Stonecrest schedules monthly briefings

Stonecrest city officials invited community members to a series of monthly briefings beginning March 8 that will “provide stakeholders with crucial updates on city hall activities and developments throughout the city,” according to a news release.

The briefings are scheduled for March 8, April 12, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 8, and Dec. 10 at Stonecrest City Hall, states the release.

Mayor Jazzmin Cobble, City Manager Gia Scruggs, and Major Y. C. Baron from the DeKalb County Police Department—East Precinct, located in Stonecrest, are expected to attend the meeting to provide updates and answer questions.

“We are committed to having open dialogue with our residents,” said Cobble. “These monthly briefings provide an excellent opportunity for us to engage with the community, answer questions, and keep everyone informed about the important work being done in City Hall and throughout our city.”

Community members attending the meetings may arrive at city hall—located at 3120 Stonecrest Blvd.—at 11:30 a.m. for the briefings, which are slated to begin at noon.
The briefings will also be livestreamed on city of Stonecrest’s YouTube channel.


Arabia Mountain students awarded for epilepsy app

Three students from Arabia Mountain High School won the Annual App Challenge Competition hosted by Congressman Hank Johnson, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District.
Aubrey Allen, Jasmine Stamper, and Ariel Hibbert won for creating their app Telepsy, which they designed to simplify and enhance epilepsy management.
The students stated that the app allows users to log and track seizure information and gives them easy access to emergency phone numbers, hospital locations, and information regarding epilepsy and what causes seizures.
The students said they were inspired by an instructor at Arabia Mountain High School who has epilepsy.
“Today, we’re not only celebrating future app developers, computer scientists, and engineers but also honoring Black history in this month of February,” said Johnson. “The App Challenge aims to foster coding and computer science engagement, and I’m honored to celebrate all the students who participated this year, especially given the exponential growth projected in STEM occupations.”
Johnson also recognized two of the three judges: Laron Walker for his accomplishments in emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, and hydroponics, and Daniel Moore for his contributions to Black history as the CEO and founder of the Apex Museum on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.
Johnson added that more than 70 students participated in this year’s challenge, the highest number since the app challenge was created. He awarded all the students with participation certificates. The winners received Black Americans in Congress books, Congressional pens, copies of the Constitution, gift cards, and were invited to attend the House of Code science event in Washington, D.C.

Family arranging memorial for Tucker sports icon

A Tucker High School athletics icon was reported missing on Feb. 25, and family members said he was then found dead on March 2.
Jimmy King, also known as Coach Bud, was last seen at Applebee’s on Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker on Feb. 24. King was known for his support of Tucker’s sports teams and was regularly seen on the sidelines at athletic events – including Tucker’s playoff and region basketball games that occurred in the days leading up to his disappearance.
Several search efforts were conducted by community members to help find King in the days after he went missing.
King’s family is planning a memorial and had raised nearly $10,000 from 148 donations at press time, after setting a goal of $2,500. The family reported that a body found near Memorial Drive was King, but they added that they were waiting on more information at press time.
A GoFundMe made by King’s family states that they are “waiting for the DeKalb County medical examiner’s office to complete the autopsy on our brother,” and that the family “will provide an update once we have more information.”
Updates, information about the memorial—once it is planned—and information on donating may be found at:

New ambulance dedicated to the city of Dunwoody

The city of Dunwoody is now home to a dedicated ambulance “to meet the emergency transport needs of the community,” according to officials.
In December, DeKalb County and city of Dunwoody officials joined the American Medical Response (AMR) Georgia team for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the deployment of a dedicated Advance Life Support ambulance specifically for Dunwoody.
According to the American Red Cross’ website, advance life support differs from basic life support in that it “uses more sophisticated interventions and procedures with the goal being to stabilize critical patients who may have suffered a life-threatening event like cardiac arrest, acute coronary syndrome, or stroke.”
“AMR is incredibly proud to bring the great city of Dunwoody a dedicated ambulance and crew,” said Chris Valentin, regional director for AMR Southeast – Georgia. “Continuing to offer the best possible service to this community remains our priority and the launch of this vehicle showcases our commitment.”
Among those in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Chief Darnell Fullum with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, Chief Billy Grogan with the Dunwoody Police Department, and Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch, who each discussed the importance of the advance life support ambulance for the community.
“The city of Dunwoody recognizes the importance of swift response times and the need to bolster our emergency response capabilities,” said Grogan. “A decision to invest in an extra ambulance is a testament to the city council’s commitment to the health and safety of every resident.”
The ambulance will be stationed at DeKalb County Fire Rescue Station 21 in Dunwoody, where it will be staffed with a dedicated crew from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week throughout the year, stated officials. DeKalb County also provides ambulance services for Dunwoody.
“When someone calls 911, they have the expectation that help is coming quickly, and we want to make sure that happens,” said Deutsch. “We elected to do this pilot project to reduce wait times and improve emergency services in Dunwoody.”
The new ambulance began running on Dec. 15 in a soft opening, stated officials. Dunwoody officials said the city is using American Rescue Plan funding for the pilot project.
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