Haywood Smith

Haywood Smith - Offering hope and laughter
New York Times Best Selling Local Author shares hope and laughter about serious women’s issues

By Haywood Smith

After having lots of orthopedic problems as a child, I learned to read at a very early age as a means of escape.  I loved historical novels and biographies and science fiction and almost any kind of fiction--as long as the books had happy endings.  I kept reading voraciously till I graduated high school, including the entire Great Books Collection that belonged to my parents.  I had no idea then that those books and the study questions in back would end up being my education in classical literature, philosophy, and science.

Harry Khachadourian, Veteran


Veteran’s Day... paying it forward
By Beth Volpert

Harry Khachadourian was born in Palestine and his parents were from Turkey. Harry grew up as an Armenian Christian in a war-torn time and place. He spent many years moving from one “safe” place to another. His father and uncle owned a shoe factory in Palestine in the 1940’s and after the King David Hotel was bombed; Harry’s life began to resemble the movie “Exodus”.

Mackenzie Britt, Drum Major for George Walton Academy Band, at a recent competition at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga November 2, 2013.


Mackenzie Britt - Drum major dreams
By Beth Volpert

George Walton Academy Drum Major, Mackenzie Britt loves a good competition. Whether it is on the field directing the GWA Marching Bulldogs or in the classroom, Mackenzie wants to be the best she can be.

Mr. Richard Weeks with some of his friends at Grayson’s Kroger.

For most of the last fifteen or so years, the children of the Grayson Cluster have enjoyed spending time with a beloved man who has not only served his country, but also his community with distinction.

Published: 2013-10-05 20:10

A love of listening to well-read stories begins during infancy when babies recognize your own excitement for reading. At any age, making time to read together, choosing the right book and implementing a story time schedule will put you on the right track to raising an active reader. You should set aside time for story reading each day, but you’ll quickly discover it’s anything but routine. 

Published: 2013-07-31 20:08