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DeKalb police precincts to participate in Drug Take Back Day

The DeKalb County Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to remove unwanted prescription drugs from the community. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

The public can drop off any expired and unwanted prescription drugs between 10 a.m. ­ 2 p.m., at any of the four DeKalb County Police Precincts.
Precinct locations include:
* North Central Precinct - 1960 West Exchange Place, Tucker
* Tucker Precinct - 4451 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker
* East Precinct - 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia
* South Precinct - 2841 Sheperd Drive, Decatur

According to the DEA: "Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.In addition, 22,134 Americans died in 2011 from overdoses of prescription medications, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers."

Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites. Liquids, needles or other sharps will not be accepted....


Breast Health & Wellness Center opens in Rockdale


Rockdale surgeon Gayla J. Dillard, MD FACS and breast cancer specialist Dr. April Speed hosted an open house Sept. 25 for their new Breast Health & Wellness Center at 1364 Wellbrook Circle NE, Conyers.  


“We want this to be an accessible and affordable state of the art breast cancer center,” says Dr. Dillard, who has been been a private practitioner for the past 28 years.  


“You can get world class treatment right here at home,” adds Dr. Speed, a Susan G. Komen fellow of the prestigious cancer center ranked #2 by US News and World Report. “We do it with dignity and detail, and with great expertise.”


The wellness team now offers one of only two full-service breast disease centers on the city of Atlanta’s east side, which includes DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton Counties.


For more information, call 678-210-2846.


Rockdale rejects Sunday voting, tempers flare


Rockdale County voters won’t get to go to the polls for Sunday voting as their neighbors in DeKalb and Fulton will have the chance to do during the early voting period in October. Rockdale’s Board of Voter Registration rejected a measure on Sept. 25 to allow Sunday voting, with Republican board member Johnny Brown, Sr. adamantly saying it’s against God’s will.

“It’s right there in His word just as plain as it can be. The good Lord spent more time on the fourth commandment than any of the other nine. Remember, the Sabbath day and keep it holy. We are not to work or do anything related to it on this day,” said Brown, who serves as first vice chair of the three-member board. “Besides that I don’t even think this should be an issue on our agenda because this was really popped up on us out of nowhere. This really was sprung on us.”

Karen James, a Democrat on the board, made a motion in support of Sunday voting but the motion died after Brown voted against it and Chairman William F. Todd, Jr., who fills the nonpartisan position on the board, failed to vote either way.


Tempers flared...


EPA orders water, soil contamination testing to expedite cleanup at Fort Gillem

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the Army to conduct testing for soil and water contamination on residential and commercial properties surrounding the former Fort Gillem Army base in Forest Park. The EPA issued the order Sept. 24 and the Army has 10 days to respond.


Officials say they want to find out whether hazardous materials buried at the site after World War II are seeping into homes and businesses and expedite the cleanup of the site.


The new study follows an indoor vapor study the Army conducted to determine if ground contaminants at the former base were posing a health hazard.


The former military base's primary missions, which lasted from the 1940s until the base was closed in 2011 under the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) V, were training and materiel supply from World War II through the Persian Gulf conflict. The base was responsible for providing the Army with weapons and equipment, research and development, procurement, production, storage, distribution, inventory management, maintenance, and disposal of surplus and waste materials during both, peacetime and wartime. The activities resulted in soil, sediment, surface water, and groundwater contamination.


The work required by the EPA...


Georgia drivers can now “pre-apply” for services online

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is offering a new online customer service tool designed to improve licensing efficiency and ultimately reduce customer wait times.  

Pre-Apply Online enables customers to jumpstart their licensing service by submitting a completed application for a license, permit or identification card before visiting the DDS.
This additional online enhancement helps fulfill the DDS mission of embracing new technologies to serve a greater number of customers more efficiently.  

  • “Customers who pre-apply online will skip the sometimes awkward task of completing the required paperwork while listening for their number to be called,” DDS Commissioner Rob Mikell said.  “The submitted information populates directly to the mainframe, reducing data entry time and any potential typing errors at the time of service.”

Since launching this feature on Sept. 16, over 2,600 customers have accessed, completed and successfully transmitted the required application online. Out of the participants, 1,100 have visited DDS to complete their service.

About the Process

Customers will click on the “Save Time! Pre Apply Online” tab on the Agency’s website homepage, <> ,  to review the requirements and begin the application.  

  • Pre-Apply Online is a free service for existing or new DDS customers and can be accessed from...


DeKalb "Sick of Signs" cleanup set Oct. 4

DeKalb County will host its “Sick of Signs” campaign, a national effort against the proliferation of illegal signs that blight communities.


The “Sick of Signs” sweep will kick off Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. ­ noon, at the Walmart parking lot located at 5935 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain.


“Illegal signs are a blight in the community and an eyesore, and potentially dangerous if they’re too close to roadways,” said DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May. “This effort aligns with DeKalb¹s priorities to develop and maintain sustainable neighborhoods, and enhance public safety.”


The “Sick of Signs” campaign supports October as National Code Enforcement Month as designated by the American Association of Code Enforcement.


Homeowner organizations, civic, and community groups are invited to participate by partnering with DeKalb County Code Enforcement Division to remove signs along roadways throughout the county. The “Sick of Signs” campaign is just one of many scheduled initiatives and activities to empower and educate residents on the importance of Code Enforcement and county codes in improving quality of life.


DeKalb County Code Enforcement enforces codes/ordinances related to property maintenance, zoning, planning, special land use, signs and permits in a fair, transparent, timely and consistent...



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