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LGE Community Credit Union Continues Growth in Cobb County with New Smyrna Location

April 17, 2018


On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, LGE Community Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its 11th financial center, located in the Jonquil Shopping Center by Publix on Atlanta Road in Smyrna.

The event included remarks from LGE President and CEO Chris Leggett, a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and entertainment from B98.5FM. As an ode to the rich history of the city, the company provided guests with refreshments from McEntyre’s Bakery, a longtime Smyrna favorite.

“We’re very excited about being in Smyrna. LGE already has a strong footprint in nearby Austell, but as we move forward we’re trying to deepen our relationship with the communities we serve. We believe our new model and new location allows us to serve our members beyond simply facilitating transactions, to add the value they’ve come to expect from LGE Community Credit Union,” said Leggett.

The new Smyrna location continues the company’s growth in Cobb County, coming shortly after the opening of LGE’s 10th location in West Cobb late last year. LGE now has seven total branches in Cobb County out of the 11 in its four-county footprint.

“We are so appreciative of our partnership with LGE, and it’s because of businesses like [LGE] that we have been able to speak so much to the economic development and impact that businesses are making on Cobb County,” said Melissa Sabia, vice president of member development at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

To celebrate its grand opening, the LGE Smryna financial center is offering specials through May 29, 2018. More information about the new location and promotions can be found at

About LGE Community Credit Union
LGE Community Credit Union provides full-service, federally insured banking to over 112,000 people in northwest Georgia, with better rates and lower fees than you will typically find in a big bank. LGE serves all residents and business within Cobb, Paulding, Cherokee and Fulton counties. Since 2010, LGE has invested over $750,000 in the lives of those in the community including children, homeless, abuse victims and those that fall on hard times. For more information, visit



Kennesaw State Student’s Research to Debut on Capitol Hill

April 17, 2018

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Kennesaw State University psychology major Olivia Lauzon has been selected to present her research to members of Congress, their staffs and other federal officials in Washington, D.C., during the 22nd Annual “Posters on the Hill” competition. It is the first time a KSU student has presented at the Capitol Hill event.

Lauzon, whose research focuses on women’s mental health, is among 60 presenters chosen from a field of 400 students who competed for the honor. The two-day event is sponsored by The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) in partnership with the American Chemical Society.

Along with her faculty mentor, Ebony Glover, assistant professor of neuroscience at Kennesaw State, Lauzon will present findings from their study of hormone-related factors involved in regulating emotions and their implications for treating anxiety disorders.

“Dr. Glover’s Affective Neuroscience Lab examines biological factors that help regulate women’s emotions,” Lauzon said. “There are significant gaps in the literature surrounding the role of hormonal contraceptive use in the processing of emotion. Our findings – that the regulation of emotions may be impacted among women taking certain oral contraceptives – could have widespread implications for the treatment of specific anxiety disorders among women.”

Lauzon said the data acquired through this project could inform mental health research, and the opportunity to present it on Capitol Hill will help increase public awareness of the issues surrounding gender disparities in psychiatric illnesses.

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Kennesaw State’s representation in this competition is also a source of pride for Amy M. Buddie, director of KSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research and psychology professor, and others who have long worked to promote undergraduate research at KSU.

“Historically, only one or two posters are accepted per state,” Buddie explained. “If you look at some of the recent past winners, you’ll see that typically the Georgia posters come from the University of Georgia, and perhaps one from another school in Georgia, though never from Kennesaw State, until now.”

Kennesaw State’s emphasis on research is also reflected in its selection as host of the 33rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 11-13, 2019. More than 5,000 students and their faculty mentors from around the country are expected to attend the three-day conference.

NCUR provides students the opportunity to present scholarly research in a professional setting and interact with their peers, in addition to meeting with graduate school and corporate recruiters.

About Kennesaw State University
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit

Pinnacle Fitness Center Smyrna to Celebrate Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening This Coming Weekend

April 9, 2018


Owners, David Nash and Rae Stampley are gearing up to host their ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of Pinnacle Fitness Center’s new flagship Smyrna facility at 2790 Cumberland Blvd, Smyrna, GA.

The Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting ceremony will be Thursday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The grand opening celebration will be following on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The grand opening will hold 15 minute mini studio class sessions every hour and also raffle for prizes and giveaways. This family-friendly event will include free chair massages, complementary food and music and a chance to win prizes. New attendees will be able to register for special membership prizes.

Go online to to learn more about their exciting group classes (Strength-X, HIIT Blast & Teen Sports Prep). Be sure to mark your calendars. The Pinnacle staff would love to see you on April 14.

About Pinnacle Fitness Center
Pinnacle Fitness Center began in Decatur in 2008 and later opened a Smyrna location in 2012. Over the past decade, the staff at Pinnacle Fitness Center has helped thousands of people transform their health through their functional training and custom nutrition programs. With the opening of the new Smyrna facility, Pinnacle Fitness Center will be able to help many more individuals achieve success in their fitness goals. David Nash says, “Our goal for this year is to help 250 more people get in the best shape of their lives, We have plenty of classes and lots of room in our new facility. We’re so excited to be opening this new facility and we look forward to making an impact on obesity and health in the City of Smyrna.”


Garra Spa Coming Soon to Town Center

April 4, 2018

Cobb County shoppers can soon relax at Town Center at Cobb after a busy day of shopping. Management is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of Garra Spa this spring, along with popcorn delight Heaven in a Bag and Finish Line, which will open an expanded storefront this summer. Additionally, American Deli, Sweet Pick N Mix and several other brands have recently opened for visitors to enjoy.

As the first location in Georgia, Garra Spa will open its doors to shoppers this spring in a 1,600 square foot space. The spa will offer several experiences, including a variety of fish spa treatments – with a special spa treatment for children, ionic cleanse treatments, combinations and private parties. Those looking to pamper themselves can do so at Garra Spa starting this May in the Upper Level Macy’s Wing next to Windsor.

Shoppers can soon find an extended selection of premium athletic brands at Finish Line’s new 6,000 square foot location. To be complete this summer, the expanded storefront will be located on the Lower Level Sears Wing for guests to shop the hottest footwear, apparel and accessories.

Now open, American Deli serves delicious, fresh food including a variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers and more. Hungry shoppers can grab a bite from the eatery in the Food Court next to Chick-fil-A.
Guests can satisfy a sweet tooth at Sweet Pick N Mix located in Center Court. Candy lovers can take a break from shopping to choose their favorite sweets treats.
Heaven in a Bag will serve a variety of popcorn for those looking for a delectable gift or just wanting a savory snack! The popcorn brand will open across from GameStop this April.

A variety of jewelry is now available at Charming Diamonds & More, located in a 900 square foot store in the Lower Level Center Court. In addition to purchasing gold, diamond rings, sterling silver, watches and more, shoppers can also have jewelry repaired and cleaned.

Several shopper favorites at the center have also relocated:
Dream Home Furniture is now located in the Lower Level Belk Wing in a 4,600 square foot space.

Top Line Shoes is now open in the Upper Level Macy’s Wing next to My Story in a 1,900 square foot location.

Tropical Arts is now open in the Lower Level Belk Wing next to Belk in a 2,700 square foot space.

BrightStar Care of Marietta Receives Three Best of Home Care Awards

April 4, 2018


BrightStar Care of Marietta collaborated with a national third-party quality and satisfaction research firm, Home Care Pulse. Companies use the firm to obtain honest, unbiased feedback about their experiences from both clients and employees. The organization gives out awards to top-performing providers annually, based on stringent criteria. To meet the standards for each of the awards, the firm conducts random, live phone interviews with a percentage of the provider’s clients, caregivers, and care professionals each month. Providers must receive the highest overall satisfaction scores in professionalism, compassion of caregivers, training, and client-caregiver compatibility, among other categories.

The “Employer of Choice Award” is given to 2018-Best-of-Home-Care-Employer-of-Choicethe top-ranking home care providers, based on satisfaction scores gathered from interviews with employees. To qualify for the award, employers must be a “Home Care Pulse Certified-Trusted Provider” for at least six consecutive months. To be eligible, employers must receive the highest overall satisfaction scores from their employees in areas such as training, office communication, caregiver-client compatibility, and overall job satisfaction.

The “Provider of Choice Award” is for 2018-Best-of-Home-Care-Provider-of-Choiceonly the top-ranking home-care providers, based on client-satisfaction scores gathered from client interviews. For this award, providers must achieve the highest overall satisfaction scores from clients in categories such as work ethic, communication, training, and compassion. This is in addition to being a “Home Care Pulse Certified-Trusted Provider” for at least six consecutive months.

The “Leader in Excellence Award” is 2018-Best-of-Home-Care-Leader-in-Excellenceonly granted to the highest-ranking home-care providers, based on feedback gathered from live interviews with both clients and customers. To qualify for this award, providers must be a “Home Care Pulse Certified Business” for at least twelve consecutive months. They must also achieve “Best of Home Care, Provider of Choice” as well as “Best of Home Care, Employer of Choice” in at least fifteen of twenty combined client and caregiver satisfaction categories.

“We chose to partner with Home Care Pulse because we are committed to going the extra mile to make sure our employees love working with us, that our clients receive care from providers who listen and are devoted to excellence in home care, and that we are dedicated to ensuring that only the best in-home care professionals are employed by BrightStar Care of Marietta. We are honored to receive the 2018 Best of Home Care Employer of Choice, Provider of Choice, and Leader in Excellence awards, and we are so grateful to our clients and caregivers for sharing their experiences,” said Louise Evans, owner of BrightStar Care of Marietta.

Each BrightStar Care office is independently owned and operated. Owners, David and Louise Evans, have also recently opened an office in Canton, Georgia, which covers the greater Cherokee County area. BrightStar Care of both Cherokee and Marietta are accredited by The Joint Commission.

About BrightStar Care of Marietta
BrightStar Care of Marietta nurses, therapists, CNAs, and caregivers deliver professional and compassionate care in the comfort and familiarity of home. With each case overseen by a full-time Director of Nursing, BrightStar Care of Marietta has a wide range of services to meet each client’s unique needs. Home care services range from companionship, meal preparation, and light housekeeping to bathing and hygiene assistance to in-home infusions and medication management. These services and more are provided along with a professional care staff that is available 24/7.

Life University’s Student Success Center to Host 5th “Be There Experience” for REACH Georgia & Mentoring for Leadership Students

April 3, 2018

LifeUniversity_Brandmark[4]Life University (LIFE) will host a “Be There Experience” on Thursday, April 12, 2018 for 8th grade REACH Georgia scholarships winners and 8th graders from the Mentoring for Leadership program at its Student Success Center. LIFE is proud to have been a host and provider of tutoring and mentoring support to area students since 2011, and this year’s event marks the fifth “Be There Experience” for them.

REACH Georgia is the state’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program. The mission is to ensure that Georgia’s academically promising students have the academic, social and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college and achieve postsecondary success. Each REACH Scholar is a participant in the Mentoring for Leadership program and is matched with a community mentor.

The Mentoring for Leadership program’s mission is to match students who have demonstrated potential, yet have limited opportunities, with community mentors while providing collegial experiences to encourage and support students in maximizing their leadership potential and their personal, academic and future success. By matching the skills and passions of each mentor to the needs and desires of the student, we encourage each to become active, contributing citizens.

Many Life University faculty participate in the program and volunteer their time to help make this an enriching day and give the children an opportunity to explore science and visualize career paths they may never have thought of before.

The day’s agenda includes the following topics being presented by Life University’s Faculty:

  • Radiology Films/Plastic Models/Bones – Dr. Lydia Dever
  • Natural Sciences – Drs. Robin Sibert, Deidre Meiggs, Kathryn Bruce and Adaris Mas Rivera
  • Anatomage Tables (anatomy visualization system) – Dr. Salman Afsharpour
  • Nutrition Demonstration – Dr. Denise Pickett-Bernard

Life University’s Director of the Student Success Center, Dr. Lisa E. Rubin, has this to say about the University’s involvement in these empowering programs, “It is my privilege, on behalf of Life University, to host these future leaders at our Student Success Center. They embody the power of potential, and we are just so excited to see these amazing students again this year.”

About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic  Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

United Way of Greater Atlanta SPARK Prize Northwest Submission Deadline Extended to April 6

April 3, 2018

SPARK_WISHPOND_BANNERSPARK Prize Northwest Region submission deadlines have been extended!!  Your new deadline is April 6, 2018 by 6 pm.  Any size agency is welcome to enter a submission to compete in the SPARK competition.

Through SPARK Prize, United Way of Greater Atlanta awards small grants to fund collaborative & innovative projects that address Greater Atlanta’s greatest social challenges.

How do I enter the Northwest Region SPARK Prize competition?
·Submit a 3-5 minute video presentation explaining the problem you are attempting to solve, your innovative solution and the partners who you will work with for implementation.
·Videos do not have to be professionally recorded — cell phone/digital camera videos are highly encouraged!
·The deadline for video submission is April 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
·Finalists will be selected to present their idea in person to our SPARK Prize panel on May 18, 2018. Finalists selected to move forward will be notified by April 13, 2018.
·Finalists will be required to submit a 3-page proposal, which must be submitted by April 27, 2018.
·Prizes will be awarded, in amounts ranging up to $20,000, based on investors.
**There have been some questions regarding the requirements for SPARK Prize applications. We would like everyone to know that the organization budget restriction/limitation has been lifted.**
For Northwest Region’s SPARK Prize FAQs and complete submission criteria, click here.