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SHOP CHRISTMAS HOUSE FOR HANDMADE GIFTS The South Cobb Arts Alliance presents the 33rd annual Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show featuring handmade items perfect for Christmas or year-round gifts. The 10-day show runs Dec. 1 - 10 and is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 2 – 6 p.m. on Sundays. This beautifully staged indoor, juried holiday gift show features Christmas trees covered in handmade ornaments to jewelry and fiber art. The Christmas House offers a broad selection of affordable, fine handcrafted gift items. Help out Santa by purchasing items from local artists. A sister event to the Christmas House, Mable’s Tea Room, also opens Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 9, closed on Sundays. Tea Room hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tea Room is a tradition for many, and proceeds benefit the South Cobb Arts Alliance. Be sure to make reservations for four or more by calling 770-819-3285. Bring the children out to the grounds of the Historic Mable House on Saturday, Dec. 2 for Cobb County PARKS annual Candy Cane Hunt. Hours are 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Activities include cookie decorating, crafts, marshmallow roasting, photos with Santa, and, of course, the Candy Cane Hunt complete with prizes. Your little princesses should wear their favorite ball gowns and tiaras to the Mommy & Me Tea, Sunday, Dec. 3. Seatings are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of light refreshments. Call 770-819-3285 for details and to reserve your table. Sincere thanks to the volunteers of the South Cobb Arts Alliance, and for the vital support of Cobb County P.A.R.K.S.


South Cobb Citizen of the Year Darlene Duke receives a Waterford Crystal bowl from Wayne Blackstone.


Darlene Duke, who started as a volunteer at Sweetwater Mission and now serves as executive director, was named the 2017 South Cobb Citizen of the Year. Mrs. Duke was honored at a luncheon ceremony on Oct. 12 by the South Cobb Rotary at Presbyterian Village. “She is a strong and compassionate woman,” said her son, Jared Duke. “My mother has always placed the needs of others ahead of those of her own.” Mrs. Duke started volunteering with what was then Sweetwater CAMP in 2003, now Sweetwater Mission in Austell. She became executive director in 2005. The Rev. Roger Vest, pastor of Powder Spring First United Methodist Church, said, “Darlene is leading the way in serving the community. She has been a part of our

church for more than two decades,” he said. Mrs. Duke is president of the South Cobb Rotary, and Wayne Blackstone said it was difficult to keep the secret of her award from her. “Darlene has stepped up to every project this club has done,” he said. She leads from the front.” He also noted that the club has grown under her leadership since she became president. The club presented her with a Waterford crystal bowl instead of a plaque or statuette. “I am surprised and overwhelmed,” Mrs. Duke said. “I am humbled. Just to be among these past recipients is humbling.” The South Cobb Citizen of the Year award was created in 1986 by the South Cobb Rotary Club.

The City of Austell has two days of festivities scheduled to ring in the holiday season. The annual Christmas tree lighting will be held Dec. 1, followed by a new Holiday Market Festival on Dec. 2. Austell will hold its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1. This free community event will begin at 6 p.m. at Collar Park, 2625 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, adjacent to the City Hall/Police Department Complex. The event is sponsored annually by Mayor Joe Jerkins and the Austell City Council to welcome the holiday season. In addition to the tree lighting, all of the holiday lights in the city will be turned on. Local school choirs will provide musical entertainment. Free hot dogs, hot chocolate, and pastries will be served. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on his sleigh and everyone will have the opportunity to tell him their favorite Christmas wish. The new Austell Holiday Market Festival will bring food, music and crafts to Austell’s Historic downtown Dec. 2. The festival is a project of City Council Members Sandra Leverette and Valerie Anderson with the goal of increasing the quality of life in the city by sponsoring additional community events and build on the Christmas tree lighting the night before. There will be live music provided in part by local singer Kayla Taylor. Arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and vendor booths will line the Jefferson Street area of downtown, known as Backstreet Station. Community groups and vendors should contact Amateur Advocate Association, Albert McCree 678-524-9026

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Celebrate the season with a triple-dog dare, an iconic leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and the coveted Red Ryder BB gun as The Theatre Project presents “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” Nov. 10 12 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from

gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!”, “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!” The Theatre Project’s Rachel Rudd will be directing a cast of more than 30 local youth actors ages 9-18. When asked what the live stage show could bring that an audience might not get from watching the beloved movie, Rudd explained, “Music, music and more music. I think every story is better with music and audiences will love seeing this beloved story live on stage with our awesome performers!” Harris Wheeler serves as the Musical Director and will employ a live orchestra. Performances for A Christmas Story: The Musical are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 12 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult 13 years and older general admission and $72 per table (6 person limit). Children 12 and under are Free. Tickets may be

Featured in “A Christmas Story – The Musical” are Dylan Anderson as The Old Man; Colleen Cameron as Mother; Claire Fuller as Randy, and Hayes Ray as Ralphie. purchased in advance through Ticketmaster. com or at the Amphitheatre Box Office.

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A Fall Festival for the individuals at The Circle in Austell was held Oct. 20 with some 150 people attending. The crowd enjoyed a photo booth, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, games, and DJs from Second Nature. Musical entertainment, food, and snow cones was provided by several community partners. At The Circle, The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide outpatient treatment for persons with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. Above, a client plays cornhole with staffers cheering him on. Below right, CSB staffers Janet McKinney, Lauren Baird and Jennifer L. Haines-Pruitt; at right, attendees learn about healthy nutrition.

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When they experience health emergencies, patients and families often heal through appreciation. The healthcare team in this photo was recognized for going above and beyond together to help a patient recover. From left are Kay Kennedy, Danyale Ziglor, Karen Pack-Gray, Dorothy Mullins, Alesha Tucker, LaQuinta Adams, Patricia Chambers, Liz Peters, Renee Sorrells, Rhonda Braly, Cathy Lorenzo and Callie Andrews.

GRATEFUL FOR GRATEFUL PATIENTS By Amy Carrier recovery. When they experience health emerPresident, WellStar Cobb Hospital A recent letter from a grateful patient’s gencies, patients and families often heal spouse read, “Dr. Nelson and Brittany through appreciation. In addition to letters, saved his life.” The letter went on to call there are opportunities to give team members a WOW by filling out a card the nursing care “outstanding” on the unit while at the hospital. and described members of the care “WOW’d” team members enjoy teams as “comforting, empathetic prizes like a Bluetooth speaker or people” who became family. She a night at the movies, compliments praised people in the Emergency of WellStar. Sometimes WOWs Department, Intensive Care Unit, inspire bigger recognitions, like the Neurology Floor and Inpatient WellStar’s annual Shining STAR Rehab Unit (IRU). She recognized 16 people by name, from Vicki at Amy Carrier awards. The patient’s wife who the front desk, who “always had expressed her gratitude through a letter a smile and comforting words” to Erica in the IRU, who “got him up walking; he felt wanted to do more. She made a donation to the WellStar Foundation, which raises funds really good about himself.” When I recognized these team mem- for not-for-profit WellStar hospitals, like bers at a recent huddle meeting, it was a Cobb. Every dollar donated by our patients is reinvested right here. To learn more, visit proud moment. During the month of Thanksgiving, or call 770-956we’re given the opportunity to really reflect GIVE (4483). Thanks to our team members for delivon what we’re grateful for. I’m grateful to ering world-class healthcare every day. And tell you I often read letters like this. Humor heals. Another recent letter thank you to our patients for allowing us to praised eight team members – including give you our best. And, for letting us know Jimmy and Mimi – who helped a patient how we’re doing. During this month of laugh through a serious health event and thanks, I wish you good health, a grateful spirit and a happy Thanksgiving!


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2-3: TOUR OF HOMES. The 31st Annual Marietta Pilgrimage, Marietta, December 2-3. www. ••• 5: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Program: Announcement of Vinings Business of the Year and speaker: THE “TrustDALE” Cardwell. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch Dec. 5 at Overlook III Conference Room. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness. com. 678-725-0099. ••• 7: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. For reservations: www.

NOVEMBER 11: BETHANY HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Make Christmas special for those on your list with items from local vendors on Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 760 Hurt Road, Smyrna. Proceeds go to support our Missions programs (Habitat for Humanity; Soldier Angel/Workdog Programs) ••• 11: ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Annual Hands on Christmas holiday arts and crafts festival at Smyrna First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. - 2. Kids of all ages can create high quality, homemade crafts and keepsakes. (Adult supervision required for younger kids.) We will also feature our Holiday Gift Mart which is filled with local artisans’ unique crafts and gifts. For more info, visit Bring a change of clothes, because Santa Claus will be available for photos during the festival (via appointment only) with a professional photographer. At a $20 fee, proceeds benefit Smyrna First’s MOPS group. To book Santa appointments, visit ••• 12: HOLIDAY BAZAAR: International Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale featuring for sale new and gently used items for your home and holiday shopping and homemade baked goods and treats. One day only- Sunday Nov. 12 from 12:30- 4 p.m. at 4000 King Springs Smyrna. All proceeds to benefit the Atlanta Center of Self-Realization Fellowship, a nonprofit organization. ••• 16-18: FREE ART EXHIBIT - Light of Hope Community Appreciation Art Exhibit; 1507 Hurt Rd, Marietta; Nov. 16-18: 16th at 3 p.m. -7:30 p.m.; opening reception 6:30 p.m.; 17th at 3-8 p.m.; 18th at noon to 9 p.m., closing ceremony 8 p.m.; free to the community. art-show-2017 ••• 18: GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION. The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta will be hosting its 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Competition & Showcase and Gala. It is scheduled for 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Suites NW, 2999 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. There is no fee to submit an entry to the Gingerbread House and Showcase. Cost for the Gala. Tickets can be purchased online, www., select “Shop” and then “Gingerbread C & S Tickets” from the drop-down menu. For additional information, please email jlcmgala@ or call 770-422-5266. ••• 28: TREE LIGHTING. “Coming Home for the Holidays” Annual Holiday Season Celebration and Tree Lighting, Tuesday, November 28 - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come celebrate this holiday season kickoff in Downtown Smyrna. The Big Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony includes concerts by local church groups and school choral groups, activities for children, a parade, and visits with Santa. Admission is free and open to all ages. ••• 28: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. Are you aware of the hazardous materials in and around you home? Mikel Vann, Chair for the Marietta Garden Council, will give a presentation on household hazardous materials and how to properly dispose of them at the Jonquil Garden Club Nov. 28 meeting at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room of Smyrna Library. Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at Smyrna Library at 10:30 a.m. Come join us to learn more about all gardening, environmental, and service related topics. For more information about programs or membership, call Shirley Priest at 770433-3248 or visit our award-winning website at DECEMBER 1-10: CHRISTMAS HOUSE. SCAA presents its annual Christmas House Arts & Crafts Show Dec. 1-10 Mon.-Sat. 10 am to 6 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mable House Arts Center, 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton. For more information visit ••• 1: Austell holds its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Collar Park. ••• 2: Austell Holiday Market Festival brings food, music and crafts to Austell’s Historic downtown in the Jefferson Street area 10 – 8 Dec. 2. •••

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See updates at www.brightsi ••• 24: CANDELIGHT COMMUNION. Smyrna Christian Church invites the community to a Candlelight Communion Service on December 24, at 6 p.m. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is “designed to remind us of what we say we are celebrating.” Make this service a part of your Christmas celebration this year. We are located at 910 Concord Road, Smyrna. For more information please call Lee Delbridge at 770-435-1723. 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. ••• 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. ••• THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. We are located at 775 Hurt Road, SW, Smyrna and are opened Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-437-5685 or email: ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see www. ••• 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. ••• ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Our historic building was a church in Smyrna/Vinings for 141 years. Call 678-6623857 or visit our website,, for more about us. ••• AUSTELL CITY COUNCIL meets the first 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 (Treadmill 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 ••• COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCA-

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TORS ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon is held at the First Methodist Church in Marietta at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit ••• COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers local support to mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture of over 70 working and stay at home mommies. We offer an array of opportunities to connect with other moms through Mom’s Night Out, Sister Circles, single moms support, couples’ nights, family community service projects and more. Visit or email ••• FOOD AND CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION. St. Luke United Methodist Church, 5115 Brook-


y Calendar wood Drive, Mableton, distributes non-perishable food items and clothing ONLY, every 3rd Tuesday, of each month from 10 a.m. to 1. .• • • FREE DINNER – 6 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Light of Hope Presbyterian Church, 1507 Hurt Rd, Marietta. Community invited. ••• 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. ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Rd, Austell GA 30106. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station #1 at 12 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with 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 or visit ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. September through May. ••• 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 pwhittingham@ ••• 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 •••

Page 7, November 2017 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 interested in attending email us at or call 404-644-8391. Visit our website at ••• SOUTH COBB LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings 6:30 p.m. of each month at the South Cobb Community Center 620 Lions Club Drive, SW Mableton. Contact: South Cobb Lions Club: Phone 470-554-2128 on Facebook South Cobb Lions Club or email 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. ••• 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. ••• FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held every Monday at Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs, from 7 p.m. - 8:30. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout Metro Atlanta call 800-566-9010, or visit: ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January 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: 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. ••• 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 ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for DECEMBER issue is NOVEMBER 23 with publication the week of DECEMBER 5. 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 Find updated calendar items on our website at www.

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By Robert S. Meyring Are you thinking about starting your own business? Maybe you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, or maybe your former employer has forced you to earn a living on your own. To educate and inform from both my business law practice and my personal business experience, I’ve put together some practical points and issues to consider, when you are your own boss and an entrepreneur. Many times, successful businesses start without a great deal of preparation and grow from the hard labor and determination of the founder. An entrepreneur’s knowledge, skills, and/or craftsmanship alone may not be enough for success. If 9 out of Robert Meyring 10 new businesses eventually fail, then I would speculate that many new businesses fail because of over-preparation and under-doing. If the “doing” is the earning of customer payment, then the “over-preparing” for example could be spending lots of time and money on getting the perfect office fully equipped before meeting and earning the payment from the first customer. Simply put, bring more money into the business than you spend out of the business. The amount of preparation needed to start a business really depends on the amount of cash invested and the risk taken with the start up. Generally, more cash invested, more prep needed. Planning can be overdone but the actual “doing” is probably the best ingredient into the start up and growth recipe of a good business. Do what is needed to make the prospective customers comfortable with you. Give your future clients many reasons why they would want to work with you. Focus on communicating to your potential client the benefit of your goods or services. Get organized. Set up a corporate entity so your personal assets and real estate are not at risk. In other words, separate your personal money, from your business money. Even though you can operate as a sole proprietorship with a “DBA” (doing business as), don’t do it for long, as it still puts your personal assets at risk. Get business advisors. I believe most people starting a new business should consult a lawyer to form a corporation, to assess the risks, to review contracts, or to be available when needed. In full disclosure, I am a lawyer, attorney and entrepreneur. I’ve also started and operated three businesses from the time I was 11 years old. I recommend your business advisors have business owner experience. I wish you the best in your brave new entrepreneurial world. Robert S. Meyring, is a Vinings attorney. The Meyring Law Firm website is www. or call 678-217-4369.

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Emory is operating the former Emory-Adventist Hospital in Smyrna offering sports medicine, and a focus on the spine and orthopedics. According to Dr. Scott Boden, Smyrna is the second of four Emory Orthopedics and Spine Centers in the metro area. Another is in Johns Creek and others are planned at Spivey Station and Stockbridge. Opening in July, the Smyrna office has a staff of 10 to 12 with a high quality X-ray and MRI scanner in place. “We hope within the next couple of years to build a new medical office tower on that campus.” Bowden said. “We expect it to grow.” Emory has partnered with the Braves and because the Smyrna campus is in close proximity to SunTrust Park has become the official team healthcare provider for the team. Emory is not just the hospital in Clifton Road in DeKalb County. With some 200 sites around Atlanta, Emory Healthcare is “a regional health care provider that is closer to people’s communities,” Bowden said. “We’ve gotten a warm reception to patients that we are committing to this side of town.” He said. Atlanta Road – I-285 Update Drivers on Atlanta Road crossing I-285 have seen nothing happening on the roadway recently. You may wonder if the Georgia DOT is on schedule with the project, or even working on it. The answer is no, and yes. Due to some schedule problems (perhaps I-85 collapsing?) the project missed its September completion date, but should be finished by next summer. But work is going on, it’s just underneath the bridge, only visible from I-285. Some 76 percent of the interchange project is complete, accord to a DOT spokesman at the Smyrna Business Association. Beams are currently being set at night and sound walls still need to be installed.

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While communities around the world celebrated the impact of teachers on World Teachers Day, Lindley Sixth Grade Academy teacher Nicole Kempson knelt on the sidewalk of Marietta Square to unveil her handprints that cement her in history as a Cobb County School District (CCSD) Teacher of the Year. Despite the fanfare of a school pep rally in her honor when CCSD Superintendent Chris Ragsdale named her the Cobb Teacher of the Year in August, the Hollywood-like atmosphere of the handprint unveiling ceremony still surprised Kempson. “It is more than I ever thought would actually happen,” the Cobb Teacher of the Year (TOTY) said. “I can’t believe all of this is done for us. I was overcome with emotion. I was trying my best not to cry.” During the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s “Give Our Schools a Hand” celebration, the Cobb community came together October 5 to recognize the Cobb Teacher of the Year’s role in student success. “We are successful because of the hard work our teachers do,” Superintendent Ragsdale said. “The students at Lindley Sixth Grade Academy are able to experience the tremendous teaching abilities that Nicole brings to the classroom each and every day.” Before Kempson unveiled her handprints, she listened to some of her former students in the Lindley Middle School Band ensemble serenade her inside The Strand Theater. She still talks to her former students. They come visit her. She views them as part of her family, as her children. The relationships Kempson builds with her students are important because according to the TOTY, “each relationship has an impact on who you are and who you are going to become.” Aiming to show the students that everyone makes mistakes, she is open and honest with her students about both her successes and failures. “What is important is that you learn from them and not make the same mistake twice and be better than you were before because you learned your lesson the first time,” the TOTY tells her students. When explaining her road to becoming the Teacher of the Year, Kempson credited her family for giving her the strength and fortitude not to give up. She wants to do the same for her students. “I worked extremely hard to get here and will continue to work hard so I can be

Nicole Kempson unveils her handprints on the Marietta Square. the example and the hero that my children look up to, as well as my students,” Kempson told the theater full of students, educators, and community members. Kempson is a role model for her students. “She inspires me to be a wonderful person,” Lindley Sixth Grade Academy student Carla said smiling. “What stands out to me about Ms. Kempson is her spirit. She has a lot of faith in us. She believes in us. She knows we will become great in life. She helps us with our goals.” Carla heard about her future teacher long before she sat down in her class. The Teacher of the Year also taught Carla’s brother, who came home every day with a smile on his face because of Kempson. “She is so full of happiness. She’s an excellent teacher,” Carla added. “She deserves the Teacher of the Year award because she is like no other teacher.” Carla’s classmate Nicholas described Kempson as his favorite teacher. He thinks it is important to honor teachers like her because of all that they do for students. They help you reach your goals in life, he said. Carla and Nicholas watched as Kempson pulled back the blue cloth to unveil her handprints on the Marietta Square sidewalk. She was happy her students were able to witness her historical Teacher of the Year moment. “I really do this for my kids,” she said.

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SCAA artist Miles Davis installs a paintAll major ad change requests will have to be done in the next issue you adverPRICES CORRECT ing from his new series of artworks “1000 in. Thank youLifor your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher. Words” at the Southtise Cobb Regional SPELLING brary in Mableton. The ten colorful and imaginative new original paintings sharePlease call 770-851-5469 the common theme of the power and imEXPIRATION DATE or The email corrections to portance of reading books. “1000 Words” project is made possible in part by a grant awarded to SCAA from the National Endowment for the Arts. Stay tuned for more information on this memorable exhibit. There will be a reception on Nov. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the Library for a meet and greet with the artist. When accidents happen, the last thing you need is more uncertainty. At WellStar Cobb Hospital’s Emergency Department, you can always expect board-certified physicians and the latest advancements in emergency patient care.

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to... HELP!

Comfort Keepers® provides the kind of trusted, in-home care that helps people maintain full and independent lives, right in the comfort of their own home.

We are here to help. Call the Access Center at 770-422-0202

for information about services specific to mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse issues. The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services to some 10,000 people annually with 400 employees at more than 20 different locations.

“Recovery Is Possible”

Welcome to the Emergency Department

of the future.

What else should you know about our Emergency Department? Our care covers everything from accredited chest pain status to emergency surgery. It’s all right here at WellStar Cobb Hospital. WellStar Urgent Care Centers are also available to provide treatment for minor emergencies, illnesses and injuries, including lab and X-ray service and is open daily from 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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Grand-daughter, Judith Kitchens Howard with husband Claude Howard, Jr. with Fire Chief Joel G. Baker, Fire Dept. Historian Bob Gish, Chaplain Norman Miller.


“A Sacred Wreath Laying” was conducted at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery Sept. 23 in memory of fire fighter Leonard Oscar Kitchens, Sr. (1901-1967). Kitchens, a native of Paulding County devoted 25 years of service as a first responder to Atlanta City Fire and Rescue, 1923-1948. He began his career at the age of 22 as a “Driver” and retired as a “Captain,” to his home he had built in 1939, in the Leland area on Bankhead Highway (now Veterans Memorial). Among the most dangerous fires he fought was that of the famous Winecoff Hotel 71 years ago this December. Although the hotel was advertised as “fireproof,” 119 souls perished. The ceremony attended by grand-daughter Judy Kitchens Howard and The Atlanta City Fire and Rescue with the support of the Georgia Society Daughters of the American Revolution was on the 230th anniversary of the drafting of our

Constitution. City of Atlanta Fire Chief Joel G. Baker presented the family with a special commemorative letter from the City of Atlanta to the Kitchens family. Complete traditional fire fighters’ honors were bestowed upon deceased Captain Kitchens, including the City of Atlanta Fire Honor Guard laying The Atlanta Fire and Rescue Wreath. A study requirement of Captain Kitchens’ grand-daughter has served as the impetus and welcome oppor- Capt. Leonard tunity for the “Wreath O. Kitchens, Sr. Laying.” DAR officers planned the ceremony to pay over-due recognition to one of the most beloved first responders to ever have served with The Atlanta City Fire and Rescue.

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