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1CountyLineAugust2015 AuGuST 2015 Tricia and Brad Raffensperger House Representative District 50 CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net2 The Arbor Company has nearly 30 years of dedication and experience delivering the highest quality care to their residents. We have four care levels from minimal to full assistance and Bridges and Evergreen memory care programs. Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek will be available for occupancy in September 2015. The first 20 depositors will be members of the elite Founders Club and will receive up to 2000 in discounts Call or stop by to talk with Beth Richardson Executive Director about the many advantages of living at Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek. Beth Richardson Our Daily Assisted Living Services Include Scheduled Transportation Medication Management Licensed Nurses on Staff Savory Delicious Meals and Snacks Wellness and Enrichment Programs Housekeeping Services 770-999-9577 3180 Karen White Drive Suwanee 30024 off Peachtree Pkwy just 1.2 miles north of McGinnis Ferry Rd. www.at-johnscreek.com 3CountyLineAugust2015 Georgias trusted leader in radiology In radiology its one thing to see its another to understand. Northsides expert team of board-certified radiologists and sub-specialists are trained extensively to interpret general to specialized imagingfrom pediatric MRI to digital mammography and interventional radiology of the spine. We combine exceptional care and the latest technologies bringing our expertise to convenient locations throughout your community. Visit us online at www.northside.com. CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 CONSTRUCTION MERGING WITH POLITICS FOR JOHNS CREEK DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 22 Paparazzi 24 Day Trippin ChattanoogaTennessee 16 5CountyLineAugust2015 FEATURES 8 Growing Up on Brookwood Road 12 The Place of Forsyth County Turns 40 28 Classrooms Beyond the Brick and Mortar COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Lambert GirlsVolleyball Team Volunteers for CURE Childhood Cancer 15 Georgia Cancer Specialists Collection Drive for Georgias Homeless Vets BUSINESS FOCUS 26 Northside Hospital Advances Joint Care With Comprehensive Approach 30 City of Johns Creek The DistrictVision for a Future Downtown 28 24 8 12 CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 B rad Raffensperger served on the Johns Creek City Council for three years and has been the State House Representative for District 50 since February of this year. Brad attributes his desire to serve his community and his interest in politics to his father who also influenced his career choice and work ethic. I know youll enjoy getting to know more about Brad his fathers influence and his desire to serve his community through political office. Brad I enjoyed getting to know you better and Tricia it was wonderful to meet you Many of us who drive by the abandoned building on Brook- wood Road near SR141 wonder what type of business it had been. For Scott Vaughan this building brings back fond memories of a community gathering place that played a very special role in his childhood. Be sure to read about what life was like during the 1960s for Scott Vaughan as he was grow- ing up on Brookwood Road. As The Place of Forsyth County celebrates its 40th anniversary this year the services they provide the community continue to grow. Since its inception The Place has identified needs in the com- munity and added services to address those needs. Please read about this local organization that is helping so many in our community and think about what you can do to help All grade levels in Forsyth County schools are using itslearning an online Learning Management System for learning beyond the classroom. Read about the many advantages the use of this system has for teachers students and parents. If youre looking for an exciting day trip with lots to do be sure to read Day Trippin and consider spending the day or longer if you can in Chattanooga Tennessee. The business focus this issue is on Northside Hospitals orthopedic specialists and The City of Johns Creeks plans for The District. Northside Hospital has treatment options by specialists who are using state-of-the-art technologies for joint and spine care. Be sure to read about what they can do to help you The City of Johns Creek has a vision for a mixed-use downtown that will in- crease revenue attract new businesses and residents and elevate the quality of life for all. Learn more about The District and what the Citys vision is for this future downtown. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineAugust2015 Publisher Judy Le Jeune SugarcaneJudyaol.com 678-787-3551 Editorial SugarcaneJudyaol.com Advertising SugarcaneJudyaol.com 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Brian DeRose Kathleen Kraynick Photography Courtesy of the Chattanooga Area Convention Visitors Bureau Tim Clark Courtesy of Scott Vaughan CoverCover Story Photography Judy Le Jeune On the Cover Tricia and Brad Raffensperger House Representative District 50 CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25613 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. CountyLine 3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite 222 Suwanee GA 30024 678-787-3551 www.countylinemagazine.net For all your skin care needs 3370 Paddocks Pkwy Suwanee GA 30024 Off 141 Close to BP Gas Station 3850 Pleasant Hill Rd. Duluth GA 30096 Between Peachtree Industrial Buford Highway 3331 Hamilton Mill Rd. Suite 1106 Buford GA 30519 Across from the Kroger Shopping Center North Atlanta Dermatology Announces www.naderm.com As seen on TV CoolSculpting is an amaz- ing technology that uses controlled cooling to freeze your fat cells. Once treated fat cells are frozen the body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Call our office for a free consultation with our Coolsculpting Professional at 770-814-8222 Press Option 1. CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net8 W here there were once acres of forest there are now subdivisions. On Brook- wood Road a one-mile stretch of road be- tween SR141 and McGinnis Ferry Road there was once the Vaughan family hog farm H. C. Harrisons general store and a catfish-filled lake. Today parts of Brookwood Road are barely recognizable to Scott Vaughan who grew up there on his grandfather R.C. Vaughans hog farm during the 1960s. Scott cher- ishes the memories of being raised on the farm and the bond that he shared with his two brothers Tim and Russ. The oldest son of Doug and Nancy Scott and his two younger brothers were best friends not just because there were no other boys within miles to play with but because they shared the common interests of boys being raised with a farm as their playground and the love of a close-knit Christian family. R. C. Vaughan started a poultry farm on Brookwood Road in 1943 when Doug was five years old. He eventually converted from poultry to a 600-head hog farm pork-processing operation and a retail store Vaughan Sausage Company. Doug went to Big Creek Elementary. In high school Doug met his future wife Nancy and they married when he was almost twenty and she was eighteen. Nancy was from downtown Cumming but since Doug worked on his fathers farm they settled on the property in a home that R.C. built for them. Scott the first-born of their three boys has fond memories of his child- hood years on the farm. For Scott riding his bike up Brookwood Road to H.C. Harrisons general store was special whether he was running an errand for his mom or just going to visit. The store was owned by Herschel Harrison and his wife Arlene. They lived with Arlenes sister Elnora in the house across the street on the cor- ner of Brookwood and Caney Road. Ms. Arlene and Ms. Elnora were R.C. Vaughans first cousins. Scott always enjoyed a hug from the ladies and a bottle of coke with some M Ms from Mr. Herschel. The store was a gathering place for everyone to visit. The abandoned store still remains on the southwest corner of SR141 and Brookwood Road. Ms. Arlene was the last of the three to pass away in 2004 at the age of 90. For anything they couldnt get at H.C. Harrisons store they either went to the Ocee Superette on Jones Bridge and Kimball Bridge or drove to Cum- ming. The drive to downtown Cumming was up SR141 a two-lane road and then a right turn on to Highway 9 at that time it was SR19. At night it was pitch black because there were only a few small businesses on the road that were closed and no streetlights. Scotts family made this trip of- ten because Nancys family lived there they went to church there at First Baptist and they did their by Judy Le Jeune photography courtesy of Scott Vaughan Growing Up Brookwood on Road Brookwood Road 9CountyLineAugust2015 banking there at The Bank of Cumming. But despite the long dark drive back home at night going to Cumming was always an exciting occasion for Scott because it meant a chocolate shake from the Dairy Queen. When Im back visiting I never miss a trip to that Dairy Queen for a chocolate shake said Scott. Its the best Dairy Queen in the world When Scott was fourteen years old Doug left farm- ing for a new profession and he and Nancy made the decision to move to a home near downtown Cumming. On moving day Scott Doug and Tim went back for one last trip and stood together in the dark empty home. Overcome with emotion Scott made a promise to Doug that one day he would write a book about growing up on Brookwood Road. In 2014 shortly after Doug passed away Scott pub- lished a fiction book Brookwood Road Memories of a Home based on his childhood. Though Doug didnt get to hold the book Scott was able to read it to him during his last days. As I look back on my childhood life was simple then and very special said Scott. I feel so blessed to have grown up on Brookwood Road. H. C. Harrisons general store The intersection of Brookwood Road and McGinnis Ferry Road Russ Tim and Scott Vaughan Board Certied Pediatric Dentist One Doctor Practice Children of All Ages Treated Parents Welcome in Treatment Areas In-Network with Most Insurances Low Radiation Digital X-rays Sedation Special Needs Dentistry 678-822-9818 10475 medlock bridge road suite 501 johns creek www.pdJohnsCreek.com Call to schedule an appointment 770-676-7208 11180 State Bridge Rd. Suite 207 Johns Creek 30022 Visit our website DoctorsHearingCenterGA.com State-of-the-art hearing instruments and assis- tive listening devices Complimentary onsite maintenance and repairs Compassionate patient- focused care Comprehensive audio- metric balance and vestibular testing Tinnitus treatment and wax removal Robin S. Andrews Aud FAA Doctor of Audiology Dr. Andrews is a board-certified doctor of audiology with over 20 years of experience. His own hearing loss helps him empathize with anyone suffering from hearing problems. He works closely with each patients primary-care physician to ensure that their hearing health information is a part of their medical file through a consistent timely reporting system. Dr.Andrews services include CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net10 The Lambert High School LHS Girls Volleyball team kicked off its community service program by assembling 170 toiletry bags for CURE Childhood Cancer an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer. For several months prior to assembling the bags the girls collected small or trav- el-size toiletry items such as shampoo toothpaste toothbrushes shower gel and soap. CURE will give these bags to families with children who are admitted to the Aflac Cancer Blood Disorders Center at Chil- drens Healthcare of Atlanta with little notice. The goal for each member of the team was to collect items for at least five toiletry bags. This is the teams first annual community service project said Leigh Jones president of LHS Volleyball Booster Club. Its a great way for our players to give back to the commu- nity and experience first hand the rewards of giving their time thoughts andconsideration to others. The team is also donating gently-used uniform jerseys to the New York-based nonprofit Lets Play It Forward. This organization was founded by students to help oth- er students obtain the gear they need to play the sport they love. The LHS volleyball players collected packed and shipped used jerseys to Lets Play It Forward. LAMBERT GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM VOLUNTEERS FOR CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER 11CountyLineAugust2015 The leader in pediatric orthopedics today. A pioneer in 1915. One of the nations rst pediatric orthopedic programs was founded in 1915 at Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children. A century later weve grown into Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Every day we help kids overcome sports injuries like a torn ACL and serious conditions like scoliosis. And were dedicated to making our next 100 years even better for Georgias kids. Learn more at choa.org100years. 2015 Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Inc. All rights reserved. Photo credit Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection 1920-1976. Photographic Collection Special Collections and Archives Georgia State University Library. Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in 1915 CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net12 T his summer The Place of Forsyth County is cel- ebrating their 40th year of serving the residents of Forsyth. To fully appreciate this accomplish- ment you need to look at the happenings over the last 40 years. It began in 1975 when four Adrian Dominican nuns arrived in Forsyth County and began their work. They focused on basic needs a mission which still exists today. The first services to be developed were the Thrift Shop Food Pantry Emergency Fund Personal Counsel- ing Advocacy and the Christmas Toy Sale. Sisters Kath- ryn Cliatt June Racicot Joanne Peters and Jean Cassidy worked with a budget of 2000 in assisting the poor. In 1977 a Crafts Program and the Wednesday Noon Day Meal were started. Today the Noon Day Meal is still offered weekly and staffed by volunteers from area churches and local businesses. On a typical Wednesday over 70 people receive a hot meal that is open to the public. In 1979 the Wilson Clinic was established and evolved into Georgia Highlands Medical Services. Over the next ten years various additional services were started in- cluding art therapy childrens tutoring workshops in farm steading parenting classes an herb garden and the creation of the Forsyth County Medical Fund to assist low-income families with medicine and dental care. Since 1985 The Place has been a community service worksite for probationers. Other additional programs started in the 1980s and 1990s include Elderly Assistance His- panic Outreach low income housing and Hands across Forsyth a holiday giving program. The Place moved to its current location at 2550 The Place Circle off Antioch Rd in North Forsyth County in 2001. Since then the Thrift Shop has grown into an 8000-square foot store. In 2014 The Place assisted res- idents of Forsyth County with 955000 of financial and in-kind assistance. Revenue from the Thrift Store helps in covering the operations. Donations to the Thrift Store are accepted Monday through Saturday and a truck will pick up donated furniture if requested. The Place is proud to be a United Way agency and United Way funds help cover the direct client assistance and food pantry operations. Throughout the history of The Place their focus has al- ways continued to identify a need and seek to resolve that need. In order to accomplish this they collaborate with other agencies churches and businesses. The Place receives financial support and referrals from throughout the community. The Place of Forsyth County Turns 40 Executive Director Joni Smith in The Market a client-choice food pantry. 13CountyLineAugust2015 The Board of Directors consists of residents that are ea- ger to serve the community and maximize the impact of The Place. In 1999 Sandy Beaver began as the Ex- ecutive Director and handled all the operations until her retirement in 2014. In January 2015 Joni Smith took the reins as the Executive Director. Jonis background includes a 24-year healthcare administration career in addition to traditional nonprofit leadership roles with the Boys Girls Clubs of America and the American Red Cross. I am truly blessed to work with an organization that is focused daily on living out the mission that began in 1975 by the four founders stated Joni. In 2015 several modifications began. Through dona- tions The Food Pantry is undergoing a major change. Traditionally food clients would receive a weekly bag of food but beginning this summer The Place opened The Market which is a client-choice food pantry. Qualified residents will be able to select the foods they prefer for their families. In addition fresh fruits vegetables and meat will be available for the families. All of the improve- ments have been made possible through the generosity of area donors. Our client-choice model for the Food Pantry is a positive transition for our clients. We are eliminating waste and adding dignity to the families. Be- ing able to select preferred food items plan menus and add fresh items will hopefully result in healthier meals said Joni. Several programs are being evaluated such as a work- force development effort which would help people pre- pare for and locate employment. Each month The Place sends an electronic newsletter that tells of the latest happenings and lists the most pressing needs. This fall The Place will be hosting two fundraisers. Long Spoons luncheon will be held in late September at Christ the King Lutheran Church. It will include soup salad bread and dessert and will focus on educating on the food and social needs of the community. In addition At- lanta Motorsports in Dawsonville will host a morning of Karting specifically for The Place supporters. The Place has been and will continue to be a vital part of our community. For more information to volunteer to make a donation to subscribe to the newsletter or to sign up for or get more information about an upcoming event call 770-887-1098 email Joni Smith at joni theplaceofforsyth.org visit the website theplaceoffor- syth.com or visit on Facebook at The-Place-of-Forsyth. Dr. Ashley Tharp and Dr. Jaime Cho Practice the Highest Quality Medical Care for Your Dogs and Cats. New Client Discount - 25 Off Your First Exam 770-844-7387 3571 Peachtree Parkway Suwanee Just North of McGinnis Ferry Road Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Saturday 8am-12pm FourPawsJohnsCreek.com Dr. Jaime Cho and Dr. Ashley Tharp BOARDING Large indoor runs and outdoor exercise yard Overnight or day Quiet area for cats WELLNESS PLAN PROGRAM WITH BUDGET-FRIENDLY MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Saturday 8am-12pm FourPawsJohnsCreek.com Grooming Bathing We provide a comprehensive range of medical services Annual ExamsVaccinations Dental Services Routine Emergency Surgeries Radiology Services Companion Laser Therapy Skin Disorders CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net14 15CountyLineAugust2015 The 4th annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgias homeless Veterans spon- sored by the metro area Pilot International Clubs and Georgia Cancer Specialists GCS affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute will take place July 4th through September 11th . The drive collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill comfort bags for Veterans who attend the Atlanta VA Medical Centers annual Stand Down event in October. The assistance from our community volunteers such as the Georgia Cancer Specialists and the Northside Hospital volunteers is invaluable to the success of our Stand Down said April Edwards LCSW clinical di- rector Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program. More than 850 homeless Veterans were served at the 2014 event. The Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive was started in 2012 by Georgia district Pilot International Clubs. GCS became involved in 2013. Twenty-seven GCS offices across Georgia including 19 in Metro At- lanta will participate in this years drive. Travelsam- ple-size toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes toothpaste deodorant hand sanitizer combsbrushes body washsoap shampoo and conditioner lotion and feminine products. Donations may be dropped off at these convenient GCS locations Johns Creek 6300 Hospital Parkway Suite 300 Johns Creek GA 30097 Cumming 1505 Northside Blvd Suite 4300 Cumming GA 30041 For a list of all GCS locations visit www.gacancer.com. Georgia Cancer Specialists Collection Drive for Georgias Homeless Vets Youve Worked Hard for What You Have You should decide what happens to your assets now and when youre gone Join us for our upcoming workshop 3 Easy Steps to Protect Your Assets Space is limited so call now for your reservation 770.822.2723 There is no cost or obligation to attend. August 6th or 20th from 600-800pm 11340 Lakefield Dr. Ste. 200 Johns Creek GA 30097 www.LetsTalkEstatePlanning.com CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net16 CONSTRUCTION MER 17CountyLineAugust2015 B rad Raffenspergers first day representing District 50 Johns Creek in the State House of Representatives was the 12th day of the 153rd session of the Georgia General Assembly. He was the newly-elected representa- tive after winning a special election that was held to fill the vacancy created when Governor Deal appointed Lynne Ri- ley to be the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue. Brad had previously served the citizens of Johns Creek as a member of the City Council for three years. His interest in politics and serving his community began during his child- hood and was influenced by a father whose example and interests affected the direction of Brads education career choice work ethic interest in politics and desire to serve his community. Brads father worked in construction that focused on large power plants and high rise projects. His fathers job relo- cated the family to numerous places where the projects he worked on were located. They moved to Niagara Falls New York for a power plant project and then to Sinking Spring a small town about an hour from Philadelphia where Brad lived while he was in first through fourth grade. When Brad was in Grade 4 his father worked on a highway tunnel project under the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal. That led to a corporate relocation to Toronto a year later. Brad started his fifth grade year there and completed high school in Canada. Brads father often took him along when he visited jobs he was working on. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of my father taking me along to inspect the job he was working on recalled Brad. How hard he worked made an impression on me and I also saw his dedication to making sure that his work was the best it could possibly be. The pride that he took in his work made an impression on me and I know that the pride I take in my work is because of by Judy Le Jeune RGING WITH POLITICS FOR JOHNS CREEK CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 him. Though Brads father lived in many places because of his work he was always a concerned citizen of where he was living and contributed to the community. My father was a star athlete throughout school and a World War II veteran. He had much to be proud of but he was always a very humble man Brad reflected. He set an example for me with his work ethic. Living through the Great Depression he understood the impor- tance of working hard for what you earned. Exposure to his fathers construction projects as he grew up influenced Brads deci- sion to dedicate his career as an engineer to the field of construction. He attended and graduated from Western University in Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. It was the late seventies when I graduated college and made the decision to move back to the United States said Brad. I knew that I was seeing the image of the United States through the lens of the Canadian media and I wanted to see if it was still as I remembered it from my childhood or the failing economic disaster that it was portrayed to be in the media. In 1978 Brad accepted a position with a contractor located outside of Ann Arbor Michigan. Brad met his wife Tricia when they were in high school and they started dating during their senior year. They mar- ried after their sophomore year in college. They have been married over 35 years and raised three sons. Tricia ma- jored in Early Childhood Education in college and has an incredible heart for children said Brad. She is extremely creative which complements my logical way of thinking. Following several job transfers and changes in 1982 Brad was offered a job in Atlanta as the regional manager for a contracting business and his family moved to Duluth Georgia. In 1987 he and a partner opened their own busi- ness. In 2000 Brad bought out his partner and later formed Tendon Systems LLC. He is still the owner and CEO of the company that employs 100 people. They manufacture high-strength post-tensioning steel tendons barrier cable for parking garages and per- form concrete restoration and structural strengthening for building structures. In 1998 Brad Tricia and their sons moved to Johns Creek. In the mid-2000s I recog- nized the changes that were taking place in our country and in our community and I wanted to take an active part in contributing to what needed to be changed to improve our quality of life said Brad. As the CEO of my company I needed to work there full time and began looking for a way to contribute and be in a position to positively affect my community. In 2011 Brad ran for Post 2 on the Johns Creek City Council and was elected. Being on the Johns Creek City Council gave me the opportunity to contribute to shaping the direction of the city said Brad. Federal politics is important but being involved in politics on the local level gave me the opportunity to impact and improve the quality of life for those in Johns Creek. Among other issues Brad focused on zoning and he finds it rewarding to see improvements around the city that he took an active part in developing while he was on the City Council. Federal politics is impor- tant but being involved in politics on the local level gave me the opportunity to impact and improve the quality of life for those in Johns Creek. 19CountyLineAugust2015 Brads desire to become involved in politics was influenced by his father and the atmo- sphere in which he was raised. Family conversations often focused on politics and issues that affected the quality of life where his family lived. After moving to Johns Creek Brad was influenced by others who had made positive contributions through political posi- tions. Eva Galambos was one of those people. Serving as the Mayor of Sandy Springs from 2005 to 2014 Evas influence on others reached far beyond her community. She beat the drum for Johns Creek to become its own city and had a tremendous influence on the journey others took to attain cityhood he said. Brad also salutes the original Johns Creek City Council for putting the city in place and creating a platform for future growth. Running to become a member of City Council was a way for me to become in- volved in local politics and to take an active role in continuing to shape the future of the City of Johns Creek. My three years on City Council were extremely rewarding. In 2014 when the House Representative for District 50 became available Brad made the decision to take the opportunity to represent Johns Creek in a capacity that would enable him to contribute to changing policies and dealing with issues on a new level. He ran in a special election that culminated in a run-off and in early February 2015 Brad was elected and began to serve his 55000 constituents in Johns Creek. He works closely with the Johns Creek City Council to help support their vision and decisions and also with surrounding communities with common issues. Brads major areas of focus are on tax relief through reform economic growth and de- velopment and transportation. For the local level Brad authored a bill that was passed in the House that increased the homestead exemption for all homeowners. Additionally he authored a bill that passed through the House that increased the homestead exemp- tion for all seniors over the age of 70. There are two bills pending that would reduce the state income tax burden. One would lower the state income tax from 6 to 4. The other would eliminate the state income tax completely and replace it with higher consumption taxes. The perception is that lowering taxes would cut improvements and amenities but that has not proven to be the case in other states. I am confident that providing tax relief would not affect the quality of life in my district and would serve the citizens well. Brad is also focusing on transportation and is developing relationships with his counter- parts from rural areas. He believes that improving transportation in rural areas would ultimately be advantageous to Johns Creek. Brad also contributes his efforts as a rep- resentative by being a member of the Energy Utilities Telecommunications Intra- governmental Coordination and Juvenile Justice Committees. Their sons are now grown and Brad and Tricia have a grandson and are expecting a granddaughter this month. Looking for a creative outlet several years ago Tricia took up photography and she and Brad enjoy traveling to places that Tricia is interested in photographing. This fall they will take a photo journey to the Painted Desert in Utah. As Brad continues to work on issues and building relationships to benefit those in District 50 he is grateful to his father for raising him with an interest in politics influencing his decision to become an engineer and build a career in construction and instilling a work ethic in him to achieve success and do the best he possibly can in all his endeavors. He is looking forward to the next session of the Georgia General Assembly in January 2016. CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 Uthan Vivek MD FACS FRCSUK Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Varicose Veins P.A.D. 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The environmentally-friendly shuttle is free wheelchair accessible and runs about every five minutes making it easy to see much of the city without driving once you arrive. Downtown Chattanooga must-see sites include Tennessee Aquarium The Tennessee Aquarium located on the banks of the Ten- nessee River is the top-rated aquarium for guest satisfac- tion in the nation. Guests embarking on the River Jour- ney one of two aquarium buildings will see river otters turtles alligators giant catfish and other freshwater crea- tures. The Ocean Journey delights with penguins sharks stingrays and colorful reef fish. The aquariums Butterfly Garden is a tropical paradise filled with free-flying exotic butterflies from Central and South America. The Backstage Pass additional fee applies gives visitors the chance to experience the aquarium from behind the scenes and even touch and feed the animals. An IMAX Movie Theater offers big-screen shows throughout the day and for outdoor fun take a two-hour scenic cruise on the River Gorge Explorer the aquariums 70-passenger high-tech catamaran. Creative Discovery Museum Just a short walk from the Tennessee Aquarium Creative Discovery Museum offers a variety of fun hands-on exhib- its for kids and the kid in all of us. From clay sculpting to digging for dinosaur bones to creating a stage produc- tion to sailing boats Creative Discovery Museum inspires learning through play. The museums River Play structure provides 2 stories of climbing adventures and children age 4 and younger can explore the Little Yellow House gar- den. Special events and exhibits are featured throughout the year. Chattanooga Choo Choo One of the Souths most unique landmarks the Chatta- nooga Choo Choo is part history part hotel and all fun Chattanoogas former Terminal Station built in 1908 has been converted into a vacation destination offering accom- modations in one of 48 lavishly-furnished Victorian-style train cars as well as standard hotel rooms and suites. Res- taurants shopping pools and a convention center com- plete the complex. Chattanooga North Shore and the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge Erected in 1890 the Walnut St. Bridge is the worlds longest pedestrian bridge connecting downtown Chat- tanooga to the North Shore a business district featuring one-of-a-kind and locally-owned boutiques restaurants Chattanooga Tennessee DayTrippin by Kathleen Kraynick photography courtesy of the Chattanooga Area Convention Visitors Bureau 25CountyLineAugust2015 coffeehouses galleries salons and day spas. Two parks share the shoreline as well. Coolidge Park features a beau- tifully restored 100 year old carousel a pavilion an inter- active play fountain the Outdoor Chattanooga Center and lots of open space. Throughout the year the park is home to concerts movies festivals and special events. Renais- sance Park is a 23-acre urban wetlands park featuring nature trails with native trees wildflowers and river eco systems an outdoor pavilion a picnic area and public art. The North Shore can also be reached using the free North Shore Shuttle which runs about every 30 minutes. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway Called Americas Most Amazing Mile Lookout Mountains incline railway has been wowing tourists since 1895. Climbing at a 72.7 grade its the worlds steepest pas- senger railway offering views of the surrounding moun- tains and valleys from the train and the observation tower at the railways station atop Lookout Mountain. The Incline Centennial Exhibits share the long history of this unique landmark. Rock City Rock City located at the top of Lookout Mountain fea- tures giant ancient rock formations gardens with over 400 native plant species and extraordinary panoramic views. Kids in particular will enjoy the wooded Enchanted Trail Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village. Ruby Falls Moving from the top of Lookout Mountain to deep inside visitors find Ruby Falls. This 145-foot waterfall is located more than 1100 feet below the mountains surface and is reached by guided tour through Ruby Falls Cave. Along the way enjoy cave formations including stalactites sta- lagmites columns drapery and flowstone. With so much to see and do youll want to visit more than once or plan a longer stay at one of the citys many ho- tels to catch all the fun. Visit the Chattanooga Convention Visitors Bureau at www.chattanoogafun.com for infor- mation attractions and events coupons accommodations and dining. Ruby Falls Reproductive Surgical Specialists is a full-service practice that specializes in the diagnosis management and treatment of female reproductive abnormalities in patients ages 8 and up. Our board-certified physician Dr. Carla Roberts brings over two decades of experience as a reproductive specialist gynecologist and endocrinologist and offers both surgical and non-surgical services in a soothing and elegant environment. We oer a full spectrum of GYN services Adult and pediatric gynecology Comprehensive well woman exam Call Today 770-292-2670 ReproductiveSurgicalSpecialists.com 1800 Northside Forsyth Dr Suite 380 Cumming GA 30041 Kind Compassionate Skilled Care Including additional expertise in Reconstructive surgery of uterus tubes ovaries cervix vagina and labia Endometriosispelvic pain Fibroid surgery Other comprehensive womens services CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 I ts inevitable as we age. Those little creeks aches and pains in our joints begin to work their way into our daily life. The more active we are the more wear and tear we put on our joints and bones and the better chance we have of developing injuries and conditions that lead to persistent pain. However we live in a day and age when there are a myriad of medical ad- vancements that can help us to live healthy and strong longer than ever before. Northside Hospital orthopedic specialists are using new technologies to provide comprehensive joint and spine care through nonsurgical clinical treatments and advanced robot-assisted surgical interventions. Conservative Back and Neck Care Approximately 80 of Americans will experience low back pain sometime in their lives whether due to a new isolated injury or a persistent problem. Symp- toms can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and spasms. Treatment options vary widely from ap- plying ice to medication and surgery but many peo- ple dont seek help right away. The hesitancy can ex- acerbate the problem and lead to needless suffering. Northside Hospital Advances Joint Care With Comprehensive Approach 27CountyLineAugust2015 Northsides conservative coordinated and personal- ized approach for acute and chronic spinal conditions offers many treatment options for conditions ranging from minor strains to severe nerve pressure or injury. The hospitals Spine Center combines the expertise of many Atlanta spine specialists including orthopedic surgeons neurosurgeons fellowship-trained anes- thesia pain physicians neuroradiologists and physical therapists to provide superlative evaluation diagno- sis treatment and follow-up care. Comprehensive Arthritis Care Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans one in five adults while osteoarthritis the most common form of arthritis affecting the joints and surrounding tissues impacts more than 80 of these patients according to the CDC. This degenerative joint disease most common in the hip and knee creates disability while limiting both the work and activity levels in as many as 43 of those diagnosed. In an effort to better serve patients coping with the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis Northside Hospi- tal orthopedic specialists provide collaborative com- prehensive and state-of-the-art joint care through a multi-pronged approach. The hospitals Arthritis Center strives to render pain relief in patients and restore them to active lifestyles nonsurgically whenever possible. However patients have access to modalities ranging from noninvasive and nonsurgical therapies pain man- agement and new diagnostic methods to minimally in- vasive robot-assisted joint replacement interventions including outpatient joint replacements in which pa- tients often leave the hospital four hours after their hip or knee replacement. Innovative Gait Analysis Utilizing innovative technology for a patients gait analysis orthopedic specialists at Northsides Arthritis Center are able to further tailor treatment plans based upon precise measurements of knee motion and ar- eas of deficiency. Northside is one of only a handful of programs in the nation with this level of orthopedic innovation. The technology allows physicians to use a computer and camera to track patients knee movements as they walk on a treadmill. This gives physicians a better un- derstanding of each patients knee and biomarkers and allows them to develop the right exercise program to protect the knee and restore function. Computer-Assisted Hip and Knee Replacements When nonsurgical treatments are exhausted many worn-out joints are replaceable. Northside combines state-of-the-art diagnostic and conservative clinical care protocols with robot-assisted outpatient joint replacement surgery to assist patients especially those with post-sports related injuries and osteoarthritis in returning to a better quality of life much faster. Image-guided technology for total joint replacements gives surgeons a 3-D view of joints and more precise data to help them most accurately align implants dur- ing replacement procedures regardless of the size of the incision. CT scans are used to create a 3-D model of your hip or knee joint. Through these 3-D models mo- tion capture and real-time virtual views of the patients anatomy doctors are able to provide more accurate fittings ensuring post-procedure pain is reduced sig- nificantly. The technology allows surgeons to fine-tune the implants positioning and shape making the most accurate joint replacements available and increasing patients mobility faster than ever before. Ankle Replacement Most people have heard of knee or hip replacements but replacement of aging ankle joints also is gaining ground. By replacing arthritic or injured ankles with artificial joints foot and ankle surgeons at Northside are helping get people back on their feet. Ankle replacement surgery relieves debilitating pain and discomfort caused by arthritis while restoring and maintaining ankle motion in people with compromised ankle function. During the 2-3 hour surgical procedure the ankle joint is exposed diseased cartilage and bone is removed and a metal and lightweight plastic bearing is inserted. In general healthy non-diabetic older patients who have exhausted non-surgical treatment and continue to experience painful and disabling ankle arthritis are ideal candidates for ankle replacement. For more information about advanced orthopedic care available at Northside Hospital visit northside.comor- thopedicsurgery. CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 W e know the cold weather drill here in Geor- gia all too well. The rain outside starts to solidify as temperatures drop and the sun goes down. The barren trees start to become crystal as the rain coats the limbs. The kids return home from school with rumors of cancellations for the following days as the streets start to become slick with mois- ture. The local TV weather follows the storm closely and will update us with information on school closures as it becomes available. This scenario seems months away as the sweltering start of the school year kicks off however as many of us experienced last year Forsyth County Schools FCS is utilizing itslearning to maintain student learning outside of the physical classroom. Itslearning is one of many online Learning Manage- ment Systems LMS in the education market today. A learning management system is an online site where educators can post or upload homework assignments tests papers work examples videos lesson plans and schedules for students and parents. Students in turn can get online to view complete and submit as- signments tests and homework among many other functions all from their smartphone tablet laptop or computeranywhere with internet connectivity. It is a one-stop-shop online site for educators and students. Itslearning is not limited to a particular school or grade level. All grade levels and schools in the district are using this LMS. The county purchased itslearning two years ago as the contract expired with the Angel LMS. According to Ja- son Naile i3 Project coordinator The county was look- ing for a LMS that would combine many of the different systems and resources that our teachers and students were using on a daily basis. Teachers had many dif- ferent logins and passwords. It was a lot for everyone to manage. We found that itslearning streamlined the login process and brought everyday resources into one place. Now our instructors can deliver instruction and lessons in a more efficient manner. The change in sys- tems hasnt come without some hiccups however. An- gela Burgess is a FCS instructional technology special- ist who helps teachers integrate technology into the classroom. She sees itslearning as a step in the right direction for teachers to utilize technology and also to help students acclimate to future online learning be it in school or simply as a resource at home or on the job. As with any new program or piece of technology there will be a learning curve. Itslearning is no differ- ent. Once teachers and students figured out how valu- by Brian DeRose Photo by Tim Clark ClassroomsBeyond theBrickandMortar 29CountyLineAugust2015 able the platform was to continuing instruction outside the classroom many more users were willing to jump on board stated Angela. And jumping on board they are. Forsyth County Dis- trict Instructional Technology Specialist Meghan Farm- er foresees a growth in the number of teachers using the platform in year three. After the online learning days snow day assignments many teachers began to see the value in our online learning platform said Meghan. Lisa Robinson an AP High School Spanish teacher ex- plains Itslearning is an invaluable resource for my AP Spanish students. Its a great way to give students more access to content and helps me to give them better access to resources. Continuing education outside the physical classroom is a top priority for Forsyth County Schools according to Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden. As a school system we have a responsibility to teach and promote sound digital citizenship. FCS is better poised than most when it comes to digital learning and extending the classroom. When my daughter returned from college I learned that 30-40 of her education was done on- line. I realized that the virtual classroom is an impor- tant function that our school system needs to utilize. This past school year FCS implemented a new on- line learning day strategy that utilized the itslearning LMS. This strategy garnered interest not only in re- gional media outlets but also on national news feeds. FCS was one of the first systems to implement an on- line learning day or snow day policy where students would be allowed to do assignments at home in the itslearning platform in return for attendance credit. Dr. Bearden admits that this past year left some room for improvement on the policy but believes that on- line learning is vital to the growth of our students. He said If we are going to miss a day or days lets continue to learn. Itslearning provides that medium for teachers and students to get online and continue the classroom. Dr. Bearden goes on to say We realize that many families have children in different grades and schools. Next year we are going to concentrate on more conformity between schools teachers students and parents. We need to consistently prepare our stu- dents for their future not our past. Johns Creek Office 6300 Hospital Parkway Suite 300 Johns Creek GA 30097 770 623-8965 Gwinnett Office 698 Duluth Highway Suite 201 Lawrenceville GA 30046 770 822-0788 THE CANCER ANSWER IN YOUR HOMETOWN Dr. Jorge Leguizamo Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah Dr. Karthi Subbannan Georgia Cancer Specialists is a national leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. The Cancer Answer is patient-focused care anchored by prevention early detection advanced treatment clinical research and compassionate caregivers. gacancer.com TM CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 J ohns Creek enjoys a robust thriving quality of life with premier municipal services including public safety and recreational opportunities. The schools within the city regularly receive national recognition for academic excellence. Accomplished people attracted to our great amenities continue to relocate here. However it will take a bold vision and innovative thinking to not only sustain this success but to build on it as well. This vision is The District a vibrant mixed-use downtown within a 728-acre area in northeast Johns Creek. The District will become an economic engine and cultural and entertainment center that will create a downtown sense of place and a popular community identity. The District will be an exciting fun gathering place where business leaders can take colleagues and clients and where resi- dents can take family and friends. Johns Creek could be the downtown of choice for north metro-Atlanta built on the hard lessons learned from the experiences of other cities. The vision is being driven by several imperatives includ- ing a need to 1 Create a long-term healthy sustainable tax base. As the City grows revenue needs to grow with it. Homeowners are disproportionally supporting the lo- cal tax base contributing 81 percent of the tax di- gest versus 19 percent from commercial taxpayers. Commercial development including offices produc- es more tax revenue than residential and requires fewer city services. The revenue generated within The District can be used to address service and in- frastructure requirements citywide. 2 Enhance Johns Creeks competitive identity to level the playing field. Although Johns Creek is among the top 2 percent of largest cities in the U.S. in terms of population it lacks a central business district to at- tract upscale and diverse development. The District can offer a destination that will attract the kind of visitors who will relocate or spend money here. The District will provide an economic center of gravity to sustain the City for generations to come. 3 Attract and retain young professionals. Corporate employers increasingly look for a young lively work- force of business professionals when choosing where to locate. The District would provide the kind of hous- ing convenient dining shopping and social gathering spots that attract this key workforce. 4 Encourage more families in Johns Creek to put down lifelong roots. Families are drawn to Johns Creek for safety the schools and overall quality of life. How- ever many do not stay after their children graduate from high school. To thrive long-term the city needs families with roots deeply planted here. The District will serve as a town center that anchors the com- munity and helps to keep families in Johns Creek. It will create an identity for the city that reflects our community and sustains our way of life. Although we are proud of our community its reputa- tion as one of the safest in the U.S. the award-winning schools and abundant outdoor activities we wont settle for the status quo. Our vision is to chart a course that reflects our exceptional past and sustains our quality of life for generations to come. Follow us on Facebook and www.JohnsCreekGA.gov. TheDistrict VisionforaFutureDowntown 31CountyLineAugust2015 Arthritis Northside Center The Northside Arthritis Center is a full-service practice that specializes in providing patients with innovative non-surgical diagnostic and treatment methods to reduce their joint pain and improve their quality of life. Our board- certified physician Dr. David Covall uses state-of-the-art technology to identify the progression of arthritis in each patient and then develops a conservative patient-centered treatment plan that is personalized to fit their lifestyle. The Northside Arthritis Center Offers Patients Gait Analysis Radiologic Imaging Laboratory Testing Genetic and Biochemical Marker Evaluation Ultrasound-Guided Injections Conservative Alternative Medical CAM Treatments including acupuncture weight and nutritional programs and lifestyle education Call 770 667-4337 to make an appointment The Northside Arthritis Center is a full-service practice that specializes in providing patients with innovative non-surgical diagnostic and treatment methods to reduce their joint pain and improve their quality of life. Our board- certified physician Dr. David Covall uses state-of-the-art technology to identify the progression of arthritis in each patient and then develops a conservative patient-centered treatment plan that is personalized to fit their lifestyle. Conservative Alternative Medical CAM Treatments including Conservative Alternative Medical CAM Treatments including acupuncture weight and nutritional programs and lifestyle educationacupuncture weight and nutritional programs and lifestyle education Call 770 667-4337 to make an appointment 3400-C Old Milton Parkway Suite 190 Alpharetta GA 30005 northsidearthritis.com CountyLine August 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net32