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Volume 12, No. 4

City Scoop APRIL 2014

Causey’s BBQ Sauce Wins “Flavor of Georgia” Contest Causey’s turns an old sauce recipe from their family restaurant in Vienna, Ga. into a first place prize at the state-wide contest Atlanta, Ga. — Wynn Causey Bakke, of Causey Foods, took home first prize in the barbecue John Causey sauce category at UGA’s 2014 Flavor of Georgia contest. Gov. Nathan Deal and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black were on hand to congratulate Causey and other Flavor of Georgia winners as part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day March 18 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta. Causey’s Sweet N’ Smokey BBQ sauce was chosen out of more than 125 Georgia products to compete as one of 35 finalists in Flavor of Georgia 2014 contest. Competition in the barbecue sauce category is always incredibly stiff at Flavor of Georgia. This year Causey’s beat out nearly two dozen other barbecue sauces to make it to the number one spot. “We had so many great contestants this year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “It really highlighted the high caliber of the food products created by Georgians.” Causey’s Sweet N’ Smokey sauce was created at the Causey’s restaurant (Good to Go) in Vienna but it is currently distributed from Smyrna, Ga. where Bakke lives.

City of Vienna to Celebrate Georgia Cities Week Vienna officials announced that the city will be celebrating the 15 th year of “Georgia Cities Week” during the week of April 13 – 19, 2014. There will be a variety of events throughout the week, including a Town Hall Meeting, an art contest, a luncheon for Elected and Appointed officials, volunteer appreciation event, and employee recognition. The theme of this year’s Georgia Cities Week is “People, Place, Purpose” reflecting the qualities that make cities cultural, economic and social drivers of the community. “We are very proud of our city and the services we provide that make it attractive to residents and visitors,” said Mayor Eddie Daniels. “Cities provide the services and infrastructure to help businesses grow, and set the stage for events where families and individuals can gather as a community.” Some of the events planned for the week include: Town Hall Meeting – Monday, April 14, 2014; 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, Come and talk with our Mayor and City Council about your concerns, questions and suggestions. Art/Photo Contest – Calling all artists and photographers . . . You don’t have to be a professional to participate. Please submit a photo, drawing, painting or sketch of your favorite place in the city, the people of or your vision of Vienna. There will be a first, second and third place winner. Winners will be announced the week of April 13 – 19. Deadline for submissions is April 7th, by 5:00 p.m. Entries may be dropped off at City Hall, 203 W. Cotton Street. Cities across Georgia will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week, sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they provide. For more information about City Government Week activities, please contact Larista Thompson, (229) 268-4921 or email:

Farmers’ Market to Begin April 5th Vienna Main Street is gearing up for the 2014 First Saturday’s Farmers Markets in downtown Vienna! We want to draw producers and customers to our downtown square on the first Saturdays of April, May, June, August, September and October not only to shop with our produce vendors but to shop in our local downtown businesses! This connection would be the epitome of what we at Vienna Main Street strive for when creating community and events in downtown. This year the Farmers Market will be open every First Saturday during the months of April, May, June, August, September and October from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The downtown farmers market is a community market and we want to invite our local produce farmers to participate and help us grow this event. Please contact Larista F. Thompson, Vienna Main Street Director at (229) 268-4921 or email

The Easter Bunny is coming to Downtown Vienna! Bring your camera and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny in the Square! Saturday, April 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NO CHARGE! Activities for the kids! Sponsored by Vienna Woman’s Club

Help us Refurbish SANTA The deadline to make donations for the refurbishing of our beloved Santa display is June 2, 2014. Please get your donations in so that we can begin the "plastic surgery" phase of getting our Santa refurbished. Questions? Please contact, Larista Thompson, Keep Vienna Beautiful Director by calling (229) 268-4921 or email Your donations are most appreciated and may be mailed to: KEEP VIENNA BEAUTIFUL ATTN: Larista Thompson P O Box 436; Vienna, GA 31092

TOWN HALL MEETING All residents of the City of Vienna are cordially invited to attend our Town Hall Meeting to be held on Monday, April 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Mayor, City Council, City Manager and Department Heads will be in attendance. Come prepared with your questions, concerns and compliments. Questions, please call (229) 268-4744.

Please make note of these upcoming employee events: Tuesday, April 15th 2:00 p.m.: Self-Care Health Class th Friday, April 18 12:00 pm.: Employee Salad Luncheon (Please bring your favorite salad.)

Questions? Please contact Margaret Shelley @ (229) 268-4744


Dooly Delegation Traveled to Washington, D.C.


L. Harris Churchwell

April 10, 2014 - 5 – 7 p.m. Georgia Cotton Museum 1321 E. Union Street Vienna, GA Sponsored by Vienna Main Street

Professional Women’s Luncheon Sponsored by the Dooly Co. Chamber

Seated: Mayor Protem Meredith Lester, City of Unadilla; Marlene Kimball, Dooly County Chamber Chairman & Century 21 Smith, Branch & Pope; and Councilman Henry Johnson, City of Vienna. Standing: Mayor Dr. Bobby G. West, City of Unadilla; Mayor Eddie Daniels, City of Vienna; Lin Barnes, Dooly County Chamber Board Member, SWGA United, & Century 21 Smith, Branch & Pope; Rhonda Lamb-Heath, Dooly County Chamber President; Congressman Sanford Bishop; Robert Cooke, SWGA United; Gail Bembry, City Manager, City of Vienna; Brad Ray, Dooly County Chamber Board Member & Southwest GA Children’s Alliance; Councilman Lurry Brown, City of Unadilla; Councilman Chester Thomas, City of Unadilla, and Councilman Lant Taylor, City of Unadilla.

Almond & Johnson Receive Certificate

Friday, April 25, 2014 11:30 a.m. Providence Hall Vienna First Baptist Church $20.00 person Call (229) 268-8275 to purchase ticket.

Historic Preservation Month 2014 “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage”

The Vienna Historic Preservation Commission will celebrate Historic Preservation Month during the month of May. Several activities are being planned and will be announced in next month’s issue of City Scoop. Stay tuned . . . . .

L to R: Dr. Laura Meadows, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Councilman Randall Almond, Councilman Henry Johnson, and Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Chair of the GMA Training Board.

ATLANTA – Vienna Councilmen Randall Almond and Henry Johnson have received the prestigious Certificate of Recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta on January 26. The Georgia Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Recognition, a city official must complete a minimum of 42 units of credit, including three courses from the required list. The training program consists of a series of more than 40 courses. “This is an outstanding achievement,” said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. “We commend Councilmen Almond and Johnson for this accomplishment and for the dedication they have shown in using this valuable resource to become more effective city officials.”


CITY CONTACT INFORMATION 203 W. Cotton Street / P O Box 436 Vienna, Georgia 31092

(Dates/Times are Subject to Change) April 5, 2014 First Saturday Farmers Market April 9, 2014 Dooly Co. Chamber of Commerce Meeting April 9, 2014 Limbs/Debris Pickup Day April 10, 2014 L. Harris Churchwell Book signing April 14 – 18, 2014 GEORGIA CITIES WEEK April 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. Town Hall Meeting April 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m. City Council Meeting April 23, 2014 Limbs/Debris/Lg. Item Pickup Day April 28, 2014 City Council Meeting

NEWS FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Limbs/Debris/Large Item Pickup Schedule The City of Vienna Public Works Department has announced the 2014 schedule for limbs and debris pick up. Please have your items by the curb no later than the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The dates for April are the 9th and the 23rd. The City of Vienna Public Works Department will also pick up large items (old furniture) on the fourth Wednesdays of the month.

KEEP VIENNA BEAUTIFUL RECYCLING NEWS Please do NOT put normal household garbage in our recycling bins! These bins are for PLASTIC, ALUMINUM and CARDBOARD ONLY!

Please flatten all cardboard boxes before putting them in the Recycling Bin. Our recycling bins are located adjacent to the Vienna Police Department on West Union Street. We accept cardboard, plastic and aluminum. RECYCLE YOUR GLASS ITEMS! Please take your recyclable glass to McMillian Recycling, located at 1010 E. Pine Street (in the old Red Kap Building across from Marise’s). You may put your glass recyclables in a cardboard box to leave at the west end of the building if no one is available to receive it.

Thanks for recycling and helping Keep Vienna Beautiful!

(229) 268-4744 City Hall

(229) 268-6172 Fax

Our Elected Officials Eddie Daniels, Mayor Beth English, Mayor Protem Randall Almond, Councilman Walter Brown, Councilman Henry Johnson, Councilman Our City Staff Phone: (229) 268-4744

Gail B. Bembry - City Administrator Debra Spring - City Clerk / Accountant Police Chief Robert Jones Nathan Jordan - Public Works Director Margaret Shelley - Accounting Clerk Shondra Zanders - Utility Billing Clerk Michelle Lawson - Cashier Our Community Development Staff Janet P. Joiner – Community Development Director Phone: (229) 268-4920 Larista F. Thompson - Main Street Director Phone: (229) 268-4921

April 29 Larry Dennard Public Works Department

April 30 Janet P. Joiner Community Development Director

Kid’s Page

Vienna City Council Meeting Schedule Vienna City Council Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday nights of each month. 2014 Meeting Dates include: April 14 May 12 June 9 July 14 August 11 September 8 October 13 November 10 December 8

April 28 May 26 June 23 July 28 August 25 September 22 October 27 November 24 December 22

Become a Volunteer Today!

Georgia State Cotton Museum The Georgia State Cotton Museum located at 1321 E. Union Street, Vienna, is open on Thursdays & Fridays, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Other hours are by appointment only. For further information, please call (229) 268-2045 or (229) 268-4921.

Vienna Main Street and Keep Vienna Beautiful want you to take an active role in your community. We are always in need for Citizens' to serve on our various committees. If you would like to serve, please contact Larista Thompson, (229) 268-4921 or We want the best for Vienna and could not do it without our Volunteers. Thank you to all of our present Volunteers for your continued dedication and participation. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we would like to hear from you!

City Scoop is published monthly for the City of Vienna by Vienna Main Street. If you have articles or items that you would like to have published, please call VMS Director, Larista Thompson @ (229) 268-4921 or email All items should be turned in to the VMS Director by the third week of the month prior to the next publication.

The City of Vienna is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.

FROM: Vienna Main Street City of Vienna 203 West Cotton Street P O Box 436 Vienna, Georgia 31092 Address Correction Requested


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