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On March 21 voters will decide the fate of the renewal of the penny Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education for the Cobb and Marietta school systems. A positive SPLOST vote will allow for an expected $797 million in revenue beginning in 2019 spread over five years. SPLOST is a one-cent tax on all consumer goods that must be approved by voters in a referendum. Education SPLOST (Ed-SPLOST) receipts can be used only for school-related capital improvements. The current Ed-SPLOST expires Dec. 31, 2018. “Some 30 percent of the sales tax will be paid by people who live outside Cobb, who come here to shop and dine,” said Susan Thayer, Smyrna area school board member. “Student population growth is going to be in the south Cobb area,” she said. The school system is expecting nearly a 2,000 student increase at Campbell High School and an additional 1,178 in the Mableton and Austell area. “We've got to get seats for these kids. If this does not pass, we will need to go to a bond issue,” she said. Beginning January 1, 2019, SPLOST benefits to the southern Cobb area include funding for: • Construction of new or replacement schools, including Harmony Leland Elementary, King Springs Elementary, and a Smyrna area new middle school to relieve overcrowding at Griffin and Campbell middle schools. • Construction of additional classrooms at Campbell High and Pebblebrook High. This includes upgrading the cafeteria and building a new theater at Campbell. • Security and technology upgrades at all Cobb County Schools. About 90 percent of the district’s budget goes directly to support the classroom with payment of salaries. The other 10 percent pays for items such as textbooks and supplies, as well as utilities such as fuel, gas, electricity and water. For more information go to cobbk12. org/splost/.

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Campbell High STAR Teacher Melyn Roberson, left, and STAR Student Michael Samuel Peng.

CAMPBELL HIGH STUDENT NAMED REGIONAL STAR Campbell High School Senior Michael Samuel Peng was named one of four regional STAR Students in Cobb along with his Spanish teacher Melyn Roberson as STAR Teacher. The award was made at the Cobb and Marietta STAR Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) 50th annual awards banquet Feb. 27 in Marietta. Peng is the son of Brenda and CJ Peng of East Cobb and has been accepted at Georgia Tech. He has been accepted at Georgia Tech and has also applied at MIT, Harvard and Columbia. He plans to major in applied mathematics or Spanish. Ms. Roberson was his IB Spanish teacher and he joked, “One of these things is not like the other.” “She changed my perception of Spanish. It’s one of my favorite subjects,” he said. “She challenged me to immerse myself in the language.” Peng said that it was a surprise to be named a regional winner who will go to District competition later this month. “It is a great honor to be named a regional winner,” he said. Ms. Roberson, who has been selected for the STAR Teacher honor four times previously, said, “This is my favorite award because I don’t have to apply for it.” Whitfield Academy’s STAR Student is Daniel Justice who named Christopher McDonald as his STAR Teacher. He is the son of Kyle and Susan Justice of Lithia Springs. With a plan to major in computer science, Justice hopes to attend Uinversity Pennsylvania or Columbia. At Whitefield he is a member of the

marching band and jazz band and is a varsity basketball manager. He earned his Eagle in Boy Scouts. He selected McDonald, his physics teacher as his STAR Teacher because, “He inspired my love of physics and science,” he said. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program honors Georgia's highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Selection is based on high score on the fall SAT test.

First pitch at the Braves’ new SunTrust Park is next month, but already the economic benefits are being felt, not only in the Cumberland area, but across southern Cobb County. Some $4 billion in new investment will be realized in the Cumberland area by 2018, with approximately $3 billion going toward enhancements in public infrastructure, according to figures from Malaika Rivers, Cumberland CID Executive Director. The Cumberland CID has more than 20 construction projects underway within a three-mile area. These infrastructure improvements are set to improve safety and better manage the traffic congestion within the area Cobb Chamber President David Connell noted that Cobb will soon be home to three professional sports franchises. Preceding the Braves’ relocation to Cobb was the Atlanta Blaze, a professional men’s field lacrosse team based in Kennesaw, while Arthur Blank’s Atlanta United Football Club is building its headquarters and training complex on a 33-acre site on Franklin Gateway in Marietta; the soccer team will begin play this spring and eventually play its home games at the Atlanta Falcons’ new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Six Flags and White Water expect an attendance boost from Braves fans. “We are interested in working with the Braves; we expect to see a lot more attendance at both parks,” said Six Flags President Dale Kaetzel. “The combination will Continued on Page 4


The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center has added six exercise stations on the Patty Wilson Walking Trail. The $17,000 worth of equipment is designed for seniors working on agility, flexibility and balance with low impact exercise. Some of the stations are even wheelchair accessible. Checking out the new equipment as part of an exercise and walking class are, from left, Rudi Caruthers, instructor; Sharon Bloodworh, Yvonne Hodge and Patty Blackmon. In background are Brenda Tillghman and Patsy Wagner.

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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher There once was a boy and girl who met in a college newspaper office. Their first date was to a college publication banquet. They courted; fell in love; and in due time were engaged and then married. Their saga began more than 45 years ago and turned into a happily ever after truelife story. The boy and girl, as readers have probably guessed, were Allan and me and this St. Patrick’s Day we will be celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary. Part of me, I must admit, says don’t give away our age by talking about how long we’ve been married. But our love story is one I’m proud to be a part of and 45 years is a special anniversary. Have we had a perfect life and marriage with no problems or issues? Definitely not! But married life has been wonderful for both of us. We were married almost 10 years before being blessed with children. We have had illness and death of loved ones, fun trips, awards and disappointments, and challenges both good and not so good. Our children and our granddaughters are a center of our life. It is so rewarding to know that each of our children has a happy marriage. Katie and Drew celebrated 10 years in October and Peter and Drew will celebrate 10 years at the end of this month. We have been blessed to come from a line of family with long-lasting marriages. My parents were married just a few months short of 50 years, until their death 3½ weeks apart took them from each other. Allan’s parents were married about 40 years until the death of his father. Our grandparents, most of my cousins, our aunts and uncles had long marriages. My sister and her husband celebrated their 45th anniversary last June. Even after 45 years of marriage, I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject. But I have thought about it through the years. What does it take for a long happy marriage? Each marriage is unique to the couple, but, for us, sharing our love and faith is the foundation. Next is having respect for each other; being friends and enjoying being together but still having enough space for our separate activities. Trusting each other and having good com-

munication is important. Sharing interests is important, since we not only live together, but we work together and play together. Respecting our individuality is also important. I know that what works for our marriage might not work for other couples. As I wrote earlier, each marriage is unique. We were blessed to find each other all those years ago. We know some very happy couples who didn’t find each other until after a first starter marriage that wasn’t so happy. And I have some relatives who have had a happy marriage; then the death of a spouse; and then another long happy marriage. In 1972 the average cost of gasoline was $0.55 a gallon and a postage stamp cost 8 cents. The average rent was $165 a month which is about what we paid on our first apartment in Buckhead. We have seen a lot of changes in life since we married. And after 45 years, it feels like we are still at the beginning of married life with lots of love and fun ahead.

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to help him understand how the stiffness By Dr. Derek Conte and misalignments in his upper back could Tom, a slender, fortyish family man, be causing such symptoms even though his entered the office on referral with severe heart might be perfectly healthy: You see, upper back and mid-scapular pain. He said the upper spine (from T1 to T4 typically) he had been experiencing it for years but is responsible for relaying messages to the that it had become almost unbearable in the heart and lungs for how fast the last month. He looked flushed in heart should beat and how deeply the face and a bit jittery. I decided he would breathe. Those messages to take his blood pressure and start in the brain and come through found it to be abnormally high. the nerves in the upper back in the Upon physical examination form of adrenaline. we discovered unequal leg lengths, Adrenaline aka Epinephrine postural distortion, and signif(used in inhalers for asthma or icant weight imbalances taken in the case of cardiac arrest) is a on bilateral scales. There was powerful, short-acting hormone great restriction of the upper and middle spine, with several of the Dr. Derek Conte which makes the heart beat faster and harder, boosting the blood pressure. vertebrae significantly rotated alternately In the lungs, it speeds up and deepens the right and left. The latter is not common but breathing as it opens the airway. It also not unheard of either. The same region of makes certain vessels constrict which the spine was exquisitely sensitive to even boosts the blood pressure even more. Too mild pressure. I had seen this before and much adrenaline, for too long, can even asked him, “Tom, have you ever gotten cause the heart to beat unevenly and bring flustered and felt your chest pounding and a sensation of fear. became sweaty and nervous and short of I told Tom If this area of the spine was breath for no apparent reason?” sharply misaligned, and irritated the nerves “Yes,” he said, “How could you know to deliver too much adrenaline, there was that?” I asked a further question. a chance the pain and anxiety he had been “Tom, how much stress are you dealexperiencing could be helped by making ing with, at home and at work?” He said, corrective adjustments to that specific area. “Some, but it is manageable”. He understood, he agreed, and we adjusted I then explained some anatomy to him, him, very specifically. We cleared out the leg length and weight distribution inequalities, and rectified the posture with the first adjustment. Tom didn’t have his second visit until a month later as he was tied up with work and family matters, but he looked like a different guy. Much more relaxed now than before. He happily reported he hadn’t had any pain or a single anxiety attack since his first adjustment. He now has a much better understanding of how his body works. That is something we all should strive for. Sometimes, scary things are not so scary after all. Dr. Derek Conte is co-founder of Chiropractic Specialists at 1154 Concord Road in Smyrna. For questions, call 404784-6008. For more articles, photos, info, go to:

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BRAVES' IMPACT NEAR $4 BILLION Continued from Page 1 make people want to stay an extra night, and usually they stay closer to the theme park so they can get in early.” “District 4 (southwest Cobb represented by Commissioner Lisa Cupid) has been leading the county in permits for the last six months,” said Cobb Commission Chair Mike Boyce. “There’s a lot happening there – new homes, new business. South Cobb is in a great position because there’s a great infrastructure already in place." Other parts of southern Cobb are working to get their piece of the pie. “We hope to market the area as a pit stop for travelers to the Braves’ games,” said Stephanie Aylworth, economic development coordinator for Powder Springs. Powder Springs is looking at future downtown plans and funding. Mayor Al Thurman said he favors building upscale apartments in downtown to draw more businesses. City officials are reviewing several plans which would involve the investment of $3 to $5 million for “a public amenity” in downtown with its design and location not yet determined. Austell is looking toward housing for new residents and working to improve its downtown. “The Braves will be bringing in service sector workers,” said Darrell Weaver of the city’s Community Development Department. “Austell is looking to provide housing for the workforce as part of our residential growth because land costs are lower.” “We want to re-activate our downtown,” he said. Using data from Georgia Power economic development, the city realized that it was losing millions of dollars in a 15 mile radius from Austell residents. The city worked to reactivate the Austell business Association. Austell has purchased several holdings in the downtown area, renovating them and marketing them to new business. Two of the newest businesses are in city-owned buildings. Oz Antique Market opened the end of last year, and South Cobb Diner, a second location for West Cobb diner, is expected to open in the next couple of months. The biggest growth is in the Cumberland area. “Residential developments are being constructed at an all-time high right now in Cumberland,” Rivers said. These new residential developments cause a 71 percent population increase over the next 10 years in Cumberland. According to the Cumberland CID’s 2015 annual report, here are some projects that are coming to Cumberland: • 6 office, 5 retail, and 5 hotel projects. • 11 multifamily projects.

• 1,582 hotel rooms. • 625,500 square feet of new retail. • 1.7 million new square feet of Class A office space delivered by 2017. • 6,806 housing units bringing more than 13,500 new residents. • $2 billion in public infrastructure improvements in and around Cumberland. “The world is changing so much. If you look at what’s happening over here with the Braves at SunTrust Park, we’re going to be host to a lot of new people here (in Cobb),” Gary Bottoms, Cobb Chamber Chairman, said. “The chamber’s going to work really hard to accommodate in any way we can to make that a positive experience.”

VININGS BUSINESS EXPO SET MARCH 21 AT HOTEL INDIGO The Vinings Business Association will host its eighth annual Vinings Business Expo on March 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings Hotel, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Over 30 exhibitors will be featured with information on Vinings-area businesses, restaurants and events. There will also be free food samples, door prizes, drawings and giveaways, including restaurant gift certificates and a cash bar. Association chair Glenn Christian said he expects 600 people or more to attend this year’s event. “The Expo is an opportunity for Vinings area businesses to showcase their products and services to a different audience they probably have not had access to,” Christian said. “The Expo draws people from all over Cobb and the northwest side of Atlanta.” Sponsors of the events include The Bright Side Newspaper, Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings, Marietta Signs, Fidelity Bank, High Calibre Realty, PC Doc USA, Fidelity National Title, AmFam Vinings, Edward Jones Co., and many others. Exhibit tables are available for $125 for members and $195 for non-members, and all exhibitors must register and pay in full in advance, online only at Exhibitor setup is from 3 to 3:45 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. “Interested businesses, organizations or individuals can sign-up to be exhibitors as long as the link on the association’s website works (it will stop working once 30 have signed up),” Christian said. Membership in the VBA begins at $95 for 12 months and can be set up online with a credit or debit card.

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SMYRNA BUSINESS EXPO TO FEATURE FOOD, LOCAL FIRMS APRIL 27 Smyrna area businesses and restaurants will show off their wares at The Smyrna Business Expo on April 27. Exhibitors will set up in the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Drive, Smyrna, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. “This is your chance to meet more than 200 local business owners, generate business leads, close deals and enjoy great food,” said SBA President Jabar Dozier. “Join us for networking, building business relationships and meeting local entrepreneurs.” The event is free and open to the public and door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. All proceeds will support the Smyrna Business Association scholarship fund. Exhibit tables are now on sale at Food sponsors are also being accepted. The SBA works to engage, inform and grow businesses in the greater Smyrna community. On the first Thursday of each month the SBA host a luncheon featuring a guest speaker relevant to business improvement, government affairs or community involvement. Social and networking events are held throughout the month. For more information on membership visit

EMORY HEALTHCARE TO OPERATE PRIMARY CARE CLINIC AT BELMONT Emory Healthcare will operate a new primary care location being built at Belmont in Smyrna by Halpern Enterprises. The two-story 30,000 sq. ft. medical center will front on Windy Hill Road, between the Shops at Belmont and Alta Belmont apartments, according to plans shown by Jack Halpern last fall. One floor will house Emory’s 15,000-square-foot clinic, including 24 exam rooms. The location is expected to add X-ray capabilities, making imaging services more convenient for patients. Halpern told the Smyrna Division Council of the Cobb Chamber in November that more than half of the building’s space has been preleased, he said, with some spaces on the facility’s second floor signed to some dental practices. The Belmont Physicians Center at Belmont location will enable current Emory Healthcare patients and others who live in and around the area to receive Emory’s primary care services closer to home. Emory at Belmont, at 2550 North Atlanta Road in Smyrna, is the newest addition to the Emory Healthcare Network. It is slated to open in late 2017.


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HANSFORD CROWNED PETITE MISS COBB Zariya Zykia Hansford of Smyrna was among the winners selected in the 26nd annual Little-Teen Miss Cobb County Pageant at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Marietta, Feb. 11. Miss Hansford, age 6, won the title of Petite Miss Cobb County (4-6 years). She is the daughter of Kia Hansford of Smyrna and a first grader at King Springs Elementary School. She loves singing while playing her guitar, taking gymnastics classes and tap dancing to her own beat. Staged to a Valentine theme, excitement filled the air as winners were named for six beauty and two talent titles. All winners will be public relations representatives and ride in area parades including the Marietta July 4th parade and the Kennesaw Big Shanty parade in April. They will be special guests at the Miss Cobb County Scholarship Pageant in August and the talent winners will be featured in the production. Emcees for the day-long pageant included Copelyn Jue, Miss North Georgia State Fair 2016, and Emily Cook Ward, Miss Cobb County and Miss Georgia 2009. For additional information on the annual pageant and the Miss Cobb County Scholarship Pageant, a preliminary to Miss Georgia and Miss America, contact Gene Phillips, 770-435-6378.

TRAIL LIFE TROOP FORMING IN SMYRNA First Baptist Church Smyrna announces the formation of Trail Life Troop GA-0088. Meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at First Baptist at 1275 Church St SE, Smyrna. The program is designed to build positive male relationships, spiritual growth, and servant service through a fun outdoor-based program in an age appropriate way. The Trail Life program has three levels for ages 5-18. The boys gain knowledge about outdoor skills, citizenship, character, friendship, and faith through fun activities led by Godly male role models. If you would like more information, go to Trail Life USA.Com, contact First Baptist Church at 770-435-3231, or E-mail


Genius 3D Mammography at WellStar detects 41% more invasive breast cancer A 3D mammogram at WellStar Cobb Women’s Imaging Center provides a series of detailed images of the breast, allowing doctors to better evaluate breast tissue layer by layer, making fine details more visible and cancer more detectable. Because of its clinically proven increase in accuracy, a 3D exam can help reduce false-positive callbacks for additional imaging by up to 40%, bringing increased peace of mind.

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To schedule, call WellStar Central Scheduling at 678-581-5900 and request a 3D mammogram. Check with your insurance for coverage. * McDonald ES, Oustimov A, Weinstein SP, Synnestvedt MB, Schnall M, Conant EF. Effectiveness of digital breast tomosynthesis compared with digital mammography: outcomes analysis from 3 years of breast cancer screening. JAMA Oncol. 2016;E1-E7. Accessed March 2, 2016. 2

Rose SL, Tidwell AL, Bujnoch LJ, Kushwaha AC, Nordmann AS, Sexton R. Implementation of breast tomosynthesis in a routine screening practice: an observational study. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013;200(6):1401-1408.


Stages 0 & 1: what does it mean to have stage 1 breast cancer? National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Accessed March 31, 2015.

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ings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at cindyacker@ ••• 8: DIVAS CONCERT: April 8, 2017 marks the third Biennial Divas With A Cause benefit concert, which will be held at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, benefiting the following Charities: LifeLink of Georgia, Kidney Foundation, Ian’s Friends Foundation, Fisher Center Foundation, Habitat For Humanity, Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, ASY Cares, Autism Fund . Tickets on sale at www.divaswithacause. org. •••

MARCH 11 & 18: RIVERLINE EVENT. Shoupade Park & The Unfinished Silver Comet Trail 4770 Oakdale Road, Smyrna a free event! www.riverline. org Saturday, March 11 & 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies Event, March 4 – 26, ••• 14: TEASLEY PROSPECTIVE PARENT COFFEES and Tours. March 14 Coffee with presentations. Upcoming tours April 14 and May 4. Teasley Elementary School, 3640 Spring Hill Parkway, Smyrna. For questions and more information call 770-437-5945. ••• 21: VOTING for the county-wide SPLOST vote for education is March 21. ••• 21: VININGS BUSINESS EXPO. Hotel Indigo Atlanta Vinings, 2857 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings. March 21. Exhibit Hours 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. FREE Public Admission. Exhibit Tables Available. Contact: glenn@ ••• 25: SHREDDING EVENT: a Free Shredding for Household Documents on March 25, 9 a.m.noon at the Aline Wolfe Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna. Shredding will be done on site and the paper will be recycled. Papers must be dry. We can accept up to 5 file-size boxes (9” x 12”. x 24”) per car. Free of charge due to a partnership with Calandra Financial Group. No commercial trucks or commercial materials will be accepted. For residential paper only. Electronics, cardboard, binders, or plastic will not be accepted. Call Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863 for more information ••• 25: KING SPRINGS PARTY. King Springs Elementary is turning 60 years old this year, and you are cordially invited to the big bash! This adults only party and annual fundraiser is March 25. Join us at Wyndham Galleria Atlanta for a night of serious finger foods, live music, dancing and a live auction. Tickets for the party are now on sale and can be purchased from the King Springs Elementary Foundation website www. ••• 28: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB: Want to learn about the newest varieties of daylilies? Come hear Bill Waldrop, owner of Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Farm, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Smyrna Library. In addition to showing new varieties, Mr. Waldrop will share information on the culture and care of daylilies, giving his tips for successful daylily gardening. 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 topics. For more information about programs and projects, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or visit our website at ••• 29: REGISTRATION. Cobb Kindergarten Registration March 29 APRIL 3: SPRING BREAK. Cobb Schools Spring Break April 3-7 ••• 4: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch. . Program Jeremy Strife, The Battery Atlanta complex. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch Overlook III Building Lobby Level Conference Room 2859 Paces Ferry Road.. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 678-725-0099 ••• 5: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION with speaker Panel on Health Care Options 2017. On April 5. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• 6: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6 with Business Speaker, For reservations: ••• 6: JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meet-

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27: BUSINESS EXPO Spring Smyrna Business Expo Trade Show from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle Smyrna. This is Smyrna Business Assn Business Trade Show. Local restaurant and Catering Food, Networking, and Door Prizes. WEEKLY EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• 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. ••• THE LORD’S STOREHOUSE sponsored by Shaw Temple AME Zion Church provides free of charge clothing, small household items, canned goods and toiletries to needy families, individuals and shelters. We also accept donated items in gently used and clean condition. We are located at 775 Hurt Road, Smyrna and open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For Info call Ms. Turner 678-437-5685 or email: ••• 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 for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing). The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. Questions or to RSVP for a complimentary visit, call Jeff Daxe at 770-7955079 (or email at ••• 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. ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823. ••• 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: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room.

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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 or call 770-436-2501. ••• ATLANTA FREETHOUGHT, Regular Meeting at 1 p.m. every 2nd Sunday. 4775 N. Church


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Lane, Smyrna (a mile inside I-285, just off Atlanta Rd). Call 678-662-3857 or visit our website,, 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 ••• COBB COUNTY MOCHA MOMS offers local support to mothers of color. Cobb County Mochas are a mixture of over 70 working and stay at home mommies. Visit cobbcountymochamoms. org or email cobbcountymochamoms@gmail. com ••• 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. ••• JONQUIL CITY INVESTMENT CLUB. Jonquil City Investment Club is a Smyrna-based all-female club looking for new members interested in attending monthly educational meetings and investing small amounts of money in the stock market. For more information contact Cindy Acker, Senior Partner, at Next meeting April 6. ••• 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 494-3682865. ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna West: For stay-athome or part-time working moms, we have added to the elementary school districts served in the Smyrna area: in 30080 and 30082 zip codes and any of the four following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, and Nickajack. For questions about our club or are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at momsclubofsmyrnawest@yahoo. com. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. For more info, visit Night Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit www. ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world's largest service organization simply stated: We serve. Check us out and join as we strive to make our community a better place. The club meets at the Smyrna Community Center the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday at noon.

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••• 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 pwhittingham@ ••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 4th Thursday of each month (except for Nov, Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. Our meetings include a presentation on a topic of interest regarding the 1861-1864 era. We begin gathering at 6 p.m. for socialization and dinner followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. We are a hereditary memorial organization and welcome all visitors. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or ••• 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. ••• 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 at 7 p.m. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna, GA Phone: 678-631-5541. The facilitator is Carl Proctor Email: Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson's Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• 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 APRIL issue is MARCH 23 with publication the week of APRIL 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at

Smyrna Business Expo

Thursday, April 27 • 4 - 6:30 p.m. Smyrna Community Center 200 Village Green Blvd. The Smyrna Business Expo is your chance to meet local business owners, generate new business leads and enjoy local food. Join us for networking, building relationships and meeting entrepreneurs in the in the Smyrna area.

Local Business Exhibitors include:

Free and open to the public. There will be door prizes, plus local restaurants and caterers offering samples of their food. Proceeds benefit the SBA Scholarship Fund.

Alpine Sign & Graphics Studio • American Family Insurance/Jabar Dozier • Big Event Productions • Brawner Hall • Campbell High School • Charter Bank • City of Smyrna • Instant Imprints • JWC Real Estate • JRM Management • Provident Village at Creekside • Southern Catered Events • Smyrna Public Safety Foundation • Sweet Potato Thomas • The Bright Side Newspaper • Universal Windows Direct • UPS Store on Cobb Parkway-Smyrna • Valpak • Vinings Lifestyles Publications • Wings Stop • WellStar Vinings HealthPark • Windy Hill Athletic Club

Become an Exhibitor: ▪ $95 Members ▪ $195 Non-Members ▪ $395 Sponsor Food Sponsors Being Accepted For more information or to donate door prize call Joseph at 770-595-2163 Exhibitor tables on sale at Chronic Headache Pain? The cause of chronic migraines, tension type headaches, and face, jaw, and neck pain could be unbalanced forces in your mouth that affect the muscles of these areas, leading to changes in the chemical and nerve reactions that cause chronic pain. If you’re suffering with chronic headaches, migraines, or jaw, face and neck pain and haven’t found lasting relief, call us today at 678505-0805. Dr. Lamothe uses a drug-free, needle-free, and pain-free program to provide long-lasting pain relief. Patients experience immediate relief after the first treatment, and over 93% find lasting relief and gain more pain-free days. Dr. Lamothe knows the pain isn’t all in your head. Call today to schedule a free consultation to see if treatment is right for you.

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Jamie Marks, center with dog, and the VRS job readiness group.

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Vinings Business Association BUSINESS EXPO March 21, 4 – 7 pm Hotel Indigo Vinings 2857 Paces FerryRoad


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VRS OFFERS A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS By Skylar Hancock For nearly three years, Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia in Smyrna has offered a Job Readiness Course for the blind and visually impaired. The class, which is held on Wednesday mornings, is hosted by VRS instructors, including Jamie Marks who, like her students, copes with her own visual impairment by relying on the use of assistive technologies, such as her iPad. Ms. Marks refuses to allow her disability to limit her in any way, and it is this sense of self-advocacy and determination that forms the foundation of the entire Job Readiness Course. The course has a significant impact on the lives of participants because it gives them the opportunity to learn non-visual adaptations for the working environment, while they practice the more general skills that are needed in the world of labor. Each week the clients come to class prepared to share their struggles with finding employment or to report their recent progress; the open, friendly atmosphere allows them to bond and form relationships with others who have shared similar experiences. However, most of the class’s time is spent on developing strategies to solve their common problems. For instance, those with visual disabilities often have difficulty explaining their needs to potential employers. So, periodically, each client practices saying a succinct summary of their disability, followed by a list of tips and tricks

Kay Ellers, left, and Jamie Marks of the VRS job readiness group. that they use daily to overcome their visual impairments. In the Job Readiness Course, the instructors work to replace the word “disability” with “Possibility.” As Ms. Marks herself puts it, “It’s not about what you know, but about how you will overcome what you don’t know.” Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia offers its Job Readiness Course to all blind or visually-impaired individuals who seek to improve their chances of getting hired, while making friends, and discovering new and exciting opportunities. Additional services include: Low Vision Evaluations, Technology Access Training, Counseling, Mobility Instruction, and much, much more. For more information, visit: or call (770) 432-7280.

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Notes On The News HUNGRY? NEW RESTAURANTS OPEN OR OPENING SOON By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher If you are hungry, there a plenty of new restaurants open and opening soon in the Cumberland area. Two recently opened in the Cumberland area; Chuy’s Akers Mill, and Bonefish Grill. Both are on Cobb Parkway in the Akers Mill Square. Chuy’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant employs some 173 people and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Bonefish Grill offers fish and steak in a causal atmosphere and is the fourth location in the Atlanta area. The restaurants seats 250 and has a private dining room. It offers dinner nightly and lunch Monday through Saturday with a Sunday brunch. At The Battery Atlanta, the list of dining and shopping options continues to grow. The Atlanta Braves announced the addition of popular high-end sports bar Yard House and five additional specialty food and retail concepts. The new Yard House at The Battery Atlanta will span more than 12,000 square feet with a guest capacity of 829 including outdoor seating. The center-island bar will offer 130 taps of beer including several local and regional brews. Joining Yard House in this next wave of restaurant openings is Chef Hugh Acheson’s First & Third Hot Dog and Sausage Shack which is accessible from inside SunTrust Park and from The Battery Atlanta. Acheson has curated a menu of high-quality sausages and hot dogs, most from local butcher Patak Meats in Austell, just 12 miles away from SunTrust Park. The previously announced steakhouse by award-winning chef Linton Hopkins has been given the name, C. Ellet’s, after his great-grandfather. The 6,500 square foot restaurant will draw inspiration from New Orleans. Fried Chicken & Such, by Chef Marc Taft, is slated for a May opening. Taft is known in the Atlanta area for his popular Chicken and the Egg restaurant in Marietta. Opening this summer, BURN by Rocky Patel is an evolution in cigar lounges. Featuring a design that draws on an exotic mix

of Mediterranean, Asian, and Cuban cultures, BURN is a sanctuary for those who enjoy fine cigars and premium spirits. Beginning in May, Haagen-Dazs will bring their ice cream treats to The Battery Atlanta. Riverview Landing Update In a long-awaited launch of development on Smyrna’s riverfront, Atlanta-based Ardent Companies, LLC has filed an application to revise the Riverview Landing project. Ardent seeks to rezone the 82 acre tract from the approved Conditional MU to its own zoning plan. Jamestown Properties annexed the land into the city, but the project was sold to Ardent in November 2016. The new plans call for 65 single-family homes, 233 attached townhomes and 301 multi-family apartment homes. This is a downsizing of the original application. Smyrna's Planning and Zoning Board approved the change Feb. 13 and the Council will consider the matter at the March 20 meeting. Six Flags Celebrate 50th As it opens its season this month, Six Flags Over Georgia will be celebrating its 50th year of operation. When the park opened June 16, 1967, all the rides and shows were inside the loop of the Six Flags Railroad that runs 1.25 miles through the park. Just over a million visitors paid the $3.95 admission the first season. Today attendance is higher (the park doesn’t release figures) and the price tag has increased to $66.99 for a one day ticket. The season gas been extended with fall’s Fright Fest and winter’s Holiday in the Park. According to figures from Cobb Travel and Tourism, Park President Dale Kaetzel noted that the economic impact of the park increased 32 percent last year and is up 55 percent over the past three years. The park has expanded beyond the railroad circle, adding a separate water park, Hurricane Harbor, and will unveil its new 4-D action adventure attraction “Justice League, Battle for Metropolis” with gaming effects when it opens March 11. Got an item for the news? Send to an item for the news? Send to news@brightsidecobb. com.

Come Celebrate the Resurrection! Easter Sunday @ 10:30 am April 16, 2017 | ALL FREE

Everyone is Welcome! All kids in attendance can participate in a singing finale | no rehearsal necessary Immediately followed by the Fire Truck Egg Drop Scramble Infant - 5th Grade Candy filled eggs wil be dropped from the raised fire truck bucket! Bring your Easter basket to collect as many eggs as you can! Several Prize Eggs for each age group! Life Church Smyrna 4100 King Springs Road SE Smyrna, GA 30082 | 770-435-5478

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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: cardio fusion, gentle yoga, low impact aerobics, senior pilates, 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 aqua zumba. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. We are open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to our exercise schedule we offer several, fun and unique activities for our members. Here is the March schedule: Pickleball, every Monday Brain Aerobics, March 21 Jarred Memories, March 9 Phase 10, March 13 Life Size Scrabble, March 14 Handmade Fun, March 16; April 6 and 20 Cornhole, March 17 Bunco, March 20 Paint with Paula, March 21 Travel with Indira, March 22 Parkinson’s Support Group, March 23 Genealogy, March 27 Bring Your Own Device, March 29 Color My World, March 30 And so 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 Tuesday -- Tuesday, March 14: Longhorn Steakhouse (1355 E-W Connector). 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required. Meet at restaurant. St. Patrick’s Luck o’ the Irish Green Party -- Thursday, March 16, 12 – 2 p.m. $12 /$14 Non-resident. Join us for a whale of a time as Kathleen Donohoe, Irish singer

and dancer, performs live. Come dressed in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You will enjoy a delicious meal, too. To keep the green going, please bring in any non-perishable food items such as canned green beans, canned green peas, green pasta etc., which will benefit Must Ministries. Don’t miss out on the fun! Fundraiser with proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Maintain Brain Health -- Tuesday, March 21, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Feed your brain. Already watching your weight and sticking to a heart-healthy diet that is low in bad fats and cholesterol? Stay physically active and healthy as overall physical health is closely linked to brain health, making a healthy body key to a healthy brain. Stay mentally active and stay socially engaged. Presented by Bridget Kurt of Homestead Hospice. AARP Smart Driver -- Wednesday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $15 AARP members; $20 Non-members. Bring a lunch. Check with your insurance agent about a possible discount for taking this class. Bingo Bash -- Monday, March 27, 1– 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser with proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. Lunch and Learn -- Georgia Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery, Wednesday, March 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free; Registration required. Stay informed and don’t procrastinate. A complimentary lunch will be provided by Georgia Memorial and their representatives will answer any questions you might have on planning for funeral arrangements, cremations, etc. Limited seating. Field of Woods/ Harrah’s Cherokee Valley -- Thursday, April 27, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come see The Fields of the Wood, which is a Biblically-based themed park. The park is located in the Cherokee mountains of North Carolina and covers a total area of 220 beautiful acres; so wear comfortable shoes. Then we will head to Harrah Cherokee Valley River, a $20 game credit is included in the price. On our way there we will stop for breakfast and on our way back we will stop for dinner at a fast food restaurant; breakfast and dinner will be on your own. Bring your Total Rewards Card. $46 Senior Council member; $51 Non-member. Payment due at time of registration. Deadline: March 30. Price includes motor coach transportation, $20 game credit, taxes and tips. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Shanghai Rummy -- Every Tuesday, 1– 4 p.m. Free; Have fun meeting new friends and playing cards.

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IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS: STAY FIT, STRESS LESS By Amy Carrier, President WellStar Cobb Hospital Americans are carrying a lot of extra weight – physically and mentally. In healthcare, we are very aware that obesity and heart disease are on the rise. Americans are also reporting higher levels of stress. And even though I work in healthcare, I’m one of those Americans who struggle. Between my busy work schedule and responsibilities at home, it’s tough to stay mentally and physically fit. No – let me correct myself – it’s beyond tough. I have a gym membership, but I didn’t step foot in the gym once last year. With our overscheduled and fast-paced lives, it’s important we look at the little things that can make a big difference in our bodies and minds. Exercise combats heart disease, additional weight and anxiety and stress. Some things I’ve done in the past have included taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away in the parking lot and taking my dogs for longer walks. While all of those things have made an impact, I’ve resolved to take it further this year. When a new grocery store opened in South Cobb recently, I realized it was just a few miles from my house. That’s biking distance! I got a small bike trailer and started picking up my groceries the old-fashioned way. And, I enjoy the beauty along the way. My legs are stronger. My mind feels clearer.

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CAMPBELL JR. SPARTANS PLAY IN CHAMPIONSHIP The Campbell Jr. Spartans 8th grade girls’ basketball team had a perfect streak going but fell to second in the championship round, Feb. 25 at the Cobb County Civic Center. Undefeated this entire year prior to the Final Four with a 36-0 season, these girls have played with a purpose. Just months after the sudden loss of their team mom, the mother of 6’ 3, 13-year old post starter, Jillian Hollingshead on Mother’s Day; this dream team triumphed in their pre-season tournament; The 1st Annual Jeannette Hollingshead Tournament, and took home the 1st place trophy. With sheer will and determination, this team has more than preserved all year, proudly wearing their signature uniforms with the emblem “JH” in remembrance. Three of Campbell Jr. Spartan starting player's, Jillian Hollingshead (the Post Starter who scored 27 points in the final championship game), Deyne McMurrin, and Kiara Cole-Massiah) excelled under the coaching of Brandi Clark Battles and made the All Tournament Team. Only six girls were selected from this tournament out of approximately 500 girls. Both Jillian Hollingshead and Kirah Cole-Massiah also played in this weekend's Metro All-star Classic "Hoops for Hunger" game at Therell High School. All of the proceeds go towards the battle against hunger in Atlanta. Due to their achievements, four of this team’s starters earned spots to play in the Atlanta’s All Star Showcase March 3rd-5th, hosted on the campus of Campbell High School. These Region 1 champs are revered

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KING SPRINGS TO CELEBRATE 60TH ANNIVERSARY King Springs Elementary is turning 60 years old this year, and the public is cordially invited to the big bash. This adults-only party and annual fundraiser is March 25 at Wyndham Galleria Atlanta for a night of serious finger foods,

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