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Cobb County Dawg fans celebrate UGA's National Championship

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 The Georgia Bulldogs are national champions once again, and this time, it wasn’t even close.

Georgia became the first team to repeat as national champions in the College Football Playoff era with a 65-7 thrashing of the TCU Horned Frogs at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Monday night. Despite the cross-country flight, plenty of Georgians and Cobb locals made it out west to witness history.

Cobb Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan Murphy, a “double Dawg” graduate of the University of Georgia and its law school, said he was feeling “about as good as you can be” the morning after the big win. Murphy said he is happy for all the Georgia players, especially quarterback Stetson Bennett.Despite a controversial ban on tailgating around SoFi stadium, including no pop-up tents or grills, Murphy said fans had a drink or two at their cars before entering the stadium. He added that, despite heavy rain, there were still some fans tossing a football in the parking lot prior to kickoff. In honor of the University of Georgia’s historic feat, Times-Journal, Inc. is publishing a commemorative championship edition with a special poster page, stories, highlights and photos from the national title game defeat of TCU.

The edition was in Tuesday’s home-delivered MDJ and will be available for purchase for $3 at the MDJ office, at 47 Waddell Street.

The first Board of Commissioners meeting of 2023 was derailed Tuesday as the board’s two Republicans refused to vote on county business amid Cobb’s ongoing redistricting controversy, and were asked to leave the dais by Democratic Chairwoman Lisa Cupid.

Republican Commissioners JoAnn Birrell and Keli Gambrill said they would not cast votes while the county remains at odds with the state government, and embroiled in a constitutional dispute, over its effort to redistrict itself via its home rule powers.

The two Republicans were ultimately asked to leave the dais by Cupid, who cited county rules requiring commissioners vote on every item unless they are faced with a conflict of interest. The duo would spend the remainder of the meeting seated in back of the room while the board’s three Democrats carried on with voting. Tuesday’s was the first meeting since two conflicting county commission district maps took effect on January 1. The first, passed by Republicans in the General Assembly last year and signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp, sparked controversy as it drew Democratic Commissioner Jerica Richardson out of her seat midway through her four-year term.

The second is a map the Democratic commissioners adopted in October in an untested assertion of its home rule powers, which the county says allows it to amend state laws including redistricting. That map would keep Richardson safely within the boundaries of District 2, which she currently represents.

The county’s map has been subject to a legal challenge from east Cobb activist Larry Savage, but Superior Court Judge Ann Harris has yet to issue a ruling.

A man was seriously injured in a crash on I-75 early Wednesday morning after his motorcycle collided with a parked car, Marietta police said.

Brian Vaughn, 36, of Chatsworth, was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle in the northbound lanes near Delk Road when he struck a parked and unoccupied Volkswagen Jetta, per Officer Chuck McPhilamy. The crash occurred around 12:40 a.m.; police said they do not know why the collision occurred.

Vaughn was ejected from the motorcycle and was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries, according to a news release.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Investigator Gunkle.

State Rep. David Wilkerson, D-Powder Springs, will host a town hall this month on the efforts to de-annex portions of Mableton from the newly created city.

The town hall will be held at the Cobb police training center at 2435 East-West Connector, starting at 6 p.m. on January 18.

Wilkerson has been a vocal critic of Mableton cityhood and told the MDJ last week he would file legislation this year to remove portions of the city from its boundaries. The areas in question are in the city's northern precincts, where a majority of residents voted against cityhood.

Across the whole of the proposed city, 53% of residents voted "yes" for cityhood in the November referendum. Elections for mayor and City Council are set for March 21. A news release advises that residents "who now reside within the corporate limits of Mableton have the option of requesting de-annexation and, if approved, returning to unincorporated status." Interested residents can learn more at deannexfrommableton.org.

Lassiter’s wrestling team won its first region duals title since 2018 on Saturday, beating Pope 42-39 in the Region 7 6A finals.

It went down to the final matchup. After a first-round bye and a 60-22 win over tournament host Johns Creek, the Trojans edged out the Greyhounds behind a crucial pin by Carter Brickley in the 126-pound weight class. Brothers Casey and Riley McElligott were among the standouts for the Lassiter on Saturday. Casey, a junior, and Riley, a freshman, both nailed down important wins, along with a key pin from Carter Brickley. Jacobee Connell also energized the team, beating a rival and adding key points to a one-match decision. Lassiter was a top-six team in the state last season and the final team remaining from Cobb County in the Class AAAAAAA tournament. Despite graduating more than 20 wrestlers over the last three years, the Trojans have remained relevant and continued that trend with just five upperclassmen on the 2022-23 roster.

On Saturday, Lassiter will host Morrow in the opening round of the Class 6A state prelims, and if it wins, would match up with the winner between River Ridge and Tift County. The champion of that bracket will head to Gainesville for the state tournament January 21.

Atlanta cellist-songwriter Okorie “OkCello” Johnson and Georgia Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Timothy Verville will present the world premiere of a new work for cello and orchestra on February 25.

The piece, titled “Liminal: an Atlanta Concerto” was co-written by Johnson and Verville and will be first performed at the Georgia Symphony Orchestra’s “You Shall Hear…” performances celebrating the works of black composers. The music offers a unique perspective on Johnson’s creative life here in Atlanta, and his exploration of what contemporary African Diasporic stories and song forms sound like through an orchestra. This three-movement composition is comprised of music originally written by Johnson for solo looping cello which has been adapted for solo cello and orchestra. Two of the utilized pieces within the work are the results of previous commissions from Atlanta Organizations: the National Black Arts Festival and Freedom Park Conservancy. Participants can hear these pieces on February 25 at 8 p.m. and February 26 at 3 p.m. at the Marietta Performing Arts Center. For more information please head to Georgia Symphony dot org, OK Cello dot com, or Timothy Verville dot com.

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