Sunday's Editorial

Hoping for a better Coweta in post-apocalyptic zombie world

We like zombies. They’re relatively quiet, they keep to themselves (unless provoked), and they don’t deplete our natural resources like regular people.

Most of all, they’re good for business – especially here in Coweta County.

For more than a year now, crews from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” have been filming scenes for the show in Newnan, Sharpsburg, Grantville and Senoia.

It’s been an exciting time as several stars of the show have been spotted walking their dogs in downtown Newnan, kissing babies in pizzerias, signing autographs here and there, and even getting up close and personal with officers from the Peachtree City Police Department.

We have reaped the financial rewards and achieved notoriety as “The Walking Dead” continues to gain in popularity. An award-winning TV show. Comic books. Video games. Podcasts. Soundtracks. The list grows.

When people visit Coweta, many map out an itinerary that includes seeing the spot where Otis was shockingly double-crossed and left to be eaten by a horde of flesh-eating zombies, walking the streets of Woodbury where the Governor rules with a manipulative iron fist, and visiting the building that stood as a saloon where Sheriff Rick laid down the law on potential trouble-making roustabouts.

We can add “The Walking Dead” to a long list of positive Coweta identifiers that includes Lewis Grizzard, Erskine Caldwell, Alan Jackson and Drew Hill.

However ...

Look, we like zombies and we want them to stay. But answer this: For the MOST part, with Herschel’s farm a major exception, what images of Coweta are viewers from across the nation actually getting?

Post-apocalyptic, run-down versions of our beautiful, smaller towns, an old industrial yard, fake FEMA trailers on school property and an abandoned, low-rent hotel that’s been long forgotten by the short-term residents who rented rooms by the hour ages ago, that’s what.

We’ve got so much more to offer. Yes, it’s a dark, often violent TV series. Yes, it’s SUPPOSED to be a bleak world.

So what do you want, Mr. Editor, puppy dogs and tea rooms?

What we’d like to see every once in a while are images that we can really brag on. Why can’t zombies troll the woods of our new state park? Maybe answer the question of whether zombies can walk under water, in this case the Chattahoochee River. How about a camera shot of our multi-million dollar Justice Center or the dome on the old courthouse or the mural on the side of the former Scott’s Book Store? Why not film at one of our new hospitals? Or at the oldest house in Coweta County? Or at the Brown’s Mill battlefield site?

In the end, we’ll continue watching and enjoying “The Walking Dead” and every so often recognizing a locale and exclaiming, “Hey, that’s where ...!”

We just want the opportunity to figuratively put Coweta County’s best foot forward — with or without zombies and the Governor chasing our heels, so to speak.



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