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Need a little help decorating your home for Halloween? We’ve got a few tips and ideas that will help you put the “haunted” in your haunted house this holiday season.

27 | Ghost Tales From books strewn on the floor to the sound of footsteps

on the staircase, Coweta County is inundated with lore on spectral activity, especially in historic homes.

38 | Private Eye As the brain behind Bloodhound Investigative Services,

private investigator Kathy Wainscott says patience is the greatest virtue when it comes to catching the culprit.

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Many consider it a morning ritual, a necessity in order to face the day. Others say there’s an artistry to making coffee and that there is a sense of community when ordering a cup of joe at a local coffee shop. We just know we like it.

54 | Power Changer For decades, the stacks at Plant Yates have loomed large over western Coweta County, and the plant has been a source of employment and a contributor to the local economy.

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’m not sure how many degrees I am from Kevin Bacon (remember the game?), but recently I was 15 yards from Michael Keaton. Keaton, of course, is known for his roles in “Mr. Mom,” “The Paper,” “Birdman” and “Batman.” In July, he was in Newnan filming scenes for “The Founder,” a movie that tells the story of McDonald’s visionary Ray Kroc.  Years ago, I missed a chance to meet iconic comedian Bill Murray when he was in town filming “Get Low” along with some dude named Robert Duvall and some lady named Sissy Spacek.  I’ve regretted it ever since. For me, old Murray is so much cooler than young Murray. So when my Newnan Times-Herald co-worker Chris Goltermann popped into the office one evening to say he’d just seen Keaton standing on a nearby street corner awaiting filming, I did not hesitate. I dropped what I was doing — was the newspaper late that night? — and bolted for the set, along with Chris and staff photographer/ celebrity paparazzo Jeffrey Leo. Chris is our resident super fan No. 1 when it comes to all things Keaton. While many of us typically quote the standard “I’m Batman” when referencing the actor, Chris can impersonate all the clones from Keaton’s lesser-known classic ”Multiplicity” and pull timely quotes from ”Night Shift” on demand. So we found ourselves on a downtown sidewalk that Friday, Keaton’s 2015 Academy Award acceptance speech still fresh on our minds, huddled together and ready to fangirl over one of our favorite anti-Hollywood heroes.  When he finally appeared on set, the small scene they were filming took several takes. With each take, Keaton inched his way closer to our small delegation. Once when I thought I’d gotten his attention, I gave the “What’s up, bro?” head nod. He seemed to return the gesture, as if to say, “I enjoy your work, too.”  I’m certain that’s what he meant, in fact. That’s MY story anyway. Chris has a story, too. Same

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with Jeff and several other fans who assembled that evening. But what’s cool is this: Just as I shared the same airspace and street corner with Keaton and now get to write about it, many of us in the community have similar celebrity stories to tell, whether it’s meeting Norman Reedus and having him pose for photos with our babies or spotting various actors from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” chilling somewhere in Coweta County. A couple of Peachtree City police officers get to add arresting “Hershel” and “Gabriel” of “The Walking Dead” fame for drunk driving to local lore. Many of our Facebook feeds during the last few years are full of similar timeline updates. One important person often overlooked in the excitement of celebrity sightings is former Georgia Senator Mitch Seabaugh. Though luring Hollywood to both Georgia and Coweta through tax incentives was a combined governmental effort, I think it’s safe to credit Seabaugh, who represented Coweta and beyond during his term, for being among the biggest advocates for those tax breaks and for working tirelessly to implement them for several years. More than a decade ago, he saw the benefits of bringing filmmaking to Coweta. Also in that discussion is Senoia businessman Scott Tigchelaar.  On a recent trip to California, while drinking at a local pub and watching the NBA playoffs and making introductions, I relayed to my new friends that I was from Newnan instead of the perfunctory Metro Atlanta area.  One of the patrons lit up and said, “Ah, ‘The Walking Dead!’” And for the rest of the evening, despite my repeated claims to the contrary, he insisted on telling bartenders and customers that I was a famous producer from the show.  I finally countered with, “No, no. I was simply ‘Overweight Zombie Extra No. 21.’” It’ll be interesting to see how many stories each of us gets to tell as we continue to reap the benefits of Seabaugh’s and others’ foresight so many years ago. I, for one, won’t forget the Keaton head nod. And who knows? Maybe Murray will return for a “Get Low” sequel.

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Oktoberfest returns to downtown Newnan on Oct. 23 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. More than 30 downtown businesses participate each year by extending their business hours in order to serve guests samplings of various craft beers. Call 770-253-8283.

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is the news editor for The Newnan TimesHerald. Both his grandmothers were storytellers, and he feels he inherited their verbal gifts and put them on paper. He loves hearing — and telling — stories that say something about people and their lives. Power Changer, page 54

ELIZABETH MELVILLE

– a former crime reporter for The Newnan TimesHerald – is a financial administrator for a private school in Peachtree City, as well as a freelance writer. In her spare time, she enjoys immersing herself in culinary pursuits.

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is a writer and a photographer for The Newnan Times-Herald. He enjoys spending his time with family, riding his bicycle, and listening to his police scanner. Private Eye,

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A former Newnan TimesHerald crime reporter, WES MAYER has been reading printed books since he learned how to read and doesn’t even own a tablet because he’s “so poor,” so he thinks e-books are dumb and a waste of money. Sticking

When MEGAN ALMON isn’t traveling around the nation speaking for the Life Training Institute, she’s at ease in her log cabin in Newnan with her husband, Tripp, and their two children. She’s into most things artistic, great books, and excellent coffee from the vantage point of her front porch swing. Embracing

with the Printed Word, page 68

e-books, page 69

MELISSA DICKSON JACKSON is a

When he’s not configuring a server or writing code for a new website,

JONATHAN MELVILLE

likes to spend his time making pillow forts with his daughter, going on hikes with his wife and planning next year’s Halloween display. Trick it Out, page 22

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has spent time working in both public mental health and in the theater, two vanishing entities – or one and the same vanishing entity. He currently is striving to convince Boll Weevil Press to appreciate his experimental but genial assemblage of writings, “Another Farewell to the Theatre.” The Cat She Did Collection, page 71

poet, a mother of four, and a full-time writing instructor at the University of West Georgia. She’s published two books of poetry, “Cameo” and “Sweet Aegis.” Ghost

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Sarah Holden says 60 feet or so below the sea, “you just feel like you’re free.” For the nursing instructor and Newnan resident, scuba diving is “an amazing, incredible experience.”

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Q. A. Sarah Holden is ready to demonstrate how to dive after putting on all her equipment at Peachtree Dive Center in Peachtree City.

How did you get started scuba diving?

In college, a couple of my friends were getting certified, and I decided to get certified with them. Once I started, I never looked back. It’s been about 10 years. Have you always enjoyed the water?

I enjoy going to the beach, I love being out on the lake. I wouldn’t say I was a fish, but I’ve always loved being in the water. But I never foresaw myself scuba diving. It wasn’t until I had encouragement from friends that were doing it that I said, “Hey, let me give this a shot.” Had you done much snorkeling before taking up diving? Did that have an impact on you wanting to take the next step?

I’ve been snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Hawaii and off the coast of Mexico. I’ve traveled to quite a few places. I think that was a part of wanting to scuba dive. When you’re snorkeling, it’s hard to dive down and really take a look at what is under the water and take it all in. I was never very good at holding my breath and diving down to try to look at the life. You come back up and there’s saltwater in your snorkel and you’re gagging and saltwater is coming in your mouth and you’re flopping about in the ocean. It can be a miserable experience sometimes. The scuba certification class was a great opportunity. It was discounted for college students. What is the training and certification process like?

I can’t remember how many classes it was, but it was once a week for several weeks, in a pool. You learn how to set up all of your equipment — your buoyancy compensator, your dive computer, and your pressure monitor. You learn all the pieces of equipment and you learn your dive tables. Dive tables tell you how long you need to wait between dives so you don’t get the bends, decompression sickness. You can get air bubbles in your lungs and pop your lung

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— you can get so sick you have to go to a hyperbaric chamber. How long you have to go between dives is based on how deep you go and how long you are under. If you go deep enough, you have to do a safety stop, where you stop at a certain place on the way up. It’s usually a couple of minutes. Generally speaking, almost everybody does a safety stop. There’s a rope hanging off the boat that you can hold on to to go down. Usually, there will be some marking on the rope, and that is where your safety stop is. My longest was about 20 minutes, but the deepest down I’ve been is about 65 feet. My beginner certification is for 60 feet, but sometimes I’ll sneak down a little bit deeper. After training in the pool, we went to Panama City Beach and did five dives for the open water certification. We started in the shallow water, where we went in and kind of went under. Then we went into open water and jumped off the boat. My second time going into the water, my regulator [which provides the oxygen from the tank] was kicked out of my mouth. Visibility was minimal; I could see maybe 10 feet in front of me. I got my regulator put back in and then I had to clear it, to blow the water out. I did it underwater. I was pretty proud of myself. In my mind I’m panicking, but I’m like, I can’t panic, I’m 20 feet under. The hardest thing I had to get used to was equalizing my ears. Some people just swallow and pop. It takes me a little while.

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After you got certified, then what?

I felt very comfortable, I felt like my instructor did a great job. I was ready to get the ball rolling. My next dive was about a year later, in Grand Cayman. It was beautiful — clear water, beautiful fish. If you go any amount of time without diving, they offer refresher courses.

There’s just a strange feeling you get. If you’re on the fence about it and you decide to do it, then more than likely you’re going to love it.

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What do you like about scuba diving?

It’s just the craziest feeling. It’s like you’re floating and it’s just so peaceful down there. It’s like you’re just seeing the whole world in a different way. It’s not just walking down the street. Yeah, there are lots of places of beauty and grandeur in the world, but it’s just seeing the world from a different side, just seeing the entirety of the world in the ocean. If the visibility is good and it’s clear water, it’s like you’re in a pool and you opened your eyes. And it just goes on forever. What would you say to someone who is thinking about learning to scuba dive?

Give it a shot. The great thing is, once you get certified, it’s something that you have for life. It’s a great way to see the world in a different way, a very enlightening experience. It makes you think deeper about things.

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Does it ever get a little scary?

Sometimes it can. There have been a couple of times where I’m like — did I check my tank? But you can look at your computer and it tells you how much oxygen is in the tank. The hardest part is if water gets in your goggles. They’re filling up and you’re in 60 feet of water. There’s a technique, you can blow it out, but I’ve never been able to perfect that. I wear contacts and if my goggles start filling up, I can’t really see. What if I run into something? It’s kind of terrifying. It can be scary, too, when visibility is very low. There was a time when we were doing more shallow diving, probably like 15 feet. We were close to the sand. The sand was getting kicked up, visibility was minimal and you get confused as to which way is up, and you’ll get all vertigo. The sun was so bright, and the sand was so white it looked almost equal. I was really confused as to which way was up. My oxygen was getting low and I was starting to kind of freak out a little bit. When I got up, I was dizzy and nauseous. What about sharks?

In the Caymans, I saw a couple of reef sharks. They were babies. I haven’t had any shark encounters. When I was getting certified, right before my second dive off the boat, there was a barracuda swimming right where I was supposed to jump. It was four or five feet long with shiny sharp teeth. My instructor said, “Don’t worry, he’s the chicken of the sea.” He didn’t look like a chicken. I jumped in, he swam away and came back and checked us out. I haven’t had anything “investigate” me other than the barracuda. I’ve always wanted to go to South Africa and do the great white shark cage diving. There’s a joke divers make about sharks. You’re always supposed to dive with a buddy. The joke is: What happens if you see a shark when you’re scuba diving? You take out your knife, stab your buddy, and swim away. How often do you go scuba diving?

I haven’t been able to go as often as I like, with my job. Typically, I like to go about five times a year. Where do you go?

Typically I will go off the coast of Florida, off the Gulf. Just because it is cheaper — I can drive down there and the water is nice. You see something a little bit different every time. Not every time is the same. In Panama City we went to a little shipwreck — there are fish all around and there’s


Scuba diving is an experience like no other, according to Sarah Holden. However, practice makes perfect, and making use of indoor facilities is a good way to stay sharp for the next open water dive.

natural growth like reefs that are starting. It’s really kind of peaceful and it’s kind of eerie. Wrecks are a good experience; it’s kind of like a piece of history in the water.

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Do you have an ultimate dream dive?

I would probably have to say the Great Barrier Reef. I feel like there is so much to explore there. There is all this life down there.

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merciless, windswept plains of ancient Britain, Ireland and northern Europe has evolved into a modern day celebration of the macabre. Every October, as the days begin to cool down and the trees start shedding their leaves, we get into the Halloween spirit by carving pumpkins, donning costumes and, of course, haunting our homes. However, what is now a fun-filled day actually has a much more sinister origin. Halloween was born out of the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain (sow-wen), which literally means “Summer’s End.” It was a night marking not only the end of the harvest but the beginning of winter, or the “darker half” of the year. It was also believed that the barrier between the living and the dead was at its thinnest during Samhain and that the spirits of the dead roamed freely. If the harvest had been particularly bad that year, human sacrifice was seen as a means of appeasing the gods in hopes of staving off death during the brutal winter to come. While we relish in our trickor-treating and costume parties today, Samhain was literally a matter of life and death. As Christianity began its rise to prominence during the middle ages, the Catholic Church frequently assimilated various pagan traditions into its own holidays. This was done to make Christianity more accessible to pagan types and to win converts to the Christian faith. In an attempt to co-opt what was seen as the unholy rituals of Samhain, Pope Gregory IV moved


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the Feast of All Saints, formerly celebrated in the spring, to coincide with the Celtic harvest festivals. This day came to be referred to as “All Hallows Eve,” the eve of All Saints Day. Over the centuries, “All Hallows Eve” was shortened to Halloween. Today, around 70 percent of Americans celebrate Halloween. Consumer spending related to Halloween topped $7.4 billion in 2014, with $2.2 billion spent on candy alone. But as fans of the holiday can attest, it’s not just about the candy and costumes. We love decorating our homes for the spookiest day of the year. Halloween decor has come a long way from its tacky, gory origins and now presents itself as a holiday filled with elegance and creativity. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can add some sleek Halloween style to your home.

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BOO LETTERS At 24 inches tall, these giant BOO letters make a big impact on a mantle or a wall, but not on your wallet. Made from paper maché, each letter can be purchased for around $8 from an arts and crafts

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SCARY TREE BRANCH Most of us probably have a stray tree branch or two laying around in our backyard, so why not put one to use in your Halloween display? Find a branch that is approximately the right size for your mantel. If needed, you can always trim it to the correct length. Next, spray paint the branches black and wrap these with orange LED lights. For added effect, perch a few black ravens on the branches.

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SWAP OUT REGULAR LIGHT BULBS FOR COLORED ONES This is a simple tip that creates a spooky ambiance inside your home for a Halloween party. Purchase blue, green or red compact fluorescent bulbs at any home improvement store and replace your regular light bulbs with the colored ones. Instant Halloween atmosphere for minimal money and effort.


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CREEPY VINTAGE APOTHECARY WINDOW Greet your Halloween guests with an eerily painted window featuring a Victorian-era apothecary advertisement. This project is a little more involved than the others, but it has a big impact in any room of your home. You will need a reclaimed window, which you can pick up at most flea markets or antique stores. Next, download the pattern for this image by going to assets.times-herald.com/ncmag/ spooky.pdf. You can print out this image to the size of your window at most print shops. Tape the pattern to the flip side of your window and trace with a black Sharpie marker. Fill in your pattern with a black acrylic paint. Foam brushes work best. After the black paint has dried, paint over the entire surface with white acrylic paint to make your image pop. Let dry and display.

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home is great fun not only for you, but for all the trick-or-treaters who will surely appreciate the effort you put into making their Halloween a little more special. We all have a memory of “that house” from our childhood, the house that went all out and was not to be missed. As fun as going “all out” can be, even some basic outside decor can make a big impact. Here are a few tips for making the most of your yard haunt on Halloween night: Stage a spooky graveyard scene that your trick-or-treaters can walk through. You can pick up cheap styrofoam tombstones at many stores during the Halloween season. This is a good option if you don’t want to sink a lot of money into your display. The downside is they tend to look a little gaudy and break easily, usually not lasting more than a season or two. For something with greater durability and a more realistic look, check out Halloween Haven from home decor retailer Grandin Road (grandinroad.com/ halloween-haven). ☞ Old kerosene lanterns are a great scene-setter for your graveyard, giving the appearance that the undertaker has just stopped by. You can find these in antique stores, flea markets, or online. The dirtier and grungier the lantern, the better. Replace the wick inside the lantern with a flickering LED light and place next to your tombstones. Little touches like this really add to your scene. ☞ Purchase a bag of moss from a craft store and apply strategically to your 26 | www.newnancowetamag.com

tombstones. This will give them an aged look. ☞ Buy a cheap “Bag of Bones” from a party supply store and toss into your scene. What’s a haunted graveyard without a skeleton or two laying around?

ADD SOME EERIE FOG TO YOUR SCENE It wouldn’t be Halloween night without a little spooky fog lingering in the graveyard. Use a fog machine, fog juice and a timer to deliver blasts of thick fog to your scene every few minutes. You can pick up a fog machine for around $50 and it will provide you with many years of use. This is a simple touch that will have a big impact.

COLORED LED SPOTLIGHTS You can pick up various colors of LED spotlights in seasonal Halloween stores and online. Introducing lighting to your scene is one of simplest ways to add a spooky ambience to your outdoor decor. Lighting can make even inexpensive props and decorations look top-notch. LED spotlights are the best choice, as they offer very bright light, are energy efficient and stay cool even after extended use. Now that your home is properly decked out for the Halloween season, there’s only one thing left to do ... go buy lots of candy. A house that looks as good as yours is sure to attract more than a few trickor-treaters. The most important thing to remember is, no matter how big or small you decide to go with your decorating, the goal is to have fun. Halloween is a holiday we celebrate with our community, our friends and our neighbors. It invites us to be a kid again, at least for one night. Now, go forth and haunt! NCM


“There was a woman following your daughter down the stairs. I could see her plainly from the head to the knees and below that ... nothing but mist.”

ghost Tales Coweta has rich history of spectral activity

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early half of Americans believe in ghosts. That’s about as many as believe in any given president, more than believe in a strict interpretation of the Bible, and about a third fewer than believe in God (any god). Maybe these are startling statistics, but there they are. Here’s the trouble with ghosts: The harder a skeptic looks, the harder they are to find; the harder a believer looks, the more there appears to be. So it is that NCM set out on an impossible task: To document Coweta County’s most haunted spaces while acknowledging the skeptics and honoring the believers. One thing

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Many Cowetans believe the spirits attached to their homes are former occupants whose happiest times took place in those historic houses.

seems certain – at least in the undercurrent of myth, rumor, and speculation – Coweta’s unsettled dead have not left the building (as Elvis did). And they bring with them a mixed bag of half-truths and distorted memory. With a grain of salt in hand (a bucket on standby), what follows isn’t so much an inventory of haunted spaces as a rendering of folklore and whispered private intrigue. Homeowners hesitate to confess a specter, Confederate or not, lest it hasten the interest of tourists or vandals and procure the squinting eyes of self-righteous neighbors. Incredulity and cultural commentary aside, all the following stories are personal accounts delivered with sober sincerity. They are alternately bonechilling, heartwarming and outrageous. In some cases, they are all three. NCM respects them all as true documents of Coweta’s citizen history.

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home languishes inside its veneer of peeling paint and neglected hedges. Bought and sold a number of times over the last decades, this home is lost in a corridor of Georgia history many Cowetans continue to cherish, disdain, or ignore. Its noisy nightly guest produces a clanking, resonant sound reminiscent of metal on wood as it seems to ascend the stairs. A former occupant reported that the evening clamor ceased only when he whistled “Dixie.” The Confederate holdout, he presumed, could find some nightly peace content in the knowledge of that rebellious solidarity. 

SONS OF DIXIE In other homes nearby, unexplained footfalls are almost always those of Confederate veterans. Apparitions in tattered slacks and old shoes must be Confederate. One such specter appeared to a gathered family that watched in horror as a figure described to the 911 dispatcher as “a homeless man” bolted up the stairs of an otherwise vacant historic cottage. When officers arrived, they found no one


on the upper floor and no evidence of a window escape route. “A Confederate ghost!” they declared, it adorned in battle-worn pants and ill-fitting shoes.

POST-WAR POTENTIAL Paranormal experts and suspicious homeowners often reach first for lingering spirits of the Confederate dead, but where are the grocery clerks and pharmacists, the field hands and milliners, the telegraph operators, newspaper boys, gamblers and bootleggers? Maybe there are a few in the stories that follow.

GOOD FOLKS, GOOD TIMES – FOREVER Near First Avenue Park, just north of the railway, sits a home marked by transient men in the 1930s and ’40s as a good source for a meal and a kind heart. Inside, the smell of pot roast once filled the air, and outside unfiltered cigarette smoke billowed into the evening wind. Rooms were rented and meals prepared. Lovers met, children were born and raised. Poverty, fear, and loneliness lifted for a few moments in the grace and generosity of that two-story, charmed Victorian. Decades later, a young couple fell in love with the home. They filled it with music and items recalling a bygone era. Sometimes in the quiet dusk-lit peace, an old Victrola spontaneously began to play, and the persistent smell of pot roast unsettled the air while the faint odor of cigarette smoke lingered near sealed windows. On one occasion, the homeowners returned from vacation to find the glass inlay of a vintage print neatly set on the floor, leaning against the wall underneath its still-hanging frame. An impossible event, they were sure it would have broken had it not received the support of some well-intentioned hand. When their

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A spinning Victrola or an unattended piano playing in the middle of the night can shake the confidence of even the most stalwart skeptic.

child learned how to speak, she could be found chatting amiably with an invisible friend she called “Jake.” Perhaps then, it was Jake whose unseen fingers lit upon the waist of the young mother as she swept her kitchen. Perhaps it was Jake who hid the small tokens toddlers cherish. Perhaps it was Jake whose pale gray shadow seemed to cross the hall while the young family dined. Previous owners confessed to dusting baby powder on the interior stair treads to catch the graze of sneaky feet. Houseguests wondered at the puttering heard in remote corners. But never once in nearly three decades has the couple felt anything but a happy alliance with their unseen housemate. They still live in blissful harmony, a short stroll from the railway.

STAIRWAY TO THE HEREAFTER In the College-Temple Historic District, a grand dame presides over the site of her joyous youth. Canine members of the present family have watched attentively, their eyes rising in quiet unison as an unseen figure ascends the stairs. But it was when the figure appeared to a visiting friend that things got spooky. The home was busy with family and guests that afternoon. One of them sat chatting with a view of the stairway. Dental work earlier in the day had left her in mild discomfort, 30 | www.newnancowetamag.com

but she soldiered on amicably. When a family member returned from a quick trip upstairs, the guest’s hand rose to her lips in alarm. The homeowner offered a pain remedy, but the guest refused. “It’s not that,” she said. “There was a woman following your daughter down the stairs. I could see her plainly from the head to the knees and below that,” she inhaled, “nothing but mist.” When the apparition was described to an elderly neighbor, the neighbor recalled the young daughter of the home’s original turn-of-the-century builder. “That sounds like Lenore,” she said. Lenore had wed in the home, had descended the stairwell into the arms of her waiting groom. After learning the name of his stairwell apparition, the master of the house called a paranormal professional, who suggested that the spirit had returned to a place of unique personal bliss. Confident he was reaching out to a happy presence, the homeowner decided to attempt communication. He waited until he was alone lest the effort seem absurd. “Lenore,” he offered, “we’re happy you’re here. You don’t bother us, and I hope we don’t bother you. But if you could, please let me know – give me a sign that you’re here.” The reply came immediately with a gentle puff of cold air. “Like someone blowing on the back of your neck,” he recalled. Lenore, it seemed, had been standing behind him.


“I left right then and it happened again. Three fingers on my shoulder, pushing me out the door.”

With a mix of fear and exhilaration he described the event to his paranormal acquaintance, whose response was less than enthusiastic: “Don’t do that again,” he warned. “And certainly don’t do it alone.” The homeowner now resists any urge to communicate with or research Lenore. “I don’t want to know,” he said. They coexist in mutual ignorance, and the family notices Lenore less and less with each passing year.

OPEN HOUSE (FOR SPIRITS), GRANTVILLE AREA It was supposed to be an ordinary open house event in an ordinary small town. The home was historic with unique

details and a prosperous history. But in this thunderstorm, real estate agents feared the worst: A lot of effort for no bang, no buck. Who would drive out here, to this small community in the shadow of Metro Atlanta, especially in this weather? But when the listing agent opened the door, she found a potential client already waiting. He wore a blue suit, held a hat in his swinging arm. He seemed confident, composed, comfortable. She asked how he was doing as she set about turning on lights and adjusting the climate control. He replied that he’d had a fine flight from Chicago. All the way from Chicago to see a historic home in the deadest, deepest South? When she

returned from her duties, he was gone. She looked for him all day, but never found him. When the open house slowed down, the agent noticed an elderly African-American woman seated on the bottom step. “I’m just sitting here chatting with Mrs. Murphy,” said the octogenarian, who sat alone undisturbed by the ruckus of the open house. The next time the agent climbed the stairs, they were empty. Again, the strange guest seemed to disappear. It was normal enough; plenty of neighbors take an opportunity to see an admired home with no real interest. They come, they go. Normal enough … until

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the homeowner disclosed the fate of a long dead uncle – plane crash, coming from Chicago – and the daily routine of his recently deceased mother, Mrs. Murphy, and her long departed housekeeper, an elderly African-American woman, as much confidant as housekeeper, and with whom she spent long, happy afternoons convivially chatting on the bottom step.

LITTLE LIGHTS AND A CHANDELIER, GRANTVILLE AREA This historic Reconstruction Era home features more ghosts than cousins attending a Roscoe community reunion. While the occupants never saw a figure, guests often did, and active glowing orbs were easy to distinguish on investigative videos. One orb appeared to crash into the face of a sleeping guest, who woke and glanced drowsily from side to side. A toddler chatted with an unseen gentleman across the gate and later described a man in suspenders whose appearance recalled a deceased former resident. A calico cat appeared and disappeared on the stairs. A chandelier suddenly ceased working. When the homeowner retrieved a ladder to examine the fixture, he discovered it had been turned off using the original vintage switch some 11 feet off the ground. No one in the home had ever used anything but the wall switch.

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SHOP LOCAL (FOR GHOSTS) Coweta’s ghosts frequent local businesses, too. In downtown Newnan, Stairway to Heaven, Granny Fannies, and Blue Moon Boutique have all reported suspicious and potentially paranormal activity. Retailers and restaurants in Senoia and Grantville describe similar visitations. Multiple successive businesses at #6 Greenville Street in Newnan have experienced unsettling moments. Melissa C. ran a vintage furnishings shop in the ’90s. She would sometimes arrive in the morning to find merchandise on the floor. More than once, large pieces of furniture fell over with no obvious cause. One such incident resulted in a customer’s trip to the emergency room. She described a general discomfort in the space and said trips to the basement, despite its ample shelving and Household pets often are recognized for their ability to feel the presence of "something else" in the house.

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Those who strongly believe in ghosts say doors, long hallways and tunnels are portals to the other world.

open storage, were not something she endeavored without company. Donna O. followed after with a similar business specializing in refinished secondhand furniture. She also rented to other vendors. One vendor offered antique and used books. Donna and her employees would sometimes find the books out of place or on the floor. Two employees witnessed books falling from the shelves in inexplicable ways. “Not straight down,” she reported, “but at an angle” like they were propelled or briefly levitated. The most frightening moment came on the afternoon Donna turned in her end-of-lease paperwork. As she entered the door and stepped into #6, she felt “three fingers on my back.” She described it as a distinct push. “Like someone pushing me in.” When she turned around to scold the perpetrator, “No one was there.” “I left right then,” she said, “and it happened again. Three fingers on my shoulder, pushing me out the door.” Ironically, despite Internet tales to the contrary, Donna says she never encountered a ghost in her subsequent location, the former Manget-Brannon Theater and Arts Center. Gay K., the current shop owner at #6 Greenville, says there’s been no activity in the store for a few years. But when she first opened, she, too, would arrive in the morning to find merchandise inexplicably strewn on the floor. One morning she inserted her key into the front door lock, and before she could turn it, a pendant lamp blazed brightly and shattered. “This was strange,” she noted. “We had to flip the breaker to turn anything on. There shouldn’t have been any current.” Gay also notes that the basement always feels especially unwelcoming. Former tenant Melissa C. reported an old rumor that underground antebellum tunnels connected downtown homes and businesses, and speculated that the tunnels may be the cause of both the spectral activity and the different sense of atmospheric pressure in the basement. “Yeah, those tunnels under downtown,” said a Newnan Utilities executive. “We call those sewers.” Not to be dissuaded, NCM asked a number of other local authorities, including architects, designers, historians, historic homeowners, city employees and business leaders, about the mysterious tunnels. One LaGrange Street historic

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in search of... Local ghost hunter Christina Barber has documented many of Coweta’s stories in her collection, “Spirits of Georgia’s Southern Crescent.” Read more there about Bonnie Castle in Grantville, the Cedar Creek Screaming Bridge, Old Newnan Hospital and Senoia. Barber took the time to investigate Blue Moon’s reported events. She’s still analyzing the data, but her “initial hunch” is that “there may be possible activity but we feel it is transient.” Her study of turn-of-the-century “maps used for fire insurance purposes” revealed that the second story of the building adjacent to Blue Moon was used as a Masonic Hall. Barber suspects the activity reported in that area of downtown Newnan may be related to the Mason’s possible use of occult rituals. A few years ago, Barber visited the Senoia Area Historical Society Museum at 6 Couch St. and presented evidence of ghost activity believed to be Mrs. Beulah Carmichael. The SAHS Museum displays Mrs. Carmichael’s wedding dress, the Carmichael family Bible and various portraits. The research team noticed activity near these artifacts. Barber’s team determined that the presence was probably Mrs. Carmichael. Much later, volunteers moved the Bible away from the area, and museum docents began to notice small changes in the position of some artifacts. Museum staffers suspected that Mrs. Carmichael did not approve of the Bible’s new location. When the Bible was returned to its original location, the mysterious rearranging ceased.

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homeowner admitted to some hopeful interest in the persistent rumors, but all efforts to find a secret tunnel have failed. “We tore down [an old outbuilding] hoping that might reveal an entrance, but there was nothing.” One business owner rumored to have sealed a tunnel leading into his shop concurred with authorities who dismiss the idea of any secret tunnels. “People used to talk about those tunnels,” he confided, “but I never believed there was anything to it.” With a confidential snicker he continued, “My place used to be a grocery store. In the 1980s, I made up a story about a ghost dog that came hunting for bones. You can use that one [for your story] if you need it.”

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Local investigator patiently pursues the truth

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“If you see a man hanging out alone at a family pool with a camera, you’re probably going to notice that, right? If I’m there, I’m just someone’s mom and it’s business as usual.”

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ATHY WAINSCOTT ISN’T YOUR ORDINARY, AVERAGE GUMSHOE.

After several weeks of sporadic, cryptic communications, she’s agreed to meet at a local restaurant for a drink and, for a few hours, offer a glimpse inside her world as a private investigator. The basic foundation of her profession is built upon the ability to remain unassuming and unseen. A good detective knows how to play to their strengths, and as a female PI, she has played this advantage to the hilt. “Let’s think about it,” she says, casually stirring a margarita. “If you see a man hanging out alone at a family pool with a camera, you’re probably going to notice that, right? If I’m there, I’m just someone’s mom and it’s business as usual.”

She has a point. Wainscott is the antithesis of the stereotypical PI – she’s tan, fit, and dressed in jeans, sneakers, and a tank top. She looks like she’s on her way to a daughter’s soccer practice, not to spend hours crouched in the woods with a video camera. From sitting in a parked car in a busy neighborhood to following a subject through a mall – her everyday appearance helps in almost every situation. It becomes clear that her gender almost provides a certain kind of cloak of anonymity. “It’s pretty handy,” she says with an unassuming smile. “People don’t even assume that you could be a PI. They think I’m a real estate agent or something.” Her attitude and mannerisms display a calm confidence. She’s not cocky, but rather unassuming september/october 2015 | 39


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The final stretch of any investigation involves a lot of fact-checking, paperwork and video editing. Wainscott has spent many weekends holed up in her office, ensuring the final product she delivers is rock solid.

and proud of her work. Great private investigators aren’t born, she says, but they all possess a certain kind of curiosity that can only be fully realized through the nature of their work. Observant, skeptical and willing to accept that – no matter what – uncertainty is the only thing that is certain. While her natural appearance gives her an undeniable advantage, it doesn’t matter in the long run, she says. Either you have the natural instincts of a sleuth or you don’t. “One has to understand the patterns and idiosyncrasies of human behavior,” she says. “If you don’t possess a natural curiosity, it’s not the job for you.” Wainscot has made a career out of her

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natural curiosity and has been a student of human behavior for her entire life. A child of the armed forces, she grew up in West Germany and moved to the United States when she was 17. “I’ve been snooping my entire life,” she says. “I’m the youngest of four, and was always going through my older sisters’ stuff. This felt a natural progression for me.” Wainscott turned pro in 2003 after completing a required 400-hour course to become certified. Three years later, she ventured out on her own and founded Bloodhound Investigative Services. During her first year of working independently, Wainscott devoted nearly every waking moment to her new business. She often worked 14-hour days across the


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“If someone is really hurt or being honest, it feels really good to share that with the other party. My job is to shine a light on the unknown.”

state, solely pursuing workers’ compensation cases. “After a year, I had to reel it back it in, but it taught me a lot,” she recalls. “It’s the typical ‘school of hard knocks’ story. You can’t learn this in textbooks. It takes trial and error and every situation is different. You learn how to adapt because you’ll never make it if you don’t.” “Unconventional” is certainly a term that applies to the success Wainscott has enjoyed as a private investigator. Even in the midst of the “boys club” world of private investigating, she’s made her mark and feels right at home. Her feminine wiles aside, it’s her understanding that no two cases will ever be alike that keeps her sharp. When your livelihood relies on remaining inconspicuous, you learn pretty fast, she says. Flexibility, attention to detail and patience – the schedule you keep is unlike any other. If the subject decides to take a road trip – you are, too, according Wainscott. “Oh, I love a long drive,” she

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says. “Since traveling is a pretty big aspect of investigative work, you have to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice and realize that you probably don’t know where you’ll be heading next.”

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“I spend a lot of time in my car,” she says. “A lot.” Wainscott’s choice of transportation is incredibly nondescript. The heavy tint on her windows is barely noticeable and the color blends into the parking lot seamlessly. To the unassuming eye, it’s just another car. Only when she opens the door does it become clear that this definitely is the car of a PI. Her essentials are cluttered throughout the interior but there’s a method to the madness. A portable cooler sits on the floorboard that rests next to her bug spray and a pair of sneakers. Two pairs of sunglasses are resting inside a ball cap on the passenger seat. “I keep asking my husband for a Detroit Tigers ball cap and a Hawaiian shirt,” she jokes, referencing one of the iconic television detectives of the 20th century. Being flexible yet completely inconspicuous is not an easy balance. When a subject is on the move, there isn’t much time to waste. A successful P.I. travels light, prepared and ready. A full tank of gas is a prerequisite. While a nondescript car or truck might be the assumed choice for a P.I., Wainscott reiterates that each case is always different. Cars are essential tools of the trade, so having a variety at your disposal is a necessity. “When you’re dealing with someone who might have had

prior experience with a PI, you have to think a little differently,” she explains. “You know the look on their faces. They’re alert – observant, and they’ll find you.” So when Wainscott was hired to follow an old pro, she changed her game a little – renting an exotic sports car. It might seem like a rather odd choice for someone attempting to remain unseen, but it was the perfect choice given the circumstances. “Well, PI’s aren’t known for driving flashy cars,” she jokes. “It also diffuses any attention toward the tinted windows. People just expect that from a sports car.” However, once the chosen car arrives at the scene, it’s not going anywhere for a long time. Wainscott will “post up” for hours on end. Her video camera is wrapped tightly around one hand at all times … and the waiting begins.

THE OFFICE After lunch, Wainscott agrees to provide a tour of her office. Nestled in an unassuming office park, it’s a strictly invitation-only fortress of solitude. Her small office is a much better reflection of her personality than the car. Because she’s a selfprofessed “neat freak,” case files and equipment are neatly stored and easily accessible. Suddenly, she checks her phone and says, “I’ll be right back.” She returns with a fellow PI who has just arrived with fresh footage. A well-known manufacturing company in the area suspects one of its employees might not be as injured as he claims. After several days of following the subject and waiting, luck finally strikes when the subject walks out to change a tire in his driveway. “That’s it – we’ve got it,” she says.


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Wainscott keeps a 9mm handy at all times. While she’s never had to use it, having it around makes her more comfortable.

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The independent senior lifestyle you’ve imagined for yourself is on the way.

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What started as a morning ritual has spilled beyond being a simple wake-up drink – as the hustle and bustle at Starbucks on a Saturday night demonstrates. Patrons dish out $4 for a gourmet drink without thinking twice. They savor it after dinner. It’s an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s a lifeline for the exhausted parent. It’s a first date, a good conversation starter. It’s the feeling of community served hot in a coffee mug. Coffee is America’s second most imported commodity (behind oil). It has witnessed a revolution from the days of earth-worn hands gripping a mug of Folgers. And there are emerging trends brewing as baristas explore new roasting techniques. Most everyone remembers the grandfather who’d get up with the roosters to drive through a McDonald’s and pay with car change for a hot brew. All he had to order was “coffee” because there was just one choice (by the way, is withstanding its scald the true measure of a man?). There was never cream and sugar – coffee didn’t need to taste good; it was utilitarian. Contrast that to these days, where everyone dutifully stands in line behind the Obnoxious Starbucks Orderer (“Can I get a grande, iced, sugar-free, vanilla latte with soy milk?”). Coffee’s nothing new. It comes from the seed of a cherry and was originally discovered in Ethiopia in the 6th century. The story goes that locals noticed magical energy in goats eating cherries. Folks decided their lives called for the same magical energy. Coffee plants grow in about 70 countries that hug the equator. There are two types of coffee plants: Arabica and robusta. Arabica is the main source of coffee for specialty roasters. Surprisingly, one plant produces only one pound of coffee per year – and it all has to be hand-picked. Think about that the next time you sip your favorite caffeinated beverage. Starbucks popularized the coffee shop, and now this third wave of coffee roasters is promoting

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“It’s about figuring out what that bean needs to taste like. It’s as much a science as it is an art.” — Kaycee Owens

and perfecting coffee. Starbucks can deliver consistent, convenient service since everything is done by machine.

CRAFT COFFEE The third wave movement seeks to coax every coffee bean into its fullest expression by dealing directly with the farmers and their crops, exploring new methods of roasting and overseeing expert brewing. These roasters, in essence, hand-craft caffeinated, drinkable art. “It’s about figuring out what that bean needs to taste like,” said Kaycee Owens, a barista who counts herself among the third wave. “It’s as much a science as it is an art.” If the green siren is the mark of a Starbucks drink, latte art is the mark of a hand-crafted drink – it’s not necessary, but it shows a customer that someone took the time to make one of these tasty beverages by hand. No machine can do that. Coffee beans have flavor based on what part of the world they are cultivated. They take on the flavors of that region’s soil – similar to wine grapes. For example, beans that are

fruity or citrusy are likely African. If the bean is nutty or chocolatey, it probably originated in South America. Spicy beans are typically from Mexico. Earthy beans are from Indonesia or are of the Pacific islands, according to Owens. Most coffee is served as a blend in order to create a full-bodied taste. A roaster may balance the taste of walnut from South America with something acidic, like the flavor of grapefruit from Africa. Single origin coffees from the same country, farm, and even lot are more expensive and flavorful, but require a refined palette to appreciate. How the beans are processed also has an effect on its flavor (in case you’re wondering, there are three methods for removing the cherry from the bean). Finally, flavor is influenced by the roast, which ranges from light to dark. Beans are damaged by air, water and light, so keep them stored in a sealed, dark container and use within 22 days of the roast date. David Pengelly not only owns and operates the Senoia Coffee & Cafe, but he roasts the beans fresh at his second business, Coffee by David. Pengelly’s love affair with coffee, he says, has been a 40-

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year process. “It started in the Army when I couldn’t get a good cup of coffee,” he said. “Then, I was an entertainer and during my time in Europe I got caught up in the coffee thing over there and became hooked.” Pengelly and his wife, Suzanne, bought two buildings in Senoia in January 2000 and launched their new endeavors. David gets beans from all over the world and usually carries 15 different single origin coffees. He does all the roasting and blending himself.

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N OCT. 14, 1952, PLANT YATES WAS DEDICATED.

Gov. Herman Talmadge was there, as was Congressman Albert Sidney Camp. The plant was named for Eugene A. Yates, chairman of the board of the Southern Company, and Yates was on hand to see the dedication of the plant named for him. Also in the audience was a teenager, Myron “Flip” Kee. Kee was there as part of the senior class of Western High School. He had not yet met Jewel Layfield, whose father, Joe, had been in charge of building the plant. That morning, Jewel had driven the car transporting her mother and some Southern Company dignitaries to the ceremonies. “There were thousands of people,” Flip Kee remembered. “We had barbecue.” Flip Kee and Jewel Layfield would meet, date and – in 1956 – marry. Flip Kee also would go to work for Georgia Power,

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Hundreds of Coweta County residents have worked at Plant Yates over the years, and Georgia Power has paid millions in property taxes that paved roads, bought library books, built schools – and even helped pay the light bills at local government offices. spending much of his career at Plant Yates. “Georgia Power gave me a wife and a living for 35 years,” Kee said. “Plant Yates has been good to me.” Hundreds of Coweta County residents have worked at Plant Yates over the years, and Georgia Power has paid millions in property taxes that paved roads, bought library books, built schools – and even helped pay the light bills at local government offices. Further economic impact came from

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a dollar an hour more than the one he left. Kee’s first job out of high school was at a local textile mill. “I wasn’t old enough to work anywhere else,” he said. He had always wanted to be a policeman and did work for the Newnan Police Department before getting a job at Plant Yates – going to work on Aug. 5, 1957. Kee’s father-in-law had a strong connection with Georgia Power. Before building Yates, Joe Layfield had been involved in the construction of Plant Mitchell in Albany, Plant Arkwright in Macon and Plant Atkinson located north of Atlanta. Kee’s first job was in auxiliary operations – the bottom of the operations chart. He stayed at Yates until 1965, receiving a couple of promotions. He transferred to Cartersville in 1971 and came back to Yates 10 years later as plant manager. He remained until taking an early retirement offer in 1992. Unionized workers, who did the day-to-day work within the plant, bid on jobs throughout the Georgia Power system. Once promoted to management, “you go where they tell you,” Kee said. L.L. Pitts was manager when Kee went to Yates. There were about 150 employees at Plant Yates at that time. “When I retired, we had 420 employees approximately. We had added two units – unit 6 and unit 7. That’s where a lot of them went,” he said. While most long-term Georgia Power employees worked at several locations during their careers, there

have been several people who worked their entire careers at Plant Yates. Ed Whitlock was one of the first employees hired, and he stayed at Yates until he retired. “Ed helped train me the first week I went to work out there,” Kee remembered. Monroe McKoy was an employee at the plant in the late 1950s. Kee remembered Robert Ransby, a black employee, who was a laborer at the plant for years. He did not learn to drive until after he retired, but he always found a way to get to work. One year, there was a major ice storm. Cars were not moving on the county’s roads. Ransby left his home in Newnan on foot and followed the railroad tracks to Plant Yates. “He was a hard worker,” Kee said.

THE EARLY YEARS Plant Yates came about at a time of change. The company’s board approved plans for the plant in September 1948 – with World War II scarcely over and young men coming home from new and different experiences, ready to do something besides plow. Kee’s hiring in 1957 was the result of the addition of unit 4 in June of that year. He was one of about 50 people in the operating department. He helped put unit 5 online. Placed in operation in 1950 and expanded in 1955, 1957 and 1958, the plant flourished and grew alongside vast social changes in the American South. When Flip Kee began working at Plant Yates, management jobs were held only by whites and most of the laborers at the plant were black. When Kee went to work at Plant Yates, there was a shift supervisor for


each eight-hour shift. “They were the ones in charge of that plant. No matter what you did, that shift supervisor was in charge of that plant. That shift supervisor was responsible for what happened,” he remembered. For years, the plant operated with only four telephones. Someone in one building might have to leave and walk to another area to make or receive a call. “It really changed in the ‘60s,” Kee said. Butler went to work at Plant Yates in March 1963. He met his future wife, Marie Bell, when they were both Playtex employees. Her brother, Julian, the office manager at Plant Yates, suggested Butler change career paths. “Back then, it was not easy to get a job with Georgia Power,” Butler said. He applied and was hired as an auxiliary equipment operator. He was the last auxiliary equipment operator

days a week,” Butler said, and the change in hiring meant black workers could now apply to move up in the Georgia Power hierarchy. The “less diverse workforce” of those days is long gone, Kee said. E.L Bridges, who began working at the plant as a laborer eventually became the plant’s building and grounds supervisor. “At that time the power demand was pretty great,” Butler said, meaning units were only off for maintenance. Butler initially worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift. “I was able to sleep really good in the daytime. I didn’t have any problem,” he remembered. “The original hardhat was a big old aluminum hardhat,” Butler said, shaking his head at the idea of aluminum headgear in a building where electricity is the product. Later there were plastic hats –

Micky Butler holds the hardhat he wore while working at Plant Yates.

“hired off the street,” he said. “From then on, the laborers were allowed to bid on the projects.” The plant ran “24 hours a day seven

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yellow for union workers, white for supervisors. The vast spaces in the plant meant it could not be climate controlled. “It was super cold in the winter and super hot in the summertime,” Butler said. In 1968, he was promoted to assistant boiler turbine operator, a position that meant he got to spend more time in the climatized control room. In 1973, Butler was named boiler turbine operator. “That put me in charge of the control room.” Two years later, he became a shift foreman. In May 1982, Butler was named boiler turbine supervisor, giving him supervision of the shift foremen and the operators. Raymond Abernathy retired in 1989 as operations supervisor, and Butler was once again promoted. The employment situation was shifting, however. “They didn’t fill the job I vacated,” he noted. Computerization was causing jobs at the plant to be combined. Kee remembered an experience from early in his time at Yates, walking through the plant with Harry Patrick, a boiler turbine supervisor. Kee observed, “This plant is just fascinating.” Patrick turned and looked at him squarely. “If you let it fascinate you, you’ll never learn it,” he said. Kee never went to college but worked to gain knowledge of all aspects of the plant’s operations. He did learn that a variety of processes converged to make the plant function. Although Plant Yates might be fascinating, the plant also was understandable and manageable. Butler remembered Harry Patrick as someone who took care of things and saw that the facility’s work got done. “I didn’t even know Plant Yates had a plant manager,” he said. Because of Patrick’s skill, knowledge and efficiency, “you very seldom saw the plant manager or the assistant plant manager.”

PUTTING IT SIMPLY Throughout the careers of both Butler and Kee with Georgia Power, the basic process of creating power at Plant Yates was the same. “You burn the coal to make the steam that turns the turbine that makes the electricity,” Kee said. Kee also noted a common misconception – that a plant’s locality was connected to where the power generated there went. The electricity generated at Plant Yates lighted homes and businesses across the state. “It goes just like the arteries and veins in your body,” Kee said. “It goes everywhere.” The system-wide load was supposed to run “on the clock,” Kee said, in cycles of 60 that plants worked to keep running at an even pace. A system set up in the 1970s – called Early Bird – “regulated the whole system loads” from Birmingham. In the 1970s and 1980s, more modern, electronic controls began to be used at Plant Yates. Prior to the time, the controls were pneumatic. “Everytime you got ready to do 58 | www.newnancowetamag.com

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Construction proceeds at Plant Yates in this vintage photo. Several upgrades and additions have taken place since the first part of the plant was built.

something, you had to go look,” Kee said. There were indicators in the control room, but employees still had to check to make sure the monitors were accurate. “We had to make sure everything was alright all the time,” he said. Although Early Bird theoretically was automated, individual plants could made adjustments in their control rooms to “get ahead a little” late at night, Kee said. Early Bird was later completely automated. “We went through changes with it several times,” Kee said. Stuart Stefanini, an engineer at Plant Yates, developed a small computer that helped manage the load. “It’s now called load control,” Kee said, and is part of the electricity generation process. At that time, it was an amazing advance and one that elevated the level of pride in what was happening at Plant Yates. Yates was a pioneer in taking processes in the plant “from manual to automatic to much better automatic,” Kee said. Plant Yates pulled water from the Chattahoochee River both to generate steam and to cool the units. Before Lake Lanier was created, the Chattahoochee was often low enough that people could walk across it. “It doesn’t take much water for steam. What takes your water is cooling that condenser,” Kee said. Butler has clear memories of two events at the plant – a runaway train and a flood. In the early 1970s, units 6 and


7 were being built “up the hill a little piece” from the rest of the complex. “They had a spur to bring equipment in” for the construction project, he said. It was decided to pull the cars laden with equipment using a crane from their arrival point to where they were needed on the building site. The crane, however, was top heavy and tipped over. The railcars’ brakes had been released, and the cars began rolling fast. “They “gained momentum as they went down,” Butler said. “The tracks went about halfway through the plant,” he remembered. When the tracks ended, the cars and equipment careened and did major damage to units 1, 2 and 3. “That took a lot to repair,” he remembered. The flood was about 20 years later. The pump room was “basically river level” two floors down from the main part of the plant. Inspection plates

were bolted into the floor, but bolts had rusted on one of them. A forklift was kept parked on that plate to keep it in place. Someone cranked up the forklift and drove it off for a job. “It started raining. It rained and rained and rained and rained,” Butler recalled. The water rose and pushed the plate off its fitting. “Water started coming in. It wound up, probably 10-12 feet of water,” he said. “That was a major, major thing.” Butler was working in another part of the plant at the time, but he stopped by the control room and gazed down on the floor, normally noisy and full of movement. It was dark and “eerily quiet,” he said. Several months passed before the plant was fully operational again. Divers replaced the plate, and the building was drained. All the

equipment had to be dried out and much of it reconditioned. “It was a major undertaking,” Butler said.

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Railroad cars brought loads of coal to Plant Yates for decades. The plant will use natural gas in the future as it continues to generate electricity for Georgia homes, businesses and industries.


efficient. That meant the older units – 1-5 at Yates – were running less. Kee recalled discussions – “trying to decide what kind of scrubber we needed” to meet environmental regulations. Installation of a Chiyoda scrubber, made by a company in Japan, in unit 1 changed the landscape. That experimental unit became one of the cleanest in Georgia Power’s system, and it ran much of the time. “It ran when none of the rest of the units ran,” Butler remembered. The scrubber also allowed the reclamation of material from inside the stacks that could be processed to make gypsum. In the latter years of his time at Plant Yates, “most people had to have a degree to be a manager,” Kee said. He said there was a productivity loss in those last years – not because people did not work as hard – but because of environmental regulations and other rules. While there were gains in efficiency from technology, those advances also meant increasingly fewer employees were needed. Starting in 1989, Georgia Power began offering buyout and early retirement packages. Kee retired at 56 in 1992. “Some people lost their jobs. A lot of people had to move to different locations to keep their jobs,” he said. Still, Kee said, “the power company was good.” Butler also took early retirement – in 1996. “It was a good package,” he said. “I haven’t missed a meal.” For the two men – and so many other Coweta retirees – Plant Yates was more than a paycheck. It was a place where they came to know some remarkable people. One of the employees who stands out in Kee’s memory is Julian Bell, the office supervisor for decades. “He looked after us. He was one of the best men I ever knew,” Kee said. Bell initially worked in the construction department but was moved to the office in 1957. When Kee was plant manager, Bell would arrange for his travel – with tickets, hotel arrangements and other details handled to the smallest detail. “I didn’t have to worry about one single thing when I was traveling,” Kee said. When Kee returned, Bell would have deposited his paycheck and left the receipt where Kee would see it. “Everybody at Plant Yates in the early years depended on Julian,” Kee said. “When I was hired on, I was hired to do what I was told, to do what I was supposed to do and do what was expected of me,” Kee said. Throughout his time at Plant Yates, his coworkers were – by and large – “good, hardworking people.” He reflected, “A lot of people went though Yates and got a lot of good training and moved on up to higher jobs.” “This sounds like a cliche, but it was family,” Butler said. “It was a great place to work.” NCM

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for Plant Yates in October 1948, the project has been putting money into Coweta County’s economy. Payroll that went to banks and stores has been a constant. In addition, Georgia Power has paid millions in property taxes on the plant – $2.4 million in 2014 alone, and there have been additional taxes on the coal rolling in rail cars to the site located near the Chattahoochee River. “Every ton of coal that comes in that plant, sales tax goes to the county and the school system,” said Myron “Flip” Kee, who retired as the plant’s manager. Though there may be some taxes generated from the natural gas used in the remaining units, Kee predicted there is “going to be a lot of revenue lost to the county” as coalfueled generation is eliminated. Still, the plant will continue to have a positive impact on the county’s economy – more than 65 years after the first unit opened. Plant Yates, however, is an economic windfall that almost didn’t occur. National energy issues – one of which became a political issue in Dwight Eisenhower’s reelection campaign – made the construction of plants generating electricity from

steam a questionable venture. There also were plans at one point to build the plant in Carroll County. Problems with the Carroll site – and some quick road-building work by Coweta County’s public works crews – put the plant where it is. Dub Taft and Sam Heys in their 2011 book “Big Bets: Decisions and Leaders That Shaped the Southern Company” chronicled the company’s progress and the problems that forprofit power companies had with the Tennessee Valley Authority. The TVA was part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal – an ambitious program with many facets, including bringing electricity to poverty-stricken Appalachia. From the beginning, forerunners of the Southern Company were opposed. In many places, the TVA could potentially compete with private power producers operating under different rules. TVA officials argued publicly that “they were not really operating a power enterprise and were primarily focusing on conservation activities – preventing floods and soil erosion and promoting navigation,” according to Taft and Heys. While the TVA sought to convince the public the agency was simply selling electricity as a byproduct of its

conservation work, longtime utility executives were not buying that line. Among them was Eugene A. Yates – for whom Plant Yates would be named. “Yates, a New Jersey native, designed and built railroad tunnels in New York City before coming to Alabama Power as chief engineer in 1912,” said John O’Brien, senior communications specialist with Georgia Power in Atlanta. O’Brien described Eugene Yates as “the architect of the interconnection of the utilities that eventually became the nucleus of Southern Company.” Yates was named the first president of the company in 1947. Yates also envisioned the rise of electricity produced from steam. So did TVA officials. Plant Yates was already a reality when TVA submitted a plan to build a major steam plant about 30 miles from Memphis. Eisenhower viewed TVA as “creeping socialism” and particularly opposed building power generation “at taxpayer expense,” Taft and Heys noted. Edgar H. Dixon, president of Middle South Utilities, which operated plants in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas, and Eugene Yates began working together – looking at building jointly held generating plants. At one point, there was a suggestion of collusion between Eisenhower and his golfing friend, the legendary Bobby Jones, who served on the Southern Company’s board. The wind behind the rumor failed as Eisenhower offered “to throw open the White House books” and Jones said he never discussed power business with the president and that it “would come as a surprise” to him if Eisenhower even knew of his board membership, Taft

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and Heys noted. Eisenhower’s stance – and the federal government’s corresponding policies – fueled the growth of coalsteam generation. There were three expansions at Plant Yates in the 1950s and two more, with greatly improved environmental controls, in the 1970s. Going back to its beginnings, Plant Yates “was about to go to Carroll County,” Kee said. When the initial site was deemed unsuitable, the current site – just across the Chattahoochee River from Whitesburg – was identified. There was not, however, a decent road to get workers to the plant. County crews built the road. The plant was constructed. Workers from Coweta and Carroll counties in large numbers went to work there, and electricity warmed houses, cooled stores, lighted the night and operated machinery across the state. For decades, coal-fired steam plants like Yates “were the heart and soul of the power company,” Kee said. The plant is transitioning from several coal-fired units, which are being phased out, to two natural gas units. There were approximately 225 employees at Plant Yates before those changes, and there are about 60 employees at the local plant now. “At this time, all impacted employees at Plant Yates have transitioned to another position within Georgia Power or retired,” O’Brien said. “We continue to own and operate units at Plant Yates and will continue to maintain the property,” O’Brien said. “Georgia Power remains committed to Coweta County and – with hundreds of nonplant employees in the area - we will continue to stay active in the community.” NCM

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after the ceremony. Somewhere along the line, though, I realized that shaving didn’t have to be drudgery. It could be fun – even something of an art form. There’s the rush of adrenaline as the razor runs against skin. And there’s exhilaration in that refreshing sting of shaving balm, aftershave or even

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early 1900s, the safety razor, priced anywhere from around $40 to more than $100 dollars, plus the cost of the blades, uses a double-edged blade and has a cover that offers protection from direct exposure to the blade. As with the straight razor, the safety razor is held at a 30-degree angle and is most effective when used in short strokes, with little pressure applied. Rinsing the blade after each use is recommended, and the blade should be changed after three to six shaves. A traveling salesman named King C. Gillette is credited with introducing the first disposable safety blade back in 1895, and since then, Gillette has been at the forefront of not only the safety razor, which has actually started making a comeback, but of the singleedged, multi-blade razors. That revolution began in 1971 with the advent of the twin-blade Trac II and has since incorporated the threeblade Mach 3 and, most recently, the five-blade Fusion Proglide Power Razor with FlexballTM Technology (which allows for the blade to remain in contact with skin). Both the Mach 3 and Fusion include a lubrication strip for sensitive skin. The initial cost for these products is much cheaper (they can be bought for less than $20), but they require continuous purchasing of blade cartridges. (The single-edge

disposable razor – kind of the burner phone of shavers – should only be used in desperate circumstances.) For the less adventurous, there is the electric shaver. Credit for the electric shaver goes to Colonel Jacob Schick, a retired Army colonel who built the first dry-shave electric razor back in 1930 (it’s patent No. 1,757,978, if you’re wondering). It was an improvement over his earlier design for the Magazine Repeating Razor, and Schick found a competitor in Remington by 1940. The advantages are obvious. There’s no mess, as neither lather nor water is required, and, for the time-conscious, there is the ability to shave anywhere that there is an electrical outlet – or with more modern, rechargeable models, anywhere period. A spin-off of the electronic shaver is the electric beard trimmer (in the $30 to $50 range) with which one can craft the preferred look for a beard, or one’s hair, for that matter. The future of shaving appears to be headed less to the future – alas, there’s still no chance of the Ren and Stimpy remote control shaver, “where you can get a close shave without even being there” – and back to the past. The traditional barber shop, offering the straight-razor shave complete with all the creature comforts, including a


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fantasy vampire romance adventure novel, you finally reach the climax, the ultimate showdown between good and evil. The hero has conquered countless challenges in his quest to save the beautiful princess and has battled hordes of minions to confront the vampire overlord who holds her captive. The hero bursts through the doors and sees his nemesis pressing a knife to the princess’ throat. The princess screams, the overlord cackles and the hero can only watch as … Then you sneeze violently. Your arms flail upward, your tablet slips out of your hands because they’re sweaty from all the suspense, and your tablet launches into the air. You can only watch as your tablet crashes into the ground and shatters. This is simply one of countless ways to break your $500 device. Then again, maybe you were reading a paperback book, and you can just go pick it up and finish the story – one of the many ways good ol’ fashioned books are better than their electronic cousins. On top of being impervious to blunt force trauma, books simply give the reader a better experience. Books are tangible. You hold them open, turn their pages, smell the freshly – or not so freshly – printed paper and inhale the dust. You can enjoy each book’s artistic cover and any drawings, photos or imperfections you might find inside. There is a distinct connection. An e-book is the exact opposite. Every e-book looks like the same letters typed on a lifeless background. Your only interaction is covering your device in smudges as you swipe your fingers across the screen. You can hardly call an “e-book” a book. Not to mention how much more practical a book can be. After you finish an e-book, it simply takes up space on your device. Real books can become decorations on bookshelves or on a coffee table; they can be given to friends for further enjoyment or can be sold at a yard sale. Or, if they’re a crappy read, books can be

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used as doorstops, or they can be stored under the leg of a table to keep it from rocking back and forth, or they can become interesting skeet shooting targets. Heck, when the zombie apocalypse hits, books can be burned for warmth or even become flaming projectiles to distract those pesky walkers. Can an e-book do any of that? Nope. And then there’s how you discover a book, at a bookstore, which often is a crucial part of your reading experience. Exploring a bookstore is like going on a quiet treasure hunt mixed with taking a leap of faith into a new journey. Bookstores allow you to test out a book before you buy it and they introduce you to hundreds of stories you never knew existed. Libraries can be even better. E-books are essentially trying to destroy this experience. By reading e-books, you are limiting your scope to books you already know about. Sure, the e-stores might suggest similar titles you might like, but you will never stumble upon any hidden treasures. Plus, e-stores rarely have a Starbucks inside. And books are possibly the greatest learning tools humans have ever invented. As soon as babies have the ability to focus on something for more than two seconds, they often are introduced to books — usually picture books with squeaky frogs or fuzzy ducks in the middle, but it’s still the same concept. As they develop, they read more and more challenging books, and they subsequently learn more. But with e-books … I remember seeing a video of a toddler holding a magazine, and the kid kept trying to tap on the cover to turn the page, which wasn’t working out too well. Obviously, e-books weren’t giving the little fella a good head start on his education. Think of any great book you read before e-books existed. Can you honestly imagine reading “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” any other way than by holding that giant book in your lap? Could you go without the golden lettering or the cartoony art on the cover? Would you go to a midnight release party dressed as a Gryffindor student for an e-book? It wouldn’t be the same. Basically, would you rather read a book as it was designed to be read, or would you rather be all “futuristic” and cheat yourself of a true reading experience? Face it. You just can’t beat the original. NCM


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ET IT BE KNOWN, FELLOW READER, that I am a lover of books.

Period. The rooms in my house are arranged to accommodate sufficient shelf space. The first waft that meets my nostrils when I cross the threshold of a used book store makes my heart flutter. I make my selections and wonder just whose libraries those dusty spines adorned before mine. Technology threw me a curve ball when e-books first emerged. How could one even call them “books” when there were no crisp pages to be caressed and gingerly turned? No need for rudimentary bookmarks lovingly fashioned by my children? Naturally, I was resistant to change. I clung, stubbornly, to books of old, and for many months gave nothing more than scornful looks to the glaringly white, overtly modern kiosks selling those little blinking blights on book tradition. Until, reader, the night the lights went out in Georgia. That’s right. Except this night had nothing to do with storms or the execution of Reba McEntire’s imaginary, wrongly accused brother. It had to do with my husband and his inconvenient sensitivity to light while trying to fall asleep. There we were, resembling your run-of-themill sitcom bedroom scene. He was perusing an article while I, well … I was wandering, lost and hungry, in an unfamiliar land, agonizing over the love of my life from whom I had run away in desperation lest temptation get the better of me and I shun virtue altogether and marry a married man. I was reading “Jane Eyre,” only the best book ever written. When he turned off his lamp to go to sleep I mumbled a perfunctory “good night” and dove back into the story. That’s when his subtle cues began to chip away at my late-night reading bliss, like jostling the bed as though trying to find a comfortable position and his endless quilt-

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tuggage. And endless sighing. “Babe,” he said finally with forced patience, “would you mind turning the light off? I can’t go to sleep.” Blinking, I took a full five seconds to shift mental gears from Jane’s utter despair to the infuriating request to make the room dark so that my own Rochester could catch some zzz’s. I complied — with a petty huff. Engulfed in darkness, with hubby snoozing contentedly beside me, I saw the proverbial light. I went and bought a tablet, followed by my first e-book. And since it was “Jane Eyre,” it cost me next to nothing (one of many perks). Oh, reader, how I have grown to embrace this particular change! Now, when hubs turns off the lamp, I do the same without missing a beat. The font in front of me (which is of my own choosing) is backlit, after all, with a dimmer that brings it off Mr. Sensitivity’s radar. I soundlessly swipe to reach the next page, a veritable reading ninja with the power to add notes, define words, and increase font size right at my fingertips. As a frequent flyer, I no longer drool over new titles at ludicrous prices in the airport bookstores. I can purchase them at a fraction of the cost and stroll onto the plane with 100-plus books tucked away ever-so-casually in my purse (or the pocket of my briefcase). What once would have required an entourage of suitcases can now be done with a single, handheld device. And when my eyes grow bleary but I don’t want to put the story down? No problem. I whip out my ear buds and listen to the story instead, because the same device also offers me the option of audiobooks. Yes, reader, some change is worthwhile. E-books are not the end of books. They’re simply another [more convenient] way to enjoy the most important part — the stories within. Besides, that old book smell is overrated. Probably comes from mold. NCM

They’re simply another (more convenient) way to enjoy the most important part – the stories within.

When MEGAN ALMON isn’t traveling around the nation speaking for the Life Training Institute, she’s at ease in her log cabin in Newnan with her husband, Tripp, and their two children. She’s into most things artistic, great books, and excellent coffee from the vantage point of her front porch swing.

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By Will Blair

"Tell me some more," she says. She is, of course, referencing the 1961 children's book by Crosby Newell Bonsall, a book about imagination and storytelling from their childhood that remains relatively obscure. He often had told her about learning how to read from the laps of his parents as they brought to life the pages of various children's books through parental inflections and characterizations. "Tell Me Some More" always had been one of his favorites. But more than that, her telling him to "tell me some more" was just a way of keeping him on the phone when all other conversation had run its course. His parents are well; he continues to learn the ins and outs of competitive poker; yes, he's eating more healthily, but not squash; no, he's not been to a church service in awhile. You? Still playing racquetball? Still collecting vintage movie posters? Got the new Avett Brothers? "Tell me some more?" She frames it as a question this time. "OK, but what are you wearing?" he asks. She pauses and answers, halfreluctantly, "Def Leppard concert T-shirt and cotton underwear. I'm comfortable.” "Blue," she adds, before he can ask. He closes his eyes and imagines her with a glass of wine curled up on the sofa, sleepy-eyed but refusing to go to bed. It's summer, 70 | www.newnancowetamag.com

so she's tanned and likely has all the ceiling and floors fans running. Her straight black hair is probably pulled back. "Your hair. Is it pulled back?" "Yes. Now … talk to me.” She knows him inside and out, so what could he possibly narrate that she hasn't heard already? She knows about his first pet. She’s heard the story of him and a friend setting the yard on fire while burning ants with gasoline. (Magnifying glasses had gotten too boring.) She knows he got high for the first time at a U2 concert. He wasn't trying to, he'd explained, but who knew you could get hotboxed in a stadium? She already knows he hates golf and why. She already knows he'd teared up as a child soon after watching "Grease." (Why did Sandy have to change?) She already knows about his affinity for McQueen, Wood, Greene, Bird, Hopkins the musician and Hopkins the boxer, and Fitzgerald the writer and Fitzgerald the singer. She already knows he loathes the water, George Wallace, the Grateful Dead and anything green that's allegedly edible.   Yet here they are again, divided by the four dimensions, Alexander Graham Bell’s invention bridging the gap of space and time and whatever other circumstantial paradox exists. "Have I told you about the bears?" he asks. "Maybe, but tell me again. I forgot." So many stories, sometimes she DOES forget. "I was hiking the Appalachian

Trail. It was late morning and I was already tired. Me and a buddy were on our final leg and I had headed out first while he cleaned up the campsite and packed up his gear. I was walking along, humming a tune, and I hear a growl. And I kid you not, in the middle of full daylight on a heavily traveled trail, there's two adult black bears. Now, they tell you black bears are harmless unless you do one of two things: Get between a mama bear and her cub, or interrupt the coitus of two ursus americanus. "And it appears I was interrupting hibbity dibbity.” "What did you do?" she asks. "The first bear, I assume the female, started walking away and was looking back. She made an unhappy noise but was not too aggressive. The other one, the male ... again, I'm guessing, was growling aggressively and making a commotion in the bushes. I couldn't see him exactly – he was right there in front of me, but hidden by foliage. "I tried reaching for the machete in my backpack but I'd packed it too tightly and couldn't get the damn thing out. I was watching her walking away but talking to Casanova as calmly as I could as I slowly – very slowly – continued up the trail: 'I'm just passing through ... look, your woman is getting away. Go get some. It's THAT way.'" "Darling, what would have a machete done for you?" she asks sleepily. She enunciates "machete" so perfectly that he pauses for a second.


A collection of original works by Coweta poets and writers "Nothing, I guess, but I would have gone down fighting if I'd had to." It was ironic. He hadn’t known it at the time, but he'd inadvertently done everything right when he confronted the bear. He'd accidentally made himself look bigger while groping around behind him, trying to dislodge his stupid machete. He'd not looked directly at the aggressive bear, which the beast would have interpreted as a challenge. He'd spoken calmly (though he’d readily admitted he was lucky to have coaxed any sound out of his airless lungs out all, on account of being entirely scared out of his wits at the time). And so the bear had let him be. By the time he'd stopped belting Bruce Springsteen songs to warn away any other potential threats poised for attack in the underbrush of the Appalachian Trial, he’d convinced himself $100 was a perfectly reasonable asking price for bear mace and that he should, of course, add some to his Amazon.com shopping cart right away. He tells her all this, and it's just as he'd suspected: She suddenly remembers she’s heard it all before. But it doesn't matter. "I like hearing it anyway," she tells him. They say goodnight and disconnect their call, but he swears he can hear her tiny, wistful sigh as she downs the last drop of Malbec and crawls into an empty bed. And as he grabs his luggage and hesitantly lines up to board his flight, he thinks to

himself: Theirs might always be his favorite story to “tell some more.” NCM

The Cat She Did Collection By Mark Honea

Cat she did catch a katydid. Cat she reaches with screeching catachresis. Cat she gags playing hair catarrh. Cat she spies a new specimen to categorize. Cat she yowls catastrophic vowels. Cat she loves gin till she's catatonic. Cat she love cataloging. Cat she hissed a tryst catalyst. Cat she leapt till cataleptic. Cat she tries to catechize us on her dinner's size. "Cat she fought" carved on her catafalque. Cat she licks her fur with inexhaustible catalytic conversion. Cat she moans and roams through catacombs. Cat she catches and coaches chipmunks and roaches. Cat she walks the wall swallowing a caterwauling swallow. Cat she has sat on the hazmat: a cataclysm! Cat she changes her name to Cat Stevens. Cat she is wary when I put on Katy Perry.

Cat she can't: she's Catholic. Cat she stammers jibes and ribs when I reference the Katzenjammer Kids. Cat she inserts a claw catheter through my shorts – yes, it hurts. Cat she killed them last month in the Catskills. Cat she stalks Kate in the Bush. Cat she don't in Katmandu: so she broods, mews and stews over veggie brews. Cat she's old but beams like a cathode. Cat she can counteract the cataracts with contacts. Cat she bats at flies and caterpillars. Cat she tore, zut alors, through les petits fours: pas douze, pas treize, mais voilà, quatorze. NCM

Near the End of the Second Act By Mark Honea

That was very dry, my dear. Very dry. You are, no doubt, the driest one here. Though I’m compelled to ask if you’ve noticed the most truly worthwhile pursuits in life involve a good bit of moisture. (Pause) A greasing of the wheel. (Pause) A wetting of the whistle. (Pause) Finding your way though the primordial soup. (Pause) So where does that leave you? (Pause) Really. Where? NCM september/october 2015 | 71


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Toy Stories From the “pistol that shoots” wished for by boys and the “dolls that will talk” hoped for by girls in the 1950s to 2015’s much-anticipated Meccanoid Robot and Disney Frozen Sing Along Elsa Doll – with everything from Evel Kneivel’s Stunt Cycle, the Barbie Plaza and Tickle Me Elmo in between – one gift always seems to replace sugarplums in little boys’ and girls’ heads each Christmas. In the November/ December issue, NCM will explore the evolution of must-have gifts over the years.

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On the Side So you know how you want to cook your turkey this year, but what about the side dishes? Will it be sour cream and chive mashed potatoes? How about roasted brussels sprouts with a bacon, mustard and walnut vinaigrette? Perhaps southern style candied yams with gingersnap crunch is more your speed. We will share our selections for the perfect complement to your holiday fowl in the next issue.

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