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New tech-ed revealed at Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Georgia’s growing film and television industry, worth an estimated $6 billion for the state annually, is helping to drive new training programs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. At the institution’s 2017 State of the College event, held on Feb. 23 in its main campus on North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, president Jabari Simama told about 100 guests the Georgia Piedmont students of today will lead the modern technology workforce of the future. He said programs in drone technology, three dimensional printing, cyber security, and on-set operations for the film and television industry are being added to the college’s curriculum. “Tech-ed is hot,” he said. “It’s on fire!”

Resources Fair offering job training, employment help

Job hunters needing help with job readiness training and employment can attend the free public Career and Community Resources Fair being hosted by U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson on March 3.

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Retired AME bishop, wife get Wesley Woods Foundation award

Retired AME Bishop John Hurst Adams and his wife, Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams, are being honored by the Foundation at Wesley Woods as 2017 Heroes, Saints and Legends recipients. The Adamses, both in their 80s, will be celebrated at a March 30 gala at the St. Regis Atlanta for their commitment to civil rights, social justice and raising awareness in the African American community about cognitive disorders affecting seniors.

Threats put DeKalb Schools superintendent and family under police protection

Threats made against DeKalb School District Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green and his family, have prompted the district to place them under police protection.

DeKalb CEO seeks last-minute budget amendment to fix water woes

DeKalb’s water billing woes are so vast, county CEO Michael Thurmond is asking the Board of Commissioners to consider an amendment to his proposed $1.3 billion budget for 2017 when the board meets to adopt it on Tuesday morning.Thurmond would not say how big a change it will be but he told commissioners that water issue “ is the most critical crisis facing our county today

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Bob Mathis Elementary girls to see Hidden Figures movies with help of neighbors

Fifty-one fourth and fifth grade girls from Bob Mathis Elementary will get to see the popular 2016 biographical film Hidden Figures, compliments of two homeowners associations near the Decatur school. The students – 27 fourth graders and 24 fifth graders – will get an all-expense paid field trip to see the movie at the Satellite Cinemas South DeKalb.

DeKalb man convicted in drug importation conspiracy

A DeKalb man who lied his way into becoming a United States citizen, and illegally imported and sold misbranded male enhancement drugs from China throughout Atlanta and the southeast, has been convicted on four federal charges. Ismail Ali Khan, 29, of Decatur, was indicted by a federal grand jury along with four co-defendants in Atlanta on May 28, 2014, for conspiring to illegally import male enhancement products containing the active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis. On Feb. 13 this year, following a six-day jury trial, Khan was convicted of conspiracy, illegal importation of misbranded drug products from China, receiving misbranded drugs that had moved in interstate commerce, and making false statements in order to become a naturalized U. S. citizen. Kahn, who became a U. S. citizen on March 14, 2014 – just two months before his arrest and remand in custody – is due to be sentenced at 10 a.m. on April 27 by U. S. District Judge Steve C. Jones.

Lithonia, Stonecrest traffic disruptions explained in Feb. 28 open house

Information about traffic disruptions throughout 2017 in Stonecrest and Lithonia, resulting from a $24 million sewerage infrastructure upgrade, will be publicly discussed at an open house hosted by the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The free public meeting, starting at 6 p.m. in the Stonecrest Library at 3123 Klondike Road in Lithonia, is the second in a series of open houses on the Honey Creek Pump Station and Force Main Improvements project. The first was held in the library on Jan. 10.

Rezoning sought for mixed-use development near Avondale MARTA station

A developer’s plan to rezone almost nine acres at East Ponce de Leon and North Arcadia avenues in Decatur, to build a new housing and retail complex, will be considered by the DeKalb County’s Planning Commission at its March 8 meeting. The county government has received a rezoning application from Alliance Realty Services, for a mixed-use development comprising up to 270 apartments, a grocery store, and additional retail space near the Avondale MARTA station. The Planning Commission will decide whether the land, currently zoned Light Industrial, should have a Neighborhood Center zoning, when it considers the application at its 6.30 p.m. meeting in the Manuel Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur.

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Tucker High JROTC is highest ranked in DeKalb County

Students at Tucker High School are excelling in the Air Force’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, achieving the highest standard possible in their unit inspection on Jan. 23. It is believed to be the first time in nine years that a DeKalb County Air Force JROTC unit has achieved the Exceeds Standards mark from inspectors based at the Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. The Tucker class, GA-9511, is now a distinguished unit with merit, comprising about 100 students in grades 9-12, and is instructed by Lt. Col. Terry Robinson Sr. and Tech. Sgt. Denise Womack. “All the students’ hard work paid off,” Womack said on Feb. 14. “That’s like the Super Bowl ring - that’s our Super Bowl ring,” she said of the achievement.

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