December 2017 Around Town 3

Dixon Davis Law Firm Screens 
“Marshall” at Movies at Camp Creek

The personal injury law firm Dixon Davis, LLC rented the largest theater at AMC Camp Creek and opened it to the members of the community for a free viewing of the film “Marshall.” The lawyers at Dixon Davis wanted to celebrate the legacy of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Visit DixonFirm.com to share your ideas about how Dixon Davis can get more involved in our community.

Keepsakerz Printing Offers a Variety of Business Printing Services

Keepsakerz Printing Co. offers a wide variety of printing solutions for your business needs. Print brokers offer print planning and production services, help clients with collateral print materials, offset printing, magazine ad pages and inserts, product packaging, menus, ads and more. In addition, Keepsakerz can add value to printing projects through effective planning and management. “We help identify your problems and we are open about our abilities to deliver the print solutions your business requires,” said Aaron Easter. Keepsakerz Printing Co. is experienced in finding marketplace value, defining specifications and solving production issues. With an in-house graphic design team, they expertly execute projects from start to finish.

Mayor Bill Edwards 
Administers Oath of Office to 
City of South Fulton Police

More than 70 Fulton County police officers took the official Oath of Service to protect and serve the City of South Fulton. The officers were deputized today and are now authorized to enforce the City of South Fulton’s municipal codes and ordinances. The Oath of Service Ceremony was held at Zion Hill Baptist Church on Campbellton Road.

“I’m proud to know that women and men in blue are protecting the citizens, visitors, and businesses of the City of South Fulton,” said Mayor William “Bill” Edwards. “The City is moving in the right direction and this is just one example of how we’re progressing and providing the citizens of the City with an essential public safety service.”

The newly deputized officers are now authorized to issue citations as of November 1, 2017. Citations issued by the officers will be heard in the City’s new Municipal Court. The Municipal Court is led by Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers. “The mission of the Municipal Court exists to provide an impartial forum for the fair administration of justice, in a manner that balances the rule of law and the respect of all persons,” said Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers. Mayor Bill Edwards led the formal ceremony and Deputy Chief Darryl Halbert provided encouraging remarks.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Celebrates New Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Recreation and Aquatic Center

The City of Atlanta today announced that Mayor Kasim Reed joined Dr. Bernice King, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong, Atlanta Housing Authority President and CEO Catherine Buell, Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong and the community to celebrate the opening of the new $23.5 million, 64,000-square-foot Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center.

After the former Martin Luther King, Jr. Natatorium was closed in 2012 due to structural concerns, Mayor Reed made a promise to the Old Fourth Ward community to rebuild the natatorium with additional amenities before the end of his term. Today, Mayor Reed was able to keep that promise.

“It was an honor to cut the ribbon on the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center today with Dr. Bernice King, surrounded by community members,” said Mayor Reed. “Atlanta is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and every building, street and monument bearing his name should be representative of Dr. King’s life and legacy. The recreation and aquatic center offers best-in-class design and amenities, and is accessible by MARTA and the Atlanta Streetcar. The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center is a place for everyone, and we hope that all of our residents look to this facility as a source of pride and connection.”

The first of its kind, the facility features a 25-yard lap pool with the City’s first zero-entry indoor pool. The facility also includes a fitness and weight room, climbing wall, multi-use event area accommodating more than 200 people, rooftop event space, recreation classrooms, a senior center, a multi-purpose gymnasium, an indoor walking and jogging track, a lounge and workroom area, a computer lab, locker rooms and recreation staff offices.

“The Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to open the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center’s doors, and celebrate what this new facility means for the City of Atlanta,” said Amy Phuong, Commissioner of the department. “This beautiful, state-of-the-art facility offers recreational programming to residents of all ages and abilities and serves as an essential communal gathering space, while embodying what all our recreational facilities should look like in the future.”

The Atlanta Housing Authority donated land for the new facility at 110 Hilliard St, across from the King Memorial MARTA station and two blocks from the Atlanta Streetcar. The Renew Atlanta infrastructure program provided $17 million in funding, with the remaining funds provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Winter Johnson FS360, a joint venture of the Winter Johnson Group and FS360, created the design-build for the recreation and aquatic center, and architects from KAI Design & Build and Perkins + Will led the design process for the center.

Under Mayor Reed’s leadership, the Department of Parks and Recreation has reopened all the City’s recreation centers and formed partnerships to invest more than $6 million in philanthropic dollars in Centers of Hope. More than 3,500 young people receive leadership development training, participate in modern technology courses, and experience true mentorship at Centers of Hope each year. In addition, the department acquired an additional 171 acres of land in the City of Atlanta which includes 15 new parks. As a result, 64 percent of Atlanta residents live within a half mile walk of a park.

Reserve Your Campsite

Long-time campers know the anticipation of getting to a campground to pick their favorite spot. With eight more state parks recently added to the five that offer “site-specific” camping reservations—a perk for campers that allows them to reserve their desired camping location ahead of time—planning long-awaited camping trips will be even easier!

Beginning Dec. 1, Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will offer this popular feature at Fort Mountain State Park (Chatsworth), High Falls State Park (Jackson), Vogel State Park (Blairsville), as well as all campsites at Laura S. Walker State Park (Waycross). Previously, only a portion of Laura S. Walker’s campground had been site-specific.

Following suit, beginning Jan. 8, site-specific camping reservations will also be offered at Hard Labor Creek State Park (Rutledge), Skidway Island State Park (Savannah), George L. Smith State Park (Twin City) and all sites at Reed Bingham State Park (Adel).

Previously, only Amicalola Falls State Park (Dawsonville), Richard B. Russell State Park (Elberton), James H. Floyd State Park (Summerville), Laura S. Walker State Park and Reed Bingham State Park offered site-specific reservations.

With this amenity, campers no longer need to arrive early to pick out their favorite location to park their RV or pitch their tent. Their reserved campsite will be waiting for them whenever they arrive. Georgia State Park campers enjoy bath houses with hot showers, water and electric hookups, grills and picnic tables, and picturesque scenery. Sewage hookups are available at some parks as well. Reservations may be made up to 13 months in advance by calling 1.800.864.7275 or online at GaStateParks.org/Reservations.

Christian City Art Exhibit Soars

Original works of art created by nine Christian City residents were on display in the activities room at Christian City Assisted Living Center, located at 7290 Lester Road in Union City. Featuring 25 paintings in various media—acrylic, oil and watercolor—the exhibit was open to the public through October.

“The residents of Christian City and the surrounding community have enjoyed seeing original art created by their neighbors,” said Jan Gwaltney, exhibit director and chairwoman of Christian City’s Arts Alliance. “We plan to have more art exhibits in the future,” she added.

Participating resident artists in the exhibit were: Joe Aina, Dottie Canning, Larry Dahlborg, Susan Floyd, Jan Gwaltney, Brenda Keheley, Anna Palmer, Thomasine Randolph and Karen Slimm.