MDJ Script/ Top Stories for Sept 9th
Publish Date: Sept 9th
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From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast
Today is Friday Sept 9th and happy 56th birthday to actor Adam Sandler
I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Credit Union of Georgia
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STORY 1: School Library Removes Controversial Book
Two books, "Flamer" by Mike Curato and "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" by Jesse Andrews, which were previously available in Marietta High School's library, have been removed in response to a complaint from a Marietta parent. Cobb County School District removed these books from 20 school libraries last month due to "highly inappropriate, sexually explicit content." The removal decision sparked debate, with Marietta Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera initially stating he trusted staff judgment and cited a process for addressing concerns. However, following the complaint, the books were removed from Marietta High School's library. Rivera emphasized his commitment to age-appropriate content and respect for board policy, clarifying that his role is to adhere to established procedures................……... read more about this at mdjonline.com
STORY 2: Trump Indictment Special Session
Freshman state Senator Colton Moore is urging a special session of the General Assembly in Atlanta to investigate, defund, and potentially impeach Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for her role in indicting former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants. They are accused of conspiring to overturn Georgia's 2020 presidential election results. Moore, representing Northwest Georgia, argues that his constituents don't want their tax dollars supporting what he sees as corruption. He claims that the actions taken by Trump and others were exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech. However, Governor Brian Kemp and most legislators have not supported a special session, leading to disagreements within the Republican party on this issue.
STORY 3: Kennesaw plans to lower millage rate
Kennesaw's City staff is recommending that the City Council reduce the millage rate from 8 mills to 7.75 mills in the upcoming budget. This decision follows a public hearing on the budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2023, and ending September 30, 2024. The proposed budget of $29.4 million represents a 6% increase from the previous year. Notably, it includes a 3% cost of living raise for staff and relies heavily on tax revenue, with around 80% of the general fund coming from taxes. The largest expenditures are in public safety, general government, and public works. Economic growth and increased property tax revenue have allowed for the millage rate reduction, benefiting most homeowners. The final budget adoption is scheduled for September 18, 2023.........…..(pause)
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STORY 4: ATL United
Two Atlanta United players, goalkeeper Quentin Westberg and midfielder Tristan Muyumba, surprised students at Daniell Middle School during a pep rally. The event celebrated Atlanta's professional soccer team and was organized in partnership with Scana Energy. The school was selected as the Atlanta United Flags Out School for September, thanks to the efforts of the school's secretary, Stacy Meriaux, who noticed many students wearing Atlanta United gear. During the pep rally, Westberg and Muyumba congratulated the students on the school's new soccer club and shared their journeys to becoming professional soccer players. They encouraged the students to remain confident, consistent, and to embrace the challenges of competition, emphasizing that discomfort can lead to progress.
STORY 5: East Cobber Parade
The East Cobber Parade and Festival is making a return after a three-year hiatus. The 25th annual event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Originally launched in 1995, the parade has become one of Cobb County's prominent annual events, featuring music, costumes, floats, marching bands, and attracting thousands of participants and spectators. The parade and festival aim to foster a sense of community in East Cobb, showcasing local schools, businesses, and community members. The parade will have over 1,000 participants representing various groups and will be followed by a free community festival featuring entertainment, arts and crafts, concessions, carnival games, and local businesses. The event holds special significance for the local schools, with principals and Teachers of the Year being honored as VIPs.
STORY 6: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Marietta city officials have partnered with the Mighty Millie Foundation to declare September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The foundation was established by Nick and Claire Mracek in memory of their daughter Millie, who battled embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue childhood cancer, and sadly passed away at the age of three. The proclamation aims to raise awareness about childhood cancer, the need for increased funding and research, and to support local families affected by this disease. On average, 47 children are diagnosed with cancer daily in the U.S., making it the second leading cause of death in children after firearms. The Mighty Millie Foundation continues to advocate for research and support for children and families dealing with cancer.
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STORY 7: Viral One Chip Challenge
Following the tragic death of a Massachusetts teen who consumed the viral One Chip Challenge, the manufacturer, Paqui, has decided to discontinue the challenge and remove the product from store shelves. The 14-year-old boy died on September 1 after consuming the extremely spicy chip, which is seasoned with Carolina Reaper and Naga Viper peppers. The challenge encouraged participants to eat the entire chip and endure the extreme heat without consuming anything else to quench the spice. Despite warnings against participation by children and individuals with medical conditions, the challenge gained popularity on social media. Paqui is recalling the product "out of an abundance of caution" and offering refunds to customers who have purchased it.
STORY 8: Halloween Hikes
Halloween Hikes, now in its 38th year at Chattahoochee Nature Center, offers a non-scary, educational nighttime adventure for families from October 27th to 29th, between 6 and 10 p.m. This year, the event has introduced a more flexible schedule with hiking sessions departing every six minutes, allowing families to tailor their experience. Participants can explore nature at night on paved Wildlife Walk and ADA-compliant River Boardwalk Trail, encountering costumed characters who share insights about their critters. The event also features games, crafts, music, and food options, including a firepit area for families to relax and a cocktail bar for adults.
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