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The traffic signal installed on Panola Road in front of the Centre at Panola shopping plaza could be operational by the end of next week. 3

Tucker’s Lady Tigers, who made history with the school’s first girls state basketball AAAAA title, were among four DeKalb teams who won state crowns. 8

All things Tibetan will take over the Emory University campus March 24-29 for the university’s annual Tibet Week observation. 9

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Volume 19, Number 47

John Evans arrested in Moral Monday protests By Ken Watts

DeKalb NAACP President John Evans was among 41 people arrested March 18 at a Moral Monday Georgia movement protest to pressure the state to expand Medicaid and provide health coverage for more Georgians. The rolling series of protests took place on three floors of the Georgia State Capitol on the one of the busiest days of the legislative calendar as the General Assembly session was drawing to a close on March 20. Others arrested included the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Francys Johnson, president of the state NAACP. The disruption was part of civil disobedience acts urging lawmakers to expand Medicaid and defeat HB 990, a bill that bars a governor from adding enrollees

DeKalb NAACP President John Evans is led away in handcuffs to jail during a March 18 demonstration supporting Medicaid expansion at the Georgia State Capitol.

to Medicaid. Despite the protests, the Legislature passed the bill Tuesday night with a vote of 35-to-19. In the first wave of protests about 10 a.m. Tuesday, police took 19 demonstrators into custody after they disrupted the Senate by crowding onto the balcony, shouting slogans and hanging a banner that read “Our Lives Matter!” The protests touched on several issues from education to abortion to voting rights. But demonstrators directed most of their attention to the Medicaid bill and Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision not to expand the state’s Medicaid roster as part of the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, the federal government would iniPlease see ARRESTS, page 7

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County breaks ground on gateway beautification Crews prepare to plant trees, flowers at ramps By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Dirt could start moving as early as March 25 for the beautification of seven highway interchanges in south and central DeKalb. Dwayne Fisher, coowner of 3 Macks Lawn Service, said they will start first on the I-20/ Turner Hill Road ramps and work their way to the other interchanges. “We should have all Dwayne Fisher of them done in 60 days,” he said. Fisher, who is the project manager for the beautification of the Turner Hill/I-20 interchange, said Wednesday that he is expecting the first shipment of trees to be delivered to the site on Monday and the planting will begin the next day. “It’s going to be beautiful,” he said. “Everyone will be real pleased with the design and the materials. We want people to drive by and say, ‘I wish my front yard looked like that.’” Fisher’s company is one of four sharing in the $1.2 million contract to implement the county’s new Operation Fresh Start Gateway/ Interchange Beautification Program at seven interchanges along I-20, I-285, I-85 and U.S. Highway 78. His company along with MJ Lawn Service and Georgia Green will be beautifying the interchanges at Turner Hill Road and I-20; Memorial Drive and I-285; LaVista Road and I-85; and North Druid Hills and I-85. Artscape Landscaping won the contract to beautify Candler Road and I-20; Bouldercrest and I-285; and Mountain Industrial and U.S. 78. All four companies will plant, water and

DeKalb interim CEO Lee May (tan suit), commissioners, county administrators, and business and community leaders break ground on March 14 at the Turner Hill Road and I-20 interchange. It was one of four ground breakings that took place that day to kick off beautification of seven gateways.

maintain the plants for two years. On March 14, interim CEO Lee May and an entourage of county commissioners, county officials and community leaders hosted four consecutive ground breakings within a three-hour period to kick off the program. The ground-breaking group started out at 11 a.m. at the LaVista Road and I-285 interchange, then drove in a motorcade to the 11:45 a.m. ground breaking at Mountain Industrial Boulevard and U.S. 78, then to Turner Hill and I-20 at 1 p.m., culminating with the Bouldercrest Road and I-285 ground breaking at 2 p.m.

At the Stonecrest event, May said it was a beautiful day physically and ceremonially because the ground breakings signify that they are beautifying the county. “We have heavily invested in litter pickup, Lee May the cutting of the rights of ways in our county, the removal of those unsightly yard signs in our county,” he said. “This is another of those planks in our beautification efforts.” May said the county partnered with the

Georgia Department of Transportation to adopt the Turner Hill Road and other interchanges and already has increased the frequency of mowing those rights of way. “What we have right now is just grass, and most of it is dead grass, but we will be installing bushes, beautiful flowers, trees, and we will be installing monumental signage at these intersections to introduce and welcome the residents who live in this area,” he said. When residents sit at nearby traffic lights, May said he wants them to be happy and confident about the communities they are Please see GATEWAYS, page 2




March 22, 2014

“We are improving everything in our county. … And the most important thing – we are working together.”

Lakeside city dies in 2014 legislative session The Lakeside, Tucker and Briarcliff cityhood proposals died in the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Backers pushed for legislation allowing the north-central DeKalb neighborhoods to vote this year on whether to create new cities. But state Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), a member of the DeKalb legislative delegation, tweeted Monday afternoon that House rules prevented a vote on the Scott Holcomb bills before the session ended on March 20. Holcomb tweeted that he had just attended the House Governmental Affairs Committee meeting and that the committee heard from Rep. Mike Jacobs who worked with the Lakeside and Tucker leaders to craft the compromise last week. “He recommended that neither Lakeside nor Tucker move forward this year because

to do so would require changing the rules of the House,” Holcomb said. “Such a change would not have passed the House Rules Committee.” Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) who sponsored SB 270, the Lakeside bill, withdrew the measure Monday even though it had already passed the Senate. The cityhood movement had bogged down in recent weeks over boundary disputes between the proposed cities, though Lakeside and Tucker proponents worked out a compromise last week and updated the agreement over the weekend. The development means that there will not be a referendum in November on the proposed cities of Lakeside, Tucker or Briarcliff. Holcomb said that it is too early to state what may happen going forward but that the process needs to be fair, inclusive, transparent and nonpartisan. “One possibility is that the compromise map agreed to by Lakeside and Tucker could

be considered in the next session,” he said. “In other words, just because there will not be a vote this year does not mean that there will not be one at a later time.” In a March 17 email, Lakeside Alliance Chair Mary Kay Woodworth thanked supporters and expressed “much regret” that the cityhood effort has ended for 2014. “There will be much Mary Woodworth debate as to the reasons behind the withdrawal of SB 270 by Senator Millar, but I can assure you that he was with us the entire way,” she said. “I thank Senator Millar and Representative Taylor for their unwavering support.” Woodworth said that local control is paramount to the desire to create a city. “The actions of many of our elected officials today highlight the need for local control, closer to the people,” she said. “It

is a very sad day for our neighbors and our county, but we will figure out a way to move forward positively and together.” At the start of the legislative session, there were four proposed bills for cityhood, including one for a city of Stonecrest that a Carl Vinson Center study said was not feasible. Interim CEO Lee May pushed for a oneyear moratorium on cityhood initiatives to give DeKalb a chance to assess the impact of incorporation on the county. At a Jan. 27 meeting with the delegation, May called the current process that allows areas to incorporate detrimental to the county on revenues and expenditures. For example, he said Dunwoody and Brookhaven get the bulk of $20 million of the HOST 1 percent sales tax, leaving the county with about $6 million to pay for sidewalks and pothole repairs on county roads. On March 11, May created a 15-member task force to examine all sides of the cityhood issue, even the possibility of dividing the rest of DeKalb into municipalities.

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coming into. “We also want our businesses and their customers to be happy about these intersections,” he said. “We want everyone to see that this is a beautiful area and that it is welcoming to everyone who comes in.” DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson said the county is beautifying its corridors so that residents can have a community that they all can be proud of. “Appearances do matter,” he said. “Once this is up and running, you will see the beautification of our area. Let’s continue to spread the word that DeKalb County is open for business.” District 4 Commis- Sharon B. Sutton sioner Sharon Barnes Sutton said she is very proud of the way everyone came together to make the project happen. “This is indicative of the progress we are making here in DeKalb County,” she said. “This is just the tip of the iceberg. We are improving everything in our county. We are more efficient. We are more effective, and the most important thing – we are working together.” Barnes Sutton said they started at the top

“I just can’t wait to see the flowers come up,” she said. The Wesley Chapel/I-20 interchange is not among the seven being done by the county. RaceTrac, which is building a gas station at the corner of Wesley Chapel Road and Snapfinger Woods Drive, has committed to landscape and maintain portions of that ramp for two years. May first announced the beautification program in November as a $2.6 million project, but when the budget was approved, the allocation was $1.2 million. He said that the Stone Mountain CID will assume responsibilities for the Mountain Industrial/U.S. 78 interchange in two years. At that time also, the county hopes to hand off the maintenance of interchanges in South DeKalb to the proposed East Metro CID. Fisher said the four ramps at Turner Hill Road will get 250 crape myrtles, 110 junipers, 6,200 day lilies, 540 lantanas, 101 Muscogee trees, and a dozen cryptomeria. “We are making sure that we have color The four ramps at the Turner Hill Road and I-20 interchange (above) will be extensively all year long,” said Fisher, whose 12-year-old landscaped. Work on the project is expected to start on March 25 and be completed by June 1. company has done work at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community We are all in sync.” with county policies that set the tone. Center and a number of DeKalb County She said she is proud of the beautification parks. “Our budget reflects our policies and then our administration carries them out,” program and how Stonecrest and the other “When something goes dormant, someshe said. “There isn’t that conflict anymore. interchanges are going to look. thing else pops out.”

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March 22, 2014

“They notified us that they completed the required work and we ordered power. Once Georgia Power connects the power, we can turn it on.” Motorists leaving the Centre at Panola on Monday got no help from these shrouded traffic lights. The lights were installed eight months ago but still don’t work.

Meriel and Lela Bemis

Mother in court over tot’s death A 21-year-old Stone Mountain mother accused of suffocating her 3-year-old daughter was set to make her first appearance in DeKalb Superior Court on March 21. Meriel Kathleen Bemis, who is being held in the DeKalb County Jail, was to appear before Judge Linda Haynes at 9 a.m. to face a felony murder charge in the death of her daughter, Lela Bemis. Bemis, who lived in the Landmark at Mountain View apartments near Stone Mountain, was booked into the DeKalb Jail on Feb. 24 just before 6:30 a.m. She waived her first court appearance when she was arrested. Police said the incident began with an argument between Bemis and her boyfriend that prompted him to leave their apartment. Officers said Bemis then called him for help, and on his return, he found Lela’s lifeless body and called 911. The child was pronounced dead on arrival at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Police said an autopsy would be performed to determine how the child died, but that the mother admitted to suffocating the child because she was upset that her boyfriend had broken up with her.

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Panola traffic signal to be powered on soon By Ken Watts

After an eight-month wait, traffic relief is on the way for customers of Publix and other retailers in the Centre at Panola shopping plaza in Lithonia. The traffic signal, installed on July 27, 2013, may be connected to electricity service as soon as the end of next week, Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said on March 19. “We got the order a week ago and the work is in the process of being scheduled,” Kraft said. “The signal should be connected by March 28 or sooner, weather permitting.”

The traffic signal was installed to help customers get in and out of the shopping center on busy Panola Road, but it never went into service because county inspectors found that the signal’s wiring didn’t meet minimum specifications and would not synchronize with other traffic signals on the road. DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan said this week that the county had been waiting for the Publix contractor to complete the corrections so it could order power to be installed. “They just notified us that they have completed the required work and we have ordered power,” Brennan said in a March 11

email. “Once Georgia Power connects the power, we can turn it on.” Centre at Panola owners Kite Realty and Publix, which anchors the shopping center, paid $112,000 for the traffic lights to enhance safety for the their customers and tenants. They also installed new sidewalks, pedestrian signals, a crosswalk and wheelchair access ramps at the intersection. Customers had complained for years that it was dangerous exiting the plaza because of the high speed that motorists travel along the corridor. The new lights will control northsouth traffic on Panola, giving the center’s customers and patrons at IHOP across the street signals for safe entry and exit.

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March 22, 2014

“You can’t be efficient if you’re trying to do everyone else’s job.”

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By Ken Watts

Voters got their first up close and personal look at 20 candidates running for seven open DeKalb School Board seats at a DeKalb NAACP forum on March 15. The three-hour Q&A session at the NAACP’s headquarters in Decatur offered a glimpse into how incumbents and newcomers in the May 20 nonpartisan election would solve some of the school system’s toughest challenges. Two candidates, District 2 incumbent Marshall Orson and incumbent Joyce Morley, District 7, were absent. About 65 people were in the audience. Candidates offered their views on board governance, student performance, teacher pay raises and accreditation. Organizers broke the group into two panels. The first question from moderator Lance Hammonds went to a panel that included District 6 incumbent Melvin Johnson; challenger Bridgeman Bolger; Don McChesney, District 2; and District 1 candidate Stan Jester. “How would you reduce DeKalb’s high dropout rate?” he asked. Bolger recommended creating a Department of Dropout Prevention in the school system. “We could have specialized counselors to find and target students who are at risk of dropping out,” said Bolger. “A lot of times students drop out because of their own academic mistakes but other times it’s because of life-changing events like pregnancy or losing both parents and becoming the sole breadwinner for the household. We need to engage these students and show them there are ways to continue their education.” Johnson said any effective response to dropouts has to take social and family dynamics into account. “Some students move out of the School District with their families, then come back with not enough credits to graduate in DeKalb and drop out,” Johnson said. “Some of that is out of our control but we can enlist the help of social service agencies to stabilize families. ” Jester said the dropout rate is connected with DeKalb’s teacherpupil ratio. “I think our classes, among other things, are just way too big,” he said. “The Legislature sets the legal limit for class sizes but we go way over that.” McChesney wants to see the school system offer more support to parents. “That can help reduce the dropout rate,” he said. “We also need to make sure we’re hiring the best possible teachers. It’s not a money issue.”

Avoiding future problems In the District 2 race with incumbent Michael A. Erwin and challengers Atticus LeBlanc of Avondale Estates and Willie Mosley Jr., Jarrod Jordan and Jerrie D. BaCirculation Audited By

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District 5 candidate R. Alexander Fitzhugh makes a point while Vickie Turner (from left), Jesse “Jay” Cunningham, Pia Bhatti and Thad Mayfield listen at the March 15 DeKalb NAACP School Board forum in Decatur.

son, all of Decatur, they were asked how they would avoid future problems with the district’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “We would definitely have to stay in our own lane because you don’t want to say or do the wrong thing,” Mosley said. LeBlanc said good governance depends on efficiency. “You can’t be efficient if you’re trying to do everyone else’s job.” said LeBlanc. “I think the biggest part is having faith in your employees that they do have your core values and can address needs as they come up. And you need to hold them accountable from the superintendent on down.” Jordan believes problems can be avoided with clear communication between the board and superintendent. “We have to develop a robust evaluation model to ensure that the superintendent is not just giving us quarterly updates on what they have been doing,” Jordan said. “We need to have performance goals.” Bason said board members have to educate the public about how their job of making policy differs from that of the superintendent. “So often the public thinks they can just come to the board to get their concerns addressed and that’s just not how it works,” said Bason. Erwin said experience has taught him that “staying in one’s lane” takes a lot of restraint. “If you call me and tell me your son didn’t get picked up on time, I want to call down to the school and find out why but I can’t because that involves day-to-day operation,” Erwin said. “You want to do the best for the community but you have to stay within protocols.” District 4 incumbents Karen Carter and Vice Chair Jim McMahan faced off against each other and two challengers, Jim Oselette and Ella “Coach” Smith, on improving student achievement. “I’m supporting the district and the superintendent with his Bridge Initiative that we’ve funded,” McMahan said. “He has allocated a lot of resources, something like $76 million this year to help improve student achievement through pa-

rental engagement.” Oselette wants to scrutinize the budget for ways to improve student performance. “I would make sure every dollar is spent on the classroom,” Oselette said. “I think this school system needs to be completely changed. We need an online check register so you can see where the money is being spent now and the correlation with student achievement.” Smith said the key to student improvement is demanding more support from home. “We need to hire more social workers and more student support people to pull the parents in for conferences. We need to request parental involvement to improve test scores,” said Smith.

Teacher pay In the District 5 race, incumbent Thad Mayfield is up against ousted board member Jesse “Jay” Cunningham who was removed from office by Gov. Nathan Deal last year. Other challengers include insurance salesman Pia “Chaz Afzal” Bhatti; Marriott chef Bridgeman Bolger; R. Alexander Fitzhugh, an Ellenwood businessman; and Vickie Turner, founder and director of the Augustine Preparatory Academy in Decatur. An audience member asked who is responsible for improving the poor condition of some school buildings. “That’s why you have SPLOST IV,” said Cunningham, “$495 million for us to repair our buildings. In District 5 we have $42 million worth of improvements at Southwest DeKalb, Martin Luther King and Miller Grove High. I made sure the money was kept in the neighborhood to take care of the building problems that were identified.” Mayfield was quick to point out his own contributions to capital improvements at rundown schools throughout the system. “I helped to raise over $1 billion through SPLOST over the past 15 years to make sure that we take care of those problems.” Mayfield said. “When the problems are acute and affecting health safety and academic performance, the process is to bring it to the superintendent’s

attention and I will work closely with him to get it fixed.” Turner, Fitzhugh and Bhatti spoke of the need to motivate students to the highest academic performance. “We need to get back to basics of partnering with parents and community organizations to lift our children up to where they should be,” Turner said. Fitzhugh said the system has to stop the talent drain from veteran teachers leaving DeKalb because of inadequate pay. “Right now teachers who’ve been teaching for 15 or 16 years are being paid like they’ve been teaching for seven or eight because they haven’t had a raise. So by the time they get to 20 years, they’ve been paid like they’ve worked for 12.” Bhatti, who is 25, said he can offer a youthful approach to problem-solving. “I am a product of DeKalb and I’m simply here to restore order, to restore integrity, character and trust in the hearts of young people and let them know that in spite of what we’ve gone through the past couple of years there’s still hope for you.” District 7 candidates Kim Ault, a community organizer from Clarkston, and Lee V. Dukes, a retired AT&T engineer from Lithonia, focused on ways to make DeKalb students more academically and professionally competitive. “I’d like to see the system eliminate the $250 fee for summer school to help kids who need extra help to advance but also to make enrichment classes accessible to more children,” Ault said. “I also would work to create a Clarkston, Scottdale and Stone Mountain parent council because of the high concentration of refugees and recent immigrants in those areas and to promote better communication between those families and the district.” Dukes wants the district to be open to giving students more career training options. “I’m an advocate of learning trades during high school no matter what the student’s career plans are,” Dukes said. “Trade training will give them job alternatives while they’re pursuing a professional career or they could lead to an occupation depending on the student. But they should have the option.” India Sims, who was in the audience, said the forum was great. “All the candidates were eager to give straight answers to the questions and it was a good introduction to the new candidates,” said Sims, who lives in Decatur. Gil Garland, also of Decatur, said the good turnout on a Saturday morning shows that people are interested in the School Board election. “It’s a question of education vs. incarceration,” he said. “If we don’t address the tough issues, our children will pay the price. So we have to pay attention, choose the right people and hold them accountable after they’re elected.”

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“Together, we are fighting to restore middle-class security and expand opportunity for all Americans.”

President endorses Hank Johnson for Congress Franklin back on By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Fourth District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson has President Barack Obama in his corner for his re-election bid. The president said Johnson has done an outstanding job in Congress and that he needs his dedicated efforts back in Congress to continue working with him to bring good secure jobs to metro Atlanta and the country. “Together, we are fighting to restore middle-class security and expand opportunity for all Americans,” Obama said in a March 11 statement. “I’ve worked with Congressman Johnson as we’ve extended the security of health care to millions and pulled our economy back from the brink of collapse while protecting consumers and passing historic Wall Street reform. I am proud to stand with Hank and support his re-election.” Johnson, who is seeking his fifth term in office, is being challenged by former DeKalb Sheriff Thomas Brown in the May 20 Democratic primary. There is no GOP challenger for the November general election so the winner will

when he was seeking his third term and was challenged by former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones and DeKalb Commissioner Connie Stokes for the Democratic nomination. When Obama first announced his intentions to seek the presidency in 2008, Johnson was the first Georgia representative to endorse him in the Democratic primary. He has been a staunch supporter of the president’s health care reform and his other legislative priorities, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and financial regulatory reform. Johnson, who has helped bring more than $250 million to the district for schools, roads and police, said he is honored by Obama’s endorsement. “My top priority in Congress is creating jobs in the Fourth District and working with the president to continue to grow our economy,” he said. U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson alights Air Force One In his eight years in Congress, Johnson with President Obama on a visit to Georgia. has become a ranking member of the House take the seat. Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory ReThis is the second time that Johnson has form, Commercial and Antitrust. He also won Obama’s endorsement. serves on House Judiciary and Armed SerThe president also endorsed him in 2010 vices committees.

Elena Parent lands Ga. WIN nod for Senate 42 seat Williams, who is running unopElena Parent, who is seeking the posed for his party’s nomination. Democratic nomination for the Senate District 42, which covstate Senate District 42 seat, won a ers portions of DeKalb County nod from Georgia WIN List. including Brookhaven, Chamblee The political action committee and Decatur, is currently held by that seeks to put more Democratic Jason Carter, who is unopposed women in state offices endorsed for the Democratic nomination Parent in the race against attorney for governor. Kyle Williams. Elena Parent Parent, a former state represenThe winner of the May 20 primary will face Republican Gregory E. “Greg” tative, also won WIN’s endorsement in 2010


when she was elected to House District 81, unseating an incumbent Republican. She left the General Assembly in 2012 after her seat was targeted by Republicans during redistricting and was combined with the district of fellow Democrat Scott Holcomb. Parent decided not to run against Holcomb and stepped down to become the executive director of Georgia Watch, a consumer advocacy organization.

Lithonia Council By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Former Lithonia City Council member Al T. Franklin will be back on the council starting April 7. Franklin won the March 18 special election with 30 votes, which was 51 percent of ballots cast. He will fill the seat on the six-member council left vacant when Al T. Franklin Vanneriah Hawk, who was elected in last November’s election, filed a notice in December that she would be unable to take office in January. Only 5.5 percent of the city’s 1,049 registered voters cast ballots. Franklin won with 30 votes. Nakkeya Sparrow, an accountant, got 18 votes or 31 percent, and Timalyne Horton, a graduate student, got eight votes or 17.2 percent. Franklin, a career adviser, was first elected to the Lithonia City Council in 2009. He left his seat in 2011 to run for mayor in a four-man race challenging then-Mayor Tonya Anderson. Attorney Deborah Jackson won that race and is in her third year of a four-year term. At a March 4 candidate forum at the Lithonia-Davidson Library, Franklin, who has lived in the city since 2006, said he wanted to return to city leadership because he has experience on the council and had chaired the personnel, cultural arts and zoning committees while there. “Having served on the council, I know areas where we might need to plug,” he said.

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March 22, 2014

“Today’s turnout shows people are hungry for work.”

Automotive parts supplier hiring for posts in Carrollton Workers seeking a range of automotive production positions should head to Waco, Ga., on April 5 for a job recruitment fair at West Georgia Technical College’s Murphy Campus. Automotive parts supplier Yachiyo Manufacturing of America is recruiting workers 18 years and older for its Carrollton plant that will manufacture plastic fuel tanks and sunroofs. The company is seeking to fill the fol-

lowing positions: environmental health and safety coordinator, technical services manager, accounting assistant manager, purchasing coordinator, technical associates, quality assurance manager, shipping and receiving team leader, assembly team leaders, materials coordinator, final inspectors, and production associates. Eligible applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED and are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring résumés.

Applicants will be required to complete a company application without assistance. Résumés and applications will be reviewed during the event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yachiyo of America Inc. announced last October that it was locating a $30 million manufacturing operation in Carrollton Industrial Park. Its 130,000-square-foot facility will create more than 200 jobs within three years.

Yachiyo Industry Inc., established in 1953 in Japan, is a Tier One parts supplier to the global automotive industry. It employs 6,800 associates worldwide and currently has five manufacturing operations in North America. The West Georgia Technical College’s Murphy Campus is at 176 Murphy Campus Blvd. in Waco. For more information, contact the Georgia Department of Labor’s Carrollton Career Center at 770-836-6668.

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More than 30 businesses as well as government agencies participated in the job and resource fair.

More than 1,000 older residents turned out for the AARP Foundation’s 50+ Job Fair at the Lou Walker Senior Center on March 20 in Lithonia. During the four-hour job and resource fair, job seekers met with more than 30 large and small businesses as well as government agencies with job openings. The employers included Lowe’s, Comcast, the Roswell Police Department, Goodwill, the Georgia Department of Labor and DeKalb Workforce Development. Tamika Condé, the AARP Foundation’s DeKalb Senior Community Service Employment Program director, called the event “a great success.” “AARP specializes in work force development, and we were thrilled to help connect so many employers and job seekers,” she said. The job fair was co-hosted by the AARP Foundation and 4th District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson’s office.

Former Emory University worker sentenced in theft Kent Spicer, an Ellenwood CPA, has pleaded guilty to multiple felony computer theft charges linked to an elaborate purchasing scheme. Spicer, 48, a former senior business manager of Emory University’s Division of General Medicine, was sentenced on March 18 to 20 years and ordered to serve four years of his sentence behind bars. Kent Spicer DeKalb Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker also ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $150,000 to Emory University. Spicer, now a certified public accountant, worked for Emory University for about 20 years, according to his attorney, J. Lansing Kimme. Emory spokeswoman Beverly Cox Clark said the university

is satisfied with the outcome of the case. “The university continually strives to improve business practices to prevent and discourage theft and fraud,” she said March 18. According to the evidence, between May 2007 and July 2011 while employed by Emory, Spicer purchased various electronic items through the accounts payable system, sold the items on eBay, and transferred the proceeds from his eBay account to his personal bank account. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said that Spicer’s scheme was designed to line his pocket and exploit the trust of his longtime employer. He said that Spicer has since taken responsibility for his actions and has agreed to repay Emory University at a monthly rate of $1,250 a month upon his release from prison. “We feel this plea is fair and just for all parties involved,” James said.

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After the center’s parking lot filled up, shuttles from Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain provided transportation from the Covington Square Shopping Center to the senior center on Panola Road. Many others arrived by MARTA bus. The Georgia Department of Labor provided applicants with information on resume writing and interviewing skills. Other resources included information on health care, housing and social media. Johnson said his office was pleased to work with the AARP Foundation. “Today’s turnout shows people are hungry for work,” he said. The AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program office offers work force training to enhance, upgrade or develop new working skills for qualified low-income workers ages 55 or older. It is located at 2754 N. Decatur Road in Decatur. For more information, call 404-292-1330.

Free tax filing help for seniors, others Senior citizens and low-income residents can get help with their income tax returns at AARP Foundation Tax-Aide locations in DeKalb. The volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is free and is available at Clarkston, Stonecrest and Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg branch libraries and the Decatur Recreation Center, Photo ID and dependents’ Social Security cards are required for service. A blank check is required for automatic deposit. Bring last year’s tax return for prior year information. For more locations and hours, visit .org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide.

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Wellness ACA enrollment help in Clarkston Uninsured residents can still get help enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace ahead of the March 31 registration deadline. Enrollment programs will be held March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. and March 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Clarkston Library. Dr. Kathleen Connors of Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health and certified insurance navigators will provide registration assistance. Call 678-545-8641 to schedule an appointment. If you need interpretation, let navigators know your language preference. Residents who do not sign up by the March 31 deadline will miss out on coverage this year and will have to wait until the fall to sign up for coverage that will begin in 2015. They also may face a penalty for failing to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Clarkston Library is at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. For more information, call 404-5087175.

Enrollment assistance in Lithonia A free health fair on March 22 at Healing Stream Ministries in Lithonia also will offer enrollment assistance for the Affordable Care Act. The open enrollment period for coverage in 2014 ends on March 31. The 10 a.m.-to-3 p.m. health fair will have blood and glucose screening booths and presentations on CPR and other lifesaving measures. State Farm representatives will discuss the benefits of having life insurance. Healing Stream Ministries is at 2470 Bruce St. For more information, email Tracey Lea O’Neil at toneil@straightlifechurches .org.



“We think the demonstrations had impact, but we’re concerned about the passage of the Medicaid bill.”

Less salt, better heart health all around “Less salt, please.” Too much sodium increases your blood pressure, a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Consuming less sodium can help prevent or control high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, which is a leading contributor to death, disability, and costs from cardiovascular disease. CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States and a major factor in health disparities across different population groups. U.S. spending on CVD in 2010 totaled an estimated $315 billion. The words “sodium” and “salt” are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. Sodium is a component of salt and is measured in milligrams. Salt, usually measured in grams, contains 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. Most of the sodium we eat – more than 75 percent – comes from packaged, processed, store-bought, and restaurant foods. Many people are surprised to learn that foods that seem healthy, such as lowfat deli turkey or light salad dressings, can be high in sodium. In fact, the top sources

Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed, store-bought and restaurant foods.

of sodium in the American diet are bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, and pizza. What would the nation gain if everyone could reduce daily sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams? Such a reduction has been estimated to reduce cases of high blood pressure by 11 million and save $18 billion in health care dollars each year. You can reduce your sodium intake and improve heart health. At the grocery store: n Check Nutrition Facts labels while shopping to find the lowest sodium options of

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STAND Inc. urges HIV testing Catch some R’s with life coach Atlanta ranks eighth among the nation’s metro areas in its ratio of HIV infections to overall population, and the Decatur-based nonprofit STAND Inc. is urging residents to get tested, bring a friend, know your status, and access early medical care if needed. STAND has relocated its counseling, testing and referral services to its North Center Campus at 4319 Covington Drive, Suite 117. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says gay and bisexual

men remain the largest risk group for HIV/AIDS. Men who have sex with men, or MSM, are now the only high-risk group for whom infection rates continue to rise unabated, especially among AfricanAmericans and young adults ages 18-24. While new infections have declined among both heterosexuals and injection drug users, the annual number of new HIV infections among MSM has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s, according to the CDC report. For more information, visit http:// or call 404-288-4668.

Adults can Relax, Relate & Reflect on March 22 with certified life coach Steffanie Haggins at the Salem-Panola Library in Lithonia. The class takes place from 11 a.m. to noon. Haggins will teach basic fitness techniques, offer nutritional information, and lead participants through some meditation and relaxation exercises. The Salem-Panola Library is at 5137 Salem Road. For more information, call 770-987-6900.

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tially pick up the entire $4.9 billion cost of expansion. But Republicans say politicians in Washington will eventually leave Georgia picking up all or most of the cost. Deal says the state can’t afford the expansion and that the Medicaid system in Georgia is already overtaxed and understaffed. In the second wave of demonstrations at 1 p.m., Warnock delivered a speech in the Capitol Rotunda criticizing Deal over 650,000 uninsured Georgians who could be covered if Medicaid were expanded. “These are not numbers,” Warnock said. “These are our neighbors.” Warnock said Deal was on the wrong side of history and compared him to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus, and Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who tried to block the integration of the University of Alabama.

“History will not be kind to governors who stand in front of hospital doors,” Warnock said. The pastor and about a dozen supporters, including Evans, were arrested after they held a news conference in the waiting area of the governor’s office. The governor was not there at the time. The group then staged a sit-in in the Capitol foyer and waited for Capitol Police to handcuff them and take them to the Rice Street jail. “They released us on our own recognizance around midnight,” Evans told CrossRoadsNews Thursday. “We think the demonstrations had impact, but we’re concerned about the passage of the Medicaid bill.” Ten people were arrested Tuesday in a third wave of disruptions at 3 p.m. in which demonstrators blocked the door to the Senate chamber. Evans says Moral Monday is looking ahead to the next step after the protests.

“Direct action makes a dramatic point and keeps the issue in front of the people. But it may take legal action to challenge this Medicaid law they just passed,” he said. “We plan to consult the NAACP’s national office to see if they’ll agree to work with us on it.” Some members of Deal’s staff were offended by Warnock’s characterizations. “Every day at the Capitol is a celebration

of the First Amendment, even when those rights are used for inflammatory and offensive name calling,” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said. “Governor Deal respects the opinions of those who disagree with him. He often talks with Georgians about his positions and why he holds them – and he does so in a way that doesn’t drag this discourse into the gutter.”

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March 22, 2014

“A recent report for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates at least 211,000 Georgia STEM jobs will exist in 2018.”

Redan’s Lady Raiders (left) set an all-time DeKalb County record for either a boys or girls team with their 33-0 record. AAAAA Champion Miller Grove players (above) give the hand signal for “24” in memory of their late teammate Terrell Coleman.

DeKalb teams dominate at state basketball championships By Ken Watts

The 2014 basketball season ended in thrilling fashion for DeKalb as the Tucker Tigers (girls), Miller Grove Wolverines, Redan Raiders (girls), and St. Pius Golden Lions (girls) captured state champonships March 7 at the Macon Centreplex. Tucker made history winning their firstever girls state basketball AAAAA title with an 83-65 win over the region’s defending champs, Southwest DeKalb. The Tigers scored the game’s first eight points and never looked back. The lead extended to 38-26 at the half and grew to a 21-point advantage late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers outscored Southwest DeKalb 40-28 in the paint and held the Panthers to four fast-break points despite

19 turnovers. Senior forwards Erykah Davenport, Nuba Jackson and Naima Jackson each had outstanding efforts in their final game for the Tigers. Davenport, who has signed to play college ball at Miami, grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and five steals, four assists and 11 points. Nuba shot 6-of-10 from the field and netted 12-of-13 free throws to finish with a game-high 26 points, and twin-sister Naima finished 9-of-10 from the foul line and 11 points. Southwest DeKalb was led by junior Tynice Martin’s team-high 16 points and junior Davion Wingate’s 15 points. The Miller Grove boys also made history March 7 by winning the Lithonia school’s sixth consecutive state title.

The Wolverines got a game-high 21 points from senior Keith Pinckney to help cruise past Warner Robbins 70-43 and stake claim to the Class AAAAA state title. The record sixth consecutive title matches the 20-year record set by the Hart County girls (1989-1994) for the most in Georgia history. The team dedicated the victory to the memory of Terrell Coleman, a standout freshman forward who died suddenly Oct. 27 after a preseason game. The 33-0 Redan Lady Raiders became just the third DeKalb County girls basketball team to finish undefeated as AAAA state champions with a 63-53 victory March 13 over the No. 2-ranked Columbus Lady Blue Devils in Macon. The 33-0 mark is an all-time DeKalb County record for either a boys or girls team. Dunwoody’s 1995 30-0 state champion is the only boys team to go unbeaten. Redan High was set to celebrate at a March 21 pep rally at which U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson was to deliver a congressional proc-

lamation declaring March 21 Redan Lady Raiders Day in the 4th District. Redan controlled most of the first half against Columbus, jumping out to a 19-12 lead after the first quarter that started on a Jamesa Abney 3-pointer and ended on a 3 by Destini McClary. Columbus trailing 40-28 at the half came out playing tough defense and rebounding to slow down Redan. Columbus allowed just 6 points in the quarter while climbing within 46-44 on a Jazmyn McIntosh basket heading into the fourth quarter. Brittany Floyd tied the game at 48-48 as Columbus looked to take control of the game early in the fourth quarter. But Redan responded with an 11-0 run as four different players scored with Destini McClary starting the run with a jumper out front. Jada Byrd had 4 points and Taylor Tucker 3 in the run. Brea Elmore would finish with a game high 20 points leading the undefeated Lady Raiders while Byrd and McClary would finish with 16 points each.

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capabilities of the STEAM-focus in The Georgia STEAM Alliance Georgia, Perry said. Network is holding a series of free “Despite the nationally articuround tables to address equity in lated priority for science, technolscience, technology, engineering, ogy, engineering, arts and matharts and mathematics education ematics education, there is a decline and eliminate the access gaps for in student interest in STEAM,” underserved populations. Perry said. STEAM is also referred to as “A recent report for the U.S. STEM education. Shermaine Perry Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates The first STEAM round table takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March that at least 211,000 Georgia STEM jobs will 25 at the Conference Center at Georgia Pied- exist in 2018.” At the round table, participants will share mont Technical College in Clarkston. Featured speakers include Dr. Juan Car- best practices and garner solutions for the los Aguilar, Science Program manager for recruitment, retention and success of unthe Georgia Department of Education, and derrepresented students at all levels of the Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia STEAM continuum. The Georgia STEAM Alliance Network Piedmont. The round table signifies promising col- is dedicated to mobilizing the education laborative efforts to catapult Georgia Full and business community alongside addiSTEAM Ahead, said Shermaine Perry, politi- tional stakeholders to improve the quality cal science instructor at Georgia Piedmont of STEAM education in metro Atlanta and and an independent consultant. Stakehold- surrounding areas. Georgia Piedmont Technical College is at ers, legislators, advocates, and members of the business and education communities 495 N. Indian Creek Drive. To register, email will unify their individualized efforts to or visit www better implement, sustain and improve the

4-H sponsoring spring college tour Students in grades seven through 10 can explore college life in the 4-H Spring Fling: College Tours 2014 on April 8-10. Participants will travel to Georgia State and Clayton State on April 8; to Middle Georgia College and Fort Valley State on April 9; and to Georgia Gwinnett College and

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March 22, 2014




“The men of the ‘Alcatraz Eleven’ are true American heroes and their extraordinary stories will serve as an inspiration for generations.” Tibet Week begins with a public groundlaying of a sand mandala and a blessing ceremony.

Film ‘Shelbyville’ offers lessons on living together “Welcome to Shelbyville,” a documentary that looks at one small town in the heart of America’s Bible Belt as it grapples with rapidly changing demographics, will be screened on March The documentary on a community coping 29 at the Clarkston with change will be screened March 29. Library. Show time is noon to 1:30 p.m. In Shelbyville, Tenn., a stone’s throw from Pulaski, the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan, longtime African-American and white residents are challenged with how best to live harmoniously with a growing Latino population and the recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees. Set on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, the film captures the interaction between these residents as they navigate new waters against the backdrop of a tumultuous year. The economy is in crisis, factories are closing, and jobs are hard to find. The local Tyson chicken plant is hiring hundreds of new Somali refugees, and when a local reporter initiates a series of articles about the newcomers, a flurry of controversy and debate erupts within the town. The 2009 film directed by Kim A. Snyder is part of the Diversity in DeKalb Series. The Clarkston Library is at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive. Call 404-508-7175 for more information.

Emory’s Tibet Week delves into art, culture All things Tibetan will take over the Emory University campus March 24-29 for the university’s annual Tibet Week observation. Daily events include the construction of a vibrant sand mandala; a film screening; and panel discussions on Tibetan medicine, art, the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative and daily meditation. All events are held in Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall, 571 S. Kilgo Circle. Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the EmoryTibet Partnership, said Tibet Week is a special occasion to showcase and celebrate a wide range of Tibetan cultural events. “We are also excited to have a number of new events geared especially toward Emory students, including a forum on the student-led China-Tibet Initiative,” said Negi, senior lecturer in the Department of Religion. The opening ceremony, conducted by Negi and monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery Inc., begins at noon on March 24. Throughout the week, participants can spend a contemplative moment at the Living Mandala, located in Pitts Garden between Cannon Chapel and the Quad. The Living Mandala, created in 2012, is a garden designed to inspire peaceful reflection, compassion and harmony. The monks will conduct a daily live exhibition of mandala sand painting. This year they will construct the Compassion Buddha or Avalokiteshvara skt. The exhibi-

tion begins at 1 p.m. on March 24 and thereafter at 10 a.m. through March 28, concluding each day at 5 p.m. Compassion meditation will be held weekdays at 5 p.m. Leaders are Kari Leibowitz, Carol Beck, Bobbi Patterson, Amanda Pema Brown and Tim Harrison. Scheduled talks and events A talk, “The Tibetan Art of Diagnosis: Utilizing the Five Senses as Medical Instruments,” takes place at 7:30 p.m. on March 24. Tibetan doctors Khenrab Gyamtso and Tashi Dawa will discuss how they and other Tibetan doctors rely on their own five senses to examine their patients, name their ailments, and recommend treatments and medications. A Creativity Conversation in which Jon Kolkin and Tara Doyle explores the creative process in seeking wisdom and balance in life at 7:30 p.m. on March 25. Doyle is Emory’s director of the Tibetan Studies Program in India. Kolkin is a fine arts photographer, whose series “Inner Harmony” is about looking inward to find fulfillment. His photographic series, “Seeking Wisdom,” will be on exhibit in the Chace Gallery in the Schwartz Center. During Tibet Week, ETSI will host the 6th International Conference on Science Translation into Tibetan beginning March 25 through March 29 on the 6th floor of 1599 Clifton Road. Emory University is at 1762 Clifton Road in Atlanta. For the full calendar, visit documents/TibetWeek2014.pdf.

Conversation, coffee with women leaders

Workshop to teach how to cope with grief

“Conversation and Coffee With Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” takes place on March 30 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur. The Women’s History Month program, co-hosted by DeKalb Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs, begins at 3 p.m. The center is at 3181 Rainbow Drive. For more information, call 678-300-5153.

A workshop on handling grief takes place March 29 at the Stonecrest Library. “Understanding the Impact of Grief: Learning How to Take Time to ‘Give a Care’” will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. It promises to enlighten, inspire and encourage participants as they learn how to help others heal, grow through “healthy” grief, and find hope again. The library is at 3123 Klondike Road in Lithonia. For more information, call 770-482-3828.

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Author captures story of Vietnam POWs “The men of the ‘Alcatraz Eleven’ are true American heroes and their extraordinary stories will serve as an inspiration for generations to come,” McCain said. Former President Jimmy Carter said Townley “masterfully tells the inspirational and unforgettable story of our Vietnam POWs and the Alcatraz Eleven.” “These heroic men and women remind us how courage, devotion, and faith can triumph even in the darkest of times,” Carter said. Townley grew up in Atlanta, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and found a lifelong love for adventure at Philmont Scout Ranch, the Northern Tier Canoe Base, the Florida Sea Base, and other wilderness spots. He graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and has worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, helped manage global strategy for an international consulting firm, and coached track and field. The Carter Library is at 441 Freedom Parkway. For more information, visit

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Alvin Townley, author of “Defiant,” will talk about heroic American POWs in Vietnam on March 26 at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum in Atlanta. The reading/book signing begins at 7 p.m. in the theater. “Defiant,” Townley’s fourth book, reveals the amazing and untold true story of 11 Vietnam POWs known as the Alcatraz Eleven. The Americans were identified by the North Vietnamese as their most uncooperative and subversive captives. The book also tells the story of Alvin Townley the “Alcatraz wives,” who fought for their husbands’ safe return when it seemed nobody else would. The epic story takes place over eight years. Sen. John McCain, a POW from 1967 to 1973, called the book “a riveting tribute to the unyielding men who endured years of brutal captivity as POWs in Vietnam and the families they left behind.”


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March 22, 2014

“Too many families have suffered unnecessarily, and too many young lives have ended mindlessly.”

With all eyes on Florida, Georgia is expanding its Stand Your Ground law By Lucia McBath

My son, Jordan Davis, was 17 when he was killed on Nov. 23, 2012, at a Jacksonville gas station. I had always taught Jordan to be strong, to speak up for himself. He was funny, thoughtful and filled with wisdom, even at a young age. As a mother, I made sure to know where he was when he wasn’t home and who his friends were. But ultimately, nothing I did or could have done as a mother would have saved my son. I believe Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, and the aggressive culture it fosters, is the reason my son is not here today. Stand Your Ground laws encourage people to shoot when they could have walked away. Too many families have suffered unnecessarily, and too many young lives have ended mindlessly. Stand Your Ground laws will continue to devastate American families as long as they’re in place. While the media has been focused on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, our own state has a similar law on the books – and our Legislature is looking to expand this dangerous law even further. Legislation right here in Georgia, HB 60 and formerly HB 875, would extend our state’s Stand Your Ground law

“The research is in: These laws are dangerous. After Georgia passed its Stand Your Ground law, the number of justifiable homicides in our state increased by 83 percent.” Lucia McBath

to protect felons who kill using illegal guns. Under this legislation, a convicted felon who is prohibited under state and federal law from possessing a gun could shoot and kill someone in public and escape criminal prosecution, even if the shooting was entirely unnecessary because there was a safe and easy way for him to walk or drive away from the confrontation and even though he was illegally carrying a gun that he obtained through illegal means. The last thing our families need is for criminals to be shielded by this law. I’m not only speaking from the experience of a mother

whose son was needlessly taken from her – the research is in: These laws are dangerous. After Georgia passed its Stand Your Ground law, the number of justifiable homicides in our state increased by 83 percent. Since Trayvon Martin was killed in February 2012 – the death of another mom’s 17-year-old son – no new state has become a Stand Your Ground state. While other states have introduced legislation to repeal or scale back their Stand Your Ground laws, our lawmakers here in Georgia are incomprehensibly trying to expand ours. In the last Mother’s Day card he was able to give to me, Jordan wrote, “Thanks for being my number one cheerleader.” I continue to be his number one cheerleader by fighting for him and his legacy and to prevent other children, mothers, and families from suffering as we have. The best way for you to fight for Jordan is to stand with me and other Georgians in urging our leaders in the Georgia Senate to reject HB 60 and any other bill with this dangerous provision. Lucia McBath is the national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action. She lives in Marietta. 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12

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Notice of Petition to Change Name of Adult

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NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++14CV1394-10++ La Veda Buckles Plaintiff Vs. Erich Buckles Defendant 4969 Central Drive Stone Mountain, Ga 30083 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated March 5, 2014 you are hereby notified that on January 17, 2014 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 plaintiffís attorney whose name and address is Erich Buckles 4969 Central Drive Stone Mountain, Ga 30083. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, March 5, 2014 Witness the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 5th day of March, 2014. 3/22, 3/29, 4/5,4/12

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

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV11790-7++ Tamika A. Champion Plaintiff Vs. De’ Shawn C. Davis Defendant By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated March 11, 2014 you are hereby notified that on November 14, 2013 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce with minor children. You are required to file with the

Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiffís attorney whose name and address is Tamika Champion 6441 Rebecca Lou Lane Lithonia, Ga 30058. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, March 11, 2014 Witness the Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr. Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 11th day of March, 2014 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29

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

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV2215-3++ Eboni M’Kaila Haynes filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on February 20, 2014 to change the name from: Eboni M’Kaila Haynes to Eboni M’Kaila Lanier. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: February 8, 2014 Eboni M’Kaila Haynes Petitioner, Pro se 900 Martin Road Stone Mountain, Ga 30088 (770)-323-1127 03/8 3/15 3/22 3/29

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++14CV1394-10++ La Veda Buckles Plaintiff Vs. Erich Buckles Defendant 4969 Central Drive Stone Mountain, Ga 30083 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated March 5, 2014 you

are hereby notified that on January 17, 2014 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 plaintiffís attorney whose name and address is Erich Buckles 4969 Central Drive Stone Mountain, Ga 30083. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, March 5, 2014 Witness the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 5th day of March, 2014.

Notice of Petition to Change Name of Adult

in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

by publication dated March 5, 2014 you are hereby notified that on February 28, 2014 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 plaintiffís attorney whose name and address is Annie Wiley 1006 The Hill Parkway Stone Mountain, Ga 30088. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, March 5, 2014 Witness the Honorable Mark Anthony Scott Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 5th day of March, 2014.

in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV2911-2++ Lyddia Dixel filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on March 7, 2014 to change the name from: Lyddia Dixel to Lyddia Darenport. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: March 7, 2014 Lyddia Dixel Petitioner, Pro se 5959 Farington Road #20F Lithonia, Ga 30038 (404)-974-5209

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV3090-7++ Kimberly Bacote filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on March 17, 2014 to change the name from: Kimberly Bacote to Kimberly Ferrell. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: March 11, 2014 Kimberly Bacote Petitioner, Pro se 4928 Millstone Walk Stone Mountain, Ga 30088 (404)-573-9723

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3/8, 3/15. 3/22, 3/29

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

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 14CV2502-5++ Lamaman Ngandu Tshidibi filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on February 27, 2014 to change the name from: Lamaman Ngandu Tshidibi to Nathalie Lamaman Leya. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: February 27, 2014 Lindsey Siegel Ga. Bar 730072 Attorney for Petitioner Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc 246 Sycamore Street, Suite 120 Decatur, Ga 30030-3434 Tel: (770) 817-7522; (404)377-4602

Sex Offender

Eddie Buchanan 2891 Reveille Circle Atlanta, GA. 30316 Charge of Child Molestation Convicted on 2/8/2009

Sex Offender

Rashad Davis 764 Stonemill Manor Lithonia, GA. 30058 Charge of Sexual Battery Convicted on 3/6/2014

Sex Offender

Jeremy Dorsey 4815 Buford Hwy Rm 307 Chamblee, GA. 30341 Charge of Child Molestation Convicted on 10/7/2009

Sex Offender

James Harvey 425 Dash Lewis Drive Decatur, GA. 30034 Charge of Incest/ Rape/Statutory Rape Convicted on 12/18/1995

3/15 3/22 3/29 4/5

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++14CV2506-9++ Annie Wiley Plaintiff Vs. Gerald Wiley Defendant By Order of the Court service for service

Sex Offender

Christopher Morris 3841 Kensington Road, Apt. G 56 Decatur, GA. 30032 Charge of Criminal Sexual Assault/Force Convicted on 4/29/2008

Sex Offender

Douglas Pace 470 Overa Court Stn Mountain, GA. 30088 Charge of Rape/ Kidnapping Convicted on 6/30/1989

Sex Offender

John Sandifer 1756 Wee Kirk Road Atlanta, GA. 30316 Charge of Child Molestation Convicted on 3/1/2006



March 22, 2014


Starting in 2010, she began writing checks to herself from the center’s bank account and forging the signature of the director.

Concert to celebrate Atlanta shapers get Women’s Month honors dedicated musician shapeThree established filmmakers. women who are helping She is also CEO of Rosey Atlanta’s future will be honored Maestro Raymond Handfield will be celebrated for his three decades of service to Callanwolde with a free concert on March 30. Handfield has been musical director and conductor of the Callanwolde Concert Band, DeKalb County’s premier symphonic wind ensemble. The two-hour concert begins at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. The first half of the program, Raymond Handfield a tribute to Handfield, will be conducted by assistant conductors Scott Files and Robert Meehan and guest conductor and noted New England composer and conductor Peter Hazzard. Featured compositions include The Overture to “Raymond” by Ambroise Thomas. Handfield, a life member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia honorary music fraternity, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (trumpet) where he was a student of Sidney Mear. His master’s degree is from Boston University, where he continued his trumpet study with Armando Ghitalla. He taught instrumental music and directed school bands in Massachusetts, New York and Georgia, retiring after a 30-year career. Handfield has performed in concert with the Oslo, Norway, Opera Orchestra. He served as principal trumpet with New York’s Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra and was principal trumpet with the “Opera Sacre” of Buffalo, N.Y. In Georgia, he served as assistant principal trumpet for the Callanwolde Concert Band before taking the podium in 1985. The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is at 980 Briarcliff Road in Atlanta. For more information, visit

Posey Pictures, a film company March 27 at the “Women Leading and that inspires and enlightens Shaping the Future” awards ceremony through its projects. at the APEX Museum. Williams, a cancer survivor The nonprofit Women’s Employand health activist, has a TV ment Opportunity Project will celnews career that spans more ebrate Sheryl Riley Gripper, founder than 20 years. She has been an of Black Women Film Network; Andrea Rivera Sheryl Gripper JaQuitta Williams anchor, reporter, writer and JaQuitta Williams, TV journalist and personality; and Andrea Rivera, entrepreneur and diversity producer and worked with KSHB-TV in Kansas City before activist, at its 10th annual Women’s History Month celebration coming to Atlanta in 2006. Rivera, CEO of H3Media, helped to establish Atlanta’s taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. More than 100 women and entrepreneurs will gather to Black and Latino Council that works to unify the diverse population. honor the women. Novelist and theatrical performer A. Faye-Adams Taylor Gripper founded the Black Women Film Network in 1997 to increase the number of women of all cultures in the film and will lead the salute to women celebration. The program will be taped and aired on Atlanta’s Interfaith media industry. It has given more than $25,000 in scholarships to women pursuing careers in film, broadcast and related areas Broadcast Television ( The historic APEX Museum is at 135 Auburn Ave. S.W. in and is undertaking a program to provide completion funding assistance in post production, marketing and distribution for Atlanta. For more information, visit

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