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Tensions Rise in Cobb County Due to Disagreements Over Service Agreement

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MDJ Script/ Top Stories for April 11th            

Publish Date:  April 11th          



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


Today is Thursday, April 11th, and Happy 95th Birthday to Ethel Kennedy.

***04.11.24 – BIRTHDAY – ETHEL KENNEDY***

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

  1. Tensions Rise in Cobb County Due to Disagreements Over Service Agreement
  2. Former Employee Trapped in Grease Vent During Alleged Burglary at Los Bravos Restaurant
  3. Atlanta United Announces Expansion of Marietta Training Facility


Plus, Bruce Jenkins sits down with Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets on the difference between a nutritionist and registered dietician.


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: 'Bad Faith': Cobb County and its Cities at Odds Over Service Agreement

Cobb County's suggestion of providing zero reimbursement to cities for essential services has sparked outrage among mayors, who describe it as insulting and offensive. The dispute revolves around Service Delivery Strategy agreements, which outline services provided by the county and cities to avoid double taxation. The county's proposal contradicts past agreements, prompting cities to seek legal representation for mediation. Failure to reach an agreement by October 31 could result in state sanctions affecting grants and permits. Cities are moving towards formal mediation, hoping to avoid litigation, but remain prepared to pursue legal action if necessary to secure fair reimbursement.

STORY 2: Man Caught in Los Bravos Grease Vent

Mauricio Serrano-Jimenez was allegedly found stuck in a grease vent at a Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant in Marietta during a reported burglary on March 13. He purportedly entered through the roof vent and was discovered by restaurant management the next morning. Crews had to cut through the kitchen's fire suppression system to free him. Serrano-Jimenez, a former Los Bravos employee fired in 2015 for theft, is accused of similar burglaries at other restaurants in the area, including stealing tequila and cash. The MDJ attempted to contact Los Bravos for comment, but no one was available. Serrano-Jimenez's current whereabouts are unknown, with no record of arrest.

STORY 3: Atlanta United to expand Marietta training facility

Atlanta United plans to expand the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground with a $23 million investment, adding a two-story, 20,000-square foot development. This expansion, set to begin this summer, aims to enhance player health and well-being, include a content production studio, and provide space for the Academy and front office associates. The project, expected to be completed by summer 2025, will double the facility's size to 50,000 square feet and include improvements to player health areas and Truist Pavilion. With upgraded amenities, the training ground aims to host international competitions seamlessly while boosting content development and media distribution capabilities. Additionally, the expansion will benefit youth development efforts and enhance fan engagement with more high-quality content across various platforms.

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STORY 4: Cobb Seeks Grants for Noonday Creek and Austell Powder Springs Trails

Cobb County is making strides towards extending the Noonday Creek Trail and creating a new trail linking Austell and Powder Springs. The Board of Commissioners approved grant applications for over $23 million and $19 million respectively from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The Noonday Creek Trail extension will cover 3.8 miles from Bells Ferry Road to Shallowford Road, connecting Cherokee and Cobb counties. Meanwhile, plans for a four-mile trail from Powder Springs to Austell will complete the county's multi-use trail network. Residents and visitors are enthusiastic about these developments, anticipating increased access to outdoor recreational opportunities and connectivity between communities.

STORY 5: Cobb's 40th Annual Prayer Breakfast Hopes to Feature Words of Former Presidents

For four decades, Cobb County has hosted an annual prayer breakfast, bringing together community leaders and citizens for prayer, fellowship, and inspiration. Started in 1985 by a group of local leaders, the event has grown to become one of the largest prayer breakfasts in the country. This year's breakfast, scheduled for May 2, will feature prayer leaders such as former Governor Roy Barnes and Maj. Gen. Thomas Carden. Over the years, the event has welcomed notable figures like Margaret Thatcher, Newt Gingrich, and Charlton Heston. The breakfast, held on the National Day of Prayer, aims to unite people of all faiths and political affiliations in a spirit of commonality and goodwill. Tickets are available for purchase, and the organizers are reaching out to former presidents and governors for their participation and insights on the importance of a national day of prayer.

We’ll be back in a moment.


Break: INGLES 6



And now here is Bruce Jenkins’ conversation with Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets on the difference between a nutritionist and registered dietician.


Break: TEDS



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