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After years of complaints about repairs and rates, Sandy Springs is seeking to purchase the system operated by the city of Atlanta that provides local water, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in his June 26 “State of the City” address. Paul sent a letter to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms requesting a meeting the week of June 25 to discuss acquiring the local portion of the water system. The two mayors did not meet that week and Sandy Springs spokesperson Sharon Kraun said July 3 the city was waiting to hear back from Bottoms. “Sandy Springs has been studying this idea for some time, and we would like to discuss our ideas for purchasing the operation in Sandy Springs,” Paul wrote in the letter. “Sandy Springs is committed to making this operation a governmental function of Sandy Springs.” The city of Atlanta and its Depart-

Ayushi Singh, 10, holds a posture during the International Day of Yoga event at Heritage Sandy Springs June 24. She was among more than 75 people who joined in the group yoga exercise, organized by India’s Atlanta-area consulate, which is based in Sandy Springs and also attended by Consul General Nagesh Singh. The day of yoga was established in 2015 by the United Nations at the behest of the Indian government.

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The killing of a 71-year-old woman in her Old Woodbine Road home June 27 has left the neighborhood “shocked,” one resident says. Authorities are offering $12,000 in rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the death of Kay Thomasson. Thomasson's body was found by family members in her house at 1095 Old Woodbine, on a cul-de-sac at the See NEIGHBORHOOD on page 23


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Sports field to be built at Sandy Springs UMC Activities Center BY JOHN RUCH

nity and provide connections to nature and the outdoors. “Houses are getting bigger. Yards are getting smaller,” he said, describing the church’s view of nature as God’s creation that people should experience. The sports field is the mystery project that caused the church two years ago to oppose a redesigned version of Sandy Springs Circle that would have eaten deeply into the property. Martin said the church wanted to protect its property in general, but has no other development plans in mind for the site. An altered version of that street project is in the design and land acquisition phase. Meanwhile, the church figured out a way to make the field work. The 110-by-210-foot field will be

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A youth sports field will be built at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center at Sandy Springs Circle and Mount Vernon Highway, hosting new soccer and flag football leagues. Work on the field will begin July 9 and is expected to move quickly enough for the new leagues to begin in September, according to Jenny Byrd, the church’s director of the Activities Center and community outreach. Rev. Thomas Martin, Sandy Springs UMC’s pastor, said the field is part of the church’s ministry to support commu-

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built in an area along Sandy Springs Circle that is currently a grassy slope and part of the parking lots at its top and bottom. “That whole hill is going to be leveled,” Byrd said, and 37 of the 350 existing surface parking spaces will be eliminated. A farmer’s market stand that operates on the lower part of the property will stay. JOHN RUCH The field is designed to From left, Rev. Thomas Martin, Activities Center be divided into up to three Director Jenny Byrd and Preschool Director Nancy smaller fields as needed. It Nadolski stand outside the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center, where they plan will have natural grass, an to add a sports field and an outdoor classroom. irrigation system, and a sixfoot-high black chain-link about $110,000. Most of the cost was fence surrounding it. Part of the site will covered by parking fees for construchave an eight-foot-high retaining wall. tion workers at the nearby City Springs The current plan does not include civic center, who parked in the church’s lighting, but it is a possible addition. lots. Another funding source: a church Byrd said that “once we can show a member’s donation of a red 1962 Mussuccess [with the field], then maybe [we] tang convertible, which the church sold go back and propose lights.” at auction. The Activities Center sits on a 9-acre The Activities Center was built in site at 6150 Sandy Springs Circle, across 1984 and sits on a property that was forMount Vernon Highway from the main merly houses, according to Martin. church building. The Activities Center The Activities Center has another hosts many youth programs, includconstruction project on its mind. Byrd ing a booming basketball program with said there is a plan to build an outdoor about 500 players, and accepts memclassroom for the center’s preschool bers from both within the church and along the north side of the building. the general community. That project is in the permitting phase, That demand is a reason for the new she said. That park-like facility would be sports field. The new U4-U8 youth socopen to the public as well, she said. cer league includes boys, girls and coA separate project still awaiting pered groups. And a new co-ed flag footmitting is adding an outdoor classroom ball league will be run in conjunction for the preschool, the west side of the with Dunwoody Baptist Church and building, according to preschool direcDunwoody United Methodist Church in tor Nancy Nadolski. The outdoor classwhat they are calling the Dunwoody Sanroom would also be open to the public. dy Springs League. The center’s various Sandy Springs UMC is celebrating sports camps may use the field as well. its 170th anniversary this year. It has a The field will not be open to the genspecial role in local history as the comeral public, Byrd said. For more details munity’s first church. It originated in about the youth events and registration, religious meetings that often used the see ssumc.recdesk.com. city’s namesake spring, located across Byrd said that existing parking should Sandy Springs Circle at what is now be enough for the new field’s uses. Heritage Green park. The project is costing the church

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Community Briefs S A N DY S PR I N GS L I BR A RY TO CLOSE F OR R EN O VATI ON S S TA R TI N G A U G. 8

The Sandy Springs Branch Library will begin a six- to nine-month closure on Aug. 8 for long-awaited interior renovations. Built in 1973, the library at 395 Mount Vernon Highway N.E. was last renovated 30 years ago. A renovation plan, budgeted at about $3.4 million, drew applause at a February meeting, but the work was delayed for several months. Exterior renovations, such as painting and roof work, began earlier this year. The renovation is aimed at created flexible spaces that will be useful for 20 to 25 years. The plan does not include any additions to the library, but involves a total renovation of both the interior and exterior. The interior will be reconfigured to create long-desired spaces for a teen section, a friends group’s bookstore, meetings and a children’s art room. The Sandy Springs work is part of a series of branch renovations by the AtlantaFulton Public Library System. This round of work will bring a similar closure to the Roswell Library starting Aug. 21. For Sandy Springs library users, the closest alternative branches within the Atlanta-Fulton system are the East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell; the Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta; and the Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton.

The board unanimously approved a contract with Coxe Curry & Associates for a philanthropy study at a cost of $72,000 for 12 months.

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City officials dedicated Denmark Drive, a street named for renowned pediatrician Dr. Leila Daughtry Denmark, during a brief ceremony June 21. On hand for the dedication was Mary Hutcherson, Denmark’s daughter, and Steve Hutcherson, Mary Hutcherson’s son and Denmark’s grandson. Mayor Rusty Paul said the street naming of one of the city’s famous figures ensures the city respects its history as so much change, including right around Denmark Drive, continues around the city. Also on hand for the dedication were City Councilmembers Jody Reichel, Chris Burnett and John Paulson. Denmark was a pediatrician known for her common-sense treatment and her long life, dying in 2011 at the age of 114, according to the release. She helped develop the whooping cough vaccine. The new Denmark Drive connects Roswell Road and Boylston Drive at a point south of Hilderbrand Drive and north of

Hammond Drive. At Boylston, the street meets the new Reserve at City Center townhomes. The new street is intended to add to the city’s downtown grid to improve walkability and traffic flow. Denmark Drive runs between the new Modera apartments on the north side and,

to the south, a Bank of America branch and the Adley at City Springs apartments’ construction site. The developers of both apartment complexes partnered with the city on creating the new street, an $878,000 project largely paid for with state grant money.

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The Sandy Springs Foundation approved the purchase of naming rights for a rehearsal room in City Springs at its recent board meeting. But residents who want put their name on a small piece of the civic and arts center will have to wait a bit longer. Engravings on bricks and seats in the theater will be available for purchase in the coming weeks for comparatively small fees, although specific prices haven’t been finalized, board chair Ken Byers said at the June 27 meeting held at City Hall. The board unanimously approved a $150,000 donation from resident Ray Persons for naming rights to the rehearsal hall, a room behind the stage hidden from public view. Persons plans to name the room for his wife, Wendy, Byers said. The city’s Public Facilities Authority must also approve the naming. Most other facilities in City Springs, besides the 1,100-seat theater named for Byers, remain unnamed.

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A nonprofit brings students like Alejandro Rico from Grant Park and other parts of the city to The Westminster Schools for a free program aimed at helping low-income students perform better in school and ultimately attend college. “It helps me meet new people and understand new concepts in school and in life,” said Rico, who is in seventh grade at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. “It’s nice to be in the presence of people who want to help students.” The program, called Odyssey, is its 17th year operating out of The Westminster Schools, an expensive private school with one of the largest endowments in the nation. Odyssey isn’t for remedial or gifted students, but rather the students in the middle that may slip through the cracks, said Jeff Cohen, the executive director, on a recent tour. “We’re looking for that average student who has potential,” he said. “They just need the same chance as the kid who gets to go to Westminster.” The program accepts low-income students, measured through qualifying for free lunch at their public schools. About 80 percent come from Atlanta Public Schools, with the others coming from surrounding districts. And Odyssey has proven results, Cohen said. All the students who attend graduate high school, and 100 percent of students who apply to college are accepted to at least one, he said. “If there’s not equity, then the future is bleak,” Cohen said. Odyssey recently started an alumni program to ensure students who attend college are supported and have mentoring available, he said. The program gives each grade special

projects to engage them over the summer, such as sixth grade’s task of determining how to make Atlanta more livable. The students walked the BeltLine to study gentrification and pedestrian access, he said. Through these projects, the instructors can teach math, writing and reading concepts “sneakily,” he said. Some grade levels tackle tough topics, such as school shootings, bullying, suicide

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and how those problems affect minorities, in “town halls." The program was started by Westminster, located in Buckhead on West Paces Ferry Road, in 2001, Cohen said. “Westminster wanted to give back and to be part of the community,” he said. The program runs during normal school hours, meaning many students are leaving their homes before 7 a.m. to take MARTA or ride Odyssey-provided shut-


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tles, he said. But the program has enough popularity that hundreds of students apply for the spots to be essentially in school for four to six weeks over the summer, depending on their grade level. Over 900 students applied for the 370 spots Odyssey had this year, Cohen said. The students have strict attendance requirements and are only allowed to miss three days, he said. Michael Hambrick, who was a guest teaching at Odyssey, said the commitment from the students to show up each day is “amazing.” Odyssey absorbs most of the $2,500 cost to teach and feed each student for the entire summer of programs, lessons and field trips. It only requires families pay a $35 fee to show their committed to the staying in the program, Cohen said.

Odyssey also pays for its students to take the SAT, the standard test for college applications, he said. Odyssey is a nonprofit funded through year-round fundraising efforts. Contributions come from foundations, individuals and corporations, with in-kind donations from Westminster through the free office and classroom space it provides. It also relies on volunteers who assist instructors and help students. Many, like Micah Daly, are from nearby schools and return to volunteer for several years, Cohen said. Daly, who attends Woodward Academy in Johns Creek, has volunteered at Odyssey for three years, he said. “The kids are incredible,” he said. “They remember me every year. You realize you have such an impact on them and their future.”

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The DeKalb, Fulton and Atlanta public school districts each approved their budgets for the 2018-2019 school year in June, which all include pay increases for employees. The DeKalb Board of Education approved the district’s $1.8 billion budget at its June 26 meeting. The budget includes a 2.5 percent pay increase for employees, according to a press release. Following protests by bus drivers over low salaries and benefits, the budget includes a $772,418 increase in the transportation budget, the release said. Funding for 10 new school resource officers and one new sergeant was also approved at a cost of $860,000, according to the release. DeKalb lowered its millage rate to 23.18 mills from last year’s 23.28 to offset property tax revenue increases, the release said. The Fulton board approved its $1.7 billion budget at its June 28 meeting. With the new budget, most employees will see a 2 percent pay increase beginning in January 2019, according to the release. The budget also includes funding for school safety advisory committee, the release said. Atlanta Public Schools adopted its $1.1 billion budget at its June 4 meeting, according to the system’s website. The budget included a 1 percent pay increase for employees, according to the website.

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Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase garden products and plants ranging from old-time favorites to specialty and native varieties at this marketplace held in conjunction with the 2018 Georgia Master Gardeners Association Conference. Free. The Galloway School, 215 West Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: facebook.com/GeorgiaMasterGardenerAssociation.

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Sunday, July 15, 3-7 p.m. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will host a Summer Block Party at Center Plaza featuring live entertainment, outdoor cocktail bars, food tasting pop-ups from all restaurants on the property, children’s games and a bocce ball court. The second annual Waiters’ Race takes place at 5 p.m., when metro Atlanta food preparers and servers will navigate obstacles with a loaded server’s tray in one hand. All proceeds benefit the Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance Continued on page 8

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Thursday, July 19, 6-10 p.m. Watch the movie “Grease” under the stars with Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Young Adults. The movie starts at dusk. Ages 21 and up. Free; complimentary snacks. Town Brookhaven, 4330 Peachtree Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: atlantajcc.org/grease.

Friday, July 13, 9 p.m. Dive into Briarwood Pool and watch the movie “Coco” in a splashy event sponsored by the city of Brookhaven. Free. Concessions available. 2235 Briarwood Way N.E., Brookhaven. Info: 404-637-0542.

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Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m. Food personality Sandra Gutierrez will discuss her book “The New Southern Latino Table” at the Atlanta History Center. Gutierrez creatively marries the diverse cuisines of more than 20 Latin American countries with the food of the American South. Her talk is presented in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center exhibition “¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South,” which continues through Dec. 31. $10, $5 for members. Reservations suggested. Info: 404-814-4150 or reserve tickets online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures.

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Community Survey / Will new distracted driving law work? Hands off that cellphone when you’re behind the wheel. Now it’s the law. And a large majority of the respondents to our most recent community survey think it will help cut down on wrecks. More than twice as many respondents believe the new state law prohibiting drivers from holding cellphones or similar electronic devices while driving. will help reduce the number of car crashes, compared to the number who thought it wouldn't. The new law took effect July 1. “There are far too many distractions and temptations to use your phone if you are holding it,” a 51-year-old Buckhead man commented. And a 59-year-old Sandy Springs man noted that “it’s obvious that some accidents happen because people are texting or paying attention to their phone. I think it will reduce [accidents], so I’m in favor of it.” But others thought the new rules just won’t work. They argue the new law will be too hard to enforce. “People will still do it. Just like people speed even though there are posted speed limits,” a 43-year-old Sandy Springs man noted. “While I think it will help in some cases, I think it could also lead to some crazier driving with people trying to hide that they’re using their phones,” a 37-year-old Brookhaven woman said. The survey was conducted by 1Q.com via cellphones to 200 residents in Reporter Newspapers communities. The results are not scientific.

When asked which of five possible answers they thought would be the most effective way of reducing traffic accidents, nearly a quarter of the 200 respondents chose requiring more training for a driver’s license. Almost as many chose setting tougher penalties on DUIs or installing more traffic calming devices. Fewer supported hiring more police to enforce traffic laws or restricting built-in video screens or similar devices in new vehicles. Car crashes are drawing new attention in Perimeter communities. Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone has said publicly that traffic fatalities are “the thing that concerns me, as far as policing here in Sandy Springs.” The city recorded 7,529 car crashes last year, or more than 20 a day. Although Sandy Springs recorded no non-vehicular homicides in 2017, traffic related deaths run about 10 a year, DeSimone said. And the main causes of fatal accidents, the chief said, are speeding, drunk driving and driving while distracted by activities such as texting. “I think distracted driving is almost a bigger threat than drunk driving was years ago,” DeSimone told Sandy Springs City Council in January. In response to similar concerns, state lawmakers this year imposed new restrictions on the use of cellphones. According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the new rules say a driver cannot have a phone in his or hand or use any part of his or her body to support a phone. In-

WHAT PRACTICE DO YOU THINK WOULD OFFER THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

Hiring more police officers to enforce traffic laws 33 (16.5%) Restricting video screens and similar devices built into new vehicles 31 (15.5%) Requiring more training for a driver's license 48 (24.0%) Setting tougher penalties for driving under the influence 45 (22.5%) Installing traffic calming devices such as speed humps 43 (21.5%)

stead, drivers must use “handfree” devices to make or receive calls. The new law also prohibits drivers from watching videos, except for navigation or sending or reading texts unless using voice-based technology that converts spoken words to text, according to the highway safety office. Violators face fines and points against their drivers' licenses. Some respondents to the survey pointed out that the effectiveness of the new “handsfree” law may depend on how well it is enforced. Others argued it will take time to determine whether the new law actually cuts down accidents. But many thought the restrictions

are worth the effort to change drivers’ behavior. A 59-year-old Sandy Springs woman, for instance, pointed to the damage traffic accidents can do. “My daughter was hit by a woman who did not stop at a stop sign,” she wrote. “My daughter’s vehicle flipped three to four times and slid about 150 feet down the road on its roof. While we are grateful she is alive, her quality of life is greatly diminished as a result. Was the woman texting? Was she talking on the phone? Was she glancing down to read a text? These answers, we don’t know, but we do know the devastating outcome.”

The ‘Hands-Free Georgia Act’ The new statewide “Hands-Free Georgia Act” prohibits drivers from holding cellphones in an effort to reduce distracted driving. Under the new law, drivers cannot have a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to support their phone. Texts, emails, social media and internet data content may not be written or read unless using voice-to-text technology. Drivers are allowed to talk on the phone or watch GPS navigation as long as they are using hands-free technology. There are exceptions for reporting an emergency and for vehi-

cles that are fully parked. Penalties include a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second and $150 for the third and after, according to the law. Some other points of the law: Headsets and earpieces can only be worn for communication purposes and not for listening to music or other entertainment. A driver may not record a video or watch a video unless it is for navigation. For more information, see headsupgeorgia.com.

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Joe Earle is editor-at-large at Reporter Newspapers and has lived in metro Atlanta for over 30 years. He can be reached at joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

An Uber-seat view on Atlanta life About two years ago, I broke my leg and ankle in a fall. Recovering required repeated surgeries, which knocked me off my feet for months. When I finally could leave the house, I couldn’t drive. I still can’t. And metro Atlanta, it turns out, is not a good place not to be able to drive. Then I discovered Uber. Uber, for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to social media (or unsocial media, for that matter) is a product of the smartphone era. You press a black-and-white button on the little computer in your pocket and a stranger soon appears wherever you are and gives you a ride in his or her car to wherever you want to go. A few hours later, money magically disappears from your bank account to pay for the ride. There is a competing service called Lyft, which I’m told operates pretty much the same way. Deprived of the use of my car, I have become a repeat Uber customer, what you might call a regular ride sharer. I take Uber just about every place I need to go. I’ve Uber-ed to the office, to various doctor’s offices, to story interviews spread from Duluth to West Cobb and Sandy Sprints to Peachtree City. I’ve taken about 20 Uber rides in the last three months alone, according to the email receipts I’ve saved. I enjoy sharing rides. Not because the cars are fancy – most certainly aren’t, although I have had ridden occasionally in limos, Mercedes-Benzes and at least one Cadillac – but because I find the drivers to be fascinating. Meeting Uber drivers has given me a new, and totally unexpected, view of metro Atlanta and the people who live here. I’m a ride-share talker, a chatty passenger. Some people tell me they keep to themselves during shared rides, but I don’t see how that’s possible. I like to hear the drivers and other passengers tell their stories. And what stories they tell during our 30 minutes to an hour together. One, for instance, said he’d started a career in community work and moved to Atlanta in the late 1970s to work with families involved in the Atlanta Child Murders cases. The work was so distressing, he said, that he quit and became a long-haul truck driver for the rest of his career. Some drivers say they work for Uber (and many drive both Uber and

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Lyft) to pick up a little extra cash while they try to launch new businesses. Others have lost jobs and are looking to pay bills while they look for new ones. Still others see Uber as a full-time job. Some use their time in the car as a sales opportunity. One driver was a real estate agent looking for new clients who gave me a 20-minute sales pitch. Another was a proud papa who played his 20-something daughter’s newly recorded CD in the car to show how talented she was. Many of my drivers have been immigrants who are steering their way through a new country and culture. I’ve met new Atlantans from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean and who somehow ended up maneuvering a Toyota Camry or a Honda Civic through bumper-to-bumper traffic. Sometimes they tell me stories of the old country. Many left their homes because they wanted to try living in a new, freer and richer place where they and their families could prosper. They talk of how their parents or brothers and sisters emigrated, often one at a time, and gradually reunited in Atlanta or some other American city. Once, I was in a car driven by an immigrant who said she had come here from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We stopped in Brookhaven to pick up a second passenger, who said he, too, came from the Congo. That set off an argument about which of them really called Congo home because neither could believe there could be another Congolese immigrant in Atlanta he or she didn’t already know. Not every Uber ride is a treat, of course. Mostly, it’s just a way to get around town. And during one ride, I found myself a witness to a family’s private horror story when the driver’s grown son kept calling her to say another of her sons, who had been drinking, was angry and was trashing her apartment, which was a good hour’s drive from our location. She finally said someone would have to call the cops. I hope I’ll be able to drive again someday, so I don’t know how long I’ll be a regular Uber user. But I know now, after months of pressing the little black-and-white button on my phone, that when that next driver comes, I’ll be in for ride.

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6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Democrats Kevin Abel and Lucy McBath are competing on the July 24 runoff ballot for the right to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in the 6th Congressional District, which includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Cobb County and other north Fulton communities. McBath did not submit a response.

KEVIN ABEL kevinabelforcongress.com

Occupation: Founder, Abel Solutions. Other community service experience: Vice-Chair, New American Pathways; Chairman, Small Business Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors, Davis Academy; Board of Councilors, Carter Center; Leadership Atlanta Class of 2006

What makes you the better candidate to challenge incumbent Karen Handel in the general election? I’ve lived in the 6th District for 26 years, raising a family, building a business and helping to resettle refugee families through my work with New American Pathways. To beat Karen Handel, we don’t just need a Democrat, we need the right Democrat. We need someone with deep ties to the community, someone who’s created jobs and can speak to independent-minded voters who might not always vote for the Democrat but are disgusted with the Trump administration and Karen Handel’s support for its hateful agenda. I am that Democrat who can win those votes and beat Karen Handel in November.

Who is a significant person who helped to shape your worldview and philosophy, and how did they do so? It wasn’t until I read the book “Long Walk to Freedom” that I truly understood Nelson Mandela’s story. In South Africa, the apartheid regime had purposefully spread misinformation to hide the injustices that he had suffered. In Nelson Mandela, I saw a leader who recognized the dignity of all human beings and strove to represent everyone in his country, despite the unconscionable indignities that he had suffered under the government that had imprisoned him. His perseverance and dedication to freedom for all people should always serve as a reminder to never stop fighting for what is just.

Key races in the July 24 runoff election

FULTON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

Kevin Farmer and Fani Willis are competing for an open Fulton County Superior Court judge position on the July 24 runoff ballot. The winner of the runoff will win the race, which is nonpartisan.

KEVIN M. FARMER farmerforjudge.com

Occupation: Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Clayton County DA's Office Previous legal experience: Dec 2015 – present: Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Clayton County DA's Office; August 2011 - November 2015: Senior Attorney, Metro Conflict Defender's Office (Division of the Georgia Public Defenders Council); January 2002 - July 2011: Private practice, ran own small firm with a focus on civil law, including domestic relations and small business litigation; 1997-2001: Attorney, Fulton County Public Defender's Office

What makes you the better candidate to become a judge? The fact that I have a much more diverse legal and business background makes me the better candidate. My years of practice have been split almost evenly between the public and private sector, and between criminal and civil practice. The majority of my years in civil practice were spent running my own small firm. Practicing throughout the metro area and the state has enabled me to see a diversity of judicial styles. These skills and experiences will enable me to run an efficient and respectful courtroom

FANI T. WILLIS faniwillis.com

Occupation: Attorney Previous Legal Experience: Private practice as contract attorney and sole practitioner, 1996-2000; represented the city of Atlanta in city ordinance violations and became the lead solicitor handling preliminary hearings for murder cases, 2000-2001; I began my career at the District Attorney's office as an Assistant District Attorney. I was promoted to Senior Assistant District Attorney, where I prosecuted sex crimes. I was then promoted to serve as Executive Assistant District Attorney, where I prosecuted homicides. I was promoted to Deputy District Attorney. I was assigned high-profile cases, such as the Atlanta Public Schools cheating case and the Martin Blackwell hate crime case, 2001-2018.

What makes you the better candidate to become a judge? My entire 22-year career has been spent serving the citizens of Fulton County. I know this court system and how to run it efficiently. I have tried three times as many cases as my opponent and the nature and complexity of the cases far outweighs his experience. I am credited with trying the longest and one of the most complex cases in Georgia his-

where rulings will be based on the facts as applied to the law.

Describe a tough legal decision you have faced in your career and where you are proud of the result. I’ve argued for a directed verdict in favor of a client wrongfully accused of murder and had it granted, effectively finding my client not guilty. I’ve successfully argued against a directed verdict as a prosecutor and had the judge rule in the state’s favor, with the jury ultimately convicting the defendant. Representing the children in a divorce proceeding, I’ve had to recommend that one parent not receive visitation. During all these arguments in different areas of the law, I’ve seen the process the judges have used to arrive at the correct decision, even if was not the popular one.

tory successfully. During my career I have tried both civil and criminal cases. Further, I serve this community in my personal time doing community service for children and the homeless.

Describe a tough legal decision you have faced in your career and where you are proud of the result. A tough decision in my legal career has been to serve on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial as lead counsel. Many in the African American community despise that case because they feel like it targeted the African American middle class. The truth is the case defended the African American middle class. Most teachers in that case were victims that did the right thing and were abused by administration, and I defended poor children that with education will become the next African American middle class. Although sometimes demonized, I stood for children and my community.

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City seeks to purchase local water system

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Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul speaks to the crowd at the “State of the City” address held June 26 by the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber at City Springs.

Continued from page 1 ment of Watershed Management did not return a request for comment. Atlanta has been operating and maintaining the local water system for decades, long before Sandy Springs’ incorporation in 2005. Paul said the infrastructure has always been owned by

Fulton County. The city launched a new priority in January this year to seek improvements to the Atlanta-run water system or sue to seize control of it. Sandy Springs claims the system is aging and leaky, while Atlanta says the criticisms are all wet.

“Water is probably one of the biggest long-term frustrations in this community,” Paul said. “If you can’t get water, you’ve got a big problem,” Paul said at the event, which hosted by the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber and held at the city’s recently-completed, massive civic and theater complex City Springs. The basic complaint is that Sandy Springs residents pay Atlanta a high premium rate for water, yet get a system that suffers frequent breakdowns that go unrepaired for weeks or months. There is “little evidence” to show there have been upgrades made to the pipes since they were installed decades ago, Paul said. “We don’t think there’s any justification for those rates, particularly if there is no modernization happening,” he said. Sandy Springs has offered to pay for all the studies on the condition and value of the infrastructure, and is only asking for data from Atlanta, Paul said. “We would look to Atlanta for cooperation in gathering the necessary information to allow us to go forward with such a study, and we will commit to sharing our findings when this study is complete,” the letter said.

The city of Atlanta has not fulfilled some open records requests seeking information on the system, Paul wrote in the letter. Atlanta is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for noncompliance with open records law. “Our biggest concerns are about what we don’t know,” he said. City Manager John McDonough has been planning ways to gain control of the water system that would cost “multiple millions of dollars over the next five to seven years.” In January, he asked for $1 million in seed money in this year’s budget to fund the plan with little released details. While officials say communications with Atlanta have improved, a deal to allow Sandy Springs make its own repairs fell through in 2017. Repairs are getting done faster and more efficiently, but there are still problems, including malfunctioning fire hydrants, Paul said. “I’m hoping it’s congenial,” he said. “We want to try to work out something that’s in the best interest of both of our communities.”

scribed the issue as a no-win situation. The worst thing to have is small children exposed to dog waste, but on the other side of the argument is the fact that City Springs and its park area were built for people to use, including those who consider their dogs as their children. “The problem with such exclusivity … is [City Springs] was paid for by people with dogs, also,” he said. Those living in the Aston apartments that are part of the City Springs development were cited by city staff as the most frequent offenders of walking their dogs in the park area and not cleaning up the dog waste. Of approximately 100 units leased in early June at the Aston, the majority of residents have dogs, according to a presentation to council members. The City Green is also the closest area for nearby residents to walk their dogs, which are allowed in local apartment buildings. Pets in the park have also ruined some of the landscaping in the City Park area requiring replanting. With a child-centric play area connected to the City Green and the grass area intended for lawn-style seating, staff determined it was time to do something to keep the lawn area clean and reduce as much as possible hazards from animal waste, ac-

cording to city officials. The actual vote was a bit confusing. Councilmember John Paulson made the motion to approve banning dogs with a second made by Councilmember Steve Sotores. DeJulio then made an amendment to the motion to only approve the legislation until Dec. 31 to give the city more time to educate the public and apartment residents about cleaning up after their dogs. Councilmember Chris Burnett seconded the amendment. The vote on the amendment was 3-3, with Burnett, DeJulio and Sotores voting in favor and Councilmembers Andy Bauman, John Paulson and Jody Reichel voting against. Mayor Paul broke the tie by voting against the amendment and so it failed. On the original motion to approve the new ordinance, the vote was 4-2, with DeJulio and Burnett voting no and Bauman, Paulson, Reichel and Sotores voting in favor. Violators will face stiff fines: $50 for the first offense, $100 for second and third offenses, and $250 for any additional offenses. Guide and service dogs will be permitted in the park. The ordinance went into effect immediately but there is a 30-day warning period before fines are enforced.

To view the full letter, read the online story at reporternewspapers.net.

Dogs banned from City Springs park BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The Sandy Springs City Council has banned dogs from a small park area at City Springs following concerns raised about the amount of pet waste being left behind. In a rare 4-2 split vote, the council at its June 19 meeting agreed to prohibit people from walking their dogs, and other pets, in the City Green park area of the massive new City Springs mixed-use civic center that also features apartments and retail and restaurant space. Mayor Rusty Paul argued keeping dogs out of the park area was a public health issue because children and others could be exposed to fecal matter. Councilmember Tibby DeJulio said approving such legislation sends an unwelcoming message to residents so soon after the City Springs opening. “Sandy Springs was established as a family-friendly city … and families have pets,” said DeJulio, the owner of two dogs, Cyrus and Scout. “There are no bad pets, only bad owners,” he added. “We need to work on the owners who are not taking care of their dogs.” As more city programming including more and more children’s programming

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takes place on the half-acre lawn area at the City Green, it is the city’s responsibility to ensure attendees don’t step or sit in dog waste, Paul said. There are several pet stations in the complex where dog owners can get bags to pick up and then toss their dogs’ droppings. But many people don’t seem to be making use of them. “I hate saying this … but when I walked through the new residential area I was amazed at the amount of fecal matter around the apartments,” said Paul, owner of three dogs. “We can’t do nothing — this to me is a public health issue,” he said. “We want kids to come play here. I don’t want to subject kids to that threat.” He said when he picks up his dogs’ waste, there is still fecal residue left behind. Any amount of fecal matter can be hazardous, he said. DeJulio pointed out that the fountains children enjoy pose hazards as well. “Those fountains are pretty slippery and there are things pointing up [out of the ground] … and are probably more dangerous [than dog waste],” he said. Passing the ordinance, he said, serves as a “bad symbol” to dog owners and residents. Councilmember Chris Burnett de-


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Little White House

Pine Mountain Panorama Callaway Gardens, Little White House, Warm Springs perfect for historic weekend getaway in the southern hills BY KATHY DEAN AND COLLIN KELLEY A mountain getaway usually means heading to North Georgia, but why not head south instead? Pine Mountain and nearby attractions like Callaway Gardens, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House, the historic towns of Warm Springs and Manchester are perfect for a weekend away from the city. Located about 80 miles south of Atlanta, Pine Mountain is both scenic and activity-filled whether you’re an outdoor or history enthusiast. There’s also plenty in the way of accommodations, from resorts to campgrounds.

Warm Springs

The town of Warm Springs takes its name from the nearby springs – 88 degrees Fahrenheit and full of minerals – that edge Pine Mountain. Creek and Iroquois Indians used the springs to heal their sick and wounded, and in 1832, David Rose built the area’s first resort around them. The town’s original name was Bullochville, and today, tight alleys lead visitors to Old Bullochville, a reconstructed homage to Warm Spring’s past, found behind Bulloch House and the many shops on Broad Street. Warm Springs gained national recognition in 1924 when President Roosevelt vis-

ited the area to treat his polio-related paralysis. The springs are no longer open for public use, but they are used therapeutically by the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, founded by FDR. Since the invention of the polio vaccine, the institute provides Vocational Rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities. The pools were recently refurbished by Georgia State Parks and a touch pool allows visitors to feel the warm spring waters and learn about its history. Also be sure to check out the Warm Spring National Fish Hatchery, which was established in 1899 to restore and manages fish such as striped bass, alligator gar and lake sturgeon. It’s also used to recover species that are listed under the Endangered Species Act and restore freshwater fish habitats. The hatchery includes a public aquarium and visitors’ area with walkways amid a beautiful, natural environment.

Little White House

Built in 1932 by then-Governor of New York Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Little White House became FDR’s home while he visited the area to take advantage of the springs. The people he met and experiences he had in Warm Springs prompted some of his programs once he became president, such as the Rural Electrification Administration.

In 1945, while posing for a portrait, FDR suffered a stroke and died shortly afterwards. The “Unfinished Portrait” is one of the many exhibits in the museum, as is his 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls. The Little White House has been carefully preserved much as FDR left it. Visitors are welcome to visit the home, museum and pools.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park and Manchester

Georgia’s largest state park is set among the Pine Mountain Range. The 9,000-plus acre park offers more than 40 miles of trails, winding through pines and hardwood trees, over creeks and past small waterfalls. Dowdell’s Knob offers a breath-taking view. It’s a spot that FDR was known to sometimes picnic and ponder national and international issues. He was so fond of the spot, he had a brick oven installed for barbecues. The overlook now features a lifesize sculpture of the president gazing out over the mountains. Dowdell’s Knob is located just off Ga. 190, a winding and scenic roadway that begins just south of Manchester and takes you all the way to Callaway Gardens. There are plenty of places to stop and stretch your legs as well as snap more of those fantastic views from atop Pine Mountain. Speaking of Manchester, it’s a fine ex-

ample of a mountain town with a delightful main street full of shops and the historic President Theatre, originally built in 1935 as movie house. It was recently restored with the help of a grant from the Fox Theatre Institute and is now home to regular community events, theater productions, films and more. A fun fact for the literary-minded: Manchester is the hometown of bestselling author Stuart Woods, who fictionalized the city as Delano for his novel “Chiefs.” CALLAWAY RESORT & GARDENS Founded in 1952 and set on nearly 7,000 acres, Callaway Gardens has become a favored weekend getaway spot, especially for golf lovers and nature enthusiasts. One of the main attractions is the giant Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, which has the distinction of being the largest enclosed tropical conservatory in North America. Thousand of butterflies from 50 different species flutter over a vast array of flowers and plants. There are also 10 miles of walking and biking paths, the white sand Robin Lake Beach and two 18-hole golf courses. Regular events are held, such as the annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival and Fantasy Lights, which see the gardens decked out in millions of twinkling bulbs for the holiday Continued on page 16 SS


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The Bulloch House rises from its ashes in Warm Springs

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The Bulloch House has a well-earned reputation of delicious, down-home cooking that draws people to Warm Springs. The current owners, since 2009, are Peter and Sandy Lampert, and they’ve not only kept the business going strong, they’ve built upon it — or rather, the ashes of it. The original Bulloch House was built in 1893 by Benjamin F. Bulloch, co-founder of the town of Bullochville. After the town changed its name to Warm Springs, the building held onto its original name and in 1990, it was renovated and turned into a restaurant. Unfortunately, in June 2015, lightning stuck the original building, smoldered in the wiring and burnt the structure to the ground during the night. “When it erupted, thankfully, no one was in the building,” Sandy said. “It was so old, that it was like fat lighter [kindling]. The fire department tried to enter but had to rush out because the fire was taking hold so quickly and completely. It took less than 10 minutes for the old part of the building to burn down completely. The sky was glowing, and the flames were higher than the trees.” The Lamperts had planned to rebuild on the same spot but found that the cost was prohibitive. They thought about moving the restaurant to another town. “After the fire, we considered a move to Hampton or Columbus,” Peter said. “But in the end, we felt that Bulloch House belongs to Warm Springs.” They located a building on Broad Street that could be renovated, and after some negotiation, the owner agreed to lease it to the Lamperts while the insurance claim was being processed. Renovations got underway and the Bulloch House reopened on Dec. 1, 2015.

The spacious two-story restaurant has an elegant feel with high windows and white chandeliers. The walls are decorated with black-and-white photos of local history, and the menu, which changes weekly, features favorites like fried chicken, baked ham and catfish. There are also fried green tomatoes, collards, homemade biscuits and cornbread. Dessert includes six-layer chocolate cake, old fashioned pecan pie and banana pudding. “A lot of people like this location better,” Peter said. “The parking can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s easier to find and it’s surrounded by shops.” One of those shops is the Lampert’s own Fireflies Gift Boutique, just a few doors down. Shoppers delight in a wide selection of women’s jewelry and baby gifts as well as collegiate gear and must-have housewares. The name of the shop has special meaning for Sandy and goes back to the fateful night of the fire. “We got the phone call in the middle of the night, and my husband rushed right over. He called me crying, ‘It’s gone…it’s all gone!’” When she got there, Sandy watched the embers burning and floating up into the trees. “To me, they looked fireflies, what we call lightning bugs,” she said. The original restaurant had a gift shop attached to it, and the shop also suffered from the fire. “When we reopened our gift shop in this new location, it just made sense to name it Fireflies,” Sandy said. Recently, the Lamperts have added a bakery/cafe behind the gift boutique, offering coffee, fudge and cookies as well as specialty cakes and pies, all baked on premises. And they’ve named it Lightnin’ Bugs. For more about the Bulloch House, 70 Broad Street in Warm Springs, visit bullochhouse.com.


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PANOLA MOUNTAIN

Just 15 minutes south of Atlanta, Panola Mountain is a100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and much more pristine. Park visitors will see the outcrop and its rare ecosystem just as Native Americans did centuries ago. Reservations are required for ranger-led hikes that teach about the rare plants and animals found at the park. There’s plenty of activities in the park, too, including a playground, archery, birding and tree-climbing programs. A paved trail is open for biking, roller blading, jogging and dog-walking, while forested fitness trails are open for hiking and running. 2620 Ga. 155 SW in Stockbridge.

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PROVIDENCE CANYON

Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” was created by combination of erosion and poor farming practices during the 1800s. There are now gullies 150 feet deep and the soil’s pink, orange, red and purples hues make for stunning photographs. Visitors can enjoy views of the canyons from the rim trail and also admire the beauty of the rare Plumleaf Azalea, which only grows in this region, and blooms in July and August. 8930 Canyon Road in Lumpkin.


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Things To Do

Balloons, beaches, trains and much more on tap If you’re heading down to the Pine Mountain region for a weekend – or longer – getaway, you might want to time your trip around some of these fun festivals and events. SKY HIGH HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL Set for Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, dozens of hot hair balloons take part in the event – including the spectacular Friday Night Balloon Glow – along with music, food and more at Callaway Gardens. Info: callawaygardens.com. OLD CHIPLEY TOWN FAIR Head to Pine Mountain on Sept. 29 for local crafts, pottery, metalwork, woodwork, food and entertainment. Spend the day strolling down Pine Mountain’s picturesque streets or shopping in downtown Pine Mountain’s and Chipley Village’s shopping centers, each filled with unique shops and boutiques. Information: pinemountain.org. WARM SPRINGS HARVEST HOE DOWN Enjoy the changing of the fall colors with the Annual Harvest Hoe Down Festival on Oct. 13 in downtown Warm Springs. Arts, crafts, food vendors, kids’ activities, entertainment throughout the day, kiddie train rides, fruit and vegetable stand, hands-on crafts for children, and more are planned. The parade will be held at 11 a.m. Information: exploregeorgia.org. MANCHESTER RAILROAD DAYS Calling all railroad fans! Come out and see the personal collection displays, model layouts, outdoor display, and view trains from Railfan Observation Deck. The event will take place Oct. 19-20. Information: exploregeorgia.org.


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SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION

Neighborhood ‘shocked’ by woman’s killing

Petition Number:

V18-0012, V18-0013, V18-0014

Petitioner:

CLM Investments LLC (William Brackbill)

Property Location:

3838, 3834, 3830 Teesdale Court

Request:

Variance from Section 2.3.2.A. and Section 2.3.2.C. of the Development Code to encroach into the required primary street and side setbacks for the construction of single family homes.

Public Hearing:

Board of Appeals August 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall 1 Galambos Way Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF USE PERMIT Police work outside the house on Old Woodbine Road where Kay Thomasson was found dead on June 27.

Continued from page 1 end of the long, residential road near the Brookhaven border. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office has not released an official cause of death. Her SUV was missing after the killing and was found at a Chamblee apartment complex June 30. But no suspect has been identified as of early July, according to Sandy Springs Police spokesperson Sgt. Sam Worsham. “We’re very concerned about this incident,” Worsham said at a press conference outside the home on the day of the killing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Metro Atlanta at 404-577-8477. The Sandy Springs Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward in the case, and Crime Stoppers is offering $2,000. Thomasson was discovered dead inside her house by her family after a missing a scheduled appointment on June 27, Worsham said. Police later said she was killed in the early morning hours of that day. “The investigation is still relatively new and we are putting a lot of manpower into it,” he said. Worsham said he did not know if there were any signs of forced entry or if any items were taken from the house, other than Thomasson’s vehicle. A resident of the neighborhood, who asked not to be identified, said he heard the family members arrived, followed by their children crying. Someone related to the family later asked local homeowners to use their bathrooms, he said, and that person “said it was a murder. This was not, like, a heart attack.” The resident said he recalled last seeing Thomasson alive on June 26. “So this is recent. This is very recent.” He said Thomasson often worked in her lawn and was known for keeping to herself. “She did her thing. We do our thing,”

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he said. The resident said crime is not common on Old Woodbine. He said he is not personally afraid due to his understanding that homicides are often committed by someone the victim knows or as a crime of opportunity. But, he added, “I’m pretty sure the neighborhood is shocked. We’re all shocked this has happened.”

Petition Number:

U18-0001

Petitioner:

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation (David Stewart)

Property Location:

Parcel # 17 0175 LL0558 (1025 Mount Vernon Hwy NW)

Present Zoning:

RE-2

Request:

Request for use permit to expand existing church facility to construct a fellowship wing and expand sanctuary.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission July 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall 1 Galambos Way Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council August 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.


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