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“Community TEA” for March 14, 2021


Relief is on the way to South Cobb after President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion-dollar plan last week. In his address to the nation, Biden said he will make all adults vaccine eligible by May 1, with a hope to return the entire county to normalcy by July 4th. To tout his massive relief plan, Atlanta is among the cities Biden will visit during the week as relief checks arrive in mailboxes.

Gov. Brian Kemp has opened COVID-19 vaccines to Georgians 55 years and older and those with health conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure, conditions that disproportionately impact people of color. Kemp says vaccines for all are on the horizon if supplies continue to increase.

Former Cobb County police chief and public safety director, Michael Register, has returned to Cobb and has been appointed chief of staff at the Cobb Sheriff’s office. Register will be the third in charge after Chief Deputy Rhonda Anderson. During his tenure as Police Chief, Register was viewed by many as having a positive impact on the county.

The Vinings community is the latest to raise talks about Cityhood, possibly joining West Cobb, East Cobb and Mableton in the cityhood movement.

A curious fact was in the news this week regarding the final resting place of the Confederate Constitution, a document that some say was the legal framework for the Civil War. These papers, which launched the war to keep blacks enslaved, is on a shelf at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The status of this document is stirring and thought provoking as communities around the country seek to topple or move confederate relics to museums while Cobb County is poised in 2021 to name the new Mableton park after this dark history.

A 4,000-pound, Italian-made, wood-fired pizza oven will be the focal point for customers dining in at the Green Room, a new family friendly Mableton restaurant featuring pizza, craft beers, art, music and a lot more.

With baseball season fast approaching, Truist Park will be open for business for the first time in over a year. With an April 8th opening, 1/3 of the fan capacity will be in the stands to cheer on the Atlanta Braves.

We Thrive in Riverside Drive Renters Association is hosting a Renters Rights Summit Sunday, March 21 at Parkview Apartments on Riverside Parkway to provide assistance and resources to those in need.

Our neighbors across the river are trying to bring awareness to an issue in their community and has asked that we share it regarding Lead Contamination in the soil in NW Atlanta (English Avenue). Those who live and grow food may not be aware of the dangerous that lurk in the soil. If you have family or friends that live in that area, please share this flyer with them. Like our community, the NW Atlanta area, which separates Atlanta and Cobb, once served as a dumping ground and home for the most noxious usages that were are not compatible with people. Many of these usages are gone but the ground remains a problem for the people who live here. This may not be our issue today, but who knows what may turn up in our soil tomorrow. Let’s all be vigilant.

Daylight savings time began today, Sunday, March 14. After adjusting your clocks, remember to change the batteries in your home safety devices including smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Having working safety devices can mean the difference between life and death for you and your family, so make it a habit to change the batteries each time you adjust your clocks in the spring and the fall.


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