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Rennie Curran: An Athlete’s Adversity

Rennie Curran: An Athlete’s Adversity

January 18, 2022

Rennie Curran is an award-winning former professional athlete, Georgia Bulldog linebacker, and father who transitioned into a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Taking what he learned about adversity on and off the field, Rennie teaches individuals, teams, and organizations how to create a successful brand through leadership, teamwork, and personal development.

Charlice Byrd: Woodstock‘s State House Rep

Charlice Byrd: Woodstock‘s State House Rep

December 21, 2021

If you're hoping to hear about political stances, candidate platforms, or nitty-gritty policy patrolling—this is not the podcast for you. This interview takes you on a journey to get to know Charlice as the gal next door. She's a teacher at heart, lived in Hong Kong, and may have even dated a Hollywood icon—no joke! 

Zach & John Blend: The Goshen Valley Story

Zach & John Blend: The Goshen Valley Story

November 9, 2021

The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch began with John Blend—a New York native with one foot solidly in the path of Christ and the other foot with a lust for wandering the world. John's life took him on a journey of meeting a menagerie of amazing people from a spectrum of cultures, religions, and social backgrounds. A career in engineering helped position John and his family on a path to establish an award-winning place for struggling youth to beat the odds and cultivate a better future. This is the story of Goshen Valley. 

Jim Lindenmayer: Homeless Veterans in Cherokee

Jim Lindenmayer: Homeless Veterans in Cherokee

October 19, 2021

About fifteen percent of the population in Cherokee County are veterans and more than 350 of these vets suffer from PTSD. Some of these heroes end up homeless. There is hope and help available. Jim Lindenmayer is a veteran with a passion to help these fellow vets get back up on their feet. With his leadership, we can all make a difference. 

Tracy Hoopingarner: House Fire Survivor

Tracy Hoopingarner: House Fire Survivor

October 5, 2021

October is National Fire Safety Month. On New Year’s Eve, 2006, Tracy and Duffy Hoopingarner invited a small family over to their newly remodeled home to quietly ring in the new year. After the guests left and every candle was blown out, Tracy was mysteriously awakened to find the house engulfed with flames. This is her story.  www.CherokeeCountyFire.org

Linda Hartsfield & Chris Purvis: Allatoona Lake

Linda Hartsfield & Chris Purvis: Allatoona Lake

September 28, 2021

Chris Purvis, Lead Ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers on Allatoona Lake, explains that Cherokee County is home to the third busiest corps lake in the nation. This beautiful destination hosts more than 9 million visitors annually, shares 270 miles of shoreline with Bartow and Cobb counties, and boasts more than 600 campsites. Linda Hartsfield, Chair of the Lake Allatoona Association, leads our community in cleanup, fundraising, and event efforts throughout the year. Learn why the lake drains in the winter, why the dam was built, and what is really at the bottom of the lake.

9/11 NEVER FORGET with Sgt. Major Dan McNeal

9/11 NEVER FORGET with Sgt. Major Dan McNeal

September 11, 2021

The Rotary Club of Canton held a heart-clenching ceremony on Friday, September 10, in Rotary Park. Citizens and dignitaries gathered from all corners of Cherokee County to remember the heroes and horrors of the day our lives changed forever. The keynote speaker took our breath away. Sergeant Major Dan McNeal presented a touching message that every citizen of this great country should hear. He agreed to share that message through this podcast. His words will help many of us never forget. 

Dan & Chris Phillips: Experience with Alzheimer‘s

Dan & Chris Phillips: Experience with Alzheimer‘s

September 7, 2021

Dan's grandmother passed with Alzheimer's and Chris' mother is currently living with Alzheimer's. This conversation walks us through their experiences in dealing with this cruel disease. Dan is the coordinator for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Cherokee County which will be held at Etowah Park in Canton on October 23. The fundraising goal for this event is $57,000 for 2021 and we're almost there!! 

David Vaughn: Photographing the World

David Vaughn: Photographing the World

August 31, 2021

Photography has taken our neighbor, David Vaughn, around the world. He sat with authentic cigar-smoking women in Cuba, danced with the northern lights in Alaska, walked among the townspeople in India, and came face-to-face with a grizzly bear for the most rewarding picture in his collection. But his home is right here on Lake Allatoona where he finds unmistakable beauty in our local wildlife. Listen to his stories of adventure and see his photos on SuperDavesPhotos.com. 

Sally Sims: Stories from the Coroner

Sally Sims: Stories from the Coroner

August 10, 2021

If you’ve ever wondered what a day in the life of a coroner might be like, this is your chance. Learn why we elect a coroner and what it’s like to be a public servant in this important role. You’ll hear some unusual stories, learn why it takes time to obtain a death certificate—and believe it or not—you’ll hear how Sally saves lives as an investigative coroner.

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