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East Cobb Intersection Improvements Impact Commute, Road Closures Begin May 26

Johnson Ferry Sewell Mill Rd Road Closure2Major traffic safety and operational improvements at the East Cobb intersection of Sewell Mill Road and Johnson Ferry Road will result in two temporary road closures this summer. These partial road closures will impact travel and cause motorists to use detours for the duration of the project.

Beginning Thursday, May 26, and continuing through Sunday, July 31, a section of Sewell Mill Road from Johnson Ferry Road to Benthill Drive will close with access to area driveways maintained at all times.

Beginning Thursday, May 26, and continuing through Sunday, July 31, a section of Pine Road from Sewell Mill Road to Wandering Rose Lane will close with access to area driveways maintained at all times.

“We purposefully scheduled this project to happen when school was out,” said Cobb County Department of Transportation Interim Director Jim Wilgus. “Due to the large volume of work in a short period of time, construction will continue from early morning until early evening to complete these critical improvements before school opens back up Aug. 1.”

The two sections of road must be closed while construction crews relocate Pine Road, make a hill cut on Sewell Mill Road (to improve sight distance), and widen and add turn lanes at the Pine Road intersection. Crews may, at times, work until dusk. Detour information for the project includes (see map):

Northeast traffic to access Sewell Mill Road:
(South) on Johnson Ferry Road to (west) Roswell Road/SR120 to (north) Old Canton Road to (east) Sewell Mill Road.

Northeast traffic to access Pine Road:
(South) Johnson Ferry Road to (west) Roswell Road/SR120 to (north) Providence Road to Pine Road.

Westbound traffic to access Sewell Mill Road/Johnson Ferry Road intersection:
(West) on Sewell Mill Road to (south) Old Canton Road to (east) Roswell Road/SR120 and (north) Johnson Ferry Road.

Westbound traffic to access Pine Road near Sewell Mill Road:
(East) on Roswell Road/SR120 to (north) Providence Road to Pine Road.

For more information, visit www.cobbdot.org and click on Project Updates. Also visit www.cobbcommute.org for real-time, 24/7 access to traffic. And visit @CobbCountyDOT on Facebook and Instagram and @CobbDOT on Twitter.

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Mabry Park Groundbreaking

MEDIA ADVISORY
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18  
3 p.m.

Park at Wesley Chapel UMC, 4495 Sandy Plains Road. Shuttles will take you to site.

Program Speakers:
Commissioner JoAnn K. Birrell & the Cobb Board of Commissioners
County Manager David Hankerson
PARKS Director Eddie Canon
Friends of Mabry Park
Garrison Mill Elementary Student Council

The 26-acre Park Master Plan includes a playground, walking trails, community garden, pavilions, tree houses, a pond with an overlook bridge, a boardwalk across a wetlands area and open meadows.

 View the Master Plan

Media Questions: sheri.kell@cobbcounty.org;  770.528.1155

Cobb County Community Development to hold series of public workshops on 2040 Comprehensive Plan

(Marietta, Ga. - May 10, 2016) Cobb County Community Development will host a series of public workshops to build upon prior public input and to discuss more information related to Cobb County’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. From late May to early June, five public workshops will be held at locations throughout the county. The interactive, four-hour workshops will be conducted via an open house format and are designed to establish priority needs and to collect feedback on the proposed vision, goals and policies of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. In addition, there will also be discussion regarding the county’s Future Land Use guidelines.

"For the plan to be successful, citizens must be actively engaged in the planning process by providing their thoughts and ideas to ensure that the plan reflects the community’s preferences and desires," said Jason Gaines, Cobb County Community Development Planning Division Manager.

Meeting Schedule:
Public Workshop #1
When: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Where: South Cobb Government Service Center, 4700 Austell Road, Austell, GA 30106
 
Public Workshop #2
When: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Where: Wellstar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062
 
Public Workshop #3
When: Thursday, June 2, 2016 
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Where: East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066
 
Public Workshop #4
When: Thursday, June 9, 2016 
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1800 Circle 75 Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339
 
Public Workshop #5
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Where: West Cobb Regional Library, 1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw, GA 30152
 
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a long-range, community designed growth strategy that will continue to make Cobb County an attractive place to invest, conduct business, and raise a family. The current plan, adopted in 2007 with subsequent annual amendments, covers the time period between 2007 and 2030. The 10-year update will extend the current plan's growth outlook to 2040. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which is mandated by the State of Georgia, will help Cobb County guide and manage expected population and employment growth and coordinate major public investments in Public Safety, Transportation, Community Facilities, and other important elements.

If you have any questions regarding the 2040 Comprehensive Plan please call 770-528-2018 or email comdevplanning@cobbcounty.org.


Driving tour story map helps you experience historic sites in Cobb

It is often said that without history, there would be no future. Now you have a fun and informative way to explore the rich history of Cobb County. Located in the rapidly-growing metro Atlanta region, Cobb boasts numerous historic buildings and sites. The Cobb County Historic Driving Tour highlights historic gems in the six cities of Marietta, Acworth, Kennesaw, Austell, Powder Springs, Smyrna and unincorporated areas.

“Cobb County Information Services Department staff has worked diligently over the past year to help convert the driving tour pamphlet into a digital story map,” Jennifer Lana, GIS manager, said. “The publicly-accessible digital map can be used on mobile devices, tablets and desktop computers. This driving tour story map provides new functionality and capability using the power of digital maps and geography to explore historic areas.”

You can use this helpful tool to plan out your entire driving tour excursion.  The in-depth map highlights three different tour routes, designated by color, and all originate at the Marietta Welcome Center, 4 Depot St., Marietta. Each virtual tour stop includes a beautiful photo of the site, as well as historic information and hours of operation if the site is open to the public. Since the driving tour story map is available on smartphones and tablets, you can use it as you drive from one historic destination to another.

To enjoy the Historic Driving Tour, visit cobbcounty.org/gis.

Two veterans become first to graduate Cobb County Veterans Treatment Court: Veterans win battle to regain their lives after suffering from PTSD

(Marietta, Ga.-May 4, 2016) --- The Cobb County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its inaugural graduation ceremony 9 a.m., Friday, May 13, in the first floor Jury Assembly Room of the Cobb County Superior Court.

Two veterans are expected to graduate at the ceremony, which signifies their completion of a minimum 18-month long program focusing on rehabilitating veterans by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system and providing them with the tools they need to lead a productive, law-abiding lifestyle. Research suggests many veterans suffer from adjustment issues when they come back into civilian life, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
 
“This treatment court offers veterans who have sacrificed so much for our nation, an opportunity to address the issues brought on by their military service, that have ultimately lead to their involvement with the criminal justice system,” Flynn Broady, VTC Progam Coordinator, said. “Now, with all of their hard work and dedication, these graduates have a chance to fulfill the potential they demonstrated when initially joining the military. “
 
Former Marine and presiding judge of the VTC, Reuben Green, said that oftentimes veterans will treat mental health issues with different substances to cope.  
 
“Once they are stable, the VTC assists them in identifying stable housing and then requires them to find a job or enroll in a higher education program,” Judge Green said. “This is exactly how VTC participant Brandon Musser claims he was able to regain the structure he needed coming out of the military.”
 
VTC Treatment Coordinator Kristie Garrett said, “Both of our graduates joined the military at a young age and entered an environment where someone told them when to eat, bathe and sleep. When they began adjusting to a normal lifestyle again without the structure the military afforded them, they discovered they were lacking essential life skills, and turned to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope. Treatment and therapy, provided by the VTC in conjunction with the Atlanta VA Medical Center, helped to provide theses participants with the tools they need to live a successful life on their own.”     
 
Another unique facet of the VTC is the Mentor Program.
 
“Each VTC participant is paired up with an honorably discharged veteran from the community who serves as a mentor to the participant,” Judge Green said. “Some of these mentors have suffered from PTSD and are able to help guide and advise the participants throughout their recovery. Musser claims the mentors are essential to the success of the program.”
 
One graduate, Willis Hatfield-Reavis, credits the mentors, and his ability to network with them, for his newfound passion in healthcare.
 
“I’ve found my passion through Veterans Court. I believe the best blessing you can do for your country, outside of serving in the military, is serving our veterans,” Hatfield-Reavis said.

That is exactly what he plans to do by opening Will2Win, a wellness center that will aid veterans in need of guidance and support by offering life coaches, personal trainers and a place to house homeless veterans. Both graduates also credit Judge Green and his military experience as a huge benefit to the program.
 
“I’ve been in the justice system a long time, and I’ve been before a lot of judges that once they start laying down the hammer, it sets the tone for every case to follow, but not with Judge Green,” Musser said. “He treats every person as an individual and never lets a prior case set the precedent for his next ruling.”
 
Hatfield-Reavis also praises Judge Green saying, “He gives us hope. We come to him homeless and addicted, after doing a great thing for our country, and he gives us the hope we need to keep pushing forward to be model veterans.”
 
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For more information, or to schedule an interview with the graduates, please contact Amanda Marshall at 678-522-9261 or email Amanda at amanda.marshall@cobbcounty.org.