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1CountyLineOctober2015 OCTOBER 2015 MEETING THE COMMUNITYS NEEDS South Forsyth High School Principal Laura Wilson Forsyth County Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net2 Come and See the New Signature in Assisted Living Join us for these upcoming and amazing events 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 Schedule your personal tour today. Models available SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCHES 11am - 1pm Every Sunday in October Enjoy the sophisticated sounds of our local jazz musicians while tasting our mouthwatering brunch menu. Featuring chef manned omelet and carving stations complimentary mimosas and much more AFTERNOON TEA TALK Thursday October 29th 2pm 4pm Our traditional afternoon teas will feature an exquisite selec- tion of finger sandwiches sweet treats and a variety of warm aromatic teas. 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And at the game it helps you rock the house. northside.com CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 MEETING THE COMMUNITYS NEEDS DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 12 Paparazzi 22 Day Trippin Historic Jonesboro 16 5CountyLineOctober2015 FEATURES 8 Jesses House Enriching the Lives of Young Women 26 A Focus on the Future COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Preston Topper Wins Golf Championship 24 Georgia Cancer Specialists Welcomes New Physician to Johns Creek BUSINESS FOCUS 14 North Atlanta Womens Care 20 Thrivent Financial 28 Reproductive Surgical Specialists 22 26 8 CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 With the population of Forsyth County continuing to grow at a rapid pace many schools in the district saw a 30 increase of students in just the last several years. With funds from a bond referendum and under certain conditions funds that were contributed by the State renovations and addi- tions are being worked on at many Forsyth County schools. Lambert and South Forsyth high schools and Riverwatch and South Forsyth middle schools are among those adding new classrooms and other improvements. You will surely be im- pressed when you read this cover story and find out how the Forsyth County Schools are meeting the needs of the com- munity. Jesses House provides a safe and secure place to live for girls in need in 13 North Georgia counties. Be sure to read about how and why Jesses House began who it serves and how Executive Director Amber Black and the staff at Jesses House are helping girls during a time in their lives when they need it most. At the end of last years school year Laura Wilson moved from her position as assistant principal to take over as principal at South Forsyth High School. Find out how Lauras career transitioned from the environmental engineering field to education and why she took this path to the princi- pals office. If you are a Southern history buff a Gone with the Wind fan or just looking for an interesting place to spend the day be sure to read this issues Day Trippin on what there is to do and see in Historic Jonesboro. This is a way to spend the day that everyone will enjoy The business focus in this issue is on North Atlanta Womens Care Thrivent Financial and Repro- ductive Surgical Specialists. Be sure to read about the personalized services that Drs. Sujatha Vivek and Whitney Cook provide for women at North Atlanta Womens Care. They have offices in Johns Creek and Alpharetta and deliver exclusively at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Kerry P. Maurer and Michael J. Clifford partners in the North Point Group of Thrivent Financial can help with retirement planning as well as many other financial considerations. Read the valuable infor- mation they provide about planning for retirement and plan to attend one of their seminars this month Dr. Carla Roberts is a reproductive specialist gynecologist and endocrinologist who has been practicing in the Atlanta area for 21 years and is now located at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Be sure to read about the broad array of specialized services she provides her patients. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineOctober2015 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 Clayton County Convention Visitors Bureau CoverCover Story Photography Judy Le Jeune On the Cover MEETING THE COMMUNITYS NEEDS South Forsyth High School Principal Laura Wilson Forsyth County Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25773 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. 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Barr PA-C Stacey Olivier PA-C Karly Kincaid PA-C Nikki Orciuch-PA-C Julia Ro PA-C All Board Certied www.naderm.com 770.814.8222 We are happy to announce our new satellite ofce opening in mid-November in Cumming across from the new Costco Now Offering CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net8 I n 1996 an assessment by Kennesaw State Univer- sity concluded that there was a need for an emer- gency youth shelter in North Georgia to serve at- risk girls between the ages of seven and 17. To serve this need in May 1998 Jesses House opened in For- syth County in a home donated by the Larry Morris family. Named after Larrys father Jesse the original shelter had the capacity to serve seven girls. In 2002 a larger building was donated and Jesses House was able to expand their services. With funds from a capital campaign and volunteers a renovation of the building began in 2003 and was completed in 2004. The capac- ity increased to serve 12 girls each provided with their own bedroom and use of a librarycomputer lab game room and common room. Jesses House currently serves 13 counties including Forsyth County. Approximately 75 of placements are from the Department of Family and Children Services and the remaining 25 come from Forsyth County Ju- venile Court. During the 2014-2015 fiscal year Jesses House served 30 girls from Forsyth County and 66 girls from the other 12 counties. The average length of stay ranges from one night to nine months with a few girls staying on for over a year. In 2015 the Department of Human Services changed their policy to extend the age range from 17 to over 18 if staying on is in the best interest of the individual. Each case and reason why a girl is sent to Jesses House is different but all involve a youth in need of a safe and secure environment. Most girls come from a home in which there is neglect pa- rental substance abuse domestic violence or sexual abuse. Some are run-a-ways. Girls who are known to be using illegal drugs or are pregnant are not accepted to Jesses House. Each girls case is reviewed by a multi-disciplinary professional team when they arrive at Jesses House. by Judy Le Jeune Enriching the Lives of Young Women Executive Director Amber Black 9CountyLineOctober2015 Her safety and well-being are addressed with an in- dividual treatment plan that includes medical social educational and mental health needs. Forsyth County Schools provide bus service to-and-from schools that are outside of the area where Jesses House is located so girls are able to stay at the school they attended while at home. In addition to safe shelter and a bed- room each girl receives a dental and medical check-up and treatment. There is also academic tutoring recre- ational activities and mentoring. Counseling is avail- able to families and both individual and group counsel- ing for the girls is available on-site. During the 2008-09 school year while working on a Masters degree in Professional Counseling Amber Black worked as an intern at Jesses House managing academics and medical services. She left to council in the community a requirement for becoming a profes- sional counselor returned in 2011 to do counseling and in December 2012 Amber took over as executive director. Jesses House stole my heart at the very beginning of my career said Amber. I knew I wanted to work with teens when I began pursuing my Masters degree but had not even ventured into the realm of working with teens in foster care. Since its inception Jesses House has served over 835 girls. These young ladies are at a vulnerable time in their developmental stage and they come to us with unresolved traumas said Amber. Their stories are heart-breaking and the days can be taxing but those of us who serve at Jesses House do so in order to help each girl that walks through our doors have a better path into their future. Both in-kind and monetary contributions help Jesses House to provide their services to girls in need. They accept teen-appropriate new and gently-used cloth- ing and have a wish list of other needed items on their website. They participate in several continuous giving programs such as employee matching funds and adopt-a-child. Credit card donations are accepted on the Network for Good. For more information visit www.jesseshouse.org or email amberblackjesses- house.org. The Princess Pirate 5K to benefit Jesses House and Bald Ridge Lodge a Forsyth County shelter for boys will take place at Fowler Park on Saturday October 31st. Starting at 8am this event will include a 10K 5K and a Fun Run. To register for the Princess Pirate 5K or for more information about this event visit www. jesseshouse.org. For more information about Jesses House or to make a donation visit their website at www.jesseshouse.org or email amberblackjesseshouse.org. Internal Medicine Associates of Johns Creek Internal Medicine Associates of Johns Creek is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to patients aged 16 up in a warm and compassionate environment. Our board-certified physicians Drs. Samantha Benson and Tiffany Edwards and experienced staff offer excellent preventive care and a wide range of services to provide each patient with the personalized care you need to ensure good health. 3340 Paddocks Parkway Suwanee GA 30024 imajohnscreek.com Call 678 474-9633 Welcoming new patients Accepts most insurance plans Same-day appointments available CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net10 Fourteen-year-old Preston Topper became the youngest pri- vate club champion when he won the Standard Clubs Mens GolfChampionship in June. Preston posted aspectacular 10-un- der score of 206 64 70 72.His opening round of 64 for 18 holes tied the second lowest round ever recorded at the Stan- dard Clubs championship course in Johns Creek. Preston is rated by the Junior Golf Scoreboard among the top 20 young golfers in the world and secondin Georgia for his age group. Two years ago he was chosen to represent the US at the PGAs Junior Ryder Cup match against other international junior teams played at the Pinehurstcourse in North Carolina.He and his partner were low medalists during the competition where they shot 66 and led the US team to victory. Preston has played competitive golf for 10 years. He is a freshman at William Reed Academy in Johns Creek. He is interested in playing college golf when hefinishes high school and plans to turn proafter completing college. Preston is often asked to join top men golfers at the Standard Club which he thoroughly enjoys. I have played around 40 rounds of 18 holes on this course in the 60s. Most of the time I shootin the 60s but I should because this is my homegolf coursesaid Preston. 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Our focus is to provide exceptional and personalized healthcare in a warm and welcoming environ- ment where your health and well-being is our primary concern. We have two con- venient locations in both Alpharetta and Johns Creek and we deliver exclusively at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Dr. Whitney Cook was born and raised in Alpharetta and she attended Taylor Road Middle School and Chattahoochee High School. As a Georgia-lover at heart she stayed in Georgia for college and went to Emory University in Atlanta where she graduated with honors in both Chemistry and French. While at Emory University she helped in writing curriculums for CancerQuest an organization focused on edu- cating patients and their families about cancer and its management. As her love for both science and the field of medicine grew Dr. Cook chose to pursue a medical doctorate with a focus on womens health. Dr. Cook attended medical school at Mercer University in Macon Georgia and grad- uated in 2011 with her medical doctorate. She was awarded the T.J. Lin Award by the University for her dedication and knowledge in the field of womens health. She chose to stay at Mercer University for her Obstetric and Gynecology residency in Macon Georgia. In her fourth year of postgraduate training she was selected to be Administrative Chief Resident. Upon graduation from residency in 2015 she was awarded the Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. After many years of training and residency Dr. Cook is thrilled to be returning home to Johns Creek as a practicing OBGYN. Dr. Cooks interests include high- risk pregnancy management minimally invasive procedures and the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. She enjoys having open conversations with both ado- lescents and young adults about preventative care and contraceptive technology. Although the menopausal transition is a trying time for all women Dr. Cook also works with each patient individually using various lifestyle medical and herbal remedies to help ease the symptoms associated with this mid-life change. Dr. Cook and her husband Brandon are outdoor enthusiasts and animal-lovers who enjoy kayaking hiking and scuba diving. They enjoy traveling off the beaten path and finding new places to explore. In their free time Dr. Cook and her hus- band love volunteering with local animal rescue groups and are excited about get- ting involved in the Johns Creek animal-lovers community. For now they currently have two four-legged family members a welsh corgi named Brody and a rescue dachshund mix named Marty McFly. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Whitney Cook or Dr. Sujatha Vivek call 770-771-5270. North Atlanta Womens Care PC has offices in Johns Creek and Alpharetta. Dr. Whitney Cook 15CountyLineOctober2015 Whitney Cook MD Obstetrics Gynecology Sujatha Vivek MD FACOG Board Certied in Obstetrics Gynecology 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek GA 30097 I 3400A Old Milton Pkwy Ste 300 Alpharetta GA 30005 P 770.771.5270 I www.nawcare.com O Pregnancy Care Delivery O Pre-pregnancy Counseling O Ultrasounds O Menstrual Disorders O Minimally Invasive Open Surgery O Ofce Based Procedures O Delivers at Emory Johns Creek Hospital We specialize in Children Adults Same Day Walk-in Appointments Available Board-Certified Physicians Testing and Treat- ments Done On-Site Most Insurance Plans Accepted 10700 Medlock Bridge Rd Ste 102 Johns Creek GA 30097 www.reddyallergy.com 678-615-7878 Fall Allergies Food Allergies Call or Stop by Today Walk-in or Same Day appointments available on Mondays and Wednesdays. CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net16 17CountyLineOctober2015 Whether you are a new resident to Forsyth County or a long time na- tive with deep family roots there is no denying that this could be one of the most desirable counties to live in the state the South or the entire country. Combine Forsyth Countys low crime rate the healthy lifestyle and most importantly one of the best public school systems in the nation and it is no wonder that Forsyth Countys population has exploded in the past two decades. According to the recently released 2014 US Census Bureau statistics Forsyth County has become the seventh fastest growing county with a population of 10000 or more in the nation. In addition the For- syth County Schools FCS is the third fastest growing school district in the countryhome to roughly 44000 students with 1700 new students added each year. It is also the seventh largest school district in the state of Georgia. by Brian DeRose Meeting the Communitys Needs Riverwatch Middle School Principal Kathy Carpenter and Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 According to the statistics on the FCS web site the student population has increased by almost 20000 students in the past decade with an increase of 6674 in the past five years. The last two years the county has seen an overall growth of 3564 students. Lambert High School for example has seen a 30 increase in just the past two years alone. South Forsyth High School has had a student increase of 25 in the past three years. And its not just the high schools that are seeing the rapid growth. The middle schools are experiencing this growth as well. South Forsyth Middle School has experienced a similar 30 increase in their student population. With all the increased growth the school system is expanding to meet the communitys needs. In 2007 when the economy took a downward turn the school district chose not to hold a bond referen- dum to generate funds for capital improvements building construction and waited until last spring to put the bond referendum on the ballot. However the county continued to grow during that same time period. Now that the economy has recovered the FCS is trying to meet the needs of the student growth increase of the past seven years. As a result of the school bond referendum passing several projects are now underway or have been completed at some of the 35 schools in the Forsyth County Schools. School construction is paid for by both local funds and state funds. The state contributes to construction only when certain conditions are met such as meeting a requirement for the number of students that will be enrolled before construc- tion can be approved and started at each site or school. Kristin Morrissey Forsyth County School Board member for District 2 South Forsyth addresses the new construction as a very positive step forward for the system. Forsyth County Schools is excited to see the expansion and upgrades of the facilities at Lambert South Forsyth Riverwatch and South Middle well underway. The earned state dollars along with local matching funds are helping to address the population growth and the specific academic needs of the students in South Forsyth. Updating and maintaining our schools in the ever-changing educational environment is key to the continued success of our schools and students. Although most of the county is seeing a facelift to facilities District 2 is looking at well overdue im- provements. Some of the District 2 improvements include additions to Lambert High and South Forsyth Riverwatch Middle and South Forsyth Middle. Lambert High School Although Lambert is one of the newest of Forsyths high schools it is not immune to the countys rapid growth. Lambert is adding 19 classrooms including a computer lab and science labs. The new construc- tion will also provide a large band room and the administrative suites will also get a complete makeover. Principal Dr. Gary Davison is excited for the expansion and says The renovation to the administrative suites will make it more convenient for parents to check students in and out. We will also be gaining another counseling office. With our different expansions the school will be much safer in general. The band will be moving into a new larger facility that will make way for increased engineering class- rooms. Our Science and Healthcare HOSA programs are the largest in the world said Gary. The new science and engineering labs are a welcome relief to our programs that are growing exponentially. We have already outgrown our space in the short amount of time that we have been open. South Forsyth Middle School Principal Sandy Tinsley couldnt be more excited for the renovations happening at South Forsyth Middle. The construction that is already underway will include 25 new classrooms expansion to the cafeteria a media center a band room and a second technology classroom. Like the other Forsyth County schools student growth needs to be relieved at South Forsyth Middle. Although the improvement process will be inconvenient for a while Sandy explains that the finished product will open more student resources We have few land options here for new construction. The additions will provide our students with more opportunities and resources in their classes and clubs. South Forsyth Middle is also going to re-route the parent pick-up and drop-off lines by utilizing Old Atlanta Road and bringing relief to Windermere Parkway. We are hoping this will ease traffic flow and make parent pick-up and drop-off more efficient said Sandy. 19CountyLineOctober2015 South Forsyth High School Aside from Forsyth Central High South Forsyth High School is one of the countys oldest high schools and has been looking forward to facility upgrades for some time now. Currently there are two phases to the construction at South. Phase One will include the new construction and upgrades. Phase Two will include renovations to current building structures. One of the most noticeable upgrades will be the facelift to the entrance. Principal Laura Wilson is looking for- ward to the new upgraded entrance and construction plans in general. All of the construction at South will not only im- prove student life here but most importantly with our large campus it will make it much safer. She added All of our administrative suites will finally be together in one cohesive place. This will make it much more inviting and easier for parents and students to navigate our campus. In addition to the facelift and administrative offices South is also going to see additional classrooms modifications to the cafeterias stadium and field house and a new gym. We put a great emphasis on our students being workforce ready. The pass- ing of the May bond referendum will allow our students to have access to industry standard equipment particularly in the Culinary Arts and Marketing departments. The students will stand to gain the most from this construction. Riverwatch Middle School Riverwatch Middle is one of the newer middle schools in the county and when it opened they already had little room for expansion. According to Principal Kathy Carpenter In 2008 we saw a surge of families moving in due to our high aca- demics and test scores. By the time the 2011-12 school year started we were over capacity with 36 students to a class- room. At that time the county started looking at options to meet both financial and community goals. Kathy continued A lot of research went into the decision on whether to build a new middle school or add on to our current school. The county decided to add on to the school as it was the least costly option. Riverwatch will see 24 new classrooms with 23 of them being academic and one a new technology lab that will be home to Broadcast Journalism a new subject at the middle school. In addition an expanded band room will house the 400 students that are currently enrolled in the program. The construction projects at Riverwatch are sched- uled to be complete by the start of the 2016-17 school year. Along with the additions to the current schools three new schools are in the process of being built Brandywine Ele- mentary DeSana Middle and Denmark a new high school. These new schools will inevitably mean the redistricting of some students from their current schools. According to the FCS the redistricting for the middle and elementary schools is slated to take place this fall and take effect the following year. Lambert West Forsyth and Souths redistricting will be decided in the fall of 2017 and take effect the following year. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden sees the construction as a positive step forward and says We know that an exceptional public school district is a large factor in the high quality of life that we enjoy in Forsyth County. Last year voters approved 195 million in bonds for capital improvements. We started many of these construction projects this summer and will continue working on them for the next three years. As with any renovation project we will face inconveniences on our existing campuses to gain ma- jor final improvements. We appreciate everyones patience and understanding throughout this process. We know that an exceptional public school district is a large factor in the high quality of life that we enjoy in Forsyth County. Last year voters ap- proved 195 million in bonds for capital improvements. We started many of these con- struction projects this summer and will continue working on them for the next three years. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 R etirement planning involves an analysis of the various choices you can make today to help provide for your financial future. To make appropriate choices you need to esti- mate your future economic needs. When youve determined how much of an income stream youll probably require in the future youll be in a position to make wise choices now about income savings investments and employer-sponsored or other retirement plans. To determine your retirement income needs youll want to evaluate your present circum- stancesyour income your expenses your assets and your debts. Next youll need to think about your future needs. There are four main sources for your retirement income Social Security pensions or other retirement accounts your personal investment portfolio and savings. Effective retirement planning involves not only an awareness of the types of savings ve- hicles available but also how and when to take distributions from these vehicles. In par- ticular you should be familiar with the income tax ramifications of distributions including a possible 10 percent premature distribution penalty tax for distributions made prior to age 59 . What about required minimum distributions from the plan after you reach age 70 If youre planning for retirement you should also consider the Social Security income if any youll be receiving in the future. In fact it is possible for you to estimate your Social Security benefits ahead of time. You may want to check your Social Security record periodi- cally to ensure that you have met the eligibility requirements and that your information is accurate and complete. Youll also want to become familiar with ways to optimize your Social Security benefits and minimize their taxation. The timing of your receipt of benefits can be important as can the impact of post-retirement employment. Michael J. Clifford and Kerry P. Maurer are partners in the North Point Group of Thrivent Financial located in Johns Creek. They are financial professionals who focus on meeting your financial needs with professional guidance and convenience. Thrivent Financial is a not-for-profit membership organization of Christians that helps them be wise with their money and live generously. North Point Group of Thrivent Financial is located at 9875 Medlock Bridge Parkway Suite 150 in Johns Creek. To schedule an appointment or for more information Please contact Angela Maurer at 678-475-0350 or angela.maurerthrivent.com. Thrivent Financial and its respective associates and employees have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets however they do not have the professional expertise for a complete discussion of the de- tails of your specific situation. For additional information contact your local Social Security Administration office. Kerry P. Maurer and Michael J. Clifford Are You Planning to Retire 21CountyLineOctober2015 19INITIAL VISIT Includes consultation exam and adjustment. Uthan Vivek MD FACS FRCSUK Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Varicose Veins P.A.D. Aneurysm Carotid Disease Diabetic FootLeg Ulcer Leg Pain 1-800-VEIN-DOC www.navascularclinic.com 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek 407 East Maple Ste 101 Cumming 770.771.5260 Providing Optimum Vascular Treatment A FINANCIAL EVENT No products will be sold at this event. 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RETIRE WISELY Join us to learn how to manage six risks all retirees face outliving income inflation unpredictable events market volatility income taxes and rising health care costs. 27764AD R5-15 Appleton Wisconsin Minneapolis Minnesota Thrivent.com 800-847-4836 Hosted by Financial Associates Michael J. Clifford FIC Kerry P. Maurer FIC North Point Group Event details Tuesday October 6 1000am and 630pm Thursday October 15 1000am and 630pm Thursday October 22 1000am and 630pm Tuesday October 27 1000am and 630pm All workshops will be held at Thrivent Financial 9875 Medlock Bridge Parkway Suite 150 Johns Creek GA 30022 Please RSVP to Angela Maurer at 678-475-0350 or angela.maurerthrivent.com. Seminars are complimentary. Light refreshments will be served. CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net22 S outhern history buffs and Gone with the Wind aficionadosthe movie the book or bothwill enjoy a day trip to the historic city of Jonesboro just an hour away from the county line. Here there are three main attractionsRoad to Tara Museum Stately Oaks Plantation and bus toursthat will take you back in time to the Civil War and to a plantation that will make you feel as though you are visiting the infamous plantation of Gone with the Wind Tara. The similarities are actually not a coincidence but are rooted in the ancestry of the books author Margaret Mitchell. The Fitzgerald Plantation the home of Mitchells grandpar- ents was where she spent her summers growing up. While gathered with her family on the front porch Mar- garet listened to their stories about the Civil War and Reconstruction. She incorporated the information she heard into her novel about that time period and chose Taras location to be in Clayton County the location of her grandparents plantation. To appreciate the history and glimpse into Gone with the Wind be sure to visit Road to Tara Museum This museum will delight Gone With the Wind fans with original props manuscripts and wardrobe items from the movie. Also on display are items from the 1939 At- lanta premiere of the movie reproductions of Scarletts dresses and an extensive collection of photographs plates and dolls. History buffs will learn about Jones- boros significant role during the Civil War and the lo- cals that were involved through researched personal accounts and artifacts. Tickets for the bus tours are sold and depart from here. The museum is open Monday-Friday 830am to 530pm Saturday 10am-4pm. Stately Oaks Plantation Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this Greek Revival antebellum home was built in 1839 by Mr. Whitmill Allen. Guided tours are provided by do- cents dressed in period costumes or with pre-record- ed audio. The tour of the homes interior includes six rooms that are furnished with antiques and some fam- ily heirlooms. Outbuildings include the cook house the one-room school house built in the early 1900s a ten- ant home and Juddys Country Store build in 1894. The plantation is open Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm. Bus Tours There are two tours that both offer the opportunity to drive by or make a stop at the historic sites of Jones- boro. DayTrippin by Judy Le Jeune photography courtesy of Clayton County Convention Visitors Bureau HistoricJonesboro 23CountyLineOctober2015 Debbie Cortjens 770.331.6855 debbie.cortjensgmail.com Liz Ryan 404.713.6023 lizryan2bellsouth.net Now is the time to Sell Your House Our 2015 sold listings were on the market an aver- age of 21 days and sold for 98 of asking price. Call us to see what your home is worth Southern Belles Whistles Tour This tour makes a stop at the Road to Tara Museum and the Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Confederate Ceme- tery. Along the way the bus drives by historic Warren House the site of some of the heaviest fighting in the Battle of Jonesboro the intersection of Rhett Butler and Scarlett Drives Ashley Oaks Mansion and Stately Oaks Plantation. Bus tours run Monday-Saturday at 11am. Gone with the Wind Tour This tour visits and drives by sites that tie Gone with the Wind with Jonesboro. It stops at Warren House Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial Confederate Cemetery and provides a glimpse of the chimney that was on the grounds of Mitchells family plantation. Stories are told about the real-life inspirations for some of the books characters how Mitchell wove historic places in Jones- boro into her book and much more. Bus tours run Mon- day-Saturday at 1pm. For entrance fees or more information visit www.atlantastruesouth.comgone-with-wind or call 770-478-4800. 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Im honored to be your physician and Im committed to providing you with the best care I can said Laveaux. My hope is that we form a partnership to provide the best cancer care in Johns Creek and Gwinnett. Dr. Laveaux completed her medical degree at State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She went on to do her internship and residency in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital as well as a fellowship in hematology and oncology at State University of New York. Dr. Laveaux is board certified in medical oncology hematology and internal medicine. Prior to joining GCS she served as an instructor in clinical medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons providing inpatient based teaching on the management of both solid and hematologic malignancies while also practicing in general hematology and oncology at the Community Cancer centers in Oneonta and Sidney NY. She has special inter- ests in the diagnosis and treatment of breast and colorectal cancer. For more information and directions to any GCS facilities or to schedule an appointment visit gacancer.com. Georgia Cancer Specialists Welcomes New Physician to Johns Creek 955 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming GA 30041 770 888 4477 pinecrestacademy.org Call today to schedule a tour or attend our Open House on Sunday Nov. 8 2015. Pinecrest reinforces what we are teaching at home making parenting easier. Denise Madgey Pinecrest Mom Its a team effort. Dr. Kathleen Laveaux 25CountyLineOctober2015 Dr. Sridevi Muthukumar treats each child as if they are her own providing com- prehensive personalized care and support in a warm and secure environment. 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The Cancer Answer is patient-focused care anchored by prevention early detection advanced treatment clinical research and compassionate caregivers. gacancer.com TM CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 S outh Forsyth High School principal Laura Wil- son moved into the top administrator spot in May just as one of the schools largest con- struction and renovation projects since its open- ing in 1990 kicked off. But Laura isnt rattled by the dust noise and occasional water and internet outages that impacted the school over the summer. Its so important that we keep our eyes on the prize here. Its going to be messy but patience will pay off she shared. Our theme for South Forsyth this year is grit Laura explained. For one thing were dealing with grit the dust and dirt that are part of construction. But were also focused on instilling grit in our students helping them to build tenacity and resiliency to work through tough situations and see that the reward is worth it in the end. Laura was named principal in the spring of 2015 when Jeff Cheney announced he would become principal at North Forsyth High School this school year. She had served as an assistant principal at South For- syth and in that role she had responsibility in a number of areas including student scheduling and test coordination. And now I also know where all of the water lines are for the building she said with a laugh. Laura grew up in Fredericksburg Virginia a small city about 50 miles south of Washington D.C. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in bio- chemistry in 1985 and worked in environmental engineering for several years before leaving her job to be at home while her children were young. She and her husband Chris relocated with his company and chose Forsyth County because of its excellent schools. Lauras two oldest children are both South Forsyth High School graduates. Her son Ryan works at Georgia Tech and daughter Christie is a teacher in the Republic of Panama. Lauras youngest son Alec graduated from West Forsyth High School in 2015 and will play baseball at Stanford University this year. Through a job teaching preschool at Cumming First United Methodist Church and school-focused vol- unteer work Laura discovered a new passion. I havent always been a teacher but I have always by Kathleen Kraynick A Focus on the Future 27CountyLineOctober2015 taught in what I do. Even in my roles in industry I was always focused on educating others. Laura earned her teaching certification at the University of North Georgia and joined the staff of South For- syth High School as a science teacher in 2004. She moved to West Forsyth High School to serve as the science department chair when it opened in 2007 and returned to South Forsyth as an assistant prin- cipal in 2013. With her transition from classroom teaching to administration Laura saw an opportu- nity to have a positive influence school-wide. As a teacher I can impact about 150 students. As an administrator I can share with 200 teachers who each impact about 150 students. I see mine as a support role helping teachers to do what students need in order for students to be successful. Be- ing an educator at heart Laura continues to teach as well regularly tutoring students in chemistry during the schools Instructional Focus period. Her perspective as a parent of three Forsyth County Schools graduates is a great advantage in her role as principal. I am intimately familiar with the cur- riculum and instruction students receive from kin- dergarten through high school she explained. And having watched her own children pursue different paths through high school Laura believes strongly in the value of the variety of options available to studentsathletics fine arts clubs and career tech organizations like DECA. She notes that her years working in industry are also beneficial as she has first-hand knowledge of what it takes for students to be successful in the workplace. Much of Lauras time outside of school has been filled with her childrens activities though that is changing now that Laura and her husband are empty-nesters. They often hike together and Laura enjoys doing yard work and gardeningflowers not vegetables she points out. She is an avid reader both for pleasure and work. Laura and her family have traveled a great deal and regularly visit base- ball parks and catch college football games around the country. Laura is excited about her new role and shared South Forsyth High School has strong competent and ambitious students who are maximizing their high school experiences. It is a pleasure to work at a school with such a fine group of students a highly professional staff and a committed community. Our School Board and district staff are supportive al- lowing us to meet the ever-changing needs of our students to prepare them to compete in a global marketplace.I believe in the education we provide our students and can attest that students who leave here are prepared to take on the world. 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 October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 Dr. Carla Roberts wants to change the world through compassionate care and shes succeeding through her association with Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Dr. Roberts is a reproductive specialist gynecologist and endocrinologist. She completed her residen- cy and fellowship at Emory Hospital holds a Ph.D in Physiology and Endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia and has been in practice for 21 years in the Atlanta area. She specializes in repro- ductive reconstructive surgery for infertility endometriosis pelvic pain and congenital abnormalities. Earlier this year Dr. Roberts left Emory to join Northside Hospital whose reputation and commitment to womens services matches her own. She opened Reproductive Surgical Specialists at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming which specializes in the diagnosis treatment and management of female reproductive abnormalities in patients 8 years and up. Their broad array of services include pelvic reconstruction fallopian tube recanalization treatment of fibroids gynecological reproductive and laparoscopic surgery tubal ligation reversal and pediatric gynecology. As a skilled surgeon Dr. Roberts has access to the most advanced robotic surgical team and latest equipment at Northside Hospital which has the distinction of ranking in the top 5 in the U.S. for GYN robotic procedures. I was given a huge opportunity in the education I received in college grad- uate school and medical school she says. Im proud of being able to take my training and truly help the lives of others. Although I am Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility within that field I specialize in not only treating patients with endometriosis and pelvic pain but am also a reproductive reconstruc- tive surgeon. This means I am one of very few surgeons nationwide who surgically treat female pa- tients born with an abnormal vagina uterus or cervix. For the patient with pelvic pain that interferes with every aspect of daily life having that pain successfully treated changes their entire lifestyle. She continues For the young girl born with abnormal reproductive organs well imagine a uterus that could not maintain a pregnancy until it was surgically corrected. After her surgery your patient gets pregnant and delivers her first child. Or imagine further the young girl born without a vagina and as her surgeon you create one for her. Being a part of the process that changes someones life in that dramatic waythat is the reward. It is not just about treating patients Dr. Roberts states. Its about training those who will treat them long after you are gone. I want to be remembered not only for the impact that I have had on my patients lives but also for that many medical students residents and fellows that I trained during my decades-long career at academic institutions. Like our children who use us as their role models years after they have left the home my students have the ability to do what I taught them to do when they are ready. Reproductive Surgical Specialists is located at 1800 Northside Forsyth Drive Suite 380 Cumming GA 30041. For more information visit ReproductiveSurgicalSpecialists.com or call 770-292-2670. Providing Compassionate Care for Women 29CountyLineOctober2015 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 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 11555 Medlock Bridge Rd. Ste. 100 Johns Creek GA www.LetsTalkEstatePlanning.com October 1st from 9 to 11am October 15th from 6 to 8pm October 29th from 3 to 5pm Space is limited so call now for your reservation 770.822.2723 There is no cost or obligation to attend. CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 Call to schedule an appointment 770-676-7208 11180 State Bridge Rd. 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Our services include Physical examinations and wellness care for men women and children General and chronic care for geriatric patients Immunizations Acute illness treatment for colds fevers flu and more Comprehensive womens health services 1505 Northside Boulevard Suite 4400 Cumming GA 30041 Dont let varicose veins slow you down. As many as 1 in 3 women suffer from some form of venous disease. Symptoms could include swelling heaviness cramping pain or ulcers that make everyday activities such as walking difficult. Venous disease commonly known as varicose or spider veins is not just a cosmetic concern and can become a serious problem if left untreated. Our staff of renowned board-certified physicians bring years of valuable experience working at some of the the nations leading institutions in the field and understand the intricacies of the vascular system. Offering a full spectrum of vascular and endovascular services we provide on-site evaluations and minimally invasive treatment options. Three Convenient Locations 1505 Northside Blvd. Suite 2400 Cumming 980 Johnson Ferry Rd. Suite 1040 Atlanta 145 Riverstone Terrace Suite 101 Canton www.NVS-GA.com Call 770 292-3490 CountyLine October 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net32