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Let Them Eat Toffee in downtown Newnan has been selected as a semi-finalist in the annual Flavor of Georgia competition. The final judging on Kerry's Georgia Pecan Toffee will be held March 15 and 16 at the Freight Depot in Atlanta. For more information, go to flavorofgeorgia.com. *** Newnan attorney Patrick W. McKee has been named one of the top attorneys in the state for 2010 by "Georgia Super Lawyers" magazine.
Each year, no more than 5 percent of the attorneys in the state receive this honor. The selections for the list are made by the research team at Super Layers. The team undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of the candidates, peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. McKee, of the law firm McKee and Mitchell, has practiced law for more than 30 years and devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing educators and educational institutions. McKee has represented the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as general counsel for 20 years. McKee also represents business entities in commercial litigation and employment matters as well as individuals in estate planning. He has served as assistant counsel to the University System of Georgia as well as senior assistant attorney general of Georgia, representing the University System and state board of education. McKee has served as counsel to the Flint River Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, and Central Baptist Church of Newnan. *** Two Sisters Knitting Nook in downtown Newnan is not closing after all. The shop will remain open, offering classes and booth space for arts and crafts vendors. Vendor items don't have to be yarn related, and antiques are also acceptable. Booth rent is $1.50 per square foot plus 10 percent of total sales. Vendors must sign a six-month lease contract. *** The gallery at The Veranda in Senoia presents the Photographic Perspectives exhibit by Carla Cook Smith. An opening reception will be held Feb. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. *** A ribbon cutting for Cranford Orthodontics was held Feb. 2. The owner and orthodontist, Alex Cranford, DMD, MS, is excited about serving Newnan and the surrounding areas. *** Ribbon cuttings for two new Coweta business were celebrated in January by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. The businesses are Wing Busters USA and Summit Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine, both on Hwy. 34 East. *** The valentine's dessert buffet event at Georgian Place has been rescheduled for Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event for area seniors will feature a dessert buffer, souvenir photos, and a prize drawing for anyone married over 50 years. *** The new Ashley Furniture HomeStore is offering a 10 percent discount on purchases with the donation of three non-perishable items for the Coweta Community Food Pantry. The discount is available during the grand opening weekends of Feb. 20 and 21 and Feb. 27 and 28. A grand opening for the store, located in the Newnan Crossing shopping center, was held Saturday, featuring fire truck tours and blood pressure checks from the Newnan Fire Department and hot dogs and refreshments from The Half Shell. The 28,000-square-foot showroom features a wide array of furniture as well as the Fun Zone, a place for children to have a little fun and try out kid's furniture. There are also video game consoles to help make the shopping experience a little easier on both the kids and their parents. *** "Speed Date through your Wedding Planning" will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the town hall building at SummerGrove. Admission is $5; please RSVP. *** A free class of adaptive yoga, for people with various physical limitations, will be offered March 7 at 7 p.m. at Heatherwood Baptist Church. The class will consist of gentle stretches with breathing and relaxation techniques suitable for people with MS, arthritis, and joint and stability issues, and those recovering from stroke or surgery. The instructor is Donna Owens of Ancient of Days Yoga in Newnan. Owens has taught yoga for 11 years and is certified in adaptive yoga. The studio is also one of the sponsors of the upcoming "partnering for humanity" to benefit Haitian relief. *** The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology has ratified a cease and desist order against World of Beauty Salon and Body Works in Palmetto. *** The brutal economic year of 2009 was a banner year for Senior Helpers, which provides in-home care for senior citizens. The company, which has a location serving Coweta County, saw revenue swell more than 225 percent and its number of total franchises increase by over 25 percent, for a total of 280 locations in 39 states. "When we founded Senior Helpers in 2001, we knew there was a growing need to give seniors high quality care in their own homes," said Peter Ross, CEO of Senior Helpers. "The senior care industry is growing and that trend is projected to continue for years to come. Our franchisees are some of the best in the industry and our company's accomplishments would have been impossible to achieve without their full commitment to and faith in Senior Helpers." Senior Helpers was recently honored by Entrepreneur Magazine as number two on the Top New Franchise List for 2010. *** There will not be an Old Town Sharpsburg spring festival this year. According to the Sharpsburg Merchants Association, there is only one shop open on Main Street, and two shops open on weekends on Terrentine. "We hope with the warmer weather coming we will have some interest in renting the shops," said association President Eric Richards. Plans are for some one-day events to attract smaller groups back to the town, Richards said. And "our local officials have been busy researching some ideas that will revitalize our quaint and unique old-town Sharpsburg. *** Nearly $103,000 was raised for Haitian relief by coffee drinkers at Race Trac stores. Race Trac stores donated 100 percent of proceeds from coffee sales Feb. 8 through 10 to the American Red Cross fund for earthquake victims. *** [Editor's Note: Business Briefs are published each Sunday. Information must be received by 10 a.m. Friday for publication the following Sunday. To submit business briefs, e-mail them to business@newnan.com , drop by The Times-Herald offices at 16 Jefferson Street in downtown Newnan, fax to 770-253-2538 or mail in care of Sarah Fay Campbell to The Times-Herald, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, GA 30264.]

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