You Know You’re From Georgia If…

You know you're from Georgia

Obviously you know if you’re from Georgia. Whether you’re born and raised, just raised, or you moved here and are making up for lost time, a Georgian is a Georgian. But if you catch yourself doing some of the following, if you can nod knowingly, then you can know you’re truly from Georgia, regardless of how you came to be here.

  • If your own twin brother is 30 seconds older than you, you probably fight the compulsion to call him “sir.”
  • You listen to the weather forecast before getting dressed. Bonus points if you’ve brought an alternate set of clothes for later.
  • Stores don’t have bags or shopping carts, they have sacks and buggies.
  • You’ve been attacked by fire ants and lived to tell the tale.
  • Fried chicken is a major part of your diet and you know the best place in Georgia to get it (and no one else quite agrees with you where that place is).
  • You can properly pronounce Senoia, DeKalb, Dahlonega, Buena Vista, Chickamauga, Valdosta, Okefenokee, and La Fayette.
  • Coca Cola is a big deal in Georgia. It was invented in 1886 in Atlanta by John Pemberton. Any Georgia schoolchild can tell you that.
  • Speaking of Coke, every carbonated beverage is a Coke. Sprite? Coke. Dr. Pepper? Coke. Coca Cola? Definitely a Coke.
  • If you don’t want a Coke, of whatever variety, you can always order and iced tea. If a restaurant doesn’t have iced tea, they’re doing something wrong.
  • A Lexus or BMW aren’t status symbols – a Chevy Silverado Extended Bed Crew Cab is. You also know that SouthTowne Motors is the place to shop for a new truck.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a truck, SUV, or sedan and to learn more about Chevy models and you’ll see first hand why you should buy a Chevrolet.

Get Your Valentine a Silverado

Does your Valentine deserve something extra special this year? Why not get them a new 2018 Silverado? When you’re looking at a new Chevy truck, you have a ton of trim levels to choose from. When you stop by SouthTowne Motors today, test drive the new 2018 Silverado 1500 with the crew cab and short box. This is the perfect truck for those who need to haul things for the yard but don’t want a huge truck.

Engine and Transmission

The Silverado 1500 features a 5.3-liter V-8 EcoTec3 engine with direct injection, variable valve timing and active fuel management. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features powertrain grade braking and cruise grade braking. This combination gets 16 mpg* in the city and 23 mpg* on the highway.

Additional features include an external engine oil cooler, an auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, a heavy-duty battery with 720 cold cranking amps and rundown protection, electric power-assist steering and four-wheel ABS disc brakes with Duralife rotors.

Safety Features

Safety features include daytime running lights with automatic exterior lamp control, StabiliTrak with proactive roll avoidance, traction control, hill start assist and trailer sway control, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, a tire pressure monitoring system, OnStar Directions and Connections for six months, dual stage front and side impact airbags, head curtain and seat mounted side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, and front and rear outboard seating airbags with a passenger sensing system.

Interior Features

Interior features include leather appointed seats, heated front seats, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, two-way power lumbar control, driver seat memory for two drivers, adjustable head restraints, a floor console, cooled front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, tilt and telescopic steering column, driver information center, 4.2-inch color display, express up and drown driver’s window, express down on all other windows, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, dual zone automatic climate control, auto dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors and a 110-volt A/C power outlet.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive the new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to learn more about this truck’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment systems.

Must-See February Events Around Newnan

Head out for fun and adventure this February with one of these fun events happening in Georgia.

Sips Under the Sea – February 9

Adults can wander the Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea, with romantic tunes and a Valentine’s Day theme. Doors open for general admission at 7:00pm. VIP guests receive early entry at 6:00pm. VIP Guests will also enjoy two drink tickets and two tickets for small plates/tapas that are served at the event. The event is reserved for those 21 and over. Learn more here.

Valentine’s Day – February 14

Valentine’s Day is going to be celebrated nationwide on February 14, and the Atlanta area is no exception. Some of the best deals in town center on dining specials at local eateries.

Try the iconic Polaris Restaurant at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, which will be serving a special Valentine’s Day menu of four courses for a price of $85 per person. This includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. There will be a guitar and violin duo providing live music. Reservations are accepted.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails also has a Valentine’s Day special planned. Chef Todd Richards will offer a four course meal at the 5th Annual “An Evening with French Reds.” It costs $65 per person. Reservations are accepted.

The Venetian Room is participating as well. Their meal costs $75 per person. Reservations are being accepted.

If you have a favorite restaurant, look them up to see if they are offering a special. Chances are, they’ll probably have something for you and your date.

Georgia National Rodeo – February 22-24

Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in riding, roping, racing, steer wrestling, and bull fighting at Georgia National Rodeo in Perry. The event runs all weekend and besides the shows includes concessions, exhibits, and even a petting zoo for kids.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show – February 23-25

See thousands of plants, small garden displays, and prize winners at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show at Atlanta Botanical Garden.The indoor show will be a feast for the senses, highlighting the beauty and fragrance of thousands of plants. During the flower show, visitors also may explore the Garden’s winter landscape as well as its annual Orchid Daze exhibition inside the Fuqua Orchid Center.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Before you hit the road for fun this February, stop in at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, to make sure that your car is ready for the road. From auto sales and service to parts and accessories, SouthTowne Motors has what you need.

Take a Weekend Resort Getaway

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t hit the road to somewhere fun. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can get out of town. Sometimes that’s all you need: a breath of fresh air.

This mountain resort destination is perfect if you don’t have a lot of time. If you’re in the Atlanta metro area, like SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, all you need is a free weekend.

Check out Forrest Hills Mountain Resort the next time you need to get away from it all. The perfect combination of natural beauty, peaceful solitude, and all the conveniences and comforts of home, Forrest Hills Mountain Resort should be on your radar.

It’s the kind of hidden gem you might be surprised to find in the state of Georgia, one that experiences snowfall on average more than the rest of the state. Nestled in the mountains near Dahlonega, Georgia, it forms the backdrop for a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

Enjoy such diversions as a horseback ride (there’s an onsite horse stable called Gold City Corral) to the awesome hiking trails. Whether by horse or foot, the trails pass by some spectacular waterfalls in the forests.

The rooms are deluxe and cozy with well-appointed decor that will make you feel like you’re in an upscale cabin. Most rooms even have a private hot tub.

The public dining room is intimate and relaxing and serves up some delicious food for guests.

Do yourself a favor and book your room today, then drive up in a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle. If you are not ready for a new vehicle, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Items You Should Have in Your Car to be Ready for Any Situation

You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle during all seasons so you are ready for any situation. This means more than a small first aid kit. As a matter of fact, the smaller first aid kits are not enough – you should have a larger kit with supplies to handle most minor emergencies including stitches. Even if you just bought a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors or had your vehicle serviced and feel confident that it won’t break down, you should have emergency supplies. You never know when someone could cause an accident involving you.

First Aid Kit

The first aid kit should have several different sized bandages, bandage tape, an Ace bandage, antibacterial cream, eyewash, a needle and thread, safety pins, glue, tweezers, burn cream, alcohol pads, cotton balls and wipes at a minimum. Add a clean towel and washcloth or a couple of smaller towels so you can clean wounds or use them as compresses to stop bleeding.

Extra Clothing

In the winter, you should have extra coats, gloves and hats for everyone. During all seasons, you should have blankets for everyone, though it is more important to have them during the cooler months in the event you get stranded and help isn’t near by. You’ll eventually run out of gas and the extra blankets and jackets will help keep everyone warm.

Food

Always keep high energy, non-perishable food in the vehicle. Granola bars, chocolate bars in the winter, trail mix or anything else that won’t go bad for a month or so in the vehicle should be packed. Rotate the food stores every month or two, depending on what you are keeping. You should also keep enough bottled water so that each person has two bottles in the vehicle. Rotate the water every month so that it stays fresh.

Other Items

Keep a fire starting kit in your vehicle. Don’t rely on a lighter or matches as those can get wet. If you do get stranded in the woods, you’ll be able to make a fire for warmth or to signal for help. If you often travel in uninhabited places, a tarp to use as protection and to keep things dry will also be handy. A knife will always be handy — just be sure it’s a good, sharp knife.

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Call or stop by SouthTowne Motors to make a service appointment for your vehicle so that you lessen the chances of being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Add a SouthTowne Vehicle to Your Wishlist

Christmas is right around the corner and that of course means that you’ve got to consider who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this past year. If you’ve got someone extra special in your life who you think deserves an extra special gift, consider getting them a new or pre-owned vehicle from your Newnan auto dealership, SouthTowne Motors. Besides a vehicle, most everyone appreciates thoughtful accessories to enhance their driving experience.

Put a New Vehicle Under the Tree

Stop by SouthTowne Motors this December to check out our inventory of new and pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. A vehicle makes for the ultimate gift, but be sure to get your shopping done early so you can have it in the driveway in time for Christmas. Then again, you can always drop in before or after Christmas with that special someone and let them test drive some vehicles so they can pick out one for themselves.

Ideas for the Interior

Choose from all-weather floor mats, illuminated or non-illuminated door sills, cargo protectors, cargo nets, a console safe or cargo locks. Cargo locks hook onto the carpet with Velcro and can be moved around to accommodate the size of the item or items you want to hold in place. Additional ideas include an ash/coin cup, gear shift knobs and sport pedals.

Ideas for the Exterior

You’ll find many ideas for the exterior of your recipient’s vehicle, including covers, protectors, body kits, deflectors, deck lid panels, exhaust tips, door handles, locking fuel plugs, aluminum fuel doors, racks, mirrors, carriers, grilles, graphics, trim kits, stripes, scoops, louvres, running boards, splash guards, sliding rear windows, spoilers, step bars and trailer towing accessories.

Electronics

You can add features to a car or truck if it did not come with those features. This includes auto-dimming rearview mirrors and keyless entry. In addition, manufacturers also carries audio accessories, DVD systems, lights, parking assist systems, phone products, speed control, remote start, security systems, alarms, perimeter security systems and remote access.

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Be sure to visit SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to pick up a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service or maintenance.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Atlanta

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Celebrate German culture in Atlanta this October with local Oktoberfest celebrations. You don’t have to be German to enjoy the good times, good food, and better beer!

Official Oktoberfest of Atlanta

On Saturday, October 15, check out Atlanta’s official yearly Oktoberfest, which runs from 1:00pm to 7:oopm. Billed as Atlanta’s biggest German-themed party, visitors can enjoy a variety of cold beers, German cuisine, live polka music, and plenty of games, activities, and contests (like Giant Jenga, Super-sized Connect Four, cornhole, and ladder ball).

General admission costs $15 and includes entry, a souvenir 22 oz beer stein, and your first beverage free of charge.

VIP admission is available for $60 and includes the souvenir 22 oz beer stein, four complimentary beers, a commemorative t-shirt, complimentary meal voucher, and access to the VIP area with preferred seating and the VIP beer line.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Der Biergarten Restaurant

If you can’t make it out on October 15, celebrate German heritage in Atlanta at Der Biergarten’s annual and authentic Oktoberfest.

Starting September 17 and running through October 22, Der Biergarten brings even more Bavarian culture to their restaurant. Featuring plenty of good beer, good food, and great live music, this Oktoberfest is a celebration for everyone — not just those with German surnames.

Head to 300 Marietta Street NW. Enjoy the traditional tapping of the keg every Saturday night at 6:30.

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Go to Oktoberfest in style in a brand new car from SouthTowne Motors. For new and used auto sales, service, and accessories, visit SouthTowne Motors today. Ask your salesperson if there are any specials or sales going on.

The New Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

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In the past, luxury cars like Cadillac were synonymous with poor fuel economy. However, with the advances in technology, they have smaller motors with enough horsepower and still have all of the luxuries you come to expect from a luxury model. However, you can really have the best of both worlds when Cadillac releases the new CT6 to dealerships like SouthTowne Motors.

Borrowed Volt Technology

The new Cadillac CT6 is a full-size sedan and is a plug-in hybrid. The new model was announced at the Shanghai motor show. The new model will make 335 horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque while doubling the fuel economy of the conventional engine.

The CT6 features an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack behind the rear seat and in front of the trunk. The battery features 192 pouch cells – the same chemistry you’ll find in the new battery that comes with the Chevrolet Volt. You can charge this battery pack at a 120-volt or a 240-volt outlet.

A new rear-wheel electric variable transmission (EVT) will back up the engine, giving the CT6 fast and smooth takeoffs. The EVT system uses two motors and three planetary gears. The gas engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger.

The CT6 features three driving modes: normal, sport and hold. Use normal for every day driving; use sport for more aggressive medal mapping and use hold to reserve battery use.

The CT6 will be available at the end of 2015. Cadillac has not yet released the range of the electric portion, nor has it released pricing yet.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors or keep your eye on this space for more information about the CT6 as it becomes available including more about the range, pricing, trim levels, convenience features, safety features and entertainment features for each trim level.

April Events in Newnan

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Before you head out for this April’s events, be sure your vehicle has been serviced. Or, if you are thinking about buying a new vehicle, get it now so you can ride to the events in style. Stop by or call SouthTowne Motors today for a service appointment or to pick out a new vehicle, and then head out for some fun.

Taste of Newman

The Taste of Newman is downtown’s largest event and one that you can’t miss. The event is held once in the spring and again in the fall. Over 7,000 people visit to partake of samples from over 40 local food vendors. Be sure you have plenty of tickets. Each ticket is $1 and each “taste” costs between 1 and 10 tickets.

The Taste of Newman starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. and is held on North and South Court Square. Besides tasting food and drink from the vendors, enjoy live entertainment on two stages, a Kids Zone with rides and games, face painting and more.

If you don’t want to wait with the crowd to purchase tickets, you can purchase tokens at many downtown locations. Ticket sales end at noon on April 16, 2015, the day of the festival. There is no admission charge.

You can find free parking along any of the streets downtown and it public parking lots at 13 Lagrange Street, 25 Lagrange Street, 22 Spring Street, 6 First Avenue, 50 East Broad Street, 65 East Broad Street, 41 East Washington Street, and 22 East Broad Street.

Pickin on the Square

Visit the Court House Square in downtown Newman on the first and third Saturdays of the month to enjoy this event. Listen to local musicians, enjoy Market Day, or even participate in the festival. While there isn’t a dedicated time for the event, musicians usually arrive around 10:00 a.m. and stay until 2:00 p.m. If you do want to play or meet someone to play with, the event is acoustic only. You can find free public parking on the streets of downtown or in any of the public parking lots.

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Everglades National Park Road Trip

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One of the best road trips you can take is to the Everglades National Park. The park is located in the tip of southern Florida; and it has a deep history. At one point, citizens started draining the Everglades so that the land would be more useful. It was soon realized that the drainage project was destroying the fragile ecosystem and drainage and construction were halted.

Create a Tradition

The Everglades Ecosystem is home to over 350 different species of documented birds. When you take a road trip in your new SouthTowne Motors car, watch for some of the rare species. Make a tradition of visiting every year so that you can see your favorite birds.

Old Highways

Two of the old highways are still in place – at least parts of them. The Old Ingraham Highway that led to Royal Palm State Park was completed by the time the park was dedicated in 1916. While it was supposed to be part of a railroad project, it was determined that a better route existed. However, James E. Ingraham wanted to continue the highway for the growth in agriculture and development for the Everglades.

By 1922 a large portion of the original proposed route was completed, but not to Cape Sable as planned. The Homestead Canal was tied to the highway and was used as drainage for the road. The canal, about 50 miles long, runs along the road until Coot Bay/Mud Lake. The old road is now part of new roads that run from Florida City to Flamingo. Some of the highway is now park administrative roads or trails; and some of it has been removed so that the landscape could be restored.

The Tamiami Trail runs from Fort Myers to Dade County. Construction began in 1915 and each district along the way built their part of the trail. This trail/road and its accompanying canal took 13 years to complete. The Tamiami Trail helped with the development of the interior of the Everglades and the accessibility of the area. Since the trail’s development disrupted the natural flow of water, many Miccosukee and Seminole villages were created along the tail – this native people served as tourist guides and hunting guides as the Everglades was their home.

Call SouthTowne Motors

Before you head out on a road trip to South Florida and the Everglades, call SouthTowne Motors for an appointment to have your vehicle serviced for this extensive road trip.