Holiday French Toast Casserole

By Nicole Silva, owner of Crumbles Bakery

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! There is no better time to start a new family tradition.  One of my families most treasured traditions is having French toast casserole on Christmas Morning.  Of course the bakery owner’s tradition would revolve around food, and I’m sharing it with you in hopes that you will steal it and take it on as a tradition of your own.

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The first time I tried this recipe it was at a Mocha Mom brunch.  One of the moms brought a French Toast Casserole and I thought it was the best breakfast dish I had ever eaten.  An added bonus was that all the kids loved it, and I am always on the search for recipes that all the picky eaters in my family can enjoy.  When she told me she prepared most of it the night before, I was sold. I set out on a mission to make my own thinking it would be perfect when we had family in town, or on special mornings when we all wanted to be together.  Since I love family traditions, the Christmas Morning French Toast Casserole tradition was born.

This recipe is prepared the night before Christmas while Santa is busy putting presents under the tree.  I prepare it, then pop it in the oven on Christmas morning as soon as the kids wake us up to go downstairs to open presents.  By the time they are finished opening presents, breakfast is ready to be served.  We get a perfect homemade breakfast without having to spend much time in the kitchen on Christmas day.

The bacon in the recipe is totally optional. If you aren’t a bacon eater (and I’m not judging, okay maybe I am a little). Then just leave it out.  It is amazing with or without.

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And if you really want to try it, but don’t have time to make it, I just might offer some pre-made casseroles for pickup at the bakery…lol

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Ingredients:
1lb bacon (optional but why not, its bacon)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 loaf of bread (about 20 slices or less if thicker bread is used)
1 1/4 – cup brown sugar
1.5 – tsp cinnamon
1/2 – tsp nutmeg
5 – eggs
3/4 cup milk
½ cup 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional but I recommend it)

Directions:
Start by cooking the bacon.  I like to cook my bacon on a cooling rack that is inside a larger pan in the oven for 30 min at 350.  For this recipe I cook it about 20 min until just cooked but not quite crispy.  It can also be cooked on the stove-top.  No matter what method you use to cook the bacon, cook until just done as it will be cooked again the next day.
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While the bacon is cooling, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl (brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg). In another bowl mix the eggs, milk, cream, paste and extract together. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour it in a 9x 13. Cut each piece of bread into strips.  Layer bottom of pan with a third the bread pieces.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the brown sugar mix over the bread. Layer the second third of bread and top with 1/3 of brown sugar mix. Add the last layer of bread and pour the egg mixture over the bread slices. Make sure you cover all the pieces of bread. Chop the bacon and add about ½ cup of chopped cooked bacon (or more if you are a bacon lover) to the top of the bread.  Sprinkle remaining brown sugar on top. Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove from the refrigerator and bake (still covered in foil) in a preheated oven at 350 for 30 minutes. Then uncover and bake 15 more minutes until brown and set. Take out and enjoy with powdered sugar or syrup (my family likes both).

 

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Southern Gastroenterology Specialists; Providing compassionate care to South Atlanta since 1984

By Douglas Lowe II, MD

Southern Gastroenterology Specialists (SGS) was established in 1984 with the mission of providing excellent subspecialty care in Gastroenterology and Hepatology for the Atlanta community.  SGS is committed to providing high quality healthcare including general gastroenterology, hepatology, biliary care, and cancer prevention.   Our practice has seven board certified gastroenterologists and one nurse practitioner dedicated to providing evidence based and compassionate healthcare.

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            SGS offers two conveniently located endoscopy centers as well as offices throughout the South Atlanta metropolitan area.  Our endoscopy centers are certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Hearth Care, Inc. (AAAHC).  In our endoscopy centers, our board certified gastroenterologists perform colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD).  Capsule endoscopy is performed in the Locust Grove Office and the Riverdale Office.

Our practice reports performance data pertaining to procedures performed in our endoscopy centers to a national repository. The GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuIC), which benchmarks our data compared with other endoscopy centers throughout the country.  We continuously strive to exceed nationally  established quality benchmarks for endoscopic safety and quality.  For colonoscopy, the quality indicators include the cecal intubation rate, adenoma detection rate, and the cecal withdrawal time.  The most recent cecal intubation rate for endoscopists in our centers was 99.5%.  The adenoma section rate for endoscopists in our centers was 51% for men and 39% for women which exceeds the current national standard of 30% in men and 20% in women.  The cecal withdrawal time by endoscopists in our centers consistently exceeds the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy standard of 6 minutes indicating higher quality;

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            In the hospital, we perform Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG) placement.   Our gastroenterologists maintain active medical staff privileges including providing consultative gastroenterology services and performing procedures at Piedmont Henry Medical Center.   Our objective is to provide high quality and evidence based medical care, foster high patient satisfaction, and ensure access to new technology while identifying opportunities for expense reduction.

We would be delighted and honored to be your gastrointestinal care provider.  Our Locust Grove Office and Locust Grove Endo Center are located at 4865 Bill Gardner Parkway, Locust Grove, GA 30248.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office by phone at  770-692-0100 or email at info.sgs@gastromds.net.   Please visit our practice website for more information at www.sgsgastro.com or www.sgscolon.com.  Please visit our practice on facebook at facebook.com/southerngastroenterologyspecialists.

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THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS OF UNINSURED MOTORIST INSURANCE IN GEORGIA

By Ben F. Windham

The Georgia legislature has codified minimum requirements for motor vehicle liability insurance policies under O.C.G.A. § 33-7-11.  Any automobile liability policy in this state must have not less than $25,000.00 dollars because of bodily injury to or death of one person in any one incident or $50,000.00 dollars because of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one occurrence.  In current economic times, $25,000.00 dollars is nowhere near enough insurance coverage for someone who is seriously injured in an automobile collision.  Even minor collisions alone result in hospital visits for diagnostic testing and can result in more than $25,000.00 dollars in medical bills.  This is not to mention that many injuries will put people out of work for some time, causing them to have a claim for lost wages.

It is very important due to the minimum required policy limits in this state that people have what is referred to as “uninsured” or sometimes “underinsured” motorist protection on their automobile insurance policy.  While it is true that one should carry uninsured motorist protection, it is these types of policies that are the most unfair to insureds in the State of Georgia.

Until 2009, the dirty little secret of the insurance industry was that even if you paid for $25,000.00 dollars in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, you were only entitled to tap into that $25,000.00 dollars if the person that caused the collision in which you were injured had less than $25,000.00 dollars insurance coverage.  In other words, if the person that hit you had $50,000.00 in insurance coverage and you had $25,000.00 in uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage, you would not be allowed to any portion of your $25,000.00 policy.  This would be true even if your damages were in the many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Finally, in 2009 the Georgia General Assembly, over and against the wishes of the powerful insurance lobby, decided to let the cat out of the bag and fix this dirty little secret.  The new statute would read that everyone was entitled to their entire uninsured/underinsured motorist protection limits so long as their damages called for it.  The insurance industry refers to this right to tap into your own insurance coverage as “add on uninsured motorist protection.”  The new statute still allows insurance companies to wiggle out of honoring uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage so long as they have the insured execute an “opt-out” or “rejection” of the right to utilize the entire amount of the uninsured motorist protection limits.

Another dirty little secret of the automobile insurance industry in the State of Georgia is that when you make a claim into your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, your insurance company hires lawyers to represent the person that caused the accident that hurt you and will try to defeat your claim to any of your own insurance.  If your insurance company defends the person that caused your injuries in bad faith and you ultimately recover the entire amount of your uninsured/underinsured insurance limits, the penalties that await your insurance company are merely a slap on the wrist.

The dirty little secret the insurance lobby in Georgia doesn’t want you to know, is if your own insurance company doesn’t act “like a good neighbor” and “do the right thing” and drags you through two years of litigation, then no matter what a jury awards you, you can only potentially recover a bad faith penalty of 25% of the limits of your uninsured/underinsured motorist protection and attorney’s fees.  Oh, but don’t fret, should you get to that point and finally have a jury award you the limits of your uninsured/underinsured motorist protection, your insurance company will not stand up and “do the right thing” and pay the penalty.  They will instead, fight and defend the second lawsuit that you must bring against the insurance company directly in order to prove they were acting in “bad faith.”

Another dirty little secret (there are so many) of uninsured automobile insurance in Georgia is that most folks don’t realize that you cannot say the word insurance or indirectly refer to the concept of insurance in any way at a personal injury trial seeking insurance proceeds.  Instead, the insurance lobby has guaranteed a system through the Georgia legislature that allows insurance defense lawyers to defend their case in part by hoping that people on your jury will assume that you are suing the person that caused your injuries individually, creating guilt that should they award what is just and right they could financially ruin the person that was negligent.

This is also true when you are seeking payment of your uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance limits after you have already settled with the person that caused your injuries.  In other words, your own insurance company that refuses to pay your claim or any portion of your uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance limits, files an answer as the attorneys for the person that hit you and can choose to never reveal their identity and can prevent you from ever revealing to the jury that you are only seeking payment of your insurance that you paid for.

Head Shot - BFW (002)I hope this opens your eyes to many of the pitfalls that face Georgia consumers in making a claim for their own automobile insurance.

Ben F. Windham is a trial lawyer that specializes in representing Georgia individuals and families in catastrophic injury claims.

 

BFW LocationThe personal injury attorneys and criminal defense lawyers at Ben F. Windham, P.C. serve clients throughout the greater Atlanta area, including Locust Grove with an array of law services. For more information, visit http://www.windhamlaw.com.

Beneath the Southern Charm- A look back through time in Downtown Locust Grove

By Aleigha Johnson

Current photos by Kayleigh Johnson

Locust Grove, a quaint southern town, filled with small town shops and restaurants.  But, what lies beneath its southern charm and its small-town feel?  What lies beneath the walls of the remaining historic structures?

True history is found by digging deeper, by listening to the stories of the ones who grew up here, by taking the time to truly care about town history and seeking the answers.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kathy Engeman, a resident of Locust Grove, member of Locust Grove Main Street, and founder of The Locust Grove Heritage Foundation to discuss the history of the town.  Engeman stated she established The Locust Grove Heritage Foundation “primarily to preserve the history of families and to preserve the history of things that were done.”

According to Engeman, her family moved to Locust Grove in 1945 when she was only three years old.  After spending the majority of her childhood on her family’s farm, she left in 1960 to attend college.  Though she left Locust Grove serval times, Engeman always found her way back to the charming southern town.  “When you are raised on a farm and you actually work on that farm you always feel a tie to the soil, it’s just something that is ingrained in you from childhood,” Engeman said.  She now owns the house she grew up in and part of the farmland that was originally her grandfather’s.

Engeman’s family’s legacy in Locust Grove has carried on throughout generations.  Her grandfather was the town doctor, up until 1945 when he became ill.  He owned a quaint practice in Locust Grove and assisted the townspeople in their medical needs, whether they came into his practice or he made a house call.

Throughout Engeman’s adolescence, there were only a few businesses in the town, she mentioned two grocery stores, a drug store, and a bank.  However, Engeman stated, “the economy of this area was agriculture and most of it was cotton.”  One of Engeman’s favorite shops resided on her family’s farm, the blacksmith shop.  Engeman was always intrigued by the process the metal would undergo.

As I talked with Engeman about her early town memories she spoke about how she attended elementary school in the building that is currently known as city hall.  Interesting enough, the building was originally Locust Grove Institute, which was where Engeman’s father continued his education.  According to Engeman, “The depression came along and money wasn’t available and students couldn’t go and it folded.”  Therefore, the institute later became Locust Grove Elementary.

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Because the building was not intended to be an elementary school, Engeman remembers students being sent to the stairs when they were in trouble.  However, attending elementary in the old Institute building did have its conveniences as it allowed the school to dismiss and head over to the Baptist church next door when there was an event going on.

Being that the school was right across from the railroad tracks, Engeman and her classmates were filled with fascination when the train passed through town.  She recalls all the students racing to the ball field in excitement to wave at the man riding the caboose.  Imagine seeing children lining the front lawn of city hall to wave at the passing train.

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In addition to the train excitement, upper elementary and junior high found excitement in heading to “Shoebootie’s” a couple nights a week.  According to Engeman, the man who repaired shoes allowed the children to play pool, bowl, listen to the jukebox, and rent books.  “Shoebootie” charged about ten cents to bowl or rent books.  However, when a child returned a book he gave them ten cents back.

Throughout the course of her life, Engeman has seen the town undergo many changes.  She mentioned how Locust Grove’s stores no longer smell like they did many years ago and their appearance has changed as well.  Though the storefronts have changed, Engeman still recognizes what once remained when she ventures behind the shops.  According to Engeman, to get a true feel for what the town was like years ago, one must walk down Cleveland Street.

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Though the town has seen many changes since Engeman was a child, she finds positivity in the changes as it has increased the growth of the town’s businesses.  As Engeman said, “You can’t go back; you have to go forward.”

While historic structures undergo many changes and may not last forever, the stories of what once remained can carry on throughout generations if we are simply willing to listen.

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What gives your life meaning?

By Michael Powell

It’s that time of year again. Social media is filled with “1st day of school” pictures, your vacation tan is fading, and thoughts of Christmas are beckoning your credit score. Life is fast. And I don’t just mean today or this week. The whole thing is slipping away- we see it in the mirror, in our growing kids, and maybe even aging parents. Instead of running to the next moment, I would like you to think for a second about what gives your life meaning. Maybe it’s your family, job, stunning good looks, awards, friends, retirement, or something else. While all those things are great, they are also speeding out of sight, slipping through your fingertips as you grasp with more and more energy to keep them close. This constant search for identity and purpose leaves you feeling hopeless, filling that hopelessness with temporary happiness.

 

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The Good News is this: that is not how we have been designed to live! Imagine for a moment that every waking minute of your life could be meaningful, with lasting impact, bringing endless joy. This is what the gospel provides! Through the finished work of Christ, we can reflect His glory and live out our true identity with peace in an everlasting hope that brings meaning to today.

 

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Southpoint has called Locust Grove home for the last 12 years, and we love this city! It’s not the access to Atlanta or train platform or growing selection of restaurants. We love this city because of the people. We want you and your family to experience true joy in Christ. We want to show our neighbors the love of Jesus. We want others to find hope for this life and the next.

 

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As your family is gearing up for a new school year or season of life, please consider joining us on a Sunday as we grow as a community of God’s grace and glory. This Sunday, at 10:30am, we are starting a series called Identity. It will look at the purpose for our lives as individuals and a community, leading to the September launch of a new Southpoint location in McDonough. As we grow, learn, and serve, YOU are invited to help us love this city!

 

We are located right behind the French Market at 170 Cleveland Street. For more information, please visit southpointfellowship.org.

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SouthSide, REALTORS®, Where family and real estate business come together.

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From Shannon Powell, SouthSide, REALTORS®

From our office in Downtown Locust Grove to our offices in Downtown McDonough to our REALTOR family is eager to take care of your family. “We’re not just your REALTOR, we’re also your neighbors.”

Our staff of REALTORS® and Assistants possess the experience and knowledge that all home sellers, home buyers, builders and investors have come to trust since we opened our doors in Henry County in 2011. SouthSide, REALTORS® hallmark is ultimate respect for our clients, cultivating long-term relationships along with teamwork, access to resources, as well as agents with different experiences and backgrounds. Everyone here embraces the principals of helping each other out and making sure everyone succeeds.

Relationships and respect are what our clients want and that’s exactly what they get from our team! Success is often a direct result of those two aspects, and without them, failure is right around the corner. Our team is up to any challenge; success is the only outcome that we will accept.

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SouthSide, REALTORS® is over 80 agents strong and Brian O’Neal, Owner/Agent maintains his commitment to being a local business with strong ties to the community. Brian has always firmly believed that the success of SouthSide, REALTORS® is directly due to the professionalism and dedication of each member of our team to grow to where we are today.

If you or someone you know is in the market to buy, sell, build or invest in real estate, you can count on SouthSide, REALTORS® to cultivate that relationship needed to successfully handle your real estate needs.

I Love Books

By Lillian Dinkins, owner of “Locust Grove Emporium, Purveyor of Resale and other Fine Goods”

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I love books.  And I am a confirmed book snob.  I believe that only a book printed on paper is a real book.  I have read – or attempted to read – exactly one digital book.  My son once tried to buy me a kindle, but I returned it and dared him to do that again.

I have read books my entire life.  I live alone, and I rarely eat a meal without a book on hand, propped open with the sugar bowl.  And I’m kinda glad there’s no one there wanting me to make conversation while I’m reading to my meal.

My husband was not much of a reader – initially.  My son, on the other hand, always loved books.  After the obligatory bedtime story and lights-out, he’d say “read me a story without a book” before he’d let me leave the room.  To this day, he still reads…a lot.  Good boy.

As a confirmed book snob, I look askance at people who only read on digital devices.  They tell me about “having hundreds of books on hand,” and “how portable a kindle is,” and “the books are cheap,” and “the built-in light is wonderful for reading in the dark,” and “font sizes can be real big.”

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All of these statements may be true.  But only a book is a book.  And I need to feel it, to smell it, to heft its weight in my hand, to (gasp!) dog-ear the page when I don’t have a bookmark, to hold it to my breast and exhale dramatically when I‘ve reached the satisfying conclusion.  I need to keep my favorites around so I can go back to the good parts as often as I want to.  I need to be able to pass the book on to others with a stern admonishment to return it when they finish, or at least to let me know when they’ve passed it on to someone else.  I need to keep a secret stash of my favorites under the bed, to be pulled out when I’m cleaning so I can run my hand over the book covers and remember the joy of reading those words for the first time.  And so I can reread them.

But I have to be honest:  If others – especially children and young people – will only read via electronic devices – then I say, “okay.”  Okay.  Because reading in any format is better than not reading at all.  And as the world gets smaller and closer and seemingly less real, if this is the only way some will keep up with what’s going on, then so be it.  And if my peers have become addicted to these devices as well, that’s okay, too.  For them.  But I will remain a bibliophile who only reads real books, with a magnifying glass if necessary. Because I’m old school – and that’s the way I roll…er, read.

Got books?  If not, come to Locust Grove Emporium and buy a whole box for $2!  All book sales benefit the Jackson-Butts County Friends of the Library.

“It’s like Deja Vu all over again!” By Tina Derrick of Deja Vu on Forty-Two

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That feeling of recreating or preserving that atmosphere, even if in the most subtle ways, or the nostalgic remembrances of those before us is a passion of mine at Déjà Vu on Forty-Two!  Anyone who knows me personally knows my love for vintage and antique items. I was fascinated by my maternal grandmothers caring and devotion to her possessions and finds. She would refinish furniture and make it beautiful again and I’ve been ‘hooked’ ever since!

Our shop Deja Vu on 42 is located in the  Locust Grove historic district, in the international style building that was the new Locust Grove Post Office in 1960! If you can picture in your mind a newly constructed business from the 1960’s you can spot our building in a second! It’s a dead giveaway!

I’ve pursued and collected antiques for decades and I knew it was time to settle down and open a shop of my own. The local community support has been exceptional, and I love seeing our repeat customers on a regular basis! The coffee is always on and so is the conversation!  Additionally, the response from travelers has been so fun and rewarding and I consider us lucky to be encountering so many out-of-towners due to our proximity to I-75 and the Atlanta airport. Shoppers from all over the country and occasionally even from overseas are right here in our midst! We welcome it!

Antiques and vintage items speak to me…..they are history and I am intoxicated by their wear, visions of where they’ve been all this time and how they were appreciated, well used, or sometimes mistreated. Have you ever wished you could visualize an item’s journey through time? That’s me. Have you ever run across something that you aren’t even sure what it is….but you’re so intrigued you just can’t put it down or stop wondering?  That’s me. Every once in a while, even I get stumped….have no clue what I’m looking at. UH!! Thankfully there is an app for that now where you can upload an image and search for an answer. That’s always a win-win!

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While the current trend is (gasping!) ‘chippy painted, distressed farmhouse’….. even to our beloved antiques, it’s just a matter of time before new trends come along. But don’t despair to those of us old-timers! If you have time and space, hold on to the old ‘non-trending’ historical treasures you have. The market is generally down with Millennials for traditional heirloom items but we’re hopeful that in the generations to come the mindset will shift toward their familial ties, historical value, and the desire for preservation.

Besides my own treasure finds, we feature other vendors with their own variety in vintage, antique, good reproductions in home décor, vintage jewelry, clothing, old vinyl LP’s, nostalgic yard/patio items and we love (hard to find) old signage! We love to repurpose too!! If we can breathe new life into the abused, discarded junk yay for us all! And it has a new history!

‘Downsizing’ is a term we hear a lot these days. People retiring typically want smaller homes and are thinning out their collections. Many fear leaving it all to the kids who don’t want collections or ‘old stuff’.  We buy vintage and antique items all the time from people just like yourself. And if you have old junk, even if you think nobody in their right mind would want it…..rethink and come see us! Let us reward you with a fair price.  Passion for repurposing is at an all-time high! As for good usable older things…..you can donate to charity (for a tax write off) or bring to Déjà vu on Forty-Two and walk away with some cash!  Come see us soon! We are open Tuesday-Friday 11-5:00.  Saturday’s 10-5:00.

Love, peace and happiness!

Tina Derrick, Owner of Deja Vu on Forty-Two

 

Spring has Sprung at French Market and Tavern!

Spring has sprung at FMT. We gave our retail mart a face-lift by adding new local vendors. Whether you are looking for home décor, hostess gifts, homemade goodies, jewelry, or other items, we have it covered. Shop before, during, or after your meal to get the full FMT experience. Our vendors include ‘On The Rocks’ which produces local jams, ‘Primitives by Kathy’, ‘HH&G’, ‘Laura Janelle,’ ‘Mary Square’, and more!

Upcoming events include Easter Buffet Brunch on April 1st and our Bourbon Tasting on April 4 The price for our Easter brunch is $24.50 for adults, $12.95 for kids 10 and under children 2 years and under are free.

Our first-ever bourbon tasting is planned for April 4th, from 6:00PM – 9:00PM. Tickets are $40 per person in advance or $45 at the door. Customers will receive 4 bourbon samples, which include Basil Hayden, Bulleit, Blade and Bow, and Michter’s. To pair with the bourbon, we will be serving Pork Belly, Cheeseburger Sliders, and Pulled BBQ Sliders.

Wine WedOn Wine Wednesdays,  come to FMT to enjoy half-price bottles of wine from 5:00-8:00 PM.

We are now offering Student Days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00PM – 5:00PM. Local students looking for a place for after-school homework sessions can work on assignments and choose from our student menu.

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Mom? We are also now accepting Mother’s Day reservations! Book yours today.

Life is too short for bad coffee. FMT Coffee coming soon!

Stay up to date with all of our current happenings by liking us on facebook! Stay tuned to all our social pages for updates as we add to our calendar of events.

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Electronic Logs and How They Affect the Consumer

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Electronic logging devices were created to improve road safety and minimize accidents. An ELD is a device that is hooked directly to a truck driver’s engine and helps mandate how many hours of service a driver may have. They can also store a ton of information on truck performance, tracking, driver score cards, and can even send messages via the satellite back to their employer.

With the new ELD’s in effect, drivers can only drive 14 hours consecutively, but in this 14 hours they must remain on the clock, even if just going to grab a quick bite to eat or use the restroom. All of these breaks will count against their clock. When a driver arrives at a shipper or receiver he must wait to be loaded or unloaded, all of which counts against his running clock. This means that if a driver isn’t unloaded in a timely manner then he may run out of hours. Not only does this affect his next load, but it also affects his safety. When a driver runs out of hours, his engine will shut of no matter where he is, which could be the side of the highway, at a warehouse, or even the middle of the road, causing concern for driver safety.

Driver fatigue is believed to be the biggest cause of road accidents. This new law helps to cut that down, affecting 3.1 million drivers. Companies will save a collective 1.6 billion dollars by eliminating paper logs alone. Is it worth it for the consumer? With the new laws in effect, studies show an estimated 200,000+ shortage in trucks. What drivers could get done in one day is now turning into a two-day transit. Now, the pressure is on drivers to get from point A to point B legally, causing delays in products to the consumer.  This will cause shippers to start sending trucks out with immediate product need with less freight.

The American Truck Business Services expects consumer costs to jump 10% in the first year alone. Not only does this cost affect the consumer, it also affects the trucking companies. Most companies only operate six trucks or less. Now with the new strict demand to make deliveries on time, companies are using two drivers to run lanes as a team. Meaning more pay for drivers, more pay from shippers, and it causes the spot market rates to increase. The money will need to be made up to cover all of the added cost, raising the cost of product.

Be prepared to see a slight rise in costs, whether it be at a retail store, grocery store, or even online shopping. While the new laws will save money for trucking companies, how bad will it affect the consumer? Will we be the ones to feel the inflation caused this new rule? Only time will tell. We are in the beginning of the first year of the newly implemented law, and cannot fully anticipate the overall effects of Electronic Logs.

Spice Logistics is a leading provider of logistics right here in our hometown of Locust Grove. As a team, we strive to build relationships not only with customers, but with our drivers as well. I have over 15 years in the transportation and logistics industry and use that knowledge every day to set Spice Logistics apart from any other logistics company. Our truckload freight specialists will get freight moving quickly and efficiently.

Shane Sinnemon, Spice Logistics LLC

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In addition to Spice Logistics, Mr. Sinnemon also owns Adventure Party Rental-party rental pic

“Adventure Party Rental is getting ready for our Spring Rush!  Give us a call today! We will give a 10% discount with the proof of any downtown Locust Grove receipt . We have it all  to bring the fun, MOONWALKS, KID’S BOUNCE HOUSES, WATER SLIDES, GAMES, SNOW CONE MACHINES, and MORE!”  www.ADVENTUREPARTYRENTAL.COM