MDJ Script/ Top Stories for Sept 21st
Publish Date: Sept 20th
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From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast
Today is Thursday, September 21st and happy heavenly birthday to Author H.G. Wells
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: Marietta junior killed in crash Monday evening
A 16-year-old Marietta High School junior named Liv Teverino tragically died in a single-vehicle crash on Burnt Hickory Road near Devonwood Trail, close to the school. The crash led to a car fire, which was contained by first responders. Liv was described as a scholar, athlete, and community leader, excelling academically and in sports. A memorial appeared in her parking space at the school, with heartfelt tributes from friends who remembered her as a beacon of positivity, faith, and joy. The school community mourns her loss and remembers her not only for her achievements but for her kind spirit and determination…….Get more stories like this from mdjonline.com
STORY 2: Cobb approves 90 senior houses amid affordability debate
The Cobb Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the construction of 90 new single-family homes for seniors aged 55 and up in southwest Cobb. This decision sparked a debate on housing availability and affordability in the area. Commissioner Sheffield advocated for reducing the number of homes to match the area's character but emphasized the housing shortage. Commissioner Gambrill, who voted against the development, argued that higher density doesn't guarantee affordability, especially for seniors responsible for infrastructure costs. Despite concerns about affordability, Chair Lisa Cupid supported the idea of more senior housing, citing the county's growing senior population.
STORY 3: Smyrna mayoral race heats up
In Smyrna's upcoming mayoral race, candidate Ken Hymes is voicing sharp criticism against incumbent Mayor Derek Norton's leadership. Hymes, a director at Warner Bros. Discovery, is emphasizing the need for a new direction in the city, pointing to concerns over project mismanagement and financial decisions. Notably, he questions the new downtown brewery and park project and the purchase of a church campus without clear funding or plans. Hymes is committed to engaging citizens, highlighting their role in successful projects. Meanwhile, Mayor Norton defends his record, underscoring Smyrna's financial stability as a key achievement............…..(pause)
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STORY 4: North Georgia State Fair kicks off Thursday at Jim Miller Park
The 91st annual North Georgia State Fair, presented by Superior Plumbing, is set to open its gates at Jim Miller Park in Marietta on Thursday afternoon. The fair will run through Sunday, October 1, offering a wide range of attractions and entertainment for visitors. The fair features free shows, farm animals, flower displays, competitions, local entertainment, and a variety of delicious fair foods. Exciting rides and games can be found on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway, including popular attractions like the Wildcat Rollercoaster and the Mega Slide. Various events, including the Piccolo Zoppe Circus, Demolition Derby, Monster Truck shows, and American Bull Riders Tour, will take place in a covered arena. Gate admission is $10, and children under 10 enter for free. Ride tickets are available at different prices, and special promotions are offered throughout the fair's duration. Fair Manager Tod Miller expressed excitement about the new attractions and the fair's commitment to providing value to visitors. Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools' fall break coincides with the fair, making it an excellent family destination. Visit www.northgeorgiastatefair.com for more information.
STORY 5: Marietta school officials allay worries about student life center
Marietta school officials are addressing concerns about the Marietta Student Life Center ahead of the Marietta Board of Education's vote on funding for the center. The center, originally established as the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center, offers a range of resources, including counseling, a food pantry, clothing closet, and college and career coaching, to support students and families. Some concerns were raised about potential interruptions to therapy services. School board member Angela Orange and Superintendent Grant Rivera have reassured families that therapeutic services will continue, with adjustments to scheduling to minimize disruptions during instructional time. The funding under consideration is related to orientation programs, not therapy services.
STORY 6: Suspect in social media influencer's death booked into Cobb jail
A 21-year-old man, Eugene Louis-Jocques, accused of murder in the death of Cobb resident Beauty Couch, a social media influencer found dead in Austell on August 23, has been booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Louis-Jocques faces charges of murder, aggravated assault, and arson in connection with Couch's death. He was apprehended by sheriff's deputies in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, days after Couch's body was discovered and was awaiting extradition to Cobb. Couch, a popular Instagram influencer known for her dancing roller skating videos, was allegedly murdered by Louis-Jocques, who is accused of repeatedly stabbing her and setting her vehicle on fire.
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STORY 7: Homeschool Beta Club inducts 21 members
The Global Leadership Academy for Homeschoolers celebrated its annual National Beta Club induction ceremony at the Switzer Library in Marietta. Twenty-one homeschooled students were inducted into the National Beta Club, selected for their outstanding academic standing and character. The National Beta Club, with over 500,000 members across the U.S., promotes academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among students. Chartered in 2018, GLA actively participates in National Beta activities, including the upcoming Leadership Summit at Great Wolf Lodge and the Georgia Convention in November. GLA students are making a positive impact through community service, exemplifying their commitment to academic success and service projects.
STORY 8: Commissioners to consider senior housing in southwest Cobb
The Cobb Board of Commissioners is set to consider a proposal for senior housing (age 55 and up) in the southwest part of the county at its zoning meeting on Tuesday. The development, known as Spring Lake Village, would occupy approximately 41 acres on Morris Road, near Hiram Lithia Springs Road. The Cobb Planning Commission previously endorsed the project with the condition that the developer reduces the number of homes from the initial 110 to 62, resulting in a lower density of 1.75 units per acre. Additionally, the board will review a revised site plan for a 49-unit townhome development on Cooper Lake Road. The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. at 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta.………….…Back with final thoughts after
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