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The women wore hoopskirts, the men carried muskets and the children played hoop and stick around the cemetery as they played out the personalities of people who are buried there.
In the first hour of the event, about 85 people had visited the cemetery to go on a tour of the graveyard, stopping at 15 gravesites to hear a re-enactor tell the story of the person buried there, said Joan Ellars, the director of Keep Marietta Beautiful, which cares for the cemetery and puts on the event.
Residents also went on tours to learn about the history of the city and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the battles around Marietta, including those at Pine Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain and Kolb’s Farm.
Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
Pickens County GOP and the 9th and 14th Districts held their Tomato Sandwich Fiesta this weekend and had a great turnout. Senate candidate Jack Kingston is pictured below with Ron Johnson, Second Vice Chair of the Georgia Republican Party and Chair of the GAGOP Veterans Committee. (more…)
The Kennesaw Parks & Recreation and National Recreation and Park Association announced that July is national Park and Recreation Month and are challenging residents to get out and visit their community parks and recreation facilities.
MARIETTA — If Cobb voters choose to renew a potential 1 percent sales tax for county government projects Nov. 4, they will be acting on a tax program about to mark 30 years in Georgia.
The special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST, became a legal option in 1985 by an amendment to the Georgia Constitution. The purpose was to allow citizens to vote for an added sales tax to fund a specific project list, said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), who was the Republican Leader in the Georgia House at the time.
“What was happening was people were getting tired of bond referendums and borrowing, and so using a local option sales tax that was voted on by the people like a bond issue, but had a sunset of five or six years, and all the places the money was going to be spent had to be posted on the question, was a lot more palatable to the voters than having a bond issue where you’d authorize the county to go out and borrow a bunch of money not knowing where it was going and having to pay interest on it,” Isakson said.
The decision was given to the people and, for the most part, Cobb’s voters have said yes.
Not including SPLOST votes specifically for education or the ill-fated T-SPLOST in 2012, sales tax referendums have come before Cobb voters eight times.
FORMER state GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart of east Cobb has endorsed Jack Kingston in the runoff race for U.S. Senate.
“Jack Kingston has been in the trenches with Georgia Republicans for over three decades fighting for the causes you and I believe in,” she said. “He is one of us, a lifelong Georgia Republican with a proven conservative record of service.”
THE JULY 8 CANDIDATE FORUM co-sponsored by The Acworth Business Association and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce is more than two weeks away, but the sniping is already well under way between District 1 Cobb Commission candidates Bill Byrne and Bob Weatherford.
“I will debate him anytime, anywhere and under any circumstances,” Byrne told AT this week. “He is John Loud’s candidate, and I would think Loud is getting tired of seeing Weatherford get his ass kicked. But if he wants to go into Acworth and do that, I’ll be more than happy to oblige.”
Loud is owner of Loud Security and is managing Weatherford’s campaign. Loud has become somewhat of a controversial figure as of late thanks to his high-profile role boosting the Atlanta Braves’ move to Cobb.
Byrne and Weatherford will meet in the July 22 GOP Primary runoff for the District 1 seat.
Weatherford told AT that Byrne’s comments were “typical Byrne. He also said I would be last in the election, and that didn’t prove right either. So you have to take what he says with a grain of salt.”
The cancer had already spread to her abdomen by the time Beth Brock managed to escape from her health insurance nightmare.
The Woodstock business owner learned last fall her insurance didn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s new standards, so she reluctantly chose a different health plan that her doctors assured her they accepted. But they didn’t.
Brock, 48, was waiting at her OB/GYN for a pre-surgical visit — the last step before an operation to remove an ovarian cyst — when the billing office called to say it didn’t accept her new plan after all. It would be two months before she untangled the mess and switched to a health plan that covered a broader array of doctors. By then, the cyst had grown from slightly larger than a walnut to bigger than a softball.
“I had lost all that time,” said Brock, who is undergoing chemotherapy. “If (the surgeon) could have operated on me in January … it wouldn’t have had the opportunity to grow huge and spread.”
Her chance of living for another five years is 40 percent.
Nearly nine months after the scrambled launch of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, some Georgians have been shocked and dismayed to find their new insurance plans offer far fewer doctors, specialists and hospitals to choose from than they’ve come to expect.
DeKalb County CEO Lee May restored the county Board of Ethics to full strength Friday, replacing an inactive member as the board investigates several complaints against county commissioners and employees.
May appointed Robert Blackman, a Vietnam War veteran and a member of the county Code Enforcement Advisory Committee, to replace board member Isaac Blythers, whose term expired Dec. 31.
Blackman’s addition to the board gives it another potential vote as it decides whether to take action on pending cases involving three commissioners, several employees and former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, who faces trial in September on charges that he strong-armed county vendors into giving campaign contributions.
The seven-member Ethics Board needs five votes to reprimand, suspend or remove officials from office.
Ethics cases are pending against Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Larry Johnson and Sharon Barnes Sutton based on complaints that they used their county purchasing cards to buy personal items.
Properties in DeKalb County’s cities are gaining far more value than those in unincorporated areas, according to the county’s mid-year budget.
The taxable value of city properties is expected to increase 13.1 percent this year, while the taxable value of unincorporated properties is up only 0.6 percent. Countywide, taxable property values are growing 5.9 percent this year.
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee made an impassioned plea Friday for the county’s political leadership to support the $500 million bus rapid transit system and to fund part of its cost with a proposed special purpose sales tax.
That appeal seemed to largely fall flat.
After the meeting of commissioners and mayors, all four district commissioners said they would not support including $100 million for the transit system on the list of projects for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. That money is needed as a local match to qualify for a federal grant that could provide up to $250 million for the project.
Only commissioners can vote on which projects to include in the upcoming SPLOST, to be voted on in November.
Faye DiMassimo, the county’s transportation director, has said that the transit project was dead without the SPLOST funding.