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A local developer gets kicked out of a zoning meeting

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Developer Christopher Hunt was escorted from a Cobb Board of Commissioners hearing after repeatedly disrupting proceedings related to a proposal for a subdivision in south Cobb. Hunt had proposed 11 eco-friendly homes on 6.5 acres, but Commissioner Monique Sheffield raised concerns over the topography of the land. Hunt filed a lawsuit in November against Commissioner JoAnn Birrell and the county seeking $100m in damages over the denial of a previous proposal. Hunt called for zoning policies to be made more friendly to sustainable building and said variances were needed to counter outdated rules. The proposal was denied by the commission.

Plus, as we approach the Masters, stay tuned for John Bednarowski's hole by hole tour of Augusta National, presented by Ingles Markets. 

A 30-year-old man from Mableton, Robert Colt Smith, has been arrested for arson and murder after allegedly starting a deadly house fire in south Cobb last week. Police claim that Smith started a vehicle fire which spread to a nearby home, causing the death of two people and six animals. Smith is also facing charges for assaulting and battering his girlfriend on two occasions in February. The girlfriend lived at the home that burned down. Smith is facing charges of two counts of murder, three counts of arson, and aggravated cruelty to animals. He is being held at the Cobb jail without eligibility for bond.

Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens has become the highest-paid sheriff among the four most populous counties in metro Atlanta after receiving a $25,000 pay raise. The Georgia General Assembly approved the raise, bringing Owens' salary to $195,000. Previously, police chief Stuart VanHoozer earned $191,908, former public safety director Randy Crider earned $193,250, and interim director Bill Johnson earned $190,745. All Cobb legislators in attendance for the House and Senate votes on the bill supported it. The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia recommends a minimum salary of $136,011 for sheriffs serving counties with 500,000 residents, with adjustments made for cost of living expenses.

The Georgia Food and Wine Festival, presented by Georgia Grown, is set to take place from Thursday through Sunday at Marietta's Jim Miller Park. The festival offers a range of events, such as the barbecue extravaganza “Fired Up”, an afternoon of food and drink in the “Savor” event, and the family-friendly “Sunday Funday” festival finale. Attendees will be able to enjoy unlimited beverage tastings, along with gourmet bites, and culinary credits can be purchased. Ticket prices start at $25 for general admission, with VIP tickets available for $165. A VIP Lounge experience, featuring specialty drinks and souvenir cups, is also offered. VIP attendees must be 21 or older.

Three 8th grade Girl Scouts from Troop 383, based in Marietta, received the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta's Council Young Women of Distinction Award for their community leadership. Marissa McEckron and Koby Wilson established a pet food bank within the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at their church to help families with food insecurities feed their pets. They also created a pamphlet with information on healthy pet food and low-cost/free vaccination resources. Alex Pritt designed a Calm Room at Cobb Horizon High School to help students feel safe and comfortable, featuring bean bag chairs, plants, and fidget toys. Each student can stay for 15 minutes once per day, with no electronics allowed.

After Kennesaw State’s A-Sun championship and gritty performance in the NCAA tournament, coach Amir Abdur-Rahim has become a popular man, and has his name linked to a few high profile jobs. Will the Owls’ head man stay in Cobb County? 

Cobb Travel & Tourism has launched a new initiative called Cobbunity, which aims to celebrate diversity in visitors, residents and tourism in Cobb County. The project will focus on arts, music, sports, conventions, trade shows, groups, attractions, venues, hotels, filmmakers and more. Cobbunity.org will provide information about inclusive events, accessible attractions and sensory-friendly places. The program will be a central component of the 2023 marketing campaign, according to CT&T CEO Holly Quinlan.

Ethan Smith and Brody McQueen each shot 69 to help lead Mount Paran Christian to a nine-shot victory in the Cobb County Invitational earlier this week at City Club Marietta.

The Eagles shot a team total of 7-under par 277 in the two-day event, which saw teams played nine holes each day. Mount Paran shot 5-under on the second day to pull away from Harrison and Walton.

“I thought it was a good couple of days,” Mount Paran coach Scott Varner said. “We used all six guys scores, which is pretty cool.”

North Cobb Christian’s JB Knight won the individual title, shooting a 5-under 66. It was the second straight invitational victory for Mount Paran, which finished 22 strokes better than it did last year. Smith and McQueen tied for second, while Tucker Thompson, Sam Binkley and Zach Peterson each tied for eighth at 73, Jace Butcher was 14th with a 74 and Conner Bohn shot 81.

And now, as we get closer to the start of the 2023 Masters, Times-Journal Incorporated sports editor John Bednarowski joins the show to continue to take us on a tour of Augusta National presented by Ingles.

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