Thursday, May 9, 2013
It is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 14.
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, whose district includes Northeast Cobb, wants to hear from you. Birrell will host a town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. May 14 at the Mountain View Community Center, 3400 Sandy Plains Road. In addition to gathering your feedback, county officials will discuss the police K-9 team and Animal Control. For more information, call 770-528-3317 or visit cobbcounty.org/birrell.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The home city of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is asking a funeral home director not to request a burial there. Should cities be allowed to turn down burial requests?
It’s been nearly three weeks since his death, but it remains unclear where the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev will be buried. The Associated Press reports that while Tsarnaev's mother says she wants the body returned to Russia, the funeral director in charge of Tsarnaev’s body believes the country will not accept the body. The funeral home director, Peter Stefan, said he plans to ask for a burial in the city where Tsarnaev lived, but officials in Cambridge, Mass., are urging him not to do so. "The difficult and stressful efforts of the citizens of the City of Cambridge to return to a peaceful life would be adversely impacted by the turmoil, protests, and wide spread media presence at such an interment," Cambridge…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Mark Young first came to law enforcement's attention in January 2012 when an undercover officer received information that Young had manufactured his own C-4, which is a type of plastic explosive.
A 46-year-old Cobb County man who sold a bomb to an undercover officer will spend the next five years and three months in federal prison. United States District Judge Steven C. Jones today sentenced Mark Young on charges of possessing a destructive device. “The recent tragedy in Boston underscores the havoc a homemade bomb can wreak,” United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said this afternoon in a news release. “We are committed to aggressively prosecuting those who put the safety and security of our citizens at risk by constructing explosives devices.” Mark Young first came to law ennforcement's attention in January 2012 when an undercover officer received information that Young had manufactured his own C-4, which is a type of …
Joseph Pond is charging District 3 Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell with an ethics violation.
Joseph Pond recently won a long-fought battle to keep backyard chickens at his Northeast Cobb home. But he's not done pointing a finger at Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell. In an article published Sunday in The Marietta Daily Journal, Pond has filed an ethics complaint against the District 3 Republican for her role in a previous ethics charge against her, which was dismissed. Pond's latest accusation, according to the story, is that Birrell filed false statements in that initial complaint, which he claims is a violation of state law. She disputes his contentions. “There’s nothing there of substance," she told the MDJ. Pond has blogged occasionally for Northeast Cobb Patch about his backyard chicken activism and complaints about what he …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The new law also increases penalties for those caught boating while intoxicated.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed SB 136, a bill to strengthen public safety on Georgia's waterways, last week at the Holiday Marina at Lake Lanier. The legislation, a portion of which is known as the Jake and Griffin Prince BUI Law, lowers the legal blood-alcohol content for boaters from a .10 to .08. The new law also increases penalties for those found to be boating while intoxicated. “Far too many tragedies have occurred as a result of boating under the influence and inadequate boater education,” Deal said in a released statement. “Last June, I vowed to work with the General Assembly to pass legislation in honor of Jake and Griffin Prince, who lost their lives last summer in a tragic accident. As I have said, if you are too drunk to drive an …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A public information meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church.
The Cobb County Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin work this month on a replacement bridge on New Chastain Road over Noonday Creek. That's why the agency is holding a public information meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Westbound lanes of New Chastain will be closed for four months. During that time period, westbound traffic will be diverted to the eastbound bridge and only one lane of New Chastain Road will be open in each direction.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The governor's office announced Friday that Dawnn Henderson will continue to represent the 6th District on the Georgia Board of Early Care and Learning.
Gov. Nathan Deal has reappointed a Northeast Cobb woman to the board responsible for supporting the agency that oversees Georgia's Pre-K and early education programs. The governor's office announced Friday that Dawnn Henderson will continue to represent the 6th District on the Georgia Board of Early Care and Learning. Deal first appointed Henderson to the board in May 2012. Married with three children who attended Georgia Pre-K, Henderson was actively involved as a parent volunteer. Last year, she participated in a parent task force that provided input to the Bright from the Start program. A University of Nebraska journalism graduate, Henderson is the chief writer and web content coordinator for Memorial Health in Savannah.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
A new law will allow it.
Certified employees of the Department of Corrections and Pardons & Paroles will be able to keep their department-issued firearms upon retirement. House Bill 482 will extend that courtesy to employees who have at least 20 years of service when the new law goes into effect on July 1. “This legislation provides an opportunity to reward men and women who have served our state honorably and dutifully,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, who signed HB 482 on Thursday at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. “These two agencies will now have the same privileges as the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when it comes to department-issued weapon retention.”
Friday, April 26, 2013
The governor signed House Bill 349, which he called “another step in the right direction in making Georgia smarter on crime.”
Gov. Nathan Deal signed a second round of criminal justice reforms on Thursday, and Cobb was his backdrop. Following remarks at the Marietta Kiwanis Club, Deal signed House Bill 349, which he called “another step in the right direction in making Georgia smarter on crime.” HB 349 restores judicial discretion, allows a departure from mandatory minimum sentences in very limited circumstances; creates a commission that will monitor the effectiveness of the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems; contains provisions to keep communities safer; and permits people who have earned a HOPE GED voucher while incarcerated to use it within two years of release. “Public safety will be improved by giving prosecutors leverage in certain cases and by…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The governor has signed a bill to help students afford the cost of attending Georgia's technical colleges.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill that will expand access to schools such as Chattahoochee Technical College, which has a campus in Northeast Cobb. House Bill 372 lowers the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant from a 3.0 to a 2.0. The HOPE Grant goes to students who attend schools in the Technical College System of Georgia. It was just two years ago that the GPA requirement was raised from 2.0 to 3.0 for budgetary reasons. During that time, “Georgia has seen a large drop in technical college enrollment – much larger than in our University System,” Deal said Wednesday in a statement. “For some students enrolled in a technical school, the loss of scholarship money put higher education out of reach. This law will provide greater access to …