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    Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.

    Concrete Jungle celebrates end ofyear with cider festival

    by Daniel [email protected]

    Each year in October,DeKalb CountyPark RangerRobbyAstrove and his

    friends celebrate the yearshaul of fresh fruit donationsby making cider out of thebruised and broken fruit theywere unable to donate.

    For the past four yearsAstrove and friends CraigDurkin and Aubrey Danielshave been picking neglectedfruit and veggies from areasall over metro Atlanta underhe moniker Concrete Jungle.

    The organization is run byvolunteers and donates allof the produce picked on itsxcursions to local homelesshelters and food banks.

    Since its inception in2009, Astrove said the orga-nization has donated morehan 10,000 pounds of fresh

    fruit and vegetables. Thisyear, the group held its ciderfestival at the Arabia Moun-

    ain Nature Preserve Oct. 20and camped out under thetars.

    Nothing goes to wasteat Concrete Jungle, Astroveaid. All the apples and

    pears that arent suitable fordonationwe keep all ofhose in freezers until Oc-ober and we just do a huge

    free public cider fest.Astrove said he and a

    group of volunteers takeurns grinding the apples

    and pears using a bicycleoperated grinder and thenpress the fruit into juice.

    Using the bicycle operatedgrinder is a way for those inConcrete Jungle to practicesustainability and this year,Astrove said, they gave allof the leftover apple mash(juiced fruit) to horses at the

    park.Part of the joy of Cider-

    fest is kind of getting backto our roots and doing some-thing old timey, Astrovesaid. People will ask wherethe fruit comes from and weget to explain the mission ofConcrete Jungle.

    In addition to the freshcider, Astrove said the eventhad live music and a bunchof trampolines for attendeesto jump on.

    Astrove said ConcreteJungles mission has grown

    since its inception. The orga-nization originated becausethe group began picking upneglected fruit that had fallenoff Atlantas wealth of fruittreesrather than have it goto waste they collected anddonated it. Concrete Junglethen began hosting picks atlocations throughout the city.

    More recently, the orga-nization opened Dog HeadFarms, located in the SylvanHills neighborhood of South-west Atlanta. Astrove saidthe mission of the farm is totailor the food they grow to

    the requests they have got-ten from various shelters andfood banks over the years.

    Were only picking fruitfrom April to November butDoghead gives us a chanceto pick year-round, Astrovesaid. The farm is a great wayto keep people engaged anddo more education.

    Additionally, ConcreteJungle wants to expand itsreach throughout the city bycreating community orchardsin needy areas in Atlanta thatdont have easy access tofresh food. Astrove, who livesin the East Atlanta neighbor-hood, said the idea is sim-

    plecreate gardens or planttrees in unused public spacessuch as medians or fields be-hind abandoned buildings.

    It could be two trees orit could be 10 trees. We wantto plant a variety of thingswhere the harvest season isgoing to be wide so that itwill keep on feeding peoplethroughout the year, Astrovesaid.

    Concrete Jungle defi-nitely has a role in this andwe just have a really uniqueniche in the hunger battle inthe city.

    For more information onthe organization or DogheadFarms visit www.concrete-

    Local nonprofit Concrete Jungle picks and donates fruit to homeless shelters and food banks in Atlanta. At the end of each year, membershold a public cider fest to celebrate the years haul. Photos by Devon Hayes

    Robby Astrove is a DeKalb

    County Park Ranger at ArabiaMountain and a member ofConcrete Jungle.

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 2ALocal News

    County sanitationworkers want union

    See Union on Page 3A

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    by Andrew [email protected]

    DeKalb County sanita-ion workers say they needheir voices to be heard.

    Thats why they want to beepresented by the Team-ters union.

    During the two most re-cent Board of Commission-ers meetings, a few sanita-ion workers have asked

    commissioners to recognizeTeamsters Local 728.

    We havent had a raisen over six years, said Oc-avius Saunders, a countyanitation worker for 12

    years. Its not getting anybetter.

    Saunders said workersbottom line is driving themovement to unionize.

    Theyre getting moreevenue, Saunders said

    about the county. Theygenerate money but thendont want to give us [more]money. We have familiesoo.

    Saunders said employeespension contribution andmedical insurance premiumsare increasing.

    This isnt the rst timeheyve gone up on our pen-ion and insurance, he said.

    I got a 5 percent raise [twoyears ago] when I becamea driver, but I didnt see theaise because they went up

    on the pension.Saunders said sanitation

    workers have been in talkswith the Teamsters for ap-proximately three months.

    Weve talked to theTeamsters about them work-ng to get us more money,

    Saunders said. They saidhey would not take money

    out of our checks [for fees]until they get us more mon-

    ey.A December 2011 execu-ive order by DeKalb Coun-y CEO BurrellEllis estab-ished a county policy on

    unions and organized em-ployee groups where depart-ment heads and cabinet staffare directed not to conducthemselves or communicaten a negative, derogatory or

    demeaning nature about aunion or employee efforts toorganize.

    Ellis policy directs de-partment heads and cabinettaff to remain neutral dur-ng employee unionization

    efforts and allows employ-

    ees to hold meetings to dis-cuss union representation oncounty property during workhours with prior approvalfrom the human resourcesdirector.

    Management is not sup-posed to impede or obstructtalks between county work-ers and union representa-tives, said BurkeBrennan,the countys chief com-munications ofcer. Man-agements been told not tointerfere.

    The county has re andpolice personnel who are al-ready represented by unions.

    Ben Speight, organizingdirector for Teamsters Local728, said Ellis executive or-

    der gives workers a level ofprotection and recognizesworkers rights.

    With that memo, it lev-eled the playing eld, Spei-ght said.

    In 1997 there was an ef-fort to organize the workersbut that was unsuccessful,he said.

    Teamsters Local 728 has7,500 members and repre-sents UPS workers; GeorgiaState, Kennesaw State andEmory University bus driv-ers; and OReilly Auto Partsand Lithonia Lighting truckdrivers. The union also rep-resents Republic Services, aprivate waste managementcompany.

    Speight said the sanita-tion workers would not berepresented through a col-lective bargaining process.Instead, it would be a meetand confer process inwhich union representativeswould meet with manage-ment to resolve outstandingissues.

    In addition to their pay,sanitation workers are con-

    cerned about safety. Eachsanitation truck is supposedto be manned by a driverand two helpers, Speightsaid.

    Oftentimes now, thereis only one helper, he said.There are a number of safe-ty issues with that.

    Workers handle needles,broken glass, dead animalsand heavy equipment andmust hold onto the back ofthe trucks while working inthe elements, he said.

    The workers want re-spect, Speight said.

    Speight said sanitationworkers around the country

    Some county sanitation workers say they want to be represented by the Teamsters union. Late lastyear, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis signed an executive order directing county department heads to remainneutral during all union organizing efforts. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

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    Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

    Unique LArche community opens doors in Oakhurst

    Paideia janitor accused of puttingcameras in student bathrooms

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    by Daniel [email protected]

    Laura Wells, boardco-president of LArche

    Atlanta, said not manypeople have heard ofLArche but the ideabehind the group ofnternational communitiess very simplebuilding

    a place where people withand without intellectualdisabilities share in life fullyogether.

    In our society, peoplewith disabilities are oftenregarded as not havingmuch to give, but in truth,each person has verymportant gifts of the hearto share, Wells said.

    The rst LArchecommunity in Georgiaopened its doors Oct. 27 inOakhurst. It is located ina house that was donatedo LArche by another

    nonprot for the homeless.Wells said the organizationhas let LArche Atlanta usehe property for the next 10

    years.The great thing about

    Oakhurst and Decatur ishat its such a walkable

    area and part of what makesLArche so successful is just

    being a part of a larger, opencommunity, Wells said.Wells said she and a

    group of approximately15 others had been tryingo establish a LArche

    community in metro Atlantasince 2003.

    I fell in love withLArche in college due tomy mentor and campusminister, David Jenkins,who had lived in LArcheand spoke so eloquentlyabout how it changed hisife, Wells said.

    During a spring break

    when Wells was in collegeshe visited a community inHonduras, then later decidedo spend a year living in

    LArche in Scotland in1993.

    LArche Communitieswas founded by JeanVanier in France in 1964when he invited two menfrom a psychiatric institute

    to come stay with him andhis family.The idea is that people

    with disabilities shouldntbe shut inside institutions,Wells said.

    Now, Wells said, thereare numerous LArchecommunities throughoutthe world and 18 in theUnited States. Wells saidthe typical living situation isapproximately three or fourpeople without intellectualdisabilities and severalwith intellectual disabilitiesliving together.

    The idea is that yourenot employees or staff,Wells said. People feel acalling to this kind of workand typically assistants cango to any community inthe world as long as theycommit to staying there forseveral years.

    Wells said the averagecommunity is three to vehomes, which LArcheAtlanta plans to have in thenext ve years. Right now,the only home is the one inOakhurst.

    In the early planningstages of LArche Atlanta,Wells said, there were only15 people who attendedits meetings. Now thecommunity has garneredmore than 1,500 supportersand 60-80 people attend thegroups monthly events,which include bowling,dancing and bingo nights.

    Whats really at theheart of LArche is justto be included and havemeaningful and fulllingactivities and relationshipsin life and for everyone

    to have a chance to seethe gifts that people of allabilities have, Wells said.

    For more informationabout LArche Atlanta,

    have had a history of mis-treatment and low wages.In 1968, Dr. King was as-sassinated supporting sanita-tion workers, he said.

    Since September, morethan 80 percent of thecountys approximately 450

    sanitation workers havesigned petitions saying theywant the union to be recog-nized by the county, Speightsaid. Thats a clear super-

    majority.The workers in sanita-

    tion are the face of DeKalbCounty, Speight said. Twodays a week at least, youllsee sanitation workers com-ing down you street.

    Sanitation workers, as

    Dr. King noted, protect thepublics health, Speightsaid. Without sanitationworkers, you have a messon your hands, literally.

    Robert Pruitt, 20-yearsanitation truck driver, said,We need a union in therebecause were not beingtreated right.

    We havent had a raisein about ve years, he said.Everything is steady go-

    ing up and our checks aresteady going down. Its toomuch.

    Teamsters hopefully canhelp, Pruitt said.

    Union Continued From Page 2A

    by Daniel [email protected]

    A janitor at the PaideiaSchool in Atlanta has beenred after he was accused

    of putting cameras in thehigh school girls and boysbathrooms.

    The U.S. Postal Servicebegan investigating analleged child pornographyvideo production companyin 2010. During theinvestigation Paideiaemployee Josh Ensleysname turned up in theproduction companysrecords.

    Investigators found thatEnsley, a 51-year-old Tuckerresident, had purchased

    more than 50 DVDs fromthe company.On Oct. 25 postal

    inspectors and law

    enforcement ofcialsexecuted a search warrantof Ensleys home, whichcontained the DVDs orderedfrom the company. Duringthe search ofcials also

    located videos of childrenusing the restroom.

    During questioningEnsley admitted tovideotaping the childrenat Paideia and a criminalcomplaint led in U.S.District Court details howhe did it.

    Josh Ensley said hewould hide the camerain a hollowed out airfreshener and place it bythe boys urinals and on abroom handle in the girlshandicapped bathroom

    stall, the complaint states.In a letter sent home toparents Oct. 25, Paideiaofcials said Ensley is

    currently in the custody offederal authorities and is nolonger an employee at theschool. The letter also statesthat investigators have toldschool ofcials that there

    is no evidence of Ensleyhaving any physical contactwith any of the studentsor that he distributed thevideos to anyone.

    We believe the highschool students will be asshocked and stunned aswe are, the letter states.All of us at Paideiateachers, counselorsand administratorsareavailable to you if you havequestions about how thismay affect your child. Wewill continue to share any

    pertinent information wereceive as we nd out moreabout this situation.

    Atlantas rst LArche community recently opened in Decaturs Oakhurst neighborhood. LArche Com-munities, founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, bring together people, some with developmentaldisabilities and some without, who choose to share their lives by living together in faith-based com-munities. Photo provided

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    Dignity revolution

    I do not take credit for the titlef this article, Dignity Revolution.t comes from a young lady named

    Susannah whom I read about inhe District 5 Newsletter from

    DeKalb County CommissionerLee May. She says she got theerm from a speech she heard re-ently given by Special Olympics

    head Tim Shriver.Susannah is a 17-year-old se-

    nior at Paideia School in Atlanta.

    Her battleground in the fight fordignity is through a film serieshat she has put together called the

    Dignity RevolutionFilm Festival.For Susannah a dignity revolu-ion means all of us in education,

    healthcare, government, sports,nd local communities promotingcceptance and advocating for the

    dignity of every individual regard-ess of his or her ability.

    Susannahs younger sister

    Mary Clara has what Susannahcalls diffabilities but is a Goldand Silver medal Special Olym-pian in swimming. Susannah spenther young years volunteering in

    various special needs organiza-tions. As a result, this fall shestarted a Diffabilities ClubatPaideia. The film festival grew outof project for the Girl Scouts andpremieres Saturday, Nov. 10, withthe express purpose of promotingawareness about people withdiffa-bili ties and their role in todayssociety.

    I was particularly struck bySusannahs story especially com-ing on the heels of meeting somereally wonderful young people atDeKalbs MLK High School lastThursday night for their commu-

    nity network mixer. Just as Su-sannah was inspired by the adultTim Shriver, young people likeChristina Collins, Amola Mox-ley, Kenishia Scotland, Kourt-ney Butcher, Regina Donaldson,Jasmine Hill, Tiani Yarbrough,Andre and Anthony, whose lastnames I did not get, are inspiredby several adults I had the plea-sure of meetingchief amongthem MLK Principal Vivian Terry

    and instructorTinia Ellison, whoextended the invitation for myparticipation.

    I was so impressed by theaforementioned students. Amola

    and Christina in particular aremembers of the MLK Peer Es-sence Club which promotes excel-lence in education, self-respectand self-esteem. The club wasstarted by coach Harry Sapp. Itsinteresting that this girls club isheaded by a man, because men areoften missing in the homes of somany of our teens.

    Amola and Christina say theirbiggest challenge is staying fo-cused on academics and combat-ing negative peer pressure whilemodeling good leadership andcharacter. These young people are

    engaged in their own dignity revo-lution amid daily challenges mostof us cannot begin to fathom.

    I chatted with parents such asMrs. Hill and Miss Vanessa andinstructors like Febra ClarkandRuth Grant Kelsey, who give somuch of themselves to their youngcharges. DavidSchutten of theOrganization of DeKalb Educa-tors was greeted like a rock star bymany of the students and instruc-

    tors because of his constant, un-publicized support.

    Susannah was inspired on oneoccasion by one man, Tim Shriver,to do her film. Can you imagine

    the positive impact we adultscan have on our young people byfrequent interaction? Many of ushave made a conscious effort overthe years to mentor young peoplethrough various groups and orga-nization. But it is students at MLKand others like Susannah whoremind us how impactful our pres-ence can be by even one chancemeeting. We never know who iswatching, listening and yes model-ing us.

    Let us arm ourselves dailywith understanding, tolerance,inclusion and equal treatment as a

    matter of course. Lets support Su-sannahs film festival and the PeerEssence students at MLK. Theirmotto is straight from a Dr. Kingquote: Intelligence plus characterthat is the goal of true education.

    Steen Miles, The Newslady, is aretired journalist and former Geor-gia state senator. Contact SteenMiles at [email protected]

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    Cutting pork to save Canadas bacon

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    issue of interest to DeKalb County. The Champion was founded in1991 expressly to provide a forum for discourse forallcommunityresidents on all sides of an issue. We have no desire to make the newsonly to report news and opinions to effect a more educated citizenrythat will ultimately move our community forward. We are happy topresent ideas for discussion; however, we make every effort to avoidprinting information submitted to us that is known to be false and/or assumptions penned as fact.

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    I sincerely believe...that theprinciple of spending money to bepaid by posterity, under the name offunding, is but swindling futurity ona large scale.Thomas Jefferson1743-1826), in1816

    While most of the global econ-omy continues to struggle througha recession, not every countryisawaiting its downward spiral into amorass of debt. Iceland, Ireland andour neighbor to the north, Canada,are among those who have alreadywallowed some painful medicine onheir road to recovery.

    Canada began its treatment andcure nearing 20 years ago while Can-adas Liberal Party was at the wheel.By 1994, Canadas debt to grossdomestic product ratio was nearing80 percent and consuming almost afull third of government revenue toervice the debt. Former Canadian

    Prime MinisterPaul Martin (Lib-eral Party, minister of finance, 1993-2002 and prime minister, 2003-2004)ecently warned U.S. congressional

    eaders that delaying treatment herewill only make the inevitable adjust-ments even more painful.

    To pull out of Canadas explod-ing debt spending spiral, Martinreduced all government spending,excluding interest payments, by 10

    percent over two years. Canadassingle payer health care systemweathered substantial cuts. The cen-tral Canadian government turnedover its poverty assistance and socialsafety net programs and funding tothe provincial governments as blockgrants, allowing them full controlover how those Canadian dollarswould be spent.

    In the 1997 elections, Liberalsincreased their majority in Canadasparliament, despite implementationof the painful cuts. Then in 1998, andagain in 2000, the Liberal govern-ment cut tax rates, including the larg-est cuts in corporate and personal taxrates in the nations history.

    The global recession of the early1990s had badly coincided with rapidexpansion of Canadian governmentservices and spending, particularlyon national health care. The ill-timedcollapse of the Mexican peso, notlong after ratification of the NorthAmerican Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA) in 1994, further added toCanadian economic woes. Concernsover Canadian spending had drivendown market demand and requiredsubstantial hikes to Canadian bondinterest rates to finance its debt. ByFebruary 1995, the Canadian Trea-

    sury Department was paying interestrates to bondholders of 7.8 percent.

    And the impacts of the cuts and

    budget cliff became quickly quitereal. In the New Democratic Partycontrolled province of Saskatchewanin 1993, the finance minister there

    was Janice McKinnon.In one budget we closed 52

    hospitals, many schools and thou-sands of people lost their jobs. Butwe knew we had no choice, and wecouldnt look back, McKinnonsaid recently at a conference by theAmerican Enterprise Institute.

    The U.S. Federal Reserve Bankbought 77 percent of U.S. debt lastyear, as low interest payments andour ever expanding debt profilemake U.S. bonds less attractive tothe financial markets as well as ourlong-time value buyers in China andthe Middle East. The day may soonarrive that the United States hasto double or triple interest rates onthe bonds, simply to lure in buyers.Such a shift would have an immedi-ate and crippling impact on most allsectors of our domestic economy.

    Canada as well as Latin America,two of our most stable trading part-ners and allies, are quite duly con-cerned about U.S. debt. The oftensaid maxim is that when the U.S.economy catches a cold, Latin Amer-icaand sometimes Canadagetspneumonia. Our economies, particu-larly since NAFTA, have becomeinexorably linked. If our Canadianneighbors can weather those winters,

    make lasting cuts in federal govern-ment spending and make their taxcode more attractive for capital in-

    vestment than our own, perhaps it istime that we follow their lead.

    President John Fitzgerald Ken-nedy (1917-1963), a Democrat, in

    his 1963 State of the Union addressproposed substantial tax reform andthe reduction of income tax rates,which then ranged from 20-90 per-cent, down to ranges of 14-65 per-cent. Congress did not act and adoptthe rate cuts until after his death in1964, but that Congress, as well asPresident Lyndon Johnson, presidedover a solid economic recovery, inpart catalyzed by those cuts in taxrates.

    Our only plea is that if you starttackling it before you hit the crisisstage, its going to be a heckuva alot easier. The longer you wait, theworse it gets. former Saskatch-ewan Finance Minister McKinnon.

    * acknowledgment ofWall StreetJournalAmericas columnistMary OGrady for inspiring thiscolumn

    Bill Crane also serves as a po-litical analyst and commentator forChannel 2s Action News, WSB-AM

    News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, aswell as a columnist forThe Champi-on, Champion Free Press andGeorgiaTrend. Crane is a DeKalb native and

    business owner, living in Scottdale.You can reach him or comment on acolumn at [email protected]

    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 5AOpinion

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 6AOpinion

    Where's Joe the Plumberwhen you need him?Without someone at least ranting about

    sharing the wealth, no one's talking aboutsharing the wealth.

    The following comments are pulled straight from our website and arenot edited for content or grammar.

    DeKalb Rape Crisis Centerin jeopardy of closingMaybe if they change the name to Legimate Rape

    Crisis Center they can get funding. The Republicans

    do not believe Rape really happens.

    Responsible Party posted this on 10/24/12 at 6:47 p.m.

    DeKalb police searching for shooter of teen

    The Leadership of the DeKalb County Police Depthave done one thing and one thing only, they

    showed up for a paycheck. Other than that, you tell

    me ?

    Gold Badges do what ? posted this on 10/26/12 at 9:55 a.m.

    Thanks to a do-nothing DPD South Precinct. Ellis,

    Johnson and Gannon and this do-nothing DeKalb

    Police Dept do nothing to protect the cizens of East

    and South DeKalb. The DeKalb Police Dept is evident-

    ly unable to funcon as a deterrent to crime. Thereis no pro-acve police work going on in East or South

    DeKalb. Want to know where the crime and big deals

    are, look for DeKalb Police working the doors of

    Sleazy Bars, that is a good clue. Terrell Bolton made

    DeKalb safer than what we have now for a Command


    The Wild Wild West posted this on 10/22/12 at 5:32 p.m.

    by Sam PizzigatiColumnist

    Four years ago, a chance encoun-er between Barack Obama and

    Samuel Joe the Plumber Wurzel-bacher injected inequality right intohe heart of the 2008 presidential race.

    Obama explained to the then-unknown Wurzelbacher that whenyou spread the wealth around, itsgood for everybody. GOP nomineeJohn McCain immediately jumpedon Obamas remark, suddenly mak-ng wealth redistribution one of thatampaigns hottest issues.

    Joe the Plumber has since largelyaded from view. Hes running aackluster campaign for Congress asconservative Republican. And the

    ssue that lent him celebrity status hasmore or less disappeared. In the 2012presidential debates, weve had notone mention of Americas incredibly

    op-heavy distribution of income andwealth.President Obama, to be sure, has

    alked about taxing the rich back toClinton-era levels. But those Clintonates didnt stop the concentrating

    of Americas wealth. Our rich haveeen their fortunes soar for over three

    decades now.And where do we stand right

    now with this concentration? Onetunning answer has just come fromesearchers at Credit Suisse, the Swiss

    banking giant. Americas rich arentust pulling away from the rest of

    America, the Credit Suisse Researchnstitutes new Global Wealth Report

    details. Theyre pulling away from theest of the worlds rich.

    Between the middle of 2011 andhe middle of 2012, nearly 1.8 mil-ion European millionaires lost their

    millionaire status. But Americanmillionaires have actually expandedheir ranks. Americans now make upstunning 39 percent of all the global

    households worth at least $1 million.Among deep pockets worth at

    east $50 million, the U.S. globalwealth dominance becomes evenmore pronounced. Of these 84,500global super rich, 45 percent hail fromhe United States.

    Joe the Plumber and other fansof great fortune dont have much ofproblem with this huge concentra-

    tion of wealth. Should the rest of us?Would our lives be somewhat moresecure if we did more in the UnitedStates to share the wealth?

    The researchers at Credit Suissehave crunched all the numbers weneed to answer this question. Three oftodays most important developed na-tions, their data show, turn out to havealmost identical quantities of wealthper adult.

    If you add up the total wealth in

    each of these three countries theUnited States, France, and Japan and then divide that wealth by adultpopulation, you get virtually the sameaverage wealth: $262,351 per adult inthe United States, $265,463 in France,and $269,708 in Japan.

    In real life, of course, we dontdivide wealth equally. Some of ushave more wealth than others. But thedegree of inequality, the new CreditSuisse data remind us, varies enor-mously among nations. In the UnitedStates, most wealth rests near thetop. In France and Japan, much morewealth rests around the middle.

    How much of a difference tothe typical person do these dif-ferences in inequality make? A greatdeal. To be more specific: over$100,000 worth of difference.

    In the grossly unequal UnitedStates, our most typical median adult now holds $38,786 worth ofwealth. Half of American adults havemore than $38,786, half have less.

    Japans most typical adults havea net worth of $141,410. In France,a nation more equal than the UnitedStates but not as equal as Japan, thetypical adult holds $81,274.

    In other words, a typical Japanesehousehold today sports more than

    triple the wealth of a typical U.S.household, and typical French house-holds have twice as much.

    Average Japanese or Frenchpeople dont work any harder thanaverage people in the United States.They just live in societies that do amuch better job of sharing the wealththat their work creates.

    Maybe one day Americans willlive in a society that shares. Maybeone day our presidential candidateswill even talk about sharing.

    OtherWords columnist Sam Piz-zigati edits Too Much, the Institutefor Policy Studies weekly newsletteron excess and inequality.

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 7ALocal News

    Program offers residents firsthandglimpse at court process

    Champion ofthe Week

    If you would like to nominate someoneto be considered as a future Champion of

    the Week, please contactKathy Mitchellat [email protected] or at(404) 373-7779, ext. 104.

    Joy Killum

    The human touch andsupport makes a differencefor anybody, saidJoy Kil-lum, a volunteer at DeKalbMedical Center who enjoysholding and comforting new-borns in the NeonatologyIntensive Care Unit (NICU).

    Killum also likes to read,talk, interact and contributeto their healing processwith the newborn patientswho might need to beheld.

    Killum, who had a babywho spent time in the in-tensive care unit, has been a

    volunteer with the DeKalbMedical Auxiliary VolunteerProgram for approximatelythree years.

    I knew that I wouldmake time for duty in theNICU at DeKalb after havingbenefitted from the caringdedication of the NICU staffmore than 26 years ago,Killum said. Since that time,I always said that I wouldmake time to comfort andhold the babies in this spe-cial nursery. I knew that Iwas in the right place whenon the first day of serviceI held a newborn with mysame first name.

    She recently attendedher first Council of AuxiliaryVolunteers conference andis a newly installed auxiliaryboard member in which shehas been elected the secondvice president.

    As a volunteer, Killumprepares materials for eye

    exams, answers phones,picks up and delivers materi-als throughout the hospitaland helps out just in anyway they deem is necessary,she said.

    But her favorite part ofvolunteering is to hold theprecious babies, she said.Its just a source of greatjoy.

    Babies are the evidenceof the miracle of life, Killumsaid. I want to be whateversource of comfort I can be.

    A Stone Mountain resi-dent, Killum is a retired edu-cator after with more than30 years of experience. Sheearned a bachelors degreein history from Stetson Uni-versity, a masters degree inhistory and a doctorate ineducational leadership andsupervision from GeorgiaState University.

    She spent most of herprofessional career work-ing as a high school socialstudies teacher, assistantprincipal, principal, and in-structional coordinator foralternative schools.

    Killum also worked forthe Georgia Department ofEducation and has workedan adjunct professor of edu-cation at Kennesaw StateUniversity.

    Killum said, There aremany ways that individualscan be helpful in ways thatwill enhance the quality oflife in the area where welive.

    As a former DeKalbeducator, I have long pro-posed that parents couldtake even a half day of vaca-tion time and give back totheir children by makingthemselves available to assistwith school supervision andoffering careers focus andinsight.

    The necessity of givingback to support the environ-ment, the community andthose less fortunate shouldbe instilled in the youth ofthe community, Killum said.

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    by Daniel [email protected]

    DeKalb County Com-munity ProsecutorSonjaBrown said a new courtwatch program gives resi-dents the opportunity to gaina better understanding ofhow the court system worksand how it affects their com-munities.

    We want them to haveinput in the process and wethink it helps to increase ac-countability and representthe community interest inthe justice system, Brownsaid.

    Brown said the residentswho recently graduated the

    program monitored a caseof particular interest to theircommunitythe trial of arepeat offender who wascurrently out on probationand had been charged withgiving a false name andobstructing a police ofcer.Brown said he is considereda nuisance in his neighbor-hood.

    Hopefully offenderswill see that if people arecoming to court and payingattention, they will realize

    that people arent going toaccept it in their communityanymore, Brown said.

    Each year a countywidetraining session will be heldfor those interested in beinginvolved in the program.Additionally, Brown said ifthere are 20 or more resi-dents located in a speciccommunity who are inter-ested in the program, shewill offer a personal mini-training session to them.

    What I continue to dois monitor cases and issuesas I go out to communitymeetings and speak withresidents and businesses andadd them to the list, Brownsaid.

    Before coming to workfor DeKalb County, Brownwas an assistant district at-torney for Fulton Countyfor ve years and servedas a community prosecutorfor the South Fulton area.DeKalb County SolicitorGeneral Sherry Boston saidshe hired Brown specicallyfor her experience as a com-munity prosecutor.

    Community prosecutionis the new national modelfor attacking crime and its

    a model that originated inNew York a few years ago,Boston said. The courtwatch program is just apart of that but thats whyI worked so hard to bringSonja Brown to our ofce.

    Boston said the presenceof the residents in the court-room also holds the judgesaccountable in addition tothe defendants.

    It makes it more dif-cult for judges to ignorehow different types ofcriminals are affecting theneighborhood, especially inmisdemeanor court wherejudges think these crimesare victimless and theyrenot, Boston said.

    In addition to the courtwatch program, Boston saidher ofce is working withlocal businesses, homeown-ers and county ofcials tocome up with unique waysto reduce crime in commu-nities throughout DeKalb.

    This is all about engag-ing and working togetherIcant do it all, Boston said.Community prosecution re-ally is the future of ghtingcrime in our country.

    NOTICEOFPUBLICHEARINGTheMayorandCityCounciloftheCityofChamblee,GeorgiawillholdaPublicHearingonThursday,November15,2012 attheCivicCenter;3540BroadStreet,Chamblee,Georgia30341at6:00pmtoreceivepubliccommentsregardingtheIndustrialTransitionalZoningStandards.


    ClarkstonCityCouncilTheCityofClarkstonProposed2013BudgetwillbeavailabletoviewontheClarkstonCityWebsite(,2012. TheClarkstonCouncilwillholdaPublicHearingonTuesday,November27,2012,startingat7:00pm,ClarkstonCityHall,3921ChurchStreetforthepurposeoftakingpubliccommentonthe2013ProposedCityofClarkstonBudget.TheCouncilwillvotetoadopttheClarkston2013BudgetattheirregularCouncilMeetingonDecember4,2012at6:30pm.Thepublicisinvitedtoattend.

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 8ALocal News

    DeKalb Countygets 21 new copsby Andrew [email protected]

    A nearly ve-month train-ng session has resulted inhe graduation of 21 DeKalb

    County Police ofcers fromhe countys 95th police acad-emy.

    They started out with aarger bunch than this, said

    DeKalb County Police ChiefWilliam OBrien during theofcers graduation ceremonyOct. 26. They whittle downa little bit because some folksrealize this line of work is aittle more than they signed

    up for.Expressing pride in the

    new ofcers, OBrien said,Were proud of you. Youveworked very hard to getwhere you are today, butmore importantly youve goto continue to work hard ev-

    ery day.OBrien encouraged the

    new ofcers to take pride intheir jobs.

    The sad part is, some-where along the line, manyofcers let that pride wearoff, OBrien said. They

    make poor decisions that re-sult in embarrassing momentsfor themselves, their families,this county and this profes-sion.

    Theres nothing moreaggravating to a true pro-fessional law enforcementofcer than another ofcerthat tarnishes this badge orembarrasses this profession,OBrien said. For some rea-son we see it over and overagain no matter how muchwe preach about ethics in po-lice work.

    OBrien told the new of-cers to step aside if they everfeel they can no longer abideby their oath of ofce.

    Do not be the person thatis seen in the news embar-

    rassing all of us, he said.DeKalb County CEO

    BurrellEllis told the ofcersthat they had answered thenoblest of calls.

    As I am now putting

    together our 2013 countybudget, at a time when ourcounty has never been morescally challenged, I am re-minded each and every daythat public safety remains ournumber one priority, Ellissaid.

    William Z. Miller, thecountys public safety direc-tor, told the ofcers to standup for an ideal. Do somethingto improve the lives of others.Strike out against injustice.

    Every day someone iswatching what you do andhow you carry yourselves,Miller said. There are chil-dren who want to grow upto be just like you. Neverlet anyone down, especiallythose children.

    Graduates from DeKalb Countys 95th police academy are on the streets after a special ceremony Oct. 26 during whichhey received their badges and took their oath of ofce. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 10ALocal News

    Two amendments on ballot for Novemberby Daniel [email protected]

    Residents will have the op-portunity to vote on two con-stitutional amendments duringthe November election, oneinvolving public education atthe state level and the otherinvolving long-term leaseagreements.

    Amendment 1 asks voterswhether they want to allowthe state the authority to es-tablish special state charterschools. This isnt the rsttime voters have been facedwith this issue; in 2008 theGeorgia Charter Schools

    Commission (GCSC) was cre-ated to grant the state to estab-lish charter schools that had

    been denied charters by localschool boards.

    In 2011, the GeorgiaSupreme Court voted thatHB881, which created thecommission, was unconstitu-tional stating that it took awaylocal control. Now, voters willdecide whether they want tohave a secondary authorizerfor charter schools.

    Proponents of Amendment1 said the issue is about al-lowing parents the choice tosend their children to a schoolwhere they can excel, regard-less of nancial standing orlocations. Many opponentsof the amendment said the

    state cannot afford to fund theschools that might be createdif the GCSC is reestablished.

    Also on the ballot isAmendment 2, which would

    allow state entities, such asthe State Properties Commis-sion, the Board of Regentsof the University System ofGeorgia and the Georgia De-partment of Labor, to enterinto multiyear lease agree-ments in an effort to cut downon operating costs.

    Chris Clark,president ofthe Georgia Chamber of Com-merce, said the amendmentwill allow the state govern-ment to save money on itslease agreements by beingable to negotiate for lowerrental rates associated with

    long-term agreements.


    City of BrookhavenMunicipal General Government Services

    The Governors Commission on Brookhaven is seeking proposals from vendorsto provide Municipal General Government Services in the areas of:

    Communications and Community Engagement

    Community Development Financial and Administrative Services

    Information Technology Services

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    Public Works

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    The City will accept questions and comments until 12:00 PM, EST on Friday,November 16, 2012. Questions must be submitted in writing [email protected] Please note that this email is for proposalquestions ONLY and not for submission of actual proposals. Verbal questionswill not be accepted.

    Bids must be submitted by 3:00 PM on Friday, November 23, 2012. Informationconcerning this solicitation can be found at are encouraged to check this site daily for updates, amendments andquestions and answers.

    Voters faced withnumerous choices

    In DeKalb County, voters arebeing asked to indicate their prefer-ences in a number of races in theupcoming election in addition tohe presidential race. Heres what

    voters will fnd on the Nov. 6 bal-ot. In some instances, voters willbe offered choices only within theirpolitical districts. A separate articlecovers Georgia Constitution amend-ments on the ballot.

    Public Service CommissionTo succeed Chuck Eaton)

    Republican - Chuck Eaton*Democrat Stephen OppenheimerLibertarian Brad PloegerTo succeed Stan Wise)

    Republican Stan Wise*Libertarian David Staples

    U. S. CongressDistrict 4Democrat Henry C. Hank John-

    son Jr.*Republican J. Chris VaughnDistrict 5Democrat John Lewis*Republican Howard StopeckDistrict 6Republican Tom Price *Democrat Jeff Kazanow

    State Senate0th District

    Democrat Emanuel D. Jones*40th DistrictRepublican Fran Millar*41st DistrictDemocrat Steve Henson*42ndDistrictDemocrat Jason Carter*Republican Kenneth BrettQuarter-man

    43rd DistrictDemocrat Ronald B. Ramsey Sr.*44th DistrictDemocrat Gail Paulette Davenport*55th DistrictDemocrat Gloria Butler*

    State House ofRepresentatives79th DistrictRepublican Tom Taylor*80th DistrictRepublican Mike Jacobs*81st DistrictRepublican Chris BoedekerDemocrat Scott Holcumb*82nd DistrictDemocrat Mary Margaret Oliver*83rd DistrictDemocrat Howard Mosby*84th DistrictDemocrat Rahn Mayo*85th DistrictDemocrat Karla Drenner*86th DistrictRepublican Lisa Y. KinnemoreDemocrat Michele Henson*87th DistrictDemocrat Earnest Coach Wil-iams*88th DistrictDemocrat Billy Mitchell*89th DistrictDemocrat Stacey Abrams*90th DistrictDemocrat Pam S. Stephenson*91st DistrictDemocrat Dee Dawkins-Haigler*92nd District

    Democrat Tonya P. Anderson93rd DistrictRepublican Christine Tina HofferDemocrat DarShun N. Kendrick*94th DistrictDemocrat Karen Bennett

    District Attorney, StoneMountain Judicial CircuitDemocrat Robert James*

    Clerk of Superior Court DeKalb

    CountyDemocrat Debra DeBerry*

    SheriffDemocrat Thomas E. Brown*

    Tax CommissionerDemocrat Claudia G. Lawson*

    Chief MagistrateDemocrat Berryl A. Anderson*

    Solicitor General of DeKalbCountyDemocrat Sherry Boston*

    Chief Executive OfcerDemocrat Burrell Ellis*

    County Commission

    District 1Republican Elaine Boyer*District 4Democrat - Sharon Barnes-Sutton*District 5Democrat Lee May*District 6Democrat Kathie Gannon*

    DeKalb County Soil and WaterConservation District Supervi-sor(Vote for two)Doug Denton*Dell MacGregor*City of Brookhaven SpecialElection

    MayorLarry DaneseJ. Max DavisSandy MurrayThom Shepard

    Council memberDistrict 1Alan ColeMichelle ConlonKevin D. Fitzpatrick Jr.Kevin MeadersRebecca Chase Williams

    Council memberDistrict 2Jim EyreLarry HurstRussell Mitchell

    Council memberDistrict 3Deborah AnthonyHope BawcomBates MattisonBridget ODonnellBen PodgorKevin QuirkJulia RussoGaye L. StathisErik Steavens

    Council memberDistrict 4Joe GebbiaKaren LordKerry Witt

    City of Chamblee Special Elec-tion

    Shall the Act be approved which an-nexes certain land onto the City ofChamblee?Yes No

    * (incumbent)

    An opponent of the charter school amendment holds a sign near an early voting precinct. Photo byAndrew Cauthen

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 11ALocal News

    Arnold Schwarzenegger lms movie in DeKalb

    Movie trailers are set up in the parking lot of Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Decatur. Actor Ar-

    nold Schwarzenegger was in DeKalb County lming a new movie calledTen. Photo by Carla Parker

    Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcasts current performance underthe current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests ofyour community to

    DeKalb County Wants to Hear From YouRegarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal

    with Comcast Cable Communications

    by Carla [email protected]

    The Terminator made avisit to DeKalb County. Actorand former California gover-norArnold Schwarzeneggerwas in DeKalb County Oct.16-26 lming scenes for a newmovie called Ten.

    Productions crews were setup in Tucker at Brockett Walk,near Lawrenceville Highway,and in Decatur at ClairmontPresbyterian Church.

    The movie, which is set tobe released in 2013, is aboutfederal Drug EnforcementAdministrator agents who roba drug cartels safe house andhen nd themselves beingaken down one by one be-

    cause of that robbery. Schwar-

    zenegger toldEmpire maga-zine that the lm will be veryike a new Predator.

    Its a team around meand they get knocked off untilheres only me left, Schwar-

    zenegger said. Except in thiscase there will be a differentwist to the whole thing in-

    stead of some alien monster.The movie also stars Sam

    Worthington, Terrence How-ard and Dawn Olivieri.

    Productions crews were atBrockett Walk on Oct. 23 and24. Residents were informedof the project in a letter and

    old that crews will be in thearea with trucks and equip-ment during the week leadingup to Oct. 23. The crews thenmoved their trucks and equip-ment to Clairmont Presbyte-ian Church on Oct. 25 andeft Oct. 26.

    Several movies have beenlmed in DeKalb Countysince the county was deemedcamera ready for TV andmovie projects in 2010 byGeorgias Film, Music &Digital Entertainment Ofce.DeKalb County spokesmanBurke Brennan said cam-

    era ready is a partnershipbetween the county and thestate economic developmentdepartment.

    More than 336 projectswere lmed in Georgia in thescal year ending June 30,2011, with an economic in-vestment of more than $683million.

    Movies lmed in DeKalbCounty include Vampire Dia-ries, American Reunion, SteeleMagnolias remake, and manyothers. Brennan said there areseveral movies that are shoot-ng in the county now.

    We do encourage thisas much as possible becausets an economic develop-

    ment driver, he said. It putspeople to work and of course

    when these production com-panies come in theyre buyinglocal, theyre hiring local and ofcourse we support that.

    Brennan said the county hasa lot of vacant manufacturingwarehouse space that is beingused for lming. He said thecounty has indirectly benetedfrom the lm industry with li-censes and fees for occupancyand permits.

    But I think the bigger valueis the direct benet, he said.They hire extras, they hire localelectricians, and they hire locallighting, sound and visual crews.They hire all these people andthey pay wages and these peoplewith the money spend the moneyin DeKalb County, generatingsale taxes and stuff like that.





    The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with scattered showers

    today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 80 in Germantown, Md. The

    Southeast will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest

    temperature of 84 in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Northwest will see scattered showers today, mostly clear

    to partly cloudy skies with a few showers Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 72

    in Torrington, Wyo. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the

    highest temperature of 91 in Gila Bend, Ariz.


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    The Champion Weather Nov. 1, 2012Seven Day Forecast

    Local UV Index

    WEDNESDAYPartly Cloudy

    High: 69 Low: 45

    TUESDAYMostly Cloudy

    High: 64 Low: 42

    MONDAYFew Showers

    High: 67 Low: 44

    SUNDAYMostly Sunny

    High: 70 Low: 47


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    Weather History

    Nov. 1, 1861 - Ahurricane near

    Cape Hatteras, N.C. battered a

    Union fleet of ships that wasattacking Carolina ports. The

    hurricane produced high tides

    and high winds in New York

    state and New England.

    Weather Trivia

    Tonight's Planets

    What is a front?

    Answer: A boundary zone between

    two air masses of different density.









    National Weather Summary This Week

    Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week

    StarWatch By Gary Becker - Sungrazing Comet on its Way

    Today we will see sunny skies with a high

    temperature of 61, humidity of 51%. West wind

    5 to 15 mph. The record high temperature fortoday is 81 set in 1950. Expect mostly clear skies

    tonight with an overnight low of 43. The record

    low for tonight is 30 set in 1993.

    Nov. 2, 1989 - Squalls in the

    Upper Great Lakes region the

    first three days of the month

    buried Ironwood, Mich. under

    46 inches of snow and produced

    40 inches at Hurley, Wis. Arctic

    cold invaded the Southern Plains

    region. Midland, Texas reported

    a record low of 22 degrees.

    Heads up! If you remember Comet Hale-Bopp (1997), the brightest comet seen for the longest period of time in recorded history, or bright Comet Hyakutake (1996), with

    its blue fluorescent tail next to the stars of the Dig Dipper, then get ready for perhaps another barnburner, Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). The brightnesses of comets are one of

    the most difficult predictions that astronomers make and ISON will be challenging. Comets are composed of a mixture of icy materials, mostly water, dust, and some rock.

    The ratios of ice to dust vary greatly among members. These gatecrashers first head toward the sun from the outposts of our solar system, then over millions of years get

    snagged by the planets into shorter and shorter orbital paths. Many are also expelled from the solar system. Comet ISON has similar characteristics to the Great Comet of 1680, and if that

    is the case, when it passes 1.1 million miles from the sun on November 28, 2013, it could produce a wonderfully large tail visible for several months starting in mid-November. Thats very

    exciting news. On the other hand, ISON could simply disintegrate in the suns heat and strong gravity and be lost. Currently still beyond Jupiters orbit, ISON is much brighter than expect-

    ed for its distance from the sun, and this should be sounding a warning to astronomers to be careful. Comet Kohoutek, C/1973 E1, was also discovered beyond the orbit of Jupiter, and was

    similarly brighter than it should have been. Kohouteks initial brightness fooled astronomers into thinking that here was the m other of all comets. Instead, Kohoutek was coming to us from

    the rockier Kuiper Belt with an excess of volatiles on its surface but not that much ice underneath. When it rounded the sun in December of 1973, the ices were gone, and the comet flubbed

    big time. At least lets keep our hopes high that Comet ISON will be respectable.

    Rise Set

    Mercury 9:56 a.m. 7:46 p.m.

    Venus 5:11 a.m. 5:14 p.m.Mars 11:07 a.m. 8:55 p.m.

    Jupiter 8:41 p.m. 10:53 a.m.

    Saturn 7:25 a .m. 6:32 p.m.

    Uranus 5:05 p.m. 5:20 a.m.

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    *Last Weeks Almanac

    Date Hi Lo Normals Precip

    Tuesday 78 48 71/50 0.00"

    Wednesday 79 48 70/50 0.01"

    Thursday 80 52 70/50 0.00"

    Friday 80 57 70/49 0.00"

    Saturday 67 51 69/49 0.00"

    Sunday 54 46 69/49 0.00"

    Monday 55 44 69/48 0.00"Rainfall . . . . . . .0.01" Average temp . .59.9

    Normal rainfall . .0.72" Average normal 59.5

    Departure . . . . .-0.71" Departure . . . . .+0.4*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

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    Bands will make them dance

    See Bands on Page 13A

    Stephenson drum majors wait to go on the eld for thebands halftime show.

    by Carla [email protected]

    When the game clock hits 00:00n the fourth quarter of a high school

    football game, the game is over for theeams, but not for the marching bands.

    They have one more quarter to play:he fth quarter.

    Its all about the music, saidDeKalb County School District musiccoordinatorDon Roberts. Its notabout the marching; its not about thedancing; its not about who has the bestmoves. Its about playing.

    The fth quarter, originally startedby Historically Black Colleges andUniversities marching bands, is whenhe two bands battle each other through

    music. After one band nishes play-ng a song the other band plays. Andt goes back and forth until one of the

    bands runs out of music or they areforced to stop playing.

    Weve been out there as long as anhour and a half after the game is over,said Travis Kimber, band directorat Martin Luther King, Jr. High and a1992 Southwest DeKalb High Schoolgraduate. Kimber said M.L Kings lon-gest fth quarter battle came againstStephenson. Weve been escorted outby police on a couple of occasions;ights cut off on us on a couple of oc-

    casions.The stadium lights have been cut off

    on fth quarter sessions between theStephenson and Redan bands severalimes as well.

    It got to the point where the ambu-

    lance pulled right in front of the bandsand shined its lights up in the stadium

    just to give us a little extra light, said

    Stephenson High School band directorQuentin Goins.

    A year-round sport

    Marching band is similar to sportsin DeKalb County. While the othersports have seasons that last for a fewmonths, band seasonwhich includessymphonic band, jazz band, solo andensemble groupsis year-round. Bandmembers practice long hours afterschool and sometimes on weekendsto become better musicians and betterthan their competition.

    The bands perform at football

    games, parades, band competitions andspecial events. DeKalb marching bandshave won numerous awards and per-formed all over the world. The MartinLuther King Marching Jr. Lions, alsoknown as The Kings of Halftime,have performed at the Cotton Bowl inDallas, Texas, and traveled to SouthAfrica in 2006.

    The Stephenson Marching Jaguars,also known as the Sonic Sound, have

    performed in the National MemorialDay Parade in Washington D.C., theMacys Thanksgiving Day Parade in

    New York City and Tournament ofRoses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

    The Southwest DeKalb MarchingPanthers, who consider themselvesthe best band in the land, have per-formed at the Macys Thanksgiving

    Day Parade, the Carnival of Flowersin Nice, France, and the Tournamentof Roses Parade in 2006 and 2011.

    Theyve also performed for two U.S.presidents and for the opening cer-emony of the 1996 Centennial OlympicGames in Atlanta. They were also fea-tured in the movieDrumline.

    Redan Highs Blue ThunderMarching Band has a long list ofawards that includes winning the Na-tional VH1 Save the Music Battle ofthe Bands twice. In May, Towers HighSchool band won $5,500 and a Gram-my award from the Grammy Foun-dation. Clarkston High School bandreceived instruments worth $46,150from a Mr. Hollands Opus Foundationgrant.

    Best bands in the land

    DeKalb County is known for havingsome of the top band programs in thenation.

    We like to think of DeKalb Countylike the [Southeastern Conference] forhigh school bands, Roberts said. TheSEC is the upper echelon for collegefootball in the country and we like tothink of DeKalb County as the up-

    per echelon for high school bands inAmerica.

    Roberts began his career in DeKalbin 1986 as a band director at McNairMiddle School. During that time, theMcNair High School marching bandwas considered the best in DeKalb andit was the rst band to reach 200 mem-

    bers.Before McNair, Columbia High

    School was the top band in the late

    80s, Kimber said.Southwest DeKalb became the

    head honcho in DeKalb in the 1990s.Roberts served as band director atSouthwest DeKalb from 1990-96 andthen served as band director and musiccoordinator from 1998-2003.

    Roberts said DeKalb County is thebest in the band world because of thetalented students and teachers.

    We just recruit good teachers andone of the things I learned as musiccoordinator was that the key to chang-ing a child or changing a program isthrough the teacher, he said.

    The recruitment of those good banddirectors, most of them DeKalb Countygraduates, started the rivalry amongthe bands in the county, according toRoberts.

    When I rst came to SouthwestDeKalb, Southwest somewhat ruled the

    band world by themselves for a longtime, he said. But then we got banddirectors in here who werent satisedwith that. They wanted some of the ac-colades; they wanted to be the best.

    Competitions form friendships

    Those band directors includedRedan High School band directorLo-renzo Moore and former StephensonHigh School band director Dr. MarvinPryor, who led Stephensons bandwhen the school opened in 1996.

    A Southwest DeKalb drum major dances during the bands dance routine. Photos by Travis Hudgons

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    Bands Continued From Page 12AMoore, a 1984 Southwest

    DeKalb graduate, was namedRedans band director in 1996.Redans band, which wasa core style marching bandbefore Moores tenure, tran-itioned to the high-stepping,how-style that is popular with

    Black marching bands.Moore said he thinks band

    ivalries are created by the stu-dents.

    They know one anotherand theyre always talking backand forth on Facebook saying,Our band is better, he said.But one thing that helps our

    band out is the [Metro Atlanta]Precision Band Camp everyummer. They get together andhey challenge each other on

    playing scales and then whenhey get together at the games itust increases the competition.

    Kimber, who has been thedirector at M.L. King since thechool opened in 2001, saidivalries are usually formed

    when there are two strong bandprograms.

    Typically, if the competi-ion is one-sided and one bands very large and the other is

    very small, or one is very goodand the other is not so good,you really dont have a rivalry,he said.

    Stephensons Goins, a 1997Redan graduate, also said ri-valries are formed through out-tanding band programs.

    The students feed off theuccess of others, he said. If

    youre successful then some-body else wants to be success-ul.

    Goins said rivalries betweenbands can also be formedhrough the rivalries of thechools.

    I wouldnt say its just aivalry between the bands, butts a rivalry between the twochools, he said. The cheer-eaders, the football team, the

    bands, everything.Stephenson and M.L. King

    have become one of the topivalries in the county. Whenhe two football teams meet,he game always attracts a largerowd and has also become a

    battle between the bands andchools.

    Friendly rivalries

    Although the word rivalrys sometimes connected with

    hostility, Roberts and the otherdirectors said hatred band ri-valries.

    Its a healthy rivalry be-

    ause these guys like eachother so much, Roberts said.They compete against each

    other on Friday nights but onSunday theyre at my house

    watching the football games.Were watching the foot-

    ball games, watching bandtapes, comparing the differentdrills and that kind of thing,Moore said. We learn fromone another in DeKalb Coun-ty.

    We knew each other be-fore we were band directors,Kimber said. Some of us arefraternity brothers.

    We were friends in highschool and in college, Goinssaid. Me and the director atMiller Grove High School[Keven Shepherd] go back to10th grade.

    They may be friends, but ongame day, the friendship is puton hold.

    If were not playing South-west DeKalb this week I maycall Mr. [James] Seda and we

    may go out and have lunchtogether. But the week of thegame we cut all of that off,Kimber said. Were not go-ing to talk that week before thegame.

    Friendships form betweenthe band students as well.

    They see each other in the[district] honor band, the all-state program, solo and ensem-

    ble, Roberts said. Theyrevery competitive, but they likeeach other.

    The band directors and stu-dents all want their bands to beconsidered the best band inthe land, but the ultimate goalis to transform the studentsinto successful musicians. Inthe past decade, DeKalb bandstudents have earned more than$100 million in band scholar-ships and some have gone on to

    become successful musiciansor band directors.

    From the competitive per-spective, they want to be the

    best, Roberts said. And thedirectors push the kids. Some

    people say, Well, you push thekids too hard. All I can say islook at the results. Look at the

    number of scholarships overthe years. Millions and millionsof scholarships because theseguys are preparing our stu-dents not to be marching bandstudents but to be total musi-cians.

    For additional band photos,scan the QR code or visitTheChampions Facebook pageat http://www.championnews- or

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 14ABusiness

    Two Decatur Town Center, 125 Clairemont Ave., Suite 235, Decatur, GA 30030


    The Voice of Business in DeKalb CountyDeKalb Chamber of Commerce

    Private Bank of Decatur is open for businessPrivate Bank of Decatur

    opened its doors Oct. 22n the One Decatur Town

    Center development at 150East Ponce de Leon Ave.corner of Church Street and

    East Ponce). Led by vet-ran Decatur bankerJudyTurner, the bank, a divisionof Private Bank of Buck-head, offers the security andoundness of a solid exist-ng community bank with apecial focus on the Decaturommunity, according to the

    banks officials.Earlier this year the bank

    gained state approval forhe expansion and received

    FDIC approval on June 13.Turner and her teamwhichncludes several other bank-rs already familiar to the

    Decatur markethave sincebeen busy opening accountsand overseeing the gut reno-vation of its center-of-townocation.

    Charter customers of thebank have been discoveringhat our name exemplifies

    our approach: We believehat all customers should

    benefit from the privatebanking approach otherbanks reserve for a certainfew, said Turner, who hasbeen in banking in metroAtlanta for more than 45

    years. We have team mem-bers with deep roots bothpersonally and professionallyn Decatur, and new team

    members who are joining uspecifically to serve Decatur.

    Many will be familiar to cus-omers and are certainly fa-

    miliar with the community.The bank plans several

    ommunity-oriented kick-offvents, including a week-ong, drop-in celebration.Were asking folks to join

    us any day Tuesday, Nov. 13,hrough Friday, Nov. 16, 2-4

    p.m., Turner said. Wellbe offering refreshmentsand primarily getting to sayhello to anyone who has not

    had a chance to stop by in thepreceding weeks. One daywasnt enough, so were say-ng thank you for a whole

    week to Decatur for welcom-ng us.

    Along with a more tai-ored, hands-on banking

    approach, she said, PrivateBank of Decatur also of-fers the latest in technology,ncluding online and mo-

    bile deposit capabilities, aswell as smart phone apps,which enable customersto view account balances,transfer funds, pay bills andmore. She also said the bank

    provides free ATM usage. Itdoes not charge ATM feesof its own and refunds thosethat other institutions charge.

    From the beginning,Private Bank of Buckheadhas served both individualsand businesses beyond itsnamesake community, so itsstrategy, service and commu-nity service already take intoaccount customers beyondthe borders that that namemay imply, Turner said.Now, through Private Bankof Decatur and its location inmy home community, I amhappy to again be serving myfriends and neighbors, andbringing them a true commu-nity bank.

    Two bankers who previ-ously worked with Turner atDecatur First Bank, MelanieFunkand Jamie Ensley,have been part of the teamfor months now. More re-cently added were SeniorLending OfficerGreg Rus-sell and Personal BankersJoAnn Ellis and JuanitaMarzette. Also on site inDecatur is Greg Wood, cred-

    it portfolio manager. Turnersaid other team members willbe added as customer needdemands and as other sea-soned bankers are identified.

    Turner started her careerwith Citizens & SouthernNational Bank. In fact, sheworked at the Private Bankof Decatur site when it was aC&S bank. She is currentlypresident of the DecaturBook Festival, chair of theDevelopment Authority ofDeKalb County, trustee ofthe DeKalb History Center,treasurer of Seniors HelpingSeniors and is on the boardof the DeKalb Medical Foun-dation. She also served onthe boards of the CommunityBankers Association and theGeorgia Bankers Associa-tion.

    Since the launch of Pri-vate Bank of Buckhead, wehave said that our strategymight eventually includephysical expansion intoother markets, said Char-lie Crawford, president,CEO and chairman of the

    DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis reminds youof the Best Practices for Proper Disposal of

    Plumbing and sanitary sewer systems are simply not designed to handle the F.O.G. that accumulatesin pipes. When it gets into the pipes and hardens, blockages occur and cause sewage to backup andoverow out of manholes or into homes. This is expensive for you, and for the County.The damages caused by fats, oils and grease in the sewer system are costly to repair. Over time,they increase the costs of our water and sewer services.

    F.O.G. enters plumbing through garbage disposals, sinks and toilets. It coats the inside of plumbingpipes and also empties into DeKalb Countys sewer system. Here are three simple guidelines to helpkeep F.O.G. out of our pipes and sewers:




    POURfats, oils or grease into a sealable container, allow it to cool and throw it

    in the trash. Do not pour down the drain or toilet.

    SCRAPEplates and cookware before washing. Do not throw scraps of any kinddown the drain. Instead, place them in waste containers or garbage bags.

    WIPEexcess grease from all plates, pots, pans, utensils, and surfaces with apaper towel before washing. Throw the greasy paper towel away.

    Buckhead bank, and thisexpansion is driven by theavailability of great bankingtalent. That is a great fit forus strategically, a continuedopportunity for these talented

    Decatur bankers to serve thecommunity they know andlove, and, we think, a greatopportunity to introduce abroader marketthe peopleof Decaturto a successful

    high-touch service model.Those familiar with Turn-

    er may be pleased to knowthat, yes, Private Bank ofDecatur includes a popcornmachine in the lobby.

    Greg Russell, senior lending ofcer, and Judy Turner, president, are among the ofcers ready toserve customers at the newly opened Private Bank of Decatur. Photo provided

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 15ALocal News

    Archives visitors limited to two-hour appointmentsATLANTA (AP)

    Starting in November,most visitors to the Geor-gia Archives in Morrowwill have to make anappointment to do their

    esearch in two-hourblocks.

    In mid-October, Sec-etary of State Brian

    Kemp released thechedule that will be in

    effect Nov. 1. The ar-chives will be open byappointment only onThursdays, Fridays andSaturdays during thefirst and second weekof each month. It willbe closed to the publicentirely during the thirdand fourth weeks of each

    month.Jared Thomas, a

    pokesman for the sec-etary of state, said the

    archives center is layingoff seven of its 10 work-ers as part of a statewidedirective from Gov. Na-han Deal to cut costs.

    Kemp said in the newselease that he will work

    with the governor andawmakers to eventuallyestore funding to the

    archives so that it couldagain open to the public.

    The secretary of stateoversees the archives,which had been openfrom 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Fridays and Satur-days. Kemp has said he

    believes the moves willmake the Georgia Ar-chives the only one inthe country without regu-lar public hours. Oppo-nents have warned suchcuts will stifle researchand conservation efforts.

    Deal has ordered ev-ery state office to reducespending by 3 percentfor the remainder ofthe current budget year,which runs through June30, 2013, and again inthe following year. That

    totals almost $733,000for Kemps office.

    The archives houseshistorical records com-monly used for every-thing from scholarlyresearch to family trees.Employees also work to

    preserve important docu-ments ranging from mapsto books.

    The plan will allowfor 288 visitorsnearlythe same number thearchives accommodateseach month. However,

    most will be limited totwo hours, while sometwo-and-a-half-hour ap-

    pointments are availablein the original documents

    section.Researchers using

    the Open Documents Re-search Area will have totell staff what they need

    when they make the ap-pointment so that the re-cords can be pulled andwaiting for them whenthey arrive.

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 16AEducation

    IHM students surprise staffwith random act of kindness

    education Briefs

    by Daniel [email protected]

    Immaculate Heart ofMary Catholic SchoolStudents AnnaliseOConnell, Sofa Arboleda,and Bailey Apgar all share

    a birthday in October. Thisyear, instead of having a

    birthday party and gettingpresents from their friends,they were inspired to dosomething different.

    The three girls, who arein the same second gradeclass, were inspired to give

    by the story ofMaggie LeeHenson who passed awayat a young age several yearsago. Bailey Apgars motherCindy Apgar said the threegirls asked their friends todonate toys and books to theschool library rather thangive them presents.

    Maggie Lee Hensonwas a vibrant 12-year-oldgirl, Cindy Apgar said.Her generous heart andcompassion for others often

    prompted her to reach out tostrangers and those in need.For example, she wouldoften make her mom pullover to buy a hamburger ifshe saw a homeless person.

    On the way to youthcamp, the bus transportingthe First Baptist YouthGroup had a tire blow out

    and Maggie Lee Hensonsustained a traumatic braininjury and remained in a

    coma for three weeks beforedying Aug. 2, 2009. CindyApgar said Maggie LeeHensons motherJinnyHenson is a close friend ofhers.

    Soon after Maggie LeeHensons death, Cindy

    Apgar said Jinny Hensonstarted a Facebook groupand website called MaggieLee for Good. Family andfriends of Maggie Lee

    pledged to get 1,300 peopleto sign up via the websiteand commit to one randomact of kindness or good deedon October 29, 2009, inhonor of what would have

    been Maggie Lees 13thbirthday.

    This story inspired thethree girls to ask theirfriends to give to the libraryin Maggie Lee Hensonsname.

    I was surprised andoverwhelmed by Annalise,Bailey, and Soasgenerosity, said IHMLibrarian Sandy Wilson hasworked for the school for 25years. One basket was lledwith beautiful hardback and

    paperback books. The othertwo baskets were lled withitems for my treasure chestand included everythingfrom stuffed animals andnotepads to a fantasticassortment of toys.

    Cindy Apgar said Wilsongoes above and beyond togive to her studentseven

    ASU student from Decatur speaks at sym-posium

    Albany State University seniorBreannaPerson of Decatur was curious about the im-ages of Black women portrayed on television.This interest led to a research project titled

    Im Not Fat, Im Thick: The Effects of Me-dia on African American College Women.Person made an oral presentation about

    he methodology, sample and ndings of theproject at the 2012 Regional UndergraduateResearch Symposium Oct. 25

    My research is about how African-Amer-can women do not accept the media images

    displayed on television. Black women feelhat models seen on television of gold dig-

    gers, video vixens and Jezebels do not rep-esent the positive African-American womenhat they are, Person said.

    Kiwanis give away books at ICM

    The Kiwanis Club of Decatur has part-nered with the International CommunitySchool (ICS) for the past three years in aproject to support literacy among the young-st students ICMs. Kiwanis volunteers go to

    he school three times a year to distribute freebooks to all kindergarten and rst grade stu-dents.

    Kiwanis members Joey Charles andLatoya Smith presented the books Oct. 19 toCS students and talked about how Kiwanis isnvolved in the community.

    Atlantas Candler family story told in newbook by Emory alumna

    Ann Uhry Abrams, author and alumnusof Emorys Laney Graduate School, will givean illustrated author talk about her new bookon the Candler family of Atlanta titledFor-mula for Fortune: How Asa Candler Discov-ered Coca-Cola and Turned It into the WealthHis Children Enjoyed.

    The free event will be held Nov. 12 at6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room on level three ofEmorys Robert W. Woodruff Library.

    Abrams book tells the story of how Asa

    Griggs Candler acquired the secret formulafrom pharmacist and Coca-Cola inventorJohn Pemberton and turned it into a popularsoft drink when he founded the Coca-ColaCompany, through which he made his for-tune. That fortune shaped not only his life andhis familyswife Lucy Elizabeth and chil-dren Howard, Lucy, Asa Jr., Walter, andWilliambut also the future of Emory andthe city of Atlanta.

    Dunwoody Elementary student wins artcontest, celebrates at Georgia Aquarium

    Last year, fth-grade student Carol Zhoufrom Dunwoody Elementary School, wonsecond place nationally in the Coastal Ameri-ca Art Contest, which was facilitated througha relationship with the Georgia Aquarium.

    Students ranging from kindergartenthrough college were recognized as winnersin the national contest to create artwork thatbest illustrated one of the seven essentialprinciples of ocean literacy. The winningstudents were invited to Washington, D.C., toparticipate in a special awards ceremony andseries of ocean celebratory events.

    Their artwork was also on display in anexhibition at the Department of Commerce,the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Ad-ministration, the Ronald Reagan InternationalTrade Center, the National Geographic Soci-ety, and The Smithsonian Institution duringthe 2012 Capitol Hill Ocean Week.

    Zhou was unable to attend the ceremoniesin Washington D.C., so the Georgia Aquariumhosted their own celebration and invited Zhouto accept her award from Coastal America.Carol and her art teacher at DES, LauraFleury-Bell, also got a backstage tour of theaquarium.

    Oglethorpe breaks ground on campuscenter

    Oglethorpe University held a groundbreak-ing ceremony Oct. 26 for its new campuscenter.

    The university raised more than $15 mil-lion to build the center, which will be con-structed on the site of the former EmersonStudent Center. The new building is scheduledto open in fall 2013.

    The new campus center will offer a designthat is modern but still aesthetically consistentwith Oglethorpes Gothic revival architec-ture, according to a release. The facility willprovide multipurpose spaces to meet, studyand play, including a dining hall, coffee shop,bookstore and outdoor patios.

    For more information about constructionprojects on the Oglethorpe University cam-pus, visit See IHM on Page 17A

    Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School students Annalise

    OConnell, Bailey Apgar and Soa Arboleda share a birthday in Oc-tober. The three girls decided to ask their friends to donate booksand toys to librarian Sandy Wilson as an act of kindness. Photoprovided

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    The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 17A

    The DeKalb County School Districtis having the

    District-wide Parent

    Involvement Policy MeetingThursday, November 8, 20125:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    DeKalb County Board Room

    1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.

    Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

    All Parents of Title l Students are invited

    to come and provide input, suggestions

    and ideas.

    For additional information or questions contact:

    Dr. Sherry Everett, Executive Director, Ofice of FederalPrograms at 678.676.0257 or Brenda Williams,Title l

    Coordinator at 678.676.0312

    El distrito escolar del Condado

    DeKalb est teniendo la reunin de

    poltica de participacin de padres

    de todo el distrito jueves, 08 deNoviembre de 2012 17:00-19:00

    DeKalb County Board Room

    1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.

    Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

    Todos los padres de ttulo l estudiantes

    estn invitados a venir y proporcionar

    entrada, sugerencias e ideas.

    Para preguntas o informacin adicional pngase en contactocon: Dr. Sherry Everett, Director Ejecutivo, Oicina de

    programas federales en 678-676-0257 o Brenda Williams,

    ttulo l Coordinator en 678-676-0312

    Attention All Title I Parents!!! Atencin todos los ttulo I Padres!!!!!!

    IHMContinued From Page 16A

    tocking her treasure chestfull of toys to motivatehildren to read throughouthe year.

    Shes gured outompelling ways to motivate

    kids to visit the library inhe summer, Cindy Apgaraid. Its quite unexpected

    and fascinating to hear mydaughter in the middle of theummer say, Can I please goo the library today? We are

    grateful to her for all she doeso instill a love of readingn our childrenfor a love

    of reading at an early ageprovides a solid foundationfor success in school and inife.

    Wilson said the books thegirls donated will be placed inhe library and the toys will be

    used for her accelerated readerprogram. The three girls saidhe main reason behind the

    donation was to give back toheir librarian in hopes thatomeone would notice and doomething similar.

    I like presents, but I likemaking somebody happy evenmore, Annalise OConnellaid.

    In June 2012, the DeKalb County School Dis-trict (DCSD) invited members of the public tovolunteer their services for a 12-member CitizensSPLOST Oversight Committee. The advisorycommittee will hold its rst meeting in the up-coming weeks to begin providing citizen reviewof the voter-approved SPLOST project list.

    The SPLOST Oversight Committee consists ofmembers with experience in accounting, architec-ture, auditing, construction, engineering, nance,K-12 education, law planning, project manage-ment and real estate.

    The SPLOST Oversight Committee consists ofresidents Christine Avers, Paul Baisier, CathyBlakeney, Wyvern Budram, Narwanna D. el-Shabazz, B.R. Billy Ray Jones, KimberlyMitchell, Kirk A. Nooks, Charles Rogers,Kerry Williams, A. E. Gene Wise and DelilahWynn-Brown.

    Fernbank Science Centerrobotics team wins rst place

    DCSD announces 12-personSPLOST oversight committee

    The Fernbank Science CentersLINKS Robotics Team wonrst place in Georgias BESTRobotics Competition Oct. 20.

    BEST, which stands forboosting engineering, scienceand technology, is a roboticscompetition for middle andhigh school students. Thisyears competition was heldat Southern PolytechnicUniversity and requiredstudents to design, constructand drive a robot that acts likea space elevator.

    Students had six weeks toproduce the most innovativeand successful robot possible.This year, the competitionfeatured 22 middle and high

    school teams from around thestate.

    Fernbank Science Centersteam included students from

    Arabia Mountain, Chamblee,Druid Hills, Lakeside, Lithonia,and M. L. King Jr. HighSchools, competed in BESTfor the ninth consecutiveyear. Debi Huffman, whohas been the teams instructorand mentor since its founding,was also honored with theinaugural Glenn Allen Awardfor outstanding mentors inrecognition of her contributionsto the LINKS team and toFernbank and the DeKalbCounty community.

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    Page 18A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

    Newsandevents ofthe

    DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCETwo Decatur Town Center, 125 Clairemont Ave. Suite 235, Decatur, GA, 30030 404.378.8000

    Brought to you in partnership with:

    by Leonardo McClarty

    The DeKalb ChamberLegislave Preview Fo-rum: Fusing Policy andBusiness

    Business growth andprosperityare oen fu-eled by ahost of fac-tors supe-rior productor service,customerloyalty, mar-ket condi-ons, lead-ership andculture justto name afew. Another factor thates into business suc-cess is polical climateand the regulatory envi-ronment.

    Whether a small busi-ness or an internaonalcorporaon, policies en-acted by our local, state,and federal offi cials of-ten impact the boomline of the private sector.

    As such, businesses andorganizaons like theDeKalb Chamber spendinordinate amounts ofme culvang relaonswith elected offi cials inorder to advance the

    cause of com-merce.

    It is in therole of busi-ness advocateand providerof substan-ve informa-on that theDeKalb Cham-ber will hostits secondannual Legisla-ve Preview

    Breakfast and Forum onTuesday, November 13.Working in collaboraonwith Leadership DeKalband the DeKalb Leagueof Women Voters, theDeKalb Chamber willpresent a public forumwhereby business andcivic leaders can hearfirst hand from selectmembers of the DeKalb

    Delegaon on the billsbeing considered in2013. Confirmed par-cipants include SenatorJason Carter, SenatorFran Millar, SenatorEmanuel Jones, Rep-resentave HowardMosby and Representa-ve Mike Jacobs. Theforum will be moderatedby journalist and SouthFork Conservancy Execu-ve Director Sally Sears.

    Some of the issuesto be discussed are po-tenal creaon of a Cityof DeKalb, transit gov-ernance, MARTA, andoverall transportaonfunding, healthcare, thestate budget, and educa-on.

    The forum promisesto be informave andenlightening. Ticketsare $35 for Chambermembers and $45 fornon-members and canbe purchased by visit-ing the DeKalb Chamberwebsite at

    Presidents Message:

    The DeKalb Chamber Legislative PreviewForum-Fusing Policy and Busines