January 2017 South Cobb Bright Side

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CHILI COOKOFF TO BENEFIT SOUTH COBB ARTS A Chilly Chili Cookoff is planned Jan. 21 to benefit the programs of the South Cobb Arts Alliance. The event will be 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mable House Complex, 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton. Cost is $10 per person to eat and $25 to compete. There are a limited Number of Competition slots and applications must be in by Jan. 12 at president@southcobbarts.org. E-mail subject line Chili Cookoff; include your name; e-mail; phone number; type of chili. No in person competition applications on event day. The Cook Off Competition Rules include: • Chili varieties should be labeled (note if vegetarian, beef, chicken, or any other

variety). • Family friendly event, please label chili accordingly as hot, mild or somewhat spicy. • Each participant can bring a maximum of one chili crock pot/server and electrical cord. • Each participant can bring four quarts of Chili to sample and serve. There will be recognition for outperformers and fun prizes. The group is offering aspecial Membership offering that night, pay $25 to become an SCAA member and also receive a free full service AutoBell carwash voucher, which is valued at $16.99. Information at www.southcobbarts.org or president@ southcobbarts.org.


Cobb County’s first baby born in 2017 arrived at Wellstar Cobb Hospital in Austell at 12:02 a.m., hospital officials say. Jayce Hanna is 7 pounds, 1.4 ounces and 20 inches long. The baby boy was born to parents Verneka Hodo and Chevron Hanna of Austell. He was also welcomed by a big sister, 1-year-old Journey. The Austell couple was given a due date of Jan. 4, but expected him to arrive before then. “I’m feeling blessed,” Hannah said. “This is the best Happy New Year’s gift ever, and it was the best way to spend New Year’s.”

The Theatre Project at The Mable House will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as its Spring show in April. The Theatre Project is a community theatre experience for 9-18 year olds, with an occasion to use other adults in some of its productions. The mission is to provide a theatrical experience to Cobb County youth with an emphasis on education. The musical has a family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music based on the Genesis story of the coat of many colors worn by Joseph. Auditions to take place mid-January, call to register: 770-819-3285. For ages 9-18 years. Fee to register is $225. Upon registration you will be assigned an audition time. Once cast, rehearsals will begin in early

February on Sundays 2-6pm and Tuesdays 6-8pm An addition of Thursday rehearsals will begin in March with some possible Saturday workshops. Show weekend is April 21-23 Fee is returned if child is not cast. Unaccepted roles result in a forfeit of the registration fee.

SCAA SETS MEMBERSHIP ART SHOW The South Cobb Arts Alliance will hold a Membership Show and Sale Jan. 19 – Feb. 23 in the gallery at the Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. All media welcome including fiber, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and fine craft. 2D work must be framed or wired for hanging.

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VININGS HEALTH PARK CONSTRUCTION ON SCHEDULE; OPENING IN FALL Construction is well underway on the new Vinings Health Park, which should open in September, WellStar officials told community leaders in December. WellStar broke ground in February on the new building at 4441 Atlanta Road SE. near I-285 and Cumberland Pkwy. The new three level, 162,000 squarefoot facility will primarily serve residents in the South Cobb County area, including Vinings and Smyrna as well as Northwest Fulton County. This is the third WellStar Health Park; two facilities in East Cobb and Acworth served some 300,000 patient visits last year. The construction team reported that the building is on schedule. “Our first goal was to get the parking lot in,” said Joe Young of Meadows and Ohly. The steel structure is going up and topping out was expected in early December. "The building’s ‘skin’ is now going up and it will look essentially completed from outside over the next month. The rear parking deck is nearly finished.” "We are on schedule and will be meet-

ing our construction dates," Young said. Next year the Health Park will add an outpatient surgery center with three operating rooms, three procedure rooms, and 23 pre- and post-op Rooms. Construction will start June with opening in early 2018. Services offered at Vinings Health Park include: an imaging center, urgent care center, sleep center, outpatient surgery center, cardiac diagnostics, lab outreach and free admission testing teaching, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy and sports medicine, a retail pharmacy, community education and wellness center, and a Parkside bistro. Michael Johnson, administer administrate tour of the East Cobb Health Park and the new Vinings center will bring in some 150 to 175 new jobs. "It will attract medical professionals and new businesses," he said. “We try to be a good partner. Our goal is to be responsible and take care of concerns from the community.” The facility will be staffed with a multi-specialty mix of physicians to include a strong foundation of primary care physi-

Michal Johnson, East Cobb and Vinings Helath Parks administrator, tells of progress at the new facility. cians – family physicians, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN, and specialists, such as cardiologists, pulmonologists, ENT, gastroenterologists, surgeons, allergy/ asthma, endocrinology and others based on community needs.

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Comments By Cathy RESOLVING TO ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher In an unusual move, Allan and I went on to bed before the New Year began. We stayed awake, reading, waiting, and watching the ball drop at Times Square on the IPad. No celebration; just a quiet happy new year and on to sleep. In our defense, we were both recovering from the flu/cold bug that was going around. The bug takes a lot away from feeling up to excitement and celebration. When you stop and think about it, the transition from Dec. 31 to January 1 is just a change in numbers, this year from a 16 to a 17. Otherwise, things in our lives are pretty much the same. So, in my feverish, achy thoughts, I had an awakening; a new philosophy about the New Year. This year I would make no resolutions; no promises to change. I would simply reflect on all the good things about the year passing and look toward these good things continuing into the New Year. Instead of vowing to make resolutions, I want to appreciate all the positives rather than focus on the negatives. Years ago, when we owned a weekly newspaper in Coastal Georgia, we had one of the few copy machines in town that allowed public access. Around Christmas one year, someone came in to make copies of their annual letter. After they left, we realized that the original was still on the copier. Someone in our office, in removing it, accidently noticed that it was filled with all of that family’s scandals for the year. A shocking revelation of this family’s past year to send to their family and friends. This was before Facebook when such posting are routine for many people. The problem with a Christmas letter that only lists all of the good things that have happened, it can begin to sound like bragging. If we had written a letter it would go something like this: we had a family trip to the beach, enjoyed visits from my sister and brother-in-law, from a longtime friend, and from both of our children and their families. We hosted a dinner for friends and spouses from my old childhood neighborhood. We published 24 newspaper editions, and had a new kitchen floor installed after only 28 years of hating the floor that came with our house. Allan and

I both were installed as church officers and have taken a more active role in the life of our church. Yes, we had struggles during the year and worries about our kitty who has been losing weight. But we have had a good year in 2016 overall. It has gone quickly, like one of those nights when you roll over to sleep and it seems only a minute later that it’s morning. The past year was like that. It was a good year; a fast year; and we have hopes for a good year in 2017. My heroes, however, are those who had a rough year with illness and death and personal struggles and yet maintained their optimism and a smile; who have continued to keep going when it would be easier to give up. My other heroes are those who give their time and talents and money to help others, despite their own difficulties and challenges. Happy New Year to everyone.

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By Amy Carrier, President every day. But they never forget the imporWellStar Cobb Hospital tance of making the experience as child-foThe moment you realize you need to cused and low-stress as possible. And they call 911 can be a very scary moment. It’s certainly appreciate the community’s supeven more frightening for the child who is port in helping them do so. being loaded into the ambulance At Cobb Hospital, we’re under wailing sirens and arriving in incredibly appreciative of the a flurry to the hustle and bustle of a people at PetSmart and their cusbrightly-lit hospital. tomers – people who care and want But the emotional well-being to help pets and people however of a child can be just as important they can. As a mom of two pupto attend to as the physical needs. pies myself, I may be a little biased The Pediatric Emergency Departwhen I say pet people are compasment (ED) team members at Well- Amy Carrier sionate people, but I really believe Star Cobb Hospital do everything it. Thank you. they can to make children comfortable, BILLY JOEL HEADLINES lower their stress levels and make sure they know they have support. FIRST CONCERT AT This December, our team in the ED SUNTRUST PARK received a great gift from PetSmart in Austell and its customers to help lower stress of Billy Joel will perform the first live kids in the ED. The store teamed up with concert at the Atlanta Braves' new stadium, Metro Atlanta EMS to deliver 200 stuffed SunTrust Park on Friday, April 28, Live animals which will be used to calm children Nation and SunTrust Park have announced. in Cobb Hospital’s ED. The ambulance serThe concert will mark the first Billy Joel vice is also a recipient of PetSmart’s gensolo concert in Atlanta since 2015. erosity. “It is a thrill to have one of the greatTo a grown-up, a stuffed toy may seem est entertainers of our time perform the like a small thing. But when those kids are first concert at SunTrust Park,” said Derek scared, a first responder, a nurse or physiSchiller, Braves president, business. “We cian make a big difference by giving them look forward to hosting Billy Joel and are something to cuddle. It creates a connection eager to kick off the first of many concerts and trust that helps the child be receptive with such a legendary artist.” to the person who’s treating them. We’ve “Atlanta has had an ongoing love heard stories of kids treasuring those aniaffair with Billy Joel beginning with his mals for years because they bonded over a performances at The Electric Ballroom, hardship and it often reminds the child of Great Southeast Music Hall and on to his that special healthcare worker who helped sold out performances at The Omni and them. Philips Arena. There is nobody hotter in The highly specialized team of pediatmusic than Billy Joel” said Peter Conlon, ric physicians and nurses in Cobb Hospipresident of Live Nation Atlanta. tal’s Emergency Department work in one of Tickets will be available for purchase the busiest EDs in the state. They use their to the general public beginning Jan. 13 at medical training and expertise to save lives 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

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ing together through the bad times, or if the By Heather Donahue bad times may never end, consider these 2016 seemed horrific…for so many questions: reasons, for so many people. I enjoyed 1. Has your spouse promised the same finding moments of good in 2016, amidst resolution over and over? (“I promthe turmoil, because…well…what ise, next time, I’ll be there.” Or “I else is there to do? Focus on the lost track of time.”) Have you fornegative? given the same indiscretion before? Last January, I wrote about 2. Has any progress been made resolutions (cliché) and letting go towards keeping those resolutions? of grudges and forgiving others 3. Have you promised yourand the past. Focusing on the posiself…”if he/she does that one more tive instead of the negative. Genertime, I’m done”? ally, this is good advice. However, Being truthful about your marsometimes, focusing on the posiHeather riage is difficult. And, sometimes, tive means you’re overlooking the Donahue though so very hard, separating is negative to a detrimental extent. the right answer for you, your spouse, and And that could mean that you’re living in your family. misery. Not to be too cynical for this new year, but, if it were broken in 2016, it’s still Make the changes you must and let broken in 2017. Some issues in your marHeather at Merritt & Donahue, LLC, assist riage aren’t to be overlooked, forgiven, or you with your family law needs at 770-433swept under the rug. 9345. When determining if you’re just stick-


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WHITEFIELD MEN’S GROUP ASSISTS SAFEHOUSE HomeAid Atlanta and the Whitefield Academy Men’s Fraternity recently teamed up to complete a series of HomeAid Care Days at SafeHouse Outreach, an Atlanta nonprofit with a mission to effect real change in the lives of those in the margins of society by providing a hand-up, not just a hand-out. The two groups worked at SafeHouse on three Saturdays in November and December, totaling close to 300 man hours in prepping the home for a complete renovation. Budget Dumpster donated three dumpsters for use during the Care Days. In 2017, HomeAid will complete a total renovation of the apartment building as well as a single-family home also owned by SafeHouse that will provide housing for 17+ homeless individuals participating in SafeHouse’s Career Development Program

as well as program staff housing. “It has been a tremendous honor working with Whitefield Academy and HomeAid as they have taken the lead to organize and facilitate three work days. I’m excited to have such support from Whitefield Academy, HomeAid and SafeHouse Outreach to partner in our work to impact lives in a positive way,” said Josh Bray, Executive Director of SafeHouse Outreach. Remarking on the fact that Whitefield, HomeAid and SafeHouse share similar missions and principles, Shawn Ryan, volunteer and member of the Whitefield Academy’s Men’s Fraternity said, “It has been a blessing for Whitefield dads to come together with HomeAid and SafeHouse to lend time and know that the purpose and goal are very much in the heart of Christ - transforming lives.”

BOYCE TAKES OATH AS COMMISSION CHAIR New Cobb Commission Chairman Michael Boyce was sworn in Dec. 30 in a packed auditorium at the Cobb civic center. He won the July Republican primary runoff against incumbent chairman Tim Lee, and had no opposition in the November general election. Boyce, accompanied by his wife Judy, took the oath of office, administered by Cobb County state court judge Marsha Lake. At a work session this week, Chairman Boyce listed his top three priorities, including implementation of the employee Class and Compensation Study; and Parks Bonds totaling $27.4 million (the amount now authorized) to finance the acquisition of land to be used for parks.. “Finally, my third priority is the creation of a joint task force advisory committee for the SunTrust Park project,” Boyce said. “I have asked District Two Commissioner Bob Ott to assemble a committee of civic and government stakeholders who will meet regularly to identify significant milestones necessary for a successful opening for all involved and impacted in the community. The committee will hold their first meeting this Friday.” The advisory committee will complement the efforts of county manager David Hankerson who is the designated county representative for the Braves project. The synergy of the two programs will ensure

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JANUARY 12: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, Director of the Georgia Economic Forecasting Center will be the Jan. 12 speaker to discuss 2017 Forecast for Small Business and Georgia. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org ••• 12: CAREER CONNECTION. Sweetwater Mission, a Crossroads Career Network-affiliated ministry, invites you to join us for our next Career Connections workshop, designed to help you discover and follow God’s calling in your career. It provides the framework to discover and move towards fulfilling our individual destinies. Workbooks and meetings are free for all participants. Our next workshop begins Thursday, Jan. 12, and will run for 11 weeks from 6:30 p.m. to 9. Questions? Call us at 779-819-0662 or Visit us at www.sweetwatermission.org ••• 14: SMYRNA COMMUNITY CHORUS begins practice for its Spring season on Jan. 16. No auditions are necessary. If you love to sing, join us at Tillman United Methodist Church on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. We are singers of all ages who like to sing and laugh. ••• 22: OPEN HOUSE. St. Benedict’s Episcopal School holds an informational open house 3:30 5:30 p.m. St. Benedict’s Episcopal School, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna ••• 24: GARDEN CLUB. Get over the Jan. blahs by participating in our “Give One-Get One” houseplant exchange on Jan. 24, including a short program on forcing bulbs by Shirley Priest. Jonquil Garden Club meets at Smyrna Library at 10:30 a.m. the 4th Tuesday of each month to explore gardening topics, conservation efforts, and community and school projects. Named a Club of Excellence in 2016 by GCGA, Jonquil Garden Club is open to all who are interested in gardening. For more information about programs and projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or visit our website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org. FEBRUARY 1: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION with speaker Roger Tutterow on Feb. 1. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, EastWest Connector. www.sc-ba.org. ••• 2: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 with speaker, Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, Archdiocese of Atlanta. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness. org. ••• 7: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Speaker Ms Ronnie Genser, Bereavement Navigators. Guests are always welcome! Lunch Overlook III Building Lobby Level Conference Room 2859 Paces Ferry Road.. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678-725-0099. ••• 10: CORAL CONCERT. Music of the Masters Sacred Choral Concert, Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 1243 Belmont Avenue, Smyrna, GA 30080. Music by Luther, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free. For more information, call 770432-0088. ••• 14: SENIOR SERVICES OPEN HOUSE. Cobb Senior Services is hosting a free open house for a new assistive technology (AT) lab on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1150 Powder Springs St, Marietta. Students with Chattahoochee Technical College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant program will be providing fall risk assessments. The goal of the event is to make this technology more readily available to individuals in need throughout the region by increasing knowledge, access, and utilization of assistive technology for older adults, persons with disabilities, and/or their caregivers as well as the community at large. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend this free event. To RSVP, call 770-528-5350. WEEKLY EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All

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other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join, although we do currently have a waiting list if you need a space in the nursery during our meetings. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops. com. MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact smyrnafirstmopsnight@gmail.com or visit www.smyrnafirstmops.com ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Pow-


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Page 7, January 2017 Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. www.ridgeviewinstitute.com/hosp_info_calendar_supp.htm ••• ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna ••• 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. ••• DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays at 7 p.m. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, Jan. through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna, GA Phone: 678-631-5541. The facilitator is Carl Proctor Email: carlcproctor@aol.com Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson’s Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information. ••• REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior. Call Mark Baker at 404-354-8911 for more information or see www.wbcfamily.org. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for FEBRUARY issue is JAN. 23 with publication the week of FEBRUARY 6. 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 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb.com.

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Like a picture out of a children’s book, Riverside Primary School students sat quietly on the floor and listened intently as Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal read a book from a rocking chair, a fireplace portrait blazing in the background. The First Lady visited Riverside Primary to share her love of reading with the students. “I read every day because I think reading is so important,” she told the students. Before she read the book “The Rainbow Fish,” Georgia’s First Lady shared a poem her husband, Gov. Nathan Deal, wrote about learning to read, and she reminded the students that they have to listen in order to learn to read. “The students were very attentive,” said Riverside Primary Principal Dr. Doris Billups-McClure.“They responded to questions from First Lady Deal.”


Elite Women of Excellence (EWOE) has been named a “2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. EWOE, founded by Lisa Smith and Delise Webb in 2002, is a faith-based non-profit mentoring program for middle school and high school girls; with locations in Smyrna, Mableton, Atlanta, Morrow and Tucker. EWOE’s mentoring program emphasizes healthy family relationships, academic enrichment, parent engagement and community support. EWOE’s mission is to unleash the full potential of teenage girls to make wise decisions as they stand on principles, passion and purpose. Member leaders include: • Donni Crenshaw, a Junior at South Cobb High School, was recently awarded the EWOE Martindale-Hernandez Scholarship for outstanding community service and scholastic achievements. • Jessica Alvia, a Junior at South Cobb High School, hopes to attend Georgia Tech and study Computational media. • Kindall Wright of Mableton attends Hillgrove High School. She Has over 400 service hours and participates in the EWOE Community Service Program. “We are honored to be named a 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit, says Lisa Smith, Executive Director of Elite Women of Excellence. We are grateful for our accomplishments this year, mentoring 101 girls to establish and accomplish goals for personal success to include, increased SAT Test Prep Scores, community service, college enrollAdvanced Risk Assessment – $139 ment, career mentoring and heathy social and family relationships.”

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Notes On The News SO, WHY DOES SOUTH COBB HAVE A REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY? By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher It’s a rhetorical question, but: why do we have a South Cobb Redevelopment Authority while most cities in the south Cobb area have Development Authorities? Doug Stoner, who championed the legislation to change the name and focus while he was in the state Senate, noted that South Cobb’s history is longer. “In South Cobb we ‘developed’ more than 100 years ago,” Stoner said. (He is now chair of the South Cob Redevelopment Authority.) “ Others came later and learned from our and other area’s mistakes,” he told the South Cobb Business Association. He noted that East Cobb ‘developed” some 30-40 years ago and West Cobb’s development only goes back 20-25 years. Meanwhile business, commerce and population has been in South Cobb for more than a century, so now it needs to be redeveloped. Smyrna Answers Fire Call The November fires that ravaged the north Georgia mountains brought in firefighters from around the Southeast, including the Smyrna Fire Department. Smyrna, along with others, received a request for mutual aid through the Georgia Mutual Aid Group to assist Towns County with the imminent threat of structure fires in

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SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED The Cobb-Marietta Retired Educators Association presented scholarship awards at their monthly meeting on December 8. This year’s five recipients are local teachers who are working on advanced degrees in the field of education. Each will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Among the winners was Jasmine McBride, who teaches at Russell Elementary and is studying for her Master’s in Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University. She is presently coaching high school cheerleading at South Cobb High School where she is Head Varsity Competition Cheer Coach.

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p.m. Discover why the Tennessee Aquarium is consistently rated one of the nation’s top aquariums. They have two buildings to explore. River Journey features freshwater habitats from our backyard and around the world. Ocean Journey brings you faceto-face with sea creatures from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the South Pole. This will be a self-guided tour. We will have lunch at Sticky Fingers Ribhouse. $84 Senior Council member; $89 Non-member. Payment due at time of registration. Price includes motor coach transportation, admission fees, lunch, and tip. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Activity Level 3. Wii Bowling - Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free; Join in the fun for Wii bowling. Meet new friends and socialize while having fun. Shanghai Rummy -Every Tuesday, 1 – 4 p.m. Free; Have fun meeting new friends and playing cards. Game Day Wednesdays - Every Wednesday, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Free; Join others for a fun afternoon of board games. Wolfe Center Activities The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool, 884 Church St., Smyrna, is open to anyone 55 years of age and older. There are daily group fitness classes. Classes offered include: cardio fusion, gentle yoga, low impact aerobics, gyrokenisis, sculpt and tone, senior stretch, men’s yoga, intermediate yoga, sculpt yoga, Tai Chi and 30/15/15. And recently added to the list of weekly classes: PiYo (pilates meets yoga with a little interval training thrown in). The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center also offers the following aquatic exercise classes: aqua tone and stretch, advanced water aerobics, low impact water aerobics, hip, knee and back class, ai chi, boot camp water aerobics and aqua zumba. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. The center is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to our exercise schedule we offer several, fun and unique activities for our members. Here is the January schedule: Pickleball -- Jan. 9, 23 and 30 Drawn’ Together -- Jan. 9 Bring Your Own Device -- Jan. 11 Phase 10 -- Jan. 11 Jarred Memories -- Jan. 12 Paint with Paula -- Jan. 17 Jodi’s New Years Challenge -- Jan. 24 Parkinson’s Support Group -- Jan. 25 Color My World -- Jan. 26

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The Drama Club at South Cobb High School participated in the regional One-Act Play Competition at Kennesaw State University, and received a special recognition for the show “All in the Timing,” by David Ives. The All Star Cast Member Award for Acting was given to Amir Devouil and Daniel Galvan.

CUPID TELLS COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid has appointed District Four residents to Cobb County boards and authorities. “The selection decisions were difficult due the notable qualifications of applicants, especially those who have already served on the boards to which they applied,” Mrs. Cupid said. “Thank you to the many remarkable individuals that applied to serve as a Though all could not be appointed, I hope that you consider how you can still contribute to the boards that you applied to, your local community and Cobb County through various activities.” Those appointed include: • Airport Advisory Board: Charmaine Chin • Animal Control: Wayne Blackstone, Toby Carmichael • Board of Adjustments and Appeals: No applications • Board of Tax Assessors: Carolyn Turner • Board of Zoning Appeals: Monique Sheffield • Cemetery Preservation Commission: Mike Jones • Commission on Children and Youth: Commission dissolved via communication dated December 2016 • Community Relations Council: Angelo Brown, Sally Riddle, Dyann Wilkerson • Development Authority: Decision to be finalized first quarter of 2017 • Electrical Advisory Board: No applications • Heating and Air Conditioning Advi-

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The South Cobb High School, Class of 1966 held their 50th Year Reunion with an attendance of over 80 class members and total 121 attendees. A special tribute was given to their Veterans by classmate Retired Brigadier General Steve Blanton. 41 Classmates served our country where 3 of their classmates lost their lives in the Viet Nam war. Their previous 35th Class Reunion was held at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by Governor at the time, Roy Barnes who was also a 1966 class member. The Bullock Hope House is a 501c3 foundation, organized in 2005 by 1966 classmate Connie Bullock and her husband, Randall Bullock who is also a graduate of

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