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Panel discussion to focus on gang activity prevention


The Neighborhood Safety Commission will conduct a panel discussion on Gang Activity at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Board of Commissioners hearing room at 100 Cherokee Street, Bldg A, Marietta 30090. 

The panel members are Cobb Assistant District Attorney Mike Carlson; Cobb County Police Sgt. Tim Plunkett; Leslie Walker, recreation coordinator and facility manager for the Six Flags Community Center. The session will also be televised on TV23.


East Cobb Crime Trends: Theft of Landscape Equipment on the Rise

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Cobb County Police have had three reports in the past week involving the theft of landscape equipment from landscaping companies parked on the roadway while servicing yards.  One occurred off Allgood Rd on August 22, another on Hidden Lake Ct. on August 22 and an attempt off Oak Lane west of Johnson Ferry Rd on August 25.

Suspect vehicle was described as a dark gray Honda Civic with accident damage on its rear passenger side, loud muffler, occupied by 2 or 3 black males.   

Additional description of one of the suspects:   Black male, age 18-20, height 6’00” with skinny build and a Mohawk colored reddish/orange.  

Entering Autos are occurring at the Federal Parks along the Chattahoochee River and at some county parks.  Wallets with credit cards are being taken left behind in the vehicles. 

Entering Autos and Burglaries are also occurring in the apartment communities off Delk Rd and Terrell Mill.  

The seven Business Burglaries along Powers Ferry Rd in July were solved with an arrest made by morning watch officers and follow up by detectives.  In August we have had several businesses hit overnight along Roswell Rd and Johnson Ferry area with rocks being thrown in smash and grab style burglaries.  Suspect is a younger male undetermined race wearing a bandana and wearing a black long sleeve shirt and gloves. 

(Source: Cobb County Police Precint #4) 


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Traffic Safety related to School Buses and School Zones


If you have noticed those large yellow school buses are out on our roadways making travel to and from work, a little longer.  By now you likely have figured out where and when they impact your route.  Plan ahead and leave earlier as trying to pass the bus before that stop arm goes out again may result in seriously injuring a child.  Is it worth it to save a few minutes??

When do you have to stop?

Here is the law:  § 40-6-163 (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Code section, the driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus stopped on the highway shall stop before reaching such school bus when there are in operation on the school bus the visual signals as specified in Code Sections 40-8-111 and 40-8-115, and such driver shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated.

(b) The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway, or upon a controlled-access highway when the school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.  § 40-6-163

More simply put, if on a divided highway with a median separation only the traffic following the bus must stop. Still have questions?  For more information visit these links:


On the same topic, there is likely a school zone along your route.  This includes the larger roadways like Johnson Ferry Rd, Roswell Rd, Sandy Plains Rd, Piedmont Rd. and Canton Rd.  Look for the blinking yellow school signs indicating the school zone is active.  Then slow down to that exact speed limit.  If you are not watching for the school zones, remember the police officers are watching them for you and if stopped, you will really be late and have a nice fine to pay.

(Source: Pct 4 PENS report) 

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Local Business Leaders Raising Funds for East Cobb Public Safety Celebrations


For the second year in a row, local business leaders are leading efforts to raise funds to underwrite two special events for local Public  Safety professionals. The first celebration is to be held this October to thank Precinct 4 police officers for all they do to keep our community safe. This event will coincide with Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Appreciation Week, and with the support of local businesses, organizations and individuals has now become an annual event.

The second event will take place in February 2015 when this volunteer group will host the Cobb County Fire Department’s annual awards banquet.

“Both events will take place in East Cobb, and we are confident that our community will rise to the challenge and provide the financial support needed to make these appreciation celebrations very meaningful for these special heroes,” says Susan Hampton, Regional Manager for Fidelity Bank, and chair for the Public Safety Celebrations. “Fundraising was very successful last year, with seed funding
already in place for this year’s events, however, there is still a need to raise additional funds to insure both events’ continued success,” says Susan. Local businesses, as well as families, school groups and civic clubs are encouraged to make donations to this worthy cause.

Sponsorship opportunities begin at just $25 to “Thank a Hero”!

For more information on these public safety celebrations, call Susan Hampton at 404-218-6216.

Roadwork continues in East Cobb

Road construction

Road resurfacing operations will continue Tuesday, Aug. 26, through Friday, Aug. 29 at Indian Hills Parkway between Roswell Road (SR 120) and Lower Roswell Road. Expect lane closures between 9 am and 4 pm with one lane remaining open at all times on the following road: EXPECT DELAYS

This work is subject to change due to weather or construction progress.

(Source: Commissioner Bob Ott)


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Cobb County Police Homicide Investigation Continues

The Cobb County Police Department released the following updates to a Homicide Investigation that occurred on January 27, 2014, at approximately 6:39pm in Zone 4.

The Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit is investigating an apparent homicide, which was discovered inside a residence at 2808 Gracewood Drive in Marietta, Georgia.

According to investigators, uniform officers from Precicnt-4 were dispatched on a report of a deceased male, which was discovered inside his house.  When they arrived, they confirmed that the male was deceased from apparent stab wounds.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has assumed jurisdiction of the body and will not only confirm the identity of the victim, but the manner and cause of his death.

Detectives from the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit have identified the victim as 46 year old Jerry L. Moore of Marietta, Georgia.

On Friday, August 15, 2014 investigators from the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit secured an arrest warrant for a suspect involved in the homicide of 46 year old Jerry L. Moore of Marietta, Georgia.

According to detectives, as a result of their continuing investigation into the death of Mr. Moore, Friday afternoon they received information which lead them to obtain an arrest warrant for   31 year old Johnathan Allan Wheeler of Stockbridge, Georgia charging him with Aggravated Assault and Murder.

Johnathan Allan Wheeler is currently in custody in Macedonia, Ohio on unrelated charges.

This investigation continues and anyone with information about it is asked to call (770) 499-3945.

Johnson Ferry Road at Woodlawn Safety Improvement

Cobb DOT has determined that the criteria has been met for adding a northbound protected left turn phase at this intersection. This safety improvement will be in place by the end of August.

(Source: Commissioner Bob Ott)


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GDOT: $834M reversible lane project adds 4 exits in Cobb

A rendering of the proposed project shows two new tolled, reversible lanes on the west side of Interstate 75 in Cobb. Special to the MDJ


A detailed description of the $834 million reversible lanes project on Interstate 75 released by the state this week shows a detailed map of four new exits to be installed in Cobb County.

The 30-mile project will create two new tolled, reversible lanes on the west side of I-75.

Groundbreaking of the managed lanes in Cobb is set for September, said Natalie Dale, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

In north Cobb, one reversible lane will be added to a portion of I-575. One reversible lane will also be added to the portion of I-75 that runs north of where I-75 intersects with I-575.

The new exits can only be used to get onto the new reversible lanes, said John Hancock, the project manager.

The exits, which can be used to get on and off the highway, will be built in different locations from where the exits from I-75 are located now.

“We wanted to put the new exits where interchanges weren’t already in place, so that we don’t increase traffic in those areas,” he said.

Hancock estimated construction on the new exits won’t start until September 2015.

Tim Lee, the chairman of the Cobb Board of Commissioners, said he thinks the project will ease traffic in Cobb.

“The reason I think (the new exits) will be a positive is they’re at non-I-75 locations, so the exits onto the managed lanes have their own locations. So, they won’t create additional traffic in those areas,” Lee said.

One new exit will be on Roswell Road by the Big Chicken.

Another new exit will be at Terrell Mill Road, between the existing exits at Delk Road and Windy Hill Road.

Two more exits will be created to get onto the managed lanes in Cumberland at the intersection of I-285 and at Akers Mill Road.

Drivers will also be able to get onto the managed lanes from I-575 where it intersects with I-75.

With the new exits added, drivers will have four exits to choose from to get onto the new reversible lanes of I-75.

Drivers can get onto the existing lanes of I-75 by the five exits already in place.

“I think the managed lanes project is going to be an absolute positive project to help ease some of the transportation concerns,” Lee said.

Hancock said the new lanes will not look the same as the usual highway exits. The exits will have two lanes, but only one will be open at a time. Which one is open will depend on which way traffic is flowing.

Hancock said traffic will flow southbound during the morning rush hour and northbound during the evening rush hour on the two reversible lanes, but the department has not yet decided on specifics.

Details about where toll booths will be on the managed lanes have not been decided, Hancock said.

“There will be barrier gates on the section of the exit that is closed, and those lanes will not be able to be accessed,” Hancock said.

The roads where new exits will be built might experience some traffic during construction, Hancock said.

“There will be some impact to traffic, but they’re only allowed to work on those roads in non-peak hours,” Hancock said.

Drivers should only see construction crews on Roswell Road and Terrell Mill Road during evening or early morning hours, Hancock said.

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin said he wanted people to know more about the project and was excited the departments were communicating more with the public.

“It’s great that we’re giving people notice of when (construction projects are) coming,” Tumlin said.

Tumlin said residents should expect a lot of orange cones on the road in the years to come.

“Those driving on (Highway) 41 and in the I-75 corridor, buckle your seat belts,” Tumlin said. “We’re going to be inconvenienced, but we’re going to have a better transportation system in Marietta.”

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by Hilary Butschek, August 10, 2014. Read the original MDJ article HERE.) 

Securely shred household documents and donate shoes

Keep Cobb Beautiful

Residents have the opportunity to have their household documents securely shredded and donate gently-worn shoes to help people in need. Keep Cobb Beautiful will host a free Document Shredding Day and Shoe Collection 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 13. The event will be held at Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta. Only paper products will be accepted. Plastics, CDs, floppy discs, electronics, cardboard and large binders with metal rings or clips will not be accepted. People are also asked to bind or tape shoes in pairs. For more information, call 770-528-1135.


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New interstate lanes to help relieve congestion

A new option is on the way to help address some of metro Atlanta’s most congested commuter corridors. Georgia Express Lanes are optional toll lanes that will be constructed alongside existing interstates. These lanes provide a choice for drivers to pay a toll to bypass congestion when they desire, offer a clear path for transit operators and add an alternative to the roads that exist today.

Two new express lane projects will break ground this fall. The Interstate 75 South Metro project will bring 12 miles of new express lanes to Clayton and Henry counties and is expected to open in December 2016. The Northwest Corridor project will add nearly 30 miles of new lanes along Interstate 75 and Interstate 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties and is expected to take approximately four years to complete. These lanes will operate just as the Interstate 85 Express Lanes do, relying on variable toll rates that increase during peak travel times and decrease during off-peak times.

For information on Georgia Express Lanes and the various projects throughout metro Atlanta, please visit the Web site


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