The plans of Hill and Ott (and many others) hinge in turn on whether U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) resigns to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).
THE COBB COMMISSION’S pending vote a week from today on whether to require contractors and their subs who do business with the county government to apply for federal IMAGE certification is sure to come up this evening when immigration activist D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society is guest speaker at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Cobb Regional Republican Women. Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee and Commissioner Helen Goreham are both expected to vote against IMAGE, as is new Commissioner Lisa Cupid, a Democrat. Strongly in support of the proposed requirement are Republican Commissioners Bob Ott and JoAnn Birrell of east Cobb.
The CRRW meets at the Cobb GOP HQ, 799 Roswell St., Marietta, across the street from Roswell Street Baptist Church.
THE MARIETTA-based Georgia Tea Party last week announced its support for a House bill that would allow for split-penny Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes. HB 153, introduced by state Rep. John Carson (R-northeast Cobb), would allow counties to impose SPLOSTs in increments of .05 and also would allow for the simultaneous levy of more than one SPLOST as long as their combined rate did not exceed 1 percent.
The proposal also would let counties and school districts levy only enough sales tax to fund specific projects.
“Under the current law, the maximum amount of the tax revenue is generally determined first, and then the project list is back-filled to spend it, which is wasteful and inefficient,” said Tea Party Chair J.D. Van Brink.
MARIETTA KIWANIS members raised $2,810 via their annual Valentine’s Day Dessert Auction and Sale last week, reports event Chairwoman Beth Eckford. Proceeds go to this year’s major club project, the Kiwanis Technology Center at Marietta High School (“from sweet bites to real bytes”).
Preparing items for the auction were members Adriane Larson, Terri Guthrie, Phillip and Linda Beggs, Jim Gooch, Leslie O’Neal, Liz Cole, John McGee, Patty Kendrick, Jennifer Valtos, Mike Ward, Lee Penland, Frank and Susie Moore, Al and Chris Martin, Kathy Qualey, Scott Chadwick, Dee Allison, Beth Sessoms, Fran Kirby, Carletta Sims and Mrs. Eckford.
Live-auction items donated by professional bakers were auctioned off by Dean Crownover.
Top bidder at the event was Marietta lawyer Matt Flournoy with $200 for a three-layer cake prepared by Sweet Peeps Bakery. He afterward presented the cake to Lucille Soukup, aka “Miss Lucille,” a resident at Gaines Park Assisted Living who turns 102 this week.
DON’T FORGET TO JOIN the Cobb Landmarks Society in downtown Acworth from 5-9 p.m. Saturday for “The Roots of Our Legacy” celebrating Cobb’s African-American heritage. There’ll be a soul food dinner and gospel singing.
The event is a partnership with Bethel AME Church, the Acworth Historic Preservation Commission, the Acworth Tourism Authority and the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network and Cobb Landmarks, reports CL’s Abbie Parks. Cost is $500 per table or $250 per half table, with all proceeds to benefit the Bethel Restoration Fund.
RETIRED prosecutor Jack Mallard — a legend in Cobb and metro Atlanta legal circles — is out with a new book. Titled “Two Faces of a Serial Rapist,” it tells the apprehension, trial and conviction of Terry T. Greenway, a married man and pillar of his church who nonetheless victimized women living in ground-floor units of garden apartments in the I-75 corridor in the late 1980s. Greenway was handed a life sentence by now-retired Cobb Superior Court Judge G. Grant Brantley and is up for parole this month.
Mallard by that point had successfully used fiber evidence to convict Atlanta child murderer Wayne Williams. He then moved to Cobb under District Attorney Tom Charron, and in 1989 they were the first prosecutors in Georgia to successfully use DNA evidence to gain a conviction, in the trial of James Caldwell of Marietta for raping and murdering his own teenage daughter.
The Greenway case was the second in which DNA evidence was used.
Mallard went on to successfully prosecute east Cobb wife-killer Fred Tokars; then later came out of retirement to successfully prosecute Lynn Turner under D.A. Pat Head for using antifreeze to murder two husbands.
Mallard’s first book was “The Atlanta Child Murders: the Night Stalker.” For his latest book he not only recounts the details of the crimes and trial, but went back and interviewed Greenway’s eight reported victims about the effect that being raped has had on their lives. He also interviewed Greenway in prison — and writes that Greenway “showed no remorse for his victims, or indication that he was seeking forgiveness from them, and no concern for their harm he had caused. In my view, he was thinking only of himself — and a ‘way out of prison.’”
For information on how to obtain either book, go online to jackmallard.com.