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Bright Side


Austell, Mableton & Greater Smyrna’s Community Newspaper

JUNE 2012


Linda McPherson, center, with South Cobb Rotary President Wayne Blackstone and her daughter Aimee Haber.

Several road construction projects are underway that will benefit South Cobb, according to Commissioner Woody Thompson, speaking to the Austell Business Association recently. Thompson praised the city’s mayor and council for “running a good shop here.” The three road projects, funded under the county’s 2011 SPLOST, assist in Thompson’s economic focus areas of “downtown” Mableton, The River Line and Six Flags Drive. “Floyd Road will be rebuilt,” Thompson told the group. “Presently it is a scary five-lane road. This will remove the ‘chicken lanes,’” he said. The $8.44 million project includes safety and traffic flow improvements, including a raised median, new turn lanes, longer turn lanes, and enhanced traffic and pedestrian signals; between Veterans Memorial Highway and Clay Road. Engineering has started on the project with completion set for January 2016.

Two other projects are also planned: • Planning for a $3 million traffic flow and safety improvement project on Six Flags Drive between Riverside Parkway and Six Flags Parkway, including turn lanes at key intersections and sidewalks, will begin in August. Completion is scheduled for July 2015. • River View Road will be upgraded with traffic flow and safety improvements, between Veterans Memorial Hwy and Nichols Drive, including turn lanes at key intersections and sidewalks. The $3.48 million project is already in the planning stage with completion by January 2014. This project supports the 90-acre Green Street Properties Development on the Chattahoochee River.


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A retired educator who spent 41 years in the Austell community, teaching and serving as a guidance counselor, has been named South Cobb Citizen of the Year for 2012. Linda McPherson, came to Georgia from Louisiana after college. She taught at the old Austell Junior High School then Garrett Middle School. She and her husband, the late Lynn McPherson, served in every office in the PTA at Clarkdale Elementary, Garrett Middle School and South Cobb High School. They were also active in high school booster club activities for track, cross country, basketball and cheerlead-

ing. She continues to serve the community by volunteering at four schools each week, Bolton Academy in Atlanta, Compton Elementary, Garrett Middle and South Cobb High School. She is also active in her church, St. Thomas the Apostle in Smyrna. “Linda has shown her fierce loyalty to South Cobb County for more than 42 years,” said Dr. Frank Croker, former principal at Garrett. “She is a servant leader. Principals, peers students, parents and community have been uplifted by her hard-working can-do attitude. South Cobb County is a better place to live, due to Linda’s loyalty and example.” “She is a philanthropist without knowing she has been philanthropic,” said her daughter, Aimee Haber. “I am truly grateful and honored,” Ms. McPherson said in receiving the award. “I thank you for your friendship and loyalty.” “During her years of service, she has taught and counseled more than 10,000 students over three generations. She is held in high esteem by the students, faculty and parents,” said John Collar of Austell. He noted that the award was never expected to be only for “high profile” people who receive a lot of publicity. Many of the recipients have quietly and with dedication over many years actively contributed much to the community. “She is a special person who has given her life and heart to South Cobb,” said Rotary President Wayne Blackstone. A packed house attended the luncheon May 17 at Presbyterian Village. The award is presented annually by the South Cobb Rotary Club and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. More than a dozen previous winners of the service of the year award were in the audience.

2012 Class A Boys State Tennis Champions! Standing, from left, Stephen Bracher, Robby Keough, David Lemasters, Walker Wood, Kyle Childree, Matthew Landry, Cole Enright, Justin Samples, and Bob Mainor, community coach. Knelling are: Matt McGill, Tommy Keough, and Bennett Shilling.


The Whitefield varsity boys tennis team recently won the Class A state championship, securing the first state championship in tennis in school history. The WolfPack, 17-0 in regular season play, won the regional championship earlier in the season and moved on to the semifinals. At the semifinals the WolfPack beat Calvary Day School from Savannah in just 45 minutes. The number one singles player Kyle Childree (12th), the number two singles player Matt McGill, and the number two doubles team of senior Tommy Keough and sophomore Bennett Shilling each won their matches in two sets. Meanwhile Robby Keough, the number three singles player, won his first set as did the number one doubles team of Cole Enright and Matthew Landry. These players were on their way to victory when the match was called with a WolfPack win of 3-0.

The WolfPack moved to the final round of state determined to secure the championship. Childree won two sets 6-1, 6-3 over Brookstone’s Kazuki Onoe who fought back during the end of the match but was eventually overtaken by Kyle. Tommy and Bennett also took down Brookstone 63, 6-2. Enright and Landry won their first set 6-2, but lost the second set 3-6. The championship then moved rapidly as fans split up to watch McGill’s second set, a grueling competition, or Enright and Landry’s third set. Neither McGill or the doubles team realized they were playing for the championship. While fans watched both matches, a loud Whitefield cheer suddenly erupted from the doubles match. With Enright serving, the two won on a serve to the backhand side that set up a winning volley by Landry.

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father and son or daughter. Just as Peter and his sister, Katie, were blessed with a wonderful dad; Lilly is blessed to have Peter as her caring, loving dad.

I have a photo in front of me, of our son, Peter, wearing a backpack filled with his happy little daughter at her first baseball game. They are in front of the Nationals Stadium in D.C., Peter wearing his Atlanta Braves hat. Lilly has on a Braves shirt, covered by a Nationals bib. (Her mom, AnnBailey, is a Nationals fan). We have other similar photos of the two of them, Peter with the special baby backpack with Lilly on a family hike in the Virginia mountains; Peter with Lilly in a smaller pack at the Woodruff Arts Center, viewing the art. It is so heartwarming to watch our grown-up son interacting with his baby daughter. Lilly Bell is only nine months old, but she has already spent some amazing quality time with her dad (and mom). This will be Peter’s first Father’s Day as a Dad. He comes from a long line of loving, caring, interactive fathers. He has had a great role model in his own father and fatherhood seems to come naturally to him. Each male must find his own style of parenting, but he South Cobb is guided by the fathers who have been a part of his life. The Bright Side™ What does it take to be a great father? 3330 Cumberland Blvd., Ste 500, Love certainly must be the first ingredient. Atlanta, GA 30339 Without that, there is no foundation for the (770) 426-9388 role. Although I’m sure it must happen, I can’t imagine a father, who, upon meeting his child, does not feel a bond, a kinship, and The Bright Side is published monthly a deep swelling of love. The other fatherly by Lipsett & Associates, Inc. traits build on this instinctual love. Kindness, Opinions expressed by individual contributors patience, nurture: all of these are important are their own and do not represent the opinions components of fatherhood. It’s also imporof the publisher. The Bright Side reserves the tant to give discipline and instruction, offered right to edit or reject any editorial or advertiswith love. Conversations are also important; ing content. The Bright Side is not responsible not one way monologues, but speaking and for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space, nor for the claims made by advertisers. listening. Already Peter and Lilly Bell have All rights reserved. © 2012 No reproduction or conversations, although her vocabulary is copying of any stories or advertising without somewhat limited at the moment. But he the express written permission of the publisher. talks to her, reads to her, and listens proudly MEMBER: to her babbling, excited by sounds that are Austell Business Association becoming actual words. South Cobb Business Association I have a lot of pictures in my mind Cobb Chamber of Commerce from Peter’s youth: Allan helping him build a racer for the Scouts Pinewood Derby; the STAFF two of them cutting the grass, as Peter folCathy S. Lipsett, Editor & Publisher lowed his dad with his toy mower; the two Allan Lipsett, Editor & Publisher of them going on a Scout camping trip; and Allan watching Peter in a play or a soccer match. There has always been time set aside for interaction; time for being together, Follow us on Twitter: @brightsidecobb sometimes as a whole family, sometimes just W E A R E C O M F O R T K E E P E R S®

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Quality care with A personal touch The Concord Baptist Church MWU, led by Cora Lee Porter, second from left, was also honored at the Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.


For the past 32 years a group of about a dozen members of the WMU of Concord Baptist Church, Mableton, has provided quarterly Family & Friends Night dinners for adults with mental health disabilities. In April, they were honored for their efforts by the United Way as the Gas South Heart in Hand Family and Group Volunteer of the Year. Some 60 people, most of them consumers at Cobb and Douglas Community Service Boards, attend these special occasions monthly. The dinner is sponsored by the women’s group but supported by the whole church, preparing and organizing food, serving as friendly waiters and waitresses, making many trips back and forth for food and for drink refills, and cleaning up afterwards. Despite a fire caused by a lighting strike to the church last summer, the dinners continued as the parishioners made

double use of the fellowship hall as the sanctuary. The group is led by Cora Lee Porter, 86, who has been involved in this volunteer project since it began 32 years ago. In the nomination for the award, Cobb CSB Volunteer Coordinator Mary Robeck praised the work of members of the 180year old church. “By today’s standards this church is rather small, but it has a BIG and compassionate heart for those in the community who are lonely or in need, and it has willing hands to act upon that compassion,” she said. The Cobb & Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services to more than 10,000 residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties annually. For services relating to mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse call the Access Center at 770-422-0202.

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FELINE HEARTWORM DISEASE, THE SILENT KILLER Many pet owners know dogs can develop heart disease symptomized by night coughs, exercise intolerance, blue gums and tongue during exertion, cyanosis, and eventually swelling and bloated abdomen, or edema and ascites. But few pet owners are aware that cats often suffer heart disease with almost no symptoms at all. As with humans, the most common cause of feline heart disease such as feline cardiomyopathy is genetics, or inheriting a condition through generations. But cats can also develop heart disease due to dietary insufficiency of certain nutrients like Taurine. Deficiency of the essential amino acid Taurine is most commonly seen in cats being fed homemade diet. And thirdly, and most significantly, feline heartworms are increasingly causing feline heart disease that is tragically often fatal. Heartworms were once specifically related to dogs, but no more. Cats once had immunity to immature heartworms or larvae spread by mosquitoes, as do humans. But heartworm larvae have recently evolved to develop resistance and can now survive in the feline bloodstream. Heartworm disease is much deadlier in cats than dogs due to their smaller heart size; it takes only one or two heartworms to cause sudden death in cats. Worse yet, even if detected in advance, there is no heartworm treatment as there is for dogs, only supportive therapy for cats. The only protection against this deadly danger is a feline heartworm protection like Revolution applied monthly to kill the larvae in advance, before they reach your cat’s heart. Although you may think feline heartworm disease endangers only outdoor cats,

a recent study of sudden feline deaths in indoor cats showed half were caused by heartworms. After all, how many times have you found a mosquito in your house? Cats often die without showing any symptoms of their heart disease, or they may display vague, indistinct symptoms like poor appetite, lethargy or vomiting that can be mistaken for hairball or gastrointestinal problems. Thus, many cats go undiagnosed, or survey radiographs reveal an enlarged heart, prompting a feline heartworm blood test. The more noticeable symptoms of wheezing, difficult breathing and coughing are often mistaken for respiratory infection unless a feline heartworm test is run. You can help fight feline heart disease by keeping your cat on year-round monthly heartworm prevention and feeding a well balanced diet. Cats depend on us for annual physical exams and close monitoring of their appetite and attitude. Please be on the lookout for these warning signs and give your cat some love from us. From the cat lovers at Animal Health Center, Marietta, and Animal Care Clinic, Powder Springs.


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Founded in 2001 in an apartment in learning about God together.” Marietta, Triumphant Community Church At Triumphant Community Church, has found a home in Austell. Triumphant we are “helping people to know, love, and Community Church is located at 3100 Joe follow Jesus Christ.” Jerkins Boulevard, Austell. From the dozen people who were present at the first service for the nondenominational church, Pastor Robert Moore now leads the flock of more than 100. Starting out as New Birth Community Church, the church has overcome several obstacles. In September of 2009 a flood left the sanctuary six feet under water. In September 2010, it changed its name after the Bishop Eddie Long scandals. “We are committed to Bible truth,” said Pastor Moore who Pastor Robert Moore welcomes visitors to Triumpcomes from a Baptist-Pentecostal hunant Community Church in Austell. background. “Our commitment is to Scripture.” Moore has more than 30 “We are committed to the great comyears in the ministry. “My whole life has mandment, to love God with all our heart; been church,” he said. and to love our neighbor.” Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. Beginning in June, the church will begin with worship and arts from a praise offer Christian life classes for adults, chilteam and a dance group, followed by the dren and teens each Sunday beginning at passing of the peace. “Nobody leaves here 9 a.m. without getting a hug,” the pastor said. The During worship, children ages three message follows, until 11:30 a.m. to teens and young children’s classes parChurch members also meet from 7 ticipate in arts and crafts snacks Scripture to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, for a lessons and Bible quizzes. “Wednesday Night Live” Prayer & Wor“In the future, we’re hoping to become ship Service. During the school year, the more involved in the community. We hope church offers AWANA for youth, ages 3to be a positive influence for good.” 17. “Thirty minutes before each worship The pastor invites everyone to come service, we offer a time for Corporate as his guest, “they all even get a free gift,” Prayer and Meditation,” he said. “Come Moore said. “We even offer to adopt first dressed comfortable, and ready to enjoy time visitors as members.”

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Page 6, June 2012 (A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: JUNE 21: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ALIVE AFTER FIVE to be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 21st at Delmar Gardens of Smyrna, luxury retirement community! This event will be open to all local business association members and guests. Invite a friend and join us for a spectacular Caribbean Summer Soiree! Grab your business cards and join us for an evening of upscale networking! Donations accepted for SHOP with a Hero! Contact Brittney Stroud at 770-432-4444 for more details or visit www. ••• 27: SOUTH COBB AREA COUNCIL. Wednesday, June 27. Coach George E. Ford Center 11:45 a.m. General Admission: $30 Members: $10 online; $20 at the door. Online Registration Closes: June 25 at noon ••• 27: EDUCATIONAL EVENT. Wednesday, June 27 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. – Delmar Gardens of Smyrna will be hosting a free educational event: “How to communicate with your loved one with a cognitive deficit” lead by national speaker Dr. David Hutchings, CCC-SLP.D. Event sponsored by Amedisys Home Health Care. RSVP to 770432-4444. Contact Brittney Stroud for more details. ••• 29: JAZZ TRIO. Friday, June 29 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. – Free Candlelight Concert in the Courtyard of Delmar Gardens! Come and enjoy and evening of Jazz with the Bright Moments Jazz trio! Sumptuous hors’d’ oeuvres and fine wines to be served. Please RSVP to 770-432-4444. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside.

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JULY 9: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST. Monday, July 9. Cobb Galleria Center 7:30 a.m. Speakers: Ed Baker, Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Paul Bennecke, Founder and Principal, Red Clay Strategies. Program: Regional Transportation Referendum & Leadership Cobb Graduates. General Admission: $60. Members: $25 online; $40 at door. Online Registration Closes: July 3 at noon ••• 18: SUMMER JAM. 2012 Summer JAM (Joint Association Meeting) for members of Cobb Business Associations and the Chamber of Commerce. This is the second annual summer networking event to be held this year on July 18 at the Cobb Civic Center. As last year’s attendees know, this is a chance for business association members to gather and network with hundreds of other association members. ••• 19: CANDIDATES FORUM. Mableton Improvement Coalition will hold a Candidates Forum on Thursday, July 19th. The South Cobb Business Association is joining us to present this important meeting designed to help you make the best decision when you vote. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. ••• 5: COBB FAITH PARTNERSHIP General Meeting, July 25: Join us at Turner Chapel AME Church for Cobb Faith Partnership’s Next General Meeting! Lunch starts at 11:45 a.m. with the meeting following at Noon. As always, we will have our Have Some/Need Some item exchange table. For information, contact communicati, or our website at, or visit our Facebook page at cobbfaithpartnership. WEEKLY EVENTS AEROBICS CLASS. Austell First United Methodist Church offers “Firming After 50”, a free weekly low-impact aerobics with a focus on adults over 50 years of age. Class meets in the church’s fellowship hall every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with certified group fitness instructor Cindy Standard. Austell First UMC is located at 5705 Mulberry Street in downtown Austell, just north of the railroad tracks and City Hall. More details can be found at or by calling 770-948-1806. ••• 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 ••• AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey

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Rd, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BIBLE STUDY. Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Come, have dinner & study the Bible with us. Words of Faith A.M.E. Church 5719 Garner Rd. Mableton. 770 944 3584 ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm in the Troop Lodge at Bethany



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••• 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. •••

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PRIME TIME DANCE at the Paulding Community Center the second Friday night each month from 7 til 10 p.m. Ronnie Akers, aka, RA the DJ will be taking request. Popular Country/ Western, oldies, and line dancing. Instructions on the latest Line Dances. Ages 40 +, $5. at the door. All proceeds benefit the Paulding County Senior Center. Couples & singles welcome - 54 Industrial Way, Dallas 770-443-8873. ••• FREE MONTHLY DINNER. Leland-Qwest UMC, 81 Veterans Memorial Highway, SE, Mableton, sponsors a free community dinner on the last Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7 p.m. All are welcome. (Enter on left side of the church on the lower level). ••• “HOBO SUPPER” Second Thursday of each month, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Community invited---Clarkdale UMC Austell—Powder Springs Road, Clarkdale, Georgia. For $6 you get a Drink, Beans (3 kinds), Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, Onions, Pickles, Beets and a large variety of homemade desserts to choose from. Community invited. ••• MABLETON IMPROVEMENT COALITION (MIC) is a nonprofit citizens group formed to promote quality growth and redevelopment in the 30126 zip code. MIC’s Board of Director’s meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., generally at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton. Visit ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are non-profit support groups for at-home mothers. SmyrnaWest 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 momsclubofsmyrnavining for more information. ••• NAMI SOUTH COBB has monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month 7 to 8:30 p.m., except Dec. Macland Presbyterian Church 3615 Macland Road Powder Springs. Kathleen Breen, 770-943-5322, Our programs are educational and supportive. NAMI South Cobb Connections – Contact: Patricia Kramer, 770-222-3211, patmkramer@bellsouth. net for information. ••• NAVY LEAGUE ATLANTA METRO COUNCIL. The Greater Atlanta Council meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Navy

Page 7, June 20121 Recruiting District HQ, 2400 Lake Park Drive, Suite 410, Smyrna. Membership is open to all civilian and retired military with an interest in supporting our men and women of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. For Information contact Frank Campbell at or 678-234-2310. ••• PEBBLEBROOK JR FALCONS Association Quality Recreation * Life Skills * Civic Action Programs 2nd Sunday Monthly Meetings at 5 p.m. 6th Grade Academy at The Barnes Center Coaches & Volunteers needed and welcome. ••• CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER LINE HISTORIC AREA COMMITTEE meets every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center. The committee deals in a variety matters to further the recommendations of the River Line Master Plan. Visit www. to verify meeting dates. ••• 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 STITCH-IN GROUP meets on the first Mondays of the month at the South Cobb Library - 805 Clay Road - Mableton GA in the large meeting room. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc. and meet women in the area, please come join us. If you have any questions, please contact Nadine Amy at ••• SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Mableton Lion’s Club Park Community Center. ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of each month at The South Cobb Community Center. 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton at 6:30 p.m. ••• SOUTH COBB SENIORS Friendship Club meets on the 1st Monday of each month 10:30 a.m. at the Lions Club Drive Community Center, Mableton. Newcomers are welcome to come and join the fellowship and lunch, guest speakers and the love of others. ••• VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES SUPPORT GROUP 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. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for the JULY issue is JUNE 23 with publication the week of JULY 8. 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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The South Cobb High team with Brodnisha Taylor, third from left, and Eniya Edwards, fifth from right, after a recent game. The team won and showed respect to the fallen AAU basketball player, Courtney S. Crooms, for whom the foundation is named.


South Cobb basketball seniors, Brodnisha Taylor and Eniya Edwards will represent Cobb County in a memorial basketball tournament held annually in honor of a fallen female player. The Courtney S. Crooms (CSC) Foundation is proud to have these two outstanding student athletes as members of the 2012 CSC Team competing in the tournament held each year in Courtney’s honor, a 14-year old basketball player, who died in a tragic auto accident after returning home from an AAU Basketball tournament. E. Meshal Crooms, co-founder and president of the foundation (pictured in the center), and her husband Derick founded the 501©3 organization in their daughter’s name to preserve her legacy, and continue her love for the sport vicariously through other female student athletes. This tournament represents her spirit, passion and motivation to raise funds and a higher level

of appreciation for other female basketball players as they continue to develop their skills and compete. The tournament also awards grants to promising female basketball players. This year’s event, held May 18-20, marks the fifth year of the tournament, which showcases the talent of some of the best players in the southeast, including Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Courtney’s motto: “Live life with passion and purpose, and play each game as if it were your last!,” says it all.

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I CAN GUARANTEE COBB COUNTY RESIDENTS THAT: • I will NOT furlough police officers and fire-fighters NOR raise your property taxes to balance a “failed” budget. • I will continue to oppose using Cobb’s property tax dollars to subsidize the marketing agenda of the Chamber of Commerce. • I will continue to oppose the T-SPLOST proposal (HB – 277) that would increase sales taxes, “for ten years,” to fund a rail system from the Arts Center in Atlanta to Cumberland Mall in Cobb County and other projects Cobb voters clearly do not want. WE DO NOT NEED MORE TAXES….. WE NEED MORE TAX-PAYERS and that will be a major priority of mine as Commission Chairman. I need your help, support and vote on July 31st to bring our conservative values back Cobb County. Sincerely, Bill Byrne Republican Candidate for Commission Chairman. Cobb County Board of Commissioners P.O. Box 2211 Marietta, GA 30061

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Senior Health Fair Friday, June 22nd 9 a.m. -12 p.m.

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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. Monday Movie Madness - Monday, June 11, Country Strong, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $2/$3 Non-Resident; Ticket required. Starring Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester. A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter who sparks with a fallen star. Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager and a beauty queenturned-singer. Treat Yourself Tuesdays - Tuesday, June 12, El Solecito Mexican Restaurant, Veteran’s Memorial Hwy. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: On Your Own; Registration required. Get to know other people and enjoy the social gathering. This will be a fun time! Meet at restaurant. How to Negotiate - Friday, June 15, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. Do you feel you could use a few new tips on negotiating? See what Chris Miller has to say. It’s never too late to learn new skills. How to Talk to Your Doctor Monday, June 18, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. Wellstar specialists will talk about how to get the most from your doctor visits. Swallowing Disorders - Tuesday, June 19, 1– 2 p.m. Free. Amedysis will present how to recognize and treat this disorder. Get your questions answered. Just for Summer Meet & Eat Thursday, June 21, Cost: $7/$9 Non-Resident. 12 – 2 p.m. Plan to join us for this festive afternoon with the Swinging Saints performing live. If you like comedy, this one’s for you. You will see 13 ragtime musicians, armed with offbeat instruments and attired in comical costumes. What they lack in talent, they make up for in dedication: The ensemble recently gave its 1,000th performance. Bingo Bash - Thursday, June 7, Monday, June 25, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $3/ $4 Non-resident. Win gift certificates to local restaurants! Multiple tickets can be purchased. Blood Pressure Check - Thursday, June 7, Monday, June 25, 12 – 3 p.m. Free. Speech Language Pathology (SLP) & Cognitive Disorders - Wednesday, June 27, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. Dr. David Hutchings, Regional Director at Amedisys Community Home Health, will discuss SLP as well as various cognitive disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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Mableton Improvement Coalition and the South Cobb Business Association will hold a Candidates Forum on Thursday, July 19. This important meeting is designed to help you make the best decision when you vote. Plan now to attend. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the South Cobb Community Center at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton.


Total Fitness Revolution program director Lauren Whitmore of Mablrton was introduced to ovarian cancer three years ago when her mother was diagnosed with the disease. “That was by far one of the worst days of my life. I learned more about the disease,” Lauren recalls. After her mother passed Lauren embraced her own health and fitness goals and turned her dedication and commitment to health into a career. As a result Total Fitness Revolution will launch a three month campaign starting June 1, donating 20 percent of all new memberships to Ovarian Cycle Inc., an organization dedicated to finding an early detection test. Total Fitness Revolution will kick off a three-month campaign promoting Ovarian Cancer education and research. Monthly raffles will be held on all captured memberships, gifting winning new members with merchandise from their Reebok Classic line. Total Fitness Revolution is located at 1400 Veterans Memorial Hwy SE, Mableton, GA. Total Fitness Revolution will donate 20 percent of new memberships over the summer to ovarian cancer research.


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Lane Packing Peach Orchard Thursday, June 28, 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. We are off to visit Lane Packing to stock up on some fresh, juicy peaches, pecans and other yummy goodies! This is a riding tour through the peach and pecan orchards. Tour guides will explain the history of the peach industry in Georgia and how they are grown and harvested. Bring a box for your purchases. Lunch at Yoder’s in Montezuma. Cost: $55 Senior Council Member / $60 Non-Member. Deadline: June 21. Price includes motor coach transportation, admission, lunch, snacks, tax and tips. No refunds after payment deadline date. Full refunds will be given if trip is cancelled.

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On May 10-12, Cobb Police Sergeant Jeff Perry left, and Captain Jeff Adcock, right, of Precinct II, rode bicycles with 1,500 other law enforcement officers from across the country in the Police Unity Tour. Here, they are at a stop in Philadelphia. The Police Unity Tour promotes awareness for law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty and raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. The two officers rode from Somerset, N.J. to Washington D.C via Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland for a total of 230 miles in three days. This year the Police Unity Tour donated $1.65 million to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.


Trinity Tabernacle Baptist Church presents its third annual fundraiser event - JAZZ UNDER THE STARS on Friday, June 29, at 7 – 11 p.m. at South Cobb Community Center located at 620 Lions Club Drive in Mableton. The South Cobb Community Center is the street directly behind Trinity Tabernacle Church on 592 Veterans Memorial Hwy in Mableton. JAZZ UNDER THE STARS will feature a variety of artists such as Tonya Attaway, Harley Griffin, Ollie Patterson, Rai Ragland, Terry Dukes, Reginald Harris, The Ministry Nashville Gospel Group, the Glorious and more. If you enjoy JAZZ, you will not want to miss this event. Come prepared to sit back, relax and enjoy the smooth and soulful sounds of professional jazz artists in a family friendly setting. Admission is only $20 ($21 for on-line ticket purchases) and refreshments will be available for purchase including Specialty drinks by D’Lifeful Drinks and Smoothies. For additional information or to purchase tickets online contact: Gwen Jones - 404-402-2966; Church phone: 770-9414131; email: Jazz@trinitytabernaclebaptis; Church Website:

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The 3rd Annual Cobb Street Ministries Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 15, at the Creekside Golf and Country Club in Hiram. This Austell-based ministry works on housing, feeding and educating abused and battered women and children, unwed mothers and the homeless. Reserve your team by calling Richard Block at 770-314-8229 or email rBlock@

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Mableton Day was a huge success , as kids of all ages enjoyed the games, information booths, vendors, car show, and all the other activities designed fun. Both entertainment stages were busy throughout the event, and visual artists presented demonstrations outside the historic Mable House, which was open for tours. The second annual Mableton 5K gave local runners and walkers a chance to shine and the Fun Run for kids made its debut. Above, Event Organizer Albert McRae listens to the band; below left, Scott Reily and Mirella Reily display his Birdigami, a 3-D origami craft; and below right Angel Copeland and Bridget Martin do some painting, guideed by local artist Reid Perryman.

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The Bright Side is a monthly newspaper reaching 40,000 upscale homes in Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell with news about people, events...

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The Bright Side is a monthly newspaper reaching 40,000 upscale homes in Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell with news about people, events...