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One person dead in a Town Center homeless camp fire

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One person was killed in an early morning fire at a homeless camp in the Town Center area, according to Cobb police.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:15 a.m. Monday, near Interstate 75 at Barrett Parkway. Per police, the fire was burning in a homeless encampment in the woods near the I-75 north off-ramp.

Firefighters extinguished a burning tent and discovered a body, police said. The Cobb police Major Crimes Unit and the Cobb Fire Arson Unit are investigating the incident.

North Point Ministries has finally begun construction on its new church and housing development in east Cobb after nearly a year of compromise and negotiation with the county. The plan, which will see the construction of a 125,000-square-foot church and up to 95 single-family homes and townhouses, was met with opposition from residents concerned about stormwater impacts and housing density. The church's lead pastor, Jamey Dickens, said he was thankful for the residents who were engaged in the process, believing it made the final plan better. The church is hoping to complete construction within two years, depending on factors such as the supply chain and weather.

The Georgia Food + Wine Festival was held at Jim R. Miller Park, with thousands of people attending to sample some of Georgia’s best food, beer, wine, and spirits. Vendors interacted with customers as they mixed drinks, poured samples, and served food. The festival-goers enjoyed the sounds of live music and the aroma of smoked meat. Tequila, vodka, jalapeño margaritas, and other cold beverages helped keep the revelers cool. Chef, author and farmer Mathew Raiford cooked beef tacos, speaking to the crowd and sharing his family’s history. Various booths sold art and miscellaneous products. Overall, it was a great day for people to spend time outdoors eating, drinking, and enjoying the festivities.

Janice Overbeck and former NFL player Terance Mathis recently hosted a Celebrity Poker Night Fundraiser for Emory ALS, where attendees tried their luck in the tournament while raising funds through a silent auction and Big Green Egg raffle. The event was attended by local celebrities such as Jerome "The Bus" Bettis and Jessie Tuggle of the NFL, and Corey Patterson of the MLB. Through donations and ticket sales, the event raised $30,116.30, which was presented to Dr. Jonathan Glass of the Emory ALS Reach Center. Since 2016, the Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team's non-profit, JO Gives Inc., has hosted fundraising events and made donations to the Emory University ALS Research Center annually.

Over 60 students from South Cobb High School’s Academy of Research & Medical Sciences program received their white coats and stethoscopes in a recent ceremony. The white coat is a symbol of trust, integrity and authority in the medical field. The ceremony celebrated the students’ dedication and hard work, with keynote speakers emphasizing the importance of researchers and technicians in modern medicine. Entrepreneur George Amos Jr. gave advice to the soon-to-be medical professionals, encouraging them to invest in themselves and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The event was a time of pride, excitement, and joy for all attendees.

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education has approved the appointment of two new principals for Marietta High School and Lockheed Elementary School. Marvin J. Crumbs will take over as principal of Marietta High School after serving as principal of Columbus High School for 11 years, replacing interim principal Marco Holland. Tricia Patterson, the current principal of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, will assume the position of principal of Lockheed Elementary School. Both principals will begin their new roles in June.

Always Cake Bakery, owned by chef Nicole Green, had their grand opening last Saturday at their new store in Marietta. The bakery, which started in Green's home in 2018, offers custom-made cakes and a wide variety of other baked goods such as cupcakes, biscuits, pies, muffins, and toffee. Green, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has spent 20 years in the restaurant business, and moved to Powder Springs with her husband seven years ago. Always Cake Bakery is located at 1812 Powder Springs Road and is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Plus, we sit down with MDJ Sports editor John Bednaroski as he continues to take us on a tour around Augusta National presented by Ingles.

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