Zen Notes: Bonne Bedingfield, Will Smith, Turin Tractor Pull and more

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By JOHN A. WINTERS, Publisher

Notes from here, there and the Internet …

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was once again named as the most efficient airport in the world, according to the Air Transportation Society. This is the 18th consecutive year Hartsfield has won the award. ATRS, determines the award by measuring and comparing the operational and management efficiency, cost competitiveness, and financial performances for more than 200 airports worldwide. 

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San Francisco is offering to pay people $300 a month – if they promise not to shoot each other, according to a published report. Set to start in October, the city will offer gift cards as an incentive for prospective criminals to lay down their guns. ‘Called the Dream Keeper Fellowship, the pilot program will kick off with 10 individuals who are deemed at high risk of committing a shooting or being shot, paying them $300 to act as ‘public safety ambassadors.’’

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Apparently, someone (or thing, you never know) is dumping hundreds of decapitated goats into the Chattahoochee River, according to Channel 2 Action News. No, we are not making this up. And it has been going on for some time now.

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Cyndi Hoffman, animal warden for the Newnan Police Department, was recently named the Georgia Animal Control Officer of the Year by her peers. Congratulations!

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Vegans eat vegetables that were harvested by a tractor that is burning fossil fuels created from dead animals.

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The Hop, or rather House of Pickleball, is now open. Considered one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, it is a collage of tennis, badminton, racquetball and other sports involving nets and paddles. It’s located next door to the city of Newnan’s Public Safety complex.

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Newnan Police Officer Frankie Guiterrez was laid to rest with a motorcade of dozens of law enforcement officers from across the area. He died from covid-related complications.

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The annual Turin Tractor Pull was canceled for 2021, as it was last year. Organizers said the increasing rise of COVID-19 cases led to the decision.

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A person that uses a bicycle is a cyclist, while a person that uses a motorcycle is called a biker. 

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Coweta-Fayette EMC’s Operation Round Up Foundation hosted its 1st Sporting Clay Shoot on Friday, August 27 at Big Red Oak Plantation in Gay, GA. The tournament raised over $27,000 to help provide grants to non-profits and enhance educational opportunities to local students through CFEMC’s Operation Round Up Foundation.

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On Monday, September 13, Coweta County began partnering with local pharmacies on a COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program for citizens. All Coweta County residents ages 12 years and older will receive a $100 gift card vaccine incentive for each shot received (two $100 gift cards for single dose vaccines). The Board of Commissioners has initially allocated $200,000 of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for this program. Coweta County employees will receive $400, which is retroactive.

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The Newnan Kiwanis Club presented Blake Bass, a fellow Kiwanian, a check for $1,000. Bass is a former Coweta County School Superintendent and the latest middle school – Blake Bass Middle School – is named after him. Bass has promised to give the money to the school and not keep it for poker money. 

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You never hear elevator music in elevators anymore.

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If you build it … congrats to brothers Mark and Steven Erickson of Coweta County who won Season Two of Fox’s LEGO Masters. 

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Will Smith pitched high school baseball at Northgate and now he’s the Atlanta Braves nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a major league player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Smith is one of the 30 Major League club nominees for the annual award.

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Congratulations to the Lady Eagles Soccer Team at Madras Middle School for a perfect season, undefeated and unscored upon. School officials said, “Way to go, ladies! You made us proud!”

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And on the congratulations kick, let’s hear it for Bonne Bedingfield, Newnan’s own Cake Mistress. Okay, well Cake Madame as she’s married. Anyhoo, she is starring on Food Network’s Halloween Wars and her team won their first round!! Whoop, whoop! Follow along each week to see how far she goes.

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Country music superstar and Newnan native Alan Jackson has revealed he is living with a degenerative nerve condition that is impacting his ability to tour and perform. In an exclusive interview with Jenna Bush Hager on NBC’s Today, Jackson went public with the news that he has inherited a rare condition known as “CMT” (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder), which has attacked other members of his family.

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Piedmont Newnan Hospital has welcomed 10 members of the Georgia National Guard. These soldiers are serving in a non-medical capacity and will be deployed at the hospital through December 3. They will help in various departments such as: patient transport, pharmacy, dietary, the emergency department, and as safety sitters for patients.

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Birthdays are fatal in large enough doses.

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