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Finding a

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Finding a good dentist can be a daunting task when you’re moving to

a new place or just looking for a change. Do you seek the opinions

of neighbors and co-workers? Do you search online? How do you

really know if a dentist is “good?” Co-workers and neighbors can be

good resources for recommending a dentist based on the dentist’s

personality, gentleness, and appearance of the office but may not

necessarily know if the work being done is of high quality.

The patients of Cheek Dental will tell you that they know they have

found a good dentist in Dr. Cristi Cheek, and her associate, Dr. Kristina

Chandler, in East Cobb. Having known she wanted to be a dentist since

second grade, Dr. Cheek has strived to learn all she could about the

profession before, during, and after dental school. Upon graduating

first in her class from the Medical College of Georgia in 2000, she

began post-graduate studies in TMJ and Occlusion (bite) disorders,

as well as in sleep disordered breathing (sleep apnea) and cosmetic

and implant dentistry. “I didn’t want to be just a good ‘tooth fixer.’ I

wanted to promote the overall health of my patients whether they are

dealing with sleep apnea, facial and joint pain, head and neck aches,

or are just unhappy with their smile because of missing or broken

and worn teeth,” says Dr. Cheek. Dr. Cheek and Dr. Chandler continue

to expand their professional knowledge, taking advanced courses in

dental and health-related topics several times a year to ensure they

are aware of the latest techniques, tools, and treatments.

Upon arriving at Cheek Dental, you will be warmly welcomed

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Having a feeling of trust and that the dentist is ethical is one of the

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COBB COUNTY, your new home.


Cobb County, the fourth largest county in Georgia at nearly 350 square miles, is more than just

part of the metro Atlanta area. It is a place rich in history, culture and entertainment, a leader in

business and education and a great place for people of all ages to call home.

The history of Cobb spans nearly 185 years. The state legislature founded the county in

1832 after confiscating the land from Cherokee Nation—nearly five years before the city of

Atlanta was established. It was named for former U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator and Georgia

Superior Court Judge Thomas W. Cobb. Marietta, the county’s seat, was founded just two years

later. When the construction of the railroad line began, shanty towns for workers evolved into

permanent settlements, which eventually became some of the county’s first towns. In the pre-

Civil War years, parts of the county like Marietta and Powder Springs enjoyed popularity as

resort towns due to the area’s unique geographical features.

Like many parts of Georgia, Cobb County played an important role during the Civil War, as

part of Gen. Sherman’s route from Chattanooga to Atlanta. The most well known local battle,

the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, occurred on June 27, 1864. Confederate Gen. Joseph E.

Johnston and his troops were attempting to protect their position near the railroads leading

to Atlanta. The two-week battle resulted in 3,000 Union casualties and only 1,000 Confederate

casualties. Despite his losses, Sherman continued south into Atlanta, burning many towns and

crops along the way. After the war ended, the entire area began to rebuild, and industry replaced

farming as the primary economic engine. In the early 1940s, the federal government opened a

plant to manufacture B-29 bombers. Although the plant closed after World War II, it reopened

during the Korean War and was subsequently renamed Dobbins Air Force Base. Nearby Lockheed

Martin Aeronautics led the nation in the manufacture of military transport planes. Even today,

it is still one of the top employers in the county due to its Department of Defense contracts.

Cobb County boasts a temperate climate, with hot summers and cool—but not too cold—

winters. In the spring, dogwoods, Bradford pears and azaleas burst into bloom and stay lush

and green throughout the summer months. Fall in the area is marked with bright oranges and

reds on the trees.

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Only in Cobb County

In the 1960s and 1970s, the population of Cobb County exploded,

as more and more people left the city for the suburbs, and it has

been steadily growing ever since. Now with a population of nearly

700,000, the county holds vast influence in the metro area. As the

site of The Home Depot’s global headquarters, as well as numerous

other industries both large and small, the county is widely known

as a business-friendly area. In January 2014, the Cobb Chamber

of Commerce, which has more than 2,500 members, was awarded

5-Star Accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce,

putting it in the top 1 percent of chambers in the country.

In addition to traditional businesses, Cobb also has some unique

economic attributes. While sometimes overshadowed by Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which has held the title

of world’s busiest airport for more than 10 years, Cobb is home to

McCollum Airfield. This public airport averages 475 takeoffs and

landings each day, making it the third busiest airport in the state.

Education is another priority in Cobb. As the 24th largest district

in the country, the Cobb County School District operates 112 schools,

while the Marietta City Schools system operates 11. Students who

want to stay local have plenty of options when it comes to institutes of

higher learning, with Kennesaw State University and Chattahoochee

Technical College earning high marks in various fields.

While it is only 20 miles from downtown Atlanta, Cobb County

has a vibe all its own. Its six incorporated cities—Acworth, Austell,

Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs and Smyrna—along with the

unincorporated areas of Vinings and Mableton, strike a solid balance

between honoring and preserving their history and welcoming

innovation and change. Many of its municipalities, including

Marietta and Smyrna, have old-fashioned town squares that host a

variety of concerts, parades, festivals, farmers’ markets and other

events throughout the year.

In addition to their small-town sensibilities, many of Cobb’s cities

have been recognized for their efforts in everything from keeping

residents healthy to operating strong family businesses. For example,

the city of Kennesaw was named one of the 50 safest cities in Georgia

and is also home to the Fit City Kennesaw initiative. This citywide

initiative kicked off in 2011 in order to address the rising rates of

obesity and other health concerns. With free outdoor workouts at

area parks and a wide range of annual road races and other events,

Fit City Kennesaw has earned local and national attention.

For many people who are relocating to the area, health care is a

big concern. Fortunately, Cobb is home to WellStar Health Systems,

which operates a number of hospitals, clinics and other facilities.

WellStar Kennestone Hospital was the first in the state of use the

CyberKnife and da Vinci robotic surgical systems to reduce scarring

and recovery time for a variety of surgical procedures.

Health care is of particular concern to baby boomers, as they begin

to retire. According to realtor.org, the number of Americans 65 or

older will nearly double between now and 2030, and the share of the

population that is 85 and older will increase by 52 percent. With that

in mind, Cobb County has many resources for its older population

as well. Many facilities are embracing the “aging in place” concept,

which allows residents to stay at the same facility even as their health

needs change. The unincorporated community of Mableton was

recently awarded the Lifelong Communities designation from the

Courtesy of Cobb County Government

Atlanta Regional Commission. That means Mableton provides a

wide range of housing options and parks, transportation alternatives

for those who can no longer drive and services for older residents.

No matter their age, Cobb residents know how to have fun, and

the county’s many entertainment venues draw visitors from all over

the metro area. World-class performing arts venues like the Cobb

Energy Performing Arts Centre and the Six Flags and Six Flags

White Water amusement parks provide access to some of the region’s

best performances and roller coasters.

The city of Atlanta hosts several professional teams, including the

NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. In 2017, Cobb

County—specifically the Cumberland/Galleria business district—

will become the new home for MLB’s Atlanta Braves, the team that

currently calls Turner Field in downtown Atlanta home. The move

was announced in fall 2013, and plans are already under way for the

new stadium and entertainment complex that will complement the

team’s new home at the intersection of interstates 285 and 75.


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In addition to these venues, Cobb County has some unique

geographical features that make it stand out from other parts of

the metro area. Residents can water ski on Lake Acworth, sun

themselves on the beach, then hike a mountain or ride a bike all

the way to Alabama. Locals also know how much fun it can be to

“shoot the ‘Hooch,” or tube down the Chattahoochee River. As the

only federally run national park in the area, the Kennesaw Mountain

National Battlefield Park is a great place to hike, bike, picnic or just

take in stunning views. The Cobb County government oversees more

than 30 parks, so recreation is never far away.

Like many other parts of the Atlanta area, Cobb County has

myriad restaurants to satisfy every type of craving, with outposts of

nearly every major chain restaurant as well as unique local fare.

In addition to some Cobb-only restaurants like Seed Kitchen &

Bar, diners can also enjoy some of metro Atlanta’s best restaurants,

like South City Kitchen, all without going inside the Perimeter. The

burgeoning immigrant population in Cobb means that cuisine from

every corner of the world is easy to find.

While the Atlanta housing market took a hit during the recent

economic downturn, the suburban real estate market has bounced

back to healthy levels in the past year. Housing options in Cobb run

the gamut from new construction, single family homes, condos in

historic areas, and apartments near the local colleges and universities.

Prices are historically lower than within the Atlanta city limits, so

buyers can get more for their money.

Business, culture, education, green space, town squares, easy

access to the city of Atlanta—Cobb County truly has it all. Residents

enjoy a high quality of life and make the most of the area’s geography,

history and recreational opportunities. As a place that is both in

touch with its history and looking forward to the future, Cobb has

much to offer families, young professionals and retirees alike.

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Cobb County


Tim Lee

It’s not difficult to figure out why people move to Cobb County. We have the

lowest tax rate in the metro Atlanta area. We have the highest bond ratings

possible. We are home to the state’s largest non-academic, nonprofit health


We have the benefits of both city and rural living. We have more than

5,000 acres of federally-owned park lands, 35 county-owned park facilities

and extensive multi-use trail systems that wind for miles throughout the

community. Four major interstates and a modern county-owned airport give

us stellar transportation access, while numerous major shopping districts

place retail close at hand. We have public transit and public universities. We

are home to Fortune 500 companies such as Home Depot and Lockheed

Martin. Entertainment giants such as Six Flags over Georgia, Six Flags White

Water and in 2017, the Atlanta Braves all call Cobb home.

We have a convention center to rival any in the metro area. Just around

the corner from that, we have the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. A

main driver for economic growth is our county’s fiscal health. We recently

marked the 19th consecutive year that the nation’s top bond rating agencies

each recognized us with their “Triple A” ratings, keeping us in the top 1

percent of counties nationwide. Likewise, our Water System is the first AAArated

county water/sewer utility in America to gain this recognition by the

same bond rating agencies.

These singular achievements have become so commonplace to our longtime

residents, the public barely thinks of them as news anymore. Instead, our

strong sense of fiscal responsibly has become a fact of life and expected by


Our accomplishments are enhanced by our conservative policies and

investments by the business community. Our partnership in the EDGE

program demonstrates our commitment to job creation and economic


Cooperative efforts by our economic development community are credited

with 18 corporate locations and expansions, generating more than $300

million in new investment, creating more than 4,500 new and retained jobs in

2015. Since 2015, Home Depot opened a $200 million IT Center adding 500

jobs, HD Supply announced a new corporate headquarters and 200 news jobs,

and Aarons Inc. will be relocating their headquarters to Cobb County.

Education points to our bright future. For instance, 4 4 percent of residents

have earned bachelor’s degrees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. the

national average is only 28 percent. The Cobb County School District SAT

average score of 1515 is 63 points higher than the state average and 17 points

higher than the national average.

There’s a new energy in Cobb County. It’s a way of life and doing business

that’s attracting the nation’s best known brands, passionate entrepreneurs

and professionals eager to live out their version of the American dream.

Discover the county’s unparalleled assets— charming neighborhoods, highperforming

schools and breathtaking recreational offerings and cultural


Cobb County offers quick and easy access to downtown Atlanta and the

world’s busiest airport—the gateway to the world—a low cost of living, and

a fiscally sound, pro-business government. Plus, you’ll find the nation’s top

K-12 and higher education institutions, and quality of life accolades from

some of the nation’s top publications.

Cobb’s low cost of doing business gives the county a climate for

entrepreneurial success and growth,” says Brooks Mathis, vice president of

Economic Development at the Cobb Chamber. “Cobb County is focused on

helping local businesses expand, meeting the needs of the small business owner

and recruiting new businesses.” In addition to the advantages mentioned

above, Cobb County has resources customized to the small business owner.

Whether you’re launching a new business or needing assistance as your

company grows, the Kennesaw State University Small Business Development

Center can help. Ignite HQ, Cobb County’s new entrepreneurial business

incubator, launched in partnership with Kennesaw State University and the

Cobb Chamber, to provide support to inventors and problem solvers looking

to take their business concepts global.

Business owners can also look to the Development Authority of Cobb

County for funding assistance and CobbWorks for training programs and

recruitment assistance. Cobb Chamber is a champion for small businesses

offering cost-saving programs, professional development and networking

opportunities to help your business achieve more. Cobb County is home to

the third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State University, and the

largest technical college in the state, Chattahoochee Technical College.

A talented, skilled workforce lives in Cobb. As of 2009, there are only 52

counties in the United States (with at least 60,000 residents) with a higher

percentage of their adult population possessing at least a bachelor’s degree than

Cobb County. Cobb County graduates exceeded national and state averages

on in all four subject areas. More than two-thirds of Cobb County schools

received scores of 80 or higher on the 2012 Georgia College and Career Ready

Performance Index.

For the 2013 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, the percentage of

Cobb students meeting or exceeding standards was higher than the state in

every content area and grade level. We pay attention to our quality of life and

it shows by the number of people who move here. Our steadily increasing

population is estimated at more than 720,000 with a median household income

of $58,150 in January 2013. is is higher than the median national income of


Frankly, there are too many reasons to list showing why Cobb County is

one of the greatest communities in the nation. Whether you want to tour the

hallowed grounds of Kennesaw National Battlefield Park, buy a home without

having to pay exorbitant property taxes or enjoy a gourmet meal at a restaurant

in the Cumberland area, we have much to offer.

Cobb County

Cobb County: An



David Connell

Cobb County: An Entrepreneurial Community

There’s a new energy in Cobb County. It’s a way of life and doing business

that’s attracting the nation’s best known brands, passionate entrepreneurs and

professionals eager to live out their version of the American dream. Discover

the county’s unparalleled assets—charming neighborhoods, high-performing

schools, breathtaking recreational offerings and cultural attractions, a thriving

dining scene and the lowest tax rates in the metro area. The Home Depot, GE

Energy, Genuine Parts Company, The Weather Channel, the Atlanta Braves,

and now Atlanta United Football Club all call Cobb home because it’s a place

to grow your business.


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The county’s mix of economic development assets is impressive. Cobb

County offers quick and easy access to downtown Atlanta and the world’s

busiest airport—the gateway to the world—a low cost of living, and a fiscally

sound, pro-business government. Plus, you’ll find the nation’s top K-12 and

higher education institutions, and quality of life accolades from some of the

nation’s top publications.

Cobb’s low cost of doing business gives the county a climate for

entrepreneurial success and growth,” says Brooks Mathis, vice president

of Economic Development at the Cobb Chamber. “Cobb County is focused

on helping local businesses expand, meeting the needs of the small business

owner and recruiting new businesses.”

In addition to the advantages mentioned above, Cobb County has

resources customized to the small business owner. Whether you’re launching

a new business or needing assistance as your company grows, Cobb has an

entrepreneurial ecosystem available for you, including the Kennesaw State

University Small Business Development Center, IgniteHQ, SCORE, and

The Edge Connection. Business owners can also look to the Development

Authority of Cobb County for funding assistance and CobbWorks for training

programs and recruitment assistance. The Cobb Chamber is a champion for

small businesses offering cost-saving programs, professional development and

networking opportunities to help your business achieve more.

Cobb County is home to the third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw

State University, and the largest technical college in the state, Chattahoochee

Technical College. In addition, the county is home to several other higher

education offerings including Life University, Georgia Highlands College and

several continuing education institutions, such as DeVry University and the

University of Phoenix.

A talented, skilled workforce lives in Cobb. As of 2009, there are only 52

counties in the United States (with at least 60,000 residents) with a higher

percentage of their adult population possessing at least a bachelor’s degree

than Cobb County. Cobb County Public School District and Marietta City

Schools are two of the state’s top-performing school systems. Cobb’s students

Courtesy of the Cobb County Chamber

enjoy higher graduation rates and enviable scores on end-of-course testing

and national standardized tests.

Cobb County offers a tremendous advantage to any business facing the

impending shortage of workers as baby boomers approach retirement. The

county’s relatively young population has produced a highly sustainable

workforce for years and decades to come. As of 2010, 30.5 percent of the

population was between the ages of 25 and 44, creating a pipeline of younger


The Cobb Chamber has teamed up with many influential economic

development partners to enhance supportive infrastructure for small

businesses and entrepreneurs. To learn how you can achieve more in Cobb

County, call 770-859-2358 or visit selectcobb.com.


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The 6th District of


By Rep. Tom Price, M.D.

For 30 years my family and I have had the joy of calling Roswell,

Ga., our home. For the past eleven years, I have had the honor of

representing our community as a member of Congress for Georgia’s

6th Congressional District.

Ranked by Gallup as one of the happiest and healthiest

congressional districts in the country, the 6th District encompasses

a large portion of northern suburban Atlanta, including portions of

Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties. It is comprised of several cities,

from relative newcomers like Sandy Springs, Milton and Johns

Creek, to those approaching their 200th anniversary like Roswell,

Alpharetta and all of unincorporated East Cobb.

The northern Atlanta suburbs are a fairly prosperous and

educated area. It is a productive district with all sorts of great folks

who love their country and want to make certain that government

takes a limited role in their lives.

One of the key aspects of the 6th District that attracts families

to our area is the number of great public and independent schools,

both parochial and non-parochial. Education is something our

community takes very seriously. We want to make certain that our

kids have the highest level of education and the greatest opportunity

to be able to succeed in the future. That is one of the reasons why, as

a member of Congress, I visit our schools often, to talk with young

people in our community and to highlight the extraordinary work

being done by our school administrators and teachers.

Of course, a tremendous amount of credit for the excellence and

success of our schools must go to the moms and dads who rightfully

recognize the importance of a high level of education so that their

children are able to realize their dreams. Everything starts with

education. When my family moved to Roswell back in the early

1980s, one of the things we focused on was finding the best schools,

and it is one of the reasons we chose to live in this community.

With the growth and economic success of the metro Atlanta

area comes a host of new opportunities and challenges. One issue

that our community has dealt with for some time is the need for

improvements to the area’s transportation system. Whenever

we can make the flow of people and commerce easier within our

community and around our state, the more opportunities we’ll see

for more Georgia families and business.

Consequently, much of our time and energy is spent on

bringing folks together to address our community’s transportation

challenges. Transportation problems don’t stop at city or county

lines. It is a regional issue that requires cooperation across different

municipalities and with different community leaders.

Dealing directly with those challenges is under the purview of

local and state elected officials, but my job includes trying to keep

the federal government from getting in the way and making sure

states have the flexibility they need – in addition to making sure

Georgia tax dollars come home to provide the needed resources.

Because we are growing as a community, we need the

infrastructure to accompany that growth. After all, the 6th District

is home to the headquarters and/or employees of several major

companies including UPS, International Hotel Group, Cox Media

Group, Mercedes-Benz, and First Data. Moreover, we have access to

health care that is some of the highest quality you can find anywhere.

Health systems, hospitals, and physicians in the 6th District are

incredibly well-equipped and well-trained to take care of folks.

In addition to economic opportunities, there are other reasons

the 6th District enjoys the reputation it does as a great place to live,

work and play. We have access to beautiful outdoor areas like the

Chattahoochee River and numerous parks and recreation areas.

Being close to downtown affords 6th District families access to

the city’s museums, amenities and sports teams. Citizens in our

community are also very civic-minded and, as a community, we

come together often to honor and celebrate our national identity

and mark national days of remembrance, including Memorial Day

and Veterans Day.

The 6th District of Georgia is a vibrant, dynamic community full

of hardworking families who value a strong educational foundation

and understand the importance of working together to improve our

way of life.


Marilyn Cheney

2017 President

Cobb Association of REALTORS®

I am often asked, “What is the difference

between a REALTOR® and a real estate

licensee?” And, “Why should I work with a

REALTOR® when buying or selling a home,

rather than a non-REALTOR®?

Here’s why. REALTORS® are distinguished from non-REALTOR®

real estate licensee in a number of important ways:

• Code of Ethics: Only REALTORS® are held to the National

Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, ensuring that when a

buyer or seller hire a REALTOR®, they can be certain they are enlisting

the services of someone possessing the highest level professional and

ethical standards in the industry.

• Continuing Education: The Cobb Association of REALTORS®

offers an array of advanced and continuing real estate education

courses to its Members, to ensure that they are current and proficient

in all aspects of any ever changing real estate industry.

• Political Action on Behalf of Homeowners: At the national, state

and local levels, REALTORS® are a powerful force on the political

scene, supporting and influencing those officials and candidates who

support the rights of homeowners and the health of the real estate


• Community Involvement: There is perhaps no industry more

closely related to the economic and social well-being of a given

community than the real estate industry, and thus we feel it is only

right to support that community in every way we can. REALTOR®

Membership at the Cobb Association of REALTORS® provides our

Members with the opportunity to give back in support of housing

those in need, education, feeding the hungry and healing the sick, just

to name a few of our recent efforts.

So if you’re in the market for buying or selling a home, click here

to visit our website, where you can find a qualified REALTOR® to

assist you, and search for properties currently on the market. We look

forward to working with you.

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Courtesy of the Cobb Chamber or Commerce

Cobb County is known for many things:

top-notch schools, well-preserved historical

sites and great parks. It is also a hub for

many businesses, both large and small.

The county’s low tax rate and educated

population base make it the perfect place

to start a business or to seek a job with

one that is already well-established. As the

headquarters for such globally recognized

brands as The Home Depot and the

Weather Channel, Cobb County is known

throughout the Atlanta metro area for being

pro-business. In addition to being the hub

for some of the world’s most innovative

companies, Cobb also boasts more than a

few business that employ a large number of

county residents, making it the perfect place

to live, work and play. Here is a list of the 10

largest employers in Cobb, as compiled by

the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

The Home Depot

Industry: Retail, home improvement

Number of employees: 20,000

Founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank

opened their first one-stop do-it-yourself

home improvement store in Atlanta in

1979. Despite its humble beginnings, The

Home Depot now has 2,274 stores in the

U.S., Canada, China and Mexico and is the

world’s largest home improvement specialty

retailer. Its 2013 retail sales totaled some

$78.8 billion. With more than 300,000

employees worldwide, it ranks No. 33 on

the Fortune 500 list and is one of the many

Fortune 500 companies to call the metro

area home. Having its headquarters in the

Vinings area of Cobb has undoubtedly been

a boom to the entire metro area.

Cobb County Public Schools

Industry: Public education

Number of employees: 13,500

It takes more than 13,000 employees to

keep the 114 schools in one of the state’s top

school systems running at full speed. The

system boasts a 81.4 percent graduation rate

and has received numerous regional and

national awards, including Georgia Schools

of Excellence and National Blue Ribbon

Schools designations.

WellStar Health Systems

Industry: Health care

Number of employees: 20,000

Cobb County residents have many choices

when it comes to health care, but many of

them choose WellStar doctors and hospitals.

With its five hospitals, seven urgent care

centers and a host of other facilities and

specialists across the county, WellStar’s

employees take good care of residents’


Lockheed Martin Aeronautics,

Courtesy of the Cobb Chamber or Commerce

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Industry: Aeronautics, manufacturing

Number of employees: 5,400

Though it is based in Bethesda, Md.,

Lockheed Martin’s sprawling Marietta

complex serves an important role in

providing IT services and training to the

Department of Defense and other vendors.

Among other jobs, the more than 7,000

employees at the Marietta facility help

to manufacture important parts for the

military’s F-35 fighter jets.

Cobb County Government

Industry: Local government

Number of employees: 5,223

From running the county’s senior centers

to helping residents figure out how to

pay their property taxes, the more than

5,000 employees who make up the county

government are focused on making Cobb a

great place to live.

Kennesaw State University

Industry: Education

Number of employees: 2,904

The state’s third largest university is also

one of Cobb’s largest employers. Including

all full and part-time workers, KSU employs

more than 3,400 people to support is 30,480

undergraduate and graduate students.


Industry: Retail, grocery

Number of employees: 2,973

One of the more ubiquitous grocery stores

in the metro area with 182 stores statewide,

this Florida-based chain employs nearly

3,000 people in Cobb County alone. Publix

also has manufacturing facilities in the

cities of Atlanta (bakery) and Lawrenceville


CommunityProfiles >> 2017 9

Six Flags Over Georgia

Industry: Amusement park

Number of employees: 3,000

While most of Six Flags’ employees are

seasonal, they help operate the largest

theme park in the Southeast. Six Flags

has 12 roller coasters, three interactive

kids’ areas and water rides, as well as

entertainment venues and seasonal events

like the annual Halloween Fright Fest.

Getting Around

The City


Industry: Retail

Number of employees: 2,750

The Bentonville, Ark., discount retailer

employs 1.4 million people in the U.S., and

has a large presence all across Georgia. Of

its 58,821 employees statewide, more than

3,000 of them are in Cobb County alone.

The Kroger Company

Industry: Retail, grocery

Number of employees: 2,150

Since the mid-1800s, this Cincinnati-based

grocery chain has been providing customers

with fresh foods. It now has more than

2,700 stores in 35 states and its annual sales

top $96 billion. Kroger has more than 170

stores in Georgia, and many of its 2,100

employees are based on Cobb County.

Cobb County is trisected by three major

interstates: I-75, I-20 and I-285. That

means commuters can easily travel to and

from downtown Atlanta, as well as to some

of the other outlying counties. The Galleria

district between interstates 75 and 285

has quickly become one of the area’s

busiest business hubs, making it easy for

commuters all over the area to get to work.

In addition to its road systems, the county

also has two other unique transportation

options for residents.

Cobb Community Transit (CCT)

As the second largest transit system in the

state, CCT’s 73 buses and 21 paratransit

vehicles run 4 million trips per year. The

system has been operating since 1989,

and ferries riders from one corner of the

county to another. Additionally, several of

the routes run from the Galleria area to

the Arts Center Marta station in Midtown

Atlanta, for easy access to that system’s

downtown stops.

Cobb County Airport - McCollum Field

Owned and operated by the county,

McCollum Airport serves as a general

aviation reliever airport for Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport by

hosting both business and personal aircraft

on its runways. In addition to various

aviation and fueling services, the airfield

also makes a substantial contribution to

the local economy, providing 842 jobs and

an economic output of $112 million per

year for the county.

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CommunityProfiles >> 2017

Choosing the

Best School

Resources to help the

decision making process

Cobb County Schools

(770) 426-3300

Number of Schools:

68 Elementary

25 Middle

16 High


12 Special Programs

Charter School System

Total # of Students: 112,708

Public Education in Cobb

Cobb is served by two separate school districts: the Cobb County

School District (CCSD) and Marietta City Schools (MCS). CCSD is

the second largest school system in the state and educates more

than 108,000 students each year. With two special education

centers, one adult education center and one performance

learning center—CCSD employs more than 13,000 teachers,

counselors and administrators. Since 1984, CCSD has had 56

schools named Georgia Schools of Excellence and 22 named

National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Marietta City Schools teaches nearly 9,000 students in the district’s

eight elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

Though it is a small system, it has garnered more than its share of

accolades over the years. U.S. News & World Report has named

Marietta High School one of the best high schools in the country

for four years running. The Washington Post bestowed a similar

honor in 2013 by naming Marietta High to its list of the country’s

most challenging high schools. MCS students consistently score in

the top percentiles of the state’s standardized Criterion-Referenced

Competency Tests (CRCT), as well as SAT and ACT.

With so many great schools across the county, Cobb students are

sure to be prepared for their college and professional careers. Here is

a quick look at just some of the county’s top schools; for additional

information, including zoning, be sure to check out the systems’

websites (www.cobb.k12.ga.us; www.marietta-city.k12.ga.us).

Mabry Middle

Mabry Middle recently received the designation of No Place for Hate

from the Anti-Defamation League’s Southeast Region for its efforts

to promote acceptance among students and staff. It is the first middle

school in the county to receive this designation.

Lassiter High

A Georgia School of Excellence four times over, Lassiter enrolls nearly

2,000 students. The school has been awarded AP Merit School status

because more than 20 percent of its student body takes advanced

placement exams each year, with 50 percent scoring a 3 or higher.

Walton High (charter)

This charter school consistently tops the charts for standardized test

scores and AP exam scores. In 2010, Walton students earned the

highest ACT scores in the state. Walton is also the only school in the

county to offer a nationally certified pre-engineering program.

Marietta City Schools

(770) 422-3500

Number of Schools:

7 Elementary

1 Sixth Grade

1 Middle

Marietta City


1 High

1 Magnet

Charter School System

Total # of Students: 8,800

Cobb County

Shallowford Falls Elementary

Reading is a high priority at Shallowford Falls: In 2012 (the most

recent year for which data is available), 100 percent of students met

or exceeded the CRCT standards for reading. The school’s reading

bowl team recently placed fourth in a divisional competition.

Timber Ridge Elementary

East Cobb’s Timber Ridge Elementary enrolls approximately 600

students in grades K through 5. In 2012 (the most recent year for

which data is available), 100 percent of students met or exceeded the

CRCT standards for reading.

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics

As the state’s first certified science, technology, engineering and

mathematics (STEM) school, the Center gives students an accelerated,

technology-based education. All students must meet strict academic

requirements in order to be admitted to and remain in the program.

Marietta Middle

The school moved into a new, renovated facility in 2002 that includes

two gymnasiums, five computer labs and three science labs for its

1,200 students.

Marietta High

Marietta High was established in 1892 and now has a student

population of nearly 2,000. Nearly 80 percent of its teachers have

Hightower Trail Middle

master’s degrees or higher, and the school recently earned recognition

In 2003, the school was named a Georgia School of Excellence. from the Georgia Department of Education for its AP classes and

Hightower also participates in the Partners for Education Program, exams for the fifth year in a row. In 2016 Marietta high School was

which pairs local business leaders with students for one-on-one named one of Washington Post’s ‘America’s Most Challenging High

reading and tutoring.


CommunityProfiles >> 2017 11

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy

Kennesaw (K–12)

cornerstoneprep.org (770) 529-7077

Founded in 2004, Cornerstone Preparatory Academy is a certified University-

Model School, which means students attend classes both on campus and in their

homes. This helps them develop the study skills and work ethic necessary to

succeed in a college environment. Current student enrollment at CPA is 380. In

their junior and senior years, students who qualify may participate in the school’s

dual enrollment program with Kennesaw State University; currently more than 10

percent of CPA’s students take advantage of this opportunity. Graduating seniors

recently earned more than $700,000 in college scholarships. Extracurricular

activities include entrepreneur classes, drama, engineering and newspaper.

Cumberland Christian Academy

Austell (PreK-3–12)

cumberlandchristian.org (770) 819-5040

Cumberland Christian Academy has been providing students an education steeped

in biblical philosophy since 1989. Class sizes average about 20 students, with a low

student/teacher ratio. CCA is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools

International. High school students have access to college and career counseling

to help with applications. Between 2011 and 2015, 100 percent of the school’s

graduating seniors had received acceptance to an institute of higher learning. Fine

Arts electives help students become a part of worship-centered music programs

and private lessons are also available in the visual and performing arts.

East Cobb Christian School

Marietta (K–8)

eccs.org (770) 565-0881

In addition to its emphasis on biblical teachings and prayer, East Cobb Christian

School also involves students’ families in the educational process. Parents of

first- and second-grade students teach a class four to six times a year. Parents of

students in other grade levels assist with classroom projects and chaperoning field

trips throughout the year. Class sizes throughout the school top out at 16 students,

with most classes in the lower school having between eight and 12 students. The

program for grades four through eight is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting


Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

Marietta (K–12)

mtbethelchristian.org (770) 971-0245

Founded in 1998, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy provides a rigorous collegepreparatory

program in an environment that builds confidence and character

in their students. What sets Mt. Bethel apart is uncomplicated and uncommon

- an expert and seasoned faculty who excel at nurturing each child to their fullest

potential in an environment of Christian love and acceptance.

The Academy has earned a remarkable reputation for uncompromising academic

standards. The challenging curriculum extends beyond the basic core subjects and

includes lower school courses in Latin, Spanish, technology, art, music, PE, and

Bible. Middle and upper school offers honors and AP classes as well as a STEAM

honors program, robotics, visual and performing arts, world languages, logic,

technology, yearbook, and Bible/apologetics.

Classes are small by design with servant leadership development beginning in

Prekindergarten and a one-to-one MacBook laptop program beginning in fifth

grade. The championship athletic program includes volleyball, soccer, crosscountry,

basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, swimming, archery, clay target, and


Mt. Bethel Christian Academy holds a dual accreditation with the Southern

Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent

Schools (SACS/SAIS). For more information, contact Jackie Grasty, Director of

Admission, at 770-971-0245 or jackie.grasty@mtbethelchristian.org.

Mount Paran Christian School

Kennesaw (preK–12)

mtparanschool.com (770) 578-0182

Since 1976, Mount Paran has been leading the way in Christian education in Cobb

County. Its impressive 65-acre campus near Kennesaw Mountain boasts two

libraries, two gymnasiums, multiple playgrounds and a state-of-the-art performing

arts center that includes a recording studio. Total enrollment across all grades is

almost 1,200, with class sizes ranging from 14 to 20; the student-teacher ratio stands

at 10:1 for the high school. Students can begin learning Spanish in preschool. K

through 5 students attend a weekly critical thinking skills class to build skills that

will enhance their academic careers. Mount Paran has earned dual accreditation

from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern

Association of Independent Schools.



North Cobb Christian School

Kennesaw (K–12)

ncchristian.org (770) 975-0252

North Cobb Christian (NCCS) was founded in 1983 by four local families who were

seeking an alternative to public education, and is now one of the largest independent

schools in the metro area, with a K through 12 enrollment of approximately 890

students. In addition to overall rigorous academics, students can also apply for

one of several distinctive academy programs. The non-denominational Christian

school promotes the core values of love, integrity, respect, responsibility and

service, and high school students are required to complete 46 hours of community

service prior to graduation. NCCS is accredited by AdvancEd, the Association

of Christian Schools International and Accredited with Quality by the Georgia

Accrediting Commission.

Shreiner Academy

Marietta (preK–8)

shreiner.com (770) 953-1340

Opened in the early 1980s, the Shreiner Academy was the second independent

school founded by members of the Shreiner family. The first school, the Church

Farm School in Paoli, Pennsylvania, opened in 1918. The school’s total enrollment

is around 200 students, so the average class size is only about 15. With its stellar

academics and options for before and after school extracurricular activities,

Shreiner students have many opportunities to thrive. The school’s 8-acre campus

includes playgrounds, swimming pools, a performing arts center, athletic fields

and more. Shreiner has earned the highest level of accreditation by the Georgia

Accrediting Commission as well as the National Independent Private Schools

Association and the National Council for Private School Accreditation.

The Walker School

Marietta (preK–12)

thewalkerschool.org (770) 427-2689

For almost 60 years, Walker has balanced challenging academics within our

nurturing environment. Our dedicated faculty are able to create meaningful

relationships with their students, giving them the confidence to explore the

boundless opportunities in arts, athletics, and leadership that Walker provides.

When students are ready to take the next step into college, our nationally renowned

college counseling program provides expert guidance, leading 100% of our

graduating seniors to the college of their choice.

Whitefield Academy

Smyrna/Vinings (preK4–12)

whitefieldacademy.com (678) 305-3000

Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, PreK4 through 12th college preparatory

school located on a beautiful 100-acre campus in the Smyrna/Vinings area.

Whitefield provides students with a rigorous academic curriculum, including 31

AP and Honors courses. The school offers a well-rounded extracurricular program

with 14 after-school programs in the Lower School, 39 clubs and organizations,

and 53 athletic teams. Whitefield has earned five athletic state championships and

multiple athletic region championships. It has an award-winning arts program

with multiple Scholastic Arts winners, regional One-Act play awards and musical

ensembles which entertain across the state. Each year, Whitefield graduates are

offered millions in scholarships and grants, and are admitted to acclaimed colleges

and universities across the United States such as Columbia University, Dartmouth

College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University,

and Washington and Lee University.

The Wood Acres School

Marietta (PreK-2–8)

woodacresschool.org (770) 971-1880

Originally known as the Wood Acres Country Day School, Wood Acres was

founded in 1969 and moved to its present location in 1983. It is accredited by the

Georgia Accrediting Commission and also the Foreign Language Association of

Georgia. The Embassy of Spain, Office of Education, has designated the school as

an International Spanish Academy—one of the few schools in Georgia to be so

honored—and students can begin their foreign language studies at the age of 3.

Wood Acres’ low student/teacher ratio and rigorous academics make it one of the

metro area’s best values for independent education.

CommunityProfiles >> 2017



Carman Adventist School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 80 Year: 1958

Casa Montessori School

Grades: PK-6 Enrollments: 165 Year: 1974

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy

Grades: 1K-12 Enrollment: 400 Year: 2004

Covenant Christian School

Grades: K4-8 Enrollment: 240 Year: 1975

Covered Bridge Academy

Grades: 1-5 Enrollment: 11 Year: 1999

Cumberland Christian Academy

Grades: K3-5 Enrollment: 250 Year: 1989

Cumberland Christian Academy

Grades: 6-8 Enrollment: 110 Year: 1989

Cumberland Christian Academy

Grades: 9-12 Enrollment: 85 Year: 1989

Dominion Christian School

Grades: 6-12 Enrollment: 250 Year: 1997

East Cobb Christian School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 140 Year: 1987

Eastside Christian School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 350 Year: 1983

Faith Lutheran School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 225 Year: 1958

Foundations School

Grades: PK-6 Enrollment: 200 Year: 2004

Midway Covenant Christian School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 325 Year: 1996

Mount Bethel Christian Academy

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 500 Year:1998

Mount Bethel Christian Academy

Grades: 9-12 Enrollment: 70 Year:1998

Mount Paran Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1,200 Year: 1983

North Cobb Christian School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 890 Year: 1926

Praise Academy

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 350 Year: 1983

Shiloh Hills Christian School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 260 Year: 1980

Shreiner Academy

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 512 Year: 1980

St. Joseph Catholic School

Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 500 Year: 1953

The Walker School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 950 Year: 1957

The Wood Acres School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 400 Year: 1969

Whitefield Academy

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 800 Year: 1997


(770) 424-0606 1330 North Cobb Parkway, Marietta, GA 30062 caschool.org

(770) 973-2731 150 Powers Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30067 casamontessori.com

(770) 529.7077 4310 Moon Station Lane, Acworth, GA 30101 cornerstoneprep.org

(770) 435-1596 3130 Atlanta Rd, Smyrna, GA 30080 ccssmyrna.org

(770) 801-8292 488 Hurt Rd SW, Smyrna, GA 30082 coveredbridgeacademy.com

(770) 819-6437 2356 Clay Rd SW, Austell, GA 30106 cumberlandchristian.org

(770) 819-9942 4900 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, GA 30126 cumberlandchristian.org

(770) 423-0404 2115 Pair Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30008 cumberlandchristian.org

(770) 420-2153 4607 Burnt Hickory Rd NW, Marietta, GA 30064 dominionchristian.org

(770) 971-2332 4616 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068 eccs.org

(770) 971--2332 2450 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068 eastsidechristianschool.com

(770) 973-8921 2111 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068 faithmarietta.com/school

(770) 429-4799 1500 Stanley Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30152 foundationsschool.com

(770) 590-1866 4635 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs, GA 30127 midwayschool.org

(770) 971-0245 4385 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068 mtbethelchristian.org

(770) 971-0245 2509 Post Oak Tritt Rd, Marietta, GA 30062 mtbethelchristian.org

(770) 578-0182 1275 Stanley Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152 mtparanschool.com

(770) 975-0252 4500 Lakeview Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144 ncchristian.org

(770) 943-2484 4052 Hiram Lithia Springs Rd,Powder Springs, GA 30127 praiseacademy.com

(770) 926-7729 260 Hawkins Store Rd NE, Kennesaw, GA 30144 shilohhills.com/school

(770) 953-1340 1340 Terrell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30067 shreiner.com

(770) 428-3328 81 Lacy Street, Marietta, GA. 30060 stjosephschool.org

(770) 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway N, Marietta GA 30062 thewalkerschool.org

(770) 971-1880 1772 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30062 woodacresschool.org

(678) 305-3000 1 Whitefield Dr SE, Mableton, GA 30126 whitefieldacademy.com

Youth Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 150 Year: 1947

(770) 943-1394 4967 Brownsville Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127 youthchristian.org

CommunityProfiles >> 2017 13

Atlanta Real Estate Market





(770) 971-2332

(770) 975-0252


Acworth 337 62 $190,730

Alpharetta 41 81 $562,579

Ball Ground 190 68 $228,835

Canton 1,544 66 $260,106

Holly Springs 8, 27 $205,221

Roswell 11 69 $300,218

Waleska 108 79 $236,439

White 16 82 $252,394

Woodstock 1,693 47 $232,806


Acworth 820 46 $220,568

Austell 332 55 $108,674

Kennesaw 1,263 45 $223,425

Mableton 555 53 $224,375

Marietta 3,631 45 $274,446

Powder Springs 687 53 $202,601

Roswell 182 35 $369,900

Smyrna 1,121 45 $251,616

Vinings 427 49 $299,884


Alpharetta 327 38 $296,915

Ball Ground 22 70 $283,907

Cumming 2,854 59 $308,038

Dawsonville 27 57 $236,390

Duluth 50 63 $788,574

Gainesville 218 80 $271,062

Suwanee 382 53 $415,194


Alpharetta 1,696 44 $350,772

Buckhead 1,862 57 $560,188

Duluth 74 63 $392,926

Dunwoody 210 59 $449,180

Johns Creek 522 42 $435,426

Milton 268 69 $639,442

NW Atlanta 1,058 58 $192,713

Roswell 1,242 45 $346,422

Sandy Springs 1,108 53 $385,953

Virginia Highlands 1,096 41 $373,030


Auburn 41 55 $215,673

Berkeley 24 46 $435,010

Bethlehem 28 48 $195,227

Braselton 63 74 $405,483

Buford 780 51 $228,336

Dacula 561 58 $236,337

Duluth 775 46 $247,816

Grayson 241 72 $240,679

Hoschton 59 56 $290,759

Lawrenceville 2,339 47 $174,946

Lilburn 627 55 $191,288

Loganville 414 52 $168,233

Norcross 608 48 $168,000

Peachtree Corners 182 42 $324,182

Snellville 877 55 $174,381

Stone Mountain 125 49 $153,197

Sugar Hill 367 48 $215,147

Suwanee 735 42 $303,006

Tucker 102 42 $199,589


Chart Courtesy of Smart Real Estate Data of Recent 12 month period

CommunityProfiles >> 2017

New Homes

in Atlanta

Are Coming

Back Strong

By David Ellis,

Executive Vice

President, Greater

Atlanta Home Builders


The housing and new home market in the Atlanta region

continues to improve and the prospects going forward

look very good.

After the greatest housing downturn in American

history, new home construction in our region is

rebounding at a brisk pace. During the downturn, new

home construction in our area fell almost 90%. In 2016,

around 20,000 new homes were built in our community.

This year, the numbers will be even better. The Atlanta

region has regained its footing with burgeoning job

growth and economic incentives that are breathing new

life back into our local economy. Today, Atlanta has the

third highest new home permit rate in the country. As

consumer confidence continues to rise and the interest

rates stay low, the demand for new homes will continue

to increase.

As the housing recovery began, the growth was concentrated

in the northern portion of the region in Forsyth, Cobb and the

new cities of North Fulton. In the last year, other areas of

Atlanta have begun to surge. Gwinnett County returned to

being our fastest growing county. New home construction

has begun to return throughout the region. Every county in

the metro area has seen improved permits and new home

sales in the past year.

Still, housing inventory levels have been at historically low

levels for well over a year. In addition, builders have to face

headwinds in the regulatory environment, labor market

restraints and rising land costs. Even with these issues,

Atlanta’s new home market is moving forward and growing.

Smaller builders and developers are still finding it challenging

to find credit to meet the demands of the market. However,

credit is slowing becoming available through community

and state banks, as well as private investors who see the

opportunities in housing. Increasingly, builders of all sizes

are able to join in the housing recovery.

Home buyers are also finding positives in low mortgage

interest rates and more reasonable mortgage qualifying

standards. Atlanta remains as one of the most affordable

major housing markets in the country. Consistently, Atlanta

is named as one of the markets in the nation where home

buying is more affordable than renting. Also, homes today

are more energy efficient and are designed to accommodate

the technologies that home owners want to see today.

The home building market in Atlanta is gaining strength.

Low interest rates, regional job growth, growing consumer

confidence and rising home values are all very positive signs.

All the market indicators are pointing in the right direction.

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CommunityProfiles >> 2017 15


Education in

Cobb County

Cobb County houses a highly educated workforce, strong public

education systems and many opportunities to receive higher

education in a multitude of industries. Cobb County is home to the

third-largest public state university – Kennesaw State University,

as well as Life University, and Chattahoochee Technical College.

Together, these colleges and universities account for more than

45,000 students with 7,800 graduates in Cobb County annually.

Aside from the many major public state universities, Cobb

County is also home to many non-traditional colleges such as

Georgia Highlands College, University of Phoenix and Central

Michigan University.

Kennesaw State University

kennesaw.edu (770) 423-6000

Kennesaw State University, known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense

of community, has been a four-year institution accredited by the Southern

Association of Colleges and Schools since 1976. Located just northwest of

Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, KSU offers

campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw. It is the third-largest university in

Georgia, with more than 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students,

representing 132 countries. In January of 2015, the Board of Regents of the

University System of Georgia approved the consolidation of Kennesaw and

Southern Polytechnic Universities, one of the state’s leading educators in the

fields of technology and engineering.

The new Kennesaw State University combines the best from two of

Georgia’s most well-respected institutions in higher education, offering

students a broad range of quality academics, as well as a growing campus life

and athletic programs. With more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and

doctoral degree programs in business, engineering, architecture, nursing,

teaching, math and science programs, graduates of KSU enter the job market

prepared for careers as wide-ranging as international conflict management

to podiatry. KSU’s nursing program is the largest in the state and has the

medical community seeking its graduates. Their College of Continuing

Education offers more than 2,500 courses and hosts nearly 50,000 people

attending meetings or conferences annually in the KSU Center.

Being recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top

universities in the region, the new Kennesaw State University is positioned

to become one of Georgia’s world-class comprehensive higher education


Chattahoochee Technical College

chattahoocheetech.edu (770) 528-4545

Chattahoochee Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of

Georgia and is geared for individuals, business, industry and communities.

On July 1, 2009, Chattahoochee Technical College came into being from

the merger of three previously independent units of the Technical College

System of Georgia – Appalachian Technical College, Chattahoochee

Technical College, and North Metro Technical College. Chattahoochee

Technical College, established in 1961 as Marietta/Cobb Area Vocational

Technical School, served Cobb and Paulding counties with its main campus


Kennesaw State University, Courtesy of KSU

in Marietta, GA. In 1988, with the formation of the Department of Technical

and Adult Education, the school adopted the name of Chattahoochee

Technical Institute, and in 2000, all technical institutes were re-named to

technical colleges. The proximity of the three colleges in northern central

Georgia led to the decision to merge. Representatives from the Boards of

Directors of the three colleges decided to adopt Chattahoochee Technical

College as the name for the new entity. Now, with a combined service area

of six counties (Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, and Pickens)

and with eight campuses and online offerings, Chattahoochee Technical

College serves approximately 20,000 students annually. Through traditional

campuses and online means, the college offers 70+ degrees, diplomas and

certificates in 45 programs of study including Business Sciences, Computer

Sciences and Engineering Technology, Technical Studies, Personal and

Public Services and Health Sciences. The wide-range of educational courses,

many of which are accepted for transfer by the University System of Georgia,

include Community and Economic Development courses, Adult Education

classes and special programs for high school students.

Life University

life.edu (770) 426-2600

Nestled away in Marietta, Georgia on more than 100 acres of wooded

terrain, Life University provides its students with small classrooms, industry

thought leaders as professors, and a health and wellness lifestyle amidst a

green, nature-centric campus. The University provides five miles of walking

trails, a 19th century historic village, and a lake and stream. Founded in

1974, Life University is a health sciences institution, with 17 accredited

degree programs, including the world’s largest and most philosophically

sound Doctor of Chiropractic program. Ranked number eight by U.S.

News and World Report among the most affordable private universities in

the nation, the university is home to almost 3,000 students from around

the world. With an undergraduate population of 800 students, Life has a

student-faculty ration of 17:1. Recently, it has expanded its curriculum to

offer a variety of degrees in health care, science, psychology, business, and

other general studies programs. Its health programs share the vision that

all living organisms are self-maintaining and self-healing. Its innovative

programs like PEAK (Practice, Excellence, Art and Knowledge) help

interning chiropractic students be immediately prepared to begin their

professional career upon graduation.

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Cobb County



Cobb County Health Care

The hospital landscape in metropolitan Atlanta is as much a

reflection of the city’s growth as any of the traditional economic

indicators. It wasn’t so long ago that the choice of hospital was driven

by where your doctor had privileges, without concern for geography.

Fortunately, hospital systems now recognize the need to provide

residents access to any treatment they need, from simple procedures

to the latest in medical technology, no matter where they live. The

metro area boasts health care systems that consistently rank as some

of the best in the county in everything from maternity care to cancer


In Cobb County, the WellStar network of hospitals was one of the

first in the metro area to adopt advanced robotic surgical techniques

for a variety of cardiac and gynecological procedures. In fact, one

of its physicians performed the world’s first laparoscopic gallbladder

removals and has since trained more than 15,000 surgeons to

perform the procedure. WellStar also has a network of clinics and

hospice facilities that can care for patients at every stage of life. Below

is information on just a few of the outstanding medical facilities

located right here in Cobb County.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

www.choa.org/cobb (770) 509-1025

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, ranked on the U.S. News & World

Report list of best children’s hospitals 2016, has four locations in

Cobb—Town Center in Kennesaw and three in Marietta. Each

location has its own specialties, including orthotics and prosthetics,

nephrology, sports medicine, urgent care and radiology.

Emory-Adventist Hospital

emoryadventist.org (770) 434-0710

Located in Smyrna, Emory-Adventist offers everything from

imaging and nutritional counseling to orthopedic specialty services,

emergency services and a sleep lab. As the only Christian hospital

in Cobb County, Emory-Adventist hospital attends to both patients’

physical and spiritual needs. The hospital is operated by Adventist

Health System, the world’s largest Protestant health care system.

With a full calendar of classes, seminars and other events, Emory-

Adventist works hard to keep the community healthy and happy.

Kaiser Permanente

healthy.kaiserpermanente.org (404) 365-0966

While Kaiser Permanente’s West Cobb Medical Center does not

include emergency or urgent care services, it specializes in adult

medicine, behavioral health, gynecology, senior member services

and much more. Located in Austell, the West Cobb location is the

first eco-friendly building in the Georgia region.

Northside Hospital

www.northside.com (404) 851-8000

Northside Urgent Care and Family Medicine in Marietta offers one

location for all minor emergencies and family care needs. Staffed by

board-certified physicians, this location has extended office hours

and is committed to personalized care and communication.

WellStar Health System

wellstar.org (770) 956-STAR (7827)

This nonprofit system includes Cobb, Douglas, Fulton, Kennestone,

Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group; seven

urgent care centers; Health Place, a fitness center that also provides

massage therapists and nutritional counselors; home care; hospice;

Atherton Place, an independent, personal care and memory care

senior community; Paulding Nursing Center; and a variety of

medical practices. WellStar Health System delivers world-class

health care for more than 600,000 people in and around Atlanta.

Specialists and primary care providers work in a multidisciplinary

environment with more than 20,000 diverse team members

throughout its 11 hospitals and 225 health care locations.

Kennestone Hospital

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Senior Living

in Atlanta

By Gwyn Herbein

Relocation can happen to anyone, at any time, for any reason. Maybe

your dream job just opened up in another state, or you want to be

closer to your extended family. Whatever the reason, there are often

other considerations that have to be made beyond what neighborhood

to live in and where to send the kids to school. Members of the socalled

“sandwich generation”—which refers to those who are caring for

or supporting both their older parents and their children—are having to

strike a delicate balance. In 2013, the Pew Research Center found that

47 percent of adults in the 40s and 50s have both a parent age 65 and

older and are either raising a young family or financially supporting a

child over the age of 18.

Relocation can often mean finding a suitable place for an aging

parent to live, or planning for the “what ifs” if a person’s health or

ability to live independently changes. Companies like Arbor, Brookdale,

Peregrine, Insignia and others operate facilities and resources to help

families find the best fit for their loved ones.

Beginning the process

Today’s senior living facilities go to great lengths to understand the

needs of their residents, which goes far beyond their medical history

and current medications list. “Our [sales people are] trained in how

to discover who the person is, what is this legacy and life story of the

individual who is coming to us,” explains Shirley Paulk, R.N., senior vice

president of sales and marketing at the Arbor Company. The company

operates nine facilities in Georgia, including several in the metro Atlanta

area like Decatur, East Cobb, Alpharetta and Johns Creek.

“It’s not one size fits all; it’s a very customized approach we have

for each individual,” says Paulk. That could mean an adult child coming

with their parent, or an older couple who may be beginning to realize

they are no longer comfortable living alone in their home. After the

initial consultation, Arbor’s senior care counselors make home visits

to further understand the personal priorities of the resident and what

material items they may want to bring with them to help preserve their

memories even while they make new ones. “Our job is to help people

see it’s just a bend in the road, a new intersection, rather than the end

of the road,” says Paulk. That even includes additional counseling in the

case of complicated family dynamics.

Each family also has a different dynamic when it comes to making

decisions. Sterling Estates, which operates senior living communities in

East and West Cobb, has counselors on staff to guide seniors and their

adult children through the process. “Furthermore, our websites have

a wealth of educational information to help with the decision making

process,” says Pete Green, partner at Sterling Estates’ development

division, HCC Senior Living Group. The online information speaks to

those who know exactly what type of community they need as well as

those who are just beginning the process and may be overwhelmed by

the options.

Finding a home

One of the many decisions that must be made is what type of living is

right for the resident, even within a facility. Arbor offers independent

living, assisted living and memory care. Within the memory care

neighborhoods, there are two levels: Bridges, which Paulk describes

as being for those in the early stages of cognitive impairment. “It’s a

smaller and more intimate setting. By keeping that type of resident

together, we can get creative in how we do our programming,” she says.

Evergreen is a secured neighborhood for those with more progressive

dementia, and both neighborhoods are served by staff specially trained

for dementia care.


Senior living facilities are also prepared to take on the health

challenges that come with aging, regardless of whether they happen

slowly or quickly. Arbor facilities constantly communicate with the

family and the resident’s primary health care provider when a sudden

medical change occurs.

Sterling Estates provides a continuum of housing options so that

residents can seamlessly transition to other types of housing when

their health needs change. “Our Sterling Estates communities have

independent residences that are cottages, garden homes and/or

apartments. Additionally, our large Main Residences allows for either

independent living or assisted living,” explains Green. “Furthermore,

couples don’t need to separate when one spouse ages more rapidly.”

All Sterling residents have personal emergency transponders to notify

staff in case of an emergency, 24/7 nursing care and are near two major

hospitals in Cobb. “Third party therapy companies, other health care

professionals and doctors are available to treat residents on-site,” adds


Living the life

Once a family has made the decision to move a loved one into a senior

living facility, the focus turns to making the transition as seamless as

possible. Before moving to an Arbor facility, families are visited by an

engagement counselor who takes the time to learn whether the resident

is a person who enjoys quiet time for reading, or a social butterfly. “We

believe in deep connections, and taking what we learn about them

and connecting them to others,” says Paulk. The information gathered

by the engagement counselor helps inform everything from at which

dining table the resident will eat meals to who their neighbors will be.

Financial counselors are also available to help residents untangle the

many intricacies of life insurance, veterans’ benefits and other financial

assets that will help pay for care.

After the boxes are unpacked, residents are then encouraged to

engage in a wide range of activities offered by the facilities. “There are

so many daily opportunities to engage within and outside our immediate

neighborhoods that foster mental stimulation and enjoyment,” says

Green, all of which are part of the “Living a Sterling Life” motto. “’Living

a Sterling Life’ is all about promoting and engaging in a healthy lifestyle

through nutritious and enjoyable meal plans, exercise tailored to

individual needs and providing socialization engagement opportunities

for our residents that they otherwise don’t have by living alone,” explains

Green. “Our overriding goal is providing our residents the programs and

services necessary to remain active and as independent as possible.”

Arbor offers art and music studios, rehab and fitness facilities, as well as

a beauty salon and libraries.

No matter their current or future health needs, metro area seniors

and their families can rest assured that there is a facility that is a

good fit. From the beginning of the research process through difficult

conversations and decisions, today’s senior living facilities are there

every step of the way.

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Now for the Fun Part!

By Lisa Mowry

After months of finding your new

house, it’s time to figure out the

right decorating and remodeling

projects to make it wonderful.

Is there anything more intimidating than an empty house? The

possibilities are enormous, but nobody wants to spend money

on the wrong priorities—or last year’s trends. We’ve asked the

experts to help homebuyers get started on making their new home

everything it can be.


Dale Contant, president-elect of the National Association of the Remodeling

Industry and owner of Atlanta Design & Build (atlantadesignbuild.com), offers

his expertise:

Which areas of the house do homebuyers typically approach you to remodel

as a top priority for them?

Contant: Kitchens and master bathrooms are by far the most popular

for every size house. Baby-boomers want any older home they’ve

purchased to have fresh kitchen and bathrooms, floors and paint.

As far as other projects: basements are another key area to update, as well

as other bathrooms in the house.

Do you recommend that homeowners try to do as much as possible before

moving in?

Contant: It makes for a good transition to have the floors refinished or carpeted,

new paint, and any areas that desperately need updating to be done prior to

moving in. It’s a lot harder to do with furniture in place and living through the

mess; if you remodel before you move in, there’s less inconvenience and it can

be done faster.

What are some trends you’re seeing in kitchens and baths these days?

Kitchens: We’re seeing that homeowners are removing walls and making an

open floor plan. They seem to prefer a larger, single level island rather than the

multi-level ones from past years, with stone or quartz countertops. We also see

more upgrades in appliances than from previous years, and the popularity of

farmhouse sinks.

Master bathrooms: Bathrooms these days are featuring a much larger shower,

often with a “curbless entry,” large format tile, heated tile floors, and frameless

showers. We are also adding more freestanding soaking tubs, and linen


What about outdoor areas...do you see that as a popular area of the house

for Atlantans to remodel or upgrade?

Contant: With such a great spring, summer, fall and even winter in Atlanta, we

can use the exterior areas of our home year-round. What we’re seeing a lot of:

screen porches with fireplaces and TVs, fancy decks, hot tub areas, outdoor

kitchens, waterfalls and serene landscape features, fire pits, and exterior

fireplaces—all sorts of ways to link the outdoors and indoors.

This built-on screened porch has it all: stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and wiring for an outdoor

TV—plus an adjacent deck to get a little sun. Photos courtesy of Atlanta Design & Build;

photos by Brian Reeves of Perfect Day Photos.



Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole make up Kandrac & Kole Interior Design (kandrackole.com),

voted one of Atlanta’s top interior design firms by the Atlanta

Business Chronicle. They are frequently featured in magazines such as Better

Homes & Gardens. Their thoughts on decorating with a plan:

What are some of the first steps homeowners should take to go about

decorating their new house?

Kelly Kole: Having just gone thru this process myself (after living in a house

for 18 years) I would advise homeowners to begin the process by ruthlessly

purging. Only keep the things that are of quality and that you love; sell or

donate the others. Once you are dealing with an inventory of only the items you

really love, start thinking about how they can be reused in different rooms. It’s

fun to give new life to a piece of art, a table or chair by putting it in an entirely

new space. I took photographs and measurements of my remaining inventory

and then started to assign pieces to rooms. Once I did this, I knew where I

needed to fill in pieces.

Do you have any general guidelines to help people start the process, such as

identifying favorite colors?

Joann Kandrac: I know some designers say to start with the rug, others choose

fabrics, others have a different set of factors. One of my favorite ground rules

is to select a palette based on a favorite piece of art. If you had a piece of art

in the family room in a previous house, maybe now it will work in the master

bedroom, for instance. Take the opportunity to reinvent your existing pieces in

different parts of your new home.

What do you think are some exciting trends and opportunities in these areas

of the house?


Joann: This is a place you can make a tremendous visual impact and one good

way to do that is with wallpaper. It is making a big comeback and a foyer is

a perfect place to incorporate it. Another opportunity in this area is to have

fun with the flooring. Examples might be to mix marble and wood in the same

room, or use flooring in a chevron or brick-style pattern.

Living room:

Joann: Make this room a true room to live in; gone are the days of the “too

nice to sit on” furniture and the museum-like furnishings. Make this room

comfortable and cohesive to family time, not a room that is only “for show.”

Dining room:

Kelly: Formal dining rooms are not as common as they once were. Some

homeowners are turning their dining room into a more multi-functional space

– such as also a library, music room, or craft room. For those homeowners who

still want a dining room, we are seeing a trend toward a more casual area. One

way to accomplish this is by using a mix of seating options. We are designing

these spaces with a mix of wood and upholstered chairs, benches and banquets

(like a small sofa made to cozy up to a dining table). Also, a large interesting

chandelier can transform a dining room. Most chandeliers we see in clients’

homes are too small.

Family room/TV room:

Kelly: Our clients are busy families, so the fabric choices we make are very

important. We are selecting Sunbrella and Crypton fabrics in many of our

projects. These fabrics are traditionally known for their indoor/outdoor

qualities but the patterns, colors and softness have come a long way. They are

durable and easy to clean, which appeals to everybody. We are also designing

family rooms that appeal to everybody in the family—such as a quiet reading

corner, a small desk to work at, a pub table for games, or a large, deep sofa for

curling up in front of a movie.


Joann: Incorporating bold and oversized light fixtures can update your kitchen

in a big way. Storage is another game changer for functionality in a kitchen.

In terms of cabinetry, it’s handy to incorporate trash/recycling pullouts, rollout

drawers, spice pullouts and even special storage for dog bowls/food.

Powder room:

Joann: This is the space where company can close the door and really take it all

in. Even though this is probably the smallest room in the house, it can have the

most impact. The use of a graphic wall covering or an intense paint color for

the ceiling is one clever way. Painting this room a dark color is also a great way

to add drama and it does NOT make the room look smaller.

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Master bedroom:

Kelly: Normally the last room that our clients decorate, the master bedroom

is really one of the most important spaces for homebuyers. We are enjoying

designing with “smart furniture” these days-- bedside tables that have a built

in night light under the table, hidden drawers for iphones/ipads to charge, or

headboards that have a hidden panel with an LED reading light. We are also

layering windows with custom linen panels but then using a black out cellular

shade underneath--a big hit with the teenagers!

Home office:

Kelly: With technology becoming smaller and more efficient, a home office

can be a light-filled corner of a room, a renovated closet, or a portion of a

laundry room or butlers pantry. We are also seeing trends towards wellness

and ergonomics in the office - standing desks, adjustable smart chairs (where

you can adjust the height, the lumbar and the arms) and LED lighting that is

easy on the eyes.

They gave the dining room a new look with slipcovered chairs and a more casual light fixture

with some size to it (the previous one was wimpy).

Photos courtesy Kandrac-Kole and photographer Emily Followill.

“We were able to use about 40% of this Atlanta family’s previous things for their new house,”

says Kelly Kole. To upgrade the family room, they painted the built-ins a soothing gray, and

livened up an existing sectional with new pillows and rug in colorful hues.

Photos courtesy Kandrac-Kole and photographer Emily Followill.











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Welcome to Atlanta!

On behalf of the Georgia Restaurant

Association (GRA), I would like to

welcome you to Atlanta. Whether

it is for a rehearsal dinner, a 90th

birthday celebration or a college

graduation party, restaurants

know how to set the table for any

occasion. Restaurants provide a

gathering place and create a sense

of community, while fostering

social relationships, memories and

just fulfilling the need for connection. Restaurateurs strive

to create memorable dining experiences with relentless

planning, attention to detail and commitment to service.

The restaurant industry is a very special and unique

industry. In this digital world that we are living in today,

we cannot go out to eat online. Restaurants still require

a need for face-to-face interaction, both internally as an

employer and externally as a patron.

Now more than ever, Americans are dining outside of

their homes. Restaurants constitute a particularly large

and growing share of our economy and it is important to

promote dining out locally so that our economy continues

to thrive. When supporting local businesses, there is an

opportunity to preserve local character and prosperity. It

creates a sense of community well-being. Dining locally

will keep the dollars at home and continue to support the

businesses in the area. Restaurants tend to combine our

neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships.

The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s

restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. The

GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association

to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the

state’s foodservice industry. The GRA serves as the unified

voice for over 17,000 foodservice and drinking places in

the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $17.1

billion which provides more than 438,900 jobs. From large

chains to state-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better

place for restaurants to do business and helps make

restaurants better for Georgia.

So as we work to set the table for our restaurant members,

let your local restaurants set the table. Enjoy the dining

destinations in your community and remember to dine

out and dine often.


Karen Bremer


CommunityProfiles >> 2017

Dining Out

in Cobb

Over the past few years, the Atlanta metro area has become a

foodie paradise. Chef-driven concepts are taking center stage and

using locally grown, seasonal ingredients, which means diners can

find any type of cuisine they may desire, from comfort food at the

local diner to a wide range of ethnic cuisine and established chain

restaurants. To celebrate the best and brightest, many of Cobb’s

cities have their own restaurant weeks throughout the year, where

diners can sample some of the area’s best food from a fixed-price

menu. Here are just a few of Cobb’s best culinary options:

Copeland’s Restaurant

Chequers Seafood + Steak

1401 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

chequersseafood.com (770) 977-9324

Chequers Seafood + Steak is an upscale seafood

restaurant offering simply-prepared fresh fish,

premium steaks, an impressive wine cellar and

handcrafted cocktails. Chequers is the perfect

setting for your banquet, private

party, business lunch or any other special

occasion that demands an excellent meal and

elegant setting. We offer versatile accommodations

and a wide selection of menu choices

for large groups of 10 or more up to 75.


4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta

canoeatl.com (770) 432-2663

Consistently rated one of Atlanta’s best

restaurants, this oasis on the banks of the

Chattahoochee River serves up classic

American fare with a touch of Southern

flair. The restaurant was forced to close in

September 2009 due to severe flooding, but

reopened with great fanfare just two months


Caper’s on Main

1635 Old 41 Highway NW, Kennesaw

capersonmain.com (678) 594-7735

For more than 10 years, Caper’s has been

serving classic steak, seafood and pasta in a

Mediterranean-tinged atmosphere. Though

it moved from Main Street to a strip mall in

2010, its loyal customer base had no trouble




3101 Cobb Pkwy, Suite 220, Atlanta

(770) 612-3311

1142 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy NW, Kennesaw

(770) 919-9612

Do you dream in Cajun? Then Copeland’s

is the place for you! Offering the very best

in Cajun, Creole, & American cuisine,

Copeland’s is the finest you’ll find east of the

Bayou! With something special every day of

the week, you’re sure to find a favorite. Voted

Best Brunch in Atlanta, our New Orleans Live

Jazz Sunday Brunch Buffet is our crowning

glory, so don’t miss it! Join us today and

discover your new favorite restaurant!

Heirloom Market BBQ

2243 Akers Mill Road, Atlanta

heirloommarketbbq.com (770) 612-2502

Heirloom brings together two seemingly

disparate flavors and styles: Texas and Korean

barbeque. The results are some of the tastiest

ribs and pulled pork sandwiches this side of

the Chattahoochee.

Henry’s Louisiana Grill

4835 N Main St., Acworth


(770) 966-1515

Often credited with launching the

revitalization of Acworth’s downtown square,

Henry’s recreates the Big Easy with ease, from

Mardi Gras beads to authentic gumbo.

Marietta Diner

306 Cobb Parkway S, Marietta


(770) 423-9390

It is probably no accident that the wait staff

walks diners past the brightly lit dessert cases

featuring foot-tall cakes on the way to their

table. This 24-hour Marietta staple serves

everything from breakfast to burgers.

Marlow’s Tavern


1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208, Marietta

(770) 977-7747

745 Chastain Road NW, Suite 1160,


(770) 425-8777

2355 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10, Atlanta

(770) 432-2526

With several locations around town, this local

chain recreates the friendly neighborhood

tavern, perfect for an after-work drink,

dinner with friends or leisurely Sunday


Mountain Biscuits

1718 Old 41 Highway NW, Marietta

(770) 419-3311

Located at the edge of Kennesaw Mountain

National Park, this converted gas station does

a booming business. Don’t miss classics like

biscuits and gravy or fried chicken biscuit.

Muss & Turner’s

1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, #309, Smyrna

mussandturners.com (770) 434-1114

Not many sandwich shops can claim the kind

of success bestowed upon Muss & Turner’s.

The Smyrna deli, wine and beer shop opened

in 2005, and by early 2006 it had added a fullservice

bistro with a wine and beer bar.

Seed Kitchen and Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta

eatatseed.com (678) 214-6888

Located in East Cobb’s Merchant’s Walk

shopping center, this chef-driven restaurant

serves modern American fare and innovative


South City Kitchen Vinings

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE, #401, Smyrna


(770) 435-0700

This outpost of the Midtown classic has been

voted the best fried chicken in Cobb County,

and of course, diners should also save room

for its traditional banana pudding. Enjoy

eating al fresco on beautiful spring and

summer days.

Thaicoon & Sushi Bar

34 Mill St. NE, Marietta

thaicoonmarietta.com (678)766-0641

Located on the Marietta Square, Thaicoon

has been serving traditional Thai and

Japanese dishes since 2002.

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to have


Cobb County has a wealth of

entertainment options for families.

Explore everything from opera

performances and arts festivals to

museums exhibitions and hiking

trails. Below are just some of the

family attractions Cobb County has

to offer, along with websites for more


Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


(770) 916-2800

The 2,750-seat venue hosts Broadway

shows, ballet, concerts, educational

shows, family performances and the

Atlanta Opera.

Earl Smith Strand Theatre

earlsmithstrand.org (770) 293-0080

This renovated 1935 Art Deco theater

located on Marietta Square has a full

calendar of movie screenings, concerts

and other performances.

The Georgia Ballet

georgiaballet.org (770) 528-0881

In addition to their performances at

the Marietta Performing Arts Center,

this troupe operates a dance school

for children and provides field trip

performances for area students.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra

georgiasymphony.org (770) 429-7016

Founded in 1951 and now under the

direction of Michael Alexander, the

GSO attracts talented musicians from

all over the metro area for its annual


Gone With the Wind Museum

gwtwmarietta.com (770) 794-5576

This museum opened on the Marietta

Square in 2003 and boasts an extensive

collection of memorabilia from the

famed book and movie, including scripts

and costumes.

Kennesaw Mountain National

Battlefield Park

nps.gov/kemo (770) 427-4686

Relive one of the key battles of the Civil

War’s Atlanta Campaign at this 2,923-

acre battlefield.

Mable House Arts Center

mablehouse.org (770) 819-7765

From children’s music classes to tours

of the historic house and a free summer

concert series, this Mableton arts

complex has something for everyone.

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art


(770) 528-1444

As the only art museum in the metro

area to focus on American art, the

MCMA has cultivated an impressive

collection of pieces from the 18th

century to the present.

Marietta Museum of History

mariettahistory.org (770) 794-5710

This museum makes its home in a 19th

century cotton warehouse that also

served as a hospital during the Civil

War. Its recently opened Aviation Wing

brings the area’s aviation history to life.

Mountasia Family Fun Center


(770) 422-3440

Engage in some friendly competition at

this recreational complex that includes

go karts, mini golf and an arcade.

The Root House Museum


(770) 426-4982

The Cobb Landmarks and Historical

Society operates this Greek Revival

house that originally belonged to one of

Marietta’s first druggists.

Silver Comet Trail

silvercometga.com (404) 875-7284

From the trailhead in Smyrna, this 61.5-

mile paved trail created from abandoned

railway lines extends all the way to the

Georgia/Alabama state line.

Six Flags Over Georgia

sixflags.com/overgeorgia (770) 739-3400

A state-of-the-art theme park with more

than 100 rides, shows and attractions.

Six Flags White Water

sixflags.com/whitewater (70) 948-9290

Take the edge off the summer heat at

this waterslide amusement park. Enjoy

body slides, tube slides and a lazy river

that winds its way around the park.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens

smithgilbertgardens.com (770) 919-0248

Boasting more than 3,000 species of

plants, this garden is an impressive

blend of art and horticulture.

Southern Museum of Civil War and

Locomotive History

southernmuseum.org (770) 427-2117

Learn all about Cobb County’s role in

some of the region’s most important

transportation and commerce railway


Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw

State University

zuckerman.kennesaw.edu (770) 499-


Housed within KSU’s Department of

Museums, Archives and Rare Books,

this museum displays works from the

university’s permanent collection as well

as contemporary work from local and

national artists.

Six Flags Over Georgia, The scorcher, courtesy of Cobb Travel & Tourism


CommunityProfiles >> 2017

Get Out

and Play!


Cauble Park

4425 Beach St.

Info: 25 acres; fishing points; boating

ramp; boardwalk; beach; rental

facilities; 2 playgrounds; open play area

Dallas Landing Park

5120 Allatoona Drive

Info: 82 acres; beach; group pavilion;

picnic tables; grills; volleyball court;

horseshoe pit

Kennworth Park

3900 South Main St.

Info: 5 softball fields; picnic pavilion;

2 concession buildings; playground;

Kennworth Tennis Center (8 courts);

batting cages; senior center

Logan Farm Park

4762 Logan Road

Info: 120 acres; nature trail

Newberry Park

4321 Toccoa Drive

Info: 12 acres; 2 baseball fields; 2

concession stands; 3 batting cages

Pitner Road Park

2320 Pitner Road

Info: Radio control modelers’ airfield;

line control airplane area; archery

range; 2 picnic pavilions; dog park

Proctor Landing Park

5260 Proctor Landing Road

Info: 82 acres; beach; 2 group pavilions;

picnic tables; grills; 2 volleyball courts;

2 horseshoe pits

South Shore Park

4555 Ragsdale Road

Info: 30 acres; beach; fishing areas


Clarkdale Park

4905 Austell-Powder Springs Road

Info: 3 baseball fields; concessions


Sweetwater Park

2447 Clay Road

Info: 4 softball fields; Sweetwater Tennis

Center (8 courts); picnic pavilion;

concession building; batting cage

Tramore Park

2150 East West Connector

Info: 11 soccer fields; playground;

picnic pavilion; walking trail; 2

concession buildings


Adams Park

2600 Park Drive

Info: 6 lighted baseball fields; 4 lighted

softball fields; concession buildings;

indoor and outdoor batting cages; 2

lighted tennis courts; lighted soccer

field; drinking fountains; half-mile

concrete trail; the Ben Robertson

Community Center; playground; picnic

pavilions and shelters

Big Shanty Park

2050 Kennesaw Due West Road

Info: 4 baseball fields; 2 soccer fields;

4 tennis courts; concession with press

box; The Art Station

Noonday Creek Park

489 Hawkins Store Road

Info: 12 soccer fields; 2 soccer practice

fields; 2 football fields/soccer fields;

picnic pavilion; playground; BMX

track; 2 concession buildings; meeting


Swift-Cantrell Park

3140 Old 41 Highway

Info: 42 acres; 2 playgrounds; dog park;

skate park; 3 picnic pavilions; 1-mile

walking trail


Heritage Park

60 Fontaine Road

Info: Hiking trails (not paved);

boardwalk; outdoor education building;

2 picnic pavilions; historic cemetery

and mill building

Lions Park

620 Lions Club Drive

Info: 2 baseball fields; batting cages;

South Cobb Community Center; 2

concession buildings

Nickajack Park

3630 Oakdale Road

Info: softball field; baseball field;

football/softball field; multipurpose

court; 4 tennis courts; batting cage;

playground; 2 picnic pavilions;

concession building

Thompson Park

555 Nickajack Road

Info: Thompson Community Center;

lake and wooded area

Wallace Park

6289 Pisgah Road

Info: 2 picnic pavilions; playground; 4

tennis courts; softball field; 2 baseball

fields; football field; 2 concession

buildings; 2 batting cages; multipurpose



A.L. Burruss Nature Park

75 South Cobb Drive

Info: 45.66 acres; trails for walking,

running or biking; picnic pavilion;

picnic tables

Bells Ferry Park

2334 Bells Ferry Road

Info: picnic pavilion; 2 playgrounds;

4 tennis courts; 4 softball fields; 2

concession buildings; 2 batting cages

East Cobb Park

3322 Roswell Road

Info: Picnic pavilion; amphitheatre

Fair Oaks Park

1460 West Booth Road Extension

Info: 2 baseball fields; 2 soccer fields;

softball/football field; multipurpose

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court; playground; 3 picnic pavilions; 2

concession buildings; recreation center;

Fair Oaks Tennis Center (12 courts);

sand volleyball court

Fullers Park

3499 Robinson Road

Info: 2 picnic pavilions; playground;

4 tennis courts; 5 baseball fields;

baseball/football field; football/soccer

field; 3 concession buildings; batting

cages; Fullers Recreation Center

Harrison Park

2653 Shallowford Road

Info: picnic pavilion; 3 playgrounds; 2

concession buildings; 7 baseball fields;

batting cages; Harrison Tennis Center

(16 courts)

Henry Memorial Park

81 Reynolds St.

Info: 3.5 acres; 2 basketball half courts;

playground; 1/5 mile walking trail;

multipurpose field; reservable group


Hurt Road Park

990 Hurt Road

Info: 4 softball fields; batting cages;

picnic pavilion; 2 concession buildings;

4 tennis courts; basketball court;

walking trail; playground

Jim Miller Park

2245 Callaway Road

Info: 2 exhibit halls; market plaza;

equestrian facility; fitness trail;

midway; 44 campsites; 6 concession

buildings; lake; cross-country track

Laurel Park

151 Manning Road

Info: 25 acres; 13 tennis courts; pro

shop; 2 reservable group pavilions;

1-mile walking track; playground; two

ponds; sand volleyball court; basketball

court; picnic table and grills; 2

shuffleboard courts; multipurpose field

Lewis Park

475 Campbell Hill St.

Info: 6.9 acres; playground; 4 lighted

tennis courts; dog park; paved walking

path; softball field

Mount Bethel Park

4777 Lower Roswell Road

Info: baseball field; batting cages;

concession building

Oregon Park

145 Old Hamilton Road

Info: 8 baseball fields; 3 picnic

pavilions; playground; disc golf course;

4 tennis courts; batting cages; walking

trail; concession building


Sandy Plains Park

2977 Gordy Parkway NE

Info: Playground; 4 softball fields;

batting cages; concession building

Sewell Park

2055 Lower Roswell Road

Info: Picnic pavilion; playground; 5

baseball fields; 2 concession buildings;

3 baseball fields; 4 tennis courts; batting

cages; outdoor swimming pool; walking


Shaw Park

900 Shaw Park Road

Info: 5 baseball fields; batting cages;

4 tennis courts; multipurpose court;

2 picnic pavilions; 2 playgrounds;

concession building; adjacent to

Northeast Cobb Community Center

Sweat Mountain Park

4346 Steinhauer Road

Info: 3 baseball fields; batting cages;

2 practice fields; 4 tennis courts;

playground; picnic pavilion; concession

building; dog park

Terrell Mill Park

480 Terrell Mill Road

Info: 2 picnic pavilions; playground;

4 softball fields; Terrell Mill Tennis

Center (8 courts); concession building;

soccer field

Victory Park

823 South Park Drive

Info: 6.7 acres; playgrounds;

multipurpose field; reservable group

pavilion; picnic pavilion; picnic tables

Wildwood Park

1050 Barclay Circle

Info: 28.11 acres; 2.5 miles of hiking

trails; 1-mile jogging trail; picnic

pavilions; playground; dog park


Lost Mountain Park

4845 Dallas Highway

Info: 8 softball fields; baseball field; 2

football/soccer fields; Ward Recreation

Center; 3 concession buildings; 2

playgrounds; 3 picnic pavilions; Lost

Mountain Tennis Center (12 courts);

batting cages; walking tracks; 2 fishing

ponds; West Cobb Senior Center

Powder Springs Park

3899 Brownsville Road

Info: Outdoor swimming pool; 7

baseball fields; playground; picnic

pavilion; concession building

Wild Horse Creek Park

3820 Macedonia Road

Info: 6 softball fields; baseball field;

soccer/football field; BMX track;

equestrian facility; 5 concession

buildings; playground; horseshoe pit;

fishing pond; Ron Anderson Recreation

Center; Ron Anderson Community

Center; 4 tennis courts; picnic pavilion;

walking trail


Brinkley Park

1270 Hunter St.

Info: Adjacent to the American Legion

Center and Legion Field; ball fields;

batting cages; playground; picnic

facilities; meeting room

Burger Park

680 Glendale Place

Info: Dog park

Chuck Camp Park

2270 Benson Poole Road

Info: 16 acres; baseball fields; multiuse

field; playground; pavilion; walking

trail; concessions

Jonquil Park

2801 Park Road

Info: 14.1 acres; multipurpose fields;

playground; pavilion; walking trail

Lake Court Park

3500 Lake Drive

Info: 12.6 acres; off-leash dog area;

playground; volleyball court; bocce

court; pavilion; open space

Rhyne Park

4145 King Springs Road

Info: 2 playgrounds; 3 picnic pavilions;

concession building; 2 softball fields; 4

tennis courts; batting cages

Rose Garden Park

1870 Teasley Road

Info: 9 acres; tennis; basketball;

sand volleyball courts; walking trail;

playground; pavilions; open space

Taylor-Brawner Park

3180 Atlanta Road

Info: 10 acres; Brawner Hall and Taylor-

Brawner House (restored historic

buildings for meeting and reception

rental); lawns; walking trail; gazebo;

pavilions; playground

Tolleson Park and Pool

3590 King Springs Road

Info: Ball fields; soccer field; sand

volleyball court; playground; pool;

tennis courts

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In addition to the many parks and

recreational facilities around the county,

Cobb also has myriad other ways for

residents to stay active. From adult and

children’s organized sports leagues run by

the county parks and recreation department

to chain fitness gyms and the country’s

largest recreational tennis league, the

options are limitless.

24/7 Workout

800 Whitlock Ave. NW, Suite 106, Marietta

(678) 355-5530

Fit in a workout any time at this 24/7 exercise


Acworth Sports Complex

4000 S. Main St., Acworth

(770) 917-1234

This 42-acre park includes batting cages and

multiple football and baseball fields. It is home

to the Acworth Baseball, Acworth Football

and Acworth Cheerleading Associations.

Al Bishop Softball Complex

1082 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta

(770) 528-8860

This county park includes five softball fields.



Multiple locations

With 82,000 members, ALTA is the country’s

largest recreational tennis league. Visit the

website for league and season information.

AMF Marietta Lanes

565 Cobb Parkway, Marietta

(770) 427-4696

Try your hand at bowling in one of AMF’s

32 lanes.

Anytime Fitness

1625 Ridenour Blvd., Suite 305, Kennesaw

(678) 275-2021

4480 S Cobb Dr SE, Smyrna

(770) 431-9470

3721 New Macland Road, Powder Springs

(770) 222-0277

1727 Mars Hill Road, Suite 13, Acworth

(770) 421-6000

In addition to being open 24 hours, a

membership at Anytime Fitness allows patrons

access to all of the gym’s locations.

The Bar Method

1281 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 112, Marietta

(770) 578-4655

A comprehensive cardio and core workout that

uses a wall-mounted bar and floor exercises.

Brunswick Zone Austell

2750 Austell Road SW, Marietta

(770) 435-2120

Enjoy bowling, laser tag, arcade games and

party space all in one location.

Central Aquatic Center

520 Fairground St., Marietta

(770) 528-8465

One of the county’s four indoor aquatic

centers; open year-round.

Sports in Cobb

Cobb Gymnastics Center

542 S. Fairground St. SE, Marietta

(770) 528-8475

Classes for kids begin as early as age 2.

Cobblestone Golf Course

4200 Nance Road, Acworth

(770) 917-5151

Located on the banks of Lake Acworth, this

course has been highly rated by Golf Digest


CrossFit East Cobb

4696 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 700,


(770) 977-8575

CrossFit South Cobb

1600 Roswell St., Smyrna

(404) 310-5332

Crank up your workout with CrossFit, which

combines functional movements with high


Gold’s Gym

2840 East West Connector, Suite 200, Austell

(770) 432-8688

Founded in 1965, this gym chain offers

classes, corporate wellness and personal


L.A. Fitness

2995 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta

(770) 956-9093

1025 East West Connector, Building 2,


(770) 432-4262

State-of-the-art facilities in convenient


Midtown Athletic Club at Windy Hill

135 Interstate N Parkway SE, Atlanta

(770) 953-1100

This state-of-the-art facility includes tennis, a

spa, pool, personal training and a pro shop.

Mountain View Aquatic Center

2650 Gordy Parkway, Marietta

(770) 509-4925

One of the county’s four indoor aquatic

centers; open year-round.

Mud Creek Soccer Complex

5600 Ernest Barrett Parkway, Powder Springs

(770) 528- 8816

Youth soccer leagues play at this park, which

includes three full-sized and two half-sized

soccer fields.

Orangetheory Fitness

1401 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 320, Marietta

(678) 920-9455

This innovative workout uses the science of

heart-rate-based treadmill interval training in

a group setting for maximum weight loss.

Powder Springs Pool (outdoor)

3899 Brownsville Road, Powder Springs

(770) 439-3615

Season passes are available, or pay the

nominal admission fee.

Sewell Park Pool (outdoor)

2055 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta

(770) 509-2741

Season passes are available, or pay the

nominal admission fee.

South Cobb Aquatic Center

875 Six Flags Drive, Austell

(770) 739-3180

One of the county’s four indoor aquatic

centers; open year-round.

West Cobb Aquatic Center

3675 Macland Road, Powder Springs

(770) 222-6700

One of the county’s four indoor aquatic

centers; open year-round.

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Cities in Cobb

County Population: 707,401 County Seat: Marietta

Median Household Income: $65,423 Median Home Price: $210,100

Square Miles: 340 Millage Rate: 7.72

Municipalities: Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs,

and Smyrna


acworth.org (770) 974-3112

Acworth, also known as the “Lake City,” is experiencing rapid residential

growth as newcomers discover its natural beauty, recreational opportunities

and stable economic base. Once a busy trade center on the Western and

Atlantic Railroad, Acworth was incorporated in 1860. Located just 35 miles

northwest of Atlanta, Acworth boasts a small-town atmosphere with easy

access to the city via Interstate 75 or Highway 41. Acworth makes great

use of its location on the banks of Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona with

a full calendar of events, such as a national wakeboard competition, Easter

Egg hunt and road races, plus year-round recreational opportunities, like

swimming, boating and camping. In addition to its 12 parks, Acworth is

also home to Cobblestone Golf Course, which was recently tanked the No.

1 public course in the state by Golf Digest. Its historic downtown district

offers an eclectic collection of antique shops and modern boutiques. As a

Georgia Main Street city, Acworth is committed to preserving its historic

buildings for generations to come.



austellga.gov (770) 944-4300

Once known as Salt Springs, Austell was a popular location for hunters,

who came to hunt the deer attracted to the area’s salt licks. The hunters

claimed the area’s water also had medicinal properties and so they began

to settle there. Around the same time, the Georgia Pacific division of the

Southern Railway made Austell the main station between its lines headed to

Birmingham and Chattanooga. The town is named for Gen. Alfred Austell,

who founded the Atlanta National Bank (which later became Wachovia)

because of his efforts to lure major railways South. Austell is buried in

Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery. Today, Austell is a thriving historical center

located just 18 miles from Atlanta, with a population of around 6,000

people. Six Flags Over Georgia, a 290-acre theme park, lies just outside the

city limits and draws many visitors throughout the year.



kennesaw-ga.gov (770) 424-8274

One of the metro area’s most historical cities, Kennesaw was originally

one of the shanty towns that sprang up around the Western and Atlantic

Railroad in the 1830s. Many of these towns were destroyed by Sherman’s

army during the Civil War, but were subsequently rebuilt. Kennesaw was

incorporated in 1887 and has been growing ever since. It is now home

to one of the state’s best school systems, as well as institutes of higher

learning, like Kennesaw State University, the state’s third largest university.

Parks and other recreational opportunities abound in Kennesaw, the

home of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Earlier this year,

Kennesaw landed the No. 10 spot on SafeWise’s list of the 50 Safest Cities

in Georgia. This family-oriented town hosts a wealth of events and festivals

throughout the year, from outdoor movies, a farmers market and road

races to the annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ and Taste of Kennesaw festivals.



mariettaga.gov (770) 794-5530

Marietta, the county seat of Cobb, is known for its historic town square

and small town charm. Chock full of shops and restaurants, as well as a

full calendar of festivals, concerts and other events in the square’s Glover

Park, the square is also home to the famed Earl Strand Theatre. The 1935

Art Deco theater was restored and reopened in 2009 and hosts movies,

concerts and shows year-round. Education is a top priority in Marietta.

As an International Baccalaureate World School District, Marietta City

Schools was the first district in Georgia to offer the IB Middle Years

Courtesy of the Cobb County Chamber

Program for grades 6–10. The district is also home to five Georgia Schools

of Excellence and one National School of Excellence. With more than

56,000 residents calling Marietta home, the city truly has something for

everyone. In 2011, CNNMoney.com named Marietta one of the top 25

places in the country to retire.


Powder Springs

cityofpowdersprings.org (770) 943-1666

With its motto of “Small Enough to Know You...Large Enough to Serve

You,” Powder Springs, a city with a population of nearly 14,000, embodies

the spirit of community that is prevalent throughout Cobb County.

Incorporated in 1838 under the name Springville, the town became known

as Powder Springs in 1859. The name comes from the city’s seven springs,

which contain minerals that turn the sand black. Powder Springs has

worked hard to preserve its unique heritage, as evidenced by downtown’s

Seven Springs Museum. Recreation is still important, and over the past few

years Powder Springs has developed an extensive citywide trail system that

connect neighborhoods, parks and public facilities.



ci.smyrna.ga.us (770) 434-6600

Smyrna, Cobb’s second-largest city, is known as the Jonquil City for the

many bright yellow blooms that pop up every spring. Like many of Cobb’s

cities, Smyrna originally sprung up around the burgeoning Western and

Atlantic Railroad in the 1830s and was officially incorporated in 1872. It has

steadily grown ever since, and now boasts a well planned and rejuvenated

downtown area that has served as a model for many other communities.

The Village Green features shopping, dining, a community center and one

of the state’s only city-owned libraries, all intertwined with new residential

spaces. In 1997, the revitalization project earned the city the prestigious

Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence, and the area continues to

grow in popularity. Within one mile of downtown, Smyrna residents have

access to 33 acres of parks and greenspace. Businesses thrive in Smyrna

because of its supportive city government and its proximity to the thriving

Cumberland-Galleria business district.


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Acworth Power

(770) 917-8903


Cobb EMC

(770) 429-2100


Greystone Power Corp

(770) 942-6576


Marietta Power

(770) 794-5100



Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321


Gas South

(877) 472-4932


Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200


Infinite Energy Company

(877) 342-5434


SCANA Energy Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262


True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362


Walton EMC Natural Gas

(770) 267-2505


Water and Sewer

Cobb County Water System

(770) 423-1000




(888) 695-3398




(888) 438-2427



(866) 942-1341





(888) 695-3398



(678) 581-5488

Unincorporated Areas

East Cobb

Typically defined as the area east of I-75 and south of Town Center at

Cobb, East Cobb is a vibrant and prosperous residential and commercial

community. The Cumberland-Galleria business district is a major hub for

conventions and retail, and in 2017 will be the new home of the Atlanta

Braves major league baseball team. Though not a municipality, it is a strong

residential draw because of its excellent public schools and well planned

subdivisions. Shopping opportunities abound at centers like Merchant’s

Walk and the Avenues East Cobb. Numerous parks offering recreational

activities and a close proximity to the cultural events of Atlanta continue

to _______________________________________________________

lure newcomers across the Chattahoochee River to this popular locale.


The unincorporated town of Vinings lies between the affluent West Paces

Ferry section of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood and Smyrna. Despite

its small size (an area of about 3.3 miles and a population of a little more

than 9,000), the town center of Vinings Jubilee attracts those searching

for unique shopping and dining experiences who want the feel of the

suburbs with easy access to the city. One of Vinings’ premiere attractions

is the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, home of the Atlanta Opera,

as well as musicals, plays, concerts and other events. Through education

and various fundraisers, the Vinings Historic Preservation Society helps to

maintain the city’s historical buildings.



Mableton, which occupies more than 20 square miles between interstates

285 and 20, is the Atlanta area’s largest unincorporated area. It is also one

of Cobb County’s most historic areas, as the Mable House Plantation was

used as a camp by Federal troops during the Civil War. The Mable House is

now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is being leased to

the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department for concerts and other

events. The complex also has an amphitheater and arts center. Its proximity

to the major business districts of both Cobb County and the city of Atlanta,

as well as the Silver Comet Trail, make it an ideal location for families and

businesses alike.

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922 Wooten Lake Road,

Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

Terraces at Cumberland

500 Beech Haven Trail,

Smyrna, Georgia 30080

Terraces at Oakdale

4696 Oakdale Road,

Smyrna, Georgia 30080

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