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Kevn Kinney, lead singer of Drivin' N Cryin, joins us ahead of Georgia shows

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Kevn Kinney will be performing in Atlanta and Athens this weekend, and he swings by to talk to us about the shows and life on the road. 


One person is dead and another injured after their car left I-75 North near Bells Ferry Road and tumbled down an embankment early Wednesday, according to the Marietta Police Department.

Edgar Perez, 45, and his wife, Blanca Manriquez-Rodriguez, 43, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, were traveling north on the freeway at about 5:30 a.m. when Manriquez-Rodriguez, who was driving, lost control of the 2016 Toyota Sienna minivan, said Officer Chuck McPhilamy, spokesman for the Marietta Police Department.

The van “struck the right guardrail, flipped over it and tumbled down a large embankment toward Bells Ferry Lane,” according to McPhilamy. Perez died as a result of the crash, while Manrique-Rodriguez was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with serious injuries, McPhilamy said.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Investigator St. Onge.

Deviating from their normal Wednesday morning routines, members of the Catholic Church of St. Ann gathered to sing, worship and have a cross of ash marked on their foreheads.

The east Cobb church held five services over the day, beginning the six-week season of Lent leading up to Easter. The season commemorates Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert, where he fasted and was tempted by the devil.

At the end of St. Ann’s Mass, following the Eucharist, members filed down the aisles to receive the ash ritual. The Revrend Joseph Aquino, who presided over the 9 a.m. Mass, explained that ashes are a symbol of repentance for Christians — back in biblical times, people would sit in ashes and sackcloth to express penance. In keeping with that theme, Christians often forego certain luxuries during Lent, seeking to follow Christ’s example.

An errant kick in a physical education class made the Grayson boys basketball’s postseason road more interesting.

The Rams’ home court flooded earlier this month when a sprinkler, hit by a soccer ball during PE, poured water on the boards and rendered the surface unplayable until it is replaced. Because of the damage, Grayson entered the state playoffs unable to host despite being a No. 1 seed.

Archer is now the Rams’ home site for the opening rounds of the playoffs. Grayson looked plenty comfortable in its new setting Wednesday night, riding an efficient offense to a 99-56 rout of Marietta in the Class AAAAAAA first round. It advances to host another game at Archer on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Valdosta.

The Rams (22-5) put up a season high in points, had 58 points at halftime and 83 through three quarters. A total of 13 players scored in the win. Jaiden Mann and Jack Bourgeois scored 15 points each to lead Marietta (5-25). Todd LeCadre added 10 points. The Devils finish at 5-25 on the year.

The Wheeler boys utilized a big fourth quarter to defeat Milton 81-64 in the first round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs on Wednesday.

Wheeler (22-6) outscored the Eagles 29-12 in the final quarter. The game was tied with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter until the Wildcats went on a 17-0 run over the next four minutes. Every point scored on the run came shots at the basket or by free throw, as Wheeler punished the Eagles on fast breaks. The win advanced Wheeler to the second round of the tournament, where the Wildcats will host North Gwinnett on Saturday, after the Bulldogs defeated Mill Creek 72-62.

Isaiah Collier led the Wildcats in scoring with 28 points, including a 12-point fourth quarter. Collier was one of three Wildcats to break double-digit scoring, alongside Rickey McKenzie with 20 and Arrinten Page with 12. On the other side of the court, the Eagles were led in scoring by Josh Dixon with 20, including a 10-point second quarter. Seth Fitzgerald and Avery White each added 15 for Milton.

A Senate committee voted Wednesday to advance state Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick’s bill to limit passport fee receipts by Georgia clerks of court.

As the east Cobb Republican noted, the operative word is now “limit,” rather than “eliminate.” An earlier version of the legislation would have barred clerks of court from receiving personal income from processing U.S. passport applications, which is currently allowed under Georgia law.

The latest version of the bill would cap their income from passport fees at $7,500 per year. Senate Bill 19 was filed after media investigations into Cobb Superior Court Clerk Connie Taylor, who has pocketed more than $425,000 in fees since taking office atop her annual income of $170,000. Federal regulations allow local officials who process passport applications to charge a $35 fee for their trouble, while Georgia law permits county clerks who do so to keep that money as personal income. The practice is widespread across the state, but Taylor’s proceeds drew scrutiny from Republican lawmakers who pledged to put an end to the supplementary income. Taylor, meanwhile, is facing a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe following allegations she ordered the destruction of records of her passport fee income. Kirkpatrick’s version of the bill then carried with bipartisan support. Democratic Gwinnett County state Sens. Merritt, Sheikh Rahman, and Nabilah Islam (the latter two of Lawrenceville) were the three votes against.

Kirkpatrick told the MDJ she hopes for a vote by the full Senate next week.

Thirty-six of Cobb County’s finest minds will be celebrated for their achievements on Tuesday evening at the annual STAR Student and Teacher banquet, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Metro-Marietta.

The STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) banquet recognizes high school seniors with the highest SAT scores and grade point average from public, private and charter schools across Cobb and Marietta.

The STAR program was launched in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and was adopted by the Metro-Marietta Kiwanis in 1966.  This year’s banquet, scheduled for 6 p.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church, is expected to attract more than 200 people. Students who are honored bring family as guests, and also get to select a STAR teacher from their school to be honored.

The keynote speaker for this year’s banquet is Condace Pressley, a journalist for WSB Radio and Marietta High graduate. Please head over to MDJ Online dot com for a list of all Cobb Star Students and Teachers.

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