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Every eye was glued on a golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia as Tiger made his run for another Masters’ Green Jacket, and JIM ALRED was thinking of a conversation he’d had about greatness that spans a genetration.

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MONICA SHEPPARD perfectly captures the wandering spirit of local artist, Susan Harvey, and gives us the reason why Rome was able to give purpose to a woman with a passion to create beautiful things.

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We know that our local law enforcement agencies always go above and beyond to help out when a need arises and the FLOYD COUNTY SHERIFF'S COMMUNITY POSSE is the perfect example of a group dedicated to finding ways to serve.

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If your design ideas center around blending the old and the new, CAROL YOUD would like to show us all the work she has done on a 1914 Craftsman Style Bungalow in Downtown Cartersville.

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SOUND CULTURE does not want to be pegged as run-of-the-mill reggae, so they have found a nice groove for fans who just want to have fun.

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Publisher's Note ON A SPRING AFTERNOON BACK IN 2010, I was

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For The Love of the Game with Jim Alred The headlines in the paper trumpeted Tiger Wood’s run through and utter demolition of the U.S. Open course at Pebble Beach. I read the paper’s account of the tournament to my ailing grandfather on a warm June day in 2000. My Papa, as we called him, listened intently while lying in bed. He would hang on till the end of the


year before passing, but as I think back on it, those few days were probably the last time I had anything resembling a solid conversation with him. He didn’t say much but did mention how good Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan were. At the time, the writers were comparing Tiger to all of the golfing greats, including Jones, Hogan, Nicklaus, Palmer and others. I told my Papa at that moment, that I felt like Tiger would go on to be considered the greatest golfer ever by the time he retired. Woods continued to throttle the course and claim the 2000 U.S. Open title, winning the tournament by 15 strokes. Most sportswriters consider that tournament to be the most dominating golfing exhibition ever given at a major tournament. Most people know the rest. Woods ran off a slew of victories including winning 13 other majors, completed what has been termed the Tiger Slam by being the tournament winner in all four majors just not in the same calendar year, and collecting tournament victories like some kids used to collect baseball cards. Somewhere along the way a writer asked Jack Nicklaus about Woods and his assault on the Golden Bears’ 18 wins in the majors. Nicklaus made sure to praise Woods, but also added a caveat. He said he wanted to see how Tiger handled golf once he got married and had a family. A few writers chuckled at that, causing Nicklaus to raise an eyebrow. He made a follow-up comment saying it wasn’t a joke, that that would serve as the true test to Tigers’ golf ferocity. Funny thing, the Golden Bear’s words proved true. And married life proved to be a bit much, or at least the remaining faithful to one partner did.

Woods’ dalliances outside of marriage along with a slew of injuries decimated his golf game. The man, who quite literally had it all, had to not only stand up in a press conference and reveal his many marital infidelities with his mother sitting in the front row, but also had to watch as his body and his golf game began to fall apart. Woods managed to gut out a tough U.S. Open victory with a torn ACL and most likely another problem or two in 2008. After that, he did compete on tour and continue to win some tournaments, but no majors. Woods, for the first time since we were introduced to him as a precocious four yeard old, seemed human. And the Woods’ effect didn’t help. Before Tiger came along, golfers weren’t the most athletic individuals. Spurred on by Tiger, a whole generation of new golfers arrived on the scene, who looked more athletic and were more athletic. These younger golfers, who grew up idolizing Woods and aimed to be as good if not better than him, helped change the game. After the knees, Woods’ back went out. All told, it’s reported Woods had four knee surgeries and several back surgeries. Two years ago, he had to get a pain injection so he could visit Augusta National, home of The Masters. The injection wasn’t so he could tackle the course; instead it was so he could sit through a two-hour dinner. Woods told friends and confidants that his golfing days were done. Recently, he’d been competitive again, showing shadows and moments reminding us of the old Woods. On Saturday, April 13, Woods stood over a putt on the par 5, 13th hole at Augusta National in contention for the lead. I turned to my wife, who was watching and enjoying a golf tournament specifically because

Tiger was in it, and said if he makes this that place is going to come unglued. He did and it did. But nothing matched the roars from the gallery on the back nine on Sunday, as the protoWoods golfers all found a lapse in their game. The man, who they patterned themselves after, showed his mental game, outlasting each and every comer while draining a bogey putt on 18 to unleash a cacophony of sound unheard of at Augusta since Jack Nicklaus claimed his sixth Green Jacket in his epic 1986 win. It’s kind of funny, because the man named Tiger didn’t have to roar. The crowd did it for him. And after pumping his fists in the air to celebrate, he found his two kids and wrapped them in huge hugs. Neither of them had seen their dad win a major tournament. Neither had seen their dad dominate and on this day at the tournament where he first won a major in 1997 by running away from the field, they had. The crowd, standing as many as 20 deep, according to tournament officials, screamed, roared and chanted, “Tiger.” A slew of former Masters champions and current players waited to congratulate him as he made his way in to sign his scorecard. Tiger Woods made golfing relevant for a generation, and then served as exhibit A through Z in a rags to riches to rags and now back to riches story. On a warm June day almost two decades ago, I told my Papa that Tiger might be the best golfer of all time. On a warm, spring day in April of 2019 Tiger proved I might not be wrong. The question now remains can he continue? I don’t know, but I do know this. I wouldn’t bet against him, and I think watching the remainder of his career will be a lot of fun. *The views expressed in this column are those of the writer, and do not represent the opinions of V3 Magazine.

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irginia Woolf said, “Arrange whatever pieces come your way,” and Susan Harvey had that quote in mind as the theme of her life when we sat down to talk. I didn’t really know where to start, I admit. She has done so much, seen so much, created so much; how could I possibly encapsulate it all? Susan had been thinking about it, too, and recalled that quote from Virginia Woolf as a good way to describe her path as an artist and writer. As I listened back through our two-hour conversation I realized that I was going to have to pick and choose some pieces of all that we covered, and that feels appropriate to how her life has progressed. Carefully chosen and arranged pieces have been the key to her progression as an artist, and have provided a perfect perspective on how life often works. “Back in the 80s and 90s, I was arranging piano crates and big oxygen tanks and huge boxes,” Harvey says as she looked back at her artistic roots, “and now I am making tablescapes, arranging smaller things with my Russel Wright china that I have become addicted to.” 16

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At the beginning of her career as an artist, Harvey was working in huge gallery spaces, arranging giant items according to scale, shape and light, carefully creating the perfect combination specific to the space. “The biggest one was at Nexus Gallery in Atlanta on Ralph McGill Boulevard and it was the size of a basketball court,” she says. “The only way things like the piano crates could get up to the space on the outside of the building from the driveway below was with a rope on a crane that lifted them up. Sometimes the rope would break, it was very interesting to accomplish.” To go from such large-scale projects to arranging little bitty things in her Broad Street loft apartment is a fun change, but she says it is still the same process. Interestingly, it took getting back to her hometown of Rome, Georgia for her to discover that process as her medium, though she never would have guessed it until it happened. “Another saying that describes my life well is an old Chinese proverb that says, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,’” Harvey notes. That’s been very true for Harvey ever since she and her family moved back to Rome in 1964. They had lived in California and Japan, and she had been in Paris before that. She didn’t know what on earth she would do with herself back in Rome. She really wanted to move somewhere more exciting, but her husband, David, said it was time to go back home. She tried all of the traditional things to keep herself active: the garden club, the Junior Service League, the church; and she enjoyed them, but it wasn’t until she was introduced to an amazing teacher at Shorter College named Virginia Dudley, that she was able to find her true calling. “Virginia was planted on Shorter Hill for me,” Harvey recalls. “A lot of other people enjoyed her and took classes from her, but I feel that she was placed there for me.”

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It was in a little window of time in the late 60s and early 70s that she was able to study under Virginia. But it was in that time that the realization about her work exploded in Harvey’s mind. Virginia was a 3-D sculptor, painter and enamelist and showed Harvey that her mind works in three dimensions. Harvey had never been satisfied with the 2-D work she had tried while at Hollins College, so this was a real breakthrough in her work. “I almost flunked that course,” she acknowledges. “I have the piece in my office that I made the day that the light turned on in my head. I put these pieces together that we had gathered from the scrap yards. I put those together and realized that I have to be able to look at things from six different directions in order for it to make sense, and that understanding has shaped everything that I have done since.” As her focus developed, Harvey used her 3rd Avenue backyard as her studio and gallery, experimenting with big boxes and crates and painting them black, turning them on different sides and corners to see what she could create. She believes that the secret to her work was perseverance, determination (which some would call obsession) and a few nice men who were willing to bring a truck and go to the dump when she called. She even had a few girlfriends who would drop everything and join her when it was time to go hunt. The “junk” they found was often pieces of Rome’s history, things she can still recall today. It was that connection to history and her roots that made her work so special. But it was back-breaking work that really took a toll on her body and eyesight, she was determined to do as much as she could as fast as she could. “I didn’t start until about 40, so from 40 to 60 I was doing my work, and I knew I needed to accomplish a lot before I got to where I couldn’t continue.”

She had her first show at Berry College in 1979 and it was onward and upward from there. “I once asked one of my workmen, ‘Willy, how did we do all that stuff?’ and he said, ‘Ms. Harvey, you was determined!’” But, sheer determination wouldn’t have been enough had she not had all the pieces that made up her work at her fingertips. Susan acknowledges that Rome has provided her with everything she needed. If she had moved to one of the more glamorous spots she wished for, she could never have accomplished what she has here. When she retired from her large scale art she began writing the stories of her family history which eventually resulted in two beautiful books. “I feel like I was planted here, against my protests though it may have been,” Susan can now see. “I thought I wanted to live other places, but if I had lived in New York or Washington or New Orleans, I wouldn’t have had the tie to the land and the history that I have here.” Susan now looks back and realizes that the track of your life gets diverged from what you may have expected, but if you look, you can find your track wherever you are. It is a waste of time to think about what you could have done somewhere else or in different circumstances. “Instead of saying ‘If only,’ you can arrange the pieces that come your way, and that is where you will find your whole.”

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“Every missing person is someone's child.” - Community United Effort (CUE)

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embers of the Floyd County Sheriff's Community Posse repeat this statement each and every day as they dedicate their time, resources and heart to locating missing persons in Northwest Georgia and beyond. If that statement is surprising and you were not aware that an entity like the Sheriff's Posse existed in Floyd County, you are not alone. However, the selfless good deeds that take place among the group are worth sharing. Through working with the CUE, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization and Center for Missing Persons, the Sheriff’s Community Posse lends their expertise and man power to local and out-of-state agencies for help in search and rescue missions, disaster or flood relief and more. From trekking through swamps in South Florida and exploring the vast terrains in Texas to hiking mountains in North Carolina, the men and women who combine their forces to make up this true-grit team are nothing short of amazing. Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter created the Search and Rescue Sheriff's Posse when he was elected in 2004 as a bridge agency between the Sheriff's Office and civilians. “If we come across a person missing in Floyd County, we do not necessarily need to send out a call asking for help because we don’t have enough sworn officers to pull them from the line of duty,” explains Sheriff Burkhalter. “So, by having the Sheriff's Posse, we work as a bridge between the civilians and the 22

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sworn- with the supervision of a sworn officer- to be able to pull together resources when searching for a missing person.” Even though the need for a search and rescue team was abundantly clear, the start of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Posse was not met with open arms. “Initially when we began the posse, several of the law enforcement agencies around here kind of looked down on the idea,” says Sheriff Burkhalter. “They did not realize how much of a help the Sheriff’s Posse could be in our community and surrounding counties.” The group quickly proved skeptics wrong when the CUE began reaching out and enlisting their help for out-of-state missions. “Our Search and Rescue guys have been called all over the Southeastern United States,” explains Sergeant James Womack of the Floyd County Police Department. Because of their work in the field, the team has won several awards, one being the Keeper of the Flame Award presented to the team in 2013 and again in 2016. According to the Center for Security Policy, the Keeper of the Flame Award recognizes those groups who devote their time to the promotion and protection of freedom through the practice of ‘Peace Through Strength,’ an old phrase commonly used by many leaders in the world that suggests having a strong sense of law can help preserve the piece. For the many places who do not have a search and rescue team or anyone available to go out on search missions, the Sheriff's Posse comes in to play. “It wasn’t that Floyd County had a particular need for

a search and rescue team, but the need was apparent all over the Southeast,” says Sergeant Womack. “A lot of the agencies do not have the tools or numbers we have to get out and search the top of a mountain to find someone who is lost, whether it is day or night,” adds Sheriff Burkhalter. “That is what makes the posse so impactful. We have people who are willing to use their own resources and time to help the people of our community and beyond.” Sergeant Womack, Sheriff Burkhalter and Deputy Mike Williams, along with their posse volunteer counterparts work their everyday jobs, and some even work part time jobs. Still, they dedicate their free time to searching for missing people with the posse. Expanding from what started out as a small rescue unit consisting of around 10 people has now grown to 100 men and women from Floyd and surrounding counties. Each of these people on the Sheriff's Posse are 100 percent volunteer only. “We give them training and we give them uniforms, but they provide their own equipment,” says Sheriff Burkhalter. “We train a whole lot of people with good intentions who are ready to get out there when calls overwhelm the city, county or state police.” The equipment that the posse uses during searches ranges from all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and trucks, to a 28-foot camper, helicopters and jet skis. They also host a dive team and an equestrian team that leads searches in areas requiring the use of alternative methods of transportation. As you can see, the team is multifaceted, which helps when searching for a missing person.


“SO, BY HAVING THE SHERIFF'S POSSE, WE WORK AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE CIVILIANS AND THE SWORN— WITH THE SUPERVISION OF A SWORN OFFICER—TO BE ABLE TO PULL TOGETHER RESOURCES WHEN SEARCHING FOR A MISSING PERSON.”

According to Sheriff Burkhalter, the Sheriff’s Posse is 100 percent self-sustained (besides the trailer they use to carry all of their materials around the searches, as the county insures it). “We received the Hummer through a grant, Suzuki gifted us an ATV and all of our other items belong to our members,” explains Sheriff Burkhalter. “That's what this is all about. This unit runs because of the people who care about doing something so much that they do it for free.” Members of the Sheriff’s Community Posse don’t just fill a need to give back to their communities. They enjoy the work, as well. In 2018, the Sheriff’s Community Posse conducted 44 searches and events around the U.S. “I remember a few years back, the Paulding County Sheriff called Sheriff Burkhalter because they were in a flood crisis,” recalls Sergeant Womack. “I think they were holding around 18 inches of water; it was bad. The Sheriff called me, and around 10 of the Sheriff’s Posse traveled down to Paulding County with boats, jet skis and more to help with the flood relief. Several of us hit the river at 9 p.m. that night and ended up finding the people who were stranded.

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After that, we stayed for around two days helping to find people who went missing during the flood.” The Sheriff’s Posse has also traveled to Adairsville during a time when tornadoes ripped through and destroyed much of the city. The rescue team stayed for around two weeks as they helped with disaster relief, clean up and more. “We actually got Snickers (one of the Posse’s search and rescue hounds) during a big search in Florida,” says Deputy Williams. “They found out that we did not have a dog, so they gifted him to us. Snickers is a huge part of our team and has helped us out tremendously during missions.” After several years of success, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Community Posse has received public praise for all of the goods deeds they are spreading in and around our communities. In fact, they work closely with Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center in the training of first responders, as well as gifting them materials they use during response events (jump bags). According to Deputy Williams, this spike in involvement is all thanks to Sheriff Burkhalter. “The Posse first got started in the late 80s, but we did not get the support that we have gotten recently since Sheriff Burkhalter has been in office,” says Deputy Williams. “He has been behind us 100 percent, and we are so thankful for that.” The next time you see one of these heroes walking around Rome, be sure to thank them for all that they do, and the sacrifices they make to keep their communities safe.

To donate to the Floyd County Search and Rescue Sheriff’s Community Posse, contact Deputy Mike Williams or Sheriff Tim Burkhalter. Checks can be made payable to the Floyd County Community Posse. All monetary donations can be deducted on your taxes.


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ftentimes, entrepreneurs and business people in small towns believe that in order to truly achieve success, you have to make it in a big city. If that is the thought process in a town like Rome, Ga., you would have to “make it” in Atlanta. Brian Moore, co-owner of Lyons Bridge Beef, LLC is working to turn that theory on its head as it does not apply to him or his company. “People make suggestions like, ‘why don’t you try to get into the restaurants in Atlanta? Why don’t you expand the business to Atlanta?’ I always ask them, ‘Why?’ We are successful here in Rome; people like our product here in Rome. Why not just stay here in Rome? It’s where I’m happy and where I can see that our business makes my friends and neighbors happy,” says Moore. Moore recalls how the business, Lyons Bridge Beef, began. “Five years ago, my husband purchased a farm in Cave Spring, Ga. The initial purchase was of 711 acres, but we kept buying land and ended up with 1040 acres. He wanted to find something that would make the farm prosperous, so we hired Micah Studdard from Berry College who has a degree in Cattle Management. From there our cattle farm was born. “The initial plan was to simply herd some heads of cattle,” Moore continues, “and then breed and sell them to other farms so that they could grow their herds.” It has grown into so much more than that, however. “My husband and I lived in London for three years. He is an investment banker, so we have had to relocate a few times. While in London, I attended a culinary school called Le Cordon Bleu. Once I graduated, we came back to Rome, which is his birth place. I considered going into the restaurant business but I had to be honest with myself. I did not want to work long hours or live that lifestyle. I wanted to do something different with the farm business,” says Moore. Moore then decided that creating a retail division of his business was the way to go. “We started out selling our meat online and by word of mouth. We built a retail store on the farm and it turned out to be very successful,” Moore recalls. “I would also do pop-ups at events with our products, and those experiences showed me that there was opportunity for us on Broad Street in Downtown Rome. “I began searching for somewhere on Broad to open a store and was approached by the prior owner of Riverside Gourmet, Kevin Dillmon. He suggested that I buy that site. We performed an evaluation and found that Riverside Gourmet was indeed a good fit for us. So, in November of 2018 we purchased it and began selling our beef at our new Broad Street address,” explains Moore.

Focusing back on the ranch, Moore describes the farm’s target number of cows to house, which is around 400 mother cows. They meet that target amount, along with their six bulls where Studdard performs artificial insemination for reproduction. “We buy high-quality reproduction products so that we can control the quality of our beef. The bull is sent in for cleanup duties, meaning if the artificial insemination is unsuccessful, the bull will be able to detect that and impregnate the cow. Bulls are rotated on a regular basis. Our goal is to ensure our beef is consistent and is very good quality,” describes Moore. “Additionally, all of our cattle are pasteur raised, meaning they eat the grass on the farm for most of their lives. It’s all natural, with no antibiotics, hormones or steroids. After approximately 12 months, we begin a grain-finish diet plan for the cattle. For about two months, we give them good grains and fats, which makes their meat very tasty after they are processed,” Moore explains. All of the meat at Lyons Bridge Farm is processed in Alexandria, Alabama. “Late last year, we also extended into the lamb and pork market. Our farm is now home to 36 lambs and 12 hogs,” says Brian Moore. Lyons Bridge Beef’s retail sales include purchases for home cooking, grocery stores, as well as local restaurants. “We host wine tastings and other special events at Riverside Gourmet. I cook for the events and sell our recipes, and that is all very successful for us. I feel that this business is the right practice of my culinary degree, because it is not working in a restaurant for a ton of hours per week,” laughs Moore, reinforcing how much he does not want to have the responsibility of owning a restaurant. The recipes Lyons Bridge Beefs sells include barb-que sauces, meat seasonings, beef and pork rubs and a multitude of mustards and salad dressings. Moore also provides a professional knife sharpening service. Along with his involvement in the community, Moore is on the Board of Directors for Between the Rivers Farmers Market. From May through October, Between the Rivers Farmer’s Market will be open for business every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Bridgepoint Plaza offering a variety of fresh products, including Lyons Bridge Beef. You can also purchase Lyons Bridge Beef at Riverside Gourmet (250 Broad Street, Rome) Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Or you can call ahead at 706-291-1023. You can also shop online at www. LyonsBridgeBeef.com

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s the weather warms and the time draws near to roast a nice piece of meat on the spit, remember that buying local meat products often leads to a better tasting and more nutritious meal. Lyons Bridge Beef is now offering more than beef, and when it comes to enjoying a gourmet meal, no foodie will kick variety off of their plates.


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BEGINNINGS The Old Town Historic District of Cartersville offers the Cook Family a chance breathe life into the bones of one of the City's oldest homes. TEXT RACHEL REIFF PHOTOS CINEMA OLVERA

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were not looking for a 100-year-old fixer-upper as they drove to church on a February Sunday a little over a year ago. The couple had spent nine years building and shaping their house in Emerson, Ga., and they finally felt they had completed the project. And yet as they passed through the Old Town Historic District of Cartersville, there it stood: A slightly-tired, 1914 Craftsman style bungalow, painted a dismal off-gray color. A for sale sign in the front yard caught their eye.

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“I said, ‘that’s a cute house. It’s an ugly color, but it’s a cute house,’” laughs Annette. “We started looking at what it could be. So, in between Sunday and Wednesday, we had a house!” With the purchase of this property, the Cooks knew they were in for another project but they were up for the challenge. “Charles brought construction and physical vision to the renovation project, and I brought a love of art and unleashed creativity. It was a marriage of the best of all possibilities,” explains Annette.


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“We found an intact 1925 Atlanta Journal. It was an entertainment section. So, I’m including that in the collage,” says Annette. “I was retiring and Annette said I needed something to do!” jokes Charles. But with such a big undertaking, the Cooks also knew they were going to need professional help, and that is why they called upon contractor Jeff Glover and designer Carol Youd, Lead Designer for Furniture of Dalton. Youd was a part of the restoration process from the beginning, bringing her decades’ worth of design expertise to the table, as well as her eye for merging the historic with the contemporary. “I love to express my client’s total taste and design,” says Youd. “The home is definitely eclectic; different styles, different time periods; but it all works together beautifully.” Thankfully, Youd’s ability as a designer goes far beyond mere decoration. She was able to help the Cooks imagine a full reconstruction of their bungalow to make it more updated and functional. “We added about eight feet onto the kitchen, which allowed us to put in a proper laundry room and a usable kitchen,” explains Charles. “Over the years, there had been some renovation done. An upstairs addition was added back in the early 2000s. [But] there were wiring issues.” This prompted the entire re-wiring of the house, so that the Cooks could feel at ease and safe. Overall, the structure of the house is very sound. And with 104 years of history within its walls, the house had some surprises in store for its new owners. “They started taking down some of the walls to achieve the addition, and when they began the demolition process, they started peeling off what was under the paint and there was all this old wallpaper,” shares Annette. “And there were several layers to it, so I put some of that together for a collage just to keep the integrity of the old part of the house.” Another special find includes an old newspaper tucked away inside a wall. “We found an intact 1925 Atlanta Journal. It was an entertainment section, which made it a wonderful find. So, I’m including that in the collage,” says Annette. “But I think the most spectacular find of all was in the master bedroom. When we got the house, there was a hole in the wall that you would just think a photograph had been hanging. So I tried to look into that hole, but I couldn’t see anything, then I got a coat hanger and when I stuck it in there, I could feel that it went far back, and that it was hard, like brick. So we had the contractor take the wall down, and it was a fireplace. So it is the original 1914 bricks, with a hearth and the face of the chimney showing.” Both Annette and Charles love that this piece of history can serve as the focal point of the master bedroom. 36

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While keeping with the old, the Cooks are also excited to add their own personalities to the home. “In the half bath, we bought an old chest from someone in Rome, and I put it back together from pieces,” says Charles, who is a craftsman. “And we put a vessel sink on top of it and painted it an orange color,” he says, explaining how he built the custom vanity. Annette is an artist, who enjoys everything from folk to modern art. She made a beautiful stained-glass for one of the interior doors and is also in the process of selecting different pieces of art, including her own and her father’s photography, to be featured in the house. “That’s where Carol came in. She’s been able to help me blend [different styles]. She’s given me a lot of advice about things I would have never thought of.” “It has been so wonderful to work with people who are not only talented in their own right, but are willing to look at different types of interior design and have open horizons, as far as what they’re able to put into the house and be open minded,” smiles Youd. “And so that’s been great fun.” The drab exterior gray is no more. A new exterior color, selected by Youd, is the perfect outward expression of love for the old and new. Though the bluish hue is a “historic color,” says Annette, “it seems vibrant against the accented pure white trim.”

With the pristine landscaping provided by Watters & Associates Landscape from Rome, the Cooks are finally ready to settle into their historic home that is brimming with new beginnings. And they could not be happier to be a part of the Old Town neighborhood. “We love Cartersville for a lot of reasons. It feels like a small town, and it has every advantage of that. To be able to walk to church, to go into town, take our dogs for a walk all under the big trees makes us feel that everything we need is right in Cartersville.” Carol Youd is the Lead Designer in the Interior Design Studio at Furniture of Dalton. For Carol Youd’s Design Services, please call her at 770-876293. To reach Jeff Glover who is the contractor for this project visit www.jcgllcgc.com. BELOW Charles and Annette Cook with designer, Carol Youd


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SOUL ABOVE From left to right: Erik Graves, Taylor Hunt, Josh Lumsden, Brandon Street and Shawn Lumsden


Sound Culture recently took the stage at the SweetWater 420 Music Festival, and we get a look inside what inspires them to keep the music playing. TEXT MCKENZIE TODD PHOTOS CAMERON FLAISCH

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ound culture is defined as the auditory environment (or soundscape) located within its wider social and cultural context. In more basic terms, we might describe it as a set of shared attitudes, values and goals that produce excellence when those characteristics work together to inspire people not only to do their best, but to do what is right, even when it is not in their best interests.

This is Sound Culture.

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1.vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person's or animal's ear.

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1.the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.

A band made up of five eclectic friends: Shawn Lumsden, Erik Graves, Josh Lumsden, Taylor Hunt and Brandon Street; these men work to bring the reggae genre of music to the masses, laced with touches they have coined as their own. “When we all started jamming together as a band, we were just playing reggae covers. But as we progressed, we have developed in to so many different facets with each song; it is just one of the things I love about it,” says Brandon Street, bass player for the group. Classifying their music as rock with reggae influence, the musicians of Sound Culture didn’t want to simply be known as just another reggae band. They aim to be more of an assorted amalgam of who each band member is. “Kind of what we wanted when we first formed the band was fluidity,” explains Shawn Lumsden, who plays rhythm on the six string. “We all love reggae so much, but the one thing we don’t like is the fact that most reggae bands don’t focus on the intense guitar solos, etc. “We have Josh who is amazing at unique and intense guitar solos, and we really utilize his talent to make our sound unique,” continues Shawn. “It truly adds a whole dynamic to our sound instead of being just another reggae band.” With each member growing up with a wide array of different musical backgrounds, you start to understand each song and its influences on a deeper level than before. Brandon grew up on the blues, but as V3 traveled to their practice room at Erik’s house in Alpharetta for a chat, it was obvious that Erik gets his roots from rock and roll. “Taylor, believe it or not, loves country music,” laughs Street as he digs into each member’s own musical taste. “It really all differs between us. Shawn is the one who introduced us to the reggae music, and the rest is history.” The guys of Sound Culture have all been friends for quite some time, but it wasn’t until October of 2016 at Shawn’s wedding, that they met Erik (lead singer) and asked him to jam with them during the upcoming holidays.

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Along with the crew’s differing music tastes, each member comes from music-driven families. Shawn and Josh, the two brothers of the band, grew up listening to their dad pick guitar on the front porch of their farm house in Talbotton, Ga. When they finally decided to pick up guitars themselves, it didn’t take long for them to get good enough to join in on the jam sessions. “I started playing guitar when I was 13, but I grew up around my uncle who also played music,” explains Graves. Street defines himself as a closet-case guitarist for around 18 years because he was afraid to perform and would only play behind closed doors, and Taylor Hunt (drums) was playing guitar long before he ever picked up a drum stick. “Not long after we started playing together, Chelsea (Shawn’s wife) and I moved into our new house. I knew that I wanted a jam room in my future home, so we made it happen. In January of 2017, we officially became a band,” says Shawn. After officially establishing the band, the only thing left preventing the guys from playing music together live was a name. “We came up with the name Sound Culture because I lied to the band,” laughs Graves as the other members of the band join in on the joke. “I used to work at this brewery,” said Graves after a chuckle, “and we had a customer come in who talked about the fact that he was putting together this music festival (Alpha-palooza). I was like, ‘I wanna play.’ He told me to make a band and I could play. So, I went back to the guys and started making plans. At this time, we were just playing covers and a few new songs Josh had written and told them we had to have a name by tonight before they would release the flyers. “We were so stressed out,’” Graves continues, “just looking around for inspiration in Shawn’s house.

Chelsea was busy doing homework and she read us a sentence out of her anthropology book which said something like culture of sound or something along those lines. Shelby (Josh’s girlfriend) then piped up and said, ‘What about Sound Culture?’ and we went with it.” Some of the other names the band considered before Sound Culture were Sundaze and Minty Fresh. They all agree the latter worked out in their favor. “We see the name Sound Culture as like, the people you go to a show with, or your musical clique. It’s like having a steadfast culture,” says Graves. “The thing I love about our name is the fact that you can hit so many different genres and we can expand upon it in so many different ways,” adds Street. “It doesn’t stick us in one category, we are free to smoothly delve into the different genres of music.” This rings true as soon as one hears the beginning verse to “Voodoo Vixen.” It’s almost hard to stop yourself from dancing to the light-hearted guitar chords and Graves’ soothing vocals and is perhaps one of the songs that bends the traditional rules of reggae. According to Sound Culture, the song writing and music making process is a collaborative effort among each individual band member. This is evident simply from the bond witnessed between friends. Explaining their process, one person usually writes the rhythm or bare bones structure and then introduces it to the band. From there, they usually prefer to jam on it before they insert the lyrics. “The very first song we wrote as a band, Erik played the chords for us and Josh added a really cool guitar solo on it,” says Shawn. “I added some funky keys in the background; Brandon added some real heavy bass lines that make the song and Erik’s vocals made it all flow so well.”

ABOVE Left: Robert Harrington, with the band Kaya's Embrace and right, Erik Graves, lead vocalist for Sound Culture

We have come so far, through the sands of time.

This line begins a fan-favorite Sound Culture original. About a minute through the song, Caribbean-inspired cool vibes transport your mind to the aquamarine ocean-lapped shores of Jamaica. Notes and harmonies combine, invoking the strong smell of salt water mixed with coconut-scented suntan oil until the shock of Josh’s lead guitar chords bring you back to reality. “We wrote “Up to Me” acoustically. But when we began working on “Sands of Time” we all gathered at Josh’s place one night and we all collectively wrote a couple more verses, just piecing everyone’s ideas together to make the perfect song,” says Graves. “Each one of our songs that we have written now, which is about seven or eight originals, they started out with one person who brought it to the band, and we all add our own effects throughout the process,” explains Shawn. These originals came together and the band produced an Extended Playlist (EP) titled “Sound Culture” which dropped on August 25, 2018. “It took about a year and a half to write the songs that we knew we wanted on the EP,” says Shawn. But the band was performing shows way before the release of the EP. “Our first big show we played was Alpha-palooza,” says Graves. “That was pretty awesome. Just getting to play on a huge stage, in front of hundreds of people was incredible.” That didn’t come without nerves, however, as Street remembers how nervous he was because he had never performed on stage until joining his mates in Sound Culture. “I roomed with Erik in college and we always played together,” says Street. “That made me more comfortable with performing.” “It really does takes guts, man. You kind of just have to be willing to throw it all out there in hopes of people liking your sound,” Graves chimes in as Street reminisces on the beginnings of playing live. Since becoming Sound Culture, the band frequents venues like Smith’s Olde Bar (1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta) and the Masquerade (50 Lower Alabama Street, Atlanta). “As a band, our philosophy has been to make all of our money playing shows,” says Shawn. “We all collectively agreed that any money we make goes back into our band fund so that we can continue to record these EP’s and albums, expand our merch line and do more together as a band.” Street agrees saying that, “We don’t take any money out for ourselves; it all gets reinvested into the band.” “I think that approach is pretty unique. We don’t see this as a job where we were going to bring in a little extra money,” adds Graves. “We treat Sound READV3.COM | MAY 2019

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“When we all started jamming together as a band, we were just playing reggae covers. But as we progressed, we have developed in to so many different facets with each song; it is just one of the things I love about it.” Culture as a business. We reinvest our earnings back into the pot so that we can be more successful.” The brotherhood and friendships are undeniable between these musicians, especially as they continue to climb up the ranks as a reggae/ rock band in the Atlanta music scene. In fact, just recently the guys were surprised as they were added to a list of bands with the potential to perform at SweetWater’s 420 Fest. “When we heard that we were on the ballot to play at SweetWater’s 420 Fest, we were so stoked! It seriously came out of nowhere,” says Graves. “If we get to play there, that will be the biggest thing we have done so far.” The Fest then announced that Sound Culture made it in the top five for Atlanta's 99X Talent Tap Contest where they went head-to-head against four other bands to fight for a chance to play on SweetWater's stage. The band did just that, and on April 20, 2019, Sound Culture made their debut at one of the biggest music festivals in the state of Georgia “This year has proved to us that we are moving up, especially because we are getting to play with bigger bands. Some of these bands we have been listening to for forever, which makes it that much more surreal,” says Street. The overall support the band has been getting from their families and friends, as well as others who just simply love their music, adds the fuel to their fire to keep creating and doing what they love. “Recently, I had an instance while I was out to eat in Atlanta. We walked into a restaurant and the first person I saw was wearing a Sound Culture shirt. That was cool, for sure,” says Graves. A rise in devotees (according to Sound Culture) can be attributed to the specific space in the music industry that the band chose to call home, which is reggae music. “I think it is important to find a niche in the music industry and try to use that niche to get your foot in the door,” explains Shawn. “So, reggae is a genre that

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ABOVE Taylor Hunt

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has been on the rise recently, so we wanted to infiltrate the market that way and so far, it has gone really well.” “The people who come out to reggae shows are really supportive, too,” adds Graves. “When we first played on a reggae bill, we realized that these were our people. It was baffling. But I think we fill a really cool spot in the scene that is reggae music.” When asked how big the band wanted to eventually become, all of the members laughed and sighed as if this was not the first time they had been asked this question. “Of course, we want everyone to hear our music and to make it big. But the thing that keeps driving us so much is that we all are extremely passionate about what we do,” says Street. “I joke around with them all the time saying, ‘I will quit my job if it gets in the way of the band.’ It’s funny, but I am 100 percent serious, because music is my passion.” “We are taking it all in stride and having a good time,” adds Shawn. Which is evident no matter what the guys are doing, either in their spare time, during rehearsals or shows. “We always do this thing before our shows. We tell ourselves we are going play this show like it is

our last,” explains Graves. “Even when we know it isn’t our last, we still do that because you never know what tomorrow will bring. We all have things that are going to eventually force our direction of choices, but we just try and take everything in stride.” As for Sound Culture’s fans, they will continue to show support and love as the band continues on their journey to distinction. “The support system we have is above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined,” smiles Shawn. “That is the most humbling thing about having this band, in my opinion.” Sound Culture is currently streaming on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music. For more information on their upcoming shows as well as their social media accounts, visit their website at www.wearesoundculture.com Visit www.readv3.com to check out their latest music video for their single “27 Miles to Bozeman”


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ES ED V3 visits Reinhardt University to talk about their new nursing program that is determined to end the nursing shortage. TEXT ASHLEE BAGNELL PHOTOS DARLEEN PREM

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ost of us have interacted with a nurse. You know them because you went to school with a nurse, your cousin is a nurse or you have been lucky enough to have your life saved by a nurse. Nurses stop at crash sites to make sure everyone is safe, and they travel to provide home healthcare or hospice services. You see them at the pediatric office and at the schools your children attend. But something has happened to the nursing population in the last few years that is deeply troubling. There has been an immense shortage of nurses active in the profession. Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia has an answer to a problem that has the potential to be devastating to the medical community. The organization’s goal is to make a difference in the nursing crisis in their community and beyond. Dr. Glynis Blackard, RN, Dr. Jacob Harney and Erika Neldner want to let others know about Reinhardt’s nursing program. By implementing a path to putting more nurses in the field, they are poised to change the landscape of a career that is desperately needed. Dr. Blackard is the Dean of the Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences. She has only been with Reinhardt since the inception of the program in 2016. However, the influence she has had on campus has been noticed. Her counterpart, Dr. Harney, the Dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences and Associate Provost shares, “To pull off what she has pulled off in the amount of time we gave her is pretty remarkable. Under the leadership of Dr. Blackard the program has been a huge success in the Reinhardt community.” “This December our first cohort will graduate,” Dr. Blackard continues. “We anticipate having around 22 nursing students who will pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). They will be able to graduate, get a job and be able to impact the community as nurses in our area.” But nurses impact the community in more ways than one. The advancement of modern medicine requires professionals who work in those fields be equipped with the knowledge to deal with specific challenges. The program at Reinhardt aims to accommodate the different needs in Cherokee County and the surrounding areas. The construction of this program had to come from a problem-solving mindset if Reinhardt was ever going to make an impact. “The thought of a nursing program has been in existence in this part of Cherokee County for a while,” Dr. Blackard explains. “So, as the nursing shortage continued, the expansion of this county continued, and more people began to move here. It really began to come to fruition. When

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“We have jumped through all the local, state and national hoops that all the accreditation and regulatory bodies require. It is important to note that we have done so in record time and with excellent ratings for our program.”

Dr. [Kina] Mallard, our President, was hired, the Board of Trustees told her that they wanted to start a school of nursing. That was really the beginning of it. Our Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness researched all of the demographics and investigated what was needed. Once it was determined that this program would help to solve the shortage of nurses, they started looking for the Dean. That is why I joined the team in the fall of 2016, and we have been blessed. We have jumped through all the local, state and national hoops that all the accreditation and regulatory bodies require. It is important to note that we have done so in record time and with excellent ratings for our program.” Dr. Blackard, Dr. Harney and Neldner agree that Reinhardt is a university focused on the students and not the numbers. Consequentially, they take a different approach when building the program, not only for the sake of success in the healthcare industry, but also so that the nurses themselves are fully equipped to handle their duties. Reinhardt University is associated with the United Methodist Church. Dr. Blackard says, “…it guides us in our mission. We are interested in students thriving here at Reinhardt and that feeds into the Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Our mission criteria are very different than what you see in the community. We have a holistic admission process. We look at the student from all perspectives because we know that all sorts of students make quality nurses.” The admissions committee looks at an applicant’s GPA, their science GPA and they have to pass the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) examination, an entry-level examination for nursing school. This process is pretty standard for nursing programs; however, The Cauble School takes it a few steps further. “We want to know about the person,” says Dr. Blackard. “and we want to know about their heart. We ask them to write an essay about why they want to be a nurse and their work is submitted to an admissions committee. We ask for references for the students in the community because we want to hear why people think this person would make a good nurse. We also ask for them to submit a resume. We are looking for altruistic opportunities, things that they have done unselfishly in the community. We are looking for volunteer work and it doesn’t have to be in the medical field. They could really love singing in the choir or caring for puppies at the animal shelter. The last part is an interview process where students get to sit in front of us and share their heart and tell us why they truly want to be a nurse and why they want to be a part of Reinhardt University and Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences.” To pay that much attention to the character is the program’s way of letting every student who fits the profile of a nurse have the opportunity to enroll and will likely have an impact on the types of nurses who emerge from the school. READV3.COM | MAY 2019

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The curriculum is designed so that every semester the student is progressively interacting in a medical setting. This is due to the fact that every aspect of nursing has a foundation of basic skills. From the beginning, the students are in the hospitals. Dr. Blackard says of her students that, “they are out there impacting and changing lives for the better. It is common for our nursing students to interact and have the opportunity to save lives. “Another part of their training comes in a very high-tech simulator,” Dr. Blackard continues. “It is called a High-Fidelity Simulation. Essentially, Reinhardt has the latest technology in medical simulation equipment. Their realistic simulator named Apollo can, “blink, cry, sweat, talk, it has breath sounds, heart tones and it has bowel sounds. It has pulses, it can bleed. We can put any devices we might use on a patient and IV (intravenous) or NG (nasogastric) tube in the simulator.” There are multiple levels of use for the simulator, so every semester the students get to interact and train in a safe environment for the many trials’ nurses go through every day during a shift. Apollo lives in a hospital room and can train the students on everything from therapeutic conversations with a patient to actually saving someone’s life. Dr. Blackard explains the best thing about the High-Fidelity Simulation. “The student goes in and has a scenario play out, whatever it is, and if an error occurs we can help them learn about it right there. No one is dying during this very important teaching moment. It happens in a lab setting. They get to watch themselves because we film these sessions. We get to hit a button and that patient is still alive. While we wish it were that simple in the real world, it is vital that the students know how to react in any situation. The simulator can be any gender and play out any number of scenarios.” “We also have a birthing simulator,” adds Neldner. “We have a mother and a baby, so they get that midwifery experience of delivering a baby and then there is an actual simulator that is a baby. We

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conducted a simulation not that long ago where the baby came out and you could see that the baby was actually blue. Our students have to respond to that emergency, figure out what’s wrong and provide the proper care.” The program also employs a child simulator for pediatric training. In every nursing class there is an opportunity to train with the simulators. This includes mental health classes. The students have to have the proper schooling in all areas before they can be prepared for the medical field. Dr. Harney explains that the relationship between the Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences and the School of Math and Science is vital for the success of the students. He says, “Nursing is all health, it’s all science. It’s all natural science. It’s biology, chemistry and physics. But it’s also social sciences. Our students are dealing with people who are going through stress and people who are going through very difficult times in their lives. So, it is psychology, it is sociology and it is understanding the patient and where their truth is right now. What are their relationships with their family members? Do they come to visit? They experience all of that as part of their daily work. In order to be good at what they do, they need to be in tune with an individual’s psyche. This area of our program is a part of liberal arts education. We want them to critically think. We give them enough English, enough math, enough communications so that they can analyze things and think about things and communicate effectively. And then as they continue, the sciences get harder. All the natural science courses have three hour lectures and three hour labs. So, they are what we call very high contact hour majors. They have to hit the ground running right away. We want to prepare them in those two years and be able to continue a little bit with their general education courses. Then we delve completely into nursing. So, it’s a natural connection.” Dr. Blackard says that, “we like to say that we are scientists who artistically apply the nursing process to the needs of the patient.”

If you have been treated by a nurse who doesn’t seem to care, you know how difficult they can make already stressful situations. Nurses are needed to not only help heal the patients but also help them understand what’s happening and ease their minds. But if there is such a vital need for nurses, why is there a shortage? “Age,” Dr. Harney explains. “There is a large population of nurses who are towards the end of their career. That and the population. We are growing every day; Cherokee County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state.” Nurses are retiring without replacements and the remaining nurses are severely out-numbered. Dr. Blackard also pointed out that the other issue is that there is a shortage of nursing faculty. Educators are the front of the pipeline; they are the gatekeepers of the profession. So, if there are not enough educators to teach nursing programs and instruct the numbers of students who wish to enroll in the nursing programs, it limits the number of qualified applicants an institution can serve. Without those to teach the skills necessary, then there won’t be a future for nurses at all. There are four avenues for nursing: Practice, Leadership, Research and Education. Each area keeps the other three alive and functioning. People may not think about going into research or education as a nurse because as Harney points out, “when people make a decision that they want to go into the medical field, it’s because they generally want to work with people and they want to care for people. They don’t think of going into higher education to train nurses. They just don’t think about that. They want to grow up and be a nurse. But they can be a dean; they can get a Ph.D. and be a nurse.” The hope is that the students will use this time of self-discovery to find what their niche in the healthcare system is and contribute to all facets of nursing. Reinhardt University is reacting positively to the new nursing program. According to Lacey Satterfield,


the Director of Admissions, “The nursing program has helped grow enrollment at Reinhardt. Additionally, I think the excitement around this program has created some good energy around Reinhardt as a whole and that has helped us get the word out about the great things that are happening on our campus.” The nursing students are also reacting positively to the program and they also have had the opportunity to help shape it into what it needs to be. Students sit in on faculty meetings and give feedback. They help shape the program because it is just as much about them as it is the curriculum. The community around Reinhardt has responded positively to the program, as well. “Quality nurses impact and change lives,” says Dr. Blackard. “We want support from the community. We have amazing support already but we need their continued support.” Neldner adds, “There are a lot of opportunities to support Reinhardt and share. Tell people about Reinhardt; we are close. We have great fundraising opportunities; we have two golf tournaments a year and a 5K in Canton. There are many ways to share. We want people to know that we are a thriving university and we care about the student not just about filling the seats. We want students who want to learn and who want to be valued members of a community that contributes selflessly.” So, find the nurses in your life. Speak with them and find out what you can do as a member of your community to help them. Encourage those who want to be nurses. And keep an eye on the Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences at Reinhardt University. It is doubtful that this is the last you will hear of their accomplishments.

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