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A man is in critical condition after a motorcycle wreck on Cobb Parkway

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The Marietta Police Department is investigating a serious injury crash that occurred on Friday around 5 p.m. on Cobb Parkway North at Austin Avenue. The crash involved a 27-year-old motorcyclist from Australia who lost control of his bike and was ejected. The rider, Gareth Burke, was transported to the hospital in critical condition. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The Marietta Police Department's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Unit is asking anyone who witnessed the accident to contact them.

A teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Cobb County, Georgia was arrested for allegedly possessing alcohol on school grounds. Jason Hammett, a geography teacher, was caught with a bottle of whiskey in his vehicle and a soda bottle with whiskey in it inside his classroom. A police officer administered an alcohol sensor to Hammett and he blew a .178, well over the legal limit to drive in Georgia, which is .08. Hammett was also caught disposing of a Crown Royal whiskey bottle in a county dumpster behind the school. He was taken into custody on April 3 and released the following day on a $1,320 bond.

The Cobb County Police Bomb Squad hosted its second annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt designed for visually impaired children. The plastic eggs were wired to a simple 9-volt battery, making them emit a chirping noise when turned on. The eggs were then hidden for the children to locate, helping them to participate in the traditional Easter egg hunt. The event was organized by Sargent Gene Burell of the bomb squad, who was inspired by the Rachel Project, an initiative started by a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators for his blind daughter to participate in Easter egg hunts.

The Georgia Ensemble Theatre will move to the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta for its 2023-24 season. The move comes after the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, which staged productions at the 600-seat Anderson Theatre, closed its doors in March. The Georgia Ensemble Studio, the company’s office and classroom space, will remain in Roswell. The first production at the Anderson will debut in October. Patrons can expect changes like the number of performances and seat arrangements, but the company’s commitment to high-quality programming will remain the same. Updates can be found on the GET website.T

A local veteran is claiming he is being unjustly evicted by the hotel he lives in.  

Local pastors were asked what Easter 2023 means to them and what the holiday is like at their houses of worship. Monsignor John Walsh loves the excitement and joy of those who are baptized and confirmed at Easter. He looks forward to the beautiful hymns and the contagious message of Easter. Reverend Dr. Julie Boone describes Easter as the most glorious day of the year, with a sunrise service, Easter breakfast, and two worship services. For Reverend Dr. Sammie J. Dow, Easter is a reminder that Christ offers new life, hope, justice, and liberation. Easter at Pleasant Grove is a time of tremendous celebration, lively worship, harmonious singing, and gratefulness for the impact of Jesus' resurrection. Dr. Ike Reighard of Piedmont Church referred to Easter as the Super Bowl in the world of Christian Faith Community. Reverend Joe Evans of First Presbyterian of Marietta said the focus for his Easter message this year was wondering why the disciplines were surprised when Jesus rose from the dead, because he had already told them that was what he was going to do.

Cobb County's Chief Appraiser projects a 13% increase in the county's tax digest this year, indicating that home prices continue to rise. This year's projected increase outstrips last year's 12.3% rise, with all three property classes that make up the tax digest seeing growth. Homeowners may expect their property values and taxes to increase. Rising interest rates have affected the purchasing power of people in the housing market, with homebuyers possibly adjusting their price range or desired home features. While a crash is not expected, the economy's fate in 2023 remains uncertain.


And now, community reporter Matt Goldin joins us again with our Dayco Systems Community Event Calendar.  

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