On a beautiful autumn day at Brook Run Park Monday, former DeKalb Board of Education member, Nancy Jester of Dunwoody announced her plan to run for state school superintendent.
Surrounded by supporters—including her mother, her children’s teachers and public officials—Jester proclaimed that she would be the taxpayer’s watchdog on education spending.
“Georgia spends more per pupil than states such as Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas and those states have higher graduation rates,” said Jester. Continue reading
CUMBERLAND — Cobb’s elected leaders gushed with praise for Monday’s announcement that the Atlanta Braves plan to move into a new baseball stadium that will be built in the Galleria area by 2017.
The decision to abandon Turner Field near downtown Atlanta in favor of a new $672 million site in the northwest quadrant of Interstates 75 and 285 was made in quiet conversations between Braves representatives and Cobb Chairman Tim Lee, officials said.
Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents the area, said he only found out about the negotiations “about a week ago” but feels it’s a good deal for the county and its taxpayers. Continue reading
Around 500 senior citizens will receive corrected property tax bills after an error occurred which resulted in a miscalculation of taxes.
Chief Financial Officer Robert Porche reported at the Oct. 28 Woodstock City Council meeting that about 500 senior exhibition property tax bills were incorrectly calculated, sent out and received on Friday, Oct. 25. Continue reading
As of Friday afternoon, District 1 School Board Member Kelly Marlow officially appealed the determination made in her Oct. 2 ethics hearing, but a failure to provide a formal transcript of the hearing could potentially delay the process.
During the hearing, Marlow was found in violation of board policy when she wrote a letter to SACS/AdvancEd, the district’s accrediting body, requesting they investigate Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo and her colleagues on the board in regard to governance procedures. Continue reading
On the heels of a four-count felony indictment handed down by a Cherokee County Grand Jury last month, District 1 School Board Member Kelly Marlow’s legal team has filed a motion to toss out the true bill.
Marlow’s attorney, Brian Steel, filed a motion in Superior Court Oct. 24 to quash the felony indictment because, according to court records, his client “was denied her right to appear before the Grand Jury at the time of presentment.” Continue reading
VIENNA — Farmers in middle Georgia say an unusually wet and cool summer has delayed their cotton harvesting period.
According to a report by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the rain over the summer slowed the cotton’s development and colder than normal weather hindered its growth.
For the past 20 years, season ticket holder Hal Jung has traveled down one of the Southeast’s most congested corridors to watch his beloved Atlanta Braves.
Starting in 2017, Jung will be able to make the trip in five minutes, on foot, from his office on Cobb Parkway to the Braves’ planned stadium at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 near Cumberland Mall.
“I liked Turner Field. I was happy with it,” said Jung, 64. “But (a new stadium) will be great for the community. And anything that creates more jobs, I’m for.”
Most Cobb County residents interviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday voiced enthusiasm for the proposed Braves ballpark, though many questions remain. Traffic seemed to be a bigger concern than financing, something of a surprise in one of the state’s most conservative enclaves, where just one year ago 69 percent of voters rejected a regional transportation sales tax.
“It’ll bring in more revenue in the long run,” said east Cobb resident Steve Klenrichert, 53. “We have two sons, 10 and 13, who are huge Braves fans, so we’re very excited.”
The Georgia Court of Appeals has ordered new trials for five men convicted of serious crimes in Fayette County because their trial judge was having an undisclosed affair with a public defender.
The ruling stems from revelations in 2010 that Paschal English, then the chief Superior Court judge, had been involved in a sexual relationship with assistant public defender Kimberly Cornwell. The decision said English violated the code of judicial conduct and the five defendants were tried before a judge whose impartiality was compromised. Continue reading
The big question of the afternoon is how Cobb County intends to pay for luring the Atlanta Braves out of Turner Field.
Right now, Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee is staying mum. He wouldn’t even confirm what is pretty well known — that the county’s share for the $672 million project will be in the neighborhood of $450 million. The financial package won’t be finalized for another week or so. Continue reading
News that the Atlanta Braves would be moving to Cobb County was met with everything from stunned disbelief to giddy surprise. Some of the reaction to the news:
“I think it’s a good thing. It will be a lot closer for us. There will be a lot more things to do (in Cobb) at a sporting complex.”
— Braves fan Mike Bearden of Byron, Ga. Byron is 90 miles south of Atlanta in Peach County.
“At some point, someone has to be responsible at City Hall and say we can’t allow dilapidated homes, crime and prostitution on the streets there anymore. And this is an opportunity for the City Council and the mayor to make a better choice about the neighborhood.”
— Tone Lane, a resident of the Pittsburg neighborhood near Turner Field, calling on Atlanta leadership to fix the neighborhoods near the stadium
“You take the Atlanta Braves out of the city of Atlanta, what you’re basically saying is the center of our region just moved. I can’t imagine that Kasim Reed and the City Council allowed this to happen over a couple hundred million dollars.”
— Bill Byrne, former Cobb County Commission chairman, explaining why he thinks the Braves’ move is a show of suburban strength