The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on December 9, 2019 · B1
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TheAtlanta Journal-Constitution | Monday, December 9, 2019 METROB News: | Delivery: or 404-522-4141 | Coverage from the Gold Dome @ WITHEXPANDEDCOUNTY-BY-COUNTYCOVERAGE INSIDE By Helena Oliviero Withnonewdiagnosesover the past threeweeks, statehealthoffi- cials believe ameasles outbreak that grew to 11 total cases in Cobb County is likely contained. The Georgia Department of PublicHealth said the caseswere limited to three familieswho live in the same vicinity. All of those sickened were either unvacci- nated or their vaccination sta- tus was unknown. Lastmonth, a student atMabry MiddleSchoolwasdiagnosedwith measles and nearly 20 unvac- cinated people at the school — mostly students and at least one adult—werenotallowedtoreturn until the 21-day measles incuba- tion period was over, according to the state health agency. None of those with possible exposure showed signs of measles. Healthofficials traced the likely source of the outbreak to a Cobb family that had visited Florida. Members of the family — all of whomwereunvaccinated— likely became infected during their travel out of state, health authori- ties said. The illnesseswerenever reported to Georgia health offi- cials, who only learned the fam- ily’s diagnoses in the course of their investigation. On Friday, Nancy Nydam, a spokesperson for the state health department, said that relatively high immunization rates and strong surveillance helped to contain the outbreak. She said health workers called those in quarantine everyday to checkon their health status and to remind them to stay at home during the quarantine period. Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center andprofessorofmedicine at theEmoryUniversity School of Medicine, praised state and local health officials for their response to the outbreak. “Once theywere notified, they acted aggressively by excluding kids who were unvaccinated, and they played a major role in minimizing the spread,” said Orenstein. Even though Georgia’s over- all immunization rates are rela- tively high, there’s always a risk of clusters of unvaccinated peo- ple, Orenstein said. While the outbreak appears to be over, he said, now is not the time to be complacent about measles. “I think the most important thing to remember is immuniza- tions are victimsof their own suc- cess,” he said. “People don’t see these diseases because we have reduced them somuch. And just because we are not seeing them doesn’t mean they can’t be res- Measles continued on B4 Cobbmeasles outbreak likely contained AJC CONTINUING COVERAGE MEASLES OUTBREAK Health officials report no new cases during past threeweeks. By Eric Stirgus A longtimeUniversity ofGeor- giamath professor barred from the Athens campus earlier this year as officials investigated sexual misconduct complaints against himhas retired, his attor- ney said. William Kazez’s employment at the university ended Dec. 1, according to the attorney, Janet E.Hill, andUGAspokesmanGreg Trevor. Kazez taught at UGA for about three decades. At least seven women — stu- dents and faculty members — came forward earlier this year with complaints of unwanted touching, gropingandsexactsby Kazez, according to Lisa Ander- son, a Decatur attorney repre- senting five of the women . Anderson,exec- utivedirector of AtlantaWomen for Equality, said the claims fromwomen at UGA go back at least to 2014. UGA is part of the University System of Georgia, which pro- hibits employees from engag- ing in sexual contact or amorous relationships with any student or system employee whom the individual supervises, teachesor evaluates in anyway.That policy prohibits employees from hav- ing a romantic or sexual relation- shipwith any student or system employee whose terms or con- ditions of education or employ- ment the individualcoulddirectly affect. Violators can be fired. Hill said the investigation concluded that most of the allegations against Kazez were unfounded.SheaddedKazezcon- tinues to deny he acted “unlaw- fully towardsthestudents inques- tion.” Anderson disputed Hill’s claimsabout thefindings. Trevor declined to comment because UGA does not discuss the find- ings of such investigations. Kazez is restricted from inter- actingwith thestudentcomplain- ants on campus and parts of the university, such asmath depart- Educator restricted from interacting on campus with complainants. William Kazez AJC CONTINUING COVERAGE HIGHER EDUCATION Professor continued on B2 UGAmath professor retires after sexual misconduct investigation Ryan Gravel is widely known as The Beltline Guy, the for- mer Georgia Tech student whose master’s thesis became the inspiration and blueprint for the transformational proj- ect changing the face of intown Atlanta. His story is now Atlanta folk- lore, how a young, aspirational fellow with a simple yet out- landish idea could engender such change. Twenty years ago this month, Gravel turned in his thesis, which proposed that a loop of 22 miles of mostly abandoned rail lines be repur- posed as transit lines connect- ing neighborhoods. It has caught on in a way that still sort of stuns its mas- termind, who is a low-key, soft-spoken, prematurely cot- ton-topped 47-year-old. “I thought it was a cool thing. I never thought they’d actually build it,” Gravel said last week in an interview that took place, naturally, on the Beltline. It’s where he lives, where he works. Sometimes he’ll walk to work at Ponce City Mar- ket, the old Sears building, and will pass his daughter com- ing from or going to school at Torpy continued on B4 Beltline Guy, 20 years after a darn good term paper AJC EXCLUSIVE Bill Torpy Only In The AJC By Nedra Rhone Ricci deForestwasbreezingup Hilliard Street in his Alfa Romeo SpiderVelocewhenhe sawa sign that made him stop the car and jump out. He was stunned to see the lettering in the window of a red brick building: Mme C.J. Walker’s Beauty Shoppe. De Forest, a hairstylist who at the time had a salon on North Highland Avenue, recognized the writing as one of the origi- nal salons of Sarah Breedlove, akaMadamC.J.Walker, the laun- dress who amassed a fortune in theblackhair care industry.Walk- er’s salons, run by women who had trainedasWalker agents, had closed in 1981 but right there in Sweet Auburn stood an unblem- ished vestige of the womanwho helpedhundredsofblackwomen become self-employed and sup- port their families and commu- nities with their earnings. “I was freaking out because I know the significance,” said de Forest, seated in the Madam C.J. Walker Museum, which he founded 15 years ago. “Black women back in the day doing hair provided the financial foun- dation for the next generation. It is empowering. Once you know this history, you are obligated to let someone else know.” DeForest, 68,would later learn the building also once housed WERD, the first radio station owned and programmed by African Americans, from 1949 to 1968. “I was enraged. How did no one bother to preserve WERD?” he said. It would take many years, but de Forest would eventually lease the space for his own business and make it his mission to pre- serve and honor the historical legacy of women who served as financial pioneers in their com- munities and thosewho brought music and news to their people. “It is far more important than anything I have ever done,” de Forest said. “ThatstripofHilliard is thegate- way to a section of Atlanta that is not appreciated or understood theway it should be,” said David Mitchell, director of operations for the Atlanta Preservation Cen- ter. “Ricci is a visionary. He has taken that space and instead of Ricci de Forest, 68, owner of the Madam C.J. Walker Museum, was inspired to restore the salon and its artifacts after noticing a sign at a Hilliard Street building in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood. (The building also once housed radio station WERD.) The museum doubles as de Forest’s salon. CULTURE AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIR SALONS Museum continued on B2 Madam C.J. Walker Museum honors entrepreneurs’ legacy African American womenwere financial pioneers with salons. Antique hair tools are displayed at the Madam C.J. Walker Museum, which Ricci de Forest founded as a tribute to African American entrepreneurs. PHOTOS BY ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM By Nedra Rhone A 16,000 acre stretch of unde- veloped Georgia coastline will soonbecomeanewwildlifeman- agement area. Purchased for an undisclosed amount by the Con- servation Fund and Open Space Institute, the property sits along theSatillaRiver inSoutheastGeor- gia, near the city of Woodbine. Both groupswill workwith the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to restore the animal and environmental habitats in an area that had been advertised as primerealestate fordevelopment. “With the property’s proxim- ity to Interstate 95 and the grow- ing population centers along the Georgia andFlorida coasts, itwas highly threatened by resort, resi- dential and commercial develop- ment,” Andrew Schock, Georgia state director at The Conserva- tion Fund, said in a statement. “Natural lands of this size are rare, and the ecological impor- tance of this property has made it a top priority for conservation over the last decade.” Knownas theCeylonproperty, the 16,083 acres of land is a mix of salt marsh and coastal forest. It is home to the once endan- gered longleaf pine as well as the gopher tortoise, the official 6 miles N 95 Land purchased Jekyll Island State Park Cumberland Island National Seashore FLA. GA. Brunswick Woodbine Atlantic Ocean SatillaRiv er Source:©HERE STAFF Coastal continued on B4 Conservancies secure pristine coastal acreage AJC DIGGING DEEPER GEORGIA COAST Purchase protects pine, tortoises as state plans to one day acquire land.

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