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Cobb School Board votes to fire teacher who read book about gender identity

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MDJ Script/ Top Stories for August 19th sat

Publish Date: Aug 18 fri


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

Today is saturday August 19th and happy 34th birthday to NFL QB Kirk Cousins


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

1. Cobb School Board votes to fire teacher who read book about gender identity

2. Man accused of crashing into Dairy Queen during police chase

3. And Cobb sheriff beefing up courthouse security with new tech

Plus, Brian Giffin will have a Cobb Sports Report, Powered by Powers Electrical Solutions


All of this and more is coming up on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen and subcribe!

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STORY 1 fire


Katie Rinderle, an elementary school teacher in Cobb County, has been terminated by the school district despite the recommendation of a disciplinary tribunal against firing her. The controversy stemmed from Rinderle reading the picture book "My Shadow is Purple," which touched on topics of gender fluidity. The book's content sparked debate among parents. The school district rejected the tribunal's advice, leading to Rinderle's termination. While the teacher's certification remains intact, she plans to explore her legal options and appeal to the state board of education. The case highlights debates surrounding book selection, teacher autonomy, and parents' rights in education.

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Story 2: chase


Rodriguez Butler, an Atlanta man, is facing multiple charges after a police chase resulted in a crash into a Dairy Queen. During the chase, Butler allegedly fled from police, drove on the wrong side of the road at high speeds, crashed into the Dairy Queen, and attempted to flee on foot. He had to be tasered before being apprehended. Butler was found in possession of a stolen firearm. Additionally, he fled the scene of a wreck he caused, which resulted in injuries to a passenger. He is charged with various offenses, including eluding police, obstruction, criminal damage, and theft of a firearm, and is currently in custody on a $15,000 bond.


Story 3: tech


Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens has introduced advanced security technology, the Smiths Detection HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, to enhance safety at the Cobb County court complex. The new machines, similar to those used at airports, are designed to detect weapons and explosives using computerized tomography (CT) to produce three-dimensional images. This upgrade from the older two-dimensional X-ray machines allows for better identification of objects and materials. The new scanners have built-in artificial intelligence to identify potential threats. In addition to the larger scanners, six smaller, less advanced machines are being added across the complex. The investment of about $3.26 million is funded by a special 1% sales tax..…..(pause)


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STORY 4: safety


Mayor Michael Owens of Mableton, Georgia, has announced that the city will continue relying on Cobb County for essential services such as police, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS). Owens emphasized the partnership's benefits, enabling Mableton to focus on its growth and development while ensuring the safety of its citizens. Despite the city's growth, there are no plans to take control of police, fire, and public safety services. The collaboration between Mableton and Cobb County's public safety leadership aims to provide a high level of service to residents. Public safety officials will periodically attend Mableton's City Council meetings to provide updates and maintain the partnership's collaborative spirit....program reminder, we'll have a feature interview with Mayor Owens on Sunday's Cobb Life Podcast.


STORY 5: refresh


Brittney Gray, the executive director of Visit Marietta, discussed the impact of travel and tourism on Cobb County's economy during a talk to the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Gray highlighted that travel and tourism contribute a $2.2 billion economic impact to the area, generating $135.9 million in state and local taxes and supporting 23,830 jobs. She emphasized the importance of visitors to the local economy and outlined the efforts of Visit Marietta to promote the city as a destination, increase economic growth, and serve visitors. Gray also plans to rebrand Visit Marietta and conduct research to better understand the city's visitors and their preferences.


Story 6: music


The 2023 Georgia Country Music Fest, the largest red dirt country music festival in Georgia, will take place from September 1st to 3rd at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. The festival will feature over 30 artists, including national recording artists and emerging talents. The event will include multiple stages, with performances by artists such as Koe Wetzel, Cody Jinks, Turnpike Troubadours, Ashley McBryde, and more. Each day will have a different theme night and showcase a variety of musicians. The festival is rain or shine, and attendees must have ID to drink. General admission, Main Stage VIP, and Super VIP tickets are available for purchase on the festival's website.


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Story 7: warriors


North Cobb High School's football team, ranked No. 10 in Class 7A, has built a challenging schedule to prepare for its competitive region. The team will face No. 8 Westlake followed by games against top-ranked Buford and rival Marietta. The coach, Shane Queen, emphasizes improvement in avoiding mental mistakes and penalties, aiming for success in the fourth quarter. The upcoming Westlake game is expected to be decided in the trenches, as both teams have strong lines. Junior quarterback Nick Grimstead, in his first full season as a starter, and senior David Eziomume, a Clemson commit, are key players for North Cobb. Westlake boasts a defense with multiple Division I talents committed to FBS programs.


Story 8: Bucs


Allatoona High School's football team enters the 2023 season with new coach Brad Smith, replacing the long-time coach Gary Varner. The team faces North Paulding in their first game under Smith's leadership. Despite a young and inexperienced lineup, Smith is optimistic about his team's performance. Allatoona has undergone changes in coaching staff and offensive/defensive schemes, adapting to a spread offense and multiple front defense. The upcoming match against North Paulding, the 2022 Region 3 7A champions, poses a significant challenge. North Paulding's well-coached and talented team will be a test for Allatoona, which is starting several sophomores.


Story 9: Football


Back The 2023 high school football season began in Cobb County with the newly renamed Corky Kell-Dave Hunter Classic, featuring Kell hosting Parkview Wednesday. The MDJ introduces "Kickoff '23," a 164-page football preview containing team previews for every Georgia High School Association program in Cobb and Cherokee counties, as well as Kennesaw State and Reinhardt. The main feature focuses on whether it's east Cobb's time to win a state championship, with an exploration of the county's football history and aspirations. The Dynamite Dozen showcases top football players in Cobb, with interactive QR codes for more information. The issue is also available online.

The full color issue is a must read for all Cobb County High School Football fans……Back with final thoughts after thisthis…..


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