DeKalb author continues Forsyth controversy

Article in today’s DeKalb Neighbor Download as pdf:  DeKalb Neighbor By Bobby Tedder btedder@neighbornewspapers.com Chamblee resident Jonathan Grant is destined to kick up some dust with his new novel, a unique take on Forsyth County’s checkered past. “Brambleman” tackles Forsyth County’s reported acts of racism—violence-fueled expulsion of black residents in the early 1920s and ensuing white flight—and its repercussions unto the third and fourth generation. Despite its historical context, Grant cautioned prospective readers not to expect the book to be “some dry, documentary treatment of historical events.” In fact, he characterized the book as wildly funny, with a heavy supernatural twist and an anti-hero styled protagonist. Grant, an admitted follower of the “smart alee principle,” said the book is not meant to…

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Trayvon Martin targets sell out, spawn outrage

From WKMG-TV, Orlando: An unidentified entrepreneur admits he is trying to profit off Trayvon Martin’s death by selling gun range targets featuring the teen who’s death has sparked a nationwide controversy. Although Martin’s face does not appear on the paper targets, they feature a hoodie with crosshairs aimed at the chest.  A bag of Skittles is tucked in the pocket and a hand is holding a can resembling iced tea. *** According to an advertisement for the targets that had been posted on a popular firearms auction website, the sellers stated they “support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug.” That online ad has since been removed. “This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest…

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FAMU update: Alleged killers performed at victim’s funeral

In all, 11 members of the famed—and now suspended—Florida A&M Marching Band have been charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion of Decatur, Ga., on Nov. 19, 2011. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Bo Emerson writes: Looking back, the horror and betrayal Robert Champion’s family feels is crystallized in this fact: prominent in his funeral procession were several of those now accused in his death. At least two of them had already been expelled by Florida A&M University in conjunction with the hazing incident that cost the drum major his life, but the family wasn’t aware of that. “To be there, to participate as if you were totally innocent,” said his mother, Pam Champion, sitting in her Decatur living room and shaking…

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Grand jury indicts 3 DeKalb, GA officers in brutality case

Here’s an example of why some kids run when they see the cops. Three DeKalb County (GA) police officers have been indicted on numerous felony charges in connection with the alleged beatings of three teenage suspects in their custody. A grand jury has returned a total of 15 counts against Blake Andrew Norwood, Arthur Parker III and Sgt. Anthony Remone Robinson. The charges include battery, aggravated assault, making false statements and violating their oaths, and racketeering. The alleged beatings occurred in December 2010 and November 2011. Two of the officers, Norwood and Parker, were arrested last November and resigned in the face of being fired. Robinson, who allegedly ordered the beatings, has been on administrative leave since the incidents were brought to…

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Author Interview

Kayla Beck has posted an author interview with me over on Bibliophilia, Please.  Check it out.

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The curious case of Lynn Turner coming to TV

The curious case of Lynn Turner, the Forsyth County woman with the penchant for poisoning the men in her life with anti-freeze—and who later killed herself rather than serve out her life sentence in prison—is coming to television. AccessNorthGa.com reports: “Investigation Discovery is featuring the murders of Glenn Turner and Randy Thompson on its New series ‘Motives & Murders.’” Read more. For background on Lynn Turner’s case, click here.   

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