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MDJ  Script/ Top Stories for Sept 19th

Publish Date:  Sept 19th


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

   Today is Tuesday, Sept 19th and happy birthday to Jimmy Fallon


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

  1. Lottery president touts success, discusses challenges
  2. Cherokee elder preserves traditions in west Cobb
  3. Cobb Bar Association holds 25th annual Alexis Grubbs Memorial Golf Tournament

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!

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Georgia Lottery President Gretchen Corbin discussed the lottery's success and challenges during a meeting with Cobb Executive Women. The Powerball jackpot exceeded $500 million, prompting members to share their hypothetical winnings, including donations to charities and buying homes near their children. The Georgia Lottery has consistently generated over $1 billion in annual returns for the state, with a significant portion funding education programs like the HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K. Corbin emphasized the enduring popularity of the lottery among the group..……..Read more about this at





Children at Green Meadows Preserve in West Cobb learned about Cherokee traditions and the cultivation of native plants during the Frontier Days event. Cherokee elder Tony Harris shared knowledge about roots and plants used historically by Native Americans, emphasizing the importance of preserving Cherokee traditions in writing to prevent their loss. The Green Meadows Preserve, designated as a historical and educational site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, is developing a Cherokee garden with original plants. Harris also discussed challenges he faced in preserving this knowledge in a digital age. The event featured various educational activities, including butter churning and spinning demonstrations.




The Cobb Bar Association organized the 25th annual Alexis Grubbs Memorial Golf Tournament at Brookstone Golf & Country Club in Acworth. Over 100 golfers participated, raising an estimated $16,000 to $21,000 for the Alexis Grubbs Memorial Scholarship. The winning team included Chris Shaw, Matthew Miller, John Gloster, and Kelvin Norris. Established in honor of Alexis Grubbs, who tragically passed away in a car crash in 1998, the scholarship supports Marietta High School students pursuing legal careers. To date, more than $380,000 has been awarded to 81 MHS graduates. The scholarship criteria are based on Alexis's qualities described by Otis Brumby Jr.............…..(pause)


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STORY 4: Public comment sign-up scrum adds to drama at Cobb school board meeting


A dramatic incident occurred at the Cobb Board of Education as people lined up to sign up for public comments before a scheduled meeting. The chaos ensued when the sign-up process was moved outside due to a large crowd. Supporters and opponents of Superintendent Chris Ragsdale scrambled to secure slots to speak. Tensions escalated with chants and physical confrontations, leading to a student running away in tears. Some blamed district staff for mishandling the sign-up process. Despite the turmoil, the board members do not respond to public comments, and addressing individual personnel matters is not permitted.


STORY 5: GOP must focus on future to win, Kemp tells Cobb Republican women


Governor Brian Kemp addressed local GOP activists at the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club, emphasizing the need for Republicans to offer a forward-looking vision to voters. He argued that focusing on the past, particularly election disputes, is not productive and that people are concerned about the present challenges, such as inflation and rising gas prices. Despite previous tensions with Donald Trump, Kemp pledged to support the eventual GOP nominee in 2024, stressing the importance of Georgia in winning the White House. Speculation surrounds Kemp's potential challenge to Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff in the 2026 election.


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STORY 6: Mt. Bethel Christian Academy navigates future independent of church


Mt. Bethel Christian Academy in East Cobb, Georgia, may need to find a new location for its lower and middle school students after the leaders of Mt. Bethel Church voted to terminate the academy's lease. While the academy has been independent of the church for two years, it currently rents facilities from the church for its lower and middle schools. The church's early termination of the lease has given the academy five years to vacate its current campus. The academy plans to move its middle school to its upper school campus and invest in expanding facilities, but the future location of the lower school is still uncertain.


STORY 7: Freddy Falcon


Atlanta Falcons honored West Side Elementary School's Teacher of the Week, Rachael Vick, and Student of the Week, Ben Foushee. The event featured the team's mascot, Freddie Falcon, and aimed to promote the NFL team. Teachers and students are selected based on character traits endorsed by the Falcons, including hard work, authenticity, and resilience. Ben Foushee was recognized for consistently meeting expectations and being a dedicated student. During the event, students were entertained with chants and dances led by Freddie Falcon. Principal Christina Wagoner praised Ms. Vick as a phenomenal teacher who gives her best every day.


…Back with final thoughts after this.


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