Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren: For a guy that was doing flips on (Interstate) 75 in Atlanta back on August the 15th as a passenger and ended up on a board and neck brace heading to Grady Hospital with a broke neck, I’ve got a lot to be thankful for. I’m very thankful that the good Lord was looking after me, and he gave the knowledge to three outstanding neurosurgeons and a great staff at Emory to get me back on my feet. … I’m very grateful for my family for hanging in there with me and being my caregivers.
Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee: I am extraordinary thankful for the community I live in, I am thankful for the grace that God has given me to live in this area and to have such a wonderful support … and caring community. I am grateful for my family and the unconditional love brought to me from them.
Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood: For my wife, Carol Allegood, my 4 children and 7 grandchildren and to live in a community with such loving and caring people, to be blessed by God in such a special way.
Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon: I’ve got some of the best friends that I think anybody could ever have and friends that I’ve met over the last few years that have all been thrown into this big laundry basket of friends.
Cobb Superior Court Judge Jim Bodiford: No. 1, first is I’m thankful for my family. I think that’s what makes the world go round for me, and as you grow older you can see how much more important the family really is. Just in this last little over a year ago we’ve lost my dad who was 91. I miss him, so I think I value my wife, and my son and my daughter-in-law and my two grandchildren, and I think I value them even more.”
Deane Bonner, Cobb County NAACP president: In her role with the NAACP, Bonner said she is thankful for the February release of John Macneal, who was convicted in Nov. 2006 of killing a man who had threatened his son and refused to leave his property.
And on a personal note, Bonner is thankful for her daughter, Jeriene Grimes, being elected to the Marietta Board of Education.
Commissioner Lisa Cupid: I am thankful for my beautiful husband, children and family... My husband has been my rock and my family have been my rock with me particularly over the last few weeks and I appreciate them for helping me always stand by my moral compass… I’m thankful that there’s still a God and that he’s very real and that at the end of the day he reigns.
The Rev. Ernest Easley, senior pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church: I am thankful for my family and how God is using them across the country to reach people for Christ.” Easley added he is grateful for the city leaders of Marietta and Mayor Steve Tumlin working with the church “to find a compromise that worked” to widen Roswell Street. He is also grateful for his congregation, and “their visionary perspective of our community and our world, and doing all they can do to connect people to God.”
Marietta business owner Johnny Fulmer: I am thankful for the wonderful, loyal customers and community we have here that gets together to support small and local businesses, we have a very loyal customer base which is really important to us.
John Houser, Cobb police chief: I’m thankful for the dedication of the men and women of the Cobb County Police Department…My family and I live here too, so we are sincerely appreciative of their efforts. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the finest police officers anywhere.”
Kennesaw Councilman Tim Killingsworth: Every morning I am very grateful for God’s grace and mercy, and I’m very thankful for the health of my family.
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews: Thankful for my family and all of the opportunities that I have had throughout the year to serve the citizens of Kennesaw, and I am looking forward to a lot of development and activity in 2014 for the city.
Dave Reardon, owner of Shillings on the Square: “Being alive…I am breathing.” With it being cold outside, Reardon said he is happy to provide a place where his employees can earn a paycheck and provide customers a warm place where good food is cooking.
“We are having fun with customers and getting ready for Christmas festivities…They are like our family.”
Lisa Rossbacher, president, Southern Polytechnic State University: I am thankful for what our faculty and staff have accomplished at SPSU and the sense of community they have created … and, given the weather right now — fleece. And I am particularly thankful to be celebrating my mother’s 89th birthday today.
Cobb Board of Education Chairman Randy Scamihorn: Thankful for the blessings of family and friends, also very thankful for the citizens of Cobb County in Post 1 giving me the opportunity to serve on the school board.
Connie Sutherland, director of the Marietta Gone With the Wind museum: Family and health, thankful that the museum is celebrating 10 years this year and still thriving and going strong. Major plans are in the works, for the 75th anniversary celebration of the film, Gone With the Wind.
Pat Vaughn, mayor of Powder Springs: I have many blessings. I am so thankful for my family, I am very thankful for my good health and my friends … and that I lost 85 pounds.”
Kennesaw Councilwoman Cris Welsh: I am grateful for a husband who “gets” me, two awesome daughters who keep me moving and parents who support me no matter what ... and of course I couldn’t be more grateful for my community.