MDJ Script/ Top Stories for Dec 2nd
Publish Date: Dec 1st
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From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast.
Today is Saturday, December 2nd and Happy 44th Birthday to Nelly Furtado
***12.02.23 - BIRTHDAY - NELLY FURTADO***
I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia.
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STORY 1: Austell Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting at SW Atlanta Apartments
Kadeem Frison, a 33-year-old Austell man, has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred two months earlier at the Hidden Pines apartment complex in southwest Atlanta. Frison faces charges of murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The shooting took place on September 13, resulting in the death of a 49-year-old individual. Frison was apprehended by Cobb Police on November 25, then transferred to Atlanta police custody and subsequently to the Fulton County Sheriff's custody on November 27. Frison had previous charges for drug possession and other offenses in Cobb County.
STORY 2: UPDATE: Grand Jury Declined to Bring Charges in Police Shooting of Austell Man
Last year, a Cobb grand jury decided not to charge a Cobb police officer, Ian McConnell, in the shooting death of 28-year-old Devonte Brown. Brown was killed on August 18, 2021, after a car chase involving a stolen vehicle. The grand jury's decision was revealed after Brown's lawyers released body camera footage of the incident. The footage shows Officer McConnell firing 12 shots into Brown's vehicle after it collided with police cars. Brown's family and their attorney, Harry Daniels, condemned the shooting, claiming Brown was not a threat. Daniels plans to file a civil rights violation lawsuit and explore a wrongful death lawsuit.
STORY 3: Cobb Commission Approves 11 New Mental Health First Responder Positions
The Cobb Board of Commissioners has unanimously approved 11 new first responder positions as part of the Cobb Co-Responder Program, a collaboration between the Cobb Department of Public Safety and Highland Rivers Behavioral Health. This program aims to enhance the county's response to mental health emergencies by partnering police and fire personnel with case managers and clinicians to deescalate crises. The approved positions include two police officers, six sheriff's deputies, and three Cobb fire staff positions. These additions align with existing mental health programs within the Cobb Police Department and Cobb Fire and Emergency Services. The goal is to address mental health issues effectively and prevent unnecessary incarcerations.
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STORY 4: Marietta's Historic Brumby Lofts Gets Makeover
Brumby Lofts, a 167-unit apartment complex housed in the former Brumby Chair Company factory, has undergone renovations to modernize its amenities and spaces for residents. The historic building, which served as a factory since the late 1870s, was converted into loft apartments in the mid-1990s. Tribridge Residential, the owner, collaborated with interior designer Savannah Etzel to upgrade amenity spaces, expand the fitness center, and enhance the pool and outdoor areas. The renovations also included turning one outdoor space into a dog run. While preserving historic features like concrete floors, wood ceilings, and exposed brick walls, the makeover aims to offer modern comforts for residents.
STORY 5: Georgia again collecting gasoline tax
The temporary suspension of Georgia's gasoline tax, initiated by Gov. Brian Kemp in September, has expired. The state Department of Revenue will now resume collecting the 29 cents per gallon tax from motorists. The decision not to extend the suspension comes as fuel prices have dropped significantly, with Georgia currently having the third-lowest average price at $2.79 per gallon, according to AAA. Despite a substantial budget surplus, the state has opted to reinstate the gas tax due to the notable decrease in fuel prices.
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STORY 6: 'An Academic Bridge': KSU and Chatt Tech Partner to Create Transfer Program
Chattahoochee Technical College and Kennesaw State University have introduced a transfer program called LINK to facilitate a seamless transition for students moving from Chatt Tech to KSU. The program offers academic counseling at Chatt Tech, guidance through the transfer process, and financial support to ease the transition. Students completing 30 credit hours at Chatt Tech, equivalent to 10 General Education courses, will have their KSU application fee waived. Additionally, KSU students can apply their credits toward an associate degree at Chatt Tech through "reverse transfer." The program aims to enhance collaboration between the two institutions and benefit transfer students.
STORY 7: Local Named a Social Justice Scholar at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice
Matthew Encarnación, a resident of Marietta, has been named a 2023-2024 Social Justice Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). He joined SP2's third cohort of Social Justice Scholars, a competitive program aiming to foster social justice leadership in students. Scholars receive full tuition benefits, mentorship, additional training, and become part of a dynamic cohort. Encarnación, who holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Mercer University, is pursuing a Master of Science in social policy at SP2. The scholarship reflects his commitment to social justice and leadership in the field.
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