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The Taylor-Brawner House Foundation and the City of Smyrna are excited to announce its first annual Fine Art Exhibit, to be held at Smyrna’s historic TaylorBrawner House from April 4 through 13. This complimentary exhibit will feature the work of fourteen of the region’s most talented artists, and nearly all of the paintings on display will be one-of-a-kind originals. This group of award winning artists have hand selected some of their best work, and every creation will be available to purchase or admire. Featured artists include Marsha Hamby Savage, Barbara Kincaid, Dick Yarbrough, Claire Colquitt Curtis, Sarah Monsour, Deb Cook, Paula Landry, Virginia Dauth, Karen Margulis, Wanda Crane, Sonya Ingle, Julie Gudger, Ronnie Offen and Richard Herklotz. Join us for the opening day reception Friday April 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. The house will also be open daily April 5 - 13, noon to 7 p.m. Each day a different artist will be in attendance to demonstrate his/her craft and answer your questions. This landmark affair is sure to be the most talked-about art event in the county. Bring the whole family. For additional information check the Facebook page at TaylorBrawner Park With Art, visit the Smyrna web site;, or call 678-6315545.

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Family and friends joined Leyman Clifton to celebrate his 100th birthday in February at Delmar Gardens, Smyrna. Clifton was born in Pooler and grew up in Savannah. He was a long time resident of Cobb County before moving to Atlanta and then back to retirement in Smyrna. His career spanned owning an insurance agency, a professional photographer and decorating windows at Rich’s and Davison’s Department stores. He helped develop Storyland, an early children’s theme park near Akers Mill Road and was part of the effort to restore The General locomotive to Kennesaw. From left are Clifton, daughters Pasty Wright of Smyrna and Joyce Lowe of Texas, his wife Winnie Clifton as Ali Metcalf of Delmar Gardens presents a birthday card. Despite having only a ninth grade education, Clifton holds several patents for his inventions. He was also active in the Atlanta Power Squadron, serving as chaplain and teaching boating safety courses and stellar navigation.

Spring is tornado season and on March 21 Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna (EAH) will partner with the City of Smyrna for a citywide tornado drill. The joint emergency/disaster preparedness exercise will be the first test of the City of Smyrna and EAH’s Joint Emergency Operation Center (JEOC). The hospital and city signed an agreement in the fall of 2013 to develop the JEOC which will serve as a single point of command for disaster and emergency management for the city and for the hospital. During the March 21 drill, this unified command center, located on the hospital campus, will be manned by EAH Incident Command, City of Smyrna Fire and Police departments, Cobb-Douglas Public Health, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and Metro Ambulance. The hospital will remain open throughout the drill and patient care will go on uninterrupted. There will be fire, police, and other emergency responders and vehicles on the hospital campus throughout the day. “The City of Smyrna and EmoryAdventist Hospital both strive for the highest level of citizen care and attention. This is especially evident in our approach to emergencies and disasters that impact our citizens, patients, employees, and staff,” says Bob Crowe, MSN, RN, assistant vice president of EAH. The exercise is fully sanctioned and follows the protocols for exercises as developed by the Department of Homeland Security through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It will be evaluated and critiqued by FEMA and GEMA. City businesses and community members are encouraged to participate by testing their own disaster plans when the weather alert siren is sounded on March 21.

BRAVES MAKING PLANS TO AVOID TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT NEW STADIUM The Atlanta Braves are planning ahead to prevent traffic problems, Mike Plant, Braves executive vice president, told the Smyrna Business Association in February. The Braves are working to create an entertainment destination in their new stadium complex near Smyrna, but vow not to create additional traffic problems. The team announced in November that it will move to a new stadium in Cobb County for the 2017 season. The Braves play 81 games at home, but only 45 are Monday through Thursday games, Plant said. With two of these on holidays and another 14 or 15 during the summer when traffic is 20 percent less, only some 30 games a year will impact traffic. Plant said that fans will be able to enter stadium parking from 14 different directions and park in numerous lots. “We are not going to inflict doom and gloom on you any day. We’re not going to create the same problem (as at Turner Field). Continued on Page 14

Atlanta Braves Vice President Mike Plant is welcomed to the Smyrna Business Association in February. From left are Commissioner Bob Ott, Plant, and Councilman Ron Fennel; in front are Kelsey Walters and Laura Letourneau from Creations by Cookie.

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Bare oak trees showing off the bird and squirrel nests, and lifting their branches to a cloudy sky. At the base of our backyard trees, the jonquils are beginning to display their yellow blooms, giving promise to the coming spring. This is March in Cobb County, Georgia. All of this ice and snow and cold in the past few months remind me why I love being a Georgia native. Yes, we’ve had some bad weather; cold, stormy, and icy. But we’ve also enjoyed warm, and calm and sunshine. Let’s face it: as Georgians we always have a conversation starter. When in doubt of what to say talk about the weather. “Cold enough for you?” “Hot enough for you?” “Will this rain ever stop?” “All this rain and we’re still in a drought.” The lovely thing about Georgia is that we have more pretty days with sunshine than we have icky days with snow and cold. And we have seasons. Fashion-wise alone it’s wonderful. We can wear winter clothes of sweaters and cashmere and wool; pretty coats and scarves and boots. Then we can wear transitional light-weight clothes with long sleeves; keep the boots but alternate with heels or nice flats. We can wear bright colored dresses and shorts with summery tops designed for sunshine. The interesting thing about Georgia weather is that we can, at special times, wear all of these levels of clothes in one day. We are primed for fashion changes throughout our day. I often carry many levels of coats and jackets in the car and trade the out during the day as the temperature changes. I may start with a heavy coat and scarf; change to a fleece; then to a sweater; and then, for the evening back to the coat. I’m ready now, however, to put the heavy coat, gloves and scarf in the closet until December. March is one of our weather-confused months when the best thing to do is just go with the flow; wear layers; and enjoy the changes. As I write this, it’s the very beginning of March, the jonquils are beginning to bloom; the week has produced below

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UGA/Cobb County Extension will be holding its Award Winning Walk-A-Weigh class for 10 weeks. Classes will be held each Tuesday now through May 6 at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, SE, Smyrna. Each session will begin at 6 p.m. Walk-A-Weigh is a weight control program developed by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension State Specialists. This program will help you lose weight slowly, improve your physical fitness and

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IS IT CARPEL TUNNEL, OR DE QUERVAIN’S? By Dr. Derek Conte Almost everyone is familiar with the term “carpal tunnel syndrome” which affects the wrist and hand, but very few are familiar with De Quervain’s syndrome or ‘disease’, as it is sometimes called. De Quervain’s is an inflammation of the sheaths of the wrist through which a pair of tendons run (that control two distinct thumb movements that help to spread the palm wide). The muscles that control these Finklestien’s Test tendons are located in the forearm just above the wrist. When for some reason you may be taking. Cortisone may work they become too tight it puts a strain on the temporarily, but tends to weaken the bone tendons and, in turn, the sheath. This unreand predispose one to infections. Surgery lieved tension is what produces inflammacarries the risks of all minor surgeries and, tion and great pain at the base of the thumb over time, the resulting scarring could recat the wrist (see diagram). reate the original problem. Think of the muscles, tenBut there is a simpler, more dons and sheaths as a bicycle elegant way to approach the probbrake system: when your muscles lem. Many times, the point of pain squeeze the brake handles, the is not the area that is best treated, cables (your tendons) get tight as and if one looks to the original they run through the plastic tubes cause, a solution is found. As we (your sheaths) on their way to trace the problem backwards, we activating the brake (your thumb find the tightening of the muscles movements). If the tension of the Dr. Derek Conte to be the first event in De Querbrake is too high, there will be a vain’s (and most other cases of constant rubbing of the brake on the wheel. tendonitis and bursitis in the body). This is what happens in De Quervain’s The idea here is to locate and loosen syndrome. and relax the muscles by means of manual You can do a simple self-test, called therapy done by the doctor or therapist. Finklestien’s test (see diagram), to deterOther modalities may be employed to mine if you may have De Quervain’s: make help this objective. Once the muscles are a fist with the thumb on the inside of the released to their normal length, the tenfingers and tilt your wrist, thumb side up, dons, and in turn the sheaths, relax and down and away from you. The pain will be operate normally, without strain. Inflamvery apparent if you have a problem. mation goes away --- and so does the pain. Solutions for De Quervain’s include It’s always best to keep it simple. rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, splints and Dr. Derek Conte is co-founder of braces, cortisone injections, and surgery to Chiropractic Specialists on Concord Rd. “release” the tendons by cutting the sheaths. in Smyrna. For questions, call: 404-784There are risks with some of these treat6008. Also visit: for ments. Anti-inflammatories can damage articles, testimonials, photos and direckidneys and the liver with long-term use tions. or in combination with other medications

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During the month of February, Mayor Max Bacon paid his annual visit to read to elementary schools in the city of Smyrna. On February 5, Mayor Bacon visited Argyle Elementary school, located on Spring Road, and read Caps for Sale to Ms. Burton’s first grade class. Mayor Bacon talked with the inquisitive students and noted that he enjoys going to different schools in the community to read to the students. Argyle looks forward to Mayor Bacon’s return.


tax or “death” tax. The death tax bill in By Robert Meyring Hoffman’s estate will be due near the time Philip Seymour Hoffman, Academy when his estate assets are delivered to his Award winner, recently died under quessurvivors. tionable circumstances in New York City. A trust could have also guaranteed that He had three children and was not marHoffman’s children would receive ried to the mother of his children. specific portions of his estate and He did have a will that was about future royalties. Rather, one report 10 years old and drafted by a propstated that due to the way Hofferty lawyer. I did read that the net man’s will was written, two of his worth of Mr. Hoffman’s estate is three children could potentially about $35 million currently, but be disinherited if the unmarried that doesn’t consider the royalties mother of his children remarries that will be earned in the years and and her future husband disinherits decades after his death. Because her children. When Hoffman had Mr. Hoffman’s estate will be earnhis will drafted, he had only one ing money long after his death, it will be necessary for his surviving Robert Meyring child. If he had a trust he could have more easily updated his trust family to keep his estate open for with the arrival of each child than he could years to come. Much like the estates of have updated his will. Martin Luther King Jr. or Elvis Presley, it’s Trusts are not just for those who have quite likely the estate will earn far more millions in their estate. Most of my trust than the deceased ever did during their clients simply want to make the handling lifetime. of their estate easier for their children and If Mr. Hoffman had a trust, he would family. They also want control of their have been able to keep the handling of his estate by keeping the trust private and the estate private, but since he only had a will estate out of the probate court. Trusts can and that will was filed with the probate also help children preserve disability bencourt (or Surrogate Court in New York) efits, help family pass the business to the that will, and everything filed with it, is next generation, and help parents assert open to the public. thrifty control over their surviving children. In addition to estate privacy and long As trusts and estates attorneys, our job is to term management, Mr. Hoffman would make trusts available and useful to help our have also benefited from a Trust because clients achieve their planning goals. the amount of estate tax that will be paid Robert S. Meyring, is a Vinings attorfrom his estate could have been reduced ney. The Meyring Law Firm website is and the tax bill deferred. According to one or call 678-217report, it’s likely that Hoffman’s estate will 4369. end up paying up to $15 million in estate

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SALLY ROSE BATES IS NEW WORSHIP LEADER AT LOG CABIN CHURCH There’s a new joyful noise rising up from the Sanctuary at the Log Cabin Community Church in Smyrna. Sally Rose Bates, MezzoSoprano, is the new music worship leader and soloist on Sunday mornings. Ms. Bates has a Masters degree in Music, has taught private voice and piano lessons for 15 years, sings professionally with the Atlanta Opera Company and throughout the greater Atlanta area. At Log Cabin, Ms. Bates will be leading the congregation in uniting their voices to sing the hymns as well as performing musical solos for meditation ranging from contemporary selections from artists like Kari Jobe and more traditional sacred music like “How Great Thou Art.” “My favorite part is that I get to help others and offer both healing, comfort and uplift their spirits with my voice. They say that singing has the ability to truly touch the soul and I definitely believe that to be true,” she said. The Log Cabin Community Church has been a warm and welcoming place for worship and gathering in Smyrna for over a century. They will also be hosting Phoenix Flies Atlanta Historic Tours of the church on March 9th, 16th, and 23rd. And, the next meeting for Book Club at Log Cabin is on Thursday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. And now Log Cabin will be opening its door to aspiring musicians of all ages, styles, and levels by offering private music lessons with Ms. Bates through the Lessons In Your Home Company. For more information on services and events at the church visit And to find out more about how you can sign up for private music lessons with Sally at Log Cabin Church, contact Lessons In Your Home at 770-439-3579 or


American Legion Post 160 in Smyrna, is now smoke free after a voted to go nonsmoking Dec. 17. A post in Alpharetta recently voted to go smoke free and another post in Cobb County is considering similar steps. Georgia State Commander of the American Legion’ Lynn Rollins said more posts will follow Post Commander, Harold Watkins, applied for a Military Assistance Grant from the Home Depot and received $5,000.00 to use for this project. Veterans and their families, Boy Scout Troop 11 from Smyrna First United Methodist Church and seven “unnamed volunteers” helped wash all the walls and ceilings in the social area. Air scrubbers cleaned the social area air and vents. 90% of the painting has been completed. An awning will be erected outside of the employee entrance to the lounge for those who still need to smoke. Come see the new smoke free American Legion on Smyrna Join us for valentines weekend. ‘Like’ us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter @BrightSideCobb




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Marietta’s Comfort Keepers office “We free up caring family members and recently celebrated its 10th year of operafriends by assisting their loved ones with tions, serving the elderly and infirm adults meals, light housework and, if needed, of Cobb County. Peter Witkiewicz, Compersonal care functions, like bathing and fort Keepers owner, said, “Our official dressing. What we do can make such a birthday is Feb. 29, 2004, Leap Day. That huge difference in peoples’ lives.” makes us two, going on three.” But the While most clients come to Comfort reality is, 10 years, and what a wonderKeepers through direct contact (phone ful, rewarding run it has been. “We have calls) to the company, many have come to helped hundreds of individuals, and in Comfort Keepers through various assisdoing so, many hundreds more of family tance programs, including some through members and friends who themselves are Cobb County Senior Services and the Vetcaregivers.” erans’ Administration. “We invite anyone Witkiewicz continued, “I count myself in need of help to contact us,” said Witkievery lucky to have worked with many, wicz. “We’ll always do our very best to get many good people. Our office staff and them the help they need.” caregivers are just so talented, kind-hearted Comfort Keepers is a member of the and hard-working, and they put that kindCobb County Chamber of Commerce, ness and desire to help people into action TM Cobb Services for the Elderly, and a supevery single day. They’re just amazing.” porter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Comfort Keepers is a licensed procompany recently became certified in the vider of in-home, non-medical care located Federal government’s IMAGE program. in Marietta, not500 far from the Square. GA “The30339For more information about Comfort d Parkway, Suite • Atlanta, majority of the folks we help are elderly,” Keepers and its services, call 678-3540-426-9388 • Fax: 770-424-8674 said Nancy Kujawski, Office Manager, 0102. •

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The Georgia Tech Crew Team will benefit from a $10,000 donation from the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. The donation will support the crew program’s need for a temporary boat house facility and equipment as they use the site as a permanent practice location. As the rowing team’s second home on the Chattahoochee River, Jamestown Properties’ 82-acre Riverview Landing is located near Smyrna and just 15 minutes from Midtown, allowing crew members a convenient practice location in the Cobb community. Walter Brown, senior vice president of development of Jamestown, presents the check to Rob Canavan, head coach of Georgia Tech Crew. “As a valued nonprofit partner engaged in River protection and improvement, one of the key areas of focus of the Jamestown Foundation, we are pleased to present the Georgia Tech Crew Program with this donation in the amount of $10,000 to help support their temporary boat house facility and equipment needs,” Brown said.


Mayor A. Max Bacon and the City of Smyrna announce that Smyrna is on a short list of cities working with Google to explore the possibility of bringing the ultra-high speed Google Fiber broadband network to the city. Improving broadband speed and choice for our residents has been a priority for Smyrna for years. Today’s average American broadband speed is 9.8 Megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber could bring Smyrna residents access to “Gigabit” Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second—or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband. “Imagine the flexibility and opportunities this high-speed broadband access will give our citizens and businesses. Knowing that the places that have this speed of connectivity in abundance have become hot pockets of growth, development and advancement excites me. We are mindful of how useful and attractive this is for Smyrna’s modern citizen and her businesses; how our residents will experience an amplified quality of life moving forward with Google,” said Bacon. “Communities with abundant high-

speed Internet grow stronger because there’s greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and help students and families get access to essential resources” said Kevin Lo, General Manager for Google Fiber. “City leaders like Max Bacon are stepping up to see what they can do to make their cities ready for the fiber-optic networks that are the future. We look forward to working with Smyrna in the coming months to see if we can build the next chapter of the Internet together, on gigabit speeds.” There is huge consumer demand for faster Internet speeds, because no one likes to wait on the web. Unfortunately, many of the things people love to do online (like gaming, watching movies, video chatting) require a lot of bandwidth, which means that, using today’s connections, consumers often get stuck waiting for pages to load or for videos to buffer. Statistics show that people walk away from slow-loading sites. And gig networks aren’t just about meeting today’s speed needs. The next 100x leap in broadband speeds -- to gigabit Internet -will lead to innovation that’s unimaginable today.

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Rebecca Arnoff of Smyrna has published her first children’s book entitled, “The Trouble with Tooth Fairies, The Adventures of Sam & Angela.” Readers can meet Sam and Angela, the stars of Mrs. Arnoff’s recently published children’s book at the Smyrna Community Center. March 15, at 2 p.m. The event is being co-sponsored by Golden K Kiwanis and the Smyrna Public Library, with support from Starbuck’s Coffee Starbucks, Breyers Ice Cream of Atlanta, Fifth Third Bank Vinings. Entertainment includes the Jitterbug Performing Arts of Smyrna. A portion of the book sales goes to the Golden K Kiwanis of Smyrna. Sam and Angela learn about the tooth fairy when Angela loses her first tooth. Angela thinks there are some opportunities for the other members of the clubhouse to participate. Whoever heard of a tooth fairy for dogs? Sam and Angela lead the clubhouse dogs on a mission to make some money for their treats. They find out about the tooth fairy’s rule. “The Trouble with Tooth Fairies”, gives a different perspective on the tooth fairy that you’ll surely remember. Mrs. Arnoff has read countless books to children as well as her own children and grandchildren. Rebecca has a strong background in vocational education – corporate partnerships, adult education, and literacy programs during her human resources career. She has a continued interest in all levels of education as she begins a new career in writing. She is available for presentations, and/ or book-signings/readings. Call 678-467-

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MARCH 13: TOWN HALL MEETING. Hunter Hill, Senator, District 6, will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 13 at the Smyrna Community center at 6:30 p.m. ••• 15: MEET SAM AND ANGELA, the stars of Becky Arnoff’s recently published children’s book, “The Trouble With Tooth Fairies at the Smyrna Community Center. March 15 at 2 p.m. ••• 22: “MARCH MADNESS” 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. - 3 The Griffin Middle School Foundation is hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for 5th - 8th grade boys and girls. All proceeds will go towards curriculum-based enhancements for Griffin Middle School. For more information or to register, please visit: http://www.cobbk12. org/griffin/Foundation.aspx. ••• 24: NICKAJACK “NES OPEN” Golf and Tennis Fundraiser, Monday, March 24: The Nickajack Elementary School Foundation is holding the first annual NES Open golf and tennis event to raise funds to support curriculumbased enhancements for Nickajack students. If you like to Putt or Volley and want to support a local elementary school, this is the event for you. To learn more or register, visit ••• 27: AN EVENING WITH Georgia Attorney General The Honorable Samuel E. Olens Thursday, March 27. Business Networking from 6 p.m. – 7. Attorney General Olens’ keynote address, “The Law and Small Business”, begins promptly at 7. Free admission and dinner optional. RSVP Required due to limited seating (404-303-1000).. Attire: After hours business / business casual. George’s Deli, 3000 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. Greater Atlanta Business APRIL 4: FINE ART EXHIBIT & SALE: The Taylor-Brawner House Foundation and the City of Smyrna are hosting a fine art exhibit and sale at the Taylor-Brawner House, 3182 Atlanta Road, from April 4 to April 13. Opening day reception on April 4 at 6 – 9 p.m., and daily through the 13th noon to 7 p.m. Featuring 14 of the region’s best artists; bring the whole family and come to purchase or just admire. Call 678-631-5545 for more details. ••• 21: VBA EXPO. 2014 Vinings Business Association Expo, April 21, 4 pm. - 7:30. Marriott Courtyard Atlanta Vinings, 2857 Paces Ferry Road.Free admission. WEEKLY EVENTS ATLANTA WEST BIBLE STUDY. “Have you ever read the Bible for yourself? Do you desire a closer personal relationship with God and other believers? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the ladies of the Atlanta West Community Bible Study (CBS) would like to invite you to join us as we explore the Bible. We meet Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at King Springs Baptist Church. 3732 King Springs Road, Smyrna. Children’s programs are available from newborn through age 5. Contact Kesha Nettles at atlwestcbscoor@gmail. com or visit for information ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE. Every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. 770-795-5079. ••• SMYRNA MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. Check Facebook at “Smyrna History Museum” for upcoming Museum events. See www.smyrnahistory. org for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership. ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Wednesday from 11:30-1 p.m.. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• SMYRNA GOLDEN K KIWANIS: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 811 Church Street, Smyrna. •••


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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 ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our web-



Read full Calendar at w site: ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 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 AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8:am to 11a.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 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,, for more about us. ••• CUMBERLAND VININGS OPTIMIST 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. ••• JOB SEEKERS: First Presbyterian’s Career Transition Ministry is open for anyone seeking a new career opportunity. Join us to network, learn about career tools, and share your job seeking skills and experiences with others, the third Monday of the month (March – October) starting at 6:30 p.m, First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta. For more information contact Bill Lins 404-558-1579 or Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or go to http://fpcmarietta. org ••• 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. ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB. The club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday noon to 1:00 at the Smyrna Community Center. Please join us & find out how you can be a part of the world’s largest service organization. It’s casual, fun and rewarding. Bring your own lunch (drinks provided). For more information contact club president at or club secretary at ••• MOM’S CLUB: Are you looking for a support group of other at-home moms and their chil-

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dren? If so, the MOMS Club of Smyrna/Vinings West would love to meet you! We are a chapter of MOMS Offering Moms Support International, and we organize fun, daytime social activities and play dates for the moms and kids in our club. We even have a monthly Moms Night Out! Contact us at momsclubsvw@gmail. com or visit for more info. Our chapter is zoned for Teasley, Nickajack and Russell elementary school residents in the 30080 and 30082 zip codes. •••


ty Calendar 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 Also, MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. ••• 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 the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at ••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or ••• 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 always welcome! (no industry restrictions). A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ••• 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. 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. ••• HOMICIDE VICTIM SUPPORT GROUP. If you are a surviving family member or close friend of a homicide victim or victim of a DUI fatality and are over 18 years old, call the Crime Victims Advocacy Council at 770-333-9254. A trained victim’s advocate will educate you on your basic crime victim’s rights and how to navigate the criminal justice system. If eligible, there is crime victim’s compensation available for up to $25,000 through the CJCC. Support groups are free and meet weekly in the Vinings UMC and Decatur’s First Baptist Church. See and cvaconline. Email is ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meeting Every Monday at 7 p.m. Cumberland United Methodist 2375 Paces Ferry Road, Smyrna. ••• PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers a new Parkinson’s Disease Support Group from 2 – 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of Every Month at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center. Please join us for this FREE class. Call 770-438-5220 to register or for more information. ••• RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for MARCH issue is MARCH 23 with publication APRIL 7. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770426-9388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at

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Smyrna Author Mary Anne Edwards has published her first book, Brilliant Disguise The book has been described as a “first rate mystery with a hint of romance” and with a “plotline (that) keeps you riveted.” Edwards isn’t new to the writing industry but this is her first mystery. Brilliant Disguise (A Charlie McClung Mystery), is a traditional murder mystery with a touch of romance and is set in Georgia during the early 1980s. Brilliant Disguise is the first in the eight-book Charlie McClung Mysteries series. The second book, A Good Girl, will be released later this year. The books are set in Georgia during the early 1980s when life was simpler but solving crime was more difficult. Mary Anne said this book had been nagging at her for years to be written, so with the encouragement of her husband of 33 years, she left the world of accounting and began writing fulltime. Her writing style has been compared to the mystery novelist, Agatha Christie. The idea came from her strange and unusual life events. Brilliant Disguise is available through Amazon, in both eBook and print version. “The early reviews have been very positive and I know the community will be interested,” she said. “Please visit my website, for more information.” The April issue of The Bright Side will be published the week of April 6, Deadline: March 23, 2014

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The premier of “BULLIED,” a documentary about Bullying , will be Wednesday, March 26 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Campbell High School. Turning Point Enterprises, Inc. and students of Campbell High School have partnered to create the movie to help educate youth on bullying issues; such as identifying aggressive and abusive behavior amongst their peers, bullying teachers, cyber bullying and much more. Turning Point Enterprises and the students of Campbell High School invite you to come out and see the film and get the education and help they need to prevent being bullied. By learning the causes of these behaviors each of us can help prevent and report this type of abuse and help our communities be safe.

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The Bright Side is looking for an advertising sales representative in the Smyrna/Vinings area. If you are a self-starter who likes to meet new people and help them with their marketing, we would like to talk with you. This is a contract position where you set your own hours and earn a great commission. You must have reliable transportation and excellent communication skills - both verbal and written (including e-mail). Please send a resume noting any previous sales experience to and we will look forward to talking to you.

The Rotary Club of Vinings saluted the sponsors of the annual “Vinings Downhill Run” held in September recently as they presented donations totaling some $80,000 to 15 charities. Rotary President Traci Newman, left, joins with recipients including Atlanta Area Boy Scouts, Breakthrough Atlanta, Children’s Restoration Network, Georgia Ballet, Crime Victims Advisory Council, Run Girls Run, Hero for Children, Kate’s Club, Letotek of Georgia, Let’s Cure CP, Phoenix Boys Association, Teasley Tiger Paws, Voice Today, good Samaritan Medical Center and Calvary Children’s Home. Vinings Rotary meets Wednesdays at noon at the Vinings Club.


By Heather Donahue • Other options for beneficiary. Think Life is short and can change in an outside the box! Is there a dear friend or instant. This summer, my parents were hit family member that both parents could by a driver running a red light and trust to manage the money? What were life-flighted to ICU where about a neutral bank representathey remained for weeks. They tive? An adult child? are both still recovering. A friend Reconsider your options and from law school was recently be sure your wishes are carried out. found dead at the age of 30 after Heather C. Donahue, of Merfalling victim to a believed gas ritt & Fletcher, LLC, specializes in leak. divorce and family law. The firm As I discussed these tragedies is located in the Market Village with my young adult daughter, the in downtown Smyrna. She can be Heather topic of insurance came up. This contacted at: 770-433-9345 or at Donahue discussion reminded me that my beneficiary remains my ex-husband on most of my policies. I had conCANCER PREVENTION sidered this and deliberately chose to keep PROGRAM SET him as beneficiary, assuming he would use The “Cooking for a Lifetime: Cancer the money for our children in some manner. Prevention Cooking” workshop will be But, as my daughter gets older, should she held 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 13, at the Cobb become beneficiary? Cooperative Extension Office, second Many factors must be considered floor, 678 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. when determining the best beneficiary. Many cancers are preventable with Some thoughts to remember: improved nutrition and physical activity. • Court-ordered life insurance. Many The program will teach healthy food prepcourts require that the parent paying child aration that helps control chronic diseases support must have a life insurance policy like cancer and also inform about the need that will benefit the children upon death. for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer • Expanded and blended families. If screenings. you or your ex-spouse remarry, expand or For more information, or to register, blend families, priorities may shift. The call 770-528-4070. Registration is required money you expected for your children and closes March 6. For more information, could now be spread for additional persons or to register, call 770-528-4070. in a household. W E



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The YWCA of Northwest Georgia is honoring 15 local women who continuously demonstrate outstanding leadership in their personal and professional endeavors. The women being honored this year are leaders in the business, not-for-profit and volunteer arenas and join the prestigious list of over 400 past honorees who have been recognized for their leadership. This year’s honorees are: Pam Brems, Director, Mansour Center, Cathy Brown, Cobb County Librarian, Retired, Wendy Bunch, Broker/Owner, RE/ MAX PURE, Beth Eckford, Senior Vice President, Bank of North Georgia, Karen Hallacy, Cobb County Legislative Liaison, Meg Hartin, Administrative Law Judge, Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, Rhonda Jacobson, Co-Owner, Cumberland Diamond Exchange, Jennifer Johnson-Lynch, Wedding Planner and Community Volunteer, Tracy Rathbone, Director of Business Development, Coxe Curry & Associates, Michelle Robinson, Vice President Marketing, PR & Internal Communications, WellStar Health System, Tammi Saddler Jones, Assistant City Manager, City of Smyrna, Mattie Small, Managing Member, Education Chair, NAACP, Darlene Ward-Reno, Program Management and Planning Operations, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Rebecca Wood, Services Delivery

Manager, Genuine Parts Company, April Wright, Principal, 524 Creative, The honorees will be inducted into the Academy of Women Leaders at the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s 29th Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement on March 28 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. That night one of the honorees will become the 2014 Woman of the Year. The event also will include a silent auction. Individual tickets are $100. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call Holly Tuchman 770-423-3581 for tickets. Tickets and sponsorships are also available for purchase online at


The Charyn Darby Healing Garden will be dedicated on Wednesday, March 26 at Taylor-Brawner Park, Smyrna, (behind Brawner Hall) at 11 a.m. There will be remarks by Phil Benedict, a Trustee of the Charyn Darby Foundation along with Jean B. Wilson and Joan M. Stuart. The Charyn Darby Foundation converted an unused portion of land at TaylorBrawner Park into the Charyn Darby Healing Garden to continue to help beautify Smyrna – something that gave Charyn pleasure. “We want to thank the following for their commitment to this project and for their help in turning our dream to honor Charyn into a reality. Charyn loved helping people and she was a proud citizen of Smyrna,” the organizers said.

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Tillman United Methodist Church is opening its doors to all for The North Georgia Reconciling United Methodists’ regularly scheduled quarterly worship service, Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. This is a time to gather for worship and receive Holy Communion, and stay for fellowship afterward. It is important to spend time in worship together in order to see our family in the body of Christ, and to let those of us who are not members of reconciling congregations know that they are not alone. The Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love in

the United Methodist Church. Tillman UMC is located at 940 Concord Rd, SE Smyrna. To become a Reconciling United Methodist visit this link to visit our “Join Us” page, or email


State Senator Hunter Hill will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 PM at the Smyrna Community Center. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend this opportunity to share your concerns and questions. With one month remaining in the legislative session, Hunter wants to hear from citizens of state Senate district 6, which includes most of Smyrna, Vinings, Buckhead and Sandy Springs.

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS Wolfe Center Activities The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool, 884 Church St., Smyrna, 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, Zumba, cardio dance, sculpt and tone, senior stretch, men’s yoga, intermediate yoga, sculpt yoga, Tai Chi and 30/15/15. 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. And our latest addition AQUA ZUMBA. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. The following activities are planned for March: Quilling -- March 10 Lunchtime Wellness Chat -- March 11 Popcornhole -- March 13 Paint With Paula -- March 18 Jarred Memories -- March 18 Bunco -- March 19 Wellness Challenge begins -- March 20 Quilt Shop Hop Trip -- March 20 March Luncheon -- March 24 Dorothy’s Travel Log -- March 25 Gibb’s Gardens Trip -- March 28 Healthy Foods -- March 31 Brain Aerobics -- every Thursday AARP Tax Aide -- every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. And 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 contact 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 Road, Smyrna. Call 770-801-3400 for more information or reservations. Treat Yourself Tuesdays -- Tuesday, March 11: Mezza Luna Italian; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Treat yourself to a lunch outing once a month with other seniors. Get to know other people and enjoy the social gathering. Meet at the restaurant. Bunco -- Wednesday, March 12, 1 – 3 p.m. Free; Registration required. Join us for a fun, easy game of dice that promises to be a good time and a chance to win

prizes. Register soon. St. Patrick’s Day Meet and Eat - Friday, March 14, 12 – 2:30 p.m. $10 / $12 Non-resident; ticket required; Don’t miss out on an enjoyable and fun-filled afternoon Irish style! Wear your green! You will enjoy a delicious lunch and lots of music and dance! Diabetes Management -- Monday, March 17, 1– 2 p.m. Free; Registration required. Stay informed as RSVPCobb discusses the signs and symptoms of diabetes and pre-diabetes. They will inform you how to get screened using their Medicare benefit for free. Take steps to prevent diabetes and pre-diabetes! Memory Loss -- Thursday, March 20, 1– 2:30 p.m. Free; Registration required. Atlanta Center for Medical Research will present on memory loss. Free screenings will be offered following the presentation. Around the World Show and Tell - Monday, March 24: Nova Scotia, 10:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Join Dick Edwards as he presents on his trip to Nova Scotia. Not only will you get to hear about his travel experiences while there, but you will get to see beautiful pictures too. Invite your friends to this fun and educational travel hour. Bingo Bash -- Monday, March 24, 1 – 3 p.m. $3 / $4 Non-resident. Win gift certificates to local restaurants. Blood Pressure Check -- Monday, March 24, 12 – 3 p.m. Free.

BRAVES PLANNING Continued from Page 1 The Braves are working on a plan tentatively called Project 274, named for the number of days that there are not games played. This will focus on the $400 million mixed use development adjacent to the stadium in the Cumberland area. “We are confident it’s going to have a big impact on this area” he said. “We’re going to bring a lot of people here and spend a lot of money.” Plant said that the Braves foundation will be working back to give in the Cobb County area. “We are going to be here and you can count on us. We want to be a part of this community,” he said. Plant noted that the Braves look at some 24 locations in the northern work of Atlanta, excluding Gwinnett County, where they already have a minor-league team. “We should run national security for this country the same way we ran this covert operation,” he said.

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VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, recently celebrated the one year anniversary of its Veterans Information and Referral Office (VIRO) in Austell, located at the VITAS Community Resource Center at 5990 Love Street, Austell. VITAS’ Veterans Information and Referral Office is designed to help veterans by providing them with important information they need and also referring them to programs offered by the Veterans Administration. The center also offers free programs and seminars for the community about a variety of topics. VIRO is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. As the nation’s leading hospice provider since 1978, VITAS understands that prior military service can have a profound impact on veterans as they approach the end of life, and the company has developed award-winning programs to provide them with the care and support they need. In Atlanta’s metropolitan area, VITAS Veteran Liaison Larry Robert, M. Div., works closely with the Veterans Administration (VA), Medicare, Medicaid and other local organizations toward that goal. When admitting patients to the hospice program, Robert, who himself served 13 years as a Navy chaplain, conducts a special assessment for every veteran patient to determine the specific level of support they need and provide customized care. Robert, who is also an accredited claims agent with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, also has the ability to files claims for veterans directly. “VIRO is yet another demonstration of VITAS’ ongoing commitment to serve our nation’s veterans and their families by providing them with access to the information and resources they need at the end of life,” Robert said. As part of this commitment, Robert and his colleagues at VITAS’ Atlanta Metro program work closely with other veterans organizations that VITAS supports. This includes: Sponsoring Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive, the Tuskegee Airmen and Honor Flight, which all work to celebrate and honor veterans Working with state and local veterans groups and organizations to advocate for veterans and ensure they receive the support they need at the end of life Participating in the Veterans History Project, which seeks to record and document a living legacy of veterans’ stories that are archived at the Library of Congress as living legacy Additionally, Robert and his colleagues help with basic needs like driving patients to the doctor, replacing lost military medals or planning memorial services. More information about VITAS is available at or by calling (404) 250-1806.

WellStar and Mayo Clinic. Working together. Working for you. Achieving our vision of world-class healthcare is even closer now that we are a proud new member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, an innovative collaboration which brings the expertise of Mayo to our patients. As the first and only member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in metro Atlanta, our depth of specialty care will be enhanced with new resources and tools while keeping patient care right here at home. Innovation. World-class care. WellStar. For more information, please visit For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

The vision of WellStar Health System is to deliver world-class healthcare through our hospitals, physicians and services. Our not-for-profit health system includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; Health Parks; Urgent Care Centers; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and WellStar Foundation.

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Some two dozen ladies (and a few gentlemen) enjoyed afternoon tea with cakes and pastries at a Downton Abbey Tea at the Smyrna Library Feb. 7. There were games based on the hit PBS series and the upcoming episode was presented. Some of the ladies, in their best English finery from the 1920s, are, from left, Colleen Harris, Jane Cross, Ella Alexander, Elizabeth Reichenberg, Joyce Tapp, and Wendi Allen.

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