Dr. Samuel Jones Shares Life Lessons

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As a former sports editor for The University of Southern Mississippi’s school newspaper, “The Student Printz,” I often found myself chasing around collegiate athletes and administrators for my next headline.  Just as coincidence would have it, Dr. Samuel Jones, former basketball standout, and one of the players I often enjoyed interviewing, is once again on my radar.  With a new outlook on life, a new career, and his first book under his belt, I was able to connect with Dr. Samuel Jones to find out where life has taken him over the years, and to inquire more about his book entitled, “The Man I Never Knew.”  Follow the entire interview with Dr. Samuel Jones below.

1up Atlanta Examiner: Explain why you feel people should read, “The Man I Never Knew”?

Sam Jones: I believe people should read “The Man I Never Knew” because it’s an inspiration story in the mist of sadness, disappointment, and hopelessness.  I believe my story is very thought provoking and several of my experiences should be able to resonate with readers.  This is a story I’ve been waiting to write for a long time because I want my life to be an example for my readers that might be facing some of the life’s toughest challenges. I hope my readers will agree that it’s definitely a story that will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you reflect, and last, it will make you have hope.

1up Atlanta Examiner: How would you like to be remembered 30 years after you are gone?

Sam Jones: I would like to be remembered as a person that always treated people the way I wanted to be treated. I want leave wisdom and insight to everyone that I came in contact with.  I just want to be an example of how to accomplish your dreams but still never forgot where I came from.  To me, that is truly success.

1up Atlanta Examiner: What is the most important message you have for individuals who currently feel they have no one to turn to for guidance, like you had with your grandmother?

Sam Jones: For anyone that feels they have no one to turn to for guidance, my message for them is to let them know that they already have everything they need.  First, I would suggest that they try to examine who really has their best interest.  Most of the time, we surround ourselves with people that think like we do, act the way we do, etc. … It takes a strong person of character to surround yourself with people that that want the best for you, or people that challenge you to be your best.  So start there by surrounding yourself with people that has your best interest in mind. Secondly, I would suggest that they reflect on the people that has played a major role in their life.  If those relationships were positive, then think about how much they want you to be a success.  If those relationships were negative, then use those experiences to be the fuel to boost you to your next phase in life. I believe people need to break the cycles of the negative experiences but they have to be motivated.  So it’s always important to use what you already have instead of wishing for what others have because they might not understand the price that’s paid.  When you pay your own price, then it’s good to take appreciation in knowing that you can be a person of guidance for someone else.

1up Atlanta Examiner:  I hear you’re involved in a lot of public speaking, what do you usually talk about during your speeches?

Sam Jones: Well, it normally depends on the setting is for each engagement. One thing I always try to do not matter the setting, I try to share some of my personal experiences so that my audience will have some basic understanding of the journey I’ve traveled so far. I believe I have an interesting background being a former college athlete with being involved with some of the other things I’m in.  I normally talk about what I’ve learned from former jobs, what I’ve learned from athletic arena, what I’ve learned by continuing to pursue an education and how those experiences assist me in serving today.  My speaking engagements always seem to resonate with my audience in some way.   

1up Atlanta Examiner: Being that your grandmother was very inspirational in your life, how do people usually respond, when you tell them that you called her Madear, a name similar to the Tyler Perry Character?

Sam Jones: When I share that with people, the first thing they want to know “was my grandmother similar in the behavior of Tyler Perry’s character?”  I would say that my grandmother was similar because she always cared about you no matter what you did, but she would always say something to you that you will always remember.  I share some of those interesting stories in my book.  Some of the most spirited comments I’ve received from some of my readers is that ‘they love my grandmother’ based on the stories in the book. That’s normally the first thing they say.

1up Atlanta Examiner: What feedback have you received from those who have read “the Man I Never Knew”?

Sam Jones: Below are some of the comments I’ve received from my readers:

What a great job of Dr. Jones expressing his thoughts & feelings about his past experiences in “The Man I Never Knew: How Leadership Can be Developed by Faith, Family and Friends”.

Two things I noticed right off – Dr. Jones did his research, using examples of other well-known leaders in history; and he demonstrated that he had an extraordinary recollection of his past and the people who meant so much to his mental & spiritual growth. The thing that was most impressive was that his story was so much from the heart, and it was Christ centered.

 I hope that means as much to other readers as it did to me. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this new author! I enjoyed reading his story – what a superb job of writing! Dr. Howell C. Garner

 Executive Director

Mississippi Community College Foundation

Former President of Copiah-Lincoln Community College 

Dr. Jones has the unique ability to challenge and inspires others with his story. Sam’s passion and commitment to excellence is contagious and exactly what we need to see more of in today’s leaders.

Dr. Chuck Benigno

Superintendent Laurel School District
Laurel, MS

 Dr. Jones draws on his personal experiences to motivate those around him to find the leader within themselves. He shares pearls of wisdom he learned from his grandmother, spiritual and biblical parables, and personal growth stories. “The Man I Never Knew” will inspire you to look within yourself and to those around you for the strength and inspiration that you’ve had all along.
Jennifer Arndt
Albuquerque, NM

This book is an incredible testimony of a young man’s life. While reading, I laughed, cried, and reflected on my own life. This book is a great read with beautiful stories and wonderful life lessons. I highly recommend it.
Rochelle Dahmer
Hattiesburg, MS

1up Atlanta Examiner: Do you still keep in touch with any of your former team mates from high school, college, or the team that you played with in Finland?

Sam Jones: I try my best to keep up with all my former teammates that I’ve played basketball with. The use of technology definitely makes that easier today than 10-15 years ago.

1up Atlanta Examiner: As you know, I’m an advocate for social entrepreneurship.  What is your personal outlook on the promotion of social entrepreneurship to high school and college students?

Sam Jones: My personal outlook on the promotion of social entrepreneurship is very exciting.  I hope that high school and college students can look at social entrepreneurship as opportunities rather than just entertainment.  I always encourage students to follow their dreams and don’t be afraid to fail.  Students are sometimes afraid to take chances.  I encourage them to always know that no matter who they’re working for to always think like you’re your own boss.  When that happens, social entrepreneurship will follow them for the rest of their lives and they’re gifts will always make room for them. In other words, no matter how bad the economy is, they will always have opportunities.

1up Atlanta Examiner: What is the best way for people to contact you and follow your work?

The best way people to contact me is

Cell 601-580-2805

Email drsamueljones@gmail.com

Sam.jones@jcjc.edu

My website is www.drsamueljones.com

My twitter name is @drsjones

1up Atlanta Examiner: Do you have any current or future projects you would like the readers to know about?

Sam Jones: I’m currently working on my 2nd book in which is should ready by Jan.2013.  I’m also continuing the speaker circuit talking about leadership, my book, crisis management, mentoring training and other important topics.

Interior Design With Kimberly Ward

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1up Atlanta Examiner:  Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What’s your educational background? What are your general professional and non-professional interests?

Kimberly Ward: My name is Kimberly Ward and I am from Oxford, Mississippi. Oxford is actually a small community about 8 miles north of Oxford called Abbeville. Abbeville is a traditional black community, but what makes it special is that has the 2nd largest number of black land owners in the country.  Growing up in Oxford had its advantages. The University of Mississippi is there and where I spent many a summers at one camp or another. I guess that is where my formal education started.  I attended the University of Southern Mississippi where I have an under graduate degree in Psychology. After USM, I went straight to graduate school at Tennessee State University, where I received a Master’s degree and began working on a PhD in art and education.  I didn’t finish my PhD in education because I wanted to explore more of my creative side.  I saw life going in one direction so I shifted gears. I am very interested in the psychology of the home. I love everything about creating a home.  In high school, I was the president of both the Future Business Leaders of American and the Future Home Makers of America. That was a crazy combo at the time, but who knew?

1up Atlanta Examiner: When did you realize you wanted to become an interior designer?

Kimberly Ward: I realized that I could be an interior designer sometime in graduate school.  I did not know exactly what an interior designer did until then.  I had always enjoyed going furniture shopping with my mother, but never imagined that people paid other people to do it.   I bought my college boyfriend dishes one Valentine’s day, so I guess in a way, it was always a part of me.

1up Atlanta Examiner: What was your favorite film or television show to design?

Kimberly Ward: My favorite TV project was definitely HGTV.  The brand is so huge and its’ reach so vast.  I was flown to Curacao a few months ago to host a seminar about global design. People showed up by the hundreds to be a part of it. I know that it’s because of the HGTV brand.

1up Atlanta Examiner: What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?

Kimberly Ward: My biggest accomplishment as a designer is my ability to stick around.  I grew up with my business.  I made mistakes, tons of them, but I am still here.  My company turned 10 years old last year and I had a small celebration with a few people.  I remember thinking, “now that those adolescent years are behind me, I can really start to make my mark on this industry.”

1up Atlanta Examiner: What history do African Americans have in this field of work?

Kimberly Ward: Our history in interior design parallels our history in this country. But here is something that you might not know. “Gracious Living” as it is applauded, did not originate in Europe as many people think. It actually originated in the South. So house slaves and later maids were surrounded by fine furnishings and decor.  They took that appreciation back and recreated homes that quite literally nature us for generations. It is written…yes, as in the Bible, when God ordered that the Tabernacle to be built, he called those who were skilled in various areas of decorating. Call those who are skilled in drapery making… etc.) so in that way, God gave me that talent.

1up Atlanta Examiner: As an entrepreneur, what is your outlook of social entrepreneurship and is that something you are interested in pursuing with your business?

Kimberly Ward: I had a life changing experience in the days following Hurricane Katrina.  It involved a dome full of people, a mother and her 3 children, and a make shift home in the midst of all that chaos.  I consider myself an advocate for the home. I believe in real solutions.  Right now, there is a nationwide trend where designers partner with shelters to decorate spaces for people transitioning from the streets to permanent housing.  I’ve participated in such charities before, but I don’t see how it’s sustainable.  I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta and we build homes with Habitat for Humanity.  That works.  I have to examine my efforts and do what I feel is a good fit socially, and not just create a charity for charity sake.

1up Atlanta Examiner: How would you define your personal style?

Kimberly Ward: I believe in luxury especially in things that work.  I love the feel of great sheets. I love art. I believe in organization. I believe in things that make a home special, with being overdone or off limits.  There is nothing better than down pillows, cashmere throws, and Egyptian cotton sheets. My favorite fabrics are cut velvet’s heavy linens and Egyptian cottons. I could have a single piece of furniture in each room if it were covered in a soft luxurious fabric.   You might forget what you saw in my client’s homes, but you will never forget how you felt. I work with colors depending on the homeowner and the region of the world that I am working.  People can say what’s in or out, but for clients with a strong sense of country or community, color is more than a fad.  It’s a part of who they are. Purple and Blue are two of my favorite colors. You can always decorate with some variation those colors and still be modern.

1up Atlanta Examiner: What are the long-term goals of Kimberly + Cameron Interiors?

Kimberly Ward: My long term goals for Kimberly and Cameron includes, expanding more into TV. I’ve been out in LA working on some projects that I feel it is really needed. It’s a different aspect of my business that I can’t wait to fully develop.  As I said before, I am an advocate for the home, especially in our community. That is why I speak at all types of events about diversity in design, and why it’s necessary to reclaim our homes, if we are going to reclaim our children.

1up Atlanta Examiner: Where do you get your inspiration?

Kimberly Ward: I love to travel.  It is definitely where I get inspired. I was just in curacao and it was breathtaking.  The entire island looks like a bag of skittles. I felt so happy there while working on a penthouse condo in San Juan.  On my off days, I love to explore the island with my client.  The last time I was there, we spent the day in Aguadilla.  The beaches are so beautiful.  I could design a million beach houses around those views.  I am also working on a project in Ghana, West Africa, which inspires my soul.  It has taught me a lot about myself.  They are a proud people and would display the county’s flag in their living rooms if left to their own devices.  Working there has taught me to be proud of everything that has gone into making me who I am.  Professionally, working in Africa has taught me to be patient and trust the process.  We are only about 30% complete with the project, and we have been working for over three years.  It is customary to build until you run out of money, take a break to make more money and then start up again.  I love going back and checking on the project. Initially, I wanted the project to be done so I could take pictures and show everyone what I’ve been working on. Now, I don’t even think about completion. I feel that God has me there for other reasons. I feel most free while in Africa.

1up Atlanta Examiner: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Kimberly Ward: My website is www.kimberlywardinc.com – I also have a blog. Pinkeggshell.com –  Pinkeggshell is very informal and usually has images and stories from my day to day life.  I am always on twitter @Pinkeggshell and on Google+. Not a big fan of Facebook!

“The College Football Hall of Fame,” ready to score in Atlanta

College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta/ Picture Adam Horne

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, “The College Football Hall of Fame,” opened its’ doors to the media, three days before the official grand opening to the general public. Before we get started, let me suggest that all visitors register for the RFID access card, to enhance and personalize their experience. As soon as visitors enter the 94,256 square feet venue, they will be amazed by a wall displaying 768 college football helmets in the quad. With the RIFD access card, visitors will have a blast interacting with the media wall, which will allow them to see great moments, videos of fans, players, marching bands, mascots, stadiums, and pictures of their selected team. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the 520 plus artifacts on display, and watch over 10,000 video clips. Sounds great? Well it doesn’t stop there. There’s a 45 yard indoor field, and the venue highlights the history of 1,139 inductees. The hall captures the accomplishments and stories of the best players to have ever played the game, and pays homage to the tradition and heritage of the game.

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When asked about the experience of the media wall, “Obscura Digital,” designer and producer of the media wall, reminded us that for real-time interactivity, the display features a countdown clock to inform visitors of the upcoming theater show times. That’s right … visitors will be treated to a 150 seat game day theater with ultra-high definition. As part of the media, we were treated to a featured film, “The Game of Your Life,” on a 40’ by 10’ screen.

The new venue is located near the Georgia World Congress Center on Marietta Street, next to Centennial Olympic Park, near the Georgia Dome. When asked about the economic impact that the venue would have on the state, Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, informed me that the annual economic impact is projected to be 12.7 million, and that it will also be self-supporting, with a projected $11.8 million in taxable annual sales.

Hall of Fame inductees, Kevin Butler/University of Georgia, Art Shell/University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Tracy Ham/Georgia Southern, and Danny Wuerffel/Florida, were all in attendance.

A free tailgate event for the grand opening is scheduled for August the 23. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will host the opening, along with several hall of fame inductees, and several surprise guests. Giveaways and special prizes will also be provided by sponsors.

Tickets: $19.99 for adults, $16.99 for children, and $17.99 for seniors, students and military.
Kids under 3 are free.

Hours: Sunday – Friday 10 AM- 5 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM

For additional information, directions, or to purchase tickets to the grand opening, visit http://www.cfbhall.com/events/grand-opening/

Official Website: http://www.cfbhall.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cfbhall
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CFBHall

Traveling through Atlanta using “MARTA”

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092412 ATLANTA: A northbound MARTA train passes by bumper to bumper traffic on GA 400 North at the Glenridge Connector on Monday , Sept. 24, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

When traveling to Atlanta, the best way to get around the city is to ride “The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority,” also known as “MARTA.” In order to ride MARTA, you must first purchase a Breeze Card, which allows you to add unlimited day passes that are not fixed to a calendar period. The cost of the Breeze Card is only $1.

 

Purchasing Day Passes:
1-day pass $9,
2-day pass $14,
3-day pass $16,
4-day pass $19,
7-day pass $23.75
30-day pass $95

Marta Rail System: MARTA’s rail system has four service lines. The Red, Gold, Blue, and Green.

The Red Line Stations:
Airport
College Park
East Point
Lakewood/Ft. McPherson
Oakland City
West End
Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• Adair Park Neighborhood
• BeltLine Westside Trail
• Clark Atlanta University
• Mall at West End
• Metropolitan Business and Arts District
• Morehouse College
• Spelman College
• The Wren’s Nest
• West End Historic District
Garnett
FIVE POINTS
Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• Braves Shuttle
• SweetWater 420 Fest
• Underground Atlanta
• Georgia State University
• Woodruff Park
• Atlanta City Hall
• Fairlie-Poplar Historic District
• Fairfield Inn & Suites
• Georgia Railroad Freight Depot
Peachtree/Center Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• AmericasMART
• Atlanta Central Library
• Centennial Olympic Park
• Ellis Hotel
• Georgia Aquarium
• Georgia-Pacific Building
• Hampton Inn & Suites
• Hard Rock Cafe
• Hilton Atlanta
• Holiday Inn Centennial Park
• Hyatt Regency
• Imagine It! Children’s Museum
• DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Downtown
• Marriott Marquis
• Residence Inn Downtown
• Rialto Center for Performing Arts
• Ritz Carlton
• SweetWater 420 Fest
• Tabernacle
• The Mall at Peachtree Center
• Westin Peachtree Plaza
• World of Coca-Cola

Civic Center
Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• Atlanta Civic Center
• Emory University Hospital Midtown
• Megabus
• National Center for Civil and Human Rights
• Twelve Centennial Park Hotel and Residences
• W Hotel

North Avenue
Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• AT&T Midtown Center
• Bank of America Plaza
• Emory University Hospital Midtown
• Fox Theatre
• Georgia Tech
• Georgian Terrace Hotel
• Hotel Indigo
• Hotel Melia
• Tech Square
• The Biltmore
• The Varsity
Midtown
Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• Atlanta Jazz Festival
• Dogwood Festival
• Federal Reserve
• Georgia Tech
• Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
• McCamish Pavilion
Midtown Nightlife District
• Music Midtown
• Piedmont Park
• Regency Suites Hotel
• Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown
• Taste of Atlanta
• Tech Square
• The Biltmore
• Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Arts Center
Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• Alliance Theatre
• Ansley Park
• Artmore Hotel
• Atlanta Jazz Festival
• Atlanta Symphony Hall
• Atlantic Station
• Center for Puppetry Arts
• Center Stage/The Loft/Vinyl
• Colony Square
• Dogwood Festival
• High Museum of Art
• Marriott Suites
• Piedmont Park
• Residence Inn Midtown
• Rhodes Hall
• SCAD
Lindbergh Center /Buckhead /Med Center /Dunwoody /Sandy Springs /North Springs

The Gold Line Stations:
Airport
College Park
East Point
Lakewood/Ft. McPherson
Oakland City
West End
Garnett
FIVE POINTS
Peachtree Center
Civic Center
North Avenue
Midtown
Arts Center
Lindbergh Center
Lenox Square
Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
• J.W. Marriott Hotel
• Lenox Square Mall
• Peachtree Road Race
• Phipps Plaza
• Resurgens Plaza
• Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
Brookhaven/Oglethorpe
Chamblee
Doraville

The Red and Gold lines split north of the Lindbergh Center Station

The Blue Line Stations:

Indian Creek
Kensington
Avondale
Decatur
East Lake
Edgewood/Candler Park
Inman Park/Reynoldstown
King Memorial
Georgia State
FIVE POINTS
Omni/Dome/GWCC
Nearby Landmarks & Popular Destinations:
• Centennial Olympic Park
• Chick-fil-A Bowl
• CNN Center
• College Football Hall of Fame
• Embassy Suites Downtown Atlanta
• Fiesta Atlanta
• Georgia Aquarium
• Georgia Dome
• Georgia Marathon
• Georgia World Congress Center
• Glenn Hotel
• Hilton Garden Inn
• Imagine It! Children’s Museum
• Omni Hotel
• Philips Arena
• SweetWater 420 Fest
• World of Coca-Cola

Vine City
Ashby
West Lake
Hamilton E Holmes

The Green Line Stations:

Bank Head
West Lake
Ashby
Vine City
Omni/Dome/GWCC
FIVE POINTS
Georgia State
King Memorial
Inman Park/Reynoldstown
Edgewood/Candler Park

The Blue and Green lines split at Ashby Station

Schedules and Maps: http://www.itsmarta.com/schedules-maps.aspx
App: http://www.itsmarta.com/developers/app-station.aspx
Breeze Card: http://www.breezecard.com/
Plan Trip Marta trip planner: http://mycommute.itsmarta.com/
Marta’s Official Site: http://www.itsmarta.com/

City of Atlanta launches new streetcar

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After being delayed for several months, Atlanta’s Mayor, Kasim Reed, held an official grand opening celebration for the “Atlanta Streetcar” in Woodruff Park Tuesday. The nearly 100 million dollar project is projected to attract new developments along Auburn Avenue. Councilman Kwanza Hall is reported as saying, “Now we’re able to get people in and around without having to use so many cars, I think it will bring more energy.” In addition, Mayor Kasim Reed made it known that when it was time to deliver, the city of Atlanta was able to get it done. Rumor has it, there’s already talk of soon expanding the track to intersect with the Atlanta Beltline. The 2.7-mile route will connect the historic King Center with the Georgia Aquarium and College Football Hall of Fame.

Atlanta travelers should be excited to know that the Atlanta Streetcar will be FREE for the next three months, and then the fee for adults will be $1.

Atlanta Streetcar Route :

The East-West route features 2.7 running track miles with multiple stops.

• The King Historic Site at Jackson St. and Auburn Ave., westbound along Auburn Ave. to Peachtree St.

• North on Peachtree St., stopping at Peachtree Center MARTA station, to Ellis St.

• West on Ellis St. to Carnegie Way

• Northwest on Carnegie Way to Andrew Young International Blvd.

• West on Andrew Young International Blvd. to Centennial Olympic Park Dr.

• South on Centennial Olympic Park Dr. to Luckie St.

• Southeast on Luckie St., crossing Peachtree St. to Park Place.

• South on Park Place to Edgewood Ave.

• East on Edgewood Ave. to Jackson St.

• North on Jackson St. to Auburn Ave.

Map: http://streetcar.atlantaga.gov/where-will-the-streetcar-go/

Official Site: http://www.theatlantastreetcar.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtlantaStreetcar

Fact Sheet: http://streetcar.brandshakecreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/as-factsheet1_july2013.pdf

 

 

Buckhead Atlanta hoping to bring immediate gratification with grand opening

 

Grand opening of Buckhead Atlanta, the luxury shopping, dining, entertainment, residential and office development in the heart of Atlanta. / Fox 5 Atlanta

6 Budget-Friendly Travel Ideas In Metro Atlanta

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1. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site – See where Dr. King was born, worked, worshipped and is buried.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Monday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

ADMISSION & FEES
Admission Free

LOCATION
450 Auburn Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
404-331-5190

2. Centennial Olympic Park – “Centennial Olympic Park is downtown Atlanta’s gathering place and lasting legacy to the 1996 Olympic Games. This 21-acre park boasts a variety of free, fun-filled, family entertainment throughout the year, including concerts, Family Fun Days, a spectacular Fourth of July Celebration, a Holiday in Lights festival complete with an ice skating rink, unforgettable fountain shows and much more. In addition to special events and a great place to hold special receptions, Centennial Olympic Park is perfect for a stroll to take in the sculptures, water gardens and lavish scenery.” Official Georgia Tourism & Travel Site

HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday: 7:00AM – 11:00PM
Monday: 7:00AM – 11:00PM
Tuesday: 7:00AM – 11:00PM
Wednesday: 7:00AM – 11:00PM
Thursday: 7:00AM – 11:00PM
Friday: 7:00AM – 11:00PM
Saturday: 7:00AM – 11:00PM

ADMISSION & FEES
Admission Free

LOCATION
265 Park Ave. West NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
404-223-4412

3. Atlanta Beltline – Walk, run, bike and skip Atlanta’s in-town traffic on this former rail corridor.

Parks

Boulevard Crossing Park
D.H. Stanton Park
Gordon White Park
Historic Fourth Ward Park
Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark
Perkerson Park

Trails

Eastside Trail
Northside Trail
Southwest Connector Trail
West End Trail
Interim Hiking Trails

Tours

There is absolutely no better way to learn all there is to know about the Atlanta BeltLine than to take a narrated bus tour. These tours are incredibly popular and book up fast, so reserve a seat early and come experience the Atlanta BeltLine!

Atlanta BeltLine Tours

GENERAL INFORMATION
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Office and Mailing Address
86 Pryor Street
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303

Tel: (404) 477-3003
Fax: (404) 477-3606

4. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park- “Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is a 2,888-acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. The battle was fought here from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864. Sherman’s army consisted of 100,000 men, 254 guns and 35,000 horses. Johnston’s army had 63,000 men and 187 guns. More than 67,000 soldiers were killed, wounded and captured during the Campaign. The visitor center provides information about the battle. While walking the 17.3 miles of trails, you will see historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and various interpretive signs.

Kennesaw Mountain is 1,808 feet above sea level. It is approximately a 700-foot incline from the Visitor Center to the mountain’s summit. The hike up is approximately 1.4 miles on the road and 1.2 mile up the trail.” Official Georgia Tourism & Travel Site

HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM
Monday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM
Tuesday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM
Wednesday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM
Thursday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM
Friday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM

LOCATION
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr. NW
Kennesaw, GA 30152
770-427-4686

5. Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Locust Grove – “Noah’s Ark was founded in 1978 by Jama Hedgecoth and operates as a non-profit animal sanctuary. Noah’s Ark is home to an amazing array of animals — not only horses, bison and deer — but exotic animals such as cougars, parrots and monkeys. Among the star attractions is a “famous trio” featured on the National Geographic Channel — a lion, tiger and a bear who are best friends. Our “famous trio” has also been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Additionally, hundreds of animals are rehabilitated here and returned to the wild each year.

Noah’s Ark educates and advocates for responsible animal ownership. More than 100,000 people visit Noah’s Ark annually to experience first-hand the animals in habitats that mimic their natural environments. Walk the nature trails, visit the animal habitats, and witness the power and effectiveness of love. Non-profit organization. Donations only.” Official Georgia Tourism & Travel Site.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Tuesday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Wednesday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Thursday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Friday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Saturday: 12:00PM – 3:00PM

ADMISSION & FEES
Donations Welcomed and Needed

LOCATION
712 L.G. Griffin Rd.
Locust Grove, GA 30248
770-957-0888

6. Starlight Six Drive-In Theater – Enjoy a current double-feature at one of the country’s few remaining drive-ins.

LOCATION
2000 Moreland Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
404-627-5786

Map And Directions

Travel tips about Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Wiki reports that “Hartsfield–Jackson, is located seven miles (11 km) south of the central business district of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It has been the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998, and by number of landings and take-offs since 2005. Hartsfield–Jackson held its ranking as the world’s busiest airport in 2012, both in passengers and number of flights, by accommodating 95 million passengers (more than 260,000 passengers daily) and 950,119 flights. Many of the nearly one million flights are domestic flights from within the United States, where Atlanta serves as a major hub for travel throughout the Southeastern United States. The airport has 207 domestic and international gates.”

It also goes on to say that, “Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and is the primary hub of Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection partner ExpressJet; at nearly 1,000 flights a day, the Delta hub is the world’s largest airline hub. Delta Air Lines flew 59.01% of passengers from the airport in February 2011, AirTran flew 17.76%, and ExpressJet flew 13.86%.[8] In addition to hosting Delta’s corporate headquarters, Hartsfield–Jackson is also the home of Delta’s Technical Operations Center, which is the airline’s primary maintenance, repair and overhaul arm. The airport has international service to North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.”

Travel Tips for Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

View Flight Information
Search for arriving and departing flight information here. Also, register online to receive updated flight information to your e-mail, PDA or mobile device with our state-of-the-art ATL Trak-a-FlightSM service. The service is FREE and only takes a few minutes to register. Registration can be cancelled at any time.

Official site: http://www.atlanta-airport.com/flights/search.aspx?FIDSType=A
Twitter: https://twitter.com/atlanta_airport

Terminal Layout
All concourses are served by Delta, and the other airlines are split up between the airport’s concourses as follows:
Concourse T – 15 gates (T1–T15) – American and United
Concourse A – 29 gates (A1–A7, A9–A12, A15–A21, A24–A34)
Concourse B – 32 gates (B1–B7, B9–B14, B16–B29, B31–B34, B36)
Concourse C – 40 gates (C1–C17, C19–C22, C30, C33–C37, C40–C43, C45–C47, C49–C53, C55) – AirTran and Southwest

Concourse D – 43 gates (D1, D1A, D2–D8, D8A, D9–D11, D11A, D12–D16, D21–D42, D44, D46) – AirTran, Alaska, Frontier, Spirit, United and US Airways

Concourse E – 28 gates (E1–E12, E14–E18, E26–E36) and 3 stands (6NA–6NC) – all international airlines except Air Canada
Concourse F – 12 gates (F1–F10, F12, F14) – Air Canada and international flights
http://www.atlanta-airport.com/Passenger/Terminal/
Note: All international arrivals (except flights with customs pre-clearance) are handled at Concourses E and F.

Mapquest Directions from Hartsfield-Jackson
http://www.mapquest.com/us/georgia/business-atlanta/hartsfield-jackson-atlanta-international-airport-atl-3810950

Airport Mobile Website
Hartsfield-Jackson is proud to launch its new mobile Web site, iFlyATL.com. Mobile device users will notice a more streamlined, abbreviated version of our robust, main site to help you find important information faster on the go! It’s another way we want to exceed our customers’ expectations!

So, when you log onto atlanta-airport.com from your mobile device, you will be automatically diverted to the new site designed specifically to a fit your mobile screen. Enjoy! http://iflyatl.com/

Airport Response to Georgia Gun Legislation
“The safety and security of our guests is Hartsfield-Jackson’s top priority. You may be aware of recent changes in Georgia law that will take effect on July 1, 2014. Please be advised that federal law and Georgia law will continue to prohibit the carrying of weapons on our concourses or at any location in the secured areas of the Airport. The Airport’s law enforcement officers and our federal security partners work tirelessly to ensure the safest traveling experience for the more than 250,000 passengers we serve each day. Thank you for choosing Hartsfield Jackson.”

Bonus links

Atlanta City Calendar
http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=658

The Official Twitter feed of the Office of Special Events

The Official Twitter feed for Atlanta traffic reports
http://www.twitter.com/APDtraffic

The Official Twitter feed of the Atlanta Jazz Festival
http://www.twitter.com/atlantajazzfest

The Official Twitter feed for the Office of Cultural Affairs
http://www.twitter.com/AtlantaOCA

Atlanta welcomes addition of National Center for Civil & Human Rights

Atlanta Welcomes Addition of National Center for Civil & Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Gabe Gutierrez

On a hot and humid Monday, leaders, media networks, visitors, and human/civil right activists gathered to celebrate the opening of the new “National Center for Civil and Human Rights.” The center opened at 10 a.m., after a public ceremony of speeches, and the singing of “We Shall Overcome.”

Over a decade ago, Joseph Lowery, former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and his late wife Evelyn, first approached then-mayor Franklin in the early 2000’s, with a wish list for the project, “reported by Katie Leslie of the AJC.” The dream was realized today, as the exited and anxious crowd stood by to listen to Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Kasim Reed, former mayor Shirley Franklin, just to name a few. Mayor Reed thanked both Franklin, and CEO Doug Shipman, for helping to bring the museum to life.

The about us page on the official website for The Center for Civil and Human Rights reads, “The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.”

The big hit of the day seemed to be the interactive exhibit depicting the sit-ins at segregated lunch counters. It provides visitors a simulation of the protests and the reaction to them. Visitors place on headphones to hear the recorded voices against the demonstrators, while experiencing a vibrating jolt, leaving the impression that someone has just kicked the visitor’s chair. I must admit, the experienced left me draw dropped, never the least.

Official Website: http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/

Mailing Address: 250 Williams St, Suite 2322 Atlanta, GA 30303 | Venue Address: 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313

The center is located near the World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium
Directions and Parking: http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/directions-and-parking

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-Civil-and-Human-Rights/150911828314396
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ctr4CHR