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Banking & Finance

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Vinings Bank is the last locally owned community bank headquartered in Cobb County with a location in Smyrna and Alpharetta. We are focused on providing full-service banking to businesses, their owners, and professionals in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.  Read more

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Back on February 19, 2021, I published a comment on a Wallstreet Journal article by Walter Isaacson. Today, I want to share a personal experience that involves genes. I have taken a test called the BRCA1 test. Read more

Education Focus

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When the pandemic appeared, it came suddenly. One week, things were as normal. The next, our students and teachers were all remote, everyone separated to ensure safety amid the danger and uncertainty. Read more

Empty Nest

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In 2012, Senate Bill 178 passed into law creating an additional level of licensure for Personal Care Homes in Georgia. The spirit of this legislation was to give seniors a choice on where they wished to live, and to equip Personal Care Homes with a license that would allow seniors to age in place, eliminating the need to move to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility. Read more

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Whether or not you currently take prescription medications, it’s a good idea to be informed about Prescription Drug coverage. Below, we hope to shed some light on a few aspects about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans through a Question & Answer style format: Read more

Health & Wellness

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Second opinions can be invaluable. A study by the Mayo Clinic found that a diagnosis was changed or discovered in 21% of patients seeking a second opinion, and nearly 66% of all patients seeking a second opinion had their diagnosis refined. Read more

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Why are benefits such an annual challenge for small businesses? Each year, the health insurance options change, price typically increases, and most of all, there is a significant amount of time that it takes to research these options. Read more

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Older adults often have a great amount of resiliency, as they’ve seen and lived through many trying experiences in life. The extended impact of the COVID pandemic, however, can be especially hard on them as the isolation of staying home and avoiding large gatherings can lead to a decline in both physical and mental health. Read more

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Your smile speaks volumes about you. A wide, full smile usually tells others that you are open and friendly. A pursed, straight-line smile typically indicates that you are shy and closed off. Healthy, clean teeth are the mark of someone put together and organized. Read more

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Wellness encapsulates so much, and we’re using it as a catch-all here. Think about your health as one big puzzle with lots of little pieces that work best when they fit together. At Hydralive Therapy, we will set you up to approach health and wellness from the inside out. Read more

Real Estate Report

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Last year demonstrated that many of us can successfully work from home, so much so that many will continue to work remotely even after the world looks a little more normal. This realization has opened up more opportunities for us to decide not only where we work, but also live and play. Read more

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Dear reader, I am writing to tell you about a recent client experience that has been repeated for many clients. The client came to me for help in creating an estate plan either with a will or trust. We talked about options and drafted the documents and signed them. Part of our process involves asking clients to check their beneficiaries. Read more

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The crew at in.SIDE.out Paint Centers has the right products, the right expertise, the right service, and the right prices.  We have expertise with interior/exterior residential, commercial, and industrial paints. Read more

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Many Home Owner’s Associations have taken the step to anticipate future repairs and improvements needed for their neighborhood. As properties age, there is more and more need for repairs to the areas covered by the association. Read more

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The spring market in Atlanta has officially arrived! If you’re considering putting your home on the market, it has never been a better time to sell. This unique seller’s market is characterized by high demand from buyers and a low supply of homes. Read more

Summer Camps

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The most fun STEAM summer camps start right here! Each summer, Club SciKidz offers over 60 themed camps grades PK-8th. Themes include Astronomy, Meteorology, Culinary Science, Veterinary Medicine, Robotics, Stop Motion Animation, 3D Printing, Drones, LEGO Robotics, Chemistry, Rocketry, American Doll, Mystical and Magical, and Medicine and Surgery. Read more