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Dear Readers, Spring brings such wonderful promise. It is so welcomed, we can’t think about the cold of two months ago, and dismiss the dismal skies and heavy coats. The grass is green again, and for the moment, we don’t worry it will need cutting soon. Astonishingly, the flowers found their way back into bloom and roses are budding on the trellises. We hope you will share our vision of spring in this seasonal issue of Enjoy! The common thread woven between its pages speaks to renewal and growth, to nourishing and giving. Please read how one pulmonologist planted new thoughts in patient care, and from his compassion, humor and courage our medical community is taking new shape. Take time to read about Rome’s consummate volunteer who brings his own special warmth to hospice patients. To find that Oak Hill is again opening its beautiful arms to embrace weddings is wonderful news for couples. To marry on the grounds of this enchanting place has long been a dream for brides, now coming true. We hope you’ll find interesting reading between the pages of Enjoy! You will find some very special people, some very special places, and some really great events that make our northwest Georgia the special place it is. Enjoy! is designed to draw your attention to smart people and good things happening ‘just outside your door.’ What better time than now to be outside. Ah, spring! The Editors You are also invited to visit our website at www.EnjoyNWGeorgia.com. Click to Enjoy! Explore the pages of back issues and previous stories.

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Welcome A Beacon of Hope The Tony E. Warren, M.D. Cancer Center Diversifying in Business and Community



10 Re·ha·bil·i·tate 12 River Riches 14 Southern Living® Showcase Home at The Bluffs 15 NGE & Mother Nature 16 Keepin’ It Fresh After 40 Years 18 Good Samaritan of the Year 20 Rome’s Mayor, Evie McNiece 24 An Old Tradition Returns To Oak Hill 26 Be Our Guest 31 J.Jacobs 32 Rome Tennis Legend, Jaleel Raiz 34 Fairview School - A Time & Place Worth Saving 38 The Groundhawgs 40 It’s That Time of Year...Enjoy! 43 Calendar of Events


On the cover: Oak Hill, the Greek Revival home of Martha Berry, founder of Berry College.

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Dr. Tony Warren is, undoubtedly, smiling down from heaven. Warren’s long time dream of a regional cancer center for Rome and northwest Georgia became a reality this spring when the Harbin Clinic’s Tony E. Warren, M.D. Cancer Center opened its doors in April. In an ironic twist of fate, Warren, a Harbin pulmonologist who was known throughout the community as a champion for innovative cancer care, lost his own battle with cancer in 2007. “He was a very intellectual person who held us to a high standard,” says his colleague, Harbin Clinic surgeon Dr. Paul Brock. “When he worked with patients, Tony was focused on the person, on the whole person, and not on the illness.”


The Tony E. Warren, M.D. Cancer Center

push for clinical excellence. “We’ve continued to add outstanding doctors and support oncology professionals to our staff,” he notes. In 2005, Harbin Clinic acquired Rome Radiation Oncology, to merge its specialty, radiation oncology, with Harbin’s existing staff of medical oncologists. “The concept of cancer navigators, nurses and social workers, who are assigned to individual patients to literally “navigate” them from their cancer diagnosis through all facets of treatment, was also an important component,” Davis says. “Knowing that there is an individual who understands their needs, and their fears, helps to take some of the fear out of what can be a very daunting journey. Our nurse navigators were already working with patients but having one central location for all aspects of patients’ diagnoses and treatment will now make their jobs even more efficient.” Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center and Rome Radiology Group, who partnered to create Rome Imaging Center, have now moved it from its previous location on West 10th Street to the first floor of the new center. Radiation oncology is also located on the first floor, with medical oncology on the second floor. “For us in medical oncology, to be only a matter of steps away from the radiologists, for example, who are preparing patients for treatment is an unprecedented advantage,” says medical oncologist Dr. Tommy Simpson. “We’re able to confer almost immediately as opposed to hours or even days when we were in different locations around town.” Floyd Medical Center’s state-of-the-art breast center has also re-located to the third floor of the building. “In addition, we have our own pharmacy here for patients’ convenience,” Simpson notes. “It is truly a cohesive group that has come together, one that

Warren’s vision was to bring all of the area’s already substantial cancer treatment resources together in one facility in order to streamline care for cancer patients and their families. “We have a great new building, and we are proud of it, but Tony knew that it was the programs that we could offer in an integrated approach, and not necessarily the bricks and mortar of the building, that would make a difference in patients’ treatment and, ultimately, in their lives,” adds Harbin Clinic CEO Dr. Ken Davis. “Tony was always different; it was never about dollars and cents with him when it came to patients. Instead, it was about how we could reach the highest possible level of care. He was focused on how we, as healthcare professionals, could learn from each other and how we could do things better. He was a champion for quality assurance, and he demanded that we continually get better.” Davis points to four areas of accomplishment that make the cancer center unique – all of which bear the imprint of Warren’s

has put aside competitive business interests, because people have wanted to see a facility like this in Rome.” Harbin Clinic, under Davis’s administration and with Warren’s encouragement, was a trailblazer in the conversion to electronic medical records (EMRs), another necessary ingredient for a completely integrated, cutting-edge facility. “We knew that a commitment to EMRs was truly a prerequisite to the kind of sophisticated cancer center that we envisioned,” Davis says. With EMRs, patients’ records are computerized, and with each new physician or specialist that cancer patients see, the patients’ complete medical history is available electronically with only a few keystrokes. “We want the time from diagnosis to therapy to be as short as possible,” Brock explains. The concept of interdisciplinary conferences for all physicians involved in lung cancer patients’ care was a concept that Warren pioneered at Harbin Clinic, a concept that has now been extended to other types of cancers. “We began with ‘chest’ conferences in 2003,” Davis explains. “In these sessions, which last approximately an hour and take place once a week, all of the physicians who are involved in providing care for these patients sit down together to discuss the patients’ treatment regimens. It’s a true meeting of the minds to provide the best possible treatment options.” With the conference’s success in achieving better results for patients than when physicians worked in isolation, a similar gathering for breast cancer patients was initiated in 2007. “New diagnoses are presented to this interdisciplinary team of surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and radiologists,” Brock says. “With expertise coming from a variety of oncology and oncology-related fields, this is a particularly beneficial procedure for complicated cases.” In addition, Harbin Clinic oncologists also participate in clinical trials in coordination with top academic research centers around the world. They take part in trials through the Atlanta Regional Community Clinical Oncology Program, a network of eight hospitals in Georgia. Medical oncologist Dr. Dilawar Khan has been chief investigator in several clinical trials in which Harbin Clinic doctors have been involved. “The current Ovarian Cancer

Dedicated medical professionals fondly remember Dr. Tony Warren, seen here conducting a ‘chest conference’

Education Awareness Network [OCEAN] study for ovarian cancer is an outstanding trial,” he notes. Appointed principal investigator for clinical trials through the Accelerated Community Oncology Research Network, Dr. Kahn and his work are recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as one of the community research networks. The final piece in offering first-rate cancer care, the quality of which most people were accustomed to traveling around the country for, was constructing the building to house these interdisciplinary teams of healthcare providers. “It took more than 10 years to put all the pieces together,” Brock concludes, “and this center is the culmination of the dream.” From diagnostic testing to therapy and treatment to meeting patients’ spectrum of physical, psychological and social needs during their cancer journeys, the resources they need are now found in one place. “This cancer center is Tony Warren’s legacy,” Davis affirms. “While there were a number of other individuals for whom we might have named it, considering the Harbin Clinic’s long history of community service in Rome, our Board’s unanimous decision, however, was in favor of Tony Warren.”

Dr. Ken Davis

Dr.Tommy Simpson

Dr.Paul Brock


working with Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta eleven years ago, he was introduced to Jessica, his wife and partner. His work ethic was instilled at an early age, when he and a brother operated their own small business within a GM car transport company where their father worked. At 12, the two boys bartered to keep the grounds clean, pick up all clutter and trash disposal. Strictly business, they prepared invoices and took in receipts from the dealers who used the property. By the time he was sixteen, he held three jobs: one as a messenger service, a TJ Maxx sales clerk and on weekends cleaning and lawn care service. When moving to Georgia with his family in 1990, he would continue to work hard for things in which he believed. Chris came to Rome through a sales opportunity with Logical Systems in 2001. With much time spent driving and commuting back to Suwanee, Georgia, Chris and Jessica decided to take advantage of an offer to buy Logical Systems. It would get him “off the road” and settled in a good place to raise their growing family. In July 2005, Chris purchased the company and says he can’t imagine living anywhere else but Rome. Logical Systems employees have come mostly from the school systems in the area of Northwest Georgia. Some of which also graduated from local colleges. Their business clientele services range well beyond contiguous counties, and it is the company’s practice not only to help schools and college benefit from their expertise, but to help school systems save money - affording the best solutions to fit the existing needs. In the past, 90% of their clients were in the educational marketplace. By diversifying several years ago, they expanded into the commercial and industrial market, offering their services in data networks and telecommunication networks as well. As president of Logical Systems, Inc., Chris has served two terms as the Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Chair of the inaugural Entrepreneurial Roundtable and an active member on the Researchers Roundtable. He is also a past graduate of Leadership Rome and served as a coordinator of High School Leadership Rome. He attends many functions of the chamber, staying involved in its goals to better our working community. When he finds some free time, Chris traverses the countryside on his bike alongside his two daughters, Bridget, 9 and Fiona, 7. Although he has biked in semi-pro form before, he now enjoys riding in the harmony and companionship of family and friends. As he rides, he learns more about the landscape and streetscapes in northwest Georgia. And as he spends such quality time with his children, he thinks about putting together a ‘family bike ride’ for one of his favorite charities. This year, his activity and interest in the community did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Chris Carey was named the recipient of the coveted Wesley Johnson Leadership Award. An added honor was in January, when his company, Logical Systems, Inc., was selected by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business of the Year for 2011. The community applauds.

Chris Carey
In Business & The Community
If you’ve met Chris Carey, chances are you met him working with a hammer in his hand at Habitat for Humanity, or at one of its board meetings where he serves on the selection committee. Maybe it was at the Rome/Floyd County Community Kitchen. But then again he volunteers and works with many deserving organizations and serves as chairman or board member of several charities and agencies. It isn’t Chris Carey’s style to be a board member to occupy a seat to rack up a resume. He believes in being hands on. Putting his busy company Logical Systems on overdrive volunteerism, too. The Family Research Center, Rome Area History Museum, the Rome/Floyd County Community Kitchen, Battlefield Ministries, the Open Door Home and Rome Rotary Club joined with the Communities in Schools and the Charity Kick Ball tournament it benefits – continue to represent a long list of non-profits with which Chris works. Some are especially close to his heart. While

means many things to many different people…
it is a word that is playing a major role in the growing field of medicine and the art of keeping people well. Basically, it means: To restore to a condition of good health, ability to work, or the like…
Tara Brown Physical Therapy Assistant

It is often referred to as restoring to good operation or management, or even restoring a good reputation or restoration to former capacity, standing, rights and privileges. The point being that good rehabilitation is certainly good for the soul, the body, the mind, and our well-being. There was a time when only a handful of people were qualified to rehabbing patients after medical operations. Today, highly trained specialists, working with precision and carefully developed tools are putting more and more of us back into our daily lives ‘the way we were’. Some “rehab” as it is often called, naturally follows serious or even minor surgery. After the doctors pierce the body in one way or another, it takes some careful usage (and time) to restore the flexibility and the previous abilities of that part of the body. By carefully, and highly professionally manipulating limbs, backs, necks, etc., they can be slowly but surely returned to normalcy. But there is a larger role today for high quality rehabilitation – and it leaves the ‘re’ out of the equation because it goes BEFORE not AFTER to make it possible that the patient may not have to do the BEFORE. Many doctors, upon thorough examination and study of the body, (thanks to modern scans, x-rays, MRI’s and other insightful pieces of medical gear) may determine that serious surgery is not needed but carefully planned habilitation may do the job. Rehab Techniques is located in one of the major Coosa Clinic Buildings at 20 Riverbend Drive. That’s where you’ll find Michele Thomas Randall, MSPT and Tara Brown, MS, LAT, PTA. These experts are certified by the State of Georgia to practice the medicine of Physical Therapy, and are Board Certified to assure you that they know exactly what is needed. Rehab Techniques and their highly specialized team of professionals do not prescribe treatment, they work ONLY from a board certified medical doctors prescription of what is needed, and their own professionalism and high standards carry out those doctor’s orders. We learned quickly that you do not hobble down the street with a ‘sore knee’ and walk into a professional clinic and ask for treatment. You must be referred, and carry with you a prescription with a description of what is needed. When you do, the fun begins. In a comfortable environment, Rehab Techniques currently employs two trained specialists, along with a great and supportive staff to assist in your care. The facility houses highly specialized collection of machinery, equipment and items specifically designed to bring you back to where you belong. This is ‘friendly’ gear, and certainly is not frightening. You’ll find pleasant hands-on care that slowly but surely brings you back to where you were before misfortune be-felled you. Because they work specifically by appointment, ample time is given you by your specialist, and the one-on-one care makes you feel comfortable, and have the assurance to know they care about you and about getting you well again. You will almost always leave with a pleasant smile because of the warmth of the people and the kindness of the treatment. “How long do you have to take rehab treatment?” Remember, you didn’t get where you are in a minute, and you won’t be ‘cured’ in a minute...but given time, following the prescribed regimen, and doing the exercises or functions asked of you, you can get better and chances

Michele T. Randall, MSPT, Director and Owner Rehab Techniques Physical Therapy
are you will never need that ‘big time’ surgery you anticipated. While this is not “always the case,” says Michele, “it is often the story.” Patients that require surgery, have need for this type of professional rehabilitative care for many weeks following serious surgery. Michele says we live in a world where people of all ages are continually exercising, walking, hiking, biking and engaging in many levels of sports, young and old, rough and tumble. She says her clinic sees many of these people who suffer from all sorts of injuries that perhaps do (or do not) require surgery, but in each case, caring and concerned rehab work is needed, and, she said with an engaging smile “that’s what we are here for”. Michele is the Director and Owner, and is a board certified Physical Therapist and earned her Masters of Science degree from North Georgia College in 1995. In 2009, after a lengthy career working with larger institutions, she decided to step out on her own and became an independent owner of her own company, Rehab Techniques Physical Therapy. She is able to accept all patients from the community from any physician, and she reminds us, “when your doctor suggests you need rehab, remember that it is entirely up to you to decide WHERE you go”. While the physician (continued on page 30)

People who live in the marvelous ABC triangle between AtlantaBirmingham-Chattanooa well know that Georgia and neighboring Alabama are among the richest states in the nation...at least in one respect. Rivers! In a time when water and the lack of it is high on the world’s list of problems, having multiple river systems and abundant lakes makes an area rich in resources – and Georgia is a leader among the 50 states. If you were to drive anywhere in the ABC triangle and paid attention, you’d quickly realize that you were passing, crossing, and viewing a whole lot of beautiful water. A listing of some of the major rivers in Georgia and Alabama shows how our streams coming out of the mountains drain toward the piedmont and coastal areas and enrich the land with all the good things associated with water usage. Agriculture, recreation, fishing, attraction of wild life, marshlands, wetlands, and an open invitation for flyways of birds of all types to ‘vacation’ in both Alabama and Georgia. Unlike some sections of the southeast, this is mountain-fresh, pure, clean, sparkling water that is free from the salt of the seashore. For so many years since the coming of the new cultures, the rivers were considered as convenient disposal systems for garbage, trash,


sewage and anything else we didn’t want. And in this area, like so many other states, we woke up to the fact that misuse of the rivers had rendered them inhospitable to wild life, and in some cases, to our life. For some reason – perhaps we were too busy making a living – we didn’t realize how badly we treated these beautiful streams that enriched our neighborhoods. We don’t think the Indians, who used the rivers extensively for travel and sustenance, misused them like the new culture did. Rivers have a way of cleansing themselves if allowed to, and what little misuse the Indians might have caused to the waterways, were overruled by the river’s own systems of cleansing. It has often been said, tongue in cheek, that because the Indians took care of the rivers, they were allowed to name them. A few examples back this up. Consider: Chattahoochee, Ocmulgee, Cowikee, Chatooga, Satilla, Alapaha, Ochlockonee, Etowah, Oostanaula, Coosa, Ohoopee, Oconee, Canooche, Conecuh, Chocktawhatchee, Tennessee, Demopolis, Ogeechee, among others. In fact, it would appear that only two major rivers in Georgia have other than Indian names – Flint, and Broad, and even Flint gives a hint that there is a connection to native American culture.

In virtually all cases, these river basins begin in the mountains or in Georgia’s high plains area, and they grow in size as they are joined together with other rivers and stretch out in the middle Georgia piedmont area. Some major streams flow into the huge Tennessee River and begin a long journey to the Mississippi, while others form the Coosa making it a major flow in the Mobile area. They begin to really spread out in the coastal plains areas of both states readying themselves to flow into the sea. In some strategic places on this journey from North to South, they form themselves as rapids – and much of the industrial muscle belies that. Boats couldn’t pass (at least until locks were devised) and traffic was limited to certain routes of specific length. But churning waters in rapids made way for turning wheels in industry, and these water wheels and gravity opened other doors of industry. Around the 1950’s, as the major war efforts (WWII and Korea) ended, Americans began to take notice of the damage they were doing to their river systems and recognizing the strain being placed on water supplies through growing usage as our population grew and people moved from individual farming areas to cluster in cities and metropolitan areas. Huge cleanup programs were begun, some voluntary, some mandated by law. Conservation methods were

employed, and major manufacturing plants and utilities found they had to ‘return’ the water to the system in the manner in which it had been ‘withdrawn’. This saw such structures as huge cooling towers through which the water being used was drained and strained to allow cooling so as not to hurt the fish and creatures living in the water. Important to thousands of citizens was the development of new lakes – large and varied. For years, the Georgia Power Company had built its own dams and impounded its own lakes – these mostly on the Chattahoochee River following the border of Georgia and Alabama on its way to the ocean. Georgia Power also built in some areas of Northeast Georgia – forming the Tallulah Falls and Dam project and impounding river water sufficient to generate power. In addition, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) jumped in to take advantage of the falling water and this too created a number of lakes along the North Carolina , Tennessee and Alabama borders which proved to be beneficial first for power and energy, and then for recreation and other purposes. This involvement with water into power literally modernized a large section of America’s southeast. (continued on page 30)

Showcase Home
at The Bluffs
There are similarities between the latest Rome-based Southern Living® Custom Builder Program Showcase Home and others which you may have visited. Of course, it will be distinctly Southern Living® and you will soon be able to find this unique house plan in the gallery of plans offered by the magazine’s home plans group. And, it will feature products from some of the Program’s premier building products sponsors such as Lennox, Jeld-Wen, Sherwin-Williams, Sunbrella and Belgard. Some of your favorite Rome charities will benefit from this Showcase Home, just as in the past. However, the similarities probably end there. Let me explain! Location: While we consider this Showcase Home to be Romebased, the better characterization of its location might be a “Rome bedroom community – with benefits.” It is located 25 miles west of Rome, in Cedar Bluff, Alabama in a gated development called The Bluffs (www.TheBluffsOfWeiss.com). The short drive accommodates those who work and shop in Rome while enjoying the many benefits of living in a scenic, peaceful and cost-efficient setting. The topography of the development is truly unique – positioned on a mountain peninsula which extends into Weiss Lake, almost entirely surrounded by water. Every lot has dramatic water views and almost all have additional views of the surrounding mountain range. The Showcase Home’s 200 degree water view is exemplary of many other home sites at The Bluffs. Second, the Bunk House is under the same roof as the main living quarters, but separated by a “dogtrot.” For those not familiar with the term, the dogtrot is an open breezeway, positioned to capture the almost continuous airflow up the mountain from the lake. The Bunk House has two bunk rooms, a recreation room, a guest bedroom and two full baths. A separate cottage features a large community conference room (with a drop-dead lake view) for executive meetings, civic gatherings, and other functions that bring guests to The Bluffs. The cottage also has an office for the business of The Bluffs and a guest bedroom for lot owners. Perhaps the most interesting design element of this Showcase Home is the attention given to energy conservation and future maintenance costs. These unique design features and the associated construction techniques may be the main reason you would want a guided tour while the Showcase Home is under construction – and then again for the Open House. Some of the energy conservation and environmental considerations include: 1. One-room-deep layout, thus enabling cross ventilation...the ultimate in passive design; 2. Heating and cooling with a ground-source heat exchange system (sometimes referred to as a geothermal system); 3. Hot water heating using by-product heat from the geothermal system; 4. House orientation, porches and overhangs designed to minimize summer sun on windows and doors and maximize solar energy; 5. 10.5 inch thick walls, allowing for the latest insulation techniques to prevent heat and cold transfer into the building envelope; (continued on page 22)

The 2011 Southern Living®® Custom Builder Program Showcase Home at The Bluffs

This classic “Alabama Farm House” design features three distinct segments. First, the main living quarters consist of a family room; dining area; two-part kitchen (a front area for serving and a scullery for preparation); a master suite with oversized walk-in closets; and a sleeping porch off the master.

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North Georgia Equipment Takes Advantage of the Earth to Help Cool and Heat
As heating and cooling costs rise with energy costs, we turn to thinking about higher efficiency and higher efficiency goes hand in hand with “greener” technology. As you go deeper into the earth, temperatures are more stable and companies like NGE are able to take advantage of that stability, creating heating and cooling systems that are 25 to 50% more efficient than traditional heating and cooling systems. We have a source right here in Rome, Georgia. NGE (North Georgia Equipment) has installed more of these systems than any other contractor in the northwest Georgia area, averaging 2 to 3 a year. They expect that number to grow as more consumers become aware of the system. David Perry with NGE sat down with Enjoy to answer some questions for us. “Locally, we are the company that does this. “ said Perry, “we don’t just do the Geothermal part of it, we handle the entire HVAC job for the customer and then we are here to service after the initial installation. We’ve been in business since 1945, our customers know that they can count on us to be here.” There are two ways to install this system, the horizontal ground loop and the vertical ground loop. Perry says his company can do either, but he prefers the vertical loop. “As you go deeper into the earth, you recognize greater efficiencies. The vertical loop is just more efficient.” The vertical loop involves drilling straight down into the earth and making an actual loop with high-strength polyethylene pipes that are filled with water. This liquid is then pumped into a system tied into the house that uses the temperature of the water to control the temperature of the home. “This is a great climate to use this system, but where this system is really efficient is when we are experiencing our more extreme temperature cycles,” explains Perry. “Unlike traditional systems that may need to use more power during our very cold spells or our very hot days, this system maintains a constant temperature from the earth and really regulates the temperature in our homes. You’ll notice the greatest savings on energy costs during the cold snaps and heat waves.”


“In addition, because we are using the earth’s temperatures to heat and cool, Geothermal is very green technology. It’s very efficient and efficiency means less energy consumed – which is what green technology is all about,” continued Perry. Perry’s company partners with the company that does the deep drilling, overseeing every aspect of the installation. They’ve completed very large projects like the Yancey home, as well as smaller homes just wanting to take advantage of the efficiencies. “This is not for every homeowner,” said Perry. “This technology takes about an acre of land to properly install, so it really does not work inside the downtown area where properties are on very limited sites. The upfront costs of installing the system is also more expensive than a traditional system – so this may not be the option of someone who is very short sighted about their budget. It does, however, pay for itself – but it’s a long term pay off in much smaller energy bills.” According to Oklahoma State University and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, the systems can reduce the energy cost of a 2,500 square foot home by almost $1200 per year. Other sources have put the cost savings in greater terms. Perry thinks it will take about 8 years to pay off the system. “I really don’t have hard numbers in savings, because it varies with our weather and the home, but my feeling is that it takes about 8 years for the system to pay for itself and then it’s just money in the bank from the savings due to the efficiency.” NGE is Rome’s only Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and also fully trained to sell and install Trane products. They are also the only company in this area of the state that has 100% of their technicians certified by NATE (North American Technical Excellence), which is the leading non-profit organization for certifying the Heating, Air Conditioning and ventilation technicians. To get more information about Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning or about NGE, contact NGE at (706) 2328930 or visit their website at www.nge.co.


Keepin’ It

After 40 Years

In 1971, a pharmacist started a new business with which he would share his name. GMC pharmacy. Gary Michael Cowan bought a little building in what was once a shopping strip near Coosa on the Alabama Road. There, he spent years filling prescriptions, answering the questions of sneezing and coughing customers, dispensing over the counter medicines from insect bites to influenza. He worked long hours and spilled into the weekends, with little time to spend away from work. Although his business prospered over the years, others in the shopping strip did not. One by one, Cowan acquired the stores and eventually owned the entire location. In 1998, he built an entirely new building around his existing one, only allowing the business to close for 2 ½ days during the transition. Ambitious? You bet. Hard work? No doubt. That’s the Cowan family tradition. The children, sons Shane and Kirk, were practically raised in the business expansion, which by then had become a fully stocked grocery store that carried needful items as well as a complete fresh meat department. Shane recalls that although he was very young, he knew how to ring up the cash register. Being too small and short to reach the drawer, he improvised by standing on Coke® crates to check out groceries. Shane and Kirk learned the grocery trade at the knees of their parents and by the skill of great employees who stayed with the company for years. “The meat department was run by a guy named Billy Burton, and many of our customers still remember him. He was known as one of the best butchers of his time,” Kirk says. “Billy trained us all in what he called the ‘old school way.’ We have continued his good policies and practices working in the meat department. It works well.” With Gary’s retirement three years ago, the boys share the workload and split the responsibilities. They own and run the grocery store with Mom, Cheryll maintaining an active interest. Pharmacist Reg Ozment runs the busy pharmacy that serves the area. Robin Paker, a GMC employee for over 20 years, helps to keep things on an even keel.


Now, more than ever, they appreciate and understand the work and dedication that went into running the business and turning it into a successful operation. They’ve learned a few things over the years, but their main interest rests with delivering quality, value and customer service. “Customers often have a cooking question, and we enjoy sharing tips and advice,” says Shane. An “old fashioned” grocery store by design, GMC is widely known for its excellent meat products. Customers drive from Alabama, Tennessee and Atlanta to fill their coolers with select beef, ribs, pork and chicken. Locals know the freshness of the meat (a shelf life of only 4 days is the rule). From the meat counter to the grill, oven or cooktop – that’s fresh! GMC meats are never treated with carbon monoxide (like you will find in many stores). They sell only midwestern grain fed beef, with fresh ground beef the trim of the steaks. “Our meat does not come in pre-ground,” says Kirk. “We use only select, choice and prime USDA cuts and only dry aged. Better restaurants in, and contiguous with Floyd, have discovered the excellent meat products at GMC. They, in turn know the value of buying locally, too. For the Cowan family to take time away from the business, it has to be for something pretty special – and they think celebrating the 40th anniversary of GMC is worth it, even if it’s grilling steaks in the backyard. Wouldn’t you love to be at that cookout!

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• Special Cut Meat Market • Fresh Produce • Full Line of Quality Groceries • Pet and Feed Center • Pharmacy (No Waiting!)


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Heyman HospiceCare’s

Providing An Extra Measure of Compassion...
The stories told by volunteers at Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd are as varied as the people themselves. One volunteer helps out with errands while another takes care of yard work. Another brings fresh flowers. Yet another learned the art of basket weaving so she could restore a cherished wicker keepsake that belonged to a hospice patient. Volunteers have been instrumental to the provision of hospice care from the very beginning. The hospice philosophy embraces the idea that the end-of-life experience should include dignity, peace, comfort and compassion, and volunteers are integral to the care that hospice professionals provide.

Volunt eers
Camp said. “He took notes and would ask his patient to tell him stories about his past. He even took him to play bingo. It was just beautiful.” As the patient’s disease progressed, it was Leiter who was able to calm him and bring a smile to his face. “What a wonderful service he did for this man at the end of his life,” Camp said. “He was able to have happy moments and memories. Leiter really did go above and beyond.” For this effort and for his 19 years of volunteer service, Leiter was named Floyd’s Good Samaritan of the Year for 2011. The award is presented annually to a Floyd volunteer who demonstrates a commitment to going well beyond expectations in every endeavor. Another such volunteer is Rose Malloy. Malloy’s patient had an adult daughter with special needs who needed to learn additional skills to be able to live fully independently after her father’s death. Malloy helped this young woman, after her father died, by teaching her the basics of housekeeping, including grocery shopping, cooking and finance management. Fifteen months later, the young lady is living independently and has now become a hospice volunteer herself, working in the office of Heyman HospiceCare. “Malloy spent hundreds of hours, more than she was ever asked to, and through all that helped her deal with her overwhelming grief,” Camp said. Ruth Brewer began volunteering after first benefitting from Heyman HospiceCare services as the wife and primary caregiver of a hospice patient. Six years later, she is the co-leader of a weekly bereavement support group. “She is good for family members coming through the group. They see somebody on the other side and what a vibrant, happy and full life she is living. They see that it does get better,” Camp said.

At Heyman HospiceCare, the care team looks after the well being of the entire family. Nurses provide medical assistance. Social workers ensure that the patient and family are linked to community resources. The chaplain addresses spiritual needs, and the volunteer looks after personal needs. They provide respite care, to give caregivers the opportunity to take a break. They help with shopping and chores. Sometimes the volunteer simply provides a listening ear, a comforting shoulder or a breath of fresh air. Gordon Leiter is one such volunteer. Leiter has been a volunteer with what is now Heyman HospiceCare since 1992. “He is just the epitome of a volunteer,” said April Camp, volunteer coordinator for Heyman HospiceCare. Leiter has demonstrated a willingness to travel anywhere to visit a patient, she said. In addition, he helps represent Heyman HospiceCare at the annual Senior Inform, at business and health expositions and anywhere else he is needed, she said. One of Leiter’s recent patients was a gentleman with Alzheimer’s disease. “He researched his patient’s life so that he would be able to talk about things in his past with him,”

About 50 volunteers currently are assisting patients of Heyman HospiceCare. It’s not uncommon for others to say “it takes a special person” to volunteer for hospice, but Heyman HospiceCare volunteers would say that’s not a true statement. Hospice volunteers don’t have a mystical understanding that sets them apart from everyone else. They are simply people who share their time with others and who are willing to do what they are comfortable doing to help a patient or family at the end-of-life stage. Volunteers receive training before they are connected to a family. Each volunteer must complete a 10-hour training program where they learn about the goals and philosophy of hospice. Volunteers are trained to listen and to help patients and their families find their own answers to important questions. This training also prepares the volunteer for the psychological impact of end-of-life care, as well as patient-family care and comfort measures. Their reasons for volunteering are varied, but it’s not uncommon for a family member of a former hospice patient to volunteer to help other families. In the hospice care model, medical professionals provide care at home and in the hospital, social workers help connect patients and families to community resources and physicians provide medical guidance. Hospice volunteers provide the extra measure of compassion and assistance families often need. In fact, federal law requires that volunteers provide at least 5% of patient care hours if the hospice receives Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. Last year Heyman HospiceCare expanded its services by introducing a special veteran to veteran volunteer program. Veterans who are hospice patients, volunteers or employees receive special recognition. This summer, Camp plans to begin connecting volunteers who are veterans with patients who are veterans. Also this summer, Heyman HospiceCare plans to begin a new volunteer opportunity called the Eleventh Hour program. “Our goal is to make sure none of our patients dies alone,” she said. “These volunteers will be on call to be able to sit and stay with patients who do not have someone or who may have only one caregiver and that person is exhausted and needs a break.” These volunteers must already have served as a hospice volunteer and must agree to additional training to help them prepare for this very special role. Eight volunteers have already signed up to be Eleventh Hour volunteers, she said. Individuals interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Heyman HospiceCare should contact April Camp at 706.509.3217 or email her at acamp@floyd.org.

When a friend or family member dies, the bereavement specialists at Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd provide the tools grieving individuals need to see there is life after loss. “We strive to show compassion and understanding and to provide the resources people need,” said Marsha Atkins, Heyman HospiceCare bereavement coordinator. The program’s bereavement support groups help people realize they are not alone in their grief, she said. Most of the volunteers involved with the support groups are individuals who have personally received assistance from Heyman HospiceCare. This gives them a unique perspective when helping others through their bereavement, said Atkins, who incorporates a variety of tools and resources to address the needs of those in need of grief support. Grief support groups meet each week on Tuesday and Thursday at Heyman HospiceCare. Atkins also meets with groups in Cave Spring and Rockmart once a month. Speakers sometimes are invited to the meetings to conduct workshops on such topics as tips for safe living, legal issues, and even how to care for your vehicle. In addition to the support group meetings, the bereavement program includes meditation, dinners, cooking lessons and scrapbooking sessions – each an opportunity for interaction, healing or both. Joy Jones, director of Heyman HospiceCare, said it is good for people to be together during tough times. “People should be able to share their grief, and our group sessions provide that opportunity, making the process more tolerable,” Jones said. Heyman HospiceCare serves over 500 families each year in five northwest Georgia counties. The program includes a variety of support services: • Phone calls • Home visits • Support group • Scrapbooking • Educational workshops • Memorial services Some individuals take advantage of all of the bereavement program opportunities, while choosing activities à la carte. Because everyone experiences grief differently, a personal, 18-month program is designed for each participant, Atkins said.

Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd is funded in part by a charitable remainder trust to Floyd Healthcare Foundation given generously by Lyons and Jo Heyman. For more information please call 706.509.3200 or visit www.floyd.org.


Rome’s first female Mayor, Evie McNiece, is too busy ENJOYing her work to boast about her many accomplishments.

“There may have been some questions when I began my first term on the City Commission [representing Ward 3, in January 2008]. But if the question was, ‘Can she do this job, and run her business and raise her family?’ The answer is, “’Yes; I can do fluff, but I can be tough.’”


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While they can’t sit down as a family for dinner every evening, they eat together whenever they can. One of their family treats is dining out in Rome, which the Mayor is quick to note, has an array of unique and appetizing dining options. McNiece’s many commitments can’t be categorized as fitting in to just one season of the year. She possesses a jubilant spirit and a heart for volunteerism that shapes her personality. McNiece said her family understands that if she had to choose between running her business and volunteering, she would whole-heartedly choose her volunteer work. Evie acknowledges that, rather than making her life more complicated, owning her own business actually allows more time to complete her other obligations. She says she doesn’t know how she could work for a large corporation and serve on the City Commission for instance, due to the meetings she must attend at different hours of the day. Evie is also indebted to her ‘team’ of City Manager John Bennett, who she said it would take decades to learn what he knows, as well as Assistant City Manager Sammy Rich and Administrative Assistant Beverly Johnston. She is quick to credit all members of the city staff and the other eight members of the City Commission with keeping her both inspired and prepared for her job. “The city staff members are always so well prepared. They have talent and a level of loyalty that I’ve never seen anywhere else.” Her appreciation for city employees cannot be understated. She said when the Department Heads come to the Commission with a problem or an issue, they already have an answer in mind, which typically leaves the Commission members to make the final decision. The other valued members of her personal team are her ‘book,’ a daybook that keeps her appointments and notes in order, kept safely at her office, and the iPhone that she takes everywhere. “It’s so much easier to stay connected now and not get overwhelmed with having to check hundreds of e-mails at one time,” she said. “My laptop is just about obsolete.” Evie has also discovered that while she could use an extra 20 hours in a day, she doesn’t always need the doctor-recommended eight hours of sleep; she can make it on just three or four if she must. A notepad beside her bed allows her to fall asleep quickly at night. She gets her thoughts down on paper and allows her mind to relax. The sun has nothing on Evie - she rises between 4:30 and (continued on page 22)

“Yes!” seems to be the answer to any question asked of Evie. The once-shy child has served as Mayor since her Rome City Commission colleagues elected her to the position on January 3, 2011. Mayor McNiece is the owner of Accounting Solutions Plus, a business that she began in her home. In addition to her two day jobs, Evie also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Rome Symphony Orchestra, the Rome International Film Festival and the Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation and is an active member of the Boards of the Boys & Girls Club of Rome, Summit Quest Adventures, Inc., and a member of the Rome Rotary Club, among other organizations. McNiece has also served as Chairman of the Board for the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce and considers her term in 2007 as the inspiration to run for a seat on the City Commission. As a leader, Evie tries not to be opinionated. However, her strong belief system makes her fight for what she knows is right. Door-to-door visits allow her to get to know her constituents and get a sense of how they are feeling about the issues of the day. As a true ‘people person,’ Evie wants to listen and understand their concerns. She gladly uses her position as Mayor to connect her constituents with the folks who can help them. In order to fulfill her many roles, Evie relies on time management - a natural numbers game for an accountant - and of course, her family. Evie and Doug, her husband of thirty years, have worked as a team to raise their sons, Brian, 25, and Will, 16. Doug is her balance, providing the creative inspiration and big picture reference, while Evie is the less patient of the two, the self-described ‘numbers nerd’ and more detail-oriented. Evie is especially grateful that Doug pitches in with grocery shopping and cooking during her busy season as a CPA. “Doug is wonderful about helping me out during the dreary months of the busy season. Sometimes I take a little bit of advantage and let him continue into June!” laughs Evie.

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(Rome’s Mayor, continued from page 20) 5:00 a.m. “If I know there are things that need to be done, and there are always things to do, then I can’t stay in bed!” Football keeps her cheering for her other ‘team’ in the fall. Evie and Doug have been University of Georgia season ticket holders for 30 years. Recently she used her role as Mayor to bestow a “Key to the City” upon a special visiting guest, Loran Smith, best known for his 36-year role as a sideline reporter for UGA’s football radio broadcasts.

(The Bluffs, continued from page 14) 6. Use of reclaimed early 1900’s brick for dogtrot and porch floors and wormwood maple from an historic pepper curing barn for accent walls; 7. Stone used for fireplaces and exterior to be harvested from the property; 8. Use of James Hardie’s Artisan (extra thick concrete) product for exterior walls, to minimize future maintenance; 9. Porous river rock drives and parking areas to minimize water runoff; 10. Capture of rain water for irrigation and water feature; 11. Open breezeway to separate portions of the house and harvest cooling breezes off the lake; 12. Paint colors, roof material and color schemes consistent with heating and cooling efficiency; and, 13. Energy saving household appliances, windows and doors. Those involved in presenting this Southern Living® Showcase Home include: Developers: John & Patsy Hyatt of The Bluffs Development, Inc. Designer: Lew Oliver, an Atlanta-based home and community planner with an international reputation for designing entire neighborhoods around a theme of upscale living in an efficient and energy-conscious fashion. Lew specializes in homes of classic design, which emphasize environmental consciousness with quality materials and craftsmanship. Builder: Wade Chappell, a Georgia Tech grad and the managing principal of Chappell Construction Group, Inc. Wade has built dozens of homes designed by Atlanta’s best architecture & design firms. Chappell Construction prides itself on accurately implementing quality designs in an efficient fashion. Decorator: Avis Everett, a Georgia-based interior designer. Avis has a reputation for classic and functional design and décor and will demonstrate that expertise with this Showcase Home. Marketing Agency: Advertising Dynamics, Inc. in Rome.

“...her strong belief system makes her fight for what she knows is right.”
While she doesn’t consider most of what fills her day as work, she said to truly relax, her family likes to get out of town to the beach or the mountains. Reading biographies is a hobby she can occasionally find time for, too. “I love seeing what people did to accomplish so much,” she says joyfully. And a monthly Bunco game with a group of girlfriends that has been continuously meeting for over 17 years remains a personal priority. But, before she leaves town, and as she arrives back in Rome, Evie always takes a drive down Broad Street to savor the city she’s called home for nearly 30 years. Don’t expect Evie to slow down any time soon.

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One of the most dynamic and accomplished women ever to have lived in Northwest Georgia, or probably the state of Georgia itself, has to be Martha Berry. Born 1865, she spent a lifetime devoted to the Berry schools she founded. She received eight honorary doctorates from eight colleges and universities. She was a businesswoman and an accomplished fundraiser, traveling widely to gain support for the schools she cherished. Her devotion and tenacity for providing education for the underprivileged never waivered, and drew the attention and support of nationally known notables such as philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Emily Vanderbilt Hammond, automotive pioneer Henry Ford, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s wife, Ellen Axson Wilson, who also happened to be a native of Rome. Her leadership grew the college, and in her lifetime it accumulated 30,000 acres. A highway is named in her honor. Her portrait hangs in the state capitol’s Gallery of Distinguished Georgians. With all the notoriety and acclaim, it is hardly noticed that just under the surface, Martha Berry (shown at right on opposite page) was also a romantic. She never chose to marry, but instead devoted her life to the Berry schools; however, archived letters and articles speak to her belief in the sanctity of marriage and her proclivity for weddings. There were quite a few at Oak Hill, many of family members and close relations. As recently as a few years ago, descendants had marriages performed there. Patrice Shannon, Director of Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum reports that Martha Berry was a matchmaker. “She loved weddings”, says Patrice, “and also loved being the wedding planner. She built the bridal walk for students going forward to marry and walking back together as a couple.” Weddings on the grounds at Oak Hill have long been discussed as a possibility but not until this year did the idea become possible. The beautiful grounds give way to a breathtaking venue for a wedding scene. In the popular film Sweet Home Alabama, the outdoor wedding was in the backyard of Oak Hill. Even Hollywood couldn’t resist its charm. “I’m excited to see couples in our community experience Berry, and enjoy Martha Berry’s legacy. Wedding guests will have a wonderful experience and see how extraordinary Oak Hill really is.” For the first time, couples can have a rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception all on the grounds of Oak Hill. The only exception is the house itself, which could not withstand the rigors of a wedding party. However, wedding guests will receive a special tour courtesy of Berry and their hosts. Only a romantic would have fashioned the beautiful Formal Garden, the Sunken Garden, the Goldfish Garden and lush backyard

that quietly awaits an admirer and suitor. One wonders if Martha Berry may have considered what an enchanting place this would be for future students to pledge their vows. The venues vary with style and space, with much to offer… · The Formal Garden can seat up to 115 for a reception. · The Sunken Garden will hold over 200 in its natural amphitheater, perfect for the ceremony itself. · The Terrace can accommodate more than 500 people if necessary. · The famously filmed Backyard is more intimate, with room for 70 people or less. · The Goldfish Garden is a special place for 20 people, just right for small gatherings, second weddings and vow renewals. · The Garden Room and Back lawn of Oak Hill is available for rehearsal dinners up to 52 guests. Nothing inside is available, but the perfect combination is the Sunken Garden for the wedding ceremony and the terrace for the reception. With the “trial” year behind them, Patrice says, “we are pleased the events went so well. The average wedding size seems to be around 150, and we handled the numbers well. The biggest factor is weather, of course, and the time of year is an important consideration.” There is a limit to the number of ceremonies, so interested brides and grooms need to pick their favorite venue request early. Only 10 to 12 weddings per year will be accepted, and you’ll want to be in the chosen few. It’s strictly on a “first come, first serve” basis, so book early. To book weddings, ceremonies and receptions for 2012, Patrice Shannon will be happy to meet with you and show you the gardens and other spaces perfect for your big event. From March through May and September through November, beautiful brides will again take the bridal walk and return with her groom and new life together. Built on love and grace, an old tradition returns Oak Hill.


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(Rehabilitative continued from page 11) most likely will make a suggestion, you have the right to choose. She is greatly pleased that so many people have come to Rehab Techniques and spread the word that their experience was ‘special’. Meanwhile, Tara Brown brings a number of key talents to the rehab table. As an employee of Rehab Techniques, Tara is a licensed and board certified physical therapy assistant with a Masters degree in Sports Medicine and is a licensed athletic trainer. She works full time with Michele, as well as finds time to teach part-time at Georgia Highlands College. She is a highly experienced therapist with wonderful manual and hands-on skills. She has worked as a PTA since 1999. (River Riches continued from page 13) An aggressive building program under the Flood Control Acts (FCAs) of August 18, 1941 and December 22, 1944, for the purposes of flood control and hydroelectric generation saw plans for three lakes which in one way or another impacted our area. Lake Allatoona, Lake Lanier, and in neighboring Alabama, Lake Weiss. They would be overseen by the Corps of Engineers. The FCA also authorized construction of recreational facilities on these sites. Lake Allatoona is the oldest multipurpose project in the Corps South Atlantic Division (SAD). Actual impoundment of the water on the Etowah River prior to its entry into the Rome area began in December 1949 and was in full operation by January 1950. The Allatoona project was authorized for flood control, hydroelectric power generation, water supply and water quality, recreation and fish and wildlife management. Its proximity to Cherokee, Cobb, Bartow and Floyd made it extremely attractive to the population and to industry. It featured a 1,110 square mile drainage area beginning in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Georgia, and was dependent also on rainfall to fill the pools. The stewardship of the surrounding 25,000 acres of public lands remains a high priority at Allatoona. As one of the most frequently visited Corps lakes in the nation, Allatoona provides recreation opportunities for over 6 million visitors annually. The Corps and other public and private organizations work together to provide a wide spectrum of quality recreation. These opportunities fuel the regional economy by nearly $250 million annually. As metro Atlanta moves northwest, this usage is certain to increase. The Corps of Engineers had some time ago 589 campsites on the lake along with 188 picnic sites, numbers that may well be enhanced today. Additional facilities are found in nine city and county parks, one state park and eight commercial marinas. Allatoona has 270 miles of shoreline on which 978 Shoreline Use permits have been issued. While the beautiful lake serves anybody and everybody within driving range, it is mostly Cherokee, Bartow, Cobb and north Paulding that actually border the lake itself. The value of the dam in flood control for areas downstream from the Cartersville area dam more than proved itself in numerous rainy seasons. Only once has serious flooding been a problem – that in 1990 – when water, mostly

“The clinic specializes in a great variety of diagnoses and disorders. The clinic is currently around 75% orthpaeodics and spine care and 25% gate/balance disorder and spine care. We also offer vestibular rehab, assist with women’s health problems and wheelchair evaluations”, says Michele, but she says” we guarantee you loving and tender care that will make you better if and when you should need it. It’s not a miracle cure”, she says, instead “it is highly trained and specialized medical treatment in pleasant and comfortable surroundings, worked around YOUR schedule, not ours, to make you feel better, work better, and find that other life you had to give up.” We asked one final question: “Michele, what do you think is the best thing about your company?” to which she replied without a pause: “It’s all about you!” Rehab Techniques Physical Therapy | 706.238.5421

from the Etowah River behind Allatoona Dam inundated parts of downtown Rome and brought havoc to the then new Riverbend Mall, which suffered severe damage. There are a number of theories about how a different set of management rules might have negated that bad situation. Both Cartersville and sections of Cobb County are dependent on Lake Allatoona as a source of water, while Rome withdraws water from both the Etowah and the Oostanaula. Conservationists are showing a great deal of interest these days in managing and protecting our water sources, especially after the drought of the past few years and the legal encumbrances being placed on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee by the Corps of Engineers dictated by federal judgeships handing down tough laws. (continued on page 36)

E: What are your best tips for caring for hair in the spring and summer months? JJ: Summertime may be more casual and easier living, but your hair can be in serious jeopardy. The sun, chlorine, sea salt, humidity plus more heat from blow drying, you should be on guard to protect the hair from these harmful elements. On those hot sunny days use a good conditioning product to shield the hair from ultra violet rays and add back moisture. Conditioning reduces split ends, controls the frizzies and brightens up dull color. Covering highlighted hair can help keep that brassy look at bay. Watch the use of flat irons..they may be great at keeping hair straightened, but it also breaks hair. I prefer a ‘leave in’ conditioner and blow drying to keep hair healthier.

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Jaleel Riaz

Jaleel Riaz is legendary here in Rome. He graduated from Shorter College where he came to play on Tennis Scholarship and then stayed. After intermittent coaching stints between Shorter and Berry, he settled in at Shorter where he coached tennis until retirement for a total of 25 years. Coaching college level tennis has never quite been enough for Jaleel, he has privately coached Rome’s tennis players since the beginning of his career. Whether coaching children just starting out with the basics to adults playing team tennis competitively, Riaz is known for his just right style. He is gentle with small children, but still very demanding of advanced players. They’re many of Rome’s citizens who were nurtured by Riaz’s instruction as young players and continue to play under him as competitive adults. Riaz is not just known locally. He has coached in tennis tour de force of tournaments, the Davis Cup, numerous times. Riaz has been the head coach for his native Pakistan team from 1980 to 1983, 1990 to 1996 and will return again this summer to coach the 2011 team. The Davis Cup is the premier international tennis tournament, started in 1900 as a competition between the United States and Great Britain. It wasn’t until the 80’s when it was expanded and countries like Pakistan were included and Riaz has been there since the beginning. This year’s tournament will be in mid July in Korea. Riaz said, “I will be in Pakistan to get the team ready in June, which is the worst part of the year to be in Pakistan. It will be really hot. I am hoping to not have to travel with the team to the actual competition, I really want to be back in Rome by then.” Riaz will be coaching tennis camps for the Rome Floyd Park and Recreation Authority this summer, but won’t be able to coach as many sessions as he’d like. “I may be able to do some of the sessions, but because of the Davis Cup, I won’t be able to coach the full schedule.” Contact the RFPRA to get your child into one of the clinics hosted by Riaz before the slots are gone. Contact Jaleel Riaz for private coaching at (706) 506-7506. And if you want to follow Riaz’s team for the Davis Cup, they are set to play Korea on July 8.

RFPRA Tennis Camp Session Schedule

Register now for summer tennis camps through Rome Floyd Park and Recreation Authority (www.rfpra.com). Dates of summer camps are June 6-10, June 27 – July 1, July 5 – 8, July 11, 15 and July 25 – 29. Camps are for ages 4 to 15 and the cost is $80 for the 5-day camps and $65 for the 4-day session. Check with RFPRA to see which sessions will be coached by Riaz.


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Fairview school...
A Time and Place Worth saving
Being named one of the top ten “Places in Peril” for 2011 by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation may not sound like a positive event, but for a formerly littleknown Floyd County landmark, it may be the step that preserves an historic educational institution for future generations. Fairview School, located on Padlock Mountain in Cave Spring, Ga., needs the community and individuals who value education to come together once again to support the Fairview and E.S. Brown Heritage Corporation, just as the original community, local Board of Education and African-American community joined together to establish the school in 1924. While Fairview is currently in a state of disrepair - she had to search to locate it under layers of kudzu - Joyce Perdue-Smith hopes to change that. The original Fairview is a one-room schoolhouse that served the first grade. It was the first of four structures that made up a campus of educational buildings for African-American students to receive an education through the eleventh grade. It may have even been one of the Rosenwald Schools: a rural school building program that was a major effort to improve the quality of public education for African-Americans in the early twentieth-century South. For Joyce, the project comes from the heart. As the daughter of one of the school’s principals, Eugene W. Perdue, Sr., she knew firsthand the value the school holds for both its former students and as a place of historical significance. That’s why she started the Fairview and E.S. Brown Historical Corporation, a nonprofit group that is working to restore the school. According to Joyce and alumni, both teachers and families involved in the school took education seriously: it was the key to the American Dream. Some students were only able to attend a few months out of the year due to familial duties such as farming, required for basic survival. However, they made their time in class count. The parentteacher association was active with both concerned teachers and parents who made sure their kids behaved in class. Alumnus Gabby Jones recalls that each family would donate cut wood to be burned in the classroom in the winter. (continued on page 36)

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(River Riches continued from page 30) The Atlanta metropolitan area is exploring possibilities that include further withdrawing water from the Etowah/ Allatoona basin, and even from tapping the Tennessee River near Chattanooga (Nickajack lake area) and sending the water south to the metro area. Both are considered ‘longshots’ but interest continues in new sources of water. One vital area of consideration is how do you get the borrowed water back into its own river source once you’ve dirtied it and then cleaned it. Sending it back as far as Chattanooga might run up the power bill a bit. Meanwhile, some areas, like Canton, are busy building their own reservoirs to help out in emergencies and other cities are pondering similar moves. There is no doubt but what the attractiveness of Lakes Weiss, Allatoona, Carter and even the Rocky Mountain Project near Rome have played major roles in the north Georgia/North Alabama area spiking interest in fishing and recreation. Just recently, the Rocky Mountain Area management opened bike trails around their mountain lakes in the Armuchee/Fouche Gap area. For Atlantans, wanting a quick run to boating, skiing, surfboating, fishing and just the fun of ‘getting out on the lake.’ nearby Allatoona proved a banner flying high in attractiveness to both newcomers and original citizens. More and more as these lakes get crowded people are visiting Weiss lake and ‘re-discovering’ what a beautiful and useful body of water it is. When the convenience and development at Allatoona suffered from ‘overbuilt’, people found Weiss just a short drive away, just a few miles from Rome. Long considered just a ‘fishing’ lake (and it is known for some world record catches of certain fish like Bass and Crappie), Weiss suddenly seemed like a great place to build and live. Lots and real estate were ample, and new developments sprang up. Even though the huge lake (larger than Allatoona) is a virtual large new playground, it suffered along for years with literally only one or two marinas for boating services. Today, however, many eyes are recognizing the mountainous beauty, the expansive water, and the availability of shore acreage or view-of-the-lake acreage. Such locations as The Bluffs of Weiss and the Chesnut Bay Resort are bringing tourists and buyers from hundreds of miles away. One of the largest and most influential river conservation organizations has its origin in Rome. Joe Cook has developed the Coosa River Basin Initiative, located at 408 Broad Street in Rome and offers a number of river initiatives including paddleson-the-river, conservation trips, cleanups and variety programs revolving around conserving the rivers. His photography of the river systems, especially on his native Coosa River, has been used in lobbying efforts to increase interest in preserving the quality of our systems. (www.coosa.org) Our rivers have been around for a very long time...literally millions of years...but they came close to being turned into sludge filled gaps in our landscape until interested citizens decided to do something about them. Dirty rivers made even dirtier lakes. Today, however, the future looks good – so long as we take very good care of this very high level resource – Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina water drainage basins and those wonderful rivers with the hard to pronounce names.

After the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision advocating “separate but equal” schools, in 1955, a new school was built and renamed E. S. Brown School after principal Edward S. Brown. The original Fairview campus and buildings were sold to Henry Chubb, a local black general contractor and land baron whose family also has a unique history in the area. Going beyond the basic curriculum, the schools taught important life skills and moral values. Students competed in their district Fine Arts Program and played recreational basketball. They were also trained in home economics and participated in the Future Farmers of America program (now known as the National FFA Organization). The Georgia Trust’s designation has allowed for additional help with grants and greater planning for improvements to the site. It may also help garner the attention of the National Historic Society and the committee hopes to eventually have the school placed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, Joyce and the committee are not solely counting on the Georgia Trust for help. The organization is now working with an architect out of Madison, Georgia, to help develop a plan for the future of the site, and “restore it to its’ original splendor,” says Perdue-Smith. Long-range plans include using Fairview as a museum and rebuilding an original building on campus that was definitely a Rosenwald School. Joyce said no matter what else happens, she and the committee believe that considering its’ origins, all final plans must include a use for children. The committee, aided by approximately 30 active area alumni, has been working to raise awareness of the school through exhibits at the Rome Area History Museum, a display at the Cave Spring Welcome Center, a work day to help clear the kudzu nearly covering the actual Fairview building, the sale of limited edition commemorative keepsakes online at their website, as well as a special display at the 2011 Coosa Valley Fair in October. Through these activities, the committee has both allowed current community members to learn more about the school, as well as raised additional funds for their goals. Increased awareness is also helping them achieve another objective: to identify teachers, principals and alumni to help fill in historical gaps and create individual biographies, gather additional information on the schools, its students and faculty as well as locate more photos of this landmark. For more information or to get involved, please visit www.fairviewbrown.org.

Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament
at Barnsley Gardens

Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority

Enjoy a day at Barnsley Gardens filled with great camaraderie and fun for the sole purpose of raising funds for local student athlete award scholarships.
When: Thursday, June 9, 2011 (Tee-off begins at noon) Where: Barnsley Gardens What: 4 Man Scramble Register: 1 Shorter Ave (by Fri. Jun 4)
Entry fee covers green fees, cart fees, range balls, lunch and beverages for a team of four. *Provides eight mulligans per team.

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Rooted In The American String-Band Tradition
Formed in late 2000 by the Jones brothers, Clark and Clayton, The Groundhawgs was originally conceived as a song writing project that would resurrect the sound of old-time Appalachian string bands. “Yes, Clark [my brother] and I had the same dream about Mr. Monroe telling us to start a string-band. It made sense. It’s in our family,” said Clayton Jones. “We were really bad and the instruments we were using were homemade,” said Clayton Jones. “Despite being very primitive, the audience response was really good, and we felt good about the songs we were writing.” The Groundhawgs’ audience, in fact, reaches throughout the Southeast, and fans of the band have been wondering when they would come out of hibernation. “Yes we’d been underground for a while, but I think the audience is going to love what we’ve got for them,” said Clark Jones The Jones brothers, they say, formed The Groundhawgs based on a dream the brothers had about bluegrass legend Bill Monroe. They celebrated their third album release, Little Big Easy: Volume II, on Friday, April 22 at Kaffeeklatsch in downtown Huntsville, AL. “This is Volume II of our second album,” said Clayton Jones, Mandolinist and lead vocalist of the band. “We recorded Volume I in our house in Rome which was known around town as the Little Big East, hence the name of the CD,” he said. Volume II was recorded at Monty Powell’s studio in Nashville, TN. Little Big Easy: Volume I and II are available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby, and will be soon be available on their website www.thegroundhawgs.com. As for the songs on the latest recording, Clayton Jones describes them as more upbeat overall in comparison to their last release. “The sound is still eclectic, yet more rooted in the American string-band tradition,” he said. The album was co-produced by Mike Compton of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, best known for his mandolin work on the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain soundtracks. He is currently on tour in Australia working with The Jump Steady Boys and other solo projects. “Mike is an absolute pleasure to work with,” said Clayton Jones. “And, he is a great friend.” “We’ve always pushed our musical boundaries, but as with our original compositions, remaining rooted in tradition.,” said Clark Jones, co-vocalist and guitarist for the band. “I think these new recordings are a great example of that,” he said. Jones says that the band’s sound keeps evolving. “We’ve changed instrumentation a little bit. We will always be a string band, but now I’m not playing banjo,” said Jones. “ It’s still eclectic, but crafty and solid.” The lineup has changed a bit, rotates some, but we’ve got that string band sound that I can’t get out of my head.” The Groundhawgs have added Kevin Osborne on upright bass and Lightning Laney House on claw hammer banjo. “This is the band line-up we’ve wanted for years,” said Clark Jones. “Our little sister, Julia Jones, is performing with us also, and on the recording”, said Clayton Jones.

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It’s That Time of Year...
When spring showers finally give way to blue skies and warm temperatures, our thoughts turn to finally getting outdoors – and to festivals. Throughout northwest Georgia, late spring and summer offer a lineup of activities that have something for everyone. Rome’s second annual Roman Roast on the River BBQ Competition and Festival, Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome, features the A1A Jimmy Buffett Cover Band, which has toured extensively with the music legend, kicks things off Friday night, setting a Margaritaville mood. Enjoy some tasty wings from some of the best wing chefs in the area, all of whom will want your vote to be elected “King of the Wings.” The evening closes with the “Dude Looks Like a Lady” “reverse” beauty pageant. Bet you won’t recognize some of these guys! A full schedule on Saturday includes the cutest young ladies in the county who will vie for the title of Miss Bar-B-Quetie prior to the bar-b-que tasting itself at the Tasting Tent. The Armuchee Ruritan’s car show is a good way to spend the afternoon, along with children’s activities and the Corn Hole (or corn toss) Tournament. What more fitting way to end the weekend than the much


anticipated 2011 Battle of the Bands. The events are sponsored by Metro PCS and Coosa Valley Federal Credit Union.

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generation. The fiddler’s convention is being held in Calhoun for the first time in 70 years. Music enthusiasts will be jamming all around the fairgrounds, and there will also be food vendors, luthiers (instrument makers) and various types of music vendors. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy!


Saturday, MAY 7TH
Gates open at 6:00 PM


(formerly The Lovell Sisters of Calhoun,GA / New Grass-Blue Grass)

opening Act: ThUNDeRBoLT PATTeRSoN
featuring David Bell and Tim Bowen Bring your own Chair or Blanket or Purchase aTABLE: Tables: $500 (10 seats), $400 (8 seats) or $300 (6 seats)

Bar-B-Que from the harvest Moon

Tickets Available : Rome Visitor’s Center, harvest Moon, Living & Giving and oak hill Museum
Presented by:

Tickets: $20 each

Junior Service League of Rome

Proceeds to benefit summer art camps for youth in Rome and Floyd County.

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APRil 1-AuguST 31 A Rich Tapestry: The History of Handicrafts at Berry Exhibit Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum For more than 90 years the handicrafts program was an integral part of Berry’s mission to educate the head, the hands, and the heart. Arts such as weaving, basket making, and wood carving, began at the Martha Berry School for Girls in 1910. Martha Berry recognized the value of preserving these art forms and believed that the girls should learn these skills so they would be self-sufficient when they returned to their homes in the mountains. For more information: call Patrice Shannon at 706-368-6775 www.berry.edu/oakhill MAy 1-31 Voices From the Trail Exhibit Chieftains Museum Hear the words that echo across time as the Cherokee left their homeland and were sent across the country under horrible conditions. They were exiles in their own land. The words live on. This exhibit is on display until June. Admission: Adults-$5.00, Senior Citizens $3.00 and Students $2.00. For more information: www.chieftainsmuseum.org APRil 30-MAy 1 Tri for the Kids Youth Triathlon Race

Darlington School This two-day event features the 2nd Annual Olympic Distance Triathlon in downtown Rome on Saturday and the 3rd Annual Youth Triathlon for ages 7-14 For more information: www.racerome.org

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APRil 30-MAy 1 Cedar Valley Arts Festival Peek Park in Cedartown, GA Cedar Valley Arts Festival will be celebrating 47 years this spring! Come see the wide array of arts from wood working to fine paintings. For all the runners there will be a 5k road race and 1 mile fun run on Saturday. Sat, April 30 (All day) Sun, May 1 (All day) For more information: www.cedartownjsl.org MAy 2 Civil War Symposium 6:30pm Rome Floyd County Library Mike McDougald, chairman of Georgia Public Broadcasting, will present a multimedia presentation of the John Wisdom ride to save Rome. Free. For more information: www.thecivilwarinrome.org MAy 6 First Friday Concert Broad and Third at Bridgepoint Plaza, Rome,GA Free. For more information: 706-236-4520

MAy 6-7 Waterfest Festival Ridge Ferry Park CRBI’s is having their annual spring paddle sports and environmental education extravaganza. The event includes a 13-mile canoe and kayak race down the Oostanaula River, Canoe & Kayak Tug-OWars, Canoe-a-thon fundraising competition and a free Environmental Fair featuring live animal exhibits and shows, children’s activities, food, music and more. For more information: www.coosa.org MAy 7 Big Cat Quest Fishing Tournament Ridge Ferry Park For more information: www.romegeorgia.org

MAy 7 2011 Summer Concert Series Terrance Lonon Come to Friendship Plaza in Historic Downtown Cartersville and enjoy great music and food. In 2011 this popular event returns to the first Saturday of each month May-August from 7-9 p.m. For information: 770-607-3480 MAy 7 Clocktower Tour Rome Area History Museum Free. For information: 706-235-8051
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MAy 7 Firefly Fling Beer Tasting Oak Hill Gates open at 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum will partner with the Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA) and the Junior Service League of Rome to present “The Firefly Fling at Oak Hill,” a night of bluegrass and barbeque. Tickets for the concert are $20 each and are available at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center, Harvest Moon Café, Living & Giving, and Oak Hill and The

Martha Berry Museum. For more information: call Patrice Shannon 706-368-6775 or e-mail pshannon@berry.edu for details. MAy 7 Kingston Spring Fling Festival Kingston, GA The event will include crafts booths, delectable food, children’s pageant, Minute to Win It for Kids, live entertainment, classic car show, a yard sale area, prize drawings, a 50/50 Raffle, and cake walks.

11:00am-4:00 pm. Free. For information: call 404-409-8422 MAy 8 8th Regiment Band Concert Desoto Theatre A Concert featuring the Eighth Regiment Band, a Civil War reenactment band. 3pm For more information: www.thecivilwarinrome.org MAy 13-14 Roman Roast on the River BBQ Competition

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Ridge Ferry Park, Rome, GA The barbeque the 2nd Annual Roman roast on the River competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and will offer competitions in both professional and back yard categories. The fun starts Friday with a Redneck Beauty Contest, Corn Hole Tournament and a concert by A1A, a Jimmy Buffett cover band. Saturday, enjoy tasty BBQ, Live Entertainment, Miss Bar-B-Quetie and arts and crafts along banks of the Oostanaula River. For more information: www.frpa.com/romanroast May 14-15 Finster Fest Folk Art and Music Festival Summerville, GA 1-4 pm. Folk, art and music festival located at Howard Finster’s Paradise gardens Park and Museum. The mission of Paradise Gardens is to restore and preserve the work of folk artist Howard Finster. They aspire to perpetuate his legacy, promote education in the arts and provide expansive community involvement and enrichment through a unique spirit, setting and message. For more information: www.finstersparadisegardens.org MAy 13-14 The Georgia String Band Festival Calhoun, GA A Music Festival Honoring Our

Local Recording Artists Pioneers of the 1920’s. The Festival kicks off at 8PM on Friday, May 13th, with a performance by The New Binkley Brothers and The Georgia Crackers, both named for great Georgia String Bands of the 1920’s, at the Harris Arts Center, downtown Calhoun. Admission to the Friday night concert at the Arts Center is $15, and to the all-day Fairgrounds event, $10, with children under 12 admitted free. For information: 706 -629-2599 or email cgarts1@bellsouth.net MAy 14 Up the Creek Without a Pedal Rome, GA Rides leave from Armuchee High School (4203 Martha Berry Hwy, Rome, GA). Ride distances are 28, 42, 60 and 101 miles. Sponsored by Coosa Valley Cycling Association For information: www.active.com MAy 17-SEPTEMbER 11 Booth Artists Guild Biennial Exhibition Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia This juried exhibition showcases the talents of artists who are members of the Booth Artists Guild, a group that meets monthly for art education and fellowship. Museum Admission: $10 adults, $8 ages 65+, $7 students, ages 12 & under and active military free.

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Members admitted free. For information: 770-387-1300

MAy 30 Memorial Day Parade Downtown Rome The Roman Legion plans and produces the annual Northwest Georgia Memorial Day Parade. The parade takes place on Broad Street in historic Rome, Georgia. The parade is a celebration of the lives of the men and women who have fallen while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. 3 pm. For information: www.romanlegionltd.com

JunE 2-4 The Rock RV Park Spring Bluegrass Festival At The Rock in Rockmart, GA Featuring Foggy Hollow, East Dixie Boys and more - Reserve your camp site today! Thursday: Covered Dish Dinner and Lots of Jammin’ @ 7:00pm Friday: Mainstage Show from 6:00-11:00pm Saturday: Mainstage Show from 1:00-11:00pm For more information: 770 684 8519 JunE 3 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 And Then There Were None The Rome Little Theatre, located at the Historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome,
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Directed by: Virginia McChesney Produced by: Neal Brackett Friday and Saturday 8 pm; Sunday 2:30 pm. Office Hours may vary; please call ahead when possible. 706.295.7171 JunE 4 Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruize Historic downtown Cartersville is the place to be on the first Saturday each month April-August as the Downtown Development Authority welcomes hundreds of vintage cars, motorcycles, muscle cars and modern modified cars from 5-8 p.m. Each classic car will be charged a $2 entry fee which qualifies them for the People’s Choice Award and hourly giveaways. Food will be available during the event, or come early and dine in one of the great restaurants in downtown Cartersville. JunE 3-4 7th Annual Georgia Barbecue Classic Sam Smith Park, Cartersville, GA Enjoy great food, music and fun for the whole family. The nation’s most celebrated professional cook teams and dozens of backyard grillers compete for cash prizes and bragging rights in this Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned State Championship of barbecue. Live entertainment, kid’s activities and craft vendors in addition to plenty of traditional Southern food have made this one of Northwest

Georgia’s most popular events. All proceeds support the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter. Friday, 4pm-9:30pm. Saturday, 11am-6pm. JunE 4-5 Dixie Highway 90-Mile Yard Sale Ringgold to Marietta, Georgia Hosted by Georgia’s Dixie Highway Association, the event is the latest in yard-sale-trail mania. The route covers the 90-mile stretch of the nostalgic Old Dixie Highway that attracted thousands to southern roadside markets, diners and motor courts when it was completed in November 1929. Look for great bargains and unique finds in Adairsville, Cassville, Cartersville, and Emerson. For information: 770-387-1357 JunE 4 2011 Summer Concert Series The Tams Come to Friendship Plaza in Historic Downtown Cartersville and enjoy great music and food. In 2011 this popular event returns to the first Saturday of each month May-August from 7-9 p.m. For information: 770-607-3480 JunE 5-FAll Farmers Market at Ridge Ferry Park Rome, GA Come purchase locally grown produce, fresh cut flowers, organic produce, baked goods, canned goods, jellies, herbs and

hand-made craft items. Selection varies daily. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7-10 am. For more information call 706.291.0766 x 11 or email bhampson@rfpra.com JunE 9 2011 Hall of Fame Golf Tournament Barnsley Gardens Enjoy a day at Barnsley Gardens filled with great camaraderie and fun for the sole purpose of raising funds for local student athlete award scholarships. The tournament will benefit the John Pinson, Jr. Student Athlete Award Scholarship. Check-in begins: 11 am Tee-off begins at 1 pm. For information: call Lisa Nash at 706-291-0766 JunE 11-12 Cave Spring Arts Festival This will be our 36th year having our Arts Festival. It is a juried show and draws large crowds for the whole weekend with BBQ, Great Art Work, Music and wonderful exhibits. Come enjoy the day in Cave Spring. 12:00pm-5:00 pm For information email bwabernathy@gmail.com JunE 18 Rome River Jam Ridge Ferry Park Rome, GA Rome river jam is one the biggest music events in North Georgia featuring popular artist Darius Rucker, Rhett Atkins, David Nall, Sam Hunt and local

favorite Kneck Down. Parking lots open at 10 a.m. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. Email Questions and Comments: geninfo@romeriverjam.com JunE 18 The Big Chicken Chorus in Concert Clarence Brown Conference Center Cartersville, GA 7 p.m. The Big Chicken Chorus Comes to Cartersville in this fundraiser for the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter. The all-male chorus of the Marietta, GA Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, was chartered in April 1986, and adopts its name after the well known 65-foot tall “Big Chicken” in Marietta. The chorus has performed for many appreciative audiences across the U.S. and in Canada and England. Most recently, the BCC has been recognized as a Georgia Touring Artist by the Georgia Council for the Arts. Bring your fathers and families to this lively celebration of Americana songs from the 20th century. Tickets: $15 JunE 24 Cartersville Century Bike Ride Dellinger Park, Cartersville, GA Registration begins at 6 a.m.(or pre-register for T-shirt) Ride begins at 8 a.m. 2nd largest Century Ride in the state with more than 800 participants throughout the southeast. T-shirt, snacks and lunch provided with registration $30. Ride includes 15, 30, 55 mile and

century options. Three Mile Thrill fun family ride for all ages goes by Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. Barnsley Gardens is a featured rest stop on other routes. Ride is fully sagged with R&R every 10 to 15 miles along the route. For information: 770-382-5500 July 2 Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruize Historic downtown Cartersville is the place to be on the first Saturday each month April-August as the Downtown Development Authority welcomes hundreds of vintage cars, motorcycles, muscle cars and modern modified cars from 5-8 p.m. Each classic car will be charged a $2 entry fee which qualifies them for the People’s Choice Award and hourly giveaways. Food will be available during the event, or come early and dine in one of the great restaurants in downtown Cartersville. July 2 2011 Summer Concert Series Parrot Island Band Come to Friendship Plaza in Historic Downtown Cartersville and enjoy great music and food. In 2011 this popular event returns to the first Saturday of each month May-August from 7-9 p.m. For information: 770-607-3480 July 4 Annual July 4th Salute to America

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Ridge Ferry Park, Rome GA Bring your family for a full day of live musical entertainment, kids play area, food and fun. Free parking and admission.

July 4 Stars, Stripes and Cartersville Downtown Cartersville and Dellinger Park, Cartersville, GA The Cartersville Optimist Club, in cooperation with WBHF, will once again provide a day full of activities for the residents and visitors of Bartow County. Parade starts 9:00 am. on Main Street in downtown Cartersville. After the parade at Dellinger Park, there will be Arts & Crafts, entertainment, food, and children’s games and activities beginning at 10 a.m. At 8 PM there will be a free concert, followed by a fireworks display. July 23 Student Enterprise Summer Farmer’s Market Berry College Main Campus 7:00am-2pm

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