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Atlanta, Ga. (July 26, 2013) – All five of Piedmont Healthcare’s hospitals have achieved accreditation as Chest Pain Centers from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

“Time is muscle when it comes to matters of the heart,” said Sidney Kirschner, president and CEO of Piedmont Heart. “The quicker patients are treated, the better the outcome. Our patients can rest assured knowing that regardless of which Piedmont hospital they go to, they’re in the best hands.”

To become an accredited Chest Pain Center, all five hospitals were evaluated by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Piedmont, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:


  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

Hospitals with Chest Pain Center accreditation emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.

Someone suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. Warning signs include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, discomfort or pain in one or both arms, neck, back, stomach or jaw. Women should also look out for a feeling of pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest.


“When people think of heart attacks, they immediately think of chest pain,” said Chuck Ballard, M.D., Piedmont Heart. “This isn’t always the case, especially for women. Feelings of nausea, lightheadedness, jaw pain, back pain, etc. are among the symptoms of a heart attack not everyone thinks about. When patients come to a Piedmont hospital for heart attack care, they know the same level of care will be provided because of this accreditation.”


For more information or to assess your own risk for a heart attack with a simple quiz, visit piedmontheart.org.




In case you didn’t see my earlier message, please be forewarned of a scam re: ads for a chamber newcomer map.  We are NOT producing a map; do not commit to an ad and do not provide your credit card information!  No one should be selling anything on our behalf.  The only legitimate sales were through Cal Duke & Associates (salesman Cecil Strickland) for our newcomer magazine.  Cecil has completed his sales calls.

Thoughts & Prayers


Please remember the family of Betty Jackson.  Mrs. Jackson was a long-time volunteer at the Chamber who passed away last week.  Her granddaughter, Liza Fritchley, serves on our Chamber Board, and her daughter, Andrea Lovejoy, was our parade grand marshal last year.

You’re Invited to celebrate . . .


Please join Troup County Board of Commissioners for the grand opening the Whitfield Road Fire Station (867 Whitfield Road, Hogansville) on Friday, August 2 at 11:30 am.  Following a brief ceremony, there will be tours of the station and a barbecue lunch.

Mark your calendar to welcome West Georgia Health’s  new Medical Director of Oncology Services, Dr. Wassim McHayleh.  We will host a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 13 at 5 pm.  Following the ceremony, Dr. McHayleh and his team will host an open house from 5-7 pm.  Please enter the doors to the Outside Ambulatory Infusion area/the former ER entrance.

Take me out to the  Ballgame:  Join HYPE for a BRAVES game on Monday, August 12!


Chamber Events & Activities


July 31, 10 am                    Resource Troup Expo Meeting; contact LeTisha (letisha@lagrangechamber.com) for more information.

August 1, 8 am                  Leadership Troup Selection Committee Meeting, Downstairs Conference Room

August 2, 7:45 am            Networking Group, Upstairs

August 2, 11:30 am          Whitfield Road Fire Station #6 Ribbon Cutting & BBQ Lunch, 867 Whitfield Road

August 7, 7:45 am            HYPE Board Meeting, Downstairs Conference Room

August 9, 7:45 am            Networking Group, Upstairs

August 12, 4 pm-?            HYPE Braves Game, see above for more information.

August 13, 7:00 am          Eggs & Issues Early Bird Breakfast at Del’avant with coffee sponsored by LaGrange Daily News; see separate email re: registration.

August 13, 5:00 pm          Ribbon Cutting for practice of Dr. Wassim McHayleh at West Georgia Health (see more information above.)

August 13, 5:30 pm          Youth Leadership Reception, LaFayette Room


Events for a Good Cause

The LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society’s Fur Ball “Wags and Whiskers” will be held on Saturday, August 3 from 6-10 pm at the Best Western Lafayette Garden Inn.  The event includes dinner, dancing and silent auction.   Call 706.298.3608 or email people4paws@lagrangehumane.org to reserve your tickets!

The Downtown West Point Development Authority will host this year’s Back to School Bash on August 10 on 3rd Avenue in downtown West Point.  The day will begin at 10am with the first two hundred students receiving free school supplies. Information booths and entertainment will continue until 4 pm, an Ice Cream Meet & Mingle Social will take place from 4-6 pm, and then the Bash begins promptly at 6 pm and ends at 9 pm.There are lots of opportunities to participate—with a booth, as a sponsor, or by donating school supplies.    The following supplies are needed:  notebook paper, pencils, pens, clear/mesh backpacks, crayons, markers, notebooks, composition books, rulers, calculators, binders/folders, highlighters, glue, colored pencils, and scissors.  Contact Judy Wilkinson (jlwilkinsonconsulting@gmail.com) or 706.518.2116 for more information or to sign up as a sponsor.

The 2013 Kia of LaGrange Back-A-Kid Golf Tournament will be held on August 22 at Highland Country Club to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Bart McFadden (bart_mcfadden@yahoo.com) for more information.

Mark your calendars for the annual Flamingos in Paradise Reverse Raffle to benefit Harmony House.   The event will be on Saturday, August 24 at Highland Country Club.  Get your ticket for a 1 in 300 chance to win $5000.  Each $100 ticket admits two adults.  Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music.  Call 706.882.4173 to purchase your tickets.

Fun, Meaningful Events & Activities

The Hogansville Downtown Development Authorityis hosting the FINALS of the 2013 West Georgia Idol Singing Contest on July 27.  The final winner of the contest receives $1000 cash prize; second prize $500 and People’s Choice Award $500.  Visit www.westgeorgiaidol.com or call 706-333-2520 for more information.

Fabulous Fridays at Callaway Gardens (Fridays from 4-9pm, Robin Lake Beach).  Enjoy your summer weekends with festivities including the Callaway Gardens Farmers Marketing (4-7pm through August 2) and continuing into the evening with great food, drink specials, beach activities and the Florida State University Flying High Circus (8 pm performances through August 2).  Each week, various bands will take the stage at 7 pm as part of the Summer Music Series.  Admission to Robin Lake Beach is free beginning at 4 pm.  Visit www.callawaygardens.org for more information and a schedule of bands.

Market on Main (Saturdays from 8  am to 10 am in Carmike Cinema parking lot).  Purchase locally grown produce and homemade goodies.  Sponsored by the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority.


LSPA will present “Big River” (July 25-27 at 7:30 pm; August 2-3 at 7:30 pm; August 4 at 2:30 pm).  A winner of a tony for Best Musical and Best Revival, this musical is Mark Twain’s story of Huck Finn.  Music by Roger Miller.  Attendees may bring their own fare and beverages as the theater is set up “dinner theatre” style.  Tickets are limited with many performances sold out; call 706.882.9909 to check availability and reserve your seat!


Explorations in Antiquity presents “Archeology and Daily Biblical Life” conference with Dr. James Fleming (July 25-27, 6:30-9 pm).  The conference explores how archaeology has illuminated daily life in ancient times.  This is a multimedia presentation with photographs from actual excavation sites as well as explanations of the artifacts and how they help us to understand daily life in biblical times.  Call 706.885.0363 for more information.


The Energy of Creation:  Works from the Permanent Collection featuring Morrill Turner Hutchinson (LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Square).  This exhibition features the works of locally revered mother-of-watercolor Morrill Turner Hutchinson and select works from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as seldom seen works by French post-impressionist Eugene A. Carriere.  The exhibit runs through August 10.


Faces of World War II:  West Georgia (Legacy Museum on Main, 136 Main Street, LaGrange; May-September).  The exhibit was prepared by guest curators Isabelle Knight, Bobby Cammon and Terry Hoppe and displays photographs, news clippings, uniforms, weapons and much more—all dating from 1941 to 1945.  All of the materials relate to men and women who served in World War II who were originally from this area, who later lived her or those that have family in the area.  The stories are fascinating and cover the earliest days of the war until its end.  The exhibit is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission is free.

First Baptist Church on the Square will host a concert featuring The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir, on Saturday, September 7 at 7 pm.  They perform on one of the largest collections of bells and bell-like instruments owned by any handbell ensemble in the world.  Get a preview of the concert by visiting www.rr.org.

Don’t forget to reserve your booth!  Early Bird Discount ends 7/31!

Thursday, August 8

Large Employers Luncheon

“Strategy for Controlling Healthcare Costs for Employers with 50+ Employees”

TIme: 11:30am1pm
Location: The Chamber
Lunch provided
RSVP by August 6:  info@newnancowetachamber.org or call 770.253.2270
A conversation focused on wellness in Coweta County and how it affects health insurance costs among employers of major businesses (click here for information)
  •  A robust wellness program designed to stabilize claims and even roll them backward
  •  The safest way a group can be self-insured
  • By joining other employers committed to changing their culture, all employers win by being rated with employers with similar interests in getting employees healthy
Wednesday, August 14
Meeting with Mike Beatty, President and CEO of Great Promise Partnership, Inc. (former Department of Community Affairs Commissioner)
Time: 11:30am1pm
Location: The Chamber
Lunch provided
RSVP by August 12: info@newnancowetachamber.org or call 770.253.2270


Learn about the Great Promise program developed by Southwire in Carroll County and how this program can increase your trained workforce while also increasing Coweta’s graduation rate  (click here for information)
Friday, September 27
Next Talent Management Series Session-Employee Engagement
Time: 7:30 – 9am
Location: TBA
RSVP by September 25: info@newnancowetachamber.org or call 770.253.2270


In this final talent session for 2013 we continue sharing best practices from Coweta industries

Friday, November 1
Coweta Industries Safety Series Begins! More information to follow!
Time: 7:30 – 9am
Location: TBA
RSVP by October 30:  info@newnancowetachamber.org or call 770.253.2270


Thursday, August 1

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Lafayette Parkway & Commerce Avenue

Bring this flyer and present it when placing your order.

Relay For Life will receive 15% of your purchase!!!

Help us close-out 2013 with success.

Thanks, Relay for Life Captains & Committee

On Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Dr. Walt Todd, professor at Shorter University of Atlanta, will return to The Carnegie to provide another education and enrichment program for the history series, “World War II – Remembering The War”. 
Dr. Todd has presented numerous World War II history programs at The Carnegie including: “The Aleutian Islands: The Invasion of Attu”, “Operation Vengeance: The Death of Admiral Yamamoto”, “The Battle of Guadalcanal” and “The Invasion of Japan: The Last Sacrifice?”     Well researched and with a passion for history, Dr. Todd provides a lecture series at The Carnegie that includes a PowerPoint presentation along with a display of weapons and memorabilia from World War II. 
The upcoming lecture will provide specific details of the battle for Sicily which was a part of a major World War II campaign.  The forces known as the Allies took Sicily from the Axis (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a large scale amphibious and airborne operation, followed by six weeks of land combat. This battle launched the Italian Campaign.
Dr. Todd has written three books on military history on the subjects of the air defense of the Japanese home islands in World War II, the air defense of North Vietnam from 1965-1972 and the development of storm trooper weapons and tactics in World War I.
The Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange Street on the historic downtown Courthouse square in Newnan.All programs offered by The Carnegie are free, however, please call to reserve your spot: 770-683-1347

On today’s show, Patrick calls in from France to talk to Jonathan about upcoming movies.


Banners will be hung for the month of July around the courthouse square to observe the sister city connection. The city of Newnan and Ayr, Scotland have celebrated a sister city relationship since 1997.


The sister city partnership has allowed Newnan residents to build and nurture contacts across the world and has provided for wonderful cultural exchanges.


The talented and entertaining Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra has visited Newnan on three occasions for several community performances.


The sister city partnership also developed as part of the founding of the educational program Global Achievers in Newnan, the location of their state headquarters. The sister city pact was established in order for citizens of both cities to experience many cultural, educational, tourism, and economic opportunities.


“For 16 years we have celebrated our connection with our sister city Ayr, Scotland, and the banners hanging around the square during the month of July are a small reminder of this special relationship. The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission is very excited  the Masterworks Youth Chorale has the opportunity to visit Ayr in June, 2014 and represent the citizens of Newnan,” said Dave Dorrell, chair Newnan Cultural Arts Commission.


The Masterworks Youth Chorale will be representing Newnan in this exchange trip. The chorale will have a summer camp at the Performing Arts Centre on July 24 and 25, 2013. They are looking for talented youth to join their group. For more information, please visit on the camp or auditions please visit www.cmychorale.com


For more information and details on the exchange trip in 2014 to Ayr, Scotland, please contact John Thrasher at 770.328.3991

Calling All Future Leaders

 Apply for the 2013-2014 Leadership Coweta Class
Applications due by Wednesday, August 7, 2013
 During these tough economic times, it’s important to put people in places to make connections, build relationships, and become better equipped to make decisions.  Make your company visible! 
Leadership Coweta is a comprehensive leadership program that:
  • Provides a unique learning experience for emerging and existing leaders
  • Offers an intense curriculum that trains, empowers, and supports leaders so that they can effect positive community change
  • Creates an awareness for comprehensive community issues and opportunities
  • Creates opportunities for interaction with key community and elected leaders
  • Meets once a month beginning in September and ending in May
Application deadline is Wednesday, August 7, 2013  
Program fee is $700
Click here for the application form or visit us online at www.newnancowetachamber.org
Submit applications to the Chamber via
fax at 770.253.2271 or email info@newnancowetachamber.org.

Rebecca Campbell, the Chairman of the Grantville Downtown Development Authority, has announced a special festival called “Kid-A-Palooza 2013 to be held in Grantville on August 3.  Information is found in the Flyer shown below, and in this note from her.  “This festival is designed to raise money for the art department at Glanton as well as Grantville Downtown Development Authority projects for the downtown. To date we have over 50 vendors including but not limited to Disney and TV characters also Home Depot Free kids workshop the Georgia Reptile Society to name but a few.We will be offering FREE back to school supplies and are asking for Donation’s : Composition Books ,Note book ruled paper ,pencils, red blue & black pen’s.  The DDA will also have a booth in this event and will be handing out a 3 fold brochure with a listing of all Grantville’s businesses. This event has truly been blessed in so many ways so come on out and join the fun with food fun and families.”  Rebecca Campbell can be contacted at hippiechicks2010@gmail.com.

"Painting A Figure"
Dogwood Gallery & Framer inTyrone will host a painting demonstration with award 
winning artist Martin Pate. 
The 2 hour session will begin with Martin Pate depicting a live model with rough 
underpainting of oil on Masonite.  
The final hour he will focus on the finishing details by adding depth through 
color, highlights and final brushstrokes.
Martin Pate says he feels a real connection to the figure painters of the 19th 
century.  Among Pate's commissions 
over the past 30 years is a longtime association with the National Parks 
Service.  His paintings and drawings have won 
many local, regional and national awards.  
The demonstration will be held at Dogwood Gallery on Thursday, July 18th from 
6:30 to 8:30.
The cost to attend is $10 per person.  Please call Dogwood Gallery to register.  
"Study" by Martin Pate oil on bristol board 18" x 24" 

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