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

Braves EVP to speak on move to Cobb County

On Thursday, April 24, Mike Plant, executive vice president of business operations for the Atlanta Braves will be the featured speaker at the Georgia Tea Party Meeting. Plant was named the Braves’ Executive Vice President of Business Operations in November of 2003. His responsibilities include overseeing stadium operations, security, finance, personnel, special events and the operations of the minor league clubs. He is currently the Braves Project Leader of the new $672M stadium and mixed use development in Cobb County.

Since joining the Braves, Plant has implemented over $50M of improvements at Turner Field including the installation of the largest high-definition display in the world, and the upscale SunTrust Club. He also oversaw enhancements to Turner Field concessions, parking and traffic patterns. Plant also led the successful relocation of two Braves minor league teams to new stadiums in Pearl, Mississippi and Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Plant joined the Braves after having served as Executive Vice President of Turner Sports since February of 2002. In that position, he was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the division, a $500-million acquisition, promotion and production company that broadcast approximately 1,200 hours of sports programming on various Turner networks.

Before becoming Executive Vice President of Turner Sports, Plant was President of The Goodwill Games and Vice President of Events for Turner Sports. He was responsible for the overall direction and management of The Goodwill Games, Ted Turner’s multi-sport international Olympic style event.

Plant was a member of the 1980 U.S Olympic Speedskating team in Lake Placid, NY, and a six-time member of the U.S. World  Championship Speedskating teams. Since 1980, he has served on numerous committees for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the U.S. International Speedskating Association, and USA Cycling.

Plant served on the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games (ACOG) Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees for the Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee for the 2002 Winter Games. Plant served an eight-year term on the USOC’s Board of Directors and  Executive Committee (1984-1992) and as Chairman of the Athlete Performance Group (1992-1996), and worked on a number of other USOC Committees.

The meetinfg will be held at The House of Lu Restaurant, just north of The Strand Theater on Marietta Square, starting at 7pm.

 

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Advance Voting begins next week

Advance Voting for the May 20 General Primary will be available beginning Monday, April 28, at the Elections Main Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Voting will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, April 28-May 16, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 10. Additional satellite voting locations will open in May. Any voter in Cobb County may vote at any of the advance locations and no “reason” is required.

A sample ballot is available online. To view the ballot, visit http://www.cobbelections.org/SampleBallot.php.

 

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Voter Registration Deadline for Primary Elections

The last day to register to vote in the primary election to be held on May 20, is April 21.  Information on registering to vote is available on theregistration page of the Cobb Board of Elections and Registration Department website or by calling (770) 528-2581.

 

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Meet the Candidates on April 30

On Wednesday, April 30, “Meet the Candidates” from 7-9pm at Parc at Piedmont, Hood Road and Upper Roswell Road, across the street from the McClesky-East Cobb YMCA. The event will be outside.

Candidates from the different political parties have been invited to participate in a meet the candidate forum where there will be no speeches, only an opportunity for voters to meet and talk with those seeking elective office ranging from U.S. senator, congress, governor, state attorney general, Cobb solicitor general, Cobb Superior Court, Cobb County Commission, Cobb school board and the Georgia House and Senate.

This is an opportunity to discuss issues of concern to voters, including school issues, budget cuts, the possible move of East Cobb Middle School, the Isakson Living project adjacent to East Cobb Park and the impact on the surrounding area. This is the time to make your voice heard loud and clear before you cast your ballot on May 20 in the primary election. Many of these offices will be decided on that date because there are no Democrats running.

Parking will be available – there will be someone from the Parc to direct attendees where to park.

If you have questions, comments or ideas about the event, call Oliver Halle at 770-321-2778 or Don Jenacova at 770-992-7195.

 

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Patriots Day celebration, remembering the struggle for independence

23Commissioner Birrell presented a proclamation to 'Sons of American Revolution' at the April 8 BOC meeting recognizing April 19 as Patriots Day in Cobb County.

Commissioner JoAnn Birrell presented a proclamation to ‘Sons of American Revolution’ at the April 8 BOC meeting recognizing April 19 as Patriots Day in Cobb County.

April 19 marks the date in 1775 when the towns of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts were marched upon by the British regulars in an effort to confiscate munitions of the local militia. The results were “The Shot Heard Around the World” and the eventual defeat of the Redcoats at that engagement now celebrated as Patriots Day.

On April 19, 1778, Col. Samuel Elbert, commanding three Georgia Navy galleys: Lee, Washington and Bulloch, encountered three British ships in the Frederica River near St. Simons Island. After five hours of naval action, the British ships were captured by Col. Elbert and the Georgia Navy. This victory boosted patriot morale and caused the British to delay the invasion of Georgia by more than eight months. Patriots Day serves to remind citizens of the sacrifices endured during the years of struggle for American independence by patriots.

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Cobb County Republican Women Club celebrates 50 years

Sandra Deal

Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal

Cobb County Republican Women’s Club celebrates 50 years of “Opening the Door to Good Government.”  The First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Deal, will be the Guest of Honor for the celebration on April 25,2014 at the Atlanta/Marietta Hilton Conference Center on Powder Springs Street in Marietta.The event will begin at 11:30 am and admission is FREE.

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Cobb Government Offices to Close in Observance of Good Friday

Cobb County Government offices and facilities will be closed on Good Friday which is Friday, April 18.

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Cobb County Republican Women’s Club Candidate’s Forum TONIGHT

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The Cobb County Republican Women’s Club (CCRWC) is presenting a series of Candidates Forums in April.  The third Candidates Forum takes place on Tuesday, April 15, from 7-9 pm.  Candidates for US Senate will participate.

The venue is the Cobb County Board of Commissioners meeting room, 2nd floor, 100 Cherokee St (Building A), Marietta.

Admission is free, and the public is invited.  All forums will be broadcast on TV23, the Cobb County public access channel.

For more information, please contact Tonya Boga (tonya.boga@gmail.com) or Rose Wing (wingr@bellsouth.net).

 

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Cumberland CID Latest Move is Disturbing to some East Cobbers

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The following post was submitted by East Cobb’s Larry Savage:

A story in the MDJ recently is very disturbing. It is easily overlooked if you don’t know the background.

View the story at http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24833967/article-CID-approves-extension-into-fed-parklands?instance=special%20_coverage_right_column

The Cumberland CID has voted to annex 572 acres of national park land into their District. This is the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The CID says they do not need permission from the National Park Service to do this but they also say the NPS does not oppose the move.
Adding this area to the CID would allow the CID to help pay for projects in the park area.
What they did not say specifically is that they can now claim this part of a national park as “green space” in the CID. Malaika Rivers, Excecutive Director of the Cumberland CID hinted as much, saying “It sneaks in a lot of green space”. Before this annexation the CCID was 7.4% green space. With the park land added in, The CCID can boast 20.3% green space. Get ready for some serious paving in the Cumberland area.
The CCID has already acted to intensify development even before the Braves stadium project was known. With the help of Commissioner Bob Ott (sometimes referred to as ‘the good Commissioner’) they were close to getting their own zoning code that would allow them to control their own zoning and development unchecked by County or community oversight. This effort was put on the back burner when the stadium story went public, probably to return when people aren’t watching so closely.
More than 20% of Cobb County is now in flood plain due to unchecked development over the years. There has to be some way to force people to accept responsibility
All that remains is for the Commissioners to vote their approval of the annexation. What are the odds that are Commissioners will suddenly start to act responsibly?

  

Submitted by East Cobber Larry Savage. Savage can be reached  at savage.larry044@gmail.com

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Did you catch one of our Georgia Senators on TMZ recently?

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Did you see East Cobb’s Senator Johnny Isakson on TMZ recently? View the video HERE.

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