In what was not all that different from a campaign rally, Smyrna mayoral hopeful Ryan Campbell and Smyrna Councilman hopeful Austin Wagner received cheers and applause from the party faithful at the Cobb Democratic Party’s monthly “Donuts with Democrats” meeting Saturday.
Twice the votes and twice the money — Smyrna mayoral candidate Derek Norton is doubling down on his lead over rival Ryan Campbell, less than a month out from the Dec. 3 special election runoff.
UPDATED: This story was updated Nov. 7. Ryan Campbell told the MDJ Nov. 6 he had Steve Rasin's endorsement, which was quoted in the original article. Rasin said Nov. 7 he had not endorsed either Campbell or Derek Norton.
SMYRNA — Smyrna residents have to return to the polls to elect their new mayor on Dec. 3, after the five-person race resulted in a runoff Tuesday, with no candidate securing the 50% plus one vote needed to win outright, according to preliminary results.
With just over a week until the Nov. 5 elections, the candidates in one of Cobb’s hottest races are separated by thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, documents show.
Jim Puckett, mayor of Fitzgerald, Georgia, has told local reporters he’s planning to build a 62-foot tall chicken-shaped topiary, six feet taller than Marietta’s 56-foot Big Chicken.
A Smyrna man who pimped out two girls, aged 14 and 17, from a Marietta motel room has been sentenced to 13 years in prison followed by 17 years of strict probation in which he cannot have any contact with a minor.
SMYRNA — A long list of distinguished Cobb and state leaders packed a Vinings Bank meeting room on Thursday to celebrate the accomplishments of a Georgia football legend.
A public meeting of the Cobb and Fulton county legislative delegations has been called so members can receive an update from Sterigenics President Phil Macnabb on the company’s plans for its medical sterilization plant near Smyrna.
Cobb County is officially forcing Sterigenics to keep its Smyrna area facility closed until it can meet all current county and fire marshal requirements for buildings with industrial high hazard status.
In the latest chapter of Smyrna’s festival follies, Mayor Max Bacon believes Councilwoman Maryline Blackburn used her position to unfairly profit in spearheading the Smyrna Black Heritage Celebration earlier this year.
Three men are each facing 11 felony charges after police say they robbed a woman at gunpoint with a semi-automatic rifle near Smyrna then used her car and wallet to go on a shopping spree.
THE CITY OF SMYRNA will host its annual Casper’s Fall Carnival next month, just don’t expect to see any tamales, mariachi or Frida Kahlo paintings on display. Those absences are the result of a dispute that’s unfolded over the last couple weeks involving the celebration of Hispanic Heritage …
The Air-Quality Oversight Committee was established by Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon to consider the independent air testing by private firm GHD of ethylene oxide concentrations around a medical sterilization facility in Cobb County owned by Sterigenics.
SMYRNA — The first results of independent air testing around the Sterigenics plant in Cobb County are a mixed bag with almost 80 percent of air samples showing no detectable levels of ethylene oxide, but others metering concentrations up to 395 times higher than what federal regulators deem …
A 42-year-old Marietta man kicked his pregnant wife in the stomach in front of four young children, police claim, prompting his arrest and detainment in custody at the Cobb County jail.
The Smyrna jail will begin upgrading its video surveillance system later this year after the City Council's recent approval of a $122,650 contract with Marietta company Controlled Access Inc.
The first results of independent air testing around the Sterigenics plant in Cobb County could be known as early as next week.
The toxic chemical being used to sterilize medical equipment at an industrial plant in southeast Cobb County is known to cause cancer, and now it also seems to be having an effect on the area’s real estate and school communities.
The first independent air testing monitors are in place around the Sterigenics plant near Smyrna to capture ethylene oxide concentrations in the air, in an effort to determine exposure levels of the carcinogen and subsequent risk of cancer among those living and working in nearby communities.
Less ethylene oxide than usual will be coming out of the Sterigenics plant in the Smyrna area while construction takes place there to improve emissions controls through January 2020, the global company says.
Another incident at the Sterigenics medical sterilization facility in Cobb County is under investigation as pressure from the public continues over its use of ethylene oxide and subsequent emissions of the carcinogen into the surrounding Smyrna air.
A familiar sight with a different hue greeted hundreds of people lining up for a taste of KFC’s latest test product in Cobb County on Tuesday, with the restaurant franchise replacing its signature red styling for green in promotion of its new plant-based chicken.
Hotels in Alpharetta, Chamblee and Sandy Springs have been named in four lawsuits that allege they and one other metro Atlanta hotel took part in sex trafficking there.
SMYRNA — A Red Roof Inn in Smyrna is one of four hotels named in lawsuits filed Monday that allege Atlanta-area hotel employees knew sex trafficking acts were taking place at their facilities. The lawsuits state that, in some cases, hotel employees were paid for their assistance in the acts …
Already beset by reports of its daily release of a known carcinogen into the air, the Sterigenics plant near Smyrna is dealing with new revelations that it failed to report in a timely manner an April 2018 leak of 2.4 pounds of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide.
MARIETTA — Campbell Middle School parents blasted district officials during a school board meeting Thursday for what they said was a lack of effort, equity and transparency on the progress of a new middle school for the Smyrna community.
Fulton County residents can be assured county officials are keeping a close eye on air quality following the discovery of toxic gas being emitted from a Sterigenics medical sterilization plant in Smyrna.
UPDATE: Smyrna Police announced at 11:18 a.m. that David Nickles had been found. The announcement came less than 20 minutes after the department's press release stating that Nickles had been missing since before 8 a.m. The original story is below.
MARIETTA — Cobb and Fulton county residents concerned about the industrial use of a carcinogen near homes and schools received a small apology from government agencies Monday night for failing to properly inform them of elevated cancer risks.
The city of Atlanta is moving forward with a plan to test the air near the Sterigenics plant in Smyrna adjacent to the Atlanta border.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division announced Friday an air quality monitoring plan to measure levels of a cancer-causing substance around a Smyrna-area plant.
A day after Cobb commissioners approved an air quality testing proposal around a Smyrna-area facility, the city of Atlanta expressed its desire to add to the effort, according to a letter received by Smyrna leaders.
Cobb County will put forth $39,600 to cover its portion of independent air testing around a Smyrna-area plant being blamed for high levels of cancer-causing emissions.
MARIETTA — Cobb commissioners could greenlight Tuesday more than $79,000 worth of independent air testing around a Smyrna-area plant being blamed for high levels of cancer-causing emissions.
A recent warehouse and office building fire at the S.P. Richards Company headquarters in Smyrna turned out to be the largest blaze in the city’s history, according to Smyrna Fire Chief Roy Acree.
Seven gang members crashed a Smyrna birthday party and attacked two revelers, kicking and punching the victims in front of about 30 people including children, Cobb County police say.
Residents of the Cobb and Fulton county communities surrounding the Smyrna Sterigenics plant that emits a carcinogen are being urged by legislators and elected officials to check if they could be at risk of unsafe exposure.
SMYRNA — Property taxes will be higher this year for Smyrna home and business owners whose properties have risen in market value, with the city adopting the same millage rate it has implemented for the last 12 years.
An FBI-led investigation that led to 11 victims of sex trafficking being rescued statewide also resulted in the arrest of three men in Smyrna who now face pimping charges, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
In a week when Smyrna officials showed concern for what was in the air, there came a big stink at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday night.
SMYRNA — Despite boasting earlier in the evening that his company’s Smyrna-area facility falls well below the federal limit for emissions of a cancer-causing chemical, the president of Sterigenics admitted Tuesday that wasn’t the case less than five years ago.
Following Tuesday’s town hall meeting focused on the Smyrna-area Sterigenics facility, leaders at the city, county and state levels announced Wednesday their continued pursuits to measure the effect of the company’s emission of a cancer-causing chemical.