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Volume 7, No. 9



Smyrna Police and Fire Officers join “Kingsized,” center, as they get ready for the Sept. 10 Auction for Heroes at Brawner Hall.


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What are your plans for 9.10.11? Come remember and honor Smyrna’s Fire and Police “Heroes” at the Smyrna Auction for Heroes Gala, Saturday, September 10th at historic Brawner Hall on Atlanta Road. As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 nears, it is a fitting time for the Smyrna community to set aside one evening to support the firefighters and police officers who protect and serve our community 24/7, 365 days a year. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our heroes in a fun-filled and festive Gala sure to become one of Smyrna’s premier events each year. (Get your tickets now at www. The Gala is a community-wide, volunteer effort by area residents and businesses to help our heroes with a fundraiser benefiting the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF, Supporting the SPSF at the Gala just makes sense. Why? Helping the SPSF translates to helping all of Smyrna’s residents, businesses, and visitors. The SPSF is a 501(c) nonprofit organization that promotes and serves

both City of Smyrna public safety employees and the community. It is committed to providing the community safety and outreach programs, public safety improvements, disaster support, equipment, recruitment and training, and other much-needed services to make Smyrna a safer and even more enjoyable place to live, work, play, and visit. Mingle with Smyrna’s fire and police heroes, local businesses and residents, city officials, and Honorary Chair, Mayor A Max Bacon. Eat and enjoy delicious food from Atkins Park Tavern. Bid on live and silent auction goods and services from area businesses and residents. It is not too early to think of holiday gift-giving while bidding on such fabulous auction items as jewelry; exotic trips and weekend getaways; fine Continued on Page 17

NEW FACES AMONG SMYRNA CANDIDATES Smyrna will see several new faces on city council following the Nov. 8 city election and it’s a three-way race for the mayor’s post. Mayor Max Bacon is challenged by Alex Backry and Donna Short Woodham for a four year term. Two incumbent council members face a challenge, Melleny Pritchett is challenged by John Miller for the Ward 1 seat and Alex Bretch, Judith Causey Jones and Charles “Corkey” Welch will challenge Mike McNabb for the Ward 4 post. In the Ward 2 post being vacated by Ron Newcomb, Andrea Bluestein was the sole qualifier. Two incumbents are unopposed; Teri Anulewicz in Ward 3 and Wade S. Lnenicka in Ward 6. In Ward 5 where Jimmy Smith is stepping down, Michael “Mike” Hyde, Jason Saliba and Susan Dease Wilkinson have qualified. In Ward 7 where Pete Wood is retiring, Ron Fennel, Garry Osborne, Ziad Salameh and Vic Yankouski are seeking the office. Voters will also decide on Sunday alcohol sales. Voter registration continues through Oct. 11.

Taste of Smyrna “Festival of Delectable” is coming to satisfy palates, quench your thirst, fulfill your need for music & entertainment and please the kids, all in one day! You will be able to sample all Smyrna restaurants have to offer on Saturday Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to – 8 p.m. on the beautiful Village Green and Market Village in downtown Smyrna. Admission is FREE and samples may be purchased from $1 up to $4. More than 25 restaurants including Atkins Park, Marlow’s Tavern, Zucca Bar & Pizzeria, The Melting Pot, Sweet Tomatoes, Williamson Bros. BBQ, Bruster’s Ice Cream & Nathan’s Hot Dogs and more will tempt your taste buds and fill your senses. There will be acoustic music from Scott Thompson entertaining patrons from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. adjacent to the Veteran’s Memorial, and then Jon Byrd will continue the music in front of City Hall from 3 – 7 p.m. The Francisco Vidal Band will rock you into the evening. For more than 20 years, Francisco Vidal has been a pillar in the music scene in Atlanta, Georgia. Francisco has opened for Lynrd Skynrd, Edwin McCain, Sister Hazel, Kenny Loggins, Hall and Oates, John Mayer, and numerous other nationally known acts. Francisco Vidal Band will go on 7 p.m. on the main stage

in front of City Hall. There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables featuring the 33’ Shark Slide, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24’ Rockwall, 120’ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, and much more. Attendance, weather permitting, is expected to be over 20,000 people. The

Smyrna Education Foundation will be handling and benefit from water and soft drink sales. Plan to sample all Smyrna’s finest restaurants, visit the beer garden and wine tasting, and listen to music all day long all on the beautiful Village Green and Market Village award winning properties.


This year’s the Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair will be unveiling the biggest and most exciting ride yet, the WildCat Rollercoaster. The 79th annual North Georgia State Fair is coming to town Sept. 22, through Oct. 2, at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. Designed by celebrated ride and coaster engineer, Anton Schwarzkopf, the WildCat has an overlapping and interlocking figure 8 configuration that sits 215 feet long, 75 feet deep, and 60 feet high. Topping out at a speed of 40 mph, the 4 person aerodynamic passenger cars allow for tight turns and hills that produce negative g-forces as well as strong lateral forces. “The WildCat is the largest rollercoaster at any fair in the United States. In addition to a fabulous blue and green paint job, and state of the art control system, we have installed magnetic breaks to insure a smooth and safe start and stop every time,” Drew Amusements owner Jimmy Drew said. The Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair will be one of only two fairs in the entire nation to have a WildCat Rollercoaster. According to Drew, “The WildCat Rollercoaster will, without question, propel the North Georgia State Fair to one of the premier fairs in the southeast.” Attracting nearly 300,000 people from

The midway at the North Georgia State Fair. throughout metro Atlanta, North Georgia and surrounding states, the North Georgia State Fair is the largest fair in metro Atlanta and the second largest in Georgia. This year the fun and excitement continues – with action-packed, family shows and entertainment. New Live shows that are free with paid admission include: Kachunga and the Alligator Show – Watch in amazement as Kachunga steps into the pool with a 9 foot alligator. An exciting, educational show that the whole Continued on Page 7

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All it took was meeting her, holding her in our arms and our first granddaughter captured our hearts. She is not only a beautiful baby; she is a good baby, allowing herself to be passed from loving arms to loving arms without a cry or complaint. Addilee Ruth Long was born on August 6 at 10:15 on a beautiful Saturday morning. We almost made it in time for her birth, arriving at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte at 2 in the afternoon. We walked into the room and our daughter, Katie, asked if we would like to hold our granddaughter. As she placed Addilee in my arms, it was love at first sight; at first holding. Addie, as she will be called, snuggled into my arms, bonding quickly with her grandma. She was born on a day when the headlines screamed of historic economic decline in America. Enough doom and gloom to make us wonder what kind of world this precious child had entered and what kind of future she will have. But she was also born into a family with love for her and for each other; with parents to protect her and teach her and guide her. She comes into an extended family with a long history of strong spiritual roots and faith that will be a part of her upbringing and support. Addie was calm on the day of her

birth, not troubled by the headlines. She seemed to feel the love that surrounded her. What will the future hold for Addilee? We can’t pretend to know. But I do know that her mother and father and her grandparents will always love her and pro- Happy Family - Drew, tect her. No Katie and Addie Long matter what the financial chaos of the world, she will be rich in the things that matter; the things that money can not buy.

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VRS NAMES SHARON CROYLE DIRECTOR Sharon Croyle has been appointed Executive Director / CEO of Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia (VRS), Nancy Eaton, Board Chair announced. Ms. Croyle will be the fourth person to hold this position in the organization’s almost 30 year history. Ms. Croyle worked with Joan M. Stuart, current Executive Director / CEO for the month of August, after which Ms. Stuart is retiring from the organization. Most currently, Ms. Croyle served as the Director of both the Foundation and Volunteer Services at Emory Adventist Hospital in Smyrna. Additionally, she co-facilitated Share, the customer service model at Emory Adventist Hospital, serving as the resource person for personnel seeking community assistance, backup Patient Services Representative, etc.

As an independent fundraising consultant, Sharon’s clients included: The Center for Family Resources, Cobb County March of Dimes, Senior Services of North Fulton, Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, Kidney Foundation of Georgia and the Raymond M. Cash Foundation. She began her career in banking and finance. Actively involved in the Smyrna community, Sharon is a member of the Cobb Community Collaborative, Past Director of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and has collaborative relationships with King Springs Elementary School and the City of Smyrna.


By Dr. Derek Conte antennae, which benefit greatly from the A fascinating NOVA program ran last “self-similar” fractal patterns, allowing week on Fractal Geometry which involves them to receive a broad band of frequencies the idea that many structural patterns in due to the principles of resonance. Look Nature could be expressed mathematically. inside your cell phone and notice the tiny Fractal Geometry began in the mind of Dr. golden grid inside. That’s your antenna! Benoit Mandelbrot while working for IBM Now, how could this powerful insight in the 1950’s when he brought assist in the diagnosis of disease, mathematics to Nature instead you ask? Well, one cardiologist of only applying it to Man-made noted that when normal fluctuathings. He noticed that by taking a tions in heart rates are examined straight or smooth shape and breakover long periods of time, the ing it into smaller and smaller confamiliar “self-similar” fractal tiguous pieces, the shape’s finite pattern emerges, and holds up, length would be made infinite. whether viewed over a month, a For instance, taking an equilateral day or even an hour. If ‘normal’ triangle and adding smaller tri- Dr. Derek Conte macro-patterns can be estabangles on each side yielded a sixlished, then it may be possible to pointed star shape. With the aid of those detect heart ailments much earlier. And in IBM computers he added more and more the field of cancer research there is also triangles resulting in an infinitely complex promise. Current imaging techniques have snowflake shape. The repeating patterns limitations in the size of tumors they can were called, “self-similar” in that, as you detect in the kidneys, say, but ultrasound focused down on smaller and smaller areas does a very good job of seeing the overof the overall picture, it looked just like the all movement of blood through the fractal larger picture, only many orders of magnibranchings of the vessels in the kidneys. tude smaller. It has been discovered that the blood flow In Nature, this “self-similar” patternaround even small tumors is very different ing is everywhere: in the branchings the from the flow in a healthy kidney. Perhaps vascular and pulmonary systems, in the the presence of very small tumors can one veining of leaves or splitting of rivers into day be reliably inferred with this kind of deltas at the ocean, or even in forests. Three observation. scientists even showed that the branching Watching this NOVA special made of a single tree was perfectly reflected in me extremely excited as I thought of how all the trees of the forest in which it stood. beautifully organized our world is; how The distribution and sizes of the trees in the there is a mathematical coherence to its forest exactly matched relative sizes of the design, even with all those lovely curved branches of the single tree. These patterns lines around us. are even echoed in the distribution of the Dr. Derek Conte is co-founder of Chigalaxies of our universe. ropractic Specialists on Concord Rd. in Current applications fractals in techSmyrna. For questions, call: 404-784-6008 nology include radio and cell phone or visit Facebook: Chiropractor Smyrna Ga | Derek Conte DC

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By Robert Meyring known to the world as Thomas Merton the “Judge your success by what you had best selling author of a book published in to give up in order to get it.” It’s a point 1948 and named by the National Review as of reflection, written by the Dalai Lama, one of the 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of about what has to be done. Gainthe 20th Century. That book was ing an understanding of where you “Seven Storey Mountain.” More are now has a whole lot to do with about the meeting with the Dalai understanding what has happened Lama can be found here at www. in the past. The “Those who cannot remember Dalai Lama and Father Louis met the past are condemned to repeat it” again in Bangkok the following was notably quoted 106 years ago December. It was Thomas Merby George Santayana. Oft quoted, ton’s last trip. He died in a freak it implies that certain actions in accident just days later. the past, if repeated, would be bad. Merton’s book inspired a No one wants to repeat their own Robert Meyring lot of people and much has been mistakes. Rather, the better way to written about it. On a personal learn is from the mistakes of others. But note, Merton gave my dad some practical if you must make your own mistakes, the advice: inspired him to leave the monasDalai Lama says, “when you lose- don’t tery, go to university “for at least a year” lose the lesson.” So if you have seen it - and wouldn’t you know it? - he met my happen before and you know it’s probably Mom which is great for my parents’ chilgoing to happen again, wouldn’t it be prudren and their families. My family and dent to be prepared? many other people are later beneficiaries The Dalai Lama, in exile in 1968, met of a legacy left behind by Father Louis, a man for a three day meeting in India. in ways that aren’t possible to know, but The man was a Trappist monk, from the are appreciated. My father talked about Gethsemani Abbey, in Kentucky, known to how his spiritual counseling sessions my dad as Father Louis; his spiritual adviwith Father Louis would always run long. sor for five years. Father Louis was better Growing up, I thought the “talks” that my Dad would give me after I did something wrong, always ran far too long. Now I Smyrna-Vinings know, I was getting some Legacy. The Dalai did say: “Share your knowledge. It’s The Bright Side™ a way to achieve immortality.” 3330 Cumberland Blvd., Ste 500, Robert S. Meyring, managing partner Atlanta, GA 30339 of the Meyring Law Firm in Vinings, offers (770) 426-9388 free 10 minute phone consultations at 217-4369. The Firm’s website is

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The Vinings Village Civic Club will hold its first meeting of the new year on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Teasley Elementary School Media Center. The club has partnered with Teasley to do some projects this year. All members and friends are invited to attend. Richard Jackson, winner of the Freedom Foundation Literary Award and Author of “Yesterdays are Forever”, The Last Fast White Boy”, “Too Stupid to Quit” and “On the Edge”, will be the speaker at the September meeting. The Vinings Village Civic Club has plans for offering something different for our special dinner event on Oct. 3. Instead of having an Oktoberfest we will be celebrating another important American Holiday. Save the date and look for further details in our Newsletter or our web site. If you would like further information about the Vinings Village Civic Club please visit our web site: viningsvillagecivicclub. org or email

NEW TREE BOARD MEMBERS NAMED Two members have been appointed to the Smyrna Tree Board. Kim Brinson, a Smyrna resident for six years, was appointed by Councilman Ron Newcomb. Brinson is an active member of the Smyrna Community Garden. Roger Bryant, a Consulting Forester and the owner of Smyrna-based Genesis Forest Management, was appointed by Melleny C. Pritchett, Ward 1.

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The Nickajack Elementary Foundation is hosting its Second Annual Kickball Classic & Fall Festival on Oct. 2 at Rhyne Park in Smyrna. The Kickball Classic is an adult, co-ed kickball tournament. It is setup for a total of twelve teams to enter for a day of competition and fun. While the adults are playing hard, the Foundation also holds a Fall Festival at the park with activities for kids of all ages to come out and enjoy. There will be a special area this year for kids 6 and under. For the big kids, favorites from last year such as the mechanical bowl, joust & inflatable slide will all be back, plus a lot more. Tickets will be on sale day of to participate in all the activities, plus a raffle for prizes and $500 cash. The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with an exhibition game between the staffs at Nickajack Elementary & its neighboring King Springs Elementary. Last year Nickajack took the trophy home, but King Springs is ADVERTISER - PLEASE CHECK: out for bragging rights in year two. Come out and cheer on the pillars of our schools ADDRESS CORRECT while they play hard for a great cause. King Springs Elementary will continue PHONE NUMBER CORRECT to support the day by making sure there is great food, snacks and drinks available PRICES CORRECT at the Rhyne Park concession stand for all who come out to play kickball and enjoy the fall festival. SPELLING All proceeds of the tournament go to support the Nickajack Elementary FoundaEXPIRATION DATEtion. The Nickajack Elementary Foundation is a nonprofit organization oper¬ated by a Board of Directors comprised of parents, faculty and staff for the benefit of the school. The Foundation was formed in 2010 to supplement educational expenses that were no longer being covered by Cobb County Schools in order to keep the chil-

dren’s education competitive in all areas of learning. Last year they raised enough money to hire a Computer Lab teacher for the school. This year’s event will fund the following programs: BrainPop Combo (an interactive lessons/assessment for students), Ed Helper (a resource for teachers that supports all academic areas), Renaissance Learning (Accelerated Reader program), Tumble Books (reading comprehension), Current Events Magazines & OnCourse (an online teacher planning tool). For more information about the Nickajack Elementary Foundation or to register for the kickball tournament, please visit

RUSSELL CELEBRATES 50 YEARS Russell Elementary School located in Smyrna, Georgia is gearing up to celebrate 50 years of educating the Smyrna, Marietta, Austell, and Mableton Community. On Oct. 8 from noon - 5 p.m. Russell will be hosting a Community wide birthday party to celebrate all of the families Russell Elementary has reached over the last 50 years. Current and past students and staff in addition to the entire community are invited to party with us. We will ne enjoying fun, food, music, and games in addition to school tours and alumni events. Come ready for a good time and of course BIRTHDAY CAKE! Russell Elementary School is located at 3920 South Hurt Road, Smyrna, or visit the website at or contact us at

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SMYRNA LIBRARY CELEBRATES 75 YEARS The Smyrna Public Library will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the library on Sept. 17. The celebration will be held at Brawner Hall, located at 3180 Atlanta Road, SE, from 1– 4 p.m., and is coordinated by the Friends of Smyrna Library (FOSL). Anniversary festivities will include music by local keyboardist and vocalist, Benny Boynton, is a seasoned pianist and vocalist who has performed with Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Lonestar, Charlie Daniels, The Marshall Tucker Band, Percy Sledge, Chubby Checker, and more. At 3 p.m., Feriel Feldman and B.J. Abraham of the “Southern Order of Storytellers” will tell Carmen Agra Deedy’s “The Library Dragon” followed by some additional stories. B.J. Abraham has been a storyteller and member of the National Storytelling Association and a charter member of Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) since 1983. She tells to children and adults, specializing in various dialects and character voices. Feriel Feldman is past president of Southern Order of Storytellers. She is a

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Marion Blackwell, a native of Atlanta and long time Vinings resident, recently published his first book, titled “Blue Locusts.” He has written many essays and stories for Georgia Backroads, The AJC, The Landmarker, Friends Journal and Loftlife and he is an avid historian and supporter of Vinings Historic Preservation Society. The book is a fascinating cross section of short stories about the Civil War, Atlanta area history, his passion for hiking, his long real estate career, and other topics. There is something for everyone in this book. Stop by the Historic Society’s office MondayFriday between 10 a.m. – 5 pm and pick up your signed copy. The list price for the book is $24.95 but Marion is offering the book at a sale price of $22 if it is purchased at the Vinings Center. He will also donate $5 to VHPS for each copy sold. The book is not available in stores or online so hurry in today and get your copy. The VHPS is located at 3010 Paces Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30339. For more information please call Gillian Greer at 770-432-3343 or e-mail

Continued from Page 1 family is sure to enjoy. Hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton – Nationally renowned hypnotist Tammy Harris Barton will amaze and entertain as she takes willing volunteers on a journey of the mind. This show will be remembered by all for years to come. Keith King Bike, Stunt Show – This BMX stunt show is proven entertainment for kids and adults alike. Performance features high-flying aerial stunts and mind boggling technical moves. All-time favorite shows and attractions back again this year: K-9’s in Flight will entertain audiences of all ages. This non-stop, action-packed performance showcases the top amazing K9 sports, including K-9 dock diving, high jump, and frisbee - all in a fun, high flying atmosphere. Oscar the Robot, the entertaining roaming robot with the razor wit and famous stroller races, also will be returning to the fair this year. Wit Carson’s Petting Zoo and the fair petting barn at the south entrance of the fairgrounds provide a fun and educational experience for children and adults alike. Some of the animals that will be on hand include bison, zebra, cows, rabbits, llamas and much more! Pony rides also will be offered. Other long-time traditions will continue, including sanctioned flower shows, non-commercial exhibits, and more than 40 amusement rides and games courtesy of the Great James H. Drew Exposition. Brian Ruth “Master of the Chainsaw” will be back to transform raw logs into true works of art with only a chainsaw.


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Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Quality Honor Roll. Emory-Adventist Hospital is one of 61 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). The data was collected from January 2010 to December 2010. “This is a great accomplishment for Emory-Adventist Hospital,” said Joseph

Parker, president of GHA. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the Emory-Adventist Hospital staff to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.” All acute care hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS. This data details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of eight Appropriate Care Measures (ACM), which are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for patients who have suffered heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia.


On July 26 & 27, the Foundation of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna partnered with Glock, Inc. to raise funds for the hospital’s digital mammography equipment. Target: Breast Cancer was a day long educational event to teach women handgun safety. Instructors from Glock led classroom and hands on instruction for women of all ages. The event raised over $4000 for the Foundation. Pictured are the participants of Tuesday and Wednesday’s class along with instructors Chris Edwards (red shirt) and Scotty Banks(black shirt).

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True Christianity is not a religion. It is a close and personal relationship with the Almighty Creator God of the Universe, the God that is, the God who calls himself simply, “I Am,” the God who knows each of us be�er than we know ourselves. This relationship is the answer to the mess sinful mankind has made of the world; an environmental, economic and social mess that some would like to blame on the Creator, but which honest minds will acknowledge has been caused by the creature. To learn more, read the Bible. You might start with Psalms in the Old Testament and John and Hebrews in the New Testament. And Go to Church. The church sponsoring this ad is Smyrna Presbyterian located on Atlanta Road in Smyrna. Come join us this Sunday. Bring this ad and receive a copy of the New Testament and Bible study aids.

Smyrna Presbyterian Church, PCA 3130 Atlanta Road phone: 770-435-2251 Smyrna, Georgia 30080 fax: 770-435-2256 web: www.

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(A full version of the Smyrna/Vinings and Mableton/Austell calendar is available on our website: SEPTEMBER 11: ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Presenter on September 11 will be Kenneth Penegar, providing a talk based on his book, The Political Trial of Benjamin Franklin: A Prelude to the American Revolution. Call 770-432-3049 or visit our website,, for more about us. ••• 12: THE VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB will hold its first meeting of the new year on Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Teasley Elementary School Media Center. Web site: or ••• 12: SCHOOL INFORMATIONAL SES-



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SION. Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 .The Smyrna Academy of Excellence is holding public informational sessions the 2nd Monday of each month at Rev Coffee beginning at 6 p.m. SAE will be a K-12 STEM Charter school in the Smyrna area for the 2013-14 school year. for more info. ••• 17: TASTE OF SMYRNA Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the beautiful Village Green and Market Village in downtown Smyrna. Free admission! ••• 19: CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: How to Learn Networking from the Master Rainmaker. Join us for our next Career Transition meeting to hear Ricky Steele, the ultimate Rainmaker. Monday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Presentation 7 p.m.) at First Presbyterian Church WAREHOUSE 68 N. Marietta Pkwy Marietta. For more information, contact Bill Lins 404558-1579 or Bob Sabin 770-795-9084, or go to ••• 20: CHOLESTEROL – LOWER YOURS! 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Presented by Michaele Brown, MD. Come to this seminar for tips and best practices to lower your cholesterol and keep it low. Dr. Michaele Brown will teach the differences between HDL, LDL, triglycerides and more and she will share how you can keep your cholesterol numbers at the right levels. Seminar will take place at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna in the hospital cafeteria. Call 770-3192025 to reserve your spot. ••• 22: NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR. Sept. 22, through Sunday, October 2. ••• 28: COBB FAITH PARTNERSHIPS. General Meeting - Wednesday, Sept. 28: Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Lunch will start at 11:45 a.m., and our meeting will start at Noon. If you’ve missed a CFP meeting in the past year, this is one you DON’T want to miss. Be sure to bring a guest or two with you - the one way to experience what CFP is all about is to attend a meeting. For information, email us at info@cobbfaithpartne OCTOBER 3: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST. Cobb Chamber event. Monday, Oct. 3 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 a.m. Speaker: Sam Olens, Attorney General, State of Georgia. Program: Public Safety. General Admission: $55; Members: $25 online; $45 at door. Online Registration Closes: Sept. 29 at noon. Registration at ••• 3: THE VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB has plans for offering something different for our special dinner event on October 3. Instead of having an Oktoberfest we will be celebrating another important American Holiday. Save the date and look for further details in our Newsletter or our web site. If you would like further information about the Vinings Village Civic Club please visit our web site: or •••

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WEEKLY EVENTS BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Troop 11 meets at 7 p.m. every Monday evening at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. New Scouts are welcome! Please visit our website: ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 88 meets 7 to 9 pm every Tuesday in the Troop scout hut adjacent to the Smyrna First Baptist athletic field on Church St. in Smyrna. See our web site for more information

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••• PACES FERRY FARMER’S MARKET continues each Wednesday and Friday from 1 ‘til dusk. Fresh produce, homemade goodies, including Noemi’s great tamales, are available. The market is located at Cumberland United Methodist Church, 2375 Paces Ferry Road near Home Depot Headquarters. For more information, please contact the church office at 770436-7514. ••• SMYRNA PRODUCE MARKET – The Smyrna Fresh Market is open every Saturday from 80 a.m. until noon at the Smyrna First Baptist parking lot on King Street. Local fresh seasonal produce, including tomatoes, honey, baked goods, salsa, spices, pickles, soaps, dog treats and beautiful plants are waiting for you. ••• FARMER’S MARKET. St Benedict Farmers Atlanta Road Market is open each Tuesday from 4 p.m. -8 p.m. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE. Every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. 770-795-5079. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Smyrna Community Center ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA now meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Wednesday from 11:30-1:00. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• SMYRNA GOLDEN K KIWANIS: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 811 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: ••• VININGS ROTARY: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Vinings Club, Overlook III, 2859 Paces Ferry Road. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8:am to 11a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month and the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday each month. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, Squadron 160 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday each month. All of these meetings are at 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. For more information, access or call 770-436-2501.

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••• BLIND & LOW VISION SUPPORT Group (Pride) meets from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Contact Gloria Fisher, LCSW, for more details: 770-432-7280 ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 Paces Ferry Road NW ••• WOMEN’S DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP. This FREE support group, sponsored by Visions Anew, is facilitated by counselors and meets at the Vinings Fire Station (4336 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30339) the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. For additional information on this group, as well as other groups Visions Anew offers around town, and to confirm times, please contact Visions Anew at 770953-2882 or ••• MEN’S DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP. This FREE support group, sponsored by Visions Anew, is facilitated by counselors and meets at the Vinings Fire Station (4336 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30339) the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 7 -8 p.m. For additional information on this group, as well as other groups Visions Anew offers around town, and to confirm times, please contact Visions Anew at 770-

953-2882 or ••• HUMANISTS OF GEORGIA. Humanism is free from any belief in the supernatural and is dedicated to the search for meaning and values for individuals on this earth through reliance on intelligence and the scientific method, democracy, and social sympathy. Monthly meeting is every third Sunday at 12:30 p.m. HGA meets at the Atlanta Freethought Hall 4775 N Church Lane, Smyrna. 770-432-9599. ••• THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but including public places. Anyone interested in gardening, floral and landscape design is welcome to attend. For further information, you may contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are nonprofit support groups for at-home mothers. Smyrna-East chapter includes zip code 30080 west of Atlanta Road and the Vinings Estates neighborhood. Please visit www.freewebs. com/momsclubofsmyrnaeast for more. The Smyrna-Northeast chapter includes zip code 30339 and zip code 30080 east of Atlanta Road. Please visit http://www.momsclubofsmyrnane. com for more. Smyrna-West chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubofsmyrnaviningswest@yahoo. com for more information. ••• NEWCOMERS OF COBB COUNTY. We meet each month on the third Tuesday 10 a.m. for our general meeting. 10 a.m. at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. Please call for details! 770-234-5068 or Email: newcomersofcobbcou Those new to Cobb County, or just looking for new friends and activities, are invited to join in. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. Alive After 5 Sept. 29 at First Citizens Bank, 3300 Cumberland Blvd. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of all ages and stages. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join us! We typically meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at SFUMC. For more information, check out ••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VBA) meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch at Social Vinings. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch $15 for Members; $20 for Non-Members and guests are always welcome! A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for the OCTOBER issue is SEPTEMBER 23 deadline with publication the week of OCTOBER 3. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at

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ACCA WELCOMES TAYLOR AS NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL Atlanta Classical Christian Academy welcomes Scott Taylor to his first year as Head of School. ACCA, a member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools, is in its 8th year of service to the Smyrna community assisting parents in the godly training of their children through a distinc-


Smyrna Golden K Kiwanis members were treated to a tomato sandwich feast recently as President-Elect Joe Bland provided home-grown tomatoes for a feast. Kiwanis member Ann Sprague helps out. The Golden K Kiwanis meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Aliene Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church St., Smyrna. Go to for more information.

tively Christ-centered education in the classical tradition. Taylor has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology and Environmental Science and a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary in Columbia, SC. He Scott Taylor has over two decades of Christian ministry and leadership experience, and more than eleven years of experience in leadership, administration, and teaching in the classical Christian education movement. He is the founding headmaster of three classical Christian (ACCS member) schools, and prior to coming to ACCA, Mr. Taylor was most recently Headmaster at Coram Deo Academy in Carmel, Ind. He is married to Donna, who also brings a wealth of experience to her role as 2nd grade teacher, and they have three children enrolled in ACCA, Josiah (8th grade), Samuel (7th grade), and Abigail (5th grade). The faculty and families of ACCA are extremely excited to welcome such an experienced leader as their new Head of School and look forward to God continuing to bless ACCA under Taylor’s leadership. Opportunities to meet Taylor include contacting ACCA at 770-874-8885 to schedule an individual visit, and attending one of the school’s scheduled open house events on November 15, or January 10. For more information please visit the school’s website at

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Smyrna area businesses and residents will come together for the Smyrna Auction for Heroes Gala at Brawner Hall Sept. 10 to honor Smyrna’s own fire and police Police Officer Tim Sharples explained, “We’re the people they call when they need help, and we get paid for doing what we love.” Firefighter Kenneth Durdun reported that his job comes “with the potential to make an impact in an emergency or make a child smile.” The Gala benefits the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation (SPSF), a non-profit organization that drives fundraising for programs and services that both the community and Smyrna’s public safety employees need to improve the quality of life for Smyrna’s residents, businesses, and visitors. One SPSF program is the annual “Shop with a Hero” outing as police and fire officers take underprivileged children shopping. “Their families have been hurt in the current economic climate,” said Firefighter Jay Ratliff. “The Shop with a Hero program helps them have a better holiday.” Not only do the children buy muchneeded items for themselves, they also purchase gifts for their families. Smyrna’s firefighters and police officers are to on-going training to prepare for the challenges they face daily. ‘It teaches you that your limits are farther than what you think,” Lt. Alan Goble (SFD) said. “You keep pushing yourself when you think you can’t go any more, and you learn you can.” Smyrna’s firefighters and police officers appreciate community support both for them and the SPSF. “The SPSF instills confidence that the community is behind us. If the community isn’t behind you, morale drops. If the community is behind you, then you have a partnership,” said Officer Paul Vargas (SPD). Knowing that what’s good for the SPSF is good for the community led to strong backing for the Gala. Gold-level sponsors include Capital Cadillac, Charter Cable, Dave FM, and Love Street/Heart and Sole; silver-level: Atkins Park Tavern, The Bright Side, The Cobb News, Luminocity Entertainment Division (LED), Smyrna-Vinings Patch, United Distributors, The Vinings Club, Vinings Gallery, and The Tricycle Marketing Agency; and bronze-level: Acopia Home Loans, Adventure Outdoors, Arkle Veterinary Care, Artcraft Collision, Blessings Unlimited, W E


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Noon Sept. 30 -- Trip – Canvas By U leave at 9 a.m. October activities will include: Wooden Toy Making, Trip to Mistletoe Market, Edward Jones’ Lunch, AARP Safe Driving Class, And many, many more exciting classes and trips. For information on how to become a member of the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool or for more information on any of the activities, please contact us at 678-631-5541. Freeman Poole Senior Center Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Rd, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Activities limited to adults age 55 and above. Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Rd, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Activities limited to adults age 55 and above. Monday Movie Madness -- Monday, Sept. 12: Out to Sea, 1 p.m. Cost: $1 / $2 Non-resident. Starring: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau; Rated PG13. Celebrate Summer’s End -- Monday, Sept. 13, Cost: $6 / $8 Non-resident, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy your afternoon with us with a great show by Akil Shakir, a popular Atlanta performer, and a delicious meal served by Arbor Terrace at West Cobb. Put your dancing shoes on and dance the afternoon away! Safe & Smart Living -- Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. Free; Registration required. Stay informed. Invite a friend or two.

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November 8, 2011 Mayor of Smyrna

By Melony Brown If Cumberland Community Church’s Back to School Celebration for Argyle Elementary students is any indication of what kind of school year these students will have, then this year will be one of their best yet! Nearly 1,500 church members and Argyle families enjoyed a fun-filled day in preparation for the upcoming school year. Three years ago, Cumberland Community Church made the decision to partner with Argyle Elementary’s students, families and faculty. They didn’t want it to be a one-time event; rather, they wanted to establish an ongoing relationship. This year’s event provided the opportunity for the partnership to grow even stronger. Over 600 backpacks, filled with supplies, were given away to help the students be prepared for this school year. Argyle Kindergarten student, Cannon Richards, was excited to get his backpack. About starting school he said, “I’m looking forward to building with blocks and playing at recess.” Students and their families enjoyed carnival games, a dunking booth, a climbing wall, face painting and lots of popcorn and cotton candy. One hundred and fifty children received free haircuts. Kool Smiles, a Smyrna business, gave away packets of dental supplies to help ensure good dental health. Smyrna Fire & Rescue firefighters allowed the children to explore the fire trucks. Soles 4 Souls gave away 2,500 free pairs of flip flops for all the family members. Cumberland Church member Ray

Cannon Richards Hilton loves the Faith in Action events because his five-year old daughter, Brooklyn, gets to experience the joy of serving others. Brooklyn helped the boys and girls select the perfect backpack. Watching her, Hilton said, “I’m getting emotional just seeing my daughter serve. She’s so happy when she’s giving the backpacks to the kids.” Cumberland’s Faith in Action events give members the opportunity to put their faith in God into action. Partnering with Argyle Elementary, Campbell Middle, Campbell High and Osborne High allow Cumberland members to have a positive impact on the community of Smyrna. Their next FIA event will be a school makeover at Argyle Elementary on Oct. 30. If you’d like to participate, call Rob Irvine at 770952-8834.


Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon cuts the ribbon at Galleria Manor, 2731 Woodland Terrace, a new affordable living community for seniors Aug. 26. The $7.1 million facility was built by The Paces Foundation in part with federal stimulus money. From left are James Norton IV, Senior Vice President, BB&T, Steve Bachman, Senior Vice President, CAA Hardin Construction Company, Melleny Pritchett, Smyrna City Council Representative, Max Bacon, Mayor, Mark du Mas, President, The Paces Foundation; Laurel Hart, Director of Affordable Housing, Georgia Department of Community Affairs; LaTaunynia Campbell, LEED for Homes Program Manager, Southface.

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The Smyrna Business Association awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Osborne High graduate T’Shawn Carter. Carter graduated with a 3.9 average while participating in football and basketball. He plans to major in business management at Savannah State College and State University. From left are Jim Duelmer, SBA Education Chairman; Tamaria Cater (mother); Donna Carter (grandmother), Carter and SBA President Allan Lipsett.



Campbell High School junior Allan Frye was selected as a National Champion in the 400 Meter Relay at the AAU National Club Championships in July. Previously, Frye was second in the state in the 4 X 400 Relay (2011) as a sophomore, third in the state in the 4 X 400 Relay as a freshman (2010), and third in the region in the 300 Meter Hurdle (2010) as a sophomore. Frey is currently the Cobb County J. V. Record Holder for the 300 Intermediate Hurdles. In the Intermediate Division for 15-16 year olds, he scored: 110 Meter Hurdles 14.54; 400 Meter Hurdles 54.98. Above, Boys’ Track and Field Coach Mike McCloud congratulates nationally ranked hurdler Allan Frye.

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NOTES & NOTICES LOST/FOUND RING FOUND Silver band with stones. One large middle stone and two side stones. Found on Stephens Street near the Baptist Church parking lot week of August 15th. Contact if you have lost a ring with this description. FOR RENT/SALE CONDO FOR RENT 3- bedroom, 1.5 bath condominium For Rent. $850 month plus deposit of $850. Tenant pays Electricity, other utilities included. Located off Cobb Pky and Delk Road, Community swimming pool and 2 tennis courts. Cats allowed. 404-457-4600. YARD/ ESTATE SALES CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE Come visit us at Fall/Winter 2011 Children’s Consignment Sale at Smyrna First United Methodist Church, (Intersection of Atlanta Rd. & Concord Rd.), Friday, September 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (NO STROLLERS PLEASE 9:30-11a.m. on Friday only) Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. – Noon. Save BIG $$$ on children’s clothes, coats, toys, baby needs & equipment, books, sporting goods & much more! Many items ½ price on Saturday! Visit us at LOOKING FOR SELLERS LOOKING FOR SELLERS for a community craft and yard sell at the Moose Lodge in Smyrna. This location is on a HIGH traffic area and we will have a lot of advertising in the papers and online before the event. The cost is $10 for a booth and we will have tables you can use. This event will be on Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 am until 5 pm. You can come for an hour or stay all day. We will also be selling food for lunch and other snacks and drinks. Come shop and bring your friends. Please confirm your booth reservation at ashleyebooth@yahoo. com or call 678-471-9931. CHURCH YARD SALE Huge Yard Sale on Sat. Sept. 10th from 8 am-2 pm at Smyrna First Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road. Questions call Joan at 678-309-1323. CONSIGNMENT SALE Marietta Church of God gym Giggles and Grace Consignment Sale Sept. 16-17 at 1083 Allgood Road, Marietta. Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1. (Many items will be 1/2 price on Saturday!) More info on our website at or call Karen at 770-841-9710. SPECIAL OFFERS BOY SCOUTS SELL PINE STRAW Pine Straw Sale: To support the Boy Scout program at Smyrna First UMC, Troop 11 will hold their fall pine straw sale on Saturday & Sunday, Octo. 1-2. Saturday times are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday times are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Prices are $3.50/ bale if picked up by customer and $4.50/ bale if delivered. Pre-orders may be placed by leaving a phone message at 404-277-0523. Thank you for supporting Boy Scouting! DONATIONS STUDENT DONATIONS Students of Campbell High’s Japanese Club request donations for trip to NYC. Looking to offset transportation and lodging costs as they explore

the Big Apple. Donations as small as $5-50 are greatly appreciated. Please send monies to Attn: John Moale, Campbell High, 5265 Ward Street, Smyrna, GA 30080. VOLUNTEERS, BOOK DONATIONS The Friends of Smyrna Library volunteer organization is seeking 71 volunteers for the upcoming Fall Jonquil Festival Book Sale. The book sale will be held on Saturday Oct. 22 and Sunday Oct. 23 in front of the Smyrna Community Center. Saturday shifts are available from 8 AM until 6:30 PM. Sunday shifts are available from 11:30 AM until 6:30 p.m. See the website for available shifts and duties or call Jeff at 770-401-3050. Also needed are donations of gently used fiction and non-fiction hardbacks and all varieties of children’s books. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made at the circulation desk in the library lobby. Thank you for your support of the Smyrna Public Library. HELP WANTED CAREGIVERS NEEDED Be loved by your clients. Comfort Keepers is seeking mature, dependable people to fill open positions, caring for the elderly. If you enjoy providing companionship, preparing meals, shopping for the elderly, we want to hear from you. Please call 678-354-0102. VOLUNTEERS CSB SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Can you offer volunteer clerical help for just a few hours a month? Cobb Community Services Board (CSB) needs volunteer office assistance in various locations in Cobb County. Can you help about 3 hours a week making phone calls, data entry, filing, and assisting with various other office duties? Also needed are volunteers to assist with basic music activities for adults with developmental disabilities in the day program at our EXCEL Center. We also need mentors for Believe in Youth Program. For more information contact CSB Volunteer Coordinator Mary Robeck at 770819-9229, ext. 226.

SENIOR ADULT CELBRATION 2011 Senior Adult Celebration 2011 will beld at First Baptist Church Smyrna on October 18. Dr. Paul Voss, renowned public speaker, Georgia State University associate professor, and president of Ethikos, an ethics consulting group. His clients include Home Depot, FBI Labs, St. Joseph’s Hospital Systems, and Visa. Our featured soloist is Babbie Mason. Registration fee is $8 (covers continental breakfast, lunch and speaker fee). For registration form visit our web site at and click on News & Events at the top of the page. Mail form with registration fee to First Baptist Church Smyrna, 1275 Church St SE, Smyrna, no later than Oct. 1.

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Smyrna • 3759 Wood Valley Drive • A wonderful spacious brick ranch on a full daylight basement! Freshly painted, new floor coverings throughout. New kitchen appliances. Amazingly large bedrooms. Family room with brick fireplace. Extra large room is finished in basement & serves as bedroom/family room. Also a full bath in basement & plenty of storage. Glistening in-ground pool & beautifully landscaped yard complete the picture! $247,900 • Nancy Puffe • 770-262-1859/404-252-4908

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Smyrna • 1932 Tristan Drive • Style & class define this home. An open floorplan with a charming ‘twist’. Hardwood floors throughout the main, Seperate Living Room. Spacious dining room seats 12 w/view of private porch and beautifully landscaped yard. The kitchen opens to the greatroom w/fireplace & access to porch. 2 additional BRs are on second level w/full bath. A large space presently serving as storage has the potential to be a large 4th Bedroom. $295,000 • Nancy Puffe • 770-262-1859/404-252-4908

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Mableton • 6414 Crown Forest Court • Providence Community 4 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths. Full Basement. Fenced Backyard. Cul-du-sac. Gated Community w/pool, tennis, fitness center & more. $275,000 • Chuck Bolash • 404-578-3047/404-252-4908

Mableton • 6245 Providence Club Drive • Providence Community 4 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths. Full basement corner lot in a John Wieland Gated Community w/pool, tennis, fitness center & more. $250,000 • Chuck Bolash • 404-578-3047/404-252-4908

Mableton • 4906 Vinings Ridge Trail • Exceptional home for the price! Renovated master bath with steam shower; finished terrace level with sauna, gym, theater and billiards rooms. Hardwoods through the main level. Amazing gourmet kitchen. Cul-de-sac location. $450,000 • Sandra Holmes • 770-803-7235/404-2524908

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