Newnan Notes

Newnan to celebrate 'Georgia Cities Week' April 21-27.

by Gina Snider, City of Newnan Public Information Officer

The theme this year is “Georgia’s Cities: Where the Action Is,” highlighting cities’ contributions in economic development, historic preservation and in providing quality of life for residents and businesses.

Come sign up at the different movie-themed events at the Carnegie. The Carnegie and Keep Newnan Beautiful have partnered to present “Take Action: Recycle, Reuse, Re-Create” as part of an awareness campaign on Saturday. Students will engage in a competition to create new crafts for preschool storytime using recyclables that will be provided to them. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon.

Using everyday craft supplies and recycled items such as paper towel tubes and water bottles, middle and high school students will design and create an original craft based on a favorite children’s book or story-time theme that can be duplicated by preschool age children and their caregivers at the Carnegie’s Story Time. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place as well as a $100 grand prize winner. Prizes will also be given to each student who participates. Prizes ranging in value between $20 to $100 for the teens have been provided by local supporters and businesses. 

Call to register at 770-683-1347.

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Extra! Extra! — “Where the Action is” will kick off at the Carnegie with Newnan’s very own movie extra, Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Jenkins. Jenkins will be on hand to speak on how to become an extra in a movie and tips on what to do, dress, etc. The “extra” event will be April 23 at 1 p.m. at the Carnegie. Please call 770-683-1347 to reserve your spot.

In a special event, movie “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” will be shown at the Carnegie April 25 during the lunch hours of 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. This movie starring Jennifer Gardner was filmed in Newnan in 2011. Movie location manager Mike Riley will be on hand to speak about his experience in the movie industry. Riley was part of the production team on the movie set. Riley has been location manager on some Hollywood’s most notable movies such as: 2007 - “Stomp the Yard,” 2003 - “Dumb and Dumber,” 2002 - “Sweet Home Alabama,” 2000 - “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Call 770-683-1347 to reserve your spot.

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Unique to Newnan is the Central Educational Center, which was the first charter school created to promote college and serve as a career academy. It has served as a model for the 25-plus other Georgia communities that have developed their own academies. CEC provides a multitude of work-based learning programs, among them: video broadcasting. The broadcast team members who participated in a video shoot with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle are: Amber Rogers, Leah Gailliot, Josh Bruce and Brittany Clifton. These students are veterans of the CEC’s Video Productions, Director Michael Britt’s class, and work with NuLink Digital and other organizations on video projects.

Newnan is delighted to showcase this very special broadcast/video team at the Carnegie on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.  Newnan City Councilman George Alexander will provide the opening remarks and introductions.

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As a part of the celebration for Georgia Cities Week, the City of Newnan with Main Street Newnan will host the Taste of Newnan on Thursday.

It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. The Taste of Newnan is a tradition for good food, fun and entertainment.

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A city-inspired art contest was held in the local high schools. Art students were encouraged to participate in submitting their best entries of art in depicting this year’s theme, “‘Where the Action is,” in celebration for “Georgia Cities” week. The top five art pieces will be displayed at City Hall for the month of April. 

The winners for the city inspired art contest are, first place, Leah Branscombe; second place, Jordan Deleshaw; and third place, Yadira Diaz. Honorable mentions included Olivia Wright and Cathryn Sullivan. All winners are from Newnan High School. First through third place winners will receive gift cards and a signed certificate from Mayor Keith Brady.

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The city of Newnan Animal Warden offers Snake Bite Safety and Prevention tips.

A snake bite is always considered an emergency — a venomous snake bite can be fatal if not treated immediately.

Recognize snake bite symptoms: local or general swelling, bleeding, intense pain, low blood pressure, dead tissue around the wound, shortness of breath, weakness, renal failure.

What to do if you think your pet’s been bitten:

Remember to stay calm.

Keep your pet calm, too, by limiting his activity.

If your pet was bitten on the neck, remove his collar.

If possible, keep the location of the bite below heart level.

Seek veterinary care for your pet immediately.

Treatment options such as cold packs, ice, tourniquets, alcohol, bleeding the wound and trying to suck out venom should not be attempted in place of getting your pet to the vet — these may waste time.

Always keep your personal safety in mind and do not try to catch or kill a snake yourself.

Even if you think a snake is dead, never handle him. Some dead snakes are capable of inflicting a bite by muscle contractions.




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