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LIFE U DONATES DESKS TO AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

January 19, 2022

Life University (Life U) recently donated 50 school desks to benefit Family Connection and Communities in Schools of Glascock County (FCCIS-GC, Inc.), with assistance from the Communities in Schools of Georgia (CISGA) and The Home Depot.

Life U Executive Director of Development Angela Getter coordinated with CISGA Board Member Arlethia Perry-Johnson and State Director, President and CEO of CISGA Carol Lewis to rehome these vital resources. Life U became a financial supporter of CISGA in 2021, so this donation is yet another extension of that commitment.

“Life U is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world, and during this 2021 festive season, we were honored to gift more than 400 school desks to a variety of Georgia schools,” Life U Vice President of University Advancement and Enrollment Dr. Gilles LaMarche said.

CISGA serves as a statewide drop-out prevention organization working in schools and beyond. CISGA accepted the donation of 50 desks and reached out to a local partner that would most benefit from them. Thus the desks found their home at FCCIS-GC, INC., headed by Executive Director Wanda Davis.

FCCIS-GC, Inc. has approximately 150 students enrolled in an after-school program empowering kids to complete school and to avoid potentially harmful activities. It provides a safe environment for them during high-risk hours.

Life U and CISGA worked together to arrange the challenging logistics of transporting 50, 20-pound desks. Perry-Johnson recognized that additional support was required and reached out to fellow CISGA board members Lionel Leganeur and Joseph Lillybad, as well as placing a call to the Head of The Home Depot Foundation to seek their assistance.

Despite the fact that this occurred during their critical holiday business season, The Home Depot’s Executive Vice President Teresa Roseborough quickly granted an urgent request for support by providing trucking transportation and packing material for the desks.

With Roseborough’s green light for support, Legagneur picked up the baton to aid with the logistics. The project was finalized, and the desks began their move to their new home on January 3. This project was made possible thanks to the tireless work of these individuals and many volunteers. This includes designated Life U on-campus labor support, three site coordinators from CIS affiliate CISGA in Troup County and more.

“We could not have supplied the after-school program in Glascock County with this much-needed classroom furniture without the charity and goodwill of our partners and donors, both Life U and The Home Depot,” Lewis said. “Because of the generosity of all involved with this endeavor, more school-age youth facing barriers to academic achievement will experience the benefits of high-quality, well-equipped after-school programming.”

Founded in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its College of Chiropractic, the largest single-campus College of Chiropractic in the world. Students can pursue 14 undergraduate degrees; a pre-chiropractic, degree-seeking pathway; and three graduate degrees within the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Some degree programs are offered to distance learners through the College of Online Education.

Life University strives to empower its students to succeed both professionally and personally. Life U advances a leading-edge approach to higher education while also remaining true to the University’s philosophical commitment to produce informed leaders who exemplify humanistic values in their professions. To achieve this goal, Life U recognizes and demonstrates its dedication through three official Life University Values: Lasting Purpose, Vitalism and Integrity.

Life U’s 110-acre campus just northwest of Atlanta is home to more than 2,800 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who come from all 50 United States and more than 65 countries. For more information about Life University, visit life.edu.

New Chicken Salad Chick restaurant opening in Dawsonville, Feb. 9

January 18, 2022

Fast-casual eatery to offer local grand opening specials and giveaways, including FREE chicken salad for a year!

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, is bringing its famed, fresh product to Dawson County as the company announces the opening of its first Dawsonville restaurant. The grand opening of the new restaurant, located in Dawson Market Place shopping center at 12 Dawson Market Place in Dawsonville, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 9 with a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. and doors officially opening at 10 a.m. The first 100 guests will receive free chicken salad for a year.

“The Dawsonville community has long been on our radar as an ideal location for Chicken Salad Chick, and we look forward to living out our core mission to spread joy, enrich lives and serve others as we open the doors to our northernmost Georgia restaurant,” said Chicken Salad Chick President and CEO Scott Deviney. “Whether it’s their first time visiting one of our restaurants or they’re a lifelong fan, we look forward welcoming our neighbors in Dawson County and the surrounding communities as we further our footprint and commitment to the region.”

Dawsonville guests will be able to choose from over a dozen delicious specialty chicken salad recipes. With locations across the metro-area – including Alpharetta, Buckhead, Cumming, Peachtree City, Roswell, Marietta and Vinings – Chicken Salad Chick continues to rapidly expand throughout the state. The Dawsonville location will serve as the brand’s 19th company-owned restaurant in Georgia and the 37th statewide.

Guests can enter to win free chicken salad for a year by liking the restaurant’s page at facebook.com/ChickenSaladChickDawsonvilleGA now through grand opening week. To celebrate this highly anticipated affair, locals are invited to experience the southern hospitality that Chicken Salad Chick is known for through giveaways and specials at the new restaurant:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 – Free Chicken Salad for a Year: The first 100 guests to arrive to the new Dawsonville location and purchase The Chick will receive one free large Quick Chick per month for 12 months. From this group, one lucky guest will also be randomly selected to receive one free large Quick Chick per week for 52 weeks. *
  • Thursday, Feb. 10 – Free Chick Tumbler: The first 50 guests at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. who purchase the Chick Trio will receive a free 24 oz. Chicken Salad Chick tumbler. ***
  • Friday, Feb. 11 – Free Chick Tote Bag: The first 50 guests at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. who purchase the Chick Trio will receive a free Chicken Salad Chick Tote Bag. *
  • Saturday, Feb. 12 – Free Large Chick Salad Chick Cooler: The first 50 guests to arrive at 10 a.m. and purchase two large Quick Chicks will receive a free Chicken Salad Chick cooler! *

*Guests should start arriving at 7 a.m. to check in. The first 100 guests will be assigned a number and a designated return time between 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Upon return, guests will make a purchase of “The Chick” (or greater value) and enter a code on the Chicken Salad Chick app to officially secure their reward. Guests who are late or miss their return time will lose their spot to the next guest in-line. Guests will receive their first free Large Quick Chick electronically to their Chicken Salad Chick App the Monday following Grand Opening Day.

**Must download the Chicken Salad Chick App and be 16 years or older to purchase. Not valid with any other offers. Limit 1 reward per guest present.

***Does not include drink or unlimited refills on initial or future visits.

The first 50 guests to arrive at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday to order the “Chick Trio” or a menu item of greater value can claim their prize. One prize per person present. 

Chicken Salad Chick offers over a dozen delicious specialty chicken salad recipes served from the heart. In addition to the restaurant’s signature chicken salad flavors, other menu items include fresh salads, sides, soups and full-service catering, all available from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Powder Springs ‘State of the City’ Town Hall Set for Jan. 25

January 14, 2022

The City of Powder Springs will hold its first quarterly town hall of 2022 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Tapp Middle School.


As in past years, the first town hall of the year will be the “State of the City,” with
Mayor Al Thurman and the Powder Springs City Council presenting the status of
city initiatives, accomplishments of the past year and what is to come in 2022 and
beyond.


A Q&A session will conclude the event.


The town hall is being held at Tapp Middle School to allow for social distancing.
Attendees are asked to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
during this time of high transmission.

Life University Sports Information Director (SID) Receives Small College SID of the Year Award

January 14, 2022

Life University (Life U) congratulates Sports Information Director (SID) Billy Mangum for his recent selection as 2020-2021 Small College SID of the Year by the National Wrestling Media Association (NWMA).


The NWMA is a national professional organization for journalists who cover the sport of amateur wrestling. The organization covers Division I collegiate athletics all the way through to junior college level.
Each scholastic year, the NWMA designates two SID award recipents, one for NWMA Divison I SID of the Year and one for NWMA Small College SID of the Year. The NWMA Small College SID of the Year award recognizes a Sports Information Director of distinction that represents any national collegiate sports program not defined as Division I. Potential candidates are nominated by a NWMA board member and decided by a board vote.


“I think it’s a huge honor to be recognized for an award, given that a lot of the time the sports information world is behind-the-scenes work—the long hours and working with the coaches, the athletes. It’s really humbling to step back, appreciate that and get the recognition for so many different things we do behind the scenes,” Mangum said.


Along with Assistant Sports Information Director Coy Gill, Mangum plays a major role in highlighting the successes of the Life U Running Eagles for all 23 sports offered at Life U. This includes managing the main athletics website, as well as all social media platforms related to Life U Athletics. Team schedules, press releases, graphic design, coordinating photography, traveling to events for coverage and sharing information with other schools and outside media are all responsibilities of an SID.

Though technically the award is an individual achievement, Mangum is quick to point out that truly it is “a team award.”


“Without [the Life U Athletics team], there is no success and no opportunities for this kind of recognition. It takes a village to enable me to have success or be able to cover our Men’s Wrestling team winning a National Championship or our Women’s Wrestling team winning National Duals and a National Championship,”Mangum said.


Though not an exhaustive list by any means, Mangum wants to thank Director of Athletics Jayme Pendergast as the “Captain of the ship,” as well as his assistant Coy Gill and the Men’s and Women’s Wrestling Head Coaches respectively, Omi Acosta and Ashley Flavin.


Founded in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its College of Chiropractic, the largest single-campus College of Chiropractic in the world. Students can pursue 14 undergraduate degrees; a pre-chiropractic, degree-seeking pathway; and three graduate degrees within the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. Some degree programs are offered to distance learners through the College of Online Education.


Life University strives to empower its students to succeed both professionally and personally. Life U advances a leading-edge approach to higher education while also remaining true to the University’s philosophical commitment to produce informed leaders who exemplify humanistic values in their professions. To achieve this goal, Life U recognizes and demonstrates its dedication through three official Life University Values: Lasting Purpose, Vitalism and Integrity.


Life U’s 110-acre campus just northwest of Atlanta is home to more than 2,800 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who come from all 50 United States and more than 65 countries.


For more information about Life University, visit life.edu.
For more information about Life U Athletics, visit liferunningeagles.com.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to celebrate FruiTea Bubbles Café

January 14, 2022

FruiTea Bubbles Café has invited city and county officials to attend its ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 14, 2022.

FruiTea Bubbles Café is pleased to announce that it will hold a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for its recently renovated tea shop onsite Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:00am. 
 
“We’re happy to introduce our popular concept to the community and those who helped bring this dream to fruition,” said Lisa Lindsay, the owner of FruiTea Bubbles Café. “The ribbon-cutting ceremony for FruiTea Bubbles Café marks the launch of a new era in Smyrna.” 
 

FruiTea Bubbles Café is the new premier tea shop in Smyrna, GA. The menu was specially crafted to offer a delicious and exemplary experience to all guests alike. The best time of the day will be tea time as guests can choose from milk teas, fruit teas, iced teas, flavored lemonades, hot teas, and sweet treats. Each drink comes with the option to add flavored popping pearls or tapioca pearls, also known as boba. Additionally, FruiTea Bubbles Café will sell delectable sugar and gluten free food options for everyone to enjoy.   

The new bubble tea cafe is located in the heart of downtown Smyrna, with City Hall as its neighbor. Perfectly placed in the Smyrna Village, guests and local residents will have plenty of access to parking and could possibly even walk from home. The beautiful 1300 sq ft location started as a blank slate with just 4 plain walls and a vision. The owner quickly executed her plan in just a few months and designed a visually appealing concept. She and her team managed to turn those 4 walls into a kitchen, retail space, dining area, and plenty of counter space for the staff. Lisa Lindsay dreamt of a place where local families could enjoy tea and treats in a relaxing setting; after finishing renovations, she realized that she had done just that. 

FruiTea Bubbles Café plans to follow up the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with a Grand Opening Weekend celebration that will wrap up on Monday. FruiTea Bubbles Café looks forward to getting well acquainted with the local community and the surrounding areas. 

Capital City Bank Group Foundation Awards Nearly $200K to Local Charitable Institutions

January 14, 2022

Donating Annually for Over 35 Years to Nonprofits Across Florida, Georgia and Alabama

Capital City Bank Group (CCBG) Foundation – a nonprofit organization created in 1983 by Capital City Bank Group, Inc. – has donated annually for 38 years to charitable institutions across the Capital City footprint in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. During the 2021 grant cycle, the CCBG Foundation reinvested $188,300 into more than 275 local charitable institutions. Donations were awarded to recipients by way of dedicated grants, academic scholarships, memorial gifts and the CCBG Foundation matching gifts program throughout the year to organizations such as Interfaith Food Closet, Child Advocacy Center of Gainesville, Make-A-Wish Georgia, Bradford County Community Faith Center, Grady County Fine Arts Project, Citrus Hearing Impaired Program Services, Partnership for Strong Families, Alzheimer’s Project, Inc., Warriors Wellness and Recovery Ranch, Inc., Tallahassee Senior Citizens Foundation, Boyz to Kings, United Way of St. Johns County, East Alabama Food Bank and Florida Wild Mammal Association, Inc. The contributions provided by the CCBG Foundation help nonprofits carry on the mission of the Foundation to enhance the quality of life for countless local citizens.

“At Capital City Bank, we’re committed to building strong communities in the areas where we do business,” said Bill Smith, Capital City Bank Group chairman, president and CEO. “Community involvement and giving back have been part of our DNA since our founding in 1895 and were the fueling spirit behind the establishment of the Capital City Bank Group Foundation. We’re thankful to be able to provide continued support to our local nonprofits and make a positive impact in our communities year after year.”

The grants provided by the Foundation are intended to help organizations enhance the lives of local residents through community-based projects.

The CCBG Foundation provides grants to nonprofits, charitable organizations and institutions exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the CCBG Foundation is to invest in initiatives that benefit local communities. Most of the funds are distributed to specific areas of focus, including: arts/culture, children/youth services, economic/community development, education, health/sciences and human services.

For more information on the Capital City Bank Group Foundation, please visit www.ccbgfoundation.org.

About Capital City Bank Group, Inc.
Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCBG) is one of the largest publicly traded financial holding companies headquartered in Florida and has approximately $4 billion in assets. We provide a full range of banking services, including traditional deposit and credit services, mortgage banking, asset management, trust, merchant services, bankcards, securities brokerage services and life insurance. Our bank subsidiary, Capital City Bank, was founded in 1895 and now has 57 banking offices and 86 ATMs/ITMs in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. For more information about Capital City Bank Group, Inc., visit www.ccbg.com.

Atlanta’s Long-Standing Communications Agency Puts the Community First

January 13, 2022

The Partnership supports communities across the Southeast, contributing nearly $30,000 in financial support towards community and scholastic initiatives.

The Partnership, recipient of the 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter Award, selected 2021 Cobb Chamber Top 30 Small Business of the Year, and highlighted in both Cobb In Focus and Empower ATL Magazines for its creativity and excellence in marketing and brand communications, provided nearly $30,000 in financial support for community programming and initiatives across the Southeast.

Heavily engaged in volunteerism and philanthropy, The Partnership focused support during 2021 on higher education, elementary school programming, non-profits, and youth development organizations. Selected organizations initiatives provided scholarship support, life-skill trainings, educational, and behavioral services, with a majority servicing underserved communities of women and at-risk youth affected by homelessness, unemployment, and challenged hardships.

“The Partnership believes in togetherness and supporting both public and private initiatives that strive for advancement, empowering communities – with a focus for those that are underserved,” said Shaheen Solomon, director of public relations. “As an engaged advocate and community partner, we’re supportive in the advancement of the surrounding communities and will continue to be active through volunteerism, community engagement, and philanthropy as a driven agency that keeps its pulse on the issues that matter most.”

Organizations supported by The Partnership included the University of West Georgia, Sanders Elementary School in Austell, Down 7 Up 8, Inc., and the Georgia Middle School Athletic Association.

The Partnership is Atlanta’s oldest full-standing marketing communications agency, specializing in public relations, creative storytelling, web design, and digital development. For additional details, contact Shaheen Solomon at shaheen@ThePartnership.com or 470-889-8092. To find out more about The Partnership, visit www.ThePartnership.com.

About The Partnership

The Partnership is Atlanta’s oldest-standing full-service marketing, branding, and public relations independent agency specializing in agriculture, healthcare, government, real estate, and academia – providing business solutions for over 40 years. The company prides itself on partnerships that rely on building deeper, more meaningful relationships between consumers and brands.

GHC PLANS TO EXPAND THIS SUMMER WITH NEW MARIETTA LOCATION ON NORTHCHASE PARKWAY

January 13, 2022

Starting this summer, Georgia Highlands College (GHC) brings even greater access to one of the most affordable colleges in the state and country to Marietta. GHC’s newest location will be at 1090 Northchase Parkway.

The former GHC Marietta location was a small site opened on the Southern Polytechnic State University campus in 2005 (now Kennesaw State University).

GHC is a state college in the University System of Georgia (USG) and currently offers over 40 areas of study both in the classroom and online with associate degree and bachelor’s degree options at one of the most affordable rates in the state and country with a cost of less than $8,000 and less than $16,000 respectively.

GHC students will kick off summer semester in June at the new location. The Northchase Center is currently undergoing renovations to further meet the needs of students and the community ahead of the opening of GHC’s new site.

Periodic updates on the renovations and move can be found at followme.highlands.edu

“One of our chief goals at GHC is to provide opportunity to students through access to a college degree with little to no debt after graduating,” Marietta Campus Dean Ken Reaves said. “We do this through a range of degree options, flexible scheduling, and career-focused outcomes that put traditional students as well as students who may have full time jobs and families to take care at the center of everything we do. We see student success at our college as graduating from a high-quality program for a low cost and ready for a career or ready to pursue a higher college degree program.”

Reaves added that moving to this new location in Marietta will allow GHC to increase its presence in Marietta and continue serving as the USG’s primary access institution in the region.

GHC’s Marietta location will be moving from 1100 South Marietta Parkway to 1090 Northchase Parkway.

To apply for summer semester at GHC, visit go.highlands.edu to get started. The deadline to apply is May 15th.

CROY EXPANDS MARKETING TEAM IN MARIETTA WITH HIRE OF LUCI HOGUE

January 11, 2022

Full-service consulting firm Croy Engineering announced the addition of Luci Hogue as a Senior Communications Specialist. Based at Croy’s Marietta office location, Hogue will support the firm’s marketing, communications, and branding efforts, while helping to expand the firm’s footprint across the Southeast through external outreach efforts.

“We welcome Luci to Croy and are excited about the range of experience, fresh ideas, and positive attitude she brings to our team,” says Eddie Wade, PE, Executive Vice President at Croy. “We know her contributions will enable us to better serve our clients and continue to excel as a firm.”

In 2018, Hogue graduated from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business with a degree in Marketing. Her background has included positions with The Battery Atlanta, Town Center Community Improvement District (CID), and Bull Realty, where she has honed her knowledge in marketing and communication trends. In these roles, Hogue’s responsibilities have ranged from managing all marketing and media efforts, navigating press relations, and connecting property owners and constituents with needed resources.

“Having a background in marketing is exciting because it can be applied to nearly any field, including engineering,” Hogue says. “The work of engineers often has a wide impact on communities, and I look forward to enhancing my knowledge of and promoting this industry at Croy.”

An active member of the Cobb County community, Hogue currently serves on the Cobb Young Professionals Steering Committee, where she helps plan the group’s focus and event schedule for each year, and participates in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Leadership Cobb program. Hogue and her husband, Jim, live in Smyrna, GA.

Luci Hogue – Senior Communications Specialist for Croy Engineering.

ABOUT CROY

Croy is an award-winning, full-service consulting engineering firm with locations in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. With experience on projects across the Southeast, Croy leverages its strong local presence and deep community ties to offer a range of services, including aviation, environmental, land and right-of-way acquisition, landscape architecture, planning, site development, surveying, transportation, traffic, and municipal engineering, to local and national clients. Learn more at croyengineering.com or connect on any of the firm’s social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.

Town Center at Cobb races into the winter season with the Frozen 5K, Jan. 22

January 7, 2022

Town Center at Cobb is kicking off 2022 with the Frozen 5K and Snowflake 1K. The races, both available virtual and in-person, will begin at 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 and will be followed with an award ceremony with accolades for the best overall male and female; master overall male and female; and top three males/females in five age group categories, from 14 and under to 70 and older. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite fairy tale character for a chance to win amazing prizes!

There is a strict 400-person limit for the in-person 5K. All finishers in both the 5K and 1K will receive a shirt and medal, and virtual participants will be able to submit their race times from January 16 and January 23. Instructions on submitting virtual run times can be found here.

WHAT: Town Center at Cobb Frozen 5K and Snowflake 1K

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022

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

HOW: Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit bit.ly/TCCFrozen5K to register or for more information.

For more information, please visit towncenteratcobb.com. Connect with Town Center at Cobb on Facebook and Instagram.