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A positive direction': Battery Atlanta generating record tax revenue, says county CFO

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MDJ  Script/ Top Stories for May 11th Thursday

Publish Date: May 10, Wednesday


Henssler :15,  Bed Music fires

From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast

   Today is Thursday, May 11th, and happy 33rd birthday to Cam Newton


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

  1. A positive direction': Battery Atlanta generating record tax revenue, says county CFO
  2. Marietta council to consider 84-foot downtown building Wednesday
  3. And the brand new Mableton City Council schedules it’s first meeting for Thursday

We’ll have all this and more on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast.


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STORY 1  Battery


Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta, which were funded with $300 million in public funds, generated more property tax revenue than Cobb County paid out of its general fund for debt service on the project in 2022, according to Cobb CFO Bill Volckmann. The taxable value of the land at The Battery rose from $5 million in 2014 to $736 million in 2022, and it produced $26.5 million in sales tax revenue in 2022. The Battery had 10 million visitors in 2022, 80% of whom were from outside the county. Construction will begin this year on The Henry, a $500 million development, with a 3% ownership stake for the Braves.

STORY 2: Council

** Christian Jamar Harris, a 32-year-old man from Acworth, Georgia,  was arrested on April 27 for possessing over 100 videos of

The Marietta City Council will consider Atlanta-based Bridger Properties' proposal to construct a seven-story, 84-foot-tall residential building with 135 units at 25 Polk Street downtown. The developer does not require a rezoning to proceed with the project but needs a certificate of approval from the council due to the property being in the downtown historic district. The Historic Board of Review recommended denial of the design, with criticism focusing on the proposed building's height and size and its proximity to the historic Root House. The developer has requested a two-month delay, and the council may approve the design or deny it, send it back for revisions, or keep the issue in its realm and seek revisions.


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Story 3: Mableton


The newly established city of Mableton has planned a special transitional City Council meeting for Thursday night at 6:30 PM at the Riverside EpiCenter on Riverside Parkway. The meeting's agenda includes discussions and actions related to preliminary municipal incorporation and transitional matters such as electing a Mayor Pro Tem, interim appointments, City Charter, City website, personnel, intergovernmental service/tax agreements, executive session exceptions, and future meeting times/locations. Mayor Michael Owens has filed a legal notice outlining the meeting's purpose……..we’ll be back in a moment



Break:   ESOG – Dayco -Elon


Story 4:  Leah (Ingles)


“And now, Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets joins our own Bruce Jenkins to talk meat allergies”.


****Leah interview piece****


“Stay here, more Cobb County news is coming up”




STORY 5: Comet


The Cobb Board of Commissioners approved the construction of part of the Silver Comet Trail Connector along a portion of Atlanta Road, bringing the two trails closer to being connected. The project, which is expected to cost $7.8 million, includes a multi-use trail between 10 and 12 feet wide and repairs to a bridge over Atlanta Road, and is expected to begin this summer and take two years to complete. The county will also build a trail between Plant Atkinson and the existing Silver Comet Trail in a separate project. In addition, the commission approved improvements to the 17.5-acre Ebenezer Downs Park in northeast Cobb.


STORY 6: Bucs


The Allatoona boys lacrosse team has advanced to the state championship for the first time in seven years after defeating Marist 16-7 in the semifinals of the Class 5A-6A state playoffs. The Buccaneers dominated the third quarter, outscoring the War Eagles 6-0, to secure the win and a place in the championship game against either Roswell or Cambridge this Saturday at 6pm. Allatoona last won the state championship in 2016 and the coach, Jonathan Wishon, is thrilled with the team's success, attributing it to the players' support for each other and their ability to play well together. Morgan Madish led Allatoona with five goals and Jack Frischmann contributed four.



Story 7: Transfer


Dominick Blaylock, a former standout wide receiver at the University of Georgia, has announced his transfer to archrival Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound receiver, who is expected to graduate this week, will have two years of eligibility remaining. Blaylock was a five-star recruit and had a promising start to his career at Georgia, but a torn ACL likely changed the course of his career. He played in only two games in 2021 but showed improvement, catching 15 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown. Blaylock is the third former Bulldog to switch to Georgia Tech this offseason, joining tight end Brett Seither and former offensive analyst Buster Faulkner…..back in a momentTop of Form


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Story 8: Bell

Chicago Bears' general manager Ryan Poles developed a strong connection with defensive tackle Travis Bell during the pre-draft process. Bell, who played for Kennesaw State, was the Bears' seventh-round draft pick. Poles described Bell as one of his favorite human beings due to his passion, intensity, and commitment to balancing work, school, and practice. Bell worked full-time while attending classes and playing football at Kennesaw State, but he never regretted it because it helped his family. Bell described the feeling of having football as his primary job as the best feeling in the world and a blessing. Bell of course is the first player drafted out of the KSU program, which began play in 2015. Closing thoughts after this.

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Signoff – ****Cobb Life bed****

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