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Register for Cobb GOP Precinct Mass Meetings at Roswell Street Baptist Church

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A message from the Cobb County Republican Party:

Being a part of the Republican Party means taking an active role in its proceedings.  As we prepare for the crucial 2016 elections, the organizational meetings and conventions of our party from February through May of this year are extremely important. Each of us MUST take these meetings seriously and participate if we want to protect the traditional values and principles of our party to elect Republican candidates. See complete schedule below.

The first meetings of this convention cycle are the Precinct Mass Meetings where precinct and house district officers are elected and delegates and alternate delegates to the Cobb County Convention are selected.  All of the Precinct Mass Meetings for the entire county will be held at one location, Roswell Street Baptist Church, on February 7, 2015, at 10am. 

For the third consecutive convention cycle, the Cobb GOP has made it easy for you to register online ahead of time.  At our last Precinct Mass Meetings in 2013, 66% of all attendees took advantage of this fully automated system which eliminated a prolonged registration on the day of the meetings.

You may be asking . . .

1. Why should I attend my Precinct Mass Meeting?

You must attend your precinct meeting on February 7th in order to be a delegate or alternate to the Cobb County Convention on March 14th.

2. Why should I preregister online?

Preregistered attendees are expedited through the check-in lines on the day of the event.  This saves you time and helps us to start the meeting on time.
There is no cost to attend the Precinct Mass Meetings, and you can preregister online NOW by clicking HERE.

If you have questions or need assistance during the pre-registration process, contact

(Source: Cobb County Republican Party)

Save the date: Chairman to host town hall meetings

Open communication is one of the fundamental elements of good government and town hall meetings serve as excellent opportunities to share information, ideas and input. Chairman Tim Lee will host a town hall meeting in each of the four commission districts this year.

  • District One
    6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29
    North Cobb Senior Center, 4100 Highway 293, Acworth
  • District Two
    6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23
    East Cobb Regional Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
  • District Three
    6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, March 19
    East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
  • District Four
    6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, April 23
    South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Road, Austell

For more information, call the Chairman’s Office at 770-528-3305.


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Attend the January ECCA meeting

The East Cobb Civic Association Monthly Meeting is Wednesday, January 28, 7pm, East Cobb Government Center – 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.

The speaker for this month’s meeting is Cobb County Commission Chariman Tim Lee. Chairman Lee will deliver his remarks on the State of the County and entertain questions. Following the speaker, the regular monthly meeting of the Association will be held, which is open to members only.

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Veteran’s Court visited by state Supreme Court chief justice

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson made a special visit to Cobb County’s Veterans Accountability and Treatment Court Friday, Jan. 9. Judge Reuben Green presides over the court, which has been in existence for about six months. He is a Marine who served from 1989 to 1993.

“Veterans courts are relatively new to Georgia and Cobb County is one of the first,” Thompson said. “I am proud of Judge Reuben Green for leading this effort. I look forward to … lending my support.”

Cobb County is home to the most veterans in Georgia — almost 50,000, or about 10 percent of the state’s veteran population.

“District Attorney Vic Reynolds, Sheriff Neil Warren and the Superior Court judges have noticed an increase in drug dependency and crime by veterans and most cases involving felony offenses by veterans are due to drug addiction,” Green said. “Many of these veterans have post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries and are self-medicating to suppress the symptoms of their war injuries.”

The veterans court is an alternative to prosecution and this new program is modeled on Cobb’s drug court, focusing on accountability and treatment to address the underlying symptoms instead of incarceration. Veterans apply and are selected to go through the treatment on a case-by-case basis. For some participants, if the treatment program is completed, the charges are dismissed.  For others, if the veteran is not a first-time offender, the charges might not be dismissed but there will be no prison time to serve. All participants are subjected to random drug screenings and required to go through treatment to address their underlying issues. For those who fail to complete the program, the court may require them to complete their sentences in jail or on probation.

The outcomes of accountability courts are far better than when people are sent to jail or put on probation. Judge Green said 85 percent of the participants in Cobb’s drug court have a job upon completion of the program. After three years out of the program, 93 percent have not become repeat offenders. Most of the program’s funding comes from the federal government and required treatment relies on programs offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

(Information provided by Chairman Tim Lee)

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Commissioner sworn-in for second term in office

District Three Commissioner JoAnn Birrell was sworn in for her second term in office last week in the Board of Commissioners meeting room in Marietta.

Senior Judge G. Conley Ingram and Judge S. Lark Ingram administered the oaths of office as Birrell’s husband held the Bible. District Three is in northeast Cobb County.

For more information on District Three, visit


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Hearing to discuss Dobbins Air Reserve Base and community

Cobb County staff, along with the cities of Marietta and Smyrna and other organizations in the region, is preparing a Joint Land Use Study to address compatibility planning around Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The public is invited to a open house 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, to review, discuss and comment on the public draft of the land use study report. Documents include the project background, a compilation of compatibility issues and recommended strategies to address compatibility.

The primary objective of the study is to reduce potential conflicts between Dobbins ARB and surrounding areas while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety and sustaining the base’s operational missions. The open house will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. For more information, visit


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Upcoming celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join Cobb County Government and the Cobb County Branch NAACP to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The MLK Day celebration will be held 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at 548 S. Marietta Pkwy. The event is open to all. For more information please call 770-425-5757.


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Learn about Cobb’s progress by watching State of the County

Chairman Tim Lee delivered the State of the County Monday morning at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce First Monday Breakfast. Lee shared the county’s progress and achievements during the past year and highlighted future goals.

The address will be rebroadcast throughout the week on Government Access Channel TV23, with show gtimes at:

  • Noon, Wednesday, Jan. 14
  • 8 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m., Thursday,Jan. 15
  • Noon, Friday, Jan. 16
  • 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18

TV23 can be found on channel 23 for Comcast customers and channel 180 for Charter customers. AT&T U-verse customers will need to tune to channel 99 and then select Cobb County Government.

The State of the County presentation will also be available on the county’s Web site,, via Video On Demand after Tuesday, Jan. 13.


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Reminder – Legislative Forum this Tuesday, Jan. 13

The Cobb Legislative Coffee, co-hosted by the League of Women Voters Marietta/Cobb, the American Association of University Women, the East Cobb Council of PTA, and the Rho Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will be held on Tuesdays, January 13 beginning at 6:30pm. Enjoy refreshments from 6:30-7pm with the forum to be held from 7-9pm. Forum held in the Cobb County Board of Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, Ga. 30090.
This is your opportunity to come out and hear the issues facing the 2015 legislative session, as well as proposed legislation for 2015.  Legislators have been invited to participate.  Please contact your legislators and encourage them to attend.
The forum will be moderated by league member Gloria Beauchene.  It will be televised on Cobb TV 23.


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CERT Course begins January 13

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course is a 20-hour program that trains people to be better prepared for response to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

CERT Classes will be held at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center, which is located at 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060. The schedule for the course will be:

> Tuesdays, January 13, 20, 27: 6-9pm
> Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 3: 6-9pm

You must attend all sessions listed in order to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old and either live, work, or worship in Cobb County.

Please complete form (located at in its entirety and email copies to Kimberly Schneider at or you may return it to the Cobb Emergency Management Agency (140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060) either through the mail or in person.

Operational hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. For more information, please email Kimberly. or call (770) 499-4567. The deadline to submit this application packet is no later than 4pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kimberly. We look forward to seeing you in future classes!


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