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Georgia Highlands to Celebrate Inauguration of Fourth President

July 1, 2015

Georgia Highlands college has announced two events to celebrate the inauguration of their fourth president, Donald J. Green, Ed.D. The inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Sept 18 at the Georgia Highlands Floyd Campus Gymnasium at 10 a.m. The Highlands Inauguration Gala will take place that evening at the college’s Cartersville Campus at 6:30 p.m. For sponsorship and ticket information, visit

Career Training Expo at KSU

June 23, 2015

The College of Continuing and Professional Education will host a free Career Training Expo at KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144) on July 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event is designed to assist anyone who desires to re-enter the workforce, change careers or advance in their current position. Guests can attend several information sessions covering multiple industries. They will offer financial aid sessions and career coaching.

The Expo will feature 50+ professional certificate programs including Professional Development of Gerontology, Culinary, Web Design, Paralegal, Project Management, Medical Assisting, Group Fitness Instructor and Payroll Professional. New programs include Cisco, Residential Landscape Design and Lean Six Sigma.

Attendees will be able to meet with instructors as well as recent program graduates at the information sessions. Career Coach John Long will be leading sessions on interviewing and personal branding. Financial aid advisers including Wells Fargo and Cobb Works will be available to discuss options such as VA Education Benefits and Workforce Investment Act Funding.

Attendees will receive a 10% discount coupon valid through August 6, 2015 and those who register on-site the night of the Expo will receive a complimentary KSU stadium chair, just in time for football season. Registration is required and can be completed at or by calling 470-578-6765,

Lyn Cohen, left, talks to an Expo attendee about the various languages programs KSU's College of Continuing and Professional Education has to offer.

Lyn Cohen, left, talks to an Expo attendee about the various languages programs KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education has to offer.

The Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup

June 15, 2015

Allatoona Clean upSpend your Saturday doing something good for your community! Take part in the Great Allatoona Cleanup (GLAC) on September 12. GLAC, along with their partners, will lead the community in environmental stewardship of the watershed through education, preservation, conservation and volunteerism. Over 4,100 volunteers collected five tons of trash and over 300 tires at last year’s event. To register for this years clean up go to

Cobb EMC Ranks Best Among Cooperative Communicators

June 12, 2015
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Cobb EMC’s corporate communications and marketing teams win six national awards.

Cobb EMC’s corporate communications and marketing teams recently received recognition in the 2015 “Spotlight on Excellence” national awards program, organized by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Cobb EMC received two Gold Awards for categories including Best Wild Card for “Annual Meeting Stage Design” and Best Graphic Design for “Safetyopoly,” a game board design.  In addition, the cooperative won four Silver Awards for categories including Best Special Publication – Large for “Storm Safety Guide,” Best Annual Report to Members for “Cobb EMC’s 2014 Annual Report: Focus on the Horizon,” Best Event for “Annual Meeting” and Best Total Communication Program for “Cobb EMC: Bringing You Power.”

“The judges noted that electric cooperatives are being challenged to communicate to the people they serve in a 24/7 environment and in more ways than ever before,” observed James Bausell, Senior Vice President for Communications for NRECA. “Printed newsletters, news releases, websites, social media and videos, are important platforms to leverage and have become important than ever to keep members updated.”

The annual Spotlight awards competition recognizes the top-rated communication and marketing efforts by electric cooperatives and related organizations. Participants in the awards program competed with electric cooperatives of similar sizes in 16 categories. Electric marketing professionals and cooperative communicators submitted more than 780 entries in the Spotlight on Excellence program, now in its 27th year. Faculty members from the University of Missouri – Columbia, University of South Carolina and Ohio University Scripps-Howard School of Journalism judged the entries.

A special reception honored the award recipients during the Connect ‘15 Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 12. Winning entries were displayed during the event.

The Council of Rural Electric Communicators was organized in 1982, and seeks to advance the recognition, education, and professionalism of electric cooperative communicators and their affiliated organizations. It is a volunteer association working on behalf of more than 4,000 electric cooperative communicators across the United States.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the service organization representing the national interests of cooperative electric utilities, coordinates the Council’s activities. Other national organizations supporting the work of the Council are the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange.

Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC), a not-for-profit electric cooperative, safely delivers reliable electricity to more than 177,000 residential and commercial members in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. For more information, visit, or follow Cobb EMC on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill Awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

June 11, 2015

Chef HenryRecognized as a Top Performing Restaurant as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

ACWORTH, Georgia – June 8, 2015


Henry’s Louisiana Grill® today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

This falls right on the heels of Henry’s Louisiana Grill being named one of the 2015 Top Places to Eat in Metro Atlanta by Yelp.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Currently, Henry’s has a 4.5 star rating on the site, with over 91% of reviews by guests being very good to excellent.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire krewe at Henry’s Louisiana Grill and we’d like to thank all of our loyal guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Chef Henry Chandler, founder, owner and namesake of Henry’s Louisiana Grill. “Being recognized by our guests is the best seal of approval we could ever ask for. This award represents an outstanding vote of confidence in Henry’s and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses like Henry’s that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

About Henry’s Louisiana Grill                                                                                          


Henry’s Louisiana Grill, which debuted in 2000, is an award-winning community gathering place with local and national acclaim. The menu is designed by award-winning Chef Henry Chandler, sparked by the Southern-inspired food he loved and prepared with his Nanny Castell as a child. With an emphasis on world-class hospitality and dishes using the finest ingredients, Henry’s Southern comfort cooking has people driving cross-country just for a taste.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill is located at 4835 N Main St, Acworth, GA 30101. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

Cobb County Selects Comcast Business Ethernet to Connect 34 Sites

June 9, 2015

Ethernet Network Provides Reliable Internet Access and Multi-Point Service to Connect Parks, Pool, Tennis, Golf and other Recreational Facilities on One Network to Accelerate Operations 

ATLANTA, Ga.– June 3, 2015 – Comcast Business today announced that Georgia’s Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department has selected Comcast’s Business Ethernet services to provide a high-performance network connecting 34 of its community facilities over fiber and coax networks. Comcast will enable Cobb County to improve online access for residents to information about its facilities and programs, ease registrations and other transactions, and provide staff with better access to various business applications. The new network will also enable Cobb County to begin offering Wi-Fi services at its facilities.

With over 700,000 residents, Cobb County is the fourth most populous county in Georgia. The county’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department has hundreds of thousands of residents registering to gain access to various facilities, which includes parks, a golf course, tennis centers, civic centers, aquatic centers, and more. Whether it’s families registering their children for various sports leagues, summer camps, art classes and tennis lessons, or staff accessing transactional data, the network plays a key role in connecting residents and staff to information.

Often times, Cobb County’s staff had experienced increasingly slow network performance during transactions with residents, and the internal time management software and registration system did not function adequately. Moreover, implementing new services such as upgrading the phone system with Voice Over IP (VoIP) or providing Wi-Fi access was inconceivable without a faster network. To address these issues, Cobb County replaced its legacy 128 kilobits per second (Kbps) DSL lines with 8 Megabits per second (Mbps) Ethernet Virtual Private Lines over Hybrid Fiber/Coax from Comcast to each of its 34 locations. In addition, Cobb County selected a fiber-based 100 Mbps Ethernet Dedicated Internet service to its data center, which houses a majority of Cobb County’s business applications, including its courts case management, tax, finance, asset management, human resources, and parks registration systems, as well as email and the VoIP phone system.

“With Comcast Business we now have private, dedicated service for multiple sites spread across a large geographic area,” said Ed Biggs, division manager, Technical Operations/GIS Division, Cobb County Information Services Department. “We are not only able to expand our offerings for residents and improve their experience, but our staff can perform their jobs better using a high-performance network.”

With the dedicated performance of Comcast’s Ethernet services, Cobb County is able to bring additional convenience to residents and staff by offering Wi-Fi access at its facilities. The new Wi-Fi capabilities allow residents to stay connected during community events, such as baseball or soccer tournaments, and helps staff be more mobile.

“For multi-site organizations like Cobb County’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Comcast’s Ethernet service is ideal because it is reliable and more flexible than legacy DSL and T1 lines, and provides dedicated bandwidth levels and can reach more locations through our extensive hybrid fiber/coax footprint,” said Cleve Lewis, vice president, Comcast Business. “Today’s digital age requires organizations to provide patrons and staff with a high-performance, reliable network to easily access information and conduct business.”

About Comcast Corporation:  Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit for more information.

About Comcast Cable:  Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit for more information.

AT&T Supports The Georgia Ballet

June 2, 2015

ATT donation

On May 21, The Georgia Ballet received a donation of $9,000 from AT&T. Regional Director of AT&T Georgia, Don Barbour, presented the check to Joy Johnson, Executive Director of The Georgia Ballet. State Representative and Board member, Don Parsons was present while the award was presented. Parsons has been a dedicated member of The Georgia Ballet’s board for five years.

AT&T is proud to support The Georgia Ballet’s Arts and Education programs that offer students the opportunity to experience dance through a variety of educational offerings such as field trips to professional performances, lecture demonstrations, free dance instruction in Title 1 schools, free classes for children with special needs and a scholarship program for children from low-income families.

The Georgia Ballet will soon announce their professional company’s 2015-2016 season. The School of The Georgia Ballet is adding new offerings and opportunities to their fall enrollment including a competitive track, greater variety of recreational offerings and an enhanced pre-professional program.


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