MDJ Time Capsule: The Week of Nov. 28th
by Damon Poirier
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This week’s Time Capsule looks at a mayoral candidate, subpoenas, a liquor petition, a bomb threat, NAFTA and a cougar.

100 years ago …

In Friday, Nov. 28, 1913 edition of the Marietta Journal and Courier, the front page reported that at a mass meeting held in Anderson’s Hall the night before, E.P. Dobbs was unanimously chosen as a candidate for the 1914-1915 Marietta mayor. A committee of 10, with Dobbs as an ex-officio member, totaling 11, was named to select City Councilmen from each ward to complete the ticket headed by Dobbs.

Also that week was a story stating that “the Journal believes that Cobb County has the best Sheriff in Georgia.” A week before the November term of the Superior Court, Sheriff W.E. Swanson was given 216 subpoenas to bring before the Grand Jury. By Friday of that week, 201 of them had been brought before the Grand Jury, been sworn, and by Saturday morning the Grand Jury found 64 bills of indictment. By Saturday night, 65 of those indicted had been arrested and either made bond or were in the county jail.

50 years ago …

Petitions calling for a referendum to determine if voters favored the sale of liquor in Cobb County was reported in the Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 Marietta Daily Journal as being circulated through the county for several days. State law required that when presented a petition signed by 35 percent of the registered voters, the ordinary must call a countywide referendum on the manufacture, sale and distribution of liquor. Cobb voters rejected a similar move to open the county up to liquor sales in March 1958 by a vote of 10,126 to 7,869. Cobb Ordinary Garvis Sams said he did not know who was behind the petition, but issued a blunt warning that he would not condone monkey business in the gathering of the petition.

A “bomb-call-terrorist” was reported in the Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1963 paper as threatening the Pine Forest Elementary School the day before. The school received the call about 2:15 p.m. Officers rushed to the school to investigate, but found no bomb. Schools all over Marietta had been plagued with threats of bombs since late September and Kennestone Hospital had been threatened in early October.

Also that day, law enforcement officers from all over Cobb County, in a Thanksgiving Day gesture, organized a fund for the family of J.D. Tippit, a Dallas, Texas policeman who was killed by the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Tippit had no life insurance. Officers in the county, touched by the family’s plight, decided to organize the fund for immediate assistance to the family.

20 years ago …

In the Monday, Nov. 22, 1993 MDJ, it was reported that U.S. Rep. George “Buddy” Darden, who had collected $234,128 in political contributions from organized labor during 10 years in Congress, might lose union support because he voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Rep. Darden, a Marietta Democrat, was one of six members of the Georgia House delegation to vote for NAFTA. Since state labor unions and peanut farmers were the two most organized opponents of the agreement in Georgia, lawmakers who opposed them stood the most to lose. Herb Mabry, Georgia state AFL-CIO President, said that labor felt particularly betrayed by Darden because he had told union leaders up until two days before the vote that he would oppose the agreement.

The dean of Kennesaw State College’s School of Education was reported in the Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1993 paper as having announced his resignation amid efforts to regain the national accreditation the school lost in October 1993. Dr. John Beineke, who had headed the education department since 1991, would return to the classroom as a professor of history and social studies education. Kennesaw State lost its accreditation after a two-year review by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) found overcrowded classrooms, too few faculty members and curriculum problems.

The Cobb County woman issued a warning earlier in the month about possessing wild animals without a license was reported in the Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1993 paper as having filed a suit to get back the five-month-old cougar that was seized by state officials. The lawsuit alleged the cougar should be returned because the state law used to seize the animal was too vague and should be declared unconstitutional.

Also that day, it was reported that the state Public Safety Department had to come up with as much as $200,000 from the Georgia General Assembly before it could complete its planned move of the state Patrol’s airplane unit to McCollum Airport in Kennesaw. The plan included adding office space in a 16,250 square foot hanger built for the patrol by the county earlier in 1993 using $268,000 in funds from drug seizures.

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

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