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August 14, 2010

“Every elected official from South DeKalb is guilty of gross neglect on environmental and other issues impacting our community.”

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I enjoyed the article “Access to Nasty River Denied – DeKalb’s signs skirt pollution, but carry threat” in the July 31 CrossRoadsNews. However, to say DeKalb authorities are skirting pollution is putting it mildly. Actually, the South River Trail head at Panola and Snapfinger roads is not the only location where people play in the river. If you go across Snapfinger Road toward

MLK High School, you’ll see where someone has put steps and a rope on a limb extending over the river. I have not seen anyone in the water at this location, but it is difficult to believe someone would go to all this trouble and not get in. Another location is at South Beach on the path where the path crosses over the river into Rockdale County. I’ve seen people on this “beach.”

To call the location South Beach seems to imply one can go there and do what people normally do at beaches! DeKalb authorities should just say: “BEWARE, the South River is polluted with high levels of fecal coliform and PCBs. … Do not get in and do not eat fish from the water.” James Teague lives in Lithonia.

‘I didn’t know’ position is unacceptable Reading the CrossRoadsNews Aug. 7 front-page article regarding DeKalb County elected and governmental officials ducking residents’ concerns revealed issues far more telling about how residents and officials view areas which are inhabited by minorities and low-income citizens. The first issue is the resi- Jerry Wyatt dents have recognized for almost 50 years that the South River and many of the factories and multiple landfills in South DeKalb are sources of pollution. Yet federal, state and county officials have allowed companies to continue to pollute the water and air in our community with no severe penalties to discourage pollution. DeKalb has been cited and fined for allowing raw sewage to spill into the South River. So for county officials to claim they were not aware of the problem is an outright “lie” and the person(s) making the statements are “outright liars.” The second issue is how the same officials have not addressed the issues impacting the environmental health of our community. To my knowledge there have been no environmental health studies to measure the impact of almost 50 years of pollution on the health of people living in the area. The lack of concern for our community is

demonstrated in two ways. First, every elected official from South DeKalb has failed the community by not addressing the environmental issues, and the community itself has been complicit in voting for and re-electing individuals who continue to ignore the real concerns of our community. Second, when this issue was recently addressed in CrossRoads News, county officials took the “I didn’t know” position. How is it possible for people who are in the position to know claim they didn’t know what is and has been public knowledge. CEO Burrell Ellis has been noticeably silent about the issue of pollution in our community, and for CEO spokesman Burke Brennan not to address the issue is totally unacceptable. If that is the type of public relations response coming from Ellis’ office, I believe Ellis

Coverage helps spur activism I would like to thank city of Atlanta in regards Jennifer Ffrench Parker to sewage waste overflows for her efforts to distribute within the area. the gospel about the polI would like you to lution of the South River know that this communiin DeKalb County. Your ty awareness of the South newspaper’s efforts have River pollution  was all spearheaded communimade possible because ty organizations such as of you, and we sincerely Mikeya Herbert mine to take an initiative thank you. in cleaning up their community Mikeya Danielle Herbert is and bring to the forefront the in- president of Miners Creek Civic Asjustices of DeKalb County and the sociation in Lithonia.

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I-20 repaving moving to eastbound lanes

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The I-20 resurfacing project is moving to the eastbound lanes between Columbia Drive and Turner Hill Road.

SWD grad gets community service for lewd dance 2 Southwest DeKalb 2009 graduate Kiyon Benton pleaded no contest on Aug. 5 to charges of public indecency and disrupting a public school on allegations that he performed a striptease in a classroom.

Clean Air Campaign touts teleworking’s benefits

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Employers and their employees can take a break from Atlanta’s infamous traffic during Georgia Telework Week, Aug. 23-27. Circulation Audited By

should fire Brennan and also fire the team which made the decision not to address the issue in stronger terms than placing vague warning signs near the river. My third point: Our community must wake up and realize we have not been fully represented by the people we elect to represent our issues. As a community we must realize the days of a single clarion voice speaking for us is over. We need to bear the responsibility of changing the entire political representation. Every elected official from South DeKalb is guilty of gross neglect on environmental and other issues impacting our community and need to be replaced. As a community we should explore the possibility of a recall of each official who has been derelict in their duty on the environmental issues impacting our community. Jerry Wyatt lives in Lithonia.

Gas stations crowding Covington Highway Presently there are eight gas stations on Covington Highway and Redan Road to Wesley Chapel Road. On Aug. 10, the DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted to add a ninth. Those voting for another gas station were Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Lee May, Jeff Rader and Sharon Barnes Sutton. Voting against adding the ninth gas station in this area were Commissioners Larry Johnson, Connie Stokes and Kathie Gannon. This new gas station brings nine gas stations in less than three miles. This new Race Trac gas station will be located adjacent to the Texaco station on Redan Road and Covington Highway, at 3858-3874 Covington Highway. It is unfortunate that the opinions and concerns of residents were not taken into account by the commissioners in districts 2, 4 and 5. The DeKalb Planning Department claims that this is part of the Comprehensive Plan and that the location is within the Commercial Redevelopment Corridor. This plan was devised in 2005. I would suggest that this plan be revisited and updated. Presently area economics should be a factor. I would like to suggest a moratorium on placing another gas station on Covington Highway. And those of you who live in the 4th and 5th districts, let Commissioners Sutton and May know what you would and wouldn’t like to see on Covington Highway. A. Jean Richardson lives in Decatur.

Royal Heritage Ball honors 12 for leadership, service 5

Golfers to benefit service programs

A dozen leaders from community, business, church and education organizations will be honored at AID Africa’s first Royal Heritage Ball at the Lou Walker Center.

Golfers will be teeing off on Aug. 21 for the annual Ivy Scholarship Golf Classic at the Charlie Yates Golf Course in Atlanta.

Restaurant inspection scores online 6

Snorton named first CME female bishop

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Diners can now find out the health inspection scores of their favorite restaurants with the help of a statewide search tool.

The Rev. Dr. Teresa Snorton was elected the first female bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church during the 37th General Conference of the CME Church.

Cancer survivors sought for Pink & Black tribute 7

Presbyterians seeing numbers drop 9

Family, friends, co-workers and colleagues can nominate breast cancer survivors for recognition at the DeKalb 100 Black Women’s sixth annual Pink & Black Affair

Membership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is on the decline. The denomination says total membership dropped 3 percent between 2008 and 2009.

index to advertisers Attorney Dwight Thomas................................ 2 Black Butterfly Salon & Spa........................... 11 Chick-fil-A /Turner Hill Road........................... 3 Clemmons Law Firm..................................... 10 Cruise Planners............................................... 5 DeKalb Medical Center................................... 7 DeKalb Technical College............................... 3

DoMaro Uniform Services.............................. 11 Exotic Thai Restaurant................................... 11 First African Presbyterian Church....................9 First Lithonia Medical Center, Inc.................. 10 Gibbs Garage................................................. 11 Holiday Inn Doraville..................................... 11 Klippers Barber Shop, Inc.............................. 11

Law Office of Trichelle Griggs Simmons....... 10 LawnMax, Inc................................................. 11 Mystery Valley Golf Club................................. 8 North Georgia Orthodontics........................... 7 Pesos Mexican Cantina................................... 5 Rock’s Networking Unlimited........................ 10

Saint Philip AME Church.................................9 Sugar Creek Golf & Tennis.............................. 8 Terry Benn / Allstate....................................... 3 The Law Office of B.A. Thomas.................... 10 The Samuel Group......................................... 11 Wright Vision Care..........................................6

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