Tuesday, March 6, 2012
In today's election, Cobb County residents voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales by a landslide.
No shocker here. Unincorporated Cobb County has given its nod to Sunday sales of alcohol. The county follows various cities and other jurisdictions throughout the state that have done so. The state legislature passed a law last year that allowed cities and counties the right to make their own call on the issue. Other cities in Cobb that had the issue up for a vote were Marietta, Austell and Powder Springs. See results below and click on each city for details. Other cities—Kennesaw, Acworth, Smyrna (click one for details)—passed the measure in November 2011. Those in favor of Sunday alcohol sales pointed to the fact that with all of the other surrounding areas now having Sunday sales, it was only fair. 40.77% "I think it's important for …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
In this letter to the editor, Cathy Finck of the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce addresses the effectiveness of social host laws.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Welcome to 2012—let’s hope local parents and other adults step up to their responsibility for deterring and preventing underage drinking in their homes and on private property this year! We don’t really know how things went so wrong for the parents from Menlo Park, CA, who face 44 counts of suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor from recent charges resulting from police response to a basement party thrown by their 17-year-old son, as reported by Leanne Italie. The story didn’t report how the alcohol showed up, or if this was the first time police responded to a call at this location, or what precipitated the call that led police to find teenagers drinking alcohol at this home. Instead, the story attempted to examine …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Download this app if alcohol will be part of your New Year's Eve.
Scared you’re going to get behind the wheel a little buzzed (or completely plastered) on New Years? There’s an app for that. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has developed an app for drivers to download that provides information about free rides and drinking and driving. The app is available for Androids and iPhones at this link or here for a simulation. Teaching kids to “drink responsibly” is a myth because studies show that teens who drank with adults were more likely to drink in all situations, according to a press release from Cobb County authorities. Two to three times more people died in alcohol-related vehicle crashes over the winter holiday compared to the rest of the year, according to the National Institute on …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Election results were also approved at Monday night's council meeting,
The City Council of Kennesaw has ratified the results of the Nov. 8 elections, and they were passed as part of the consent agenda. The entire agenda was passed as a whole with a unanimous vote of 5-0. The council held its meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday night. It lasted for a half-hour and saw an attendance of about 20 persons. The council also approved a 9-1-1 tax to be charged on prepaid wireless service. The charge will be imposed at the retail point of sale. The fee will be 75 cents per sale. In response to a question about whether Kennesaw was the only city to impose such a tax, Mayor Mark Mathews explained that it is the result of a bill that was passed by the Georgia State Legislature. The passage of the bill made the implementation …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Kennesaw has decided to advertise public hearings on a proposed ordinance that would allow sales and consumption of alcohol at city-sponsored events.
The City Council of Kennesaw has decided to advertise public hearings for a proposed ordinance to amend city code to allow alcohol at city-sponsored events. The council deliberated the issue during Wednesday night's work session, which lasted over two hours. The proposed amendment to Chapter 6 of Kennesaw City regulations, if passed, would make two changes to the city's law regarding sales of alcohol. First, it would allow for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at any public event that City Manager Steve Kennedy approves of. The council deliberated for about 15 minutes over whether Kennedy should also be responsible for determining which specific types of alcohol could be present at which events. Mayor Mark Mathews said …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Controversy over alcohol, and a celebrity guest appearance livens the Kennesaw City Council meeting.
The Kennesaw City Council members were in rare form Monday night, making their first public comment in months, as they thanked a nationally-recognized television star. The appearance of R&B artist Leon Thomas III at the Kennesaw Teen Center during the Big Shanty Festival, drew applause and gratitude. Thomas plays Andre Harris on the Nickelodeon program “Victorious." Mayor Mark Mathews proclaimed April 16, 2011 “Leon Thomas III Day.” “(He) was very gracious in setting up a booth and signing autographs for many, many hours.” Mathews said. He said that Thomas was extremely generous with his time. For his efforts and generosity, Mathews presented Thomas with a key to the city, an honor which, according to the mayor, is almost never bestowed…