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Smyrna Schools Celebrate the Arts

After an extensive planning period, the art departments at Smyrna’s elementary, middle, high school and charter schools came together to host a joint art show. The goal was to showcase the Smyrna arts programs and the creativity of the students involved in them. The first “Smyrna Schools Celebrate the Arts Show” was held on the evening of March 20th at the Smyrna Community Center.  It was a huge success!

All of the schools in Smyrna were involved with placing several student pieces of art in the show. This included students from Argyle, Belmont Hills, King Springs K-1, King Springs 2-5, Green Acres, Nickajack, Norton Park, Teasley, Smyrna, Campbell Middle, Griffin Middle, Campbell High as well as International Academy of Smyrna. Campbell High School provided a string quartet as well.

The Smyrna Education Foundation hosted a Silent Auction which raised money to benefit the city’s schools. The Smyrna Arts and Cultural Council assisted with the event and brought in local artists to speak to the young artists about potential career paths. Board Member Susan Thayer and Mayor Max Bacon are credited for their support of this creative event. With students, parents, staff, and community members coming together to celebrate the arts in Smyrna schools, it was truly a night to remember. Planning has already begun for 2017!

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Hires New Managing Director

The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit Hall Authority has selected industry veteran, Sandie Aaron, to take the helm of Managing Director of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta.

Aaron, a Pensacola, Fla. native, has an extensive and diverse career facilitating all aspects of venue management in performing arts centers, arenas, amphitheaters and convention centers.

In her lengthy tenure with SMG, a world-wide entertainment and venue management company, Aaron served as Regional Booking Director, Regional General Manager and Regional Vice President with responsibilities over 12 venues throughout the country. In 2009, Venues Today named her a Woman of Influence. She begins her position on May 2, 2016.

Police Officers and Civilians Honored for Excellence

Several members of the Cobb County Police Department, as well as civilians who work with them, were honored for excellence last month. These noble men and women have gone above and beyond their duty to keep residents of Cobb County safe.

Sgt. D.J. Mangold was awarded the “Blue Star” commendation which honors an officer who received significant physical injury while in the process of performing duties. Ofc. Antonio O’Geen received the Meritorious Service Award, which honors an officer who has performed a meritorious deed for the department and the residents of Cobb.

Chief Houser honored Mr. Bill Borden with the “Chief’s Award” and presented the Department Commendation Certificate, which awards a resident who has given voluntary assistance and accomplished an act of outstanding personal performance for the department, to Robert Moore and Robert Tenore.

Bureau Commendation Certificates for meritorious deeds went to: Sgt. C.E. Dong, FTO J.M.  Bullis, Ofc. B.D. Nichols, Ofc. D.J. McDonald, Ofc. M.H. Finks, Ofc. K.D. Davis, Ofc. B.R. Jackson, FTO M.A. Neely, Ofc. T.J. Hass, FTO T.M. Desrosiers, Ofc. J.R. Wallace and Ofc. J. Richardson.

Lifesaving Awards, given for acts instrumental in saving a life, were bestowed upon: Ofc. M.D. Garito, Ofc. A.M. Garza, Ofc. A.J. Porter, Ofc. C.N. Robles, FTO C.T. Landwehr, Ofc. N.G. Slatton, Ofc. C.P. Walker, Ofc. C.N. Robles, Ofc. J.D. Cason, Ofc. C.H. Isbell, Ofc. J.T. Calleiro, Ofc. B.A. Gallimore, Ofc. C.M. Monahan, Ofc. E.P. Garrett, Ofc. J.S. Atkinson, Det. T.M. Fuller and Ofc. W.S. Rast.

Other recognition swards included 2016 retirees, fitness awards, promotions, the Harlan Sawatski Scholarship, the Drew Brown Community Service Award and the Field Training Officer of the Year Department Commendation Certificate. Congratulations to all!

SunTrust Park Halfway to Completion

SunTrust Park, one of the most exciting building projects in recent years is already halfway complete. It is proving to be a home run for Cobb county! There are 860 people working on the ballpark site each day and 125 workers on the mixed-use site daily. There is a planned completion date of February 2017, just in time for the 2017 Atlanta Braves season.

As of March 2016, there have been over $240 million of construction work completed. Over $390 million of work has been contracted, and over $200 million of that work is contracted to Cobb companies to date.

There is also excitement about the continual progress of Battery Atlanta, the mixed use development adjacent to SunTrust Park. It will encompass a hotel, shopping and dining establishments, housing, and an office development. It will also give new life to the iconic Roxy Theatre as a live concert venue for world-class entertainment. It will be a destination all on its own, whether or not the Braves are playing at home.

One of the most unique and intriguing attractions in the works at SunTrust Park is a zipline, geared towards enhancing the overall fan experience. The zipline will be designed for families with children, as a unique way to get from one side of the park to the other.