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Inside Lift off DeKalb County schools no longer on probation COMMUNITY 2

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JAN. 24 — FEB. 6, 2014 • VOL. 5 — NO. 2

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Fate of proposed new DeKalb cities unclear BY MELISSA WEINMAN

melissaweinman@reporternewspapers.net

The future of several proposals for new cities in DeKalb County remained unclear as lawmakers returned to the state Capitol. Part of the problem is that the proposed cities of Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker overlap in the area of Northlake Mall. Lawmakers and city proponents said efforts failed to resolve border disputes among the competing proposals in the days before the 2014 Legislature convened Jan. 13. “We have tried,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, chairwoman of the Lakeside City Alliance. “We

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County plans to test once-a-week garbage pickups

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Paris passion

Holy Innocents’ senior loves all things French STANDOUT STUDENT 18

Buckhead beauty Developer investing millions for project’s streetscape COMMUNITY 22

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Dunwoody High School seniors, left, Brighton “Dividend” Kamen, and Mary Elizabeth “Captain Mathmatics” Lee, members of the school’s math honors society, help participants from Peachtree Charter Middle School during a mathematics competition at the high school. More photos on page 19.

Neighborhoods in north and central Dunwoody are among those selected to be part of a study into changes in DeKalb County’s sanitation services, including a move to once-a-week garbage pickup. The three-month pilot program will include 28,000 single family households along more than 20 garbage pickup routes scattered across DeKalb to gauge opinions from customers from various parts of the county. The main change in the pilot study will be reducing garbage collection from twice to once a week. Participants in the study will also receive new, 65-gallon bins for their garbage. The bins will work with new equipment to mechanically lift and empty them into a garbage truck. If the program eventually is adopted county-wide, it could save the sanitation department more than $6 million a year, which would allow the department to avoid a rate increase, said Billy Malone, DeKalb County’s associate director of sanitation. “We have been running a deficit in sanitation,” Malone said. “We don’t want to raise our fees.” SEE COUNTY, PAGE 4

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