07-07-17 Dunwoody Reporter

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Parade celebrates U.S., Dunwoody pride BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Thousands wearing red, white and blue and waving small American flags lined Mount Vernon Road on July 4 to watch and cheer the annual Independence Day parade that celebrated this year’s theme of “A Small Town in a Big City.” Sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, the parade features veterans, floats, marching bands, classic cars and plenty of American pride and spirit. Alan Mothner, executive director of the Dunwoody Nature Center, was this year’s grand marshal. See PARADE on page 10


William Davis smiles with his American flag as the parade goes by.

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Former targets of tensions, 6th District signs become art BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Staking yard signs with a favorite candidate’s name emblazoned on it is a timehonored tradition during any election campaign. That tradition became a flashpoint in Dunwoody and other cities during the 6th Congressional District race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel, who emerged victorious after a heated monthsSee FORMER on page 3

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From left, Tom Lambert, Jim Riticher and Pam Tallmadge.


Three council seats up for election BY DYANA BAGBY


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Three City Council seats are up for election this November, and so far three candidates have thrown their hats in the ring. Councilmember Doug Thompson, who represents Post 3, has said he is not seeking re-election after two terms on the City Council. Tom Lambert, running for his first political office, has announced he is running for that seat. Post 2 Councilmember Jim Riticher said he is seeking a second term, and Post 1 Councilmember Pam Tallmadge said she is also seeking re-election. Tallmadge was elected in 2015 to the seat vacated by Denis Shortal, who resigned the post to run for mayor. “Two years went by very quickly,” Tallmadge said. The council election is set for Nov. 7. Qualifying is scheduled to run Aug. 21-23. Tallmadge has not made a formal announcement of her candidacy, but is telling people who ask of her intention that she will. She said she wants to see several projects through, including the building of the new Austin Elementary School and the new baseball fields at Brook Run Park.

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Riticher, who won the seat in 2013, said he also wants to follow through on projects begun during his first term, and especially continue a focus on paving. “We’ve put more of an emphasis on paving and that is definitely one of my core planks,” he said. He said his career in engineering and IT management and consulting brings “useful skills” to the council. Riticher has endorsed Lambert, who announced in May he would be running to replace Thompson. “I believe we can respect and maintain what makes Dunwoody special, while still adding amenities and services that will ... continue to allow our city to grow and thrive,” Lambert said. He was a founding member of the city’s Sustainability Commission and led the Kingsley Elementary School’s Charter Council to a national PTO Magazine Award in 2008. He’s also a founding member of Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS), a group fighting to change the state constitution to allow for independent city school systems, and promises to work on that if elected, according to his campaign website.

Fixing Chamblee-Dunwoody Road is going to take at least until August, according to city officials. The problem goes back to errors made by a contractor who replaced a county water main over a year ago, city officials say. “The city continues to compel the Chamblee-Dunwoody Road water main replacement contractor to complete necessary repairs under warranty,” a recent statement from the city says. The city is withholding the final $250,000 payment to the contractor, Kemi Construction, until the repaving is completed. Kemi Construction did not return a call seeking comment for this article. City spokesperson Bob Mullen said the road work is expected to be completed before school starts this fall. The primary road segment crews are

addressing is a half-mile portion of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road between Nerine Circle and Springfield Drive. The improvements along ChambleeDunwoody Road included the widening of the road from Cambridge Drive to Womack Road to accommodate bicycle lanes in both directions. This project also incorporated a water main replacement by DeKalb County between Cambridge Drive and Roberts Drive, work which dates back to February 2016. The issue, according to Public Works Director Michael Smith, is the backfill the contractor used to fill trenches after the new water main was installed. The backfill did not settle into a solid mass and when the road was paved over it, cracks in the road soon began forming. Repairing the situation required digging up the road to replace the backfill and repaving the road again. DUN

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Former targets of tensions, 6th District signs become art

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Continued from page 1 long campaign. A Chamblee artist recently carved hundreds of the political signs into the shape of snowflakes and installed them at several spots in Dunwoody and other 6th Congressional District cities to call attention to the historic money that poured into the race – totaling some $50 million, the most ever for a House race. And just days before the June 20 runoff, an Atlanta woman was arrested when a Dunwoody man reported she had tried to steal Handel signs posted in front of the Sprouts grocery store on Mount Vernon Road. Another arrest occurred in April, just before the April 18 election, when a Woodstock man was charged with theft after allegedly stealing several political signs in Roswell. According to reports, the man told police he was tired of seeing the signs and thought it was OK to take them because they were in the right of way. In the Dunwoody incident, David Whelen, 69, said that on June 16 he went to the local Sprouts and saw a woman with her teenage daughter picking up Handel signs. He said he and another person approached the woman, identified in a police report as Nadia Habiba Hassan, and told her to put the signs back. He said the woman yelled at him and he called 911. Whelan said that Hassan had a stack of political signs in the backseat of her car, drove off, and returned later with no signs. The police initially charged the woman with larceny and disorderly conduct, according to a police report, but the larceny charged was dropped and her disorderly conduct case goes before Dunwoody Municipal Court in August, according to the court clerk. “It just made me mad,” Whelan said. “This was a violation of the law and the spirit of the election. I would have done the same thing if they were Ossoff signs.” This election stirred up “a lot of passions,” he said. Hassan’s phone number as given on the police report was disconnected. A man who answered the phone number said he is Hassan’s father, but did not give his name, and said she did not steal any political signs. “She did not touch the signs. She is brown. Do you think we will fight the police?” he said. At the other end of the spectrum of the sign saga, a Chamblee artist and Ossoff supporter, who asked his real name not be used and instead goes by the pseudonym Hamilton Burger, decided to create “whimsical decorations” of the signs that dotted yards and fields and rights-of-way for months in his hometown and in Dunwoody and throughout the north suburbs. DUN


One of the 6th Congressional District signs carved into snowflake shapes that were installed at the interchange of I-285 and Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

“Back in the day there were those Tshirts that said, ‘My parents went to Florida and all I got was this crappy T-shirt,’” he said of the seed for his idea that led to his epiphany: “Well, my district had a $50 million election and all I got were these crappy signs.” Burger crafted some 300 Ossoff and Handel into snowflakes. Yes, snowflakes, in a not-so-subtle dig at the derogatory word people on both sides of the political spectrum have hurled at each other. “I know this an insult from both sides, so it seemed appropriate,” he said. “Those who wish to be offended will be offended. I’ve heard all of it. Whatever you’re going to see, you’re going to see.” He added, “I thought it would be a whimsical decoration,” he said of recycling the signs. “And I thought it would make a few people smile after a long, aggravating period.” Dunwoody Councilmember Terry Nall, a Handel supporter, did not smile, however, and said he believed the city cleanup of the signs “is an unfortunate use of public resources.” “For a city with a small, lean budget, this is an unfortunate use of public resources. Clearly, someone must have a lot of extra time to modify these signs and then place them around the city,” he said in a statement. City spokesperson Bob Mullen said cleanup of the signs was not expected to cost the city any additional resources because code enforcement routinely clears political signs placed illegally in the right of way. In April, the city removed 132 illegal signs; 165 signs in May; and about 42 about midway through June. “It’s challenging to quantify a time of activity, but the sweeps are taking place on at least a weekly basis,” Mullen said. “The team has also conducted periodic weekend sign sweeps to address illegal signs placed up on Friday evenings or weekend mornings. The objective is to keep the right of way free of illegal signs and also keep areas in the city consistently looking kempt, clean and nice.”

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Then you add one or more of their two excellent sauces: white and red. The white sauce is some kind of mystery mayo, more creamy than tangy. It’s not a tzatziki sauce. The red sauce is super spicy and made with red peppers. It’s not a harissa sauce and you’ll feel the burn all the way down your throat for an eye-watering adventure that is both delicious and slightly scary. If you’ve ever accepted some ludicrous hot wings dare, this red sauce will be your next big thing. Some locations outside of NYC, including ours, have a barbeque sauce that is more sweet than spicy. For sides, you have four choices: fries, hummus, baba ganouj and falafel. The fries are just fries, golden brown and not at all soggy. The hummus, which is made

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of ground chickpeas, has a nice garlic flavor. The baba ganouj, which is made of pureed eggplant, has a wonderfully smoky aftertaste. The falafel is crisp on the outside, bright green on the inside and not too dry or crumbly. You can top it all off with a baklava for dessert, jam packed with crushed nuts and dripping delicious honey everywhere, as messy as anything made with layers of filo dough should be.


Every meal I’ve ever had at The Halal Guys, no matter what city, it’s been ready in less than four minutes. They’ve got strong procedures in place and everything moves along in an orderly manner without making customers feel like they are part of a cattle call managed by robots. You can be in and out with a full belly in a half hour. If a half hour is too much, carry it out in five minutes. Or if you absolutely cannot forsake the comfort of your own couch, several online delivery services will pick it up for you, so just check your local preferred apps. The

wrappings are unpretentious, unbranded foil for the sandwiches and the platters come in those generic rounds made of foil with clear plastic tops. The wrapping isn’t microwave safe, but hey, their food is also super delicious when served cold if you’re saving any for later. Do I need to state what “halal” means? Have you heard of “kosher”? These words refer to foods it is acceptable to eat if you’re following Islamic or Jewish law. The acceptability is based upon certain techniques used during animal slaughter. It has no bearing upon the taste of the meat, so feel free to be as oblivious to the meaning as ever. However, I’m happy to point out that although the Buford Highway corridor has long been Atlanta’s goto for diverse foods, it has been lacking in offerings suitable to practicing Muslims. Yes, The Halal Guys is an exceedingly trendy place to grab a bite, but it also welcomes more families to the table.

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Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Grab your pooch and go for a creek walk, see dogs available for adoption, make doggie art and shop hiking supplies for dogs in this annual event at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Snacks for dogs and their humans will be provided. Free. 4055 Roswell Road N.E., Buckhead. Info: 404-946-6394.


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Friday, July 14 to Sunday, Aug. 6

Stage Door Players presents Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in the “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” shows. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Schedule and ticket info: stagedoorplayers.net or 770-396-1726.

Fine Art Museum of Ghana. Adults $5; free for children under 12 and OUMA members, students with Petrel Pass, and members of military and their families. 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: museum.oglethorpe.edu.


Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to noon.

Meet new people, share refreshments and practice conversational English or Spanish skills in the “International Cafe” event at the Brookhaven Library. 1242 N. Druid Hills Road N.E., Brookhaven. Free. Register: 404-508-7190, ext. 2257, or email adultservices@dekalblibrary.org.


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The rock band Thin Ice is up next in this concert series presented by the city of Dunwoody. Picnicking begins at 6 p.m. Craft beers are available for purchase. Free to Nature Center members. Nonmembers: $5 adults, $3 students, free to children 3 and under. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.

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Participants learn how to integrate meditation into daily life and are encouraged to bring journals to record their experiences. Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway N.E., Sandy Springs. Info: 404-303-6130.


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Atlanta History Center. Free. Reservations not required. Light refreshments at 7 p.m. Speakers begin at 7:30 p.m. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.

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The Dunwoody Fine Art Association will exhibit member artwork in a juried show at the Artists Atelier. Free admission, including receptions. 800 Miami Circle, Suite 200, Buckhead. Info: 404-231-5999.


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Mom-daughter shopping is stymied by ‘The Flaw’ My daughter breaks the mold. She cooks and cleans without being asked, she plays catch with her younger brothers and she made it clear through adolescence with nary an incident of “drama.” Plus, she’s kind to animals and small children. But all this goodness comes at a price: She doesn’t like to shop. Signs of The Flaw began to appear around the age of 5. My mother took her shopping and tried to buy her an adorable dress that had been marked down twice. As the story goes, my mother continued to coax her into the dress and finally relented, saying, “Sweetie, if I buy this for you, you won’t wear it, will you?” “No, grandma,” my daughter replied with a shake of her head, “and that will be your punishment.” Your punishment?! My stars, child! Have I taught you nothing about gift horses? Apparently not. I still have to bribe her to buy clothes, even now that she’s grown into a longlegged, model-sized coed. “Here, honey, get this dress, it looks fantastic on you! If you let me buy this for you, I won’t ask you to let me buy anything else for you for the rest of the year! I promise!” It’s no fun at all. Plus, I can’t take her shopping with me — it’s like shopping with a 62-yearold man. She’s kind of a killjoy. “Honey, how do like this dress on me?” “It’s great. How much is it?” “Sweetie, that’s not a question you need to ask. Do you like it?” “When would you wear it?” “You don’t understand clothes shopping at all, do you? How about these pants?” “Don’t you already have black pants?” “Yes, but dear, but that’s not the point.” She doesn’t understand that having only one pair of black pants is like having only owning one Mumford & Son’s

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Nina Dunlap, attended her second parade with her husband, Edward, son, William, and her niece, Cash Laoha, who was visiting from Thailand. “We wanted to do something fun in the city, to support the city,” she said. “It’s very wonderful,” Laoha said of the parade, wearing a red, white and blue shirt. “I’ve never seen this before.” William said he loves the atmosphere and the community feel of the parade. “It’s great. It’s a lot of fun,” he said. The smell of sunscreen was strong along the parade route as revelers attempted to protect themselves from the scorching sun. Parents and grandparents pulled wagons with toddlers in them as they sought a space to watch the parade and friends shouted and greeted each other with hugs and smiles. “It’s a great community event,” said Edward Dunlap. “It’s really a lot of fun to come out.” As military veterans marched by and waved to the crowds, those along the parade route continued to clap until each person walked by. Many shouted, “Thank you!” to show appreciation for their service. Following the parade, a closing ceremony in Dunwoody Village included the swearing in of 74 new U.S. citizens, who hailed from 36 countries. This was the third year the DHA hosted the swearingin ceremony. This year, Kevin Riddle, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Atlanta, issued the oath. Miss Georgia Alyssa Beasley led the new citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance. As it has for years, the Dunwoody Woman’s Club had a table of homemade cookies to hand out to new citizens following the ceremony. Samira Janohmmad from Pakistan, holding her young son, Ariz, who giggled and waved an American flag, took the pledge with a huge grin on her face. “It’s a great day,” she said. “There is no better day to get your citizenship done than on the day of independence.”

A - The Monroe Mounted Color Guard leads the parade. KATE AWTREY

B - Samira Janohmmad from Pakistan, holding her young son, Ariz, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen following the parade. DYANA BAGBY


C - Members of the Dunwoody High School football team carry a giant American flag. KATE AWTREY DUN

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State Rep. Taylor urged Brookhaven to reject ‘comfort women’ memorial BY DYANA BAGBY

also a member of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee. Taylor also noted he lived in Japan State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) for many years and speaks Japanese. He worked behind the scenes to try to consaid he is a retired Navy intelligence ofvince the city of Brookhaven to back off acficer and currently works for DynCorp cepting a “comfort women” memorial that International, a military contractor. was unveiled June 30. Taylor said the memorial The statue, depicting a would likely harm Japan’s reyoung girl seated on a chair lationship with Georgia. next to an empty chair, is de“I’m looking at this from signed to honor the up to an economic development 200,000 girls and women who standpoint,” he said. “When were sexually enslaved during we compete for business, we World War II by Imperial Jacompete with all states.” pan. Brookhaven officials said Tomoko Ohyama, a Japathey are accepting the memorinese consul in Atlanta, said in al to honor the women as well an email there are more than as to raise awareness about SPECIAL 600 Japanese companies in sex trafficking in metro AtlanState Rep. Tom Taylor. Georgia. No Japanese compata. However, the memorial is nies in the state have contacted the consulone of several around the world that are ate to say they want to leave Georgia over the subject of dispute between the governthe “comfort women” memorial, she said. ments of South Korea and Japan. “Thanks to the strong ties that were Taylor said in an interview that he conbuilt over these 40 years, we have not heard tacted some Brookhaven city officials besuch a statement yet,” she said. “On the othcause he believed the memorial could hurt er hand, the question should not just fofuture business dealings with Japan. He cus on existing businesses. Georgia may also said that activists donating the melose future business opportunities and the morial to the city are wanting to “drive a great relationship that the state could have wedge” between Japan and Korea. had due to the comfort women memorial.” “This is a small group of KoreanTaylor said the “sins of the father” — American activists pushing this [methe behavior of Japan in World War II — morial] all across Georgia and finally should not be passed down to succeeding got a city to take the bait,” Taylor said. generations, and said the memorial singles “This is a political group that basiout the current Japanese government. He cally wants to drive a wedge between noted the Marcus Jewish Community CenJapan and Korea,” he said. ter of Atlanta, located in Dunwoody, has a Helen Kim Ho of the Atlanta Comfort Holocaust memorial that targets the Nazis, Women Memorial Task Force, which comnot the German government. missioned the statue, said Taylor’s comThe Brookhaven memorial has “too ments about the group wanting to criticize narrow a focus,” he said, when “reprethe Japanese were a “slap in the face.” hensible things” happen around the “Tom Taylor’s insinuation that we’re a world every day, Taylor said. small group of Korean activists’ out to sully “Nobody is putting up a memorial the current Japanese government is, to put to commemorate the people killed in it mildly, preposterous and deeply offensive Rwanda,” he said as an example, referto us,” she said. “Most of us have dedicated ring to the 1994 genocidal massacre of much of our lives to either promoting Asian Tutsi people in the African nation by a and Asian-American rights and issues, andgovernment led by the Hutu majority. or been leaders in the fight against traffickState Rep. Scott Holcomb, a Demoing and violence against women. crat whose district includes portions of “This is a real slap in the face,” she said. Brookhaven, said it is up to Brookhaven “[Hearing from] trolls is one thing, but officials to decide if they want to install Tom Taylor is actually a local elected offithe memorial in the city. cial, who represents Dunwoody, a very di“My role as a state representative is verse part of our state,” Ho said. “He’s esto represent my district at the state levsentially attacking other local civic leaders, el,” he said. “This is the city’s choice, and clearly that is troublesome.” the city’s call.” Holcomb added he supTaylor said he contacted some memported the memorial because it raisbers of the Brookhaven City Council — es awareness about trafficking against after they had already voted to accept the and violence against women. memorial — on behalf of the Japanese “I think it’s very important to honconsul general in Atlanta. Taylor said he or the victims of a very dark period in made that contact in his informal role in world history,” he said. the state Legislature as a liaison to the inTaylor said a group of Korean-Amerternational consul community in proican activists have looked to install the moting trade and cultural relations. He is memorial since around 2012 and have dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net


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asked approximately 11 or 12 cities to accept the memorial. He became involved, he said, when a group of activists recently sought to have the memorial installed in Duluth. However, Alisa Williams, public information and marketing manager for the city of Duluth, said the city was never approached about the memorial. Taylor also noted the Task Force sought to have the memorial installed at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. After first agreeing to accept the memorial, the center rejected it, leading to the Brookhaven City Council vote last month to accept the memorial.


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North Carolina real estate market heats up Whiteside Mountain overlooking the Cashiers Valley

BY KATHY DEAN The entire Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in North Carolina has been drawing people to get away or retire for generations. It’s a beautiful stretch, set in the Nantahala National Forest, with old growth trees meandering around the Blue Ridge Mountains, serene lakes, rushing streams and picturesque waterfalls. Because of the higher elevation, the climate is considerably cooler than Atlanta. It’s easy to understand why many Atlantans head there to find a home, whether for full-time living, weekends, vacations or retirement. And that’s causing real estate in the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau to heat up. “The Highlands-Cashiers market is strengthening since the 2008 adjustment,” said Jody Lovell, Broker/Owner of Highlands Sotheby’s International Realty. “In 2016, the market was up 8 percent in unit sales and 19 percent in volume. So far this year, the market is up 19 percent in unit sales and 12 percent in volume.” The outlook for real estate is very optimistic, she added, as more people appreciate the serenity of the mountains, the culture, activities and fine dining that’s available, as well as the many opportunities to enjoy nature. “Low inventory is not a problem,” Lovell said. “Since inven-

a mountain sanctuary to enjoy with family and friends,” Lovell continued. “The Old Edwards Inn is of the top ten places in the U.S. to have a wedding, according to some reports, and it has attracted younger people to the area.” Bill Gilmore, Provisional Broker, Highlands Cove Realty at Old Edwards Inn, and Realtor with PalmerHouse Properties, reported that in the last year, from June 2016 to June 2017, there have been 582 closings in North Carolina’s Jackson and Macon counties, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) statistics. The town of Highlands, a popular mountain destination, is located in Macon County, just past the Georgia and North Carolina border. From Atlanta, it’s only about a two-hour drive to the northeast. Continue another 15 minutes or so, and you’ll reach the village of Cashiers, N.C., set in Jackson County. “We have a strong market. This is a big region geographically and we have something for everyone,” he said. “Between Cashiers and Highlands, you can get the best of both worlds, and it doesn’t have to be expensive to get into the area.” A home in Lonesome Valley, N.C.

tory was stockpiled during the recession, it’s still a buyers’ market, making it a good time to purchase. There are some amazing homes on the market right now.” She pointed to several current listings. There’s a small cabin named The Love Shack, listed at $280,000; a 20-acre horse farm with a 6-bedroom main home, a log cabin guest home and barn with skeet shooting and two large ponds for $2,390,000; and a sophisticated home on a large waterfall at $3,595,000, “…with lots of inventory in between,” said Lovell. Each year, there’s a trickle of buyers who are moving here permanently, she added. Lovell expects to see that number increase, especially as temperatures continue to rise. “There’s a wide diversity of buyers right now, from young couples looking for a small cabin to retirees searching for

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A townhome in Sapphire, N.C., about eight miles east of Cashiers, recently sold for $43,500. With the walkability trend, however, in-town properties cost more and sell fast. As an example of the difference, Gilmore said that the recent purchase price for an in-town Highlands townhome was $1,122,000. But there are more options for people wanting the convenience of a walkable lifestyle. “Cottage Walk is a new construction, in-town community in Cashiers that still has inventory available,” he said. Gilmore also noted that the rental market is especially hot, and allows potential homeowners to try before they buy. “During the first six months of 2017 the real estate market has been an interesting ride, and has emphasized the uniqueness of our area,” said Kenneth Taft, Broker-InCharge/General Manager of Landmark Continued on Page 14 DUN

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Cashiers Valley

Continued from page 12 Realty Group. “We’ve enjoyed good, stable activity. A total of 270 homes and properties have sold during the first half of 2017, which is up 23 percent from the same time last year.” Taft explained that Highlands-Cashiers prices, inventory and activity have remained strong and consistent. Since it’s a resort community, specializing in the second home market, there is definitely enough inventory to meet the demand, he said. “The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is truly one of the premier vacation spots on the east coast,” Taft added. “Like any resort and second home market, the people who typically buy here are those who have visited before and fell in love with the area. They want to have a ‘home base’ here, whether they’re using it as a weekend getaway, dur-

ing the summer or as an investment until they can retire here full time.” When it comes to what’s a hot property, Taft said that it entirely depends on what people like to do. For golfers, there are several desirable neighborhoods that surround award-winning courses such as Wade Hampton, Mountaintop and Wildcat Cliffs. “If the buyer prefers water sports, they’ll focus on properties near Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway,” he explained. “If they just want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, they may want to live in a community such as Whiteside Cove or Lonesome Valley. We have a wide variety of properties to choose from.” Susie deVille, Owner/Broker-in-Charge, White Oak Realty Group, also sees an exceeding strong market in Highlands-Cashiers. “Demand for properties across all

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“At Lonesome Valley, we’re seeing a lot of families who are investing in a simpler life in the mountains, without an overabundance of amenities and a stronger connection with the natural world,” he said. Taft summed up the state of real estate opportunities in Highlands-Cashiers. “While still considered a buyers’ market here, new owners in Highlands-Cashiers can feel confident that they’re buying into an area that has great amenities, upscale dining and shopping, and outdoor activities,” he said.

The question of inventory is more about quality than quantity, Bates explained. “There are a lot of older homes currently on the market, but folks typically are looking for something fresher and newer. New construction is rebounding and builders are very busy again.” Bates said that he primarily sees second home buyers with a multi-generational ‘family investment’ in mind. Most of the buyers are purchasing homes for their immediate family’s use, with plans to spend the majority of their eventual retirement there.

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In North Carolina, you’ll have part of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park as a dramatic landscape for the eclipse. Some of the cities in the path are Bryson City, Murphy, Andrews, Franklin and Santeetlah Lake. A big swath of South Carolina will see the eclipse, but one of the best places will be the city of Greenville, which lies in the path of totality. The downtown area has cool shops, restaurants and the lovely Falls Park on the Reedy River. The last time all of North America witnessed a solar eclipse was 99 years

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The Highlands Connection

Mountain lifestyle offers activities, arts and more BY KATHY DEAN It’s no mystery why people choose to live or vacation on the Highlands-Cashier Plateau. For one thing, there are the cooler temperatures. With its elevation of 4,118 feet above sea level, the town of Highlands generally runs about 15 degrees cooler than Atlanta, which has an elevation of just over 1,000 feet. The village of Cashiers, at an elevation of 3,484, is normally about 10 degrees cooler than Atlanta. Then there’s the peace and quiet. A home in the mountains brings images of relaxation and natural beauty. It’s a perfect get-away to refresh and recharge, whether by sitting and taking in the breathtaking landscapes, or by getting active — hiking along the forested Blue Ridge Mountain paths, fishing in the sparkling rivers or taking the boat out on the lake. Getting away from it all sounds great, but some may worry that there’s a cost to it, like losing luxury or their connection with the outside world. On the HighlandsCashiers Plateau, that’s certainly not the case. “For generations of well-to-do Southerners, the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has been an escape — from the heat, from the bugs, from the noise, from the crowds, from responsibilities — but most of the time, that meant leaving the luxuries of life behind in the city,” said Jack Austin, General Manager of Old Edwards Inn & Spa. Today, Old Edwards Inn, located in Highlands, provides a place in the mountains where visitors can spoil themselves with award-winning food and wine, a nationally ranked spa, world-class golf and sumptuous amenities, he said. Austin shared his favorite way to relax at Old Edwards Inn. “Nothing beats a soak in the spa’s whirlpool, followed by an 80-minute massage, and then a cup of herb-

al tea in the solarium,” he said. “Letting myself drift off for a nap in one of the sumptuous chaises is true luxury, but I’m tempted to get up for a light bite in the Wine Garden. My favorite table is right by the waterfall. It’s like a calm eddy off the stream of foot traffic on Main Street just yards away.” According to Bill Gilmore, Provisional Broker, Highlands Cove Realty at Old Edwards Inn and Realtor with PalmerHouse Properties, Main Street in Highlands is uber charming, with its churches, small grocery stores and walkable shops and restaurants. “It’s like something out of Mayberry R.F.D.,” he said. “It’s a place where parents can comfortably allow their teens to shop or eat on their own.” Depending on what people are looking for, there are plenty of choices, Gilmore added. “For unparalleled luxury, you can’t do better than a stay at the Old Edwards Inn,” he said. “But if you’re looking for a pet-friendly hotel, there’s the Main Street Inn.” Also in Highlands, Main Street Inn offers quaint rooms, many with private balconies. For those concerned that the mountains might cut them off from civilization, Gilmore noted that communication in the area is top notch, with internet and cell service so reliable that busy executives can easily work from Highlands-Cashiers. “The Cashiers Area offers a casually-sophisticated visitor and lifestyle experience ranging from spectacular outdoor recreation, like world-class hiking, fly fishing, golf/tennis/croquet, rock climbing, to refined dining and handcrafted cocktails,” said Stephanie Edwards, Executive Director at Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. “And our growing arts and cultural scene includes music and live theater.” She added that award-winning chef Jo-

hannes Klapdohr opened the Library Kitchen & Bar restaurant earlier this year, a wonderful complement to celebrated Chef Adam Hayes’ Canyon Kitchen culiOld Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands nary experience. The Cashiers area tion & Creativity Institute, Highlands-Cais also anticipating the launch of a homeshiers attracts interesting people of many town brewery and more boutiques for backgrounds, education levels and intertheir ‘cottage shopping’ experience. ests. “Our town tends to attract awesome Edwards noted that this year, the Capeople,” she said. “They come here and shiers Historical Society will celebrate the want to relax, but they also want to con20th anniversary of its annual Cashiers Denect with the community, even if it’s just signer Showhouse fundraiser, which will for a weekend or a month.” be held Aug. 12 to 27. It will feature many of The community is welcoming and there the best interior decorators and designers are many ways to plug into it, deVille addin the Southeast who will work their magic ed. For example, there’s the Highlands on three new houses. The featured homes Playhouse, an intimate theater that showwill be in the new Cottage Walk communicases Broadway musicals and regular film ty on Burns Street in Cashiers. events, and The Bascom, a visual arts cen“There’s a strong emphasis on outdoor ter in Highlands that invites seasonal and activities here in the mountains, but if year-round residents to volunteer. The Basyou’re not the outdoorsy type, there’s still com hosts exhibitions, education and artist plenty to do while you’re here,” said Kenresidency programs. neth Taft, Broker-In-Charge/General Man“People think it’s a tiny place, and it is ager of Landmark Realty Group. “There’s cozy, but we have a hospital, performing an abundance of cultural events such as arts, chamber music festival and other culplays and concerts. There are also luxuritural offerings that are astounding for a ous spas in which to indulge, and classes to place with four stoplights,” said deVille. take to explore a new hobby.” While the mountains provide a cool reNo matter what you like to do, Taft said spite from summer heat, they’re also worth that you’ll be sure to meet plenty of nice a visit in colder weather. “In recent years, people from all over the world who come we’ve seen a rise in the number of folks here for the same reasons — to relax and who choose to come back for Thanksde-stress from their everyday lives. “And giving, to spend their holiday here in the that’s what makes this area so special — mountains,” said Taft. “Christmas tree the people who come here,” he said. farms are a large industry here, so there According to Susie deVille, Owner/Broare a lot places where people can choose ker-in-Charge, White Oak Realty Group and cut their own tree, which appeals to and President and Founder of the Innovaresidents and visitors alike.”

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If you’re headed to the mountains this summer or fall, make sure to add Jackson County, NC to your list of must-visit places. Located only a few hours from Atlanta, it’s perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to explore a variety of landscapes ranging from picturesque peaks, rolling valleys, cascading waterfalls and winding rivers. There’s also Panthertown Valley, which has 6,295 acres of Nantahala National Forest lands with more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and multi-use trails. Known as the “Yosemite of the East” the backcountry trails wander through a pristine section of the southern Appalachian Mountains, and lead to over a dozen waterfalls in the valley. After a hike, cool down and take in the beauty of one of Jackson County’s many waterfalls. Visitors can discover more than two-dozen waterfalls in the area ranging from cascading falls, to gentle flows, all which make for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Tucked away in the area’s unique landscape, these waterfalls ebb and flow with stunning, rushing water. Whitewater Falls, one of the highest east of the Rockies, Courthouse Falls and High Falls are just a

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few that guests to the area shouldn’t miss. For a beach feel with a mountain view, visit Lake Glenville, one of the country’s highest lakes, for water activities or just to lounge on the sand-filled beach. There’s also plenty of good food and drinks in the area. Jackson County’s Ale Trail features a variety of breweries along the easily walkable, one-mile route in Sylva. The trail consists of three, unique breweries offering beers for all palates: The Sneak E Squirrel, Heinzelmännchen Brewery and Innovation Brewing. The Ale Trail will also welcome a fourth member this summer with Balsam Falls Brewing, which will have 16 to 20 beers on tap in a rotating selection. Local restaurants make as much of a lasting impression as the towering mountainscapes. In Cashiers, restaurants feature pretty porches, apple orchards and country dining. Cornucopia is consistently named as one of the best porches in Cashiers. Award-winning chef Adam Hayes offers farm-to-table specialties at Canyon Continued on Page 20

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody police reports dated June 21 through June 27. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

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— On June 21, in the evening, a window to an 81-year-old woman’s home was forced open and jewelry was taken. 4600 block of North Peachtree Road

a superstore and accused of trying to shoplift men’s clothing. He was also accused of public indecency. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On June 22, in the afternoon, a man was accused of trying to steal phone cases at a superstore. He was arrested and accused of shoplifting and disorderly conduct.

— Between June 22 and June 24, someone forced their way into a home, damaging a basement door, mirrors and vases.



On June 22, in the evening, more than $11,000 worth of computers, bags, and passports were stolen from a car.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On June 21, after midnight, a man reported the theft of a laptop and a bag from his car, which was parked in a hotel parking lot. Another person reported that his car was broken into in the early morning at the same location.

100 block of Perimeter Center West —

On June 21, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to steal a wallet and fragrances from a discount retailer. 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On June 21, in the evening, a 23-year-old female was arrested and accused of trying to steal a denim jacket from a department store.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On June 22, a specialty store in Perimeter Mall reported a theft.

1100 block of Hammond Drive —

1200 block of Hammond Drive — On

June 22, a juvenile was arrested and released to her mother after it was alleged she tried to steal baby clothes from a discount retailer. 2100 block of Madison Drive — On

June 22, a man reported another man took his cellphone.




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