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Georgia Democrats hold state convention in Columbus

admin August 29, 2022

Austell’s first Black Police Chief sworn in

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Michael Register sworn in as Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation

admin August 29, 2022

Republicans called out on PPP loans after criticism of student loan forgiveness

admin August 29, 2022

Georgia has 3 children with monkeypox

admin August 29, 2022

Edwin Moses joins alma mater Morehouse for celebration

admin August 29, 2022

IRS will wipe away $1.2 billion in late fees accrued during the pandemic

admin August 29, 2022

Straight from the Mike – Favor Ain’t Fair

admin August 29, 2022

Community tea

admin August 22, 2022

Public Service Commission races off General Election ballot due to Voting Rights Act legal challenge

admin August 22, 2022

Kemp using previously criticized federal stimulus dollars as his reelection tool

admin August 21, 2022

Court upholds ban on handing out water at polls

admin August 21, 2022

Michael Register, Former Cobb police chief, appointed to lead GBI

admin August 21, 2022

Woman arrested for assaulting father in Austell

admin August 21, 2022

Cobb school district raises pay for bus drivers amid shortage, Marietta follows suit

admin August 21, 2022

Two Georgia men arrested for attempting to meet juvenile for sex

admin August 21, 2022

Austell man accused of impersonating a police officer

admin August 21, 2022

New fire chief for Smyrna confirmed

admin August 21, 2022

Former ITT Tech students get $3.9 billion in loan debt cancellation

admin August 21, 2022

Apple warns of security flaw in devices

admin August 21, 2022

Cobb Sheriff Owens opens new South Cobb precinct

admin August 21, 2022

Osborne High has a new Principal, former head coach Troy Jones

admin August 21, 2022

11th Circuit ruling puts Georgia PSC races back on ballot for November election

admin August 15, 2022

Community Tea

admin August 15, 2022

Revered and respected, Mike Boyce laid to rest at Arlington National

admin August 15, 2022

Cold french fries help nab homicide suspect

admin August 15, 2022

Man gets life sentence for fatal shooting at Smyrna party

admin August 15, 2022

Heart Walk to take place at The Battery in Cobb County

admin August 15, 2022

Biden suspends Kemp’s plan to block ACA website

admin August 15, 2022

Sunday voting added to early voting plan by Cobb elections board

admin August 15, 2022

Teens arrested after robbing, shooting 18-year-old girl in Cobb County

admin August 15, 2022

Monkeypox disproportionately affecting Black men

admin August 15, 2022

FBI agents seized ‘top secret’ papers at Trump’s home

admin August 15, 2022

Inaugural ‘Demaryius Thomas Day’ Ceremony at Georgia Tech

admin August 15, 2022

Swing Phi Swing

admin August 14, 2022

STING Inc.

admin August 14, 2022

Judge upholds eligibility of Public Service Commissioner candidate Shelia Edwards

admin July 18, 2022

Shelia Edwards wins Democratic Primary, faces Republican incumbent Johnson for PSC

admin May 30, 2022
Michael Murphy
Terry Alexis Cummings
Shelia Edwards
Guest Columnist

A man who needs no introduction to the communities of South Cobb is Michael Murphy, former Special Assistant to the Chairman of Cobb County.

A gentleman who needs no introduction to our community is Michael Murphy, a trusted voice and advocate of South Cobb for years.

Michael managed community issues and served as liaison to several agencies, organizations, and boards around the entire county as Special Assistant to the former Cobb Chairman. Departing his role with the county at the end of 2020, Michael left with respect and appreciation earned from the high caliber of public service he provided to the residents of Cobb. The great news for our community is that he has not gone far. As a Columnist for SPOTLIGHT, readers can look forward to Michael’s unique perspective, endowed intellect, and brilliant wit on topics that impact our communities, our families, and our quality of life.

SPOTLIGHT is honored to have Michael’s talents on board as he gives it to us “Straight from the MIKE.”

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Attorney and retired federal law enforcement officer Terry Alexis Cummings lives in Mableton with her husband John

Attorney and retired federal law enforcement officer Terry Alexis Cummings grew up with a love of learning and was greatly influenced by her grandfather, Dr. Chancellor Williams, a Professor of African Studies at Howard University, and the author of The Destruction of the Black Civilization.

During Terry’s tenure at the Department of Justice, she represented the government in cases involving complex constitutional and prisoner rights issues. Prior to her retirement, Terry began coordinating job fairs for ex-offenders because she believed that “we all win when everyone is a contributing member of society”.

A Mableton resident, Terry was in the inaugural class of Cobb 101 Citizens Government Academy and worked closely with the former Cobb County D.A. and Commission Chair to coordinate Cobb Restore 360, the first record restriction and job fair event ever held in Cobb County. Readers can look forward to Terry offering both a legal and law enforcement perspective as a columnist for SPOTLIGHT.

A Marine veteran. Terry grew up with a love of learning and was greatly influenced by her grandfather, Dr. Chancellor Williams, a Professor of African Studies at Howard University, and author of The Destruction of the Black Civilization.

Terry retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons where she represented the agency and staff in cases involving complex constitutional and prisoner rights issues. Prior to retirement, Terry began coordinating job fairs for ex-offenders because she believed that “we all win when everyone is a contributing member of society”.

In addition to being SPOTLIGHT’s Publisher and CEO, Shelia Edwards is an Innovative and accomplished communications professional with broad experience in public relations, marketing, community outreach, governmental affairs, and business development.

Shelia has been very active in local and national civic affairs, and is well versed in developing and disseminating key messages to elected officials and the community at large. Her contributions over the past 20 years have focused on critical roles in coordinating relationships, programs, financial support, and volunteer engagement activities between companies and community-based organizations.

Shelia’s community service includes serving on the board of Directors of the Sadie Grice Funny Scholarship Foundation, formerly serving on the Board of a community group and an airport advocacy group for minority businesses, chairing a transition committee for a County government official, serving on the Transition Task Force for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office; and a representative to the Business Council of the United States Conference of Mayors and the National Conference of Black Mayors. Since 1999, Shelia has served as a co-chairperson for the Mayor’s Masked Ball, an annual fundraising gala in Atlanta that raises millions to benefit the United Negro College Fund.

Shelia spent years with engineering giant Lockheed Martin working in the internal communications department on the space shuttle program at Kennedy Space Center. She now runs her own communications company.