle
streak in the boys’ 2018 DeKalb standings. by junior River Harper and Lakeside juniors Kaylee Goolsby finished sixth (111).
County School District Golf Dunwoody had a tie for senior Phil McCrery tied for Cornelius (95) and Jayla The rest of the Top 10
Championships, but a four-year third place as seniors Patrick eighth with a score of 91 and Cornelius (96) finished second included a tie for eighth with
reign atop the girls’ standings Cociaccio and Elijah Dwoskin sophomore Carson Cooper and third in the individual Druid Hills sophomore Hailey
for Dunwoody came to an end both shot 83 on the day. Senior finished 10th with a 92. standings to clinch the win for Crosby and Redan senior
May 3 at Mystery Valley Golf Cole Pickering shot an 85 for The girls’ championship Lakeside. Kameron Robinson, both with
Course. fifth to round out the Wildcats' went to a different team for Chamblee also moved up a 121.
Dunwoody placed five Top 10 players. the first time since 2013 as the one spot to second after a third- Druid Hills senior Cate
golfers in the Top 10, led by Arabia Mountain junior Lakeside Lady Vikings won a place finish last year led by Moore shot a 126 for 10th
senior Nick Trembath, who Torrence Allen shot 84 on the one-stroke, 191-192 victory junior Tiffany Li, who shot the place.
carded a 79 good for a three- day to take fourth while senior over the Chamblee Lady tournament’s low score on the
stroke win over teammate Aaron Allen was sixth with an Bulldogs to win the program’s girls’ side with a 91 to take first
junior Jack Kardasha (82). 86. first county championship since place. Junior Kristen Nwadike
Dunwoody’s first four players Chamblee rounded out that 2013 season. was fourth with a 101.
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Page 16

Three teams to play

for tennis state titles
Chamblee girls, Dunwoody
boys and Paideia boys will play
for a state tennis title May 12 in
Chamblee (21-0), which won
Silas Butler and the Arabia Mountain Rams fell to Flowery Branch in the Sweet 16. the Class AAAAA state title last
year, will defend its title against
Kell (18-3) at 10 a.m. Chamblee
Baseball season comes to an end in DeKalb advanced to the title game after a
3-0 win against Bainbridge in the
quarterfinals and a 3-2 win over
BY CARLA PARKER In Class AAAAA, Arabia Mountain Buford in the semifinals. lost its first game to Flowery Branch Dunwoody will make its
7-6 and forced a Game 3 after and second state championship
The baseball season came to an end 4-2 win in Game 2. Arabia Mountain appearance in program history
May 4 as the remaining three DeKalb didn’t score any runs in the third game, and first since 2006. Dunwoody
playoff teams lost in the Sweet 16. losing 10-0. They finished the season will take on Johns Creek in the
Arabia Mountain, Chamblee and with a program-best 23-8 record. Class AAAAAA title game at
Chamblee won the first game 8-6 2 p.m. Dunwoody advanced to
Marist all lost in the third game of the the title game after a 3-0 win
best-of-three series. In Class AAAA, in the best-of-three series against
over Glynn Academy in the
defending champions Marist won’t get Carrollton. Carrollton then shut out Madison Trinh and the Chamblee girls’ tennis
quarterfinals and 3-1 win over team will defend their Class AAAAA state title
a chance to defend its title after falling Chamblee in the second game 15-0 to Northview in the semifinals. against Kell. Photo by Carla Parker
to Cartersville. Marist lost the first force a game 3. Carrollton would win Paideia will face Stratford
game of the series 11-1 but won the the series with a 11-1 win in the third Academy in the Class A-Private Wesleyan in the quarterfinals and
second game 4-3 to force a game 3. game. title game at 2 p.m. The team a 3-0 win over First Presbyterian
Cartersville won that game 12-2. Chamblee finished the season with advanced to the championship in the semifinals.
Marist finished the 2018 season with a a 28-8 record. game after a 3-0 win over
15-18 record.

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