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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher David Hale delivers his first Major League pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher David Hale delivers his first Major League pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Cobb Mogul to Buy Braves?

The Atlanta Braves clinched their first National League East Championship in several years in late September. 

And while the playoffs are heating up, so is talk the Atlanta Braves are about to be purchased by someone with strong ties to Cobb County, who made his fortune via the Internet. 

That news would be big for Braves fans to get ownership of the team back in Atlanta. The Braves were sold by Time Warner in 2005 to Colorado-based Liberty Media. Time Warner inherited the team when they purchased TBS from Ted Turner. 

The Braves have the 19th largest payroll out of 30 major league teams at almost $90 million, compared to the first-ranked New York Yankees at $230 million. New ownership may be welcomed by Atlanta fans if the purse strings are loosened, allowing for some additional marquee additions to the current roster.

Isakson likens Franklin vote to Centennial Park, Smyrna

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) told the Marietta Daily Journal he’s strongly supportive of Marietta Mayor Steve Thunder Tumlin’s $68 million redevelopment bond for the Franklin Road corridor to be voted on in a November referendum.

He compares the proposal to Billy Payne’s vision for Centennial Park in Atlanta, Mayor Max Bacon’s vision for downtown Smyrna and legendary Cobb Commissioner Ernest Barrett’s efforts in the 1970s to put the infrastructure in place to handle the county’s growth explosion.

“When you make a bold move … you can replace crime with prosperity,” the senator said.

Self-driving cars coming here soon?

This year, the hot car talk is all about self-driving cars (We’ll have more on this in the next issue.) Google has beta-tested over half a million miles of cars using its technology called ‘Chauffer,’ primarily on the West Coast. Mercedes-Benz has told consumers it expects to unveil a self-driving model within five years and Nissan says it is close as well. 

It may be several years before an affordable self-driving car hits the mass market. But, then again, the market drives everything and if Google is on board, you can expect everyone else to follow. Our bet? You could see some self-driving cars running beta tests here in 2014. 

... and then there is East Lake

Atlanta developer Tom Cousins recently touted the success of the East Lake neighborhood in a column which was published in The Wall Street Journal. Cousins was at the helm of the East Lake Foundation, which was founded 15 years ago in an effort to aid the crime-ridden community, located in southeast Atlanta. 

Cousins charts the success and turnaround of the area up to the foundation working closely with public and community leaders to get things changed that started with the construction of mixed-income housing. A charter school, the restoration of the famed East Lake golf course and jobs followed. Today, Cousins says violent crime in the area is down more than 90 percent and unemployment has sharply dropped. 

If Marietta Mayor Steve ‘Thunder’ Tumlin can pull off something with the Franklin Road project similar in success to East Lake or Centennial, it will raise Marietta’s image and might vault Tumlin’s political career. Tumlin — a former state senate and house member — has told sources he is only focused on his re-election campaign for mayor.

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