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features BERT’S BIG ADVENTURE The mission of this organization is to bring magical moments to under-privileged kids at Disney World in Orlando, Florida every year. This year marks their 9th year! Read on.................... 13


Each day brings something new at work for Miranda Roberts. There is never really a “typical” day for her. Find out why...... ............................. 61


HEALTHY MOVES BY MONICA EVANS YOGA As we begin a new year, we are all looking for ways to be healthier and happier. Yoga is the way to a healthy body, mind and soul. ............................ 29 H e n r y

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ON THE COVER (l to r) Dr. Todd Schmidt, Charlie Scott, ‘BJ’ Mathis, Dr. Humberto Fallas

departments publisher’s letter.................................................7 contributors.........................................................9 letters to the editor ......................................... 10 ‘bj’ mathis ......................................................... 15 charlie scott...................................................... 17 dr, humberto fallas ......................................... 21 dr. todd schmidt.............................................. 23 top docs ............................................................ 25 in the kitchen.................................................... 41 magnet construction...................................... 43 going green ...................................................... 47 henry county water & sewage....................... 49 charities that care ........................................... 51 travel .................................................................. 53 a day in the life................................................. 55 berts big adventure ........................................ 57 atlanta motor speedway turns 50............... 60 terrific teachers form ..................................... 61 technically speaking ....................................... 64 biz profile .......................................................... 65 monica evans yoga ........................................ 67 operation overseas ......................................... 70 student profile ................................................. 73 hands on henry ............................................... 75 community calendar ...................................... 80 january/february 2010 •



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The greatest wealth is health. – Anonymous


wishes for the health of themselves and their loved ones. As a community and a nation, providing top quality healthcare is a topic we discuss daily. With that being said, achieving economic health for our hospital should be just as much of a priority. I had the pleasure of meeting with Henry County Board of Commissioners Chairman, BJ Mathis. Of all the issues she was working on, I wanted to find out which one really pulled at her heart. Her answer came quickly - “healthcare”. A few hours later I left Ms. Mathis with an understanding of her vision and most importantly her desire to work closely with the CEO of Henry Medical Center, Charlie Scott. We are a county blessed to have leaders who make working together a top priority. Hand in hand with the economic health of our community are the physi-

cians who take care of us. We have asked you-the readers of H Magazine - to nominate your “Top Docs” for 2009 and the results are in. I encourage you to read about your Top Docs in this issue. I believe their good works and professional excellence reiterates what we all already know; you do not need to leave Henry County to receive excellent healthcare.


Lisa Kinchen Publisher/Editorial Director

Your feedback is extremely important to us, so, in this issue of H Magazine we are posting “Letters to the Editor”. Interested in sharing your thoughts? Please visit our updated website at


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John and Rosa Hitchcock are the owners of Signature Pressworks and Interpret Inc, companies that serve the printing and interpreting needs of Henry County and the Metro area. John and Rosa have 4 beautiful daughters: Danielle, Emma, Isabelle, and Caroline.

Amy Wolf Rollins has been a resident of Henry County since 2001. Amy runs her own consulting firm, Kenan Environmental Limited, is a Henry Soil & Water District Supervisor and is an adjunct biology instructor at Clayton State University. Amy, Mark, and their son Kenan live in McDonough.

Sandi Hutcheson grew up in the South Metro area and moved to Henry Country when the hospital was the only thing on Hudson Bridge Road. She has a degree in creative writing from Georgia State University and spends most of her time either reading or writing.

Jackie Brittain is a sophomore at Georgia State University. She is majoring in Journalism with a concentration in telecommunications. She is the daughter of Mark and Connie Brittain. She enjoys sports and spending time with her family.

Rebecca McClain, President of Life Treasures, LLC, is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, life and business coach. Rebecca McClain inspires people all across the nation and internationally. She balances her life with social and cultural activities, travel and reading.

Beverly Van Gorder has lived in Henry County for 14 years. She and her husband, Jim, have five children, two of which are U.S. Marines. She is Marketing Director for Golden Crest Assisted Living Community at Eagle’s Landing.

Kimberly Scott is a self proclaimed Southern Belle, being raised in the south and living in Henry County most of her life. She is a marketing professional for local businesses and lives with her husband Michael and their four children.

Debbie Swanson has worked in the medical field in Henry County for 22 years and is involved with many community groups. Being a true Southerner, she loves to cook for her family and friends. She also enjoys motorcycle riding with her husband and entertaining.

Morrelle McCrary has been working on computers since he was old enough to reach the keyboard. He owns a computer consulting firm, RAM-Tech PC Solutions, and is highly certified in the IT field. He lives in Stockbridge with his wife and two children.

Denese Rodgers is the Director of Social Services for Connecting Henry, Inc, the local branch of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership. It serves to network social, service, faith, business, and government to improve the welfare of families and children in Henry County.

Matthew Simmons is a Marketing & Promotion Coordinator for Atlanta Motor Speedway and MC for Friday Night Drags. A native of Atlanta, Simmons specializes in sports journalism and PR. He received his bachelor’s in Print Journalism and is currently pursuing his MS in Sports Administration at Georgia State University.

Ciji Fox is a Senior Majoring in Communication and Media Studies at Clayton State University. Ciji enjoys writing, photography, television production, radio production, news reporting and the changing world of electronic media.

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Dear Editor, Just wanted to comment on the ‘5 under 40’ piece you guys ran last issue. Very well put together and informative. As a senior college student here in Georgia, it is inspiring to see that young people can make a difference out in the ‘real’ world! Mark Stevenson McDonough, GA

Dear Mark, That is great to hear! Let us know once you have graduated and launched your career so we can write about you!....Ed


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SO MOMENTS LIKE THIS CAN HAPPEN. He won’t even remember the moment he was born... three months too soon. He won’t remember the moment that skilled hands gave him a chance at life. The newborns who come through our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit won’t remember the specialized skill or swift action taken by doctors and nurses. Or the investments we’ve made in the Marcia G. Taylor Women’s Center to ensure the first breaths of a new life. But that’s okay. We know what we do. And why we do it.



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Remembering the Day I Almost Lost My Son Dear Folks, The following story was published in the December 5, 2007 edition of The Henry County Times. It tells the story of how my son Noah’s life was saved by man who came out of the crowd at the McDonough Christmas parade and administered the infant Heimlich maneuver successfully after my wife and I both had tried and failed. After the story was published, the identity of the “angel” was revealed and our families became close friends! My family and I will be eternally grateful for the knowledge and training that our friend had and used on that day.

The importance of first aid training was brought painfully home to us. Every year in the Christmas edition I will place this same ad to raise awareness. You may tell yourself that you’ll never need it, but trust me, you could. I’m bringing this to your attention in the hope that you will sign up for a CPR class and learn what may turn out to be the best gift of all. Sincerely, Dr. H.C. Fallas

Angel of the Square Saves Young Boy By Jimmy Cochran The evening began with great anticipation for the Fallas family of McDonough as they prepared to attend the Christmas parade around the McDonough Square. Dr. Humberto Fallas is in the process of opening a new Vision Center on Highway 20/81 and the family was taking part in the parade by carrying a banner and having a float filled with children and adults behind. Somewhere toward the end of the parade route, a tragedy almost took the life of their three-year-old son, Noah. Noah began to choke on a piece of candy; however, in all the noise and confusion of the parade, no one noticed a small boy having difficulty and he could not call for help. Finally a lady on an adjacent float noticed his distress and got the attention of his parents and

CPR Courses at Henry Medical Center Henry Medical Center hosts Heartsaver First Aid courses taught by a certified American Heart association instructor and includes CPR and first aid for adult and pediatric victims. The first aid portion includes medical, injury and environmental emergencies. To register, please call the Henry Medical Center Community Education Department at 678.604.1040 or visit the Classes & Events page at to register online. 2010 Class Dates Are: April 16, 9am - 4pm September 17, 9am - 4pm

friends. Humberto and Elizabeth Fallas rushed to try to help their son, but were both unsuccessful in performing the Heimlich maneuver on such a small boy. Fallas said, “unable to help and frozen from the shock, I yelled for help and the parade came to a stop. My son was truly dying in front of me. Right before he totally lost consciousness, a man rushed in from the crowd, jumped on the wagon and tried the infant Heimlich maneuver more aggressively and the piece of candy finally came out and Noah started to cry.” Fallas and his family firmly believe this man from the crowd was truly a guardian angel, someone who was there at just the right moment to save his son’s life. In the frantic rush of the moment, Fallas was unable to thank the

man or to even get his name. Fallas continues, “He brought light to a day bound to be the worst of my life. Just when we forget what is important in life, something like this happens to remind me nothing in life is more important than life itself. Those three minutes or less almost caused the loss of the most precious thing I have ever been given.” The Fallas family would like to be able to personally thank this man, this angel of the Square, who helped to save Noah. If you are aware of the identity of this man, please email We will put the Fallas family in touch with you. In this season where miracles do happen, our angel of the Square may be anonymous forever. After all, that’s what angels do.

Elizabeth ‘BJ’ Mathis

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The Mathis family: Pictured from left to right: daughters Sarah & Rachel, grandson Johnny 5, BJ,husband John, grandaughter Katelyn, son Johnny, daughter-in-law Tina

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hile the Top Doctors in Henry County work to maintain the health of its citizens, Elizabeth “B.J.” Mathis, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Commissioners, looks after the economic health of the community. Chairman Mathis, a long-time resident of Henry County, says that one of her “key goals” is the economic development of the county. “That’s what I ran my campaign on. Something you’ll hear coming out of my mouth nearly every day is the need to attract higher paying jobs to our community and to build a stronger business base.” Her prescription for Henry? Healthcare. She makes the point that over the


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next twenty or thirty years, while other sectors of the job market could see a decline, forecasters predict that the healthcare industry will skyrocket. In addition, by the year 2030, Henry County’s senior population will increase by a staggering 266 percent, meaning the need for medical services in the county will only continue to grow. Mathis believes that, with the presence of Henry Medical Center, the county has the potential to draw those higher-paying jobs in the healthcare industry. She says, “We have to make sure that Henry County is poised to take advantage of that potential. We have great doctors here, and we need to cultivate that environment so that Henry County can become the

healthcare hub of the southside.” She has big plans, this woman charged with caring for Henry’s economic health. “We’re working closely with Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s office to appropriate $20 million of the Federal Highway Bill that is coming up for renewal for a connector on the west side of I-75 between Hudson Bridge Road and Jonesboro Road.” Chairman Mathis sees this corridor as vital to Henry’s future, saying, “I envision that parkway as covered with doctor’s offices and medical facilities to support Henry Medical Center. That whole area, which is approximately 1300 undeveloped acres, is being structured to court medical and other services, which is in keeping with our economic plan to

by Sandi Hutcheson

Chairman of the Henry County Board of Commissioners bring higher-paying jobs to the county.” Chairman Mathis’ entrance into the political arena was, by her own admission, a little unusual. “I was a stay-athome mom, so to speak, a soccer mom who volunteered for different faith-based organizations.” When her children were a little older, she entered the work force as a youth minister and then a church administrator. “But a few years ago, I looked around at some of the things being done in the county and thought that maybe I had some ideas that could help.” She says that her current position is similar to those she’s held in the past because it’s all about serving people. In fact, her family is involved in other serving professions. Her husband, John, is a

lieutenant with the City of Atlanta Police Department with thirty years of service. Their son, Johnny, is a Henry County Police officer. “I ran for office because I wanted to make sure Henry County could be the best community possible. I’ve lived here for twenty-six years, and I wanted my children, and now my grandchildren, to enjoy the same quality of life that I did. It was a desire to give back to the community in a slightly different way than I’d done when I was in the ministry.” Chairman Mathis says she has no higher political aspirations. “The higher you go in political office, the more removed you are from people. I know this is where I’m supposed to be, and I love my job.”

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Charlie Scott

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The CEO of Henry Medical Center...

Scott: Mr. Charles


ver the years Henry County has grown at an amazing rate and all one must do to gauge this growth is look at Henry Medical Center. Starting in July 1979 as a small general hospital with 104 beds, Henry Medical Center now houses 215 licensed beds, has more than 400 physicians on staff and employs over 500 nurses. With a mission statement of “maintaining and strengthening our leadership position in the operation of a patient-oriented institution for the delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare and promoting an atmosphere of wellness and preventive medicine to the community we serve” and a vision of “ being widely regarded as the premier hospital on the Southside of Atlanta and being the hospital of choice by the residents of Henry County based on quality of care and excellence of service” it’s obvious that Henry Medical Center’s growth is ongoing. Charles Scott, CEO of Henry Medical Center, is responsible for overseeing and managing the focus and direction of this growth. A seasoned, career hospital executive with over 34 years in hospital administration, eleven of these serving in a CEO capacity, Scott brings the experience necessary to guide this growth.


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“When the opportunity to come to Henry Medical Center presented itself, three years ago, I was working for a community hospital in West Monroe, Louisiana that was in process of being purchased by a “for profit” organization. I decided I wanted to continue my work in the “not for profit” healthcare sector so my wife and I made the decision to come to Henry County” states Scott. Scott’s vision for Henry Medical Center is to provide excellence of service and patient satisfaction and quality of care at the highest levels while providing a breadth of health care services that will meet most of the Southside’s medical needs, particularly residents of Henry County. Scott explains, “We aren’t able to offer everything and we don’t aspire to. We want to provide a broad array of healthcare services that are often provided by a community hospital like ours, and we want to focus growth in specialty areas like cardiovascular and oncology services, surgery, and diagnostic imaging that are well within the capability of a growing community hospital like Henry Medical Center.” The growth at Henry Medical Center has included establishing a Wound Healing Center within the past year along with partnering with Radiation Oncology Services to build a new radiation therapy center set to open in the summer

of 2010. Future growth also includes expanding imaging services at the hospital’s McDonough facility, establishing a convenient and efficient ambulatory surgical center and expanding the Cardiovascular Center’s capabilities to include coronary angioplasty, not currently available in Henry County. “We have the facility and the physicians to perform angioplasties here. In fact, the physicians we have on staff are currently performing them at other hospitals. It’s a natural extension of our cardiovascular services, which will be of great benefit to the residents of our community”, states Scott. Along with his very busy professional schedule Scott serves on the executive board of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Scott explains, “As the second largest employer in Henry County I feel it’s important to be involved with the economic growth in Henry County.” His affiliations also include the Henry Council for Quality Growth and Connecting Henry, along with multiple fundraising initiatives for the United Way, American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. When not working, Scott spends the bulk of his spare time caring for and riding horses with his wife, Marjorie. He is also an avid tennis player and plays competitively on Atlanta Tennis Association leagues.

By John Hitchcock

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Dr. Fallas

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By John Hitchcock


left his home in Costa Rica in 1990, at the age of seventeen, to live as an exchange student in Houston, Texas and returned a year later with an Irish accent. “I came to the United States to become acquainted with American culture and ended up being exposed to Irish culture at the same time”, Dr. Humberto “Peto” Fallas explains. His exchange family had just moved to the United States from Ireland and he spent his first year in the States living with them. He moved back to Costa Rica after he completed his year as an exchange student and attended the University of Costa Rica for one semester before deciding to apply at universities in the United States. “My first choice was the University of Washington in Seattle. It just wasn’t possible to attend because of the expenses.” said Dr. Fallas. He applied to and, eventually, attended University of South Dakota. He played soccer for four years at the


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University of South Dakota before, due to Title Nine, the men’s soccer team was disbanded and a women’s soccer team was established. While at the University he decided to become an ophthalmologist when his dad lost 30% of his vision in one eye. What had been diagnosed as glaucoma was, in fact a small stroke at the back of his eye. After completing his doctorate in Florida he moved to Georgia to be close to his newly married sister. He accepted a job in the Stockbridge area in 2002 and has been in the Henry County area ever since. Dr. Fallas established his practice, The Fallas Family Eye Clinic, in 2007. Dr. Fallas has a quote by Booker T. Washington that, he feels, sums up his life – “Success is to be measured not by the position that one has reached in life, but by the obstacles which he has overcome.” “I wouldn’t change my life for anything. Nothing in my life has come easy.

I’ve had to work hard for everything I have and I don’t regret any of it.” states Fallas. His experiences have taught him to appreciate what he now has and to see each patient for who they are. “No matter a persons age, culture or religion I always try to learn something from everyone I meet. I treat each person with respect because everyone brings something different to the table.” explains Fallas. Dr. Fallas is married to his wife Elizabeth and has two sons, Max and Noah, with another child on the way. He loves coaching soccer and has worked as a coach with Henry County and Community Christian School. He also loves playing the guitar but doesn’t tell many people because “they’ll start requesting songs and I’m not that far along – yet.” For more information on Dr. Fallas and the Fallas Family Eye clinic you can visit their website at

Success is to be measured not by the position that one has reached in life, but by the obstacles which he has overcome. –Booker T. Washington

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Dr. Todd Schmidt

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The leg bone connected to the knee bone, The knee bone connected to the thigh bone,

The thigh bone connected to the hip bone . . .


s an orthopedic surgeon, Todd Schmidt obviously knows how the bones in the human body are connected. But Henry Medical Center’s Chief of Staff is also keenly aware of how circumstances and people merge to form a life. As a young boy growing up in Minnesota, he was exceptionally curious about how things work. He loved taking things apart and putting them back together. His love for science and a fascination with anatomy combined to lead him into the medical profession, and during medical school, he happily realized that orthopedics is, medically speaking, the field that takes a body apart and puts it back together. He earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota and did his residency in orthopedics in Milwaukee. He then accepted a one-year position with knee expert Dr. Jack Hughston in Columbus, Georgia. At the end of that year, however, he decided to stay with the Hughston Clinic. In 1991, he and his wife, Lynna, moved to Henry County to open a branch in south Atlanta. The Hughston Clinic grew to cover almost the whole state of Georgia, and its physicians


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realized that it was too big to be efficient. “Healthcare is local, it’s what happens in your exam room,” Schmidt explains. So they restructured the practice, essentially dividing it into four separate practices. Dr. Schmidt is now the president of the Atlanta practice, now called Southern Orthopedic Specialists, which has offices in Atlanta and in Fayette, Gwinnett, and Henry counties. “I’ve been incredibly lucky in my life and in my work as a doctor,” Schmidt says. “I’ve had the opportunity to learn under some of the best in the field. What Dr. Hughston taught me is that treating an injured knee is about restoring mobility. Life is all about motion, and if you restore motion, you restore life.” He also had the opportunity to study under Dr. Richard Hawkins, a world-renowned shoulder expert, and he says, “The shoulder stuff I learned from him nearly twenty years ago has changed, obviously, but the philosophy he taught me stays the same: you treat people.” Dr. Schmidt has traveled to the Middle East and to Europe to teach at International Olympic Committee meetings. After the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, he spent time working with the United States athletes at the

Olympic training center in Colorado. During the 1990’s, he was one of the team doctors for the Atlanta Falcons. And, since athletic training begins in one’s youth, he estimates he’s been on the sidelines at probably 400 Friday night high school football games. The self-described “outgoing” doctor also made it a point early in his career to get to know his fellow orthopedic surgeons in the Atlanta area. That led to an appointment at Emory University, where he is now an assistant clinical professor. He says, “I’ve become more than a sports medicine doctor. Everything you do is about creating motion, so everything is about orthopedics.” And his emphasis as he talks about his career is on the incredible opportunities he’s been given and how, just like the human body is a series of connections, his life and his practice have been formed by the connections he’s made with others. When he’s not seeing patients or repairing hips or replacing knees, Dr. Schmidt plays golf and enjoys keeping up with three very important connections in his life – Lynna, to whom he’s been married twenty-eight years, and their daughters, Kelsey (18) and Caitlen (16).

By Sandi Hutcheson

I’ve become more than a sports medicine doctor. Everything you do is about creating motion, so everything is about orthopedics.


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2009 Wh e n H Magazine put out the call for its readers to nominate their top doctors, the response was overwhelming – doctors who are making a difference in the lives of their patients and in the community. Here are a few of Henry County’s top docs, nominated by our readers. 25

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+ Dr. Chin

+ Dr. Jones

+ Dr. Gordon

+ Dr. Harsch

+ Dr. Johnson

+ Dr. Mandadhi

+ Dr. Matthew

+ Dr. Ploska

+ Dr. Schilling

+ Dr. Sekar

+ Dr. Rytel Smith

+ Dr. Vann

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Top Docs 2009


+ Dr. Nicola Chin Nicola Chin, MD, FAAP is a native of Jamaica, West Indies. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received her medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her pediatric training at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. She is married and a mother of two girls. Dr. Chin is an active member of the Southern Crescent’s; Henry Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Center and works closely with the medical staff of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Egleston Hospital and at Scottish Rite Hospital. She is board certified and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Tonya Lunsford nominated Dr. Chin stating, “Dr. Chin has been like a part of our family for ten years now. My first daughter was born in 1999. Dr. Chin was the doctor on call that day. I believe that was a blessing from God. Skylar had some medical issues and Dr. Chin would not let us leave the hospital until we had a better idea of what we were dealing with. That was just

+ Dr. Sheryl Simpson Jones Sheryl Simpson-Jones, M.D., is a 1997 honors graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a minor in chemistry. She received her medical degree in 1991 from the Medical College of Georgia before pursuing her residency training in OB/GYN at Georgia Baptist Medical Center (now known as Atlanta Medical Center). Following residency training, Dr. Simpson-Jones practiced with Georgia Baptist Healthcare Systems and was affiliated with Premier Medical Group in Stockbridge. Dr. Simpson-Jones was board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1997 and re-certified in 2006. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Nominated by Leslie Hudgins, she states; “When I moved to Henry County from the north side of town six years ago, finding new doctors was no where on my list of fun. Admittedly, I’m a north-side-doctor-snob and continued to drive to Atlanta for all my medical care until my gynecolo-


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the beginning of a doctor-patient friendship. Skylar has had many medical issues since then. Dr. Chin was always “right on the mark” about what needed to be tested next. I have been telling her for along time now, that we do not need to go to specialist, we have her! In 2004 we had our second daughter. About a month after her birth she began to show some signs that Dr. Chin was concerned with. About a year and a half after

Isabella’s birth she very gently broke the news to me that she thought we needed to see a developmental pediatrician. and a genetic doctor. It was determined that Isabella is on the autism specturm. She has called us all hours of the night to soothe my fears, held our hands as we have cried from fear and guided us each step of the way. Over these last ten years we have seen many doctors. However, Dr. Chin is on top of the list.”

Women’s Health Specialists at Eagle’s Landing 115 Eagle Spring Drive Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 770.474.0064

gist refused to perform a routine elective procedure stating it was too risky for me given my history. My girlfriend (with a similar history) had just successfully had this simple, in-office procedure performed by Sheryl Simpson-Jones, M.D. and highly recommended her. Turns out, Sheryl uses the latest technology available which eliminated

specific risks, lucky for me! Not only is Sheryl a good medical doctor, she is down to earth, friendly, and easy to talk to about any and all girly issues!! And it doesn’t hurt that her office has a “spa” atmosphere … my kind of place. Needless to say, I’ve found my south-side girl doc!!”

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+ Dr. Stephaine Gordon The Women’s Center was created by Dr. Gordon in 2003 to provide a better healthcare experience for women. Their philosophy is to get to know a patient personally and actively listen to her concerns about her health. They encourage women to be an active partner in the decision making process and to be as well informed as possible about their healthcare. The Women’s Center “ Well Woman Care” includes a thorough history including reproductive history, family, medical, surgical and social history. A comprehensive physical exam with appropriate lab tests performed in-office. Counseling will include review of diet, exercise, breast cancer risk, colon cancer risk, osteoporosis risks, gynecological cancer risk, and lifestyle issues. Dr Gordon received numerous nominations. One from Connie Dodgen states, “Dr. Gordon is a friend to each and every patient she sees. She takes the time to go over your medical concerns

+ Dr. John Harsch John A. Harsch, MD is a board Certified Internist. He received his Medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri in 1983. Prior to attending Medical School, he received an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Physics) and Masters of Science Degree in Physics (1979) from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1978). He also studied at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in 1975. Dr. Harsch’s hospital training for both his Internship and Residency was received at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri from 1983-1986. He has been licensed by the State of Georgia and has been board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1986. Nominated by Donna Thomas, she states, “I want to nominate my doctor, John Harsch, MD as a Top Doc. He takes time with his patients, if he doesn’t know the answer, he’ll go to the internet and research it. He also calls you with any concerns, and cheers you on when you’ve had improved results, such as weight loss. Also, he helps the community by working at the Hands of Hope clinic, which helps the poor and uninsured in Henry County. Dr. Harsch is the greatest and I couldn’t imagine trusting my health to anyone else.”


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and makes sure you are taken care of. Dr. Gordon also takes time to play in benefit tennis matches, has worked on houses for Habitat for Humanity, and is one go-getter! With 3 small children at home, she still gives her job 100% all the time! WE are so fortunate to have Dr. Gordon in Henry County!!” Oreatha Ensley also nominated Dr Gordon. “She has this warm demeanor. She listens. She

Southeastern Primary Care 1035 Southcrest Dr. Suite 200 Stockbridge, GA 30281 770.474.5302

takes time. One does not feel rushed. Her smile and handshake are incredible. She looks you in the eyes when she speaks. She stimulates thought and awareness that you may have forgotten. I would love to clone her. She does absolutely great work. She explains your condition and answers your questions in a way you can understand.”

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+ Dr. Lorie Johnson

Just For You Womens’ Healthcare, OB/GYN 3334 Hwy. 155 South. Suite A Locust Grove, GA 30248 678.429.8146

Dr. Lorie Johnson is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She served her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Depatrment of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Allentown, PA. She received her MD at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and her BA in Biology at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Sonya Hawver nominated Dr. Johnson stating, “Dr. Johnson is new to the Henry County area and the only OB/GYN in the Locust Grove area. She is sweet, caring and listens to all of her patients (that is one of the reasons they like her so much). The areas of Locust Grove & McDonough have been in need of a doctor like Dr. Johnson for a long time.”

+ Dr. Vikram Mandadi Dr. Mandadi graduated from the University of Florida and completed his medical education at Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Kamatak, India. His Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine were completed at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers program of New York Medical College. He then completed his General and Interventional Cardiology fellowship at the same institution, during which he was Chief Cardiology Fellow. Dr. Mandadi is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Mandadi is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has received various academic and professional awards, and has published papers in major cardiology journals. Apart fom specializing in coronary interventions, Dr Mandadi is also proficient in peripheral vascular interventions. Of special note, he is one of very few cardiologists who specialize in the transradial approach (performed through the wrist) to cardiac catheterization and coronary angioplasty.


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Southern Heart Specialists, P.C. 1050 Eagle’s Landing Parkway; Suite 101 Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 770.474.4248

Arlis J. Scarbrough nominated Dr Mandadi, stating, “On August 12, 2007, my life changed forever. I suffered a massive heart attack and found myself being airlifted to Emory Hospital for surgery. It was at Emory that I first came in contact with Dr. Vikram Mandadi. He was waiting for me in the O.R. to put much needed stents into my body. I didn’t meet Dr. Mandadi formally until 2 days later in CCU when I was brought out of my sedation. It was then I was told how big my heart attack had been. I then realized how much Dr. Mandadi had

helped save my life. Dr. Mandadi has been my cardiologist ever since and has actually put in another stent (through my wrist this time). He has a wonderful, cheerful and happy demeanor that really calmed and allayed my fears. He is a very wellread and conservative in his approach and always has time to answer all my questions. Both my wife and I have complete confidence in his ability as a doctor. I cannot imagine having anyone else as my doctor. Thank you, Dr. Mandadi!”

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+ Dr. Kandathil Mathew Dr. Mathew graduated from Kasturba Medical College of Mysore University in India. He attended a medical internship at Mt. Vernon Hospital in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. He subsequently completed his cardiovascular fellowship at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME, as well as St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Dr. Mathew is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr. Mathew is a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and Clayton/Fayette Medical Society. He is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Apart from been a compassionate physician, Dr Mathew volunteers his time in community health outreach. Nominated by Brenda Hill, she states, “We first started using Dr. Mathew on August 8, 1994 when my husband had to go to the emergency room at Henry Medical Center due to a heart attack. He was

+ Dr. Philip Ploska

Southern Heart Specialists, P.C. 1050 Eagle’s Landing Parkway; Suite 101 Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 770.474.4248

only 48 years old. Since that time he has had to have stents and in February 2006 he had to have an aorta valve replacement and by-pass surgery. Dr. Mathew called Dr. Puscas at Crawford Long and scheduled him the next day for surgery. If not for his careful attention Billy probably would not have made it til

the end of the year. Dr. Mathew has been taking very good care of him over the last 15 years. He is doing great now. As for me, I started seeing Dr. Mathew around 10 or 12 years ago due to having chest pains and other problems. Dr. Mathew takes the best of care of both of us and, to us, is number one.”

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Dr . Ploska served his residency at University of Virginia Hospitals; Charlottesville, Virginia and received his Medical Degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine; Washington, D.C. He is a certified American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeon. His advanced training includes Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, X-Stop for Spinal Stenosis, Aspen Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion, Facet Spine Fusion, Microdiscectomy- Minimally Invasive Disc Surgery, Kyphoplasty/ Vertebroplasty for Spine Fractures, Disc Replacement Surgery, Minimally Invasive Partial and Complete Knee Replacement, and Total Hip Reconstructive Surgery Nominated by Robin King, she states, “Dr Ploska’s patients are his main concern. His surgical abilities are great. He made a huge difference in my quality of life by performing total joint replacement on both of my knees. His bedside manner is beyond compare. I always feel like I am his main concern during every office visit.”

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+ Dr. John Schilling John P. Schilling, MD, is a Board Certified OB/ GYN with over 25 years of experience in the Henry County area. As one of Atlanta’s most prominent physicians, Dr. Schilling is known for the technical skill, training and integrity he brings to his patients and surgical practice. Over the past three years, Dr. Schilling has attended over 200 hours of postgraduate training in advanced aesthetics, cosmetic dermatology and laser technology. He is a member of the American College of Phlebology, International Medical Spa Association, Medical Spa Society, and an Associate Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Nominated by Ashley Linden she states, “Dr. Schilling is an exceptional doctor. He goes above and beyond for his patients. He treated me like I was a princess! He remembers all of his patients faces and also gets to know them personally. Dr. Schilling will always be TOP DOCTOR in my eyes!” and Debbie Hembree states “Dr Schilling is such a wonderful doctor and he truly cares about his patients.”

Top Docs 2009

The Overlook Building 290 Country Club Drive Suite 110 Stockbridge, GA 30281 770.506.9123

+ Dr. Muthusamy Sekar Dr. Muthusamy Sekar earned his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Madras University, India in 1982. He completed a residency by Rosa Gilbert Hitchcock in Internal Medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo and a fellowship in Cardiology at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. Prior to his arrival to the United States, Dr. Sekar was trained in Cardiology in England. He worked as a Registrar in Cardiology in Sunderland City Hospital and then a Registrar in Transplant Cardiology in Harefield Hospital, the largest transplant Hospital in the world. He is a member of Royal College of diologist, was at the hospital that morning when he Physicians (MRCP) and a Fellow of the American arrived. Dr. Sekar attended to him in the ER, made College of Cardiology and is currently serving as a quick decision to keep him overnight for observathe Chairman of the Department of Medicine at tion and ordered a series of tests, including a stress Spalding Regional Medical Center. test for the next morning. After a restless night for Nominated by Vickie Floyd, she states, ”In April Dr. Sekar, he decided to order a cath instead of the of 2006 my husband, Danny Floyd, went to the ER stress test. Just a few minutes in to the cath proceat Henry Medical Center with complaints of jaw dure, Dr. Sekar saw the problem. Danny had severe pain and not feeling well. Dr. Sekar, his regular car-

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blockages in both of his main coronary arteries. Danny probably would not have survived the stress test. Within a matter of hours he was transported to Crawford Long hospital for an emergency quadruple by-pass. Dr. Sekar’s experience, expertise, and concern for his patient saved my husband’s life. We are forever grateful!”

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+ Dr. Stephanie Rytel-Smith

Eagles Landing Wellness and Chiropractic Center 69 Old Jackson Road McDonough, GA 30252 678.432.3303

Dr. Stephanie Rytel-Smith is a licensed Chiropractor serving the McDonough community. Dr. Stephanie Rytel-Smith has been freeing people from pain at her clinic in McDonough, GA. As a Chiropractor with experience, Dr. Rytel-Smith is committed to promoting the health and well being of her patients. Dr. Rytel-Smith uses a “whole person approach”. This approach to wellness means looking for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function. Using this unique approach, Dr. Rytel-Smith is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health. Jennifer Temple nominated Dr Rytel Smith stating “She is a wonderful chiropractor that has helped my husband become more mobile after MANY back injuries. She creates a wonderful patient/doctor atmosphere.” Also nominated by James Read, he states “she is the only doctor that has been able to fix my back.”

+ Dr. David Van A native of New Orleans, Dr. Van attended Jesuit High School, graduating with honors. He is a Phi Kappa Phi and honor graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and an honor graduate of Louisiana State University Medical School, where he was elected to the Aesculapian Honor Society. After attending medical school, he continued his specialty training in family practice at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Van is a diplomat of the Board of Family Practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor at Mercer Medical School and as a preceptor for Emory University and University of Georgia medical schools. Nominated by Melinda Bartley, she states, “For years, I had suffered with extreme muscular pain, chronic cluster headaches, extreme fatigue and generally never feeling well. After years of seeing neurologists, family practice and internal medicine doctors, I finally considered seeing Dr. Van based on a referral from a friend. Having experienced these conditions for over 18 years, I was hesitant that I


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McIntosh Trail Family Practice Associates 290 Country Club Dr. , Suite 200 Stockbridge, GA 30281 770.506.1106

would find relief. In August 2008, I had my first initial visit. What I found most interesting was that he listened to me as I addressed my concerns. Having performed this routine over and over with other physicians, I could have predicted the outcome: same diagnosis and treatment. However, this time it was different. He took each of my concerns and addressed them individually with the same attention to

each one. He started my treatment by fixing one item at a time and I was amazed. It didn’t take long until everyone in my family and those around me were noticing the significant signs of progress. Dr. Van has always made me feel that he is just as concerned for my health and well-being as I am. He “listens” to his patients, which is what I found to be the key.


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Rosa Hitchcock

in the kitchen

New Beginnings & Old Traditions It’s three days before Christmas and I sit here at my computer having been assigned the task of writing an “In the Kitchen” piece for the New Year, all while thinking about the presents still to be bought, menus to be planned, and un-sent Christmas cards to be apologized for. I also smell the wonderful pine scent wafting in from the family room, nibble on the most beautiful Christmas cookies any 10 and 12 year old has ever made, and listen to the happy noises of kids who have just begun their two week Christmas break. I love this time of year. Like all families, we have traditions. Many of them revolve around food, or rather, the kitchen. Growing up in a household made up of a father from south Arkansas and a mother from a very small village in Mexico, I’m relatively confident that I have an eclectic collection of holiday kitchen traditions. On the Hudson side of my family, signature southern holiday meals include turkey, ham, dressing, gravy, vegetables, corn-bread, rolls, biscuits, cranberry sauce; as well as pumpkin, pecan, sweet-potato and coconut cream pies. I know this menu is familiar to the majority of our readers, and hope it brings to mind traditions your family has built through the years revolving around your kitchen. For me, Grandma Abby’s dressing and gravy recipes are the best around and those, along with my Aunt Verda’s pecan pie recipe, are the ones that I use today. Mingled with my south Arkansas memories are the traditions instilled from the Gracia side of my family – and I don’t mean just talking loudly. Every year, my mom, my sister and I would make sopapillas on Christmas Eve because everyone knows that sopapillas are Santa’s first choice. We would also fit in what my mom would call “All Mexican” night that included enchiladas, chile rellenos, rice, beans and caldo de res. And then there are tamales. The two days it would take my mom, my Tia and me to make tamales are still vivid in my mind. Years later, while making tamales with my mom in my home, she said, “Your Abuelita would call us lazy using this food processor. She would grind all of the dried chiles by hand.” My first memories of both sets of kitchen traditions are of me standing on a chair at the kitchen counter “helping”, adults laughing, and everyone eating a bit more than they should. So much time has passed, my traditions now include my children who not only don’t need a chair, but have taken over some of the responsibilities, my voice as one of the adults laughing, and everyone still eating a bit too much. My hope is, that as you read this in the new year of 2010, you are reminded of the holiday kitchen traditions you just enjoyed and of the warmth they brought, and that you carry them throughout the entire year. I don’t think Santa would mind if you and your little ones pulled up a chair to the kitchen counter, and made sopapillas in July.


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Magnet Construction

By Rosa Hitchcock


craftsman MASTER

Mark Galey

found his way into the construction business at an early age when Mark’s mom married his step dad, a roofing contractor in California. His construction education began at the age of eight. Working with his step dad, they would go into the mountains to harvest cedar logs to split and use on their projects. By the time he was fifteen Mark had gained a considerable knowledge in the construction industry and was supervising men more than twice his age.

The family left California and ended up settling in Tallahassee, Florida. Mark finished high school there and began traveling with his construction career. In 1985, the company Mark was working for brought him to the metro-Atlanta area. After moving to Atlanta, Mark’s neighbor had a friend that wanted to finish their basement so in 1986 he started his first independent project. It was the birth of what would grow to be Magnet Construction. Mark moved to Henry County in 1987 and has proudly called it home ever since. In search of excellence, Mark joined the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). This affiliation allowed him to get involved in the community in a bigger way. They helped him transform his business to a higher level of professionalism. Mark earned his Certified Remodeler designation through NARI, and has several other professional certifications that he maintains. He has won numerous trade awards, his work has been published and has also aired on network television. From his professional associations, Mark has the tools and information to educate clients on the choices available to them. His broad knowledge base and resources instills confidence in his clients because of his training, certifications, and licensing. With the success of Magnet Construction, Mark began looking for ways to “give back” and his first thought was Habitat for Humanity. He got involved on a personal level, which eventually included donating a Seated on the left: Beth Barlow pieceon of the landright: in Atlanta a Habitat house. Mark believes that, based Seated Bridgetfor Dunken Standing Left:teaching, John Wadsworth on Biblical each person is given unique gifts and that God Standing Middle: Sue the Harden wants them to use gifts they’re given to serve others. Standing Right: Charles Woodroof

Through a series of events, Mark met with Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, and Mark learned about a home repair program started


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through the Fuller Center. This opportunity was perfect for Mark. Together, the two developed The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Atlanta. Mark explains the work of The Atlanta Fuller Center as ‘the remodeling version of Habitat for Humanity’. This past summer, with the help of local architect, Shane Persaud, ‘Project McDonough’ was started which is the Henry County arm of The Fuller Center.

Mark’s professional career and charitable work have been woven together, answering the question; ‘what is God’s purpose for you in the marketplace?’. Currently, Mark’s work is being featured on the cover of a high-end, technical magazine for major remodeling projects. Mark had completed an extensive kitchen remodel and submitted it to a national design contest the magazine promotes. This required professional photography. The photographer submitted the photo to the magazine as well. The publisher of the magazine called the kitchen “stunning” and the magazine selected the photograph for its cover. Mark’s kitchen remodel is featured in the December issue, which is dedicated to kitchen and bath remodels. It’ is said ‘to whom much is given, much is required’. Mark feels keeping everything in balance, including family, is part of that responsibility. While his work demands time away, he believes in the viability of Henry County and its residents. He strongly encourages everyone continue to shop Henry County first, trade with their neighbors, keeping the community strong and saving the precious commodity of time by doing so. Mark has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 17 years. Combined, they have two daughters and a son and are the proud grandparents of two grandsons. They attend Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church. And, while not able to go as often as he’d like, he also enjoys deep sea fishing. You can contact Mark and Magnet Construction at 678.583.5599. You can read more about their many awards and learn much more about their services and business philosophy on their great website at as well as learn more about The Atlanta Fuller Center for Housing.


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By Amy Rollins


Water Conservation is as Easy as the Color Grey:


reywater is specifically wash water. That is, it is; laundry, bath and dish water free of garbage-grinder residues, and excluding toilet wastes. When properly managed, greywater can be a valuable resource which horticultural and agricultural growers, as well as home gardeners, can benefit from. Greywater is not clean enough to drink but it certainly isn’t polluted enough to flush down the drain. Because of its unique make-up, greywater offers many versatile options for use in outdoor landscaping, while helping the environment and saving you money. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW MUCH GREYWATER AN AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD PRODUCES: • Top Loading washing machine (30 gallons per cycle) • Dishwasher (3-5 gallons per cycle) • Low flow showerhead (3-7 gallons per use) • Other (shaving, washing hands, brushing teeth) (1-5 gallons per use)

Anywhere between 50 to 80 percent of residential wastewater, or greywater, is suitable for watering your landscape. As a result, recycling greywater will no-


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ticeably decrease your fresh water consumption and help lower your annual water bills. By designing plumbing systems to separate greywater from blackwater (water that contains waste of humans, animals or food), greywater can be recycled for irrigation, toilets, and exterior washing, resulting in water conservation. The less harmful pollutants found in greywater decompose faster, therefore stabilize more quickly and reduce the risk of water pollution. However, it is important to use eco-friendly products in your greywater sources because they will be watering your plants once they make their way through the pipes. There are many plumbing solutions that can be set up within a residential home to reuse the greywater that is generally wasted on a daily basis. For those with just a bit of plumbing knowledge, some of these systems are simple to set up on your own, while others can be professionally installed. Even at the most

basic, greywater can be drained into barrels, and then used to wash cars, water lawns and perform other outdoor tasks. Not only does a greywater system save you money, it helps conserve energy by decreasing the amount of waste water that needs to be pumped from your house to the treatment plant. Additionally, greywater helps to recharge the ground water and lessens the strain on your municipal treatment plant or septic system. For more information please visit the following websites:

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HCWSA General Manager Lindy Farmer (left) leads Henry County Commision Chairman B.J. Mathis on a tour of the Tussahaw Water Treatment Facility following a recent joint meeting of the HCWSA and Henry County Board of Commissioners. The Authority, the Board of Commissioners, and the Boardof Education are all contributors to the Henry County Outdoor Education Partnership, which hosts field trips at the HCWSA Cubihatcha Center each year for every 5th grade student in Henry County Schools.


Employees from Henry County Water take part in career day events throughout the school year, such as this one at Unity Grove Elementary School.


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business profile

henry county water

HENRY COUNTY WATER: SEASON OF GIVING IS YEAR ROUND by Chris Wood, Ph.D. here’s no doubt the difficult economic times are having an impact on local businesses and even local charities. But sometimes hardships bring out the best in people, who seize opportunities to make a difference in their community. Such is the case with many employees at Henry County Water. This past year was a significant one for milestones at the Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority (HCWSA). Coming off a year in which the utility was awarded the best water distribution system in the state by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) in 2008, the Authority followed that up with the honor for best sewer collection system in Georgia this past year. A number of facilities and employees also have received GAWP distinction recently, from a top mechanic and a top operator, to the best lab and best operated plant. But ask employees of Henry County Water what they’re most proud of and they’ll likely tell a story about their involvement in various partnerships, charities, or causes that benefit their community. For starters, the Authority began its “HCWSA Cares” workplace giving program last fall to provide employees with a means for making payroll deductions or annual contributions to charities they wanted to support. The initial goal of $10,000 in pledges was eclipsed within months after the campaign kicked off, with the pledge amount approaching $21,000 today. Where monetary contributions end, the Authority picks up with volunteers and resources to help with additional events and causes throughout the county. Families with children in Henry County Schools are likely to see HCWSA employees taking part at career day festivities or job fairs on those campuses. HCWSA sewer line maintenance crews and others have taken part in nearly a dozen career day events this school year. Several HCWSA employees serve as mentors for students at Ola, Locust Grove, and Oakland Elementary Schools, too.


In addition, all Henry County 5th grade students enjoy a field trip at the HCWSA Cubihatcha Outdoor Education Center in Locust Grove, thanks to the sponsors and volunteers of the Henry County Outdoor Education Partnership, which includes the HCWSA, the Board of Education, the Board of Commissioners, and many others. Henry County Water also hosts two blood drives during the year, participates in the local March of Dimes fundraiser each spring, and assists with Hands on Henry and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure of Cancer. Not only do employees contribute to the Atlanta Food Bank, but those overseeing reservoirs and land management assist gardeners with harvesting the Plant-A-Row Community Garden at the Cubihatcha Center, with several thousand pounds of food donated each year to Helping in His Name Food Pantry in Stockbridge. Additional partnerships feature the Authority’s involvement in the annual Rivers Alive river cleanup with Henry County Stormwater Management, the Outdoor Adventures/Jakes Day with Georgia Outdoor Network, the National Wild Turkey Federation and others, and rescue training with the Henry County Fire Department. Henry County Water is involved in local Boy Scouts Troops, assisting with construction projects of bridges and walking trails around public recreation areas, and local Girl Scouts through a project called “Activity Box” at the Cubihatcha Center. So in addition to providing excellent, award-winning water and sewer services to its customers, Henry County Water is engaged in providing philanthropic support to its community as well. “Our employees take the initiative to give back to their community on so many fronts,” says Lindy Farmer, general manager of the HCWSA. “They may have careers that are behind the scenes, but they’re at the forefront of service.”

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care for our community

“Last year a little boy won ‘Best Attitude’ because he had already caught a bunch of fish; then he started helping the other kids catch theirs.”

– Deputy Michael Corley

DEPUTIES DAYS OFF by Denese Rodgers

Four years ago, Deputy Jimmy Spence was helping with the Community Christmas program. He had a young boy in his patrol car taking him to ‘Shop with a Cop.’ The boy noticed a fishing lure hanging from the rearview mirror. The boy asked Spence, “Do you like to fish?” Deputy Spence replied that he loves to fish. With downcast eyes, the little boy said, “I haven’t been fishing since I’ve been in foster care.” You can hear the sincerity in Spence’s voice as he recounts the moment, “That got to me. So we put the first trip together. You can say that it was inspired by a child.” They had 37 children in care (foster children, protective custody, etc) to participate in that inaugural trip. The trip is made possible by the Henry County Water Authority, Maurice Sporting Goods, and Wal-Mart, as well many volunteers. After the success of the June fishing trip in 2009, the Sheriff received so many requests from children wanting to fish, that Deputy Spence and Deputy Corley organized a second trip. “It is a very inexpensive thing to do,” emphasized Spence, “mostly thanks to Maurice Sporting Goods, we have 150 rod and reels.” Deputy Corley chimed in, “and we have prizes, too. Biggest Fish (Girl and Guy), Youngest Fisherman, and Best Attitude.” Corley went on to explain, “Last year a little boy won ‘Best Attitude’ because he had already caught a bunch of fish; then he started helping the other kids catch theirs.” In 2008 the Henry County Kiwanis and the Solicitor General’s Office joined in. “They do all the cooking, they fire up the grill and do hotdogs and hamburgers for the kids.” This year, Stockbridge Community Church came on board to offer their time and talents. But of course, more volunteers are needed. Deputy Spence nods, “If we could have 50 volunteers for sure, we could increase the number of kids we could take.” Volunteers would have to have their own transportation, and be able to commit to the trip 6 weeks in advance. The next trip is scheduled for June 19, 2010. Participants are required to have a criminal background check, but the Sheriff’s Department provides those free of charge to ‘Fishin’ Trip Volunteers. Interested? Call Deputy Jimmy Spence or Deputy Michael Corley at 770.288.7107.


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eventeen individually themed luxury Guest Rooms and two Grand Suites in this boutique hotel set the stage for a true celebration of local art and culture. With paintings of renowned Madison landmarks, specially designed bath amenities, custom furniture created by local artisans and peerless service, each room and suite at The James Madison Inn brings local lore and Southern charm to life for each and every guest. Each of the comfortable, luxurious guest rooms and grand suites at The James Madison Inn are generously sized and elegantly appointed. Each room has been decorated by one the South’s top interior designers who furnished each space with custom designed furniture and wonderful antique reproductions. Each king-sized bed has been wrapped in fine Egyptian cotton sheets, and adorned with down feather pillows and duvets. All guest rooms feature flat-screen televisions, fireplaces, complimentary long distance, highspeed internet accessibility, oversized rain shower with teak stool, clock/radio/CD and MP3 player with PDA and cell phone charger, hairdryer, individual climate control, access to outdoor porch outfitted with furniture and ceiling fan, and a library of local authors. The James Madison Inn is located in the heart of downtown Madison, Georgia within walking distance of antebellum homes, graceful parks, centuries old cemeteries, stellar shops, art & antique galleries, spas, and fine restaurants.

The elegantly appointed James Madison Inn offers a unique and luxurious way to experience all that Madison has to offer. Take a stroll from The James Madison Inn and lose yourself in the historic district of Madison. Madison boasts over 45 homes on the National Register of Historic Homes, all within pleasant walking distance of The James Madison Inn. The Welcome Center is open seven days a week and you can pick up a free walking tour guide to visit these pre-Civil War homes and Madison’s historic cemetery. Visit art galleries, unique gift and antique shops, and many museums; The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art, Heritage Hall, The Madison/Morgan Cultural Center, The African American Museum and, The Bruce Weiner Micro Car Museum. Madison, Georgia is also well known for its Spring Tour of Homes and the Christmas Holiday Season Tour of Homes. At the James Madison Inn in Madison, Georgia you will discover an authentic, Southern experience to remember.

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By Ciji Fox


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Miranda Roberts

a day in the life

Miranda ROBERTS: M

iranda Roberts is director of Operations & Events for the City of Stockbridge at the Merle Manders Conference Center. Roberts is certified as a CMP (certified meeting planner) and also teaches an event planning course at Clayton State University. Her job with the City of Stockbridge keeps her very busy and each day brings something new at work for Roberts. “There is never really a “typical” day and I like that. One minute I may be speaking with a client about booking a meeting or event and the next second I may have to tie sashes on chair covers in preparation for an event”, Roberts said. “Working for a smaller property, as opposed to a resort or hotel, means that I get to experience all aspects of the meeting and event planning world, as well as

be responsible for the operational structure. Also, I like that we are owned by the City of Stockbridge because it allows me to be involved in the county and serve on the board of directors for the Convention & Visitors Bureau and the board for Connecting Henry. I am also involved in the meeting and events industry by serving on the Leadership Committee for GAMPI (Georgia Meeting Professionals International).” explains Roberts. Roberts is enthusiastic about work but admits there are some challenges. “Challenges within the job itself is one of the reasons I love it. However, I feel there are challenges within the industry itself, especially in smaller towns.  Most people do not understand that the meeting and event industry is a professional, growing, vital part of the economy.  A lot of people think that it is just fun to be a “party planner”, but they do not realize the importance of the details, contracts, risk management,


and marketing that make meetings and events successful.” states Roberts. Despite the challenge, her job is very rewarding. “I enjoy helping clients make it all come together and teaching them steps or tricks that will make it easier for them in the future,” Roberts says. “I also love the people I work with.  We have a great time and work well together.” Roberts is proud to work in Henry County. “I love seeing Henry County grow and become more appreciated and accepted as a great place to work and live.” In the near future Merle Manders Conference Center will have the BIG DAY GIVEAWAY promotional event with plans to give away a wedding package to the winning couple. The Stockbridge Community Center is set to open in January and will be managed by Roberts and her staff.

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Bert’s Big Adventure


bert’ ertss BIG ADVENTURE FEBRUARY 18-22, 2010

Story taken from ‘Magical Moments’ magazine with permission.



n 1996, Atlanta morning radio personality Bert Weiss’ life changed when he took a trip to Walt Disney World with 100 children with chronic or terminal illnesses as part of Kidd’s Kids, an organization based in Dallas, Texas. “It took me a weekend at Walt Disney World with these kids to realize how blessed my life had been,” said Weiss. “Most of these kids had never lived a day in their life that wasn’t a struggle.” Weiss, who came to Atlanta in 2001 to host The Bert Show on All the Hits Q100 (99.7 FM), was inspired by his previous experience and launched a similar organization of his own. His goal was to provide an unforgettable event for Atlanta-area children stricken with chronic and/or terminal illnesses and their families. In 2002, Weiss and his wife, Stacey, established Bert’s Big Adventure as an official tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their mission was to organize an annual trip to Orlando for those whose special needs may otherwise hinder such a trip, covering the expenses of all travel, accommodations, meals and admission to Walt Disney World. In March 2003, Bert’s Big Adventure made its inaugural trip to Walt Disney World with seven children and their families. Since then, the organization has grown considerably. Annually, families are chosen for this trip of a


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lifetime and continue to benefit from Bert’s Big Adventure’s charitable contributions.

OUR MISSION... Bert’s Big Adventure is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a spectacular five day journey to Walt Disney World for children with a chronic and/or terminal illness and their families. This trip and the year round programs that follow each adventure allow participants to… • Establish lasting friendships with others facing similar challenges, • Experience events and venues that other wise could not be afforded • Enjoy the gift of intimate family time together where the focus turns from living with an illness to making magical moments Bert’s Big Adventure serves children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, live in The Bert Show radio listening area (All the Hits Q100, 99.7 FM) in metro Atlanta, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®. Once a family has been chosen for Bert’s Big Adventure, they are a Bert’s Big Adventure family for life. In addition to the trip and year round programs, Bert’s Big Adventure provides certain additional charitable services that are necessary to the fulfillment of its charitable purpose.


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Jameson takes “Buck” through the sensory trail at Calvin Center. Jameson has formed a bond with Buck , which has helped to improve his communication and social skills.

...START YOUR ENGINES! AFTER 50 YEARS OF RACING ON THE HIGH BANKS AND COMING OFF A MARQUEE LABOR DAY WEEKEND NIGHT RACE, ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY IS SURGING INTO 2010 TO CELEBRATING THE TRACK’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY. by: Matthew Simmons nd if the track’s final race in 2009 – the Pep Boys Auto 500 under the lights on Labor Day weekend – was any indication, Atlanta Motor Speedway is prepped to throw a party of epic proportion for the track’s 50th Anniversary.


The 2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 featured the return of Labor Day racing to the South and answered the prayers of many race fans by finally bringing a scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race to the high banks of AMS. In return, fans brought their friends and family as the racing world descended upon Atlanta for the banner event of 2009 season and arguably the best NASCAR race since the introduction of the Car of Tomorrow: “With frequent lead changes under green and nu-

merous passes for position within the top 10, the event produced the best racing on an intermediate speedway since the full-time introduction of NASCAR’s new racecar last year,” Reid Spencer penned in “Sporting News.” But the event was not solely defined by the racing. The crowd, entertainment and partyatmosphere transformed Atlanta Motor Speedway into the place to be during an Atlanta Labor Day weekend loaded with events. As Speedway Motorsports, Inc. chairman Bruton Smith quipped, “You’re having a state fair and a race is going to break out.” And the party will return in 2010 as the track will play host to two NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekends, the Kobalt Tools 500 on March 7 and a night race on Labor Day weekend, with each adding to the allure the Speedway has

developed in 50 years of hosting NASCAR’s best finishes. And for its 50th Anniversary, the Speedway is offering some of its best ticket specials in its history. Adult tickets can be purchased for as little as $39 and student tickets for $19, while frontstretch seats begin at $59. In addition, ticket prices have been reduced throughout the facility. And for the youngest fans, kids are admitted free of charge with an accompanying paid adult on Friday and Saturday.

For more information or to get your tickets for the 50th Anniversary party, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at 770.946.4211 or visit

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Nicole Hayslip

by Rebecca McCLain

business profile

Southern Hospitality at its Finest......


uests are sure to be wowed upon stepping into the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn. Don’t expect to see dark drapes, old English furniture and dim spotlights.The furniture and decorating are anything but bland and unforgettable. The open atmosphere is warm and alluring; with the dining and seating area at opposite ends, separated by a giant waterfall and fireplace. The furnture is sleek and contemporary; accentuated by vibrant accent color carpet and marble floors. Combine these features with the floor-to-ceiling windows, sheer drapes and large flat-screen TVs, and the lobby experience alone is socially inviting and equally impressive as a business hub. Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) in McDonough celebrated its grand opening on June 1, 2009 after approximately eighteen months under construction. It has 105 rooms—double queens, kings and king suites. All rooms come with hospitality units, which include refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Beds feature the Garden Sleep System®. The rooms are exquisitely designed for comfort and convenience. Suites come with many of the creature comforts of home, featuring spacious bathrooms with marble-top vanities, garden bathtubs, separate shower and toilet and ceramic tile floors. Several rooms are also specifically designed for wheelchair accessibility. HGI is the only full-service hotel in McDonough. It offers everything that


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the larger full-service hotels offer, with the exception of a spa. The Great American Grill restaurant offers a full-service breakfast, ranging from waffles to pancakes, grits, eggs, bacon—you name it. The restaurant opens back up for dinner or room service. The hotel has the largest full bar out of all GHI properties to date. The Pavilion Pantry is open 24/7, fully supplied with food, beverages, snacks and other personal care items for extra convenience and variety. The HGI brand came out in the 1980’s and has been the fastest growing brand since the first one opened. It caters to both corporate and leisure travelers. “The difference between the larger fullservice properties and us is that they have more amenities/variety and our amenities are more focused on the corporate traveler. But on weekends, leisure travelers, with parents and children, like to stay because everything is within arm’s reach. I think that’s why the brand has done so well because it caters to both corporate and leisure travelers”, says Nicole Hayslip, Director of Sales and Marketing. The Business Center provides hightech computers, printing equipment and supplies.The printer-on demand option allows guests to print from their rooms for further convenience. There is 1,500 square feet of meeting space to accommodate various group sizes, including the Board, Rose, Geranium rooms and the large ballroom. Meeting spaces come

equipped with audio visual functionality. Catering service is also available. HGI realizes that the business traveler is more tech-savvy and mobile than ever. Guests can check their email, get the latest news and access the internet from any location in the hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi connection. Nicole acknowledges that HGI’s rates are the highest in the market, but none are full-service like her property. “Our rates are higher for good reason. We have amenities and services that are far superior to our competition and our guest satisfaction is our primary concern 24/7.” On any given day, you might find Nicole in the community marketing the property or meeting with representatives from such companies as Ken’s Food, Lennox Industries, KIK or Toys R Us. You might also find her working into the evening, and occasionally on weekends, meeting with staff, lending a helping hand wherever needed or resolving event issues and other problems —all to ensure the best possible guest experience. “A lot of properties my size have set parameters, but that’s not the case here. I try real hard to bring the business in and work with people individually. I try to find out what their needs and wants are, what’s most important of each, then what I try to do is make sure all of that is met for them. If I can do that then I have a greater chance of driving retention business. I want them to keep coming back.”

Our rates are higher for good reason. We have amenities and services that are far superior to our competition and our guest satisfaction is our primary concern.

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Monica Evans Yoga

by Jackie Brittain

business profile

mat, a space, You’ll need a

Yoga encompasses the body and mind, something that goes beyond physical exercise. It centers you.


n your back, your body is finally at ease. Your frustrations from the day and complexities of the world are beneath you. You are in sync with your breath. Your mind, muscles and thoughts are all balanced. You open your eyes to candles, a sweet smell of serenity. Monica Evans and Teresa Musso are two passionate people fueled by yoga. There’s an energy and spirit in both of them that energizes you instantly. For those of you who say, “I could never do yoga,” save your pity party for someone else. According to Teresa and Monica, anyone can do yoga. The main factor is you: how bad do you want it? Yoga encompasses the body and mind, something that goes beyond physical exercise. It centers you. We all have unbalances. Yoga grabs you by your core, (literally!) and takes you through another dimension. To reach an uncharted place, you must do some things you’ve never tried. Here’s why: Monica’s studio has been open for four months. She offers classes Monday through Saturday in the mornings and evenings. Wednesday’s are reserved for private lessons.


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Yoga guru, Monica found her harmonious studio through student, Teresa Musso. “When I first walked in, I started crying. It was a very touching moment,” says Monica. Located through the Arts Clayton art gallery, the space is serene, calming, and inspiring. “We are truly blessed,” says Monica. Starting out as a personal trainer, she decided she wanted more. She found that in Yoga, and also found a friend in Teresa when they met at a gym. Monica worked with professional athletes who summoned their inner doubt and expanded their workouts with yoga, soon learning they could swing better and gain a stronger mental endurance. Yoga truly is Monica’s calling. On the spectrum of who attends her classes, the scope is wide. Husbands and wives, mothers, and even children experience the perks of learning poses, deep breathing, and establishing balance. Maybe you’re older; therefore, wiser. Yoga is still for you. It’s healthy for you and medically, it’s recommended. Don’t let the myths of ‘you can only be young to do yoga’ fool you. Another goal of Monica’s is to really activate seniors to be involved. Pressed for time? Travel too much? Well, please find a

new excuse. With the holidays here, we are all stressed. Take time for yourself, even if it’s ten minutes. Keep yourself moving, and from the couch to the fridge doesn’t count. Be active during the holidays and you’ll be happier. A lot of people think yoga is too complicated; it’s not about being flexible, it’s about enhancing the structure of the body you’re given. Making the courageous step to give it a shot is half the challenge. Monica offers several different types of classes to keep it challenging and ward of boredom. Feeling fierce? Try her power yoga class. Newbie? Take the beginner’s class. If you’re up for surprises, she even offers those. For Teresa, Monica has been the silver lining of her workouts. “After going to the gym for 5 years, you get bored.” Monica opened her up to a whole different approach not only to working out, but to life. “It truly becomes a lifestyle and that’s why it never gets boring.” Monica’s goal is to grow a vibrant community in the southern metropolitan Atlanta area of people who will incorporate yoga into their lives and really understand why it’s something that encompasses each person as who they are. Follow them!

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(R to L) Dr. Jim Wayne Latimer & his mother Hattie Caroline Moseley Latimer, Photo in hand is Dr. Latimer’s great great grandfather John Shirley Elliott, Left-Hand Wall Photos are Dr. Latimer’s great great great grandparents, William M. Gunter and Rebecca Peel Gunter, Right-Hand Wall Photo is Dr. Latimer’s great great grandfather, Dr. Ira Lawson Gunter


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Once a Marine, Always a Marine! By: Beverly Van Gorder Photographs by: David Teague “HONOR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT”the motto of the United States Marine Corps succinctly describes the character of men and women who earn the right to be called one of the Few and the Proud. It is “commitment” which lends credence to the claim, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” Many serve, fulfilling their contractual agreement with the government. For some, the term of duty is as few as three to four years; others make a career of military service. Regardless of the duration spent in uniform, and whether currently traveling another vocational path or entering full retirement, United States Marines will be forever committed. Bob Van Dunk, of McDonough, is one such individual. Over the span of 49 years, he served in the Marine Corps, the Army, and subsequently worked as a civilian for the government. Now, in the midst of retirement, Bob still has the drive to serve. Knowing of the Marine Corps League (former Marines meeting in detachments around the country for the purpose of promoting community service and creating state-side assistance for active-duty Marines and their families), Bob sought to become a part of such an organization. He found the closest detachment in Griffin, but the distance proved to be a hindrance. Then a brain storm hit. Why not form a detachment in McDonough? Together with friend, Russ Vermillion, Bob began scouting the town for 20 interested marines, the mini-

mum required before applying for charter. In July 2009, they placed an ad in the paper and began to use their most advantageous marketing tool, “word-of-mouth.” They also became very observant of bumper stickers and window decals on vehicles. Whenever spotting a car with a Marine Corps emblem, Bob and Russ would literally chase it down. The driver then received a quick sales pitch for membership in the new Marine Corps League Detachment. Within three weeks, having acquired 20 members, the new group applied for a charter. Upon approval, membership had reached 35. On September 26, 2009, the charter ceremony was held making Marine Corps League Detachment #1339 an official entity. Hitting the ground running, the newly formed McDonough detachment planned a formal ball in celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday. This was held on November 7, 2009 at Nash Farm Battlefield in a restored barn now used as an event venue. Eightyfive people attended the ball complete with catered meal, notable speaker and after-dinner dancing. However, Bob is quick to emphasize, “Though we like to have fun, we are not a social organization. Our purpose is to make a difference in Henry County through community service and to support our servicemen and women and their families.” Even while plans were underway for the ball, members worked feverishly to place a

multitude of “Toys for Tots” boxes throughout the county. Detachment #1339 delivered well over 1400 toys from receptacles filled by generous Henry County citizens to the folks at Connecting Henry for distribution to children in need during the month of December. “It was hectic, but we were ecstatic at the number of toys we were able to bring in on our first effort. I am very proud of these men. They are eager to volunteer, willing to get any job done,” Bob shares. Chief among chosen service projects is maintaining availability to Marine Corps families for assistance during the deployment of a family member. Additionally they hope to be an emotional support for those returning from deployment. “We want to be an extension of their family,” Bob says. “Ironically, it is often depressing when someone returns home from the fight. We can’t counsel, but we can listen as they vent a little because we have all been there, done that.” As Commandant of the detachment, Van Dunk has a personal goal of enlisting another 60 plus marines as members during 2010. For more information and an introduction to those presently in leadership capacities, visit the detachment’s website at Bonita Johnson, Jr. Vice Commandant, can be contacted at 678-458-5754 with additional questions. And to all Henry County Marines, McDonough Detachment #1339 sends a heart-felt “Semper Fi!”

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It started as a family trip and ended up becoming an international competition. In 2008, Flippen Elementary School first grader Elizabeth LeBlanc had been asking her parents to take her on a family trip to some of the famous American landmarks in Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York. With these destinations in mind the family headed out for a historical trip that would soon become forever memorable. At their first stop on the trip Elizabeth, better known as Liz, began a video recording of the highlights of each location. As they arrived at each destination Liz added to her video compilation until she had documented every stop on the trip. It’s this video compilation that made the trip forever memorable. Upon returning to Henry County Liz entered her video, “Adventure to Famous American Places”, in the Student Media Festival at Flippen Elementary School. Her five minute video went on to win at

the school level. She then continued her competitive journey by winning at the county and then the state competition. Her success at the state level guaranteed her a place in the three day international competition held in Louisville, KY in October 2009. While at the competition in Louisville, Liz had the opportunity to participate in classes on photography, Adobe Photoshop, and podcasting. She also enjoyed participating in the celebrations held at the hotel and on a paddle boat on the Ohio River. “It was Halloween weekend and everyone wore their costumes. I dressed up as a Ninja. We went trick or treating on the paddle boat. I’ve never done that before.” said Liz. She kept her winning streak alive and, at the International Competition, Liz won again. She added a trophy and a medal to the awards and trophies already won at previous competitions. When asked about her favorite parts of the family trip and the international competition she immedi-

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With her success in the first grade competition in the Student Media Festival, Liz plans to enter the competition again as a second grader.

ately said, “The Washington Monument, because you actually get to go to the top and you can see everything from there” and “we went trick or treating on a boat.” With her success in the first grade competition in the Student Media Festival, Liz plans to enter the competition again as a second grader. “We went to Norway and I filmed different places. The only place I didn’t get to film is Preikestolen. They are some of the highest cliffs in Norway. It takes over 2 hours to climb to the top.” Liz stated. Liz is seven years old and lives in Henry County with her Dad, Matt, and mom, Darcy. She has a four year old brother, Kip. Her hobbies include competing on a traveling soccer team for girls 9 years old and under. She takes classes in piano, hip hop dance, and Taekwondo. She also enjoys tennis, golf, and loves kick ball. She is in the SAGE (Special Activities for Gifted Education) program at Flippen Elementary School. And last, but definitely not least, she enjoys traveling.

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By: Debbie Swanson

W H E N S P R I Ntroops, G church AR RIVES groups, businesses, school

in Henry County each year a few things are always constant. Like daffodils slowing emerging in our lawns, along roadsides and in ditches. You will see cars covered in a light dusting of yellow pollen and the kids gearing up for spring break. Another constant each spring is a fresh and eager Leadership Henry class working to promote Hands on Henry. Hands on Henry is a volunteer organization that reaches out to the community and solicits volunteers for a work day fill with projects to make Henry County a better place to live. The 12th Annual Hands on Henry Day will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Henry County High School from 8:00am until noon. A light breakfast and drinks will be provided. Ken Hart one of the co-chairs for the project tells me those volunteers for Hands on Henry complete projects for civic organizations, schools, non-profit organizations, community clubs, churches, and public facilities (parks, community centers, etc.). Volunteers of all ages and abilities work hard to complete projects including landscaping, maintenance, painting, cleaning, recycling and others. Volunteer groups are made up of scout


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organizations, individuals, and families. Amanda Miller co-chair informed me that sponsorships of Hands on Henry are available for individuals, families, and businesses. She encourages the citizens of Henry County to show your commitment to your community by becoming a Hands on Henry sponsor and help support the efforts of our volunteers. Sponsorships are available at several levels but all donations are appreciated. Hands On Henry is a program of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and is hosted each year by the Chamber’s Leadership Henry class. The goals of the event include promoting volunteerism within the county and providing community service to those in need. For more information on how you can be a part of Hands On Henry, visit

MEDIA CONTACTS: Ken Hart 678.770.0186 Amanda Miller 678.604.5303


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The American Dream Is Still Alive Here! The mortgage you need is much easier! f NO APPLICATION FEE f Simplified Documents f Quick Approvals & Closings f Conventional Loans f 100% Financing for Farmers Home Loans* f VA Financing For Veterans

As a locally-owned community bank, we’ve helped area residents for years with mortgages that are safe. Secure. Stress-free. All applications are reviewed promptly right here. No decisions by anonymous committees in far-away cities.

september/october 2009 •






Contact: Tammy Harper







280 Country Club Drive, Suite 100 Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 Exit 224 on I-75

Tammy Harper Executive V.P., Lending





Burt Blackmon CEO & President


Now we’d like to help you with a new mortgage or a mortgage re-finance that puts your payments within reach and within reason.




* Based on approved geographic areas and specific income levels

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