Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Walton High School.
District 2 Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott, whose district includes East Cobb, wants to hear from you. Ott will host a town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road. For more information, call 770-528-3316 or visit cobbcounty.org/ott. Next Tuesday, District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell will host a town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. 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.
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 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.” Young, 46, 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 plastic explosive…
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…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
East Cobb resident Pete Borden said the project would make the corridor "boring, sterile."
After listening to Cobb planning officials and civic leaders talk about the Johnson Ferry Road Design Plan in late March, East Cobb resident Pete Borden summed up some of the skepticism in the room when he asked: "Who gets to decide what's aesthetically pleasing?" Earlier this week, Borden expanded his thoughts in a column in The Marietta Daily Journal, saying the long-term project would "change the corridor into a replica of the neutered, antiseptic, uniform and unbelievably boring main street of a theme park." The column is behind a subscription wall. He continued: "The plan is to force all new development into a preset mold, so that everything looks like everything else. Yuck! Uniform street lights, uniform benches, uniform sidewalks, …
Next Wednesday's meeting with constituents begins at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 2
District 2 Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott will hold his next East Cobb town hall meeting next Wednesday, May 8, at Walton High School. The meeting will take place in the auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At his town halls, Ott typically updates constituents on developments in Cobb County government and the community and takes questions from the audience. Walton is located at 1590 Bill Murdock Road.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The project also is aimed at improving travel times for East Cobb commuters.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-East Cobb) cut the ribbon Monday on the much-anticipated Johnson Ferry/Abernathy Road widening project in Sandy Springs. The project widens Abernathy Road by adding two more lanes from Johnson Ferry Road to Roswell Road. It also includes four-foot bike lanes, eight-foot sidewalks, and is divided by a raised median. Once completed, the project is said to relieve congestion and provide better travel times for thousands of motorists on a daily basis. The Abernathy Road project also included widening Johnson Ferry Road from Columns Drive to Abernathy Road, providing six travel lanes from Columns Drive to Riverside Drive, four travel lanes from Riverside to Abernathy, a raised median, bike lanes and sidewalks.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The East Cobb Commissioner got a first-hand experience during exercises this week.
Saturday, April 27
From Cobb County Government: From left, Cobb Public Safety Director Jack Forsythe, 911 Director Ann Flynn and Commissioner Bob Ott took part in firefighter training exercises April 23 at the Public Safety Training Center. The experience included a ladder climb as well as interior smoke and fire simulations. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services is a team of more than 650 sworn firefighters and 32 civilian employees. The department covers 305 square miles of the unincorporated areas of Cobb as well as three of the six incorporated cities within Cobb: Kennesaw, Acworth and Powder Springs. In 2012, the department responded to more than 48,000 calls.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cobb Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to accept a state grant to establish the county's first mental health court.
The Cobb Board of Commissioners gave the green light to funding the county’s first mental health court on Tuesday. The board voted 3-2 to accept a state grant to create the mental health court, with commissioners Helen Goreham and Bob Ott opposed. The new court will be overseen by Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley, using a $53,615 state grant commissioners accepted for the remainder of the fiscal year through June 30, said county chairman Tim Lee. Lee said the current grant can pay for 10 participants, but it is uncertain whether a second grant will be given to the county for the next fiscal year until more state guidelines come out in June. Last year, the state gave $353,676 in grants to 20 courts including the Cobb Family Dependency …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Cobb Taxpayers Association claims the Cobb School District violated state law by using public money to advocate for passage of SPLOST IV.
Contributed by the Cobb Taxpayers Association: The Cobb Taxpayers Association (CTA) president, Lance Lamberton, submitted a complaint on Thursday with the Georgia Department of Law, claiming that the Cobb County School District was in violation of state law by using taxpayer money and taxpayer supported facilities to explicitly advocate for passage of SPLOST IV, which was ratified by voters in a specially held election in Cobb County on March 19, 2013. In the complaint, Lamberton stated: The Cobb County School District explicitly called for passage of SPLOST IV using taxpayer supported and paid for communications, which included a newsletter, The Mt. Bethel Bugle, which urged a “yes” vote (attached). This newsletter was put in folders, …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Next month's meeting returns to the Mountain View Community Center.
Sunday, April 21
Cobb District 3 Commissioner JoAnn Birrell will host a town hall 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at Mountain View Community Center, 3400 Sandy Plains Road. The meeting will feature the police K-9 team and Animal Control services. For more information, call 770-528-3317 or visit cobbcounty.org/birrell.