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Family suing county, sheriff’s office

Couple seeking damages over son’s death in jail BY ISABEL HUGHES

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A local family is still grieving the loss of their son, who died last year while in custody of the Gwinnett County Jail, is suing the county and the sheriff’s office for its “negligent, reckless and intentional acts

and omissions” they say led to the man’s death. On Feb. 16, 2017, 23-year-old Christopher ChristoHoward pher Cody Howard suffered a “severe, prolonged seizure” at the jail,

Legislation could derail plan to vote on Sundays

where, instead of calling 911, the family alleges deputies “placed Christopher in a cell where he continued to suffer until he lost consciousness,” a notice of claims letter addressed to the county said. The document, which was obtained by the Gwinnett Daily Post, requests $10 million for what the family considers Howard’s wrong-

ful death. “It is our position that negligent, reckless, and intentional acts and omissions by Gwinnett County, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and their agents or employees caused Christopher Howard’s severe pain and suffering and death in violation of the Fourth Amendment and other appli-

cable laws,” the letter said. Robert Howard told the Daily Post last year that his son suffered from a metabolic enzyme deficiency, which meant the younger Howard had to eat frequently to keep his blood sugar from dropping to a potentially dangerous low level. While it’s still not clear that’s what killed Christopher Howard, Robert Howard said his son hadn’t eaten prior to leaving his Flowery Branch

home and attending a probation meeting in Gwinnett around noon Feb. 15, 2017. Christopher Howard, who had been on probation since Nov. 2, 2016, when he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, was in a hurry to get to his probation meeting that day, his father said. Though his girlfriend’s mother made him steak and

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BY CURT YEOMANS [email protected]

Although Gwinnett County officials plan to introduce Sunday voting this fall as part of an expansion of early voting in the county, those plans could be derailed by a bill pending in the Georgia General Assembly. Gwinnett County Board of Elections Chairman Stephen Day said he is concerned about a provision about weekend voting that was added Stephen to Senate Bill 363 after Day it went to the House of Representatives this month. The bill passed out of the Senate as a measure to address the counting of ballots cast before election day and set voting hours as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. After the House Governmental Affairs Committee went over the bill, however, it included a section that said a county can only offer weekend voting on one Saturday or one Sunday, but not both. “I don’t want to speculate about how, or why or what (caused it to be added),” Day said. “I just know it takes away local control decision making as far as early voting goes, as far as doing it on the weekend.” The bill is currently sitting in the House Rules Committee, which gets to decide the bills that go to the House floor for a vote. It was presented to the committee on Friday, but Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, said it had not yet been added to the full chamber’s legislative calendar for Tuesday. Brockway is carrying the bill in the House. If the bill doesn’t get out of the House by the end of the General Assembly’s final day Thursday, it will be dead and would have to be refiled next year. Gwinnett County has a vested interest in what happens to the bill because the county’s adopted 2018 budget set aside funding for two days of Saturday voting and a half day of Sunday voting. That’s because in 2016, Gwinnett County made national headlines because of long lines and wait times that lasted See VOTING, Page 5A

An estimated 30,000 people of all ages took part in the March For Our Lives event in Atlanta, one of hundreds of demonstrations that took place across the country Saturday. The movement began by student survivors of a mass school killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Staff Photos: Jason Braverman)

Marching for action

Rallies against gun violence held in Atlanta, nationwide BY ISABEL HUGHES

nationwide Saturday. Atlanta’s branch of the march started at 11 a.m. and included speakers such As thousands gathered as Atlanta Mayor Keisha outside the Center for Civil Lance Bottoms, survivors and Human Rights in down- of the Marjory Stoneman town Atlanta on Saturday Douglas High School shootmorning, chants of “never ing Jake Zaslav and Alec again” and “enough is Zaslav, and U.S. Rep. John enough” filled the air amidst Lewis, all of whom Sugar signs that read, “Arms are Hill resident Lindsay Day for hugging; protect chilsaid were “very passionate.” dren, not guns.” “It got really emotional, Across the nation, especially when the Parkstudents, teachers, parland survivors spoke,” Day ents, political leaders and told the Daily Post. “They celebrities joined in various literally just lived there March for our Lives events, a month and a half ago, a demand for action against gun violence that took place See MARCH, Page 5A isabel.hughes @gwinnettdailypost.com

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., joins tens of thousands to take part in the March For Our Lives event in Atlanta, one of hundreds of demonstrations taking place across the country Saturday.

Proposed Gwinnett school system budget tops $2.1 billion

BY TREVOR MCNABOE trevor.mcnaboe @gwinnettdailypost.com

Gwinnett County Public Schools will be looking to increase its budget next year by more than $44 million, according to school district chief financial officer Joe Heffron. On Saturday morning, the Board of Education met to discuss the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The increased proposed budget will push the total budget to $2.183 billion. According to Heffron, the majority of the budget will be under the marked under the General Fund. The General Fund budget for fiscal year 2019 is proposed to be $1.696 billion, an increase of more than $74 million from this year. The state’s largest school district is anticipating a projected growth of approxi-

mately 1,054 students across its 19 school clusters. In addition, the average cost per student will increase by 3.9 percent this year to $9,405. The projected hike in the expenses will mainly be from required benefit cost changes that total $52.8 million. The Gwinnett Retirement System, the district’s alternative to Social Security, will increase by $16 million, and state health insurance pre-

miums for non-certificated employees, about 6,200, will cost GCPS an additional $3.6 million. Those employees are typically cafeteria workers, bus drivers and central office personnel. The district does not expect to increase the millage rate or meal prices in the budget. As part of GCPS’ new performance-based compensation system for teachers, there will be a budget

increase in the step salary for employees and a 1.5 percent cost of living pay increase. Employee salaries and benefits make up 89 percent of the General Fund operating budget, a slight increase from previous years. “The slight uptick is due to the increase of the Teacher Retirement System from 16.81 percent to 20.90 percent,” Heffron said. The average teacher in GCPS, which equates to

having a master’s degree and at performance step 13, makes $61,627 in salary and $90,668 including benefits. Heffron said a tentative adoption of the budget is scheduled for April 12 at the District V area board meeting at Berkmar High School, while public hearings on the budget are set for May 10 and 17 at the district office. The final budget is expected See BUDGET, Page 5A


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Continuing a legacy 2A • SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

BY TREVOR MCNABOE trevor.mcnaboe @gwinnettdailypost.com

Surprise, excitement and a sense of privilege resonated among the second-grade classes of Corley Elementary School as Martin Luther King III read from his book “My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” to them. The Friday appearance by the son of one of America’s most famous figures in the civil rights movement took more than a year of planning. “We wanted to get Mr. King to come here and speak to our kids,” Corley Elementary School Vice Principal Charles Hawk


said. “He said he really wanted to come here and do this, and we just worked out the scheduling from there.” Hawk has a personal relationship with King dating back to them attending the same elementary school and college, Morehouse College in Atlanta. “I haven’t seen him since about 1979,” Hawk said. “I told him it would be great to see him, and we made it happen.” In his introductory remarks, King said every day was important, especially this weekend, with protests against gun violence scheduled in cities across the country.

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“There are issues that you as young people will have to address, issues that we did not have to address when we were in school,” King said. “We as a society are going to address those issues. I want to say how proud I am of students using their voice to protest.” In his reading of his book, King gave students insight into what things were like during the civil rights movement and what life was like as the son of Martin Luther King Jr. “At home we would toss the football or baseball in our front yard,” King said. “He taught me how to shoot hoops, and he would put me on top of the refrigerator. I would imagine swinging from the ceiling fan as if I was flying in an airplane before falling into my father’s arms.” He said sometimes it was difficult away from home and being with people asking who he was and about the work his father was doing for social progress. “He was arrested more than 30 times but had the courage to stand up and say, ‘This law is unfair,’ and sometimes he was arrested for that,” King said. King was 10 years old when his father was killed, but King remembers fondly the time they spent. “I’m proud to share the same name as him,” King said. King is continuing some of the work that his mother and father started more than 50 years ago. “My dad wanted to get rid of poverty in our society, he wanted to get rid of racism in our society, and he wanted to get rid of vio-

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Martin Luther King III engaged with students and gave them words of advice following his book reading on Friday morning. (Staff Photo: Trevor McNaboe)

lence and militarism,” King said. “Part of the work I’m involved (with) is continuing our family legacy.” For students such as Mason Stephens, meeting Martin Luther King III was a surprising and memorable experience. “This makes history real for the kids,” Hawk said. “Things they study about, now they actually get to see the person. It makes it so that what they’re studying has more meaning because it’s real.” Joshua Regis said it was a privilege to have King speak to himself and his classmates. Fellow classmate Emily Pena said that she and her family would be ordering the book that he read to keep as a memento of his visit. “It’s so important to have role models come out and set an example for our Tomlinson said. “We try to students,” Corley Elemenshow the students they can tary School Principal Ruth dream big and can be any-

thing they want to be, and I think that was accomplished today.”

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands set to hold hiring event in April BY CURT YEOMANS

the area formerly known as LanierWorld with the Water Park. The hiring events will Gwinnett County resilast from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. dents who are looking for a at Peachtree Pointe, 7000 job or a career change can Lanier Islands Parkway in apply to work in MargariBuford. taville next month. The company is looking Margaritaville at Lanier to fill positions in retail, Islands announced it will service and safety, such as hold a hiring event April 7 cashiers, bartenders, servand 8 to find workers who ers, lifeguards and water will fill more than 400 po- park attendants. Applicants sitions ahead of its phased must be permanent U.S. opening in May, replacing residents with the right to

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Sunday, March 25, 2018 • 3A

Zell Miller dies after Parkinson’s battle Former governor remembered for service to Georgia By Curt Yeomans

was elected to a seat in the Georgia Senate. In 1975, he became Georgia’s lieutenant govGov. Nathan Deal called ernor and he held that post former Gov. Zell Miller until he was elected goverone of Georgia’s favorite nor in 1990. After his time sons and a statesman on in the governor’s mansion Friday after the news broke ended, he was appointed in that his predecessor had 2000 to fill the unexpired died. term of U.S. Sen. Paul Deal was one of several Coverdell, who had died in officials around the state office. who offered condolences to His grandson, Bryan Miller’s family on Friday. Miller, announced the forThe two-term former gov- mer governor’s passing in ernor, who had previously a statement from the Miller served in the state legislaInstitute Foundation. ture and later served as a “My grandfather passed U.S. senator, died after be- away peacefully suring treated for Parkinson’s rounded by his family,” Disease. He was 86. the younger Miller said. “Zell’s legacy is un“The people of Georgia equaled and his accomhave lost one of our state’s plishments in public serfinest public servants. As vice are innumerable,” Deal his grandson, I learned said. “Without question, more from Zell Miller both our state and our people are professionally and personbetter off because of him. ally than from anyone else But the mark Zell made in I have encountered. his private life — as a duti“He was more than ful son, a loving husband, my grandfather. He was and a proud father and my dear friend and mengrandfather — are the ones tor. I cherish all the time of which I’m sure he was we spent together. I will most proud. never forget the lessons he “I was honored to serve taught me, his witty sense with him in the Senate and of humor, or his contagious have cherished his counsel smile. Our family will miss for decades. My thoughts him terribly.” and prayers are with his One of the things family, friends and loved Miller’s time as governor ones, of which he had will likely be most rememmany. May God bless him bered for is the creation and keep him.” of the state lottery that he While Miller is most championed as a way to remembered as a former raise money for education governor and U.S. senator, in the state. his career in public service The Georgia Lottery was goes back long before he established in 1993 and has held either of those offices. raised $19.3 billion for the It began in 1959 when state’s Pre-K program and he became the mayor of HOPE Scholarship proYoung Harris, an office he gram, among the education held for one year before he programs supported by curt.yeomans @gwinnettdailypost.com

the lottery, over the past 25 years, according to the Georgia Lottery Corporation. The agency mourned Miller’s passing Friday while pointing to the students who have benefited from the lottery-funded education programs as his legacy. “On behalf of the Georgia Lottery Corporation board, employees, and most importantly, Georgia’s students, we are grateful for Gov. Miller’s foresight and leadership,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said in a statement. “Thanks to him more than 3 million students have benefited from HOPE and Pre-K.” Longtime colleagues of Miller also praised his efforts in public office. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., called Miller a great friend and said “Georgia has lost its finest public servant.” The two men ran against each other for governor in 1990 in a contest that Miller won as a Democrat. Six years later, Miller appointed Isakson to lead the state Board of Education, which was in turmoil at the time, in an effort to get it turned around. Isakson later ran for Miller’s seat in the U.S. Senate in 2004 when Miller decided to retire from public office. From 2000 to 2004, both men had served in Georgia’s congressional delegation — Miller as a senator and Isakson as a U.S. representative. “I do not know of anyone who impacted the lives of Georgians more

than Zell,” Isakson said in a statement. “His Marine Corps values of patriotism and loyalty guided his career in service to his state and his country. Zell and Shirley will always be Georgia’s first family. I treasure their friendship. Dianne and I hold the Miller family in our prayers.” Other state officials and members of Congress weighed in to offer their praise of Miller’s career in public service. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is running for governor himself this year, said Miller will be remembered as “the Governor who gave Georgia Hope” and called the former governor and senator “a true statesman who helped build the foundation that allowed our state to prosper.” “Through his passion for education, love for the people of our state, and dedication to giving Georgians the same opportunities that led a boy from a small mountain town to become one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, Gov. Miller leaves a legacy that will always be honored and celebrated,” Cagle said. “All of Georgia’s families and communities will feel the benefits of Gov. Miller’s dedicated service for generations to come, and he will continue to set an example for what public service should be about.” Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller said he knew Miller through his father-in-law, who was a close friend of the former governor. He

Former Gov. Zell Miller’s family announced on Friday that he had passed away after treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. News of his passing prompted several officials around Georgia to issue statements praising Miller for his public service and his legacy on the state. (File Photo)

praised Miller’s character and influence on the state, calling him a legend in the state. “Gov. Miller truly had a positive impact on everyone he met and his impact on their lives will never be forgotten,” Miller said in a statement. “He is an example of someone whose kingdom and legacy is not measured by what he had, but by what he did and the legacy he left behind. “His commitment to this state and its citizens is truly commendable and will never be forgotten. He will have a lasting impact on Georgia through his message of honesty, decency, integrity and public service.” Meanwhile, U.S. Rep.

Jody Hice, R-Ga., praised Miller for his “principled leadership and service to our state and our country” in a statement. “His public service and commitment to serving the people of Georgia remains unparalleled,” Hice said. “He was a trailblazer and role model for many who would follow in his footsteps. It is with great sadness and respect that I extend my deepest condolences to the Miller family, especially his wife, Shirley, his children and grandchildren, and his many friends. “I hope it is a comfort to his family and friends that so many people share their tremendous loss and are praying for them in this difficult time.”

Porter endorses Cason in court race 2 charged after woman left in ‘inhumane’ home

By Curt Yeomans

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A Gwinnett County prosecutor who is running for an open seat in Gwinnett County Superior Court’s judiciary has received the formal endorsement of her boss, District Attorney Danny Porter. Porter endorsed Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Tracie Cason in the non-partisan race to replace retiring Superior Court Judge Debra Turner, according to Cason’s campaign. She is one of three candidates, along with Wesley Person and B.T. Parker, who are running for the seat. The election for the seat will be held May 22 in conjunction with the state primary.

paign. An operation last year resulted in the arrest of 23 people who tried to meet up with minors for sex. Porter said those people were indicted within two days through a collaboration with area law enforcement and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Danny Porter Tracie Cason “Tracie Cason, a Deputy Chief “I’m honored to receive this Assistant District Attorney in my endorsement, as I have been honoffice led our collaboration with law ored for over 18 years to work as a enforcement, and she personally Gwinnett County Assistant District oversaw the indictments of these Attorney, entrusted to help protect predators,” Porter said. my fellow citizens,” Cason said in a “Tracie Cason has been an outstatement. standing prosecutor, she’s dedicated Cason has worked in Porter’s her career to Gwinnett County and office for 18 years. He cited her to protecting our most vulnerable involvement in prosecuting human residents, and I am proud to endorse trafficking cases in Gwinnett County her for Gwinnett County Superior in a statement released by her camCourt.”

Organic gardening: facts versus fiction An important topic of interest to home gardeners is organic gardening. Many people have a desire to get back to nature. However, there exist many misconceptions about organic gardening. Organic gardening is the process of using a multitude of techniques to produce healthy plants that are productive, attractive and more resistant to pests. The practice is labor-intensive and requires much planning. Many people believe organic gardening consists of not using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. However, there is more to it. Proper soil preparation is a crucial factor when practicing organic gardening. The development of healthy, fertile soil will help provide the plants with the necessary nutrients. Whether you have heavy clay or light sand, you can take steps to improve your soil quality and stimulate the growth of healthy plants. Organic gardeners use natural organic fertilizers and mineral amendments to improve the overall quality and fertility of the soil. Most synthetic fertilizers provide nu-

Gardening in Gwinnett

these pests. For example, some varieties of tomatoes have been bred to have resistance to Fusarium and Verticillium fungal diseases and to nematodes, a microscopic worm that attacks the roots. Look for varieties that have the letters VFN on the labels which shows Tim Daly the tomatoes have resistance to these diseases. trients that are immeRemove and dispose of diately available to the plants showing symptoms plant. However, they of diseases. Reduce the do not contribute to the incidence of disease by overall health and longkeeping the leaves and term fertility of the soil. stems of the plants as Organic matter in the soil dry as possible. Use drip is important because it irrigation rather than wabreaks down and releases tering overhead to reduce nutrients for plants to the amount of time plants utilize. It also improves remain wet and also to the soil’s water and conserve water. nutrient-holding capacity Pest control begins by in addition to providing purchasing healthy plants a habitat for beneficial that are free of insects microorganisms. Organic and diseases and are of matter in the soil can be good quality. Encourage increased by the addition beneficial insects, such as of manure, topsoil, peat lady beetles, lacewings moss, compost and other and certain species of suitable materials. Also, wasps to stay in your garconsider having your soil den. Certain herbaceous tested through the Exten- plants, such as dill, wild sion office to determine mustards, yarrow and its nutrient levels and pH. others provide shelter and Choosing varieties of food for these beneficial plants that have resistance organisms. They should to insects and diseases be planted among your will reduce the likelihood vegetables. of them being attacked by There are several or-

ganic pesticides available. Botanicals are plantderived materials such as rotenone, pyrethrum and Neem oil products. Microbial pesticides are formulated from microorganisms or their byproducts that control specific insect pests. An example is Dipel, which contains a species of bacteria that target certain caterpillar pests. Minerals, such as sulfur and copper, are the primary organic materials to control fungal and bacterial diseases. But remember, even if a product is considered to be organic, it is still a pesticide. Exercise caution when using them. Some organic pesticides are as toxic, or even more so than many synthetic chemical pesticides. The practice of organic gardening is somewhat involved, and many people are not correctly informed on the subject. By doing some research and learning more about the topic will help increase the chances of success. Timothy Daly is an Agricultural and Natural Resource Extension Agent with UGA Extension Gwinnett. He can be contacted at 678-377-4011or [email protected]

By Isabel Hughes

believe she would live much longer When Gwinnett firefightand felt ers arrived at a Buford a moral home earlier this month, obligation they found a woman in the to report Christian Sorrells same place they had left this.” her about a month prior The fire — only this time, her legs departwere decomposing and ment’s reshe was covered in feces, port called roaches and maggots. the womNow, two family meman’s living bers have been charged conditions with neglect of a disabled “inhuTerry person for failing to tend to mane” and Sorrells the woman, who is obese so filthy that the Medical-14 vehicle and bedridden. “was out of service for an The woman’s husband, 54-year-old Terry Sorrells, extended amount of time to and son, 18-year-old Chris- replace equipment that was tian Sorrells, were arrested saturated beyond salvage during event.” after firefighters notified A police officer who police of the woman’s arrived on the scene folcondition, according to an lowing firefighters’ calls incident report. described the home as Firefighters initially responded to Pine Tree Circle “deplorable.” “When I first walked home after receiving a 911 through the front door, I call about the victim, who was overwhelmed with the was unresponsive. smell of human feces and “The patient was transgarbage,” the officer said ported roughly one month ago and they used a ‘mega in his report. “The patient’s mover’ which is a tarp-like bed was in the living room covered in plastic and device for moving obese feces and unknown liquid. patients,” the report said. Garbage lined the floor “When the fire departall the way to the kitchen. ment returned for another Roaches were crawling in medical call, the patient was still on top of the same every single room on the walls and ceiling. In whole, mega mover. Mega movthe house was in disarray ers are white and this one and completely infested.” was covered in feces and The officer said he called was completely brown and Special Victims Unit detecblack.” tives, who later arrested While moving the patient into the ambulance, both Terry and Christian first responders noticed the Sorrells after interviewing them. woman’s legs were “comThe elder Sorrells was pletely black and showing signs of active decomposi- released from jail Wednesday on $22,200 bond tion.” while the younger Sorrells “Maggots and roaches remains in jail on the same were attached to her and bond amount. eating at her flesh,” the The woman, who was report said. “The Gwinnett admitted to the hospital, is County Fire Department improving. stated that they did not

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4A • Sunday, March 25, 2018 To Your Good Health




Keith Roach

Prunes a natural solution to being stopped up DEAR DR. ROACH: Several months ago, you had an article in the paper about an 82-year-old man who had a constipation problem. You mentioned a couple of medications to take. I am an 82-year-old man, and just shortly after that article I became constipated for a couple of days. My wife told me to take Ex-Lax; I took it for two or three days, and it worked. I was sitting in my recliner a couple of days later when I remembered when I was in my late teens and had the same problem. My mother told me to eat some prunes — wow, does that work. Wouldn’t eating prunes be more healthy than taking drugs? My wife and I have been eating three or four prunes every evening since then, and I have had no problem. We read that eating prunes every day also makes our bones stronger. Is this really true, and how many should a person eat daily? — R.F.P. ANSWER: Some overthe-counter constipation drugs used to contain phenolphthalein, which is not safe for long-term use. Occasional use of senna or docusate (the active ingredients in most OTC brands) is fine. Prunes are a very effective treatment for constipation for many people. They are a fruit, but being dried, are higher in sugar than many others. Three to four prunes a day seems reasonable to me, and is effective for many people to treat constipation. A recent review of studies on the effects of prune eating on bone mineral density suggested that there is some benefit. However, the studies were neither consistent nor of high-enough quality. Moreover, most of the studies used about 100 grams of prunes per day: 10-12 average-size prunes. This is a large sugar load (less than a typical soft drink, however), and it also might cause some abdominal distention, especially if a person started out eating 10-12 prunes a day; it’s smarter to increase fiber intake gradually. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have heard that endurance athletes may be at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes. What is the evidence behind this, and what do you recommend to prevent it? — P.N. ANSWER: A small study and some anecdotal evidence have shown that even endurance athletes are not immune to developing Type 2 diabetes. People often think of Type 2 diabetes as a condition related to obesity and inactivity, but many people with Type 2 diabetes are of normal weight. It is possible that some of the apparent link may be due to people who know themselves to be at risk for diabetes due to family history taking up exercise. Many of the nutrition products sold to endurance athletes are very high in sugar. One rule of thumb is that it’s not possible to outexercise a poor diet. You can take in far more grams of sugar and far more calories than you can burn off, so prevention of diabetes ideally includes both exercise and reducing simple sugars and processed carbohydrates (starches, which are rapidly converted to sugar).


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TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1634, the first English colonists arrived at St. Clement’s Island in Maryland to establish the settlement of St. Mary’s. In 1807, the British Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire. In 1965, a 50-mile civil rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr., which began four days earlier in Selma, Ala., ended in Montgomery. In 1994, the United States withdrew its last troops from Somalia. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Bela Bartok (1881-1945), composer; Howard Cosell (1918-1995), journalist/sportscaster; Flannery O’Connor (19251964), author; Jim Lovell (1928- ), astronaut; Gloria Steinem (1934- ), writer/activist; Aretha Franklin (1942- ), singer-songwriter; Elton John (1947- ),

singer-songwriter/musician; Sarah Jessica Parker (1965- ), actress; Sheryl Swoopes (1971- ), basketball player; Wladimir Klitschko (1976- ), boxer; Danica Patrick (1982- ), race car driver; Ryan Lewis (1988- ), rapper/producer. TODAY’S FACT: Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from the University of Oxford on this day in 1811 for publishing a pamphlet in favor of atheism. TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1958, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Carmen Basilio in a rematch, regaining the middleweight title and becoming the first boxer to win a title five times. TODAY’S QUOTE: “From now on, we live in a world where man has walked on the moon. It wasn’t a miracle, we just decided to go.” — Jim Lovell, “Lost Moon”

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Dear Amy: My husband and I are friends with a couple, “Rose and Jack,” who enjoy entertaining in their home. Here is the problem: Jack and Rose have a beloved cat that has the run of the house, including tables and countertops, as well as the kitchen sink. This has always made my husband and me uncomfortable, but it does seem to be typical cat behavior, so we try not to think about it. During a recent buffet gathering, the cat jumped up on the dining room table several times, licking and nibbling the food until someone noticed. Then Jack scooped up the cat while Rose draped foil over the food in an attempt to deter the cat. Neither the “nibbled” food nor the cat were removed. We are dreading the next invitation. My husband has declared that he can no longer eat there. I (reluctantly) feel the same. We do invite Rose and Jack to our home, but they rarely go out. Clearly they adore the cat and are not bothered by it. Do I dare say something to them? They are very sweet and generous people and we value their friendship. — Not Hungry Dear Not Hungry: Pet owners often lose perspective about how intrusive their animal

faux-pas and move on. Dear Amy: “Rosalind” was upset by an older man who stopped her in a public place and loudly offered her unsolicited advice about how to handle a health matter. Your advice was to make eye contact and say, “Hi, friend. Thank you! I’ll take it from here.” Why? Why, why, why? When are we as a society going to stop telling women they need to respond in a “friendly” way to men who stop them in public and loudly offer advice, opinions, etc.? When? Why should she thank this complete stranger for interfering in her personal life, loudly, in public? Why? — Margaret Dear Margaret: The person offering this “advice” was elderly. He repeated himself several times. I saw this as a respectful way of dismissing an elderly person who did not seem to be well. My advice would have been the same if both parties were men, although, speaking to your point, perhaps men don’t do this to other men. You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: [email protected] com. Readers may send postal mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @ askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.

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Cat gets the first dibs on the buffet in our church. He made a derogatory comment to my mother about my husband. Later, my mother repeated the comment to me. According to her, he said, “Your daughter is so beautiful and talented, what is she doing with a loser like that?” Amy Dickinson Mom made me promise not to tell my husband. companions can be; when I am miffed at the man’s I was a child, my mother comment, and I’m wonjokingly said she would dering what you think of someday write a cookmy mother’s decision to book called “After the Cat repeat it to me. Has Licked It.” — Miffed Having an animal walkDear Miffed: ing around on the table When someone repeats an where food for people is unkind comment, the best being served is gross and response (in the moment) unhealthy. is a simple one: “Why did Your discomfort is you repeat that to me?” perfectly understandable, You are right; both but your hosts aren’t tele- parties have acted badly pathic, so you are going here. This guest shouldn’t to have to say something. have said anything about Before the next gatheryour husband to your ing, tell them: “We would mother, and your mother love to come, but is there shouldn’t have repeated a way to keep Tuffy away it to you — or sworn you from the food? We aren’t to secrecy. That’s unfair, as used to her as you are, childish and manipulaand it makes us uncomtive. Worst of all, you are fortable when she’s up on still thinking about it, the table.” many moons later. If they really are great In this case, the best hosts, Jack and Rose will thing for everyone (essee to their human guests’ pecially you) is to let it needs first and find a go. If your mother brings compassionate and lowup the remark again, or impact way to deal with repeats this behavior, be their animal companion firm but polite and tell her while there are other huyou don’t want to discuss mans in the house. it, and you think her deciDear Amy: One sion to tell you this piece of my mother’s guests of bad gossip was a poor at her home over the one. Otherwise, chalk holidays was a bishop this up to a holiday party

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Sunday, March 25, 2018 • 5A

GGC professor wins faculty award Lanier student wins From Staff Reports

building,” GGC President Stas Preczewski said. “PerBagie George, associate haps most importantly, she professor of biology and served as the sole author of assistant dean in Georgia our initial faculty manual, Gwinnett College’s School a document that set the of Science and Technolcultural tone of studentogy, was announced as focused instruction for all the recipient of the 2018 GGC faculty.” Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of George won GGC’s Fame Faculty Award on 2017 Outstanding TeachWednesday. ing Award before being The University System nominated for the USG’s of Georgia’s highest facFelton Jenkins Jr. Hall of ulty honor, the award was Fame Faculty Award. presented at the recent 14th While this distinction Bagie George, middle, poses with GGC President Stas annual Regents’ Scholarmeans a lot to George, Preczewski, left, and Tom Mundie, right, dean of the ship Gala. George is the School of Science and Technology, during the USG’s she said the student and sixth GGC faculty member 14th annual Regents’ Scholarship Gala. (Special Photo) alumni nomination letters to receive the award since submitted to the USG bring the college opened in 2006. classroom. Ph.D. in entomology from her the most joy. In those George wanted to be “In Latin, doctor means the University of Georgia, letters, the authors share a doctor since she was a teacher,” George said. “My George taught at two USG personal stories about the young child, and obtained dream job was not to beinstitutions before joining difference George made for bachelor’s and master’s de- come a physician, after all, Georgia Gwinnett College them in their educational grees in biology in prepara- but to earn my doctorate as a charter faculty mempursuits. tion for medical school. and become a professor. ber in 2006. “These letters are the However, after receiving And to me, this is the best “Dr. George was instru- awards,” George said. recognition for her teachtype of doctor — one who mental in the creation of “Not only have I found my ing skills during graduate teaches our future physiour enviable biology prodream job, I now am able school, she realized that cians and scientists.” gram and the design of our to help my students find she enjoyed being in the After obtaining her newest laboratory science theirs.”

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port positions, additional operational and maintenance to be adopted May 17, along support for building and with a tentative millage rate ground maintenance, and adoption. The final millage additional support for sperate adoption is expected in cial education, psychologiJuly. cal services, and curriculum The district plans to add and instruction. five school resource officers, To accommodate the proadditional technology supjected growth of more than

1,000 students, 87 additional teacher positions have been budgeted. GCPS will receive an additional $46.8 million in the state Quality Basic Education formula because of: • Cost of living to the state portion of the teacher salary schedule;

• Projected enrollment growth; • State-funded teacher salary step increases; • State-funded increases in required employer contributions for Teacher Retirement System; and • Equalization Funding Grant.

March because he’s in middle school now and he could and then boom, an entire be affected (by a shootgeneration of activists were ing),” she said. “I feel like born. You could hear the my generation completely passion in their voices.” failed him and failed to The marches, which took protect him and it’s now place in dozens of cities put on my son’s generation including Boston, Houston, to make a stand and fix the Washington and Parkland, things we didn’t, and he Fla. — the site of the Feb. shouldn’t have to. 14 shooting at Marjory “I can’t believe our Stoneman Douglas High government has failed so School that left 17 people dramatically at doing anydead — were largely peace- thing about (stopping gun ful, various news outlets violence) and I certainly have reported. was not politically active Day said while she was when I was my son’s age, initially worried about vio- so it kills me that he has to lence at the event, she felt be active this way, but he safe throughout the day. was pumped to do it.” “I couldn’t believe how In a statement Saturday, many people were there,” White House deputy press Day said. “The feeling of secretary Lindsay Walters walking through Atlanta — said that the administrapolice had blocked off city tion “applaud(s) the many blocks for us — was just a courageous young Amerireally good feeling of com- cans exercising their First munity and I honestly didn’t Amendment rights today. see any counter-protesters. “Keeping our children We were scared that there safe is a top priority of the would be protesters or vio- president’s, which is why he lence but it wasn’t there.” urged Congress to pass the Day, who also took her Fix NICS and STOP School 12-year-old son, said he Violence Acts and signed was “pumped” about being them into law,” she said. there. “Additionally, on Friday, “I’d really wanted to the Department of Justice do the Women’s March issued the rule to ban bump (in January), but everyone stocks following through on in my family was sick so the president’s commitment I couldn’t, and this time to ban devices that turn I wanted to take my son legal weapons into illegal •From Page 1A

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machine guns.” Since last month’s massacre in Florida, students have tapped into a current of gun control sentiment that has been building for years, yet still faces a powerful counterpoint from the National Rifle Association and its supporters. Still, the NRA was overwhelmingly silent Saturday, despite posting a YouTube video to its NRATV channel two days before the national marches that addressed the Parkland shooting survivors. The video told them, “no one would know your names” had the shooter been stopped before killing their friends. But march organizers said they hope the passions of the crowds and the under-18 roster of speakers will translate into a tipping point starting in the midterm elections this year, something Day said she felt positively about. “Everyone was really excited to be there, and we just felt like we could really do something,” she said, “and I think there could be some serious change in November. If they aren’t already (old enough), these kids will be voters one day, and I don’t think legislators can not hear that now.” Polls also indicate that

public opinion nationwide may be shifting on the issues of gun control and Second Amendment rights. According to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 69 percent of Americans think gun laws in the U.S. should be tightened. That number is up from 61 percent who said the same in October 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October 2013. Overall, 90 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of gun owners now favor stricter gun control laws. Still, many are skeptical that anything will actually be accomplished, the poll showed; nearly half of the Americans questioned did not expect elected officials to take action. Day was a little more optimistic. “I feel like it’s impossible for our legislators to ignore at this point,” she said. “There are a whole bunch of new voters coming up at this next election, and I don’t think they’re going to like what they’re going to see if something doesn’t change.” FOX 5 Atlanta and CNN contributed to this report.


at the jail, but you’ve got to eat something.’” a sweet potato for lunch, Christopher Howard he didn’t eat it. Instead, he didn’t get that chance, either. packed it into his car and According to jail logs, promised to eat it after his he was booked into the jail meeting. at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2017, Christopher Howard though his girlfriend said never got the chance, howthey didn’t speak on the ever, because at the meeting, phone until about 10 p.m., he was given a random drug which is when he told her he test. hadn’t been able to eat at all After apparently failing that day. the test, he was charged with “By the time they got him a misdemeanor probation booked into the jail, he told violation and was told he them he needed something would have to wait with his to eat because he had a probation officer until depu- metabolic deficiency,” Robties could transport him to ert Howard said. “They said, the Gwinnett County Jail. ‘Sorry, we already served “He had his lunch in dinner.’” the car with him, but they While that account hasn’t wouldn’t let him go to his been confirmed — the car,” Robert Howard said. Gwinnett County Sheriff’s For more than five hours, Office does not comment on Christopher waited with his active litigation, according to probation officer, without spokeswoman Deputy Shanfood, before he was finally non Volkodav — Volkodav transferred to the jail. About said previously that Chrishalf an hour before he was topher Howard had been in booked into jail, his father the jail’s “physical custody” spoke to him over the phone. for less than eight hours “I told him, I said, ‘Son, when he suffered a medical make sure you get someemergency and was taken to thing to eat,’” Robert HowGwinnett Medical Center. ard said. “I said, ‘I know you Jail records show he was probably won’t like the food officially signed out of jail

custody at 11:32 a.m. Feb. 16, 2017. Robert Howard previously said he was able to get a few more details from the doctors who cared for his son. “One of the main doctors who was there when he was brought in at about 1:15 a.m. spoke to us,” Robert Howard said. “He said he just can’t seem to put the pieces together as to why this happened to Chris.” Given Christopher Howard’s condition, Robert Howard said he would have expected his son’s glucose levels to be dangerously low when he was admitted to the ER — possibly below 40 or even 20. “But Chris’ glucose level when he came into the emergency room was in the mid-90s,” he said. “That was normal.” From what Robert Howard and his wife learned at the hospital, Christopher Howard suffered a seizure in jail the night of Feb. 15 or early Feb. 16, 2017. He apparently woke up from it a short time later and was aggravated. Then he went into

cardiac arrest. But Christopher Howard’s parents didn’t know anything about it at the time, Robert Howard said, and they weren’t contacted until about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16, 2017, when he was told that he and his wife needed to get to Gwinnett Medical Center quickly. “That was almost 12 hours from the time the incident occurred,” Robert Howard said. After being on life support for about a day, Christopher Howard died Feb. 17, 2017, leaving behind questions for his loved ones — questions that still have yet to be answered. But the family said it is sure of one thing: “Gwinnett County agents and employees failed to provide Christopher with the appropriate, reasonable and necessary intervention, supervision and medical, nursing and therapeutic care, which caused his pain and suffering and untimely death.” The $10 million demand is intended to cover the family’s “pain and suffering and wrongful death of their son.”

state poetry contest From Staff Reports

but also builds public speaking skills, fosters an ability Lanier High School’s to interpret text and builds Valyn Turner will represent confidence — each of which is critical for future success.” Georgia Poetry Out Loud is a at the national program sponsored national by the National Endowment finals of for the Arts and the Poetry the 2018 Foundation which encourPoetry ages high school students to Out Loud learn about poetry through contest. memorization and recitation A junior, Valyn Turner Turner will of the written word. Turner won $200 from head to the National Endowment Washington from April 23 to 25 after recently winning for the Arts for being named Georgia’s Poetry Out Loud the state competition. The Georgia Department champion. In addition, Lanier High School will of Economic Development’s Council for the Arts receive a $500 check to go toward new books. announced Turner’s state “Poetry Out Loud is this championship in a press beautifully rich learning release on Wednesday. “GCA is deeply commit- experience that is completely unique to itself,” ted to the role of the arts in education and we are proud Turner said. “Every single state competitor added such to partner with both the NEA and the Atlanta Histo- gorgeous life to the literature ry Center to create access to they shared, which made the competition so much Poetry Out Loud for Georgia’s high school students,” more fun than it was nerveracking.” said Karen Paty, executive More than 6,500 students director of Georgia Counfrom 73 schools throughout cil for the Arts. “POL not Georgia participated in the only introduces students to exceptional works of poetry competition.

Voting •From Page 1A several hours during early voting at the county’s elections office in Lawrenceville for that year’s general election. Day recently sent a letter to members of Gwinnett’s legislative delegation to outline his concerns and to ask them to get the provision removed from the bill. He projected the bill would “destroy the weekend advance voting plans” in Gwinnett if it became law as is. “This section of SB 363 would reduce weekend early voting in Gwinnett by 71 percent at satellite early voting centers and by 77 percent at the main election office,” Day said in his letter to the delegation. A citizens budget review board that Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Charlotte Nash empaneled went over the proposal to expand early voting last fall and recommended money for it to be put aside to do it. The only caveat was that the county’s elections office had to recruit enough poll workers to handle the expansion. “Gwinnett County will have over 500,000 registered voters by the 2018 fall general election,” Day wrote in his letter to the legislators. “Senate Bill 363 ignores the great population differences among Georgia counties and usurps the local control needed to manage and optimize voting processes, especially in large population counties such as Gwinnett County.” The section that deals with weekend voting in the version of Senate Bill 363 passed by the House Governmental Affairs Committee was originally in House Bill 1008. That bill was sponsored by the committee’s chairman, Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Albany. Brockway co-sponsored House Bill 1008 and is a member of the House Governmental Affairs Committee. Brockway said there was no malicious intent behind House Bill 1008 or behind the addition of that section to Senate Bill 363. It comes down whether all voters in Georgia have equal access to a polling location during an election, he said. “We have 15 counties, including Gwinnett, where their elections boards have added one or two, I think Gwinnett is considering adding a third day of extra voting,” Brockway said. “So the concern and the motive behind it was is it really fair that some coun-

ties have more than 21 days of early voting and other counties do not. “In local elections, that doesn’t really matter, but when there’s a statewide election, you have some people with more access to the polls than others.” House Bill 1008 did not make it out of the House of Representatives before the legislature’s crossover day deadline. Like the current version of Senate Bill 363, however, the discussion on House Bill 1008 also focused on a county’s autonomy to set early voting dates versus ensuring all Georgians have equal access to voting. At the same time, legislators have to find a balance between the voting needs of larger counties, such as Gwinnett, and those of smaller counties who have significantly fewer voters. For the 2016 general election, 38 percent of Gwinnett voters cast ballots during early voting, including 150, 367 ballots cast in person and another 14,244 absentee by mail ballots. Brockway said that kind of turnout is not universal across Georgia though. “It’s a challenge,” Brockway said. “Every year, we hear complaints from small counties who literally have a couple thousand registered voters and a couple dozen people voting early. Yet under state law, they are required to have 21 days of early voting, including one Saturday, and have three people in the office at all times. “Sure, in Gwinnett, the incremental cost of adding another day is not that big of a deal, but to many, many counties in Georgia, it is a big deal.” Meanwhile, the issue appears to be one that Gwinnett County officials are monitoring. Brockway said state law does not prohibit Gwinnett from offering voting at multiple locations during the entire 21 days of early voting required in Georgia. In the past, the county has started out only doing early voting at the elections office in Lawrenceville and later expanding it to other locations. As for what the bill means for Gwinnett, though, Nash was reserved in her comments on the provision of Senate Bill 363 that deals with weekend voting. “We are watching a lot of legislation at this point in the session and will be interested to see what actually passes,” Nash said in an email.

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Work on 2040 Unified Plan offers Real estate firm glimpse of what Gwinnett will face being sued after shooting at home By Curt Yeomans

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It may be 22 years away, but Gwinnett County officials are deep in planning to prepare for what the county will be like in 2040. By the time that year arrives, Gwinnett is projected to be Georgia’s most populous county, with about 1.5 million residents. But what does that look like? Will the entire county be urban, or will there still be areas that have retained their rural character? Those are questions that the 2040 Unified Plan, which is under development, would address, and the officials from Pond and PEQ who are working on it said the year 2040 isn’t as far as it may seem. “We’re thinking about the year, 2040 right? On the one hand, it seems like it’s way off in the distance, but if you think about it being 22 years from now, well 22 years ago was the (1996) Olympics,” Pond Senior Project Manager Eric Lusher told county commissioners this past week. “So on one hand, it seems it’s this thing kinda far off, abstract, in the future, but at the same time, the Olympics wasn’t that long ago. I think we all kind of remember that.” The team working on the county’s new unified plan has already gone out into the community and gotten some public input during meetings held around the county in late January and throughout February. They are tentatively scheduled to go back into the community near the end of next month for another round of community meetings though. An online survey is also available to residents and other Gwinnett stakeholders through May 31 at www. Gwinnett2040UnifiedPlan. com. “We’re also doing nontraditional outreach,” PEQ founder Inga Kennedy said. “We’re not limiting ourselves to the meetings. We’re getting out and participating in speaking engagements, events that are happening in the community, festivals, all kinds of activities with civic groups.”

Gwinnett County commissioners here an update on the development of the county’s 2040 Unified Plan at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Tuesday. The plan is looking at different issues in the county to determine how Gwinnett leaders can prepare the growth expected to happen over the next 22 years. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The plan touches on a wide range of issues, including land use, utilities, economic development, housing, county services and infrastructure needs, such as transportation. It also takes population and demographic trends into account. Lusher said some of the data that Pond and its partners working on the plan shows that about 63 percent of residents in Gwinnett have a suburban mindset. The group of residents that have more of an urban mindset can’t be ignored though, he also said. “There’s 32 percent of us, a minority but a sizable minority, that fit into sort of an urban mindset,” Lusher said. “This is part of the change and part of the growth that’s happened in Gwinnett County. There’s sort of a different vibe and vision among certain parts of our community. “You can break that down even further geographically, and this is what is most interesting to us. In (the) west part of the county, over 75 percent of households have sort of that urban mentality. In contrast, (in the) east part of the county, only seven percent of households fit into that (mentality).” The team working on the new plan has already gotten some idea for residents want to see happen in the future. A draft version of a composite map created from the first round of public meetings offers some insight into what residents want. It shows people who live along the U.S. Highway 78 corridor, as well as the Inter-

state 85 corridor in southwest Gwinnett expressed a “strong preference” for change. South Lawrenceville, the Dacula section of Ga. Highway 316, Berkeley Lake and Duluth also leaned toward change. One area where a heavy number of residents expressed a desire for change was the Gwinnett Place Mall area at I-85. Another area where a lot of residents said change was needed was the Jimmy Carter Boulevard area at I-85. “There’s not a lot of surprise here that there’s a lot of interest in the 85 corridor,” Lusher said of the heavily traveled interstate. On the other hand, there are areas where preferences leaned more toward preservation, including Peachtree Corners, north Gwinnett and pockets on the north side of Lawrenceville, the Centerville area, and unincorporated areas between Lilburn and Snellville, and between Grayson and Dacula. There were some warnings that Lusher had for commissioners though, particularly concerning employment shifts and the future of retail. Although there were some areas of Gwinnett where employment was higher in 2015 than they were at the pre-recession peak, there are other areas that were still below those level. Employment in the northern part of Gwinnett was up 18.7 percent over its pre-recession peak while southwest Gwinnett was 16.5 percent below that peak level, for example.

Lusher also pointed to the recent announcement that Toys “R” Us is closing all of its U.S. stores as an example of retail’s struggles. “That’s sort of our future quite frankly,” he said. “We have incredible parts of our county, but we’ve really kind of gone all in on retail in some communities.” There are also parts of the county where the public input didn’t offer a clear vision of where a majority of residents want to see those areas go over the next 22 years. The change versus preserve map uses green to indicate areas that residents wanted to see preserved as it is, and red to indicate areas where residents want change. “We’re probably going to have to make some hard decisions about the Mall of Georgia area,” Lusher said. “There’s not really a strong color either way. There’s not green or red. A lot of people put red dots down on that part of the world. A lot of people put green dots down on that part of the world. What do we do?” While the county is in the midst of working on its plan, its leaders face a deadline of having to approve a plan and submit it to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Under state rules, a community must submit an approved plan to the department every 10 years or the community will lose its qualified local government status. Communities must have qualified local government status to be eligible for more than a dozen state programs, including Community Development Block Grants, funding from the OneGeorgia Authority to support economic development efforts, the Employment Incentive Program and the Home Investments Partnership program. As the plan continues to come together, though, commissioners expressed an interest in the information that’s already been compiled. “It’s exciting to be able to hear the summary of a lot of different efforts that have already taken place,” commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said. “I’ll certainly be interested in hearing updates as we go through the process.”

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Green, KY, and Johns Creek, GA, died peacefully March 9, 2018, surrounded by family. Born in Eastern Kentucky, graduated from Russell High School, he served in the United States Army as a cryptographer in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1956. Frank met Cellia McConnell in Russell, KY, and t

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they married in 1959. He completed his B.S. and M.A. degrees concurrently at Eastern Kentucky University and Ed.D. as a Carnegie Fellow at the University of Missouri. Dr. Conley’s professional career spanned over 30 years at Western Kentucky University, serving in various capacities including professor, department head, Assistant Dean of Ogden College and Dean of the WKU Community College. He was a dedicated community servant, long-time member of Kiwanis and Phi Delta Kappa, and faithful member of State Street United Methodist Church. Educator, artist, craftsman, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bascom and Mary Conley, and 10 siblings. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Cellia Ann McConnell Conley of Johns Creek, GA; daughters, Melissa Tippens (Terry) of Lawrenceville, GA and Melinda Winningham (Olen) of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Nick Tippens (Sarah) of Decatur, GA, Tyler Tippens of Knoxville, TN, and Michelle Tippens of Atlanta, GA; brother, James Conley (Sandra) of Frankfort, K

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When Atlanta photographer Whitney Morris entered a woman’s home on Feb. 2 for what was supposed to be a scheduled photography session of the home, he was not expecting to get shot, and the woman was not expecting him to be there. Now, he’s suing Bufordbased Real Estate Expert Advisors and one of its employees for allegedly failing to notify the homeowner that he was coming to take pictures. He’s also suing the homeowner for her failure to “act as a reasonable person would under the circumstances.” According to the suit, which was obtained by the Daily Post, the homeowner, Belinda Brooks, first hired Real Estate Expert Advisors to sell her home, which is located in Winston in Douglas County. In turn, the real estate agency hired Advantage Home Tours — the company that Morris worked for — to take photos of the home Feb. 1 for a website listing. Because Morris was unable to take photos on Feb. 1, Advantage Home Tours rescheduled him, though email confirmations with Real Estate Expert Advisors, for 9 a.m. Feb. 2, though apparently without telling Brooks, the suit said. “On Feb. 2 at 9 a.m., (Morris) arrived at Brooks’ home (and) took pictures of the outside of Brooks’ home,” the suit said. “Shortly after 9 a.m., (Morris) opened the lock box on Brooks’ home, took the key from inside it and unlocked and opened the front door. When (Morris) opened the front door, the alarm went off.” After walking back to the lock box to look for a piece of paper with the security code to no avail, Morris re-entered the home, the suit said. “Unbeknownst to (Morris), Brooks was inside the house in a back bedroom

with the bedroom door closed,” the document said. “Brooks retrieved her .38 caliber Ruger pistol (and) fired her gun through the back bedroom door and wall and struck (Morris).” The suit alleges that Brooks did not open her bedroom door to see who had set off the alarm prior to shooting, and only opened it after she heard a man’s cries. When Brooks left her room to investigate, she found Morris shot, who told her he was the photographer. She replied “no one ever told her a photographer was coming,” the suit said. After calling 911, Brooks told the call-taker the same thing she had told Morris — that no one called to say a photographer would be coming by and that someone was supposed to call her to schedule an appointment for him. Because that call never came, Brooks said she thought someone broke into her house and was defending herself. As a result of the incident, Morris “suffered severe personal injuries” and is claiming three counts of negligence in the suit: one against Real Estate Expert Advisors, one against its employee, Tracy Cousineau, and one against Brooks. The count against the real estate agency states the company “breached its duty by failing to inform Brooks that (Morris) would enter Brooks’ home,” that Cousineau also breached her duty to ensure Morris’ safety for the same reason and that Brooks breached her duty to “take reasonable and ordinary steps to ensure (Morris) was an unauthorized intruder who posed a danger to her before she shot him” by “shooting (Morris) before determining who he was or why he was in her house.” Morris is suing for damages including personal injuries, lost wages, “mental anguish,” “consequential damages to be proven at trial” and medical expenses.

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KY; sister-in-law, Jean Conley of Portsmouth, OH; brothers-in-law, Drew Hester and James McConnell of Russell, KY; many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at 1:30 pm followed by a memorial service at 3:00 pm on Monday April 2, 2018, at Duluth First United Methodist Church, Duluth, GA. Interment at the WKU Columbarium will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at http://www.alzinfo.org. On-line condolences may be made at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. 770-448-5757.

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and tons of friends both here in Georgia and in her native New Jersey, which she missed very much, especially during the hot Georgia summers. She has fought the good fight to the end; she has run the race to the finish; she has kept the faith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, Emory Winship Cancer Center, 1365 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322 (404)778-1900, www.winshipcancer. emory.edu, or The Catholic Church of St. Monica, 1700 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA 30097 (678)584-9947, www.saintmonicas.com. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.billheadfuneralhome.com. A funeral mass will be said on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The Catholic Church of St. Monica. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory Duluth Chapel (770)476-2535.

SHIELDS - Joyce was 82 years worth of “Fightin Iris”, who was an avid collector of beautiful things, and who never met a garden she didn’t like. She loved God, her family, her friends, her church, and life. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, the love of her life; and family and friends she looks forward to being reunited with in Heaven. She’s survived by her, five Flowery Branch, GA children, Anita & Bob Kinsella; Greg & Cindy Robert A. Keown (Walt) Shields, Vinnie Robert A. Keown, age Shields, Charlie & Jeff 62, of Flowery Branch, GA (Raymond) Shields, Dan passed away March 22, Lawrenceville & Mary (Felder) Shields; 2018. Flanigan Funeral as well as grandchildren, Ruth Stapish Home, Buford, GA Jeanne & Ben (Epley), Ruth Stapish, age 86, of Andrew, Peter, Lila, Liam Lawrenceville passed away & Mia. She leaves behind Thursday, March 22, 2018. cousins, nieces, nephews a


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Participants run in the fun run at Saturday’s Run for the Rescues 5K in Suwanee. (Photos: Cory Hancock)

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However, after completing the run, Lancelot reflected on the route. “That’s a tough course,” he said. “I’ve forgotten how hilly it was.” The Georgia SPCA opened in March 2007 and is a private nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization formed and operated for the purpose of reducing pet overpopulaJohnnie Franck tries to hold his dog Buster, left, and res- tion by rescuing and finding cue dogs Shiloh, center, and Sierra at Saturday’s Run for homes for homeless dogs the Rescues 5K in Suwanee. and cats and educating the start,” she said, “but after and 15 seconds was Chris public about responsible pet that, he’s laid out in the Swafford of Suwanee. ownership. floor.” Although Swafford ran For more information Charlie Lancelot, 76, of sans dog, he did it for the on the Georgia SPCA, visit Milton came to run for his love of dogs. georgiaspca.org. third time and brought along “I’ve been a runner and his Labrador mix, Diego, I saw something that was and 3-year-old Australian for dogs,” Swafford said. cattle dog-bulldog mix, “We have three dogs at our Indie. house.” “Last year, I won first in Following Swafford across my age group, 65 and over,” the finish line was secondLancelot said. “I’ll be 77 in a place runner Gregorio, with month and I started running his running partner Indie, when I was 48.” who defended her first-place Lancelot ran with Diego, finish from last year. while his friend, Vicente Third-place winner, David Gregorio of Cumming, ran Martin of Dacula, crossed with Indie. the finish line at 22:26, with At last year’s event, Gresecond-place dog Max. gorio ran with Indie and they “I haven’t actually really both won. Gregorio won for done a run with Max,” Marhis age group, 30 to 39, and tin said. “So I wanted to run Indie was the first dog to with Max because he loves cross the finish line. to run. That’s actually why I Dennis and Hiromi Mcgot a husky.” Ginn of Buckhead came out The third-place dog, a with their 3-year-old Mal7-year-old, mixed breed tese, Pepe Le Pew, in honor named Trouble, crossed the of their Maltese, Dr. Seuss, finished line with Seth Tomy who passed away in 2015. of Suwanee. “This was his favorite Tomy recently returned event,” Dennis Ginn said. from Bahrain after complet“We’ve been doing this for ing his time in the Navy and years.” was happy to be able to run The 5K Run for the Reswith his friend, Trouble, cues began promptly at 9:15 again. a.m., after a few barks from The weather was cool and the crowd at the starting line. overcast, making it pleasant The first runner to cross for both man and beast to the finish line at 21 minutes compete.

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If rescue dogs could talk, they would say more than 20,000 thank-yous — one for each dollar raised during the eighth annual Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues that was held Saturday in Suwanee. According to race director Margot Vetrovsky, about 450 participants registered for the event that was planned to bring the community together and to raise funds and awareness of the shelter. “It’s a great family event because you can bring your kids and your dogs,” Vetrosvsky said. “We have the shelter right here in our community. We work with other shelters in Georgia, and all the money goes to things like medical costs, vaccines and education.” Many of those who participated, both canine and human, were at the event for their second, third or even sixth time, such as Tonya Stewart of Lawrenceville. Stewart not only participates but is also a top fundraiser, cumulatively raising more than $60,040 in the past six years for the Georgia SPCA. For this year’s event, she raised $12,500, which includes $4,300 in matching funds from her employer, Costco Wholesale. Stewart’s love of the animals is what keeps her raising funds year after year. “I’m passionate about having a voice for the animals,” Stewart said. “You either foster, volunteer or donate money. My way of helping and giving them a voice is by donating money.” Exhibitors at the event donated $25 per booth to set up and share information and give out plenty of freebies. Throughout the crowd, SPCA volunteers were easily visible with their fluorescent yellow shirts, including the ones walking rescue dogs, in their yellow vests, searching for “furever” families and homes. The day started with a Fun Run, which began at 8:30 a.m., after the crowd shouted a countdown from 10 to start the race. With two laps around Suwanee Town Center Park, the race was quickly won by 9-year-old Isabella Neely of Alpharetta. Participants from all around the Georgia came out to run, with and without their canine partners. Alischia Linson of Flowery Branch was running for her third time with her 4-year-old Labrador mix, Bella. “We always do the 5K,” Linson said. Her mother, Beverly Linson of Norcross, was there with her 2-year-old French bulldog, Winston, who was not up for a full 5K, so they had to settle for the Fun Run this time. “He’s really fast in the

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