Zen Notes & Musings: Carnegie Walking Club begins, happenings around Coweta

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By John A. Winters, Publisher

Newnan Mercantile is collecting diapers for the family of Deputy Edmond Irvin, who was killed in an altercation with a family member. Diapers may be dropped off at 11 Greenville St. in downtown Newnan.

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The University System Board of Regents have approved renaming UGA’s football field. It is now the Vince Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. Dooley covered the sidelines for 25 seasons and won more Georgia football games than any other coach.

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The second annual Drive and Dine event raised $262,194 for Christian City’s children and family programs. The fundraiser was held at the Porsche Experience Center. Guests had a chance to take a thrill ride around the 1.6 mile track with a professional driver at the wheel, followed by a seated gourmet diner and live auction. Christian City serves the entire metro Atlanta area and uses the money raised to help abused and abandoned children.

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The least realistic thing about the Magic School Bus is that there is a public school with 8 students to the class.

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The Newnan Carnegie Library started the Carnegie Walking Club on May 14. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Greenville Street Park. This is a great opportunity to exercise as well as socialize. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring water to stay hydrated. Registration is requested by calling 770-683-1347 or register online at http://newnancarnegie.eventbrite.com.

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This month Piedmont Newnan’s First Friday Hero program honors three local police officers for going above and beyond the call of duty – Officers Christopher Lewis, Joshua Skinner, and Corey Spivey with the Newnan Police Department. Officers Skinner and Spivey responded to a call for assistance at a local hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, Ofc. Lewis made contact with the father of the victim. The father stated that his son was unresponsive in the bathroom and that he could not get the door open. Ofc. Lewis was able to open the door and make contact with the victim. The victim responded neither to the officer calling his name nor giving him a sternum rub. As a result, the victim was administered two doses of Narcan. Ofc. Skinner assisted Ofc. Spivey by getting the victim out of the bathroom, placing him on his side and monitoring him until EMS arrived. The victim woke up shortly afterward. Thanks to the quick actions taken by these officers, that they were able to save the victim’s life that night.

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Northgate High School Senior Ashley Dombrowski and The Heritage School Senior Tricia Underwood were recognized as 2019 Georgia Scholars. Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school, who performed excellently in all courses, who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities, and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.

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Seems a little suspicious that roughly 90 percent of the books you pick up are New York Times best sellers.

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A new Chick-fil-A has opened across from Piedmont Newnan Hospital at Poplar Road and Newnan Crossing Boulevard. So Eat Mor Chikin.

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And Viet Cuisine is opening on Bullsboro Drive down from the water tower in the old Southern Mattress location. No timeline on when they will open.

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Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim C. Beck has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.  The 38-count indictment alleges that Beck stole more than 2 million from his former employer, the Georgia Underwriting Association, during the five years just prior to Beck’s election to statewide office in November, 2018.

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Someone developed the Internet without the help of the Internet.

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“The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and the McRitchie-Hollis Museum have named Emily Kimbell as their new director. Read the press release at our website for more information on our new hire. http://newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com/nchs-updates/”

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Your 2019 hurricane names are: Andrea; Barry; Chantal; Dorian; Erin; Fernand; Gabrielle; Humberto; Imelda; Jerry; Karen; Lorenzo; Melissa; Nestor; Olga; Pablo; Rebekah; Sebastien; Tanya; Van; Wendy.

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The letter “X” is probably used more in math than in science.

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta has named David Kent president and CEO. Kent succeeds Anne Meisner, who will focus on the national front as chief operating officer, CTCA Hospitals and Clinics. Kent joined CTCA® in 2002 and most recently served as chief operating officer at CTCA Atlanta, where he was responsible for overseeing physician leadership, outpatient services, strategic planning, business development and government and community affairs. He was instrumental in working with Georgia legislators to reform the state’s certificate of need requirements in 2008, paving the way for CTCA Atlanta to open its doors in 2012.

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More than 1,500 students were expected to graduate from Coweta County’s three public high schools during the last part of May.

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According to Georgia CEO, a beer-industry sponsored study said America’s beer industry contributes $8.1 billion annually to Georgia’s economy and supports 54,084 jobs in the state. The study also said those 54,084 jobs accounted for $2.4 billion each year in wages and benefits. The industry also generates $1.4 billion annually in business, personal and consumption taxes.

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Leaving your house 1 minute earlier or later could dramatically change your future.

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Great Styles of Newnan has changed its business hours. Now open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are no longer open on Sundays. Great Styles is located at 487 Jackson Street in the Little Giant Shopping Center.

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A new Haverty Furniture will be coming to Newnan Crossing Shopping Center on the Bypass in the old Babies ‘R’ Us location.

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And Beth Barnett, owner of Wishbone Chicken, said they are looking to build a new building for the restaurant in the parking lot adjacent to the existing building. The Newnan Planning Commission has okayed the plan, which would have apartments on the second floor.

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April 1 is the perfect day for companies to market risky ideas.

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Quacy Barnes-Timmons has been named the new East Coweta High girls basketball coach. Barnes-Timmons, a former WNBA player, played collegiately at Indiana University and professionally with Sacramento, Seattle and Phoenix. She was an assistant coach at Indiana State before coming to East Coweta to replace Karen Frady.

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Trinity Christian’s boys 400-relay team won the GHSA State Class A-Private Championship in the recently at Berry College. The team consisted of Jalen Neal, Kyle McGuire, Shamari Reed and Damani Paddy and captured the title with a time of 42.61 seconds.

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East Coweta junior Kyle Harkabus won his third consecutive GHSA State Class 7A Championship in the 1,600 meters on May 10. He finished with a winning time of 4:16.44. The state championship event was held at Berry College.

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