January 2018 Edition

Don't Forget Senator Rhett!
District 33

Senator Rhett's Monthly Broadcast

Town Hall Meeting!
David Wilkerson Michael Smith 

Join State Representatives David Wilkerson and Michael Smith and 
Senator Michael Doc Rhett for a town hall meeting on January 9 at the Ron Anderson Recreation Center in Powder Springs. They will preview the 2018 legislative session as well as discuss other important issues impacting the community.

Date: Tuesday, January 9
What: Town Hall Meeting
Where: Ron Anderson Recreation Center, 3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs
Time: 6:30 p.m.


We are a non-profit organization in possession of our 5O1C3 charitable status. We have a vision of helping cancer patients and their families. Our only requirement for helping someone is that they have a diagnosis of cancer, no particular kind, just cancer. Our organization was founded by 2 nurses that have a combined 30+ years of experience working with cancer patients. That's 30+ years of hearing the heart and needs of patients and their families.
With the economy and the uncertain healthcare industry, the concerns of cancer patients are growing. Having cancer is enough, they should not have to worry about gas, power bills etc... Thus, Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, Inc was born. We have a heart for cancer patients and want to make their journey a little easier.

Watch Senator Doc Rhett & Kari Carter 
Dance for Cancer Support 
and send your support!

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Holiday Season in Senate District 33
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State Representative Erica Thomas & Senator Doc Rhett
Delivering Christmas Presents to a young heart patient in the community!


Source MDJ

Penny tax aims to fund public safety

MARIETTA - County Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioner Bob Weatherford spent Friday and Monday making a sales pitch to the Cobb Legislative Delegation for a new tax to pay for public safety costs. "Quality is not cheap," Boyce said. "I just don't think that you can cheapen public safety." The proposal would raise the county's sales tax from 6 to 7 cents if passed in a November 2018 referendum. A chunk of the money from the additional 1 percent sales tax would be placed in a restricted fund to pay for public safety, freeing up the county's general fund to pay for other things, such as the county's anticipated $30 million budget shortfall.

Town hall meetings to discuss new senior center memberships

In November, the Cobb Board of Commissioners voted to establish an annual membership fee for seniors using any Cobb County senior center. The membership fee will be effective Feb. 1. Please  click here to read the fact sheet for information . To watch a shor t video explaining the membership fees, 
.  If you have questions, please call 770-528-5355 or email 
Chairman Mike Boyce will host town hall meetings to discuss implementation of memberships and fees:
  • 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 12
    East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jan. 17
    North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 South Main St., Acworth (inside Kennworth Park)
  • 2-3:30 p.m., Jan. 17
    West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 18
    Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 South Hurt Road, Smyrna
  • 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 19
    Marietta Senior Center (located in Senior Wellness Center), 1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100, Marietta

State of the Art Library Grand Opening!
Join us to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9. This unique facility offers space for people of all ages to develop and practice artistic skills and a full slate of activities is planned. Along with regular library events for children and adults, programs scheduled for Sewell Mill include free musical performances, writers group meetings, photography classes and screenings of classic films. 
This 28,000-square-foot facility includes unique children and teen spaces, study rooms, recording studios, a conference room, a digital maker space commons, a community room, an art gallery and art classrooms, an outdoor amphitheater and a black box theater. 

Click here to view the library's upcoming events.
Constructed at 2051 Lower Roswell Road on the site of the former East Marietta Library inside Sewell Park, the Sewell Mill center is a joint use facility of the Cobb County Public Library System and Cobb County PARKS. Funding for the facility includes $8.6 million from the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and $2 million from the Georgia Board of Regents. 
For more information, call 770-509-2711.

Upcoming Events 
Georgia State Senate District 33

Jan. 3 - Board of Commissioner's agenda prep. 9 a.m. Third floor conference room, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.

Jan. 4 - Auditions for entertainment at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. 6 p.m. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. To secure audition slot, call the Cobb NAACP at 770-425-5757 or Cobb County at 770-528-8490.

Jan. 4 - Planning Commission's public hearing for 2018 Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use Map amendments. 7 p.m. BOC Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta

Jan. 6 - "Bring One for the Chipper" Christmas tree recycling. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Various locations around county.  Click here to view the flyer with more details

Jan. 6 - Auditions for entertainment at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. 10 a.m. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. To secure audition slot, call the Cobb NAACP at 770-425-5757 or Cobb County at 770-528-8490.

Jan. 8 - Board of Commissioner's agenda work session. 10 a.m. Third floor conference room, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta

Jan. 9 - Board of Commissioner's regular meeting. 9 a.m. BOC Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta

Jan. 10 - Board of Zoning appeals/variance hearing. 1 p.m. BOC Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta

Jan. 15 - All Cobb County Government offices will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Jan. 15 - Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. 10 a.m. Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 

Event emcee, WSB-TV anchor Fred Blankenship, entertainment and presentation of the "Living the Dream" award to a deserving community member. Hosted by Cobb County Government and Cobb County branch of NAACP.

Welcome Newly  Elected Leaders
State Senate District 33!

New Marietta City Council 
Joseph Goldstein / Cheryl Richardson/ Reggie Copeland

Thank you for your service
Phillip Goldstein Marietta City Council

Thank you for your service Jeriene Bonner / Marietta School Board

Angela Orange Marietta City School Board

Jen Jordan Georgia State Senate

Nikema Williams Georgia State Senate

Maryline Blackburn 
First Black City Council Person 
in the 
history of Smyrna, GA

Henry Lust Powder Springs City Council

Marlin Lamar Austell City Council

Meets every 1st Monday at the South Cobb Recreation Center in Austell

ACT General Meeting
HAPPY NEW YEAR   There will be no January meeting 
Next meeting: February  5th, 2018

South Cobb Recreation
875 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168

So much to learn about our community
in a ACT meeting..

It's Almost Better Than The News Paper.

Dear Editor of Marietta Daily Journal:

As 2017 closes and 2018 begins it is imperative that all resources be focused on the South Cobb community. For clarification the South Cobb community I am speaking of is the attendance zone feeder pattern for South Cobb High School and Pebblebrook High School. The south Cobb area has an alarming high rate of children living in poverty.

*All schools that is in the attendance zone for South Cobb High School and Pebblebrook High School are title 1.  The definition of a title 1 school is when a school have a rate over 45 percent of children enrolled at the school who receive free or reduced lunch.
*Riverside Primary  and  Riverside Intermediate have a 90 percent free and reduced lunch rate.
*Lindley Middle School has a 85 percent free and reduce lunch rate. Garrett Middle School has a 80 percent free and reduced lunch rate.

*The number of children that reside in the south Cobb community who receive SNAP, WIC, Medicaid which are government assistance programs is at 70 percent.
*The 30168 zip code, residents who are renters  outnumber homeowners at a rate of 51 percent.  *Overall in the south Cobb community the rate is 40 percent renter occupied homes.
* Renters pay more than 40 percent of their income on rent.
* Cobb County  magistrate court has seen an uptick of evictions, with some days seeing over 100 cases.
Pebblebrook High School has 20 defined apartment complexes/ mobile park homes in its attendance zone.

*Transient rates for Pebblebrook High School and South Cobb High School attendance zone fluctuates between 25 to 35 percent in the last 3 years.
*Transient rates also play a significant role in  (CCRPI)college and career readiness performance index scores. South Cobb and Pebblebrook scores both are in the 65 -68 percent range. Compared to other high schools in North and West Cobb communities who have less than 10 percent transient rates their  CCRPI scores are 90 percent.

United Way  of Atlanta just released their 2017 report giving a score for counties Titled "pathway to child well being" . Overall Cobb County  received a score of 68 percent. Some factors that were used to calculate the score were housing stability, children exceeding standardized tests reading scores, unemployment rate, CCRPI score, percentage of adults without healthcare insurance.  United Way of Atlanta provided a color coded map of the metro Atlanta area shade dark green  being communities where the children are well and orange and red shaded being  the lowest performing communities. The areas for concern shaded orange and red were the south Cobb area and central Marietta by 75. The high performing areas were North, West Cobb and Smyrna. United Way of Atlanta has launched a ten year plan to move communities to green.

The south Cobb community is full of potential with dedicated community groups,stakeholders, elected officials whose number 1 priority should be to make sure our children are ok.  There is a sense of urgency for all elected officials, government agencies, non profits that are in Cobb County to present a unified ten year strategic plan to move the south Cobb community forward.  More funding for early childhood programs should be at the top of the plan. The plan should include pathways for support wage earners to acquire homeownership. The plan should emphasize the importance building strong families. Most importantly, the plan should also incorporate emphasis on including everyone to become civically engaged in their community regardless of age, race and income status. We must do all we can to make sure all children have an opportunity to thrive and have a community to call home in their adult years.  A county as a whole can only be as strong as their weakest link. 2018 let's go

Monica DeLancy

Greetings Happy New Year,

We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association is a neighborhood advocacy group comprised of residents who are Renters who reside in the Austell/ Riverside Community.  We have been in existence since 2010 formerly as We Thrive on The Drive. The goal of  We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association is to encourage Renters to become more involved in civic engagement activities. Renters make up the 51 percent of the residents who reside in the 30168 zip code. 

There are 14 defined apartment complexes/ mobile park home in the Riverside Schools attendance zone and 22 in Pebblebrook High School attendance zone. Our goal this year was the eviction crisis affecting residents who are renters. In addition our flagship event is national night out against crime and this year we partnered with Cobb County Public Safety department. We meet quarterly and host 4 events a year. In 2018 we will host a neighborhood general assembly to connect neighborhoods in 30126, 30106, 30168 together. The community ambassador team will be working on that project. Everyone can be a member and you do not have to be a renter to join. 

Please direct all inquiries to Monica DeLancy 7703696531, monicadelancy@hotmail.com. Thank you

2017 was an eventful year for We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association

2017 Mableton Day Community Spirit winners
Monica DeLancy chosen to represent metro Atlanta team in at neighborhood conference in Los Angeles, California 
Community clean up projects
Emergency rapid response team in response to assist families affected by apartment fires
Created community ambassador iniatiative to work with 8 community leaders in neighboring communities to host neighborhood general assembly in 2018
Neighborhood summit 2017
Tre Hutchins wrote a letter to the Marietta Daily Journal about We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association on December 25, 2017
We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association are members with South Cobb Business Association and Cobb Collaborative

Thank you,
Monica DeLancy


Cobb S C L C

transportation bus

American Legion Casino Trip to North Carolina
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Cost: $45 
$10  and a food coupon will  given to you upon arrival

Funds will support  the Willie Pitts Fundraiser

Meets every 1st Monday at the South Cobb Recreation Center in Austell

Powder Springs Task Force
Meets every 4th Monday at the Ron Anderson Recreation Center in Powder Springs

Our Bodies, Our Rights

Join Cobb Democratic Women for a conversation 
Staci Fox
President and CEO of
Come hear about the work of Planned Parenthood
and women's health rights that may be in jeopardy on the state and federal level.

Special Guest -State Senator Nikema Williams D-SS#39 
Vice-Chair, Democratic Party of Georgia
Are you ready to turn the clock back
on our rights?  

Don't miss this meeting!
Thursday, January 11, 2017
Golden Corral
3845 Austell Road
Austell, GA 30008
Dinner 6 p.m.  Meeting 7 p.m.

Cobb Democrats 
Cobb Democrats

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Report on 2016 #GALatinoVote

This year, we documented the success we had in 2016 with the Latino vote in Georgia. There's a lot to be proud of and you can read more below!


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