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South Cobb Volume 9, No. 6


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Kathy Breen, an activist for the disabled, and president of NAMI South Cobb, was named South Cobb’s Citizen of the Year for 2014 in May. The award was presented May 15 by the South Cobb Rotary and Cobb Chamber of Commerce. More than a dozen previous recipients over the past 28 years were on hand At Presbyterian Village for the presentation. After teaching high school math in Florida and Texas, she retired on moving to Georgia and refocused her efforts to become a full-time advocate and volunteer for the mentally ill, concentrating on issues such as food, clothing, health, and housing. Mrs. Breen started working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in 1996 after a family member was diagnosed. She has held several lead-

ership roles and helped setting up another Tommy affiliate chapter in Douglas County area. She has been an active member of the Cobb community collaborative, serving as a mental health advocate and working with the policy Council on homelessness. She has been active politically at the state Capitol and persistently writing letters to legislators advocating on behalf of the mentally ill. “It is simply amazing how much difference just one woman has made, not only in the lives of numerous others, but also in the lives of her own family,” said Megan Breen Sparger, her daughter. “I see how much things have changed for the better in the 20 plus years that my mother has been an advocate for the mentally ill. Mrs. Breen Lives in Powder Springs with her husband and son.

Six Flags Over Georgia launched the all-new in-park water park, Hurricane Harbor May 29. The seven acre addition features the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity water slide, Tsunami Surge, along with a 38,000 square-foot wave pool, Calypso Bay, multiple slide complex and a children’s interactive water playground.


Kathy Breen, center, holds the South Cobb Citizen of the Year Award presented in May by the South Cobb Rotary and Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Presenting the award are, left, Nancy Arnold, Rotary President; and Dr. Betty Ann Cook, last year’s recipient.

Six Flags Over Georgia’s all-new water park, Hurricane Harbor, opened on May 30. Hurricane Harbor, the largest expansion in the park’s 47-year history, boasts four new water attractions, including the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity slide, spans seven acres and is free with admission to Six Flags Over Georgia. “Hurricane Harbor is unlike any other water park in the region, and will quickly become a must-visit destination for all of Atlanta and the southeast region,” said park president Dale Kaetzel. “Our enormous water park will create a ‘getaway

atmosphere’, as guests are able to cool off on several one-of-a-kind water attractions and then take flight on one of our 11 worldclass roller coasters, all in the same day.” Hurricane Harbor’s world-class attractions include: • The hybrid zero-gravity slide, Tsunami Surge, will send thrill-seekers down five stories to the splash pool waiting below. • Three unique water slides sit atop a 41 foot tower at Bonzai Pipelines that will send guests barreling down through 180and 360-degree curves;

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July 3-4 will mark the 150th anniversary of two Civil War battles fought on the Smyrna Line, at Smyrna Camp Ground (in what is now downtown Smyrna), and at Ruff’s Mill on Nickajack Creek about 3 ½ miles to the southwest. The City of Smyrna plans to mark the anniversary of the Camp Ground engagement by mounting a display of Civil War artifacts drawn from the huge Cox/Armstrong Collection (said to contain some 30,000 items) which Mayor Max Bacon recently acquired for the city. This new exhibit will supplement the smaller displays that have already been mounted in three of Smyrna’s major public buildings--Smyrna’s City Hall, its Public Library, and Brawner Hall. There has been a regrettable tendency to dismiss the Battle of Smyrna Camp Ground as “a mere skirmish.” It should be emphasized, however, that this battle and the related battle at Ruff’s Mill were the most important fought between the various

Kennesaw Mountain engagements of late June 1864 and the crossing by both armies of the Chattahoochee River in early July. The number of casualties sustained along the so-called “Smyrna Line” underscores the significance of these engagements -- some 400 men lost their lives during this 48 hour period, with Union troops sustaining the heaviest casualties in these encounters with the entrenched Confederate forces. The Union army had entered the City of Marietta, a mere four miles north of Smyrna on July 3, without significant resistance. When the Confederate army abandoned its strong defensive position at Kennesaw Mountain, Union commander William Tecumseh Sherman assumed that they were engaged in a headlong retreat toward the Chattahoochee and would offer little additional resistance north of the river. What the Union commander did not realize was that the Confederates had created two formidable defensive barriers in

Very little remains of the shoupades at River Line Park in Smyrna. South Cobb, both designed by brilliant military engineer Brigadier General Francis Asbury Shoup. The second, and better known of these two barriers, the so-called “Riverline,” consisted of a set of 36 interconnected forts, known as “Shoupades,” that a force Continued on Page 12

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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher It was a hot summer June day near Kennesaw Mountain in Cobb County. It had been raining but the rain had stopped, puddles dotting the landscape. My greatgreat grandfather, Isaac Peterson Collier, was there in the trenches with his fellow ✔ Everyone needs a yearly skin check soldiers in Company K 5th regiment Georgia from Upson County. He had lost a ✔ Light hair, fair skin & sunburns before the age brother in the battle in the past few days of 18 increase risk of skin cancer but he continued to fight. On June 21, 1864 in the heat of battle, ✔ Rough, dry, scaly patches, pearly white bumps an artillery shell came into the trench from or irregularly shaped moles/lesions could be which he and the soldiers were shooting, its fuse burning. Bravely, he picked up the signs of skin cancer shell and tossed it out, into the standing rain water, putting out the fuse. He and his ✔ More than three million new cases of skin cancer fellow Confederate soldiers were saved. will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year For his bravery, he was offered a battlefield commission to Lieutenant. However, Mark A. Chastain, M.D. • Jennifer L. Buckley, M.D. • Mary M. Feldman, M.D. the commission would have transferred Carolyn M. Sims, PA-C • A. Fair Franklin, PA-C him to another unit and he chose to stay with his men from Upson County. Instead, Alexandra L. Palgon, PA-C • Garrett D. Freeman, PA-C he was promoted to Sergeant and continued to fight until surrender in 1865. One hundred and fifty years ago the to Schedule Your Yearly Skin Exam Today! battle of Atlanta was preceded by the Battle at Kennesaw Mountain and the Battle at 175 White Street • Suite 100 • Marietta, GA 30060 Smyrna Campground. In Cobb County we remember the date, not with celebration, WWW.SKINCANCERSPECIALISTS.COM but with commemoration of the men who fought valiantly for the South. The Civil War battles in this area are a part of our Ad will appear in color in the June issues. American history, and, for many of us, the history of our family members. Thanks to the work of the local Sons of the Confederated based on information you have provided us. Due to ADVERTISER - PLEASE CHECK: acy, my ancestor is remembered in exhibit and the need to meet our publication date, we can only make 13 at the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield pelling, incorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. ADDRESS CORRECTPark museum. of time constrants, a second proof of any changes made will The Civil War was a devastating time ted for your approval. in our American history, a country torn PHONE NUMBER CORRECT apart, families torn apart, death, terror, ange requests will have to be done in the next issue you adverPRICES CORRECT sacrifice, but also bravery, and growth and change. I pray we will never again be you for your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher. a nation divided, but always “one nation SPELLING under God indivisible, with liberty and jusPlease call 770-851-5469 tice for all.” EXPIRATION DATE So, if this was such a strife-ridden time r fax corrections to 678-574-8793 in our history, why do we commemorate or it now 150 years later? For one thing, we learn from our past so we don’t repeat it. We look to the past to see how far we have grown as a nation. And we recognize the

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history of our ancestors. It is not an abstract history, but, like the history of WWI and II, the Spanish-American War and the Revolutionary War, it is the story of our ancestors. I am here today only because God spared my ancestors, my grandfathers and my father and brought them safely through the horrors of war. Long ago great-great granddad Collier saved lives with his bravery at a spot that is now near Burnt Hickory and Old Mountain Road in Marietta near Kennesaw Mountain. Today, I live in a subdivision named somewhat after General Robert E Lee and from my porch, I can glimpse Kennesaw Mountain. I can easily imagine skirmishes fought on this land a hundred and fifty years ago. Today, we commemorate the1864 battles in Cobb County, looking back at the history and moving forward into a united, peaceful present and future.

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Cobb County Police Department Precinct II Officers Sergeant Jeff Perry and Captain Jeff Adcock participated in the 2014 Police Unity Tour May 10 - 12. The Police Unity Tour is a bicycle ride with the primary purpose of raising awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, DC. Perry and Adcock ride with the 250 other riders of Chapter 7 based in Southern California which has riders from LAPD, LASO and other southern California police departments. This year the route took the riders from Somerset, NJ to Washington, DC a distance of 232 miles.

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The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority is working on several projects to boost the economy of the area, including marketing, branding and the renaming of several roads. The Authority’s efforts are focused on three areas: Mableton; the Riverline, in which Jamestown Properties is investing $300 million in development; and the Six Flags Corridor, which is noted as “one of our highest priorities.” “Job creation is the bottom line of our mission statement,” Ed Richardson, chairman of the authority told the South Cobb Business Association recently. “We have spent a lot of money on studies, we need now to focus on solutions,” he said. A marketing and branding project will promote business and development in South Cobb. An annual redevelopment forum brings business to the area for economic development tours. Sabrina Young, economic coordinator, said that one of the most effective programs has been the renaming of several roads in south Cobb with similar sounding names.


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SOUTH COBB’S TOP GRADUATES South Cobb High School honored top students at graduation on May 21. Hassan Yas-     Check out our new website at sin Hassen, left, was named Valedictorian. He will attend Dartmouth College. Ciera   Carolyn Hutchins, right, was  named Salutatorian. She will attend the University of  Georgia.        WIRB 20121021

#10330308.0      WIRB 20121021

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JUNE 18: HYPERTENSION CLASS. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host a free community class discussing hypertension on Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. Join Carolina Gongora, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at Emory, as she explores the world of Hypertension. The goal of this class is to examine high blood pressure, risk factors, consequences and ways to prevent and treat the disease. This seminar will be held in the hospital cafeteria. To register, call 770-3192025 or visit JULY 10: SMYRNA AREA COUNCIL, July 10, Smyrna Community Center, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Max A. Bacon, Mayor, City of Smyrna State of the City Address. Online registration at closes July 8 at noon. ••• 14: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST. Cobb Energy Performing Art Centre 7:30 a.m. July 14. Speaker: Eddie Capel, President & DEO, Manhattan Associates. Online registration at closes July 9 at noon ••• 16: SUMMER JAM. The 2014 Summer J.A.M. is right around the corner on Wednesday, July 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cobb Civic Center! This is a Cobb Chamber of Commerce and Business Associations event.

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WEEKLY EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BIBLE STUDY MABLETON. 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 ••• BIBLE STUDY AUSTELL: Everyone is invited to Bible study at Austell Christian Church, � Edith Street in Austell. There are Bible 5624 lessons for people of all ages every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Please call Clay Henry at 678-5493774 for more information or if transportation is needed. ••• COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY - NON-DENOMINATIONAL. Designed to guide us in aligning the words of our mouth with The Word of God. THURSDAYS starting at 9 a.m. located at: CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH, 4494 Floyd Road at Concord Road, Mableton. ••• ATLANTA WEST BIBLE STUDY. “Have you ever read the Bible for yourself? Would you like to learn more about God’s word and how to apply it to your everyday life? Do you desire a closer personal relationship with God and other believers? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the ladies of the Atlanta West Community Bible Study (CBS) would like to invite you to join us as we explore the Bible. We meet Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at King Springs Baptist Church. 3732 King Springs Road, Smyrna. Children’s programs are available from newborn through age 5. Contact Kesha Nettles at atlwestcbscoor@gmail. com or visit for information ••• MABLETON FARMERS MARKET begins at the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton Thursday, May 22 and Market days will be every Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 through September 4. The Mableton Farmers Market is a community project of the Mableton Improvement Coalition. ••• MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - noon, January through November on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit ••• FREE TAIJI CLASS for all Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. South Cobb Regional Library: 805 Clay Road, Mableton and on the second Tuesday of each month at The Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. ••• FREE WEEKLY COMMUNITY DINNER - Please join us! Every Monday night at 6 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 6216 Love

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••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• SOUTH COBB TOASTMASTERS Tuesday at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. South Cobb Regional Library, Mableton 678-799-4425. ••• MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivy Road, Mableton meets every third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Bingo--Mon, Tues, Friday 8 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m. ••• AUSTELL CITY COUNCIL meets the first



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Monday of each month for its regular meeting. ••• AUSTELL CIVITAN CLUB is a non-profit organization serving the community and with a charter to support people with disabilities. Our monthly meetings are the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. located (Threadmill Building) 5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road, Suite 105, Austell. If you have ideas for the community or interested in becoming an officer, join us! For more info visit or contact ••• BIBLE STUDY - Christians Moving Into Action - Smyrna, Vinings & Austell. Are you trying to get prepared for church? Stop, come as you are, for a “Keepin It Real” experience with the scriptures. Join us for our bi-weekly bible study at Campbell Middle School Auditorium on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30. This is a nondenominational group bible study. We share Jesus Christ and assist all who seek to overcome obstacles in their life. We are a diverse, multiracial and seasoned group of individual ‘Churches’. By utilizing the Word of God, strong holds will be broken. Email your anonymous discussion topics and prayer request to: prayers. for up to date details - email: ••• FOOD AND CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION. St. Luke United Methodist Church, 5115 Brookwood Drive, Mableton, distributes non-perishable food items and clothing every 2nd and 4th Tuesday distributes non-perishable food items and clothing every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. ••• “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. ••• JOB SEEKERS: Calvary Baptist Church Austell is launching Job Search classes designed to help individuals focus and improve job seeking skills! The complete list is available at Attend only the sessions needed most! Classes are FREE - and you never know who you may run into who will provide you with your next job opportunity! Location: 4780 Flint Hill Road Austell, in the Youth building. Phone: 770-9418445 ••• 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. ••• KIWANIS CLUB SOUTH COBB: The club meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Victory International Church, 5228 Brookwood Drive, Mableton. ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna-West is a national non-profit organization which offers support to stay-at-home mothers. Our chapter includes

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mothers of all ages, as well as those who work part-time, in or out of their home. We offer you the opportunity to share activities during the weekday with other moms and their children. MOMS Club plans a monthly calendar full of events for mothers and their children, including park play dates, playgroups, trips to local attractions, Mom’s Night Out and more. MCSW includes the King Springs and Norton Park Elementary School Districts. For more information please contact us at momsclubofsmyrnawest@ ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from through-

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out 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. MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact smyrnafirstmopsni or visit www.smyrnafirstmops. com ••• MOCHA MOMS: Mocha Moms, Inc. is a national support group for mothers of color interested in enriching their lives as mothers, wives, sister friends, entrepreneurs and advocates for their communities. North Cobb Mochas are a mixture of stay at home mothers, part time, and full- time working mommies. Join us for Mom’s Night Out, playdates, family events, couples’ nights, Sister Circles, get fit days/night, community service projects and MORE. We have planned a truly exciting and enriching year. The annual membership fee is $50. To learn more you can visit our website at ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at ••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 4th Thursday of each month (except for Nov, Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. Our meetings include a presentation on a topic of interest regarding the 1861-1864 era. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.. We are a hereditary memorial organization and welcome all visitors. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or ••• SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• SOUTH COBB HOMESCHOOLERS. Are you a homeschool parent in need of support? The South Cobb Homeschool Support group meets monthly at the South Cobb Regional Library at 805 Clay Road, Mableton . If you are interested in attending please email us at scho or call 404644-8391. Visit our website at ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of each month at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 561 Veterans Memorial Highway, Mableton at 6:30 p.m. Contact South Cobb Lions Club: phone 490-554-2128 or email ••• 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

Page 7, June 2014 speakers and the love of others. SUPPORT GROUPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC and Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. ••• 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. ••• GRANDPARENTS AS PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP Are you a grandparent parenting or helping to Parent your grandchildren? Could you use some encouragement, new ideas, practical help, or prayer? Wouldn’t it be great if you had a support group designed just for you? Grandparents As Parents (GAP) group in the South Cobb area meets this need. For more information about the group visit www. or by calling the church office at 770948-2822. ••• HOMICIDE VICTIM SUPPORT GROUP. If you are a surviving family member or close friend of a homicide victim or victim of a DUI fatality and are over 18 years old, call the Crime Victims Advocacy Council at 770-333-9254. A trained victim’s advocate will educate you on your basic crime victim’s rights and how to navigate the criminal justice system. If eligible, there is crime victim’s compensation available for up to $25,000 through the CJCC. Support groups are free and meet weekly in the Vinings UMC and Decatur’s First Baptist Church. See and cvaconline. Email is ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meeting Every Monday at 7 p.m. Cumberland United Methodist 2375 Paces Ferry Road, Smyrna. ••• PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers a new Parkinson’s Disease Support Group from 2 – 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of Every Month at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center. Please join us for this FREE class. Call 770-438-5220 to register or for more information. ••• 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 404354-8911 for more information or see www. ••• 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. They provide insight and share information of getting the assistance we need. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for JULY issue is JUNE 23 with publication JULY 7. 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 770-4269388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at


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The Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb teamed up with the other eight Kiwanis Clubs within Division 15 in the Georgia District to volunteer their time, talent, and energy to work and beautify Floyd Middle school, Mableton. In the tradition of providing community service to commemorate the annual Kiwanis One Day project on May 3. Many thanks to all Kiwanis Clubs for their participation. Members showed up on that day with rakes, shovels, tree trimming scissors, gloves, paint brushes, paint rollers, and other tools. “With an attitude of teamwork and a mind to work, the end-results were spectacular - about 10 student restrooms were painted and the courtyard received a facelift which included raking leaves, trimming shrubs and trees, removing 13 dead Azaleas and replacing or planting almost 20 Aucubas shrubs and putting down pine straw and mulch,” said Ray Tiyamiyu, President Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb. “What a great opportunity to serve the children and the faculty of one of our local schools.” The Kiwanians also enjoyed a great time of fellowship during breakfast and lunch (thanks to Chik Fil A, and Subway). Overall, 2014 Kiwanis One Day Project was a huge success. Thanks to all the volunteers, donors, Dr. Harqrett, the Principal of Floyd Middle School, for her partnership with the Kiwanis on this project, and to Lt. Governors Ron Davis, and Bobbie Gauthier for their leadership on this project.

NOTES & NOTICES YARD/ ESTATE SALES CHURCH YARD SALE Trinity United Methodist Church, 821 S. Gordon Road, Austell is holding a yard sale on Saturday, June 21 from 7 a.m. to 3. For more information, contact Barry Horton, yard sale coordinator at SERVICES AVAILABLE PRIVATE DOG TRAINING Certified Dog Trainer offers Private Dog Training in your home or other mutually convenient location. Positive, gentle methods are used, making training fun for dog and owner. Licensed, Bonded and Insured. For details, see our Website: www. For a Consultation, call 770401-7945 or Email: 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 VOLUNTEER OFFICE ASSISTANT Volunteers make a difference in the lives of our clients. The Cobb Community Services Board (CSB) needs volunteers as assistants in various office positions including help with data entry and filing, in various program sites in Marietta, Smyrna, and Lithia Springs. For more information contact CSB Volunteer Coordinator Mary Robeck at 770-429-5018.

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Girl Scouts from Troop 10444 (Wildhorse Creek Service Unit) planted flowers in the front island at Austell Senior Center. This project, to earn the Silver Award, was presented to Commissioner Helen Goreham last fall. Since then, the girls, in grades 6 - 8, conducted research on what to plant, raised funds, obtained donations, and also worked with a landscaper to come up with the design. The Scouts designed the landscape plan, and did all the work with a bit of help from Cobb Parks and Cobb Senior Services.


Mableton resident wins first place at Toastmasters Internationals speech contest. Anne Taylor, known as the “Attitude Adjuster,” qualified to compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August. Her speech entitled “Dream of Freedom” reminded the capacity crowd of 300, that the necessary ingredients for success are hard work and education. “Its the only way to reach your full potential,” she said. She also won first prize in the Table

Topics impromptu competition, during the annual spring conference held at the Marriott hotel on interstate North on May 2 and 3. A member of South Cobb Toastmasters and T-Toasters of Vinings, Anne was ‘thrilled” to win both contest. A worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to improving leadership and speaking skills, Toastmasters International began in 1924 in California. The membership includes 14,350 clubs in 122 countries.

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At the Mableton Farmers Market, left, Terri Carter demonstrates fresh salad preparation. Right, Dwain Perkins of Austell, gives a taste of his bread from Mr. Perkins’ Healthy Baked Goods to Gwen Narcisse, of Hillari Moon Gourmet Spices.


After late plantings brought on by a late spring and ground too wet to plow, local farmers are bringing more and more fresh produce to the Mableton Farmers Market at the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road. Market day is Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “The market has plenty of fresh tomatoes, beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, eggs, herbs, greens, blackberries, homemade jellies and jams, cornbread and pancake mix, homemade pies and pie fillings, breads and angel food cakes, all natural gourmet spices and more,” said Dave McDaniel, Mableton Farmers Market Manager. There are also handmade soaps, fresh cut flowers, and glassware items.

Food preparation and preservation demonstrations will be presented by a Mableton Improvement Coalition member. Arts and crafts items from the Freeman Poole Senior Center are on display. Now that school is out for the summer, bring the kids to the Kids Corner, sponsored by the Cobb and Douglas Public Health and We Can! in Cobb. Emory Adventist Hospital will provide free health screenings once a month. The market welcomes SNAP customers. The market has the equipment to swipe the SNAP EBT cards and will double the customers’ food-buying power thanks to the Wholesome Wave Georgia Double Value Coupon Program. Come to the market to get more details about the program and see all the activities.


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Freeman Poole Senior Center Here’s what is happening at the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Recognizing Consumer Fraud and Scams -- Thursday, June 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free; Registration required. Learn more about the latest scams being perpetrated on an unsuspecting public; top 10 consumer frauds, top 10 consumer myths, internet and e-commerce scams such as “phishing”, identity theft. A representative from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs will give this presentation with time for questions and answers. Maximizing Your Resources -- Tuesday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. $5 /$6 Non-resident. Join us for this lunch and learn and maximize on your resources from benefits for seniors to retirement planning. Presented by Mahdu Gandhi, Certified W E


Financial Educator with 5 Star Financial. Friends of Freeman Poole DJ Dance Party -- Thursday, June 19, 12 – 2 p.m. $10 /$12 Non-resident. Put your dancing shoes on and dance the afternoon away. Tunes from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base -- Thursday, June 26, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Check-in 9 a.m.) Enjoy a Southern style home cooked meal at Ole Times Country buffet before we head to this U.S. Air Force Museum and home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Exhibits include all manner of aircraft, the air invasion of Normandy, Tuskegee Airmen, Thunderbirds, Medal of Honor recipients and more. This is a self-guided tour which will allow you to explore the museum on your own. $55 Senior Council member; $60 Nonmember. Deadline: June 19. Price includes motor coach transportation, lunch, taxes and tips.


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Continued from Page 1 of a thousand impressed slave laborers had constructed just north of the river, an installation so formidable that military historians have dubbed it “the Maginot Line of the Confederacy.” It was the other defensive barrier, however, located a few miles to the north, the so-called “Smyrna Line,” prepared largely by Georgia militia, that enabled the Confederate army to mount its most effective resistance to the progress of Union forces in South Cobb. This fish-hook shaped double line of entrenchments extended some six miles from east to west. Anchored on the right by Rottenwood Creek, it ran just south of the Smyrna-Roswell Road (Windy Hill Road) crossing the Western & Atlantic Railroad near what is now downtown

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Smyrna, and continuing from there along the line of Concord Road for a distance of about two miles before turning abruptly southward at Cooper Lake Road, to a point on the high bank overlooking Nickajack Creek. These formidable entrenchments included an octagonal earthen and log fort situated just north of today’s Hawthorne Avenue. The principal Confederate commanders on the Smyrna Line were the one-armed General William Wing Loring, who led the troops situated east of the W&A tracks, and General William J. Hardee, known as “Old Reliable,” who led the troops west of the railroad.


Cobb2020 has launch the Farm Fresh Market beginning in May to supply fresh fruits and vegetables to residents in Austell-Six Flags Drive, (zip code 30168). Farm Fresh Market will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at various locations in Austell. Mondays: Walton Reserve Apartment Community, 7075 Walton Reserve Lane, Austell. Tuesdays: South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive #1, Austell. Thursdays: Birch Landing Apartment Community, 500 Maxham Road, Austell.

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