Squaring off: Senate candidates coming; John Williams going
by Joe Kirby, Otis A. Brumby III and Lee B. Garrett, - Around Town Columnists
April 15, 2014 04:00 AM | 5311 views | 3 3 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REPUBLICANS RUNNING for U.S. Senate will converge on Cobb this evening for a forum at the County Administration Building just off Marietta Square sponsored by the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club. Confirmed attendees are U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel of north Fulton, Derrick Grayson of Atlanta and attorney Art Gardner of east Cobb. Candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue have conflicts elsewhere in the state, according to Club spokeswoman Rose Wing.

Attendees will answer questions from a panel consisting of Georgia Young Republicans President Meagan Myers Hanson, Georgia Republican Party attorney Anne Lewis and activist Dr. Camilla Moore. Moderator will be talk radio host Martha Zoller. The club will host another forum Thursday in the same location featuring candidates for House Districts 34 and 44, Cobb Superior Court judge and Cobb solicitor general. Panelists will be past CCRW Club president Felicity Diamond, east Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott and attorney Toni White. Moderating will be Realtor Donna Rowe. The forums begin at 7 and can be viewed live on TV 23.

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POPE HIGH PTSAs, foundations and councils will host a forum Thursday for candidates for governor, state rep and school board at 6:30 p.m. at Hightower Trail Middle School. Confirmed attendees include gubernatorial candidates Dr. John Barge and David Pennington and school board candidates incumbent Scott Sweeney and challenger Kevin Nicholas.

MORE POLITICS: A “roundtable forum” featuring 11th District congressional candidates is set for the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting of the North Cobb Rotary Club Thursday at Pinetree Country Club. Bob Barr, Ed Lindsey, Barry Loudermilk and Tricia Pridemore have all agreed to take part. … Barr has been endorsed by Army Capt. (Ret.) Tommy Clack of Atlanta, who lost three limbs during the Vietnam War and recently retired after a 47-year career working for veterans at the federal and state levels. …

Senior Cobb prosecutor Ann Harris, who’s running for Cobb Superior Court judge, has received the endorsement of the Cobb Fraternal Order of Police. … Katie and Micah Pfister, owners of The Butcher The Baker, will host a fundraiser there from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight for Superior Court Judge candidate Juanita Stedman.

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ATLANTA newsletter editor Maria Saporta reports in the Atlanta Business Chronicle that developer John Williams has made good on his threat to leave Cobb if the county school board declined to approve a highly controversial 10-year tax abatement for his $103 million Riverwalk project in the Cumberland/Galleria area. Williams, co-founder of Post Properties, is moving his company, Preferred Apartment Communities, to the Medici building on Northside Drive from One Overton Park in Cobb, she writes. Williams, arguably Cobb’s best-known developer for four decades, complained to Saporta that he was treated shabbily by the school board, which declined to allow him to speak on behalf of Riverwalk at one of their meetings after keeping him waiting for two hours.

“I’m only willing to be kicked in the ass once,” she quotes Williams. “A lot of Cobb County politics has been taken over by the tea party, and being a member of the tea party doesn’t equal having an IQ.”

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PEOPLE: Juli Windsor of Boston, sister of well-known Marietta PR exec Jailene Hunter, was less than a half-mile from the finish line at last year’s Boston Marathon hoping to become the first person with dwarfism ever to complete that grueling race. But her plans were sidelined by a pair of bomb blasts that killed three people and maimed or injured 264 others.

Windsor, who stands 3-foot-9, escaped the terror attack unscathed, although the sisters’ mother, Anita Erickson of Cumming, suffered minor injuries when knocked over by stampeding spectators near the finish line.

The undaunted Windsor will be running in this year’s race Monday, more determined than ever to become the first person with dwarfism to complete the race.

Her story is told in a stirring video, “Twice the Steps,” an excerpt from which can be accessed at http://www.history.com/topics/boston-marathon-bombings/videos/i-was-there-boston-marathon-bombings-juli-and-david.

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TIP TOP POULTRY President Robin Burruss will be the recipient of this year’s Marietta High School Distinguished Alumnus Award. It will be presented by the MHS Alumni Society at the Marietta Schools Foundation’s “Making a Difference” Gala at the new Marietta High School Performing Arts Center on May 14.

Burruss (MHS ’70) played football and basketball there and went to work the same year at the family business, Tip Top. He took over as president following the death of his father, state Rep. A.L. Burruss, in 1986.

He met his future wife, Penny Owens, on his first day at MHS. The couple has two daughters, Ashley Akopov and Meghan Respess, and seven grandchildren.

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THE CAST of the hit Atlanta Lyric Theatre production of “Annie,” which runs through Sunday at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center, includes Kylie Blank, 12, daughter of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, reports director Brandt Blocker.

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THIS & THAT: The van full of aspiring college students that was hit by a FedEx truck in California on Friday, leaving 10 people dead, was on its way from Los Angeles to visit Humboldt State University — the school that Southern Polytechnic State University President Dr. Lisa Rossbacher was picked earlier this month to head as president. She does not officially take over there until July. …

In the wake of the recent Ft. Hood shooting, Rep. Gingrey tells AT he has offered legislation on numerous occasions to allow military personnel to carry concealed weapons on military bases in the District of Columbia. He plans to discuss on-base military carry provisions with House Armed Forces Committee members and military leaders as a deterrent to future on-base active-shooter occurrences, and feels service members must be allowed to defend themselves against such threats.

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EVENTS: You can strike a blow against cancer by attending Saturday’s “Cocktails Against Cancer” bash thrown by former MDJer/current Georgia Ballet Development Director Katy Ruth Camp and her brother, Taylor. The event honors their mother, the late Valari Camp, who lost a courageous battle with breast cancer in 2011. For ticket info, go to https://www.xorbia.com/e/npa/cocktails-against-cancer. …

The 48th running of the Atlanta Steeplechase is Saturday at Kingston Downs near Rome and will benefit the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. The event always draws a big crowd from Cobb. For ticket info, go to www.AtlantaSteeplechase.org. … Don’t forget the annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday on the lawn of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitors’ Center. Piedmont Baptist pastor/MUST Ministries CEO the Rev. Dwight “Ike” Reighard will deliver the message and the Salvation Army will provide coffee and hot chocolate at the 7 a.m. event, which will be sponsored as usual by the Marietta Kiwanis Club, reports organizer Phil Owens.

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POLLEN: A worker at a car wash on Dallas Highway told Around Town over the weekend that a woman got her car washed one day last week, then showed up the next day demanding another free wash because the first one “didn’t get all the pollen off.” She didn’t get it.

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Momcomment
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May 01, 2014
Williams is just moving closer to his Estate which is off of Northside Drive in Fulton County.

Sandy Springs by the way has shut the door on incentives. They are currently reviewing the process, so they become very narrow since everyone wants to develop in the 400/285 corridor anyways.
Just Wait
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April 15, 2014
I sincerely hope the door hits him on the shoe print on his way out.
anonymous
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April 15, 2014
RE: “I’m only willing to be kicked in the ass once,” she quotes Williams. “A lot of Cobb County politics has been taken over by the tea party, and being a member of the tea party doesn’t equal having an IQ.”--

Well, we learn a bit more about Mr. Williams. Aside from being one of those "capitalists" that requires the taxpayers to fund his business endeavors...we now know what he thinks of the people he wanted to pay for his business dealings.

The loss of such a wonderfully arrogant jackass is a blessing for Cobb County.

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