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July Marquee Monday Welcomes Georgia Power’s Chairman, President and CEO

June 29, 2022

Monday, July 11

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The Cobb Chamber’s Marquee Monday event series continues on July 11 at the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre with Georgia Power’s Chairman, President and CEO Chris Womack.  He will share information on the “Future of the Energy Grid.”

Chris Womack was named chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power in 2021. He leads Georgia Power in serving its 2.6 million customers across the state. The company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s leading energy providers.

Prior to his current role, he served as executive vice president and president of external affairs for Southern Company where he led overall external positioning and branding efforts including the company’s public policy strategies and oversaw the company’s governmental and regulatory affairs, corporate communication initiatives and other external and strategic business engagements.

In addition to the presentation, Leadership Cobb will recognize the achievements of its 2022 graduating class and announcing its 2023 class.

Please note that our 2022 Marquee Monday event series will be a monthly breakfast event at the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre. A virtual attendance option is not available at this time.

Parking is available at The Battery Red Deck for free up to three hours. For further parking options, please refer to the Battery Atlanta Parking Guide. A security screening will be required at check-in.


Check-in & Breakfast: 8:00 AM

Program: 8:30 AM

Conclusion: 9:30 AM

Registration closes and refunds will no longer be available after July 6. 

Thank you to our sponsors Superior Plumbing, Kaiser Permanente, Coca-Cola Roxy & Live Nation Special Events, Delaware North, Next Page Event Services, and Amerevent!

Cobb Sheriff Craig Owens Hosts Shrimp Boilin’ Community Event and Fundraiser

June 28, 2022

Sheriff Craig Owens is revamping an annual Cobb County Sheriff’s Office event and is now
dubbing it the annual Cobb Sheriff’s Low Country Shrimp Boilin’. This community event will be a
day of food, fun, and family-friendly entertainment.

Food offerings include plenty of corn and favorites such as a low country seafood boil, BBQ,
hamburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, ice cream, fresh fruit, and more. Tickets are $30 per person
and can be purchased online at

“I am excited to bring a fresh take on this Cobb County tradition,” said Sheriff Owens. “The Cobb
Sheriff’s Low Country Shrimp Boilin’ will be an opportunity to connect as a community in a
bipartisan fashion.”

Sheriff Owens invites Republican, Democratic, and nonpartisan candidates on the November
ballot to volunteer for the event by emailing Members of the
public may also sign up for volunteer slots online at

WHO: Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens
WHAT: 31st Annual Shrimp Boilin’
WHEN: July 11, 2022 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road SW
Marietta, GA 30008

Georgia Symphony names Nathaniel F. Parker as The Dr. Bobbie Bailey GYSO Artistic Director 

June 27, 2022

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra board of directors has announced the appointment of Nathaniel F. Parker, DMA, as The Dr. Bobbie Bailey Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestras (GYSO) Artistic Director.

Dr. Parker will continue to serve as the GSO’s associate conductor and as director of the GYSO Symphony ensemble.

The newly created position was named in honor of a $I million endowment and $10,000 grant the GSO received earlier this year from the Bobbie Bailey Foundation, Inc, in support of its youth education program.

In his new role, Dr. Parker will serve as the artistic head of the GYSO program, oversee the directors of GYSO’s 13 music ensembles and collaborate with the manager of GYSO artistic operations. He will report to GSO Music Director and Conductor Timothy Verville, DMA.

Nathaniel F. Parker

“We are always working towards refining the GYSO experience for the betterment of our students. And in that process, we identified the need to have this new position,” Verville said. He continued:  “Dr. Parker’s mix of exceptional professional and pedagogical experience will allow us to build on our history of providing great educational and performance opportunities for student growth and musical development. We are so thankful to the Bobbie Bailey Foundation for helping us to take this next step.”

In addition to his work with the GSO and GYSO, Dr. Parker is director of orchestral studies at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey School of Music at Kennesaw State University. He also serves as music director and conductor of the KSU Symphony Orchestra and teaches courses in conducting, symphonic literature and music appreciation.

Dr. Parker earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Arizona State University.

Hometown craft whiskey producer ASW Distillery launching World Champions Release bourbon finished on maple bats, celebrating the Atlanta Braves

June 23, 2022

Fiddler Chin Music Bourbon celebrates the Braves as part of an ongoing series of releases

ASW Distillery, the Most Awarded Craft Whiskey Distillery since 2018 at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, releases a new edition of its flagship Fiddler Bourbon line, Fiddler Chin Music, that commemorates the Atlanta Braves’ unprecedented 2021 Championship run. The release sees ASW Distillery finish its Gold Medal-winning Wheated Bourbon mash bill on staves of Georgia oak and hand-charred maple bats from renowned Nashville bat manufacturers, Old Hickory Bat Co. Bottled at Cask Strength with baseball imagery adorning the label, this release is the first in an ongoing series of Fiddler Chin Music releases celebrating the Atlanta Braves.

Jim Chasteen and Charlie Thompson started ASW Distillery in 2011; Justin Manglitz, a world-class master distiller, joined his fellow University of Georgia alumni in 2015. ASW was the first whiskey distillery in the City of Atlanta since the American Prohibition. The manufacturer has released Fiddler Bourbon, Resurgens Rye, Bustletown Vodka, and Winterville Gin in addition to bringing the state its first-ever Double Gold Medal award for a whiskey with its Duality Double Malt.

“The Atlanta Braves have been such an integral part of Georgia history for over fifty years. The state has likewise been home to a rich tradition in whiskey-making that we’ve been excited to help revive,” said Jim Chasteen, CEO of ASW Distillery. “Bringing these two traditions together is like a dream come true for us. The Braves have really created a community feel at The Battery Atlanta, and all the neighbors know we get to be part of something special. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the one-to-one correlation between the number of years we’ve had our location at The Battery Atlanta, and the number of World Championships the Braves have brought home to Atlanta while playing at Truist Park.”

This World Champions Release of Fiddler Chin Music extends ASW Distillery’s relationship with the Atlanta Braves, as both a tenant of The Battery Atlanta development with ASW’s vodka/gin distillery and tasting room, and as an in-stadium sponsor with ASW’s branded Airstream bar on the Xfinity Rooftop Terrace overlooking right field. The idea for Fiddler Chin Music took shape after the Braves front office bottled a private barrel of ASW’s bourbon prior to the 2021 MLB playoffs. From that private barrel, ASW and the Braves decided to make the Braves Front Office’s selections more widely available. Derek Schiller, President and CEO of the Atlanta Braves, came up with the name, Fiddler Chin Music, in the first meeting the two organizations held about the project.

“This was an incredibly fun project with ASW creating a product that marries one of the best bourbons while adding a nod to baseball by infusing bats directly into the bourbon.” said Schiller.  “Chin Music is a way to continue our World Championship celebration and we look forward to sharing it with our fans.”

This World Champions Release will feature 4,000 bottles, available at bottle shops across Georgia, and in ASW Distillery’s three Atlanta tasting rooms, including The Battery Atlanta location.


June 23, 2022

Urgent Team Walk-in Urgent Care has opened a center today on Jiles Road next to McDonald’s. 

“Whether it’s a minor injury, vaccination, sports physicals or other wellness care, it’s important for families to have a high-quality healthcare option that is comprehensive and affordable,” said Ellis Harris, Vice President of Urgent Team. “Urgent care services are a fast, cost-effective option to replace the emergency room for non-life-threatening issues, or waiting to get an appointment with your physician. Urgent Team currently has urgent care center in Rome, and another center opening in Alpharetta in mid-August.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve the on-demand healthcare needs of the growing Kennesaw community,” said Becker. “Our goal is to meet and exceed the increasing need for quality care delivered in a convenient location at an affordable price. We like to say, when you need more than a Band-Aid, but less than a call to 911, we can help.”

When an illness or injury can’t wait, Urgent Team will offer family care, urgent care and occupational health services seven days a week with extended hours. For added convenience, walk-ins are welcome or patients can plan a same or next day visit online with Hold My Spot® or reserve a Telemedicine visit.

With onsite X-ray and lab tests, Urgent Team – Kennesaw can treat patients with medical needs, such as:

• Asthma and allergies• Ear and eye injuries
• Flu, colds, viral illnesses and COVID-19 testing• Skin conditions, including burns
• Bites, stings, allergic reactions• Stitches
• Broken bones, sprains, strains• School, sports, wellness and DOT physicals
• Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting• Wellness vaccinations
• Urinary tract infections         
• Physicals for men, women and children  
• Occupational health services

Leading the healthcare team are nurse practitioners Patricia Torres and Johanna Kennedy. Torres was previously with Piedmont Urgent Care where she provided the appropriate care for acute and chronic illnesses, as well as assessment and care of patients of all ages. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Kennedy previously worked with several large hospitals, and most recently worked at Redmond Medical center on the cardiopulmonary unit. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from South University in Savannah, Georgia.

The center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most insurance plans, including TRICARE and VA, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as cash and credit card are accepted.                   

About Urgent Team Walk-in Urgent Care

Urgent Team is part of the Urgent Team Family of Urgent Care & Walk-in Centers, one of the largest independent operators of urgent and family care centers in the Southeast. The Urgent Team Family of Centers provides quality and affordable family healthcare at 73 locations under six brands: Urgent Team (throughout Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee); Physicians Care (throughout Tennessee and Georgia); Huntsville Hospital Urgent Care (throughout North Alabama); and Baptist Health Urgent Care, Sherwood Urgent Care and Washington Regional (throughout Arkansas). Urgent Team’s convenient, walk-in centers provide a range of healthcare services including treatments for injuries and illnesses, occupational health and wellness care. Urgent Team offers three ways to visit: walk-in, 24/7 online scheduling with Hold My Spot® and most centers offer Telemedicine visits.  Urgent Team’s company headquarters are located in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit


June 23, 2022

A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Marked the Opening of the New Headquarters Built to Support the Company’s Continued North American Growth

Vanderlande, a market-leading, global partner for future-proof logistic process automation in the warehousing, airport and parcel sectors, celebrated the opening of its newly constructed North American headquarters in Marietta, Georgia with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 152,612 square-foot facility, located at 3054 Chastain Meadows Parkway Northwest, will serve as the centerpiece of the company’s new 27-acre campus.

“For more than 23 years we’ve called Cobb County the headquarters of our North American business, which includes our significant engineering, research and development, manufacturing and corporate operations,” said Nick Porter, president of Airports and Parcel Solutions, North America at Vanderlande. “The incredible team we have assembled has played an important role in our dramatic growth in North America and the many transformative innovations introduced to the industries and customers we serve.”

The new headquarters will serve nearly 1,000 employees and includes many amenities to encourage and support an enjoyable work environment including a large fitness center and full-service cafeteria with nutritious options. Close to many restaurants and local businesses, the campus also includes extensive green space and walking trails.

The building was also designed to further Vanderlande’s sustainability goals. Leed GOLD certified, it includes a large solar panel array capable of offsetting more than 25% of energy usage, rainwater capture systems for irrigation and graywater plumbing, technologically advanced and efficient heating and cooling systems, and onsite charging stations for electric vehicles. In addition, it was constructed using locally sourced materials to reduce carbon emissions.

“Our new headquarters marks an exciting new chapter for the company as demand for the systems and expertise we provide to our customers continues to increase,” said Sean Wallingford, president of Warehouse Solutions, North America at Vanderlande. “We are incredibly grateful to be part of Atlanta’s innovation economy and greatly appreciate the support we’ve received from the office of Governor Brian P. Kemp, the Cobb Chamber, the Town Center Community Improvement District, and so many others. With this campus, we look forward to making an even greater contribution in the metro Atlanta area.”

The innovation center in the headquarters currently underway will display many of the company’s solutions and is designed to give potential customers and partners an opportunity to see Vanderlande’s advanced automation and software in action. Projects to build a separate, larger innovation center, a parking deck and an additional office building on the campus are also already underway.

The company will continue its close collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University and the University of Georgia. Those who are interested in learning more about Vanderlande job openings are encouraged to visit


June 22, 2022

The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority is pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Panter to the position of Executive Chef at the Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Panter joined the culinary team in 2015 as Chef de Cuisine and has been promoted throughout his tenure to Sous Chef and Executive Sous Chef. As Executive Chef, Panter will oversee the entire kitchen and stewarding operation at both venues.

Born in Texas, Panter grew up in Oklahoma and New Mexico where he learned the art of creating powerful, spicy and craveable dishes drawing inspiration from Southeast Asian cuisine. Passionate about giving each guest a unique dining experience, Chef Panter plans to build upon the use of sustainable sourcing while expanding the network of local purveyors.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Panter is married with three daughters.

About Cobb Galleria Centre
The Cobb Galleria Centre is located in the beautifully landscaped 88-acre Galleria complex in prestigious northwest Atlanta. Cobb Galleria Centre is Atlanta’s premier convention facility with

320,000 square feet of event space, four exhibition halls, 20 meeting rooms, four executive boardrooms and a grand ballroom. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbGalleria and on Instagram at

About Cobb Energy Centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in northwest Atlanta, inside the Perimeter. Cobb Energy Centre is a premier venue for opera, concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, educational shows, family shows and corporate meetings and events. The Centre hosts two resident companies, the Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera.  The facility includes the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, 10,000-square-foot Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom and full-service food and beverage capabilities.  For more information about the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, visit and follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CobbEnergyPAC and on Instagram at

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art Presents Metro Montage XXII Starting July 9

June 22, 2022

Opening Reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday July 9, 2022 for Metro Montage XXII. Free for MCMA members and $10 for guests—admission paid upon entry. Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres served. Membership can be purchased at the event.

The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art presents Metro Montage XXII from July 9 until September 4, 2022. Metro Montage is the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art’s annual juried exhibition featuring all types of genre, medium, style, subject matter, concept, and technique in art from across the country. Metro Montage XXII features works of fine art by contemporary artists that showcase the diversity and skill within our nation’s culture. Metro Montage XXII will be exhibited throughout the Museum’s galleries on both floors.

Town Center at Cobb to Host Second Annual Christmas in July Event, July 9

June 21, 2022

Kennesaw shopping destination welcomes guests to enjoy a holiday celebration

Get a head start on holiday shopping with Town Center at Cobb as it celebrates the most festive season early with its second annual Christmas in July on Saturday, July 9. Area families can capture photos with Santa from noon – 4 p.m., and digital photos will be available for $10. From 1 – 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy entertainment including balloon artists, face painting, giveaways, prizes and more.

WHAT: Second Annual Christmas in July at Town Center at Cobb
Summer Christmas event with photos with Santa, balloon artists, face painting, giveaways, prizes and more

WHEN: Saturday, July 9
noon – 4 p.m.        

WHERE: Town Center at Cobb – Center Court
400 Ernest Barrett Pkwy
Kennesaw, GA 30144

HOW: This event is FREE and open to the public! Digital photos with Santa can be purchased for $10. Event vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Shelly Weidner at

For more information on Town Center at Cobb’s events and offerings, visit or connect on Facebook and Instagram.

Powder Springs-based businesses, nonprofits eligible for grant funds

June 21, 2022

Grant monies coming from federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding

The City of Powder Springs has opened applications for its Small Business Grant Program, which will award grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying businesses and nonprofits that apply before the July 15 deadline.

The grant program is aimed at offsetting the economic impact to small businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applying organizations must have less than $2 million in estimated annual gross receipts and demonstrate either a financial disruption of 10% or more due to the pandemic, or a loss of direct or contracted employees of 10% or more by comparing the same period in 2019 to 2022. Applicants must also demonstrate how operating assistance provided will enable the business to continue to operate.

Applicants must have their primary location or headquarters within the Powder Springs city limits (franchisees may apply if the business is wholly owned by an individual), and meet other requirements such as holding all necessary permits and licenses, and having been in continuous operation for a minimum of 12 months prior to March 1, 2020. Both home-based businesses and those with a physical commercial location are eligible to apply.

Those ineligible to apply for these grant funds include corporate-owned franchises, government-owned entities, and businesses owned by elected or appointed officials of Powder Springs or Cobb County or by family of any of these officials.

As the city is using federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), all operating assistance must be compliant with federal regulations. Grant funds may be used for:

  • Lease expense or purchase of new equipment of upgrades of existing equipment
  • Marketing
  • PPE and other supplies/costs to ensure employee and customer safety
  • Bonuses targeted at rehiring and/or maintaining full-time W-2 or 1099 employees

Businesses may apply for the 2022 Powder Springs Small Business Grant program if they have received CARES Act funds from the City or through other programs. However, if awarded, recipients may not use grant funds for expenses that have already been covered through other local, state, or federal grant programs.

Grant applications will be available for download on the City’s website,, beginning June 21. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. July 15, 2022. Completed applications and required attachments may be submitted in a single email to Hard copy submissions may be printed and submitted in a sealed envelope addressed to Marsellas Williams and turned in to the City Hall receptionist at the Powder Springs Police Department, 1114 Richard D. Sailors Parkway; or deposited in the drop box outside City Hall at 4426 Marietta St.

Applications will be processed in the order they are received until funding for the program has been exhausted.