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August 2020 Edition
Don't Forget 
Senator "Doc" Rhett!
District 33

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What's Happenin
Georgia State Senate 
District 33

The Governor, Senator Doc Rhett District 33,  & Cobb Democratic Women Chair, Ms. Allen at the signing of Rhett's Banking Bill Senate Bill 20

The bill encourages banking services and consumer credit programs in under served communities. 

These under served communities are served by check cashing, payday loans, title loans, pawn shops, etc.  Interest rates can go as high as 300%

Read the bill here!

Senator Doc Rhett (co-sponsor) & Rep. Eric Allen participate in the signing of Senate Bill SB 426.

It requires spills or release of ethylene oxide (a cancer- causing agent)
be reported 
to the
Environmental Protection Division (EPD)


Thank you for your bipartisan support of SB 20
Rep Calvin Smyre, Senator Bill Ligon Jr., Senator Ed Harbison,
Senator David Lucas

Austell Community Task force Back to school jam!


Mableton Improvement Coalition 
Back 2 School Supplies


Cobb Schools introduce plan for phased return to face-to-face learning

Marietta school board says yes to plan that could return kids to campus Sept. 8

MDJ News Source

Marietta City Schools' youngest learners and some special needs students will return to the classroom twice a week as soon as Sept. 8.
After a 7-0 vote Tuesday evening, the Marietta school board voted to enact Superintendent Grant Rivera's five-phase plan to transition back to face-to-face learning.
In a letter to the Marietta schools community, Rivera dubbed his plan the "Flexible Approach to Teaching and Learning" and said it "prioritizes the needs of our youngest learners (grades PreK-2) and students with disabilities (grades 3-5, low-incidence special education classes)."
Low-incidence special education is defined as students with autism, mild intellectual disabilities, moderate disabilities, and severe and profound disabilities.
Those students would come to school two days each week in classrooms featuring no more than 10 students at a time. They would continue learning virtually the other three days of the week.
Each room will have between five and nine students, Jen Brock, the district spokeswoman, previously told the MDJ.
If data and health experts' guidance on the spread of the virus allows, the district will slowly allow older students into schools and increase the number of days all children attend in-person from two to five.


Following Superintendent Chris Ragsdale's July 16 announcement that the 2020-2021 school year would start with a fully remote learning model, the Cobb Schools Food and Nutrition Services began preparing to provide breakfast and lunches to students in a way that best supports the remote environment.

With the help of a partnership with MUST Ministries, Cobb Schools has already dished up more than 455,000 meals to students since schools closed in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Starting on August 17-the first day of school-parents will be able to pick-up prepaid meal kits for the entirety of the week. Meal kits are available to all students currently enrolled in Cobb Schools.

Most Cobb schools will schedule meal kit pick-ups on Mondays between 4:00-6:00 p.m. for those families who have completed the online pre-order process on MyPaymentsPlus. Specific times and dates will be located on the pre-order form. Families will be able to submit pre-orders starting on August 11.

Pre-orders must be made weekly to receive meal kits. The pre-order form will open every Tuesday with a deadline of every Thursday at 12 p.m. in order to receive meal kits for the following week. Local schools will not be able to assist with placing orders over the phone. All meal kit orders must be submitted through the online pre-order form. Any money currently on a student's meal account cannot be used for meal kit payments.
The cost of the meal kits will include five breakfasts and five lunches.

Smyrna adopts nondiscrimination ordinance, violators could be subject to $1,000 fine
MDJ News

Smyrna City Council passed a nondiscrimination ordinance Monday night, becoming one of a handful of cities in Georgia with such a law.
The ordinance bars discrimination on the basis of race, religion, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, homeless status, disability, age, marital status and veteran or military status.
It applies to employment; the use of or service at public spaces, including businesses within city limits; and housing. Exempt is any religious organization "that engages an individual to perform work connected with the performance of religious activities," schools following the federal Civil Rights and the Americans with Disabilities acts and employers' "bona fide" affirmative action or seniority plans.
Violators are subject to a maximum fine of $1,000.

All local small businesses encouraged to apply for relief grants

Last week, we proudly awarded almost $7.5 million in grants to more than 400 small businesses in our community. But, there is still more than $40 million available to help our local business owners. We are excited to extend our partnership with Select Cobb to offer a second round of applications for small business relief grants and all are encouraged to apply.

Applications are open at through 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21. Eligible businesses can apply to receive up to $20,000 to $40,000 to use toward personnel, rent, utilities and acquiring PPE. All applications submitted by the deadline that meet the requirements will be considered.

New for this round of applications:
  • Businesses that have received financial assistance from the Payroll Protection Program or Small Business Administration are now eligible for grants
  • Businesses can include both W-2 and 1099 employees toward their total number of employees
For a full list of eligibility requirements and more information about the Select Cobb Small Business Relief Grants, visit

To view the entire list of round one grant recipients, click here.

Register for informative webinars to learn more about grant application process

Cobb County and the Cobb Chamber staff are launching a webinar series to educate business owners on the Small Business Relief Grant application process and eligibility requirements. Webinars starts on Tuesday, 
Aug. 4, and feature Cobb commissioners throughout the series. Attendees will be able to ask questions during the webinar about the small business grant process. Each webinar is an hour and free to attend.

For more information on the Small Business Relief Grants webinar series, contact Jinnie Christensen at or 770-859-2357. 
For more information on the second round of SelectCobb Small Business Relief grants, contact the SelectCobb team at or 770-859-2364.

Advanced Voting in Cobb County

Cobb Elections and Registration Office, 736 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta
7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-7

North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S Main St., Acworth
7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-7

Riverside EpiCenter, 135 Riverside Parkway, Austell
7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-7

East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-7

West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, Aug. 3-7

Cobb Elections - Job Opportunities
Cobb County Elections Division is seeking poll workers for upcoming elections and drivers to move equipment, too. 

These paid positions provide good experience for your resume. 

Students 16 and older can apply and those hired will receive credit toward their Social Studies Civic Engagement Diploma Seal.

We encourage you to request your ballot for November as soon as possible, so you have enough time to receive it and return it in time to be counted!
1. Directly download the form here or visit this website link for the Secretary of State. The form can be found in "Absentee Voting" under the "Voter Info" tab.
2. Print out the form, use your permanent mailing address, and fill out the form accurately. Note: anyone can help you fill it out, as long as they sign the form to indicate their involvement. 
Alternatively, you can also draft a letter on a blank sheet of paper with your name, DOB, permanent address, type and date of election, party, signature, and the date. 
3. To submit your request form or letter: you can mail, e-mail, fax, or drop it off to your county board of elections (BOE). Check your county BOE's website for the correct addresses. 
For Cobb County 
Fax: 770-528-2458 or 770-528-2519
Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration
P.O. Box 649
Marietta, GA 30061-0649
Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration Office
736 Whitlock Avenue, Suite 400
Marietta, GA 30064

Remember, your ballot needs to be received by Election Day, not postmarked by Election Day. That's why it's crucial for you to request your ballot today or as soon as you can.

Mableton Square Update - Sponsor a Bench, Table, Water Fountain or Waste Bin

Work is expected to begin in August on the playground at the Mableton Square. MIC is seeking more sponsors interested in putting their names on benches, picnic tables, waste bins and water fountains around the Square. 

The first bench was sponsored by Valderia Mathis in honor of Lawrence Anderson. Thank you Ms. Mathis!

For more information, contact Parks Committee Chair Demetrius Lockett or Parks Committee Member Jeff Padgett.

First Fruits for First Responders from the Urban Agri-Kids
Urban Agri-Kids has been growing organic produce in the Historic Mableton Community Garden for over a year. 

It's clear they have developed a "green thumb" by the output of their bountiful harvest. The kids have decided to share their abundance of tomatoes, zucchini, kale, and collard greens with those that give to the community everyday, our fire fighters. 

Urban Agri-Kids has been delivering First Fruits for First Responders bags of fresh picked produce to different fire stations in the community. 

For the first time since World War II, the North Georgia State Fair has been canceled.
Officials from the fair, which last year drew a record 335,000 visitors to Jim R. Miller Park, issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
"With utmost regret, the decision has been made to cancel the Superior Plumbing Presents North Georgia State Fair this year.

Census Map

The census determines the amount of federal dollars our communities receive and how the voting districts in Cobb County will be drawn for the next ten years!

Senator Rhett's  bills signed by the governor.

Providing banking services to areas that are undeserved except for  predatory lenders Senate Bill SB 20

The bill encourages banking services and consumer credit programs in under served communities. 

These under served communities are served by check cashing, payday loans, title loans, pawn shops, etc.  Interest rates can go as high as 300%

Law enforcement liability coverage when rescuing children and animals locked in hot cars 

See Senator Doc Rhett's Bill (SB 31) signed by the governor 

2019-2020 Regular Session - HB 79
Blind persons; child custody rights; provisions


Senate Bill 15
Free weapon permit for law enforcement officers who had to retire honorably  because of a disability

It will increase the personal allowance allotted for people in nursing homes to purchase personal hygiene and toiletry items to $70 dollars a month.

They will now have more money for their personal needs 
It was attached to House Bill 206 adopted and signed by the governor.

The last increase was about 10 years ago!


Cobb County Democratic Party Legislator 
of the Year!
Senator Doc Rhett

Senator Doc Rhett 
American Legion Post 296

Cobb County 
Environmental Legislator of the year!
Senator Doc Rhett

Senator Doc Rhett 
Remembering our student leader!

Please join us for lunch at O'Charleys, 4130 Austell Rd 
Each Tuesday
Kiwanis Greater South Cobb | PO Box 232, Mableton GA 30126

South Cobb Rotary


Powder Springs Community Task-force

our community!

Worship With Wonders Church

Pastor Roger Vest


Pastor Michael Lewis
Roswell Street Baptist Church


Seven Springs Church


"Please visit for more details"

Senior Pastor Dr. Bright

Pastor Sammie Dow
Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

Zion Baptist Shurch
Pastor Beckham

Shaw Temple A.M. E. Zion Church
 Pastor Eldren D. Morrison

Wright Street Baptist Church
Baptist church in Marietta, Georgia
Address395 Wright St SW, Marietta, GA 30064
Phone(770) 422-5851
Pastor Daniels

Liberty Hill Baptist Church
Pastor Amos Williams

Noonday Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Abernathy

Pastor Mason

Cole Street Baptist Church
Cole Street Missionary Baptist
Baptist church in Marietta, Georgia
Address159 Cole St NE, Marietta, GA 30060
Phone(404) 931-0373
Pastor Purvis


416 Cole Street; Marietta, Georgia 30060.
Phone, (770) 427-6467 
PastorRev. Dr. Roslyn Mafico

New Friendship Baptist Church
Pastor Zollicoffer

Pastor Steed 
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Gathering of Championship Baptist Church
Pastor Hodges

Pastor Todd

Linked UP Church
Pastors Joel and Patricia Gregory

Marietta Chapel AME
Pastor Harkness

Pastor Keith Young 
Bishop Keith Young, SR
Visions for Souls Church

Pastor Purvis
Destiny Church Austell Georgia

Pilgrim Baptist Church
Pilgrim Baptist Church
Pastor Lenton Mitchell

Pastor Slade
Mt Sinai Baptist Church

Greater Community Church of God in Christ!
Pastor Brown

pastor woods
Union Chapel 
Pastor Woods


Word of Faith Church
Bishop Bronner

Pastor Larry J. Lockett, Jr.

Word of Faith AME Church

Bethesda Baptist Church Austell, GA
Pastor Frank V. Johnson


South Cobb Alliance


Cobb Democrats
Cobb County Democrats

Cobb County Progressive Party

Stop Sign 

Master Sergeant Doc Rhett
United States Air Force Reserves

Senator Doc Rhett 
American Legion Post 296 
Marietta, GA

Senator Doc Rhett
Turner Chapel AME Church
Marietta. GA
Cobb/Paulding Adult Education Center
Senator Doc Rhett
Marietta, GA