TSCID May 2020 Newsletter

TSCID May 2020 Newsletter
Tucker Summit CID

Tucker Summit CID May 2020 Newsletter

Meet Your District 41 State Senate Candidates

Tucker Summit Community Improvement District falls entirely within Georgia’s 41st Senate District that is currently represented by Senator Steve Henson. Serving the district since 2003, Senator Henson is also currently serving his fifth term as the Minority Leader for the Senate Democratic Caucus, but is not running for re-election.

Five candidates, including William Park Freeman (R), Gil Freeman (D), Mohammed Jahangir Hossain (D), Kim Jackson (D) and Beverly R. Jones (D), qualified and are campaigning to replace Senator Henson. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a physical candidate forum could not be conducted and each candidate was asked to complete an online survey pertaining to issues directly affecting TSCID. Information on each candidate and their responses can be found below.
TSCID and District 41 Map
William Park Freeman

William Park Freeman

William Park Freeman (R) retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years in the Georgia Army National Guard and United States Army Reserves.

Having lived in DeKalb County his entire life, William Freeman raised his family and volunteered in the Senate 41 district since 1991 and wishes to continue serving his state and his community in the State Senate. Review William Freeman’s responses to the candidate survey here.

Gil Freeman

Gil Freeman (D) works in technology as an IT director and is a father of four.

He is a fierce advocate for equitable parent rights for children of divorced and unwed parents and looks to remedy the adversarial nature of child custody disputes with Family Law Reform. For more information on Gill Freeman and his views on affordable housing, voter protection, criminal justice reform, reproductive health and more, please visit his website.

Mohammed Jahangir Hossain

Mohammed Hossain (D) is an entrepreneur, real estate builder and developer originally from Bangladesh, India. For the past 14 years, Hossain has worked to improve his community by volunteering at numerous organizations.

For more information on Mohammed Jahangir Hossain and his views on education, transportation, pollution control, medicare and more, please visit his website.

Kim Jackson

Kim Jackson (D) is an Episcopal priest and former EMT volunteer. Jackson is a social justice supporter and advocates for Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia.

For more information on Kim Jackson and her views on gun safety, education reform, affordable housing, immigrant and refugee rights and more, please visit her website. Review Kim Jackson’s responses to the candidate survey here.

Beverly R. Jones

Beverly Jones, Ph.D (D) is a post-secondary education specialist and behavioral health counselor. Jones promotes programs and initiatives to strengthen families and fight against diseases like diabetes, mental illness and Alzheimer’s.

For more information on Beverly Jones and her views on education, affordable healthcare, human rights and more, please visit her website. Review Beverly Jones’s responses to the candidate survey here.

FODAC’s Virtual Fun Walk ‘n’ Roll Surpassed Goal and Raised More Than $45,000

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) held a virtual Run Walk ‘n’ Roll on Saturday, May 9, and raised more than $45,000 from supporters in 13 states!

Proceeds from the run support FODAC’s home medical equipment (HME) program, which distributes wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches, patient lifts and other mobility aids at little to no cost to the recipient.

For more information about FODAC or to donate, please visit their website.

Emory Morsberger Appointed to DeKalb County COVID-19 Task Force

DeKalb County Task Force
Out of concern for the health, safety and economic well-being of DeKalb County residents, DeKalb County’s COVID-19 Strategic Task Force was formed by DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond to use science and medical expertise to provide professional, technical and strategic counsel to the county’s residents and businesses.

TSCID president Emory Morsberger is one of five members representing businesses on the 25-member task force. As the public remains both eager and anxious to return to work, they can look toward the task force for recent developments, legislation and strategies to safely re-open businesses.

For more information on the task force and DeKalb County’s response and recovery timeline during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the website.

Rapper Killer Mike Urges Youths to Take the Coronavirus Seriously

Despite his moniker, Killer Mike is a forward-thinking entrepreneur and human rights activist. Often in the news for his restaurant ventures or dining with former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the rapper is most recently making headlines to implore youths, especially African Americans, to act more responsibly by avoiding large gatherings and wearing masks.

Learn more about the partnership between Killer Mike and DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and their campaign in this article.

Support Tucker Businesses

Tucker Brewing Company

Tucker Brewing Company has released a brand new beer! Be sure to stop by the Tucker Brewing walk-up window for a refreshing Roaring Twenties Radler.

Tucker Brewing employees have been keeping busy during the quarantine by squeezing massive amounts of lemons for this light Helles lager. The Radler, a German word meaning “cyclist,” was created in the early 1900s to quench bikers’ thirsts and is now available curbside pickup to quench yours.

The brewery has also been taking proper precautions to begin slowly opening the beer garden and taproom to the public on Saturday, May 16. Visit the Tucker Brewing website for more information on available brews and business hours and operations.

Prime Meats

Another Tucker Summit CID member, Prime Meats, has also been diligently working through the pandemic to provide the public with quality meat. The company immediately instituted new sanitation procedures that include employee temperature checks before entering the building, maintaining a six-foot distance, shielding work areas and increased hand washing.

Prime Meats is SQF Certified by the Safe Quality Food Institute and will be making these new practices permanent. No employees have tested positive for the virus and the high-quality meat supplier is dedicated to protecting customers.

Normally a wholesale company, Prime Meats has made another adaption to the pandemic which is direct customer curbside service at its Duluth location. Contact Prime Meats to order, pre-pay and schedule a pick-up, and a sanitized employee will meet you for a contactless delivery.

Uniquely, Prime Meats has not experienced a meat shortage during the pandemic. Any wholesaler, grocery store, restaurant or individual consumer needing supplies can contact them at 800-686-3287 to order.

Support Tucker Businesses

COVID-19 Testing in Tucker
If you’re in need of testing for the coronavirus, the DeKalb Board of Health has set up an easy three-step process. Use the call instructions illustrated above or visit www.dekalbhealth.net to schedule an appointment.

Be Counted and Complete the 2020 Census

Fill out the 2020 Census today and get counted!

The 2020 Census helps DeKalb County determine how critical resources are distributed. Ignoring the Census letter can cost DeKalb County up to $2,314 a year per person.

Please fill out your census form today! For more information on alternative ways to get counted — by phone or online, please visit the DeKalb Census website.

TSCID Project Updates

  • Sidewalk construction has begun on East Ponce de Leon Avenue between McCurdy Drive and North Hairston Road. One eastbound through lane of East Ponce de Leon will be closed from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. through May 26 while work on the 200 feet of sidewalk is completed.
  • TCID received a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to help plan improvements to the district’s freight movement infrastructure.

    We need input and feedback from members with businesses involved with freight movement or with a large number of employees in the area. Your participation will help identify transportation issues and help us prioritize future projects. Please take the survey by clicking here.