Cooky King helps put Adairsville on the map
by Mark Andrews
Mar 04, 2012 | 1934 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cooky King is the director of the Adairsville Welcome Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Cooky King is the director of the Adairsville Welcome Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Anyone dropping by Adairsville is likely to be greeted by Cooky King, director of the Adairsville Welcome Center, with a smile. Encouraging tourism through her love and knowledge of history, King said the Welcome Center is gearing up for an annual event that draws everyone, from history buffs to fans of Southern food, to the historic Adairsville square.

"Adairsville will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase on Saturday, April 14. We will be having Heritage Day on the downtown square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be old fashion games, good home style food, demonstrations of old arts, a movie double feature and lots of fun. We would love to have everyone come out and join us," King said.

Name: Cooky King

Occupation: Adairsville Welcome Center Director

City of Residence: Adairsville

Family: Husband Bruce King; children, Ariel King and Abbi King

How long have you been with Adairsville Welcome Center and what drew you to this line of work?

A: Officially I have worked here for one year, but I volunteered for a year before that. I have always loved history, so I started volunteering for local historic sites when I was still a kid. From there I went into museum work, and then I progressed into the tourism industry. Working for the Adairsville Welcome Center allows me to do a little of both since I get to assist the museum staff with projects from time to time.

What is your favorite aspect of working with the welcome center?

A: I love helping people and getting to meet and talk with people from all over the world. I learn so much from our guests. It's great.

What role do you feel the visitors center serves for Bartow?

A: We work hard to encourage people to visit Adairsville and Bartow County. When visitors come here, they spend their money for food, souvenirs, gas, etc. That helps the local economy. The center's not just for visitors, however. We serve the local residents as well. We provide information about events, phone numbers, community services and anything else someone might need to know. We even have phone books and packets for people who have just moved into the area.

About how many visitors are seen each year at the center?

A: Last year we had approximately 2,369 visitors, which was more than double the previous year's totals. This year is already showing promise of being even busier.

What is your greatest achievement?

A: Professionally, I feel my greatest achievement is to get Adairsville recognized. When I started here, I kept hearing, "Where's Adairsville?" Finally people are starting to realize Adairsville is a great little town.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I am related to the gangster Pretty Boy Floyd, who actually was born about a mile from where I grew up and lived just across the railroad tracks from the Welcome Center.

Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow?

A: I love being at the depot. I love my job and I find the whole museum to be great fun. The history of Adairsville is fascinating. You would not believe all the great things that have happened here and the famous people who have called this little city home.

What is your favorite restaurant or favorite food?

A: I love the good, old-fashioned country food you find at all the local diners around the area. There is nothing like the "meat and two vegetable" plates.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

A: Well, I always tell people I'm called "Cooky" because I am so sweet. I hope the other two words would be "friendly" and "helpful."

How do you like to spend your spare time?

A: I like spending time with my family, and I do quilling and scherenschnitte.

Do you have a personal philosophy?

A: Smile. Most people won't bite.