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Restaurant owner charged with sexual assault of employees

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Nicholas Tiliacos, the owner of Marietta’s Come-N-Get-It restaurant, has been charged with sexual assault against two employees, arrest warrants show.

Both Cobb and Marietta police charged Tiliacos with multiple counts of sexual battery and cruelty to children against two individuals who worked at the restaurant. The alleged victims were underage at the time, per the warrants.

The incidents allegedly occurred over the course of two years from 2020 to 2022, both at the restaurant and at Tiliacos’ home in east Cobb.

Tiliacos is accused by one victim of groping them multiple times over the two-year period without their consent.

Similar allegations of groping were made by a second victim, who also alleged the incidents took place at both the restaurant and Tiliacos’ home. It was unclear if the two alleged victims still worked at the restaurant.

Joel Pugh, Tiliacos’ attorney, declined to comment on the case.

Tiliacos is out on a $60,000 bond after he was charged in October. He has yet to be indicted and his case is pending, per the Cobb District Attorney’s office.

More than two months after voters cast ballots to create a new city of Mableton, hundreds of residents turned out to continue the fight against cityhood with a single-minded purpose.

They want out.

A standing-room-only audience of hundreds packed the Cobb County Police Academy on Wednesday night, demanding an exit ramp from the first Cobb city to be incorporated in more than 100 years.

Some said they’d never known they were in the city limits until they showed up to vote. Others, like Donna Georgiana, had simply assumed the proposal would fail like its counterparts in East Cobb, Lost Mountain, and Vinings — until it didn’t. Georgiana told the MDJ she wasn’t mixed up in the debate before the election, because “I really never thought it would pass, ever.” Through the town hall, pacing the stage was state Representative David Wilkerson of Powder Springs, who derided the 78,000-strong Mableton as “the largest H.O.A. in Cobb County.” Wilkerson has emerged as one of Mableton’s fiercest critics since the city’s referendum passed in November with 53% of the vote. Highlighting what he called “open questions” that remain after the referendum, he plans to introduce legislation this year to de-annex from the new city several precincts that voted “no” in the referendum.

But the loudest voices Wednesday came from the audience, who wanted above all the answer to this question: what can we do? Wilkerson said for now, their best bet is with lawmakers under the Gold Dome. But the key, he said, will be persuading the entire Cobb County Legislative Delegation to get on board with the proposal, and he encouraged attendees to lobby their representatives hard in the coming months.

Options on the table could include a “surgical” de-annexation of areas that voted against cityhood (predominantly in the city’s northeast), or a do-over of the election entirely. That latter option got some of the most spirited cheers of the night.

But state Representative Sharon Cooper,  of east Cobb, told the MDJ Thursday that lawmakers will likely want to hear from both sides of the issue before jumping to a legislative fix

Walker did not have to look far to find its new football coach, promoting T.J. Anderson to lead the Wolverines' program.

Anderson has been at Walker for two years as associate head coach and offensive coordinator.

Anderson has experience at all levels of football.

A graduate of South Gwinnett High School, he was a running back at Georgia Southern and was part of the Eagles' 2000 national championship in what was then NCAA's Division I-AA. He also won three Southern Conference championships under coaches Paul Johnson and Mike Sewak.

Anderson, who also played in the Arena Football League for two years, returned to Georgia Southern in 2018 to served as the director of high school relations under then-coach Chad Lunsford. He also has experience in high school as an assistant coach at Westminster, Mountain View and Etowah. Anderson succeeds interim coach Tom Evangelista and becomes the fifth head coach since the beginning of the 2020 season. During that time, Walker has gone 3-25.

No longer science fiction, the use of artificial intelligence to recognize and match faces to public images harvested from the internet is a reality the Cobb County Police Department wants people to understand and support.

Members of Cobb police spent two hours discussing the use of facial recognition technology and their new contract with Clearview AI, hoping to alleviate concerns and inform the 25 residents gathered for the District 3 town hall meeting Wednesday night at the Tim Lee Senior Center

 Cobb Police Chief Stuart VanHoozer said the technology is secure and would only be used by law enforcement in a limited capacity, likening it to receiving an anonymous tip. The majority of the questions asked by the public dealt with fears of living in a surveillance state. It was mainly up to Cobb Police Captain Darin Hull of the Violent Crime Bureau to make the case for using the technology in a safe, secure manner to rapidly apprehend suspects. Hull repeatedly emphasized how the technology would not be abused and how “guardrails" would be in place.

The 150-year-old covered bridge on Concord Road in Smyrna has been reopened after it was once again hit by a vehicle and closed for repairs.

Cobb DOT was repairing the protective beam of the bridge Friday morning, according to the county.  

"Concord Road has been reopened to (hopefully height appropriate) traffic," the county said on its Twitter. "The bridge is fine."

The historic covered bridge has been the site of crashes and closures that have grown too numerous to count, the most recent occurring in December.

The bridge's low clearance, indicated by abundant signage around the bridge, is the cause of most of the accidents.

The bridge was built in 1872 and is the county's only remaining covered bridge still in use. In 1980 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Officials symbolically shoveled dirt downtown on Thursday afternoon to mark the start of a new, $6 million amphitheater at Depot Park.

Construction will begin February 1 and is scheduled to last 12 months. Kennesaw staff said that timeline is subject to adjustment, if the project is hampered by weather or supply chain issues.

Once complete, the amphitheater will hold between 1,500 and 2,000 people, according to City Manager Jeff Drobney. The design calls for a 50-foot by 42-foot stage, with turf grass terraces fanning out from there. The project also includes new restrooms and storage space, and the renovation of the Community House. The amphitheater will cap off a long-running, eight-phase master plan for the park, which now boasts a playground, open play field, walking trail, picnic tables and benches.

Construction of Depot Park was funded by successive rounds of 1% special purpose local option sales tax dollars.

The amphitheater will be funded by the 2022 round of SPLOST, which began collecting revenue last January and will run through the end of 2027.

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