MDJ Script/ Top Stories for Dec 1st
Publish Date: Nov 30th
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From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast.
Today is Friday, December 1st and Happy 77th Birthday to actress Bette Midler.
***12.01.23 - BIRTHDAY - BETTE MILDER***
I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Engineered Solutions of Georgia
Plus, Keith Ippolito's conversation with Angie Clawson Director of Communications from the Salvation Army.
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STORY 1: 26-Year-Old Killed in Cumberland Hotel Shooting Tuesday
A 26-year-old man, Demarcus Watson, was killed in a shooting at a Cumberland hotel in Cobb County. The incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. at the Budgetel Inns and Suites. Officers responded to reports of a person shot and found Watson with a gunshot wound. Despite attempts at lifesaving measures, he did not survive. The police suspect foul play, and no suspect has been identified yet. Watson's next of kin has been notified. Authorities urge anyone with information to contact the Cobb County Police Tip Hotline at 770-499-4111.
STORY 2: Cobb Commission OKs $1.6 Million for 2025 MLB All-Star Game
The Cobb Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve $1.6 million for security and related expenses for hosting the 2025 MLB All-Star Game at Truist Park. The funding, part of the county's 2025 budget, includes $785,000 for overtime for police officers, firefighters, and 911 operators. The remaining $800,000 will cover security and traffic equipment, planning, training programs, and meals for staff. The decision comes two years after MLB withdrew the 2021 All-Star Game from Truist Park in response to Georgia's voting law. Cobb Chairwoman Lisa Cupid expressed appreciation for the opportunity to host the event again.
STORY 3: 'It's not a fee, it's a tax': Republican Commissioners Oppose Stormwater Fee
Cobb Commissioner Keli Gambrill reiterated her opposition to a proposed stormwater utility fee, characterizing it as a tax without direct benefits. Cobb Water System Director Judy Jones presented details of the proposed fee, which would fund stormwater maintenance and improvements. The fee, based on impervious surface area, would result in modest increases for most residences but substantial ones for large businesses. Gambrill argued that the fee does not address existing staffing shortages and criticized the approval of a 24-inch pipe that redirected stormwater onto another resident's property. Commissioner JoAnn Birrell also opposed the fee, linking it to ongoing revenue transfers to the county's general fund.
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STORY 4: Santa Takes it From the Top in Smyrna Tree-Lighting Festivities
Smyrna's annual "Home for the Holidays" event in Market Village drew a large crowd to launch the 2023 holiday season. The downtown area, adorned with more colorful lights than ever, featured entertainment and the arrival of Santa Claus. Mayor Derek Norton greeted attendees and expressed satisfaction with the event's growth. The festivities included the lighting of a giant tree, Santa's arrival on an aerial platform, and group photos with Santa in a large sleigh. Multiple school choruses and musical groups contributed to the holiday spirit. The addition of a Kris Kringle Market with various vendors offering unique gifts enhanced the celebration.
STORY 5: Mableton Council to Vote On Transitional Budget
The Mableton City Council is set to vote on a voluntary transitional spending plan for the city, covering December 2023 to June 2024. The city, in its transitional period, anticipates revenues of $3.8 million and expenditures of $3.5 million, with a projected surplus of approximately $309,000. Motor vehicle taxes are the main income source, expected to generate $2.25 million. Expenditures include salaries, code enforcement, and legal representation. The mayor and council have a budget of $112,500 for salaries, while code enforcement has a proposed budget of about $431,500, covering personnel services and equipment. The council will also consider a resolution adopting a preliminary classification and pay plan for 13 positions.
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STORY 6: ANGIE CLAWSON SALVATION ARMY
And now, here is Keith Ippolito's conversation with Angie Clawson from the Salvation Army.
•Publix Shamrock Plaza (Decatur): 3870 N Druid Hills Rd
•Salvation Army Lawrenceville (Gwinnett): 3455 Sugarloaf Parkway
•Salvation Army Marietta (Cobb): 202 Waterman Street, SE
•Salvation Army Kroc Center (Fulton): 967 Dewey Street
Let's make a difference together in the fight against hunger!
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STORY 7: Kennesaw State Receives $2M grant to Boost Doctoral Education
Kennesaw State University's Peach State Bridges to the Doctorate Program, which supports master's students from underrepresented communities pursuing doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences, has received a new five-year training grant renewal worth $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program, established in 2018, boasts a success rate of 85%, with participants often moving on to doctoral programs. The renewed grant will allow the program to offer more generous stipends to trainees and cover the costs of attendance, expanding its reach to include financially disadvantaged students
STORY 8: Online Bachelor's in Health Science at GHC Ranked One of the Most Affordable in the Country
Georgia Highlands College's online Bachelor of Science in Health Science program has been recognized as one of the most affordable in the nation by Intelligent.com. Established in 2020, the program offers concentrations in public health, exercise science, and social and behavioral health. The school emphasizes experiential learning through internships and allows students to earn certifications while studying. With a pre-professional track, the program is not limited to pre-medical studies, providing flexibility for students to pursue various health science careers. The college has partnerships with institutions like Trinity School of Medicine, University of West Georgia, and Morehouse College.
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