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Cobb Commissioner dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s on May 27 as they unanimously approved multiple agreements for a 30-year partnership between the Atlanta Braves and the county. Cobb will borrow up to $396 million to build the new stadium where the team will play for the next 30 years. Commissioners unanimously approved American Builders 2017 to be the construction manager for the new ballpark, which is scheduled to open in 2017. American Builders 2017 is a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction. Between them, those construction companies have previously constructed Minneapolis’ Target Field, Denver’s Coors Field and Baltimore’s Camden Yards. “We are thrilled the Cobb County Commission has taken this large and final step that will allow this project to move forward,” Braves executive vice president of business operations Mike Plant said. “Our team has worked side-by-side with the staff in Cobb County to ensure that we have the right partner in place to deliver the world-class venue that we all expect to see here on Opening Day 2017.” The new stadium will be surrounded by a mixed-use development that will include restaurants, retail outlets, residential properties, office space and a hotel that will be open year-round. Braves plan to relocate from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County, at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area, in time for the 2017 season. The new stadium will seat approximately 41,500 fans. The proposed new stadium will cost

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Braves fans rally at the Stidum site prior to the Cobb Commissioner’s vote. At left is a rendering of the new stadim. More pictures on page 6. $622 million, with $392 million coming from the public. That includes $368 million in bonds, $14 million in transportation sales tax and $10 million in cash from businesses in the Cumberland Community Improvement District. According to Cobb County Manager David Hankerson, the Braves will pay $6.1 million in rent annually. “It’s a good deal, it’s exciting,” Hankerson said. “The halo effect (of the stadium) will offset the taxes within 10 years. You won’t recognize that area.” One study has shown that an additional 28,000 cars could be in the area on a sold out game day. Cobb Community Transit and the Cobb DOT are working together to minimize traffic problems in the stadium area on game days. Cobb Transit has five routes that serve the stadium area and will be working on

ways to coordinate stadium traffic. Meanwhile, Cobb DOT is installing fiber optic controls to traffic signals which will allow quick changes to traffic patterns. There are 14 different access points to the new stadium and some $1 Billion in traffic improvements is underway, much of it planned even before the Braves’ announcement. Land clearing work is underway at the stadium site as three natural gas pipelines that run trough the property are prepared to be moved to the periphery. “The stadium will be started first and the mixed use development will follow shortly thereafter. We expect both to open up in April 2017,” John Schuerholz told a Smyrna audience. “We have a commitment to continue to win and a commitment that will be a good project.”

By William P. Marchione, Ph.D. July 3-4 will mark the 150th anniversary of two Civil War battles fought on the Smyrna Line, at Smyrna Camp Ground (in what is now downtown Smyrna), and at Ruff’s Mill on Nickajack Creek about 3 ½ miles to the southwest. The City of Smyrna plans to mark the anniversary of the Camp Ground engagement by mounting a display of Civil War artifacts drawn from the huge Cox/Armstrong Collection (said to contain some 30,000 items) which Mayor Max Bacon recently acquired for the city. This new exhibit will supplement the smaller displays that have already been mounted in three of Smyrna’s major public buildings--Smyrna’s City Hall, its Public Library, and Brawner Hall. There has been a regrettable tendency to dismiss the Battle of Smyrna Camp Ground as “a mere skirmish.” It should be emphasized, however, that this battle and the related battle at Ruff’s Mill were the most important fought between the various

Kennesaw Mountain engagements of late June 1864 and the crossing by both armies of the Chattahoochee River in early July. The number of casualties sustained along the so-called “Smyrna Line” underscores the significance of these engagements -- some 400 men lost their lives during this 48 hour period, with Union troops sustaining the heaviest casualties in these encounters with the entrenched Confederate forces. The Union army had entered the City of Marietta, a mere four miles north of Smyrna on July 3, without significant resistance. When the Confederate army abandoned its strong defensive position at Kennesaw Mountain, Union commander William Tecumseh Sherman assumed that they were engaged in a headlong retreat toward the Chattahoochee and would offer little additional resistance north of the river. What the Union commander did not realize was that the Confederates had created two formidable defensive barriers in

The City of Smyrna will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Smyrna with a series of exhibits and speakers July 1-3. “The Battle of Smyrna was the last stand of the Confederacy before Sherman crossed the Chattahoochee River into Atlanta,” said Smyrna Councilman Charles Welch. The exhibit of Civil War artifacts will open Tuesday, July 1 at Brawner Hall. A speaker is scheduled for the opening ceremony that evening which will include the presentation of an original Smyrna City charter. Found in an estate sale, the charter has been framed and donated to the city. The display at Brawner Hall will include items from the Cox/Armstrong Collection of Civil War era items donated to the city. Items from that collection that have already undergone preservation are currently on display at City Hall, the Library and Brawner Hall. The exhibits will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 2 and 3 with a closing ceremony and speaker Thursday. The Smyrna Public Library will be sponsoring two Civil War related events in July, including: Sunday, July 6, at 3 p.m.: Dr. William Marchione, Ph.D., the author of the recently published “A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia” will present a slide / lecture on “Smyrna, Georgia: Civil War Battlefield” that will demonstrate that the battles and troop movements in and around Smyrna (at Smyrna Camp Ground, Ruff’s Mill, and at the River Line fortifications) were far more important and decisive than is generally recognized. His talk will deal Continued on Page 14


Very little remains of the shoupades at River Line Park in Smyrna. South Cobb, both designed by brilliant military engineer Brigadier General Francis Asbury Shoup. The second, and better known of these two barriers, the so-called “Riverline,” consisted of a set of 36 interconnected forts, known as “Shoupades,” that a force Continued on Page 16

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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher It was a hot summer June day near Kennesaw Mountain in Cobb County. It had been raining but the rain had stopped, puddles dotting the landscape. My greatgreat grandfather, Isaac Peterson Collier, ✔ Everyone needs a yearly skin check was there in the trenches with his fellow soldiers in Company K 5th regiment Georgia from Upson County. He had lost a ✔ Light hair, fair skin & sunburns before the age brother in the battle in the past few days of 18 increase risk of skin cancer but he continued to fight. On June 21, 1864 in the heat of battle, an artillery shell ✔ Rough, dry, scaly patches, pearly white bumps came into the trench from which he and the or irregularly shaped moles/lesions could be soldiers were shooting, its fuse burning. signs of skin cancer Bravely, he picked up the shell and tossed it out, into the standing rain water, putting ✔ More than three million new cases of skin cancer out the fuse. He and his fellow Confederate solwill be diagnosed in the U.S. this year diers were saved. For his bravery, he was offered a battlefield commission to LieuMark A. Chastain, M.D. • Jennifer L. Buckley, M.D. • Mary M. Feldman, M.D. tenant. However, the commission would Carolyn M. Sims, PA-C • A. Fair Franklin, PA-C have transferred him to another unit and Alexandra L. Palgon, PA-C • Garrett D. Freeman, PA-C he chose to stay with his men from Upson County. Instead, he was promoted to Sergeant and continued to fight until surrender in 1865. to Schedule Your Yearly Skin Exam Today! One hundred and fifty years ago the battle of Atlanta was preceded by the Battle 175 White Street • Suite 100 • Marietta, GA 30060 at Kennesaw Mountain and the Battle at Smyrna Campground. In Cobb County we WWW.SKINCANCERSPECIALISTS.COM remember the date, not with celebration, but with commemoration of the men who Ad will appear in color in the May issues. fought valiantly for the South. The Civil War battles in this area are a part of our American history, and, for many of us, the history of our family members. Thanks to eated based on information you have provided us. Due to ADVERTISER - PLEASE CHECK: the work of the local Sons of the Confeders and the need to meet our publication date, we can only make acy, my ancestor is remembered in exhibit spelling, incorrect numbers, and expiration dates at this time. ADDRESS CORRECT13 at the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield of time constrants, a second proof of any changes made will Park museum. tted for your approval. PHONE NUMBER CORRECT The Civil War was a devastating time in our American history, a country torn hange requests will have to be done in the next issue you adverPRICES CORRECT apart, families torn apart, death, terror, sacrifice, but also bravery, and growth you for your business. Carol Thompson, Publisher. and change. I pray we will never again be SPELLING a nation divided, but always “one nation Please call 770-851-5469 God indivisible, with liberty and jusEXPIRATION DATE under tice for all.” or fax corrections to 678-574-8793 So, if this was such a strife-ridden time in our history, why do we commemorate it now 150 years later? For one thing, we learn from our past so we don’t repeat it. We look to the past to see how far we have

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grown as a nation. And we recognize the history of our ancestors. It is not an abstract history, but, like the history of WWI and II, the Spanish-American War and the Revolutionary War, it is the story of our ancestors. I am here today only because God spared my ancestors, my grandfathers and my father and brought them safely through the horrors of war. Long ago great-great granddad Collier saved lives with his bravery at a spot that is now near Burnt Hickory and Old Mountain Road in Marietta near Kennesaw Mountain. Today, I live in a subdivision named somewhat after General Robert E. Lee and from my porch, I can glimpse Kennesaw Mountain. I can easily imagine skirmishes fought on this land a hundred and fifty years ago. Today, we commemorate the1864 battles in Cobb County, looking back at the history and moving forward into a united, peaceful present and future.

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microbiota transplantation”, where fecal By Dr. Derek Conte matter in one healthy animal transplanted Last week, 250 research scientists, into an unhealthy animal actually made the young and old, men and women, came unhealthy animal healthy. And reintroductogether from around the world to Philation of a certain category of worms, called delphia to present the latest research on helminthes, into clean white lab rats actuthe massive and crucial subject of psychoally improved their cognitive function; 3) neuroimmunology, the study of how our that lack of proper sleep is the best predicthoughts, emotions and perceptions affect tor of developing depression. Sleep mediour body chemistry, physiology and resiscations did not relieve depression; tance to sickness and disease. The 4) Repeated Social Defeat (RDS) research was vast in volume and - stresses that come from being scope, dizzying even to the scienintimidated or feeling afraid or tists themselves. The background inadequate caused a permanent of the attendees and presenters was increase of inflammatory moleextremely broad: neuroscientists, cules in the body; 5) that children endocrinologists, immunologists, of “un-caring” Macaque monkey behavioural scientists, psycholoparents (about 5% of the studied gists, psychiatrists, gastroenterpopulation) in turn became unologists, social scientists, animal behaviourists, biochemists, phar- Dr. Derek Conte caring parents themselves (at a rate of 95%!) All of these Macaques macologists, nurses. displayed high levels of cortisol, which Psychoneuroimmunology is a relashuts down the immune system; 6) that tively young field and has been on the stress sends white blood cells to the brain fringes of medicine since its uncertain - the job of these cells is to protect us from beginnings in the late 1970’s, but its preminfection, another form of inflammation; ises have been a conscious part of alternaand 7) that environmental mold is present tive health care thinking for much longer in 40% of US buildings and 34% of US and this mind-body awareness has existed homes. Mold infections cause an array of since the days of ancient Greek and Roman mental and emotional problems like poor physicians. memory, cognitive weakness, perceptual Over 100 scholarly papers and research problems visually and auditorally, balance experiments were delivered during the four problems, poor reaction times and anxiety days of the conference and several themes and depression. consistently emerged. First, that inflamThere was other exciting news from mation in the body, caused by emotional the National Institute of Health (NIH). You stress or poor diet, caused illness and dismay remember the Human Genome Projeases such as cardiovascular disease and ect (HGP), where, over a period of years, cancers; Second, that early life illness 25,000 human genes were observed and could stunt mental and emotional develrecorded? Well, all that equipment is still opment, memory, and cause “autism-like available and is now being used to do the behaviour”; Third, that imbalances in bensame with all the bacteria that live within eficial bacterial life in the body, called the us. It’s called the Human Microbiome Microbiome, causes a very broad spectrum Project (HMP) and it is estimated that this of problems ranging from poor mental and project will discover 100 times as many emotional development to susceptibility to genes as they found in the Human Genome illness and disease, to poor assimilation of Project! food and the lack of resistance that comes What are the implications of all this with malnutrition. While there are about research? I believe they are manifold. First, 1,400 known human pathogens that can by looking for more natural ways to restore harm us, there are over 10,000,000 (yes, the body’s ideal conditions for vibrant health, ten million) micro-organisms known to us. we can reduce the amount of medication Highlights for me were when individtaken on for these ailments that sometimes ual researchers showed, among many other don’t work well and to avoid the impossithings: 1) the strong correlation between bly complex and dangerous side-effects and childhood emotional and sexual abuse cross-interactions that drugs create which and the later development of the troublecan cause more problems which are treated some and hard to treat, fibromyalgia; 2) with still more drugs. that modern society’s high sanitation stanDr. Derek Conte is co-founder of Chidards have stripped our bodies of useful ropractic Specialists on Concord road commensal bacteria and parasites from in Smyrna. For questions or comments, the microbiome and have been a major please call: 404-784-6008. Or visit facecause of the explosion of cases of allergies, book, Chiropractor Smyrna Ga|Dr Derek autoimmune diseases and even autism. A Conte. solution being considered could be “Fecal

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Amy Warnock of Cobb County Water System presented the Green Innovation award to Nickajack principal Beverly Lloyd and first grade teacher Diane Kordel. of Home Depot employee volunteers, and have a local boy scout rebuild the school’s outdoor classroom.


Farmers’ Atlanta Road Market (F.A.R.M.) is held every Tuesday from 4:30 - 7 p.m. through September at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna. There will be special events each month, in addition to the wonderful fresh produce -- including delicious fresh peaches from Pearson Farms -- artisanal breads and pies, cheeses, fresh pastas, local honey and more. Coming events for June: June 10: Demo by Chef of the Month, Rafael Cantillo June 17: Tips and tricks about being “green” June 24: Children’s Garden Activity Vendors include: 2b Whole European Gluten-Free Bakery, Abundant Harvest

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The Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb teamed up with the other eight Kiwanis Clubs within Division 15 in the Georgia District to volunteer their time, talent, and energy to work and beautify Floyd Middle School, Mableton. In the tradition of providing community service to commemorate the annual Kiwanis One Day project on May 3. Many thanks to all Kiwanis Clubs for their participation. Members showed up on that day with rakes, shovels, tree trimming scissors, gloves, paint brushes, paint rollers, and other tools. Smyrna Kiwanis Club and Smyrna Golden K Kiwanis joined in the project. “With an attitude of teamwork and a mind to work, the end-results were spectacular - about 10 student restrooms were painted and the courtyard received a facelift which included raking leaves, trimming shrubs and trees, removing 13 dead Azaleas and replacing or planting almost 20 Aucubas shrubs and putting down pine straw and mulch,” said Ray Tiyamiyu, President Kiwanis Club of Greater South

Cobb. “What a great opportunity to serve the children and the faculty of one of our local schools.” The Kiwanians also enjoyed a great time of fellowship during breakfast and lunch (thanks to Chik Fil A, and Subway). Overall, 2014 Kiwanis One Day Project was a huge success. Thanks to all the volunteers, donors, Dr. Harqrett, the Principal of Floyd Middle School, for her partnership with the Kiwanis on this project, and to Lt. Governors Ron Davis, and Bobbie Gauthier for their leadership on this project.


Cobb Public Library System staff launched the 2014 Summer Reading Program June 1. Readers of all ages are invited to participate in the program, which runs through July 31. More than 800 activities are scheduled this summer to celebrate reading and to encourage the development of lifelong literacy skills. Anyone can participate and the program is free. Children from birth to fifth grade should visit their local library, register for the program and pick up their reading logs. Youth who return a log before July

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Wynn Childers, a student at Norton Park Elementary, receives her award from Mayor A. Max Bacon as Principal Doug Daugherty looks on.


The Smyrna Mayor’s Education Awards were presented in May. Twice each year, Mayor Bacon and members of Council recognize an outstanding student, volunteer and staff member from each of the Smyrna area schools. Honorees are listed by Smyrna School; Principal; Student; Staff; and Volunteer: Argyle Elementary: Robert Babay; Stella Cerna-Fields; Crystal Brown; The Foundation Lodge. Belmont Hills Elementary: Bertha Nelson; Jenny Reyna; Melissa Weatherford; Ana Larios. Green Acres Elementary: Angela White; Jennifer Tamez; Ginger Childers; Susana Ojeda. King Springs Elementary: Linda Keeney; Daniela Valdiviezo; Dale Kimmel; Stephen and Holly Brooks. Nickajack Elementary: Beverly Lloyd; Katherine Stanek; Deryl Heflin; Portia Carter. Norton Park Elementary: Doug Daugherty; Wynn Childers; Donna Misra; Yoel Moreira. Smyrna Elementary: James (Brett) Ward; Destinee Alston; Sue Dollar; Dominic Cristelli. Teasley Elementary: Leslie Mansfield; Tanisha Chanda; Ana Hogan (Elementary); Darlene Phillips (Primary); Angela Blackwell. Campbell Middle: Gail Johnson; Bianca Lopez; Martha Ruffner; Jill McCurry. Griffin Middle: Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit; Krishna Patel; Sally Sullivan; Narayan Sengupta. Campbell High: Denise Magee; Carter Buege; James Lee; Margaret Johnson. HAVEN Academy: Shannon Svetlay & Robin Baumgarten; n/a; Deborah Sammons & Pauline Terrell; n/a. International Academy: Kari Schrock; Annie Lam; Elizabeth Merritt; Nikkole Jones-Jackson. Whitefield Academy: Kevin Bracher; Justin Brendel; Eden Gulledge; Suna Kantor.


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The new home of the Atlanta Braves will be more than a state-of-the-art ballpark. It will redefine the traditional model of a “live, work, play” development as a “play, work, stay” destination. With its unique shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, people can play throughout the day – every day of the year. For those who want to stay more than a day, the community will offer approximately 500 residences, a boutique hotel, and office space. The design respects and embraces the natural topography of the property, using abundant green space to create a park-like setting in an urban environment. It will be a first of its kind: a new place that will simultaneously create a major sports venue and surrounding community, which will fit seamlessly together from the first pitch.

The ballpark is designed with the fans in mind. With 41,500 seats, the more intimate configuration maximizes sightlines and elevations, placing a higher percentage of seats closer to the field than any other ballpark in Major League Baseball. A 90-foot roof – three times the size of our current roof – and air conditioning on every level will ensure that a majority of fans are cool on hot summer days. Youngsters will be able to run the bases on a mini-field in the kids zone adjacent to the ballpark. The popular Chop House will not only overlook the action on the field, but the action on the plaza outside the front gate


Most great gathering places around the world include water features, and the new Braves ballpark will be no different. A one-acre water feature will anchor the parklike setting just south of the outfield stands. Fountains will perform after a Braves home run or victory. Guests in rooms on the north side of the boutique hotel will enjoy views overlooking the water, the plaza, and the ballpark.

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Four students were presented with scholarships by the Smyrna Golden K Kiwanis Club in May. The club raises funds though pecan and onion sales to fund the $1,000 scholarships each year. From left are Tiffani Tran, a Campbell High School graduate who will be attending Georgia State University to major in Chemistry and pre-med for neurosurgery; Kiwanis President Frank Millen; Vicki Tran, a sophomore at Georgia State was presented the Emory Parrish Scholarship. She is studying pre-med and pharmacy. Both are the daughters of Chris Tran. Taylor Smith, a junior at Xavier University, La., was awarded the John Sprague Award. She is studying chemistry and pre-med; Hugh Ragan, scholarship chairman; Devyn Jones, a senior at Georgia Southern University was awarded the Jake Trainer Award. He is studying biology and will enter the U.S. Air Force.


Summer Reading is for all ages at the Smyrna Library. This year’s theme is science, and activities include a multitude of hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) crafts, activities and projects. Children’s Summer Reading Program for Babies to incoming 5th graders is Fizz! Boom! Read! Pick up a reading log and events brochure for reading incentives to keep you reading and active all summer. Special events include magic shows, reptiles, origami, LEGOs and more. See the program brochure or the Library’s online calendar for all the details. Young Adult Summer Reading Program, ages 12-18, is Spark A Reaction. Pick up a “Spark a Reaction” bingo board now. The grand prize for the Young Adult drawing is 7” Google Nexus Tablet! Complete a bingo board for a chance to win. Or attend a TEEN TUESDAY event for an additional chance to win. For details on TEEN TUESDAY events, visit the Library’s online calendar. Adult Summer Reading Program for Adults aged 18 and older is Literary Elements. Anyone may participate in the pro-

gram, but only Smyrna Library Cardholders are eligible to win prizes in the drawing for a 7” Google Nexus Tablet. Pick up a “Literary Elements” punch card at Smyrna Library and accumulate five punches and enter your card into a drawing of prizes. Alert a Library staff member whenever you have completed a task, and he/she will punch your card. Pick up another card and start over again for more chances to win! The Library has many events planned for adults this summer. Visit the Library’s online calendar to get full details about each event. In honor of this summer’s theme of science, adults will also be treated to a series of MAKER MONDAY events. Let loose your inner “maker” and join us for these fun crafts, activities, movies and discussions.

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Page 8, June 2014 (A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: JUNE 13: COBB EXECUTIVE WOMEN LUNCHEON Friday, June 13, The Georgian Club 11:15 a.m. Speaker: Kim Bearden, Co-Founder, Executive Director and Language Arts Teacher of Ron Clark Academy. Online registration at closes June 11 at noon ••• 18: HYPERTENSION CLASS. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host a free community class discussing hypertension on Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. Join Carolina Gongora, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at Emory, as she explores the world of Hypertension. The goal of this class is to examine high blood pressure, risk factors, consequences and ways to prevent and treat the disease. This seminar will be held in the hospital cafeteria. To register, call 770-319-2025 or visit ••• 17: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Alive After 5, Thursday, June 19 at VRS Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia, 3830 South Cobb Drive - Suite 125. 5:30 – 7 p.m. JULY 1: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Tuesday, July 1, Social Vinings 11:45 a.m. Speaker: Wendy Ellin, Small Business Development. Lunch $15 for Members; $20 for NonMembers and guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ••• 10: SMYRNA AREA COUNCIL and SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, July 10, Smyrna Community Center, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Max A. Bacon, Mayor, City of Smyrna State of the City Address. Online registration at closes July 8 at noon. ••• 14: FIRST MONDAY BREAKFAST. Cobb Energy Performing Art Centre 7:30 a.m. July 14. Speaker: Eddie Capel, President & DEO, Manhattan Associates. Online registration at www. closes July 9 at noon ••• 16: SUMMER JAM. The 2014 Summer J.A.M. is right around the corner on Wednesday, July 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cobb Civic Center! This is a Cobb Chamber of Commerce and Business Associations event. WEEKLY EVENTS ATLANTA WEST BIBLE STUDY. “Have you ever read the Bible for yourself? Would you like to learn more about God’s word and how to apply it to your everyday life? 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 or visit for information ••• MABLETON FARMERS MARKET begins at the Mable House Complex at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton Thursday, May 22 and Market days will be every Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 through September 4. The Mableton Farmers Market is a community project of the Mableton Improvement Coalition. ••• MARIETTA FARMER’S MARKET. Enjoy fresh produce and goods from the Marietta Square Farmers Market every Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - noon, January through November on the Historic Marietta Square. For info, visit ••• 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


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Olive Garden on Cobb Parkway 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. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. •••



Read full Calendar at w 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 website: ••• 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. ••• BIBLE STUDY - Christians Moving Into Action - Smyrna, Vinings & Austell. Are you trying to get prepared for church? Stop, come as you are, for a “Keepin It Real” experience with the scriptures. Join us for our bi-weekly bible study at Campbell Middle School Auditorium on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30. This is a non-denominational group bible study. Email your anonymous discussion topics and prayer request to: for up to date details - email: ••• 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. ••• C.i.i.C.H.E - Citizens Involved In Changing Human Exploitation. Join us for this bi-weekly community event at Campbell Middle School Auditorium on Sundays from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30. Through our efforts, the community refuses to accept that there are missing and exploited people without a voice and those willing to put into action steps to reduce it .Your involvement is needed to help fight this epidemic. Make an impact for others who are counting on you. Discuss your ideas and become a change agent for the good. Please check for up to date details and email us: contactus@ciiche. org with questions. Visit us on the web at www.

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••• 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 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta. For more information contact Bill Lins 404-558-1579 or Bob Sabin 770-7959084 or go to •••


ty Calendar 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 ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna-West is a national non-profit organization which offers support to stay-at-home mothers. Our chapter includes mothers of all ages, as well as those who work part-time, in or out of their home. We offer you the opportunity to share activities during the weekday with other moms and their children. MOMS Club plans a monthly calendar full of events for mothers and their children, including park play dates, playgroups, trips to local attractions, Mom’s Night Out and more. MCSW includes the King Springs and Norton Park Elementary School Districts. For more information please contact us at momsclubofsmyrnawest@ ••• MOM’S CLUB: Are you looking for a support group of other at-home moms and their children? 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. ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kindergarten. We welcome women from throughout the community, so you don’t have to be a member of Smyrna First United Methodist Church to join, although we do currently have a waiting list if you need a space in the nursery during our meetings. For more info, visit www.smyrnafirstmops. com. MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group Night Group Group meets once a month on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact smyrnafirstmopsnight@gmail. com or visit ••• MOCHA MOMS: Mocha Moms, Inc. is a national support group for mothers of color interested in enriching their lives as mothers, wives, sister friends, entrepreneurs and advocates for their communities. North Cobb Mochas are a mixture of stay at home mothers, part time, and full- time working mommies. Join us for Mom’s Night Out, playdates, family events, couples’ nights, Sister Circles, get fit days/night, community service projects and MORE. We have planned a truly exciting and enriching year. To learn more you can visit our website at .• • •

Page 9, June 2014 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 (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 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. ••• VISION REHABILITATION SERVICES SUPPORT GROUP (Pride) meets from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Contact Gloria Fisher, LCSW, for more details: 770-432-7280. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for JULY issue is JUNE 23 with publication JULY 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 770-4269388 or by e-mail to news@brightsidecobb. com. Find updated calendar items on our website at

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YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SET Local entrepreneur, mentor, coach and speaker Walter Jordan will be conducting a youth leadership conference for young men ages 13-17 (freshmen through seniors) as of fall 2014. The 2-day conference will take place June 20-21 at The Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle. The conference will be limited to 75 young men to allow for the best possible interaction between the conference attendees and speakers. Sample topics to be covered include: The Laws of Leadership, Mental Toughness, Personal Self-Discipline, Your Mom is not Your Maid, etc. The conference will focus on mentoring as well as teaching life and leadership skills. In addition to the training and mentoring the attendees will receive from Walter Jordan, they will also hear from a culturally diverse group of successful men from many professional backgrounds that share his vision. Conference attendees will also hear from a panel of successful young men under the age of 30, who have previously been mentored and/or coached by Walter Jordan. For more information on the conference, please Walter Jordan played college basketball at Purdue University and then went on to play professionally in the NBA.

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When the silt construction fence went encouraged to come into the friendly shop up in front of The Dragonfly boutique on and enjoy the experience. There are four to Concord Road, owner Cathy Shedd had five ladies who work in the shop including just expanded the shop from a weekend Ms. Shedd and her daughter Kristen. endeavor to a full weekly schedule. And when road construction slowing down traffic during her busiest month of December, she decorated the silt fence and her loyal customers went around the construction. Retired after 36 years at Carter’s baby clothes, Ms. Shedd said The Dragonfly is a dream for her. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. Ms. Shedd opened the store in 2012 after her husband passed away. When he died, she was surrounded by dragonflies. They would light on her hand; and she received many gifts that featured dragonflies.” Her daughter Kristen Hubbartt suggested the name and encouraged her to open the boutique. “The opening of the shop was a lifesaver. It gave me a Cathy Shedd invites customers to The Dragonfly. purpose.” Fifteen different vendors provide The current road construction on Conproducts for sale at The Dragonfly in addicord road has created challenges for the tion to items selected or created by Ms. shop as equipment blocks the driveway Shedd. These are small vendors and all are and construction makes it difficult for cuslocal to the area. Different rooms feature tomers to turn into the parking lot. But the different items including: ladies apparel, shop is still going strong. And a visit to scarfs, jewelry, soaps, frames, wall hangThe Dragonfly is a lovely shopping experiings, bird houses, dish towels, paintings, ence. photographs, and handmade children’s The Dragonfly, 1050 Concord Road, clothing, Smyrna, is open Wednesday – SaturAsked to describe her shop, Ms. Shedd day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Sunday said it is a boutique; very friendly, and a reserved for parties, Girls’ Day Out and ministry to people in the community. CusTea Parties. tomers are welcome to come and browse at They can be found on Facebook at The any time, occasionally or often. They are Dragonfly and by phone at 770-801-9933. not required to make a purchase but are

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Koru Massage Therapy is all about pre- and post- natal massages in addition wellness and good health. Opened in to all of the traditional massages. “While November 2013 in the heart of Vinings, practicing Prenatal Massage, I discovered Koru offers massages customized for my passion for prenatal healthcare,” said the individual client. Owner Cara ThurM. Chancey. In 2012, I received my certifiman said people don’t have to live with cation as a Labor Doula, in order to provide headaches pain or stress. “With massage, palliative and supportive care for expectant everyone can enjoy more wellness in their life. People think of massage as a luxury but it is a part of wellness and recovery,” said Ms. Thurman. The Koru symbol represents Renewal and Restoration, a new beginning. The focus at Koru is on Wellness and everyone gets a massage that is catered to them from therapeutic to stress release. The same person may receive a different massage each time depending on their needs that day. There is no extra charge for different types and no extra charge for aromatherapy during the massage. All three massage therapists at Koru are trained and state licensed Koru Massage Therapy staff are, from left, Alexis for the different types of massages Jenkins, Tori Chancey and Cara Thurman. including sports, neuromuscular, mothers and their families throughout the deep tissue, and Swedish, they each have birthing year and during childbirth.” individual specialties. Therapist Alexis Jenkins has added a Owner Cara Thurman, who is also specialty in Myofascial release that helps nationally licensed by the NCBTMB, healing of TMJ, connective tissue, and scar specializes in oncology massage and is at tissue. She also offers abnormal massage Piedmont Wellness Center once a week, that can be added to a traditional massage providing Cancer/Oncology Massage to or as a special massage. “Some of my patients. “I love doing all types of masfavorite therapies to offer include abdomisage, and specialize in working with people nal massage for digestive health or respiexperiencing cancer and chronic illness. ratory health, Myofascial hip balancing to I am also a Health and Wellness Coach, bring symmetry to the pelvis and therefore which enables me to help men and women the whole body, and energy work,” said move through the experience of life with Ms. Jenkins. control and ease,” said Ms. Thurman. “My Koru is open 10 to 7 p.m. Tuesday – path to opening Koru Massage Therapy Friday and 10 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, all by with my husband, Patrick, has been a long appointment. They offer online booking at one. After an illness and seeking a holistic and by email at approach, I found a massage therapist who; and accessible helped me manage the anxiety and pain free parking in the heart of Vinings at 2900 that comes along with illness. After recovPaces Ferry Road, Building D. ering and regaining strength, I knew that I For more information call 404-492wanted a career in holistic healthcare.” 8582 or visit the web site at viningsmasTherapist Tori Chancey specializes in


By Peter Witkiewicz Summer’s coming. You’re tired. You want a break. You need a vacation, but you can’t leave your elderly Dad alone. Well, now, you can go and you don’t have to leave him alone. Here in Cobb County there are good, reputable companies that can provide caregivers who can stay with Dad while you’re gone. Dad doesn’t need a caregiver around the clock? That’s okay, too. The same companies can send a caregiver by to check on Dad, maybe make him a meal or make sure he’s taking his meds as he should, maybe to give him a ride to church or run errands or go shopping for him. What kind of questions should you ask of a care provider? First, make sure the company you call is licensed to provide this kind of care. Second, are they bonded and insured? Third, do they do background checks on every caregiver? Other questions you’ll want to ask include...what’s the cost (Note: Medicare won’t pay for it; it’s usually private pay). What are the minimum number of hours per visit? Will the company provide a free in-home consultation? What kinds of services are included? What things are not allowed (Note: there are service limitations dictated by the State of Georgia)? Ask all the questions you can think of, so you’re sure Dad will be safe and in good hands while you’re gone. That way you’ll have the peace of mind you need

to have a truly fun and restful getaway. So, no excuses. Take that vacation you’ve always wanted. More than ever, you deserve it! Peter Witkiewicz is the owner of Comfort Keepers, a provider of in-home, nonmedical care, serving the elderly of Cobb County. For more information, call 678354-0102.


The International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services (iWomen) Board of Trustees elected Smyrna Fire Chief Paige Day as the Southeastern Division Trustee. Chief Day started with the Smyrna Fire Department in January 2014 after serving as Assistant Chief with a department near Houston, TX. Day is only the eighth fulltime Fire Chief and the first female Fire Chief to head the department since the city was incorporated in 1872. “I consider the appointment to the iWomen Board of Trustees both an honor and a privilege. I look forward to serving the members as a mentor and role model, while supporting them through the current and future challenges they face. By increasing education on the importance of a more inclusive environment, I believe we can make a significant contribution to the success of the department,” said Day.

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The Jonquil City Investment Club observed teacher appreciation week by serving lunch at H.A.V.E.N. Academy in May. The Club has sponsored back to school luncheons in the past and helps with the “Santa Shop, for the kids in December. At left are Jean Mason, building administrator, and Irene Centeno, budget analysis. Serving are Patti Sprinkle, Myrtis Doyle, Bette Goggins, Gregg Shafer and Mary Howle, members of JCIC.


Two school campuses in the Smyrna area serve special needs students. H.A.V.E.N. Academy provides comprehensive special education services and therapeutic support for students with Severe Emotional Behavior Disorders and Autism. The program serves students from Cobb County, Douglas County and the city of Marietta. H.A.V.E.N. Academy is part of the Georgia Network of Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS), comprised of 24 programs statewide that support students with special needs from every school system in Georgia. Jean Mason, building administrator at Fitzhugh Lee, told the members of the Smyrna Golden K Kiwanis about the programs. A former special education teacher at Pope High School, she has been at Fitzhugh Lee since 2009. Fitzhugh Lee serves primary grades and The Hawthorne school, deals with middle and high school age. H.A.V.E.N. Academy includes two campus-based programs at the Hawthorne School in northwest Smyrna, and the Fitzhugh Lee School at Oakdale. Satellite and Transitions classes are dispersed among 18 different Elementary, Middle, and High schools in Cobb County. “We like to help children in the least restrictive environment,” she said. “We provide the same standard as students in the Cobb County schools.” Students are placed through an individual education plan (IEP) . “We have the whole continuum of low to high functional student. We are using a new program – ERTS – that focuses on functional skills.” More than 200 teachers, social workers, paraprofessionals and support staff are committed to making a difference in the

lives of students and providing the necessary social-emotional, communication, and adaptive skills necessary for student success, both within and outside of the classroom. Located near the Oakdale community, the original school was built in 1896 as the Locust Grove School. It is said to have been the first high school in the Cobb County system.The gymnasium was built in the 1930s. The Cobb Board of Education has announced plans to sell the property after students are transferred to the former Brown Elementary, which is now being used as an overflow for Teasley Elementary. The continuum of services provided at H.A.V.E.N. Academy are tailored to each student’s unique needs, with the primary goal of successful reintegration into a traditional school environment.

Cobb Firefighters from Precinct 2 raised funds for H.A.V.E.N. Academy by selling T-shirts. From left are Jean Mason, building administrator; firefighters Scott McCollough, Doug Shumway and Capt. Joe Dupree.


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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: 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 June: Quilling -- June 9 Paint With Paula -- June 10 Lunchtime Wellness Chat -- June 11 Cornhole -- June 12 Blue Willow Inn Trip -- June 13 Poker -- June 16 Jarred Memories -- June 17 Healthy Foods -- June 18 Quilt Shop Trip- June 19 Trivia -- June 23 Bunco -- June 24 Afternoon Delights ; Desserts Buffet -- June 25 And much more! 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 -- June 10: Copeland’s, 3101 Cobb Parkway, Tuesday, June 10, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required Bunco -- Wednesday, June 11, 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. Recognizing Consumer Fraud and Scams -- Thursday, June 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free; Registration required. Learn more about the latest scams being perpetrated on an unsuspecting public; top 10 consumer frauds, top 10 consumer myths, internet and e-commerce scams such as “phishing”, identity theft. A representative from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs will give this presentation with time for questions and answers. Maximizing Your Resources -- Tuesday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. $5 /$6

Non-resident. Join us for this lunch and learn and maximize on your resources from benefits for seniors to retirement planning. Presented by Mahdu Gandhi, Certified Financial Educator with 5 Star Financial. Friends of Freeman Poole DJ Dance Party -- Thursday, June 19, 12 – 2 p.m. $10 /$12 Non-resident. Put your dancing shoes on and dance the afternoon away. Tunes from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base -- Thursday, June 26, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Check-in 9 a.m.) Enjoy a Southern style home cooked meal at Ole Times Country buffet before we head to this U.S. Air Force Museum and home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Exhibits include all manner of aircraft, the air invasion of Normandy, Tuskegee Airmen, Thunderbirds, Medal of Honor recipients and more. This is a self-guided tour which will allow you to explore the museum on your own. $55 Senior Council member; $60 Nonmember. Deadline: June 19. Wii Bowling -- Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

150TH ANNIVERSARY Continued from Page 1 with such facets of the Atlanta campaign as General Francis Asbury Shoup’s two defensive barriers constructed in South Cobb--the Smyrna Line and the River Line (the latter dubbed by historians “The Maginot Line of the Confederacy”; the near death experience of General William Tecumseh Sherman, not once, but twice here in Smyrna and the likely consequences had Sherman been killed on our home turf; the critical importance of the W&A railroad in the Atlanta Campaign as a line of supply for the federal army; and finally,how the conquest of Atlanta and the collapse of the Confederacy were virtual certainties once Sherman’s federal juggernaut breached that last great physical barrier on the road to Atlanta, the Chattahoochee River. Sunday, July 13, at 3 p.m.: The film “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain” will be viewed, the official film of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.” Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Coyote, this beautifully crafted film uses authentic battle recreations and compelling accounts of soldiers, civilians, and freed slaves to bring to life one of the most dramatic stories of the Civil War. A Kennesaw Battlefield Park Ranger, Amanda Corman, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer your questions.

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The 7-8 year old Smyrna Braves won were awarded two first place trophies at the Smyrna Little League closing ceremonies May 17. The league completed the spring season with a tournament which was also won by the Braves. The Minor 2 league which consists of 7-8 year old players fielded 16 teams this spring. For more information about the league please visit The team was sponsored by Vinings Mortgage.Players include, back row, from left. Warren Bennett, Miles Smith, Davis Fry, Kurt Armstrong, Finn Crowley, Drew Duelmer. Front row, Kase Armstrong, Ryan Smallwood, Deacon Smith, Julius Valdiviez, Charles Sharp.


Marc McAfee, of Smyrna, is the recipAssociation during the Half Century Club W ient of the 2014 Young Alumni AchieveDinner and Alumni Awards Ceremony as ment Award, an accolade presented # part of the College’s Alumni Weekend. annually to an alumnus or alumna of Young After graduation from the University Harris College who has graduated within of Georgia, he worked as a reporter in the last 15 years and has excelled in his or Panama  City, Fla. and WXIA in Atlanta. He    her career. now is associate producer for The Weather   McAfee a 2007 graduate, was recently Channel. He and his wife Lauren Webster,  presented the award by the YHC Alumni reside in Smyrna.    

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       •  •    

•  •      •  •  •     •    •           •     •      •            r e s e a r c h       4015 S. Cobb Drive, Suite 245, Smyrna, GA 30080 

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Continued from Page 1 of a thousand impressed slave laborers had constructed just north of the river, an installation so formidable that military historians have dubbed it “the Maginot Line of the Confederacy.” It was the other defensive barrier, however, located a few miles to the north, the so-called “Smyrna Line,” prepared largely by Georgia militia, that enabled the Confederate army to mount its most effective resistance to the progress of Union forces in South Cobb. This fishhook shaped double line of entrenchments extended some six miles from east to west. Anchored on the right by Rottenwood Creek, it ran just south of the SmyrnaRoswell Road (Windy Hill Road) crossing the Western & Atlantic Railroad near what is now downtown Smyrna, and continuing from there along the line of Concord Road for a distance of about two miles before turning abruptly southward at Cooper Lake Road, to a point on the high bank overlooking Nickajack Creek. These formidable entrenchments included an octagonal earthen and log fort situated just north of today’s Hawthorne Avenue. The principal Confederate commanders on the Smyrna Line were the one-armed General William Wing Loring, who led the troops situated east of the W&A tracks, and General William J. Hardee, known as “Old Reliable,” who led the troops west of the railroad. General Sherman described the Battle of Smyrna Camp Ground in the following terms in his Memoirs: By night (General George H.) Thomas ran up against a strong rear guard entrenched at Smyrna Camp Ground…and there on the next day, we celebrated our Fourth of July, by a noisy but not a desperate battle, designed chiefly to hold the enemy there till General McPherson and Schofield could get well into position below him. General Oliver Otis Howard, who commanded the right wing of Sherman’s army, provided the most detailed account of the fighting at Smyrna Camp Ground. He described the battle as giving rise to much fighting that at times were as brisk and noisy as a regular engagement. In this strange manner, on Sunday morning did our countrymen on opposite sides of entrenched lines, by the use of loaded rifles and shotted cannon, celebrate the Fourth of July.

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