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Letter from the 2016 Chair and President/CEO THE NEWNAN-COWETA CHAMBER had an incredible year in 2016, celebrating some significant new awards and
milestones. As always, we couldn’t have achieved such a successful year without our board of directors, Chamber staff and Chamber volunteers! Some of the highlights of the year included recognition of our Chamber as National Chamber of the Year by the Georgia House of Representatives in February, the successful March Madness membership campaign, the Chamber’s support of the Linear Parks and the German Model Apprenticeship Program, and the successful relaunch of Leadership Coweta. We were also pleased to host so many highly attended events, such as our Business-After-Hours networking events, the NuLink Early Bird Forums, and the new State of the Community lunches. Since it was an election year, we helped keep our members informed about the issues by hosting several Candidate Forums in partnership with Central Educational Center. We also had a lot of fun in 2016, from our 31st Anniversary Golf Classic in May to our annual Small Business Awards Celebration in August and our hugely successful Winter Wonderland Big Expo in November. Also, we continued to market Coweta County as “Prosperity’s Front Door” through our popular branding campaign. As we look ahead to 2017, we’re so proud of what our Chamber has accomplished and look forward to even greater achievements ahead.
Tony Ferguson, Georgia Power, 2016 Chair and Candace Boothby, President/CEO
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Letter from the 2017 Chairman of the Board DEAR CHAMBER MEMBERS, I am honored to serve as your 2017 Chair of The Newnan-Coweta Chamber. I look forward to working with all of you as The Chamber continues its mission of championing economic prosperity for its members and all of Coweta County. My job will be much easier thanks to the work of our 2016 Chair, Tony Ferguson. His efforts — along with those of the Chamber board, committee chairs and our outstanding Chamber staff — resulted in dramatic progress over the past year. As a result of those efforts, The Chamber now boasts almost 1,000 members and continues to be among the most respected and influential Chambers in the nation. We also have the distinction of being the only Chamber in Georgia to have received the coveted National Chamber of the Year award. We will continue the effort to educate, advocate and assure that Coweta County remains “Prosperity’s Front Door.” In the coming weeks, you can expect to see your Chamber front and center as we work for passage of the Educational John Hall Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) that will make sure our schools maintain the tradition of excellence for which they are known. We’ll also continue to offer leadership in the exciting German Model Apprenticeship Program that has focused so much attention on Coweta County in the past year. And to make sure that our recreational offerings here in Coweta remain first-rate, we’ll be lending our support to the new Linear Parks project and are excited about watching it come to fruition. Another of our goals for the year ahead is new and improved programming to give expanding Chamber value to our members. The future is bright. With your continued help and support, our Chamber will make Coweta County an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
John Hall, United Bank, 2017 Chair, Newnan-Coweta Chamber
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1 Strength in Numbers – Our Chamber members include more than 1,000 companies, representing more than 18,000 employees in Coweta County and including all industry types and company sizes.
2 Powerful Networking – Business-After-Hours, Power
Networking Lunch, and the NuLink Early Bird Forum are just a handful of events where you can build relationships with your peers.
3 Entrepreneur Support – The Chamber offers resources to assist your business at every phase, from start-up to growth and maturity of your business.
4 Marketing Opportunities – Receive member-only benefit listings in the Chamber’s Business Directory via hard copy or online at newnancowetachamber.org; take advantage of free publicity through exclusive services such as ribbon cuttings or hosting a networking event at your location; ramp up your visibility in the community by sponsoring a highly-publicized Chamber event.
5 Member Exclusive Discounts – Open the door to
exclusive Chamber discounts such as insurance (an average savings of $200+ per employee), Office Depot discounts, training and professional education seminars, and products and services from fellow Chamber members, including HotDeals.
6 Support Local Job & Career Growth – You’ll be a part
of promoting the well-planned vision for growth the Chamber advocates in Coweta County, and the Chamber’s work to strengthen our local economy and ensure economic prosperity for everyone.
7 Buy Local – The Chamber is at the forefront of
encouraging area businesses and residents to keep their dollars within Coweta County by making their purchases from local stores and vendors.
8 Members First – Our members look to their fellow
members first when it comes to finding products or services to purchase and 80% of the public is more likely to buy from a Chamber member. Additionally, you’ll get free, ongoing referrals from the thousands of customer inquiries received each month at the Chamber office; only Chamber members are referred.
9 Help Establish Policy – The Chamber is the voice of
business in our community. We actively engage with government entities at the local, state, and federal level to inform policy decisions that affect your company’s ability to thrive.
10 Great Return on Investment – The average Chamber member’s investment is about a dollar a day. Finding just one new customer through the Chamber pays dividends for years to come.
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Advocacy Division Chamber promotes Coweta’s role as Healthcare destination
Coweta County Safety Council educates community, businesses on workplace safety OUR ADVOCACY DIVISION supported Coweta’s industrial and general business by continuing its work with the Coweta County Safety Council, which was formed under the auspices of the Chamber to provide guidance and training to businesses in Coweta County. This council is comprised of safety professionals who desire to share their collective knowledge to help local industry comply with OSHA regulations and ultimately keep the Coweta County workforce healthy and safe. The Safety Council believes that it takes the combined efforts of local companies and community resources to effectively promote safe work practices. Last year, the Safety Council also was a cosponsor of a popular Active Shooter presentation at The Newnan Centre. Business leaders and members of the public attended to learn how to protect themselves in the event they are ever confronted with an active shooter situation. In 2016, the Safety Council also featured monthly programs ranging from emergency preparedness plans to hot weather safety and OSHA rules. The Chamber also supported the Coweta County Safety Council by creating a new marketing brochure to use in recruitment efforts for the organization. For more information on the Coweta County Safety Council, email info@ newnancowetachamber.org.
The Coweta County Safety Council recently elected new officers for the year, and they include Ken Pinkerton of Grenzebach Corporation, Chair; Jeff Johnson of Kason Industries, Vice Chair; Brian Ferrell of Yokogawa Corporation of America, Communications; and Rick Jones of the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority, Communications Backup.
ONE OF THE KEY AREAS of concentration for the Advocacy Division in 2016 was the continued effort to promote Coweta County’s unique role as a healthcare destination. As part of our new State of the Community Lunch series, we hosted a “State of Healthcare” lunch that brought together the CEOs of three local hospitals, who shared success stories and how they are contributing to the quality of life here in Coweta. Also, we continued our popular marketing initiative and disseminated information about the increase of hospitals, clinics and specialty health services in Newnan. Following the marketing recommendations several years ago in the
At the State of Healthcare Lunch, from left: Anne Meisner, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Matt Reed, Newnan CEO; Michael Robertson, Piedmont Newnan Hospital; Ilona Wozniak, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital; Chamber President & CEO Candace Boothby
special report “Coweta County: Healthcare Center of Excellence,” our initiatives included the publication of a Healthcare Annual Report that was shared with recruiters and Realtors to use as a tool in promoting this area. The digital version of our Healthcare Annual Report can be accessed by visiting newnancowetachamber.org, selecting the “Community” tab and clicking “Healthcare Report.”
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Member Engagement Signature Events Draw New Members, Create Connections
Our Golf Classic, sponsored by Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Club Corp, and our Political HobNob, sponsored by Coweta-Fayette EMC, were just two of the signature events where our Chamber members got to make new connections in 2016.
MEETING NEW PEOPLE face to face is one of the most valuable aspects of Chamber membership. In 2016, many of our members took advantage of these great networking opportunities through committee involvement and attendance at our signature events. These events are designed to create connections, and often the networking results in leads generation. In 2016, The Chamber facilitated these connections through six signature events: the Annual Meeting, March Madness, the 31st Anniversary Golf Classic, the Small Business Showcase and Awards Celebration, the Political HobNob and the Winter Wonderland Big Expo. Our new “State of the Community” lunch series, ribbon cuttings, BusinessAfter-Hours networking events, NuLink Early Bird Forums, the Coffee Call Business Card Exchange, Power Networking Lunches and other meetings created even more opportunities for meeting new people and prospective customers.
Programs Focused on Small Business Growth SMALL BUSINESSES make up a large portion of Coweta County’s business community, and they are the backbone of our Chamber as well. The “Small Business Matters” initiative provided opportunities specifically tailored for small businesses, such as Leads to Business, Power Networking Lunches, and the annual recognition of business success through the Small Business Awards. Dogwood Veterinary Hospital and Laser Center of Newnan was named the 2016 “Overall Winner” for the Small Business of the Year Award.
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variety of seminars and learning opportunities are presented to give members insight into important information. This training provides Chamber members with the tools needed to meet the ever-changing demands of the workplace. Chamber University also connects members with valuable resources to help them grow their business.
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TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES to play a huge role in business, and this year The Chamber completed a successful redesign of its popular website, newnancowetachamber. org. Visitors can join the Chamber through the website, and existing members can use the website to sign up for a Chamber event and even find a fellow Chamber member business. The site continues to offer under the â€œToolsâ€? tab its â€œCoweta Tools for Business Success,â€?
a place where members can access more than 600 low-cost online resources. These tools allow members to keep current without having to take time off from their busy schedules. Topics include Starting a Business, Growing a Business, Hiring/ Managing Employees, Business Training, Going Green and more. The Chamber also continues to grow its social media presence with its blog, Chamber Chatter, and daily posts on Facebook.
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Member Engagement Volunteering:
A Q & A with Volunteer of the Year Maggie McSweeney of Waste Industries How long have you been a Chamber member/ volunteer? Four years. I went to my first early morning NuLink breakfast, and there was a golf meeting after, and someone said, “Hey, come with us,” and the rest is history. Has it helped your business for you to volunteer? Volunteering at the Chamber gave me better access to the business community. You just never know who will be sitting next to you. The Chamber also taught me how to network and not just sell to people that I meet. It really starts with service to the community. I learned how connecting two parties together also helps me. I pride myself in knowing so many people and businesses, so now when I go somewhere and someone needs some type of business, I can say, “Hey, I know a guy…” What is your favorite event at which to volunteer? My favorite is the golf tournament. It’s
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fun, but it is exhausting! Why should others volunteer? I would encourage other members to volunteer because a healthy Chamber supports a healthy business economy. During my time volunteering, I was able to develop relationships with people and businesses I didn’t even know existed, and you just never know where that’s going to lead. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received a phone call and it’s someone I don’t know who said, “Someone from the Chamber said you were the person to talk to about trash.” It just goes to show you, people like to do business with people they know and trust. How did it feel to be chosen Volunteer of the Year? I was totally surprised and very honored. Over the years that I have been volunteering with the Chamber, I have seen amazing business people do selfless acts to help our community. Call me. I’m more than happy to help.
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Maggie McSweeney is congratulated on her 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award by 2016 Chamber Chair Tony Ferguson, at left, and 2015 Chamber Chair Danny Beck, at right.
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Chamber continues ‘Prosperity’s Front Door’ community branding campaign HOW A COMMUNITY CHOOSES to market itself is a key decision, and since 2011, The Chamber has been using the marketing and branding theme of “Prosperity’s Front Door.” The “construction” of a doorway to prosperity was a group effort of community leaders in business, education and government, guided by the accomplished Great Southern Publishers of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Researching the community, its history and the perception of its people, Great Southern
and The Chamber conceived of Coweta being a portal to a better, more prosperous community. Success and a productive future community was metaphorically like passing through a doorway and achieving a bright and prosperous future from the launching spot of Coweta County. Logos, colors and graphic depictions were produced and launched in 2012. The various entities closely associated with Coweta agreed to adopt and use these branding
components on literature and other identifying vehicles. But what is it that makes Coweta’s boast of being “Prosperity’s Front Door” meaningful and not just a slogan? We identified the basic “pillars” of Coweta’s strengths — healthcare, education, business, shopping, housing and quality of life — to support the claim of being the front door to prosperity. The “healthcare” pillar has been an early focus of the campaign, and in the future we will be
featuring the other pillars to give life and meaning to our marketing slogan. Our belief is that “Prosperity’s Front Door” will become more and more closely identified with Coweta County. Coweta’s strength is its people and leadership, its opportunities and possibilities. We have made a great start, and we know that our citizens, our businesses and our elected officials will continue to work together and be “Prosperity’s Front Door” for years to come.
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2016 Prosperity Awards
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Winpak Films, Inc. is a local manufacturer who specializes in producing high-quality packaging material and machines used for the protection of perishable foods and beverages and in health care applications. In the past year, work began on an 85,000-square-foot addition to their Senoia facility. Through this project the company is adding at least 30 new jobs to the area’s workforce and investing up to $40 million for the project.
Grenzebach and E.G.O. have been integral in launching the Georgia Consortium of Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT), the first program of its kind in the United States. It was launched by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in May 2016. The program unites the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. with the Technical College System of Georgia and eight Coweta County manufacturing companies. Beginning in the tenth grade, students will now have the opportunity to complete their education with a high school diploma, German apprenticeship certificate and an associate degree in Industrial Mechanics through West Georgia Technical College.
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2016 Volunteer Awards
CHAIRMAN’S AWARD - GARNET REYNOLDS
CHAIRMAN’S AWARD - LANA MOBLEY
Garnet Reynolds of BB&T has recently taken charge of the Leadership Coweta Program. Our Chamber took a break from the program the last two years in order to revamp it. Garnet has led the charge, and by all accounts, it has been wildly successful. In addition to taking charge, he also attends and leads every meeting and is with the class every step of the way.
Lana Mobley and her team at NuLink have been huge supporters of the Chamber over the years. They are the original sponsor to have a signature event named after them, the NuLink Early Bird Forum, they continually interview various Chamber leaders on The Link to promote what is going on with our organization, and they record and broadcast many of our Chamber lunches and events on the local station, giving us a broader reach in the community.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - KIM MELHOUSE During our membership event last spring, Kim Melhouse of Tiernan & Patrylo was responsible for bringing in lots of new members, which earned her the title of the Chamber’s first and only Godmother, joining the ranks of our Godfathers, Dennis McEntire and David Watts. Kim also co-chairs the Golf Life Ladies League and serves as an integral part of the Winter Wonderland Expo Committee.
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2016 Small Business of the Year
Small Business of the Year Award EACH YEAR The Chamber recognizes one of our area’s small businesses as the Small Business of the Year. This Prosperity Award is a testament to the businesses that are key contributors to our local economy, those that lead the majority of our workforce across the threshold to prosperity. Awards are provided in the following categories: Entrepreneur, Growth, Employer and Overall. Small business is the
economic engine of our economy. Nearly 97 percent of all businesses are small businesses with less than 100 employees, and small businesses are 54 percent of the total workforce. The Chamber, SouthTowne Motors and UBS Financial Services are proud to recognize this vital segment of our local economy. SouthTowne Motors and UBS Financial Services are the title sponsors for this program.
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Connecting Members NuLink Early Bird Forums
These NuLink-sponsored breakfast events featured upscale programs and speakers and exclusive information at a fabulous location, The Newnan Centre. At our August 2016 breakfast honoring local law enforcement are, from left, Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager, NuLink’s Lana Mobley and Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows.
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Our 31st Annual Golf Classic, sponsored by Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Club Corp, showed why this annual event remains one of the most anticipated, sold-out golf events in the region.
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In November, the Chamber hosted another successful Big Expo, the Winter Wonderland Big Expo, at the Summit Family YMCA. Presented by Delta Community Credit Union, this event features more than 100 exhibitors sharing their products and services with more than 1,500 attendees.
The Business Women’s Network, sponsored by LifePlan Financial Advisors, Inc., had an exciting year, with speakers including Georgia Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley (shown with Cynthia Bennett, Candace Boothby and Gwen Garrison) and Christa Pitts, the co-CEO of Creatively Classic Activities and Books, the publishing company behind the best-selling Christmas classic The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition.
Connecting Members Young Professionals
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It was a terrific year for the Leadership Coweta program as we relaunched the program and introduced the 2016-2017 class members!
Designed for those 21-45 and those “young at heart,” the YPs foster personal and professional development through social events, community service and professional opportunities for Coweta’s young professionals. Here, YPs enjoy their annual Holiday Party at Blalock Lakes.
Gaining New Members In March, Jimmy Cusano of Your Chamber Connection returned to Newnan to lead us in another record-setting membership campaign.
Business-After-Hours Launching ‘State of Community’ Lunch Series
Each month, Chamber members gathered at various Chamber member businesses for networking while enjoying great food and drink. Something Special in Newnan hosted the April BAH.
In conjunction with Newnan CEO, we launched a “State of the Community” lunch series that focused on topics including government, education (above) and health care.
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2017 Business Plan
2017 BUSINESS PLAN Chamber Chair - John Hall, United Bank
Chamber Mission To champion increased economic prosperity for our members
Chamber Vision To be recognized as the premier and most influential business organization in Coweta
CHAMBER STEWARDSHIP DIVISION chaired by
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
GOAL: Maintain resources to carry out the mission and vision
Building Trust, Confidence and Community for 100 years.
Newnan Tyrone SouthCrestBank.com
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membership retention strategy to retain 85% of all members annually IV. Strategic Direction – Determine three year focus through a strategic planning initiative
MARKETING DIVISION chaired by
McKoon Funeral Home
GOAL: Communicate the impact of the Chamber and actively promote the community
I. Financial Stability – Support revenue building strategies focused on operating efficiencies, financial sustainability, and member ROI II. Growth – Develop growth strategies that increases new membership 5 – 10%
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annually III. Retention – Develop
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2017 Business Plan I. Chamber Value – Communicate the value of the Chamber to members and the community II. Community Promotion – Promote a sense of place by branding live, work, play messages as part of the Prosperity’s Front Door messaging that attracts talent and families to fill jobs and spend money
MEMBER SUCCESS DIVISION chaired by
Dr. Tonya Whitlock
West Georgia Technical College
GOAL: Enhance member success I. Inclusive & Diverse – Be inclusive and diverse in our approach to involving members and including existing members II. Return on Investment and Profitability – Develop workshops/ training programs/ opportunities to help members increase prosperity, profitability and performance III. Leadership Development – Serve as a source for strong leadership development
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VOICE OF BUSINESS DIVISION
chaired by Phil Trickey Yamaha Motors
GOAL: Serve as the leading voice for business through political advocacy I. Issues Education –
Educate the business community through regular legislative update information II. Quality of Place – Serve as an advocate to improve the quality of place in the region III. Strategic Partnerships – Create strategic partnerships
that enhance the effectiveness of the government affairs activities IV. Talent Development – Serve as a link between the business and education communities on K-12 and postsecondary workforce preparation issues and programs
When you choose HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan for your recovery after an illness, injury or surgery, you’re choosing a higher level of care. That’s because rehabilitation is all we do, supported with the latest technologies, certified rehabilitation specialists and comprehensive programs to help patients reach maximum independence.
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2016 Chamber Staff Chamber staff members include, from left:
Director of Membership Development
Director of Programs
Candace Boothby, President and CEO
Director of Events & Communications
Nora Ann Wood,
Membership Retention Specialist
Executive Assistant & Office Coordinator.
For Children With Learning Differences
Session One: June 12 – June 23 Session Two: June 26 – July 7 • Tutoring in Reading, Math and Writing Skills
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The mission of The Bedford School is to maximize
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2016 Chamber Staff
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2016 Board of Directors
Dr. Steve Barker Samantha Brazie Coweta County School System
Progressive Heating & Air
Mike Robertson Piedmont Newnan Hospital
Hasco Craver Ex-Officio City of Newnan
Chris Stephens Coweta-Fayette EMC
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Mike Fitzpatrick Ford
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Our goal is to educate the public and maintain a safe and clean water environment.
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Mike Fitzpatrick Dr. Bob Heaberlin Jr. University of West Georgia, Newnan
Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Mark Whitlock Ex-Officio Central Educational Center
Martha Ann Parks Knox and Panoply
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan
Jeff Phillips Newnan Utilities
Ex-Officio Coweta County Development Authority
U N I T E D S TAT E S • C A N A D A • M E X I C O • K O R E A
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2016 Executive Committee
Tony Ferguson Chair
Chair-Elect/Treasurer United Bank
Vice Chair Chamber Stewardship PrintSource
Vice Chair Marketing
McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory
“COVERING” Coweta County since 1977 Asphalt Paving • Driveways • Concrete • Commercial Paving • Cart Paths • •
Dr. Tonya Whitlock Vice Chair Member Engagement
West Georgia Technical College
Vice Chair Voice of Business Grenzebach Corp.
Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO
1225 Old Corinth Rd. Newnan, GA 30263
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2016 Ribbon Cuttings
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2016 Ribbon Cuttings
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ANOTHER GREAT YEAR FOR THE NEWNAN-COWETA CHAMBER! For Almost A Decade The Bear 92.5 Has Been A Local Radio Station That Serves The Coweta Community, Respects Everyone, And Strives To Become Everybody’s Favorite Station! Proud To Be A Member Of The Chamber! Lookin To Wo g Forward ALL o rking With f Peopl Coweta’s e Cowe To Keep ta GR EAT!
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I naugur al Village K eepers For m al Award Dinner
Honoring African-American Women in Funer al Service. Octavia J. Mahone
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 6:30 PM at Saint Smyrna Baptist Church 68 Heery Road, Newnan 30263
in 2016. Mary Sewell
For additional information:
Linette H. Ward
Seated, left to right: Johnny Blount, Travis Hall, Jerry Davis, Rodney Riggs. Standing, left to right: Hattie Dunn, Robi Brook, Rick Barnes. Not pictured: Vince Bass, Kelvin Thompson.
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