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Meet the furry faces of Compassionate Paws, Inc. as they sniff their way across NWGA in search of new pals


La Scala chef Zane Nicholson shakes off the jet lag for a quick Q&A on his recent culinary triumph


The minds behind Redmond Regional’s “Heart of the Community Walk” hope for another runaway success in 2010


How one Rome-based plastic surgeon and his team are taking their life’s work far beneath the surface


Miura Boiler shows us why “green” manufacturing is the new hot ticket in a sagging NWGA economy


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GUEST EDITORIAL Restoration: A New Year’s View On Time from an Old House



It is right and appropriate that at the beginning of a new year, we should look ahead with hope and optimism for what it is to come. But old houses teach mysterious lessons and one of the most profound is about time. To an old house, time is less a calendar than a river. And like a river, time can ebb and flow; freeze on the surface but still run swift and silently underneath. My house will become 141 years old in 2010. The timbers within its walls are older. They were mature trees at the time of the American Revolution. The bricks that make up the massive dining room fireplace were made from the red, raw earth of the land on which the house stands. There are 22 different shapes of brick in that fireplace, most of them dictated (if not fashioned) by Professor Wesley O. Connor himself. He was a master mason and the meaning of these shapes will reveal themselves only to another master. I’ve crawled the space under the house and seen the earth those bricks were made from. It looks and smells different from the earth we farm today. The color is vermillion; the smell as pungent as overripe fruit. For that little patch of earth, time has stood still for 141 years. Not so for me. When I first came to this house, I felt every minute of my age. I had spent six months away from my husband, nursing my beloved mother to her death. Not out of duty, let me make clear. Out of love. My mother was a glorious woman; vital and alive until the day, quite literally, she was not. My mother was as intimate as a kiss and larger than life. She closed her eyes in private, holding my father’s hand. But her life was celebrated on a public stage by former presidents, governors, senators, her Sunday school class, political friends, and the press. All mothers are precious in the universe. My mother, Juanelle Edwards, was precious to me. I flew back to Hollywood and into the arms of my husband where I could let go of the strength I’d held for so long. My heart broke with a loss so deep and subterranean that I could not swim up from its depths. Palm trees and bougainvillea could not comfort me. I needed pine trees and the clean, green scent of magnolia. We both needed to be Home. In the South. With our families. And so, Cave Spring. And with one look, this house. It called to me as it had to Martha Jean Walker who put the bill of sale in my hands with wet eyes as I know I will do when the right young woman comes along someday. I ramble. But it isn’t easy to speak of loss. It is easier to speak of the gifts that save our lives. And this house surely helped save mine. It is part of the cycle of life to lose one’s parents. It is right and natural. What I had not expected was that in the act of restoring this house, I would, in turn, be restored.

...It isn’t easy to speak of loss. It is easier to speak of the gifts that save our lives... What I had not expected was that in the act of restoring this house, I would, in turn, be restored.

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Each day you spend working on an old house yields small miracles. When the paint curled away from the porch banisters, I held a century of color in the palm of my hand. Peering through the porch walls, I saw the beams of the dining room ceiling where 225-year-old hardwoods still showed the carpenter’s axe. On the roof I touched the chimneys in wonder and thought about the man who watched them rise in 1869. I read Professor Wesley O. Connor’s diaries from the Civil War and his gentle love letters to his intended. The more I learned about him, the closer I felt to him as a man. I knew his hopes for the “little school” he would take over when he returned from the War, the Cave Spring School for the Deaf. I certainly knew W.O. Connor’s thinking about his home. He built it of simple but beautiful materials. He finished it with great attention to detail. He planted the grounds with majestic trees not native to this area—just for the sheer beauty of their shapes.

I certainly knew W.O. Connor’s thinking about his home. He built it of simple but beautiful materials. He finished it with great attention to detail. He planted the grounds with majestic trees not native to this area— just for the sheer beauty of their shapes. So this man whose blood I did not share, who died long before I was born, became an intimate part of my daily life. He became as family. I drifted along in a current of time. Lived between then and now and would have been hard-pressed to say which Time was the more real. My mother’s skills—her ability to lead with laughter and greet strangers as friends—became invaluable to me as endless streams of visitors dared the chaos in order to tour the house during its renovation. Some of my guests were old, old, men and women who had worked for Dr. Norton when the house was first saved from derelict status in the late 1940s. The most important was Mrs. Jean Norton Davis (still the most beautiful woman Floyd County has ever seen), who told us the origin of the beams in the library: Black walnut hewn from her grandfather’s farm in Mountain Home. On Thanksgiving Day of 2007, we moved in. And in a file cabinet that had been in storage for four years, I found a single piece of paper stuck in one drawer. It was a fax from my mother, with this note: “Dianna, you are so very dear to me –Mama.” And so this lesson about Time, from a house built in 1869, for the year of our Lord, 2010: There are some things in this world so precious that they don’t just stand the test of time. They span time itself. They become bridges over rivers of time to bind us forever to people and experiences we will never lose. Can never lose. Old houses, beloved mothers and fathers, and loving hearts beating or stilled—these things are on that list.

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very week, Cave Spring resident “Auggie” dresses in his red and black socks and bright red boots to visit his friends at local schools and healthcare facilities. Auggie’s boots, however, are not your typical hikers. Rather than rocky slopes, they are designed to prevent slippage on the slick surfaces often found in school hallways and medical buildings. They are sized significantly smaller than average and there are four of them instead of two. That’s because Auggie is a 3-year-old German shepherd who “volunteers” for Rome’s Compassionate Paws, Inc., a non-profit organization that facilitates animal visitations to those in need of a friend. Auggie’s owner, Laurie Angel, has been a volunteer with Compassionate Paws for nearly two years, and recently became a member of the board of directors. Together, the duo has visited elderly patients in local nursing homes since Angel joined in 2008, and, more recently, began spending time

with literacy-challenged children at Cave Spring Elementary School. “I really enjoy getting out and doing this,” says Angel. “I sometimes drive 45 minutes to get to a facility, but when I get there and people are actually waiting to see my dog, it really makes me feel like I am making a difference.” Compassionate Paws was founded in 2007 by Rome resident and psychologist, Dr. D’Ann Downey, with a mission to “provide comfort, presence, joy and learning



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was discovered that children who have trouble with reading, and particularly reading out loud, can read to dogs and a lot of their insecurities melt away. So, we take our pets into the schools and work with these children.” R.E.A.D. originated in 1999 with a similar non-profit, Intermountain Therapy Animals, and has been implemented by numerous organizations since its inception. Compassionate Paws’ R.E.A.D. program is present in a number of schools in both Floyd and Polk counties. Downey, for one, hopes to expand to even more schools, but says that more pet partners are needed in order to do so. “We are in constant demand,” she says, “so we need more and more pet partners because there are more places...that ask us to come than we can cover. There are more [requests] than we have people right now, which is kind of a nice problem to have...” Sue Lagermann, a Paws board member and director of Floyd County’s CASA (court appointed special advocate) program, also hopes to expand R.E.A.D. to include foster

and their animal companions. She found that Rome lacked an organization aligned with her focus, and thus created Paws to fill the void. “I think animals powerfully invite us into the present moment and help us extend our growth tremendously,” says Downey. “It is extremely meaningful work. I think that our volunteers are moved by what they give just as much as those whose lives they help to touch.” To date, Compassionate Paws has 24 teams of ‘pet partners’ comprised of cats and dogs, as well as their handlers. To become a pet partner, both members of each team— animal and human—must pass a stringent behavioral exam administered by the Delta Society, an international organization that also focuses on animal companionship. Training manuals are provided for a small fee, and the exams are offered several times per year. Compassionate Paws currently focuses on two areas of need: one in healthcare institutions, where visitations are conducted at hospitals, nursing homes, hospice groups and rehabilitations centers. The other, more recently, is education. “Reading Education Assistance Dogs, or R.E.A.D , is designed for children with literacy problems,” Downey explains. “It







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children and extend into courtrooms, in an effort to make juveniles more comfortable while testifying. Lagermann is currently preparing her poodle for the next ‘pet partner’ exam. In the meantime, she and her longhair calico cat, Georgia, have been visiting a nursing home twice per month—one where they were recently invited to a resident’s birthday party. “All of the women just love Georgia,” says Lagermann. “They always talk with me about their cats. I can see how much that I can share my pets with other people and how it changes their lives, especially with Georgia. It just makes me feel really good that they can think back on [better] times when they had their pets.” But, perhaps it is Auggie, the German shepherd, who has captured the biggest moment so far. Before Angel purchased Auggie’s boots, she says he would slide all over the floor “just like he was on ice.” She adds, “One day at the nursing home, he slid in front of a woman in a wheel chair and she asked him if he was okay. It turns out that [it] was the first time she had spoken a word in two years. She talked to only Auggie for a couple of weeks, and then to me, and eventually to the staff and her family. That was the first time I realized what an impact it can make. “[Working with Paws] has been a really positive experience for me and it has changed the way I look at things. Plus, Auggie enjoys the one-on-one time, especially with the children. Every time I bring out his little red boots, he gets excited because he knows exactly where he is going.” VVV

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Motherland Rome’s own Zane Nicholson, head chef at La Scala Italian Restaurant, recently took part in a four-day culinary competition in southern Italy’s Puglia region. The November cook-off held in the town of Andria, on the Adriatic coast, brought some of America’s brightest chefs together with Italy’s best homegrown talent. Zane walked away with a third place showing, and was top dog among the American contestants. V3 recently sat down with Zane to discuss his overseas triumph. INTERVIEW BY BRIAN FOSTER PHOTOS BY PIERO BARBA

[V3] Give us a little insight into the Italian cooking competition in which you recently took part? [ZN] Well, the main goal of the competition was to promote the [Puglia] region and its products, and to try to spread this promotion far and wide. La Scala was sponsored by a large wine company that we do business with here [in the U.S.], and they basically flew six American chefs over there. We, in turn, the first day worked with regional chefs, and then the next day with [the Italian] chefs. The American chefs were paired with them and we were judged with our partners on how well we worked together and how well we used the products,

as well as the food itself—taste, texture and all that stuff. It was a great, amazing experience. It’s not something that you could just purchase and go and do on your own. It was partially set up by the minister of tourism there. We were able to visit a lot

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of small production factories—an olive oil production company whose lot was only a couple of acres and they produced an amazing product—...the kinds of things that we are absolutely interested in in this

industry. It’s a great thing to see, and it’s not something that you’re really going to be able to duplicate on a trip on your own. Just being able to work side-by-side with chefs from another country and... bounce ideas off of each other was great. Luckily, the guy I was paired with spoke English rather well, because my Italian is pretty pitiful. It was amazing to be able to absorb so much of what was there; there was so much experience floating around. A couple of the American guys I was with were the executive chefs from [Atlanta restaurants] Pricci and Veni Vidi Vici. [note: Pricci was once named in Esquire’s “20 Best Restaurants in America”]—really top-caliber chefs in the Southeast that I was able to work [alongside]. Hopefully, I had my eyes open wide enough to take in a couple of things and take some notes here and there. Were there any special dishes that you worked on there, or new techniques that you hope to bring back to the kitchen at La Scala?  

“Keep it honest, clean and simple. i’m getting to the point where i want my food to be as close as possible [to its source]...”

If I can get some truffles in [Laughs], I’d be doing a lentil and truffle soup that we worked on the second day I was there. Lentils are about as rustic as you can get, and truffles are pretty exotic—well, for Italians they are pretty commonplace, but for us they can be a couple thousand dollars per pound. They are one of the most expensive foods you can purchase, so to put the two together was kind of mind-blowing. You have these super-cheap lentils that are dotted with truffles and truffle oil, it was ridiculous. I wouldn’t say there is one specific thing that I brought back, but being able to see new techniques and watch people do some things that I’ve never done before was a great, great experience.

and about a day after I got there I had the realization that most of the people that live there are just simple farmers. When you think of Italy, it’s ‘beautiful countryside by the coast.’ But when it comes down to it, they’re doing the same things that a lot of us are doing here, they just have a different product. I’ve had farms, small farms, in my family forever, and [I feel] there’s a correlation between a Southern family farm and an Italian family farm. And it’s strange how close they can be. They’re doing the same things that I grew up doing, they’re just doing it in another part of the world. They still grow some of the same things, still work

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Could you provide us a little background to your cooking career before landing at La Scala? I’m from Rome, and went to the Art Institute in Atlanta and graduated with an associate’s in 1999. I worked in a few restaurants there, came back to Rome, was the chef at Horseleg Plantation Country Club for a while, and worked here at La Scala as well. From there I moved to Charleston and worked on Shem Creek for a few years. I returned to Rome and worked at a number of places: Barnsley Gardens, chef at Harvest Moon, at Appalachian Grill... Aside from your time preparing new dishes and learning a few new culinary skills, what were some of the other memorable experiences you had while in the Puglia region? You know, a lot the places there were very rural and there was a lot of countryside,

the same way, just in a different land. It gave me a new perspective on what I’m doing here, and, hopefully, I will be able to feed off of those experiences I had for a long time, draw upon them, and simplify what I am doing. Keep it honest, clean and simple. I’m getting to the point where I want my food to be as close as possible [to its source], and hopefully next spring and summer I can start experimenting with local farms and try to get back to that way of doing things. If you do it right, it can be good for everyone. A lot of people here are looking for that and it’s starting to catch on in Rome, and I think it will continue to become more popular and become a necessity at some point. It’s good to know a local farmer makes a good wage and our patrons get something great. There are some things that are essential over there that I think we can get back to here. VVV

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ome’s non-profit Heart of the Community Foundation will kick off their annual “Heart Walk” on Saturday, Feb. 27, exactly 23 years after the organization’s very first event. This will be a day full of festivities, snacks and enthusiastic teamwork. The Heart of the Community Foundation (HCF) is sponsored and led by Redmond Regional Medical Center. Its mission is to raise awareness and money for local endeavors such as the Heart House, a home for critically ill patients

“A little competition between teams can be fun. many try to ‘outdo’ their previous fundraising totals year after year.” on the Redmond campus, cardio fitness stations at Ridge Ferry Park, public access defibrillators, and heart education seminars. Proceeds from the Walk will go to these and other charitable ventures. Coordinator Pamela Miller says, “Money raised at the 2010 [Heart Walk] will be used for more defibrillator donations, a donation to the Free Clinic of Rome for heart medications, and a donation to support additional community awareness and educational programs.” There is no entry fee to participate, though participants are encouraged to raise funds prior to the event to turn in the day of. Heart-walkers have a history of creativity, raising their greatly appreciated contributions through bake sales, book sales and neighborhood collections. “Prior to 2009,” Miller explains, “the American Heart Association had led the Rome Heart Walk and all monies collected went to AHA. At the end of 2008, AHA made the difficult business decision to cut their smaller walks (maintaining only large events such as Atlanta’s Heart Walk). Not wanting to discontinue this important fundraising event, we teamed up with Heart of the Community. Beginning in 2009, the annual event is entitled ‘Heart of the Community Walk’ and all funds raised will stay in the Rome and Floyd County community. “All of Rome is welcome to participate by raising money for the Walk. Walk teams can be made up of co-workers, friends, family, et


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as plastic surgery actually become an ‘American pastime’? It certainly is more of a staple for some than others—i.e. all the Real Housewives. But it cannot be argued that nose jobs, breast implants and Botox injections are now a norm in American society. Luckily for us, cosmetic surgical techniques have advanced exponentially in the last two decades. “One of the things we’re very excited about in plastic surgery is the improvement in office-based anesthesia,” says Dr. Marc Wetherington. “We’re able to do things in the office today, with the types of anesthetic techniques that have evolved, that we didn’t

have available 20 years ago. To be able to do a tummy tuck, liposuction, or breast implants in the office very safely—and not have to go to a hospital and have all the tubes in your lungs and all the other things that went along with deep anesthetic—is wonderful.” Dr. Wetherington has been a part of the Rome medical community for 21 years. Since 1988, he has been practicing as a proud member of Harbin Clinic, but last February, he embarked on a new journey to open his own practice. The Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center (WPSC) opened in October 2009 in the historic downtown district. “I have had a presence in this community for over 20 years,” says Wetherington. “Patients who over the


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years have come to rely on me have been very supportive. Members of the medical community, and community at large, have also. And we have a great staff. So there has been a lot of support and anticipation on the part of so many people that are already very special to me.” He adds, “It’s been a really enjoyable process to build this center and get it running… [WPSC] is designed to accommodate the needs of my cosmetic patients. These types of procedures are not done in the hospital, but need to be done in a properly designed clinical space. So we’ve taken every effort to make it a safe, very

breast enlargement, lift and reduction. “The best compliment a plastic surgeon can receive…is that the patient is happy because the changes that were made lived up to their expectations, and that they would do it again. Most of these patients just want a tasteful refinement to what they already have. When their self-esteem has been helped, they are very happy. And that is when I realize that I took surgical skills and applied them in a way that not only made the patient look better, but also feel better.” Wetherington also specializes in restorative and reconstructive surgery for area hospitals—the ‘noncosmetic’ side of plastic surgery. He treats breast reconstruction after cancer treatment, damage from skin cancer, burn injuries, even wounds from acute facial trauma such as facial fractures and lacerations, which are often associated with car accidents, falls and industrial accidents. “Some of these patients are quite affected by whatever condition they’re in,” Wetherington says. “If it was a woman who has had a breast removed for breast cancer, that is very severe for her to get used to. And when tissue is given back to her in that area, moved from one part of her body to another, and after surgery she can look and see the reconstructed breast, that

“the best compliment a plastic surgeon can that the patient is happy because the changes that were made lived up to their expectations...” secure, and comfortable environment.” Dr. Wetherington says he wakes up every morning excited for the work ahead at his state-of-the-art facility, where he and his team offer tummy tucks, liposuction and facial plastic surgery. He also specializes in

sense of wholeness that comes over her is contagious. It’s a real joy to be a part of that. “I can also think of a young lady who was in a terrible accident and suffered a lot of facial trauma. You can just imagine the emotional turmoil for her parents, knowing

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that [their] beautiful cheerleader daughter had been in this terrible accident. And after several surgeries, she went on to college. Now she is a mother of a young boy, and she is very happy and very well-adjusted. She stays in touch with me now almost 18 years later… To have been part of that is extremely rewarding.” He adds, “I don’t make a distinction between my office cosmetic practice versus my hospital restorative practice. There are wonderful outcomes and great stories in both of those spheres...” Wetherington believes a plastic surgeon— or anyone in any field, for that matter—can benefit from and perform at their best with three skills. “...Foremost would be [the ability] to listen to a patient, to understand what they truly want. And that sometimes is listening to what they say and also to what

“All we do as surgeons is move and adjust things. it is up to the healing process, nature, god— however you wish to look at it—to do the next part.”

they don’t say, how they say it, and their expression. Because if you don’t have that well understood, nothing else is going to work very well. “The second would be to have the full foundation of training that every patient deserves when they go to a plastic surgeon. The average plastic surgeon has seven years of training after medical school. “Third is what happens after surgery: the follow-up. The healing takes many months. All we do as surgeons is move and adjust things. It is up to the healing process, nature, God, however you wish to look at it, to do the next part. And that requires that someone be there to watch and follow the whole process. It has to be carried out. “Those three things are applicable to so many other professions, too. We just do it in a different way.” Any patient of the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center can count on attentive and thorough service from a staff that truly cares. Dr. Wetherington is proud to offer his expertise and high quality service to Rome, which he says is definitely a “fantastic community to practice medicine in.” VVV


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n a recession such as the one Americans are now experiencing, a single company can have a huge influence on the economic health of a region. Fortunately for some of those most affected by the slow-down, one foreign manufacturer is hoping to do just that as it builds its North American home here in Northwest Georgia. Based in Japan, Miura Boiler, the world’s largest industrial boiler manufacturer, opened the doors of its first U.S. plant in

important area suppliers. “I think we’ve had a big impact on the local economy,” says Miura purchasing and procurement specialist, Ken Wright. “The metal and steel fabrication shops, stamp and die shops, are getting a lot of business from us. A lot of our local suppliers were working three, four-day weeks. Now most of them are up to five.” In its first year of production at the Rockmart plant, Miura has added 50 employees to its ranks and plans to increase that total to 300 in the next couple of years. Many of these positions will be for highly skilled welders and electricians, whose lines of work have been hit especially hard in the last year. If past success is an indicator, Miura’s potential for growth in North America is very promising. The company, founded in 1927 with headquarters in Matsuyama, Japan, controls roughly 65 percent of the market share in Japan alone, and is the top boiler manufacturer in all of Asia. “Miura group has now grown into an entity achieving annual sales of over 60 billion yen ($680 million),” writes company CEO and chairman, Shozo Shiraishi. The new plant in Rockmart is hoping to increase these already impressive sales figures in the coming years, as it grows its production capacity from 100 boilers annually in 2009 to 1,000 by 2012. The stat sheet for Miura’s boilers is rather impressive. As the industry leader in green

“i think we’ve had a big impact on the local economy... a lot of our local suppliers were working three, four-day weeks. now most of them are up to five.” the spring of 2009, just off of Highway 101 in Rockmart, and has been a positive player in the region during its first few months of operation. Not only does a large corporation like Miura help to whittle down the unemployment line, but it also provides a huge boost in the bottom lines of some


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technology and innovation, Miura has set itself apart from competitors by satisfying the new needs and standards of industrial entities that are becoming increasingly aware of their negative environmental impacts, as well as the economic benefits of sustainable practices. (continued on pg. 40)

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(from left) Miura purchasing and procurement manager Ken Wright, president Mark Utzinger, plant manager Vince Broome

In turn, the boilers being produced at the Rockmart plant are the most efficient in the world. In terms of boiler size, Miura is building boilers up to a third smaller than competing models of similar capacity. “Think pickup truck instead of tractor trailer,” Wright says. Common in industrial boilers is a long start-up time. While initial engagement to full steam production often takes a couple of hours for most boilers, Miura has reduced the cold start time for “water-to-steam” production to just five minutes. And in an

the average dollar savings Miura customers enjoy in steam production is approximately 20 [percent] over other boiler designs.” And with Miura’s advanced diagnostics system, one that automatically sends data to Miura from the respective customer’s facility, any inefficiencies can be quickly diagnosed and corrected. The ‘green’ benefits offered by Miura Boilers include not only reductions in oil and space consumption, but also the lowest NOx output in the industry and reduced CO2 emissions. Garnering the

age of uncertainty and fluctuating fuel costs, the option of alternative fuel types on which to power equipment is priceless. Miura’s LX Series boilers can run off of either natural gas or propane, while its EX models give customers even greaters options including natural gas. Time and energy efficiency help most businesses where it counts, and Miura estimates that “based on today’s fuel costs,

seal of approval by the U.S. Green Building Council, a standard-setter in the new green economy, Miura is on track to become an industry leader in boiler innovation and production here in the United States. In just its first few months, Miura Boiler’s Rockmart facility and its contractors are already reaping the benefits of the Japanese company’s forward-thinking approach to economic and environmental sustainability.

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So far this year, Miura’s lone American plant has produced—or is in the process of producing—large capacity boilers for giants such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, even numerous hospitals nationwide, including Duke University’s. And all of this while using the skilled labor provided by many of Rome and Northwest Georgia’s metal fabricators and suppliers. With plant capacity to increase tenfold in the next three years, area suppliers, as well as freight distributors, hope to see a positive turn in their businesses. And though American manufacturing jobs are seeing more losses to outsourcing (as a ‘cost-cutting method’), some foreign companies are beginning to see the value in a skilled American workforce. Miura follows a number of foreign companies, such as Pirelli Tire and Suzuki, that have found the Southeast not only a hospitable place to set up shop, but specifically Northwest Georgia. The impact felt goes beyond those working in the offices and on the factory floor, but to the many local businesses that support them. To this end, Miura seems to have a bright future ahead, here and across the rest of the nation, with its face-forward approach and its resolve to help the region’s economy forge full-steam ahead into the 21st century. VVV

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A new “role” for tiger: Steeped in a scandal so disastrous it has prompted an indefinite hiatus from the pga tour, perhaps mr. woods should adopt an old terry pendleton edict

As the atlanta braves were nearing the end of their 1991 “worst-tofirst” season, third baseman terry pendleton, while dining at a city restaurant, was approached by a concerned mother who noticed the national league mvp puffing example, but the media’s constant scrutiny on a big cigar. of their personal lives makes that all but She politely told Mr. Pendleton that he shouldn’t be smoking because, as a professional athlete, he was a role model to children everywhere. Pendleton responded by taking a long draw off his stogie and saying, “Ma’am I’m not a role model, I’m a baseball player.” Conversation over. Being 11 or 12 years old at the time, this story has stayed with me over the years and came to mind again recently due to the Tiger Woods debacle. While I do not condone Mr. Woods’ actions by any means, and completely understand why a parent would have pointed to the golfing phenom as a role model prior to this scandal, I honestly believe it’s time we quit depending on celebrities to mentor our children. In my humble opinion, that is a job for mom and dad, not Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Michael Jordan or Lisa Leslie. Before anyone jumps to any wrongful conclusions, I want you all to know that I do believe these prominent figures in our children’s lives—and our own—have a heightened responsibility to try and lead by


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impossible to do. They are still human beings, just like you and I, and are just as capable of making stupid decisions—only theirs are put under the global microscope.

In the case of Tiger Woods, his “transgressions” were certainly surprising for an athlete with a reputation as stellar as his own. The last gander I took at the hoopla saw the number at 15 women… FIFTEEN. Wow. The man is a Stanford grad, on the verge of breaking the record for the most major wins in golf history; he has two beautiful children, a stunning (former?) wife, and more money than many of us can wrap our heads around. He “gives back” through charitable organizations and displays a competitive edge any father would love to see in his son. So, naturally, there is a lot to admire and present as an example to your children. The funny thing is, most of those examples can still be pointed to if your

[Woods] is a stanford grad, on the verge of breaking the record for the most major wins in golf history; he has two beautiful children, a stunning (former?) wife... he “gives back” through charitable organizations and displays a competitive edge any father would love to see in his own son. so, naturally, there is a lot to admire and present as an example... It seems that a lot of our neighbors these days like to point their fingers at the TV screen and say, ‘There you go son, I want you to be just like him.’ And personally, I just don’t see how that’s fair to the child or the celebrity.

young one wants to be a professional athlete, which is, in fact, what Tiger is—i.e., NOT a mentor, not a big brother or wise older sister, just a damn good golfer who has dedicated his life to being the best in the world at his sport.

In other words, focus your attention on his athletic achievements and work ethic, and teach your son how to handle his lovelife on your own time. Tiger will pay for his mistakes for the rest of his life, though I do believe he can repair his image (see Kobe Bryant). His personal life will be a living nightmare for some time, and I’m sure he knows he has no one but himself to blame. Many men have recovered from worse, but his pride will forever be scarred. And though his wife is certainly getting the worst of this, sorry ladies, I actually feel sorry for Tiger too. Not because I think he isn’t getting what he deserves, but because of the fact that it’s on display for the whole world to see. I’ve heard the talking heads chalk it up to his upbringing, and how it should have been expected due to his father figure and coming from a broken home. All I can wonder is why does it matter? I’m sure those experiences had an impact on his character, but at the end of the day, Tiger hurt the people who loved him and the consequences of his idiocy should remain between those family members affected and no one else. If anyone has a right to be mad at Tiger other than the aforementioned, they are his commercial sponsors, and the majority of them are staying put for now. Some have

As a child i worshiped many athletes, musicians and movie stars, and wished to god i could achieve their statuses on the playing field, stage or big screen. did that mean i wanted to blow an eight-ball of cocaine just because darryl strawberry couldn’t keep his nose clean? slowed or altogether stopped the rotation of his advertisements and commercials for the time being, but only one has dropped him outright. Of course, I understand their outrage because they are PAYING him for his image as a role model, and as their employee, he owes it to them to uphold that image. As a child I worshiped many athletes, musicians and movie stars, and wished to God I could achieve their statuses on the big screen, stage or playing field. Did that mean I wanted to blow an eight-ball of cocaine just because Daryl Strawberry couldn’t keep his nose clean? Of course not, because I

had wonderful parents, teachers and other authority figures in my life who took the time to teach me good sense. While not all children are fortunate enough to have this kind of guidance, I still don’t see how it is the responsibility of celebrities to shoulder the burden simply because the media says they should. Regardless of the final outcome in this over-publicized adultery case, I will still tell my son stories about the greatest golfer of my generation and will cheer him on in every major in which he takes part. Why? Because Tiger Woods is a golfer, not a role model. VVV

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Minimally Invasive Procedures: Changing the Face of a Hysterectomy

Dr. Margaret Marion, one of

Harbin Clinic’s two female OB/ GYN physicians at Norton Women’s Clinic, answers your questions about minimally invasive procedures for hysterectomies... What is a hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, or womb. After cesarean section, hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed major surgical procedure for women of reproductive age in the United States. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States, and an estimated 20 million U.S. women have had a hysterectomy. Depending on the type of hysterectomy performed and the reason it’s being done, removal of the cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes is sometimes performed during the same surgery. Why do women need a hysterectomy? The three conditions most often associated with hysterectomy are uterine leiomyoma (“fibroid tumors”), endometriosis and uterine prolapse. How many types of hysterectomies are there? While all hysterectomies remove a woman’s uterus, or womb, there are several different types of hysterectomies: A complete or total hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus and the cervix. A total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) is a complete hysterectomy performed through an incision of approximately five inches in length in the abdominal muscle. TAH is not considered a type of minimally invasive procedure. After the incision is made, the surgeon cuts through the muscle wall and

other connective tissues to reach the uterus. A vaginal hysterectomy is performed through an incision made at the top of the vagina. Through the incision, all connections between the uterus and the body are cut and tied off. Then the uterus is removed through the vagina. What are my options when it comes to how the surgery procedure will be performed? Minimally Invasive Procedures (MIP), which includes laparoscopic surgery, uses stateof-the-art technology. When performing MIP, the surgeon creates small, dime-sized incisions that allow the use of a miniature camera, or videoscope, and specialized instruments to perform the procedure. Long, slender surgical instruments can be used through these tiny “ports” to perform operations such as removing the uterus, ovaries or performing biopsies, so there’s no need for a large, conventional incision. Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH): This involves removal of the pelvic organs through the vagina, but includes starting with cutting the ovarian attachments by working through the laparoscopes in the abdomen. Abdominal scars consist of two to four half-inch incisions. Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH): This procedure involves disconnecting the uterus and other structures, as needed, by operating only through the laparoscopes in the abdomen, starting at the top of the uterus. The entire uterus is disconnected from its attachments using long thin instruments through the “ports.” Then, all tissue to be removed is passed through the vagina or through the tiny, half-inch abdominal incisions. TLH can be performed on women who have never had children, women with narrow or long vaginas, women with

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previous surgeries, women with cancer, and women with massive organs. This technique is the least painful and least debilitating route of surgery for women who need hysterectomy. Do my ovaries need to be removed during a hysterectomy? The decision about removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) during a hysterectomy is one that should be discussed with your doctor. Factors that will influence the decision include the type of hysterectomy being performed and the disease being treated. However, the decision about removal of the ovaries should be a separate and distinct one from the decision about removal of the uterus. What are the potential benefits of a Minimally Invasive Procedure (MIP) for hysterectomy? Many women feel that MIP is a better option for them because MIP offers a number of significant benefits, including less recovery time, less time in the hospital, less scarring and less pain. Today, there are several kinds of MIP for hysterectomy to consider. The appropriate surgical option may depend on many factors, including the condition being treated. VVV

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