Marietta High names next class of Athletic Hall of Famers
by Joe Kirby, Otis A. Brumby III and Lee B. Garrett, - Around Town Columnists
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THIS YEAR’S INDUCTEES into the Marietta City Schools Athletic Hall of Fame are headed by retired coach Charles Alexander, according to MCS Athletics director Paul Hall.

Alexander taught and coached at Marietta Middle School for 33 years (1980-2013), including eighth-grade basketball for 24 years and eighth-grade football for 21 years.

“He mentored and groomed many future Marietta High stars for success at the high school level,” Hall said.

Alexander’s teams also won four Cobb County Junior Basketball Championships.

“Athlete” inductees will be:

- Erin Luckett (MHS 1992), a four-year letter winner in swimming and two-time state champion who went on to be a letter-winner and Academic All-Big Ten athlete at Purdue University.

- Doug Senter (MHS 1961), who was First Team All-Cobb quarterback in 1960, later was a three-year starter and co-captain at the University of South Carolina.

- William Anthony Tillman (Lemon Street High School ’67), who was Running Back of the Year on Lemon Street’s 1966 State Championship team, rushed for more than 1,600 yards in 1966.

Being inducted as “Athlete/Contributor” are:

- William Kendrick “Ken” Kirk (MHS ’60), who broke the state record in the javelin throw in 1960, held the Georgia Tech and SEC records in the javelin and was twice a silver medalist at the Florida Relays. He is a Masters-level javelin champion, served on the city school board, was director of the Marietta Schools Foundation, was instrumental in the construction of the MHS Track and Field facility and has been a volunteer coach at MHS in two sports. (Kirk, who splits his time between Marietta and his other home in France, also writes an occasional guest column for the MDJ “More Opinion” page.)

- Eugene Williams Jr. (Lemon Street ’53), who was a four-year letterman in football and track, captained the Lemon Street Hornets grid squad, then later served as youth coach at West Side Elementary School and assistant coach at Marietta Middle School for more than 30 years.

And being inducted as “Contributors” are:

- Susan Martin Riddle (MHS ’64), who served 24 years as MHS athletic secretary (1989-2013), served three athletic directors and hundreds of coaches during her career, earned the system’s “Classified Employee of the Year” award, won the 12th Man Award from the MHS Touchdown Club and, said Hall, “made each coach feel like she was ‘their’ personal secretary.”

n Ruben Sands (MHS ’79), who served as manager for MHS athletics for 38 years, was football manager for four head coaches, basketball manager for 32 years and scorekeeper for varsity basketball for 30 years.


THE Hall of Fame luncheon will take place at noon Sept. 26 at First United Methodist Church. Inductees will also be recognized during halftime of the MHS game that evening. Contact the athletic office at MHS for tickets to either event.


FRIDAY’S MDJ front page made the daily “Top Ten” of interesting front pages from around the country, as chosen by The Newseum in Washington, D.C., thanks in no small part to the great shot by MDJ photog Jeff Stanton taken at Earl Reese’s retirement party at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre showing Earl and Cassi Costoulas (in the apron).


THE Cobb Republican Women’s Club is hoping to host 20 veterans of World War II at their annual Veterans’ Day luncheon on Nov. 1 in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the war, the recent D-Day anniversary and the Battle of the Bulge. Each honoree will be allowed to bring a guest as well. If you know of a veteran who’d like to take part, call Janis Walling at (770) 403-3500.


RIBBON-cutting for the remade House of Lu just off Marietta Square will be at 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Light refreshments and Vietnamese hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Lu Family opened their Chinese restaurant on Cherokee Street behind the Strand in 1995 and this year not only expanded the menu to include Vietnamese cuisine (a first for the Square), but also brought in Cassandra Buckalew for a sweeping redesign of the interior and exterior.


EMC: Look for attorneys for former Cobb EMC head Dwight Brown to appeal his case to the U.S. Supreme Court later this summer.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled 5-2 June 2 against efforts by Brown to have theft and racketeering charges against him thrown out. Brown’s attorney, former Gov. Roy Barnes, argued unsuccessfully that Brown’s due process rights had been violated because the grand jury then-Cobb District Attorney Pat Head persuaded to indict him had included customers of the utility.

The case was then to return to local-court jurisdiction, where it would come before Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy. But the Ga. Supreme Court granted a defense request on June 27 to stay the return (or remittitur) for 90 days. Cobb Superior Court sources say the expectation is that Brown would appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court within those 90 days.

If Brown’s legal team does file such an appeal, the case would be handled at that level not by present Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds but by the office of state Attorney General Sam Olens.

The case against Brown stems from a class action suit filed in 2007 on behalf of EMC members by Butch Thompson and the late Bo Pounds that contended Brown and insiders were using the EMC as a piggybank. The suit was settled in February for $98 million and the first $24.6 million “wave” of reimbursement checks to members went out last week.


POLITICS: David Perdue won the July 22 GOP Senatorial Primary Runoff because he won a majority of votes in metro Atlanta, which gave him just enough votes to nose by Jack Kingston.

Perdue garnered 56.0 percent of the vote in the 29-county metro Atlanta area, or 34,759 votes more than Kingston got in them.

Yes, Kingston won the rest of the state, receiving 56.2 percent overall of the vote in the rest of the state’s counties, or 26,256 votes. But there were not as many voters outside the metro area as there were inside of it. So, subtract the Kingston “outside” number from Perdue’s “inside’ vote and you get Perdue’s overall margin of victory, 8,503 votes.

Looking further at the numbers, Bartow (48.2 percent), Cobb (46.3) Fulton (45.1) and Morgan (also 45.1) were the only metro counties in which Kingston garnered more than 45 percent of the vote, although he nearly did so as well in Cherokee (44.7).


TURNOUT also played a role in Perdue’s win. During the May 20 Primary, turnout was almost evenly split between metro Atlanta (50.3 percent of the state’s total Senate vote) and the rest of the state.

But during the runoff, metro Atlanta accounted for 56 percent of the total statewide vote. Interestingly, both Perdue and Kingston received 56 percent of their respective “base” vote (Perdue in metro Atlanta and Kingston in the rest of the state, especially south of I-20). But turnout in metro Atlanta dropped only 11 percent between the primary and the runoff, while dropping by 29 percent in the rest of the state. And metro Atlanta outvoted the rest of the state by 58,539 votes in the runoff, compared to just 3,755 on Primary Day.

It all added up to a close win for Perdue.

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Juan Mountainous
August 05, 2014
Where is Greg White? 4 sport letterman Legend! Who picks these things? Colin Peters?
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