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Atlanta planning commissioner Tim Keane and BeltLine creator Ryan Gravel explained their work on the city’s new urban plan to the Buckhead Community Improvement District board on July 6. They fielded questions about transportation and discussed an upcoming affordable housing demonstration project. Keane is overseeing a massive overhaul of the city’s planning and development processes. He brought on Gravel, an urban planner, to lead the Atlanta City Design Project, See BCID on page 15

Emily Creaven, 10, is along for the ride during the 9th annual Chastain Park Civic Association Parade on July 4. The parade traveled down West Wiecua Road and ended at the Chastain Park playground. See additional photos on pages 18-19.

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The local neighborhood parties we held, especially the streetside one at Mystic Place and Roswell Road, with our coolers nearby, frantically waving our American flags, as our neighbor ran by with the Olympic torch.

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Remaking Bobby Jones course has been discussed for years BY JOE EARLE

The plan to dramatically remake the Bobby Jones Golf Course under state ownership started out simply as an effort to fix the place up a bit, as Marty Elgison remembers it. “Our original plan was to renovate the existing golf course,” Elgison said one recent morning during a chat in the Bobby Jones clubhouse. At the time, Elgison worked with the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, a group that promotes improvements in the park that included the venerable Buckhead

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What to call it? The Tunnel Master? The Water Monster? The Big Bore? Atlanta city officials have received the big machine that will dig tunnels to increase the city’s water supply. Now they want to give the 400-foot-long machine a nickname. “Now, more than 130 years after Atlanta acquired its first dependable water system in the late 1800s, we are working to ensure a sustainable and modern water infrastructure for the city,” Watershed Management Commissioner Kishia Powell said in a city press release. “This machine represents the next century of clean water for our community, and that’s why we’re so excited to have the public help name it.” If you have an idea for a moniker for the machine (Its official name is “the tunnel boring machine”), go to Three finalists will be announced Aug. 5. The $11.6 million boring machine will excavate rocks to create a tunnel 12 feet in diameter, connecting the Chattahoochee River and the Hemphill Water Treatment Plant to the former Bellwood quarry. The water supply program is scheduled for completion by December 2018.


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Global Payments, a Fortune 1,000 corporation, is moving its headquarters from Sandy Springs to Buckhead, according to Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. However, the payment technology firm will retain and expand offices in Sandy Springs, in part thanks to a $295,000 incentive package approved by the City Council June 21. The company did not respond to questions. Global Payments is currently headquartered on Sandy Springs’ Glenlake Parkway. The company will move to a new skyscraper going up in the Alliance Center at Lenox Road and Phipps Boulevard. In Sandy Springs, Global Payments will renovate its existing building and expand it by 150,000 square feet, according to the terms of its incentive deal. Existing employees will be moved out, but 125 new jobs will be added.

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Atlanta COO: City ‘has to do more’ to curb gun violence


City of Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Dan Gordon told members of the Buckhead Business Association on June 30 that there is more gun violence in the city.


Atlanta officials see more gun violence in the city and are taking steps to try to reduce it, the city’s chief operating officer says. “A lot more people are carrying guns and, in a lot of auto thefts, a lot more people are stealing guns,” Atlanta COO Dan Gordon told members of the Buckhead Business Association on June 30. Gordon said overall crime in the city is down, but the number of homicides involving guns is rising. It appears, he said, that because more people are carrying guns now, there is less time for a “cooling off period” during arguments before shooting starts. “I do feel very safe in our city, but we’ve got to do more,” Gordon said. The day before Gordon’s talk, a 23-year-old woman was shot in the stomach in the parking lot of Lenox Mall after she and her fiancée and their 2-year-old son were getting into their car. Atlanta police reported that two men armed

with pistols can up to the family about 8:45 p.m. and demanded their belongings. During a fight as the men tried to get into the car, the woman was shot. The robbers fled. Earlier that same day, Atlanta city officials and representatives of state and federal law enforcement agencies had unveiled a “Summer Action Plan” to address the spike in gun violence and crime, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Officials said the city had recorded 57 homicides this year, and that 50 of those involved gunfire, the newspaper’s website reported. At the same point a year earlier, the city had recorded 44 homicides, the newspaper said. “June is time we saw a lot of crime spike, so we’re trying to stay ahead of it,” Gordon told BBA members. Fixing the problem will require more than simply adding more police, he said. “We respect the judicial process, but we can’t just look at this as a policing,” he said. “We’ve got to look at it as community engagement.”

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Sandy Springs mayor: Employers must help fix traffic problems BY JOHN RUCH

Cobb County’s plan to divert future Braves stadium traffic onto Northside Drive was blasted as a “nightmare” at the Sandy Springs City Council meeting on June 21. But adding behind-the-scenes fuel to the fire was the plan’s lack of any of five traffic fixes the city has suggested for nearly two years. And the stadium was just one of two plans the council slammed the brakes on that night due to traffic concerns. The council effectively declared a parking-garage moratorium in the Pill Hill medical center out of frustration that no traffic master plan has emerged eight months after the city demanded one. “The employers here have to be part of [traffic solutions]. It can’t all be done behind this desk or inside this building,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said. But even when city officials have a seat at the table, they still run into surprises, miscommunication and lack of leverage. Just hours after the mayor complained of the missing Pill Hill traffic plan, the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts said one is already underway—yet the city and one

of the area hospitals said they had never heard of it. The council’s outrage over the stadium traffic resulted two days later in a meeting between Paul and Cobb Chairman Tim Lee. The city and county managers will now meet regularly, too. “I think we’re in a good place. I think we’re on the same page,” said Kellie Brownlow, Lee’s deputy chief.

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One of the city’s proposed fixes is moving ahead: a Sandy Springs-funded study of a new I-285/Powers Ferry Road interchange in Cobb. But other key ideas are up in the air, including a “slip ramp” allowing stadium traffic to go from I-285 to Northside without using local streets. Paul said he’s “optimistic” that Cobb will draw up better traffic plans eventually. “Will it be in place by…[Opening Day in] April 2017? Not at this point,” he said. The mayor said the city could not have done more to get its ideas in the traffic planning originally. “Ball’s in their court,” Paul said. “We have no leverage on Cobb County. That’s the tragedy of this whole issue.”

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At the June 21 meeting, the City Council placed a surprise 60-day deferral on a rezoning request for a 450-space parking garage at the Center Pointe medical office building on Johnson Ferry Road. The council was “somewhat blindsiding” the applicant, Duke Realty, Paul admitted. But, he said, the city needed a way to emphasize the need for alternative commuting plans on Pill Hill, which can be gridlocked during rush hour. Last fall, Paul gathered leaders from the area’s three hospitals—Northside, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite—to talk about a coordinated plan. But that never materialized. “To my knowledge, there’s been no [subsequent] meeting at all of all the hospitals together,” said Councilmember Tibby DeJulio, and the deferral vote was intended “to force those people to talk to each other.” Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, said a “master plan study” of traffic was approved by the PCIDs’ board in May and is underway, conducted by the firm Kimley-Horn. She said it began as a state-requested study of how the upcoming I-285/ Ga. 400 interchange project will effect Northside. The PCIDs asked for the study to be broadened to the whole area, with hospitals “sharing all the information,” she said. But Northside communications vice president Lee Echols said he can’t confirm that, and Emory Saint Joseph’s was “not aware of the traffic study,” said spokesperson Mary Beth Spence.


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At Ronald McDonald House, Evan Blankenship, 7, plays on a donated teddy bear that volunteer Tom Umstead secured from Costco.


Tom Umstead is the type of person who can turn a newspaper’s photo op into an opportunity for charitable giving. That’s exactly what he did one recent morning. Umstead visited the Ronald McDonald House near Scottish Rite to have his portrait made to run with this article. Instead of showing up wearing nice clothes and primped for a picture, he appeared wearing a T-shirt and with his car’s trunk full of food, flowers and baby-care items he’d collected for the charity. Umstead, or “Mr. Tom” to those that know him, isn’t your typical part-time community volunteer. At age 82, he gives his time to several local charities and says he’s involved in one volunteer job or another seven days a week. “I’m living an unbelievable life,” said Umstead. “Over the years I’ve built so many great relationships.” The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex in Sandy Springs reports he logged more than 5,000 hours of volunteer time from 2010 to 2015 at their facility alone. “He’s a volunteer legend,” Benson employee Bane Stojanovic said. Umstead now volunteers at the Benson Center at least three days a week, at Scottish Rite children’s hospital and the Ronald McDonald Houses on other days, and still finds time to deliver donated food to missions and soup kitchens. “He’s amazing,” said Marissa Greider, director of development at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Out of all our volunteers, he is the most regular and frequent. He has developed great bonds with staff and other volunteers.” “What’s so incredible is that he came up with it himself,” Greider said. “Mr. Tom doesn’t look for appreciation. He does it because he finds gratification.” Ronald McDonald House Charities builds facilities that house fami-

lies with children who are receiving medical care. The facilities provide family members with a comfortable place to stay near the hospitals where children are receiving treatment. Metro Atlanta is home to two of the 356 Ronald McDonald Houses around the world. Umstead says the Ronald McDonald houses are special to him. “I love children,” he said. “If I ever have a down day, I can go and be happy real quick. I get so much more out of them than they can get out of me. ... I’m just an old guy. You see them smile. They don’t expect anything. They just want you to play with them.” About 15 years ago, Umstead started collecting extra food from a Publix grocery store and delivering it to the Ronald McDonald houses. At first he was just gathering the day-old bread, rolls, doughnuts and muffins that would have been thrown away. Then, the store started giving him more and more food and eventually flowers. Not long after that, Costco, Kroger and Trader Joe’s joined in, providing Umstead with enough goods to deliver donations seven days a week. Around the same time, Umstead and his wife, Lucrecia, began spending time with children at the Ronald McDonald Houses. She would read to the kids while Umstead would get down to the ground and play with them. “I do arts and crafts. I play. Unfortunately I’m not good at the Nintendo Wii games,” Umstead said. “I tell them I’m trying.” Other Umstead family members are involved with local charities. The Umsteads’ daughter, Lee, works at the Ronald McDonald House. Their oldest son, who is also named Tom, helps Umstead deliver contributions.

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Tom Umstead, left, receives donations of food and flowers and delivers all to local charities.

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any expectations I could set for them. It is a risky approach, but with trust between student and teacher, the results amaze me. Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class? A: Each student will take away something unique based on the influences that are at play in their lives at the moment, whether it is a deeper compassion for the world that they gained through learning about the enormous scope of the French-speaking or Francophone world, or a curiosity to travel and go and see more of the beauty the world has to offer when you are bilingual. Ultimately, I hope that they can see themselves a little more clearly and they are equipped with the selfconfidence to take risks in learning, growing and living.

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PERFORMING ARTS “URINETOWN” Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta announces its 7th annual Teen Summer Stock production, “Urinetown: The Musical,” a show about greed, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Tickets, $15-$28. Additional shows: Saturday, July 16, 8:30 p.m., Sunday, July 17, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 678-812-4002 or visit: atlantajcc. org/boxoffice.



Revolution. Workshops include an overview of the war, medicine and health, documents, and a “please-touch” display of artifacts. Free and open to all. Dr. Marty Moran, retired physician, opens the series with a discussion of medicine and health. Additional lectures on Tuesday, July 19 and July 26. RSVP by emailing: or calling 404-851-9111 x2. Community Room, Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328.

FAMILY DNA Tuesday, July 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Parents and children engage in hands-on activities to learn how DNA makes us unique. Geared for those ages 5 & up. Free and open to everyone. Registration required by emailing: leah. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 to learn more.


CHAMBER MUSIC Thursday, July 21, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Come hear classical tunes played by the Franklin Pond Chamber Music at the Sandy Springs Branch Library. Free and open to the community. Suitable for all ages. No sign up required. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: for further details.

Tuesday, July 19, 7-9 p.m. The Georgia Perennial Plant Association presents, “Fine Gardening Meets Fine Dining: Delectable Woody Plants for the Home Landscape.” Learn how to use interesting and edible woody plants in the landscape, as well as in the kitchen. Free and open to the public. For adults. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For more information, call 770-4397112 or visit:

LET’S LEARN! FOOD PRESERVATION Monday, July 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Want to preserve food through canning, freezing and drying methods for the first time? Or have a refresher on basic preservation supplies, recipes and the science of why it is important to properly preserve food? Free and open to the public. For adults. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: for information.

HEART HEALTH Wednesday, July 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Youngsters are introduced to the basic anatomy and function of the mammalian heart and the circulatory system. Appropriate for ages 8 & up. Free. Open to the community. Registration required by emailing: Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 for further details.


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What is happening to Italian food in Atlanta? The fact that the Castellucci family is soon moving Double Zero from the Perimeter to Emory is bad news for the suburbs. The fact that the Karatassos clan has closed Veni Vidi Vici is bad news for the city. People are whispering that the next great Italian hope is il Giallo, a block away from Double Zero and possessed of most of the key staff from Veni Vidi Vici. Can il Giallo capture what is best about both places and still project a personality of its own? Karatassos and Castellucci are names synonymous with exceptional service. For il Giallo, I waited four additional months beyond my normal three, because I hoped to see a waitstaff that Dining Out could really show me a good time. The service was not bad, as Megan Volpert servers were respectful and attentive, and the plates arrived Megan Volpert lives in pretty quickly. The service was not good, as servers weren’t Decatur, teaches in Rovery personable, nor did they seem to possess much deep menu swell and writes books knowledge. I’m not talking about wanting a long pontification about popular culture. about the farm where one pig was raised; I just like to hear familiarity with and enthusiasm for the culture of a restaurant. If you’re bringing the kids or having a business lunch, maybe you don’t care about that higher standard of service. Can il Giallo hack it on food alone? On taste, there is no question that il Giallo is producing the best, freshest pasta on the planet, thanks to Jamie Adams. Watching him at the chef’s table making my pasta right there in the dining room and then eating that pasta just eight minutes later is truly the greatest thing about il Giallo, and there is no experience like it on offer at any place else in the entire metro. The day’s special was a fettuccine with greenery and speck, easy on the oil for a lightness that made it hard to put down my fork. We also ordered the agnolotti with brown butter, sage and pecans because this dish had been featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. It tasted delicious, too, but I was left with three questions. One, where is the Big Green Egg smoked flavor I was promised on the duck stuffed inside those delightful pasta purses? The sauce was drowning it out. Two, why is this SPECIAL PHOTOS classic staple of NovemAbove, grilled octopus and olive oil mashed potatoes. ber menus available to Below, pasta is handmade on the premises. me in May? I guess they worry about needing to capitalize on television publicity, when in fact the pastas can speak for themselves. Three, why is this plate so ugly? That last question is tough to answer and it was one I repeatedly had to ask myself through the meal. No attention was given to nicely presenting

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the agnolotti or even to simply prevent the pasta from smushing together because of cramping on the plate. The prosciutto and cantaloupe was likewise hard to photograph in its symmetrical but lazy way, even though this dish is usually very easy to make pretty. Even our panna cotta looked so lonely and naked on its plate. If you’re not keen on Instagram, perhaps weak plating doesn’t concern you. The best thing we ate that wasn’t pasta was the grilled octopus. Its medallions de-emphasize the tentacle, so it’s a good entry point if you’ve been afraid to try other octopus dishes increasingly proliferating in the city. The olive oil smashed potatoes beneath the octopus are delicious and the first few bites were great, only to be later overpowered by too much pickled red onion on top. My sense is that il Giallo just doesn’t quite know itself well enough yet. Having also been granted honorable discharge from Buckhead Life, General Manager Leonardo Moura should have a confidence in his attention to service detail that rises to the skill level of Chef Adams’ pasta. The kitchen may likewise still be feeling out differences between its own instincts and the restaurant group oversight with which it had been saddled for so long. It’s not yet worthy of date night, but il Giallo is one to watch. il Giallo is located at 5920 Roswell Road, B-118, in Sandy Springs.

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BY GRACE HUSETH As the Olympic Games get ready to begin in Rio de Janeiro this August, Atlantans are reflecting on their city’s moment of hosting the best athletes in the world 20 years ago. The largest remembrance of the 1996 Olympic Games will take place at Centennial Olympic Park on July 16. The park will honor the Games with a free, public celebration. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with musical guests, remarks from past organizers and Olympic athletes, and will end with a fireworks display. Morgan Smith-Williams, who handles public relations for Centennial Olympic Park, said former volunteers and friends of the 1996 Olympics will have the opportunity to reunite. There will color-coded tents to represent the various sports, venues and other support roles, so participants can relive the spirit and variety of the Games, Smith-Williams said. The Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center guides visitors throughout the history of the Olympic movement, from the inception of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece through the modern Olympic Games. The exhibit features athletic drama presented in a panorama that incorporates artifacts, sculpture, photographs and illuminat-

ed panels along an indoor running track. In addition, a media presentation offers largescreen highlights from the Games. Other highlights include America’s only complete collection of Olympic torches and medals. Howard Pousner, manager of media relations at the Atlanta History Center, said the Centennial Olympic Games Museum will close for renovation Aug. 22, immediately after the Rio de Janeiro Games end. New developments will make way for an improved history of the Atlanta Olympic Games and a special hallway to connect the atrium to the Cyclorama building, he said. Planning and fundraising for this new exhibition are ongoing, with reopening targeted for a date to be determined in 2017. “The new Centennial Olympic Games Museum exhibition will take a larger view of the ’96 Games from a two-decades-later perspective,” Pousner said. To jumpstart the Olympics season, the Atlanta History Center is hosting a “Going for Gold” event where families can enjoy the spirit of the Games with their own competitions on the history center’s campus. On July 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can explore the exhibits, meet Olympians and compete in Olympic-style sports for the chance to win 1996 Games memorabilia.

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Looking Back / 20 years after the Olympics Twenty years ago, Atlanta leaped to the center of the international sports world for a few hot summer weeks as the 1996 Olympic Games came to town. The Olympics remade the city and attracted thousands of athletes and sports fans. The Atlanta Games touched folks in Reporter Newspapers communities, too, as residents greeted the Olympic torch, imagined huge paydays for renting their homes to foreign fans or watched bicyclists race through Buckhead or marathon runners reach the gates of Oglethorpe University. We asked readers to send us their recollections of metro Atlanta’s moment in the spotlight. Here are some of their memories of our own Olympic moments. Anne Boatwright, Sandy Springs I remember attending several Olympic events, newly pregnant with my first child. I couldn’t believe how clear and crisp the air felt, as well as how wonderful the traffic was so uncharacteristic of Atlanta. Linley Jones, Brookhaven In 1996, I was living in Sexton Woods in Brookhaven. I decided to list my home for rent during the Olympics. I hired a real estate agent and within a few days received an offer to rent my modest home for two weeks for $9,000. Although that was huge money, enough money to make several mortgage payments at the time, my Realtor suggested that it was the first offer and I should hold out for a better one. She suggested I should get at least $15,000! Nervous but trusting, I declined the offer. It was the last offer I ever received to rent my house. In retrospect, it seems absurd, but that was how much excitement and optimism there was at the time! Robin Isaf, Dunwoody The kayak competition was held on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. It was fast-paced and fun. We sat on bleachers that seemed to

rise up out of the rocks on the river bank. The scenery was green and lush, and the whitewater gleamed, but we baked on those rocks! The venue designers planned for the sweltering heat, though, and outfitted a type of sprinkler-shower system behind the bleachers. Whenever we just couldn’t take it anymore, we stepped beneath the bleachers and got doused. It was wonderful. Karen Meinzen McEnerny Sandy Springs 1. The hot, hot heat and humidity, made bearable by the many vendors at each turn along the pedestrian walkways selling Coca-Cola. 2. How we believed the projections by MARTA for the need to ride the trains and stay out of our cars. There were masses of happy, joyful ticket holders and never a thought of not being safe. Then, after three or four days, we realized that there was ready accessibility of parking downtown in lots and parking decks so we stopped using MARTA and went back to driving our cars. 3. The local neighborhood parties we held, especially the streetside one at Mystic Place and Roswell Road, with our coolers nearby, frantically waving our American flags, as our neighbor Dr. Bob Cunningham ran by with the Olympic torch. Rusty Paul, Sandy Springs We came to realize the Olympic Games actually were coming to the metro area when the torch made its way through Sandy Springs. Ahead of the appointed time, we took our kids up to the route and patiently awaited what we expected to be a lone runner pass by with the lighted torch. Of course, nothing about the Olympic Games occurs without an entourage. Photographers, Olympic officials and others essential to the pageant of the torch surrounded the designated runner – including a back-up torch should the current version malfunction or even be extinguished. The torch was in view but an instant. Then it was gone. Our, at the time, 4-, 5- and 7- yearolds barely remember it today, but we will again remind them of their own brush with the torch, as we do every four summers. Judy Soden, Sandy Springs We were fortunate to have bought, traded or just gotten tickets to a Olympic event every day. How much fun it was taking MARTA with friends and our kids and just wandering around downtown and watching the world

come to our city. We sat in the rain with Zep plastic garbage bags over our heads, as did most of the stadium on the first day of track and field. We were amazed at the speed of the game we call ping pong, but for the incredible players from Asia it was not the sport we recognized. Of course the highlight was watching the Magnificent Seven, the women’s U.S. Gymnastics team with the stunning performance by the injured Kerri Strug sticking the landing at the end of her routine. Barbara Henry, Oglethorpe University Our biggest role was our selection as the turnaround point for the Olympic marathon (just outside our gates on Peachtree Road). The broadcast trucks were all over. In fact, for several years the red line followed by the participating athletes was still visible on the road. For the viewing party, we invited all the neighbors, alumni, etc., to watch the marathon. I would guess we had 250 or more people here early in the morning to watch. Sam Massell, Buckhead As an Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games board member, I was in position to represent our community’s best interests: keeping the operations of street vendors and entertainers safe and orderly; negotiating direct civic benefits; protecting property surrounding the St. Philip Cathedral cycling grandstands; coordinating approved marathon neighborhood street utilization, and arranging for the very valuable Buckhead official Olympic pin. Preceding this, I had the thrill of carrying the Olympic torch through the heart of Buckhead, followed by the Paralympic torch run. Capt. Steve Rose, Sandy Springs police I was at a residence on Riverview Road, working security. The wife there was Lithuanian and they were hosting several athletes from Lithuania. Also in attendance was the Lithuanian president. One of our lieutenants at the time, Ed Kvietkus, was himself Lithuanian. Kvietkus was one of the most beloved officers with the department. He always had a cigar, sometimes lit, and always called you “Lad.” I called the precinct captain and asked if “Lt. Ed” was working, which he was. I told him what was going on and I thought it would be a memorable event for him to meet the Olympians and the president. A half-hour later, the captain and Lt. Ed drove up. I introduced them to the host and I then returned outside. Turns out that Lt. Kvietkus became the celebrity of the event. The Olympic team members crowded around him, marveled at his uniform, and all had their photos made with him—as did the president. It was like he was a long-lost brother found.

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Continued from page 1 a long-range, citywide plan for what is expected to be a “much bigger city.” Gravel said the plan will answer the questions, “What is Atlanta? What makes it special?” Then it will put those answers into a plan so that as the city grows “we become more who we are, not less.” It also will help shape an updated city transportation plan due in September 2017 and a completely new zoning code Keane expects to write over the next few years. The city’s work makes for “perfect timing” for Buckhead to update its own master plan, the Livable Centers Initiative plan created 16 years ago, said Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling. She announced that Kimley-Horn has been nominated as the preferred contractor to update the plan in an upcoming public process, and the board authorized work to finalize a contract. The city’s effort is partly inspired, Keane said, by projections that Atlanta’s population will increase by 200,000 to 500,000 people over the next 20 years—a huge boom for a city of roughly 450,000 today. The city also projects “double the employment,” Keane said. Gravel said the intent is, “instead of fighting against [change], kind of embracing it and leveraging it to make it the kind of city we want to be.” The plan will “focus on what makes Atlanta different from other cities…so we’re not just copying other places all the time,” Keane said. That could include tree canopy, historic neighborhoods and the Civil Rights legacy. Higher-density, less car-oriented development is a certainty, Keane said. New road grids are unlikely, but the city generally has underused transportation capacity already, the planners said. Affordable housing is a crucial aspect, they said. Keane said the city may hold a competition to design housing units available for $7,000 a year—meaning affordable to a family making less than half the area median income. “Let’s design housing at that number and see what we can get,” he said. BH


City Councilmember Howard Shook asked about how to respond to lower-income communities that want more amenities, but not “more neighbors.” “There’s a fear of gentrification, and a fear of economic and cultural displacement,” said Gravel, adding that the urban plan will work “if we can come at it and address the displacement question head-on.” The Design Project will have a more concrete proposal to present later this year, Gravel said. In the meantime, the city is taking public input through a temporary office that will operate in various locations and is currently at Midtown’s Ponce City Market.

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The rendering above shows the reversable 9-hole course proposed for the renovated Bobby Jones Golf Course. Renovations include adding a driving range, other golf practice areas and a new Golf House near the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. The rendering at right shows a plan to maintain the existing 18-hole course. To see larger versions, go to

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golf course. Now a new – and controversial – plan for the facility calls for replacing the existing course with a reversible nine-hole course, adding a driving range and building a new building that will house the course clubhouse, several golf associations and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. “This is better than I imagined it would be,” Elgison said. “I was just trying to renovate and make a disappointing golf course better.” Not everyone agrees. Tony Smith of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course Inc., a group that lobbied to maintain the 18-hole course, questions whether the city did the right thing turning the course over to the state. “The city did not have a duty to deliver the parking deck in the original agreement. The plans can sound exciting, but in reality it looks like more construction (plus the replacement of the bridge over Peachtree Creek on Northside Drive) in a corridor that has seen so much digging/paving over the past

three years,” Smith said in an emial. “We still believe there is a disparity of value between what the city is exchanging versus what it is receiving, and no appraisals have been produced for review. Lot’s of golfers are concerned about the timeline for the course being closed, and when construction may begin.” Smith said members of group also await “confirmation from the state that the funding exists for the $25 million that was promised to persuade City Council to approve the exchange. “ The change in plans came after local golf course design expert Bob Cupp looked over the 128-acre course and informed members of the conservancy that without major changes, the course couldn’t be made safe or remade as a championship course, Elgison said. There just wasn’t enough land. Conservancy members decided they had to reimagine the 18-hole golf course as something relatively new—a reversible nine-hole course. Their proposal drew loud objections from BH

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some golfers who play at BobElgison said, he was meeting by Jones and said they wanted with like-minded neighbors who to keep an 18-hole course. Othwanted to see improvements er residents objected to a related to the entire Atlanta Memoricity proposal to give the course to al Park, which includes the golf the state of Georgia. course and the Bitsy Grant TenBut after months of public nis Center. debate over the proposal and a In their letter to the city, Roxvote by Atlanta City Council to ane Smith and Elgison argued the trade the golf course property nine-hole configuration would PHIL MOSIER to the state for downtown propprovide a more efficient use of the Chuck Palmer erties near Underground Atlanproperty, improve safety on the ta, the proposal for nine holes appears to be course and improve chances of raising money moving forward, Elgison and other supportfor improvements. ers of the changes say. The nine-hole design, Palmer and Elgison Construction on a new $15 million to $20 said, is intended to be played in two direcmillion course could begin later this year, tions, which creates 18 holes overall. Through and the course should be ready to open in use of different tee locations and differing September or October of 2017, said Elgison pin locations on the green, each hole can be and Chuck Palmer, chairman of the board played in different ways. To create 18 holes, of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation the course might be played in different direcInc., a nonprofit set up to raise money for the tions on alternate days or at different times course, oversee construction and operate the of day, they said. course. Elgison is president of the foundation. “What Bob [Cupp] has done is he’s taken Elgison says has lived for years in neighthis 128 acres and given us 18 great holes, a borhoods near the course. He’s a golfer himdriving range and more,” Parker said. self, but doesn’t play the Bobby Jones course, “The efficiency of that design on this land which opened in 1933 and was named for is remarkable,” Elgison said. “This is amazing the hometown golfing hero. “I play golf aviduse of a limited amount of land.” ly but I don’t play here,” he said. “Because it’s Several organizations have indicated a dangerous ... It’s not fun.” willingness to contribute money to the projThere are places on the course, Elgison ect, Parker and Elgison said, as long as the said, “where you’re totally blind. You can’t new facility includes a driving range or facilisee.” Golfers can find themselves dodging slicties for teaching golf to youngsters. es from other players, launching drives into Georgia State University, for instance, had other foursomes they don’t know are on the agreed to raise $500,000 toward the cost of course or hitting balls into nearby yards or construction of the driving range and pracbouncing them off cars on nearby streets. tice facility so its golf team would have a In a 2015 letter to City Parks Commissionplace to practice. Team members now must er Amy Phuong, conservancy president Roxdrive to courses in Gwinnett or Henry counanne Giles Smith and Elgison, then vice presties to practice, Palmer said. ident of the conservancy board, said “the The project includes no provisions for the course ... is unsafe because the modern golf existing clubhouse, Palmer said. ball travels so much further than it did when But Palmer and Elgison say the new facilthe course was built more than 80 years ago.” ity will provide new opportunities for young Elgison may not have played regularly on players to learn the game. They predict it will the Buckhead course, but he has other links bring new attention to golf in Atlanta. to the place. He’s a lawyer and represents “This facility has been a disappointment Bobby Jones’ family. He says he first got infor so long,” Palmer said. “We’re finally doing volved with the golf course in an effort to prosomething that we think will reflect brighttect Bobby Jones’ legacy. ly on the name Bobby Jones. Everything he’s In 2011, he contacted city officials to see if been involved with has been of the highest something could be done to fix up the course. quality.” He discovered others had similar ideas. Soon,

An artist’s rendering of the planned Golf House, which would include the clubhouse, museum and offices for golf organizations. BH


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On Our Borders These stories breaking in nearby communities that may be of interest to readers of the Buckhead Reporter. Faith leaders in Brookhaven are asking city officials to do something about affordable housing as developers propose more mixed-use developments and luxury apartments. At a June 21 council meeting, Rev. Zach Bradley of Brookhaven Presbyterian Church read a letter signed by 12 pastors from different congregations and denominations urging the council “to study the stock of and need for affordable housing so as to ensure its long-term availability for our neighbors who are in need.” “This is one issue we feel we cannot hold our tongues,” Bradley said later, in an interview. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

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In Sandy Springs, residents who live near Hammond Drive are criticizing city government officials over their plans – or lack of them – for a handful of properties the city has bought in anticipation of widening Hammond Drive. The controversial widening of Hammond isn’t likely to happen for at least a decade, if it happens at all, so the future of the city-owned houses is unclear. The Glenridge Hammond Neighborhood Association is forming a volunteer “task force” to gather information about the city’s plans and a project timeline, said association president Steve Oppenheimer. “Consistent with everything else, they’ve been inconsistent,” Oppenheimer said of the city’s ideas for the houses, noting officials have various proposed immediate tear-downs, demolitions at some later date, or rentals to police officers and firefighters as affordable housing. In the meantime, he said, “it looks so ghetto” to have vacant houses. The city is “in the process of working on updates” on the policy for what do with the houses it buys and on a timeline for the widening project, said city spokesperson Sharon Kraun.

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City dwellers find new homes in the mountains

An aerial view of golf and river community Old Toccoa Farm.

BY KATHY DEAN The mountains of north Georgia have a strong draw on people, especially city dwellers. Mountain vistas offer a spectacular beauty that calms the spirit and wakens the soul. Woodland trails entice hikers, and lakes invite boaters and fishermen and women. Friendly neighbors, arts and craft festivals, delightful shops and top-notch restaurants are everywhere. It’s no wonder that so many visitors claim a piece of the mountain for themselves. For Cathy and Ted Day, the search for a mountain retreat was, in a way, a return home. “We both grew up with a love of the mountains,” Cathy explained. Originally from Gainesville, Ga., Ted spent much of his time enjoying activities in the great outdoors. Cathy grew up in Florida and always thought of herself as a beach girl. Still, her parents had a mountain house in North Carolina, and her sister’s family still has one there. “As our children got older, married and had children of their own, the mountain house became our gathering place, our memory maker,” Ted added. “Now we have the opportunity to create that same kind of family gathering place.” The couple spent several years looking for a cottage in the Blue Ridge area, with the help of Kim Knutzen of Harry Norman Realtors, Blue Ridge. During one of their ventures, they overheard someone ask Kim about Old Toccoa Farm, and it piqued their curiosity. Kim took Cathy and Ted to see the development; the more they saw and learned, the more they became convinced that Old Toccoa Farm was the perfect setting for their next home. According to Cathy, they were impressed by the love and commitment that the developers, including Managing Partner Peter Knutzen, have for Old Toccoa Farm. “Their concept is just what we wanted. They believe in being part of the community and giving back to it.” All the main requirements for their new home were met: a place to retreat and restore their souls; a place to enjoy and share fellowship with their very full family of 10; a place to create community with other residents and friends; and a


place to potentially enjoy an active retirement. “We invited our kids up to Old Toccoa Farm around Thanksgiving,” said Ted. “Before they left, they turned to us and said, ‘It’s perfect! What are you waiting for?’ That same day, we signed up and bought our piece of the Farm!” Karen Rowell and Steve Frick recently purchased a vacation home in Mineral Bluff, near the Georgia/North Carolina border. “We absolutely love it!” Karen said. “It’s been a dream in the making, and Nathan Fitts, our Realtor with Remax Town & Country, helped make it come true.” Steve and Karen agreed that their two biggest draws to the area were the beauty of the mountains and the outdoor lifestyle. They regularly ride their bikes, hike with their dogs and enjoy beautiful Lake Blue Ridge. While they still work in Atlanta, Karen noted that it would be a perfect place to retire or reinvent themselves one day. “Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s amazing how less stressful life seems here than in Atlanta, where I’ve lived all my life.” Steve Baker and Sally Farr love to travel, though they found a perfect place to take a respite in the north Georgia mountains. Steve, originally from Illinois, worked in the university system there for over 30 years, and is now retired. Throughout the years, he regularly traveled back and forth between the Champaign-Urbana area in Illinois and the St. PetersburgSarasota area of Florida. He often dropped in on friends along the way – Joe and Diane in Mineral Bluff, Ga., just outside of Blue Ridge. In 2013, he asked Joe to show him some homes in the mountains that fit his needs and price range. He and Sally picked out Dogwood Cabin in Mineral Bluff and bought it, with the help of Mountain Tracks Realty of North Georgia. “It was originally friends that brought us to the area, and it didn’t take long for the gorgeous views and central location to convince us to stay,” Steve explained. “We like most of the things the area offers, like antiquing, festivals and art shows.” The cabin isn’t terribly secluded, so they can retreat there,

Steve Baker and Sally Farr at their Mineral Bluff home.

but still enjoy the friendly neighbors. And they’re just 7 ½ miles from Blue Ridge, 5 ½ miles from Blairsville, one hour from Chattanooga and one hour, 20 minutes from Atlanta. They can easily drive to visit friends in Canton, Lexington and Asheville, and tailgate with friends at Clemson games. Sally grew up in West Virginia and feels at home in the mountains. “I love this place! I love the area and my friends here,” she said. Eventually, Steve and Sally may settle full time in their cabin, Continued HILLS on page 22 BH

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Are the Mountains Calling You? Hayesville, NC 3BR/3BA $1,455,000 “Riverfront Rhapsody” 1000’ of Hiawassee River frontage on 7.6 acs of manicured property. 4,225 SF main House & guest cottage with 2 master suites overlook the river and pond. Detached spa room, terrace level theater, more. A MUST SEE! MLS 256708 Call Faron King 706.781.7199


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Turtletown, TN 3BR/3.5BA $1,250,000 Stunning 29 acre Tennessee estate has EVERYTHING – 6,452 SF, Master suite and library/office + 2 ensuite BRs, formal and informal living & dining, chef’s dream kitchen, 3 FPS, bar, game room, wine cellar, outdoor patio, gazebo, pool with waterfall, oversized 2 car garage + detached 3 car garage with workshop. RV storage bldg/pad with water and septic. WOW! MLS 258214 Call Lee/ Carol Barbour 828.361.2040


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Blairsville, GA 3BR/3BA $859,000 “La Belle Ferme Montagne”, custom estate home of 3000+SF on 18.8 acres with ALL you could want for you AND your horses. Fabulous, well planned interior, 2 master suites, 3FP, family room with wet bar. Many custom features for easy living and entertaining. No detail overlooked! Fruit trees, pastures, huge barn (4 stalls), 3 stocked ponds and Jones Creek trout stream, 3 car garage, AND a heated saltwater infinity pool. Call Jeanne Mills 706.218.4202

Ellijay,GA 3BR/3BA $749,000 One of most awe inspiring properties on the market. Craftsman/Rustic inspired riverfront home with 1.56 flat, useable acres and over 300ft of noisy Ellijay River frontage. 4,686 SF home features master suite fit for a King, 2 spacious BRs, bunk room and sleeping porch. Family room, formal living room, home theater, gaming room provide ample gathering space. 2 car garage/gated entry. MLS 257916 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Jasper, GA 6BR/4.5BA $575,000 Escape to the mountains in Style. Elegant home in upscale swim/ tennis community. Mtn. view, high end finishes, terrace level with living area for guests or extended family. Great outdoor entertaining area! MLS 249109 Call Christine Cleberg 706.972.9301

Blue Ridge, GA 3BR/3BA $369,900 #ProwfrontAskaBigViews. Need we say more? Phenomenal location, long range views, excellent condition, superb rental potential. Granite, stainless, all the extras. Terrace party room with bar/3rd fireplace. Outdoor fireplace. In the heart of Aska Adventure area (hike, bike, kayak, swim, boat, fly fish all within 2 mi radius). Ready for the summer and an awesome fall. MLS 258344 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Mineral Bluff, GA 4BR/3.5BA $527,500 Panoramic view as far as the eye can see!! 2934 SF home on 2.47 acres at top of the mountain. Open floor plan, spacious BRs, main level master, oversized 1 car garage. Wrap deck with FP, hot tub. Move in ready. MLS 258209 Call Suzie Soave 706.455.1195

Blue Ridge, GA 3BR/2BA $349,900 A special place at the end of the road, top of the mountain on 7.38 acres. One level living with basement 90% finished. Updated appliances, granite counters, tin ceilings, stone fireplace with wood burning insert. Master suite on main, open floorplan, covered & uncovered decks, out buildings and a TREEHOUSE! Gentle Mountain top acreage with hiking trails and total privacy. MLS 257535 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

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Blue Ridge, GA 4BR/3.5BA $1,050,000 5.85 acre Country Estate on rushing Fightingtown Creek. 4,934 SF of luxury & upgrades. Two full masters, theater room, laundry on 2 levels, chef’s kitchen, potting shed, orchard/garden, rv dump station, 2 car garage. Room to add guesthouse. MLS 255705 Call Suzie Soave 706.455.1195

Blue Ridge, GA 3BR/3BA $339,900 Impressive log sided cabin with stunning mountain views, end of road privacy, minutes from Blue Ridge. Custom interior, 3 levels of porches, detached fireplace porch, fire pit, hot tub, more. MLS 254795 Call Donna O’Neal 770.356.9034

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Morganton, GA 3BR/3BA $329,900 Heavenly views of mountains and Lake Blue Ridge from two story cabin on 2.76 acres. High ceilings with open plan main floor, rec room. Full, finished basement. Fireplace on each level Adj. lot available. MLS 258038 Call Kimberly Bruner 706.455.5703

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Continued from page 20 but in the meantime, they continue to travel and rent out the two-bedroom Dogwood Cabin through, while they’re on the road or visiting friends. “This is a beautiful area,” said Barbara. “Both the land and the people are wonderful.” Now retired, she moved in 2007 from California to her home in Hayesville, N.C. Barbara enjoys walking and hiking in the mountains and around Lake Chatuge, a reservoir that reaches into Georgia and North Carolina with 132 miles of shoreline. The area has opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. Water sports are also available on the Hiawassee River and Valley River. According to Barbara, vegetable gardening – spring through fall – is a must, even though there are some very good farmers markets in Murphy and Blairsville. “There are also many classes offered through the John C. Campbell Folk School, Young Harris College (through the Institute for Continued Learning) and other venues on a variety of subjects,” she said. “I just finished a weekend class on dog training through Cold Nose College in Murphy, N.C.” There is so much to do that Barbara was

surprised by it all. In fact, it seems there’s always something happening, whether it’s a festival, theater production, musical event or gathering. She noted that a person can get overwhelmed choosing what to do! Barbara said that, when it comes down to it, she believes the best part of living in the mountains is the people. “They’re so friendly and willing to help with anything and always smiling,” she said. “There’s great energy here that’s not found in many areas.” Like many others, Jackie and Jonathan Griffin fell in love with the scenery, cooler weather and friendly people of north Georgia. They found the mountain homes had just the right balance of warm-and-cozy with trendy new touches – rustic meeting industrial with a splash of modern features. They strolled through towns that had a very cool vibe and a hip/urban culture. The couple is still working, but plan to retire in the next five years. Their plan includes a home in the mountains, so they had one built; it was completed and became theirs at the end of March this year. They expected, and got, a relaxing retreat. What they didn’t expect was that they could still enjoy all the Continued on page 27

Steve Frick and Karen Rowell

Are the Mountains Calling You? Cherry Log, GA 4BR/3.5BA $329,900 Mountain home has 4 spacious BRs, true master suite on the main with all the bells & whistles. 3 layers of decks and hot tub overlook the 3 acres. Huge kitchen, incredibly high ceilings and loads of glass. If you want total privacy, paved access, minutes to downtown Blue Ridge and Hwy 515 and a wonderful ridgeline view, this is for you. Perfect retirement home or fantastic vacation rental. MLS 257117 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Blairsville, GA 3BR/3BA $315,000 Elegant 2856 SF country home on 6 acres with year round mountain views. Quality reconstruction of 1916 home, high end amenities, 3 stone FPS, huge master and much more. MLS 257587 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

Blairsville, GA 3BR/2.5BA $275,000 Spacious mountain home – long range views! Top of the line renovation – new fixtures, flooring, granite. Two decks. Upscale area with paved roads – easy access. MLS 252731 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

Morganton, GA 3BR/3BA $259,000 Waterfront/waterfall setting above trout stocked Hemptown Creek. Solid log cabin on 2.4 ac in My Mountain S/D. Firepit, koi pond, 2 story ATV shed, deck overlooking creek. MLS 258055 Call Robin Gard 706.455.5099

Blue Ridge, GA 2BR/1BA $172,500 Privacy on 4.7 acres. Room for a garden, open interior, loft. Large deck, wood floors, tankless water heater, HVAC with propane backup, deck ready for hot tub. Great rental potential. MLS 256905 Call Anne Williamson 706.633.9847

Hiawassee, GA 2BR/2BA $114,000 Log-sided doublewide manuf. home on .5 acres in Hiawassee Mtn Village. Year round mountain view, new appliances, floors, fixtures. Detached 2 car garage with storage and workroom. MLS 254937 Call Mary Ann Dermody 706.970.5214

Cherry Log, GA 3BR/2BA $199,900 Solid Log home on 1.74 unrestricted acres is made for family fun. Mountain views, large deck, country kitchen, 2 BR on main, carport with storage. Great rental potential. MLS 257937 Call Kimberly Bruner 706.455.5703

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Local dishes

Georgia Tourism rounds up mountain food favorites

The Beechwood Inn in Clayton, Ga., offers wild chanterellefilled ravioli with wild mushroom sauce.


The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division has released its 2016 state culinary guide, “Georgia Eats,” featuring the popular “100 Plates Locals Love.” Tasters from around the state were asked to submit their favorite dishes at restaurants. We’ve excerpted the favorites found in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Visit and click on Dining to see the full list.

Atlanta Highway Seafood Market, Gainesville: Fried Shrimp Po Boy. An authentic taste of NOLA at Lake Lanier – a hoagie roll piled high with fresh-fried gulf shrimp, served with hand-cut coleslaw and fries. – Stacey D.

Beechwood Inn, Clayton: Wild Chanterelle Filled Ravioli with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Foraged foods from the Northeast Georgia Mountains should be on every foodie’s list of things to taste. – David D.

Market 50, Hartwell: Roast Beef Sandwich. A traditional roast beef sandwich piled high with thinly sliced, well-seasoned meat on homemade bread. Great after a day on the lake or before heading out on the water. – Cheryl S.

Back Porch Oyster Bar, Dahlonega: Gorgonzola Shrimp Linguine. Stunningly excellent, flavorful dish that does justice to both gorgonzola and fabulous shrimp in equal measure. It’s hard to believe a mountain restaurant does seafood so well! – David Z.

Coco’s Cuban Restaurant, Cumming: Cuban Sandwich. Traditional, authentic Cuban sandwich on freshly baked Cuban bread, served with the best rice and beans. Yummy! – Nicole R.

The Chophouse, Hiawassee: Crispy Portobello Mushrooms. Tasty appetizer features crispy Portobello mushrooms with a delicious gorgonzola rosemary sauce. – Kelly I.

Fleur-de-Lis, Braselton: Two Lump Crab Cakes. Served in the relaxing Spa at Chateau Elan, these two lump crab cakes with spicy mustard remoulade and mixed arugula salad with apple cider vinaigrette compliment the serene surroundings. – Peggy H.

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Glen Ella Springs Inn, Clarkesville: Rack of New Zealand Lamb. The New Zealand rack of lamb is fantastic! Combined with the scenic ambiance of this historic inn, it’s the ultimate in romance and elegant dining. – Jeanne B. Commerce Sports Bar and Grill, Commerce: New York Strip Sandwich on Homemade Bread. This grain-fed New York Strip is covered in sautéed mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese, and is served on freshly baked bread. – Vickie S.

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites has launched a dog walking club, “Tails on Trails.” Hikers and their four-legged companions are challenged to hike seven trails at Georgia state parks and upon completion, dogs earn a bandana and their owners earn a T-shirt for logging the miles. Dog walkers have always been welcome in Georgia state parks, and the Tails on Trails club offers a way for owners and their dogs to accomplish designated hikes. Those who would like to join can purchase a $15 membership card at any of the seven participating parks’ visitor centers or online at Owners must abide by state parks rules: keep dogs on a leash no more than 6-feet, clean up after dogs, and never leave dogs unattended in campsites, cottages or vehicles. Georgia state parks offer several dog-friendly cottages, which are available to book online at These select cottages often fill quickly, so reservations are highly recommended. A $45 fee per dog (limit 2) is charged. The following seven trails are featured in the “Tails on Trails” club: Fort Mountain State Park (Chatsworth) Explore a shaded forest and a serene creek valley along the 1.1-mile stretch of Fort Mountain’s Lake Trail. The trail is short and mostly flat, making a great running loop for owners and their dog. F.D. Roosevelt State Park (Pine Mountain) Dogs will enjoy roaming on the gentle, rolling mountains of F.D. Roosevelt, Georgia’s largest state park. The Mountain Creek Trail is one of the most scenic, and passes through several plant habitats such as pine and hardwood forests. Don Carter State Park (Gainesville) The hike on the Lakeview Loop Trail showcases Don Carter State Park’s prime location on the 38,000-acre Lake Lanier, and is paved for stroller and wheelchair accessibility. Dog owners who are seeking shade can venture into the forest to hike the Woodland Loop Trail.

Sweetwater Creek State Park (Lithia Springs) Sweetwater Creek features two trails for “Tails on Trails” club members, and both lead to the ruins from the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. The Red Trail, 2 miles, is the most frequently used trail and leads directly to the mill ruins. For a longer hike through the park’s wildlife and plant communities, members can hike along Sweetwater Creek’s rocky banks on the 5-mile White Trail. High Falls State Park (Jackson) Dogs can frolic along the Towliga River accompanied by the sound of the upcoming High Falls. The 1.5-mile Falls Trail is a moderately challenging trek through hilly forests that offers a rewarding waterfall view. Fort McAllister State Park (Richmond Hill) Stroll on the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail under the cover of Spanish moss and discover scenic views of salt marshes, coastal wetlands and nature-viewing opportunities at Fort McAllister State Park. Red Top Mountain State Park (Cartersville) The White Tail Trail of Red Top Mountain State Park meanders through hardwood forest to a beautiful overlook of Lake Allatoona. Additional Georgia state parks with dog trails are listed at

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July 28 august 18 September 15 october 20 The screened porch at Steve Frick and Karen Rowell’s home.

modern conveniences of city life. “Moving from a city to the mountains, it was a natural concern that I would not be able to get a Starbucks coffee when I wanted one, and that my favorite shoes would be a day trip of shopping away,” Jackie said. “Surprise! Starbucks is around the corner…and I traded in my favorite shoes for new favorite hiking boots.” In fact, the mountains have provided them with lots of new experiences. Jonathan and Jackie have discovered kayaking down the river, fishing in the stream and hiking the mountain trails. In the evening, they enjoy trying out the variety of restaurants, each featuring unique menu items. “It’s surprising that there are so many things to do in a very small town,” added Jonathan. “We’ve discovered something new each week, and yet we live in the peaceful quiet of the mountains.” “When we first started looking for a ‘cabin’ in the mountains, we didn’t really know what we were looking for,” said Debbie Prantl. She and her husband Jim kept looking, and the more they saw, the more they determined that the view was key. Debbie said that Realtor Suzi Henry was kind enough to work with them for months, and although they saw many lovely homes, none were the right fit. They decided that they wanted a view of Lake Blue Ridge and the mountain ranges. That’s when they found Realtor Nathan Fitts and his group. “At the time, the land was still full of trees and we couldn’t see the view,” Debbie said. “We were going on faith and Nathan’s word that our perfect view was out there. Once we saw the aerial photos taken by a drone, we

knew he was right, and we fell in love with it.” The building of their perfect mountain retreat was complete in May of last year, and their dream was realized. Since Jim is still working, he sometimes commutes to Atlanta or they occasionally stay in their Atlanta home. But Jim and Debbie can’t get enough of the peace and beauty of the mountains. They wake up to the sounds of birds singing in the morning, and see families of deer strolling through their yard in the evening. During the day, they sit on their deck and enjoy the view, or take a ride into town and browse through the many shops. They dine at the area’s fabulous restaurants, or engage in some of the many activities – like golf, hiking, boating and rafting. They’ve also attended the community theater in Blue Ridge, and highly recommend it. “I think we’re really surprised at how much we feel at home here. We never want to leave,” Debbie said. “We’ve been informed by our son that we can never sell this home because it has a history already. Last Fourth of July, he proposed to his girlfriend here on our ‘Juliette balcony.’ Hopefully, it will stay in the family for many years to come.” In 2000, Natalie Sharp found herself in need of a hobby as stress relief to her hectic career in the orthodontic industry. She visited Blue Ridge and cast her way into a new hobby of fly fishing. “After a short weekend learning the sport, it was apparent that the beauty of the mountains and the small town of Blue Ridge were tugging at my heart,” she said. The beauty of the mountains, rivers and creeks touched Natalie deeply. She loved the Continued on page 28

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The dining room with a view at Debbie Prantl’s home at Lake Blue Ridge.

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Throughout the next year, all of her free time and holidays were spent in a rented cabin so she could further explore mountain living and enjoy a simple, peaceful way of life. Natalie met Nathan Fitts, a meeting that eventually led to her purchase of a mountain home under construction. In 2002, she relocated to Blue Ridge from the Atlanta area. Natalie credits Nathan’s knowledge of the area for her wonderful mountain home and mountain life. According to her, Nathan has an understanding of the area that helped him locate just the right mountain home to meet her needs. “I moved to the mountains to escape the city traffic and find a quieter lifestyle,” Natalie said. “Lifestyle is really a choice in Blue Ridge; you can sit back and relax or stay busy. Fly fishing is my passion and way to relax, so my free time is usually spent on or around water. But I also enjoy gardening, going to the farmers markets and learning to can jellies, jams and other vegetables.” Even though she’s enjoying her mountain ‘retirement,’ Natalie found that she needs to stay active and can’t ever imagine not working. She surprised herself when her fly fishing hobby turned into a parttime business in 2002. It was then that she started, “fly fishing with a gourmet bite.” SharperBites caters each fly fishing experience to meet the needs of clients, for corporate teambuilding events, ladies’ fly fishing clubs, couple or family outings or just friends getting together for a relaxing day on the water. “Fishing private water is ‘where fly fishing meets a touch of heaven,’ and living in Blue Ridge is as close as you can get to heaven on Earth,” Natalie explained. “The quality of life, the people and the mountain way of life here are true blessings.”

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A 23-year-old woman was shot in the parking lot of Lenox Mall after she and her fiancée and their 2-yearold son were getting into their car to leave. According to an Atlanta Police Department report, the woman and her fiancée and child had been shopping in the mall on June 29 when two armed men came up to them as they were leaving at about 8:45 p.m. The two men had pistols, demanded their belongings and attempted to enter the vehicle. A physical altercation occurred, and the woman was shot in the stomach. The two armed robbers than fled the scene on foot. The man called 911 and attempted to drive his fiancée to the hospital; a 911 dispatcher told him to pull over and wait for an ambulance. The man pulled into the Benihana restaurant on Peachtree Road. The woman was taken to Grady Hospital where she had surgery for her gunshot wound and is now in stable condition. Police continue to investigate and search for the suspects.

From police reports dated June 14 through June 18 The following information was provided by the Zone 2 Precinct of the Atlanta Police Department and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY „„500 block of Trabert Avenue NW –

On June 12, in the morning, a woman said she was walking through the parking lot to catch a Lyft driver when a male suspect pulled up next to her. She said he pointed a silver handgun at her and demanded she give him her purse. The suspect then fled. „„2000 block of Monroe Drive NE –

On June 13, in the morning, a man said he was sitting in a car in the parking lot of a local bar when he and a friend were approached by a man. The suspect had his face covered and demanded the victims not move as he pointed a gun at them. The suspect then reached into the vehicle and removed the victim’s backpack. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. The victim said that payroll cash was contained in the backpack with miscellaneous

medication and credit/debit cards. „„400 block of Northside Circle NW –

On June 13, in the morning, a man said he was sitting in his parking lot and talking on the phone when he saw two men standing at the gate of his apartment complex. The man said that they pointed a silver handgun at him and demanded that he turn over his possessions. The victim said he gave them his two cellphones and they took a ring from him, then pushed him off a small embankment before fleeing. „„3000 block of Peachtree Road –

On June 13, during the day at Lenox Mall, a woman said that she and her granddaughters were getting out of her vehicle when she was approached by a man. The woman said that he pointed the gun at her and demanded that she give up her keys. The woman said she told her granddaughters to run as she handed over her keys. The suspect then demanded the victim’s phone, which she gave to him. The suspect then fled the scene in her vehicle. Tracking was available on both the vehicle and the stolen phone. Surveillance cameras were observed in the area of the incident and may have captured images of the suspect. „„2400 block of Coronet Way NW – On

June 14, in the evening, a pedestrian said he was walking through the parking lot of his apartment complex, and when he passed by a dark-colored vehicle, two armed men jumped out. The two demanded he give them his possessions, and the victim gave them his iPhone 4S. One of the two men then struck the victim in the face with a handgun and demanded the passcode to the complex. The driver of the vehicle told the victim not to tell anyone what happened, that if he did, he knew where he lived and would shoot his mother. The two suspects then then fled the scene. „„2700 block of Defoors Ferry Road

NW – On June 14, in the evening, a couple said they were going for a walk when they were approached by two men. The victims said that they tried BH

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to run but that the suspects pursued. The couple said the two men had semiautomatic handguns and that they demanded the victims give up all their property. The victims surrendered their wallet and iPhones. The suspects fled the scene in a dark four-door sedan.

crouching near his vehicle. He said that as he approached the suspect, the suspect jumped into the passenger side of a silver sedan. The victim said he stood in front of the suspect’s vehicle and that as it was fleeing the scene the vehicle struck him.

„„700 block of Holmes Street

18, in the morning, a man said he requested an Uber ride and that he jokingly told the Uber driver that he was cute. The man said that the Uber driver then pointed a gun at him and told him to shut up. He said when they got to his apartment, the suspect pointed the gun at him again and demanded that he get out of vehicle. The victim was unable to provide a vehicle description or tag number for the vehicle.

NW – On June 16, in the evening, a man said he was walking through a parking lot when a man approached him from behind and stuck a gun in his back. The suspect took the victim’s wallet, iPhone, keys and watch. The suspect then fled the scene in a black pickup truck driven by a woman. Tracking on the iPhone was traced to the intersection of West Lake Avenue and Porter Drive. A vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle was located near the intersection, but after further investigation determined not to be the same vehicle. „„2000 block of Monroe Drive NE – On

June 16, in the morning, a man said he was walking down the sidewalk when two men jumped out of the bushes. He said that they had bandanas covering their faces and pointed a silver handgun at his face. The suspects demanded all the victim’s belongings, so he handed over a silver iPhone 6S. The suspects then told the victim to turn around and run, and that if he looked back, they would shoot him. „„2200 block of Harry Brooks Drive

NW – On June 17, at an unknown time, a pedestrian said he witnessed a man reaching into a work truck and removing an edger and a blower. As the pedestrian approached the suspect, he pointed a shotgun. The suspect then fled the scene in an older black sedan. „„1900 block of Howell Mill Road NW

– On June 17, in the morning, a woman said that she and her friend were waiting to get an Uber car when two men in a dark vehicle entered the parking lot. The victim said the men pointed a gun with a towel over it at her and said, “Give me your purse or I’ll shoot you.” The woman said she threw the purse at the suspects and ran from the location. The suspects fled.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT „„2300 block of Peachtree Road NE

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RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY „„600 block of Garson Drive NE – On

June 13, during the day, the door to an apartment was kicked in. An Asus Gaming laptop, black Akribos watch, Crossfade headset, Galaxy Note 3, two Samsung hard drives, Michael Kors watch, black-and-gold striped Asus laptop, MacBook Pro, five rings, three gold necklaces and a Michael Kors handbag were stolen. „„2400 block of Lowe Street NW – At

an unknown time on June 15, the front door and window were shattered out of a house with a rock. A 65-inch Vizio TV was stolen. „„2400 block of Hyde Manor Drive

– On June 15 during the day, the rear door of a house was forced open and the home was rummaged through, but no items appeared to be missing. „„1400 block of Mecaslin Street NW –

On June 16, during the day, the front door deadbolt of an apartment was damaged to gain entry. An Apple MacBook, Bluetooth sound bar and iPad were stolen. „„700 block of Morosgo Drive NE – On

June 17, in the morning, the back door lock to a house was damaged. A woman said she was sleeping when she heard something in the next room. She said she locked her bedroom door and could see a flashlight under the door. She said that the suspects then entered her bedroom and shined the


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dishes, and stole five suits, some jewelry, a cellphone and some clothes.

„„1900 block of Grandview Avenue

NE – On June 18, in the evening, someone entered an apartment by removing the screen from a side window. An Apple MacBook, Lenovo laptop and Apple iWatch were taken.

NW – On June 18, during the day, a man said he had been in a dispute with his former roommate. He said the suspect damaged a TV, speakers,

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