Around Town: This & That ... with a computer handy
by Bill Kinney & Joe Kirby
Around Town Columnists
February 19, 2013 01:34 AM | 5409 views | 9 9 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ADD Alice Summerour to the list of those eyeing a run for political office in east Cobb. The east Marietta property manager/lawyer and longtime Board of Lights and Waterworks member is looking at running for state Senate, should Sen. Judson Hill (R-east Cobb) run for Congress; and also is thinking of running for the Southeast Cobb seat on the Cobb Board of Commissioners if incumbent Bob Ott resigns to run for Hill’s seat or for Congress.

The plans of Hill and Ott (and many others) hinge in turn on whether U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) resigns to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).


THE COBB COMMISSION’S pending vote a week from today on whether to require contractors and their subs who do business with the county government to apply for federal IMAGE certification is sure to come up this evening when immigration activist D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society is guest speaker at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Cobb Regional Republican Women. Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee and Commissioner Helen Goreham are both expected to vote against IMAGE, as is new Commissioner Lisa Cupid, a Democrat. Strongly in support of the proposed requirement are Republican Commissioners Bob Ott and JoAnn Birrell of east Cobb.

The CRRW meets at the Cobb GOP HQ, 799 Roswell St., Marietta, across the street from Roswell Street Baptist Church.


THE MARIETTA-based Georgia Tea Party last week announced its support for a House bill that would allow for split-penny Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes. HB 153, introduced by state Rep. John Carson (R-northeast Cobb), would allow counties to impose SPLOSTs in increments of .05 and also would allow for the simultaneous levy of more than one SPLOST as long as their combined rate did not exceed 1 percent.

The proposal also would let counties and school districts levy only enough sales tax to fund specific projects.

“Under the current law, the maximum amount of the tax revenue is generally determined first, and then the project list is back-filled to spend it, which is wasteful and inefficient,” said Tea Party Chair J.D. Van Brink.


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MARIETTA KIWANIS members raised $2,810 via their annual Valentine’s Day Dessert Auction and Sale last week, reports event Chairwoman Beth Eckford. Proceeds go to this year’s major club project, the Kiwanis Technology Center at Marietta High School (“from sweet bites to real bytes”).

Preparing items for the auction were members Adriane Larson, Terri Guthrie, Phillip and Linda Beggs, Jim Gooch, Leslie O’Neal, Liz Cole, John McGee, Patty Kendrick, Jennifer Valtos, Mike Ward, Lee Penland, Frank and Susie Moore, Al and Chris Martin, Kathy Qualey, Scott Chadwick, Dee Allison, Beth Sessoms, Fran Kirby, Carletta Sims and Mrs. Eckford.

Live-auction items donated by professional bakers were auctioned off by Dean Crownover.

Top bidder at the event was Marietta lawyer Matt Flournoy with $200 for a three-layer cake prepared by Sweet Peeps Bakery. He afterward presented the cake to Lucille Soukup, aka “Miss Lucille,” a resident at Gaines Park Assisted Living who turns 102 this week.


DON’T FORGET TO JOIN the Cobb Landmarks Society in downtown Acworth from 5-9 p.m. Saturday for “The Roots of Our Legacy” celebrating Cobb’s African-American heritage. There’ll be a soul food dinner and gospel singing.

The event is a partnership with Bethel AME Church, the Acworth Historic Preservation Commission, the Acworth Tourism Authority and the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network and Cobb Landmarks, reports CL’s Abbie Parks. Cost is $500 per table or $250 per half table, with all proceeds to benefit the Bethel Restoration Fund.


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RETIRED prosecutor Jack Mallard — a legend in Cobb and metro Atlanta legal circles — is out with a new book. Titled “Two Faces of a Serial Rapist,” it tells the apprehension, trial and conviction of Terry T. Greenway, a married man and pillar of his church who nonetheless victimized women living in ground-floor units of garden apartments in the I-75 corridor in the late 1980s. Greenway was handed a life sentence by now-retired Cobb Superior Court Judge G. Grant Brantley and is up for parole this month.

Mallard by that point had successfully used fiber evidence to convict Atlanta child murderer Wayne Williams. He then moved to Cobb under District Attorney Tom Charron, and in 1989 they were the first prosecutors in Georgia to successfully use DNA evidence to gain a conviction, in the trial of James Caldwell of Marietta for raping and murdering his own teenage daughter.

The Greenway case was the second in which DNA evidence was used.

Mallard went on to successfully prosecute east Cobb wife-killer Fred Tokars; then later came out of retirement to successfully prosecute Lynn Turner under D.A. Pat Head for using antifreeze to murder two husbands.

Mallard’s first book was “The Atlanta Child Murders: the Night Stalker.” For his latest book he not only recounts the details of the crimes and trial, but went back and interviewed Greenway’s eight reported victims about the effect that being raped has had on their lives. He also interviewed Greenway in prison — and writes that Greenway “showed no remorse for his victims, or indication that he was seeking forgiveness from them, and no concern for their harm he had caused. In my view, he was thinking only of himself — and a ‘way out of prison.’”

For information on how to obtain either book, go online to jackmallard.com.
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Go Bob Go
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February 19, 2013
Bob Ott should run for the Senate....he could fix Congress.
YayAlice
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February 19, 2013
Way to go Alice! She has been a public servant for years and would make a great elected official.
nonotalice
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February 19, 2013
NOT. Alice walks around wanting to be loved like a high school girl.
Bobby Ott
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February 19, 2013
Bob Ott running for any office is a bad idea.

He is too easy of a target for anyone running against him. Anyone with $3K and a research firm could easily see he is the biggest flip flopper in town. He says he is for something, then votes against it and vice versa. He is volatile, uninformed, and unwilling to compromise. He lacks the willingness to see an issue from any other light other than his usually misinformed position. These characteristics, in my view, make him unfit for any public position.

Who ever is telling him to run for State Senate, or any other position for that matter, has not played in the big leagues. ALL of his dirty laundry will be hung out to dry.
BeHonestHere
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February 19, 2013
So either Ott is a flip flopper or he won't compromise. Which is it? In one breathe you accuse him of supporting something then swapping and then voting against it. But you then want us to believe he is unwilling to be open minded, won't look at things from any other position than his own. How is that a flip flop?

Let's be honest here, you just don't like him. You so dislike him you are running at the mouth, or the blog with whatever mud you can get into print.

Just admit the facts and stop insulting our intelligence with your vicious, hateful rants.

If you don't like the guy fine, but enough with the nonsense you write here.
Bobby Ott
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February 20, 2013
You can flip flop and not compromise at the same time. They are not mutually exclusive.

Suggesting he is "volatile, uniformed, and unwilling to compromise," is not vicious nor hateful, but a statement of the facts.

Also, this was the first time I have commented, so you seem to have me confused with someone else who "dislikes [Bob Ott] so he is running at the mouth.

No surprise there.

To Bobby Ott
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February 20, 2013
I didn't see anything vicious or hateful at all about your post. Be Honest Here needs to recognize that everyone is entitled to post here and everyone's opinion should be treated with equal respect. I understand the difference between "flip flopper" and "unwilling to compromise." They are not the same thing. Be Honest Here owes you a huge apology.
anonymous
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February 20, 2013
Bob Ott would be a formidable candidate and difficult to beat in State Senate race.
Bobby Ott
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February 21, 2013
Bring it on, anonymous.
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