From the Briefcase
by Marietta Daily Journal staff
March 28, 2012 12:00 AM | 2408 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sheri Kell
Sheri Kell
Sheri Kell named MDJ business editor

Sheri Kell, a longtime Cobb resident with extensive business news experience, has been named the Journal’s business editor.

Kell began her career 26 years ago at the Northside Neighbor, the flagship weekly newspaper for the Times Journal and Neighbor Newspaper Group, and since has had an impressive career, including editor positions at a regional commercial real estate magazine and with metro Atlanta public relations and marketing firms. Sheri currently works with COMM360, a Marietta-based communications firm.

“We certainly look forward to the experience, enthusiasm and knowledge of the Cobb business landscape that Sheri is bringing to our business section,” said Billy Mitchell, Journal managing editor.

Kell and her husband, Cobb County Superior Court Judge Tain Kell, have one son and live in east Cobb. She is active in Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and in many civic and community organizations in Cobb County.

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Sundial to join Clean Air Campaign

MARIETTA — Marietta’s Sundial Plumbing Services has partnered with the Clean Air Campaign, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the improvement of air quality and reduction of traffic congestion. The Clean Air Campaign is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality funds and from corporations, state and local sources.

Sundial said all employees would participate in the No Idle Zone program, which will reduce harmful vehicle emissions and fuel waste. Other programs Sundial has implemented include teleworking and compressed employee work schedules.

Free OSHA training at MUST Ministries

MARIETTA — MUST Ministries’ Marietta location will host a 10-hour construction safety class from April 23 to 25. Those interested in being certified can register at the Canton, Marietta, Smyrna or Elizabeth Inn campus. A voucher for a free pair of steel-toe work boots will be presented to everyone who passes the OSHA test with a 70 or higher. Registration ends April 12. For more information, go to

* General Motors and WellStar Health System have created a three-dimensional visualization system using LEGO building blocks to track step-by-step progress on everything from vehicle repairs to patient care.

WellStar is using 3-D LEGO boards to improve on-time starts in a doctor’s office, manage the Foundation’s five-year fund development program, and improve quality of care measures. One board has projected a $1 million per year cost savings by improving the process for credentialing its physicians with payers.

* Elevation Restaurant and Henssler Financial are supplying nutritious meals for the youth at the Kennesaw Teen Center. “Pat Henssler and I had been working with the Kennesaw Police on a way to give back to our community,” said William G. Lako, CFP, Henssler Financial’s managing director. “When we asked what we could do, the police told us about their needs at the Teen Center.”

“Bil Lako called me to see if the restaurant could help. I enjoy giving back as much as we can,” said Michael Bowman, owner of Elevation Restaurant, located on the Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field campus. “We’re taking care of the menu and cooking. Henssler Financial is picking up the food at cost and helping with the delivery through the end of the school year. … Our kitchen can make almost anything. We’re really putting an emphasis on the foods the 11 to 15-year-old demographic will really enjoy — spaghetti with meatballs, burgers, chicken fingers.”
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Jason Shepherd
March 28, 2012
Congratulations Sheri! I know you will do a tremendous job in this new role.
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