Buckhead Reporter - June 2021

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JUNE 2021 • VOL. 13 — NO. 6

Buckhead Reporter WORTH KNOWING

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Cityhood debate heats up as opposition group debuts

Art in the Park




A seafood market comes to Brookhaven P8


A local school advocates for affordable housing P16


A reporter recalls KKK’s downfall P7


Painter Aziz Kadmiri stands outside his booth as customers admire his works at the Chastain Park Arts Festival May 15. A large crowd turned out for the festival, which was the first arts event in the park since last year’s pandemic shutdowns.

Mayor makes an early political farewell at local meeting BY JOHN RUCH Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms made her first Buckhead appearance as a lame duck, and one of the few during a term that has seen local political tensions with her administration erupt into a separate cityhood movement, at a May 13 Buckhead Business Association virtual meeting.

Bottoms, who announced May 6 that she will not run for reelection this fall, largely repeated her themes of crime-fighting, housing affordability and opposition to the cityhood movement, while still tweaking some of those positions in response to political pressures, many of which come from BuckSee MAYOR on page 29

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Is Buckhead cityhood a necessary “divorce” from a city that has “exploited the beautiful people of Buckhead”? Or is it “the most expensive, slowest and least efficient solution” to crime concerns? Such are the positions under debate as the pro-cityhood Buckhead Exploratory Committee now faces a new anti-cityhood group called the Committee for a United Atlanta. The CUA was announced in a May 20 press release that said the group “intends to reach out directly to neighborhoods in Buckhead and create a dialogue on how best to address issues like crime, zoning and infrastructure while educating residents on the realities of tearing our city apart.” The announcement came a week after CUA co-chair Linda Klein debated cityhood with Bill White, the BEC’s chair and CEO, at a community meeting. Klein is a shareholder at the legal and lobbying firm Baker Donelson and former American Bar Association president. The other co-chair is Edward Lindsey, an attorney at another power-house law and lobbying firm, Dentons, who formerly served as a Republican, Buckheadarea state representative during previous cityhood discussions, where he similarly See CITYHOOD on page 15

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Future of historic book bindery remains uncertain as Peachtree Hills condo project advances BY COLLIN KELLEY The future of the historic book bindery building at 2395 Peachtree Road in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood remains uncertain as plans move forward to build a condo complex around it. Currently home to Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors, the circa-1929 structure designed by noted architect A Ten Eyck Brown and his associate Alfredo Barili Jr. was originally built as the National Library Bindery, and later housed the iconic Oxford Too bookshop. The building was added to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Places in Peril” list in 2018 when an apartment development planned to demolish the Bindery for a parking garage. The plan was later amended to keep the facade and a portion of the building, but the apartment complex project fell apart. Now, development firm Kolter Urban is planning a tower with 160 condos and a 330 space parking garage that would sit next door and behind the Bindery. The current site plan shows that only between 2,400 to 2,600 square feet of the 6,000 square foot Bindery will remain as part of the condo project. What the remaining portion of the building will be used for hasn’t been disclosed by the developer. Peachtree Hills resident Laura Dobson, who has led efforts to preserve and bring awareness of the Bindery since 2016, said without any kind of written agreement with the developer, the building isn’t really being “saved” at all. “It certainly isn’t being protected – not without even simple guidelines or standards agreed to,” Dobson said. “It can be fundamentally and profoundly changed. It can be left in an unrecognizable form. Or, it could suffer damage during construction and not be replaced. Whatever portion remains of The Bindery deserves to be meaningfully saved and protected. And that is not happening now.” Atlanta Preservation Center executive director David Yoakley Mitchell said in a statement: “The Atlanta Preservation Center advocates for the protection of the Nation-

al Book Bindery of Georgia, as it represents the work of A Ten Eyck Brown and his associate Alfredo Barili Jr. It also establishes the connection to the important past of this community and ensures that the continuing changes of this area will not allow the historical importance of this district to disappear. The appreciation of this building’s presence is the acknowledgment of the special character of this area’s cultural significance.”

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Pipeline cyberattack raises concerns about leak safety, federal oversight BY JOHN RUCH The May 7 cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline Co. received massive attention for the five-day shutdown’s effect on gasoline shortages and panic-buying. But what about the physical safety of pipes that also carry such products as jet fuel and heating oil along the Chattahoochee River and beneath hundreds of metro Atlanta lawns and streets? Did the hack cause, or have the ability to cause, any leaks or damage to the pipeline, or limit the operator’s ability to detect such problems? The silence in response to those questions -- from Colonial, from the federal regulatory agencies that supervise its safety and security, and from a pipeline industry trade association -- illustrates what some activists and officials say is a fragmentary and lax system that leaves America’s pipelines vulnerable to more and worse assaults, and communities in the dark. The Pipeline Safety Trust, a watchdog group based in Washington state, has no information that the Colonial hackers caused any leak, according to Rebecca Craven, the group’s program director. But, she added, there are also few mandatory reporting requirements, just like there are few mandatory requirements for cybersecurity against such hacks, which means the full story may not yet be known. “So we don’t know that they tried to take control of the operation part of the computer system, but certainly an attack like that would have the capacity to get to the physical control of the pipeline operation system and change pressures or open or close valves or any of those things that could cause damage. So yeah, that’s a concern,” said Craven. Other infrastructure hacks have given the watchdog group concern, said Craven, citing a February incident where someone broke into a Florida city’s water treatment plant computer system and attempted to add a toxic level of chemicals to the water supply. Previous non-electronic incidents of leaks and damage to Colonial pipelines underscore the concern, Craven said. The East Coast saw similar gas panics in 2016 following a massive pipeline leak in Alabama, which was soon followed by a fatal pipeline explosion in the same state caused by a construction crew. Colonial is still in the midst of controversy over a pipeline leak in North Carolina last year that spilled over 1.2 million gallons of gasoline -- one of the largest in U.S. history -- and which its systems reportedly failed to detect. “The lack of mandatory requirements [for pipelines] is an issue. There are that kind of mandatory cybersecurity requirements in the electric grid world,” said Craven. “It’s way past time that there was a uniform standard of security that these operators need to meet.” That call was echoed May 10 by Richard Glick, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the body that oversees the business side of pipeline operations and expansions. “The cyberattack against the Colonial BH

Pipeline system, which provides nearly half of the fuel supply for the East Coast, is a stark reminder that we must do more to ensure the safety of our nation’s energy infrastructure,” Glick said in a written statement issued to the public. “... It is time to establish mandatory pipeline cybersecurity standards similar to those applicable to the electricity sector. Simply encouraging pipelines to voluntarily adopt best practices is an inadequate response to the ever-increasing number and sophistication of malevolent cyber actors.” According to a May 25 Washington Post report, the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to issue such mandatory standards in the wake of the Colonial attack.

Did the cyberattack affect pipeline safety?

In the current system, it’s hard to get even a straightforward answer to what is known and unknown about the pipeline damage possibilities of this particular hack. The reported focus of the attack was gaining a ransom for stolen data, but details remain scarce. Colonial, which is based in Alpharetta, would only refer to written statements on its website about the shutdown, none of which directly addressed the possibility of leaks or damage. One May 11 statement did suggest physical security concerns: “Consistent with our safety policies and regulatory requirements, Colonial has increased aerial patrols of our pipeline right of way and deployed more than 50 personnel to walk and drive ~5,000 miles of pipeline each day.” Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, an Atlanta-based environmental nonprofit, works with Colonial on emergency response drills to prepare for any leaks along the river. Jason Ulseth, a staff member at the nonprofit, said his group was curious about the possibility of damage from the hack but has not heard any warning from Colonial. “We have no indication there’s any threat to the Chattahoochee River with this cyberattack and feel very confident that Colonial Pipeline would notify us” if there were, he said. The Association of Oil Pipe Lines, an industry trade organization based in Washington, D.C., referred questions about the May 7 incident and the general threat of cyberattacks to Colonial and cut-and-pasted an email containing one of the company’s press releases. Federal regulation of pipeline safety and security is split between two agencies. One is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which did not respond to questions about the Colonial attack’s physical safety effects. The other is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), whose entire initial response said, “That is a question for Colonial Pipeline.” When reminded that the TSA is responsible for oversight of pipeline security, an agency spokesperson responded with a statement about its general work, includ-

ing expanding its Pipeline Security Branch from six to 34 total-time positions in the wake of a 2019 controversy about understaffing. “We know you asked another question, and we are working to get an answer,” the spokesperson added, saying that would take time to coordinate with various federal security agencies.

Beneath local streets

Colonial and another company, Products (SE) Pipe Line Corporation (until recently known as Plantation), have three petroleum pipelines running through neighborhoods and along waterways in the metro area, including through Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Depending on the pipe and the timing, they may carry gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, heating oil and bio-diesel or

Such methods found defects or flaws in Colonial pipelines under Sandy Springs streets that were repaired in 2016 and 2017. It has been more than 20 years since the last major leak in local communities: a 1998 Colonial pipeline spill of more than 30,000 gallons of gasoline along Sandy Springs’ Morgan Falls Road. That leak was spotted by an employee of a nearby recycling center, not Colonial’s technology.

Rising concerns in cyberattack era

Watchdog groups like the Pipeline Safety Trust say the leak detection and reporting systems have flaws of their own. Only certain types and sizes of leaks may be disclosed, and detection technologies may fail or not even be present. Among the issues

A community garden sits on a pipeline right of way used by Colonial and Products (formerly Plantation) along High Point Road in Sandy Springs in 2017, around the time Colonial conducted repairs in the area.

ethanol. They are part of much larger networks, with Colonial’s running between Texas and New York, and PPL’s between Louisiana and Washington, D.C. Kinder Morgan, PPL’s parent company, said its pipelines remained in operation during Colonial’s shutdown and aimed to increase capacity and defer maintenance to help with gas supplies. Petroleum pipelines, such as the Midwest’s Dakota Access pipeline, are increasingly controversial nationwide for leaks and property-takings. Earlier this year, President Biden revoked the permit for an extension of Keystone, another controversial Midwestern pipeline. In 2016, Georgia opposition halted Kinder Morgan’s planned Palmetto pipeline between Florida and South Carolina. The pipeline industry says its leaks are relatively few and small, and that underground pumping of fuel is much safer than the alternatives: railroad cars and tanker trucks. Pipeline operators have automated systems to detect unusual activity within the pipes and inspectors who walk on and fly over the routes. They also run devices called “smart pigs” down the pipes. The devices have sensors that can detect even small cracks or imperfections.


raised in the current North Carolina spill controversy is that leak detection technology was only recently required along the entire length of pipelines and operators still have several years to phase that in, and there are no federal requirements for the sensitivity of such technology. The regulatory split between PHMSA and the TSA has drawn criticism as well. Such concerns have only increased with the rising threat of cyberattacks by criminals, terrorists or foreign governments. In 2018, TSA issued a new “Pipeline Security Guidelines” document that included cybersecurity, but its provisions remain largely voluntary. In 2019, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report identifying several weaknesses in the TSA’s program, including only six full-time equivalent staffers in its Pipeline Security Branch to conduct reviews on 2.7 million miles of pipeline, in conjunction with many more contractors. Among other concerns were that the staffers lacked cybersecurity experience and that the agency was not using the latest standards and risk factors. The TSA has since expanded the staffing level and in February announced better coordination with PHMSA, the federal agency that oversees pipeline safety.

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A study of the Atlanta BeltLine Northwest Trail’s possible routes through Buckhead and other areas — maybe including tunnels or bridges to bypass highways and railways — should be complete by November and ready for a design phase, planners said at a May 24 virtual meeting. But they brushed aside many questions about planning for the light-rail transit element of the BeltLine in that area, which will be handled in a separate “sister study” whose timeline remains unclear, though officials say it will begin this spring. Planners in the meeting did say it is likely that the trail and transit parts of the Northwest Trail will have separate routes through much of the corridor. The Northwest Trail would be a roughly 4.4-mile section of the BeltLine between the Peachtree Creek in Buckhead’s Armour area and Huff Road near the new Westside Park. The Northwest Trail would incorporate the already-built Northside Trail segment in the area of Atlanta Memorial Park and Colonial Homes. In the Armour area, the Northwest Trail would connect with the Northeast Trail, which is partly open along Monroe Drive but has run into complex right of way issues on the Buckhead end. Virtually the entire Northwest Trail corridor will have similar issues with right of way and transportation corridor conflicts. That’s why Atlanta Beltline Inc., the organization planning and building the linear park, trail and transit system around the city, contracted with the trail-building PATH Foundation to conduct the Northwest Trail study. Greta deMayo, the PATH Foundation’s executive director, said the study is looking at not only possible routes for the trail, but also cost estimates and the priority of which segments to build in what order. The foundation began the work in late April, she said, and believes design work can begin shortly after the study’s completion. Two more public meetings are planned for August and October. ABI also intends to circulate a survey to gather public ideas on route alignments and connection points. Laying out a general goal, deMayo said the foundation will aim for a “quality” trail route “that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable.” The two broad strategies will be either “greenway” routes in dedicated, park-like settings, or “sidepath” routes along streets with some type of green space as a buffer. A major challenge is navigating a trail through the many major roadways and active rail lines in the area. “OK, how do we get across Interstate 75?” asked deMayo as one of the most obvious big questions. She said the foundation wants to avoid any existing roads due to their heavy traffic, “so we’re looking for opportunities to either tunnel under the highway or bridge over the highway.” One specific answer there, she said, could be following the edge of a rail line that runs under the highway already. But there are many other major streets to cross, like Peachtree Road, Northside Drive, Marietta Boulevard and Howell Mill Road. Safe crossings will be a priority and may include bridges as well as other alternatives, deMayo said. Kim Wilson, ABI’s vice president of design and construction, said that all route-crossing concepts will have a “Plan B and Plan C.” Much of the area is also heavily developed, meaning many property owners with whom to negotiate right of way for the trail. Wilson said ABI expects to have “multiple alignments that we’re studying” and a process of tweaking the route based on which property owners are willing to sell or offer easements. Wilson said ABI has a “very healthy budget” for the Northwest Trail acquisition and design with revenue expected from the new “special service district” (SSD) within roughly a half-mile of the BeltLine corridor where, starting this fall, property taxes will be increased by 2 mills on commercial and apartment-complex sites. Many of the questions from the public, including Buckhead’s Collier Hills Civic Association, were about planning for BeltLine transit. ABI officials and deMayo repeatedly said they would not discuss the transit element because it is part of a separate study to come. Wilson said ABI has secured a federal grant for that, but indicated that the consultant for that study has yet to be hired. However, Wilson and deMayo both said transit is likely to use a largely separate route. “It’s likely in this corridor that transit and trail in some or all of the areas may not run right next to each other,” said Wilson.


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Another candidate joins City Council District 8 race BY JOHN RUCH

Nicolas Uppal joins Mary Norwood in the race to replace J.P. Matzigkeit, who chose

Another candidate has entered the race for the Atlanta City Council District 8 seat, voicing concern about the Buckhead cityhood movement and the scale of local development.

not to run for reelection Nov. 2. Uppal said was inspired to run largely because of the cityhood concept, which he referred to as “Buckheadistan.” “I’m worried about the direction that this district and the city may take,” Uppal said in a phone interview, adding that Buckhead cityhood and its tax implications “would negatively impact Atlanta and turn it pretty much into a war zone.” Born in 1987, Uppal attended Inman Middle School, Midtown High and Pace Academy. He worked in personal finance for Morgan Stanley until 2011, when he was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. He returned to Atlanta for rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Buckhead. Following his rehab, he attended graduate school at Georgia Tech, studying environmental public policy. He said he is currently unemployed.



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Uppal said that through his graduate studies, “I’ve seen there are definite limits to growth, and I believe Buckhead is a microcosm of the Earth as a whole because we are on the edge, on the precipice, of going over the limit of growth.” Tree

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loss and other environmental impacts could lead to “dangerous imbalances” and increase crime, he said, if growth is not spread across the city. In February 2020, Uppal contacted the Reporter and said he intended to run against Matzigkeit out of concerns about the financial status of the city and the neighborhood. But he downplayed that earlier interest, saying he “really had no qualms with Buck-


head. J.P. was doing a good job at maintaining the status quo…. There was nothing I


wanted to rectify.” Uppal said he is now running largely due to the cityhood issue and concern about Norwood’s “rhetoric.” Norwood is the chair of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods and a former Post 2 At-Large councilmember. District 8 includes the areas west of Roswell Road and west of Peachtree Road south of West Paces Ferry Road.

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Author Q&A: How an FBI informant brought down a murderous KKK group BY KEVIN C. MADIGAN The murder by the Ku Klux Klan of an advocate for voting rights in Mississippi during the mid-’60s and the work of an undercover FBI informant who exposed it is the subject of a new book titled “When Evil Lived in Laurel: The ‘White Knights’ and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer.” It’s written by local reporter Curtis Wilkie, who covered Civil Rights in the area for a quarter of a century. Wilkie will appear at the Atlanta History Center on Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in a free, virtual conversation with veteran journalist and former colleague Hank Klibanoff. For details, see atlantahistorycenter.com.

always successful in obtaining convictions. I was surprised at the sheer stupidity of people involved in the Klan. I was a young reporter in those days, and I certainly remember they were a fearsome group. They terrorized the state and did a pretty good job of that, but I got to see what knuckleheads they were and how, thankfully, they were not always able to pull off many of their missions because they screwed things up. A place called John’s Restaurant in the town of Laurel hosted Klan members, many of whom would get inebriated and spill secrets, right? Yes. It concerned some of the more sober members of the Klan who felt this was not helpful at all. John’s Restaurant was run by one of the major figures in the White Knights. Beer was sold and sometimes they added to it with moonshine liquor or regular whisky or gin. They would get drunk and loud and brag about missions where they felt they had accomplished something -- burning down a house or intimidating Black families.

The “White Knights” you describe were notoriously disorganized, with dissent in the ranks and a lack of mutual trust. You call them “clumsy practitioners of stealth.” Can you talk about that? The accounts of their meetings clearly spelled out a group of peoKlan leaders liked to portray their activities as Christain miliple not particularly well-educated tancy, while engaged in campaigns of terror and murder. Why whose burning desire was to keep was that? down the Blacks in the state of MisIn order to justify that method of ethnic cleansing 60 years ago, sissippi, and they just weren’t very they cloaked it in pseudo-Christianity. Several prominent memeffective. Even the tactics in which bers of the White Knights were ministers themselves. This philosthey succeeded -- burning down ophy of Christian militancy stated it was proper to kill someone houses or killing people -- were counif it was necessary, in a good Christian manner, whatever the hell terproductive because the conservathat’s supposed to mean. It was clearly a very perverted sense of tive white people in Mississippi who religion that flies in the face of Christianity. supported segregation were horrified SPECIAL by this kind of conduct. You met the FBI informant, Tom Landrum, towards the end of Curtis Wilkie. At the height of their incompetence his life. Did he have any regrets? (a raid in which the activist Vernon I never heard him express any regrets. He did talk about his Dahmer was fatally wounded), they left fears of being discovered when he was reporting regularly to the behind precious evidence -- a pistol and one of the getaway cars -FBI, but at the end he was actually quite proud that he did what he could do, as one perso the whole crew was quickly rounded up. Between the FBI and some of the cooperatson in the community, to put an end to the White Knights. ing local authorities it took roughly two months to arrest everybody, but they weren’t


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Food for Thought: Catching up with seafood dealer Kathleen Hulsey BY KEVIN C. MADIGAN Fishmonger Kathleen Hulsey recently opened a third location of her seafood market Kathleen’s Catch, this time in Brookhaven at 3436 Clairmont Road, in partnership with her daughter Sara Waterman. “We’ve had a huge welcome here,” Hulsey says. She first opened in Johns Creek in 2011 and added a second location in Milton in 2015. Oysters, shrimp, scallops, lobster rolls, chowders, crab cakes and octopus are just some of the items on offer for pickup or delivery. Hulsey is an advocate for sustainability and the proper cultivation of seafood. For more, see kathleenscatch.com. Your original impetus to launch the business was the lack of fresh fish available to you in local grocery stores, right? Yes. My husband works at [wholesale distributor] Inland Seafood. I could find fresh fish there, but I couldn’t find it in a retail setting. How difficult is it for you to get fresh seafood all the time in a landlocked place like Atlanta? It’s actually perfect for me for two reasons: our airport has non-stop flights from everywhere in the world to here, so fish flies in all day long. As far as domestic fish goes, we are situated on the highway from Miami with all kinds of fish from the Gulf -- stone crabs and everything else -- then all the way up to Maine for the lobster, so it’s very easy to get fish everyday. You obviously try to sell all the fish you have on a daily basis, but what happens with what’s left over at the end of the day? We carry it over a second day but if it doesn’t sell it becomes a member of our “No Fish Left Behind” program: we vacuum-seal it, freeze it and sell it at a discount. But it’s still fresher than anything you could get in a grocery store. You also help customers with advice on how to prepare fish, taking a lot of the guesswork out of it. Yes, absolutely. We have some things to make it a little easier: seasonings, cocktail sauce, mustards and such, and we have ideas on ways to cook that help people. Another good thing we do is we offer fish by the pound but we also sell it by the portion,

and those pieces are generally 6 ounces. There’s no skin and no bone so If you want to make a dinner for four people you can buy four perfect pieces of fish rather than having to guess how many pounds you need to buy. You do ready-made meals as well? We do one a week. It changes every Monday and it’s called Catch to Go. It is an oven-ready meal with a side, and you just add a sauce or seasoning and put it in the oven which is a good way to teach people how to cook fish. It’s a way to get started.


Kathleen Hulsey, left, and daughter Sara Waterman are partners in the new Kathleen’s Catch location in Brookhaven.

You also have wine, Champagne and produce, correct? Even caviar? Yes, and cheese and charcuterie. We don’t keep caviar in stock here but we can get it overnight from our supplier. Over the holidays we get a lot of caviar [orders] but this time of year it’s not so big.

Talk a bit about sustainability and farmed fish versus wild fish. Those two subjects are intricately involved because I believe in supporting aquaculture if it’s done correctly. Aquaculture has been around since ancient times but it’s had a pretty bad reputation in recent years. Now there are companies out there who are doing it right and that means no growth hormones and no antibiotics in their feed. They’re not in crowded pens, they are in open ocean pens with fast-moving cold water. Those are the companies where I look for farmed fish. And the reason I promote aquaculture to such an extreme is there aren’t enough fish in the ocean to satisfy appetites for our future generations, so if people can do it in a clean, healthy manner I’m happy to support that.

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Quick Bites | Restaurant openings and news BY KEVIN C. MADIGAN Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q has announced that a third location of its popular smoked meats joint will open at Brookhaven Station in the summer of 2021. “When my brother and I started cooking barbecue, we did so in our backyard in Brookhaven, and we’re excited about the opportunity to return to the neighborhood,” said co-owner and pitmaster Jonathan Fox in a press release. “We want to highlight elements of classic Texas barbecue culture and the flavors that we grew up with.” Plans for the space include “an open-air feel that stretches from the kitchen to an outdoor space and an easy to-go pickup window.” foxbrosbbq.com

◄The Blue Plate is planning a June opening in Dunwoody at 5000 Winters Chapel Road “where the old Empire Pizza was,” according to owner Sade Williams, who told the Reporter, “I would describe our menu as soul-Southern comfort food with a modern twist.” instagram.com/theblueplateatl Knuckies Hoagies’ owner Todd Broaderick says another branch of his sub shop will open in July at 6135 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. This will be his sixth location in the Atlanta area, with a seventh planned for Marietta in the fall. Most of them serve pizza as well, but these two new ones will not. “We’ve done well, despite the pandemic,” he said. knuckieshoagies.com

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Electric-vehicle charging company to power up new HQ in Buckhead BY JOHN RUCH Netherlands-based Heliox, a company that makes fast-charging devices for electric vehicles, expects to open its new campus this month at 165 Ottley Drive in Buckhead’s Armour neighborhood. The headquarters will include offices and a research and development division, expected to create 70 jobs total in the next year, according to a Georgia Department of Economic Development press release. In Europe, Heliox builds, operates and maintains charging systems for public transit, trucks, construction vehicles and port equipment. Among its U.S. customers is MARTA. The company is partnering with Georgia Tech on internships and possible research and development partnerships, according to an announcement press release. Katie Kirkpatrick, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s president and CEO, said in the press release that the company’s arrival is another example of how “metro Atlanta is rapidly becoming a global hub for the EV [electric vehicle] industry with a wealth of innovative engineering talent.” David Aspinwall, president of Heliox North America, answered some of the Reporter’s questions about the new HQ. What does the name “Heliox” mean? The name Heliox was inspired by the ancient Greek word “Helios,” the god of the Sun, the most powerful energy source on the planet.

announce in the coming months. Overall, we see tremendous opportunity in this market to provide the charging infrastructure for e-mobility, which is experiencing high growth and will no doubt accelerate as the federal government commits to e-mobility. What is the future of the charging industry looking like? Is one sector more dominant than others, such as public transit vs. private vehicles? There is tremendous opportunity in both sectors, but definitely private electric vehicles have helped to pique both private and public sector interest in e-mobility and larger electric transportation infrastructure projects. The federal government’s proposed spending to electrify at least 20% of school buses and $25 billion to electrify transit vehicles is moving the industry ahead much more quickly.


David Aspinwall, president of Heliox North America.

What is bringing Heliox to North America at the scale of a headquarters? Are there particular clients here? We work with a number of partners and customers here in North America, which we’ll

What drew you to Atlanta in general and Buckhead in particular? Atlanta is a growing e-mobility hub, and we’ll also have access to some of the brightest technology talent coming out of Georgia Tech. We’re also committed to meeting all UL and Buy America standards, meaning all of our research, development and assembly will be done here in North America.

What sort of research might you partner on with Georgia Tech? DC Rapid Charging R&D, Vehicle-to-Grid research and development, [and] energy management innovation.

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BY JOHN RUCH Student news publications at three local schools won many honors in the Georgia Scholastic Press Association’s spring awards, whose winners were announced April 21. Among the winners, Pace Academy’s Knightly News took the first-place “AllGeorgia” award for best newspaper. The Oracle at North Springs High School took several honors in columns and critical reviews. And The C&G at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School won the allstate honor for informational graphics. The GSPA, based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, holds the contest annually. All of the local schools competed in the category for newspapers, newsmagazines and news websites. “Superior” is an award category for finalists.

The full list of local winners included:

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, The C&G Commentary, superior: “What about fairness?” by Zak Kerr Feature Profile, superior: “Thomas Barbershop’s tremendous tale” by Alex Newberg General Excellence, superior, newsmagazine Information Graphic, All-Georgia: “Immunize Wise” by Maddie Poch

North Springs High School, The Oracle Column Writing, All-Georgia: “Musicology Corner” by Veronica Kogan Column Writing, superior: “Cummiskey’s Corner” by Nelson Cummiskey Column Writing, superior: “It’s OK to not be OK” by Saaniah Hardy

Mazel Tov to the Class of 2017!

We wish you the best of luck in college and beyond.

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Pace Academy, The Knightly News Critical Review, All-Georgia: “Winter showcase captivates audience” by Darren Rosing

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Double-Truck Layout/Design, All-Georgia: “The 2020 Election” by Kathryn Hood Feature Profile, superior: “Spotlight on faculty passion project: Let America be America again” by Darren Rosing General Excellence, Newspaper, superior General Excellence, News Website, Small School winner Illustration, superior: “Gifted Kid” by Kathryn Hood Newspaper, All-Georgia News Story, superior: “Pace hosts first ever TEDx conference” by Megan Hardesty BH

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The valedictorians and salutatorians of 2021 The Class of 2021 graduated in May amid another pandemic-altered year. The following are the valedictorians and salutatorians as announced by several local schools. Atlanta Girls’ School Lindsey Geer (V) *This group photo was digitally created.

Atlanta Classical Academy Caleb Albert Dye (V), Ashlynn Bree Gannon (S) Chamblee High School Matthew Lombardo (V, Magnet), Richard Von Biberstein (V, Resident), Victor Lim (S, Magnet), Anika Karim (S, Magnet), Molly Silverman (S, Magnet) Cross Keys High School Uriel Castaneda (V), Jonathan Marquez (S) Dunwoody High School Megan Vander Wiele (V), Seung Joo Lee (S)

Congratulations Davis Academy Class of 2021! Ryan Altmann Jake Barras Jack Baylin Aaron Berman Avery Berman Cooper Bernath Charlie Berss Sydney Bressler Isaac Brody Sylvie Bella Brown Sophie Carmel Drew Chase Benjamin Collins Noah Diamond Nathan Dollinger Ashley Dryburgh Scarlett Fedors Noah Flome

Summer Folbaum Julia Freedman Nate Friedman Stella Galanti Emerson Goldberg Kaitlyn Goldberg Levi Gordon Adam Greenstein Gabriella Haviv Hannah Herman Sadie Hoff Leeya Ilan Samantha Iroff Maya Israel Noa Kadoori Micah Kopelman Rachel Kurgan Noa Lazarian

Amelia Levine Alex Levingston Jolie Levy Ariella Lewis Jadyn Lichstrahl Molly Marcus Micah Margolis Leah Medeiros Sarah Meiselman Lindsey Mirsky William Morrison Julia Moss Avinash Nebel Zachary Notte Zoe Nowak Eleonora Perez-Rubio Benjamin Perry Caileigh Pinsker

Adam Ress Molly Richin Abigail Richman Zachary Rindsberg Wendell Rogers Alexa Rubin Benjamin Rudolph Kyra Russotto Abigail Schermer Rachel Slutzky Ian Stukalsky Alexis Tauber Ari Weber Joshua Weiss Isaac Wolf Joshua Wolkin Maddie Yudin

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Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Madeline Poch (V), Ella Vail (S) Holy Spirit Preparatory School Ainsley Hillman (V), Sofia Oliver (S) The Lovett School Nikita Sharmila Gupta (V), William Peter Novak (S) Marist School Clare Seymour (V), Courtney Maley (S) North Atlanta High School Emilie Jacobus (V), Brendan Weinbaum (S) North Springs High School Ariel Frenchman (V), Tyler McMahon (S) Riverwood International Charter School Elle Mezzio (V), Lauren Cohn (S)


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CLASS OF 2021! 300 acceptances to 150 different colleges worldwide!

St. Pius X Catholic High School Sarah Halbig (V), Sophia Ripoll (S) The Weber School Sam Feldstein (V), Micah Reich (S) The Westminster Schools Sarah Lao (V), Anand Srinivasan (V), Kiran Gadde (S), Soumia Vellanki (S) BH


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On the road again for the Peachtree Road Race BY MARK WOOLSEY Bill Thorn is part of an exclusive club with no dues but plenty of cachet. He’s one of 110 runners who finished the first Peachtree Road Race in 1970. Both the race and Atlanta have seen huge changes over the past half century. But Thorn, 90, is still plugging. He’s run — or more recently walked — them all, and he plans to take art in this year’s 52nd edition of the city’s signature road race. For the inaugural Peachtree, the field was measured in the dozens, the course differently configured, runners shared the streets with traffic and in what now sounds like heresy, there were no T-shirts for finishers. Thorn’s 2021 race day will also be vastly altered. He’ll walk virtually in his Tyrone, Ga., hometown and use a specialized walker. Family members will closely shadow him to watch for any problems. As to why he’s hanging in, he says, “I don’t know. If you can figure it out please tell me,” before adding, “I know that when I quit anything fully, you know you’re on your way out and heading downhill after that.” Thorn won’t be braving heartbreak or any other hill this year. But other seniors will tackle the grueling stretch near Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. They’ll celebrate life, friends and family and Independence Day, bolster their aerobic health and in in some cases, build on consecutive years of partici-

pation. The 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race is number 49 for Cobb County resident Randy Stroud, who is 66. “I like competition and even at my age still like to run Atlanta Track Club races. I have a [Peachtree] streak going and I want to keep that,” he said. A runner since high school, Stroud says he’s battled through scorched, sticky weather, a lightning storm and knee surgery over the decades. And he celebrates an event that brings together a diverse crowd, “everyone from the common, every day walker/runner to world class athletes and everyone in between.” Phillip Ozell, 71, tells a similar story. He’s run more than 40 times, accompanied by wife Terry. Even being hit by a car in 1996 and landing in the hospital for a week with broken limbs didn’t deter him. Ozell said “I told my doctors that the one thing you have to do is make sure I can run the Peachtree in 1997. “ Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah said that almost 20 percent of this year’s participants are aged 60 or older. Some have laced their running shoes up for decades on end while others took up pavement-pounding after retirement or the departure of grown children. Addressing COVID- leery seniors, Kenah feels a good protection plan is in place including two days of racing, smaller start-


At top, Bill Thorn celebrates at the finish line for the 50th Peachtree Road Race. Below, Randy Stroud competes in an Atlanta Track Club event.

ing waves, face coverings and “giving (participants a sense of comfort and safety that everyone reaching the starting line has been vaccinated or screened for COVID.” The revised message: “This year we want to be known as the world’s safest (not largest) 10K.” Ozell said the pandemic isn’t weighing on him, in part because he and his wife have both gone through a bout with the ailment.

He attributes their relatively mild three days of COVID to a high fitness level. He said of his return this year, “a little is [for] bragging rights. But, also, “when you’re running downhill on Peachtree, heading for Peachtree Battle, you can look ahead of you and see thousands running and you turn real quick and see thousands behind you, you get a lump in your throat.”

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Cityhood debate heats up as opposition group debuts Continued from page 1 served as a skeptical voice. With the BEC’s advocacy, legislation has been filed -- via Republican state legislators who do not represent Buckhead -- for the neighborhood to leave Atlanta and become “Buckhead City.” The BEC has cited crime as a primary reason for the separatist movement. Emerging last year from concerns about crime and city services, the separatist movement for a new “Buckhead City” has become a political thorn in the side of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. White and Klein squared off about the idea in a brief pro-and-con forum at the May 13 meeting of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods. The BCN has not taken a public stance on the issue, and neither has its chair, Mary Norwood, who is also a City Council candidate and a former mayoral candidate who lost to Bottoms. Norwood introduced and led the virtual mini-forum but did not offer commentary.

The pro-cityhood pitch

The BEC has largely operated privately and offered scant details about its process, backers and other basics in two public forums. That continued at the BCN forum, as White alluded to unnamed experts and a lobbyist and did not explain how “Buckhead” would be geographically defined in the proposed city. One detail he offered was that BEC has raised nearly $500,000 toward $1.5 million it believes will be needed to see the cityhood process through to the point of a Buckhead-only ballot question next year — assuming legislators and the governor approve it. Another clear point is the motivation of cityhood: “We have pretty much one major issue that we’re focused on, and it’s crime, crime and crime,” said White. However, the pitch from White and BEC president Sam Lenaeus was often more about what the cityhood movement is not, as they attempted to frame the concept as not a knee-jerk response to temporary conditions and politics. It’s not new but rather a sentiment nursed for three years, they said, and it’s not about the current mayor. And “it’s absolutely not about race … I think those terms are extremely divisive, hurtful and unwarranted,” said White. He equated the Buckhead movement to the recently formed city of South Fulton, which is majority-Black and, he said, similarly one of the best-educated and

most affluent places in its area. U.S. Census data analyzed last year by the Atlanta Regional Commission estimated that Buckhead’s population of 100,000 is nearly 72% white while Atlanta’s total population is roughly 51% Black. In sweeping terms, White described Buckhead as victimized by Atlanta’s government and the cityhood decision as inflexible. “The city of Atlanta, we believe, has exploited the beautiful people of Buckhead for way too long and for so many years, in fact,” said White. “They have taken advantage of our spirit, our work ethic and our generosity. The city of Atlanta has pushed us to the point of no return.” With the cityhood movement, he said, “we have filed for divorce. The divorce is final. There is not another solution for us.”

The anti-cityhood view

Klein said she agreed with the BEC’s concerns but that cityhood is the worst solution and specifically is likely to in-

now whether it’s going to be included,” she said. Cityhood would mean another “set of bureaucrats” and a bevy of financial challenges for both cities, Klein said. Buckhead would have to buy its parks, police stations, fire houses and other facilities. The schools could no longer be in the Atlanta Public Schools system. The new city likely would have to cut a deal with Atlanta for water and sewer service. “Please ask the people in the city of Sandy Springs how that worked out for them,” she said, alluding to a decades-long legal and political battle there over surcharges, fees and maintenance of the system. Klein also touched on “division and race.” She said she agrees that the cityhood movement is not motivated by race, but added that given Buckhead’s demographics, “the racial implications will be obvious … We cannot ignore the fact that sometimes perception becomes reality.” She said that, considering Atlanta’s status as the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement, the city is at its best when it comes together.



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crease crime by removing a wealthy part of Atlanta’s tax base. The best solution, she said, is voting in the fall elections that will bring in a new mayor and City Council. “The election is this year. It’s the better, faster and least expensive way to be heard, and we can be heard,” said Klein. “Separating from the city of Atlanta — it’s not the answer. It’s the most expensive, slowest and least efficient solution.” “And I submit that this cityhood proposal is a dangerous distraction at a critical time,” she added. It could weaken political engagement in the Atlanta races and allow other areas to “use Buckhead as a scapegoat” to elect candidates uninterested in the neighborhood’s issues, she said. And, she suggested, the process of establishing a city could take a decade or more. Turning the tables on the BEC’s criticism of outsiders, Klein noted cityhood’s political support comes from non-Buckhead legislators. And she cited the lack of such details as the map of the area that would be included in the city. “Every neighborhood deserves to know

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Commentary / Why housing affordability matters to a local school Editor’s Note: Atlanta International School, a private school on Buckhead’s North Fulton Drive, has become a prominent advocate for housing affordability in recent months, including by intervening directly in the luxury redevelopment of a neighboring townhome complex on Delmont Drive by purchasing one of the units. The Reporter asked Head of School Kevin Glass to explain why affordability is a concern for AIS.

tends to preserve, as affordable housing, two units in the neighborhood -- one in the Delmont Homes development and a house near to the campus. This is part of a long-term strategy which benefits both the school, the neighborhood and the wider community. It is an example of the sort of intentionally inclusive approach to housing we would like to see become more widespread across our rapidly growing city. I’ve lived in Atlanta for almost 12 years now. Despite my BritAs an active member of many community groups whose foish accent and love of Newcastle United Football Club, this city cus is to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and is truly home to me and my family. It’s where our two older chilplay in Buckhead, I would love to dren have grown up, where our see a future where more of our emyoungest was born and where my ployees and other essential workwife and I live and work. ers can live closer to their place of One of the many things that I work. To reduce the pressure on love about Atlanta International their busy lives, the stress of comSchool (AIS) is its location. I look muting long distances, the enviout of the upper windows of our ronmental impact and to make the historic buildings and I can see the opportunities that this city has to city spreading out in all its vibranoffer more accessible. cy, rising out of the trees. As a school, we bring families This school is deliberately not together from across Atlanta, the tucked away from urban life or loU.S. and around the globe. The valcated in a more spacious suburb ues of acceptance and helping peoof Atlanta. AIS, by virtue of our ple be the best version of themunique geography, is actively part selves sits at the core of what we do. of a living, breathing local comSPECIAL This focus on local affordabilimunity. And with that comes huge Kevin Glass is head of school at Atlanta ty might feel counterintuitive for privilege, but also challenges for International School in Buckhead. an independent school that chargthose who work at and attend the es a significant annual tuition fee. school. But we work as much as is within our reach to offer need-based Since I became head of this school in August 2009, my famifinancial aid to all who require it. And we have ambitious plans ly and I have been lucky enough to live in the beautiful Garden to grow our support and community participation rates to inHills neighborhood that surrounds our campus. From here we crease this further. can walk to school and enjoy the benefits of proximity to local I believe that through giving more students the opportunifriends and the neighborhood’s amenities. ty to experience the academic excellence of our International But I am very aware that this is no longer an option for many Baccalaureate (IB) program, everyone benefits. The IB requires of our AIS community. The change in our neighborhood has voice, choice and agency from its students. We see this translatbeen dramatic. ed into real-world action as we look at keeping our part of town The facts speak for themselves: As of 2016, 98% of Buckhead accessible. area employees commuted to and from the district from outside As part of a coalition of the willing working to keep our neighof Buckhead. The jobs-to-housing imbalance is a primary conborhood open and viable, I believe that this is possible -- through tributor to Buckhead’s traffic congestion. partnership with those in our city who share this aspiration. So as a school we clearly support strategies to preserve and So with the Atlanta International School mission statement develop affordable housing for the service professionals such at the forefront of my mind, let’s be “courageous leaders” in this as teachers and first responders. To that end, AIS owns and inarea of civic responsibility -- starting here at home, in Buckhead.

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Atlanta History Center ‘collects the now’ by building an archive of pandemic images Some of the photographs show signs warning people to stay properly distanced from one another in public places. Others depict experiments in everyday life ranging from a Zoom Bible study class to takeout cocktails. And there are, of course, pictures of masks. Lots of masks. Taken together, the photos capture a sort of composite image of the COVID-19 pandemic in Atlanta. What did the pandemic look like? The Atlanta History Center compiled hundreds of images Elaine Bullard/Atlanta History Center showing everything from medical personnel in The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. full personal protective gear to car-less streets and Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration squadrons above Atlanta’s Grady parking lots outside usually busy gathering placMemorial Hospital on May 2, 2020 es scattered across metro Atlanta. In those photos in a fly-over in Atlanta, Baltimore from the days of shutdown, it looks all quiet from and Washington, D.C. intended as a pandemic tribute and moralea shopping mall in Kennesaw to downtown Lawbooster. The photo was taken by renceville to Little Five Points to The Varsity. Elaine Bullard at Oakland Cemetery. The History Center compiled its COVID collection by gathering images submitted by members of the public and mixing in photos shot by professional photographers. Now, more than a year after the pandemic began, there are more than 1,000 items in the history center’s COVID pandemic collection, said Paul Crater, the history center’s vice president for collections and research services. The collection includes photos, written personal reactions to the pandemic, and some objects, Crater said. “People have shared with us some of their most important moments,” Crater said. “What stands out to me is the type of moments people were willing to share.” One couple sent in photos of their masked wedding. Families contributed pictures of personally distanced gatherings: a Sweet 16 party; a birthday celebration held in the family garage with partygoers dropping off presents outside; masked families gathered for Easter and Thanksgiving. One family, Crater said, even submitted a model of a castle they’d built from pizza boxes that had been used to deliver dinner when the family couldn’t leave the house. The archive marks something new for the history center. The center usually collects items that illustrate particular periods of Atlanta’s past. But this time, when the pandemic started, the center’s curators put out a public call for contributions that illustrated how people were dealing with the pandemic as it happened. One reason they did that, Crater said, was because after COVID-19 first appeared, people started asking the center for information on the 1918 flu pandemic to shed light on how COVID could disrupt lives. “We had nothing,” he said. “The Atlanta History Center has been around almost 100 years, and in 100 years, we didn’t have anything, or at least not anything we knew of [related to the 1918 pandemic]. That was a motivation for us to begin to collect from the public.” Crater and other historians at the center had heard about institutions scattered around the country that recently had put out calls for public help in gathering materials about historic events as they happened. They figured they’d give it a try. “This was a way to let the public say how the pandemic affected them,” Crater said. “This is another way to collect, to document events as they happen.” The historians were so pleased with the results that they employed the same technique to collect information and images on another major theme of the past year – the Black Lives Matter protests and subsequent events in Atlanta, including the election and runoff. “This is something I think is going to occur more and more in the industry, the archival industry,” Crater said. “It’s called ‘collecting the now.’ I think there’s a greater appreciation among my colleagues and myself about documenting contemporary events.” When they first asked for public contributions on the COVID pandemic, Crater didn’t know whether the call would be answered or not. “I didn’t know what to expect in terms of interest,” he said. “It turns out there was a great deal of interest in people sharing their stories.” So, a century from now or whenever the next pandemic roars through and upends everyday lives, people will be able look back at the way we handled things in 2021 as they socially distance and sip a take-out cocktail. And, of course, put on a mask. BH

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According to the American Society for the Prevention of Rather than just take her word, I visited Weeble, renamed Cruelty to Animals, approximately 6.5 million companion anOscar, three weeks after he joined their household. imals enter U.S. shelters every year. Approximately 1.5 million Oscar bore no resemblance to the pitiful creature that had are euthanized. Younger animals are more adoptable than seentered the animal shelter just a few weeks earlier. His black niors, who have higher medical expenses and fewer years to coat glistened. He was immediately affectionate to me, and live. Therefore, an old dog or cat in a shelter is an emergency his manners were impeccable. for people involved with animal rescue. In fact, he came to the Smiths totally housebroken and That’s why recently a post on Nextdoor Dunwoody was a responsive to all the basic commands. I spent an hour with Carol Niemi is a marketing consultant who lives on the Dunwoodyplea for help for an abandoned older black lab at the Douglas them on their outdoor patio. Though unleashed, Oscar made Sandy Springs line and writes about people whose lives inspire County Animal Shelter. When picked up, he was covered with no attempt to do anything but socialize. Based on his good beothers. Contact her at worthknowingnow@gmail.com. fleas that caused hair loss and scabs all over his body, with an havior and trusting nature, the Smiths wonder if he might open wound on one elbow. He was collarless and slightly arhave been not an abandoned hunting dog but rather a famithritic, leading the shelter people to surmise he was an abanly pet who’d wandered away from a loving home. We’ll nevdoned hunting dog. Because of his wobbly gait, they called him er know. Weeble. What a happy ending! But the plight of unwanted senior Almost immediately, Sandy Springs residents Kathy and Anpets remains. How many of us can imagine abandoning our drew Smith posted that they were interested. elderly family pet at a shelter? “He spoke to me through his picture,” said Andrew. “I said, Yet, according to Sandy Springs resident Lisa Zambacca, ‘I’ve got to go get that dog.’” board member of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, “Someone He phoned the shelter while Kathy filled out the online apemails us every day wanting to surrender their old dog.” plication. Unfortunately, Angels rejects many of these requests for “We wanted to make sure he was still available,” said Anlack of space because it houses rescued pets in private homes drew, who added that the Douglas County Animal Shelter is rather than a shelter. “probably the finest shelter I’ve ever been in.” “We would take more if we had more volunteers,” said AnSPECIAL Kathy and Andrew Smith with Oscar, the dog Three days later, Andrew, who is retired, drove to Douggels Development and Events Director Jackie Spett. they adopted from a Douglas County shelter. lasville to meet Weeble. He brought along their two other resShelter life is hard, especially for trusting old family pets cue dogs -- a Jack Russell terrier mix, age 12, and a three-legged abandoned by the families they love, and rare are the people pit bull mix, age 6 -- to make sure everyone would get along. willing to adopt them. Upon arrival, he was sent alone to a room to wait for Weeble. Luckily, there are people like the Smiths, who prefer to adopt older pets and have ad“They said he might not warm up to me,” said Andrew. “But he came right up and opted nine of them. They also trained seven puppies for Canine Companions for Indeleaned on my feet. It was an almost instantaneous bond.” pendence (CCI) and adopted one of them, Marsh, when he aged out of service. So far, the The shelter would accept no payment. So Andrew made a donation and drove home oldest dog they have adopted was a 14-year-old yellow lab from the Gwinnett County Anwith his three dogs. imal Shelter. “It’s been great ever since,” he said. “We ‘saw’ her a few weeks after Marsh passed,” said Kathy. “We just couldn’t let her die A trip to the vet the next day led to a regimen of skin treatments, which began to heal there. She kept us laughing for two more years until her old legs just gave out.” Weeble’s skin problems and wounded elbow. “We know nobody else wants them,” said Andrew. “but they turn out to be the best “They called him Weeble because he couldn’t walk right,” said Kathy. “They thought dogs you could ever want. They’re so grateful they return your love five times over.” maybe he had hip dysplasia, but if you see him jumping now, he doesn’t have any of that Interested in fostering a senior pet? Contact Angels Among Us at angelsrescue.org. anymore!”



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Those Glands in the Rear: Everything You Don’t Want to Know (But Should) It happens out of nowhere… you look over and see your dog doing the dreaded scoot. Why are they doing this? And, how do you stop it? Read on for details about the part of routine dog care that no one wants to talk about. WHAT ARE GLANDS AND WHAT DO THEY DO? Your dog's hind end includes two anal glands, or anal sacs, located on the inside of their rectum, one on each side. These sacs gradually fill with secretions from sebaceous glands (the same glands found at the end of hair follicles that cause greasy hair) located inside each sac. The only real function of these anal glands is for dog communication: that’s what dogs sniff when they say “hello” to each other. When working properly, they are naturally expressed each time your dog empties their bowels. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DOG NEEDS HELP WITH THEIR GLANDS? Unfortunately, things don't always function properly. Soft or small stools don't provide enough pressure to empty the sacs. If the glands fill until they become uncomfortable, your pup may scoot across the floor to get relief.

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Dining With A View

10 restaurants on the water in North Georgia BY COLLIN KELLEY Having lunch or dinner by the water always adds extra ambience, so we rounded up 10 restaurants in the North Georgia mountains located on lakes and rivers to make your meal more memorable.

Milton Park 25 Shoreline Trail, Clarkesville miltonparkrestaurant.com Also located at the marina on Lake Burton, Milton Park serves up pizza and salads and has its own popular wine club.

Riverside Tavern 10 Turner’s Corner Road, Cleveland riversidetavernturnerscorner.com Barbecue, steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, and tacos are on the eclectic menu at this restaurant located on the Chestatee River in a historic building dating back to 1928.

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▲Burra Burra on the River 100 Blue Ridge Dr., McCaysville burraburraontheriver.com The Toccoa River and a lovely old trestle bridge provide a great backdrop with burgers, wings, pasta, street tacos, and more on the menu.

8590 N. Main St., Helen trolltavern.com You don’t have to pay a toll to the troll to enjoy this riverfront pub in downtown Helen. Tucked under a bridge next to the Chattahoochee, the menu includes German fare, pub grub, and craft and imported beers.

Ping’s Grill 201 Black Mountain Road, Toccoa pingsgrill.com Located at Links at Lake Toccoa, a 9-hole municipal golf course, enjoy burgers, wings, salads and sandwiches after a day hitting that hole in one or sailing.

▲Marina Station at Lake Chatuge 3399 E. Highway 76, Hiawassee theridgesrestort.com Also located at The Ridges Resort, Marina Station has barbecue, Brunswick stew, burgers, sandwiches and a view of Lake Chatuge to wash it down.

▲Café International

8546 S. Main St., Helen cafeinternationalhelen.com With its Alpine stylings and huge deck perched over the Chattahoochee River, the restaurant lives up to its name offering a menu of American, French, Italian, and German cuisine.

The Chophouse of La Prade’s 25 Shoreline Trail, Clarkesville murphyschophouse.com/laprades A fixture at the Lake Burton marina since 1925, the original restaurant burned in 2005, but the replacement is just as elegant and offers fresh seafood, steaks, wine, and cocktails.

▲The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen

3499 E. Highway 76, Hiawassee theridgesresort.com Located on the grounds of the The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, the restaurant is currently serving breakfast only, but supper is coming soon.

▲Toccoa Riverside Restaurant 8055 Aska Road, Blue Ridge toccoariverrestaurant.com Located inside a rustic cabin overlooking the river, the menu features seafood, steaks, and other American fare.


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Mountain Fun Arts, music, cars, and moonshine all on tap in N. Georgia, Tennessee & NC BY COLLIN KELLEY If you’re planning a trip to the mountains this summer, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained as events sidelined last year by the pandemic return to North Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The events calendar is packed with outdoor fun, and while you’ll still need to follow social distancing rules, things are definitely looking more “normal” with something to do for all ages and interests. We rounded up these recommendations to add to your itinerary this summer.

R-Ranch Mountain Top Rodeo June 11, Dahlonega R-Ranch’s 32nd Annual Mountain Top Rodeo on June 11 in Dahlonega, GA will have food trucks, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and full rodeo including the popular bull riding event. Tickets and details at facebook.com/MountainTopRodeo.

Asheville Art in the Park There’s always something to do in Asheville, NC, but if you’re heading up for a weekend getaway in June, be sure to check out Art in the Park at Pack Square Park in downtown on June 12, 19 and 26. Artists from across the region will have their work for display and sale. Find out more at exploreasheville.com.

▼Highlands Motoring Festival June 10-13 Highlands, NC More than 75 classic cars will be on and display at the 14th annual event in Highlands, NC June 10-13. Most of the action will take place at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. Find out more at highlandsmotoringfestival.com.

▲Wanderlingerfest – Music, Art & Beer Festival Chattanooga, TN’s Wanderlinger Brewing Company will be rocking June 1820 with three days of local music, beer, art, and food. The event is for ages 21 and up. Some of the bands playing include Strung Like a Horse, Cold Planet, Opposite Box, Milele Roots, Behold The Brave and Lenox Hills. For tickets and information, visit wanderlingerfest.com.

Freedom in the Forest Retreat Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Blue Ridge, GA June 18-22 with this special event featuring daily hiking, yoga, meditation, swimming, organic meals and more. Reservations and and information at wildwoodmagic.com.

▲Georgia Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival Head to the Georgia Mountain Fairground in Hiawassee, GA June 4-6 for a weekend of arts and crafts by skilled local artisans. You’ll find pottery, painting, jewelry, signs, crochet, knitting, candles, soap, and more. Details at georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival The June 26 event in Blue Ridge, GA will feature a selection of diverse wines from around the world and those made locally in North Georgia and North Carolina. There will also be food prepared by local chefs and top jazz performers from the region. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Find out more at blueridgecountry.com.

Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In Enjoy three fun-filled days of “hillbilly fun” at Meeks Park in Blairsville, GA July 29-31 with a swap meet, live music, real moonshine, mountain crafts, and plenty of classic cars, trucks, bikes, rat rods and more. Find out more at gammoonshinecruizin. com.

▲North Georgia Highlands Seafood Festival Mayors Park in Young Harris, GA will play host to this festival June 4-6 featuring more than 75 fine arts and crafts exhibits, live music, and the opportunity to chow down on some serious seafood. Find more information at northgeorgiahighlandsseafoodfestival.com.

▲Live at Paradise Hills Winery Paradise Hills Winery in Blairsville, GA will host an evening of vino and music on June 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring music by Trailer Hippies. Expect mountain, folk, homespun music and a groovy down to earth vibe. Find out more at paradisehillsga.com.

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Christmas in July If you can’t wait until December, then you’ll be delighted that Christmas comes early in the Bavarian-style village of Helen, GA. The annual holiday extravaganza is set for July 16-17 at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center and includes artists and fine craftsmen from across Northeast Georgia along with music, face painting, baked goods and more. Find out more at helenarts.org.

Soaky Mountain Waterpark One of Sevierville, TN’s newest attractions is this massive state-ofthe-art 50-acre waterpark, which includes rides like the Avalaunch watercoaster, Black Bear Rapids, tall slides, surfing simulator, 35,000 square foot wave pool, and more. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase their daily admission tickets in advance at soakymountainwaterpark.com.




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On the Fly

Rolling on the River

BY COLLIN KELLEY If you are looking to go fly fishing this year, how does the thought of 700,000 trout hitting the water entice you? Thanks to the long-standing partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resource Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, anglers can look forward to an exceptional year of trout fishing, according to state officials “The Georgia trout stocking program is typically supported by four trout hatcheries. With the Lake Burton Hatchery renovation wrapping up, we will be stocking primarily from the other three hatcheries,” explained WRD Trout Stocking Coordinator John Lee Thomson. “Good rainfall and a mild winter have allowed for great growth at these locations. Our regular distribution effort began the last full week of March, and all waterbodies scheduled to be stocked have received trout.” Popular creeks and rivers that receive regular trout stockings include Cooper Creek in Union County, Little Amicalola Creek at Amicalola State Park, Holly Creek in Murray County, and Johns Creek in Floyd County and the Tallulah River in Rabun County. There’s also good trout fishing to be found in Catoosa, Chattooga, Fannin, and Stephens Counties. A complete list can be found at georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Trout, where you can also sign up for weekly trout stocking reports. The daily limit is eight trout on general regulation trout waters. Anglers are reminded to respect private property rights along streams flowing through private lands, and to obtain permission before fishing on private property. Georgia anglers can support fisheries conservation and trout management by buying a fishing license at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com and buying the special trout license plate at georgiawildlife.com/licenseplates.


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Grab your paddles and bikes for these upcoming river adventures At the height of the pandemic, visiting Georgia’s parks and rivers became more popular than ever. Paddlesports – like canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding – received a surge of interest while team sports were on hiatus, gyms and fitness centers closed, and vacation options were limited by social distancing. Georgia River Network (GRN), a statewide river advocacy organization that runs multiple group paddle trips each year, was forced to cancel its annual week-long river journey known as Paddle Georgia. This year’s event along the Flint River from June 2026 is sold out (you can get on the wait list at garivers.org/paddle-georgia), but GRN has more trips planned later in the year. But sign up now because they sell out fast. On July 24, the Chattahoochee Peddle-Paddle will be a 12-mile paddle and 11-mile bike ride along a stretch of the river in west Georgia. Coming up Aug. 21 is the Oostanaula River Peddle-Paddle, 11.5-mile bike ride and 13.3-mile paddle explores this river that’s known for its robust population of freshwater mussels. In the fall, the Oconee River Peddle-Paddle on Sept. 11 will explore historic ruins and old mills on a 15-mile bike ride and 11-mile paddle, while the Fall Float on the Flint Oct. 9-10 will cover 36 miles and include two nights of camping. “Our Georgia Water Trails Network opens up greater access for paddlers and anglers and people who just want to recreate by our rivers,” said Rena Ann Peck, executive director of Georgia River Network. “Especially during times of crisis, like these, connection to nature from simply being on a river, lake, coast, or swamp makes us feel better emotionally and contributes to our physical well-being.” For more about the paddle trips and GRN, visit garivers.org.

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er and District 8 City Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit. She also noted her proposal to head. As an early political farewell, the hire 250 more police officers in the next fisevent was in contrast to one of Bottoms’ cal year and announced a plan to redeploy first major speeches as mayor, a 2018 BuckShotSpotter gunshot-detection sensors afhead Coalition luncheon with the theme ter an unsuccessful pilot program a few “Atlanta Together” where she pledged to years ago. unify the city and pay attention to BuckBottoms still has over seven months left head while attendees received glass sculpin her term. She said her other policy fotures of a handshake. cuses for that period remain the creation “I know we haven’t always been in of affordable housing, addressing chronic agreement, but I do hope that I will leave homelessness and securing youth jobs. the city of Atlanta certainly better than I On the found it, for all of housing afus,” Bottoms told fordabilithe BBA, after ty topic, Botdismissing Bucktoms more head cityhood as forceful“a terrible idea.” ly phrased Among the her previous attendees was walk-back of Mary Norwood, a proposal to the former Atallow acceslanta City Counsory dwelling cil member Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks units, such whom Bottoms to the Buckhead Business Association as basement defeated by a raduring a May 13 virtual meeting. apartments zor-thin margin and rear-yard houses, in all single-famin the bitter 2017 mayoral race. Now chair ily zoning areas -an idea that generatof the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods ed strong Buckhead opposition while the and a candidate for Buckhead’s District 8 administration struggled to say when it City Council seat, Norwood has remained might become actual policy. Bottoms said a driver of political challenges to Bottoms’ there will be public input on where that policies on such topics as the attempt to kind of rezoning is appropriate and that it convert the Atlanta City Detention Center will “not be shoved down people’s throat.” to a social services facility. Norwood has Asked what she is proudest of about not responded to questions about a possiher term, Bottoms cited the response to the ble mayoral run this year and did not speak many historic moments the city faced: a at the BBA event. 2018 cyberattack on government computer Without mentioning Norwood by systems, a federal corruption investigation name, Bottoms said that among her adinto the previous administration of Kasim ministration’s unfinished business was a Reed, the racial justice protests and the CObetter conversation about the city jail plan VID-19 pandemic. “What I would be most to counter “misunderstanding and, I think proud of is the way we have been able to at times, misinformation” that left her adnavigate the challenges that we have faced ministration “chasing the narrative.” as a city,” she said, adding that she entered On that topic, Bottoms indicated a new office with an agenda and “obviously I willingness to compromise on the idea of didn’t always have the opportunity to conFulton County inmates being housed at the trol that agenda.” city jail, which has been pushed by county Bottoms has not ruled out a run for anBoard of Commissioners Chair Robb Pitts, other elected office and did not make any a Buckhead resident, and Sheriff Patrick remarks about her post-mayoral job plans. Labat. She said she recently sent a letter to Twice she name-dropped President Biden, Pitts offering to house 150 Fulton inmates who considered her as a vice-presidenwho are non-violent and nearing release tial running mate, while discussing pubfor enrollment in a transitional work prolic safety policy. She said she talked about gram. “I believe that we shouldn’t wait for crime with Biden as he vetted her for the an all-or-nothing [deal],” said Bottoms. “... vice-president candidacy and that it was a We want to be a good partner, recognizing “proud moment for me” when he referred that we have the [jail] space at this time.” to Atlanta’s use of federal pandemic relief Crime and policing have been major pofunds for public safety purposes during a litical problems for Bottoms, whose adminrecent Georgia visit. istration has often played catch-up with Asked about her advice to whoevagitation in Buckhead, where private orer emerges from a growing field of canganizations and businesses late last year didates as her successor, Bottoms said to launched their own “Security Plan.” Bot“make sure that they have a group of peotoms cited her announcement earlier this ple helping them to lead who they can week of an “Anti-Violence Advisory Countrust. I would also advise them to put peocil,” with such members as former U.S. ple first and to do the right thing, because Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, forit’s the right thing to do.” mer Atlanta Police Chief George TurnBH

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