Atlanta – Midtown

Cobb County Well Represented at Miss Georgia Pageant

This is the 71sth anniversary celebration for the Miss Georgia Pageant

Once again Cobb County has amazing young women in Columbus – Patricia Ford, Miss Cobb County 2015, and  Tyler Reese Tritt, Miss Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen 2015. They arrived in Columbus today and will attend a meet and greet session at 4 pm, followed by a parade today.  Preliminary nights are June 17, 18, and 19 with the finals on June 20.

We have a goal for them to receive more cards and wishes of encouragement than any other contestants and we need your help.  Please send your card today!!!








Patricia Ford, Miss Cobb County









Tyler Reese Tritt, Miss Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen

Direct any mail of cards, letters and gifts to them with their title at Rankin Events Office, 1004 Broadway,  Columbus,  GA 31901. Flowers may be sent to them at:   25 West Tenth Street, Columbus, GA 31901

We also want to salute and thank their families.  We have been so blessed through the years to have fabulous representatives  every year for Cobb County and a supportive family has made the journey to Columbus even more special.  We appreciate all that each family has done throughout the history of the pageant.

Our Cobb number #1 families for this year are: 

PatriciaFamily1Miss Cobb County: Patricia Ford, age 21, a 2015 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her parents are Ruby and Skip Ford and her brother Donny is also a graduate of Georgia Tech and attends the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta studying to become a physician.



Miss Cobb County’s Outstanding Teen: Tyler Reese Tritt, age 17, is a senior at Mount Paran Christian School.  Her parents are Theresa and Travis Tritt.  She enjoys the responsibility of driving both brothers to school each day as they also attend Mt. Paran.  They are Tristan and Torian.

The road ahead is bright for both Patricia and Tyler Reese.  We salute both of them for their outstanding year of service to the community.

We know all of our past winners of the Miss Cobb County title and our Miss Cobb Teen representatives have wonderful and special memories of their year on the Miss Georgia stage. We very much appreciate the fabulous job that each of you did representing Cobb County.

Martinis & Music – Fri. Nov 14

martinismusicJoin us in the museum galleries on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for live music, a cash bar, and light hors d’oeuvres. Exhibitions on display during this Martinis and Music are: Chatov Retrospective: 100 Years of Painting Marc, Roman, Constantin, and Charles & Atlanta Fine Arts League
Live music performed by Douglas Cameron, Hits of the Big Band Era with a Blend of Swing Free for MCMA Members. $10 General Admission.

Terrence “Terry” M. Hall – Founder of Happy Belly

terry1Terrence “Terry” M. Hall, age 40, of Cumming, Georgia passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on February 11, 2014. Terry was born on May 8, 1973 in Hammond, Louisiana and grew up in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He graduated from Ponchatoula High School in 1991, attended Southeastern Louisiana University then joined the United States Air Force. Later, Terry’s hospitality career took him to many cities across the country. He eventually settled in Atlanta, Georgia.

Terry was the creator & founder of Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen. In two short years, Happy Belly has grown to be one of the top food truck companies in the United States with operations based in Atlanta, Georgia. Terry shared this success with the love of his life, his wife, Dawn Burnette Hall. He had the courage to leave the stability of a great career to pursue his dream and succeed as an entrepreneur. No different than the business he created, his military service to our country, his courageous six-month cancer battle, or his life as a whole…. Terry gave it his all.

Terry was an outgoing, loving and caring man who simply loved people and was deeply committed to his family. He enjoyed water and snow skiing, boating, fishing, wood working and riding his motorcycle. Terry was extremely talented, ambitious and determined with a great work ethic to match. He had the unique ability to use his imagination, solve problems, create solutions and had the desire to leave his mark on the world. Terry was very involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, as well as, served on various boards of community organizations. His legacy will remain within our community and in our hearts for many years to come.

Terry is survived by his beloved wife, Dawn Burnette Hall, daughter Mayer Lynne Hall, age 5, and son, Henry Terrence Hall, age 6 months, of Cumming, Georgia.
He is also survived by his mother and stepfather, David & Cathy Felder Havel of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; in-laws Marshall & Lilian Burnette of Wesley Chapel, Florida and Dan & Lynne Knowles of Cumming, Georgia; grandmothers, Yvonne Verneiul Felder of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and Louise Walder of Lacombe, Louisiana; sisters Bridget Hall Anderson of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Amie Hall Bruno of Cumming, Georgia, Wendy Havel Gagnard of New Orleans, Louisiana and Billie Jo Havel of Kentwood, Louisiana; sisters in law Tracy Burnette Rex of Marietta, Georgia and Christy Burnette Horner of Johnson City, Tennessee; brother John David Havel of Louisiana; brothers in law Marshall Joshua Burnette of Nashville, Tennessee and Clay Odell Knowles of Athens, Georgia; nephews Avery Anderson, Connor Bruno, Lane & Tobey Gagnard, Jr., and Kyle & Colin Rex; niece Abigail Anderson. He is also survived by an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.  Terry was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lester C. Felder, Jr. and uncle Gordon W. Felder.

Visitation Service: Saturday, February 22, 2014 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm McDonald & Son Funeral Home 150 Sawnee Drive Cumming, Georgia 30040

Funeral Service with Military Honors: Sunday, February 23, 2014 2:00 pm St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church 4633 Shiloh Road Cumming, Georgia 30040. A celebration of Terry’s life will immediately follow his funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a special college fund for Terry’s children, Mayer & Henry Hall. “Terry’s Legacy Lives On” can be found at

An interment service will be held in March (date to be determined) in Terry’s hometown of Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

Condolences may be left at

“Fighter” Food Truck Benefit – Helping Terry Hall



Many of you who frequent Dinner at the Depot in Kennesaw on Monday nights or other Food Truck nights throughout Metro Atlanta are familiar with the Happy Belly Food Truck.  You know, the awesome green truck that serves fresh, wholesome foods with great service?  In August, Terry and Dawn Hall, owners of Happy Belly, celebrated the birth of their second child, a son named Henry.  During this celebration, they received devastating news that Terry had cancer.  Terry was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer.  Because he is  a non smoker, it was hard to understand how this could happen to someone so young and so healthy.

Terry is presently undergoing a strong and aggressive chemo regimen.  He is having four treatments, one every three weeks. Simultaneously he has received a special high dosage radiation (SBRT)  three treatments within five days to his femur.

Family, friends, and Happy Belly fans have stepped up asking what they can do to help.  Fellow friend and W.O.W! Food Truck owner, Wendy Cross immediately started planning a food truck rally against cancer.  In conjunction with the Alpharetta Food Truck Alley night, a benefit will be held for Terry.  The “Fighter Food Truck Benefit” will be Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5-9pm located at 37 Old Roswell Street in Alpharetta.  Monies raised will help offset Terry’s medical expenses.  We want everyone to turn out to show this family their support.  Whether you can donate or not knowing you are loved is an important part of the therapy for cancer treatment.

If you can’t come and wish to donate you may do so at

Check out the food trucks on the  flyerfoodtruckflyer1.  See if your favorite one is there.  Live entertainment and fun activities for the kids.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors.  Please share this message with everyone.  Cancer is a horrible disease.

The Motown Sound at the Strand

The Motown Sound at the Strand

The Motown Sound at the Strand

The Motown Sound at the Strand


Prepare to get your groove on at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre this summer, as its popular Motown show is returning July 4- July 14! This year’s show, entitled The Motown Sound is sure to have audiences’ toes tapping, fingers snapping, and feel-good nostalgia flowing.

“This will be our third year to produce a Motown show,” Executive Director Earl Reece explains. “After our first production, we knew that everyone agreed with us that Motown music is truly universal and the music of America. It started in 1957 with the talented Berry Gordy, and the music is still loved and enjoyed today.” Earl continues, “The week of July 4 is the perfect time to celebrate our country and the music that our country loves. The Motown Sound is ninety minutes of non-stop energy, excitement, and fun. It is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!”

Following the huge success of last year’s show Mo’ Motown, The Motown Sound whisks audiences back to the 1960s with the feel-good hits of the much-celebrated Motown era. Audiences are sure to enjoy the big hair, the colorful fashions, and the soulful sounds of Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight & The Pips in this high-energy, high-excitement musical revue.

The Motown Sound will be directed by Earl Reece with Assistant Director Catherine Rhodes.

Tickets are $25 and assigned seating. The Motown Sound will run July 4 @ 7pm, July 5 & 6 @8pm, July 7 @ 3pm, July 12 & 13 @ 8pm, and July 14 @ 3pm.

The historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre is a multi-use performing arts and events facility. The theatre is governed by the Friends of the Strand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and depends on the financial support of private and corporate donors. It is The Strand’s mission to serve the community with cultural entertainment for a diverse audience and to promote economic health in the City of Marietta and Cobb County. For more information or tickets, visit or the Box Office at (770) 293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, Ga 30060. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12PM, 1 PM to 4 PM, and two hours before the show.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

headerWith out a doubt, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat is the best production is I have seen — and I have seen several.  The story is timeless, the music unequaled, absolutely fabulous.  Two more weekends left.  Just down the road, at the Strand on the Square.  Visit for tickets.

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Prescription Drug Take Back Day

prescriptionbottThe Kennesaw Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Kennesaw City Hall at 2539 J.O. Stephenson Ave, Kennesaw GA.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  Call 770-422-2505 for more information.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Readers – check your kitchen cabinets, your bathroom cabinets, table next to your chair and toss these unused and expired prescriptions.  This method is safe and protects everyone in your household.

Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

atlantawineandfoodlogoTHU MAY 30-SUN JUN 2 ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL.

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns May 30-June 2 to Midtown Atlanta for its third year. The Festival is the nation’s first culinary weekend to unite leaders of their craft – barbecue pitmasters, award-winning chefs and mixologists, Master Sommeliers, fry cooks and local growers – in the spirit of celebrating the rich food and beverage traditions of the South. The four-day event leads guests on a culinary journey through the region with a weekend of Learning Experiences and Tasting Tents, as well as Dinners and Events.  Prices, including Southern inspired dinners and events, begin at $65. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit