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Cobb County bus transit plan in jeopardy

Cobb County bus transit plan in jeopardy

MARIETTA, Ga. -– Since last November's stunning announcement that the Atlanta Braves would move to a new Cobb County stadium in 2017, Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee has enjoyed near unanimous support for anything related to the project from his fellow commissioners.

Now a majority of them have broken with him over a transportation-related proposal.

The idea of a Bus Rapid Transit system from Atlanta to Kennesaw was one of several projects rejected by voters when they defeated an extra penny sales tax for specific transportation projects two years ago, known as the TSPLOST.

Now Lee wants the bus system resurrected, pointing out it will go right by the new Braves stadium location.

Bi-partisan rally to drum up support for charter schools

Bi-partisan rally to drum up support for charter schools

ATLANTA -- A grassroots bi-partisan charter school rally is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 27.

The rally is being held by Moms for School Choice, Heritage Preparatory Charter School and Georgia's Voice for Educational Choice. It has grabbed the attention of members from both political parties.

"The theme of the rally is 'Charter Schools WORK!' because charter schools work for students, families, communities and Georiga," Mom for School Choice member Kimberly Cochran said in a statement.

So far, Ga. Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell), DeKalb County Board of Education member Nancy Jester and Cherokee County Board of Education member Michael Geist are scheduled to attend the rally.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

2 Ga. candidates ineligible for ballot

2 Ga. candidates ineligible for ballot

ATLANTA -- Secretary of State Brian Kemp has ruled that two candidates for Georgia's General Assembly are ineligible for the ballot.

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Kemp's office announced Monday that Anne Taylor, a Democrat from Mableton, does not meet the residency requirement to run for the District 39 seat in the House of Representatives. That means Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan will be unopposed in the July 31 primary election.

Kemp also decided that Richie Smith, a Democrat from Lake, near Albany, is ineligible to run for the District 151 seat in the House. Smith failed to appear at a legal hearing after he was accused of owing taxes.

Taylor and Smith can appeal Kemp's decision. Since the ballots are already printed, election officials will post notices explaining that votes for Taylor and Smith will not count.

Upcoming Cobb County town hall meetings aim to keep residents informed

Upcoming Cobb County town hall meetings aim to keep residents informed

Cobb County - Chairman Tim Lee will host a town hall meeting in each of the four commission districts within the next few months. Residents are invited to attend any, or all, of the meetings to hear firsthand about progress being made around the county.

Monday, Feb. 13, District One
West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs

Wednesday, March 21, District Two
Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna

Tuesday, April 10, District Three
Mountain View Community Center, 3400 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

Monday, May 14, District Four
Lions Club Drive Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Early voting available now for city elections

Early voting available now for city elections

 

The municipalities of Kennesaw, Powder Springs and Smyrna will hold elections Tuesday, Nov. 8, and early voting is open now through Nov. 4. Any voter in any of the three cities may vote in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the main Elections Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

Advanced voting will also be available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at the following locations: