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“If we could reach that level we could have gotten an additional congressional seat. That would have meant extra resources for DeKalb.”

2010 Census very important for county to get more needed resources By McKenzie Jackson

bridges, other forms of small business grants and Even though the start small business loans.” date for the 2010 Census Johnson, who repreis eight months away, ofsents Commission Disficials in DeKalb County trict 3, said the census and at local census buplays a very crucial role reaus have already beand the county has to gun stressing the impormake sure everybody is tance of every head being Larry Johnson counted. counted. “When everybody is counted DeKalb Commissioner Larry that means additional dollars that Johnson said the upcoming census we can use as a government to help is very important because of the the citizens of DeKalb County,” he need to fill the gaps in the county’s said. budget. The census, which is done ev“As we see in the stimulus pack- ery 10 years, attempts to counts age, every dollar that we get helps everyone in the United States to us in not trying to cut anything,” he show state population counts and said. “The census helps because if determine representation in the every person is counted we get our U.S. House of Representatives. additional dollars that we would Eddie Davis, a U.S. Census Buhave lost, to help us with roads, reau Atlanta spokesman, said the

census is how America knows what America needs. “A lot of the federal funding is based on population specifics,” he said. “So, the money that comes in for schools, public safety, infrastructure, social programs – all of that is based on population.” The census is done every 10 years. The 2010 Census Day is April 1. That is the day that the Census Bureau expects every household to count the number of people living there, their age, gender, race. In the 2000 census, DeKalb had a population of 665,865. In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the population had grown to 739,956, an increase 74,091 people. The Census Bureau completed its door-to-door verification of every address in May. Census forms

Isakson to be Chamber speaker

By McKenzie Jackson

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson 
will be the featured speaker at the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s July 13 First Monday Lunch. Isakson, who is completing his first term in the Senate, will deliver the Mid-Year Legislative Review to the business group. Active in Georgia politics for more than 30 years, Isakson was Johnny Isakson president of Northside Realty for 20 years, presiding over its growth into the largest independent residential real estate brokerage company in the Southeast. In politics, he served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature and three years as Chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. He was elected three times to the U.S. House before winning his U.S. Senate seat in 2004. He launch his 2010 Senate re-election campaign in February, The 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. luncheon will be at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta. For more reservations and other information, e-mail

DeKalb Police want motorists to “Move Over DeKalb” and help keep its officers accident free. The campaign, launched June 25 by the department’s Strategic Traffic Accident Reduction (S.T.A.R.) team, is seeking to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes involving public safety vehicles when personnel are performing road-side duties. It also wants to educate drivers about the 2003 Georgia law that requires motorists to slow down and prepare to stop or move over a lane when they see emergency vehicles with flashing lights pulled over on the shoulder of the highway. Drivers who disobey the law face fines of up to a $500 and three points on their driving record. During the month-long “Move Over Campaign,” which ends July 23, the S.T.A.R. team and other public safety organizations will be enforcing the law. Whenever a police officer pulls someone over for speeding, another officer in a separate vehicle will be watching to ensure drivers move over or slow down. DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said that nationwide, traffic crashes claim the lives of more police officers than any other cause of death in the line of duty including shootings.

will be mailed to every address in March and must be returned. To get an accurate county, Census numerators will visit the homes of people who do not return their forms. Johnson said DeKalb had around a 72 percent return rate in the 2000 census and is looking to increase that rate for 2010. “Just imagine if we had that other 28 percent,” he said. “If we could reach that level we could have gotten an additional congressional seat. That would have meant extra resources for DeKalb.” Davis said some people mistrust the census process though. “We have to make people understand that it is safe, confidential,” he said. “None of the information is used for any type of law enforcement.”

2010 Census timeline n Fall 2009: Recruitment begins for census takers needed for peak workload in 2010. n February – March 2010: Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households. n April 1, 2010: Census Day n April – July 2010: Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail. n December 2010: By law, Census Bureau delivers population counts to President for apportionment. n March 2011: By law, Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.

‘Move Over’ campaign could save the lives of officers Nationwide, more officers die in traffic crashes during roadside investigations than from any other cause of death in the line of duty, including shootings.

“One fourth of officers killed yearly in traffic crashes were struck and killed by passing vehicles, while they worked outside of their patrol cars,” she said. In 2007, two DeKalb police officers were injured during routine traffic stops. Officer R. Catalano was struck in March 2007 by a drunk driver on I-85 North. In September 2007, officer D. Green was struck by a reckless motorist while sitting in his squad car on I-285. Parish said that when drivers fail to move

over one lane or at least slow down, they endanger the officers’ lives and can cause them financial, emotional and physical harm. “In the 2007 crash, one officer sustained some head injuries and to this day he can’t remember anything that happened two hours prior to that incident,” she said. “He had to go through an enormous amount of rehabilitation.” She said the second officer has had six surgeries for leg injuries and is still not back to full duty.


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The 55 members of Leadership DeKalb’s Class of 2009 included educators, business and government professionals.

Record number complete leadership program Leadership DeKalb graduated its largest class ever on June 20. The 55 community leaders included a mix of professionals from education, law, health, business, faith-based and community organizations, county government, public safety and law enforcement. Sara A. Fountain, Leadership DeKalb’s executive director, said the 2009 class brings to nearly 900 the

number of men and women who have graduated from 23-year-old nonprofit. “We are proud that the participants in Leadership DeKalb reflect the community’s diversity and multiculturalism,” she said. “Through this time together, they have become colleagues, as well as friends, as they work to help shape the future of our region.”

The class incuded March Boston, principal at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy; Melissa Forgey, DeKalb History Center executive director; Clay Fowler, DeKalb Medical at Hillandale administrator; Robert James, DeKalb solicitor-general; DeKalb NAACP past president Vivian Moore; and Joe Stoner, Habitat for Humanity executive director.

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