Sandy Springs Reporter - October 2021

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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 Resident honored


Commentary Worth Knowing


Around Town




Chef band


New Italian restaurant




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



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 One-year-old Delilah McDaniel at Lucy’s Market Historic Preservain Buckhead. (Isadora Pennington) tion, tours will be givBY COLLIN KELLEY AND AMY WENK en 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 activIt’s October – a month for thrills, chills, ity and has been featured on TV shows such and of course, some fall fun! We’ve rounded as “Ghost Hunters” and WSB-TV’s “Georgia’s up a guide to events in the community and Haunted Hidden Gems.” Enjoy socially disbeyond. Be sure to check for COVID-19 guidetanced spirits on the porch before your tour. lines and don’t forget your mask – it is HalSpaces are limited. Ages 21+. $35 per person. loween, after all. Masks required indoors. More information North Springs Fall Pumpkin Patch and tickets are available at 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

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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 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 @reporter_newspapers SS


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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.


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Two studies released about impact of Buckhead cityhood BY AMY WENK

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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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New Dunwoody hotel to include rooftop bar BY SAMMIE PURCELL A new hotel will bring a rooftop bar – the first in the area – to Dunwoody. AC Hotel Atlanta Perimeter opened in Dunwoody at 40 Perimeter Center Place on Sept. 9, offering 156 rooms and situated across the street from Perimeter Mall. The hotel will soon feature the city’s first rooftop bar, called Bar Peri. “The concept behind the AC Hotel Atlanta Perimeter is simple but powerful – edit away the unnecessary to allow guests to focus on what is most important to them,” said Mitch Patel, president and CEO of hotel owner Vision Hospitality Group, in an announcement. “ We are excited to of-

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BY SAMMIE PURCELL Film and television productions in DeKalb County are expected to bring in $1.377 billion in economic output from 2018 to 2023, according to a new report from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The metro planning agency joined forces with the DeKalb Entertainment Commission to generate the report. It looks at the projected economic impact and employment of the film and television industry, along with the types of productions. One of the productions partly filmed in DeKalb County is the upcoming reboot of “The Wonder Years,” said a spokesperson for economic development agency Decide DeKalb. The reboot premiered Sept. 22 on ABC. “Georgia’s robust and thriving film and television industry has created a multi-faceted return on investments statewide as productions bring needed job opportunities, technical training, earning potential, and direct economic impact that strengthens the financial fabric of our community,” said Decide DeKalb President Dorian Debarr. The report takes data from 2018 and uses that as a base to project the industry’s trajectory over the next five years. According to the report, 85% of the industry jobs that come to DeKalb County in the fiveyear period will stay in the county. The report also projects that the industry in DeKalb County will experience a 6.9% annual growth rate between 2020 and 2023.

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Brookhaven names greenspace after resident BY SAMMIE PURCELL Brookhaven has officially dedicated a greenspace located on Remington Road to local resident and veteran Tom Reilly. The dedication took place during the Brookhaven City Council meeting on Sept. 14. Councilmember Linley Jones read the proclamation at the greenspace, which is located at 1664 Remington Road. The city decided to honor Reilly – who has lived in Brookhaven since 1953 – because of his dedication to the environment, the preservation of greenspaces in the city, and the protection of urban wildlife, Jones said. Reilly has volunteered for the National Wildlife Federation – a national conservation advocacy group – for 15 years.

He is also a member of the Brookhaven Tree Conservancy and has advocated for the reduced use of herbicides while still supporting the removal of invasive plant species and the protection of native plant species in Brookhaven parks. “Tom Reilly worked to protect and preserve the natural environment and became a relentless advocate for wildlife and a dedicated steward of the ecosystem,” Jones said. “[He] played a vital role in setting up habitats, clearing trails, manning recruitment booths, publishing wildlife articles, establishing ecology clubs, making presentations, and helping create and pass Brookhaven’s tree protection ordinance.” Cary King, who serves on the Brookhaven Planning Commission,

also said a few words about Reilly’s time in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War during the event. Reilly received a Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts for his service. Reilly said a few words at the end of the ceremony, thanking the council for the dedication. “My family and I will remember this forever,” he said. “Thank you so very, very much.”

Brookhaven has named the Remington Road green space after Tom Reilly (center), a longtime Brookhaven resident who has advocated for environmentalism in the city.

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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.

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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 speakeasy-themed 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 kitchen that serves you like you are family. Whether you love a gyro or a Mediterranean salad, there is no shortage of flavor. “It’s been tough because we have so much competition. We are going to fight to make it because I believe our food is that great,” said the owner, Sandy Papadopoulos. 5. Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio: When it comes to waxing, not all studios are created equal. Though there are multiple locations around Atlanta, I was thrilled in early August when Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio graced us with their presence in Brookhaven. From the moment I walk in the door, I get the VIP treatment with estheticians that care, top of the line skin care products, and the extra bonus of having a TV in every room for a more relaxed wax experience.



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As a senior executive, leading billion-dollar business units, for three Fortune 500 companies, I will utilize my strong business acumen, strategic planning and execution experience to meet the immediate and long term needs for the residents of Sandy Springs. I will make these priorities a reality. I have been married to my wife Margaret for 40 years and we have three children. Our family is committed to making this an even better community for all.

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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 and resources as a source of both fiwrites about people whose lives inspire others. Contact her 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 marketingity consultant on the Dunwoodywhen he first proposed Carol it inNiemi Now, of lifewho arelives important as is access to Sandy Springs line and writes about people whose lives inspire it’s more relevant than ever as the Combusiness resources. Work forces want to others. Contact her at 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 [Macy’s New York],” he said. Danny Ross. 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. In 2004-2009, he found time to be coMichael Starling, Dunwoody president, along with his wife Queenie, economic development director. of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. During that time, he was instrumental ing economy in which technology touchin saving the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, es everyone. campaigned for Dunwoody cityhood and Thanks to Atlanta’s expanding tech served on Dunwoody’s first city council. ecosystem, many OTP cities now have Like Michael Starling, he thinks Duntech incubators, with ties to Georgia woody already has the infrastructure, inTech’s ATDC (Advanced Technology Decluding plenty of banks and office space, velopment Center) and TAG (Technology low personal tax rates and high quality Association of Georgia). of life. Already recognized as one of the “Why go all the way to ATDC when country’s top ten tech cities, Atlanta is you can get the same resources in Dunthe undisputed leader in fintech, with woody?” he asked. more than half of U.S. financial technol-


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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. He 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. “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. For example, 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 and Ruth attended the same smalltown high school. She “had a big crush on him,” she said recently as they sat in the lightfilled living room of their home in a Buckhead high-rise. But they ended up going their separate ways and married other people. Years later, they met again. “There was a recognition we should be together,” White said, and they reunited. They were married in 1974. Between them, they


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Tim and Ruth White. (Joe Earle) 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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Some Noted Accomplishments 1. A new fire station for District 1, to improve emergency response times 2. Eliminated the GADOT Flyover concept at Northridge Road 3. A new park in District 1, Crooked Creek Park, which connects to the Chattahoochee River With your help and vote, I am excited to continue to use my experience as a civic leader, engineer, and businessman to continue to improve our city.


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Thursday, October 21st starting at 6:00 pm, we will host a meeting for families and caregivers to discuss and learn about dementia, caregiver techniques and suggestions on approach. Our topic this month will be “Preparing for the Holidays.” The meeting will be hosted by social worker, Melissa Sage and Pastor Matt Lacey from Agape Hospice Care and The Mansions. To RSVP call Tammy Crouch at (470) 338-5064 or email




Local chef likes to rock, too BY AMY WENK A popular Sandy Springs chef can dish up more than gourmet pasta. Jamie Adams, chef and owner of Italian restaurant il Giallo Osteria and Bar, also displays his creativity on the stage. Adams, a Sandy Springs resident, runs a chef band called C.J. & the Doughboys. Many of the members have a connection to food. The band plays bluesy rock and funky R&B, said Adams, including songs from the Allman Brothers Band and ZZ Top. “I had played guitar ever since I was 12 years old,” Adams said. “I played in bands out of high school and did that for a couple years, and then I kind of drifted into the food business.” C.J. & the Doughboys will play il Giallo’s upcoming sixth anniversary event, called Gialloween in honor of the restaurant that opened Oct. 31, 2015. The band stands for Chef Jamie (C.J.) and the Doughboys, because we “make a lot of dough around here,” he said. Adams, who grew up in Buckhead and went to St. Pius X Catholic High School, said his first love was music. “I just was drawn into it early,” he said. “I made my parents buy me a guitar. I was the youngest of five, and they all listened to a bunch of music that just really electrified me. I wanted to do that.” But, Adams said he lacked confidence to pursue music as a full-time profession. “I felt like I wasn’t good enough, and that’s when I started steering into restaurants and I felt very at home,” he said. “The other side of the story is my parents

were from New Orleans, and as a family of five, my mother did a lot of cooking. I grew up around all those flavors.” He would then spend five years in Italy, honing his skills as a chef. Music was put on the back burner. “I kind of left it behind a good bit and came back to Atlanta, started working with Buckhead Life [Restaurant Group]

and had a great career there,” Adams said. He would spend almost 20 years with Buckhead Life, working first at Pricci and then the former restaurant Veni Vidi Vici, where he would grow his reputation as a top Atlanta chef. But one night, his friend surprised him by saying he had to run to practice with his chef band. That band was run by Chef Ford Fry. Adams soon joined the musical troupe, playing gigs including Taste of Atlanta and Fry’s “Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival.” “The chef band has got some history,” Adams said. But over the years, people drifted apart, so Adams revived the band with some new members and a new name. The band today includes Adams, on guitar, joined by Greg Hammen, Zack Hammen, Riley Hoskins, and Jack Massey.



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• N ow offering stem cell injections for long term pain management BY AMY WENK Tre Vele, Sandy Springs’ newest restaurant, opened in late September at the City Walk shopping center. The Italian restaurant is a concept from the team behind Buckhead’s Mission + Market. That includes brothers Jonathan 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 Buck-

Sandy Springs and is currently planning a big redevelopment at one. That project is just a couple blocks from Tre Vele. Giancarlo Ruiz, formerly of restaurant Storico Fresco, is serving as executive chef at Tre Vele. Ruiz, 40, was born in Peru but raised in Florence, Italy. In an interview, he said he’s excited to highlight the handmade pastas of the restaurant, which he makes fresh and dries by hand. The pastas can accommodate different dietary needs, such as vegan and gluten free. Winslade called Ruiz a master of Italian food and said he was pleased to show off his talent to the city.

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Chef Ian Winslade and Jonathan Akly. (Special) head, Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland, and Paces & Vine in Vinings. “I think Sandy Springs has really become an extension of north Buckhead, but out of the hustle and bustle of Buckhead,” Winslade said during a media event Sept. 17. The city is growing rapidly, he said, in particular noting investments by Atlanta developer Jamestown, which owns two shopping centers in


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Local musician Joe Alterman finds his calling in jazz BY BETH E. CONCEPCIÓN

is: “Joe Alterman is an inspiration to me! His piano playing, his will to exMark Twain — plore, and his abilior Confucius, some ty to swing is a joy to say — coined the behold.” phrase, “Find a job Alterman, 32, you enjoy doing, credits Doc Watson’s and you will never “Freight Train Boohave to work a day gie” with turning his in your life.” Whopiano hatred to love. ever said it, jazz piaHe said he wanted nist Joe Alterman is to learn that song on living it. the guitar. He has been in“My dad made a terested in music deal that I could take since he was a Sanguitar if I kept up dy Springs toddler. with my piano,” he “I remember said. when I was like Jazz pianist Joe Alterman. (Beth E. Concepción) “The teacher three or four goeventually told me, ing to my parents ‘You know, boogie and asking for piano lessons,” Alterman woogie is piano music. Doc Watson put said. “They gave me the lessons, and I took that on the guitar,’” Alterman said. a few and hated it. I wanted to quit. They That brought him back to the piano wouldn’t let me.” around the age of 13. His parents were smart. He went on to “I was always getting into trouble for earn praise from jazz legend Ramsey Lew-

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. He earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in New York University’s jazz program. One of his fondest memories is playing New York’s Iridium Jazz Club. 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.” 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. In fact, Alterman said it’s the connection with his heroes that provides many of his career highlights, such as meeting Les McCann.

“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 … 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 was trying to look for some good in all the bad,” he said. “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 (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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Healthy Dog Habits: How a Monthly Welness Membership Can Help Taking care of your pup is a big responsibility. A monthly wellness membership can make it easier. Key takeaways: • Dogs benefit from healthy routines just like humans. • Good routine wellness, medical care, exercise, and proper nutrition are important for dogs. • Monthly wellness memberships make care needs easier to tackle. Dogs are a lot like people. They enjoy exploring outdoors, quiet time, and personal pampering, for example, and tend to be creatures of habit. They prosper when routine and patterns are part of their everyday lives, too. Veterinary visits, regular wellness, exercise, and healthy nutrition are essential habits that dogs depend on their owners to instill. An easy way to help your pup get everything it needs is with a monthly wellness membership that can be more affordable, save more time, and offer a greater level of expert service than DIY jobs. Memberships typically include basic routine dog care services such as bathing, nail trimming, and ear and teeth cleaning, but extras like blowouts and haircuts can brighten a dog’s day (just as they can for pup parents!). There are several routine habits a dog needs to stay healthy and happy. This guide explains the most important ones, and how a monthly wellness membership can fit into the big picture. Healthy habit #1: veterinary visits Vets check for signs of illness and disease, make sure your dog is growing and developing correctly, and treat infections and pests such as fleas and ticks. Pups visit the vet’s office for vaccinations and major procedures, but they must make return visits for check-ups. Puppies should get their first immunization shots at approximately 12 weeks old. The vaccinations for distemper and parvo are recommended at this age, while that for Bordetella is optional. Rabies shots are typically administered before 16 weeks of age. It is best to ask your veterinary team about the timing for the vaccinations your pup may need. Some are administered annually, while others are done every few years. It’s important to keep up with proper immunizations and boosters, though: Without them, dogs are at risk of illness and disease. @reporter_newspapers SS

Healthy habit #2: food Dogs will eat almost anything, but they need a balanced diet to stay healthy and vibrant as they age. The best is a combination of vegetables, fruit, and raw meat and bones. A lot of human food is also good for dogs, but some items – including grapes, almonds, chocolate, and onion – should be avoided because they can be harmful or even toxic. It’s possible to feed a diet of carefully chosen human food, but it’s easier (and just as healthy) to find quality dog food. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has set forth nutritional guidelines for animal food, and every ingredient is printed on the packaging to ensure quality. Vets always have recommendations for healthy dog food, so be sure to ask the professionals if you’re worried about making the right choice. Healthy habit #3: routine care and hygiene Keeping your pet clean is part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular care and hygiene keeps fleas and pests away, prevents infections in the nails and ears, and helps maintain their teeth and gums. Some people hear “routine care” and assume it means the works, but dogs don’t always need full haircuts and blow dries. Sometimes they just need a good shampoo, a trim around the eyes, and attention to their nails and ears. Think of it the same way that humans bathe several times throughout the week to minimize bacteria, dirt buildup, and maintain a clean outward appearance. Your dog needs the same! A monthly wellness membership for a doggie spa experience is a great way to keep your pet dirt-free and smelling good, in addition to all the health benefits. Wellness memberships offer various packages so pet parents can choose what they need when they need it and aren’t saddled with set services every visit. This saves time and money and is especially helpful when you have more than one pup. Healthy habit #4: exercise and activity Animals can get lazy, just like humans, but they need to keep active and interested in physical activity to stay healthy. A daily walk or play in the yard is great, but other activities such as swimming, climbing, and obedience work are also healthy for them because they stimulate them in different ways.

The amount of exercise a dog needs daily is dependent on factors such as age, breed, and health, but there are some standard guidelines. Puppies Puppies usually have more energy than mature dogs, so they require more exercise. Think of all the puppies you’ve seen madly dash around the room for no apparent reason. They need an outlet for that pent up energy! It’s important to be mindful about exercise, though, because too much activity can harm a small pup. Puppies benefit most from several quick bouts of daily play mixed in with a short walk. Adult dogs Some breeds, such as Border Collies and German Shepherds, are high energy throughout their lives. They require 30 minutes to two hours of physical activity every day, even as adults. Low-energy dogs, such as Pugs and Basset Hounds, do well with less-vigorous activity, such as a few leisurely laps around the yard and a game of tug. Any movement counts, but it’s good to incorporate both low- and high-level energy exertion. Senior dogs Senior dogs require less exercise. Health is often a factor, but movement and mild activity is still crucial as they age – especially for sick dogs. Fifteen to twenty minutes of moderate activity is typically enough for an older dog. It’s vital to consider your lifestyle when you choose a puppy. A high-energy dog needs an owner who enjoys getting out and doing things such as hiking, biking, swimming, and running. A person who prefers to stay low-key would make a low-energy dog very happy. Filling a dog’s life with healthy routines is the best thing a pet owner can do. Dogs are just like us in that they need a stable schedule of nutritious food, good routine care and hygiene, timely medical care, and plenty of exercise to remain in good health. Setting and sticking to that routine will mean a long and happy life for both you and your pup.

Have a go-to for professional pet care services Monthly pet care memberships are an efficient way to save time and money while still giving your dog the love and care it deserves. Scenthound is a convenient, affordable solution for routine dog care and basic grooming that revolutionizes how pet parents keep their fur family clean and healthy. Our wellness-focused, membership-based routine dog care company is disrupting an outdated industry with a unique approach and a blue ocean strategy. Traditional dog care focuses on breed-specific styling, but Scenthound’s services center around routine and preventive care for dogs in five core areas: Skin, Coat, Ears, Nails, and Teeth (SCENT). Contact Scenthound today to lavish your dog with the love it deserves.

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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 SS

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

some hand-scooped ice cream or frozen yogurt. Continued on page 24

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Nowhere else can you enjoy a true mountain lifestyle a stone’s throw from the charm and vibe of Georgia’s favorite mountain town, Blue Ridge. Only at Old Toccoa Farm, behind the beautifully appointed Gate House, can you enjoy custom homes and residences of unparalleled quality and design alongside a magnificent mountain “links-style” golf experience. Here, People, Lifestyle & Design live together and nature stands center-stage. Home of the 2021 Georgia State Golf Association Public Links Championship. 706.946.4653

Obtain the Property Report required by Federal Law and read it before signing anything. No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor as a solicitation of offers to buy property in Old Toccoa Farm by residents of any state where prior registration is required.

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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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hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, and disc golf courses, all open to the public. The European style feel of the campus and its lovely ground are also perfect for a stroll. The campus has become a favorite movie location, with “Stranger Things,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Remember the Titans” are just some of the tv shows and films that have been shot there. To find even more tourist spots,

Where to Shop Head back to Broad for some unique

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shopping, including a stop at Dogwood Books (, which has 20,000 used, rare, and new titles to choose from. Do Good Boutique ( offers women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, food items and home goods that are fair trade, use repurposed or recycled materials, and support charities. Riverside Gourmet ( is a charming shop full of kitchen necessities, gadgets, and wine, while Whistle Britches ( whistlebritchesrome) has women’s clothing, accessories and more.

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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

This is what you’ve worked so hard for – and now it is time to enjoy life! Grandview at Gateway is located just minutes North of metro Atlanta in Jasper, considered the “First Mountain City”. At Grandview, we understand that when you choose active adult community living, you’re not just buying a house, but a home with a fulfilling lifestyle.

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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