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Brutal crime relived

New life for old Kroger site

The lynching of four AfricanAmericans in 1946 by members of the Ku Klux Klan is re-enacted each year in Walton County. 4

DeKalb SuperValu’s operator says he has leased the former Kroger space in the Rainbow Village Plaza to open a second store. 6


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August 3, 2013

Volume 19, Number 14

Judge clears way for construction of biomass plant By Ken Watts

Administrative Law Judge Amanda Baxter has cleared the way for Green Energy Partners to build a controversial $60 million biomass facility in Lithonia. The July 31 ruling appears to end a twoyear battle between the Amanda Baxter grass-roots Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment and Athens-based Green Energy Partners. The plant is proposed for a 21-acre site at 1744 and 1770 Rogers Lake Road just outside Lithonia’s city limits. Green Energy says the

facility will generate electricity that will be sold to Georgia Power. Baxter dismissed the case after CHASE challenged Green Energy’s application for an air permit from the Georgia Environmental Protection Deborah Jackson Division. She said CHASE’s criticism of the EPD’s decision to issue an air permit to Green Energy despite potential health risks lacked merit and that the group failed to respond in a timely manner to various court orders. Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson, a member of CHASE, said Thursday she was disappointed to hear about the decision.

Jackson said the ruling was on procedural matters, not on the merits of the case. “The challenge is that the various agencies that have been involved in reviewing this matter have not addressed the very real health threats from this plant,” Jackson said. Dr. Jewel Crawford, CHASE co-chair, had no comment on the ruling Thursday but said the group didn’t have the legal resources to properly fight the company’s application. “People in public office in a position to weigh in on this case ought to prioritize the health of the people,” Crawford said. “To do otherwise is irresponsible.” Foes say the plant and its truck traffic would generate pollutants that would affect the health of residents for miles as wood chips and other biomass are converted to

electricity. CHASE said that in its application to EPD, Green Energy, calling itself a “minor source” of pollution, underplayed potential contaminants the plant might produce. The agency found deficiencies in the application and asked Green Energy to resubmit it. CHASE said the new application still didn’t meet appropriate standards. DeKalb commissioners approved the plant in June 2011. Eighteen months later in December 2012, the county approved property tax incentives to help Green Energy secure financing for bonds to build the facility. Green Energy CEO Neville Anderson told commissioners the plant is expected to Please see PLANT, page 7

Kelley Chapel Project Proposed Georgia General Snapfinger Development is seeking to have a 17.23-acre site on Kelley Chapel and Snapfinger roads in Decatur included in the I-20 Overlay District.

Residents sharply divided over type of development By Ken Watts

A 17.23-acre site with frontage on Kelley Chapel and Snapfinger roads in Decatur is being eyed for development. The owner, Georgia General Snapfinger Development, is planning a September application to the DeKalb Board of Commissioners to have the property included in the I-20 Overlay District with a land use designation of Town Center. More than 60 residents voiced sharply contrasting opinions about what should be built on the property at a July 29 community meeting at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library. Attorney Michelle Battle, who hosted the meeting to get neighborhood feedback on the proposed development, said her client is actively seeking a developer for the property with hopes that development will commence in 2014 to 2015 at the very latest. “I know that the I-20 Overlay District corridor is very important to this neighborhood, and we want to get it right,” she said in the invitation to the meeting. After listening to Battle’s presentation, longtime Kelley Chapel area resident Andrea Robinson told the lively crowd that she favors some form of residential development over commercial. “The first idea that comes to mind is something community- and family-based, maybe a senior residence or multi- Joel Edwards use community center with some kind of retail development, but not a strip mall,” she said. Nice idea, wrong spot, said Joel Edwards, vice president of the King’s Row Neighbor-

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More than 60 residents turned out for a July 29 community meeting about the proposed development. Many called the tract a problematic piece of property.

hood Association. “I’m 68. If I were to end up in a senior community, I’d want to have access to shopping and other services,” he said. “So that would need to be on the other side of I-20 where you already have commercial devel-

Battle said when the I-20 Overlay was passed by commissioners on Jan. 8, 2008, her client’s property was left out of that process. “We’re just trying to get invited to the party.” She said she anticipated strong opinions from all sides. In 2007, residents rejected a plan to put town homes for rent on the property that they felt wouldn’t blend with the neighborhood. The landowners abandoned that idea after the housing market tanked in 2008, but some residents were worried that the idea will resurface. “What level of income would the renters/buyers have to be for the town homes?” Ken Watts / CrossRoadsNews asked Denise Dowman of the King’s Row neighborhood. “Would it be a Section 8 or opment.” An overlay district is a designated area in high-end development?” Battle said there is no chance that the which the county allows zoning rules to be tailored to the needs of a specific neighbor- owner is going back to that idea. hood in hopes of attracting new business and Please see DEVELOPER, page 2 economic development.




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“The sole determining factor was the SACS investigation, which was flawed based on personality, lack of evidence and unsubstantiated charges.”

Judge upholds Walker’s suspension Commissioners OK midyear budget “This additional $1 million gives DeKalb DeKalb commissioners approved the from DeKalb County School Board county’s midyear budget adjustments and County the opportunity to hire 25 police By Ken Watts

Former DeKalb School Board Chairman Eugene “Gene” Walker lost his bid to be reinstated this week. Walker told CrossRoadsNews he was informed on July 31 that Chief State Administrative Law Judge Maxwell Wood has recommended that Gov. Nathan Deal sustain his suspension from the board. Walker said he is disappointed with Wood’s recommendation but not surprised. “The judge based his recommendation on an unconstitutional law, and every step along the way leading up the reinstatement hearing reinforced the unfairness of that statute,” Walker said. Walker is the third of five suspended board members to get a ruling on his case. On July 24, Wood also denied the reinstatement appeals of District 3 board member Sarah Copelin-Wood and District 8 board member Pam Speaks. Districts 5 and 7 board members Jay Cunningham and Donna Edler are awaiting word on their appeals. Deal’s office said this week that it was awaiting the ruling on the final two cases so it could release all three at once. Wood’s reason for denying Walker was not immediately known, but in sustaining the suspensions of Copelin-Wood and Speaks, he said that he was bound by the guidelines of state law O.C.G.A. 20-2-73. The statute requires the suspended members to show in their appeals that “their presence on the DeKalb School Board would improve the ability of the

“The judge based his recommendation on an unconstitutional law, and every step … reinforced the unfairness of that statute.” Dr. Eugene Walker

local school system to retain or re-attain its accreditation.” Walker’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law is awaiting a ruling from the Georgia Supreme Court. If the high court rules in Walker’s favor, all of the suspended board members could be restored to their jobs. A ruling is expected in November. Deal suspended six of nine board members on Feb. 25 after the district’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, put the district on probation over governance issues and the Georgia Board of Education recommended that they be removed. The sixth suspended member, District 1 board member Nancy Jester, said she resigned in April and did not seek reinstatement. Deal removed the members on March 13 and replaced them with his appointees. Walker said he and his suspended colleagues never received due process. “The sole determining factor was the SACS investigation, which was flawed based on personality, lack of evidence and unsubstantiated charges.” Deal will make the final decision on whether to accept Wood’s recommendations on the reinstatement appeals.

adopted the 2013 tax rates last month. The midyear budget adopted July 16 shows that an additional $1 million will be designated to the budgetary reserve. The anticipated reserve is a result of a smaller-than-expected decline in the property tax digest. The county built its 2013 budget on the possibility of a 3 percent decline in the tax digest (value of property). Interim CEO Lee May said the reserve shows that DeKalb is going in the right direction. “I encourage the department heads to continue this kind of focused, hard work in order to keep the county on this positive track,” he said. District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson noted the reserve could support public safety personnel.

officers and 41 firefighters – positions that have been vacant,” he said. “Balancing the budget and having a reserve has been tough to do in this economic climate, and all those who contributed to this surplus should be commended.” Property owners will receive a credit of up to 66 percent this year on their tax bill from the Homestead Option Sales Tax. For example, for a $200,000 home in unincorporated DeKalb, homeowners will see a further reduction in their tax bill from 2012. In addition, the millage rate in unincorporated DeKalb will remain at $21.21. Property tax bills will be mailed by Aug. 15. County property owners can pay the taxes in two installments no later than Sept. 30 and Nov. 15 this year. Payments not made by those dates will be considered delinquent.

Ga. seeks comments on WIC services Clients and supporters of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children can comment on its operation Aug. 5-Sept. 6 at During the annual open comment period, Georgians can identify its successes and point out opportunities to improve WIC services. Debra L. Keyes, Georgia WIC director, said they are encouraging Georgians to take part so that they can have an impact on the WIC program. “State staff will review the comments that are received and use them to update our annual program plan,” she said. “We count on our customers’ feedback every year to make

the WIC program better.” On the Web site, comments can be made by clicking on the public comment link and completing the appropriate survey. The Georgia WIC program promotes good health and positive food choices by providing nutrition education and food selections based on nutrient content, availability throughout the state, and cost. Food packages can include infant formulas and medical foods, milk, cheese, eggs, fruit, vegetables, juice, whole grains, fish, peanut butter, soy products, and beans. Packages are tailored to meet the needs of the participant. For more information, visit www.wic or call 1-800-228-9173 or 1-800-2250056 (TTY).

Town Center designation sought Attorney Michelle Battle said her client is actively seeking a developer for the property with hopes that development will start in 2014 or 2015 at the latest.

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“Now we have the opportunity to be more creative about what we can put there that would be to the ultimate benefit of the surrounding neighborhood,” she said. “But we have to first get into the overlay district so we can look at other possibilities.” Battle said that right now, the tract is still zoned R-100 for single-family homes. “I’m not here to tell you to build ‘X,’” she said. “I’m here to get your ideas for alternative projects that we can take to the county, get a land use change and put in more desirable development.” Gil Turman, president of the South DeKalb Neighborhoods Coalition, said the property itself is problematic. “What you’re telling us is that we have a bad piece of land and we have to figure out how to transform it,” he said. Battle agreed that it is a challenging piece of property. “But we have to move the process forward,” she said. John Griffin, a resident of King’s Row, wanted to see a broader effort to redevelop the entire area, including the overlay district.

“This neighborhood is unique and a prime location. We’re positioned at I-20 with quick access to I-285. We can be at the airport or practically anywhere else in the Atlanta area in 20 minutes. It’s really a lovely area.” Others responded that the redevelopment effort has to start somewhere and with a clear goal and manageable timetable. Real estate broker Bobbie Sanford of Sanford Realty wanted to know why the developer didn’t come in person and present his own ideas on redeveloping the land rather than waiting for residents to help him get the property into the overlay district. “I would suggest that your developer go back to the county and see if it wants to buy the property and redevelop it,” she said. Though the meeting reached no consensus, residents seemed united in not wanting more single-family homes on the site. Battle said she doesn’t mind lengthening the time frame to reach a decision. “I’m willing to go to the board’s September meeting and ask for a 60-day deferral in requesting a land use change to allow more time for us to work with the community and come up with a project we can all embrace,” she said.



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“I’m tired of us not being able to move legislation as quickly as we can because we’ve got this mess in between us, this big divide.”

May says he will make his time as DeKalb’s interim CEO count By Ken Watts

DeKalb interim CEO Lee May told county employees this week that he favors state legislation to reform the cityhood process and ease the economic impact on the county. In his first address to employees since Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him interim CEO on July 16, May told about 200 workers that he is not against incorporation. During the informal hour-long talk, May, armed with a wireless microphone, walked among the audience fielding questions. It was the first of two get-acquainted sessions with employees. The second one took place on July 30 for employees who weren’t able to make the first one. May said that if residents in an area come together and decide they want to become a city, they have a right to do so. “But state law is really bad in terms of how areas incorporate. It allows new cities to cherry-pick all of the most valuable assets of an area, and if they’ve got the political will they can get [the cityhood initiative] on the ballot and they’re a city.” May, the District 5 commissioner, is in his seventh year on the Board of Commissioners and was presiding officer when Deal tapped him to replace CEO Burrell Ellis. Deal suspended Ellis after his indictment on corruption and other charges. May told the workers that even though his appointment is temporary, with their

Interim CEO Lee May speaks with county employees about cityhood issues at a get-acquainted session. He vowed to end the conflict between DeKalb commissioners and the CEO’s office.

help, he plans to do the most good he can for the time he is in the office. He said that he’ll talk with members of the DeKalb House and Senate delegation about developing legislation that would make incorporation a more equitable process. But he said the county has to take a more aggressive role in future public conversations about cityhood.

“We suffer every time an area wants to incorporate and annex,” he said. “Again, I’m all for them having that ability, but we have to really jump into the conversation proactively and put unbiased data on the table that the public can use to make informed decisions on whether they want incorporation.” May said that the county could have handled the Dunwoody and Brookhaven

High-flying Gabby Douglas to speak to DeKalb youth Gold medal gymnast Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas will speak on Aug. 10 at the 2013 Youth Empowerment Breakfast honoring DeKalb’s youth. Douglas, who won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics, is the first woman of color and the first African-American gymnast to become the individual all-around champion, the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual allaround and team competitions Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas will address the Youth at the same Olympics, and the Empowerment Breakfast on Aug. 10. only American all-around champion to win District 4 Commissioner Sharon Barnes multiple gold medals in Olympic history. Sutton is hosting the event along with the In November 2012, she released her Youth Leadership Academy she established autobiography, “Grace, Gold and Glory: My in 2008, which focuses on education, enrichLeap of Faith.” ment, community service and leadership

development for kids. The fund-raiser for the academy starts at 9 a.m. It takes place at Marriott Evergreen, 4021 Lakeview Drive in Stone Mountain. For tickets, visit www.youthempower For more information, call 404-371-4907.

cityhood movements better by joining the discussion early. The two North DeKalb suburbs went on to incorporate in 2008 and 2012, taking millions of dollars in property and commercial tax revenue with them. There are placeholder bills in the Legislature for several more proposed new cities, including Lakeside in the Northlake area and Stonecrest in South DeKalb. On other priorities, May said he wants to include a three- to five-year forecast in the proposed 2014 budget that would project future spending on personnel, technology and capital improvements. May will serve until Ellis’ case is resolved or his term ends, whichever comes first. District Attorney Robert James filed a motion to have the trial start in August. A Superior Court judge set the date as Aug. 19. May had a number of high-profile fights with Ellis over budget issues, but he promised Thursday to put an end to conflict between the board and the CEO’s office. “I’m tired of the conflict, tired of us fighting. I’m tired of us not being able to get along. I’m tired of us not being able to move legislation as quickly as we can because we’ve got all this mess in between us, this big divide. So that’s one of my highest priorities.” Employees seemed pleased with the informal format and the opportunity to engage their boss directly on key issues. Senior planner Melora Furman, who asked the question about cityhood, said she appreciated May taking the initiative to invite the employees to the meeting. “He did answer my question and I appreciated the chance to have that kind of contact with him,” she said. May said he thought the talk went well. “I just really wanted to speak to the employees from my heart,” he said. “They’ve been through a disruptive transition and there’s been a lot of turmoil over the past year. So I wanted them to see me face to face, hear my vision, and know how important they are to the success of this county.”

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“I would like to see some sort of resolution to it. There are guys who were there that are still living.”

Activists seek justice in 1946 mass lynching By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Every July for the past seven or eight years, Jodi Williams of Decatur has made her way to Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe. While in Walton County, she also visits the graves of two couples – George and Dorothy Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Malcom, who was seven months pregnant – who were lynched at the bridge on a quiet rural road. All were in their 20s. Since she was 5 years old, her daughter Sumer has been at her side for what has become an annual pilgrimage. On July 27, when Williams made her way to the bridge with about 80 others for the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials’ Day of Remembrance for Moore’s Ford Bridge and other lynching victims, Sumer, now 13, was also with her. Williams says she keeps going back because of the caring. “It’s just knowing that people still are concerned about what happened back then,” she said after witnessing a re-enactment by actors of the July 25, 1946, lynching of the Dorseys and the Malcoms by 20 to 25 members of the Ku Klux Klan. The two men and their wives were taken from jail, dragged from the car they were in, and brutally beaten and shot multiple times. The lynching was precipitated when Roger Malcom stabbed a white man who was rumored to be having an affair with his wife. He and the Dorseys were bailed by Loy Harrison, a white farmer they had worked for, and delivered to the KKK lynch mob. The crime, labeled “America’s last mass lynching,” attracted national attention. It is still one of Georgia’s unsolved crimes.

No one was ever charged Despite an FBI investigation ordered by President Harry Truman and several attempts by the FBI and state authorities since then, no one has ever been charged. In 1946, the FBI was met by a wall of silence in the town, and it hasn’t cracked much since. In 2001, Gov. Roy Barnes reopened the investigation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and in 2006 the FBI also re-entered the case. Every year since 2004, state Rep. Tyrone Brooks has been taking people to visit the graves of the victims and to witness a re-enactment of the crime. A few years ago, Brooks said he named the Malcoms’ baby “Justice.” “It just seemed fitting,” he said. Williams credits Brooks for his steadfast drive to keep the spotlight on the crime so that those still living can be prosecuted. She said that even though she had heard about the lynching, the re-enactments have helped her understand what really went on. Now Williams also wants to see justice for the families. “I would like at least a trial,”

Actors re-create the scene in which George and Dorothy Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Malcom were accosted and lynched by KKK on July 25, 1946 at the Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe, Ga.

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State Rep. Tyrone Brooks (with bullhorn) leads the tour group to the Moore’s Ford Road bridge where the still unsolved slayings occurred 67 years ago.

Luther King Jr. prepared them to expect anything. “I was 21 when I was sent to Walton County,” he said. “When you join the movement, you were trained to expect this. The only George Dorsey, named for his uncle thing they haven’t done is put a who was murdered by the KKK, bullet in me, but I am prepared to spoke at his grave site on July 27. die. They want to taint me to run y’all away from me.” The rally collected about $700 she said. to help with Brooks’ legal fees. The ninth annual Tour and Reenactment of the Lynchings at the Moore’s Ford Bridge began with a ‘A tape with 15 names’ After the rally, the group piled rally at 1st African Baptist Church on Tyler Street in Monroe during into their cars and was escorted which the actors were introduced. through Monroe by Walton depuCivil rights leaders including ties to visit the grave sites of the SCLC President Charles Steele; Dorseys and the Malcoms before GABEO’s treasurer, the Rev. Dr. gathering at the bridge for the reHenry Ficklin; and others expressed enactment of the brutal slaying. When the baby was cut from support for Brooks, who was indicted earlier this year on charges Dorothy Malcom’s womb, there was of misusing campaign funds and hushed silence. Ronnie Glass of Atlanta said he other donations. They all said that learned something that day. Brooks was being targeted because “I am just trying to process it,” of his work with the Moore’s Ford he whispered, even though there Bridge lynching. was no need to. Glass said he is “They after the brother,” Steele said. “They after all of us, but this from Mississippi and grew up brother is targeted. They are trying hearing his parents talk about the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching. to intimidate him.” “I would like to see some sort Steele said that the FBI can find of resolution to it,” he said. “There Nazis but has been unable to find are guys who were there that are the people who killed the Malcoms still living.” and Dorseys. Valerie Baker of Lithonia said “You can’t come down the road to Monroe and find these people,” she had heard about the re-enactment on the news for several years he said. Brooks said that Dr. Martin before deciding to go this year.

“It’s part of history,” she said. “It’s eye-opening to see how people were treated then.” After a pause, she said the same thing is happening today, just in a different form. “Now they are using the justice system to do the same thing,” she said. “In youth detention centers, we have kids getting 20 years for stealing a video recorder.” As the actors lay in a heap on the ground in an open field near the bridge, Minister Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia Council of the NAACP, said we are closer than ever before to bringing the perpetrators to justice. “We have a tape with 15 names,” he said. DuBose said it’s a lie that all the people involved in the “heinous crime” are dead. “Not true,” he said. “There were 13-year-olds on the bridge. They are in their 70s now.” DuBose said that “at a certain point they will realize that we are not going home. “We need to bring justice to this crime that happened in 1946,” he said. “We are responsible for reminding them that the Malcoms and Dorseys died and their souls continue to cry out for justice.” There is a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the killers. Contact the GBI at 404-244-2600 or the FBI at 404-679-9000.

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Wellness Grants to help fight veterans’ homelessness Veterans will soon get more financial, housing and emotional support from the Decatur Cooperative Ministry Inc. compliments of a $550,000 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The nonprofit is among four metro Atlanta-based groups that will receive more than $4.5 million from the federal government to fight veterans’ homelessness. The others are West End Ministries, Travelers Aid of Met- Hank Johnson ropolitan Atlanta, and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Fourth District Rep. Hank Johnson, who supported the group’s application and announced the grant July 23, said veterans put their lives on the line for our freedoms. “We must do all we can to help veterans get back on their feet,” Johnson said. More than 390 nonprofits received grants, part of a $300 million nationwide effort targeting 120,000 homeless and atrisk veterans and their families. President Barack Obama pledged to “be relentless” in his pursuit of ending veterans’ homelessness within the decade. As long as a single veteran lives on our streets, we have work to do, said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “With these grants, we are strengthening our partnership with community nonprofits across the country to provide veterans and their families with hope, a home, and a future,” he said.



August 3, 2013

“Diabetes … should be properly managed using safe and effective FDA-approved treatments.”

West Nile virus found in DeKalb mosquitoes The West Nile virus has been found in DeKalb during a routine collection of mosquitoes in the county, highlighting the need to dump standing water and use mosquito repellent, local health officials say. The DeKalb Board of Health said July 25 that a routine sampling of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus – the first report S. Elizabeth Ford of positive mosquitoes in metro Atlanta this year. The virus is spread by infected mosquitoes. It can cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease. Although infected people over age 50 are at highest risk for serious illness, individuals of all ages can become ill. Symptoms of West Nile virus include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that usually develops three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Some people develop a less severe illness called West Nile fever. This mild illness usually does not require medical treatment and goes away. Most people who are infected with

Eliminate breeding grounds The Board of Health offers these ways to reduce mosquito breeding: n Dump standing water. Be sure to check plant pots, toys and tarps. n Store wading pools so they will not collect water. n Dispose of old tires, cans and other containers. n Change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes every three to four days. n Clean gutters and downspouts. n Keep drains and ditches clean of trash and weeds. n Rake or shred magnolia leaves. n Trim tall grass, weeds and vines.

the virus do not have any ill effects. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 5,674 human cases of West Nile virus were confirmed nationwide last year, the highest number reported since 2003. Since there is no vaccine or treatment, prevention is the key. Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, district health director of the DeKalb Board of Health,

said she is encouraging residents to learn about prevention and to protect themselves by eliminating standing water and using effective repellents on skin and clothing that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. Spray clothing with permethrin, which remains effective after repeated washing. Apply repellents according to label directions. Using repellents on children requires special attention. Do not use DEET products on infants under 2 months old. Do not use oil of lemon eucalyptus products on children under 3 years old. An adult should apply repellent to their hands, then rub them on the child. An adult should not apply repellent to a child’s hands nor allow a child to apply repellent. Keep repellent out of the reach of children. Use mosquito netting over infant carriers and strollers. The Board of Health’s Division of Environmental Health monitors for West Nile virus through mosquito sampling. Since the virus can kill birds, the division also analyzes reports of dead birds. For help in finding breeding sites, to report a dead bird or for more information, visit www.dekalbhealth .net or call 404-508-7900.

FDA seeks to take illegal diabetes products off market The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned 15 companies that the sale of their illegally marketed diabetes products violates federal law. Letters were sent to foreign and domestic companies whose products were sold online and in retail stores, the agency reported on July 23. The FDA is taking action to remove from the market illegal products, including some labeled as dietary supplements, that

Walk of HEROes kickoff on Aug. 6

Weekend hikes at Arabia Mountain

Runners, walkers, friends and supporters of the HEROes 5K and Tot Trot can sign up now for the annual fall event. The seventh annual Walk of HEROes 5K and Tot Trot is set for Sept. 21 in historic Kirkwood community, but a kickoff and informational meeting will be held Aug. 6 in Room 421 at 445 Winn Way, in Decatur. To attend the 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. meeting, R.S.V.P. to Michelle Potter at info@ or 404-508-7875. The Walk of HEROes, benefits the DeKalb Community Service Board’s mental health, substance addiction and developmental disability services. For more information or to register visit

The Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center is winding down its summer season with weekend hikes and bike rides. Hikes are rated as moderate and take two to four hours to complete. Hikers should bring their own water. Interpretive and recreational hiking with Ranger Robby Astrove takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. at the center, 3787 Klondike Road in Lithonia. On Aug. 9, take the interpretive Summer Tree Walk and learn about Arabia’s rich biodiversity and tree species. Participants will note identification characteristics and learn why trees are so important. For more information, e-mail arabiamoun or call 770-4925220.

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Life is about to get easier for Panola Road drivers entering and exiting the Publix supermarket and the IHOP and Ruby Tuesday’s restaurants in the commercial area between Thompson Mill and Fairington Road. Work crews on July 27 completed installation of a $112,000 span wire traffic signal at the Centre at Panola shopping plaza, which is anchored by a Publix on the busy corridor in Lithonia a block south of I-20. Publix spokeswoman Brenda Reid said the changes will make it easy for shoppers. “Right now, turning left into the plaza coming north on Panola is a problem, and turning left or right exiting the plaza is just as bad.” The new lights will control north- and southbound traffic on Panola while giving supermarket and restaurant customers signals to make safe left or right turns into the plaza or businesses across the street. Publix is sharing the cost of the project with its

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New grocer for old Kroger space on Rainbow Drive By Ken Watts

DeKalb SuperValu operator Ken Hong says he has leased the former Kroger supermarket space in the Rainbow Village Plaza in Decatur to open a second store. Hong, who became part of the SuperValu chain on June 12 after parting company with Piggly Wiggly at 2112 Candler Road, said on July 31 that he plans to open the second store in about three months. Shoppers were left without a grocery close to home in May when Kroger abruptly closed the store it had operated for 38 years. Hong said he and his family signed a lease with Caldwell Properties in June for the space. He said it will take three months to open because some equipment they purchased from Kroger was damaged when the fixtures were removed and returned to the building. “Now we have to either fix a lot of that stuff or replace it.” He hasn’t decided whether it will carry the SuperValu brand. “We’re still trying to decide all that, but we know it’ll be similar in quality and appearance to Kroger,” he said. He recently spent $120,000 to make improvements at his Candler Road location in wake of demonstrations about poor conditions. He said SuperValu helped pay the cost of extensive upgrades, including installation of new meat display cases and produce coolers.

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legal options with the Atlanta environmental law firm Green Law and the SCLC. SCLC had an internal controversy of its own in May when its CEO, Charles Steele, ran ads in the local newspapers, including CrossRoadsNews, claiming that biomass opponents are “misinformed” about biomass

plants, which are now operating at some of the nation’s leading universities. At a May 16 CHASE town hall meeting in Lithonia, SCLC’s national president, the Rev. C.T. Vivian, said Steele was “speaking for himself and did not get clearance from the organization to run the ad and use SCLC’s

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Civil Action # ++13CV7080-3++ Lonnel Gumble Plaintiff Vs. Mockeysha Diggs Dashan Herrings Defendant TO: Mockeysha Diggs Dashan Herrings By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated July 22, 2013, you are hereby notified that on June 25, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Legitimization. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Lonnel Gumble, 2788 Waters Run, Decatur, GA 30035. Answer

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Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV7426-3++ Jasmine Johnson filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on July 8, 2013 to change the name(s) of the following minor child(ren): From Jahlil Cameron Davis to Cameron Marquis Johnson Jr. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections

within the time prescribed in OCGA 19-12-1(f)(2) and (3). Dated: July 8, 2013 Jasmine Johnson Petitioner, Pro se 2374 Cranbrooke Drive Decatur, GA 30032

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Civil Action # ++13CV4131-10++ Saberina Moody Plaintiff Vs. Jeremie Morgan Defendant TO: Jeremie A. Morgan 5405 8th Ave South St Petersburg, FL 33707 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated July 2, 2013, you are hereby notified that on April 2, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Saberina Moody, 3736 Windsor Circle, Clarkston, GA 30021. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, July 2, 2013. Witness the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 9th day of July, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

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Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV7411-3++ Jesse Harris filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on July 8, 2013 to change the name from: Jesse Harris to Jesse Robert Pinckney. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: July 8, 2013 Jesse Harris Petitioner, Pro se Jesse Harris 4371 Glenwood Road Decatur, GA 30032 404-633-2716

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Civil Action # ++13CV5532-10++ Kim A. Dunn Plaintiff Vs. Willie Dunn Defendant TO: Willie Dunn By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 14, 2013, you are hereby notified that on May 10, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Kim A Dunn, 1303 Constitution Road SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, July

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Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV5705-10++ Teresa Kelia Clark filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on May 15, 2013 to change the name from: Teresa Kelia Clark to Kelia Teresa Clark. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: May 15, 2013 Teresa Kelia Clark Petitioner, Pro se 5126 Miller Woods rive Decatur, GA 30035 404-782-2965

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Civil Action # ++13CV6839-9++ Kem Johnson Seymour Plaintiff Vs. Larry James Seymour Defendant TO: Larry James Seymour By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated July 8, 2013, you are hereby notified that on June 27, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Kem Johnson Seymour, 816 Deshon Creek Drive, Lithonia, GA 30058. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of July 8, 2013. Witness the Honorable Mark Anthony Scott Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 8th day of July, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

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Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV6798-2++ Sherita Dowdy filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on June 20, 2013 to change the name(s) of the following minor child(ren): From Chrisma Kelsey Dowdy to Kelshey Leshay Dowdy. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within the time prescribed in OCGA 19-12-1(f)(2) and (3). Dated: June 12, 2013 Sherita Dowdy Petitioner, Pro se 433 Derby Shine Dr Stone Mountain, GA 30088

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Civil Action # ++13CV6252-9++ Brandon Grant Plaintiff Vs. Latrice Jackson/Billy Williams Defendant TO: Latrice Jackson 2047 Corners Circle Lithonia, GA 30058 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 25, 2013, you are hereby notified that on June 21, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed

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Civil Action # ++12CV11120-2++ Victoria Hayes Plaintiff Vs. Elray Booker Defendant TO: Elray Booker 2149 Vineyard Walk Atlanta, GA 30316 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 26, 2013, you are hereby notified that on October 1, 2012, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Victoria Hayes, 5177 Winding Glen Drive, Lithonia, GA 30038. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, June 26, 2013. Witness the Honorable Asha F. Jackson Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 27th day of June, 2013. 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

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Civil Action # ++13CV6592-3++ Shamika Haughton Plaintiff Vs. Donald Haughton Defendant TO: Donald Haughton 5311 Northwest 32nd St Hollywood, FL 33023 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated June 25, 2013, you are hereby notified that on June 12, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Complaint for Divorce with no minor children. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is 121 Trace Terr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, June 25, 2013. Witness the Honorable Clarence Seeliger Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 26th day of June, 2013.



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Bonus & $1,200.00 Orientation Completion Bonus! CDL-A OTR Exp. Req. Call Now: 1-877-7258241.

Upholstery OFFER EXPIRES AUGUST 31, 2013

2052 Cambellton Road Suite B

Atlanta, GA 30311

At Gentle Touch the residents and their families have grown to expect consistent, quality care that is always rendered with compassion and love.

SERVICES INCLUDE: • Fresh, healthy, home cooked meals • Bathing, grooming and toileting assistance • Assistance in daily living activities • Medication Management • Laundry and Housekeeping services • Scheduled transportation • Assistance With Doctor Appointments • Attentive caregivers and companions • Custom Tailored activities and games • Registered nurse on call for medical assistance • 24 hour round the clock care

Wendy Spence Owner/Manager

Gentle Touch Personal Care Home Decatur, Georgia

Mobile 678.429.0937


CrossRoadsNews, August 3, 2013