Around Town: This time of year, it’s Politics, Politics
by Otis Brumby, Bill Kinney, Joe Kirby
Around Town columnists
04.12.10 – 11:00 pm

POLITICAL PATTER: GOP Attorney General candidate Sam Olens of east Cobb will host a 100 Days Until Primary Kickoff free BBQ/Picnic on Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road in Marietta. Special guests at the event boosting Cobb’s newly resigned Board of Commission chairman will include U.S. Reps. Tom Price and Phil Gingrey (both R-Marietta). The emcee will be Moby of “Moby in the Morning.” BBQ will be by Williamson Brothers and bluegrass music by “Out of the Blue!” There will also be face painting. Attendees can bring a picnic blanket or chairs and take home yard signs and bumper stickers. Donations at the event are appreciated. …

State House Republican candidates Jason Shepherd and Sam Teasley will be honored tonight at a 6-to-8 p.m. fundraiser at the home of Michael and Tricia Pridemore, 769 Barrett Village Lane in Marietta. Special guest will be Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. A suggested contribution is $25 per candidate. Shepherd is running for the Fair Oaks seat of Democrat Terry Johnson and Teasley is running for the Marietta seat of Democrat Pat Dooley. …

The Georgia Tea Party on Thursday will travel from Marietta to downtown Atlanta for the Second Tax Day Tea Party on the Capitol steps. The gathering for a pep rally and music will be 3 p.m. at the Sears Outlet or Old K-Mart parking lot across from the Big Chicken on Roswell Road in Marietta. The rally will feature live music, speeches and bus transportation to the Capitol. Cost is a $20 donation per seat, round trip. … Rep. Price and Gerry Purcell, candidate for Georgia Insurance Commissioner, have been confirmed for Tea Party Business Network’s Saturday “Eggs and Issues” event at 8:30 a.m. at Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 536 Cobb Parkway in Marietta. Doors open at 8 a.m. and discussion begins at 8:30 a.m. The network will also discuss the future of the Cobb County School Board and meet candidates.


THIS AND THAT: The 13th Congressional District Listening Tour meeting will be May 11 at the South Cobb Government Center at 4700 Austell Road in Austell. The Cobb GOP has been working to specifically engage those living in the 13th Congressional District in Cobb County. …

The 2010 Marietta Soap Box Derby Race will be June 12 at Marietta High School. Soap Box Derby Race car kits can be purchased at

Those interested in being a race sponsor for the race should contact Devan Sebaugh or visit


COBB SENIOR SERVICES is offering the all-new Incredible Edibles cookbook, featuring more than 180 time-tested recipes. The cookbook is $15 at senior multipurpose centers or the administrative office and $20 online, including shipping anywhere in the contiguous United States. All proceeds go toward the building of the new senior wellness center, which will be one of the first centers of its kind in the region, featuring a multipurpose center, senior day center, neighborhood senior center and senior clinic. To order, or to learn more about programs and services available from Cobb Senior Services, call (770) 528-5355 or visit HISTORY DOINGS: This is going to be a busy week at the Marietta Museum of History. First up is the Congressional Art Competition for Rep. Gingrey’s district. High School students from the district will vie for a $12,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art and Design and their piece of artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol. The winners will be announced Friday at a banquet for the participants. The artwork will be hung in the Museum Conference Room on the third floor. Judging will take place during the week as well as free admission for visitors to view the art work.

On Wednesday at 10:30 will be Museum Mice Tours. The theme is Exploring Jobs with Murray. This is for toddlers ages 3-5 and their parents. On Thursday at 11:30 will be the Brown Bag Banter with Amanda Gable, who will talk about her novel “The Confederate General Rides North.”

The annual Root House plant sale will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 23-24. This is an opportunity to tour an authentic 19th century heirloom garden and purchase the latest 21st century plants. A wide assortment of plants will be available, including pass-along plants, plants from wholesale growers, perennials, shrubs and the latest heirloom plants. Master gardeners will be on hand to advise customers about the plants they purchase and their suitability for gardens. All proceeds benefit Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, which promotes the preservation of historic structures significant to Cobb’s rich heritage. The Root House is at the intersection of Polk and Powder Springs Street in Marietta. For more details, call (770) 426-4982.


COBB CHAMBER EVENTS: Strike up some new business contacts at the Chamber’s next Business-After-Hours on Thursday. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Gallery at Paper Mill Village in east Cobb. The cost for members is free when registering online or $20 at the door. General admission is $20 online or $30 at the door. Online Registration closes today at noon. For details, contact Kristen Conyers at (770) 859-2320 or … The Cobb Chamber is supporting the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, a one-day leadership event featuring several of the nation’s best leaders discussing the leadership principles that matter most. The event will be May 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center in the Sidney Marcus Auditorium. …

Sign up now to be an exhibitor at the Cobb Chamber 2010 Business-to-Business Expo at the Cobb Galleria Exhibition Hall on May 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. More than 150 companies will showcase their products to more than 1,000 attendees, giving participants the competitive edge with networking, idea sharing, product introduction and service solutions. Exhibitor registration ends on April 30 at noon. For more information, visit or contact Tya Dawson at (770) 859-2341 or

PEOPLE: Jalen Fooster has been accepted to the Air Force Academy and is the second Marietta High 2010 senior to be nominated. Fooster and Nicholas Donnelly will be attending this fall. MHS 2010 senior Eric Houston has also been accepted to West Point. … MHS student Samantha Amos recently won first place in the Knife Skills category for the Culinary Arts competition at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Career/Trade Expo in Atlanta. … Jared Loggins, a student at McEachern High School, a third-year NJROTC cadet and currently cadet Command Master Chief, was selected to attend Session 1 in the Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Md. Loggins is a member of the Debate Team, French Club, Student Newspaper and the National Beta Club at McEachern. His current GPA is a 3.65. …

Lynette Jackson, a third-grade teacher at Lockheed Elementary, quilts in her spare time. Her work has been recognized in a book with other accomplished quilters titled, “Journey of Hope – Quilts Inspired by President Obama” by Carolyn L. Mazloomi. Jackson’s quilt is featured on the book cover.

STARTING APRIL 24 at 9 a.m., the Big Chicken Chorus of Marietta will host Harmony Prep School, designed for young men who like to sing, in the Fellowship Center at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Road in Marietta.

The school will be held during four three-hour morning sessions – April 24, May 22, June 12 and June 26. Any male singer younger than 30 is invited. The Chorus, one of the largest men’s a Capella singing organizations in the world, has partnered with the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Marietta Kiwanis Club and the Harmony Foundation of Nashville, Tenn., for financial support.

The club’s financial support will help young men receive 12 hours of vocal instruction for a $10 fee for all four sessions. On June 26, a special bonus will be offered. Training and a concert will be provided by Jeremy Conover, director of the Savannah Storm. Based on results of a recent choral competition “The Storm” is one of the best young men’s a Capella chorus in the Southeast. To enroll, fill out the online registration at


THE 14TH ANNUAL Great Locomotive Golf Tournament is May 10 with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. at Brookstone Golf and Country Club. Sheriff Neil Warren is the honorary chairman for the Kennesaw Museum Foundation’s 14th annual tournament. The event includes lunch and dinner. Event committee members include Foundation President Paul Chastain, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, Mark Williams, Tripp Boyer, Mike Henderson, Kevin Jabbari, Terry Pendley, Jane Pies, Leslie Edge, Debbie Underkoffler, David Grant, Cindy Dadyala, Mike Schroeder, R.J Patel, Jeff Drobney, Judy Renfroe and Greg Turner.

Since its inception the event has raised more than $500,000 for Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History’s educational programs. For individual or team sign ups, call (770) 427-2117, ext. 3183. Sponsorships are still available also. …

The 7th Annual Jim Fausett Golf Classic is May 17 at Brookstone.