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A glance at county, state & federal government services, decisions, and issues that effect East Cobbers.

Attend this week’s SPLOST town hall in East Cobb

Learn more about the upcoming SPLOST at the informational meeting for District 3 from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 at the East Cobb Senior Center. Residents will be able to view project lists and converse with county staff about the various projects. There will be no formal presentations, so participants may drop in any time during the allotted hours.

Cobb residents can visit to review the complete project list for the proposed 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The 2016 SPLOST, if approved by voters in November, will fund such projects as a new regional library, a new fire station, a new police precinct, the renovation and expansion of the Public Safety Training Center, expansion of the North Cobb Senior Center, a Windy Hill/Terrell Mill Connector and sidewalks in Mableton. Each of Cobb’s six cities would also receive a portion of the tax, based on its population, to use for improvement projects.

Additional informational meetings on the proposed 2016 SPLOST are also upcoming.

  • District One
    7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24
    West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • District Two
    7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30
    Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America (large meeting room), 1800 Circle 75 Parkway SE, Atlanta
  • District Four
    7-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2
    Osborne High School, 2451 Favor Rd SW, Marietta

Attend the September 23 fundraiser for Sam Olens

The community is invited to a Cobb Fundraiser and Rally honoring Attorney General Sam Olens at The Georgian Club on Tuesday, September 23, 5-7pm. Contribution levels begin at $1,000. To RSVP contact Caitlyn Cooper at or 404-615-9442. Make checks payable to “Olens for Attorney General” PO Box 7, Marietta, GA 30061.

The Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is Friday


Registration is open for the Fifth Annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, a daylong event on Friday, September 19, that will bring national and state policy experts to the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel to discuss free-market solutions to Georgia’s challenges. The event will be held from 7:30am-3pm at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly, 2450 Galleria Parkway SE.

The only forum of its kind in Georgia, the theme of this year’s event hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute is, “Tearing Down Walls,” a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

This not-to-be-missed event  has been described by state leaders as “the opening shot” to the legislative session and is attended each year by hundreds of legislators, businesspeople and interested citizens.

This year, state and national experts will focus on tearing down the walls to education, tax and health care reform in Georgia. Keynote speakers are Herman Cain, former presidential candidate and popular radio talk show host, and Clint Bolick, director of the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. The day’s events will include a retrospective of the Fall of the Berlin Wall by special guests Tom Harrold, Chuck Clay and Hans Rueffert.

Registration is open to the public; the deadline is Monday, September 15. The cost is $125 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, the agenda and to register, go to  If you have difficulty registering, email

For directions visit requested is Business, Business Casual. No jeans, cut-offs, tennis shoes, collarless sport shirts, shorts or athletic attire.

Cobb County Republican Women’s Club Celebrates Constitution Day September 17


On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. This document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy today.

Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. Senator
Byrd once said, “Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world.” He added the Constitution Day clause to his 2004 federal spending bill because he believed that all citizens should know about their rights as outlined in the Constitution. This clause mandates the teaching of the Constitution in schools that receive federal funds, as
well as federal agencies.

In Georgia, fifth-grade students statewide are required by law to learn the document that Convention President George  Washington described as “. . . the guide which I never will abandon.” For the past six years, the Cobb County Republican  Women’s Club (CCRWC) has provided Constitutions (with flash cards and lesson plans) for students all over Georgia whose
schools ask to participate. “Our founding documents are one common feature that we, as Americans, all share which helps define our American heritage. By providing students a copy of the Constitution, we can instill pride and appreciation in our youth for the rights we are guaranteed and the political framework that has guided our history,” says Barbara Hickey, 2014 CCRWC  president.

In order to better educate our state’s students about this historic and special document, the project is expanding statewide this year. Your financial assistance is needed to help make this happen. For only $1 per student, Georgia students can have their own Constitution.

All contributions are tax-deductible and are payable to Liberty Day Institute, a non-profit organization. Constitutions will be provided by fundraising efforts across the state and dispensed on a “first response basis.” For more information about this  project or to make a donation, please contact Barbara Hickey at 404-276-0808 or

Cobb County traffic at forefront of Kennesaw State University forum Sept. 18

Transportation experts and county decision makers will gather at Kennesaw State University on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6-8:30pm, for a town hall forum to discuss how the Atlanta Braves’ move, along with area growth, will affect traffic and transportation in Cobb County. The forum, “Where’s it going and how are we going to get there?” is sponsored by the Econometric Center and the Small Business Development Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. 

This panel discussion will address concerns from Cobb County residents, government leaders and business owners about upcoming changes in traffic and transportation. Questions will  include:

  • How will the new Braves stadium affect Cobb County traffic?
  • What changes are taking place in auto and air traffic?
  • What are Cobb’s top transportation challenges?
  • How will these changes impact Cobb County businesses and residents?
  • What are possible solutions to Cobb County’s traffic issues?

Featured in the panel will be:

  • Faye Q. DiMassimo, AICP, director, Cobb County Department of Transportation
  • Baruch Feigenbaum, assistant director of transportation policy, Reason Foundation, andsenior fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
  • Malaika Rivers, executive director, Cumberland Community Improvement District

The town hall will be held at Kennesaw State University, KSU Center, Room 400, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144.

The town hall forum is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Meetings to heighten community awareness

The Neighborhood Safety Commission will again host community awareness monthly panel discussions, beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, discussing gang activity. Panel members will include District Attorney Mike Carlson, Police Sgt. Tim Plunkett, Six Flags Recreation Center Manager Leslie Walker and the moderator Kim McCoy. Other upcoming panels and topics:

Wednesday, Oct. 15
Active Shooter

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Teen Pressures

Wednesday, Jan. 21
Be an Educated Driver

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Cultural Diversity

Wednesday, March 18
Emergency Preparedness

Wednesday, April 15
Protecting Our Children

Wednesday, May 20
Mental Health

All of the panels will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. The discussions will also be televised on Government Access Channel TV23.

(Source: Cobb County Government) 


SPLOST informational meetings scheduled

Learn about the upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax list at town hall meetings to be held throughout the county.

Sept. 24 – District 1
West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
7-9 p.m.

Sept. 25 – District 3
East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
7-9 p.m.

Sept. 30
– District 2
Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America (large meeting room)
1800 Circle 75 Parkway, Atlanta
7-9 p.m.

There will be stations at each meeting to help educate attendees on the SPLOST vote in November. More meetings will be scheduled. For additional information and maps please visit

(Source: Cobb County Government)

Nominations for 2014 East Cobb Citizen of the Year Award Sought

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Do you know an individual who is continually working behind the scenes to enhance East Cobb County and help ensure that it is a  special place to live? If you do, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce is seeking the names of community members who, over the years, have given their time to serve the community and have helped to make East Cobb the distinctive place that it is.

The East Cobb Citizen of the Year award, created by Cobb County service clubs and co-sponsored by the Cobb Chamber Area Council and the East Cobb Business Association, has been presented to extraordinary individuals for the work they have done in East Cobb County. Past recipients include Sunny Walker, Don Johnson, Susan Hampton, Johnny Johnson, and Karen Hallacy to name a few.

And through a continued partnership with Cobb County civic and business organizations and the Cobb Chamber Area Councils, the East Cobb Citizen of the Year Award continues to recognize outstanding, service-minded individuals that have exceptionally impacted East Cobb County.

The individual should demonstrate definable, exceptional deeds that showcase a dedication to making East Cobb County a better place to live, work and play. The individual may have a history of impacting the community, in addition to notable impact throughout the course of this year. The individual should be extremely active and hands-on in a Cobb County community and should be easily considered a role model.

The selection for the East Cobb Citizen of the Year recipient does not have to be a member of a specific organization such as the Cobb  Chamber Area Councils, the Cobb Chamber, or a Cobb County business or civic association.

To nominate an individual for East Cobb Citizen of the Year, one must complete a nomination form. For more information or to request a nomination form contact Tya Dawson, Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Programs, Cobb Chamber of Commerce at 770-859-2341 or email All forms must be received by noon, Friday, September 19.


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9/11 by the Numbers


The initial numbers are indelible: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. From there, they ripple out.

Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819
Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
Number of NYPD officers killed : 23
Number of Port Authority police officers killed: 37
Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60
Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658
Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 22
Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
Ratio of men to women who died: 3:1
Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39
Bodies found “intact”: 289
Body parts found: 19,858
Number of families who got no remains: 1,717
Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000
Total units of donated blood actually used: 258
Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20
FDNY retirements, January–July 2001: 274
FDNY retirements, January–July 2002: 661
Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems by January 2002: 300
Number of funerals attended by Rudy Giuliani in 2001: 200
Number of FDNY vehicles destroyed: 98
Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124
Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100
Days the New York Stock Exchange was closed: 6
Point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average when the NYSE reopened: 684.81
Days after 9/11 that the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan: 26
Total number of hate crimes reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations nationwide since 9/11: 1,714
Economic loss to New York in month following the attacks: $105 billion
Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million
Total FEMA money spent on the emergency: $970 million
Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion
Estimated amount of insurance paid worldwide related to 9/11: $40.2 billion
Estimated amount of money needed to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $7.5 billion
Amount of money recently granted by U.S. government to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $4.55 billion
Estimated amount of money raised for funds dedicated to NYPD and FDNY families: $500 million
Percentage of total charity money raised going to FDNY and NYPD families: 25
Average benefit already received by each FDNY and NYPD widow: $1 million
Percentage increase in law-school applications from 2001 to 2002: 17.9
Percentage increase in Peace Corps applications from 2001 to 2002: 40
Percentage increase in CIA applications from 2001 to 2002: 50
Number of songs Clear Channel Radio considered “inappropriate” to play after 9/11: 150
Number of mentions of 9/11 at the Oscars: 26
Apartments in lower Manhattan eligible for asbestos cleanup: 30,000
Number of apartments whose residents have requested cleanup and testing: 4,110
Number of Americans who changed their 2001 holiday-travel plans from plane to train or car: 1.4 million
Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000
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Public is invited to town hall forum at KSU

On Thursday, September 18, from 6-8:30pm, Kennesw SBDC, along with the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University is hosting a Town Hall Forum called Cobb Transportation: Where’s it going and how are we going to get there? The forum will be held at the KSU Center, Room 400, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA.

Considering the Braves’ move, along with growth at Kennesaw State University, Lakepointe Sports Park and McCollum Airport, transportation issues in Cobb County are at a pivotal point.

On Thursday, September 18th from 6 – 8:30pm at the KSU Center, a panel of transportation experts and decision-makers will discuss:

  • Upcoming changes in automobile and aviation traffic
  • Transportation challenges
  • What it means for Cobb County businesses and residents
  • Possible solutions to Cobb County’s traffic issue

Panelists include:

  • Faye Q. DiMassimo, AICP, Director, Cobb County Department of Transportation
  • Baruch Feigenbaum, Assistant Director of Transportation Policy, Reason Foundation, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
  • Malaika Rivers, Executive Director, Cumberland Community Improvement District

This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here to reserve your spot.