Roswell Awarded Federal Historic Preservation Grant

The City of Roswell is among seven Georgia municipalities chosen to receive federal grants totaling more than $90,000 to support historic preservation activities in their respective communities. Roswell’s $17,050 Historic Preservation Fund grant will be used to conduct an updated historic resources survey of the City’s Historic District.

“This survey is important for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that all preservation activities—from National Register of Historic Places nominations to municipal or county historic preservation ordinances to basic preservation advocacy—begin with knowing what historic resources exist in our municipality,” said Julie Martin, Roswell City Planner and Historic Preservation Specialist.

Roswell has grown significantly since its last historic resources survey was conducted in 2000–2001, so this survey will provide a useful inventory accounting for changes in the built environment, fluctuating city boundaries, and advances in technology, such as GIS mapping and digital photography.

“And since so many years have passed since the City’s last survey, more of the City’s buildings have aged and could possibly be identified as ‘historic,’” explained Martin.

In addition to the City of Roswell, this year’s grant recipients include the cities of Atlanta, Hampton, Toccoa, Avondale Estates, Dublin, and Rome. The 2017 Historic Preservation Fund grants facilitate historic preservation planning initiatives and projects such as historic resource surveys, outreach efforts, and brick-and-mortar projects throughout the state. The grants are provided annually through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service and are administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Each year, Georgia’s 95 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are eligible to apply for these matching (60 percent federal/40 percent local) grants. To be eligible to become a federal Certified Local Government, a city or county must have passed a preservation ordinance and have established a historic preservation commission.

“The CLG program is one of our most important tools in promoting economic development focused on local historic resources. The communities participating in the program have taken the initiative to work to protect the historic resources that make their respective cities, or counties, truly special.” said Dr. David Crass, HPD Division Director.

Hotel Business Booming In Roswell

By Current Hub staff

If you’ve had friends in from out of town and had to look for local hotel space you may have noticed that sometimes it’s difficult to find space. Local business leaders and government entities are working on solutions. Last week the Roswell City Council gave approval for a new 120-room boutique hotel and mixed-use space at the end of Canton Street in Historic Roswell. Currently the site is a branch of Wells Fargo (37 Magnolia Street, 895 Mimosa Boulevard and 26 Webb Street).

Specifics include:

  • Project specifies 73,350 sq. ft. of space for the hotel with 28,124 sq. ft. for mixed use.
  • Surrounding streets must have sidewalks and must have pedestrian connectivity to the adjacent land.
  • Developer must provide 50 public parking spaces in addition to the parking for hotel.

Beyond the boutique project there were two others business-friendly hotels announced. Home 2 Suites by Hilton and Springhill Suites by Marriott will both be building properties off of Westside Parkway, within a mile of one another. Home 2 Suites will cover 1.9 acres at 10990 Westside Parkway, on the corner of Mansell Road. The hotel will stand five floors tall with a total of 106 rooms and 107 parking spaces.

Less than a mile away, Springhill Suites will occupy the corner of Westside Parkway and Old Roswell Road. The conditional use request for the four-story complex was approved by Roswell City Council on July 10. This hotel will occupy 3.13 acres and include 90 rooms, 90 parking spots and 12 bicycle spaces. A fitness center, meeting room and indoor pool will also be included.


Roswell Live! 17-18 season

The Roswell Cultural Arts Center has announced the lineup of nationally-acclaimed performing artists coming to Roswell for the 2017/2018 season. The popular LIVE! in Roswell series showcases three distinctive voices in concert, and the Roswell Family Series features three innovative shows for young audiences. The wildly popular Winter Puppet Series returns for a third season with two Atlanta-based puppeteers performing Holiday-themed shows.

The LIVE! in Roswell Series includes three performers in styles ranging from pop ballads to soul and jazz: An Evening with Edwin McCain (Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8 p.m.), Jane Powell (Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.), and Davina & the Vagabonds (Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8 p.m.) .

Individual tickets are $30 and season tickets are also available for $75 per person. Discounts for Seniors, Students, and Military are available in person or by calling the Box Office at (770) 594-6232. Each event starts at 8 p.m., and a festive pre-show cocktail hour will be available in the lobby one hour prior to show time. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (770) 594-6232, or in-person during business hours.

Short Film Fest

Southern Shorts Awards announces it’s third quarterly Film Festival and Awards Presentation scheduled for July 15 at the Aurora Cineplex in Roswell. Twenty two short films will be screened between 12:30 PM and 9:00 PM, with a Hollywood-style Awards Presentation from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM where we show clips of nominees, announce winners and hand out trophies!

See some of the finest short films from here and around the world. Unique stories that will mystify, amuse & amaze. Several filmmakers will be there to hold a Q & A after the screening of their films, so this will be an interactive experience unlike your usual movie-going experience.

They’ll be showing films of most genres; Action/Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Documentary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Webisodes. These are the filmmakers of tomorrow. For more info visit



WellStar Health System has grown to become the largest health system in Georgia, offering world-class healthcare from some of the region’s most skilled physicians. With nearly 3,000 physicians and advanced practice professionals on its medical staff, WellStar physicians are driving innovation and patient-centered care. Recently, Atlanta Magazine recognized 65 of those WellStar physicians on its 2017 Top Doctors list.

To be selected for the Top Doctor’s list, physicians were nominated by their peers and were featured in Atlanta Magazine’s health issue in July.

“WellStar’s physicians are advancing healthcare through innovative treatments and compassionate care,” said John A. Brennan, M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical integration officer of WellStar Health System. “Our physicians understand the importance of putting patients at the center of everything they do. With WellStar’s expanded network of physicians, we are better able to deliver high-quality healthcare to our communities.”

The physicians selected this year came from a diverse background of specialties and many of them have been recognized on this list for multiple years:

  • Chris Andersen, M.D., WellStar Summit Surgical
  • Ebon Bourne, M.D., WellStar Acworth Family Practice
  • George Brown, M.D., WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine
  • Carl Capelouto, M.D., Georgia Urology
  • Thomas Chacko, M.D., WellStar Ear Nose & Throat
  • Arun Chervu, M.D., Vascular Surgical Associates
  • Jay Cinnamon, M.D., Quantum Radiology
  • Larry Clements, M.D., WellStar KenMar Pediatrics
  • William Cleveland, M.D., Southwest Atlanta Nephrology
  • Toni E. Coombs, M.D., WellStar Smyrna Primary Care Center
  • William Cooper, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Tapan Daftari, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics
  • Michael Dailey, M.D., Infectious Disease Services of Georgia
  • William Dowdell, M.D., WellStar Pulmonary Medicine
  • Amber Driskell, M.D., WellStar Internal Medicine
  • Daniel Eller, M.D., Maternal Fetal Diagnostic Center
  • Stanley M. Fineman, M.D., Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic
  • David Gale, M.D., Pain Solutions Treatment Center
  • Thomas E. Gearhard, M.D., WellStar Cobb Family Medicine
  • Sachin Goel, M.D., Gastroenterology Specialists of Georgia
  • David Hafner, M.D., Vascular Surgical Associates
  • Jeffrey Hines, M.D., WellStar Gynecologic Oncology
  • Edward Holliger, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics
  • Angela Hudson, M.D., Women’s Healthcare Center of GA
  • Jermaine Jackson, M.D., Piedmont Physicians Georgia Lung
  • Tariq Javed, M.D., Neurological Surgery
  • Keith Jeffords, M.D., Paramount Plastic Surgery
  • Charles Kaplan, M.D., Georgia Urology
  • Robert A. Kelly, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics
  • Richard W. King, Jr., M.D., HyOx Medical Treatment Center
  • Chad Levitt, M.D., Radiation Oncology
  • Harry Lightfoot, M.D., WellStar Surgical Specialists at Cobb
  • Drew Locandro, M.D., Northwest ENT & Allergy Center
  • Douglas W. Lundy, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics
  • Ralph Lyons, M.D., Atlanta South Gastroenterology
  • Barry D. Mangel, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Mark McCord, M.D., Radiation Oncology
  • Rolf Meinhold, M.D., Meinhold Family Practice
  • Daniel Miller, M.D., WellStar Thoracic Surgery Associates
  • Eduardo Molinary, M.D., WellStar Pulmonary Medicine
  • Jean E. Molinary, D.O., WellStar Medical Specialists
  • Thomas Murphy, M.D., Quantum Radiology
  • Muhamad Obideen, M.D., Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
  • Neal Osborn, M.D., Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
  • Steven Oweida, M.D., Vein Specialists of Northwest Georgia
  • Shatul Parikh, M.D., Northwest ENT & Allergy Center
  • Bryan Piedad, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Philip Ramsay, M.D., WellStar Medical Group Surgical Specialists of Atlanta
  • Erich Randolph, M.D., Atlanta Oncology Associates
  • Michael Riley, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Randy F. Rizor, M.D., The Physicians Pain & Rehab Specialists
  • Michael K. Schaufele, M.D., Pain Solutions Treatment Centers
  • Raymond Schettino, M.D., North Fulton Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
  • Roy Schottenfeld, M.D., North Fulton Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
  • Sanjay Sharma, M.D., Southern Crescent Nephrology
  • Elizabeth M. Street, M.D., Unified Women’s Care of Georgia
  • Jung Suh, M.D., Atlanta Gastroenterology
  • David Tanner, M.D., Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic
  • Murphy Townsend, III, M.D., WellStar Urology
  • Janice M. Warner, M.D., Atlanta West Dermatology
  • Elizabeth Whitaker, M.D., Atlanta Face & Body Center
  • W. Hamilton Williams, M.D., Radiation Oncology of Atlanta
  • Barry Zisholtz, M.D., Georgia Urology
  • John Zora, M.D., Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic
  • Alan M. Zuckerman, M.D., Quantum Radiology

These “Top Doctors” are part of a nearly 3,000-member medical staff at WellStar. The not-for-profit health system’s physicians work closely with community members to deliver care that is both cutting-edge and patient-focused. Physicians at WellStar also coordinate care between primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals and other services. For patients, this means more access to robust medical services at affordable costs. It’s all part of WellStar’s vision to deliver world-class healthcare.

New Arts Center?

Phase II Funding Approved for Performing Arts Center Feasibility Study in Roswell

The Roswell Arts Fund recently received funding approval from the Roswell Mayor and City Council for the second phase of a feasibility study for the construction and operation of a performing arts venue in the city. This study will clarify the ideal size, location, and funding opportunities, as well as identify potential challenges.

For the last few months, the Roswell Performing Arts Center Steering Committee has worked with consultants DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky/Arts Consulting Group to explore the potential for a performing arts center in Roswell and how a facility could build upon the city’s unique location and character. The Steering Committee is led by co-chairs Jeff Hopkins and Lawrence Catchpole.

The Performing Arts Center envisioned includes approximately 35,000 to 50,000 square feet to provide for adequate performance, support, and public spaces. A main theater would seat approximately 500 – 1000 people. In addition, a black box (designed for multiple purposes) will entertain around 200 and serve as a special event location, when not in use.

After gathering input from numerous potential stakeholders in the project, the consultants determined that the ideal location should be within walking distance to Canton Street and provide easy access to dining and retail. Several other potential locations were considered, including a recently vacated commercial site in east Roswell.

“Ideally, the site will be located on the periphery of the Canton Street area,” said Jeff Hopkins. “This will accomplish several goals related to the project. Perhaps most importantly, such a site will keep traffic and parking outside of the heart of the restaurant district while creating a bridge between this other proposed projects, in and around Canton Street and the Roswell Square.”

The envisioned architectural design will embody what is unique and desirable about the City of Roswell, drawing elements from historic buildings in the downtown area. Many of these buildings include front porches, a warm and inviting feature that offers an opportunity for an informal but elegant design.

The Performing Arts Center will drive economic development, increase tourism, reflect our local pride, and activate our tag line, Modern Spirit. Southern Soul. This space will continue to brand Roswell as a place to live, work and play… and stay!

If you would like to know more about the Feasibility Study, visit their website,

Time to Vote!

Summer Sippin’ contest Through July 31

Tired of people telling you to vote? Well Roswell INC has something more fun than politicians to vote on… your favorite drink! Throughout the month of July you’re encouraged to visit the 25 restaurants in Roswell participating in the Summer Sippin’ event to judge the best drink in Roswell. For a list of participating restaurants and to download the app visit

Future Braves?

Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic
July 14 thru 16
The 9th annual Atlanta Braves Youth Baseball Classic will bring together young baseball teams from across the Southeast to compete in a round robin/bracket style tournament at Wills Park in Alpharetta on July 14–16. Teams come from all across the Southeast to compete for the Tomahawk Trophy in their respective age divisions. This year, games will also be played at Webb Bridge Park to allow more teams to participate.

The Gold Standard


WellStar Health System’s physicians are tireless advocates for the health of our children. Because of a focus on saving lives through pediatric immunizations, a WellStar physician is being recognized by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Sam Gold, M.D. has been named Georgia’s 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for his work to create immunization policies.

Team members and physicians with pediatric training have focused on saving kids’ lives through immunizations at WellStar Health System. Thanks in large part to WellStar pediatrician Sam Gold, M.D., the health system created immunization policies to screen children for vaccinations at every well visit. As a result of the program’s success, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) named Dr. Gold Georgia’s 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.

“Children are our future and our focus is to make sure they are happy, healthy and protected from harm,” said Avril Beckford, M.D., chief pediatrics officer of WellStar Health System. “Dr. Gold is an incredible pediatrician and has made it his mission to make sure families know the importance of keeping up with vaccinations as children grow.”

As the 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for the state of Georgia, Gold has shown action-driven leadership for advocating child immunizations by implementing critical immunization guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Our Champions’ dedication is crucial to creating community partnerships, working towards policy advancements, finding creative solutions to immunization challenges, counseling parents and educating and raising awareness of the importance of childhood immunization,” said Nancy Messonnier, M.D., the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in a letter notifying the Health System of the honor.

This isn’t the first time WellStar and Dr. Gold have been recognized for this work. The System was also awarded the Walt Orenstein Champions for Immunization Award for its Standards for Child Adolescent and Adult Immunization Practices award in 2015 by the Georgia Department of Public Health for demonstrating Standards for Child Adolescent and Adult Immunization Practices.

WellStar utilizes all clinical encounters to screen and immunize patients when appropriate and follows immunization guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics to protect America’s children against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Sports physicals without an appointment

Summer’s halfway over which means the school year—and fall sports—is right around the corner. Has your student had a sports physical yet? No need to panic! You don’t even need an appointment. Just swing by WellStar East Cobb Urgent Care.
For some student athletes, this may be the first year they need a sports physical. They are required for college and high school athletes, and sometimes for kids in middle school. So, what to expect?

“During pre-participation exams, medical professionals check for the musculoskeletal issues with joints, spine and muscles that need to be evaluated prior to letting them play,” explained Steve Kane, M.D., a WellStar physician who serves as sports medicine advisor for Atlanta Public Schools. “We listen to the heart and lungs. But the most important part of the exam is the medical history.”

According to Dr. Kane, it’s important for families to take time to know their history and share it in detail on the form. If the student athlete has a family or personal history of cardiac disease, severe asthma or congenital diseases of the cardiac or neurological systems, further diagnostic testing may alert families to serious conditions so they can be treated.

“For example, if an athlete’s brothers or parents have had heart problems, we want to know that,” Dr. Kane said. “Very rarely will this exam limit an athlete from participating.”

Some things that medical professionals at Urgent Care may ask include:
• Have you ever fainted for no reason?
• Do you have chest pain?
• Have you ever been short of breath?
• Have you had operations?

In addition to clearing a student to play sports, the exams give WellStar medical providers a chance to discuss safety and preventive health, such as hydration and heat stroke.

Urgent Care at WellStar East Cobb Health Park is currently offering $40 physicals every day of the week between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. with no appointment needed. The Health Park is located at 3747 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062. Call 470-956-0150 with questions.