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Cobb County Safety Village wins grant to continue providing quality safety education

Marietta, Ga. (Nov. 16) — Thanks to the support of our community, Cobb County Safety Village was recently awarded a grant as part of Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Awards. The Cobb Safety Village was the Southeast region’s runner up and was awarded $15,000, which will be used to develop a new Internet safety program. The Safety Village was nominated for this award by Zach Thomas, operator of the Chick-fil-A at Macland Crossing.

“We are honored that Zach, the Chick-fil-A Foundation and our community understand and value our mission of building a safer community through hands-on education,” Allison Carter, director of the Cobb Safety Village, said. “Out of 150 organizations that applied for grants this year, we are elated to be one of 22 awarded funds to continue our important work. We will use this grant to develop a new Internet safety program tailor-fit to our community’s needs.”

This is the third year the Chick-fil-A Foundation has granted the True Inspiration Awards, which were created to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A’s late founder, S. Truett Cathy. Before opening voting to customers, foundation staff reviewed applications and selected a list of finalists that demonstrate a commitment to supporting youth and education. More than 76,000 customers voted nationwide and this was the first time people were able to vote for organizations in their communities via a mobile app. More than $1.1 million in grants were awarded to 22 not-for-profit organizations in 16 states.

“These organizations are doing remarkable work in education, leadership development and youth entrepreneurship, so we are thrilled to be able to help support their goals for 2017,” said Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs for Chick-fil-A and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation.

The Cobb County Safety Village is the most comprehensive and unique safety training environment in the Southeast region. Built on an eight-acre site, it is a place where children and adults can gain knowledge through hands-on experiences. This safety education enables our residents to help and protect themselves and others from accidental death, injury and destruction of property.

For more information about the Cobb County Safety Village, visit cobbcounty.org/safetyvillage. For more information about the True Inspiration Awards, visit chick-fil-afoundation.org/news-events/.

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Cobb DOT offers new way to ease congestion and better share traffic information

Marietta, Ga. (Nov. 14) – Today, Cobb County Department of Transportation staff announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze (www.waze.com), the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers. Designed as a free, two-way data share of publicly-available traffic information, the Waze Connected Citizens Program promotes greater efficiency, deeper insights and safer roads for Cobb residents, along with more than 100 other partners around the world.
 
“Joining the Connected Citizens Program was a logical step to take to ensure that we are providing our residents with the best available tools to make decisions about their daily travel on our roads,” Jim Wilgus, Cobb DOT director, said. “Our work is about helping people get around as safely and efficiently as possible. That means construction, certainly, but it also means making the most of technology. We are excited about how working with Waze will help us meet that goal.”
 
Two-way data sharing with Waze allows the county to provide an additional way to make the public aware of ongoing construction, traffic incidents and event-related lane closures. Growth is occurring in many regions of Cobb, including the Kennesaw State University area and the Cumberland Community Improvement, with the addition of SunTrust Park and The Battery. The Waze app combines Cobb DOT’s traffic information with user-generated reports to offer a more comprehensive look at conditions for commuters. The county will also collect anonymous, real-time data from Waze to help identify traffic trends. This information will be beneficial in transportation planning as Cobb continues to progress as a metro Atlanta hub for business, education and entertainment.
 
The Waze Connected Citizens Program gives municipal leaders an unprecedented look at road activity, empowering partners to harness real-time driver insights to improve congestion and make better informed planning decisions. Waze provides partners with real-time, anonymous, Waze-generated incident and slow-down information directly from drivers, and in return DOT provides real-time construction, crash and road closure data to Waze. The exchange creates a map that evolves with every driver and data point it receives and promotes safer roads by equipping Wazers with the knowledge to make smart commute choices to avoid delays due to daily construction or major traffic events caused by game days or dignitary visits.
 
“Through the Waze Connected Citizens Program, Cobb County will contribute critical data to the Waze app which is key for hyperlocal driver support,” Adam Fried, Waze’s new business development manager, said. “No one knows more about what is happening on the roads than Wazers, and Cobb County will be able to use these anonymous insights to further promote safer roads. In exchange, Cobb County is providing critical road closure and incident data to Waze, helping Wazers better circumvent major traffic events and real-time traffic blocks.”
 
To find out more about Connected Citizens, visit waze.com/ccp. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit www.waze.com/get.
 
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Access Cobb State Court and Cobb Magistrate Court records online at no cost

(Marietta, Ga. – Oct. 26) Cobb County State Court and Cobb County Magistrate Court are making it even easier to access court records online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This innovative technology called CourtConnect is beneficial to the public, as well as those involved in court cases.

“CourtConnect is designed to promote accessibility to public records and ease of navigation within the court system,” Angie Davis, Clerk of State Court, said. “We are excited to be able to offer attorneys, litigants and the public this free, online service.”

CourtConnect is the online public access portal to case information for courts using the Contexte Case Management System. The system allows users to search by party name or case number. It provides basic case information including case number, parties, assigned judge, case filings, offenses and dispositions, pending court dates and judgments.

In Cobb State Court, CourtConnect allows access to civil, traffic and misdemeanor cases by searching for a person’s name, business name or case type; searching for judgments against a person or business; or searching with a case number to view case information and activities.

In Cobb Magistrate Court, CourtConnect allows access to current court dates (subject to change), charges/violations, bond amount, type of suit/case filed, case history, information, filings and activity and judgement information. Many types of cases can be searched. Civil cases include information on small claims, dispossessory, garnishment, abandoned motor vehicles and personal property foreclosures. Criminal cases include information on arrest warrants, bad checks, application hearings, ordinances and parking tickets.

The CourtConnect site is certified by ACS Government Solutions to support Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari. To access CourtConnect, visit cobbstatecourtclerk.com for State Court records or magistrate.cobbcountyga.gov for Magistrate Court records.

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Cobb Board of Elections temporarily relocates three precincts for Nov. 8 general election

(Marietta, Ga., Oct. 7, 2016) Cobb County Board of Elections staff is temporarily relocating three precincts due to the facilities being unable to serve as polling places. Affected voters in the Nov. 8 general election, and any subsequent elections through March, will be mailed a new Voter Precinct Card. The three precincts are:

    Elizabeth 03: Will move from Marietta Alliance Church to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: 2922 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
    Fair Oaks 05: Will move from Fair Oaks United Methodist Church to the Fair Oaks Recreation Center: 1465 Brandon Drive, Marietta
    Kennesaw 1A: Will move from Kennesaw United Methodist Church to Ben Robertson Community Center: 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw

The Board of Elections reminds all voters to check that their addresses are current before Oct. 11 and to check their polling place information before they go to the polls because changes may have occurred since the last time they voted. Voters can check online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. For more election information, visit www.CobbElections.org.

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Swearing in ceremony for Amber N. Patterson, juvenile court judge

(Marietta, Ga. – Sept. 19, 2016) The swearing in ceremony for Amber N. Patterson, juvenile court judge will be Thursday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. in the ceremonial courtroom, 2nd floor, Superior Court building 70 Haynes Street. Cobb County Chief Superior Court Judge Schuster will administer the oath. A reception will be held immediately after the ceremony.

Patterson has spent the last five years as a guardian ad litem attorney for the Cobb County Juvenile Court cases where she has represented and counseled children in all manners of proceedings. She has also served as a guardian ad litem attorney for the Cobb County Family Dependency Court.

Prior, Patterson served as a SAAG 9 special assistant attorney general) associate in the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services; and as a child advocate attorney, guardian ad litem attorney and staff attorney for the chief judge in Fulton County Juvenile Court.

“Amber’s extensive experience in Cobb Juvenile Court and Family Dependency Court gives her a deep knowledge base and the practical experience necessary to hit the ground running from day on,” said Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Stephen Schuster. “Her background, cominbined with her passion for children, will make her an exemplary juvenile court judge.”

Patterson has a Bachelor of Science degree from Valdosta State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Cobb Juvenile Court judges are appointed by the Cobb County Superior Court judges. Patterson was selected from 39 applicants. Judge Stedman began her term in September 2001 and retired Aug. 12, 2016.

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For additional information contact:
Amanda Marshall
Cobb County Superior Court
770-528-1884
Amanda.Marshall@cobbcounty.org