CrossRoadsNews, January 9, 2016

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Passionate speeches were the order of the day during the DeKalb NAACP’s annual Jubilee Day observance on Jan. 1. 5

Bernice King is challenging the public to embrace her father’s “legacy of freedom for our world” during King Week celebrations. 9

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Volume 21, Number 37

DA seeks indictment of officer who killed naked man By Ken Watts

DeKalb police Officer Robert Olsen who shot and killed the naked and unarmed Anthony Hill in Chamblee last March could face criminal charges. Robert Olsen Olsen killed Hill, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran, on March 9, 2015, outside the Heights at Chamblee Apartments at 3028 Chamblee Tucker Road when he responded to a call about a naked man wandering the grounds and talking incoherently.

Family members say Hill, who served in Afghanistan, had medical issues ever since he returned from the war in 2010. On the day of his death, they said he was behaving strangely because he had stopped taking Anthony Hill his medicine after a bad reaction to medication for post-traumatic stress disorder. Olsen said that the naked Hill approached him aggressively and that he used deadly force because he feared for his life. District Attorney Robert James said on

Jan. 7 he will seek indictment on two counts of felony murder against Olsen when the grand jury meets on Jan. 21. He said he also will ask the grand jury to indict Olsen on two counts of violation of oath of office, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of making a false statement. James said his request to the grand jury stems from additional investigation by his office. Robert James “The facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Anthony Hill warrant a charge for felony

murder and that’s why we’re presenting it to the grand jury,” he said at a news conference in the DeKalb Courthouse. “Ultimately, it’s going to be up to a grand jury if Officer Olsen is charged with felony murder.” Attorney Christopher Chestnut, who represents the Hill family, said the intent and notice to Olsen must be filed 15 days before any formal charges can be brought. He said James has been very meticulous in his investigation of the case. “The news today was very refreshing for the family,” Chestnut said. Bridget Anderson, Hill’s girlfriend, told Please see POLICE SHOOTING, page 3

8-foot fence mars South DeKalb Senior Center White barrier violates overlay district rules

A “smaller, less obtrusive fence” will replace the 8-foot white wrought-iron one at the new South DeKalb Senior Center that opened last fall.

By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

The 8-foot, white wrought-iron fence around the South DeKalb Senior Center on Candler Road is coming down. DeKalb Chief Operating Officer Zachary Williams confirmed Thursday that the fence, which violates the county’s own I-20 Overlay District guidelines, will be replaced by a less obtrusive fence but he did not know when. He said that as soon as the ugly fence went up, “there was consensus that we need to so something about it.” “Yes we have made the decision to put in a smaller, less obtrusive fence,” Williams said. The county’s 79-page I-20 Overlay District, approved by the Board of Commissioners in December 2007, sets out architectural, sign and other guidelines for Candler, Panola, Wesley Chapel, Snapfinger and Gresham road corridors and the I-20/I285 interchange area. None of the guidelines allow a white fence. Williams said he did not know how the fence came about or who approved it. “It was in the original drawings,” he said. “I was told it came out of charettes that we held.” Williams said he would find out if the fence is a violation of the overlay district. Late Thursday, county press secretary Burke Brennan provided CrossRoadsNews with a copy of Article 5 of the county’s Zoning Code that said fences in front of a building can go “up to 4 feet” and fences to the side and rear can go “up to 8 feet.” The white picket fence in front of the building is 8-foot high. District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson, who represents the area, said the fence in front and along the right side of the center at 1931 Candler Road is not aesthetically

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pleasing. “It just doesn’t look good,” he said. “It doesn’t give a good presentation from street. I have already expressed to them that that fence is not supposed to be there.” DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon, whose Super District 6 also includes the area, said the fence was erected because the county does not follow its own rules. “They probably didn’t know that it’s against their rules,” she said. “They just don’t read the overlay.” Gannon said these types of things continue to happen because no one is accountable at the county. “No one is ever held responsible,” she said. “No one’s job is ever on the line. We should be fined for putting up that thing.”

Gannon said the fence looks like it is keeping something in. “It looks like a kind of place – not a prison – but the kind of place that is keeping people in,” she said. “We don’t need a fence.” Gannon said she has spoken with Allen Mitchell, acting director of Human & Community Development, whose department had responsibility for building the $5 million Candler Road facility and four other senior centers across the county. “I said, ‘Please, please, please, replace that fence,’ ” she said. “It should have come down immediately, but here we are months later and it is still there.” The senior center, built with federal Block Grant funds, finally opened for business in September – three years after the old senior

center was demolished and construction got under way in 2012. During construction, the center’s 150 seniors were bused daily to Hamilton Senior Center in Scottdale. Williams said that because of the many challenges with completing the center, the county issued the certificate of occupancy with the knowledge that it had to come back to do more paving, add more parking and replace the fence. “Replacing the fence was just secondary to getting it open,” he said. At press time Thursday, Williams did not know the time line for replacing the fence or if a new design, compatible with the overlay district guidelines, had been done. “We promise to move it as quickly as possible,” he said.



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“I would estimate the value of the technical assistance that we have received over the past four years is well over $200,000.” Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson shares a light moment with DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams on Jan. 4 while taking the oath of office for her second term.

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Things happening in Lithonia By Ken Watts

The city of Lithonia is taking major steps toward new business development, better housing and community facilities in 2016, Mayor Deborah Jackson said in her State of the City address on Jan. 4. Jackson, who was sworn in for a second term by Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams before 60 people at the Lithonia City Hall auditorium, said that Wendover Housing Partners will build “Granite Crossing,” a $14 million family apartment community on the site of the old city hall building in the portion of the dilapidated Lithonia Plaza owned by the city. She said the 75-unit project with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments is the first of several phases to redevelop the plaza with mixed use that includes housing, retail and green space. Jackson said Wendover will meet with city officials within the next seven to 10 days to establish a timeline for finishing the project. She said the city will work hard to make sure longtime residents are not displaced by upgrades in housing. “We’ll do that by helping residents to identify skills that they have that could be developed into businesses to bring their income in line with the housing that will be available,” the mayor said. “That’s why it’s so important for the community along with elected officials to be at the table when plans and decisions are being made.” Jackson said visitors to the city will notice that Lithonia’s long-dormant Main

Street is showing signs of life with the Jan. 5 grand opening of Green Love Kitchen, a new restaurant featuring Caribbean and vegan cuisine. It joins three other new restaurants: the Skinny Chef, which opened in March 2015, and the Luxor Lounge and Bistro, which opened in October offering live entertainment on Wednesdays. Von’s Barbeque is projected to open before the end of January. Also taking the oath of office were council members Shameka Reynolds, who was re-elected for a second term, and her cousin Fred Reynolds, a new city councilman who unseated Darold Honore in the Nov. 3 election. They join Diane Howard, Tracey Ann Williams and Ric Dodd on the City Council. Williams and Dodd did not attend the Jan. 4 ceremony. Jackson said her first term went by fast. “But we’ve been able to get a lot of things done,” she told the audience of citizens, supporters, friends and family members. Jackson said the one-square-mile city of 1,924 residents has been able to offset its small size by forging valuable relationships with the political, planning, and educational communities, including DeKalb government, the ARC, the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Georgia Municipal Association, and several colleges. “We’ve gotten technical assistance to do things that would generally require hiring a staff or consultants,” she said. “I would estimate the value of the technical assistance that we have received over the past four years is well over $200,000.”

Scott’s daughter to seek tax office Susannah Scott, daughter of Tom Scott, the late DeKalb tax commissioner, plans to seek the office held by her father for 14 years. Scott, a lawyer, said she will run in a special election, if one is held, and in the general election. Her father died in October 2006 after a six-month battle with leukemia. He was on his fourth term. Tax Commissioner Susannah Scott Claudia Lawson retired in December after more than 30 years with the county. Her term of office ends on Dec. 31, 2016.



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As provided by law, Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson became interim tax commissioner. He took the oath of office on Dec. 23. DeKalb Election Director Maxine Daniels, who sought a legal opinion from the county’s Law Department last month on whether there would be both a special election and a general election for the office this year, said on Jan. 7 that she is still awaiting a ruling on the matter. “If there needs to be a special election held in conjunction with the primary on May 24, we will have to make the call prior to Feb. 24,” she said. “The call would specify the qualifying period.”

Famine-torn Ethiopia needs aid Ethiopians living in DeKalb are collecting money to help their famine-stricken homeland. On Jan. 31 from 2 to 7 p.m., they are hosting a fundraiser at the Eritrean Community Event Hall, 720 Hambrick Road in Stone Mountain. Entrance tickets offer a chance to win a round-trip airline ticket to Ethiopia. Leake Malede with Ethio-American Business Association said all funds raised will be sent directly to those in need of food. The relief effort is spearheaded by the Ethiopian Community Emergency Task Force made up of the Ethiopian Community Association and the nonprofits Hope for Ethiopia, Egna Legna Lewogen Derash task force and Ethio-American Business

Association. The task force says a deadly cycle of drought and famine has put up to 15 million people, including children, at risk. UNICEF estimates 264,515 children need immediate treatment for acute malnutrition, and the United Nations says Ethiopia needs $230 million by the end of the year to alleviate the crisis. To support the relief effort: n Donate at n Make a donation to account no. 334044835080 at any Bank of America branch. Contributions are tax-deductible. For fundraiser tickets and more information, email or or call 404-468-3819 or 404-451-4711.

Civil panel cited ‘inconsistencies’ POLICE SHOOTING,

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reporters after the DA’s announcement that she was “very hopeful, very elated,” “This is only the beginning and I’m just very glad that he decided to go even this further instead of pushing it under the rug,” she said. Amos King of Stone Mountain, a retired U.S. Army colonel and founder of Justice for Veterans, called James’ decision to pursue a criminal case a huge step. “Now we hope the grand jury will do the right thing, return indictments and allow James to present his case,” King said. Hill’s death prompted mourning, protests and anger. King and other civil rights and community advocates, including

DeKalb NAACP President John Evans, had called for months for action from the DA. A civil grand jury that reacted to wrongful death claims by Hill’s family in 2015 recommended more investigation in Hill’s death after the panel couldn’t reach consensus about indictment “because of inconsistencies” in the case. Recommendations by that grand jury included conducting a follow-up interview with the first officer on the scene and a second, more thorough interview with another officer to clarify that officer’s account of events. Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander called the case “challenging and difficult” for the community and said he will “let the justice system work and see what the grand jury decides.”

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“Phil Levetan ... quietly dedicated his life to making our community a better place.”

Mathis to lead National Council of Negro Women Janice Mathis, who led the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Atlanta office for 15 years, is now the executive director of the National Council of Negro Women. Her appointment is effective Jan. 19. Mathis will lead the 80-year- Janice Mathis old Washington-based nonprofit that was founded by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune on Dec. 5, 1935. The NCNW works on behalf of women, children and families worldwide through research, advocacy and community-based services and programs. It was led for more than 50 years by Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, president emerita, who died in 2010.

Mathis said Thursday that she is excited about the new challenges and especially about the large number of young women who are involved with the organization. “We have large chapters at Georgia State University, Spelman, Clark Atlanta and Howard University,” she said. “It’s great to see these young women getting involved.” Ingrid Saunders Jones, the NCNW chair, said Mathis, a lawyer, negotiator, advocate, administrator and team builder active in civil rights and the economy, will serve NCNW well as it builds on its legacy and pursues its forward-looking vision in the coming years. She said Mathis is joining the organization as it launches “Four for the Future,” a strategic priority focused on educating and training young women and girls for the work force, especially STEM; health

concerns in our communities; promoting economic empowerment and entrepreneurship; and developing new partnerships to encourage young African-American women and men to embrace the values of NCNW’s founders. “We’re pleased to have Janice on board to lead this organization in our continuing efforts of advocating for African-Americans, increasing civic participation, strengthening public policies, and developing new programs and partnerships,” Saunders Jones said. Mathis, who joined Rainbow PUSH in Chicago in 1998, served as Jackson’s general counsel and Rainbow PUSH’s chief of staff. She came to Atlanta in 2000. She helped negotiate numerous diversity and inclusion pacts with Fortune 100 firms, served on the Coca-Cola and Georgia Power

diversity advisory councils, and orchestrated legislative-related efforts in Georgia and shareholder activism nationally. She also campaigned for reform of the criminal justice system and led CEF’s financial literacy partnership with Wells Fargo. She also was managing partner of Thurmond, Mathis and Pickett, a general practice law firm in Athens. Jackson said that they will miss Mathis’ insight and strategic thinking but wish her and NCNW every success. “They have made a wise choice,” he said. Mathis earned a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and is a graduate of the Lumpkin School of Law at the University of Georgia. For more information, visit

Kayongo is CEO of Center for Civil and Human Rights Corporate and social entrepreneur Derreck Kayongo is the new CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Kayongo, a former refugee from Uganda and graduate of the prestigious Fletcher School Derreck Kayongo of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, is best known for the Global Soap Project that repurposed partially used hotel soaps and donated them to countries where people lack basic necessities. His appointment by the center’s board of directors was effective Dec. 4. In a statement, the board said Kayongo’s passion for social

activism and his more than 15 years of experience in developing national and international programs for human rights embody the center’s mission to challenge, inspire and empower people from all walks of life. As a child, Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in Kenya before coming to the United States. The Global Soap Project, which Kayongo launched in 2009, is active in more than 90 countries. It has donated more than 5 million bars of soap to refugees, including people affected by humanitarian disasters like the 2010 Haitian earthquake and the recent Ebola health crisis in West Africa. Kayongo has received several prestigious awards, including CNN’s Top 10 Heroes award, the

Maxx Entrepreneurship Award, the Certificate of Congressional Recognition by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and accolades from Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He said the success of his social entrepreneur endeavors has shown him the power of one small idea and how it can generate passion to solve a problem. “The center provides a safe haven for people to dialogue about our social challenges and opportunities, giving way for those small ideas that can someday change the world,” he said. Center board Chair Shirley Franklin said she can’t think of anyone better to lead the center’s efforts in provoking thoughtful discussion on important and topical issues such as race, gender and

equality. “Beyond pioneering the Global Soap Project, Derreck has a renowned record in non-governmental organization capacity building, fundraising, diverse program implementation and grass-roots organizing, among many other talents,” said Franklin, a former Atlanta mayor. “The board is excited to work with Derreck in our continuing efforts to drive social reflection and dialogue.” The National Center for Civil and Human Rights connects the U.S. civil rights movement to today’s global human rights movements. It features rotating exhibits from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, which includes many of King’s documents and personal items. Visit

Husband of former DeKalb CEO dies at 91 Teen killed Simon Phillip “Phil” Levetan, who was never far from the side of his wife, former DeKalb CEO Liane Levetan, died Jan. 3. He was 91. The Levetans were married for 61 years. A native Atlantan, he was born on April Phil Levetan 1 2 , 1 9 2 4 , at Georgia Baptist Hospital, now Atlanta Medical Center. Levetan graduated from Boys High School and received a B.A. and an M.A. from Atlanta Law School. He served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II, where he maintained the electrical and mechanical systems of B-29 airplanes in Saipan in the Mariana Islands. He was co-owner of his family’s

scrap metal business, Dixie Iron and Metal Co. When the business was sold to a recycling company, he remained with the new owners for many years. Levetan was a lifetime member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta and a member of Congregation Beth Jacob in DeKalb County. His family said his greatest pleasure was coordinating the weekly Lunch and Learn sessions for Chabad with Rabbi Yossi New for more than 25 years. He also was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and a life member of the Elks 78 organization. DeKalb interim CEO Lee May call Levetan “a steadfast pillar of our community” and said his passing is a loss. “Phil Levetan ... quietly dedicated his life to making our community a better place,” May said

on Jan. 4. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Levetan family and loved ones during this time.” Levetan worked out at the gym several times a week with his brother and best friend, Robert, up until the last few weeks of his life. In addition to his wife, Liane, Levetan is survived by his two daughters, Claresa Levetan, M.D., and Penny Levetan Reiff of Philadelphia; four grandchildren – Alison and Julie Reiff and Nathan and Rachel Hochberger, all of Philadelphia; brother Robert “Bob” Levetan; sister-in-law Gail Raab; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held on Jan. 4 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park in Atlanta. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

in drive-by Fifteen-year-old Jaylon Maddox was killed in a drive-by shooting on Jan. 6 on Ember Drive in Decatur. Justin Sellers, 27, who was walking with the teen, was seriously wounded. DeKalb Police said both victims were shot about 9:30 Wednesday night by someone in a older model white Pontiac. Both were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where Maddox died. Sellers remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Investigators say witnesses told them Sellers and the teen were walking together when a car pulled up alongside them and someone inside started shooting. They said the vehicle sped away after the attack. Police are searching for the gunman and car and have no suspects or motive.

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“My American Dream – a dream that states that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Freedom Rider reflects on dangerous bus ride Two events to By Ken Watts

Hank Thomas, the last of the 13 original Freedom Riders who challenged the Jim Crow laws in the early 1960s, told worshippers at the DeKalb NAACP’s Jubilee Day Celebration on Jan. 1 that the price of freedom is steep but that he did not run away. “I was not going to let the fear of death deter me,” he said. Thomas, 75, a successful businessman and Stone Mountain resident, was keynote speaker at the annual New Year’s Day service at Rainbow Park Baptist Church on Columbia Drive in Decatur. The service commemorates Jan. 1, 1863, the day President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect and declared that “all persons held as slaves” in all territory at war with the Union “shall be thenceforth and forever free.” The order, however, did not become reality in all the states until after the Civil War ended in 1865, and Jim Crow laws against blacks continued until the 1960s. Thomas was a 19-year-old Howard University student on May 4, 1961, when he and a group of black and white civil rights activists boarded a Greyhound bus and a Trailways bus for the first Freedom Rides from Washington, D.C., through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. They were on a mission to root out discrimination against African-Americans on interstate buses and public accommodations. Racial bias persisted at the state and local level in the South and many other parts of the country despite a U.S. Supreme Court in 1946 that said segregation in interstate travel is unconstitutional. “When I boarded that bus 54 years ago, I was in search of the elusive American

Freedom Rider Hank Thomas addressed more than 100 attendees at the DeKalb NAACP’s Jubilee Day Celebration on Jan. 1 at Rainbow Park Baptist.

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Dream,” he said. “My American Dream – a dream that states that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect,” Thomas told about 100 attendees at the Jubilee celebration as he recalled his experiences. The Freedom Riders’ nonviolent strategy was to have at least one African-American and white pair sit in the white section of the bus up front and one Freedom Rider to sit in the back in accordance with the segregation laws to avoid arrest and arrange bail for those who were arrested. Activists encountered organized mob violence when they arrived in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala., on May 14, 1961. Local law enforcement stood by as crowds of whites attacked the Freedom Riders. Alabama state troopers escorted the Riders from Birmingham to Montgomery but abandoned them at the city limits where they too were beaten by a Ku Klux Klan mob. News coverage of the Freedom Riders and the disturbing images of the violence

and arrests they suffered inspired others to join the struggle. Eventually, more than 400 Freedom Riders boarded buses headed South to support the original group. “When they joined us, some 350 were arrested and filled the jails of Mississippi,” Thomas said. “Fifty percent of them were white and about 60 percent of the whites were American Jews, lest we forget.” Thomas served six months in the Mississippi State Penitentiary for using a “whites only” restroom. On Nov. 1, 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued new rules that permitted passengers on interstate buses, trains and planes to sit anywhere they wanted. “White only” and “colored” signs were removed from terminals, water fountains and waiting rooms. Thomas called the Freedom Rides a watershed moment in the fight for civil rights in the United States. He urged today’s young leaders to step forward to preserve rights won with the blood of their elders.

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The deadline to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is coming up on Jan. 31, and procrastinators can get information and enroll on Jan. 19 at DeKalb Medical at Hillandale. The 5-to-8 p.m. event is co-sponsored by Insure Georgia. Penalties more than double this year to $695 for people who do not sign up for health care. Last year, it was $325. Statewide, nearly 2 million Georgians lack health insurance, and the U.S. Census Bureau reports that about 24 percent of DeKalb’s population younger than 65 lacks health insurance. The percentage is even higher in South and Central DeKalb. Kim Bentley, R.N., administrator of Hillandale, said lack of insurance is a primary cause for lack of preventable and routine health care. The enrollment event takes place in the community room at 2701 DeKalb Medical Parkway in Lithonia. Call 404-501-WELL or visit

Stone Mountain event State Rep. Karen Bennett is hosting a sign-up event on Jan. 12 in Stone Mountain. It takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Voices of Faith Church at 2500 Rockbridge Road S.W. Bennett, who represents House District 94, says she is hosting the free event because so many individuals still have questions and are hesitant to sign up. She said it will offer constituents the opportunity to get their questions answered and help with enrolling. Contact Bennett at karen.bennett@ or 404-656-0202.


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Make sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm and check and clean it on a monthly basis.

Rabid bat found in DeKalb community Workshop offers help

DeKalb residents have been alerted about the discovery of a rabid bat in the county. A wild bat captured on Dec. 28 in the 1700 block of Buckhead Valley Lane has tested positive for rabies, and residents in the northeast Atlanta community were alerted on Dec. 30. Rabies is a serious disease that is caused by a virus, the Board of Health says. Any mammal can get rabies. It is spread through saliva, usually from the bite of a rabid animal. Rabies can be prevented by vaccine.

To protect you and your family against the deadly virus, Animal Control says anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a wild animal should seek medical attention immediately. Pets especially need to be watched carefully as they are easily susceptible to rabies. If pets start acting unusually nervous or aggressive or have excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth, contact Animal Control at 404-294-2996 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 404-294-2519. Pet owners also should make sure

their animals are vaccinated against rabies yearly and register the pet’s vaccine with DeKalb Animal Services and Enforcement. Owners are advised to keep their pets from running at large. Residents are asked to not leave trash outside or feed wild animals and to avoid contact with any strange or wild animals. For more information about how to protect your household, visit www. or call the DeKalb Board of Health at 404-508-7900 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

on coping with grief

Adults coping with the death of a loved one can get help at the Loss and Grief workshop on Jan. 21 at the Decatur Library. The event, part of the Savvy Senior series, begins at 10:30 a.m. Amy Stern, a licensed clinical social worker at Resolve Psychotherapy, will discuss strategies on how to cope with loss and grief in a compassionate, respectful and safe setting. Amy Stern The library is at 215 Sycamore St. in Decatur. For more information, call 404-370-3070.

Stay warm, stay safe when using alternate sources for heating homes The use of wood-burning stoves is growing and space heaters are selling rapidly or coming out of storage as many Americans search for alternate sources of home heating this winter. The U.S. Fire Administration says all these methods of heating may be acceptable. However, they are a major contributing factor in residential fires. Many of the fires can be prevented. Make sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm and check and clean it on a monthly basis; plan and practice a home escape plan with your family; and contact your fire department for advice if you have a question on home safety. The administration offers these tips:

To protect you and your family, keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening and have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.

n Make sure the fireplace or stove is installed

properly. Wood stoves should have adequate clearance – 36 inches – from combustible surfaces and proper floor support and protection. n Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary. n Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire. n Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening. n Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires. n Never burn charcoal indoors. n Keep flammable materials away from your mantel. n Before going to sleep, make sure your fireplace fire is out. Never close the damper Kerosene heaters with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed n Check that the heaters are legal in your damper will help the fire to heat up again area. and will force toxic carbon monoxide into n Never use fuel-burning appliances without or hot. Avoid overfilling. n Make sure your heater is in good working proper room venting and only use the fuel n Keep kerosene or other flammable liq- the house. condition an has an emergency shutoff. In- recommended by the manufacturer. uids stored in approved metal containers n If synthetic logs are used, follow directions spect exhaust parts for carbon buildup. n Never fill the heater while it is operating in well-ventilated storage areas outside of on the package. the house. n Keep young children away from space Furnace heating heaters – especially when they are wearing n Have your furnace inspected to ensure it is in good working condition. nightgowns or other loose clothing. n Leave repairs to qualified specialists. n Keep trash and other combustibles away Wood stoves and fireplaces from the heating system. n Stoves should be of good quality, solid For more information, visit www.usfa. construction and design and should be laboratory tested.

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“‘Peace Behind the Wire’ speaks directly to the major components of my father’s philosophy and methodology.”

January 9, 2016

Dr. Martin Luth

Human rights activist joins King family for book signing the late Edythe Scott Special guest author Kit Cummings Bagley, for which will join King family members for a book Bernice King wrote signing at the King Center on Jan. 10, the introduction. part of the center’s annual King Holiday Dr. Angela FarObservance. ris Watkins will sign The signing takes place from 3 to 5 copies of her books, p.m. and is free and open to the public. “My Uncle Martin’s Cummings, a human rights and Words for America: peace activist, is author of “Peace Behind Alveda King Angela F. Watkins Christine K. Farris Martin Luther King the Wire: A Nonviolent Resolution,” a Kit Cummings Jr.’s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference” personal reflection of his experience behind at the signing. one of the most dangerous maximum“‘Peace Behind the Wire’ speaks directly and “Love Will See You Through: Martin security prisons in Georgia. It added steam to the major components of my father’s Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told to a movement of nonviolence impacting philosophy and methodology, including By His Niece).” Another niece, Dr. Alveda schools, churches, and other prisons within nonviolence, social change, civil rights, peace King, will sign her book, “King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family and Our Nation the borders of the United States as well as in and reconciliation,” she said on Jan. 4. countries like South Africa, Mexico, HonduKing will sign copies of her book, “Hard to Prosper.” Christine King Farris will sign “My ras, and Ukraine. Questions, Heart Answers,” and the biogKing Center CEO Bernice A. King said raphy “Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growthe center was pleased to have Cummings of Coretta Scott King” written by her aunt, ing Up With the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Former white supremacist at Race Factor talk King Center CEO Bernice A. King will speak at the Jan. 9 “Beloved Community Talk” in the center’s Yolanda D. King Theatre for the Performing Arts. The forum. “The Beloved Community Talk: The Race Factor & Rights vs. Responsibilities,” takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited – to register, visit King encourages participation in the forum, which provides a space for having “difficult, yet needed, conversations, with attention to deconstructing systems and

Top row, from left: Tracie Berry-McGhee, Willie Bolden, Nancy Lee Grahn, Aidan Hornaday. Bottom row: B. Mitchell King, Arno Michaelis, Matthew Platt, Dave Soleil.

issues, not on attacking people.” “This type of space is achievable with Nonviolence 365, based on my father’s philosophy and as a way of life, and is critical if we want to build the Beloved Community that my father and my mother, Coretta Scott King, believed in and worked to realize.” Scheduled panelists and presenters include the Rev. Willie Bolden, a member of the ground crew for the civil rights campaigns led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist group member who now shares about his reform in “Life After Hate”; Matthew Platt, assistant professor of political science at Morehouse College; Tracie Berry-McGhee, therapist, motivational speaker, author and founder of SistaKeeper; B. Mitchell King, east regional manager for Georgia Power, a sponsor of the experience; Nancy Lee Grahn, actress and political activist; Aidan Thomas Hornaday, a teenage speaker and musician on a mission to share the necessity and joy of giving with all ages; Brendan Lee, educator and activist for Baltimore youth; and Dave Soleil, nonviolence educator and founder of the Sudbury School of Atlanta. The talks are a series of King Center forums to build community by reiterating the strength of King’s nonviolent philosophy with specific attention to relevant topics and social issues such as racism, human trafficking, environmental injustice, and poverty. The Race Factor engages participants in discussions about the role that race plays in negative social constructs and how to prevent racial biases from deterring progress. Rights vs. Responsibilities explores how we value honoring our responsibilities to others and the global community in tandem with respecting individual and collective rights. The venue is at 449 Auburn Ave. in Atlanta.

Jr.” and “Through It All: Reflections on My Life, My Family and My Faith.” Naomi King, widow of Dr. King’s brother, Alfred Daniel King, will sign her book, “A.D. and M.L. King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream.” All of the books will be for sale at the center’s Book Store and Resource Center adjacent to the auditorium. The center’s observance kicked off on Jan. 8 with a reception in the Freedom Hall Atrium with dignitaries, local consulates, elected officials, college and university presidents, corporate and business leaders, local activists, pastors, emerging youth leaders and the entertainment community honoring King’s legacy. The center is 449 Auburn Ave. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, visit www. or call 404-526-8900.

President of NAACP LDF at Emory Law Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, will lecture at the Emory University School of Law on Jan. 14 in honor of King Day. Her talk, which begins at 6 p.m. in Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Road in Atlanta, was organized by Dorothy Brown, a professor of law Sherrilyn Ifill with Emory who frequently comments on the salience of race in America. “Dr. Martin Luther King is often remembered for this quote: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,’” Brown said. “The Legal Defense Fund has been at the forefront of ensuring that our legal system bends towards justice. Dorothy Brown What better time than now, when some in our country are still debating whether all black lives matter, to hear from such a beacon of light in this multigenerational struggle?” For more information, visit

DeKalb celebrates King’s legacy on Jan. 15 New Life Baptist Church founding pastor Marlon Harris will be the keynote speaker at DeKalb County’s 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 15. “Civil Rights to Human Rights: The Courage to Lead” celebrates the Jan. 15 birthday of the late civil rights leader. It takes place at 11:30 a.m. in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in downtown Decatur. The celebration is free and open Marlon Harris to the public. For more information, visit or call 404-371-2000.

ASO tribute concert features artist in-residence Vocalist Morris Robinson will be featured at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert on Jan. 15 at Symphony Hall. The program beMorris Robinson gins at 8 p.m. The concert is led by Music Director Robert

Spano and ASO Assistant Conductor Joseph Young. Robinson, an Atlanta native, is the 2015-16 ASO artist in-residence. Spano, who is also a pianist, composer and pedagogue, is in his 15th year as ASO music director. Young became assistant conductor of the ASO and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra in June 2014, assisting with the artistic

leadership of the orchestra and serving as the primary conductor for the ASO’s education and community concerts. Symphony Hall is at Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For tickets and more information, visit ConcertsAndTickets/Calendar/20152016/MLK-Tribute-Concert or call 404-733-6615.

January 9, 2016


King Jr. Day



The Chicago Freedom Movement was a campaign to expand civil rights activities to Northern cities.

King Week activities signal a call to action By Ken Watts

Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., is challenging the public to embrace her father’s “legacy of freedom for our world.” The CEO of Atlanta’s King Center for Nonviolent Social Change made the statement as she announced the center’s activities leading up to the 31st anniversary of the King National Holiday on Jan. 18. She said 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of her father’s participation in Chicago demonstrations that called for fair and open housing. Bernice King On Jan. 7, 1966, King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which he co-founded, launched the Chicago Freedom Movement. It was a campaign to expand their civil rights activities to Northern cities where African-Americans and other minorities faced de facto segregation in housing, education and employment. “Because Daddy and the SCLC had been successful in using nonviolent resistance against segregation in the South, they were invited by activists to demonstrate how nonviolent methods could be applied to economic oppression in the North,” she said. The Chicago Freedom Movement was the most ambitious

civil rights campaign in the North and is largely credited with inspiring the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The assassination of King on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., enabled President Lyndon Johnson to mobilize Congress to pass the bill that had previously stalled. In honor of the Chicago demonstrations, Bernice King said the theme for the 2016 King Holiday Observance is “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Legacy of Freedom for Our World.” King Week events will reflect that theme. Activities include: n Jan. 13 – Students With King: An invitation to students to have conversations with people who knew and worked with King. 10 to 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the King Center. n Jan. 15 – State of Georgia Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council Program. 11 a.m. at the Georgia State Capitol, North Wing, with keynote speaker Xernona Clayton. Gov. Nathan Deal will host a tribute to King with participation from King Center officials. n Jan. 15 – Gospel Concert. 7 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church (Heritage Sanctuary). It is free and open to the public. n Jan. 15 – Roger Guenveur Smith: “Rodney King.” 8 p.m. at Ferst Center for the Arts. Acclaimed actor tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King from police brutality victim to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool.

Freedom Run aids nonprofits The King Day 5K Let Freedom Run on Jan. 16 benefits nonprofits as it commemorates and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and works toward his goals. The 5K walk/run, which begins at 8 a.m. in Piedmont Park, allows participants to register their school PTA, church or other organization to receive proceeds from MLKDAY5K. Approved beneficiaries include DeKalb Trailblazers and Emory Health Against Human Trafficking. Prospective participants interested in becoming an approved beneficiary can contact race director Chip Owens at or 404-889-1142. The Peachtree Road Race qualifier features a 3.1-mile drumline following the race course and takes place entirely in the park with start and finish at 10th Street near Park Tavern. The USATFcertified race course will be run on grass, road, gravel, wooden bridge and dirt paths. Visit

Celebrate the Dreamer On Jan. 18, the nation will observe the 31st Martin Luther King Jr. Day with volunteer work, parades and speeches. The national holiday celebrates the 87th birthday of King, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929. The Baptist minister led the 1960s civil rights movement that opposed segregation and fought for voting and civil rights for African-Americans. King, who grew up on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. He was 39. He was in that city to support garbage workers fighting unfair working conditions and low pay. King Day, the third Monday in January, was first celebrated in 1986. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Totes drive for foster kids honors King’s vision Foster children in DeKalb will benefit from Georgia Cancer Specialists’ annual totes 2 tots campaign on Jan. 14-16 that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of philanthropy and giving back to the community. The drive was originally held on King Day. The goal for this year’s drive, which includes Northside Hospital as a partner, is to collect more than 5,000 new or nearly new backpacks, suitcases and bags for foster kids in Georgia. The GCS Lithonia location at 5700 Hillandale Drive, Building 200, Suite 250, will collect bags from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 14. The Decatur site at 2712 Lawrenceville Highway and the Atlanta site at 1835 Savoy Drive, Suite 300, will collect bags from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Financial donations may be made at give.northside. com/totes2tots. All donations are tax-deductible. Dr. Cheryl Jones, GCS vice president and chief medical officer, said physicians and staff look forward to honoring King’s memory for the 14th consecutive year with the totes drive, which has distributed 41,000 bags. “Through this project, we have demonstrated our commitment to support the foster children of Georgia in achieving successful futures in the community,” Jones said. GCS partners with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services to distribute the bags in the counties in which they’re collected. Visit or or call 1-877-716-CARE (2273).

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kit for business growth and development. They will learn how to build and execute an effective business strategy, how to build and present seasonal financial and assortment strategies, and how to effectively work with buyers – how to present to them, how to influence them, and how to build an ongoing partnership. Applicants must be 21 or older and the majority owner or co-owner or otherwise

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New e-file portals to register firms Financial Fitness class in Lithonia eliminates the widespread probOfficers and registered agents of lem of forgotten or misplaced businesses in Georgia can now use login credentials each year. Of“one click” and “express” portals to ficers and registered agents visit e-file paperwork during the annual the site and select one of two oprenewal registration period. tions: “One Click Annual RegisThe renewal period closes at tration” if there are no changes to 11:59 p.m. on April 1. be made to their business filings Georgia law requires all corpoor “Express Annual Registration” rations, limited liability companies, if there are changes to be made, and limited partnerships to file an- Brian Kemp nual registrations with the Secretary of State’s such as updated contact information. “As a small-business owner myself, the Corporations Division and pay the associated renewal fee. If a business fails to renew by the more time I’m stuck doing paperwork, deadline, it must pay a $25 late filing penalty the less time I have to focus on growing my business,” Kemp said in a Jan. 5 fee or risk administrative dissolution. Secretary of State Brian Kemp has an- statement. “Now, you just type in your nounced a new and improved Corporations business’s name or control number on the website,, that new website and breeze through checkout does not require a username and password to without having to track down a username log onto the page to renew a business, which and password.”

Heating grants for eligible families Eligible low-income families can apply for a one-time payment of up to $350 for help with home heating bills through LIHEAP. The federally funded program helps low-income, elderly and disabled Georgians with heating bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers. Unlike previous years, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program administered by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services became available after Dec. 1, a month later than usual, for residents ages

65 and older or who are homebound. All other eligible families could apply for assistance after Jan. 1. Funds are administered through local Community Action Agencies on a first-come, first-served basis or until all funds are exhausted. The Partnership for Community Action’s LIHEAP program services DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties, and eligible families can schedule an appointment – visit or call 404-537-4300.

Residents can get pointers on how to take charge of their finances, housing, health and wellbeing at a series of fairs hosted by the city of Lithonia. All events take place at City Hall, 6920 Main St. Mayor Deborah Jack- Deborah Jackson son said the fairs are meant to benefit everyone in the local community and are open to families. On Jan. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., the nonprofit Community Outreach for Financial Educa-

Upcoming stops for ‘Jobs Bus’ Job seekers can use DeKalb’s Mobile Career Center at area library branches and other sites throughout January. The “Jobs Bus” supports the county’s strategic priority to facilitate jobs and economic development by providing work readiness services. Through an outreach approach, the mobile unit provides residents with essential services, including job search assistance, adult workshops and training, resume writing pointers, and interviewing tips. Businesses also are able to use the mobile unit for recruiting, pre-employment screenings, interviewing, and training. More than 3,000 DeKalb residents have used the Mobile Career Center’s services

Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++15CV11183-10++ Yalanda Taylor Plaintiff Vs. Earl Taylor Defendant To: 238 Wynnward Dr. Atlanta, GA 30310 By Order of the Court for service by publication dated Nov. 24, 2015 you are hereby notified that on Nov. 04, 2015, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is: Yalonda Taylor, 4446 English Loop, Lithonia, GA 30038. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of Nov. 24, 2015. Witness the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie, Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 25th day of Nov., 2015 12/19, 12/26, 01/02, 01/09

Notice of Petition to Change Name of MINOR CHILD(REN

in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 15CV11680-8++ Jessica Brinkley filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on Nov. 18, 2015 to change the name(s) of the following minor child(ren) from: Kimora Tai Smith to: Kuwankivi Brinkley; Sanai Noraa Brinkley to I’vana Naomi Brinkley. 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: Nov. 19, 2015 Name: Jessica Brinkley 3638 Linecrest Rd. Ellenwood, GA 30294 678-368-2241 12/19, 12/26, 01/02, 01/09

Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++15CV12011-3++ Terrance Turner Plaintiff Vs. Brittany Webb Defendant

To: Brittany Webb 43 Nandina Circle, Apt. #12 Little Rock, AR 72210 By Order of the Court for service by publication dated Dec. 03, 2015 you are hereby notified that on Nov. 30, 2015, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Legitimation. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is: Terrance Turner, 411 Willow Lane, #3, Decatur, GA 30030. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of Dec. 03, 2015. Witness the Honorable Clarence F. Seeliger, Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 4th day of Dec., 2015 12/26, 01/02, 01/09, 01/16

Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++15CV12097-3++ Venet E. Charles Plaintiff Vs. Hamlet Charles Defendant To: Hamlet Charles 5212 Grass Wood Trace Stone Mountain, GA 30088

since its launch in February 2012. The mobile unit is funded through the Workforce Investment Act grant and all services offered are free. Upcoming stops, which take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., include: n Jan. 11 – Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road in Lithonia. n Jan. 12 – Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. n Jan. 13 – DeKalb Access & Resource Center, 949 N. Hairston Road in Stone Mountain. n Jan. 14 – Scott Candler Library, 1917 Candler Road in Decatur. For more information, visit www. or

suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is: Tiffany Laraina Lane, 2396 Tiffany Place, Decatur, GA 30035. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of Dec. 10, 2015. Witness the Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr., Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 10th day of Dec., 2015

Legal Notices 12/19, 12/26, 01/02, 01/09

tion, or COFFE, is providing resources for individuals looking to get out of their current financial rut with a Financial Fitness workshop. On Jan. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m., the city has partnered with Colonial Life, Wellcare Health Plans, and Chi Ching Financial for an Insurance Fair to offer a number of competitive and affordable health coverage options. And on Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., firsttime home buyers can attend the Housing Fair sponsored by the local Citizens Trust Bank. For more information, call 770-4828136.

12/26, 01/02, 01/09, 01/16

By Order of the Court for service by publication dated Dec. 08, 2015 you are hereby notified that on Dec. 04, 2015, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is: Venet E. Charles, 1043 Holcombe Rd., Apt.G, Decatur, GA 30032. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of Dec. 08, 2015. Witness the Honorable Clarence F. Seeliger, Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 09th day of Dec., 2015 12/26, 01/02, 01/09, 01/16

Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++15CV12188-7++ Tiffany Laraina Lane Plaintiff Vs. Patrick Bass Defendant To: By Order of the Court for service by publication dated Dec. 10, 2015 you are hereby notified that on Dec. 08, 2015, the above-named Plaintiff filed

Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++15CV12411-7++ Makini Johnson Plaintiff Vs. Nathaniel L. Wingo Defendant To: Nathaniel L. Wingo 707 W. Galena, Apt. 434 Milwaukee, WI 53205 By Order of the Court for service by publication dated Dec. 16, 2015 you are hereby notified that on Dec. 16, 2015, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is: Makini Johnsonm, 1927 Singer Way, Lithonia, GA 30058. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of Dec. 16, 2015. Witness the Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr., Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 17th day of Dec., 2015 12/26, 01/02, 01/09, 01/16

Notice OF PUBLICATION in the Superior Court of DeKalb County

State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++15CV12178-9++ Glory Coley Plaintiff Vs. Aaron Coley Defendant To: Aaron Coley 128 H Grier Dr. McDonough, GA By Order of the Court for service by publication dated Dec. 10, 2015 you are hereby notified that on Dec. 07, 2015, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and to serve upon the Plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is: Glory Coley, 4377 Lincolndale Dr., Ellenwood, GA 30294. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of Dec. 10, 2015. Witness the Honorable Clarence F. Seeliger, Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 10th day of Dec., 2015 12/26, 01/02, 01/09, 01/16

Notice of Petition to Change Name of ADULT in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 15CV12454-7++ Mercedes Guzman Garcia filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on Dec. 15, 2015 to change name from: Mercedes Guzman Garcia to Mercedes Guzman. Any interested party has the right to appear In this case and file objections within 30 days after the Petition was filed. Dated: Dec. 11, 2015 Name: Mercedes Guzman Garcia 649 Heathmoor Pl. Decatur, GA 30032 404-907-5338



January 9, 2016


Alebrijes are hand-carved and hand-painted wooden animals created by residents in small Mexican towns.

EMT shares life-and-death ride Mexican folk art at Redan-Trotti Former paramedic Kevin Hazcatastrophe. His book combines zard shares his journey of selfindelible scenes that remind discovery on the mean streets of readers of life’s fragile beauty metro Atlanta on Jan. 13 at the with laugh-out-loud moments Decatur Library. that keep them smiling through Hazzard, author of “A Thousand the worst. Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Hazzard worked as a paraWild Ride to the Edge and Back,” medic from 2004 to 2013, priwill speak at 7:15 p.m. in the auditomarily at Grady Memorial HosKevin Hazzard rium in the Georgia Center for the pital in Atlanta. He is also the Book’s Festival of Writers series. author of a novel, “Sleeping Dogs.” The former EMT offers a visceral, The library is at 215 Sycamore St. in poignant, and bitingly funny account of a downtown Decatur. For more informadecade saving lives and connecting with the tion, visit or call drama and occasional beauty that lies inside 404-370-3070.

Lunch lecture on Swanton House Archivist Fred Mobley will chronicle the historic preservation plans considered for the antebellum Swanton House at the Lunch & Learn lecture on Jan. 19 at the DeKalb History Center in Decatur. “Have Historic House Will Travel: The Swanton House Is on the Move” begins at noon. It is free Fred Mobley and participants can bring their lunch. Mobley will discuss various plans developed and considered for the Swanton House in the early 1960s until the dedication ceremonies on Dec. 10, 1972, and will use resource materials from the DHC Archives.

Participants will learn about the history of the house, including concepts that were up for consideration, the final results that reflect on the practices of historic preservation of that period, and the forces at play in the cultural landscape that landed the Swanton House where it sits today on West Trinity Place. The Benjamin Swanton House, one of the oldest structures still standing in Decatur, has a log cabin as its core estimated to have been built about 1825. The house was enlarged and updated throughout its long history. The center is in the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Square. For more information, visit or call 404-373-1088.

Colorful, fantastic handcrafted wooden animals created by families in small towns outside the city of Oaxaca in southeast Mexico will be on display at the RedanTrotti Library through Jan. 30. The exhibit, “Alebrijes From Oaxaca, Mexico,” is part of the Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival and is for patrons of all ages. Alebrijes are handcarved and hand-painted wooden animals created by residents in The exhibit “Alebrijes From Oaxaca, Mexico” is on display through small Mexican towns Jan. 30 at Redan-Trotti Library as part of the Wells Heritage Festival. that include Arrazola, San Martin Tilcajete and La Union Tejalapan. during library hours. Each town has its own unique carving and The library is at 1569 Wellborn Road in painting style. Lithonia. For more information, visit www. The alebrijes will be available for viewing or call 770-482-3821.

History hike at Panola Mountain Hikers can discover some of Panola Mountain’s lesser-known history on Jan. 16 at the state park in Henry County. The “Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike,” which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is six-plus miles and strenuous. Hikers ages 14 and older join an expert tracker and guide to head off the trail and

explore Panola’s hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and other sites in the park, which has a unique ecology. Participants must register in advance – call 770-389-7801. The park is at 2620 Highway 155 S.W. in Stockbridge. For more information, visit


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