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Dr. Curtis Thrasher, Jr. Request DA Robert James Investigate Complaint Against Stan Watson and Others Concerning Missing Money

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2016

FROM: Dr. Curtis Thrasher Jr., Founder/CEO
New Life New Hope Center
1711 Donald L. Hollowell,
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
CONTACT:
Phone: 404-284-9984

Dr. Curtis Thrasher, Jr. Request That DA Robert James Investigate Complaint Against Stan Watson and Others Concerning Missing Money

Dr. Curtis Thrasher Jr., Founder/CEO of New Life New Hope Center, hand delivered a letter/complaint to District Attorney Robert James requesting an investigation into alleged missing money involving membership fees, PEG fees, and/or franchise fees concerning the Comcast and DeKalb County division of Public Access Television.

Dr. Curtis Thrasher Jr. called a press conference on May 3, 2016 at 10:00 am to denounce the actions of former Commissioner Stan Watson and others at Comcast that allegedly cheated 30 producers out of approximately $15,000. Dr. Thrasher goes further into questioning missing money involving membership fees, PEG fees and/or franchise fees.

Dr. Curtis Thrasher, Jr. is the past president of the Atlanta Rainbow Push and is presently representing 30 aggrieved producers at Comcast Public Access Television. After appearing at the Board of Commissioner’s meeting and researching the issue, Dr. Thrasher makes the following alleged accusations:

• 30 Producers with Comcast allege that Stan Watson worked in collusion with a Comcast worker to cheat them out of money (approximately $15,000 dollars) paid to place their programs on Public Access Television.
• Researchers discovered over $5,000,000 (5 million dollars) in Comcast payments to DeKalb County, using a state law co-sponsored by Stan Watson that removed Public Access Television. Where did the money go?
• Stan Watson secured programming for his private show called “The Stan Watson Show” while “locking out” the 30 producers (majority black) at Comcast. Despite the producers paying the required membership fees, Watson secured access and protection for himself with the help of Comcast employee, Sue Ann Taylor with Zeel TV.
• The 30 producers were forced to work through Comcast employee Sue Ann Taylor from Canton, Georgia despite the history of her not paying her incorporation fees, questionable business behavior and being involved with two lawsuits (one which involves DeKalb County and Comcast).

Viola Davis and Ruby Bozeman-Davis CrossRoadsNews 2016 Community Kudos Award Honorees

April 22, 2016

Viola Davis and Ruby Bozeman Davis
Founders of Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter
909 Rays Road
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

Jennifer Ffrench Parker and Curtis Parker
Crossroads Newspaper
2346 Candler Road
Decatur, Georgia 30032

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Parker:

We wanted to take a moment to extend our most sincere thanks for choosing us to receive the CrossroadsNews 2016 Community Kudos Award. We are writing to express our sincere gratitude to you for a memorable and wonderful evening that will stay with us forever. You have no idea how happy you made us when you handed us the award.

We are truly humbled and honored you recognized us with your “Making a Difference Award with Dedicated Service”. Once again, we are very grateful for this reward, which is an excellent morale-booster that will encourage us to continue doing our community ministry work. We are also very appreciative to everyone who helped you make the gala a “must attend” yearly event.

Yours sincerely,

Viola Davis
Co-Founder

ATTENTION: Do You Want Radioactive Waste Stored in Georgia?

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A US Department of Energy Consent-Based Siting Public Meeting

Place: Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30308

Time: April 11, 2016, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM

Why: The federal government is looking for places to dump tens of thousands of tons of radioactive waste from the nation’s commercial nuclear power plants. They are looking for volunteer communities who would consent to taking this waste.

Questions: Why would any community volunteer to take this dangerous waste? What does the Department of Energy mean by consent? Whose consent is the agency seeking? Is the waste being managed safely at power plant sites where it’s stored now?

These and many more questions should be raised at the meeting. The US Department of energy is holding a series of meetings at different locations across the country. The meeting in Atlanta is our opportunity to ask questions and give our opinions.

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Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
www.BREDL.org PO Box 88 Glendale Springs, North Carolina 28629 BREDL@skybest.com (336) 982-2691

If we leave the field open to the vision of those who are imposing their way upon us without challenge, we will lose everything.

Environmental Justice

It is important to include EJ specifically and consistently in all our principles, comments, correspondence, position papers and talking points during these consent-based meetings. Why? Because all the communities which have ever been selected for radioactive waste have been EJ communities: African American, Hispanic, Appalachian, Native American etc.

In the South, studies of the locations of nuclear generating plants also reveal disproportionate impacts prohibited under the Civil Rights Act. It is of particular interest to us in the Southeast because of the perennial magnet for nuclear waste known as the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. We have the right to say “NO!”

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs receiving federal assistance. This overview provides a foundation for our approach to DOE’s so-called consent-based process:

If a recipient of federal assistance is found to have discriminated and voluntary compliance cannot be achieved, the federal agency providing the assistance should either initiate fund termination proceedings or refer the matter to the Department of Justice for appropriate legal action. Aggrieved individuals may file administrative complaints with the federal agency that provides funds to a recipient, or the individuals may file suit for appropriate relief in federal court. Title VI itself prohibits intentional discrimination.

President John F. Kennedy said in 1963: “Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races [colors, and national origins] contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial [color or national origin] discrimination.”

Technology Questions

The DOE should choose the best available technology for radioactive waste storage. This should be based on long term safety, not short-term cost savings as is now the case. The DOE must exceed Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards to avoid radiation leaks and potential explosions. Most of the rest of the world uses thick metal storage/transport casks (10” to 20” thick) and stores them in reinforced buildings. They are designed to be maintained. The DOE plans to use inferior thin-walled canisters.

Rather than consent-based siting, DOE efforts and public meetings should be focused on the storage, transport, funding, and states legal authority issues. It would be folly for any community to consent to the transportation and storage of high level spent nuclear fuel until all these issues are resolved.

Stop Throwing County Employees Under the Bus and Making Them Scapegoats

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Stop Throwing County Employees “Under the Bus” and Making Them Scapegoats

By Viola Davis, April 5, 2016

I recently viewed several news reports on the Wade Walker YMCA and Roy Wilson with major concern and disbelief because I knew some major facts were not included in the report. I am writing this article in hopes of making some corrections that will remove the appearance of making Roy Wilson a “scapegoat” and/or “throwing Wilson under the bus”. Wilson was not employed with DeKalb County when the decision was made on the YMCA construction.

The future move to build a library at Wade Walker Park also made us very uncomfortable with the manner in which this was reported. Both of these issues involve questionable actions of our local county government of DeKalb and clearly have cost the taxpayers and voters over $100,000. However, it is not right to place the blame on county employees such as Roy Wilson.

I also read the column wrote online and strongly disagreed with blame being placed on Roy Wilson, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the following reasons:

· The Public-Private Partnership agreement that helped with the construction of the YMCA at Wade Walker Park was voted on in August and September of 2008.

· The agreement originated under the administration of Vernon Jones, Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County. Jones had a totally different staff to include:

o Richard Stogner – COO

o Marilyn Drew – Director of Parks and Recreation

o William Linkous – County Attorney

· The September 9, 2008 Board of Commissioners business agenda and minutes will show that Commissioner May made the motion and Commissioner Ellis seconded, and the agenda item passed 6-0-0-1 to authorize the Chief Executive Officer to execute the Master Agreement with the Development Authority of DeKalb County and the Young Men’s Christian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc.

· Commissioner Elaine Boyer, Commissioner Jeff Rader, Commissioner Larry Johnson, Commissioner Burrell Ellis, Commissioner Lee May, and Commissioner Kathie Gannon voted in favor of the item. Commissioner Connie Stokes was absent.

· The contact person on this agenda item was Morris Williams. The agenda item was listed under Commission District 5 and 7.

· Marilyn Drew was the Director of Parks and Recreation until CEO Burrell Ellis fired her in 2009. Ellis hired Roy Wilson in 2010.

· The major decisions were made on the construction of the YMCA prior to Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton taking office in 2009.

· I was present during the Board of Commissioner meeting when the issue of the YMCA was discussed.

We are very concerned that placing the focus on Roy Wilson makes him appear to be “guilty” of a serious issue that he has no direct power to control. Wilson is a department head and must report to the COO and/or the CEO. Wilson does not report to the Board of Commissioners unless directed by his superiors.

The questions we are asking involve our legal department. Did anyone in our legal department provide guidance and/or warn our elected officials against building the YMCA in violation of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ restrictions? Where was our legal department during this year’s budget process when the decision was made to move forward with the library?

It is wrong to blame county employees and bypass the “true” decision makers. Did Roy Wilson give the report to Executive Assistant/COO Zachary Williams and/or ICEO Lee May? This would be Wilson’s first course of action. Wilson is not obligated to report to the Board of Commissioners. Zachary Williams is mandated through the Organizational Act to report to both the CEO and BOC.

Furthermore, Mr. Roy Wilson spoke of retiring long before the issue of the YMCA and the building of the Library came to light. It is unfair to make it appear that this was a sudden action Wilson did following these reports.

I am forwarding copies of documents that will provide a better understanding of what happened in 2008 with the construction of the YMCA at Wade Walker Park. Please view the attachment. I hope this will clear up any misunderstandings and restore Roy Wilson’s reputation.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 770-256-0034 or via email at UnhappyTaxpayers@gmail.com.

Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter Founders 2016 Community Kudos Awards Gala Honorees

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March 4, 2016

Viola Davis and Ruby Bozeman Davis
Founders of Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter
909 Rays Road
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083

Jennifer Ffrench Parker
Crossroads Newspaper
2346 Candler Road
Decatur, Georgia 30032

Dear Mrs. Parker:

We are writing this letter to let you know that we have received your notification that we are one of the 2016 Community Kudos Awards Gala Honorees. We are very pleased and grateful to accept the award. We are honored you are recognizing us with your “Making A Difference Award”.

We are very grateful for this reward, which is an excellent morale-booster that will encourage us to continue doing our community ministry work. We are also very appreciative of those who recommended us to you and for the time and effort you have put into this yearly award process.

Yours sincerely,

Viola Davis
Co-Founder

For More Information on Tickets, Please visit: http://tinyurl.com/2016KudosGala
or call 404-284-1888

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Commendation for Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green and the DeKalb Board of Education

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Open Letter to Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green and the DeKalb Board of Education

Commendation for Putting Children First

 

April 4, 2016

 

Thank you for the political leadership you provide for our children and community concerning the issue of the Tax Allocation District (TAD) in Doraville.  As a citizen who is concerned about maintaining a high quality education in DeKalb County, I value the role you play in shaping the policies that can lead to greater sustainability for our educational system.  With the right decisions and incentives, policies that are good for the education of children can improve the financial stability of our education system, improve our graduation rate, increase our ratings on tests, and improve our economy thus creating good jobs.   Good decisions have already returned our school system to full accreditation.

 

I want the general public to know of the strong stance Superintendent Green and members of our Board of Education took to protect the interest of our children against a few powerful elected officials in the Georgia General Assembly.  While attending a meeting at the Capitol, our leadership did not hesitate to explain in great detail the reason a majority of the board and our superintendent rejected signing on to the tax allocation district (TAD) in Doraville.

 

The taxpayers and voters of DeKalb County would have been proud to see such a display of strength and conviction to do “what is in the best interest of our children”.  We could barely contain our screams of joy.  This is the reason for writing this letter of commendation.

 

We are calling on taxpayers and voters to call Superintendent Green and members of our Board of Education and tell them, “Thank you for putting our children first”.

 

It is true that we are quick to chastise our elected officials when they do something wrong.  However, we must move equally as fast to give accolades and praise for their positive actions.  Frankly, our Superintendent and Board of Education actions go far above the call of duty.  That’s why we need to support their position concerning the TAD in Doraville.

 

We encourage our community to respect leaders who step to the front line to protect the best interest of our children and have no fear going against powerful elected officials who attempt to punish the same leadership when they “do not kneel down” to the threats that place economic development over the education of children.  Superintendent Green and our Board of Education’s bold actions deserve our respect and praise.

 

Again, thank you for putting our children first.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Viola Davis

Co-Founder of Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter

Nine Reasons to Vote “No” Against the Opportunity School District (OSD)

 

Nine Reasons to Vote “No” against the Opportunity School District (OSD):

1. The Opportunity School District law will be an amendment to the Georgia Constitution that will affect generations to come.
2. The Opportunity School District (OSD) would be managed by a Governor-appointed Superintendent who would be given vast new powers over the use of local funding and local educational decision- making matters, yet be unaccountable to local taxpayers.
3. Removal of Local Control of Neighborhood Schools.
4. Tax equity denied and increased unequal funding of local schools.
5. Elected Representation denied and removal of constitutional rights.
6. Negative affect on local property values such as decrease property values.
7. Educational plan would be duplicated after a state with the worst schools in the nation.
8. Expand government bureaucracy with an unproven and failing plan.
9. Reinforce the “Redistribution of Wealth” and Unfunded Mandates, particularly in DeKalb County – continues the outdated QBE formula (Local Five Mill Share), out of control Austerity Cuts, and Georgia Governors placing over 70% of the Refugees in the Clarkston Cluster without proper funding.

If this amendment passes, Time for our “Blue County” to sue this “Red State” over a “Green Issue”… A “Green Issue” called Money!

 

 

RICO Probe Uncovers 3 Million Dollar Theft from Floyd County Schools

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RICO Probe Uncovers 3 Million Dollar Theft from Floyd County Schools

Have you heard? A RICO probe uncovered the theft of 3 million dollars from the Floyd County School System over a decade dating back to 2005. How did this happen?

Floyd County Schools are a Georgia Charter System and a public school system for children in Pre-K to 12th grade. The system has approximately 10,000 students with 19 facilities located in Rome, Georgia.

It was reported in the Rome News Tribune that the cost of investigating the 3 million theft from Floyd County schools keeps growing, with more than 6,000 man hours already spent examining the case, as stated by Floyd County Police Chief Bill Shiflett.

“We expect numerous arrests to be made soon,” Shiflett said during the county Public Safety Committee meeting Thursday. He told the Rome News-Tribune he expects to make between 12 and 14 arrests.

The man-hours spent investigating the RICO case include two investigators working the case full-time, a police records clerk reassigned, and two part-time employees hired to assist police, Shiflett said.

Fourteen search warrants and consent searches have been executed, he said, resulting in the freezing of $41,109 in bank accounts assets — along with $243,500 in cash seized and placed in the forfeiture account. Additionally, $432,000 has been returned to Floyd County Schools vendors and others after the scheme was discovered.

More than 50 bank accounts and credit cards have been analyzed, along with 200 interviews conducted and around 30 out-of-town trips made to gather evidence, he said.

Thousands of Floyd County Schools’ invoices have been analyzed, he added.
The FBI and GBI have become involved in the investigation, which began in October 2014, Shiflett said. The GBI was called in to audit all the bids submitted by the school system for the past five years.

Derry Richardson and other defendants named in a civil filing under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act have not been charged criminally. The civil case states that Richardson and others inflated and falsified invoices paid by the school system. His property and assets were seized and are now being administered by a court-appointed receiver.
Other seizures made by police, provided by Shiflett, include:

• Two duplex apartments valued at $100,000 each.
• Richardson’s home at 241 Riverbluff Road in Summerville, valued at more than $525,000.
• Two Bobcats, all-terrain vehicles, five vehicles, appliances and skeet-shooting trailers.
• A Kubota tractor, valued at over $100,000.
• Five ExMark mowers, valued at $10,000 each.
• 60 firearms, some valued at more than $5,000 each, including automatic weapons and silencers.
• Thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Read the entire story from two articles written in Rome News Tribune at the following links:

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/local/rico-probe-uncovers-string-of-alleged-abuses-as-far-back/article_0d44e32e-d6d9-11e5-b661-c78e409a2555.html

http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/news/local/floyd-police-list-firearms-vehicles-seized-in-floyd-county-schools/article_3c425ff2-d649-11e5-92f6-f77a235958e1.html

View the story on WSBTV:

Restore DeKalb request Special Prosecutor and Expansion of Public Integrity Unit

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I, Viola Davis, with Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter and Restore DeKalb, submit a new request and report detailing and summarizing an ethics complaint (alleged criminal activity, wrongdoing and malfeasance) against Sharon Barnes Sutton and others within DeKalb County government to the new DeKalb Board of Ethics (2016). I had and continue to have the support of Restore DeKalb with Joel Edwards and a group of citizens striving to “restore” transparency, ethics and accountability in our local and state government.

We request an advisory opinion because new evidence, documentation and witnesses have come forth to prove the code of ethics and state law were violated. The additional information will prove that the actions of a select group of elected officials and top administrators undermined the law to the point that the ethics case against Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton would need to be forwarded to:

1. A Special Prosecutor with the District Attorney and/or Solicitor General’s office. The District Attorney Robert James has a conflict of interest with Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton due to his close relationship with Warren Mosby, the prior boyfriend of Barnes Sutton and James’ campaign consultant.

2. An expansion of the Public Integrity Unit to include a cross section of law enforcement such as the local police department under Dr. Cedric Alexander with the FBI/GBI as oversight agents. The Public Integrity Unit investigates allegations of wrongdoing by elected officials and appointed officials.

We presented an earlier ethics complaint against Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton and Judy Brownlee to the DeKalb County Board of Ethics that was well documented and showed Barnes Sutton and Brownlee violated codes within Section 22A (c) (1-7) of the DeKalb County Code of Ordinances known as the Code of Ethics. Unfortunately, Barnes Sutton filed a lawsuit against the Board of Ethics proclaiming the board was unconstitutional. She questioned the authority of the board to sit in judgment of officials’ behavior, arguing that it undermines the fundamental due process rights. Despite DeKalb voters approving the new ethics law by 92% back in November of 2015, Sharon Barnes Sutton delayed the ethics board hearings which ultimately denied the public justice.

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DeKalb County School District Receives Full Accreditation

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News Release
DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RECEIVES FULL ACCREDITATION

AdvancED/SACS CASI announces major recognition with final three action steps completed

The DeKalb County School District received a letter on January 28, 2016 from AdvancED notifying the District that it has satisfied the final three action steps necessary to change from Accredited Under Review to Accredited.

“I am proud of the hard work and diligent effort on the part of the teachers, staff, and the Board of Education to return the District to full accreditation,” said Sup. Dr. R. Stephen Green. “The DeKalb County School District will be relentless in sustaining the work completed and remain focused on the quality of instruction in the classroom and thereby raise the bar for teaching and learning. Our students will rise to the level of expectation that we set. We are locked in on this mission.”

“We could not have done this without the collaboration and cooperation of the Board and community working together to select Dr. Green as the leader of this District,” said Dr. Melvin Johnson, Chair of the DeKalb Board of Education. “Now, we can continue our number one focus on student achievement.”

An Institution Progress Report that addressed the completion of the final three of 14 action steps identified by AdvancED for the District was submitted in December 2015 and reviewed by an evaluation team.

According to a letter from AdvancED dated January 28, 2016: “In recognition of the progress made to date and acknowledgement of the continued work needed to sustain the Required Actions, the Georgia AdvancED Council affirmed… that the DeKalb County School District’s accreditation status will be changed from Accredited Under Review to Accredited.”

Contact: Quinn Hudson
678.676.0720
quinn_hudson@dekalbschoolsga.org