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New location for Cobb DFCS office

admin January 30, 2023

Atlanta man shot and killed by friend after lunch at Cobb County Taco Mac

admin January 30, 2023

Powder Springs Mayor Thurman hosts town hall meeting on moving city forward

admin January 29, 2023

‘The 1619 Project:’ The American history Georgia wants us to forget is airing on Hulu

admin January 29, 2023

City of Mableton candidates bounced from elections for ‘bad’ qualifying checks

admin January 29, 2023

Cobb Police now able to use new facial recognition technology

admin January 29, 2023

South Cobb student among finalists of Congressional App Challenge in 13th district

admin January 29, 2023

Atlanta shoplifters setting fires to Target and Walmart stores to steal

admin January 29, 2023

Nonprofit employee placed on leave after ‘far right’ group  suggests he snuck in CRT into Georgia schools

admin January 29, 2023

Cobb County Uber driver charged with sexual battery of woman he drove home from the hospital

admin January 29, 2023

Amazon launches RX Pass, a $5 per month drug subscription service for Prime members

admin January 29, 2023

Two men charged after attacking KSU student, using racial slurs

admin January 29, 2023

The most popular dog names of 2022

admin January 28, 2023

Atlanta’s Home Depot quadruples HBCU commitment

admin January 28, 2023

Women of Achievement honorees for 2023 announced

admin January 28, 2023

MLK Day in Metro Atlanta

admin January 23, 2023

Former disgraced Cobb representative fined $10k by state ethics commission

admin January 23, 2023

Dissatisfied citizens demand to be de-annexed from new city of Mableton

admin January 23, 2023

Michael Owens qualifies for Mableton Mayor, joins five others to lead new city

admin January 23, 2023

Major suspended by Marietta Police following investigation into racism

admin January 22, 2023

Poole becomes Chief Judge of Cobb Superior Court

admin January 22, 2023

After near death, Morris Brown College bounces back, receives largest grant in 20 years

admin January 22, 2023

University System of Georgia names presidents for 2 colleges

admin January 22, 2023

Volunteer coaches needed for Girls on the Run throughout metro Atlanta

admin January 22, 2023

Social group seeks to bring positive changes to downtown Austell

admin January 22, 2023

Cobb County middle school student allegedly sexually assaulted by teacher

admin January 22, 2023

Japan America Society seeking junior ambassadors

admin January 22, 2023

Cobb Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations for Small Business of the Year

admin January 22, 2023

Circles Cobb appoints executive director

admin January 22, 2023

Life University Graduate awarded 2023 Justice Fellowship

admin January 22, 2023

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

Homeless man charged with molesting 12-year-old girl at Cobb park

admin January 30, 2023

Fired Memphis police officers charged in death of Tyre Nichols

admin January 30, 2023
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.