‘‘Peanut Boilin?" No, says sheriff. Primary moving, but Corn Boilin’ stayin’ put
by Joe Kirby, Otis A. Brumby III and Lee B. Garrett, - Around Town Columnists
March 18, 2014 12:00 AM | 7451 views | 3 3 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend | print
THIS YEAR’S first-ever spring primary (May 20) in Georgia might be taking some getting used to for local politicos, but there will be no change of seasons for one of the political season’s oldest Cobb traditions: the annual Cobb Sheriff’s Corn Boilin’ at the county fairgrounds. The corn boil is typically the state’s biggest non-partisan political event and the thousands of attendees usually include candidates for every office from governor and U.S. Senator down to dog-catcher. And a big share of the ticket receipts always goes to local charity.

There had been talk after the courts moved up this year’s primary from mid-summer to May that Sheriff Neil Warren would move the corn boil’s date into the spring as well. But that won’t be the case, he tells Around Town.

Why not? Because corn and most of the other vegetables served up at the event don’t come into season until summer. Holding a spring corn boil featuring frozen corn wouldn’t be the same.

“Or I guess we could just serve boiled peanuts and call it ‘A Peanut Boilin,’” the sheriff laughed.

This year’s post-primary Corn Boilin’ is scheduled for July 14.


POLITICS: A fundraiser for 11th District congressional candidate Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) is set for 5 to 7 p.m. March 31 at Gallery 4463 at 4463 Cherokee St., in Acworth. Host committee members include state Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-West Cobb), state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-North Cobb), Paul Chastain, Roger Hines, John Loud, Phil Barber, Caric Martin and Barry Teague. For info, call (706) 518-2116.


RIGHTNOW WOMEN PAC has endorsed 11th District congressional candidate Tricia Pridemore. RightNow Women’s PAC is dedicated to engaging young professionals to support female candidates for federal office. Marietta’s Pridemore is the only candidate from Georgia to receive the group’s endorsement.


COBB Solicitor General Barry Morgan will hold a re-election fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. March 25 at the law offices of Pugh, Barrett, Canale and Leslie, at 288 Lawrence St., in Marietta.


THE ANTI-ATLANTA BRAVES move group Cobb Citizens for Governmental Transparency will hold a town hall meeting from 7 to 9:30 p.m. this evening at Turner Chapel AME, 480 S. Fairground St., Marietta. The group also plans a forum for county commission candidates.


IS METRO ATLANTA’S famously slow-moving traffic getting a bad rap? Yes, according to Georgia DOT commissioner Keith Golden.

The comish, speaking to an audience of businesspeople at The Vinings Bank last week, said he meets frequently with CEOs of some of the area’s biggest and best-known corporations and what they tell him is at odds with the area’s reputation.

“What I hear from them is, ‘You have to overcome the perception that traffic is bad in Atlanta, because it’s not.’ These guys have lived all over the U.S. and the world and they say our traffic is not bad. But we have the label that traffic is bad in Atlanta. And if you say it enough and your competitors say it enough, people start believing it.”

He conceded there is heavy demand on the system during rush hours, but insisted there is plenty of capacity at other times.

“It flows well when there’s not an event like a wreck. We just need to figure out a different way to maximize (the capacity),” he said. “We don’t have a ‘capacity problem,’ we have a ‘demand problem,’” he said. “Everybody wants to use the roads between 6 and 9 in the morning and 4 and 6 in the afternoon on the same road at the same time.”

Construction of the Northwest Corridor Project, which will add two managed reversible lanes along Interstate 75, “will be a game-changer for Cobb,” he added. Those who use the two lanes will pay a toll based on whatever the level of demand is at the time.


GOLDEN, who lives in Cobb and is an Osborne High School grad, said federal highway dollars are very much a mixed-blessing.

“It takes twice as long to deliver a (federally funded) project than it does a regular project. It costs twice as much most of the time in order to meet all the guidelines. … People come to me about helping get federal funding for their project, and I say if you’re not getting at least $2 million from the feds, it’s probably not worth it. It’s going to take you forever to deliver it, you’re going to spend a lot more than you ever dreamed you were gonna spend, and every time you think you’ve crossed the finish line, they’re going to throw up another hurdle to make it a lengthier project.”

So he said his department is trying where possible to use federal dollars not for road construction, but instead for research, resurfacing and preliminary studies.


MORE POLITICS: If you ask former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom “The Hammer” DeLay, whether he finds the tactics of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) more effective for Republicans, DeLay says it’s an easy choice.

What is at issue, explained DeLay, who was in town last week for a fundraising event for 11th District candidate Bob Barr of Smyrna, is “whether you want to fight or not fight or whether you want to stand on principle or not stand on principle. Here’s a man (Cruz) that will fight and stand on principle, and that’s why I’m extremely excited that he wants to do this again.”

The Republican leadership should never have caved and allowed the government to open back up, he said.

“It made me sick in my stomach that the Republicans gave in and opened the government because I saw them winning,” he said.

“They were right on the edge. The polls started moving because Obama and Harry Reid wouldn’t negotiate. People didn’t think that was very fair and so the polls started moving against them, but the leadership in the House and the Senate just didn’t have the backbone to see it through. We saw it through in ’95.”

DeLay and Barr were part of the Republican Revolution of the ’90s where conservatives swept Congress during the Clinton administration.

By contrast, the McCain wing of the Republican Party objects to fighting back, he said.

“I don’t agree with much of anything McCain does,” DeLay said.


MARIETTA: A neighborhood meeting to discuss WellStar’s proposal to build a bridge over Church Street to its planned new ER is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. this evening at the Dye house, 470 Church St. The Neighborhood Advisory Committee representatives will be in attendance and the city council has been invited. ... The Marietta Housing Authority Board will host a retirement reception from 4 to 6 p.m. March 27 for executive director Ray Buday at the Marietta Hilton on Powder Springs Street. ... Robert Bowden, Inc, of Marietta, was recognized as one of the fastest growing businesses owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2014 Bulldog 100 Celebration recently in Atlanta. Bowden was founded by Mariettans Robert Bowden (Class of 1968) and Steve Cole (’80), as a wholesale building material supply and manufacturing corporation and now has three locations. More than 800 nominations were received for the 2014 Bulldog 100.


A CREW from the National Geographic Channel’s “Diggers” show recently used metal detectors to probe the lawn of historic “Oakton” on Kennesaw Avenue, the oldest continuously inhabited home in Marietta, according to owner Will Goodman. To see what they turned up, tune in or go to http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/diggers/videos/ringys-civil-war-ring/


NIK’S restaurant, whose gyro sandwiches topped with spicy tzatziki sauce proved an immediate hit in Marietta two decades ago when opened by then-recent Greek immigrant Nik Zaimas, will close its original location for good on March 28. The hole-in-the-wall style eatery at the intersection of Campbell Hill and Sessions streets is losing most of its already small parking lot to the city’s Kennesaw Mountain-to-Marietta Square bike path. Nik’s Whitlock Avenue outpost will continue to be open. Meantime, a farewell party is planned across the street from the original at 7 p.m. March 28 with food, spirits and live music in the parking lot of the Optical Company parking lot, reports neighbor Kee Carlisle.

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Ben Twomey
March 19, 2014
Duh, hey there commissioner Golden, I havea flash for you. If you roads are not equipped to handle problems at peak rush hour, then they are inadedquate.Period.

This statement has to rank real close to the top as the "dumbest thing said by a politician this year"

"He conceded there is heavy demand on the system during rush hours, but insisted there is plenty of capacity at other times."

Cobb Taxpayer
March 18, 2014
State DOT Commissioner Golden must be a comedian ! Traffic congestion in Cobb is a disaster - Cobb or State Dot's have not built a new crossing of the Chatt. River since Sherman came to town 150 years ago and used all of the pre-existing Ferry's.

Ike Eisenhower built 75 and the first 4-lane in Georgia was to accomodate Bell Bomber Plant (new bridge will replace one built in 1935). Metro Atlanta has simply taken Interstates designed to move trafic and stimulate Altanta and turned them into commuter roads that stifle Atlanta.

The Commissioner must live in Cobb (Vinings) inside 285 to not be aware of the mess we have out here in North, West, and East Cobb.

We have a demand and a capacity problem that results in congestion !
Rich Pellegrino
March 18, 2014
A few corrections regarding tonight's Citizens for Governmental Transparency Town Hall Meeting:

1) The CGT is not an anti-Braves-move group but a pro-transparency group which is anti-corruption, anti-crony capitalism, anti-back room dealing with taxpayer money. They welcome the Braves here--just not on the taxpayers dime without taxpayer representation and input.

2) The correct address for Turner Chapel AME is :492 North Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta, GA 30060
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