July 2020
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Senator "Doc" Rhett!
District 33

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The bipartisan legislative "Dream Team" below crafted Hate Crimes Bill
HB 426

Representatives "The Dean" Smyre & Efstration (Author HB 426)

Senate Judiciary Committee members: Cowsert, Parent, "Doc" Rhett , Jones

John Loud (Chair Cobb Chamber) &  Senator "Doc" Rhett 
MDJ News
State budget includes funds for Cobb veterans center
When the Georgia General Assembly passed a nearly $26 billion state budget for fiscal 2021 last week, it paved the way for Atlanta-area military veterans to receive new support and career training.

Documents show the new budget will provide funding for a Georgia Veterans Career Transition Resource (VECTR) Center in Cobb County. If signed by Gov. Brian Kemp, the budget will allocate $2.25 million in state funds to renovate part of Chattahoochee Technical College's Marietta Campus, outfitting the technical school for veteran-specific training programs.

State Sen. Michael Rhett, D-Marietta, one of the lawmakers involved in adding the VECTR Center to the state budget, said his Air Force experience inspired his support for the center.

Rhett said a new VECTR Center in Cobb County will serve those from every branch of the military. The center will include programs for veterans to learn new skills in plumbing, electrical and technology fields etc. The senator believes Chattahoochee Technical College will be an important partner for the veterans and community. 

"I retired from the Air Force Reserve at Dobbins Air Reserve Base," Rhett said, "and one of my jobs was career adviser, to help men and women make the transition from their military career to their civilian career."

Loud said the new facility would attract retired military veterans from across the state and country to metro Atlanta. He expects skilled workers from the military to seek out the VECTR training programs to earn certification and begin their civilian careers.

Cobb Chamber to have Marquee Monday
on July 13th
The Cobb Chamber of Commerce will have a Marquee Monday event on July 13 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Coca-Cola Roxy and a virtual option.

The event will feature a panel of key policymakers offering their insights into the 2020 legislative session and the discussions and decisions that will impact the county, region and state moving forward.

The event can be attended through a virtual option or a limited in-person attendance on a first-come basis. Those attending in-person can visit https://covidsupport.cobbchamber.org/return-to-in-person-events to view all the measures being taken to ensure a safe environment.

The panelist will be Rep. Teri Anulewicz, Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, Rep. Bert Reeves and      Sen. Michael "Doc" Rhett.

Also, at the breakfast, the Cobb Executive Women 2020 Woman of Distinction Award will be presented.

Participants must register in advance. Registration deadline is July 8 for in-person attendance and July 10 for the virtual attendance option.
For more information, visit  cobbchamber.org .

Mableton Improvement Coalition
Primary Runoff Election is August 11
Thank you Mableton - and all of South Cobb - for the huge voter turnout on June 9, the Primary Election. There are run-off elections in races critical to our community - District 4 Commissioner, Superior Court Clerk, Superior Court Judge and State Court Judge, Post 6.
So, let's get ready to vote again!
Advance Voting
Begins 3 weeks before Election Day.
Check this link as information becomes available.
Absentee Ballots
Avoid the crowd at the polls! Request an absentee ballot
Voting in Person on Election Day
Polls Open 7am to 7pm
Expect lines due to health precautions
What if you aren't registered to vote?
The General Election is November 3. There is plenty of time to register now so you can vote in the fall.

Senior food distribution on Thursday to include fresh produce and hot lunch
Cobb Senior Services staff will provide shelf stable food items and fresh produce this Thursday, July 9, for Cobb residents age 60 and older from noon until 1 p.m. or while supplies last. 
Additionally, we are again purchasing 225 meals from Carrabba's for this event. An ID showing date of birth and Cobb County home address for each senior being served is required upon arrival. No appointment needed; first come, first served. The address is Cobb Senior Services, 1150 Powder Springs St., Marietta.
Cobb Senior Services staff will continue these weekly food distributions as long as they can. While staff works hard to provide essentials to our at-risk clients, we need your help by donating shelf stable food and toiletries. 

Call Merline Tippens at 770-528-2009 to set up a time to deliver your donation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Please do not leave items outside.

Cobb school board pushes back first day of school to Aug. 17, 2020
(MDJ News)
During a special-called Cobb school board meeting Thursday, the seven board members unanimously approved Superintendent Chris Ragsdale's recommendation to push back the first day of school for students from Aug. 3 to Aug. 17.

"This additional two weeks with no students will give us that additional window of time to make sure that we have everything in place to provide ample teaching and learning for virtual students, as well as those students that are choosing to come face to face," Ragsdale said.
Marietta Schools mandate masks, plan to start year on time
(MDJ News)
Students in Marietta City Schools will be required to wear face coverings when they return to the classroom for in-person instruction on Aug. 4, according to an email from superintendent Grant Rivera.
"This protocol will be included as part of the school reopening guidelines and, as necessary, school policy," Rivera said in his email to families. "We encourage families to obtain reusable/washable face coverings for their student(s); however, a disposable mask will be provided for any student who boards the school bus or arrives to school without an appropriate face covering."
Cobb's coronavirus cases up by 206 to 5,507

MDJ News
Cobb County added 206 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county's total to 5,507, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Cobb County's total is good for fourth-most among Georgia counties. Gwinnett, with 9,085 confirmed cases, leads the state. Fulton has reported 7,913 cases and DeKalb has confirmed 6,381 cases.

There have been 904 hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Cobb County, according to the DPH daily status report, an increase of 18 hospitalizations since Thursday.
Cobb has reported 246 total COVID-19-related deaths, according to Cobb & Douglas Public Health, one more than was reported on Thursday. That total ranks second among Georgia counties, trailing Fulton's 314 deaths

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 ye ars!
City of Mableton 
AJC News

Senator Rhett's  bills signed by the governor.

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 comm unity!

Worship With Wonders Church

Pastor Roger Ve st


Pastor Michael Lewis
Roswell Street Baptist Church


Seven Springs Church


"Please visit www.divineorderchurch.org 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
Address 395 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
Address 159 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

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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