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The City of Smyrna will celebrate Veterans Day, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 King Street, between City Hall and the Library. The ceremony is sponsored by the

Smyrna Veterans Committee, Veterans Memorial Association of Smyrna, GA, Inc., American Legion Post 160, the City of Smyrna, Smyrna Rotary Club, Chick-fil-A, and JWC Real Estate.

Lt. General Steven Arnold, US Army (Ret) and Rear Admiral Robert P. Wright, US Navy (Ret) will be guest speakers. Both have spent more than 30 years in service to our country.


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After 23 years heading up Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Ann Kirk is retiring this month. “This is a passion of mine,” she said. “I have been lucky in having a job doing what I love to do.” Originally formed as Smyrna Clean and Beautiful, Kirk took over leadership of Keep Smyrna Beautiful in 1994 after six years serving as a board member. Her husband, Dan Kirk, is in the recycling business and she looks forward to being able to travel with him in the future. During her tenure, Kirk has earned personal accolades from city leaders and numerous awards for the organization. “If there was ever anyone that was going to save the world, it was Ann Kirk,” said Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon. “She sure made a difference in Smyrna. You don’t find too many people like Ann in a lifetime. The City of Smyrna was lucky to have her and she will be sorely missed. We wish her only the best in this next chapter of her life.” During those 23 years KSB earned 19 first Place Awards from Keep Georgia Beautiful and 18 top three awards from Keep America Beautiful, including six First Place awards. A member of the Keep America Beautiful System, Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Inc. is funded by the City of Smyrna, recycling revenues, and private contributions. Kirk noted that for every dollar that the city invests in the program it receives some $1.59 in benefits. Over the past two decades there have

Ann Kirk, director of Keep Smyrna Beautiful, is retiring this month after spending more than two decades keeping Smyrna litter free. been numerous programs sponsored by litter in the future. Keep Smyrna Beautiful. The longest runThe city opened its first recycling proning is the Adopt-A-Mile program of litter gram in 1991 with curbside pickup. A recypickup along city and state roads. cling center opened in 1994 and has been “You can tell the difference as you replaced with a larger facility on Lake drive into town,” she said. She noted that Circle in May 2015. The center accepts a the Adopt-A-Mile is also educational as vol- wide range of recyclables including paper, unteers who pick up trash are less likely to Continued on Page 11

Whitfield Academy Concert Band will provide music for the ceremony. Campbell HS JROTC Cadets will present the colors. South Cobb High School Chorus will provide a Musical Salute to Veterans.

JONQUIL FESTIVAL WELCOMES ALL TO SMYRNA The City of Smyrna welcomes all on the weekend of Oct. 28 & 29 to the Fall Jonquil Festival held on the beautiful Village Green in downtown. The festival has a history of over 21 years and will feature more than 125 handmade arts and crafts booths, local non-profit booths, puppet shows, live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children's activities. There will also be local entertainment on the stage in front of the library. It’s a community event. Friends of the Smyrna Library will have their book sale during the Fall Jonquil festival, so plan to get some phenomenal deals on all types of books imaginable. Keep Smyrna Beautiful will be distributing Jonquil Bulbs and promoting a cleaner Smyrna. Jonquil City Kiwanis will be selling pecans. Peter Hart, a crowd favorite, will be bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show to the Fall Jonquil Festival. Peter’s festival puppet show has appeal to everyone in a family audience with unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle, break apart and come back together, squirt water, and are even launched by catapult across the stage. Scott Thompson adds the right sounds for listening pleasure. J. Scott Thompson, one of the founding members of Peachtree Station (voted Atlanta Magazine’s Best Country Band 2000), will entertain with all your favorite songs on Veteran’s Memorial Continued on Page 11


Step back in time on Saturday, Oct. 14 for an event-filled day on the grounds of the Historic Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, at the annual Storytelling Festival. Visitors can enjoy fun activities, stories, and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Actress/ singer/ storyteller, Joanna Maddox will delight guests of all ages with songs and stories from the 1800’s. Joanna is known for her one-woman shows of historical women such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Bessie Coleman and Marian Anderson. Long-time favorite storyteller, Josie Bailey, will be back with her wonderful Uncle Remus tales of Brer Rabbit and all his friends (urr..enemies). For more than two decades, Josie has been delighting audiences all over Georgia including the High Museum of Atlanta and the Wren’s Nest. Cathy Kaemmerlen, author/actress/ historical interpreter/playwright/storyteller, is known for her variety of characters, onewoman shows, and for bringing history to

Deborah Karwisch demonstrates how to make pottery as a part of the Mable House Storytelling Festival. life for over 5,000 school and community performances. Blacksmith, Wind Chapman from Dahlonega joins us for the first time this year. Also new this year is the Chore Chal-

lenge where children can experience what it was like to do chores when there was no electricity or modern conveniences. New games have been added including Herding Pigs which should be entertaining to watch as well as participate. Other entertainment includes a petting zoo provided by Animal Health Services, gold panning, kids’ crafts, hay rides, Mother Goose, sweet potato garden, and demonstrations. The music stage will be alive with soloists, choral groups, and African drums. The South Cobb Lions Club is providing BBQ on both Saturday and Sunday, and the Girl Scouts will offer sweets and drinks. Vegetable plates will be sold in the Sweet Potato House this year as the Kitchen House is closed for construction. Bring the whole family. Admission and parking are FREE. The Storytelling Festival is presented by South Cobb Arts Alliance in cooperation with Cobb P.A.R.K.S.

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Talking to our son recently I was reminded of the time, when he was five, that he broke his arm. He had started soccer practice and the day of his first game he decided to stay home. As he remembers it, some of my fear of him getting hurt on the soccer field transferred to him. So he stayed home, fell inside our house and broke his arm. We were living in Camden County at the time and our doctor told us to take him to Folkston, 20 miles away, to the emergency room. He didn’t think the local hospital would be suitable. Well, as it turned out, after an x-ray, the Folkston medical people said it was a compound fracture and we should take him to Waycross, another 40 miles. Peter, with his arm propped on a pillow, was very brave, but in a lot of pain. Many hours after breaking his arm, he finally had a cast and we travelled home. A few years later we moved to Cobb County and our daughter broke her arm. It was a very serious break at the elbow, requiring immediate surgery. Not to fear, we lived near Kennestone Hospital. Within a couple of hours after breaking her arm, she had gone through surgery, in a cast and was in a room. We are fortunate here in Cobb County and the metro Atlanta area to have such high quality medical and trauma care close at hand. Peter’s broken arm was about 35 years ago, and the health care in Camden County has improved somewhat, but it is still a long ways to a trauma center. The closest to Camden I can find in my research are Savannah and Jacksonville. WellStar Kennestone is a Level Two Trauma Center and there are two level one trauma centers in Atlanta. The broken arms of my children did not require a Trauma Center but they did require good medical care. And in some parts of our state, there is not only a shortage of trauma care, but a shortage of doctors or any kind of medical center. Within a short drive, we have doctors for every ailment. Independent doctors of all specialties, WellStar doctors, Piedmont

doctors, we are well-cared for in the south end of Cobb County and in all of Cobb. This September WellStar opened its newest Health Park, this time in Vinings. It’s a first-class addition to the health care in our southern Cobb area. This adds additional health facilities to that already provided by WellStar Cobb hospital and the urgent care center at North Cooper Lake. There is urgent care, doctors’ offices for many specialties, outpatient care, and a sleep center. A few years ago, while delivering copies of our newspaper to WellStar Cobb Hospital, I fell and broke my elbow. I don’t recommend doing this, but, if I had to break a bone, doing it inside the hospital was the perfect place. In minutes I was in the emergency room being taken care of. We are truly blessed to have quality health care close at hand.

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A Smyrna police officer was honored as the Cobb Chamber honored Cobb County’s finest Oct. 2 during its annual Public Safety Appreciation Breakfast at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Master Patrol Officer Louis Defense, Smyrna Police Department, was presented one of two awards for Distinguished achievement. The Distinguished MPO Louis Achievement Award Defense recognizes an individual whose service and performance has exceeded the demands of the job.

MPO Defense has not only served for 16 years at the Smyrna Police Department, he has also served as Marine. MPO Defense is college educated, energetic, a positive influence and holds many leadership accomplishments according to his constituents. In 2015, MPO Defense was assigned to community outreach and assumed leadership over the Citizen’s Police Academy and has successfully taught and graduated three classes. MPO Defense founded and authored the “Call Before You Go” program in 2015, which encourages businesses and individuals to allow officers to escort them to financial institutions when making hefty deposits.

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By Dr. Derek Conte Just stand still for a minute in a quiet place. Do you lose your balance often? Tune in to the small corrections your body Catching your feet on the carpet or cracks automatically makes to maintain its balin the sidewalk or bumping into doorjambs ance. Postural problems and spinal misand misjudging steps? Scary, isn’t it? Falls alignments can interfere with the nerves in the elderly cause inactivity, general that carry these positional signals and weakening of the body, loss of increase the likelihood of a fall. coordination, and is a major factor What can predispose one to in the decline of mental and emofall? Being inactive over a long tional wellbeing. period causes loss of muscle tone, Too often these people, muscle memory, coordination and healthy one day, become seriously reflexes. Injuries, like sprains and ill after a fall and die prematurely. strains, even when healed, can Some people have wonderful balhave long-lasting negative effects ance and seem to just know how to on balance due to loss of accurate avoid a fall. But one does not have Dr. Derek Conte proprioceptive input. Ear infecto be older to be prone to falling tions and/or a clogged Eustachian down. tube can cause balance problems such as Balance is an amalgam of several difvertigo. Opening up this tube can help ferent sensory inputs to the brain. 1) The discharge the infection from the middle eyes judge distance and keep level with the ear and reduce pressure on the inner ear, a horizon. 2) The inner ears and the vestibumajor balance center. lar mechanism detect acceleration, decelYour chiropractor can help with all eration, direction of movement and also these problems. This can be remedied with our static position at rest. 3) The muscles, specific exercises to rehabilitate damaged tendons, ligaments and joint capsules give tissues laden with sensors that relay posius a sense of weight, stretch, pressure, joint tional information to the brain. Reintroducangle and even vibration. tion of simple activities such as walking, All of this positional information, gardening or cycling can restore the body’s from all three pathways, is relayed to the balance system. Even simply standing on cerebellum, midbrain and pons of the one foot and holding that position can help brainstem, and parietal lobes of the brain rebuild neglected pathways and protect for assessment and, if necessary, correcyou from a fall. tion of position. The sum total of all this The important thing is to remember information is called proprioception or that we are very adaptable to change and position-sense. it is never too late or difficult to restore The simple act of standing or walking excellent function to the nervous system is a series of minute losses balance and and the body as a whole. Dr. Derek Conte is a founding member corrections of balance lost. This requires of Chiropractic Specialists on Concord Rd. enormous neurological crosstalk and in Smyrna. For questions, call: 404-784brainpower. Is it any surprise now that a 6008. For more article, photos, info, visbaby needs about a year to learn to walk?

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By Amy Carrier President, WellStar Cobb Hospital The team at WellStar Cobb Hospital proudly wears WellStar purple, breast cancer pink and heart health red while raising money and awareness for important health causes every fall. Miles for Mammograms Cobb Hospital’s Miles for Mammograms® team was decked out in pink in September. The walk was hosted by notfor-profit organizations East West Church and We Fight Bold to help fund mammogram vouchers. The proceeds were donated to WellStar Foundation Mammography Voucher Program. The goal: help hundreds of women in need get a mammogram. One of our breast surgeons, Dr. Paulomi Shroff, recently shared a startling fact. She said a higher percentage of Atlanta’s black women die of breast cancer than in our nation’s other cities. She learned this from from a study by the Sinai Urban Health WellStar Cobb Hospital sheds its scrubs Institute and the Breast Cancer Research once in a while to wear pink, purple and Foundation. red while raising money for community Some experts say a contributing factor causes like breast cancer mammograms is more African-American women in Atlanta and heart health. Pictured left to right skip their annual mammogram due to finan- at Miles for Mammograms in 2016: Calcial reasons. lie Andrews, chief operating officer with So, women who can’t afford it aren’t her daughter, Adelyn; Darold Etheridge, getting mammograms. They’re skipping vice president of finance, holding his dog, a screening that helps catch cancer early PeeDee; pet therapy dog, Macy; and Amy when it’s more treatable. And access to early Carrier, hospital president. detection can mean life and death. That’s why we’re working to provide little exercise this year. If you’re interested, vouchers for mammograms. By wearing I invite you to register to join “Team Amy pink and participating in March for Mam- Carrier” on Click on the mograms, we can make a difference in the top “Heart Walk” link and then click the lives of women across our commured “Register” button next to “2017 nity. For voucher information, conMetro Atlanta Heart Walk / Northtact 470-732-5126. west Georgia Heart Walk.” You can Heart Walk find my team when you select “Join When it’s time to peel off our a Team” and search under “Wellpink, we get to wear red for heart Star Cobb Hospital.” health! The Northwest Georgia At WellStar Cobb Hospital, we Heart Walk & 5K is November 4 want our community to thrive in at the Marietta Square. The event every way. We’re so grateful for the benefits the American Heart Asso- Amy Carrier opportunity to serve patients every ciation, funding life-saving heart disease day. And, once in a while, to get out of our and stroke research as well as community scrubs and into some great t-shirts. Because education programs. I’d like to invite you to we know, whether pink, red, or purple, these wear red, join the hospital’s team and get a colors mean life.


Herman Cain, WSB radio host, will record his show live from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 in downtown Smyrna at the Village Green Lawn near the entrance to the Smyrna Library, just north of Smyrna City Hall on King Street. If there is rain or inclement weather, the program will move indoors to the Smyrna Community Center gymnasium. This event is free to attend and will include Cain’s popular “Rapid Fire” segment where he takes questions and comments from the audience and says, “You get a minute…I get a minute.”

After the show, attendees will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Cain and also purchase an autographed copy of the Special Edition of his latest book, The Right Solutions: What the President, Congress, and Every Candidate Should Be Working On. “We are proud to host and welcome Herman Cain to Smyrna as our featured program speaker for September. We are honored and excited to have the Smyrna business community be part of his national radio show,” said SBA President Jabar Dozier.


Smyrna will soon welcome a new coffee shop to the Market Village. Café Lucia, a downtown Atlanta favorite, will open at 1260 West Spring St., in November. The new concept will soon be a neighborhood destination perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the hours in-between. The cafe will serve a variety of signature lattes like the lavender latte and honey bee latte along with a diverse menu complete with dishes including peanut butter and jelly French toast, sweet potato pancakes, made-to-order breakfast sandwiches and fresh pastries. Choose from classic lunchtime favorites like the turkey BLT or grilled

cheese, or opt for the create-your-own salad bowl. In addition, Café Lucia Smyrna will feature an expanded menu offering dinner service every evening, with tapas-style small plates such as a savory local cheese assortment and a weekend brunch menu featuring mimosas and breakfast beverages. Owner David Jackson plans to work with Briggs and Associates, a nonprofit that supports employment services for adults with intellectual disabilities, to hire staff for the new location. “We strive for impeccable service and a great experience for all patrons,” said Jackson.

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By Robert S. Meyring time, usually minor children and surviving In the first part of this column, I asked spouses are the survivors that need the life the reader to reflect on what "good life" insurance payout to replace the income and means to them. Putting that into practice support that the decedent would have earned and making a real effort to improve your if he or she survived. It can get extremely life was the idea. I reminded the reader that complicated if life insurance proceeds are it's good to have a plan in place in case one set to be paid out to a minor child benefiis "hit by the bus." I said that by making a ciary, because a court-ordered trust must will, drafting a trust, establishing a financial be constructed. It can get worse if benefits power of attorney of attorney, and signing paid out to an ex-spouse because of an overa healthcare incapacity document - with looked post-divorce beneficiary some professional help - the reader change. would be helped by worrying less The life insurance that a person and thereby living better and more has, is an important piece of that perenjoyable lives. So the will, trust, son's estate plan that must be carefinancial, and healthcare docufully reviewed by an estate planner ments are four of the seven recomwhen assisting with a client's estate mend documents. The remaining plan. I do maintain that an estate documents are legally significant planner who offers life insurance is and important instruments that ethically challenged - but they are impact your legacy and often required by the state bar to reveal deal with a lot of money or even Robert Meyring the inherent conflict of interest and upwards of millions of dollars. seek the clients' written waiver of 5. Corporate Charter or LLC formation conflict. (Caveat emptor!) Most imporDocs. This is the most overlooked and yet tantly, the estate planner should carefully most flexible, versatile planning instrument review and coordinate how life insurance that may be set in place for many purposes. will pay out to minor or restricted beneficiaThis is often the starting point and the set ries through directives found inside the will of documents first acquired when a person or the trust. starts accumulating income, cash, wealth, 7. Written Review of Estate Plan. Many and eventually legacy through their own people already have their will or trust estate hard work, sweat equity and entrepreneurial plan documents established years or decades skills. Most business owners have a corpo- ago. Often it happens that conditions change rate entity, or have part ownership in a joint over the years and a person's original estate venture under some corporate entity like an plan needs to be revised as new family memLLC or incorporation. The many purposes bers come and go, assets are accumulated, of a corporate charter include: living conditions change, and assistance is • To make a business entity separate needed with late-in-life transitions. A writfrom the person or to "legitimize" a busi- ten review of your estate plan by an expert is ness from a sole proprietorship to a corpo- much better then a "verbal review" because rate entity. the reviewer would be giving you written, • Joint ownership of real estate property legal advice behind which they should stand among multiple family members. by name and reputation. After all, would • The transfer of property between gen- you let your auto-mechanic sell you life erations without the need for probate. insurance or vice versa? Then why would • Tax deductions for business activities, you let anyone, other than an expert in estate rentals, leases, expenses, etc. planning, provide you advice or documents • Personal protection, known as "lim- that would permanently set or affect your itation of liability," from business transac- estate plan and legacy? The estate planner tions gone bad. ties together all the above documents and 6 Life Insurance. This is a very useful often helps coordinates business, insurance, "document" to have. A cash death benefit and special family concerns into a cohesive is paid, under a life insurance policy, to a organized personal estate plan. named beneficiary when the insured person So long as you trust an advisor to help passes away. Life insurance is sold by any and you find or have a known reputable reputable licensed agent that sells insur- advisor that does, use that person's advice ance products. Having life insurance could and enjoy the peace of mind you receive bring peace of mind to the insured, know- from knowing there is a plan in place, just ing there is death benefit money to be paid, in case. usually to surviving spouse and/or children of decedent, just in case of early or unexRobert S. Meyring, is a Vinings attorpected death. When term life insurance pays ney. The Meyring Law Firm website is www. out, which happens near 1 percent of the or call 678-217-4369.


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Breaking ground for Fire Station 2 are, from left, Corkey Welch, Teri Anulewicz, Doug Stoner, Mayor A. Max Bacon, Fire Chief Roy Acree, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Marcos, Ron Fennel, City Administrator Tammi Saddler Jones, Assistant City Administrator Scott Andrews.


Smyrna began work on replacing the city’s oldest fire station in September. Fire Station #2, located on Concord Road, was built in 1974 and demolished recently. A temporary facility is in use at 3515 North Cooper Lake Road. City Council voted to replace the city’s oldest station in April to facilitate the scheduled replacement of the Concord Road location. Fire apparatus and emergency responders will continue to be available 24/7 at the temporary location until the construction of the new location is completed. “It was imperative and of upmost importance that the citizens continue to receive a high level of service and this temporary location will allow us to do that,” said Smyrna Fire Chief Roy Acree. The new station will be built on its present site and include a pull through apparatus bay, a multipurpose room, and other modern amenities. The new station is expected to

open by June 2018. The two-story building is being built on the same location as the former station. Construction on the $3.5 million replacement station is set to wrap-up early next summer and the project is funded using money from the city’s 1-cent sales tax approved by voters as part of the 2016 SPLOST. The new station will house four firefighters on each of three shifts along with one fire engine, Acree said.

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Page 8, October 2017 (A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and South Cobb is available on our website: OCTOBER NOW– 12: ART EXHIBIT AND SALE: Annual fine art exhibit and sale at Smyrna’s beautiful Taylor-Brawner House; 3182 Atlanta Road-Smyrna. Nine days of exhibits and demonstrations. Over two dozen award-winning regional artists will have their jury selected original art on display, and every medium will be represented, from oil and acrylic to water color, fiber art and wood. Daily Oct. 7 to 15 noon to 5 p.m., and open to 7 p.m. on the 11 and 12. Find more details on Facebook at “Taylor-Brawner Park With Art” or call 678-637-5545. Free admission. ••• 12: HERMAN CAIN TAPING. Smyrna Business Association hosts a taping of WSB radio’s Herman Cain Show on the Village Green Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Replaces the regular SBA meeting. ••• 13: FALL CARNIVAL. Casper's Friendly Fall Carnival will be held on the Smyrna Community Center lawn Oct. 13 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. There will be crafts, carnival games, hayrides, and much more for kids up to 12 years old. Admission is $10 per family. Register at smyrnacity. com. ••• 14: STORYTELLING FESTIVAL. Mable House. New this year is the Chore Challenge where children can experience what it was like to do chores when there was no electricity or modern conveniences. New games have been added including Herding Pigs which should be entertaining to watch as well as participate. Storytelling Festival Oct 14, an event-filled day on the grounds of the Historic Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton, GA 30126. Enjoy fun activities, stories, and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4. ••• 17: ART COUNCIL MEETING. Nationally acclaimed artist, Marsha Hamby Savage, will be the keynote speaker for the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council’s Annual Meeting on October 17, at 7 p.m. at Smyrna City Hall. Ms. Savage is celebrated for her colorful landscapes in pastel, acrylic and oil. The meeting is open to the public and it is free to attend. A small reception will follow the event. ••• 21: SPOOKTACULAR CHASE, a fundraiser 5K and 10K to support VRS, a local non-profit, dedicated to serving those who are blind or visually impaired so that they may live independently. Begins at 8 a.m. in Powder Springs, Oct 21. Register at ••• 21: HARVESTFEST: Marietta's 41st Annual HarvestFest on the Historic Marietta Square on Saturday, Oct 21, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibits including painting, pottery, woodworking, jewelry and many other types of crafts. Admission is free, and there will be games and activities for the entire family. ••• 21: HISTORIC VININGS EVENT. “Down South At The Pace House” gala 6:30 – 10: 30 p.m. Oct 21. Benefits the VHPS. Tickets at ••• 24: JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB. Fall is the time to plant bulbs, and Mickey Gazaway, Master Gardener and long- time consultant for Pike Nurseries, will give a program entitled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bulbs" on Tuesday, Oct 24, 10:30 a.m. at the Smyrna Library during the regularly scheduled Jonquil Garden Club meeting. Jonquil Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Come join us to learn more about gardening in the home landscape and community service opportunities. For more information, call Shirley Priest at 770-433-3248 or see our award winning website at ••• 24: OCTOBER HAUNT AFTER HOURS. The Cobb Chamber and Coalition of Cobb County Business Associations are proud to present the 7th Annual October Haunt After Hours at Six Flags Over Georgia. Tickets include food, drinks and park admission for select rides that will be open throughout the event. Join us for a night of networking and themed fun with members of 21 area chambers and local business organizations. Tuesday, Oct 24, from 4:30 To 8 p.m. Six Flags Over Georgia 275 Riverside Parkway Southwest Austell. ••• 27: HAUNTED HOUSE. 4th Annual Haunted


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House at Griffin Middle School. The best Haunted House this side of Atlanta, and the only one in Smyrna, Oct 27. Some scary and spooktacular fun, at Griffin Middle. The event is 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. each night. For additional details, visit . This annual event is a fundraiser for the Griffin Middle School Foundation, and the school is located at 4010 King Springs Road, Smyrna. ••• 28- 29: JONQUIL FESTIVAL. City of Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival on the Village Green. October 28 and 29. Featuring crafts, fun, food, and entertainment. Saturday 10-6 and Sunday noon - 5. ••• 28: COSTUME PARADE. The Smyrna Police Department will be hosting its Third Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m. Register beginning at 8:30 in the rear parking lot of Smyrna First Baptist Church. Prizes for best costumes. ••• 31: FALL FESTIVAL: Cobb P.A.R.K.S. along with Cobb County Public Safety, Safe Kids Cobb



Read full Calendar at ww County and Cobb County 4-H are hosting the 18th Annual Fall Festival of Fun on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Jim Miller Park from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This event will provide the children of Cobb County a safe alternative to the traditional Trickor-Treat in their neighborhoods. The festival will include arts and crafts, games, inflatable rides, police and fire activities, costume contests for kids and adults, coloring contests, a photo booth and other surprises. Parking, entrance to the park, games, candy and contests are free (there is a fee for concessions and inflatable rides). Come wearing your Halloween costume and be sure to bring a bag to carry all of your candy! NOVEMBER 1: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS. The SCBA meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 at Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector. ••• 2: SBA. Smyrna Business Association, Community Center, 11:30 a.m. Nov 2. Speaker: John Hunt of MarketNsight and president of ViaSearch with an analysis of the Atlanta real estate market. For reservations: www.smyrnabusiness. org ••• 7: VBA. Vinings Business Association meets the first Tuesday of each month for lunch: Networking and speakers from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Program: Veterans Recognition and introduction of five finalists for Vinings Business of the Year. Guests are always welcome! (no industry restrictions). Lunch Nov. 7 at the Georgian Club. A Business After-Hours is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 678-7250099. ••• 11: BETHANY HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Make Christmas special for those on your list with items from local vendors on Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m- 4 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 760 Hurt Road, Smyrna. Proceeds go to support our Missions programs (Habitat for Humanity; Soldier Angel/Workdog Programs) ••• 11: ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Annual Hands on Christmas holiday arts and crafts festival at Smyrna First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. - 2. Kids of all ages can create high quality, homemade crafts and keepsakes. (Adult supervision required for younger kids.) We will also feature our Holiday Gift Mart which is filled with local artisans’ unique crafts and gifts. For more info, visit Bring a change of clothes, because Santa Claus will be available for photos during the festival (via appointment only) with a professional photographer. At a $20 fee, proceeds benefit Smyrna First’s MOPS group. To book Santa appointments, visit ••• 12: HOLIDAY BAZAAR: International Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale featuring for sale new and gently used items for your home and holiday shopping and homemade baked goods and treats. One day only- Sunday Nov. 12 from 12:30- 4

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p.m. at 4000 King Springs Smyrna. All proceeds to benefit the Atlanta Center of Self-Realization Fellowship, a nonprofit organization. WEEKLY EVENTS AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• MUSEUM: Free admission at the Smyrna Museum, 2861 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4. Check Facebook at "Smyrna History Museum" for upcoming Museum events. See for Museum volunteer opportunities and membership. ••• SMYRNA BUSINESS EXCHANGE: The Smyrna Business Exchange is Smyrna’s premier close contact networking group representing over 30 local businesses (and growing). The Smyrna Business Exchange meets at the Smyrna Community Center every Thursday morning from 7-8:30 a.m. Questions or to RSVP for a


y Calendar complimentary visit, call Jeff Daxe at 770-7955079 (or email at ••• JONQUIL CITY KIWANIS SMYRNA: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Wolfe Senior Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA OPTIMIST: 7 a.m. Friday, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna. ••• SMYRNA ROTARY: noon Tuesday, Brawner Hall, Smyrna. For further information, see www. ••• SOUTH COBB ROTARY: noon, Thursday, Presbyterian Village, East-West Connector ••• TOASTMASTERS: Interstate North Toastmasters at 3100 Cumberland Boulevard. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website: 2823. ••• TOASTMASTERS: T-Toasters. Paces West, 2727 Paces Ferry Rd., Bldg 1. We meet Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. and welcome visitors. Visit to find out more. ••• VININGS ROTARY: Noon. Wednesday, Georgian Club. ••• THE GALLERIA WORLDSPAN Wings Toastmasters Club Tuesdays 12 to 1 p.m., Building 300, main conference room. MONTHLY OR MORE AMERICAN LEGION, Post 160. Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday and serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month and the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, Unit 160 Membership Meeting at 7:30 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday

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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. ••• COBB-MARIETTA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION meets the second Thursday of each month. The monthly luncheon is held at the First Methodist Church in Marietta at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit ••• 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. ••• KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER SOUTH COBB meets at noon the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at O'Charley's 4130 Austell Rd, Austell GA 30106. Call 770-438-6961 for more info. ••• LIBERTARIAN PARTY of Cobb County will host their Evening Social & Chapter Meeting, Event held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings Held at Fire Station #1 at 12 Haynes St., Marietta. For more information like us on Facebook @ Libertarian Party of Cobb County or call Gretchen Mangan at 494.368.2865. ••• MOMS CLUB of Smyrna West: For stay-athome or part-time working moms, we have added to the elementary school districts served in the Smyrna area: in 30080 and 30082 zip codes and any of the four following school districts: Smyrna Elementary, Norton Park, King Springs, and Nickajack. We offer morning and afternoon weekly play groups and activities. For questions about our club or are interested in becoming a member, please contact us directly at ••• NEWCOMERS CLUB OF COBB COUNTY meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. noon. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, Visitors are welcome. September through May. ••• SMYRNA JONQUIL LIONS CLUB welcomes guests and prospective members. As a part of the world's largest service organization simply stated: We serve. Check us out and join as we strive to make our community a better place. The club meets at the Smyrna Community Center the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday at noon. ••• SMYRNA LIBRARY READING GROUP: meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.,

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The River Line Historic Area and Park Avenue Home Owners Association cohosted a celebration to recognize the park’s recent addition to the Cobb County Historic Register, newly replaced interpretive signs and formation of a “Friends of the Park” group. Special guests at the Sept. 23 dedication included Cobb County Board of Commissioner Chairman, Mike Boyce and Kennesaw State University’s Civil War instructor and historian, Michael Shaffer (below right), Mary-Elizabeth Ellard, VP of Georgia Battlefields, and Mary Rose Barnes representing the Oakdale Homeowners Association. Shaffer offered an escorted tour of the park following the Ribbon cutting. Complimentary refreshments were provided by LeAnn Williamson on behalf of the Park Ave HOA. Some Park Ave children residents set up a lemonade stand to raise funds for a local animal shelter.

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In a panel discussion, Police Chief David Lee, left, Councilman Ron Fennel and Fire Chief Roy Acree speak to the Smyrna Business Association.

POLICE, FIRE CHIEFS TALK PUBLIC SAFETY Smyrna’s public safety chiefs traded good natured barbs and quips while sharing mutual respect as they talked about their departments at the September meeting of the Smyrna Business Association. In a free-form interview, Councilman Ron Fennell noted that public safety is the single largest line item in Smyrna’s budget. He asked questions of Fire Chief Roy Acree and Police Chief David Lee. Lee noted that the police department is working on it professional certification, an

Brooks Merkle displays his medals.

BROOKS MERKLE NAMED SWIMMING ALL-AMERICAN Vinings resident and Whitefield Academy senior Brooks Merkle has been named as a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American for the second year in a row. This distinction is awarded to USA Swimming athletes who excel both in the classroom and in the pool by maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who achieve the required time standard in a single event. This year, just 51 swimmers from metro Atlanta qualified for the Scholastic All-American team. Merkle qualified with both short course and long course times for this achievement. He is a member of the National Team at Dynamo Swim Club of Atlanta and has been part of the WolfPack swim team for the past three years. He won third place for Whitefield this year in the GHSA state meet in the 100-yard breaststroke and third this summer in the Speedo Long Course Sectionals in the 200 yard breast stroke, where he swam against current UGA swimmers. His long-term goal is to swim at a Division 1 college after he graduates from Whitefield.

accreditation that saves the city on insurance as well as adding to professionalism. Fire Department certification ties into service delivery, Acree said. “We spend a good deal of time answering EMS and emergency calls.” Some 70 percent of fire calls are EMS related. “We bring the emergency room to the emergency,” he said. Every response apparatus is a fully equipped EMS unit. Since becoming Police Chief, Lee said he has used preventative law enforcement and revamped several zones to better direct response times. From 2016 to now we are down in everything except theft from autos. “Don’t leave your car unlocked,” he warned. “Don’t leave a laptop lying on the seat. You might as well just set it on the roof, you’ll save money.” Last year Smyrna Police made 3,200 arrests, answered 67,000 calls for service and issued some 13,000 citations. Calls and arrests are down a little bit this year, he said. The city has five fire stations, with the oldest, Station #2 on Concord Road, currently being rebuilt. Station #4 on South Cobb Drive was upgraded last year. In each of these facilities is a multi-use room for training and for community use. Lee said the police department is a business, operating its own jail that brings in several thousand dollars a year housing prisoners from Marietta and Powder Springs. Smyrna also operates the Georgia Crime Information system for Powder Springs and Hiram. Chief Acree talked about preparedness, an area where he sends most of his time. “Without a disaster, the city has an average response time of four minutes,” Acree said. “But when we have a larger scale emergency that affects our city and state, when demand outstrips capability it may not be four minutes, it may be four hours.” With two hurricanes having hit Florida and Texas and Irma heading for Georgia, he said, “We need to be a little better prepared.” Smyrna’s program is that is an awareness to action campaign that offers examples on how to take care of yourself and your neighbor for the first couple hours of an emergency. Lee said with the arrival of the Braves the city deployed about 18 extra people at the park the first month. “We haven’t had any problems whatsoever,” he said. “We were worried about crime, but it’s worked out well. The smart traffic plan has worked,” he said. Both departments offer citizen academies to learn more about the workings of police and fire. “The police and fire work and train well together,” Lee said.

at the Smyrna Public Library, 100 Village Green Circle. ••• SMYRNA STITCH-IN GROUP meets the first Monday in the class room at Hobby Lobby, 1355 East-West Connector, Austell. If you like to cross stitch, do crewel work, needlepoint, etc and want to meet women in the area, please come join us. Contact Phyllis Whittingham at pwhittingham@ ••• SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS – The Gen. Leonidas Polk Camp meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. (except for Nov, Dec, & Jan) in the meeting room at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 536 Marietta Pkwy S, Marietta. For further info contact: Jack Williams at 404-256-4208 or ••• VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB meets the first Monday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. at various locations around Vinings. For further information, e-mail us at or visit our new website: Members and Guests are welcome. SUPPORT GROUPS ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLIC and Dysfunctional Families meets every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ridgeview Institute in the Professional Building North, 3995 S. Cobb Dr., Smyrna. ••• ALATEEN and Al-Anon Family Groups meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the Ridgeview Institute in the Day Hospital. 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna ••• CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, The Star Group To help patients and their families feel more hopeful and less alone through the mutual sharing of thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to living with, and surviving cancer. Fourth Thursday of each month at Noon. (A light lunch is served) WellStar Cobb Hospital Magnolia Room Group leader: Raymond Coffman Please call 770-732-3780 to RSVP. ••• DIABETES SUPPORT. WELLSTAR HEALTH SYSTEM will hold monthly free diabetes support groups in the following locations: Smyrna Primary Care, 562 Concord Rd, Smyrna

1 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. No registration is required. ••• FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Meetings are held every Monday at Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs, from 7 p.m. - 8:30. For more information or a list of additional meetings throughout Metro Atlanta call 800-566-9010, or visit: ••• OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS now meets at Ridgeview Institute, Room 8, 3995 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna. Mondays 7 p.m. ••• SMYRNA PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through November at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center at 884 Church St., Smyrna. Phone: 678-631-5541.The facilitator is Carl Proctor Email: carlcproctor@ Contact: 404-275-9383. Smyrna Parkinson's Support Group Membership is free to Parkinsonians, care partners, family members, medical professionals and other people whose lives have been touched by PD. ••• RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL Self-help support group for stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road SE, Smyrna, in the old rectory next to the church. Contact Alicia Garcia at 678-665-5233 for more information. ••• E-mail your organization’s calendar news to Deadline for NOVEMBER issue is OCTOBER 23 with publication the week of NOVEMBER 5. Calendar items are accepted from civic groups, non-profits, schools and church organizations and run as space is available. Due to the increasing number of calendar listings, please keep announcements brief. Please do NOT send calendar announcements in flyer format. For more information about submitting calendar items or other news, contact us at 770-426-9388 or by e-mail to Find updated calendar items on our website at www.brightsidecobb. com.

KIRK WORKS TO 'KEEP SMYRNA BEAUTIFUL' Continued from Page 1 etal, glass, electronics and used cooking oil. Keep Smyrna Beautiful sponsors an annual Garden Tour, Bring One for the

FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL IN SMYRNA Continued from Page 1 grand lawn adjacent to the Fall Jonquil Food Court. Artisans are from all over the southeast and feature their own handmade crafts, paintings, clothing, furniture, jewelry and much more. The festival foods include: pizza, cotton candy, candy apples, corn dogs, hand-dipped ice cream, snow cones, polish sausage, chicken sandwiches, and BBQ. The children's activities area will have interactive inflatable activities, sand art, costume contest and parade for the kids Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and more. The festival hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. Admission is FREE. Eat delicious food, shop, check out the puppet show, play and then relax on the Veteran’s Memorial grand lawn while you sing along with the acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson. The festival is a wonderful experience for the whole family.

Chipper Christmas Tree recycling, a volunteer awards dinner, shredding events, the Smyrna Fresh Market and Jonquil Gold Rush which has planted thousands of jonquil bulbs in the city. KSB has a presence at almost every city event, she noted. It promotes concerts as “litter-free events” by passing our trash bags in advance. “We try to have a presence at every city event,” Kirk said. “When people leave those events there is almost no litter.” This saves on city cleanup and overtime costs. Volunteers are the key to the program she said. She explained that board members get a dose of leadership training by learning how to run the numerous events. I am happy to have been a part of the rebuilding of Smyrna,” she said. “Max (Bacon) has turned this city around and has been very supportive of our beautification efforts.” “It’s time for another person to step in and take over,” she said. “It’s a physical job with a lot of irregular hours. But I’ll come back and volunteer.” Keep Smyrna Beautiful works with local schools to promote awareness of environmental and solid waste issues through the Partners in Education program. The Keep Smyrna Beautiful Program and volunteers continue to win awards, year after year.

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SENIOR CENTER NEWS Wolfe Center Activities The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool, 884 Church St., Smyrna, is open to anyone 55 years of age and older. There are daily group fitness classes. Classes offered include: cardio fusion, gentle yoga, low impact aerobics, senior pilates, sculpt and tone, senior stretch, men’s yoga, intermediate yoga, sculpt yoga, Tai Chi and 30/15/15. The Wolfe Adult Recreation Center also offers the following aquatic exercise classes: aqua tone and stretch, advanced water aerobics, low impact water aerobics, hip, knee and back class, ai chi, boot camp water aerobics and aqua zumba. There is also water walking and lap swimming times at the pool. The center is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to the exercise schedule we offer several, fun and unique activities for our members. Here is the October schedule: Pickleball -- every Monday and Tuesday at Community Center Mahjong -- every Thursday Rummikub -- Oct. 9 Phase 10 -- Oct. 10 Color My World -- Oct. 11 Georgia National Fair Trip -- Oct. 12 Let’s Meet for Lunch -- Oct. 16 Bunco -- Oct. 16 North GA Leaf and Apple Trip -- Oct. 17 Dorothy’s Travels! - Oct. 18 Homemade Fun -- Oct. 19 Legacy Theater Trip -- Oct. 22 Cornhole -- Oct. 23 Paint with Paula -- Oct. 24 Tri-Ominoes -- Oct. 24 Boggle -- Oct. 25 Bring Your Device -- Oct. 25 Brasstown Bald Trip -- Oct. 27 Burt’s Farm and Elijay Trip -- Oct. 30 Halloween Luncheon -- Oct. 31 Giant Jenga -- Oct. 31 And so much more! For information on how to become a member of the Wolfe Adult Recreation Center and Therapy Pool or for more information on any of the activities, please contact us at (678) 631 – 5541 or stop by and take a look around.

care -- Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Are you aware of how the upcoming changes to Medicare will impact you? The most comprehensive Medicare supplement Plan F will no longer be available in 2020. Come learn about the changes that Medicare has had and how those changes will affect the different types of plans that are available. Learn what Medicare does and does not cover, and how you can control your out-of-pocket costs. Presented by Jackie Patel of Bankers Life & Casualty Company. Treat Yourself Tuesday -- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Separate checks; Registration required, Meet at restaurant. Tuesday, Oct. 10: O’Charley’s 4130 Austell Rd. Eye Health - Aging Eyes -- Thursday, Oct. 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Eye Consultants of Atlanta’s ophthalmic technician, Jackie Larson, COT, CPT will discuss issues such as cataracts, macular degeneration, flashers/floaters and glaucoma. You will learn what the symptoms are, how these issues affect you, and how they can be treated and/or maintained. Around the World Show and Tell -Thursday, Oct. 19: Italy. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free; Registration required. Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s “Duomo”; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. Presented by Shen Sengupta. Wind Creek Casino Wetumpka -Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.Save the date and plan to travel with us! A $15 complimentary lunch is included in price; earn and get free play bonus. Fast food for breakfast and dinner; breakfast and dinner are on your own. $50 Senior Council member; $55 Non-member. Deadline: Oct. 19. Price includes motor coach transportation, lunch and tip. No refunds will be given unless the trip is cancelled. Activity Level 2. Hearing Screenings -- Monday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. If you are having trouble with your hearing, now is your chance to get this free screening done. Erin Rellinger, audiologist with the Hearing Center at Eye Consultants of Atlanta will be here. Walk-ins are welcomed and the screening will take less than 10 minutes per person. Bingo Bash -- Monday, Oct. 23, 1– 3 p.m. $3 /$4 Non-resident. Fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit C. Freeman Poole Senior

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NEW BICYCLE RACKS ADDED TO SMYRNA PARKS Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful, Smyrna has 20 new bike racks with capacity for 40 bikes. Locations include: Jonquil Park (near the trail to the Braves Stadium), Brawner Park, the Smyrna Museum (for the Market Village area) and Ward Park. In April of this year, Keep Smyrna Beautiful was awarded a $5,000 Community Trails Grant by Keep America Beautiful for bike racks along our multiuse trail system. “Working with the IT GIS Specialist, Kathe Roper, and the Community Relations and Parks Departments, we solicited public input for bike rack locations online, at the Festivals and in City facilities,” said Ann Kirk, Keep Smyrna Beautiful Director. “Sites were chosen considering that input, A design was selected that would fit

SPOOKTACULAR CHASE 5K, 10K COURSE MOVES TO POWDER SPRINGS This year’s Spooktacular Chase has a new course in Powder Springs. The 5K and 10K races are Oct. 21 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The annual event helps raise funds to support VRS, a local non-profit, dedicated to serving those who are blind or visually impaired so that they may live independently. The 10k starts at 8am, 5k at 8:15am, in Historic Powder Springs. Register at This year’s finisher medal will again be a 3-inch die-cut medal that not only glows in the dark, but the custom ribbon glows too. Runners are invited to come dressed in costumes.

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Notes On The News SOME SMYRNA RESIDENTS ARE WITHOUT REPRESENTATION By Allan Lipsett Editor/Publisher With two Smyrna residents running for Governor, a domino effect leaves residents of Smyrna’s Ward 3 asking who they call if they have a comment about local or state government. And it may be December before any of these seats are filled. Last month Sen. Hunter Hill (6th District) resigned his seat to run for Governor on the Republican ticket; Rep. Stacey Evans (District 42) stepped down to run for Governor on the Democrat ballot. So when Smyrna Mayor Pro Tem Teri Anulewicz, a Democrat and long-time public affairs specialist, decided to run for Evan’s seat she had to resign her Post 3 seat quickly to allow candidates to get on the ballot in time. Gov. Nathan Deal has set a special election to replace Evans and Hill for Nov. 7, the same day as other city and county races. So at least until January there’s no representation In Smyrna’s Ward 3. Eight candidates are lined up for the Senate seat (five listed as Republican and three Democrats) in the non-partisan, special election. A runoff will be held Dec. 5. Five candidates are running for the Ward 3 seat. Anulewicz timed her move well, drawing no opposition for the House seat. Rezoning Request Pulled A request to replace three older houses on Atlanta Road in Smyrna with 43 condos in the $660 to $800K range has been withdrawn by the developer.

Pulte Homes and John Weiland Development faced public outrage at packed August Smyrna Planning Commission meeting. The houses, between Charter Bank and the city’s Reed House are nearly a century old but lack other historic designation. Neighborhood groups opposing the change included the Forest Hills Preservation Group based on traffic, density and loss of trees. The Braves’ Report Card The curtain has fallen on the Braves’ inaugural season at SunTrust Park and the reviews are positive on the new venue. The Braves opened their home season April 14 with a flourish of pageantry involving fireworks, former all-star players and a military flyover. Attendance was up with an increase of half a million fans attending over last year. Total attendance for 2017 was 2,505,252, according to published reports, an increase of about 24 percent from Turner Field. The concern over parking and traffic turned out to be overblown. After settling into the routine of daily game play (and because of road and lane improvements) traffic at the I-285 and Cobb Parkway actually improved over pre-game levels. “The traffic Armageddon didn’t happen,” said Commissioner Bob Ott this summer. The only real traffic problem came during a Billy Joel concert when all those attending arrived and left at the same time. Got an item for the news? Send to


POLAR GIRL DRIVE-IN, Mableton, in early 1950's. Photos, snapshots needed, or referral to a source. Contact Don at 770- 948-4253, or leave message. Thanks much. COMFORT ADJUSTABLE FRAME: Personal Comfort Adjustable Frame with two pumps, two, remotes (This frame can be used with either Personal Comfort Mattress or Sleep number mattress.) Raises and lowers head and feet, vibrates at several speeds. Bought: $2,300. Selling $1,000. Personal Comfort Split Head Mattress (with 2 Pillow tops Including Sheets). Bought for $2,000. Selling $900. Sleep Number Adjustable Mattress (With remote) Bought 7-5-2016 $1,300.00 Selling $800. Call 770-439-4638.


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED MEALS ON WHEELS: Meals on Wheels has a great opportunity for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors who are waiting for this needed service. Cobb Senior Services is in need of volunteer drivers in Mableton, Marietta and Smyrna. If you have some time to volunteer as a MOW driver, or if you belong to an organization or business that would like to “Adopt-A-Route,” call Volunteer Services at 770-528-5381.


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EXTRA COPIES: Looking for an extra copy of The Bright Side? Copies are available each month in the Smyrna Library, the Vinings Historic Society office, the Smyrna Community Center, Chickfil-a Cumberland Mall and Akers Mill, South Cobb Drive Kroger and at many of our advertisers’ locations. Extra copies of our Mableton/Austell edition are available each month in the Mable House Arts Center, Mableton Pharmacy, Floyd Road Kroger; and in Austell: The Treadmill, Austell Food Store, Food Depot; and advertiser locations. Read the current issue on the web: PLACING NOTES AND NOTICES ADS: Holding a garage sale? Selling or renting your home, need an employee, tutoring, teaching, or in –home child care? We accept short reader ads for a fee of $25 per 45 words. Be sure to indicate in which edition you want the ad placed. The ads, with check, should be mailed or delivered to The Bright Side, 3330 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30339. (No copy accepted by phone) and received prior to our OCTOBER 23 deadline with publication the week NOVEMBER 5. Ad copy should also be e-mailed to: ads@brightsidecobb. com. Credit card payment accepted. Home-based business ads accepted only if they do not conflict with our display advertisers. Home sale ads are for homeowners only. For information, call 770-4269388 or e-mail to

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Merry Mullins


Merry Mullins, a teacher at King Springs Elementary School, was named one of three Art Educators of the Year by The Georgia Art Education Association. In fact, all three state winners are from Cobb County. The Middle Level Art Educator of the Year is Kerri Waller of Simpson Middle School. The Secondary Art Educator of the Year is Kathleen Petka from Walton High School. “To have the Georgia Art Education Association select Cobb teachers for all three levels of recognition is unheard of,” said Laura LaQuaglia, CCSD Supervisor of Learning Design and Visual Arts. “This is a tremendous honor and a testament to the outstanding visual arts education we offer here in Cobb. The Visual Arts are a necessary and integral part of a child’s education leading to enhanced creativity and critical thinking skills. The study of art leads to increased empathy, cultural awareness, and the development of collaborative skills necessary in our global world. By providing students with an individualized connection to learning, the visual arts build student self-esteem and identity awareness, which lead to personal success. Without the talented and dedicated instruction from exceptional educators, this would not be possible. Many thanks and kudos to Cobb’s own Merry Mullins, Kerri Waller, and Kathleen Petka, GAEA Art Educators of the Year.”

CAMPBELL HIGH SETS HOMECOMING PARADE Campbell High School will celebrate homecoming weekend Oct. 13-14. Centered around the Friday night matchup against Newnan High School, the game will be preceded by a Homecoming Parade kicking off at 5 p.m. The parade begins at First Baptist Church heading north toward Campbell. The route continues on Ward Street to the cul-de-sac and right to the second cul-de-sac, turning toward Smyrna Elementary and finishing at the stadium. After the parade, the Senior Class will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers. The game kicks off at 7:30 Principal Jeanne Walker invites all alumni, students, parents and fans to attend the Homecoming festivities. A Homecoming Dance is on Saturday at the Smyrna Community Center.

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2121 W. Village Xing $429,000

Live - Work - Play Lock and Leave this beautiful townhome in West. Village. Walk to restaurants and shopping and still enjoy all the creature comforts of a spacious single family home. This townhome offers a perfect roommate plan with double masters and a finished lower level for flexible space. One minute and you can be on 285 to Atlanta Airport or Downtown. Earthcraft built by Monte Hewitt with high end finishes and details.


Light streaming through windows, a loft for cozy space, finished in law suite. Lots to have in this home just off Atlanta Road in a neighborhood where lawns are manicured and the commute is enviable. It won’t take much imagination to see what can be done here. (too soon for photo)

682 Austin Drive $575,000

Private Estate Over two acres just off the E/W Connector, this custom built home by an architect for his own family not only offers privacy but a stunning great room, and other wonderful features including a screened porch, 2nd floor party deck, huge yard and more. A full basement provides plenty of storage and a suite of rooms. If you aren’t looking for the run of the mill home, this is your chance.


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3500 Vinings North Trail $310,000 Unique Contemporary

285 Fontaine Road $469,000

Stunning Set back off the one acre lot, this home has a master on the main and two bedrooms up in the main house. Over the 3 car garage an in law suite offers sitting area, private bath and bedroom. A full basement features a cedar lined closet and storage galore. Only for the discriminating taste as this home offers features that include heated floors in the master bath, marble and granite vanities and more.




51 Geraldine Drive $319900 Pride of Ownership

Too new for photo!

Soon to Come

This property has a beautiful great room with fireplace, partially finished lower level for optional use for office, exercise or den. The bedrooms are HUGE. Quiet street with well maintained homes, but this one is impeccable. You can just move in. Plenty of turn around space and parking for friends.

Master on Main right off the E/W Connector near restaurants and shopping. Keeping Room, Professionally landscaped with something blooming all year round, 2 fireplaces, $375,000.

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What does the future of Vinings look like? That question may be answered by a new design guidelines study that is being prepared by Cobb County. Jason Gaines, AICP Planning Division Manager, told the Vinings Business Association that planning began in April with three meetings with county leaders and community members. “We want to maintain the character that says you are in Vinings,” Gaines said. This will maintain and enhance that hometown character that Vinings has.” One emphasis is to create a boundary between the “downtown” commercial/activity area and the residential area. Specific guidelines note that commercial buildings should be white clapboard with accents of stacked stone or brick to give a downtown shop look rather than a suburban big box or strip center. Front porches are encouraged with wood columns, awnings and wood pane windows with green or black shutters. There would be a maximum building height of three stories. Gateway signage would create a sense of place using some of the same elements. Transportation plans are optimized for pedestrian and bicycle as well as auto. “We are still in the process of refining the final product,” Gaines said. He predicted that the plan would be ready to go to public and agencies by the end of the year. To see a copy of the plan go to Gaines said that the plan could be codified as part of the zoning code, a more rigid method, or used as a guideline in the development review process. He said that four other locations in the county have been designed through voluntary process and have a better than 90 percent success rate.

GALA TO BENEFIT VININGS PRESERVATION A benefit gala “Down South at the Pace House” will be held Oct. 21 to benefit the Vinings Historic Preservation Society. The event features sophisticated southern fare and libations from Saratoga Event Group with music and dancing with the Kurt Thomas Band. The event at the Pace House will be from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and tickets are available at Tickets are $55 each for VHPS members, $75 for non-members. A special offer for a membership and two tickets for $200 is available. Net proceeds from this event benefit The Vinings Historic Preservation Society, including the preservation and upkeep of the Historic Pace House, the Old Pavilion, and the Yarbrough House.

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