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Apartment Fire in Marietta Displaces 25-30 Residents

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Publish Date:  Feb 26th        



From the Ingles Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast. 


Today is Tuesday, February 27th, and Happy 42nd Birthday to singer Josh Groban.

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I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia. 

  1. Apartment Fire in Marietta Displaces 25-30 Residents
  2. Clark Atlanta Professor and Author: “When You Get An Opportunity, Run With It.”
  3. Marietta Becomes The Cat's Meow For Feline Show


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STORY 1: Apartment Fire in Marietta Displaces 25-30 Residents

A fire at the Falls at Sope Creek Apartments in Marietta displaced around 25-30 residents and some pets on Saturday. The cause of the fire remains undetermined. The Red Cross provided assistance, and apartment management is aiding residents with housing needs. Some residents, like Jennifer Hallmark, were unable to rescue their pets during the fire. Hallmark, who had several cats, was evacuated but desperately wanted to retrieve them. Property management was not available on Sunday morning, leaving residents anxious about their belongings and pets.

STORY 2: Clark Atlanta Professor and Author: “When You Get An Opportunity, Run With It.”

Dr. Daniel Black, a professor and author from Clark Atlanta University, was the featured speaker at Smyrna's second annual Black History Month event. The event, sold out both years, featured readings from some of Black's works, including "The Coming" and "Black on Black." Black encouraged attendees to seize opportunities and praised Smyrna for its inclusivity. Attendees praised Black's powerful and eloquent words, describing them as a "call to action." Many, like Jason Woods, were excited to see Black speak and appreciated the city's efforts to host diverse programs. Overall, Black's presentation left a lasting impression on the Smyrna community.

STORY 3: Marietta Becomes The Cat's Meow For Feline Show

The IAM Local 709 in Marietta hosted a cat show organized by the Atlanta Phoenix Cat Society and the Cat Fancier's Association, featuring hundreds of cats judged on appearance and agility. Owners proudly showcased their cats, like Jasper, a Maine Coon aiming for a national win, and Sterling, a sweet silver tabby exotic who won an award for resembling a taco in a costume contest. Attendees also shopped for pet products, including cat furniture designed for exercise and comfort. The event celebrated cats of all breeds and provided a fun and enriching experience for feline enthusiasts.


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STORY 4: 'Truth, Justice and Compassion': State Court Judge Speaks About Service

Judge Eric Brewton emphasized the crucial role of jurors in the Cobb State Court during a Rotary Club of Marietta meeting. He highlighted the importance of impartiality and truth-seeking in jury duty, stressing that jurors play a vital part in ensuring justice. Brewton also discussed various programs offered by the court to assist individuals, including legal aid services, eviction clinics, and a DUI court aimed at rehabilitation. He emphasized the importance of compassion and Christian values in his judicial work, aiming to uphold truth and justice in every decision. Attendees praised the court's efforts to support the community and appreciated Brewton's dedication to his faith-driven approach to justice.

STORY 5: Bingo Builds Community at Acworth Senior Living Center

The Dogwood Forest assisted living facility in Acworth hosts tri-weekly Bingo games, which are eagerly anticipated and attended by its senior residents. The competitive atmosphere begins early, with players vying for tables hours before the game. Once underway, the event is lively, with participants enthusiastically calling out "Bingo" as numbers are announced on a big screen accompanied by music. Beyond the game itself, Bingo serves as a means for residents to foster a sense of community, temporarily escaping any worries and simply relishing in the joy of play.


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STORY 6: Freezing for a Good Cause: Polar Plunge In Acworth Benefits Special Olympics

The Polar Plunge event in Acworth brought together local residents, law enforcement officers, and dignitaries to support Special Olympics. Despite chilly temperatures, participants rushed into Lake Acworth to raise funds for the cause. Organized through the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the event aims to shift perceptions of law enforcement and foster community partnerships. Funds raised contribute to Special Olympics programs, with a goal of $2 million in 2024. Law enforcement agencies, including the Cobb County Sheriff's Office and Austell Police Department, participated in themed costumes, adding to the festive atmosphere. The event featured not only the Polar Plunge but also activities like tug-of-war, showcasing camaraderie among participants from across the state.

STORY 7: From Neo-Nazi to Faithful Jew

Frank Meeink, a former neo-Nazi with a criminal past, shared his journey of redemption and transformation at Chabad of Cobb synagogue. Recruited into the movement as a young man, Meeink spent years promoting neo-Nazi ideology before serving time in prison. His perspective shifted during incarceration, where he formed friendships with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Witnessing the Oklahoma City Bombing prompted his departure from the movement. Meeink eventually embraced his Jewish heritage and now advocates for police reform. His message emphasizes personal growth and understanding rather than blame, urging individuals to reflect on their actions and strive for positive change.



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