Buzz: ‘Dub’ Darville retiring at Shorter. Another 411 Connector open house set for Feb. 26 in Cartersville; ’roundabouts’ part of the plan. Mary Louise Lever’s spin on cheesecake takes the cheese (and first place).

Buzz: ‘Dub’ Darville retiring at Shorter. Another 411 Connector open house set for Feb. 26 in Cartersville; ’roundabouts’ part of the plan. Mary Louise Lever’s spin on cheesecake takes the cheese (and first place).


‘Dub’ Darville retiring from Shorter this spring: For more than three decades, Dub Darville has been a rock on “The Hill,” Shorter University. The rock plans to leave soon after spring graduation. The decision in his words:

“I began collegiate teaching at Columbus State University in 1976 at the ripe old age of 23. 43 years later, I still love it.

This last Wednesday, I informed the university administration that I am retiring this May 31, ending 34 of the most wonderful years of my life. Yes, there have been ups and downs, but no job or place is perfect, because people, all of whom are imperfect, make up every institution. The grapevine is always much shorter (no pun intended) than one imagines, hence this Facebook post, as I want everyone to hear this from me.

There is no way to list all those who have made this journey incredible, and I certainly do not want to leave anyone out, but Betty Zane Morris, Terry R. Morris. Alan BWingard, John and Helen Ramsaur, Mary Ann and Bill Knight, Greg Richardson, Harold Newman, John Rivest, Phoebe Pomeroy, Katharine Lovvorn, Tom Lagow, Thelma and Wilson Hall, Sara Wingard, Paulina Noble, Craig Allee, Wayne and Marsha Dempsey, and so many more, took me in, loved me, mentored me, and helped me become a better listener and teacher, and I am eternally grateful.

My students, too numerous to list here, have been the joy of my life. Shorter afforded me the opportunity not only to teach, but also to share my faith and demonstrate that being a Christian and academic are not mutually exclusive events. The fact that I am ordained minister I tried to keep hidden,not because I am ashamed of the fact, but so that students would not presume to know what I thought or what i would say in any given situation. Throughout the 34 years, I have had the joy and privilege of witnessing so many of my students come to.

Christ, deepen their relationship with Christ, become pastors, missionaries, and living witnesses of Christ in their chosen professions. What a joy! I have had the unique joy of performing over 50 wedding ceremonies for my students, becoming their parent, grandfather to their children, some of whom call me uncle or Grandpa Dub. God has always been at work at Shorter, and I am grateful He allowed me to join Him in His work there.

I cannot think of anything more rewarding that I could have done with my life than this. To all my students, former and current, I love you. Thank you for being part of my life and allowing me to be a part of yours. To those faculty and staff that took me in, I love you more than you know for all your support these years. To Rome, Georgia, thank you for being a part of helping me to grow the business department, hire my students, create internships galore for them, support our endeavors with your time, talent, and finances. I am deeply indebted to the late Robert H. Ledbetter (Betty Ledbetter, David D. Ledbetter, Ernest Wright Ledbetter, Robert Ledbetter (Bob)) and your family for establishing the Ledbetter College of Business.

I am not moving and will still be involved in the Rome community. I will forever love Shorter College and Shorter University. May God richly bless Rome and Shorter.”

Mary Louise Lever is back in the kitchen creating stuff that should be illegal. That’s another first place win for foodie queen Mary Louise Lever, this time for Tuscan Style Gorgonzola Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Thyme Salsa. Sponsored by Stella Cheese. Here’s the scoop:

“The Stella Cheese contest had to include a photo with recipe and as we know, there are hundreds who enter food contests.  Stella Cheeses called me to tell me that I won and informed me they had 12 culinary pros/chefs who judged and then selected/cooked 25 of the 450 recipe entries.  Furthermore, she stated the judges said my recipe was “hands down” the best and most creative use of Stella Cheeses. It is always a thrill to hear that sort of review on my culinary talents. This is the first contest I have entered in a long time. Insert a ‘cheezy’ smile here!”

You can view the Stella Cheese recipe here.

And it wouldn’t be a Mary Louise update without the closing line: “Bon Appetit, Y’all!”


The latest in a series of public “open houses” on the 411 Connector — currently branded as the Rome Cartersville Development Corridor — is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.  26, at Faith United Methodist Church, 501 Grassdale Road in Cartersville. The format for the previous open house sessions has been as follows: There is no formal presentation from the state Department of Transportation of others. Instead, guests are invited to talk individually with DOT engineers and others on site about the project. One of the updates to the corridor design is the use of “roundabouts” at key intersections. Additional background from Georgia DOT and route maps: Corridor website.

The latest DOT summary of the project includes this improvised chronology:

  • Mid 1970s: An improved connection between US 411 and I-75 in Bartow County was first identified as a need. Concurrent with the initial construction of I-75, U.S. 41 was replaced as the major arterial from Bartow County to greater metropolitan Atlanta, functioning instead as a direct connection between U.S. 411 and I-75.
  • Mid 1980s: Over the years, an increase in commercial development and population have resulted in rising levels of congestion. Based on recommendations from a feasibility study, extensive roadway improvements were identified to address travel needs in the project area. As a result, the former U.S. 411 Connector Project began.
  • 1989-93: An Environmental Impact Statement was created and approved by the Federal Highway Administration in 1989 but was overturned in court in 1993.
  • 2003: A decade later, the project was revisited when a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was started for the project.
  • 2008: Five years later, the highway administration signed the last environmental study.
  • 2014: Six years later,  the U.S. 411 Connector Project was stalled because of environmental concerns, as a manganese mine was located within the project corridor and eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Stakeholders from Bartow and Floyd Counties requested help of state officials to move the project towards implementation, while avoiding any impacts to historic resources. (Everyone is familiar with the ensuing legal battles here).
  • 2015: The U.S. 411 Connector Project was reimagined as the Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor. Based on a feasibility study and in cooperation with local stakeholders, new preliminary alternatives were identified that would support the needs of the Bartow and Floyd County communities. (The project’s cost is now estimated at more than $100 million, per The Daily Tribune News of Cartersville).
  • 2019: Another community open house is set for Feb. 26.


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