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Volume 9, No. 9



In a surprise Sixth Grade assembly at Campbell Middle School Aug. 16 the biggest surprise went to teacher Rhonda Lokey as she was named the Cobb County Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa was supposed to be on hand to welcome the Sixth Graders to Middle School, but surprised them all by announcing the Cobb Teacher of the Year winner.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge presents the Georgia School of Excellence to Linda Keeney, principal of King Springs Elementary.


King Springs Elementary was named a 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence by the state Department of Education in August. State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge joined Cobb Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa Aug. 27 with a visit congratulating the students and staff for their achievement. The school was recognized as a ‘Highest Progress’ school for making the greatest gains in its congressional districts on the new state College and CareerReady Performance Index (CCRPI). The school received the iconic Georgia School of Excellence flag and a $1,000 award from program sponsor United Healthcare. “This school has one of the highest ratings in Georgia,” Dr. Hinojosa said. “You are doing well and improving.” Schools with the highest Overall CCRPI score in their respective congres-

sional districts are deemed ‘Highest Performance’ Schools of Excellence, while schools with the greatest Progress CCRPI score are recognized in the ‘Highest Progress’ category. “You are one of the top elementary schools in the state of Georgia and have made the most progress,” said Dr. Barge, a native of Smyrna who attended the old Smyrna Elementary School and Griffin Middle School. King Springs scored 97.0 overall and posted 12.5 Progress points on the 2012 CCRPI. Cobb County schools have received 55 Georgia School of Excellence awards since the program’s inception in 1984. Principal Linda Keeney thanked the student, the parents, the Cobb Schools Foundation and the city for their support.

“I’ve never been at a loss for words except for now. Thank you all,” said Lokey after being presented the award. Asked in her interview what it would mean to be named Cobb TOTY, she said “I would be proud because of all the people I have worked with who have made me a better teacher.” Mrs. Lokey, a social studies teacher, was named the Middle School Teacher of the Year in July. In her 31-year teaching career, she has been selected as Teacher of the Year at four different Cobb Middle Schools -- Dodgen. Lost Mountain, Smitha and Campbell. This is the first time she has advanced to the system level. Whenever she has been in a position as an academic coach, teaching other teachers, or in other non-teaching positions, she always wanted to be back in the classroom. “I love doing teacher training but I always go back to the classroom,” she said. “The teacher I am today is because of the support from other teachers and the district officers. Campbell Middle School is an International Baccalaureate School.

Campbell Middle School’s Rhonda Lokey, above and inset, was suprised by being named Cobb’s Teacher of the Year.

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Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 1315 Concord Road in Smyrna, is celebrating its 175th Anniversary culminating with a special worship service on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. “We look forward to sharing our church’s rich and storied history with its members and the community through our 175th Anniversary events,” said senior pastor Rev. Steve Lyle. “At the same time we are excited about our future as we see God’s blessings being multiplied as our church grows in number and in spirit.” The Anniversary Celebration was kicked off Aug. 21 with a Family Dinner and Game Night, featuring games of yesteryear to current day. From Sept. 8 through 29, a “brush arbor” will be displayed on the front lawn of the church to depict the church’s start at the Smyrna Campground in 1838. In addition, a large display of historical photos of the church will be displayed in the Fellowship Hall. Throughout the month of September, ministers who served at the church

will take part in the Sunday morning worship services and parishioners will enjoy music from various eras. On Sunday, Sept. 29, the church family may dress in church-going fashions to represent any of the past 175 years. Those who have been continuous members 50 years or longer will be presented with commemorative lapel pins. At noon, there will be a Celebration Barbecue Luncheon in the Fellowship Hall, games for young and old and a slideshow of historical photos. The Smyrna First United Methodist Church traces its roots back to 1833 when Methodist pioneers established a meeting place near the present-day downtown Smyrna area. Traveling ministers held worship services in a brush arbor built near a fresh water spring that ran through the area. It was through these gatherings that a fellowship of believers began to emerge and around the year 1838 this fellowship would become the Smyrna Episcopal Methodist Church and later be renamed the Smyrna Continued on Page 6

Children of Smyrna First United Methodist begin the month long 175th anniversary celebration playing games of yesteryear.

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Comments By Cathy COMMUNITY NEWS IS THE FOCUS OF THE BRIGHT SIDE NEWSPAPER By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher In this digital age, people ask us if we think print newspapers will survive. My answer is always two-fold; I think so and I hope so. Thankfully, our readers continue to tell us that they like having a printed copy of the paper. Some read both the printed edition and the online version. We have now expanded our digital offering to a weekly e-edition, basically a newsletter with updated news, calendar items and some advertising. It has become extremely popular. To subscribe free to the e-Weekly, send us an email to: and tell us you want to subscribe. Allan and I are passionate about community news. We like celebrating the accomplishments of people in our community; celebrating the events that bind the community together. We like the idea that people will share the news with others or put it into a scrapbook for the future. When we started the newspaper back in 2005, I wrote about one of the reasons for my passion for community news. I have a tiny yellowed news clipping that has been passed down from my parents to me. It tells of a day of achievement many, many years ago when my father shot his one and only hole in one. An avid amateur

golfer, my father, David Shattles, passed away almost 30 years ago. The Clayton County golf course where he made the hole in one is now a shopping center; but the small news brief from an Atlanta newspaper paper from 1954 is still with me. I would like to think that there will be numerous yellowed Bright Side news clippings passed from one generation to another, heralding awards, Eagle Scouts, anniversaries, and special accomplishments. Community newspapers honor achievement and create lasting memories. We are honored to publish the news and achievements of our readers. You have the opportunity to be the reporter and send us your stories. We are able to publish The Bright Side because of our advertisers, these outstanding local merchants and service providers. We encourage our readers to shop with these advertisers. Local businesses keep this area strong, supporting the community with their presence, with their tax dollars, and through their involvement with area civic and religious groups. By shopping with them, you, too, support your local community and help to keep it vital. Community newspapers are all about people and the stories they have to tell. When we bought our first newspaper, The Continued on Page 4


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By Dr. Derek Conte that what they call a conundrum? The shot was barely heard, but it So while the country still goes nuts struck its target. There was very little over football, the damage has shifted to movement from the stricken giant other another part of the body: the knees. To than a queer smile and a small avoid the painful and sometimes twitch. The villagers who for gratuitous fines assessed by the decades worshipped at the giant’s NFL for “hitting high”, players have feet each weekend looked on in taken to hurtling themselves at the silence. There was no movement knees of their opponents. Already, from the giant to suggest any seriin the pre-season alone, we have ous injury so the villagers relaxed seen career-ending knee injuries. and returned to their play. After Players are getting edgy now and a while, the giant swooned with some are saying they would rather brief light-headedness. What the take the hits to the head and worry villagers didn’t perceive was that Dr. Derek Conte about dementia later rather than the bullet nicked a small vein have their football lives end with rather than a vital artery in the giant. The one savage low hit. giant began to stumble very, very faintly The mechanics of TBI’s and CBE’s as he walked; so faintly that one could not concern powerful blows to the head or body really see it if they didn’t want to. Even if causing sufficient back-and-forth or rotahe survived, the giant would never be the tional head same. movement at On Aug. 28 in my office, I was talking speeds sufto one of my patients and her 10-year-old ficient to son about what sports team he was with exceed the now. He said he was playing football - Flag elastic limits Football. I asked him about tackle football of the brain, and he said something I’ve never heard causing tearfrom a child before: “I don’t want to get ing of nerve a brain injury”. I was amazed. The growcells and coning consciousness of TBI’s, CBE’s (Traunective or vasmatic Brain Injuries and Cumulative Brain cular tissues Encephalopathy) - have finally percolated resulting in down to the awareness of children. a wide range On the same day, the National Footof symptoms, ball League settled a class-action lawsuit including by 4,500 brain-injured former players for cognitive, $765,000,000 (plus $200 million in legal locomotive, Normal 65-year-old brain fees) on the condition that the injured psychic and parties agree NOT to hold the NFL and behavioral the very game of football responsible for regression. their injuries and assure that any records Research that might prove the NFL was aware of shows that the football/brain-injury correlation, but with long covered it up, would never be examined periods of - as if it wasn’t nuclear bombs that levrest the brain eled Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but rather a can repair really large flock of pooping pteranodons itself, but that did the damage. But three years ago, with the trend in response to the revelation that repeated of virtual head trauma is dangerous, the NFL began year-round to prohibit and heavily fine players who football and made head-first contact when blocking or big money, tackling another player. Am I wrong, or is the pressures to play too soon pave Brain of a 45-year-old Smyrna-Vinings the way for NFL linebacker, 8 coni r r e v e r s - cussions The Bright Side™ ible damage 3330 Cumberland Blvd., Ste 500, to players’ Atlanta, GA 30339 brains. (770) 426-9388 What is the future of football? Let The Bright Side is published monthly my 10-yearby Lipsett & Associates, Inc. old patient’s Opinions expressed by individual contributors comment are their own and do not represent the opinions guide you: “I of the publisher. The Bright Side reserves the don’t want right to edit or reject any editorial or advertisto get a brain ing content. The Bright Side is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the injury”. As space, nor for the claims made by advertisers. awareness All rights reserved. ©2013 No reproduction or inevitably copying of any stories or advertising without grows, young the express written permission of the publisher. athletes will Brain of 73-year-old Prochoose less Boxer MEMBER: violent sports, Smyrna Business Association draining the NFL of its best talent. From Vinings Business Association a distance the giant seems fine, but he is Cobb Chamber of Commerce starting to pitch forward like an ancient STAFF Redwood, in a long, agonizing fall into the Cathy S. Lipsett, Editor & Publisher forest floor. Allan Lipsett, Editor & Publisher Dr. Derek Conte is co-founder of ChiDeborah Flanagan, Advertising Associate ropractic Specialists on Concord Rd. in Smyrna. For more articles, information or questions, please call 404-784-6008, or Follow us on Twitter: @brightsidecobb visit:


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Smyrna Kiwanis presents the James Pressley, 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 26, at Dogwood Golf and Country Club, 4207 Flint Hill Road, Austell, GA. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., Shotgun start 9:30 a.m. This event benefits Smyrna Youth Scholarships and Programs. Golfers can register as a single or bring a foursome! The following sponsorships are available: hole, putting green, and hole in one! However you choose to participate, take pride in knowing that you have supported the Smyrna community and it’s kids. Contact: “Golf “in subject line. or The Smyrna Kiwanis Club meets Wednesdays 11:30 to 1 p.m., Smyrna Com-

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By Robert Meyring taken, is the replay of the fight or flight sceWhen I studied biology in college, I nario. It’s the confrontation of the individual learned that animals, including humans, have with the fear, opposition, and desire for somesomething called the “fight or flight” thing better, for something to lift instinct. the person up to a higher level than As I recall, it is an animal’s evojust basic survival. The “fight” is lutionary adaptive tendency to either the improvement, it is the way to a deal with a confrontation by either person being “better.” This is what putting up a “fight” for survival or makes the world a better place to running in hope of surviving another live. But the “flight” is the running, day. If a creature is witless about when or escape from the challenge. It’s to run, then it would likely tend to not often a shrinking of the person, a survive very long. Evolution selects step back toward survival, a safe the “fight or flight” witless for extinc- Robert Meyring place for another day. The flight tion. That is an example iof where the is often unnoticed because it’s too word “dodo” came from and where that speeasy. Often the second chance never arrives, cies went. Fear of extinction drives the desire the window of opportunity never opens again, for survival. the hope of a different, better life passes you I’ve realized that at many times, any by. tough decision in life, any challenge underI say, don’t believe it! Don’t believe that COMMENTS a flight away from the fight is right. It’s only Continued from Page 2 right if the flight was needed to remake that “window” of opportunity. If you wait for Southeast Georgian in Camden County, we the second chance, it won’t come because were not long out of journalism school, full you’re not in control - not unless you make of theory and short of experience. We knew the opportunity happen. Life is too short to sit we wanted to change the paper to fit our on the sidelines. Make a plan with vision and academic idea of a weekly paper, adding rise to the challenge. If you fail to plan, then an editorial page and a full classified page. you’re planning to fail. The only way you can But we also thought we would end the achieve immortality is to write it down. It’s local columns on personal news from each called a legacy. Make sure you can leave a community in the county. What we found good one. was that this personal news was the heart Robert S. Meyring of Meyring Law Firm of that community and thus it stayed in the is located in Vinings Village and offers compaper until we sold it in 1988. plimentary 10 minute phone consultations at In the Vinings, Smyrna, Mableton and 678-217-4369 Austell areas, there are untold stories of successes, of dreams fulfilled, and achieveThe Bright Side is on the web at ments realized. There are also the stories of civic and religious events, non-profit and Like us on Facebook at business news. Each month we look forBrightSideCobb ward to hearing from you, our readers.

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Faith UMC will holds it homecoming and 50th Anniversary on Sunday, October 6. The church was formed in October 1963 and is located at 4336 King Springs Road, Smyrna, GA. The Homecoming Service begins at 11 a.m. with worship led by the Rev. David Autry, followed by a Covered Dish Luncheon. Call 770-435-9722 for questions.

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Continued from Page 1 First United Methodist Church . All historical records and deeds during these early years were housed in the Marietta Courthouse and were burned by General William Sherman during the Civil War so the exact dates and purchases of property during those earlier years no longer exist. It is believed that in 1846, a log cabin church was built on this site and the Methodist congregation established the Smyrna Memorial Cemetery as well. The church expanded its facilities in 1911 and again in 1967. “In the narthex of our church, we have pictures and paintings of the church facilities and how they have changed over the years,” said longtime member and past church historian Harry Mickleboro. “But of greater importance are the pictures of church members who made up the congregation during the years of transformation. They represent the thousands of men, women, and children that have been and are being blessed through the ministry of the

Smyrna First United Methodist Church.” For more information about the 175th Anniversary events, please contact the Church office at 770-436-4108.


The Vinings Rotary Club raised more than $80,000 on August 17 as over 1550 people participated in the club’s 5K race in Vinings. Doug Coffed was the overall male winner of the 5K breaking his own course record with a 15:29 pace. Lauren Blankenship was the women’s winner with a 18:04 time. The runners started at the top of Mt Wilkinson in Vinings, ran behind Cumberland Mall, and headed down the Cobb Parkway hill southbound, across the river bridge, and finished in the back entrance to The Lovett School. Presenting sponsor of the 5K race was Printpack, Marquis sponsors were Fifth Third Bank and Wellstar, and gold sponsors were Costco, Vinings Jubilee, Delta Community Credit Union, and Wells Fargo Bank. The Vinings Rotary annually makes donations benefiting Calvary Children’s Home, Good Samaritan Health Center, and the Vinings Rotary Charity Fund.

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(A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: SEPTEMBER 12: SMYRNA AREA COUNCIL Smyrna Community Center Sept. 12 from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Registration at closes Sept. 10 at noon ••• 15: CAR SHOW. The Foundation of EmoryAdventist Hospital at Smyrna will host its 2nd Annual Wheels 4 Wellness Car Show on Sunday, September 15, from Noon to 4 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of classic cars, music, food and festivities. Admission for spectators is FREE. Car entry fee is $20 if preregistered and $25 the day of show. Car registration is 10 a.m. to Noon. Proceeds will go toward purchase of new hospital beds. For more information visit www. or call 770-438-5233. ••• 20: CAMPBELL HIGH REUNION. Campbell High School Class of 1963’s 50th High School Reunion the Weekend of Sept. 20. For further details, call 770-435-6905 or e-mail ••• 24: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB presents “The Prettiest Native Plants”. Master Gardner and Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County garden tour docent, Carmen Cudd, will present a visual program of the prettiest of the native plants; including trees, shrubs, and perennials that will encourage all of us to “go native.” Sept. 24th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For further information regarding registration or inquiries about membership, contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. You may also want to learn more about the club and upcoming events at: ••• 24: FREE PSA SCREENING will be held at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Space is limited. This screening is FREE but an appointment is necessary. Call 770-319-2025 to schedule your appointment time. ••• 25: COBB YOUNG PROFESSIONALS 5:30 p.m. Location: Red Hare Brewing Company Wednesday, Sept. 25. Registration at closes Sept. 24 at noon. ••• 28: FALL FESTIVAL.Delmar Gardens of Smyrna invites you to join us for our Free Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for live music, carnival food, games, rides and more. 404 King Springs Village Pkwy, Smyrna. Please contact Ali Metcalf for more info at 770-432-4444. OCTOBER 1: VININGS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VBA) meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch at Social Vinings. Program Joy Povenz, Health Coach and Cobb Public Safety Recognition. Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch $15 for Members; $20 for Non-Members and guests are always welcome! A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. ••• 2: “NUTRITIONAL LABEL CLUES” offered by Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Jennifer McGlown, Dietary Director, Emory-Adventist Hospital, will teach you how to decipher those confusing nutritional labels. Register by calling 770-319-2025. ••• 3: SMYRNA BUSINESS ASSOCIATON: lunch meetings the first Thursday of each month at the Smyrna Community Center, 11:45 p.m. Speaker, Mary Wallace Moore, Smyrna Librarian, “How To Utilize The Library For Business.” Register online at ••• 5-13: RESTAURANT WEEK Vinings Restaurant Week by Vinings Jubilee! From Oct. 5 to Oct. 13 Vinings Jubilee restaurants and additional Vinings restaurants will have select dining options at affordable price points for guests to have a taste of the Vinings dining experience. For more information you can visit ••• 6: CUMBERLAND UMC PUMPKIN PATCH Opens Sunday, Oct. 6. Cumberland UMC, 2375 Paces Ferry Road. ••• 6: FAITH UMC HOMECOMING—50TH ANNIVERSARY: Oct. 1963—Oct. 2013. Sunday, Oct. 6, Worship at 11 a.m. Rev. David


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••• 18: PARTY IN THE PUMPKIN PATCH on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Join Cumberland UMC for this fun family event, which will include food, games, crafts, bounce house and bake sale. All pumpkin proceeds go towards the Mission and Ministry of the church. www. for more information about Cumberland UMC.” ••• 24: OCTOBER HAUNT AFTER HOURS. Thursday, Oct. 24. Location: Six Flags Over Georgia. 5 to 8 p.m. $15 per person (includes park admission). Park open to event attendees only. In partnership with the South Cobb Business Association. Registration at closes Oct. 13 at noon WEEKLY EVENTS BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 meets every Monday night at 7:30pm in the Troop Lodge at Bethany Methodist Church at the intersection of Hurt and Hicks Roads. Cub Pack 61 meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethany Gym. ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP ONE meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. New Scouts Welcome! 2845 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna (off Atlanta Road). ••• SMYRNA BOY SCOUT Smyrna Boy Scout Troop 11 meets at Smyrna First United Methodist Church every Tuesday evening 7:30- 9 p.m. Contact us at 770-883-1123. Please visit our website: ••• BOY SCOUT TROOP 88 meets 7 to 9 pm every Tuesday in the Troop scout hut adjacent to the Smyrna First Baptist athletic field on Church St. in Smyrna. See our web site for more information ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE. Every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Community Center. 770-795-5079. ••• SMYRNA MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. Check Facebook at “Smyrna History Museum” for upcoming Museum events. See www.smyrnahistory. org for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership. ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF SMYRNA meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Wednesday from 11:30-1 p.m.. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: •••

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TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Road, 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 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). 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


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••• 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. ••• MANAGING DIABETES WITH INSULIN. Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna offers a free class on “Managing Diabetes with Insulin” the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. This free class is held in the hospital cafeteria. Please call the Education Department at 770-437-6913 to register or for further questions. ••• HUMANISTS OF GEORGIA. Monthly meeting is every third Sunday at 12:30 p.m. HGA meets at the Atlanta Freethought Hall 4775 N Church Lane, Smyrna. 770-432-9599. www. ••• 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. ••• LIONS CLUB SMYRNA JONQUIL. The club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday for lunch at noon at the Smyrna Community Center. Contact club Secretary Lisa Lawrence at 770333-0772 for more information. ••• THE MOMS CLUBS of Smyrna are nonprofit support groups for at-home mothers. Smyrna-East chapter includes zip code 30080 west of Atlanta Road and the Vinings Estates neighborhood. Please visit momsclubofsmyrnaeast for more. The SmyrnaNortheast chapter includes zip code 30339 and zip code 30080 east of Atlanta Road. Please visit for more. Smyrna-West chapter includes zip code 30082. Please visit for more. Smyrna/Vinings-West chapter includes zip code 30082 in the Nickajack & Russell school district. Please email for more information. ••• MOPS NIGHT GROUP. Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will now offer a Night Group in addition to its traditional program. Keeping up with the program demand and meeting the needs of working Moms, the Night Group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. All Smyrna-area Moms of kids age birth to Kindergarten are welcome. Please contact smyrna or visit ••• SMYRNA FIRST MOPS offers fellowship with other mothers of children age birth to Kin-

Page 9, September 2013 dergarten. 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. ••• 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 in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. 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. ••• 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 the OCTOBER issue is SEPTEMBER 23 with publication the week of OCTOBER 4. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, nonprofits, 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 www.


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It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s the Georgia Mountain Lift that is flying high above the fairgrounds at Jim R. Miller Park, at the Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair. “This lift take’s the idea of rides on the midway to a whole new level,” said Fair Manager Tod Miller. “We are really excited to add this ride and we know it will appeal to all ages. We even incorporated it in to our theme for this year- Legends, Lions and Lifts.” The lift spans more than 2,000 feet from the Kennesaw Mountain Terminal at the north end of the fairgrounds to the Chattahoochee River Terminal at the south end nestled under the enormous oak tree set next to the WildCat Rollercoaster. The longest lift in the southeastern part of the country, the Georgia Mountain Lift uses 17 towers and is powered by two Staffa high-torque 10-cylinder motors. Each motor has enough power to run the lift in its own rite and the ride boasts two depression towers to adjust the height of the chair level to properly set up for passenger loading and unloading. The 130 brightly-colored chairs come in 10 different colors and are the only chairs in the world using brushed stainless steel seat hangers. “It will become a staple of this great fair and will be here for a long time,” said Drew. “We wouldn’t want this anywhere else.” The North Georgia State Fair and Drew

Expositions once again raise the bar when it comes to the fair experience by continuing to add new and exciting components

20% to one of the largest fairs in the southeast. The WildCat Roller Coaster was installed in 2011, it is one of the two largest permanent rollercoasters in any fairgrounds in the country. The 81st Annual Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair begins Sept. 19, and runs through Sept. 29. The 11-day fair features six free concerts with paid admission that include country music stars Loretta Lynn, Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Jerrod Niemann and Lauren Alaina and Christian artists Philliips, Craig and Dean. For more information, visit www.NorthGeorgiaStateFair. com, or email tod.miller@northgeorgiastat


Can you believe sunny days are ahead? The rainy season is behind us and yes the leaves are ever so slightly changing colors. All these are signs that it’s time for some Tillman BBQ. Can’t you smell the fire cooking all night? Hear the rustling of people scampering to prepare the corn on the cob, fluffy fries, Brunswick stew and that sensational Barbeque pork. Bite into one of the home made cakes prepared by some of the best bakers in the county. Come by for the day or the night before to cheer on the cooks while they tend the flames of our twenty four hour simmering BBQ. Yes, on Oct. 12, Tillman United Methodist Church, 940 Concord Road, Smyrna, will once again be cooking up the pork BBQ and making the homemade Brunswick stew. Mark your calendars from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy the sun and fun on

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the lawn of Tillman UMC. Come early in the morning for sausage and biscuits and stay for lunch. Why you really will have everything you need right here. Bring the entire family. There is something for all. Kids come and bring your friends for a day of exciting bouncy ride, crafts, face painting and so much more. You’ll have a day to remember! Vendors sign up today! Bring your goods and services. Plan to reserve a booth for the event. Booths will come in two sizes this year 10x10 or 10x20. Space is limited, so hurry to sign up now. To reserve space at the BBQ, call 404-590-0851. This event is brought to you by the loving congregation of Tillman United Methodist Church where “God’s grace is felt every day.” For more information, visit our web site at, or to reserve a vendor space call 404-590-0851.

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Jeanne Ogilvie and Claire Ogilvie decorate “Redneck Wine Glasses” during a crafts class at the Aline Wolfe Center in Smyrna. PG-13 Nutrition: Benefits of Vegetables -Sept. 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free; Registration required. Register to learn how to make better food choices for a healthier you. UGA/Cobb County Extension Services will discuss the benefits of vegetables in your diet. Food Safety & Storage -- Sept. 17, 1 – 2 p.m. Free; Registration required. Register soon to learn the correct way to store your food and how to prepare and handle your food safely. Presented by UGA/Cobb County Extension Services. Lunch & Learn -- Sept. 19: Alzheimer’s, 11:30 a.m. Cost: $5; Registration required. The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it is time to learn the facts. Attend this seminar to learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. A light lunch will be served. Wellness Seminar -- Sept. 24: Neuropathy, 1 p.m. Free; Registration required. Do you have numbness, prickling and tingling in your toes and fingers, or burning, freezing or throbbing that worsens at night? Join us for a presentation from Georgia Neuropathy about this condition, its causes and symptoms. Jeopardy -- Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free; Reservations required. Games will consist of “Jeopardy”, “Double Jeopardy”, and “Final Jeopardy”. Varied topics will include: entertainment; sports; history; health and wellness; nature; food; medicate and anything goes! A light lunch will be served.




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, Latin fusion cardio, sculpt and tone, senior stretch, men’s yoga, intermediate yoga, sculpt yoga, Tai Chi and 30/15/15. And our newest class ZUMBA is offered on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center also offers the following aquatic exercise classes: aqua tone and stretch, advanced water aerobics, low impact water aerobics, hip, knee and back class, ai chi, boot camp water aerobics and arthritis aqua class. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. The following activities are planned for September: Sept. 10 & 17 - Pottery Class Sept. 11 - Lunchtime Wellness Chat Sept. 12 - End of Summer Luncheon Sept. 14 - Shredding Day Sept. 16 - Expand Your Exercise Horizons Sept. 18 - Cornhole Sept. 19 - Quilt Show Trip Sept. 23 - Bunco Sept. 24 - Trivia Tuesday Sept. 26 - Healthy Foods And much more! For information on how to become a member of the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool or for more information on any of the activities, please contact us at 678-631-5541 or stop by and take a look around.

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WellStar Cobb Hospital

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When you are in the hospital, (or simply in need of one), the last thing you want to worry about is being far from home. That’s why you should know of the comprehensive and quality care available at WellStar Cobb Hospital.


Delmar Gardens held a 105th Birthday celebration for resident Elizabeth “Peggy” Fisher with a party that included all residents. Offering birthday wishes are Executive Director Mary Beverly and Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon. Born Aug. 30, 1908 in Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Mrs. Fisher retired to Delmar Gardens in 2003.


The Second Annual Wheels 4 Wellness Car Show will be held at Emory-Adventist Hospital Sunday, Sept. 15. The Foundation and Volunteer Auxiliary of Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna will host an afternoon of classic cars, music, food and festivities. All proceeds raised will go towards the purchase of critical needs equipment for the hospital. The show will run from noon to 4 p.m. at Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna, 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Free Admission for Spectators. Car Entry Fee is $20 pre-register; $25 Day of Show. To register or for more information go to

Recent quality awards include two recognizing patient quality and safety from the Partnership for Health and Accountabilty (PHA). The annual awards recognize Georgia healthcare organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes. WellStar Cobb Hospital imparts quality and safety into every service offered, from our pediatric and adult Emergency services to our cardiac care and robotic surgery institute. When you need quality care, know that WellStar Cobb Hospital is here for you. For physician referral, please call 770-956-STAR.

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Cobb School Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa greets a student at the new Smyrna Elementary School on the first day of classes in August. Every Wednesday Hinojosa visits several schools in the system and the first day found him at Smyrna Elementary, Campbell High School and Griffin Middle School. “It’s a beautiful facility,” the superintendent said of Smyrna Elementary.

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

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The Taste of Smyrna “Festival of Delectable,” presented by Superior Plumbing, is coming to satisfy palates, quench your thirst, fulfill your need for music & entertainment and please the kids, Sept. 14. Visitors will be able to sample all Smyrna restaurants have to offer from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the beautiful Village Green and Market Village in downtown Smyrna. Admission is FREE and samples may be purchased from $1 up to $4. More than 25 restaurants will be participating, including Atkins Park, Maggiano’s, The Melting Pot, Pier 213 Seafood, Wing Zone, Williamson Bros. BBQ, Bruster’s Ice Cream & Meehan’s Public House and more to tempt your taste buds and fill your senses. There will be acoustic music from Scott Thompson entertaining patrons from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. adjacent to the Veteran’s

Memorial. The evening will be topped off with a live concert from 7-9 p.m. featuring Peachtree Station. There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables featuring the 33 foot high Shark Slide, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24’ Rock Wall, 120’ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, and much more. The anticipated attendance, weather permitting, is expected to be over 20,000 people. The Smyrna Education Foundation will be handling and benefit from water and soft drink sales. Plan to sample all Smyrna’s finest restaurants, visit the beer garden and wine tasting, and listen to music all day long all on the beautiful Village Green and Market Village award winning properties. For more information about the 2013 Taste of Smyrna Festival of Delectable, visit

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

Smyrna/Vinings - South Cobb 770-426-9388 3330 Cumberland Boulevard, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30339

Smyrna Vinings Bright Side September 2013  
Smyrna Vinings Bright Side September 2013  

The Bright Side is a monthly newspaper reaching 40,000 upscale homes in Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell with news about people, events...