January 2017 Smyrna/Vinings Bright Side

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Joe Yurillo, store manager, cuts the ribbon at the new Publix store at Jonquil as Smyrna mayor Max Bacon, left and Rep. Stacey Evans look on.


The long-awaited Publix grocery at Jonquil in Smyrna opened its doors Dec. 15 after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Joe Yurillo, store manager, welcomed customers and dignitaries to the store. Among those attending were Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon, Rep. Stacey Evans, and Council members Teri Anulewicz, Charles Welch, Susan Wilkinson and Derek Norton. “We are happy to open in time for the holidays,” Yurillo said. The new manager, who started his career in Florida, has been with Publix for 30 years. "It's the first and only job I ever had,” he said. Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon said, "We’re so glad you guys finally got here. I

Betty Holden rings up Danny Brock of Smyrna as the first check out customer at the new Publix.

give a lot of credit to Jack Halpern for this development." The long delayed project went through several developers and plans before Halpern Enterprises took on the project. The Smyrna location was given the designation store number 1250 when it was first announced several years ago. Other Publix stores that are currently opening have store numbers in the 1500s. The new store will employ some 130 associates. Publix currently has 25 stores in Cobb County. The Publix at Jonquil Plaza will be a 45,000 square-foot store, with an estimated 110 associates. It will have the traditional grocery, dairy and frozen food departments along with the following offerings: • A full-service meat department where customers can have their orders custom cut and trimmed • A seafood counter with a variety of fresh fish and seafood options • Always-popular bakery offerings, including an array of mouth-watering cakes, cookies and pies and fresh baked breads • The full-service deli highlighting Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, as well as made-to-order sub sandwiches. and award-winning fried or rotisserie chicken.

Smyrna’s new Director of Parks and Recreation has a 25-year legacy of working in recreation and even worked summers as a teenager at a camp in South Carolina. Richard Garland, who turns 50 this month, previously served as executive director of the Rome- Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority. He worked his way up from gym instructor in Rome, to Park superintendent and served nine years as executive director as the city and county merged operations. "This is my passion," Garland said. "I've been working in public recreation since I was 15." At Rome-Floyd, Garland helped write the existing recreation agreement and was heavily involved in multiple SPLOSTs and annual budgets during his tenure. He saw tennis courts added, and transformed an old Marine Corps armory into the new recreation headquarters and assisted with renovations to Barron Stadium. Garland graduated from Shorter College with a major in recreation management and has a wife, Gail, and two grown children: Bennett, and Rachel. Garland spent the past two years working with a private company but decided to get back into recreation. “I've been to Smyrna several times and knew it was a great area with a lot going on,” he said. “You’ve got a great foundation here with the Market Village and a good system of parks and recreation in place.” “You’ve got a City Council that is not satisfied with the status quo,” he said. “I want it to be the best system possible.” Several new projects will be coming online shortly, he said. • New fitness equipment for the Patty Wilson trail at the Aileen Wolfe Recreation Center will be coming in by the spring. • The Reed House, a 1910 historic home on Atlanta Road, is getting $1.5 million in renovations. Demolition is underway

Richard Garland, new Smyrna Parks and Recreation Director. but the historic appearance will be retained. It will be used as a small event locale similar Brawner Hall. Plans are for it to open by late summer. What future projects does Garland have in mind? He’s going to let the community decide the future plans. “Beginning this year we will start some steps to get hold of the pulse of the community,” he said. “It's important for me to say that is not what I want to see, it's what the community wants.” He noted that Smyrna is a unique community. “I hope to help it increase the overall quality of life,” he said. He asked the public to be patient. “I want your ideas, and your suggestions are welcome. Call or e-mail if there's a problem and we will address it. My door is always open.” (The phone and email are on the smyrnacity.org site.)

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

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

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

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

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

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short distances without cramping or even By Dr. Derek Conte stand upright in the morning on bathroom One of the most important parts of tile when brushing your teeth. the body, and possibly the most ignored, The typical medical treatments are our feet. Maybe it is because the feet Zone 4may include anti-inflammatory pills, cortisone are usually out of view or because they are shots, high-energy ultrasonicSmyrna/ blasts or not considered “vital organs” that we don’t even a surgical “release” of the properly care for them. By care I Vinings plantar fascia by cutting a small don’t mean merely clipping and diamond-shaped opening in the painting the nails or even shaving fascia to allow it to lengthen, down calluses and moisturizing. reducing the stress. But there is a These things are fine for superficial less invasive approach to reduce care, but the feet are much more pain and restore natural supplethan skin and nails. In the Marine ness to the feet. Corps, we were always told to The simplest do-it-yourself take care of our feet. To keep them way of breaking up adhesions clean, warm and dry, so as to avoid “trench foot”, “frostbite” and infec- Dr. Derek Conte in the feet is to roll a tennis ball under the feet and gently working tion, any of which can stop a perout the tight and painful areas, eventually son’s effectiveness dramatically. I saw this graduating to a smaller, firmer type of ball. first hand during long, rainy maneuvers in Rolling a frozen water bottle under foot young recruits who did not heed the warncan help on days when the pain it too much ing of foot care. Trench foot is an ugly and and can be done before the balls are used. painful thing. Better still would be to seek help from a Each foot is complex with 26 bones, good massage therapist who will be able to numerous muscles, tendons, ligaments, detect problem areas and manually release arteries, veins, lymphatic vessels and a the foot. very misunderstood type of connective Seeking a chiropractor’s advice would tissue called fascia. be very valuable and he or she would be The plantar fascia is a very tough able to adjust the body and coordinate the membrane that surrounds cushions and entire treatment. The results are usually protects the muscles at the bottom of the excellent and drugs or surgery may be feet and runs from the bottom of the heel avoided. Once the pain is gone, a regimen to the base of the toes just deep to the stretching, massage and adjustment of the soles of the feet. This area is particularly feet should keep the pain away for good vulnerable to neglect and the pounding of and provide a better foundation for all your daily activities and can form adhesions activities. (tiny areas of scar tissue) causing tightness Dr. Derek Conte is co-founder of and great pain. This condition is known Chiropractic Specialists at 1154 Concord as “plantar fasciitis”, and affects millions Road in Smyrna. For questions call: 404of people. It may be difficult to walk even 784-6008. For more info, articles, photos,

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Smyrna's Brawner Hall hosted a family fun event and coat drive, providing more than 180 coats for needey residents. Above, passengers hop aboard for a train ride to visit Santa. At left, Mallory Myers serves up hot chocolate during the event. The Campbell High String Quartet also provided music. There were games and refreshments for a family fun evening.

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Road, 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 7:30 p.m. 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). www. bsatroop1.net ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every

JANUARY 12: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, Director of the Georgia Economic Forecasting Center will be the Jan. 12 speaker to discuss 2017 Forecast for Small Business and Georgia. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org ••• 12: CAREER CONNECTION. Sweetwater Mission, a Crossroads Career Network-affiliated ministry, invites you to join us for our next Career Connections workshop, designed to help you discover and follow God's calling in your career. It provides the framework to discover and move towards fulfilling our individual destinies. Workbooks and meetings are free for all participants. Our next workshop begins Thursday, Jan. 12, and will run for 11 weeks from 6:30 p.m. to 9. Questions? Call us at 779-819-0662 or Visit us at www.sweetwatermission.org ••• 14: SMYRNA COMMUNITY CHORUS begins practice for its Spring season on Jan. 16. No auditions are necessary. If you love to sing, join us at Tillman United Methodist Church on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. We are singers of all ages who like to sing and laugh. ••• 22: OPEN HOUSE. St. Benedict’s Episcopal School holds an informational open house 3:30 5:30 p.m. St. Benedict’s Episcopal School, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna. ••• 24: GARDEN CLUB. Get over the Jan. blahs by participating in our "Give One-Get One" houseplant exchange on Jan. 24, 2017, including a short program on forcing bulbs by Shirley Priest. Jonquil Garden Club meets at Smyrna Library at 10:30 a.m. the 4th Tuesday of each month to explore gardening topics, conservation efforts, and community and school projects. Named a Club of Excellence in 2016 by GCGA, Jonquil Garden Club is open to all who are interested in gardening. For more information about programs and projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or visit our website at www.jonquilgardenclub.org. FEBRUARY 1: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION with speaker Roger Tutterow on Feb. 1. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, EastWest Connector. www.sc-ba.org ••• 2: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 with speaker, Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archdiocese of Atlanta. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness.org ••• 7: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Speaker Ms Ronnie Genser, Bereavement Navigators. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch Overlook III Building Lobby Level Conference Room 2859 Paces Ferry Road.. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. www.viningsbusiness.com. 678725-0099. ••• 10: CORAL CONCERT. Music of the Masters Sacred Choral Concert, Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 1243 Belmont Avenue, Smyrna. Music by Luther, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-432-0088. ••• 14: SENIOR SERVICES OPEN HOUSE. Cobb Senior Services is hosting a free open house for a new assistive technology (AT) lab on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1150 Powder Springs St, Marietta 30064. Technology and home modification exhibitors will be on-site to provide information. Students with Chattahoochee Technical College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant program will be providing fall risk assessments. The goal of the event is to make this technology more readily available to individuals in need throughout the region by increasing knowledge, access, and utilization of assistive technology for older adults, persons with disabilities, and/or their caregivers as well as the community at large. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend this free event. To RSVP, call 770-528-5350. WEEKLY EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey

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Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m. Contact us at 770883-1123. Website: www.smyrnatroop11.com. ••• MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday – rain or shine- 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., along Mill Street on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit www. mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net. ••• SMYRNA MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. See www.smyrnahistory.org for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership. ••• JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see www. SmyrnaRotary.com ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823.toastmastersclubs.org ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit www.ttoasters.com to find out more. ••• VININGS ROTARY: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160. Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month and the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday each month. SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, Squadron 160 meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday each month. All of these meetings are at 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. For more information, access AmericanLegionPost160.org or call 770-436-2501. ••• 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. We're a nonprofit educational organization and meetings/ programs are free and open to the public. Call 678-662-3857 or visit our website, www.atlantafreethought.org, for more about us. ••• COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS 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 www.cmrea.org. ••• CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST

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CLUB: Meeting for breakfast the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Vinings Club, 2859 Paces Ferry Road NW. We are an inclusive club dedicated to community service and welcome everyone to come as our guest to a meeting of your choice. ••• 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 #1112 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


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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. www.ridgeviewinstitute.com/hosp_info_calendar_supp.htm ••• ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna 1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required. ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 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: carlcproctor@aol.com Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson's Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information. ••• REFORMERS UNANIMOUS (RU) is a Christ-centered addictions program that meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Westside Church located at 4900 Floyd Road, Mableton next to Walgreens. RU helps adults find freedom from addictive behavior. Call Mark Baker at 404-3548911 for more information or see www.wbcfamily.org. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to news@brightsidecobb.com. Deadline for FEBRUARY issue is JANUARY 23 with publication the week of FEBRUARY 6. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb.com. Find updated calendar items on our website at www. brightsidecobb.com.

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Smyrna American Legion Post 160 honored Al Rowe, a Legionnaire and World War II Veteran, was awarded five medals for his military service recently. Rowe served in the Pacific from 19411945. After he left the service, he was unaware of the medals he was entitled to. At that time, the men and women just wanted to get back home. After a review of his records, Rowe was to be awarded the US Army Good Conduct Medal, the Service in China Medal, the Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Defense Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Al was awarded his medals by Mark Munoz, Staff Sergeant, US Marine Corps Retired. Al turned 97 in January. The ceremony was held at the annual Veterans Ball, Nov. 11, Rowe enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Back then there were 12 million men in the service. There were so many people in the service it was not "special" just expected. A native of Durham NC, he went to training at Ft. Bragg. and then on to Jackson Miss. for 2 months and it rained most of the time. Then he was shipped through the Panama Canal to Aubrook Field and later to Howard Field, which has been carved out of the jungle 500 yards from the Pacific Ocean. After his tour in the Pacific (Panama), Rowe came back to the US in 1944 and was assigned to 14th Air Force in the Caribbean - Miami Beach Fla. at the Convalescent Hospital for all the POWs of the Air Force. He was in charge of leased hotels, mess halls, and other facilities that were part of this "Recreation Place.” Rowe was discharged in November 1945 and returned home to Durham N.C. His father and uncle had a bakery there but they had to sell the business because they could not get help or ingredients (sugar). he joined Colonial Stores, a chain of grocery stores throughout the and stayed with them for 20 years and retired as a VP in 1982. He then started a consulting business until 1991 when he "really" retired at age 72. In November 3, 2014, at the age of 94, Lockheed Martin Leadership Association (LMLA) honored Al Rowe with a dinner at Renaissance Waverly Hotel. On May 27, 2015, Al and his grandson took the "Honor Flight" to Washington D.C. The "Honor Flight" thanks veterans for all their sacrifices by flying these American heroes to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. The WW II Memorial was dedicated Advanced Risk Assessment – $139 until April 2004, nearly 60 years after the end of the war.

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

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