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Bigg Dandys Feature Story

Bigg Daddy’s restaurant in downtown Cornelia is a restaurant many students go to on a weekly basis with its’ hometown restaurant feel, and the home-style foods that are served there. 

“It is a homestyle restaurant, and we are always changing our menu to accommodate our guests,” said manager and bartender Sara Alexander. “Our wings and burgers seem to be our most popular food choices, so that’s what we’re known for.”

With two restaurants both located in the North Georgia mountain towns of Cornelia and Helen, the restaurant attracts both locals of the area, and also tourists from all around the country. 

“Our location here in Cornelia is where you see more local people from the area, and the Helen location is where mostly tourist stop by and eat.,” said Alexander.

In Cornelia, the upstairs is comprised of the classic restaurant layout with a bar located in one corner of the large establishment. Here is where guests are served their meal or alcoholic drinks, and are treated to 12 flatscreen televisions that have live sports playing 24/7. Downstairs boasts a newly implemented club-type atmosphere that attracts the younger crowd who are looking for a night out. Headlined by their famous wings and amazing burgers, there is no shortage of variety in their menu.

“I’ve been going to Bigg Daddy’s since my freshman year,” said senior marketing major Brandon Gregory. “Everyone who goes to Piedmont, and people who live in the area are very familiar with Bigg Daddy’s.”

Opened about five years ago, the staff at Bigg Daddy’s is one that is rather young, and this is done on purpose to give opportunities to youth in the area to start in the working field. 

“We have a pretty young staff,” said Alexander. “I think I’m the oldest person working here. It teaches kids responsibility and holds them accountable. It also gives them the experience they need for when they start working in their career field.”

The restaurant not only attracts young workers, but also young customers.

“I frequently go to Bigg Daddy’s,” said Senior exercise science major Anteca Hill. “It has definitely been one of my go-to restaurants in the Habersham area.”

Jamie Jimison Profile Story

Wife, kids, and track and field, this is all Jamie Jimison needs to have a happy life.

“I’ve always enjoyed teaching people and trying to help people do the right things,” Jimison said. “Learn from the things I did right and the things I did wrong.”

The current Director of Track and Field and Cross Country,  Jimison always knew coaching was what he wanted to do, but he never could have imagined how much of an impact he would have on the lives of others. Entering his 3rd year as head of the Piedmont University program, Jimison is no stranger to success, and his track record shows. Having coached 33 NAIA All-Americans and three National Champions is just a sliver of the potential of athletes that he had tapped into before arriving to Piedmont. While here, Jimison has helped lead the Lions women’s and men’s teams to the USA South Conference Championship in 2021. He was also named the USA South “Coach of the Year” . Jimsion cites success in coaching to his love of teaching people.

 

“I have always gravitated towards the institutional and educational side of things,” Jimison said. “Even when I was young, I was always a person who looked deeper than the athletic side of things, and wanted to know why we could do these things and how can I teach people to be better.” Jimsion has done just that at Piedmont, as last year he coached Alvin Jacobs to his 2nd appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship meet. Off the track, Jimison says that his family pushed him to be a better person and teacher, daily.

“My wife and I met in college when I was a cross country runner and she was a soccer player,” Jimison said. “ Our trail ran around the soccer field and I told myself that I had to meet her, and the rest is history.”  The couple now have three children, Jensen, Juliet and Jaren. Jimison admitted it’s difficult for him and his wife to balance their busy careers with raising three children, but they make sure that every moment spent not working is a moment in which they both spend time with their family. Jimison has already made a major impact in his coaching career, and he hopes his teaching will stick with those he encounters for years to come. “I have always gravitated towards coaching, even as a high schooler coaching a little league baseball team,” he said.  “It’s just something I am really invested in.”

I am Ant Jordan

My name is Anthony Wade Jordan, and I was born and raised in a small town called Adel, Georgia. Born on June 28, 2000, I was often called a “miracle baby” due to how old my parents were when my mother first discovered she was pregnant. Born to a mother who was 39 and a father who was 45, I was raised as many would call an “old soul”. I had 4 older siblings including 3 sisters on my dad’s side, and one brother on my mom’s side. However, I grew up feeling like an only child due to the age difference between my siblings and I. I often resorted to playing video games and riding my bike around the neighborhood to entertain myself. I always made good grade when in school due to my parents telling me that I could get anything I wanted from them just as long as I had a good report card.

Growing up fr me was easy and carefree and my parents did everything they could to keep me happy. Once I got to high school is where I moved from being an introvert to an extrovert. I decided to make new friends, join clubs, and most importantly start to take more chances by becoming more invested in my sports. After running track and playing football my sophomore year, I hit a crossroads. I loved football, but I just knew it wasn’t the sport for me, but I was afraid to tell my father. Once I mustered up the courage to tell him I had a pleasant surprise when he told me that he would support me in any and everything I chose to do. The only thing he asked was for me to graduate and move on to be somebody in life. However, high school was not always joyous.

My dad’s health was on a rapid decline, and as much as I saw it I tried to keep him upbeat and smiling like he always was. I knew that heart problems were a complicated matter, but I also knew my father was a God-Fearing and strong person. As time went on, hospital visits were now the regular, along with trips to the doctor with him, but throughout all that I would still come home from school and see the smile on his face that brought me joy. However, April 10, 2018 would be the last time I would see that smile as he passed the next day unexpectedly. I had a decision to make and that’s when I chose to keep his spirit alive by getting may degree from Piedmont. I wanted to be away from home, but not too far in order to be close to my widowed mother. I also fell I love with Piedmont because if its’ small size that emphasized that you would get attention from professors. Running track here and being a Lion is an amazing experience that I will cherish forever. I love this school and I’m so glad I decided on it as my home for the past four years.

My father Glen Jordan and I on Easter 2017