As part of Wednesday’s sale, Millsap will retain the rights to the Blackhall name.“Blackhall Studios has been a very good real estate development project, and Blackhall Entertainment, my next venture, will help transform Georgia into an entertainment juggernaut,” he said in the release. “… I consider myself an Atlantan now, and the sale has given me additional resources to start other businesses that effect the entertainment industry and beyond.”ExploreFormer GM plant set to transform into massive film production siteBlackhall Studios opened in 2017, and it’s worked with several large Hollywood studios, including Disney, Universal, Warner Bros., Sony and HBO. Its production studios were involved in the creation of the recent “Jumanji” and “Godzilla” films along with “Doctor Sleep” and “Venom.”Posted by Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights on Monday, April 26, 2021″,”provider_url”:”https://www.facebook.com”,”_id”:”https://www.facebook.com/beaconhillblackalliance/posts/3705596822896567&locale=en_US”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:1619532327311,”provider_name”:”Facebook”,”type”:”facebook-post”,”version”:”1.0″},”type”:”oembed_response”},”_id”:”XLQPFAJHPZFDPMBNHA4NTXGH5E”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619531364530,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Through an online fundraiser, the student group raised $5,000 to erect the marker. The Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights, a local community activism organization, and the City of Decatur Commission both helped sponsor the students’ proposal, which is now a reality.”,”_id”:”WTWGE7IA5BFGVL5NOOCKH64E2U”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”JDA4KEY5FZGCLGXHYKTX4DLYBU”,”type”:”divider”,”_id”:”VT2KHMZEQZFMLHKPLSJFSBNKZE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619531364532,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The marker’s text: “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was sentenced here, at the site of the former DeKalb Building, on October 25, 1960, to four months of hard labor for protesting segregation with the Atlanta Student Movement at a Rich’s Department Store dining room. His arrest violated parole conditions set by Judge J. Oscar Mitchell, who had convicted King of driving without a Georgia license, even though he carried a valid Alabama license. Mitchell’s harsh sentencing of King’s parole violation energized Civil Rights activists and amplified demands to end racist laws and policies. King’s mistreatment focused national attention on the Civil Rights Movement when John and Robert Kennedy intervened to free King from prison. As a result, many Black voters switched parties to help elect John F. 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The Chronolog stations are located in Mason Mill Park and Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve.”,”_id”:”VHOWH4HPRBAMBPBQI5VSS2XV5U”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619529281589,”type”:”text”,”content”:”During April, volunteers from all over the world become involved in research by participating in local science community projects and events through collecting data, analyzing results, and solving scientific problems. Citizen Science Month is the perfect time for patrons to visit DeKalb’s parks and snap fun photos of nature.”,”_id”:”NNLRXMLDNBG7LJQUDITOX2JAQE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619529281590,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The purpose of the Chronolog photo station is for park goers to simply place their cellphone in the mounted brackets, snap a photo and upload it to the website displayed on signage at the photo station. All photos are taken in a specific direction which creates a stationary reference point. As a result, Chronolog stitches all photos together in proper alignment and a crowdsourced time lapse is born.”,”_id”:”HVPRWUOSOBHHFNOJ4RJHMEAU44″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619529281591,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I am thrilled to watch documented changes in the environment, seasonal colors and water flow in creeks from the same vantage point,” said Jonah McDonald, parks naturalist.”,”_id”:”BZWCDB4ZOFEL3GOYLN3ZLFFEK4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619529281592,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Patrons are encouraged to visit the Chronolog photo stations and view the time lapses below:”,”list_type”:”unordered”,”_id”:”UP6UYUYCORFFFDNMYJ7GH64UHQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”type”:”list”,”items”:[“_id”:”CZPU3FRKVZGSLGGJUWLDEK4PDA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:,”content”:”Mason Mill Park- 1406-1458 McConnell Drive, Decatur www.chronolog.io/project/Mason-Mill-Park”,”_id”:”H5XJBQSGIVH3DG7DYUJOJVUXCU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”type”:”text”,”block_properties”:,”content”:”Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve – 3787 Klondike Road, Stonecrest”],”_id”:”TLDS6HFPCZBENOI5VE2HFLGJKA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619529281594,”type”:”text”,”content”:”www.chronolog.io/project/Davidson-Arabia-Mountain-Nature-Preserve”,”_id”:”3J4VO4XYENC6JBLI53QWZABIZ4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619529281595,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Information: Jonah McDonald, park naturalist, at 404-491-3670 or [email protected]”],”display_date”:”2021-04-27T13:15:20.601Z”,”headlines”:”basic”:”DeKalb Parks installs Chronolog photo stations in honor of Citizen Science Month”,”first_publish_date”:”2021-04-27T13:15:20.601Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[“path”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”parent”:”default”:”/neighborhoods”,”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/neighborhoods”,”name”:”DeKalb County”,”description”:”Local news for Dekalb County Ga. neighborhoods, including breaking news, DeKalb County schools, high school sports, crime, events, neighborhood development and land use issues”,”_id”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”additional_properties”:”original”:”parent”:”AmpNav”:”/neighborhoods”,”default”:”/neighborhoods”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/neighborhoods”,”SectionMap”:”https://news.google.com/”,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:”/neighborhoods”,”TopNav”:”/neighborhoods”,”ComposerNav”:”https://news.google.com/”,”site”:”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Local news for Dekalb County Ga. neighborhoods, including breaking news, DeKalb County schools, high school sports, crime, events, neighborhood development and land use issues”,”site_title”:”DeKalb County News ,”navigation”:”nav_title”:”DeKalb County”,”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”DeKalb County”,”_id”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”ancestors”:”AmpNav”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”default”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”SectionMap”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”MainMenuRedesign2021″:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”TopNav”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”order”:”TopNavRedesign”:2009,”SectionMap”:1011,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:2010,”TopNav”:2009,”ComposerNav”:1097,”_website_section_id”:”ajc./neighborhoods/dekalb”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″],”tags”:[],”primary_section”:”path”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”name”:”DeKalb County”},”type”:”story”,”last_updated_date”:”2021-04-27T13:15:21.056Z”,”canonical_url”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb/dekalb-parks-installs-chronolog-photo-stations-in-honor-of-citizen-science-month/AEBKWEVLFJCWLDCSUQ7DRKQCMQ/”,”promo_items”:”basic”:”credits”:,”subtitle”:”DeKalb County Parks logo”,”width”:215,”caption”:”The DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs has installed Chronolog photo stations in honor of Citizen Science Month in Mason Mill Park and Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve.”,”type”:”image”,”url”:”https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/5B7ML2CUJUJGMUEVWK4MJGFPTQ.jpg”,”height”:46,”_id”:”AEBKWEVLFJCWLDCSUQ7DRKQCMQ”},{“content_elements”:[“_id”:”33WDFTCY75FRRDUVVNL5TEPWS4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1600097861800,”type”:”text”,”content”:”DeKalb County is providing more ways for vulnerable communities — immigrants, the uninsured and the elderly — to get a COVID-19 vaccination.”,”_id”:”QVRUIQQ4OFGXZILWLEBY6TMW24″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619458406740,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The DeKalb Board of Health announced Monday it’s expanding its partnership with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), a nonprofit that vaccinates hard-to-reach groups. The county and CORE will work with smaller faith-based groups and community partners to offer vaccinations.”,”_id”:”ASPZZYTJ3BC6TJPK46O25ETTLY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619458406741,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We welcome CORE’s assistance with our COVID-19 vaccination efforts here in DeKalb County,” Dr. Sandra J. Valenciano, the board of health’s interim district health director, said in a news release. “To bring COVID-19 under control, access to vaccine is critical, especially in our medically vulnerable communities.””,”_id”:”JTUL7SZTKVE6BDESXTOSB5PEWE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619458406742,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Previously, DeKalb and CORE partnered to vaccinate immigrants and refugees in Clarkston and nearby neighborhoods. CORE is also working with Doraville, Dunwoody and several other nonprofits to vaccinate non-English speaking groups along the Buford Highway corridor.”,”_id”:”LIJ2Q2F2NFFGFN2FPPNPPEVNAQ”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”HZVXPD4H2NEVVJFXPIQ5YJCRVE”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/doraville-dunwoody-partner-with-nonprofits-to-vaccinate-non-english-speakers/3O2KPPEWFRAMPEGM4SFH4T6TXA/”,”content”:”Doraville, Dunwoody partner with nonprofits to vaccinate non-English speakers”,”_id”:”LMKCOX6MERABXBZFP52L2VHFLU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619458406744,”type”:”text”,”content”:”As part of the DeKalb partnership, CORE will offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is taken in two doses. Pre-registration is required, and the second dose can be administered no sooner than three weeks after the first dose.”,”_id”:”5H2JDPMGEZHF5MUIDTLIL6PUZQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619458406745,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Vaccinations are free. Patients are encouraged to provide identification and insurance information, but CORE said those are not required. Five locations are currently offered, according to the registration form. For more information or to register, visit coregeorgia.org/dekalbcounty.”,”_id”:”NZKYBBYEMRGKJOFE7YHHE5MKS4″,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”AFPDFSCWVZDB7AERVCPHLBUL3I”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/investigations/many-of-georgias-homebound-still-waiting-for-vaccine/XA4Z2SQXMVCW7HKNWLLK4ET46A/”,”content”:”Many of Georgia’s homebound still waiting for vaccine”,”_id”:”M7NYYECZHBCI7ERSJCFAWE6RFM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619458406747,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The county also operates two vaccination sites, which also requires pre-registration. 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The mayor recently began a medical leave due to recurring cancer.”,”_id”:”ATJDVICYWFELRH6JX6KFP4W6CQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619198198118,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I wasn’t involved in the decision of the COVID funds administration or who received what awards,” Lary said in a text message to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.”,”_id”:”Y6KICCDFJRG4NJXIHZXPWRSMWU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949404,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The investigative report, written by Denmark, details an alleged scheme where city employees used Stonecrest’s allotment of federal CARES Act funds to enrich themselves and business associates.”,”_id”:”5S65DNY2FZAT7O7O7HU2MW66S4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619207794017,”type”:”text”,”content”:”In addition, the investigation found businesses and charities were required to pay 25% of their award to one of three pre-selected marketing companies — all created by city officials or people with “deep ties to city staff.””,”_id”:”WDXDGY2VRFB5XBFYMC653RQV34″,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”NMFRNJSYARCAXH4YGDF3IDYBMQ”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/pandemic-relief-meant-for-stonecrest-businesses-lost-in-city-hall-turmoil/EJ3UZKAZ35BPJNILCIVCE4C2NU/”,”content”:”Pandemic relief meant for Stonecrest businesses lost in city hall turmoil”,”_id”:”RAMKYLXCUVDUTBJKBEH4VJMBWM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619198198119,”type”:”text”,”content”:”A supplemental investigative report, made public this week, details what Denmark was able to learn since his initial bombshell investigation went public earlier in April. The unsolicited grant awarded to Union Missionary Baptist Church was among the supplemental report’s findings.”,”level”:2,”_id”:”KLMXHLKZAVDFHK656COX36OBNU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619198198120,”type”:”header”,”content”:”The mayor’s church”,”_id”:”QBPWT2Q4OFBX7NBXRR6U4BCP6Q”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949408,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Alma Perdue-Byrd, treasurer and administrator at Union Missionary Baptist Church, told Denmark that Lary announced the $150,000 grant award at a trustee board meeting. She added that the church “never actually applied” to receive financial assistance from the city, according to the report.”,”_id”:”QXEJ3UB2UJAUDKTY4AIRBTSXBQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949409,”type”:”text”,”content”:”At the board meeting, Lary allegedly told the trustees that a third of the grant, $50,000, should go to Real Estate Management Consultants, Inc. for “community home repairs.” Perdue-Byrd said those services were never performed. The AJC reached out to the church and did not hear back before publication.”,”_id”:”ZYGKGNAXH5D5JG3IROIUIPGITY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949410,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Real Estate Management Consultants, founded in October by private attorney Robert Burroughs, is one of three companies accused of receiving kickbacks as part of Stonecrest’s CARES Act program. Burroughs previously declined to comment about the allegations.”,”_id”:”S4X7CA3FM5HSNFSQMOW7LV7R3Y”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949411,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The other two companies named as part of the alleged scheme, Visit Us, Inc., and Battleground Media LLC, are both listed in Burroughs name. The address for Battleground Media, like that of Real Estate Management Consultants, is property owned by Lary’s real estate company.”,”_id”:”77LZXIBA5ZCZFIFXMMAUTA3WPE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949412,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Perdue-Byrd is also connected to Visit Us, listed as the company’s CEO and chief financial officer in Secretary of State documents. Visit Us received at least $100,000 from various grant recipients to perform marketing services — allegedly at the request of Lary and other city leaders.”,”_id”:”7HFFITNTYJD6LAYIERMCGX3TEE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619207794026,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Denmark found no evidence the company ever performed any services.”,”_id”:”ND7D6SWATNBQ3CWFW2Y7DAB654″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949413,”type”:”text”,”content”:”In the new report, Perdue-Byrd told Denmark that she was aware grant funds were provided to Visit Us, adding that nothing had been spent. She said those funds remain in the company’s bank accounts.”,”level”:2,”_id”:”2M6IYUZM3JFEXCWXUKCYU6YFU4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949414,”type”:”header”,”content”:”Other findings”,”_id”:”7AB2ULUGFFAHRHOUGA3TDW2Y2M”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619198198122,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Like many of the churches and companies that received CARES Act funds from the city, Union Missionary Baptist Church is located outside of the city limits. A church that is in the city limits, Flat Rock Community Church, also received an unsolicited grant of $100,000, according to the report.”,”_id”:”XWY7DMZEKZFURBT3DSLBOEI6BA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949416,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We were unaware that the church had received a grant award, since all information related to community-based awards has not been made available to us,” Denmark wrote in the new report. The program’s shoddy accounting has been questioned in several places by Denmark, who requested further investigation by law enforcement agencies.”,”_id”:”N6U4OSDYTRBNRPBCMZTQVMKMFU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949417,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Charles Bennafield, pastor at Flat Rock church, told Denmark that he received the unsolicited grant and was instructed by Lary to cut $18,000 worth of checks to three companies. One of them, One Way Management LLC, is run by James Lary, one of the mayor’s sons.”,”_id”:”LIAORLFEAZA4TP7TZSCHTOWDTA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949418,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The report cites an email where Lary wrote Bennafield: “You can give them to James when y’all meet.””,”_id”:”PN6UQNFV5ZD2TC7YWRTSW25O24″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619203949419,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The report concludes that additional supplementary reports are likely in the future, and it lists multiple recommendations for further action.”,”_id”:”GFHTTTT6QRDTJFDR6MMRJRIMHQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619207794034,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The five-member City Council voted earlier this week to grant Denmark’s multiple requests, which included launching an external audit of the city’s CARES Act program; voiding improper contracts; calling on law enforcement for further investigation; and attempting to recover some of the funds.”,”_id”:”VE3FYAYSWJGHLMCTE7ED5VR3MY”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”3VGXEVZMRJE5PLXLOB5W5QPIKU”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/stonecrest-authorizes-further-investigation-into-allegedly-misused-covid-19-relief-funds/GIU2JTD5S5G7FHV5RDTY25EUHY/”,”content”:”Stonecrest authorizes further investigation into allegedly misused COVID-19 relief funds”,”_id”:”LZWOLV6EVFDEBESLFBVHEMWOYU”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”U5GA4LPGDVGLPF5TWH35HN25TA”,”type”:”divider”,”_id”:”HFYTN43JPJBQFKG57E55GYO6DQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619198198130,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The story so far: Stonecrest received $6.2 million in federal pandemic relief funds from DeKalb County. Questions were raised after the city contracted with a newly formed nonprofit to disburse those funds to small businesses. An internal investigation began, and its results were released last week, finding widespread mismanagement and improper contracts that resemble a kickback scheme.”,”_id”:”4MLGIMTYLRHWRNSGBXFGGL4WDY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619198198131,”type”:”text”,”content”:”What’s next?: The city attorney and Stonecrest staff will begin taking the recommended actions detailed in the investigative report, which includes an external audit of the program and tracing where the money was spent.”,”_id”:”MVE3PJVAUJCG5LCLJCS472Q3FI”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1619186453969,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Follow DeKalb County News on Facebook and Twitter”],”display_date”:”2021-04-23T20:08:29.147Z”,”headlines”:”basic”:”Investigation: Stonecrest mayor’s church received unsolicited $150K grant”,”first_publish_date”:”2021-04-23T20:08:29.147Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[“path”:”/news”,”parent”:”default”:”https://news.google.com/”,”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://news.google.com/”,”name”:”News”,”description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”_id”:”/news”,”additional_properties”:”original”:”parent”:”default”:”https://news.google.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://news.google.com/”,”SectionMap”:”https://news.google.com/”,”LoggedOutMenu”:null,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:”https://news.google.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://news.google.com/”,”TopicsBar”:null,”ComposerNav”:”https://news.google.com/”,”site”: Top News Page”,”navigation”:”nav_title”:”News”,”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”News”,”Sponsor”:”sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””,”_id”:”/news”,”ancestors”:”default”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”SectionMap”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”LoggedOutMenu”:[],”MainMenuRedesign2021″:[“https://news.google.com/”],”TopicsBar”:[],”order”:”default”:1001,”TopNavRedesign”:1001,”SectionMap”:1015,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:1001,”TopNav”:1001,”ComposerNav”:1166,”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″,”path”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”parent”:”default”:”/neighborhoods”,”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/neighborhoods”,”name”:”DeKalb County”,”description”:”Local news for Dekalb County Ga. neighborhoods, including breaking news, DeKalb County schools, high school sports, crime, events, neighborhood development and land use issues”,”_id”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”additional_properties”:”original”:”parent”:”default”:”/neighborhoods”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/neighborhoods”,”SectionMap”:”https://news.google.com/”,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:”/neighborhoods”,”TopNav”:”/neighborhoods”,”ComposerNav”:”https://news.google.com/”,”site”:”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Local news for Dekalb County Ga. neighborhoods, including breaking news, DeKalb County schools, high school sports, crime, events, neighborhood development and land use issues”,”site_title”:”DeKalb County News ,”navigation”:”nav_title”:”DeKalb County”,”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”DeKalb County”,”_id”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”ancestors”:”default”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”SectionMap”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”MainMenuRedesign2021″:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”TopNav”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”order”:”TopNavRedesign”:2009,”SectionMap”:1011,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:2010,”TopNav”:2009,”ComposerNav”:1097,”_website_section_id”:”ajc./neighborhoods/dekalb”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″,”path”:”/neighborhoods”,”parent”:”default”:”https://news.google.com/”,”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://news.google.com/”,”name”:”Local”,”description”:”County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. 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TOMORROW MORNING. STORMS TOMORROW AFTERNOON. THANK YOU. SANDY SPRINGS POLICE SAY THE NUMBER OF FALSE ALARMS THEY ARE RESPONDING TO IS OUT OF CONTROL SO NOW THEY WANT PROOF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY BEFORE THEY RESPOND. CHANNEL 2’S WENDY HALLORAN IS LIVE AT SANDY SPRINGS POLICE HEADQUARTERS WITH WHY THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE CHANGES ARE NECESSARY. WENDY? Reporter: THE SANDY SPRINGS POLICE CHIEF SAYS THE SYSTEM IS DOGGED DOWN WITH FALSE CALLS. HE SAYS THIS WILL ALLOW OFFICERS TO GET TO REAL EMERGENCIES A LOT QUICKER. WE HAVE A LOT HERE UNFORTUNATELY. Reporter: JOHN MARTIN IS TALKING ABOUT FALSE ALARMS. I FEEL IT IS A PITTY THERE ARE SO MANY FALSE ALARMS. 10,000 FALSE ALARMS A YEAR. Reporter: COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR SAYS IT IS TYING UP POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS AND PUTTING A STRAIN ON THE SYSTEM. NOW THEY REQUIRE ALARM COMPANIES TO PROVIDE CONFIRMED VERIFICATION OF AN EMERGENCY. ALARM COMPANIES WILL NEED AUDIO OR VISUAL EVIDENCE THERE IS A CRIME BEFORE THEY COULD CALL 911 FOR YOU. I HAVE VIDEO. IT HELPED MANY TIMES. FOR HOMEOWNERS IF AUDIO AND VISUAL COMPONENTS AREN’T BUILT INTO THE SYSTEM YOU WILL NEED A UPGRADE THE SYSTEM. YOU CAN GO A THE STORE AND GET A NEST, A RING, WHEN THE CENSOR IS BROKEN IT ALERTS YOU, CALLS UP AUDIO OR VIDEO WHERE YOU CAN LOOK AND SEE IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT IS AMISS OR WAS IT THE CAT. Reporter: SHE HAS EVERYTHING SHE NEEDS TO KEEP HER FAMILY SAFE. HUPP DATE YOUR SYSTEM OR — UPDATE YOUR SYSTEM OR PAY THE FINE. I DON’T KNOW. 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Those included launching an external audit of the city’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act program; voiding improper contracts; calling on law enforcement for further investigation; and attempting to recover some funds.”,”_id”:”65F4A7SXY5HI7HUJARTRI5Q734″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618940105544,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The internal investigation found strong evidence that city employees had used Stonecrest’s $6.2 million allotment of federal CARES Act funds to enrich themselves and business associates. In the wake of the investigation, eight city employees contracted through private staffing company Jacobs Engineering were fired, and Mayor Jason Lary is facing calls to resign.”,”_id”:”PDS5OIKKFNC7LM6W4XUIQWHVWE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618940105545,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Those implicated in the report have declined to comment, denied any wrongdoing or could not be reached. 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The Dallas, Texas-based company is conducting its own investigation into the city’s CARES Act spending and released a statement that called its former employees’ actions “abhorrent.” New Jacobs employees have taken their place.”,”_id”:”FCDY4D6IRND3BNN6CVVM62PQJA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618942153662,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The council also announced Tuesday they’ve received a supplemental investigative report, which was compiled after the previous investigative report was finished. 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City leaders said the districts need to be updated by mid-August, since that is the cutoff for candidates to qualify to run for city office in November.”,”_id”:”NYISEOSJ75BZVNH72LUEBGPWDQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618932015330,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“This presents a conundrum for cities that do not control the Census or the elections,” City Manager Christian Sigman in a previous news release. “In order for residents to know what district they live in, whether to run for an office or whom to support for office, they need to know where the district lines are.””,”_id”:”2UFAI6K4Q5GLJCN7G4VALIF5JY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618929569697,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Chamblee recently undertook a similar endeavor using the state Legislature to add a fourth City Council district in place of a former at-large district.”,”_id”:”37HSV4SU6NAU3PC6H4NHN3YY4U”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”N4AFKTZTXJGXBGSBFMEWXYS24I”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/chamblee-voters-likely-to-see-new-city-council-district-on-november-ballot/4MFZW2UIY5DWTAMSRV6OY3LEUU/”,”content”:”Chamblee voters likely to see new City Council district on November ballot”,”_id”:”YG2WQ6KTVBEA3D2IBQSPBLBUZM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618929569699,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Brookhaven has not had its districts re-evaluated since 2012, when the city was founded. Since then, there have been seven annexations east of I-85 in addition to typical population changes and shifts. The most recent available data has Brookhaven’s population at roughly 53,000.”,”_id”:”UDBZZIPEMNALTNV72YWJYMI7AU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618929569700,”type”:”text”,”content”:”McKenzie said FLO Analytics, which entered into a $33,670 contract with the city on Feb. 23, is using data from the 2010 and 2020 census blocks to create the maps in addition to other sources. At the moment, McKenzie said Districts 3 and 4 are each about 28% of the city’s population, while the other two districts are about 22%. The goal is to get as close to an even distribution as possible.”,”_id”:”5P35N3NB6RFKTBAATC5WV47OEM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618929569701,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“(These maps) help us get started. It’s really hard when you’re starting with a blank slate to come up with these districts,” McKenzie said. “Now that we have these, we can collect feedback on each and really work through the problems and the challenges that each one has and see if we can address them.””,”_id”:”SBHEAXTIMZBN7HABXWYSDI4XPE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618929569702,”type”:”text”,”content”:”FLO Analytics should have the final maps completed by May 4, and the City Council will vote on the new maps at the end of June. 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In the wake of the investigation, eight city employees contracted through private staffing company Jacobs Engineering were fired, and Mayor Jason Lary is facing calls to resign.”,”_id”:”HYFB4XTDDZB25JFHZXS5SICHEI”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618855129868,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Those implicated in the report have declined to comment, denied any wrongdoing or could not be reached. Lary said he wouldn’t resign and has pushed back on the accusations.”,”_id”:”5WMTCNPO6NAHPD45O5AESJDDEY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618857428662,”type”:”text”,”content”:”In a press release Monday morning, Lary announced he’d be taking medical leave from City Hall to deal with a recurring cancer diagnosis. 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The Dallas, Texas-based company is conducting its own investigation into the city’s CARES Act spending and released a statement that called its former employees’ actions “abhorrent.” New Jacobs employees have taken their place.”,”_id”:”OBMGXXAXPFDKRGXFE3PYCMNZG4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618855129871,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Based on the multiple, serious violations of state and federal law as well as established City policies, we recommend that the City put Jacobs on notice that the City intends to assert claims against Jacobs based on its contractual liability and common law vicarious liability for the actions of its employees and subcontractors — actions which have exposed the City to liability and caused the City monetary damages,” Denmark’s report said.”,”_id”:”NJDC7FBHGFD6LKAKBLNZBKZJQY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618855129872,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Tuesday’s agenda also includes a resolution to change who is authorized to write checks for the city, which Councilwoman Jazzmin Cobble said is in response to the recent city staff changes.”,”_id”:”ZQRIOI4WORGBJC4T2BRRM47F5M”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618855129874,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The last item on the agenda is a discussion of a “supplementary” investigative report that the city’s attorney said has more information on allegedly improper payments made to marketing companies.”,”_id”:”MQXALBWJOFBXVJJ4LTWZXNH6XU”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”SKZPZHFE3JEF7LA6ZZOZCF6X24″,”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:” Special Called Meeting Packet 4.20.2021 by Zachary Hansen on Scribd”,”_id”:”KFFAPA7RNNDT3OZUXO5FZWVJSM”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”5TJSH45KBVBZLADWX3QB7BS7C4″,”type”:”divider”,”_id”:”VW6D3JLE2RGTLH4A4UW2FGYONM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618865907707,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The story so far: Stonecrest received $6.2 million in federal pandemic relief funds from DeKalb County. Questions were raised after the city contracted with a newly formed nonprofit to disburse those funds to small businesses. 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The city currently manages 13 parks and recreation facilities, including planned parks at three other locations. “,”_id”:”MX4WBEPLKJHTTJATIK4WYOLTXQ”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”PUKA6WNI7BCRBO3KIINMYL35XI”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/dunwoody-seeks-feedback-on-development-plans-for-former-elementary-school/VQRCWEVRNFAMNEXGVVYVBCZTXA/”,”content”:”Dunwoody seeks feedback on development plans for former elementary school”,”_id”:”TMERMUT4XRDZ7MLSSPPEZX3XSI”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”type”:”text”,”content”:”Further information on the city’s plans for the Vermack Road site have not been released. 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Many businesses had to cut staff or limit hours. Others didn’t make it past the summer.”,”_id”:”NRAI6OCLPFC2XPZGN5TTJK7P44″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618530675055,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The small business owners in Stonecrest Mall were among the hundreds to apply for a piece of the $6.2 million in coronavirus relief money Stonecrest offered to help people weather the pandemic.”,”_id”:”NBAAPSCFBRAFLNQFC3WWEPURBA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618530675056,”type”:”text”,”content”:”But a bombshell investigative report released this past week revealed the relief money disappeared into a complicated tangle of Stonecrest city employees, agencies and third-party companies. The report says there is strong evidence of a kick-back scheme in which city employees and their cronies enriched themselves with money intended to help the community through the pandemic’s economic fallout.”,”_id”:”7BLBMHSIIVGPPDLXDVCZVT6G4A”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618586647254,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The city is now working to trace where the money went and to stop any further payouts.”,”_id”:”DJBPB5VCHFCTHMZT74LDBB4IVA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618584824632,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It was rough being closed for two months,” Ron Washington, owner of AJ’s Italian Ice, said. “We all could have used that money.” His application was among some 300 requests for help that were turned down.”,”_id”:”G4O6RQ46XFHARAVASN763ODIXE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618573286153,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Based on the findings of the city’s investigator, at best, the city’s relief program wasted a large portion of funds that could have helped preserve jobs and businesses. At worst, it was a calculated criminal scheme.”,”_id”:”I5KRP4PQZFCAFG3LBYCCRDMNQ4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618530675059,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It was meant for us, small business people. And … nothing,” said Nadine Clarke, who runs C&N Jamaican Restaurant. Her application for financial help also went unfulfilled.”,”_id”:”FR2TWW2BOFGHDBK2RDTU4Y2T7E”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618530675060,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Stonecrest City Council, frustrated by a lack of answers about how the relief program was being run, requested the city attorney conduct the investigation in February.”,”_id”:”BDK7CUFRKNBINP7KIQ62JVZZHM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618586647259,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Alarmed by what he found, City Attorney Winston Denmark recommended federal authorities get involved to figure out whether actions were malicious. A state senator has also called for federal agencies to investigate.”,”_id”:”FUNZA2MLGZFUZMBQECDRG53DVI”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”F46FRONAOBE67MLEWMPOYLAEYY”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/investigation-stonecrests-relief-program-plagued-by-mismangement/XGQMD3T5YRDBXDMWWS665W2YSU/”,”content”:”Investigation: Stonecrest’s relief program ‘plagued by mismanagement’”,”_id”:”QYTDMHTTOBFOFENAHUUVUJMULQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618584218935,”type”:”text”,”content”:”All eight city employees implicated in the report were fired by Jacobs Engineering, the Dallas-based private company contracted to provide city staff. A statement from the company says the employees, “demonstrated complete disregard for the company’s compliance programs and protocols.””,”_id”:”TDRCSN6FEFGRBBCLGJYLVSA7HA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618586647261,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The former employees either declined to comment, denied any allegations of wrongdoing or could not be reached.”,”level”:2,”_id”:”DWPPGHJIFJEVTBACNTOCNZVKZ4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618530675061,”type”:”header”,”content”:”Paid to write checks”,”_id”:”ECKMDIF6IZFHHD2L6RQQ63P33E”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618569617399,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Stonecrest, formed in 2017, has always paid an outside agency for staff who provide basic city services. The mayor, City Council and newly appointed city manager are the only non-contracted employees in Stonecrest.”,”_id”:”4TTWE522TRFKDJSCYELTNTUVCU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618569617400,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Several Jacobs employees were put in charge of designing an application program to distribute the $6.2 million in federal pandemic relief funds to small businesses and charities.”,”_id”:”LANLQ6JZ3REAXM3HXEXRK4ROS4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618569617401,”type”:”text”,”content”:”On Nov. 6, Deputy City Manager Plez Joyner signed a contract with Municipal Resource Partners, a nonprofit founded last May, to pick CARES recipients and write checks. Joyner agreed to pay the organization a hefty 8.5% fee — $510,000, for disbursing funds.”,”_id”:”TRX6LLU3WNAG5H2Z6BQAKFTT2U”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618586647266,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Denmark said in the report that the contract paid Municipal Resource Partners more than $2,000 for every check written.”,”_id”:”PORGDX3CRFBH7AIB6ZF3ODE3B4″,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”DEFYJBIPXFCTZMMQOLGA54ZTZQ”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/confusion-abounds-over-mercedes-benz-covid-19-vaccination-site-tab/BRNLUSY64BA2TPCWD4DWW3FVJQ/”,”content”:”Confusion in Fulton County over costs to operate COVID vaccine site at Mercedes-Benz Stadium”,”_id”:”QXWHQT4X7VHFLGHVY44YICZYXM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618569617403,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The report also said Joyner didn’t have the authority to sign the contract, because he needed the approval of mayor and council. A councilmember had to file an open records request to obtain the contract in February after city staff wouldn’t provide it.”,”_id”:”LG3PKRIEJJEFDD276T4XN756KE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618569617404,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Clarence Boone, the city’s economic development director, signed four checks to Municipal Resource Partners totaling $6 million by December. He didn’t disclose that his wife was an official with the company and that she would write most of the checks.”,”_id”:”6M2KNO62FBHUVN7635KYALG3GA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884863,”type”:”text”,”content”:”A 12-person board, which included two council members, provide oversite for the program. But Denmark’s investigation found Boone, Joyner and Stonecrest Chief of Staff Iris Settle were the primary people who doled out funds and signed contracts without proper approval.”,”_id”:”LJYWE5J72ZAINLQUMI4GZ7UIII”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884864,”type”:”text”,”content”:”On Oct. 30, Boone paid $5,000 to C.B. Keener LLC, which Secretary of State records show wasn’t founded until days later, to review and validate grant applications from small businesses.”,”_id”:”NMVAZMGSP5FKDNVASNSNSN7UVE”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”4LWKL77AHNACZIWNHAW5WX3CGQ”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-its-raining-money-in-stonecrest-some-went-down-the-sewer/KBCTVU2OZBDATISYUKCI4YT2GM/”,”content”:”OPINION: It’s raining money in Stonecrest. Some went down the sewer”,”level”:2,”_id”:”DWPPGHJIFJEVTBACNTOCNZVKZ4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618530675061,”type”:”header”,”content”:”Marketing relief”,”_id”:”IINVMDYA3JCXTKZI3QGWKWAT6U”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884867,”type”:”text”,”content”:”About 450 businesses applied to receive financial help through the program. However, the application form included a few questions that puzzled some business owners.”,”_id”:”CF2HCAOJ7VD5NI74435IOFB2QQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884868,”type”:”text”,”content”:”They were asked whether they’d be willing to allocate 25% of the grant to market their business through one of three companies: Visit Us, Inc., Battleground Media LLC and Real Estate Management Consultants, Inc.”,”_id”:”RVYTWH2MCJBM3ODA34DRUSXCCU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884869,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Visit Us was founded last July by Thompson Kurrie Jr., the founder of Municipal Resource Partners and Stonecrest’s first city attorney. He stepped down from the city attorney job in 2019 but continued as an assistant city attorney until February, when the city called for Denmark to investigate.”,”_id”:”OSOOEYFN5BA4NLXDZL5NKHXKZY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884870,”type”:”text”,”content”:”That same month, Visit Us was transferred to attorney Robert Burroughs, who would go on to found Battleground Media and Real Estate Management Consultants in October. The listed addresses for those two companies is property owned by Mayor Jason Lary’s real estate company.”,”_id”:”YAPELSMG45F2RALTXZBHNEAMTM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884871,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Burroughs declined to comment, and Kurrie denied all accusations of wrongdoing. Lary has praised the city’s CARES efforts, denied any wrongdoing and claimed his detractors have a political vendetta against him.”,”_id”:”435GLXO6CZGOLFRSJ5AQHWWBXI”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”SIOEVCBS3FFC3MLJB3R4SIHY4M”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-senator-calls-on-gov-kemp-to-remove-stonecrest-mayor-from-office/RPOXMUEQVNBH5MGPHBQZOPHS3Q/”,”content”:”Senator calls on Gov. Kemp to remove Stonecrest mayor from office”,”_id”:”YPAJ4JVXNJE7FNNO73YHCCPAVM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884872,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Many of the companies who received money, and even some whose requests were ultimately denied, said Boone and Lary pushed them to write checks to the marketing companies.”,”_id”:”VHWHHGMDLBDVRMDWHI6XBNR3QY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884873,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Denmark spoke to nine of the 138 grant recipients for his investigation. Five of them wrote checks to the companies totaling $65,000. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke to the owner of a company, which was awarded $150,000 and paid 25% to Visit Us — $37,500.”,”_id”:”EVTU3F5QBVGWFDFU2ZL7QXFYQU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884874,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Several businesses told Denmark they were misled into thinking Visit Us was the designated marketing organization for the city.”,”_id”:”XDVXBN3AJFEWTHXTL6IVQHT3RU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884881,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There is no evidence that the so-called ‘marketing’ services have ever been provided, and it is unknown where the money actually went,” the investigative report concluded.”,”_id”:”HKFAKNXB3BECFB6OJNV4VR4GFA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884877,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The owner of a juice bar, whose request was denied, said he remembers receiving a call from Boone, who tried to talk him into cutting a check to one of the companies.”,”_id”:”MD37LIZ6A5EGVFASFTO2CSNI3I”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618530675077,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“They told me that they ran out,” the owner said, adding that he thought the most anyone was given was $15,000.”,”_id”:”LFHG72PTOFA7BPALD7A56IQTF4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884879,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The largest recipient, Arizona’s Steak House, was awarded $250,000.”,”_id”:”VMYBKM2L3VGD7I4NIP567HHZJQ”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”NFBQ3TE3RRBSXBGSI7XZWBBPZQ”,”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:”rnrn.grm3HeaderCellbackground:none;text-align:center;.grm3TableCelltext-align:center;.grm3ChartlyTableHeaderbackground-color:#1368b2;color:white;text-align:center;.grm3TableRowtext-align:center;.grm3ChartlyTableOddRowbackground-color:#f0f0f0;text-align:center;rnrnrnrnrnrnGrants awarded by Municipal Resource PartnersrnrnAfter receiving 450 applications, the organization approved grants to these 138 small businesses. Roughly $4.3 million was disbursed.rnrnrnrnCity of Stonecrestrn”,”level”:2,”_id”:”DWPPGHJIFJEVTBACNTOCNZVKZ4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618530675061,”type”:”header”,”content”:”Others involved”,”_id”:”5KUIWFUYBRAEHNYUCTYFF5WSLI”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884883,”type”:”text”,”content”:”While most of the money was doled out by Municipal Resource Partners, city staff cut a few lingering checks to use up the rest of the funds.”,”_id”:”SP3DSTCGZBGQDABYVGPHLKYSAY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884885,”type”:”text”,”content”:”A company formed in September, OCC Consulting Group, LLC, also received about $31,000 for stand-up temperature scanners. Tee Foxx, whose name pops up all throughout Denmark’s report, is the company’s manager.”,”_id”:”SNVLE4PD25D2FPS47Q6KKX4S5E”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884886,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Foxx held positions within Municipal Resource Partners and founded Foxx Entertainment Services, a company that received $12,000 from the city for COVID-19 face masks. Her company, which also employs Settle and her brother William, is also currently used by Lary for his personal marketing and public relations needs.”,”_id”:”TOC4SNY2ZNGJXBPBYTNJKKLPIE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884887,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Denmark said Foxx was among the people who contacted grant recipients on behalf of the three marketing companies as well, attempting to sell them on the deal. The owner of Wrap City Vinyl, which received a $60,000 grant, said Foxx asked them to perform a “vinyl wrap” on two vehicles owned by Lary’s sons in addition to the 25% check they wrote to Battleground Media.”,”_id”:”L26DVANAWZCTRLI4XRE5JQIIAQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884888,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Foxx’s attorney said she “vehemently denied any wrongdoing” and looks “forward to all the facts coming out.””,”_id”:”VKLKJ2OEGVCD3BTBLSN3744JFY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618579884889,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The last entity to touch a large portion of these funds was Stonecrest Cares, a philanthropic program within the city that was supposed to distribute $855,000 to nonprofits and churches. Iris Settle is a co-founder, and the company is not a registered nonprofit.”,”_id”:”YEXL5ECR6ZBUHO76UJN6FOI46I”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618586647291,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Denmark said any checks written by the entity were improper. His investigation only found receipts for about $344,000 to 13 churches.”,”_id”:”DSTI67FUC5ALZKNUOMRHHCEROM”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”AI45GQXZCJASHJGNMDMR6DTQE4″,”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:”rnrn.grm3HeaderCellbackground:none;text-align:center;.grm3TableCelltext-align:center;.grm3ChartlyTableHeaderbackground-color:#1368b2;color:white;text-align:center;.grm3TableRowtext-align:center;.grm3ChartlyTableOddRowbackground-color:#f0f0f0;text-align:center;rnrnrnrnrnrnMoney disbursed by Stonecrest CaresrnrnThis is every church and nonprofit that received funds from Stonecrest Cares. 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Cochran-Johnson confirmed there was a question on the relief application about using funds for marketing, but said neither she nor her aunt were asked to send that money to a specific company.”,”_id”:”YUMI6JTKAJG7XHV7WVRIIEZUYA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618582022958,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“At the end of the day,” Cochran-Johnson said, “I trust the investigators to determine the facts … and set in order anything that may be contrary to what’s right.””,”_id”:”LCP53S3HMRC2NAHMPV34Q7JDYY”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”ZE5IBR2XCBGVJFUTXOGS4IWLD4″,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/probes-into-stonecrests-relief-program-may-be-just-beginning/JUO5KFGFWRGBFLKZJOTGMEPOMQ/”,”content”:”Probes into Stonecrest’s COVID relief program may just be beginning”,”_id”:”AG3TYTL3TVCATFAQ4RA6Z35UNY”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618582022960,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The investigative report recommends the city perform an audit of the relief program spending, and ask federal authorities to launch a formal probe. While the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have declined to comment on a potential investigation, former federal prosecutor Byung J. “BJay” Pak has said he would fully expect those entities and the relatively new “special inspector general for pandemic recovery” to get involved.”,”_id”:”KJDR2PSBBNG5BDRHLM7NMHDRLE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618582022962,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“When you have a paper trail like this, it’s not very hard to track down,” Pak said. “Sometimes it shocks me that people think they can get away with something like this.””,”_id”:”XZLW34DXVZFY3PJ4HVOJNGL25A”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618582022963,”type”:”text”,”content”:”In the meantime, city leaders are trying to move forward.”,”_id”:”NYLI5EOOAVDXHIHLBHTZHQ7FSM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618582022964,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Mayor Lary announced Thursday that he planned to take medical leave. A city charter change recently stripped him of any real authority.”,”_id”:”RLSE3PWQ65BJNPKIIOMGF425GQ”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”OPUPKQIOC5G6JNOZUI4F6P5HCI”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/stonecrest-mayor-responds-to-allegations-will-take-medical-leave/TODIHVC52NCIBOPUX6CCWMN7R4/”,”content”:”Stonecrest mayor responds to allegations; will take medical leave”,”_id”:”QYTDMHTTOBFOFENAHUUVUJMULQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618584218975,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Jacobs said it cooperated with the internal investigation and said it will do the same with any forthcoming probes, “including by law enforcement.””,”_id”:”LEBL6RRVGJAKXIG3YDHNQXPMTI”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618582022967,”type”:”text”,”content”:”There’s a lot of uncertainty about what’s to come. 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Every dollar is accounted for in the city’s accounts.rnrnrnrnrn”,”_id”:”2H2EKPKKBZFTLCIBNUEFBDMCCA”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”46QP6D3ESFGO7BYDDW5QG233FM”,”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:”rnrn.grm3HeaderCellbackground:none;text-align:center;.grm3TableCelltext-align:center;.grm3ChartlyTableHeaderbackground-color:#1368b2;color:white;text-align:center;.grm3TableRowtext-align:center;.grm3ChartlyTableOddRowbackground-color:#f0f0f0;text-align:center;rnrnrnrnrnrnHow Municipal Resource Partners spent its $6MrnrnAfter receiving the vast majority of Stonecrest’s CARES Act funds, Municipal Resource Partners can’t document how they spent part of the money.rnrnrnrn*Municipal Resource Partners said this consists of bank charges & fees, contractors, legal & professional services, office supplies & software, rent & lease, relief supplies and teacher/student learning assistance. 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Council members have said they were not aware of the contract and didn’t receive a copy until Feb. 5, following an open records request filed by the council.”,”_id”:”4OKVJYBYNZCZVDYRL6EXKV5BRE”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”7JEU2HAI2FC57LE25PKQPBQM3Y”,”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:”Municipal Resource Partners… by Zachary Hansen”,”_id”:”3DVN5LM4D5FJLM24U4O2FZYTCI”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126715,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Four checks totaling $6 million were written to Municipal Resource Partners in November. The checks were signed by Clarence Boone, who was the city’s economic development director. 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Stonecrest Cares is not a registered nonprofit. Lary has previously said he hopes it’ll become a permanent arm of the city government.”,”level”:2,”_id”:”FVRGFPG6LJBW5AL42JNCG4WNMU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126720,”type”:”header”,”content”:”More third-party vendors”,”_id”:”XEQQVM4O6ZASTB47M3RIBZKPS4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126721,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Denmark said the most troubling finding in his investigation revolved around potential kickbacks through the use of multiple newly founded companies that claimed to offer marketing and promotional services.”,”_id”:”45OM3G4UXVGRLEGJKDP57IHL6U”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126722,”type”:”text”,”content”:”As part of the grant application, businesses had to answer two odd questions. One asked if a business owner would sign an agreement to “work with one of our small business advisors to discuss your business plan for recovery and sustainability planning,” while the other asked, “Are you willing to allocate 25% of your grant to marketing your business?””,”_id”:”7LRTFCLXTBA6BLZIQBY2T6P4GE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126723,”type”:”text”,”content”:”At Lary’s Monday roundtable, he said answering yes was not a requirement to receive funding.”,”_id”:”VEZL46X54RDVNETUQORDX4LU5A”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618340562769,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There’s nothing wrong or shady about that,” Lary said. “There’s nothing inhibiting folks from being able to go out and spend their awarded money by being able to market their business.””,”_id”:”TD4ZNFZCMRE45L5LKI75YYDF4Q”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”Z4CN3EFYUNETFOW2BVKDWSBA7M”,”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:””,”_id”:”JBCK4AEHMFEGTBYDAK52L5Y6DM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126725,”type”:”text”,”content”:”According to the investigative report, the choice of three companies was presented to small businesses to handle their marketing: Battleground Media LLC, Visit Us, Inc. and Real Estate Management Consultants, Inc.”,”_id”:”3JOY4BK3KFCPJMHPA4KSLUDOXA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126726,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Tom Kurrie, Stonecrest’s first city attorney, founded Municipal Resource Partners, and also founded Visit Us last July. It has since been transferred to Robert Burroughs, an attorney, who also founded the other two companies in October, according to Secretary of State business records.”,”_id”:”4UEFLJTE5BH7XAGYGNWHEGAJEM”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126727,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Burroughs could not be reached for comment. In an email, Kurrie told The AJC that he was unaware of the allegations, adding that, “I unequivocally deny them and will review any such allegations and weight the avenues I have to address them.””,”level”:2,”_id”:”WOF3P3K6XRDKNISN2YBZGEU5LU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126728,”type”:”header”,”content”:”A marketing ‘pitch’”,”_id”:”TSCVQIMC5JC73JF5CYUGRKVNIE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126729,”type”:”text”,”content”:”About 450 entities applied for grants through the small business relief program. A total of 138 were given awards.”,”_id”:”USBNHABN45BLNMDDIWBXTMY6YE”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126730,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The awards varied between $2,400 and $250,000. The top recipient was Arizona’s Steak House, which permanently closed at the onset of the pandemic only to reopen months later. It’s owned by the teenage daughters of Gizelle Bryant, a reality star from “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” and Pastor Jamal Bryant, the pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The restaurant’s management could not be reached before publication.”,”_id”:”EUKSQMEXLFBZ3BC52E7XWDYKKE”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”QGKVY7NU7BEPHHLKKKDGPXLTEE”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/local/daughters-real-housewives-star-new-birth-pastor-apparently-now-own-restaurant/tvodmLMo2ekScTOYVBjM8I/”,”content”:”Daughters of ‘Real Housewives’ star, New Birth pastor apparently now own a restaurant”,”_id”:”GPMYCAOJTRFZVKGNQHA5IGN6NQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126731,”type”:”text”,”content”:”On Common Ground, a local newspaper that covers south DeKalb and the surrounding area, received $100,000. Editor Valerie Morgan told the AJC that the money saved her business, which led them to brush off any questions of impropriety.”,”_id”:”OL5NCPK4VND4PJQZBQEJYLEATA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618354306436,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We were surprised, shocked and relieved, because we were going to have to shut down,” she said.”,”_id”:”UVUOND4OYZBG7K4EGXPKUFGQAQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618354306437,”type”:”text”,”content”:”She said yes to both of the marketing-related questions on the application.”,”_id”:”OZZ7AYTJXZCKZJ4U6C4SSEOHLQ”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618354306438,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It was pitched to us that it would be a good way for us to market our business,” Morgan said. Sold on the idea, she paid the $25,000 to Visit Us for marketing. She said she hasn’t received anything yet in return for that payment.”,”_id”:”IQVB66DREVE6FASDQGG2TEAKL4″,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126746,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There is no evidence that the so-called ‘marketing’ services have ever been provided, and it is unknown where the money actually went,” the investigative report said.”,”_id”:”F4DIFUKMJJH6NKHMAUUFQT756U”,”additional_properties”:”comments”:[],”_id”:”KIP4MBCFQVBYFMS3AVTGHSEPWM”,”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/stonecrest-mayor-silent-in-1st-council-meeting-since-state-reduced-his-powers/L5FO35UUPRHT5MUQLRZWRYQT4E/”,”content”:”Stonecrest makes staff changes soon after law changes city’s charter”,”_id”:”LCZDNPWJSBDCBIYE7HGEAD2AEU”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618354306440,”type”:”text”,”content”:”The report mentions that Jacobs is conducting its own investigation. On Tuesday night, Jacobs told the AJC, “The behavior and actions in Stonecrest as described by the City Attorney’s report are abhorrent … all contractors and employees found to have been involved in the conduct in Stonecrest have been terminated.””,”_id”:”XATQ6MUY2BGPTDET3NBB73IV4M”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618352126750,”type”:”text”,”content”:”“At best, the administration of the City’s CARES Act funds was marked by serious mismanagement,” Denmark concluded. “At worst, it was yet another regrettable instance of public corruption in DeKalb County.””,”_id”:”7E4KRU5BEFAVFESPVWOD4VQLIA”,”additional_properties”:”inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1618340562778,”type”:”text”,”content”:”Follow DeKalb County News on Facebook and Twitter”],”display_date”:”2021-04-14T10:12:15.800Z”,”headlines”:”basic”:”Investigation: Stonecrest’s relief program ‘plagued by mismanagement’”,”first_publish_date”:”2021-04-14T10:12:15.800Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[“path”:”/news”,”parent”:”default”:”https://news.google.com/”,”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://news.google.com/”,”name”:”News”,”description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”_id”:”/news”,”additional_properties”:”original”:”parent”:”default”:”https://news.google.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://news.google.com/”,”SectionMap”:”https://news.google.com/”,”LoggedOutMenu”:null,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:”https://news.google.com/”,”TopNav”:”https://news.google.com/”,”TopicsBar”:null,”ComposerNav”:”https://news.google.com/”,”site”:”site_url”:”/news/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”site_title”:”Atlanta GA News ,”navigation”:”nav_title”:”News”,”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”News”,”Sponsor”:”sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””,”_id”:”/news”,”ancestors”:”default”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”SectionMap”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”LoggedOutMenu”:[],”MainMenuRedesign2021″:[“https://news.google.com/”],”TopicsBar”:[],”order”:”default”:1001,”TopNavRedesign”:1001,”SectionMap”:1015,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:1001,”TopNav”:1001,”ComposerNav”:1165,”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″,”path”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”parent”:”default”:”/neighborhoods”,”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/neighborhoods”,”name”:”DeKalb County”,”description”:”Local news for Dekalb County Ga. neighborhoods, including breaking news, DeKalb County schools, high school sports, crime, events, neighborhood development and land use issues”,”_id”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”additional_properties”:”original”:”parent”:”default”:”/neighborhoods”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”/neighborhoods”,”SectionMap”:”https://news.google.com/”,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:”/neighborhoods”,”TopNav”:”/neighborhoods”,”ComposerNav”:”https://news.google.com/”,”site”:”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Local news for Dekalb County Ga. neighborhoods, including breaking news, DeKalb County schools, high school sports, crime, events, neighborhood development and land use issues”,”site_title”:”DeKalb County News ,”navigation”:”nav_title”:”DeKalb County”,”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”DeKalb County”,”_id”:”/neighborhoods/dekalb”,”ancestors”:”default”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”SectionMap”:[“https://news.google.com/”],”MainMenuRedesign2021″:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”TopNav”:[“https://news.google.com/”,”/neighborhoods”],”order”:”TopNavRedesign”:2009,”SectionMap”:1011,”MainMenuRedesign2021″:2010,”TopNav”:2009,”ComposerNav”:1096,”_website_section_id”:”ajc./neighborhoods/dekalb”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″,”path”:”/neighborhoods”,”parent”:”default”:”https://news.google.com/”,”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://news.google.com/”,”name”:”Local”,”description”:”County by County Atlanta: Local news for metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett County news , Cobb, DeKalb, Roswelll and North Fulton, Clayton and the city of Atlanta. 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