MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of March 13
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at Southern Tech, a mayor’s stolen car, the Cobb Junior College, Cobb Hospital, the F-22 and a high-speed chase.

100 years ago …

In Friday, March 13, 1914 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported the Cobb Superior Court’s calendar of criminal cases. Among the list of misdemeanors and felony charges were two liquor cases, a stabbing, a gambling and a robbery.

50 years ago …

Mayor Howard Atherton’s administration was reported in Sunday, March 8, 1964 Marietta Daily Journal that he had a plan which may produce a windfall of $238,000 or more for Marietta’s financially-troubled city government. The windfall would be produced by reissuing at a lower interest rate more than $1 million in revenue certificates which were put out in 1959 by the Marietta Board of Lights and Water.

In the Wednesday, March 11, 1964 paper it was reported that the State Board of Regents had given its approval for construction of a library and a combined gym – auditorium at Marietta’s Southern Technical Institute, currently the Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). The formal okay on the two structures, which were estimated to cost $750,000, caught Southern Tech officials by surprise during the regents’ monthly meeting in Atlanta. The buildings were to be financed under Gov. Carl Sanders’ Master Plan for Education Bond Program. In all the regents gave their authorization for $71 million in work under the program which included buildings at every campus of the 21 universities and colleges in the state system.

Another story that day reported Acworth Mayor Mary McCall discovered her brand new 1964 Chevrolet was stolen. McCall, who had served several terms as Acworth’s chief executive, was making a speech at the Acworth School when the theft occurred. McCall said that a doctor’s bag belonging to her husband, which was in the car when it was stolen, was found north of Chattanooga, Tenn.

The County Board of Education and the City of Marietta were reported in the Thursday, March 12, 1964 paper as expecting to hold bond referendums in a move to provide funds for construction of the proposed new $2.35 million Cobb Junior College, which would eventually become Kennesaw State University. The county school board’s share of the construction costs would be $1,195,000 and the city’s would be $425,000. The request that the bond referendums be held on April 22 were revealed by Robert D. Fowler, chairman of the College Steering Committee, who presided at a Cobb Chamber of Commerce meeting attended by officials of the University System of Georgia and about 150 local politicians, business, civic and education leaders.

Also that day, the Cobb Hospital Authority had charged that it was pressured by County Commissioner Herbert McCollum into selecting a 56-acre tract on Austell Road as the site for the proposed new South Cobb Hospital, which currently is the location of WellStar Cobb Hospital. Members of the Authority made the allegation during a meeting with the South Cobb physicians and citizens. Their own choice, they said, had been a site at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and King Springs Road near Smyrna. Protests began to mount against the Austell Road and Mulkey Road site when the authority announced it as the proposed location of the new 150-bed hospital. The tract of land was being given to the county by Mableton Contractor Floyd Grainger.

20 years ago …

An Air Force report in the Tuesday, March 8, 1994 paper found problems with the stealth capability of the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter, a radar-evading jet to be assembled at Lockheed’s South Cobb Drive plant. Problems showed up several weeks earlier during a computer test of the F-22 design, according to the Air Force. A spokeswoman for the Air Force said the F-22 program director believed the problem could be fixed without affecting the plane’s development schedule or adding to its cost. The Air Force press release did not identify the specific problem areas, but a paper accompanying it said the computer found a problem with “smaller features of the plane rather than its overall design.” The Air Force paper expressed concerns about “the number of cracks, gap widths, panels, drain holes and doors on the aircraft.” Air Force officials also said they were concerned about radar-vulnerable areas around “air intakes, the radome, radar and engine [exhaust] nozzles.”

In the Thursday, March 10, 1994 paper it was reported that a 21-year-old Indiana man, who led Marietta Police on a 110-mph chase that damaged or destroyed seven cars – including one he struck head-on, was charged with 14 different offenses that included DUI, causing serious injury with a vehicle, reckless driving and car theft. The driver carried no identification, but was identified after police found a name stitched in a piece of his clothing. The high-speed chase went for about eight miles on northbound Cobb Parkway before crashing head-on into a car on state Highway 293.


Damon Poirier is the Newsroom Administrator for the Marietta Daily Journal.

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