Marietta Stories | Crazy cool stories from the community builders of Marietta, Georgia

What makes the town of Marietta, Georgia so welcoming, friendly and the center of Southern hospitality? Listen each week as veteran podcaster Bill Nowicki dives deep to tell the heartwarming, sad and funny stories from the people that make up the fabric of this historic city.
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Marietta Stories | Crazy cool stories from the community builders of Marietta, Georgia





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Sep 13, 2019

How do you get a historian excited? You rebuild a historical building that was torn down and you bring it back to life. 


That’s exactly what Grant Rivera and the Marietta School Board have decided to do. The site of the old Lemon Street High School, the black high school in Marietta, was torn down after integration in the 70’s. Now it is being rebuild to house Marietta City Administration offices. There is also work being done to use the Lemon Street grammar school across the street. 


Grant Rivera has spearheaded the effort and he shares the story of the importance of telling the whole story of Marietta and building community at the same time.


Also, his daughter beat cancer and a fundraiser is coming up at Glover Park Brewery on 9/19/19 from 6 to 9 pm. Get your tickets here:

Aug 27, 2019

Rabbi Albert Slomovitz grew up in a divorced family and found solace in the synagogue near his home in North Miami Beach, Florida. So much so, that he decided to dedicate his life to educating young jews. After preaching in front of a congregation, all that changed and he shifted over to becoming a rabbi and then joining the Navy as a chaplain -- one of the few jewish captains in the armed forces.

Now he has a podcast, a professor and author and leader of the Jewish-Christian Discovery Center. His new book and podcast explore Jesus as a Jew and how his jewishness informed his whole life. 

Find links to his podcast and his new book, which is coming out soon.



Jul 29, 2019

Ria Uppapati started a non-profit at 15 years old: Forever Earth, Inc. Bill met Ria and her Mom at a North Marietta Community Garden event and she had a lot to share, so we decided to do an interview.

She is working to reduce plastic locally, starting at her Dad's restaurant (Hemingways). She has also reached out to other businesses to recruit them to use metal plates with paper on top, a step in the right direction to reduce plastic waste.

She is also leading a battery recycling program (September 21th at Tucker park), sponsoring a child's college education in India and getting her classmates to join in.

Busy young woman!

Checkout these links to learn more and get involved.

Email Ria:

North Marietta Community Garden



Jun 15, 2019

Vivian Hansen grew up in Mississippi and Alejo Porras in Costa Rica. Even though they had very different backgrounds, they ended up in the Savannah School of Art and Design and fell in love.

They recently started a family and a business called Two Rivers Creative. They create book illustrations and many other wonderful art projects. Bill met them at a storytelling festival at Sewell Mill and knew they had a really cool story.

Here it is...


May 24, 2019

It seemed like everyone made it to Taylor Park to celebrate an exceptional mail carrier, Floyd Martin. He retired on Thursday after 35 years and has touched many lives in a special way.

This is a story of community, love and the impact of one person's life on so many.

May 12, 2019

Justin Waller and Thomas Monti are teachers at heart with a passion for beer brewing.

They met as middle school science teachers and became friends. When Justin's wife got him a home brewing kit, Justin and Thomas became interested and then obsessed with making beer and the science behind it. 

Now they run, Schoolhouse Brewing in a new location in the Franklin Gateway area of Marietta.

They have cool touches, globes you might remember from middle school as well as school bus bench seats. 

Check it out.


May 4, 2019

Tom Dugan brings his one man play, Wiesenthal, to Marietta's Strand Theatre May 29th through June 2nd. 

Tom's dad was a veteran who experienced the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp. Tom became a playwright and wrote the play after researching Simon Wiesenthal's Nazi hunting work. 

However, this play is a mixture of laughs (it starts with a joke) and the quest for justice.

Get your tickets soon, they are going support fast.

Strand Marietta



Apr 27, 2019

Jerry King grew up in rural Mississippi and wanted out when he knew his life would be limited. So at 18 he joined the Army and ended up in operation Desert Shield to liberate Kuwait. 

After 10 years, he got out and worked as a policeman and enjoyed interacting with people and dealing with every person uniquely.

Eventually, Jerry joined the SWAT team and took part on 1800 missions, but SWAT was not like being a patrolman, he missed the interaction with the public.

So photography was a way to re-connect with people and bring out there story through getting the right shot. 

That was how J King Images was born and he continues to wow customers with his images.


Apr 21, 2019

Today I met with Diona McIntire, Dr. Tim Boone and Rebecka Kern at Park Street Elementary School. 

Diona McIntire is the principal and is called to help change children's lives. Her passion started from the beginning. She redecorated the school and on this day was wearing pajamas so the children are reminded to get "lots of rest for the test", in preparation for skills testing.

I also spoke with Tim Boone, the secretary of the PTA and coordinator of the 75th Anniversary Gala and Rebecka Kern, the PTA president and a mom of a student at the school.

Checkout the gala and the programs at this school. They are always looking for help and it is a special place. 

Attend the Park St Gala

Park Street's Website


Apr 12, 2019

In our second update, Stace Huff and Amanda Seals talk about the process of getting 6 homeowners to agree to have 4,000 people tour their homes.

Does it help that Stace is a therapist? You bet!

Forest Hills is a terrific place for this year's Marietta Pilgrimage. It has lovely homes that harken back to days when the roads into Marietta were dirt and central air conditioning was only a dream.


Mar 30, 2019

The Marietta Pilgrimage is a huge part of Marietta. Every first weekend in December, thousands come to see some of .

This year is no different. Forest Hills neighborhood is the choice for 2019. This neighborhood began in 1928 and continues as an area of cute homes that were homes for Marietta merchants.

Get this special behind the scenes glimpse into the process of creating the pilgrimage tour.



Mar 23, 2019

We at Marietta Stories are obsessed with maintaining a sense of community in our crazy social media world. Well, Jean Parker, Sarah Bullington, Emily Hogarth, her husband Wes, Robin Plett and a bunch of other folks allowed me to tag along to one of their progressive dinners. They also made the night of “the giving kitchen” ( a non-profit created to help people in the restaurant service industry, with a $1000 check.


Enjoy the journey from appetizers to dessert and learn about this community of people that make Maple Ave one of the gems of the Marietta.

Feb 22, 2019

Bill catches up with all the dance teams prior to the Dancing with the Stars of Marietta show. He also meets some of the young dancers from Georgia Metro Dance Theatre (did I mention this was a fundraiser for this worthy cause), as well as witnessing some behind the scenes jitters from the teams.


Bill also catches up with the artistic director for the theatre, Ashleigh Whitworth and we discuss the importance of dance in children’s development. 


Who won? You will just have to listen.


Send your tax deductible contribution to:

Jan 31, 2019

You know Sam Rambo from Rambo Nursery and Glover Park Brewery, but did you know Sam and his wife Hannah volunteered to be contestants on Dancing with the Stars of Marietta?


Well they did and Marietta Stories Podcast got a special sneak peak of the practice. Gray Stoner, the assistant artistic director of Georgia Metro Dance Theatre led Team #5 with her choreography.


Will they win? Come to the competition on Saturday, 2/9/19 at the Marietta Strand and support the Georgia Metro Dance Theatre to find out!


Tickets are available at:

Jan 5, 2019

Michael Shaffer traveled to rural southwest Virginia for a church history talk; the story of a Methodist church that was built a year after the Civil War ended. Afterwards, an older lady presented a trunk full of papers and letters from Tom Colley, her relative who spent years as a member of the 1st Virginia Cavalry. She asked Michael to take the materials and create a book. Michael agreed on the spot. 


From that trunk of materials, Michael Shaffer began piecing together Tom Colley’s story into the book, “Of Memory of Self and Comrades.” This collection of letters recounts Tom Colley’s service in the including his near death experience on the battlefield as well as the demons that appeared long after the bullets stopped.


Michael and Bill also discuss ways to tell the story of the South and the recent controversy over Confederate monuments. 


Michael’s Website


Amazon book link

Dec 1, 2018

Theresa Jenkins started the Marietta Pilgrimage in 1987, and has grown from 700 visitors the first year to over 4,000 this year. 


I caught up with her at the Pilgrimage Gala, a black tie fundraiser on the Friday evening before the two-day tour event. 

Nov 27, 2018

Terri Hendricks and Patricia Kapotes found themselves at a crossroads. They divorced around the same time and realized their financial support was running out. They both decided that running a local shop that celebrates good design and local pride was what they needed to do. 


They were lucky in finding a spot on the Marietta Square on Church Street and took the leap, worrying not if they failed, but what if they didn’t try it.


Their were several challenges along the way: a building that was not in good shape, finding stuff that people wanted to buy and foot traffic on the Square was not where it needed to be. 


That was three years ago. 


Today, Market with a B is a thriving business that brings together people and businesses that give back and makes folks smile.

Nov 18, 2018

Sherry and Dee podcast about topics that everyone should be discussing, but aren’t. It all started when, as co-workers, they found themselves engaged in hysterical and unusual conversation about research on fecal transplants and poop. 


That discussion was confirmation for the two that their mutual shared interest in all things health and wellness and comfortable banter would be fun for others too. 


They started the Southern Fried Girlfriends podcast last year and are having those discussions between themselves and with experts in different fields. Season 1 featured emotional health topics including modern mothering, divorce and loss, nutrition and health topics like dietary fats and healthy cooking, and they end every show with the question, “what’s one thing you’re going to do today to be healthier?” Sherry and Dee are ready for season 2 with plans to tackle subjects like sex trafficking, abuse and alcohol. Listen up…

Nov 11, 2018

Kristen Beaudin and Natalie Wilson are remaking they way they educate kids at Hickory Hills Elementary School. Their passion and strong relationship allowed them to ask, how can we better serve the needs of our children? 


Armed with ideas and a supportive front office (thanks superintendent Grant Rivera), they embarked on Hickory Corner, a 4 step way to serve the 387 children. 


You can help! Volunteer today and spread the word about this outstanding program. 


Hickory Hills Office





Kristen’s Email


Natalie’s Email

Nov 3, 2018

One of Hank DuPre’s ancestor on his Mom's side was the first mayor of Marietta. On his Dad's side were business owners on the square. Now along with another OM (Old Marietta) Sam Rambo, they opened a brewery and social gathering place named after Hank’s ancestor, Glover Park Brewery.

This episode is full of stories: Hank and Sam's relationship, the building’s fascinating history, and Hank and Sam's beer brewing journey (thanks to brewmaster, Kevin McNerney).

Hank and Sam are lifelong friends that created a gathering place where all Mariettians can watch a game, have a brew, play with your dog or just hang out. 

Oct 26, 2018

I catch up with Raul Thomas of Marietta Theatre in the Square and Blaine Clotfelter of Marietta Theatre Company. They give us the low down on the latest shows and the upcoming season. Please support live theatre in Marietta!

Oct 15, 2018

How does a small town girl end up in commercial banking and owning her own small business?

Christal McNair worked hard, that's how. She also paid attention from her commercial banker contacts and learned how to build a business.

Studio Bungee was born from all the lessons she learned.

Her business makes sure their clients get a great workout, regardless of their limitations (she has a bad back) in only 30 minutes.

Christal doesn't stop with being a small business owner. She volunteers and is a member of Cobb Chamber, Board chair of Center for Family Resources, Cobb Executive Women, Kiwanis and Marietta Business Association. 


999 Whitlock Ave, Suite 3

Marietta, GA 30064




Oct 7, 2018

Shahid Hussain is working it. He made the USA his home 3 years ago, from England. Marietta was chosen as a spot close (but not too close) to his in-laws in Charleston, South Carolina.

He started a small business, Kvalito and has adapted it from a knick-knack store to more of a design studio. T-shirts, monograms, car wraps (yeah that's a thing) pretty much anything you need to help your local business get noticed.

Shahid also helps the community. He sponsored a local football and recently sponsored an anti-bullying event at the store. 

I think he is on to something. I like to be able to discuss my designs with someone instead of just ordering online and hoping it looks good!


Sep 30, 2018

Kaaren Tramonte of Blendin Georgia followed her curiosity. She knows everything about Powder Springs’ history, but she was intrigued with Hangman’s Hill off of Kennesaw Avenue in Marietta. 


So she did her research (it’s in a private homes yard) and went on and found the details to area where convicted criminals were hanged in Cobb County. 


Albert Lingo’s story was really cool and I followed up my interview with Christa McCay of Marietta Museum of History. Why kill his brother-in-law in broad daylight? Why did he want to take his sister’s husband away?Why did he want to be buried in a walnut casket?


 Interesting stuff…


Kaaren Tramonte Website


Christa McCay’s October Cemetery Tours

Sep 15, 2018

Megan can now see the beauty in her everyday life, but there was a time when that was a struggle. 11 years ago, when her daughter and first child was born with severe allergies, she struggled to make it through each day. 


During this time of being a new mom to a child with elevated needs, she began capturing photos in the every day moments with her daughter. Through this passion she realized she was capturing so much beauty in the hard moments.


As she continued to push herself artistically as a documentary storyteller, she began her photography business after she lost her mom to a terminal illness. Her work began to receive recognition in photography groups, publications and was featured in art gallery shows. 


After taking time to plant roots in Marietta and spending more time with her family, Megan is back taking photos with a new passion for film photography and has started a healthy living business.  





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