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JAN. 10 — JAN. 23, 2014 • VOL. 5 — NO. 1

Listen up! Winter 2014 PAGES 11-26

Redo, reload City website getting a makeover COMMUNITY 5

Desert rider PHIL MOSIER

Violinist Nadir Khashimov, accompanied by pianist Alexander Ullman, center, with Dilbar Khashimov, right, performs at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody on Jan. 5. Both musicians are with The Russian School #1, held at the church, which provides resources for 35,000 local Russians. Right, Kristina Makarova tells her son Peter, 6, left, and Andrei Ivanov, 8, center, to “hush” prior to the concert. He rides his bike across Israel to raise funds MAKING A DIFFERENCE 8-9

Lasting legacy MLK’s home, church all part of tour OUT & ABOUT 30-31

Problem solvers Overall crime trending down, says police chief PUBLIC SAFETY 38

Forming more new cities could decrease HOST

Lawmakers have packed agenda in new year

BY MELISSA WEINMAN

BY JOE EARLE AND MELISSA WEINMAN

As Brookhaven rounded out its first year as a city, officials happily announced plans to begin paving roads and building sidewalks. “This is really, in my mind, one of the main reasons for cityhood,” said Mayor J. Max Davis. “Now you’re actually seeing the results of your city and your tax dollars at work. It really does hit home for me about what this city is all about.” Brookhaven will complete the roadwork using a portion of approximately $5 million it received this year from a DeKalb County sales tax called HOST, which stands for Homestead Option Sales Tax.

North DeKalb lawmakers plan to be busy after the state Legislature convenes Jan. 13. They’re proposing a stack of new laws that, if approved, could create new cities, amend the state constitution to allow “new cities” to start school systems, amend Dunwoody’s charter to allow the city to collect money to finance a fire department, should it ever want one. The problem? Lawmakers may run out of time. “It’s going to be a very compressed session, just from a time standpoint,” said Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody). The session still will cover the usual 40 legislative days, but those

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SEE CLOCK IS, PAGE 6

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