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Another brick in the wall for Ball Ground


The conceptual design plan of how the sign will eventually look.



By Larry Cavender

Progress Contributor

What exactly is it? That’s what area residents have been asking about the brick wall standing at the corner of the Canton Highway/Old Highway 5 and Gilmer Ferry Road intersection in Ball Ground.

It is, simply, a brick wall. The brick masonry has been completed, but according to John Byrd of the Ball Ground City Council, it will be much more than just a wall in the coming months.

Ga. Supreme Court prepares for Braves stadium case


Cobb County residents appealing a ruling authorizing up to $397 million in bonds for new Braves baseball stadium.

SUMMARY OF CASE DUE FOR ORAL ARGUMENT** Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 2:00 P.M. Session


            In this high-profile case, three Cobb County residents are appealing a superior court judge’s ruling authorizing up to $397 million in bonds to build a new Braves baseball stadium.

            FACTS: In 2013, representatives of Cobb County, the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, and the Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. began discussing plans to build a 41,500-seat stadium for the Braves. On May 27, 2014, the Cobb County Board of

Reinhardt issues statement on sexual battery investigation

From Marsha S. White


Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Reinhardt University

In December 2014, Reinhardt University administrators received the results of an investigation performed by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office regarding a complaint of sexual battery, a misdemeanor, brought to the Sheriff by a former Reinhardt student.  The complaint alleged that a faculty member, Dr. Michael David Gregory, had inappropriate contact with the student. 

During the review by the University, Gregory submitted his resignation, and it was accepted.

Reinhardt University is committed to its values, and policies are in place which support appropriate and healthy interactions between students, faculty and staff. All necessary steps have been and will be followed in a timely manner to protect those relationships.


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Jasper Fire stoked about new training simulator





Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper, center, with Bluestream Professional Services Wireless Training Manager Mike Winkle and Tower Climbing Safety & Rescue Coordinator Rustin Fagan. Bluestream Professional Services of Marietta donated the firefighter training equipment to Jasper Fire Department. 

City of Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper said the training simulator recently donated to his department will not only save time, but will also double training hours for local firefighters. 

“Fire departments nationwide deal with budget constraints that limit their abilities in areas such as training,” Roper said. “Smaller departments like ours tend to struggle more than larger departments that obviously have larger budgets. This donation by Bluestream Professional

Development authority increases debt to save jobs

“We decided the risk was worth the jobs,” says Development Authority Chair Tom Lindsey

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Commercial Interiors CEO Ken Pint at the 77,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Pint is optimistic that with financial controls in place the business, which supplies remodeling contractors for restaurant chains, is posed to get back on track.

In September 2013, Restaurant Interiors, a Jasper company producing solid surface counter-tops and other products primarily for restaurants across the country, received the “Small Business Rock Stars” award from a state economic developers’ group.

Less than a year later, the company went into bankruptcy. 

        See what happened and what the development authority has done to get this company back on track in the print and online editions