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Publish Date:  June 13th



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


Today is Thursday, June 13th and Happy 70th Birthday to actor Tim Allen.

***06.13.24 – BIRTHDAY – TIM ALLEN***  

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

  1. Marietta Names Beam New Police Chief
  2. Marietta School Board Hears Last Pitch to Stop Student Phone Use
  3. 3 Alcohol Ordinance Changes on Marietta's Radar


Plus, Bruce Jenkins sits down with Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets on whether honey is an added sugar.


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: Marietta Names Beam New Police Chief

Interim Police Chief David Beam was officially named as the new chief of the Marietta Police Department by a 4-0 vote. Beam, a 38-year veteran of the department, had been serving in various leadership roles, including interim chief from 2006 to 2007. His priorities have included recruitment and retention of officers, successfully reducing vacancies from 29 to 4 since taking over. With extensive experience and qualifications, Beam expressed gratitude for the appointment and aims to uphold the department's legacy of service to the Marietta community. City Manager Bill Bruton expressed confidence in Beam's abilities, citing his long-standing dedication and proven results within the department.

STORY 2: Marietta School Board Hears Last Pitch to Stop Student Phone Use

The Marietta Board of Education is considering a plan to limit middle school students' access to cellphones and smartwatches using pouches locked by magnets throughout the school day. Superintendent Grant Rivera presented the final proposal, emphasizing a comprehensive approach involving community engagement and IT strategies. Stakeholder feedback has largely been positive, with students even offering insights. The district plans to partner with various institutions for research opportunities to measure the policy's effectiveness. The proposed $100,000 purchase of pouches and magnets will be voted on next Tuesday, with additional costs for securing magnets in classrooms. Community input will be sought before the final decision.

STORY 3: 3 Alcohol Ordinance Changes on Marietta’s Radar

The Marietta City Council is set to discuss three proposed changes to its alcohol ordinances, including allowing specialty wine shops to sell wine by the glass, permitting businesses to offer carry-out, curb service, and delivery of unopened alcoholic drinks, and allowing downtown merchants to sell liquor in the public right-of-way during city-sanctioned events. The changes aim to loosen restrictions on alcohol sales on the Marietta Square. The proposed revisions would expand the scope of the Ancillary Wine Tasting License to allow for consumption on premises, costing $541, and enable businesses to sell alcohol for carry-out and delivery.

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STORY 4: Cobb Calls Referndum on 30 year Tax to Fund Transit

Cobb County is set to vote on a 30-year 1% sales tax for public transportation on November 5th. The referendum, approved along party lines by the Board of Commissioners, aims to raise $11 billion for transit improvements. Supporters argue it's necessary for growth and congestion relief, while opponents question its cost and effectiveness. The tax would fund an overhaul of Cobb's transit system, including rapid bus routes and on-demand "microtransit" services. Community outreach is underway ahead of the referendum, with voters asked to decide on the tax's imposition and associated debt issuance.

STORY 5: Out And About: 5 Things to do This Weekend in Cobb County—June 14- 16

The Cobb County NAACP is hosting its 21st annual Juneteenth Celebration on Marietta Square from Friday through Sunday. The event features family-friendly activities, entertainment, and food, with free admission. Additionally, Marietta History Center hosts a monthly pop-in event with this Saturday's theme being "Cultures of Cobb." Frog Rock Brewery in Austell will host a benefit concert on Saturday, with ticket sales supporting Sweetwater Creek State Park. For Dolly Parton fans, there's "Dolly Days of Summer" at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta, featuring trivia, music bingo, and a costume contest. Smyrna's North Cooper Lake Park will screen "Back to the Future" on Saturday for a Father's Day showing. Registration is required, and tickets cost $10 per family.

We’ll be back in a moment 


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And now here is Bruce Jenkins’ conversation with Leah McGrath on whether honey is an added sugar.




We’ll have closing comments after this.





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