Issuu on Google+

Coweta Living A publication of the newnan times-herald

2013-14 Guide to NEWNAN-Coweta County

Invested in our Community We know you have a choice when it comes to choosing a bank. That’s why we work hard every day to provide those who bank with us the customer service experience they deserve. We are proud to offer the products and services that strenghthen families and help businesses grow. Our team members are your family, friends and neighbors. Our children go to the same schools. Our commitment and dedication to the Newnan and Senoia communities remains unchanged. Come in today or visit us online to see what we can do for you. Jefferson Street 110 Jefferson Street Newnan, GA 30263 770.253.1340

Temple Avenue 192 Temple Avenue Newnan, GA 30263 770.253.9600

Senoia 7817 Wells Street Senoia, GA 30276 770.599.8400

Thomas Crossroads 3130 East Highway 34 Newnan, GA 30265 770.254.7722

www.bankofnorthgeorgia.com Bank of North Georgia is a division of Synovus Bank. Synovus Bank, Member FDIC, is chartered in the state of Georgia and operates under multiple trade names across the Southeast. Divisions of Synovus Bank are not separately FDIC-insured banks. The FDIC coverage extended to deposit customers is that of one insured bank.

Enroll Now! Have you checked out our new programs? • Business Management • Computer Information Systems • Early Childhood Care and Education • Electronics Technology • Medical Assisting • Registered Nursing

770.755.7440 | www.westgatech.edu

COWETA LIVING ONLINE

2013-14 Guide to Newnan - Coweta County

cowetaliving.com 2013-14 GUIDE TO NEWNAN - COWETA COUNTY

EDUCATION

Table of

64 | City of Newnan Takes Lead on Transforming Hospital to UWG Satellite Campus

CONTENTS

66 | Coweta Has Diverse Education Offerings 68 | Newnan, Coweta Libraries Offer Programs for All Ages 70 | West Georgia Tech Opens New Coweta Campus Fall 2013

93

72 | Coweta School System 2013-14 Year Begins August 6th 74 | Coweta County School Locations

COMMUNITY 76 | Community Gardens Growing in Senoia, Newnan, Moreland 80 | Coweta Churches Reach Out to Adults at All Stages of Life

39

76 HEALTH & FITNESS 9 | Get Out and About at Coweta Parks 16 | New Hospitals, Training Making Coweta Tops in Healthcare 24 | Coweta Offers Variety of Recreation Options 29 | Coweta County Recreation Facilities 30 | County Has New, Modern Health Department 32 | Coweta Offers Senior Services

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

President & Publisher William W. Thomasson Vice President Marianne C. Thomasson

89 | Coweta County Numbers to Know

12

92 | Newnan To Build New Public Safety Complex 93 | Newnan Centre Meeting Facility Opens 94 | Senoia: The Perfect Setting — For Life

50 | TV Shows and Movies Filmed in Coweta County

95 | Grantville: Focusing on Activities for Children, Youth

52 | New Home Construction on the Rise in Coweta

96 | Celebrations Put Moreland on the Map

General Manager

News Editor

John Winters

97 | City of Newnan Numbers to Know

56 | Goodwill Opens Second Retail and Career Center in Coweta

69 6 Coweta Living 2013-14

86 | Museums Tell Stories of Coweta History

88 | Projects Improve County Services for Residents

34 | Coweta Seeing Commercial, Industrial Growth 44 | Coweta County is a Veritable Hollywood South

82 | Cowetans Enjoy Vibrant Arts Scene

COUNTY/CITIES

98 | Coweta Small Towns Offer Rural Charm

Coweta Living 2013-14 7

Ellen Corker

Creative Directors Sandy Hiser, Sonya Studt

Graphic Designer Maggie Bowers

Production Director Debby Dye

Contributing Writers Sarah Fay Campbell

Wes Mayer Celia Shortt W. Winston Skinner

Photography

Jeffrey Leo

Circulation Director Naomi Jackson Sales and Marketing Director Colleen D. Mitchell Multimedia Sales Specialists Wendy Danford

Mandy Inman Candy Johnson Norma Kelley Loreli Scott

Controller Diana Shellabarger

FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION call 770.253.1576 or e-mail colleen@newnan.com

A page-view version of Coweta Living will be available for the entire publication year.

Coweta Living is published annually by The Newnan Times-Herald, Inc. 16 Jefferson Street, Newnan, GA 30263. Coweta Living is distributed in home-delivery copies of The Newnan Times-Herald and at businesses and offices throughout Coweta County. To subscribe to The Newnan Times-Herald, call 770.253.1576.

We invite you to visit

www.times-herald.com

for local, state, national and world news.

On the Web: cowetaliving.com © 2013 by The Newnan Times-Herald, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.

Residential • Commercial • Sales & Service

24 HOURS/DAY • 7 DAYS A WEEK • FAST RESPONSE • REPLACEMENT • PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE • INDOOR AIR QUALITY • SERVICE ALL MAKES AND MODELS • WHOLE HOUSE ENERGY AUDITS

S MALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Newnan-Coweta Chamber Program

770-253-2665

www.progressiveac.com The new degree of comfort.TM

®

2013-14 Guide to Newnan - Coweta County

Table of

CONTENTS

76 HEALTH & FITNESS

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

9 | Get Out and About at Coweta Parks

34 | Coweta Seeing Commercial,

16 | New Hospitals, Training Making Coweta Tops in Healthcare 24 | Coweta Offers Variety of Recreation Options 29 | Coweta County Recreation Facilities

30 | County Has New, Modern Health Department 32 | Coweta Offers Senior Services

6 Coweta Living 2013-14

Industrial Growth

44 | Coweta County is a Veritable Hollywood South 50 | TV Shows and Movies Filmed in Coweta County 52 | New Home Construction on the Rise in Coweta

56 | Goodwill Opens Second Retail and Career Center in Coweta

EDUCATION 64 | City of Newnan Takes Lead on Transforming Hospital to UWG Satellite Campus

66 | Coweta Has Diverse Education Offerings 68 | Newnan, Coweta Libraries Offer Programs for All Ages 70 | West Georgia Tech Opens New Coweta Campus Fall 2013

93

72 | Coweta School System 2013-14 Year Begins August 6th 74 | Coweta County School Locations

COMMUNITY 76 | Community Gardens Growing in Senoia, Newnan, Moreland

80 | Coweta Churches Reach Out to Adults at All Stages of Life

39

82 | Cowetans Enjoy Vibrant Arts Scene

86 | Museums Tell Stories of Coweta History

COUNTY/CITIES 88 | Projects Improve County Services for Residents 89 | Coweta County Numbers to Know

12

92 | Newnan To Build New Public Safety Complex 93 | Newnan Centre Meeting Facility Opens

94 | Senoia: The Perfect Setting — For Life 95 | Grantville: Focusing on Activities for Children, Youth 96 | Celebrations Put Moreland on the Map 97 | City of Newnan Numbers to Know

69

98 | Coweta Small Towns Offer Rural Charm

Coweta Living 2013-14 7

The gift of life begins

righT here

The bond between parents and newborn is the strongest on earth. At West Georgia Health, it’s all about peace of mind for mothers and their new bundle of joy. We offer a wide range of childbirth and parenting classes to help families prepare for life’s most important event. Our state-of-the-art ultrasound, along with our skilled and compassionate staff of doctors and nurses, ensure a truly special experience on our beautiful maternity floor. We’re connected together for the most important reason in the world… your baby.

So Healthy Together

To learn more or find a physician visit WGHealth.org. Or connect with us on Facebook! 8 Coweta Living 2013-14

1514 Vernon Road LaGrange, Georgia 30240 706-882-1411

Get Out and about IN COWETA

Coweta Living 2013-14 9

HEALTH & FITNESS

Enjoying a spring walk in the woods and along the trails at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in west Coweta County are Tina Harvey and Drew Garcia with dog Alex.

Get out and about at Coweta parks

T

here are plenty of opportunities to get out and about at parks in Coweta County. The county is home to Georgia's newest state park, Chattahoochee Bend, and is opening a new park at the site of a significant Civil War battle south

of Newnan. For those who want to explore nature, visit Chattahoochee Bend State Park in western Coweta along the Chattahoochee River. Walk in wooded areas trod by the former Creek tribes that inhabited the area prior to settlement in the early 1800s. The park features hiking trails, picnic areas with grills along the river, a boat ramp, RV and tent camping, platform camping along the river, and playgrounds for the kids. There are also occasional scheduled activities offered. The Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park are continually expanding the hiking trails at the park, and plans are in the works for horse trails and facilities, and mountain biking trails. The park office rents "Nucanoes" for those who want to float the river. There is also a company on the other side of the river in Whitesburg, Georgia Trail Outfitters, that offers canoe trips on the Chattahoochee. The park is open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Day-use areas and trails close at dark. Admission is $5 per passenger vehicle. Walking trails are available at Coweta County Recreation Department's Hunter Complex on Georgia Highway 16 East near the intersection with Poplar Road, at Newnan Utilities' Carl Miller Park on Sewell Road in Newnan, and at Jim McGuffey Nature Center at the

10 Coweta Living 2013-14

HEALTTH & FITNESS Photos by Jeffrey Leo

Here and in the opening photo, youngsters have fun in the splash fountain at Newnan Utilities' Carl Miller Park on Sewell Road. The opening photo shows little Kaleb Harper getting up close and personal with the water spray.

Coweta County Fairgrounds complex on Pine Road. Carl Miller Park has pavilions for reunions and gatherings, Kids Castle play park and a splash fountain that operates on demand during summer hours when there are no droughtrelated water restrictions. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter. Another Newnan recreation area, Willie Lynch Park at Richard Allen

Drive and Wesley Steet, includes a public zero-entry swimming pool open summer months. Or stroll or stop for a picnic in one of Newnan's downtown green spaces: Greenville Street Park, First Avenue Park or the Veterans Memorial Plaza and adjacent city park at Jackson Street and Temple Avenue. At McGuffey Nature Center along with the wooded walking trail near a small pond there is a short paved trail for wheelchairs and picnic areas.

Fishing in the pond is only allowed during special events. Trails at the nature center are wide and easy, and great for small children. Signage along the trails describes the plants and various ecological areas. The open-air nature center has informational displays about wildlife and plant communities. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunset on Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. to Coweta Living 2013-14 11

HEALTH & FITNESS

Photos by Jeffrey Leo

Chattahoochee Bend State Park Manager Tim Banks talks with a group preparing to launch a canoe on a spring 2013 weekend. With Banks are, from left, Will Davison, Marc Langhot and son Steffen Langhot.

30 minutes before sunset on Sunday. Admission is free. Brown's Mill Battlefield southwest of Newnan on Millard Farmer Road opened in the summer of 2013. A small portion of the battlefield site has been developed, with three-quarters mile of

The Visitor Center at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in western Coweta County.

walking trail, interpretive signage, and a "parade ground." A large portion of the walking trail is wheelchair accessible; the trail is 10 feet wide and topped with crush slate. A portion of the trail is more rugged, 12 Coweta Living 2013-14

but areas near the parking lot are smooth and easily accessible by those who are mobility challenged. There are multiple benches along the trail. The Battle of Brown's Mill took place during the Civil War on July 30, 1864. It was one of the few Confederate victories of Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. Interpretive signage describing the battle is placed at various locations along the trail, and those with smartphones can scan QR codes for even more information. Park hours have not been set yet; admission is free. The Brown's Mill Battlefield Association has been working diligently to assist in development of the battlefield park. This spring, in spite of a dreary morning and drizzle throughout the day, bicyclists came out for the group's annual Ride for the River. It was the second year of the fundraiser, staged from the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

The association provided comfort stops on each of three well-marked bicycle routes — 14-mile, 33-mile, and 63-mile — and a meal for returning riders, said Sandra Parker of the battlefield association. Coweta County amateur radio operators scouted the routes continuously, ready to help riders in distress and communicate with emergency services, Parker said. Goody bags were provided by the battlefield association with the help of the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau and local business and industry partners. Battle of Brown’s Mill Historic Site is near the corner of Old Corinth Road and Millard Farmer Road. Coweta County is constructing a memorial site and walking trails on the battlefield property, acquired in 2001 with a grant from the Georgia Community Greenspace Program. Parker is also a planner with the county.

Tom Harvey naps in a hammock at the Chattahoochee River bank in the west platform camp site while wife Tina takes a walk in the woods at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.

at the railroad depot on East Broad Street, dismounted Alabama cavalry opened fire. McCook’s men fell back and he decided to detour to the southwest around Newnan. As the Union column approached the intersection of what is now Old Corinth Road at Millard Farmer Road, Wheeler’s men opened fire on the Union advance guard, thus beginning the Battle of Brown’s Mill. An estimated 4,000 cavalrymen fought with each other back and forth across the road and in the woods for

COWETA MEDICAL CENTER WEIGHT LOSS CENTER Physician Supervised

F. D. Bass, M. D., F.A.C.S.

32 Jackson Street • Newnan, Georgia 30263

(770) 251-5597

about five hours, Parker said. The battle ended when McCook advised his men to either surrender or organize a retreat for the river. The men chose to retreat rather than voluntarily face imprisonment at Andersonville or Macon. McCook, his officers and troops splintered into four groups to escape across the Chattahoochee at several different crossings, Parker said. The 8th Iowa covered their escape and nearly all of the Iowans were captured. Wheeler pursued the raiders and over

Want fabulous senior living?

Join The Club!

• Country Club style dining • Scheduled transportation • Bi-weekly housekeeping service

There’s growing scientific literature documenting the relationships between health and nutrition, exercise, mental attitude, relaxation, and other lifestyle habits. For a lifestyle that involves these relationships, call and enroll in a program under the supervision of a physician that will enable you to reach and maintain your ideal body weight, exercise your cardiovascular system and help prevent such diseases as diabetes, heart attack, strokes, hypertension, and cancer. Coweta Medical Center offers a quality weight-reduction program that is supervised by F. Donald Bass, M.D. For more detailed information or an appointment,

please call Coweta Medical Center at (770) 251-5597.

• All utilities except electric

Senior Living That Feels Like a Vacation!

• Movie theatre • Outdoor pool • Fitness center

Club Level providing 24/7 personal care services

• Pet friendly • Underground golf cart parking

770-632-5823

• Social & recreational activities

201 Crosstown Drive Peachtree City, GA 30269 www.towneclubpeachtreecity.com

MAG/CowetaLiving/8-13

Coweta Living 2013-14 13

HEALTTH & FITNESS

The July 30, 1864, battle was between the cavalry of Union General William T. Sherman and Confederate John Bell Hood, Parker related. Union General Edward M. McCook and 3,000 cavalrymen had been ordered to ride 40 miles southeast of Atlanta to tear up the Macon Railroad. He and his men were to meet General George Stoneman and wreck the railroad so that it could not be used to supply Hood’s army defending Atlanta. Stoneman was prevented from joining McCook, so McCook and his men tore up as much railroad as they could before learning that Confederate General Joseph Wheeler and his cavalry were headed in their direction. McCook decided to return to Union Headquarters in Marietta via the Chattahoochee River crossing west of Newnan. Wheeler chased McCook all the way from Lovejoy’s Station to Newnan. As McCook approached Newnan

HEALTH & FITNESS

Civil War re-enactors give a salute during Confederate Memorial Day ceremonies in spring 2013 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan. The Battle of Brown's Mill started along Newnan rail tracks and moved south of the city.

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

the next two days captured a total of 1,200 men. McCook and about 1,450 of his men made it back to Marietta. The latest research into the official records of the Civil War indicates that 1,200 Union troopers and officers were captured and sent to Andersonville or Macon; 69 Union cavalrymen and 50 Confederate cavalrymen were killed in the battle, and an estimated 30 Union cavalrymen and two Confederates died in the hospitals in Newnan from wounds received during the battle and another 250 Union men were killed in skirmishing between Lovejoy’s Station and Newnan, Parker said. A large section of Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan contains the graves of Civil War dead.

Photo by Sarah Campbell

14 Coweta Living 2013-14

Much of the crushed slate trail at Brown's Mill Battlefield is designed to be enjoyed by all, even those in wheelchairs. Sandra Parker, left, Coweta planner, was a driving force behind the park's development. At right is volunteer Carolyn Turner.

EXCEPTIONAL ORTHOPAEDIC CARE... NOW CLOSER TO HOME.

354 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Suite 200 Located within Ashley Park

For an appointment, Please call 770-460-4747

Michael McHenry, MD

Michael Behr, MD

Susan Jordan, MD

Sharrona Williams, MD

Fayetteville

Gwinnett

Johns Creek

1265 Hwy 54 West • Suite 102 Fayetteville, GA 30214 p. 770-460-1900 • f. 770-719-1214

771 Old Norcross Road • Suite 390 Lawrenceville, GA 30046 p. 678-957-0757 • f. 678-957-9597

6300 Hospital Pkwy • Suite 400 Johns Creek, GA 30097 p. 678-205-4261 • f. 678-417-7187

Kennesaw

Marietta

Newnan

3525 Busbee Drive • Suite 100 Kennesaw, GA 30144 p. 770-635-1812 • f. 404-350-0840

790 Church Street • Suite 250 Marietta, GA 30060 p. 770-635-1812 • f. 404-350-0840

354 Newnan Crossing Bypass Suite 200 • Newnan, GA 30265 p. 770-460-4747 • f. 678-673-5102

Piedmont

Stockbridge

105 Collier Road • Suite 2000 Atlanta, GA 30309 p. 404-352-1053 • f. 404-350-0840

915 Eagles Landing Pkwy Stockbridge, GA 30281 p. 770-506-4350 • f. 770-506-9860

OrthoAtlanta.com

HEALTH & FITNESS

In spring 2013 Piedmont Newnan Hospital celebrated their first anniversary in the new hospital facility located on Poplar Road. The one-year-old, 362,000-square-foot hospital was designed to improve patient access, flexibility, operational efficiencies and have an abundance of green spaces and natural areas available to patients throughout the campus. 16 Coweta Living 2013-14

HEALTTH & FITNESS Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Coweta Living 2013-14 17

HEALTH & FITNESS

New hospitals, training making Coweta tops in healthcare

C

oweta County in recent years has been among the 100 fastest-growing counties in the nation, attracting first rate housing development, shopping and business opportunities. Now add outstanding healthcare facilities to the list. In 2012, two new hospitals opened in Coweta. Spring 2013 brought a new rehabilitation center, and announcement of plans for a HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital. The community also has a new clinic helping those who might not otherwise have health care. Piedmont Newnan Hospital opened at its Poplar Road campus in May 2012. The gleaming new facility has the latest in technology, design, treatment offerings and patient amenities. A new Interstate 85 exit for Poplar Road is planned nearby. The 364,000-square-foot hospital features 136 beds and 23 Emergency Department treatment rooms. The hospital, which replaced aging facilities across town, was built to the highest standards in environmental and energy-efficiency design and has achieved the LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. Piedmont Newnan emphasizes improved patient access and wayfinding, flexibility and operational efficiencies. The hospital features a public mall/ main street design and the campus offers green spaces and natural areas. There is even a four-acre fish pond. PNH President and CEO Michael Bass said the facility's impact on health care is evident, but added that PNH would have an enormous impact on the local economy. "It's going to have an enormous impact on this whole area," Bass said. "When people from out of town visit a hospital they don't just see a doctor. They shop and go out to eat and spend money on other things. Now they'll be able to do all that here." The sound local economy was a leading reason Cancer Treatment Centers of America chose to locate its Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan, near Ashley Park retail center

18 Coweta Living 2013-14

Cancer Treatment Centers of America chose to locate its Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan, near Ashley Park retail center and historic downtown. The Newnan hospital opened in August 2012, joining CTCA regional hospitals in suburban Chicago, Philadelphia, Tulsa and suburban Phoenix.

HEALTTH & FITNESS Photo by Jeffrey Leo

and historic downtown. The Newnan hospital opened in

private inpatient treatment rooms, surgical suites, specialized treatment

and their families. During an American Architectural

August 2012, joining CTCA regional

suites for endoscopy and bronchoscopy,

Foundation Board of Regents meeting

hospitals in suburban Chicago,

state-of-the-art radiation and infusion

at the CTCA hospital in early June,

Philadelphia, Tulsa and suburban

therapy departments, rehabilitation and

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady discussed

Phoenix. CTCA specializes in treating

physical therapy department, concierge

how the facility has helped Newnan

advanced-stage and complex cancer.

services, dining room, chapel and

grow by providing around 500 new jobs

The all-digital hospital features 25

onsite accommodations for outpatients

and bringing nearly $500 million Coweta Living 2013-14 19

HEALTH & FITNESS

Ansley Park Health and Rehabilitation held an open house in March 2013 as it prepared to open the new facility at 450 Newnan Lakes Blvd., off the Newnan Crossing Bypass.

to the city. Location of CTCA's regional hospital in Newnan "is a generational event," Brady said. "It impacts generations to come. Not only economically, but with new ideas that are critical to any forward-thinking community." According to David Huey, principalin-charge of Dewberry's design of CTCA's regional hospital in Newnan, and Michael White, senior vice

president of national construction at CTCA, the building is designed in every possible way to be a welcoming and comforting experience to patients who visit. The Newnan facility was the fifth CTCA treatment center constructed, and it took most of its design from the previous centers across the nation. The interior is tailored to reduce stress visually for patients, according to Huey. Rooms and hallways were

Photos by Alex McRae

given warm finishes, are larger than most hospital rooms and are built with numerous windows to promote natural light and healing. Outside, nature settings such as the swan pond and koi pond can be visited by patients. Even the building itself is designed to represent open arms with its angled wings. Most importantly, the Newnan CTCA facility was built with expansion in mind. In the next few years, the treatment center can expand one floor vertically and expand horizontally in a few other areas, increasing their size from 233,000 square feet to nearly 600,000 square feet. According to Huey, all construction can be completed without disturbing patients inside. Coweta County’s newest health care facility — Ansley Park Health and Rehabilitation — opened in March 2013 at 450 Newnan Lakes Blvd., off Newnan Ginny Mayher, vice-president of rehab services at Ansley Park, explains that different areas — like this one simulating shelves at a supermarket — are designed to let patients perform rehab by doing things they do in real life, like shopping or cleaning.

20 Coweta Living 2013-14

Š 2013 Piedmont Healthcare 03303-0613

piedmontnewnan.org

HEALTH & FITNESS

THE NEWNAN Times-Herald file photo

Laura Thomas, R.N., right, shown with volunteer Judy Aycock, coordinates the Patient Assistance Program at Samaritan Clinic of Newnan, The program helps patients navigate programs available from drug manufacturing companies that help pay for expensive prescriptions. The clinic has its own pharmacy with donated medication samples. The clinic purchases some insulin.

Crossing Bypass. Ansley Park administrator David Galloway said, “We are excited to add this great new facility to the health care services already available here. Our speciality rehab facility will be another great choice for the community.” Company officials say Ansley Park provides a whole new experience for those seeking rehabilitation therapy. There are only private rooms for live-in patients needing long- or short-term therapy. Care is also offered on an outpatient basis. Private rooms and all other living, dining, relaxing and therapy areas were professionally designed to give Ansley Park a luxurious ambiance similar to that found in the finest hotels, officials said. Rooms feature glider rockers, electric beds, large windows, flatscreen TVs, an advanced nurse call system, and private bathrooms with wheelchair-accessible showers. There are planned activities and events, a range of social activities and even pet therapy visits. Meals are prepared by an executive chef. 22 Coweta Living 2013-14

Landscaping gives all rooms a nice exterior view. There is even an on-site, professionally-staffed beauty salon. But the heart of Ansley Park is the rehabilitation wing, Town Square Rehab, which mimics real-life environments to help the patients prepare to return to their home environment and community safely. Town Square facilities include a physical and occupational therapy gym that offers treatment for pain and muscle weakness as well as NuStep equipment for strengthening and physical exercise. Rehabilitation therapy takes place in “life-space” replicas of a grocery store, kitchen, restaurant area, garden area, bedroom, living room, bathroom, library and car. HealthSouth Corporation announced in May 2013 approval of its state certificate of need for a 50-bed comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Newnan. “We look forward to bringing this new hospital and the much needed comprehensive, inpatient rehabilitation

services to the residents of Coweta, Fayette and south Fulton counties,” said Linda Wilder, president of the southeast region for the Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth. “We also are grateful for the tremendous, positive support we received from the community, its leaders and local health care providers, including Piedmont Health System.” “HealthSouth’s commitment to locating a comprehensive inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital in our community reinforces the city of Newnan’s desire to provide excellent health care services to local and regional residents,” said Newnan Mayor Keith Brady. “This project enhances the city of Newnan’s promise of creating an economically-sustainable environment that stimulates a modern and growing economy, producing wealth for residents and businesses, strengthening existing and future industry clusters and diversifying the city of Newnan’s economic base.” Construction on the approximately 55,000-square-foot hospital was

development and create jobs, and we

of 2013. The site is the area of Newnan

look forward to adding HealthSouth’s

Crossing Boulevard East and Poplar

specialized rehabilitative care to the

outstanding group of volunteer nurses

Road, near medical offices being built

strong network of other health-care

and medical professionals who come

across from the new Piedmont Newnan

services offered in our area.”

together each week to treat our patients

Hospital.

Another big plus for the community

The proposed 50-bed hospital will provide specialized rehabilitation programs and innovative equipment

counselor and medical technicians. “We have been blessed with an

with compassion and excellent care,"

is Coweta Samaritan Clinic, which

said Peggie Lawson, the clinic’s nurse

opened in October 2011.

administrator.

The clinic treats individuals ages 19

Volunteers also man the clinic's front

and technology — including electronic

and above who are residents of Coweta

office, greeting patients, scheduling

medical records — and is expected to

County, who have no health insurance,

appointments, creating and updating

be operational in the fourth quarter

and whose household income is below

patient records, making follow-up calls

of 2014. Development of HealthSouth

200 percent of the federal poverty level.

and assisting patients applying for free

Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan

The clinic was the result of a tireless

medications through patient assistance

represents a $22 million investment

effort by Dr. Kay Crosby, who serves

programs.

in the community and, once fully

as the clinic's chairman and medical

operational, is expected to generate

director.

The clinic screens patients for eligibility one day each week and treats

more than 125 new, full-time jobs and

Virtually all the clinic’s patients have

approximately 300 construction jobs.

been treated by Dr. Crosby, Dr. Earnest

“This is a milestone event for the

Barron and Family Nurse Practitioner

community that has supported this

city of Newnan and Coweta County,”

Rhonda Whitton, all of whom volunteer

effort in so many ways," said Lou

said Terry Daviston, chairman of the

their time. The clinic is operated

Graner, Samaritan Clinic's executive

Coweta County Development Authority.

almost entirely by volunteer nurses,

director. "This effort has been a huge

“The new hospital will foster economic

phlebotomists, a nutritionist, a pastoral

blessing for all of us."

patients one day each week. "We are blessed to live in a

Whoever said ‘everything in moderation’ wasn’t talking about golf.

Canongate Members enjoy access to over 20 golf clubs in Atlanta, including White Oak and Canongate I in Coweta County. Plus, kids play for free and the entire family can enjoy the pool, tennis, social activities, dining and much more!

JOIn fOr $0 Entry fEE and duEs as lOW as $122 pEr mOnth. Call sal at 866-334-4267 for more information.

Canongate I (Lee Course), Sharpsburg Canongate I (Roquemore Course), Sharpsburg White Oak (Old Course), Newnan White Oak (Seminole Course), Newnan

Does your game need a tune-up before you hit the course? Visit the Authorized PING Fitting Center at Canongate I! w w w.c a n o n g at e g o l f.co m

Flat Creek, Peachtree City Braelinn, Peachtree City Planterra Ridge, Peachtree City Whitewater Creek, Fayetteville

Offer of $0 Entry Fee valid with two-year commitment. $200 entry fee for one-year commitment. Other restrictions apply.

Coweta Living 2013-14 23

HEALTTH & FITNESS

expected to begin in the fourth quarter

HEALTH & FITNESS

Watching the action at Willie Lynch Park pool in Newnan is Coweta County lifeguard Logan Perry.

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Coweta offers variety of recreation options

G

recreational offering — Willie Lynch

includes a 42-foot-wide zero entry, a

Park Pool — opened to the public near

mushroom water feature, four lanes for

downtown Newnan at 23 Richard Allen

recreational lap swimming, a dedicated

Drive. Built by the City of Newnan

catch pool for the water slide, a splash

newcomers have flocked to Coweta

and operated by Coweta Recreation

fountain for kids, and several tables

County in recent years. A well-rounded

Department, the pool’s water slide

and shade umbrellas. The pool was

community also offers first-rate

became an instant hit and youngsters

funded through the City of Newnan’s

recreational opportunities and Coweta

and adults alike quickly learned to love

2007 Special Purpose Local Option

has something for every member of the

cooling off under the mushroom water

Sales Tax.

family.

fountain or swimming laps to stay in

reat shopping, dining options and a wealth of lifestyle choices aren’t the only reasons thousands of

Local kids were thrilled in summer 2010 when the county’s newest 24 Coweta Living 2013-14

shape. The 4,200-square-foot pool

Lynch Park Pool is open for 14 weeks from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Hours of operation are:

Susan Prescott, NP

Dr. Thelma Lucas

Dr. John Arledge

Dr. Howard Seeman

Providing Complete Gastrointestinal Care Newnan 770-251-5559 We specialize in Colon Cancer screening and in the diagnosis and treatment of: Hepatitis

Reflux and Heartburn Stomach and Digestive Disorders

Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder Disease

Crohn’s and Colitis Hemorrhoids

Services Available

members are welcome. Temple Avenue complex’s Johnny Brown Center offers a large space for meetings and classes, including dog obedience, square dance and baton instruction. Hunter Complex on east Highway 16 near Poplar Road offers three football fields, a gymnasium, two adult softball fields, a special needs field, four youth baseball/softball fields, a walking trail and two tennis courts. Clay-Wood Community Center, at 135 Heery Rd. on Coweta’s west side, includes two buildings and outdoor amenities. The community center includes a learning lab, conference room, kitchen and a large meeting room, which are available for rental. The separate gymnasium offers a weight room, locker rooms and a basketball court. Outdoor amenities include a playground, two tennis courts, a basketball court and a pavillion with picnic tables.

HEALTTH & FITNESS

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-7 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Admission is $2 per person or $25 for the season. Lifeguards are on duty. Activities include swimming lessons for ages 4 and up, Wednesday night Adult Volleyball League, and water aerobics. The pool may also be rented for private parties. For more information contact program coordinator Melanie Gramling at mgramling@ coweta.ga.us . Team sports are a major focus of local recreational offerings. Sports facilities including football fields, softball fields and baseball diamonds are spread across the county and walking trails are available at many venues. “No matter where you live in Coweta County, there is a recreational facility close to you,” says Carl McKnight, director of the Coweta County Parks and Recreation Department. “We ask what people want and then try to provide it. We have thousands of people taking part in programs sponsored by the county recreation department every year.” Temple Avenue Complex, with entry on Hospital Road, caters to those seeking to stay fit or looking to have fun. The complex features a gymnasium, meeting rooms, a kitchen, three tennis courts, one football field, seven baseball fields, one softball field, an outdoor pavilion, the Tommy Thompson Senior Center and the Harriet Alexander Art House. Youth and adult art are offered at the Harriet Alexander art center. Also, Newnan-Coweta Art Association meets the third Thursday each month, from September through May, at the Harriet Alexander building at 7 p.m. An art demonstration is presented each month. Visitors and new

Colonoscopy Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) Esophageal Manometry Bravo pH Probe Capsule Endoscopy (Pill Cam) Hemorrhoid Banding ERCP

All procedures done locally at Piedmont Newnan Hospital Dr. Seeman is a graduate of Columbia University and Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at St. Mary’s Hospital/ Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship at Griffin Hospital/ Yale University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospital Program. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Seeman has been in private practice in Carrollton since 1991. He specializes in esophageal reflux and colon cancer screenings.

Personal Care Home Community

AMENITIES and SERVICES • Housekeeping and Laundry Service • 3 Restaurant Style Meals Served Daily • 24-Hour Access to Well Trained and Caring Staff • Vibrant and Diverse Activities Program • Scheduled Transportation for Outings and Medical Appointments

Dr. Lucas is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She completed her residency and fellowship at University of Illinois Hospitals and Clinics. Prior to joining West Georgia Gastroenterology Associates in 2007, Dr. Lucas served as Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and at Rush University Medical Center. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. She specializes in diseases of the liver. Dr. Arledge is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Biology. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of South Florida. He is Board Certifi ed in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is also a Flight Surgeon rank of Major in the Georgia Air National Guard Savannah. Dr. Arledge joined West Georgia Gastroenterology Associates in September 2008.

It is truly our privilege to serve our residents, their family members and guests each day. “Please contact me directly and it would be my pleasure to treat you to lunch and provide you with a personal tour.” – Brenda Mitchell, Executive Director

27 Belt Road ♦ Newnan, GA 30263

770.251.6639

Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities

Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities www.SavannahCourtNewnan .com

Personal Care Home Permit No. 038-03-002-9 A signature property of

A signature property of

Susan R. Prescott, FNP-C is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia State University. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to joining West Georgia Gastroenterology, she was a Nurse Practitioner at Piedmont Physicians in Newnan, Georgia.

www.westgagastro.com Coweta Living 2013-14 25

HEALTH & FITNESS

Griggs Smith, number 13, slides safely into second base for the NYAA 6-Under All-Stars during the team's 15-7 victory over North Macon in June 2013.

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Team sports are a major focus of local recreational offerings. Sports facilities including football fields, softball fields and baseball diamonds are spread across the county and walking trails are available at many venues. Team sports are offered both through the Coweta County Recreation Department and volunteer, non-profit associations which utilize county fields and facilities. For details on seasons and registration contact the Coweta County Recreation Department at 770-254-3750 or 770-254-3740.

26 Coweta Living 2013-14

Moving

makes sense!

NOW Carefree Lifestyle The

best part

of all this?

Saving money on taxes is just the icing on the cake.

Wesley Woods offers you a truly carefree lifestyle, with a staff of professionals doing everything from maintaining your residence, to preparing and serving dinner (then cleaning up afterward), to taking you to local shopping.

770-683-6833

2280 Highway 29 • Newnan, GA 30265

www.wesleywoods.org

Wesley Woods of Newnan is affiliated with Emory Healthcare and the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church..

HEALTH & FITNESS

Team sports are offered both through the Coweta County Recreation Department and volunteer, non-profit associations which utilize county fields and facilities. For details on seasons and registration contact the Recreation Department at 770-254-3750 or 770-254-3740. “We know how important offering good recreational facilities is and we make an effort to give people what they want,” said McKnight. “And we don’t just settle for what’s in place. We are always ready to provide new activities and courses when we see the need. I think we’ve done a good job of that. When it comes to recreation, we really feel like we can offer something for everyone.”

• South Coweta Little League (Grantville) • West Coweta Little League

Basketball • Youth Basketball - Coweta Recreation Department • Men’s Church League Basketball - Coweta Recreation Department

Football & Cheerleading

• Youth Flag & Tackle Football & Cheerleading Coweta Recreation Department

Soccer

• Southern Soccer Academy (SSA Coweta) • Soccer - Coweta County Recreation Department

Softball Baseball • T-Ball (3 - 5 years old) - Coweta Recreation Department • Newnan YAA (formerly Pony League) • Senoia Area Athletic Association - 678-942-6868 - A non-profit organization that seeks to promote recreational opportunities for children and adults alike. It is a United States Specialty Associated League (USSSA) for baseball and an ASA associated league for softball. • Sharpsburg AABC

• Girls – Senoia Area Athletic Association 678-942-6868 - Non-profit organization. United States Specialty Associated League (USSSA) for baseball and an ASA associated league for softball. • Girls – Sharpsburg • Adult Softball - Coweta Recreation Department.

Volleyball

• Boys and Girls – Coweta County Recreation Department.

Nine-year-old Ruthie Burnette shows off her piece — inspired by the work of Auguste Herbin  — at a spring art reception. With her are her sisters, Nan, 6, and Kathleen, 5. All have taken art from Bette Hickman at the Coweta County Recreation Department's Harriet Alexander Art Center on Hospital Road. “We studied all the different abstract artists,” Ruthie said, adding she chose to emulate Herbin because she “liked the shapes.”

Photo by W. WINSTON SKINNER

28 Coweta Living 2013-14

Coweta Recreation Department facilities range from football fields to tennis courts to walking trails and are scattered across the 400plus square miles of Coweta County. In order to rent a recreation or other county facility, view the rules and necessary forms at the Coweta County website — www.coweta.ga.us — look for recreation under “Departments.” Several municipalities also provide recreational facilities that are operated outside of those offered by the county recreation department. • Andrew Bailey Park, 1011 Andrew Bailey Rd., Sharpsburg, GA • Arnco Park, 50 Ball St., Sargent, GA • Brown’s Mill Battlefield, 155 Millard Farmer Road, Newnan, GA • C.J. Smith Park, 5 Glenn St., Newnan, GA • Clay-Wood Community Center, 135 Heery Rd., Newnan, GA • Grantville Park, 23 Colley St., Grantville, GA • Hunter Complex, 2970 E. Hwy 16, Sharpsburg, GA • Lynch Park Pool, 23 Richard Allen Drive, Newnan, GA • Moreland Park, 11 School Road & Ball St., Moreland, GA

• Pickett Field, 77 Wesley St. & Richard Allen Dr., Newnan, GA • Riverside Park, Hwy. 16 West at the Chattahoochee River. Includes boat ramp, paved parking and picnic tables. • Sargent Park, 146 Kennan St., Sargent, GA • Senoia Park, 310 Hwy 16 E., Howard Rd. & Andrew Pkwy., Senoia, GA • Temple Avenue Complex, 39 Hospital Road, Newnan, GA • Wesley Street Gym, 77 Wesley St. & Richard Allen Dr., Newnan, GA • Western Park, 672 Dixon Rd., Newnan, GA • Whitlock Park, 170 Walt Sanders Mem. Pkwy., Newnan, GA

Community Centers • Clay-Wood Community Center 135 Heery Rd., Newnan, GA • Panther Creek Community Center 2285 W Highway 16, Sargent, GA • Senoia Community Center 300 Howard Rd, Senoia, GA • Welcome Community Center 1792 Welcome Rd., Newnan, GA

“ATHLETES TREATING THE

NEXT GENERATION OF ATHLETES” Dr. Jason McMath • Dr. Michael Cushing • Dr. Jack Powell III • Dr. George Ballantyne • Dr. Chad Kessler • Dr. Michael Gruber

As former student athletes, we understand YOUR student athlete. We are available both on and off the field to provide the best in orthopaedic care. We challenge the student athlete to excellence on the field and in the classroom. SUMMIT HEALTHPLEX 1755 Hwy. 34 East, Suite 2200 Newnan, GA 30265 770-502-2175

SHAKERAG HILL

4000 Shakerag Hill, Suite 100 Peachtree City, GA 30269 770-626-5340

WWW. GEORGIABONEANDJOINT. ORG Coweta Living 2013-14 29

HEALTTH & FITNESS

Coweta County Recreation Facilities

HEALTH & FITNESS

Donations were collected for the Coweta County Cancer Support Group during a Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon held by the employees of the Coweta County Health Department. Attending and wearing pink attire were, seated from left, Shirley Harper, Lori Goldsmith, Marylyn McPhie, and Linda Benoist and standing from left to right, Casey Harrison, Janet Brown, Julie Marty, Noreen Dahill, Sara St. Germain, Alice Jackson, Pam Caraway, Ruth French, Denise Dasher, Helen Ziifle, Carol Lowry, Joyce Wyatt and Winnie Franks.

County has new, modern health department

T

he Coweta County Health Department has relocated to new, modern facilities on Hospital Road near the bypass that runs from Highway 34 to Highway 16 West. Coweta County Health Department is operated as part

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

30 Coweta Living 2013-14

of District 4/LaGrange through the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, which also includes county health departments in Butts, Carroll, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties. The county health department is made up of two divisions: Physical Health and Environmental Health. Coweta County (Physical) Health Department is located at 70 Hospital Rd., Newnan, GA 30263. For information on services call 770-254-7400. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Among the services offered by the county health department are various vaccinations and the Immunization and Hearing-Dental-Vision certificates required for public school registration. Coweta County Environmental Health is located at 51 N. Perry Street, Newnan, GA 30263. The staff may be reached at 770- 254-7422. Environmental heath is involved with and provides resources for such things as area restaurant inspections, septic tanks and well water. Emmy Peters, age 5, gets her whooping cough and polio immunizations from LPN Linda Benoist at the Coweta County Health Department. The Health Department on Hospital Road near the bypass in Newnan provides screenings and vaccines needed for school enrollment.

Join Now for

G YOU RESULTS – GUARAN

TEED!*

8.95

$

HEALTTH & FITNESS

COMMIT TED TO GET TIN

Photo by VickY Jones

Winning teams gather at the dog obedience class graduation at Coweta County Recreation Department in spring 2013. From left are: first place, Gail Rountree and mixed Olivia; second, Scott Armour and mixed beagle Levi; third, Richard Lugo and mixed lab Sherman; and fourth, Samantha Nestlehutt and mixed lab/cocker Jake. The next beginners course will start in August 2013. Interested parties may call Vicky Jones at 770-253-1427.

4, Newnan 3219 E. Hwyw. 3 w.snapfitness.com

770-251-6900 • w d Get Started Today! Call, Click or Visit an ss.com/guaran tee *De tails at ww w.snap

fi tne

Make this your best year yet atHeritageofPeachtree Heritage of Peachtree

Photo by JEFFREY LEO

Sam Siprelle, then a junior at East Coweta High, swims the breaststroke during the 200-yard individual medley in a January 2013 high school swimming competition at Summit Family YMCA on Highway 34 East, Newnan.

Coweta has year-round fitness options Coweta has plenty of year-round fitness options, including an indoor pool and fitness room at the Y, the Coweta Recreation Department gyms, the Piedmont wellness center in downtown Newnan and a number of private gyms. The Newnan Summit Family YMCA on Highway 34 East serves residents of the Coweta and Fayette county areas. There are recreation programs for all ages, workout equipment, and the Y's pool serves as a location for area high school swimming teams.

is noted for our warm and welcoming atmosphere. Heritage of Peachtree is a boutique community surrounded by natural woods with walking paths and courtyards. We want to reassure your independence and do the little things that help provide for your wellbeing and peace of mind.

Come see for yourself and make Heritage of Peachtree your new home this year.

Call 770-631-3461 today for your Personal tour and lunCH of Peachtree

85117 PEACH ad.indd 1

Assisted Living 1967 Highway 54 West Fayetteville, GA 30214 www.seniorlifestyle.com

11/29/1231 3:34 PM Coweta Living 2013-14

HEALTH & FITNESS

Coweta offers senior services

C

oweta County has several community centers offering

activities for the 50 and older population. Also, the county government offers a twice yearly luncheon for senior citizens in Coweta County, usually in May and December, and sponsors occasional day trips for senior citizens. A spring cookout was held in May at the Coweta County Fairgrounds and Conference Center on Pine Road. The 2013 Christmas Luncheon will have

seatings at the fairgrounds center Wednesday, Dec. 11, or Thursday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The luncheons are free to Coweta County senior citizens (55 and over). For registration call 770-254-3750. Programming is offered at four senior and community centers around Coweta:

programs weekdays and lunch for

Tommy Thompson Senior Center

further information on these centers

29 Hospital Road, Newnan, GA 30263. Call 770-683-8600. Offers

or phood@coweta.ga.us.

a small fee. Activities range from games, arts and crafts, exercise and study groups to visiting speakers and entertainment. Ida Johnson is director. Three community centers around the county offer senior activities through programs funded by the Coweta County Commission. For contact Patricia Hood at 770-252-6429 The community centers are:

Joann Collins stands beside her work in front of the Tommy Thompson Senior Center. Since last August, the volunteer has been working hard to beautify the Hospital Road senior center's landscape, much to the delight of center director Ida Johnson.

32 Coweta Living 2013-14

Photo by Wes Mayer

300 Howard Road, Senoia — Offers a variety of recreational activities and services to all senior citizens aged 50 and older. They meet every Wednesday of the month. Activities include: arts and crafts, Bridge, Cribbage classes, Bingo, stamping and card making, covered dish luncheon, blood pressure check, musical entertainment and informational speakers.

Panther Creek Center 2285 W. Highway 16, Sargent — Offers a variety of recreational activities and services to all senior citizens aged 50 and older. They meet every Wednesday of the month. Activities include the following: arts and crafts, Bingo, stamping and card making, knitting, covered dish luncheon, quilting, crocheting, blood pressure check, and macramé.

Welcome Community Center

Have you had your yearly skin check?

Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. Specializing in... • • • •

Skin Cancer Screening/Mole checks General Dermatology Skin Surgery Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Advanced Reconstruction for Skin Cancer

1792 Welcome Road, Newnan — Offers a variety of recreational activities and services to all senior citizens aged 50 and older. They meet every Tuesday of the month. Activities include the following: arts & crafts, Bingo, stamping & card making, Bunco, covered dish luncheon, blood pressure check, and beading.

www.jeffrieseyecare.com

Amy Hodge Fenenga, PA-C, Mark A. Chastain, M.D. Jennifer L. Buckley, M.D. and Garrett D. Freeman, PA-C

New Patients Welcome Medicare, Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana, PHCS, Southcare, Tricare, UHC, and others

Eye care provided by Newnan native

Dr. Amy Jeffries

“Your Thomas Crossroads Vision Center” 3150 Hwy. 34 E., Ste. 306 Newnan, GA 30265

770-252-1999

One hour optical on premises

Call 770.502.0202

1625 Hwy. 34 East • Suite A • Newnan, GA (In White Oak Professional Center)

www.SkinCancerSpecialists-Newnan.com Coweta Living 2013-14 33

HEALTTH & FITNESS

East Coweta Center

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

Coweta seeing commercial, industrial growth By W. WINSTON SKINNER Photos by Jeffrey Leo & W. WINSTON SKINNER

34 Coweta Living 2013-14

N

New businesses are coming to Coweta County – creating jobs, opportunities for shopping and economic growth. Thomas “Chip” Barron of Newnan-based Lindsey’s Inc. Realtors and Candace Boothby, president of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, both noted the new burst of economic activity in the county. “We’re starting to see commercial and industrial come back a little bit,” Barron said. Boothby sees what is happening in Coweta as part of a bigger picture that involves the region – and even the entire state and nation.

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

SERVICES

Air conditioning • Alignment Batteries • Brakes • Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Engine Repair • Fluid Exchanges Manufacturer Scheduled Maintenance Oil Changes • Tires & Wheels Tune-Ups • Timing Belts

A large fountain with sculptures greets shoppers at Ashley Park, the open air shopping mall on Newnan Crossing Bypass.

“Georgia is seeing an uptick in new business announcements, and Coweta is part of that. The new Porsche headquarters in Hapeville is bringing new corporate interest south of Hartsfield,” she observed. “Overall, the U.S. economy is seeing better manufacturing numbers and, commercially, Coweta has a pretty good base to build upon,” Boothby said. “For these and some other reasons, we have reason to anticipate desirable

TUCKER

HARDWARE 3835 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, GA 30265

770-683-3500 ONE-STOP

Hardware Store

Located near the intersection of Lower Fayetteville Road & Hwy 154... Behind the Bank of Georgia

11 Franklin Highway • Newnan, GA

770-252-4950

Monday - Saturday 8AM - 6:00PM Sunday 10AM - 4PM Guns and Gun Safes Coweta Living 2013-14 35

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

Ashley Park plays "a tremendous role" in the local economy, said Newnan-Coweta Chamber President Candace Boothby. "I think the services, shopping and proximity to hotels was a factor in attracting Cancer Treatment Centers of America… and the ripples in that pond will likely continue."

36 Coweta Living 2013-14

growth,” she said. LOFT opened a new concept store at Ashley Park on June 21. Academy Sports and Outdoors recently opened its new 73,000-squarefoot building in the Newnan Pavilion shopping center off Bullsboro Drive. JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts and a Five Below store are also new to that development. In Newnan Crossing West shopping center, the local Target store has made a major renovation, adding fresh produce to its grocery offerings and adding a Starbucks at the store entrance. The newly-built Newnan Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership recently opened off Highway 34 East at Holz Parkway, a new Nissan dealership is to be built off Bullsboro near Interstate 85, and there have been rumors the former John Cullen Dodge facility on Highway 34 East at International Park

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

The Target store in Newnan Crossing West shopping center off Newnan Crossing Bypass in spring 2013 was undergoing a major renovation, adding fresh produce to its grocery area, rearranging departments and adding a Starbucks at the entrance.

will become a Honda dealership but there has been no visible movement on that project. There are plans for a Town Place Suites by Marriott on property at Ashley Park across from Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Late last year, Marriott company officials said construction would begin toward the end of the first quarter of the year at the site on Newnan Crossing Bypass. There also are plans for a Microtel Inn and Suites in the Shenandoah Industrial Park near Bullsboro Drive and Interstate 85. New office space is planned in several locations. A 15-acre tract at the corner of Poplar Road and Newnan Crossing Bypass has been proposed as a site for medical offices with supporting commercial businesses such as a drugstore. Jared Galleria of Jewelry will be locating on an outparcel lot at Ashley Park, which continues to draw people to shop, eat and see a movie from across the region. “Ashley Park has been a great blessing,” Barron said. Boothby said Ashley Park, an upscale open air shopping mall, plays “a tremendous role” in the local economy. “I think the services, shopping and proximity to hotels was a factor in attracting Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Now we’re seeing new hotel construction nearby – and the ripples in that pond will likely continue,”

Advice You Can Trust With a 123-Year-Old Investment Firm

knowledge service expertise Call us for more information on our products and services, or visit us at one of our offices.

Dan Anderson, CPA, PFS Vice President/Investments

Bobby Doerr

Vice President/Investments

Dill Williams, CFP

®

Vice President/Investments

Beth Headley

Registered Client Service Associate

(706) 845-7888 (888) 311-3641 Toll-Free 115 Broad Street, Suite 1 LaGrange, Georgia 30240 Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated Member SIPC & NYSE | www.stifel.com

Coweta Living 2013-14 37

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

Friends visit on Newnan's Court Square outside local landmark The Redneck Gourmet, among Newnan's best-known eateries.

Boothby said. The development’s impact goes beyond providing a place for people from throughout the region to shop and work. “The increased revenue to our local tax base is truly impressive,” Boothby said. “Ashley Park makes a very significant contribution to our economy.”

Major Coweta employer Yamaha Motor Manufacturing announced in early 2013 it will add 100 jobs as part of a major expansion producing "side-by-side" utility vehicles, including the new Viking.

38 Coweta Living 2013-14

The viability of downtown Newnan has continued through the economic downturn. “A lot of places have been like ghost towns,” Barron said. He said most of the vacancies in historic downtown Newnan are in upper floors, not prime downtown commercial space.

Senoia has also raised its profile as an economic hub – with businesses locating in storefronts and new space. Scott Tigchelaar of Senoia Enterprises often notes that in 2006, downtown Senoia had seven businesses. Last fall, there were 47. The growing movie industry’s presence in Senoia creates spending that has far-reaching impact. In the industrial sector Yamaha in early June 2013 announced a major expansion of its Newnan facility. The expansion will provide for additional production of future “side-by-side” utility vehicles, including the new Viking.

Academy Sports and Outdoors recently opened its newlybuilt store in Newnan Pavilion, which replaced an older section of retail space. Nearby, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and Five Below filled other renovated spaces in the Pavilion shopping complex off Bullsboro Drive east of Interstate 85. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts store will open its doors August 30, 2013, with grand opening ceremonies September 12-14, 2013.

Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Company, located on Hwy. 34 East, will be adding 100 jobs in 2013 to support Viking production in Plant 2. Another 300 jobs could be added during the next three to five years, according to a release. Yamaha announced the transfer of nearly all its ATV production to the Coweta location in 2010, and that transfer has now been completed. The new announcement makes Coweta the hub of Yamaha’s ATV and side-by-side production. Newnan-based Bonnell Aluminum, a longtime Coweta County industry and subsidiary of Tredegar Corporation,

CALL TODAY 770-463-1911 Weed Control Fertilization Insect Control Fungus Control Fire Ant Control Aerations Fescue Seeding

TRUST THE PROFESSIONALS! weedmanusa.com

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY The eastern Coweta city of Senoia has raised its profile as an economic hub, with businesses locating in storefronts and new space. Scott Tigchelaar of Senoia Enterprises often notes that in 2006, downtown Senoia had only seven businesses. Last fall there were 47. The town also has been the site of two of Southern Living magazine's Idea Houses, the second one — a cottage home shown during renovation — attracting visitors spring through fall 2012.

In February Georgia's 2013 Travel Guide was unveiled at the State Capitol by Governor Nathan Deal and that night part of the “red carpet” at a Georgia Music Foundation event featured Zac Brown, who has a restaurant and music venue in Senoia. It is the first time ever the State Travel Guide has a split run of covers – Zac Brown on half of the covers and "The Walking Dead" with its Senoia presence on the other half.

The growing movie industry's presence in Senoia creates spending that has farreaching impact. Senoia became the site of "Woodbury" for a full season of AMC cable television network hit show "The Walking Dead." AMC photo

40 Coweta Living 2013-14

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY Photo by W. Winston Skinner

Hundreds gather in downtown Senoia in June 2013 for a new event — the Southern Ground Senoia Social. The street party and day-long concert sponsored by Zac Brown's Southern Ground and Senoia Downtown Development Authority was a fundraiser for Brown's Camp Southern Ground youth camp project in south Fayette County. The star himself showed up for a short performance and mingled with the crowd.

We Know You Love Your Car. Let an expert help you protect it!!

THE Place to Shop...

Auto is our specialty – we offer Gold Standard Coverage options and World Class claims service.

THE Place to Dine... THE Place to Explore! www.mainstreetnewnan.com

770-253-8283

We know auto. Our great discounts include:

• Multiline • Good Student • Safe Driver

• Driver Training • Accident forgiveness • Farm Auto Rates

Call us at Coweta County Farm Bureau for a

FREE QUOTE

770-253-3649 A U TO • H O M E • L I F E • BA N K I N G Coweta Living 2013-14 41

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

Awbrey Brown of CSX Railroad and in charge of economic development in Georgia told Newnan Kiwanis Club in early 2013 Coweta County is “ripe” for a new industry because there are acres of affordable land with railway frontage.

announced in February 2012 it would be investing $17 million during the next 12 months in an expansion project that will include purchase of a new state-ofthe-art aluminum extrusion line for the automotive market. Bonnell's aluminum extrusion line will be dedicated to serve the growing demand from automotive and light truck original equipment manufacturers, company officials said. The company’s Newnan manufacturing facility off Temple Avenue is the designated site for the expansion project. Existing space will be renovated to house the new line. Planned startup is early 2014. A growing medical presence in

Newnan-Coweta County Airport Whitlock Field was officially dedicated in spring 2013 at the county airport on U.S. Highway 29 South near Moreland. The name pays tribute to Capt. Nicholas Schade Whitlock, who grew up mostly in Newnan and whose family has been in Coweta for decades. Photos by Jeffrey Leo

42 Coweta Living 2013-14

Jackson Street – “is going to be such a great thing for Newnan – particularly our downtown,” Barron said. “We can’t even imagine the things that will come from that,” he said. More growth and strength for Coweta’s economy appears to be just ahead. Awbrey Brown of CSX Railroad addressed the Newnan Kiwanis Club at a recent luncheon at the Newnan Country Club. He is in charge of economic development in Georgia and said Coweta County is “ripe” for a new industry because there are acres of affordable land with railway frontage. In Georgia the railroad has 22,000 miles of tracks and 2,500 public and private grade crossings. One train can take 280 tractor-trailers off of the road. “Trains can move a ton of freight 436 miles on one gallon of fuel,” he said. Barron attended the meeting where Brown spoke, and he said Brown cited Coweta and Bartow counties as particularly ready for growth. “He

was very optimistic about our future,” Barron said. The confluence of rail, local airport and interstate highway have put Coweta in a good position for economic growth. “That’s extremely important. That’s how we’re able to attract business and industry here,” he said.

Skinner & Thompson OFFICE OF LAW

Margrett Skinner

Laura Thompson

Family Law Adoptions • Contempts • Divorce Custody • Child Support • Legitimation Paternity • Visitation • Modifications Other Practice Areas: DUI • Personal Injury • Wills Estates • Probate • Power of Attorney • Living Wills 22 West Court Square, Suite C4 Newnan, GA 30263

770-683-3663 • 770-683-3664

skinnerandthompsonfamilylaw@gmail.com

skinnerandthompsonfamilylaw.com

ust 30 minutes south of Atlanta is a place so charming, so historic, so embracing of the past, yet so welcoming to the future...Coweta County! Come see the treasures we have...Visit Newnan - the City of Homes and see where country music star Alan Jackson grew up...Shop or take driving tours in the county’s historic districts, visit Dunaway Gardens and plan to spend time at Georgia’s newest State Park the 3,000 acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park. But before you set out to Explore Coweta, stop by the Coweta County Convention & Visitors Bureau in the newly renovated historic courthouse in downtown Newnan and let us help plan your adventures!

27 • www.explorecoweta.com 200 Court Square • Newnan, GA 30263 • 800-826-9382 • 770-254-26 Coweta Living 2013-14 43

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

Coweta also creates a strong economic push for the economy. “We’re so fortunate compared to most people,” Barron said. Boothby noted well-paying, steady medical jobs have a multiplier effect on the local economy. “Employees make a lot of purchases where they spend most of their waking hours – in other words, near where they work. Besides lunches and afterwork entertaining, people have their cars serviced here because it’s more convenient to drop off and pick up. Gifts are purchased during lunchtime and the list just goes on,” she said. The addition of a West Georgia Technical College campus on Turkey Creek Road south of Newnan and the planned move of the University of West Georgia - Newnan campus to near downtown will also be a boon for the local economy. The UWG campus – planned for the old Newnan Hospital complex on

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

Gene Page/AMC PHOTO

Coweta County is a veritable

Hollywood South

L

Long before “The Walking Dead” drew tourists from around the country to Coweta County to see where the wildly popular AMC television series is filmed, the county has been frequently featured on big screen and small. Movies have been filmed here for decades. But now, with “The Walking Dead” and Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” filming regularly in Coweta and surrounding areas, and movies being filmed here every few months — if not more often — Coweta County is a veritable Hollywood South. The entire state of Georgia has been abuzz with movies thanks to the state’s income tax credits for qualified 44 Coweta Living 2013-14

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL

film and video productions. The EUE Screen Gems movie studio opened at the old Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta a few years ago, and plans have been announced for the state’s largest movie studio, to be operated by British movie giant Pinewood Studios, in neighboring Fayette County. Coweta has long had a leg up on the rest of the state thanks to Riverwood Studios — now Raleigh Studios Atlanta. In the early 1990s, several movies were filmed in Coweta including, most famously, “Fried Green Tomatoes.” It featured scenes in Senoia, at Newnan’s Starcrest Nursing Home (now Avalon) and in the parking

lot of the old Winn Dixie (now Food Depot) on Bullsboro Drive. Another big name feature film was “Pet Sematary II,” shot in downtown Senoia and at Dunaway Gardens, long before Dunaway was restored. The television series “I’ll Fly Away” was also filmed in Coweta, including scenes at a home on College Street and at Newnan High School. There were several big screen and TV movies filmed during those years, including “The War” with Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood,” “Fluke,” “Mama Flora’s Family” and “Noah Dearborn,” and the Turner television miniseries “Andersonville.”

Disaster Restoration

and Cleaning Services Residential and Commercial Fire/Smoke Restoration Water Damage Mitigation Mold Remediation Pack out/ Content Cleaning Duct Cleaning Trauma/ Vandalism Cleanup Construction Services Odor Removal Janitorial/Residential Services Carpet Cleaning Storage House Cleaning

24/7

Emergency Services Tina Rowden/AMC PHOTO

Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) tells the residents of Woodbury that his loyalty is to the town — not his brother Daryl (Norman Reedus), as the two are told to fight to the death in the mid-season preimere of AMC cable network's hit show "The Walking Dead." The fight scenes were shot at Caldwell Tanks in downtown Newnan.

BOATWRIGHT

has the experienced tax, accounting and auditing professionals needed to provide the quality services you require.

10 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA 30263

770.683.7300

OPPOSITE PAGE: The Governor (David Morrissey) and Director Ernest Dickerson discuss a scene being shot in downtown Senoia for Season 3, Episode 15 of AMC hit cable TV show "The Walking Dead."

15 N. Lafayette Square, LaGrange, GA 30240

706.884.4605

Our Knowledge Is Your Gain... Since 1948.

www.boatwrightcpa.com

Fayette 770-486-3770 Coweta 770-253-9408 180 Shamrock Industrial Blvd. Tyrone, GA 30290

www.svmtotalclean.com Coweta Living 2013-14 45

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

The film industry left Georgia in

“Sweet Home Alabama,” starring Reese

the late 1990s, as other states passed

Witherspoon, was filmed partly at

tax incentives, and Riverwood was

Wynn’s Pond in Sharpsburg, as well as

basically closed down for several years.

Starr’s Mill in nearby Fayette. In 2003,

Things began to pick up again — but

“The Fighting Temptations,” starring

just barely — when Georgia passed a

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé, was

sales tax exemption for movies in 2002.

filmed partially in Senoia.

Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy are shown during filming of a scene for movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" outside the former Starcrest of Newnan nursing home on Spring Street.

LEFT AND ABOVE: Newnan's Court Square was transformed into a post apocalyptic scene for 2009 movie "Zombieland" starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. The historic Coweta County Courthouse was undergoing renovation during filming.

46 Coweta Living 2013-14

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

Providing

Electricity Natural Gas Home & Business Security

THE NEWNAN Times-Herald file PHOTO

770-502-0226 www.utility.org

Photos by Jeffrey Leo

WE SERVICE ALL BRANDS

SEWELL MARINE, INC.

Richard Sewell President

770-253-7996 172 Temple Ave. • Newnan, GA 30263 www.teamsewellmarine.com Hours: 9-6 M-F, 9-4 Sat.

Coweta Living 2013-14 47

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

Photos by Sarah Fay Campbell

TOP: Newnan Presbyterian Church stood in for Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church for the April 2013 filming in downtown Newnan of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham.” Above, a movie crew prepares for a scene for the Hallmark channel production. LEFT: A false building front was constructed outside the Coweta County Administration Building at Perry and East Broad Streets for the April 2013 filming. The movie, scheduled to air in September 2013, is adapted from the 1995 young adult book “The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis. At the end of their summer trip, the Watsons are caught up in one of the pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement — the bombing of their grandmother’s church, 16th Street Baptist Church, that killed four young girls.

48 Coweta Living 2013-14

a then under restoration courthouse is hung with signs directed toward those who haven’t yet turned into zombies. Bill Murray, who happened to be in Coweta at the time filming “Get Low,” with Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, also had a cameo in “Zombieland.” Other movies filmed in the past few years include “Lawless,” “Killers,” “Joyful Noise,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and “Footloose II.” But it has been “The Walking Dead” that has really put Coweta on the map. The second and third seasons of the phenomenally popular zombie drama were based in Coweta, with scenes filmed in Newnan, Haralson, Sharpsburg, Grantville and Senoia as well as various areas all over Coweta. Season four is currently in production. In spring 2013, upcoming Hallmark television production “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” filmed in downtown Newnan; and “Solace,” which is starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, filmed some scenes outside of Sharpsburg.

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

The state’s income tax incentives were first approved in 2005, and then-State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg was the impetus behind them. “Broken Bridges” brought Toby Keith and Burt Reynolds to Senoia, Moreland and Grantville, and Newnan was the site of filming for the two seasons of television series “October Road.” But it was the updating of the tax incentives in 2008 that led to the movie mecca we live in today. Lifetime Television series “Drop Dead Diva” began filming in Senoia and Peachtree City in 2009, and recently returned for its fifth season. There have been so many movies filmed in Coweta in the past few years it’s hard to keep up with them all. None have, so far, been as popular as “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Probably the most well-known was “Zombieland,” starring Woody Haralson. In one scene, Haralson and Jesse Eisenburg are walking through Newnan’s Court Square, which is strewn with trashed vehicles, tanks, trash and graffiti, and

• Gifts

for All Occasions

• Home

Decor

• Furniture • Customized

Items

40 Stores Under One BIG ROOF! 1690 Hwy. 34 East • Newnan

{behind QT}

678.423.1551

OPEN 7 DAYS: MONDAY-SATURDAY 10-6 • SUNDAY 1-6

facebook.com/TreasuresOldNew

PICK 5

2299

for $

MIX OR MATCH

Fresh or Pre-packaged – Over 40 items to choose from! 10 Franklin Hwy., Newnan

770-253-6667 We Accept Food Stamps

WARD

LAW OFFICE 770.251.1289 ♦

Personal Injury

AUTO ACCIDENTS, JOB INJURIES, MEDICAL MALPRACTICE, SLIP AND FALLS

Criminal Defense

FELONIES, MISDEMEANORS, DUI, JURY TRIAL

Family Law

DIVORCE, CONTEMPT, CHILD SUPPORT, ADOPTION, CHILD CUSTODY

27 East Broad St. Newnan, GA 30263 THE NEWNAN Times-Herald file PHOTO

Mike Riley, right, location manager for AMC TV’s “The Walking Dead,” presents Grantville Mayor Jim Sells with a signed script from the show in appreciation of the city’s involvement in filming of the series.

Graylin C. Ward Attorney Andrea Bell-Pitt Attorney

770.251.1289 770.251.2629 fax

E-mail: gward@numail.org Coweta Living 2013-14 49

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

TV shows and movies filmed in

Coweta County By W. WINSTON SKINNER

“Moonrunners”

”Carolina Skeletons”

“Our Winning Season”

“Pet Sematary II”

“The Sheriff and The Satellite Kid”

“Stolen Babies”

Haralson, Turin, 1973 Newnan, 1977

Newnan, 1979

“Guyana Tragedy” Senoia, 1979

“Desperate for Love”

Sharpsburg, Turin, 1992

“Gordy” Sharpsburg, 1993 “The War”

Senoia, 1988

“Driving Miss Daisy”

“Fluke”

“Decoration Day”

Dunaway Gardens, Newnan 1994

Newnan, 1990

“Andersonville”

“Manhunt in the Dakotas”

Coweta County, 1994

“Raney” Senoia,

Newnan, 1991

Sharpsburg, 1996

“I’ll Fly Away”

“Zoobilee Zoo”

Newnan, 1991

“Wife, Mother, Murderer” Newnan, 1991

Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia, 1997

“A Christmas Memory”

“White Lie”

Sharpsburg, Senoia, 1997

“Friend Green Tomatoes”

Coweta County, 1997

Senoia, 1991 Newnan, Senoia, Haralson, 1991

“Flash”

“Mama Flora’s Family” Haralson, 1998

“Silent Victim”

“Noah Dearborn”

Newnan, 1991

Newnan, Roscoe, 1999

“Grass Roots”

“Passing Glory”

Newnan, 1991 50 Coweta Living 2013-14

Senoia, Dunaway Gardens, 1992

Grantville, Sharpsburg, Newnan, 1993

Senoia, 1989

Among television and motion picture productions filmed in Coweta County since the 1970s are:

Senoia, 1991

Newnan, 1999

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

Left: Filming for the fifth season of Lifetime Television series “Drop Dead Diva” began in spring 2013 in Peachtree City. Right: In the makeup area for "The Walking Dead" - Season 3, Episode 1 are Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) and Kevin Smith.

“Sweet Home Alabama” Wynn’s Pond, 2002

“The Fighting Temptations” Senoia, 2002

Gene Page/AMC

“Severed”

Haralson, 2002

“The Unseen”

Haralson, Senoia, 2004

“Angel From Montgomery” Senoia, Moreland, 2005

“Motor Home Massacre” Senoia, Haralson, 2005

“October Road”

LIVING AT STONEBRIDGE...

Come Join the Fun!

Newnan, 2006

“Get Low” Newnan, 2008 “Zombieland” Newnan, 2008 “The Wronged Man” Newnan, 2009

“Drop Dead Diva”

Senoia, Peachtree City, 2009-2013

“The Fat Boy Chronicles” Newnan, 2010

“Footloose” Senoia, 2010 “Joyful Noise” Newnan, 2011 “Lawless”

Senoia, Newnan, 2011

“The Walking Dead” Senoia, 2011-2013

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Newnan, 2011

"The Zombie Vlogs" Grantville, 2012

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham” Newnan, 2013

"Solace" near Turin, 2013

Stonebridge, in Newnan, is a 200-acre park like community with resort style amenities. • Junior Olympic Pool • Tennis Courts • State-of-the-art Clubhouse

• Village Lawn • Walking Trails • Community Parks

To Visit Our Decorated Model: Take I-85 south of Atlanta to exit 47 and turn left onto Hwy 34. Go under I-85 and take the first right onto Newnan Crossing Boulevard. Stonebridge is a ½ mile down on the left.

StoneBridgeNewnan.com 678.343.2483

Ranches from the $170’s Traditional Homes from the $190’s Information believed accurate but not warranted and is subject to change or withdrawal without prior notice.

Coweta Living 2013-14 51

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

New home CONSTRUCTION ON THE RISE IN COWETA By W. WINSTON SKINNER | Photos by Jeffrey Leo

52 Coweta Living 2013-14

N

New homes are rising from the ground again in Coweta County. In unincorporated Coweta County, there were 181 new home permits in 2011 and 192 in 2012. As of June 13 – with 2013 about half gone – the county building department had issued 114 permits. In the City of Newnan, there were 81 permits in 2011, 136 in 2012 and – as of June 24 – 133 for 2013. “There’s a lot of activity,” observed Thomas “Chip” Barron of Newnanbased Lindsey’s Inc. Realtors. “I think people are afraid that the interest rates are going to move up.” Pent-up demand is a big part of the current increase in home sales. “A lot

SANDERS, HAUGEN AND SEARS, P.C. Attorneys At Law

C. Bradford Sears, Jr. Walter S. Haugen Frances Clay Hudson Carson B. Sears Mary K. Ware Willis G. Haugen, Retired 770-253-3880 Fax: 770-254-0093 www.sandershaugen.com 11 Perry Street, P.O. Box 1177 Newnan, Georgia 30264-1177 Walter D. Sanders (1909 - 1989)

ATI We In: OVSpecialize

OL & SP

A

IN

O

P

SP

N

VE

N

Enhance your home with Latest LED Technology

Sprinkler Systems

• Free Quotes • Save Water, Money & Time system to do all the work for you. Special $75.00 System Start Up *New customers ONLY*

Includes: 7 uplights, 100 watt transformer, timer & installation. Restrictions apply. Not valid with any other offers. Expires 7/31/14.

Free Onsite Demos/Quotes

Coweta Living 2013-14 53

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

The home-building industry is showing positive signs. These homes were under construction in spring 2013 in The Preserve near Northgate High School.

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

of people who have been sitting on the fence are jumping,” Barron said. He said summer traditionally is a big time for home sales. Many companies transfer employees during the summer, and families are making plans for not only where they will live but where their children will be in school in August. “The lower end has been a lot better than the higher end,” Barron said. Still, he said expensive homes are selling at Lake Redwine and Arbor Springs, both developments in north Coweta. Many homes selling for less than $100,000 have been purchased by investors who are improving them and either renting them or planning to sell. There are fewer homes for prospective homebuyers to see than at times in the past. Checking Multilist a few weeks ago, Barron found 726 single-family 54 Coweta Living 2013-14

detached homes available. “That’s very low,” he said, adding that at times there have been 2,000-2,500 homes available. Barron said today’s homebuyer is often looking for some specific features in a home – acreage for horses, a certain number of bedrooms, amenities. He remembered one buyer who specifically wanted a house with a three-car garage. There were very few on the market that met that criteria. “A lot of the builders went out of business in tough times,” Barron said. Some were able to weather the economic turmoil, and others are getting back into the homebuilding business. “We’re starting to see some new homes built,” he said – noting some of them are higher end homes at Arbor Springs or The Preserve. More prospective buyers are specifically saying they want to look at new homes.

Candace Boothby, president of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, said she sees some rosier days ahead with regard to local housing. “The more desirable foreclosed and short selling properties have been snatched up mainly by investors,” she noted. “With the improving job market and pent-up demand, it appears to be a seller’s market. I would not be surprised to see a return to some new housing construction in 2013.”

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

4968-PR-STWN CowetaLiving.pdf

1

6/20/13

9:39 AM

Workers were busy in spring 2013 at The Preserve development in north Coweta. “We’re starting to see some new homes built,” said longtime Newnan Realtor Chip Barron – noting some of them are higher end homes at Arbor Springs or The Preserve. More prospective buyers are specifically wanting to look at new homes, he said.

C

M

Y

CM

MY

CY

CMY

(404) 843-2500

K

explore TODAY’S REAL estate WORLD! Tim Stitcher 678-953-0075 buy•sell•rent Coweta Living 2013-14 55

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

Goodwill opens second retail and career center in Coweta By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL Photos by Jeffrey Leo & SARAH FAY CAMPBELL

56 Coweta Living 2013-14

C

Cowetans seeking jobs now have two locations where they can use computers, printers, fax machines telephones and scanners, and get job search tips with the opening of the Newnan East Goodwill retail and career center. The Newnan East center on Georgia Highway 34 East at Highway 154, at Thomas Crossroads, joins the original location, now called Newnan West, on Bullsboro Drive in the Shenandoah Plaza shopping center. In addition to the computers and other equipment, the career centers offer job search assistance, help with resumés, and various classes. Classes will start in August 2013 at Newnan East. There’s lots of room to grow at Newnan East, the site of a former Save Rite grocery. The facility will likely feature a training center in the future, and a location of Goodwill of the Southern River’s

The new Newnan East Goodwill store at Thomas Crossroads had its grand opening in late June 2013. Below is Chris Bryant, manager of the career center.

Ten East Washington “WHERE EATING

IS DINING”

10 East Washington Street • Downtown Newnan

770.502.9100

www.teneastwashington.com

Restaurant: Open Tuesday thru Saturday, 4:30-Close Sunday Brunch, first Sunday each month, 11:30-2:00

The Tapas/Martini Bar:

Open Friday and Saturday, 5:00-Close Live Entertainment

Photo by JEFFREY LEO

Photo by SARAH FAY CAMPBELL

Private room available for Weddings, Rehearsals and Corporate Parties

Coweta Living 2013-14 57

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

58 Coweta Living 2013-14

Magic Maid LLc. A SIS AND ASSOCIATES LLC. COMPANY

Commercial and Residential • Turn Key • Student Housing • Apartments • Home Cleaning Services • Floor Care - Strip & Wax

Photos by JEFFREY LEO

Hispanic Initiative. Of course, it’s also a Goodwill store, packed with clothes, toys, shoes, household items, furniture and small electronics. A blockbuster crowd turned out for the grand opening of the new location

Top Left: Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce "Ambassadors" join Goodwill officials to cut the ribbon at the new Thomas Crossroads location. With the scissors is Melvinor Kendrick, joined by Jane Nichols, CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers and Chamber President Candace Boothby. Back center is Florraine Johnson who spoke about how Goodwill changed her life by helping her find a job after she was seriously injured in an automobile crash. LEFT AND ABOVE: Hundreds lined up to be among the first to shop at the new Newnan East Goodwill store at Thomas Crossroads during the June 2013 grand opening.

on June 20. Career services and training and workforce development are the “mission services” of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, and the money made at the stores goes to support those services.

Visit all three locations – Each one has a special gift selection! Lee-goodrum Lee-goodrum eastside Pharmacy 134 Farmer Industrial Blvd. 40 Hospital Road 770.251.4808 770.253.1121 Lee-King Pharmacy 18 Cavender St. (across from old PAPP Clinic) 770.253.1622

Same Personal Service Same Dedication • Same Owners

Free City Delivery Serving Newnan Since 1907

Janitorial Office and Warehouse

770-252-6071 email: sisj4060@yahoo.com

sisandassociatesllc.com Coweta Living 2013-14 59

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

THE NEWNAN Times-Herald file PHOTOS

60 Coweta Living 2013-14

Where we treat you like gold.

Portable Buildings • Gazebos • Greenhouses Family Owned since 1969 The only finish ready portables in the industry, custom-built for your needs.

Maintenance Free, Long Lasting Aluminum Siding Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Above: Little Rachel Darnell, age 2, checks out some of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society's art horses from its fundraiser "A Horsey Affair," walking around Newnan's Court Square in June 2013 with grandmother Debbie Vines. Left: MainStreet Newnan's spring and fall "Taste of Newnan" food festivals attract big crowds to the Court Square to enjoy samples from area restaurants and caterers. Jaliyah Elder, 10, shows obvious enjoyment as she eats corn on the cob. MainStreet also sponsors monthly Market Days on the first Saturday of the month from April to December, an Art Walk, and spring wine tasting and fall beer tasting events.

New Galvalume®Roofing — stronger/more attractive • Aluminum Steel, Wood or Vinyl Siding Available • Dozens of Options Available for Custom Orders

Purchase, Finance or Rent-To-Own Professionally Delivered or Built On Site Phenix City, AL (334) 297-4940 • Columbus, GA (706) 322-4179

28 Bullsboro Drive • Newnan, GA 30263 (directly across from water tower)

(770) 502-7007

FINA AVAILNCING ABLE

Mon - Fri. 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sat. 9:00am - 6:00pm; Closed Sunday

www.mcguiresbuildings.com Coweta Living 2013-14 61

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

COURT SQUARE EVENTS DRAW VISITORS

BUSINESS /INDUSTRY

Top and below: Grantville’s historic freight depot was transformed into King County Cafe in 2012 for episode “Clear” in the AMC cable TV hit show “The Walking Dead.” People visiting Grantville on vacation can see the Grantville locations filmed in the series via free tours. Right: Michelle FlanaganHelmeczy of Senoia, a "walker" in several episodes of "The Walking Dead," shared her experiences and signed autographs from a booth at Georgia Mercantile Company during Senoia's Memorial Day event 2013.

Photo by Sarah Fay Campbell

62 Coweta Living 2013-14

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

Photos by Jeffrey Leo

Coweta offers best of both worlds Even with the population explosion Coweta County has seen over the last decade, and the accompanying business development, there is still plenty of room to enjoy a rural lifestyle. Ride out from Newnan and its retail centers like Ashley Park and don't be surprised to see freshly-cut fields and giant rolls of hay ready for storage. Coweta has its share of cattle and horse farms, like the picturesque Fast Guard Farms in Roscoe where Janell and Ronny Jones live near their horses in an apartment over their red-and-white horse barn. The barn overlooks 130 acres of wooded land that has been in the Jones family for generations.

Welcome! HEALTHSOUTH

®

to Newnan and Coweta County! THANK YOU for choosing our community as the location for your newest hospital.

Coweta County is a healthcare destination, offering a wide range of integrated medical care in state-of-the-art treatment facilities.

Coweta County Development Authority 100 International Park Newnan, GA 30265

770-304-1777

DevelopCoweta.com

Life , resort style O

golf swim & tennis lakes nature trails life

Our home sites are generous one to three acre lots and feature a variety of lakefront and golf course site selections. Residents enjoy the utmost privacy and a choice of recreational facilities. • Open lot sales. Buy your lot. Build your dream home. • High Architectural Control Standards • 18 holes of spectacular golf • Resident’s clubhouse • Swimming pool over-looking the lake • Winding sidewalks, nature trails • Lighted tennis courts • Children’s play park • Easy access to the airport and all that downtown Atlanta offers

Sales Center 250 Arbor Springs Plantation Drive Newnan, Georgia, 30265 770.683.0000

www.arborsprings.com Directions: Take I-85 South to Exit 51. West on Hwy 154 to Hwy 29. Stay straight onto Arbor Springs Parkway. Sales Center located at Swim and Tennis

Coweta Living 2013-14 63

EDUCATION

City of Newnan takes lead on transforming hospital to UWG satellite campus By CELIA SHORTT | Photos by Jeffrey Leo

T

The landscape of Newnan continues to grow and change. The old Newnan Hopsital on Jackson Street north of downtown is an example of both. It soon will become the new Newnan campus for the University of West Georgia. Newnan, Coweta County, and the University

64 Coweta Living 2013-14

System of Georgia Board of Regents are joining forces on the renovation project. “It’s been a long hard road, but I am incredibly grateful for the University of West Georgia, Mayor Brady, and all those in the Newnan and Coweta area who made this happen,” said retiring University of West Georgia President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna at a celebration for the project in June. “We intend to be here a long, long time and to contribute to the vibrancy of Newnan.” Sethna announced his retirement as president last year and officially was stepping down at the end of June 2013. Dr. Kyle Marrero, former vice president for University Advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, was named the new president and was beginning his duties on July 1.

This project is one of the largest undertakings for the city of Newnan and will cost it and its partners $15 million. The new satellite campus will include new and expanded services that are not offered at the university’s current Coweta County location in Shenandoah Industrial Park. It also is expected to bring new opportunities, industry, and visitors to the city of Newnan and Coweta County. UWG will move its current Newnanbased undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing, education and business at the end of the first phase of renovations. It will also work to expand its healthcare-related degree programs in Newnan. Newnan and Coweta County have a growing reputation for quality healthcare and healthcare training.

EDUCATION Photo courtesy University of West Georgia

At UWG’s graduation in December 2012, the nursing program had the largest graduation group since it began in Newnan with 54 graduates. Six of those were males, notes UWG Newnan campus director Cathy Wright. They are, from left, Charles Peterson, Van Hill, James Preston, Chad Sise, Martell Hawkins and Thomas Bohner.

Start Here Go Anywhere No Military Obligation

C

L

L

Fairburn

E

G

E

YOUR two-year Liberal Arts College Online ClASSeS

A distant learning site of Georgia Military College

AFFORDABLE SMALL CLASSES Individual Attention Close to Home!

“2013 High school graduates may qualify for a first-time freshman scholarship.” Call for more information. Transient and Transfer students are welcome!

320 West Broad St. Fairburn, GA 30213

CALL TODAY 678-379-1414

I-85

At GMC, we make it simple to be a student!

Fairburn Campus

Se

no ia

Exit 61

Ro ad

Virlyn B Smith Rd

Hwy 74

To Newnan

Hwy 74

I-85

TOP LEFT: The old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street will be transformed into the Newnan campus of the University of West Georgia, now housed in facilities in Shenandoah Industrial Park.

O

Hwy 29

These renovations will allow more nurses and industry professionals to be trained and to work. The new educational facility will have more nursing labs, patient simulators, classrooms, space for a large lecture hall, library, a food court, bookstore, and administrative and faculty offices. It will also allow for more dualenrollment opportunities for high school students. Under the renovation plan, the Newnan Hospital Board is donating all the land and also giving about $4.2 million toward the project. Coweta County is giving slightly more than $500,000 over a 10-year period. Once the project is completed, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents will in turn buy the complex for $5 million. The Board of Regents voted in early 2013 to approve purchasing the property at 80 Jackson St., and the Newnan City Council approved contracts to move the project forward soon after.

GMC JUNIOR

Coweta Living 2013-14 65

EDUCATION

Coweta has diverse educational offerings

A

As its population has grown exponentially over the past 20 years, Coweta County has emerged as a respected – and widely recognized – center of educational diversity. From public programs including traditional, charter and cyber schools to private academies, state-funded prekindergarten and a homeschool co-op supported by hundreds of families, educational opportunities to match all life and learning styles abound. Coweta County School System’s Central Educational Center in partnership with West Georgia Technical College provides hundreds of students each year with dualenrollment opportunities. Coweta’s public high schools also are working with other colleges and universities, including the University of West Georgia’s Newnan Center, to expand dual-enrollment programs. Dual-enrollment allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit while working towards their high school diplomas. In addition to traditional public schools and CEC, Coweta County offers two public charter schools  – “schools of choice” – which are tuition-free with student admission determined by lottery. Each charter school is governed independently and unlike traditional public schools, each charter school must demonstrate student success, or risk losing its charter. Odyssey School in Newnan

66 Coweta Living 2013-14

Photo by Sarah Fay Campbell

Cordell Kadlick operates the team 95 S robot at the TriBots competition at Coweta School System's Central Educational Center in December 2012. For the third annual CEC VEX Robotics Competition, high-schoolers from around the state brought their robots to compete in “Sack Attack.”

(www.odysseycharterschool.net) was approved in 2001 by the Georgia Board of Education, the first stateestablished charter school in Georgia. The school opened in 2004 with more than 100 students in grades K-5 and currently serves grades K-8. Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia (www.cowetacharter.org), which serves grades K-7, was established by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission in 2010. Coweta students, along with others from throughout Georgia, have another non-traditional public school option in cyber schooling, or virtual learning.

Through Georgia Cyber Academy (www.k12.com/gca) and Connections Academy (www.connectionsacademy. com/georgia-school), tuition-free programs allow students to learn in a variety of settings using a combination of computer-based and textbook curriculum. Families may choose from among several highly rated private Coweta County schools, including The Heritage School, Carolyn Barron Montessori School, Trinity Christian School and Heritage Christian School, or they may join hundreds of other local families who choose homeschooling.

es Some Spac le ab il va Still A for

2013-2014

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Coweta County School System held graduation ceremonies for its three public high schools in May 2013, including the 581 candidates on the graduation list for East Coweta High School.

DYSSEY Public Charter School • No Tuition • Grades K-8 Excellent Academic and Co-Curricular Programs

Approximately 330 local homeschooling families are members of Eagles Nest Christian Home Educators Association (www.enchea.org/), which offers parent-taught co-op classes, field trips, support, clubs and activities, retreats and even proms and graduation. With the wide variety of opportunities available in Coweta County, a great education is within everyone’s grasp.

Strong Parental Commitment Athletic, Band and Choral Programs Supportive and Caring Environment

14 St. John Circle, Newnan, GA 30265

770-251-6111

www.odysseycharterschool.net admission@odysseycharterschool.net

They don’t go for status quo!

The 2012-13 Corps of Cadets consisted of over 470 cadets from 22 countries.

For 106 years Riverside Military Academy has produced young men of purpose, integrity, and character who seek something greater than their current educational experience. We empower our cadets to unlock their potential through a program of academic excellence, character development, social skills, and leadership training within a structured environment and change what they think is good enough. www.riversidemilitary.com             800.462.2338              Gainesville, Georgia  Coweta Living 2013-14 67

EDUCATION

We are Growing!

EDUCATION

Newnan, Coweta libraries offer programs for

All Ages

By WES MAYER

I

f you are in the mood for a quiet place to read a good book, Coweta County has a number of libraries from which to choose. Newnan Carnegie Library, the oldest Carnegie library in Georgia and now operated by the city as a noncirculating reading room, is located in downtown Newnan at 1 LaGrange St. at the Court Square. The Carnegie served as Newnan’s public library from 1904 until 1987 when a new library facility was built on Hospital Road. The building later functioned as overflow space for the Coweta County courts until 2007, and it was then renovated and reopened in 2009 as the Carnegie Library once again. The Carnegie includes book collections in reading rooms for children and adults, including a local interest collection of local authors and history. The second floor of the building features an art gallery and two meeting rooms that private groups may rent for events or other occasions. The Carnegie offers numerous programs and services for all ages. These include book clubs, family movie showings, workshops for different age groups, theatrical productions and more. Their full calendar and list of 68 Coweta Living 2013-14

programs can be found on their website at www.newnancarnegie.com .

Coweta County offers a public library system with four locations. The Coweta Library System’s Central Library is at 85 Literary Lane in east Coweta, the A. Mitchell Powell Jr. branch is at 25 Hospital Rd. in Newnan, and there are branches that were built in recent years in Grantville at 100 Park Dr. and in Senoia at 148 Pylant St. The county library system seeks to increase reading and circulation for all age groups, from babies to adults. The libraries operate on a quarterly basis with their programs and offer 20 to 40 programs every week. Programs include storytellers, magicians, puppeteers, artists, crafting sessions and more. “I believe in the programming,” said Jimmy Bass, Coweta Public Library System director. “We try to hit all age groups as equally as we can.” According to Bass, the programs bring all generations to the libraries. A crafting program connected to a

The newnan Times-Herald File Photo

book can bring in toddlers, parents, grandparents and even greatgrandparents, and Bass hopes that afterward everyone will check out at least one book. Coweta’s libraries each have their own Wi-Fi and computer systems which visitors can access, and an eBook program was recently started where readers can download books straight to their computers, tablets or phones. Newnan’s Carnegie also offers an eBook program. The county libraries also have access to Galileo and the LearningExpress Library databases where readers can

EDUCATION

Stephanie Johnson uses one of the public computers at A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Public Library on Hospital Road in Newnan, one of four Coweta County Public Library System facilities. The library system now offers access to websites that assist with test preparation and practice tests — including SAT and ACT, GED, GRE and other college exams, occupational tests, and more. The newnan Times-Herald File Photo

A community is only as good as its schools. And great public schools are one big reason why Coweta County is a vibrant and enriching place to live. Coweta County Schools combine a small-town, community-based feel with big-city advantages and opportunities for our students.

The Newnan Carnegie Library

access a huge variety of educational content. The largest quarterly program is their Summer Reading program which for 2013 they split into three groups — Dig Into Reading for ages three to five, Beneath the Surface for ages six to 17, and Groundbreaking Reads for adults 18 and over. According to Bass, with this program, the libraries have experienced an increase in visits, circulation and computer usage in the second quarter of 2013. The Coweta library system’s full list of programs and event calendar can be viewed at www.cowetapubliclibrary.org .

Our tradition of top-quality education is reflected in our performance: • Schools among the top-performing in the state of Georgia and the nation. • High SAT scores, and high rates of Advanced Placement participation. • Recent honors that include a US News and World Report Silver-Ranking among the nation’s Best High Schools, a National Lighthouse School to Watch, National Middle School Principal of the Year, and a Southern Growth Policy Board Innovator Award-winning school. From academics to the arts to athletics – from college prep to career readiness – Coweta County Schools are committed to ensuring the success of every student. We invite you to visit any of our schools, tour the Central Educational Center charter school – Georgia’s model Career Academy – or attend a performance at our Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. See for yourself why great schools are at the heart of our Coweta community.

Coweta Living 2013-14 69

EDUCATION

West Georgia Tech opens new Coweta Campus fall 2013

W

Story and Photos By CELIA SHORTT

West Georgia Technical College is increasing its presence in Coweta County with a new Coweta Campus that will highlight the local community and industrial needs. “This is our community’s building,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of the Carrollton-based WGTC. “We are going to do our best to keep it a part of the community.” The new facility will highlight industries in the Coweta County area and includes a community room that will open for the public to use. “Typically, the local technical college is one of the first stops for prospects,” said Dawn Cook, vice president for institutional advancement at WGTC. “The Coweta County Community Room at the campus will showcase products manufactured and produced in the county and will help with selling Coweta County to investors and business prospects.” The new facility is located on Turkey Creek Road south of Newnan near the I-85 Moreland exit and is housed on 38 acres of land. The two new buildings getting finishing touches for the fall Dr. Skip Sullivan, WGTC president, with Victor Crowder, barbering instructor, showcasing the new Coweta Campus facilities.

70 Coweta Living 2013-14

2013 opening are but two of the eight in the master plan. “Newnan has wanted this for a long time,” Sullivan said. “I’m excited that we are bringing this to Newnan and Coweta County. We want to be the first choice of education in Coweta County.”’ Sullivan also indicated that WGTC hopes to have opportunities for other schools to hold classes at the Coweta campus, making the new campus a educational hub for the area. WGTC recently welcomed Peter Ludlow, formerly with the Georgia Department of Labor Newnan Career Center, as the new associate provost for the WGTC Coweta Campus. His role as associate provost is to lead the oversight of the new campus as well as engaging the local community and removing the barriers for student success. As associate provost, Ludlow hopes to establish WGTC as an integral part of the Coweta community that develops programs, services, and business relationships, meeting the needs and wants of the community. “We don’t want to just have a beautiful building, he said. “But we want to have quality education with leaders who know what they are doing and are consistent with the mission of this school and the community.” The new Coweta Campus will offer health programs including emergency medical technician, geriatric care, registered nursing, and physical therapy assisting. Other areas include business administration, criminal

justice, early childhood development and learning, and computer technology as Peter Ludlow well as core classes in English, psychology and other disciplines. It will be the only WGTC campus to offer the physical therapy assistant program. Another goal is to provide trained workers for the growing healthcare industry in Coweta County, including training for medical fields and support personnel in accounting, clerical support, heating/air, and maintenance. Cook believes that the new campus will have a positive impact for Coweta because more local students will be able to stay in the community, and commuting students from other counties will buy books, food and fuel as they travel to and from classes. Preenrollment for the new Coweta Campus has begun, and the first classes there are slated to start for fall 2013 on August 12.

EDUCATION West Georgia Technical College’s Allied Health Services Building is one of two new buildings that were getting finishing touches for the fall 2013 opening of the new Coweta Campus.

Dawson Street Christian School Come Be Part of a School that cares for your Soul, Mind and Future! Accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission

K-12th Grade

FREE

ACT/SAT Prep Class College Prep Program

CAPS & IEP

Music Program

Program for K-12th Grade

Drama Program Computer Labs

FINANCIAL AID and TRANSPORTATION Available

Sports • Honor Society 4H Club • Beta Club After-school Programs Day Care

FREE

SCHOLARSHIPS for Georgia Special Needs & GOAL Program

NOW ENROLLING at the new

Newnan Campus for the

2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR 1608 N. HIGHWAY 29, NEWNAN, GA 30263 404-819-8310 • 678-423-0155 • WWW. DAWSONSTREETCHRISTIAN . COM Coweta Living 2013-14 71

EDUCATION

Coweta School System 2013-14 year begins:

T

The Coweta County School System is a growing school system of 22,700 students, enrolled at 19 elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 3 base high schools throughout Coweta County. In addition to high-quality opportunities at each school campus, Coweta students enjoy innovative offerings such as the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, which provides students with fine arts experiences and state-of-the-art performance venues, and Central Educational Center Charter school — Georgia’s model career academy — which serves students in eighth grade through high school with a number of specialized career, academic and fine arts courses. Coweta schools consistently rank among the top-performing schools in Georgia in terms of student achievement, and its schools and educational leaders frequently receive top honors. Recent honors include a U.S. News and World Report SilverRanking among the nation’s Best High Schools, a National Lighthouse School to Watch, National Middle School Principal of the Year, and a Southern Growth Policy Board Innovator Awardwinning school.

More information about Coweta County School System and its schools can be found at www. cowetaschools.org. Parents may call the school system’s transportation department at 770-254-2820 to inquire about school districts that serve a particular address, and can call the school system’s Central Registration 72 Coweta Living 2013-14

Aug. 6th

Center at 770-254-5551 to inquire about registration of new students, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Newcomers are invited to call any of Coweta’s schools to find out more about their child’s school or to inquire about tours, he said. Coweta students go back to school for the 2013-14 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Pre-planning for teachers begins Thursday, Aug. 1. Parents and students can visit schools the day before school starts, on Monday, Aug. 5. Teachers will not be available for formal conferences during visitation days, but orientation allows parents and students a brief time to visit school before the first day of class.

Orientation times for Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 are: • Middle Schools 10 a.m. to noon • Elementary Schools noon to 2 p.m. • High Schools 2 to 4 p.m.

School bus routes for the new year will be posted on the school system’s website at least one week before school begins, Jackson said. A representative of the transportation department will be available at each school Aug. 5 and on the first day of school Aug. 6 to provide information on bus routes. Parents who wish to sign their children up for the school system’s tuition-based After School Program will be able to do so Aug. 2 and 5 on a

space-available basis. To register a child for school, contact the Central Registration Center, 167 Werz industrial Drive in Newnan, off Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard/ Highway 34 bypass near Bullsboro Drive (or call them at 770-254-5551). More information about registration and printable registration forms can be found online at www.cowetaschools. org/registration . Students already enrolled in a Coweta County school – including in a pre-kindergarten class during the 201213 school year – do not need to register again. Georgia law requires that students must be five years old by Sept. 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten and six years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in first grade. Parents who have not yet registered their child for school are urged to do so as soon as possible before the start of the new school year on Aug. 6. The Central Registration Center is open during the summer, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents may call 770-254-5551 to make an appointment or to get more information. To enroll a new student in school, parents or guardians will need to provide: Birth Certificate – A stateissued, certified copy is required (hospital certificates are not accepted); Social Security card; proof of residence with two documents such as tax records, deed, lease, utility bill or voter precinct identification card;

Immunization and HearingDental-Vision certificates may be obtained from the Coweta County

Health Department (770-254-7400), or from a family physician. Students transferring from another Georgia school should already have the certificates available from their previous school. Since regular school attendance at all grade levels is important to a child’s educational success, all parents are urged to make sure that their child begins class at the start of the new school year on Aug. 6, Jackson said. Coweta high schools operate on a block schedule system, which allows students to complete a full course earning one Carnegie Unit in one semester. Therefore, missed classes at any point during the semester will result in significant lapses in instructional time, which can seriously jeopardize a student’s success, Jackson said.

EDUCATION

parent’s or guardian’s current state ID or driver’s license; custody papers if relevant; last report card, withdrawal or transfer form with grades to facilitate records requests and class placement; Immunization Certificate – Georgia Department of Human Resources immunization certificate form 3231 or a signed 30-day waiver; Hearing-Dental-Vision Certificate on Georgia Form 3300 or a signed 120-day waiver; authorization for release of Individual Educational Plan or student records – if a student is receiving Special Education or Gifted services; emergency contact information must be on file at the school by the first day of attendance.

Major holidays scheduled for the 2013-14 school year are: Labor Day – Sept. 2

Fall Break – Oct. 11-14

Thanksgiving - Nov. 25-29 Christmas/New Year’s Break – Dec. 23-Jan. 3 MLK Birthday – Jan. 20 Winter Break – Feb. 17-21 Spring Break – April 7-11 Last day of School – May 23, 2014

243 Summerlin Blvd. Newnan, GA 30265 770-253-8104

N!

W OPE NO

106 Bailey Station Circle Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-304-8857

Caring, Teaching, Reaching children age 6 weeks - 12 years

Photo by JEFFREY LEO

The Northgate High School Lady Vikings with their 4-1 victory over Whitewater won the Class AAAAA title in mid-May 2013 at University Stadium on the campus of the University of West Georgia. Northgate’s Micayla Crenshaw, left, scored twice for Northgate.

Experienced childcare professionals committed to providing quality care to the children in our community.

www.stonebridge-elc.com Coweta Living 2013-14 73

EDUCATION

Coweta County School Locations Elementary Schools Arbor Springs Elementary

4840 N. Hwy 29 Newnan, GA 30265 770-463-5903

Arnco-Sargent Elementary 2449 W. Highway 16 Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2830

Atkinson Elementary

14 Nimmons Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2835

Brooks Elementary

35 Genesee Point Newnan, GA 30263 770-683-0013

Canongate Elementary

200 Petes Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-463-8010

Eastside Elementary

1225 Eastside School Road Senoia, GA 30276 770-599-6621

Middle Schools

High Schools

Arnall Middle School

Central Educational Center

700 Lora Smith Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2765

East Coweta Middle School

Ruth Hill Elementary

6291 E. Highway 16 Senoia, GA 30276 770-599-6607

57 Sunset Lane Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2895

Thomas Crossroads Elementary

3530 E. Highway 34 Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-275

Welch Elementary

240 Mary Freeman Road, Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2597

Western Elementary

Evans Middle School Evans Drive Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2780

Lee Middle School

370 Willis Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-251-1547

Madras Middle School 240 Edgeworth Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2744

1730 Welcome Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2790

White Oak Elementary 770 Lora Smith Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2860

Willis Road Elementary 430 Willis Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-304-7995

Smokey Road Middle School 965 Smokey Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2840

Alternative Middle School

Maggie Brown School 32 Clark Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-304-5930

160 Martin Luther King Drive Newnan, GA 30263 678-423-2000

East Coweta High School 400 SharpsburgMcCollum Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-2850

Newnan High School

190 LaGrange Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2880

Northgate High School 3220 Fisher Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-463-5585

Alternative High School Winston Dowdell Academy 1 Dowdell Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2870

Westside/Burwell

106 Westside School Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-304-5930

Elm Street Elementary 46 Elm Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2865

Glanton Elementary

5725 Highway 29, Grantville, GA 30220 770-583-2873

Jefferson Parkway Elementary 154 Farmer Industrial Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2771

Moreland Elementary 145 Railroad Street Moreland, GA 30259 770-254-2875

Newnan Crossing Elementary 1267 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2872

Northside Elementary

720 Country Club Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2890

Poplar Road Elementary 2925 Poplar Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-2740

74 Coweta Living 2013-14

Now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year * Competitive athletics, AAA division, GISA * Individualized college counseling program * Extended day services * Bus service to selected areas * Foreign language instruction K-12: French, Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese * Performing and visual arts programs * Classroom Smartboards and computer labs * 16 Advanced Placement courses oered

Call for a personal tour today! The Heritage School is an independent, college preparatory school serving students ages 4 through twelfth grade. We are dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

2093 Highway 29 North Newnan, Georgia 30263 770.253.9898 www.heritagehawks.org

• Grades 1-9 • Sports • Small classes • Ability Grouping • Challenge Course • 45 Acre Campus in Fairburn

• Ages 6-15 • 4 Week Summer Day Program • Academic Tutoring • Camp Recreational Activities • Held at the Bedford School

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Trey Geter and his mother participate in the Read and Rise makea-book workshop at Atkinson Elementary’s Family Literacy Night in Newnan in February 2013.

5665 Milam Road, Fairburn, GA 30213 office: 770-774-8001 fax: 770-774-8005 website: www.thebedfordschool.org The Bedford School is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, and has been approved by the Georgia Department of Education to receive the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (SB10.) For more information contact Dr. Betsy Box. The Bedford School maintains a non-discriminatory policy concerning admissions, employment, use of facilities or scholarships on the basis of sex, race, color, religion or national origin. .

The universiTy of wesTT georgianewnan is “going WEsT” — ThrEE milEs WEsT — To doWnToWn nEWnan. In Spring 2015, UWG will move its Newnan-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nursing, education and business to 80 W. Jackson St., the site of the historic Newnan Hospital facility. We’ll be growing our healthcare-related degree programs and expanding dual-enrollment opportunities for area high school students, particularly in the science, math and technology disciplines. Today more than ever, Once you Go West, you can go anywhere. gowestgeorgia.com

Go West

Coweta Living 2013-14 75

EDUCATION

Maximizing Potential Maximizes Success

COMMUNITY

Community gardens growing in Senoia, Newnan, Moreland By W. WINSTON SKINNER

“M

istress Mary, ... how does your garden grow?” In Coweta County, the answer to the timeless nursery rhyme is collaboratively. In Newnan, Senoia and Moreland, garden projects have been started that bring together people to plant, weed, water and experience the joy of watching something grow. Food from the projects is helping to meet needs, as well. Senoia’s project is the oldest of the three. Sow Good got started about four years ago at Vineyard Community Church. The idea for the garden came to Brent Anderson, pastor of the church, as he cut the 15 acres of grass on the church grounds. “There has to be something we can do with this property that would be better than just mowing it,” he thought. His idea was the seed that grew into Sow Good Garden. He learned a Vineyard congregation in Idaho had a community garden which generated 30,000 to 35,000 pounds of food on a third of an acre each year. Sow Good provides fresh produce for the Sow Good Center, a food pantry in Senoia. The church has a raised bed infrastructure with organic compost and automatic well-water irrigation. People can rent

76 Coweta Living 2013-14

New Leaf Community Garden in Newnan on Salbide Avenue just south of downtown has had a great first year and a half. Nichole Coleman, who has spearheaded the New Leaf project, is particularly excited about the nutritional aspects of community gardening.

COMMUNITY Photos by Jeffrey Leo

boxes for their own gardening with the church providing organic compost, watering and organic fertilizer and insecticide. New Leaf Community Garden in Newnan has had a great first year and a half. The garden on Salbide Avenue just south of downtown is flourishing, and the group behind it has done lots of work on the garden property and held

its first major fundraiser. Plans for New Leaf were announced in February 2012. Nicole Coleman, has been spearheading the New Leaf project, and from the beginning she has been particularly excited about the nutritional aspects of community gardening. Coleman said she had a feeling “something was missing in this

community.” When she read an article about an organization, Seed Leaf, in Lexington, Ky., she had an epiphany. “I looked that over, and I instantly was excited,” she said. “I felt like that’s what’s missing in Newnan.” By early fall, New Leaf had raised beds in place. A number of daylong workdays have been held at New Leaf, and some volunteers help out there on a Coweta Living 2013-14 77

COMMUNITY

Photo by Sarah FAY Campbell

Showing plants in the Coweta Master Gardeners greenhouse at the Coweta County Fairgrounds complex on Pine Road are Master Gardeners Carol Fuller and David Granroos, as they were preparing for the volunteer group's 2013 spring plant sale in April.

regular basis. Coleman said New Leaf has a “handful of consistent volunteers” who “offer up encouragement when it is desperately needed as well as blood, sweat and tears.” Commenting on one workday, Coleman said much progress can be done when sizable groups help out. “Great things were accomplished,” she said. “It takes this whole community to

get their hands dirty – literally.” In Moreland, the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance sponsors God’s Little Acre, a garden that has provided food for Community Welcome House. God’s Little Acre is unique, however, in that one of its main goals is agri-tourism. MCAA seeks to bring tourists to Moreland to experience the local history and the stories behind the town’s world famous authors, Lewis

Photo by W. Winston Skinner

Daniel Ausbun, pastor at First Baptist Church of Moreland, leads a responsive reading at the 2013 Blessing of the Crops at God's Little Acre. From left are Carol Chancey of Moreland Cultural Arts Commission, Ausbun, and sisters and active MCAA members Kathy Brown and Jill Hall.

78 Coweta Living 2013-14

Grizzard and Erskine Caldwell. God’s Little Acre illustrates the rural world in which Caldwell and Grizzard grew up, and there are plans for a cluster of historic buildings surrounding the garden. Coweta Extension Service’s Master Gardener program is also extremely active. Through that program, garden lovers new to Coweta County find plenty of opportunities to meet others who share a passion for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers. The volunteers go through extensive training and then give their time sharing that knowledge with the community. The Master Gardener Extension Volunteers group helps with lots of community projects, and the group also has an annual plant sale and sponsors the Backyard Association, a free monthly seminar with a gardening flavor. For information on the Master Gardener program, call 770-254-2620 or stop by the Coweta Extension Service offices on Pine Road at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

“ My breast cancer diagnosis was the heaviest weight I’ve ever had to bear.” Karyn Marshall, DC Breast Cancer Patient Doctor of Chiropractic World Champion Weightlifter

As a world-record-setting weight lifter, I was determined to bring the tenacity that had served me so well in the gym to my fight against breast cancer. My team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) combined advanced cancer treatments with supportive therapies like acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and chiropractic care to help ease the side effects of my treatment. I know it made me a much better fighter. Today, I’m busy training for fitness competitions again. And I’m more certain than ever that CTCA® was the right choice for me. Karyn received Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) – a procedure that combines surgery and a single dose of radiation to help patients finish treatment faster. To learn more about IORT, visit cancercenter.com/IORT or call 1.888.845.2471. No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results.

©2013 Rising Tide

Coweta Living 2013-14 79

COMMUNITY

Coweta churches reach out to adults at all stages of life By W. WINSTON SKINNER

M

any church programs are aimed at children, but Coweta churches also are seeking to meet the needs of their parents and grandparents. “Children and older adults are the life and legacy of the church but what about the 20-, 30-, 40-something age group?” asked Yolanda JonesColton, pastor at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church. “I strongly believe that a church without an active children and youth ministry is a dying church.” Still, there are needs for adults at all stages of life. “We, as baby boomers grew up in a one-size-fits-all church,” she said. “This approach is no longer applicable, so we must focus on age appropriate ministries to enchance the interests of all age levels,” Jones-Colton said. She said today’s church must offer ministries “for the different stages and phases in the life of the church.” She said many families choose to join a church “based on the ministries the church has to offer.” Churches across Coweta offer a variety of programs to meet needs that adults face – unemployment, parenting problems, substance abuse and relationship challenges. Crossroads Church is a center for support groups which meet weekly — many of them at the church’s Highway 154 campus. “We live in a community where many folks are struggling with tough issues and need a safe, healing place 80 Coweta Living 2013-14

for help,” said Karen Turley. “We open our 154 Campus every Tuesday night at 7 so people can find a variety of support groups to help them break free of addictions, heal from past hurts or break destructive cycles in their life.” Turley said the groups are led by “trained lay counselors who have found long-term freedom in these areas as

provide a neutral location for job seekers, businesses and employers and organizations to meet. The ministry also provides “a forum for businesses to introduce themselves to the job seekers in the community and a place for job seekers to introduce themselves to these businesses,” Whitlock said.

Churches across Coweta are reaching out to the community, offering a variety of programs to meet needs that adults face — unemployment, parenting problems, substance abuse and relationship challenges. well.” All the groups are confidential and free. “We also offer support groups for elementary, middle and high school students who are struggling and free child-care for kids under 12 not attending a group,” she said. First United Methodist Church in downtown Newnan is home to the Job Network, which meets monthly and offers hope and help to those who are unemployed and underemployed. The group got started in September 2003. The goal of organizers was “to provide a meeting place” where those seeking a job could connect “with local businesses and organizations that could help them in their search for another employment opportunity,” said Andy Whitlock. The Job Network continues to meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the church’s parish hall on Greenville Street. The meetings

Because the setting is informal, those seeking work can often have a conversation with an employer. Also, job seekers meet other job seekers and volunteers who can help in their job search. Whitlock himself was laid off from his job as a software engineer in 2003. “My own job search took me to several job network meetings in North Atlanta at Roswell United Methodist Church, Crossroads Baptist in Dunwoody and St. Philips in Buckhead,” he said. “By the spring of 2003, I became convinced Coweta County needed a similar job networking program. Allen Rainwater, one of our ministers, encouraged me to seek others in the church and in the community who would support the ministry,” he recalled. Several church and community leaders — including Billy Arnall,

Resurrection is also looking at ways to expand its ministry to seniors. “We’re actively looking at ways we can meet the needs of our senior citizens. We have done a study based on the 2010 census that says our community is concerned about what to do with – and for – aging parents,” said Barb Gibson, the church’s pastor. “All believers, regardless of their age, must be taught that their relationship with God is what is most important – and it is that relationship that makes us one,” said Jones-Colton. She remembered that the encouragement of older church members “urged me to get involved in the life of the church.” She said she finds it particularly challenging to get adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s into the church – and then to get them to stay involved. “If the church is to survive, and it is, we must be intentional in including all age levels in our worship, serving, studying and ministries,” she said.

Support groups offered at Crossroads Among the support groups offered at Crossroads Church are: • Adult Family and Friends of Addicts • Anger Management for men • Anger Management for women • Chemical Dependency • Chronic Pain • Confident Kids • Depression for women • Divorce Care

COMMUNITY

Herman Fletcher and Willie Boyd — agreed to become part of the planning group. There were about 20 people at the first meeting. “We continue to seek out new programs to have that will be beneficial to our job seekers. We’ve had several job fairs over the years – drawing job seekers from all the surrounding communities,” Whitlock said. Volunteers now are available to review job seekers’ resumes at each Job Network meeting. First Baptist Church of Newnan sponsors a local Cancer Support Group and a Mothers of Preschoolers group. The church is one of several with a regular gathering for senior citizens. First Baptist’s Never Grow Old meets monthly for a covered dish and a speaker. About 100 people attend the NGO meetings most months. Resurrection Lutheran Church holds a similar program, Senior Adult Lutherans Together, which meets twice a month – with a summer hiatus.

15 W. Washington St. located 1 block west of the court square

770-253-0797 Visit our website: www.fbcnewnan.org

Worship Services

8:30am and 10:50am Sunday School 9:40am

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH WELCOMES YOU! Please join us for worship: Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Christian Formation for all ages at 9:15 a.m., September through May.

Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome.

• First Place 4 Health • High School Student Care • Middle School Student Care The church also sponsors a Survivors of Sexual Abuse support group for women, which requires advance notice before attending. There also are meetings off campus for the Men’s Sexual Addiction Group, a Wives’ SA Group and Survivors of Suicide.

The on-campus groups meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Highway 154 campus.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church The Rev. Allan Sandlin, Rector William Fred Scott, Organist and Choirmaster 576 Roscoe Road ∙ Newnan, GA 30263 (770) 253-4264 • www.stpaulsnewnan.org

Coweta Living 2013-14 81

COMMUNITY

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Charles Wadsworth, center, jokes onstage at the conclusion of the spring 2013 Wadsworth and Friends chamber music concert in his namesake Wadsworth Auditorium with concert host John White and guest pianist Ji-Yong.

Cowetans enjoy vibrant arts scene By ELLEN CORKER

F

rom visits by world-class performers to exhibits of fine art to quality community and student theater, Cowetans enjoy the fruits of a vibrant arts scene. The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, operated by Coweta County School System, has been host to a long list of traveling performances from such varied groups as the Vienna Boys Choir to fabulous Chinese troupe the Golden Dragon Acrobats to Theatreworks USA’s presentation of “Junie B. Jones,” America’s most beloved first-grader. The Centre’s stage shares high school theater, ballet productions by area dance companies, patriotic performances by military bands and elementary chorus programs… think of a genre and it has probably been featured. “One-man” presentations and lectures at the Centre have included such well-known names as Sue Monk Kidd, author of “The Secret Life of Bees,” who in January was the first to present in the Anne Quinn Powell Authors’ Series. Fine art exhibits are featured in display space including the Centre’s Françoise Gilot gallery, named for one of the most enduring artists of the post World War II School of Paris who made personal visits to the art facility in Newnan, had an exhibit here and donated two art pieces that grace the front lobby. In 1946, Gilot and famed artist Pablo Picasso began a decade long relationship and she became both a witness and a participant

82 Coweta Living 2013-14

The widest variety and in-stock supply in South Atlanta

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 211 Stewart Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277

Photo by Marianne Thomasson

This 10-foot metal cello, shown by David Trued, art show IT and bookkeeper, was created by R.L. Hughey and Deborah McNeill. Johnathan Fisher of The Art Institute of Atlanta was the judge for the 45th annual art show sponsored by the NewnanCoweta Art Association at the Centre in June 2013.

COMMUNITY

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Melanie Carrin as Ms. Blumenblatt in Newnan Theatre Company's May 2013 production of "On the Razzle."

in one of the last great periods of the modern art movement in Europe. Their circle included poets, philosophers, writers, and many of the legends of the art world, such as Braque, Chagall, Cocteau, and Matisse. Later Gilot was married to Dr. Jonas Salk, who in the 1950s developed the polio vaccine. Their courtship was brief — Françoise knew well the science of art and Jonas understood the art of science.

Coweta students benefit from the Centre’s varied programs by being able to meet and associate via lectures and master classes with artists, authors and musicians who are at the top of their careers. There also are opportunities for young people to further talents through special choral, instrument, theater and art programs. Visit www.thecentreonline.net/ for more on Centre programming. Newnan is also home to Wadsworth Auditorium, a fully-renovated performance space in the former Municipal Building downtown on Jefferson Street. The hall was renamed several years ago for pianist and chamber music host Charles Wadsworth, who grew up in a home next door and went on to a career that has taken him around the world. In New York, he founded the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1969, leading it as artistic director and pianist for 20 years and bringing chamber music the unprecedented popularity that it enjoys today. In the 1960s he was behind creation of concerts at the Festival of Two Worlds

in Spoleto, Italy, and beginning in 1977, Wadsworth served for decades as one of the artistic directors of the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, where he served as pianist and host of the daily chamber music concerts. Wadsworth’s innovative programming and the varied repertoire he unearthed inspired a new generation of virtuoso musicians — and over the last two decades he brought many of those young musicians to perform in his hometown in his namesake hall in the “Charles Wadsworth and Friends” series. Wadsworth has said the hall has acoustics equal to many of the top performance venues. Now in his 80s, Wadsworth presented his “farewell performance” at the hall this spring. Over the years he and the performers he has brought to perform have also presented master classes for Coweta students at the Centre. Among the community’s most active arts groups is the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, which meets 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month, September through May, at the Harriet Alexander

A group of Coweta nonprofits operating as Coweta Festivals Inc. owns the property at Powers' Crossroads where Powers Festival has been held since the 1970s. The Powers Pavilion group now managing the property has added a spring edition of the festival along with the annual Labor Day weekend festival. They are also holding other events from a haunted trail to a summer motorcycle rally. Powers Festival File photo

84 Coweta Living 2013-14

COMMUNITY

Located in the old Atlanta & West Point Railroad depot on East Broad Street, the Newnan-Coweta Depot History Center operated by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society has a permanent exhibit of local history as well as a series of paintings with Civil War themes by Newnan artist Martin Pate. Civil War fighting began near the depot that ended in the Battle of Brown’s Mill south of Newnan. Pate's "Aftermath," commissioned by Newnan resident Norma Haynes, was dedicated late August 2011. The newnan Times-Herald file photo

Art Center on Hospital Road at the Coweta County Recreation Department complex. An art demonstration is presented each month. Visitors and new members are welcome. Youth and adult art are offered at the Harriet Alexander center, and the art association arranges local exhibits in spots including Newnan City Hall and Newnan Carnegie Library, and sponsors several annual public shows.

Newnan-Coweta Art Association is also among the member organizations which for decades have presented the Powers Crossroads Festival each Labor Day weekend in western Coweta, with a spring edition added in 2013. Community theatre in the Coweta area offers opportunities for all ages, including at Newnan Theatre Company on First Avenue in downtown Newnan. NTC presents shows from gripping

drama to musical comedy and offers the occasional mystery dinner show and an improv troupe. Southside Theatre Guild in nearby Fairburn also offers opportunities for the area’s aspiring actors.

ABUNDANT LIFE FAITH CHURCH “Proclaiming the Abundant Life”. We invite you to visit with us.

(770) 304-1172

www.WestGaFun.com

Sunday Morning Worship . . . 10:30 AM Wednesday Evenings . . . . . . . . . 7:00 PM

LIVE INTERNET STREAMING 10:30 AM Sunday and 7:00 PM Wednesday www.abundantlifefaithchurch.net

10 Forest Road, Newnan (Shenandoah) Coweta Living 2013-14 85

COMMUNITY

Museums tell stories of Coweta history Coweta County offers a variety of museums that tell stories of the areas’ history and its residents. BUGGYSHOP MUSEUM

74 Main St., Senoia Open the third Saturday of each month and during Senoia events. This unique museum, housed inside the former Baggarly Brothers buggy building, is operated by descendants of Rev. Warren Baggarly, one of Senoia’s earliest settlers. Inside you’ll find six generations of antiques, circa 18901930, including a model T Ford, buggies and wagons from the late 1800s, an extensive arrowhead collection and other curiosities.

ERSKINE CALDWELL MUSEUM

Moreland Town Square, Moreland Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m 770-897-1888; morelandadventure.com This Presbyterian Manse, where author Erskine Caldwell was born in 1903, has been moved from outside of town to Moreland’s town square where it attracts visitors from all over the world as well as Caldwell scholars and family members. Caldwell remains one of the most widely read authors of the 20th century with more than 80 million copies of his books sold to readers in 43 different languages. Caldwell, who died in 1987, wrote more than 50 books, including “Tobacco Road” and “God’s Little Acre.” “The Little Manse” contains Caldwell’s books, art and items that belonged to Caldwell or his parents. The museum is operated by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, which also has a collection of Lewis Grizzard memorabilia that will be displayed elsewhere in Moreland and operates

86 Coweta Living 2013-14

the God’s Little Acre garden. The Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum, operated by the Moreland Community Historical Society, is closed while the Moreland Mill is being restored.

COWETA COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM AND RESEARCH CENTER 92 Farmer St., Newnan thecowetacountymuseum.blogspot.com thecowetacomuseum@yahoo.com 770-304-9111

This museum tells the story of AfricanAmerican Cowetans in a circa-1900 renovated shotgun house, moved from a nearby neighborhood and restored by the City of Newnan. In addition to showcasing an architectural style typical for Southern black families in decades past, the building provides a repository for African-American artifacts and records. Adjacent to the museum on the site is the Farmer Street Cemetery, which may be the largest slave cemetery in the South. In addition, the museum serves as a genealogy workroom for African-American research. The museum is operated by the African-American Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the African-American history of Coweta County.

MALE ACADEMY MUSEUM

30 Temple Ave., Newnan Tues.­- Sat. 10 a.m.- noon and 1-3 p.m., Sun. 2-5 p.m. 770-251-0207 www.newnancoweta historicalsociety.com A charming museum housed in a former boys’ private school dating back to the 1840s. A peek inside reveals period clothing, Indian artifacts, treasured furniture, a Male Seminary “classroom,” Civil War artifacts, including guns, swords, bayonets as well as early medical instruments, maps, photos and memorabilia from Coweta’s own country music legend, Alan Jackson, and other local notables.

McRITCHIE-HOLLIS MUSEUM

Corner Jackson/Clark Streets, Newnan 770-251-0207 www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com Coweta County’s newest museum is located in the classical PenistonThomasson house, which was built in the 1930s. The museum tells the story

of an upperclass Southern family and their servants in the World War II era. The museum was restored through a bequest from Edgar Baldwin Hollis, a Newnan native who spent most of his professional career in Washington, D.C., working for the National Security Agency. When Hollis died in 2006, he left his collection of period furnishings to the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society to be used as the basis for the establishment of a “high-quality, wellstaffed” museum, according to the terms of his will. The Hollis collection makes up about 75 percent of what is on display in the museum.

NEWNAN-COWETA DEPOT HISTORY CENTER

60 E. Broad St., Newnan For rental or private info, call 770-251-0207.

Located in the old Atlanta & West Point Railroad depot, the purpose of the depot is to preserve and interpret the history of Newnan and Coweta County through collections, educational programs, exhibits and research. The center contains a permanent exhibit of the history of Coweta County as well as a series of paintings with Civil War themes by local artist Martin Pate. Civil War fighting began near the depot that ended in the Battle of Brown’s Mill south of Newnan. The center is operated by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and is available for special event rental and private tours.

SENOIA AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

6 Couch St., Senoia Fri.-Sat, 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. senoiahistory.org/museum The Senoia Area Historical Society owns a historic house at the corner of Pylant and Couch Streets in Senoia. Under the leadership of Jack Humphreys, a group of Senoia residents purchased this home in the 1980s as a museum to house and preserve photos, film, furniture, clothing and memories of Senoia. The society has as its mission “Linking and Protecting Senoia Area History between past and future generations.” The group also enjoys many fundraising events each year, including historic home tours, progressive dinners and other events.

OPPOSITE TOP: Coweta County's newest museum, the McRitchie-Hollis Museum on Jackson Street in Newnan, opened in spring 2013. It tells the story of an upper-class Southern family and their servants in the World War II era.

COMMUNITY Photo by W. Winston Skinner

FAMILY STORE SERVICE CENTER & DONATION CENTER

When you donate your gently used goods, you provide food, clothing & Emergency Assistance

Who se

Clothing • Appliances • Shoes Furniture • Accessories Household Goods • Jewelry Toys • Books • Baby Items Collectibles

e? ang Ch

DONATE & SHOP!

ill Your Donatio W e n Lif

NEWNAN

770•251•8181 Stephanie May

Stephanie_may@uss.salvationarmy.org

670 Jefferson Street (across from Ashley Park near Post Office & Dalton West) Coweta Living 2013-14 87

COUNTY / CITIES

PROJECTS IMPROVE COUNTY SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL

C

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Downtown shoppers and visitors enjoy Newnan’s Court Square anchored by the renovated 1904 Coweta County Courthouse, which houses the Visitors Center.

THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD FILE PHOTO

Major upgrades have been made to the shelter facilities at Coweta County Animal Control on Selt Road off Hospital Road in Newnan.

88 Coweta Living 2013-14

Coweta County has put a lot of effort into improving its fire department in the past several years, and the nation’s fire safety rating association has taken notice. The Insurance Services Organization, which sets a “public protection classification rating” for cities and counties all over the country, recently announced that Coweta County would be a class 4 as of Sept. 1, 2013. That’s an improvement from the 5 that ISO assigned in 2011, and the 6 that Coweta County had for many years before that. However, the new rating is based on the same review that ISO did in 2010, when they issued the 5. The CCFD appealed that rating, saying it should have been lower, and ISO finally agreed. The improved fire safety rating should lead to reductions in property insurance cost for Coweta County residents. Chief Johnny Teeters embarked on an extensive array of improvements when he joined the CCFD in January of 2009, including new and better equipment, upgraded stations, and increased personnel. The equipment and stations were made possible by the $20 million fire bond that Coweta voters approved in 2008. Another safety improvement the county is working on is a system of early warning storm sirens. There will be 13 of the sirens, installed at various public gathering places around the county, primarily recreation areas. The sirens should be in place by early fall 2013. One of those recreation areas is at “Central Park,” the new soccer fields at the county complex off Hwy. 154 and Ebenezer Church Road. The complex houses the soccer fields, fire station, sheriff’s precinct and Central Library, and upgrades have recently

THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD FILE PHOTO

Driver Jeff Kupras shows the lift on one of Coweta's transit minibuses. The two wheelchair-lift equipped buses get the most use of the five buses in the dial-a-ride system.

Coweta County NUMBERS TO KNOW Administration Building 22 East Broad Street, Newnan

Driving isn’t the only way to get around the county. The Coweta County Transit System offers door-to-door service anywhere in the county, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s a “dial-a-ride” or “demand response,” system, with no fixed routes. Instead, customers make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. For more information, call 770-683-RIDE. For those who travel to Atlanta during the week, there is the Xpress Bus system operated by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. The bus leaves from the park and ride lot off Hwy. 34 East at Hollz Parkway (across from The Summit), and takes riders to downtown Atlanta and midtown. For more information, visit Xpressga.com . Speaking of information, you can learn a lot about Coweta’s attractions, as well as nearby places to visit, at the Coweta Visitors Center, located in the 1904 Courthouse on the Court Square in downtown Newnan. For more on county departments and offerings, visit www.coweta.ga.us .

Administration / Commission Office: 770-254-2601

Board of Elections: 678-854-0015

Business License Department: 770-254-2626

Code Enforcement: 770-254-2669

Communications Manager: 770-254-2608

Community and Human Resources Director: 770-254-2603

Coroner:

770-683-0444

Finance Department: 770-254-2607

Geographic Information Systems: 678-854-0029

Human Resources Office: 770-254-2604

Indigent Defense Office: 770-254-2658

Information Technology - IT: 770-254-3716

Planning and Zoning: 770-254-2635

Tax Commissioner (Property Tax): 770-254-2670

Tag Office:

770-254-2631

Veterans Services (state): 770-254-7260

Voter Registrar: 770-254-2615

Administrative Addition 37 Perry Street, Newnan Tax Assessors Office: Photo by Jeffrey Leo

770-254-2680

The new Fire Station 6 in Madras has been relocated just north of the existing station.

Coweta Living 2013-14 89

COUNTY / CITIES

been completed, including additional practice fields and a second exit. The county has also recently done major upgrades to the shelter facilities at Coweta County Animal Control on Selt Road off Hospital Road in Newnan. A new intake facility, funded with a grant from the Holland M. Ware Foundation, opened in late 2011, and the county is now in the process of opening a surgical suite onsite, so that spay and neuter surgeries and other minor medical care can be done at the shelter, instead of at off-site vet offices. Coweta County is always in the middle of road improvement projects. There have been a vast array of projects over the past few years, with plenty more on the way. The county is currently working on extension of the Newnan Bypass all the way south to Hwy. 16 East, which should go out for letting sometime in 2014. That project also includes the improvements to the intersection of Hwy. 16, U.S. 29 and Pine Road. Another major project, which is currently in the conceptual planning stage, is an intersection improvement at the “Five Points” intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, East Newnan Road, Poplar Road and Turkey Creek Road near Central Educational Center. And there are the plans for the new Interstate 85 interchange at Poplar Road near the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital. The county, along with the state, has been working on that project for several years.

COUNTY / CITIES

Coweta County NUMBERS TO KNOW

Library System: Central Library:

85 Literary Lane, Newnan, 770-683-2052

Powell Branch:

25 Hospital Road, Newnan, 770-253-3625

Grantville Branch:

Justice Center

Selt Road Complex

72 Greenville Street, Newnan

Selt Road, Newnan

Clerk of State Court:

County Prison & Work Release Center:

770-254-2699

Clerk of Superior Court:

770-254-2690

Coweta Circuit District Attorney’s Office: 770-254-7300

District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program:

770-254-7350

101 Selt Road, 770-254-3723 / 770-254-3728

Road Department:

101 Selt Road 770-253-0794

Animal Control / Shelter:

91 Selt Road, 770-254-3735

Environmental Management:

100 Park Drive, Grantville, 770-683-0535

Senoia Branch:

148 Pylant Street, Senoia, 770-599-3537

Physical Health Department (state): 70 Hospital Road, 770-254-7400

Powell Expo Center:

197 Temple Avenue, 770-252-6429

Public Buildings Department: 28 East Washington Street, 770-254-2666

Superior Court Public Defender:

8-B Madison Street, 770-254-2704

101 Selt Road, 770-254-3785

Sheriff’s Office

770-254-2610

Fairgrounds Complex

Main Office and Jail:

Solicitor’s Office:

Pine Road, Newnan

560 Greison Trail, 770-253-1502

Fairgrounds & Conference Center:

East Precinct:

Magistrate:

770-254-2646

State Court Judge’s Offices Chief Judge John Herbert Cranford: 770-254-3995

Judge Seay VanPatten Poulakos: 770-252-4128

Juvenile Center 78 Greenville Street, Newnan Juvenile Court:

770-254-3730

1904 Courthouse 200 Court Square, Newnan Probate Court:

275 Pine Road, 770-254-2685

Cooperative Extension Service / 4-H (state):

255 Pine Road, 770-254-2620

Other Departments/ Offices Airport:

Newnan-Coweta County Airport Whitlock Field, 115 Airport Road, 770-254-8102

Building Inspections Dept.:

4 Madison Street, 770-254-2660

State Court Probation:

10 Olive Street, 770-252-6440

770-254-2640

Transportation & Engineering

Visitors Center:

21 E. Washington St., 770-254-3775

770-254-2627 / 1-800-826-9382

51 Perry Street Building Perry and Madison Streets, Newnan Adult Drug Court Office: 770-683-0205

Adult Probation Office:

770-254-7204

Environmental Health (state): 770-254-7422

90 Coweta Living 2013-14

(Includes Stormwater & Floodplain Mgt.):

Development Authority: 100 International Park, 770-304-1777

Emergency Management:

195 International Park, 770-254-2650

E-911:

195 International Park 770-254-3911 (non-emergency) 770-254-5809 (office)

55 Literary Lane, 770-254-8922

Recreation Department: Main Office:

39 Hospital Road, 770-254-3750

Hunter Complex:

2970 East Hwy. 16, 770-254-3740

Clay-Wood Community Center: 135 Heery Road, 770-254-3745

Water and Sewerage Authority:

545 Corinth Road, Newnan, 770-254-3710

Fire Department Headquarters:

483 Turkey Creek Road, 770-254-3900

Other government offices: Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFACS):

533 Highway 29 North, 770-254-7234

Drivers Services:

128 Bullsboro Drive, 770-254-7203 (recorded info) 678-413-8400

Georgia State Patrol:

517 Turkey Creek Road, 770-254-7201

Social Security:

225 Millard Farmer Ind. Blvd., 678-423-8972

For Local News Choose the subscription that’s right for you. Print and Digital Editions

Digital Edition Only a1 thursday

a1 thursday

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

NEWNAN, GA • COWETA COUNTY'S NEWS SOURCE • ISSUE 117 • 2 SEctIoNS, 24 PAGES • 50 cENtS

a1 thursday

PAGES • 50 cENtS 4P NEWNAN, GA • COWETA COUNTY'S NEWS SOURCE • ISSUE 117 • 2 SEctIoNS, 24

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

Cool, sweet take on the summer sandwich buffet

East Coweta freshman scores as contest winner

East Coweta freshman scores as contest winner

Cool, sweet take on the summer sandwich buffet

— page 6A

— page 1B

COWETACOMMISSION

of garbage” on the property. The 9.43-acre site will be Several variance used for the sorting of recyclaapproved for Fischer ble material, which will then be The Coweta County Board shipped to other locations for Crossings, page 2A of Commissioners voted Tues- final processing. day to grant a conditional use The applicant is Total Recypermit for a recycling center on cling of Georgia LLC, and the different things garbage,” said Hwy. 16 West/Carrollton High- owners of the property are OliZoning Administrator Angela way near the Hwy. 34 Bypass, ver and Beth Gentry. while reducing a condition that “In talking with the applicant White. “We wanted to make forbid the “collection or storage and their engineer, we all call sure everyone understands —

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Melanie Perry

we don’t want trash building up doing metals recycling. “A ny ti me you get a peron that site.” T h e w o r d “ g a r b a g e ” i s mit, metals is involved,” Genchanged to “putrescible waste” try said. “But our main focus is as defined by the Georgia Envi- plastics, cardboard and paper.” ronmental Protection Division. Chairman Bob Blackburn Putrescible waste is essentially asked if Gentry had visited anything that can rot, such neighbors and discussed his as kitchen scraps, food, and plans, and he said he had. human and animal waste. “I commend you for that,” Com m i s sioner A l Sm it h SEE CENTER, page 2A asked Gentry if they would be

CentreStage

Conference center opens today

T he Coweta Cou nt y Board of Education appointed Melanie Perry as Moreland Elementary School’s new principal during a called board meeting on Tuesday. Perry, a 14-year educator, began her career in education at Moreland Elementary School in 1999, when she taught first grade. From 2002 to 2007, she taught second grade there a nd then served as the school’s instructional coach from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, she has served as the assistant principal at Moreland. Perry earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Georgia College in 1991, her teaching certif ication in Early Childhood Education

By CELIA SHORTT celia@newnan.com

Guests arrive at the

newly-completed Newnan Centre for Tuesday’s black-tie gala. Plans are under way to construct a second entrance to the property from Lower Fayetteville Road to handle traffic with there are events at both the meeting facility and the neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Recycling center OK’d on Hwy. 16

The grand opening of the long-awa ited city New na n Centre events facility located next to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road will be today at 10 a.m. Those involved with the building of the facility celebrated at a black-tie ga la Tuesday. The Newnan Centre will be a multi-use facility for the city, businesses, and members of the community. Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and members of the Newnan City Council will officially cut the ribbon to open the facility and begin the day’s festivities.

By CELIA SHORTT celia@newnan.com

Guests arrive at the

Senoia’s water needs grow along with town

PhotoS by JeFFrey Leo

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

SEE CENTRE, page 2A

Euro Auctions gets temporary approval

If Senoia wants to continue to grow, the city needs more water. C u r r e n t ly, t h e c it y ’s water system does fine in the winter, early spring and late fall. But during the hot and dry times, it has to buy water from the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. The city’s water plant can treat twice the amount of water it currently treats, if it had the supply. The city is currently limited by its permit that only allows 300,000 gallons a day to be withdrawn from the reservoir on Keg Creek. City Administrator Richard Ferry and the Senoia Cit y Cou nci l discussed options at Monday’s council meeting. The city currently has an agreement with the Coweta Wa t e r a n d S e w e r a g e Authority to use the authority’s water when needed, but there is no contract.

company had formally requested The biggest requirement is the wasn’t completed the last time she permission to move forward. planting of a 20-foot-wide buffer visited the property, but “hopeThe European equipment auc- around the area where the equip- fully it will be” by the time of the The Coweta County Board of tion company purchased the old ment to be auctioned will be auction. The issue was added to the Commissioners voted to grant Adesa auto auction property on stored. Other remaining issues a temporary certificate of occu- Raymond Hill Road along Inter- are establishment of handicapped agenda for Tuesday’s commission meeting. pancy to Euro Auctions USA for state 85 last fall, and has scheduled parking and the marking of a fire “I wasn’t even aware that they lane. its upcoming opening auction at its first auction for June 26. But there is work that needs to County Development Review were asking for this,” said Robert the north Coweta property, but Tolleson, director of Planning and commissioners expressed displea- be done on the property before it is Technician Teresa Crow said the sure Tuesday that nobody with the considered up to code. handicapped parking striping SEE AUCTION, page 2A

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

a1 thursday

Two nights of planned activi- house in downtown Newnan, the movie, and some who were der that took place in 1948 and dict was read there on June 18, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013 ties will take place July 10-11 as one of the movie’s producers, extras in the production will pitted John Wallace of Meri- 1948 – 65 years ago this week. wether County against Coweta the city of Newnan and Coweta Dick Atkins, will give a pre- talk about their experiences. Light refreshments will folThe next evening, July 11, at 7 County Sheriff Lamar Potts. low both of the July events and County partner to celebrate sentation and talk about what the story of “Murder in Coweta went into turning local author p.m. at the Carnegie Library on The trial was the first in Georthere is no charge to attend. County,” which aired on CBS Margaret’s Anne Barnes’ book the Court Square, Atkins will gia in which a white man was For more information, contelevision network 31 years ago. into a made-for-TV movie star- talk about the production of the convicted on the testimony of According to Coweta County ring Andy Griffith and Johnny movie, followed by a screening black witnesses. The trial was tact the Coweta County ConNEWNAN, GA • COWETA COUNTY'S NEWS SOURCE • ISSUE 117 • 2 SEctIoNS, 24 PAGES • 50 cENtS held in the second floor court- vention & Visitors Bureau at events services coordinator Cash. In addition, several local of the movie. “Murder in Coweta County” room at the Coweta County 770-254-2627 or the Carnegie Tray Baggarly, on July 10 at 7 residents will display memorap.m. in the historic 1904 Court- bilia they have associated with is the true story of a brutal mur- courthouse, and the guilty ver- Library at 770-683-1347.

East Coweta freshman scores as contest winner

TODAY

FRIDAY

84° | 66°

84° | 66°

Small chance of rain

— page 6A

20 percent chance of rain

a1 thursday Melanie Perry

Perry named Moreland principal T he Coweta Cou nt y Board of Education appointed Melanie Perry as Moreland Elementary School’s new principal during a called board meeting on Tuesday. Perry, a 14-year educator, began her career in education at Moreland Elementary School in 1999, when she taught first grade. From 2002 to 2007, she taught second grade there a nd then served as the school’s instructional coach from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, she has served as the assistant principal at Moreland. Perry earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Georgia College in 1991, her teaching certif ication in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University in 1999, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia in 2005, and her educational specialist degree from the University of West Georgia in 2007. Perry will succeed Beverly Yeager, who is retiring at the end of June. Yeager is a 33-year educator who has served as Moreland Elementary School’s principal since 1988.

NEWNAN, GA • COWETA COUNTY'S NEWS SOURCE • ISSUE 117 • 2 SEctIoNS, 24 PAGES • 50 cENtS

Cool, sweet take on the summer sandwich buffet — page 1B

COWETACOMMISSION

Recycling center OK’d on Hwy. 16 of garbage” on the property. The 9.43-acre site will be Several variance used for the sorting of recyclaapproved for Fischer ble material, which will then be The Coweta County Board shipped to other locations for Crossings, page 2A of Commissioners voted Tues- final processing. day to grant a conditional use The applicant is Total Recypermit for a recycling center on cling of Georgia LLC, and the different things garbage,” said Hwy. 16 West/Carrollton High- owners of the property are OliZoning Administrator Angela way near the Hwy. 34 Bypass, ver and Beth Gentry. while reducing a condition that “In talking with the applicant White. “We wanted to make forbid the “collection or storage and their engineer, we all call sure everyone understands —

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

T he Coweta Cou nt y Board of Education appointed Melanie Perry as Moreland Elementary School’s new principal during a called board meeting on Tuesday. Perry, a 14-year educator, began her career in education at Moreland Elementary School in 1999, when she taught first grade. From 2002 to 2007, she taught second grade there a nd then served as the school’s instructional coach from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, she has served as the assistant principal at Moreland. Perry earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Georgia College in 1991, her teaching certif ication in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University in 1999, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia in 2005, and her educational specialist degree from the University of West Georgia in 2007. Perry will succeed Beverly Yeager, who is retiring at the end of June. Yeager is a 33-year educator who has served as Moreland Elementary School’s principal since 1988.

Senoia’s water needs grow along with town

we don’t want trash building up on that site.” T he word “ga rbage” is changed to “putrescible waste” as defined by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Putrescible waste is essentially anything that can rot, such as kitchen scraps, food, and human and animal waste. Com m i s sioner A l Sm it h asked Gentry if they would be

doing metals recycling. “A ny ti me you get a permit, metals is involved,” Gentry said. “But our main focus is plastics, cardboard and paper.” Chairman Bob Blackburn asked if Gentry had visited neighbors and discussed his plans, and he said he had. “I commend you for that,”

a1 thursday

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

NEWNAN, GA • COWETA COUNTY'S NEWS SOURCE • ISSUE 117 • 2 SEctIoNS, 24 PAGES • 50 cENtS

East Coweta freshman scores as contest winner

Cool, sweet take on the summer sandwich buffet

— page 6A

— page 1B

COWETACOMMISSION

Recycling center OK’d on Hwy. 16 we don’t want trash building up doing metals recycling. of garbage” on the property. on that site.” The 9.43-acre site will be “A ny ti me you get a perSeveral variance T h e w o r d “ g a r b a g e ” i s mit, metals is involved,” Genused for the sorting of recyclaapproved for Fischer changed to “putrescible waste” try said. “But our main focus is ble material, which will then be The Coweta County Board as defined by the Georgia Envi- plastics, cardboard and paper.” shipped to other locations for Crossings, page 2A of Commissioners voted Tues- final processing. ronmental Protection Division. Chairman Bob Blackburn day to grant a conditional use Putrescible waste is essentially asked if Gentry had visited The applicant is Total Recypermit for a recycling center on cling of Georgia LLC, and the different things garbage,” said anything that can rot, such neighbors and discussed his Hwy. 16 West/Carrollton High- owners of the property are Olias kitchen scraps, food, and plans, and he said he had. Zoning Administrator Angela way near the Hwy. 34 Bypass, ver and Beth Gentry. human and animal waste. “I commend you for that,” while reducing a condition that Com m i s sioner A l Sm it h “In talking with the applicant White. “We wanted to make SEE CENTER, page 2A forbid the “collection or storage and their engineer, we all call sure everyone understands — asked Gentry if they would be

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Perry named Moreland principal

Conference center opens today By CELIA SHORTT celia@newnan.com

Guests arrive at the

newly-completed Newnan Centre for Tuesday’s black-tie gala. Plans are under way to construct a second entrance to the property from Lower Fayetteville Road to handle traffic with there are events at both the meeting facility and the neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

MAGAZINE

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Melanie Perry

The grand opening of the long-awa ited city New na n Centre events facility located next to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road will be today at 10 a.m. Those involved with the building of the facility celebrated at a black-tie ga la Tuesday. The Newnan Centre will be a multi-use facility for the city, businesses, and members of the community. Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and members of the Newnan City Council will officially cut the ribbon to open the facility and begin the day’s festivities. A dedication and light refreshments will follow. Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery said he is excited about the new facility and what it means for Newnan and Coweta County. “This is going to be a cool place,” he said as the finishing touches were being made in April. “We are going to start seeing a ton of change all at once. Everything is going to start coming in at a quick pace.” Groundbreaking for the center took place in August 2011. Early in 2012, delays began when the contractor, D. Dean a nd A s so c i ate s , h ad c a sh flow problems and a replacement had to be found. Headley Construction of Newnan was

PhotoS by JeFFrey Leo

The entrance lobby of the city’s Newnan Centre meeting facility has the feel of a luxury hotel.

If Senoia wants to continue to grow, the city needs more water. C u r r e n t l y, t h e c i t y ’s water system does fine in the winter, early spring and late fall. But during the hot and dry times, it has to buy water from the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. The city’s water plant can treat twice the amount of water it currently treats, if it had the supply. The city is currently limited by its permit that only allows 300,000 gallons a day to be withdrawn from the reservoir on Keg Creek. City Administrator Richard Ferry and the Senoia Cit y Cou nci l d iscussed options at Monday’s council meeting. The city currently has an agreement with the Coweta Wa t e r a n d S e w e r a g e Authority to use the authority’s water when needed, but there is no contract.

Senoia’s water needs grow along with town

SEE CENTER, page 2A

CentreStage

SEE CENTRE, page 2A

Robert Tolleson

‘Murder in Coweta County’ movie producer to speak at events

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

— page 6A

The grand opening of the long-awa ited city New na n Centre events facility located next to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road will be today at 10 a.m. Those involved with the building of the facility celebrated at a black-tie ga la Tuesday. The Newnan Centre will be a multi-use facility for the city, businesses, and members of the community. Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and members of the Newnan City Council will officially cut the ribbon to open the facility and begin the day’s festivities. A dedication and light refreshments will follow. Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery said he is excited about the new facility and what it means for Newnan and Coweta County. “This is going to be a cool place,” he said as the finishing touches were being made in April. “We are going to start seeing a ton of change all at once. Everything is going to start coming in at a quick pace.” Groundbreaking for the center took place in August 2011. Early in 2012, delays began when the contractor, D. Dean a nd A s so ci ate s , h ad c a sh flow problems and a replacement had to be found. Headley Construction of Newnan was

The entrance lobby of the city’s Newnan Centre meeting facility has the feel of a luxury hotel.

INSIDE

East Coweta freshman scores as contest winner

or

Conference center opens today newly-completed Newnan Centre for Tuesday’s black-tie gala. Plans are under way to construct a second entrance to the property from Lower Fayetteville Road to handle traffic with there are events at both the meeting facility and the neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

T he Coweta Cou nt y Board of Education appointed Melanie Perry as Moreland Elementary School’s new principal during a called board meeting on Tuesday. Perry, a 14-year educator, began her career in education at Moreland Elementary School in 1999, when she taught first grade. From 2002 to 2007, she taught second grade there a nd then served as the school’s instructional coach from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, she has served as the assistant principal at Moreland. Perry earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Georgia College in 1991, her teaching certif ication in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University in 1999, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia in 2005, and her educational specialist degree from the University of West Georgia in 2007. Perry will succeed Beverly Yeager, who is retiring at the end of June. Yeager is a 33-year educator who has served as Moreland Elementary School’s principal since 1988.

Senoia’s water needs grow along with town By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

If Senoia wants to continue to grow, the city needs more water. C u r r e n t ly, t h e c i t y ’s water system does fine in the winter, early spring and late fall. But during the hot and dry times, it has to buy water from the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. The city’s water plant can treat twice the amount of water it currently treats, if it had the supply. The city is currently limited by its permit that only allows 300,000 gallons a day to be withdrawn from the reservoir on Keg Creek. City Administrator Richard Ferry and the Senoia Cit y Cou nci l d iscussed options at Monday’s council meeting. The city currently has an agreement with the Coweta Wa t e r a n d S e w e r a g e Authority to use the authority’s water when needed, but there is no contract.

SEE SENOIA, page 2A

If Senoia wants to continue to grow, the city needs more water. C u r r e n t l y, t h e c it y ’s water system does fine in the winter, early spring and late fall. But during the hot and dry times, it has to buy water from the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. The city’s water plant can treat twice the amount of water it currently treats, if it had the supply. The city is currently limited by its permit that only allows 300,000 gallons a day to be withdrawn from the reservoir on Keg Creek. City Administrator Richard Ferry and the Senoia Cit y Cou nci l d iscussed options at Monday’s council meeting. The city currently has an agreement with the Coweta Wa t e r a n d S e w e r a g e Authority to use the authority’s water when needed, but there is no contract.

CentreStage

SEE SENOIA, page 2A

SATURDAY

Rainfall (in inches)

SUNDAY

84° | 68°

88° | 68°

of rain

thunderstorms

Yesterday (as of 7 p.m.) 0.00 Monthly total 5.34 Year-to-date 29.74

— page 1B

Recycling center OK’d on Hwy. 16 By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL we don’t want trash building up doing metals recycling. of garbage” on the property. on that site.” The 9.43-acre site will be “A ny ti me you get a persarah@newnan.com Several variance T h e w o r d “ g a r b a g e ” i s mit, metals is involved,” Genused for the sorting of recyclaapproved for Fischer changed to “putrescible waste” try said. “But our main focus is ble material, which will then be The Coweta County Board as defined by the Georgia Envi- plastics, cardboard and paper.” shipped to other locations for Crossings, page 2A of Commissioners voted Tues- final processing. ronmental Protection Division. Chairman Bob Blackburn day to grant a conditional use Putrescible waste is essentially asked if Gentry had visited The applicant is Total Recypermit for a recycling center on cling of Georgia LLC, and the different things garbage,” said anything that can rot, such neighbors and discussed his Hwy. 16 West/Carrollton High- owners of the property are Olias kitchen scraps, food, and plans, and he said he had. Zoning Administrator Angela way near the Hwy. 34 Bypass, ver and Beth Gentry. human and animal waste. “I commend you for that,” while reducing a condition that Com m i s sioner A l Sm it h “In talking with the applicant White. “We wanted to make SEE CENTER, page 2A forbid the “collection or storage and their engineer, we all call sure everyone understands — asked Gentry if they would be

CentreStage

Conference center opens today By CELIA SHORTT celia@newnan.com

Guests arrive at the

newly-completed Newnan Centre for Tuesday’s black-tie gala. Plans are under way to construct a second entrance to the property from Lower Fayetteville Road to handle traffic with there are events at both the meeting facility and the neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

PhotoS by JeFFrey Leo

The grand opening of the long-awa ited city New na n Centre events facility located next to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road will be today at 10 a.m. Those involved with the building of the facility celebrated at a black-tie ga la Tuesday. The Newnan Centre will be a multi-use facility for the city, businesses, and members of the community. Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and members of the Newnan City Council will officially cut the ribbon to open the facility and begin the day’s festivities. A dedication and light refreshments will follow. Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery said he is excited about the new facility and what it means for Newnan and Coweta County. “This is going to be a cool place,” he said as the finishing touches were being made in April. “We are going to start seeing a ton of change all at once. Everything is going to start coming in at a quick pace.” Groundbreaking for the center took place in August 2011. Early in 2012, delays began when the contractor, D. Dean a nd A s soci ate s , h ad c a sh flow problems and a replacement had to be found. Headley Construction of Newnan was

The entrance lobby of the city’s Newnan Centre meeting facility has the feel of a luxury hotel.

SEE CENTRE, page 2A

Euro Auctions gets temporary approval company had formally requested The biggest requirement is the wasn’t completed the last time she permission to move forward. planting of a 20-foot-wide buffer visited the property, but “hopeThe European equipment auc- around the area where the equip- fully it will be” by the time of the The Coweta County Board of tion company purchased the old ment to be auctioned will be auction. The issue was added to the Commissioners voted to grant Adesa auto auction property on stored. Other remaining issues a temporary certificate of occu- Raymond Hill Road along Inter- are establishment of handicapped agenda for Tuesday’s commission meeting. pancy to Euro Auctions USA for state 85 last fall, and has scheduled parking and the marking of a fire “I wasn’t even aware that they lane. its upcoming opening auction at its first auction for June 26. But there is work that needs to County Development Review were asking for this,” said Robert the north Coweta property, but Tolleson, director of Planning and commissioners expressed displea- be done on the property before it is Technician Teresa Crow said the sure Tuesday that nobody with the considered up to code. handicapped parking striping SEE AUCTION, page 2A

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Robert Tolleson

‘Murder in Coweta County’ movie producer to speak at events Two nights of planned activi- house in downtown Newnan, the movie, and some who were der that took place in 1948 and dict was read there on June 18, ties will take place July 10-11 as one of the movie’s producers, extras in the production will pitted John Wallace of Meri- 1948 – 65 years ago this week. wether County against Coweta the city of Newnan and Coweta Dick Atkins, will give a pre- talk about their experiences. Light refreshments will folThe next evening, July 11, at 7 County Sheriff Lamar Potts. low both of the July events and County partner to celebrate sentation and talk about what the story of “Murder in Coweta went into turning local author p.m. at the Carnegie Library on The trial was the first in Geor- there is no charge to attend. County,” which aired on CBS Margaret’s Anne Barnes’ book the Court Square, Atkins will gia in which a white man was For more information, contelevision network 31 years ago. into a made-for-TV movie star- talk about the production of the convicted on the testimony of According to Coweta County ring Andy Griffith and Johnny movie, followed by a screening black witnesses. The trial was tact the Coweta County Conheld in the second floor court- vention & Visitors Bureau at events services coordinator Cash. In addition, several local of the movie. “Murder in Coweta County” room at the Coweta County 770-254-2627 or the Carnegie Tray Baggarly, on July 10 at 7 residents will display memorap.m. in the historic 1904 Court- bilia they have associated with is the true story of a brutal mur- courthouse, and the guilty ver- Library at 770-683-1347.

INSIDE

Conference center opens today

Cool, sweet take on the summer sandwich buffet

COWETACOMMISSION 50 percent chance 50 percent chance of

Obituaries .................... 3A Comics .................... 8A, 9A Community Forum ..... 4A Classifieds ................... 10A Sports .......................... 6A Food .............................1B

TODAY

84° | 66°

Small chance of rain

FRIDAY

84° | 66° 20 percent chance of rain

SATURDAY

84° | 68° 50 percent chance of rain

SUNDAY

88° | 68°

50 percent chance of thunderstorms

Rainfall (in inches)

Yesterday (as of 7 p.m.) 0.00 Monthly total 5.34 Year-to-date 29.74

By CELIA SHORTT celia@newnan.com

Guests arrive at the

newly-completed Newnan Centre for Tuesday’s black-tie gala. Plans are under way to construct a second entrance to the property from Lower Fayetteville Road to handle traffic with there are events at both the meeting facility and the neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

PhotoS by JeFFrey Leo

The grand opening of the long-awa ited city New na n Centre events facility located next to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road will be today at 10 a.m. Those involved with the building of the facility celebrated at a black-tie ga la Tuesday. The Newnan Centre will be a multi-use facility for the city, businesses, and members of the community. Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and members of the Newnan City Council will officially cut the ribbon to open the facility and begin the day’s festivities. A dedication and light refreshments will follow. Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery said he is excited about the new facility and what it means for Newnan and Coweta County. “This is going to be a cool place,” he said as the finishing touches were being made in April. “We are going to start seeing a ton of change all at once. Everything is going to start coming in at a quick pace.” Groundbreaking for the center took place in August 2011. Early in 2012, delays began when the contractor, D. Dean a nd A s soc i ate s , h ad c a sh flow problems and a replacement had to be found. Headley Construction of Newnan was

The entrance lobby of the city’s Newnan Centre meeting facility has the feel of a luxury hotel.

The biggest requirement is the planting of a 20-foot-wide buffer around the area where the equipment to be auctioned will be stored. Other remaining issues are establishment of handicapped parking and the marking of a fire lane. County Development Review Technician Teresa Crow said the handicapped parking striping

Two nights of planned activi- house in downtown Newnan, ties will take place July 10-11 as one of the movie’s producers, the city of Newnan and Coweta Dick Atkins, will give a preExperiencing Venice & Florence sentation and talk about what County partner to celebrate the story of “Murder in Coweta went into turning local author County,” which aired on CBS Margaret’s Anne Barnes’ book television network 31 years ago. into a made-for-TV movie starAccording to Coweta County ring Andy Griffith and Johnny events services coordinator Cash. In addition, several local Tray Baggarly, on July 10 at 7 residents will display memoraSEE SENOIA, page 2A p.m. in the historic 1904 Court- bilia they have associated with

McRitchie-Hollis Museum Recreating lush 1940s world INSIDE

Obituaries .................... 3A Comics .................... 8A, 9A Community Forum ..... 4A Classifieds ................... 10A Sports .......................... 6A Food .............................1B

Stars, Stripes & Smiles

SEE AUCTION, page 2A

der that took place in 1948 and pitted John Wallace of Meriwether County against Coweta County Sheriff Lamar Potts. The trial was the first in Georgia in which a white man was convicted on the testimony of black witnesses. The trial was held in the second floor courtroom at the Coweta County courthouse, and the guilty ver-

TODAY

84 66 °|

°

Small chance of rain

fun FRIDAY

84 66 °|

°

20 percent chance of rain

SATURDAY

84 68 °|

°

INSIDE

TODAY

84° | 66°

Small chance of rain

FRIDAY

84° | 66° 20 percent chance of rain

SATURDAY

84° | 68° 50 percent chance of rain

SUNDAY

88° | 68°

50 percent chance of thunderstorms

Robert Tolleson

Rainfall (in inches)

Yesterday (as of 7 p.m.) 0.00 Monthly total 5.34 Year-to-date 29.74

Coweta Living A PUBLICATION OF THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD

50 percent chance of rain

88 68

Conference center opens today By CELIA SHORTT celia@newnan.com

Guests arrive at the

newly-completed Newnan Centre for Tuesday’s black-tie gala. Plans are under way to construct a second entrance to the property from Lower Fayetteville Road to handle traffic with there are events at both the meeting facility and the neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

The grand opening of the long-awa ited city New na n Centre events facility located next to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road will be today at 10 a.m. Those involved with the building of the facility celebrated at a black-tie ga la Tuesday. The Newnan Centre will be a multi-use facility for the city, businesses, and members of the community. Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and members of the Newnan City Council will officially cut the ribbon to open the facility and begin the day’s festivities. A dedication and light refreshments will follow. Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery said he is excited about the new facility and what it means for Newnan and Coweta County. “This is going to be a cool place,” he said as the finishing touches were being made in April. “We are going to start seeing a ton of change all at once. Everything is going to start coming in at a quick pace.” Groundbreaking for the center took place in August 2011. Early in 2012, delays began when the contractor, D. Dean a nd A s soci ate s , h ad c a sh flow problems and a replacement had to be found. Headley Construction of Newnan was

All of the local coverage from our community’s staff of journalists Senoia’s water needs grow along with town

Two nights of planned activi- house in downtown Newnan, the movie, and some who were ties will take place July 10-11 as one of the movie’s producers, extras in the production will the city of Newnan and Coweta Dick Atkins, will give a pre- talk about their experiences. The next evening, July 11, at 7 County partner to celebrate sentation and talk about what the story of “Murder in Coweta went into turning local author p.m. at the Carnegie Lib County,” which aired on CBS Margaret’s Anne Barnes’ book television network 31 years ago. into a made-for-TV movie starAccording to Coweta County ring Andy Griffith and Johnny events services coordinator Cash. In addition, several local Tray Baggarly, on July 10 at 7 residents will display memorap.m. in the historic 1904 Court- bilia they have associated with

INSIDE Obituaries .................... 3A Comics .................... 8A, 9A Community Forum ..... 4A Classifieds ................... 10A Sports .......................... 6A Food .............................1B

TODAY

84° | 66°

Small chance of rain

FRIDAY

84° | 66° 20 percent chance of rain

SATURDAY

84° | 68° 50 percent chance of rain

SUNDAY

88° | 68°

50 percent chance of thunderstorms

Rainfall (in inches)

Yesterday (as of 7 p.m.) 0.00 Monthly total 5.34 Year-to-date 29.74

• Full access to an online replica of the Euro Auctions gets temporary approval print edition on your computer or laptop PhotoS by JeFFrey Leo

The entrance lobby of the city’s Newnan Centre meeting facility has the feel of a luxury hotel.

SEE CENTRE, page 2A

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

If Senoia wants to continue to grow, the city needs more water. C u r r e n t l y, t h e c it y ’s water system does fine in the winter, early spring and late fall. But during the hot and dry times, it has to buy water from the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. The city’s water plant can treat twice the amount of water it currently treats, if it had the supply. The city is currently limited by its permit that only allows 300,000 gallons a day to be withdrawn from the reservoir on Keg Creek. City Administrator Richard Ferry and the Senoia Cit y Cou nci l discussed options at Monday’s council meeting. The city currently has an agreement with the Coweta Wa t e r a n d S e w e r a g e Authority to use the authority’s water when needed, but there is no contract.

company had formally requested permission to move forward. The European equipment aucThe Coweta County Board of tion company purchased the old Commissioners voted to grant Adesa auto auction property on a temporary certificate of occu- Raymond Hill Road along Interpancy to Euro Auctions USA for state 85 last fall, and has scheduled its upcoming opening auction at its first auction for June 26. But there is work that needs to the north Coweta property, but commissioners expressed displea- be done on the property before it is sure Tuesday that nobody with the considered up to code.

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

The biggest requirement is the planting of a 20-foot-wide buffer around the area where the equipment to be auctioned will be stored. Other remaining issues are establishment of handicapped parking and the marking of a fire lane. County Development Review Technician Teresa Crow said the handicapped parking striping

wasn’t completed the last time she visited the property, but “hopefully it will be” by the time of the auction. The issue was added to the agenda for Tuesday’s commission meeting. “I wasn’t even aware that they were asking for this,” said Robert Tolleson, director of Planning and

• iPad‘Murder app allowing you to read the in Coweta County’ movie producer to speak at events Two nights of planned activities will take place July 10-11 as the city of Newnan and Coweta County partner to celebrate the story of “Murder in Coweta County,” which aired on CBS television network 31 years ago. According to Coweta County events services coordinator Tray Baggarly, on July 10 at 7 p.m. in the historic 1904 Court-

house in downtown Newnan, one of the movie’s producers, Dick Atkins, will give a presentation and talk about what went into turning local author Margaret’s Anne Barnes’ book into a made-for-TV movie starring Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash. In addition, several local residents will display memorabilia they have associated with

the movie, and some who were extras in the production will talk about their experiences. The next evening, July 11, at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library on the Court Square, Atkins will talk about the production of the movie, followed by a screening of the movie. “Murder in Coweta County” is the true story of a brutal mur-

SEE AUCTION, page 2A

der that took place in 1948 and pitted John Wallace of Meriwether County against Coweta County Sheriff Lamar Potts. The trial was the first in Georgia in which a white man was convicted on the testimony of black witnesses. The trial was held in the second floor courtroom at the Coweta County courthouse, and the guilty ver-

Robert Tolleson

dict was read there on June 18, 1948 – 65 years ago this week. Light refreshments will follow both of the July events and there is no charge to attend. For more information, contact the Coweta County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 770-254-2627 or the Carnegie Library at 770-683-1347.

print edition from your iPad.

SEE SENOIA, page 2A

INSIDE Obituaries .................... 3A Comics .................... 8A, 9A Community Forum ..... 4A Classifieds ................... 10A Sports .......................... 6A Food .............................1B

TODAY

84° | 66°

Small chance of rain

FRIDAY

84° | 66° 20 percent chance of rain

SATURDAY

84° | 68° 50 percent chance of rain

SUNDAY

88° | 68°

50 percent chance of thunderstorms

Rainfall (in inches)

Yesterday (as of 7 p.m.) 0.00 Monthly total 5.34 Year-to-date 29.74

Best Value: Print and Digital Editions

3 month subscription............ $ 39.59* 6 month subscription .............. $ 77.04* 1 year subscription ................... $132.68* * tax included

3 month subscription........................................................ $ 39.59* 6 month subscription ..................................................................$ 77.04* 1 year subscription ..........................................................................$ 132.68*

Rainfall (in inches)

Yesterday (as of 7 p.m.) 0.00 Monthly total 5.34 50 percent chance of Year-to-date 29.74

°|

SEE CENTER, page 2A

CentreStage

Digital Edition Only

Robert Tolleson

dict was read there on June 18, 1948 – 65 years ago this week. Light refreshments will follow both of the July events and there is no charge to attend. For more information, contact the Coweta County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 770-254-2627 or the Carnegie Library at 770-683-1347.

SUNDAY

T he Coweta Cou nt y Board of Education appointed Melanie Perry as Moreland Elementary School’s new principal during a called board meeting on Tuesday. Perry, a 14-year educator, began her career in education at Moreland Elementary School in 1999, when she taught first grade. From 2002 to 2007, she taught second grade there a nd then served as the school’s instructional coach from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, she has served as the assistant principal at Moreland. Perry earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Georgia College in 1991, her teaching certif ication in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University in 1999, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia in 2005, and her educational specialist degree from the University of West Georgia in 2007. Perry will succeed Beverly Yeager, who is retiring at the end of June. Yeager is a 33-year educator who has served as Moreland Elementary School’s principal since 1988.

doing metals recycling. “A ny ti me you get a permit, metals is involved,” Gentry said. “But our main focus is plastics, cardboard and paper.” Chairman Bob Blackburn asked if Gentry had visited neighbors and discussed his plans, and he said he had. “I commend you for that,”

SEE CENTRE, page 2A

‘Murder in Coweta County’ movie producer to speak at events Two nights of planned activi- house in downtown Newnan, the movie, and some who were der that took place in 1948 and dict was read there on June 18, ties will take place July 10-11 as one of the movie’s producers, extras in the production will pitted John Wallace of Meri- 1948 – 65 years ago this week. wether County against Coweta the city of Newnan and Coweta Dick Atkins, will give a pre- talk about their experiences. Light refreshments will folThe next evening, July 11, at 7 County Sheriff Lamar Potts. low both of the July events and County partner to celebrate sentation and talk about what the story of “Murder in Coweta went into turning local author p.m. at the Carnegie Library on The trial was the first in Geor- there is no charge to attend. County,” which aired on CBS Margaret’s Anne Barnes’ book the Court Square, Atkins will gia in which a white man was For more information, contelevision network 31 years ago. into a made-for-TV movie star- talk about the production of the convicted on the testimony of According to Coweta County ring Andy Griffith and Johnny movie, followed by a screening black witnesses. The trial was tact the Coweta County Conheld in the second floor court- vention & Visitors Bureau at events services coordinator Cash. In addition, several local of the movie. “Murder in Coweta County” room at the Coweta County 770-254-2627 or the Carnegie Tray Baggarly, on July 10 at 7 residents will display memorap.m. in the historic 1904 Court- bilia they have associated with is the true story of a brutal mur- courthouse, and the guilty ver- Library at 770-683-1347.

wasn’t completed the last time she visited the property, but “hopefully it will be” by the time of the auction. The issue was added to the agenda for Tuesday’s commission meeting. “I wasn’t even aware that they were asking for this,” said Robert Tolleson, director of Planning and

summer

Celebrate with sweet and simple yet beautiful tabletop decor JULY / AUGUST 2013 | $3.95

the movie, and some who were extras in the production will talk about their experiences. The next evening, July 11, at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Library on the Court Square, Atkins will talk about the production of the movie, followed by a screening of the movie. “Murder in Coweta County” is the true story of a brutal mur-

Perry named Moreland principal

we don’t want trash building up on that site.” T he word “ga rbage” is changed to “putrescible waste” as defined by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Putrescible waste is essentially anything that can rot, such as kitchen scraps, food, and human and animal waste. Com m i s sioner A l Sm it h asked Gentry if they would be

Euro Auctions gets temporary approval company had formally requested The biggest requirement is the wasn’t completed the last time she permission to move forward. planting of a 20-foot-wide buffer visited the property, but “hopeThe European equipment auc- around the area where the equip- fully it will be” by the time of the The Coweta County Board of tion company purchased the old ment to be auctioned will be auction. The issue was added to the Commissioners voted to grant Adesa auto auction property on stored. Other remaining issues a temporary certificate of occu- Raymond Hill Road along Inter- are establishment of handicapped agenda for Tuesday’s commission meeting. pancy to Euro Auctions USA for state 85 last fall, and has scheduled parking and the marking of a fire “I wasn’t even aware that they lane. its upcoming opening auction at its first auction for June 26. But there is work that needs to County Development Review were asking for this,” said Robert the north Coweta property, but Tolleson, director of Planning and commissioners expressed displea- be done on the property before it is Technician Teresa Crow said the sure Tuesday that nobody with the considered up to code. handicapped parking striping SEE AUCTION, page 2A

‘Murder in Coweta County’ movie producer to speak at events Travel Italy

Recycling center OK’d on Hwy. 16 we don’t want trash building up doing metals recycling. of garbage” on the property. on that site.” The 9.43-acre site will be “A ny ti me you get a perT h e w o r d “ g a r b a g e ” i s mit, metals is involved,” Genused for the sorting of recyclachanged to “putrescible waste” try said. “But our main focus is ble material, which will then be The Coweta County Board as defined by the Georgia Envi- plastics, cardboard and paper.” shipped to other locations for of Commissioners voted Tues- final processing. ronmental Protection Division. Chairman Bob Blackburn day to grant a conditional use Putrescible waste is essentially asked if Gentry had visited The applicant is Total Recypermit for a recycling center on cling of Georgia LLC, and the different things garbage,” said anything that can rot, such neighbors and discussed his Hwy. 16 West/Carrollton High- owners of the property are Olias kitchen scraps, food, and plans, and he said he had. Zoning Administrator Angela way near the Hwy. 34 Bypass, ver and Beth Gentry. human and animal waste. “I commend you for that,” while reducing a condition that Com m i s sioner A l Sm it h “In talking with the applicant White. “We wanted to make SEE CENTER, page 2A forbid the “collection or storage and their engineer, we all call sure everyone understands — asked Gentry if they would be

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Obituaries .................... 3A Comics .................... 8A, 9A Community Forum ..... 4A Classifieds ................... 10A Sports .......................... 6A Food .............................1B

Euro Auctions gets temporary approval company had formally requested permission to move forward. The European equipment aucThe Coweta County Board of tion company purchased the old Commissioners voted to grant Adesa auto auction property on a temporary certificate of occu- Raymond Hill Road along Interpancy to Euro Auctions USA for state 85 last fall, and has scheduled its upcoming opening auction at its first auction for June 26. But there is work that needs to the north Coweta property, but commissioners expressed displea- be done on the property before it is sure Tuesday that nobody with the considered up to code.

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

of garbage” on the property. The 9.43-acre site will be Several variance used for the sorting of recyclaapproved for Fischer ble material, which will then be The Coweta County Board shipped to other locations for Crossings, page 2A of Commissioners voted Tues- final processing. day to grant a conditional use The applicant is Total Recypermit for a recycling center on cling of Georgia LLC, and the different things garbage,” said Hwy. 16 West/Carrollton High- owners of the property are OliZoning Administrator Angela way near the Hwy. 34 Bypass, ver and Beth Gentry. while reducing a condition that “In talking with the applicant White. “We wanted to make forbid the “collection or storage and their engineer, we all call sure everyone understands —

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Melanie Perry

CentreStage

T he Coweta Cou nt y Board of Education appointed Melanie Perry as Moreland Elementary School’s new principal during a called board meeting on Tuesday. Perry, a 14-year educator, began her career in education at Moreland Elementary School in 1999, when she taught first grade. From 2002 to 2007, she taught second grade there a nd then served as the school’s instructional coach from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, she has served as the assistant principal at Moreland. Perry earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Georgia College in 1991, her teaching certif ication in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University in 1999, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia in 2005, and her educational specialist degree from the University of West Georgia in 2007. Perry will succeed Beverly Yeager, who is retiring at the end of June. Yeager is a 33-year educator who has served as Moreland Elementary School’s principal since 1988.

COWETACOMMISSION

Recycling center OK’d on Hwy. 16

we don’t want trash building up doing metals recycling. of garbage” on the property. on that site.” The 9.43-acre site will be “A ny ti me you get a perSeveral variance T h e w o r d “ g a r b a g e ” i s mit, metals is involved,” Genused for the sorting of recyclaapproved for Fischer changed to “putrescible waste” try said. “But our main focus is ble material, which will then be The Coweta County Board as defined by the Georgia Envi- plastics, cardboard and paper.” shipped to other locations for Crossings, page 2A of Commissioners voted Tues- final processing. ronmental Protection Division. Chairman Bob Blackburn day to grant a conditional use Putrescible waste is essentially asked if Gentry had visited The applicant is Total Recypermit for a recycling center on cling of Georgia LLC, and the different things garbage,” said anything that can rot, such neighbors and discussed his Hwy. 16 West/Carrollton High- owners of the property are Olias kitchen scraps, food, and plans, and he said he had. Zoning Administrator Angela way near the Hwy. 34 Bypass, ver and Beth Gentry. human and animal waste. “I commend you for that,” while reducing a condition that Com m i s sioner A l Sm it h “In talking with the applicant White. “We wanted to make SEE CENTER, page 2A forbid the “collection or storage and their engineer, we all call sure everyone understands — asked Gentry if they would be

Obituaries .................... 3A Comics .................... 8A, 9A Community Forum ..... 4A Classifieds ................... 10A Sports .......................... 6A Food .............................1B

Melanie Perry

— page 1B

COWETACOMMISSION

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Melanie Perry

Perry named Moreland principal

SEE SENOIA, page 2A

Perry named Moreland principal

Cool, sweet take on the summer sandwich buffet

— page 6A

COWETACOMMISSION

Recycling center OK’d on Hwy. 16 Perry named Moreland principal

East Coweta freshman scores as contest winner

NEWNAN, GA • COWETA COUNTY'S NEWS SOURCE • ISSUE 117 • 2 SEctIoNS, 24 PAGES • 50 cENtS

— page 1B

— page 6A

NEWNAN, GA • COWETA COUNTY'S NEWS SOURCE • ISSUE 117 • 2 SEctIoNS, 24 PAGES • 50 cENtS

°

thunderstorms

2013-14 GUIDE TO NEWNAN-COWETA COUNTY

You get all the benefits of the digital subscription including these additional features: • The convenience of print home delivery • Comics • Special print inserts • USA Weekend print edition

Single Copy Digital Edition: Wednesday - Saturday ...............................................................$ Sunday edition only .......................................................................$ * tax included

1.00* 2.50*

Easy registration at times-herald.com go to the website and click on

• Newnan-Coweta Magazine - 6 issues per year • Annual Coweta Living magazine

Call 770-304-3373 to subscribe.

Celebrating 148 years of editorial and advertising excellence in Coweta County. 16 Jefferson Street • Newnan, GA 30263 • times-herald.com

COUNTY / CITIES

Newnan to build new public safety complex Newnan is planning a new $8.5 million city public safety complex at the site of the old Hannah Homes public housing complex on Jefferson Street. The new facility will house all of the Newnan Police Department. Currently, they are scattered at different locations throughout the city. “I’m ready to start digging yesterday,” said Newnan Police Chief Buster Meadows. “We are all ready to move and get everyone under one roof.” The new facility will also house a new 150-seat municipal courtroom and have multiple entrances on Jefferson Street and Augusta Drive. The Municipal Building on Jefferson Street, which houses Wadsworth Auditorium, will be vacated when the Newnan Police Department and city court move into the new facility. To help determine how Newnan should use the Municipal Building, the

city of Newnan and its Cultural Arts Commission earlier in 2013 offered a survey through which the public could comment on potential uses for the vacated space. Options included:

“The reuse of the vacated space has been identified as a potential redevelopment project. The successful redevelopment of the Municipal Building relies upon the clear identification of potential

• Using it as a central focus point for community entertainment activities.

uses,” city officials said in a prepared

• Featuring current high interest and high demand educational events and exhibitions for a variety of ages.

redesigned facility could become a

• Using it to feature current and high interest educational classes and instruction for persons of all ages. • Providing leased space to special interest groups that would provide access to cultural arts programs. • Using it to partner with universities and other institutions to bring specialized cultural arts exhibitions and experiences to the downtown area.

Newnan Public Safety offices are currently in the old Newnan Municipal Building downtown.

92 Coweta Living 2013-14

By CELIA SHORTT | Photo by Jeffrey Leo

statement. “It is envisioned that this cultural arts destination and support the efforts to promote tourism and economic development in historic downtown Newnan.” The existing building will still house the Wadsworth Auditorium. Groundbreaking for the new public safety building was expected to take place in late summer 2013 and officially open in 2014, according to Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips.

COUNTY / CITIES

Newnan Centre meeting facility opens By CELIA SHORTT | Photos by Jeffrey Leo

The city of Newnan finally has its new home for everything from weddings to health fairs to employee training and business receptions. The new Newnan Centre off Lower Fayetteville Road includes a main building, a tiered 1,200-seat outside amphitheater, and a 1,000-square-foot pavilion. Leading from the pavilion to the main building and the neighboring Centre for Performing and Visual Arts are covered walkways. Inside the main building is also a business center, boardroom, full kitchen, various sized tables, different seating arrangements, stage risers, and a dance floor. The boardroom can also be used a bridal room for weddings, and the main room can be divided into four different sizes to accommodate various functions. “I’ve been working on this for four or five years,” Newnan Convention Center Authority Chairman Parks Avery said recently as the facility was being

Above: The lobby of the newly-opened Newnan Centre city meeting facility on Lower Fayetteville Road looks like that of an upscale hotel. Bottom: Newnan City officials cut the ribbon at the Newnan Centre's opening in June 2013. From left are Newnan City Council members Rhodes Shell, Clayton Hicks, Mayor Keith Brady, Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Jenkins and Ray DuBose.

readied for its debut. “But this is going to be a proud moment for Newnan. When we finally put up that plaque with all the names of the government and committee members who helped see this through, then I am going to get the keys and breathe a huge sigh of relief.” Groundbreaking for the Newnan Centre took place in August 2011 and soon after faced delays when a new contractor needed to be found. Headley Construction of Newnan stepped in and finished the project. On June 18, the Newnan Convention Center Authority held an invitation only black tie gala to open the facility. “This is a chance for us to thank everyone who has been involved in this project and to show the facility off to potential businesses that could use it,” said Avery. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held

on June 20. The first official function at the Newnan Centre was on June 27 with a luncheon fundraiser for Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity. “The reason for this facility is to promote business, tourism and the community for the city,” Avery said. “But what will really be interesting is to see what types of uses we will see.” The available funding for the project was $5.2 million. Avery and the convention authority members are already anticipating having to grow. Eventually, they envision having a top-line hotel and enclosed walkways from the hotel to the Newnan Centre. But for now, they are looking forward to the Newnan Centre becoming the premier meeting facility for local businesses, local corporations, social events, charitable groups, and citizens. Coweta Living 2013-14 93

COUNTY / CITIES

Senoia:

‘the perfect setting – for life’

I

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL

In the past few years, Senoia has gone from sleepy small town to shining star. The small city in southeast Coweta has become a veritable tourist destination thanks to its starring role in season three of AMC cable television network’s hit show “The Walking Dead.” Main Street, once home to just a handful of shops, is now bustling with dozens, ranging from antique and gift shops to restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops, a bicycle shop, a gun shop, furniture stores and even a restaurant and performance venue owned by country star Zac Brown. In addition to the folks who come out on any given day, Senoia hosts visitors at several annual events including the Memorial Day parade, commemoration and fireworks extravaganza; the Cruisin’ to the Oldies car show each September; and the Light Up Senoia Christmas parade. Local property owner and movie mogul Scott Tigchelaar of Raleigh Studios Atlanta often quotes this startling statistic: in 2006, there were seven businesses on Main Street. As of 2012, there were 47. This June, the town was home to a new event — the Southern Ground Senoia Social. The street party and day-long concert was a fundraiser for 94 Coweta Living 2013-14

Photo by W. Winston Skinner

The crowd gathers for the June Southern Ground Senoia Social, a fundraiser for country music star Zac Brown's Camp Southern Ground youth camp project in south Fayette County. The star himself showed up for a short performance and mingled with the crowd.

Brown’s Camp Southern Ground youth camp project in south Fayette County. The star himself showed up for a short performance and mingled with the crowd. The Senoia Social may become an annual event. There’s more to Senoia than events, of course. Senoia is a golf cart town, and carts are allowed on most city streets — as long as they are registered with the city. A multi-use path connecting the subdivisions on Rockaway Road to downtown was completed a few years ago, and has been quite popular. The city is working on a new connecting path that parallels Main Street from Coweta Street on the northern end to Couch Street on the south. There are plenty of opportunities for citizen involvement in Senoia. The Senoia Downtown Development Authority is very active, as is the Senoia Area Historical Society. Senoia has two parks — Merrimac Lakes offers fishing for city residents on three lakes, as well as passive recreation, and is the site of the Coweta Library System’s new Senoia branch library. The Seavy Street park has plenty of playground equipment for the kids. Leroy Johnson Park is home to recreation fields. The city is currently in the process of acquiring

land for new recreation fields. There’s also the East Coweta community center on Howard Road which has regular activities for those 50 and older. All these things — as well as the occasional star watching and regular television and movie filming — are what make Senoia “the perfect setting — for life.” For more information on what Senoia has to offer, visit www.enjoysenoia.com .

Senoia is host for annual Memorial Day festivities including a parade and fireworks. Photo by Sarah Campbell

COUNTY / CITIES

Grantville:

focusing on activities for children, youth

Grantville youngsters join Grantville Mayor Jim Sells, City Manager Johnny Williams and contractors for groundbreaking in spring 2013 for the city's splash park. From left are, front, Dylan Piraion, Jacob Stenhouwer, Gavin Johnson, Peyton Coker, Carson Coker, Lucas Birchfield, Bailey Flynn, Alexia Kwon; back, Williams, Greg Perkins, Tim Moore and Sells.

Story and Photo By W. Winston Skinner

Grantville is looking to the future with plans for parks that will appeal to the city’s younger citizens. The city has long had ballfields, and a state-of-the-art library is located in town. Work began in late spring 2013 on a splash park at the Post Street Park, and the city council has been working on plans for a skate park at the Griffin Street recreation area. “We have a great community. We need something for the kids,” said Mayor Jim Sells. The splash park will cover 7,000 square feet and will include a spray point in a fanciful landscape. There also will be several “geysers” – jets of water that add to the park’s fun. Grantville has also been on television this year. In March, the AMC cable TV show, “The Walking Dead” aired its episode titled, “Clear,” filmed entirely in Grantville. Locations included Sells’ home and the antebellum freight depot. When tourists from other states and even other countries began traveling to the southwest Coweta city to see sights featured in the “Clear” eipsode, Sells started offering free tours for them. “My hope is the tourists and the attention helps attract business and revenue to the city,” he said. The town has a police department and sells electricity, water and natural gas.

All Steel Structures

Carports • RV Covers Horse Barns • Garages • Shops • Sizes 12x20 up to 60x200 • Eave heights of 8’ tall up to 16’ tall • 2”x 3” boxed tube in 14 gauge, G-90 Galvanized Framing • Double tube framing on 40’ wide or wider • 15 standard colors to choose from • Built on concrete or directly on the ground (or any level surface) • Many door sizes to choose from • AG panel ribbed siding or dutch lap steel siding available • Floor planned to meet your specific needs

Professionally Built On Site Phenix City, AL (334) 297-4940 • Columbus, GA (706) 322-4179

28 Bullsboro Drive • Newnan, GA 30263 (directly across from water tower)

(770) 502-7007

FINA AVAILNCING ABLE

Mon - Fri. 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sat. 9:00am - 6:00pm; Closed Sunday

www.mcguiresbuildings.com Coweta Living 2013-14 95

COUNTY / CITIES

Celebrations put

Moreland on the map

M

Story and Photo By W. Winston Skinner

Moreland is one of Coweta County’s smaller towns, with a 2010 population of 399, but the hamlet grows much larger several days a year. Moreland is the location of several big events that draw people from throughout Coweta County and the nearby area. The granddaddy of them all – in terms of size and history – is the Fourth of July celebration. Three churches — First Baptist Church of Moreland, Moreland United Methodist Church and White Oak Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church – join forces to prepare succulent pork barbecue for the annual celebration of Independence Day. The Moreland Cultural Arts

Bailey gets an appreciative hug from Elizabeth Mansour after winning first place in the patriotic dog contest as part of Moreland’s 4th of July celebration.

Alliance, which promotes tourism, sponsored the Puckett Station Arts and Crafts Festival on barbecue day 2013. The festival draws its monicker from an earlier name for the town and has been a tradition for some 25 years. The 2013 barbecue was the 65th. Volunteers gathered at the Lewis Grizzard Memorial Barbecue Pavilion behind the Moreland Mill to prepare the ‘cue and stew on July 3. The Moreland Community Historical Society Moreland Heritage Day each spring. Most years Heritage Day includes a parade, old fashioned games and a picnic. MCAA works with the Coweta

Dozens of participants head out from the historic Moreland Mill as they ride for Ferst Foundation’s efforts to promote early reading in Coweta during the Grizzard ride in October 2012. THE NEWNAN Times-Herald file PHOTO

96 Coweta Living 2013-14

Public Library System to sponsor the Spintime Storytelling Festival. Professional storytellers and musicians share their talents, and a writing competition is part of the celebration. Moreland United Methodist Church’s annual car show – complete with a bake sale and other activities – also draws a crowd. Moreland has a rich history. The city is currently working on plans for restoration of the Moreland Mill building. The Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum, which houses the MCHS collection, is to be located on the main floor. MCAA operates the Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum and has a collection of Lewis Grizzard memorabilia that will soon be exhibited in Moreland. Caldwell, the author of “God’s Little Acre” and “Tobacco Road,” was born near Moreland in 1903. His birthplace was moved to Moreland in the 1990s and is open as a museum. Grizzard was a noted journalist, author and humorist who died in 1994 after a long struggle with a congenital heart ailment. He grew up in Moreland, often referred to his hometown and Newnan High School in his newspaper columns and books, and had a recurring role on former TV show “Designing Women.”

CITY OF NEWNAN

NUMBERS TO KNOW Beautification - 770-254-2354 Building - 770-254-2362 Carnegie Library - 770-683-1347 Cemetery - 770-253-3744 City Clerk - 770-254-2358 City Manager - 770-254-2358 Community Development - 770-254-2354 Engineering - 770-253-0327

index of

Advertisers

Abundant Life Faith Church.....................................85 Arbor Springs Plantation.............63 Bank of North Georgia................. 2 The Bedford School..................... 75 Better Homes & Gardens MetroBrokers............................55 Boatwright CPA............................45

Odyssey School............................ 67 Ortho Atlanta............................... 15 Piedmont Newnan Hospital....... 21 Powers Pavilion.............................85 Progressive Heating & Air............. 5 Radiation Oncology.................100 Riverside Military Academy........ 67 The Salvation Army...................... 87

Fire - 770-253-1851

Cancer Treatment Centers of America.............................. 79

Sanders, Haugen & Sears, P.C....53

Garage - 770-253-0327

Canongate Golf.......................... 23

Savannah Court.......................... 25

Human Resources - 770-254-2358

Charter Bank................................ 57

Service Master Cleaners............45

Information Technology - 770-254-2358

Coweta County Convention & Visitors Bureau.....................43

Sewell Marine............................... 47

Coweta County Development Authority..................................63

SNAP Fitness.................................. 31

Finance - 770-254-2351

Keep Newnan Beautiful - 770-253-8283 Main Street Newnan - 770-253-8283 Mayor - 770-254-2358 Planning and Zoning - 770-254-2354 Police - 770-254-2355 Public Information - 770-254-2358 Public Works - 770-253-0327 Sanitation - 770-253-0327 Street - 770-253-0327

Department Heads Beautification Mike Furbush

Building Bill Stephenson

Cemetery Jimmy Hemmings

City Clerk Della Hill

City Manager Cleatus Phillips

Engineering Michael Klahr

Finance Katrina Cline

Fire David Whitley

Human Resources Meg Blubaugh

Information Technology Jim Chambers

Keep Newnan Beautiful

Coweta County School System...................................... 69 Coweta-Fayette EMC................. 47 Coweta Medical Center............ 13 Dawson Street Christian School....................................... 71 Farm Bureau Insurance.............. 41 First Baptist Church of Newnan............................... 81

Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. .......33 Skinner & Thompson Office of Law...........................43 SouthTowne..................................55 St. Paul‘s Episcopal Church........ 81 Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc......................... 37 StoneBridge Early Learning Center...................................... 73 StoneBridge Subdivision............. 51

Carol Duffey

Georgia Bone & Joint.................29

Ten East Washington................... 57

Business Development Director / Main Street Newnan

GMC Junior College...................65

Towne Club................................... 13

Hemrick’s....................................... 49

Treasures Old & New................... 49

Hasco Craver IV

Heritage of Peachtree................ 31

Tucker Hardware.........................35

Mayor

The Heritage School.................... 74

Keith Brady

Innovative Pool & Spa.................53

University of West Georgia................................... 75

Planning and Zoning

Jack Peek’s Sales......................... 99

Vining Stone..................................83

Tracy Dunnavant

Jeffries Eye Care..........................33

Ward Law Office.......................... 49

Police

Lee-King Pharmacy.................... 59

Weed Man.................................... 39

Let Them Eat Toffee..................... 39

Wesley Woods of Newnan......... 27

Gina L. Snider

Litz Tire & Automotive..................35

Public Works

Magic Maid.................................. 59

West Georgia Gastroenterology................... 25

Michael Klahr

MainStreet Newnan.................... 41

Streets/ Garage/ Sanitation

West Georgia Health.................... 8

McGuire’s Buildings................61, 95

West Georgia Technical College...................................... 3

D. L. “Buster” Meadows

Public Information

Deputy Public Works Ray Norton

The Newnan Times-Herald......... 91

Coweta Living 2013-14 97

COUNTY / CITIES

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

An example of antique farm power, this Allis-Chalmers rolls through Turin in the town's annual tractor parade held each August. An all-day tractor pull tests the abilities of tractors of all vintages.

Coweta small towns offer rural charm

A

Away from Interstate 85 and Coweta County’s busy business centers are several smaller towns — hidden out in the quiet country and offering their special rural charm. Sharpsburg is located between Newnan and Peachtree City at Georgia Highways 16, 54 and 154. The town has a population of about 350 and covers 320 acres. The business district has been featured in television productions from “A Christmas Memory,” based on the short story by Truman Capote and starring Patty Duke, to the current hit AMC network show “The Walking Dead.” According to Mayor Wendell Staley, planning is under way for a new city park to be built next to their recently renovated city hall and Bridges Community Center at 150 Main St. Construction for a new town parking area is also being planned. Turin is located immediately south of Sharpsburg and has a population of about 279 spread over 1.3 square miles. In late summer, Turin holds its annual 98 Coweta Living 2013-14

By WES MAYER

Tractor Pull Parade and Street Dance, and plans on having a Family Fun Day in the fall. For the Friday night Street Dance, Turin Road is blocked off in downtown, music performances and food vendors come together and people are welcome to dance in the street. The following Saturday morning the local Tractor Pull Association holds their antique tractor parade and tractor pull. The 2013 Turin Tractor Pull event is Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to about 6 p.m. Haralson is actually Coweta County’s oldest town, according to Mayor Ted Bateman. Haralson is located directly south of Senoia along Georgia Highway 85. A population of 169 lives in the area of 448 acres. Haralson is one of the more popular filming locales for the television show, “The Walking Dead,” and has been a backdrop for other movies over the years. Haralson holds its own annual fireworks in July. An annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and parade is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Haralson, like the other small towns in Coweta is

one of those “content with staying in the country,” Bateman said. A small piece of Palmetto is also a part of Coweta County. Palmetto is located at the north edge of Coweta County along U.S. Highway 29 and near Interstate 85. A population of more than 4,600 is spread across 5.3 square miles. Palmetto reopened their historic train depot as a museum in October 2012. It is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to the public. Palmetto also holds an annual spring festival parade on the third Saturday of May and an annual Christmas festival on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Last but not least is the tiny, unincorporated community of Raymond. Located between Newnan and Sharpsburg off Highway 16 East, Raymond is best known for its renovation of the Mary Ray Schoolhouse. The school was originally built in 1909 and was falling into disrepair until a group of former students came together in 2007 to renovate the building. The schoolhouse was added to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Places in Peril list in 2009, and renovation was completed in 2012. Mary Ray Schoolhouse supporters and volunteers gather on the porch of the building. From left are, front, Allen Robertson, Thomas M. Lee; middle, Carl Smith; back, Ned Chambless, Paula Stanford, Emily McKeown and Carlton Floyd. Photo by W. Winston Skinner

From the smallest land owner to the largest landscaper!

JACK PEEK’S SALES GOING ON 51 YEARS…Where the Customer Is Always #1!

ARE YOU READY FOR ?

A

Big Efciency Comes In Small Packages

Straight Shaft Trimmers Trimmers Edgers

Extended Reach Hedgetrimmers

Simply the Best

The freedom to reclaim your weekend! Hedgetrimmers

You don’t have to be a professional to appreciate quality.

Chainsaws

We Blow It All Away

Backpack Blowers

6/12 Months Deferred Interest

Turn Plastic Into Stihl®

Lawn Vacuums Push or Self-propelled Models

Come ! See The ALL NEW

See our selection of Lawnmowers and Tillers

Industry Best

5 YEAR WARRANTY

Rear-Engine Rider

Full Line Dealer

More Air Power Less Manpower

28” & 33” Cut

Special Fina n Available cing HOURS: Mon.-Tues.-Thurs.-Fri. 7:30 AM-6:00 PM • Sat. 7:30 AM-4:00 PM • CLOSED WED. & SUN.

SALE S

S E RVIC E

PARTS

AC C E S SORI E S

TRAI LE R SALE S

We Stock A Full Parts Department and Service Everything We Sell • All Equipment Comes Fully Assembed At No Additional Cost

Cancer Knows Many Fac

Cancer Knows Many Faces

...and Radiation Oncology Services knows patients shouldn’t h

to travel far for excellent cancer care. In fact, we know all abo

combining compassionate care with state-of-the-art technology a warm, friendly environment. . . close to home.

...and Radiation Oncology Services

n

knows patients shouldn’t have to Our services include: travel far for excellent cancer care.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy

n

In fact, know Image Guidedwe Radiation Therapyall

n

Partial Breast Radiation Therapy

n

Prostate Seed Implants

n

High Dose Rate Brachytherapy

about n Stereotactic Radiation Therapy

® n Gamma Knife (through affiliation combining compassionate care n

Palliative Care

with state-of-the-art technology in

Henry Radiation Oncology Center Opening a warm, friendly environment. . . Summer 2010 Piedmont close toFayette home.Cancer Center Opening Summer 2010 Administration 770. 994. 1650 Cobb 770. 948. 6000 Newnan 770. 254. 9600

Griffin 770. 228. 3737 Riverdale 770. 997. 8424

Saint Joseph’s Hospital 678. 843. 7004 South Fulton Medical Center 404. 466. 6100

www.radonc.com

Accredited by the Joint Commission.

Our services include: Locations

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy

Image Guided Radiation Therapy

ROS-Administration

770. 994. 1650

Partial Breast Radiation Therapy

ROS-Cobb

770. 948. 6000

Prostate Seed Implants

ROS-Griffin

770. 228. 3737

High Dose Rate Brachytherapy

ROS-Newnan

770. 254. 9600

Stereotactic Radiation Therapy

ROS-Piedmont Henry

678. 251. 1099

Palliative Care

ROS-Piedmont Fayette

770. 719. 5850

ROS-Riverdale

770. 997. 8424

Accredited by the Joint Commission


Coweta Living 2013-2014