December 2017 Around Town

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

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 Season’s Greetings, South Fulton!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not just because it’s one of my favorite seasons of the year, with a chill in the air and everything aglow with sparkly lights, but because it’s the Annual Best of South Fulton Award season! It’s truly a delight to honor the small business owners that work so…

Healthy Holiday Activities

The holiday season is already in full swing. Christmas trees are up, strands of lights are shining bright and holiday scents are in the air! This is also the time of year that we usually aren’t as concerned about nutrition and exercise as we should be. However, if we stay on top of things during the holiday season, we are…

All Dwellings Are Not Alike

 All Dwellings Are Not Alike"  This Asante proverb comes to mind when one enters the South Fulton residence of Lee and Delores Shelton. An elaborate basket weave sculpture hanging high on the wall commands your attention as you enter the front door. Immediately we become engaged.    “My wife is the collector,” Dr. Shelton explains as our eyes stretch to capture…

Readers Choice: Best of South Fulton

IT’S TIME ONCE AGAIN, 
SOUTH FULTON. THE VOTES ARE IN AND COUNTED AND THERE WERE SOME LANDSLIDES AND CLOSE CALLS. WE RECEIVED OVER 154,000 VOTES! LET’S 
SEE IF YOUR FAVORITES 
MADE THE CUT!

Best of South Fulton Part 2

 BEST DERMATOLOGIST  Winner: Atlanta Center of
Dermatology and Medspa 
Dr. Gloria Campbell-D’Hue  Address: 2950 Stone Hogan Connector SW, 
 Atlanta, GA 30331 

Gifts for the Travel Savvy Sister or Best Friend

Buying holiday gifts for a traveler who values experiences over things can be a challenge. You want to give a thoughtful gift that they’ll appreciate and can enjoy at home as well as when they’re traveling. Consider this list of our curated favorites for the woman who loves to travel. 

Holiday Parade of Homes Preview

 4041 Annecy Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30331  Experience gorgeous luxury in this gated community. This beautiful home features 5 bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms and an unfinished basement. It also features: a gourmet kitchen with a large center island, granite countertops and custom cabinetry. There’s a two-story great room loaded with walls of windows! Banquet-sized dining room, guest bedroom on the main floor…

Happy Veterans Day!


In this issue, we salute those who have served and placed their lives on the line by spotlighting those in our community that are small business owners. Inside, you will find an Army vet who is a local Jimmy John’s franchisee, a Marine-turned-roofer, a limo and car service that specializes in customer service owned by a pair of Army vets…

Meet Team Morman

Within a few minutes of meeting Marlon and Tiffany Morman of MARTI Transportation, you can’t help but keep a smile from spreading across your face. In the past couple of years, SFL has partnered with MARTI Transportation for various events and photo shoots and our readers and models just love them.

Once a Marine, Always a Marine and He Wants to be Your Roofer


Legend Roofing offers services such as roof replacements for commercial and residential clients with an emphasis on insurance claims and helping homeowners and business owners to deflect the costs. About 90% of their business is geared towards storm damage and roof replacement. I spoke with Owner and Operator David Smith to get some background and insider tips from one of…

Felicia Parks: Jimmy John’s Franchise Owner And Army Veteran Inspires Youth

Atlanta native Felicia Parks graduated from Chamblee High School in 1982 and signed up for the Army right away, delaying college to satisfy her “need to serve.” Following basic training in Fort Jackson, Felicia repaired microwave systems (26V) in the Panama Canal.

Don’t Overdo It!

Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are quickly approaching. In addition to the excitement and anticipation, you’re also probably experiencing a bit of the stress and anxiety. The holiday season can wreak havoc not only on our wallets, but on our waistlines as well! There are food temptations everywhere! From the holiday parties and the goodies for gifts to the…

Motherless Daughters Foundation Honors Jill Scott and Blues Babe Foundation at Annual Gala

Inspiration filled the air during the fifth annual gala and silent auction of the Motherless Daughters Foundation, a unique organization that mentors young ladies who are growing up without the support of their natural birth mothers. The semi-formal event took place Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

5 Reasons to Speak with an Attorney before Filing an EEOC Charge

People often visit me after they have filed an EEOC charge and have completed the EEOC process. They wield their Right to Sue Letter thinking that now is the perfect time to speak to an attorney. It’s always better to speak with an attorney before you get to the EEOC office! Here are 5 specific reasons to come speak with…

Inspired By The Perryman Platoon


While in the Air National Guard, Elaine attended and graduated from Marist College. She used her G.I. Bill to earn a degree in Criminal Justice. Shortly after graduating, Elaine was recalled back to active duty in the Air Force as a Security Police Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom due to the Terrorist Attack at the World Trade Center on…

LUZIA

Cirque du Soleil is the epitome of entertainment. Yes, it’s a circus but it’s so much more. Every performance is top-notch. I had the opportunity to sit down with Benjamin Courtenay, aerial straps artist performer to find out how much hard work goes into each one of the performances in Atlanta until November 19. Grab a seat under Le Grand…

November 2017 Around Town

Hudie Langston, Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center was recently named 2017 Executive Director of the Year by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) during the Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living’s (GHCA/GCAL) summer convention.

Obstacles into Opportunity

Edwin Jackson, also known as “Pound Cake,” is the starting linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts heading into the 2017 season. A native Atlantan, Edwin began playing football in the eighth grade. Originally interested in playing basketball and baseball in the Sandtown and Benhill Park recreation leagues, Edwin had no idea that he’d end up where he is today. He gave…

October 2017 Around Town

Mayor Bill Edwards welcomed Consul General of Japan Takashi (Thomas) Shinozuka to City Hall on August 21 for a discussion about potential economic partnerships in the City of South Fulton. “There are more than 600 Japanese companies in Georgia,” said Consul General Shinozuka. “Due to the City of South Fulton’s proximity to major interstates as well as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport…

Atlanta Falcons Invite TAPS Kids and Families for a VIP Experience at Military Appreciation Day at Training Camp in Flowery Branch


Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is a national charity that offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Participants were greeted by Coach Dan Quinn. Falcons players presented them with the camo practice jerseys they had worn that day and a Falcons book bag!

NBAF Celebrates 20 Years with All-White Gala

The premier event of the summer social season spotlighted world music and honored trailblazers, luminaries, and emerging stars. Including lively music, great performances, and a silent auction of unique items, supporters and patrons came together to celebrate and to sustain NBAF’s rich cultural legacy in the Atlanta community.

Let’s Hear it for the Home Team!

Whoever said that ATL is not a sports town needs to come join us in this century and get with the times. In the span of a few weeks, the Hawks published their schedule along with plans for a complete renovation of Philips Arena. I visited the impressive new SunTrust Park, I experienced the electricity that is being a fan…

Making the Transition

To achieve success, there must first be a vision. Also essential is the belief that, against all odds, success is possible. When Keith Strickland, founder and CEO of Making The Transition Inc., was a child, not only did he lack vision, he had no hope, no expectation, and no one to show him a better way. At the very young…

The Coach, the Mentor, the Man

The odds were stacked against him because of his environment. Growing up in Dixie Hills off Simpson Road in the late 70s with five other siblings made life even harder. Nevertheless, Coach Darron L. Rogers Sr. beat the odds one day at a time.

Donald Young 

Donald Young may have been born in Chicago, but Atlanta can now claim this professional tennis player as its own. Young began playing tennis at age 3, so it’s no wonder Donald has achieved significant success: Both his parents taught tennis professionally and even owned South Fulton Tennis Center for a time.

Lessons from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett

One of my most profound learning experiences occurred on a day trip to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised after spending a little time with the third richest man in the world ($75.2 billion in assets), who has donated more than $37 billion to…

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Athletes

With the transition from summer to fall comes an upswing of sports in our neighborhood. This means both parents and kids are juggling many tasks and activities, which usually equates to frequent fast food stops. Most of us know that our children need to consume a healthy, well-balanced diet, and the need for nutrition is even more prevalent for our…

CELEBRITIES HIT THE 
LINKS AT EAST LAKE FOR 
A WORTHY CAUSE

This summer, celebrities headed to South Fulton’s East Lake Golf Club to support the Warrick Dunn Charities’ 7th Annual Atlanta Celebrity Golf Classic. This tournament is the exclusive signature fundraiser of Warrick Dunn Charities and a premiere social event to kick off the summer.

Five Reasons To Feel Good About 
The Falcons

From Buckhead to Carrollton and everywhere in between, even the slight mention of the number 25 is met with a cringe. The city of Atlanta and surrounding areas still hurts from losing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots. In today’s social media climate, historic moments are relived daily and sometimes hourly.

Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park Hits a Home Run with our Stomachs!

Having a ticket stub to prove you attended the first full season at the all-new Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park certainly provides invaluable sports memorabilia, but leaving with a content stomach could be just as unforgettable. To complement the experience of witnessing home runs, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the seventh inning, hoping to catch a fly ball,…

The Rustic Club by Titus Allen Makes Your Patio or Tailgate Cool

The smell of fresh wood, the sight of your favorite team’s logo, and the satisfaction of an ice-cold drink. These are the sensations inspired by having your very own custom cooler. The Rustic Club furniture company specializes in making custom cedar coolers right here in metro Atlanta. The story of how this local business got started goes back to the…

Women: Beyond Phenomenal!

I am of the persuasion that the infallible God I serve was really on His A-game when He created woman! No, I’m not a feminist, womanist or any of the other labels that may surface with this statement. I’m simply a proud woman who just happens to believe that there is something truly special about what I call “us girls.”

The Alma G. Davis Foundation Presents 8th Annual Dinner for Divas Hosted by Sterling K. Brown and Benefitting Survivors of Domestic Violence

The nonprofit organization, dedicated to the eradication of domestic violence, hosted its gala to empower 150 female survivors. Honorees received complimentary makeovers, including formal attire that they wore to the red-carpet event and took home. Each survivor participated in free self-defense classes before the gala. Photography Lauren Lamutt

September 2017 Around Town

Relocating their practice of four years, Dr. Patrice and Bryson Thompson decided that it was time that South Fulton had a place of their own where everyone could come to rally around the principles of holistic healthcare. Focusing on the function of the body and helping individuals improve the quality of their lives, Touch of Life Family Chiropractic moves to…

45 Westlake Students, Parents, 
& Teachers Explore China

A group from Westlake High School visited the historic Beijing to expose students to another culture, language, and educational system. 
 Visiting the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden Palace, they were able to make real connections with their AP social studies courses and historic sites.

A Self-Care Guide

As a woman, I know all too well about the demands that life places on us. We are often responsible for managing our lives, in addition to obligations like kids and/or aging parents. We do all this while balancing our home, job and/or business. We women wear many hats, which sometimes means we get lost in the shuffle. Many of…

From Fresh Market to Table in Minutes

Summer signaled the opening of many local farmers markets in South Fulton—I get excited when I see those market stands! From bountiful fresh produce grown on nearby farms and homemade desserts to locally produced arts and crafts, these markets offer up a sensory experience that you just cannot find in the grocery stores. Visit one of the area’s local markets…

A Conversation with South Fulton Author Dr. Andrea Lewis

Local education author and South Fulton resident Dr. Andrea Lewis, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Spelman College, shares insight about her work and recent publications.

Just a Touch…A Touch of Inspiration, That is

Decisions, decisions, decisions. My experience with them is that I’ve faced the task of making difficult decisions far more frequently than decisions that may be considered simple or no-brainers. Many decisions have the potential to be life-altering. I’ll never forget the words to the R&B group Heatwave’s 1978 hit, “Mind Blowing Decisions.” The song was basically about a man and…

Stacey Abrams

“Go to school, go to church and take care of each other.” 
These are the tenets Robert and Carolyn Abrams instilled in their six children. Perhaps the most notable of the Abrams’ children is Stacey, also known as the Honorable Stacey Abrams, who has diligently served as House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the…

Vacation: A Woman’s Anthem

I am going on a Vacation one day, aint taking NOBODY, no matter who they are, no matter what color. They can be Blue Black, Black, Brown, Chestnut, Pecan, Light Tan, Yella, Vanilla, White nobody! They can have good hair, bad hair, nappy hair, thick hair, thin hair, be bald headed where wigs weaves and extensions— Have no teeth, two…

NAASC-Atlanta Chapter Raised Over $50,000 at Spelman Blue on the Greens

The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) – Atlanta Chapter hosted its inaugural charity golf and tennis event. Organized by a dedicated group of alumnae, the signature event was held at White Columns Country Club in Milton, Ga. The event supports the Every Senior, Every Year campaign.

Fresh Corn, Tomato & Basil Saute

Gather in-season corn, tomatoes, and fresh basil at your local farmers market to make this simply delicious side dish.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

It was May 21, 2017. Ruchelle Thomas watched her youngest daughter, Ariel, receive an Associates of Arts in Mass Communications degree from a University of Georgia institute. Unlike her university classmates, Ariel is 17 and still a student at Westlake High School. Ariel is currently enrolled at Georgia State University and will earn her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in…

The Bloom Closet: A Free Clothing Boutique for Foster Children

When children enter the foster care system, they typically do not bring anything with them other than the clothes on their backs. As victims of circumstance, they are usually scared and traumatized and often feel displaced. Although foster parents are given a stipend for clothing, it isn’t enough to cover the actual costs of a child’s clothing and supplies.

Ready or Not!

Y’all, School bells? Already? It seems like we just celebrated graduations and last day of school parties together. There are not enough lazy summer days anymore. Look outside! It’s blazing and the mercury is not dropping anytime soon. The water temperature at the beach is probably perfect. What happened to my plans to find a porch swing, a glass of…

OUR CONTRIBUTORS

GABRIELLE is a rising sophomore at Spelman College from Atlanta, Georgia. She is an English major planning to have a career in the media and entertainment industry. Her career interests include video production and screenwriting. She enjoys writing, graphic design, video editing, and traveling in her spare time. She has launched a YouTube Channel with her best friend with hopes…

Healthy 
Lunch 
Packing Tips for School

Believe it or not, it’s already time for the kids to head back to school. If you have young children in school and you’re anything like me, you’re excited, anxious and struggling to get back into the school year routine, all at the same time! It seems like the summer flies right by. I’m sure many of you go back…

August 2017 Around Town

Across WellStar Health System, nurses are at the center of the not-for-profit’s mission to deliver world-class healthcare to patients. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South’s nurses and physicians who work to elevate the field of nursing were recently recognized at WellStar’s annual Excellence in Nursing award ceremony.