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Atlanta Braves pitcher Craig Kimbrel fields a ball during a spring training baseball workout. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Atlanta Braves pitcher Craig Kimbrel fields a ball during a spring training baseball workout. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Braves sew up stars, in prime position for Cobb debut

With the recent contract extensions of superstars Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel, the Atlanta Braves are poised to have plenty of star power when they make their Cobb County debut in 2017.


The two stars - Freeman got the longest contract in league history at eight years - should bring a strong duo of recognizable faces. 

If the Braves can keep Cobb native Jason Heyward - who just landed a two-year extension - on the team, that could even be a bigger bonus. 

Of course, we don't think the Braves debut in Cobb will need any help in the excitement business, but a good team never hurts business.

‘New’ C-130s on the docket?

Another variant of the fabled C-130 Hercules could soon take wing at Lockheed Martin’s plant in Marietta.

The LM-100J would be aimed at the commercial market and would be an offshoot of the C-130J “Herk.” The Hercules has been in continuous production longer than any airplane in history and is a big part of the backbone of the U.S. military airlift fleet.

Lockheed has submitted a Program Notification Letter to the Federal Aviation Administration for a “type design update” for the plane. 

The company manufactured more than 100 of the original model L-100 between 1964 and 1992. Those aircraft were variants of the first-generation C-130 (which first flew in 1955). Many of the original L-100s are still in operation worldwide by commercial and government customers.

“The LM-100J is a natural expansion of the Super Hercules family. It is a modern answer to the existing, multi-tasked L-100 airlift fleet which, true to Hercules form, is a workhorse that has been a critical cargo asset for 40 years,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, C-130 Programs. “Our customers and legacy L-100 operators tell us that the best replacement for an L-100 is an advanced version of the same aircraft. The LM-100J is that aircraft.”

Like the military version of the C-130J, the civilian version will be capable of landing and More C-130 varieties could be on the docket for Lockheedtaking off from short, unprepared airfields without ground-support equipment. 

Academy of Women Leaders announced

The YWCA of Northwest Georgia has unveiled its list of pending inductees into its Academy of Women Leaders, which will take place at the Y’s 29th annual Tribute to Women of Achievement banquet March 28 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. 

This year’s nominees are:

  • Mansour Center Director Pam Brems;
  • Retired Cobb County librarian Cathy Brown;
  • Broker/owner Wendy Bunch of RE/MAX PURE;
  • Bank of North Georgia Senior V.P. Beth Eckford;
  • Cobb Legislative Liaison Karen Hallacy;
  • Administrative Law Judge Meg Hartin of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation;
  • Cumberland Diamond Exchange co-owner Rhonda Jacobson;
  • Wedding Planner and community volunteer Jennifer Johnson-Lynch;
  • Director of Business Development Tracy Rathbone of Coxe Curry & Associates;
  • WellStar Health System VP of Marketing, PR and Internal Communications Michelle Robinson;
  • Smyrna Assistant City Manager Tammi Saddler Jones;
  • Managing member/Education Chair Mattie Small, Cobb NAACP;
  • Program manager/planning operator Darlene Ward-Reno, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics;
  • Services Delivery Manager Rebecca Wood, Genuine Parts Company; and
  • April Wright, Principal, 524 Creative.
One of the inductees will be named as the 2014 Woman of the Year at the banquet, which is being chaired by Chief Deputy Cobb State Court Clerk Robin Bishop and Allan Bishop, executive director at WellStar. Co-chairing are Dr. and Mrs. William Cooper. For ticket info, call Holly Tuchman at (770) 423-3581.

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