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Man sentenced to life in prison for trafficking teen in Cherokee and Fulton

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CTL Script/ Top Stories of June 3 Saturday

Publish Date: June 2 Friday


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From the Ingles Studio Welcome to the Cherokee Tribune Ledger Podcast

   Today is Saturday, June 3rd, and happy 37th birthday to former Hawk Al Horford

***Horford highlight***



I’m Brian Giffin and here are the top stories Cherokee is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia

  1. Man sentenced to life in prison for trafficking teen in Cherokee and Fulton
  2. Cherokee County Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals
  3. And the Cherokee Chamber announces Lemonade Day winners
  4. Plus Leah McGrath Joins our own Bruce Jenkins to talk about high grocery prices



We’ll have all this and more coming up on the Cherokee Tribune-Ledger Podcast


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Story 1. life


A Union City man, Mark Thomas, has been sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl in Cherokee and Fulton counties. Thomas received two concurrent life sentences for his involvement in trafficking the underage victim in both jurisdictions. Four other men, Jose Medina Dominguez, Cesar Juarez Oaxaca, Ruben Tolentino, and Cedric Johnson, were also convicted of trafficking the same girl. They pleaded guilty to various charges and received substantial prison sentences. The Georgia Attorney General's office, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations, investigated and prosecuted these cases. The convictions highlight the commitment to protect vulnerable individuals from exploitation and hold perpetrators accountable.….get more info at tribuneledgernews.com



STORY 2: top 10


The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce has revealed its 2023 group of Cherokee County's Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch. This recognition program aims to identify and promote exceptional young professionals in Cherokee County under the age of 40 who are expected to become future leaders in the next decade. The Chamber, in collaboration with Enjoy Cherokee Magazine, coordinated the initiative and received numerous nominations and applications. A panel of judges carefully reviewed the applications and selected the ten honorees. The chosen individuals come from various fields, including economic development, real estate, education, public safety, and more. The honorees were recognized during a breakfast meeting and will be featured in an upcoming magazine issue. They have also been nominated for the GeorgiaTrend Magazine 40 Under 40 recognition. Check out tribuneledgernews.com to see who made this prestigious list.


Story 3: lemonade


The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce has announced the results of Lemonade Day Cherokee County 2023, a youth entrepreneurship program. The event encouraged third to fifth-grade students to launch their own lemonade businesses. Forty student stands were set up throughout the county, and judges from local businesses and the community evaluated the stands and tasted the lemonade. Winners were awarded in the categories of Best Lemonade Stand and Best Tasting Lemonade. The winners included Anna Grace's Lemon Shine Lemonade and Parker Ryleigh's Lemonade Stand. The Youth Entrepreneur of the Year will be announced later this year. The program was conducted in partnership with the Cherokee County School District, and participating students learned essential business skills. For more information, visit CherokeeChamber.com.


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STORY 4: Siblings


Emily and Calvin Ghasemi, students at Kennesaw State University, balance their studies with caring for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. They attend classes remotely for three days a week and handle assignments online. The remaining two days, they come to campus to engage in research, spend time with friends, and participate in student activities. Despite their responsibilities at home, the siblings maintain high academic standards and have made the Dean's and President's lists at KSU. They credit their mother's influence for instilling a strong work ethic. Both Emily and Calvin have also been involved in undergraduate research projects, presenting their work at symposiums.

The two have set their sights on careers as doctors — Calvin wants to be a heart surgeon while also making care more accessible to those who need it most. Emily would like to work as a general practitioner before shifting to teaching in medical school.


Story 5: indian


Sizzling Spices Fine Indian Cuisine is set to open in downtown Woodstock, offering authentic Indian dishes. The grand opening will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music, and giveaways. The restaurant will provide a free appetizer to the first 100 customers and offer food specials, samples, and favors throughout the opening day. Owner Mabrur Rahman aims to bring flavors from North India, including curry specials, tikka specials, biryani, tandoori, naan, and momos. The restaurant has received an overwhelming response during its soft opening, and Rahman is confident that it will become a top spot in the area. The grand opening event will be attended by Mayor Michael Caldwell and will include live musicians and a DJ.    More in a moment


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Story 6:


Eric Blair, previously the boys basketball coach at Kennesaw Mountain, has been hired as the new coach for Woodstock High School's boys basketball team. Blair, who already had ties to Cherokee County, is excited about the county's basketball success and sees potential in Woodstock's program. Despite Woodstock's 6-21 record last season, Blair believes the team can be competitive in his first year, especially with the return of all-county guard Quentin Rakestraw and a young roster. Cherokee County basketball has been on an upward trend, with several teams making the state playoffs and notable achievements like River Ridge's girls' state championship and the Cherokee boys' state runner-up finish.



Story 7: wv st


Former River Ridge running back Amehre Morrison, who entered the transfer portal from Southeast Missouri State, has committed to West Virginia State. Morrison, the Cherokee County Offensive Player of the Year in 2021, had an impressive high school career with 2,702 yards and 40 touchdowns. Despite injuries during his senior season, Morrison showed his talent and commitment. Although he did not record any statistics with SEMO in 2022, he expressed gratitude to the coaching staff and his teammates. Morrison joins a WVSU program that went 7-4 last season and looks forward to making an impact with the Yellow Jackets.


Story 8: Reinhardt



Reinhardt University's athletic department has won the Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy, awarded to the top overall performer in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). This is the third time Reinhardt has received the award, with previous wins in 2018 and 2021. The trophy is based on a points system determined by regular-season finishes, and Reinhardt secured two fall conference championships in football and women's lacrosse, as well as two spring titles in softball and men's lacrosse. The university's success in multiple sports highlights the strength and depth of their athletic program. The AAC also awards separate trophies for men's and women's sports, with Reinhardt leading in men's sports and Milligan leading in women's sports.



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