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HIP-HOP IN COWETA AMITY WORD

LITERARY LEGACY RENOVATION IN SENOIA A SHARPSBURG GUNSMITH VALENTINE’S DAY DINING FOCUS ON PALMETTO

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80 Years: The Right Care. Right Here. Allergy & Immunology

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Neonatalogy

Orthopedic Surgery

Podiatry

Eugene S. Hurwitz, M.D. Center for Allergy & Asthma 37 Calumet Parkway, Bldg. F Suite 201 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)683-4050

James G. Burson, M.D. PAPP Clinic 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2090

Leonard L. Sacks, M.D. (770)951-1665

Scott R. Arrowsmith, M.D. 130 Governor's Square, Ste. C Fayetteville, GA 30215 (770)631-9991

Gregory Alvarez, D.P.M. Michael F. Dombek, D.P.M. Robert B. Weinstein, D.P.M. Ankle & Foot Centers of GA 2326 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)251-6100

Theodore M. Lee, M.D. Peachtree Allergy & Asthma Clinic, P.C. 820 Ebenezer Church Rd., Suite 101 Sharpsburg, GA 30277 (770)254-8502

Anesthesiology Thomas F. Hardman, M.D. Richard C. Mims, Jr., M.D. Pradeepkumar R. Nalla, M.D. Timothy J. Powell, M.D. Neil R. Seeley, M.D. Kenneth A. Shaw, M.D. Kevin J. Sheahan, M.D. G. Eugene Spier, M.D. Southern Crescent Anesthesiology (770)251-2060

Cardiology Nimish N. Dhruva, M.D. Thippeswamy H. Murthy, M.D. Charles W. Pettus, M.D. Sumandeep S. Sangha, M.D. Jose A. Torres, M.D. George J. Vellanikaran, M.D. Cardiac Disease Specialists, P.C. 58 Hospital Road, Suite 106 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-0611

Dentistry Gordon C. Fraser, Jr., D.M.D. Cleland Periodontics 1605 Highway 34 East, Ste. A Newnan, GA 30265 (678)423-5000 Donald M. Galbo, D.D.S. Galbo Dental, P.C. 203 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-3595 John D. Harvey, D.D.S. Periodontics & Dental Implants 166 Jefferson Parkway Newnan, GA 30263 (770)254-0401

Dentistry - Pediatric Hans J. Andringa, D.D.S. Children's Dental Care. P.C. 38 Jefferson Parkway Newnan, GA 30263 (770)304-5757 Frank R. Faunce, D.D.S. Smiling Faces 302 Stevens Entry Peachtree City, GA 30269 (770)631-4888 Barry K. Marcum, D.M.D. Eric D. Mobley, D.D.S. Peachtree Pediatric Dentistry 310 Stevens Entry Peachtree City, GA 30269 (770)486-0054

Dermatology Mark J. Holzberg, M.D. Mark R. Ling, M.D. Peter M. Randle, M.D. Dermatology Specialists of Georgia 128 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 (770)254-0864

Emergency Medicine Victor M. Camacho, M.D. Kevin T. Cleary, M.D. Diane Dodgen, M.D. George W. Ellard, Jr., M.D. Jay A. Erdman, M.D. Ross E. Greenberg, M.D. Robert J. Halpern, M.D. Selwyn Hartley, M.D. Clifton Lavenhouse, M.D. Wesley L. Leigh, M.D. Roger Olade, M.D. James D. Sloderbeck, M.D. Coweta Emergency Physicians, L.L.C. (706)354-5770

Hadley N. Heindel, III, M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Family Practice M. Steven Cook, M.D. 38-A Hospital Road Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-4700 Christine M. Danforth, M.D. Karen T. Hacker, M.D. William L. Powell, M.D. White Oak Family Practice of Newnan 1615 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)252-6767 Kevin R. Greenwell, M.D. Georgia M. Theriot, M.D. PAPP Clinic 51 Hospital Road Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-5540 Donald L. Griffin, M.D. Archie D. Walden, M.D. Crystal A. Young, D.O. Premier Medical Group of Coweta, P.C. 2700 Highway 34 East, Bldg 300 Newnan, GA 30265 (770)304-0987 Theresa M. Hudson, M.D. 85 Clarke Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)252-5440

Nephrology Andre D. Feria, M.D. Kidney Clinic (706)885-1900 Shazia Khan, M.D. Kidney Clinic 103 Werz Industrial Drive Newnan, GA 30263 (770)304-3724 Braham N. Taparia, M.D. 1565 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)252-2727

Obstetrics/Gynecology Brian S. Chadwick, M.D. Charles L. McCord, M.D. Georgia OB/GYN 3345 East Highway 34, Ste. 102 Sharpsburg, GA 30277 (770)252-5290 Walter M. Lonergan, II, M.D. Heide H. Moeling, M.D. Charles V. Slomka, M.D. Lawrence E. Steigelman, M.D. Heather S. Turner, M.D. PAPP Clinic 59 Hospital Road Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-9631

Second location: 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road (770)502-2060

Oncology/Hematology

Gastroenterology

Jonathon C. Bender, M.D. Peachtree Hematology & Oncology Consultants, P.C. (678)829-1060

Mirza A. Kajani, M.D. Digestive & Liver Specialist 58 Hospital Road, Ste. 105 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-2300

Gerald A. Goldklang, M.D. Georgia Cancer Treatment & Hematology Ctr. (770)460-1134

Internal Medicine Guy C. Arnall, Jr., M.D. PAPP Clinic 1755 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)254-6040 William E. Barron, M.D. Cleland Child, M.D. Lewis R. Collins, M.D. Kay N. Crosby, M.D. Mary M. Kim, M.D. Andrew T. McDonald, M.D. Evangelos J. Moraitis, M.D. James M. Smith, M.D. Stan W. Smith, M.D. James E. Warren, Jr., M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616 Miriam J. Burnett, M.D. 777 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 701 Atlanta, GA 30315 (404)530-8200 Linda C. Cunanan, M.D. Romel C. Cunanan, M.D. Cunanan Medical Center 109 Bullsboro Newnan, GA 30264 (770)251-4140 David C. Hart, M.D. Ken H. Park, M.D. David E. Vann, M.D. PAPP Clinic 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2040 Joseph W. Williams, M.D. Benjamin E. Woods, M.D. 770 Greison Trail, Ste. F Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-4120

Lawrence N. Gynther, M.D. Clark-Holder Clinic, P.A. (706)882-8831 Palamalai Mahizhnan, M.D. South Atlanta Hematology & Oncology (770)996-0622 Ruth R. Sarmiento, M.D. Premier Hematology & Cancer Care (404)762-8944

Ophthalmology Jay S. Berger, M.D. 58 Hospital Road, Ste. 203 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-9900 Oren N. Fass, M.D. Ronald S. Weber, M.D. Thomas Eye Group 2700 Highway 34 East, Bldg. 100 Newnan, GA 30265 (678)423-7700 Jackson T. Giles, M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

George M. Ballantyne, M.D. Michael V. Cushing, M.D. Michael P. Gruber, M.D. Chad M. Kessler, M.D. Jack H. Powell, III, M.D. Georgia Bone & Joint Summit Healthplex 1755 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2175

Pathology Frederick E. Gilbert, M.D. Michael McEachin, M.D. (770)253-1912

Pediatrics John E. Carter, M.D. James B. Thomas, M.D. Jasmina M. Warren, M.D. Robert L. Whipple, IV, M.D. Newnan Pediatrics 189 Jefferson Parkway Newnan, GA 30263 (770)304-2220 Malcolm H. Cole, M.D. Children's Clinic 58 Hospital Road, Ste. 208 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-0170 Lewis W. Jackson, M.D. Jamison R. Roberts, M.D. Nirmala Seshadri, M.D. Newnan Pediatrics-Thomas Crossroads 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2020

Pediatric Cardiology David W. Jones, M.D. Georgia Pediatric Cardiology (678)289-1988 Jeremy S. Khan, M.D. Eduardo Montana, Jr., M.D. Children Cardiovascular Medicine (404)943-0289

Pediatric Endocrinology Quentin L. Van Meter, M.D. Van Meter Pediatric Endocrinology, P.C. (678)961-2100

Plastic Surgery Philip H. Beegle, M.D. Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. (404)256-1311 Paul D. Feldman, M.D. Edward S. Gronka, M.D. Joseph J. Raniere, M.D. Advanced Aesthetics, P.C. (770)997-8424

Everett J. Mason, D.P.M. Crossroads Podiatry 3229 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)251-8940 Bhavin V. Mehta, D.P.M. Warm Springs, GA (706)655-5700

Pulmonology Shankar Kandaswamy, M.D. Vijay M. Patel, M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Radiation Oncology Diana A. Santiago, M.D. Geetha S. Rao, M.D. Newnan Radiation Therapy Ctr. 211 Millard Farmer Ind. Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 (770)254-9600

Radiology Timothy W. Baker, M.D. Scott K. Carroll, M.D. Linda S. Huff, M.D. Joel E. Lightner, M.D. Pardeep K. Mittal, M.D. Steven G. Rogers, M.D. Radiological Services of Newnan (770)253-1912

Surgery Aaron Alford, M.D. Glenn M. McAlpin, M.D. Partners in Faith, Inc. 2700 Highway 34 East, Ste. 200 Newnan, GA 30265 (770)251-6118 Garnet R. Craddock, M.D. PAPP Clinic 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Rd. Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2054 Clifford A. Cranford, M.D. Joseph W. Parks, III, M.D. Frank S. Powell, M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Urology Donald P. Finnerty, M.D. Bob B. Mann, Jr., M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Jeffrey D. Schultz, D.D.S. 182-A Jefferson Parkway Newnan, GA 30263 (770)304-5577

Newnan Hospital 60 Hospital Road, P. O. Box 997, Newnan, GA 30263 Phone: 770-253-2330 www.newnanhospital.org


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MAGAZINE

January/February 2006

Features 13 Coweta’s Literary Legacy From the Depression-era novels of Erskine Caldwell to the more modern humor columns of Lewis Grizzard, Coweta writers and writings are still talked about today.

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17 A Scribe with a Mission Pioneering playwright Shay George uses her talents to inspire others and is helping shape the future of a Newnan television company.

20 Tackling New Challenges Find out how a 1982 interview with Paul “Bear” Bryant became a life-changing moment for Newnan author Keith Dunnavant.

22 Inspiration with a Kick Christian romance novels? Transplanted Texan Mae Nunn holds a full-time job while also writing inspirational romance from her home in Sharpsburg.

26 A Focus on Film An encounter with the drama program at East Coweta High led Newnan’s Andrew Marshall to pursue writing for stage and screen.

28 The Fellowship of the Books Beverages and best-sellers are the fun focus for some spirited local reading groups.

32 Welcoming the Authors You might be surprised to learn how many nowfamous authors have visited Scott’s Bookstore in Newnan over the years.

34 Renovation — A Beautiful Word Thoughts of home renovation make you nervous? Then check out the recent makeover of a farm home in Senoia.

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44 The Dancing Artist She dances and she paints, and now Newnan’s Amity Word has set her sights on fighting childhood obesity with her program “Burn While You Learn.”

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50 Memorable Menus Coweta chefs and restaurateurs give us their suggestions on how to create a memorable, romantic menu for Valentine’s Day.

60 Let It Snow Photographer Bob Fraley’s photo essay has us all wishing for a little winter mix.

72 Gunsmithing Whether running the shotgun competition at the Olympics or restoring a Civil War era gun, Rusty Morris of Sharpsburg finds his hobbies always relate to firearms.

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38 The Thoughtful Gardener If winter grays have you longing for a bit of color in your home, get a head start on spring by forcing branches.

Joan Achee, who comes to Newnan from Fort Worth, Texas, reveals the one question she’s been asked repeatedly since moving to Coweta.

56 Coweta Cooks Meet Marla and Chandler Brandenburg, a mother-daughter duo who’ve joined in keeping family culinary traditions alive.

62 Palmetto Profile With its small-town atmosphere and proximity to Atlanta, Palmetto is seeing a number of changes in the local landscape.

66 Palmetto Heritage Longtime leaders in Palmetto, the Dodd family’s influence remains not only in Coweta but also around the world.

68 Let’s Go If you’re interested in cowboys and Indians, take our armchair trip to Cartersville, home of the Booth Western Art Museum and the Etowah Indian Mounds.

76 The Bookshelf In Every Issue

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EDITOR’S LETTER

The Sweet Serenity of Books

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This slow, sleepy period in early January is one of my favorite times of year. The Christmas hustle and bustle is over, and the world has quieted a bit. It’s a time that lends itself well to reflection (so necessary to those of us bent on making New Year’s Resolutions) and, more happily, perhaps, to reading. I believe in what Longfellow called “the love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.” On a night when the wind is howling and the promise of snow is in the air, is there anything better than curling up with a good book? (Well, OK, I am suddenly reminded of author Elisabeth Elliot’s late husband Addison Leitch, who enjoyed telling others, “I like to curl up with a good author.”) In recent weeks, movie screens have been bringing to life some of my most favorite books. First came Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” and then the long-awaited film based on C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” A month ago I watched the documentary film “Beyond the Gates of Splendor,” based on Elisabeth Elliot’s fine book “Through Gates of Splendor.” This month the feature

film “End of the Spear” will share the same story, this time marking the 50th anniversary of the deaths of five American missionaries in Ecuador. The best book I’ve read lately, and one probably not destined for the silver screen, is by a University of Georgia physics professor. After hearing a lecture by Dr. Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III, I bought his book “Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence?” I can thank the ongoing debate over Intelligent Design for pushing me to spend some precious leisure reading hours mulling over the significance of interstellar molecules and the philosophical ramifications of quantum mechanics. It’s time wellspent, actually. You can’t have a decent discussion about microevolution versus macro-evolution or irreducible complexity if you haven’t examined the arguments, and I like hearing them from a noted scientist. But I’m most intrigued that subjects I never much cared for (math, science) are suddenly just fascinating because of the way a book presented them.

And that is what good writers do: They hold up new ideas or new plots and teach us something we did not know or did not care to know before. We are fortunate to live in a community rich in all sorts of books and book lovers. I hope you enjoy this issue’s writerly look at Coweta’s Literary Legacy, as well as its contemporary writing scene, as much as we enjoyed compiling it all for you. And if we should be blessed with a snow day this winter and you decide to curl up with your copy of our magazine, it would certainly warm this reader’s heart. Fondly,

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Adding a new chapter to a proud history of service and tradition.

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MAGAZINE

A SALUTE TO COWETA’S

Literary Legacy Lov Bensey trudged homeward through the deep white sand of the gully-washed tobacco road with a sack of winter turnips on h

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From the Depression-era novels of Erskine Caldwell to the more modern humor columns of Lewis Grizzard, Coweta writers and writings are still talked about today.

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A Salute to Coweta’s

Literary

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Shortly after Lynn and I purchased an antebellum cottage in one of Newnan’s historic neighborhoods, a friend who knew my love of history sent me “Sketch of the Life of Elder Humphrey Posey.” The 1852 book was written by Robert Fleming, a Baptist preacher in Newnan for some years. Fleming’s book is one of the earliest published works by a Cowetan, and I treasure my copy. Several 19th century tomes penned by Cowetans are still of interest to historians — W. U. Anderson’s 1880 county history and Methodist preacher W. J. Cotter’s memoir. A history of Midway Church near the Georgia coast, written more than a century ago by a longtime Newnan Presbyterian pastor, is still in print today. It was not until the 20th century, however, that Coweta produced writers who became known around the world. Three


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writers nurtured in Coweta County – Erskine Caldwell, Margaret Anne Barnes and Lewis Grizzard – have written works that engendered loyalty and enthusiasm among readers. The literary trail through Coweta’s history, however, must include a stop at the single book written by Atlanta newspaperwoman Margaret Mitchell. “Gone With the Wind” has become a phenomenon. More than 65 years after it was published, Mitchell’s mammoth novel remains popular, and the 1939 film has been adapted to video and now DVD for new generations of admirers. Sharpsburg’s Herb Bridges began collecting GWTW memorabilia years ago, showed portions of his Scarlett loot all over, wrote several books about “Gone With the Wind” and finally sold most of his collection in a New York auction. Local legend insists Mitchell collected stories from Confederate veterans at Senoia’s Hollberg Hotel, now the Veranda. Other stories may have come from a family connection between Mitchell and some of Coweta County’s pioneering Banks clan. Then there is the story about the streetcar conductor from Roscoe named Tarleton, who got his surname in the book because of helpfulness to Mitchell. For real “Wind” fans, I suggest a visit to the walkway in front of Central Baptist Church, where careful eyes can find a brick with the name of Annie Gibbs Kinnard, a founding member at Central and Mitchell’s first mother-in-law.

Erskine Caldwell

Margaret Anne Barnes

Margaret Mitchell

Before Mitchell began her novel, she was a reporter at the Atlanta Journal. For a time, one of her coworkers was Erskine Caldwell. Caldwell spent the first few years of his life near Moreland while his father served as pastor of two Associate Reformed Presbyterian congregations. Though his travels took him all over the world, Caldwell always considered himself a Georgian. He looked for his birthplace on his last visit to Georgia in 1982, when I heard him speak at Stone Mountain’s public library. He wrote “Tobacco Road,” “God’s Little Acre,” “Georgia Boy,”

Lewis Grizzard “Trouble in July” and some 50 other books. His poem “The Sacrilege of Alan Kent” and some short stories are probably among his best works. William Faulkner once listed Caldwell among the top five American novelists. Caldwell was a member of the American Academy of Arts and JANUARY/FEBRUARY

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Letters and was decorated by the governments of France and Bulgaria for his writing. During that 1982 visit to Georgia, Caldwell was on a panel that featured questions from writers Terry Kay and Margaret Anne Barnes. Margaret Anne does not care for Caldwell’s fiction and will honestly tell you that she did not much like Erskine himself. She does fondly remember his wife, Virginia, whom I have come to know as a dear friend. You can always tell who knows and does not know Margaret Anne Barnes. Anyone who refers to her as “Margaret Barnes” does not. She is inseparable from her middle name. Margaret Anne purposefully set out to tell stories about the South which highlighted honesty, fairness and nobility of purpose. In “Murder In Coweta County,” she drew on her knowledge of the 1948 John Wallace case. Wallace, a Meriwether County landowner, killed a farmhand just inside Coweta. Sheriff Lamar Potts, beloved by Margaret Anne and most Cowetans of that day, relentlessly pursued Wallace, who eventually died in the electric chair. The trial at the Coweta County Courthouse included testimony from several local folk and from an eccentric Heard County fortune teller, Mayhayley Lancaster. “Murder In Coweta County” was made into a TV movie that offered the unusual pairing of Andy Griffith as murderous Wallace and Johnny Cash as noble Potts. Margaret Anne has gone on to write a charming memoir of country living, “A Buzzard Is My Best Friend,” and an exhaustive study of the turnaround in Phenix City, Ala.

She is also a friend. When I pick up the phone and hear a raspy Southern drawl moving at staccato speed, I know Margaret Anne is on the other end. In the 1940s and again in the 1970s, Margaret Anne was on the staff of the local newspaper. In between – in 1965 – a young man from Moreland spent several months writing articles for “The Newnan Times-Herald Centennial Magazine.” At that time, he was known as Lewis Grizzard Jr. When he dropped the “Jr.” and began writing books with titles like “Don’t Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, Them Taters Got Eyes,” he would come to Scott’s Bookstore to autograph his latest work. I once got him to autograph a Centennial Magazine, which I gave as a Christmas gift to my mother, who taught Lewis his first journalism class at Newnan High. Lewis spent years as a well respected sports writer before he began penning a politically incorrect – and wildly popular – column for the Atlanta newspapers. His fame grew from there. He wrote books, did stand up comedy, recorded his comic routines – even played the Sugarbakers’ brother on “Designing Women.” With Lewis, there is a “what if ” factor. He died of a congenital heart problem at 47. You can’t help but wonder what he might have done with a lifespan almost twice as long, like Caldwell. When I have the opportunity to visit classes in local schools, I always find a student or two with that gleam in their eyes when I talk about writing. It will be interesting to see who our 21st century Coweta writers are – and to read what they write. NCM


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he writes to inspire. Her play “The Making of a Virtuous Woman” is being prepared for a five-day run at a large Atlanta venue in the fall of 2006, and that’s just the beginning for this talented writer/producer/director. Playwright Shay George has worked at Glory to God Television in Newnan for the past four years, and she is playing a major role in taking the company to a new level. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a double major in Performing Arts and Psychology, George planned to move to Atlanta

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Shay George and become an actress but found a new path instead. She’s hosted and produced segments for the TV show “Atlanta Lifestyles,” has worked in production at Turner Broadcasting and CNN, and held other positions in corporate America. In 2001 George called Joe Pope of Newnan, CEO of Glory to God Television, to ask about having a show on the air. She began working for Pope as a freelancer and after six months went to work for the company full-time. George has written and produced two full-length plays, “If He Lived Today” and “The Making of a Virtuous Woman.” “If He Lived Today” premiered at World Changers Church International, pastored by Dr. Creflo A. Dollar, on Easter Sunday 10 years ago. “The Making of a Virtuous Woman” premiered at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta on Memorial Day Weekend 2000. “The plays that I write are inspirational plays,” George says. “It’s an opportunity to inspire people who have been down, to inspire people who have been the underdog of society and life, to encourage them to pursue their dreams and their interests and know that with God all things are possible.” “The Making of a Virtuous Woman” is a play about four very different women: a successful businesswoman, a stripper, a young welfare mother and a Christian woman. The play shows how their paths cross and, with the guidance of the Christian woman, the women embark upon a journey to change their lives. She helps them realize that no matter what mistakes they have made, they can turn

their lives around. The play’s theme is, “The process of becoming a virtuous woman is like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.” “We’re caterpillars,” says George, “but with the right influence in our lives, we can become butterflies. But you have a certain segment of people in society that never have anyone to help them to get out of the cocoon and become butterflies, so they remain trapped as caterpillars throughout their entire lives.” During one showing in Atlanta this fall, free admission to “The Making of a Virtuous Woman” will be offered to schools and shelters. At the 2000 premiere, George offered free tickets to 25 organizations such as women’s shelters and homes for abused women. She arranged with department stores and boutiques, nail salons and hair salons to provide clothing, shoes, makeup and entire makeovers for the women. The free services proved to be invaluable because many of the women had escaped with only the clothes on their backs. “Even if they get the free tickets,” George says, “we recognize that they feel that they will not be appropriate to go or will feel out of place.” She also arranged transportation for the women, and at least 300 attended from these groups. Many of the women said her act of kindness changed their life. George plans to repeat these services for women at this year’s show. Before the premiere of George’s play, Sister Perri Reid (formerly known as the R&B singer Pebbles) and her ministry organization spoke to women outside four different strip joints and gave them free tickets to attend. Some 20 women came and said they wanted to get out of that type of life but didn’t think they could do it alone. George made an impact, but she expects it to be much bigger this time. The playwright is looking forward to eventually kicking off a tour. “Ultimately, what I would like to do is to do what Tyler Perry has done … to take that work on stage and escalate it into television and film,” she says. She

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hopes to accomplish this goal within the next five years. George recently returned from a mission trip to Zambia. She is currently making a documentary about the mission which should be ready to submit to the Sundance Festival in April. She wants to create awareness that most of the people they met had never seen black missionaries before. While African-American missionaries have a presence in some parts of Africa, George says, they do not visit the more underdeveloped nations and need to have a stronger presence. And on the local level, George is excited to report that Glory to God Television will soon be on-air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The pioneering playwright hopes the station can take Christian television to another level by one day developing sitcoms and dramatic shows. For more information, visit the Web site at www.glorytogodtv.com. NCM

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e wasn’t God, but in Alabama in 1982, Paul “Bear” Bryant was a close second, and Keith Dunnavant’s heart was pounding when he sat down to interview the man whose fans claimed he walked on water. “I was scared to death,” Dunnavant says. “Coach Bryant was the biggest thing in my world.” Three years earlier, at age 14, Dunnavant became the youngest sports writer in Alabama by talking the publisher of his hometown newspaper in Athens, Ala., into letting him create, write and run a sports section in exchange for the money from a quarterpage ad. During high school Dunnavant had tossed dozens of questions at Bryant in post-game press sessions, but this was their first one-on-one and the stakes were huge. A writing job was Dunnavant’s only hope of paying for college and a bad word from Bryant would have been a death sentence. After the easy questions were asked and answered,

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Dunnavant cleared his throat, swallowed hard and asked Bryant to comment on a rash of recruiting and academic violations being uncovered at major colleges across the country. Bryant glared at him, then growled, “It sure as hell isn’t going on around here.” Then he ended the interview and ushered Dunnavant out of his office. Dunnavant was stunned. “I was scared I’d made him mad,” he says. “That would have been it for me.” Minutes later an assistant sports information director took Dunnavant aside and told him Bryant had been impressed and had authorized the athletic department to offer Dunnavant a scholarship. “I don’t have words for what that meant to me,” Dunnavant says. “That day changed my life.” Dunnavant repaid Bryant’s confidence in spades and capped his time at Alabama by winning the William Randolph Hearst National Writing Award, considered the Pulitzer

Prize of college journalism. He then joined the Los Angeles Times, home at that time to what Dunnavant considered the nation’s best sports department. “I wanted to see if I could hang with those guys,” he says. He soon headed to New York to Sports, Inc. magazine and in 1989, at age 25, signed with The National Sports Daily. When The National folded in 1991, Dunnavant decided to take the biggest leap of his life. Without a safety net. He knew he’d never find a job to top The National and decided not to try. Instead he went to work for himself. He set three goals: to write magazine stories, start a publishing company and write a book. He knew major travel would be involved and, in 1992, settled in Newnan, where his brother Jim lived. “It didn’t take long for Newnan to become home,” he says. “The place and the people were special from the start.” The freelance magazine career flourished. Dunnavant started Solovox Publishing which produced a college football magazine, Dunnavant’s Paydirt Illustrated, and followed up with Dunnavant’s Speed! Illustrated, which explored the NASCAR circuit. In 1993 he sold the rights to “Coach: The Life Of Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant.” When the book hit the shelves in 1996, it was widely proclaimed as the definitive Bryant book. Writing awards continued to pile up but the plan was actually working a little too well. “I was getting too comfortable,” he says. “I needed another challenge.” He headed back to New York as managing editor of Mediaweek magazine and editor of Adweek Magazines’ Special Report. After 18 months he returned to Georgia as executive editor of Atlanta magazine before launching South Walton Life magazine, which celebrates the good life in that piece of the Florida


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panhandle nestled between Panama City and Destin. Even during the extended absences in New York Dunnavant never considered abandoning his Newnan home or the Solovox office overlooking the Court Square. “There was never a doubt I’d come back here,” he says. “This place is home now.” Dunnavant’s second book, “The Fifty Year Seduction” was released in 2004. Described by the New York Times Book Review as “a fascinating tale of intrigue and betrayal,” the book is a blistering indictment of how huge TV contracts gave networks more control over college football than players, fans, coaches or university administrators. The fall of 2006 will see the release of Dunnavant’s next book, “The Missing Ring,” which chronicles the story of the 1966 Alabama football team that went undefeated and untied but uncrowned as collegiate champions by a national sports establishment determined to punish the state of Alabama for political and social reasons at the height of the civil rights movement. Dunnavant’s plate is full, but he is already researching another sports book, plans to launch a new magazine in three years and eventually, write a novel. “I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to do,” he says. “I just want to see how far I can go.” NCM

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Mae Nunn

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rasier! Frasier Nunn! Heel!” It’s a chilly fall Saturday morning and she’s usually at her computer by now, but Mae Nunn of Sharpsburg stops to track down the sweetnatured dog who disappeared while she was showing a visitor her husband’s latest building project, a sunroom overlooking the pool and lake. To readers of Nunn’s inspirational romance novels, Frasier is a celebrity, the dog featured in her 2004 first novel “Hearts in Bloom.” Frasier was often in Nunn’s lap for the writing of that book as well as “Sealed With A Kiss,” released in 2005, and “Amazing Love,” coming in February. Nunn, who works at a major air express company in Atlanta, had long known she could write, but it wasn’t until she learned the story of a former Green Beret who dropped 40,000 feet with a defective parachute and lived to tell about it that she was inspired to write a novel. The man, a friend whose personal history had been kept quiet, seemed the perfect subject for a book. Nunn interviewed him for five hours and began writing. Originally an action/adventure novel, the book was “a little irreverent,” Nunn said, and going in a direction she knew was questionable for a Christian writer. One day her mother pointedly asked, “Are you writing filth?” “No, mother,” Nunn told her. “I could, I know all the words, but I’m not writing filth.” “The Holy Spirit was really drawing me closer to Him” at the time, Nunn said. One morning as she was on the treadmill enjoying a tape of Christian speaker and author Joyce Meyer, she felt God telling her, “If you’ll do it My way, you’ll be more successful.” Though Nunn began writing with the goal “not to write anything that would offend my mother or my daughter,” she soon had a more important goal: “To use my words to glorify our Heavenly Father.” Fan mail from some of the thousands who read her books makes it clear Nunn is doing precisely that. An American missionary in Japan read one book seven times, saying she’d had trouble finding novels that didn’t offend her. An Amazon.com reviewer liked the fact Nunn’s characters aren’t perfect — and her first two heroines both struggle with weight issues. Nunn’s books are part of the Steeple Hill line of inspirational fiction, a branch of mega

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romance seller Harlequin. Yes, Nunn quickly admits, there is a certain prejudice against what even she once referred to as “those books.” But don’t look for any steamy passages in Steeple Hill titles. Hero and heroine don’t have sex unless they are married, and there’s no cursing or violence. Like Nunn, you might be surprised who’s reading romance. Some readers are men (7 percent, according to Romance Writers of America), and 63 percent are collegeeducated. About half those who read romance novels are married (49.5 percent), and 33.3 percent are single. Nunn kicked off her novelwriting career with a Writer’s Digest correspondence course, and only when she had a good, clean manuscript did she submit to a publisher. She credits critique partner Diana Love Snell with helping her submit clean copy that caught the eye of an editor. “Hearts in Bloom” unites landscape designer Jessica Holliday and new neighbor Andrew Keegan, and Andrew’s character is based on Nunn’s friend who’d been a Green Beret. “Sealed With a Kiss” tells of a woman who leaves her property — jointly — to granddaughter Tara Elliott and Sam Kennesaw, the man who’d broken Tara’s heart years before. Though pleased to sell that first novel, Nunn was even happier upon selling the second book, proving she wasn’t a one-hit wonder. “Sealed With a Kiss” also kicked off Nunn’s Texas Treasures series. A native of Houston, Nunn is proud of her Texas roots. Armadillo figures and the Texas state seal are displayed at her home, and her wardrobe includes cowboy boots and silver cowboy boot earrings.


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atching a lip reader plow through your first novel may be excruciating, but it’s nothing compared to hearing your words butchered by a third-rate actor in the Frostproof, Fla., Little Theater. That frightening possibility, though, is part of the attraction of theatrical writing for Coweta’s Andrew Marshall, now in his third year of film school at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Every film or stage production starts with a written story, and Marshall has already learned there’s nothing more terrifying than putting 26

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your words in someone else’s mouth. “You write something for someone else to interpret and sometimes it’s great like you thought it would be,” he says. “But sometimes, it’s terrible and you can see where you really screwed up. That can get a little scary.” By junior high, Marshall knew he wanted to make movies, but in his junior year at East Coweta High School, another entertainment alternative beckoned when Richard McMichen took over the school’s drama program. Marshall had never seen a play before, but the enthusiasm of the students and teacher was infectious and he found himself building sets, painting props, and before he knew it, directing a play. “It was just unbelievable,” he says. “And it made me conscious of the importance of every word. You really have to understand what the writer was thinking when he wrote those lines.” Once Marshall began studying theatrical writing in earnest, he realized that while stage or screen stars may utter the same lines, the long-term results are totally different. “Once a movie is finished, that actor’s performance is over forever,”

he says. “It won’t change. But a play can be produced thousands of times. Every night a new actor interprets those lines a different way and the performance is never the same, for better or worse. At least it stays interesting.” Marshall says he got a feel for the language — and for writing — by reading. “I was always encouraged to read, and the more I read the more I saw the different challenges and possibilities a writer has.” Including the challenge of saying nothing. Literary writers are taught, “Show, don’t tell.” Screenwriters and playwrights don’t have a choice. Long, lush sentences bristling with vivid descriptions of gorgeous places are replaced by a single sweep of the camera’s lens. A character’s thoughts can’t be explained by a narrator, they must be conveyed by an actor’s words. Or sometimes, by just a smile or a shrug. “It takes a while to learn how to handle that,” Marshall says. “And there isn’t any shortcut. You just have to keep doing it and see what works and what doesn’t.” Marshall’s filmmaking studies demand most of his time at SCAD, but in his rare spare moments, he writes plays. He has already finished two 10-minute plays and is working on a longer, theatrical length one-act play he hopes to have produced. Possibly in Newnan. After he graduated from East Coweta in 2003, Marshall was involved in the first performance of the Superintendent’s Theatre Arts Resources (STAR) program, the


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Steve Freeman and Susan Annis are leading the summer theater program started by Don Nixon, director of the Coweta County School System’s Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA). When the production closed, Marshall and his friends wanted to keep performing in the future, but knew opportunities would be limited — or not available at all — to those not involved with college drama programs. Marshall’s friend Sean Reidy conceived the idea for a theater company for college age students and pitched it to Nixon, who gave the green light and dubbed the program STAR Encore. In the summer of 2004, Marshall directed STAR Encore’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and last summer came back to play a leading role in “The Foreigner.” Marshall hopes to have his new one-act play presented by STAR Encore, perhaps as soon as this summer. “I’m working on it as hard as I can,” he says. “Writing is one thing, but to see it performed, that’s what we all work for.” Marshall will spend his last year at SCAD creating an original student film which will serve as his combination resume and business card. He has no intentions of going to Los Angeles or New York, and hopes the film will help him land a job within a few hours of his east Coweta home. But even if he gets his dream job behind, beside, or in front of the camera, Marshall plans to keep writing — for films and the stage. He knows he can’t make a living writing for local or regional theater, but money isn’t his motive. “I just have this need to do it,” he says. “I want to write plays and I can’t see myself ever stopping. I’m going to keep working until I get it figured out.” NCM

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Linda Arnall, in red vest at right, hosts her book club for a meeting featuring John Berendt’s new release, “The City of F alling Angels.”

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he cacophony of women’s voices rose inside the house with each arrival. These ladies have been friends for many years, and their bond runs deep. Two years ago Carolyn Schuett proposed starting a book club to nine of her bookloving pals, and they were “off and reading.” While these women adore each other and certainly enjoy reading, they don’t take the idea of a book club too seriously. One member laughingly said, “We’re so laid-back, we don’t even have a name!” Most of the women have found themselves at the same place in their lives: busy with grandchildren, traveling with spouses and friends, and enjoying the benefits that retirement can bring. They’ve earned the right to be laid-back. On book club nights, the nameless reading group generally goes out to dinner and then gathers at the hostess’s house for the discussion accompanied by a light dessert or snack, coffee and beverages. For this particular meeting, hosted by Linda Arnall, the group read John Berendt’s non-fiction “City of Falling Angels.” The night’s food and drink were Italian-themed to go along with the Venetian setting of Berendt’s work. The conversation began with everyone excitedly talking at once, with an almost immediate consensus that most readers were not particularly fond of the bestseller; several had not yet finished it by meeting time. A couple of members brought articles and interviews about the author and the

tale to the meeting to spur talking points. As the discussion progressed, topics from the volume brought out interesting discussion ideas, which led another member to observe that even books that aren’t universally liked sometimes offer the best discussions. Yet as the discussion progressed, most of the members seemed to warm to the story, and almost all wanted to finish the selection. Next month’s hostess, Lynn Duffey, was in charge of choosing the next story, which will be James Frey’s painful autobiography, “A Million Little Pieces,” which has been receiving much acclaim. When she revealed her choice, these laidback ladies sat up and took notice. The “Out of the House” (OOTH) book club has been meeting for seven years and while they, too, are a pretty laid-back group of women, they take their reading group a bit more seriously. The group is limited to 13 members, and a new member may join only if a space is vacated by a departing member. Reading all types of book selections, the OOTH group also holds meetings at the homes of members. It is the hostess’s responsibility to select the book and provide dinner and beverages. Occasionally the club holds meetings in a restaurant. The group also has an annual Christmas party (sans book discussion) at which everyone gets dressed up and spouses are invited. The club uses a grading system of A, B, C or D for books and, amazingly, only two

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literary discussion. Don’t despair! There’s hope in the Newnan-Coweta Public Library. These readers meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month (except for January because of the New Year), and all adult participants are welcome. The dates and books for the first three months of 2006 are Jan. 9, “Sea Glass” by Anita Shreve; Feb. 6, “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones; and March 6, “Paris to the Moon” by Adam Gopnik. Meetings are held in the Conference Room and last about an hour. The reference desk at the library is compiling a list of local book clubs. Those interested in having their group included on the list may contact the reference desk at 770-253-3625. Local bookseller Earlene Scott is an important supporter of book clubs. Not only will she order and hold any book that a club wants to read, she offers book clubs 10% off the retail price. She is an invaluable

This group also talked on top of each other, in an eager and friendly way with some gentle disagreement about whether Good food and fellowship centered around a love of the story’s central books bring women to meetings of the “Out of the House” book club. character was a good or bad older books have ever received “universal all sister. The OOTH club gave the book A’s,” according to club founder Audrey a respectable mixed A and B grade. Spragins. These were “The Red Tent” Members of the OOTH club by Anita Diamant and “A Million often match their book selection with Little Pieces” by James Frey. Spragins special events or life changes, and in keeps a recording of books read and keeping with that theme, their next grades received in her Palm Pilot for a selection will be “Out of Africa” by quick reference. Isak Dinesen in celebration of one This meeting was at the home of member’s recent trip to Africa. Newnan caterer Olivia Waters, so the Maybe you are an avid reader group had the added delight of a who doesn’t have many friends who professionally prepared meal. The book are readers. Or possibly you are new discussion centered on “The True and to the area and don’t yet have Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt enough new friends to start a book Sisters” by Elisabeth Robinson. club but are thirsting for some good

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Welcoming the Authors By Angela Webster Photos courtesy of The Times-Herald and Earlene Scott

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hirty years ago, when Earlene Scott of Newnan got tired of driving to Atlanta to buy books she decided to open a book store. “Rich’s was the main place to get your books” back then, she said. A cousin in Columbus took her to a bookstore there where she asked a lot of questions and got the

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encouragement to open the 600square-foot Scott’s Book Store on Perry Street in downtown Newnan. “Some days I wish I was back in that small one,” Scott said with a grin from her office at 28 South Court Square, home since a move in 1992. Today she has 2,400 square feet of space both upstairs and down, and oh, if those walls could talk. Fortunately their owner does, and she recently reminisced about authors who have visited over the years. Some memories are prompted by photos 32

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tucked away in her office. After her husband Dick died last year, Scott was surprised to learn how many things he had saved about the store as well. But she doesn’t need a photo to remember that first book signing on Perry Street. “It was Lewis Grizzard,” she said with a wistful smile. Like many

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to autograph, and the lone employee at the time was Scott. Norma Gunby, well-known for her work with the Coweta County Geneaological Society, surveyed the scene and said, “Honey, you need help.” “Norma got behind the counter and helped me,” Scott said. It quickly became a tradition for Grizzard to autograph his latest book at Scott’s on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving each year. She remembers it was Wednesday “because I could never get to the Catholic church bake sale.” Grizzard’s signings were memorable. Once, Scott recalled, he came in “fussing because he couldn’t finish his meal at Sprayberry’s,” particularly his piece of lemon pie. By then the store did have help, so she sent someone to Sprayberry’s “to get him a whole lemon pie to shut his mouth,” she said, laughing.

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Cowetans, Scott misses the late Moreland author known for his wisecracking columns in the Atlanta newspapers. Scott’s friend Sandra Blair had been to a class reunion and called up one day. “I’ve got a classmate coming out with a book,” she said. “You might want to have him in to autograph.” Although Scott read the newspapers, she wasn’t that familiar with Grizzard’s work and had no idea what was in store. An onslaught of customers crowded into the store to buy books for Grizzard

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Another time Grizzard arrived with rumpled clothes, his hair uncombed, and sunglasses on to disguise the fact he hadn’t been to bed the night before. Scott, who treated Grizzard like a son, reminded him that former teachers and classmates would be among his visitors. “You’ve got to go to the restroom and clean yourself up,” she said. He obeyed. Grizzard did not, however, obey Scott’s no-smoking policy, sometimes sneaking a cigarette in back of the store. “Margaret Anne (Barnes) did the


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same thing,” she said, grinning. Another popular author was Zell Miller, who autographed once when he was governor and twice as senator. Novelists Anne Rivers Siddons and Nora Roberts also brought fans to Newnan. The list of those who have signed books at Scott’s often reads like a Who’s Who of Southern Writers. Other autographing authors who’ve come to Coweta include Terry Kay, Lee Smith, Ludlow Porch, Kathy Hogan Trochek, Celestine Sibley, Ferrol Sams and Augusta Trobaugh. Zell Miller wasn’t the only politician, either. Herman Talmadge has visited, and George Busbee’s wife and daughter autographed their cookbook. The store has also hosted numerous local writers, from cartoonist David Boyd and playwright David Wilson to children’s author Ruth Schroeder and humorist Cathy Lee Phillips. The most recent book signing featured Dr. William Waters III, father of Sally McEntire of Newnan, autographing “Doctor on Call.” “It was a nice turnout,” Scott said. “I was really pleased with it.” Who has not been to Scott’s for a book signing? Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for one. “I’d still like to have Newt,” she said. A previously scheduled book signing got canceled, so Gingrich owes her a visit. “Pat Conroy’s one I’d love to have,” she said. “I looooove Pat Conroy.” She met him once at a bookseller’s convention and thinks she must have been wearing too much cologne that day, for he said, “Oh, White Shoulders. My mother always wore White Shoulders.” “Of course James Patterson” is one of her favorites, she said, but she thinks her store would probably never be able to book him for a signing. Still, Scott said, there is one question that is always on her mind: “Who can I have next?” NCM

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S E N O I A FA R M H O U S E G E T S U P D AT E D

RENOVATION A BEAUTIFUL WORD By Janet Flanigan, Photos by Bob Fraley

A HOME RENOVATION? Those three little words can hold the power to send homeowners scurrying back into their homes to the original shag carpeting, white-on-white-onwhite kitchens and 1970s faux marbleized bathroom countertops, slamming the door! Possibly a fear of Sheetrock dust, workmen in the home or a simple lack of vision may beCutline preventing you from turning your present home into the place of your dreams. 34

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Many of today’s homeowners are choosing the renovation path for a variety of reasons: They own acreage they don’t want to give up. Family needs have changed. The owners want to refresh and update the home. The reasons don’t matter, but what does count is that the family is happy with the end result. The recent renovation of a weekend farm home on Rainwater Road in Senoia was a dream job for both interior designer Ruthi Endicott

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project, saying, “I literally could not have done this home without Ruthi and (contractor) Tim Brown, because we were living in Maryland when it was done.” Two rooms were the focus of this project: the kitchen, formerly a screened-in breezeway; and a living area was the former kitchen. The entire team never lost sight that the home was indeed a farmhouse, and the design elements are reflected in the tiniest details. A lovely, inviting feeling envelopes guests as they enter the kitchen. Surrounded by Tim Madsen’s custom maple cabinets, visitors find the urge to stay and fix a cup of cappuccino at the built-in machine is strong. Then with a cup of Joe in hand, one tends to linger and lean on the “Giallo” granite island, with its extraordinary pattern, chosen for its color and movement. The perimeter granite countertops are a quieter, complimentary shade that doesn’t compete with the action of the island. Tearing the eyes away from the interior beauty of the kitchen, God’s handiwork is evident in the gorgeous surroundings featuring a pond, tree line and JANUARY/FEBRUARY

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RENOVATION DO’S

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Do tear pictures out of magazines containing looks and ideas that you like, and your designer will spot a trend of what is “timeless for you.”

Don’t worry so much about following the latest design trend – do what you like, and don’t be intimidated by what you see around you. You are the one who has to live in the house and pay for it.

Do hire experts – designer, contractor, architect (especially if there is a roof involved) — because they will definitely save you money in the long run.

Don’t try to impress your designer – tell the truth if you don’t like an idea that they have presented to you. It won’t hurt their feelings; just because they like it doesn’t mean you should, and you’ll be the one who has to live with that pillow, sofa, etc. that you hate and paid good money for.

Do move out of your house during the renovation if at all possible. It is always much, much messier than you ever imagined.

Don’t think that it’s necessarily less expensive to renovate. Sometimes there are hidden costs in a renovation, not to mention the aggravation of living through a renovation if you don’t move out. Just be prepared.

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“We try to come and spend weekends here,� says Owens, “but it’s tough with teenagers and sports and all that comes with that time in your life. We entertain out on the farm. We absolutely love it and hope to spend much more time here now that it’s so beautiful!� Endicott highly recommends using a contractor as your liaison with subcontractors. “It’s just a fact that if a homeowner is trying to be his or her own general contractor, he’ll be at the bottom of suppliers’ lists for getting the jobs done,� she says. “Good contractors can expedite the process, know the entire process and make sure everything is done right.� Just make sure to use a reputable contractor, she cautions, and ask your friends or designer for recommendations. Endicott also recommends homeowners work with an experienced interior designer for, at the minimum,

a few hours at the beginning of the project, but ideally throughout the entire renovation. “They can really help in an emergency like when the contractor calls and says, ‘I need your paint color tomorrow!’ It will have already been taken care of because the designer had the foresight to help you make that decision,� she says. “They help think through all the details that most homeowners just don’t think about.� No home renovation or new home construction is without its difficulties, but the help of professionals can make the process much smoother, more enjoyable and problem free. When the project is complete, those words “home renovation� are sure to take on a new and personal meaning for every homeowner undertaking this exciting project. NCM

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THE THOUGHTFUL GARDENER

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n bleak January and February when the skies are low and gray, the air frigid and the ground frozen, the gardener’s life seems empty. Therein lies the secret of the true gardener’s heart, for this is truly an essential time of preparation and anticipation as exemplified by all of nature. The mighty oak hides in the tiny acorn buried by fall scavenging squirrels, the daffodil covers its brilliance inside a brown papery bulb, and the forsythia holds its profusion of yellow inside a tight little bud swaying on a bare winter branch. For many trees, shrubs and plants, a time of cold harshness is required to prepare the plant for the blooming time. What we observe in nature is often mirrored in our own lives — at times we experience deadness, sorrow or hibernation, only for it to be followed by a miraculous opening or flowering of our lives. The life of Valentinus, a Christian martyr and the inspiration behind Valentine’s Day, is indicative of this cycle of life. Valentinus lived under the rule of Emperor Claudius II. Rome at this time was a polytheistic culture and required all its citizens to bow down and worship many different gods. Being a Christian or associating with a Christian was a crime punishable by death. Valentinus steadfastly refused to do anything that did not honor the one true God. Consequently, he was thrown into jail and condemned to death. As he awaited execution, he became friends with his jailer. Seeing that he was a kind and learned man, the jailer asked him to tutor his blind daughter, Julia. For the remaining weeks of his life, Valentinus read Julia stories of Roman history, described the world of nature, taught her arithmetic and told her about God. She saw the world through the eyes of Valentinus, finding trust and comfort in her new friend. As Valentinus taught Julia about Christ her faith grew. The two prayed together for restoration of her sight, and in an incredible

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Valentine’s Day is a beautiful occasion to celebrate “abiding love and friendship” by having an arrangement of forced blossoms. miracle, their prayers were answered. The night before his death, Valentinus wrote a letter to Julia and signed it “from your Valentine.” The next day, Feb. 14, 270 AD, he was executed. The death of Valentinus and the “flowering” of Julia were personified by the pink-blossomed almond tree, a symbol of abiding love and friendship, that Julia planted at his graveside. Valentine’s Day is a beautiful occasion to celebrate “abiding love and friendship” by having an arrangement of forced blossoms. Forced blooms are

To see blooms like those on the Woodland Trail pear tree, above, and peach tree, at top, you don’t have to wait for spring. Try forcing branches of spring flowering shrubs.

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experience that forced branches bring an architectural element into a room — they become sculpture. Along with forced bulbs, branches are now a winter decorating staple, able to lift the gloom of dreary winter days.” A poem by John Farrar engages all the senses and exemplifies the beauty of the contrast of winter and spring that you can bring into your own home.

A Comparison Apple blossoms look like snow, They’re different, though. Snow falls softly, but it brings Noisy things: Sleighs and bells, forts and fights, Cozy nights. But apple blossoms when they go, White and slow, Quiet all the orchard space Till the place Hushed with falling sweetness seems Filled with dreams.

usually branches of a spring flowering shrub or tree that have been brought indoors and encouraged to bloom early. Preferably, it would be a pink blossom, but at our home it is usually whatever we find in our yard or our neighbor’s yard — with permission! Carolyn Roehm in her “Winter Notebook” features photographs of beautiful sprays of various forced branches. She notes, “I learned from

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communities but liked all of the older homes in Newnan and loved the town square.

NCM: Since you made the choice to live in an older neighborhood, how does it feel living in a historic home in The City of Homes? JA: We love it! I understand that for many in Newnan, this home is known as the “Clara Berry Sanders Home” or the “Walt Sanders Home.” Several of the family members that grew up in the home have actually come by and introduced themselves to us. I felt honored by that.

NCM: You haven’t yet lived here a full year, but what are some of your favorite things about Newnan?

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Joan Achee (JA): Weellll (blows out breath) … my husband Steve is a pilot for Delta and his base was Dallas, and when they closed that hub we wanted to come to Headquarters. We looked at several

JA: Oh, that’s easy, Halloween! It was so awesome. Everyone around here in CollegeTemple District goes all out. Steve dressed up this year and I had a big laugh when I took our daughter Madeleine to another house trick-or-treating and heard some children talking about this scary guy and described the house and knew it was ours! I had a good laugh. Next year we’ll really do it up. We also love the sense of community in this town and, living close to downtown Newnan, I adore shopping with locally-owned


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businesses. We think it’s so great to have the ability to actually walk to downtown Newnan, but even if we had to drive to downtown Newnan it is worth it.

NCM: What helped you feel a part of the neighborhood?

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Amity Word practices dance moves at her home in Newnan.

When she walks through the door, her poise and grace tell it all. She is a dancer. She sweeps across the floor, looking the part, with her hair pulled back and wearing a flattering tank top sporting the name of a famous choreographer, Fatima Robinson. Amity Word of Newnan has been dancing since the age of 8, and she is revolutionizing Newnan and metro Atlanta with her unique dance moves. This young dancer looks up to the finest — Alvin Ailey, Debbie Allen and Savion Glover of “Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk” — and she plans to follow their lead, one dance step at a time. Word hopes to one day produce great shows of the same caliber and would also like to work as a choreographer for artists in the entertainment industry. Word began taking dance classes at Footsteps Dance Studio in College Park where she studied jazz, tap and ballet. Her family moved to Newnan when she was 10, and she enrolled in Bettina Carroll’s School of Dance until the age of 12. Word ambitiously began teaching her own classes and workshops to local schools and churches with instruction in jazz, tap, and hip-hop while she was still in middle school. In 2003, Word attended a hip-hop workshop in Atlanta taught by Fatima Robinson, renowned choreographer to some of R&B and pop’s finest: Aaliyah, Will Smith and the Back Street Boys among many others. Word holds two NESTA fitness certifications. Word graduated from the State University of West Georgia in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, and during her studies she continued to teach dance and led a Praise Dance team. In 2003, Word began her own company, One Word Productions. “I believe that one word from God can make a huge difference in JANUARY/FEBRUARY

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Amity Word’s art has been displayed at the Hammond House in Atlanta and at the World Congress Center.

works with organizations to assist with performances and recitals. “I love the impulsiveness of hiphop,” Word says. “You never know what’s coming next. And with World Fusion, the mix of rhythms and percussive sounds from different cultures combining is magical. The music itself is colorful … the energy and excitement is wild. And the music speaks to my heart and tells my

body which way to flow with it.” Word began teaching her classes in Atlanta, and she brought her classes to Newnan where she taught at World Gym and A New U. She is currently meeting with several schools in the county to implement her program “Burn While You Learn,” a dance program designed to fight childhood obesity. “Burn While You Learn” is geared toward cardiovascular fitness. In addition, the lessons help children with problem solving and decision making, cultural understanding, creativity and locomotor skills. Word wants kids to stay active and have fun at the same time. “Children enjoy hip-hop a great deal because it’s mainstream and it looks cool. So they are eager to try it,” says Word. She plans to teach the program at preschools, grade schools, and universities, both public and private,

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incorporates her love for both dancing and painting. In the routine, she tap dances and paints at the same time. She has performed the routine at the Art Village Gallery in Memphis to open for other artists. Her initiative is astounding, and this multi-talented young woman has raised the bar for her generation. Look out for Amity Word, because she is dancing her way to the top! NCM

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Professional chefs and cooks are sometimes the last ones to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Because they work such incredible hours, they often play catch-as-catch-can with their own eating habits. These hardworking professionals also need time to dine with their loved ones, and Valentine’s Day offers the perfect time to refresh loving relationships. For Matt Johnson, the recently hired sous-chef at André’s Off the Square in Newnan, Valentine’s Day has always been special, even if he isn’t always able to celebrate on Feb. 14. “I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 15 years old, and have been a chef in kitchens from Bill Murray’s Caddyshack Restaurant in St. Augustine to executive chef at Sergio’s in Honolulu,” Johnson said during a quick afternoon break from cooking the restaurant’s evening stocks and sauces. “Because Valentine’s is such a big restaurant night, my fiancée Caroline (Debeukelaer) and I usually celebrate at another time, but it’s still just as romantic.” For Phyllis and Jerry Dean of A Heavenly Batch bakery, thoughts of Valentine’s Day turn to … cookie bouquets and cookie flower pots. They sell them as part of their business and, while it’s not the most romantic of thoughts, this husband and


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Keep Me Out of the Kitchen Menu Phyllis Dean, Owner A Heavenly Batch Delicious Deep Fried Mushrooms Crisp Green Salad with Dressing Fantastic Grilled Steaks wife team has enjoyed the “romance” of working side-by-side as part of their growing business since it opened last December. Jerry is in charge of the cookies, and he estimates four dozen of the huge chocolate chip and toffee cookies fly out the door each day.

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Heavenly Batch recently began offering lunchtime sandwiches to go, and daughterin-law Ashley Dean is kept plenty busy helping out at lunch as well as fulfilling her cake decorating duties and assembling gift baskets, the cookie bouquets and flowerpots. The Butcher Shoppe in Newnan Station, owned by Richard and Dawn Lindamood, is as fine a meat and seafood shop as you’ll find anywhere. As a former restaurant chef and competitive Culinary Olympian, Richard could have chosen to open a top quality restaurant in Coweta County and even toyed with the idea at one time. But ultimately, it was his knowledge and experience with quality meats that helped the

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Lindamoods decide to open their doors. Every day is special when a customer comes in to The Butcher Shoppe. The meats, seafood and prepared foods elicit exciting menu ideas, and Richard and Dawn offer many wonderful preparation suggestions. Richard has also become something of a local celebrity, teaching cooking on his own show on Newnan Utilities cable television. But his methods are never anything that is too difficult for cooks to replicate at home. It’s amazing how quickly a local business can become part and parcel of the fabric of a town, and Spoons in Newnan has done just that. Spoons was initially opened by Debbie Carter and Chef Carol Hunt as a gourmet lunch restaurant with catering and cooking classes on the side. The catering operation has grown and overtaken the restaurant side so that the catering is now the operation’s primary focus, with the restaurant side open three days a week, from Wednesday through Friday. Spoons’ upscale sandwiches, hearty homemade soups, crispy salads and decadent desserts have earned legions of loyal fans who have also purchased items from Spoons’ “Gourmet to Go.” These items include roasted meats, savory sides and scrumptious desserts. A one-woman tornado in the kitchen, Carol makes each order by hand, while Debbie handles the front of the house, greeting customers as old friends. With all of the suggestions from these great culinary pros, we’ve got the recipe for a perfect Valentine’s Day. NCM


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When people ask, What is happening to today’s teenagers? one need only look to Chandler Brandenburg to feel hope for the next generation. A star scholar-athlete at Madras Middle School, Chandler is determined to succeed in the present while keeping one foot firmly planted in the past – through keeping family culinary traditions alive. Chandler and her mother Marla move around their lemon-colored kitchen in perfect synchronicity. There’s no doubt Chandler has spent years learning cooking from her mama, just as Marla did when she was a teenager. Husband and father Bryant is the fortunate diner and official taste tester for the family. He doesn’t cook much, and that’s fine by him. “When I was young, I was heavily into sports like softball and basketball, just like Chandler,” Marla recalled. “I was completely uninterested in cooking until my mother came down with a horrible cold when I was 16. Mama told me I had to get supper on the table that night. She called out the instructions from her bedroom, and I got it pulled together and I was so excited!” From that first fried chicken dinner grew the beginnings of what became a very successful wedding catering business for Marla and her friend Jeff Barber. They catered many Coweta County weddings from 1980 until 1990 with some as large as 700 guests. But the demands of family life were increasingly important, and the catering business had to become but a hobby for Marla. As Chandler has grown she has become more interested in learning how to cook, and Marla has taken the opportunity to make sure her own mother’s and grandmother’s recipes are passed on to the next generation. This fall, Chandler entered a recipe for “Southwestern Beef Bake” in

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Recipes courtesy of Marla & Chandler Brandenburg

Southwestern Beef Bake

Quick Vegetable Beef Soup

This is Chandler’s award-winning recipe from the 2005 Coweta County Fair.

Marla invented this recipe for her roommates at Berry College on their dorm room hotplate. It was such a hit, she has been making it for more than two decades and the soup remains a family favorite. There is something comforting in the ingredients, and it’s easy for the cook to make!

Ingredients

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It’s a recipe for southside success — smalltown atmosphere combined with big-city access — and perhaps no Coweta town exhibits it more than Palmetto, straddling both Coweta and Fulton counties. The town of 4,000 residents got its name when a regiment from the Palmetto state, South Carolina, came through on its way to the Mexican War in 1847. Grateful for the local hospitality, the group gave the town its name. Among the latest residents to experience Palmetto’s hospitality is newlyelected councilman Gregory Rusch. The Atlanta interior designer learned of Palmetto’s historic homes through friends, and in 2002 he bought the Rusch Home on Main Street, turning it into a bed-andbreakfast inn. He plans to do the same with the home he recently bought across the street. “I love historic homes, and I always am looking for that unique historic home,”


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Community, a 900-acre “New Urbanism” development with homes, shops, office space and restaurants, all surrounded by 70 percent green space. In-the-know gardeners visit Palmetto’s Wilkerson Mill Gardens each spring for its famous hydrangeas. The nursery is located on 30 acres with the last standing gristmill in Fulton County. If you want a bite to eat while in Palmetto, the local offerings include the meat-and-three restaurant Ms. Emily’s and, near the interstate, Frank’s Famous Family Restaurant. Palmetto is also home to a campus of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries. Vice president of communications Chris Hobbs lives in Newnan but grew up across from the children’s home when it was located in Hapeville 30 years ago. The home’s ties to Coweta are many, Hobbs said, noting the first emergency shelter at the Palmetto campus served Coweta children. Today, the children’s home operates the Angel’s House children’s shelter in Coweta County. Cowetans have long been


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Frank’s Famous Family Restaurant located off I-85 in Palmetto, at left, is a favorite eatery for many locals. A new bed and breakfast in Palmetto is the Rusch Home, above, owned by new city councilman Gregory Rusch.

supportive of the children’s home. Unity Baptist Church in Newnan redid the chapel, RA boys at Heatherwood Baptist built birdhousess, and Main Street Newnan participated in a car show on campus. Palmetto is a good fit for the home, Hobbs said, because it offers “that sense of family” so important to the children. “There’s just a warm, welcome feeling” in Palmetto, he said. Mayor of 20 years Clark Boddie says Palmetto is ideally suited for a “bedroom-type community,” with many residents working at the airport or on Fulton Industrial Boulevard. A new water system and water treatment plant are planned, and 500 new homes are waiting to be permitted once the current building moratorium ends. “The infrastructure has to be there,” Boddie said. New councilman Rusch said there’s no doubt change is coming, and he wants to help with better planning for that change. Although Palmetto was in decline for a while, things are looking up. “I think it’s got a lot of potential,” he said. NCM JANUARY/FEBRUARY

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Jesse Dodd preached many sermons in this building at Ramah Baptist Church, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, an earlier Ramah pastor.

For almost 175 years, members of the Dodd family have been communicating important – sometimes eternal – ideas to people around Palmetto, and eventually around the world. This large family has many high achieving members, but its preachers and artists are among the best known and best remembered. The preachers have married, buried, baptized, chastised, blessed and taught in numerous settings. The artists have touched the innermost hearts of people and changed attitudes about conservation. John Sample Dodd and Elizabeth Word Dodd arrived in what became Campbell County in 1831. They joined Bethsaida Baptist Church in the rural community where they were farming. It is there that John S. Dodd began preaching – reportedly after he became troubled when services were cancelled because of the lack of a trained pastor. He served at Bethsaida for 40 years. In 1847, he began preaching in Palmetto as well, at Ramah First Baptist Church. It is said that he preached at Ramah for

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26 years and that he baptized 3,000 people. John and Elizabeth Dodd had several children. One son, Thomas Edward Dodd, was a farmer who served in many roles at Bethsaida. Three of T. E. Dodd’s sons – Francis Jefferson Dodd, Jesse Mercer Dodd and Rufus Dodd – became pastors. Both Francis and Rufus were also educators, and Rufus served as pastor at Bethsaida for a time. F. J. “Jeff ” Dodd was commissioner of the Campbell County Schools for 15 years, during which time his son, Lamar, was born. The family relocated to LaGrange, where young Lamar’s artistic talent was recognized. While still a boy, he was allowed to take art classes at LaGrange College, then an all-female institution. He studied at the Art Students League in New York and transformed the art program at the University of Georgia into a fine school that bears his name. He also was the official artist for NASA for several years. Lamar Dodd’s wonderful, impressionistic works have turned up in various places I have visited over the years


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including the art museums at UGA and LaGrange College. Back in 1993, JoAnn Ray brought his striking series of oils depicting his open heart surgery to the Male Academy Museum. Jesse Dodd brought the Dodd preaching tradition back to Palmetto and fathered another artist. From 19281940, Jesse Dodd was pastor at Ramah, which then met in the building still standing between Ramah’s new sanctuary and historic cemetery. A graduate of Mercer University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Jesse Dodd was gifted with languages. He retired from pastoring in 1940 after having served a year at Mt. Zion Baptist near Alvaton, where I have been pastor for the past 19 years. I remember seeing some pictures of him at a watermelon cutting during his time at Mt. Zion. Jesse Dodd’s son, Ed, created the “Mark Trail” comic strip still seen by millions of readers each week. Six years ago, I interviewed his widow, Rosemary, who said conservation was important to her husband “before it was a catchword.” National conservation leaders often prevailed upon Dodd to take the plot of “Mark Trail” in a particular direction. His doing so could have greater impact than dozens of speakers and educational programs. Ed Dodd died in 1991, but “Mark Trail” continues in the hands of his associate, Jack Elrod. Lamar Dodd died in 1996. The Dodd legacy, however, lives on. “Mark Trail” continues to communicate that the earth’s resources are wonderful, but finite. Lamar Dodd’s art will inspire those who see it for years to come. And each Sunday, as worshippers arrive at Ramah – or any other church where one of the Dodds once served – they build on the commitment, dedication and love of this important Palmetto family. NCM

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Above, "Chief Joe Medicine Crow" by M. C. Poulsen, 1998, oil on masonite, 40 x 30 inches; below, "Dangerous Trail" by William R. Leigh, 1914, oil on canvas, 59 x 39 inches.

“Attitude Adjustment,” a bronze by Austin Barton, greets visitors to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville.

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The glory days of the American cowboy may have come and gone, but the legend remains and you don’t even have to go out west to experience it. The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville is located just 80 miles from the heart of Coweta County, yet it takes visitors hundreds of miles away and to a time when the West was being settled and the cowboy was fast becoming a mythical figure. A local family with a love of western art had been collecting for some 25 years and wanted to build a facility to house this art in their community. Opened in 2003, the 80,000-square-foot museum is named in honor of Sam Booth, a friend and mentor to some of its board members. After viewing a brief orientation film, visitors can pause to check out the Red Bird mud wagon — which once hauled equipment, lumber and the daily mail — or the acrylic-onfiberglass “Cow Pony,” part of the Painted Ponies project in New Mexico in which fiberglass horses were decorated and auctioned for charity. First of the museum’s main galleries is the American West Gallery. Although there are no known images of Lakota Sioux leader Crazy Horse, his descendant Tom Heidebrink created the gallery’s alabaster sculpture of Crazy Horse which is said to capture the “mystical essence” of the leader. The oil on canvas painting “Dangerous Trail” is by William R. Leigh (1866-1955), who was known as “the Sagebrush Rembrandt.” The oldest painting in the museum, circa 1895, is the oil painting “Band of Plains Indians” by Charles Craig (1846-1931), but nearby are colorful screenprints of “Geronimo” and “John Wayne” by celebrated pop artist Andy Warhol.

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Above, ”Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders on San Juan Hill“ by Steve Penley, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 216 inches.

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Upstairs at the Cowboy Gallery, a 120 x 216inch acrylic on canvas painting by Georgian Steve Penley (b. 1964) depicts “Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders on San Juan Hill” in a scene from a famous photograph. This gallery also houses a bronze “American Bald Eagle” by Edward Boehm, the artist known for his porcelain pieces and whose work is displayed in the Vatican. Just off the Cowboy Gallery is the Presidents Gallery, which displays a portrait and original letter from each president along with facts about each. The first president to have “Hail to the Chief ” played during his administration? John Tyler. The only president born on July 4? Calvin Coolidge. There are also displays of memorabilia related to presidential campaigns, the White House and first ladies. Those who got their first images of the wild, wild West from books and film will enjoy visiting the Mythic West and Reel West galleries, housing illustrations, art and movie posters of such legends as John Wayne, Buck Rogers, Gene Autry and Randolph Scott, along with an original 1865 stagecoach. The museum’s War is Hell gallery displays contemporary Civil War art, and occasionally the

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museum hosts a special exhibit such as the recent “Doubleday’s Cowgirls,” which featured Ralph Russell Doubleday’s cowgirl photos of the ’30s and ’40s. While the artwork itself is enough to interest older children, the museum offers younger children “Sagebrush Ranch,” an interactive gallery set up like a working ranch. Officials note that “wranglers must be 12 years old or younger” to participate. Cowetans Lee and Gloria Daniel are such fans of the museum they became members and visit about once a month. The museum is closed Monday and open Tuesday and Wednesday 105, Thursday 10-8, Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. The museum is closed New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A café offers sandwiches, salads and desserts, and a gift shop has souvenirs

for children as well as a variety of books and prints. Admission is $8 for adults, free for those 12 and under, and senior and other discounts are available. For information, visit www.boothmuseum.org or call 770-387-1300. Just a few miles away from the museum, visitors can learn about a much older period of history at the Etowah Indian Mounds. This 54-acre historic site is said to have been home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. and 1500 A.D. and was visited by Hernando DeSoto in 1540. The flat-topped, earthen mounds at the site were used as the home of the priest/chief, temples and a mortuary. Mound A is 63 feet high, Mound B is 25 feet high, and Mound C — the burial mound and the only one to be completely excavated — is 19 feet high. Mounds D, E and F were

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Gunsmith Rusty Morris Sharpsburg man pursues passion for firearms

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“I’ll do anything, but don’t bore me.” That, says Sharpsburg’s Rusty Morris, is the unofficial motto that’s carried him through several successful careers and helped him raise two children with wife Lydia. Coweta County is home to many people who quietly make their mark in their industry, and Morris made his while staying one step ahead of the boredom bug. His favored pursuits, while many, always seem to relate to firearms. During the 1996 Olympics Morris ran the Wolf Creek Complex where shotgun competitions were held. He is a certified police officer, a former school teacher, former instructor of polygraph examination, former

head of loss prevention for several large companies, former state shotgun skeet-shooting champion, gunsmith, and part-owner of Country Pursuits, a gun shop and repair facility in Newnan’s J & R Plaza. Morris is one of only five National Skeet Shooting Association instructors in Georgia. With son Lee he recently completed a three-year restoration of a 1966 Ford Mustang, and he’s now restoring a

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Rusty Morris tests a scope on his .357 pistol during a session at the Lock, Stock and Barrel Shooting Range in Grantville.

1956 Case VAC farm tractor. He is one of two people in the country who refurbish Winchester Super X shotguns, and he also develops subdivisions with his brother-in-law. Four years ago he learned he had cancer, it was cut out and he’s been fine since. That illness, though, changed his outlook on life, and now he’s spending more time with his family. “I’m concentrating on not being away from home so much. Doing things I enjoy,” Morris says. “They say money’s not everything.” Still, the priority shift didn’t slow him down. He sold part of his share of the development company this summer, and now he plans to concentrate on Country Pursuits. “One thing I like about being involved in the gun shops is that it’s kinda like Christmas all the time,” he says. Morris started buying and selling guns while in school at the University of Georgia and never stopped. “There is not a ton of money to be made in the gun business,” Morris says, and he admits that in his store customers are not always going to find the best deal on a particular gun. “What customers are buying,” he says, “is service, value and a commitment. We don’t sell cheap junk.” As a gunsmith, Morris takes pride in his work with the Winchester Super X shotgun, which he considers the finest autoloader ever made. Winchester stopped production of the handmade gun in the 1970s because it was too expensive to produce. Customers from all over the world are on a waiting list to purchase a Super X from Morris, who purchases them in any condition and re-sells them. Most sell for $600$900, though one particular model can sell for as much as $2,000.


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distracted by something at the shop, and he’ll have to go back out again. Fellow gunsmith Brad Colley, Morris’ son Lee and partner Mike Upton are all competitive shooters. Upton, Lee Morris and Morris have all been national tournament chairmen for Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail Unlimited. “We not only shoot competitively but we have all wasted a lot of money over the years and can steer our customers away from unnecessary spending,” he says.

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Lee Morris, at far left, recently helped his dad Rusty restore a 1966 Ford Mustang, center. At right, Rusty Morris is chambering a round in his gun during a session at Lock, Stock and Barrel.

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“The Widow of the South” By Robert Hicks Warner Books, $24.95 Reviewed by Holly Jones “On the continent of North America; in the southeastern section of … the United States; in the central part of a state they called Tennessee between the mountains and the great river … there was a town called Franklin.” Near the town of Franklin there was, and is, a plantation by the name of Carnton. Carrie McGavock and her husband John lived at Carnton with two of their children. Behind the “Big House” at Carnton in a small, family cemetery, three more of Carrie and John’s children had been buried. And Carrie spent her days wandering around her home, listening for the voices of her three dead children, wondering how she failed them. At least, that was the

way things were on Nov. 29, 1864. On Nov. 30, 1864, just outside Carnton, 9,200 men were killed or injured in one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War, and Carrie McGavock’s life was forever changed. Today the small, family cemetery at Carnton is not only the final resting place for Carrie and John; it also serves at the final resting place for 1,481 Confederate soldiers killed at Franklin, along with 15 veterans of the battle and a civilian who died helping the McGavocks rebury the dead in their cemetery. If you had asked Carrie McGavock while she was still alive, she would probably have told you that while she still considered her cemetery to hold her “family,” it could not be considered small by any stretch of the imagination. How did all of this come to be? How did a heartbroken mother come to be known as “the widow of the South”? The answers to these questions lie in the amazing debut novel of Robert Hicks, appropriately titled “The Widow of the South.” Hicks does consider his book a novel and not a work of non-fiction. He includes the facts, but more importantly, he gives us the emotions — the fear, confusion, heartbreak, anger and even the romance — of the Battle of Franklin. Hicks says, “There was once a battle here, and it forever changed everything.” What really changed was a woman named Carrie McGavock — a simple woman who grew from a helpless, grieving mother into an amazing lady fighting for the bodies of more than 1,400 soldiers. She changed her town, her home and herself, and became “The Widow of the South.”And with Robert Hicks’ book, we are given her remarkable transformation.

“The Arms of God” By Lynne Hinton St. Martin’s Press, $24.95 Reviewed by Holly Jones What if, after 30-something years, the mother who abandoned you as a 4year-old suddenly showed up on your doorstep? You hadn’t seen her since the day she dropped you off at day care and never returned. You grew up in various foster homes and now have a daughter of your own, but you always wondered what happened to your mother to cause her to abandon you. And what if, before you could ask,


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in fact just three weeks after she reappeared, your mother was dead? A depressing story? Maybe, but it’s also a wonderful novel by Lynne Hinton titled “The Arms of God.” Alice is shocked to see her mother Olivia at her door, and weeks later, Alice is even more shocked to receive the phone call that Olivia has died. The real story of Hinton’s book begins when Alice goes searching through Olivia’s scrapbook and discovers bits of Olivia’s past, bits that Hinton expands into her book. Olivia’s life is not any happier than Alice’s. Olivia’s mother was a prostitute who barely acknowledged Olivia or her older brother Roy. Roy wasn’t exactly a model brother, either. He tried to kill Olivia when she was a baby and abused her when she got older. The only people Olivia had were her neighbors: her best friend Tree, Tree’s brother E. Saul, their mother Ruth and grandmother Nellie. But even the glimmer of hope and love Olivia had with this surrogate family disappeared with an incident that left Olivia in a mental institution for 15 years. And truthfully, although Hinton gives details of Olivia’s childhood and a few moments when she found out she was pregnant, there is no explanation of why Olivia left Alice. There is also no explanation of her life between the time she left her daughter and reappeared on her grown daughter’s doorstep. It doesn’t matter, though, because somehow these characters are all that really matter. Beautifully intense characters, they have so much potential but are struck down by evil. These are people you want good things to happen to, although they never do. Like Alice, you will want answers. Like this abandoned daughter, you will not find them. Instead, you will consider yourself lucky to know such a character, even for a little while. You will be lucky to know the characters in “The Arms of God.” NCM

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January/February Calendar THEATRE Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2006 NTC’s “A Raisin in the Sun” — Newnan Theatre Company’s first Artist Series production of 2006 will be “A Raisin in the Sun,” a drama by Lorraine Hansberry. Performances are Jan. 20-22, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5 at the theatre on First Avenue. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and seniors 55+. For reservations, call 770-683-NCTC or e-mail nctc@numail.org.

Feb. 11, 2006 GMT Productions’ “Romeo and Juliet” — The professional company GMT Productions will present “Romeo and Juliet” Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. GMT Productions, located in Rome, Ga., tours the southeastern United States presenting classical theatre, character-building plays for young audiences,

and award-winning musicals for all audiences. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and will go on sale in January at the Centre and Scott’s Bookstore. For more information, call the CPVA at 770-254-2787.

Feb. 17-March 5, 2006 NTC’s “Lend Me a Tenor” — Newnan Theatre Company kicks off its 2006 Main Stage season with “Lend Me a Tenor,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, with performances Feb. 17-19, Feb. 24-26 and March 3-5 at the theatre on First Avenue. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and seniors 55+. For reservations, call 770-683NCTC or e-mail nctc@numail.org.

MUSIC Jan. 28, 2006 Song of Atlanta Chorus Concert — On Jan. 28 at 8 p.m., the Song of Atlanta Chorus will perform at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. Song of Atlanta is a championship chorus dedicated to the art form of four-part, a cappella singing through pure barbershop harmony, singing pop, the standards, sacred music, jazz and country music arrangements. In competition the group’s singing, creative costumes and choreography are always at the leading edge. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, and they are available at the Centre and Scott’s Bookstore. For more information, visit the Web site at www.songofatlanta.com or call the CPVA at 770-254-2787.

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COMMUNITY FUN AND FUNDRAISERS Jan. 14, 2006 MLK Day Parade — Newnan Chapter #483 Order of the Eastern Star is now organizing the 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade Celebration, planned for Jan. 14, 2006 at noon in downtown Newnan. This year, attendees are asked to bring a canned good to donate to the food pantry. For more information, contact Deloris W. Smith at 770-253-1607.

COMING SOON March 4, 2006 FCFT Auditions — Fayette-Coweta Family Theatre will hold auditions for Disney’s “101 Dalmatians Kids,” a musical, March 4, 2006 at 177 Fulton Court in Peachtree City. Those 7-10 will audition at 11 a.m., those 11-16 at 2:30 p.m., and callbacks for all roles are at 5 p.m. Performances will be April 20-23. An audition workshop will be offered March 3 from 5-9 .m. for those 7-14. Fee is $45. To register call 770-599-0051 or e-mail fcftdirector1@aol.com.

Want to see your event in our calendar listings? The deadline for submitting events for the March/April 2006 issue of Newnan-Coweta Magazine is Feb. 1, 2006. E-mail information to angela@newnan.com or mail it to “Magazine Calendar,”c/o Newnan-Coweta Magazine, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, GA 30264


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Index of Advertisers These are the people who make Newnan-Coweta Magazine possible. Please let them know you appreciate their support!

Aberdeen Dental . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Ace Hardware, Franklin Road . 41 André’s Off the Square . . . . . . . 55 Angie’s Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Anna’s Linens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Ansley’s Attic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Applause Salon & Spa . . . . . . . 24 Atlanta Bread Company. . . . . . 55 Atlanta Market Finds . . . . . . . . 36 Banana Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Bank of Coweta . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia, Inc./ Palmetto Community . . . . . . . 83 BB&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Kelley Brummett, DMD/J.M. Threadgill, DDS Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Buffalo Rock/Pepsi. . . . . . . . . . 47 Burdett & Stephens Group/ Keller Williams Realty . . . . . . . 75 The Butcher Shoppe . . . . . . . . 53 Cambridge Coffee . . . . . . . . . . 55 Camden Village & Village Walk of Stillwood Farms . . . . . 33 The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts of Coweta County . 48 Century 21, Hand Real Estate . 30 Champ’s Clock Shop. . . . . . . . 48 Childrens Dental Care, P.C.. . . 16 Chin Chin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Christie Hayes & Associates. . . 43 The Commonwealth/ United Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Computer Renaissance . . . . . . . 79 Coweta County Farm Bureau. . 27 Coweta Pool & Fireplace . . . . . 67 Dalton West Carpets, Inc. . . . . 41 Design Communications . . . . . 54 Don Jackson Lincoln-Mercury . . 4 Edward Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Elegante Surfaces, L.L.C. . . . . . 41 Exit Realty Unlimited . . . . . . . 75 Fayette Ceramic Tile, Inc. . . . . 71 The Five Star Team, Keller Williams Realty . . . . . . . 27 Functional By Design. . . . . . . . 36 Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Jackson T. Giles, M.D./ PAPP Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Gina’s Divined Creations . . . . . 57 GNC, Newnan Crossing . . . . . 30 Harper Group/ReMax Results . 73 Heritage Quilts & Fabrics . . . . 40 Heritage Retirement Homes of Peachtree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 The Heritage School . . . . . . . . 59 Hollberg’s Fine Furniture . . . . . 80 HomeLife Communities/ Fox Ridge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Home Source Realtors . . . 46 Hullabaloo Gifts/ My Favorite Things. . . . . . . . . 64

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MY COWETA

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he year was 1955. I graduated from Newnan High School after attending Maggie Brown Primary, Temple Avenue School, and the eighth grade over the T.G. Farmer & Sons Feed Store that is now the Times-Herald office. After a half year at the old high school on Jackson Street, I moved to the new high school on LaGrange Street in January 1952. In first grade I lived on Jefferson Street where Bank of Coweta now stands. Children walked to school, home for dinner, and then back each afternoon. My route often took me through Oak Hill Cemetery to pick flowers for my teachers. We lived for “recess,” getting out under the big trees to jump rope and play marbles, tag and “chase.” My family moved to College Street when I entered fourth grade at Temple Avenue Grammar School, where the Male Academy Museum sits today. We again walked home for dinner (there was no such thing as “lunch”) and back for the afternoon. My mother always made me a new plaid dress for the first day of school, and I also got new oxfords. We had oxfords for school and patent leather shoes for church. It never occurred to us school was hot without air conditioning, because we had no air conditioning at home. We had fans, but 50 years ago you slept with windows and doors open. When I graduated from Temple Avenue (and yes, we did graduate), the new high school was being built. Because the old high school was filled, eighth grade was placed in downtown Newnan over the Feed

Store. We loved being the only class to attend school there. If we wanted a drink from the fountain, we made sure no one in the Feed Store was running water. If they turned it on downstairs, none came up. Our teachers were very patient in allowing trips to the water fountain. At noon we’d hear the Cole Shop whistle, and the Feed Store radio played Eddie Arnold singing “The Cattle Song,” bringing on the news. We walked home or to drug stores for dinner, then hurried back to the corner gas station to wave at the returning high school students. After school we could walk to the Alamo or Gem Theater. Those under 12 got in for 12 cents, over 12 for 25 cents. Coca-Cola and popcorn were 5 cents each. I entered ninth grade in the building on Jackson Street next to McKoon Funeral Home. My family had moved into our new house on North Side Drive with no paved street or sidewalks, but I continued walking between school and home. After Christmas, we were delirious with excitement about going to the new high school. I caught a ride with an older student (paying, of course), and sometimes rode a school bus. We now had a cafeteria, but most of the time we hated the food and brought a sandwich. Few had cars, but we had so much fun. I’m sure our parents worried about things, financially mostly, but they never made us feel deprived. Football games were played

at Pickett Field off Wesley Street and basketball games at the Wesley Street Gym. Friday night football was THE happening. Everybody went, and if you weren’t old enough to sit in the stands you played under the goalposts, rolling down the big hill. There were no computers, no calculators, no electric typewriters; the only supplies you needed were No. 2 Blue Horse pencils, Blue Horse spiral composition books, and a notebook or clip board. With 100 other students, I received my diploma from Newnan High School at what is now Wadsworth Auditorium. After a solemn, meaningful ceremony, there was a graduation party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. K.O. Cole on Roscoe Road. Son Bob was in our class, and they graciously allowed us to celebrate at their beautiful home. The scandal of that party was that one student dared bring a beer onto the premises and, when confronted, hid it under the Nandina bush by the front porch! Last May, the class of 1955 held its 50-year reunion. The Varsity came down, and everyone had a great time. My classmates agreed the fifties were the best years of our lives. There was hardly any crime, certainly no drugs, and our police station was a little brick box on the corner of the South Court Square. We really didn’t even need the three policemen we had; those men usually directed traffic or funerals. Though 50 years have passed, and I have lived right here in this wonderful place all those years, and change has been unbelievable, I would not trade my hometown for any other in the world. NCM

Do you have a story of life in Coweta County you’d like to share? Send submissions of 300-400 words to “My Coweta,” c/o Newnan-Coweta Magazine, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, GA 30264. You may also e-mail them to angela@newnan.com. 82

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