MDJ Script/ Top Stories for May 19th Friday
Publish Date: May 18, Thursday
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From the Henssler Financial Studio, Welcome to the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast
Today is Friday May the 19th, and happy 46th birthday to former NBA great Kevin Garnett
I’m Dan Radcliffe and here are the top stories Cobb is talking about, presented by Engineered Solutions of Georgia
Plus we’ll hear from Leah McGrath of Ingles Markets about high grocery prices, then later in the show
Gary Crawford of the USDA will have thoughts on that same topic.
All of this and more is coming up on the Marietta Daily Journal Podcast.
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STORY 1 victim
A shooting incident took place at an Acworth apartment complex, claiming the life of 19-year-old Aiden Kane Shaw from Kennesaw. Police suspect it may have been a home invasion. The incident occurred around 3 a.m. at Walden Ridge Apartment Homes. Responding to reports of a possible home invasion and shots fired, officers discovered Shaw dead at the scene. Police spokesperson Cpl. Eric Mistretta confirmed that Shaw lived in the apartment but was unsure if anyone else resided with him. Authorities obtained a search warrant and are actively pursuing leads in the case. The apartment management has been cooperating with the investigation. A witness who lives across the hall, reported hearing a disturbance before the shots were fired. Detectives are diligently investigating the scene, urging anyone with information to contact Acworth police at 770-974-1232. MDJonline.com will have updates as the investigation unfolds.
STORY 2: sought
** Authorities are intensifying their search for two homicide suspects following a fatal assault in Bartow County. The incident occurred Tuesday
Authorities are intensifying their search for two homicide suspects following a fatal assault on a Marietta man in Bartow County. The incident occurred Tuesday night when deputies responded to reports of an assault in progress at the Parkway Station condos.
Caleb Demond Thomas, 19, was treated at the scene but succumbed to his injuries at Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center. Witnesses recounted seeing a silver, four-door Toyota Tacoma parked in the cul-de-sac, with Thomas fleeing from the vehicle. Two men, described as white males in their 20s, pursued Thomas and assaulted him before fleeing in the Toyota.
Law enforcement, including the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, are actively pursuing leads to locate the suspects involved in this incident. Developments in the case will be updated on MDJonline.com
Story 3: Isakson
Andy Isakson, brother of former US Senator Johnny Isakson and the founder of Isakson Living, received the Atlanta Neuroscience Foundation Community Leadership Award on behalf of the Isakson family. The award recognized their exemplary service and significant impact on the lives of individuals with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Isakson was also a presenter at the inaugural World Neuroscience Day conference held in Atlanta back on May 6.th This awareness campaign and conference, organized by the Atlanta Neuroscience Foundation (ANF), aimed to inspire and educate the community about neurological diseases such as MS, Parkinson's, Epilepsy, and Alzheimer's. The Isakson family, known for their dedication to Georgia and their commitment to raising awareness and funding for neurocognitive disease research, established the Isakson Initiative. The initiative carries on their lifelong legacy of service and support for advancements in biomedical research and development.......…..we’ll be right back
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Story 4: Educators
The Cobb County School District celebrated their retiring teachers, administrators, and staff at the annual retirement luncheon held at Roswell Street Baptist Church. This year, a total of 239 employees were honored for their dedicated service. The retirees collectively contributed an impressive 5,528 years of experience to the education system, with 37 attendees having served for 30 or more years.
Superintendent Chris Ragsdale expressed gratitude to the retirees, acknowledging their crucial role in the district's success and emphasizing the importance of every team member. John Floresta, the district's chief strategy and accountability officer, bid the retirees farewell, wishing them a fulfilling retirement. The Cobb County School District extends its heartfelt appreciation to all retirees for their distinguished service and dedication.
STORY 5: raises
The Cobb County Board of Education is set to grant final approval to the district's fiscal year 2024 budget, amounting to $1.5 billion. Superintendent Chris Ragsdale's proposed budget includes both a tax cut and salary increases for district staff. The board tentatively approved the budget in their previous meeting and is scheduled to vote on its final approval during the upcoming session. The proposed budget encompasses raises for all full-time employees, ranging from 7 to 12%. Teacher raises are partly funded by a $2,000 increase for all Georgia teachers, included in this year's state budget. These raises play a crucial role in maintaining the district's impressive teacher retention rate of 98% for the current school year. As the fiscal year comes to a close, the Cobb County Board of Education strives to balance financial responsibility with supporting their dedicated staff and ensuring continued educational excellence.
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STORY 6: Avenue
The Avenue West Cobb is set to host its inaugural dog-friendly event, Paws Fest, sponsored by The Veterinary Clinic. The event will start tomorrow, May 20th at 10 a.m. and will span the entire weekend. Paws Fest will feature exciting DockDogs canine competitions as part of the DockDogs National Sportsmen's Series. Spectators can look forward to witnessing thrilling contests like the Big Air Wave, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve. The event will also include pet-friendly vendors, interactive booths, giveaways, and live music from a DJ. Notable vendors attending the event include Unique Dogz Barkery, K-9 Trading Post, Hi-River Outfitters, and The Sticky Tail Co. For more details visit avenuewestcobb.com ………More community News after this
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Story 7: H.O.F.
The Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame is finalizing its voting process to welcome its second class. This year's ballot features 36 newcomers and 64 players from the inaugural class in 2022, including three notable alumni from Cobb County. Hutson Mason, a standout quarterback from Lassiter High School, shattered the state passing record during his senior season. He went on to lead the Georgia Bulldogs' offense, setting a single-season pass completion percentage record in 2014. Adam Meadows, a former McEachern High School star, earned first-team all-state honors before becoming a four-year starter for the Georgia Bulldogs. Meadows had a successful career with the Indianapolis Colts and briefly played for the Denver Broncos. Jonathan Dwyer, who excelled at Kell High School, became the ACC Player of the Year during his sophomore season at Georgia Tech. He was later drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and also played for the Arizona Cardinals. Other notable candidates on the ballot include Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves.
Story 8: Alliance
NBA All-Star Steph Curry and Kell alum Scoot Henderson have formed a strategic alliance focused on youth sports and shared values. Curry expressed admiration for Henderson's family's transformative work in multiple businesses and philanthropic initiatives. The partnership aims to promote equity, access, and empowerment for athletes through youth sports. Henderson, ranked among the top players in the 2023 NBA draft, expressed excitement about learning from Curry and taking charge of his own future. While French player Victor Wembanyama is favored as the top prospect, Henderson remains confident in his abilities. The alliance between Curry and Henderson represents a collaboration between two influential figures committed to making a positive impact in the sports world and beyond……back with closing comments after this
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