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Braves look to be a sure thing

Is it too late to stop the Braves’ move to Cobb? Yes, according Insider Advantage columnist Gary Reese.

Writes Reese, “(A) loose-knit coalition of stadium opponents has vowed to pursue one or several actions to keep ground from being broken for stadium construction. But their promises of more activism seem potentially weak because of their sheer number and variety. Talk circulates about lawsuits, ethics complaints, recall elections and more. Most sources think it’s already too late to stop this apparently done deal. …”

“A throw-the-bums-out mentality might have trouble reaching its goal when the voters see that the challenger candidates, aside from the stadium issue, hold nearly identical, conservative views as the officeholders they would seek to replace.

“A recall would pose its own risks. If the anti-stadium coalition lost a special election, their wide-ranging effort to stop the stadium might be done with, and with much egg on their face. Don’t forget that the Braves have plenty of their fan base in Cobb — an announced  major reason the team wants to move across county lines in the first place. Fans can vote too.”

Don’t forget Lockheed

Lockheed Martin got a nice Christmas present — the news that it has inked a deal with Saudi Arabia worth a potential $6.7 billion for the purchase of up to 25 late-model C-130J Super Hercules cargo lifter planes.

The planes, like all but the first two of the 2,457 C-130s delivered to date since 1954, would be assembled at the company’s plant in Marietta.

Lockheed says it has entered into an “Undefinitized Contract Action” with the U.S. Government for a foreign military sale of the first two of the planes, a pair of KC-130J refueling tankers.

The sale agreement essentially represents the government’s permission for Lockheed to sell the Saudis three more of the tankers and 20 of the C-130J-30 models, should the Saudis decide they want them. The “30” variant has a fuselage that is 15 feet longer than standard C-130s.

The KC-130s look pretty much like any other C-130 to a layman, but are specially configured to serve as airborne tanker aircraft and have a 57,500-pound fuel offload capacity while in the air.

Saudi Arabia would be the 16th country to choose the C-130J Super “Herk” for its airlift needs.

Currently, about 2,300 of the Marietta plant’s 6,200 employees spend the majority of their time on the C-130 program, according to spokeswoman Stephanie Stinn.

To put the $6.7 billion Saudi deal in perspective, the Atlanta Braves expect to invest close to $1 billion over the next four years in the course of their move to Cobb. There’s no guarantee, of course, that the Saudis will buy all 25 planes. But it’s well within the realm of possibility. And part of the revenue from the deal would go to the other companies involved. But the deal still is a big one for Cobb.

SPSU’s graduation one of its largest ... and likely one of its last

Southern Polytechnic State University’s 108th commencement took place in December.

SPSU’s president, Lisa Rossbacher, said 386 students received diplomas on Saturday, making it “the largest-ever fall graduating class.”

SPSU only has a handful of graduations left. In early November, the University System of Georgia announced a plan to place SPSU under the Kennesaw State University banner. The merger requires consent by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in December 2014.

If approved, the merger would take effect Jan. 1, 2015, making this year’s SPSU class one of the last to receive a degree from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Apple to open first store in Cobb

The Braves move, the technology companies emerging, the recent anniversary of the CID and it all adds up that Cobb’s Cumberland region might be the hottest place to be in Georgia right now.

And that might be why Apple decided to open their first Cobb store there this year. Sources say that the company targeted the Cumberland area as a result of its surge the last year. Keep an eye out for more updates. 
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