Author Archives: Rolanda Powell

Atlanta PD Zone 1 Shot Reporter

Screen shot of the Atlanta Zone 1 Shot Reporter

Center Hill Neighborhood Association has created a resource to help make our community safer. The APD Zone 1 Shot Reporter is a quick survey you can complete when you hear gunshots fired in our neighborhood.

You can find the form here:

For quick access, you can add the form to your phone home screen


  1. Launch “Chrome” app.
  2. Open the website or web page you want to pin to your home screen.
  3. Tap the menu icon (3 dots in upper right-hand corner) and tap Add to home screen.
  4. You’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen.

iPad or iPhone

  1. Launch “Safari” app.  This does not work from the “Chrome” app.
  2. Enter into the address field the URL of the website you want to create a shortcut to. Tap “Go.”
  3. Tap the icon featuring a right-pointing arrow coming out of a box along the top of the Safari window to open a drop-down menu.
  4. Tap “Add to Home Screen.” The Add to Home dialog box will appear, with the icon that will be used for this website on the left side of the dialog box.
  5. Enter the name for the shortcut using the on-screen keyboard and tap “Add.” Safari will close automatically and you will be taken to where the icon is located on your iPad’s desktop.

Vote 2020: Early Voting for Special Election Runoff July 20-August 7

There will be a General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election Runoff on Tuesday, August 11th. 

Early voting begins Monday, July 20 to Friday, August 7th from 8:30a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also vote early on Saturday, July 25 and Saturday, August 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Who’s on the Ballot? Sample Ballots

Find your registration details on GA’s My Voter Page

Click here for Fulton County voting locations information.

Register to Vote

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Hendricks MD, MPH

Dr. Jennifer Hendricks Center Hill

Jeffrey and Beverly Hendricks are long-time residents of the Center Hill Community.  Mrs. Beverly Hendricks moved to the Center Hill Community as a child. When Jennifer’s parents married, they maintained the house and raised Jennifer and her brother at the same residence, where the family currently resides. Mrs. Hendricks attended Frederick Douglass High School, where Jennifer was an outstanding student. 

Jennifer completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and at Mercer University where she completed her Masters degree in Public Health. Dr. Hendricks received her Medical Degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine, May 2020. Her future plans at this point includes completing a residency in Macon, GA in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The Center Hill Community congratulates Dr. Jennifer Hendricks for her accomplishments and send its best wishes for her continued success in the future. 

Atlanta Community Food Bank Helping During COVID-19

Atlanta Community Food Bank Logo

With the additional challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, Atlanta Community Food Bank is actively adapting to continue keeping meals on the tables of seniors, children and families across Atlanta.

If you are in need of food assistance, you can visit their COVID-19 Help Map to find a food distribution point near you:

If you are a resident to Center Hill, these local locations are listed as distribution points as of this writing.

Don’t forget, ACFB is accepting monetary and food donations. Donate Here

Please contact the agency by phone for hours and operational details prior to arriving.

Sunshine Community Brotherhood Foundation-Atlanta – Food Bank Partner Agencies open to the public
2283 Baker Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church – Food Bank Partner Agencies open to the public
291 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Collins Memorial UMC – Food Bank Partner Agencies open to the public
2220 Bolton Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church – Food Bank Partner Agencies open to the public
200 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Douglass High School – School Pantry
225 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Grocery pick-up available on Fridays for students within Atlanta Public Schools School District.

Kipp Ways Summer Program – GA DECAL Meal Site
840 Carter Street
Atlanta, GA 30314
Kipp Ways Summer Program is serving meals Monday – Friday for children 18 and younger during the following times:
Lunch 12 pm – 2 pm
PM Snack 12 pm – 2 pm

For more information, you can text FINDFOOD to 888-972-2232 to locate food distributors in your area.

Could this be the answer to one of Atlanta’s most dangerous streets?

Center Hill Neighborhood with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Since the tragic crash on Donald Lee Hollowell (DLH) with 14-year old Jermaine “JJ” Wallace, it’s hard to drive the stretch without thinking about the loss of a community member. The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly difficult and challenging for the entire Center Hill Neighborhood community. My heart and prayers go out to the Wallace family as we mourn Jermaine’s life and the unrealized potential of what could have been.

While this is a heart-wrenchingly painful time for the entire Center Hill Neighborhood community, I am overwhelmed by the support I’ve received from leaders all over the city.

I was pleased to receive support from many organizations from outside of the Center Hill Neighborhood like the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition who were greatly saddened to hear of the crash that killed Jermaine and they wanted to do something to support my efforts to make Hollowell safer. I have also solicited input from a broad range of individuals and groups with various perspectives and will continue to do so.

Within the wake of Jermaine’s death, I’ve researched traffic calming measures that will make DLH a safer corridor for all residents of Center Hill but one solution has caught my eye- the “Imagine Memorial Drive” project. Similar to DLH, Memorial Drive functions more like a highway than a street that connects neighborhoods. At the time, Memoria Drive was a four-lane road, fast and hilly with no center turn lane. According to the Georgia Department of Transporation, there had been 1,000 crashes in the past five years on Memorial Drive. They had serious crashes almost every day somewhere on the corridor and people were getting fed up.

In 2017, two women were killed within 6 months of each other on a half-mile stretch. It took about two years, but neighbors came together and in 2019 they were able to convince GDOT to install a “road diet” which converted two inside lanes into a center turn lane, and adding some signalized crossings.

The Imagine Memorial Drive Project is a proven strategy that could be used on Hollowell so this tragedy doesn’t happen again. The biggest thing is slowing down cars and changing how the road is designed has the biggest effect. Lowering the speed limit can lower speeding as well. In light of this discussion, Center Hill’s name will be added to the list of speed limit speed limit reduction support.

Another positive component to the project’s success was the support from the adjacent neighborhoods who organized in support of changes. I want to encourage all neighbors in NPU-J to support the changes in the days and weeks to come.

I also think it’s important to remember that Atlanta’s Westside has its own unique set of challenges and we will explore all possible solutions to making our roads safe here. In addition to advocating for lower speed limits, it is also important that we have a presence in the city level as well. This fall, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is seeking to connect neighborhood leaders with GDOT to call for safer state routes and I will be there to share my thoughts during this meeting.

I have no doubt that we can continuously improve the neighborhood environment of our entire community for new to legacy residents, the young and beyond and I look forward to working together with you to do so! Together, we will get through this. We are one Atlanta.

Community call for enhanced safety measures after accident kills teenager

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2019
Contact: Rolanda Powell
Center Hill Neighborhood Association, President

Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway safety

Once again, the Center Hill Community is mourning the loss of a young life. Fourteen-year-old Jermaine M. Wallace Jr. was en route to Douglas High School on Thursday morning, September 5, 2019, when he was struck by a car on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway (DLHPKWY)/State Highway 78. “J.J” succumbed to his injuries the following day. No charges have been brought against the driver.

Center Hill Neighborhood Association (CHNA), the recognized neighborhood association for the Center Hill community is calling for the Georgia Department of Transportation to conduct a swift, yet comprehensive revision to the current safety mechanisms in place for both pedestrian and motoring traffic. This busy thoroughfare is home to a senior housing community, Center Hill Park, zone 1 precinct for the Atlanta Police Department, as well as multiple businesses, churches and MARTA bus stops.

While our community has waged this battle for over ten years, witnessing numerous pedestrian fatalities over this span, we have garnered the support of our elected officials.

City of Atlanta Council Representative Dustin Hillis expressed his concerns regarding the lack of a crosswalk along the entire stretch of DLHPKWY from State Highway 280 (Hamilton E. Holmes Drive) for approximately a mile east. “I have begged and pleaded to Georgia Department of Transportation to install (or at least allow City of Atlanta Department of Public Works to install) more crosswalks along this stretch to no avail. Felicia A. Moore did the same for many years.” Dustin Hillis.

Mr. Hillis also noted that the previous council representative, Ms. Felecia Moore made a plea to the Georgia Department of Transportation to install at least one crosswalk along the route. The appeal was ultimately declined, and a cautionary sign advising drivers to reduce their speed in front of the park was installed in lieu of the enhanced measures requested. A formal request for assistance has been made to State House Representative, Ms. Sheila Jones (House District 53) and will be made to State Senator, Horecena Tate, District 38.

The Center Hill community was patient, compliant and peaceful, while GDOT completed the required traffic study, yet continuously refused requests for enhanced safety measures. What appears to be an obvious disregard for human life and safety for motoring residents along this corridor is no longer acceptable. Our community is rapidly growing and changing; we must keep up. We welcome productive dialogue and subsequent action on behalf of our residents.


Rolanda Powell

CHNA President