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Volume 8, No. 2 SCHOOL REDISTRICTING REACHES FINAL PHASE, VOTE SET FEB. 23 The Cobb County School District has reached the final phase of redistricting for south county elementary schools, with the Board of Education slated to vote on the new attendance zoning Feb. 23. A fourth proposed attendance zone map was released prior to the winter holiday break, incorporating community input from the Dec. 7 public forum. Because the redistricting plan recommends closure of Brown and Sky View elementary schools, the District held the first of two required School Closure Hearings on Jan. 26. The public has been involved throughout the process with access to the same data and criteria used by the district’s planning staff to create the draft proposals and maps. All of the relevant data and documents have been provided in public forums, and on a special web site created for the south county redistricting. For details check the Cobb Schools website at



The parking lot was full and hundreds of residents gathered as Kroger opened its superstore at the Crossing, South Cobb Drive at Concord Road, on Jan. 21. Store and city officials cut the ribbon at the grand opening, above; Store Manager Daniel Thurman welcomes the crowd; shoppers checked out the new departments and crowds swarmed the store the opening day.


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The City of Smyrna will host an Open House/Showcase of Brawner Hall and the Taylor-Brawner House on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Need meeting space for special events and/or business meetings? This is your opportunity to tour the facilities and review caters who will be offering light hors d’oeuvres. An RSVP is very much appreciated as organizers wish to help the participating caterers prepare. Please RSVP to Shea Daniels at

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Congressman David Scott (D-GA) will hosted a special ceremony Feb. 4 to honor 23 student nominees for appointment to the nation’s military academies. Cobb County student honorees include: Aaron Churchill – U.S. Military Academy, Mableton resident, Campbell High School. Keith Cormier – U.S. Military Academy, Smyrna, Duluth High School. Taneisha Jones – U.S. Air Force Academy, Marietta resident, South Cobb High

School. Michael Richard, Jr. – U.S. Naval Academy, Mableton resident, Campbell High School. Jordan Robertson – U.S. Military Academy, Marietta, 2011 Graduate of Osborne High School. Luke Voss – U.S. Naval Academy, of Mableton, Holy Spirit Prep School. This year’s students will receive nominations to attend the U.S. Naval, Military (West Point), Air Force, and Merchant Marine academies.

Kroger opened its 93,000 square-foot grocery store in Smyrna Jan. 22, adding some 100 new jobs and anchoring the redevelopment of the Four Corners area of the city. Hundreds of people filled the parking lot for a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring the Campbell high school drum line, speeches from elected officials and Kroger officials and donations to Kroger’s five schools that are Partners in Education. “Current and new Smyrna Kroger associates have been looking forward to this day and the opportunity to get further acquainted with our customers,” said Daniel Thurman, manager of the Smyrna Kroger. “Our existing South Cobb Drive Kroger store served the Smyrna community for 28 years,” says Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “We are proud to open this new location – and bring new jobs to the community – as we continue to serve our loyal customers with more convenient amenities, like the Kroger Fuel Center.” Thurman, the new store manager, is a 12 year veteran of Kroger and took over the Smyrna grocery store about three weeks ago. His father, Randy, now a manager in Dallas, opened the Kroger store in Smyrna in 1983. “Daniel grew up in the grocery store,” Randy Thurman said. The new Kroger is the anchor store in the crossings development at South Cobb Drive and Concord road and has been in development for nearly six years, according to Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon . “We are proud that your company has decided to invest in this property,” Bacon said. “We look forward to the redevelopment of other properties at the Four Corners.” Bacon thanked Rep. Rich Golick, former Rep. Don Wix and Sen. Doug Stoner for their work with the Department of Transportation to get a traffic light and road improvements for the development. “This is going to be great for this area and be a boost for the other three corners. We’re excited about it,” Bacon said. “Who would’ve thought in this economy that you would see a giant Kroger built in Smyrna.” Kroger executive Horace Hamilton said.” It’s a great day to be in Smyrna.” He called the $17 million investment a “stateof-the-art store.” The new grocery store features a fuel center, Starbucks coffee bar, expanded deli/bakery department, bistro and in-store dining, soup and salad bar, and expanded meat/seafood department, floral department, natural foods department, a drivethrough pharmacy and even a branch of Fifth Third Bank.

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their own. But, even with the stress of box creation, Valentine’s Day was a fun time back at North Avenue Elementary School in Hapeville. We would bring in our valentines and put them into the boxes of the other students. I kept some of mine for a long time. Actually, if I am honest, one year’s may still be in the basement somewhere. My favorite was a larger than normal one that was signed “guess who.” As an extremely shy child, who was even shyer around boys, I liked to imagine that I had a secret admirer somewhere in the class. I never found out who sent it, but it was a nice boast to my self-esteem back in an era when we didn’t know that selfesteem was something we were supposed to be concerned about. Hearts and flowers and romantic moments! I hope Valentine’s Day 2012 will be a very special day for everyone who has a special someone, whether it is a new love or one of many years.

SCHOOL TO TEACH ENVIRONMENTAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP Do you wonder where tomorrow’s good jobs and careers will come from? Would you like to start your own business? Do you worry about the future of the environment, especially for the children? Could the business you own or run benefit from an exciting new product or service line? The Smyrna-based EcoAction Factory & Green School offers some profitable answers to those questions and invites you to a free open house to hear them. The first-of-a-kind event is scheduled for Saturday morning, February 18, 9:30-11:30 at Brawner Hall on the grounds of Smyrna’s Taylor-Brawner Park, 3180 Atlanta, Road, Smyrna, GA, 30080. RSVP at 404-9099670 or to help determine seating needs. Staff of the school will introduce its program of low-cost, year-round seminars and workshops for consumers, businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, students and faculty, policy-makers and other key audiences. Local exhibitors and vendors will be on hand with cutting edge environmental solutions for homeowners and businesses. Regular half-day and full-day educational sessions will begin in the Spring on a weekly basis, said school spokesman Anthony Beedles. Beedles explained that the school will teach consumers, especially women, how to use their purchasing power to command better alternatives to polluting technologies, products, services, processes and methods. Businesses, entrepreneurs and investors will learn how to find the profit in legitimate environmental solutions. The school evolved from a gap in the U.S. educational system, explained John Thompson, founder of the EcoAction Factory. “For 50 years, society has attempted unsuccessfully to solve the environmental problem without first educating that one key segment of the populace that can make it happen,” he said.

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MILNER WINS WHITEFIELD SPELLING BEE Eighth-grader Luke Miltner of Smyrna recently won the Whitefield Academy Middle School Spelling Bee. Seventhgrader Kamryn Johnson of Atlanta took the runner-up spot. Both Luke and Kamryn will move on to the next level of GISA competition in February. Eighteen Middle School students participated in the spelling bee; the participants qualified for the bee after taking a written spelling test in class. The top two spellers in each class participated in the competition. Participants in the bee included: Anna Blair (6th), J.B. Cantrell (8th), K.J. Cainion

(6th), Holden Hosch (8th), Kamryn Johnson (7th), Jared Jones (6th), Molly Langella (6th), Katherine Martin (7th), Kerry Martin (8th), Isabel Miller (7th), Luke Miltner (8th), Charles Money (8th), Luke Milner J.T. Morris (8th), Anna Kate Peterson (7th), Ethan Powell (7th), Patrick Spellisy (6th), Amira Williams (7th), and Keene White (6th).


By Dr. Derek Conte In 1959, Soviet scientist, Dmitri When a dog looks at you, he looks into Belyaev, began experiments with Silver your right eye to read your emotions better, (Siberian) foxes to discover the process of just as humans do. When we pet our dogs, wolf domestication. The premise was to we experience spikes in oxytocin levels selectively breed the foxes for behavior. which decreases stress, lowers He interbred foxes that were least heart rate and blood pressure, and aggressive, fearful, and smallest extends human life. Oxytocin is the flight distance. Belyaev felt that hormone released when a mother behavior was driven by physiology breast feeds her baby and is responand selecting for tameness would sible for human bonding. Dogs yield noticeable genetic changes. are extraordinarily well-tuned to (See: Wikipedia-Domesticated humans. And we are equally tuned Silver fox) into them. Humans can delineate The results were stunning. In six different dog barks and sounds three generations the aggressive based on frequency, tonality and Dr. Derek Conte behavior began to disappear. By the interval. Wolves, by contrast, only bark as 8th generation, the fox cubs actually began a warning. Though chimpanzees are closer to show affection. Physiologically, the foxes to humans genetically, dogs actually think showed much lower levels of adrenaline, a more like humans, looking more to humans hormone associated with fear impulses and for cues, like pointing. Chimps do not aggressive behavior, and began to come follow pointing cues. Dogs even follow the into heat semi-annually rather than annudirection humans look for cues. One Border ally. Astoundingly, as the trend for tamecollie has even developed a vocabulary of ness continued, physical changes started to 340 words. appear. The natural black coat gave way to a Such were the fascinating facts revealed spotted or even pure white coat of fur, tails on Nova’s recent show called, “Dogs now curled, ears became floppy and limbs Decoded”, which focused on how wild even became shorter. These changes mimcanines became tame enough to co-exist so icked those in wolf-to-dog domestication. harmoniously with humans starting about 50 years and 50 generations later, the trend continues with startling new insights. 10,000 years ago. The show centered on a When tame cubs were placed with aggresconcept called, “Flight Distance,” the distance a human could approach a wolf before sive mothers, the mother’s temperament did it ran away. It has been theorized, that when not influence the cub’s tame nature. Conhuman populations swelled dramatically versely, when aggressive cubs were placed during the agricultural revolution, early trash with tame mothers, the cubs remained dumps drew hungry wolves, some of which aggressive. Further, when embryos of were less fearful of humans than others; aggressive mothers were transplanted into their ‘flight distance’ being less. With direct the wombs of tame mothers, the genetiwolf/human contact, the domestication procally aggressive cubs were born true to their cess began. Experiments of human-raised aggressive natures. In November of 2005, wolves show wolves never make eye conthe journal Current Biology reported that tact, play, or engage with humans socially, 2,700 genes now differed between the tame like dogs do, so environment doesn’t seem foxes and foxes found in the wild. to be the best impetus for domestication. Dr. Derek Conte Is Co-founder of ChiHow long did this process take; and by what ropractic Specialists on Concord Rd. in mechanisms? Smyrna. For questions, call 404-784-6008.

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GIVE FAMILY, YOURSELF A PLAN the mess they’d leave behind if they were By Robert Meyring hypothetically hit by a bus tomorrow. FigKnowing that fewer than 50 percent of uratively, that’s maybe what it feels like the American population able to draft and when you, the patient, are delivered the sign a will or a power of attorney actually potentially terminal diagnosis. Neverthehave one begs the question: “why is that?” less, “life is a terminal condition” I think about this question a lot (a truism garnering more than 3 because I have a trusts and estates million hits on a Google search.) law firm focused, in part, on helpSo, take it in stride. Plan for it. ing people draft wills or trusts, Once you’re beyond the Realizaand helping families deal with the tion, please understand the estate legalities and transitions related planning you do for yourself is to a family member’s passing. I actually more an act of giving to reckon getting behind the reasons those you leave behind. why individuals with kids, marIf you have a Will or Trust or a riages and assets hesitate and often fail to get their wills, and/or related Robert Meyring power of attorney or an advanced directive for healthcare - CONpapers, will enable me to help the GRATULATIONS! You are in the wise most people. minority that do have some, or complete, Given a chance to talk to the majority estate planning documents. You are ahead of people who have no will or estate plan of the pack. If your plan was prepared by documents, I’d ask: do you understand that a trusts and estates attorney, then your plan if you expire without drafting a will, you should be well-suited to your current needs have told the State of Georgia that you have and lifestyle. Even if you did not get your chosen to be intestate and to have your estate planning documents from an estates assets and legacy pass to your survivors by lawyer (by do-it-yourself trust, will kit, the state’s intestate code? If intestate and will from a lawyer friend, trust from nonyou have no children, no siblings, and are law firm, an Internet will form, etc.) it is out of touch with any relations; your assets better that you have something in place in and everything else will likely be taken case the worst happens. (escheated) by the State. So, if you DO know the worst will The obvious reason to delay estate planhappen, then it’s just sensible and prudent ning is the fear of death. To be sure, a willto plan for it before you’re no longer able signing ceremony properly conducted is an to plan. acknowledgment of one’s mortality; but, if Robert S. Meyring, offers free 10 anything, I see an awareness and content minute phone consultations with an attorpeacefulness about my clients at the time ney at 678-217-4369. The Meyring Law he or she sign estate planning documents. Firm website is Moreover, the clients are quite aware of

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The Vinings Business Association (VBA) will hold its 3rd annual Vinings Business EXPO, Tuesday, March 29, at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel Vinings, 2857 Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339, from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public and there is free parking on site. Some 40 tables will be featured with information on Vinings area businesses, restaurants and upcoming events. A limited number of tables may still be available for purchase. Tables are $125 for VBA members and $175 for non members. Visit to purchase tables. The theme of the event is: “Do Business in Vinings.” Those attending the event are eligible for door prizes, drawings, discount offers and complimentary food samples. More information can be obtained on the website or by contacting The Vinings Business Association (VBA), a non-profit corporation since 2006, consists of business owners, executives, employees, residents and interested citizens that are committed to enhancing the economic, business and residential vibrancy of Vinings and to promote the physical and financial health of the community through networking, social, cultural and educational activities. Regular events of the VBA include a 1st Tuesday monthly luncheon, a 3rd Tuesday after hours and a 3rd Tuesday VBA Executive Club. Reservations for the luncheon program need to be made online 24 hours in advance at: www.viningsbusiness. com. An invoice may be printed and paid at the door. Guests and visitors are always welcome. Guests $20, members $15, cash or checks only at the door. The VBA maintains several committees

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The Campbell Middle School Ruffin Reading Bowl Team blazed into the Winner’s Circle at the 6th Annual Cobb Schools’ Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition held at McEachern High School Jan. 21. Bettering their 2nd place score from last year, the CMS team raced past their closest contender, scoring 440 points. The CMS team and 2nd place McClesky Middle School will represent CCSD at the Regional Level Competition at University of West Georgia on Feb. 4. The Ruffin Reading Bowl is a statewide competition game based on the Georgia Children’s Book Award nominees and is sponsored by the Georgia Association of Library Media Specialists.

EVEN IF IT RAINS, CHECK YOUR HOME By Gina Bridges Rain, Rain, Go Away! (Or NOT) The sun is shining today but for the last few days, it’s been pretty dismal out there. And while I really like the sunshine (I don’t think I could live in Seattle with the cloud cover), the rain can really help us spot trouble in our homes. For the homeowner, it’s the perfect time to get the umbrella and walk around the house to make sure the gutters aren’t overflowing and better still, checking to see where the water is going once it reaches the ground.. It should be directed away from the house. Get in your attic and look for wet spots – particularly around the boot vents which have a tendency to wear out. If either of these things need attention, make it a project for the first sunny day. For you buyers out there….well, does anyone want to look at houses in the rain… that just isn’t fun, but there are things you might see in the rain that you wouldn’t otherwise notice. On a positive note, if you like a house in the rain, imagine how much you’ll like it with the sun streaming through the windows.

Rain, Rain, Make My Garden Grow, but please don’t hurt my home! Gina Bridges is a Real Estate agent with Keller Williams Cityside, Smyrna. For more information call 404-978-2224.

COBB TRAVEL, TOURISM HIRES EXPERIENCED STAFF Cobb Travel & Tourism announces that Melissa Legaux took on the responsibilities of National Sales Manager—Professional and Group Business, and Megan Stambaugh was hired as the Partner Services Director. Legaux, is taking her knowledge, skill and experience to the next level as the new National Sales Manager—Professional and Group Business. Legaux, formerly the National Sales Manager—Group Tour and Specialty Markets, has been with Cobb Travel & Tourism for four years. Stambaugh comes to Cobb Travel & Tourism from the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, where she was Director of Member Development.

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(A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: FEBRUARY 11: DANCE. The Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 160 is hosting a Charity Dance featuring the band Sons-N-Britches to benefit our Veteran Programs. Saturday, Feb. 11. Doors Open at 7:15 p.m. Band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Post, at the door the night of event, or online Facebook/Ala Smyrna. Limited seating so advance purchase suggested. Cash bar and kitchen will be open for food purchases. Come early and visit our lounge for dinner and stay after to join us for karaoke. American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna, 770.436.2501


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See updates at www.brights ••• 21: STRETCHING AND EXERCISE FOR 5K READINESS. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 presented by Emory-Adventist Smyrna. When starting an exercise plan it is important to learn the proper techniques to avoid injury. Dr. Kovacic, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, will conduct a class on knee Pain and knee breakdown, stretching and strengthening to get you ready for a 5K. Reserve your spot today by calling 770-319-2025. ••• 22: LOW VISION: WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Emory-Adventist Smyrna. Feb. is Low Vision Awareness Month! This class is designed to educate individuals 55 and older about conditions of the aging eye as well as services, training and optical aids available to people experiencing vision loss. Marla C. Shavin, Public Education Director, Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia, will share strategies and resources available for individuals who may have already been through surgery but are still experiencing vision loss. Call 770-319-2025 to reserve your spot. ••• 23: COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Delmar Gardens Apartment Main Lobby. Fun Activities Planned, Free Healthy Snacks & Smoothie Bar, Free Health Education to Keep You Healthy and Active for Life! Delmar Gardens of Smyrna, 404 King Springs Village Parkway, Smyrna, Phone: 770432-4444. ••• 29: MEMBER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST. Cobb Chamber event. Wednesday, Feb. 29. Location: Cobb Chamber of Commerce. 7:45 to 9 a.m. Members: Free. Registration Preferred by: Feb. 27 at noon. Registration at www. MARCH 1: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. ••• 1: UPWARD SOFTBALL AND T-BALL: First Baptist Church of Smyrna offers an exciting girls softball and boys T-ball league for children and youth where Every Child is a Winner. Registration is open for the 2012 Upward Softball and T-ball league. Evaluations are Thursday, March 1 from 6pm-8pm and Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Smyrna athletic field. Practices start March 12 and league play on March 24. Early registration is $100. To register, go to For more information visit the church office at 1275 Church Street, Smyrna, or call 770- 435-3231. ••• 6: HEALTHY COOKING DEMONSTRATION. Spring is near, time to eat right and exercise. Get the best results of eating right by learning healthy cooking tips from Chef Gary Adams. This presentation will include a healthy cooking demonstrations and tips. Space for this cooking demonstration is limited; RSVP online or by calling 770- 319-2025. 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, Emory-Adventist Smyrna. ••• 6:VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VBA) meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch at Social Vinings. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch $15 for Members; $20 for Non-Members and guests are

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always welcome! (no industry restrictions). A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ••• 19: NICKAJACK GOLF TOURNAMENT. Join us Monday, March 19 at Dogwood Country Club for the 2nd Annual Nickajack Elementary Foundation Golf Tournament. Our four person scramble has a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Contests, raffle prizes and silent auction items will all round out a great day on the course! All proceeds of the tournament go to support the Nickajack Elementary Foundation. For more information about the Nickajack Elementary Foundation or to register for the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament, please visit Registration fee is $100/person, deadline for registration is March 9!


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WEEKLY EVENTS 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 Rd, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Troop 11 meets at 7 p.m. every Monday evening at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. New Scouts are welcome! Please visit our website: ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 88 meets 7 to 9 pm every Tuesday in the Troop scout hut adjacent to the Smyrna First Baptist athletic field on Church St. in Smyrna. See our web site for more information ••• FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market Winter Addition every Saturday and Sunday 10am-1pm, January through March on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit ••• 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. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE. Every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. 770-795-5079. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Smyrna Community Center ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Wednesday from 11:30-1:00. Call 770-438-6961 for info. ••• SMYRNA GOLDEN K KIWANIS: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 811 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West,

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2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit to find out more. ••• VININGS ROTARY: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Vinings Club, Overlook III, 2859 Paces Ferry Road. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. MONTHLY OR MORE ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA Caregivers Support Group- free 3rd Thursday of each month- 6:30 p.m. 4005 S. Cobb Drive. Smyrna, It is facilitated by a local physician. Call 770431-7055 or email woodlandridge@caravita. com for details. ••• 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 770432-3049 or visit our website,, for more about us. ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 Paces Ferry Road NW ••• WOMEN’S DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP. This FREE support group, sponsored by Visions Anew meets at the Vinings Fire Station (4336 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30339) the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. MEN’S DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP meets at the Vinings Fire Station (4336 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30339) the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 7 -8 p.m. 770-953-2882 or ••• HUMANISTS OF GEORGIA. Humanism is free from any belief in the supernatural and is dedicated to the search for meaning and values for individuals on this earth through reliance on intelligence and the scientific method, democracy, and social sympathy. Monthly meeting is every third Sunday at 12:30 p.m. HGA meets at the Atlanta Freethought Hall 4775 N Church Lane, Smyrna. 770-432-9599. ••• THE JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but including public places. Anyone interested in gardening, floral and landscape design is welcome to attend. For further information, you may contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. ••• MEMORY SCREENING. Woodland Ridge Assisted Living, 4055 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, holds free memory screenings the first Monday of each month 10 .a.m – 4. Call for info 770431-7055 ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are nonprofit support groups for at-home mothers. Smyrna-East chapter includes zip code 30080 west of Atlanta Road and the Vinings Estates neighborhood. Please visit www.freewebs. com/momsclubofsmyrnaeast for more. The Smyrna-Northeast chapter includes zip code 30339 and zip code 30080 east of Atlanta Road. Please visit http://www.momsclubofsmyrnane. com for more. Smyrna-West chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit www.moms-

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On National Signing Day, Feb. 1, Campbell High School senior Cory Hawkins signed an academic and football scholarship with Mercer University. Front row: Cory with his parents Donna and Brad Hawkins. Back Row: Coach Phil Sandifer, Head Football Coach Harris Rainbow, Campbell High School Principal Denise Mageee, and School Counselor Nathan Schult.

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1 Homeowners have until April 1 to apply for Homestead Exemption(s) for this tax year. Applications not received by the deadline will be processed and applied in the following year. The applicant must own and occupy the property on Jan. 1 and their name must appear on the deed in order to qualify. Homeowners must apply separately for each exemption for which they are eligible; exemptions are automatically renewed thereafter unless there is a change in ownership or eligibility. Homeowners must notify the Tax Commissioner’s office


The Smyrna community is invited to join the faculty, staff, and students of Argyle Elementary School as they celebrate 50 years of inspiring hearts and minds on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The school looks forward to sharing in this special occasion with former faculty members, former students, and community members. In addition to this wonderful celebration, the city of Smyrna will also be dedicating the pedestrian bridge to the staff and students, both former, present, and future. For more information and to RSVP, please visit our school website at www.

if they are no longer eligible for an exemption. It is not necessary to reapply if the home has been refinanced. A Homeowner’s Property Tax Exemption brochure will be mailed to new property owners after the first of the year. Tax bills are mailed on Aug. 15 and payment is due within 60 days to avoid late charges. Homestead Exemption applications and payments must be received or postmarked by the filing or payment deadline. Applications, detailed information, tax bills and on-line bill payment options are available on the web site at www. or call 770-528-8600.


The Cobb School Counselor Association has selected Nathan Schult of Campbell High School as School Counselor of the Year for 2011. Each year, the organization selects recipients from three levels--elementary, middle, and high school. The Cobb School Counselor Association includes professionals in elementary, middle, and high schools, the Marietta school system, private schools, and colleges in Cobb County. The purposes of the Cobb School Counselor Association include providing extensive student/school support services, offering professional advancement opportunities, cooperating with other human service professionals, and developing community relationships.

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS Wolfe Center Activities The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool, 884 Church St, is open to anyone 55 years of age and older. There are daily group fitness classes. Classes offered include: chair yoga, gentle yoga, yogalates, low impact aerobics, Latin fusion cardio, sculpt and tone and senior stretch. And our most recent addition – Men’s Yoga! The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center also offers the following aquatic exercise classes: aqua tone and stretch, advanced water aerobics, low impact water aerobics, hip, knee and back class, ai chi, boot camp water aerobics and arthritis aqua class. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center not only provides physical activities for its members but also provides several social opportunities throughout the month. The following activities are planned for January: Feb. 8 - Coffee and Canvas, 1 – 3 p.m. Feb. 10 - -Anti Gravity Yoga - - 11:15 a.m. Feb. 13 - - Healthy Fruits & Vegetables, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15 - -NIA Demo, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 - -Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening - - 9:30 a.m. Feb. 20 - -Mardi Gras Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 - Puzzle Challenge - - 1 p.m. And much, much more! For information on how to become a member of the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool or for more information on any of the activities, please con-

tact us at (678) 631 – 5541 or stop by and take a look around. 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, Feb. 13: Someone Like You, 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $2 / $3 Non-Resident; Ticket required. Starring: Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear and Hugh Jackman. Live Music & Dance -- Tuesday, February 14, 2 – 4 p.m. Admission: Donation of a non-perishable food item for MUST Ministries Food Pantry. The Muddy River Band will entertain everyone with country music and bluegrass. Put your dancing shoes on and dance the afternoon away! Invite your friends too! Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Tuesday, February 14: Red Lobster, E-W Connector, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cost: On your own; Registration required. Love of Oil Painting #1 -- Wednesday, February 15, 1 – 3 p.m. Free. Cathi Cole will give a demonstration on oil painting and acrylics. If you are interested in learning how to paint, you won’t want to miss out on this. This will be fun and informal. Valentine Meet and Eat -- Thursday, February 16, 12 – 2 p.m. Cost: $7 / $9 Non-Resident. Come to the Cabaret! Enjoy singer Hani Stempler and amazing pianist/accompanist Judy Boehm. Hear stories and songs from Jerry Herman to Irving Berlin, from Finian’s Rainbow to La Cage Aux Folles. Invite a friend or two!


The regular meeting of the Smyrna Historical and Genealogical Society, in cooperation with the Williams Park Neighbors, will provide a “Double Header” this month. The first of the double-headers will be presented Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road. “Smyrna in the Era of the Great Depression” will be narrated by Professor Bill Marchione. He is the program chairman for the historical society and chairman of the Williams Park Neighbors history committee. This PowerPoint presentation is largely based on the diaries kept between 1927 and the early 1940s by Bess Terrell (long-time

Smyrna resident of Roswell Street). The program will be repeated Wednesday Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Council Room of Smyrna City Hall. Anyone interested in the history of Smyrna is invited to attend either or both of the presentations. There is no charge for attending the meetings. For more information call the Smyrna Museum 770-4312858 or Harold Smith, 770-435-7549. Autographed copies of Historic Smyrna - An Illustrated History” will be available for sale at both meetings. The hard-bound book with full color jacket contains more than 300 photographs and a 50,000 word text dating from the 1830’s to the present. The price is $31.75 including tax.


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NEWCOMB NAMED CHATTAHOOCHEE TECH PRESIDENT Dr. Ron Newcomb was named new president of Chattahoochee Technical College Feb 2 by Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson after his choice was approved by the state board. “I look forward to continuing my work with the faculty, staff and students of Chattahoochee Technical College in this role,” said Newcomb. “We have a long and proud history in this state as leaders in higher education. I will work hard to ensure my leadership builds on the success that has made Chattahoochee Technical College a flagship institution in Georgia.” Newcomb, a graduate of the University of Georgia, has served as the interim president of Chattahoochee Technical College since Oct. 1, when former president Dr. Sanford Chandler stepped down to assume the role of assistant commissioner for global initiatives. Since July 1, 2009, Newcomb served the college as provost and executive vice president. Prior to the merger of Chattahoochee Technical College with North Metro Technical College and Appalachian Technical College, he served as acting president of NMTC and the vice president of academic affairs and institutional advancement.

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ARBOR DAY IN SMYRNA FEATURES PRUNING CLASS Keep Smyrna Beautiful and the City of Smyrna will host an Arbor Day Ceremony, tree pruning demonstration and a light lunch on Saturday, February 18 at 11 a.m. at Smyrna’s Arboretum by the Smyrna Community Center. Rick Smith, of the “Pruning Guru” will speak on the importance of pruning and show how it is done correctly. Native trees planted in honor of individuals and their donors will be recognized. This is a free event that is open to the public; how-


Vinings Church is moving its location to the Campbell Middle School Amphitheater on Atlanta Road effective Jan. 29. “While we have grown fast at the Galleria, the contract required us to move meeting rooms one time a month,” said Pastor Justin Craig. “It created instability for some of those just settling in. Thank you for helping us give away $21,000 cash to underprivileged families and non-profits in 2011. It was your generosity not ours. Thank you. The best is yet to come.”

ever, reservations are required. Call Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770431-2863 if you are interested in attending. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Community Center. An educational display can also be viewed in the Center’s lobby during the month of February. Arbor Day is a celebrated in all 50 states. The most common observance on the last Friday in April; however, Georgia’s Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in February to coincide the day with the best tree planting weather. Keep Smyrna Beautiful celebrates Arbor Day on the 18th to accommodate work schedules.

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NOTES & NOTICES SERVICES 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: For a Consultation, call 770-401-7945 or Email: LITTLE BEAR TREE SERVICE Little Bear Tree Service offers complete tree removal with care and quality assured. At Little Bear we are “pruning and shaping specialists, storm damage specialists, fully insured, and provide 24 hour emergency service.” Ask about our monthly specials. Free, prompt estimates and work at competitive rates. Call 404-975-9831. HELP WANTED REAL ESTATE AGENT/ASSISTANT Needed: Licensed Real Estate Agent with knowledge of Top Producer to assist High Volume Smyrna Agent. Must be a self starter, tech savvy with good communication skills. Send Resume to: CAREGIVERS NEEDED Be loved by your clients. Comfort Keepers is seeking mature, dependable people to fill open positions, caring for the elderly. If you enjoy providing companionship, preparing meals, shopping for the elderly, we want to hear from you. Please call 678-354-0102. VOLUNTEERS CSB SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Cobb Community Services Board (CSB) needs volunteers in various positions including office assistance, volunteers to assist with basic music activities for adults with developmental disabilities in the day program at our EXCEL Center, and mentors for Believe in Youth Program. For more information contact CSB Volunteer Coordinator Mary Robeck at 770-819-9229, ext. 226. The Cobb and Douglas Community Services Boards provide mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services to more than 10,000 residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties annually. . VOLUNTEERS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS Meals on Wheels has a great need for volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the fowling areas: Austell, Smyrna, Mableton, Powder Springs, Kennesaw and Marietta. If you have some time to volunteer as a MOW driver, or if you belong to an organization that would like to “Adopt-ARoute,” call Shelia Perkins, Volunteer Coordinator at 770-528-5381. PLACING NOTES AND NOTICES ADS Holding a garage sale? Selling or renting your home, need an employee, tutoring, teaching, or in –home child care? We accept short reader ads (up to 50 words) for a fee of $25; for both the Smyrna and the South Cobb editions, cost is $50. Be sure to indicate in which edition you want the ad placed. The ads, with check, should

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COBB COMMISSIONERS OTT, LEE TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETINGS Cobb County District Two Commissioner Bob Ott will host two town hall meetings for his constituents in February. This will be an excellent opportunity for residents to communicate directly with their commissioner. The first is Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Smyrna Community Room, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. The second is Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Chairman Tim Lee will host a town hall meeting at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.

be mailed or delivered to The Bright Side, 3330 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30339. (No copy accepted by phone) and received prior to our FEBRUARY 23 deadline with publication the week of MARCH 3. Ad copy should also be e-mailed to: Home sale ads are for homeowners only. For information, call 770-426-9388 or e-mail to EXTRA COPIES Looking for an extra copy of The Bright Side? Copies are available each month in the Smyrna Library, the Vinings Historic Society office, the Smyrna Community Center, Chick-fil-a Cumberland Mall, South Cobb Drive Kroger and at many of our advertisers’ locations. Extra copies of our Mableton/Austell edition are available each month in the Mable House Arts Center, Mableton Pharmacy, Thomas Drugs, The Treadmill and other advertiser locations. Read the current issue at

Community Calendar Continued from Page 10 for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email momsclubofsmyrnaviningswest@yahoo. com for more information. ••• NEWCOMERS OF COBB COUNTY. We meet each month on the third Tuesday 10 a.m. for our general meeting, John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. Please call for details! 770-234-5068 or Email: www. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of all ages and stages. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join us! We typically meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at SFUMC. For more information, check out ••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• 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 ••• VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at or visit our new website: Members and Guests are welcome. ••• 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 MARCH issue is FEBRUARY 23 with publication the week of MARCH 6. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at

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Whether wearing Black Tie or Blue Jeans, several hundred party-goers enjoyed the Vegas In Vinings night at the Vinings Club Jan. 21, sponsored by the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. There were happy winners at the Blackjack table, above; Marshall McCabe, Christopher Pelaia and Sean Rowe gather at the Roulette Wheel; below, shoppers look over the silent auction items.

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Each edition of The Bright Side: • Reaches some 40,000 upscale, single-family homes in your market area. • Reaches homes within 5-7 miles – a 10 minute driving time or less. • Is direct mailed to homes – not thrown on the driveway or left at the convenience store. • Is also distributed at select advertiser locations, Smyrna Library, Smyrna Visitors Center, Vinings Welcome Center and Cumberland Mall.





What people say about The Bright Side: “I get a call every month when the paper comes out. There hasn’t been a month when I haven’t gotten a call from the ad.” -- Jason Raper, Jasons’ Lawn Service

• Is read. People read it from cover to cover and use the Calendar page in the center to plan activities throughout a full 30 days or more.

“I am very happy with the Bright Side. It provides new business for me and is one of the top three ads I use. I highly recommend it. -- Greg Snyder, Little Bear Tree Service

• Commit to advertising three times in a row and we’ll write a story about you and your business.

“I love your paper, I read it every month.” -- Shirley Brecht, Smyrna resident.

 Smyrna & Vinings 30080, 30082, 30339 and Vinings Estates  South Cobb 30082, 30126, 30106, 30111, 30168 Greater Smyrna, Mableton, Austell & Clarkdale Each Edition has a mailed circulation of 20,000+ Homes * Based on a Half page ad at $900 in combination to 40,000 homes.

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Feb 2012 Bright Side Smyrna Vinings  

A monthly newspaper covering the people, events and accomplishments in Smyrna, Vinings and South Cobb, GA

Feb 2012 Bright Side Smyrna Vinings  

A monthly newspaper covering the people, events and accomplishments in Smyrna, Vinings and South Cobb, GA