walmartCity and county officials and representatives from Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets celebrated Jan. 16 the opening of a 41,403-square foot grocery-only store at 1137 Powder Springs Road. Approximately 90 employees have been hired to operate the store, one of the first Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets in Georgia. 

The store is strategically located within one of Marietta’s opportunity zones, which encourage new businesses to locate in the city or existing businesses to expand. When two or more new jobs to the state of Georgia are created, businesses may be eligible to receive $3,500 in state income tax credits for each new job for five years. Marietta has three opportunity zones.
The new store is located within the Bellemeade Shopping Center and replaces a Food Depot that closed in 2011. Most of the existing buildings and businesses that were in the shopping center are still located in the shopping center.
More info: Marietta’s Economic Development Office, 770-794-5717

Career Training Expo at KSU

Join the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University on Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for our FREE Career Training Expo! Come learn about upcoming courses — including some NEW ones — and enter to win a free iPad2. We have something for everyone!
Visit to register and for more information.


steelmag1There are few plays that can really capture the heart and soul of southern living, and it’s hard to imagine one better than Steel Magnolias. Named for the strength of steel and the delicacy of flowers, Steel Magnolias is a funny and at times heartbreaking look inside the lives of six southern women.

The live stage production of Steel Magnolias will be playing the third weekend of January 2013 (January 17th-20th) at The Strand and show casing several local aspiring thespians, including Cassandra Buckalew,  Holly Comer, Cassi Costoulas, Faye DiMassimo, Kim Gresh, and Dianne Weeks..

Tickets are available at The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080, 117 North Park Square, or online at Box Office hours are 9am-12pm & 1-4pm, Monday through Friday.  Tickets are $25 and assigned seating.

Give input on shaping community’s vision and plan

Students, faculty and alumni of Life and Southern Polytechnic State universities, residents, and business and property owners are invited to work with design professionals to identify ways to make the area near Cobb Parkway and South Marietta Parkway a better place to live, work, play and learn. Participants will “roll up their sleeves” to help draft location-specific plans for new trails, transportation improvements, new destinations, and connections between the Life and SPSU campuses and adjoining areas.
The purpose of the study is to develop a redevelopment plan for Cobb Parkway and South Marietta Parkway, increase visibility of Life and Southern Polytechnic State universities and help to connect the universities with the surrounding community.
Representatives from the city of Marietta, Southern Polytechnic State University and Life University will hold a public design meeting Jan. 15 from 4-6 p.m. at Southern Polytechnic State University’s Joe Mack Wilson Student Center (Building A) Ballroom. The meeting is the second of four that will be held to receive public feedback about the study.

Commission Chairman, Tim Lee, outlines progress during past year

SOC2013-Lee_02aDuring 2012, Cobb County brought in more than $54 million in investments, 1,700 jobs and 19 new business announcements, Chairman Tim Lee said during his Jan. 14 State of the County address at the Cobb Galleria.

Lee described these and other successes during the Cobb Chamber of Commerce event attended by an estimated 550 people. He discussed various achievements and progress made by county government during the past year, as well as future plans that include lowering the millage rate.

Economic achievements during 2012 included relocation and expansions by businesses such as Gas South, Home Depot and Pramac. “In these competitive times, in this economy these projects do not land in our community by chance, it happens because we work together,” he said. “We have a great community ‘product’ to market, and we need to keep our product competitive in order to continue this success.” Lee cited strategic partnerships between the State Department of Economic Development, Cobb County, its six cities, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and others as helping retain jobs and recruit new jobs and investments in Cobb.

For the 15th consecutive year, Cobb County has had “Triple A” ratings from the nation’s three top bond rating agencies. Likewise, the Cobb Water System has maintained “Triple A” bond ratings since 2001 – one of the few in the country to do so, Lee said. Cobb County has the lowest millage rate, the smallest budget and lowest sales tax rate compared to other metro Atlanta counties, with services delivered by the fewest number of employees, he said. “We have the highest level of committed government employees in the nation and I appreciate each and every one of them,” Lee said.

In closing, Lee finished with:

“Moving forward in 2013, I commit to each of you that Cobb County Government will do its best to help us all move forward. We plan to moveSOC2013-Leea forward with renewed energy, strategic planning, commitment to excellence, thinking outside the norm and without the rear view mirror.

No longer are we going to look forward by looking back to where we were.  We will focus on what we can control and be prepared for that which we can not control. Only “forward vision” for Cobb County.  With God’s grace and a commitment to excellence we will continue to be the best County in this great Country.  Thank you for allowing me to serve this great county.”

Those interested in watching the full speech may view it on Government Access Channel TV23 at 1 p.m. Jan. 15-16, 6 p.m. Jan. 18 and 1 p.m. Jan. 19-20. The video may also be viewed online at
The Cobb County 2012 Annual Report is now available online also. It contains almost a dozen sections filled with informative details as well as up-to-date comparisons of the county millage rate, budget totals and sales tax with other metro counties. The entire report is available at


grdbrkSo excited that the first phase of the Skate Park is beginning and will be completed this summer.  Cobb County officials, City of Kennesaw officials and staff along with the Swift Cantrell Foundation and many members of the original skatepark committee were on hand as the first ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt were thrown.

The concept originated in 2006 and it has taken seven years to come to fruition.  The skate park is a one of a kind, regional facility and is being built to host national competitions including the professional Street league competitions.

brianjoeOn hand for the ground breaking were Joe Ciaglia, CEO/Founder of California Skate Parks (who will be building the skate park) and Brian Moore President (and skateboarder), of Site Design Group, the architects that designed the park. (l-r) Brian and Joe.

The skate park will be a permanent facility and is the first ever permanent skate park to feature elements modeled on a street league design.  It will include elements for skateboarders of all skill levels and will be capable of hosting both large and small size skateboarding events.

The estimate total cost of the project (for both phases) is $1.8 million.  $1.4 million was approved by the voters as part of the 2011 SPLOST and the remained will come from corporate and private donations or grants.  No property taxpayers money will be used.

More photos are available at

Homeowner Tax Info – News You can Use in 2013

melissak– Extends through the end of 2013 mortgage debt tax relief; important rule that prevents tax liability from many short sales or mitigation workouts involving forgiven, deferred or canceled mortgage debt.
– Deduction for mortgage insurance extended through the end of 2013; reduces the cost of buying a home when paying PMI or insurance for an FHA or VA- insured mortgage; $110,000 AGI phase-out remains.
– Extends the section 25C energy-efficient tax credit for existing homes through the end of 2013; important remodeling market incentive, although the lifetime cap remains at $500.
– Reinstates the Pease/PEP phase-outs for deductions; for married taxpayers with AGI above $300,000 ($250,000 single), the Pease limitation reduces total itemized deductions by 3 percent for the dollar amount of AGI above the thresholds. This is a negative change for some high cost areas, but should only have small impacts. Example, a married household with $350,000 AGI would be $50,000 above the limit and must reduce their Schedule A total by $1,500 raising their taxes by about $500. Only a share of that would be due to the MID.

For more information call Melissa Krudwig, The Bear of Real Estate,  at 770-310-3269


Sky Zone Trampoline Park Kennesaw to Host Job Fair

Thursday, January 10, 5:00-7:00 pm; Friday, January 11, 3:00-6:00 pm; Saturday, January 12, Noon till 5:00.

New Location Hiring Over 80 Part-Time Employees in Cobb County at
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park – Kennesaw
1650 Airport Road NW Suite 101
, Kennesaw, GA 30144

They are hiring over 80 part-time positions at their new location in Kennesaw/Cobb County. Applicants must be 16 or older to apply. Applicants must download a job app via: and bring it filled out.


A fun time for the entire family
January 26, 6-9pm
Please join us for a fun evening to kick of the baseball season. Baseball players and prospects from all our seasons will be on hand. Great gift items from the community include: Sports, Entertainment, Restaurants, Spas, Vacations and MUCH MORE! We have an extensive Silent and LIVE Auction. Full dinner provided by Emma’s Bistro, Kennesaw.
Guest Speaker: Adam McDaniel, a former professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres. McDaniel will share about the great journey that his baseball career provided. McDaniel graduated cum laude from UGA and also graduated at McEachern High School where he played baseball, football and basketball. He held a very successful academic and baseball career at both schools. Whether you are a parent, baseball player, or student… You don’t want to miss the opportunity to meet this dynamic, young professional and learn some great insight into the game we all love… there is a message for all.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through any KMHS Baseball Booster rep. or contact Lorelle LoCurto at 770.367.7807.

ENEWS from The Bright Side Newspapers

Our latest enews is available at ENEWS from The Bright Side Newspapers.  Check it out for January events and happenings.  Accepting advertising and stories for our January Marietta/Powder Springs paper.  The deadline is Thursday, January 10th.  Call us at 770-851-5469