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Murder trial starts for Cobb mom who allegedly poisoned 2-year-old son
 Erica White sniffled as she walked into the courtroom Monday where her fate is set to be decided after what is expected to be a two-week murder trial. The Cobb County woman faces several charges in the poisoning death of her disabled 2-year-old son, Tyrael McFall, in November 2014. Police originally charged White, 45, and her boyfriend of...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Erica White sniffled as she walked into the courtroom Monday where her fate is set to be decided after what is expected to be a two-week murder trial. The Cobb County woman faces several charges in the poisoning death of her disabled 2-year-old son, Tyrael McFall, in November 2014. Police originally charged White, 45, and her boyfriend of...
Cobb location of local Mexican restaurant chain fails health check
 One of Cobb County’s multiple Cielo Blue Cantina restaurants just failed a health inspection. The Mexican restaurant at 1080 Windy Hill Road in Smyrna scored a 69 on its Friday health check, records show. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. An inspector noted uncooked onions being improperly stored beneath raw chicken,...

Posted: 3 days ago

One of Cobb County’s multiple Cielo Blue Cantina restaurants just failed a health inspection. The Mexican restaurant at 1080 Windy Hill Road in Smyrna scored a 69 on its Friday health check, records show. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. An inspector noted uncooked onions being improperly stored beneath raw chicken,...
Cops: Two wanted for stealing $100 of booze from Cobb liquor store
 Police said they are looking for two people they accuse of shoplifting $100 of alcohol from a Powder Springs liquor store.  City police spokesman Justin Arndt said they hit the store about 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 11. In case you missed it: Cobb dental company will pay $24M after accusations of Medicaid fraud The department posted...

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Police said they are looking for two people they accuse of shoplifting $100 of alcohol from a Powder Springs liquor store.  City police spokesman Justin Arndt said they hit the store about 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 11. In case you missed it: Cobb dental company will pay $24M after accusations of Medicaid fraud The department posted...
Cobb reports no road closures after days of crashes on icy roads 
 After days of white-knuckle driving, Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt reported at 10:30 a.m. Friday that there are no weather-related road closures. That’s good news for Cobb, some of which saw 1½ inches of snow that kept freezing and thawing and refreezing. All that has Cobb school systems and students on their third...

Posted: 3 days ago

After days of white-knuckle driving, Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt reported at 10:30 a.m. Friday that there are no weather-related road closures. That’s good news for Cobb, some of which saw 1½ inches of snow that kept freezing and thawing and refreezing. All that has Cobb school systems and students on their third...
After ice and snow, Cobb road crews have more than 100 potholes to fix
 All but two Cobb County road crews are packing up, restocking gravel and hopefully getting some sleep after ice and snow hit metro Atlanta. County spokesman Ross Cavitt said those two crews will be on-call to battle slick roads while others do maintenance and clean equipment. Cavitt said at 9 a.m. that the county received one call this morning...

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All but two Cobb County road crews are packing up, restocking gravel and hopefully getting some sleep after ice and snow hit metro Atlanta. County spokesman Ross Cavitt said those two crews will be on-call to battle slick roads while others do maintenance and clean equipment. Cavitt said at 9 a.m. that the county received one call this morning...
Snow thanks: Trash cans in Smyrna, Marietta might sit a bit
 Correction: Marietta plans to have its trash picked up by Saturday. A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized that schedule.  Some residents in Smyrna and Marietta will be stuck with stinky trash straight into the weekend. The cities posted on Facebook their gameplans for trash pick-up: essentially, they&rsquo...

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Correction: Marietta plans to have its trash picked up by Saturday. A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized that schedule.  Some residents in Smyrna and Marietta will be stuck with stinky trash straight into the weekend. The cities posted on Facebook their gameplans for trash pick-up: essentially, they&rsquo...
You can get a free meal at this new Cobb spot on Friday
 A free meal is too good to be true. However, when Pita Mediterranean Street Food opens the doors to its new spot in The Avenue at West Cobb on Friday, free food is on the menu. But expect an appetizer of at least an hourlong wait. Mike Carino, spokesman for the franchise, said it’s tradition to offer a free meal to the community...

Posted: 4 days ago

A free meal is too good to be true. However, when Pita Mediterranean Street Food opens the doors to its new spot in The Avenue at West Cobb on Friday, free food is on the menu. But expect an appetizer of at least an hourlong wait. Mike Carino, spokesman for the franchise, said it’s tradition to offer a free meal to the community...
See all the spots in Cobb where icy roads have been recently reported
 Cobb County crews have been at it since Tuesday night trying to make the roads safe as 1½ inches of snow hit some parts of the county. They have laid down hundreds of tons of salt and more than a thousand tons of gravel. READ | East Cobb woman says video shows 4 coyotes roaming her snowy backyard The county provided...

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Cobb County crews have been at it since Tuesday night trying to make the roads safe as 1½ inches of snow hit some parts of the county. They have laid down hundreds of tons of salt and more than a thousand tons of gravel. READ | East Cobb woman says video shows 4 coyotes roaming her snowy backyard The county provided...
East Cobb woman says video shows 4 coyotes roaming her snowy backyard
 Lisa Alexander Reed didn’t expect to get all National Geographic when she got a security camera for Christmas. But that gift captured something special Wednesday morning: what appears to be four coyotes roaming around her snowy East Cobb backyard. “Sounds like quite a few back there with all the howling,” said...

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Lisa Alexander Reed didn’t expect to get all National Geographic when she got a security camera for Christmas. But that gift captured something special Wednesday morning: what appears to be four coyotes roaming around her snowy East Cobb backyard. “Sounds like quite a few back there with all the howling,” said...
Cobb has had 120 crashes since Wednesday afternoon
 There have been more than 120 crashes in Cobb County over nearly the last 24 hours, according to county spokesman Ross Cavitt. He said that, from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 2 p.m. Thursday, there had been 122 crashes. Of those, 10 were hit-and-runs, one of which resulted in an injury. During that time, there had also been 81 hazardous road calls...

Posted: 4 days ago

There have been more than 120 crashes in Cobb County over nearly the last 24 hours, according to county spokesman Ross Cavitt. He said that, from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 2 p.m. Thursday, there had been 122 crashes. Of those, 10 were hit-and-runs, one of which resulted in an injury. During that time, there had also been 81 hazardous road calls...
Snow made for adorable pictures, funny social media posts in Marietta 
 When people get excited, one way or the other, they usually turn to social media. And that’s just what folks in Marietta did when it snowed late Tuesday into Wednesday. Some parts of Cobb County got up to 1½ inches. (You can keep up with our running coverage of the weather here and watch WSB’s broadcast...

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When people get excited, one way or the other, they usually turn to social media. And that’s just what folks in Marietta did when it snowed late Tuesday into Wednesday. Some parts of Cobb County got up to 1½ inches. (You can keep up with our running coverage of the weather here and watch WSB’s broadcast...
You may hate the snow, but two foxes in East Cobb sure are enjoying it
 What does it matter that parts of the county have had 1½ inches of snow and Marietta’s superintendent is wondering how to deal with all these weather days? Have you seen the foxes running around in the snow? READ | Here are the 7 snowiest days in the history of Cobb County A reader in East Cobb sent what looks...

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What does it matter that parts of the county have had 1½ inches of snow and Marietta’s superintendent is wondering how to deal with all these weather days? Have you seen the foxes running around in the snow? READ | Here are the 7 snowiest days in the history of Cobb County A reader in East Cobb sent what looks...
Marietta superintendent explains what’s going on with weather days
 Marietta’s superintendent took some time out of this snowy day to address some concerns. Grant Rivera posted a note on Facebook that was a question-and-answer with himself about how students will make up days lost to weather. Hours later,  Marietta City Schools announced it would cancel Thursday’s classes. READ | ...

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Marietta’s superintendent took some time out of this snowy day to address some concerns. Grant Rivera posted a note on Facebook that was a question-and-answer with himself about how students will make up days lost to weather. Hours later, Marietta City Schools announced it would cancel Thursday’s classes. READ | ...
200 crashes in Cobb since snowfall; black ice still a major worry
 Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt said Wednesday there have been about 200 traffic accidents in the 24 hours since snowfall. Of those, 10 were hit-and-runs. Cavitt said there have also been 180 road hazard calls and 15 reports of stranded motorists. But the worst may be forthcoming. Bill Shelton, Cobb’s head of road maintenance...

Posted: 5 days ago

Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt said Wednesday there have been about 200 traffic accidents in the 24 hours since snowfall. Of those, 10 were hit-and-runs. Cavitt said there have also been 180 road hazard calls and 15 reports of stranded motorists. But the worst may be forthcoming. Bill Shelton, Cobb’s head of road maintenance...
Cobb could be in for an inch of snow starting this afternoon
 Cobb County drivers should be off the roads for the night by 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz.  Cobb  is set to experience between a ½ inch and an inch of snow starting late Tuesday afternoon, Nitz said. The county school district announced Tuesday that afternoon and evening...

Posted: 6 days ago

Cobb County drivers should be off the roads for the night by 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz.  Cobb is set to experience between a ½ inch and an inch of snow starting late Tuesday afternoon, Nitz said. The county school district announced Tuesday that afternoon and evening...
New report brings flu death count to 5 in Georgia
 The flu in Georgia is spreading quickly, with hospitals reporting an increase of flu-related cases in recent weeks.  More than 300 have been hospitalized and five people have died from flu-related illnesses since the Georgia Department of Public Health began its 2017-2018 flu surveillance in the first week of October, according...

Posted: 10 days ago

The flu in Georgia is spreading quickly, with hospitals reporting an increase of flu-related cases in recent weeks.  More than 300 have been hospitalized and five people have died from flu-related illnesses since the Georgia Department of Public Health began its 2017-2018 flu surveillance in the first week of October, according...
A Cobb I-75 ramp onto I-285 will be closed overnight into Saturday
 Overnight into Saturday morning, you won’t be able to easily get onto I-285 heading west if you’re driving north on I-75 in Cobb County. The closures where those interstates meet are due to the bridge construction for the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project, said the Georgia Department of Transportation. To get where you&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Overnight into Saturday morning, you won’t be able to easily get onto I-285 heading west if you’re driving north on I-75 in Cobb County. The closures where those interstates meet are due to the bridge construction for the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project, said the Georgia Department of Transportation. To get where you&rsquo...
Cobb diner still has roaches and mold, but passes health check 
 Update: A Marietta diner that failed a health inspection in part due to roaches and mold has passed its re-inspection even though roaches and mold were found again. Delray Diner on Delk Road scored a 79 on its Friday health check, records show. The inspector noted “roaches crawling on shelf by ice machine located by seafood...

Posted: 10 days ago

Update: A Marietta diner that failed a health inspection in part due to roaches and mold has passed its re-inspection even though roaches and mold were found again. Delray Diner on Delk Road scored a 79 on its Friday health check, records show. The inspector noted “roaches crawling on shelf by ice machine located by seafood...
Kennesaw councilwoman resigns, citing personal reasons
 Kennesaw councilwoman Yvette Daniel has resigned, the city said Friday in a three-sentence news release. The Augusta native’s Post 2 term was set to expire in 2019. Just before the 2016 presidential election, Daniel told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she considered herself the only Democrat on the city’s nonpartisan council...

Posted: 10 days ago

Kennesaw councilwoman Yvette Daniel has resigned, the city said Friday in a three-sentence news release. The Augusta native’s Post 2 term was set to expire in 2019. Just before the 2016 presidential election, Daniel told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she considered herself the only Democrat on the city’s nonpartisan council...
Six Flags holding a job fair Saturday with hope of hiring 3,200 people
 Six Flags Over Georgia is looking to hire 3,200 people ahead of its season opening in March. The first job fair is Saturday. Where and when? Well, that’s need-to-know, said park spokesman Gene Petriello. Those interested should apply online here, and applicants the human relations staff deem qualified will get that information...

Posted: 10 days ago

Six Flags Over Georgia is looking to hire 3,200 people ahead of its season opening in March. The first job fair is Saturday. Where and when? Well, that’s need-to-know, said park spokesman Gene Petriello. Those interested should apply online here, and applicants the human relations staff deem qualified will get that information...
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