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Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash on Cobb Parkway

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An 18-year-old driver in Marietta collided with a motorcyclist in Alpharetta on Wednesday. The driver attempted to make a left turn onto Cobb Parkway and entered the path of the 28-year-old motorcyclist. The collision resulted in the motorcyclist being ejected from the bike and sustaining life-threatening injuries. The victim remains in critical condition at Kennestone Hospital, and witnesses are urged to contact the police department with any information.

Marietta Superintendent Grant Rivera said that parents are increasingly concerned about school safety, especially after Monday's school shooting in Nashville. The school district has already implemented some safety measures, such as card readers and vestibules, but is considering other options, such as bullet-resistant glass and an open-door monitoring system. The district also works closely with the Marietta Police Department, which currently provides four officers stationed at Marietta High School and two officers stationed at Marietta Middle School, among other collaborations. The district partners with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to conduct threat assessments and creates a nurturing, welcoming environment while prioritizing safety.

Several ministers from downtown Marietta churches will be hosting a week-long Holy Week series of worship services at First Presbyterian Church. The services will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and will be followed by a free soup and sandwich lunch. Rev. Joe Evans, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian, invites people to attend and share their love for Jesus Christ during this Holy Week. The schedule for the services is as follows: Rev. Blair Tolbert on April 3, Rev. Brandon Owen on April 4, Rev. Eric Beckham on April 5, Rev. Dr. Tar-u-Way Richard Bright on April 6, and Angela Z. Brown on April 7. For more information, visit www.fpcmarietta.org.

Amir Abdur-Rahim, who previously improved Kennesaw State's men's basketball program, has been appointed as the new head coach at South Florida. He replaces Brian Gregory, who was dismissed after six seasons with the university. Abdur-Rahim is a successful recruiter, builder, and winner who creates unparalleled student-athlete experiences. Although Abdur-Rahim's departure is bittersweet for Kennesaw State, the university is optimistic about continuing its upward trajectory. It has already received numerous inquiries from potential candidates for the head coach role. Kennesaw State's associate head coach, Ben Fletcher, will serve as the interim coach during the search. Abdur-Rahim's base salary was $230,000 in 2022.

The Lutzie 43 Foundation hosted its first Adapted PE Field Day event at Kennesaw Mountain High School for Cobb County elementary students with disabilities. The foundation provides a range of activities to ensure that every child can participate regardless of their needs, such as sensory and mobility issues. The foundation's motto, "Live like Lutz, Love like Lutz, and Learn from Lutz," inspires change and encourages safe driving. The foundation covers all expenses, including transportation, so that schools don't have to incur any costs. Students from all 68 Cobb County elementary schools will attend one of the three events this year. Volunteers from high schools help run the events, and the kids have fun playing basketball, cornhole, and other activities.

A 28-year-old man, Willie Elbert Kidd Jr., has been sentenced to 85 years in prison by a Cobb Superior Court judge for assaulting four women at a staffing agency's office in Marietta. Kidd assaulted the women, including stabbing one with a knife and severely damaging the office, in June 2022. He was found guilty by a Cobb County jury on four counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, one count of possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, and one count of second-degree criminal damage to property. Kidd was also re-sentenced to 20 years for a probation violation.

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