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Ready. Set. Eat. During Cobb Restaurant Week Presented by Cobb Travel & Tourism

September 15, 2017

Billboard - Cobb Galleria Centre

Foodies rejoice, the 9th annual Cobb Restaurant Week returns September 16 – 23. This is the best time to eat your way around Cobb County. Gas South is the Executive Chef Sponsor. Throughout the week, participating restaurants will offer pre-selected three-course menus for $15, $25 or $35 per person, plus tip, plus tax.

There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch. Simply visit any of the participating restaurants during Sept. 16-23 and select from their special three-course menu. This is a great opportunity to try local restaurants and celebrate their culinary talents, tasteful cuisines and vibrant atmospheres. Diners are encouraged to explore new offerings from favorite restaurants or try dishes from somewhere new.

Participating Restaurants:

  • Andretti Grill
  • Aspens East Cobb
  • Aspens West Cobb
  • Chicago’s Restaurant
  • Chicken and the Egg
  • Cinco Mexican Cantina
  • Cremefina Parlour
  • Crispina Ristorante & Pizzeria
  • Douceur de France
  • Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar
  • Grub Burger Bar
  • Henry’s Louisiana Grill
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • Meehan’s Public House
  • The Melting Pot
  • Murph’s
  • Old Vinings Inn
  • Piastra
  • The Rotisserie Shop
  • Seed Kitchen & Bar
  • Stem Wine Bar
  • Terrapin Taproom & Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
  • Todd English Tavern

Visit the Cobb Restaurant Week website at to access the full list of restaurants and menus. Follow us on Twitter @TravelCobb for everything food in Cobb County and become our fans on our Facebook page, /cobbtravelandtourism, for even more foodie tips, photos and to win prizes. Be sure to use #COBBRW2017 or #COBBFOODIE when talking about Cobb Restaurant Week on social media!

Thank you to our sponsors, Gas South, KSU Sports and Entertainment Park, Clear Channel Outdoor, Marietta Daily Journal, and OpenTable.

We are confident that you will find Cobb Restaurant Week a great opportunity to support the local dining community by exploring the newest restaurants and hitting up old favorites.

For more information about Cobb Restaurant Week, visit

About Cobb Travel & Tourism
Cobb Travel & Tourism is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, working to bring visitors to Cobb County. CT&T is the only organization positioned to market Cobb County and all of its assets as a 365-day destination. As the leading industry in Cobb County, tourism has significant economic impact. Tourism represents a $2.8 billion economic impact and supports more than 30,000 jobs. Tourism in Cobb County created $71.2 million in state tax revenues and generated $44.9 million for Cobb and its cities in tax revenues.


WellStar Health System Opens Third Health Park

September 12, 2017

VHP - EXTERIOR 2_2017_FLAGWellStar Health System today announced the opening of its third health park in Cobb County. The WellStar Vinings Health Park, a three-level, 162,000 square-foot facility, will open Monday, September 11 and provide an array of outpatient services to residents of South Cobb, Smyrna and Vinings. 170907B_570_Ribbon Cutting PhotoA health park brings outpatient and physician services directly to the community. Residents no longer will have to endure long drive times, frustrating traffic congestion and multiple trips to different facilities to access health services.

“At WellStar, we are committed to delivering high quality care to our patients, at the right place and at the right time,” said Candice Saunders, president & CEO of WellStar Health System. “The WellStar Vinings Health Park, like our other two health parks, is an innovative approach that provides our communities with a convenient close to home option, for all their outpatient healthcare needs.”

WellStar Vinings Health Park is the third health park for WellStar. WellStar Acworth Health Park opened in 2012 and WellStar East Cobb Health Park opened in 2014. The community has embraced these facilities, which are expected to serve a combined 412,000 patients in 2017. WellStar will break ground on a fourth health park in Cherokee County soon.

“WellStar pioneered the concept of health parks in Georgia, where consumers can receive outpatient services close to home,” said Kem Mullins, executive vice president of Ambulatory Services and Business Development. “Our two existing health parks have experienced tremendous growth since opening, demonstrating the value of bringing convenient, high-quality care to the community.”

WellStar Vinings Health Park will bring 175 jobs to the community.  In all, WellStar’s three health parks have brought 600 jobs to Cobb County.

Vinings Health Park will offer the following services:

  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Center (Imaging, Women’s Imaging, Lab & Pre-Admission Testing)
  • Urgent Care Center
  • Cardiac Diagnostics
  • Sleep Center
  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (OrthoSport WellStar)
  • Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Retail Pharmacy
  • Community Education & Wellness Center

These services will be integrated with a multi-specialty mix of physicians to include a strong foundation of primary care, internal medicine, pediatric and OB/GYN physicians.  Specialists will include: cardiologists, pulmonologists, ENT, gastroenterologists, vascular surgery, general surgery, allergy/asthma, endocrinology, urology, orthopedics, rheumatology, colon and rectal surgery.

WellStar Vinings Health Park will be located at 4441 Atlanta Rd. SE, in Smyrna near I-285 and Cumberland Parkway.

 About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 250 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit

7th Annual Hammer Down 5K Presented by JE Dunn Will Benefit Local Charities

September 12, 2017

The 7th annual Hammer Down 5K presented by JE Dunn is coming up on Saturday, October 14th beginning at the offices of JE Dunn Construction, 2555 Cumberland Parkway SE in Atlanta. The 5K race will begin at 8:30 a.m., with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. A 1K Fun Run will start at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from the race will benefit kidz2leaders’ Camp Hope, and Feeding the Homeless Project.  This year these charities will be joined by Orange Duffle Bag Initiative. In the history of the race over $225,000 has been donated to worthy charities. Last year’s race raised $30,000 for each non-profit, kidz2leaders and Feeding the Homeless Project.

The race course is USATF Certified and a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier.  In addition to awards in age categories, the race will also challenge runners to achieve the fastest time up the Quarter Mile King/Queen of the Hill, beginning on Bert Adams Drive and reaching the top of Mt Wilkerson Pkwy.

Registration fee for the 5K is $25, late registration is $30. The 1K Fun Run registration fee is $10.  Participants may register in advance at or on race day. Race packets will be available for pick up on Thursday, 12, 2017, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at West Stride located at 3517 Northside Parkway #11 Atlanta, GA 30327, or on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The race is a family friendly event with activities for children.

 About kidz2leaders
Founded in 1999, kidz2leaders®, inc. exists to help change the lives of prisoners’ children and to break the vicious cycle of incarceration. kidz2leaders, inc. helps them rise above their circumstances, teaches them to become leaders and provides a life of hope through Christian programming and a fun environment. At the organization’s 15th anniversary, kidz2leaders had served over 500 children in the metro-Atlanta area. For additional information on both kidz2leaders and Camp Hope visit:

About Feeding The Homeless Project
Feeding the Homeless Project, Inc. (FTHP) has evolved from a grass roots organization of passionate volunteers to a functioning non-profit that is financially sustaining itself.  Our stated mission is to bring attention to the plight of the homeless in Atlanta and to provide an organization that allows volunteers to become directly involved in an effort to provide hot meals to the less fortunate.  We are proud to state that we are succeeding in these initial objectives of our mission statement. For additional information visit

About Orange Duffel Bag Initiative
The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative (ODBI) 501(c)(3) public charity provides high school and college students who are homeless, in foster care or experiencing high poverty, evidence-informed coaching programs to improve students’ education success, ongoing advocacy, support to their guardians and caring adults, and service to the community. Programs include the 12-Week After School Program, which offers executive level certified coaching to high school students, and Coaching for College Completion, which helps young adults with limited resources create an education plan and connects them to solutions for post-secondary success.

About JE Dunn
JE Dunn Construction, founded in 1924, is one of the largest general building contractors in the United States, providing construction management services through 20 offices nationwide, and self-perform services at select locations. JE Dunn’s Atlanta office, established in 1985 and recognized for leadership in both green and lean construction practices and for community philanthropy, services an array of market sectors, including healthcare, higher education, K-12, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, mission critical, and aviation. Atlanta is also headquarters for JE Dunn’s East Region. The Atlanta office’s portfolio includes repeat work for clients including Atlanta Public Schools, Gwinnett Medical Center, Georgia Institute of Technology and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The JE Dunn organization is employee and family owned, and today is represented by three generations of the Dunn family in its day-to-day operations.


Atlanta Braves Create Leadership Institute Session One to Take Place Wednesday, September 13 with SunTrust

September 11, 2017

The Atlanta Braves have partnered with Cobb County and Marietta City Schools to create the Atlanta Braves Leadership Institute, a program designed to develop student leaders and provide them with impactful leadership skills.  The Atlanta Braves Leadership Institute will engage local high school students with relevant content, expose them to leadership insights, and equip them with the tools needed to make a tangible difference in their community.

For the first installment, on Wednesday, September 13, the Braves partner with SunTrust for a session called “Lead Yourself.”  SunTrust representatives will teach students to take responsibility for themselves and their future.

Jenna Kelly, SunTrust President and CEO of the Atlanta Division will greet students and Brian Ford, SunTrust Financial Well-Being Executive, will share practical tips for students so that they may understand financial stability and how it empowers other areas of life.

“SunTrust is proud to partner with the Braves to empower youth with financial confidence,” said  Jenna Kelly. “Programs such as the Leadership Institute play an important role in shaping future leaders, and we believe it’s critical for them to have a strong foundation in financial literacy. It is how we activate our purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being.”

 The students will also participate in a DISC assessment to learn about their strengths and weaknesses so that they may develop strategies to meet the demands of their environment, hear from a former Braves player to understand what investments they made in themselves that led them to their success and visit the SunTrust OnUp Experience where they will participate in interactive activities that focus on financial confidence.

“The Atlanta Braves are honored to launch this exciting new program, and this first session with SunTrust to impact the next generation of leaders,” said Ericka Newsome, Atlanta Braves director of community affairs. “The students will get to participate in thought provoking Q&A sessions with highly respected corporate and civic leaders and learn from some of the very best in Atlanta.”

Launched for the 2017-2018 school year, 68 high school students representing all 17 Cobb County and Marietta City high schools participate in this yearlong leadership experience. The program includes four unique leadership experiences, and a celebration event that will include a signature community impact project.

About Atlanta Braves
Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves are the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Since 1991, Braves teams have earned two National League wild cards, 15 division championships, five National League pennants, and a World Series title. Atlanta Braves games are telecast on Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast. Radio broadcasts can be heard in Atlanta on 680 the Fan (AM), WYAY-FM (106.7) and regionally on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network. Follow the Braves at,, and


WellStar Foundation 24th Annual Golf Classic Raises $190,000 to Enhance Healthcare in the Community

September 9, 2017


The WellStar Foundation hosted its 24th Annual Golf Classic at the Marietta Country Club on August 28. The event raised nearly $190,000 to advance emergency and trauma services across WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia.

“What makes the WellStar Foundation so unique is every dollar raised supports the mission,” said Carole Kell, WellStar Foundation Board of Trustees Chair. “This year, 100 percent of donations received through the Golf Classic went toward improving access to quality emergency and trauma care. I am grateful to all the corporate sponsors who contributed to such a vital, community resource.”

Cigna supported the event as Presenting Sponsor. Bunker Sponsors included AMR; Avectus Healthcare Solutions; BDR Partners; Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors; Deloitte; DHG Healthcare; Green, Sapp & Moriarty, LLP; Hollis Cobb Associates; Inglett & Stubbs, Inc.; JE Dunn Construction; Medline Industries; MembersFirst Credit Union; Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP; S.A. White Oil Company, Inc.; Witt/Kieffer. Additional businesses within the community also sponsored the event.

For more information on all WellStar Foundation events or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit or call 770-956-GIVE (4483).

About the WellStar Foundation
For more than 30 years, the WellStar Foundation has been at the forefront of securing life-saving resources for the WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia. As a not-for profit, donations from individuals, businesses and community organizations are critical for WellStar to achieve world-class healthcare. The Foundation reinvests 100 percent of every dollar donated toward initiatives that advance the level of healthcare provided to WellStar communities through improved patient services and assistance for those in need. To learn more, visit or call 770-956-GIVE (4483).

SunTrust Park Named 2017 Ballpark of the Year

September 8, 2017


When SunTrust Park opened in April 2017, it was praised as a model for MLB teams as they move forward on new-ballpark plans or renovations to existing facilities. The Atlanta Braves pulled off a project that combines a great ballpark with integrated development and year-round use, making it the choice of Ballpark of the Year from Ballpark Digest, the Internet resource specializing in ballparks and the business of baseball.

“With an absolute commitment to the best fan experience possible, SunTrust Park was the obvious choice for our Ballpark of the Year,” said Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard. “You begin with a great design, surround it with great amenities like The Battery and office/hotel space, and then you watch fans come out in droves to a Braves game. SunTrust Park is a great blueprint for any ballpark development coming down the pike in the next decade.”

“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said Terry McGuirk, Braves Chairman and CEO. “Our hope with this project was to have something for everyone inside SunTrust Park and to have a place for our fans to go before and after games. An award like this confirms we took the right path.”

What makes SunTrust Park a template for future ballparks? Several factors stand out:

  • SunTrust Park is the center of a larger development that includes office space, a hotel and an entertainment district—The Battery. The ballpark is purposely designed to be a year-round economic player in Cobb County, serving as a center of activity even when there are no MLB games on the docket.
  • Community is everything at SunTrust Park, with social spaces available for both small and large groups. The ballpark is designed to appeal to every kind of baseball fan, ranging from hardcore Braves game-day devotees to casual fans wanting to hang out with friends on a sunny day.
  • Southern hospitality is on full display at SunTrust Park, with a robust set of food and beverage offerings, including local specialties and even a microbrewery.
  • A unique design that takes a challenging location and turns it into an intimate, fan-forward ballpark with plenty of unique vantages and viewpoints. The Braves’ history, ranging from the team’s roots in Boston to Henry Aaron to more recent World Series wins, is highlighted in a unique Monument Garden. And there is truly a space to match the needs of every fan.

“Inspiration from the culture and history of both Atlanta and the Braves organization allowed us to design SunTrust Park to be an icon of southern hospitality,” said Earl Santee, Populous Principal in Charge. “From the kid’s zone to the clubs and rooftop decks, SunTrust Park is truly a place where people love to be together and a model for future Major League Baseball ballparks.”

“What we really loved at SunTrust Park were the small, personal touches in a ballpark seating more than 41,000 fans,” Reichard added. “Whether it’s the refrigerated drink holders in the Chop House or 300-year-old repurposed timber in the Champions Suites, there is an incredible attention to detail at SunTrust Park. It makes for a great experience, no matter if a fan is there for the first time or the 50th.”

SunTrust Park joins a distinguished list of ballparks honored by Ballpark Digest as Ballpark of the Year, including Minnesota’s Target Field (2010), Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park (2016), St. Paul’s CHS Field (2015), El Paso’s Southwest University Park (2014), and Arizona’s Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (2011).

More on SunTrust Park and why it’s Ballpark Digest’s Ballpark of the Year can be found here:

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Atlanta Braves Welcome Displaced Florida Residents with Free Tickets to the Miami Marlins Series

September 8, 2017

bravesThe Atlanta Braves are extending an invitation to any Florida resident who has evacuated to Georgia to be their guests for the next four nights at SunTrust Park.

Florida residents can come to the Braves ticket office on the day of the game, show their valid Florida I.D. and receive a complimentary ticket.

“We know how difficult it has been for those who have had to pack up and leave their homes as Hurricane Irma approaches,” said Derek Schiller, Braves President of Business.  “We hope we can help take their mind off the storm for a few hours by coming to enjoy a baseball game at SunTrust Park.”

The Braves begin a four-game series with the Miami Marlins last night at 7:35.  Game times for the other games are as follows:  today at 7:35, Saturday at 7:00 and Sunday at 1:35.