Coweta News, Zen Notes and Musings

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By JOHN A. WINTERS, Publisher

News from here, there and the internet.

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Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s annual philanthropic event – the Piedmont Newnan Soiree – raised more than $160,000. The money goes toward benefitting oncology services at Piedmont Newnan. That includes direct patient care programs, capital needs associated with our oncology programs, and program support for The Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness Center.

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The Butterball hotline answers roughly 100,000 calls every year on its turkey question hotline.

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Dragonflies are one of the most efficient killers in nature, capturing their prey more than 95% of the time. 

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100 Women Who Care awarded its fourth quarter grant to Community Action for Improvement. The $6,500 grant will be used for CAFI’s new playground. Since 2018, the grassroots organization 100 Women Who Care Coweta County, which was launched under the auspices of the Coweta Community Foundation in 2016, has awarded some $115,500 in grants to local nonprofits. 

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The National Turkey Federation says around 45 million turkeys will be eaten on Thanksgiving, which equates to about 720 million pounds of turkey being consumed (with the average turkey size being 16 pounds).

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In 2022,  Yamaha provided  $25,000 in scholarship money to help fund college education. There have been 166 awards totaling $399,000 over the 20-year history of the program. 

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The 1982 movie Poltergeist used real skeletons as props because they were cheaper than plastic skeletons. 

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Piedmont Newnan Hospital received an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2022, a national designation recognizing Piedmont Newnan’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. This is the 16th consecutive grading period Piedmont Newnan has earned an ‘A’ grade, giving the hospital the longest streak of consistent A grades in the state of Georgia.

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Coweta-Fayette EMC awarded $29,926.33 in Bright Ideas Grants to 24 deserving teachers across Coweta County Schools, Fayette County Schools, and Heard County Schools. Earlier this year, several local teachers submitted Bright Idea Grant applications to assist with innovative classroom projects, and 24 were selected as grant recipients. Grants were approved by the Coweta-Fayette Trust Board.

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In 1859, English settler Thomas Austin released only 24 rabbits onto his property in Australia, stating “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting.” By the 1920’s the population of rabbits in Australia reached 10 billion.

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FREYR Battery, a developer of clean, next-generation battery cell production capacity, announced plans to build its planned Giga America battery plant, in Coweta County. The company plans to create 723 new jobs and invest more than $2.57 billion in Coweta County through 2029. The new flagship manufacturing plant will be located at the Bridgeport Industrial Park near Moreland. 

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This year, One Roof Outreach started distributing Thanksgiving meals and turkeys on November 4 and over the next few weeks distributed close to 500 turkeys with all the fixings. The annual give-away was first started with help from Lieutenant Colonel Bob Yeager of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and Colonel Tom Guzzo, a retired US Army Veteran.

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In 1923, a jockey named Frank Hayes suffered a fatal heart attack and died mid-race. His body remained on the horse and crossed the finish line in first place. He had never won a race before in his life.

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