Michael Owens has won the runoff election for Mableton mayor in Cobb County beating Aaron Carman. The former Marine veteran and cybersecurity executive will become Mableton’s first mayor since it existed as a city between 1912 and 1916. Owens secured 56% of the vote compared to Carman’s 44%. Both advanced to the runoff after no candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the first round of voting on March 21. Owens was endorsed by third- and fourth-place finishers LaTonia Long and Michael Murphy in the weeks following the first round. The low-turnout election saw just under 13% of eligible voters cast ballots.Top of Form
Marietta City Schools has announced an 8.5% salary increase for district employees after completing their first review of the 2023-2024 budget. The raise includes the $2,000 for teachers approved by Gov. Brian Kemp, and the proposed budget maintains a millage rate of 17.97, which is lower than several other metro Atlanta districts. Additionally, the school board had approved hiring 40 full-time reading specialists for grades 1-5 earlier this year. The public can provide their input on the proposed budget at public hearings scheduled for June 13 and June 20, with the final budget adoption scheduled for June 20.
In a Class AAAAAAA second round soccer match, Walton defeated Mill Creek 2-1 in a closely fought game. Mill Creek had led for most of the match, but two quick goals from Walton in the 69th and 71st minutes changed the course of the game. The win puts Walton through to the quarterfinals, where they will host Parkview. Walton head coach Bruce Wade was full of praise for both teams, saying that it was unfortunate that they had been matched up against each other so early in the tournament. Despite the loss, Mill Creek head coach Stephen George was proud of his team's season and what they had achieved.
Voters in Cobb County, Georgia trickled into the South Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday to elect a mayor and four council members for Cobb's newest and largest city. However, some voters eligible to vote in the District 3 runoff did not have the contest on their ballot, an issue that is currently being investigated by elections officials. Although early voting last week saw 2,741 people cast their ballot in-person, as of 4:20 p.m. on Election Day, only around 1,800 people had voted. Some voters expressed concerns over the lack of information about the new city and how it will work, as well as the need for the new government to listen to its citizens.
The School of Health Sciences at Georgia Highlands College recently hosted an Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, where second-year students in the Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs presented research posters focused on medical treatments and practices aimed at improving patient outcomes. Evidence-Based Practice, which involves reviewing and analyzing scientific evidence, is considered a cornerstone of clinical practice. The symposium provided an opportunity for students to share their research with peers and healthcare partners. Nursing students presented research on a variety of topics, including decreasing delirium in patients, while Dental Hygiene students presented on topics such as using virtual reality to alleviate dental anxiety.
Habitat for Humanity of NW Metro Atlanta and Genuine Parts, a Cobb County-based full house sponsor, started their second home build of the year on April 15. The one-story house will be a home for single mother Artavia and her two children. After working as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Piedmont Healthcare for 15 years, Artavia is excited to move to a larger home in a neighborhood where her family can spend time outdoors, which they don't feel comfortable doing in their current apartment. Genuine Parts Company Director of Employee & Community Relations, Venitia Smith, said they engage their employees in volunteer opportunities to fulfill the company's commitment to local communities.
The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Joseph Priester for the murder of Genaro Rojas-Martinez at a Smyrna gas station in 2017. Priester had appealed to the court after being found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Priester’s lawyers argued that the trial court improperly admitted evidence that Priester had robbed someone and shot at their car the day before the murder, but the Supreme Court ruled that the evidence against Priester was strong enough to convict him without it. Priester was identified through surveillance footage, cell phone records, and possession of the car seen at the scene of the crime.
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