Zen Monkey's September News and Musings

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It’s reopened! It’s reopened!! It’s reopened!!! The former Dwarf House Chick-fil-A on Bullsboro is back in business as a Truitt’s Chick-fil-A. The earth is back on its axis.
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There are more tigers in captivity in Texas than there are in the wild on the entire earth.
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Stephanie Ray Butcher recently received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during their annual meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held in Salt Lake City, UT.  This award is given to agents with more than 10 years of service in cooperative extension and have exhibited excellence in the field of extension education. This award is only presented to 2% of the county extension educators in Georgia each year.
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Knife and Stone, a farm to table focused restaurant, has opened at 32 Perry St. Chef Jarrod Reeder previously worked at The Tomato House in Senoia.
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You have survived every single bad day so far.
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Greg Wright, longtime director of the Coweta County Economic Development Authority, is stepping down to take a position with Coweta-Fayette EMC. We’ll let him say it in his own words. And we wish him the best:
“After eight years at the Coweta County Development Authority, I have accepted a position with Coweta-Fayette EMC as Senior Director of Community and Economic Development. My last day at the Development Authority will be September 15th, he said in a Facebook post.
“This was not an easy decision for me to make. However, I know that I am going to work for a great company and will still be involved in economic development. That is very important to me.
To my economic development friends – I hope you will take a long, hard look at applying for the job. This really is a special community with government, business and community leaders who understand and appreciate economic development and work together to help make a difference.
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Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth were born in the same year.
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A bear, estimated to weigh around 150 pounds, was found dead along the side of Interstate 85’s south side, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.  The bear was apparently struck by a car and was found near Exit 41.
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Hats off to Nancy Mader, who graces a large poster for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which says “I Volunteer for my daddy and aunt.” She and her fellow members of the Atlanta Affiliate recently won “Affiliate of the Year” for Region 3. Way to continue the fight against this horrible disease.
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Australia has over 10,000 beaches, you could visit a new beach everyday for over 27 years.
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Piedmont Newnan Hospital has unveiled its new $1.2 million Breast Cancer Health Center. The new facility features state-of-the-art Diagnostic Mammograms, 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, and advanced MRI. It’s located on the first floor of the Piedmont Medical Center. The center is the only breast health facility in Coweta County to offer continuum of care for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
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Barcodes are scanned by the white spaces in between the bars instead of the actual black bars.
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A new report from the University of Georgia says one of its sister schools the University of West Georgia, contributed $564 million to the region’s economy during the state’s 2016 fiscal year. UWG’s impact has climbed 22 percent in the last five years, figures from the report show. The university physically spent $348 million, or 62 percent of its impact, according to the report. The remaining $216 million came from respending of those dollars in the region by UWG employees, vendors and other sources. “We are proud of our role as one of the region’s economic drivers,” said UWG President Kyle Marrero, adding that the university is working to an annual impact of $650 million by 2020. “Working together, we all ensure a healthy, growing economy and prepare future leaders and workforce-ready graduates.”
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Newnan’s own Lynn, Smith, who represents our county in the state legislature, was recently re-elected to serve as Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference. The Republican is the only woman to have chaired the committee. The association is made up of lawmakers from 15 Southern states.
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The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce has announced finalists for its 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards presented by SouthTowne Motors and UBS Financial Services, Inc. The judges graded each applicant in six categories: revenue growth, growth strategy, uniqueness, industry longevity, community involvement and chamber involvement.The Top 10 Finalists are: Entrepreneur Category (1-5 employees), Dirt1x, Renee Horton American Family Insurance, Senoia Law Office, Fine Lines Art & Framing; Growth Category (6-19 employees), CMIT Solutions, Stirling Promotions, Monster Tree Service; and Employer Category (20-99 employees), Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts, Peachtree City Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C. and Benton House Senior Living Community.
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The 2017 Honorable Mention Award Winners are Popped! Gourmet Popcorn and Fun Treats, 15 Perry Street Newnan’s Workspace, Blue Fern Merchant, Hair Looms, ORPA Consulting, LLC, Footpaths Aromatic Reflexology, Goldens on the Square, Aquanaut Plumbing, 85 South Out and About, and ValueMax Car Rental.
Results will be announced on Oct. 4 during the Small Business of the Year Awards and Celebration, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan.
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Brian’s Sports Bar is closing down – but reopened on Sunday as “Art & Jake’s Sports Bar.” In a note to customers, management wrote: “We are certain you will love our new look, our new menu, and chef-created daily specials. Art & Jake’s is a family-owned and operated chef-driven company with focus on quality food, prompt service and great value for our guests. You will discover very quickly why our motto is is ‘A sports bar setting with a fine dining flavor.’”
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Set a goal so big you that you can’t achieve it until you grow into a person that can.
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The West Georgia Technical College Foundation has awarded more than 60 scholarships for the Fall Semester, with nearly a quarter of those scholarships coming from new sources. Four new scholarships have been established by the Foundation: the Coweta-Fayette EMC Scholarship, the GreyStone Power Capstone Scholarship, the J. Randy Jackson Legacy Scholarship and the Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship. Fourteen students received funds from these scholarships. “These students have bright futures ahead of them, and I highly commend our donors for their generosity and our Foundation trustees for investing in our students,” said Kim Learnard, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at West Georgia Tech.
 

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