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Wellness Day South Cobb & Austell 5K

August 26, 2016

The Joining Hands In Wellness Partnership will be promoting our Annual “Wellness Day South Cobb & Austell 5K” event Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10AM – 3PM. The event location is Collar Park and Community Center, 2625 Joe Jerkins Blvd., Austell, GA 30106. The Austell 5K staging area is James Plaza, 2723 Jefferson Street, Austell, GA 30168 and starts at 8:00am. The main objective of this event is to introduce to the community what is Wellness, the purpose of it, and why it is so important. The event will consist of interactive activities and educational information to include, games, tennis and basketball clinics, free giveaways, prizes, Zumba, health screenings, food, entertainment and fun, with the purpose of informing individuals that live in the City of Austell and the South Cobb area about the many resources available in our community.

The purpose of collaborating in the Wellness Movement is to promote and support all aspects of wellness using SAMHSA’s 8 Dimensions of Wellness, as mental wellness being a key component. We want to reduce negative attitudes and raise awareness about the importance of overall wellness, support people in our community who need services, and build connections throughout Austell and the South Cobb community.

About Partnership Collaboration
Social Concepts and Development Services is an organization with a goal of bettering the community by becoming a bridge to all aspects of wellness. Along with Sweetwater Mission (formerly known as Christian Aid Mission Partners Partnership (C.A.M.P), a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, family services, and educational opportunities. Our additional partners, Austell Community Taskforce (ACT), Powder Springs Community Taskforce (PSCT) and Connecting Generations, along with several other organizations, have teamed up to promote wellness starting here in the City of Austell.

To learn more visit or call us at 770.485.1333.

Famed Tenor Paul Byrom Brings Thinking of Home Tour to KSU Center

August 25, 2016


Pau Byrom poster 2016-carol2Celtic Thunder’s star and Ireland’s premier tenor and performer PAUL BYROM returnsto the KSU Center by popular demand. Singing songs from all his albums and many more. In an intimate setting at KSU, Paul will tell stories of his life and times in the music industry along with many personal stories too. You will laugh and also shed the odd tear in what is truly an exceptional afternoon like no other.  With songs from his homeland and beyond like, You Raise Me Up, Isle Of Hope, Ave Maria, Ireland’s Call, Bring Him Home and many more…..this is an event NOT to miss.


Meet and Greet tickets get you in early to hear some of his sound check and have your photo with Paul. It also guarantees you priority seating! This will take place before the event at 1:30pm.  As always, Paul will be available after the concert to meet all ticket holders and sign autographs.


Event Date:  Sunday, October 2nd, 3-5pm

General admission ticket price:  $35

Meet and Greet + admission ticket price: $50

For Tickets and Information:

URGENT NEED: LC ’14 Alumni Accepting Donations for LA Flood Victims

August 25, 2016

Leadership Cobb2_PMSSeveral Cobb Chamber Leadership Cobb 2014 Class alums – Sean Murphy, John Loud, Steve Welsh and Jeff Daxe – have started a campaign to raise money and collect donations for people affected by the recent flooding in Baton Rouge. What started as an annual “guy’s weekend” took a turn when one of the members of the group suggested that instead of a weekend of kayaking in the GA mountains, that they consider driving to Baton Rouge to deliver relief supplies and help some of the folks whose homes were flooded. Things developed rapidly after that email, and by the end of the day they had raised several hundred dollars and gotten a commitment from LC ’14 classmate Don Keller for the truck with the driver. They also established the Cobb Cares for Baton Rouge Facebook group, and a GoFundMe account which is growing rapidly and has already surpassed $1,000 in less than 24 hours.relief

The plan is relatively simple; they have established three drop off points for donations in Smyrna, Marietta and Kennesaw, and are planning to fill a twenty-eight foot long box truck (or larger if needed) with relief supplies. The money raised will be used to fill the truck with water, non-perishable foods, toiletries, and other cleaning and school supplies that are badly needed. The group’s leader has reached out to local agencies and a large Baton Rouge church to ensure they can get the truck to a key area of distribution and get the supplies to those most in need. They plan to drive there Saturday, Aug. 27 to distribute to communities on the east side of Baton Rouge.

Items needed include bottled water, non-perishable food, diapers, school supplies, toiletries, clean used and new clothing (bagged), bedding, shoes, cleaning products, large plastic bins/tubs, etc. Please box supplies neatly or bag clothing.

How you can help:

  • Donate to the GoFundMe account they set up is:
  • Join the group on Facebook to learn more and contact the group: This is the best way to contact the organizer, Sean Murphy.
  • Smyrna Drop Off: Home of Sean and Michelle Murphy: 3282 Lee Street SE, Smyrna 30080
  • Marietta Drop Off: Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP 326 Roswell St., Marietta 30060
  • Kennesaw Drop Off: Eaton Chiropractic/Venue On Main: 2847 S. Main Street, Kennesaw 30144
  • Drop-offs can be made from today until 1 pm Friday, Aug. 26 (8 am to 6 pm)

Leading in Education. KSU Partnership Provides Korean Educators ESOL and ESL Training

August 24, 2016

Several Korean educators participated in an intensive six-week training at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education this fall. The group attended classes led by TESOL and ESL instructors that helped them improve their English teaching skills, fluency and cultural understanding. This marks the seventh group that has successfully completed the program.

“I learned several techniques and activities that I can use to make my class more fun and exciting,” said Jeff Lim, high school teacher. “American teachers are more active and engaged. From this program, I have learned to have this kind of attitude toward my classroom.”

Since September of 2013, the college has partnered with the International Teaching Training Institute, the designated institution for the Ministry of Education in Korea, to equip and prepare Korean teachers on everything from idioms to standardized testing. The goal of the Korean Ministry of Education is to further the standards of English education in Korea by exposing the educators to American methods and strategies.

“I experienced a variety of activities that we can use in the classroom,” said Crystal Ahn, middle school teacher. “The atmosphere in a Korean classroom is very different when compared to the American classroom. In Korea, the atmosphere is academic. Teachers always focus on testing, but American classrooms are more student-centered and very open.”

At the end of the training, the class was presented with individual certificates to mark their achievement. The ceremony was followed by a special luncheon and celebration at the KSU Center. Before returning to Korea, the educators completed a practicum-centered field study at several Cobb and Gwinnett County schools.

Languages Program Manager Lyn Cohen leads the global initiative.

“This program has hosted more than 150 Korean educators, and they in turn have the chance to impact hundreds of students back home,” said Cohen. “This is one of the great ways our college plugs in to the international learning community. We’re looking forward to hosting more exchange groups in the future.”

For more information, visit or call 470-578-6765.

National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic Tees Off at East Lake Golf Club

August 23, 2016

Founded in 1987, the NKF Golf Classic is the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity. Each year thousands of golfers from across the country participate in events held at top venues across the country, playing for the chance to qualify for the National Finals at Pebble Beach. Participating golfers raise over $3.5 Million annually to benefit the NKF.  This year, East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta will play to host to this storied tournament on Nov. 7 .


  • Entertain current/prospective clients
  • Align your company with the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity in your market
  • Build community goodwill and address corporate responsibility objectives
  • Support NKF in its mission! 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease. Over 73 million Americans are at risk because they have diabetes, hypertension, a family history of kidney failure, or over the age of 60.

Four person amateur scramble. Two competitive divisions:

  • Handicap Index Division: Each team must have a combined USGA Handicap Index of 42.0 or more/and only one player at 8.0 or less.
  • Gross Division: No Handicap Index required to compete.

Visit to register as a Sponsor or Foursome. You may also contact Krista Dasher at or 770-452-1539 EXT 611 with any questions or for more information.

54 Hole competitive play at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, along with other functions and evening activities.

Guests stay at the Inn at Spanish Bay – the #1 Best Golf Resorts in North America according to Golf Digest.


Be an East lake Golf Club Member for a day! All Sponsorships and foursomes include the exclusive East Lake “white glove treatment” (valet parking, locker room attendant, personalized locker and more) caddies, gift bags, lunch & awards reception,

Gold Sponsor – $7,500

• Two foursomes

• Two pin flags with company logo

• Company logo on mobile scoring system

Recognition on all event t-shirts

• One full size advertisement in the program

Silver Sponsor – $5,000

• One foursome

Company logo on mobile scoring system

Recognition on all event t-shirts

• One ½ page advertisement in the program

Bronze Sponsor – $3,000

• One foursome

Recognition on all event t-shirts

• One ¼ page advertisement in the program

 Caddie Cap Sponsor – $4,000 (One Available)

• One foursome

Name/logo on all caps that caddies will be wearing (hats provided by company)

Recognition on all event t-shirts

 Foursome – $2,500

Pin Flag Sponsor – $750 (Flag is yours to keep!)

More opportunities available at


Chef Henry Chandler Awarded Fan Favorite in National Farm-to-Table Challenge

August 22, 2016

Henry’s Louisiana Grill owner/chef champion delights fans with locally-sourced food.

Chef Henry Chandler of Henry’s Louisiana Grill was voted Fan Favorite at the National Chef’s Taste Challenge 2016, part of the Farm to Table Experience (F2Te) event. The competition was held August 19 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Competing with nine other chefs selected from across the country, Chef Henry won rave reviews from the majority of the 400 food fans who attended the ticketed event, securing him the title of Fan Favorite. His dish was also enjoyed by the panel of expert judges, including Chef Nedra Harris, who appeared on Season 11 of “Hell’s Kitchen;” Izabela Wojcik, Director of House Programming at The James Beard Foundation; Gary Prell, Vice President Culinary Development at Centerplate; and other well-known names in the culinary world.

Chandler’s winning dish, which he named “Farm Boy’s Feast”, featured Louisiana braised beef inside round over root vegetables with Pennsylvania mushrooms and Montana chickpea saffron risotto topped with Port balsamic paint. The dish featured in-season, regionally sourced farm fresh, sustainable ingredients selected by a lottery style drawing for the contest and donated by state agricultural departments.

“I am thrilled to be voted Fan Favorite in this competition!” said Chandler. “It’s an honor. All of the chefs here are extremely talented so it’s even more special that the attendees voted for me as favorite. I feel blessed to have been a part of it, meeting fantastic people and getting to share my love of locally-sourced food. Thank you to my Georgia friends and family for supporting me every step of the way and cheering me on!”

The goal of the annual competition is to showcase the significance of thunspecifiede farm-to-table philosophy, a cooking movement that emphasizes locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Locavores, those that prefer locally grown or produced food, tend to be especially interested in food and eating trends, so the event enables chefs at the forefront of the farm-to-table approach to show off their creativity combining locally sourced ingredients for enthusiastic judges and diners. All profits support the Farm to Table Experience and the National Farm to Table Alliance.
Chefs were allowed to bring only one assistant with them to the competition. Chandler chose hard-working sous chef, Jeremy Hartman, who made the trek with him from Acworth, Georgia.

Scott McPherson says he knows why Chef Henry was the clear fan favorite at the competition.

“Walking into the Farm to Table competition was like walking into Henry’s restaurant in Acworth,” said McPherson, a friend and restaurant patron who came with his wife, Gwen, from Georgia to attend the competition. “The food looked and smelled delicious, the atmosphere was festive and, of course, Henry’s personality was overflowing! He is always outgoing and he visited with all of the tables and attendees. We knew that he had one of the toughest cuts of meat and yet he was able to transform it into a tender cut that not only looked and smelled good, but that tasted amazing and came as nice sized portion. We all went with an open mind and, while the other contestants did well, there was no comparison in the taste and love that Chef Henry put into his dish. I talked to many others there that I did not know and only heard compliments on his food and, of course, everyone loved his personality. It was not surprising when he won Fan Favorite.”

Chef Henry was a great fit for this competition as he uses locally sourced ingredients every day at Henry’s Louisiana Grill and grew up on a Louisiana farm not far from the event in central Louisiana.

“As a growing farm boy, my Nanny Castell taught me all about cooking with the fresh foods gathered right where we lived. I was fortunate to be raised with access to and the knowledge of how to cook with local foods—a gift I’ve made it my mission to share with others,” Chandler said. “I’ve brought that tradition to the restaurant, where we use local farm-to-table ingredients in our dishes every day. We have Mama J’s hydroponic lettuce from Cartersville in all of our salads. Our delicious beef comes from Southern River Farms in Augusta. And the grits in our popular Louisiana Shrimp & Grits come from Logan Turnpike Mill in Blairsville. I’m excited about the farm-to-table movement’s support and encouragement of cooking with local foods!”

Over 500 attendees were expected at the event, but recent flooding in Louisiana kept approximately 100 people who had tickets from attending. Chef Eric Cook of New Orleans was awarded the gold medal by the judges’ panel, with silver going to Chef Lee Anne Wong of Honolulu, Hawaii.

About the Chef’s Taste Challenge
The competition was heunspecifiedld as part of the Farm to Table Experience, a public event that explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally through experiential learning. Chefs selected from a pool of candidates for the challenge were given ingredients by lottery and time to fine-tune recipes for the August 19th challenge. Each chef had access to the kitchen, equipment and pantry at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during competition hours. To assist in the creation of their entrees (500 tasting portions), chefs were able to bring with them one sous chef and any additional equipment or spices they liked.

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 aunspecifiedn 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.


BestCare Now Urgent Care to Open Patient-Centered Clinic in Marietta.

August 22, 2016

 Community invited to attend opening events. Clinic offering free sports physicals for children.

BestCare Now Urgent Care is pleased to announce that it will open its flagship location in Marietta, GA on September 1, 2016. At the clinic, BestCare Now’s experienced physicians will treat individuals of all ages with minor to moderate illnesses and injuries, including work-related injuries. For maximum patient convenience, the urgent care center will feature extended hours (8am-8pm, Mon-Fri; 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun) and is located near Walmart and Kroger close to the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Shallowford Road in Marietta.
In addition tBestCare Now Grand Opening Lunch Flyer 8 10 16o providing excellent quality healthcare at a location and time that is convenient for patients, BestCare Now is taking the standard urgent care visit to the next level by focusing on delivering an outstanding patient experience. “We understand that being sick or injured can be both stressful and inconvenient,” says Chrystie Leonard, founding partner. “That’s why we’ve
created a better in-clinic experience. We are focused on getting back to the basics of what a great healthcare experience entails: excellent customer service, a streamlined check-in process with online scheduling available, short wait times to see a doctor, an effective and informative appointment, and of course, lots of care from our staff.”
Dr. Jaime Recasens, BestCare Now Medical Director and attending physician, agrees. “My team and I are so excited to serve the Marietta community and to deliver a better urgent care experience. As I know first-hand, it is so important to every family to have a health care provider that is thorough and kind, yet respectful of their time and their needs. My staff and I are here to be those trusted providers in Marietta, and we can’t wait to meet our new patients.”

Join us for our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting, Kids’ Carnival & FREE Kids’ Sports Physicals

On September 1, BestCare Now will host a ribbon cutting at 11am at the Marietta clinic, 3120 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062. Members of the press and the community are encouraged to attend.  On September 10, BestCare Now will host a free Kids’ Carnival for thBestCare Now Kids Carnival Flyer 8 10 16e community from 2-6pm. The Kids’ Carnival will feature a bouncy house, a magician (magic shows at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm), carnival games, crafts, prizes, and lots of ice cream and treats. Additionally, BestCare Now will be offering free kids’ sports physicals from 3-5pm to the first 20 children that sign up. (First come, first serve. One per family, please. Limit 20 available. After the first 20 spots are taken, BestCare Now will offer patients a 25% off coupon for a physical within two weeks.)

All Grand Opening events will take place at BestCare Now’s Marietta location: 3120 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062. For more details, please visit
About BestCare Now Urgent Care

 Founded in 2015, BestCare Now Urgent Care was created to serve busy individuals and families who need a smart alternative to expensive and time-consuming trips to the Emergency Room or hard-to-schedule visits to a primary care physician. Our founding partners and caring physicians each bring an average of more than 20 years of healthcare experience and are dedicated to making your BestCare Now visit exceptional. BestCare Now offers urgent and general medical care, occupational medicine, physicals, flu shots, lab services and X-rays. Basic urgent care services include, but are not limited to: treatment for cold and cough, flu, cuts and stitches, fractures and broken bones, aches and pains, fever, rashes, bug bites, earaches, dehydration, and infections. The clinic also serves businesses that need assistance with occupational medicine services, including worker’s compensation injuries, pre-employment screenings and testing, and injury and illness prevention.  BestCare Now accepts most major insurance plans and provides cost effective self-pay options at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical services.


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