Coweta Zen News & Notes: Vanna White, Zaxby’s, Graduation and more

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By JOHN A. WINTERS, Publisher

Notes from here, there and the Internet.

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A new Zaxby’s is being built at 179 Bullsboro Drive. Groundbreaking will begin in the fall with an opening planned in the first quarter of 2022, according to a company spokesperson.

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Most Coweta County students returned to the classroom on Monday, April 12, after school closures following the widespread damage from the March tornado.

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Vanna White of Wheel of Fortune has never worn the same dress twice on the show. She has been through more than 6,500 outfits.

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Students at Atkinson Elementary School and Newnan High School – both of which were damaged significantly during the March 26 storm – returned to classes April 14.  Newnan High students began classes virtually, and Atkinson students held classes in temporary quarters at West Georgia Technical College’s Coweta campus.

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New officers were recently installed for the Newnan chapter of the NAACP.  Immediate past Georgia State President Phyllis Blake, gave the oath of office and installed the following officers: President, Dr. Cynthia Finney; Vice President, Karen Smith; Secretary, Mel Kendrick; and Treasurer, Mary Griggs.

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Economy class passengers have lost up to eight inches of legroom and two inches of seat width since the “Golden Age of Flying.”

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Larry Clifton was recently approved as the new warden of the Coweta County Prison by the Georgia Board of Corrections.. Clifton, a 22-year veteran with the Corrections Division, will succeed long-time Warden Bill McKenzie who retires later this year. The appointment is effective July 1.

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The initial damage assessment following the March tornado that struck Newnan and Coweta County assessment estimates a total of 1,744 impacted homes with approximately 120 sustaining major damage and 70 homes destroyed.

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There are more people who have learned English as a second language than there are native speakers of it.

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The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) said the number of jobs and employment numbers were up in every metropolitan statistical area (MSA) from February to March of 2021. The unemployment rate was down over the month in every MSA. For March, the unemployment rate was down and the labor force and employment numbers were up in every reported regional commission, according to a published report.

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The March 26 tornado that hit Newnan caused more than $75 million in auto and home insurance claims, according to the Georgia Department of Insurance and Fire Safety. Those numbers are based on information from Georgia insurers and does not include commercial property, according to state officials.

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Metallica was the first band to play on all seven continents. They performed live and unamplified in Antarctica so as not to hurt the environment.

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This year’s high school graduations will all be in-person, on the schools’ home fields.  The dates and times are:

Newnan High School graduation will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 27, at Drake Stadium

Northgate High graduation will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 28, at Henry Seldon Field

East Coweta High graduation will be held on at 7 p.m., Friday, May 28, at Shoemake Stadium

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Piedmont Newnan Hospital received an ‘A’ in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national designation recognizing Piedmont Newnan’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. This is the 13th consecutive grading period Piedmont Newnan has earned an ‘A’ grade.

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Coffee is just morning beer.

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East Coweta High School senior Gyeongtae “Sun” Moon named Coweta County’s 2021 STAR Student, and later named the STAR student for Coweta’s region. East Coweta AP Chemistry teacher Candice Mohabir was chosen by Moon as his STAR Teacher, and shares the county-wide honor with him.

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