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the magazine for and about henry county TM

collective is the SOUL OF HENRY COUNTY

left to right Damon Bohan, Joel Kosche, Andy Davis, Will Turpin

FEATURES: • steve nail a true business and community leader • state of the art medicine-dr. george jabrene • chevy’s family, friends and fun

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very day, people make choices about their health. One of the most important choices, for both men and women, involves family planning. Nearly half of pregnancies [49%] are unintended and half of those unintended pregnancies occur during a month that some form of birth control was used. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about the different forms of contraception that are available and the health risks involved with each one. “For women who have completed childbearing, there is no need to take a pill every day or continue to worry about unplanned pregnancy,” says Dr. Simpson-Jones of Women’s Health Specialists. “A permanent birth control procedure, called Essure, is a great option for women who have completed their families.” Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that can be performed in the comfort of a physician’s office in about thirteen minutes — without hormones, cutting, burning or any of the risks associated with surgery and general anesthesia. During the procedure, small, flexible micro-inserts are placed in the woman’s fallopian tubes through the vagina and cervix. Within three months, the body forms a natural barrier around the micro-inserts that prevents the sperm from reaching the egg. A woman must continue to use another form of birth control during this time. Three months after the Essure procedure, a doctor will perform an Essure Confirmation Test to confirm that the tubes are fully blocked and that the woman can rely on Essure for permanent birth control. Having confirmation that the procedure is successful relieves the fear of an unplanned pregnancy and the routine of temporary birth control. “Every woman must make the decision about whether or not permanent birth control is the right solution for her and her family. For many women, the ability to take control over their fertility and know that they are permanently protected from

future pregnancies is very empowering and liberating,” continues Dr. Simpson-Jones. “Permanent birth control allows women to be more spontaneous with their partners and allows them to focus more on their families and their relationships.” Developed, manufactured and marketed by Conceptus Inc., the Essure procedure has been FDA-approved since 2002. It is 99.8% percent effective and is the only birth control method with zero pregnancies* Most insurance companies cover the cost of the Essure procedure. However, patients should check with their insurance provider or physician’s office to be certain. Visit www. to learn more about Essure.

* based on 4 years of clinical data.... The Essure procedure may not be suitable for all women and there are risks. The procedure is not reversible, and you must use another form of birth control for at least three months following the procedure. Risks may include cramping/pain, nausea/vomiting, dizziness/lightheadedness, bleeding/spotting. Visit for a complete list of risks and considerations. ©2008. All rights reserved. Conceptus and Essure are registered trademarks and your Family is Complete your Choice is Clear is a service mark of Conceptus Inc.

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steve nail


A true self-made man, he is a business and community leader as well as an entreprenuer. Steve is keeping things cool here in our beloved Henry County..................................51

dr. george jabren Trained under a Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Learn how Dr. Jabren makes a difference to his patients and their families.................... 55

the magazine for and about henry county TM

collective is the SOUL OF HENRY COUNTY

chevy’s family, friends & fun ON THE COVER left to right Damon Bohan, Joel Kosche, Andy Davis, Will Turpin

features: • steve nail a true business and community leader • state of the art medicine-dr. george jabrene • chevy’s family, friends and fun

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We are giving you a taste of why Chevy’s is one of the top 5 burger hot spots in South Georgia. Order it up!......................................................... 63

Damon Bohan, Joel Kosche, Andy Davis, Will Turpin COVER photo: pICTURE THIS STUDIO

departments publisher’s letter..................................................7 contributors.........................................................9 letters to the editor.......................................... 10 will turpin........................................................... 13 joel kosche........................................................ 15 the henry players............................................. 19 andy davis......................................................... 23 jeff hunter.......................................................... 27



scott evans........................................................ 31 mcdonough arts council................................ 35 sam pagan......................................................... 39 todd earnst......................................................... 43 lewis robinson.................................................. 45 papi’s................................................................... 47 steve nail............................................................ 51 physician profile............................................... 55 lynna schmidt................................................... 57 a day in the life................................................. 59

Ms. Alison Burch, teacher at Union Grove Middle School was accidentally left off the list of Top Teacher nominees. Please accept our apology for this oversight.


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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso


rt is defined as the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, theatre, photography, sculpture, architecture, paintings, drawings, and graphic designs and has been an element used throughout history to influence, express, and inspire. In a sense, we are all artists in our respective ways, as we experience life through our passions and everyday activities as art is all around us and within us in some form or another. One of the greatest aspects of art, however, is you don’t have to travel across the seas or even across the nation to discover and appreciate amazing art and artists that touch our hearts in a lasting way. Its pres-

ence abounds richly in our very own community. In Henry County alone, countless distinctive artists range from individuals whose melodic voices and musical instruments entertain and often move audiences to tears of joy, to masters of the canvas as well as the lens, to performers of live theatre who transport us if only momentarily to another place far from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Art truly affords us freedom in so many ways. We often do not take time to appreciate the truly amazing advances and evolution of society that are a direct collective result of the achievements of artists and dreamers. Their creativity, innovation, and energy are a source of inspiration for people of all ages. This same creativity flows into our thoughts, constantly reshaping how we view this beautiful world. As writer Arthur Koestler once said, “Every creative act involves a new innocence of perception, liberated from the cataract of ac-

cepted belief ”. Let us challenge ourselves to seek out and savor the artistic influences that surround us right here in Henry County as we highlight just a few of the many extremely talented and diverse artists in our midst who lend their creativity to weave a unique and meaningful community in which we live. As musician and philosopher Gabrielle Roth once said, “Art is not just ornamental, an enhancement of life. It is a path in itself, a way out of the predictable and conventional…a map to self discovery.” Please relax and immerse yourself in this issue that I hope will inspire your own inner artist.

Lisa Kinchen Publisher/Editorial Director

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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 senior 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.

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.

Jennifer Sconyers lives in McDonough, Georgia with her husband and two sons George and Jeremiah. Jennifer volunteers regularly at Flippen Elementary. She is a children’s author, and goes to schools and local libraries sharing her books and the love of reading!

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.

Diane Smith a native of Ohio, has enjoyed living in Henry County for seven years. She is mother to 14-year-old Travis and wife to Pastor George Smith of Solid Rock Church of Jackson, Georgia. Diane works ar Noah’s Ark in Locust Grove.

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.

“…we’ve enjoyed the exposure received through our association with H Magazine. In these tough economic times we’ve been through, H Magazine has always held to their high standards across the board making it a great value for services received, thank you. We look forward to each issue and are proud to be a part of such a great community magazine.” Mark Galey CR, Magnet Construction & Remodeling, McDonough GA I was first introduced to H Magazine during our inaugural “Grassroots Classic” Golf Tournament last year, Hosted by Nancy Lopez. Our event was put together to raise the awareness to our efforts of bringing the LPGA Tournament back to Henry County. Her passion and creative thought provided us a much needed voice in the community. The story she created for us was first class. Since then, I have been amazed at how H Magazine captures the true essence and singular voice of the Henry County Community. My company TwinBear Management recently met with Lisa to discuss advertising and relationship opportunities. I realized right away where that voice was coming from. Her passion was infectious and I she made me feel like she was on our team. She has great ideas, and provides new media thinking. H Magazine is an outstanding community leader in Henry County. Tony Caporale, CEO/Owner, TwinBear Management, LLC I came across the H MAGAZINE for the first time on April 2008. At the time my eye clinic had just opened the doors, so funds were limited. I made the decision of advertising with the H, and had since then without stopping. Our business has grown beyond our wildest dreams. When we ask our patients where they have heard of us they always say “in H Magazine”. The magazine has helped our office with a tremendous positive, family oriented exposure. It has been a total hit for us, and will continue to be. If your business is in Henry County, advertising with them is a MUST... Dr. Humberto Fallas Fallas Family Vision


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SO TEA PARTIES CAN HAPPEN. She won’t even remember the moment she was born... three months too soon. She won’t remember the moment that skilled hands gave her 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.


photos: peto fallas


Will Turpin isn’t your normal rock star. Granted, he is one fifth of Collective Soul, the band of Stockbridge boys who made good. Better than good, actually. In 2009 , they were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, James Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers, to name just a few. By Sandi Hutcheson

And granted,

I’m a family man first and a rock star second.


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Will Turpin; Collective Soul

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he’s part of a rock band that’s been producing hits for nearly twenty years. Bands who tour for twenty years and still fill arenas are named U2, Bon Jovi, and Rolling Stones. And Collective Soul. Turpin credits the chemistry band members have with one another for their longevity. “I get asked this question a lot, about how we’ve lasted this long,” he says. “Chemistry among players is more important than technical ability. We’re on the same page. From the first time we played together, it showed. And for me, that’s the strongest thing.” He was a normal teenager growing up in Stockbridge. “I gotta’ feel like my childhood [in Henry County] was blessed,” he says. “Shane Evans, the band’s original drummer, had a ’69 red mustang, and from 1987 to 1990, we rocked that car around Stockbridge. We were the dudes in Henry County.” And so that the whole world knows where Collective Soul calls home, in 2006 the band produced the third release on their own label, a live concert performed in Atlanta in collaboration with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. It was their idea, one Collective Soul paid for and produced. It’s title? Home. Like all great rock stars, Turpin is a gifted musician who started young and still works hard at his craft. During his teenage years in Stockbridge, he played in cover bands. He went to Florida State University on a full scholarship in music and was writing charts for high school marching bands while in college. He also had 20-25 private music students. One thing that makes him different is that he didn’t exactly set out to be a rock star. He says, “Because my father had chased that dream, I didn’t believe that being signed to a label as a musi-

cian – sometimes called ‘rock star’ – was possible.” He says his mother stressed the importance of getting an education and having something to fall back on. “I wasn’t a true believer in that being my only path. It’s rough raising a family on rock and roll.” So he went for the education. He attended Florida State for 2 ½ years before transferring to Georgia State University so that he could be closer to Donna, the girl he would later marry, and to be closer to his friends – Dean Roland, his older brother Ed, and Shane Evans, who were trying to put a band together. Turpin recalls, “I got out of classes one day at Georgia State and had this idea. I wasn’t yet a permanent member of the band. The bass player had been the revolving door, so I called Ed and said, ‘I’ll be the bass player.’ At the time, I didn’t even own a bass. But I knew music, and music is a universal language, so crossing over to a new instrument wasn’t a huge leap.” He learned how to play bass. Ed Roland came across the term “Collective Soul” while reading Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead and liked the sound of it. A band was born. Their single “Shine,” released in 1993, put them on the charts and set them on a course for the stars. So yes, he’s a rock star. A great one. But something else sets him apart from the others. When asked why a famous rock star would choose to live a small town south of Atlanta, he answers, “My heart just keeps bringing me back to Henry County. My family and my wife’s parents live here. When I’m away for two weeks at a time, they are a support system for my wife and my kids.” And this is what he wants people to know about him: “I’m a family man first and a rock star second.” Maybe what makes him special is that he’s a rock star in touch with his own soul. july/august 2010 •


Joel Kosche; Collective Soul


Interview by John Hitchcock photos: peto fallas

c o l l e c t i v e s o u l ’s l e a d g u i t a r i s t :


In 2010, Collective Soul, is still going strong after 2 decades of turning out hit after hit. I recently had the opportunity to interview long time Henry County resident and Collective Soul band member Joel Kosche. H Mag – Tell me a bit about growing up on the Southside.    Joel - I actually grew up more in the Clayton county area. It’s kind of funny but I’ve literally lived in the same 15 mile radius my whole life! I lived in Morrow throughout my teen years and graduated from Morrow High School. My Dad opened his own auto mechanic shop down here while my Mom had the full-time job of raising me, my two brothers and my little sister. We attended a lot of different churches growing up but we never were at any one particular church for  very long, I think my Mom got tired of chasing us down to get us to wear Sunday clothes! My family eventually moved to Stockbridge and then later my wife and I bought a house in McDonough.


was through mutual friends that we actually started hanging out. I started playing guitar in the band in 2001 and what a journey it’s been! H Mag – Can you tell me about your life now – your wife, kids, and life in Henry County. Joel - Well like I said, I now live in McDonough with my wife Jennifer and my 6 and half month old son Sefton. Like a lot of people, my life is integrated with my career simply by default.  This year the band has been doing a lot of what we call “weekend warrior” shows. So I fly out for the weekend to play Rock Star and then come home to our quiet little neighborhood and play Daddy to my baby boy. It’s a great life and I’m so thankful that we’re getting the time off this year so I can see the little man grow.

we’re working on is doing another live DVD concert but this time we’re going to do it down in Peru. We played there a couple of years ago and it was one of the best concert experiences we’ve ever had, the people there are just so passionate and they love their music! The ideas on exactly how and where we’ll do it are flying around like crazy but I know it’s going to be one of those huge highlights in our career. I can’t wait!

Rock Star and then come home to

I guess I might as well get in a plug for my solo project too. I just released my record “Fight Years” on June 15th. I’m really proud of it and it’s been a long time coming. It took me a solid three years to record it between all the Collective Soul records and touring but I feel like it took me a whole lifetime to write it. If you like big, guitardriven rock that you can sing the melodies to please check it out.

so I can see the little man grow.

H Mag – Can you tell me how Collective Soul was formed and a bit about the bands years since.

H Mag – Collective Soul has been so active over the years. Anything you can share with us about upcoming projects?

H Mag – Can you tell me what you hold special about Henry County and your life here?

Joel - I wasn’t there when the band was formed but I was do remember when I first heard “Shine” on the radio. My friend said “You know that’s Ed’s band, right?” I was like “Cool! Finally a hometown boy made it!” I used to see Ed play in other bands around town and he always stuck out to me and my friends. He always seemed like he did his own thing and didn’t play a bunch of cover tunes, he played mostly original songs. It

Joel - We’ve got a lot of recording projects that we’re working on now since we’re taking a break from the non-stop touring schedule. Right now we’re working on a box set that is going to be really special and will include some rare, early Collective Soul recordings as well as some neat photographs and a really cool book of all the lyrics. The actual container that holds all of the stuff will be very cool as well, it’s almost like a piece of art or something. Another thing that

Joel - I love our life here, it’s a simple one and that suits me just fine. I guess I’m just wired that way, playing in the band and touring can be really hectic and sometimes I just feel like I go into “sensory overload”. It’s nice to come home to our quiet little neighborhood and watch the kids ride their bikes up and down our driveway while Jenny waters the garden. It probably doesn’t sound much like a “Rock Star” life but it makes me happy.

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I fly out for the weekend to play

our quiet little neighborhood and play Daddy to my baby boy. It’s a great life and I’m so thankful that we’re getting the time off this year

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Henry Players’ Damon Bohan

our stories

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I have directed several shows, ran the sound board, and even played drums in the

” act one, scene one: orchestra.

By Diane Smith


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he lights have been tested, the sound has been checked. The heavy curtain ripples with a soft rolling motion, as an actor moves into place backstage, out of the view of the waiting audience. The last note from the introductory piece of music fades – and the curtains began to part. The anticipation in the air is like an electric current. Is it a Broadway hit preparing to launch a known performer into an even brighter spotlight? No, it’s Henry Players community theatre, and many in the audience are there because a family member is featured in the night’s performance or may be playing in the orchestra. The Henry Players were established in 1991, and their first production – “Hello Dolly” – was performed in the spring of 1992. All of the successes since its inception have been at the hands of volunteers – those who organize, those who perform and those who prepare. One of those volunteers is Damon Bohan of Damon’s Design Team in McDonough, Georgia. Damon explained, “I’ve been working with the Henry Players for 13 years now. It began when my wife and I were asked to do some makeup and wigs backstage for ‘My Fair Lady.’ We were hooked from that moment,” he reflected. ”I have directed several shows, ran the sound board, and even played drums in the orchestra.” He has also served as a past



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president of the organization, and currently sits on the Board as Vice President of Operations. From the viewpoint of the audience, a show appears seamless – and it’s hard to imagine all the work that is poured into making a performance shine. “Most people don’t realize what it takes to bring a production to stage,” Damon shared. “From the moment the director chooses a show, it can take as long as three to four years to bring it to the stage, because it can be very difficult to get the rights to a particular show.” Once the board chooses the shows for an upcoming season, the process takes as long as a year before audiences are treated to a live performance. What determines the success of a show? According to Damon Bohan, it’s the director’s responsibility to coordinate any and all artistic aspects of a production. “This is why as a director, your job starts two to three months prior to auditions. The director handpicks makeup artists, producers, costumers, set designers, set design crew, lighting designers, and sound crews. The biggest challenge for a director is conveying his or her artistic concept for a show.” Annually, two to three hundred members of the surrounding community may be involved in the Henry Players. All contribute their own special talents through one of the many art forms that comprise theatre. Of course the “stars” of the stage are those who perform as actors and actresses, singers, dancers, orchestra members and narrators. But the show could not go on without the myriad

of folks who are never seen. Makeup artists, hair dressers, costumers, set builders, lighting specialists, directors, fund raisers, website administrators, and prompters – the list is long, and each is an integral part of giving that person in the fifth row the “wow factor” that brings patrons back for future performances. Would you like your name listed on the playbill? It’s a fairly easy process – speak with a board member after any show in the lobby, or check out the audition information online at HYPERLINK “http://www.henryplayers. com” “We hold open auditions for every show,” states Damon. “If it is a non-musical, actors are asked to perform a one to two minute monologue from memory, and be ready to read from the script.” He continued, “For musicals, performers should have a two to three minute song prepared and be ready to dance, as well.” Actors and singers are generally chosen within a week. Then rehearsals start immediately - three nights a week for several weeks before the show hits the stage. The conductor of the orchestra then selects musicians, handpicking just the right ones after auditions. Community theatre, while affordable for its patrons, does require resources in addition to ticket sales. Those wishing to support the arts through Henry Players may do so as a sponsor, an advertiser or through various levels of giving. For more information on how to keep this vital part of the community funded, visit the website and select “How to be Involved” or email july/august 2010 •



“You make a living by what you get... but you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

Henry County Fire Department

Henry County Rodeo

($10,000.00 towards the Awards Banquet and Fire Chief’s award)

($10,000.00 Benefiting A Helping Hand For Children and A Friend’s House)

Henry County Shades of Gray Fashion Show

The All New 2010 Honda



($2,500.00 Benefiting Art In History Charitable Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research & Shining Light Ministry)

Henry County Police Department

Sounds of the Sixties Concert at Heritage Park ($3,500.00 Benefiting Henry County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard Officers and Family Fund)

Clayton County Fire Department

($10,000.00 to purchase in-car cameras & tasers for their officers)

($5,000.00 Sponsor of National Fireman’s Challenge)

Atlanta Bow Tie Society

Southern Crescent Very Special Arts Festival

($25,000.00 Benefiting Metro Atlanta Indigent Teenagers)

($1,200.00 Benefiting Clayton County Students with Disabilities)

The Jeff Foxworthy Show

Henry County Teacher of the Year Award

( $1,000.00 Benefiting the Henry County Fellowship of Christian Athletes)

($18,300.00 car donated to the teacher of the year)

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Andy Davis

our stories

By Diane Smith

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I knew as a child that i saw things differently than others. I would look at someone sitting in front of me and I would imagine how i would draw or sculpt them.

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It’s easy to miss Andy Davis’ studio on the first drive by, but he gives excellent directions. “Go to the square, turn on Griffin Street. If you drive the speed limit, my studio is 15 seconds on the left.” There it sits - a large red brick building, with silk flowers on the steps (real ones kept disappearing). The first hints that an artist haunts it are the gargoyles on the rooftop, the gas torches around the building, and a collection of delicate looking chandeliers hanging over a delivery ramp from days gone by. When you step inside, you know that you have entered the domain of a true artist. A bust of Ray Charles greets you, and Hugh Hefner – larger than life – is a work in progress several steps away. Clay and plaster are scattered about on wooden tables. High windows emit natural light and vines grow inside the building from one portal. “I generally work in my bare feet,” Andy said as he bustled into the studio – barefooted. Andy Davis is, indeed, a gifted artist. Simply stated, he is a sculptor. His work stirs emotions in those who know nothing of the process of art. His passion for all forms of art is electric. He’s rather like trying to keep up with the Energizer Bunny – with fresh batteries. Locally, he has sculpted General Griffin for the city of Griffin; is working on two busts of the founders of Peachtree

City; and has done a life size sculptor of Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, which sits casually on a bench at a local Truett’s Grill. His work is scattered across the United States, and even abroad. One of Andy’s most renowned achievements is the Ray Charles sculpture in Albany, Georgia. It is the central piece in a park built as a tribute to the late musical icon. He felt it was important for this particular piece to have some special input – and invited students from the Georgia Academy for the Blind to touch the sculpture as it was being built. Some students even picked up a tool and added their own touch to this magnificent work. When discussing the process of sculpting, he explained that he first creates the sculpture in clay. It then goes through several processes to create a mold so that the bronze can be cast. Throughout the process the original clay piece is destroyed. The one of Ray Charles ended up in about 15 bags. How does that feel? “Well, the whole process is kind of like giving birth,” he explained. But the end result is breathtaking. And what about Hugh Hefner? How does a sculptor in McDonough, Georgia end up creating a tribute to the owner of the Playboy Mansion? When the commission came through, he was invited to the mansion. He said that as he signed the guest book, Mr. Hefner was coming down the stairs. One of his staff turned to Andy and said, “There’s your subject.” And while the man may be controversial,

Andy said he has to admire the fact that Hefner’s work is all about freedom of expression. “And…he throws a great party,” Andy grinned. Andy Davis is a self-taught artist. How, exactly, does one know how to sculpt? “I knew as a child that I saw things differently than others,” he remembered. “I would look at someone sitting in front of me and I would imagine how I would draw or sculpt them.” Some of his works are based on models of friends, family and other local folks. “You’d be surprised at who has modeled for me,” he mentioned mischievously. “Throughout history, the strength of a country or civilization has been measured by the greatness of its art,” he expounds. “Artists have been commissioned during every war to show the enemy the might of those who could afford to commission them. The greater the artist and the work he created, the stronger the image of that civilization.” He becomes more passionate. “So many people dismiss the power of art,” he continues. “When you take art out of the culture, it’s a death rattle for any city. Look at what happened when Saddam Hussein’s reign fell – the people expressed themselves by destroying the art that represented him. The guy who created the things the archaeologist finds – the pottery, the cave drawings – that guy was just another Andy Davis, expressing the things that were important in his culture.”

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Jeff Hunter

our stories

By Jennifer Sconyers

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We all have talents in many different forms, and I think these are blessings from God, I also think it blesses God when we share these talents.

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icture in your mind a little boy running into his grandmother’s arms. Jeff Hunter loved his visits to his grandmother’s home in Toccoa, Georgia. He remembers her home “always smelled like coconut cake and homemade biscuits!” Jeff loved exploring grandma’s house looking for treasure of any kind and he found it! “A drawer full colored pens and all the scrap paper a kid could scribble on! My grandmother always encouraged me to keep drawing. It became a ritual every time we went to visit her when I was a child.” This was the beginning of his love of drawing, and later painting.


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Jeff is now a member of “McDonough Arts” and takes part in events like “Art Attack”, the first weekend of every month in McDonough Square. Jeff was given the opportunity to sell some of his paintings at an Arti Gra, he sold 12 at this first event! This gave him the confidence to enter 3 of his paintings in a juried art show. His Sunflower and Hydrangea painting placed first! “Painting for me was a hobby but it has changed my life!” “We all have talents in many different forms, and I think these are blessings from God, I also think it blesses God when we share these talents. My mis-

sion is to provide art to all at affordable prices. When someone wants to buy paintings for their home they can come to an artist and buy original art work, instead of purchasing a print from an unknown source.” Understanding the importance of art and music Jeff is going to be offering classes to children and adults alike! For more information, and to see more beautiful art work by Jeff and other local artist go to To contact Jeff Hunter about his original pieces and classes, his personal site is:

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Welcome to the newest addition to the Henry Medical Center family — the Diagnostic Imaging Center at the McDonough Medical Pavilion. The center provides the area’s most comprehensive imaging services with patient-centered, advanced technology provided by experienced and compassionate staff... all close to home. Conveniently located just off I-75 at Exit 218 on Highway 20/81. Scheduling an appointment is easier than ever, just call 678-604-1055.


101 Regency Park Drive, McDonough, GA 30253 | 1-75 to Exit 218, go East approximately 1 mile on the right



Scott Evans

by Sandi Hutcheson

our stories { BEFORE }

Image Doctor Media is located on the square in McDonough, at 10 Macon Street. Phone: 770.355.9644

Scott Evans




the image doctor

Grandma’s cracked! is the advertising slogan for Image Doctor Media, the oldest portrait and photo restoration company in the United States. The doctor himself, Scott Evans, is a native of the Southside who taught himself to re-touch and restore photos. He began the business in 1980, while he was still in high school. Evans grew up in Morrow, where he attended Clayton Christian School (now Community Christian School in Stockbridge) and learned the basics of photography as a member of the school’s yearbook staff. As a teenager still in high school, he worked for Alan’s Camera in Southlake Mall. People be-


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gan bringing in torn photos and asking if they could be fixed. In fact, the cracked grandma photo on his business card is one he restored early in his career. “I always told people, ‘Sure! We can fix it.’ And then I’d go home and say, ‘What can we do with this?’” he says, laughing. But he always figured out the process, and a career was born. Back then, no one taught the art of restoration, Evans says. Early in his career, he went to retouching school at the Veronica Cass Academy of Photographic Arts in Hudson, Florida, and learned to adapt some of the techniques toward his restoration work. He has done restoration work for historical societies, museums, and state and county governments in both the United States and

Our mission, Evans says, “is to preserve family memories and stories so that today’s children will know who they are and where they came from.”

abroad. Images he’s restored, for instance, hang in the Henry County Board of Education, at Nash Farm, and even in the government house in Uruguay. In addition to the restoration side of his business, Evans is a nationally known photographer who specializes in high-end weddings. He has also earned several prestigious awards for his work. He’s won the Kodak Gallery Award for his portrait called “Jazz on the Docks.” He’s won first and second place in the international competition of Wedding Portrait Photographers International, won in competition at the Professional Photographers of America competition, and Best in Show several times at the Georgia Professional Photographers competition.


Call the doctor! But with all the acclaim he’s garnered through his photography, Evans says the restoration business is what he loves most. Image Doctor celebrated its 30th year in June, and Evans marked the event by changing the corporation’s name from The Image Doctor to Image Doctor Media, a change necessary for including everything the company does. He explains that when he first got into the business, people were bringing in old black and white photographs of their parents and grandparents and old 8 mm film to be converted to VHS. Now, in 2010, people are bringing in old color photographs of relatives, and they need the videotapes converted to DVD. “The cycle is starting over with new media,” he says, explaining that Image Doctor

Media, in addition to restoring photographs and portraits, specializes in video duplication and transfer to DVD. Evans says, “Our motto is, ‘We specialize in obsolescence.’” But the doctor also specializes in memories. One particularly touching photo in his studio is of an elderly couple that never had a picture made together as they got older. The gentleman became ill and went into hospice, and the wife came to Evans with separate pictures of them. He put them together, gave it the green background she requested, and the completed portrait now hangs in the husband’s hospice room. “Our mission,” Evans says, “is to preserve family memories and stories so that today’s children will know who they are and where they came from.”


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McDonough Arts

our stories

by Jackie Brittain

photo: picture this studio

Art is a reflection of an individual’s personality, something that our country embraces.

Pictured here (Standing, left to right): Chaun Pinkston, Rob Beall, Faye Meyer, Diana Reynolds, Jeff Hunter, Helen Ponce, Laura Maddox and Monica Sirmans (Seated): Vicki Anglyn, Judy Neal, Nan Lee and Steve Green

painting on the


What do charcoal colored silhouette sculptures, crayon scribbled construction paper and music all have in common? What about the clothes we choose to wear and the way we style our bodies according to hair color and maybe a few piercings?


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They are all versions of art, though they are expressed in many different styles. Art is a reflection of an individual’s personality, something that our country embraces. However, art programs are slowly dissolving in education systems across the nation and it’s an important duty for the citizens of Henry County to unite in an effort to save the arts! In 2005 some individuals collected together for one passionate cause: the love of art. Even though it’s only 3 letters, and one syllable long, “art” has quite an explosive impact on everyone; even those tough guys who think they’re too cool to admit it. The McDonough Arts Council is now known as simply, McDonough Arts and it’s a non-profit organization, run by volunteers. Becoming a member is easy; so don’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to help make an impact in your community. With a newly designed website, the members of the Arts make it easy for you to be involved as much as or as little as you want. Laura Maddox is president of the board and has been active with the McDonough Arts for

about two years. Don’t be confused and think that you have to be an artist to be involved. Many members are not. There’s no harm in attending an event because they are free, so what are you waiting for? The main goal of the McDonough Arts is to really bring people back into the square and revive the need of the small town. With the economy remaining at a slow recovery, there is no need to travel into the big city to experience art and cultural differences. In fact, the economy should serve as your excuse to get to know your hometown a little better. Laura Maddox works hard with the rest of the 16 board members to do everything they can to bring the people of Henry County back to… Henry County. The need for art in our community is not only important it’s essential. There are several events that the McDonough Arts are proud of. One is “Arti Gras” which is an art festival that takes place on the square. It’s free for the public to attend. Different events are scheduled in the square so that people will appreci-

ate the value of the McDonough Square. I mean, why not enjoy a day in the park and save yourself 25 minutes of gas and $10 of parking on the streets of Atlanta? From April through October, the first Saturday of those months is “art attack.” Artist’s set up outside in front of businesses in the square to make masterpieces. Once again, there is no charge to attend and, to me, this sounds like a good idea for a field trip to all you mothers and teachers out there. All of the fabulous events put on by the McDonough Arts simply cannot be described in 600 words. They have a brand new website and a goal of launching on Facebook. Please visit the site to see how you can be more involved in your community. McDonough has a great group of volunteers with a passion to spread the beauty of art in our community; something that should be valued. Our neighbors should remember this and include it as one of our luxuries as a community located south of Atlanta. Visit for more information. july/august 2010 •


MasLeon Cakes & Pastries

By John Hitchcock

our stories

“By using food, Chef Sam is able to share his life with others

consumate “foodie” We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink... Epicurus


here are few things in life that humans are as passionate about as they are food. For some of us, it’s a necessary part of our day and we do it to survive and yet we’re still particular about exactly what we eat and how it tastes. For


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others, each meal is a journey, a rite of passage that must be entered into intentionally and passionately. No matter how you approach food, most of us have vivid memories about meals we’ve enjoyed and loved ones we’ve enjoyed them with. Sam Pagan is the consummate “foodie”. “I’ve always been involved with food, I don’t know anything different. Food is an integral part of my life because of the unity it brings to people. It’s what makes people

break down their barriers, their apprehensions about others. It’s how they let their guard down so you can really get to know them.” stated Chef Sam. “It was an indelible moment in my childhood watching my parents have people over and recognizing the interaction experienced over a meal. An aroma will bring you back to childhood memories. Those memories remind us of how important people are.” Chef Sam has been cooking his entire

and, in turn, they open up and share theirs with him.”

adult life. While in the Navy, and early in his bachelor life, Chef Sam was stationed in Europe. While there, he noticed his dates would rather have him cook their dinner than go out. He returned to the States and continued cooking and eventually found the perfect person to cook for. In 1998 he married Noel and that same year he realized his passion for food could be profitable and decided to open his own business - MasLeon Cakes and Pastries. The name MasLeon comes from his wife’s name and his name spelled backwards. Don’t let the company name fool you. Cakes and pastries aren’t all Chef Sam cooks. “Both savory and sweet, I made the point to learn both sides of cooking. We primarily do desserts but we also provide full catering services. I recently provided a full tropical style meal for a wedding anniversary party. Ironically enough, desserts

weren’t on the menu,” stated Chef Sam. MasLeon can cater events from two to four hundred people. Having spent some time at a local private school as head chef, Pagan had his summers free and began looking for ways to fill his time. He began working as a feature chef at Gezzo’s Grill and continues to work there once a week preparing specialty meals. “I was surprised at the following I had.” stated Chef Sam. “Friends and friends of friends follow me on Facebook and come in the nights I’m cooking just to have the specialty meals.” Chef Sam brings his passion back to his roots on a regular basis by serving and working with the wonderful children at A Friends House. “My friends, Beau and Julia Kelley, introduced me to Elaine Epps at A Friend’s House and I was so touched. Afterwards, I spoke with my wife and we decided

to volunteer on a monthly basis. I don’t just go in and cook for everyone, I bring them into the kitchen and let the food open doors and break down walls. We recently had a French fry day. I taught the children how to prepare five different kinds of potato dishes. I love having cooking as an avenue to interact with people in need.” Being involved in community and church ties in to Chef Sam’s personal philosophy and is a natural part of his life. His gift for food has allowed him to touch lives in a way few are able to. By using food, Chef Sam is able to share his life with others and, in turn, they open up and share theirs with him. Touching lives with food, it’s the MasLeon way. You can follow Sam Pagan on Facebook at MasLeon Cakes & Pastries or on their website at

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Todd Earnst

our stories

photos: picture this studio

Architecture and

by John Hitchcock


hen one thinks of Architecture and Art, their mind might immediately think of the Guggenheim Museum or any other building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright or other great architects over the years. Architecture, arts and Henry County? You might ask how does architecture and arts combine to create a better life for the residents of Henry County. Todd Ernst has that answer. After growing up in Iowa, Ernst met his wife, Julie, at Iowa State University. She, being from Tennessee, didn’t care for the cold Iowa winters so they searched for work in Atlanta, having some family in the Jonesboro area. Ernst accepted a jobonwith an Atlanta firm and worked Seated the left: Beth Barlow thereonfor Seated theseven right: years Bridgetbefore Dunkenlaunching Standing Left: JohnInnovo Wadsworth his own firm, Inc., in 2002. Standing Middle: Sue Harden Through his work, he became more and Standing Right: Charles Woodroof more involved in the Henry County community, and liked it so much, he and his wife decided to move his family and


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business to Henry County in 2004. During this time, Ernst met other Henry County business owners and residents heavily affiliated with the arts. “I became involved with them and developed a preliminary design concept for a performing arts center for Henry County. We presented our design to the Henry County Board of Commissioners, Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Henry County Development Authority, Main Street McDonough and other organizations,” stated Ernst. “Doing so provided a great opportunity to quickly develop a large network of people integral to the community, both public and private. When asked what drives him to be involved with the arts, Ernst explained, “Art programs are an essential part of a vibrant community. Architecture really combines art and science, aesthetics and engineering. The involvement in the arts is a natural occurrence. I feel that architects generally have an inner sense of community

involvement and social support.” Ernst has freely donated his time to this cause, along with several other important projects in the county. He has been serving on the Design Committee for Main Street McDonough since 2003. From 2004 to its dedication in November 2008, he was on the volunteer Board of Directors for the Veterans Wall of Honor, and he continues to be involved with the monument. Ernst has also started a group called BrainStorm Henry, a forum he started on a social website to discuss ways to contribute to amenities and activities in Henry County. Tired of complaints that run inherently through communities, BrainStorm Henry is intended to discuss and implement positive, forward-thinking ideas to benefit the community. One such activity is Arts ProgressEve, an upcoming arts walk in McDonough. Fashioned after a progressive dinner, ProgressEve will have four individual venues which will include music, arts displays,

Art programs are an essential part of a vibrant community. Architecture really combines art and Science, aesthetics and engineering. The involvement in the arts is a natural occurrence. I feel that architects generally have an inner sense of community involvement and social support.

and locally catered food. Participants will travel along a determined path as they move from one venue to the next. ProgressEve will be held on July 24th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. When participants arrive they will receive a card, and as they peruse all four locations, it will be punched, and they will be eligible for a door prize. For more information, please phone 678-438-5778 or check Brainstorm Henry on Facebook. Through BrainStorm Henry, Ernst is also currently working another project in

the Kellytown area alongside Commissioner Johnny Basler. Henry County, which owns property in the area, initially had the idea to build athletic fields. The local community voiced opposition, and the property was never developed. The idea for bike and multi-use trails was presented to Commissioner Basler, and he found it very appealing. It is suited to green space preservation, it will be built through volunteer efforts and it will be something the County can advertise as an amenity. Ernst has met with the

Southeast Off-Road Bike Association (SORBA), and through those meetings, it’s been agreed that it is an appropriate use of land. Once complete, there will be approximately nine miles of trails in a really beautiful setting, including a lake. There are also plans in the works for a volunteer-built pavilion and other amenities with the goal of making it a “destination” bike ride. Todd Ernst is married to Julie Hoover-Ernst, and has two children, Luke, age 10, and Madeleine, age nine.

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Lewis Robinson


by John Hitchcock

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to sponsor and and educational activities in Henry County, Georgia and the surrounding areas.

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rts Alliance

ot long after moving to the Henry County area Lewis Robinson found an outlet to support the arts in Henry County through the Henry County Arts Alliance. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Edward Bridges along with inaugural board members Judge Del Buttrill, Mrs. Claire Crumbley, Mr. Joe Hiett, Mrs. Laura Hinton, and Mr. Ron Townsend, the Henry County Arts Alliance mission is to “to sponsor and encourage cultural and educational activities in Henry County, Georgia and the surrounding areas.”

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With the support of local businesses and individuals the Arts Alliance is able to fund and present programs such as the Exploring the Arts Summer Camp, Christmas with the Arts, and an annual visual arts contest sponsored by the Meadows and Macie Law Firm. Lewis Robinson, CPA is a Shareholder and IRA Specialist at Robinson, Whaley, Hammonds and Allison, PC. RWH&A manages the finances and accounting for the Arts Alliance along with paying a third of the costs associated with the full time Arts Alliance administrative position.

For more information about the Henry County Arts Alliance please visit their website at www. or call 770.914.8581.

As stated on the Henry County Arts Alliance website, www., “the Work of the Alliance is expressed as the following: • Create awareness, stimulate interest and encourage involvement in the arts • Publicize cultural activities through the media • Encourage participation in affiliate programs and activities and issue grants as needs warrant • Promote presentations and displays within Henry County that showcase local talent and provide entertainment • Solicit grants and sponsorships for specific program opportunities • Sponsor visiting artists’ exhibits, performances and workshops as funds and opportunities are available. • Continue programs such as Christmas with the Arts, Exploring the Arts Camp, and High School Art Contests.”

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Papis Grill


By John Hitchcock

photos: picture this studio

is living the

Every business owner has a dream that leads them to take the entrepreneurial road. Reynaldo “Rey” Regalado’s dream began years ago as he and his father yearned of a better life in the United States and the chance to share their culture and recipes once they arrived.



n November 18, 1990, “Rey” left Cuba with only “his dreams, the clothes on his back and his fathers’ recipe for pork marinade.”* It would be nine years before he could return to see his family. Over the years Rey worked hard, made countless sacrifices and in 2002 became a United States Citizen. Rey has brought his east Cuban culture and cuisine to the Atlanta area and, with the help of his business partner Dr. Felix Palaez, to Henry County. Palaez was introduced to Papi’s and “Rey” after moving to the Atlanta area in 1987 to start his surgical practice. “I was always looking for Cuban food and had never found a good restaurant. Some of my friends referred me to Papi’s and I really enjoyed it.’ stated Palaez. “After several visits I

had the chance to meet and become friends with Rey. One day Rey came to visit and mentioned he wanted to open another restaurant. I told him ‘Please here and if you need any investors, let me know!’ He called me that same day and the rest is history.” Papi’s has been recognized by Creative Loafing’s readers pick for the Best Cuban Restaurant in the City in 2009, City Search Cheap Eats Top 10 in 2007, Access Atlanta Top 5 Sandwich Shops in 2007 and Henry Super Saver Best Cuban Restaurant in Henry County in 2008. “Rey, Sr. passed away on December 9, 2002, after a long struggle with cancer. Papi’s, spanish for “Daddy’s”, is named for and dedicated to the memory of Rey, Sr. – the inspiration for the dream.”

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—Jediah Carling, Business Management

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Steve Nail

business profile

NothiNG lasts forever.

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By John Hitchcock

ummers in the South are known for their heat and humidity and winters are known for their unpredictability – one day it can be sunny and warm and the next day brings snow. Having a way to cope with the weather here in Georgia is of utmost importance and most of us don’t give much thought to what brings us comfort – until it’s not working. Steve Nail has been working in the heating and air conditioning industry since he was thirteen years old. After graduating high school, Nail went full time into the industry, hasn’t looked back since, and in 1993 he opened Nail Heating and Air Conditioning.

When asked why he chose to open his own company, Nail stated, “I’ve always wanted to have my own business. I was working in south Florida helping repair the damage from Hurricane Andrew. The company I was working for was having financial troubles and I realized it was the perfect opportunity to make some calls and check out the ‘what ifs’. I realized it was the right time and started Nail Heating and Air.” First established in Clayton County, Nail Heating and Air Conditioning was run out of Nail’s home for the first six months before moving to a retail space. Nail remained there for the next seven years before deciding to build his own free standing building in Hampton in 2003. Over the years he has grown his company and has 10 full time employees. Working with residential and light

commercial clients, Nail Heating and Air Conditioning provides a full range of services from full installations, repair, maintenance, upgrades, and unit replacements. “The majority of our technicians are NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified and all of our employees are background and drug tested in accordance with the State of Georgia Drug Free Workforce program.” stated Nail. “We feel it’s important that you can trust who is coming into your home.” His professional affiliations include being an active member in the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia (CAAG). Nail has served as President at both the state and local chapters and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Nail feels strongly about giving back to the community in which he lives and works. “We have worked over the years

with Carol Welch and the Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity doing installs and donating our services.” stated Nail. “Many of our manufacturers donate the equipment and materials and we donate our time.” Along with this, Nail Heating and Air Conditioning also sponsors two Relay for Life teams, is a Partner in Education with several schools in the county and sponsors local Little League ball teams. Nail has lived in the Atlanta area since his father retired from the Navy in 1966 and has been married for 24 years. He has two children; Amanda, a senior at Georgia College and State University and Steven, a Junior at Eagles Landing Christian Academy. He enjoys spending time with his kids, hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycles – pretty much anything outdoors. “While we service a large part of Metro Atlanta our heart is in Henry County”

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Dr. George Jabren, MD

physicians profile

By Debbie Swanson

photos: picture this studio

Research with a Nobel Peace Prize winner A Volunteer in Vietnam Teaching in the Czech Republic

DOCTOR george jabren Dr. Jabren, an unpretentious, soft-spoken physician, husband and busy father, has an extraordinary resume. Yet his exceptional background and education are humbly downplayed by his desire to simply “make a difference to his patients and their families”. Dr. George Jabren was born and raised in Rhode Island and knew from the tender young age of 5 that he wanted to become a doctor. “I love biological science and working with my hands. Being a surgeon very rewarding. Helping a patient and their family go from an illness to a cured state is why I’m in this profession.” Dr. Jabren did his undergraduate studies at Boston College and graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his Internship and Residency at Tulane University, New Orleans. Jabren has a diverse background including teaching English as a second language in the Czech Republic, research work with a Nobel


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Peace Prize winner and was a member of the International Volunteers in Urology mission to Vietnam. Dr. Jabren joined Urology of Greater Atlanta in 2007 after being in private practice in Massachusetts for 2 years. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Urology. Urology of Greater Atlanta opened the Surgical Center for Urology in 2006 and offers state-of-the-art services. The da Vinci Prostatectomy is a less invasive surgical procedure for prostate cancer available using the robotic technology. Jabren splits his time between the Stockbridge and Griffin offices. He is on staff at Henry Medical Center, Spalding Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Northside Hospital. One thing that is forefront in successfully treating any condition or disease is early detection. Jabren encourages anyone, male or female, to consult their physician if they experience changes in their urinary stream. Changes such as frequency, urgency, slowing of stream, flank pain (pain in one side of the body between the upper abdomen and the back) could be a sign of a blockage or some-

thing more severe. Jabren met his wife Kaye, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, during his time in New Orleans. They moved to Georgia three years ago and reside in Fayetteville with their three young boys. When not working, Jabren shares the responsibilities on the home front. He enjoys basketball, church and camping trips with his family.

Urology of Greater Atlanta, LLC Stockbridge Phone: 770.474.5281 Griffin Phone: 770.227.8112 Blue Ridge Phone: 706.632.8008 Riverdale Phone: 770.907.1199 Jackson Phone: 770.775.0065 Atlanta Phone: 404.943.0000

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Lynna Schmidt

by John Hitchcock


lynna schmidt president: henry county arts alliance P

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts…. – William Shakespeare


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resident of the Henry County Arts Alliance and professional actress, Lynna Schmidt knew from an early age that acting was in her future. With an early start in home made productions performed for her parents, Schmidt went on to take theatre classes in middle school. It was there she met the person that was formative in her desire to act. Her middle school drama teacher, Ms. Dorothy Welch, offered her the opportunity to not only act but to direct and explore the art of theatre. “She let me try it all, made me feel safe enough to fail and made me believe I could do anything I put my mind to, it was the best gift a teacher could give a student.” Schmidt attributes her being an actress today to this exposure. “In high school I joined chorus and theatre knowing it was what I wanted to do. However, I went to college and thought I couldn’t make a living acting so I decided to major in speech communication with theatre as a minor.” explained Schmidt. “As a freshman at Montana State I was cast in “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, a Neil Simon play, and after the performance the head of the theatre department asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I told him I wanted to act and he asked why I was a speech comm major. I explained my fear about making a living acting and he told me not to be concerned with

that. He told me to follow my passion, follow my heart. Here again was someone who believed in me and supported my love for the theater. I had come to Montana from Minnesota. It turned out he had graduated from the University of Minnesota and he recommended that I transfer there, called ahead and told the theatre director there that I was coming.” Schmidt completed her education at the University of Minnesota and during that time she had the opportunity to not only learn about acting but to direct and design costumes and sets. “I couldn’t get enough, I wanted to know everything there was about theater production.” She also met her husband Todd Schmidt, who is now an orthopedic surgeon at Southern Orthopedic Specialists. Once her husband finished medical school Schmidt moved south, completed her Masters Degree and continued acting at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In 1992, Schmidt and her family moved to Henry County where she immediately became involved with the Henry County Arts Alliance. “I have been working with the Arts Alliance Summer Arts Camp for the past 15 years. It is my passion.” stated Schmidt. The summer arts camp has been held every year for the past 16 years. Campers are introduced to the arts(dance, music, acting, literature and visual arts) and during the week of camp, learn a full musical production in 4 days which they perform at the end of the week for family, friends and the community. “This is one of the many things the Arts Alliance does to continue expanding the Arts in the county. This camp is a place for children to grow and explore the arts. We aren’t looking for the next Merle Streep or Tom Hanks, we are

giving these young people a chance to discover the all areas of the arts. “ A mother of two teenage daughters, Kelsey, age 18 and an incoming freshman at UGA and Caitlen, age 16 and an incoming Junior at Woodward Academy, Schmidt has been able to take time off from acting to spend with her family. “After my daughters were born I didn’t audition for anything until Caitlen was four or five.” explained Schmidt. “I wanted to be home with my kids, I loved being a Mom.” Since then Schmidt has performed in many venues from Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia to Georgia Shakespeare Festival to Theatre on the Square in Marietta. “In 2004 I auditioned for and got a part in ‘Menopause, the Musical’. The show ran for four years, it was the best gig I ever had.” stated Schmidt. “I’m grateful for my time with the show. It wasn’t just steady work, the producers were very generous and supported the cast all through the production. Our audiences were amazing and I still meet women on the street who tell me how much they loved the show. It was a joy to share that show with so many people.” Schmidt is currently working on “Hamlet the Musical”, which opens in July at the Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the Tavern and runs for four weeks. When asked what she has coming up Schmidt stated, “I don’t like to discuss anything until it’s certain but we may be bringing back Menopause the Musical for a couple months in the fall.” Whether it’s planting the seeds of acting and art in our children through the Summer Arts Camp or entertaining us on stage, Lynna Schmidt’s passion is apparent for all to see. july/august 2010 •


Elyssa Green; Teen Expressions

By John Hitchcock

a day in the life

a day in the life...

of Elyssa Green and Teen Expressions

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Elyssa Green of Teen Expressions. She graciously shared with me her loves and passions in life. H Mag – Our past experiences are a large part of what we do and why we do it. Tell me a bit about yourself and what brings you to this point in life. Elyssa – I’m a mother of 5 wonderful children, ages 8 – 20(Nathaniel, Nalyssa, Gabrielle, Adonis and Christina) and wife to a wonderful husband Arron Green for 13years. I served in the Army for 12 years, both in the US and abroad. During my service I was involved in both the Somolian humanitarian effort and Saudi conflict. I left the Army in July of 2000 and ventured out into the corporate world. I obtained my undergrad in Psychology while serving my country and in 2008-2009 received my Masters degree in Psychology/Leadership Organization and am currently pursuing my PhD in Psychology/Leadership Organization. In 2004, we moved to Henry County from Clayton County primarily because of the schools. My oldest son graduated from Union Grove High School in 2008, my oldest daughter’s graduating class of 2009 was the first from Woodland High school and my other children are currently enrolled in Woodland Middle and High Schools and Pleasant Grove Elementary. In 2008 my work involved traveling around the Nation training and consulting on Logistical Operations, Distribution-Warehouse Operations, Business Practices and System Integration along with increasing the bottom line of my company. I found out just how expendable a person really is. It didn’t matter that I made and saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars, I was laidoff anyway. With the assistance of my middle daughter, I picked myself up and, based on her and my two oldest passions for the arts, Teen Expressions become a quest. H Mag – A quest? Can you tell me about Teen Expressions mission and focus?


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Elyssa – Teen Expressions is an arts organization founded in 2009 and is focused on all aspects of the arts. We support culinary, video and film, fashion and design, and creative arts by exposing young adults to career based foundations and allowing them to express themselves through art. We enrich the youth by igniting, empowering, inspiring and releasing their creativity thus encouraging continued learning and cultural strengthening. This exposure gives kids an opportunity to determine if their chosen field is really something they’d like to have a career in without spending thousands of dollars in the first year of a private educational institution - a “sneak preview” of sorts. We have collaborated with AIA Institute, Pampered Chef, SCAD and several local businesses to assist in our mission. It is truly a rewarding experience to be a part of positively shaping a young persons life and that is our ultimate goal at Teen Expressions. Currently we have 75 young adult members. H Mag – What was your motivation in forming Teen Expressions? Elyssa – My two oldest children are currently involved in the arts. My son is attending Le Cordon Bleu and my oldest daughter was involved in film and broadcasting production at Woodland High School. Teen Expressions was conceived from a conversation I had with my daughter. She expressed a desire for a more in depth exploration of the arts. She is interested in fashion and design and wanted to get involved but didn’t have an outlet. She expressed that her friends wanted the same thing. From that conversation Teen Expressions was born. H Mag – Beyond exploring the arts, what other opportunities does Teen Expressions offer participants?

Elyssa – Teen Expressions teaches young adults entrepreneurial and life skills. We provide mentoring through Teen Expressions Youth Enrichment Mentoring. We are currently members of “Mentor Pro” program and participating in the Georgia Teen Work Program. We are also involved in giving back to the community through projects and volunteer efforts with Henry Medical Centers, First Steps Program, Helping in His Name Food Pantry, Hands on Henry, Southern Crescents Habitat for Humanity “Women’s Build” and Hands of Hope Clinic. H Mag – How is Teen Expressions funded? Elyssa – We are a non-profit, 501C3 organization and are funded through membership dues and sponsors, both corporate and individual. Also, to create funding and to show off their talents, the Culinary Arts department has started “Taste That”, a catering business focusing on a diverse menu with selections from a signature “Crab Rangoon” to “Parmesan Chicken”. Video and Film started their production company called “TE Productions”, assisting in taping, videoing and editing events, trainings and presentations. These young adults are for hire. We also apply for grants and participate in and host fundraising events. For more information about Teen Expressions please visit HYPERLINK “” or HYPERLINK “mailto:info@teenexpressions. org” You can also call 770.547.9684 Become a facebook fan at HYPERLINK “http://” july/august 2010 •



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By Amy Rollins

eil and Erica Daniell opened Chevy’s Diner and Pub on April 7th, 2008. The vision was Erica’s; she wanted to open an ice cream parlor and as the vision grew they decided to add food and beer and wine. The 50’s diner theme just fit in with the feel of the McDonough square. Chevy’s is located in the old Summer Furniture building at 45 Macon Street in McDonough. Now they are known as one of the top 5 burger places on the south side of Atlanta. What makes Chevy’s successful? Read more to find out!

Everything you wanted to know about Chevy’s is on their Facebook page; their menu, music and events, and cool stuff on their wall.


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According to Neil, “Owning your own business is the hardest, but also the most rewarding, thing you can do in your life.” Their success is due to several factors: food quality, food safety, their staff, and marketing. These are the reasons why Chevy’s sales are up 150% from this time last year. Neil buys food locally as much as possible and buys the best quality that he can. Food safety is extremely important for Neil and Erica and they teach it to their staff. Georgia law requires the at least one person on staff is ServSafe (sanitation) certified. Currently, there are 7 on staff at Chevy’s that are certified. That means more eyes looking out for quality. Neil stated that he is sending 3 more staff members to be certified in the next few months. Chevy’s staff is atypical of the restaurant business where there is a high turnover in staff. When you eat at Chevy’s, you will see the same faces every time you go. Neil and Erica treat their staff of 20 like family and that means staff retention. Erica is known as a mom to many of the staff and the Daniells take pride in mentoring their staff. According to Neil, next to their customers, staff is one of their greatest assets. Chevy’s uses Facebook as a marketing tool. In March of 2009 they had 225 fans and last count to date they have just over 1800 fans. Everything you wanted to know about Chevy’s is on their Facebook page; their menu, music and events, and cool stuff on their wall. They have fans from not only Georgia, but all over the southeast and 7 different foreign countries. Become a fan today.

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Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic


In the south the word heat takes on a whole new meaning and there’s nothing quite like the HEAT in Henry County. In fact, we have award winning HEAT. Established in 2000 by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, HEAT – Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic – is a statewide program designed to educate the public and enforce laws related to aggressive and impaired driving. The Henry County Police Department has been involved in the HEAT program since its inception and has four full time officers actively involved in the program. The officers drive specially marked cars identifying their role in the HEAT program and provide enforcement at specific times that have been identified as peak aggressive driving times. These times are generally over the holidays, weekends and rush hour traffic times. “We specifically target aggressive driving and impaired driving which leads to safer roads for the citizens and visitors of the county.” stated police Chief Nichols. “That is our number one goal.” In meeting this goal, the HEAT program and its officers have been recognized at the State level.


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In 2008 we had 34 fatality “We were awarded the overall HEAT Unit / DUI Task Force award in the State for 2009.” stated Sgt. Dixon of the Henry County Police Department. “Also, one of our officers, James Harper, was awarded the state wide DUI Officer of the Year award for 2009 for his work in the HEAT program.” One integral part of the Henry County HEAT programs’ recognition at the State level is their “search warrant for blood” program. In a DUI stop, the offender is read the Georgia Implied Consent Notice and asked to give a breath, urine or blood sample for testing. At that point the person can refuse, still be charged with DUI and take the issue to court. In specific cases the police officer can call a magistrate judge and obtain a search warrant and use the warrant to obtain a blood sample. This breakthrough program isn’t used in every case but has proven to be helpful in situations in which the offender has a previous history of DUI arrests or has been involved in an injury or fatality accident. “The first time we used the search warrant for blood was in a fatality accident. A pedestrian was struck and killed and the impaired driver refused to give a sample. A search warrant was issued and subsequent testing proved impairment.” stated Sgt. Dixon.

accidents on the roadways of Henry County; in 2009 under the leadership of Special Operation Division Commander Lt. Mark Amerman and the increased enforcement of the HEAT Unit, we accomplished our goal by reducing that number to 19 fatalities. However, we will not be satisfied until the number of fatalities in Henry County is reduced to 0! – Major Stoney Mathis Pictured here (Top Row; left to right): Sergeant James Dixon, Major Stoney Mathis, Chief Keith Nichols, Officer James Harper (Bottom Row; left to right): Officer Brian Warr, Officer John Mathis IV july/august 2010 •



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Henry County Farmers Market


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Who says there are no farmers left in Henry County...?

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he Henry County Farmers Market is open every Thursday, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Jason T. Harper Event Center, at Heritage Park, in McDonough. The Market will operate through September 30. It is sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the 4-H Clubs of Henry County. The Farmers Market is in its second year of operation. So far this year, 16 farmers have signed up to participate. The Market offers a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with meats, baked goods, jellies, honey, eggs, and ice cream. Fresh-cut flowers and handcrafted items are also available. With only a few exceptions, everything is grown or made within a 50-mile radius. It is truly a “win-win” situation for everyone concerned. Local growers have a nearby outlet where they can sell their products directly to consumers. The Citizens of Henry County have a place to purchase fresh produce and other items directly from producers. In addition, economic activity is being promoted


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within Henry County. Another benefit of the Henry County Farmers Market is assistance with how to properly preserve and store fruits and vegetables purchased. Henry County Cooperative Extension will be offering a class addressing the differences between a water-bath canner and a pressure canner. For those unable to attend the class, Henry County Cooperative Extension is always able to offer assistance with food preservation on an individual basis. Last year was a successful first year for the Henry County Farmers Market. In 2009, 5,540 customers patronized a total of 38 vendors. Applications from new vendors are still being accepted for 2010. New customers are always welcome. Citizens in the western part of the county should check out a new Henry County Farmers Market in Hampton in 2010. It is open every Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through September, at the Hampton Depot.

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By Lisa Kinchen

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Michael Ratti


Encourages everyone to find their own artistic inspiration because it is thoughts like these that lead people to personal success and change the world.

Ratti: Art Fuels Future


ocal Henry County resident, and HOPE Scholar recently named to the Dean’s List of Clayton State University, Michael Ratti describes himself as part artist, extreme athlete, musician, visionary and philosopher of sorts. In everything he endeavors, he seeks to utilize his artistic and creative thought processes, talents that have been passed along “the genetic pool” from his late grandmother, Nancy Ratti, an artist from Bradley Beach, New Jersey with deep English roots. In musing aloud, Michael observes that “art allows for universal expression by being able to use an unlimited combination of mediums in the world”. Throughout his educational career art, drawing, graphic arts design and, to a more limited extent, sculpting has played a prominent role. College provided the opportunity to further develop his style under the guidance of Alan Xie, renowned artist and professor of the art program at CSU. Ratti’s art pieces emphasizing environmental awareness have been featured in the 2009 and 2010 CSU Cygnet, Arts and Literature magazine and his posters and graphic designs have been displayed in Spivey Hall with a piece recently being nominated and selected for display at the Peach Belt Conference, at the University of South Carolina.


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Pictured is a mixed media work he is particularly proud of, entitled, “Technology Cuffs”. Ratti assembled the “hand cuffs” from pieces of used cell phones to express dehumanization, demonstrating we are all at times susceptible to being slaves to technology. Additionally pictured are Leonardo Davinci pencil sketches, and a collage entitled “The Zombie War,” satirizing the pointless violence of mankind. Ratti enjoys philosophy courses at CSU and believes “more people should be exposed to teachings of philosophers to open their mind to new perspectives.” Ratti believes in the importance of positive role models for children, maintaining physical health and supporting local non profit organizations such as the Atlanta Bow Tie Society. Parallel with his academic career, Ratti pursues his professional freestyle standup jetski career, a profession that Ratti claims, “is an art form in itself ”. His most gratifying and recent accomplishments include capturing the 2007 US Amateur National Champion title and the 2008 Pro Freestyle National Champion title. He and his artful maneuvers have been featured in several action sports films, publications, and even TV. Ratti notes that when practicing and performing, “I feed off the natural energy of the water to express explosiveness and creativity”. Ratti fully manages his action sports career which includes

competing throughout the US, performing shows and serving as an announcer for PWC races through the Hydro-X Tour. With this attitude, skill and ambition Ratti connected with Lisa Tush and Dave Drabik with local company BOLD Entertainment to develop a reality television show they hope will soon reach networks such as MTV and TBS. He also believes that this opportunity will allow him to represent the community in a positive way, adding a plug that promotion and marketing possibilities are available. Presently, he is grateful to be interning with Michelle Deraney and SCBTV Channel 15, and is in the process of developing a news program. Michael expresses gratitude to teachers, military servicemen (including his late grandfathers who were veterans of several wars), influential members in his life such as his parents, friend and awesome mentor Lisa Kinchen and many more. Upon graduation from CSU, Ratti plans to pursue an MBA, produce the reality show, create a charitable foundation, open an action sports training complex and host his own action sporting venue and maybe bring PWC racing to the community. Finally, Ratti encourages everyone to find their own artistic inspiration because “it is thoughts like these that lead people to personal success and change the world.”

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A 5K Run & Walk benefitting Henry Medical Center  Saturday, August 21, 2010 | Sponsored by Southern Heart Specialists, P.C.   

RACE INFORMATION Date          Saturday, August 21, 2010  Time       Registration—7:00am    5K Race—8:00am    1 Mile Walk—8:15am    Tot Trot—8:30am on pool deck  Location   Crystal Lake Golf & Country Club, Hampton, Georgia                     Take I-75 exit 221, west on Jonesboro Road, 2.1mile left on N. Mount Carmel Road, 1.5 mile right on Mt. Carmel Road, .8 mile to registration at Higher Living Christian Church on left

Prizes      Awards to 1st‐3rd place male and female; all participants receive race t‐shirt                    Brunch provided by Crystal Lake Grill at conclusion of race at Crystal Lake Aquatics Pavilion                    Fruit & water provided to race participants 

REGISTRATION 5K Run     1 Mile Walk    Tot Trot (6 & Under)  Group Registration  5K Age Divisions        

$15 Pre‐Registration / $20 Race Day  $10 Pre‐Registration / $15 Race Day  Free!  Teams of 10+ pre‐registered together for 5K receive special rate of $12.50 per person  Male, Female & Wheelchair: <10, 11‐14, 15‐19, 20‐24, 25‐29, 30‐34, 35‐39, 40‐44,  45‐49, 50‐54, 55‐59, 60‐64, 65‐69,  >70 



Send checks payable to:  HMC Foundation, Pacemaker 5000,  1133 Eagle’s Landing Pkwy, Stockbridge, GA  30281 


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Art Attack around the Square 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM McDonough Arts


Sacred Journey Hospice Volunteer training 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Annette M. Rogers 478.256.4026 678.432.2177


Mr. and Miss Special Henry County Pageant Saturday, 4:00 pm People First of Henry County Henry Co. Performing Arts Center Connie Dodgen 770.946.3673

Georgia Independence Day Festival & Fireworks at Nash Farms July 3rd - July 4th


Ice Cream Social on the Square Enjoy patriotic entertainment and free ice cream while supplies last. Sponsored by City of McDonough Community Bible Church Freedom Fest 5:30PM – 9:30PM Cindy Hall at 770.584.0951 or cindy.hall@community

06 P.O. Box 1390 McDonough, GA 30253 or visit


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Sacred Journey Hospice Volunteer training 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Annette M. Rogers 478.256.4026 678.432.2177


Music on the Square 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM The Alabama Blues Brothers Sponsored by Main Street McDonough Program


Upward Soccer RegistrationPre K4 through 7th Grade Wesley Way United Methodist July 24, 2010 through August 7, 2100 Church, McDonough 770.898.3023


Noah’s Ark Adventure Safari July 30 - 31 7:00 p.m. Friday through 11:00 a.m. Saturday 770.957.0888

Music in Mayors’ Walk Park City of Locust Grove 2nd and 4th Friday Nights July – August 7:00pm – 9:00pm Contact Linda Hutchison 770.692.2320

Events & Listings: 2011 United Way Calendar Submit a picture of your dog or cat to be in the 2011 calendar Entry Fee $10 Advertising Opportunities available Call 678.623.2876 or email

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Sacred Journey Hospice Volunteer training August 2nd 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Annette M. Rogers 478.256.4026 678.432.2177


Sacred Journey Hospice Volunteer training August 3rd 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Annette M. Rogers 478.256.4026 678.432.2177


Juried Art Show 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Winsor Gallery. 34 Macon Street


Art Attack around the Square 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sponsor - McDonough Arts

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