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Vol.XXXVraNo.5l WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, August 16, 2012
Photo* by Layl* Garms
Stephanie Tyson prepares a savory salad in
Sweet Potatoes' kitchen.
Starting next month, the food service industry
in North Carolina will be adopting a more scien
tific approach to protecting customers from food
The state will officially adopt the 2009 FDA
(Food and Drug Administration) Model Food
Code on Sept. 1, becoming the last state in the
nation to ao so. Attnougn
North Carolina already
enforces food and safety
rules, adopting the federal
code is based on scientific
research and proven best
Sheryl Emory, Food and
Lodging supervisor for the
Department of Public
Health Division. Those
who are caught violating
the new codes will have their sanitation scores
docked as a result.
"The rules have been updated, but it's been a
long time since they've been updated this signif
icantly," said Emory, who has worked at the
Department of Public Health for more than two
decades. "The biggest advantage of adopting a
food code is the requirements are all based on
science and can be supported by scientific
research and it's geared towards reducing ill
The Model Food Code addresses five key risk
factors the FDA has identified in foodborne ill
ness outbreaks, including improper holding tem
peratures, inadequate cooking, contaminated
equipment, procuring food from unsafe sources
and poor personal hygiene on the part of food
service professionals. The new code will require
See Food on A3
Police using nontraditional cars
Drivers could be
stopped by blue
B X. LAYLA GARMS
White car, blue and red
stripes, light bar... right?
Members of the Winston
Salem Police Department may not
be as easy to spot these days as
they once were, as some civilians
are finding out. Assistant Chief
Alonzo Thompson says some law
enforcement vehicles are meant to
"We do have a number of
unmarked cars and they're not all
white Crown Vies," he said, refer
ring to the Ford Crown Victoria
sedans many law enforcement
agencies have favored for years.
"...Everybody pretty much
knows that not too many people
. drive jftose Crown Vies anymore.
Having the newer modeled vehi
cles in different color schemes is
advantageous to us."
Chronicle readers have report
ed seeing Winston-Salem Police
in unmarked white, silver and
even orange-colored Dodge
Chargers, a vehicle specifically
used by a DWI team the WSPD
operates with the Kernersville
Thompson says the unmarked
cars are more difficult for
motorists to spot, which allows
the officers to witness and correct
more traffic infractions.
"That's the reason whyvwe do
See Police on A7
Photo by Lay la Fanner
Corporal Rhoneek Readus of the WSPD Traffic Enforcement
Unit poses with his unmarked Dodge Charger.
Photo* by Todd Luck
From left: St.
Pastor Benjamin F.
Pastor Steven L.
Angela de Varona,
Blackwell and St.
Edmonds with his
Boys targeted in effort to
reduce teenage pregnancy
BY TODD LUCK
Family Blueprints of North Carolina is
seeking to break the intergenerational cycle of
poverty and teen pregnancy by training young
men to make sound decisions in all areas of
An open house was held for Family
Blueprints last weekend at St. James AME
Church on Patterson Avenue, which is provid
ing the non-profit with its first physical loca
tion. On Tuesday, the agency began offering
its first program at St. James, My Brother's
Keeper, which educates teen boys in financial
literacy, entrepreneurship and how to avoid
pitfalls such as becoming teenage fathers.
Family Blueprints was started in 2010 by
its executive director, 39-year-old Katisha
Blackwell, who has a background in both
pregnancy prevention and intervention.
Blueprints is aiming to change that.
"The boys are the other part of the equa
tion, and I wanted to be sure there were servic
es that were available to them that were pre
vention-focused," said Blackwell.
The cause is personal to Blackwell, whose
mother had her first child when she was 17.
Her mother graduated high school but had
three children by the time she was 22 and
struggled to make ends meet. She said often
teen parents start a cycle by having children
who themselves become teen parents and live
Blackwell knows that the cycle can be bro
ken or avoided altogether. Her mother worked
hard to succeed and keep her kids focused on
school, not the opposite sex. Blackwell and all
of her siblings earned college degrees and
none had children before they were adults.
"Coming from a situation where your par
See Blueprints on A7
Blackwell said while there are many preventa
tive programs aimed at girls, the same wasn't
true for boys between that 13-18. Family
Council members dissent, break silence
Montgomery, Taylor believe colleagues should have supported new trial for Smith
BY LAYLA OARMS
winston-aaiem s two
youngest City Council
members are not pleased
with their colleagues.
Derwin Montgomery, 24,
and James Taylor, 31,
have both been vocal in
their opposition of the
Council's decision not to
file an amicus brief on
behalf of Kalvin Michael Smith,
the black man who was charged and
convicted in 1997 of the brutal
beating of Jill Marker, a white
woman who was attacked while
working at the now defunct Silk
For years, questions
have been raised about
Smith's conviction. Many
in the community believe
he is innocent. Supporters
of Smith, who is now
seeking a new trial, had
requested that the Council
file the brief - a document
submitted in support of
the nrosecution or defense
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from someone who has some influ
ence or reputation in the subject
See Smith on A4
Kalvin Michael Smith
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Fun ki the Sun
Hundreds of people enjoyed food, games, live entertainment and beau
tiful weather Saturday at Winston Lake Family Day, a family-friendly
event staged by the City's Recreation and Parks Division.