Fitness, Nutrition, Accountability

 When did your certified fitness coaching career begin and how?  My love for fitness began as a really skinny freshman in high school researching strategies and implementing my own workouts. Around school people noticed my changes from 146 lbs. to 228lbs. at 8 % body fat in just 2 years. From then, I aspired to help others change their bodies…

An Interview with the Mayor

You’ve been mayor since 1985, when your father, Arthur T. Bacon, passed away while in office. How did you get into politics, and why?

Set for Success

Jackie Brewton is an author and youth motivational speaker who traded in success for significance in 2001 when she walked away from her career in corporate America to dedicate her life to helping teens make good choices. As the CEO and founder of MotivationN3D, Inc., Jackie has spoken to more than 100,000 students across America and abroad. For the past 17 years,…

Tanya Waldon, an Agent for Change

 May is Mental Health Awareness month.  What is My Life Is a Gift, and what is its mission?  My Life Is a Gift is an advocacy to validate new life for survivors of suicide attempt. Our goal is to normalize conversation of mental health and suicide prevention. The mission is to absolutely validate someone who wakes up alive from a suicide attempt.     

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Meet the Howards

Jaha, Vanessa and their three children are Smyrna residents with a heart for community. Vanessa is a digital marketing strategist for Humana, and Jaha is a pediatric dentist in Vinings as well as a Cobb County School Board member-elect. We asked their thoughts on thankfulness and service.

Shannon Bartlett, Girl Boss

 Article Kim McClure  Shannon Bartlett, owner of Bartlett Heating and Air, is a woman of determination, business savvy and power. In a male-dominated business, she has forged ahead for more than 20 years in a local HVAC company that sales, installs and maintains top-of-the-line the heating and cooling systems in Cobb County. Shannon leads her team of 20 employees with…

A Chat With ‘The Big Kahuna’

I’m Alan Gardner, a board-certified dermatologist, originally from South Carolina. I went to the Medical University of South Carolina, did internal medicine in St. Louis and dermatology residency in Dayton, Ohio, at Wright State Medical University. I’ve been practicing in Atlanta since 1985. I enjoy photography, golf and I love to travel. One of our nurses ordered brand-new lab coats, and as…

Coach Steve Hellier and Bella Galloway’s Top 5 Sports Moments

This is Coach Hellier’s 19th year at Whitefield Academy. The miracle season experienced by the 2017 Whitefield boys soccer team. Against all odds, we won the state championship, but the memory of these young men supporting one another and honoring something far greater than themselves is what I cherish the most.

Ten Tips on Getting Healthy in 2017!

1. If you are pregnant in the New Year, congratulations! It is recommended by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology that pregnant women workout a minimum of 30 minutes a day all of, if not most days, of their pregnancy. Ladies, find a prenatal personal trainer, prenatal yoga, prenatal cardio, mommy and me, prenatal pilates or any other pregnancy…

Special Needs = Special Kids

Last year, nine-year-old Dylan Erwin could hardly speak, much less read. Today, after a year in the classroom of Kelly O’Connell he reads at grade level and speaks in short sentences. He was also chosen as a Student of the Month last school year at Nickajack Elementary School.

Meet Rising Star: Jawan Nobles

Honing both academic and athletic prowess is not an easy feat, but one Campbell High School senior is making these two worlds come together quite successfully.

“Music Belongs in Our Schools!”

The Nickajack Elementary School PTA president and father of a 5th grader had a recurring thought that would not leave him: "Music belongs in our schools!" He worked on many initiatives over the years but kept coming back to how he could encourage a love of music for students, because he knows music does belong in our schools.