Brookhaven Reporter - October 2021

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Fall festivities

Elliott Morton attended the Peachtree Road Farmers Market in late September with his mother, Danielle. Farmers markets, including the Brookhaven Farmers Market, are open through November. For more fall events, see Page 5. (Isadora Pennington)

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Oglethorpe students star in musical


New restaurants around town




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Contents OCTOBER 2021

Editor’s Note


Guide to Fall Events


Sandy Springs Mayoral Forum


Buckhead Cityhood studies


Dunwoody 5

Minigolf bar


New hotel


Brookhaven Oglethorpe musical


Commentary Worth Knowing


Around Town


Dining Quick bites





Jazz musician


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Your letters make this publication stronger This is the fourth issue of Reporter Newspapers I’ve produced since joining as editor. It’s been amazing to BY AMY WENK connect with the community, and I’ve especially enjoyed hearing from many of you through email. One of the most heartwarming letters I received was from Liam Wood, who said he was a Boy Scout working on his communications merit badge. “One of the requirements is to email a news editor about an issue that is important to me,” Wood wrote. For him, that issue was Buckhead Baseball, a place he said you can make friends for life. “But over the years, the area around it has become run down,” Wood wrote. “There is crime happening, there is a lot of trash, and there are many speeding cars on Pharr Road. I think that there should be some more security around

that area to keep Buckhead Baseball a safe place for kids.” A notable cause, for sure. I got a chuckle when I recently received an email with the subject line “Editing the Editor.” That’s right Peter Cornelis, retired editor for CNN International, caught a typo in one of my newsletters. Thank you, Mr. Cornelis, for bringing that to my attention and for your thoughtful closing line as he thanked us for “helping keep local journalism alive.” Other readers have shared interesting perspectives with us. A Buckhead resident of 73 years, Al

Goodgame, wrote in response to recent articles we published about an effort brewing for Buckhead to break off and form its own city. “I am a retired landscape architect, land planner and history buff,” he wrote. “I know that embalming cities does not work. They must evolve over time as they become functionally obsolete and must regenerate themselves.” Goodgame went on to talk about how Buckhead needs to adapt to its changing population, not secede, sharing his knowledge of how other ar-

eas of Atlanta had evolved over the years. It was neat to hear his recollection of the city’s history. Robert Laurence Lindberg wrote to us with concern about the rising number of homeless people in Sandy Springs. “What can we do to help them?” Lindberg asked. I really appreciated this note, and we are looking into more stories about the unhoused population and what resources are available in the community. I share these letters because I really feel that they make our publication stronger. Thank you for writing. I’m here to listen (

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Guide to fall fun: pumpkin patches, ghost tours and more the trails, they will cross paths with spirits who were unable to let go of the physical world and appear in the shadows, up in the trees, and waiting in plain sight for their next scare. Also, ‘Nocturnal Activity: Life After Dark’ will explore the habits of nocturnal animals and night-blooming plants. Get tickets and details at Oakland Cemetery

One-year-old Delilah McDaniel at Lucy’s Market in Buckhead. (Isadora Pennington) BY COLLIN KELLEY AND AMY WENK It’s October – a month for thrills, chills, and of course, some fall fun! We’ve rounded up a guide to events in the community and beyond. Be sure to check for COVID-19 guidelines and don’t forget your mask – it is Halloween, after all. North Springs Fall Pumpkin Patch North Springs United Methodist Church will host its annual pumpkin patch, a fundraiser for its youth ministry. The patch will be open daily Oct. 1-31. The church, located at the corner of Morgan Falls and Roswell roads in Sandy Springs, is also hosting special events. That includes a Harvest Celebration on Oct. 2 and a children’s event with live music on Oct. 23. Visit the church’s Facebook page for deals at All Saints Pumpkin Patch The pumpkin patch at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody is set to open Oct. 3 and will run through the end of the month. Proceeds from the patch are donated to charity. The church is located at 2443 Mt Vernon Road. Town Brookhaven’s Fall Pumpkin Patch The Brookhaven mixed-use development will host a fall pumpkin patch event Oct. 23-24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be “pumpkins galore” for purchase and a fall photo area. Town Brookhaven is located on Peachtree Road, near Oglethorpe University. Brookhaven Christian Church Pumpkins are set to arrive at Brookhaven Christian Church on Oct. 10, according to the church’s calendar. It’s located at 4500 Peachtree Road. Atlanta Botanical Garden The annual “Scarecrows in the Garden” runs through Oct. 31 with more @reporter_newspapers BK

than 100 kooky and creative characters perched throughout the Midtown greenspace. They’re all the creative handiwork of area schools, businesses, organizations, and local artists. On Oct. 24, kids are invited to dress up in their best costumes and participate in socially distanced activities during “Goblins in the Garden” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit Legends & Lore Tour Head to historic Rhodes Hall in Midtown for a “spooktacular” ghost tour Oct. 27-29. Hosted by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, tours will be given at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. Known as one of the most haunted buildings in Atlanta, Rhodes Hall is a hotbed of paranormal activity and has been featured on TV shows such as “Ghost Hunters” and WSBTV’s “Georgia’s Haunted Hidden Gems.” Enjoy socially distanced spirits on the porch before your tour. Spaces are limited. Ages 21+. $35 per person. Masks required indoors. More information and tickets are available at Netherworld Named one of the scariest haunted houses in the world year after year, Netherworld returns with “Rise of the Netherspawn” and “Return to Planet X in 3D” to mark its 25th anniversary. Descend into underground caverns to face the terror of the abominable Netherspawn and run from the aliens on Planet X using advanced 3D technology to put you up-close and personal with the creatures. The haunted experiences run through Nov. 13. Get tickets and details at

The 14th annual Run Like Hell 5K is both in-person and virtual this year. The Oct. 9 event begins at 8 a.m. with a course through the cemetery. For the virtual event, runners can complete the 5K inside the cemetery or along any route that equals 5K any time between those dates, recording and submitting their times. The annual Halloween tours of the graveyard, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland, will be held Oct. 14-31. Designed to enlighten rather than frighten, the tours bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s notable and notorious residents. For registration and more details visit Decatur Ghost Tour This guided walking tour covers a little more than a mile as participants stroll

around downtown Decatur and visit sites such as the DeKalb County Courthouse, High House and the city cemetery. Tour guides retell the stories, both historical and paranormal, of some the city’s haunted spots. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $12 for children 10 and younger. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased at The Wren’s Nest Séance The historic West End home of Joel Chandler Harris will present this new Halloween experience now through Oct. 30. This séance seeks to solve the mysterious disappearance of a magician’s supply salesman who was last heard from long ago attempting to capture a rabbit that would be pulled out of a magician’s magical top hat. Seating is very limited, so get tickets at L5P Halloween MonsterFest Details were still being ironed out at press time, but this year’s event is set for Oct. 16-17 and will include a “monster hunt” through Little Five Points, costume contest, artist market, Monster Ball and a “cocktail parade.” Find out more at

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Woodland Spirits Come face-to-face with dozens of ghostly “visitors” lurking among the trails in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History through Nov. 7. As guests wander

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Mayoral candidates discuss vaccines, community diversity BY BOB PEPALIS Both Sandy Springs mayoral candidates believe COVID-19 vaccinations are necessary to get past the pandemic but differ in how they would get more residents to take a jab. Reporter Newspapers and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber hosted a candidate forum on Sept. 27 that brought together the 17 candidates for the City Council and mayoral races. The event was a partnership with WABE and Atlanta Civic Circle. Visit to watch the full mayoral forum. Election day is Nov. 2, with early voting beginning Oct. 12. Mayor Rusty Paul said he’s been going out in the community to urge residents to get vaccinated, while mayoral candidate Dontaye Carter said a vaccine mandate is necessary. “I’ve spoken to many doctors. I’m well aware of the issues that are going on,” Carter said. “And the reality is we’ve got to go ahead and mandate this vaccine. We’ve got to ensure that we are putting people’s lives above liberty.” Paul said he’s been going out with the city’s fire department to apartment complexes to urge residents to get vaccinated.


Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul and mayoral candidate Dontaye Carter. “It’s been an amazing job of getting out in the community, working with people, and we’re making some progress,” Paul said. “We’ve increased the number of our city employees who’ve gotten vaccinated.” The candidates also discussed how to build a more diverse and inclusive community. “Our Diversity and Inclusion Task Force that we’ve talked so much about, they’ve already submitted their recommendations. When are we going to act on

them?” Carter said. Paul said he needed to correct Carter because the task force hasn’t finished its work yet. The Civic Dinners that Paul launched, which facilitated discussions around diversity and inclusion, had more than 300 participants, he added. “And it was real clear that we had people who didn’t feel included,” Paul said. “They didn’t feel involved.” That led to the formation of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, he said.

Other topics included how to address worker shortages, affordable housing and public safety. In his closing remarks, Paul said he’s focused on keeping Sandy Springs safe, protecting its neighborhoods, and keeping taxes low. Carter said in closing that he wanted to make a difference in the community. “I’m going to put the interests of the people at the forefront,” he said. The forum also included the 15 candidates running for six council district seats. Council candidates are elected by the voters in the district they serve. At least two new members will join City Council next year as Steve Soteres (District 2) and Chris Burnett (District 3) decided not to seek reelection. City Council candidates gave their views on protecting the city’s existing neighborhoods, traffic congestion and how they would improve diversity and inclusion in the city. They all agreed the city needs to help ensure affordable housing is available for workers including firefighters, police, nurses and teachers, although their opinions on how to achieve that differed. Visit Reporter Newspapers’ Youtube channel for each of the City Council forums. BK

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A group trying to break off Buckhead from Atlanta released a feasibility study that claims an independent city could raise more than $200 million a year in revenue, with almost $114 million in surplus. The Buckhead City Committee commissioned Valdosta State University’s Center for South Georgia Regional Impact for the study, which asserts the proposed “Buckhead City” could be financially feasible. The study, available at, outlines a structure for the new city, comparing its expenses to similar-sized cities including Sandy Springs and Roswell. The study area represented 25 square miles in Buckhead with almost 104,000 residents, or about 20 percent of Atlanta’s population. State law requires a feasibility study for legislation proposing incorporation to be considered. Supporters of the cityhood effort are hoping to get legislation passed at the Georgia General Assembly next year, which would place a referendum on the November 2022 ballot allowing Buckhead residents to vote on whether to form a new city. “We’ve been saying all along that taxes paid to the City of Atlanta have not generated a fair return for Buckhead in terms of city services,” Bill White, CEO of the Buckhead City Committee, said in the press release. “Given the same tax revenue, the administration of Buckhead City would deliver more and better services to the people of Buckhead, starting with a highly effective and properly compensated police force with a minimum of 250 officers.”

But Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District and president of the Buckhead Coalition, called the feasibility study from the Buckhead City Committee a check-the-box study. He said it’s “not deep and overly simplistic for the complexity of what they are pursuing.” Opponents of the Buckhead cityhood effort released a study Sept. 16 that claims there would be a substantial financial impact on the city if Buckhead were to secede. The study, available at, says that the net fiscal loss to Atlanta would range from $80 million to $116 million per year if Buckhead were to break off. Atlanta Public Schools would be hit harder, says the study, with an estimated $232 million annual loss. The study also says that both Buckhead and Atlanta residents would see increased taxes due to the loss of financial resources, among other impacts. Atlanta-based consulting firm KB Advisory Group conducted the study. Staff members at George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis participated as consultants. It was paid for by the Buckhead Coalition. Anti-cityhood group Committee for a United Atlanta distributed the report. “This study clearly shows that breaking up Atlanta is a bad idea. It’s bad for Buckhead. It’s bad for Atlanta. It’s bad for the metro region. And it’s bad for the state of Georgia,” said Linda Klein, cochair for the Committee for a United Atlanta.

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The minigolf bar Puttshack has signed a lease to open a new location in Dunwoody. Puttshack is expected to open at the city’s upcoming High Street development, according to a press release. High Street is expected to be a multi-use development built on about 36 acres at the northwest intersection of Perimeter Center Parkway and Hammond Drive. The Dunwoody Development Authority approved the final bond documents for the project on Aug. 26, making way for construction to begin. Puttshack is the first anchor tenant for the High Street development, according to the press release. The location will feature four custom mini golf courses and a “globally-inspired” menu and full cocktail bar. Construction on High Street is expected to begin in 2021. The first phase of construction will include 150,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, about 600 rental apart-

ments, 90,000 square feet of loft office space, and 222,000 square feet of existing office space. “Our vision for High Street is to deliver a highly connected cosmopolitan oasis in Atlanta’s thriving Central Perimeter market that features an incredible mix of entertainment, shopping and dining,” said Jim Linsley, president of developer GID Development Group, in a press release. “Puttshack at High Street is delivering on that vision and will bring our community the types of new and exciting experiences they crave, all while being seamlessly integrated within the project’s energetic and vibrant mixed-use environment.” This will be Puttshack’s second location in Atlanta, joining its first spot at The Interlock on Howell Mill Road. According to the press release, Puttshack plans to open locations in Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona, and Tennessee over the next few years.


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Brookhaven yogi shares top 5 new local businesses Jenny Holding is the co-owner of Brookhaven’s Element Yoga and appreciates small businesses that give extraordinary experiences. Over the last year, she has connected with many small business owners and entrepreneurs that were forced to close their businesses during the pandemic, and she raised the importance of supporting one another through a time when they were unable to share their craft. Here are her Top 5 locally owned businesses that are thriving in Brookhaven since March of 2021. 1. Time to Escape: Tucked away off of Dresden Dr. there is a mystery waiting to be solved. Time to Escape is a hidden gem for friends, teambuilding, and for giving date night a twist. When my fiance’s parents came to town we needed something to do

on a rainy day, and Time to Escape did not disappoint. We solved King Tut’s Tomb in the nick of time. With four different rooms and mysteries to be solved, don’t let this place escape your mind the next time you’re looking for a new adventure. 2. Kathleen’s Catch: Located a few doors down from Element Yoga in the Skyland Shopping Center, Kathleen’s Catch opened its doors in March of 2021. Being someone that loves to cook and is on a budget, Kathleen’s Catch offers an array of fresh seafood at an affordable price. My favorites are the wild-caught tuna steaks and the complimentary recipe cards customers can take home to prepare a delicious meal.

3. Southern Roots Spice Shop: On March 27, 2021, Brookhaven received a spice prodigy who refers to himself as “The Seasoner.” He carefully creates custom spice blends for culinary enthusiasts and hand blends teas of the finest quality. His speakeasythemed cafe serves up unique air-roasted coffees, teas, and pastries that can be enjoyed in style. With 3,000 square feet of sweet, spice, and everything nice, Southern Roots Spice Shop is sensational. 4. Karv Kitchen: I love a fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine that is casual and full of flavor. Karv Kitchen opened on April 20, 2021 at the Parkview on Peachtree, giving local residents of Brookhaven and Chamblee a kitch-

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Oglethorpe University students cast alongside professional actors in ‘Heathers: The Musical’

The upcoming ‘Heathers:The Musical’ includes Oglethorpe University students Chloe Campbell (in yellow) and Wynne Kelly (in green). Campbell plays Heather McNamara and Kelly plays Heather Duke. (Special)

Chloe “CC” Campbell (right) pays attention during a music rehearsal Sept. 15 for “Heathers: The Musical.” (Beth E. Concepción)

BY BETH E. CONCEPCIÓN Long before the Plastics from “Mean Girls,” there was a different set of high school queen bees, all with the same name: Heather. The dark comedy film “Heathers,” starring a barely post-“Beetlejuice” Winona Ryder as Veronica, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989. It became a cult classic – enough so that it spawned a stage show, “Heathers: The Musical,” in 2013. The show will be performed at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center through Oct. 17, thanks to the university’s partnership with Actor’s Express. What makes this partnership different from past ones with the likes of the Alliance Theater and the Georgia Ensemble Theater is that more than half the cast features Oglethorpe students. “That’s the really great benefit of this [production],” said Matt Huff, director of Oglethorpe’s theater program and associate professor of theater. “It really puts the students front and center in a way that the other partnerships haven’t.” The students also are getting an opportunity they wouldn’t have otherwise in terms of the type of show. “It’s the biggest scale of production at all that we’ve ever attempted at Actor’s Express,” said Freddie Ashley, artistic director of Actor’s Express. “One of the things that is great about the partnership is that it allowed both the Express and Oglethorpe to take on something on a scale that we might not be able to take on indepen@reporter_newspapers BK

Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley, at right, speaks to actors before a music rehearsal Sept. 15. (Beth E. Concepción) dently.” Ashley said that the musical “reframes and readapts” the movie for a modern era. “You couldn’t make that movie today,” he said. “As a matter of fact, you wouldn’t make that movie today because the things that were funny because they were unfathomable are not funny anymore.” Ashley said, “The satire is as sharp and the claws are just as pointed but it’s wrapped up in a sense of effervescent fun that I think makes some of the darker cor-

ners more accessible to a contemporary audience.” Fortunately for the students, the cutthroat environment depicted in the musical does not extend to the rehearsal process. “What is unique about this experience is that students and professionals are working alongside each other with no hierarchy,” Ashley said. This peer-to-peer style makes the process more than enjoyable, according to

Chloe “CC” Campbell, who plays Heather McNamara. “It’s such a great experience,” said the Smyrna sophomore who is double majoring in theater and communications. “[Rehearsal] is definitely the part I look forward to most every day. Even on my bad days, this is literally a dream. I can’t believe I’m a part of it, and I get to be here every day. It’s amazing, and I love it so much.” Caroline Gammage, a junior theater major from Cedartown who plays Martha Dunnstock, said this role gets her closer to her goal of being a professional actor. She said her “pinch me” moment happened early on in the process. “We got emails asking for bios and headshots to go on the website,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God! I’m going to have my info on a professional acting website with my headshot!’” “This is a great learning opportunity, and one of the benefits of coming to a smaller school like Oglethorpe,” Huff said. “At a larger B.F.A. program, [the students] wouldn’t have had these opportunities.” In the words of Ryder’s Veronica, “How very.” OCTOBER 2021 | 13


Danny Ross proposes tech incubator for Dunwoody

Danny Ross, ogy firms based here and nearly 70 perlongtime Duncent of all U.S. debit, credit card and prewoody resipaid card transactions processed in the dent, venture state. capitalist, enDanny Ross sees this ecosystem of talCarol Niemi is a marketing consultant who lives on the Dunwoody-Sandy Springs line trepreneur, inent inspire and resources as her a source of both fiwrites about people whose lives others. Contact at worthknowingnow@gmai ventor, comnancial and intellectual capital for the munity leader incubator, which he has dubbed the Inand member of novation Center of Dunwoody. the Dunwoody For now, his proposal is in the hands Economic Reof Dunwoody’s Director of Economic Decovery Comvelopment Michael Starling and a conmittee, has sultant hired to study the options for BY CAROL NIEMI submitted to growing Dunwoody’s new economy. the city a 44“We have to compete for talent, tech page proposal for a Dunwoody tech incompanies and small entrepreneurs,” cubator, a plan that was turned down said Starling. “Quality of place and quala marketing consultant who lives on the Dunwoodywhen he first proposed Carol it inNiemi Now, ity ofabout life people are important as is access to Sandy Springs line and writes whose lives inspire it’s more relevant than ever as the Combusiness resources. Work others. Contact her at want to mittee seeks ways to respond to a changlive in a true live-work-play environment. We want to do all the right things.” No stranger to the give-and-take of selling new ideas, Danny, who with his son Dell holds seven technology patents, started his first business while in college, selling imported wigs door-to-door. His first job, with IBM during the infancy of computers, led to leadership roles in tech start-ups in Atlanta and New York, including the launch of the Timex home computer that sold for under $100 through Timex watch retailers. “We sold the world’s cheapest computer at the world’s largest department store Danny Ross. [Macy’s New York],” he said. A price war between Timex, Commodore and Texas Instruments eventually caused the demise of the Timex computer. “But first we put a lot of them into classrooms,” Danny said. “I still meet people who say their first computer was a Timex.” Returning to Atlanta, Danny cofounded a venture capital firm based in Midtown at ATDC and entered the nascent Atlanta tech ecosystem. “We funded 30 startups and served on their boards,” he said. Michael Starling, Dunwoody In 2004-2009, he found time to be coeconomic development director. president, along with his wife Queenie, of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. During that time, he was instrumental ing economy in which technology touches everyone. in saving the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, Thanks to Atlanta’s expanding tech campaigned for Dunwoody cityhood and ecosystem, many OTP cities now have served on Dunwoody’s first city council. tech incubators, with ties to Georgia Like Michael Starling, he thinks DunTech’s ATDC (Advanced Technology Dewoody already has the infrastructure, invelopment Center) and TAG (Technology cluding plenty of banks and office space, Association of Georgia). low personal tax rates and high quality Already recognized as one of the of life. country’s top ten tech cities, Atlanta is “Why go all the way to ATDC when the undisputed leader in fintech, with you can get the same resources in Dunmore than half of U.S. financial technolwoody?” he asked.


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Buckhead resident writes first novel at 80 Tim White’s family knew he had a story to tell. They encouraged him to write it down. That led, at age 80, to his first novel. White, a Buckhead resident, jokes now that his daughBY JOE EARLE ters probably encouraged him to write because they worried he’d have too much free time on his hands after he retired from a lifetime of practicing law, “and would be a nuisance to their mother.” He worked his whole life as a lawyer and headed his own firm in Atlanta for 25 years, so he was used to staying busy. But his daughters recognized a good tale that needed telling when they heard one. After all, they’re storytellers, too. Both are published novelists. One, Lauren Myracle, writes young adult novels. Her younger half-sister, Susan Rebecca White, tells Southern stories. “I definitely knew he had a good story to tell,” Susan Rebecca White said. “What I was thinking about was his birth story – losing his mom so young. …. I just think it’s good for most people to go back and look at their stories. When you write things down, you might see things differently than the story in your head that you’ve told yourself over and over again.” His wife, Ruth, also thought White should take a shot at telling his story. She’s a painter herself and saw his talent for writing years ago. “I knew he could write,” she said. “He wrote wonderful letters.” White grew up writing – he was the son of a small-town newspaperman – so he decided to follow his daughters into writing books. He took creative writing courses at Georgia State and worked on short stories. He could walk to class from his law office, he said. In the beginning, he focused on writing about the loss of his mother. But as he kept working, the story grew to take in more events from his life. The work eventually led to “Riley & Ben,” a novel that tells the story of a father, son and their family and is subtitled “Life offers second chances.” (The author is listed as “J.T. White” for James Timothy, he said. It was published earlier this year.) “It’s fiction,” he said. “It’s based on events that occurred in my life, but some are embellished and exaggerated.” It turns out there was plenty of drama from his life story to work into a novel. His mother died and he was badly injured in a car wreck in 1941. White, a baby less than a year old, was thrown from the car through a window. He said family members picked pieces of glass out of his scalp “for a couple of years.”


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Tim and Ruth White. (Joe Earle)

He has had lasting trouble with depth perception, too. “If you throw me a baseball, it’s hard for me to know where to put my hands to catch it,” he said. “I was a guy who wanted to play baseball with Stan Musial, but couldn’t.” White was raised by an aunt and uncle while his father served in World War II. Then, when his father returned and remarried, he moved in with his father’s new family. His relationship with his stepmother wasn’t good. He described it as “unsettled,” he said. “She really didn’t want me,” he said. “She wasn’t an evil person. She was just a scared person.” Writing about their relationship “was cathartic,” he

said. “It got me, frankly, less hostile toward her.” He and Ruth attended the same smalltown high school. She “had a big crush on him,” she said recently as they sat in the light-filled living room of their home in a Buckhead high-rise, but she was just an eighth-grader and he was a senior, four years older. He barely noticed her. They ended up going their separate ways and married other people. Years later, they met again. “At that point, I noticed her,” he said. “I can tell you the exact time. It was Sunday. In front of the Methodist Church, I saw her, and I thought, ‘My God, that’s Ruth.’” They corresponded. “There was a recognition we should be together,” he said, and they reunited. They were married in 1974. Between them, they have six children, thirteen grandchildren and share their home with dogs named Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Now that he’s told a version of his story in his book, does he plan to do another novel? White initially said he has ideas, but then admitted he’s not sure who he feels about tackling another project like this one. “It’s such hard work,” he said. “I’m not sure I want to work that hard again.” Besides, he said, “I’ve told the story.”



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Quick Bites: New coastal restaurant, wine shop plans second location BY AMY WENK A new restaurant that’s inspired by the culture and cuisine of the coast is planned for Buckhead Village, the upscale development owned by Atlanta developer Jamestown. ▼Called Carmel, the concept is from Oliva Restaurant Group. The team is also behind Italian restaurant and specialty market Bellina Alimentari, along with Is-

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▲Tre Vele opened in late September at the City Walk shopping center in Sandy Springs. The Italian restaurant is a concept from the team behind Buckhead’s Mission + Market. That includes brothers Jon-

athan and Ryan Akly, along with chef and partner Ian Winslade. For Winslade, it’s his first foray into Sandy Springs after nearly three decades of being in Atlanta. Winslade, who is originally from England, had come to Atlanta before the 1996 Olympic Games. He’s been involved in top restaurants across the city, including the former Bluepointe restaurant in Buckhead, Murphy’s in VirginiaHighland, and Paces & Vine in Vinings. Perrine’s Wine Shop, a longtime staple of West Midtown, is planning a second location at 3121 East Shadowlawn Avenue in Buckhead. The project would construct a new wine shop at the site, according to plans submitted to Livable Buckhead. Owner Perrine Prieur Gallardo went before Neighborhood Planning Unit-B on Sept. 7, with the group voting to recommend the alcohol license permit for the new establishment. Gallardo was born and raised in Burgundy, France, according to her website. She opened Perrine’s Wine Shop on Howell Mill Road in 2010. Yao is now open in Dunwoody, located at 237 Perimeter Center Parkway. The restaurant “pays culinary homage to the vibrant Yaowarat neighborhood in Bangkok, an ancient Thai-Chinese community,” according to its website. Knife Kitchen & Cocktails is planned for 3162 Piedmont Road in Buckhead, a former rug and mattress store near the intersection of Peachtree Road. An alcohol license permit for the restaurant was deferred at the Sept. 7 NPU-B meeting due to issues around traffic and parking. Ali Ebrahimi, who has worked as a general manager for Southern Proper Hospitality Group, is involved with the new concept. Victory Brands is moving forward with plans for a new concept. A building permit was filed in Atlanta for “Lil Vics,” a cafe at the Indie Studios development in the Armour/Ottley district. The buildout could cost $250,000 for the 1,170-square-foot space, according to the permit. Victory Brands is behind the popular Victory Sandwich and bar Little Trouble. BK

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Local musician Joe Alterman finds his calling in jazz BY BETH E. CONCEPCIÓN Mark Twain — or Confucius, some say — coined the phrase, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Whoever said it, jazz pianist Joe Alterman is living it. He has been interested in music since he was a Sandy Springs toddler. “I remember when I was like three or four going to my parents and asking for piano lessons,” Alterman said. “I do not remember why at all, but I remember asking them. They gave me the lessons, and I took a few and hated it. I wanted to quit. They wouldn’t let me.” His parents were smart. He went on to earn praise from jazz legend Ramsey Lewis: “Joe Alterman is an inspiration to me! His piano playing, his will to explore, and his ability to swing is a joy to behold.” Alterman, 32, credits Doc Watson’s “Freight Train Boogie” with turning his piano hatred to love. He said he wanted to learn that song on the guitar. “My dad made a deal that I could take guitar if I kept up with my piano,” he said. “The teacher eventually told me, ‘You know, boogie woogie is piano music. Doc Watson put that on the guitar,’” Alterman said. That brought him back to the piano around the age of 13. “I was always getting into trouble for changing a note or two,” Alterman said. “I didn’t know there was any kind of music at the time where you could be encouraged to do that.” Or that it would end up being his career. “I didn’t know it was a business,” Alterman said. “I just thought it was fun to play music.” He earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in New York University’s jazz program. One of his fondest

Jazz pianist Joe Alterman. (Special/Stephen Payne Photography) memories is playing New York’s Iridium Jazz Club. “The sound guy said, ‘This guy is going to win a Grammy one day,’” Alterman said. New York also is a special place because of trips he took with his dad – arguably his biggest supporter. “He knew I had talent, but I don’t think he really was encouraging it as a career,” Alterman said. “But now he just loves it. He travels with me to everything. It’s great.” As a teenager, he begged his dad to see Oscar Peterson at Birdland Jazz Club – a venue Alterman played for three nights in July and will play for five nights in January. “To play at Birdland with my dad in

the audience now, sitting at the table he and I sat at when I was 16 to see Oscar Peterson, it’s really powerful,” Alterman said. “It’s really special.” In fact, Alterman said it’s the connection with his heroes that provides many of his career highlights. “The most special things I’ll take with me forever are the times when I was able to connect with the real people who created the music and share the stage with them,” he said. Meeting Les McCann was meaningful for a different reason. “He said, ‘How much do you practice?’ I was kind of excited to tell him how much I practiced. I said, ‘Six hours a day.’ He said, ‘Man, that’s way too much.’ I was shocked to hear one of my favor-

ite piano players tell me I was practicing too much. He said, ‘You’ve got to live a little so you have something to play about.’ Alterman said he now practices about three hours a day. It’s plenty to keep him in top shape for upcoming shows to support his new album, “The Upside of Down.” The album is taken from live shows at Birdland in November 2019 and February 2020, but the title came to him during the pandemic. “I had more time than ever to be at the piano, but I had nothing to prepare for,” he said. “I was trying to look for some good in all the bad. And that’s when the title ‘The Upside of Down’ came to me. It’s what I’m all about. And I think it is what jazz is all about. There’s something very uplifting about music. Even the sad stuff has some happiness to it.” Alterman said he is happy with his musical path, but he still has goals. “I’d like to grow the listenership,” he said. “It’s really more of the same, but more of it. I just want to play my piano and get people to hire me to do what I do.” Alterman (with Kevin Smith on bass and Justin Chesarek on drums) will be at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. for Jazz on the Lawn. “Bring a sweater,” Alterman advised. And an interest in jazz by an artist with a lifelong love for it.


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Leaf Watch October will see fall leaves ablaze with color in North Georgia, North Carolina

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ctober is primetime to see the fall foliage at its peak color, so set aside a weekend for a drive to North Georgia or North Carolina.

According to the Fall Foliage Prediction Map at, leaves will peak a little earlier than usual in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina between Oct. 4-11, while Oct. 18-25 will offer the brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows in North Georgia. At this writing, Georgia State Parks were still limiting access if parks become too overcrowded to maintain social distancing, so be sure to check gastateparks. org for updates. The same goes for the Smoky Mountains, where the National Park Service is requiring masks in all buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, these are the parks to check out the best foliage color along with some recommended hikes and activities.


Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge An hour north of Atlanta in Dawsonville, you’ll find the Southeast’s tallest cascading waterfall. A short, flat path leads to a boardwalk offering the most spectacular views. There’s also an easy-to-reach overlook at the top. For a tougher challenge, start from the bottom of the falls and hike up the steep staircase.

where you’ll find two waterfalls. The 5-mile West Rim Loop is moderately difficult and offers great views of the canyon.

Black Rock Mountain State Park At an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain in Clayton is Georgia’s highest state park (Brasstown Bald is the state’s highest peak). Roadside overlooks and the summit visitor center offer sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 2.2-mile Tennessee Rock Trail is a good choice for a short, moderate hike. For an all-day challenge, take the 7.2-mile James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail.

Cloudland Canyon State Park Located in Rising Fawn, one of Georgia’s most beautiful parks offers easyto-reach rim overlooks and challenging trails. A favorite hike takes you down a staircase to the bottom of the canyon,

Fort Mountain State Park This park in Chatsworth is best known for a mysterious rock wall along the mountain top, plus a variety of trails. For the easiest walk, take the 1.2-mile loop around the park’s green lake. For a challenging, allday hike, choose the 8-mile Gahuti Trail. Mountain bikers have more than 14 miles to explore. Hwy. 52 has beautiful mountain scenery and overlooks worth stopping to see.

Moccasin Creek State Park

▲F.D. Roosevelt State Park Many people are surprised to find hardwood forests and rolling mountains south of Atlanta. The 6.7-mile Wolf Den Loop is a favorite section of the longer Pine Mountain Trail. For a touch of history, drive to Dowdell’s Knob to see a lifesize bronze sculpture of President F.D. Roosevelt and views of the forested valley. Ga. Hwy. 190 is a pretty driving route.

Georgia’s smallest state park sits on the shore of a gorgeous Lake Burton. Guests can choose from the 2-mile Hemlock Falls Trail or 1-mile Non-Game Trail with a wildlife observation tower. Hwy. 197 is a particularly pretty road, passing Mark of the Potter and other popular attractions.

Smithgall Woods State Park Protecting more than 6,000 acres around Dukes Creek, this is the perfect spot for fly fishing while enjoying fall color. Day visitors can picnic near the creek, and overnight guests can hike a private trail to Dukes Creek Falls. A 1.6-mile loop climbs to Laurel Ridge and provides a view of Mt. Yonah once most leaves are BK

off the trees. Smithgall Woods has some of the park system’s most sought-after cabins and is near wineries and Helen’s Oktoberfest.

Tallulah Gorge State Park Tallulah Gorge near Clayton is one of the most spectacular canyons in the Southeast, and you can choose from easy or difficult trails. Hike along the rim to several overlooks with waterfall views, or hike to the bottom of the gorge for a bigger challenge.

Unicoi State Park & Lodge Ziplines take you high above the forest canopy for a unique view of leaves near Helen. If you’re up for a steep hike, take the 4.8-mile Smith Creek Trail up to Anna Ruby Falls. Unicoi offers a lodge and restaurant.

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Near Blairsville, the 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail makes a nice day trip for experienced hikers, offering a birds-eye view of the park’s lake. For an easier walk, follow the Lake Loop to a small waterfall below the dam. The twisting roads around Vogel, particularly Wolf Pen Gap Road, offer some of north Georgia’s prettiest fall scenery.

While the leaves will be past their peak, the annual Highlands Food & Wine Festival ( returns Nov. 11-14 with music, tastings, dinners and more. Highlands also offers great shopping, dining, and the chance to explore the scenic surroundings.. Visit for more information.

A short drive from Asheville, just below Mt. Mitchell and near Black Mountain, the music festival features African, Latin, Appalachian, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Bluegrass, and more Oct. 14-17. Visit theleaf. org/the-festival for tickets and information.


Enjoy dining, shops, visit the Biltmore Estate, take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, or have a drink at one of the breweries or distilleries. The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is set for Oct. 14 and Oct. 17 in downtown. Visit for more information.

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival At press time, the annual Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival at Village Green in downtown Cashiers was still on for Oct. 8-10. More than 100 Artisans, food, entertainment and more are staples of the event. Visit for more information.


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When In Rome

Picturesque city in the Appalachian foothills is perfect for a weekend getaway BY COLLIN KELLEY Built on seven hills at the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula, and Coosa rivers, Rome is a charming alternative for quick weekend getaway. Around 90 minutes northwest of Atlanta, Rome is probably best known as a college town thanks to the presence of Berry College and Shorter University, but there’s also plenty of museums, historic sites, dining, shopping, and beautiful places to stroll along the river.

Where to Stay Rome is mostly a chain hotel room town, so if that’s what you’re looking for, go for the two that put you right smack-dab in the middle of the action: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham ( or Courtyard Marriott Riverwalk ( At press time, rooms were going for around $135 per night. Both hotels are downtown, so all the

restaurants, shopping, and places of interest are literally outside your door. There also both on the Oostanaula River, so see if you can book a room with a view. The other option is Airbnb ( There are a few places downtown, but you’ll likely be in the more residential areas outside the city center. From lofts to charming cottages, there’s likely a home to suit you.

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Where to Eat Broad Street is Rome’s bustling main thoroughfare, and you’ll find plenty of delicious places to eat and shop (more on that in a minute). Harvest Moon Café ( has giant burgers and tortilla chips with homemade pimento cheese dip, while La Scala ( offers up pasta, fresh seafood, and a good wine list. Ana’s by the River (anasbytheriverrome. com) has rotolo, sandwiches, and salads or

if you’re craving Mexican food, El Zarape ( has tacos, fajitas, and margaritas. For dessert, stop by City Creamery ( for

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What to See To get the lay of the land and a spectacular view of the rivers and downtown, go to historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Built in 1857, the terraced resting place’s most noted residents are former First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson, and Private Charles Graves, a World War I veteran chosen as the “Known Soldier” to be buried alongside the “Unknown Soldier” at Arlington Cemetery in Washington. Graves’ mother objected, and he was brought home to Rome instead. Another Rome landmark is the Clock Tower, which dates to 1872. There’s a museum inside that’s open the first Saturday of each month. If you want to climb to the top for another impressive view of Rome, it’s 109 steps to the top. Walking and biking paths along the river are a great way to relax and check out the city. Be sure to cross the Robert Redden Footbridge, which was formerly a railroad bridge across Oostanaula River where it meets the Etowah to form the Coosa. There’s a touch of Paris on the bridge, as couples

have attached locks to the railing to symbolize their love. The Chieftains Museum is located in the home of Major Ridge, a leader of the Cherokee tribe who was eventually assassinated for his role in ceding Indian land to the United States, which led to the infamous “Trail of Tears” – the forced removal of indigenous people to reservations. The Town Green just off Broad connects to the riverfront and is often the spot for concerts, events, or just chilling with the free wi-fi. Berry College has more than 80 miles of

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Mountain Events ◄ Dollywood Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN is hosting its annual Harvest Fest events through Oct. 30 The rides, games, and entertainment are open during the day, before the park transforms for whimsical, eyecatching displays of lighted jack-o-lanterns and other harvest themed illuminations. Visit for more details.

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Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

▲Oktoberfest in Helen

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Wings Over North Georgia Air Show The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline this year’s air show, Oct. 30-31, at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA. The event will be held 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and will utilize a drive-in format offering spectators the perfect mix of social distancing while watching some of the top military and civilian aviation performers. Visit for more information.

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Railroad based in Chattanooga is running weekend trips all month long on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. There are several routes to choose from and there’s even a dinner option to enjoy a meal in the dining car. Visit for information, reservations, and to see COVID-19 safety information.

The 50th annual Oktoberfest continues daily throughout October with local businesses and restaurants serving up music, food, and plenty of beer. See the details, band schedule, where to stay, and more at

Tennessee Valley Railroad A perfect way to see the changing fall colors is by train, and the Tennessee Valley

Head to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Oct. 8-16 for the festival, which will offer musical performances, arts & crafts, attractions, food and more. Visit to find out more and see the fairgrounds’ full schedule of events.

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Delta CEO Ed Bastian: ‘We are thrilled to call Atlanta home’ BY MARIA SAPORTA As Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian sees it, the upcoming Atlanta city elections are “extremely important” for our city’s future. Bastian commented on the city elections after speaking at the Sept. 21 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. “The city is at a real inflection point,” Bastian said during a brief interview. “We are looking for great leadership.” Bastian heralded the close relationship between Delta and the City of Atlanta, which owns Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, now the second busiest airport in the world after the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China. “Speaking as an airline guy, I won’t get into all the politics of Atlanta,” Bastian said. “But we have the most important airline asset in the world here. HartsfieldJackson is the best run airport; it is the biggest airport, and it drives the most amount

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of economic value for our region over any other asset in the state. The city does a fabulous job running it. We are thrilled to call Atlanta home because of that asset.” Although he didn’t mention the State of Georgia by name, Bastian has previously said he is opposed to efforts for the state to takeover Hartsfield-Jackson. Kiwanian Phil Smith asked Bastian about the company’s government relations with the state, and he apologized for “a few curveballs” legislators have thrown at Delta over the years, such as trying to remove a jet fuel tax credit when they didn’t like certain positions the airline had taken. “Growing up as a corporate leader, we’re trained to keep our head low,” Bastian said. “We try to stay out of politics … Unfortunately, when you look at the world we’re in, the society we’re in and the divisiveness we’re facing, the values that our brand and our company represents … Sometimes you feel compelled to speak and say something. Sometimes you have to put yourself out, out in harm’s



way, and I appreciate some people agree. Some people don’t agree but we’re not trying to be politicians. We are just trying to represent our company and the values we stand by.” During his talk to Kiwanis, Bastian covered many topics. He called the pandemic the “biggest” crisis in history of the airline industry – greater than 9/11, the 2008 global economic recession, the Gulf War or mergers. In 2019, Delta had the most revenues of any airline in the world – generating $50 billion. It celebrated a record profit sharing with its employees on Valentine’s Day 2020, and then 30 days later its revenues had dropped to 3 percent. “It was as dramatic as it sounds, and it still gives me shivers when I say that,” Bastian said. “But we’ve picked ourselves up. We’re not all the way through it yet. We’re about two thirds of the way through, in terms of revenues coming back.” Read the full story on saportareport. com.


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