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Congressman Johnson announces 2014 winners of CBCF scholarships

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarships. The five winners hail from across the Fourth Congressional Dis

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Spotlight On: Suite 20 Day Spa

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Suite 20 Day Spa, 4635 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, has added manicures and pedicures to its menu of services. The salon, known as the “Home of the $10 Do,” has brought on board a licensed nail technician to provide services on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We are really excited about offering these services. Customers who come in to get hair services can now also receive grooming services for their hands and feet so they look and feel good from head to toe when they leave,” said Suite 20 Day Spa Owner Kristy Gaiter.

Tina Nguyen, who moved to the United States from Vung Tau, Vietnam, has been working professionally as a nail technician in the metro Atlanta area since 1991. She accepts appointments as well as walk-ins.

The salon offers massage, weight control, and skin care services along with chemical treatments and natural hair care.

To book an appointment or ask about the salon’s VIP no wait service, call 404-286-9664.

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Rep. Karla Drenner to host town hall meeting

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State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) will host a Legislative Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Avondale Estates City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Rd., Avondale Estates.

Drenner will give citizens an update of the 2015 Legislative Session.

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City of Greenhaven gets green light from feasibility study

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Stonecrest group files intent to incorporate legal notice
 

The proposed city of Greenhaven, which would include about 295,000 residents in a 126.2-square-mile area in South DeKalb, has received the green light from the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia.

Ted Baggett, the institute’s principal investigator, said based on the study area, Greenhaven would be “fiscally feasible.” Greenhaven would generate $45,611,418 in annual revenues and have a significant surplus of $27,176,981 after $18,434,437 in expenses, according to the study.

That is good news for the Concerned Citizens for Cityhood of South DeKalb (CCCSD), which is spearheading the effort for incorporation.

“We consider the results of the report to be a validation of our belief that we have a viable area that can now begin to focus on economic development within its boundaries,” said Kathryn Rice, president of CCCSD.

Rice said she doesn’t expect citizens in the target area to face higher property taxes because of Greenhaven’s enormous size. It is the largest city proposed so far in DeKalb County.

“We’re saying a large city is the way to keep taxes down because there are more people to support it,” said Rice. “We do not want to raise taxes....

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It’s Not Fair: Memory Loss Discriminates

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A Special Message by Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Today, Alzheimer’s and dementia strikes African- Americans twice as often as it does whites and often leaves their caregivers emotionally and financially drained.

Twenty-three percent (21.3 %) of African-Americans age 71 and older have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. That compares to 11.2 percent of whites in the same age bracket. Additionally, African Americans are frequently diagnosed at later stages of Alzheimer’s leaving families little time
to prepare emotionally and financially for the difficult road ahead.

The reason is that African-Americans have a higher rate of heart diseases and diabetes, said Dr. Monica Parker, an Emory geriatric primary care physician and researcher.

“That means if you have been treated for hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol, you’re at greater risk for stroke, which leads to memory dysfunction.”

Although the disease affects African- Americans the same as whites and other ethnic groups, Parker said how it manifests in blacks isn’t as clear cut, which makes the disease more difficult to diagnose and treat.

“There are differences. We just don’t know what they are, because they haven’t been studied,” Parker said. That’s why the need for African-Americans to participate...

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Rev. Edward Wheeler to take ITC helm in April

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The Rev. Edward L. Wheeler has been named president of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) to succeed Ed Wimberly, who will continue to serve the school and the new president in a role to yet be determined. Wimberly served as president for two years.

With the election of ITC’s Board of Trustees, Wheeler will become the institution’s 10th President. He will assume the position full time beginning in April 2015.

Wheeler retired in 2012 after serving as President of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis for 14 years. He now returns to the ITC where he once served as Dean of the Morehouse School of Religion (1982-1985), one of the constituent seminaries of the ITC. A recognized scholar in Church History, Wheeler served as Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Religion and Society at Tuskegee University (1991-1997) and was Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Cincinnati from 1985-1991. While serving as a pastor in Cincinnati, Wheeler also served as a faculty member at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton teaching in both the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degree programs.

During his tenure as president of CTS, Wheeler served on several civic and professional boards including the...

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Six Rockdale students lauded finalists for community service

Six finalists have been named for the Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families’ 2015 John K. Morgan Scholarship. The winner will be announced at a reception on March 21, 5 p.m., at the Rockdale Career Academy.

This is the fifth year the Rockdale Coalition has offered the $4,000 scholarship for a student who has demonstrated outstanding community service in Rockdale County and plans to continue that level of commitment while pursuing post-secondary education. The scholarship is named for John K. Morgan, former president and chief executive officer of Acuity Brands Lighting and community advocate.

Since the inception of the John K. Morgan Scholarship, more than $27,000 has been awarded to deserving students in Rockdale.

“We were once again overwhelmed by the talent and commitment these students have shown throughout their careers by giving so much of their time and talents to help others in need,” said Michael Hutcheson, director of Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families.

The six finalists for this year’s scholarship include:
• Jaire Duncan, Rockdale Magenet School for Science and Technology. Duncan is a faithful tutor to students at Memorial Middle School, assists with a friend’s ministry called Jasmine House to help provide clothing and food for the...

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Ex-offenders get fair chance to work: Georgia adopts ‘ban the box’

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ATLANTA--Those who have been formerly incarcerated will no longer be required to disclose prior criminal histories when initially applying for a job with state agencies in Georgia.

gov.dealnow5Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order on Feb. 23 prohibiting state agencies from asking candidates to disclose criminal backgrounds on their applications. The "ban the box" order is being hailed as a big step in giving job seekers who have served prison time a fair chance at getting their foot in the door. They won't have to check the box on their application that labels them a criminal.  

"Such policies allow returning citizens an opportunity to explain their unique circumstances in person to a potential employer," the order reads.

Georgia is one of 14 states--the first in the South--to adopt the policy. Across the country, 96 cities and counties, including the city of Atlanta, have adopted "ban the box" policies for municipal and county job seekers. Although the "Ban the Box" policies do not apply to the private sector, advocates such as Bonita Lacy say the governor's action is "one step in the right direction."

"We've got the governor on board for state agencies and I'm hoping that private businesses will follow....

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