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MDJ Script/ Top Stories for Nov 28th       

Publish Date:  Nov 27th    

Commercial: Henssler :15  

From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast. 

Today is Tuesday, November 28th  and Happy 64th Birthday to pitcher Dave Righetti.

 ***1983 No Hitter***

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

  1. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas in Marietta
  2. Braves Light the Tree at The Battery
  3. Acworth Public Safety Cadets Honored for State Championship

All of this and more is coming up on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen and subscribe! 




STORY 1: In Marietta, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Marietta Square in the Gem City has adorned itself with holiday lights for Marietta Winter Wonderland, featuring Christmas-themed events such as pictures with Santa, storytime, and cookie and milk sessions. Santa's Magical Moments offer children a 30-minute experience with Santa, including crafts. Pictures with Santa will be taken at the Marietta History Center, starting December 1. The Downtown Marietta Development Authority ensured all trees in Atherton Square Park are festively decorated. Glover Park hosts the Festival of Trees, where local schools decorate trees. The annual Christmas tree lighting in the Square is scheduled for November 30, featuring performances, an ugly Christmas sweater walking parade, and Santa's arrival around 5:15 p.m.


STORY 2: Braves Light the Tree at The Battery

The Battery Atlanta celebrated the lighting of its 30-foot Christmas tree with two special guests, Santa Claus and Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker. The event drew around 5,000 to 6,000 people and featured live music, including Christmas tunes played by A-Town A-List. The tree is adorned with strobes and non-blinking lights, decorated in Braves and Battery colors. Snitker expressed his Christmas wish for another World Series title for the Braves, aiming for 2025 when Truist Park hosts the All-Star Game. This marks the seventh year of the Battery's Christmas tree lighting tradition.



STORY 3: Acworth Public Safety Cadets Honored For State Championship

Acworth's Public Safety Cadet Program, led by Acworth Police Cpl. Eric Mistretta, recently won the state championships for public safety cadets at the Law Enforcement Explorer Association of Georgia’s conference. The cadets were honored by the Acworth Board of Aldermen for their achievement. The program provides hands-on training in various scenarios such as traffic stops, burglaries, and active shooter situations, preparing the cadets for careers in law enforcement and public safety. The state championship victory broke an 11-year winning streak held by Cobb Police Department's cadets. The program aims to develop leadership skills and offers valuable social experiences for participants aged 14-20.



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STORY 4: ‘Never Forgotten’: Cobb Homicide Vigil Honors Victims and their Loved Ones

The Cobb District Attorney's office and the Cobb Victim Witness Unit held their annual vigil for homicide victims at the Cobb Superior Courthouse, honoring over 600 victims. Families of the victims attended the event, receiving white roses and having candles lit in their loved ones' honor. The vigil, attended by law enforcement and support organizations, aimed to provide solace and community for those affected by homicides. The guest speaker, Amanda Planchard, shared her experience as the older sister of Charles "Chet" Planchard, who was murdered in 1992. The event facilitated connections and remembrance, offering support to families dealing with tragedy.


STORY 5: Kennesaw State Enrollment Surpasses 45,000

For the fifth consecutive year, Kennesaw State University's enrollment has increased, reaching 45,152 students for fall 2023. The university has witnessed continuous growth since fall 2019 when it had 37,807 students. Of the current enrollment, 5,763 students reside on KSU's Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. Kennesaw State, the third-largest university in Georgia, has experienced only one enrollment decline since fall 2014. The recent increase represents a 39% growth since 2014, with 40,395 undergraduates and 4,333 graduate students. The university attributes its appeal to diverse programs and expanded opportunities for research and experiential learning.


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STORY 6: Nonprofits Highlighted With Trees at Town Center Mall

Nonprofits in the Kennesaw area have adorned trees at the Town Center at Cobb mall for the second annual Festival of Trees. The event aims to raise awareness for various local nonprofit organizations by providing them with space to showcase their services. Fifteen organizations have decorated trees, each designed by their volunteers. The trees include information about the nonprofits and ways for residents to get involved. Pounce de Leon, a cat rescue organization, is one of the featured nonprofits, utilizing the opportunity to showcase its work and raise funds during the holiday season. The mall plans to make the Festival of Trees an annual tradition.


STORY 7: Black Friday Turnout Down From Years Past

The traditional Black Friday shopping experience, characterized by massive crowds and early openings, is evolving. While sizable crowds were observed at Kennesaw's Town Center Mall and Cumberland Mall on the day after Thanksgiving, shoppers noted that the crowds were noticeably smaller than in previous years. Online shopping is often blamed for this shift, but Chris McCoy, senior general manager at Cumberland Mall, pointed out that Black Friday deals now extend beyond the day itself, spanning the entire week or even the entire month of November. The change has contributed to a more spread-out and less intense shopping experience, with crowds estimated at around a quarter of those seen five years ago. The impact of online shopping and extended sale periods is evident in the changing dynamics of in-person Black Friday shopping.




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