Friday, June 27, 2008

Newnan Fire Department Urges Citizens to Follow Fireworks Safety Tips This 4th of July

The Newnan Fire Department would like to remind citizens when handling fireworks for this 4th of July to do so with caution.

It is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name and instructions for proper use. Here are some more tips to help ensure a safe Fourth of July:

Fireworks are not toys. Fireworks will burn at approximately the same temperature as a household match and can cause burn injuries and ignite clothing if used improperly.

NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.

Select and use only legal devices. If you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, check with your local police department to determine what fireworks can be legally discharged in your area.

Stay away from illegal explosives. Illegal explosive devices continue to cause serious injuries around the Fourth of July holiday. These devices are commonly known as M-80s, M-100s, blockbusters or quarterpounders. Federally banned since 1966, these items will not contain the manufacturer's name and are usually totally unlabeled. Don't purchase or use unlabeled fireworks. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local police department.

Homemade fireworks are deadly. Never attempt to make your own devices and do not purchase or use any kits that are advertised for making fireworks. Mixing and loading chemical powders is very dangerous and can kill or seriously injure you. Leave the making of fireworks to the experts.

“We have so many fun festivities planned within the city for the 4th. These events are for the whole family to come and enjoy. We advise citizens to attend these events rather than shoot fireworks at home,” says Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley. “It is fun and safe and there is less chance of an accident occurring with fireworks which could turn deadly if not handled properly,” continues Chief Whitley.

For more information on fire safety please contact the Newnan Fire Department at 770-253-1851 or log onto the National Safety Council on Firework Safety at

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Chamber Urges Citizens to Share Opinions about Conference Center

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the City of Newnan Convention Center Authority, is encouraging citizens to weigh in on the need and feasibility of constructing a new conference center in the city. All citizens of Newnan and Coweta County are urged to fill out a Conference Center Survey online at before the deadline of July 7. Paper surveys are also available at the Chamber headquarters at 23 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan.

“While the prospect of a new conference center is exciting in terms of economic development for our city and county, we want to make sure we explore the issue thoroughly and get an accurate take on the potential demand for its services and community concerns before we take the plunge,” says Candace LaForge, president of the Chamber.

In addition to the community survey, the Convention Center Authority has engaged PFK Consulting in Atlanta to conduct a feasibility study that will help measure demand and desirability for a conference center. The study will also deliver recommendations for the best size, location and configuration of a local facility to ensure that it is financially profitable and self-sustaining. The Chamber has also hosted a series of focus group discussions about the potential project.

“We’ll be hearing the results of our consultant’s work and the focus groups next month, so it’s important that we have the input from our community members by that time as well,” says LaForge. “It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey, and I hope everyone will take the time to share their valuable opinions with us before July 7th.”

To learn more about the survey, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or

Chambliss, Isakson Announce Four New VA Clinics for Georgia

Will Be Located in Newnan, Brunswick, Milledgeville, Hinesville
6/27/08 (7:39 a.m.) U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs plans... Click to read: Chambliss, Isakson Announce Four New VA Clinics for Georgia

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sharpsburg Baptist Church Awards Dr. Watson E. Mills Pastor Emeritus Status

Sharpsburg Baptist Church recently celebrated the legacy of their beloved pastor, Dr. Watson E. Mills, who retired June 22. At the time of his retirement banquet, former Mercer University “professor emeritus” had served SBC for 27 years, 5 months, 4 days, 6 ½ hours, but who’s counting? Several friends and colleagues “roasted” Dr. Mills at the banquet, among whom include Terry Daviston of McKoon Funeral Home and Dr. Rollin S. Armour, a former colleague from Mercer University’s Department of Religion.

The congregation surprised Dr. Mills on his last Sunday by granting “Pastor Emeritus” status. Deacons Bill Tinsley and Beth Clough presented the award during the invitation hymn and read the decree. According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of “Emeritus” is: a veteran who has honorably completed his service. Also, “the giving of the honor celebrates the lifetime of ministry this person has performed, recognizes the conviction that ordination continues until life ends, and also brings honor to the congregation bestowing the title.”

Dr. Mills began pastoring SBC in 1981 while serving as Vice President of Research and Publication, as well as Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Mercer University in Macon. He commuted for 14+ years and ultimately moved to Coweta County in 1995. With Dr. Mills’ leadership, in 2000 SBC was able to build a worship, education and fellowship facility (11,200 square feet). Since that time the church has seen a growth of 150+ members. In 2003, SBC was recognized by the Georgia Baptist Convention as one of the fastest growing small Baptist churches in the state.

Mills has performed 200+ weddings, christenings and funerals, and provided pastoral care for members in all stages of life. He has delivered more than 1,075 sermons in Sharpsburg, as well as countries including the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Hungary and Switzerland. In 2004 he published The Vocabulary of the Faith, a collection of sermons delivered from the Sharpsburg pulpit. Additionally, he has published 130+ books and hundreds of articles during his career.

Among his many achievements, Dr. Mills also gave birth to the journal, Perspectives in Religious Studies. According to The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, the first issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies appeared in 1974. “That year two issues were published, largely by the efforts and vision of Watson Mills, founder of the journal. The journal began as a ‘shoe box operation’ out of Mills' office at Averett College (and his garage). Later, graphics arts students at Chowan College, in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, honed their skills by publishing the fledgling journal as part of their course work.

In 1979 Watson Mills moved to Mercer University, in Macon, Georgia, to establish and build Mercer University Press. Naturally PRS moved with him. In the exciting atmosphere of a new venture, the journal matured rapidly. As the circulation of the journal in creased, the number of issues also increased. In 1976 three issues were published. Later, in 1984, the journal became a quarterly publication. By 1993 PRS could boast a circulation of over 700, including libraries in colleges, universities, and seminaries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. From humble beginnings the journal has gained an international readership in two decades. An index of the first fifteen years of PRS, edited by Watson E. Mills, was published in 1989.”

According to, Dr. Mills is ranked 52nd in the world, having traveled to 329 countries; and that number is about to increase, as he hit the “retirement trail” flying to Kyrgyzstan, China and India. SBC is proud to have had this amazing man as their spiritual leader for 27+ years. When people ask, “Where in the world is Dr. Watson Mills,” our response will be, “We hope back in Sharpsburg, Georgia near us and our hearts.,

Bullard Ranks in Top 700 Brokers In 20th Annual Listing by RISMedia

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty has been named to RISMedia's 20th Annual Power Broker Report & Survey. The Metro South-based company ranked 167th in closed transaction sides in the Power Broker Report, which identifies and ranks America's largest residential real estate brokerage companies by transaction sides and sales volume.

Last year, Coldwell Banker Bullard was in the No. 194 position in the report.

The results of this year's Power Broker Survey reflect the market downturn felt from coast to coast. Longer listing times, more cautious buyers and the mortgage meltdown resulted in fewer total transactions -- 2,322,210 in 2007 compared to 2,754,618 in 2006. Meanwhile, price appreciation continued its decline, resulting in lower total sales volume -- $749,201,552,294 in 2007 compared to $855,755,959,352 in 2006.

To view the complete Power Broker Survey results, visit

“Appearing in RISMedia's 2008 Power Broker Report is more important than ever,” explains RISMedia President & CEO John Featherston. “By ranking the industry's leading brokerages by sales dollar volume and transaction, we have been able to identify the leaders in real estate year after year. It's a great promotion and recruitment tool and a great way to show consumers that the real estate industry is still open for business.

“Being among the top 700 brokers in the country is a sure way to gain the trust of speculative clients, differentiate your firm from the competition, and catch the eye of ambitious new recruits.”

For years, the nation's top real estate brokers have sought to be included in the report-an indispensable reference tool used by the real estate industry. RISMedia's Power Broker Report is read by more than 300,000 real estate professionals, thousands of leading corporate relocation decision makers and is accessible online to millions of interested consumers.

The Power Broker Report & Survey is compiled annually by RISMedia and is based on data collected by an annual survey of leading residential real estate brokerage firms. All sales and transaction volume comes directly from brokerages and is verified and substantiated by external sources, in most cases accounting firms, prior to publication.

Based in Norwalk, Conn., RISMedia was founded in 1980 as the premier source of news and business-development information for the residential real estate and home services industries. RISMedia is the leading media organization for best practices information, breaking news and analysis, educational and networking events, and marketing and branding solutions for the leading real estate and home services companies throughout the United States. RISMedia's flagship publication, Real Estate magazine's printed edition is distributed to more than 40,000 brokers and leading agents nationwide, and RISMedia's Daily e-News is circulated to upwards of 300,000 real estate professionals each day. For more information, visit

The Bullard organization was founded in 1956 by the late Cliff Bullard and worked out a franchise agreement with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation in early 1998. It is the largest Coldwell Banker franchise in Georgia. Steve Bullard, current owner and president, has been with the company for more than 35 years.

The oldest and largest real estate company headquartered in the Metro South area of Atlanta, Coldwell Banker Bullard has its headquarters in Jonesboro. The organization now has other offices in Griffin, McDonough, Jackson, Peachtree City, Newnan, and Conyers, and a separate but affiliated company, Coldwell Banker American Land Mart in Conyers.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Record-breaking Ritchie Bros. Auction Taking Place in Atlanta This Week

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial auctioneer, expects to attract bidders from across North America and around the world when it conducts the largest Atlanta auction in company history this week (on June 26 & 27, 2008).

The Ritchie Bros. auction site in Newnan (Atlanta), Georgia is filled with millions of dollars worth of heavy equipment and trucks - and every item will be sold to the highest bidders at this week's public auction, regardless of price. In total, more than 2,000 items will be sold over two days, including late model articulated dump trucks, wheel loaders, motor graders, motor scrapers, pull scrapers, dump trucks, truck tractors, trailers and crushing equipment. The auction will be strictly unreserved, with no minimum bids and no reserve prices. Every item will be sold on auction day. Registration to bid is free and open to the general public.

Ritchie Bros. has been conducting unreserved public auctions in Atlanta for more than 20 years. Ritchie Bros. sold almost 1,200 truck and equipment items during its largest Atlanta auction to date (held at the same site in November 2007). That auction generated a record US$31 million in gross auction proceeds and attracted bidders from 30 countries, including 46 U.S. states.

Thursday, June 26 & Friday, June 27, 2008
Auction start time: 8:00 a.m.

Ritchie Bros.' Atlanta auction site (4170 Hwy 154, Newnan,
Georgia). Site phone: +1.770.304.3355

A Ritchie Bros. auction is a fast-paced, exciting event. Mobile
equipment moves over a ramp in front of the crowd of bidders in
the auction theater. Interested buyers bid competitively on the
items, either in person at the site or live over the internet.
Most items sell in less than one minute. Ritchie Bros. auctions
are completely unreserved, meaning there are no minimum bids
and no reserve prices, unlike many traditional or online-only
auctions. Every item is sold to the highest bidder on auction
day, regardless of price.

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Chamber Urges Citizens to Share Opinions about Conference Center

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the City of Newnan Convention Center Authority, is encouraging citizens to weigh in on the need and feasibility of constructing a new conference center in the city. All citizens of Newnan and Coweta County are urged to fill out a Conference Center Survey online at before the deadline of July 7. Paper surveys are also available at the Chamber headquarters at 23 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan.

"While the prospect of a new conference center is exciting in terms of economic development for our city and county, we want to make sure we explore the issue thoroughly and get an accurate take on the potential demand for its services and community concerns before we take the plunge," says Candace LaForge, president of the Chamber.

In addition to the community survey, the Convention Center Authority has engaged PFK Consulting in Atlanta to conduct a feasibility study that will help measure demand and desirability for a conference center. The study will also deliver recommendations for the best size, location and configuration of a local facility to ensure that it is financially profitable and
self-sustaining. The Chamber has also hosted a series of focus group discussions about the potential project.

"We'll be hearing the results of our consultant's work and the focus groups next month, so it's important that we have the input from our community members by that time as well," says LaForge. "It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey, and I hope everyone will take the time to share their valuable opinions with us before July 7th."

To learn more about the survey, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Public Health Continues Mosquito Surveillance

District 4 Public Health reminds the public to stay vigilant about preventing mosquito bites. So far this year, surveillance data gathered by the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health confirms two horses in Lowndes County and one horse in each Cook, Berrien, Brooks, and Lanier counties tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A dog in Ware county was also infected.

District 4 Public Health works to protect residents against mosquito-borne viruses through arboviral surveillance. Dr. Mike Womak will be assisting District 4 again this mosquito season with the collection of potential infected mosquitoes and the enhancement of the vector disease prevention skills of environmental health personnel.

He received his training from the University of Mississippi Medical School’s graduate program and the United States Air Force. He taught in the biological science program at Macon State College for 32 years. From 1999-2006 the Tennessee Valley Authority engaged his entomological services for mosquito surveillance in North Georgia and Western North
Carolina. He also was actively engaged in collecting for West Nile Virus from 2001-2004 in Macon, Warner Robins, Albany, and Valdosta, Georgia.

Mosquito traps are set, in permanent and semi-permanent water areas, and collected beginning in mid-summer and lasting until mid-fall. Once mosquitoes are trapped they are sent to the University of Georgia’s Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study for testing. If they are
found to carry any potentially dangerous viruses District 4 personnel are notified immediately. This type of surveillance allows public health to notify residents of an increased risk in the area.

Locations for setting traps are identified using known breeding areas, complaints from residents about standing water and problems with mosquitoes, and/or dead bird calls. Calls are logged and mapped using GIS to determine placement of the mosquito traps.

Although human infections from mosquito-borne viruses are rare, mosquitoes can infect humans with West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and Saint Louis Encephalitis (SLE). People can reduce their risk of contracting these viruses by taking steps to
prevent mosquito bites and reducing mosquito habitats around the home.

The following is a reminder of four simple steps you can take to prevent and reduce bites:

1) Areas with standing water are locations where mosquitoes will
lay eggs and breed. Drain or treat standing water with larvicides
(Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Torpedoes) available at home improvement
stores. Tipping out water twice a week from planters and basins around
the house and yard as well as keeping gutters cleaned and properly
drained can prevent Mosquito problems.
2) Dawn and dusk are the times of day that mosquitoes are most
active. Avoid outdoor activity at these times.
3) Dress appropriately when outdoors for long periods of time or
when mosquitoes are most active. Wear long sleeves, pants, shoes and
socks, and clothing that is tightly woven to prevent mosquitoes from
coming in contact with your skin.
4) Use insect repellant with an EPA-approved active ingredient such
as DEET. Always follow the directions on the package for safest and most
effective use. Do not use DEET on infants or pets. For children, use
repellants sparingly and only use those that contain 10% DEET or less.

“The best prevention for West Nile Virus is to control the breeding sites of the Southern House Mosquito. This is accomplished by reducing standing water. Drain breeding sites such as clogged gutters, old buckets, swimming pools, clay jars, and dog feeding dishes. Almost
anything that will hold water can breed mosquitoes,” said Dr. Mike Womack. “Less than an inch of standing water is enough to produce hundreds of mosquitoes in a very short time.”

Products containing Permethrin can be used to treat clothing, tents, and other equipment using manufacturer specific recommendations. These products are often available in stores that also sell sporting goods.

Equine owners are encouraged to have horses vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). District 4 Public Health currently has no confirmed cases of WNV, EEE, or SLE. In 2006 there were nine confirmed WNV cases of human infection in Georgia, including one death and one fatal confirmed case of EEE human infection in Georgia.

In 2007, Georgia reported 52 confirmed cases of WNV infection, including 1 death. In addition to WNV, two confirmed cases and one suspect case of LaCrosse Encephalitis were reported in Georgia in 2007. One suspect case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis was also reported in

District 4 Public Health serves Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson Counties.

175 in House sign Westmoreland Pledge

Millions of Americans have signed petitions telling Congress to take action on energy prices. And U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland responded by taking the petition straight to the members of the House.

By Friday, 175 members of Congress signed the Westmoreland Pledge on the floor of the House this week. The pledge reads “I will vote to increase U.S. oil production to lower gas prices for Americans.” Westmoreland looks to add more members in the coming week and hopes more Democratic members will sign on to help Americans pay less at the pump.

“I made this simple so there would be no wiggle room for members of Congress,” Westmoreland said. “I pushed hard all week to get my colleagues to sign the pledge and I’m very happy that we’re closing in on 180 names. We are saying that supplying our energy needs requires ‘all of the above’: conservation, alternative energy development and increased supply of oil.”

Westmoreland’s petition aims to create momentum on Capitol Hill to open up new energy production offshore on the Outer Continental Shelf and on federal lands such as ANWR. Westmoreland further supports building new refineries for the first time in more than 30 years.

“With prices at $4 a gallon, families and businesses are feeling the squeeze. Higher gas prices lead to higher prices for food and every other product that has to travel to a store. Americans are cutting back. Unless Congress takes action, we’re going to erode our American quality of life and our economy is going to grow less and lose good-paying jobs.”

Public opinion surveys indicate that large majorities of Americans believe it is possible to drill for energy in untapped regions of Alaska and deep ocean areas far off the U.S. coast in an environmentally responsible manner, and they support reforms that would allow such drilling to finally begin.

“At least 175 members of the House are saying to the American people, we support ‘all of the above’ when it comes to solving America’s energy crunch,” Westmoreland said. “We need to continue to research and develop alternative fuels. We need to continue conservation efforts. But for right now, we also need more traditional energy sources to bring down the cost of gas to help our economy thrive as we transition into new forms of energy.

“We still have a way to go with our petition. Finding solutions for our energy crunch should be a bipartisan effort and I would like to see more Democrats sign. Their constituents are hurting just as much as mine are. So far, we have one Democrat, my good friend Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii. Neil said to me that he knows more oil production won’t solve the problem, but that it is part of the solution. I think a lot of his colleagues on the other side of the aisle would agree with that assessment, and we hope to get their names on the pledge.”

Westmoreland encourages Americans to sign petitions calling for more energy exploration and to call their members of Congress to ask that they sign the Westmoreland pledge to increase oil production to lower gas prices for Americans. Find the list of all the members of Congress who have signed at

Brian Robinson
Deputy Chief of Staff

Friday, June 20, 2008

Lane Closures Planned for Interstate 85 near SR 14

COWETA County – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces daily lane closures on Interstate 85 southbound near State Route 14/US 29 and also near State Route 14/US 27 Alt. beginning Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26. These lane closures are necessary for road resurfacing and bridgework. The closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

Interstate 85 Southbound Lane Closures
Monday, June 23 daily through Thursday, June 26
For work near Exit 35 (SR 14/US 29) and Exit 41 (SR 14/US 27 Alt.)
TIME: 7 AM – 5 PM
1 left lane closed; 1 remains open to traffic

As previously announced, this project is expected to be completed December 31, 2009. During this construction period, motorists should expect shoulder and lane closures on a continuing basis. We apologize for inconveniences, but in order to maintain safety and construction schedules, closures such as this are necessary.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Newly Licensed Professional Counselors

Recently, The Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists approved licenses for the following Coweta County residents. Congratulations from the Fayette Front Page!

Professional Counselors:
Jodi Henderson, Newnan
Michelle Huesman, Newnan

Congratulations Leadership Coweta Class of 2008

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is delighted to congratulate the 18 members of the 2008 class of Leadership Coweta, the county's most prestigious leadership development program. For the past 13 years, members of Leadership Coweta have learned about the business, government and nonprofit aspects of community life in Coweta County and have gone on to become engaged in many facets of community leadership.

The 2008 graduates are: Judi Alvey, Comcast Spotlight; Bill Blackmon, Georgia Power Co.; Holly Blair, VistaCare; Rob Brass, Murray's Minuteman Press; Alexis Brooks, Newnan Utilities; RuthAnn Carlton, Bank of Coweta; Nate Duncan, Bonnell Aluminum; Renee Faulkner, BB&T; Josh Fisher, Dunaway Gardens; Raymond Grote, Neighborhood Community Bank; Robin Harrington, Junction Lanes; Clif Kersey, J. Smith Lanier & Co.; Carolyn Proffitt, United Way in Coweta and Fayette Counties; Craig Ruby, Sign & Graphic Solutions, Inc.; Ashley Sims, Canongate Golf Clubs; Linda Sullivan, West Central Technical College; Mitchell Thompson, Comforts of Home Assisted Living; and Jeffrey Whelchel, Accenture.

"This class really was amazing in terms of their energy and commitment," said Dee Dee Bogolin, Personal Lines Producer at J. Smith Lanier & Co, and chair of the 2007-2008 Leadership Coweta program. "I was thoroughly impressed with the way they all took the ball and ran with their assigned community engagement projects. They raised a combined total of
approximately $50,000 to benefit One Roof, Community Welcome House and Prevent Child Abuse Coweta, in addition to finding support for advertising, printing and other costs associated with fundraising. This is definitely a promising group of community leaders who have the potential to do great things."

"On the whole, I was impressed with how well our county is running and how hard people are working to make that happen," said Rob Brass, owner of Murray's Minuteman Press. "It's something you don't normally think about. I went into the class with a deep passion for Newnan and for Coweta County, but after this experience, I realize that we have a lot of possibilities and responsibilities in terms of economic development and growth. Fortunately,
there are a lot of other passionate people who want to be involved in taking us in the right direction. I was so energized by this experience that I've decided to run for county commissioner."

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2008-2009 Leadership Coweta class. To nominate a promising, up-and-coming Coweta leader, contact Valerie Ward at the Chamber, 770-253-2270 or

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sen. Seabaugh Appointed to Senate Local Tax Collection Study Committee

State Senator Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) has recently been appointed by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle to serve as a member on the Senate Local Sales Tax Collection Study Committee. Sen. Seabaugh will work with a group of eight committee members, consisting of fellow legislators and local officials from across Georgia to examine the tax collection rates of cities and counties.

“As costs are sharply rising throughout the economy, many families and individuals are struggling financially,” Sen. Seabaugh said. “My goal for this study committee is to find ways for local governments to cut costs to taxpayers by allowing them to choose how their taxes are collected.”

Currently under Georgia law, the state revenue commissioner collects local sales and use taxes on behalf of cities and counties, and subsequently charges them one percent of the amount collected, regardless of the total cost of collection. The study committee will look for ways for local governments to individually determine how their taxes will be collected, so that they could be charged a lower rate than the one percent charged by the state.

“Senator Seabaugh will be a valuable asset to the Local Sales Tax Study Committee,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle. “He is dedicated to his constituents and has worked diligently in the Senate. I look forward to learning more about the findings of this study committee.”

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Kool Kidz Classic Polo Tournament Returns September 6

The Kool Kidz Foundation announced today their Sixth Annual Kool Kidz Classic Ten Goal Polo Tournament would be held Saturday, September 6 on the polo fields of Cedargate Farms in Newnan, Georgia.

This annual fundraiser features exceptionally talented local, national and international players in a high quality, exciting match. In addition to the championship polo match, activities include silent and live auctions, champagne and divot stomping, best hat and tailgate activities, carriage rides, children’s’ activities, as well as an evening party with live music featuring Rockasaurus. Gates will open at 3:30 pm.

Ticket options include Gold Tent at $150 per person, which includes catered meal, open bar and evening party tent admission following the match and Silver Tent (new this year) at $85 per person, which includes catered meal, cash bar and evening party tent admission following the match. General Admission/Tailgater tickets are available at $125 per car for up to six persons which includes admission to the match and all general activities. Tickets can be purchased online through PayPal or by contacting Calanit Hayes at 404-578-5179.

Polo Tournament Co-Chair Lisa Lucier describes the Kool Kidz Classic as “an extraordinary event that combines a unique and exciting spectator sport with the excitement of a silent and live auction. It’s a fun and entertaining way to support a great cause.”

This year’s Classic Polo Tournament sponsors include Atlanta Plastic Surgery, Barry Read Estate Companies, Bear Creek Hounds, Brasfield and Gorrie , Sysco Atlanta, The Tulips, and The Robb Gallery. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For more information, contact Calanit Hayes, Executive Director, at
or 404.578.5179.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Proposed Conference Center-Take the survey!

The Chamber in cooperation with the City of Newnan Convention Center
Authority is currently assessing the financial feasibility of constructing a
conference center complex in the City of Newnan. Input from various
business groups, government agencies, civic organizations, and citizens is
critical to this evaluation process.

Background Information: The City of Newnan Convention Center Authority was
created in 1999 to promote tourism, conventions, and trade shows in the City
of Newnan through the creation of a local convention or conference center.
Such a facility would serve business and community meetings of various
sizes, locally and regionally, and could provide the community with a
larger-sized facility that is not currently available locally. A conference
center also would attract visitors' spending to the local economy as well as
provide additional new jobs. Funded by the City of Newnan hotel/motel
taxes, the Convention Center Authority received SPLOST funds from the 2002
special 1 cent tax.

The authority is currently awaiting a study that will help them determine if
such a project is feasible and desirable for the local community at the
present time, and what size, location and configuration a local conference
would need to be to ensure that it is financially profitable and
self-sustaining. The feasibility study - which will be returned to the
authority in the summer of 2008 - will be based on regional/national market
surveys and the experiences of similar-sized communities with their existing
and successful conference centers.

Two local developers with possible sites near Interstate 85 have approached
the Authority expressing interest in building private hotels and other
amenities in conjunction with the City conference center. If a conference
center project is deemed feasible by the study, the Authority will begin to
discuss the merits of all developers' proposals, to determine the best site
and plan for the conference center. To help that process, the Authority and
the Chamber of Commerce are seeking input from business groups, government
agencies, civic organizations, and citizens. As a part of conducting this
needs analysis to determine interest and usage potential of a proposed
conference center, the Chamber plans to host three focus groups in June and
has developed a survey for distribution throughout the community.

Your input is critical to this evaluation process. We encourage everyone to take
the survey at <>

Buddy Evans, Executive Director, Summit Family YMCA Featured Speaker at Chamber's Early Bird Forum

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce will feature Buddy Evans, Executive Director and Group Vice President of Summit Family YMCA, at its upcoming Prosperity Happens Here Series Early Bird Forum on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30 a.m. at the Central Educational Center. This month's emcee is Phillip Kearns with Padgett Business Services. Admittance to the Forum is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers and includes breakfast.

As the crown jewel of the Summit Healthplex development on Highway 34, Summit Family YMCA boasts more than 6,000 members and a full lineup of health-related activities. Its new, state-of-the-art facility provides the latest technology in fitness in an attractive and inspiring space, making it a Newnan-Coweta Chamber 2008 Prosperity Award winner. As a neighbor to the medical services of Summit Healthplex, Summit Family YMCA helps Coweta residents make the connection between fitness and overall wellbeing.

The Early Bird Forum is a monthly Chamber event that provides networking opportunities and eye-opening information from business leaders throughout Coweta County. To RSVP, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or The deadline to make a reservation is Friday, June 20 by 5pm.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Lane Closures Planned for SR 34 and SR 14

COWETA County – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces nightly lane closures on State Route 14/ US 29 near Interstate 85 and also on the State Route 34 bridge across I-85 at Exit 47 beginning Sunday, June 15, through Friday, June 20. These lane closures are necessary for road resurfacing and bridgework. The closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

State Route 34 at Exit 47 East and Westbound Lane Closures
Sunday, June 15 daily through Thursday, June 19
East and Westbound at mileposts 15 - 16
TIME: 7 PM – 5 AM
1 left lane closed; 1 remains open to traffic, for work near Exit 47 (State Route 34)

State Route 14 at Exit 35 East and Westbound Lane Closures
Thursday, June 19 daily through Friday, June 20
East and Westbound at mileposts 11 - 12
TIME: 7 PM – 5 AM
1 left lane closed; 1 remains open to traffic, for work near Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29)

Ready… Set… June 18 RECEPTION!

After much preparation, the Newnan Coweta Art Association (NCAA) is ready to celebrate a big evening at Newnan’s Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts next Wednesday night, June 18. A full schedule of events is planned including:

The reception and awards ceremony for NCAA’s third annual juried exhibit. One work will win “Best of Show” and two will receive “Merit Awards.”

Recognition of 2008 NCAA scholarship winners including a special display of their artwork.
A 40th birthday celebration for NCAA which was incorporated on June 18, 1968.

Special acknowledgement of original, founding members of the association.

The community is invited to attend the reception and participate in the festivities. It will be a culturally enriching night of fine art, live music, artists, and hors d'oeuvres. There is no charge for admission or parking. The Program is supported in part by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and in partnership with Arts Clayton.

The Newnan Coweta Art Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage and aid artists to produce original works of art of every type and character, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, ceramics, wood craft, drawing and metal crafts; to furnish the auspices for the display of such works in Coweta County and elsewhere; and to foster education and instruction in the creation and appreciation of works of art. The association supports the arts in Coweta schools through annual donations and scholarships to high school students pursuing the arts in college. The Newnan-Coweta Art Association can be found online at

New Degree's a Home Run

For those thinking of a new career, a promotion or preparing for a Ph.D. program, the University of West Georgia and the Department of Sociology and Criminology are stepping up to the plate with a new Master of Art degree in Criminology. The program offers the only graduate degree in the state that is designed as a comprehensive and broad based program in criminology.

Dr. Jane McCandless, professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology.

The new graduate degree program begins this fall at the Carrollton and Newnan campuses where classes are scheduled one evening each week. An Information Session will be presented Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m. at the Newnan Center and registration is open with limited space at both locations.

Department Chair Dr. Jane McCandless, professor of sociology, and faculty spent several years developing the program.

“I am very happy that we are able to offer courses that lead to a Master’s degree in Criminology in Newnan and Carrollton,” said McCandless. “This program will be of great benefit to professionals in the field of criminology as well as the citizens of the state of Georgia.”

Candidates for the program include those who wish to have a career in federal law enforcement or the Georgia Bureau of Investigations; those who desire to move to upper level management in their current agency; those interested in court administrative positions and cabinet level positions and those who wish to pursue a Ph.D to teach or conduct research in the field.

The unique program differs from the Master of Art in Criminal Justice degrees offered by Albany State, Armstrong Atlantic, Clark Atlanta, Georgia State and Valdosta State Universities because its focus is not only on criminal justice.

Courses for the fall semester in Carrollton include Ethics and Criminal Justice, Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice, Principles of Criminology, Conflict and Resolution and Delinquency/Family and Community.

Courses for the fall semester at the Newnan campus cover Terrorism and Law Enforcement Leadership. Dr. David Jenks, associate professor of sociology and criminology, will be teaching a course in Newnan.

“The most exciting thing about this new degree program is that we will be able to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they will need to become leaders in the field,” said Jenks. “Student and community response has been extremely positive. People have commented that the program is long overdue in this area and they welcome the opportunity to advance themselves in their current positions or prepare themselves for future careers.”

Surveys were sent to law enforcement and nonprofit agencies to gauge the interest of the communities in the program. Cathy Wright, director of the Newnan Center, said the response to the survey she sent to surrounding counties that included Troop and Fayette was unexpected.

“I was stunned,” said Wright. “We sent surveys to 137 agencies and we got back a good many responses, 102 in all. They were overwhelmingly positive. There is a real need out there.”

Prospective students must apply to the UWG Graduate School, which requires a Graduate Record Examination score of 800 or more, letters of recommendation, a 2.5 undergraduate grade point average and an autobiography. Provisional admission is possible and tuition rates are $158 plus fees.

Sheriff Terry Langley said he would be more than happy to put some of his employees in the degree program.

“It is like a light at the end of the tunnel for employees who hope to move up,” said Langley. “It takes a lot to get ahead and it would help with promotion. We are always looking for ways to educate and to train. I am certainly willing to encourage my employees to get into this program if they wanted to.”

Governor Perdue Announces IT3 Transportation Plan

Today (June 12, 2008) Governor Sonny Perdue announced a new statewide transportation partnership called Investing in Tomorrow’s Transportation Today or IT3. IT3 is designed to bring the Department of Transportation, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the General Assembly, local partners and the executive branch together to formulate strategies that will improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state.

“As we did in education, we will transform the way we look at transportation from counting how much money we spend to an outcomes-based investment strategy to ensure we create a 21st century transportation network throughout the state,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.

Throughout the summer and fall, the state’s transportation agencies will be working in collaboration with the General Assembly’s transportation committees and stakeholders throughout Georgia to develop a business case for transportation investment. Included will be the definition of strategic goals and policies, benchmarking with other states’ transportation successes and examination of ways to financially support outcomes.

During the press conference, Governor Perdue announced that the state will fund 28 new GRTA buses using a combination of state and federal dollars. The Xpress service has proven a successful way to provide reliable commute alternatives for residents of metropolitan Atlanta who have work destinations in the Downtown and Midtown areas of the city of Atlanta. These additions to the Xpress fleet are based on consumer demand on routes originating in Conyers, Stockbridge, Newnan, Buford, Douglasville, Canton and Snellville. These buses will serve new routes and supply more bus departure times on existing routes.

“I think with standing room only on buses and gas at four dollars a gallon, we need more transportation options, and that’s what I am committed to do by funding additional GRTA buses,” said Governor Perdue. “One bus can take up to 57 cars off the road and we understand with the addition of these new buses increased ridership will ease congestion.”

Governor Perdue also voiced his strong support for a commuter rail pilot project from Atlanta to Griffin, previously known as the Lovejoy line. The extension of the line from Lovejoy to Griffin is anticipated to improve ridership by 40 percent while only requiring a marginal increase in operating costs. GDOT will work in partnership with GRTA in executing the next steps in bringing the line to fruition.

Such steps will include obtaining commitments from local governments to partner with state in supporting operations on the Griffin line. Among the criteria for success will include providing reliable service that saves commuters time and money.

“I am fully prepared to support GDOT’s efforts on commuter rail and making the pilot a reality,” said Governor Perdue. “After looking at the operational costs that I’ve seen it makes sense to go all the way to Griffin using this pilot program.”

Governor Perdue was joined at the press conference by DOT Commissioner Gena Abraham and members of the DOT and GRTA boards.

“After nearly two decades in state government at various levels, I believe that this is the best state transportation board I have had the privilege to work with,” Governor Perdue said. “I am eager to continue working closely with them and the General Assembly in this critical effort.”

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting on June 17

The Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Building Specialities on Tuesday, June 17th at 12 noon.

All chamber members are welcome to attend. For more information on the Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce, go to


Building Specialties
130 Amlajack Way, Newnan

Directions: From Bullsboro Dr. turn into Shenandoah Industrial Park onto Amlajack Blvd. (Wachovia & Race Track are on the corners). Continue until Amlajack dead ends into Amlajack Way. Turn left on Amlajack Way, building is at the end of Amlajack Way.
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Secretary Handel Reminds Citizens to Register to Vote for July 15 General Primary

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel today reminded voters that the deadline to register to vote to be eligible to cast a ballot in the July 15, 2008 General Primary is Monday, June 16, 2008.

To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you plan to vote, and at least 18 years old by Election Day. You may not register to vote if you are currently serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony or judicially determined to be mentally incompetent.

Citizens who are not registered to vote in the county in which they reside must submit a voter registration application by the deadline in order to vote in the General Primary. Citizens that are registered to vote at a former address within the county where they reside are encouraged to submit a change of address card to their county registrar. Voters who are currently registered at the correct address do not need to submit a new voter registration application.

You can download and complete a voter registration application by visiting the 2008 Elections Center on the Secretary of State’s website:

You can also contact your local county registrars' office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools and other government offices for a mail-in registration form. Voter registration is offered when renewing or applying for a driver's license at any Georgia Department of Driver Services office. College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms from their school registrar's office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Secretary Handel also reminds voters that Georgia law requires registered voters to show photo identification when voting in person. This photo identification requirement applies in the July 15 General Primary and all future elections. When voting absentee by mail, photo identification is not required.

Voters casting ballots in person, either through advance voting or on Election Day, will be required to show one of the following forms of acceptable photo ID when they vote:

· A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;

· Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);

· Valid U.S. passport;

· Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;

· Valid U.S. military photo ID; or

· Valid tribal photo ID.

Voters who do not have a form of identification listed above are eligible to receive a free Georgia Voter ID from their county elections office. Voters who have questions are encouraged to call the Georgia Secretary of State’s Voter ID Hotline at (877) 725-9797 or visit our website at

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Jakicic Again Coweta Office Agent Leader

For the second time this year, Cynthia Jakicic has been named Individual Agent Leader for the
Newnan/Coweta County office of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty. The latest recognition was for May.

Shannon Scott the No. 2 producers for the office during the month, and Steven Dickens was No. 3.

Jakicic, who attained her training through Coldwell Banker Fast Start, is a Certified Relocation
Specialist, and she is a member of the Newnan/Coweta Board of Realtors, where she has earned
Million Dollar Club membership, and the Georgia and National Associations of Realtors. She
was elected to the Bullard Bronze Society for her production in 2004 and 2005 and was awarded a company Certificate of Merit in 2006 and 2007.

A native of Coweta Couunty and a graduate of East Coweta High School, she resides in Coweta
County with her husband Gary, daughters Madison and Samantha, and son Brandon.
She is a member of Community Christian Church, serving as leader of the TLC church group.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Newnan Coweta Art Association to Recognize Scholarship Winners at Reception

Each year the Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) awards three scholarships to local high school seniors who plan to pursue the arts in college. This year two of the winners are from Northgate High School and one hails from Newnan High.

Katherine Harkleroad and Leah Woodall, both of Northgate High School, along with Janelle Hines of Newnan High, are the 2008 NCAA Scholarship recipients. These young artists now have their work on display at The Centre for the Performing & Visual Arts in Newnan, as part of the NCAA’s third annual juried member exhibit. The Program is supported in part by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and in partnership with Arts Clayton.

Though all three received the scholarship during Honors night at their respective schools, the Newnan Coweta Art Association plans to publicly recognize each student and her artwork during the opening reception and awards ceremony on June 18, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Centre. The public is invited to attend. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is no charge for admission or parking.

Incorporated on June 18, 1968, the Newnan Coweta Art Association also plans to celebrate its 40th birthday as part of opening reception festivities!

The Newnan Coweta Art Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage and aid artists to produce original works of art of every type and character, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, ceramics, wood craft, drawing and metal crafts; to furnish the auspices for the display of such works in Coweta County and elsewhere; and to foster education and instruction in the creation and appreciation of works of art. The Newnan-Coweta Art Association can be found online at

Interstate 85 Lane Closures Near SR 14 and SR 34

COWETA County – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces lane closures on Interstate Highway 85 near Exit 35(State Route 14/US 29) and on the bridge at State Route 34 intersection at Exit 47 beginning Monday, June 9, through Wednesday, June 11. These lane closures are necessary for road resurfacing. The closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

I-85 Southbound Lane Closures
Monday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 11
Southbound at mileposts 36 - 33
TIME: 6 AM – 5 PM
1 left lane closed; 1 remains open to traffic, for work near Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29)

Tuesday, June 10
Southbound at mileposts 36 - 34
TIME: 6 AM – 5 PM
1 right lane closed; 1 remains open to traffic, for work near Exit 35 (State Route 14/US 29)

I-85 Southbound Lane Closures
Tuesday, June 10
Southbound at mileposts 47 - 46
TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
1 left lane closed; 1 remains open to traffic, for work near Exit 47 (State Route 34)

As previously announced, this project is expected to be completed December 31, 2009. During this construction period, motorists should expect shoulder and lane closures on a continuing basis.

Grantville Days Set For Sept. 27 & 28

Grantville Day was established in the 1990s as the City's annual community festival. During the past few years it has undergone several changes but the character of it remains about the same. Last year the date was changed from the traditional (super-hot) second Saturday in June to the balmy end of September, and its name was changed to The New Grantville Days Festival not only because of the month change but also because it was held on TWO days (Saturday and Sunday) instead of one.

This year the festival will also be held for two days -- Saturday and Sunday -- and the dates will be the end of September -- 27 & 28, but the name will be changed again, this time to "Grantville Days Crosstie Festival". The "Crosstie" refers to the railroad tracks, which is not suprising because Grantville is named after Mr. L.P. Grant, who was the Railroad President during the late 19th century. Also, the railroad freight depot is used by Grantville Day, mainly for the music.

The Grantville Day Chairman, Sandra Luttrell, has announced that applications are now open for vendors -- food vendors as well as arts/crafts/antiques vendors -- and that she is the one to contact. She can be reached by email at, or by phone [at 770-583-2147 (business) or 770-583-9013 (home) or 770-304-6014] or by dropping in at her Luttrell's Family Restaurant on Main Street in Grantville.

Luttrell has also announced that she is now selling ads for the Grantville Day brochure, which is an 8 1/2 " x 11 " booklet containing the Grantville Day program and various other items of information about Grantville and Grantville Day. She can be reached for info on this by phone or email or in person. The rates for the ads are $400 for a full page ad, $200 for a half page ad, $100 for a quarter page ad and $57 for am eighth page ad. All area businesses are invited to take out ads in the booklet. Just mail in your ad along with a check to Luttrell at 276 LaGrange Street, Grantville, GA 30220.

There are many events being planned for Grantville Day. Announcements will be made about each of them when they are finalized.

Grantville is a small city in southern Coweta County located at Exit 35 on Interstate 85.

CLM Error in Billing

Official Statement from CLM:

CLM would like make citizens aware of a possible error in their latest bill. A rate increase has been put into effect outside the City of Newnan due to high gas prices. Inadvertently some Newnan citizens’ bills may have gotten a note stating this rate increase, however this is not the case and it is just an error in the printing of the bill.

The rate will remain the same for the City of Newnan residents. For more information please contact CLM at 770-716-1899 or go to

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Chamber “Networking at Noon” This Wednesday

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Networking at Noon” event will be held this Wednesday, June 11 at the Chamber. Networking at Noon features a series of “speed networking” sessions that give Chamber members and others the opportunity to quickly make connections with other businesspeople throughout Coweta County, share information about their businesses, and learn about other resources in our area.

Networking at Noon registration begins at 11:45am and includes lunch. “Speed networking” begins promptly at 12 Noon. The cost is $15.00 for Chamber members and $20.00 for non-members. To RSVP, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Park at Heritage Ridge Begins Presales

A new community located in historic Newnan’s Heritage Ridge opened for pre-sales last month. The Park at Heritage Ridge features eight floor plans perfect for first-time buyers and those interested in downsizing without sacrificing quality and convenience. Phase I construction will consist of the first 91 homes; an additional 150 will be built in Phase II. The Park at Heritage Ridge is the final neighborhood to be released in the Master-planned community of Heritage Ridge, which has been selling successfully in Newnan for the past several years.

The fabulous amenities are already in place at the community. They include a 9,500-square-foot clubhouse with large game room and billiards, exercise and fitness room, a large swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, a bocce ball court and a large playground.

“This latest addition to the Heritage Ridge community was named The Park based on the large green spaces that have been preserved within the community”, said Paul Corley, Chief Executive Officer of PEC Development, developers of The Park. “Our philosophy is to create a positive place for people to live, and we do that by creating spaces that allow homeowners to interact with one another while enjoying the natural beauty of this area. High-quality, beautiful homes, and superb amenities combine to make our communities places that homeowners will be proud to call home.”

PEC, known for its commitment to green space, is creating a beautiful park within the neighborhood that will be its focal point.

The 241-home community will include a mix of ranch and two-story single-family designs with two-car garages. The craftsman-inspired homes will feature three or four bedrooms, large gourmet kitchens, bonus rooms (per plan) and fireplaces. The homes range in size from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet. Prices start in the $160,000s.

“The Park at Heritage Ridge offers fantastic access to the growing areas of Coweta County, Peachtree City and Fayetteville,” Corley said. “It’s also an easy drive to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.”

The Park at Heritage Ridge is centrally located to many employment centers, shopping and entertainment venues, educational and recreational resources as well.

To visit The Park at Heritage Ridge, take I-85 South to Exit 47 (Newnan). Go left (east) on Ga. Hwy. 34 for one mile. Turn right onto Shenandoah Boulevard and go approximately one and a half miles. Turn left onto Lower Fayetteville Road and go approximately one mile, Heritage Ridge is on the left. The sales gallery is located at 6 Bayview Drive in Newnan.

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Twilight Theatre Production Next Two Weekends in Newnan

The cast of Into the Woods, presented by The Twilight Theatre at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium at 25 Jefferson Street in Newnan, on June 6,7, and 13 at 8 p.m., and on June 8 and 15 at 2:30.

Tickets: www.the twilight, at Scott's Bookstore on the square in Newnan, and at the door.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Newnan, GA Resident Receives VITATM Wireless Samaritan Award

BUSINESS WIRE--The Wireless Foundation and members of CTIA-The Wireless Association® proudly honored MetroPCS customer, Claudio Veras of Newnan, Georgia on Monday, June 2nd with a 2008 VITATM Wireless Samaritan Award. Veras was honored during the 14th Annual Wireless Foundation Achievement Awards Dinner for using his wireless device to help prevent a potential tragedy.

A routine trip to Wal-Mart gave Claudio Veras the chance to become a hero. When he saw an older woman being violently assaulted during an attempted carjacking, Mr. Veras came to her assistance. The carjacker pointed a gun in Mr. Veras face and told him to leave. Mr. Veras returned to his car but continued to keep an eye on the situation. When the carjacker started to drive away in the womans car with her still inside, Mr. Veras followed them and dialed 911 using his wireless device. When the suspect saw Mr. Veras on the phone in the rearview mirror, he jumped from the car and ran. Mr. Veras stayed with the woman, who told him that the suspect had threatened to kill her. Police were able to obtain security camera footage showing the man escaping into another car. Shortly after distributing a bulletin to law enforcement agencies throughout the Southeast, police in Alabama apprehended the suspect. Evidence in his car linked him not only to three other robberies, but also to the murder of Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk. Mr. Veras not only saved a womans life, he stopped a violent criminal very likely to offend again.

Thanks to Verass immediate response and the use of innovative wireless technology, tragedy was averted, said Steve Largent, CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO. On behalf of the wireless industry, I commend Claudio for taking responsibility and stepping up to the plate to lend a hand in this dangerous situation. Claudio is a well-deserving recipient of the 2008 VITATM Wireless Samaritan Award, and we are proud to honor him in this way.

Every day more than 290,000 wireless phone calls are made to 911. That is why the VITA (Latin for "life") Wireless Samaritan Awards are presented annually to recognize people across the United States who used their wireless technology to save lives, stop crime and help in other emergency situations. These individuals exemplify the importance of putting safety first, as well as the crucial role wireless technology can play in emergencies.

In recognition of Claudio Verass quick thinking and bold action during an urgent situation, he was selected by a panel of law enforcement and emergency response representatives to receive the 2008 VITATM Wireless Samaritan Award. This award honors citizens who have used wireless responsibly in emergencies, and is given annually to roughly thirty recipients nationwide.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Keep Newnan Beautiful Receives ‘Away From Home Recycling’ Grant

Keep Newnan Beautiful proudly received the Georgia Department of Community Affairs ‘Away from Home Recycling’ grant in the form of a fully loaded trailer. The trailer encourages recycling at community events and education on recycling for the community. The trailer comes fully loaded with containers, bags and signs to encourage people at public events to recycle. It will be available for the public to use at community events. To find out more about using the trailer for events, please contact Cynthia Gill-Wall at or at 678.855.5058.

"So often, citizens recycle diligently at home, but have no way to do it at a school festival or community event. This trailer is designed to help with that problem,” says Cynthia Gill-Wall, director of Keep Newnan Beautiful. "I'm thrilled to be able to offer this trailer for the community to use. I know it will be a huge benefit to our residents to be able to continue their good recycling habits at events away from home," continues Cynthia Gill-Wall, director of Keep Newnan Beautiful.

"It is great to see the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognize the efforts of Keep Newnan Beautiful and award them with this recycling trailer and supplies. I think it speaks loudly to the commitment of our community and the efforts to be involved in recycling and other waste reduction programs,” says Cleatus Phillips, director of Community Development.
Keep Newnan Beautiful was certified as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful in 2006, with the mission of encouraging residents to take responsibility for community improvement through litter prevention and waste reduction. The members of the commission are Matthew Bailey, Tom Barron, Michael Boulas, Jason Brady, Jennifer Clay, Joan Crawford, Donna Dietz, Nathan Lee, Connie Posey, Pamela Prange and Mayra Richardson.

This Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) grant program is intended to provide recycling supplies and equipment to local municipalities and organizations as a way to help local governments meet the state’s material-specific waste disposal reduction goals set for the years 2012 and 2017. Georgia is home to some of the strongest recycling markets in the nation, yet these industries must import recycled materials from all over North America to support their operations. Georgians annually dispose of 2.6 million tons of common recyclable materials with an approximate market value of over $250 million. Local government reports from 1998 to 2003 reflect a 12% decline in recycling services available in their community. This program of encouraging recycling outside of the traditional area is one of the ways DCA is fighting that decline.

City Of Newnan's 4th Of July Parade “Proud To Be An American”

Main Street Newnan kicks off Newnan’s Fourth of July activities with the 4th of July Parade at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 4th. The annual parade starts at the Veterans Park at the corner of Temple and Jackson Street and continues down Jackson and LaGrange to conclude at Newnan High School.

The Newnan Rotary Club picks up the festivities from there with family fun and fireworks until dark.

This year’s theme for the parade will be a simple and true one, “Proud to be an American.” This year, Main Street is proud to announce Mrs. Norma Haynes; longtime resident of Newnan will serve as the Grand Marshal.

Independence Day has become a day for remembering soldiers, celebrating our freedoms, enjoying our summer, and backyard barbeques. The City of Newnan Fourth of July Parade will be held Friday, July 4th at 6:00 p.m. Applications are available online at main

“The great parade and fireworks display have become a great tradition for the community. Fourth of July activities in Newnan are hopefully on everyone’s ‘must-do’ list. It’s become another way to enjoy the holiday and really celebrate being an American,” said Linda Kee, Main Street Newnan Director.

After the completion of the parade, fun, festivities, children activities, and entertainment will be at Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium. Sponsored by the City of Newnan, Coweta County, and the Rotary Club, fireworks will begin at dusk.

If you are interested in being in the parade, contact Alise Cartledge at Main Street at 770-253-8283 or go to and fill out an application. The completed application can be faxed to 770-253-8753 or mailed to 6 First Avenue Newnan, GA 30263. Applications must be received by Friday, June 29th. All entries are free to the public, and all participants must be ready to depart their designated location at 5:30 p.m.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

City Of Newnan Fire Marshal And Lieutenant Receive Instructor Certifications

The city of Newnan Fire Marshal, Ricky Ayers and Lt. John Byron receive their instructor certifications from the Georgia Police Academy.

“The instructor training I received will enable the Newnan Fire Department to teach classes at all different levels to keep training current and at an excellent level,” says Ayers. “This certification will open a lot more doors on training for the department and this certification allows me to help educate others on the issues. It has also help further my education in the field,” continues Ayers.

This Georgia Police Academy course was designed for the public safety officer who instructs in performance oriented training and is responsible for lesson plan development. Topics range from instructor liability and lesson design to testing and evaluation of learning. During the course each student writes an original lesson plan on a public safety topic of their choice and develops the presentation skills necessary to deliver that lesson.

The Georgia Police Academy was created in 1962 under Ga. Code Ann., § 35-4-1. In December of 1991, the Georgia Police Academy was consolidated with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in accordance with “A Plan for the Reorganization at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center” adopted by the Board of Public Safety on December 4, 1991 and signed by the Honorable Zell Miller, Governor of Georgia.

The Georgia Police Academy Division provides advanced and specialized training in criminal investigations, traffic safety and enforcement, police operations, legal death/forensics investigations, drug investigations, community oriented policing and counterterrorism.

Newan Coweta Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting

The Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce announces a ribbon cutting for its members on June 3rd at noon for:

Southern Crescent Area Agency on Aging
19 E. Broad St., Newnan

All members are invited to the ribbon cutting. For more information on the chamber, call 770.253.2270.

Directions: One & a half blocks down from the Courthouse, next to the old
Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home location. Across from the Coweta County
Administrative Bldg.
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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Shannon Scott Leads Newnan Office in Sales

Shannon Scott is the April Individual Agent Leader for the Newnan/Coweta County office of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty.

No. 2 producer for the office during the month was Linda Scott, and Steven Dickens was No. 3.

Shannon Scott, the office's No. 3 producer last year, earned membership in the Million Dollar Club and Coldwell Banker's International Diamond Society in 2007. In 2006, she was named to the Bullard Bronze Society and the Million Dollar Club, and she was the office's No. 3 producer. The previous year, she received a Bullard Certificate of Merit and was in the Million Dollar Club.