Some cool news for a hot weekend
by Joe Kirby, Otis A. Brumby III and Lee B. Garrett, - Around Town Columnists
August 23, 2014 04:00 AM | 5463 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
THIS MORNING finds Marietta and Cobb being hammered by a late-August heat wave. No “hot” news needed, so here’s plenty of “cool” news:


LAWYERS are used to duking it out in court; so why not battle it out on the bandstand as well?

Well, that is exactly what nearly two dozen Cobb lawyers will be doing at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Sept. 25.

“Justice Jam ’14” will pit four bands made up of local lawyers — and a Superior Court judge — competing for the title of “Justice Jam Band of the Year.”

All proceeds will benefit Legal Aid of Cobb County/Cobb Justice Foundation, which is dedicated to helping low-income residents with civil legal issues ranging from domestic violence to wills and advance directives.

“Judging” the bands will be a panel made up of Cobb Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster, State Court Judge Irma Glover and Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

Emcees will be Darrell Sutton, managing partner of the Sutton Law Group and past Director of the Cobb Justice Foundation, and Sarah Cipperly, managing attorney at the Health Law Unit of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.

Competing bands are: Bellweather Station, with players Chris Fox, Chris Kelly, David Garner and Bobby Johnson; Specific Deviation, featuring Steve Steele, Marc Bishop, Jeremy Abernathy, Hannibal Heredia, Vic Valmus and Cobb Superior Court Judge Tain Kell sitting in on vocals; NDA, made up of David W. George, Thomas M. Riddick, Stephen Steele, Markham White and Gene Cosby; and Escape Vehicle, with Grant Duffy, Kevin Moore, Ryan Marcus, Danny Piedrahita, John Dinos and Scott Lofranco.

Tickets are $25 and include a drink and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Special host packages are $150. For more, contact Leslee Champion at (770) 405-0164.


PEOPLE: Marietta author/attorney Russ Bonds’ history of Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign, “War Like the Thunderbolt,” was included on a list of 10 “Books All Georgians Should Read” by The Georgia Center for the Book. The list was unveiled at a reception Thursday in Decatur.


A BIG “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” is very much in order today for the legendary C-130 Hercules Airlifter, which took to the air for the first time 60 years ago today over Burbank, Calif. The first two experimental “Herks” were built there, but the more than 2,500 built in the decades that followed all rolled out of the Lockheed plant in Marietta.

To honor the occasion, Lockheed Martin is inviting members of the worldwide Hercules community to share their C-130 memories, experiences, photos and videos through Sept. 30 via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube. Stories are being collected on a Lockheed Martin-sponsored website and shared with page viewers. To ensure your stories are included on the site, include the hashtag “#herc60” within each post. Submissions also can be emailed to

That’s not all. Special videos, photos and features saluting the C-130 are being posted daily to Lockheed Martin’s corporate webpage, Code One Magazine, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube accounts throughout this week, reports Lockheed C-130 PR spokeswoman Stephanie Sonnenfeld Stinn.


COBB REPUBLICANS this morning will host Third District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Newnan) at their September First Saturday Breakfast. Westmoreland will be giving an update of the work of one of the committees on which he serves, the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is chaired by firebrand Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.

The breakfast will take place at Cobb GOP Headquarters at 799 Roswell St., Marietta. Cost is $10 per person.


COBB GOP Chair Joe Dendy didn’t mince words at the outset of Tuesday morning’s heavily attended speech at party headquarters by visiting National Republican Committee Chairman Reince Preibus.

“I wasn’t sure how many people would show up today, what with it being a Tuesday and a working day and we’re Republicans,” Dendy said. “If it had been a Democratic event, it would have been full, since they don’t believe in work.”

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, who was in the crowd, told Around Town the recent indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry was nothing but politics.

“It smells like a political prosecution,” he said. “When respected liberal legal scholars like Alan Dershowitz and respected liberal consultants like David Axelrod rush to criticize the indictment, that should tell you something.”

Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, pleaded guilty last year to DUI charges and served time in jail. The arrest video of her staggering through a roadside DUI test by police is all over the Internet. Perry called on Lehmberg to resign and threatened to veto $7.5 million in funding for a public integrity unit she controls if she failed to do so. She refused to quit, Perry carried out his veto threat and then was indicted. Perry has said he could not “in good conscience” continue funding a public integrity unit headed by an official who had “lost the public’s confidence.”

So, how can a district attorney who prosecutes DUI cases continue in that role, Olens asked.

“If one of my employees was caught DUI, he would no longer be one of my employees,” he continued. “And yes, I have dismissed employees” in such cases once their legal avenues had run their course, he said.


NEW MEMBERS named this week to Sen. Jason Carter’s Campaign Committee as he seeks the governorship include state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Fair Oaks); Great American Cookie Company founder and former Kennesaw resident Michael Coles, namesake of the school of business at Kennesaw State University; former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland; and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.

Meanwhile, GOP Senatorial hopeful David Perdue this week named campaign chairs and co-chairs for each of the state’s 159 counties. Leading his effort in Cobb are John Beville and Carolyn Roddy.


EVENTS: Georgia Speaker David Ralston, Attorney General Sam Olens, Cobb Chair Tim Lee and D.A. Vic Reynolds will headline a Sept. 4 fundraiser for state Rep. John Carson at The Georgian Club.

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