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A True Homecoming

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Dear reader, I hope you find this not as much as an informative piece, but rather a sincere invitation to a celebration.  Saturday, October 15th I’ll be performing at The Loft Green Room Stage to celebrate the release of Play It Loud So the Stars Can Hear in my hometown of Columbus, Georgia. I’ve lived in Nashville since 2018, so it’s certainly a homecoming in that literal sense...

Sunday Q & A: Merri Sherman, Executive Director, Greater Columbus Sports & Events Council

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In the last year, the Greater Columbus Sports & Events Council was honored as national Commission of the Year for its economic impact and home of Team USA Softball’s Complex of the Year. Two weeks ago, Executive Director Merri Sherman was awarded National Contributor for her leadership in the Sports Council’s annual hosting of the Georgia high-school softball championships. Three...

Heroes on the Water & the Invisible String

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By Andy Carpenter My son, who just turned four, loves the book The Invisible String.It’s a story of reassurance and connection between people — no matter what the circumstance or distance or time. As my son works through separation anxiety, potentially heightened by the persistence of COVID and the fears and uncertainty surrounding it, I can see his mind churning...

Sunday Q&A: Chef Landon Thompson

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Edited NOV 30, 2022 “A Columbus restaurant co-owner has been arrested on multiple charges after having hidden cameras in the restaurant’s restroom. Dennis Cleveland Thompson, known as Landon, appeared in Recorder’s Court Friday morning, September 30, and is being charged with the following: 6 charges of sexual exploitation of children 11 charges of unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance 6...

Sunday Q&A: Steve Scott

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Strut the Hooch parade founder, musician, educator, author U.S. Navy veteran, bon vivant How would you describe the Strut the Hooch parade to the uninitiated? “As a kind of giant Mardi Gras parade.”Is it hard to instill that Mardi Gras vibe in Columbus?“No. I’ve found people who want to have a lot of fun and show off their personality and their creativity.”What are some of the most creative...

Sunday Q&A: Paige Martin Swift Executive Director, Nature Now

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New nonprofit will host popular annual event, the nationally touring Wild & Scenic Film Fest, August 19-21. How did the last local Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2019 become its largest ‘On Tour’ event?“I think it’s because of the way we choreograph it.And the capacity potential we’ve got. We have an amazing urban footprint downtown now that’s walkable, with all these amazing outdoor...

Sunday Q&A: Georgia Mental Health ConsumersNetwork

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At a time when the pain of life during pandemic brings a spike in suicide and substance abuse, Georgia this month slashed state funding for the mental-health programs that combat “the epidemic within the pandemic.”From the Georgia Mental Health Consumers Network, Roslyn Hayes and Chris Johnson sound off on the coming consequences of these budget cuts ahead of hosting on Thursday the Mental Health...

Sunday Q&A: Autumn Amos, Development Director, Alzheimer’s Association: Georgia Chapter

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What does being directly involved in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s mean to you personally?“My grandfather [Jeff Kirkland] passed away from the disease about six years ago. So at that point I became interested in learning more about the disease. I think that, presently, almost everyone has a tie to the disease, either by losing a loved one, or as a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s.”...

Sunday Q & A (Memorial Day edition): Brian Sikma, Armor Officer, Wisconsin Army National Guard

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Visits the Vietnam and Global War on Terror Memorial sites, National Infantry Museum, Ft. Benning, Georgia What inspired you to come visit this memorial today? “I have relatives who have served and gone before me. My wife had two grandfathers who served in Vietnam. Their prior service is a big part of the reason why I joined—to continue that tradition. So I thought today would be a perfect...

Sunday Q & A: Dr. David White

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Vice-Chancellor, Troy University-Phenix City Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) How did your military career help prepare you for becoming the head of a university? “The military spends a lot of time training leaders. That leadership and administration and supervision—which are all parts of higher positions at any organization—benefit from that type of training. I spent 26 years in the military. I got a...