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Welcome to Smoke Rise, Soon to be Tucker, GA

The driving force behind the city of Tucker has been the leadership within the community known as "Smoke Rise, GA."  Smoke Rise residents currently have addresses that say "Stone Mountain, GA" and many of them worked hard in order to create a separate identity for themselves, petitioning the U.S. Post Office to change their official name to "Smoke Rise."  While the Post Office did not agree to change the official name, they did agree to allow "Smoke Rise" as a recognized alternative to "Stone Mountain" that could be used interchangeably as long as it accompanied their 30087 zip code.

It is important to note that these residents did not ask the Post Office to recognize their use of "Tucker" as an acceptable alternative.  They asked to be called "Smoke Rise."

It appears that zip codes and address labels are important to them, just as our Tucker zip code is important to us.  And, while we do understand that Smoke Rise…

Tucker Township? A Vision or a Pipe Dream?

Who drew this map?  We are not really sure.  We stumbled upon it recently while looking for Tucker election results. We do, however, think this map, called "Tucker Township" actually shows a good compromise between Tucker and Lavista Hills that could have worked well for everyone.   It offers a great way to share the Northlake area commercial tax revenue.  So, why didn't anyone suggest something like this  prior to putting forth competing bills in the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions?  And, why is Tucker's city still being allowed to move forward when it has been called "unconstitutional" by even the legislators who supported it?
Limited services government in the form of a new city is something that the Georgia constitution does not allow, apparently.  But, unless citizens decide to fight the creation of Tucker or Peachtree Corners, two of such limited cities are going to continue operating until someone tells them that they cannot.  
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Look What the Non Elected, Interchangeable Leaders of LaVista Hills Have Done NOW!

The children in the homes on one side of this street are zoned for Livsey Elementary.  The children on the other side of the street are zoned for a Gwinnett County school, yet their front yards are located in DeKalb County.  They get some services from one county and some from the other.  Since the Tucker zip code and Tucker community has spanned both counties, these folks (on both sides of the street) have ALL been a part of the TUCKER community, without any question or doubt.... until now.

With the city groups and their newly redesigned maps that do not reflect our current community, these folks are being completely written off.  The city of Tucker map takes in the entire area up to the DeKalb / Gwinnett Line, but the new LaVista Hills map stopped right in the middle of the road, exactly matching the school attendance zone.  So, did the petition drive itself map out the attendance zone and seek out signatures in that manner?

It's hard to imagine them walking down a road and on…