Zen News: Notes on Brooks Elementary, NuLink, Home Helpers and more

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By John A. Winters, Publisher

Notes from the Internet, Underworld and other interesting places …

Coweta County’s Brooks Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The north Coweta school is one of 367 schools nationwide, and only 9 in Georgia, which received the prestigious national designation this year. The recognition is based on a school’s excellent overall academic performance.

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NuLink has closed its downtown Newnan office. Equipment and payment dropbox will be at 70-B Sewell Road, behind Newnan Utilities and across from Carl Miller Park.

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Home Helpers of Georgia and Alabama received the President’s Circle Award during the 2020 Virtual Home Helpers Regional Conference on Sept. 30. The award goes to individual owners/companies which continuously exhibit a strong commitment to their own franchise and the local community, as well as a commitment to the entire Home Helpers franchise community. Home Helpers of GA & AL is located on Bullsboro Drive in Newnan.

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Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia has been named the “Top State for Doing Business” for the seventh year in a row by Area Development. The executive publication’s annual poll of nearly fifty leading site consulting firms from across the U.S. weighs thirteen different factors to make this determination. In addition to Top State, Georgia earned a No. 1 ranking in the category of cooperative and responsive state government.

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Waffle House recently celebrated its 65th birthday, marking a momentous milestone for what might be Georgia’s most universally beloved institution. The diner chain served its first waffle on Sept. 5, 1955 at its first location in Avondale Estates. And since then they’ve served – well, there’s no official count, but it’s a lot of waffles.

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You probably know more Latin, a dead language, than you do Mandarin, the most common native tongue.

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Sky Zone Newnan has closed permanently, according to its Facebook page. “We’d like to thank the community of Newnan for flying high with us over the years. We’ve loved being a part of this community and hope the memories you’ve made with us last a lifetime!” The note said that questions could be sent to [email protected].

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Southern Company ranked second overall in the 2020 Best for Vets: Employers rankings released this month by Military Times. This marks the second consecutive year Southern Company ranked No. 2 on the list. Additionally, Southern Company has been recognized for its efforts to connect and provide veterans with a platform for success for each of the 11 years the list has been published.

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Vampires don’t pee. Since their hearts don’t beat, their kidneys won’t filter the blood.

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Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months—another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, the AP reports. Just Born Quality Confections said it won’t be producing the popular marshmallow sweets for Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day as the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based company prepares for next Easter, PennLive.com reports. Production of the holiday-shaped candies was suspended in the spring as the coronavirus spread across the state. Limited production resumed in mid-May with protocols in place to protect employees, Just Born said.

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Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) said it’s hiring for more than 4,000 jobs available in Georgia as part of plans to add 100,000 new full and part-time jobs across the United States. The jobs offer a starting wage of at least $15 per hour, and in select cities Amazon is offering sign-on bonuses up to $1,000 to new hires.

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Putting child-proof caps on alcohol bottles would reduce adult consumption.

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Coming to Serenbe – Friday, Oct. 2, Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Also, Saturday, Oct. 3, Opera’s Greatest Hits with the ASO. Events will be at “Music in the Meadow,” a new socially-distanced, outdoor concert series at Serenbe featuring music of the ASO. Pre-sale is Thursday, September 16, from 10am — 10pm.

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Chick-fil-A® fans everywhere can recharge and satisfy their sweet tooth this fall with three new menu items rolling out nationwide. Starting September 14, a new Chocolate Fudge Brownie and a new blend of specialty-grade THRIVE Farmers® Hot Coffee will join the menu year-round, while a seasonal Mocha Cream Cold Brew beverage will be available at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants for a limited time. The Chocolate Fudge Brownie, the newest dessert offering from Chick-fil-A, features rich semi-sweet chocolate melted into the batter along with tasty, fudgy chunks. Each decadent treat comes individually wrapped and can be purchased separately or by the tray.

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If dogs could understand people, they probably would like us less.

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The AMC Classic Newnan 10 has closed, according to the company’s website. “We hope to see you at a nearby AMC Theatre.” No other information was given about the closing of the complex on Newnan Station Drive off Bullsboro.

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The fastest-selling flight in Qantas airlines’ history? That would be the “flight to nowhere.” No kidding. People are paying between $575 to $2,765 for a seven-hour flight on the Australia-based airline to get an aerial tour of the Australian outback, the Uluru monolith and the Great Barrier Reef and then back to the airport.

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Water is what a rainbow actually tastes like.

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