MDJ Script/ Top Stories for August 24 thurs
Publish Date: Aug 23 wed
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From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast
Today is thursday August 24th and happy 58th birthday to NBA Great Reggie Miller
I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia
1. Cupid kicks off town hall series in Powder Springs
2. Cobb County outlines $4.5 billion and $3.4 billion plans for transit tax
3. And Cobb elections board sets early voting schedule, combines precincts for November
Plus, Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets visits with our Bruce Jenkins about foods that are anti inflammatory and Brian Giffin has this week’s Marietta Food guy segment with Matt DeBusschere
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 hall
Lisa Cupid, Cobb Board of Commissioners Chair, conducted the first in a series of town halls, outlining her county vision and addressing resident questions. Major topics covered included transportation, housing, equity, COVID-19 response, elections, and sustainability. Despite a light turnout, Cupid expressed gratitude for the engagement and shared updates on county matters. Cobb police Major Jorge Mestre discussed rising car break-ins, urging residents to lock cars and avoid leaving keys inside. Water System Director Judy Jones addressed stormwater management challenges and potential changes to stormwater fees. The town hall series, titled "All In," will continue through September and October to encourage community interaction.
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Story 2: tax
Cobb County is considering two options for a mobility special-purpose local-option sales tax (M-SPLOST) referendum in November 2024 to fund transit expansion. One plan involves a 1% sales tax over 10 years, costing $3.4 billion, to develop a 53-mile bus rapid transit system. The other plan, costing $4.5 billion, envisions a 1% sales tax over 30 years, expanding a high-capacity transit system over 10 years. Both proposals involve bus rapid transit and arterial rapid transit, addressing concerns about ridership decline and the need for a comprehensive, reliable transit system. Public outreach, surveys, and events are planned to engage voters in the decision-making process.
Story 3: elections
The Cobb County Board of Elections has approved an early voting schedule and consolidation of some polling places for the November 7 municipal elections in Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Smyrna, and Powder Springs. The early voting schedule includes three weeks of in-person voting and two Saturdays. However, the decision faced a 4-1 vote, with one appointee against it. Polling places will be combined in Acworth, Austell, and Smyrna. The changes are intended to optimize resources and voter access. The cities will need to manage potentially higher costs for early voting administration than previously estimated..…..(pause)
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STORY 4: qualifying
Qualifying for municipal elections in five of Cobb County's cities—Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, and Smyrna—is currently underway. Smyrna is the only city holding elections for all City Council seats and the mayor. Acworth has three seats up for election, but as of Tuesday, only two candidates have qualified for Alderman Post 1. In Austell, Mayor Ollie Clemons is up for reelection, with one candidate qualified for a City Council seat so far. In Kennesaw, Mayor Derek Easterling is up for reelection, and candidates have qualified for two City Council posts. In Powder Springs, incumbent Al Thurman is running for mayor, with candidates qualified for two City Council seats.
STORY 5: ksu
Quarterback Jonathan Murphy is entering his final season with Kennesaw State's football team and is ready to lead the Owls in their transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Conference USA. Murphy, who initially played at Long Beach City College in California before transferring to Kennesaw State, values the opportunity the school provided him to play Division I football. Despite the team's ineligibility for FCS playoffs this season due to the transition, Murphy is committed to finishing his college career with the Owls. He's adapting to a new spread-option offensive scheme under offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis, and his leadership and determination continue to drive his performance on and off the field.
Story 6: haugh
Marietta native Daniel Haugh achieved a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw event at the world championships held in Budapest, Hungary. A former national champion for Kennesaw State and current volunteer coach for the university's track and field team, Haugh recorded a season-best throw of 258 feet. He advanced to the final after placing sixth in Group A with a throw of 251-5. Haugh's dedication and competitive spirit make him a dependable performer in major championships. He is set to represent Team USA in the Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile, and is actively training for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
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Story 7: Leah – Food Guy
And now, Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets talks with Bruce Jenkins about foods that are anti inflammatory
And Brian Giffin is with Matt DeBusschere for our Marietta Food Guy segment.
…Back with final thoughts after
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