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Meeting to discuss future growth of Dobbins Air Reserve Base

Cobb County staff will host the second public workshop for the Dobbins Air Reserve Base Joint Land Use Study 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Marietta High School. Attend this meeting to learn more about the compatibility issues identified and to provide input on priorities. The goal of the study is to protect the viability of current and future missions at Dobbins ARB, while accommodating community growth, sustaining the economic health of the region and protecting public health and safety. The meeting will take place in the seminar room of Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. For more information, contact Community Development Deputy Director Dana Johnson at 770-528-2018, dana.johnson@cobbcounty.org or visit dobbinsjlus.com.

 

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Residents invited to take emergency preparedness classes

 

The Community Emergency Response Team program trains people to be better prepared to respond 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.

Initial CERT training will take place in November at the Cobb County Emergency Operations Center, 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. The classes are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Students must attend all sessions listed in order to complete the program. Participants must be at least 16 years old. If you would like to register, please contact Kimberly Schneider atkimberly.schneider@cobbcounty.org or at 770-499-4567.

 

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Groundbreaking will kickoff improvements to Windy Hill Road

Major road construction will begin along the Windy Hill Road corridor and a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 20. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Suites, 2999 Windy Hill Road, Atlanta, in the lower parking deck. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will be the guest speaker. RSVP torplummer@cumberlandcid.org or 770-859-2347 by Wednesday, Oct. 15.

High crash rates and heavy congestion are the focus of the 2.5-year, $34.5 million dollar multi-faceted project, which will include widening roads, adding medians and providing enhanced pedestrian facilities. The main area of construction will take place from the Windy Hill Road and Cobb Parkway intersection to Powers Ferry Road. In late 2015, the intersection of Windy Hill Road and U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway will undergo safety improvements and a diverging diamond interchange will be added over the Interstate 75 bridge overpass. Projects are expected to be completed by spring 2017.

Motorists may wish to consider alternative routes during heavy construction periods. Updates and information about the Windy Hill projects will be provided at www.cobbdot.org.

 

Register your teen for Accident Avoidance Workshop at Pope

Driving on Highway

Did you know…

  • Teen fatalities are up 19%
  • 1 in 4 teens crashes before they’re 17
  • Cars remain the #1 killer of teens.

Why?

Because basic Driver’s Education is all that is required for our student drivers. We need to require more because today’s roads are different, today’s society is different, and frankly, our kids deserve it. Whether building confidence in new drivers, or knocking the hot-rods down a few pegs, the Accident Avoidance Workshops’ goal is to save lives by positively impacting new drivers’ development, in both their decision making abilities and the physical skills necessary to maximize on their own vehicle’s capabilities without losing control of their vehicle, or themselves.

Don’t bet your kid’s life on the hopes they’ll survive their first crash. Register your student driver today for the November Accident Avoidance Workshop sponsored by Pope PTSA. All students with their learner’s permit or driver’s license are eligible to take the class with one parent for the reduced price of $249.  A second parent may also sign up for an additional $40 fee. The classroom portion will be conducted at Pope High School on Wednesday, November 12 from 6:25-9:45pm, and the driving portion held in the upper parking lot on your choice of either Saturday, November 15 or Sunday, November 16 with time choices of 7:45am-12:45pm or 1:30-6:30pm. Contact 770-262-7009 for more information, or click here  to register.

 

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Business community recognizes public safety employees in Precinct 4

 

The East Cobb Business Association (ECBA) hosted the 2nd annual East Cobb Public Safety Appreciation Celebration. This was an opportunity to say thank you to all of our public safety personnel in Precinct 4 for keeping the community safe.

Orgainzers are also grateful to the WellStar East Cobb Health Park for being a Presenting Sponsor of the event. They would like to thank all of the celebration sponsors and committee members for their support.

 

Attend the Gun Safety Seminar at Lassiter High School

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There are many reasons citizens own firearms. Those reasons vary from individual to individual. Some may own them for the purpose of home or self defense while others may hunt, participate in organized sport shooting events or merely enjoy recreational shooting. Regardless of an individual’s reason for owning a firearm, the fact remains that education in gun safety is critical.

Gun ownership is a great responsibility that falls on the shoulders of all of those who choose to own a firearm either in their home or place of business. The Cobb County Police Department in partnership with Cobb County School District Department of Public Safety will be hosting a “Gun Safety Seminar” at Lassiter High School. In this seminar, you will learn about gun safety and the updated Georgia carry laws. Our guest speaker will be Sgt. Wayne Delk, Cobb County Police Department Weapons Training Unit.

Please plan to attend this informative seminar which will be held on October 21st, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lassiter High School auditorium. Attendance will be free of charge but will have limited seating.

Please R.S.V.P Sgt. Craig Dong at craig.dong@cobbcounty.org or call 770-499-3971 to reserve your seats.

 

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Major construction projects coming to Windy Hill Road to improve safety and traffic flow

Major road construction will begin along the Windy Hill Corridor late 2014. Motorists may wish to consider alternative routes during heavy construction periods.

High crash rates and heavy congestion are the focus of the 2.5-year, $34.5 million dollar multi-project which will include widening roads, adding medians and providing enhanced pedestrian facilities. The main area of construction will take place from the Windy Hill Road and Cobb Parkway intersection to Powers Ferry Road.

In late 2015, the intersection of Windy Hill Road and US 41/Cobb Pkwy. will undergo safety improvements and a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) will be added over the I-75 bridge overpass.

Projects are expected to be completed by Spring 2017. Updates and information about the upcoming Windy Hill Road projects will be provided at www.cobbdot.org.

A ground breaking ceremony for the project will take place, Monday, Oct. 20. More details will be posted on the website.

 

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Cobb officials: No need to panic over Texas Ebola case

Dr. Dan Stephens

 

Although federal officials confirmed the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday, local officials say there is no need to panic in Cobb.

Dr. Dan Stephens, chairman of Cobb and Douglas Public Health, said the nature of the virus means it is not a danger to the public, as long as those diagnosed with Ebola are isolated.

“This is a blood-borne spread, not an air spread (disease), so you would have to come in contact with the blood of the patient to catch it,” Stephens said. “It’s not like the flu or some of the other things that are airborne spread, so that would make it relatively safe.”

He explained Ebola has been spreading more rampantly in Africa because relatives and workers are coming in contact with patients who have been diagnosed with it.

“So, as blood fluids come together, they tend to spread it, and the death rate is about 70 percent of the people that get it,” Stephens said. “It comes in concert with living in poor hygiene and relatives taking care of relatives and, without the ability to isolate, make (the virus spread).”

“I don’t think it’s going to be of any real concern … people in Marietta should have no worry,” Stephens added.

The patient, whose identity has not been released, had been in Liberia earlier this month, according to The Associated Press. The person is being treated in isolation at a Dallas hospital.

State Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb), a registered nurse who chairs the Georgia House’s Health and Human Services Committee, advised residents to avoid traveling to African countries where Ebola is known to have a presence.

“Right now, I don’t think anyone should panic,” she said. “I would tell people to take normal precautions they’d take for flu, especially older people (because) they are more susceptible to it, and younger people, and don’t be around people who are obviously coughing and sick. Have good hand-washing techniques.”

Cooper noted no Americans who have been treated in the U.S. have died from Ebola, including two patients who were flown into Dobbins Air Reserve Base and transported to Emory University Hospital.

“One of the reasons they’re dying in underdeveloped countries is because they don’t have the IVs and supplies to keep somebody supported as they fight this off,” Cooper said. “Our medical facilities are so much better and have the means to support the individual. … We are very lucky that we have good medical care.”

WellStar Health System spokesman Tyler Pearson said staff in its emergency departments are trained to recognize Ebola.

“We do have a plan in place for infection control if something like this did appear, so we’re prepared in the unlikely scenario that this would happen.”

Pearson said all patients are screened when they come into the emergency department, including asking about their travel and exposure history.

“That allows the emergency department to act quickly, protecting the patient, staff and patients in the waiting area,” he said.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal, Written by Emily Boorstein, October 1, 2014.) 

Arson hotline offers $10K reward for information on fire in East Cobb Braves critic’s yard

A screenshot from surveillance video around Susan McCoy’s house shows her front yard bursting into flame, after she says a man is seen running away from the scene. Courtesy of Susan McCoy

 

A Georgia hotline for arson complaints is offering up to $10,000 as a reward for information about a fire last week at the home of a woman who criticized the county’s role in the deal to bring the Braves stadium to Cobb County.

The reward is funded by insurance companies based in Georgia who donate to the Georgia Arson Control Hotline, and it is only given to people who can give information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of someone responsible for the arson, said Sam Heaton, Cobb’s public safety director.

Heaton said fire investigators declared the fire at the home of Susan McCoy, an east Cobb attorney, was arson this week.

“The (Georgia Arson Control Hotline) comes from a group of insurance companies that invest funds into this group.

If there is an arrest and conviction, the person that turns it in can be awarded up to $10,000,” Heaton said. “They have a board that oversees those cases.”

McCoy said if a person provides information about the case but doesn’t receive the full $10,000 reward, she personally guarantees the remainder.

The fire, which destroyed a portion of McCoy’s plastic white picket fence, as well as plants and grass in her front yard, took place about a week after she blasted the commissioners for favoring the interests of the Braves’ ownership over those of the county at a Board of Commissioners meeting.

At the meeting, McCoy criticized the board’s approval of using county money to finance the construction of SunTrust Park, the new Braves stadium to be built near Cumberland Mall.

McCoy said she has filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission asking the federal agency to investigate the bond issuance for “fraud or material misstatements.”

Since the fire, McCoy has said she believes it was an act of retaliation against her statements.

Although Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, had previously agreed to meet with McCoy to discuss her complaints, he canceled the meeting after the fire.

Lee said he didn’t want to meet with McCoy until the investigation into the fire was resolved.

McCoy said a person can be seen pouring fuel on her yard and lighting it before running away early in the morning of Sept. 18 in video taken by cameras attached to her home.

“I handed over 24 hours of surveillance video (of that day) from the cameras that are installed all around my house to the investigators to examine what they could find,” McCoy said.

In the meantime, McCoy said she has been increasing the security around her home and practicing at the shooting range in case she should need to protect her husband and two boys, ages 11 and 13, in the future.

“I went to the shooting range this past weekend and brushed up on my shooting skills, so hopefully no one will think about coming back,” McCoy said.

McCoy said she hasn’t tried to fix the fence or plants that were burned in her yard yet because she’s been too busy. She said she doesn’t know how much the repairs will cost, but she won’t get any help from her insurance company to pay for the damage.

“I had a fire in 2009 for my house, and it was a huge fire with an air conditioning unit,” McCoy said.

“When we tried to make those claims it placed us into another category of risk (on the insurance policy). So, I am not capable of making another claim of a fire without it jeopardizing my home insurance.”

McCoy said her family had to leave their home for nine months while the previous damage was repaired. The experience scared her children, McCoy said.

“(The arsonist) just re-aggravated some older issues with my children,” McCoy said.

(Reprinted from The Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Hilary Butschek, September 27, 2014.) 

Saturday’s Cobb County Touch-A-Truck to benefit Safety Village

Enjoy a family-friendly, fun and educational event 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27. Come explore police cars, SWAT trucks, fire engines, heavy construction vehicles, military vehicles, a police helicopter and more. Great picture opportunity for the family too.

The cost is $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per family. Event will be held at the Town Center Mall parking lot at 400 Earnest Barrett Parkway. All proceeds to benefit the Cobb County Safety Village. For more information, please call 770-852-3270 or visit www.cobbcounty.org/SafetyVillage.

 

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