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Cobb police shoot motorist after he reaches for weapon

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A Cobb County Police Department officer shot a motorist during a traffic stop Wednesday night after the driver reached for a gun, the department said.

According to a news release, at around 10:22 p.m. police pulled the driver over on Interstate 75 near Delk Road. While approaching the vehicle, the officer observed that the driver had a gun. The department said that the driver made a movement toward a firearm and ignored verbal commands. The officer then shot the driver, police said. Arriving officers rendered first aid until the driver could be transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital via ambulance. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

An inmate of the Cobb County jail died in custody Wednesday morning, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office said.

James Martin of Mableton, was booked last Friday on methamphetamine possession and failure to maintain lane. Martin told deputies he was a heroin addict, “and had just binged the substance,” according to a news release. Wednesday morning, Martin told the jail’s medical staff he was feeling unwell before having a seizure. Martin was given Narcan, a drug used to counteract an opioid overdose, but he died while en route to the hospital in an ambulance, the sheriff’s office said. His time of death was reported as 9:21 a.m. The sheriff’s office said later Wednesday they had since learned Martin suffered from stage IV hepatitis C. The office has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the death. Martin is the seventh inmate to die in custody since Sheriff Craig Owens took office in 2021, and the first this year. Sheriff Owens has implemented new technologies such as medical monitoring wristbands to try and curb jail deaths after a string of inmate deaths under the previous administration.

Though her own bill to rein in the powers of Georgia’s accreditation agencies fell short this week, state Representative Ginny Ehrhart, the Republican representative from west Cobb, says the push isn’t dead yet, with a similar measure having been passed by the Georgia Senate earlier this week. Ehrhart’s bill — House Bill 506 — came out of the firestorm of controversy sparked during the Cobb County School District’s “special review” by its accrediting company, Cognia, in 2021. Initiated after complaints by the school board’s three Democrats over the partisan bickering on the board, the review dinged the district over shortcomings in “board governance.” Cognia’s report would later be voided and replaced with a new one, as the firm’s CEO Mark Elgart walked back other recommendations on improving the student achievement gap and fiscal responsibility. Ehrhart’s bill would have barred Cognia and other firms from evaluating Georgia public school districts on political concerns like board governance, and set up an appeals process for negative reviews. Her legislation, however, never received a vote before the full House of Representatives before Crossover Day Monday. The west Cobb Republican told the MDJ a similar proposal from state Senator Greg Dolezal,  a Republican from Alpharetta, is headed to the House after passing out of the Senate 52-0. Dolezal’s bill, Senate Bill 204, is broadly similar to Ehrhart’s in that it limits the standards by which accrediting firms can evaluate districts and schools. 

Pollen, already blanketing cars, causing sniffles and irritating eyes across Cobb and the rest of metro Atlanta, couldn’t wait for spring to start breaking records.

Atlanta Allergy and Asthma, an allergy practice with offices throughout the metro area, reported 14 days of pollen counts in the high range for February, a record for the month that beat the previous one of 10 days in February 2017.

While Atlanta Allergy did not report any days of “extremely high” tree pollen counts — 1,600 or more — for February, the allergy group has already recorded “extremely high” counts three straight days this week, Monday through Wednesday.

The 3,937 count on Tuesday was the ninth-highest in March during the past decade.

Pollen counts, measured in grains per cubic meter of air over 24 hours, have been consistently high in the metro area before spring has officially started.

Dr. Stanley Fineman, who sees patients at two Atlanta Allergy and Asthma locations in Marietta, said earlier pollen seasons have become the norm in the last three decades.

Per Atlanta Allergy and Asthma, recent studies show the trend tracks with climate warming trends and said Southern states will be more greatly impacted than other areas of the U.S. For people worried about how the pollen is affecting them, Fineman said the first step they should take is to get an allergy test that will pinpoint what exactly their allergy is and what’s triggering their allergic reactions.

From there, Fineman and his colleagues can give patients allergy treatment plans.

For years, he advised patients to begin their plans, often starting with over-the-counter medications like nasal sprays, around St. Patrick’s Day, so that the treatments would have time to work by high pollen count days in late March and early April.

Kennesaw State will be opening the doors to the KSU Convocation Center on Sunday for the NCAA's tournament selection show.

Fans are invited to join the team as it finds out who and where it will be playing next week. The Owls are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in their Division I era. The 68-team field will be announced starting at 6 p.m. on CBS.

After winning the ASUN Conference's regular-season champion, Kennesaw State earned its NCAA ticket by winning the conference tournament last Sunday with a 67-66 victory over Liberty.

Doors will open to the general public and students at 5 p.m. Admission is free, with parking available in the East Deck off Frey Road. Concessions will be for sale and Kennesaw State apparel will be available for purchase. Fans are encouraged to wear black and gold at the viewing party. Kennesaw State will receive a limited amount of NCAA Tournament tickets, with information on ticket sales available at a later time. 

Kennesaw Mountain High School will present Kennesaw Mountainfest on April 29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the school. The inaugural festival will be operated by the Kennesaw Mountain High School Bands Organization and Arts Department. The Cobb County School District and the Coca-Cola North Metro BottlingCompany are serving as Title Sponsors of the event.

Musical performances by area groups such as Mariachi Buhos de Oro, School of Rock and groups from local schools will highlight the festival. Food from local vendors such as Anchor Bar - Home of the Original Chicken Wing will be featured in "taste of" portions. There will be vendors exhibiting crafts, art items and other services. There will also children's activities for full family enjoyment. Admission is free and parking is free on the premises. Tickets for food items can be purchased at the gate via credit card or cash. For more information head over to Kennesaw Moutain Fest Dot Com.

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